Monday, January 28, 2008

Spring-Summer DSP

If you ever want to know what solid cardstock colors coordinate with the fabulous Designer Series Prints in the new Spring-Summer 08 catalog... here you go!

Azure: Brilliant Blue, Very Vanilla
Bali Breeze: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Berry Bliss: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa
Cutie Pie: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron
East Coast Prep: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard
Flowers for You: Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise
Fall Flowers: Old Olive, Really Rust, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand
Ginger Blossom: Ruby Red, River Rock, Cameo Coral, Groovy Guava
Jersey Shore: Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue
Le Jardin: River Rock, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Notebook: Soft Sky, Kraft, Vanilla
Olive Press: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Porcelain Prints: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
Spring Fling: Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Spring Silhouettes: Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
Western Sky: Ruby Red, River Rock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky

Friday, January 25, 2008

Life is Good with Rub-ons!

I found this mirror in the Target Dollar Spot several months ago. It got put away in my "stuff to alter later" drawer, like so many other items I've stumbled upon!

I added a few new Stampin' Up! rub-on embellisments to the corners. And added a little white ribbon to hang the mirror. Done!

Your turn. Pull something out of your "later" box and give these Rub-ons a try!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Shore do love you Mr. Crab

If you are looking for a fun yet versatile stamp set - you should check out the Crab & Company set. This adorable crab (are crabs adorable?) comes in a set of 14! There is a crab (duh), a clam, a starfish, a shell, and a crawfish (maybe a crayfish). To accent the sea creatures, you get a party hat, a slice of birthday cake, a santa hat, and a wrapped present. There are also 5 cute sayings that coordinate with the set. Snappy birthday, sandy claws, a pinch to grow an inch, jingle shells, and shore do love you. Cute huh?!

To create this card I used Kraft cardstock for the base. I used the Sandy Shells Stampin' Wheel with Basic Black ink. And the Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Basic Black on the top of the card. I used a strip of Not Quite Navy that was crimped using the Crimper tool. I stamped the crab in Basic Black ink onto Real Red cardstock and cut him out. I added a couple of wiggle eyes to perk him up a little. He's holding a sign created using More Mustard, and Whisper White cardstock with the shore do love you stamped in Basic Black ink.
To create the heart shapes on his sign, I used my Scallop punch! I simply lined up the corner of my Whisper White cardstock with the edge of 2 scallops until I saw a heart shape. Pretty easy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Be My Valentine Workshop

I stink you're sweet!
Will you join me for some fun on Saturday, February 2nd?

We will be making 30 Valentine cards for $15. That's only .50 per card! Your child will have the cutest cards in class!

I have 10 spots available for this class - so please be sure to RSVP with your payment soon to gaurantee your spot!

We will be using Pun Fun, Loads of Love, and Ahoy Matey! for this workshop. Purchase any of these sets during the workshop and receive FREE shipping!

Isn't he cute?

I created an embellishment for my youngest son's scrapbook using a Stampin' Up! Build a Brad. You can punch any image out using the 1/2" punch for your own Build a Brad! Go ahead, try it!

Hostess Club Projects

Our first hostess club was held on Monday! We had a great time hanging out, chatting about all the new stuff in the Spring-Summer catalog, and making 3 projects! Here they are:

I got this idea from Nichole Heady's website I used the 1" punch and the Bali Breeze paper to create the cover for the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. We wrapped the tin in a strip of Bali Breeze paper, and adhered it using some Mono Multi Adhesive. The lid features some Certainly Celery ribbon, and a new rub-on from Stampin' Up! The tins can be found at

This card was made using a River Rock base. The designer paper is called Ginger Blossom. We used the Embrace Life stamp set for the flowers and phrase on Whisper White cardstock. We finished it off with some River Rock double stiched ribbon!
We finished off the evening with this progressive scrapbook page. We used the Wanted set from Stampin' Up! and a Close to Cocoa base. The horses were stamped using Versamark. The 8-1/2"x 11" base is a sheet of River Rock, with stars stamped using Versamark. The 6"x6" portion is Pumpkin Pie with a strip of Close to Cocoa, a square piece of River Rock under the Whisper White. We stamped the Wanted on the Pumpkin Pie using Basic Brown Classic ink and finished off the 6"x6" with a piece of River Rock double stiched ribbon. For our embellishments, we used the scallop punch in River Rock, Close to Cocoa, and Pumpkin Pie. The centers were created using Build a Brad!

It's your time!

With all of the great new sets that are in the Spring-Summer catalog, and with all of the great promotions that are coming soon... now is a great time to schedule your own workshop!

Sale-A-Bration starts on February 1. For every $50 purchase you make (before tax and shipping) you can select any set in the Sale-A-Bration brochure for FREE!

Don't have $50 to spend with on yourself? No problem! You don't have to spend any money when you host a workshop! When your workshop reaches $150 in sales, you begin to earn free stamps and merchandise! In addition to our regular hostess benefits, hostesses will receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set for workshops that reach $300 or more during the Sale-A-Bration promotion.

The Occasions Mini catalog will be released on March 1. Let me just tell you now - that you are going to need a towel to wipe the drool off of your chin! There are some spectacular new items in the catalog! Why not earn some of them with your hostess benefits?

Don't have time or space for a workshop? I'm here to help! You can hold the workshop in my home, or host a workshop in a bag. I do all the prep work for you! The easiest is the workshop in a bag. I prepare a gift bag that has catalogs, special promotions, order forms, and sample projects in it. You take it with you wherever you go and collect orders and payments. It's amazing to see how quickly your hostess benefits add up all because you passed a catalog on to someone you know. It's also a great way to meet new people, who have the same interests as you!

Ladies in my hostess clubs: if you schedule a workshop in a bag during your hostess month - the sales are added to your hostess workshop! Reap the benefits of being in a hostess club and having an outside workshop!

Contact me for more information, or to schedule your workshop!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Big news from Stampin' Up!

The current Spring/Summer 08 catalog will be in effect until August 10th! The new Fall/Winter 08 catalog will start on August 11th!

This is great news for all of us! Why? Remember a little over a month ago, when we were crazed during the holidays, and time seemed to slip away? Perhaps you missed out on some stamp sets or accessories that have retired. Well, with these new dates, we avoid the big holiday rush and can make better purchase decisions.

Stampin' Up! used to unveil the catalog at convention in July. They didn't do that this past year due to switching to 2 catalogs per year. They want to give that perk to demos back! So demos who attend convention in July will get the first look at the catalog. Then it will be released to our customers!

So, now instead of using this catalog until June 30th - you will get to use it until August 10th!

Book your workshops now!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Make your own dry erase board!

Cute, huh?

I got the idea from There are some very talented ladies on that site! Please note that the stamps used on these tiles are NOT from Stampin' Up!

I found some 4"x4" glossy tiles (like you would find in the kitchen or bathroom) at Home Depot. Guess what... they were only .12 each! The perfect price for trying out a new craft that you aren't sure will work.

I used my embossing buddy on the tile first, so that I wouldn't get a bunch of stray flakes of embossing powder. I got a few flakes - but not as many as I would have, had I not used the embossing buddy.

I then used craft ink (or a dye based ink) and stamped my image right onto the tile. The tile is a bit slippery - so be sure you hold the stamp steady. If you do smear it - like I did several times - just use a wipe or damp cloth to wipe away the ink and start over! Sweet!

After I stamped the image, I covered the image using black detail embossing powder. Knock off the excess and gently wipe away any stray flakes. Then heat emboss the tile. Carefull - the tile gets extremely HOT! Learned that one the hard way too! Let the tile cool before you move it.

That's it! Seriously, that's it! Now you have a cool dry erase board that you made all on your own! Just use a dry erase marker and your notes easily wipe off with a paper towel.

You can get these tiles in many different sizes. I chose this size because it is just a bit larger than a pad of Post-it notes - perfect size for a desk.

I tried a couple of times to color the image in using Sharpie markers but had no luck getting the color to stay on the tile after it was wiped. I will try a few more times to find the right sealer for it - but for now, I think these black and white tiles work well. If you are hard pressed about having color, you can always stamp your image in colored ink, and use a clear embossing powder. It will probably still only be 1 color, but could work very well for Valentine's, St. Patrick's, or Christmas boards.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Be My Valentine

As promised... here is an example of what we will be making at the Valentine workshop on Saturday, February 2nd from 3:00 - 5:00 at my home!

I used the pirate from Ahoy, Matey! on this sample. All cardstock will be precut for you! You choose the images you want from Loads of Love, Pun Fun, and Ahoy, Matey! to create 30 Valentine cards to share. The cost of the class is $15, and includes materials and candy for the cards.

Can't make it on the 2nd? You can still participate! Buy a workshop to go kit. For $20, I will stamp the images of your choice for you, provide you with the precut cardstock, ribbon, and candy - and you can color and assemble on your time!

There is space for 10 participants - so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Interested? Contact me by January 27th to place your order or RSVP for the February 2nd class.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Valentine Workshop

Woo Hoo! I just ordered supplies for my Valentine Workshop!

I ordered the new set Pun Fun! Want to see it? It's on page 66 of the new Spring-Summer catalog. Click here to go to the catalog.

This set is going to be so much fun! Not just for Valentine's Day, but for so many more occasions. I also love that it can be used for boys and girls!

We will also be using Loads of Love and Ahoy, Matey! in the workshop. We will be making a card that holds a sucker. I will post a sample later this week.

The cost for the workshop will be $15 for 30 cards. That's .50 a card! Your child will have the cutest cards in the class!

If you would like to join me on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 for this special Valentine Workshop, please call or email me!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Tonight I was trying to come up with a fun scrapbook page for my Hostess club on Monday night. Not sure if this is it or not, but it was simple and turned out cute! I love Stampin' Up! wheels, so when I saw the Nursery Letters Jumbo wheel in our Spring Preview, I had to get it. I didn't order the Nursery Necessities set from our preview brochure, and keep seeing so many samples that make me wish I had ordered it! So, I got to improvise a little here. The Nursery Necessities set has a really cute star that works with the large Star punch. The star has letters, just a bit smaller than these on it, but has a little bit of a border around the edges. I don't mind that I didn't have a border, and got basically the same look - using stamps I already had!

I started with a 8-1/2" x 11" piece of Summer Sun cardstock. I used Tempting Turquoise Classic ink, and my Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel from the new Spring-Summer catalog. I then used my large Star punch, also from the new Spring-Summer catalog, to create 6 stars. I then cut the remaining cardstock into two 4-1/4" x 6-1/4" rectangles. I then added two pieces of Whisper White cardstock that are 3-3/4"x 5-3/4". Before using my Snail to adhere the rectanges to my 12x12 piece of Tempting Turquoise, I added a piece of White Taffeta ribbon along the side.
I love sparkles! I chose one of my stars to shine bright! I used some Crystal Effects with a dash of Dazzling Diamonds, and set it a little bit with my heat gun. I then added 3 dimensionals to the back to really make it pop!

Light Bulb Moment!

Ever have one of those moments where you hear or read something, let it pass, and then all of the sudden... the light bulb over your head turns on?!?! Oh my goodness, why I didn't think of this earlier, I don't know. But what I do know... is that the next time I'm at Target, I'll be cruising to the Christmas Clearance!

I read a post on SCS where a genius bought Christmas cards on clearance at Target FOR THE ENVELOPES!!! They were 90% off. She got some 360 envelopes for like $5. That's about a penny per envelope!

Bonus... you can donate the cards to Church, Goodwill, a local hospital...

Hello??? Are you still there?? Hello?

Save some for me!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

So long Outlaws!

I have a sign in my front room that says, "Outlaws welcome, in-laws call first" - is that bad? Hee hee! I loved the Outlaw Designer Series Paper from the Fall-Winter Catalog. But since it has expired, I had to use it up. So I started with this fun box and candle project.

To make the box, I cut a piece of 12x12 Designer Series paper in half, creating 2 6x 12 pieces of paper. I wanted my box to be a little smaller, so I cut each piece down to 4 1/2 x 10. I then scored each of the large pieces at 1/2", and 2 1/4" on each side of the paper - you may adjust your score lines to the size of box you want to create. After folding the ends over, I added eyelets at 1 CM from the edge of each lip.
I then crossed the paper over eachother to create a t shape. and used my Snail to adhere the top piece to the bottom piece.
To form the box, I used 4 pieces of twine in the eyelets next to eachother.
The candle was made using the Wanted set. I stamped the horses, and stars in Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip Classic ink onto white tissue paper. I then wrapped the tissue paper around a candle that I purchased at Dollar Tree, and used my heat gun to set the tissue paper. I added another piece of twine around the candle to finish the look!

It's a Sale-A-Bration!

February 1 - March 17 is this year's Sale-A-Bration (SAB)! For every $50 you spend in the Spring-Summer Catalog, you get to select a FREE SAB set! The SAB flyer is attached below. These sets are not available for purchase! They won't be offered in any upcoming catalogs! You can only earn them! There is no limit to the number of FREE sets that you can earn. But there is a limited time to get them.

When you host a workshop of at least $300, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration set in addition
to the generous hostess benefits! You’ll receive a second Sale-A-Bration set when your net workshop sales reach $600. Get a third set for workshop sales of $900 or more!*

Ready to earn some FREE product from the new Spring-Summer catalog and get a SAB set or two for FREE? Host a workshop! You can host a workshop in a bag, a workshop in my home, or join a hostess group to take advantage of this great offer from Stampin' Up!

Contact me today for more information!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Click on the picture to view the new catalog online. Contact me to find out how to get your paper copy!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

FREE Ribbon!

Now that we have passed the threshold into the new year, it is time to start thinking about Valentine's Day!

Stampin' Up! is offering a Sweet Treats bundle for the month of January. The bundle includes the incredibly cute Happy Heart Day Stamp Set, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, 50 Medium Cellophane Bags, and a FREE spool of 5/8" Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon. You can purchase this bundle using item #111903 for $33.40. Check out the link for more info, or contact me to place your order.

You can be creative with this set... think Teacher gifts, Classroom treats, Valentine's Day cards,
Thank you gifts/treats, and so much more!