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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas card orders & my favorites from this year

These were a few of my favorites from this year's Christmas cards that I made for sending out to friends & relatives (much to my embarrassment, some of them are still waiting to be mailed!)

Here are a few pictures from card orders that I had this year. I was pleased with how they turned out.

Holiday Tags for a customer

These tags were made for one of my customer's businesses. They will be selling them with gift baskets that they have for sale during the holidays.  Enjoy. The stamps images & greetings are SU. The snowflake punch is from Paper Studio.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nov/Dec Door Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Elaine Dykhuis for winning this month's door prize. Elaine will have a choice of several different SU porducts. Way to go & don't you wish you had come to the get together so you would have had a chance to win? There's always next time - see the Events section above.

Beginner Class - January 12th

I am planning on having a stamping beginner class on the 2nd Saturday in January. 10-Noon at my home. Contact me ASAP if you want to be included.

We'll be using the kit below:

Friday, November 30, 2012

New Product - Talking Tags

With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalize birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a project. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!
How to send a voice message:
  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on you smartphone from, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure your ready!).
You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you've completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.
To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.
What will they think of next!  I can see my teenage son using these with his friends.  What a great gift for those tech savvy young people that love the newest gadgets!  
How to Buy Talking Tags:
Buy 'em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for just $7.95 (item 129723).

SU has done it again!

Two Bundles of Holiday Cuteness!

And the special offers just keep on coming!  Wow!

From today, November 29th through January 2nd
you can order these adorable packaging bundles:
Petite Treats Bundle
Petite Treats Bundle – 132770  $13.50 ($16.85 value)
  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3″ x 5″ x 1-1/2″)
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)
Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Trimmings & Tags Bundle – #132769  $13.50 (16.85 value)
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5″ x 3″ x 11-1/2″)
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2″ x 3-1/8″)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Sweater Trim (10 yards)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SU get together this weekend!

Here are some of the cards we'll be making this weekend. Enjoy and I hope to see you Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Times are listed in the Event section. See you then. Psst! pick 4 of the cards shown below, email your choices, I'll have cardstock cut & ready for you.
Christmas Lodge

Triple Ornament

Sweet Girl

Ribbon ornament

Double ornament

Ornament bling

Bear in winter.  My camera wouldn't capture the details on this card. Sorry for the poor quality. It's a shaker card & the sign to the left of the candy says "Don't feed the bears 'til Dec. 25"

Saturday, November 10, 2012

SU Regional in Lansing was today, November 10th.

Wow, oh wow!!! What an awesome day at the regional. The place was packed (almost 900 people.) There were give-a-ways, make-n-takes, sneak peeks, tons of card ideas, card swaps, and FUN! I came home with a scrapbook page, a set of cards, a 3-D project, a brand NEW stamp set and package of Designer Series Paper. Cool day, can't wait to do it again.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

INK-redible Hostess & New Demostrator Promotion

Hostess Promotion

From 1 November through 16 December, host a minimum $450 Stampin' Up! party and get a FREE collection of ink pads*-a $49.95 value-in addition to our other fantastic benefits!
Your Party Sales**
Free Ink Collection
Hostess Dollars
Items at 50%
1 item
2 items
3 items
4 items
Contact me today to take advantage of this INK-redible offer.
Don't have time to host a party this month?
Want to earn TWO FREE collections of ink? Take advantage of our INK-redible New Demonstrator Promotion! Keep reading for more details.


New Demonstrator Promotion

From 1 November through 16 December, when you join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator, you'll get a FREE collection of Classic Stampin' Pads*-a $49.95 value!
Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator already affords you so many benefits:
  • A twenty percent product discount!
  • A subscription to Stampin' Up!'s exclusive demonstrator magazine!
  • Eligibility to attend Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator-only events!
  • Access to Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator community, where you can interact with thousands of demonstrators around the world and find tens of thousands of project ideas!
  • Plus many other advantages!
Ask me how to join today or simply click here to sign up now:
INK-redible promotion does not include Neutrals Collection. This promotion also does not include tax and shipping; however, ask me how to get your tax & shipping for FREE!

New Stampin' Trimmers are in stock.

Stampin' Trimmer, Item 126889
Catalog price $29.95

A cutting and scoring tool made with crafters in mind!
· Cutting and scoring. Cut anywhere, in any direction. Full 12" cut or score.
Keep scoring and cutting blades on the track at the same time. 4 cutting and 4 scoring blades.
· Measuring. Extended 6-1/4" base. Extend ruler to 15-1/2".
· Storing. Compartment under base to store blades, scoring stylus, more!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Something NEW from SU - Create a Kit!

Submit a Project 

(Yay, even customers can submit ideas & projects!)

October 19, 2012
We want your kit ideas for upcoming kits. No, this is not a typo. We are starting up a new kit program especially for you. YOU will be the inspiration for the kits and YOU will vote to decide which project will be sold.
Submit a Project is not limited to demonstrators, so spread the word to your downlines, clubs, classes and neighbors  to submit and vote on upcoming kits. This is a great way to get the entire stamping community together. Start creating! Send us your kit ideas and get ready to vote for your favorites .
The Not-So-Fine Print
  • This program is available to both customers and demonstrators.
  • While your projects should not include retired products, they may include products not created by Stampin' Up!, such as jars or frames.
  • Projects must fit into one of the following categories:
    • Holiday
    • Photo a Day
    • Thank you
    • Birthday
    • Party favor
  • Projects can be cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, holiday décor, birthday decorations, etc. If you can make it with Stampin' Up! product, you can submit it!
  • Submit your projects by e-mail. Send an image (less than 2 MB), supply list, and instructions for creating the project to In the subject line, include the name of your project.
  • Please keep in mind that all submissions become the property of Stampin' Up! once received. We reserve the right to change project elements, the name, or any feature to make the kit easy to reproduce.
  • What's in it for you? Glad you asked! Those who submit the winning kit will:
    • See it - your photo, name and project will be posted online.
    • Flaunt it - you'll receive "blog badge" for your personal blog or website.
    • Spend it - you wouldn't be a winner without a $100 Stampin' Up! shopping spree.
  • That's not all! Those whose submissions are in the top 20 will also receive product used in the winning kit or a $25 shopping spree of their own.
Watch for more information with details about how to vote!
 Here's is the first-ever winning kit submission:

Fancy Friends Kit

October 29, 2012
Remember the "Pick a Kit" survey from our October 1 Facebook post? The results are in and your "likes" have been heard. Introducing the first viewer's choice kit (drum roll, please) . . . Fancy Friends!
Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 132319)! If six isn't enough, add Note Cards to your order (item 107311)-we've already included extra rhinestones in the Fancy Friends kit.
To assemble the cards:
  1. Stamp the doily image in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink three times on the card and once on the envelope, re-inking between uses.
  2. Stamp "Friends" in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink on the front of the card.
  3. Adhere the flowers to the card. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.

October's Get Together Cards

October workshop card 1. Sunflower background stamp. Woodgrain EF using the new Core-dinations CS in Early Espresso. Background is Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla. The card itself was Crumb Cake, hence the Crumb Cake ribbon. Technique used was a combination of coloring with markers on the stamp & then lightly spritzing it with water to get a semi-watercolored effect. Then just a few rhinestones in the lower left corner to add some sparkle.

October workshop card 2. Crumb cake was again used for the card background, along with just a strip this time of the Early Espresso done in the Woodgrain EF. Patterned paper is from the Festival of Prints paper stack. The main punch used was the Owl Builder. 

October Door Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Sharon M. you are this month's winner. You will be receiving a spool of stitched ribbon from me as your prize. Whoo-hoo!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cookie Stamps - Say What?

Yup, that's right. Stamps to stamp your sugar cookies with! What will Stampin Up! think of next?
Check them out. There are 3 different sets. Each set comes with 3 stamp heads & a wooden handle. Buy a set for yourself or someone you love that's into baking. Sets are $16.95 plus tax & shipping.

SU Sale - October 29th - 1st EVER!

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is having a 1 day stamp sale.  Almost every stamp set Stampin' Up! sells will be 15% off on Monday, October 29, from 12:00 a.m. (MT) until 11:50 p.m. (MT).

Stamps reduced to 15% off include:
Stamps NOT included in the sale:
  • Hostess sets
  • Bundled stamp sets
  • Digital stamp brush sets
There is no minimum purchase and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.

Single Stamps - Limited time offer!

Stampin' Up! Single Stamps for Sale!

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Have you ever wanted just one or two stamps from a larger set?  Stampin' Up! is trying out something new! You can now buy single pieces from these select Stampin' Up! stamp sets: Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings and TWO NEW ASSORTMENTS. The offer will be available now through January 2, 2013.
Single Stamps:  Word Play
Single Stamps:  Perfectly Penned
Single Stamps:  Seasonal Sayings
Single Stamps:  Assortment #1.  NEW!
Single Stamps:  Assortment #2.  NEW!
  • You can find the single stamp item numbers on the flyers.
  • Important:  These single stamps won't be sent to you in the Stampin' Up! 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.
  • Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Inspiration Challenge 2 - Klompenstampers

Inspiration challenge taken from page 30 of the October Stampin Success catalog.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Just for fun

Colors: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler

Monday, October 15, 2012

Boating Blues Color Challenge 7

Color combination is from CMB challenge 7: River Rock, Sahara Sand, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, and Old Olive. The layout is taken from Splitcoast Stampers challenge SC404. Stamp sets used were Uncharted Territory and The Open Sea. Stripes embossing folder used on the background.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches 56 & Pals Paper Arts 144

Colors used were More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla. Stamp set is Blooming with Kindness.

Mojo Monday 262 & Color Me Beautiful 6

Soft colors for cute kitten. Basic Gray, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette.

SUO55, TC2 - Klompenstampers. Thumping.

Blooming with Kindness. Stamped in Pink Pirouette, rocked on one side with Pretty in Pink, thumped with Regal Rose. This card was done in honor of this month being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Blooming with Kindness. Stamped in Island Indigo, thumped in Night of Navy on Very Vanilla. Sponged background with Crumb Cake & used same for ribbon.

Perfectly Preserved for main images, sentiment from Blooming with Kindness. Elegant Butterfly punch.  Stamped flowers with Daffodil Delight, thumped with Tangerine Tango & Cajun Craze. Used Tangerine Tango & thumped with Cajun Craze for the sentiment. Stems done in Old Olive & thumped in Always Artichoke. Crumb Cake for ribbon & card base. Houndstooth EF used for the background & Lattice EF used on the butterfly.
I also entered this card in Stampin Up Only Challenge 55.

SUO Challenges

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

CC394 - Splitcoast Stampers

Color challenge 394: Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand
SU - On Angels Wings (Retired), Sentiment & background shapes were cut using Nestabilities.

Merry Christmas from Stampin Up! (and me)

Get the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack FREE when you purchase this bundle, which includes the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (Ornament Keepsakes Clear-Mount Set and Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies) and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper. It’s an early Christmas gift from Stampin’ Up!—but act now as this special offer only lasts through October 31!

Available in wood or clear mount. Wood set is $62.90. Clear is $55.90.

Christmas Gift Pack Clear
Same as above minus the Framelits set. Available in wood or clear mount. Wood set is $47.90. Clear is $38.90.

Add on the accessories (Cherry Cobbler Tulle, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Large Basic Pearls) needed to make the ornament pictured below & I'll give you 15% off of those items as well. In addition, you'll also be qualified to choose one of my retiring Level 1 or Level 2 stamp sets for FREE!
Holiday Catalog