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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Some Christmas Cards I Received this Year

I know Christmas is past but I really wanted to share with you some of the stamped Christmas cards I received this year. I'm just getting you ready for Russian Christmas (which is January 7, see I'm not late afterall). I will share others with you over the weekend. Not tomorrow though, because it's time for another Fabulous Friday at Sisters in Stamping tomorrow.

This first card was sent to me by Debbie, one of the sisters from Sisters in Stamping. I took 2 pictures so you can see it standing. But the picture below is what you first see when taking it out of the envelope. I love how she stamped the main image inside the card but used the circle punch so it shows through.

The above card was sent to me by one of my long time stamping friends, Marcia Larson.

The above box is something I made at December's big shot club and showed at a few of my December workshops. The window sheet is cut using the favor box die and then embossed with the petals a plenty embossing folder. It's so pretty in real life.

The card above is a card I demoed in December. It goes along nicely with the favor box I posted above. I used the 5 petal flower punch to make a poinsetta to add a finishing touch to the card. Also, the gel pen added to the center of each embossed flower really adds a lot of punch to the card with minimal effort.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for some great projects shared by my sista's. We will be focusing on accessories from the new mini catalog which makes it's debut on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
Also, check back on Saturday for more Christmas cards that I received.
For now, have a safe and Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to stamping with each of you in 2010.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shimmer Paint Sticks Around

Due to the popularity of our shimmer paint offered in the Mini Catalog, we will continue to offer it as a catalog write-in after the Holiday Mini sales period ends. Starting January 5, 2010, you can order the following products as catalog write-ins:

116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $5.95
116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint $5.95
116807 Platinum Shimmer Paint $5.95

We hope you continue to enjoy using this fun new product! So don't be afraid to use your shimmer paint in fear of running out and not being able to replace this great product. It will be around for awhile so have fun creating with it.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Clear Mount Stamps are on the Way!

Stampin Up will start offering clear mount stamps with the Sale-A-Bration brochure and Occasions Mini Catalog. These stamps are the same rubber stamp but you mount them on our fabulous new clear acrylic blocks so you can see where you are stamping. You can start ordering our new Clear Mount Rubber Stamps on January 5th!

Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in BOTH aditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.

Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features
Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not. Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning. Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.

Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy. Same great stamps taking up less space in your stamping area.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Easy Packaging Idea for Fabulous Friday

Just in time for Christmas gift packaging, the Sisters in Stamping Blog is giving you some more ideas. For my project this week I decided to pretty up a plain white gift sack using some scraps of my Christmas Designer Series paper.

The above picture is a close up of the bag so you could see some more detail. I used the square scallop punch to punch out a bunch of pieces to cover the bag. Side note: before you drive yourself crazy with the layout, don't think too much about it. Key thing is to not have the same color on top of or next to each other. Otherwise just have fun and remember Don't think too much. To close the bag I used the wide striped olive ribbon and just knotted a piece on each side of the handles.

Here is the full shot of the bag. For this particular size bag, I used 40 squares. I taped one row down at a time and then moved up the bag. Decorating gift sacks like this is a great way to use up all those too small to really use but definitely too big to throw away pieces of Designer Series paper.
Now go get yourself some gift sacks and start making them pretty. Afterall, we all seem to love using gift bags this way, why not make one extra special to put your special gifts in this Holiday season.
Remember to hope on over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see what the other sisters created for their packaging ideas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tag, you're it!

Tag, you're it! Wasn't that the best outdoor game as a kid? I remember playing it all the time with my cousins and friends in the "patch." Anyway, I digress, just needed to take a trip down memory lane.

This Fabulous Friday, we are focusing on tags. I decided to use the best snowman stamp ever for my tag. Yes, it's a bit large but it's great anyway. I think it would be great for that big present (like a bike or TV) that you may be giving.

I also think it would be a great, easy way to dress up a plain gift bag. Not much more needed after you attach our snowman.

The picture above is a close-up of the tag to show you how the glitter just sparkles. Of course, as with most things, in real life it is fabulous. You can't get the true idea by taking a picture.

The above picture is a full shot of the tag. The snowman is mounted on a 5x5 piece of balltet blue cardstock on the diagonal and then that's mounted onto a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of gable green cardstock. I also stamped the ballet blue cardstock with itty bitty backgrounds in ballet to give is a "frosty" kind of look.

Don't forget to stop over by the Sisters in Stamping Blog for some more great tag ideas.

Have a fabulous Friday. I promise to be posting more frequently after this weekend. Today is my final day of student teaching so I will have some more time. That is, after my husband takes me on a little getaway to celebrate my completing the program. (Isn't he the best?)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas with the Sisters.

Welcome to another fabulous Friday posting brought to you by the Sisters in Stamping blog.

This week's focus is Christmas cards. If you haven't decided on your card there are some great ideas shared this week and you won't want to miss them. Be sure to head on over there to see the rest. Click the link above to navigate there.
I used the Dasher and Serene Snowflakes stamp sets for this simple yet elegant card. I began with a base layer of very vanilla cardstock. I then used kraft and bravo burgundy for the next layer. The burgundy layer is not as wide as the kraft. I liked the asymetrical look this gave the card. That layer was stamped using chocolate chip and bravo burgundy classic inks as well as the whisper white craft pad using the Serene Snowflakes set.
Then I stamped Dasher in chocolate chip ink on very vanilla cardstock. He was layered onto chocolate chip cardstock and attached to the card using (my favorite, of course) dimensionals. I didn't add a greeting to the card but you can easily stamp a small greeting on the bottom or side of Dasher.
Hope you enjoyed today's posting. Remember to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog and of course check back often to see other great ideas for you to create on your own.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Today's the Final Day for Many Great Deals!

Don't forget that today is the final day for these great deals from Stampin' Up! Read on to see what I mean. There are savings up to 50% off. Savings you won't want to miss. It's going to be a long post but be sure to read all about it.

The Holiday Extravaganza Sale Ends TODAY!

You can view and order all of these specially priced items at my online store – just Click Here! Then click "Shop Now" in the Upper Right Hand Corner. Then, click "Online Extravaganza" and you can start viewing all of these low priced items there! And don't forget about the items that are still on the Clearance Rack while you're there! All online orders need to be place through my personal website, not the Stampin' Up! site.

If you're not comfortable with online ordering, please feel free to contact me at 570-689-5371 or email me at to let me know what you want and I will place the order for you!

These savings are only available through today, November 30th, and the Ultimate Stamper Starter Bundle is only available while supplies last, so be sure to act quickly!

Here's a listing for you of all of the sale items, make note of the special item codes for the discount pricing!

Item Description Regular Price Discounted Price
120280 Framed with Love Bundle $43.90 $21.95
Framed with Love stamp set
Full Heart punch

120281 Thank You Kindly Bundle $29.90 $14.95
Thank You Kindly stamp set
Scallop Edge punch

120282 Animal Crackers Bundle $25.00 $12.95
Animal Crackers stamp set
Star Designer brads

120283 Corduroy Button Bundle $49.75 $24.88
Kraft Corduroy buttons
Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons

120284 Game Night Bundle $40.90 $20.45
Card Games stamp set
Game Night stamp set

120285 Four Square Bundle $30.90 $15.45
Four Square stamp set
Scallop Square punch

120286 Heart to Heart Bundle $49.85 $24.93
Love You Much stamp set
Heart to Heart punch
Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

120287 Chipboard Letter Bundle $25.90 $12.95
On Board Timeless Type
On Board Loads of Letters

120288 Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle $17.90 $10.74
Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon

120289 Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle* $127.70 $76.62
Best Wishes & More stamp set
Eight Great Greetings stamp set
On a Pedestal stamp set
Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Flower Designer brads

120290 Build-A-Brad Bundle $40.85 $25.41
Calendar Alphabet stamp set
Pewter Build-A-Brad
Antique Brass Build-A-Brad

120291 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle $43.85 $26.31
Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
Circle Designer brads
Flower Designer brads

120292 Cheep Talk Bundle $42.85 $25.71
Cheep Talk stamp set
Note cards
Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons

120293 Sock Monkey Bundle $58.85 $35.31
Sock Monkey stamp set
Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons

120294 Alphabet Bundle $87.90 $52.74
Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
Lovely Letters stamp set

120295 Simply Said Bundle $52.85 $31.71
Simply Said stamp set
Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Full Heart punch

120296 On Board Bundle $42.85 $25.71
On Board So Tweet
On Board Batch of Blooms
On Board Essentials

120927 Christmas Décor Bundle #1 $74.85 $44.91
Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements

120298 Christmas Décor Bundle #2 $74.85 $44.91
Holly Beary Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements

120299 Christmas Décor Bundle #3 $74.85 $44.91
Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements

120300 For All You Do Bundle $36.90 $25.83
For All You Do stamp set
5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads

120301 Striped Ribbon Bundle $47.75 $33.41
Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

120302 Bling Bundle $43.80 $30.66
Sticky Pages
Sticky Cuts Sweet
Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter

120303 Fresh-Cut Bundle $37.85 $26.50
Fresh Cuts stamp set
Fresh-Cut Notes
5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

120304 Pendant Note Bundle $39.85 $27.90
Pendant Park stamp set
Pendant notes
5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads

120305 Sporting Bundle #1 $67.90 $47.54
Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements

120306 Sporting Bundle #2 $67.90 $47.54
Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements

120307 Sporting Bundle #3 $67.90 $47.54
Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
Black Just Sports Décor Elements

114864 Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97

114863 Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97

112534 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads $7.95 $5.57

112533 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads $6.95 $4.87

112081 Scallop Square punch $15.95 $11.17

113693 Full Heart punch $15.95 $11.17

113694 Heart to Heart punch $15.95 $11.17

112091 Scallop Edge punch $15.95 $11.17

112571 Circle Designer brads $5.95 $4.17

112579 Flower Designer brads $5.95 $4.17

112572 Star Designer brads $5.95 $4.17

114785 Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97

114786 Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements $69.95 $48.97

114791 Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements $39.95 $27.97

114792 Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements $64.95 $45.47

*This bundle is only available while supplies last.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Black Friday to all of you. Don't forget there's some great specials on my website for some awesome presents up to 50% off.

This week over at Sisters in Stamping we were to use a Simply Scrappin' Kit. So I decided this explosion photo box was the perfect thing to show you. It is completely made from half of a Simply Scrappin' Kit. So from one kit you can make 2 boxes. One for a gift and one for you to keep.

The above photo is of the box closed. So imagine the recipient's surprise when they open it and they see all the pictures waiting for them.

This is the box with the lid off. See the three layers of boxes inside of it. There is room for at least 20 pictures. These make great gifts for teachers, grandparents, friends, aunts, uncles, or anyone else you want to give a unique gift to.

I've done this class a few times and people love it every time. I will be offering this class again after the new year so be watching my class schedule for all the specifics.

Remember to stop over at the Sisters blog to see what the other sisters created this week.

The great sale ends Monday so be sure to place your order today. Why would you want to miss out on products up to 50% off? I know I'll be placing my own order.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fabulous Friday Candy

I don't understand how it could be Friday again. Time is simply slipping away from me. Hopefully in a few weeks, I will have some more of it. My student teaching is going well but it is coming to a quick close. After Thanksgiving break, I will only have 9 more days in the classroom. Although, I'm really looking forward to the break and need the time to prepare for Jonah's birthday and Christmas I'm really going to miss being there with all the students. Sometimes they drive me crazy but I really do love them. Crazy isn't it? I want my cake and eat it too.

Anyway, it is time for another Fabulous Friday posting over at Sisters in Stamping and this week we were to use the stamp set Sweet Season which we all received at convention this past August. I must admit I felt challenged to use it at first but I love what I came up with. What do you think?

I covered a large candy bar with the Merry Moments designer series paper. I then tied the whole bar up with Mistletoe Ribbon originals found in the Holiday mini catalog (available until January 4). I stamped the saying from Sweet Season in Chocolate chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I also "aged" the paper using the Creamy Caramel pad directly on the cardstock. Attached it to a real red piece of cardstock and added it to the candy bar with what else but my favorite thing, some dimensionals.

I decided it was too blah at this point and wanted to add a gingerbread but Stampin' Up! doesn't currently have one. Uh-oh, what was I going to do? Look below to see what I came up with.

I used the flower and the matching outline stamp and the little circles stamp from the stamp set It's a Beautiful Thing to make my gingerbread. I attached the gingerbread to the candy bar using dimensionals but this time I doubled up on them. I must admit, I'm pretty happy with my final result.
Have a Fabulous Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!
Remember to see what the other sisters have created by visiting our blog HERE

Friday, November 13, 2009

Where does the time go?

Can't believe it's Friday again. Where does the time go? It seems like I just wake up and it's time to go to bed again. Non-stop. It sure is making me tired though.

This week's Fabulous Friday challenge was to use the tree trimmings set.
Be sure to check out the other sisters creation using this set over at Sisters In Stamping.

I decided to stamp on tiles that you find in any home improvement store. They are inexpensive and make great gifts for the Holidays. In order to stamp on coasters you will need Stampin' Up!'s Craft Ink pads. I used Basic Black, So Saffron, Rose Red, Night of Navy and Always Artichoke on these tiles.

I used the En Francais background stamp first and stamped it in So Saffron on the tile. It makes a nice background for tiles, in my humble opinion anyway. After stamping them I baked the tiles on an old cookie sheet for 15 minutes on 300 degrees. Let them cool off before preceding on to anything else.

After they were cool, I then stamped the string in Basic Black. I stamped each of the three ornaments in the set in separate colors while attaching it to the string already attached. After this step, you will need to bake again (same as above).

Once they are baked and cooled off, place furniture coasters (those little felt circles) on the bottom of each one. You can even spray an acrylic sealer (matte or glossy) on the coasters to be sure nothing damages them. Make a set of 4, tie them up with any of Stampin' Up!'s awesome ribbons and you have a great gift for anyone on your list.
Have a Fabulous Friday and a Wonderful Weekend.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Best UPS man ever.

We all love our Men in Brown because they always bring us all our Stampin' Up! goodies. But this man in brown is the light of my life.

Isn't he just adorable. We got a catalog in the mail for Halloween costumes. I went through it while sitting on the couch with my husband. When I saw this I said, "Don, look at this." He told me, "Don't you dare do that to him." Well about a half hour later Jonah comes in and picks up the catalog. Browses through and STOPS on the page with the UPS costume. He said, "Mommy, that's what I want to be for Halloween." Don just looked at me and said, "You have hime brainwashed."
So lo and behold, Jonah was a UPS man that delivered Stampin' Up! boxes for Halloween. I loved it. Honestly so did everyone else and Daddy even warmed up to it. I would say about 80% of the houses we went to commented on the UPS man and we had 8 kids in our group.
Jonah even had me cut a hole in the side of the box so his candy could be put inside when he got it.
So, isn't this man in brown the best one yet?? (I'm not biased in anyway.)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fabulous Friday Again.

It's Friday again. The weeks are just flying by. Before you know it, Christmas will be here. This week over at the Sisters in Stamping Blog we were challenged to use the Serene Snowflake set. It has quickly become one of my favorite sets.

I used some of my favorite colors for snowflake cards, almost amethyst, lavendar lace, and bashful blue. I stamped the white cardstock and then cut it into panels. Layered those panels on bashful blue or almost amethyst cardstock and layered those onto lavendar lace cardstock. I stamped the second largest snowflake from the set in lavendar lace on a square piece of cardstock to make it diamond shaped. Added a rhinestone brad for some bling and then layered that onto some cardstock and of course I attached it to my card using my favorite things: dimensionals.
Remember to check out the blog (link is above) for other ideas using this set.

Have a great day.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fabulous Friday

This first card is a card that is already put together on the My Digital Studio program. Very simple and easy to do. I really liked the card but I thought I needed to add some extra pizazz to it.

So I added a background color because the base of the card above is whisper white. I added the dotted striped kiwi kiss designer series paper. Then I changed the color of the button from pumpkin pie to chocolate chip and add a kiwi kiss grosgrain ribbon knot to the top of the button. I also added the chocolate chip zig zag stitching to the bottom of the card. The other thing I did was add some punched heart pieces to the turtle's back and the tiny one next to the thank you. I thought it was cute while implying "thank you from the bottom of my heart or from all my heart."
The My Digital Studio Program is fabulous. There are so many great things you can create using the program. Cards, scrapbooks, individual scrapbook pages, calendars, stationary and so many other things. The great thing is that you can combine both the digital card and embellishments you already have to come up with a hybrid project.
Book a workshop for November and you can receive the My Digital Studio software for 1/2 price with a $400 workshop. That's in addition to any item in the mini catalog for $10 and all the other fabulous hostess benefits such as, free stamps and money to spend in the catalog.
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

What Can I do with Decor Elements?

Have you ever wondered what to do with Decor Elements? Decor Elements are Stampin' Up!'s vinyl decorations that can go just about anywhere.

I wanted to fancy up my laptop a little bit and decided on this piece of decor elements to do the trick. I personalized my computer. Isn't it fun looking? I think it's much better than the boring old black top I had prior.
Brittney likes it so much that she is looking through the decor elements catalog to pick out a piece for her laptop. Now that's impressive, who would have thought anything I did would impress a 19 year old, especially my 19 year old who purposely says the opposite of what I like or want.
The decor elements are great for walls because you can easily take them off and not worry about peeling paint with it. You can also use them on or in picture frame. As the holidays get closer I will post a shadow box frame I created using decor elements. This is a great way to use the Holiday elements year after year.
If you don't have a copy of the decor elements catalog, let me know and I will get one out to you. In the meantime, check out THIS to view it online. It's under Definitely Decorative.
Have a great day. Be sure to check back tomorrow for another Fabulous Friday posting.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Small Christmas Gift

This cute little gift was created by using the Box # 2 from the big shot. I also used the embossing folder from the mini catalog. To achieve the white flowers and the red background I inked up the folder before embossing. I also used the new hostess set Patterned Pines found in the mini catalog for the front of the box. The trees were stamped, cut out, glittered and attached using my favorite thing, dimensionals.
There will be more ideas like this coming your way over the next several weeks to help you get ready for the upcoming Holiday season. It will be here before you know it. I don't think I'm ready for that but ready or not, here it comes.
Be sure to check back later today for the final Deal of the Week.
Have a great day!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fabulaous Friday Project

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday posting. This week the sisters over on the Sisters in Stamping blog decided to add some texture to their projects. We all used the texture plates somewhere on them. Be sure to head over to the blog to check out what the other sister's created. You will love them.

I used the pillow box die to cut crushed curry cardstock. I then texturized the box by using the large polka dot texture plate. I assembled the box and added a strip of pink designer series paper from the razzleberry lemondae pack.

The focal point was created by stamping one of the birds from Cheap Talk in Bermuda Bay, punching it out with the 1 1/4" circle punch, layering that onto 1 3/8" circle of crushed curry and then layering that onto a scallop circle punch in Bermuda Bay. To finish it off, I used the white gel pen to add some dots to the scallops to carry over the polka dot look from the textured box. And of course, I added some bling to it by adding some dazzling diamonds glitter to the white wing of the bird.

This is great for a party favor or to tuck some cash in for a gift for someone.

Hope you enjoy and remember to check back often for new projects.

You can always visit my website to place your online order 24/7.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Deal of the Week # 3

This week's Deal of the Week proves to be another great one. Stampin' Up! is offering the 1/2" library clips, the circle designer brads, the basic jumbo grommets and the mini library clips at drastically reduced prices.
These prices are valid through Sunday, October 25, so don't delay and order yours today. You won't want to miss out on this opportunity to get some of your favorite items at discounted prices.

Item Page Description Regular Price Special Price
114348 179 Basic Jumbo grommets $6.95 $4.49
109857 179 Mini Library clips $12.95 $8.99
112571 179 Circle Designer brads $5.95 $3.99
112581 179 1/2" Library clips $6.95 $3.99
You can place your order directly through my WEBSITE, or contact me via email
Have a terrific day!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Quick Thank You Cards

I loved making 50 of these thank you cards. They were quick and easy to complete, that is once I decided on the layout of the card. No layering allowed on this one. I began with kraft cardstock (102125) and kraft envelopes (107297). It is a little hard to tell in the picture that it's kraft cardstock but trust me on this one, it really is.

I decided the Baroque Motifs (113490) stamp set was a good choice because I could "layer" the colors and stamps on each other to achieve a layered look. I used elegant eggplant (105234) and old olive (103063) craft pads for the ink. I wanted the colors to be vibrant and wouldn't have achieved that goal with the classic pads. For the greeting, I used the set Sincere Salutations (115068). I love the look of this set. You can really dress up a card with the script text. Honestly, I think it looks great anytime it is used. It is a versatile set that covers all bases.

Hope you enjoyed today's quick and easy card.

Remember if you would like to order any of the products used in this card or any other products, visit my website by clicking HERE

Have a Marvelous Monday. Be sure to check back often for more cards, gifts, and other goodies.

Friday, October 16, 2009

I love Fabulous Friday

Today is Fabulous Friday. I think it's fabulous for several reasons. It's the last day of school this week, we had a 2 hour delay thanks to some ridiculous October snow, I have a workshop this evening that I get to stamp with some new stampers (new to me anyway) and time for another Fabulous Friday posting over at Sisters in Stamping. Remember to check out the blog to see what the other sisters did.

Over there at Sisters in Stamping we have been focusing all month on the different Big Shot dies. Well today is no different. The focus for this week is the embosslit dies. I decided to use the flower burst die that is on special this week (only $5.99 until Sunday, regular price $11.95).

I created a nice little desk set using the razzleberry lemonade designer series paper and the coordinating colors of cardstock, rich razzleberry, crushed curry and melon mambo. Isn't it a darling little set? The giant paper clips make great bookmarks. I used pop up glue dots on the center of each flower to add some chunky glitter. Look up at the first picture to see it better. To make the bookmarks you die cut 2 flowers and use a pop up glue dot on each one and then sandwich the paper clip between them.

The post it note holder is made using an arcylic frame with the part that makes it stand positioned at the top. The open space would be great for a small picture of a loved one or a mini tear off calendar. I used the white gel pen sporadically on the flowers and I think it really added a lot to the overall appearance of each project.

The above picture is a little coupon or receipt keeper. It was a clear case that I lined with the razzleberry lemonade paper. The flowers are on the outside attached again with pop up glue dots. I even tried to reposition one of the flowers on the post it note holder and I couldn't. They are really strong and do a great job.
I hope you enjoy today's projects and remember to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog for more ideas.
You can always order any of these projects by visiting my website to place your order online.
Hope you have a Fabulous Friday

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Have you been booed?

I know a lot of people are into booing their co-workers or neighbors so I thought this card would be great for all of you. At the school I'm student teaching at they are booing so I can't wait to boo someone and use this card.

Here's a little boo for you. I love this little ghost stamp. You will find it on the under $10 page in the catalog. Pair it with some extra wide striped ribbon and your favorite background stamp (mine is the polka dot background, which is still available) and you have a quick, easy, yet nice looking card.

Think of doing it in any Halloween colors, add some purple or green or just switch the current colors (only orange and basic black) around and you will change the look with minimal effort on your part.

Remember you can order directly through my website any time day or night by clicking HERE

Monday, October 12, 2009

October Classes


Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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.

This class will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month.

Cost: $25.00 for the first month (this includes a 6x6 album to place your pages in for future reference). Every other month after the first 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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
6:30 PM

· Make 2 12x12 two page spreads. Themes for this month will be Fall.
· Cost is $15.00 for this class. You will need to bring your own adhesive.
· Payment and Registration Deadline: October 18, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009
2:00 PM

Do you love the big shot but can't justify the expense all at once? Well, I have the perfect club for you. Read on for all the details. As part of this club you are in essence purchasing a big shot and some accessories for it using a layaway plan. This club will run for 4 months and be $46 a month.

In the end you will have your own big shot machine, one die ($21.95), the Stampin' Up! texture plates ($11.95), one embosslit ($11.95) and on sizzlit 4 pack ($19.95). This is plenty of supplies to have a lot of fun playing with your new big shot at the end of the club. Each month we will meet and I will share 3 projects with you (that you will make as well) using the bigshot. By the end of the club you will know how to work all the great tools that are available for the Big Shot. We won't be using just paper either. I will show you several different material that work wonderfully with the Big Shot. If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join the club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this club is for everyone. Plus as a club member you will receive $15 credit and a level 1 hostess gift. Isn't this a sweet deal?

If you already own the big shot you are welcome to attend the class for $10 per month

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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.

Deal of the Week # 2


I love finding great deals on my favorite items? Who doesn't love a deal? Well, here is a deal you won't want to miss. Stampin' Up! has brought back the Deal of the Week for the month of October and what better time to get started on your holiday card or gift making and shopping for your favorite stamper! This Second Deal of the Week features three Big Shot Items.

Stampin' Up! Has Announced the Deal of the Week for Week 2. You won't want to miss out on this one. The following three items for the Big Shot are drastically reduced for this week only.

Item # 116760 on page 201 Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die Regular Price is $39.95. Sale Price is $25.49

Item # 114515 on page 195 Flower Burst Embosslits die Regular Price is $11.95. Sale Price is $5.99

Item # 115961 on page 200 Perfect Setting Bigz XL die Regular Price is $42.95. Sale Price is $25.99

Promotion Dates: October 1-31, 2009
Promotion Details: During the month of October, Stampin' Up! will offer several discounted products as "Deals of the Week." No limits and no minimum purchase required.
Customer Weekly Deal Announcements:
Deal #3: Monday, October 19, 2009; 12:00 Noon (EST)
Deal #4: Monday, October 26, 2009; 12:00 Noon (EST)

Also check out the clearance rack when you're on my Stampin' Up! website. After you click on Shop Now, look on the left side column and in the categories listed Clearance Rack is second on the list.

If you are only ordering one of the above items and want to save a little on shipping email me your order and I will place it with another order. Or if you want it to come right to your door, place the order online through my website (click on the link above).

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Big Shot Materials

Big Shot Materials List for Bigz and Originals Dies

Being that I have shared numberous projects using the Big Shot, I thought I should share this great list of materials that can be used with the Bigz & Original Dies. It's not just for paper. Try a few of these items and you will be pleasantly surprised with how creative you can be using your Big Shot.
Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. Here is a good rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.

Thick corkboard
Thick chipboard (59 mil)
Colored magnet
Ruffle board
Paper wood
Balsa wood (3/32")
Bass wood (1/16")
Metal mesh
Aluminum (.016)
Tin (.008)
Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
Drawer liner
Shelf liner Vinyl
Static cling vinyl
Shrink film
Fine sandpaper
Clear acetate (20 mil)
Card stock
Patterned paper
Flocked paper
Contact paper
Textured paper
Metallic paper
Linen paper
Suede paper
Embossed metallic paper
Basketball embossed paper
Faux alligator textured paper
Self-adhesive glitter paper
Iron-on fabric
Soft plush fabric
Heavyweight denim
Terry cloth
Funky fur
Thin leather
Quilt batting
Warm & natural batting
Fusible fleece
Self-adhesive craft metal
Self-adhesive cork
Self-adhesive foam
Self-adhesive magnet
Self-adhesive felt
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Pop up sponge
Poly foam
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)
As you can tell with the above list, there are many, many things you can create using your Big Shot, Dies, and some great materials. Your options are vast. I hope you have fun creating and would love to hear about your experiences and results.
Have a wonderful Day.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday. It's funny how now that I'm student teaching, I really look forward to Friday. I love being there at the school but Friday is really nice too.

My "sisters" and I have decided to focus on the Big Shot Bigz dies for this week's product challenge. Be sure to check out the Sisters in Stamping Blog to see what the other 3 have created. They are great ideas that you won't want to miss

I was also asked by one of my hostesses to create a frame similar to the one that is shown on page 118 of the catalog, so I decided to take both challenges and conquer them in one project. I created the above butterfly frame using the Beautiful Butterflies die and the Lattice die.

I cut 9 butterflies from the Cottage Wall paper and die cut 4 lattice pieces to create the border. I didn't have to use the whole lattice piece since most of it was covered so I cut sections of it to frame off the project.

For a few of the butterflies, I outlined or doodled around the edges using Stampin' Write Markers to make them stand out a little more.

If you would like to purchase any of these materials or any other materials be sure to visit my website.

Hope you have a Fabulous Friday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

World Card Making Day Projects

Hello there Stampin' Friends,

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I have been extremely busy with my student teaching experience that I haven't had a moment to spare to update the blog. I had my first observation yesterday (that's why I was so busy, needed to prepare for that). It went extremely well and my college supervisor didn't have anything negative to say. What a relief. I'm so proud of the 18 first graders and their excellant behavior during the observation. It sure made things go much smoother for me. Now I only have 3 more observations to go and I'm finished. After Friday, I am 1/3 of the way done with the student teaching experience.

Anyway, enough about that. I have 6 cards to share with you today. All of these cards were part of the World Card Making Day - Christmas Cards Class that was held on Saturday. If you weren't able to attend, I'm sorry you missed these great cards. Don't worry I'll be holding more classes, so be watching for the class schedule to mark you calendar.

The above card was created by Lucia Behler, a member of my Yurinkin' Stamp Addicts team. I love the simplicity of the embossed look of this card. The stamp set is Home for Christmas. The card uses handsome hunter, very vanilla and ruby red cardstock. The stamp was inked in versamark and embossed in gold. The wreath was colored in using the Ruby red marker.

I created the above card using the Berry Christmas set found in the mini catalog. It uses whisper white, rich razzleberry, old olive and brushed gold cardstock. The ink used was Encore Gold, old olive and rich razzleberry. I love the paper stamped with the poinsetta in the background. Several people at the class thought they didn't get their sheet of designer series paper. They didn't realize it was just stamped. You can always make your own designed paper to match any project.

The above card was also created by Lucia. She used Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry. These non-traditional Christmas colors make for a really fun card. She used the new snowflake set called Serene Snowflake for this card. The silver snowflakes were actually stamped with the platinum shimmer paint, which is also found in the mini catalog.

The Joy card I created using the big shot Serif Essentials alphabet and the Delightful Decorations stamp set from the mini catalog. The cardstock is Always artichoke and real red. The designer series paper, Merry Moments, is found in the big catalog.

The blue card above uses the Tree Trimmings stamp set with the Many Merry Messages for the greeting. To create this card I used Night of Navy, Bordering Blue and Whisper White Cardstock. I used the Encore silver pad along with the night of navy, bordering blue and brocade blue pads. I also used the diamond pattern texture plate on the bordering blue cardstock. In real life, it looks so nice, not sure if you'll be able to get the full beauty of the card from the picture. The ornaments are stamped, cut out, and attached with (my favorite thing) dimensionals.

The above card was created by Lucia also. I love the non tradtional colors she used for it. Cardstock is bermuda bay, whisper white and green galore. Ink is bermuda bay and green galore. She also used the satin white ribbon, white gel pen and dimensionals for the trees.
If you would like to place an order for any of these items (or any other items), click here.
Have a marvelous Thursday.