Friday, October 30, 2009

Ornament Punch Christmas Card

Sorry I didn't post yesterday! This week has flown by so quickly! Happy Halloween!! I hope everyone has a great weekend. I am planning to enjoy Halloween with my nieces, very much looking forward to it.

On to the card. Even though it is Halloween I am completely in Christmas mode. Here is another Christmas card using Delightful Decorations and the matching punch. I just LOVE this set/punch combo! I used the shimmer paint as a spray again as I described in this post. I sprayed the entire card after I finished with it. You can kind of see the shimmer but it is much prettier in person. The Shimmer Paint is the most fun to play with and add to cards! Hope you enjoy!

Stamp Set(s) - Delightful Decorations, Sassy Sparkles Jumbo Wheel, Four the Holidays
Card Stock - Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink - Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Basic Black
Accessories -Shimmer Paint, Silver Elastic Cord, Dimensionals, Ornament Punch

Monday, October 26, 2009

Final Deal of the Week!

My Stamp-A-Stack went wonderfully this weekend, see post below for more information. Sunday was a Beautiful day here in Florida. It was high 80's but the humidity was down. I went to a company picnic and it was great sitting outside and enjoying the weather.

Sadly, the final Deal of the Week has come.

Go to my website and place your order with me today! This offer is only good until October 31st, 11:50pm MT

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Extravagent Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack

I had a GREAT Stamp-A-Stack this weekend. I just LOVE the women, we had so much fun. Now that I have had the class, I will post the cards! I had a lot of fun creating them. The first two, if you are a Demonstrator, were CASED from the Stampin' Successes. I called it an Extravagant Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack because the cards are a little more time consuming and are usually saved for family and close friends.

Best & Brightest Card

Multiple techniques are used in this card. I am going to mention two. The first is the saying which was done by using Rub-Ons. It is perfect on the Bashful Blue, it keeps the card soft. The second is the glittering on the Blissful Blue Ornament. After it is stamped and punched out, I rubbed 2-Way Glue onto parts of the snowflake and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter onto it. It gives it a great look!

Stamp Set(s) - Delightful Decorations, Sassy Sparkle Jumbo Wheels
Card Stock - Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink - Bashful Blue, Ruby Red
Accessories - Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brads or Pretties Kit, Merry & Bright Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Ornament Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Jumbo Wheel Handle, 2-Way Glue

Merry Christmas Card

This is a simple card, however, I got to show off the Shimmer Paint! I used it in two different ways. First, after I folded the Old Olive I sprayed it with Shimmer Spray. I created the shimmer spray by filling an old Stampin' Mist bottle 3/4 the way full with rubbing alcohol and then added approximately a teaspoon of Shimmer paint. It is hard to see in the picture but creates a nice soft shimmer to the card. Then on the the ornaments I sponged Shimmer Paint directly onto it after the ink had dried to create a bold shimmer look.

Stamp Set(s) - Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red
Accessories - Silver Elastic Cord, Stampin' Dimensionals, Ornament Punch, Frost White Shimmer Paint, 1/16" Punch, Sponge Dauber

Sweet Treat Ornament Card

I showed my customers how to create a Sweet Treat Cup card with an access on the inside to retrieve the treat. I CASED this from this card. It is hard to see in the picture but I used one of the circle designs from Delightful Decorations in versamark along the edge of the Real Red underneath the Merry Christmas. I chose bells for the cup and it makes it a lot of fun!

Tape a piece of Cardstock partially over the hole leaving enough room to fill the cup. Make sure you do not tape a space for a tag to slide in. (see next picture). I taped with sticky strip the short side and the top then I set the slider piece down to measure and taped on the other side of it so the slider will fit.

The piece of cardstock will then slide in covering the hole but can be removed to access the treat without destroying the card!

Stamp Set(s) - Sweet Centers, Four the Holidays, Delightful Decorations
Card Stock - Whisper White, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories -Sweet Treat Cups, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Mistletoe Ribbon

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cute Christmas Cards

I wanted to share more projects from the weekend. This weekend Nikki, our 16 year old cousin, was over to stamp with me. She wanted to make Christmas cards. Several cards she made CASING a couple of mine; however, she wanted to make one all on her own. I went into demonstrator mode and was teaching her tricks to coming up with ideas. First she scanned the current catalog for layout ideas. She got her layout out from pg. 88. The design had some DS paper so she dug through my scraps of paper and found a piece of DS Christmas paper that has since been retired. She based her color scheme off of that paper. She dug through my stamp sets for a good stamp to use and found my Snow Swirled set. Below is the card she put together. Overall she did an amazing job with very little direction from me. I sense a future Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

This is a card that she CASED off my 60 cards in 4 hours class that is coming up in November (please RSVP by November 1st!) She changed the background card from Whisper White to Real Red. She did all the measuring and cutting herself. She was getting a little frustrated with herself if the greetings were a little crooked. I had to remind her, as I do my customers, that it is a homemade card and small imperfections make it more personal.

Snow Swirled Card Supplies:
Stamp Set(s) - Snow Swirled, Christmas Punch
Card Stock - Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, *Designer Series Paper
Ink - Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - **Brown Ribbon, *Sheer Blue Ribbon; Wide oval punch
Merry Christmas Card Supplies:
Stamp Set(s) - Four the Holidays
Card Stock - Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper
Ink - Real Red
Accessories - 5/8" Grosgrain Old Olive Ribbon, brad
*Retired Stampin' Up!
**Not Stampin' Up! Product

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deal of the Week #3

Deal of the Week number 3 is here!! Great hardware for a great price!

Go to my website and place your order with me today! This offer is only good until October 26th, 9:50 MT

Embrace Life Thank You Card

In my last post I had a card that was really cute but wasn't quite enough in my eyes for a thank you to our boss. Well, I created this card this weekend and I think it is perfect. The only thing I would add would be to brush the edges of the white with color. I got the idea of the layout/design from this card but I changed up the colors and theme. I just love it! I hope you enjoy it too.

Techniques used: I used two different techniques to create the flowers. First, when I stamped the image, I used a mask to cover the middle flower and stamped the other two so they looked as if they are behind. To create the mask, I stamped the flower on a piece of scrap cardstock and cut it out as detailed as possible. I always keep the masks I create right in with the stamp set for next time. The second technique used was "painting" with blender pens. I only have the markers of the In Colors so I rubbed the tip of the blender pen on the tip of the mark and "painted" the flowers. They came out beautifully with the look I was trying to achieve.

Stamp Set(s) - Embrace Life, Trendy Trees
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DS paper,
Ink - Basic Brown; Crushed Curry, Bashful Blue, Melon Mambo markers
Accessories -White Taffita Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Blender Pen

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flight of the Butterfly Card

My husband and I received a generous gift from our boss and I wanted to make a cute thank you card to give him. I am not sure this is quite what I had in mind but I still had fun making it. The gift was SO generous, I feel I need an even more spectacular card. I will save this one for another occasion. Sorry the Picture is not great :(

Stamp Set(s) - Flight of the Butterfly
Card Stock - Sage Shadow, Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron
Ink - Sage Shadow, So Saffron
Accessories -Bravo Burgundy 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Butterfly Punch

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Halloween Birthday

A demonstrator friend of mine in Ohio celebrates her birthday on Halloween. I am sure she gets lots of Halloween birthday cards so I decided to do a fall card instead. I found this idea on a blog that I follow (Ruth's Stamping Corner) and just loved how the demonstrator punched out the pumpkin, how creative! Sometimes I find myself surrounded by such creative people and feel so small.

The pumpkin is 5 Large Ovals punched out and put together. I cut the stem by hand from a piece of scrap. (side: it is ALWAYS a good idea to hang on to scrap, there is almost always a need).

Stamp Set(s) - Sincere Salutations
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, scrap of Simply Scrapin' paper in Always Artichoke.
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke markers
Accessories -Large Oval Punch

Holiday Ornament

Here is one of the ornaments that I told you I had worked on over the weekend. I had found these cute flat porcelain ivory ornaments in an after the holidays sale for really cheap last year. All I had to do was change the ribbon (the one with it was terrible) and add a couple of rub-ons and it looks great! Quick and easy and it will look cute on my Stampin' Up! Christmas tree (smile).

Accessories - Merry & Bright and Icicle Rub-Ons; Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Monday, October 12, 2009

Deal of the Week #2

What a weekend, I had a great time this weekend stamping, planning classes and parties, and making Christmas ornaments! Sadly I got so carried away, I forgot to take pictures to post (smile). I promise to take some pictures tonight as post a project or two tomorrow.

But more important business...Deal of the Week number 2!!
Go to my website and place your order with me today! This offer is only good until October 19th, 9:50 MT

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Giraffe Card

One of my best friends has a baby girl who is turning 1-year-old this week. I made this cute card for her birthday. As a 1-year-old could care less about a card, I wrote it for the parents, letting them know they are wonderful parents and they survived the first year (smile). The card turned out super cute, if I do say so myself.

On the card, I didn't have any matching brads or buttons so I created my own matching brads using the Build-A-Brad. To use this kit is very simple. First I used the 1/2" circle punch and punched out circles from my matching cardstock. Then I glued the circles to the brad base from the kit using then 2-Way Glue Pen. After letting it dry I placed the adhesive acrylic bubble on top and voila, a matching brad!

Stamp Set(s) - Animal Crackers, *Small Script, *Bitty Basics
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip marker
Accessories -Build-A-Brad kit, 2-way Glue pen, Demensionals, Watercolor pencils, (having the Star punch would have made things easier)
*Retired Items - Ideas for replacement: Short & Sweet or Warm Words; Seeing Stars or Under the Stars

Monday, October 5, 2009

Decor Blocks and More

What a great weekend this was! We were actually home all weekend so I got to spend many hours in my stamping room. I got my 60 cards class all planned and done. This is where we make 60 cards from some vanilla cardstock, ribbon, and the Simply Scrappin' Kit Christmas Jingle. They came out so cute! I am much happier this year than I was last year with the cards.

This weekend I also played with the Decor Elements Blocks and Decor Elements Holiday Mix that I purchased from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I purchased so much (as I loved so much) I am still working through everything! I had so much fun creating these Decor Elements and I cant wait for Christmas season so I can display them! I got my ideas right from the mini catalog and went from there.

This is just a frame I found unused in my house. A little cardstock, Decor Elements, and ribbon and Voila!

This is the front of the Decor Blocks. I first sanded the edges and painted them white. I used the mini catalog to get my ideas. I had only purchased the White and Chocolate Holiday Mix sets.

This is the back of the blocks. They really came out well and were super simple too!

Stamp Set(s) - None
Card Stock - Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink - None
Accessories -Decor Elements Blocks, Decor Elements Holiday Mix Chocolate, Decor Elements Holiday Mix White, *white paint, 1/4" Grosgrain Chocolate Chip Ribbon, *bow, 5/8" Grosgrain Bravo Burgundy Ribbon, 1/4" Grosgrain Whisper White Ribbon, *frame, Scallop Punch

Thursday, October 1, 2009

NEW!! – My Digital Studio Starter Kit for $185 (over $295 value!)

Dates: October 1, 2009-March 31, 2010

Promotion Details: With the launch of our much anticipated My Digital Studio software, new recruits can purchase an exclusive Starter Kit that includes My Digital Studio, in addition to stamps, inks, and accessories.

Starter Kit Price: $185 (over $295 value!)

Digital+ Starter Kit Contents:

  • My Digital Studio software
  • Party Hearty and Petal Pizzazz stamp sets
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″)
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″)
  • Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Stampin’ Write markers
  • Chocolate Chip 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1″ double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Button Latte Designer buttons
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)

The new My Digital Studio – just another reason to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Contact me today to find out how you can take advantage of this great offer, and start doing what YOU love!

Deal of the Week - Week 1

New Deals of the Week throughout October!

Week 1 Deal of the Week

Trio Flower Punch for $10.99
5-Petal Flower Punch for $10.99
My Way Punch for $11.99

Contact me by October 11th to place your order!