Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scentsational Season Gingerbread Cookies

I'm having a quiet weekend home alone.  It's the perfect opportunity to finally clean out the file cabinet and get my ironing caught up.  Translated:  I'll probably be stamping and sewing most of the weekend.
I took a break from a quilt top I just started to make this festive Christmas card.  The designer paper is from the Festival of Prints Stack.  I love it - it has 48 sheets (4.5" x 6.5"); 4 each of 12 different double sides sheets.  Lots of options!  And it's only $6.95.
I CASEd this cute card that I had seen on Pinterest.  I wanted to add buttons, so I used basic rhinestones, but didn't love them.  I had prepared card stock, paper and ribbon for a few more cards, so I thought I would try pearls on the next one.  Before I had a chance to try that, I had an "ah-ha" moment and colored the rhinestones with a permanent marker.  Just what they needed!

Stamp Set:  Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages
Card Stock:  cherry cobbler, very vanilla, festival of prints dsp
Stamp Pad:  soft suede, cherry cobbler (inside)
Other:  holiday collection framelits, chevron ef, big shot, crumb cake 3/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, glue dot, basic rhinestones, red BIC marker (not SU).

Friday, October 26, 2012

Spooktacular Savings on stamps!

Stampin' Up! has several exciting promotions going on now and coming soon. This is probably going to be a long post, but it's worth reading to the end!
Ready? Here we go ...
Sell-a-Stamp Spooktacular
Mark your calendars. On October 29, for 24 hours only, almost every stamp Stampin' Up sells will be 15% off.
Here are the details:
This means all stamps in the current catalogs including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Incentive stamp sets from the supply list
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include
    • Hostess sets
    • Bundled stamp sets
    • Digital stamp brush sets
    There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order. Stamp prices in the Online Store will be changed for October 29 only to reflect the 15 percent discount.
    If you need stamps to finish your holiday projects or there are stamps on your wish list, October 29 is the day to order.
    You can order online HERE (even in your jammies) and have the order shipped directly to your door. Or if you prefer for me to send your order in, just give me a call or shoot me an email. I will be placing an order at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29. If you would like to combine an order with mine, let me know.
Single Stamps
A couple of weeks ago, Stampin' Up! started offering stamps from current sets to order individually. This is a pilot program and will run until January 2, 2013.
Here are more details:
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • Remember that this is a pilot program, so take advantage of it while you can!

  • Originally, they started with 3 word sets. Today, they added to more groups of single stamps. Click on the links below to see details for each set or assortment.
    Clearance Rack
    One more thing: New items have been added to the Clearance Rack. Many of you have seen how I cut adhesve magnetic sheets to slide into my framelit envelopes. I covered them with designer paper to make them look pretty. I found this is much easier than the sticky strip that comes in the package. Anyway, the magnetic sheets were retired from the catalog. Well, they're on the clearance rack now - along with other goodies. Remember, clearance rack items can only be ordered online. Click HERE for the clearance rack.
    Have a happy stampin' weekend!

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Halloween Card Challenge

    Recently, one of my customers asked me if I had any ideas for Halloween cards for her to send to her 3 granddaughters.  I don't make creepy or sinister cards, but she doesn't even like cute witches, mummies, etc.  So that ruled out Googly Ghouls and Wicked Cool.  The Frightening Feline single stamp is cute, but she didn't care for the words in the text of the stamp.  She was very sweet about it and I was not offended in the least.  I respect her for not compromising on what she likes and finds appropriate.  She was willing to purchase a card elsewhere {gasp}, but I took the challenge.  I remembered this card I made last year and made a new version.  She loves it!  Yay - mission accomplished. 
    Stamp Sets:  Spooky Bingo Bits, Tiny Tags
    Card Stock:  basic gray, so saffron, more mustard, pumpkin pie, riding hood red, whisper white
    Stamp Pads:  basic gray, so saffron, more mustard, pumpkin pie, riding hood red
    Other:  7/8" circle punch (non SU), 1" circle punch, 1-1/4" square punch, jewelry tag punch, dimensionals, pumpkin pie 1/8" taffeta ribbon, riding hood red 3/8" taffeta ribbon. 

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Wonderfall Treat Box

    I had a workshop last week with a group of ladies that have all been stamping almost as long as I have (16+ years).  Therefore, I don't need to take a beginner card for their project.  When I told the hostess what new stamp sets I have, she chose Wonderfall and wanted a "Thanksgiving treat" project.

    This is what I came up with.  The box/bag was made from one 8.5" x 11" sheet of card stock and there was no cutting. 

    Tutorial found here.
    Stamp Sets:  Wonderfall, Day of Gratitude
    Card Stock:  crumb cake, very vanilla, orchard harvest dsp, champagne glimmer paper
    Stamp Pads:  island indigo, cajun craze
    Other:  decorative label punch, autumn accents die, big shot, stampin' sponges, bronze button, glue dot, linen thread, sticky strip, gumball green sweater trim, simply scored with diagonal plate.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Midnight Summer Silhouettes

    It seems like Midnight Muse has become my "go to" blue color.  Pair that with one of my favorite new stamp sets, Summer Silhouettes and you get this pretty card:

    Originally created by Deb Currier.

    Stamp Sets:  Summer Silhouettes, Made for You
    Card Stock:  sahara sand, midnight muse, whisper white,
    Stamp Pads:  sahara sand, midnight muse, old olive
    Other:  fancy fan ef, big shot, midnight muse 1/2" satin stitched ribbon, dimensionals, essentials paper-piercing pack, piercing tool and mat.

    Monday, October 22, 2012


    Here's another Christmas card from my Card Buffet. 

    CASEd from here.
    Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages (inside of card)
    Card Stock:  gumball green, cherry cobbler, very vanilla (inside), be of good cheer dsp
    Stamp Pad:  cherry cobbler (inside)
    Other:  stripes ef, timeless type sizzlets, big shot, basic rhinestones, gumball green 1/2" stitched satin ribbon.

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Lovely As a (Christmas) Tree

    I started offering Christmas Cards on my Card Buffet in July and they have been a big hit.  With 12 choices, it's easy to have one or two Christmas cards and still plenty of the regular options (birthday, blank, sympathy, etc.).  I try to offer a wide variety of themes and colors.  This card is pretty elegant but not in tradition Christmas colors. 

    CASEd from this card.

    Stamp Sets:  Lovely As a Tree, Greetings of the Season
    Card Stock:  not quite navy, whisper white
    Stamp Pads:  not quite navy, versamark
    Other:  eyelet border punch (retired), whisper white embossing powder, heat too, top note die, big shot, basic rhinestones, whisper white 3/8" taffeta ribbon.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Crochet Owl Hats

    Warning:  This is not a stampin' post today.
    Last fall, I taught myself how to crochet.  It was after my mom's cancer diagnosis and treatment but before she lost her hair.  (BTW, she is a fighter and survivor and her hair is back).  I made her a few hats, a scarf and a shawl.  Fast forward a couple of months to when I joined Pinterest.  Oh my - did I ever find cute patterns on there!  Then my son made friends with a couple with a 14 month old baby girl.  That gave me an excuse reason to try out a couple of owl patterns.  I whipped them up, mailed them to him and got the most adorable picture back.  I can't share that picture, but here are the gifts I made and mailed:

    I shared the above picture on facebook and a few months later, a friend asked me to made a couple of newborn hats for her to give as baby shower gifts.  Here they are:
    Thanks to facebook, I am not in the process of filling orders for 6 more hats (sizes newborn to 3-1/2 years) and 1 purse.  So now I spend my evenings wrapped in yarn with a hook in my had while watching tv.  Love it!  I have tons of cute patterns, but everyone loves this owl. 

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Wicked Cool Candelabra

    I don't think I've written or typed the word "Candelabra" before.  I googled it and that is the correct spelling, but it still doesn't look right. 

    Any who -- here's another Halloween card for you. I CASEd this card and I outlined the embossed spider web with Stampin' Details just like the original. Although, I like it a lot, I was wondering if Shimmer Paint would add some glam without the green tint, so I tried it, too. I think I like the brightness of the Stampin' Details and the whiteness of the Shimmer Paint. 


    Stamp Sets:  Wicked Cool, Tiny Tags
    Card Stock:  basic black, very vanilla, howlstooth and scaringbone dsp
    Stamp Pads:  tangerine tango, basic gray, black staz-on
    Other:  stampin' details and shimmer paint (both retires), 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, jewelry tag punch, paper piercing tool and mat, dimensionals, glue dot, stamin' sponge, linen thread.

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Lattice Die and Punch Art Pumpkin

    I was so excited to offer this card on my Card Buffet last month.  I'm not the only one that loved it because LOTS of them were made.  That makes me happy.  It also makes me set my paper cutter back up between buffet sessions.  ☺

    CASEd from this card.  When I was working on the prototype, I thought it was a tiny bit bare, so I added the square lattice embossing.  And I had to change the greeting because of retirement. All fixed!
    Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
    Card Stock:  chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, very vanilla, old olive
    Stamp Pads:  pumpkin pie, chocolate chip
    Other:  lattice die, bitty banners framelits, square lattice ef, big shot, large oval punch, dimensionals, stampin' sponge.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Frightening Feline in Spider Webs

    There are so many great cards that I want to make and I just didn't know where to start today.  And then I decided to do the practical thing and make them in order (at least the holiday cards in order).  Although I have made a couple of Halloween cards recently, I don't yet have enough to mail to friends and family.  So, I decided to make this card and I'm so glad I did.  I love it!  It uses a stamp set I've had for a couple of years (Wicked Cool) along with a new single stamp Frightening Feline.

    CASEd from here on Paper Conversation blog.
    Stamp Sets:  Frightening Feline, Wicked Cool, Delightful Dozen (inside)
    Card Stock:  basic black, tangerine tango, crumb cake, very vanilla, summer smooches dsp
    Stamp Pads:  crumb cake, black staz-on
    Other:  spider web ef, big shot, basic black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dot, dimensionals, rhinestones.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Gently Falling with First Edition and Scallop Square

    This is a pretty card that I put in my favorites last year on Splitcoast and now it is pinned on Pinterest.  What would I do without the internet?!  Oh yeah - cook, iron and clean more.  Sometimes I don't even like the answers to my own questions.  Ha!

    Stamp Set:  Gently Falling
    Card Stock:  crumb cake, more mustard, soft suede, very vanilla, first edition specialty
    Stamp Pads:  soft suede, more mustard
    Other:  soft suede and more mustard markers, spritzer tool, scallop square die, big shot, dimensionals, pool party seam binding ribbon.

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

    Happy World Card Making Day!!

    That's right - Today, October 6, 2012, is World Card Making Day.
    I didn't want my stampin' friends to let this important holiday slip by without properly celebrating.  So I mailed some of them little card kits.  The clear envelope contained all of the fixings to make one of these 4 cards.

    Stamp Sets:  Perfectly Penned, Papillon Potpourri
    Card Stock:  whisper white, real red, tangerine tango, island indigo, rich razzleberry, summer smooches dsp
    Stamp Pads:  real red, tangerine tango, island indigo, rich razzleberry
    Other:  elegant butterfly punch, dimensionals, basic rhinestones.

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Scentsational Season Hot Cocoa Holder

    This is the final project that we made at my Scentsational Season workshop last weekend.  They are really quick and easy to make and would make great favors for school, church, work, clubs ...

    Thanks to DOstamping for her great video tutorial.
    Stamp Set:  Scentsational Season
    Card Stock:  early espresso, crumb cake, very vanilla, be of good cheer dsp
    Stamp Pads:  old olive, cherry cobbler, chocolate chip
    Other:  holiday framelits, big shot, craft knife, crop-a-dile (retired), 2-1/2" circle punch, cherry cobbler sweater trim ribbon, dimensionals.

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Googly Ghoul - Super Cute Note Cards

    I ran out of order thank you cards last week (that is a good thing!), so I whipped up a batch of these adorable note cards.  Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho makes these often and I think they are so fun and cute. Plus when I stick them in an outer envelope with a receipt, it is more likely to stay under one ounce than a full card (less postage).
    Aren't those mummies so cute?!  I think it looks like they are dancing across the bottom of the note card.

    Stamp Set:  Googly Ghouls
    Card Stock:  basic black, very vanilla, howlstooth & scaringbone dsp
    Stamp Pads:  black staz-on, crumb cake
    Other:  scallop trim border punch, googly eyes.

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Googly Ghouls - Cute Little Mummy

    It's October already and trick-or-treat will be here before we know it.  I have to admit - it's just not as fun as it used to be.  Our kids are grown and gone - no more school parties and excitement over costumes.  Now we get to sit on the porch and hand out candy to strangers' kids: most of whom have no costumes or manners.  Boy - do I sound old and cranky or what?!  But I still do enjoy seeing cute costumes and decorations.  Same goes with cards.  Cute - not scary or morbid.  I think the new Googly Ghouls stamp set fits that bill!  Cute!
    This card is on my September and October card buffet menu.

    CASEd from this card - but I used different stamps.

    Stamp Sets:  Googly Ghouls, Teeny Tiny Wishes
    Card Stock:  whisper white, basic black, pumpkin pie, polka dot parade dsp
    Stamp Pad:  black staz-on
    Other:  1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, scallop trim border punch, googly eye, paper piercer, dimensionals.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Merry Christmas from Stampin' Up!

    Who doesn't love free?!?  Check out Stampin' Up!'s October promotion. 

    If you purchase the Ornament Keepsake stamp set and the Candlelight Christmas Specialty Series  Paper Bundle
    The Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (includes Holiday Ornaments Framelits) and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Paper.  The original bundle of the Ornaments and Framelits was already priced at a 15% discount.  Add the paper and get the Paper Piercing Pack free = great deal!

    Receive the Festive Paper Piercing Pack FREE

    When ordering online, it's important to use the item numbers on this page.

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