Monday, June 29, 2009

We're Finally Moving!

A lot of you know this, but for those that don't, we've been trying to sell our house since February. We just got an offer last Friday, and we've accepted it! The couple buying it is definitely motivated, because they've already got an inspector coming out today! We should be moved into our new house sometime in August.

We couldn't wait to get an offer, and now that we have one, everything is going pretty fast! With that said, I'm going to have to cancel the New Catalog Debut Open House I was going to have on Saturday, July 11. I hate to do this, but we've got so much to do to get ready for the move that there is just no way I can have the open house now. I am planning on having an open house to show off my new stamping area once we've moved. I'm hoping to have it in late August or early September. I'll let you all know as soon as I can.

Even though the open house for the new catalog isn't happening, I'm going to offer the specials I was going to have. There are three specials, and they are good between now and Wednesday, July 8. The specials are:

Buy a new catalog for $5 (that's 50% off!)

Order any new In Color ink pads, card stock, markers, or ribbon @ 10% off!

Place a $65 order and get the new catalog free!

I won't be able to place orders from the new catalog until late Wednesday afternoon, but you can get your catalog now. If you can't come pick up your catalog at my house and need it shipped to you, there will be an additional $5 for shipping.

I was going to have specials for upcoming classes, but since there aren't any right now, I'll do that at the open house I'll have at the new house.

I'm also going to take pictures of the retired sets I have for sale and put them here on my blog. You can look them over and let me know if you would like to purchase any of them. I'll get that done as soon as I can.
One more thing, I won't be able to post every weekday as usual, but I will post as much as I can. I do have a card ready to post, and I'll do that tomorrow.

Friday, June 26, 2009

An Oldie But a Goodie!

Today's card was made using the wonderful stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. This set has been around for quite awhile now, but it's still very popular. I made this card for my dad for Father's Day. I used the Poppin' Pastels technique with the tree. That's when you stamp the tree in VersaMark and then color it with our Stampin' Pastels chalks. The chalk sticks to the VersaMark. It's really a fun way to color this gorgeous tree.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Teeny Tiny Wishes (new set)

Ink: VersaMark ink pad; Elegant Eggplant Classic ink pad

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Texture Plates Kit #4, Modern Label Punch (new), Word Window Punch, Stampin' Pastels, Sponge Daubers, Crop-A-Dile, & Antique Brass Jumbo eyelets.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Technique Stamp Club Projects

Tonight and tomorrow morning is when my Technique Stamp Club will be meeting to make their monthly projects. Every month, they come to place their order, make a new technique flip card for their binder ring and make either a card or scrapbook page using the technique. We always have a lot of fun together. This month, they'll be learning a technique I just learned called "Embossed Reinker Spread Technique." It's really a lot of fun. Below, you'll see the scrapbook page and the card they had to choose from.

12" x 12" Scrapbook Page

Card

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Matchbox Bigz XL Die Projects Die

There is another great video on my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website you may be interested in. I just finished watching it, and there are some great project ideas for this die. The exclusive Stampin' Up! Matchbox Bigz XL die is currently in the Occasions Mini on p. 16 for $42.95. There's even a coordinating stamp set that you can purchase on the same page. If you are interested in purchasing this die, you can order it ONLINE (click "Shop Now" once at my demonstrator website).

To see the video, just click on the picture.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sneak Peek Set - Autumn Days

How do you like the look of my new blog? I visit other blogs, and a couple of them had just changed the layout of their blogs. I clicked on the link that was on their blog (now it's on mine, too), and found a great site with free blog layouts. I'll probably keep this one for awhile, unless of course they come up with one I like even better. I did lose some of the links I had on my sidebars, but it only took me a little while to get them back on and in the correct order.

Okay, back to today's card. I made this card for my husband on Father's Day. I really like this set. It's perfect for masculine projects. This set is called Autumn Days. I also used another sneak peek set, Teeny Tiny Wishes and a sneak peek punch, Modern Label punch.

How do you like the sunset background? I learned this technique from one of my demonstrator friends, Annette Harling. Would you like to know how I did it? Well, here's how you do it.




1. I put More Mustard ink on my brayer, and brayered over a piece of Whisper White card stock until completely covered.

2. I punched out a circle from a post-it note using my 1-3/8" circle punch, making sure to have some of the adhesive from the post-it on the back of the circle.

3. I placed the circle where I wanted the sun. Then, I inked up my brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink, and brayered over the card stock again. Then I removed the circle to reveal the More Mustard ink underneath.

4. Then, I stamped the wheat stalks using Chocolate Chip ink. I also sponged some Bravo Burgundy onto the Pumpkin Pie background for some texture. I stamped the pheasant on another piece of card stock and cut out. Then, I placed it where I wanted it in my wheat field.

Stamps: Autumn Days & Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, & Not Quite Navy Classic Ink

Paper: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Brayer, 1-3/8" Circle, Modern Label & Word Window punches; Paper Snips, Vintage Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Texture Plates Kit #4 Texturz Plates, & post-it note

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Sneak Peek Set

Here is another one of my new stamp sets, Circle Circus. This set is really cute. Circles are in right now, and this set has a lot of great ones! They can all be easily punched out with one of our circle punches, so you don't have to cut them out! I love that!

I made this 6" x 6" page last week. This picture was taken a few years ago of our 3 kids. All three of them are teenagers now, and both girls are driving! EEEK! This set, along with the new In Colors really go well with this picture. It didn't take me long to make at all, and I think it looks pretty good, too!

Stamps: Circle Circus Set

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, & Bermuda Bay Classic Ink Pads

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4", 1-3/8", 1", 3/4", & 1/2" Circle Punches; Stampin' Dimensionals, & Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 91

I'm really having fun with the Mojo Monday layouts. The layouts are great, and it cuts card making time down a lot. I've used the new Level 3 hostess set, Kind & Caring Thoughts again. This set is definitely a keeper! Actually, almost everything I used is from the new catalog. The designer paper is the Razzleberry Lemonade paper I've used before, too.



The layout that I used is pictured on the right. If you would like to visit the Mojo Monday blog, just click on the layout picture.

Stamps
: Kind and Caring Thoughts

Ink
: Rich Razzleberry Classic ink pad; Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, & Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers

Paper
: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, & Naturals White card stock; Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

Accessories
: Crushed Curry Polka-Dot grosgrain ribbon, Large Oval Punch, & Scallop Oval Punch

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Last Project For Camp Friday

Here is the last of the 5 projects being made at my Going, Going...Gone Stamp Camp this Friday. It's a little goodie bag made using the Scallop Circle Bigz die. I used the Last Chance set, Life's a Breeze on this cute bag. Isn't it perfect for a little goodie bag for a summer party? I also used the Last Chance Tangerine Tango Patterns DSP and Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon.


Today is the last day to sign-up for this camp, so if you would like to attend, please let me know before the day is out! There are pictures of each individual project in earlier posts on this blog. If you would like to find out more about this camp, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

Don't forget that you only have until June 30 to purchase anything on the Last Chance lists. I have links to the 3 Last Chance Lists in the right column of this blog. The stamp sets and Decor Elements are all available until June 30th, but the accessories are while supplies last or June 30th (whichever comes first). There are already a lot of accessories that are gone, so you need to hurry. You can ORDER ONLINE or CONTACT ME to place your order. The best way to order accessories before they're gone is by ordering online.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One More Stamp Camp Project

Here is another project that will be made at my Going, Going...Gone Stamp Camp this Friday, June 19.

I've only been able to go to one Stampin' Up! Convention, and this set, Heartfelt Thanks, was a new set that I was able to buy at a big discount while attending back in the summer of 2004. I've always liked this set, and I hate to see it go. It has been around for 5 years, and that's pretty good for a stamp set. I also used the retiring Hugs & Wishes set, retiring Parisian Breeze DSP, and 2 of the retiring In Colors.

If you would like to learn more about this camp, go to my
EVENTS CALENDAR. If you would like to attend, please LET ME KNOW by tomorrow (Wednesday).


Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Heartfelt Thanks & Hugs and Wishes

Ink: Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze, & Kiwi Kiss Classic ink pads

Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, & Very Vanilla card stock, Parisian Breeze Specialty designer paper

Accessories: Large Grommets (mini), 1/2" Circle Punch, Build-a-Brad-Antique Brass, Mini Glue Dots, and Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sneak Peak of a New Hostess Set

I've finally been able to play with some of my new stuff from the catalog coming out July 1st. I love being a demonstrator! We get to order new stuff before anyone else! What a great perk! I've had this stuff for over a week, and haven't had time to use any of it. I was going crazy!

This card uses the new Level 3 hostess set, Kind & Caring Thoughts. I also used three of the new In Color colors and a new designer paper. This stamp set is wonderful. There are 3 different flower images and 9 sayings. I'm going to be using this set a lot!

If you want this stamp set, you'll have to host a workshop beginning in July! If you are interested in booking a workshop, let me know!

I'm also in love with the new In Colors. They are so beautiful and colorful. I really think you're going to love them, too! Don't you just love the polka-dot ribbon? They come in all 6 In Colors, too!

Supplies: Kind & Caring Thoughts

Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink Pad, Melon Mambo & Soft Suede Stampin' Write Markers-YES, THERE ARE MARKERS FOR THE NEW IN COLORS!

Paper: Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, & Naturals White card stock; Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper

Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Polka-Dot Ribbon, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Another Going, Going...Gone Camp Card

Here is another card that will be made at my camp one week from today. To find out more about the camp, go to my EVENTS CALENDAR. I used two Last Chance sets and two of the In Colors. All four will be gone after June 30th. The ribbon is also retiring. The sets used were Seeing Spots and Say It With Scallops. The In Colors used were Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango. The ribbon was the Pacific Point Striped Ribbon. If you would like to order any of the Last Chance items, you can either ORDER ONLINE or CONTACT ME.


Stamps: Seeing Spots & Say It With Scallops

Ink: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, & Summer Sun Classic Ink Pads

Paper: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun, & Confetti White card stock

Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Pacific Point Striped Ribbon, Crystal Effects, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Date Change for Going, Going...Gone Camp

I've had some family things come up, and I'm going to have to change the date of my Going, Going...Gone Stamp Camp. It is now going to be on Friday, June 19 @ 6:30 p.m. To find out more about this camp, go to my events calendar.


The card above is one of the projects being made. I used the MojoMonday sketch for this week to make this card. You can find other great sketches at the MojoMonday website.
As you can see, I had to move the circle image over to the right a little bit. The giraffe was just a little too tall to put it in the center. I've had some of you request that we make a project using sticky cuts and glitter, so I used the heart from the Sticky Cuts Letters and the Chunky Sprinkles glitter on this card.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Going, Going...Gone Stamp Camp

This Friday, June 12, is my Going, Going...Gone Stamp Camp. It begins @ 6:30 p.m. Everyone that attends this camp will make 5 projects using Last Chance (L.C.) stamp sets and accessories. The fee for this camp is only $15 for all 5 projects. If you would like to attend, you need to let me know by this Wednesday, June 10.

Below, you'll find one of the cards being made at this camp. I used the Level Three Hostess set, Dream a Little. I hope you like it!



Stamps
: Dream a Little (hostess level 3 - L.C.)

Ink
: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red (L.C.) , & Pink Pirouette (L.C.) Classic ink pads.

Paper
: Riding Hood Red (L.C.), Kiwi Kiss (L.C.), & Naturals White card stock; Bella Rose designer paper (L.C.)

Accessories
: Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons (L.C.), Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (L.C.), Crop-A-Dile, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, & SU! Little Leaves Sizzlits die

*L.C. stands for Last Chance.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Meet Shelli!

Stampin' Up! started it's own YouTube Channel about 3 weeks ago. I really love what they've put in it so far. There are so many project videos on this channel already. The video I'm posting here is a video that let's everyone meet the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, Shelli Garner. She's a wonderful lady, and it's interesting learning how this company started.

I've also embedded the channel at the bottom of my blog. Just scroll to the bottom of this page to see it. I hope you enjoy this channel as much as I am!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Occasions Mini Set - Matchbox Messages

Today is the last day of showcasing Occasions Mini sets! Today's set is Matchbox Messages (#113800). This set coordinates with the Matchbox Bigz XL die on p. 16 of the mini. As you can see, it works great with cards as well! Both of these cards were made by Sharon Fisher.

This set is on pp. 16 & 17 of the mini. It's a set of 6 stamps and is only $25.95. If you would like this set, you can ORDER ONLINE by June 30th or CONTACT ME by June 28th.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Last Chance Lists are Here!

It's hard to believe that this catalog is ending already! Beginning with the catalog coming out July 1st, Stampin' Up! will be back to one Idea Book & Catalog a year. They'll still have the Holiday mini and Occasions mini like before.

With the last month of the catalog upon us, the Last Chance Lists have come out. If you don't recognize the name, it's because it's changed. It used to be known as the retiring lists. Links to the Last Chance Lists for the stamp sets (alphabetically listed and numerical page # listed), accessories, and Decor Elements are below. The stamp sets and Decor Elements will be available until June 30, 2009. The accessories are available while supplies last or June 30, 2009...whichever comes first.


The best way to get the accessories you want before they're gone is to ORDER ONLINE. You'll know as soon as you place your order if the accessories you want are still available or not. Of course, you can also order anything else you want while you're there. If you have any questions, please CONTACT ME.

Occasions Mini Set - Forest Friends

Only 2 more days of Occasions Mini sets left! There is one stamp set that I don't have samples for (An Egg-cellent Easter on p. 12), but I have been able to show you samples for the rest of the sets and the designer paper. Today's stamp set is Forest Friends (#113748). I've shown cards with this set before, but these are two different ones. The card on the left was made by Terri Boyd, and the one on the right is Michelle Tech.

The one on the left looks like a graduation cap. Don't you just love the tassel made with embroidery floss? It opens up to a gold "Congrats!" (below).

The set is on p. 19 in the mini. It is a set of 4 stamps for only $14.95. You can ORDER ONLINE, or CONTACT ME and I'll order it for you. This set is only available until June 30th.

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