Remember to Create!

Remember to Create!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Fabulous Friday (not so Fabulous in NEPA)

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday from the Sisters in Stamping (visit the blog). Although I don't find it too fabulous here in NEPA right now. The snow is still falling with no end in sight. I have drifts in my yard that are 4-6 feet tall. Plus the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar that I was attending tomorrow in Syracuse has been cancelled thanks to the weather. I was so excited to go. I was going to be one of the Workshop Wow presenters and I couldn't wait to share my projects with everyone. Well, lucky for you, my loyal readers, you will get to see the projects over the next few days. Anyway, enough crying and whining. Let's move on to this week's Fabulous Friday posting.

This week we wanted to use the adorable set in the Occasions mini catalog called Eggcoutrements. It a cute Easter set that would make great cards as well as gifts for the Easter holiday.

I decided to also use the Mini Milk Carton die that is found in the mini as well.It makes a cute little gift that is quick and easy to complete. I hope you like it.

I used So Saffron cardstock to cut the mini milk carton from. I then stamped the bunny head stamp in old olive ink. Punched it out using the 1" circle punch. And then attached it to the carton with nothing else but dimensionals. For the bottom I stamped the border stamp in Melon Mambo ink on scrap paper. I then used the scallop edge punch to punch out the top part of the border. I cut the stamped image at every four scallops which works great for one side of the box.

I decorated all four sides of the box this way. So no matter which side is facing you, you still get to see the adorable decorated box. I filled it with yummy jelly beans (although now they are emptied out because Jonah thinks their too good and he just NEEDS to eat them. lol)

If you need any of these products, you can call me today to place an order or go directly to my website and place your order there.

Remember to check out the Sisters in Stampin blog for other ideas from the three other sisters using the Eggcoutrements stamp set. You won't be disappointed.





Friday, February 19, 2010

A Sale-a-bration Fabulous Friday

Hello stamping friends. Hope this blog posting finds you all well and ready for another Fabulous Friday posting. This week over on the Sisters in Stamping blog our focus was Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration brochure. I had no idea what I was going to do until yesterday afternoon. But I must say, I think what I came up with is really cute and I know I would certainly love to receive it.


A sweet little box of chocolates! I used the Box # 2 for the big shot using Crushed Curry Cardstock. I then layered some melon mambo paper from the Good Neighbor Designer Series paper and then to finish it off I used the scallop trim border punch on the side of the front piece of melon mambo designer series paper. My focal point is the cake stamp from the Happy Moments stamp set. That's right, I used 3 things from the Sale-a-bration brochure on this one project.


After I adhered the paper to the cardstock, I used the 1 3/8" circle punch to punch a hole in the front center of the box. I attached a piece of a window sheet using sticky strip to the inside of the box. I wanted everyone to see how "sweet" of a project this one is.


I punched a scallop circle out of bermuda bay cardstock and attached it to the box with dimensionals. I then cut out the cake (of course, that was after I watercolored it with the ink pads and blender pen) and attached that to the scallop circle with more dimensionals. To "tie" it all together I used a piece of the Bermuda Bay Polka dot ribbon. By the way, the color scheme came directly from the Good Neighbor Designer Series paper.

Don't forget: we are only half way through Sale-a-bration. There's still plenty of time to host your own workshop or place your $50 order to receive some of these great product offerings for free. Contact me today to schedule your date.
Want more inspiration for the Sale-a-bration products, remember to hop on over to the Sisters in Stamping blog.

Monday, February 15, 2010

February Stampin' Classes

The following three cards were created for January's Stamp-a-Stash class. Each attendee made 4 of each of these cards. You will find more information about Stamp-a-Stash at the end of this posting. It's a fun night out and you create some great cards that you can take home and use.

The above card uses the Medallion Stamp. Simple, yet elegant.


The above card uses the 5th Avenue Floral set and some sparkly glitter was added for some bling.


The above card uses the I (Heart) Heart set (which BTW $2.00 from every set sold through the end of this month will be donated to the Haiti Relief Fund through the Red Cross) and my favorite polka dot embossing folder.

Don't forget to book your Sale-a-bration workshop today. The new 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog is here. There are great new stamps and accessories. Gather your friends for a night of fun while you earn free stamps and supplies.

February 2010 Classes

Scrapbook Class:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6:30 PM

· Make 2 12x12 two page spreads. We will be doing a Christmas spread as well as a winter spread.
· Cost is $15.00 for this class. You will need to bring your own adhesive.
· Payment and Registration Deadline: February 12, 2010

Stamp-A-Stash:
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 – 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.
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2010


Big Shot Club
Sunday, February 28, 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 a 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.
At the end of the club you will have your own big shot machine, one die ($21.95), the Stampin’ Up! Texture plates ($11.95), one embosslit ($11.95) and one 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 big shot. 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 materials that work wonderfully with the Big Shot.
If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join this club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this is a club 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.



Sunday, February 14, 2010

A couple of Valentine's for You

Happy Valentine's Day! I thought I would show you a few Valentine's on this special day.

Below is a card made using Stampin' Up!'s I (Heart) Hearts set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I didn't use the traditional red, pink and white Valentine's colors for this card. Instead I used three of the In-Colors, bermuda bay, crushed curry and melon mambo. I think this is a fun card that any kid would love to receive. Of course, they would love it even more if you snuck a little cash inside for them.



The next card is perfect for any "lovebirds" It uses the awesome new 2 step extra large bird punch also found in the Occasions mini catalog. This card goes together very quickly. I used the designer series paper, Welcome Neighbor from the Sale-a-bration brochure (which BTW you can still get for FREE with any qualifying order of $50 or more through the end of March).



Hope you enjoyed these two cards and that inspired you to go create some for yourself.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day! Kiss and hug the ones you love.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

More of Jonah's Valentine's

Here are some more pictures to go along with Jonah's Valentine's . I was going to visit my first graders and I popped into Jonah's class to let his teacher know that if she wanted me to play a game with them during their party, I was available and this is what I found. Jonah was "delivering" his Valentine's to all of his classmates bags. Perfect photo op for Mommy. It was perfect timing because only one student did it at a time. Couldn't have planned that one if I tried. : )



Below he is ever so happy to dig into one of his Valentine's. I must admit, Valentine's aren't what they used to be when I was a child. We didn't get all these cool candy and treats.



The next picture is showing Jonah looking over all of the "goods." He really didn't pay much attention to who gave him what, he just wanted to know what was there.


Lastly, just a close up of the "loot." Lollipops, skittles, smarties, chocolate, and of course, the Spongebob Crabby Patty.


Hope your Valentine's Day is as special to you as Jonah's was to him.


Stampin; Up!'s Love Bots

As I'm sure you are all well aware, tomorrow is Valentine's Day! Well last weekend Jonah and I sat down to create his Valentine's for his friends at school. Boy, was this the easiest year with some of the nicest Valentine's thanks to Stampin' Up! These little Love Bots boxes are in the Occasions Mini Catalog and are just adorable. I even ordered the stamp with Jonah's name so he could "stamp" his Valentine's. The boxes are available in either blue boy bots or pink girl bots. There are 30 to a package but I ordered both because I wanted to give some Valentine's to the "my kids" that I student taught in the fall. So pink were made for the girls and blue were for the boys, of course, right?



Jonah wrote out the recipient's name on each of his boxes after he stamped all of them.



We stuffed the boxes with some individual packages of fun dip (pure sugar to go home to Mom and Dad) and those silly candy bracelets that kids just love. I then tied them all closed with some grosgrain ribbon and attached a Valentine pencil in the ribbon.



Here they are. All 18 of them, done and ready to go a whole 5 days early. And if any of you know me well enough you are in amazement just like I am that I had them done soooo early. lol

The kids and his teacher loved them. I dropped off my Valentine's yesterday to the first grade class and the kids were excited. They had no idea I was coming so it was a big surprise for them. I brought Valentine Jingo (like bingo but they had to solve riddles to put their chip down) and after we were done playing, I told them everyone was a winner and got a Valentine from Mrs. Yurkanin.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday, Already????


It's another Fabulous Friday. Thank you for coming back and checking out what we did this week. The focus this week over at Sisters in Stamping is a stamp set that is in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Mini Catalog. It is called With All my Heart. Each of the sisters and myself received this stamp set for FREE at our recent Leadership Conference in sunny Phoenix, AZ.
What was I going to make with this? That was the question all week long. Well, the time came that I HAD to do something. I wasn't feeling real inspired but I went up to the stamp room anyway. I dug out the set and still had no idea. Then I looked up and saw a pretty framed stamped art piece one of my friends gave me. It was a 5x7 framed piece so I just had to make it while scaling the whole thing down a little. Tracy, thank you so much for this week's inspiration. I'll have to share that with you another day (maybe tomorrow). I copied the layout and colors she used but of course used the With All My Heart set. Tracy used butterflies and a different (now retired) background stamp.
PRODUCTS USED:
With All My Heart (Wood Mount 118134 $17.95 or Clear Mount 118623 $13.95)
Sanded Background Stamp (109294 $17.95)
Perfect Plum Cardstock (101889 $5.50)
Apricot Appeal Cardstock (105124 $5.50)
Certainly Celery Cardstock (105125 $5.50)
Whisper White Cardstock (100730 $7.50)
Perfect Plum Classic Ink Pad (101437 $5.95)
Apricot Appeal Classic Ink Pad (105218 $5.95)
Certainly Celery Classic Ink Pad (105217 $5.95)
Dimensionals (104430 $3.95)
1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403 $15.95)
Fresh Favorites I Buttons (107421 $6.95)


Again, I hoped you enjoyed today's card. After I found my inspiration, I'm loving the look of this card. Remember to hop on over to Sisters in Stamping to see the creations of my Sisters.
Would you like to order any of the products to recreate this card? Well, contact me today or visit my website to place your order.
Have a Fabulous Friday and see you all soon.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Happy Home

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to you! Whether you are watching the big game or doing something else, I hope you have a fabulous day.

The card below is made with two Sale-a-bration items that Stampin' Up! is offering. It's the Good Neighbor stamp set (which is available in both clear and wood mounts) and the coordinating Designer Series paper pad, Welcome Neighbor. I completed this card for a swap I participated in prior to leaving for Leadership.


I thought it would be a good card for today since many will be off to a friend's house to watch the Super Bowl or just to eat during the game. The color combination strictly came from the paper pad. The card uses melon mambo, crushed curry, bermuda bay and old olive. Hope you enjoy.
Remember during Sale-a-bration you will receive any item from the Sale-a-bration brochure for FREE with any qualifying order of $50 or more (prior to shipping and tax).

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fab Friday gets Punchy

Yeah, it's Friday. I'm excited because tomorrow is my Sale-a-bration Open House and I can't wait to see everyone and share with them a few projects that they will be able to make and take home with them. If you are available stop on over any time between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Enough about that for now. It's time for another Fabulous Friday over at Sisters in Stamping. This week we decided to focus on the great new punches from the Occasions Mini Catalog. They are a new design and some of them are extra large.



I decided to go for a soft look for my card. I used the Scallop Trim Corner Punch (#118870 $9.95) and the extra large fancy flower punch (#118073 $15.95) from the Occasions Mini. I also used the Scallop Trim Border Punch from the Sale-a-bration Catalog (which by the way, you can get FREE with any $50 order now through the end of March).

Stampin' Up! has a video on You Tube on how to use the corner and border punches together. Here's the link if you would like to learn more. It is very helpful and informative.

I also used my polka dot embossing folder for the Big shot for the background. Since my dot background stamp is no longer availabe (and I loved that stamp), I had to move on to another dot option and that is definitely my embossing folder. It gets used a lot.

I used whisper white and pretty in pink cardstock for this card. I punched 5 flower and then crinkled them all up. I layered them together and kept them together using one of the pretty ice circle rhinestone brads.

The flower is attached with nothing else but dimensionals. (I'm sure you knew that already) and the layer the flower is on is also raised up a bit with dimensionals.

It's a pretty simple looking card that has an air of elegance about it. Have a great day and check back often.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Febraury Classes


Don't forget to book your Sale-a-bration workshop today. The new 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog is here. There are great new stamps and accessories. Gather your friends for a night of fun while you earn free stamps and supplies.

February 2010 Classes

Sale-a-bration Party Open House: Saturday, February 6, 2010 2:00 PM – 5:00PM

· Free event (Bring a friend new to me and get a prize)
· There will be several make n takes for all
· Light Refreshments
· Door Prizes
· Discounted Retired Stamp Sets for Sale
· Specials on orders placed that day
· Specials for workshops that schedule their date that day
· A gift for all in attendance.

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 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.
* Registration & Payment Deadline: February 6, 2010


Home Décor Block Set Class: Saturday, February 13, 2010 2:00 PM
· Make a beautiful décor piece for your home using Stampin’ Up!’s décor blocks. Each side of every block will be covered and decorated. Four sides will be decorated to spell out words. They will be Love (with a Valentine’s theme), Snow (for a winter theme), Fall (obviously will be fall themed) and you can finish it off with either Life or Home (which can be used the rest of the year)
· Great to make as a gift or to keep for yourself.
· Cost: $25.00 which will include the blocks, paper and embellishments to cover your blocks. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
· Registration & Payment Deadline: February 9, 2010

Scrapbook Class: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6:30 PM
· Make 2 12x12 two page spreads. We will be doing a Christmas spread as well as a winter spread.
· Cost is $15.00 for this class. You will need to bring your own adhesive.
· Payment and Registration Deadline: February 12, 2010

Stamp-A-Stash: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 – 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.
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2010


Big Shot Club, Sunday, February 28, 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 a 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.
At the end of the club you will have your own big shot machine, one die ($21.95), the Stampin’ Up! Texture plates ($11.95), one embosslit ($11.95) and one 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 big shot. 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 materials that work wonderfully with the Big Shot.
If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join this club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this is a club 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.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Fabulous Friday. It's all about punches from the Occasions mini catalog.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sale-a-bration Open House Quickly Approaching


I'm really getting excited about my upcoming Open House this Saturday. I hope you are able to come and join in the fun. Stamping, friends, samples, retired product for sale, light refreshments, door prizes, gift for everyone, what more can you ask for?
See you Saturday.