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September 2008

Big Shot Pennant Banner Thanks!

This was the alternate project at my "Here Come the Holidays!" Stamp Camp, a Thanksgiving Banner using the Stampin' Up! exclusive Pennant Banner Bigz Die and the Big Shot! This was so much fun to make, and really quite easy too! It would take forever to scallop all those triangles, even with our new Scallop Edge punch, but with the Big Shot it was a breeze! We also used the Watercolor Vine Jumbo wheel in More Mustard, Well-Worn Alphabet, With Gratitude, the 5-Petal Flower punch, and the Baby Wipes technique.

This is my final post , unless I get really inspired again today. My promise for tomorrow is to show you a card using one of the stamp sets on sale tomorrow from our Birthday stamp set promotion, so check back!

Punch Pals Jumbo Outline Alphabet Christmas Tag!


This little snowman guy became a cute little Christmas tag. My hostess on Saturday, Cindy Anderson, asked for a Christmas tag, and she was delighted with this version, especially since the stamps she had purchased at the last camp she attended was this "Punch Pals" set!

This could also be an "Encore Project", just let me know!

Another "Here Come the Holidays!" Sample!

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This was a great card and everyone loved making it (well, almost everyone!) It was rather time consuming, was bulky in the envelope, and used alot of Designer Series Paper. This paper is no longer available, so this year I searched for an easier, more economical Designer Tree Card and came up with this:

Cute, isn't it? This tree uses the "Holiday Treasures" Designer Series Paper, the Photo Corner Punch, "Time for a Tree" standard wheel, "Best Yet" level 1 Hostess, and the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware. (I'm sure you are wondering how come I have the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware frames when we can't order the whole set until tomorrow. It's because as a SU! demo we can order some cool new items in BULK  ahead of time so we can have more on hand to use in our parties, classes and camps. Just another perk to having your own Stampin' Up! business!)

I have a little tip for you when you use the Styled Vanilla frames: The Chocolate Chip cardstock is attached to the inside of the frame with mini-glue dots. I found as I was making my sample that the mini-glue dots did not want to stick very well to the Styled Vanilla frame (possibly a by-product of the vanilla finish). We discovered during my "Here Come the Holidays!" camp that if you rough up the finish on the back side of the frame with one of our Sanding Blocks, the glue-dot will stick! Thanks to one of my great stampers for the suggestion! I am always learning new tips and ideas from all of you!

Want to make this great tree? Contact me today to book your party or find out when an "Encore Camp" is scheduled!

A Sample from Here Come the Holidays!

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We made this fun punched card at my "Here Come the Holidays" Stamp Camp last Friday night. The turkey and pumpkin are not my original ideas, I found them somewhere in two separate places but merged them into one card. The pumpkin uses three small ovals punched from Pumpkin Pie cardstock and sponged with Pumpkin Pie Classic ink. The stem is one scallop from the Scallop Circle punch.

Mr. Turkey uses several punched pieces:

It's hard to tell about the colors here, but I used Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Summer Sun, and Old Olive for this fat fun feathered fellow (try saying that three times fast!)If you have any questions or would like to attend an encore Here Come the Holidays Stamp Camp on a weeknight or during the day, just email me!

Black Magic Inspired By Nature Style!

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Good morning! I have discovered I have several cool cards I have done in the recent past (since the new catalog started on August 11), that only a few of my stampers have seen, either at a party or in my sample basket. This gorgeous  offering was done with my fav set from Convention, Inspired By Nature using the Black Magic technique:

Step #1: Stamp image with Whisper White Craft ink on dark cardstock (in this case, Basic Black), air dry or speed up drying with Heat Tool.

Step #2: Color over image with Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, and Always Artichoke.

Step #3: Highlight image with the White Gel pen. You will need to frequently clean the tip of the pen on your grid sheet as it will pick up some of the Watercolor Crayon as you highlight.

Voila! The black magic technique!

Call or email me if you would like to learn this or any other technique at your next party. I love to be challenged! If I don't know how to do a requested technique, I will research it and have it ready for you at your party!

Keeping My Promise!

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Isn't this just a gorgeous bag? My day was not exactly as I had planned, but I am keeping my promise to post this bag for you. I wanted to get matching  cards made to fit into the bag, but my scheduled sonogram turned into a biopsy, so no cards were made today. :-(  I'm not worried about the results, as they have assured me it is only a cyst, but I won't know for a couple of days for sure. They say stress isn't a factor, but I really believe stress can cause all sorts of weird things to happen to your body, and my body had been under ALOT of stress until earlier this month, so I think it is all related.

Anyway, this bag uses the Georgia Peach Designer Paper I received while traveling on the "Georgia Peach" bus back to our hotel from visiting the Stampin' Up! rubber stamp manufacturing plant in Kanab, Utah, while at Founder's Circle. The bus trip was about 80 minutes,and on the ride there our bus got to participate in a "Focus Group" with Shelli Gardner, the Co-Founder of Stampin' Up!, which was really a great opportunity to hear all the great ideas and suggestions all the demonstrators on our bus had to make Stampin' Up! better. On the way home they had us play Bingo to earn prizes, which were things like packages of the Button Bouquet buttons and rolls of wide So Saffron grosgrain ribbon. I didn't have to win a game to get the Georgia Peach paper, though, they gave EVERYONE on our bus a whole package of it! How cool is that???? I also used Upsy Daisy,( which is still on sale at 15% off for ONE MORE DAY). I inked it first in So Saffron, then used a Stampin' Sponge inked in Regal Rose to ink the edges of the flowers. I stamped the "Thank You for your friendship" in Rose Red, then framed it with a Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware frame I smooshed into my Regal Rose Craft pad, then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I love the mottled Vanilla/Regal Rose effect! BTW, the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware package will finally be available to order beginning October 1st, along with ordering from the Holiday mini and our Birthday stamps 20% off sale! I can't wait to make some matching cards, but it may have to wait as I need to gather stuff together for a yard sale we are having at my daughter, Jessica's, house on Saturday.

I think it's time to put this girl to bed, but before I go I think I will start making you a promise everyday to fulfill the next. I promise to post a new card or project again tomorrow, won't that be fun? So since I promised you, you all can hold me accountable, ok?

Talk to you tomorrow!

Box in a Bag samples!

I have really been having fun with these box in a bags lately! They are super easy to make, and you can get two of them out of 1 sheet of Designer series paper and a little bit of cardstock! Contact me if you would like to have a party. I would be happy to show you how to make one of these in this paper or any of Stampin' Up!'s other great Designer Series Paper!

This one uses the Bella Rose paper (this sheet makes me think of Raggedy Ann!)


This one uses Ghostly Greeting DSP and the Batty for You set:


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I have another BIGGER one made using  Georgia Peach Paper and the Upsy Daisy set. It is big enough to hold CARDS! I will try to get pictures taken later today and get it on here for you, so check back tonight!

My Swaps for Founder's Circle!

Today I am on a plane bound for Southern Utah! At convention this year I was shocked, surprised, and reduced to tears to find out I earned the honor of attending Founder's Circle! What is Founder's Circle? It is an honor Stampin' Up! gives to the top 145 demonstrators for the previous stampin' year, and is based on personal sales, recruiting, down-line promotions, leadership, etc. After I found out I had received Founder's and had cried off all my make-up, THEN they say, "Come over here and get your picture taken for the Founder's Circle yearbook"! Oh well, I didn't care, it was such an honor and all 6 of my downline who went to convention with me were so happy for me!

Anyway, the SWAP this year for Founder's Circle is Holiday-themed, and I can't wait to see what everyone else is bringing! Here's mine, two versions, one with Riding Hood Red taffeta, and the other with Kraft taffeta ribbon! Let me know which one you like best!
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Web 2 You can't really see it in the pics, but I stamped the "Snow Swirled" tree (on sale this month for 15% off!) first in Creamy Caramel, stamped the snowflakes in Riding Hood Red, then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the tree again in Versamark, sprinkled with Heat & Stick powder, heated just until the powder melted, then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. A quick swipe with a Swiffer cloth to remove the excess diamonds and there you go! I also use the Top Note Bigz Die in my brand-new Big Shot die-cutting machine from Stampin' Up! to cut the Whisper White and Riding Hood Red mats for the tree!

Hostess Appreciation Cards by My Hostesses!

Amy Galloway My Annual Hostess Appreciation was well attended, and one of the highlights of the day are the cards my hostesses bring for display! The past two years I have made my retired stamps available for my hostesses to "purchase" using "Stampin' Bucks" they earn by coming, bringing their catalog, bringing a card to display, making an order, booking a party, and/or signing up to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in my group of "Yes, Ma'am!" Stampers. This beauty was made by Amy Galloway, who is a Longaberger Consultant. I sent her a link to this pattern a while back, I just knew it was right up her alley! She has already modified it to make it more Longaberger authentic, and has plans to make square one to match a current basket! She is such a great artist!

Angie Lisk 2 Angie Lisk These next two cards were made by Angie Lisk! I love how she combined the pumpkins  and "Happy Harvest" from the current Loads of Love with the wagon from the retired Favorite Teddy Bear! Everyone at the event were impressed and intrigued by the way she used the retired Wrought Iron Corner Slot punch to make the center medallion!

Becky Kellerman
Becky Kellerman brought this cute card using the retired "I'm Here!" set!

Christy Sullivan
Christy Sullivan brought this striking yellow and black creation using the retired "Polka Dot & Paisley" set!

Shirley Quarry
Shirley Quarry used the new set, "Upsy Daisy" to create this beautiful card. If I didn't already have this set, I would have to get it while it is on sale this month at 15% off after seeing her card!Jennifer Bolin Jennifer Bolin use the new set, "Just Jawing" and our cool  new Designer Paper, "Ghostly Greetings" to create this awesome card! You can't really see it in the pic, but there's dazzling diamonds all over the skull!

Cindy Lisk 2 Cindy lisk 3 Cindy Lisk Cindy Lisk created these three cards! Cindy takes her stamps with her on vacation and creates such cute cards!
Donna Walker Jaye Shanks These two cards were created by a mother-daughter stampin' team, Donna Walker & Jaye Shanks! They used the same set, but came up with different looks! It never hurts to share stamps!
Sharon Pizanowski Sharon Pizanowski created these beautys with the stamp set, "Amazing"!

Bryanna Last but not least, Bryanna Kehrer brought this great card for display. She made it at one of my "Yes, Ma'am's!", Kia Kehrer's events! Just beautiful!

As you can see, my stampers are all GREAT STAMPERS! Thanks so much, ladies, for making the day so much fun! I can't wait to see what you bring next year!</

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