Monday, January 30, 2012

Are you Sale-a-Brating Yet?

So have you seen the new Sale-a-Bration products - and have you fallen in love with them?  Right now I think it would be very difficult for me to pick a favorite SAB item.  I love them all!

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 I have a couple of cards to show you today that I made recently.  The first one uses the Fresh Vintage SAB stamp set along with the Everyday Enchantment SAB Designer Series Paper pack.  After I colored the main image with markers, I  used the labels Collection Framelits Dies to cut it out.  I tried to match the flowers to the DSP.  I was pleased with how it came out.  What do you think?

The second card also uses the same Designer Series Paper, but I used the Elementary Elegance SAB stamp set and the Everyday Enchantment brads.  They are SO cute!  I love the designs on them.

Remember all of the amazing deals that we offer during Sale-a-Bration!  There's a special offer for every customer and hostess, and also anyone who might be thinking about joining Stampin' Up!  It's a great way to support your habit, earn a little extra money, or make a full-time job.  It's all about what YOU want to do.  I'd love to have you join me and my group and join the fun that we have!  Contact me if you have questions - I'll be happy to answer them anytime!

Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fresh Vintage Sale-a-Bration Sample

Good grief!  I feel like this has been my life lately:
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I love playing piano for the Homeschool Performing Arts group here, but this week we've had rehearsals every night, dress rehearsal Thursday night, and now shows on Friday night and two on Saturday.  No wonder I'm exhausted!

But you didn't come by to hear me whine about what's going on around here.  You came to see some stamping samples!  I don't want to disappoint, so I have a very cool card using the Fresh Vintage stamp set.
Fresh Vintage is one of the new Sale-a-Bration stamp sets you can get for FREE with your $50 merchandise order now through March 31, 2012.

This card is also made with a cool fold called a "Diamond Fold".  I've seen instructions in various places, but there is a very good tutorial on SplitCoastStampers with step-by-step instructions and pictures. 

The first picture shows the card "closed" so it will fit into a standard A2 envelope.

And here is it partially opened:
I used a lot of the new SAB items on this card - they all coordinate together so well!
STAMPS:  SAB Fresh Vintage, Bring On the Cake
CARD STOCK:  Chocolate Chip, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade
MARKERS:  Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
INK:  Pool Party, Crumb Cake (for sponging), Chocolate Chip
PUNCHES:  1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle
ACCESSORIES:  SAB Everyday Enchantment DSP, SAB Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stamping Sponge, Simply Scored Tool

Don't you just love the Designer Series Paper?  And the ribbon and brads are SO cute!  I'm so thrilled with this year's Sale-a-Bration items!  If you don't have a SAB catalog, let me know and I'll be happy to send one to you.

If you have any questions on finding the pattern to make this card, you can contact me at and I'll be happy to send you the link!  Until next time, I'll be doing this...
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Jayne Stenstrom

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's Time for Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration 2012!

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This is my favorite time of the year when customers, hostesses, demonstrators, and anyone else who's interested can get FREE stuff from Stampin' Up!  Who wouldn't like that?  If you're not familiar with Sale-a-Bration, I'll give you a quick rundown on the details:

CUSTOMERS:  Choose one free product from the SAB brochure for every $50 in merchandise you purchase - and there's no limit on how many free items you can earn!

ONLINE ORDERS:  Choose one free product from the SAB brochure for every $50 you spend in my Stampin' Up! online store (before tax and shipping).  

HOSTESSESWhen your merchandise total reaches $150 for your party, you will receive a FREE TOTE!  When your merchandise total reaches $400, you'll receive a free hostess bundle!  The bundle includes Fresh Vintage Stamp Set, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, and Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack!  This is in addition to the already wonderful hostess benefits.  Contact me to schedule your Sale-a-Bration party!

NEW RECRUITSJoin Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-Bration and get the Starter Kit for only $125!!  (Valued at more than $345!)  Then starting with the month after you join, you can choose a FREE Designer Series Paper pack or Digital Download EVERY MONTH for the REST OF THE YEAR!!!  You can customize your starter kit with the stamps, colors, etc. that you want.  And there's no obligation to do anything.  Many people have joined Stampin' Up! just to "support their habit" and get a discount on the products for themselves.  You can contact me at if you have any questions.  You can also join online by going to my demonstrator website HERE.

So are you exited about Sale-a-Bration yet?  Let me show you a few card samples made with one of this year's Sale-a-Bration stamp sets.  They use the Sprinkled Expressions SAB set.  This set has six stamps: three images - a flower, heart, and star - and three word images that coordinate with each.

This first card also uses the Everyday Enchantment DSP and some of the Everyday Enchantment brads.  I love the look of this DSP.  And the brads are adorable!

This card was one I spotted on Dawn O's blog and copied.  Wouldn't this be great for a graduation card or just a "hooray for you" card? 
So are you excited for Sale-a-Bration NOW? 
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I'll be posting more samples in the weeks to come, so you'll be sure to have plenty of inspiration.  I hope you'll come back and check regularly to see my samples.  And if you want to leave me a little "love" in the form of a comment, I wouldn't mind that one bit!  In fact, I would thoroughly enjoy it!  If you want me to contact you back though, you'll have to leave your e-mail address in your comment.  Still haven't figured out what settings will let me reply back to comments.  But I do love each and every one I get!
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Until next time...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Ebony and Ivory Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the SU Stars Ebony and Ivory Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Gwyn's blog at MustLoveStampin'!  I haven't seen her project yet, but I can't wait to hop around the blogs myself and see everyone's creations!
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I was trying to explain to my husband what a "blog hop" is.  I don't think he got it.  But if you're here and you've never done a blog hop, I'll give you a quick explanation.  Each blog involved will have a link to the next blog in the "hop".  You can just follow the links and go all the way through everyone's blog.  If you ever get lost, you can always go to our "base camp" (I just decided to call it that) HERE.

For this hop, we were limited to one the following color choices:
Basic Black and Whisper White
Basic Black and Very Vanilla
Going Grey and Whisper White

We could add a small pop of color if desired, but I decided to stay simple with Black and White.  So let me show you my completed project.
Do you like?  I thought that this would be a difficult task for me because of our limitation in the color (basically none!), but I simply sat down at my stamping desk and the ideas just started to flow. 

I did use a technique called emboss resist and I have a few pictures to give you an idea of how that's done.  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped some images in Basic Black dye ink.  (Stamps were from the Fresh Vintage SAB Stamp Set and Creative Elements.)
I then inked up the Hello Doily background stamp with VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear emboss powder.  You can see how it looks here.
Then I added some additional images stamped in black over the top and around the doily stamp.  I also took a Stampin' Sponge and burnished some Going Gray ink over the entire white cardstock.  To make the doily "pop" a bit more, I took a tissue and rubbed off any ink that might have gotten onto the top of the emboss powder.  This is where the resist comes in - any ink on top of the emboss powder will rub right off.

Add some layers of white and black cardstock, some 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon, a few Clear Rhinestone Brads, and the saying from the You're Cherished stamp set (pg. 193 IB&C) which was stamped with Basic Black craft ink and embossed with clear emboss powder, then punched out with the Large Oval Punch and layered onto some Basic Black cardstock punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.  Pop it up on some dimensions, and the card was complete!
I really had a lot of fun creating this card - even though I was a little "scared" of trying it.  You should try creating something with just black and white.  If you do, send me a picture - I'd love to see your creations!

Now on to the next stop in the blog at Carol's blog at  Hope you're enjoying the hop!  Please be sure to leave us a little "love" so we know you hopped along with us!
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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Open House Make-n-Take Projects

If you weren't able to make it to my Sale-a-bration and Occasions Mini Catalog open house last Saturday, we certainly missed you!  Those that did make it here were able to make the following four projects.  (I was feeling extra generous!)  All of the projects were pretty much CASE-d from other demonstrators.  If I remember the original creator, the name is listed below the card.  If one of these is YOUR original creation, please let me know so I can give you credit - and thanks for sharing your ideas!

STAMPS:  Mixed Bunch and Sincere Salutations.
CARD STOCK:  Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
PAPER:  First Edition Specialty DSP
INK:  Basic Black Craft Pad, Pool Party dye ink pad
PUNCHES:  Blossom Punch (coordinates with the Mixed Bunch stamp set) and 3/4" Circle Punch
ACCESSORIES:  Clear emboss powder, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Sponges

 This card was designed by Ronda Wade.
 STAMPS:  Elementary Elegance
CARD STOCK:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
 PAPER:  Everyday Enchantment DSP
INK:  Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
PUNCHES:  Eyelet Border Punch
ACCESSORIES:  Everyday Enchantment Ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits Die, Stampin' Sponge

 This card was designed by Deb Currier.
 STAMPS:  Fresh Vintage and Perfectly Penned
CARD STOCK:  Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
 PAPER:  Everyday Enchantment DSP
INK:  Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral
PUNCHES:  1" Square, Postage Stamp, Scallop Trim Border
ACCESSORIES:  Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool, Mini Brads, Dimensionals

And this final heart-shaped card!
 Here is what the inside looks like:
 STAMPS:  Outlined Occasions, Creative Elements, Delightful Dozen
CARD STOCK:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black
 PAPER:  Brights Collection Patterns DSP Pack
INK:  VersaMark, Basic Black craft ink, Melon Mambo dye ink
ACCESSORIES:  Hearts Collection Framelits Dies, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die, Clear Emboss Powder, Dimensionals

So did you like the projects we made?  Wish you could have been here to make them?  When you book a workshop during Sale-a-bration, we can do any of these projects or something else for your make-n-take project (although not four of them!).  Just give me a call and we can schedule a date for you to have your party!  You just provide the friends and a light snack, and I'll provide everything else!

Until next time...

Jayne Stenstrom

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stinkin' Cute Chocolate Holder

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It doesn't bother her!  In fact, she loves to jump in the snow and stick her head down into it. 

So since it's feeling cold and blustery around here, I have a (kind of) wintery project.  It involves chocolate, which actually is all-season, but the stamp set used is Merry Winter.  Here it is:
Isn't it cute?  I just love this little snowman.  I believe this idea came from Jan Tink's blog.

Here is a side view:
And with it opened up to show the mini candy bar inside.
STAMPS:  Merry Winter, Serene Snowflakes
CARD STOCK:  Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
INKS:  Markers in Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, and Tempting Turquoise
OTHER:  Scallop Rectangle Clearlits Die, Small Oval Punch, Silver Mini Brads

Hope things are warm where you are, and if not, that you have lots of chocolate to tide you over!  Until next time...

Jayne Stenstrom