Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Razzleberry Friends Card

Still chugging away, trying to catch up on everything. Here's a quick card that I made up with pre-cut pieces sitting out on my table. No time for thinking! (wink!)

The sentiment (from Friends 24/7) says: "The happiest business in the world is that of making friends." And I know it's kind of cheesy to say, but I feel like that saying applies to our Stampin' Up! businesses. Each time I meet a new customer or a new recruit, it's like making a new friend. And what a happy business this is!

Supplies: Friends 24/7, Rich Razzlberry ink & cardstock, Pale Plum ink, Whisper White cardstock, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Top Note die for the Big Shot, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack: Up to 80% Off!

Demonstrators got a little preview sale earlier this month and now it's your turn! Stampin' Up! added a brand new "aisle" to my online store! Clearance Rack items include surplus retired products and are only available online...while supplies last! Be sure to keep checking back though because new items will be added to the Clearance Rack as other items sell out.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Falling Leaves Birthday Card

Thanks for all your comments, your support, and your patience as I get through my first trimester. Yesterday was horrible and I couldn't get anything done, despite having my hubby home to help with the kids. I am feeling much better today and was able to (finally!) catch up on getting some cards and packages out in the mail.

One of those cards was this one, for my brother-in-law, who celebrated his birthday last week. Oops! Another late one! We called him on his big day to sing "Happy Birthday" (a tradition in our call and sing to each other), so he knows we were thinking of him.

Supplies: Falling Leaves, Sincere Salutations, Really Rust ink & cardstock, Old Olive ink, More Mustard ink, Chocolate Chip ink & cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Square Punches

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Ghostly Halloween Card

Did you miss me these last few days? Sorry for my blogging silence...I hate to make excuses, and I know I promised new projects every day, so here's my explanation: This week, my son had surgery -- pretty standard tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, and insertion of tubes in his ears. He's really doing great, much better than I expected.

But the real reason for my inactivity is because I've been the one vegging on the couch. Instead of staying up to stamp and work on things, I've been feeling extra tired and even a little sick. The kind of sick that comes in the morning...and sometimes at night...or the middle of the afternoon...or whenever it feels like. That's right, I'm having a baby! Baby #4 is due next May...about four days after the cruise I now can't go on. We're a little disappointed to miss the trip, but now I am extra focused on earning the next cruise, to Alaska!

Okay, so the cat's out of the bag! You know my big news. I'll try to keep up with posting new projects, but things may be a little slower than normal for a couple more weeks until I start feeling better. I am working on the tutorials and photos for the Magic Card, so watch for that this weekend. And I also have a pre-order special for My Digital Studio, which sadly, I own, but haven't had a chance to play with yet....

In the meantime, here's a card I made up for my mom to display at her Holiday Mini Open House tonight. Good luck, Sparklers! I wish you lots of success!

Some notes about the card: (1) The ghosts were clear-embossed on black cardstock. I water-colored them with Whisper White Craft ink. (2) The gray background was embossed using the Texture Plates Kit #4 (the text/word plate) and the Big Shot. After I embossed it, I rubbed the white ink pad over words to highlight them.

Supplies: Twick or Tweet (Holiday Mini), Teeny Tiny Wishes, Basic Black ink & cardstock, Whisper White craft ink & cardstock, Going Gray cardstock, Basic Grat cardstock, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Clear Buttons, White Embroidery Floss, Jumbo Brads, Top Note die, Texture Plates Kit #4 for the Big Shot

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Quick Birthday Tag

I needed a quick card for a child's birthday present this weekend and decided to make a tag instead. Kids never care about the cards anyway, right?

The new Two Tags die for the Big Shot makes it even easier to create an adorable gift tag in just a few minutes. Here's what I came up with.

Supplies: Party Hearty, Pixie Pink ink & cardstock, Chocolate Chip ink, Whisper White cardstock, Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Two Tags die for the Big Shot, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Birthday Party Goody Bags

Today is my son's birthday. Happy Birthday, Thomas! We had his party at Chuck E Cheese and the kids had a blast! It's probably not a surprise to those who know me...I was finishing up these goody bags just minutes before we left the house for the party. {sigh} I really don't like doing things last minute, but that's always how it seems to happen.

So these aren't quite as embellished as I had
envisioned, but the kids will love them and won't know the difference. Each goody bag has a personalized notepad with the child's initial, a new box of crayons, and a sheet of stickers (Mario, of course, for the boys; and princesses for the girls).

And I even managed to work in Stacey's latest Curtain Call Color Challenge! How's that for multi-tasking!?

Supplies: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Scatter Sunshine Jumbo Wheel, Simply Said, Brilliant Blue ink & cardstock, Pixie Pink ink & cardstock, Real Red ink, Whisper White cardstock, Small Star Punch, Corner Rounder, 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Serif Essentials Alphabet dies for the Big Shot

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Side Step Card Tutorial

As promised, here is my second "Side Step" card design. I have cut and scored cardstock for this project over 100 times in the last month! It was a make and take at two group meetings and one of my September Stamp Club projects. Don't you just love getting a lot of mileage out of your projects?!

Click here for the template and cutting instructions to make the "Side Step" card. Besides the special cutting and scoring, this card is a snap thanks to the Delightful Decorations stamp set and coordinating Ornament punch!

Supplies: Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays, Old Olive ink & cardstock, Ruby Red ink, Crushed Curry ink, Whisper White cardstock, Earth Elements Brads, 1/16" Hole Punch, Paper Cutter & Scoring Blade

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hello Card

Here's another project we made at Convention this year. This "clean and simple" style is right up my alley!

Supplies: Hello Again, Crushed Curry ink & cardstock, Melon Mambo ink, Old Olive ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch

My new designs will start posting tomorrow, so check back to then to see my other "Side Step" card and my directions for cutting the cardstock to make the "Side Step".

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Things I Love" Mini Cards

Have I posted the Make & Takes from Convention yet? Here's one of them -- a cute little mini notecard set. There are three different 3x3 cards (we even stamped envelopes to match) and we packaged them in a Medium Cello Bag (#102757 , $4.50 for 50) with a cute little topper. So cute!

Supplies: Things I Love, Bermuda Bay ink & cardstock, Melon Mambo ink, Chocolate Chip ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Medium Cello Bags

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday Freebie #8 and #9

My Friday Freebie was supposed to be a Sunday Freebie and now it's a Monday Freebie! Hey, it's a freebie! Sorry it's late! I'm picking two winners, one from each week, but they will both receive the same thing -- 1-1/2" x 5" sample pieces of Designer Series Paper (every single pattern offered in the current Idea Book & Catalog!) These pieces are just the right size to dress up your cards, but would also be great as an accent on your scrapbook pages or 3-D projects.

Thanks again for all your comments and feedback! I appreciate the time you take to leave a comment. The winners are:
jmniffer, who commented on my Textured Grateful Card and said:

Thanks for the tip on using a piece of cardboard under the texture plate to get a better impression. I really didn't care for the idea of having to spritz with water or alcohol.

Nancy B., who commented on my Friend to Friend Build-a-Bear Workshop Card and said:

"Paper-piecing" looks super. Reminds me of paper dolls back when I was young ... a long, long time ago.

New to Friday Freebies? Here's how it works: Each Friday I will choose one person to win my freebie (which may range from a stamped project to free product). I will choose the winner from all of the comments left on other posts during the previous week (Saturday-Thursday).

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Cincinnati Regional Seminar Demonstration

I was so wiped out from the seminar on Saturday and this head cold that I completely missed posting last night. In fact, as soon as the kids went to bed, I crashed on the couch. Sorry for my weekend of silence! I'm back with a few pictures from the seminar.

My demonstration went well (i.e. I didn't flub anything on stage!) despite the fact that I was a bundle of nerves all morning. At least I was the first "Workshop Wow" presentation and got it over and done with. I felt so much relief walking down the stairs from the stage!

When I was done, Shelli came on stage and thanked me and handed me this card, created by someone at the Home Office.

Isn't it darling? The flower is made from the 5-Petal Flower Punch. It's hard to see in the picture, but they did the faux suede technique, where you weaken the fibers of the cardstock and then tear it apart (creating two sides that have kind of a rough-looking texture). The ends of the flower petals were curled up and a jumbo silver brad was put in the middle. (The thank you stamp and polka dot square come from the "For All You Do" stamp set.)

It was a really great seminar. If you're a demonstrator and weren't able to attend, you'll be able to purchase the DVD of the entire seminar and I highly recommend it. The presentations by Stampin' Up! staff were terrific and a highlight for me was demonstrator Ronda Wade's workshop presentation. I plan to buy the DVD just to watch that again!

Unfortunately, it sounds like the Workshop Wow demonstrations won't make it on that DVD, so I'll be sharing all of my projects and instructions for the "Magic Card" in the next week or so. Here's a sneak peek of my cards on the display board.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

For All You Do Side Step Card

I realize that it's Friday and it's time for a Friday Freebie and I know I missed last Friday, but I'm going to have give you another raincheck! I'll be back on Sunday with a Sunday Freebie and I'll give away two since it's been two weeks.

This week has been a little busy. After traveling over the holiday weekend, I've been working on samples for my Workshop Wow demonstration at the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar in Cincinnati tomorrow. The kids have been sick this week and of course, I'm starting to come down with it too. Grr! If I can just get through Saturday, I'll be fine.

So hang in there if I'm a little slow...I have some great cards to show off soon...after Saturday.

In the meantime, here is a peek at one of my Stamp Club projects for next week. We'll be making a different one and I will post that one and the instructions late next week so I don't spoil the surprise for my stampers!

Supplies: For All You Do, Old Olive ink & cardstock, Crushed Curry ink, Ruby Red ink, Whisper White cardstock, Earth Elements Brads, Paper Cutter & Scoring Blade

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Super Mario Birthday Party Invitation

You may remember from my cake and cupcake post last year that my son is a huge Super Mario fan. He's obsessed! And for this reason, I refuse to buy a Wii or a Nintendo DS because I know he would be on it ALL the time! So for now, he plays with his Mario figurines, reads his Mario comic book, watches the Super Mario Bros cartoon and looks forward to going to friend's or family's house to play the video game.

It's time for Thomas' birthday again and of course, he wants a Super Mario theme. Last year, I didn't make invitations (gasp!) to his very casual birthday park playdate. But this year, we worked together to make a Mario face from various Stampin' Up! punches. What do you think? Does it look like Mario?

Supplies: Family Phrases, Stars Jumbo Wheel, Brilliant Blue ink, Real Red marker, Whisper White cardstock, Brilliant Blue cardstock, Real Red cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Close to Cocoa cardstock, Blush Blossom cardstock, Circle Scissor Plus (white circle behind face), Scallop Circle Punch (hair, mustache, eyebrows), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (top part of hat), Small Oval Punch (bottom/rim of hat), 3/4" Circle Punch (white circle on hat), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (face),1/4" Circle Punch (eyes), Double Circle Punch (eyes), 1/2" Circle Punch (nose, ears)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Friend to Friend BABW Card

I have to be honest, when I first saw all the Build-a-Bear Workshop products in the new Holiday Mini Catalog, I wasn't too excited. But I must admit, after seeing the demonstrations at Convention and seeing what my fellow demonstrators have been doing with their BABW dies and stamp sets...I broke down and bought it!

Here's my first card with the Beary Best Friends stamp set, using colors from Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge, Act 3.

I paper-pieced this card, meaning that I stamped the bear in black on Kraft, Vanilla, and the Razzleberry DSP and then cut out pieces from each to create the bear. The entire bear is popped up off the Top Note with Stampin' Dimensionals. The finished card size is 3" x 6".

Supplies: Beary Best Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Jet-Black Staz-On ink, Kraft cardstock, Vanilla cardstock, Certainly Celery cardstock, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Top Note die for the Big Shot, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Mirror Image Layouts

I remember this layout from an old catalog...but I can't remember which one. I think maybe last fall....anyone, I couldn't decide which one I liked, so I presented them both at my card class last Saturday and let my stampers choose how to make their cards.

Supplies: Razzle Dazzle, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Melon Mambo ink & cardstock, Crushed Curry ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Modern Label Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Autumn Traditions Butterfly

If you are ever stuck coming up with a color combination, check out the Stampin' Up! catalog and look at the Designer Series Paper and Simply Scrappin Kits. The colors used in the kits are listed right next to the image of the paper. Try out one of those combinations -- even if you don't use the actual paper!

This was a make and take at my open house last Saturday. We used the Autumn Traditions DSP and I pulled the color combination from there.

Recognize the layout? It's the same as the "Enjoy Every Bite" card that I posted earlier this week. I love this clean and simple layout!

Supplies: Flight of the Butterfly, Ruby Red cardstock, More Mustard cardstock, Elegant Eggplant ink & cardstock, Butterfly Punch, Autumn Traditions DSP, Eggplant Ric Rac

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Friday, September 4, 2009

For All You Do CASE Card

Remember that swap card from Convention that I CASEd for my class? I changed up the colors a bit and the stamp set and made it again! Demonstrators at my group meeting in Springfield on Tuesday made this card as one of the make and takes.

The large flower was inked with Crushed Curry and "kissed" with the polka dot stamped that was inked with Rich Razzleberry.

If you are a demonstrator in Central Illinois and are interested in attending my meetings, please send me an email. Not a demonstrator yet? Attend my next meeting as a guest and check out how much fun we have before you sign up!

Supplies: For All You Do, Crushed Curry ink & cardstock, Rich Razzleberry ink & cardstock, Old Olive ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Crushed Curry Patterns DSP, Circle Scissor Plus, Scallop Edge Punch, 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thoroughly Modern Ornament Card

I know I just said it was too early for Christmas, but really, it's not. It's time to start thinking about your Christmas cards so you can purchase the products you need now and have plenty of time to work on them this fall. Watch for details on my Christmas card classes.

In the meantime, here's a card I made for our demonstrator group swap using the new Delightful Decorations stamp set with the coordinating Ornament punch. Don't you just love stamp sets with matching punches?! There are both in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Click here to view it if you haven't seen it already.

Supplies: Delightly Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bermuda Bay ink & cardstock, Soft Suede ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Ornament Punch, Silver Cord, Silver Brads, Thoroughly Modern DSP, Modern Label Punch

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Free Stamp Set of the Month: Goody Goody Gumdrops

I'm excited to offer a new monthly promotion for my customers. Each month, I will give away one free stamp set. You can enter the drawing by placing any online order (email orders count too!) that is not part of a club or workshop. You'll get one entry for each order that you place with me between September 1-30. I'll draw a winner on October 1st.

This month's stamp set is the level 3 hostess set from the Spring-Summer Catalog called Goody Goody Gumdrops. If you missed getting this set as a hostess, now is your opportunity! This versatile set includes 19 stamps (9 images and 10 sentiments) and is suitable for many occasions.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Enjoy Every Bite Card

I couldn't let the day get away without posting a sample from the new Holiday Mini Catalog (did you see it yet?!)...I feel like it's too early to be doing Christmas, so here's a Halloween card I made with the new Twick or Tweet set.

I love this clean and simple layout. Watch for another card this week using the same layout with a different stamp set and colors.

Supplies: Twick or Tweet, Basic Black ink & cardstock, Soft Suede marker & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, Autumn Traditions DSP, Stampin' Dimensionals

Holiday Mini Catalog

The Holiday Mini Catalog starts today! Click here to view it. Head over to my online store to place your order now!

This is the biggest mini catalog ever! I'm excited about the new hostess special, which allows you to chose ANY item in the mini catalog for only $10 with a qualifying workshop! Wow! Are you ready to schedule your next party? Call or email me to set a fall date now.

A few house-keeping notes:
* The Simply Adorned Charms are currently unavailable to order. There were some quality issues and Stampin' Up! only accepts the very best for us. I'll keep you posted when they become available.
* My Digital Studio will be released for customer purchase on October 1st. Watch for more details later this month on how you can reserve your copy and be one of the first to get this incredible and innovate software studio. You can get My Digital Studio HALF off with a qualifying workshop in October or November!

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