Wednesday, September 30, 2009

9/30 Clean & Simple Contest Card

This is one of the cards that I submitted to Stampin'Up for a Clean & Simple Contest and guess what . . . this card won!! I couldn't believe it when demo support called me shortly after I arrived home from Convention to tell me the news. I'd never entered a SU contest before because I usually create and then immediately post my creations on my blog. Once you do that, I'm not sure if you can send it in or not, so I usually don't. But, in July, I was really busy making swaps and since I never post my swap cards until after they have been swapped, I sent a few of them off to SU to see what would happen. Good things happened!!
As a contest winner, I got to select three stamp sets and I got my card and picture in Stampin' Success - a monthly magazine that goes out to all active Stampin'Up demonstrators. Stampin' Success is just packed with ideas and great tips for running your business. It's one of the demo perks that I look forward to every month and I have to say, the October issue will be on display in my stamp room for a long time to come! lol!
I haven't entered any SU contests since, but I really should. The only problem is that I like INSTANT feedback - haha! Blogging has kind of spoiled me that way. Thank you, so much for stopping by and also for the many kind comments you have left me since I started blogging. You know, whenever I need a pick-me-up, all I have to do is come to my blog and read those comments. . . they are truly little hugs in my day.
Stamping to Share Website is open 24/7! All $50+ orders get a chance to win a $50 shopping spree!
Stamps: Medallion (115223), Bella's Bloom (111600)
Paper: Textured Dusty Durango (115719), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Designer Label Punch (107590), Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (112454)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

9/29 Clearance Rack Sale!!

I am so excited to tell you about a new and ongoing sale at Stampin'Up! It's called the Clearance Rack and it features retired and discontinued items at up to 80% off! These items are available ONLY while supplies last and that can only be ordered via online ordering.

The items will change as supply and demand changes so be sure to check it out before you place your online orders. Right now you can find ribbons, Designer Series Paper, felt snowflakes, rub-ons, Chipboard and metal tins. Here's the link: SU Clearance Rack.

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9/29 Birthday Swish

I saw the sketch challenge at Stamping 411 this morning and decided to whip out a card. I haven't used Just Basketball in a while and decided it might just work for that circle element. You'll notice that the Pumpkin Pie paper panel has a lot of Happy Birthdays on it. This is a roll from a Jumbo Wheel that Stampin'Up used to carry. Every once in a while I get it out and it adds just the right touch to a birthday card. The ribbon is from the Orchard Ribbon Originals pack. I made my layered circles with the Circle Scissors and the basketball is punched out with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch. The hoop circle is on dimensinals and the basketball is on double dimensionals to give it even more height.

Stamping to Share Tip: If you don't want to wrap around your ribbon around your card stock panel and tape in the back, another way to adhere ribbon is to run SU Snail Adhesive along your ribbon, then just clip the ends even with your card. Of course, this doesn't work if you plan to do a tie-around ribbon accent, but if you are using your ribbon like a "layer" as I did on this card . . . it's a handy dandy tip to know!

Stamps: Just Basketball (115004), Wow Flowers (111714), Jumbo Happy Birthday Wheel (retired)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Only Orange (102696)
Accessories: Jumbo Wheel Handle (103661), Stampin' Around Wheel Guide (104834), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Circle Scissors Plus (112530), Glass Mat (112531), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Modern Label Punch (116630), Orchard Ribbon Originals (116232), Dimensionals (104430)

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Monday, September 28, 2009

9/28 Winter Candle Wrap

I had so much fun on the Catty Cruise - - - if you stopped by my Stamping to Share Port of Call, thank you so much! I really enjoyed reading all of your comments - each one like a little ((hug))!! My project for you today, continues the exploration of products featured on pages 26-27 of the Holiday Mini Catalog. I ordered the Icicle Rub-Ons with the idea of making Candle Wraps.

I purchased some plain snow white candles . . . about 6" tall. The wrap is a 2" wide slice of Chocolate Chip paper. I wrapped it around the base of the candle to see how long it needed to be and then I cut off the excess. I wanted an overlap of just under 1/2" . . . I wanted it to overlap so that I could secure it with a 2" strip of Sticky Tape.

My next step was to decorate the wrap with the Icicle Rub-Ons. I wanted the bird to be my front and center image, so centered that in the middle of my strip of Chocolate Chip. That meant that my "seam" would be in the back of the candle. The snowflakes are randomly spaced all over and I made sure to bleed off the edges of the card stock in several places.

To adhere the decorated strip of paper to my candle, I used Sticky Strip on the overlap. Adhesive doesn't stick to candles so you need to be sure you have an overlap to work with. I had one of my daughters hold the candle for me so I was assured of a very tight wrap. The ribbon is from the Ribbon Originals set called Masterpiece. I just used mini glue dots to attach it to the edge of the paper wrap. Made a bow, attached it with another glue dot and project done!!

Have a great day and thanks so much for dropping by. Shopping is easy at my SU website!

Paper: Chocolate Chip (102128)
Accessories: Icicles Rub-Ons (116804), Masterpiece Ribbon Originals (116230), White Candle

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

9/25 Catty Cruise Blog Hop!

You've arrived at Stamping to Share! I hope you are enjoying your Cruise experience so far. Or if you have just stumbled onto this cruise . . . Welcome Aboard!! We are a group of stampers sharing our love for Stampin'Up products. When you have finished reading about my project, you can click onto the Next Port Button at the bottom of this post to continue the cruise. You can keep on exploring different ports of call and eventually you will right back where you started. If you have arrived here from Connie's port . . . welcome!! I'm so glad you are on board and cruising!! Wasn't your stop at Constantly Stamping fun? Connie is sooooo talented and I am always inspired by her projects.
I've chosen to work with the stamp set called Serene Snowflakes. Many of the products featured in these cards can be found on page 26 and 27 of the Holiday Mini Catalog including the stamp set Serene Snowflakes.

My first card is quick and simple to put together. It uses a couple of tools essential to my stamp room...the Big Shot and the Circle Scissors. This card is 4 1/2" square and the base of the card is made from our Whisper White card stock. The next layer in Chocolate Chip card stock is created with our Scallop Square Die used in the Big Shot Machine. The small snowflakes that you see evenly sprinkled over the entire card is a 4 1/4" square printed window sheet called Snowfall. I used a couple of glue dots right in the center of the overlay to attach it to the scallop square layer. It gets covered up with more layers so you don't need to worry about the glue dots showing through. The snowflake is cut with the Snowflake #2 Die using Whisper White paper and the Big Shot Machine. This is also adhered with Mini Glue Dots to my card.
To create the medallion in the center of the card, I stamped the snowflake from Serene Snowflakes with Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White paper and punched it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I adhered it to a circle of Chocolate Chip just a bit bigger than my punch that I created with the Circle Scissors. The medallion is adhered to the card with Dimensionals. Sweet and easy. You could make a lot of these fast with our excellent time saving tools.
I included a picture of the inside of this card as well. It uses a Chocolate Chip circle that I made using the Circle Scissors. The sentiment is from Warm Words stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed with White Embossing Powder using a Heat Tool. The snowflake above the sentiment is a Rub On from the Icicle Rub Ons featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

This next card really shines!! It is created to fit into the Stampin'Up long envelopes. This card uses Chocolate Chip as its base and is sized at 3 1/4" x 6 1/2". The next layer is our elegant Brushed Silver card stock with 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon wrapped around the base. The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was created by using a Sponge Dauber to apply Platinum Shimmer Paint directly to the stamp which was then stamped onto Chocolate Chip paper and punched out with the Word Window Punch. This was adhered to a punched shape created with the Modern Label Punch and Brushed Silver card stock. To attach the sentiment to the ribbon I used those ever trusty Mini Glue Dots.
The snowflake images from Serene Snowflakes were stamped the same way as I stamped the sentiment using a sponge dauber and the Platinum Shimmer Paint, which by the way, dries very fast. These snowflakes were then punched out with Circle Punches in the following sizes: 1 3/4", 1 3/8", 1 1/4" and 3/4". Each of the snowflakes was enhanced with a clear rhinestone adhered by a mini glue dot. The rhinestones were pried out of the Clear Rhinestone Brads that Stampin'Up sells. Each snowflake is adhered to the card with Dimensionals so they seem to be floating . . . a nice effect for snowflakes, don't you think? There are a few more rhinestone brads scattered around on the surface of the card face to make this card even more sparkly! After making this card, I started longing for that first Minnesota snowfall!
The sentiment that I used on the inside of this card comes from the set called Many Merry Messages. I stamped it onto the Chocolate Chip panel using the same technique as I used with the snowflakes. The pretty rhinestones (pried from their brad holders) are ahered using Mini Glue Dots across the top of the sentiment for an inside as dazzling as the outside!
My last project for this Port of Call is my Accordion Card in a Tin. This card again uses a base of Chocolate Chip and is sized at 3 1/4" by 5" in order to fit into the tin. It opens up to a full 19". The first layer is Brushed Silver with the corners notched with the Ticket Corner Punch. I stamped the Serene Snowflake and the greeting from Many Merry Messages using Versa Mark ink on a panel of Chocolate Chip. It is then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The Elastic Silver Cord is wrapped around this layer and tied off in a bow. To give the snowflake some extra "pop" I accented it with a Silver Jumbo Grommet and a clear rhinestone pried out of a Clear Rhinestone Brad and attached with a Mini Glue Dot. This whole panel is raised off the Brushed Silver Panel with Dimensionals.
This is a picture of the inside of this accordion card which can also be used as Home Decor in your Christmas Display area. The snowflakes are stamped randomly on the panels of Chocolate Chip using a Sponge Dauber with the Platinum Shimmer Paint. The Card Stock Vellum is torn to look like snow piling up. The edges of the vellum have been highlighted with Platinum Shimmer Paint. I used a glue stick to adhere the vellum once it was scored to fit. Here is a close up:

I made the letters with my Big Shot Machine and the Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies. Each letter is cut out twice in order to layer the Whisper White over the Brushed Silver. All of the letters are adhered to the card with Dimensionals for extra "pop."

Thanks so much for stopping in at Stamping To Share's Port of Call. Now, you are OFF to the next Port of Call!! You will be stopping in at It's a Stamp Thing and Vicki will be sharing some wonderful projects with you!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9/22 Shelli's Founder Circle Card

Do you like this card? It was my very favorite card our Founder's Circle Card Swap created by Shelli Gardner herself . . . she even signed it for us!! It's so elegant . . . so Shelli! The stamp sets used in this card are the background stamp French Filigree and the hostess level one set called Of the Earth. Shelli Gardner, our co-founder and CEO of SU has a blog called So Shelli. Check it out sometime, you will enjoy reading about her family, her faith, and her creative projects that she often shares.

This is a picture of some of the new friends I made at Founder's Circle. Left to right: Sharon McNeely, Cindy Sheets, and Sarah Wills.

Above is a picture of Dawn Olchefske and I working on my swap cards. I purposely finished them at Founder's Circle because I wanted to spend time stamping and chit chatting with friends old and new.

I was most excited about the pajama party/business share/and swap. I found out I had a long lost twin, too! Aren't we cute? That's Jane Wike and I. People were getting us mixed up during the week thinking I was her and she was me. We really had people looking twice when we showed up wearing matching jammies! Don't we look like sisters? It was fun.

Here we are lined up along the hall and getting ready to swap.
Look at these fun butterfly cupcakes . . . they were delicious!

Oh, and the drinks that we had at our jammie party were so yummy! I had a pineapple one and it was so good I had to go back and get another one!

Every night when we went to bed, we were greeted with "pillow gifts" and these Wellies were my favorite! I've wanted a pair of Wellington boots forever! The gifts were all related to blooming and growing. I'm not much of a gardener, but I will use these boots in the backyard . . . after I've had them on display a good long time in my stamping studio!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

9/21 Back from Founder's Circle!

Hi Stamping Friends! I wanted to get a quick post in before the girls get home from dance. It's been a wonderful whirlwind of fun mixed in with a swirl of sadness as my grandmother passed away while I was at Founder's Circle. We had the funeral this morning . . . a celebration of a long and full life. Grandma was 97 and I'm so glad I was able to visit with her one last time this past month. We've said many good byes through the years . . . but the last one is always the hardest. God Bless you, dear Grandma. The picture above was taken when she was 15 years old and on her way to her first boy-girl dance.

Founder's Circle was wonderful. This is a picture of Shelli and I just as we arrived at Kanab to tour the manufacturing facility. The bus ride went so fast!! Shelli was on our bus on the way out there and it was question/answer and share time all the way to Kanab. On the way back, Shelli repeated the share time with a different bus and our bus got to play games all the way back to St. George. That was blast, too! (Loved the prizes!!)

This is a picture of me at the Stampin'Up rock. Everyone said that if you were on Founder's for the first time . . . you "had" to get your picture taken by the rock.

I will share more pictures in the coming days . . . but right now I am a bit pressed for time. But, I couldn't leave you with out sharing a card. This was my Founder's Circle Swap card. My wonderful downline helped me get a great start on it and Dawn Olchefske helped me finish it up at Founder's Circle. She's a gem and has given me so many great ideas through the years. I'm glad to call her my friend.

The dots on the scallop oval are made with a mini pom pom held tight with a pair of tweezers dipped into Platinum Shimmer Paint. The ornament is stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with Silver embossing powder.

Here's a Stamping to Share Tip: If you don't have a mini pom pom or find it awkward to use a tweezers, just dip the eraser end of a new pencil into the shimmer paint and you will get nearly the same effect!

It's always easy to shop with me at my SU Website! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Stamps: Delightful Decorations (116517), Baroque Motifs (113490)
Paper: Real Red (102482), Brushed Silver (100712), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Real Red (103133), Versa Mark (102283)
Accessories: Ornament Punch (116794), Corner Rounder (109047), Silver Elastic Cord (109866), Heat Tool (100005), Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Dimensionals (104430)

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Monday, September 14, 2009

9/14 Fall Birthday

Isn't this a lovely Fall Birthday card? My customers will be making this at my All for Fall class coming up later this month. I was most inspired by a card I saw by SU demonstrator Kelly Figley. I changed up a few things . . . especially the colors. This was such an easy card to make . . . I have a feeling I'll be making a lot more of them!
Stamping to Share Tip: If you ever sit down to stamp and are stumped for colors . . . pull out a piece of patterned paper as I did with this card. Let the patterned paper be the inspiration for the colors on your card.
If you enjoy shopping for stamping things and do not already have a SU demonstrator, be sure to check out my SU website! A $50 order puts your name on my 50-50-50 board! When I have 50 names on the board, I will do a drawing for a $50 gift certificate - fun, huh? Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my Stamping to Share blog.
Stamps: Fresh Cuts (111634), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Ruby Red (102030), Elegant Eggplant (105126), Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730), Autumn Traditions DSP (115668)
Ink: More Mustard (103162), Elegant Eggplant (105210)
Accessories: Big Shot Machine (113439), Top Note Die (113463), Modern Label Punch (116630), Word Window Punch (105090), Always Artichoke 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109035), Dimensionals (104430), Tombo Mono Multi Adhesive (110755)

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

9/12 Saturday Sketch Challenge

This is the latest sketch challenge from Stamping 411. I decided to use some colors that I rarely use . . . Apricot Appeal and More Mustard. It isn't that I don't "like" these colors . . . it's just that they are not ones I immediately gravitate to. But, yellow does seem to be "more In" this year so I thought I would experiment with some variations of yellow. Of course . . . chocolate chip goes with everything as it is a fabulous neutral and I think it really makes a nice accent to the Apricot and Mustard.
This card features a LOT of punches. I used the Word Window, the 1" Circle Punch, the Designer Label Punch, The BoHo Bl0ssoms Punch and the Photo Corner Punch. Punches are quick and easy accents that make stamping so much fun (addicting?)! The brads on the front of the card are from the Earth Elements set and the brads accenting the flowers on the inside of the card are from the Soft Subtles set.
Stamping to Share Tip: The image on the main panel is inked up entirely with More Mustard. Then I took a blender pen and took the ink off of the branch. You do this by touching the blender pen to the branch area, then scribble the ink off the blender pen on a piece of scratch paper. Do this repeatedly until your branch is empty of ink. Then, use a Chocolate Chip marker to ink up the branches. "Huff" on your stamp to re-moisten it and stamp it as desired.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms (111626), Fundamental Phrases (114968), Close as a Memory, inside sentiment (114946)
Paper: Apricot Appeal (105124), More Mustard (100946), Chocolate Chip (102128), Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP (112164), Naturals Ivory (101849)
Ink: More Mustard (103162), Chocolate Chip (100908)
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch (109042), BoHo Blossoms Punch (110711), Word Window Punch (105090), Designer Label Punch (107590), 1 " Circle Punch (109046), Earth Elements Brads (106955), Soft Subtles Brads (106954), Dimensionals (104430), Tombo Mono Multi Adhesive (110755), Mat Pack (105826), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Blender Pen (102845), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)

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9/12 Treat or Card?

This is a treat or card set that I came up with to offer my customers an option at my All for Fall class coming up the end of September. If you can believe it . . . before I became a demonstrator and would go to my upline's events. . . I used to just "groan" whenever I saw we were making "3-D" items. Sick, huh? And why, you ask? Because I could never figure out how to "store" them in a satisfactory way - - - and I certainly couldn't "give" them away! (a hoarding mentality I inherited from my dad). Well, I've since learned to "let go" just a little bit, but I feel for my customers who view 3-D's the same why I used to, so I try to offer a non-3-D item as well that more or less uses the same supplies.
My card option uses the same paper strip as the Halloween treat box. It's 5 1/2" long by 2" wide and it is simply glued to the left hand side of the card. If you choose to use it on the treat box, you just wrap it around the pillow die-cut before adhering the die cut into it's final shape. The treat boxes will contain fun size candy bars. I personally love dark chocolate with mint so I indulged that urge for mint and chocolate with a Three Musketeer bar that combines those options perfectly. The stamp set is called "Batty for You" and it is really fun to add "googlie" eyes to. I adhered the eyes with Mini Glue Dots. Below is another picture showing a few more of the pillow treat boxes.

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog today. If you don't have a demonstrator, I'll be happy to assist you with your Halloween treats! Shopping is easy at my SU demonstrator website!
Stamps: Batty for You (116576), All Holidays (114916)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (105117), Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Perfect Plum (101437)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Pillow Box Die (113466), Cast a Spell DSP (115677), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (104401), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294) to adhere the Pillow Box shut, Mini Glue Dots (103683), Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (110755)
Misc Supplies: Googlie Eyes from the local craft store, Fun Size Candies

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