Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Filled With Love and 48-Hour Super Special

From December 17, 2010 through January 24, 2011, get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons (a $4.95 value) when you purchase a Stampin' Up Filled with Love Bundle.  This bundle will contain the Filled with Love Stamp Set (in wood or clear mount) and the Loves Pattern Designer Paper Pack.  When combined you will have the making for some pretty special  Valentines.
 This stamp set is so versatile!  It can be used for Wedding cards, Anniversary cards, little lunchbox notes or any number of sweet sentimental occasions!  It comes with this beautifully patterned paper...
...and these adorable tiny buttons!
Now, for the next 48 Hours of this great Stampin' UP! promotion, I have 2 exclusive gifts for you!

1.  A FREE class ($15 value)!  You can choose one of 2 dates for this class, during which we will make 6 fun projects using your new bundle!!  With the paper pre-cut by me and a sweet little bling packet, you can have plenty of great cards and treats ready for Valentine's Day. Dates are:
                                          *Friday, January 21st at 6:30pm or
                                          *Saturday, January 29th at 3:00pm
2.One of our projects in the class is a little treat that  can easily be made for a whole class of kids for Valentine's day.  It uses the Petal Card Extra Large Double Punch (item #119273, $17.95) , a roll of 1/8" Taffeta ribbon (Real Red item # 119251, $5.95) and the paper left in your bundle.  You can add the punch and ribbon to your order for 20% off!!  That's right!  Just with this special from me, you can get this great class and product special!!  So... DON'T DELAY!
This special ends on Friday at Midnight!  You must order by calling or emailing me directly for the specials to apply.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Count Down Till Christmas - Derailed! #7, 8, 9 and 10!

PMS Night Make and Take
"The best laid plans of mice and men" seem to get derailed so quickly when rearranging occurs!  The Lord blessed us with a very special gift.  Something He seemed to have hand-picked just for us:)  This gift came with a change that had to be done in order to use the gift.  That change brought about a chain reaction of rearranging our living areas of the house.  The computer and desk went downstairs.  Little space heater wasn't strong enough, so walls in the craft room had to come down so the heater would blow and make it hot enough.  All that during one week's time!! 

This little guy  was really fun to make and those who attended PMS Night just loved him!
This card is so easy and elegant!  The Deck the Halls Designer paper will be so missed when it retires in a few weeks.  I have really enjoyed those colors and patterns.  They will be showing up some more in my posts for sure:)
To make this card, we used :
1. Soft Suede card stock base (8 1/2" x 5 1/2")
2. Deck the Halls DSP (2" x 4 1/4")
3. Cherry Cobbler card stock (3 1/4" x 4 1/4")
4 Very Vanilla card stock (3" x 4")
5. Bells and Boughs stamp set
6. All Holidays stamp set
7.Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler markers
8. Always Artichoke Seam Binding
9. Soft Suede ink pad

 This next card has such a simply design and gives a nostalgic feeling.  We are using the Welcome Christmas set that has really awesome solid stamp images

The last card you will want to click on to see the optical illusion stamped on it!  I just love how this image of the Lord's family seems to be so tender and loving. 

Well, I know I'd love to have the time to post directions here for every card.  Please don't hesitate to email me if you would like card stock dimensions or directions for any of these. 
Thanks for stopping and have a great evening!

Inky Blessings,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Count Down Till Christmas Day #6

This card is another "Blast from the Past" that I was extremely inspired by.  The designer's name is Amy Celona and she has an awesome eye for color and placement.  She used some wonderful Vellum card stock and White embossing powder to give this card the look of a stained glass window.  Amazing!

 Here's how it's made:
1. Stamp the image of baby Jesus' family from the Holy Triptych stamp set using VersaMark on Vellum card stock scrap.  Then, stamp frame with VersaMark as well.  Pour white embossing powder over images and gently heat till set. 
2. Color in the reverse side of the image using water color pencils and a blender pen till you get the desired shades.TIP: Put a small amount of color where you want it to be darkest and drag color around with the blender pen to fill in that portion.
3.Trim around design, leaving a small border.
4. Cut a piece of Whisper White to be the same size as the vellum image.  Adhere carefully under the colored areas only.
5. On the Bashful Blue piece that is 4" x 5 1/4", stamp a snow flake of your choice from Northern Hearts* or Serene Snowflakes,* twice, using VersaMark ink.  Pour Iridescent Ice embossing powder over them and heat till set using the Heat Tool .   ( *The Snow Burst set that is used in the sample is retired and no longer available.)
6. Mount stained glass window onto Snowflakes
7.Stamp a greeting from Many Merry Messages or similar sized greeting using VersaMark again.  Sprinkle with White embossing powder and heat to set with Heat Tool. 
8. Mount it on the Whisper White card base.

That's it!  I hope you enjoyed this project!  Thanks for stopping by:)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Count Down Till Christmas Day #5

I know you're gonna think, "But this is the 7th of December, not the 5th!"  and you'd be right.  We had a little hiccup in our daily life, (you probably don't have those :) and computer and desk all had to be relocated to another part of the house!  Not something I was planning but so very glad I did it!  Now, it's down in my studio so projects can hit the press even quicker.  Once I get studio back in order, I'll post project 6and 7.  In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy this little cutie.  This is a mini card (3x3") that goes very nicely inside or outside a gift bag or tucked in a small gift.

1.Start with 6x3"piece of Bashful Blue card stock and fold in half.
2.Tie an 8" piece of Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon around a 2 3/4"x2 3/4" piece of Designer Series Paper - I used Candy Cane Christmas here- and adhere to the front of the card
3. Stamp the greeting from Tags Till Christmas using Real Red ink on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.
4. Punch out with Decorative Label punch.
5. Punch two labels of Garden Green and cut them in 1/2 , each a different direction.  Adhere them to the back of the punched image to mat.
6. Draw an outline around the oval part with two-way glue pen or crystal effects.  Sprinkle some Silver Glass Glitter to cover the glue.  be sure to press down well. 
7. Add you matted punched image to the front using 2 Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Count Down Till Christmas Day #4

This card is a Blast from Christmas Past!  I made this one 2 years ago and still have people asking me to make some for them:)  The mark of a truly timeless design.  Wish I could remember who the original designer was so I could thank them for such a breathtaking scene.
This one's a little work... but well worth it!
1. Begin your scene on a piece of Whisper White card stock (3 3/4" x 5").
2. Tear a strip of copy paper to cover the part you want to stay white for the snow.  Put a little Dotto on the underside to keep it from moving around while you're working.
3. Punch a 1 3/8" circle out of a post it note and adhere where you would like to have a moon.
4. Roll your Brayer in Bashful Blue ink and then roll across your entire card.
5. Next, roll your Brayer in Night of Navy ink and then across your card lightly, making sure not to cover the whole area.
6. Remove masks for snow and moon.
7. Stamp the long row of trees from Lovely as a Tree stamp set with Basic Gray ink.
8. Stamp large pine tree closer to the front on the left using Basic Black ink
9. Stamp greeting from Heart from the Heart stamp set using Basic Black ink
9 1/2. Draw on snow drifts and tree branches with Two Way Glue Pen
9 3/4. Sprinkle Dazzling diamonds on while glue is wet. Tap off excess.
10. Mount on Night of Navy  mat (5 1/4" x 4")
11. Mount on Bashful Blue card base (8 1/2" x 5 1/2")

Hope you enjoyed this card and make lots of them!  Be sure to show me your pictures of any you make!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Count Down To Christmas Day 3

Today is one of those "miracle" days!  I was on time for everything I had to do!!!  Those of you who know me well are aware that that, for me, is a feat. Made me really think a bit about the miracle of Jesus coming to earth.  I love this card because of how simply that message gets conveyed. Wendy Janson designed this and I just had to make one:)  Thank you Wendy!

1.  Run Very Vanilla card stock base (8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half) through the Big Shot  using the Square    Lattice embossing folder.
2.   Rub small Very Vanilla piece with Embossing Buddy
      3. Stamp large image with VersaMark 
  4. Add Black Embossing Powder and use heat tool
5. Stamp greeting with Jet Black Stazon ink
6. Mount on Basic Black mat
7. Tie  ribbon on front as show
8.  Add a Rhinestone to the star center
9. Adhere to card base using Stampin' Dimensionals

 Hope you enjoyed today's card.  This was another one from a recent Stamp-A-Stack that several gals really liked.  

   Inky Blessings,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Count Down to Christmas Day 2

Don't you just love the way the Holidays look?  Everywhere I drive I see Christmas lights sparkling!  Reminds me to be thankful that we have an entire month to enjoy this:)

This card was a favorite at the last Stamp-A-Stack!  So simple but classy:) 
1.  Stamp the single pine tree from Lovely as a Tree 3 times in the left corner of Very Vanilla card stock (3 3/4" by 5") using Old Olive ink.
2. Stamp the ornament from Tags Till Christmas on Very Vanilla scrap using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Punch out with Ornament punch. Add a large pearl from the Basic Pearls pack in the center.

3. Take a small piece of Linen Thread and dab with a small amount of Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive.  Position it to dangle from a branch as shown.
4. Stamp the greeting from Heard From The Heart stamp set using Cherry Cobbler again.
5. Adhere Stampin' Dimensionals to back of ornament and add to the center.
6 Mount Very Vanilla scene on Cherry Cobbler card stock (4" x 5 1/4") and then onto Old Olive card base (8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half)

Hope you enjoyed Counting Down Christmas with me! 

Inky Blessings,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Count Down Till Christmas!

Magnetic Advent Calendar
 I think every day of December belongs to Christmas, so, last weekend I put together this very fun project using Candy Cane Lane designer paper:)  Each little box holds a special candy treat for the day and is an opportunity for me and the kids to spend some time together talking about the special significance of what we are celebrating.  I want to continue to encourage them to give to someone in a thoughtful way each day while we wait for the celebration of the Greatest Gift ever given- God's dear Son Jesus!

To kick off this glorious season, I'd like to give a gift to you each day!  Each day will have a simple project posted with clear, easy directions to make it yourself to.  There will be an assortment of things that are practical, or gifty or just plain nifty!

I know that your time will be valuable so my posts will be brief.  Just want to inspire you to give a little of your creative flair to those you care about it!  They will treasure it because it was made by you!  This project was a CASE from a very talented demonstrator named Jackie Topa.  Thank you Jackie!!

The previous post called Graceful Dasher is your present for Day 1!  Hope you like him:) 

Inky Blessings,

Graceful Dasher

Graceful Dasher

Click on the photo for a clear view of this fun and easy card.  Dasher made his debut  in my recent Stamp-A-Stack at my dear friend, Kirsten's house.  He is based on a card I saw on the Stampers Connection by Riley Fitzgerald.  I love that Stampin' Up! provides demonstrators such a valuable tool!  It's just loaded with great samples!

Here are the easy steps to making this lovely card:
1. Run card front through the Big Shot using Northern Flurry embossing folder
2.Stamp Dasher on Whisper White card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Mount on Early Espresso card stock.  Adhere to card front as shown
3. Punch Designer Label from Early Espresso
4. Punch 1"  Circle  from Baha Breeze
5. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set onto Whisper White.  Punch out using the Word Window punch.
6. Layer punched pieces as shown above using SNAIL adhesive and adhere to card using 2 Stampin' Dimensionals.
7 Give Dasher and the snowflakes their bling using Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents!  Enjoy:)

Hope you enjoyed one of the favorites we got to stamp this month!

Inky Blessings,

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Last day for Sweet Scoops!

I sure will miss our Summer Mini Catalog! There were so many cute stamp sets and cool accessories that I had trouble finding time to make all the ideas I had:) This set was fun to use
for a co-worker's birthday! Her family owns an ice cream stand and she really enjoyed the personal touch her card had.

The things I used to make this card are:
  • Sweet Scoops stamp set
  • Word Window punch
  • Tiny Flower Punch
  • Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon
This set is great for any birthday or celebration and is especially fun for accenting summer scrapbook pages.

Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

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September 1 through October 18, receive a FREE craft tote—a $39.95 value—when you join Stampin’ Up!® as a demonstrator!
Imagine sharing your love of Stampin’ Up! with this stylish and practical tote, patterned after our Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper and large enough to carry 12" x 12" card stock and a Paper Cutter, as well as punches, ink pads, and accessories. And with two Starter Kits to choose from—Standard and Digital+—at a brand-new lower kit price, there’s never been a better time to join the Stampin’ Up! family.

Let me know if you needed only one more reason to turn what you love to do into a rewarding career! Getting a 40% savings on the starter kit products, an instant discount on all orders, your own business website and exclusive resources for taking your hobby to new heights were already the amazing perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! Now, you have this gorgeous tote that holds everything you'd need to carry to a class or workshop in style:) I'd love to have you as a part of my team!!!

Thanks for visiting:)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back in the Bloggin' Saddle Again!

Hi Everybody! I know it seems like it has been forever since I've blogged!! I'm so glad to say that this will resume its proper place in my life once again;)

Today we (my darling daughter, Jenny and I) went to Manor Care Nursing Home for a class of card making fun. I did not want anyone to feel rushed on their project so I decided to use the same design with six different color schemes and stamp sets so that 2 people could share the same supplies. This encouraged them to "buddy up" too! It was great watching these folks help each other stamp their cards!

Here are some close ups of the samples I made for the supplies I gave them. I don't really think they made them much like the samples but that is the fun of creating!

Many of the residents had never done stamping before so at first they were a little worried that they did not know what to do!

Once they got going and began creating, they just got lost in the fun! Little by little, all 12 people began to figure out how to load the stamps with ink, tell where to put it, and stamp a design.

Tiny expressions of pleasure began to replace the worry as they watched the birth of their creations!

When I showed them how to embellish the inside of the card, they were so excited! Many of them used different stamping techniques and made such mess with inky fingers but none seemed to care!

One of them asked me if where I got the supplies they were using and I told them about Stampin' Up! and how they have a fabulous line of stamps and inks and paper and how they all coordinate together! I made mention of the fact that some of the products we were using for this class were retired and they thought that was hilarious:)

The last 15 minutes was just enough time to pull out the Big Shot and die cut some beautiful embossed butterflies for them to glue onto card or envelope, whichever they chose. I even had time to use the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on some of their envelope flaps. They were ecstatic over that little extra touch! It was so nice to hear them say how sad they were that it was time to go! I'm looking forward to the next time we'll stamp together.

I want to take a minute to thank Gretchen Barron for her "Inspiration in Action" for these cards! She inspires me to do great work because of her careful attention detail and excellent artwork!

Thanks for joining me as I share with you my adventures with stamping!