Friday, August 22, 2008

Star Book

The project for our monthly demo meeting was an awesome star book. Despite its complexity it is really fairly easy to make. The book actually will close and tie to be carried anywhere and displayed! We used the Tart and Tangy set along with the Summer Picnic Designer paper. The hanging fruit could easily be replaced by photos of kids or grandkids. Just think of the endless possibilities. A baby's first album for grandma or Christmas album using fun Christmas stamps and pictures or a wedding display maybe......Email me today if you would like to learn to make one of these fun books!








Just Plain Fun

Here are a few projects that I have created over the past few days...


Sock Monkey Returns!

I placed an order for fresh favorites buttons when I saw this card on someone's blog (thanks a lot! :)) I love the colors and the monkey holding the banana...too fun! Now that the new catalog is out you can get even more accessories for this little guy....man oh man!

Stamps: Sock Monkey
Paper: Cameo Coral, chocolate chip, apricot appeal and whisper white
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: markers, linen thread, buttons


Frog in the Grass
How adorable is this guy!? I had my monthly demo meeting on Monday and our swap theme was to use the color Always Artichoke. This little guy was a lot of fun to make AND there is the grass from the Inspired by Nature again!

Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke and Regal Rose
Paper: Always Artichoke, whisper white, certainly celery and basic black
Accessories: big and small oval punch, 1 3/8 circle punch (body); horizontal slot punch (toes); 1/2" circle punch and 1/8" circle from the cropodile (eyes); black marker for the mouth


Sock Monkey and the BIG SHOT!!

This fun card was inspired by a card they taught us to make at Convention. It is a pop up spring card. I used the 1 3/8" circle punch and just cut into a spiral. The adorable envelope is one of our awesome Sizzix

Stamps: Sock Monkey, All Holidays, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (sprinkles on the cake)
Ink: Black, versamark, pacific point, tangerine tango
Paper: Pacific point, tangerine tango, whisper white, kiwi kiss
Accessories: Big Shot, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, markers



Window Dressing

How cute is this stamp set!? It can be yours with a $500 workshop, which is pretty easy to do. Call or email me today to set up your workshop! This set is very versatile and fun to play with. I plan to create more projects in the near future so be watching!


Merry Christmas!

This idea was spinning around in my head for a while and I couldn't wait to try it out! This cute little girl is watching for Santa..don't ya think? The tree is from Loads of Love and just stamped off to the side.

Stamps: Loads of Love, Window Dressing and Polka Dot Background
Ink: Whisper white craft, chocolate chip
Paper: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, and whisper white
Accessories: Stamp a ma jig, blender pens (to color), markers



This card was a lot of fun. I am sure the idea was cased from someone somewhere! I love the idea of her looking over the fence instead of just the window.

SMILE!
Stamps: Window Dressing
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Baja Breeze, real red, close to cocoa
Accessories: blender pen, markers, word window punch, scallop edge punch, paper piercer, and gingham ribbon



Open House...

The past couple of weeks since Convention have been a whirlwind of events. I have had club meetings, demo meeting, and open house. You will see the cards I have created over the past week as I attempt to catch up on blogging! :-)

Open House was a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and not so familiar faces to the stamping world. Watch out guys, I am out to turn your wife into a die hard stamping addict!


The first card we created on Friday night was from a set I got at Convention (I love being a demo and getting lots of goodies!). I have to admit when I saw this set I was not excited about it. I have since fallen in love with it. If you know me well then you know I don't do flowers very often. It is all about to change with this set!

Inspired by Nature
Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Chocolate chip, whisper white and more mustard
Ink: Mellow moss (grass), chocolate chip
Accessories: markers (old olive:grass; summer sun, really rust, more mustard and chocolate chip for flowers), Chocolate chip poly twill (retired but we now have 1/4" grosgrain now!! woohoo!)


Another set I got at convention. I also used the build a brad and Hidden Garden Rubons. The rub ons were a lot of fun to use! I didn't have enough of one color for everyone so they got to choose which one. It is funny that I did the card originally in white and most chose the chocolate chip rub ons! I love seeing the creativity in my customers as they stamp.

Eastern Blooms


Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Hugs and Wishes
Paper: Bashful blue, tangerine tango, pacific point
Ink: bashful blue, pacific point, and tangerine tango
Accessories: Hidden Garden rubons, build a brad, 1/2" circle punch, glue dots, 1/4" white grosgrain ribbon, ticket punch



Club Meeting!

My first club meeting was on Thursday, August 14th. We stamped 3 really cute cards....If you are curious about club here is the run down.

A group of 5-6 ladies get together once a month and agree to spend $25-$30. One girl acts as hostess each month, brings snacks, can collect outside orders etc. The exciting part is you get the hostess benefits, fun stamping time and new ideas without having to clean your house!!!

In addition to the hostess benefits, I will supply you with a copy of our awesome Idea Book and Catalog and you will be invited to our hostess only year end party! If this sounds like something you and your friends might be interested in contact me today for more details!!


Celebrate the new In Colors!
I love the Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango together. I think this card has a tropical feel to it! One of my favorite cards so far!!
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Celebrate Everything
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White and Tangerine Tango
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Dimensionals

Stamp a ma jig 101
We used the stamp a ma jig to create the sweet little girl. I have taken all of my people and stamp a ma jig them on vellum sheets to make stamping faster.
Stamps: All in the Family, All Holidays, and Polka Dot Background
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, and Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black and regal rose
Accessories: Stamp a ma jig, large and small tag punches, horizontal slot, regal rose 5/8" ribbon and linen thread

Sock Monkey Love!
I am loving this guy! He is so fun to stamp. I got this idea off of a blog or splitcoast one....thank you to whomever I cased this from! The chocolate background was decorative paper in the picture I cased but since I don't have it I used itty bitty backgrounds to create my own.

Stamps: Monkey Buisness, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Paper: Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Chocolate chip, close to cocoa, whisper white
Ink:Chocolate chip, whisper white craft, pink pirouette
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 circle punches, markers, 5/8 chocolate ribbon, sponge


Thursday, August 21, 2008

SIZZIX BIG SHOT!!


Some of you have asked me about the newest tool that Stampin' Up! has now added to their product line: the Big Shot!! So, I thought I'd just give you a little bit of info although I know that there is tons around, but you may not have seen it yet. You can click on the picture above to see some of the dies that will be available on September 2nd and some that will be offered in the Holiday Mini on October 1st.

The Big Shot is a die cutting machine, manufactured by Sizzix for Stampin' Up! It is not a new tool to the market, although I've heard that this design is slightly different than what you can purchase at your regular craft stores. Don't quote me on this, but I believe that Stampin' Up's tool is made out of one piece whereas the ones you can purchase at other stores is made in three pieces. This means less chance for breakage! The Big Shot is a nice stable platform. I do have a Cuttlebug and must admit that the Big Shot is easier to use. I don't have to fold down the flaps, it's stays stabler on the table, there's a handle on the top that is easy to grasp. The handle turns easily and the sandwiches are easy to make. If you don't know what I mean by a "sandwich", I mean that every die you run through the machine needs to be put between different items so as to protect the machine mechanisms as wells as allowing it to do it's desired function whether that's cutting or embossing. So, a large die, like the Top Note die, is about 3/4" thick whereas the Swirls die is about 1/4" thick. The instructions for making your sandwich are handily located on the materials to sandwich with!

Stampin' Up! will be offering this machine and accompanying dies in September, on the 2nd. There will be some dies that are completely exclusive to Stampin Up but there are also several that will be found in your regular craft stores. The Big Shot works with ALL competitive dies, and the steel rule dies can cut through an impressive list of 50 different materials, including fabric, foil, and chipboard.

As to price, this machine is very competitively priced. I actually did some price comparisons with other competitors and found that our prices are considerably cheaper. Although we cannot compete with the 40% off coupons, you can't get hostess benefits from the others or a fabulous demonstrator to show you how it all works!! :-)


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Convention and "STAR" Sightings!!

Hello ladies!! I know it has been quiet on here for a bit...Convention was amazing! I am so tired and so excited at the same time! Stampin' Up! has introduced a lot of fun and new products and ideas! I am holding an Open House on August 15th so come check out the new stuff, stamp a card, and see the new catalog!!!

Start saving your money, being really sweet to your hubby or grandma (whichever gives more money) because the new catalogs (yes catalogs) are awesome!!! You don't want to miss out!!


I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my adventures....





20th Anniversary Cupcakes!

Mamma Mia! Cute movie! Notice I was the one they put on the counter! LOL

Valerie and I with "Roxy"..Corrine!

I have close to 1500 pictures on my computer that Valerie, Janet, Kimberly S and I took...I don't think we missed a thing, except SLEEP!

Updated Retiring Accessories List!!!

Item Number

Page #
Product Description
Availability

109200
177

Accents & Elements Build A Flower

Not Available
110718
177

Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 177 Accents & Elements Messenger
103158
184

Acrylic Graph & Grid

108638
163

Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


108642
163

Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi Not Available
108644 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate Not Available
103975 166 Card Stock Brushed Copper Not Available
108694 163 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 167 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 167 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 167 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 167 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 167 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* Not Available
110729 167 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 167 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou Not Available
109019 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109016 163 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock Not Available
109015 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi Not Available
109013 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 163 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 171 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 169 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 169 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 169 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 168 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* Not Available
109160 170 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers Not Available
109159 169 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 169 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 168 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 170 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 170 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 171 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 170 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* Not Available
109175 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* Not Available
109177 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou Not Available
109174 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* Not Available
109168 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* Not Available
109171 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 171 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard Not Available
109176 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie Not Available
109164 171 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 171 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky Not Available
109163 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise Not Available
110698 168 Designer Series Paper Spring Break
110273 169 Designer Series Paper Spring Fling* Not Available
110271 170 Designer Series Paper Spring Silhouettes
110272 170 Designer Series Paper Western Sky
107299 167 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 189 Eyelets Basic Not Available
100375 189 Eyelets Bold Brights Not Available
100381 189 Eyelets Earth Elements Not Available
107233 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 189 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 189 Eyelets Soft Subtles Not Available
105515 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass Not Available
105532 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper Not Available
101120 183 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 179 On Board Accents
109181 178 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 178 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 179 On Board Simon Lower
102678 166 Mulberry Paper White Not Available
109227 181 Punch Box Three For You Not Available
102686 180 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 183 Pure Color Pencils
109060 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava Not Available
109061 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky Not Available
109058 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi Not Available
109189 190 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 190 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 190 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 190 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 190 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 190 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 191 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 182 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* Not Available
110284 182 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 182 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 174 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 174 Simply Scrappin' Confetti Not Available
110572 172 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 173 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 175 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 174 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl Not Available
110587 175 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 175 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 15 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 16 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 16 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad Not Available
109680 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe Not Available
106610 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte Not Available
107468 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture Not Available
111261 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 193 Stampin' Color Index Labels Not Available
106694 194 Stampin' Kids Markers

102673

183 Zig Painty

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