Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sale-A-Bration Ends Today!

If you haven't yet placed an order of $50 or more, it is not too late to place an order online and receive a free Sale-A-Bration set.  To Order Stampin' Up! Products On-Line 24/7, CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hello Again

We all have our favorite Stampin' Up! colors and this card uses one of my current favorites - Melon Mambo and Old Olive which seems to be very popular with my customers. The little box was a convention make-n-take and it inspired me to create the card to go with it. Some of you blog readers may recognized it :-) I used Hello Again and the coordinating wheel - Retro Remix. When you open the card, there is only that left section, with the three flowers extending past the edge. It also uses that versatile Whimsical Words set from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.

Supplies: Hello Again, Whimsical Words stamp sets, Retro Remix wheel, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Whisper White cardstock, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay ink, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Little Pickup

What stamper hasn't made a card they just didn't want to use? Well this is my newest version of a card I made with my upline, Shirley, several years ago. It occurred to me I could just make more, so I sat down and made a 4 x 4 version of this card. The wheel is no longer available but I just couldn't resist using it again. I used the little flower out of Flight of the Butterfly and of course the truck and sentiment came from Loads of Love.  
Supplies: Loads of Love, Flight of the Butterfly stamp sets, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black, Only Orange, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise ink.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Time Butterfly

This was one of the cards we made at last month's stamp-a-stack. I was aiming for springy cards, but also cards that can be used for several occasions. Flight of the Butterfly has 3 different curly word trails so there are lots of great options.

Supplies: Flight of the Butterfly, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets, Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock, Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Basic Black ink, scallop trim border punch

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Chocolate Bunny Treat Holder

Here is a quick and easy way to wrap up a treat for Easter.  This is basically a 4 x 4 card, but on the inside, the bottom flap folds up to hold a flat package of candy.                                           Supplies: Chocolate Bunny, Good Egg stamp sets, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery cardstock, Chocolate Chip ink, white grosgrain ribbon and scallop trim corner and scallop trim border punch. 
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Monday, March 22, 2010

My Stampin' Up! story

I am participating in a Stampin' Up! program and one of the challenges is to write down and share my Stampin' Up! story. When I sat there pen in hand, I realized my story started about 4th grade. The Yellow Unicorn was a great store if you were in grade school, and it was also the place to buy birthday gifts. When they started selling individual rubber stamps, I started my collection of stamps and ink pads that I still own and use at school to this day. Fast forward to my adult life when I went to a Stampin' Up! open house "to be nice", and I was hooked! After a few years of stamping, I met my future upline in a graduate class. We spent a lot of time together as research partners, sometimes sneaking in a little stamping. When she graduated she signed up to be a demonstrator, and I signed up the following semester. I decided to invite a few friends to an open house and "see what happens".  I have been a demonstrator for almost 4 years now, and I have met some wonderful people and made some great friends.  I control my own schedule, make some additional money, and enjoy being creative with others.  If you would be interested in learning more about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to talk about it with you.

And now here are a few samples from our Spring into Stamping event last weekend.  These make-n-takes were designed by Julie Davison, and since I demoed, I received a packet of completed projects when I registered - how cool is that?  They were all done with the mini catalog set With All My Heart. 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Chocolate Bunny Easter

This little chocolate bunny stamp is one of my favorite stamps from the Occasions Mini Catalog. It was one I knew I would be buying the first time I flipped through the pages of the catalog! Several weeks ago while stamping with friends, I was between projects/inspiration. So I stamped a bunch of these bunnies and cut them out while I visited. It has really been nice to have them ready and makes for some quick card making!

Supplies: Chocolate Bunny, Good Egg stamp set, Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana ink, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White cardstock

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Friday, March 19, 2010

More Easter eggs

So if the glitter is not for you, maybe you would like to try rub-ons or heat embossing on Easter eggs.  I really liked how this Melon Mambo and Summer Sun combination looks with Planter Box rub-ons.  The package includes Whisper White and Chocolate Chip rub-ons which were just perfect for this little basket of eggs.  Or if you want a quick but eye catching display for your holiday table, try writing everyone's names on an egg with a VersaMarker and heat embossing it.  Word of caution though - use kitchen tongs when heating these eggs.  They warm up fast! 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rae Anne's flower demo

Rae Anne demonstrated flowers of all kinds at Spring into Stamping.  She used ribbons, punches, reinkers - you name it and I'll bet she could make it into a flower.  Her samples were just beautiful.  Here's one flower in a set of three that will look great on a wall in her home or office. 
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Reinkers

Once I tried a few eggs with glitter, I got brave and tried to dye them with Stampin' Up! reinkers. I used about a half cup of water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 5 - 10 drops of reinker. I stuck mostly with the Bold Brights family, and I think my favorite was Tempting Turquoise - a robin egg blue color. Since I decided to blow the eggs first, I did have to stir the eggs in the dye every so often since they wanted to float on the top of the water.  

These eggs were made with  the Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlets and Sticky Pages.  Who knew you needed a Big Shot to decorate Easter eggs? 

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Getting Carried Away with Glitter

I just finished creating a Scrapbook Club layout for this week using glitter. I guess after two weeks of glitter everywhere, I am still in glitter mode. If you look at the V, it is two toned like the butterfly egg in my post earlier today. At our Spring into Stamping, Laura Yates demonstrated a birthday card using the two toned glitter on a Sticky Cut Letter. So if it works on a card and it works on an egg, why not in a scrapbook? I don't have the Sticky Cut Letters since they wouldn't fit on an egg, but I do have the Serif Essentials Alphabet dies for my Big Shot.

After arranging and moving the pictures around repeatedly, I just now realized in the picture I have all of my Ruby Red pieces together at the top of the page. Good thing I don't get carried away with my Snail Adhesive... I just went and pulled them up and moved the two pictures on the left page! Much better!

I will be interested to see what my Scrapbook Club members come up with Tuesday night. I have a basic layout for a sample and then they customize it with colors and stamps to fit their pictures.

Supplies:  Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Crushed Curry, Ruby Red cardstock, Sticky Pages, Big Shot and dies, assorted Stampin' Up! glitters

Easter Comes Early

I am so lucky to be a part of such a fantastic group of demonstrators, and I was able to attend our annual Spring into Stamping event yesterday. The day is full of main stage demonstrations, speakers, make-n-takes, and demonstration fairs. The demonstration fair is where I come in. Those of you who talk to me on a regular basis know that I have been pretty busy with something, and I might have mentioned eggs once or twice ;-) Well here it is. Decorating your Easter eggs the Stampin' Up! Way - with all Stampin' Up! products! The only thing on this table not from Stampin' Up! is the paint brush I used to brush off excess glitter. I dyed the eggs with Stampin' Up! reinkers (mixed with water and vinegar). I used Sticky Cuts, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, and ran lots of the plain 12 x 12 Sticky Pages through my Big Shot. I also used my VersaMarker and small stamps to heat emboss. That way I could personalize the eggs. Hold those eggs with kitchen tongs when heating! And Rub-on look great on the eggs too.

I blew the eggs so that I could reuse them next year, but I don't know why this wouldn't work on hard boiled eggs or ceramic eggs too :-)  Check back for more detailed photos this week!

Spring into Stamping is just one of the great perks to being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in my group.  It's like our own little regional convention.  I would love to share more information with you if you have been thinking about becoming a demonstrator either for the business opportunity or for the personal discount.  Still on the fence?  There is a great special going on this month that you won't want to miss out on. 

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Manly Get Well Soon

I am putting the finishing touches on the project I am demonstrating this weekend, and let's just say my kitchen and I are covered with glitter. So today's card is from the archives. I made this last year at Rae Anne's house trying to make use of all of her stamp sets that I didn't own. I have since purchased this set (actually, I think I earned it free!) and have used it tons. However, I seem to use the flowers more, but this makes a nice manly card.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Loads of Love Easter

This card base is made entirely with a Window Sheet with layers of cardstock on the inside. I stamped the truck on the outside with StazOn (the Stamp-a-ma-jig is pretty helpful here) and the eggs are on the inside. The banner greeting gives you room to write on the inside of the card without it being seen on the outside. The ribbon is a white grosgrain ribbon that I added the “stripe” to by running a marker down the edge. It’s just a little twist on traditional cards, and we are making it tonight in stamp club. Check back for more samples. In fact, I will have a ton of samples coming. We had a Stamp-a-Stack on Friday and Saturday and you've only seen one of those cards. Stamp Club is tonight and this is only your first look at those projects. Finally, anyone who talks to me on a daily basis knows I have been working on a "top-secret" project for demoing at our area Spring into Stamping event this weekend. Watch for samples (those of you in Stamp Club will get a sneak peek)! I am pretty excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with my fellow demonstrators this weekend and with all of you!

Supplies: Loads of Love Stamp set, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White cardstock, black StazOn, assorted markers, crimper, white grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Springy Enjoy Card

I am so happy to be having some warmer weather finally here in Central Illinois. For my weekend Stamp-a-Stack, I promised "Springy" cards. How's this? I went with bright colors (inspired by Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper) and a nice warm greeting.
Supplies: Enjoy Every Moment stamp set, Pink Passion, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Whisper White cardstock, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Summer Sun ink, grosgrain ribbon, Mini Glue dot

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Monkeying Around

Here's another Easel Card featuring Sock Monkey. I customized this one for a friend who "loves" Sock Monkey by also using the Things I Love stamp set.

Supplies: Sock Monkey, Things I Love stamp sets, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red cardstock, Basic Brown, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip ink.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Busy Night Last Night

I really was happy with this Easel Card I made last month so I changed colors and made a birthday card last night. It has a springy look with the pink flowers and I like the Happy Birthday at the bottom. I colored directly onto the flower stamp and then stamped off before stamping the cardstock to give it a fainter look and not overpower the message.

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