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Friday, September 27, 2013

Sparkly Halloween

Hello Stamping Friends,

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are sharing with you some great ideas using Washi tape. I used the Halloween selection of washi tape to make my card.  Washi tape is so quick and easy to add a lot of umph to your card. Here I just used strips of it on the bottom of the card to add some more eye appeal.

I love this single stamp in the Holiday Catalog. The pumpkins are so cute and look at that happy little jack in the middle. Of course, on this card I say he's so happy because he gets to look at that sparkly pumpkin. I mean, glitter makes me happy, so why wouldn't he be happy with glitter too? 

I also added some texture with the chevron embossing folder (to match the washi tape) to the cut piece of pumpkin pie cardstock. I was considering embossing the black but decided against it. Although I still think it would look pretty cool.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Halloween Happiness
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers: Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Basic Black
Other: Deco Labels Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape, Orange Stampin' glitter, & Tombo Multi-Purpose Glue
Don't forget to visit the Sisters in Stamping blog for more washi tape ideas.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Back to School (Even if it is Late)

Hello Stamping Friends,

Even though we this is our third week of school (we didn't start until September 9th) I thought it is better late than never to share with you some pictures of the boys and a little gift I made for Jonah's teacher for the first day of school. You're okay with that, right?  Thanks for understanding and being so cooperative.

This is a recycled can that I covered with designer paper (can't really see much of it, but I didn't want the can to show through the crayons anywhere). I then hot glued crayons all the way around. I had 2 24 count packs of crayons but didn't quite use all 48 crayons.  I finished it off with some red stitched ribbon (retired, now) that I thought would be perfect for a teachers desk. 

I then filled the can with 60 pencils (a teacher can never have too many pencils) ready to be used. The can was "wrapped" in one of the gusseted bags that were in the Spring catalog. I just taped the top down on top of the pencils. I made a really quick 3x3 tag using retired designer paper that is also perfect for a teacher and attached it with some gingham black ribbon. 

This year I'm even giving you an extra special look into the first day. I have before and after photo's for you.  Noah is on the left. He is a junior in high school this year. I simply can't believe how fast he's growing into a fine young man. So proud of him. Jonah is on the right and is in 4th grade this year. Seems like just yesterday I brought this little cutie home from the hospital. Yes, his shoes aren't tied, I've got a story for that. But don't worry, they were tied when he went to school.
Noah was supposed to get a ride from a neighbor to school but there was confusion and the ride left without him, so I had to quickly wake Jonah up (aka, pull him out bed), get him dressed and get Noah to school on time. So we snapped the photo before he had time to tie shoes, he did that in the car on the way to the high school. 

And here they are after school. I knew this was going to happen. I predicted it the weekend before school started. They enjoyed summer way too much and took full advantage of staying up really late. So, of course, getting up early kicked their butt that first day.  Both boys came home and crashed for quite some time. Of course, that made going to bed on time and getting up early that much more difficult for Day 2.  That first week was a bit rough but we have the routine down now.

Monday, September 23, 2013


Hello Stamping Friends,

That's right, I have something great to introduce to all of you today. It's the Stamp Set of the Month Club. Brand new for all of you. I'm so excited to be offering this new club to each and every one of you. Read on to get all the details on this opportunity.


*Sign up each and every month. No obligation to participate every month.
* A special bonus (but it's a surprise) for anyone that purchases 3 months in a row.
* $30 per month per person
*It will include a stamp set worth $15 - $18 and 4 hand-stamped cards using that set delivered to your door.
* You will also receive complete instructions (including sizes for cardstock) so you can recreate these cards on your own using your stamp set.
*Each month you will be given advanced notice of the stamp set of the month and see the cards you will receive prior to signing up.

My first Stamp Set of the Month Club set is Tag It! It is this year's Ronald McDonald House Charity set. So with this purchase $3.00 will be donated to this great charity that is helping families while they have children in hospitals.

And here they are. The samples you will be receiving with your stamp set:

Remember all 4 cards will be yours when you join this month's Stamp Set of the month club.
To join this month please contact me, via email or phone, by Sunday, September 30, 2013. I will then send a request for payment to you.
Again, thank you for taking time out to visit me here at my blog and I hope you are as excited about this new adventure as I am. Join the September Stamp Set of the Month Club today.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Falling for Techniques

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hope you are enjoying a gorgeous day, wherever you may be. It is bright and sunny here with temps in the low 70's. That, my friends, is a wonderful day. It's also a great day to share some fall ideas with you. I know we are close to fall (it does begin tomorrow, afterall) and we are all trying to hold onto summer as long as we can but alas there's not much more holding on to be done, so the Sisters in Stamping have some fall ideas to share with you.

I have been seeing this masking tape technique around for a couple of weeks but haven't had a chance to try it out. I couldn't wait to play with it and once I did it, I was amazed at how easy a technique it is. No mess either.

See the stripes behind the leaves?  Well, that was done with the masking tape. Just tear a piece of tape from the roll, place it on your ink pad, rub your finger over the tape (I guess, if you aren't careful here, you can get ink on your finger), take the tape off the pad and lay it on your cardstock. Gently rub the tape and pull it back up. Wahla! A great textured stripe in any color you select.
I used Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke for my stripe colors. I didn't use Perfect plum much when it was in the subtle color collection but I think I will be using it much more now that it's in the regal color collection. Definitely a good move on Stampin' Up!'s part.
Now see, the leaf that is multi-colored?  I used the rock n roll technique on that leaf.  First you ink your stamp in the lighter color (crushed curry, here) and then roll it (slightly) into the Cajun craze pad so you have just a touch of color to the ends of the leaves.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Magnificent Maple, Express Yourself (hostess)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Cajun Craze, & Basic Black
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum & Naturals White
Accessories: Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, & Stampin' Dimensionals, & Masking tape

Don't forget to jump over to the Sisters in Stamping blog for more fall ideas.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Let's Be Clear

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday and it's feeling like Fall here in NEPA. Which is funny because the last few days have been some of the hottest of the summer (90's), so it's quite a switch to be in the 60's today. I know it may not feel like sailing weather here but I'm so excited about this card.  I really love how it turned out. Much better than what I had in my head. (haha) This week at Sisters in Stamping we are being "clear" with you. We are showcasing cards made using the Photopolymer stamps that Stampin' Up! now offers. They are completely clear stamps that you can see through when you are stamping which enables you to get perfect positioning.

Isn't it a great masculine card?  I know I always say I have a difficult time putting these cards together but I think I may be getting better. This came together fairly quick and I love, love, love the finished card.  Patriotic, masculine, clean-looking and just an overall great card to give to any special man in your life for his birthday.
There are several different photopolymer sets available so be sure to check them out in my store. And you will see a few of the other images from two different set over on the Sister in Stamping blog. So be sure to check them out.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Settin' Sail Photopolymer Set
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip & Midnight Muse
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, & Whisper White
Accessories: Linen Thread, Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, 1 3/8" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hurry! Hurry! You won't want to Miss Out

Hello Stamping Friends,

That's right I said, "HURRY!"  The Stampin' Up! clearance rack has just been updated and with prices like that you won't want to waste a minute because quantities are limited and once they are gone, they are gone.

There's buttons, brads, big shot dies, cardstock, stamps, wheels, punches. See, I told you it was great, so what are you waiting for ? Hurry on over to my store to check it out. Just click on the box with my signature and you will be taken right there.
Use this hostess code G6VT97RQ to be eligible to be put in for the drawing for hostess benefits.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday again and I'm really sad to announce that it's the last Friday off of summer vacation. Monday the boys go back to school and I actually have a subbing day already on Tuesday. I didn't expect to be subbing that quickly but I'm needed and I'll be there and excited to see the kiddos.

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are sharing cards for the men in our lives with you. Funny, I live with three boys (yes, I'm calling the husband a boy too) and they are the most difficult cards for me to make. I love making the "girly glittery" cards but struggle with masculine.  I must admit that I love the way today's card turned out and I think it definitely passes the masculine test.

Boy colors, rustic ribbon (see I couldn't help myself but to use ribbon on it, lol), and just a lot of shapes that look messy. Just the way the boys like it.  I used two sets (ones that I got at convention) to make this card, Gorgeous Grunge & Hello Lovely.  The little arrows are actually stamped, cut out and attached with dimensionals to the card. Well, honestly, so are the other greetings and the "&."  Just kind of difficult to see in the picture so I wanted to point that out.  This looks like there's a lot to make this card but honestly it came together in about 15 minutes. Not bad, right?
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Hello Lovely
Ink: Midnight Muse, Gumball Green & Summer Starfruit
Paper: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Accessories: Burlap Ribbon, Dimensionals, Paper Snips & Snail Adhesive
Don't forget to stop on by the Sisters in Stamping blog to see more masculine inspiration.

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Envelope Punch Board

Hello Stamping Friends,

I want to let you know about an awesome new product that Stampin' Up! released just yesterday.  An new envelope maker called Envelope Punch board. You can make over 60 different sized envelopes.

You can go HERE to place your order

Envelope Punch Board                                                133774
Price: $19.95
Why go with boring, white, normal-sized envelopes when you can use colorful paper to create everything from itty bitty to long and skinny? Our creativity-boosting Envelope Punch Board makes it easy to customize envelopes in up to 66 different sizes!

Check out this video to see what it is all about:

Envelope Punch Board includes:
* An easy-to-use chart to create up to 66 different envelope sizes (including standard sizes). The measurements are provided both in inches and centimeters.
* A scoring tool in a convenient storage slot.
* Two punches designed right into the tool itself: one to make the envelope and one to round its corners.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Labor Day Special & September Class List

Annual Labor Day Special  (keep scrolling down to see September class list)
My annual Labor Day special is valid today and tomorrow only (Sunday & Monday, September 1 & 2, 2013. 
If you place a $50 order (before shipping and tax) you will receive 10% off order. 
If you place a $75 order (before shipping and tax) you will receive 15% off order
If you place a $100 order (before shipping and tax) you will receive 20% off order
If you place a $150 order (before shipping and tax) you will receive 20% off order and $25 in FREE product of your choice
Please call or email your order to me by tomorrow evening.

**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. We can customize it for you. Now booking September and October parties, private classes and girls night out. 
September 2013 Classes 

Ronald McDonald "Tag, You're It" Class: Sunday, September 8, 2013 – 2:00 PM
• Make 4 cards and 2 gift type projects using this year's Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set, Tag It.
  Each year Stampin' Up! debuts a new set to help this special charity that is always helping sick children and their families while they are away from home and staying in the hospital. $3.00 from the cost of the stamp set will be donated to Ronald McDonald House charities.
• Cost: $30.00 for clear mount (please bring clear blocks with you to the class)
           $35.00 for wood mount
  – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. As well as the stamp set for you to take home with you. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Wednesday, September 4, 2013
NEW CLASS: Banner of the Month Class: Sunday, September 15, 2013 2:00 PM
* Make a reusable banner. Each month will cover a different holiday, occasion or season. Banner will be made using Stampin' Up!'s new Banner Simply created kits found in the Holiday catalog.
* This month's them will be a Halloween banner. A great addition to your Halloween display that you will be able to use from year to year.
* Fee for this class will be $25.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the banner. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive. * Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, September 26, 2013 – 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. 1/2 Price Class fee with a $25.00 order FREE class with a $50 order • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Big Shot Class, Sunday, September 29, 2013 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.
• 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 and an additional $75 in dies, framelits and/or embossing folders.
• 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: Friday, September 27, 2013
2nd Bi-Annual Stampin' Retreat: Saturday, October 26, 2013 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the Beak Creek Township Building
3333 Beak Creak Boulevard, Bear Creek, PA • Come and stamp your day away with friends. Bring whatever projects you are working on or need to work on. Great time to start all those great holiday projects and Christmas cards. Be sure to bring all your supplies
• As an attendee of this event you will receive a $15 goody bag filled with new product, door prizes, preview many samples to help inspire you, make 3 different make n takes using some great holiday catalog products, lunch is provided along with plenty of chocolate and you will have a table to work at. • There will also be retired product for sale. • Fee for this event will be $40.00. This fee includes all that is listed above
• Registration Deadline: October 16, 2013

Best of Stamp Sets

Hello Stamping Friends,

Here to let you know about the newest Best of 25 Years set available. I must say, I think this is by far my favorite Best of set yet. I fondly remember the bucket of apples and the cute little fall tree with the leaves falling.

Remember when you purchase a Best of set there is a little round sticker with the number 25 on it. It's shown on the right side of the flyer above. You want to save that sticker and place it on a sheet that I will give you. When you purchase 6 Best of sets, you will be able to select any $14.95 stamp set for FREE as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration.
This clear mount set is $14.95.  Use item code # 134390 when ordering.