Monday, November 19, 2012

Stampin Up! Online Extravaganza begins today!!!


Online Extravaganza

Dates: November 19-28, 2012

The Online Extravaganza promotion is
Stampin' Up!'s biggest online sale of the
year! During these 10 days only, you  can
get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on
some of your favorite products! In addition,
there will be three products 20 percent off
for 24-hours only on both the first and last
days of Online Extravaganza-our very own

You can shop my business web site, or call in
orders to me.  The pdf document can be viewed

Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

An Amazing Technique

Hey Gals!

Even though I haven't been active posting, I have been very busy with the Technique Geeks, workshops, & planning for upcoming classes!, I want to share an amazing technique I discovered when planning my monthly Technique Geek class.

This technique is called, Faux Cloisonne.  It is very simple, and has amazing results!  The first step is to select images from magazines, or designer paper, that have an appealing color pattern or color pallet.  Then you stamp a "line art" image in Versamark, & heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  You then cut out the image & layer over Basic Black cardstock.  Here are some samples...

Aren't these embossed images gorgeous!  The gals in the Technique class had so much fun selecting their images and comparing the results.
Next, you use your gorgeous image to complete your card.  Here is our completed card...(note, I used a different magazine image for my card)
I love how the completed card came out...I will definitely be using this technique again!

Card ingredients:  Card base, Soft Suede, Big Shot Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Basic Black & Very Vanilla cardstock, & the gorgeous Champagne Glimmer paper from the Holiday Mini.  Also, Soft Suede ink, Stamp sets Day of Gratitude & Seasonal Sayings (the sentiment from Seasonal Sayings is available as a single stamp.  Check out my business website for all the great stamps that are available as single stamps for a limited time only...

We have a great time at our monthly Technique Geeks class.  No commitment, the only requirement is to pre-register.  Click on the chalkboard for upcoming classes.

Hope you enjoyed todays ideas... Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular October 29th

On Monday, October 29th, Stampin Up! is having an awsome 15% off stamp sale!  This sale is for one day only.... check out the details below!!!

Starting at 12:00 AM (MT) and ending at 11:50 PM (MT), almost every stamp we sell will be 15 percent off.
This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include
    • Hostess sets
    • Bundled stamp sets
    • Digital stamp brush sets
  • There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
  • Any order type qualifies for this promotion-customer,  workshop, or online.
  • This would be a great time to splurge on that stamp set on your wish list, or stock up on stamps for Christmas gifts for your favorite stamper!

    You can purchase directly from my business web site at or call or e-mail me with your orders.  new e-mail address  I will be placing the call in or e-mail orders at 7 p.m. on Monday!

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Fall Inspired Card

    Fall is my favorite time of the year...I am so inspired by the changing leaves. (Have you noticed them yet...)
    I saw a similar card designed by a fellow Stampin Up! demonstrator on the Demonstrator gallery, and wanted to re-create it to share with you.
    The background was stamped with the En Francais' background stamp,  Leaf stamp was from Gently Falling stamp set,inked with Versamark, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then sponged over the leaf image with Pumpkin Pie ink.

    The Early Expresso cardstock on the bottom was dry embosed with our new Woodgrain Textured Impressions embossing Folder (Holiday Mini pg. 33 love it...).  The sentiment was stamped with the new Seasonal Sayings stamp set (Holiday Mini pg. 34).  It was then die cut with the Apothecary Accents Framelits, and then I used the Essentials paper-Piercing pack.

    Hope you enjoyed todays card... thanks for stopping by. 

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Halloween Altered Mini Milk Carton Tutorial!

    Hey Gals!
    Yes, you read correctly...this is my first tutorial! (So be kind on your reviews)
    Isn't this little box just toooo stinkin cute!  Well, I am going to share with you how I created it from 2 of the Sizzix Mini Milk Carton Bigz L die cuts & the awsome Big Shot die cut machine!!!
    Start by cutting 2 milk cartons (item #117310 $32.95) . Then you lay them out as pictured.  Cut off the last section on the right.  (my pic not exact...when cut, you should have 3 horizontal sections plus the little flap on the left.
    This next photo shows them better....see only 3 full flaps plus the small edge for adhering them together.  I used Tombow Multipurpose liquid glue (Item #110755 $3.95) to assemble.
    then glue the 2nd flap to the inside of the box (looks like a tube at this point).
    Then on the bottom, cut slits on each flap to help them lay down easily.
    Looking down from the top of the box, you now have a hexigon.  In this photo the bottom flaps have been glued down.
    Then on the top of the box, fold on all the pre-scored lines to a shape, similar to a star. (because you attached 2 boxes, you will need to add two folds where they haven't been scored.  (You'll see what I mean when you assemble yours')
    Next, use hole punch & punch holes as illustrated, on each side of the points.
    Fill your box with goodies, I also added some cardstock (basic black 1 1/2 x 11)  & designer paper (1 x 12) for added decoration.  I used Bakers Twine and fished through the holes & pulled tight to close box top. 
    Note:  for the Mini Milk Carton die cut it is recommended that you use the Standard Premium Crease Pad (Item #113476 $8.95)
    Additional supplies: Ghoulish Googlies Bundle (pg. 27) Holiday Mini Catalog,  Item #129853 clear mount bundle $16.95 , Item 129852 wood mount bundle $20.95.  Basic Black Classic Ink, Basic Black Scalloped Dots Ribbon.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Stampin' Up! Technique Card Class Sample

    Hello Gals!

    Today I am going to give you a peak at one of the recent technique cards created in my Technique Geek card classes.  This card was created with the Perfectly Preserve bundle and Orchard Harvest designer paper from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.  The card technique is a Suspension Card.  You layer two pieces of punched cardstock between a piece of string, or in this case jewelry line, then place the punched out layer with string inside a larger punch out on your card base. (note, you need an extra layer of cardstock to hide the string)  Here are some photos of the card...

    As you can see from the samples, there are 2 different images on the center card layer, so when you flip the suspended image, you get another fun image on the other side.

    If you would like to join in the technique classes, info is listed on the right side of my blog.  Next classes, the 1st week of September!

    Thanks for stopping by, & have a great day!!!

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    Boooo Scrapbook Pages!

    Good Monday Morning to you!

    Last week-end was the monthly Scrapbooking class here, and the girls & I had a great time.  I enjoy stamping & sharing with all of you so much...
    So, here are the pages we created,

    This layout was CASED from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator on the Stampin' Connection.  There was very little that I changed.  I used the Orchard Harvest designer paper from the Holiday Mini catalog, the new Gently Falling stamp set from the big catalog & the new Oval Accent Bigz Clear die cut.  Yes, I did use a retired alphabet die...the new typeset Alphabet is on my wish list :).

    Here is the 2nd layout we did...Halloween!!!

    I found this page layout on my favorite scrapbook sketch site, .  And, I just had to use those little Googly Ghouls.  They are just toooooo cute with the Googlie eyes!!!  On the left page, we ran the 4 x 11 strip of Basic Black cardstock through our Spider Web embossing folder, sponged it with Whisper White Craft ink, and then cut it in to to stretch it to the 12 x 12 page.  (One of my little secrets that I share with scrappers)  The right page has 3 x 3 squares alternating designer paper(last years Halloween available on the clearance rack) the piece of old olive is dry embossed with the Chevron embossing folder.  The squares of white will be swapped out with Halloween photos.  And, of course, Frankie in the center 3" circle, colored with an Old Olive marker.

    If you enjoy scrapbooking, my Scrap the Years class is a great way to get those pictures off that SD card on into your scrapbook!!!

    I have more pages to share (so behind in sharing) so I will be back soon to share some of our previous months pages.

    Thanks for stopping by, & have a great week!

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    I'm back with a fun Digital Project!

    Hello World!!!

    I'm baaaack!   Well, I really haven't been gone, but have been absent from blogging much too long.  I have been extremely busy with technique classes, scrapbook classes, and creating.  I made tons of cards for convention (which my awsome downline Sarah was so generous to swap for me).  There is just so much I want to catch you up on in my Stampin' Up! world.

    The 1st thing is NOW is an awsome time to join my Stampin' Up! team!  The new starter kit option enables you to select $125 worth of product, fully customizable, for only $99 plus tax.  No freight!  No obligation to sell or hold workshops...but if you choose to, you would receive instant income on your orders.  This is a great time to begin a stampin' business with the holidays approaching...

    In addition to the awsome opportunity, Stampin' Up! is offering this adorable Halloween printer's drawer project kit FREE during August (a $60 value)!!!

    Also, during the month of August, you can get a 31% discount on 31 different digital downloads through the Stampin' Up! exclusive digital program, My Digital Studio!  Check out this fun video...


    You can download a FREE 30 day trial of  My Digital Studio through my business web site  click shop now to see the awsome My Digital Studio downloads!

    Today I am sharing a project I created with the Pinwheel Daily Calendar Template (Item# 128342 sale price $6.87).  Birthdays are big celebrations in my family, so I wanted to create a birthday book to help me remember all of them.  I printed the calendar template on 3 sheets of whisper white cardstock.  I trimmed the 12 monthly calendar templates (they are approx. 2 1/4 by 7" each).

    Then I cut a 8 1/4 x  9 1/2 piece of designer paper from the Patio Party paper pack (item#126910).  I scored the paper at 2 3/4 & 5 1/2 vertically, and 7 1/2" horizontally.  I folded on score lines to make three 2 3/4" sections with a 2" pocked across the bottom.  4 of the months with be tucked in each section.

    Then, to decorate the front...Hmmm, how about the Make a Cake stamp set, Page 44, clear #126742 $11.95 or wood mount #126740 $14.95.  Punched Midnight Muse cardstock with 2 3/8 scalloped circle punch, and image punched with 1 3/4 circle punch.  Added a 1" belly band with Primrose Petals cardstock, & added Summer Starfruit ribbon.

    That was fun :)

    Now I need to get to work, updating my calendar pages so I won't miss the next birthday!

    Hope you enjoyed this project... I would love to hear from you, If there is something you would like to see her, leave me a comment!  Have a great week-end!!!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Stampin' Up! Convention Swaps

    Hi All!

    This week is the annual Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City.  I was unable to attend this year, but was so blessed to have my downline Sarah take swaps for me.  That means that I will have tons of fabulous card ideas to share with all of you. 

    Here are some of the swaps I sent with her.  The 1st card is a "catalog lift" card.  It was cased from the Stampin' Up! catalog, page 47, using the It's Wrap stamp set.  The sample in the catalog is a decorated paper bag, but I have converted the idea to a greeting card.  It goes to show you that the catalog is great place to turn to if you need card ideas!

    The next 3 cards were created for a Technique Card swap.  Since many of you have been enjoying my monthly technique classes, I wanted to get some great ideas for technique cards!  These techniqes are Spotlighting, Ghosting, and the 3rd card is Bleach stamping.  Can't wait to see all the great new swaps!

    And, on another subject, just a reminder that the "Reason to Smile" promotion ends July 31st.  With an order of $50, you can purchase this great stamp set for only $5 in either wood or clear mount!

    You can get more info at my business web site

    Thanks for stopping by...

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Stampin' Up! New Firm Foam Stamp Pads

    Good morning everyone!  I have been telling you about Stampin' Up!'s awsome new firm foam stamp pads, and thought you may enjoy this video showing the great new features!  Enjoy!!!

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    Good Monday moring to everyone!  Hope all had a Happy Father's Day!

    I have been busy getting ready for the new catalog, and wow, isn't it awsome!  I was so happy to see that they kept some of my favorites and of course sad to see some go.  But, I am loving the new products that Stampin' Up! has added.  I absolute love the new In Colors...but of course I have always loved Jewel Tones.  That would be my best description of the new colors...

    As in past catalogs, the In Color stamp pads & cardstock is available in a bundle for $29.95. (Item #126835)  It includes the 5 new In-Color stamp pads & 20 sheets of cardstock (4 each of 5 new In-Colors).  Also, if you would be interested in participating in my ribbon share, you could get 2 yards of each of the new In-Color ribbons for $10.37.  Or, if you are interested in 1 yard of each of the new In Color ribbons, the price is $5.19.  contact me at if you are interested in any of these products!

    You can create beautiful projects with these color coordinated products!!!

    Today's card was created by one of my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators for our recent shoebox swap.  She used the Make a Cake & Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets.  The card base is Baja Breeze, with Summer Starfruit & Midnight Muse accents(two of the new In-Colors).  Love the little pinwheel on top :)

    Thanks for stopping by, more samples coming soon :)


    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Having fun with the new Stampin' Up! stamp sets!

    I hear from so many people that there just isn't enough time in the day, and I have that same problem.  But, I just had to make time to play with the new stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 catalog. 

    For this card, I used the Everything Eleanor set.  I love the flourish stamps in the set and everything looks good in black. The focal color is Summer Starfruit one of the new 2012-2014 In Colors.  It's in between Yellow & Lime.  I love it!!!  I watercolored the flower & cut it out and covered it with Crystal Effects.   Here is a close up...

    On Saturday, I participated in a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Shoebox Swap.  I have told you all about these swaps before...Demo's design cards and bring enough supplies for everyone.  We then create each other's cards.  What a great bunch of gals...thanks everyone!!!
    So, here is the first of many cards I will be sharing from the shoebox swap.

    Another sample using the Everything Eleanor stamp set.  Also, this sample uses the  Loving Thoughs stamp set for the sentiment, Colors: Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, and Rasberry Ripple ink.  Soft Suede ribbon.  Also, used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Labels Collection Framelets, and 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch. 

    Well, back to another busy day!  I will share more projects soon...Thanks for stopping by!

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

    The New Stampin' Up! 2012-2013 Catalog is Here!!!

    Hey Everybody, awsome news...the new Stampin' Up! is here!!!  Woohoo...awsome new stamp sets, more new framelits die cuts, new edgelits, new improved stamp pads, 5 awsome new In Colors, and tons of great new stamp sets.  I can't wait for your to browse through this beautiful catalog!!!

    I have updated the catalog link on my side bar ------------------------->
    Check it out!!!

    And, with the release of the awsome new Stampin' Up! catalog comes an awsome Hostess promotion!!!  With a minimum $450 workshop, you get an extra $50 hostess dollars. That's $115 in free products PLUS any item at 50% off!  WOW!!!

    Have you been considering becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator???
    With the new $99 New Demonstrator kit you get all the business supplies needed to start your stampin' business, $125 in Stampin' Up! products (100% customizable) PLUS...

    A FREE stamp set, FREE designer paper, and FREE digital software!!!
    Contact me today if you would like more information about the Stampin' Up! Opportunity!!!

    Let me know if you would like a FREE catalogs... if you need your's mailed, all you pay is the postage!!!

    Great new samples coming, so stop back by soon...

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    Time for a digital card!

    It has been a while since I shared a digital card.  One great thing about creating digital cards is that you have all those great stamps, designer papers, & embelishments right at your fingertips. You can re-size the stamps, & change colors. If you dont like your creation, you can start over with just a click.  You can print your project on your home printer, or use the professional print vender through the program with a guarantee that the colors will match Stampin' Up! colors.

      There are many stamp brush sets available from stamp sets that are retired.  If you missed out on purchasing your favorite rubber, you may find it in the My Digital Studio downloads.  Have a favorite designer paper that retired...maybe it is one of the many designer paper downloads.

    There are tons of downloads to choose from.

    Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! has great new downloads available to add to your program.   When I saw the new Soft Blooms download this week, I just had to snatch it up!!! Can you believe this card is digital....It looks sooo dimensional!

    Soft Blooms Digital Download    #130080       $3.95

    Just a reminder, you can download a 30 day trial of the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio for FREE!!!  Absolutely no obligation to purchase.  Why not give it a try? 

    Here is the link .  Click on shop now, then digital designing.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Word Play Simple Card !

    Hello Bloggers!

    You know, sometimes I get so busy planning classes & workshops that I dont make time for personal stamp time.  I have been trying to make more "me time" in my stamp room and it has been so rewarding :)  I love to create when I'm not "under the gun" so to speak, for a deadline.

    So, today, I am sharing another quick card layout that could easily be reproduced for any theme, or color scheme.

    Here is the supply list for my card:

    Stamp Set, Word Play

    Card base:  Crumb Cake, stamped with En Francais background stamp
    Cherry Cobbler 2 1/4 x 4 1/2
    Designer Paper (Paisley Petals) 2 x 4 1/4 (retiring May 31st)
    Sentiment 1 7/8 x 3, stamped in Cherry Cobbler
    Sponge Daubers (used Cherry Cobbler)
    & Stampin' Dimensionals (always :)

    Hope you enjoyed today's sample!  How about you give this layout a try.  I would love it if you e-mailed me a photo of your creation!!!
    Come back soon...

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Quick Sympathy Card with Sneak Peak Item!!!

    Good Monday Morning!

    Today I want to share a sympathy card that I made for a friend.  It is really a quick card, but I think quite beautiful.

    I used the stamp set Blessings from Heaven, which has such great sentiments...
    Here is the complete supply list:

    Pool Party Card Base (with striped embossing folder)
     Whisper White 3 3/4 x 4
    designer paper (Attic Botique) 3 1/2 x 3 3/4
    Labels framelets in Poppy Parade (retiring color May 31st)
    NEW: Apothecary Accents framelets for sentiment
    Basic Pearl Jewels
    Stampin' Dimensionals (a must have!!!)

    Easy card layout to re-produce...what can you create with this card layout???
    come back soon for more great ideas!

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    Peek at the New Stampin' Up! 2012-2014 In-Colors!

    With the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog we will be getting 5 new In-Colors.  They are absolutely gorgeous...jewel tones. 

    Midnight Muse
    Primrose Petals
    Summer Starfruit
    Rasberry Ripple
    Gumball Green

    The 2010-2012 In-Colors will be retiring May 31st! 

    Can't wait to play with these colors....A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Hello Stampers!

    Just a reminder, the current Stampin' Up! catalog expires May 31st!!!  Any retiring stamp sets will be available for purchase until May 31st.  Retiring accessories, including roller wheels, are only available while supplies last.  These products are going if you have been waiting to make that purchase, now is the time.  Check out the retiring lists at this link.  If you would like to place an order, you can order directly through my demonstrator web site.  And note:  Some of the retired accessories are available at discounted prices.

    And, when you see all those stamp pads on the retired list, not to worry...Stampin' Up! has new improved stamp pads available in the new catalog June 1st!  I thought the current stamp pads worked well, but the new improved stamp pads are really great!!!
    We know you’re going to love these new Firm Foam Stampin’ Pads—just look at all the exciting benefits listed below:
    • Provide better ink coverage for your stamps!
    • Light-tap stamping produces flawless images!
    In addition, our new Stampin’ Pads
    • Create wonderfully solid images. The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads. When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads. Please note: if you are using the ink pad frequently you may need to re-ink your Firm Foam pad more often.
    • Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
    • Come with color name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)--just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!
    • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
    • Are available in all colors, including our exclusive In Colors!
    The only colors that we will be losing are the 2010-2012 In-Colors. (note:  the 2010-2012 In Markers are discounted on the retired products list!!!)  All  markers in the new Stampin' Up! catalog will be available for purchase in the color families.  Only limited markers will be available individually.  That is why there are markers on the retiring accessory list.  If you have any questions just give me a call.  Much more info to share soon!

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Hello Bloggers!

    Well, yes, I have been MIA on my blog.  But, I have been quite busy stamping, spending time with family, planting flowers, and enjoying Spring.
    Here are a few pictures to catch you all up!

    The family's annual Easter egg hunt meant over 100 eggs scattered throughout flower beds.  The kids had a ball, and it was a gorgeous day.

    My grandson's 1st birthday!

    Enjoying a beautiful Spring!

    And, of course, stamping projects! Here is a great little project for using a 6 x 6 sheet of designer paper to create 4 quick cards!  This was a gift for one of my past Hostesses!  Give my template a try and see what you can create!

    Check soon to see more projects!