Friday, July 26, 2013

Christmas in July

Hello stamping friends,

Today is Friday, again. Don't you just love Friday? There's something magical about it. Plus that means another challenge with the Sisters in Stamping. And today's challenge is a good one for you. You get to get a sneak peak at some Holiday Catalog product. 

I used the Winter Frost (and yes, it's as awesome as it sounds) Specialty Designer Series Paper as my starting point for this card. And if I don't say so myself, I think the card turned out pretty awesome. You can feel the frosty air by looking at this beauty.

Isn't it a pretty card?  The background behind the snowflake and greeting banner is the designer series paper cut into 5x 1 1/2" strips and then cut diagonally from top left to bottom right (or vice versa, it's up to you) and placed side by side with all the points meeting underneath the snowflake.

Here's a close-up of this card, so you can see that I glittered the snowflake and added a basic rhinestone to the middle. Definitely adds so much to the overall look.  Notice the greeting only says "JOY," well I only inked up that part of the stamp. The complete stamp actually says Joy to the World.
Of course, the snowflake and the greeting are attached to the card front using dimensionals. You know how I just can't help myself when it comes to those things. I simply love them! And that's no joke.
Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see more great ideas using the awesome products and stamps from the Holiday Catalog.  Did you get your copy already?  There have been sent out so if you haven't received one and would like your own copy, please send me an email and I will get it out to you right away.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Joy to the World & Festive Flurry
Ink: Smoky Slate & Coastal Cabana
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay & Coastal Cabana Cardstock, & Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Paper Trimmer, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Paper Snips, 2-Way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, & Basic Rhinestones.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What's in a Cover?

Hello Stamping Friends,

Have you ever wondered about the catalog cover and how it's created? I bet some will say no because they are too eager to jump right in and see what's beyond the cover. Well, now that I piqued your interest I'll share some inside scoop that Stampin' Up! shared over on their blog. So read on for some behind the scenes info.

Fun “behind the scene’s” on the Stampin’ Up website! If you have a catalog, you know what I’m talking about!


Creating a Catalog Cover!

Many people are involved in creating our annual catalog cover–project managers, people from marketing, designers, concept artists, and more. I wish I had a photograph of all of these people in these shots, but I don’t. What I do have are a few shots with the photographer (me) and our model, Tiffany.

Based on some of your comments, most people seem to assume that we hire professional models in our shoots. But the model that we used in this photograph is actually one of our talented product designers named Tiffany B.
Because Tiffany has such a fun and energetic personality, she gets photographed quite a bit in our publications. As a photographer I felt like the best way to celebrate finishing this project was a behind-the-scene shot with the model and photographer. Doesn't it look like it would be fun to work back at Stampin' Up!'s home office?
If you’d like a copy of your own catalog, please let me know! I’d love to send you one! It’s only $5 (for shipping) and you get a $5 off coupon on your next order!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin - On Special Just for You

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hope you had a glorious day.  Still have my kitchen as a work in progress but by the end of the week I should have at least some bottom cabinets  in (because the countertop  contractor is coming Friday) so it is a pretty good day for me.  I'm not letting the few little things we found (aka more pipes in the way) bring me down. Afterall, they were fixed pretty easily unlike the other ones that needed to be moved.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop in quickly to let you know about a great special on My Paper Pumpkin. The craft kit that comes to your door every month.

Have you tried Paper Pumpkin yet? I think you will LOVE it because it is so fast and easy to create these projects!
These sweet little kits have all the work done for you, all you have to do is stamp and assemble!
SPECIAL OFFER to the FIRST PERSON WHO SIGNS UP! I received an extra Paper Pumpkin kit at Convention from a pervious  month. For the first person who signs up, I will send you that kit as a BONUS! If yours is the first one to come in (via confirmation email that lets me know you have signed up), I will let you know and get this in the mail to you!

  • This promotion is for new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month’s worth, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  •  Visit to join.
  • You must click “Add Promo Code” and then enter the promo code PUMPKINDEAL in the “Promo Code” field when you sign up on the website to take advantage of this promotion.
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Please add my name (Rachel Yurkanin) where it says to add demonstrator.

I think My Paper Pumpkin is great for:
1. People who love to craft but don't have a lot of time
2. Craft kits for Mom/child activities (none of the kits are overly complicated)
3. Gifts for your favorite craftors.
4. Anyone else who loves to get some "happy" mail because these kits are certainly happy.

Receiving the "pumpkin" every month will just make you squeal in delight when you go out to your mailbox and see it waiting for you.

Monday, July 22, 2013


Hello Stamping Friends,

While at convention last week, Stampin' Up! announced a brand new line, Undefined. What in the world is that? That's what we were asking as we anticipated the announcement. Well, you don't need to wait as long as I did to find out what it's all about.  It's a great opportunity for you to design your own stamps. Did you ever go looking for a particular image and not be able to find exactly what you were looking for?  Well, now all you  need to do is carve your own stamp and you will have exactly what you want.

Undefined Stamp Carving Kit 133402
Price: $19.95
Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn’t find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you’d like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.
Included in the Stamp Carving Kit:
* 2 carving tools
* 3" x 4" rubber
* 3" x 4" foam
4 wood blocks (various sizes)
* 1 Island Indigo Stampin’ Write Marker
* 3 postcards
* Instruction sheet
* Stamp image templates

PRO TIP: Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks in the kit.

This is available now so order your kit today and start carving your special images.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Simply Im"pressed"

Hello Stamping Friends,

That's simply im"pressed" clay. An awesome new product. That's what we are focused on this week with Sisters in Stamping.  I love, love, love the new clay.

Here's a few reasons why:

1. It's easy.
2. It's very light on your finished project
3. You can have as many as you want in whatever color you want.
4. You can make over 180 different pieces from just one package of clay.

Pretty good reasons, right?  On this card, I made the small flower clay pieces into the center of the larger flowers and then just added some "buds" over the stamped flowers from Wildflower Meadow.  I colored them after they were molded and dried using Stampin' Write Markers. They are attached to the front of the card using some Tombo Multi-purpose adhesive.

I purposely left some white spots on the yellow flowers to add some fun looking texture. The pink flowers are colored completely with the marker. Remember, you can color them a variety of different ways: markers, re-inkers, and stamp pads. You can even put some crystal effects over them to make them glossy and add some dazzling diamonds to the wet crystal effects to add some bling that won't fall off.
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more great ideas using the Simply Pressed Clay.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Flower Shoppe
Ink: Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush
Paper: Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding & Whisper White Cardstock
Accessories: Simply Pressed Clay, Flowers Molds for clay, Pansy Punch, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Wildflower Meadow embossing folder, Tombo Multi-purpose adhesive, Daffodil Delight & Strawberry Slush Stampin' Write Markers, and Snail Adhesive

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Special For You

It's time for one of my great sales.  I know it's hard to believe but it is time for the Annual Stampin' Up! Convention Sale. It has been a year already since I visited Utah to get all the latest and greatest Stampin' Up! news and tips. And in keeping with tradition, you get the real deal, you get to save on all your favorite Stampin' Up! products.

Plus, if you book a workshop (all you need to do is invite a few friends over), I will share with you great new samples (I have over 300 to bring back home), a few fun make n takes, and many tips and tricks of the trade. Now booking for August, September & October.  As an added bonus, if you book your special date during this sale, you will be able to select ANY stamp set up to $19.95 for FREE with your qualifying workshop of $150 or more.

Sale Details
Order over $50 (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 10% off your order.

Order over $100 (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 15% off your order

Order $150 or more (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 20% off your order (and you will also receive hostess benefits. Plus this order will be shipped right to your door.)

BONUS: Order $200 or more (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 25% off your order (and you will also receive hostess benefits. Plus your order will be shipped direct to you.)

Place your order by emailing me.

This sale is from today, Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21, 2013 so don't delay, get your order together today.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
This sale is good only through, Rachel Yurkanin, Independent Demonstrator, Stampin' Up! Not valid on previous orders.

And here's a little card for you. It uses some new stamps, paper, embossing folder and an in-color. Great card for any occasion you have coming up. I mean really, FOR YOU, covers it all.

Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Chalk Talk
Ink: Cantaloupe Crips, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock & Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Chalk talk framelits, Big Shot, Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips

Monday, July 15, 2013

Now's Your Time

Hello Stamping Friends,
Stampin' Up! is always doing great things and this special is no different. You can join the Stampin' Up! family for $99 (+tax) while you actually select $125 in product of your choosing. Plus that's not all, now until August 31, 2013 you can select on of four project kits for FREE in addition to the awesome $125 of products you pick out.

Offer: New recruits get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up! Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013
Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.
OptionKit DescriptionItemTotal Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit133463
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle

Friday, July 12, 2013

I Love My Big Shot!

Hello Stamping Friends,

I really do love my big shot. I use it on just about every project I make. I mean really, it's magical. It takes a nice card and turns it into a magnificent card with a couple of turns of the handle. What's not to love about that?

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on the new dies and folders in the 2013-2014 catalog. There are a lot of new things that will only enhance your creative abilities.

This card is all about the hexagons.  I embossed the vanilla piece of cardstock with the hexagon folder and then embossed a second piece of vanilla, also with the hexagon folder and then I cut the inside of several hexagons out of the second piece so I could emboss them with the perfect polka dot folder (wanted to carry through the polka dot theme).

For the little butterfly, I stamped the polka dot hexagon from Six-Sided Sampler and then used the bitty butterfly punch so my butterfly matched the "flower" that I made using all hexagons.

Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog for more ideas using new big shot items.

Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Six-Sided Sampler
Ink: Black Staz-on
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black Cardstock & Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Paper Snips, Big Shot, Hexagon Embossing Folder, Hexagon Punch, Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, & Snail Adhesive

Friday, July 5, 2013

Wonderful New In-Color

Hello Stamping Friends,

Uh oh, really quick post today. I forgot it was Friday. The holiday yesterday threw me off. I'll blame the blonde hair and Polish genes. lol Have no fear, it's still Friday so I believe it will still count.  Better late than never, right?

So anyway, here it is, Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping. This week's challenge was to use all the new in-colors on a card. What could be better than a card using Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, and Coastal Cabana. They just sound wonderful.

This is a little variation of a card that I received in a swap and used for last month's stamp a stash. Some of the ladies attending stamp a stash requested the card because they liked it so much.  I used the in-color markers to color the stamp from Chalk Talk with four of the in-colors. I then cut the image out and cut it apart so it looked more like an exclamation point.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Chalk Talk
Ink: In-Color Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Sahara Sand, Baked Brown Sugar, & Whisper White Cardstock, and In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Paper Snips and Snail Adhesive.
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more ideas using these great new in-colors.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Lots of News for July 1st

Hello Stamping Friends,

I just love, love, love the promotion announced just today. Buy 3 Get 1 FREE of the designer series paper.  Check out all the details below and be sure to let me know which ones you want and I will get them ordered right away for you.

Stock up and save on select* Designer Series Paper during July!

Collect a paper stash for every creative mood. Feeling cool and eclectic? Check. Need something bold that’ll pop? We’ve got you covered. Going for a subtle and fresh twist? How about a clean, modern look? Yep. We’ve got all that too. During our limited-time offer buy three of your favorite packs of Designer Series Paper and then choose one for free—so your paper stash will be ready for any mood that hits.

*Designer Series Paper Stacks and Specialty Designer Series Papers not included.

Also, there is a new photopolymer set called Settin' Sail

Settin' Sail is $13.95 for 21 stamps.  Item code is 133453