Thursday, January 31, 2008

It's Almost Time to Sale-a-brate!

Here's a peek at one of the fun and FREE sets you can earn during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration. This is "Birthday Whimsy" -- a set that will make feminine and masculine cards with ease. This is a girly example though, in one of my favorite color combos!

Between February 1st and March 17th you'll qualify for a free stamp set (or package of rub-ons) for every $50.00 you spend on merchandise. See the FREE SETS HERE and the ONLINE CATALOG here.

Workshop hostesses can earn even MORE free -- check my CALENDAR and book your party. And if you join my team during Sale-a-bration you also get to pick an EXTRA free stamp set from the Big Catalog and THIS JUST IN... get the entire starter kit for 20% off. Sometimes we really are giving it all away!

Stamp Set: Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Berry Bliss
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Pink Taffeta Ribbon

Monday, January 28, 2008

A Sweet Slide

Here's a fantastic way to make an ordinary candy bar an extra sweet treat. Make it slide! This is a basic candy bar pouch -- with the addition of a piece of ribbon that allows you to slide the candy bar up and out without even untying the bow.

I followed the tutorial at Splitcoast (where else!) and crafted it up in one of my favorite combos -- Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa. I've already made a half dozen or more. Hope all my Valentines like them!

Stamp Set: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DP
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Three for You Flower Trio Punch, Soft Subtles Brads, narrow pnk grosgrain, Theater Ribbon Originals, Sticky Strip,

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Classes, I've Got Classes.....

The Embrace Life Photo Wallet
Saturday, Feb.9 2:00 My Stampin' Spot
You'll love how Stampin' Up! Stamps, Paper, and Ink coordinate for this gift for your Valentine -- or just for yourself.
Class Fee: $10.00 or 5.00 if you place an order at the class that qualifies for free Sale-a-bration merchandise.
RSVP by February 1st.

The 10 for 10 Class -- make 10 Cards for 10 Dollars.
Sunday, March 9 2:00 My Stampin' Spot
"Happy Birthday" "Thank You" "From the Heart" and no sentiment at all -- a great assortment you'll reach for over and over again. Learn great simple stamping techniques.
Class Fee: Each set of ten for $10.00
RSVP by March 1st.

An Unforgettable Elephant

This one is for Hillary! We made this card with the elephant in the Happy Heart Day set at a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator event this weekend. This design is brought to us by Susanne Moyer who is really the High Priestess of Stampin' Up! in these parts.

This doesn't look like Valentine's Day, either. Does it???

Stamp Set: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Gable Green, Almost Amethyst, Basic Black, Whisper Wite, Almost Amethyst Designer Prints DP
Ink: Basic Black, Gable Green, So Saffron,
Accessories: Spiral Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon

Valentine Bundle is good until January 31st.
Watch the counter to the right -- we are DAYS away from FREE STAMPS!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Happy Heart Thank You

I'm a big fan of versatile when it comes to my stamps. While Valentine's Day is the focus of the Happy Heart day set featured in the Valentine Bundle -- the set has a lot of other possibilities. This is a Thank You card that only uses Happy Heart Day. Yes, the "thank you" is part of the set and the font type and size matches my super-fav "Crab & Company" which means those fun creatures are in perfect proportion for Thank You notes as well!

Stamp Set: Happy Heart Day
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Berry Bliss
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Theater Ribbon Originals, 3/4 circle punch

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Stamp Club Projects

Here's what the Stamp Club is making this month:

*A Valentine's Day card featuring "Happy Heart Day"
*A "Milk carton" treat box
*A 2008 Desk Calendar made from a CD jewel case

"Happy Heart Day" is the stamp set in the Valentine Bundle. Order before January 31st to take advantage of the special.

And get ready for Sale-a-bration! The biggest Stampin' Up! sale of the year begins February 1st. It's a great time to place an order, host a workshop or become a Demonstrator.

See the FREE STAMPS here. And watch the countdown clock.....

Friday, January 18, 2008

Playing with Color...

Here is my offering for this week's Color Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers. I love that particular challenge each week because it helps me work outside the (crayon) box -- move away from my favorite combos (when in doubt -- go pink!) and try something new. Exhibit A is this week's combination. if you had sat me down with the Stampin' Up! Catalog and told me not to move until I had created the most unlikely color combo ever -- this might have been it. Apricot Appeal -- Rose Red --and Sage Shadow.

I may never work with it again -- but I am glad I gave it a try!

Stamp Set: Heartfelt Thanks
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Rose Red Designer Prints
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red
Accessories: Apricot narrow grosgrain

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Celebrate You!

Happy Birthday to my sister today -- here in the month of "Jandra-uary"! I am celebrating one of my favorite stampers with some of my favorite new Berry Bliss Designer Paper. After your fabulous trip, Sis, you'll get the card in person!

Stamp Set: Celebrate Everything
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Berry Bliss Designer Paper
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, Theater Ribbon Originals

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I've Caught the Bug!

Not the "stamping, scrapping, crafting all the time and buying supplies for it" bug. That, I have had for some time. This is the first thing I've made with my brand new Cuttlebug. Leslie and Matthew gave me this too cute and easy for words die-cutting machine for Christmas. I got it going for this week's Color Challenge over at Splitcoast.

Now the Thank You notes have been crafted and are on the way!

Stamp Set: Everyday Flexible Phrases
Paper: Barely Banana, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou
Ink: Blue Bayou
Accessories: Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon, White narrow grosgrain, Cuttlebug

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Celebrate Teal... and Celery...and Red!

Here's one I pulled together for a Color Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I don't use a lot of Taken with Teal -- no real reason -- it just happens that way. But that's why I like challenges. They s-t-r-e-t-c-h the creative process. This is also my frst sample with the new Celebrate Everything stamp set. So many of you are already Happy Everything fans and this one is just as versatile!

Two notes about this card: 1) I wanted the ribbon to be sort of fireworks-ish -- made up word, I know. 2) A Stamp-a-ma-jig is key for placement of the words.

Stamp Set: Celebrate Everything, Print Pattern
Paper & Ink: Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery, Real Red Whisper White
Accessories: Red, Celery, White Narrow Grosgrain

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

More to Embrace....

Still playing with that Ginger Blossom Designer Paper and the "Embrace Life" set. This one's got a little "bling" thanks to the Dazzling Diamonds!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Embrace New Stamps!

While I am patiently (tap, tap, tap) waiting for my Valentine Bundle to arrive -- I am playing with some of the new sets from the new catalog that have already arrived. (And if you tell Joe these are actually NEW stamps I will swear that the UPS man was actually here dropping off YOUR order. :) )

I was inspired to follow the theme of the Groovy Guava Cardstock and the Ginger Blossom Designer paper on the cover of the new Spring/Summer Collection 2008. (You can follow the link in the right sidebar to an online version of the big book, or email me for your own copy.)

Stamp Sets: Embrace Life
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Riby Red, Basic Black, Watercolor
Designer Paper: Ginger Blossom
Ink: Black Staz-On, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Aquapainter, 2-Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, January 03, 2008

New Year, New Stamps!

If anybody knows what happened to most of December be sure to let me know! Phew... what a whirlwind. Anyway, the trees are gone, the presents have been worked into the available space, the Thank You notes are in progress and the brand new Stampin' Up! catalogs have arrived!

The book is beautiful and the artwork inside is inspiring. You can view it online using the link in the sidebar on the right or contact me for your very own copy.
So let's move on to Valentine's Day. You've just got to have the new Valentine's Day Bundle special. A stamp set, two rolls of wide grosgrain, and medium cello bags for $33.40 (a $41.35 value!). The sale goes on until January 31st -- but you'll want to order it now to go ahead and get out in front of those sweet projects.
You can get a better look at the pieces in the bundle HERE.

I promise to get busy with some of the new stamp sets and share what I'm doing. Stay tuned, as they say...