Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Can't Catch Me, I'm The...

GINGERBREAD MAN!! :)  Ha ha - well, it looks like I caught him - and his little friend, too! ;)

Today I'll be sharing the last of my party samples using the Scentsational Season stamp set. :)  It's not my favorite (and I can't seem to get a good quality picture of it!), but I still like it. :) 

The card layers you see here are Early Espresso, then either Very Vanilla or Whisper White (I don't have it here next to me, lol), and then Cherry Cobbler embossed with the new Lacy Brocade embossing folder and Big Shot.

Love these cute gingerbread men from this set. I stamped them in Early Espresso onto Soft Suede cardstock, and then put them on the Brushed Silver cardstock I made to look like a cookie sheet.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the Word Window Punch, and matted onto the Modern Label Punch in Early Espresso. The itty bitty silver you see on each side is our Silver Mini Brads.

ALSO - The gingerbread men were embossed with the new Sugar & Spice embossing powder from the Holiday Catalog - smells sooo yummy! :)

I got the idea of the cookies on the sheet from another stamper on a Stampin' Up demo-only website. They also used the mitten punch to look like oven mitts, but since I changed things up from the original, I tried to do the oven mitt thing and it looked ridiculous! I couldn't place things without it looking silly, like I was TRYING so hard to put oven mitts SOMEWHERE! lol  So I left them off. :)

I like gingerbread men...but it's been YEARS since I've made any, much less tasted one! lol
What about you? Do you like or dislike them, and does anyone out there have a great recipe for them?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Red & White Delight

So, I didn't end up coming back to post this yesterday, because, well...I'll be honest with ya - I wanted to be sure everyone saw the sale and was able to participate if they wanted to! :)

Here's the project I was *going* to post yesterday -- it's another one from my batch of party samples! Again, I used the Scentsational Season stamp set - love that set and it's matching framelits!! :)

The card base is Real Red cardstock, layered with Whisper White which has been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and Big Shot.

I wrapped the new Real Red stitched 1/4" ribbon around the embossed white layer.

The sentiment is stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White, and it's from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.

Using the Labels Collection Framelits, I cut out both the sentiment and a Real Red layer to frame it, then pierced holes around the red layer for added interest. :)

The candy canes on the left hand side were stamped in Real Red ink and embossed - they're shiny! :)  Then I cut them out with the Holiday Collection framelits, and mounted them next to the sentiment, which was also stamped in Real Red.

Oh...and there are a few dimensionals used in this project too. ;)

Well, what do you think? Would love to hear from y'all (you know, the two of you that still come and check it out, lol)! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day!

Monday, October 29, 2012

WOW - What A Deal!

I will be back to share a card with you soon, but wanted to post this right away as it is time-sensitive!

I have TWO things to share with you in this post (+ 2 "Also" at the end)!

Every single set is 15% off, on Monday the 29th ONLY

Look through our catalog - determine which sets you need for Holiday projects, or any sets that have been on your wish list. Now is the time - did you know you can order through me online and get them sent to you directly?

** There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.
** This means all stamps in the current catalogs including :
  • Background stamps
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Cookie press stamps
  • Single-image stamps
** This does NOT include:
  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets
Did you notice at the end it says digital stamp brush sets NOT included?
Well....there's a reason for that:

What do you get when you combine Digital Scrapbooking Day and My Digital Studio?

What: Three FREE downloads. 50% off ALL digital kits!
When: October 29-November 5, 2012

1) Recently, over 70 items have been added to the Clearance Rack!!!
2) MORE stamps added to the single stamp offerings!

Combine your order of 15% off stamps, 50% off digital downloads, and Clearance Rack items on your online order TODAY! :)

Wow - I'm excited. In all my years of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I don't remember EVER seeing a sale on ALL of our stamps at once!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

I have another card to share with you using the stamp set Scentsational Season!
I'll's not my absolute favorite of the ones I'ce recently made, but I still like it. :)

In yesterday's post, I showed two projects made with the same stamp set, using the coordinating framelits to cut the trees out.

Today, I'm going to remind you that you can just stamp out the images in the set, you don't have to always "cut" them out (even though it's really fun and I definitely still prefer and reccommend the framelits). Oh, and remember if you purchase them together as a bundle, you save 15%!

The card base is Cherry Cobbler.
The neutral color you see is Very Vanilla.
The cool starry looking red designer paper is from the same dsp shown yesterday - Be Of Good Cheer. Love it!! :)

I triple-tied some Cherry Cobbler bakers twine around, and stamped the tree in Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit (both new InColors).

I think before I do anything with it (sell it on Etsy or give to someone), I may just add an itty bitty tag hanging from the bow part...saying 'Merry' or something.

What do you think? Like it the way it is, or add a little tag?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

As Promised...

In yesterday's post, I promised I would try to post some pictures of the free Make N Takes the girls did at my Annual Holiday party.

I went with a "Christmas" theme on these - even though it's a bit early to be thinking Christmas (for me anyways). ;)

The first is a card, made with the Scensational Season stamp set in the Holiday Catalog:

I just LOVE the colors of the Be Of Good Cheer dsp, so that's what I took my inspiration from (polka dotted designer paper you see behind the tree). :)

The card base is Cherry Cobbler, then a layer of our new In Color - Gumball Green (LOVE that color!), then a layer of Very Vanilla.

Next, we've got a textured panel of Cherry Cobbler - LOVE that texture! I made it using the Big Shot and Chevron Embossing Folder.

A scallop circle and circle punch, and then the tree - stamped in Gumball Green and up on dimensionals (of course - wink).

Oh my, cutting out the tree every time would be kind of a pain. NOPE!!!  Not if you have the coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits Dies!!  Even better, when you purchase the stamp set and die set together as a bundle, you save 15%!  I'm all about saving money - how about you?

(*NOTE - some of the links are sending you to wood mount stamp sets - clear mount is also available for a lower price)

I added a bit of Gumball Green Stitched Satin ribbon below it. Stamped "Merry Christmas" in Cherry Cobbler ink at the bottom from another new set in the Holiday Catalog - Greetings of The Season.

And now, on to the next Make n Take: this one is a gift card holder!
I used many of the same colors and materials - matchy matchy! :)

The sleeve is made of Crumb Cake cardstock, and the red striped strip wrapped around is from the Be Of Good Cheer dsp. Same circle punch, and again...the tree from Scentsational Season stamped in Gumball Green, again cut with the coordinating Holiday Collection Framelits!

See that beautiful glittery star on top of the tree? It's also cut out with the same framelit set...but this is no designer paper - it's the gorgeous Champagne Glimmer paper in the Holiday catalog!

The ribbon bits you see at top is Gumball Green stitched satin, tied with Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.

Would you like to see the inside?
Ok. :)

The inside is our Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut with the Two Tags die and Big Shot. :)

(and a faux AMEX card for picture effect)

Well, what do you think?

It feels SOOOOO goood to be stampin' again!!  It was sure fun to create these projects for the ladies to make. Stay tuned for more items made with this same set, as well as MORE from the Holiday catalog (and IB&C). :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Messy, Messy, Messy!

Ha ha ha...I can totally hear my little neice saying that. She's 3 1/2 now, but I think it was when she was 18months - 2yrs, she used to always say "Messy, Messy, Messy!"  She definitely would've said that about my stamping space these days.

It started with an empty room.

Then came moving day. BOXES, some furniture. All in the center of the room.

Then "Oh boy, I'm going to have to do my Annual Stampin' Up Holiday Party for sure - I'm in pending status! But HOW will I do that with no samples made up, no stamping stuff out AT ALL."

Even though I had hoped to leave things in boxes for painting (and build work done by my dad & hubby!), I finally decided that I would have to unpack the boxes and have somewhat of an organized chaos going on to be able to make cards/samples/figure out M&Ts for my party.

I hadn't stamped in over FIVE MONTHS. LONG months, lol.

It was SO nice to get stampin''s kinda like riding a bicycle - a rusty one, but it did come back. :) I did CASE some stuff, but I also made a lot of my own items, which means I can share it HERE!! WOO HOO!!!  I need to take a few pics, but in the meantime...

Here's a couple pictures of the room post-party prep:

This is looking from the door into the room. See my lovely light? ha ha

This is turning to the left. If turned to left a bit more, would see the door.

See the two little blue rectangles next to the bookcase? I *think* those are the two color possibilities I have it narrowed down to, lol.


Hoping to have a post tomorrow of the M&T's the gals did at my party! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

SINGLE stamps???

Stampin' Up out!

Ever LOVED one, maybe two, three stamp sets out of a whole set and wish you could just purchase those instead of the whole set? WELL...your wish has been granted (in part). :)

Stampin' Up is giving you the option via trial-run.  From now until January 2, 2013, you can purchase individual stamps from the following THREE stamp sets:


Click on any one of those set names above to see a closer look at each set.
Here's a preview:

Some details to be aware of:

•You must use the stamp item numbers on the flyers.

•The single stamps can be ordered in the online store.

•These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).

•This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.

•The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers.

•There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.

•This offer is not available in Quebec.

•Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!

WOW, how cool is that??!!

On a personal note:  Do you realize it's probably been over 5 months since I last created a "real" card?  Well... I just FINALLY stamped a real card tonight - YAY!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Merry Chistmas...a little early!

Happy October!  I don't know about you, but I am SO ready for Fall and all that it brings (though hopefully not too much rain - we've been spoiled!) (:

For me, it's too early to say "Merry Christmas," but at Stampin' Up, they know many of you are planning ahead, and want to get a jump start on preparing. Soooo, they're giving you a little special deal! :)

I don't know if you've seen the beautiful ornament on the front of the Holiday Catalog, but my, oh my! It's just that. Beautiful!  There's a bundle you can purchase to make it happen...and when you do, you get the paper piercing pack for FREE!

Go ahead, click on the picture and take a closer look. :)

Remember, you can order from me anytime,! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a GREAT day! :)