Showing posts from October, 2009

10/30 That's One Cute Turkey!!

Alright, so I'm just browsing some of my favorite blogs and what do I see . . . this VERY CUTE turkey created by Heather Summers! OMG - I just about flipped out . . . this will be PERFECT for all the kiddos come Thanksgiving Day! I love to give some kind of party favor to the nieces and nephews and since only about a dozen skittles actually fit into the Sweet Treat Cup, it won't be spoiling their appetites too much! You can see the video Heather made on how to make these cute turkeys right HERE.

But, as far as I could tell, there was no access to the candy! Not wanting to see my creations ruined in 30 seconds on Thanksgiving Day, I decided to go with a sliding circle door on the back of my turkey. Here is how I did it. I used the 1" Circle Punch and punched it as high up as I could on the large scallop circle that is made from Close to Cocoa paper. Then I glue the next scallop circle in Dusty Durango centered on my Close to Cocoa scallop. I flipped it over and used the alre…

10/28 Cottage Wall is Bloomin' Beautiful!

Today I created a card "just for me." I had not used the stamp set called "Bloomin' Beautiful" in a while and decided to see what I could do with it in conjunction with the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper. I was so excited to see that SU brought out a patterned paper that used purples and plums so I bought it right away. But, then I was creating fall cards and Christmas cards and soon it will be Valentine cards . . . when would I ever get around to my pack of Cottage Wall DSP? I decided today would be that day. Of course I LOVE it!! I used Lavender Lace, Pale Plum and Olive Green as color combo . . . taking my cue from the designer paper. The olive colored ribbon with the sweet white edging is from the Holiday Mini Catalog as part of the Mistletoe Ribbon Originals Collection.
Stamps: Bloomin' Beautiful (111490)
Paper: Lavender Lace (101614), Pale Plum (101658), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: StazOn Black (101406), Old Olive (102277), Pale…

10/27 Square Card Challenge

The Operators at Stamping 411 issued a square card challenge this week. We were given a guide to work with but we were told we could pretty much do whatever we wanted to as long as the card we made was square. This is my square card creation for the challenge . . . the card is 5.25" square so it fits perfectly into the Medium Square Envelopes that Stampin'Up sells.

How this card came about? Well, I just got the lattice die . . . just in the nick of time for two Big Shot Classes that I held at my home yesterday in which one of our projects used the lattice die in a card. We used black paper and by the end of the evening yesterday, I noticed I had a nice tidy stack of Basic Black outlines leftover from cutting out the lattice die. One of my customers (hi, Marlys!) said I should make a card using that scrap as it was too pretty to throw away. I took on the challenge!

Well, whenever I am looking for a Stampin'Up challenge, the first place I turn to is Stamping 411 and lo and b…

Pirates & Princesses!

This week's Deal of the Week will make for some sweet memories if you have a house with pirates and princesses! I was the queen in a house of three princesses and since they were all born within three years and two weeks of each other, they were very much into the princess stage all at once. (Sometimes I think they still are!!) Pretty and Girly . . . and won't your birthday party or upcoming celebration be extra special with this themed party kit. I never had any boys . . . but I do babysit one who is four and he's been a pirate since he was two. It makes for interesting conversations to say the least!! These two kits are normally $15.95 each but this week, they are on sale for $9.99 through October 31.

Princess Party Kit - # 116214
Pirate Party Kit - # 116213

Online Shopping is Easy at my Stampin'Up Website. A sweet little gift from me with every online order and you get a ticket in the drawing for a $50 gift certificate for every $50 purchase!
Deals of the Week: All thr…

10/25 Flowers by My Daughters

This afternoon I showed my three daughters ages 12, 14 and 15 how to make Big Shot Flowers. I let them loose with some old buttons and scraps from 4-H sewing projects and they were off and creating. Of course, being absolute pros with the sewing machine, they simply had no time for fussing around with "hand stitching!" So, they got the sewing machine out and showed me how super easy it was to sew layers and tulle all at once. They were right . . . not too hard at all! Of course the pinning had me a bit befuddled, but Karel gave me a few tips and I have to say it helped. They left the sewing machine sitting out so I will give my customers the choice of what they would like to do. Below are close ups of each flower.

Kasey, my 12 year old, loves bright colors and the pops of red and pink made it into a perfect Kasey flower. She used some teal embroidery thread to put some nice contrast into the green button.
This is the flower that Kari, my 14 year old created. She is a true s…

10/23 Fabric Flowers with the Big Shot

. Aren't these flowers just gorgeous??? My demo friend Cindy Sheets selected the fabric for several of us to make these on our last full day at Founder's Circle. I wanted to recreate them in my home in Minnesota for a Big Shot Basics & Beyond Class that I am having next week and I was able to find the exact same fabric!! For anyone that knows me . . . they will certainly know that sewing is about as interesting to me as peeling potatoes. In fact, less interesting! But . . . even sewing has its exceptions and for me - this is it!! The sewing was actually quite minimal and honestly, if I can do it, you can too! If you are local and would like to join me - just hop on over to my events calender, pick the time that works the best for you and e-mail me with your RSVP!! We will make these into pins and you can wear them like a brooch or decorate your purse or make them into a hair piece. So many possibilities!! Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by my blog today…

10/22 Pretty Pines

One of my favorite cards that I received at Founder's Circle Swap was a card by Stacey Schafer made with the stamp set called Gifts of Christmas. I wanted to case it so bad . . . but didn't have the Gifts of Christmas stamp set . . . so I improvised with the stamp set called Patterned Pines . . . a level one hostess set in our Holiday Mini catalog. I LOVE how it turned out. I think the pine trees and the Christmas Cocoa felted background paper look awesome together! The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and it is so easy to just stamp it, punch it out with the word window punch and adhere to your card. No worrying about lining it up just right and making sure that it is stamped just right. I love using punches for our sentiments. I can't tell you how many cards I've ruined through the years by trying to stamp a sentiment and then getting it crooked or smeared or somehow goofed up. Surely you've been there, too! lol! Anyway, this will be on…

10/21 Christmas Cardinal in B&W&G!

Oh, my goodness . . . time sure flies!! The sketch at Stamping 411 was posted on Saturday and I'm only getting around to it today! If you would like to create a card for the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge you have until 8am Eastern time tomorrow (Thursday the 22nd.) It's a great challenge . . . lots of Stampin' Up ideas and it's so much fun to play!
As you can see, I moved the image panel to the right side of the card and as a result, switched the sentiment to the other side as well. I really LOVE the way this card turned out. I knew right away that I wanted to use the stamp set called A Cardinal Christmas and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the "Merry Christmas" fit perfectly into the Modern Label Punch!! To make the lovely skinny border for the sentiment, I used the coordinating Magnetic Movers & Shapers die with the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die to make a modern label shape just a smidge bigger than the punch out.
I know that it is hard…

10/20 Rolodex Birthday File

Stampin' Up demonstrator Tara Fullmer had a really cute idea for creating a birthday rolodex and I'm so excited to share my version with you. I used a kind of coaster board to make my dividers, but I may re-do this and try chip board. The coaster board makes a pretty full Rolodex because of its thickness and I think the chip board that you find packaged with Stamin' Up's Designer Series Paper would work just as well.

I will be offering this Birthday Rolodex as a class to my customers on Thursday, November 5. What a great gift it will make for the holidays!! Or, just a good way to get organized with the New Year just around the corner.

Here is a closer look at the dividers. I love the Full Calendar stamp set and it was so easy to stamp it onto watercolor paper and then just center it into the Modern Label Punch for a perfectly centered label.

Stamps: Owl Together Now (111534), Full Calendar (114966), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Earth Elements Card Stock (105566), Wate…

10/19 Deals of the Week Announced Today!

Throughout October, get all-new Deals of the Week—with select productsup to 50% off! See below for this week’s Deals of the Week:
Mini Library Clips (109857) - Regular Price $12.95 - Sale Price $8.99
1/2" Library Clips (112581) - Regular Price $6.95 - Sale Price $3.99

Circle Designer Brads (112571) - Regular Price $5.95 - Sale Price $3.99

Basic Jumbo Grommets (114348) Regular Price $6.95 - Sale Price $4.49

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Deals of the Week: All through October, Stampin'Up is featuring a sale on something different each week.
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10/18 Stampin' Down Memory Lane

We just got back from a long weekend at the cabin. I had fun with Steve and the kids and some stampin' fun, too . . . "just playing" with my stamps. This set was from 2004 and it was called, "Hope Is." I think it was a special set created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I made a few cards with this design to sell at an Holiday Craft Fair later this month. . I outlined the edge of my main panel by taking my ink pad and edging it directly onto the panel. It makes a nice, kind of "artsy smear." To make this panel pop even more from the busy background paper that I found in my "stash", I layered it over a slightly larger panel of card stock vellum. . Hope you had a nice weekend as well, and thank you for stopping by my blog! . Stamps: Hope Is (retired) Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Card Stock Vellum (101856) Ink: Ruby Red (102259) Accessories: 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (109051) Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Glue (110755), Sta…