Thursday, July 31, 2008

Boo! Scrapbook Page!

Today is Day 1 of the Convention! Whew! I'm tired already!

Here is my 6x6 Swap page. I made 53 of these (that's how much Pumpkin Pie Paper I had). You wouldn't beleive how tired a person can get of circles! My hand hurt after a few of these and I had to take breaks! A big THANKS to my mom and sister for helping me out.

Stamps: Batty for You, Big Deal ABC
Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Garden Green, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant ¼ Grosgrain Ribbon, 1” circle punch, 1 ¼ circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensional

I used Elegant Eggplant for the "Boo" ink. It's hard to tell, but it did look much different than black when I tried it. I love this stamp set and was looking through my stuff to see what to make and I thought about what I would want to get. With the holidays coming up and my "real" job starting again, I knew I'd need holiday ideas. Plus, I just love this set and had a stash of Pumpkin Pie. Again, I made these before the retiring accessoires list came out, so I kept it simple and crossed my fingers!

Off to shop!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Today is the First Day of Convention!

I hope to post later today about some of the stuff I learned today, pictures, etc, but I'll see if I can fit it in!

For now, I want to remind you of my Convention Special. While I'm away, you get the benefit of my Super Special!

Sara's Super Convention Special:
1. Place an email order at that includes at least one retiring stamp set and totals at least $30 and I will pay for shipping. Yep. I rarely do this! Remember, however, that tax in Wisconsin is on shipping, so I have to charge you for that. Sorry. When you email, I will send you affirmation I recieved it and your total. You can pay via credit card or paypal to
2. Schedule a workshop by looking at my calendar and choosing an open date and you'll receive a bonus stamp set from me at your workshop. These are from my super secret stash and are worth at least $12.95
3. Join either my Green Bay Scrapbooking Club or my Neenah Stamp Club and receive a bonus stamp set from my secret stash.

Rules and Disclaimers: This special is valid only for emails received between July 27th and August 5th, 2008.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Simply Cute Scallop Basket!

Today, Bubba and I are still driving, I think. I've lost track already. We plan to stop along the way, take photos, and visit cool historical or natural sites. (Can you see a bunch of scrapbook pages in my future?)

Here is my swap for today. We'll, I'll start swapping tomorrow, but here it is for you!

I found this idea on a blog by Karen Thomas, an Australian Demonstrator here. I created my own template and directions. You can access a printable pdf file here. Just a treat for you!

Stamps: Simply Said

Paper: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Ink: Real Red, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Brads of all sorts, mostly vintage, Gingham Ribbon (light blue or black), Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1/16 handheld Punch, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blades, SNAIL for layers, and Mini Glue Dots (lots of mini glue dots).

Click on my file for more details.

Don't forget about my convention specials, two post below!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Celebrate You Always!

Yippee! Today, Bubba and I are nearing Salt Lake City and the Convention!

Remember, to check out the post just below this one for my CONVENTION SUPER SPECIALS!

Today's project is one of my swaps. You see, with thousands of demonstrators all in the same space, ideas fly. Besides all the great information from Stampin' Up! demonstrators are a pretty cool group of people and share ideas. How do we do that (besides talking) SWAPPING! I joined the madness by creating a card front, a 6x6 page, and a 3D item to swap in general. That is, with anyone and everyone. I also am a part of 2 other swaps that are organized. I have specific project and group to meet up with.

Enough explanation....Here is my card front:

I started my swaps early (that's the planner in me), and then ran into a problem....WHAT ACCESSORIES WOULD RETIRE? I solved this problem by using my favorite accessory of all---(drumroll) PUNCHES!

Stamps: Always, A Little Birthday Cheer
Ink: Old Olive Craft Ink, Bashful Blue, Old Olive Classic Ink
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: ¾ inch Circle Punch, ½ inch Circle Punch, ¼ inch Circle Punch, 1 ¼ Square Punch, 1 3/8 Square Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Powder Pal, Heat Gun

I stamped the loopy flower in Old Olive Craft Ink and embossed it in clear, which gives it some dimension and sparkle. I then, punched, punched, punched, and punched! Layers and simplicity work for me! However, after making 100 of them, I was a little tired of the design. After two weeks off from looking at it, I like it again. This is definitely a Sara Original!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

As promised, the Convention Special

Well, Bubba and I hit the road this morning at 8 am. (Hopefully, I am actually writing this a week in advance). I may or may not have email for the next 2 days, but certainly will by Monday. I'll bet I'll find a hotspot out on the road!

Sara's Super Convention Special:

1. Place an email order at that includes at least one retiring stamp set and totals at least $30 and I will pay for shipping. Yep. I rarely do this! Remember, however, that tax in Wisconsin is on shipping, so I have to charge you for that. Sorry. When you email, I will send you affirmation I recieved it and your total. You can pay via credit card or paypal to

2. Schedule a workshop by looking at my calendar and choosing an open date and you'll receive a bonus stamp set from me at your workshop. These are from my super secret stash and are worth at least $12.95

3. Join either my Green Bay Scrapbooking Club or my Neenah Stamp Club and receive a bonus stamp set from my secret stash.

Rules and Disclaimers: This special is valid only for emails received between July 27th and August 5th, 2008.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Got Vellum? Yes, I do!

We all know that I usually buy products with a plan, then get a new idea, and then... Well, it's a problem. There are things in my stamp room that I haven't used much and want to use, but need a push in that direction to do so. This week at Splitcoaststampers, the Dirty Dozen Girls are putting out a gazillion great challenges a day. My card is by no means as cool as theirs, but I did do this for challenge DTGD08Laurie - Got Vellum?. Ever since I got a swap from Janice Basak, I've had a card like this in my mind.

My picture isn't great. This looks much cooler IRL (in real life).
Stamps: Always, Fresh Cuts
Paper: Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, 1/8 circle Punch

I learned a lot of things on this card. 1) I like Vellum Cardstock much better than vellum paper. 2) If you push a handheld punch in too far, you get marks on your paper and need to start over. 3) Craft Ink would dry nicer on the vellum. 4) Heating Vellum isn't a smart idea.

I had planned on Monday to do all the challenges. We'll see if I can get any more done before I leave!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Always Fun 3x3 Box

I've had a busy week, so haven't posted as much, but I have been stamping! (in between finishing a class, a job interview, and life!). I also finished my swaps for convention. Check out my blog from July 27-August 5th for examples and samples of what I've been up to, plus a convention special just for my customers.

I participated in a demonstrator-only challenge and want to share it with you, as I plan to use this idea in August at workshops and a class. It's also a sneak peek of the cool new stuff in the upcoming Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog.

Here it goes!

Keep in mind, I hate pink. Hate it. However, Pink Pirouette is one of the new 08 In Colors and it's all over my new Bella Rose paper. So, I took the challenge to go outside of my comfort zone (way outside) to make my sister proud and use Pink Pirouette as a color choice. You know what, I kind of like it. Pink, that is. But not enough to be come a pink person often.

By the way, this entire project took me less than an hour to create. Really. I used box template, scored my paper, created the box, created a band (out of Kiwi Kiss, green is really more my color), and then stamped the images. I then wanted some quick 3x3 cards to put inside. These cards are perfect for adding to a wedding gift and I have wedding coming up to add some cards, too. They would also work for birthdays.

The recipe:

Stamps: Always

Paper: Bella Rose Designer Paper, Kiwi Kiss, and Pink Pirouette

Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, and Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Dimensionals, the New Scallop Border Punch (see box flap), paper cutter with scoring blade, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, and 3x3 whisper white envelopes.

Book a party or come to an event in August to see this in person. Check out my calendar on the side bar of my blog.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Retiring Accessories List

The following list are accessories that will be retiring August 10th. Often, these items sell quickly, so if something here is on your wish list, call me or email me right away to get your order in! Remember, all of the 2007 In Colors will be disappearing--Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, River Rock, and Purely Pomegranate. You will not be able to get these colors again!

Item Number Page # Product Description Availability
109200 177 Accents & Elements Build A Flower
110718 177 Accents & Elements Lucky Star
110719 177 Accents & Elements Messenger
103158 184 Acrylic Graph & Grid
108638 163 Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color
108642 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou
108643 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi
108644 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate
103975 166 Card Stock Brushed Copper
108694 163 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 167 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 167 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 167 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 167 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 167 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes*
110729 167 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 167 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou
109019 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate
109016 163 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock
109015 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi
109013 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 163 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 171 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 169 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 169 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 169 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 168 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep*
109160 170 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers
109159 169 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 169 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 168 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 170 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 170 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 171 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 170 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints*
109175 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst*
109177 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou
109174 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa*
109168 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava*
109171 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 171 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard
109176 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie
109164 171 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 171 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky
109163 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise
110698 168 Designer Series Paper Spring Break
110273 169 Designer Series Paper Spring Fling*
110271 170 Designer Series Paper Spring Silhouettes
110272 170 Designer Series Paper Western Sky
107299 167 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 189 Eyelets Basic
100375 189 Eyelets Bold Brights
100381 189 Eyelets Earth Elements
107233 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 189 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 189 Eyelets Soft Subtles
105515 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass
105532 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper
101120 183 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 179 On Board Accents
109181 178 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 178 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 179 On Board Simon Lower
102678 166 Mulberry Paper White
109227 181 Punch Box Three For You
102686 180 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 183 Pure Color Pencils
109060 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava
109061 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky
109058 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi
109189 190 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 190 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 190 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 190 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 190 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 190 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 191 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 182 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories*
110284 182 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 182 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 174 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 174 Simply Scrappin' Confetti
110572 172 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 173 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 175 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 174 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl
110587 175 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 175 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 15 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 16 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 16 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad
109680 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe
106610 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte
107468 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture
111261 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 193 Stampin' Color Index Labels
106694 194 Stampin' Kids Markers
101399 185 Stipple Brushes
102673 183 Zig Painty

*Items are 25% off and part of our discounted retiring accessories promotion

Saturday, July 19, 2008

JUST IN: Select Retiring Accessories are 25% off!

Stampin' Up! just announced this morning that some of the retiring accessories will be 25% off! These include a selection of papers, rub-ons, and ribbons. If you want to see the full flyer, click here.

Item # Pg. # Description 25% Off Price

109117 167 Pocket Notes assortment $7.46
110479 168 Jersey Shore Designer Series paper $7.46
110699 168 East Coast Prep Designer Series paper $7.46
109159 169 Flowers For You Designer Series paper $7.46
110273 169 Spring Fling Designer Series paper $7.46
110748 170 Notebook Designer Series paper $7.46
109153 170 Porcelain Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
110751 171 Azure Designer Series paper $7.46
109164 171 River Rock Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
109175 171 Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
109168 171 Groovy Guava Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
109169 171 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper $7.46
110284 182 Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons $8.21
110285 182 Urban West Rub-Ons $8.21
110281 182 Cherished Memories Rub-Ons $8.21
109185 190 Jersey Ribbon Originals $9.71
109187 190 District Ribbon Originals $9.71
109189 190 Beachfront Ribbon Originals $9.71
110716 191 Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon $5.96
109062 191 River Rock double-stitched grosgrain ribbon $6.71

Contact me immediately to place an order. This is while supplies last and I've seen things go quickly in the past! You can email me at or call me at 920-205-5090. I am busy this weekend, but can place orders at night!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Ideas a Plenty, Part 2!

As promised, here is part of two the great projects I got at the Shoebox Swap.

Isn't this darling? The creator of this card is Julie Anderson. How creative! She used the Scallop Punch to create the teeth marks! So cute!
Stamps: All Holidays Ink: Basic Black Paper: Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White Accessories: Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Oval Punches, Black Gingham Ribbon, Gold Brads, Slit Punches. It was punch mania and I loved it!

This set is one I coveted, but couldn't afford for a while. I used it vigorously when I first got it and have since replaced it on my active stash with new ones. I am glad to be reconnected with it. It's a versitle set. Stamps: Simply Said, Sincere Saluations (one of the first sets I bought), Paper: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Whisper White. Ink: Basic Black. Accesories: Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers. I love the way the black layer sets the rest off! This is a favorite set of mine that I do not own. I have seen so many amazing examples with it, that I was glad to see it used here. The color combination on this one is striking. I never think to add green and yellows together! I did make a mistake. The shaded oval is supposed to be a shade lighter. I used the wrong ink pad. Opps! I also forgot, it seems, to trim my ribbon ends! Stamps: Embrace Life. Paper: Apricol Appeal, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla. Ink: Mellow Moss, River Rock (which is why I accidently skipped it) Accessories: Gold Brads, Photo Corner Punch, Coluzzle, 1/4 mellow moss and apricot appeal Grosgrain Ribbon, Distressing tool.

What's cool about this card, is that it's a new twist on a well-loved set. I learned a new technique called Black Magic when making it! Be sure to see this technique in an upcoming workshop (after I buy the pure color pencils). Yes, even demonstrators get hooked on new products after using them! Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Snow wheel (retired, I think). Paper: Pacific Point (a new In Color), Basic Black, Bashful Blue. Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink, Pacific Point. Accessories: Small Star punch, Pure Color Pencils (metallics).

And, finally,

a brand-spanking new set! I have this one, also, but have stashed it for later use! This is a new set that will be in the new Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog coming out in August! Yippeee! It's a fun, bright, bold one! Stamps: Party Hearty, Paper: Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Certainly Celery. Ink: Versamark, Regal Rose. Accesories: Paper Piercing tool and mat, Scallop Punch, ticket corner punch.

I am exhausted! I had a great time and would like to thank all the demonstrators I met for such neat cards and ideas. It was fun to be a customer for once and just play for a night! Thank-you!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ideas a Plenty!

Last night I attended a Shoebox Swap with other Fox Valley Demonstrators. We each prepared a card or project for the group to make as if it was a workshop or stamp camp. My project you'll see while I am at Convention, at the end of July, as I am using it for a swap. It was cool to meet new people and to talk Stampin' Up! We had fun sharing all of our excitement about the new catalog coming out in August and sadness over some favorites retiring (long live Unfrogettable). Thanks Kelly for organizing this event. I enjoyed being a stamp camper again!

Here are five of 12 cards I made. The diversity was overwhelming. I got use techniques I haven't used in a while and learn a couple of new ones. Also, I learned some neat folds and neat layout ideas. Today, I am going to show a few of them closer up and later show others tomorrow on a post.

This stamp set is called Mark the Date. The celebrate is from Celebrate Everything. We also used sanded background. Paper: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Old Olive. Inks: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, Old Olive. Accessories: Gold Brads, Paper piercing tool, Spiral Punch. I love the color combo-- the barely Banana brings the darker colors into summer!

This is my favorite for three reasons. 1) It's purple. 2) It uses a new set called Dreams du Jour, and 3) it uses Dazzling Diamond Dust, a favorite technique of mine!

Stamp Set: Dreams du Jour. Paper: Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper, Kiwi Kiss. Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Versamark. Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Powder Pal, Embossing Heat Tool, Stampin' Write Markers, Paper Snips, Cropadile, Certainly Celery Eyelets, Small Oval Punch, More Mustard 1/4 grosgrain ribbon.

This has a secret compartment. The flower part flips open revealing the Bashful Blue flap that opens to reveal the middle. I am sure to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) this idea in an upcoming event! Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks. Paper: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Naturals White, Gable Green. Ink: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Green Galore, Gable Green. Accessories: Word Window Punch, Night of Navy 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon, 3/4 inch circle punch.

This is another fun card. The blue background pieces are junk mail envelopes! So cool! I love creative ideas like this! Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Wonderful Words. Paper: Ballet Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White. Ink: Night of Navy, Ballet Blue Markers. Accessories: 1 3/8 Square Punch, envelope insides.

So, more ideas tomorrow. I am so excited to share some of these ideas with my customers!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sneak Peek-- My New Goodies Are Here!

And I had to play! I couldn't resist! They actually came Monday, but a day of not feeling well, then a field trip with my nephew, took away my time. I am squeezing this post in before I leave for a Shoebox Swap (check for more info tomorrow).

As a Demonstrator, I can preorder some new items in preparation for the August 11th release of the new Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog. This is actually one reason I became a demonstrator! I promise to not show much more until the catalog actually comes out, but I just needed to play!

Here's my first card:

I was so impressed with the new designer paper, new In Colors, and new stamps sets, that I drew blank. What did I do for inspiration? Head to splitcoast! This week's sketch challenge SC184 had this great layout. This card took maybe 15 minutes to create! It's beautiful, and not my usual style, but I found a way to both use a shade of pink called Pink Pirouette and a rose on the same card. My sister will be proud.

Stamps: Dreams du Jour

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose Designer Paper, Whisper White

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, 1 3/8 Square Punch, 1 1/4 Square Punch, Snail adhesive

Book a workshop in August to try out these great new items! I have 3 dates left!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Touch of Nature Pen and Notepad Holder

Last Sunday, at my Retiring Sets Stamp Camp, we made this cute little pen and Notepad Holder. There were many stampers who couldn't make the date, so I decided to post the directions as a tutorial. The final product:

Stamps: Touch of Nature, Amazing to Zany

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Blue Bayou, Naturals Ivory

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Earth Elements Watercolor Crayons, Paper Snips, Aquapainter, Hodgepodge Hardware, Twill Tape, Ticket Corner Punch, Hobby Blade and Mat, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Small Pen, Post-it Note pad

The inside to show the final work!

Step by Step:

1. Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 by 4 1/4. Score at 3 1/2, 4, 4 1/2 and 5. (see picture below)

2. Using a hobby blade, cut the first two scored sections 1 inch from the top and bottom of the base. Your cuts will be perpendicular to the score lines. Leave one score line untouched. This creates the tab to hold the pen later.

3. Stamp cardstock as desired before assembly. I used versamark and the fern stamp both inside and out.

4. Create embellishments for the front. I stamped in Versamark and embossed in black powder. To color my images, I used watercolor crayons and an aquapainter. I cut out the butterfly with the paper snips. I used the ticket corner bunch on my blue bayou matte, then adhered all layers together. I added the words in the Hodgepodge Hardware.

5. Next, fold the pen holder flap up like this:

6. Use sticky strip on the inside where the flap touches the base (on the 1 inch from the bottom and top area) to adhere the holder in place.

8. I added the twill tape with Hodgepodge Hardware to close the holder.

9. Add pen and post-it notes and you are done!

By the way, Hodgepodge Hardware is 25 % off this month! I've had this box almost 3 years, used it frequently for events, and still have some left. It really is a great deal!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tags My Style!

In two weeks from Sunday, Bubba and I are leaving for Utah so I can attend Stampin' Up!'s Convention. I am truly psyched. It reminds me of those Girl Scout trips I used to take. FYI: Bubba will not be attending convention, just hanging out in Salt Lake City.

At Convention, we receive a bag and knowing me, I'd get it confused with everyone else's! I had been thinking about making luggage tags for some of my bags, since my collection has grown in the past year, but never got around to it. On, there are weekly challenges to try new ideas, techniques, colors, card sketches, etc. There are also demonstrator challenges. July 11th's Demonstrator Challenge was to make bag tags. Finally, the push I needed to get it started. So, Saturday night, while listening to Old Time Radio, I worked on these:

I wanted my info to show up, so I used my Stampin' Up! Journaling fonts to create the name and info. I trimmed that out and decided where to go from there. I love purple, so I played around for a long time with the elegant eggplant one and the Lily Pad Wheel (if it retires this month, I'm keeping it). It's cool and matches my display board. I plan to put this one on my business bag.

The left one took more time. I didn't want to use the wheel again, it was awkward to design around, so I thought and I thought and I thought. I needed petals to make a lily. Finally, I thought of the 5-petal punch, a recent acquisition, and got to work making it look lilyish. I think I succeeded, but still think it needs something else. Be sure to stay tuned if inspiration ever strikes on that one!

I've been asked at many events, why my Stampin' Up! stuff is Lily Ink Pad or Lily's Ink Pad and today seems like a good day to explain it. As a kid, I loved summer camp. As Girl Scout from grade 3 through life, I spent every summer until I was 24 at camp. As soon as I could be a junior counselor, I signed up. I then became a Day Camp Program Director. In college, I branched out to a Resident Camp called Camp Lakamaga. For all of those years, during those special times, I was called Lily as my camp name. I love Lily of the Valley flowers and was born in May. Thus, Lily. When I first became a demonstrator, I had just gotten the Lily Pad Wheel and thought it was a natural fit. So there you go.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Rose Cottage Birthday!

Bubba's Grandma Blume turns 105 this weekend! Can you believe it? 105! WOW! We're having cake and ice cream with her at the nursing home she resides in. She has good days and bad, but remains in good health. She's a spitfire, too. I suppose that's how she's survived!

The question was, "What do you get a 105 woman in a nursing home?" Well, any Stampin' Up! demonstrator certainly will have an idea or two. I decided to build her photo cube with pictures from our wedding last summer. Here it is:

One thing I learned, is that there is no top or bottom, and with no pre-planning, there is always a photo on its side! Next time, I'll use those visualization skills I preach and teach at school!

I did cheat a little, I found photo cubes on clearance recently. Basically, they were a large, white paper mache' cube. Cheap. Very cheap. I have directions on how to build my own, but this seemed way easier! To make it even easier, I used a Simply Scrappin' Kit called Rose Cottage, which is sure to retire, as it uses Soft Sky and River Rock paper inside. I love the elegance, but not girly, aspect of this paper. Plus, our wedding photos look great when next to the colors: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, and Soft Sky. This is my fourth project out of this kit: 2 scrapbooks and one mini book have already used up parts of the paper. I still have plenty of paper, diecuts, and designer paper to do at least 2 more cubes! I see Christmas presents in my future!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I've been tagged!

Gosh! I feel so honored. Robin, over at Rubberstamped Reflections tagged me with this:

As a game player and adventurist, I'll play along. (Although, I never forward those kind of emails that requiring forwarding). Robin is a Stampin' Up! Artisan Award Winner and has some great ideas on her blog, so you should check it out. I guess that's the purpose of tagging, a way to connect to other blogs.

Seven Random Things:

1. I make sure that I meditate every morning (during the school year) while lying in bed so that I can start the day well. I need that boost to have a positive attitude.

2. I can sing Girl Scout Camp Songs off key better than anyone I know.

3. I met my husband (yes, I got married, still weird to me sometimes) on eharmony. I just wanted to meet more people when I signed up.

4. I love to ride my bike, although, recently, I love stamping more. At one point, I rode a bike through Zion National Park Canyon. It was amazing.

5. I only plant native plants in my yard. It's important to me to be a part of a healthy ecosystem.

6. I love red vines. They make me sick, but I eat them anyway.

7. On of my favorite summer meals is a tortilla, black beans, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. Easy and quick!

Here it goes...

The 7 people I've tagged. Please be kind to them and visit their blogs. They've done great work to get my attention.

Dannie at Dannie's Designs

Kathy at kathy's stamping niche

Collen at Stampin with the Goddess

Wendy at Stamp Up with Wendy

Karen from Australia at Luv to Stamp

I'm a rule breaker. That's who I can list and still get dinner on the table. Check out all of these talented stampers!

Celebrate July!

We had a great 4th of July weekend. "The Guys" wanted to go to fireworks, at least they said so at breakfast all week! Bubba hates doing this kind of thing, but did if for the fam! We planned to go to the Lighthouse Park in Neenah (near where his grandparents lived for years), but traffic was a bust, so we tried Shattuck Park (where we got married last summer). It was a great idea!We had a great view, close parking, and a mellow crowd. The guys had a great time. For once, I got the pictures developed and decided to scrapbook for me yesterday, so here's the whole spread:

I love using Stampin' Up! stuff to scrapbook. It's pretty economical. I used the Classic Stars Jumbo wheel with Craft White Ink to create the background on about half of my pages. Next, decided the page needed a red paper, but I didn't own any cool packs of Designer Paper that would work. Then, over there, on my shelves, was a tin of scraps from a Sale-o-bration card I made! Yippee! Red Prints Paper. This paper is from the Prints Hostess Level 1 Pack. I thought I had used all mine on the firecracker centerpiece last week. The scraps were perfect for the bottom.
On this left side, I then matted my photos and placed them. I don't always matte photos anymore, but on this page, I thought it was needed to set them apart. You can see Ron and Don up there, having fun in their chairs. I stamped the 4th using the 4 from Big Deal Numbers, and the "th" from Short Order Numbers. The month is from Short Order Alphabet. The word celebrate is from Celebrate Everything. Whew! Good thing I was in my stamp room and on the road with this page!

As we waited for the real show to start, I took pictures of an elaborate private show we could see over the water. I really wanted to emphasize the real thing on my page, so cropped all the photos to 3x3 and added a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 Real Red matte. I also added journaling on this side by using my spiral punch to create a notebook page and wrote my memories by hand with a Stampin' Up! Journaler. For extra pizazz and because I love punches, I added stars punched in Real Red from the large star punch and small star punch. I think that's all of it. I really had fun.

I've spent the majority of the last few days in my stamp room creating swaps for Convention which is three weeks away! I can't show you those yet, but you'll see them soon! After 100 cards on Monday, I needed a break, so I cleaned and organized. Not the fun part of the day! Tuesday, I worked on my scrapbook swap and finished that before more cleaning and these pages. Today, I have been finishing up things that are half done. By the end of summer, this room will be clean!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Always Creative, Always Fun Folds!

It's Saturday, but with the holiday, it feels like Sunday. My creative energy was high as I spent the afternoon in my stamp room. I needed quiet after a successful craft fair yesterday!
Here's what I made:

It's a Spring Fold Card. I got the tutorial from Splitcoaststampers. You can check it out here.
Stamps: Always
Ink: White Craft Ink
Paper: Almost Amethyst Prints Designer Series Paper, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White.
Embellishments: Pretties Kit, White Embossing Powder, Mini Glue Dots

This is not my usual style, but it was fun to make. In fact, this is the first time I used the Pretties Kit I bought in May. (I can hear a collective gasp from the readers). Every time I went to use it, the bling just didn't look right, so I put it away. Today, it just seemed right.

But that's not the whole story. When I first saw it, I knew what I wanted to do. I thought this would be a cool way to create an invitation for my annual Hostess Appreciation Party! If you get one of these:

in the mail in the next week or so, you're invited to this event on August 10th. My hostesses will be pampered with sweet treats, a special project, a sneak peak of the new Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog, and FUN!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! To celebrate, I am returning to the Omro Lions Craft Fair in Omro. The original site has been flooded out, but there is a different park for us! I am in the back row at number 34, if you plan to visit. You can buy stuff I've made and see what you missed at different classes! I also have a supersecret special for my customers who see me there!

What I have been up to the last three days? (Other than preparing for the craft show). Well, at Tuesday's Causing Inky Antics meeting, (my upline's upline's group), Sandy showed us this great make and take--a firecracker box! She challenged us to try something with it this weekend to build our business. I took on that challenge tonight with this:

What do you think? Post a comment to let me know what the scoop is!

I created 6 more firecrackers, poked a hole in them, placed them on a stick and then thought, NOW WHAT?

I found these vases in my stash of stuff, added some foam, hid the foam with marbles, created some crinkle paper (with Real Red cardstock and my handy dandy crimper), covered On Board Basics chipboard with paper from Jersey Shore and my Real Red Prints, tied a ribbon around the base, added some more chipboard and WHEW! I'm done.

Again, the picture is blue. Sorry. I had my choice of blue or yellow. When I take daytime pictures, it works better, but since I was getting up early tomorrow, I needed to take them now.

How did I help my business you ask? Well, I have some holiday stuff to sell, and I used up more of the stuff lying around in this stamp room.

Have a fun Fourth!


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