Saturday, December 27, 2008

In-Law gifts

Here are the 2 gifts that I made for my husband's parents.
The first was a canvas that I painted and applied a Decor Element to. I want the large version of this scripture to put in my kitchen! I love it! I added a strip of satin ribbon (non-Stampin' Up!) to the top and bottom of the canvas to finish it up.

The second gift was a large jar filled with those Christmas nugget candies. They are my husband's and his Mom's favorite Christmas candy. I added a Decor Element letter M to the jar to personalize it. Super easy, and they can use it year round!

Snow Swirrled Christmas

Here are the last minute Christmas cards that I made this year. I actually sent all that I made this time! I have a very bad habit of making Christmas cards, but never actually mailing or handing them out! This year, they made it into the mail - later than I wanted - but they made it none the less!
I used a Real Red base with an Old Olive mat behind the Very Vanilla front. The tree was stamped in Old Olive Craft ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice for a little shimmer. The sentiment was stamped in Classic Old Olive ink. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to get the trees and sentiments straight on all the cards! To finish the card off, I added a Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Twas the night before Christmas...

I received this poem from my friend Jenn, and thought it was too cute not to share with all my crafting buddies...
Twas the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,"Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls
should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,and now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look in this room
where you work."
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap, I'll see you next year!"

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Retiring January 18th!

Here is the Fall-Winter Retired Stamp Set list. It is in catalog page order - so you can easily mark your catalog!

Those marked "dormant" rather than a page number are coming from our dormant list. These were available during the current catalog - they just weren't in the actual catalog. Hint: if the sets on the dormant list are not retiring - there is a VERY good chance they will be in the new catalog!

Oh baby!

Here's what's been keeping me from blogging! I have been so sick the last few weeks and have had no energy to do much of anything!
The little one, named "Peanut" by my doctor, myself, and my sister-in-law is measuring 9 weeks. I think it looks more like a cashew - but peanut works. So Baby Mason number 3 will be here around July 17! My oldest son's birthday is July 2 - he's actually excited to have a sibling with a birthday near his! I think it has more to do with someone else in the family not getting to celebrate their birthday at school than anything else! :)

' Up! has announced the Fall-Winter Retired List. Head on over to my web site ( and check it out, if you haven't seen it already. A few of my favorites are on that list! They are also retiring one of the baby sets that I wanted. Hmmm... do I get it now, or wait to see what comes in the new catalog? Ack! Decisions!!

By the way... all sets on the retired list are 10% off! Sweet! Even sweeter... FREE shipping on orders of $70 or more! If you don't have a $70 order, I will combine orders to save you the shipping! Just let me know! I'm all about saving some green this year!

And don't forget... you can get any set in the sampler for 20% off when you spend $20!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Shadow Box

I originally made this shadow box using a Decor Element for fall. However, with a little Real Red cardstock, a strip of DSP from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, and some shiny foam presents... it's ready for Christmas now!
Sorry the picture isn't the best. These boxes are hard to photograph! :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Travel Mugs

Not much crafting going on here for the past few days. So, I'm digging up some photos and stories from my craft fairs that I haven't shared yet! I tell you, you meet some interesting people at these craft fairs! If you have the opportunity to participate in one - you should! You won't get rich, or make a ton of money, but you will have some stories to tell!

These are travel mugs that I stamped the inserts for. The two that aren't colored in can be colored by the kids and given as a gift. I think I will make a few more of these for my last craft fair of the year! The 3 below have found a home (Thanks Trina!).

I had a beautiful one using the dragon fly from the Bugs & Kisses set. They were stamped in different colors, and I added Dazzling Diamonds to the wings. It was so pretty. Well, it was the first one that sold! Great! Well, not so much. The lady that bought it wanted it because she's been looking all over for these type of cups because her son had made her one of these a long time ago and the cup got ruined. She just wanted the cup! I thought it was funny, but at the same time wanted to give her one of the other ones that I had.

Mark your calendars!

You won't want to miss this!

November 26 - December 1

What is the Holiday Extravaganza sale?
The sale is a limited-time, 20 to 50 percent discount on select product bundles from November 26 through December 1, 2008.
Quantities of discounted bundles are limited, so place orders online early.

You can call or email me too - but know that bundles may be sold out quickly!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

I Wish

We did a 6x6 scrapbook page at our Hostess Club using the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, and the coordinating Snow Swirled stamp set. I love the colors in this kit- some of my favorites! Brown, Olive, and Red! Yum!
We stamped the Snow Swirled tree image in Old Olive Craft Ink. Then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds mixed with Clear Embossing Powder over the image and heat set it. You can use Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder too - but I like getting more bang for my buck by mixing my own when I need it! That way I have Dazzling Diamonds, and Clear Embossing Powder for all my other projects!
Here's what the tree looks like when the light catches it. It's awesome!

Friday, November 14, 2008

My Christmas list book!

I made 4 of these cute Christmas list books for the craft fairs. I came home with all 4 too! LOL!
I found these books at the Dollar Tree. They have plastic covers so they won't tear apart in your purse. They have tabs too, so you could make a section for gifts, food, dates of parties, or maybe a tab for each family member.
I used the Snow Swirled images. I first stamped in Silver Encore ink and then embossed the images with clear embossing powder. I layered them on Silver Cardstock and added a little Basic Gray Taffeta bow to finish them off.

Countdown to Christmas

Don't panic! There's more like 40 days until Christmas, but 25 is the biggest number that this Decor Elements piece comes with. So fun! I used an 11"x 14" frame for the SMALL Decor Element! The paper backround is Ski Slope, and is under the glass. So when we get more fabulous Christmas paper next year - I can change it out! Yippee! I put the numbers on squares of cardstock and then taped a metal washer to the back. I used a dot of Crystal Effects to adhere a magnet to the glass! Done!

Snowman Soup in a bag!

Here are some photos of the Snowman Soup that I made for my Monday Hostess group. I used the Ski Slope Designer Series Paper. So pretty! You can do these for any season! They are fairly simple to mass produce too!
The side:
The inside:
The goodies:
The tag from Nicole Heady's blog:

I've seen these box/bags on many sites, but was afraid to try them. Oh my goodness! They are so easy!! Here are some super instructions for how to construct your box. I didn't add the extra strip around the bottom of mine.
The tag is from Nicole Heady. You can download your tags own here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Craft fair sighting...

Here is a picture of me at the Thursday craft fair. We were worried about the chocolate melting, but as you can see from my jacket - it turned out to be a rather cool day!

A quick list of what we had:
Stamped Canvas bags
Kids Color Me cards
Husband's 6-Pack
Stamped Candles
Hershey's Nuggets Tins
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups in Tall Tins
Power of M&M's poem with box of M&M's
Whisk you a Merry Christmas/Happy Thanksgiving
Stamped Coasters
Stamped Glass Ornaments
Birthday Bowls
Post-it Note Keychains
Water Bottle Tags
Various Scrapbooks/Bragbooks
Christmas list notebooks (I'll post these later on)
Christmas Fudge
Coffee Mugs
Stamped Travel Mugs
Stamped Glass Jars
Dog bone gifts
Reindeer Food
Thanksgiving Nuts
and of course Retired Stampin' Up! sets and ink.

I came home with a lot of stuff on Thursday, did a little better on Saturday. Sold some more stuff at Hostess group on Monday. And now Suz has some stuff at her school to sell for Secret Santa items. I have one more fair on December 7th. I don't think I am going to make anything new for that one. I don't know where I'm going to put all the stuff I currently have!
I think that next year, I need to prepare some reminder signs. One's to jog their memory about who the might need a simple gift for - Need a quick gift? Teacher? Co-worker? Don't forget your Secret Santa. Stocking Stuffers!

My Dad loaned me a tent for Thursday because we were outside. Well, he gave me his business tent! So here we were with all of our Stampin' Up! goods under a giant blue tent that says "Golf Channel Tour". We had many male visitors, but as soon as they realized it was a trap - they took off!

The highlight of Saturday is when 2 ladies visited our table. They were admiring our goodies, but then realized what some of the goods were in. Longaberger baskets! Not just any Longaberger baskets though. These were like gold! Oh, my dear friend Suz listened to these 2 ladies go on an on about how much they were worth because they were two toned, had the stamp on the bottom, and had the metal labels! My friend Staci and I giggled. It felt like we were being filmed on the Antique Roadshow! 1986 authentic Longaberger baskets! Oh my word, why is this out in the open? It was rather amusing. So Suz, did you check out how much they are worth? :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cute as a Bug!

Here are few pictures from one of my scrapbook albums that I made for the craft fairs. I found the albums at the Dollar Tree! The paper inside is mulberry paper! Very cute stuff. I stamped a few of the pages with some bugs. The paper is thin enough to see the bugs from either side of the paper.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Craft Fair #1

Craft fair #1 is tomorrow! Wish Suz and I luck. We have a lot to sell! You've got to see the cute Christmas Fudge, and Reindeer Food that Suz made. You can see them on her blog

Husband took my camera with him on his business trip - so I'll have to remember to borrow my sons. How sad is that?! :)

Our next fair is on Saturday. There will be over 100 vendors on Saturday! I can't wait!!

Monday, November 3, 2008


I was going through some old cards (does anyone else keep their old greeting cards?) and came across one with this Thanksgiving saying...
Thanksgiving always reminds me of my family...
A turkey, A ham, and a whole bunch of nuts!
I loved it!
So... with a few craft fairs coming up, I thought I'd see if anyone else liked it. I added the saying to the top of a bag of trail mix!
Because I don't have any Thanksgiving stamps, I created a fall pumpkin using my small oval punch and my word window punch! I love Stampin' Up! punches! They are so easy to use and you can create just about anything with them!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Leave a message

So my crafty friend Suz asked me if you could stamp on a wipe-off board. Uh... I know you can do glossy tiles, but I dunno about wipe-off boards. So... I had to try!
Here are my results!
So yes, you can stamp on wipe-off boards. I used the Inspired by Nature set and used craft ink. I then heat set it with my heat gun.
However, you cannot write over the images with your wipe-off marker and expect the ink to come off of the image! Grr... There's got to be a way to get the marker off but I've tried everything... Crystal Effects, Clear Gloss, Thick Enamel, I even tried embossing it! No luck. So I guess if I make these for the fair or to give away, I will have to put a little disclaimer saying, "to preserve the beautiful image, please don't write over the image" I don't like to do that - but what other options are there? Hmm... maybe not to make them?! Ha ha

Give a dog a bone!

Super quick. Super easy. Super cute!
I had fun making doggy treats for one of my craft fairs.
Everyone loves to get the pal something to put under the Christmas tree!
I used the little dog from All in the Family.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hi all! My new computer monitor will be here on Thursday! Woo hoo! Then I promise to post some of the fabulous projects that I've been working on for 2 upcoming craft fairs! You're going to LOVE them! In the mean time, I encourage you to check out the Splitcoast Stampers blog links on the right side of my blog (towards the bottom).

Oh, and don't forget you have until October 31 to purchase select birthday themed sets at 20% off!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Table decor with your Big Shot!

Here is another video featuring Shelli! You will LOVE the ideas she has to create holiday table decor using your Big Shot!

Supply List

Stamp Sets
Cute & Curly Punch Label bundle
Everyday Flexible Phrases
Holiday Blitz
Simple Serif Mini Alphabet & Numbers
Wild West Alphabet

Stampin' Pads
Baja Breeze Classic
Chocolate Chip Classic
Old Olive Classic
Real Red Classic

Card Stock/Paper
Ski Slope Designer Series paper
Baja Breeze card stock
Chocolate Chip card stock
Naturals White card stock
Old Olive card stock
Real Red card stock

Big Shot die cutting machine
Pillow Box die
Scallop Circle #2 die
Top Note Bigz die

Pretties Kit
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

Anywhere Glue Stick
Stampin' Dimensionals
Two-Way Glue Pen

1/16 Circle punch
3/4 Circle punch
Horizontal Slot punch

vAlpine Ribbon Originals
Baja Breeze 5/8 striped grosgrain ribbon
Linen thread
Silver elastic cord

Acetate (from office supply store; thick)
Bone folder
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jingle all the way!

Visit my web site, email me, or call me to order your Decor Elements today!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Go Go Boots Tag

My husband was so excited when I told him that I ordered Go Go Boots! Hee hee. Little did he know... Go Go Boots is an alphabet die to use in my Big Shot! Sorry honey!

Here is what my Hostess group made at our make up session. My friend Suz took this photo and put it on her blog. I swiped it - cause now I can't find my tag in the sea of crafts that is growing in my office! These craft fairs will be here soon, or so I hope!

It is a name tag that you can wear, add to a bag, lunch box, purse, anything you can think of! I found the badge holders at the Dollar Tree! I used Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, and a piece of scrap DSP. The ribbon is from my scrap bin too!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Apply Spooky Spiders!

Here is a video of Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, on a show called “Good Things Utah”. She demonstrated how to apply the new Spooky Spider Decor Elements which is now available just in time for Halloween! The exclusive Spooky Spider comes in three sizes and in both black and white starting at just $5.95. You’ll want to order yours today so you can enjoy it before Halloween! Visit my website to order yours online!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Working on some tiles

Here are a few tumbled tiles that I'm working on...
This set uses the Inspired by Nature set. I used Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Old Olive for the flowers.
This one uses the Nature Silhouettes set with Basic Grey for the tree, deer, and edges. I used More Mustard and Brocade Blue for the background. Sorry for the dark picture too! I couldn't get it to come out right. The boys liked the tile though. I thought it was a little dark but wanted to give it a shadowy look. Do you think it's too dark?

Candle experiment

I have had several questions regarding stamped candles and whether or not they are safe to burn. To be honest, I've never lit one. So I decided to find out for you...

I placed the candle on a glass plate to protect my table, and then lit the candle.

After a few minutes, I could see that the candle burns inward. Meaning that the wax pooled in the center rather than running down the sides.

Then I got impatient waiting for it to burn! So I took the flame to the spot that we wanted to test - the tissue paper.

No fire! It did discolor the tissue a little bit - but I would have no worries about burning these stamped candles.

Hope this helps you and your decision about burning your pretty stamped candles! Especially the candles that burn inward.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New links!

I have uploaded the Stampin' Up! specials in the side bar for you to see! Click the picture to the right for more information!
World Card Making Day Specials
Decor Elements Phase 2
Stampin' Up! Birthday Stamps Sale
Aqua Painter Special
Holiday Mini
You can take advantage of all of these great specials on my website!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Birthday! - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

October 1 is a BIG day for Stampin' Up! fans!!

Stampin' Up! is celebrating their 20th birthday - and you get the presents!! Select birthday themed sets will be 20% off with any $20 purchase. You can also purchase the large tip AquaPainter for a special price!

Decor Elements Phase 2 will be available. Wait until you see what they have for you!

Host a workshop that totals $350 or more, and receive any set from the Sampler. Be sure to check the back of your Sampler for more specials!

And last but not least - you will be able to order from the Holiday Mini!

All of these offers will be available tomorrow on my website at
Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss out!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Give Thanks

Here is the new Season of Thanks that you can get from Stampin' Up! This is the small size that fits perfectly on my Family Tree shadow box that I got from Michaels! I added some fake leaves to the box for a little bit of fall decor. I love these new Decor Elements. You can order the new Decor Elements on October 1.

Smelly Spider?

I ordered the small Spooky Spider and decided to try it on my Air Wick Flameless Candle! I love how it turned out!! What do you think?

You can purchase your very own Spooky Spider on my website at or email me at

Here is the treat jar that you can make on my October 2 or October 5 class. Reserve your spot with your $30 payment by September 24. Email me for more information!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Spooky Spider is here!

Spooky Spider Décor Elements
Just in time for Halloween!
Make your home and Halloween projects spooktacular this year with the Spooky Spider Décor Elements! This fun self-adhesive vinyl image is just in time to help you get ready for Halloween, and is priced low so it won't break your candy budget. Decorate your candy jar to thrill the treaters, or adhere it above your door to scare off the tricksters. Whatever you do, you'll be a Halloween hit!
The exclusive Spooky Spider comes in three sizes and two colors and is designed to coordinate with our Ghostly Greetings Designer Series paper and our Chills & Thrills Rub-Ons from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog.
These spiders won't hang around long, so contact me today to get your Spooky Spider Décor Elements before they vanish into the night! Or you can order online at

Join me on Thursday, October 2 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM or Sunday, October 5 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM to create your own Spooky Spider Treat Jar! RSVP and $30 payment due by September 24. Pictures coming soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Slide that chocolate over here!

Chocolate bar slider cards aren't new. But I have to admit... I never understood the directions! Until I found a great tutorial on Dawn Griffith's blog. Click here to watch the video.

I used Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White to assemble mine. The stamps are from All in the Family. Family Accessories, and Family Phrases.
The chocolate - Hershey's!

Knock, knock...

Who's there?
Cows who?
No, silly! Cows go moo!

Remeber the punch owl I made? Here he is on a 6x6 scrapbook page.

He is on a Really Rust base with Chocolate Chip strips and Very Vanilla for the photo mat. I used a few dimensionals to prop him up on the page.

More bottle tags

These are quite fun to make. Except for getting the ring onto the plastic part - but I'm going to experiment with that a little.
For the monkey: I used Black Stazon to stamp the Sock Monkey image onto Shrink Plastic. Then I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color him in.
For the flowers: I colored the large flower on my Inspired by Nature stamp with my Stampin' Write Markers. I went back and touched up the coloring after I stamped it onto the Shrink Plastic to make it a bit brighter.
Then I put them in my little toaster oven. Not the one that pops up though - that would be bad! :)
After they had cooled, I added the ring and the elastic band. Done!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Online Shopping!!

I'm so excited to share with you that you can now shop on my Stampin' Up! web site 24 hours a day! So when you awake from a dream in the middle of the night with the ideal scrapbook page or project - you can jump online an order your supplies! For all of you night owls - no more playing phone or email tag (although it is quite entertaining at times)!

In order to receive catalog pricing and Hostess benefits, you must shop through my website! Please also note that you must still contact me to place workshop orders if you have collected orders other than your own. Orders placed through my web site will be mailed directly to you!

Here are som more important FAQs about online ordering:

Q: What is a demonstrator’s web site and what can I find there?
A: Your demonstrator may have a personal web site where you can order online. In addition to the store, you will also find event notification, project ideas, and personal information to help in your own creativity. To find if your demonstrator has a web site, use the Demonstrator Directory to locate her. If she has a web
site, a link to her site will be listed next to her name on the results page.

Q: How do I buy products online?
A: As with many other online ordering systems, adding the items you would like to purchase is accomplished through a virtual shopping bag. Click the Add to Bag button on any item or project page, and we will keep track of those items for the shopping session. When you are ready to make your purchase, simply click the
Checkout button from your shopping bag and follow the information prompts through the checkout process. The last screen in the checkout process is a printable receipt. Following a short processing time, your order will be shipped to your specified address.

Q: What are the advantages of ordering through your demonstrator’s web site?
A: By placing your order on your demonstrator’s web site, you will receive the best pricing, best shipping rates, and be eligible for Stampin’ Rewards (described below). You will also be clicks away from your demonstrator’s personal content to help guide you in exploring your creativity.

Q: Is there a difference in the products I find in the catalog and those online?
A: The product offerings are basically the same; however, some products or promotions may only be available through your demonstrator and some available only online. You will want to contact your demonstrator for demonstrator specials, and watch online for others!

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A: If you have a current Idea Book & Catalog, you can enter the item number directly into the Search the Store field above the product categories navigation on the left. This will return the items and projects available through Online Ordering.

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A: This item is currently on backorder or temporarily unavailable for order. As suggested, please try back in the future to purchase this item.

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A: We currently accept credit card payments made using Visa and MasterCard. We also accept Discover in the US.
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The award tiers are available from the Stampin’ Rewards link at the bottom of the store page on your demonstrator’s web site.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

I {heart} fall!

Yes, I know it is still 110 here in Arizona. It doesn't even get below 95 until Halloween, but I love decorating and getting ready for fall! Somehow it makes it seem cooler out? :)
Have you ever made a pumpkin with punches? Here's a quick tutorial. I used 3 small ovals and 1 word window punch. I punched my tag out at the same time, using the small tag punch.

Attach the word window to one of the ovals, making sure the oval and the word window are even at the bottom. Then attach the remaining 2 ovals to the back of the word window strip, slightly offset. Then attach to the tag.
I used the "for you" stamp from the Fresh Cuts stamp set.
Here's a closer look at the completed tag. Are you wondering what I've attached my tag to?

This is my very own haystack! I got the idea from the new Fall-Winter IBC. The one in the book is actually a witch broom. Since I don't have any Halloween stamps, I decided to go with a haystack!
To do this, I used 2 brown paper lunch sacks and cut them into strips down to the base of the bag. I added a wrapped popcorn ball to the center of the bag and then gathered the strips at the top, tied a piece of ribbon and attached the tag.