Remember to Create!

Remember to Create!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Time for a little Peak!

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are giving you a little peak into the new Holiday Mini Catalog.  It makes it's big debut on Thursday, September 1, 2011.  If you don't have your copy yet, let me know and I can get one to you.  It's packed full of great new goodies to create with.  You won't want to miss out on it for a moment. But don't forget you still have a few days left of the Occasions Mini Catalog so there's still time to stock up on your favorites from it.  Plus, remember the great Buy 3 Get 1 FREE promotion of the Designer Series Paper will be ending on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 too.  It's a great way to get some of your favorite papers free.

Okay, now that business is out of the way, onto today's card.  It came together rather quickly but I'm loving the final look.  (Translation: great card for you to make if you don't have a lot of time but want to send Christmas cards)

Believe it or not, I used 4 new products (ones that are available only in the Holiday Mini Catalog) on this "simple, little" card.  The first is the Snow Burst Embossing Folder.  Remember, I think you need to have everyone one of these little babies.  They pack a lot of punch to any finished project with such ease and little expense.  The base of my card is baja breeze.  Then I cut a layer (1/4" smaller) of baja breeze and ran it through the big shot with the Snow Burst folder.  That layer is attached to the base using (none other than) dimensionals. 

The second item I used the new hostess set Warmest of Wishes for the greeting on the lower right hand corner of the card.  That is stamped in baja breeze on very vanilla, layered on baja breeze cardstock and attached with dimesionals.

The third item was the very pretty 3/8" Very Vanilla Velvet Stitched Ribbon. Just cut a strip of it and attached it to the lower right of the card. This of course is done prior to placing the greeting on the card.

The fourth item I used is a little hard to see on the picture, but believe me it's there. It the new dazzling details . You ask, "what's that?" Well it's an iridescent glitter glue that will add dazzle to any project with NO mess! All you glitter haters, you can rejoice because now your projects will have pizzazz too.

See, just like I said, a pretty easy card to re-create.  Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see some other great projects using items from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back to School, Already??????

I can't believe it's almost back to school time here in PA.  Seems like the kids just got out of school and just started having some good 'ole fashioned summer fun and now here it is one week before school goes back.  This week at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on Back to School.  I had so many different ideas swirling in my head and this wasn't one of them but it's what I ended up with.  Funny how that works sometimes, isn't it?

Anyway, I decided to make a scrapbook page for those ever famous back to school pictures that I always take on the first morning back.  And yes, some years pictures aren't even on pages yet.  Figured if I made it now, I will have it ready for the pictures.  It's pictureless because school doesn't begin until August 29.

I used the Designer Series Paper pack, Just Add Cake. Honestly I think the name of this paper is deceiving, to me it should be something with a school theme.  Afterall, what does cake have to do with lined loose leaf paper, letters and numbers?  Anyway, I digress!  I cut the lined sheet of paper to 8 1/2 x 11 and punched some holes along the side of the paper using the circle punch from the itty bitty shapes trio pack of punches. 

The base of this page is daffodil delight and the mats for the pictures are wild wasabi.

See those cute tiny little red apples?  (Perfect for a school page, right?)  They are cut out of a sheet of Designer Series paper from the Berry Blossoms pack.  For the "ruffled" ribbon, I pulled a string from the center of the cut marina mist ribbon to "scrunch" it up nicely.  It's attached with sticky strip.  (I love that stuff.)

At the far left side of the ribbon, I left it straight (didn't pull the string all the way) and added some daffodil delight buttons (hear me say that, Debbie???)  I really like how this page turned out.  It's not too "kiddish" for my freshman in high school (can't believe he's that old) and not to "grown up" for my second grader.

I even journaled on this page already (now that's seriously impressive if you know me).  I used the journaling marker for their names and the Stampin' Write Basic Black marker to write the rest because it is a much finer tip.

So now all I need to do is take those pictures on the first day, print them out, and attach them to this page.

If you like the Designer Series Paper I used, don't forget for the rest of this month, it is Buy 3 Get 1 Free.  You can place your order online through my website or you can email me.

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to head over to the Sisters In Stamping blog for more great Back to School ideas.

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's all about the Elements....

We always worry about the elements.  Usually it's the outside elements, rain, snow, ice, sleet, sun, clouds, etc. But today at Sisters in Stamping we are worrying about the Elements inside the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog.  We are continuing our tour through the catalog and this week's stop is the Elements section.  There are a ton of great stamps in this section that you can use to put a finishing touch on a card or to use alone as the main image on your project.

I  used the Delicate Doilies set and the Hello, Doily (not Dolly, which I keep wanting to say) background stamp.

Above is the finished card.  Lots of lace, ribbon, texture, and doilies going on here.  I'm really happy with this finished card.  It's been up in my brain for a couple of weeks now and I must admit it came together easier than I thought it would. Plus, I love the finished look. (That's always a bonus.)

This picture shows you what's inside the envelope.  Isn't that cute?  Sending a kiss, to make it better. And a big pair of rosey lips to do the trick.  The lips are stamped in regal rose classic ink.  The little piece of lace ribbon is attached to the card using a staple.

Here's the card without the insert (just another look for you).  I used chocolate chip, soft suede, and crumb cake inks on crumb cake cardstock.  I also used the tulip frame impressions folder on the chocolate chip cardstock and the perfect polka dots impressions folder on the envelope.  The large Hello, Doily stamp is stamped with whisper white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder.

Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see which Elements the other sisters used.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Buy 3, Get 1 FREE

Just wanted to quickly remind you of August's (awesome) special.  Remember you Buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and you will get 1 FREE.  It's a great deal.  Stock up on all your favorite packs this month so you will save a bundle.

Page #              Item Number                   Description

8                      122343                            Nautical Expedition (Summer Mini)

185                  122367                            Paisley Petals

185                  122357                            Beau Ch√Ęteau

185                  122354                            Pocketful of Posies

185                   122355                           Domestic Goddess

185                   124339                           Just Add Cake

185                   122351                           Frightful Sight

185                   122352                           Timeless Portrait

185                   122350                           Berry Blossoms

185                   122342                           Beyond the Garden

185                   122359                           Well Worn

186                   122347                           Nursery Nest

186                   122349                           Letters to Santa

186                   122348                           Big Top Birthday

Note: Specialty DSP, DSP Stacks, and Hostess DSP does not qualify for this promotion

Friday, August 5, 2011

We're going All Natural today!

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday posting.  This week at Sisters in Stamping we are continuing our catalog tour and focusing on the All Natural section.  You weren't thinking something else, were you?  All I mean is that there are so many great nature type sets in this section of the catalog.  Who doesn't love flowers?  I mean, I can't keep them alive but I sure can create pretty projects with my flower stamps.

I decided not to make a card today.  I made a cute (if I don't say so myself) little box using the pillow box die and my favorite took, the Big Shot.  I used a set that I got for FREE at convention, Raining Flowers, for the outside of the box.  When I received my catalog and saw the set, I decided I "needed" to have it (even though I own a lot of flower sets).  Boy, what I thrilled when I realized I was getting in my Convention Bag.

I used Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Melon Mambo for my color combination.  I really like the look of these colors together.  I also used the circles die for the pool party circle that is the background for my flower.  Each layer of the flower is stamped, cut out and layered together with dimensionals. (You figured that one out already, right.  Afterall, I am Rachel, and I LOVE using dimensionals any chance I get).

I used the 1 1/4" striped grosgrain in Melon Mambo to tie my box closed.  Actually the ribbon is just around the box and I used the white baker's twine to tie the ribbon ends together. This gives it a nice clean look with out the bulk of a knot.

Here's a close up of the box.  See the image on the box itself?  I stamped polka dot (another favorite thing of mine) stamp from the Borderlines set all over the box while it was still flat.  It really adds a lot to the finished look of this project.

Hope you enjoyed the project today.  Remember to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog for even more ideas using sets from the All Natural section of the catalog.  Come back next week to see sets using the Elements section.  (Hey, do you think anyone will notice if I use today's project for next week too?  I mean, I used a set from the Elements section too.  Just kidding, I will have something new for you so be sure to come back.)

Have a great week and thank you for stopping by.

Remember this month's special is Buy 3 Get 1 Free for Designer Series Paper.  Order your favorite patterns now and save.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Classes and Happenings

**Stampin’ Classes**
By Rachel Yurkanin – Stampin Up! Demonstrator
570-689-5371 Email:

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.

August 2011 Classes

Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted.

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 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 Deadline: Sunday, August 7, 2011

Garage Sale Open House: Friday, August 12, 2011 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

• Come and get your favorite retired stamps and accessories at a discounted rate plus you will get 50% of what your purchase in new product that you will pick that day. So if you buy $50 of retired stuff you will get to take all that home plus you get to place an order for $25 in product for brand new stuff from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog
• 1 Make n take will be available for all who come.
• See many new samples that will be on display.
• This is a FREE event. Stop by to say hello. If you haven’t received your copy of the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog yet, this is a great time to get it.

Strength & Hope Stamp Camp: Saturday, August 20, 2011 – 2:00 PM

• This class will involve making 4 cards, 1 card box and 1 3-D (gift type) item using the Strength and Hope Stamp set that is available in the Summer Mini Catalog.
• As a part of this class you will receive the stamp set as part of the class fee. You can choose either wood or clear mount. Remember $2.00 from every purchase of this set will donated to The Breast cancer Research Foundation. You can help make a huge difference in such a small way.
• Cost: $35 for wood mounted stamps
o $30 for clear mounted stamps
o Includes all supplies to complete the 6 projects (including envelopes) All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline is Monday, August 15, 2011 (I need to be firm on this date because I need to order the supplies so you will have it at class)

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, August 25, 2011 – 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: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Big Shot Club, Sunday, August 28, 2011 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 type of 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 (p 222, $21.95), one textured impressions folder (p 218-219, $7.95),  one Bigz L Die (p 221, $32.95), one embosslit die (p 216, $11.95), and one sizzlit die (p 224, $5.50).
• 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 also receive $25 in hostess credit that you can use towards exclusive hostess sets and other catalog merchandise. Isn’t this a sweet deal?
• If you already own the Big Shot you are welcome to attend the class for $10 per month.
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Designer Series Paper Sale

Stampin' Up! has announced a great speical for the month of August, Designer Series Paper is Buy 3, Get 1 FREE.  Isn't that awesome?  I think it's a fabulous sale and I can't wait to stock up on all my favorites. (Okay, there's not too many that I won't stock up on, lol).

Designer Series Paper is great to add a little more to your project without doing a whole lot of work.  It adds texture and color with minimal effort and the finished result is always fabulous.  There are so many great packs to pick from it will be easy to pick 4 to add to your collection.

Click on the  picture above to see which packs are included in the special promotion.  Remember this promotion is good through the end of August.  So don't delay, place your order today.