Friday, January 23, 2009

Butterfly Card

Here's a card from one of the Leadership boards. This is one of the best parts of Stampin' Up! events - the display boards. The talent from so many Stampin' Up! demonstrators and employees all in one place! It's hard to pull yourself away from these boards.

This card features several fun, new Stampin' Up! products. First of all, this butterfly is a brand new Stampin' Up! exclusive die. I'm pretty sure that Stampin' Up! was holding out on us a little bit last year with the release of the Fall-Winter 2008 IB&C because this butterfly looks suspiciously like the one on the catalog cover! That's okay, I'm just glad that we can now have it!! The butterfly is cut from our new Taste of Textiles paper - specialty papers in a variety of textures. Do you just love the way this artist used the tear-drop beads from the Pretties Kit? Finally, the very subtle flower stamped on the card is from the Central Park stamp set. This stamp set is part of the very elegant Manhattan Style Watch featured on pages 8 & 9 of the Spring-Summer 2009 IB&C. I'm in trouble because I just love it all! I think the feature I enjoy the most about this card is that it's a simple card, with just a few steps, but so elegant. Try stamping a card like this and enjoy the WOW from your loved one.

Until tomorrow... happy stamping!!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

New Products

Here are some of the new products that Stampin' Up! has to offer. I just love that they never cease to amaze me! SU! always has new, bright, fun accessories for us to play with. This is a close-up of our new Hooray Designer Hardware, Flower Designer Brads, Corduroy Buttons and our new Pig Tails Ribbon Originals. I love the bright colors and new textures that SU! offers now. I can't wait to play with these new products! How about you?? And, what do you think about how Stampin' Up! displays our new products? I have to tell you that it makes me want to clear off some space and set out some clear glass bowls. If only I had the room...

Check back tomorrow for more fun stuff. Until then... happy stamping!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Decor Elements

I just had to share these pictures of the Decor Elements from Leadership. I just love the way Stampin' Up! puts our products out so that we can really see how they were intended to be used. Most of these pictures were of new Decor Elements that are now available. I just love how the colors are layered onto the walls. The animals are two-step Decor Elements - you first apply the large image and then place the detail images over top and apply those. It's just amazing the things that Stampin' Up! will come up with.

And just look at that tree!!! How gorgeous is that? I think I love that almost as much as the birds. I do love that saying "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." - Henry David Thoreau. I think that that's advice that we should all take, don't you??

I'll be sharing more pictures from Leadership, so be sure to check back. Until then... happy stamping!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stamp Club Projects

This past weekend was my Stamp Club meeting here at my house. I love these meetings because our projects are just a bit different than my 'N2 Stampin' workshop projects. Since the Stamp Clubs are smaller we can focus on more in depth projects like these.

We've seen how many different boxes can be made using our Big Shot dies like the Scallop Envelope and the Top Note Die and this is no different. This cute little tote is made using the Petal Card Die. A fellow demonstrator, Barb Mullikin shared this project, so of course we had to "case" it. I modified it just a little to make it a little narrower. This little tote uses two Petal Cards cut from the Big Shot. The bottom of the tote is a piece of cardstock to match, measuring 5" x 1-1/2", folded in half. To put it together you fold in two of the "petals" of each card and glue them to the folded bottom piece. The add your ribbon handle and embellish. So, so simple!

The next project was the "coming soon" project from January 7th's post. This project uses the bag top "scrap" from the Valentine's Treat Bag. This was so much fun and I have to tell you that I love this Pun Fun stamp set!! I fought ordering it for a while, but then couldn't resist any longer and I'm so glad that I finally caved!! It's a very versatile set. The cardstock is 3-3/4" x 8-1/2", scored at 3-1/2" & 7". Fold on the score lines and use the Scallop Edge punch on the small edge. Now take the bag top and fold the bottom up about 1/2" or so and glue it using the Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue. Now glue the front and the back of the bag inside the folded cardstock. For the front, measure up 1/2" and make a mark to punch the slit. Adhere that to the front and then place your focal point in the slit, so that you'll know how far from the top your glue should go. Your focal point is only glued at the top, so that you flip the focal point up to open your pouch. That's it. It's the perfect little envelope for a gift card or a piece of Ghirardelli Chocolates. You know, everything's better with chocolate!

The final project was again, so, so simple! The card was a 4-1/4" square card. This card used the Sweet Stems and In Good Form stamp sets. I just love the little fill-in-the-blank sayings in this set. We pierced holes across the top to make it almost look like it's perforated. To coordinate with the paper look on the focal point we punch the Spiral Punch on the side of the card - just the perfect little accent. Finish the focal point off by distressing the sides and tying a ribbon. I love ribbon!!! We adhered the focal point to the card using sticky strip just where the ribbon was.

Stamp Clubs are the perfect way to advance to the next step for those of you who have been stamping awhile. Clubs offer you the opportunity to earn hostess sets and free merchandise and not have to clean your house to do it! Clubs meet at my house, so my kids do all the work - ha ha!! Don't get upset - it's good for them! I'll be starting a new club that meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. Email me, for more information on how you can take stamping to the next level.

Until next time... happy stamping!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Canvas Cuts Class

Sunday, February 22, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m.

In this class, you will receive a package of Canvas Cuts, the coordinating Fashion District Rub-Ons and the 5/8" Neutral Jumbo Brads to create beautiful and easy to make projects. This class will feature detailed step-by-step instructions.

The fee for this class is $35.00 and is payable no later than Monday, February 9, 2009. For your convenience, you can use the link below to pay online using Paypal.

Reserve your spot today! I'll also be offering this class as a kit that you can complete at home. If you can't make it, you can purchase the class kit to be picked up or to be mailed to you.

Canvas Cuts Class

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Love You Much Class

I've just added a new class to my schedule. Remember all of those samples that I posted to my blog using the Love You Much Bundle?? Well, I've been asked to do a class on those. Details...

February 8, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m. - "Love You Much Class"

You will receive detailed instructions and the Love You Much Bundle, which includes the Love You Much Stamp set, a package of Candy Lane Designer Series Paper and the Heart to Heart Punch. You will spend a few hours with me having fun and stamping 10 projects using your bundle. Come out and stock up on those Valentine's Day "Love" cards just in time to mail them to your loved ones!

I will also be offering this class as a kit, so if you can't make it you can purchase the kit to be picked up or mailed to you.

The fee for this class is $55.00 and is payable no later than Sunday, January 25, 2009 to ensure delivery for Valentine's Day. To pay via Paypal, click on the link below.

Love You Much Class

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sale-a-Bration Promotion

The second Tuesday of each month, we have a meeting at my upline, Phyllis' house. We have such a blast! I truly love to spend time with these ladies, sharing our love of this phenomenon called stamping!! Of course, it's "work" as I stress to my husband, Paul! Ha ha ha! I guess it's just awesome when you love what you do! And I certainly love it!

This meeting was especially fun because, of course, we had the catalog to ooh and aah over! And Phyllis and I were able to share our experiences from the Leadership conference with everyone there. We were also very excited to be able to talk about the upcoming Sale-a-Bration Promotion. Phyllis created a couple cards for us to make using a few of these sets. Don't you just love these cards?? I do. She just rocks!! I can't wait for Sale-a-Bration to get here. It's probably my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! year because my very first Stampin' Up! workshop was during Sale-a-Bration. It brings back very happy memories and sparked this love in me that's still holding strong! I hope you enjoy what you do as much as I do.

Check back tomorrow for some more fun stuff! Until then... happy stamping!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

January Class Schedule

January 24, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m. - "January 2009 Stamp-a-Stack"

We will create 10 beautiful cards, envelopes provided, for a variety of occasions. Come and replenish your supply of cards after the holidays.

I still have a few seats left for this class. The fee for this class is $20.00. Please reserve your seat and make payment by Monday, January 19, 2009. I will also have kits available for this class. If you would like a kit, please indicate that below by using Paypal. Or email me to reserve your kit.

January 2009 Stamp-a-Stack

January 25, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m. - "Scrapbook Class"

In this month's scrapbook class, we will be creating our two-page layout with a winter theme. The fee for this class is $20.00. Please reserve your place by Monday, January 19, 2009. I will also have kits available for this class, so if you can't make it, just reserve one of the kits below using Paypal. Or email me.

January 2009 Scrapbook Class

I hope you'll join me for these fun classes. I look forward to sharing with you.

Simply Sent

The catalogs are in, so I know that very shortly the low-down on all the new products in that catalog won't be quite as exciting. Well, unless you're like me and miss some things when you're lovingly paging through. So, hopefully you'll find these posts informative and interesting anyway.

Today I'm going to talk about the Simply Sent Products which now contain three different lines of products. Each one just as, if not more exciting than the last!!!

Simply Sent Card Elements: You may have noticed from the retiring accessories list that two of the card elements kits would still be available. The Rock Star and the Flower Power Card Elements are located on pgs. 166 & 167, respectively.

On page 167, we have a new Card Element Kit called Thankful Thinking (#114572). This is a very cute kit and coordinates with the new stamp set called - you guessed it - Thankful Thinking (sold separately). The kit includes: 2 sheets of Ruby Red, Kraft & Bashful Blue cardstock; 2 sheets of 8-1/2" x 11" single-sided patterned paper; 1 sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" Self-Adhesive Die Cuts; 4 feet of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon; 5-1/2 feet of Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon; 3 Styled Silver Brads; 3 small Bashful Blue Buttons and 3 small Very Vanilla Buttons. All of this for only $15.95. That's a great deal for all of that product. There are also detailed instructions to create the three cards pictured on this page. I love anything with instructions so that I don't have to think!! Although, with this type of kit, the possibilities are endless. You can make a multitude of projects.

Simply Sent Card Elements & More: This is a brand new addition to our Simply Sent line of products located on pages 168 & 169. I'm convinced that you will just love these kits!! These are great for those times when you need that card like 10 minutes ago!!! I've had a few of those moments!!

Thanks x 2 Card Elements & More (#114594 $24.95) contains 8 printed, die-cut, and embossed cards (4 each of 2 designs); 8 Old Olive 5-1/8 x 3-5/8" Envelopes; an Old Olive Classic Stampin' Spot; 11 feet of Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon and the Thanks x 2 double-mounted stamp set of 4.

2U Card Elements & More (#114579 $24.95) contains 8 Chocolate Chip Carousel Notes; 8 Chocolate Chip 6-1/8" x 6-1/8" Envelopes; 8 Tempting Turquoise Pre-Glittered Chipboard u's; 8 Chocolate Chip Laminate Chipboard 2's; 8 Tempting Turquoise Card Stock Die Cuts; 16 Very Vanilla Card Stock Die Cuts; a Ruby Red Classic Stampin' Spot; 2 yards of Riding Hood Red 1-1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (yes from the Holiday Mini Catalog!!) and the 2U double-mounted stamp set of 2.

It's About You Card Elements & More (#114585 $24.95) contains 8 Chipboard Flowers; 8 Whisper White 5-3/4" x 4-3/8" Envelopes; 1 sheet 6" x 8-1/2" Self-Adhesive Die Cuts; 8 Pieces 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Single-sided patterned paper; Assorted Card Stock pieces in Bashful Blue, Garden Green & Pumpkin Pie; a Garden Green Classic Stampin' Spot; 5/16" Chocolate Chip Brads (8); 10 feet of 5/8" twill tape and the It's About You double-mounted stamp set of 2.

All of the Card Elements & More Kits come packaged in a reusable Craft Keeper!! Isn't that great?? Once you've used everything in your kit you can use the Craft Keeper for your other projects. I think that just adds to the value of this product!

Simply Sent Card Kits: Sending Happy Thoughts Simply Sent Card Kit (p. 170) is still available from the Fall-Winter 2008 IB&C. There are two new kits in this line of products, both of which are located on page 171.

No One Like You (#114598 $42.95) contains the No One Like You stamp set of 5; a VersaMark Cube (I love these little things!!); a Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Spot; a Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Spot; Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon; Kraft 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Pewter Vintage Brads; Small Bashful Blue Buttons; Card Stock, Textured Card Stock & Designer Series Paper Assortment; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; 12 Small Open-End Kraft Envelopes (yep, like the ones that are retiring!!) and detailed instructions. This kit creates 10 3" x 6"cards (5 each of 2 styles).

More Thoughts (#114605 $42.95) contains the More Thoughts stamp set of 4; a Rose Red Classic Stampin' Spot, an Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Spot; a Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Spot; On Board Chipboard pieces; Self-Adhesive Die Cuts; Stampin' Dimensionals; Mini Glue Dots; 14 Whisper White Envelopes; Card Stock Assortment and detailed instructions. This kit creates 12 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cards (6 each of 2 styles).

Any of these Simply Sent Card Kits would make wonderful gifts, especially for new stampers. Everything needed to create these works of art is included in the kit and the packaging is just beautiful.

Wow, talking about everything that Stampin' Up! has been working on to bring us in this new catalog sure makes it even harder to wait until next week!! I know it'll be here before I know it, but I just don't like to wait. How about you??

Check back tomorrow for more of the scoop on the new products! Until then... happy stamping!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Sizzix Products

Wow, the Sizzix Collection in the Stampin' Up! partnership has grown. We have a list of new products.

First in the Spring-Summer 2009 IB&C are the Bigz XL Dies. We have three new Bigz XL dies - Box #2 (p.194 #114518 $34.95), Bag w/Scallops (p.195 #114519 $34.95) and an exclusive Stampin' Up! Movers & Shapers Curly Label (p.195 #114506 $39.95). The SU! Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die will cut out a card size 4-1/4" x 11" with a Curly Label shaped window!! The best part of this is that you can move the Curly Label window wherever you want on the card before you cut it out. And it coordinates perfectly with the Curly Label Punch Bundle. You just stamp your image and punch it out using the Curly Label Punch and it fits right in the window area!! So, so awesome!!

Next, we have new Bigz Clear Dies in a Card, Telephone & Address (p.195 #114532 $19.95), Clear Circle (p.195 #114533 $19.95) and a Flower (p.195 #114534 $19.95). Each of these dies are clear and allow you to position the die so that you see exactly what you are cutting. The Card, Telephone & Address die coordinates with the Rolodex system. One of the projects we saw on stage was the Rolodex which was turned into a Recipe Box. Our Round Tab Punch was used to make the recipe tabs and each recipe was on one of the cards punched out using that die. What a great gift!!!! Again - love it!!!!

We have several new Bigz dies, one of which is the Stampin' Up! Beautiful Butterflies (p.196 #114507 $21.95). I think that the butterfly sure looks like the one on the front of the Fall-Winter 2008 IB&C!!

We also have a few new Sizzlits Decorative Strip Dies. The Stampin' Up! Billboard (p.198 #114510 $21.95) is an alphabet die which includes uppercase, lowercase and a few symbols in a block font. I believe this will be a very versatile die-cut. We also have a new Birds & Branches die (p.199 #114529 $19.95) and it is just beautiful!! I can't wait to see the projects made using this die!!

Next, in our Sizzix line are the Originals Dies. We have a few new dies in this line - Circles #2 (p.199 #114526 $15.95), Ovals (p.199 #114525 $15.95) and Flower Layers #3 (p.199 #114527 $15.95). These dies offer layers of circles, ovals and flowers. I love layers!!!

We only have one new Sizzlit Die this time. Stampin' Up! Little Leaves (p.200 #114511 $4.95) is a small sprig of leaves. We have two new Sizzlits 4-Pack Dies and both are exclusive to Stampin' Up! The first is the Stampin' Up! Lots of Tags (p.201 #114508 $21.95). I love this one and I was hoping that we would get one of these. Oh, how easy it'll be to make all those little gifts labeled with our own tags to give to the people that you love!! The second is the Stampin' Up! Big Bold Cupcakes (p.201 #114509 $21.95). This Sizzlit set coordinates with our Big Bold Cupcake stamp set!! You've gotta love that!!

The last three product lines are new to Stampin' Up! all together. The Sizzix Embosslits Dies are little metal folders that not only dry emboss the image, but also cuts it out!! These are the neatest little things. As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I could pre-order some products beginning in December. So having some time to play with it, I posted the card that used the Stampin' Up! Sweetest Stem embosslit (p.202 #114513 $11.95) and the Love You Much Bundle. Click here to see that card. There are five embosslits dies in our Stampin' Up! line and four of those are exclusive to Stampin' Up! The Texturz Plates create subtle embossed designs on your project. They come in sets of three double-sided plates. The first is Stampin' Up! Backgrounds I (p.203 #114512 $11.95). These pattern designs are exclusive to Stampin' Up! We are also carrying Texture Plates Kit #4 (p.203 #114531 $9.95). These plates are used with the Multipurpose Platform (which comes with your Big Shot), the Impressions Pad and the Silicone Rubber (which are sold separately). I can't wait to play with these and see all the new textures on my projects. The last product that I'll talk about today is a product that we were able to see demonstrated from stage at the Leadership conference. However, it was somewhat of a teaser for us and probably you too. This product is in the Spring-Summer 2009 IB&C and is listed as a "sneak peak". The Stampin' Up! Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die (p.202 #114517 $7.95) will be available to purchase in March 2009. I'm just not sure if I'll be able to wait that long. Well... I guess I have to. It'll be so worth the wait though. This Manhattan Flower coordinates with the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set on p.106. It is such a beautiful image! It's the same image that is printed on my brand new umbrella that I purchased from Memento Mall at the Leadership conference and I love it!!!

Well that's the run-down of our new Sizzix line in the Spring-Summer 2009 IB&C! I hope you enjoy the little "sneak peek" of these products while you're waiting for your copy of the catalog. Check back tomorrow for some more fun stuff! Until then... happy stamping!

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Feature from Stampin' Up!

Every time I look at this beautiful new Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog - I think that this or that one thing is just my favorite!! Well, of course by definition, favorite would indicate only one. So maybe I'll suffice it to say that this catalog is my absolute favorite because of all of the wonderful new products and samples and stamp sets! However, one of the neatest, and most helpful new additions to this catalog is featured all the way in the back. I guess the saying about saving the best for last is so true in this case.

On the very last page of the Spring-Summer 2009 IB&C is an "Under $10" page where there are single stamps and Mini Note Kits. Have you ever needed a specific saying or sentiment, but felt that you didn't need the other images in that set (how you could ever NOT need that is a mystery to me - but that's another story)? Well, SU! has provided a way to purchase several stamps in a variety of sentiments - i.e. "together forever", "beautiful little baby", "Happy Birthday to you!", "SO GLAD YOU ARE ONE of my dearest friends", an Elegant Thank You and a Celebrations stamp. There are a couple image stamps and two Mini Note Kits. The Mini Note Kits include a double-mounted stamp, 4 Whisper White Gift Notes & Envelopes, and a Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Spot. These would make wonderful gifts for just about anyone (including yourself).

I know that my catalogs are on the way and I'm very hopeful that I will have them early this week. Email me, if you'd like for me to reserve a copy just for you. I can't wait for you to see this one. You'll love it as much as I do!

Check back tomorrow for another post on the fantastic new products in the Spring-Summer 2009 IB&C. Until then... happy stamping!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking!!

I can't tell you how ecstatic I am about the announcement from Stampin' Up! about a new digital scrapbooking software program that is in the works call My Digital Studio! For those of you that know me well, you know that scrapbooking is a little painful for me. I don't do it too often, usually only when planning a class. And when you have three children ages almost 14, 11 and 6 - that's a total of 31 years that I'm behind in my scrapbooking! I tend to be just a tad bit critical of myself and I'm a bit of a perfectionist! I know that's surprising to you (yeah right!). However the thought that I can upload my photos onto the computer (my next favorite thing to stamping) and I have the colors and accessories that I've come to cherish - I just can't think of anything better!! And to know that I can just press undo if I don't like something - WOW!!! Now I have to be honest with you... when I first heard about digital scrapbooking sometime last year, I thought that it seemed a bit impersonal. I know that I love scrapbook pages with all the colors and layers and pretty things. So I wasn't at all interested in combining that with my love of the computer. That was, of course, until Brent Steele, one of our corporate guys showed us this new program from stage. Brent talked about Hybrid Scrapbooking which is a combination of Digital Scrapbooking and Traditional Scrapbooking. That was it for me!!! I started imagining the possibilities of this product, not only in my business, but for my family! I may actually be able to catch up on those 31 years a lot faster! Again this is a product that is still in the works, but I'll definitely keep you updated on it! Stay tuned... Check back tomorrow for more on the new products coming our way in only a week. Until then... happy stamping!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Dive 'N2 Stampin' - January 2009

Here's the last card from Dive 'N2 Stampin'. I have to admit that I think I loved this project the most!! I think it's because it's an original "Phyllis-Vicki" creation. You know that there are so many projects and ideas out there to copy. And trust me, we maximize our time by copying whatever we can. This time, we couldn't find what we wanted. Originally we wanted to use the Carousel Notes, but sometimes we just don't have all the supplies we need, so we put our thinking caps on and decided to use the envelopes from the Carousel Notes. It's much easier to plan a project when everything is the same color. So again we're using Chocolate Chip. It seemed to be "the" color for this workshop. I love the brown and pink and brown and blue combinations that are so hot right now. First, take the Square Envelope from the Carousel Notes, tuck in the flap and then fold in half. The Naturals White layer for the inside and the Baja Breeze layer for the "Hidden Message" are the same size - 2-7/8" x 6". When layering the Naturals White to the inside be sure to put your glue on the envelope instead of the back of the cardstock - you don't want to glue your pocket closed. The Hidden Message card has a pull tab made from grosgrain ribbon and a brad. How simple is that??

I like the look of this card because you can pull this off as a masculine card. You can always add money to the inside - especially since chocolate won't really fit! Oh, I forgot to tell the the very best thing about this card!!!!!!!! You can mail it using our Small Open-End Envelopes. So there you have it - an original project. Stay tuned for the project using the Carousel Notes. If you're going to use all of your envelopes for cards you have to have a project to use up those Carousel Notes!! Until then... happy stamping!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hello from Orlando!

Today was the last day of the Leadership conference and it's always sad when it's over. We've had such a great time; although mind blowing with all of the great information, wonderful tips and absolutely awesome new products!! Now that I have a little time where I'm not rushing off to class and I have some pictures, I'll share a few of the new products with you. I mentioned yesterday a few of the new offerings, but I'll give you a little more today.

We have new ribbons and colored flower brads. We have ten new Fine Glitters in a plethora of colors to include Chocolate Chip (Susan Elise's favorite and mine). We also have new Sizzix products - new dies, texture plates and an embossing plate!!! There are crocheted flowers and a new Eyelet Border Punch, as well as a Full Heart Punch. We have new Designer Series Papers and now Specialty Designer Series Papers that are cover weight papers. We have Corduroy Buttons and Designer Buttons in Neutral colors. We now have larger brads.

I'll post more tomorrow, so be sure to check back. Until then... happy stamping! I'm going to bed!

Dive 'N2 Stampin' - January 2009

Our third project for Dive 'N2 Stampin' was this card. This is A Happy Heart Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini 2008 Collection. You can still purchase products from this catalog until January 18, 2009. Don't miss out!!

This card also uses the Candy Lane DSP from the Love You Much Bundle. Begin by layering the DSP to the bottom of the Close to Cocoa cardstock. Wrap the Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon around the layer covering the seam of the DSP and adhere to the back. Layer this onto your Regal Rose card. Without even having the focal point yet, this card is stunning and simple. But of course, we need that focal point!

Stamp the flower in Regal Rose onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Punch the corners using the Ticket Corner Punch. I know you can't see it in the picture, but the flower and the flowing petals have Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on them, using the Two-Way Glue to apply the glitter.. It just sets off this card. Poke a hole in the center of the flower with the Paper Piercing tool from the Crafter's Tool Kit and add a Regal Rose brad. Layer to the Rose Red cardstock using Dimensionals. Layer onto the Regal Rose then onto the card. You can use this card for any occasion.

Check back tomorrow for the last project from our January Dive 'N2 Stampin'. Until then... happy stamping!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

I'm at the Leadership Conference!!

Hey there. I'm finally able to get online to tell you about Leadership! I'm having such a great time here in Orlando! I haven't been able to get online until now. Tanya and I are sitting in Hooters enjoying our sodas and curly fries. There's a BCS National Championship football game on and Florida is playing Oklahoma. You can imagine how loud it is in here. It's honestly the first time I've ever stepped foot in Hooters, but the only place that I've been able to find Wi-Fi!! I hope you enjoy the sacrifice that Tanya and I are making to bring you this info - ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

First and foremost I have to tell you that I've received the new catalog and it's absolutely the most beautiful & inspiring catalog that I think I've ever seen!! I've been a demo for almost five years now and while I've liked a lot about our catalogs, I can't say that there's anything in this catalog that I don't like!!! I've pre-ordered catalogs and they should be delivered by January 19th. This is one catalog you'll just have to have!

We've had the option to see and use some of our new products that will be available to purchase on January 19th and they are so awesome!! There is a new circle cutter that is a must have. We have new colored clips and new rich colored glitters! You know, since I could never do justice to all of the new offerings from Stampin' Up! in this post, I'll just end here and you'll have to come see me when I get home on Sunday! Until then... happy stamping!!

Dive 'N2 Stampin' - January 2009

The second project from Dive 'N2 Stampin' was this card using Nature Silhouettes. When I first saw this stamp set in the Fall-Winter 2008 IB&C I just knew that I had to have it. I love the images, but the sentiment just hit home with me. This is a very masculine card which is always hard for me to come up with.

For this card, I used the Poppin' Pastels Technique. So, so simple!! Stamp your image using VersaMark ink. Color in using Stampin' Pastels and a cotton ball in a very gentle circular motion. You don't want to rub the image, just apply the color gently. I love this technique because you can shade your image adding color on top of another color. I used Chocolate Chip for the tree and Old Olive for the leaves and grass. The I shaded the grass by adding Garden Green here and there over the Old Olive. Love it!! The rest of this card is a snap. Stamp the words in Chocolate Chip and the deer in Chocolate Chip, stamping off first. Layer your card and voila - you're done. Enjoy!! Check back tomorrow for another project. Until then... happy stamping!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dive 'N2 Stampin' - January 2009

On January 3, we started off the year with the newly named "Dive 'N2 Stampin'" Workshop. We did four projects that I just fell in love with. Over the next few days I'll share those projects with you.

The first is this cute little Valentine's Treat Bag using the Bigz Top Note Die from Stampin' Up! It always amazes me to see the different ways to use products. For this bag, I used Real Red, Pink Pirouette Textured and Whisper White cardstock and the Love You Much Valentine's Bundle that we've been talking so much about over this last week. Cut out two Real Red Top Notes with the Big Shot. Now, take the 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock and line it up on the Top Note Die just below the side points. Make sure that your cardstock is the long way on the die. Run this through the Big Shot. Use the three hearts stamp to create a background in Real Red ink. Stamp the scallop on Pink Pirouette Textured cardstock and punch it out with the Scallop Circle Punch. Take your 1/8" punch and punch out the circles in the scallops. Don't worry this is easy because the circles are already there for you to follow. Use the Heart to Heart Punch and your scrap from the Top Note Die and punch out just the small heart. Glue that to your pink scallop. Stamp the little circles from Itty Bitty Backgrounds along the Whisper White strip, stamping off first. I had to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get those words lined up right. I'm not that into winging it anymore. I love my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!! Now for the bag, I used the small paper sacks from the local craft store. Cut from the bottom at 2-1/2". Save the top of the bag because I have a project that I'll share with you later this month using that "scrap". Use Snail Adhesive to adhere the bag to the inside of the Top Notes. Punch the Large Oval for the handle and adhere the Whisper White strip to the front. Use Dimensionals to pop the scallop up over the white strip.

There you have it - a cute little Valentine's Treat Bag. What better gift can you give someone than CHOCOLATE!!! And to package it so adorably! I hope you enjoy making this project! Until next time... happy stamping!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Love You Much with New Sweetest Stem Embosslit

Have you been enjoying these samples from the Love You Much Bundle? I know I have enjoyed playing with this set. Here's another very easy card. I used the Pink Pirouette 1-1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon again on this one. Love this ribbon!!! First take your layer of Textured Pink Pirouette cardstock, wrap the ribbon around it and adhere it to the back. Mount that onto your Riding Hood Red card. Stamp the scallop onto a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Riding Hood Red ink and punch out with the Scallop Punch. Use your scraps of the Candy Lane DSP to punch out a heart using the Heart to Heart Punch. This card uses the new Sweetest Stem Embosslit that will be available in the Spring-Summer 2009 IB& C. I used scraps of the Candy Lane DSP and Riding Hood Red cardstock to punch out three stems with my Big Shot. I used Dimensionals to mount the heart onto the scallop and then to the card. Arrange your stems under your scallop. This is one of those cards that you can use for any occasion.

By the way, tomorrow morning I'll be heading to Orlando, Florida for the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference! I'm so excited!!! I'll be flying down to Orlando with my upline, Phyllis and Tanya, a friend and sideline demonstrator who attends our area meetings. Last year, Tanya and I went to Leadership together and we had such a blast! I can't wait to share it this time with Phyllis! We'll be rooming together and that's always a good time. Be sure to stay tuned because I'll be updating my blog from there. I've made my list of everything I'll need to keep you informed. I can't wait to share all of the fun with you. Check back tomorrow and pray for a smooth and timely flight. Until then... happy stamping!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Fall-Winter 2008 Retired Accessories & Inventory Blowout

Well, it's finally here. The Retired Accessories List is out. Click here to see the list. Remember that I'll be out of town beginning on Wednesday, so if there's anything that you absolutely have to have make sure that you order online here and click on the Shop Now button in the upper right corner. I'll update the List daily as Stampin' Up! updates the website.

It's an Inventory Blowout!!!! Click here to see the previously retired products on sale. All others listed below

Items retiring from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog:
Item Page Description Regular Price Discount Price
109190 180

On Board 9" x 9" clipboard

$7.95 $5.99
107925 181

On Board Bitty Book

$9.95 $6.99
105384 183

Mellow Moss 6" x 6" Linen Post album

$19.95 $14.99
105381 183

Real Red 6" x 6" Linen Post album

$19.95 $14.99
103977 187

Bold Bright buttons

$6.95 $4.99
104389 188

Double Circle punch

$5.95 $4.49
114447 n/a

Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit

$49.95 $24.98
*Items available while supplies last; page numbers refer to the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog

Retired items from the Spring-Summer 2008 Idea Book & Catalog:

Item Page Description Regular Price Discount Price
109013 163

Blue Bayou Classic Stampin' Pad

$5.25 $3.99
109012 163

Groovy Guava Classic Stampin' Pad

$5.25 $3.99
109011 163

Purely Pomegranate Classic Stampin' Pad

$5.25 $3.99
109010 163

River Rock Classic Stampin' Pad

$5.25 $3.99
109009 163

Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad

$5.25 $3.99
109014 163

Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad

$5.25 $3.99
109179 178

On Board Ginormous Pieces

$14.95 $10.99
109189 190

Beachfront Ribbon Originals

$12.95 $7.99
109187 190

District Ribbon Originals

$12.95 $7.99
109188 190

Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals

$12.95 $8.49
109185 190

Jersey Ribbon Originals

$12.95 $8.99
109184 190

Sherbet Ribbon Originals

$12.95 $8.99
109186 190

Theater Ribbon Originals

$12.95 $8.49
109062 191

River Rock double-stitched ribbon

$8.95 $6.49
110716 191

Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon

$7.95 $5.49
*Items available while supplies last; page numbers refer to the Spring-Summer 2008 Idea Book & Catalog

Current products appearing in the upcoming Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog:
Item Page Description Regular Price Discount Price
111349 162

Tangerine Tango 8-1/2" x 11" card stock

$5.50 $4.49
111345 162

In Color (2008-2009) 12" x 12" textured card stock

$11.95 $8.99
109110 185

Fire Circle Rhinestone brads

$10.95 $7.99
109112 185

Fire Square Rhinestone brads

$10.95 $7.99
109113 185

Ice Square Rhinestone brads

$10.95 $7.99
111325 185

Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

$29.95 $22.49
112454 185

Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware

$29.95 $22.49
113451 n/a

20th Anniversary Embosslits die

$11.95 $9.49
*Quantities at reduced price are limited; page numbers refer to the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog.

If you have any questions or to place an order please email me.

Love You Much Beaded Window Punch Tags

This is probably my favorite ribbon (right now anyway). There are so many things that you can do with it. This was a neat way to use the ribbon on a card front since it's wider than our usually ribbons. There are a few steps to this card; however each of them is simple. Start with scraps of Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa and Pink Pirouette and stamp the words friend to friend on each scrap. Punch them out using the Word Window Punch and punch a 1/16" hole in one end of each word window. Using the Elastic Silver Cord and the beads from the Pretties Kit, thread the word windows on the cord. Next, take your Pink Pirouette Ribbon and tie it in a knot. Thread the silver cord through the knot and tie. Layer your Candy Lane DSP onto your layer of Close to Cocoa cardstock. Using Snail Adhesive on the back of the Close to Cocoa, attach each end of the ribbon to the back and mount onto your Riding Hood Red card. Finally, use Riding Hood Red ink to stamp the three hearts onto the two different Pink Pirouette designs from the Candy Lane DSP. Punch out using the Heart to Heart Punch and be amazed at how wonderfully they line up!!! Attach your hearts to your card using dimensionals for the larger hearts and the Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue for the small hearts. Enjoy your creation!! It's so much fun.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Glossy Love You Much

OH, I'm having so much fun with this stamp set!! Here's another quick & easy, peasy card to do... By the way, I love these 6" x 3" cards. First of all, you can get four out of a piece of 12" x 12" cardstock, which is just very frugal... and different when you use the awesome Textured cardstock - this is Pink Pirouette Textured cardstock. Second, you can still mail this card in our Small Open-End Envelopes and it won't look like every other piece of mail in the mailbox!! I love to be different! Plus you don't have to worry about big spaces to try to fill up. So, back to this card... (I'm easily distracted you know!)... This card starts with 6" x 6" piece of Pink Pirouette Textured cardstock, folded in half. The next layer is, yep, one of the designs from the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper from the Love You Much Bundle, measured at 5-3/4" x 2-3/4". I just tied a piece of Riding Hood Red 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around it - in a knot (no bows for me!!). Mount that onto your card. Stamp the Love you much stamp onto a piece of Glossy cardstock. Remember that when you stamp on Glossy cardstock to be very careful not to slide your stamp and trust me that's easy to do. I always turn my Glossy cardstock over and while making sure that I'm holding it so that it doesn't slide, I gently rub the back of the cardstock to take any excess ink off of the front. Your Classic Ink takes a little longer to dry on the Glossy cardstock since it's not as porous as the other Neutral cardstocks. Lastly for this card I mounted it onto my card using Dimensionals. I do that so that I don't have a mountain underneath my top layer because it's competing with the ribbon. Does that make sense? Anyway, I love Dimensionals and they are a great buy at only $3.95 for 300 of them!! Can't beat that!! Well, that's all for that card - see, I told you it was easy, peasy!! Check back tomorrow for another sample from this great bundle!!! Until then... happy stamping!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Love You Much Sparkly Flower

I just love this technique. We saw this technique at the Virginia Beach Regional this past November. I love new ways to use products that we already have. The Pretties Kit is shown on page 185 in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog and sells for $29.95. The possibilities are endless with all of the components in this kit. For this card, I used the Riding Hood Red stamp pad and just pressed the flower directly down onto the stamp pad to dye the flower. Then I dipped the it into Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The powder sticks to the flower since the ink stays wet a little longer on the fabric. Heat emboss the flower and watch how beautiful it turns out. You can use this technique with any embossing powder. The Clear powder makes the flower look almost glassy. I love how easy this is, but what a wow you'll get when you give this to someone you love! Try it out, you'll love it too.