Sunday, November 30, 2008

Last Chance to Get Rub-ons at 20% Off!

Don't forget that today is the last day to get all Rub-ons at 20% off. When you spend $20 you can get all rub-ons for just $8.76!

Click here to place your order.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Things I Can't Live Without- Grid Paper

I love Grid Paper! It really helps me when I am assembling cards and scrapbook pages and it keeps my work surface clean. Stampin' Up!s Grid Paper is 11x17 inches and comes in a pad of 100 sheets. The edges are ruled and the sheet has a 1/4 inch grid.

Besides using it to align the layers of my project, I also use my grid paper to practice stamping titles or words using alphabet stamps, so that I can get my spacing the way I want it. Once I have it the way I want it on the grid paper, I place my project on the grid paper where I have stamped my title and line the stamps up with the stamped letters on the grid paper.

Grid paper is a great tool to have in your stamping toolbox, so make sure to add a pad to your next order!

Friday, November 28, 2008

I Wish Card

I am working on my personal Christmas cards today, but I thought I would share a card I made using the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit. I used a sketch from Heather Scott for the card and the supplies for this card are quite simple. I used the I wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, 3/8 in Real Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4 inch Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and Dimensionals. If you haven't started on your cards you could make some quick and easy cards using the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit. Click here to order one!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Enjoy your holiday and don't forget that tomorrow is Make Something Day. What are you going to make tomorrow?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Save with the Holiday Extravaganza!

Beat the crowds! You can save up to 50% off select product bundles with Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Extravaganza!

Click here to download the flyer or go directly to my Demonstrator Website and click SHOP NOW and then Specials.

These Bundles are available only while supplies last or until Monday, December 1st, so don't delay!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Welcome Christmas

Here is my card for Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration this week. The colors are: Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Very Vanilla.

I created the scalloped edge by punching 1 inch circles with my punch and attaching them along the bottom of the Vanilla strip.

Don't forget that tomorrow is the beginning of the Holiday Extravaganza sale from Stampin' Up! You can get 20-50% off select product bundles through Monday. These product bundles will be available only while supplies last, so be sure to check out my Demonstrator Website tomorrow to take advantage of these great deals!

Materials for this card are: Heard from the Heart stamp set; Sahara Sand, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla card stock; Riding Hood Red Classic Ink; Riding Hood Red Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon; Crafter's Tool Kit.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monogram Cards

Monograms are pretty hot right now, so I thought I'd share a monogram card that I made. I have made several versions of this card as gifts. Monogram cards would make great Christmas gifts!

The layout I used for this card is my verson of a sketch from Sheet Load of Cards.

Materials for this card are: Schoolbook Serif Alpha; Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Card Stock; Bella Rose DSP; Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Chocolate Chip 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon; 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 Circle and Scallop Circle Punches; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Make Something Day

I came across this on another blog and I thought it was a great idea. The Friday after Thanksgiving is National Make Something Day! Rather than going out and buying gifts on the Friday after Thanksgiving, why not avoid all that craziness, stay home and make gifts for those you love. This will not be a sacrifice for me as I don't like crowds and I don't like waiting in line! I know that I will be working on teacher gifts, my Christmas cards and I want to try making some felt play food for my daughter.

Join Me for Make Something Day

If you don't know what to make, here are some ideas:
Dollar Spot Project
Christmas Ornaments
Patchwork Composition Book
Coaster Box
People also love to get packs of hand-made cards as gifts. You might be able to find a few ideas for those around here somewhere! {wink} One year I didn't give my aunts cards for their Christmas gifts and they said "Thanks for the gift, but where are our cards?" At least I never have to think about what to give them!

Will you be making any Christmas gifts this year? What's on you list of things to make this year?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Things I can't live without

This time I will be talking about the Adhesive Remover. I'll bet you've never heard of the Adhesive Remover. It's on page 191 of the current catalog with the adhesives.

It's a 2x2 eraser that will remove any adhesive residue from your projects. I tend to be a little messy with adhesive, especially liquid adhesives, so I use this tool all the time! Just rub the Adhesive Remover over the excess adhesive. When the Adhesive remover gets gummy, just cut off that section. I also use the Adhesive Remover to remove the gummy stuff on my craft and rubber scissors.

At just a $1.95 this is a great tool to have so that you don't ruin your projects with excess adhesive! It would make a great stocking stuffer, too!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fall Card

This is a card that we made last week in one of my stamp clubs. They wanted to make fall and Christmas cards at their meeting. We used the leaves from the On Board Something Seasonal and colored them with markers. There are large and small leaves, so I just let them decide how many leaves they wanted on their card. I chose to use just one large leaf. I colored the leaf using the Old Olive marker and attached it to the card with glue dots.

Materials for this card are: Heartfelt Thanks stamp set; Sahara Sand card stock; Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad; Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker; Bella Rose and Washington Apple DSP; On Board Something Seasonal; Glue Dots.

Would you like to be a part of my stamp club? Ask me how!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Altered Frame

This is a frame that I bought at the local craft store. It's made of MDF, so it has a nice smooth surface and at $1.99, it made for an inexpensive project. I used materials from the Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit to decorate the frame.

I started out by using my Chocolate Chip Craft pad to color the edges of the frame. I let that dry for a few days and then I started decorating. I measured the frame and cut my card stock to size and then I laid the frame over my card stock to trace the opening of the frame and cut it out with my paper snips. I sued the Tombow MonoMulti to adhere my card stock to the frame. Then I just decorated with elements from the kit.

Other than waiting for the Craft ink to dry, this was a very quick project. I might give it as a gift for Christmas, I haven't decided yet. (So, family that read this blog: if you get it, just act surprised!)

Materials for this project are: Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit; 1 1/4 Circle and 1 3/8 Circle punches; Craft Stampin' Pad; Old Olive and Chocolate Chip 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon; Silver Brads; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thanks so Much

Well, at least you got one week with no cards made using Pocket Silhouettes! I'm back this week with another. I just really love this set! I tired to use something else, really, I did, but it just kept calling to me. So here you go.

Materials for this card are:
Pocket Silhouettes stamp set; Close to Cocoa, Elegant Eggplant; Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White card stock; Elegant Eggplant and Close to Cocoa Classic Stampin' Pads; Scallop Edge Punch; Rich Regals Brads; Crafter's Tool Kit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More Gift Ideas

Here are some gift ideas from Stampin' Up! for $25-50:

Craft Stampin' Spots $25.95
Linen and Leather 12x12 Albums $29.95-39.95
Hodgepodge Hardware $29.95
Pretties Kit $29.95
Curly Label Punch Bundle $33.95
Crop-A-Dile $29.95
Crafter's Tool Kit $29.95
Stampin' Stack & Store Caddy $34.95
Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit $49.95

Click here if you would like to purchase any of these items.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Great Gift Ideas Under $25

Stampin' Up has items that make great gifts! Here are some ideas that are under $25.

Big Shot Sizzlits Dies $4.95-21.95
Paper Snips $9.95
Bone Folder $6.95
Blender Pens $9.95
Designer Brads $5.95
Build A Brad $9.95
Chipboard Journals, Clipboards and Book Basics $4.95-9.50
Classic Stampin' Spots $22.50
Punches $5.95-15.95
Rub-Ons $10.95 (You can get them for 20% off! Ask me how.)
Tatoo Kits $13.95

There are also MANY, MANY stamp sets and Decor Elements that are under $25!

Order any of these gifts today by clicking here, then SHOP NOW.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

National Blog Posting Month

Have you noticed that I have been posting every day? Did you wonder why? November is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) and the challenge for NaBloPoMo is to post something on your blog everyday for the month of November. I've made it halfway through, so we'll see if I make it for the whole month!

Keep checking back to see if I make it!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Things I can't live without

I am going to start a little series of posts about the Stampin' Up! tools I can't live without. These are the tools I reach for again and again and use on almost every project I create. First up: Paper Snips.

What I like about them:
1. They have thin, sharp blades that are great for cutting out stamped images and getting into even the tiniest corners.
2. They have a protective cover. These babies are SHARP, so the protective cover keeps you from getting poked when you are digging around for things on your craft table.
3. They have precision ground blades that are sharp all the way to the tip.

What I use them for:
Cutting out stamped images
Trimming paper
Cutting ribbon
I also grab these scissors when I am working on a sewing project.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ways you can use Rub-ons

Don't forget that all rub-ons are on sale through the end of the month with a $20 purchase! Did you know that you can use rub-ons other places than just your scrapbook pages and cards?

Here are just some of the things that you can apply rub-ons to:

Ceramic canisters
Photo frames
Album covers
Book covers
Photo boxes
Glass doors
Pencil pouches
Lunch sacks
Metal buckets
Even your fingernails!

Place your order today to get your rub-ons 20% off! Click here and then SHOP NOW.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Place Card

Isn't this the cutest thing? I made this turkey using only Stampin' Up! punches. The only stamping is my name on the bottom. The punches I used for the turkey are:
Scallop Circle
1 3/8 inch Circle
3/4 inch Circle
3/4 inch Square
1/4 inch Circle
Double Circle
Other supplies that I used are: Calendar Alpha and Numbers; More Mustard, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock; Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Textured card stock; Chocolate Chip Classic stamp pad; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blog Award

I am so honored that Rachel over at Modern Mommyhood has given me a blog award! The rules for this award are that I have to list six things I am thankful for and give this award to six other blogger.

Things I am thankful for:
1. My husband
2. My daughter
3. My friends
4. Knowing that I have a warm house to live in and plenty of food to eat.
5. That I am able to work at home and spend as much time as I can with my daughter.
6. The blogging world--I've gotten so many great tips, ideas and recipes from the blogs I read.

Bloggers that I am sending this award to:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Color Inspiration #30

Once again Kristina has given us an awesome color inspiration this week. When I first looked at these colors and the bedding, I thought that I would make a card using Pocket Silhouettes. As it turns out, once I sat down to stamp, I realized that these colors would make a cool Christmas card, so I pulled out Big on Christmas instead!

Materials for this card are: Big on Christmas and Punch Pals stamp sets; Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Whisper White Card Stock; Jet Black Staz-On and VersaMark ink pads; VersaMarker, Old Olive and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write markers; Scallop Edge punch; Crafter's Tool Kit; Old Olive, Whisper White and Certainly Celery 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rub-ons Sale!

Starting today, when you spend $20, you get 20% off all Rub-ons! That makes them $8.76 (regularly $10.95). You can find rub-ons on pages 178-179 of the Idea Book and Catalog, in the Mini Collection and Celebrando Creatividad. Here is a recent project I created using rub-ons.

Chateau Bella
Word Flurries
Hidden Garden
A Perfect Day
Take Note
Chills & Thrills
Chit Chat
Greatest Moments
School Days
*Old Saint Nick
*Season of Cheer
**Hidden Garden Blossoms

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog
**From Celebrando Creatividad

Hostesses can also get rub-ons at the discounted price as part of their free hostess merchandise. Contact me today to book your party or catalog party!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Great Photography Blog

If you are looking to improve your digital photography, then you need to check out the Pioneer Woman Photography blog. She has great tutorials about different aspects of photography and how to edit your photos using Photoshop. I really like this one about aperture. I know the basics about aperture, but I have a hard time remembering which settings I want to achieve the results I want, so I check this for a quick review.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Stampin' Up! on TV

Click here for a link to a TV segment from Studio 5 on KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin' Up!, shows you how to create Holiday place settings using the Big Shot and other Stampin' Up! supplies. A supply list and directions follow the video clip.

If you would like to make these projects you can order all of the supplies by clicking here and then SHOP NOW.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Country Living Holiday Stamp Kit

Stampin' Up has partnered with Country Living Magazine to offer the Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit. The kit contains everything you need to make beautiful decorations and Holiday decor!

Kit Contents
Holiday Collection stamp set
Die-cut chipboard and Designer Series paper
Card stock
Ribbon and cord
Pretties Kit brads
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter
Classic Stampin’ Spots

You can watch a video of Shelli Gardener, founder of Stampin' Up!, create just one of the many projects with this kit by clicking here. This kit is only available while supplies last, so order yours today!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Color Inspiration #29

It's that time of the week: time for another Color Inspiration from Kristina. It seems like I just posted the last one! My card for this week came together fairly easy and I was kind of surprised. I have to admit that I don't use Taken with Teal very often. I'm not sure that my marker has ever been used. It looked pretty brand spankin' new considering I've had it for more than five years. That is why I love these challenges, because they force me to use colors that I might not normally use.

I will share something I learned last year about the Stampin' Around Wheels. When you are using a wheel on a card, you don't need to use an ink cartridge! If you are going to make tons of the same card or wheel the whole card, you might want to use an ink cartridge. But for my card I just inked my wheel really well by rolling it on my Pacific Point stamp pad and then rolled across my card!

Materials for this card: Bitty Birthday stamp set; Happy Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel; Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal and Whisper White card stock; Jet Black Staz-On and Pacific Point Classic stamp pad; Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, and Taken with Teal Stampin' Write Markers; Blender Pens; Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Scallop Edge Punch; Stampin Dimensionals.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dollar Spot Project

I found these candles in a tin at the Target Dollar Spot. Not only were they in the Dollar Spot, but they were on clearance, so they were only 50 cents each! Now that these tins turned out so darn cute, I wish that I had bought more. They were so easy to decorate. I used the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit to Decorate my tin and some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon. Here is what I did to decorate the tin:

1. Cut Designer Paper 8 1/2 x 3/4 inches and adhere to tin with Sticky Strip.

2. Trace lid on Old Olive Textured Card Stock and cut out. Adhere to lid with Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive.

3. Decorate lid with self-adhesive die cuts from the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit.

4. Tie 14 inches of 1/4 inch wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon around the lid. I attached mine in a couple of spots with glue dots. You could also use Sticky Strip.

Here is a closer look at the top of the tin.

Don't forget you can order the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit and all of the other supplies I used to complete this project, by clicking here and then "SHOP NOW"!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Party Hearty Card

Yup! It's another Party Hearty card. This was a quick card that I whipped up using a sketch from Heather Scott. I love to use sketches for a jumping off point when I am making a card. This is a simple layout and I definitely going to try to make more cards with it. I based my colors on the ones used in the Designer Paper.

Materials for this card are: Party Hearty stamp set; Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red card stock; Washington Apple DSP; Riding Hood Red and Bashful Blue Classic ink; White Grosgrain Ribbon; 3/4 inch Circle Punch; Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Joy Garland

Here is another Holiday decoration you can create using the On Board Something Seasonal. I've also used On Board Simon Upper. The first thing I did was to cover the chipboard with craft ink. I used Whisper White on the snowflakes and Bashful Blue on the letters. I let the pieces dry overnight. After the pieces were dry I covered the letters with VersaMark ink and embossed with Glassy Glaze Enamel. I also coated the snowflake pieces with VersaMark and then I covered with Heat and Stick Powder, heated and then covered with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and heated again. You really could do this without letting the Craft ink dry and skipping the VersaMark.

To put it all together I punched holes in the chipboard pieces with a 1/8 inch circle punch and strung them together with silver cording. I haven't decided yet where I will hang this and it's still too early to put up Christmas decorations, but when I do hang it I share a photo with you.

Materials for this card: On Board Something Seasonal and On Board Simon Upper; Whisper White and Bashful Blue Craft Ink; VersaMark Ink; Glassy Glaze Enamel; Heat and Stick Powder; Dazzling Diamonds Glitter; Heat Tool; Silver Cord.

Don't forget that you can get all these supplies by clicking here, then Shop Now!