Monday, November 24, 2008

Stampin' Up! Holiday Extravaganza

Beginning November 26th, Stampin' Up! is offering select product bundles for an awsome 20% to 50% discount!

The details of the sale will be available on-line on November 26th!!! I dont know what items will be on sale, yet, but I do know that they will only be available "while supplies last", there will be "no minimum purchase, & no quantity limits"! Sale period is Nov. 26 through Dec. 1st.

You can order direct through my Stampin' Up! demonstrator website, (just click on SHOP NOW) or feel free to call me!

Thanks for visiting, & I hope to post some more holiday project ideas soon.
Also, you can always view project ideas online at !

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Stampin' Up! Big Shot

Well, here is it...the Sizzix Big Shot! And, that cute bag to carry it in!!!
This new die cut machine is awsome! The Big Shot will cut through so many materials, from fabric to chipboard! you have my attention. (Please contact me of you would like a copy of the list) And you can use ANY COMPETETORS DIE CUTS!!! Including the Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, which I absolutely LOVE! Well, the original machine can't do all that! And, the Bigz dies don't fit in the original machine. Stampin' Up! has a great assortment of die cuts available for the Big Shot, and some "exclusive die cuts, not available anywhere else! I already had the original machine, see what came next :) I had to have one!!!

I have included photos of some of my projects using my new Big Shot.
This cute little bag is made from the exclusive Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die, and the Sizzlets Snowflake die set (includes a set of 4). The Basket & Bloom die cut includes the basket, tag, and some flowers.
The snowflake ornament was made by first using the Large Snowflake die cutting chipboard, then die cutting the sparkle paper and adhering it to the front. I adhered felt to the back.

I made this little scrapbook with the Bigz Circle Scallop die cut. It is approximately 4 1/2 " across. First, I cut the chipboard, love it....then I cut the front & back (2 sheets at the same time) of the designer paper, Urban Garden. Then, another sandwich of cardstock, multiple sheets at once :) and the pages for the album. I punched a hole through everything with my Crop-a-dile, and assembled the album. I did the "ribbon fraying" technique with Old Olive grosgrain ribbon. Also, added some Navy Grosgrain ribbon.

I am on a roll, now! I need to add my photos, and some embelishments. This is too cute! This album could be created for any theme, any occasion. Great Christmas Gift Idea!!!
Stampin' Up! has additional supplies available for the Big Shot, which are not yet listed in our catalogs.

Item #114320 On Board Longboard (chipboard) 6 sheets of 5 3/4 x 13 3/4 $6.95

12 x 12 Decor' Elements Sheets $12.95 ea.

Item #114334 Dark Grey
Item #114335 White
Item #114336 Kraft
Item #114337 Chocolate
I will be taking my "Big Shot" on the road, sooo if you host a Stampin' Up! workshop, I will be happy to bring it along to show you and your guests how easy it is to use, and how it can add to your creative possibilities!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Inspired Card with a Gift

This card was created with the Inspired by Nature stamp set. It was a "must have" from the Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog.

I stamped this card front as soon as I got the set, but I put it aside until I decided how I wanted to complete the card. Sometimes creativity takes time LOL! Anyway, I was cleaning out my space and decided it was time to complete this one! I have been on a tag kick I decided again to do the trick with the tag punch by cutting cardstock to width and sliding through the punch to make a very long tag. Not a tag, now, it is a bookmark!!! Now, this card comes with a great little keepsake. I cut a small slit across the top of the card, so the surprise is visible when the card is opened. A perfect little card, gift, for a special friend.

I have included several pictures so you can see the result!


Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla

Ink: So Saffron, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip( I inked the stamp with sponge daubers)

Ribbon: Old Olive Wide Grosgrain

Punch: Large Tag Punch

I hope you are "inspired to create" today! Thanks for stopping.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Stampin' Up! Promotions

There are some great promotions this month, that I want to share with you.

From now, until November 30th, spend $20 and get 20% off any of the Stampin' Up! rub-ons in either the Fall Winter Idea Book & Catalog, or the Holiday Mini Catalog.

And, Stampin' Up! has an exclusive stamp kit available which is presented in the December 08 Country Living Magazine. This kit is the Country Living Holiday Collection stamp kit. It includes an exclusive stamp set, designer paper, & chipboard ornaments. And...everything needed to assemble & decorate them.

In addition, you can subscribe to Country Living Magazine at this web link at 75% off retail subscription price. If you subscribe, through this offer, you will also include a free gift which includes Stampin'Up! product.
If you would like any additiona information on these promotions, you can visit or give me a call!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Embossed Leaves

Thanksgiving cards can be created with so many styles, but I wanted this one to be a more elegant card, but simple. I used the With Gratitude stamp set (it is a favorite of mine for Thanksgiving cards) and the Holiday's & Wishes sets. The Holiday's & Wishes set has sentiments that will take you from Thanksgiving all the way to Valentines Day. A great, affordable set. And, the leaves in the With Gratitude set are gorgeous!

I stamped the leaf images with Versamark, & embossed with black. The ribbon is retired Black Organdy, sorry:( but I love this ribbon!!! I Used Really Rust & Basic Black Cardstock. The tag uses Very Vanilla with Basic Black Classic ink. I made the tag, as I demonstrated at stamp camp, by cutting a strip of cardstock to width, & bringing up through the bottom of the Tag Punch to make a tag any length. Tied on with string. Really, quite simple! All supplies (except string) Stampin' Up!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Christmas Stamp Camp

Hello everyone! So sorry for my absence, but as you can see...I have been very busy.

I absolutely love having stamp camps... and what is better than a Christmas Stamp Camp?

I had an awsome group of stampers, actually 3 groups of stampers, from 8:30 till 5:00. Thanks to everyone who attended. Special thanks to my dear sister that prepared the yummy breakfast caserole, and to you gals that helped me gather up the supplies & pack at the end of the day :)

We stamped 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs. Also, we created 2 dimensional projects, perfect for holiday table favors.

The 1st card was created for Thanksgiving. I cased this idea directly from the Stampin Up! demonstrator web site. It is full of awsome projects created by fellow demonstrators.

Ingredients: CARDSTOCK Baja Breeze (IN COLOR), Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla STAMPS Inspired by Nature, Holidays & Wishes, & Autumn Harvest

INK Chocolate Chip, ACCESSORIES Large Oval Punch NEW, Scallop Circle Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Mr Twigster has arrived!!! Isn't he just the cutest little snowman you have ever seen??? He has great little accessories included in this very affordable stamp set, including a little Charlie Brown tree :)

INGREDIENTS: Cardstock Bashful Blue, Pacific Point (IN COLOR) & Whisper White

STAMPS: Mr Twigster from the new Holiday Mini Catalog, & sentiment from Best Wishes & More, INK: Whisper White (background snowflakes) Black Stazon & markers Real Red, Only Orange, & Regal Rose, Pacific Point, Stampin' Glitter & 2 way glue pen, Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Snowflake from the new BIG SHOT, & gold brad.

The next card was created with the new stamp set, Snow Swirled from the Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog (pg 32). Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (IN COLOR), Elegant Eggplant, & Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled & Heard from the Heart, Ink: Versamark with Stampin' Chalks, Elegant Eggplant, Accessories: Rhinestone Brads & new Scallop Punch.
Plus: Anyone interested in this stamp set...the Snow Blossom punch on page 189 fits the snowflakes!!!

I found this little project on Becky Roberts' blog. I made a few changes, and this is the result...

The cutest little treat holder created from a 4 x 6 piece of designer paper. Scored, & folded. We used the Horizontal punch to tie ribbon through the top. The ribbon is from the Holiday Mini catalog, pg. 23, Alpine ribbon Originals. The small snowflake punched with the BIG SHOT, brad in center adheres it to the little treat box. The fun size candies fit inside.

This project was from the Stampin' Success, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator magazine. It is full of great ideas for us to share with you! Mine was created from a 5 x 6 sheet of designer paper. We used sticky strip to adhere & make a tube. Adhesive on each end, & crimped. Campers left one end open to fill with their special treats when they got home. The tag was attached with the Gold Cord from Holiday Mini catalog, Sentiment is from the Best Yet stamp set (Level 1 Hostess), punched with the 1 1/4 square punch, backed with the Scallop Square punch, attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The final card, is the very formal Christian Christmas card featuring the Season of Simple Grace. A beautiful stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog (pg 16) with the Nativity Shepherds, & 3 Kings.

We learned this technique at the Stampin' Up! Regionals, and & just love it. It is Embossing Resist. We stamped the 3 Kings on Very Vanilla cardstock with Versamark, embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Then sponged Chocolate Chip ink.

Ingredients: Season of Simple Grace stamp set, Cardstock: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, & Very Vanilla. Designer paper Holiday Treasures (pg 170), Accessories: Large tag punch, 3/4 circle punch, 1/16 punch, Riding Hood Red Grosgrain ribbon.
All supplies used: Stampin' Up!