Thursday, December 31, 2009

Catalog Mailing information!

Happy New Year...a little early!

Stampin' Up! just let the demonstrators know that the mailings for the Occasions Mini catalog and Sale-a-Bration catalog are running behind schedule and will not be in your mailbox by the time that those sales begin. (January 5, 2010) So, if you would like me to email a copy of either catalog or both to you, please let me know and I will try. The Occasions Mini is a LARGE document so I didn't want to just send it out without your request!

Sale-a-Bration will start on January 5th and it's an exciting one this year! With each $50 merchandise purchase, you can choose one of four exclusive stamp sets or a 72 sheet 6 by 6 paper pack or a border punch!!! (The punch will be available to order in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.) But there's more....this year, you can also choose from a HUGE list of wood-mount sets from the Idea Book & Catalog valued at $15.95 and under!!!

The Occasions Mini is exciting because it's the first time that Stampin' Up! will be offering Clear-Mount sets!!!!

Stamp Clubs!

Stamp Clubs are now forming. As a member of my Stamp Club - you agree to purchase a minimum of $25 (before shipping & tax) per month in SU merchandise for six months. The Club will run from February 2010 - July 2010. Orders are due on the 15th of each month.

Why would you want to join?*This is a great way to build up your supplies gradually. Soon you will have a great collection of stamping product!*Everyone gets their turn to be the “hostess.” This means you collect HOSTESS BENEFITS! You’ll get at least one stamp set plus $15 in FREE product on your hostess month. (You could get a lot more!) *Just call in or email me your order by the 15th of each month. If its' your month to hostess, you can schedule an in home workshop (if your local)/a virtual workshop/or collect outside orders to boost your FREE merchandise.

*Since Stampin' Up! is going back to one catalog a year, you may already own the most current catalog. In place of that "premium" for club members, I am offering that you may choose any paper pack up to a value of $7.50 during the month that you are hostess.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #131: Merry CHRISTmas!

It's been a little different Christmas for us this year. We are in the middle of a blizzard and church was cancelled. So strange to have the pastor at home! He recorded a service when the forecast was for a blizzard and dropped it off at the radio station. I am listening to church while the guy sharing church on the radio is sitting in the next room. (He refused to listen to himself...can't blame him for that, I guess!)

My stamping share has NO stamping at all! Can you believe it? You could add a hand-stamped sentiment tag with the receiver's name to fix that! I've shown it as a gift card holder, a little candy treat holder and for demonstrators, a fun way to hand out your business cards!

I made these using my Big Shot and the Bigz Petal Card die. Super super easy and quick to whip up! The DSP is the Christmas Cocoa specialty paper. It's only available for a few more days so let me know if you'd like to order quick before it unavailable!

I pray that all of you have a wonderful celebration of our Savior's birth today!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #130: Sketch time!

Today's Blogger's Challenge was a sketch challenge. You may recognize the sketch because it's the same sketch I used last week!!! Lisa came up with a great one so it deserves two weeks of center stage!

This time, though, I turned the sketch:

This is the card that I came up with. I needed a sympathy card for a friend whose grandmother passed. This gave me an excuse to use some sneak peeks'll be seeing these in the upcoming Occasions mini! Need a copy of the new Occasions mini? Let me know!!

Thanks for looking and please take some time to see what the other players did with the sketch!!! Happy Friday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #129: Happy Birthday!

I combined my challenge with another challenge that I signed up with an online group that I'm in. I'm off to school for my favorite day of the week...FRIDAY!
Be sure to see what the other Blogger's Challenge did to celebrate birthdays!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Blogger's Challenge#128: Ornament or decoration

Today's post is here first, because I like to meet my challenges and second to show you that not all projects turn out beautifully.

I stamped with White Staz-on onto my clear glass ornament. I did pretty good, only smearing in a few places where I thought the next part of the process would disguise, so I continued.

I added Eggplant Envy ink refill to the inside and turned and turned the ornament until all was covered. Then, I sprinkled in some dazzling diamonds glitter. Then, I turned it upside-down to dry. Here's what I woke up to:

Half of it's covered and half looks NOT GOOD!!! But, I will try this again with some changes. I cannot control your comments but you do not have to leave any comments saying it looks good...I know it doesn't and I'm okay with that. I am posting in hopes that you will have suggestions on improving my technique for the next ornament that I do!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #127: Alter It!

This was supposed to be my inspiration for my Blogger's Challenge this week: I had it all figured out. I got out my Pop-Up Christmas tree die out and cut away using my Big Shot. I even put the tallest piece in before I made the fit. Until, I finished the tree. I forgot about the base!

So, I put my tree into this container I bought a year or two ago for something at school. I have NO idea what to call this...other than simply "Cute Christmas Decoration!"

Be sure to check out what the other Blogger Challenge players altered this week! I'm going to right away...(I always wait to see theirs until I finish mine!!! I don't want to accidently copy them!) Happy day..remember to check out my website for the Stampin' Up! Holiday Extravaganza Sale!!!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Extravaganza!!!

Oh my! You need to see the sale prices that are good from now until November 30th with Stampin' Up!!! Incredible sales! Email me or call me or shop online at my website right away!

Product Offering:



Regular Price

Discounted Price


Framed with Love Bundle

  • Framed with Love stamp set
  • Full Heart punch




Thank You Kindly Bundle

  • Thank You Kindly stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch




Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)

  • Tous mes remerciements stamp set
  • Scallop Edge punch




Animal Crackers Bundle

  • Animal Crackers stamp set
  • Star Designer brads




Corduroy Button Bundle

  • Kraft Corduroy buttons
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
  • Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
  • Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons




Game Night Bundle

  • Card Games stamp set
  • Game Night stamp set




Four Square Bundle

  • Four Square stamp set
  • Scallop Square punch




Heart to Heart Bundle

  • Love You Much stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)

  • Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Heart to Heart Bundle (French)

  • J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
  • Heart to Heart punch
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Chipboard Letter Bundle

  • On Board Timeless Type
  • On Board Loads of Letters




Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle

  • Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon




Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*

  • Best Wishes & More stamp set
  • Eight Great Greetings stamp set
  • On a Pedestal stamp set
  • Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Flower Designer brads




Build-A-Brad Bundle

  • Calendar Alphabet stamp set
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad
  • Antique Brass Build-A-Brad




Enjoy Every Moment Bundle

  • Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads




Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)

  • Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
  • Circle Designer brads
  • Flower Designer brads




Cheep Talk Bundle

  • Cheep Talk stamp set
  • Note cards
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons




Sock Monkey Bundle

  • Sock Monkey stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons




Sock Monkey Bundle (French)

  • Sing-chaussette stamp set
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons




Alphabet Bundle

  • Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
  • Lovely Letters stamp set




Simply Said Bundle

  • Simply Said stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch




Simply Said Bundle (French)

  • Amitié stamp set
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Full Heart punch




On Board Bundle

  • On Board So Tweet
  • On Board Batch of Blooms
  • On Board Essentials




Christmas Décor Bundle #1

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
  • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements




Christmas Décor Bundle #2

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
  • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements




Christmas Décor Bundle #3

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
  • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements




For All You Do Bundle

  • For All You Do stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads




For All You Do Bundle (French)

  • Merci pour tout stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads




For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)

  • Por todo lo que haces stamp set
  • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Striped Ribbon Bundle

  • Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon




Bling Bundle

  • Sticky Pages
  • Sticky Cuts Sweet
  • Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
  • Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter




Fresh-Cut Bundle

  • Fresh Cuts stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)

  • Fraicheur exuise stamp set
  • Fresh-Cut Notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Pendant Note Bundle

  • Pendant Park stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Pendant Note Bundle (French)

  • Adorable parc stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)

  • Un dia en el parque stamp set
  • Pendant notes
  • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Sporting Bundle #1

  • Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
  • Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements




Sporting Bundle #2

  • Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements




Sporting Bundle #3

  • Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
  • Black Just Sports Décor Elements




Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements




Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements




5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads




5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads




Scallop Square punch




Full Heart punch




Heart to Heart punch




Scallop Edge punch




Circle Designer brads




Flower Designer brads




Star Designer brads




Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements




Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements




Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements




Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements



*This bundle is only available while supplies last.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #126: Giving Thanks!

I didn't make a traditional fall-looking card this week. I was inspired by this card by Debbie Olson. I put my own spin on it for a Thank You card and came up with this:

I began with the Damask image from Friends 24-7 and Very Vanilla Craft Ink. Then, I ran it through my Big Shot and added the Pattern texture. I highlighted the texture with my Elegant Eggplant ink pad. Lots of distressing later plus adding ribbon and my background was complete!

Be sure to be thankful this week and also I would thank you to check out what the other BC players came up with!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #125 Happy Fall Y'all!

Our challenge for this week was to create a fall card with the theme, Happy Fall Y'all! I brought out a stamp set from the dormant list (available to purchase but not shown in any catalog) called Branch Out. I just had to have this set last year and I'm so glad I got it!

I stamped the tree in Chocolate Chip on Naturals Ivory cardstock. Then using the leaf stamp from the set, I used Old Olive, Ruby Red, Really Rust, More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie to add the fall leaves on the trees and the ground.

I saw this layout on a recent blog but didn't keep who had done the layout originally so please let me know if you do!!! I used More Mustard, Ruby Red and Pumpkin Pie strips of cardstock to layer the border on the side. Adds lots of texture!

Please make your own fall card today and check out what the other BC members "fell" for this week!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #124: Technique Time!

Our challenge today was to feature a technique. I love to heat emboss and this is a fun way to do that!

First, decide on your background image. I used Bella Toile background stamp in Dusty Durango. I allowed that to dry and then used my embossing buddy over it. Then, using a Versamark pad and Clear Embossing powder, I stamped and embossed the Medallion stamp right over the first image. This allows you to "protect" parts of the background image with another image. Then, I sponged all over the Medallion image with Soft Suede and a Sponge Dauber.

Try your hand at this technique and also check out what techniques the other Blogger's Challenge members were trying out this week!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #123: Happy Halloween!

Our challenge this week was anything Halloween! I combined the Monday Technostamper challenge as I had this card done on Sunday but it wasn't just right. So it sat on my desk all week until I added the sentiment with the double layer of the Modern Label Punch. I'm running late this morning, so I'll let my card explain itself. MJ's sketch also follows! Check out the other challenge players!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Blogger's Challenge # 122: NO LAYERS!

This is always so HARD for me! When I first began stamping, I never added layers. Now that I have for years, it's hard to go back to that! I need some dimension!

I began by taking the new Ornament punch and making my own stencil with it. Then, I sponged the ornaments with Ruby Red and Old Olive ink onto the Kraft cardstock. I used my Paper-Piercing tool (now available without the kit for only $3.50!!!) and made tiny holes to hold my Silver Elastic Cord (my dimension!) I stamped the sentiment from Heard From the Heart but it wasn't quite complete. I used the Corner Rounder punch to round each corner and then sponged away all around the edge to frame the card.

Please take some time to see what the other players in this challenge were up to! You will not be disappointed!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #121: Alter it!

This may be the fastest and cheapest project ever posted on the internet!

I saved this Crystal Light container this summer and just knew it would come in handy during an alter it challenge. When looking at it today and thinking about the upcoming holidays, an idea was born. This one:

I took a piece of the flocked Christmas Cocoa specialty Designer Series paper and wrapped it around the container. Then, I spent about 5-10 minutes on my Digital Studio and designed my Curly Label tag. I cut it out and attached it with the Whisper White Satin ribbon. I cut a slot in the lid and now I've got a way to put some coins aside for Christmas splurging!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #92

I made this card for our God-daughter who is celebrating her birthday today! Happy Birthday, SB!

I don't know why my copy of the sketch is so small but it is...maybe if you go to MJ's site, you'll see a regular size sketch!

I've been trying to keep my blog posts shorter. If you want more details on any card, please contact me and I'd be glad to help you out!

Have a GREAT day!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #120: Sketch Challenge

I liked this sketch that our list mom Lisa gave us:

I was mostly inspired by my new stamp set Extreme Elements and started with the background. I wanted something kind of funky to go with it, so I added the Taken with Teal piece after running it through my crimper a bunch and then added the ribbon and shredded the ends! I also wanted to use the Sweet Cups from the Holiday mini catalog. Fun with glitter, isn't it?

I'm off to school! Be sure to see what the other players did and along with us!!!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #91

Here's the sketch for the week:

And here's my take on it! I used the same technique that I did with my blogger's Challenge. I'll show you what it is at your workshop or class....hint hint!

Have a super day!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #119: LOVE!!!

Well, anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE my dear husband, Steve. We didn't meet until I was 29 and after a short time of dating (less than a month) we were engaged! Our anniversary isn't until November but for once, I'll be prepared and have my card done!

I was inspired by a card from the latest Stampin' Success, a magazine printed by Stampin' Up! for SU demonstrators. The triple panel layout idea came from a blog (sorry...I can't recall which one!) The idea was to use the new Platinum shimmer paint! Want to learn how to do this? I'll show you at a workshop or a class!!! Call or email me to book one right away!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #89

Well, I accomplished my first project in My Digital Studio and completed the Technostamper Challenge. I have a LOT to learn in MDS but this card took my 15 minutes, max, and it was my first project ever. I did everything from a blank layout. It's really fairly easy to learn. Here's what I did:

I've got to figure out how to make the layer square but not too terrible for my first try ever!!!

Thanks for looking and hope that you take time to check out the other "real" cards!!! I promise that I won't be making every project digital. I'd miss my cardstock WAY too much!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #118: Designer Series Paper

Good day!

I have TWO cards to share for this challenge! Our challenge was to feature DSP or Designer Series Paper. I just LOVE our DSP from Stampin' Up! The first card uses Cottage Wall. It's been a really popular choice for everyone! Don't you just love these colors? I don't wear purple but I love to stamp with it!

My second card features Nouveau Chic. How about these colors together? I just LOVE Basic Gray! Then match it up with Basic Black, Sage Shadow, and Apricot Appeal and what a winning combination!

I'm at a retreat for church worker wives. I am a church worker but I'm married to a pastor so this should be a good event! I want to thank the First English, Eldred MN and the Our Savior's, Crookston congregations for paying my way to make it possible for me to attend!

Have a GREAT day!

Card Recipes:
Friends Card:

Stamp sets: Friends 24-7
Cardstock/Ink Colors: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
DSP: Cottage Wall
Other: Big Shot, Floral Fusion Sizzlets Die, Matchbox Bigz XL Die, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Whisper White Craft Ink Pad, Sponge Dauber, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka Dot Ribbon (Reversed), SNAIL adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

"C" Monogram Card:

Stamp Set: Monogram Sweet, Framed with Love
Cardstock/Ink Colors: Basic Gray, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
DSP: Nouveau Chic
Other: Big Shot, Lots of Tags Sizzlets Die, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Eyelet Border Punch

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #88

Well, at first I didn't know what to do with this challenge. Then, looking through some card samples that I keep around here, I got this brainstorm to run a portion of the card through the Big Shot and use a Texturz plate...the rest came quite easily after that!

Here's the sketch:

Thanks for looking and play along...and post it on MJ's blog!

Card Recipe:
Stamp set: Lovely as a Tree, On Your Birthday
Colors: More Mustard, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
DSP: Autumn Tradition
Other: Circle Scissors Plus, Sponge Daubers, Big Shot, Texturz Plate (I can't remember which one and where's my catalog?), Stampin' Dimensionals, More Mustard Brads, Sanding block, SNAIL