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Monday, June 30, 2008

Last Day to Order from Occasions Mini!

Okay, ladies! Don't miss out. This is the last day to order from the fantastic Occasions Mini Catalog. If you've fallen in love with the fruity Tart & Tangy set or the wonderful Carousel Notes or the beautiful Poly-Twill ribbon, you need to place your order today! Call me with your credit card # or drop off a check by 10:00 PM tonight, and we'll get your order in with no problem.

Today is also the last day to take advantage of the Fresh Cuts and E-Scape Promotions.

Anyone placing an order of $50 or more (before shipping and tax) today only will receive 10% off their order.

Example: Your merchandise total comes to $53.90. Shipping will be $6.95 (minimum shipping charge to send it directly to you). Tax will be $4.26 (if your tax rate is 7%). Total would be $65.11. With the 10% off your merchandise total, you will pay only $59.72. You'll have saved $5.39!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Popsicle Cards

I just love these cards! They'd be perfect as invitations if you were planning a summer time party! I used my favorite set from the Occasions Mini catalog--Tart & Tangy. I adore this set! It is so fun and cute. The coordinating Summer Picnic paper is fantastic, too! You have until June 30 to order from this catalog, so be sure to call me if you need anything.

  1. Cut cardstock to 5 x 4.

  2. Score at 2 1/2" and fold over to make the card base.

  3. Use corner rounder on 3 sides--go through both sides of the card.

  4. Use Scallop Punch on the top righthand corner--only punch the top layer.

  5. Cut inside white cardstock to 4 x 2 1/2". Stamp as you like on this piece.

  6. Punch the corners the same as the colored piece, except be sure to make the scallop "bite" a little smaller so that it peaks out. This makes it look like your popsicle is a creamsicle! Do the scallop punch while lining up your white inside with the back of the card and punch through both layes.

  7. Use Horizontal Slot Punch to make two slots toward the bottom of the right side. Slip your popsicle stick through the holes.

  8. You will adhere your white cardstock from above to this side using Stampin' Dimensionals.

  9. Decorate as you wish!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Activity Jar

I am so excited to share this project with you! This idea came from a fellow demonstrator named Erin Blair. The jar contains 20 activities--five each in four different categories. Each week, we will pick out one of each category for a total of four activities for the week. Click on the picture below for a better view of the activities I picked. I'm sure you can come up with some great ones of your own!

  1. Things to do in or around the house

  2. Places to go

  3. Creative Projects

  4. Food to make

I bought the jar for around $4 from Target. They actually have 3 sizes--I bought the smallest one. If I would have been going to IKEA anytime soon, I definitely would have found a cheaper jar!

I used the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit to make this project. My tags measure 2 1/2 x 4 3/4". The Designer Paper measures 2 1/2 x 3 1/4". The Designer Paper on the jar is attached using Sticky Strip.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Product Line from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! has announced a new, exciting line of products--Décor Elements. This line is an extension of our Definitely Decorative home décor line. Décor Elements is vinyl artwork for walls, mirrors, windows, or other hard, smooth surfaces.

Stampin' Up! has long advocated decorating your home using Definitely Decorative stamp sets. Décor Elements takes that same idea and uses a different medium to accomplish the same mission-making your home a beautiful representation of your style!

You can download the brochure by clicking here! I am not entirely sure when I can start selling the items in this brochure, but I'll keep you updated.

I've already ordered a couple pieces for my stamp room and can't wait to play with them! I'll post pictures when I'm finished.

Pixy Stick Holder

Yes, I thought it was spelled "Pixie", but that's not what it says on the package! This is another cute little 4th of July project using my new stamp set, Independence Day.


  1. Cut one 4 1/2 x 5 3/4" sheet of Whisper White cardstock.

  2. Score along the 5 3/4" side at 2" and 4".

  3. Stamp as you like.

  4. Use Sticky Strip or Tombow Multi to adhere the sides together to make your pocket. Be sure to apply adhesive along the bottom edge.

  5. Use your crimper to crimp the bottom of your pocket (about 1-1 1/2"). You don't see the crimping on my example because I can't seem to find it!

  6. Use Itty Bitty Backgrounds and a white craft pad to make polka dots on some Real Red and Brilliant Blue scraps.

  7. Punch out two stars per Pixy Stick using the Small Star Punch.

  8. Attach stars to front and back of Pixy Stick with Mini Glue Dots.

  9. Cut a 10 1/2" piece of Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and tie around the holder.

  10. Make a tag using the circle stamp from the set and the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8" Circle Punches.

  11. Attach tag to ribbon using a 5 1/2" piece of Linen Thread.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stampin' Gal Club - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

Do you like the idea of joining my clubs, but just don’t have the time to make the club meetings each month? Do you want to earn free stuff, but not have to host a party?

Let me introduce you to a new type of club called Stampin’ Gals. This is a purchasing club which means there isn’t a club meeting for you to attend. Everything else remains the same:

  1. Make a $25* purchase commitment each month. The $25 commitment is before shipping and tax is added.

  2. Get order and payment to me by the 15th of the month. You can opt to pay by credit card each month and just email me your order.

  3. Take turns as hostess to receive the hostess benefits—at least $15 and a level 1 hostess stamp set.

  4. Receive a free Idea Book & Catalog ($10 value).

  5. Attend my club meetings when you have the time. Let me know at least a few days before the meeting.

  6. Receive clubber prices on various classes throughout your club rotation.

  7. Pick up your order each month from my Miamisburg home.

  8. Build your stamping supplies while staying on a budget!


How do I join?
Contact me by phone or email to reserve your spot.

Can I take more than one spot in the club?
Absolutely! Many members spend over the $25 purchase commitment. If you plan on doing this on a regular basis, it makes good sense to take more than one spot (each with a $25 commitment) so that you can be hostess more than once!

If I am a member of your regular clubs, can I still join this club?
Of course!

Why do you set the purchase commitment to $25?
Stampin’ Up’s hostess benefits begin with a minimum order of $150. With a club of 6 people, we need each person to spend the $25 so that the workshop order qualifies for hostess benefits.

Why do I have to pick up my things from your house?
In order for each club member to receive hostess benefits, I have to enter the orders as workshop order, which is sent to one address. Because I have customers from as far as Lima, Kettering, etc., I cannot possibly deliver each of the orders without spending a fortune in gas. Plus, a four year old riding in the car for hours is not pleasant!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Club Information - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more

New clubs are forming! Don't miss out on your chance to join a club. If you would enjoy a night out of the house to create some fun and (if I must say so) fantastic projects, club is for you.

What is a club? A club is when a group of 5-8 people commit to spending at least $25/month (before shipping and tax is added). They take turns each month to receive the hostess benefits--at least $15 and a level one hostess stamp set. The group meets each month at my Miamisburg home to make a project. The project could be a scrapbook layout or some cards. It just depends on the type of club. My clubs also swap layouts or sidebars or cards. Swapping is an optional part of club, but most often the best part of being a clubber! Be sure to read my Scrappin' Club Information located to the right under "Special Download Forms."

  • I have spots in a Mixed Club that alternates between card techniques and scrapbooking. This club meets on the 2nd Mondays of the month.

  • I am also taking names for a Scrapbooking Only club. If you are interested in either of these clubs, let me know asap! Anyone contacting me to join club by the end of June will receive their choice of two stamp sets from my basket when the club begins in August.

Do you like the idea of joining my clubs, but just don’t have the time to make the club meetings each month? Do you want to earn free stuff, but not have to host a party?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for information on a new type of club that gives you more flexibility than my current clubs!

Father's Day Projects

I want to share some projects I made for Father's Day using another new stamp set called Dad's Day. Below is a picture frame that I made for Kent. I cut out the large letters from mat board and took Kyle to Cox Arboretum to take pictures. The frame is a $3 frame from WalMart.

These are the cards I made for Kent, my dad, and brother (who we just found out is expecting a son--well, Melissa is expecting!)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Retirement List

Well, it's finally here! Check out the list by clicking here.

You have until August 10th to order anything off the retired list. Don't forget about my Retirement Celebration on July 27. You will find more information in my July newsletter.

I will announce the winner of the Retirement Guess game at the celebration. Thanks to those who played along!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Smores Kit

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

I want to share this adorable project that I am made for my clubbers---a Smores Kit! I just fell in love with this project that a fellow demonstrator shared.
  1. Cut two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" Real Red sheets for the covers. Stamp cover "bases" as desired. I wheeled mine with the Classic Stars jumbo wheel.

  2. Cut regular size lunch bag (I found white bags at Meijer) to 4 inches.

  3. Cut one 2 x 5 1/2" strip Whisper White cardstock. Stamp as desired. I used the Independence Day stamp set.

  4. Cut one 2 1/4 x 5 1/2" strip Night of Navy cardstock. Adhere white strip to this.

  5. Adhere matted strip to one of your red "bases". Attach bases to the front and back of your bag. (keep the bag flat--fold the bottom flap back to touch the bottom and you'll be able to adhere the base to the other side.

  6. Keeping the bag flat, use the Word Window Punch to punch through both sides for a handle

  7. Add some graham crackers, a couple mini Hershey bars, and marshmallows! Yum!

This bag could be used for so many different things--shower gifts, kid's party favor bags, gift bag, etc. It's just one of those projects that can be used for anything just by changing colors and stamps.

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Whisper White, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink
Inks: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Ticket Corner Punch, Word Window Punch, Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon

Monday, June 9, 2008

June Card Kit

Do you love having
cardstock pre-cut for you?
Then this is for you!

Stay tuned to the Monthly Card Kit Program to receive crisp, new ideas that are sure to inspire your creativity.

Cost: $15

* Includes all the consumable supplies needed to make 12 cards, plus envelopes.

* Shown is just 1 example of a card you can make with your kit. Receive 3 additional full color samples for "alternative" cards you can make with the contents of your kit!

* In addition, you'll receive detailed, step by step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 card designs.

Orders for the Card Kits must be received by June 15th. Your kits will be available by the end of the month.

Already have the ink pads and stamp set needed to make the cards in this kit? Just buy the Card Kit! Don't have some (or any) of these items? See the "Add-on Products" list to pick out and order what you need to complete the cards. Just want the Card Kit to make your own designs? Go for it!

Special Offer for June! Purchase the Card Kit and get the Coordinating Set at "Catalog Price" which is 17% off. No additional shipping or tax charges will be added to the set when you purchase the card kit.

This month's featured set is: Just B
You can find the set on page 140 of the Spring/Summer Collection

Optional Add-on Products*:

* Purely Pomegranate Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
* Old Olive Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
* Pumpkin Pie Classic Inkpad ($5.25)
* White Gel Pen ($3.95)

Other Optional Purchases*:

* Crafter's Tool Kit ($39.95)
* or Mat Pack ($9.95)
* Stampin' Dimensionals ($3.95)

*Add shipping and tax

Please Note: I am happy to ship kits directly to you! If the kit needs to be shipped, there will be an extra $3 shipping charge.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Game Time!

We're entering an exciting time of the stampin' year---the retirement list and new catalog frenzy! Stampin' Up! will post the retirement list on June 15. Read below for more information about this list and my annual Retirement Celebration in July. The new catalog will be released on August 11, which means you have until August 10 to place an order from the current Spring/Summer Collection.

So, before the list comes out, how about a game? Email me a list of 15 stamp sets and 5 accessories you think will retire this year. I must receive your email by June 14 at 5:00 PM. Everyone participating will receive a small gift from me at my Retirement Celebration on July 27. The person with the most correct answers will receive a special gift!

So far, I only have 2 participants! Don't miss out!

Scrapbook Page

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

This layout is what I chose to do for my Mega Swap I hosted a while back. There isn't a lot of stamping, but I did wheel the background on the red paper. I just love the Classic Stars jumbo wheel! I've been using it a lot lately. Another thing I use quite a bit is my punches. If you have not tried Stampin' Up's punches, you are really missing out! The punches are super easy to use and don't hurt your hand. This layout uses the 1 3/8" circle punch and both star punches.

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi
Designer Paper: East Coast Prep
Ink: Real Red jumbo cartridge
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, Large and Small star punches, silver eyelets, CAD (crop-a-dile)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wall Hanging

Wowee! Two posts in two days! I'm on a roll. I wanted to share with you a project I worked on yesterday. I worked on it with the idea that I would do a class in July, but realized with my two week vacation in July, I just won't have time! So, I'll have to save it for another time. But, of course, I expect the Simply Scrappin' Kit to retire, so I'll have to use a different kit. Anyway, here you go:

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

Simply Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit, On Board Book Basics Small, Anywhere Glue Stick, Corner Rounder, Sanding Block, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile, Real Red wide grosgrain

Monday, June 2, 2008

June and July Scrap Classes

Here are the layouts for my upcoming Scrap Classes. These classes do not require a monthly commitment--you sign up month to month. The cost of the class is $10 or free with a $30 purchase that night. Grab some friends and join me at my monthly scrap classes!

All classes require an RSVP by a specific date. Be sure to note the sign-up dates. Please bring your own paper cutter and adhesive.

ETA: I sent out my newsletter on Tuesday with the information for my Scrap Classes. I had intended to up the price to $12 (posted it in the cost section), but forgot to change some information in the newsletter and forgot that I already posted the $10 on my blog. So, good news, Scrap Classes will remain only $10 for June and July. Beginning in August, they will go to $12.

Monday, June 16th at 7:00 PM
RSVP by June 9

**You can choose Bashful Blue background/ink colors in place of the pink, if you'd like. Be sure to let me know when you sign up.

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!

Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00 PM
RSVP by July 16

Images © 1990-2008 Stampin’ Up!