Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mini book made with Stampin' Up! DSP

This adorable little mini book was made by Sara Bolz. She gave one to each of us at our last Chalk-a-holics meeting. She made each one with different Designer Series Paper. Mine was made with the Sunny Garden DSP. The covers are made from cardboard covered with DSP. Sara also cut and punched all of the paper inside and put it all together with a Bind-it-All. Isn't it adorable?She also included a candle with everyone's mini book. We were all so tickled with our gifts. Thank you, Sara!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Mug and Fabric Coaster

Look at this cute gift that I got from my downline Diane! It's a red mug filled with M&Ms (yum!) with a coordinating fabric coaster that she made.
Isn't that coaster just too cute? The whole thing just looks so festive and pretty - I don't want to open the bag and eat the M&Ms... yet. They will be eaten at some time. I can only hold out so long before the need for chocolate will overcome the cuteness of this. The coaster is cut out using the Sizzix large square scallop die and then stitched together with a little bit of batting between the layers. The button is sewed on the edge for a little extra touch. This would make a wonderful gift for a teacher, good friend, or anyone else on your list!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I'll be back soon!

Just a quick note to tell you that I won't be able to post for a bit. I have scheduled a couple of posts for the next few days, but I'm having shoulder surgery Thursday and don't know when I'll be up to getting back on the computer. Hopefully it won't be too long!

Christmas Cards

I wanted show you these beautiful cards that Diane Kipp shared with me recently. I think they were from a recent class that she had. They are all adorable - thanks for sharing, Diane!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chalk-a-holics Swap Cards

Here are some of the swap cards from last month's Chalk-a-holics meeting that I wanted to share with you.

The first one is Diane Kipp's. She used the Bells & Boughs stamp set and some of the Deck the Halls fabric. Such a beautiful, elegant card!
This one was made by Sara Bolz. She used the Day of Gratitude stamp set and coordinating Autumn Spice paper. I love the fall colors (even though we have snow now)!
This is Emily Mullin's card. She used the beautiful French Foliage stamp set with Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler inks. I love how she sponged in the middle and just stamped the leaves around the edges. Those leaves are so realistic-looking! If you would like to re-create any of these cards, you can still purchase these stamp sets - but not for very long. They are all from the Holiday Mini Catalog and that only goes until January 3, 2011! You can order by going directly to my Stampin' Up! website at You can shop anytime that suits you and have your order sent directly to you! Or if you want to buy something for a gift for someone who lives far away, you can have it sent directly to that person too! Of course, if you would prefer to call me and have me order it for you, I'm always happy to do that.

Hope you've been inspired by these cards today and have set aside some time to get some of your own stamping done soon. Bye for now! Smiley from

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chalk-a-holics Projects - Gift Pocket Wallet and One Sheet Cute Box

We had a Chalk-a-holics meeting in November, but I haven't been able to post pictures of our projects until now. We always have so much fun getting together and stamping and creating! You should join my Stampin' Up! group and you could stamp with us too! We'd love to have you!

The first project is another one of the Gift Pocket Wallets (original post was on September 29). We used the Candy Cane DSP - everyone chose which one they wanted to work with. This is my almost completed one - I think it still needs something on the front but I don't know what. The red piece is cut out with the Big Shot and the Top Note Bigz Die and then embossed with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Can you see the snowflakes?
Here is the inside with a sample gift card. We adjusted the dimensions just slightly so that it was only about 1/2" wide on the spine side rather than the original which makes it about 1" wide. I decided that I didn't need it that wide because I wasn't putting anything thick inside.
Here is an adorable little gift bag/box that was made from just one sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" DSP. It's called a "One Sheet Cute Box" and the pattern came from Madeline Morcelo. You can find her instructions here.And here we are at the end of the evening. Jerry came home just in time to snap a couple of pictures before we broke up for the night. Going from left to right are Diane K., Emily M., Judy H., Sara B., and me.
Can't wait to get together with my girls again soon! We're actually planning on making coaster calendars next week before I have surgery. I'm looking forward to it!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Decor Element

Hey, remember me?? I'm baaaack. (Well, at least for a little while.) If you recall, I have been having MAJOR computer problems. Jerry has me back up and running on my "old" computer and is rebuilding his old computer for me. He said I will have a "super computer" when he's done! Hey, all I care about is that it turns on and I can get my work done! Smiley from

But enough about that. Remember when I shared with you my Thanksgiving Decor Element? I promised that I had a Christmas one to show you and here it is! Ta-da!

This was totally CASE-d from one I saw on Patty Bennett's blog. It uses the Vintage ornaments Decor Elements and the Jingle All the Way Decor Element. They are applied to the front of the glass and then some Christmas DSP was put inside the frame to give it a pretty backing. This was one of the Christmas papers from last year and is retired. A couple of small ribbon bows are attached to the front of the glass with glue dots. It's so pretty - and it hangs right where the Thanksgiving one was, so I just take that one down and put this one up!

I am going to try to pre-schedule some postings for my blog in case my computer goes down, but I am also going to have shoulder surgery next week (the 16th) and will probably be out of it for at least a week or so. (I'm just a wee bit nervous about this surgery - and the recovery time.) Smiley from So please accept my apologies in advance for the sporadic postings. Hopefully when January comes around I will be back up and around and able to post more regularly.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I've been MIA but for a good reason

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting lately. I've been MIA because my computer motherboard died the other night! My computer was only four years old - what's up with that? Free Smiley Courtesy of

Fortunately we have an on-line backup, but it is taking a l-o-n-g time to get everything downloaded and then, of course, it's not where it's supposed to be. I'm still trying to find my e-mail addresses and some of my documents. Frustrating!!!

So I can't locate my pictures to upload to Blogger and I don't have my software for adding the "watermark" to the pictures on this computer yet.

So I promise as soon as things are back to relatively computer normal, I'll be back posting. In the meantime, we'll be working feverishly to get things back up and going again!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Only a Couple of Days Left for the Stampin' Up! Online Spectacular

During Online Spectacular, you can get great discounts on Stampin' Up! products. There are products 50% off (like My Digital Studio and Designer Fabric), products 40% off (like select Big Shot dies), products 30% off (like the Accessory Assortment Bundle), and 20-40% off My Digital Downloads! Take advantage of these great deals before they end November 30! If your merchandise totals $150 or more, you will get FREE shipping in addition to the regular hostess benefits (free hostess item and $15 in free merchandise)!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stamping with Friends is Fun - and Productive!

My good friends Pam and Judy were back last Friday and we made some adorable projects. Pam was in charge of bringing the ideas, I provided the supplies, and Judy brought a yummy chocolate and peanut butter dessert. We make a great team! Smiley from

The first thing we made were these adorable pine cones. They are made with DSP and egg-shaped Styrofoam. I can't remember where Pam got the pattern from, but I think the blog was called The Hybrid Chick. Basically we cut 1" square pieces of DSP, then folded one side into a point and used small pins to attach them to the Styrofoam. They actually went fairly quickly!
This is Pam's. She used Candy Cane Christmas DSP for her pine cone.
This one is mine. I too used the Candy Cane Christmas DSP, but I used a piece that has glitter stripes. It really catches your eye!
This one is Judy's. She used a retired Stampin' Up! DSP that I had in my stash. Pam had brought along the ribbon and we all agreed that this one looks so elegant with the color of the pine cone and the green and gold ribbon.
Then Pam had a picture of this cute turkey made from the owl punch and scalloped circle punch. Each one is a little different, but they are all too cute. I don't think they have to be worried about being eaten on Thursday! Animation from
Our last project that we made were these notebooks covered with a punched Santa. Since the colors of some of the pads were so bright, Judy and Pam used some retired DSP from my stash to coordinate with the color of their pad. I made the one in the middle (which was black) and used a little bit of the current Play Date DSP. The ribbon is more that Pam brought. We just loved the sparkly bling of the green dots!
I hope you enjoyed looking at the projects we made almost as much as we did making them! So make a date to get together and stamp with some of your friends soon!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Online Spectacular Stampin' Up! sale - discounts up to 50% starting Monday, November 22

Online Spectacular--a one-week sale with discounts up to 50 percent--is during the week of Thanksgiving. THAT'S THIS WEEK!!!!

On November 22, log onto my Online Store to take advantage of never-before-seen discounts. You won't want to miss this sale - so run right over and check it out NOW! You can get to it here. Animation from But if for some reason you have any problems finding the right place, give me a call!

Some of the "door busters" include:

  • My Digital Studio - 50 percent off!
  • Designer Fabric - 50 percent off!
  • Free shipping on online or demonstrator orders of $150 or more!
I love a good sale - especially on our wonderful products! Don't miss out - this is for one week only!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Stamp-a-Stack Cards

Here are the cards that were made at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack last Thursday. All of the ideas were CASE-d from other stampers - either something I saw on someone's blog and had bookmarked awhile ago or something that was shared on the Late Night Stampers Yahoo group. I don't remember who the original cards were made by, so if you recognize one of these as your creation, please let me know!

This first one is made with the Builder Wheels from the Holiday Mini Catalog and some of the Candy Cane Christmas DSP.
I don't think I can get enough of this adorable little owl! And here he is all dressed up in a red "suit" pretending to be Santa Claus. Someone was VERY clever in figuring out how to make his clothes - it's one of the stamps in the Tags til Christmas set! (You can see the complete set below the card.)
Simple and elegant snowflakes in blue. You can't really tell in the picture, but the Marina Mist cardstock is sprayed with some Frost White Shimmer Paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. It gives it a beautiful shine!
Love this "flat" snowman idea! Simple but soooooo cute!
And I think this last one is my favorite because it's so elegant in its simplicity. I first saw the idea on Debra Currier's blog. She's in one of my swap groups - the Upscale Swappers. Thanks for the inspiration Deb! I love the idea of the front door with the wreath on it. The depth comes from the sponging around the edges of the "panels". And would you believe those are our Basic Rhinestones - simply colored red with a red Sharpie marker?Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and now they have 15 cards ready to send out for Christmas greetings, or to make into birthday, thinking of you, or whatever! Thanks for coming ladies, I had a great time!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fun with Fabric

At our Tickled Ink meeting last month, my friend Lou Ann showed us some of her creations using fabric. The first two use some of Stampin' Up!s fabric found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. This is the Candy Cane Christmas fabric. (I love that striped fabric!)Isn't this an adorable ornament?
This is a type of pin cushion. Cute, cute, cute! If you notice, the fabric actually isn't just Christmas or winter designs - the Candy Cane Christmas fabric is dots and stripes. It could be used anytime of the year, making it so much more versatile!

Then these next ones use fabric from a store. It has to be sort of silky-like and the edges need to curl when it gets close to a flame. The flowers are made by cutting different size circles with the Big Shot, curling the edges by holding them close to a candle flame, and then gluing them together.This is a beautiful necklace.And how about this gorgeous card with the same flower layered on the Medallion stamp? Lou Ann doesn't have a blog of her own, but she let me share her creations with you - and I'm so glad she did!

Addendum to Yesterday's Post

If you click on the first link to shop for your Simply Adorned Charm special in my post from yesterday, it only takes you to the general Stampin' Up! shopping link. You MUST go through my Stampin' Up! website to get the preferred pricing (which would be the price I was referring to). If you shop through the SU! website without going through mine, it will cost you a little more. I've removed that link, but the e-mails have already gone out with that link in there. I'm just looking out for all of you!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

More Simply Adorned Charm Inserts

Can you stand to see some more Simply Adorned Charm inserts? I think I'm addicted! It's almost as bad as chocolate!

I participated in another charm insert swap with a few of my fellow stampers. The first one is mine. I used the Lovely As A Tree stamp set, blender pens with various colors of markers, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (cut in half), and Gold Glow Smooth Spritz to make mine. If you look closely, you can see the golden shimmer from the Smooch Spritz. So pretty!

This is the back of my insert. Sorry that the picture is a little blurry. The background is a colored metal sheet that I ran through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, then sanded the top to take some of the color off. I stamped my initial from the Lovely Letters Alphabet (LOVE that set!) in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out.
Here are the other ones that I received back. I wanted to take individual pictures, but my camera was not cooperating.
The blue one on top was made by Brenda Passon. She used the level 1 hostess set "Because I Care". The one on the bottom left was made by Laura Barto and I think she used the "Leaf Lines" stamp set, although I'm not sure. (Laura, if it's something else, let me know!) The pink one was made by Debra Currier and that adorable little heart and saying are from the "Filled with Love" stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Let me tell you, it took me some looking before I figured that out! I KNEW that I had seen that heart someplace..

Remember that Stampin' Up! has a special going on with the Simply Adorned Charms right now. You can get this charm, chain, and the Charming stamp set for $39.88 - that's 20% off the regular catalog price! The Simply Adorned Gift Bundle contains the Charming wood-mount stamp set, a Simply Adorned 1” x 1-1/4” charm, and a Simply Adorned 24” chain. Use this specially-discounted bundle to create a beautiful and unique charm necklace for that special someone in your life!

You can shop now by going to my website and then click on the Shop Now button.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Join Stampin' Up! and the Chalk-a-holics Stamp Group for 50% off!!

I am soooooo excited to let you know about Stampin' Up!'s amazing starter kit offer! You can join Stampin' Up! and my Chalk-a-holics stamp group for half off the regular starter kit prices from November 15-30, 2010! Smiley from

We'd love to welcome you to the "Stampin' Up! family"!
FROM NOV. 15 - 30, 2010
Demonstrator Starter Kit for 50 percent off!
If you've been wanting to JOIN STAMPIN' UP!, it has never been better to do than now!

From November 15 thro
ugh November 30, 2010 you can purchase the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits for only $87.50!! --that is 50 percent off the regular price of $175 for over $310 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!

Promotion Deadlines:
  • New demonstrator paperwork or ONLINE submissions must be submitted by Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 11:50 PM (MT)
Promotion Details:
  • Both the Standard Starter Kit and the Digital+ Kit are available at 50 percent off the regular kit. These are full starter kits, not mini or reduced-content kits.
  • Recruits can still add the Stampin' Memories or Digital+ Add-On and will pay the regular add-on price.
  • Recruits who join Stampin’ Up! and my Chalk-a-holics stamp group during the Simply Amazing Recruiting Promotion are still eligible for any programs available to a new recruit. This includes but is not limited to the extra 10 percent Instant Income offer, Stampin' Start, the opportunity to purchase a Business Booster Kit, and a free two-month Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) subscription.
  • Any new recruit who signs up during the Simply Amazing Recruiting Promotion will receive 50 percent off the Starter Kit.
  • The promotional price of the Standard Starter Kit and the Digital+ Kit is $87.50. The kits include over $310 worth of crafting and business supplies.
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Two options for your Starter Kit: Either My Digital Studio Starter Kit or the Regular Starter Kit!
See below for more details!
Digital+ Starter Kit Price: $175 (over $320 value!)
Digital+ Starter Kit Contents:
  • My Digital Studio software suite
  • Three complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • Assortment of card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Brights Designer buttons
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools
Stampin' Up! Starter Kit: $175 ($310 value)
The Standard Starter Kit is created exclusively for new demonstrators and contains Stampin' Up! essentials you'll need to get started in your new business, including:
  • Five complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
  • Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools
As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you get:
1. To enjoy 20% instant income on all purchases (that's an instant 20% savings).
2. To earn up to 40% commission on personal purchases and customer sales.
3. Extra income. You'll earn extra income based on your sales and recruiting - how much extra income is up to you. Maybe you just want enough income to pay the electric bill every month, or maybe your goal is bigger--the monthly payment for your new car - it's your decision!
4. To receive our monthly full color Stampin' Success magazine - great tips, techniques, samples.
5. To host a Demonstrator only website that allows your family and friends to shop online from you 24 hours a day.
6. To attend Stampin' Up! demonstrator events - Convention, Regionals, Local Chalk-a-holics group events, and up-line meetings.
7. To know about specials, retiring items, company announcements before the public is informed. (It's fun being the "first to know"!)
8. To earn extra income for holidays or to help out in these economic tough times.
9. Support from Stampin' Up! with support materials including a monthly magazine, workshop ideas, and audio and video trainings on all kinds of topics available on our Demonstrator Web Site.
10. To enjoy the perks on your terms - as little or as much as you like - what days of the week, how many days of the week, and what types of events.
11. Credit for your personal purchases - anything we purchase as Stampin' Up! demonstrators counts toward our low $300 quarterly minimum, great rewards program, career milestones, monthly overrides, promotions, free mini catalog program.
12. To receive the catalog and minis mailed to you FREE throughout the year.
13. To enjoy hostess benefits and income - as Stampin' Up! demonstrators we are allowed to be our own best customer and receive all the perks of being a hostess AND a demonstrator.
14. To enjoy tax benefits of owning your own business - wouldn't you love to write off travel for business, designer series papers, the BIG SHOT, and more?
15. To be recognized for your efforts of sales, recruiting and promoting.
16. Flexibility in how you generate sales - home parties, catalog shows, clubs, classes, direct orders, personal orders, craft fairs, sales of finished product - Stampin' UP! provides multiple streams of income - there is no one way to generate income from sales of product - find the way that works best for you or enjoy several avenues.
17. To see the new Catalog and each Mini Catalog First!
18. To take advantage of Demonstrator only bulk buy items.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Ideas

Have you missed me? I've missed posting for the past few days. I've been busy and a bit distracted. I just found out that I'm going to have to have surgery on my right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff. I injured my shoulder back in June and have been fussing with it for the past 4+ months. I wasn't expecting that surgery was going to be the result, but I've tried everything else and nothing has worked. Smiley from

On a brighter side, I will be going through my pictures and posting samples and ideas for your Christmas (and Thanksgiving) cards and decorating. These samples were taken at the Stampin' Up! Riverton office.I love the candles wrapped with the music DSP! (It's in the "Newsprint" pack.)

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these projects, let me know and I'll do my best to pull from the back of my mind what was used to make them!