New Year, New Look, New Products!

First, let me apologize for dropping off the face of the earth with this blog!  Yes, I realize that I “blog without obligation” and wear that badge proudly, but really?  Six months without a peep?  I assure you all that I have indeed been busily stamping away during that long hiatus, but the realities of life kept getting in the way and blogging fell by the wayside for a while.  Never fear, however, because I am BACK!  I’ll be retooling some things over the next few days, and will also setting up more regular features.

I’m SOOOO in love with this new catalog and all the great things Stampin’ Up! is rolling out this year — looking forward to sharing them with you!

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Where did the time go?

I was going back over past posts, and realized that today is the one-year anniversary of my starting this blog!  Had to think of something to celebrate, so for the first (but I’m hoping not the last) time I’m going to offer a bit of blog candy!  I’m sure you all know the drill – leave a comment between today and Friday the 6th, and I’ll draw a winner to receive a prize!  For now it’s going to stay a surprise exactly what the prize will be, but trust me you’ll love it!

HM09_01 Finally got to place an order out of the Holiday Mini, and I’ve been having so much fun playing with my first new goodies in a long time!  I can’t believe it’s already November, which means it’s time to start looking toward the holidays.  Now ordinarily I refuse on principle to do anything related to Christmas before Thanksgiving, but of course we stampers have to start working on our stuff well before December, KWIM?

I don’t usually go for the traditional red and green on my Christmas cards, but I have a whole pack of 12×12 Garden Green to play with courtesy of a mixup with my last order.  Instead of my Merry and Bright rub-ons, I found the green card stock in the box.  When I called SU! about it, they let me keep the card stock!  Guess it would cost them more for me to send it back – my apologies to whoever’s order was next to mine on the picking line!  Anyway, since I don’t have a lot of the Real Red textured card stock, I think I’ll play with some other colors when I duplicate this card for my craft show inventory.  Hmmm, I wonder how Rich Razzleberry would look? :))

To create the medallion piece for the stamped focal image, cut a square of card stock that’s at least 2 1/2” wide (this one’s just a hair larger than that) and center the Scallop Edge punch along each side before punching.  The larger the square, the bigger the corner connector you’ll get.  I’ve loved this look ever since it started showing up on cards all over the place, and can’t wait to try it again with other images!

Stamps: Delightful Decorations (2009 Holiday Mini)

Ink: Garden Green

Paper: Real Red textured, Garden Green

Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Whisper White organza ribbon, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (SU! exclusive)

Click here to visit my demonstrator website and order all the supplies you need to re-create this card!

Another milestone!

Grandma's87th Today was my grandmother’s 87th birthday!  Always cause for celebration, but especially so this time because frankly a few months ago we weren’t sure she’d be around to celebrate with us!  Thankfully after several trips to the ER and being admitted to the hospital, they finally figured out she had pneumonia and after a week and a half of antibiotics and proper nutrition she was back to her old self!

Reached way back into my stash for this card – the patterned paper is from a retired Simply Scrappin’ kit called Secret Garden, and the peach border layer is Groovy Guava, a retired In Color from 2007-08.  The birthday greeting used on the front is also retired, and inside is a coordinating sentiment from the same set which says, “Life is not a matter of counting years, it’s a matter of making years count.”  If you don’t have either of these products, you can easily use this layout with any of your favorite Designer Series Paper and coordinating paper colors!

Just a quick tip:  For cards that have multiple layers like this one, you can save paper (and weight when mailing) by cutting out the centers of layers where only a thin border will show.  I used the Paper Cutter (item #104154) to reach the middle of the layer without having to cut through the edge or dig out a hobby blade and metal ruler!

**note: this card measures 4 1/2” x 6” and fits in a size A6 envelope**

Stamps: It’s Your Birthday

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (inside sentiment)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava, Old Olive textured, patterned paper from Secret Garden Simply Scrappin’ kit

Accessories: Very Vanilla 1/4” grosgrain ribbon

 

It’s been an awesome month of special sales – check back tomorrow afternoon for the final Deal of the Week from Stampin’ Up!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

momsb-day20096Well, technically I’m a little early since her birthday’s not till tomorrow, but I know she won’t see this and spoil the surprise and I just couldn’t wait to share this card after so much time passing since my last post!

It’s difficult to tell in a photograph, but the larger lily is popped up on dimensionals.  To add a little visual interest to the card base, I ran the main layer through the Big Shot using one of the new, exclusive SU! texture plate designs by Sizzix.  Also, I’ve been experimenting with a different card size lately.  This one measures 4 1/2″ x 6″ and fits in a size A6 envelope.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery

Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Accessories: Dimensionals (behind the lily), “Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds 1” Sizzix Texturz plates

Earn a little extra cash doing something you love!

I know we’re all looking for a way these days to make some cash to help make ends meet. How would you like to be able to take care of your cell phone bill, pay for the kids’ school lunches, or work on paying down your credit card with more than just the minimum payment every month? How about getting all of your crafting supplies at a nice discount? Right now starting a home-based business is more popular than ever, and I can help you get started with your own!

Through March 31st, the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator starter kit is 30% off, and on top of that you get to choose ANY STAMP SET from the catalog absolutely FREE to add to your kit. That adds up to nearly $400 of stamping supplies for only $169… and you can even customize the stamps, card stock and ink! Once you are a demonstrator, you’ll be able to take advantage of an additional 20% discount on stamp sets featured in the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog, on top of your regular demonstrator discount. As if that weren’t awesome enough, you will also receive an extra 10% commission on your first order of $150 or more.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, now is the BEST time of the year to join! Check out the “Want to Join My Team” tab at the top of this page for more information, and feel free to contact me if you don’t see your question addressed. Click here to see what comes in the starter kit, and don’t forget to pick out the free stamp set you want to get with your kit!

Sneak Peeks from the 2009 Occasions Mini Catalog!

It’s March 1st, and SPRING is just three short weeks away!  Makes the 30-degree temps here in southeastern Virginia  just a bit easier to bear knowing that, doesn’t it?  With Spring comes Easter, one of my favorite holidays of the year.  Even though the Occasions Mini doesn’t officially go live till April 1st (and no, that’s not a joke!  ;-)), Stampin’ Up! has made it possible to order a selection of new Easter-themed products early so that you have time to complete all your special crafting projects!

Item Description Retail Price
113196

An Egg-cellent Easter

$21.95
113262

Wagon Full of Fun

$34.95
113822

Eight Great Greetings

$27.95
115421

Ocho saludos geniales  (Spanish Eight Great Greetings)

$27.95
114643

Huit souhaits sympas   (French Eight Great Greetings)

$27.95
113833

Egg Hunt Stampin’ Around wheel

$6.50

You can see images of all the sneak peek items here, and can order any of them 24-7 by visiting my demonstrator website and clicking the ‘shop now’ button at the top of the page.  Also, remember that Sale-a-Bration is still going on through March 31st, so don’t forget to choose your FREE goodies earned for every $50 of merchandise that you order!  😀

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