Friday, November 30, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #23

Different Point of View: Use the same stamp in two different ways

I finally took time to use my special gift from Stampin' Up! (Thank you, SU and Shelli!) Each active demo was sent a little surprise gift of a level 3 hostess set from the upcoming Spring/Summer Collection!!! It's called Time Well Spent.

In my first card, I used a wonderful product offered in the Stampin' Up Fall/Winter Collection. Staz On White! It is a permanent ink perfect for glass, plastic, whatever you think you can't stamp on!!! I used a transparency sheet, cut and folded like a card and stamped with the White Staz-On. Another product (if you are anal-retentive like myself and love a good clean stamp) you may want is the Staz-On Cleaner. Since the Staz-On is permanent, it leaves a residue on your stamp. It won't hurt your stamp at all....just makes it look messy. A problem for me!!! I stamped the phrase with Basic Black and colored it in with SU markers.

For the second card I tried out a new technique in the Technique Junkies newsletter. I've mentioned this newsletter before but it's worth mentioning again. Pat Huntoon and her wonderful design team provides awesome new techniques and samples of the techniques in her wonderful newsletter. I've subscribed for a LONG time! Hence...Time Well Spent! Check it out: Technique Junkie Newsletter The technique used is Faux Layers. This card has only layers of any kind but with this tech, it gives the look of layers. I used Watercolor Wonder Crayons to color in the image and the words on the phrase.

Thanks for looking! BTW! The SU retirement list for December will be posted late tonight or early tomorrow!!!! I am so curious what it will look like with the two catalogs a year plan! I'm sure that I'll post the list here tomorrow!


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pick a Pack Papers!

This is going to be a sticky at the top of my blog til the end of the month! Be sure to scroll down for new posts!
Remember the special from Stampin' Up! Buy any three packs of Designer Series Paper and get a fourth FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! Email me today to take advantage of this awesome special!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Block giveaway....

I wanted to enter to win these blocks so I'm mentioning it on my SU blog....Thanks for looking!

BEKA Blocks, St. Paul, MN

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wrapping up the Holidays!

Click here to see the awesome Wrapping up the Holidays special Stampin' Up! has right now! GREAT sale on the satin ribbon and other products from the Holiday Mini catalog! There are also some exclusive products are available now until December 15 or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! I'll combine orders for whatever comes in by Wed. November 28. Also remember the Pretty Papers Promotion in which you buy three Designer Series paper packs and choose an additional pack for FREE!!!!

If you've had your eye on the All in the Family stamp set, now until November 30, every penny from the sale of this special stamp set will be donated to a fund for Dave Abbott's family. Dave was the General Manager for Stampin' Up! Austrailia and passed away in October from a rare blood disease.

You can place your orders anytime but I'll combine shipping costs if orders are to me and paid for by November 28. Thanks for looking and have an awesome day!


Friday, November 23, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #22

Edit to add: I removed the card as I am using as an entry for something!
Challenge #22: Inspiration challenge! This one literally fell into my lap. I normally toss unfamiliar catalogs but this catalog from Seventh Avenue looked interesting, even though I wasn't going to order anything. I decided to look through it and found this great bed set as my inspiration for this week!

I chose the Priceless stamp set and used Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Ruby Red and Creamy Caramel ink. I stamped the word "priceless" onto the Chocolate Chip satin ribbon (which is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE UNTIL DEC. 15 OR SUPPLIES RUN OUT! YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE THE PURELY POMEGRANETE OR ONE OF EACH!) Then, I used a sponge dauber to make a flower from the Pretties Kit Ruby Red and added that with a pearl center, also from the Pretties Kit. Mounted the entire thing onto a Ruby Red card.

The BOGO (Buy one, get one) is not the only special item SU has until Dec. 15 (or supplies run out!) go to: and click on Specials and promotions and see what else is available with the Wrapping up the Holidays promo along with the other specials SU is running with the Designer Series Paper and the All in the Family promo.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Schwan's Fundraiser has begun!

We have officially begun the Schwan's fundraiser. I know that after eating all of that Thanksgiving feast, the last thing that you want to think about is ordering food's for a good cause!

Go to and enter the code # for our school: 1004670 Then start shopping! You will be asked for which student to give credit to. I guess you could just put my name in as I don't want to publish any student's name on the web. But if you know the name of a student, please enter it as they get credit and prizes!

PLEASE NOTE!!!! Schwan's will deliver this to you right to your door. If they can't get it to you, they will pack it on dry ice and ship it to you! IT WILL TAKE 4-6 WEEKS FOR YOU TO GET YOUR ORDER! We have to total our end of the deal and put it in after Nov. 30 and they process it.

Thanks for thinking of our school and helping improve our playground!


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #21

First of all, I apologize for being late. My first excuse is that my dh and I celebrated our 7th anniversary yesterday! So, little stamping was done! I should have done my challenge early but I got myself out of that good habit and formed a new habit of waiting until the last minute to complete the challenge. With a couple of days off from school for Thanksgiving, maybe I can change back to the good ways!

This week's challenge was a color combo challenge! I LOVE color challenges, especially when I forget to put certain colors together. Lisa came up with a brilliant combo: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Brocade Blue. We could also add in a choice of Whisper White or Very Vanilla, if we chose. I did...

The first card started to be my anniversary card (which dh got today...oops) but I'll share the real one next! I chose the set "Wild About You" because I'm wild about him. But in the end, it looked more appropriate for a younger person...even though Steve is young at heart! This card uses the satin ribbon from the Holiday Mini catalog (which you can still order from until November 30!)

The second card is more appropriate for my dh...the cowboy in a pastor's body! I used MANY stamps for this one including: Wanted, Bronc Buster, Weathered. I guess only three but it seemed like more. I used Naturals Ivory for my "neutral" choice instead of WW or VV.

BTW...the Schwan's fundraiser begins tomorrow. BUT!!! DON'T EXPECT ANY PRODUCT TO ARRIVE UNTIL 4-6 WEEKS ONCE WE CLOSE THE FUNDRAISER. I didn't mention that in the original posting! Make sure to include the "code" for our school so we actually get our portion!

Thanks so much for looking!


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stamper's Showcase!

Well! It was a wonderful surprise to see this card on the Big Show today!!! Hooray!!!! I had completed it earlier for a Blogger's Challenge and then sent it in to SU! Thanks for looking!


Schwan's Fundraiser!

Just wanted to share this with all of you in case you already order from Schwan's and want to help our school purchase new rubber mulch for our playground!
Our Savior’s Lutheran School Schwan’s Fundraiser

Monday, November 19th to Friday, November 30th

We are excited to tell you that Our Savior’s School is doing a Schwan’s Fundraiser. We are raising Funds to replace the wood chips that are currently in our playground with a new rubber mulch.

We will have a kick off event with students on Thursday November 15th to explain how the program works. They will be given a packet of information (including order blanks & books). We will ask all students to contact friends and family only and not go door to door.

You can also order via the internet, and it’s so easy and convenient!!
Order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NO shipping fees
Convenient home delivery – right to your door by the Schwan’sâ Home Delivery Truck!

To order, simply go online to click on “start shopping” (near the truck on the left side of the screen) and you will be asked to enter a campaign ID#. Please enter the campaign ID# 1004670, Click the “Start Shopping” button on the welcome page and begin placing your order. You will be asked to provide the name of the student you are supporting upon checking out. (This is above the area where you will enter your credit card information.)
Our school will get credit for each order received from you!
This Schwan’s Fundraising Meal Solutions catalog is designed to give you a variety of great products to choose from! Pizza, appetizers, lunch, breakfast, kids favorites, novelties, dessert combos and more. There is something for everyone!

Thank you in advance for supporting Our Savior’s Lutheran School. We really appreciate your support!

This fundraiser runs from Monday,November 19th to Friday, November 30th

Thank you!!

Staff & Students
Our Savior’s Lutheran School

Friday, November 09, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #20

Our challenge this week was to use a photo or magazine pic as the focus for our project. After much difficulty in finding the right pic and being able to print it on my computer (I won't go into that!) I am happy with my cowboy! This is my dh, Steve. He was on my mind all week as he had been at a conference since last Friday. He has arrived home, safe and sound and is now resting as he drove a LOT in the past two days. I'm off to spend some time with him in a bit!

This 6 by 6 scrapbook page proves how wonderfully fast and easy our Simply Scrapin' kits are! I cut the background 6 by 6 from the Really Rust textured cardstock from the Round Up SS kit. Added a smaller piece of the enclosed background paper. Trimmed one of the die-cut sticker borders and added another die-cut to finish it off. I layered my photo after distressing a bit with chocolate chip ink. I added a couple more die-cuts and ta-da! I'm finished! NO STAMPING! YIKES! I had a 'title' of sorts stamped and was going to put in on the picture. Then, I realized it would cover the fringes...the very thing that makes him a cowboy in the pic! So, no 'title' but one of the die-cuts say "one of a kind." He sure is!!! Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Pick a Pack Papers..then pick more!!!!

Stock up for all your upcoming projects with Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive double-sided Designer Series paper. 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. And the best part is, you’ll get a FREE pack of Designer Series paper ($9.95 value) for every three packs you buy—no limits, no restrictions!
See pages 170–173 of our Fall-Winter Collection 2007 or our Holiday Mini Collection to see all our Designer Series paper. Or visit us on the web at for free fall Designer Series paper project
ideas, and start picking your patterns today! CLICK HERE to see the papers online! Then contact me right away to place your order!
Do you want coordinating cardstock to go with your papers? Here is a list of the papers and their coordinating card stock and ink colors: I have this printed out, you may want to do that too.
Outlaw - Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla
Brocade Backgrounds - Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, River Rock
Fall Flowers - Old Olive, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky
Linen Prints - Always Apricot, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Pink Passion
Porcelain Prints - Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
Le Jardin - River Rock, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
Uptown - Almost Amethyst, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Wintergreen - Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Soft Sky
Flowers for You - Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise
Petals & Paisleys - Certainly Celery, Taken w/Teal, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Creepy Crawly - Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust
Notations No. 2 - More Mustard, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi
Charbon - Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
Cerise - Real Red, Very Vanilla
Dashing - Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Cutie Pie - Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron
Darling Doodles - Brocade Blue, Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Apple Cider - Close to Cocoa, River Rock, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi
Holiday Harmony - Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock


Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #19 Embellishments!

I remember when I first started making cards. I thought it was such a shame to have more than one layer because I would be "wasting" cardstock. Now, I add layers and embellishments whenever it seems right (and even not so right!)

The challenge this week was to use embellishments. Usually, I like to take the challenge and take it to my extreme. (I use the term "my extreme" because it's pretty lame compared to what other's extreme's would be!)

When I add an embellishment, it tends to be the focus of the card or project. I usually add something when I think a card or project "needs" something. I'll share two cards today!

I started with the stamping as focus for this card. Instead, your eye goes right to the oval Hodgepodge frame. The colors I chose for this card are Wild Wasabi, River Rock and Whisper White.

The second card started out the opposite way. I just received my new Build a Brad kits from Stampin' Up! and wanted to use them. So, with a piece of Dashing DSP split in half and adhered to the Wild Wasabi card, I Built my Brad with a stamp from the Merry stamp set. I punched it with the 1/2 circle punch and adhered it to my brad with a Glue Dot. Layered it with an add'l piece of Dashing paper layered onto a piece of Real Red cardstock. After adding a strip of RR to "divide" the card, added the circle piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Thanks for looking!