Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Awesome Digital Deal!


From now (January 30th) until February 12 (or while supplies last) you can get your hands on any of these content discs for just $1. That's not a typo--they're just one buck. So indulge--it won't break the bank. 
  • Avant-Garde Collection DVD (item 125841) 
  • Cheerful Treats Digital Content CD (item 124237)
  • Express Booster Pack DVD (item 124889)
  • His & Hers Collection DVD (item 125842)
  • October, December, Whenever Collection DVD (item 124485)
  • Simple Snapshots Content CD (item 127185)
  • Sweet Retreat Collection DVD (item 125840)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sharing some swaps

Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting with fellow demonstrator's.  They have been awesome to include me in their group.  We share and stamp together.  It was fun, even though the drive there and back was interesting with all the snow the Denver area received.

Here are the cards shared:

This was my swap.  I've been wanting to include the stamp images from That's the Ticket from the Spring catalog, and I think this card used them well.  The heart doily, and the banners along the bottom of the card are from the More Amore Specialty designer series paper.

Swap by Boni Montano
(this is one of the Sale-a-Bration sets & the Sale-a-Bration designer series paper)

This was our make & take, by Nancy Fitzgerald

Swap by Kathy Howes

Swap by Terry Kaspari

Swap by Julie

Swap by Linda Rickard
(this is one of the Sale-a-Bration sets)

Swap by Janet Weisheit
(she used MDS for this cute card)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

January Stamp Class Projects

Here are the projects we made this month at my monthly stamp class.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.  If you missed it, make plans to attend this next month.  

This card features the faux-chalkboard technique.  It's all the rage in crafting circles right now, and this card features a simple version of it.  I cased this card idea from fellow demonstrator, Becky Roberts.  I changed the greeting and used the new Pool Party Core'dinations card stock, as well as changing out the accents for things that I had on hand.  

Stamp sets:  

This cute little treat tote, was inspired by another demonstrator, Debbie Naylor.  I've updated it to use current products and the great Hearts a Flutter bundle from the Spring Catalog.  The More Amore Specialty DSP adds just that extra something.  

Stamp sets:  

Last, but definitely not least, we made a card using the Madison Avenue stamp set and matching Sychamore Street DSP from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  These items are only available through March 22nd and only free with a qualifying order or as a Stampin' Up! hostess.  
I loved how elegant the card turned out.  

Stamp sets:

Thanks again for stopping by.  Till next time.....

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's Time for a Sale-a-Bration!

Sale-A-Bration +  Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary = the best time to host a Stampin' Up! party!
  • Get FREE Silver Glimmer Paper when you host a $150 workshop!*  
  • Get a FREE hostess bundle when you host a $400 workshop!* 
Hostess Bundle Details:
The Hostess Bundle includes
  • Madison Avenue stamp set (wood- or clear-mount)
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack
*Offers are not incremental (i.e., a hostess does not receive two packages of Glimmer Paper for a $300 workshop or two bundles for an $800 workshop).

The starter kit is completely customizable, meaning that you pick what you want in it.  During Sale-a-Bration, choose up to $156.50 in merchandise from any current catalog and pay only $99!  So, whether you want to increase your hobby or start a business to make more money, there isn't a better time to join.  Talk with me today to find out more.

Monday, January 21, 2013

January Stamp Club Projects

Here are the projects that my stamp club will be making tonight.  The first project is a card featuring designer series paper from the 2013 Sale-a-Bration products.  Sale-a-Bration starts tomorrow!  It's the biggest sale that Stampin' Up! has every year.  Free products with each $50 in merchandise ordered is just one of the sales.  The others are for hosting a party and for signing up to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  How would you like to choose from up to $156.50 in Stampin' Up! merchandise for only $99?  

Anyway, here's the first card.  I received a swap at convention this year made by fellow Demonstrator, Kathy Stanton.  I loved how simple the layout was.  I used Linen Thread instead of drawing the line, and added paper piercing around the edges.  I've left off the greeting, but will have the stamp set, A Word for You available so the ladies can put what greeting they want on the card front.

This next card uses products from the new Spring Catalog.  The paper is More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the small hearts come from the Hearts a Flutter Bundle.  The greeting comes from one of the great Hostess Only stamp sets in the Annual Catalog, Wacky Wishes.

This last project is a blast from the past!  When I attended my first SU! Convention back in 2002, we made a decorated gift bag that used the same idea.  It's a lunch sack, covered with card stock both front and back.  Super simple, and it makes for a nice, quick packaging.

Here I used the Jumbo Stampin' Around wheel, Baby Tees, inked onto a Basic Gray stamp pad.  Each "tee" is then colored in using Stampin' Write Markers.  The small ticket is from a new stamp set in the Spring Catalog called That's the Ticket.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin

Do you wish that paper crafting was a little easier?  This idea might just be fore you.  It comes every month right to your door, it comes with instructions, and everything you need to make the projects.  What could be better!


Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you and your customer a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) The commissionable amount is $14.95 for each Paper Pumpkin.  
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Stampin' Up! is celebrating 25 years in 2013!  Be watching for 25th year specials all yearlong.  One of them is a "Best of 25 Years!" special.  Stampin' Up! is bringing back some of their favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release one set per month, during 2013.

Here's the first of the 12 sets:

Item # 132929, Best of Birthdays, $14.95 (English; Clear-Mount)

My Little Valentine & Valentine Bundle Specials

From January 3rd to the 21st only!
Item #132771, Happy Valentine Heart Single Stamp (clear-mount only) and a package of 1"x8" Cellophane bags, $5.95 (Retail value is $7.95)

Item #132242, My Little Valentine Stamp Set (clear-mount), $9.95 and get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent kit ($7.95 value, pictured in the Holiday Catalog) for FREE!

There are no limits to the number of kits you can order, but the special ends on January 21st!  Don't wait.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Papillon Potpourri Gift Card Set

 For Christmas this year, I wanted to make a gift for my husband's aunt while she was here visiting.  She loves butterflies, so the stamp set Papillon Potpourri was a perfect choice. The above photo shows the box that I made to put an assortment of cards into.

Here are the cards that I made to go into the box.  They were simple cards making use of the new Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Folder for the Sizzix Big-Shot from the new Spring Catalog.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Until next time.....

Monday, January 7, 2013

Trying My Hand at the Faux Chalkboard Technique

I finally had some time to play around with my stamps!  And, although I really need to do more of it, it felt good.  I tried my hand at the popular faux chalkboard technique.  I think there is so much more that you could do with this technique than what I've done, but it was fun.

This first card was done using a stamp set I received at Stampin' Up!'s annual convention this past year.  It's called "I am..." and was the theme of the convention.  I thought the stamp set lent itself to this technique without really adding anything.  

This next card, I'm still trying to decide if I like.  The stamp set I used is called Layered Labels.  I used my trusty Big-Shot and the coordinating Framelits die to cut out the image.  The base card is a piece of Raspberry Ripple card stock.  To give it a little interest (and to try out a new tool), I added some texture using the new Borders Scoring Plate for the Simply Scored tool.  It takes a little getting used to since it's not quite the same as the straight lines or the diagonal plate. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Casing from Christmas

It's been difficult for me to get back into the groove of things following the Christmas holiday.  I spent some time today straightening up my stamping room so that I can get some inspiration going.  Here are a few cards that I put together earlier, but didn't get posted.  Although they use a now retired paper stack (Festival of Prints from the Holiday Catalog), you could use any designer series paper to create them.  You'll also note that the layout was one I posted earlier from my Christmas Card Buffet.

Supplies Used:
Festival of Prints DSP 
Sassy Salutations stamp set
Elegant Butterfly punch
Bitty Butterfly punch (Spring Catalog)
Fun Flowers Bigz L die & Sizzix Big-Shot
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch
Basic Rhinestones or Basic Pearls

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have found a bit of inspiration.