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Friday, October 31, 2008

Holiday Treats Series: Christmas Class

I have been meaning to let you know what the projects will be for the Christmas Treats class and now I can. We will be making a Santa treat box, pencil holder, and a cocoa pouch. I just finished making the projects and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out.

Class Details
Date: Wednesday, November 18
Cost: $12
RSVP and Payment due: November 11
I have 3 spots available for this class. Send in your payment asap!

Top Note Frankie & Frankette

Oh, I am so excited to show you my latest creation inspired by a fabulous stamper named Cambria! This is a little treat holder. Put some candy in a cello bag and drop it in the box. So cute!

Directions for Face:
  1. Use Big Shot to cut two Old Olive Top Notes and one Pink Passion (or other color for hair).

  2. Cut the Pink Passion top note in half to make front and back hair and attach to the Olive top notes.

  3. Punch two white 1" circles, one olive 1" circle, two black 1/2" circles, and one olive Round Tab.

  4. Cut the olive circle in half, sponge with Old Olive ink and the cut in half and fringe to make eyelashes.

  5. Cut the round tab in half for nose and sponge.

  6. Adhere the face pieces as shown.

  7. Use Black journaling marker to make stitches on face and back.

For Box
  1. Cut a piece of cardstock to 6 x 10 1/2". I used Old Olive, but you could use the same color as your hair.

  2. With your piece of cardstock facing so that the 10 1/2" side is horizontal, score at 4 1/4" and 6 1/4".

  3. With the cardstock facing so that the 6" side is horizontal, score at 1 1/2" and 4 1/2".

  4. With the 6" side facing up, cut along the score line that makes the skinny rectangles on all 4 corners--just cut to the perpendicular score line.

  5. Use paper cutter to cut off 1 1/4" from the top of the skinny rectangles.

  6. This step is optional--use scallop edge punch to scallop the skinny rectangles and the top of the large rectangles.

  7. Adhere the Top Note face and back to the big flaps of your box. Be careful not to put adhesive where the hole for your ribbon goes or above the hole.

  8. Fold in the flaps to make a box shape. Add adhesive where necessary to hold box together.

  9. You could attach the larger sides to your small box to keep it together, but I used my 1/4" circle punch on both pieces so that I can slip a piece of ribbon in them to tie the box together

I hope my directions aren't too confusing. The box is really easy to put together once you figure it out and makes a fantastic treat holder on it's own without adding the Top Note pieces. I'll work on one to show you soon!

Big Shot Cards

Here are the two cards the ladies made at my Big Shot Class last week. You probably remember the first one from my October newsletter. This is a case of a card from a swap group I am in. I love the Scallop dies for the Big Shot. I think they are probably my favorite. Although, I sure like the Top Note die, too. You'll see why when I post an adorable Halloween project soon.

This next card is a case from another demonstrator named Patty. She has made some fantastic projects with her Big Shot.

I also showed the ladies how to make this fantastic gift card . I also cased this from another demonstrator. Love it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

November Card Kits

Okay, I'm back on schedule with my monthly card kits. I apologize to those of you who were waiting on October's kit. Time got away from me and before I knew it, it was too late! This month I am offering two different kits to make up for missing last month's. You can choose one or both.

What are monthly card kits?
Monthly card kits are a fantastic way to make cards if you like the stamping part and not so much the planning and cutting part! I cut all the pieces you need to make 12 cards--6 each of two designs. You receive all the consumable supplies, envelopes, and step by step directions that also give you an additional 2 card layout ideas that can be used with the combined contents of your card kit.

Each month I offer a Featured Stamp Set and a Featured Product. When you purchase the card kit, you receive these featured items at a discount I call "Catalog Price". That means you pay exactly the price that is listed in the catalog---no additional shipping and tax is added--around a 17% savings.

Each card kit requires specific items to complete the cards as directed. You will find a list of these items in the description. Choose to add these items, if you wish, or use what you have at home. These items are regular price with regular shipping and tax added.

Card Kit orders and payments must be received by the 15th of the month. They will then be available for pick up or mailed by the end of the month, often sooner. If you are choosing to order any of the featured products, payment is also due at this time or if you are ordering these items through my website, your order should be placed by the 15th.

What if you place your order for these items through my website? Well, since this is a new feature for my website, I have to come up with a way to give you your discount because I am unable to do that when you order through my website. So, from now on, you will see an amount in parentheses beside the cost of the featured items. This is the amount that you will take off the cost of your card kit.

Let me explain: Let's say the featured set is $24.95. The "catalog price" savings is $4.42. I am unable to offer you a discount when you order through my website, so instead of paying $18 for your kit (or $15 if you pick it up at my house), you will pay $18 - $4.42 which equals $13.58.

**Please note that the minimum shipping requirement for individual orders is $6.95 or 10%, whichever is greater. You always have the option of giving me your order and letting me add it to orders I've already gathered to save on shipping costs. However, when you do this, you will need to pick up your order from my house. Call or email me if you have any questions about this!

November Kit #1
Featured set at catalog price: Snow Swirled $24.95 (4.42)
Featured product at catalog price: Heat Tool $26.95 (4.77)

Optional Add-on Products:
  • Encore Silver Inkpad ($8.95)

  • VersaMark Inkpad ($7.50)

  • Kiwi Kiss Classic Inkpad ($5.25)

  • White Embossing Powder ($4.75)

  • 1 ¼” Circle Punch ($15.95)

  • 1 ¾” Circle Punch ($15.95)

  • 1/16” Handheld Punch (8.95)

  • Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)

November Kit #2
Featured Stamp Set: True Friend $22.95 (4.06)
Featured Product: Clip Assortment $6.95 (1.23)

Optional Add-on Products:
  • Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker ($3.95)

  • Really Rust Stampin' Write Marker ($3.95)

  • More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker ($3.95)

  • Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker ($3.95)

  • Always Artichoke Classic Inkpad ($5.25)

  • Really Rust Classic Inkpad ($5.25)

  • Stampin' Dimensionals ($3.95)

Halloween Big Shot projects

Aren't these projects too cute?! These are two projects I featured at my Big Shot class last night. The ladies made the Owl treat bag and two cards. I'll show those another day.

The Owl uses the Top Note die, the scallop flower from Birds & Blooms, and the larger scallop from the Scallop #2 die, plus the 1/2", 3/4" and 1" circle punches and the small oval punch. The Witch's hat ornament uses the scallop circle from the Pennant XL die and the larger scallop from the Scallop #2 die. So cute and so easy to make.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Super Stampin' Weekend 2009

I am excited to announce that the next Super Stampin' Weekend will be March 20 -22! We've had such great times the last couple years and this year will be even better.

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

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.

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."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Video Project

I want to let you know that a new feature has been added to my Stampin' Up website. Each month you will find a video project on my Stampin' Up website:

Go to "Creative Projects" and you will find a video file. This month features a fun card using the Just Jawing stamp set, a scrapbook page featuring Flight of the Butterfly stamp set, and a candy jar featuring rub-ons. Enjoy!

ETA 11/4: I have updated the link, so it should work now. Sorry!

This month's video file can be found by clicking here.

Check out the video and then come back to this post and leave a comment by the end of the month with your favorite project of the 3 featured! Anyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for a set of 4 cards.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dracula Cello Bag

How stinking cute is this?! This Dracula is similar to the Frankie we made at my Halloween treats class last month. My sample uses the 1 1/4" circle punch, but would be better with the 1" punch. I had loaned mine to a friend and had to use what I had here.

1 1/4" circle punch, small flat cello bag, Stampin' Dimensionals, black marker, Whisper White cs, Lovely Lilac cs, and Basic Black cs, White Gel Pen

Thanksgiving Treats Class

These are the projects for my Thanksgiving Treats class this coming Sunday at 1:00 pm. I do have a couple spots available, so let me know by Friday if you'd like to attend. Cost is only $12

We will make the decorated bag, Blessings Mix box, and the mini Hershey bar holder.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Great Pumpkin Take 2

How fun is this?! Last year I made the globe version. Click here for directions for those. I had never seen this kind before. It works great as a pumpkin, but how about as a Christmas ornament? So easy to make---give it a try! I used regular cardstock, but our Designer Papers would be fantastic!

Cut one strip 1"x6" (strip A), two strips 1"x7" (strip B), two strips 1"x9" (Strip C), two strips 1"x11" (Strip D). Arrange them in this manner: DCBABCD. Tap them on a table so all of the ends touch -> Staple this. Now just gather all of the tops, line them up, and staple them as well. I cut a 1 x 2 inch strip of Kiwi Kiss cardstock--although, I guess I probably should have used a brown for the stem. Fold it over and adhere it over the top section. I punched leaves with my Wide Oval Punch, cut them into a leaf shape, and adhered them to the side. Finally, I used my Crop-a-dile to make a hole at the top for my ribbon.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Soccer Projects

Kyle played soccer for the first time this year. As you know, soccer with 4 and 5 year olds really should be called "Bunch ball!" It was a lot of fun to see him learn about the sport and gain some skills. We were lucky to have two great coaches this year. And, the best thing of all, was watching him score his first and only goal at the last game in the last few minutes of the game. It was adorable watching him with the little proud smile on his face. So cute.

Anyway, I wanted to share the projects I made for his team. The bag was for snacks after one of the games. The little book is a mini photo album made with our 6x6 page protectors. I gave these to the boys during our pizza party at Marian's. I made a card for both coaches.

Stamps: Just Soccer, Sporting
Inks: Real Red, So Saffron, Night of Navy
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Brushed Gold, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Key Tag Punch, Word Window Punch, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, Small Star Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Crop-a-dile, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, 6x6 post page protectors

Monday, October 6, 2008

Newsletter Bloopers

I spend a great deal of time working on my newsletter each month. I am obsessive about checking for mistakes--whether it's with spelling or omissions, etc. So, I find it extremely embarrassing when I find a mistake like the one in my Wish List section of this month's newsletter. Yes, I do know the difference between "right" and "write", but didn't catch the mistake before I sent out the newsletter. Oh, geez!

I also realized that I forgot to tell you that the Holiday Mini Catalog begins this month. This is a fantastic mini catalog and you're going to LOVE it! I love the new ribbons, Felt Flurries, Designer Paper, etc. I don't think I'll tell you everything I've already purchased from it just in case my husband reads my blog! So many fun things! Those of you on my mailing list should have already received a mini catalog. If you have not received one, let me know and I can send one out to you. Click here to view the Holiday Mini Catalog online.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Stampin' Up! Survey Panel

Do you want to join the Stampin' Up! survey panel?

Click here for a chance to enter.

The survey panel is a group of people who receive email surveys about SU and its products. Surveys are sent periodically and you will receive a Goodie Box once you've been on the panel for 3 full months. They only need a specific number of people, so not everyone is chosen. I just thought I'd post this information in case they're looking for more people!

How often will I receive a survey?
It depends on our research needs. You will receive no more than one survey a week, but most times you can expect to receive one or two surveys a month.

How long are the surveys?
Typically it should take you between five and ten minutes to complete a survey. Every so often a fairly lengthy survey may be sent out that can take as long as 15 to 20 minutes to complete, but this isn't common. Short surveys that take only a minute or two to complete may sometimes be sent out as well.

When will I receive my Goodie Box?
Goodie Boxes are sent out every three months. The next scheduled goodie box delivery is late January 2009.

What kind of things are included in the Goodie Box?
The items included in the Goodie Box will vary. Typically the Goodie Box will include a stamp set, one or two ink pads or markers and an accessory item like a punch, paper, ribbons, or rub-ons. However, there is no guarantee that these will be the exact items. The retail value of each Goodie Box is typically between about $30 and $50.

Can I pick the items included in my Goodie Box?
No, not at this time.

I have been on the panel longer than three months but I haven't received a Goodie Box yet, why?
All Goodie Boxes are sent out at the same time every three months. Only panel members who have been on the panel for a full three months at that time will receive a Goodie Box. If you have been on the panel for less than three months you will receive a Goodie Box the next time around. For example, if you joined the panel in December and a Goodie Box shipment is scheduled to go out in January, you will not receive a Goodie Box in January because you have only been on the panel for one month. You would receive your first Goodie Box in April.

What if I forget to take a survey, will I still receive my Goodie box?
We understand that occasionally you may be unable to take a survey. However, you do need to complete at least 80% of the surveys sent to you in order to remain on the panel and receive a Goodie Box.

How long do I have to take the survey?
Typically the survey is open for a period of one week from the time the e-mail notifying you about the survey is sent. However, occasionally the survey will only be open for only a few days, so take the survey as soon as you get it.

Why am I sent to to take the surveys?
SurveyMonkey is the most effective, secure and easiest way for us to collect survey data. It is a web-based survey design and analysis tool utilized by hundreds of companies around the world, including several Fortune 100 companies.

I received an e-mail from is it legitimate?
Yes. This is the e-mail program we use to send the survey link to you.

How long do I get to be on the panel?
In order to give others who want to be on the panel the same opportunity, as well as to keep the data we receive fresh, we occasionally rotate people off the panel. Once on the panel, you will remain a panel member for at least six months, provided you are actively taking surveys. We anticipate that most panelists will remain active for a period of six months to a year. When it is time for Stampin' Up! to refresh the panel you will receive an e-mail notifying you that your time to be on the panel has come to an end.

Why does Stampin' Up! collect personal information such as my name, e-mail, home address, annual income, etc.)?
We will not share your information with anyone. We need your e-mail to send you the survey and we need your name and address in order to ship you your Goodie Boxes. Other demographic information, such as annual income and household size are needed so we can cross-tabulate the answers of survey questions into different groups for analysis. We are only interested in looking at the data in terms of categories and groups and do not analyze each survey on an individual basis.

Will Stampin' Up! try and sell me anything or recruit me to be a demonstrator?
No. This panel is devoted exclusively to research.

What if I want to purchase Stampin' Up! products, host a Stampin' Up! workshop, or become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?
If you wish to purchase Stampin' Up! products, host a workshop, or would like to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you need to contact us directly. Information for your specific area or region can be found at

I applied to be on the panel but was not accepted, why?
If you applied to be on the panel but were not accepted, it is likely because we have received our limit of applicants. If this is the case, your name will be placed on a waiting list and we may contact you when we are ready to refresh the panel.

I no longer want to be on the panel, how do I quit?
You can quit at anytime by sending an e-mail to Please allow us at least a couple of weeks to remove you from the system.

What if I need to change my personal information such as my e-mail address or shipping address?
Send your old and new information to

Who do I contact if I have a questions?
Send an e-mail to

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Teacher Gifts

Each year that Kyle's been in preschool, I've given his teachers a gift at the beginning of the year. I like to add a note that says "Thanks for a great first week. We're looking forward to a fantastic year. Thanks for all that you do." The gift is small--usually some stickers, pencils, and stuff that they can use in the classroom. This year, I bought everything early and had it sitting in my stamp room to remind me to make a set of cards and decorate the tin. Well, that didn't work. I finally just delivered the little gifts last week. Pitiful, I know! The little box that you see holds 4 Pocket Notes, which are perfect for a little note to a loved one.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Decor Elements Phase 2

I want to show you Phase 2 of the Decor Elements vinyl wall art line. This line introduces additional colors, two and three step "stamping", plus additional seasonal images.

You are going to LOVE the new child friendly elements---bugs, sports, baby, oh my!

You can begin ordering from the new phase beginning today--October 1. Click here to view the Decor Elements Brochure that combines both phases. If you would like a paper copy, let me know and I'll mail one out to you.