I’m playing with some new products today!!

I have a stamping day ahead of me with my upline!  Looking forward to making cards for Camp Stamp in Oga and just playing with some new products from the new Occasions catalog, which will start on January 3rd.

I will update my schedule later today.  But, keep January 5th and 6th clear so you can come to my Open House and check out a lot of new items!

I will be back later with some sneak peaks!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning!

What do you get for that person that has everything or refuses to give you a list?  Many of us then turn to gift cards.  I don’t like to fall back on gift cards, but, I must admit I have to for some people.

For this months Sassy Saturday, I am designing gift card holders.  Here is the one I finished last night:

I used navy blue as a base and foil frenzy paper to accent the front.  To me it looked like little snowballs.  I designed around the ribbon!  I love love love this 1/2″ gingham ribbon!  I had to find something to cut a slot into the cardstock for the ribbon to go through.  I went on a hunt checking out all of my dies and came up with one from the Bouquet Bunches Dies, #143659.

This was the perfect slot to pull the ribbon through!

Let’s take a look at the inside:

The gift card will tuck in the bottom portion.  I wished I would have stamped the message a little more in the middle, but, it’s a hand stamped card, made with love, flaws and all!

Hope you enjoyed todays project!  Let me know what you think……

Happy Stamping!

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FREE SHIPPING from Stampin’ Up! today!!!

Hit that red button on the right and shop away saving yourself 10%!!

Don’t forget to check out the clearance rack!!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Afternoon!

Beautiful blue sky in Wisconsin today, but, very cold!  However, my friends in Texas are the ones getting the snow!!  Go figure!!

Here is my card today, the last one I designed for my Kismet class next Monday and Tuesday.:

Red and black with some sparkle!  The black and white designer paper is from the Holiday catalog, Merry Little Christmas, page 2. The snowflakes are thinlets from the Seasonal Layers collection in the Annual catalog.  I love that the snowflakes match the paper.

But, where, oh where is the stripe from?  You tell me and if you are correct, you will receive a card!

Happy Stamping!

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It’s a wonderful life!

One of my most favorite stamp sets in the Holiday catalog, (and by the way it’s retiring), is called:  Wonderful Life.  It’s on page 46 of the Holiday catalog and I feel that it’s one of those quiet sets that I don’t want you to miss out on!

Getting ready for one of my last Christmas classes, I had to use this set.  It is simply sweet!  You can do wedding cards, fall cards and Christmas cards without even thinking outside the box!

Here’s my card for next week:

This is a perfect set to use our Blends on, which is what I did on this card.  The only thing it’s missing are the children’s heads inside the car! We had six children in my family growing up and I can remember traveling with all kinds of packages on top of the car, covered of course with a large tarp.  But, when we were packed up and going down south to visit my Mom’s family, it was always an adventure!  The best memories of my childhood were those gatherings!

The next card is a little different.  But, in linking these two cards, I would like to think this is the destination of the above car filled with presents:

This stamp set is in the Annual catalog, on page 54, it called At Home with You.  This is available in a bundle with framelits, saving you 10%!  One thing you can do with the framelits is have the door open!! All of the items were cut our with framelits including the squares of windows in the door.

This is another great set to practice using the Blends.  I used the wood textured designer paper in the background with the woodgrain embossing folder.

Hope you enjoyed the cards today.  Which one is your favorite?  I would encourage you to get your Wonderful Life set ordered before it’s too late.  Retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed until December 20th.  That’s right around the corner!

Happy Stamping!

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“Cat” on a card…..for Christmas.

Many of you know that I have a crazy cat, named “Cat” who lives down here in my happy place.  She is very beautiful and totally unfriendly, unless the contact is on her terms.  (It’s often said:  she could have sooo many friends if she were just nice”.)

We have Halloween designer paper that has cats on it along with a matching cat punch. I have been talking about using up the black cats left over from a Halloween card for some time now.  One of my stampers asked me to make a “cat card” for Sassy Saturday.  I love a challenge!  This is what I came up with:

Here is my sassy cat wound up with a red ball of yarn, (or ribbon).  “Wraped in the warmth of Christmas”.  We added the green “carpet” after the card was all together to anchor her.  I used cherry cobbler and tranquil tide paper and ink.  The background designer paper is from the Year of Cheer selection.  The stripe designer paper is from the Be Merry collection.  To tell you the truth, I used scraps that were left on my desk from the last couple of cards.  But, I think it works, (I hope it works!).

So, Joan B., I hope you like your “cat” card.  I must go now to wrap the balls of ribbon for the cards for everyone attending the class.  It’s a bit tedious so I thought I would get that part done ahead of time.

What’s your preference:  Cat or Dog?  We have two dogs who rule the upstairs and one mean cat that rules the lower level, so, I love them all!

Happy Stamping!

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Christmas Wishes……are you ready?

I’m shopping almost everyday online for my Christmas gifts!  I love getting boxes delivered, then going through them and getting them wrapped for my family.  (Ok, nothings wrapped yet, but, I plan on doing that!!)

It’s the easy way for me to get it all done and still stay home getting things accomplished here.  As many of you know, I love to stamp either very early in the morning or late at night when my husband and the dogs  are sleeping and don’t need my attention!  My apologies to Shirley and Candace, they were here while I was still in my private time, (which means I’m not showered and still in my jammies!).  Pretty scary site…..I’m not going any further than that!!

I did get a cute card designed this morning for my Sassy Saturday class on December 16th.  Here it is:

A very simple card that highlights one of my favorite Christmas papers from the Annual catalog, the Be Merry DSP.  I added a little pop with the garden green layer being embossed with the Oh My Stars embossing folder and the quilted ribbon from the Holiday catalog.

This paper uses cherry cobbler and garden green in all the pages.  That keeps it simple and clean.  The stamp set I used, Merry Mistletoe is a companion to go with this dsp.

Remember to check out what retiring and what’s staying and plan your attack for the items you need in your stamping arsenal!  Just hit the red button on the right and get your order placed before items are no longer available.  Contact me if you would like me to place your order.

I do want to thank you all so much for your support in my business!  I LOVE what I am doing, but, also, this is how I help support my family.  “Thank you”, two small words that mean so much!

Happy Stamping!

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Guess what’s staying from the Holiday catalog? Here’s the list!

 

Stamp Sets

ITEM PAGE DESCRIPTION PRICE
 
144999 42 Half Full Clear Set $22.00 USD
144996 42 Half Full Wood Set $30.00 USD
 
145416 39 Hearts Come Home Clear Set $21.00 USD
145413 39 Hearts Come Home Wood Set $29.00 USD
144967 45 Labels to Love Clear Set $21.00 USD
144970 45 Labels to Love Wood Set $29.00 USD
 
145282 26 Night In Bethlehem Clear Set $21.00 USD
144809 26 Night In Bethlehem Wood Set $29.00 USD
 
144783 49 Painted Harvest Photopolymer Set $21.00 USD
 
144823 7 Ready for Christmas Photopolymer Set $27.00 USD
144948 47 Seasonal Chums Clear Set $21.00 USD
144945 47 Seasonal Chums Wood Set $29.00 USD
 
144820 34 Snowflake Sentiments Clear Set $22.00 USD
144817 34 Snowflake Sentiments Wood Set $30.00 USD

Accessories

ITEM PAGE DESCRIPTION PRICE
145829 44 Envelopes 3×3 $9.00 USD
144748 37 Foil Sheets Champagne $4.00 USD
144687 5 Big Shot Quilt Top TIEF $8.50 USD
144685 46 Big Shot Seasonal Tags Framelits $29.00 USD
144679 6 Big Shot Thinlits Christmas Staircase $39.00 USD
144678 35 Big Shot Swirly Snowflakes Edgelits $30.00 USD
144676 26 Big Shot Bethlehem Edgelit $32.00 USD
144668 11 Punch Everyday Label $18.00 USD
144667 49 Punch Leaf $16.00 USD
144666 53 Punch Cat $18.00 USD
144645 44 Mini Pizza Boxes $6.00 USD
144631 29 Ribbon Solid 1/8″ Real Red $7.00 USD
144628 13 Clear Acetate Boxes (NA) $6.50 USD
144671 38 Big Shot Edgelits Hometown Greetings $32.00 USD

One thing to remember is that even though these items are staying if they are currently available as a bundle, they will NOT be available in a bundle in the future!  So, if you want the 10% bundle discount, get those items now!

Happy Stamping!

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Christmas in the Making….

Inbetween shopping on Amazon for Christmas presents I have been enjoying designing Christmas cards for my classes.  My sweet stamping family just can’t get enough of our Christmas offerings!  There are so many beautiful sets that are going to be leaving I feel hard pressed to use them all as much as possible while they are here!

One of my favorites that will be retiring is the Christmas in the Making stamp set.  It’s an adorable 50’s looking set.  You can check it out on page 16 of the Holiday catalog.

Here is my latest design using this set:

The verse is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  This little lady is holding an ornament.  Now, if you are not quite sure about coloring in this tiny ornament, I discovered that our White Perfect Accents, (#138416, pg. 196 Annual catalog), can be colored with a cherry cobbler blend and looks perfect between her hands!  Now she is holding a beautiful “glass” ornament!

What do you think of this “flashback” stamp set?

Happy Stamping!

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Card number 3 for my December Hostess Clubs…

Hello!  As promised I want to share my last card for the December Hostess Clubs.  Here we go:

Yes another Christmas card!  We have sooooo many beautiful Christmas stamp sets and designer papers that there is an endless supply of beautiful cards!  This one uses our beautiful foil snowflakes, which are on the Stampin’ Up! retirement list!

Yes, today our retirement list came out and I wanted to share that with you.

Hit the red button on the right hand side and check out what leaving us and which items are on sale!  A couple of things to keep in mind; 1.  Stamp sets that are retiring are guaranteed to be available until December 20th; 2.  all other items such as framelits, thinlits, designer paper, ribbon etc are available until gone.

Give me a call or email if you have any questions.  I would be very happy to get an order set for you and will include some of my original designed cards as my thank you gift!

Happy Stamping!

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Yes, even dinosaurs celebrate Christmas!

My challenge put to me by one of my Hostess Club members was to create a little boys Christmas card.  I don’t know why, but, the first stamp set that came to my mind was No Bones about It, which is on page 109 of the Annual catalog.

Not to keep you waiting, here is what I came up with:

Our little dinosaur dressed up a bit with a few black rhinestones.  The Santa hat was a bit big so I had it popped up on a dimensional so it would come to the front of the scene.  I used designer paper from three different collections.  The stripe is from the Annual catalog, Be Merry, the trees are from the Holiday catalog, Merry Little Christmas and the bow and wreath are from the Holiday catalog, Christmas Around the World.  The bonus with the wreath and bow is that there are thinlits to cut our these items!

To me the trees looked a little rustic and since the dinosaur was going to be in black I wanted to bring in a background with a small black print.

So, do you think I hit the mark or not?  Would you give this to a little person in your life?

I so love that stripe from the Be Merry designer paper!  I used it in another card we will be making with my Hostess Club.:

My Hostess Club member also requested a “girl” Christmas card.  This card is what I designed to fit that bill.  To my delight it also let me use our Blends markers.  (I just can’t get enough time in with those!!)

Tomorrow I will show you the last card designed for my December Hostess Club members!

Happy Stamping!

 

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Shelter from the Storm…..

We have a wonderful stamp set that you may have forgotten about.  It’s called Weather Together and you can check it out on page 93 of the Annual catalog.  I decided to use it so that my stampers could practice using the Blends on something other than a flower!

I came up with this little card using watercolor paper for the background because you know I always LOVE using my handy dandy aqua painter!

The base of the card is rich razzleberry layered with night of navy.  The verse which I do love is “Sometimes we all need shelter from the storm”.  The inside verse is “we’ll weather this together”.  Isn’t that a wonderful message?

I picked rich razzleberry and night of navy because those are some of the beautiful colors we have with our new Blends alcohol markers.  If you have not heard about them you are totally missing the boat!!  We have been using them in my classes quite a bit since they came out.

Here’s a video about our new Blends:

 

Happy Stamping!

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Whoo hoo Sassy Saturday is here along with my Giftables class!

Busy day ahead!  Amy P, one of my downline and I are running our Sassy Saturday class followed up with my Giftables class.  Instead of power shopping we are doing power stamping!

I do have a little tip for you today regarding stamping on designer paper.  I decided to do a Christmas card using one of the designer papers from the Painted Harvest DSP as seen on page 49 of the Holiday catalog.

My goal was to make a winter scene with evergreens and the light pole from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set on page 29 of the Holiday catalog.  Here is what happened:I stamped the trees in tranquil tide and then stamped the light post with memento black ink.  The light post just sort of got lost or faded into the background.  A light bulb went on and I decided to try this little fix:

See how the light post came back to the front of the picture?  My not so secret trick was to go over the light post with versa mark and use clear embossing powder.  Ta Da!  Check out the difference between the two pictures.  Now here is the finished card:

I added a little glow to the lamp, some sparkly snow and the Merry Christmas banner and came up with a dusky snowy Christmas greeting card.

What do you think of using designer paper with a green hue to it to create the card above?  Repurposing any of our designer papers into a card that it may not have been designed for is a personal stamping challenge to you!  Go forth and stamp!!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Black Friday!

Good day and good luck to those of you who are brave enough to head out for those deals at all the stores today.  I prefer to shop on line and stay close to home!  Another perfect day to stamp of course!

Yesterday I showed you four of the cards for this months Product Class featuring the Cheer to the Year suite.  Today I have the last card designed for this class.

If you have checked out this beautiful designer paper you know that it is a specialty paper with gold, copper and silver foil designs.  I decided to pull out an old technique with this paper.  Because it has foil on it you can use our brayer and do the emboss resist technique!  Let me show you then I’ll chat more:

The designer paper under the foil snowflake was orignally white with gold foil.  I brayered it with night of navy and came up with this rich background.  So, what do you think of it?  Have you tried the emboss resist technique lately?

If you are shopping today, enjoy!  If you are stamping like I am, have fun being creative and try the emboss resist technique!

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning!  Wishing you all a day filled with gratitude, laughter and good times with family and friends!  We are truly blessed here in the United States and today is set aside to contemplate on that thought.

Peter and I will celebrate with our oldest son Carl and his wife Christine and Christine’s Mom and Dad.  We will be surrounded by our sweet grandchildren, so that always means lots of hugs and smiles all around.  This year we are so happy that my sister Jewell and my niece Tatiana will also be joining us!

My youngest son, Travis is celebrating with Tami and her family north of here.  While we will miss them both, I am torn by wanting them here and having to share them!  I’m thankful that they live very close and we get to visit with them often.

So, hope you all are with your loved ones and enjoying the feast of your choice!

I am in my happy place, stamping and doing laundry!  Yes, laundry on Thanksgiving! Some things are never completely done, right stampers?  Doing the laundry gives me the time to stamp inbetween each load! Laundry doesn’t end and the inspiration to stamp doesn’t either!

So, here are the cards I have been working on.  They are for my product class this coming Wednesday.  I am featuring the stamp set Cheers to the Year on page 37 of the Holiday catalog.  That whole suite is just beautiful, which makes it so easy to design cards.

This card I paired up our copper foil paper, dsp from the Year of Cheer selection and a silver foil snowflake.  All on a tranquil tide card base.

One of the bonuses in this set is that it can be used for a wedding or anniversary card as seen above.  How perfect for a winter celebration!

This beautiful gold foil paper is perfect to pair up with real red.  I adore this beautiful ribbon that above is lined with gold, but, is also avalable lined with silver.

This card celebrates the new year.  I do know some people who don’t send out Christmas cards, but, send out New Years cards instead.  This suite has some foil washi that adds so much to this card design.

Well, time to switch laundry and then design the last card for this class.

Enjoy your time with family and friends.  Remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed, tell them you love them today!

Happy Stamping!

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Good Day!

I wanted to share with you a few pictures from our visit to Salt Lake City.  I was so happy to be joined by some of my Downline, Amy S, D’Anne T., and Joan W., and my Upline, Sarah S.

Here’s Amy and D’Anne after receiving their Prize Patrol stamp set!

These signs were right outside of the Salt Palace.  Couldn’t resist getting some pictures!  Here’s Sarah and Joan.

We had breakfast at one of our favorite places, the Blue Lemon!

Just a quick note:  I changed the date of my Giftables class! I will be having it on  Saturday, November 25th at 9am.  It will run along with our Sassy Saturday class!  Here are some of the items we will make for $25.00:

Let me know if you want to attend!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamparatus in action…..

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Oh me oh my, I don’t even know where to start!!

I have been to Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage Live.  We had a fabulous time and couldn’t wait to get back to share with you all!!

First, I must tell you about a mind blowing new tool that Stampin’ Up! has come out with!!  Our Stamparatus is over the top and a must have for every stamper!!  Here’s what I am talking about:

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

I need product details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD
  • RESERVATION WINDOWS AVAILABLE TO SHIP
    November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
    December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
    January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

    So, today at 3:00p.m. you NEED to go to WWW.STAMPINUP.COM, and go to the Stamparatus page and hit the RESERVE link which will guide you through the reservation process. (You need to have a customer account with Stampin’ Up!’s online store).  Have your credit card information.  Please note that you will NOT be billed for it until it ships.

  • After your Stamparatus is available to ship you will receive an email asking you to finalize payment and close your order.  Please have me listed as your Demonstrator.

Get ready to create multiple projects in minutes with an accuracy and consistency that makes stamping easier than ever before!!

Call or email me if you have any questions!

Happy Stamping!!

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This Saturday is what we call Sassy Saturday!

The last Saturday of the month I pair up with one of my downline, Amy P. and we hold a dual class.  You can take both of our classes at the same time or take only Amy’s class or only mine.  Our Saturday class is full of fun and generally lots of laughter.

I have designed a little of everything for this month’s class.  Christmas, Thanksgiving, fall and birthday cards are all included in this month’s cards.

Here’s one of the Christmas cards.  Too bad you can’t really see all the glimmer and glamor on this card.  I was requested to make a card with this stamp set that is in our Annual catalog, Star of Light, on page 122.

My upline, Sarah S. sent me the sweet bundle seen on page 51 of the Holiday catalog, Pick a Pumpkin, to celebrate my 10 year anniversary with Stampin’ UP!.  Actually it is one of the set I did not have! I have had so much fun playing with this set I thought I didn’t need!!

On this card I paired it up with the wreath from a Christmas set.  Feeling of Christmas on page 16 of the Holiday catalog.  When I stamped with leaf image I did not ink up the bow.  Then I stamped if upside down so that the pumpkins would cover up the bow that showed.

More to come!!

Happy Stamping!

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Here’s the third set of woodgrain pieced cards.

With the left over pieces from the woodgrain designer paper and the solid early espresso cardstock I came up with this final set of four:

Here are all the left over pieces from the woodgrain designer paper.  I literally used every little bit of that paper.  I didn’t show you, but, I even placed little 1/4 and 1/2 pieces left over in the inside of the cards.  For those of you who don’t take classes here, I have layers inside of my cards as well as on the outside.  That way the card feels balanced and in my mind anyway, completed.

It’s hard to tell on the photo, but, the above cardstock color is soft sky.  I love browns and grays with blue tones.

So, what do you think of my pieced cards?  What to try making them either here or at home?  Let me know and I can hook you up with the products you’ll need.  This combination of products could keep you busy all winter!

Happy Stamping!!

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