Friday, July 31, 2009

Stars and Wishes

We are always in need of birthday cards around here, especially for boys. This card was featured at my Something New Stamp camp.

Stamps: Heard from the Heart
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Silicone Pad, Plastic Pad, Curly Label Movers and Shapers Die, Punch Windows, Star Punch, Large Star Punch, 1 inch Circle Punch, Paper Crimper, Word Window Punch, Piercing tool, Bold Brights Brads

The new product we used was the Star insert for the Movers and Shapers die. So cool. We could put the star anywhere we wanted on the die and it would punch it out! We added a bit of color with punch pieces from the large star punch and small star punch. So fun!

To add a little extra, we texturzed the paper with the new Perfect Details plate. The crimper added another layer of texture to the text. Everyone loves the crimper!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Black Tie Affair

Last Saturday was my Something New Stamp Camp. At stamp camps, we make 6 projects, four cards and two three-dimensional projects. Here was one of the cards:

Cool huh?

The inside:

Stamps: Game Night, On Your Birthday
Paper: Jackpot Designer Series Paper, Basic Black cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Build a Brad, Bone Folder, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Piercing tool

Now, I had some help with this card. I first knew I had seen ties while blurfing in June, but lost my bookmark. I tend just to look when I'm tired and not really remember to bookmark. Randomly, I was needing some inspiration and found this card on Stampin' Addicts by ThisIsArt. I then found a tutorial on how to fold the ties on Inkspired Expressions by Connie Babbert. Thanks, Connie, for a great tutorial. It turns out the ties aren't hard to fold, but her step by step directions certainly make it simple.

Part of being a good demonstrator to me is sharing the best of what's out there in the stamping world and I am grateful to belong to a community of crafters in which sharing and CASING is so encouraged! Thanks!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hostesses are a Special Group

Hostesses are a very important group to me as a demonstrator, so each year, I honor them with a night just for them. I give out awards, fantastic door prizes, a great dessert, and a special project. Hopefully, they feel appreciated and glad to be a part of my groups! Friday night was that event and I spent hours getting ready. It's amazing how dirty my house gets while I'm busy stamping!

Here's the project we made:

Stamps: None!
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Flower Fantasy Designer Printed Window Sheets
Ink: None!
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, White Jumbo Grommet, Bone Folder, paper cutter with scoring blade, organza ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1/2 Circle Punch, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots

I've wanted to make an acetate box for a long time, but finally found my inspiration in these Designer Printed Window Sheets. How cool! They were easy to use and the scoring blade made the perfect impression to make folding possible.

Those hostesses that brought a friend made a special bonus project:

I think the real bonus was the Seroogy's candy bar!

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Scallop Circles #2 Bigz Die, Big Shot, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, White Organza Ribbon

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Weekend Retreat-Stampin' Style

I usually don't let "life" get in the way of posting, but this week it was one thing after another and I didn't keep up. Something had to give, and it was my blog. Bummer. However, I'm back with a recap of what I've been doing. First, last Thursday was spent getting ready to go to White's Wildwood Retreat for a weekend away. Friday was spent driving, setting up, and stampin'. This is a picture of some of us the first night. (I'm in the top left corner.

Here's where we stayed:

Not bad, huh? This started as a plan of my upline Sandy plus some of the demonstrators in her group

for a weekend of fun and turned into a great wekeend with my mom and sister:

My mom and sister got over 40 scrapbook pages done! My mom works on a scrapbook of major life events for my nephews (Nathan and Tim) and my sister documents their Cub Scout achievements. Both were hard to slow down on their mojo got going!

Me? I worked on convention swaps. First, I finished the swaps from my previous post. Then, I worked on my punch swap which was 25 6x6 pages, and finally I completed over 50 Christmas Cards. For me? Of course not, my cards are all for swapping in two weeks at the Stampin' Up! Convention.

That still doesn't explain Monday or Tuesday. Well, I was a TV star. I was asked by a friend to do a PR commercial spot that honors my school, so I did it. Monday was spent recovering from my weekend and traveling to Madison. Tuesday was spent taping my segments for the commerical as part of WEAC's Back to School series. Crazy! I think I must be crazy! Oh well. Now, onto more stamping!

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cheers to Summer!

I'm feeling very celebratory tonight. Why? I don't have anything special to celebrate, just the fact that it is summer and I am fortunate to be able to do what I want when I want. (Well, almost...) I spent the other morning developing an idea that's been in my head for a while. I wanted to use my idea for my monthly Tara Angus Swap due on the 25th, so I knew I had to get designing. This month's theme is movement cards. These are the kind of cards that got me hooked on stamping all those years ago, so deciding on just one idea was going to be a problem. Since this idea was stewing in my mind the most, I thought I'd better get to it.

It gets better: THE INSIDE:

And another view:

Stamps: Cheers for You, Cheers Wheel
Paper: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Yo-yo Yellow, Taken with Teal, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, IN COLOR MARKERS (these are so cool, they require all caps)
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Scallop Bigz, Circle Scallop #2 Bigs, paper snips, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Circle Scissors, Modern Label Punch, Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper

I based my card idea on Kyla Maestas Pop Up Accordian Card on Splitcoast Stampers , but amped it up a bit. Here's how:

I used my Big Shot and the Scallop Circle Die to cut three scallops. I folded the first one in half being very careful to line up those scallops.

Next, I placed a second scallop on top, lining up the scallops, so that the bumps would match. Third, I added the third scallop the same way.

Then, I used my paper snips (when it was folded to cut two parallel lines. I would make these a tad bigger on my next one!

Finally, I lined them up and adhered them together, one on top of the other. I put this inside my regular sized card and embellished!
I'm pretty proud of this one, it's wayyyyyyy colorwise out of my comfort zone, but making 12 should cure that!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Great Site for Ideas

People always ask me, "Where do you get your great ideas?" Sometimes, from my head. But, most of the time, like most stampers, I CASE ideas. What does that mean, you ask? Copy And Share Everything! One of my favorite sites is Stampin' Addicts. We are all "addicts" to Stampin' Up!'s quality products, colors, and stamp sets. This month, to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s summer promotions, Stampin' Addicts is having a Blog Contest.

You can win this great Big Shot Die Cut Pack!

I love my Big Shot. Be sure to check out the gallery and forums on Stampin' Addicts for more ideas!

Thanks Stampin' Addicts!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Rich Cottage Colors!

Holy, Moley! What a week. I have had very little time to stamp and I miss it. What have I been doing? Setting up for the Rubber Rummage at my house, plus relaxing, spending time with family, and, of course, the cottage. The title reference has to do with a different cottage--the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper! This is a new paper and WOWZER, I love it. Purple and Green. Of Course I love it!

Stamps: Always, Bella's Bloom
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: 5/16" Neutrals Brads, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing, Matte, and Template

Some very special people will be getting this card in the mail next week! I may also use it for my New Catalog Stamp Camp. I just love these colors!

Such talent in this group of designers. Be sure to check them out!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Spotlight on Razzle Dazzle

Happy Sunday! The weather outside is gorgeous and I am off to enjoy it. First, I wanted to send a little teaser your way.
Some lucky folks are receiving this card in the mail this week:

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry (on the inside, which you only get to see if you are lucky enough to get one!Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, In Color 2009 MARKERS
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Organza Ribbon, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

I took the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 93 and changed it to fit my invite needs. (I couldn't add too much or the mail people wouldn;t take it!
This technique is called spotlighting and one of my the techniques we'll be learning at my Terrific Technique Classes! Email me to sign up.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Dreamin' of a Retreat

I'm a bit obsessed right now, trying to dream my fixer-upper cottage into a reality. I also have a small (teeny, tiny) obsession with Stampin' Up! So, for the Diva Coffee Break Challenge this week, I decided to fulfill both desires...

Stamps: None
Paper: Bella Bleu
Ink: Old Olive Craft Ink
Accessories: Latte Buttons, Pretties Kit, Glue Dots, Scallop Edge Punch, Big Shot, Bigz Butterflies, Dimensonals, Very Vanilla 1/4 grosgrain ribbon

I've been inspired for a long time with other folk's name frame designs and finally finished one of my own. I hope to place this in my new kitchen at the cottage.

To make the butterflies 3-D I layered dimensionals and the edges of dimensionals to push them in the air. I was inspired by Tammy Fites' example so used pearls for the body of the butterfly. I used on board letters and colored them with my craft ink spots. I used Old Olive for contrast.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Yesterday, I found some me time at the new St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in Oshkosh and found this frame which was the basis for my project for $1.50. You can't beat that!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


This is the best time of year...a new exciting catalog, new in-colors, new punches, new accessories, and NEW STAMPS! Excuse my e-shouting, but I get excited!

I am posting the text for my e-newsletter since I can't send that out until noon when it is ready on the Stampin' Up! website. I woke up so excited that I simply cannot wait to tell you how I am starting off the year!

Welcome to the most exciting time in the Stampin’ Up! year—A new Idea Book and Catalog! This one is packed full of great new products and even more amazing ideas! If you need one, contact me. I am offering them to hostesses for free, to customers in the last year for $5, and to new customers for $10. Give me a call or send me an email to make arrangements.

I have openings in July and August for workshops. It’s my most open time of year. If you book a summer party, you get a free catalog, a great gift, a fun time with friends, and FREE STUFF!

Check out my events:

Rubber Rummage: Friday, July 10th 8-6, and Saturday, July 11th, 8-1. Check out all of my (and my team ‘s) retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and products. Plus, I’ve cleaned out my stamp room! All the stuff I said I was going to use and haven’t will be on the tables! Plus, there will be specials galore! Sneak peak for the Neenah girls (you know you who are) at 2:30 on Thursday.

Terrific Techniques: July 16 Three sessions: 10-12, 2:30-4:30, and 6-8 Want to learn new techniques? Have you seen projects that WOW you and want to learn how to make them? At this monthly class, you will learn 3 techniques, make a project with each, and go home with the a technique instruction book! Cost is $10 or free with a $30 order. Register by July 14th.

Feelin’ Punchy: July 30 10-12, 2:30-4:30, and 6-8. Punch art is a quick, easy, and fun way to add pizzazz to your scrapbooking and cardmaking. At this monthly class, you will create three fabulous projects using three punch art techniques plus you’ll have a technique page with each so you can recreate at home! Cost is $10 or free with a $30 order. Register by July 28th.

Something New Stamp Camp: July 25, 10-4pm Join me for a Saturday of Stamping. Stop by when it works for you, but plan to spend at least 2 hours stamping. Make 6 projects with new products, new stamps, and new papers! Four projects will be cards and two- will be three-dimensional. Stamper’s Fee is $15.

Also, Stampin’ Up! is introducing a deal of the week! This week’s Deal is (or steal) is The Scallop Edge Punch for $10.99. When you place an order by Sunday, July 5th, you can add this steal on! SO COOL! Each Monday, a new deal will be announced on my demonstrator website (and I’ll link to it from my blog).

If you are interested in the Stampin’ Up! Opportunity and joining my team, Stampin’ Up! also has a great promotion---From July 15th-August 31st, you can join Stampin’ Up! for $85. Your mini-starter kit will have all you need to get started. Your first order is 30% off, so you’ll be all set to build a hobby or business. Call or email me to set up a time to discuss this fabulous opportunity!

May summer treat you well,


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