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October 2008

One for Becky!

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One of my stamping friends, Becky, asked me Friday night at a technique class if I had this sample with me because she wanted to get the design into her head for possibly using as her Christmas card. Unfortunately, it had escaped my sample basket and was here at home on my stamping table, so I told her I would put it on my blog just for her. This sample uses the Sanded background stamp, Heard from the Heart, Elegant Cheer, and the Star and 1/4" Circle punches.A red gingham ribbon bow tops it all off. Simple but super cute!

A tip about this card: Use a strong adhesive, such as our Mini-glue dots, to attach the stars to the card, as the weight can cause the stars to separate from the card (aka: fall off!) as it is handled.

Enjoy Becky! Send me one, please!

Something I just realized . . .

I just realized that I mentioned the other day about having a biopsy but didn't tell you all how it turned out. They said they would have the results in two days and the procedure was on Monday (outpatient), but I didn't get word from my dr. until yesterday (Thursday), that everything was all clear! I really was trying to not worry about it, (but with the way my life has been going the last few months with some rude surprises in the job I used to have but promoted myself out of into SU! full time), I was very glad to get the word that all is ok! I was at Jessica's changing Cohen's diaper, and loving every minute of him, when I got the call. You bet Cohen got an extra squeeze from his Grammy when I got off the phone!

Well, I'd best get going on my busy, busy day!

Big Shot Pennant Banners!

Happy Friday Stampers!

I know I am a little later than normal with today's post, but we had a crazy evening last night. I spent part of my afternoon at my daughter's getting ready for a yard sale, but had to leave early to go the the funeral home visitation for my husband's great-uncle, Danny Fowler. He was quite an interesting man: one of 13 children, had a twin named Sammy, a farmer, hay-baler (he owned a baler and did alot of the hay-baling around here for YEARS), father to 5 children (one of which is a missionary in France), insurance agent (long ago I worked for the same small company he did, so had the opportunity to have some good conversations with him), and just a few months ago gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized, wheelchair and all, in a local pond!His family had been concerned about where he would spend eternity, but they don't have to worry now, praise the Lord! He was a good man, and will be missed by a large company of family and friends.

I promised you all a Christmas Banner today, and here it is:3 This is another project made with the Pennant XL Bigz Die (which is a Stampin' Up! exclusive) and the Big Shot. This banner is smaller than the Thanksgiving one I showed earlier this week:Thanksgiving Banner , but is on the same die with the big pennant, so you actually get two for the price of one with this die! I wheeled the Bold Showflakes with a Whisper White Craft cartridge, then die cut the "Peace, Love, Joy, Cheer" words with Chocolate Chip cardstock using the "Join in the Cheer" Decorative Strip Die. I cut the words apart and SNAILED them on. The stars are Shimmery White cardstock attached with mini-glue dots.

Here are some close-ups:



Here's a couple of details from the Thanksgiving banner too:

I used the baby-wipe technique to stamp the leaf from With Gratitude, used the embossing buddy over it, then stamped the Well Worn Alphabet with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, and clear embossed.

I really love how these both turned out, but have more ideas for another Christmas banner, so hopefully will have another one to show you in the near future.

I have another crazy day today: finish setting up the yard sale today, a Techniques Class in Hoyelton tonight, spend the night at my daughter's, yard sale tomorrow morning, then my downline is coming for their monthly Techniques Class tomorrow evening! Whew! I will be taking a break from blogging over the weekend, but will be back at it again on Monday, unless something else awesome comes along before then (which could happen!)so at least check back then!

Have a great first weekend of October!

In case you haven't noticed. . . .

In case you haven't noticed already, this blog is dedicated to ALL Stampin' Up! ALL THE TIME! I love being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and won't buy anything stamping or papercrafting that Stampin' Up! doesn't sell (unless, of course, it is a stamp-able object Stampin' Up! can't sell, like frames or notebooks, and of course I HAVE to buy CHOCOLATE for my projects (and for me!) from time to time!

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Holiday Treasures-Winter Post Tag/Giftcard Holder!

I just now finished this adorable Tag/Giftcard Holder and couldn't wait another day to show it to you! If you want to see the directions to make it, go to: May 22, 2008 Gift Pocket Book. It uses one full sheet of 12x12 Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper, the Curly Label Punch Bundle, and Winter Post from the Holiday Mini !

We will be making this project at a Technique Class tomorrow night. Here are the tags we will be making to go in it:


and these:


I love the vintage-ey look of this paper and stamps. The Classic ink colors used are Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and Creamy Caramel to "age" the edges of the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

Contact me if you would like to make this project at YOUR next party!

Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements Kit and a Contest!

These Simply Sent Card Elements Kits are so adorable in the catalog! I took one with me to Founder's Circle a couple of weeks ago, thinking I would make up all the cards and have them ready for display when I got home. These kits are sold separate from the coordinating stamp set shown in the catalog, so I didn't purchase the stamps, Home for the Holidays, thinking I would be happy with just what I could make with the kit. Boy was I wrong! You REALLY NEED the stamps to make these cards, otherwise you end up with cards like this:

The only words are either printed right on the focal points or are 6 separate little strips that say "merry & bright", "happy holidays", and "tis the season". These were super easy to assemble, but pretty BOOOOOORING!

Fortunately for me, one of my new Founder's Circle friends, Pat Chastain, just happened to have the "Home for Holidays" set with her. Bless her, she let me borrow her stamps and I made these:

GEDC3346 These were better, but I am all about the backgrounds, so I was yearning for some wheels to spice things up! I had to wait until I got home to add the really cute stuff (AND of course I ordered my own "Home for the Holidays" set right away!)

Here is the result of adding wheeled backgrounds, taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, buttons, and felt flurries!
I stamped the big snowflake from the new Holiday Mini set, Winter Post, in Riding Hood Red, then added a Riding Hood Red Little Felt Flurries snowflake and a Earth Elements & Neutrals Close to Cocoa button (which looks red in this picture, but it really IS Close to Cocoa!) I threaded the button with a tiny 1/16" wide strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock that I made with my  Stampin'' Up! Tabletop Paper  Cutter. It was extremely easy to cut that tiny strip, then thread through the button's holes, tie in a knot, and clip off! I attached the flurry and button to the card with a mini-glue dot.


Bold Snowflake Jumbo wheel with a Versamarked uninked jumbo cartridge and Vanilla taffeta ribbon:


Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon and the Snow jumbo wheel with the same Versamarked Jumbo cartridge:

Snow Swirled jumbo, Versamark cartidge, and Moss taffeta ribbon:

So Swirly Jumbo, Versamark cartridge, Vanilla taffeta:

Bold Snowflake jumbo, Versamark jumbo cartridge, Riding Hood Red taffeta:


Snow Jumbo wheel, Versamark cart, Moss taffeta:


Snowflake standard wheel, Very Vanilla Craft pad, Little Felt Flurries, Riding Hood Red taffeta:

I tied the ribbon through the center of the Little Felt Flurry sort of like one of the Styled Silver Ribbon slides in the Hodgepodge Hardware:
GEDC3351 I think my favorite is the Riding Hood Red Ribboned ones. They really "pop" for me! Let me know what you think!

Here's a contest: Everyone who leaves a comment about which ribbon they like best on these cards will have their name put in a drawing to receive an assortment of Little Felt Flurries and taffeta ribbons. (Click on this link to  look at them in the Holiday mini if you need to know what the rest of the Flurries look like: Holiday Mini You have from now until Saturday, October  4th to leave your comment and get in the drawing. I will announce the winner (which will be by a random drawing) on Sunday, October 5th!

 Oh, and the other great thing about this and all the other Simply Sent Kits on pages  176 & 177 of the Fall/Winter 2008 Catalog: From October 4-11, the kits (but not the coordinating stamps) will be on sale! Check back with me here on Saturday, October 4th for details!

Here's my promise for tomorrow: I will be posting another pennant banner, this time for Christmas!

Stampin' Up! 20th Birthday Promotion!

As I promised, the Stampin' Up! 20th year Birthday Party Stamps Promotion is finally here!
Click on this link: 20th Birthday Party Promotion to view all the sets that are on sale at 20% off with a $20 additional purchase of any Stampin' Up! Catalog merchandise.

The card I have posted here uses the new die-cut stamp set Simple Birthday Thanks, and Time to Party, both of which are listed on the sale flyer! I stamped this giant cupcake on the back side of our yummy Sweet Always Designer Series Paper, then again on Pink Pirouette cardstock. After cutting both pieces out I ran the cupcake liner through the Crimper to give it that "authentic" look. (Unfortunately, you can't really see this detail in this picture.) I wheeled the Daisy Dash jumbo wheel with Close to Cocoa ink on Close to Cocoa cardstock. I sanded the "party time" stamp from Time to Party lightly with my sanding block to remove the release from the rubber so the ink wouldn't puddle on the solid surface of the stamp, then stamped the image with Close to Cocoa ink on Whisper White cardstock, then punched with the new Scallop Square punch. I mounted this over a Wide Oval punched piece of Pumpkin Pie and a Word Window punched piece of Chocolate Chip. I added 1/4" circle punched pieces of Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, and Whisper White, and a Regal Rose White Gel pen accented cherry on top!

Then to finish it off, check out the inside:
I inked the outline of the giant cupcake with a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker and stamped it along with "Celebrate You" from A Little Birthday Cheer (not on sale, sorry) on the Close to Cocoa inside panel. Pretty cute, huh?

This next card uses the same Sweet Always Designer Series Paper and the Scallop Square punch, put in an entirely different way! I used another stamp from Time to Party to stamp on Whisper White cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink, then punched with the Scallop Square punch. I added some 5/8"  Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon, and punched the corners of the Designer paper with the Ticket Corner punch. I colored the cupcake with my Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, and Pretty In Pink Stampin' Write markers.

Whew! I'm definitely keeping myself busy and challenged keeping up this daily blogging! What's next for tomorrow? I think I will show you the Handmade Holidays Simply Sent Card Elements Kit that will be on sale from Oct.4-11th in honor of World Cardmaking Day on Oct. 4th, along with all the rest of the Simply Sent Card Elements Kits and Simply Sent Card Kits. These kits will be on sale at 20% off for a limited time, October 4-11th only! So check back tomorrow!

Bitty Book for a Baby Girl


Isn't this book jacket adorable? I just finished the jacket for this Bitty Book as a gift for a friend. I can't show the inside book yet, or it will spoil the surprise. I used my favorite new paper again, Georgia Peach, "Just B"a set from the Dormant List, and "Little Flowers". I hate to admit it, but I've had this Bitty Book on my stamping shelf for at least a year (maybe two!?), but never did a thing with it. I think I was intimidated by the fact of needing to cover the chipboard! I must have been crazy! If you have any project supplies on the shelf you have been intimidated by, drag them out and go for it!