Showing posts from July, 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&qu…

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 fi…

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 schedu…

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, want…

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.…

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&…

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!

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 …

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…

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 Threa…

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 suppli…

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 …