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Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall is Upon Us

And this week at Sisters in Stamping we are showing you some great Fall projects to keep you stamping when it's just a little too chilly outside.

I decided to share with all of you a little box that I have made at the past few workshops and clubs that I have done.  All my attendees loved it, so I figured why not share it with you too.  I used the Gently Falling stamp set (that I earned for FREE by the way, ask me how) and one of the kraft gift boxes also from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I'm tellin' you, I REALLY love this mini.  So many great things in it. If you still don't have your copy, what are you waiting for?  Contact me ASAP and I'll get you one. You won't want to miss out on this one.

For the leaves on the box I used the colors from the Spice Cake Suite (also in the Holiday mini, told you there were a lot of great things). To get the mulit-colored leaves I used the baby wipe technique which uses reinkers on a baby wipe to make an ink pad.  Then I stamped the outline image in Soft Suede to really define the leaves. Host your own party and you and your friends can try out this technique.

I also used the great Lace Ribbon Boarder punch to accent the tag.  The phrase comes from the hostess set, Perfect Words.  The leaves are all attached to the tag using dimensionals (one day I think I will challenge myself to make something and (gasp) NOT use dimensionals, lol)

For the side of the box I used the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper and a torn strip of the matching Spice Cake fabric fat quarters.  I love how this little box turned out.  It would be great to package any gift inside or I think putting a gift card in would be a nice way to give it.  I know gift cards are great but they are not that fun because you don't have anything to open, well put that card in this little box and the recipent will get the fun of opening a gift and the pleasure of shopping for whatever he/she wants.  The best of both worlds, huh?

Change the theme to Christmas and you will have another adorable package. (Or so I think..... wink, wink)
Don't forget to visit the Sisters in Stamping blog to see what the other sisters created this week.  Also, check out who won the blog candy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Time for Trick & Treats

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are showing you some great Halloween Cards.  Just in time to start getting your cards ready to send to your favorite little ghosts and goblins.

I sharing with you a card that I made for my September downline meeting swap.  I love when one card can do double duty. Who doesn't love a good two for one kind of deal?  LOL

Anyway, enough silly talk. On to what you came for.....the card.

I really like how this card turned out.  Come on, I don't say that about everything. Aren't there some things that you make that you absolutely love and then others where you say, "Well, it turned out okay?"  I used the new Festive & Fun set from the Holiday Mini.  Great set, covers all you need from Halloween to Christmas to Valentine.  I love the versatile sets that let me use them for a long time.

I used the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my color inspiration. I love how easy my job becomes when I use DSP.  The base of the card is basic black and the next layer is cajun craze (a very under used color in my collection).  Of course, then I used the DSP.  I love my polka dots and stripes.  I also used a small piece of old olive cardstock.  My favorite part of this card is the pizzazz the Silver Glimmer paper adds to the overall finished look.

Yes, I colored.  Can you believe it?  Those of you who know me well, know I HATE to color.  I didn't mind this because I used markers and the images are kind of small so it goes quickly.  I used Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, and Old Olive markers. 

I finished the whole image off with some Dazzling Details. If you don't like glitter because of the mess, you will love Dazzling Details.  You get the sparkle without any mess at all.  I put it on the candy corn, pumpkin and the 2 snakes (or the A,O and the 2 E's)  lol

Oh, and I almost forgot.  I attached the main image (which is the greeting as well) with dimensionals.  You thought I forgot them, didn't you?

Hope you like it and it inspires you for your own Halloween Cards.  Need more inspiration, head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog.

Don't forget to leave a comment on the Sisters in Stamping blog for a chance to earn some blog candy.

Friday, September 16, 2011

What can I do with that great Stampin' Up! Fabric??????

Have you asked that before?  Well hopefully after the projects this week on Sisters in Stamping you will have a few ideas to start crafting with the great Stampin' Up! fabric that coordinates with so many other accessories.

I used the Flirtatious Designer Fabric for my project.  I made this adorable flower pot that is filled with ink pens.  Each flower stem is an ink pen that you can use.  Isn't it just an adorable accent for any desk?  Don't care for the pink and purple, change out the fabric to whatever your liking.

Each ink pen is wrapped in floral tape and the circle poof flower is attached at the top.  I used a piece of 1/2" scallop dots old olive ribbon as the "leaves" on the stem of the flower.

Just a close up of the top of the flowers.  The flowers are 16 circles folded in half and then half again and stitched together. You do 8 at a time and then hot glue to "halves" together to make a full round flower.

I finished the flower pot off with the 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon in Melon Mambo tied around the rim and knotted. A great little touch, in my opinion.  You can even take it a step further and add a cute tag to the ribbon if you are making it for a gift.

And lastly is this week's blog candy.  Remember to leave a comment over on the Sisters in Stamping blog to be entered into the drawing for this month's blog candy.  5 chances to win because there are 5 Friday's in September.  Leave a comment under each week's posting for all your chances.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ready for some Shaker Cards?

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are using the shaker frames (page 38) from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Shaker cards are so much fun to  make and are an easy way to make your card interactive.  The options of what to put inside your shaker frame are limitless.  If you can think it, you can do it.

For my card, I used the Delicate Doilies Stamp set.  I stamped the doily images using Pool Party and Soft Suede (picked the colors from the Spice cake line in the Holiday Mini).  I stamped the distressed dots background on the base layer of Pool Party cardstock.

Then I stamped the doilies all over the very vanilla cardstock.  I distressed the edges of that cardstock along with the strips of pool party and soft suede that is found running down the left hand side of the card.  I finished that edge off with the delicate Chantilly Crochet Trim, added a little knot of the crochet trim and I was finished.

Want to know what's inside the shaker part of the card?  Okay, I used some mica flakes, champagne glass glitter and the chocolate super fine glitter.  The picture doesn't do it justice but in real life it's so pretty.  I used the largest circle ring in the pack to make my shaker image.  To stamp the words, I punched the very vanilla cardstock using the 1 3/4" circle punch, layed it on top of the pool party cardstock and stamped the words.  Then I placed the shaker frame around the stamped words, filled it with the glitter and flakes, peeled off the paper protector, placed the window sheet on top of it and attached the very vanilla cardstock with dimensionals to the base of the card.

Don't foget over at the Sisters in Stamping blog we are doing some blog candy to celebrate our 2nd anniversary of blogging together as Sisters.  You need to leave a comment under this week's post for a chance to win the above goodies.  We are doing this for the entire month of September.  If you didn't leave a comment about last week's project go back to last week's posting, leave a comment and you may win last week's blog candy.  It's different every week.  So be sure to leave your comments each week.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rachel's September Stampin' Classes

**Stampin’ Classes**

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.

September 2011 Classes
Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted.

Turtle & Co. Stamp Camp: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 2011 – 2:00 PM

• This class will involve making 4 cards, 1 card box and 1 3-D (gift type) item using this year’s Ronald McDonald Stamp Set, Turtle & Co.
• 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 $3.00 from every purchase of this set will donated to The Ronald McDonald House Charitites. You can help make a huge difference in such a small way.
• Cost: $30 for wood mounted stamps
o $25 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. Bring your “D” clear block if you are getting the clear mount set.
• Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by 11:00 AM (I need to be firm on this date because I need to order the supplies so you will have it at class)

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, September 13, 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, September 11, 2011

Crop Circle All Day Crop: Saturday, September 24,2011 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Held at the Dalton United Methodist Church, 125 South Turnpike Road, Dalton, PA
$5.00 for the day or $20.00 for the day with lunch. You will have a table reserved for yourself the entire day.

Crop Circle September meet up is *full* of many things to do, new people to meet, new paper crafting to learn, all while Showing our Patriotic Support and Reuniting with our Scrapping Friends! Here is a list of *just a few things* that will take place on Saturday September 24th, 2011 during our crop meet up… Check out the website: for complete details on the crop and all that will be happening there. I have attended for the past several months and love going. I get a ton of work done, meet new friends and teach new “tricks of the trade” while I’m there. I always offer a small class there. This month will be a Halloween treat class where you will make 2 Halloween treats for $5.00.

Big Shot Club, Sunday, September 25, 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, September 22, 2011

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, September 29, 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, September 27, 2011

Just a little inspiration piece from Convention in July.  Stampin' Up! had this buckets of flowers all over the place.  Now this is my kind of flowers.  No need to water, prune, or pay any attention to them at all and they will still thrive.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Annual Labor Day Special

Hello Stamping Friend,

I am again holding my annual Labor Day Sale. Place your order today, Friday, September 2, 2011 through Monday, September 5, 2011 by calling will or emailing me and you will receive the following:

10% off an order over $50

15% off an order over $75

20% off an order over $100

orders over $150 will receive 20% off, and $25 in Hostess Dollars to spend on exclusive Hostess sets or catalog merchadise or a combination of the two (the new hostess plan is awesome, you can receive up to three hostess exclusive sets at the $150 level).

Don't forget the Holiday Mini catalog is now available to order from as well. Get a jump start on all your holiday crafting needs. Check out this posting from earlier today for an idea to make adorable Christmas Ornaments using several items available in the Holiday mini.

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

This is just a little thank you for supporting me throughout the year. I appreciate it and want to give you a little something if you order this week. If you don't have the new catalog in hand yet, head on over to my website,  to view both the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog and the Holiday Mini Catalog online. If you don't already have a catalog, I will get one to you when you place your order this week.

Book a workshop for September, October or November and you will receive any stamp set ($29.95 or less) at 50% off. Workshop minimum must be $250 in sales (prior to tax and shipping).

What are you wating for? Tell me which day works best for you and let's get planning.

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

Gotta love that Big Shot!!!!!

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on the new Big Shot dies and accessories that are in the great Holiday Mini Catalog.Last week I used the Snow burst textures impressions folder on my card so this week I decided to use the Holiday Stocking Bigz L die.  I love the little stocking and I see so many projects using this in my future.  Don't forget to think outside the box and see baby booties, or turn it upside down and make a hobby horse (remember the horse's heads on a stick that you would ride???)

Well there was no thinking outside the box for me this week.  I wanted to use the die as it was intended, a Christmas stocking.  I made ornaments using felt from it. They are just a reverse of each other.

Can't you see your Christmas tree covered in them?  Imagine the possibilities. It can be used to make cards, banners, gift card holders and so much more.  

  I blanket stitched the stockings together using the white Baker's twine.  The stockings are then stuffed with a little bit of batting to make them a little more dimensional.

I usedthe Snowflake and Holly Berry felt pieces from the Winter Wishes Stictched Felt pack (also in the Holiday mini).  And to finish off the felt pieces, I added the cute little mini jingle bells to the holly berries. (They are a great size and price, 48 bells for $2.95)

The red stocking uses the wreath from the stitched felt pack and I added bells to that too.  They are so cute.  The white pieces on this stocking are glued on using the Tombo Muti-purpose adhesive.

For the next four weeks each of us will be sharing the blog candy that we will be offering in honor of our 2-year blog anniversary... one lucky winner will get this Holiday Collection stamp set and 5/8" old olive grosgrain ribbon package from me - just in time for your Holiday crafting! In order to enter the drawing you have to leave us a comment on the Sisters in Stamping Site- let us know what you like and what you'd like to see in future posts. Remember, you can leave comments each week to increase your chances to win!! The contest will close on Wednesday, September 28th at Noon EST so be sure and leave your comments before that time to be entered in the drawing. Winners will be announced on our September 30th blog post on the Sisters in Stamping site... be sure and check back to see if you've won!