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12/22 A Start & A Finish on December 23

Tuesday, December 23 is the start and the finish of a couple of promotions that I want to remind you about. It's the START of the Love You Much promotion and the end of 10% off all retiring sets along with FREE shipping and handling on all orders over $70. The Love You Much promotion is a bundle of stamps, paper and a brand new punch that will be featured in the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog. You can get it for $41.48 instead of $51.85 - that's a 20% savings and even more if you place that order tomorrow and take advantage of the free shipping and handling.
I will be placing several orders tomorrow, so if you would like to add your order to the mix, let me know. Just e-mail me at and I'll help you take care of all the details and answer any questions you might have.
The card above is inspired by a card I saw on Aly's blog. I've always been so challenged by those stick pins that come in the Pretties Kit but when I saw Aly's card .…

12/21 A Holiday RAK & Blogging Friends

Just LOOK at this CUTE card I got in my mailbox on Saturday! Talk about Holiday Cheer!! This sweet sock monkey and his bright smile brighten up my whole stamp room!! Thank you so much, Debra!! Debra, aka dtstampz, is one of my SCS friends. We've been rak'in each other back and forth for a couple of years now and one of the highlights of going to Stampin'Up's convention this past year was getting to meet dear sweet Debra Tack!
Oh, and did you notice the ornament perched so sweetly on top of the card?? She sent that along, too, and it is now trimming the tree in our living room. A sweet little reminder of friendship that I will treasure each and every year as the Christmas tree is decorated.

My next little bit of Holiday Happiness came in the form of a Blog Award from Debi. She has a great little blog called iScrap 'n Stamp. And now it is my turn to share a few of my favorites with you. Actually I have MANY favorites as I spend probably an hour a day with my Google R…

January 6 EOHN Project!

On Januray 6, I will be holding another Equal Opportunity Hostess Night and we will create a lovely Valentine Box filled with eight lovely Valentines. I have a picture of the box above and the details from the cards pictured below.

I learned how to make this note card holder at Convention this past August and I've been planning this debut for January since the moment I created it! I actually have two designs for you to choose from. You can make the Valentine's Box and Cards as pictured above, or you can make a Thank You box with eight thank you notes that I have pictured at the bottom of this post. Not every one is interested in sending Valentine cards, and maybe that January "to do" list includes sending out some thank you cards! (or, if you are like me, you can pick your box and then make a combination of Thank You and Valentine cards! lol! I just love to mix it up, don't you?) . So, what is an Equal Opportunity Hostess Night? Well, first off they are FUN! After t…

12/19 Love YOU Much Promo!!

Love YOU Much Promo Dates: December 23 - January 31
. DescriptionRetail Value
. Love You Much stamp set $25.95 Candy Lane Designer Series paper $9.95 (Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla)
Heart To Heart punch $15.95

Bundle Retail Value $51.85
Love You Much Bundle (20% off; item 115405) $41.48

One thing that is very exciting about this bundle . . . at least to me . . . is that you actually have a chance to get it with FREE SHIPPING and HANDLING!! The Love You Much promotions starts on the same day that the Free S&H ends so on that one day only you can combine the two specials!! WOW!! I love it when stuff like that happens! . Here's a card I made with my Pre-View items (oh, how I LOVE being a SU demonstrator!!) This card uses the Love You Much Stamp Set, the Candy Lane DSP and the new and awesome Heart to Heart punch. Isn't it just the sweetest??? . I stamped the love and vase image with StazOn onto Cardstock Vellum. To really make it pop, I layered this onto …

12/17 Quick and Kinda Sweet!

This is the Kristina Werner Color Challenge for the week. I really don't have a lot of time to stamp, so I squeezed this in after carpooling and before a Christmas program this morning. I used punches which are my favorite speed tools, and I applied the ribbon with Snail adhesive. That stuff works GREAT for putting on ribbon! I couldn't get the colors just right in my photo editing program. The yellow isn't really that bright of a yellow . . . but since I'm about to head out the door again, I don't have a lot of time to fuss. So, here it is!!

Supplies I used to make this card: Stamps: Say It with Scallops Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze Accessories: So Saffron Ribbon, Trio Flower Punch, Marker, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Scallop Square Punch

12/17 A Lovely RAK!

A couple of days ago, I recieved the most gorgeous RAK from my friend Mary Rindal. She moved to Minnesota this past year from Colorado and has been such a blessing to me. Her generous spirit and quick laugh always make my day. This card is just amazing. I love the peircings, the placement of the brads, the gorgeous layers and the fabulous brayered sky image panel. Thank you so much, Mary, for the card and for being part of my life! Visit Mary's blog and check out more of her fabulous creations!

12/11 A Day Late? Or not? Whoops!

I'm a day late so I missed posting my card on time to Kristina Werner's color Inspiration Challenge. But I HAD to play!! Look at the picture below . . . arent' those colors gorgeous together?? Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Bordering Blue, Sage Shadow and Certainly Celery! Yummy, yummy!

I decided to make a wedding card and it was fairly quick to put together, too! No tricky techniques, just a few layers, some ribbon and brads and done! . Here are the supplies I used on my card: . Stamps: Always, Heard from the Heart Paper: Sage Shadow, Perfect Plum, Bordering Blue, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery Prints DSP Ink: Perfect Plum Accessories: Dimensionals, Celery 1/4" Grosgrain, Glue Dots, Vanilla Hodge Podge . Ok - Thanks to Vera, I now know that it's really not as close to Christmas as I thought it was! lol! I guess I didn't miss the challenge cut off! I feel like I've just been granted an extra 24 hours! Thanks, Vera, for setting me straight and for letting me know that I'…

12/10 Something a bit different!

I rarely use bleach when I wash clothes (unlike my mother . . . the whole house smelled like bleach when it was laundry day on the farm!) so I decided to try a little bleach on my card. I started with a card base of Creamy Caramel. I stamped the flower from the set called Doodle This with Black Craft ink and then embossed it with black embossing powder. I used a watercolor brush to paint bleach onto the flowers and it turned into a lovely shade of yellow . . . very similar to Barely Banana.I had a lovely background . . . and not a clue where the card would go from there! Does that ever happen to you when you create a background? It's usually the result of a little work . . . so you don't just want to cover it all up with an image panel! So, I decided to opt for just a couple of strips of paper with a sentiment. I like how it turned out. I think the Tangerine Tango Patterns paper gives the card a nice "pop".Supplies I used to create this card:Stamps: Doodle This (flow…

12/9 Retirement List is OUT and TWO AWESOME SPECIALS!!

The retirement list was released today and you can get them at a DISCOUNT if you order by December 23! That's the FIRST special! The SECOND special is FREE shipping and handling on all orders over $70!! Whoo Hoo!

CLICK HERE for the retirement list.

CLICK HERE to see the 10% Disount Pricing on the Retiring Stamp Sets

And, don't forget about the FREE SHIPPING on all oders over $70 between December 9 and December 23.

You can take advantage of this sale by contacting me through my SU website. Click HERE. At that point you can e-mail me or click the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner and place your order online to be shipped directly to you!

12/8 Saturday RAKs & a Birthday Card

You just never know when someone will make your day with a RAK! I got two card fronts on Saturday from Leah Quist. What a pleasant surprise!! Thanks so much, Leah, for thinking of me and sending me these cuties!
I played with my Big Shot this weekend and decided to make a couple of birthday cards using the Swirly Die Cut. This is the first card I made. I created swirls in Chocolate Chip and Old Olive and then layered them. Looks like a lot of swirling smoke, doesn't it? Well, that's bound to happen the older you get! lol!
This next card uses the scrap from one of the swirls.
I think I like this card even better than the first. What do you think? Both cards were quite fun to make. You won't find this set pictured in the current catalog, but it is still available for ordering from our Dormant List.

Supplies I used on the birthday candle cards:

Stamps: Big Birthday Candle
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Haiku DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, So Saffron, Tangerine…

12/5/8 A Wonderful RAK!

I am so amazed at the timing of RAKs. It must truly be a God Thing. My stamping friend, Susan Roberts from the great state of Washington certainly had no idea that I would be "just a little" stressed out with my daughter's surgery yesterday. And when we got home toting our Caribous, look what should arrive in my mailbox . . . a Wonderful, Delightful and Totally FUN Rak from Susan!! Up to that point, I don't know that I was having such a wonderful day, but after that point, I sure felt better! Thank you, dear friend, Susan! You can see Susan's blog and the original post of this beautiful card HERE.

As far as the surgery, it appears that the cyst on Kari's collarbone is a misplaced lymph node. Of course it will be sent in for testing and we will know for sure after her follow up check up . . . but the doctor seemed quite sure that he was taking out a swollen lymph node and nothing more.

12/4 Simple? no . . . BRILLIANT!

Would you like to make a FIVE minute card?? Can it really be that simple?? It was for me. I clicked onto Kristina Werner's Blog this morning looking for some inspiration and of course she provided it with her weekly color challenge. The colors to use this week were Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Taken With Teal, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip.
My base is a half sheet of Whisper White folded in half. The top portion of the card is Celery Prints paper . . . now with slightly different designs called Celery Patterns in the latestSU catalog. I used Pumpkin Pie on the lower portion of the card. I love the flower I created with my Big Shot Machine and the Sizzlet set called Birds and Blooms. I've been noticing that flower shape on a lot of cards and I liked the look. It was only today as I was quickly getting my supplies together for this card that I realized I actually HAD this shape in my Birds and Blooms set! I've used the bird here and there but not the bloom!Supplies I us…

12/1 The Bundles are GONE!

Thank YOU to everyone who placed an order this weekend! We must have really swamped Stampin'Up because the Holiday Extravaganza Bundles are SOLD OUT! It pays to be an early bird! Thanks so much for shopping with me!

11/26 How to Shop Now!

Today is the first day of the great sale that SU is having through December 1. How do you shop now? Just click on the 24/7 sign in the upper right hand portion of my blog which takes you to my SU website. Now click on the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner. After that page loads, look on the left hand side of the page and click on Specials. Then you will see a SU shopping cart full of Stampin' Up goodies. Click on that and you will be in the product bundles!!
I'm really excited about some of these awesome deals. I am definitely ordering a bundle or two myself. The All in the Family Bundle is a fantastic deal as is the Manly Man's Bundle!! Just can't beat 50% off!! If you haven't already purchased the Curly Label Punch, but you've had your eye on it . . . now is the time - 30% off! wow!
Check out the Turquoise Tins . . . these are my very most favorite ways to package my projects when I am on the road. I can put all my project supplies in one and off …

11/25 Holiday Extravaganza Sale

I love to shop from home and I'll bet that many of you do, too. Well, hang onto your mouse because SU is launching its first ever online Holiday Extravaganza Sale!

This sale will begin tomorrow on November 26 and continue through December 1. There will be product bundles discounted anywhere from 20 to 50 percent! Details on the discounted product bundles will be announced when the sale begins on November 26. Quantities of discounted bundles are limited, so you should place orders online early. To shop online, just go to my SU website and click on the Shop Now button in the upper right hand corner.

If you prefer to have me place your SU orders for you instead of ordering it yourself through my online website, you will have to contact me tomorrow on November 26. I can assist you again on December 1st, however, I'm afraid many of the items promoted in this sale will already be sold out as supplies are limited.

Check out my Stampin'Up website for all the details on November 26. …

11/24 Rediscovering Rose Red

I know this probably looks more red on your screen than Rose Red . . . I just couldn't get the color right in PhotoShop Elements. But IRL . . . it's a beautiful Rose Red and I am so pleased with how this card turned out.

I wanted to play in Beate's weekend sketch challenge . . . that you can read about here. I chose Rose Red and Basic Gray to work with. It's such an elegant combination. I decided to use the stamp set called Bloomin' Beautiful for several reasons . . . I've not used it in a while and it had an image that seemed to fit the main panel on the sketch challenge.

I started by stamping my background with Floral. I used Bordering Blue ink because I didn't want it to stand out too much. I colored the flowers with an AquaPainter with ink from the lid of my ink pads. I LOVE this method of coloring and I use it almost every time I color something. I created darker areas on the blossoms with dabs of Bravo Burgundy. This panel is surrounded with a skinny ma…

11/23 RAK from a Friend!

I have a stamping friend named Debra Tack from the state of Washington. Every once in a while she'll pop something in the mail to me and SURPRISE a beautiful card shows up in my mail box! I was so excited to get this card from Debra yesterday. Isn't it beautiful? The teeny tiny leaves are so adorable. The punched pumpkins so sweet. And, I just love the Baroque Motif stamped in the background. Thank you, Debra, for such a sweet card. Your card is such a treasure - just as your friendship is to me!

11/23 Happy Heart Valentine

This card is gorgeous in person . . . the camera truly doesn't do this card justice! I love pink, black and white together. These colors always put me in a happy mood! I used the set called A Happy Heart. The big scallop is made by using the slit punch. I haven't used that particular technique a lot since getting the Scallop Edge punch. Some cards need bigger, bolder scallops though and that's when I go back to making them the old fashioned way. Have a happy Sunday!! Supplies for Happy Heart: Stamps: A Happy Heart Paper: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White Ink:VersaMark Accessories: Big Shot Machine, Top Note Die, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Slit Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Black Fine Tip Marker

11/23 Simple Scandinavian Holiday

This is the perfect card to make if you have limited time and you want to keep things FLAT. There are no dimensionals on this card and you could easily skip the rhinestone . . . obviously I can't resist even just a little bit of bling!!I was going through my folder of leftover Ski Slope designer paper and decided to play with a few scraps. This is what I came up with. I used a sentiment from Snowfall. (A set that retired much too soon in my opinion!) The base of the card is made from Riding Hood Red paper. The tree is stamped on Whisper White with Riding Hood Red ink. The "bling" is from SU's Rhinestone Circle Brads. I just popped out the rhinestone and applied it with a glue dot. Simple and sweet and GREAT when you are stamping with limited time . . . like I always seem to be doing lately!Supplies for my Simple Scandinavian Holiday card:Stamps: Scandinavian Season, Snowfall (retired) Paper: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSPInk: Basic Black, Riding Hood R…

11/19 More is More!

I used the card on the left at my clubs this past month and I made the card on the right to show how you can take a nice card and add the WOW factor to it. More is More!!

The card on the left uses watercolor paper and then I pulled the color out into some of the white space. Watercolor paper is so easy to work with and it's fun. For the card on the right, I used the same pulled watercolor technique, but instead of stamping my Scandinavian tree onto watercolor paper, I stamped it on Whisper White. The pulled color is lighter . . . so the card has a "whiter" feel. To accent this whiteness, I embossed the Scandinavian wheel along the left edge and added dots from my white gel pen to the centers of my scalloped edges and to the corners of my image panel.

Here are the supplies I used on my cards:

Stamps: Scandinavian Season, Scandinavian Wheel
Paper: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Scallop Edge …

11/17 Rub On Samples

Ok, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not much of a Rub On fan. I seem to rub them every which way but the right way. Could that be lack of patience? Lack of persistance? Lack of skill??? Well, I decided that I would do my best to master this technique and I created two Rub On cards. Now, if I were a fan of making many unique one of a kind cards . . . I think I would be won over. But, I like to repeat my efforts. Afterall, if I make the effort in the first place . . . it's nice to be duplicatable. Rub Ons are not like stamps . . . I can't use them over and over and that my friend is what I find so frustrating. I tried the Rub On band wagon. Now, I'm going to get off. I'm quite the party pooper, aren't I? And the sun is shining!! Whatever.

Supplies for the Santa Cheer card which is semi cased from page 11 in the Holiday Mini:

Stamps: Winter Post
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Jumbo Pewter Eyelet, Crop-a-…

11/16 Fun with Retired Sets from SU!

I love an Inspiration Challenge and late this morning after church with a steaming coffee nice and close to my computer, I came across the Splitcoaststamper Inspiration Challenge. I decided to go for it and made one of the quickest cards ever! Then, I had to go off and do other things and now I'm back in my stamp room hoping to make a quick post before running off again!! . I based my card on the felted throw. I was immediately reminded of a retired SU set called Ferns. I used the frame from my Top Note Die Cut that I cut in my Big Shot Machine. . Supplies for my Inspiration Challenge card: Stamps: Ferns, Essence of Love (both of which are retired) Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard Ink: Chocolate Chip Accessories: Mat Pack with Paper Piercing Tool, Earth Element Brads, Top Note Die Cut, Big Shot Machine, Stamp-a-ma-jig I also sell my cards and some of my most popular cards are ones featuring coffee and hot cocoa - especially in the winter months so I decided to make a few quick coffee c…

11/15 Rock-a-Bye Baby

I can't believe it . . . two posts in one day!! I haven't done that in a while!! I decided to try making a card using the Sketch Challenge that you see on the right. You can go straight to Beate's Fresh and Fun blog to read all about it and to see examples of how other people interpreted this sketch.

I decided to incorporate an idea into my card that I've had ever since I got the Sizzix die called Swirly. I always imagined using it with a boat and today I had my chance. I let my swirl line spill across the whole width of the card. I also added a sentiment panel.

Supplies I used on this card:

Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, YoYo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Accessories: 1/4" Square Punch, Swirly Sizzix Die Cut, Key Tag Punch, Dimensionals, Markers: Real Red, YoYo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green

11/15 Scandinavian Tea Bag Holder

I love to make Tea Bag Holders and here is one that I created for my Equal Opportunity Hostess Night on December 9. Equal Opportunity Hostess Nights occur on the months when I do not have scheduled club events. EOHN are set up just like club nights and everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity for people who are wondering if they would like being part of club to come to an EOHN and have a club-like experience. We will make two cards . . . one of which will feature a technique with a technique take home "how to" card, a non card item . . . in this case the tea bag book and every one has the opportunity to make a Charity card which is then donated to a local befrienders group.

We need at least six people signed up to attend who commit to purchasing $25. This amount may go lower is we have more than six people signed up to attend. At the beginning of the event, I will hold a drawing to see who our hostess will be. The sales totals will not be closed out until 2-3 days lat…

11/13 KWerner Color Challenge

I love color challenges and Kristina Werner always posts a fun one every week. I haven't been participating lately, but today I had some time and decided to check out her latest. You can see it by clicking HERE. I also posted the inspirational photo and color swatches above. . I wasn't in the mood to make flowers, so I decided to go with an older stamp set long retired called Along the Shore. The sentiment is also long retired from a set called All Year Cheer II. . I stamped the image twice for a softer, dreamier look. The first time I stamped it, I used Old Olive ink. The second time I stamped it, I inked the image up in Sahara Sand and offset it just a smidgen thanks to my Stamp-a-ma-jig. Then, using a technique that I taught my club members this month called Pulled Watercolor, I used my Aqua-Painter t0 pull the color from the stamped lines into the image on just the clouds and the chair. The grasses I left alone. . I loved how this card turned out. Thank you so much for stopping…

11/11 Envelope Tea Bag Holder

My clubs are making Envelope Tea Bag Holders this month. They are so quick and simple to do. I got my idea for this from page 3 of the Fall Winter 2008 Catalog Sampler. Here are the steps to creating the envelope holder.

Step One: Seal your envelope.

Step Two: Insert your tag punch as far as it can go along the short side of the envelope and punch out. It will look like this:

Step Three: Reinsert your punch but only as far as you need to in order to clip the tab off evenly. It will look like this:

Step Four: Clip off the the little tag tips that are left over from your initial punch. See picture below:

And, that is all there is to it as far as creating your envelope tea holder. All you have to do now is decorate and your done!Supplies for the Envelope Tea Bag Holder:Stamps: Puns from the Past Paper: Naturals White, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Bella Rose DSP Ink: Riding Hood Red Accessories: Naturals White Envelope, Striped Ribbon from Alpine Ribbon Originals, Dimensionals, Tag Punch, Scisso…