Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Covered Composition Book

We've had a busy holiday.  The kids have been off school for a week and a half and I've loved spending time with them.  Santa came and went and we all got exactly what we wanted.  I needed a gift for my daughter's best friend.  She is an avid writer and I LOVE making hand made gifts, so I decided to make her a personalized journal.  I think she liked it.
Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (117159)
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (120992)
*** Letters were cut with my Cricut

Monday, December 20, 2010

My Digital Studio and a Very Merry Christmas!

Hmm...somehow this never posted!  I really dislike when that happens!  Better late than never!

I absolutely LOVE My Digital Studio!  The possibilities for this amazing software are endless.  I handmade over 35 cards this year, but for those folks who I don't have a snail mail address and all my Facebook friends and family I did a quick MDS card.  This literally took me about 2 minutes to create and I love it! 
My Digital Studio (118108)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jolly Old Saint Nick

Here is one of our Christmas cards for this year.  I wasn't too sure about the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp initially, but the more I saw of it the more I just had to have it and boy am I glad I did!  This card was so quick and easy to put together and I just love the simplicity of it!  

Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Staz-On Ink (101406)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (109120)
Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Bashful Blue Classic Ink  (105209)
Jolly Old Saint Nick Stamp Set (Wood mount - 121711; Clear mount - 121321)
Blender Pens (102845)
2 1/2 Circle Extra-Large Punch (120906)
Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Autumn Spice and Day of Gratitude

I've been coveting the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper and the Day of Gratitude Stamp Set since I first saw them.  I just didn't buy them!  I received some images in a swap of the Day of Gratitude stamps and knew I had to have them and although I finally bought the stamp set I still hesitated on the paper.  I'll explain -- I'm a hoarder!  I have so much DSP that I have a really hard time justifying the purchase of even more because once I have it in my hot little hands I can't bear to cut into it!  So, when the digital download for the Autumn Spice paper was released I had my solution!!!!  I immediately purchased it and printed a sheet with my Kodak printer onto some HP 6.5 mil everyday photo paper and it was STUNNING!  My kids couldn't even tell that I printed it from the computer!

Here is the quick card I put together with my new paper.  AND, I did not copy this one from anyone :)

Early Espresso Card Stock (119686)
Cajun Craze Card Stock (119684)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper Digital Download (122175)
Soft Suede Classic Ink (115657)
Cajun Craze Classic Ink (119671)
More Mustard Classic Ink (13162)
Day of Gratitude Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 120835); Clear Mount - 121148)
Decorative Label Extra-Large Punch (120907)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Heart to Heart

Here is my final card for stamp camp.  I love the monochromatic look.

Edited to add:  This card was inspired by Gretchen Barron!  She's simply amazing.
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Versamark (102283)
Always Stamp Set (113620 - available in wood mount only)
Baroque Motifs Stamp Set (113490 - available in wood mount only)
Clear Embossing Powder (109130)
Heat Tool (100005)
Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon (117286)
Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware (Retired)
Basic Rhinestones (119246)

Welcome Stacy Welsh

I want to take a moment to welcome Stacy Welse to my Wanna Be Creative team!  I'm sure she has a very bright future ahead of her and I am super excited to have her on board!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Another Cute By the Inch

Here is the fourth card for my Stamp Camp this month.  This stamp set is so versatile.  I just love it!  And it can be yours for a qualifying workshop or order of $300.00! 

This card is definitely what I would call Clean and Simple.  It was super quick to put together.  I know I saw one just like it and that's why I wanted to make it.  I just can't remember where.  I really need to start writing these things down!

Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Marina Mist Card Stock (119682)
Basic Black Classic Ink (101179)
Cute by the Inch Stamp Set (Level 2 Hostess Set)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (115370 - available as wood mount only)
Paper-Piercing Tool (116631)
Mat Pack (105826)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bird on a Branch Equals Love?

I saw this card and fell fast and hard!  I think this is one of the most beautiful cards I've seen lately.  I'm not really sure if it's the color combo or the stamp set or what exactly, but I just love the entire thing.  Again, if this is your creation, please let me know as I'd love to give credit where credit is due!

Early Espresso Card Stock (119686)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Regals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117154)
Early Espresso Classic Ink (119670)
Punch Potpourri Stamp Set (Level 1 Hostess Set)
Well Scripted Stamp Set (Retired)
Two-Step Bird Extra-Large Punch (117191)
Boho Blossoms Extra-Large Punch (119858)
Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 181 and Gretchen Barron's From Our Hearts Valentine Challenge

Here is the card I made for the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 181.  I used one of my favorite retired Designer Series Papers, Sending Love Specialty DSP, from the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog.  I am also participating in Gretchen Barron's From Our Hearts Valentine Challenge (which is why I used retired DSP).  She has challenged everyone to send at least 5 Valentine's cards with envelopes to the wonderful From Our Hearts organization which sends handmade cards to the troops to send to their friends and families.  You can read more about it on Gretchen's post.

Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Pretty in Pink Card Stock (100459)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Real Red Classic Ink (103133)
Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)
5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319)
Full Heart Extra-Large Punch (119883)
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit (117332)
Well Scripted Stamp Set (retired)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cute by the Inch is SO Cute!

Here is my next card for Stamp Camp.  This is just the sweetest stamp set.  It is so very versatile.  I can't believe I inked it up for the first time for this card.  I can't recall where I saw this card, so if it's yours, please, please let me know so I can give you credit for it!

Basic Black Card Stock (101179)
Regal Rose Card Stock (105130)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Peach Parfait Card Stock (119794)
Regal Rose Classic Ink (105211)
Peach Parfait Classic Ink (119783)
Cute by the Inch Stamp Set (Level 2 Hostess Set)
Scallop Square Extra-Large Punch (119884)
1-1/4" Large Punch (119865)
Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (119277)

Where Has The Time Gone?!!!

Oh my wow!  Where has the time gone?  I have had so little time to craft lately between the school/work parties, getting ready for Santa and everyday life!  I did, however, manage to get projects ready for Stamp Camp on Sunday.  I will be sharing each card over the next few days.  This card was CASEd from Gretchen Barron.  She is so amazing!  I absolutely love her work.

Regal Rose Card Stock (105130)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Vellum Card Stock (101856)
Regal Rose Classic Ink (105211)
Rose Red Classic Ink (101778)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (109120)
I {Heart} Hearts Stamp Set (Wood Mount 117010; Clear Mount 118571)
Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115964)
Well Scripted Stamp Set (Retired - Available as a My Digital Studio Download - 121064)

Non-Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Build a Bear Birthday

My neighbor's daughter turned 7 last Friday and I needed to whip up a card because, as usual, I did not have any birthday cards handy.  I'm going to say that the reason is that I like to personalize each card...yeah, I'm going with that LOL!  When the Build a Bear dies first came out I HAD to have all of them.  Now that I have them, I don't use them enough.  So I grabbed my Big Shot and the Build a Bear dies and threw this quick card together.

Sorry for skipping the supply list -- I'm on my way out the door.  I will add the supply list later.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My Very First Diaper Cake!

I have wanted to make a diaper cake for the longest time and was just so intimidated by them.  My bunco group is having a diaper shower for one of the girls and they asked if I would try one.  So, I took the plunge.  I searched blogs and YouTube and followed the instructions.  We don't know whether she's having a boy or a girl, so I tried to keep it neutral.  I think it actually turned out quite cute. 
I used up some retired Designer Series Paper and buttons as well as some of the new ribbon in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.  I'd love to hear what you think!

Darling Dots Designer Series Paper (Retired Sale-a-Bration)
Buttons (Retired)
1-1/4" Certainly Celery Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (119771)
1/4" Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon (109031)
Serif Essentials Bigz Die (113464)
Basic Gray Classic Ink (109120)

60 Size 1 Diapers
1 8oz Bottle

Thursday, December 2, 2010

REMINDER - UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blow Out 2010 Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

Hi Friends!!

Just a little reminder that the Early Bird Registration is ends in 2 days!! Don't miss out on the savings and the chance to win 1 of 2 $100 Stampin' Up! Shopping Sprees!! The Lucky Winners will be announced on Dec 5th.

All Early Birds can register at the UStamp website today!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Free Pass for UStamp

For UStamp with Dawn and Friends Year End Blowout 2010, Dawn decided it would be wonderful for the designers to give away their free pass as a RAK (random act of kindness).  Our task was to go out into the blogosphere and find someone who we do not know on any level and give them a pass to this wonderful online event!  What fun I had browsing blogs and splitcoaststampers for inspiration.  I have to admit, this was a really hard task for me.  I am an avid blog surfer so many of the projects that caught my eye were created by stampers that I visit often.  The challenge for me was finding someone new.  I'm happy to say that I did just that.  I made a new stamping friend in Nancy Hendel.  She is super talented and when I contacted her via email was super sweet, too! 

Here is the project that just WOWed me:

Isn't it just fabulous!!!  I just love it.  

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Delayed Products Now Available!!!

Great news! The Watercolor Wonder Crayons are now available for purchase. The Watercolor Wonder Crayons were delayed due to a relocation of the supplier. You can start ordering today!

When you receive your Watercolor Wonder Crayons, you may notice that some of the crayon sleeves feature old artwork on them. This does not affect the quality of the crayons; we simply need to deplete inventory of crayons with the old artwork before we use crayons featuring the new artwork.

Use the following item numbers to purchase your Watercolor Wonder Crayons:

120949 New Color Kit
119802 Subtles
119803 Regals
119804 Brights
119805 Neutrals
We are also happy to announce that the quality problems we were experiencing with the Fancy Flower and 2-1/2" Circle Punches have been addressed and resolved! These punches will be available for ordering starting on December 1.

Thank you for your patience as we work through these quality issues. We'll update you as soon as the quality issues with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle and Ornament punches are resolved.

Neighborhood Ghouls

**I'm not sure why this didn't post.  I had it scheduled for November 25.  Oh well, better late than never, right! 

I finally scrapped some of our Halloween pictures.  We have an amazing neighborhood and all the families get a long spectacularly.  This year a few of the parents took all the kids out while the rest of us stayed home and gave out candy.  I was able to get a group shot of all the kids and wanted to preserve it.  I still need a title, but all in all, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock 12x12 (119939)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Versamark Ink (102283)
Wicked Cool Stamp Set (Wood Mount 118738; Clear Mount (120600)
Retired Designer Series Paper

Monday, November 29, 2010

I'm a Winner!!!!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I opened my email today!  I received an email from Stampin' Up! letting me know I was one of four winners of a copy of My Digital Studio that was given away at My Digital Studio!  If you have not checked out this fabulous online community dedicated to sharing information and projects using My Digital Studio, you should go now, as fast as you can!  It is open to anyone and everyone and it's absolutely FREE to join!  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Time for Another Round of UStamp!!!

I am super excited about today's announcement.  Not only are we gearing up towards another round of UStamp, but Dawn Rapsas has chosen me to be a Creative Crew Girl!  I just about fell out when I got her email asking me to join this elite team of creative wonders!  Thank you Dawn for having such confidence in me!  You made my day! 
Join us for UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! Year End Blow Out 2010!! We are sending out 2010 and welcoming 2011 in a BIG way, all around the world!!

I am thrilled to announce that for the very first time, UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! will be showcasing an entire event with spectacular projects all using 12x12 Stampin' Up! papers, along with the Occassions Mini Catalog, Sale-a-bration Brochure and IB&C Hostess Products!! We are talking BIG FUN!! The goal is to show the world that 12x12 paper is NOT just for layering and putting into a scrapbook!! No my friends, there is SO MUCH more to the 12x12 and we will show you 40+ projects that are going deliver BIG on awesomeness!! How cool is THAT??!! You will be able to create entire Stamping classes, Camps and Stamp Clubs showcasing what you have learned to make using the 12x12!!

All Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who are enjoying the preview have been DROOLING over the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure!! It is bursting with never before seen products that SHINE...talk about a BIG Wish List!! WOW!! This is going to be a CAN NOT MISS Event!!
The YEBO 2010 event will include a Color Combo with each project and by the end of the event all 40+ of the SU! colors will have been used in a project. 40+ Different 12x12 projects with 40+ coordinating cards & envelopes with PDF's, in 20 days to inspire YOU!! Seriously??!! This is a tremendous value that you can't pass up!!

Don't we all deserve a few minutes of fun to help us re-charge and enjoy what we love??!! Of course we do!! One of the many great things about UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! is that YOU create when YOU are ready. LOVE the projects, but don't have time to make them yourself right away?? No worries!! The website will remain open for many months, ready when you are to create so you won't miss out

Here is what you can expect when you join us...

* 40+ Projects
* 40+ unique Color Combos
* 40+ co-ordinating cards with co-ordinating envelope
* ALL 40+ Projects include downloadable PDF with Photo's
* Designer hosted chats with LOTS of prizes
* Open Chat Room 24x7
* Gallery to share your re-creations
* A NEW SURPRISE for 2011...you gotta be in the event to find out what it is!!
* A totally cool blinkie for your website/blog

Just head on over to UStamp with Dawn and Friends right now to sign up!  Early bird registration will save you $5.00.  Sign up by December 4 for only $19.99.  That's less than $.50 per project!!!  AND, sign up by December 4 for a chance to win 1 of 2 $100.00 Stampin' Up! shopping sprees from UStamp with Dawn and Friends!  The winners will be announced on the UStamp with Dawn and Friends website on Sunday, December 5!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Extreme Guitar Birthday

Of anything, I have the most difficult time with masculine cards!  My son had a birthday party to go to yesterday, and as usual, I waited until the last minute to get the card done.  You would think that I would have a ton of cards piled up and ready to go, but no, I don't.  Especially not boy cards! 

We started giving cash or gift cards a few years ago because it's so hard to buy gifts for kids these days when you don't really know what they're into.  I went to the store to get the gift card, but there was absolutely NO WAY I was standing in those holiday sale lines for one gift card, so I decided to just do cash.  I pulled out my favorite "boy" stamp, Extreme Guitar and proceeded to put together a money holder.  These are so easy to make and really only require one piece of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock.

I took a piece of Not Quite Navy, cut it down to 8-1/2" x 9" and scored it at 3-1/2" and 7".  Adhere the smallest flap down and you have a money pocket.  Easy peasy!

Not Quite Navy Card Stock (101722)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Not Quite Navy Classic Ink (103008)
Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write Marker (100059)
Extreme Guitar Stamp Set (115328 - available in wood mount only)
Afterthoughts Stamp Set (Hostess Level 1 - Wood Mount 118388; Clear Mount 120121)
Just Jawing Stamp Set (Retired)
Sticky Strip (104294)
SNAIL adhesive (104332)
Paper Cutter (104152)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Message from the Home Office

Stampin' Up! issued the following upate:

Availability of Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper

Because of unusually high demand for our Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (available in the Holiday Mini, item 120809), there is a possibility that we will deplete our inventory within the next week, and we will be unable to order more. As your business partner, we want to make you aware of this situation so you can work with your customers to place orders before supplies are gone. Please let your customers know that if Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper is not available, we have other beautiful holiday alternatives: Jolly Holiday (item 117159) and Deck the Halls (item 120810).

If this particular item is on your wish list, order now to avoid missing out!

The 10,000th Demonstrator in 2010!

Stampin' Up! set a goal to recruit 10,000 demonstrators in the US in 2010. Here is the website if you want to take a look 10,000 in 2010 . Well we reached that goal this week and Shelli Gardner, the Co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, made a surprise visit to the 10,000th recruit and personally delivered her Starter Kit! How exciting would that be to open your door to Shelli Gardner?! Wow! What a fun company Stampin' Up! is to work for and they are always coming up with such great surprises!

Now is the most amazing time to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with the Simply Amazing 50% off the Starter Kit!  Join Stampin’ Up! between November 15-30 and get 50% off the already-low-priced Starter Kit—standard or Digital+! You’ll get over $300 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for just $87.50. And you don't have to pay shipping costs for this either!  Visit the Start Your Own Business page on my Stampin' Up! website to learn more. Call or e-mail me if you have any questions - but don't wait - this Amazing deal is only until November 30th! My recruit password is want2bcreative and I'd love to have you join my team!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving and Welcome!!!

I would like to take a minute to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. followers.  I am thankful for so many things and one of them is all of you lovely folks who visit my blog.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

I would also like to welcome Jennifer Olea to my Wanna Be Creative team!  I am so excited for her to begin her journey with Stampin' Up!  Congratulations Jennifer!

I hope to be back next week with some stamping goodness!

Until then...Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another UStamp Inspired Project

Here's another great project that was inspired by one of the designers over at UStamp with Dawn and Friends Get a Jump on Your Jingle, Ashley Van Camp.  There is so much talent over there!  It's not too late to join! 

Isn't this fun! 

Rose Red Card Stock 12x12 (119945)
So Saffron Card Stock (105118)
Certainly Celery Card Stock (105125)
Rose Red Classic Ink (101778)
So Saffron Classic Ink (105213)
Cork Sheets (119819)
Window Sheets (Medium 114323; Thick 114324)
Bigz Clear Scallop Square Die (115950)
Contempo Alphabet Stamp Set (111570)
Petal Pizzazz Stamp Set (113417)
Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon (119265)
Cute Pie Designer Series Paper (Retired)

Monday, November 22, 2010


The Stampin' Up! Online Spectacular is here!  This THANKSGIVING WEEK you can shop my online store and save BIG!  

From November 22nd to November 30th, get incredible discounts--up to 50 percent--saving big on your favorite products, as well as qualifying for FREE SHIPPING with online orders of $150 or more.

SHOP ONLINE NOW to get your favorite holiday goodies and bundles on sale, including these plus a lot more:
•My Digital Studio 50% off!
•Designer Fabric 50% off!
•Big Shot Table Setting Die 40% off!
•Fire & Ice Brad Bundle 40% off!
•Friends Rock Bundle for your tween 30% off!
•Big Shot Matchbox Die 30% off!
•Styled Silver and Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware 30% off!
•Digital Bundles 20-40% off!

Things to Remember:
Discounted Products

•There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the discounted products promotion.
•For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided. Bundle discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are used.
•Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
•Discounts range between 20 and 50 percent.
Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 11:50 PM (MT)

Free Shipping

•In order to receive free shipping, orders must be $150 or more before tax and shipping.
•Free shipping is available for qualifying online orders only. Other order types will not qualify for this promotional offer.
Deadline: Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 11:50 PM (MT)

AND, you still have until November 30 to get the Starter Kit for 50% off! As a demonstrator, I'm able to get the Online Spectacular discounts AND it counts towards my sales! It's a great time to join my Wanna Be Creative team!  To sign up online, visit me here, click Join Now and use Recruiter Authorization Password:  want2bcreative. 

Shop the Online Spectacular now or view the pdf flyer here!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Digital Studio: It's a Fabulous Value

Have you ever purchased something and wondered if it was really worth what you paid for it?
You might be asking yourself something similar about My Digital Studio. Isn’t the $79.95 price tag a little steep? Once you get My Digital Studio in your hands, however, the wondering will be over! You won’t believe the value for the money—and you’ll begin to ask yourself if Stampin’ Up! wasn’t crazy for letting it go at that price!

Our My Digital Studio boxed software includes nearly 2000 unique elements—stamps, embellishments, designer and photo templates, punches, Designer Series Paper, card stock and more. If you were to individually buy all of the products already included with the software, you would spend more than $500.00! Now, that’s a great value!

And don’t just take my word for it—see for yourself! For a complete list of items that come with the My Digital Studio boxed software, click here!
I have even more great news! Because Stampin' Up! is so in love with My Digital Studio and wants everyone to try it—they're giving away four FREE copies! To be eligible to win, simply create a personal blog or Facebook post describing why you love My Digital Studio, why you'd love to own a copy of My Digital Studio—or why it would be the perfect gift for someone you know. Then leave a comment on the My Digital Studio Blog blog by 11:59 pm (MT) on November 24, 2010 with a link to your post. The four lucky winners will be randomly selected and announced in an upcoming My Digital Studio blog post!

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, My Digital Studio is the EASIEST way to create fast and fabulous scrapbook pages.  And that's just the beginning!  The possibilities are endless.  I love that I can open my software and in a matter of minutes I can create something amazing that anyone would be happy to share!  Imagine making calendars for your entire family with just a few clicks of your mouse!  It's really that simple.  With My Digital Studio you can create a variety of scrapbook sizes, greeting cards, calendars, and now with the most current upgrade, you can make journals and more!  What have you got to lose, check out this contest now!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Ustamp Project Has Posted

Hi everyone!  Wow, time flies!  I had no idea that it's been a week since I last posted.  I apologize for my absence.  Life is always hectic this time of year and this year is no exception.  To top off all the craziness, my husband has decided to retire from the military after over 22 years of service and about a year or so before we had originally anticipated so I've been a little out of sorts.  It's a very exciting, yet frightening, time for me!  We will be returning to the U.S. after living overseas for nearly six years and my kids are going to have to learn a whole new way of life.  It will be really nice to be near family again, though.

Enough about me, on to today's project!  My project for UStamp With Dawn and Friends Get a Jump on Your Jingle 2010 has posted!  I have had so much wonderful feedback.  I don't often come up with "original" projects so when I design for UStamp I have to put my creative thinking cap on.  I love the push it gives me to get outside my comfort zone and come up with something all on my own.  I'm usually just too lazy, so I CASE something.  After all, isn't that the sincerest form of flattery? If you like my project and would like the instructions, it's not too late to join UStamp.  Just click here and sign up now!  You won't regret it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


If you've been wanting to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, it has never been easier to do than now!

From November 15 through November 30, 2010 you can purchase the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits for only $87.50--that is 50 percent off the regular price of $175 for over $310 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!
Promotion Deadlines:

•Paper Independent Demonstrator Agreements must be received no later than Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 6:50 PM (MT)

•Online Independent Demonstrator Agreements must be submitted by Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 11:50 PM (MT)

Promotion Details:
•The Simply Amazing Recruiting Promotion lasts from November 15 through November 30, 2010.

•Both the Standard Starter Kit and the Digital+ Kit are available at 50 percent off the regular kit. These are full starter kits, not mini or reduced-content kits.

•You can still add the Stampin' Memories or Digital+ Add-On and will pay the regular add-on price.

•The promotional price of the Standard Starter Kit and the Digital+ Kit is $87.50. The kits include over $310 worth of crafting and business supplies.

Don't delay!!!  Sign up today! 

If you would like to sign up online, please go to my website.  My recruit password is "want2bcreative".  I'd love to have you join my team!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Just Believe in Thanks!

When I saw this card I knew I had to make it!  I don't have a creative bone in my body, so I CASE almost everything!  Every once in awhile I do surprise myself with an original, but not in this instance!  The very talented Kathleen Hopperstad designed this card.
Just Believe Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 116948; Clear Mount - 120453)
Soft Suede Card Stock (115318)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Soft Suede Classic Ink (115657)
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275)
Eyelet Border Punch (119853)
2 x 1-3/8" Oval Extra-Large Punch (119859)
Decorative Label Extra-Large Punch (120907 - 2010 Holiday Mini)

Last Halloween Share

My daughter has "outgrown" giving treats at school.  After all, she's in 8th grade!  My son, however, still enjoys giving treats to his classmates.  I participate in a demo only image swap over at splitcoaststampers and received a set of Batty for You images.  I requested them special so I could do some quick and easy treats for my son's class.  I can't say enough how much I love, love, love, the candy wrapper die in the Holiday Mini!  I didn't make these too fancy, after all, they were going to a bunch of 10-year-old 5th graders and we all know that the majority of these wrappers went straight into the trash as soon as they were opened and the candy was gone!

We had a typhoon on the Thursday before Halloween so I sat down and finally got these done!  I cranked out 28 of these babies in about 2 hours.  So much faster than if I'd had to cut them all by hand!

Batty for You stamp set (wood mount only 116576)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (105117)
Basic Black Classic Ink (101179)
1-3/8" Circle Large Punch (119860)
1-3/4" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (119854)
Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die (120890)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Two-Step Owl Bookmark

My final Cardscraps project for Stamp Camp is a cute little bookmark.  This is another simple project.  These are great for the kids!  What a great gift for a classmate or goody bag for a birthday party!
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
So Saffron Card Stock (119947)
Chocolate Chip Card Stock (102128)
Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Tall Tales Designer Series Paper (Retired)
1-3/4" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (119854)
1-3/8" Circle Large Punch (119860)
Old Olive 1/4" Twill Ribbon (Retired)
Two-Step Owl Extra Large Punch (118074)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Here is yet another card inspired by Cardscraps.  I did change it up a bit as I wanted one to offer one more Christmas design to my stamp camp ladies.  This particular card has no stamping on it.  Crazy, I know! 

Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Vellum Card Stock (101856)
Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120902)
5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon (114616)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Clean and Simple Friend

I absolutely love the Two-Step Bird Punch.  I must confess, though, I do not use it enough.  This is another card from Cardscraps.  This is a great card for mass production.  It is super quick and easy to produce.
With All My Heart Stamp Set (Wood Mount - $17.95; Clear Mount - $13.95)
Tempting Turquoise Card Stock (102067)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117155)
Two-Step Bird Extra Large Punch (117191)
Scallop Trim Corner Punch (118870)
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335)
Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker (100058)
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker (100079)

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Morning Without Coffee...

is like sleep!  I love this set.  I'm a tea drinker myself, but I know plenty of coffee drinkers.  I love that this set works well for either.  I got the project sheet for this card from Cardscraps.  They have a great resource section!
Morning Cup Stamp Set (Wood Mount - $21.95; Clear Mount -$16.95)
Poppy Parade Card Stock (119793)
So Saffron Card Stock (105118)
Baja Breeze Card Stock (111352)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117158)
Basic Black Classic Ink (101179)
Poppy Parade Classic Ink (119782)
So Saffron Classic Ink (105213)
Baja Breeze Classic Ink (111833)
Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882)
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (117335)
Blender Pens (102845)
5/8" So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired - 2009 Sale-a-Bration)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

November Stamp Camp Projects

My Stamp Camp for November is scheduled for Sunday, November 21.  I am excited to share five projects with my girls.  We will do four cards and one bookmark.  Here is a picture of all five projects.  I will share a close-up as well as supply lists of each card over the next few days.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You've Been Boo'd

This year I wanted to do something fun for my neighbors for Halloween.  I've seen Boo boxes and bags all over the place so I thought I'd give it a go.  Nothing too fancy or over the top, but definitely cute! 
12x12 Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (119939)
Basic Black Card Stock (121045)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
2-1/2" Circle Extra Large Punch (120906)
Two-Step Owl Extra Large Punch (118074)
Billboard Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die (114510)
Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120889)

Holiday Planner

I have seen these planners all over the web.  I got my instructions from Melissa Stout.  I was absolutely amazed at how easy this was to put together and yet it has such a WOW factor!  I can see me making a ton of these, and not just for Christmas!
Rather than having to untie and re-tie my ribbon every time I wanted to get into my planner, I attached the left side of my ribbon with Sticky Strip and wrapped the ribbon around to be held closed with a magnet. 

Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (Retired - Holiday Mini 2009)
Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon (Retired)
Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die (120903)
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Soft Suede Card Stock (115318)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kimono Kids Pop Up Card

Here's another one of those fun pop up cards!  These are so easy to make.  I hope you give it a go!  From the first time I saw this stamp set I knew I had to have it!  It took me awhile to actually get it and once I did it took even longer to ink it up!  I'm really happy with how it turned out.


Kimono Kids Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 117000; Clear Mount - 120498)
Tempting Turquoise Card Stock (102067)
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Tangerine Tango Card Stock (111349)
Watercolor Paper (105019)
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad (101179)
TemptingTurquoise Stampin' Write Marker (100058)
Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (100052)
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker (100079)
Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Marker (120974)
1 3/8" Circle Large Punch (119860)
2 1/2" Circle Punch Extra-Large Punch (120906)
2 3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (118874)
Scallop Trim Corner Punch (118870)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
Decorative Label Extra-Large Punch (120907)
Word Window Large Punch (119857)
Tangerine Tango Ribbon (retired)

Party this Way Pop Up

Pop up cards are so much fun!  This one was inspired by Gilda Fellows at UStamp with Dawn and Friends.  I can't brag enough about the designers over at UStamp!  You can still sign up for any of the previous online classes as well as the current and upcoming classes.  Just visit Ustamp with Dawn and Friends and register today!  Enjoy the card.

Party This Way Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 118744; Clear Mount - 120609)
Word Play Stamp Set (Wood Mount - 120308; Clear Mount - 120651)
Pacific Point Card Stock (100702)
Real Red Card Stock (102482)
Old Olive Card Stock (100702)
Bashful Blue Card Stock (105120)
Pacific Point Stampin' Write Marker (120968)
Real Red Stampin' Write Marker (100052)
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker (100079)
2 1/2" Circle Punch Extra-Large Punch (120906)
2 3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (118874)
Scallop Trim Corner Punch (118870)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
Bashful Blue Ribbon (retired)
Non-SU embossing folder

Friday, October 22, 2010

ABCs of the Perfect Handmade Holiday

Stampin' Up! has a new promotion just in time for holiday creating!  Create Amazing cards, Beautiful packaging and Cherished gifts this holiday season! 

From October 19-December 16, choose from several different holiday bundles containing gorgeous Stampin' Up! products-perfect for creating cards, gift packaging, and gifts-and all at 20% off! Click here for details!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Morning Cup Slider Card

This fabulous card is an exact case of the card designed by Betty Traciak for UStamp Cards with Cool Moves 2010!  The only change I made was to complete the inside of the card.  Isn't it wonderful. 

The cup mounted on the black scallop circle actually slides out and reveals a message underneath.  I forgot to take a picture of that part!  I must admit, I was really intimidated by this card, but once I got started it was so easy!  I will be making a ton of these! 

Poppy Parade Card Stock (119793)
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock (119795)
Designer Series Paper Pack - In Color (Level 1 Hostess Set) (121028)
Jet Black Staz-On Ink Pad (101406)
Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker (119801/1 ea. of 5 colors)
Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker (119801/1 ea. of 5 colors)
Morning Cup stamp set (Wood Mount - 116988; Clear Mount - 120489)
Word Window Large Punch (119857)
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275)
1-3/4" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (119854)
1-3/8" Circle Large Punch (119860)
Two-Step Owl Extra-Large Punch (118074)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

September Thank You Cards

I like to send a thank you card to each of my customers who place orders with me.  I cased September's cards from a video I saw on Chic 'n' Scratch's YouTube channel.  She is awesomely talented. 

This is not your traditional A2 card.  It is 4-1/4" x 4-1/4".  The great thing about this size card is you can still mail it in an A2 envelope! 

Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Marina Mist Card Stock (119682)
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad (119668)
Marina Mist 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119965)
Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117152)
Daffodil Delight Card Stock (119683)
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad (119667)
Daffodil Delight 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119766)
Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (117155)
2-3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch (118874)
Elegant Thank You individual stamp  (114484)

* I cut the 2" Whisper White circle with a non-Stampin' Up! cutting system.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just Jawing Birthday

My daughter had a birthday party to go to last weekend and I just had to pull out the retired Just Jawing stamp set.  I was so sad to see it go.  It is one of my go-to stamp sets for pre-teen girl cards.  It is just so much fun. 

This was a really quick card to put together.  It is very basic and just has layers.  To create the eyes, I used heat and stick powder along with some red glitter I had in my stash.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Giant Nugget Box

My fourth and final project for my October Stamp Camp is one I've shown before.  I found the instructions for this giant nugget box on Becky Roberts' blog.  She is one amazingly talented lady!  I decided to use the Delightful Decorations stamp set this time since we're coming up on Christmas.  I stuck with the retired Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper for a more non-traditional Christmas color scheme.
This was a special request from one of my girls.  I sure hope they like it.  I think they're going to be surprised how easily it comes together!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here is the third project for my October Stamp Camp.  The new Candy Wrapper die in the Holiday Mini is my absolute favorite go-to die for a quick treat wrapper.  Is is so easy to use and only takes half a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  And it is so versatile!  You can use it for any occasion, from Halloween (as I used it here) to Christmas to birthday parties to wedding favors and the list goes on! 

On this particular candy wrapper I chose Pumpkin Pie card stock which I cut with my Big Shot and folded using the score lines from the die as my guide.  I then ran the card stock through my Big Shot with my Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I took one of our Stampin' Sponges and Basic Black Classic Ink and lightly rubbed it over the raised embossed image.  I stamped the Spooky sentiment from the Wicked Cool stamp set onto Whisper White and cut it out with the Large Oval Punch, which I then layered on a piece of Basic Black card stock punched with the Scalloped Oval Punch.  I finished the candy wrapper off by tying the ends off with the Raven 1/2" Lace Trim. 

Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (105117)
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (121045)
Basic Black Classic Ink Pad (101179)
Wicked Cool stamp set (Wood Mount - 118738; Clear Mount - 120600)
Candy Wrapper Bigs L Die (120890)
Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120889)
Scallop Oval Extra-Large Punch (119856)
1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch (119855)
Raven 1/2" Lace Trim (120988)