Saturday, July 31, 2010

7/31 Sanded Manhattan Rose

My July workshops and at least one of my August workshops featured the quick and easy cards that you see above. All I did was run some Subtles Patterns DSP through the Big Shot with the Manhattan Rose Impressions folder. My customers used the SU Sanding Blocks to bring the flower out of the patterned background. It's such a "wow" for everyone!

But . . . sometimes . . . the sample card that you put out on the workshop table goes kerplunk and lands on an ink pad! I know that some demonstrators put their samples into clear sleeves, but I hate to do that since most of my cards have finished inside panels. I find it fun to figure out how to fix them! Sometimes it involves taking off a layer or re-stamping an image . . . but this little oopsie was easy . . . all I did was add a photo corner punch!

Supplies I used for these great workshop cards:

Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Concord Crush, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Ink: Rose Red, Perfect Plum
Tools: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot Machine, Manhattan Rose Impressions Folder, Photo Corner Punch
Accessories: Concord Crush and Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Kay Kalthoff - Stampin'Up Demonstrator in Lino Lakes, Minnesota

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Friday, July 30, 2010

7/30 My GoDiva Gift Card Swap

This is the gift card that I made for the GoDiva Gift Card Swap that we had at Convention on Friday at lunch. I had two organized swaps going on at the same time, so I wasn't able to sit and visit with the GoDiva girls like I wanted to. As usual, the swaps from this group led by Robin Merriman were AMAZING! I think my Convention Roommates took a picture of every single one of them!!

When I attended Milwaukee Regionals in April, we learned about how we could cut apart our Impressions Embossing folders. I cut two strips of dots off my extra Perfect Polka Dots Impressions folder and ran the right edge of my front panel using the two strips of dots and my Big Shot machine. The stamp set is called Compliments to the Chef and I got it FREE with my Sale-a-bration rewards. I'd had that set on my wish list for a long time because I thought it would awesome for making gift cards and for stamping it in my scrapbook for those Romantic Dinners out. (ok . . . so that only happens every five years but a girl can dream! lol!)

The inside of my card features a slot for the gift card that I made using the Word Window Punch. You have to hold the punch up to the bottom edge of the card stock, punch, slide it over just a bit and punch again, otherwise the slot won't be big enough. I also decorated the area to the right of the gift card by stamping tone on tone and accenting it with the bon appetit sentiment. (What does that actually mean, anyway?) I used a 1/4" strip of Basic Black paper to create a space in which you can sign your name. I really like the look of that, don't you?

I am planning a gift card class for September and this is one of the cards that my customers will make. After this awesome swap, I won't be lacking for ideas!!


Stamps: Compliments to the Chef, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, So Saffron
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Movers & Shapers Punch Windows . . . see THIS POST for how to use the Magnetic Die without the Curly Label Die
Accessories: 1/4" Black Grosgrain Ribbon,
Adhesive: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Kay Kalthoff - Doing the Happy Stamper Dance All Weekend Long!!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/29 Extra - Extra - Extra!!!

I am so excited to announce the latest hostess promotion at Stampin'Up! From now until August 31, hostesses will receive an additional $25 in hostess free merchandise dollars when they hold a workshop totaling $350 or more!!

This extra benefit is included along with the standard hostess benefits they receive when they host a workshop. The standard hostess benefits include:
  • A free 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog worth $9.95!  
  • Free stamp sets only available to hostesses (with qualifying orders; select from the products on pages 10-16 of the Idea Book & Catalog)!
  • Free Stampin' Up! products of your choice!
So . . . for example . . . if you book a workshop and the sales are $350 - $399, you will get the standard $40 in free Stampin'Up merchandise plus the $25 bonus for a total of $65 in free Stampin'Up merchandise!! If your sales are $400+ . . . just add on $25 in free bonus Stampin'Up merchandise to the regular hostess credit. It's such a great time to schedule your party with Stampin' Up! What are you waiting for? Contact me today!!  If you are a long-distance customer, I can arrange a catalog party for you. Just collect orders from family, friends and co-workers and before you know it, you too, will be reveling in the free rewards!

Happy Stamping from Kay Kalthoff at Stamping to Share in Lino Lakes, MN!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7/28 Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge

It's my first day to play since getting back from Convention. Actually, I really have a million other things to do, but sometimes stamping and creating makes for a more relaxed outlook on life - I needed that today! The sketch challenge can be found HERE. I was inspired to use my Because I Care Level One Hostess set because I had an image of it already colored sitting on my desk. Then, the question was . . . how do I incorporate that image into the sketch? It turned out to be pretty easy . . . I used card stock vellum bubbles and stamped my sentiment onto one of the vellum circles using StazOn Jet Black ink. To get my vellum bubbles to stick, I put tiny, tiny dots of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive on them and let them dry completely so the adhesive turned from white to clear. (When the adhesive is clear, you know it is dry.) Then, I just stuck the bubbles where I wanted them. The adhesive for the most part was invisible and I should have taken a picture of that . . . but then, wanting to "bling" it up with our Basic Rhinestone Jewels, I put the jewels over the adhesive dots.

The inside of my card uses a sentiment from the Messages for Mom stamp set. I stamped the flower again, but this time in olive for a tone on tone look.

Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Stamps: Because I Care, Messages from Mom
Paper: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Card Stock Vellum
Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist, StazOn Jet Black, Versa Mark
Tools: Heat Tool, Scallop Trim Punch, Various Sized Circle Punches, Paper Piercing Tool to grab the jewels for placement on the card, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, 1 1/4" Black Grosgrain Striped Ribbon in Basic Black, Craft & Paper Scissors to trim the ribbon

Kay Kalthoff is doing the "Happy Stamping Dance" at Stamping to Share!!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7/27 GoDiva Swap at Convention

One of the best things about going to a Stampin'Up Convention is getting to meet your on line friends in person! I participated in a swap with the GoDiva Swappers at lunch on Friday and it was such a ball to meet the gals I know on line. They are a group of top-notch stampers and I am honored to be part of the GoDiva team. Here is the card I made for our lunchtime swap. It features two stamp sets . . . Oval All and Snowboard. What you can't see in the picture is that I used our heavy duty Window Sheet cut out in the same size circle as the snowboarder. Let me explain . . .

First, I used my Big Shot and the Circles #2 Die to cut my circles . . . one circle in Pacific Point and the other from the Window Sheet. Then I stamped my Snowboarder in Whisper White and sponged the edges of the card stock in Whisper White. Once that was dry, I used Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive to draw some lines on my "hill". Then, I sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and let it dry. To adhere my Window Sheet with out any adhesive showing I did this:  I used my Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive to make tiny dots along the outside edge of my Pacific Point circle. I made sure that my dots were on the sponged portion. Then, I let the dots of glue dry completely. Guess what . . . they dry clear and become just like glue dots! All I had to do was position my Window Sheet circle over the top of my Pacific Point Circle and press. Ta Da! It adhered with no obvious tell tale signs and the glitter is contained behind the Window Sheet. The Window Sheet also gives the focal point on this card a nice shiny sheen . . . just like glass. It's really cool in person . . . !!

One little tip for you . . . the Heavy Duty Window Sheet has a Blue Film over it. I left this film intact on the top side on the circle until I was done with the card. That way, you avoid getting it full of finger prints as you work with it.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Oval All, Snowboard
Paper: Naturals White, Pacific Point
Ink: Craft White, Pacific Point
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Circle #2 Die, Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder, Snowflake Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Kay Kalthoff . . . Stamping to Share!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

7/26 My Convention WOW Swap

Convention was AMAZING! One of my favorite parts was participating in a Stampin' Connections WOW Swap. Stamping' Connections is a demo only website that has something like 84,000 project ideas!! You never have to worry about coming up with an idea for your workshops when you have Stampin' Connection at your fingertips!!

The card I made for the WOW swap is one that uses a technique that I learned from Dawn Olchefske's DoStamping Blog. You make your own Texturz Plates! As you might notice, I used the Lattice Die for my hand made Texturz Plate. You can find out how to do the technique HERE. I added some jewels to each of the lollipop flowers with our half-back rhinestones. The adhesive is already on the back of the jewels so it wasn't hard at all to pick up the sparkly with our Paper Piercing Tools and place them right where I wanted them on my cards.

Of course, I didn't forget the inside panel of my cards. It keeps the circle theme going and of course I couldn't resist adding one more tiny jewel for the finishing touch!

Here are the supplies I used on this project:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Poppy Parade, Real Red, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Home-made Texturz Plate using the Lattice Die, Circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Pack, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Inch Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 5 Petal Punch, Paper Snips to trim the 5 Petal Punch into leaf shapes, Paper Piercer to aid in the placement of the jewel
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

New Stampin'Up! Starter Kits and My Promotions
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Are you a past Stampin'Up! Demonstrator? There's a "Rejoin Starter Kit" available in July only for just $35! Read this post HERE to find out more about it!

Kay Kalthoff Stamping to Share!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

7/14 Product Shares are Closed!

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that the Product Shares I offered . . . the Perfect Paper Share, the Perfectly Vintage Variety Shares and the Perfect In Color Ribbon Shares are closed. Thank You to everyone who ordered and helped make these shares a great success!!!

Kay Kalthoff . . . Stamping to Share!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

7/12 Sad Your Sick

I just had to post this quick challenge card before I run out the door to my Creative Crafters Stamping to Share downline meeting! It's a Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge. I got this set last year at convention . . . it's called Wellness Wishes and this is my very first time to use it!! Terrible, I know . . . but sometimes the sets you get for free aren't necessarily the same ones you would buy!! But, FREE is FREE and now that I've used it . . . I rather like it!

I'm not sure how well it shows up in the picture . . . but I used the Woodgrain Background with tone on tone stamping. It's to represent the dog house! I think this is a nice masculine card . . . not a ribbon, button or spec of sparkle on it. The image is colored with ink from the lid of my ink pads and a blender pen. I'm not very good at blender pens . . . I always feel like have to be so perfect when I use them and that's impossible for me. Next time, I think I will try watercoloring this image . . . then you don't have to worry about staying in the lines and all that jazz.

Well, I'd better be off - thanks for stopping by my blog today! Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Wellness Wishes, Woodgrain Background
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Blender Pen
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Kay Kalthoff . . . Stamping to Share and Loving Every Minute of It!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

7/9 Sweet & Simple Free M&T

At my recent Hostess Appreciation, I had a couple of free M&T's for my guests. This sweet little card was one of them. I just love the white and blue together. My customers had several choices of background papers and believe it or not, the look I liked the least, they liked the best!! We ran out of the striped background paper first! Below you can see the other background choices.

Fellow demonstrator, Mary Brown, inspired me . . . I hadn't thought of using my Fresh Cuts Note Cards in quite a while, but when I saw her sample on Stampin' Connections (our demo only website) I knew I had to pull mine out. Of course, I changed mine up a bit in order to make it into something a bit more clean and simple for a customer M&T.

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tropical Party
Paper: Whisper White, Island Oasis DSP from the Summer Mini Catalog
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Tools: Small Oval Punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack to make a hole for the brad, Big Shot Machine, Square Lattice Impressions Folder
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise Brad, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Fresh Cuts Notes
Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

New Catalog Product Shares
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Are you a past Demonstrator? There's "Rejoin Starter Kit" available in July for just $35! See THIS POST to read more about it!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Kay Kalthoff

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

7/8 Simply Said Posies

I recently made this card in fond farewell of the Trio Flower Punch. I love how it turned out. It was also my first time to use Concord Crush . . . I think it looks great with Always Artichoke. I stamped the flowers with Basic Black onto my Shimmery White panel as well as along the bottom of the Artichoke panel. I used the Concord Crush marker to color just the centers of the flowers and used a blender pen to pull the color outward. Since the center stayed a little darker than I wanted it to be, I just added a bit white gel pen over the top of the flower centers. I also used the gel pen on the flowers I punched out as well as the flowers stamped on the Always Artichoke. I used the Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet Impressions Folder.

The little heart accent is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Bits. Cute little images that coordinate with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack which in turn coordinate with the clear Bitty Buttons. I dangled the button from my ribbon with some Linen Thread. The inside of my card has a panel that reflects the format of the front panel. You can see that I also put a sweet little heart from Itty Bitty Bits on one of the flowers. Cute, cute, cute!

Here are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Simply Said, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper: Shimmery White, Always Artichoke, Concord Crush
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Elegant Bouquet Impressions Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Photo Corner Punch, Trio Flower Punch (retired)
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Blender Pen, Linen Thread, Very Vanilla Taffeta,
Adhesives: Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots

New Catalog Product Shares
New Stampin' Up Starter Kits & My Promotions
Stampin' Up Shopping at Stamping to Share
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Are you a past Demonstrator? There's "Rejoin Starter Kit" available in July for just $35! See THIS POST to read more about it!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7/7 Sweet Scoop for Summer

Where has she been? Vacationing . . . and working on my WOW swap cards for Convention . . . that's where she's been. My "wow" swaps (an organized swap through our demonstrator website called Stampin' Connection) requires a swish through the Big Shot . . . and 17 punches . . . on EACH card! I am making 130 cards so that is 2,210 punch outs that I have made and adhered. Over the top? Everyone seems to think so . . . except me. I'm just hoping everyone will like it. I only work on it when the Twins baseball games are on the radio. That's my favorite thing to listen to while I stamp. In the winter I listen to Wild hockey, but I like baseball better. 

Today, I decided to work on something else . . . a Sweet Scoops card for the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge. I turned the challenge on it's side and I'm thrilled with the way this came out. I used lots of Whisper White layers and a bit of Pretty in Pink for something sweet and summery.

Here are the supplies:

Stamps: Sweet Scoops
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
Tools: Big Shot Machine, Polka Dot Impressions Folder
Accessories: Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, markers to color the cherry

Thanks for stopping by my blog today . . . have a great day and Happy Stamping!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

7/1 The New Catalog Product Shares!

Hooray! The New Catalog is here and it's gone live!! You can see it on line HERE . . . or if you would like your very own copy . . . e-mail me and we will get that taken care of! If you are Long Distance, you can get the catalog free with a $50 Stampin'Up product order, or I will mail it out to you for $10 and that includes the shipping and handling.

Now . . . are you ready for the Perfect Product Shares?? Here they are!

Announcing the
 2010-2011 Catalog Product Shares!  

The 2010-2011 Stampin'Up catalog is here and it is bursting with new ideas, new stamp sets, new colors and new accessories. I have had several requests asking that I do another Perfect Paper Share. But there are so many things that I want, and maybe you do, too, that I am also going to offer a couple of other product shares at the same time. So, this is what I've put together for you:

The Perfect Paper Share includes a 6x6" square of all of the designer series paper in the 2010-2011 SU Idea Book and Catalog. There are four Specialty Paper Packs and 12 new packages of designer series paper excluding the Patterns DSP. In total, you will receive 96 pieces of 6x6" paper! And the price? Only $25, plus $5 more if you need me to ship it to you.

The Perfect Ribbon Share includes 2 yards each of the five ½” Stitched Poly In Color Ribbons. This share will be only $7, plus $2 more if you need me to ship it to you. If you are combining this with the Perfect Paper Share, there isn’t a shipping charge.

The Perfectly Vintage Variety Share includes the following:
  • Two and one-half yards of Chantilly ½” Lace
  • Two and one-half yards of Victoria 5/8” Lace
  • 10 Antique Brads (2 each of five designs)
  • 24 Vintage Trinkets (4 each in 2 designs in three colors)
  • Six Mini Vintage Tags (approximate diameter ¾”)

 This share will be just $18, plus $2 more if you need me to ship it to you. If you are combining this with the Perfect Paper Share there isn't a shipping charge.

If you are getting the Perfect Ribbon Share with the Perfectly Vintage Variety Share without the Perfect Paper Share, the shipping charge is $3.
Everyone is welcome to participate and I will take orders ongoing in groups of eight for the Paper Share, groups of seven for the Ribbon Share and groups of two for the Perfectly Vintage Share. You can place as many share orders as you wish. The best way to order is to go to my side bar and click on the "Buy Now" Option that you want. Or, you can e-mail me and I will send you a link to my Pay Pal.
I will place the orders as the shares fill up. As soon as I can after the order arrives, I will ship or have your shares available for pick up. If something is back ordered, I will hold off on shipping until it can all go out at one time.

These Perfect Product Shares are available for US orders only.

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