Thursday, November 29, 2007

Getting Caught Up

Well I'm finally getting caught up on my posts and thought I would let you all know. I still have quite a few to post but I have at least gotten labels on the backs of them telling me what stamp sets and colors of paper and such I used and they're all in a nice pile waiting for me to take pictures of them. Once I get the pictures taken it won't take long at all to upload them and then share them here in the blog.

I also have great news... because I got the surprise done and took pictures of it already for my cousin & his wife. They got married back in April and I decided to make a surprise for them. I can't share too many details just in case she checks out the blog. I don't think she does because she doesn't have internet at the house but she does check her email and stuff at work which means she could very easily have clicked the blog link from my signature line.

Anyway... I have gotten alot done lately but still have alot to do. I'm hoping to finish up on some more things this weekend and will hopefully share them with you soon. Christmas cards are the big project this weekend. Must get those done and sent out before Christmas comes and goes.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Wrapping Up the Holidays

Wrapping Up the Holidays
November 23-December 15, 2007

Help customers give their holiday gift giving a Stampin' Up! touch with our special offers.

Orders may be placed on customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders.
This offer includes a variety of products designed to help simplify preparation for holiday gift giving with a number of timely offers. These are:
Item Number Description Price
112409 Holiday Tag Bundle $4.95
110380 Tags for All Stamp Set* (20% off) $24.76
110264 Designer Gift cards* (30% off) $4.55
109862 Chocolate Chip satin ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!**
109863 Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon* Buy 1, get 1 free!**
112410 Tin 3-Pack $9.95
110147 Celebration wrapping paper* $17.95
110228 Hand Selected Accents & Elements (25% off) $8.21

*This item is from the current Holiday Mini Collection. Only this and other items indicated will be extended through the campaign period while supplies last. All other Holiday Mini items will be available until November 30.

There is no limit to the number of items a customer may purchase, but Holiday Mini items are available only while supplies last.

The Holiday Tag Bundle includes 30 of each of the following pieces:
-Whisper White card stock
-Real Red textured card stock
-Soft Sky Prints Designer Series Paper (Dotted Diamond pattern)
-Real Red twill tape
The pieces for this bundle make 15 cellophane bag toppers that are perfect for neighbor or teacher gifts.

The satin ribbon offer (buy one, get one free) is good on both the Purely Pomegranate and Chocolate Chip ribbon. Customers may select any combination of ribbon for their free ribbon. For example, a customer can buy one Chocolate Chip and choose a second Chocolate Chip or a Purely Pomegranate ribbon for the free ribbon.

The Tin 3-Pack contains three empty Accents & Elements tins. These tins have never been available for purchase separately.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Holiday Glitz Promotion
October 1-while supplies last

Make your holiday cards glitzy this year with a little help from the Holiday Glitz card kit. With our precut card stock and Designer Series paper, festive zigzag ribbon, and Rhinestone brads, spreading handmade holiday cheer has never been this easy!

Each Holiday Glitz card kit makes 15 handmade cards and includes:
Precut card stock and Designer Series paper (15)
Whisper White Envelopes (15)
Rhinestone brads (15)
Real Red zigzag ribbon (15)
Full-color instruction sheet (1)

There are two ways to take advantage of this fantastic kit while supplies last:

Purchase one of holiday stamp sets (below) and get the Holiday Glitz card kit for the special price of $24.95, or
Purchase the Holiday Glitz card kit for $28.95 with no additional purchase required.

Qualifying stamp sets include:
Item Stamp Set Price
109234 Snowfall $23.95
106786 The Snowflake Spot $20.95
109266 Big on Christmas $18.95
110359 Love & Joy* $23.95* Holiday Mini Collection 2007

Contact your demonstrator, or find one near you to take advantage of this great offer.


All in the Family
Dave Abbott Family Fund
November 1-30

Help us honour our friend and Australia General Manager, Dave Abbott. Dave passed away from a rare blood disease, and during November we're donating 100 percent of the sales worldwide from the All in the Family stamp set to the Dave Abbott Family Fund.
Campaign Details

During November, 100 percent of the proceeds from the All in the Family stamp set will go to the Dave Abbott Family Fund.
Download the flyer to the right to view stamp set images.
If you would like to contribute directly to the fund, please make checks payable to "The David Abbott Memorial Fund." Checks should be mailed to the following address:

Chase Bank Utah, NA
Attn: Teresa Howell
80 W Broadway, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Paper Promotion

Buy 3, Get 1 Free Paper Promotion

November 1--November 30

Stampin' Up!® can help you create unique crafts with one-of-a-kind patterned paper. For a limited time only, buy three packs of Designer Series paper, get one free!
Stock up for all your upcoming crafting projects with Stampin' Up!'s exclusive double-sided Designer Series paper. Designer Series paper features the hottest exclusive patterns and colors printed on both sides. Whether you have a passion for card making or are addicted to scrapbooking, we've got so many pretty patterned papers to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect patterns to help you show off your unique crafting style. Best of all, you'll get a FREE pack of Designer Series paper ($9.95 value) for every three packs you buy--no limits, no restrictions while supplies last! Visit pages 170 - 173 of our Fall-Winter Collection 2007 to view our beautiful Designer Series papers. And be sure to download the patterns and instructions for all of the festive projects featured on our home page!

Place an order now with your Stampin' Up! demonstrator using promo code 112080. Demonstrators are expert creative coaches and can help you with all of your paper crafting needs. If you don't have a demonstrator, find one near you to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

June Technique Class - 2007

My upline's technique class in June was all about movement, so we made a waterfall card, spinner card, and pop up card. I think the spinner card was probably my favorite though the pop up was probably the easiest.

This is my first attempt at making a waterfall card. It's a good thing my upline was there helping and had done them before because without her help and assistance in teaching this technique in her monthly technique class I don't think I would have ever figured it out or even tried it. It was actually pretty easy once I got the hang of it and I can foresee myself trying to make more of the cards in the future. It definately was an evening of new techniques and learning. Along with the Waterfall card we also learned out to make spinner cards and pop-up cards. I love the way all the cards turned out, and I have already cased the spinner card for my Afternoon of Stamping with Friends class. It was a big hit with my friend's teenage daughter.

Stamps: Bugs & Kisses, Petals Wheel
Paper: Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Confetti
Ink: Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Eyelets, Ribbon
Techniques: Waterfall card

Stamps: Fishy Friends
Paper: Taken with Teal, Cool Caribean
Ink: Taken with Teal Craft
Accessories: Pennies, Dimensionals, hole punch
Techniques: Spinner card

Stamps: Ruff Day, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Au Chocolate DP, Chocolate Chip, Confetti
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Watercolor Pencils
Techniques: Pop Up Card

Afternoon of Stamping with Friends - June 2007

I made this card with a friend and her daughter per their request. Actually I decided we were making a triangle-fold card during our afternoon of stamping and they picked the colors and stamp set. It turned out pretty good I think since it was a complete whim as far as the stamps and colors. First time in a long time I haven't cased someone else's idea, or at least not on purpose.

Stamps: blooming with happiness
Paper: pale plum, perfect plum, old olive, ds paper, whisper white
Ink: basic black
Accessories: eyelet, retired su cord, blue organdy ribbon,
Techniques: triangle-fold card
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

We also made the following card. It is a complete case other then colors which my friend's daughter picked out. I'm sorry I don't recall who I cased it from. She had been wanting to use this stamp set for a while and her favorite color is green so I quick looked up a design I knew would take too long to make. This was the third card of the day and I was starting to lose some of my patience. Hyper and indecisive don't mix well with me for a long period of time and this just happened to be one of those days.
Card 2 Recipe:
Stamps: Reason to Smile
Paper: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive

Graduation Thanks - May 2007

I made several of this card for my brother to send out after graduation to say thanks for all the gifts. According to my mom they were a big hit. I hope that because they were such a big hit that maybe some of the people will ask me to make some cards for them in the future. It would be nice to be able to at least make a little bit of what I spend on the craft. If it doesn't generate any future business, oh well, because it's just for fun and as much as I'd like to be able to quit my real job and just stay home and craft I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Stamps: All Around Argyle, Sincere Saluations
Paper: Garden Green, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Brillant Blue, Garden Green
Accessories: Oval Hole Punch, Brads

April Technique Class - 2007

I made these cards at my upline's April technique class.

I had seen tons of talk about embossing a pop tab but was a bit afraid to try it myself at home so I asked her if we could do it during class and she said yes and came up with this beautiful card design. It's really too bad this stamp set is retired now. I know she's going to miss it and I was finally warming up to it myself. Oh well there are plenty of other stamp sets out there.

We also did another card using hole punches which is very fun. I wasn't so sure about the frog when we started but it turned out really cute and am glad I gave him a chance. I think with some slightly different colors that this card could be used very easily for a boy's birthday.

My favorite card project of the night though was the triangle fold card we made. I have already cased this card design several times. I love how complicated it looks and yet it is very simple. That is if you get the measurements right and fold on the score lines in the correct direction. All things you learn fairly quickly if you've messed up.

Stamps: Petal Prints, Warmest Regards
Paper: brocade blue, more mustard, whisper white
Ink: brocade blue, chocolate chip
Accessories: pop tab, paper piercer, chocolate ribbon
Techniques: embossed pop tab
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 3-4

Stamps: Unfrogettable, Daisy Wheel
Paper: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Coral
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Punches
Techniques: Punches
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 3

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley, That's Nice
Paper: Petals & Paisley, Old Olive, Regal Rose
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: Ribbon, Glue Dot
Techniques: Triangle Fold


I made several of this card to play with my new stamps from the new catalog and to stock up on birthday cards and what a better time to make birthday cards but during the month when we celebrate the birth of our great nation and the new SU Catalog. Can things get any better you ask??? Well it could because now instead of just 1 catalog a year we're going to get 2 ... 1 in July and 1 in January. YEAH!!!

Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Going Gray
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, Cuttlebug, Blender Pen
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 3

Christmas in July Swap - May 2007

I made this for a Christmas in July card swap I'm involved in. I decided I wanted to make several cards and send them out in a little packet. I had just did the dazzling diamonds technique in class and really loved it. Actually I just love sparkles and the fact that this gave me an excuse to play in my sparkles and create a cool card using embossing was the greatest thing ever.


Stamps: Merry, All Year Cheer
Paper: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Sage Shadow, Gloss White
Ink: Blue Stazon, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Slit Punch
Techniques: Dazzling Diamonds

I made this card by casing another card on SCS for part of my Christmas in July swap package. Sorry I can't recall at this time who it was I cased. They did a wonderful job and though I changed a few things I didn't change much. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.

Stamps: Big Pieces, Sincere Salutations, Snow flurries
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Garden Green
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red
Accessories: Non Su Brad, Ribbon, Button, Retired SU Silver Cord
Techniques: OSW
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

Congrats Grad!!! - May 2007

I made these cards for my brother & his girlfriend who both graduated with their 4 year degrees. I used their school colors and even though they went to different schools the colors were still the same so I got lucky. I really like how these cards turned out and hope to make some more using different colors so that I'm stocked up. I might if I can manage make a bunch using the local school colors and see if I can sell some of them around graduation next year. We'll just have to wait and see.

Stamps: Graduation, Riveting
Paper: Brillant Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Brillant Blue, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Cuttlebug Tag Die, Grosgrain Ribbon, Spiral Punch

Sell-a-bration Open House - February 2007

I made these cards to use a newly acquired set & to stock up on some different cards. I actually won this stamp set as a door prize at my upline's Sell-a-bration Open House. I had been admiring her card that resembles the first card I made here and decided that I really wanted the stamp set that was used to make it. Only problem is the stamp set was no longer available. I thought to myself I could go to eBay and get it but I really didn't know if I wanted it that badly. Well it wasn't long before the door prizes were drawn and when my name was called and I got a chance to look through the basket of prizes much to my surprise this stamp set was in there so of course I picked it out. I didn't have the word punch when I made these cards so I just had to wing the little round tabs, as I'm sure you can tell they are a bit loop-sided, but that's okay because they still look nice.

Stamps: Gently Falling
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Whisper White
Ink: Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Large Oval Eyelets

Stamps: Gently Falling
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Large Oval Eyelets

Altoid Tins Are For More Then Just Mints Now - May 2007

I made these tins for a good friend to sell her jewelry in at a Memorial Day Craft Fair. I made 5 of each design.

Stamps: Butterfly of Happiness, Rough Edges Alphabets
Paper: Enchante DS, Very Vanilla, Pale Plum
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Spring Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Altoid tin, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots
Techniques: Altered Tin
Stamps: Butterfly of Happiness, Rough Edges Alphabets
Paper: Enchante DS, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss
Ink: Handsome Hunter
Accessories: Hunter Grosgrain Ribbon, Altoid Tin, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots
Techniques: Altered Tin

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mother's Day Joke - May 2007

I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day. There is a story behind the crab being on the front... she was in Mexico for her 30th wedding anniversary and encountered a huge crab blocking the door to the hotel door and claimed it snapped at her and wouldn't let her go by. No one else saw the crab except her and so she's been getting teased about it ever since. HEHE!!!
Stamps: Crab & Company
Paper: Spring Flowers, Mellow Moss, So Saffron
Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Regal Rose
Accessories: Spring Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Scoring Blade
Techniques: TriFold

Spots Can Be A Good Thing - February 2007

I made this card for a sick little boy who has cancer and chicken pox. I cased it from someone on SCS but made some changes to make it my own. Sorry I can't remember who I cased it from. I will edit my entry once I find some time to look it up again.

Stamps: Fire Brigade
Paper: whisper white, basic black, real red
Ink: basic black
Accessories: red eyelets, SU Markers

It's a Fairy-Tale Wedding - April 2007

I made this card for my cousin's wedding. I was told by my namesake that the wedding colors were this weird blue, purple, with some silver. I though this must mean that the color was periwinkle so I went with the closest thing to that I could find in my paper stash and came up with this card. The colors were not close to the wedding colors at all but that's okay the card still turned out really nice.

Stamps: Fairy-Tale Wedding
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Sage Shadow, Blush Blossom, print palette, Silver (non-SU)
Ink: lovely lilac, craft white, Sage Shadow
Accessories: heart brads, ribbon, heart hardware

Doodle Photo Album - March 2007

I made this nice little photo album at the local demo meeting. It definately looks harder then what it truly is to make. I plan on making some more but will first have to get the little envelopes or come up with some sort of subsitute for them.

Album Recipe:
Stamps: doodle this, doodle alphabet
Paper: marigold morning, old olive, basic black, real red
Ink: basic black, marigold morning
Accessories: ribbon, staples
Techniques: photo wallet

Doodle Through Lunch with Cards - April 2007

This is my first attempt at an altered lunch tin. I think it turned out okay but hope that my future attempts will turn out better. It is a little rough. I also am not a huge fan of the color combo of this petals & paisleys designer paper, just a personal thing though since I just don't like pink that much. I gave the tin to my friend with the cards she ordered. I hope she likes it.

Stamps: That's Nice, Doodle This, Best Friends Alphabet
Paper: Petals & Paisley Designer Paper, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Lunch Tin, Ribbon
Techniques: Alter Tin
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

March Technique Class - 2007

We made this altered gift card tin and mini accordian scrapbook at the March Technique Class. Sticking with my inability to make decisions on what pictures to include and exclude on even the most simple scrapbook related items this album is not completed yet either.

Stamps: Doodle This, Warm Words, So Very, Doodle That
Paper: Various SU Papers
Ink: Various SU Inks
Accessories: Gift Card Tin, Crystal Effects, Markers, Blender, Ribbon
Techniques: Altered Tin, Mini Accordian Scrapbook

Along with the altered gift card tin and mini accordian scrapbook we also made two cards. The first one is posted here with its recipe but the second one I can not share online because my upline who designed the card submitted it for a challenge. If she wins the challenge the card could be published so she asked us not to share it. I'm sure since since I'm now writing this post several months later it might be okay but I am not going to risk upsetting her so I'm going to keep it off my blog and out of SCS still until she tells me otherwise. For the non-posted card we used the polished stone method. I have heard many people say they hate that technique though I'm not sure why because I found it to be fairly easy and the results were stunning. I wasn't thrilled with the way mine looked exactly but I could tell if I hadn't done such a quick and sort of sloppy job with the metallic ink that it could have been a lot better.
Stamps: Weathered
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Au Chocolate
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Oval Punches, Circle Punch, Tab Punch
Techniques: Punches Galore
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

It's a Delight Thinking About You - April 2007

I made a similar card to this in techniques class and a friend wanted me to make several more of it for her to have. I didn't have the Remembering You kit/set so I had to do some alterations to come up with something similar. I used the same basic layout and just changed the stamps used. I also didn't have white embossing powered so I just used white craft ink instead. The EP has been ordered now.

Stamps: Delight in Life, Warmest Regards
Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White (Craft), Pale Plum
Accessories: Old Olive Brads, Black Gingham Ribbon, Paper Piercer
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1: Very Easy

CD/DVD Photo Tins - April 2007

I had made a magnet photo frame in a technique's class and when I went to find more the metal stands that we used I couldn't find any of them anywhere. I've searched high and low and decided that my dear friend who wanted me to make 10 of them for her would just have to settle on something I could find plenty of ... metal cd tins. I got a bunch from eBay for really cheap and this is the first one I came up with. She picked the color combo... saying she wanted some of them pink and orange and some of the green and purple but otherwise for me to be creative.

Stamps: Butterfly of Happiness
Paper: Four Seasons, Regal Rose
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Cd Tin, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" Round Magnets w/adhesive Techniques: Altered Tin
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2: Pretty Easy Once you get the paper measured correctly

Stamps: Fishy Friends, Very Punny
Paper: Pool Party, Brocade Blue, Sage Shadow, Hunter Green
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Magnets, Circle Punch, Hunter Ribbon, Sage Ribbon
Techniques: Altered Tin

Stamps: delight in life
Paper: Designer Prints Almost Amethyst, Designer Paper Sarah or Rebecca (can't remember which one)
Ink: basic black
Accessories: Ribbon, Magnets, Circle Punch