Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Mail!

As a college student and camp counselor, I lived for the days when I got happy mail. (note the guilt of not sending out more than I do now). In my family, happy mail was always a great thing. My mom and sister are great at recognizing every holiday. Me, I made cards and post them, but forget to send them!

Enough guilt. What's a demonstrator to do when she wakes up early on a crop day after creating the night before (thanks to a late season snow day). Does she do her laundry? Make a great breakfast? Exercise? Nope. Those would all wake up the house. The answer: BLOG!

Last night I created my hostess gift for today...well, part of it is already made, but I wanted something to put them in. TADAHHHH!

Cute, huh? I bought these mailboxes at the Target Dollar Spot, a place I never can resist. Ever. I meant to create valentine's gifts, but well, I decided to use them now.

The Sale-o-bration Designer series paper was calling my name. The ribbon bundle and the coordinating stamp set made this project easy. Plus, I got to use punches. A dream project for me really!

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches
Paper: Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue
Ink: Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Sale-a-bration Ribbon Bundle, 1/4 Bashful Blue and Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, paper snips, sticky strip, 3/4 circle punch, 5 petal flower punch, Boho Blossoms Punch

I love how the Sale-o-bration products coordinate. And, they were free! (with three $50 orders) Shhhh. Don't tell Bubba that part!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Window Boxes...Stampin' Style!

I often look for fun ways to make boxes and three-dimensional items. I fell in love with stamping as a hobby because of the cute boxes, treats, magnets, ornaments, and tiles that I saw! You can probably tell they are my favorite types of projects!

This month, I've featured a window box at my workshops and events...either as a project or a door prize. I also made them for a swap with my upline Sandy!

Stamps: Sweet Stems
Paper: Rose Red, Vellum paper, Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose Marker
Accessories: Sweet Stems Embosslit, Big Shot, Earth Elements Brads, 12" Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade, Paper Crimper, Oval Punch, corner rounder punch, sticky strip.

Inside, I put a bunch of kisses. Each one fills up nicely!

Here is another example that we made at the Beat the Winter Blues Stamp Camp. Inside we put bath fizzles.


Stamps: Just Buzzin' By!
Paper: Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pacific Point
Accessories: 1 inch circle punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Corner Rounder, 12" Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, slot punch, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals


These boxes are bit tricky, but fun to make. Click HERE for a template I designed based on Rochelle's design.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Thinking Clearly!

This weekend I had big plans to stamp and participate in Splitcoaststamper's Virtual Stamping Weekend around home improvement jobs. Instead, I worked on home remodeling projects around a little stamping. I did get one challenge done, but not uploaded on time.

The theme was Window into my Soul. The idea was to make a transparent card. I haven't tried this yet, but had some ideas to try out!

The card has the new Bright Delights rub-ons. They are so fun! Rub-on are easy to use and the colors really pop! I also used rub-ons on Whisper White in the center. I used my scallop edge punch to create an Old Olive layer. Both are attached to the card inside with mini glue dots. I used my Big Shot to cut the "U" with my Go Go Boots Alphabets.

The rub-ons were so fun, I wanted to use more of them. I spotted this mug across my stamp room and went to town. I realize now that my placement in the picture is unfortunate. The word on the mug is Sassy, not Gassy, or BLEEPy. Thanks, Carmen and Dan, for pointing that out! This was a quick and easy project.

Have fun!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Margaritas and Mamma Mia! (and Stamping!)

Last weekend I had a workshop at my cousin Amy's house in Mankato, MN. She just moved there to be a professor at NMU. We're very close, my sister and Amy and her sister Tracy. We often go by sister-cuz! Anyway, I made Amy a super-special hostess gift.




I got this Margarita glass at Pier One!
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Barely Banana
Ink: Encore Silver, Pacific Point
Accessories: Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Bigz Die, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Square Scallop Punch, Pacific Point Striped Ribbon.
Here's a close up:



Of course, it had to have a card:



And... the soap needed to look prettier:






AND THE BEST PART:



I made coasters using the Big Shot. Yes, the Big Shot really does cut fabric. How cool. I use fusible web to layer two fabric scallops and stamped the images using Craft Ink. It was my first attempt and I plan to make more!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Heart day! I love this Love You Much set, as it is so easy to use. I made these as Valentine's this year, although, I'd better start getting them sent! I used the Patterns Hostess pack from the Fall-Winter Catalog as a background on a 3x3 note. I then stamped in Going Gray on Whisper White and colored with my Real Red marker. I punched out a Real Red heart and used a dimensional in the center. These were quick, cute, and easy.

Have a day full of love and family!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Friday!

It's Friday the 13th, and I am anxiously awaiting my sister to come so we can drive 5 hours to Mankato, Minnesota! Am I crazy or what!

I finally got my camera and computer in the same town, so I am posting some projects belatedly. On February 2nd, I attended a CIA Stampers's Shoe Box Swap. Sandy is one of my upline's and hosts a monthly get together. At a shoebox swap, each participant creates a project and brings all the supplies for others to make it.

Here are some of the great projects we made: This was Kerry's project. She used the Big Shot 4 Petal Card and an Textured Embossing plate to make this cute favor! It was so easy to create and cute! These would be great at parties, weddings, showers, and more.

Sorry for the bad photo, but it was the best I had and I wanted to show off Mary's work. She used the Big Shot top note die to create the vanilla layer. She sponged the edges with Riding Hood Red ink. She used the Candy Lane paper and the Love you Much stamp set. This is a great valentine.

This is Connie's Card. She used the Sweet Stem Embosslit and the Sweet Stems Set in this card. You may see this in the future. It's a neat design. The half-pearls from the Pretties kit make this card amazing!

Finally, here is Sandy's project:

How fabulous! This little guy uses the Top Note Bigz die and the Snowflakes Sizzlets die. I love snowmen and this is a great little decoration.

I must apologize to Jean, Niki, and Janice. I am using one of their ideas for my February workshops, and the other pictures didn't turn out. I will post them after I get good pictures!

Have fun stamping!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Game Night Fun in a Box!

I've been a bit under the weather lately. Well, knocked out with a cold and now this crazy headache thing. I've been sleeping 10-12 hours a night when possible, drinking my tea and Airborne, and doing my best to keep up. Sorry for the lack of posts. I have a whole line-up in my head, but I need some healthiness to finish them!
Here's a good one, though. Saturday was my Beat the Winter Blues Stamp Camp. As I prepared for this event, I brainstormed all the things that help me get through winter. Games is a big one. When I saw this paper, set, and wheel in the preview for demonstrators, I knew it was mine! It's just so fun!
First, I made this coaster box. I wanted it to hold stuff, but wasn't sure what, so I kept it quiet.
I got my coasters at an establishment which left a huge pile in front of me. Well, actually, in the middle of a table of demonstrators. We were at the quarterly Dinner and Stamping last summer. I was prompted that we spent enough in the restaurant that a few coasters would be fine to take. We should have been using them, but no one was really drinking, so they were unused. Funny, how I justify this! Anyway, I was challenged to come up with a great project using them and here it is.
Stamps: Game Night

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Jackpot DSP
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black

Accessories: Crop-a-dile, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon. Modge Podge.

This box took a while, so I knew it wasn't a stamp camp project the way I like them, so I kept thinking and thinking and thinking. As one of my students said the other day, "Thinking is a lot of work."

I came up with this handy dandy notebook for keeping score!



I've seen notebooks with elastic around the bottom to keep them together. What a neat idea! I didn't have elastic (sorry, mom). I decided to use our 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, a crop-a-dile, and our eyelets. It was a bit tricky, but here is a short photo close-up:


Finally, I decided that I needed a fun pencil to go with the pad and box. I found a demonstrator challenge on Splitcoast, so went for it. I learned the technique from Angie Tieman's blog. How fun and easy!

I used my large circle, the 1/4 circle punch, black hemp, and a clear button for embellishments.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Happy February!

In Stampin' Up! World, February is known as Sale-o-bration! What's that you say? The best time for Stampin' Up! Customers---with every $50 you spend, you get to choose an amazing product from the Sale-o-bration Mini-catalog. Stampin' Up! has outdone themselves this year...there's a ribbon pack, a paper pack, plus 4 FABULOUS stamp sets!

Click on the icon on the sidebar to see the flyer online, call me to get one, or if you are on my mailing list, you should check your mail from last week.

Sale-o-bration lasts from February 1st though March 31st. If you book a workshop, you are guaranteed higher sales than other months, fun stuff from me, a free Sale-o-bration product with every $50 you order, free hostess benefits with any workshop over $150, plus with every $300 in sales, you get another free product! WHOO HOO!

Want to see what you can make with these cool products?

I hosted a swap in January and a had a crack team of demonstrators design amazing cards for you to see! Not all cards from the swap made it to my camera through a weird twist of fate, but you'll see them later.

This set includes cards featuring the Congrats stamp set with a bit of the Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper and a few Polka Dot Punches. Oh yeah, and some of the Ribbon Bundle! Stephanie Mangus made the Barely Banana one (top left). I love her use of the 5 petal punch and the scallop edge punch. The DSP really stands out! Tara Angus made the other two cards. The blue one uses a chipboard frame. How cute (and easy) to make a dynamic card! The other card uses the DSP horizontally and features a ribbon tab. How fun!

Here's two in Pumpkin Pie. Fun and spicy!

Heather Robinson made the card on the left. She used the Polka Dot Punches set as well as the Flight of the Butterfly set for the sentiment. I love how she used her markers to color the Polka Dot Punches flower to match the Always Designer Series Paper. It Wow's me every time I look at it! The other card is just as cool. Catie Palmer made this one. She folded a Chocolate Chip Top Note (cut using the Big Shot) and put her Yummy Sentiment inside so that the card reads: "With Love, a little something for you, a little yummy in your tummy!" I can totally see this being used as a topper on a bag of caramel corn. Hmmm. I also love her use of the flower fusion.



Peggy Lucas made this card. I love the red, blue, green color combination. Or should I say, Always Artichoke , Night of Navy, and Real Red. She used both sets: Yummy and Botanical Blooms. Creatively, she used the frame from one of the sayings with the words from another using her markers. How cool!

Here's another standout by Peggy. She used Kraft and Patterns DSP to layer this up! Again, she used two Sale-o-bration Stamp sets--Yummy and Polka Dot Punches. How cool. The ribbon and the sponging really create a beautiful card.

Last, but not least is this card:
Elegant, huh? I love the way this card is layered. The use of the large oval punch plus the key tab punch with the gold brads. WOW! Amazing!

I hope you found a little inspiration!

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