Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stampin' Up! 12 Days of Christmas Sale!

Stampin' Up! is offering great discounts on select Big Shot die cuts & Vinyl Decor Sheets! Be sure to check out this sale at if you have any Big Shot items on your Christmas wish list!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Baby Gifts!

Hello Stampers! In keeping with my hand-made gift ideas, I want to share some baby gifts I recently made. I have a few store bought items in the bag. But, I wanted to make this gift special by including some stamped & hand crafted items with the gift.

Here is the baby card. This is one of my all time favorite retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets. I just love the artwork, and the baby carriage with the baseball! TOO CUTE!!!

The next item is a wall hanging with the baby's name, Xander! This wall hanging is made from the Sizzix Scallop Square die cut, & Serrif Essentials alphabet die set. The designer paper is from Tall Tales!

And, I have been wanting to stamp on fabric for some time now. So, I decided to stamp onsies with the animals from Animal Stories.
To stamp on fabric: pre-wash to remove sizing, press, use pigment ink (Stampin'Up! Craft ink), then press again with hot, dry iron, to set the image! I had a little trouble on the cotton onsies. They recommend stamping on a tightly wolven smooth fabric. But, I like how these turned out!

Hope you enjoy today's project! Thanks for visiting!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Week-end Get Away :)

Hello Stampers!

Last week-end was my annual "Sisters Get-Away" to Big Cedar. This resort is amazing! Beautiful rustic decor. The still had pumpkins and fall deor around, but had a few Christmas trees already up. The buildings were lit up at night, & cast a beautiful reflection on the water. Here are a few pictures...
Heavenly sunsets...

We took an afternoon to enjoy the biking/walking trails which included many waterfalls, trout filled streams, and awsome scenery. The weather was unbelievably warm. At times, almost hot!

And, of course, out little get-aways always include card making & scrapbooking! My sister, Barbara, designed this little project for us. The scrapbook is 3 3/4" square. And, if you can believe this...the front & back covers are made from old 1.44 MB computer disks. How clever!!! On my scrapbook, & used a variety of supplies & ribbon from my stash. The alphabet fonts are from my Sizzix Big Shot, Serrif Essentials & Naturally Serrif.

Side view photo shows a pull out for more photos.

Here's another little project I made with the Berry Christmas stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. Love this set!!! The snowflake is from the Stampin Up! Sizzlet die cut Merry Details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How about hand-made jewelry?

What a gorgeous day!!! We need to enjoy every one of these beautiful days, because the snow will be blowing soon!

Today I am sharing a project that I made quite some time ago! I made it in a hurry, before convention, so I didn't plan it out well. I have made a few changes to the original, so now I like the result.

I found these washer necklaces on splitcoast stampers and thought they were really cute. I have been wanting to make jewelry so this is an easy 1st project.

You start out with a washer. I added some Stampin' Up! rub on's (this one is retired), and covered the entire washer with Crystal Effects. Then added some of the Stampin' Up! retired black cord and finished the closure with some jewelry closures that I purchased at a discount store.
Maybe I will try to make some matching earrings with small washers & some of the Crystal beads from the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit!!!
Wouldn't these make cute gifts. To finish off the gift, I would recommend decorating a little gift box, and maybe adding a hand stamped tag!

Hope you enjoy todays project. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 9, 2009

What can you stamp on today???

Just a quick post, to show you a sample of my stamped drink coasters!

These are tiles from a home improvement store, stamped with Stazon. I liked the layered look of the images, so these are stamped with the Stampin' Up! Upsy Daisy & En France' stamps! Cork was glued to back. If you would like to have more details, just let me know. Or, how about making your own set at my upcoming Christmas Gift Class???

Gotta go for now, a busy Monday ahead.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Magnetic Board for Gift Giving!!!

Those of you that know me well, know that my husband has a sheet metal shop. So, I recruited his help on this little project. He cut, & bent a piece of sheet metal with the finished size of 10" x 10". Then I covered with the beautiful designer paper from the Christmas Cocoa paper pack in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog! Then, I tied red ribbon to hang. The little magnets were made from glass Drops, designer paper, & magnet disks.

And, WOW! This is a project with no stamping that I love. I think these would make fabulous Christmas gifts! Don't you???

Thanks for visiting, & more project ideas coming soon!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas Mini-Scrapbook, & More!!!

Hello Stampers!

I hope you have been enjoying the Christmas gift ideas that I have been sharing :)

Here is another great little project. I found this idea on YouTube! Sorry,I don't know the creator's name. The album is made from recycled business reply envelopes. Ever since I saw this idea, I have been saving them. And, I am amazed!!! I already have quite a few! I created this album with the Merry Moments designer paper pack, but it can be created with other paper, maybe the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit...

The inside is business reply envelopes, glued together, print side to print side. The flaps were cut off. In the video she used Tombo adhesive, and it works great!!! So, that is what I recommend. I cut the outside cover a little larger than the envelopes, glued envelopes to front and back. Then added designer paper to each page & cover. I made little tags to fit into each envelope. You could include journaling, or eliminate the tag & tuck in momentos, movie stubs from that favorite Christmas flick you took in during the season. Whatever you like.

Here's a sideview. I just love adding lots & lots of ribbon!!!

And, more ideas from the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit! These are 4 x 4 cards. They are such a cute size. I added sentiments, and of course more ribbon! The Real Red card is my favorite. I used my Big Shot with the exclusive Stampin' Up! Lattice Die Cut! It is gorgeous!!!

Here is the group! Do you see the cute Christmas tags!!! They were one of my Convention projects using the exclusive Stampin' Up! Two Tags die cut. We also used the Sweet Season stamp set (page 29) in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog. Peak at pages 28 & 29 and check out all the fabulous products!!! And, great ideas can also be found there for the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit :) With the kit, you could make LOTS of great projects!!!

How would you like to make some of these projects at my Christmas Gift Class on December 10th or December 12th?

Come back soon for more info!

Monday, November 2, 2009

My Digital Studio Project!

The NEW Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio is the ultimate paper crafting solution! With this awsome program, you can create scrapbooks, greeting cards, calendars, and multi-media presentations. Your projects can be shared by e-mail, printed by professional print vendor (which guarantees color match to Stampin' Up! colors), or printed on your home printer.

My Digital Studio has a wide array of Stampin' Up! images, punches, cardstock, designer paper, & accessories. And, new downloads will be added in the future to expand your selections. In fact, there are already downloads available. It also has retired In Colors built into the program. So, if you were a big fan of Wild Wasabi, you will be pleasantly surprised that it is back in My Digital Studio!!!
This is my 1st project using My Digital Studio. This is a whole new world for me, so I am still learning. But, so much fun to create a project on my computer. And, I don't have the Winter Post stamp set, so I just love having it available in My Digital Studio! I will have a lot of fun with this! can get your copy for 1/2 OFF with a $400 workshop!!! If you would like more information, just let me know!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Christmas Wall Decor

I just received my new Scallop Square die cut for my Big Shot and I couldn't wait to try it out on this project!

The Scallop Square die cut is 4" square. It is one of the new clear die cuts, which makes it so versatile. For this project, I cut chipboard out with the die cut first. Then, I cut 3 pieces of cardstock (all at once) to layer on chipboard. The cardstock is Real Red, Chocolate Chip, & Old Olive. The next layer is a 3" square with same cardstock & one piece with Merry Moments Designer Paper. The next layer is alphabet punched out with the Sizzix Stampin' Up! exclusive Die Cut Alphabet, Serrif Essentials. The alphabet is approx. 2 x 2. Then, time for assembly. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the chipboard to string ribbon through. Additional supplies used: Snowflake punch, gold brad, grosgrain ribbon, & Stampin' Dimensionals.

Our awsome Sizzix die cuts can cut up to 50 different materials! That includes chipboard, decor elements vinyl, to our sticky sheets, window sheets... and much more!!!

This project could also be created for any other occasion. Wouldn't this be adorable for a gift for a new mother, with the baby's name for display! What could you create with this idea???

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Decor Elements Projects!

Look at the 3 fabulous projects using the Decor Elements Holiday Mix!

And, you still have more decor images left. So, you could make more artwork... using a larger frame, you could use the NOEL. Or, how about a candy jar? Or, apply them to a glass plate for display? What ideas do you have??? Please share, I would love to see your comments & ideas!

This is what was left from my 3 projects! There are still some very cute images there!!! Would you like to make some of these projects in my Christmas Gift Class in December???

Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Decor Elements, Part 3...Blocks!

Happy Friday Everyone!

This is the 3rd project using the Holiday Mix Red Decor Elements from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog! My blocks were decorated quite simply. I sanded & spray painted them white. I used a little bit of cardstock, designer paper (Merry Moments), snowflake from Snowflake Punch with a silver brad, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon, & 3/4" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon.

They would make a great gift, or a nice addition to your Holiday Decor! And, very simple to create.

Have a great week-end & come back soon!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Holiday Mix Decor Mug!

Once you have the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mix Decor elements sheet, you can make many more projects using the images. This little mug would make a great Christmas gift! Fill it with candies, or hot drink mix. I also attached a stamped tag using the Stampin' Up! Level 2 Hostess set, Christmas Punch.

More ideas to come...visit often!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Spreading Christmas Joy!!!

Even though it's only October, I am "really" in the Christmas mood! Some of you just attended my first Christmas card class, and the next class will be Sat. Nov. 7th and Thurs. evening, Nov. 12th! So, I have been quite busy creating cards for the Christmas classes. I am not ready to reveal the cards yet ... But, I am also working on project ideas for the upcoming Christmas gift classes in December! And, OMG, the Stampin' Up! Christmas mini catalog has me so inspired to create! I have many projects I will be sharing with you in upcoming posts.

But, before I reveal details, I want to remind you that this week is the last Stampin' Up! Deal of the Week! This week you can purchase the Princess Party Kit, or Pirate Party Kit for only $9.99! They would make absolutely adorable birthday parties for kids! Check out my business web site for more details.

Today's project uses the Decor Elements Holiday Mix from the Stampin' Up! Christmas Mini Catalog, page 30. You get a sheet of awsome Decor Elements including lettering for 3 holiday inspired words, snowflakes, ivy, ornaments, & stars. You could make many many projects with one sheet for only $9.95! I selected the Holiday Mix Real Red, and have had so much fun designing projects with them.

Ingredients: Stampin Up! Holiday Mix, Real Red Decor Elements, Night & Day Specialty designer paper, inexpensive black frame (mat was included) and Decor' Elements applicator tool.

Thanks for visiting...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Getting ready for Christmas!!!

Here are photos from the Christmas card class in October!

We created cards in a variety of styles & colors. I don't know about you, but I like to send a variety of cards. Here are details on each...
This card was a favorite! We used the "Dasher" stamp from page 208, the $10 & under page. The sentiment is from All Holidays. The color combo is: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, & Whisper White (using 2 of the new In Colors). Designer paper is from the Holiday Mini Catalog, Christmas Cocoa Specialty (pg. 21). Punches: Snowflake & Wide Oval Punch. Ink is Soft Suede. Ribbon: Soft Suede Polka-dot Grosgrain. We added a little glitter with 2 way glue pen & Dazzling Diamonds.

This is one of the cards we made at Convention, & I just love the simplicity of it. The card uses Tree Trimmings & Sweet Season (pages 28 & 29). Cardstock: Kraft & Whisper White. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, & Glorious Green. Ribbon: Wide Real Red Grosgrain. Additonal supplies used: Stamp-a-ma-jig.

As soon as I saw the Wandering Words stamp set (pg. 16 of the Holiday Mini catalog) I knew I had to have it! You brings back great childhood memories for me. My mother had a ceremic santa sled, with individual reindeers. It was one of my favorite Christmas decorations in our house. And, we had a LOT of them. My mother had Christmas decorations on every flat surface of our house! Christmas was always so special!
Anyway... we stamped the sleigh with Chocolate Chip ink, then made a mask by punching out a 1" circle. We used the mask with Crushed Curry ink to make the moon! Inked up edges of the tag with Chocolate Chip & sponge dauber. Used the tag corner punch & 3/4" circle punch. Also used the Crop-a-dile to punch & set the Jumbo Eyelet (pg. 19). the background is stamped with the Level 2 Hostess set, Christmas Punch, and is stamped with Shimmer paint from the Holiday Mini pg. 27! This stuff is AWSOME!!! Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, & Whisper White.

This card was inspired by a swap card I received at Convention from Cindy Goehring. We used the AWSOME Movers & Shapers Sizzix Big Shot die cut. The windows are inter-changable with different shapes that coordinate with exclusive Stampin' Up! punches. We used the Curvy Label die cut & punch on this one! Stamp is from Christmas Punch (Lev. 2 Hostess) inked with Old Olive & Real Red markers. background is stamped with the snowflake from Snow Swirled, stamped in VersaMark. Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, & Merry Moments Designer paper.

So simple! Snow Swirled stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Whisper White. Cardstock is Basic Black & Certainly Celery. Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon!
If you want any other details of cards, or would like to place an order to complete your stack of Christmas cards call or e-mail me. Or, hop over to my business web site where you can shop 24/7 and look for the Deals of the Week & Clearance Rack for great Sale items!!!
Don't miss the next Christmas card Class in November. Details are on my business web site!
Thanks for stopping by!
All supplies used are Stampin' Up!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween Fun!

Some of you have seen my recent Halloween samples. But, for those that haven't been able to peek at samples in my basket, I wanted to share the fun.

Have you checked out page 208 of the Stampin' Up! Idea-Book & Catalog? The Little Boo stamp can be found there! Isn't it the cutest? I combined the Little Boo stamp with the Halloween sentiment from All Holidays to make this simple little card. The Night & Day designer paper is from the Holiday Mini catalog. So simple!

This Halloween treat was created with the Sweet Centers stamp set, & treat cups. Again, this set can be found in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog (pg. 6). I absolutely love this set, with 5 different theme options, including a daisy flower with the treat in the center! I created my card so the treat is removable. The "EEK" stamp is from the center, punched out!

The final card today was one of my Convention swap cards. I used the Stampin' Up! Jumbo "Haunting" wheel, inked in Basic Black Craft ink, then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice. I love the "spooky sparkle" effect it made on the card!

Here is a close up of that sparkle! Love it!!!

If you want any other details on today's cards, just give me a shout.
And...I have been working on my monthly Christmas card classes, 1st one Saturday Oct. 10th. Join me for some great stamping fun, & get an early start on your Christmas cards. More info on my business web site! Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Check out the Stampin' Up! Sale Items!

Stampin' Up! has added a great sale offer to my demonstrator web site~the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack!

It will feature surplus inventory items at up to 80% off! These items are only available through my demonstrator web site. Click, shop now (bottom right corner of home page) and look for Clearance Rack! There are some great items available, beginning today, and they are only available while supplies last! Happy Shoppping!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another Card Class Creation!

This card was created with the Autumn Days stamp set. This set includes 6 beautiful stamps including pinecones (which I have seen used on Christmas cards) wheat, leaves, and berries. It is a very versatile set. Additional stamp set used: Teeny Tiny Wishes. Cardstock: Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Old Olive, & Very Vanilla. Card base is Naturals White cardstock. Ink: Dusty Durango & Old Olive.

There are several techniques used on this card, including the background leaves which are stamped with ink refills on baby wipes, then tissue paper wrinkled & glued over the cardstock using a glue stick. Then rub Dusty Durango ink over the top for a distressed look.

All supplies: Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

All Occassion Card Class

To everyone that attended my All Occassion Card Class, thanks so much for attending! I hope everyone enjoyed the variety of cards & techniques presented at my first fall card class!

Here is a photo of the cards we created.

The 1st card was created with the new Build a Bear stamp set, Beary Best Friends & sentiment, Beary Nice Wishes from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. We watercolored the images by first stamping images with Stazon, on watercolor paper (makes such a difference!) Then colored in with Aqua painters & stamp pads. Customers could choose whether they wanted a boy or girl bear. Both are "Beary" adorable!!! Cardstock: Brilliant Blue & So Saffron. Designer paper: Tall Tales.

The next card was created with the new stamp set On A Pedestal! Love it!!! It was one of the first sets I spotted in the new Idea Book & Catalog that I had to have!!! And, when customers saw that I brought Big Shot Texturz plates, they just had to try them out on this card! And, new Striped Grosgrain gorgeous!

The next card was created with the new stamp set Sweet Centers from the Holiday Mini Catalog! This set features 6 stampes which coordinate with the new treat cups. There is a variety of stamps which can be used for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, & the very adorable Hot Air Balloon! We used the treat cups (fits perfectly in this stamp set) with a hole punched with the 1 3/4 circle. Then we punched a 1 1/4 circle in the back to access the candies! Too cute!!!

And, the next card was a big hit! We used the exclusive Stampin' Up! embossing folder, Elegant Boquet, with Whisper White cardstock. Then, used the awsome technique, ruffling designer paper. To create this look, we used the scallop punch down the side of a 12" piece of desigher paper, then crimped it. Stamped a sentiment, punched with Wide Oval punch. Then put sticky strip on back of the oval, and stuck the designer paper on back, tucking & bunching as you go along. Awsome technique which was created by fellow demonstrator, Jan Tinkenberg.

The designer paper used is "Night & Day" from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Cardstock is Rich Razzleberry & Black. Rich Razzleberry ribbon!
If you like what you see, how about joining me for the next card class in October??? You can visit my business web site for up to date schedules & info, or give me a call! Hope to see you there!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Build-a-Bear Workshops Die Cuts!

Isn't this card absolutely adorable!!! The new Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog features a new product line, the Build-A-Bear Workshops stamp sets, & exclusive die cuts. When creating today's card, I used the new Stampin' Up! Bigz die cut, Stampin' Up! Bear, & Beary Essentials clothes. The clothes were created with the new designer paper pack, Pawsitively Prints. Stamp set used is Beary Nice Wishes! I added a Pretties flower & brad, and dyed the flower with So Saffron ink!

These new Build-A-Bear products are just too cute! And, all products are only available through Stampin' Up! Let me know if you haven't received your copy of the Holiday Mini Catalog and would like to receive one. You can also view the Holiday Mini Catalog on my business web site, just click shop now & look for Holiday Mini Catalog!

Thanks for visiting!