Friday, December 31, 2010

What’s New for the New Year?

Let’s see…..

  • Class dates and times
  • Freestyle Club

I think that about covers it.  Except maybe it’s also a whole new year of discovering just how creative you can be!

2011 Classes

Cards - 2 each of 2 different designs: 1st Friday 7pm For $10 you'll create 4 cards total. This class can be free with a $20 order or you can join the Freestyle Club* and commit to one class a month for 6 months with a $25 order each month.  (*see details for Freestyle Club below)

“To Die For” Big Shot Techniques: 2nd Thursday 7pm Create 2 projects with the same die, specialty cards, gifts, or add a unique item to your home decor. This class is $10, or free with a $20 order.  Join the Freestyle Club* and commit to one class a month for 6 months with a $25 order each month. (*see details for Freestyle Club below)

Last Chance Class: last Friday 10 am & 7pm If you missed a class earlier in the month, join us for a make-up class. I'll have the kits ready to create anything you missed. $10 per kit, or a $20 order and a free kit. (Specialty class not included)

Specialty Classes: Looking for a challenge or a more involved project?  I’ll be hosting specialty classes approx. every other month where you can create 3d projects, gift sets, fancy cards, jewelry, decor items, or whatever else I can think up!  Cost for these classes will vary depending on the type of project.  January class will be a Birthday Card Stamp-a-Stack.  Details coming soon!  March will be a class creating a Vintage Magnetic board.

*Freestyle Club:  Learn new techniques, get fresh ideas, and slowly build up your stamping, crafting, and/or scrapbooking supplies.  What a perfect way to learn new things and purchase supplies without breaking your budget!  This is especially helpful in today’s economy. 

Here’s the details on what being a Freestyle Club Member is all about: When you join, you commit to be a member for 6 months and place a $25 order each of those 6 months from any of the current catalogs.

  1. Level Benefits for everyone! In your hostess month you will get $25 in FREE product and a Level 1 hostess set.
  2. Bring in outside orders for your Hostess month and boost your benefits!
  3. ”Freestyle” Club means anyone can join anytime and attend any one of the available classes each month. And when you invite a friend that joins you get $10 in Free product!
  4. There will be several dates for you to attend club during a given month. You must RSVP for the date you wish to attend.
  5. All orders will be due (in an e-mail) by the last Friday of the month. You must have a credit/debit card on file since I will not always see you when the orders are due. You can place your order at anytime during the month but it won’t actually go in until the last Friday.
  6. You may bring a friend to any of the classes. Their projects will cost $5 (FREE if they place a$20 order) They can attend 2 classes with you in 2011, or they may join at anytime.  See #4
  7. If you can not attend any of the dates (or you live out of town), I will send the cut pieces and the directions with your next order.
  8. You will also receive any new catalog that comes out during your 6 month membership.
  9. No cleaning your house when it’s your month to be the Hostess! (it's always at my house so I do the cleaning!)

WHEW, I think that about covers it! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Love That Owl!

Can you believe this paper is from the same pack as my last post?  Yep, it’s the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, isn’t it great?

I like the other gift set I made so well, that I had to make another!

Owl Memo Cube


He looks so cute perched on top!



These blocks are the perfect size for Post It notes.


He’s sitting up on my desk right now,  and don’t think I can give him away.


You can find the Decor Blocks on page 22 of the big catalog and the vinyl chalkboard sheets on page 205.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Daisy, Daisy Give Me Your Answer Do….

…I’m half crazy, all for the love of you.  Oops, I’m way too young to know that song!  Anyway… here are some projects I’ve done with the Daisies #2 die.

In October, every year, we hold an all day crafting event.  This year we also had a nametag contest.  As a demonstrator I couldn’t enter the contest but just had to make one myself!

I admit, it is over the top….


The daisies are coated with Chrystal Effects.  It looks time consuming, and hard, but it was rather quick and easy.  I just coated them and let the sit till the next morning.  I used the Baskets and Blooms for the base along with the Textured Lattice impressions folder.  It took 3 badge pins to keep that thing on!

Decor Memo Block

Also at our fall crafting event (Gifts Galore), we made memo blocks with one side covered in chalkboard vinyl. This is my version of that memo block.


Stationary & Holder

This is such a great and easy stationary holder, and the daisy just finishes off.

P1130802_edited-1P1130799_edited-1  P1130805_edited-1No daisies here, can you believe it?  This stationary holder is 1 piece of 12 x12 card stock for the base and 2 more to decorate it.  A few score lines, some ribbon, and you’re done!P1130813_edited-1I love the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper!  Which really surprises me!  I don’t even like orange…

All of these together, make a wonderful gift ensemble.  Now, who do I know that’s getting married soon?  Doesn’t this look like a perfect shower gift?

Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

I’m still here!

Whew!  Sorry it’s been so long since my last post.  Lots of life just seemed to get in the way (surgery, family, holidays…).  Well, not in the way, it just pushed other things farther down on the list…Like posting to my blog!

I’ve got lots to catch up on and although Christmas is upon us, I thought I would post some of the fall stuff I’ve made first.  Since I’m so far behind there probably won’t be any rhyme or reason to my posts for awhile. lol

Photo Block


This was fun and easy to make.  Well, figuring out where I wanted to put the leaves took me way longer than it should have!  I covered one of the Stampin’ Up! decor blocks with Autumn Spice - Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s “Special” because it’s a heavier weight than our normal Designer Series Paper and it has a texture to it.  It’s hard to see the texture in these pictures but in person it looks wonderful.  Autumn Spice is one of my favorites.  Maybe it’s because I love fall colors!  It’s also great for masculine cards.  You can find it in the Holiday Mini Catalog - pg 13.  This catalog is only good until January 3rd, so stock up for next fall, or the men in your life!


The leaves were cut out using the Leaves #2 die on the Big Shot.  I punched the piece that says “family” with the Decorative Label punch and the Decor Elements Chalkboard Sheets.  I love the chalkboard sheets! They really work like a chalkboard.  You can write on them and then erase as well, and they already have adhesive!  Since they’re Decor vinyl you can put them your walls, mirrors, blocks, paper, you name it. And they won’t hurt your walls when you want to take it off.

I’ll list the supplies for all these projects at the end of the post.  Please feel free to send me a note/post if you have any questions on these projects.

Fall Candle Vase

I found this vase at one of those $1 stores along with the stones, making this a very inexpensive center piece or gift.  You can change the card stock and ribbon color to fit the season or occasion.


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If you look closely at the picture above you can see what looks like frosted leaves.  Using the Leaves #2 die I cut leaves out using the Decor Elements Clear vinyl sheets.  They’re prefect for a frosted look.

Tea light holder in a “flash”

I was inspired by Chera Wiest’s candle holders.  I would link to her but I don’t think she has a blog.

These are so easy and fun and make great gifts.  Since our Big Shot will cut just about anything, roof flashing is a great choice for these holders. The flashing is thick enough to hold it’s shape but thin enough to cut with Craft & Rubber scissors or our Tabletop Paper Cutter.  It will actually sharpen the blade!  I cut a piece to fit on the Flower Folds die and ran it through the Big Shot.  I would add a piece of cardstock as a shim.  It will help the die to cut completely through the flashing.


I added a strip of DSP to the tea light to jazz it up a bit.  I used the Scallop Circle die to cut the base and then ran it back through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.


Here is a second, larger tea light.



Stamps:  Day of Gratitude (Holiday mini - pg 12)

Ink:  Early Espresso classic ink

Paper:  Autumn Spice Specialty DSP (Holiday mini - pg 13), Cajun Craze and Naturals Ivory card stock (Idea Book & Catalog - pg 168 & 170), Chalkboard and Clear vinyl sheets ( Idea Book & Catalog - pg 205)

Accessories:  Early Espresso 1/8 Taffeta ribbon, Natural Hemp Twine, and Old Olive 1 1/4” Striped grosgrain ribbon ( Idea Book & Catalog - pg 190-191), Cherry Cobbler 1/2” Seam Binding & Big Designer buttons - Deck the Halls (Holiday mini - pg 21 & 16), Antique Brads (Idea Book & Catalog - pg 187), Decor Block (Definitely Decorative catalog - pg 9)

Tools:  Big Shot die cutting machine, Leaves #2 die, Flower Folds die, Textured Lattice impressions folder, Scallop Circle die (Idea Book & Catalog - pg 204-217), Decorative Label punch (Holiday mini - pg 25)

View any of these items by clicking the catalog in the right hand column.

I hope you were inspired!  Thanks for looking.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Become a Demonstrator for $87.50!

For TWO weeks only…image

Stampin’ Up has a 2 WEEK ONLY promotion for those of you who want to get a discount on all your Stampin’ Up stamps, inks, papers and accessories as a hobby or business demonstrator.  

Whether you want to start a business or save money while having fun with your hobby, there isn’t a better time than now to sign-up!

What’s in the Starter Kit and how much is it? Normally the starter kit is 175.00 which is still a great deal since the stamping products in it are valued at over $250 plus your business supplies, making the whole kit worth more than $310!

From now until November 30th, it is 1/2 off at $87.50 AND free shipping!  (your state tax will be added)

Below is a quick rundown of the stamping supplies you can customize into your starter kit:

Choose 5 wood or clear stamp sets from the Holiday Mini catalog or the big Idea Book & Catalog!

  • 1 - 33.95 or less
  • 1 - 18.95 or less
  • 1 - 28.95 or less
  • 1 - 9.95 or less  like an A La Carte Stamp from page 18-20
  • 1 - 6.50 standard wheel, page 219

Choose your Accessories!

1 - Clear Block, 6.95 or less  – you can choose the size

1 - 19.95 Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (40 sheets of 12 x 12)  choose your own color group! Page 175

1 - Assorted Card Stock pack, 36 sheets, choose from Regals,  Subtles, Neutrals or Brights.

Choose any roll of ribbon, 8.95 or less

4 - Classic ink pads, your choice of colors, 5.25 each

2 - Stampin’ Write markers, 3.25

1 - Classic Ink Refill (choose a color to match one of your ink pads)

Specialty ink pad, such as a VersaMark or Black StazOn pad (best for watercoloring) 8.95 or less

Snail or any other adhesive, 6.95 or less

Stampin’ Mist or Stazon Cleaner

Small Decor Elements, 7.95 or less.   See Decor Elements catalog for full selection

Business Supplies including 8 Idea Books and Catalogs, package of 8 Holiday Mini catalogs, order forms, etc…

Whew!  I think that’s everything.  Can you believe what comes in the kit?

How do I sign up?

Click here to sign-up online and get started today. You will need a password in order to sign-up.  My password is “startstamping”

Call me if you have questions or would like to see if it is a good fit for you.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas Card Kits

Christmas card kits are here!  Enjoy the fun of making handmade cards for Christmas (and skip the hard parts!).  You can make your cards anytime, day or night, in the comfort of you own home.  No cutting necessary!  Well, you might have to trim a little ribbon, but that’s it!

Six great kits available!  You have the option of purchasing the kits with or without a stamp set.  If you decide to purchase a kit without the stamp set, the cost is the same for all kits (10 cards for $15, 20 - $25, or 30 - $35).  There are also various product add-ons available for approximately 20% off.   Click here for complete details of each kit.

Below are samples of each card kit:

Christmas Postcard


Kit with Christmas Postcard stamp: 10 for $20, 20 - $30, or 30 - $40

Tree Trimmings


Kit with Tree Trimmings stamp set: 10 - $25, 20 - $35, or 30 - $45

Medallion Christmas


Kit with Medallion stamp: 10 - $27, 20 - $37,  or 30 - $47

Snow Flurries


Kit “with stamp set” option not offered on this card. Use your own greeting stamp or contact me for other options.

Lovely Trees


Kit with Lovely as a Tree set: 10 - $33, 20 - $43, or 30 - $53



Kit with Word Play (clear) set: 10 - $37, 20 - $47, or 30 - $57

Click here for complete details of each kit.

Deadline to order your kit(s) is Friday, October 29th 

Kits will be delivered/mailed November 13th

Please contact me to purchase your kit.  I accept cash or checks.

I can also invoice you through PayPal if you prefer to pay with a debit/credit card.


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack

I love making my own Christmas Cards.  Now, I don’t always have time to get them done, but I keep trying!

I’m holding a couple of classes this month to help you get started on your Christmas cards.  And to hopefully get my own done!  lol

You have 3 different cards and 2 different days to choose from.  Make more than one style and or come on more than one day.  You decide what works best for you!







10 cards, envelopes, & a package of Jewels*$15    20 cards, envelopes, & a package of Jewels*-$20

**Add Northern Flurry impressions folder - $7.95** (tax & shipping on folder included


Saturday, October 23rd - 9:30am

RSVP by Wednesday, Oct 13th – I’ve added the pay pal link on the top right of the blog! When you RSVP let me know when your coming and how many of each card you’d like to make!

Wednesday, October 27th - 10am

Wednesday, October 27th - 7pm

RSVP by Sunday, Oct 17th – I’ve added the pay pal link on the top right of the blog! When you RSVP let me know when your coming and how many of each card you’d like to make!

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Digital Studio Contest

Stampin’ Up! has created a website for My Digital Studio and is also running a contest.  Check it out!

Date: October 1-November 15, 2010
Stampin' Up!  invites YOU to participate in its first ever digital design contest using My Digital Studio and Stampin' Up!'s digital downloads! The My Digital Studio Design contest was created to recognize the amazing digital design skills of our talented, creative customers and demonstrators! The contest is open to all customers and demonstrators who have access to My Digital Studio in the US and Canada; five customers and five demonstrators will be selected to win.  To enter the contest you will need to design one digital card and two single-page layouts using ONLY My Digital Studio product and Stampin' Up downloads.  Submit all samples along with an official entry form and photo release form (if applicable) to

Winners will receive free My Digital Studio digital downloads from Stampin' Up valued at approximately $400! You will also receive a digital pin for your personal blog.

Don't own My Digital Studio or want to purchase new Stampin' Up! digital downloads? Click here! Then click “Shop Now” in the upper right hand corner.

Our panel of judges can't wait to see your digital artistry on display, so submit your project today!

Ready, Set, Create!

For inspiration and ideas check out their new website for customers and demonstrators!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Birthday Card Making Day

Once a quarter, or sooner if needed, the women from our Encouragement Ministry at my church get together and make birthday, wedding shower, baby shower, get well and encouragement cards.  Last week we got together to make birthday cards.  We needed enough cards to cover birthdays through January.  There were 7 or 8 of us and we ended up making 56 cards in about 2 hours.  These ladies rock! 

I have so much fun getting together with these ladies.  It’s wonderful to watch them make these cards, especially those who have never stamped before.  I love to see their enthusiasm and joy when they realize that they can do it! 

I tried to use retired colors and ribbons for these cards.  It definitely challenges me when I have to stay within a  certain color scheme or certain set of supplies.  I’m more of a free spirit and don’t like restrictions!!!

Think this one is my favorite of the 4 cards.  I was inspired by a card made by Carrie Gaskin.  I can’t find it on her blog now, but you should take a look at the other things she has created!

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This is my second favorite, and my design.  :0)  I think I’ll try it again with current colors.  This one is in Mellow Moss and Dusty Durango.  I’m thinking maybe Cajun Craze and Old Olive…

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This is a super fast and super cute card.  I love using my aqua painter.  I could sit all day and just paint card after card.  I must not have done enough coloring when I was but a young lass…..

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I was inspired by a demonstrator named Debbie Henderson for this card.  I don’t know where I found her card so I can’t share the link, sorry!

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Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Halloween Swaps

I last posted the fall cards I received from out team meeting swap and had every intention of posting my Halloween swaps the next day.  That didn’t happen!  Where does the time go?  I swear someone has put my life on fast-forward!

Created by:   Mandy Grant


Created by:  ???  She didn’t sign it.  :0(

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The color is off on the photo.  The card is actually Rich Razzleberry.  The new impressions folder is great! She’s also sprayed it with the silver Smooch Spritz.

Created by:  ???  She didn’t sign it.  :0(


Love the bats!  Well, I don’t love bats but I love the bat punch.

Created by:  ???  She didn’t sign it.  :0(


Created by:  Amanda Morris


Too cute!

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The bat has been embossed with Irridesant Ice and looks great in real life.

Created by:  Liene Tuttle


She is just so cute!

Created by: Vickie Leeman


Created by: Nicole Keller


Thanks for looking!