Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

More Shimmer Paint!

How fun is this? This card is so quick and simple! With this design there is no excuses for not sending your own hand stamped Holiday Greetings!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Matchbox Advent Tree
Today's project comes to us from Kristine. It's an Advent Calendar in the shape of a Christmas tree made from the Matchbox die for the Big Shot. How clever is that?!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Top Note Stencil!

Here is another fabulous idea from Andrea! Here she used the Top Note as a stencil (using a sponge dauber with Not Quite Navy Classic Ink) and then using Shimmer Paint stamped the trees from Lovely As A Tree and finally added the greeting in Night of Navy! This is another one of those 10 minute cards!
Get started on those holiday cards now and you will have them done in plenty of time for the holidays!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Top Note Tags!

I love using the Winter Post stamp set with the Top Note die for the Big Shot! It is time to start getting ready for the holidays and the Craft Fair!
The Winter Post stamp set can be found on page 35 of your 09/10 Idea Book & Catalog. The Top Note die can be found on page 198! The Top Note die is a Stampin' Up! Exclusive that coordinates with numerous Stampin' Up! products!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christmas made simple!.....

Haven't bought the Delightful Decorations stamp set yet! Here is an alternative.....Use your ornament punch to make a stencil....yes, a stencil! Sponge the ornament image on your cardstock with any Classic Ink color of your liking (how about some shimmer paint!) and then stamp the image of your choice inside the ornament! Here I used the Holiday Best Hostess set. Let your imagination be your guide!

Ready to order the ornament punch? Look in your Holiday Mini 25! All the coordinating accessories can be found there as well!

Remember you can shop online HERE 24/7 or you are welcome to email or call me!
Happy Stampin!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deal of the Week!

It's Monday....AND time for..... DEAL OF THE WEEK!

Remember these deals are good through Sunday, October 25th! Shop On-line with me HERE or email me to place your order.

Trick or Treat!

How fun are these Halloween suckers!?! Wouldn't these make a great treat for your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews or even the neighborhood kids? The Sweet Centers stamp sets is available in the Holiday Mini Catalog. (page 6 & 7) This is a great set to use with the Sweet Treat Cups. Give a little gift for any occassion!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Simple yet elegant......

Patterned Pines is a Hostess Set that you can earn by hosting a workshop of your own! This set is found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. This card shows that using untraditional colors works! This example shows Bermuda Bay....I will be showing more examples of untraditional Christmas colors in the coming weeks, so remember to visit often!
If you are interested in earning this set for yourself, email or call me to learn how!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Loads of Love

This is one of my FAVORITE stamp sets! It is always so versatile. The truck fits perfectly in the Top Note Die for the Big Shot! The truck is stamped on watercolor paper to make this "Watercolor with Markers" technique a breeze! Thanks so much to Sophia for sharing her creation!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Tisket, A Tasket.....

A mini Pumpkin Basket! These are so adorable (if I do not say so my self). These can be used for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Stamp a little Jack O Latern Face on the front and you are ready to go. I will be using these for Thanksgiving as place settings. I will just simply add a small tag with the person's name! Inside will be filled with small after dinner mints.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

5th Avenue Floral

I love how this 6X6 two page layout turned out! The Fifth Avenue Floral set is great to use when you want to experiment with the "Spritzing Watercolor" Technique!
You can find this stamp set on page 98 of your Idea Book & Catalog. Mix n' Match this stamp set with your other stamp sets, hand punches and your Big Shot for unique layouts. The sky is the limit! Let your imagination be your guide.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Faux Frottage

Choose 2 dye based ink colors, one lighter than the other. Using
glossy card stock, swipe the lighter color ink to cover the
paper. Let air dry or heat with heat tool. Set aside a piece of
plastic wrap, ready to use. Tap the darker ink all over the paper
(be sure it is a juicy pad and not dry). Quickly place the plastic
wrap on top of wet ink and press/smoosh. Pull off and admire!
This was a technique we learned at RETREAT!
The Challenge:
Send me a card you make with this technique by October 31st. I will post all the cards I receive so that we can see them. All cards received will be put into a drawing!
The Prize:
Dasher stamp!

Monday, October 12, 2009

October Scrap Class

When: Saturday, October 24th
Where: 32281 Hwy 160, Durango
Time: 9:30 AM
Cost: $10.00
RSVP: No later than October 17th

Deal of the Week!

1. Flower Burst Normally $11.95 This Week $5.99

This embosslit die cuts and dry embosses the image, so you get a cut flower with great texture!Item # 114515 - pictured on page 195 of our Idea Book & Catalog

2. Perfect Setting Normally $42.95 This Week $25.49

This is a XL Bigz die, meaning it cuts through 40 different materials (paper, plastic, cloth, chipboard, cork - many things!) Have fun making your own table settings! Item #115961 - pg 200

3. Three Tier (Pop up die) Normally $39.95 This Week $25.99

Imagine the suprise when the recipient of your card gets a POP UP Birthday Cake! Item # 116760 - page 201

These sale prices are valid through 10/18/09

Shop online HERE or email me!

Sketch #4 example

This is the card Dannie used for the sketch! Love those snowflakes! Makes a great winter card!
The layering really gives this card dimension!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Let's get Sketchy!

Try this layout and see what beautiful creations you can make!

Friday, October 9, 2009

I made it!

This was a card I made for my Convention turned up on Stampin' Up!'s "Stamper Showcase" today! This card is was so much fun to make! Using Glossy White Cardstock...Add rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and then add a drop or two of classic ink refill of your choice. Wipe on Glossy White Cardstock. Repeat with as many colors as you desire! Then layer stamp....I used Going Gray Classic Ink and the Gratuitous Graffiti set, then I used Staz On Jet Black to stamp the flower from the Inspired by Nature set. Add a bit of ribbon and mount on Black cardstock! EASY!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Deal of the Week!

Recently, Stampin' Up! started a great thing - DEALS OF THE WEEK -
Who doesn't like a great deal? This week, the specials are 3 punches. Punches are a fabulous way to create wonderful projects, including cards and scrapbook pages. Normally priced at $15.95 each, you can save 25% off each one. Price will be $10.99 for this week.
The My Way punch (shown closest to you) will be $11.99.

Punch tip: To keep all your punches in great condition, you can alternate punching through waxed paper (to keep them sliding through material well) and punching through soda pop aluminum cans (to keep them sharp). Cut the ends off the cans (carefully so as not to cut yourself) and cut down one side to open up the material. Then punch or run the sheet of aluminum though your big shot dies and you’ll have a fun colorful shape to add to your projects as well as keep your cutting tools nice and sharp. The nice thing about the aluminum cut pieces is that once punched they are no longer too sharp to use safely.
Our craft scissors do a terrific job on the cutting down the side.

Punch tip #2: When your new punches arrive take some old copy or junk mail paper and punch several times to make sure you have any machine oil from the manufacturing and storage process out of the punch so you don’t stain your nice Stampin’ Up papers. If for some reason your punch is a bit sticky you can stick it in the freezer for a short time remove and let thaw and this should take care of the problem.

Go to and place your online order not forgetting to check out the Clearance Rack! This Deal of the Week expires Sunday, October 11th at midnight!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Technique Tuesday....Vitalized Vellum

(This is a card I CASED from Pennie McCallum! She is the creator of the "Vitalized Vellum" Technique)
How to: using a half sheet of White Vellum Cardstock at a time, choose two or three colors of Classic Inks, that if they mix together will be fine (like 3 shades of blue). Here I have used classic inks: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Night of Navy. Starting with the lightest shade, wipe the ink pad accross the vellum,covering the vellum entirely! Move on to the second color and the third; using smaller amounts of second color than the first and less of the third color than the second. Continue while the ink is wet (you have plenty of time because the ink dries on the surface of the vellum, it isn't an absorbent cardstock) by stamping a bold image stamp on to the wet vellum and lift off the color. Wipe off the stamp and repeat the stamping and the wiping off of ink on the stamp untill you have the desired effect. (Try using a Wheel!) Set aside to dry for approximately 15 to 20 minutes (this will totally depend on how "juicy" your ink pads are and how much ink you apply). For this winter card I have used:
Stamp set: Snowfall
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, White Vellum
Inks: Classic Pads - Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, White StazOn (for stamping images - after the background has dried)
Other: Bashful Blue Grosgrain and 1/4" hole punch.
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