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October 2009

Punchy Santa- Paducah, KY, Class Projects!

Here's the projects my Friday night hostess, Heather, chose from my display samples for her class:

First, a Punchy Santa. I actually received this card from my upline-upline-upline, Felicia, a few years ago. I've had it in my stash of cards from friends. I found it earlier this fall and decided it was time to showcase it for my stampers. It uses several of our circle punches: 1 3/8", 1", 3/4", and 1/2". The stamp on his tassel is from "Winter Post", and his cheeks and nose are sponged with Real Red ink. We used the white gel pen for the "sparkle" in his eyes!

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This was a four project class, and here was our second project using "Scenic Season". After stamping the trees with Night of Navy ink, we used the 1 3/4" circle punch to punch out a "mask" from a post-it note for the moon, and we tore a piece of copy paper, let 2-way glue air-dry to post-it note consistency for the mask for the snow. We then brayered Bordering Blue ink over it all, sponged the edges and the tree "shadows" with Night of Navy ink, and then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the 2-way glue pen!

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This card was made with "Holy Triptych" and "Christ is Born". You probably can't see it very well, but we used Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint around the image with a sponge dauber.

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Our final project for the evening was a CASE of a card I received in a monthly mail-in swap I participate in when I can. I love doing this swap because it allows me to have fresh ideas each month for my stampers to get inspiration from. This card was fun to make! We used the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and the Big Shot for the Old Olive background, and the cute Holiday Mini catalog set, "Berry Christmas"!

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Well, that's it for tonight! I need to go put my Sunday dinner in the crockpot! This next week is going to be crazy-busy: party in Marion Monday night, party in Harrisburg Tuesday night, two sessions of the "Elegant Ornaments" Class in Salem on Wednesday, a booth at the Mt Vernon Teacher's Conference on Thursday and Friday, "Elegant Ornaments" Class at my house on Friday night, I'm helping with Jessica Hollis Photography PTO fundraiser sale day on Saturday morning, then the final "Elegant Ornaments" class at my house on Saturday afternoon! I hope I make it!

Ta for now!

"Elegant Ornaments" October 30th Stamp-a-stack! REVISED POST

I am revising this post to remove the fronts of each of these cards at the request of Sandi Maciver, a fellow demonstrator whom I gain much great inspiration from. This revised post is part of my apology to her. I am still showing the insides of these cards because they are my original creation, taking no inspiration from anyone else.

I am however, still holding my Stamp-a-Stack with these cards on Friday night, October 30th, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon, October 31st, 2 p.m., so contact me to reserve your spot.

I've been holding a monthly Stamp-a-Stack of Christmas cards so everyone has the opportunity to make a BUNCH of Christmas cards so they will be ready when it is time to mail them out after Thanksgiving. My next Stamp-a-Stack will be Friday night, October 30th, 6:30 p.m. and for once I have almost all the cards al planned and samples stamped ahead of time! Here are 4 of the 5 cards we will be making, using the Ornament Punch, an altered Finial Press Embossing Folder, and "Leaf Lines" stamp set!

Card #1:

Here's the inside:

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Card #2:

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We will be using Versamark ink to stamp all the images to sprinkle the embossing powder, but on this card we will also be using Versamark to do the "watermark" technique with the holly leaf stamp. This is one Versamark technique that often gets overlooked. By stamping on dark cardstock (which shows this technique the best) with Versamark ink, you get an image that looks just a shade or two darker than the cardstock it is stamped on without having to use that color of ink! Amazing! And the great thing is when the Versamark dries, you can still see the image, the color doesn't fade! Super! All 48 SU! colors, neutrals, and In-Color inks in ONE inkpad!

Card #3:


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And the fourth card:

and the inside:

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There's still one more card "in the vault", (which I did NOT CASE from Sandi Maciver but did CASE from one of my awesome downline, Sandy Dixon), but you'll have to come to the class to see and make it!

Fee is $20 for 10 cards, 2 each of the five different designs or FREE with a $50 order.

Ta Ta for now!

A "Vintage Ornaments I" Card Inspired by a Purse!

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Isn't this just a beautiful card? I was inspired by this purse I bought off the clearance rack at Wal-mart last spring. It was too dark to use in the summer but perfect for right now:

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I used the browns and the "Taken with Teal-ish" colors and ended up with a "Not Quite Navy/Chocolate Chip" creation! I started off with the "Vintage Ornaments I" stencil and a sponge dauber with my Not Quite Navy Classic pad. I used a bit of "Dotto" on the back of the Very Vanilla Top Note and on the back of the stencil to hold it in place. After I had the ornament all inked up, I layered the "flourishy/misteltoe-ish" stencil on top and daubered on "Champange Mist" Shimmer Paint! I sponged the edges of the Top Note first with the NQN ink, then sponged along the edges with Chocolate Chip ink! I layered this on top of a mat of Autumn Meadows DSP I had sponged with NQN ink. The inside is similarly sponged with the same ink combo. I decided to not embellish with anything else, this card stands on it's own! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!


Week 3 Deals of the Week!

THIS POST WILL REMAIN AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 25TH! Scroll down below this post for more recent posts!

Well, it's week 3 for the Stampin' Up! Deals of the Week and here are the three fabulous specials on sale until Sunday, October 25th! It's all about embellishments, and this week's deals are all found on page 179 of the current Idea Book & Catalog:

Week 3 Deals of the Week



Special Price


Basic Jumbo grommets



Mini Library clips



Circle Designer brads



 1/2" Library clips


These prices reflect at least a 30% (or more savings!) Contact me today to get your order in before this sale is over!

And don't forget the Clearance Rack is still available in my Online Store:

You can combine your order for this weeks' Deals of the Week with Clearance Rack items as well as any other catalog or Mini Catalog items!

Call me!

A Wish for Peace Tri-shutter Card, Punchy Snowman/Birdie, and O'Christmas Tree Pop-up!

I often have Hostesses choose the projects for their parties from my display and sample boards. Sometimes they want to do the exact project I have on display, but sometimes they just want to learn how to make the project type and I get to choose the stamps and create a new project. Then I have another project for my display and they get to have more ideas to choose from! This was the way it went with this Tri-shutter card, Donna wanted to learn how to make the tri-shutter, but the one I had for display used the Merry Moments DSP (it was a swap I received from the monthly mail-in swap I am in). I changed it up using Bella Bleu DSP (love that paper, it is SO MUCH MORE GORGEOUS than it looks in the catalog!) and the "A Wish for Peace" stamp set! Lookie:

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I stamped the tree/church stamp on a Very Vanilla top note with Brocade Blue ink, then overstamped the whole image with Sahara Sand ink on the Sanded Background. I then sponged all around the edges of everything with Soft Suede ink. "A Christmas Wish. . ." is stamped in Soft Suede and comes from the "Home for Christmas" stamp set. All edges of all the pieces are sponged with Soft Suede ink, and if they are overstamped with the Sanded Background, Sahara Sand was used.

Here's the other angles of this card:

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I also darkened the Kraft taffeta ribbon by sponging it with Soft Suede, and used the Texturz Impressions Plate, "Perfect Details" on the Bordering Blue panels on the outside edges. I also added sparkle to the trees with my 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter.

Here's another card we made at this event that I CASED from Heather's blog:

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This adorable card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square but still fits easily into our medium envelopes! It uses a bunch of SU! punches: 1 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1/2" Circle, Wide Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval, Large Star (birdie beak), Scalloped Circle (snowman nose). Everything is sponged in either Ruby Red, More Mustard, or Night of Navy ink, and the Playground button is tied with a "cardstock thread" and attached with a mini gluedot!

We made a card with the "Delightful Decorations" and Medallion stamp sets, but I am at my daughter's house right now and do not have access to the picture, but I do have the picture of our fourth project (this was  a stamp camp!):

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This was my first group this year to be brave enough to try this tree, and by the time they were all finished it was a "love-it-or-hate-it" relationship! Some loved it  and figured it out right away, some loved it but stated they hope they never have to put one together again, and some said their brains were just too tired to try to manage that late in the evening!

All in all it was a fun stamping event!

I'll be back tomorrow with the projects for my next Stamp-a-Stack: "Elegant Ornaments" cards!


12 Weeks of Christmas Sneek Peek!

Oh, my goodness! I am SO EXCITED! Beginning this Tuesday, Oct. 6th, I will be sending out my first "12 Weeks of Christmas" Newsletter! Each week between now and December 25th, everyone who is signed up for my newsletter will receive a fabulous idea for a card, gift, or holiday packaging! These projects WILL NOT be shared here on my blog, you must be signed up to receive my newsletter to get them! Here's a little peek at the first project that will be emailed out this week:

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Aren't you just DYING to see what this is a part of? Go sign up for my newsletter (the sign-up box is at the top of the right-hand column of this blog to find out!