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September 2011

Bride to be!

I'm sure right now you're thinkin', "wait a minute, this isn't Holiday Mini stuff!", and you're right, it isn't, but I'm pretty happy with this card and NEEDED to show it to you!

Bride to be 1
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I CASED this cute card from a swap one of my downline, Angela, received at convention in July, so I don't know who the creator was,but it's so CUTE! I plan to make several of these (as soon as I get time, but wait, I have a bridal shower I need to send a gift to on Saturday, so I guess I'll get to make another one of these before then! yeah!) Several things are different from the original, although I kept the color scheme, Blushing Bride & Basic Gray, but added  a Basic Black cardbase to give it just a little more elegance and "pop"! If I remember correctly, the orginal did not have any embossing on it, but I added texture with the Finial Press Textured Impressions Folder and the Big Shot. I do know that the original had these adorable pop-out paper rosettes that would be a pain to try to send through the post office, so I changed that feature up with flat punched Boho Blossoms and Basic Jewel Pearls. I was going for a bouquet look for the dot of the "i", do you think I achieved it? When I decided to make this card I went looking for the phrase in the set "Fabulouos Phrases", but did not find it, however, I DID find the single word "to" and "beautiful", so I just squished them together on my Clear Mount block and used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to omit the rest of the word and just ink up "be"! Pretty cool what you can do with Clear Mount stamps and a marker, huh?

Bride to be 2
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I kept the inside simple, most swaps are just the card front anyway, so I was on my own for that! But I think the phrase from "Heard from the Heart" and repeating the flower motif from the outside finished it off well, don't you think?

Tomorrow is a big day, finishing touches for the Holiday Mini Girls' Night Out at the Franklin County Hospital Conference Room from 6-9 p.m. We will be showcasing lots of new stuff  from the Holiday Mini, be giving away some cool doorprizes, a Grand Prize, and will have Holiday papercrafts for sale!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


One lonely little Halloween swap!

In the swap this month there was only ONE lonely little Halloween swap by Laure Milligan using the new Holiday Mini set, Howl-o-ween Creeps! Laura used the "Frightful Sight" Desginer Series Paper and "First Edition" Specialty Paper from the main catalog.

Howl o ween creeps laura milligan
©Stampin'Up!™1990-2011

I've got to bop on out of here in a hurry today, my downline, Linda, Angela, and Babs are going with me to St Louis to our sister demo, Brenda's, house today to make our "25 and Counting" Advent Calendars! I can hardly wait!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


Leaves of a Tree!

Stampin' Up! packages their stamps in versatile sets that usually combine coordinating images and usually words, but in the past few years they have started featuring "A la Carte" stamps in the main catalog and the minis. This cute card by Nancy Hall uses the a la carte stamp, Leaves of a Tree with the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper.

Leaves of a tree nancy hall
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Gotta run, lots on my agenda today, stamping and non-stamping! I'm prepping for the Holiday Mini Girls Night Out at the Franklin County Hospital Conference Room on Friday!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


My Third Anniversary!

Happy Labor Day! Hope you spend your day doing something you love! We are going to our church's annual Labor Day picnic. I'm not exactly sure how many years it has been being held, but I know my husband was attending it as a baby, and our kids have attended every year since they were babies, and now our grandchildren are coming! What a heritage!

Thought I would show you this swap today by Cindy Ewertz. She used the same stamp set I used on my swap, the Warmest of Wishes Hostess set from the Holiday Mini to get a completely different look:

Warmest of wishes cindy ewertz
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A close-up (sorry it's a little fuzzy) shows the owl's eyes are black! How did Cindy do this? Easy! She just colored the Basic Jewel Rhinestone with a Black Sharpie marker!

Warmest of wishes cindy ewertz 2
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Today is also an anniversary for me. Not my wedding anniversary, though, it's my 3rd anniversary as a full-time Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! Yeah! Three years and I still like my boss (me! :D  )

Something else I didn't mention before because I was on my long blogging hiatus: I was honored again this year to make Founder's Circle again! On September 14th I will be flying again to St. George, Utah to attend the Founder's Circle Retreat. Four days of rest, relaxation, pampering, and FUN!

To commemorate my 3rd anniversary today and also to THANK YOU, my customers and blog fans, any order emailed to me today at:

carol@carolpaynestamps.com

will receive a 20% discount on the entire merchandise amount of the order! This offer is good today, Labor Day, Septermber 5, 2011 ONLY! After you email me your order I will add it up and send you the total due. You can then mail me a check or if you want to pay with a credit card I will then refund you the 20% by mail.

I have NEVER offered this discount before and who knows if and when I will offer it again?

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


Gently Falling Samples!

Happy Sunday, Stampers! Thought I would speed up the process of showing you the swaps this month to give you a great Holiday Mini Kick-off by showing you all the Gently Falling Holiday Mini Catalog samples that came in my monthly swap the other day:

These are all made with the all 2-step stamping set, Gently Falling, on page 16-17 of the Holiday Mini. I received this set for free as part of a bundle that Managers and Senior Managers receive automatically during the pre-order period. This "telescoping" card was made by Brenda Hukriede:

Gently falling brenda hukriede Cute & easy, yes?
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Next, this sample by Jan Rodrian also uses Hand-Penned Holidays from page 15 of the same Holiday Mini!

Gently falling jan rodrian
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This brilliant beauty also has shimmer over the leaves and is by Kathy Morgan! The button is from the Spice Cake Designer Buttons.

Gently falling kathy morgan
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Katy Simecka did a great job with her swap:

Gently falling katy simecka
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My sweet friend Rhonda Bassler make this one! That gorgeous paper on the panel behind the stamped leaves is from the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper on page 16!

Gently falling rhonda bassler
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Susie Wood combined the Spice Cake Designer Paper with More Mustard, Early Espresso, and the new Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon from page 30 of the Holiday Mini!

Gently falling susie wood
©Stampin'Up!™1990-2011

I've saved the best of the fall cards for last! Megan Wheeler used My Digital Studio to combine the current stamp set, With Gratitude, with the Spice Cake Designer Paper. You probably can't tell in the photo, which doesn't do it justice, but she has used the new Pewter Embossing Powder from page 31 of the Holiday Mini with "Hand-Penned Holidays" and a Vintage Brad to make this a "hybrid" card! "Hybrid", in case you don't already know, is when you take the My Digital Studio-printed products and combine them with cardstock and accessories to merge the best of both worlds!

Hand-penned holidays meg wheeler
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There will be a post tomorrow, so until then, have a "stampingrox!" day!


You missed a good one!

If you didn't make it to the Punch/Technique Class I had today, you missed a good one! Here are the projects we did:

Punch Project #1 with the new Stocking Builder Punch:

Stocking builder page and pic
 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2011

Punch Project #2 with the Doily Triple Layer Punch:  (inspiration from Connie Babbert)

Doily triple layer tree 3
 ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2011

Punch Project #3 with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch:  Hersheys kiss 3
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Technique Project #1, Faux Shaving Cream with Rock n Roll:

Faux shaving cream 3
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Technique Project #2, Photo Stamping: (inspiration from Kelly Acheson)

Nature silhouettes 5
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Technique Project #3 Colored Soot Stamping:

Colored soot stamping 3
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These same projects will be available at the Galatia Community Building on Tuesday, September 13, 6 p.m., so let me know if you want to attend!

Next month's Punch/Technique Class is Saturday, October 8th at my house, be there or be square!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!


Holiday Mini Swap Card!

As you probably already know, I participate in a monthly swap with 20 other super demonstrators. Each month has a theme and this month was the Holiday Mini!

For the next few days I will be showing you one of this month's swaps. I'll start out with mine, done with the fun new Holiday Mini Hostess Set, "Warmest of Wishes"! The really cool thing about this set is that I didn't have to wait until September to get it, Stampin' Up! GAVE IT everyone who came to Convention this year!

Warmest of wishes 1
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I know, pretty cute, huh! I LOVE t when they give us stamps that coordinate with a punch, in this case the OWL Builder Punch! The "candy candy candy candy" is from "Spooky Bingo Bits", a cute new set on page 25 of the main catalog. I was able to get it FREE from my participation as a demonstrator during Sale-a-bration earlier this year! "Warmest of Wishes" can be yours just by hosting a $150 or more workshop in your home, church, or community building. You can purchase it for only $10 of your Hostess Dollars for the Clear-mount or $13 for Wood-mount.

The 'bling" on the Textured Impression Spider Web is a NEW product from pg 41 of the Holiday Mini, Dazzling Details! Basically it's glitter glue with an ultra-fine tip perfect for adding just a little bit of bling right where you want it!

See you tomorrow, so until then, have a "stampingrox!" day!