Friday, November 30, 2012

All the Cuteness

These bundles make gift giving, quick and easy while looking adorable all at the same time.
Available November 29-January 2.

Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Item 132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5″ x 3″ x 11-1/2″)
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2″ x 3-1/8″)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Sweater Trim (10 yards)
Petite Treats Bundle
Item 132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)

  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3″ x 5″ x 1-1/2″)
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)  

Time for a Snowball Fight

Hello Stamping Friends,
Welcome to another Fabulous Friday posting.  This week the Sisters in Stamping blog is focusing on Christmas cards. It is certainly the time to begin thinking (well, we should really be making) Christmas cards.  I know I need to get moving on my cards. I have the colors picked out, now just to pick out the stamps and design the cards. Not much, right?
This is also one of the cards that I made for my Stamp a Stash class last night. I'll share the other cards with you in the next few days.  This is a great card that can actually be used all winter long. Snowmen are great not only at Christmas, well that was my opinion at least. Also, if you need to make some Christmas cards be sure to come to my December Stamp a Stash (12/13) because that's all we will be doing.
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more Holiday Inspiration.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Petite Pairs, Frosty Friends, Distressed Dots
Ink: Island Indigo, Basic Black
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Pool Party & Whisper White
Accessories: 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, Stampin' Write Markers: Island Indigo,Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Doesn't matter if you are Naughty or Nice!

And we all know there is nothing better than FREE!! - So head over to my Online Store and grab your FREE Digital Download!
Because Stampin' Up! believes even if you've been naughty, you still deserve something nice. :)
Here's the link to my website:
Just click on the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to enter the store.
You can enter the Item Number in the Search Box and add it to your Cart - Yes, it's that easy! No strings attached!

#132810 - For You From Us Designer Template - FREE!!

Here are the other awesome downloads that were released today:

#132793 - Jingle and Joy Kit - $11.95

#132811 - To You From Me Designer Template - $3.95

Here's the one I HAD to have - really, how COOL is this?!!
#132683 - Reindeer Games Designer Template - $3.95
Can't you just see this hanging over your mantlepiece this Christmas??
Too FUN!

This last download is such a fantastic idea - you can use the Ornament Keepsake Framelits to cut out the ornament on the front, so it's a card AND an ornament!
#132794 - Ornamental Christmas Postcard Template - $2.95
AND just in case you hadn't noticed - the FULL My Digital Studio 2+ Program is on SALE for 50% off until tomorrow!
Just $39.98 for the entire MDS2+ program and over $500 worth of included downloads!
It's such a great deal - but you need to get it by tomorrow for the Sale price. Don't miss it, really!
Here's a link to view all the included content:
The Item Number is #130646 and you can order it and download it right now!
See, you can make your Reindeer Head in no time!

Love Making Homemade Ornaments

Hello Stamping Friends,

Here in Northeast PA we are seeing some great (okay, not so great) winter weather. We got a few inches of snow yesterday.  Guess it's time to get those darn, loud snow tires on my car.  Took one of my son's friends home from volleyball conditioning and go stuck in his driveway. He has a super long driveway (probably 1/2 - 3/4 mile) and there is a hill just before the house and yep, I couldn't get up it. That pretty much tells me, it's time.  I put off getting them on as long as I can even though my Dad has been telling me for a month now to get them on. Suppose it's time to call Dad and ask him to take it. Maybe I can wait until December 1st, we're not expecting any more snow this week. (Yep, the ultimate procrastinator in snow tire dept).

Anyway, enough about that. Here's an ornament I made using the ornament on the front of the Holiday catalog as inspiration.  I decided I DID NOT want to make one in the traditional red and green Christmas colors. I went with my favorite snowflake colors, blue and purple.  I used Pool Party & Wisteria Wonder.  What do you think?

I also changed it up from the one on the front of the catalog by adding a glimmering snowflake to the center, instead of a lolli. I love, love, love the cool colors (I don't not love, love, love the cool weather though, please don't make that mistake, lol) I love making ornaments though.  I have been holding an ornament exchange party at my home for about 15 years.  Everyone needs to make homemade ornaments and they bring one for everyone and they in return get one of everyone's. It's so much fun. So, of course, I needed to make one of these beauties. That and a whole group of people kept asking me to make them at their club gathering.
Here's a little closer view of the ornament. I must admit these ornaments are very time consuming to make. They are difficult just take a lot of time.  I wouldn't make a 100 of them.  Maybe 25, haha.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party
Cardstock: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Pool party, 2011-2013 In-Color Paper Stack
Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Big Shot, Holiday Ornament Framelits, Snow Flurry die, snail adhesive, multipurpose adhesive glue, silicone craft sheet, wisteria wonder baker's twine
Non-Stampin' Up items: hot glue gun, glue sticks, tulle netting

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Everyone Needs a Christmas Planner

Hello Stamping Friends,
Do you have that one place where you can keep all your Christmas planning information?  If not, then you need one of these Christmas planners.  Or you need to make several to give as gifts this Holiday Season.  They are so easy to create that you can even personalize them by making them each a little different to suit the recipient perfectly.
This is one of the quick and easy Christmas gifts we made at my class earlier this month.  How do you make it you ask?  Very easily, it's just a black and white marble composition notebook covered and some tabs added.  See told you it was easy.  I used this year's Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper as my starting point to pick colors and layout.  I covered the notebook first with solid colored cardstock and then layered with designer paper. You definitely need to use sticky strip to hold it together. I think that's the part everyone hated at the class.  You can embellish the front any way you would like.
For the tabs you count every 25 pages (this notebook had 100 pages), put a piece of cardstock (cut to size) on the front sheet of the set of 25 pages, then punch a decroative label punch in coordinating cardstock. Fold it in half and attach to the page. I used the small oval punch to add more dimension to the tag. Here's some ideas for each section: recipes, family traditions, gifts, christmas card list (sent and received).
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Open Sleigh
Ink: Gumball Green & Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla & Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Decorative Label Punch, Small Oval Punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals,Gumball Green Sweater Trim Ribbon, and  Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags

Monday, November 26, 2012

November& December Stamping Events

Gather your friends for a night of fun while you earn free stamps and supplies. These would include ideas for cards, invites, favors, decorations, etc. We can customize it for you.

Join the Stampin' Up! family and my team this month for ONLY $99. You get to choose $125 worth of product. You can check that out on my website (see above). Contact me for more information. I'd love for you to join the team. Plus until December 16 you can select one color collection of classic ink pads for FREE along with $125 in other product of your choice.

November 2012 Classes
Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted.

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, Novmeber 29, 2012 – 6:30 PM
• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design. Great way to build your card collection so you won’t be caught without a card for the next special occasion.
• Cost: $20.00 – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
1/2 Price Class fee with a $25.00 order
FREE class with a $50 order
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December 2012 Classes
Christmas Countdown Gifts Class: Saturday, December 1, 2012 2:00 PM
Make a Christmas countdown that reveals treats or slips of paper outlining what the special treat for the day is. It's made from a muffin tin and will be able to be used year after year. Just add new treats.Check out my blog HERE to see the picture of it. You will have to scroll back to see it.
• Fee for this class will be $30.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the project. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2012
Time to Make your Christmas Cards Night: Friday, December 7, 2012 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Come and stamp your Christmas cards with everyone else. Space is limited, so please let me know early if you would like to attend. At this point, it will be held in my home.
• You will bring all your supplies to stamp and assemble your Christmas cards. I will have samples readily available if you need some inspiration.
• I will provide an ornament make n take for everyone that is in attendance.
• I will also be providing dinner and dessert for everyone. I will also be providing soft drinks, if you would like any other beverages you are welcome to bring them.
• Fee for this event will be $10.00.
• Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:30 PM
Make 2 different 6x6 pages and 2 cards of characters/things using Stampin’ Up! Punches. The pages and cards will use the same characters/things. One will be a santa going down the chimney and a snowman.
• This class will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month.
• Fee for this class will be $10.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the pages and the cards. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, December 13, 2012 – 6:30 PM
• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design.This will be a great time to get some extra Christmas cards just in case you didn't make enough of your own.
• Cost: $20.00 – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
1/2 Price Class fee with a $25.00 order
FREE class with a $50 order
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Flowers for You

Hello Stamping Friends,
How is the Thanksgiving weekend going for you?  Here it's just been very relaxing. I really needed to relax after the crazyiness of the past few weeks. I've been going non-stop. I know I should be decorating for Christmas, making my Christmas cards, and doing some much needed shopping for the holidays but that will all be there tomorrow. Today it's all about relaxation. If I feel like doing more, okay, if not, okay too. I know you can all relate with this attitude, maybe not today but defintely during other times in your life.
This is a card we made at last month's punch class.  A couple of vases full of greens and flowers. Pretty clever, huh?  The "vases" are made with circle and oval punches with the top and/or bottom cut off.  The flowers are from the boho blossoms punch, the green leaf stems are from the bird punch.  It comes together easily and quickly.  Gotta love that for cardmaking in a pinch. But I must say, it is a quite impressive card to give to someone you are thinking about.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sweet Essentials
Ink: Pacific Point, Basic Gray
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, & Real Red
Accessories: Boho Blossoms punch, Bird punch, wide oval punch, large oval punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch, silver brads, aqua painter, snail adhesive, dimensionals, and paper snips
Don't forget about my Annual Thanksgiving Sale going on until tomorrow. Check back HERE for all the details.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas - Stamp Case Scrapbook

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's time for another installment of the 12 Weeks of Christmas.  We are a few days late with this so we could enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with family. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are already in week 8, and if you are doing the math, that means there's only 4 more weeks before Christmas is upon us.  I'm sure after Thanksgiving and Black Friday most of you are in high gear getting ready for Christmas.  I know I haven't done much shopping (I'm certainly NOT a Black Friday kind of gal, I'd rather watch my sister's kids so she and her husband can go out) but all of my decorations are waiting in my family room to be pulled out of the boxes and make the house look magical.

This weeks tutorial is also a magical kind of kit. If you make it and give it as a gift, it will be sure delight for years to come.  I transformed a simple clear stamp set case into a wonderful pull-out scrapbook that you can jam-pack with photos and memorabilia (yes, there's some pockets for you to keep those special momentos from the season).  It won't even take you too much time to complete the entire book. I made it even easier by using a Simply Scrappin' kit.

And here's a view of part of it pulled out of the case.  If you would like complete instructions you can purchase the tutorial by clicking the links below.  Remember you can buy just this week's tutorial or you can get all 12 weeks. Of course, the better deal is purchasing all 12 weeks.  And I must tell you, they have been great so far and you are going to love the last 4 weeks as well.
Week 8 Tutorial for Only $3.95. Click button below:
12 Weeks of Christmas Week 8

Complete 12 Week Set of Tutorials for Only $24.95. Click button below:

12 Weeks Of Christmas Complete

Friday, November 23, 2012

Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

I running my annual Thanksgiving Weekend Sale as a thank you to you for supporting me throughout the past year. What better time than now for you to order your favorite new items for the 2012-2013 Catalog and the Holiday Catalog with a discount for you. Below are all the details for the special. You can email or cal me with your order. All orders must be given to me and not put in through my website to be eligible for this sale.

Place your order today, Friday, November 23, 2012 through Monday, November 26, 2012 by emailing it to me or call me with it(please do not place order online, you will not receive the discount, I need to place orders in order for the discount to be applied) and you will receive the following:

10% off an order over $50 plus a pack of 5 cards I've made

15% off an order over $100 plus a pack of 8 cards I've made

20% off an order over $150 plus a pack of 12 cards I've made

 Bonus: orders over $150 will receive 20% off, and $25 in Hostess Dollars to spend on exclusive Hostess sets or catalog merchadise or a combination of the two (the new hostess plan is awesome, you can receive up to three hostess exclusive sets at the $150 level). To sweeten the deal even more this order (over $150) will be shipped direct to your door.

This special is offered by only me, Rachel Yurkanin, and is not a Stampin' Up! special or good through any other demonstrator.

This is just a little thank you for supporting me throughout the year. I appreciate it and want to give you a little something if you order this week. If you don't have the catalog in hand, head on over to my website,, to view the 2012-2013 Catalog and/or Holiday catalog online.

An extra sweet bonus for anyone ordering this weekend, you will receive the brand new 2013 Occasions catalog which makes it's debut January 3. It's jammed packed with wonderful new stamp and accessories. Just wait till you see it.

Book a workshop for December, January, or February. Dates will fill quickly. We can do any theme you want. What are you wating for? Tell me which day works best for you and let's get planning. December hostesses will receive an extra$10 credit for a qualifying workshop of $250 or more. January and February hostesses who book this week will receive an extra surprise from me at their workshop as part of this promotion.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Stamping Friends,

I'm more than sure many of you are probably getting ready for your big Thanksgiving Dinner, either preparing it for your family and friends or preparing to eat lots of turkey and all the trimmings that go along with it, but I wanted to drop in really quick and say Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. 

I'm busy prepping for our dinner. I've been hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my home since Don and I were married.  I actually took over Thanksgiving preparations the year my Mom passed away. Well, all except for the turkey, I still let Dad do that. Hey, come on, I need room in the oven for all the pies and trimmings. (That's why I keep telling my dear husband that if we ever do our kitchen over I NEED two ovens)

Isn't this little turkey the cutest thing ever?  Made with punches and a unique way to use the very pretty large lace background stamp.  Mary Lee M (from my Yurinkin' team) made this card for one of our team swaps. She colored only part of the stamp with three different markers before stamping it on the cardstock. 
So from Mr. Turkey and myself, Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Peek Inside a Demonstrator Exclusive Magazine

Want to peek inside Stampin' Success, the demonstrator exclusive magazine that demonstrators receive to help with inspiration, both creative and business ideas?  Then click the link below. 
  Stampin' Up! is excited to offer customers a glimpse into the magazine that I get in the mail every other month. Some Stampin' Success articles will be made available to customers  You'll also see these articles on Facebook and the customer website (later in November). Check it out here: Share this link with everyone!

Some Great Gift Ideas

Hello Stamping Friends,

The sharing continues......  

And all I have to say is I love these great little gift ideas shared by Patty J. at our November Yurinkin' Stamp Addicts get together. These are great for giving to co-workers, neighbors and friends to let them know you are thinking of them during this Holiday season without breaking the bank. And the recipient will be so happy that you thought of them and took the time to make them a special treat.

A little reindeer food for all those "little people" in your life to spread on their sidewalks to guide Rudolph to their house. Isn't the punched Rudolph so cute?  The top note die is a perfect bag topper too.

Kids too "old" for reindeer food?  How 'bout a Rudolph chocolate bar?  Again the punches make this a very easy treat to duplicate.

Outdoor lovers will love this treat of bird seed so they can watch their favorite birds all winter long. Again, the punches and the pre-printed tags from the Holiday catalog make this easy to duplicate and make multiples of.

Just wanted to show you the full thing.

And maybe my favorite is this little turkey with super long legs (licorice in 1x6 cello bags) made from punches.
Hope you have been inspired to make a treat or two this Holiday season to let your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers know you are thinking of them.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cool, New iPhone App

Stampin' Up has created a new this time it is only available on the iPhone, iPad or the iTouch. (It will be released for Android soon, date to be announced so keep watching if you are an android user)  It is FREE and is called Simply Sent™ and works like a micro-version of My Digital Studio. Click the Simply Sent logo image, or the link below, to go to the iTunes app page.

Above is a screenshot, which basically gives you the instructions: you choose a background, add your own photo (from your gallery or take a photo), accessorize with a few embellishments, add a greeting or other text, and then you can share your creation via email, or Facebook. Your created cards should be saved in your gallery for you.

Here are some cute Simply Sent card samples:

Unfortunately, I do not own an iPhone, iPad or iTouch, so you will get to enjoy this one without me! That is, until it is released for the Android. I can't wait.

Another Collage of Projects Awaits You

Hello Stamping Friends,
The bountiful sharing continues. Definitely a lot of inspiration for you over the past week. I hope you have found several things that you liked and are ready to make for yourself. I think I have one more day left to share (maybe even two, we shall wait to see).  Today's projects were shared by Maria P. 

First up is a bookmark. Who wouldn't want this beautiful art to keep the spot in their favorite book?

This is a Thanksgiving card Maria made using fabric as her focal point. Got a pretty piece of fabric laying around, how about using it on a card?

This Thanksgiving card she made using a piece of a holiday napkin. How many times have you found a pretty napkin and thought what more can I do with this? Well now here's an idea.

And here's another card she used a piece of fabric as her focal point.  The cupcake is fabric.  Love how it goes with this year's hostess set.
Maria, thanks for sharing and giving us some out of the box ideas.

Monday, November 19, 2012

More Team Sharing

Hello Stamping friends,

I'm still on the sharing kick.  I'm telling you, my team did such a wonderful job sharing their talents at our November meeting and I can't help but share with all of you. And to top it all off, I still have two more days of sharing left. Hope you are loving it as much as I am.  Today's creativity is brought to you by Patti H.

Here she used the Winter Memories stamp set from the Holiday catalog to make a traditional color Christmas card.  She sponged the edges of her pieces to make it all come together nicely.

And then she made a magnetic bookmark with a fall theme using the two tags die and the big shot.

Here's the inside of the bookmark. Yes, you need a magnet on both sides. When you are die cutting this tag for the book mark remember to place your folded cardstock just under the cutting part of the die so you end up with one piece and not two.  I love these bookmarks. They are so fun to make for any season or occasion.
Patti H. thanks for sharing with us.