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Friday, December 19, 2008

Love You Much Promotion

I am excited to announce another fabulous promotion that will take place December 23rd - January 31st--the Love You Much bundle!

This bundle contains a fantastic assortment of supplies to make beautiful Valentine themed cards and gifts. By purchasing the bundle, you are saving 20%!

Plus, if you place your order with me by the 23rd at 9:00 PM, you can get free shipping on the bundle (when you agree to pick it up at my home.) If you don't want to pick it up from me, you just need to add a few more supplies to add up to $70 to earn your FREE SHIPPING and have it delivered to your house.

December 23rd, is the ONLY DAY to receive this bundle at the 20% discount AND receive FREE SHIPPING on the bundle!!!!! After that day, the Free Shipping promotion ends and this bundle will just be available at the 20% off.

Other Items that coordinate with the Bundle:
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla
Ribbon: Riding Hood Red taffeta, Pink Pirouette Striped Grosgrain, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2 Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Card, finally!

Well, I finally found time to make my Christmas Cards for this year! I decided to go with another Photo Card. These are a little different from the ones I made last year. Regular photo cards measure 4x8, but I made mine 4 x 9 1/4". I did this so I could fit the Christmas tree image. This card will still fit in a business size envelope. The greeting measurements are: Real Red--3 x 3 3/4", Shimmery White--2 3/4 x 3 1/2"

It's always so hard to get Kyle to smile a "real" smile when I take pictures! He gets so goofy. I decided to use this picture because it's just so "Kyle"! Putting the reindeer on top of your head just makes sense to a 5 year old. He got a kick out of himself!

The card is very simple---no embellishments or anything, which is very hard for me to do. Almost all of my projects have ribbon. I just wanted to make sure I didn't have to pay extra postage and to be sure that the postal machines don't tear apart my cards (this has happened before!). The machines get stuck on the embellishments and before you know it, I get a call from a friend telling me they received a very mangled card!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ikea Candy Jars

I made each of my clubbers one of these cute little candy jars. I bought them from Ikea--set of 4 for around $3.50, I think. This is a quick and easy gift for co-workers or classroom helpers. Once again, I've used the Deer Friends stamp set paired with the circle punches and scallop circle punch. I'll be so sad when this set retires.

Here's a close up view:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Club Christmas Gift Exchange

This past Monday was my Club meeting with my 8 wonderful clubbers. This month we skipped our regular swap of scrapbook pages and did a stamped gift exchange. We played the "Thief" game--where each person takes a turn opening a present or stealing one from someone else. The ladies came up with some wonderful projects. And, once again, I forgot to take pictures of them. I will show you the gifts I made, though.

I bought this jar from Target and decorated it with the small Jingle All the Way Decor Element in Olive. I wrapped the Riding Hood Red striped ribbon from the Holiday Mini catalog around the mouth of the jar. The red Top Note piece inside was put there so that the image would show up in my photo, but I kind of like having it in there for contrast.

I bought the wreath from Michael's on sale for $3. It also has the fantastic striped ribbon around it. I used pieces from the On Board Trinkets Ornaments kit also found in the Holiday Mini. I painted the words--hope, peace, love with Red Craft ink, let them dry, painted with Tombow, and sprinkled Red Chunky glitter on them. The two ornament pieces were covered with designer paper from the Ski Slope pack found in the Holiday Mini. I'm not crazy about my bow at the top. It was a last minute addition because I needed something there, but I'm not great at making bows!

All of the ladies did a wonderful job with their stamped gifts. We had a wine basket, spa basket, adorable frames, fantastic jar sets using rub-ons, wreaths, and more. I ended up stealing from Pam Jamie's adorable Christmas garland shown below. She used the chipboard pieces from On Board Seasonal Somethings. The pieces were embossed, glittered, and decked out with half-back pearls, ribbons, and rhinestone brads. It's just beautiful!

I want to thank Claudia for making me this fantastic pink blanket with my name. I love it! Thank you also to Pam and Kimberly for the grape spreaders. Kyle and I both like to use them when we ice our cookies. Thanks for thinking of me, ladies. I appreciate it!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Paper Display Board Class Pictures

This post is dedicated to my loyal cyber stalker, Debbi, who let me know that I posted the same project twice! Yes, the box you may have seen on the December 8 post was posted a while back on November 25. I have since deleted it, so let's never speak of it again! :)

Last week, I held my Paper Display Class. This project is designed to hold 3 papers from your child's (or niece's) schoolwork. The class fee included a Designer Paper pack of their choosing as well as a roll of 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon. The picture above was my project, but wait until you see what these ladies came up with! Some used alphabet stamps for their names while others used Big Shot letters. I gave them free use of all of my retired sets---including my two shelves of Retired Sets, so many of the ladies chose retired "kid" sets. I really hope we find some new kid sets in the new catalog in January! Click on each picture for a bigger image.

Michelle--retired dp

Debbi--Bella Rose

Chris (my mom!)---Maine Blueberry

Leslie--Bella Rose

Diane --no name because Leslie and Shane have not decided on a name for the baby boy due in January! Pacific Point Designer Series Paper

Mary #1--Bella Rose

Mary #2--Georgia Peach

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Get 10% off Retiring Sets and FREE SHIPPING Promotion

I can't believe it's this time already! The current Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog goes until January 18. January 19 will begin our new Spring/Summer Idea Book & Catalog.

Each year, Stampin' Up! must retire some stamp sets and accessories to make way for new ones. This time of year always brings a mixture of sadness (as I always seem to lose a ton of my sets to the Retirement list) and excitement (as we await to see what new, wonderful, fantastic things SU has planned for us). What can I say? I'm a stampin' junkie!

This year Stampin' Up is offering a never-before-seen promotion on the Retired List---10% off any sets on the list from today until December 23!

Plus, from now until December 23, you will receive FREE SHIPPING on any orders over $70! Amazing! You can place you order with me or online through my website:

I will be placing an order on December 20 and will give any size order free shipping--just in case you have a smaller order to put in. You will need to pick it up from my Miamisburg home when it arrives, however. You will need to have your order and payment to me by the 20th.

You can find the Retired List by page number by clicking here.

Find the list with the 10% off prices by clicking here.

ETA: I just found that you can go here and see the actual sets along with the names.
So much easier than hunting through your catalog!

If you choose to order any of these sets online, be sure to order through my website, not the main Stampin' Up! site listed above. When you order through my site, you pay the price listed in the catalog rather than the "premium" price listed on SU's page.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Accessory Clubs

I am starting a new round of Accessory Clubs! These clubs require a one time payment and get you a share of a specific accessory. Read below for information on the two clubs I have going.

Sign ups for the Accessory Clubs go from now until December 30th
. Payments must be made with cash or check. I just ordered a set of each for my club ladies and will have one extra set of the Clips and Designer Brads and 2 sets of Hodgepodge ready to go. If you order this week, you will have your pieces by next week. I can mail the pieces to you for an extra $3.

Clips Assortment and Designer Brads $20
52 pieces total

  • 4 each of 3 designs of the Clips Assortment = 12 pieces

  • 4 each of Designer Brads shown on page 184 plus 8 of the 3/16" brads = 40 pieces

Hodgepodge Hardware $15
80 pieces total

  • 2 each of the Styled Silver and Styled Vanilla pieces shown on page 185 = 40 pieces

  • 40 matching brads (20 silver, 20 vanilla)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Spend $20, Get 20% off!

Starting December 1 (and running through January 18), spend $20 on any Stampin' Up! products and receive 20% off any stamp set in the catalog sampler (the small catalog pictured to the left). Contact me if you need a free catalog sampler! Find a list of eligible stamp sets below.

To Order Stampin' Up! Products On-Line 24/7, CLICK HERE!

Item # Description Retail 20% Off
111564 Flight of the Butterfly $31.95 $25.56
112911 Vuelo de la mariposa (Spanish Flight of the Butterfly) $31.95 $25.56
111676 Puns from the Past $27.95 $22.36
111660 Just Jawing $25.95 $20.76
111624 Dreams du Juor $18.95 $15.16
111700 Thank You Kindly $13.95 $11.16
111714 Wow Flowers $12.95 $10.36
112955 Flores llamativas (Spanish Wow Flowers) $12.95 $10.36
111600 Bella's Bloom $12.95 $10.36

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

Images Copyright Stampin' Up!

We made these Domino ornaments and pins at my Christmas Stamp camp earlier this month. The ladies were amazed at how nice they turned out and how easy they were to make.

Supplies: Dominos (you can often find cheap dominos at discount stores like Odd Lots or Family Dollar), re-inkers or ink pads with sponge daubers, Jet Black Staz-on, Stamps, rubber gloves (optional), embellishments like rhinestone brads, pin backing or magnet, Sanding Block or Rubbing Alcohol, Silver Leafing Pen, Spray Sealant, Ribbon, Mini Glue dots or Sticky Strip

1. Use sanding block or rubbing alcohol to sand away the glossy finish of the domino.
2. Put a small dot of re-inker at the top of your domino and rub it in with your gloved finger. You can vary the shading and even use two colors, if you wish. OR, use sponge daubers and ink pads.
3. Ink stamp with Staz-on and stamp on the domino.
4. Add color to line images with Sharpie Markers, if you wish.
5. Use a Silver Leafing Pen to cover edges of your domino. Allow to dry.
6. Spray with sealer. Allow to dry.
7. Take apart the rhinestone brad and adhere it to the domino with Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive.
7. Adhere magnet or pin backing or turn into an ornament by adding ribbon along the edges with mini glue dots.

For the glitter tree pin----After I sealed the domino, I used Crystal Effects to add the glitter. Be sure to let the CE dry before you touch it!

Images Copyright Stampin' Up!

These ornaments were made using the On Board Trinkets Ornaments kit found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. This is a really fun and easy way to add some handmade ornaments to your tree. The kit contains chipboard pieces with matching perforated Designer Paper pieces. It makes over 40 ornaments. You can add some zip to them by adding glitter, ribbon, stamped images, etc.

Another easy way to decorate the chipboard pieces is to smoosh them into craft ink. You can then leave them be, or sprinkle some Iridescent Ice embossing powder for some sparkle. Find more ideas for decorating chipboard in this post from last year: Click Here!

Click here for additional ornament ideas. The chipboard pieces used in this post are retired, but you can find similar pieces in the On Board Something Seasonal pack found on page 180 in the current Fall/Winter Catalog.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Big Shot Gift Card Ornaments

What a fun way to give a gift card or cash! Hide a few of these on your tree and watch their eyes light up when they find them. You could personalize them a little more by adding a name or initial on the front. I made these to sell at a vendor fair so I had to make a bunch of them quickly and didn't want them personalized.

Don't own a Big Shot? That's okay--all you need is a circle cutter.

1. Cut 2 circles (or Scallops) from Designer Paper.
2. Cut 1 circle (or Scallop) from cardstock.
3. Cut a piece of ribbon for your hanger--about 5 inches.
4. Attach it to the cardstock circle with tape.
5. Adhere the Designer paper circle on top of the cardstock circle--right over top of the ribbon.
6. Cut one designer paper circle in half.
7. Use glue dots to attach the half circle to the back as a pocket for the gift card.
8. Stamp and decorate as you wish.

Stamps: Deer Friends, Heard from the Heart
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink,
Other: Big Shot Scallop Circle or Circle Cutter, 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop circle punch, Chocolate Taffeta Ribbon, Stamin' Dimensionals

Come back tomorrow for some fun ornament ideas!

Super Stampin' Weekend 2009

March 20 - 22

Could you use a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life to catch up on your scrapbooking? How about uninterrupted time to work on your projects--no kids, no cooking? Then you won't want to miss this event

I want to remind you all about the Super Stampin' Weekend taking place March 20 - 22. This will be our 4th time traveling to King's Domain. We love the facility and always have a fantastic time.

The weekend would be an EXCELLENT idea for a gift from Santa! Tell your family that all you want for Christmas is a weekend away. I am offering a Payment Plan this year--read below for more information.

Place: King's Domain Camp (near Lebanon)

All weekend:
Early Bird $190
Regular Registration $200

One Night:
Early Bird $160
Regular Registration $170

Saturday only:
Early Bird $115
Regular Registration $125

Early Bird Registration goes from now until February 1.
The last day to register is March 1.
Payment must be received when you register, unless you choose the Payment Plan option.

Your weekend includes:
  • bedding

  • 6 meals (Friday dinner,Saturday breakfast, lunch, & dinner, Sunday breakfast & lunch)

  • door prizes

  • 3 make & takes (Saturday mid-morning--this year we will be doing 2 layouts and one other project)

  • $50 order included in prices listed above! Plus, you will get to choose one of the Sale-a-Bration rewards.

  • use of stamps, inks, punches, Big Shot, and other tools

  • lots of fun!

New Features this year:

Swapping: You have the option of joining a 2 page layout swap. You must RSVP for the swap by February 1. Your swap is due on the Saturday of the Weekend. Information can be found in the registration packet.

Payment Plan: We all know how hard it is to hand over a big chunk of change at one time. So, we are offering a payment option that allows you to break up your registration fee into 3 payments--due by the 1st of December, January, and February. Final payment is due February 1.
******The 1st of December is obviously upon us, so I am more than willing to work with you on a different payment schedule. Just call or email me and let me know what works for you!

Meals: Based on feedback, we are now including meals for the entire weekend. Yes, this means breakfast!

Make & Takes: Also, based on feedback, we have decreased the number of make & takes from 4 to 3 and designed them to take less time to complete! Two of the projects will be scrapbook layouts!

You will find the Registration form and more information to the right under "Special Download Forms."

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to use only Stampin' Up! supplies? No---use whatever you like! While we obviously LOVE our SU stuff, you will find lots of various tools and supplies used by the other ladies. You will be able to use our ink pads, punches, and various stamp sets while you're there, though!

Can I invite friends to join me? Of course, as long as they send in their Registration form and payment by the due date.

What are the sleeping arrangements? Camp style (all in one large room) in single beds. Pillow and bedding provided. I recommend that you bring an extra blanket and pillow!

If I plan to arrive on Saturday, how early can I get there?
You can arrive starting at 9:00 am. If you are planning to just come on Saturday and not stay the night, you can arrive at 9:00 am and stay until midnight!

How much table space? You will share a table with one other person.

Will there be items for sale? We are not allowed to have Cash & Carry Sales of current merchandise. There will be retired stamp sets and products for sale--cash or check only!

What other things should I bring? Comfortable clothes, toiletry items, slippers, pajamas, snacks and drinks, easy breakfast items, your own scrapbooking/stamping supplies (cardstock embellishments, stamps, pictures, etc). While we will be providing ink pads and some stamps, you will want to bring specific colors and sets you know you will use. Bring a lot of adhesive and extra cutting blade refills!

The first 4 ladies to send in their registration form before January 30, will receive $5 in Stampin' Bucks (good towards my retired stamps and products during the weekend)!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Christmas Card

Do you have your Christmas Cards finished? Neither do I!!! Every year I wonder how this happens. This year we were supposed to get a family picture taken so that I could put in on my card, but now it's too late, so I'm hoping for one good snow day so that I can get a picture of Kyle in it to put on my cards!

Here is the 5th card from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. This is another card that I found while browsing other stamping blogs and forget who it belongs to! I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. I'm a pink-y girl, but don't have the opportunity to use it much while scrapbooking for a boy, so I'm loving these colors---Kiwi Kiss, Pretty in Pink, Pirouette Pink.

This is a great card to make as a Christmas Card because it is super simple and quick! Change up the colors for something more traditional.

The white layer is actually Shimmery White cardstock, which is just BEAUTIFUL in real life. It measures 2 1/2 x 5 1/2. The Kiwi Kiss layer is 2 3/4 x 5 1/2. Add some coordinating ribbon and you're good to go!

This year I am planning to do a version of these photo cards from last year, except I think I'm going to leave off the flap and have the greeting and signature on one layer. I'm not sure which stamp set and color scheme to use, but I'll be working on it very soon.

Now, if only it would snow . . .

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Sale

Oh, you are going to LOVE this sale! Stampin Up! is offering 20-50% off 14 select product bundles! Click on the picture to view a bigger image or click on the link below to download a printable version.

Supplies are limited, so be sure to place your order online through my website by going here: Click on Shop Now at the top of the page. You will pay by credit card and the order will be shipped directly to you.

Download the flyer above to find out the contents of each bundle!

This sale only lasts from
November 27 - December 1!

Holiday Decor--Big Shot style

I showed this project to my Big Shot club ladies the other night. It is my first star made with the 5 Point 3D star bigz die for the Big Shot. This was so easy to put together and looks so nice. I'm going to have to make a whole bunch of them to hang in my stamp room!

If you are considering the Big Shot die cutting machine, don't wait any longer! It is fantastic. I am amazed at everything it can do.

Paper: Ski Slope dp (Holiday Mini catalog), Riding Hood Red
Other: Big Shot--5 Point Star, Snowflake #2, clear rhinestone brad from Pretties kit, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Big Shot Box

Isn't this too cute? This box is made using two of the Scallop Envelopes made from the Scallop Envelope Bigz die for the Big Shot. It is perfect for a stack of 3x3 cards or a cello bag of candy! I just love the Deer Friends stamp set. I've been using it for all kinds of projects lately!


1. Cut two scallop envelopes out of cardstock.
2. Attach the bottoms together with Sticky Strip.
3. Cut a 1 ½ x 7 ¾” piece of cardstock in the same color.
4. Score both ends at 2 ¼”.
5. Attach to the inside of the box with Sticky Strip.
6. Cut a 1 ¾ x 12 piece of designer paper and wrap around box.
7. Decorate as you wish!

Stamp Set: Deer Friends (hostess level 2)
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Frosty Day designer paper (Holiday mini catalog)
Other: Circle punches, Scallop Circle punch, dimensionals, Big Shot and Scallop Envelope bigz die, Premium Crease pad

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Decor

I wanted to share this project that I finished yesterday. This is a shadow box with the Season of Thanks decor element on the front of the glass. The picture really doesn't show how awesome this looks! My twigs/leaves should be more toward the left so that they don't blend in so much with the words, but they moved. I plan on making a Christmas layout to put in the shadow box so that I can change it with the seasons. I'll share that once I get it finished. I now know what I plan on making for Christmas gifts!

If you've never seen the Decor Elements, be sure to find the link to the special brochure in my right hand column. I can't believe how easy they are to do. The Decor Elements is a line of Vinyl Art that designed for putting on your walls. It is a fast, quick, cheap way to add some decoration to your home.

The Season of Thanks decor elements is available in chocolate, olive, and black and in two sizes---Medium (20 1/2 x 13) and Small (12 x 7 5/8). I bought my shadow box from Michael's last week when they had them 40% off.

Supplies: Season of Thanks decor elements (small/chocolate), Autumn Vine designer paper (Holiday Mini), felt stitched ribbon (Holiday Mini)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Blessings Holder

I found this idea on another blog and fell in love with it immediately. With Kyle getting older, I really want to make each holiday have a special tradition and I think I'm going to like this one.

This is a Thanksgiving Blessings holder--just like the poem says! I plan on making these for all of my family. Each year I will put them out along with paper and pens. I plan on keeping the previous years' papers inside so they can read what they were thankful for in the past. I can't decide if I want to put names on each of them so they always get their holder back or if I should pass them out randomly and let others read what was written the year before. Decisions, decisons! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

You can find a copy of the Blessings poem under Project Directions to the right. Just print it out on the cardstock of your choice. Cut each poem to 2 3/4" x 1 5/8". The next layer is 2 7/8 x 1 3/4". The Chocolate Chip layer is 3 x 1 7/8".

Get a totally different look by changing your designer paper! My first example uses the Autumn Vine Designer Paper found in the Holiday Mini catalog. The other example uses the Hawaii Papaya Designer Paper.

To make the holder:

1. Start with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of cardstock.
2. Score at 5 1/2".
3. Trim @1" off one end. Then score that shorter end at 1". Round the corners of this flap, if you wish.
4. Add a piece of designer paper to the front--4 1/4 x 3 1/2".
4. Fold back the flap and add adhesive to keep it shut.
5. Now, decide if you want to add ribbon along the sides or sticky strip.
6. If you are doing ribbon, punch 3 holes using the crop-a-dile on each side below the flap and a hole on each side on the flap.
8. Cut a 20" piece of ribbon. Insert ribbon from the back in the bottom holes. Do a "blanket" stitch along both sides. Tie ends across flap into a knot. If you wish to have a bow on front, you will need to make your ribbon longer.

You can always change the size of your blessings holder. The directions I found were 5" wide, but I wanted to maximize the number I could get per sheet, so I changed it.

Holiday Extravaganza

I wanted to let you know that I have a little more information about the secret sale that Stampin' Up! will be offering November 26 - December 1.

There will be a 20 - 50% discount on select product bundles. I don't know what the bundles are and probably won't find out until the 26th, but I bet they will be fabulous!

There will be limited quantities of the bundles, so be sure to check in early and order your bundle right away. You can go to my website to order your bundle and any other products you wish.

Anyone placing an order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) on my website from November 26 to December 1 will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate from me (or choose $20 in Stampin' Bucks)! I will randomly draw a name from all who place a qualifying order.

Anyone placing an order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax) will receive $10 in Stampin' Bucks, not to mention the regular Hostess benefits and entry into the drawing!

Stampin' Bucks are coupons that are good towards any used/retired merchandise I have. Check out the link at the top right for a list of available retired stamp sets.

So, be sure to check back here early on the 26th for all the details and get ready to place your order!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas: Gift Cards

I'm a little behind in sharing some holiday ideas with you! So, let's start with a popular option--gift cards. I love to shop, but it seems more and more people just want gift cards. So, I like to pair a gift card with a small gift like candy. Who doesn't love candy?!

Last year, I attached gift cards to giant Hershey bars for my brother, brother in-law, and little cousins. This year I bought a really cool skull mug from Target for my cousin's son. I will put a gift card and some candy in it for him.

Recently, I made two adorable gift boxes with Stampin' Up! gift certificates for my uncle and cousin to give to my aunt. As you can see, she likes purple! Both of these were really easy. I added a cello bag with candy (Hershey Kisses and Peppermint Patties) along with the gift certificate. The first one is a take off my Frankie and Santa boxes. I followed the directions for making the box (you can find them here) and left off the Top Note face pieces. I finished this one very simply because it was a last minute call and my aunt was coming over for a class and I didn't want her to see it!

Stamps: Floral Background
Paper: Lavender Lace
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: big flower from Pretties kit (sponged with ink), half back pearl from Pretties kit, gold brad (behind pearl to hold flower to box), Word Window Box, Small cello bag, Elegant Eggplant ribbon), Scallop edge punch

This box is my favorite! It uses the Top Note die from our Big Shot collection. The top notes are attached to a small paper bag that was cut to 2 1/2". This bag is similar to my Smores Kit bag (find directions here), except that the bag was a 3# bag instead of a lunch size sack. I buy my bags in bulk from Gordon Food Services, but you can find similar sized bags at various craft places.

Stamps: Dreams du Jours (butterfly), Embrace Life, On Your Birthday
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Basic Black
Accessories: Top Note die, 3 # paper bag, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches, Scallop Circle Punch, White Tafetta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Wide Oval punch

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Isn't he too cute?! I made these little treat boxes for my Club ladies on Monday. This was inspired by a card made by Debbie Schlink. The box is your basic 2-4-6-8 box with the pieces attached.

What you need:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Chocolate Chip cardstock
2 x 1 1/2" Black cardstock
3 x 1/2" Black cardstock
Paper cutter with scoring blade
3/4" circle punch--punch 2 White, 1 Chocolate Chip
1/2" circle punch--punch 2 Back
Small oval punch--punch 1 More Mustard
5 petal flower punch--punch 1 Real Red
Sticky Strip
Stampin' Dimensionals

You can find directions for making the 2-4-6-8 Box by clicking here. This is a great box to know how to do--you can make all kinds of treat boxes--change the size of your beginning sheet and you can make various sized boxes.

Once you make the box, just use the punched out pieces and black hat pieces to make your turkey face. I cut the Chocolate Chip circle in half for eyelids and punched them up with dimensionals. The waddle is made by snipping off a petal from the 5-petal flower. Although, looking at this picture, his waddle should be pointing more towards the bottom!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Big Shot Snowman Layout

Oh, I was so excited to finish this layout! This was my swap for my club girls this month. The idea came to me in the shower and I was so excited with how it turned out. The designer paper is from the Holiday Mini. I had to make two different color layouts because I only had a few sheets of the Tangerine Tango. I can't decide which one I like best--Brocade Blue or Tangerine Tango?

Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks---small circle stamp for eyes
Inks: Basic Black
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango (Ballet Blue), Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Other: Big Shot Scallop Circle die, Scallop Circle #2 die, Serif Essentials dies, Kiwi Kiss grosgrain ribbon, Earth Elements buttons, Crimper (carrot nose), Boho Blossoms punch, Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza: Ideas to Make Your Holidays Easy

Let's kick off a Holiday Extravaganza! Throughout the next few weeks I will be posting some fantastic (if I do say so myself!) ideas to help you prepare for the upcoming holidays. You will see ideas for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. I will probably bounce between the different holidays as I start working on my projects. Look forward to ideas for
  • Card Making

  • Decorating

  • Gift Giving

  • Packaging & Tags
In my newsletter this month I hinted about a sale that Stampin' Up will be offering from November 26 - December 1. I thought that I would have information about it this week, but I don't! I really don't have any idea what they are planning, but view it as a "Black Friday" type of thing. You will find the details out the day it starts! Be sure to check my blog that day to find out all about the special.

Let's start our Holiday Extravaganza with Holiday Decorating made easy:

Create beautiful handcrafted ornaments and decorations for your family and friends with the Country Living Holiday Stamp Kit (Item 114447). The kit offers easy convenience for your busy holiday season.

Decorate your home in the colors of the season…surprise your friends with simple yet elegant ornaments…trim a lovely table for a holiday dinner…and do it all with ease.

Look what you get for only $49.95:

  • Holiday Collection stamp set (six stamps)
  • Four 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut chipboard
  • Eight 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut Designer Series paper
  • Four 12" x 12" sheets of Designer Series paper
  • Two 12" x 12" sheets of Whisper White card stock
  • 25 yds. Silver Metallic cord
  • 10 yds. 3/8" Whisper White taffeta ribbon
  • Pretties Kit brads (20)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
  • Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
  • Riding Hood Red Stampin' Spot
  • Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
  • Uninked Stampin' Spot
  • Whisper White Craft Ink refill

There are pieces perfect for decorations, garlands, gift tags, cards, and scrapbook pages. The full retail value of the individual items is over $85…but this kit is yours for only $49.95.

Click HERE to order the Holiday Kit, or any of your favorite Stampin' Up! products now.

What a fun and affordable way to make unique and beautiful projects for the holidays!

This Snowflake card uses elements from the Holiday Stamp Kit.

The kit is featured in an 8-page holiday decor spread in Country Living magazine's December issue.

Order yours today and you'll have plenty of time to make all the great projects!

List of Coordinating Products

**these products are not necessary to make good use of your Country Blessings Kit, but may add extra convenience or options for fantastic projects!

Item Number Page Description Price
112844 11* Old Saint Nick Rub-Ons $10.95
113680 14* On Board Trinkets Ornaments $24.95
113681 15* Star Bright Designer Series Paper Ornaments $19.95
112843 17* Season of Cheer Rub-Ons $10.95
113100 23* Alpine Ribbon Originals $14.95
113099 23* 1-1/4" Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon $8.95
111836 162 Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25
111839 162 Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Ink refill $2.75
101731 163 Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad $7.50
101780 163 Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink refill $4.25
103063 164 Old Olive Craft Stampin' Pad $7.50
101425 164 Old Olive Craft Stampin' Ink refill $4.25
108362 184 Crop-A-Dile $29.95
109114 185 Pretties Kit $29.95
101227 188 1/16" Circle punch $8.95
104401 188 1-3 /8" Circle punch $15.95
108797 190 Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter $15.95
105021 193 White Uni-ball Signo gel pen $3.95
102283 193 VersaMark pad $7.50

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog

Some Cards

Last night was my Club meeting. This club alternates between cards and scrapbook pages. Each month we swap pages. For this meeting, I focused on Stampin' Up's fantastic punches. The ladies each made this adorable card that I cased from fellow demonstrator Patty Bennett. Then, they made Artist Trading Cards showing various creative ways to use their punches---Mermaids, Bunnies, coffee cups, etc. It's amazing what people come up with!

Stamps: On Your Birthday, Totally Tabs (on dormant list)
Cardstock: Pirouette Pink, Pretty in Pink, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana
Accessories: Round Tab Punch, Oval punches, Word Window punch, Rich Regal brads, Soft Subtle brads

This card is one I did for a new catalog swap a while back and also used
for a previous Stamp-a-Stack. I love this Deer Friends set. It is a Hostess Only Level 2 set. I colored in the nose with my Blender Pen Riding Hood Red marker. Then I added Crystal Effects and a sprinkling of glitter. The final touch---googlie eyes!

Stamp Sets: Deer Friends, Heard from the Heart, Sanded background
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Bella DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop circle punch, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches, white gel pen, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, White grosgrain ribbon, googlie eyes.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Class to Go: Snow Flurries Card Portfolio

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for that “hard‐to‐shop‐for” person in your life? Everyone loves to give cards during the holiday season, so why not gift them with this gorgeous card portfolio with 5 coordinating cards!

My first kit is the Snow Flurries Card Portfolio. Isn't it terrific?! The cost of this kit is $30 and includes the supplies and step-by-step directions (with pictures) needed to complete one portfolio with 5 cards and envelopes, plus an entire pack of the Season of Cheer Rub-Ons.

This Class-to-Go kit features the Snow Swirled stamp set, but you can substitute any snowflake stamp set you might have. If you'd like to order the Snow Swirled stamp set, I am happy to offer it to you at a discount of only $24.95 total.

Orders for this Class-to-Go kit are due by November 20 and will be ready for pick-up by the end of the month, but most likely sooner. I'm happy to mail the kit to you for an additional $3.50. If you also order the stamp set, shipping to you will cost $5.00 and will go by Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation.

Basic Supplies you will need to complete the project as shown:
Paper snips
Scallop Edge Punch
1/16” handheld punch
½” circle punch
Horizontal slot punch
1 ¼” circle punch
1 3/8” circle punch
Scallop circle punch
Ticket corner punch
Stampin’ Scrub/Mist
Paper Trimmer & scoring blade
Bone folder
Crafter’s Tool Kit (paper piercer & mat)
Pencil & ruler

Class to Go: Cookin' Up Christmas Cheer

Make a fantastic gift for a loved one. With this Class to Go, you will make a recipe booklet with 10 recipe cards, coordinating greeting card, bottle, and jar all using the From the Kitchen of stamp set.

Cost of kit: $15
Includes: consumable materials--cardstock, ribbon, etc., a 27 page direction manual with pictures

Cost of Kit with From the Kitchen of stamp set: $43

Option: Add All Holidays stamp set for $31.95 (5.66) at catalog price

**need your items mailed to you? Add $5 for Priority Shipping.

Want a completed project? I'll make it for you. Includes the sparkling cider bottle and empty jar. Cost: $30
*You will need to pick your completed projects due to the possibility of breaking the bottles!

Orders for any of the kits must be received by November 20.
I will have kits ready by December 1, possibly earlier.

What you will need to complete projects as shown:
Stamp Sets: *From the Kitchen of stamp set, All Holidays stamp set
Ink pads: *Pacific Point, *Riding Hood Red, *Kiwi Kiss, *Basic Black
*Round Tab Punch
1 ¾” Circle Punch
1 ¼” Circle Punch
1” Circle Punch
Paper Trimmer w/ scoring blade
Craft and Rubber Scissors

Coluzzle Cutting System (or another circle cutting system)
Blender Pens
Stamping Sponge
SNAIL Adhesive
Sticky Strip
Mini Glue Dots

Non-SU items: *bottle of sparkling cider, *1 quart jar

You can always substitute items on the list for items that you already have, that includes stamp sets. Already have a greeting set? Use it instead of the All Holidays set that is listed!

Items with * are ones that I recommend you use so that you can easily put together your projects.

Why a "Class to Go" option? Well, there is only so much time I have to hold classes. My schedule is pretty booked from now until Christmas. I came across this project just recently and think it is a fantastic gift idea for the holidays. I want to offer you the chance to make it!

Rub On Promotion

Stampin' Up! is offering a wonderful special on one of our newer products---Rub Ons. These are not like the little packs of rub-ons we used as kids! They are far superior and very easy to use. I haven't played a lot with them, but with the sale, I plan on buying quite a few packs!

Spend $20 and choose any Rub-Ons package for only $8.76. Regular price is $10.95. This promotion includes any rub-ons in the Holiday Mini as well as the regular catalog.

I love this month's special because there are so many great Rub-Ons to choose from. If you're starting your scrapbooking for Halloween, you'll want to check out the Chills & Thrills Rub-Ons. If you're always looking for that perfect sentiment, our Chit Chat Rub-Ons are a great choice. You get over 180 sentiments in one package of Rub-Ons!

So whether you’re making gifts, cards, or tags for the Holidays, or need sentiments for your scrapbook pages, rub-ons are the perfect choice! Order anytime here! But hurry because this offer ends on November 30th!

Item # Page # Rub-Ons Description
111416 178 Chateau Bella
111417 178 Word Flurries
111414 178 Hidden Garden
111277 178 A Perfect Day
110283 179 Take Note
111806 179 Chills & Thrills
111804 179 Chit Chat
111415 179 Greatest Moments
111805 179 School Days
110282 179 Anchored
112844 11* Old Saint Nick
112843 17* Season of Cheer
112735 39** Hidden Garden Blossoms

*From Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog **From Celebrando Creatividad

Use rub-ons on:
* Ceramic canisters
* Photo frames
* Appliances
* Candles
* Album covers
* Book covers
* Photo boxes
* Keepsakes
* Invitations
* Notecards
* Envelopes
* Photos
* Cards
* Glass doors
* Windows
* Mirrors
* Tile
* Computers
* Pencil pouches
* Lunch sacks
* Magnets

Halloween Scrapbook Page

As I was going through my computer files, I came across a picture of this Halloween scrapbook page that I did for a swap with my clubs in September. This layout was inspired by another stamper, but I can't seem to find her name to give her credit. I took her idea, modified it a bit, and turned it into a 2 page layout.

Stamps: House of Haunts, Haunting jumbo wheel, Halloween Frights (Holiday Mini)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lilac, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Lovely Lilac, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot Top Note Bigz Die, Stampin' Dimensionals, Cutter Kit

MOPS Shopping Adventure

I wanted to let you all know about a fantastic shopping opportunity. My MOPS group is sponsoring a sale of NEW items from places like The Children's Place and Kohl's (see a complete list below).

$3 per piece (a couple items $4 and $5)

Each piece is NEW!!! Great for gifts!

$1 from each item will go to

our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) fund.

Shopping time 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday Nov 17

@ Miamisburg First Church of God

446 N. Heincke Rd, 45342

Some items to look forward to:

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Stockings

Slippers – girls

Aqua/swimming shoes (all sizes)

Shoes – baby, toddler, teen, women’s, men’s


Clothing of all sizes (including 14 husky & 16 husky jeans for boys)

Hannah Montana for girls

Women’s tank tops XS – XL

Hats, scarves

Back packs


Boys Underwear

Men’s boxer shorts S – XL

Hair bows, headbands, etc.

Belts (girls 6 mos. – age 7, boys 4-7)


14+ tables of great deals!!!

All items from

The Children's Place



Claire's Home


Elder Beerman


Cash only. Please help support your local MOPS!

Call Jennifer for more info at 937-384-7167

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Upcoming Christmas Classes

Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack
Date: Sunday, November 24
Time: 1:30 pm
Cost: $17, Clubbers only $15
RSVP & Payment due: November 15

Make 10 Christmas cards (2 of 5 designs). Envelopes are included. Bring your own adhesive or pre-order one for only $7. Refills are only $5. Receive $5 off any order of $50 or more when placed at the SAS. Shown are 4 of the 5 cards.

Holiday Treats Series: Christmas

Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $12
RSVP & Payment: November 11

Make 3 fun projects perfect as little gifts for coworkers or child's class. We will make this adorable Santa treat box, a pencil holder, and a cocoa pouch.

Christmas Frame

Date: Monday, November 24
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $20, Big Shot Clubbers are free!
RSVP & Payment: November 17

Make this fabulous framed Christmas project and card using the fantastic Big Shot die cutting machine.