28 November 2011

Welcome Baby and NEW class announcement!

My sweet friends welcomed their first child Saturday evening.  In their honor, here's a cute owl card. 
The front panel is quite simple, a Woodgrain background stamp and a wide oval is punched out for the owl to peek though.
 The owl is actually on the inside of the card (as seen below). 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Early Espresso
CS: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Owl: Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and DSP
Accessories: Small oval punch, Large oval punch, Wide oval punch, Owl punch, Bird Punch (branch)

Look for an OWL PUNCH CLASS coming in January.  You'll decorate several owls and assemble an OWLbum for your samples.  Cost is $25 and includes an Owl Punch ($16.95 value), tombow adhesive ($3.95 value) and chipboard book and ring.

You must RSVP by December 13th, 2011 so I can have the punch for class.  

Class Dates:  (Please indicate which class you'll attend with your RSVP)
Sunday 1/1/2012 at 3pm
Saturday 1/7/2012 at 3pm
Friday 1/13/2012 at 8pm

23 November 2011

Just Add Snow!

One of the four projects we'll complete in class on Saturday uses my favorite stamp set:  Holiday Lineup.
I saw several versions of this card and instantly wanted to recreate it.  Bleach on Crumb Cake cardstock yields AWESOME results!!!

We used the blender pens to color the hats and scarves and accessories.  Make sure you color your images FIRST.

I have a separate aqua painter dedicated to bleach and clearly LABELED.  Fill the reservoir with pure bleach and paint away.  Once it dries, the cardstock is bleached.  Different cardstock reacts differently, each color and brand yields different results.  Play around (it's so much better than bleaching your laundry!).

Getting these out of order will ruin your marker and/or blender pens.  Please send me any questions you may have.

There is a seat still open for class on Saturday, please drop me an email if you're interested.  The class is held in Odenton, MD and starts promptly at 2:30pm.  I'd love to see you.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Craft ink), Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
CS: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Embossing Powder, heat tool, snowflake punch, big shot, top note die, aqua painter, bleach, blender pen

Online Extravaganza is still going on!  Please sure to click here to check it out!

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your Wednesday!

22 November 2011


It's Tuesday, the week of Thanksgiving and I'm remembering all the things I am Thankful for.

This is a great double layout.  Sorry I can't figure out how to photograph them better.  Some of the DSP is retired, but remember you can use anything you have - this page is scrappy!  The page is also "whimsy" for my style, just like falling leaves. The colors are rich and vibrant.

I enhanced the page with several little techniques.  All the leaves are cut with the Leaves #2 and the Big Shot.  There are leaves on the left made of out of golf waffle paper.  It's a fun, thin material that you can crinkle.  Because Leaves #2 is a Bigz die, it can cut several layers of cardstock at one time.  See the connected leaves on the bottom left, those paper-doll style leaves were made with the big shot.  There's also a leaf made of cork.  The Bigz dies cut a variety of materials.  A scrappy piece of Chantilly Trim creates a horizontal line that will guide your eye to the picture (not shown).  If you look closely, there's a subtle piece of Old Olive peeking out top of the Chantilly Trim.   I added some trinkets and twill scraps too.

The second page used some scrappy pieces of Top Note die and the negative from the Top Note die, and more leaves.  These leaves on the right were sprayed liberally with the smooch spritz.  Word of caution, watch the overspray from these tiny bottles.   Also, don't shake the bottle - that will introduce air, instead roll it between your hands to mix the solution.

The medallion is stamped by taking sponge daubers, with different color and daubing the ink onto the rubber, and then stamped on paper.  No two medallions will be the same! A sweet glimmer brad is in the middle.
If you have some wonderful thanksgiving pictures from before or ones that you take this week, I'd love to scrap them with you.  We can recreate a similar page.  

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Day of Gratitude
Ink: Early Espresso
CS: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze and More Mustard
Accessories: Big Shot, Leaves #2 die, Top Note die, Designer Series punch, cork, waffle paper, 1/2" chantilly trim, vintage trinkets, log cabin smooch spritz, 3/8" twill tape

21 November 2011

Online Extravaganza and More!

Hiya!  There is a new project at the end of this post...be sure to check it out!

The sale starts today!  There are some AWESOME discounted products, INCLUDING THE NEW SIMPLY SCORED TOOL.  Think about creating your tags, cards and gifts or wrap up some product for your favorite crafter.  I'd love to help you create gifts.  Contact me to schedule a session in the next three weeks.  These discounted items can only be ordered through my website.  Please contact me if you have any questions or need assistance.
Onto today's project.  It's a quick broach.  It looks so much better in person.  Stop by at Gaithersburg FBC on Dec 3rd to see it!  It's amazing!  The sticky page keeps all the glitter on the pin and not on your shirt or jacket. Sticky pages are double sided stickiness, made to adhere to your favorite card stock or DSP and be ran through the Big Shot.  Once you're thru the machine, remove the top "red" piece - exposing the stickiness.  

Here's a side view to show you the layers and dimension.  

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
CS: Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Glass Stampin' Glitter, Sticky Pages, Antique Brads, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, (non-SU: felt and pin for backing)

19 November 2011

Open Sea

One of the most popular summer sets is back, as a write in.  You'll not see this darling set in any of the current catalogs, but it can be ordered. I think I've used each image, but I've attached the images below the card.  This is a great masculine color combo.  I think adding the bakers twine didn't make it too girly.  Right?

Have a great weekend! 

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Open Sea
Ink: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy
CS: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Accessories: Early Espresso bakers twine

18 November 2011

Thinking of You!

JUST ANNOUNCED!  Stampin' Up!'s 2011 Online Extravaganza Sale will be here soon to help you with your holiday shopping!!  
Online Extravaganza

The Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 21, 2011, and will run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

Be sure to log in to my Online Store on Monday, November 21, to take advantage of great savings like...
  • FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express
  • 60% off select Designer Fabrics
  • 30% off an exclusive ribbon bundle!
  • PLUS...two items, on sale for 24 hours only (Nov 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT])
Watch for more detailed information November 21!  I  don't know what the sale items are, but I'm excited!!  These are time sensitive, once the deal is gone - it's gone.  Please note the sale times are MOUNTAIN times. 

Another card today.  This card isn't flashy and intricate; it's the message and encouragement you write inside the card that is important.  I'm sure you've learned I love the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  It's the best.   I've toned down the Rich Razzleberry with Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.  You can find Ribbon of Hope and other A La Carte individual stamps on page 19&20 of the IBC.  

I hope you have a great Friday.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Ribbon of Hope, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
CS: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Set, Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding, Brights Collection DSP Paper Stack

17 November 2011

Happy Birthday!

This is a super sweet, super quick birthday card.  The use of punches made this card much easier than it appears.  Anytime you want a banner, use your square punch to cut the notch.  It's much crisper than free hand cutting it.  


Thanks for stopping by!  A handmade card is wonderful surprise in the mail!!

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Create a Cupcake, Bring on the Cake (greeting)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
CS: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot and Houndstooth embossing folder, punches -cupcake builder, scallop circle, circle, 3/4" square punch.

16 November 2011

Santa Baby...

The top seller at Odenton VFC were these adorable Santa suits.  It's a wrap for a full size candy bar.  I found these on Pinterest and knew I needed to recreate these!  I had to play with the dimensions to get them right, but you can create 2 from a sheet of 8-1/2"x11 or 4 wrappers from a sheet 12"x12".  I used textured cardstock and the glimmer paper is right amount of bling on the belt.

The candy bar slides in!  These would make great teacher gifts or stocking stuffers.

I've added another show:  Gaithersburg, MD on December 3rd.  I'll post more details the week of the show!

Thanks for stopping by,

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
CS: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Glimmer Paper
Accessories: 3/4" square punch, 1" square punch, 1-1/4" circle punch

15 November 2011

Mini Clip Boards

These little gems make GREAT gifts for teachers, office managers, the hair salon receptionist....anyone on your list.  These are Designer Series Paper covering chipboard coasters and sealed with a sealer.  They fit perfectly in your bag, purse or stocking.  
These are one of the items I'll have in Columbia on Saturday 11-19.  Click here for more details on the upcoming show.

Also - just added is JUST ADD SNOW class on Saturday, November 26th at 2:30pm.
This class was a favorite last week and I'll be offering it AGAIN.  4 unique Snowman projects.
It's held in Odenton, MD and cost is $15 or FREE with a $30 Stampin' Up! order.  Contact me for more details.


Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
DSP:  Various

14 November 2011

Top Note holder!

A special shout-out to all my my new friends from the PA retreat and Odenton show.

Today's project is a sweet little gift card holder.  One and a half Top Note dies create the perfect pocket to slide a message or gift card.  You can tie it onto a gift bag or hang it from the tree.  These are so versatile and quick and easy.

Sweet Deets (all supplies Stampin' Up!):
CS: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note tie, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, felt snow flakes, glimmer brads, taffeta ribbon.

I'll be in Columbia, MD Saturday November 19th.  I'd love to have you stop by and see me!
Please make sure you're on my mailing list; I'll be shipping mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs soon!

Have a great Monday,

08 November 2011


Do you need a FREE Big Shot?  
Maybe you need $100 in free product? 

I am happy to announce that Stampin' Up! has extended this amazing deal through November 11th.  Choose either a FREE Big Shot or $100 in FREE SU product when you become a SU Demonstrator.

The fine print:  
You actually get over $400 in product and business supplies for just $175.  That's right, IN ADDITION to the starter kit (already an amazing value), you get the Free Big Shot or another $100 in product OF YOUR CHOICE.  

The benefits of signing up are incredible:
- Minimum 20% off of every order
- 30% off your first order over $150 placed in the first 45 days of signing up! 
- A great holiday part-time job!  
- The chance to order sneak peaks from all of our new catalogs year around! (Sale-A-Bration and Occasions Sneak Peeks start 12-1!)
- A Starter Kit worth $445 including the special offer that costs just $175 and the shipping is free (even for that free added Big Shot machine or $100 in bonus stamping goodies.)
- 2 months free Demonstrator Business Website
- Training, team meetings, webinars, swapping. 
- Free subscription to Stampin' Success, a monthly publication dedicated to providing you tips and tricks, projects and inspiration for your projects.  
- A low $300 minimum per quarter -- with no requirement to meet that until your first full quarter as a demonstrator. (that means you only have to sell $300 total by end of March 2012.)  And remember when you are done, you just stop ordering - no penalties.  It's that simple.  
- You can be your own best customer and it counts toward your minimum. Of course you can also hold workshops and classes and make this a part time or full time business -- it's completely your choice.
- You can take the kit and never hold a workshop! 

****If you do sign up online, you'll receive a special e-mail from SU just minutes after you've signed up with a link to order your free Big Shot or $100 in free product. 


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