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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tea Party Note Pad Holder

For my most recent technique class, I wanted to make a door prize. I've had some chipboard coasters around for a long time and I decided to turn one into a fabulous door prize. The only supplies I needed for this project were the chipboard rectangular coaster (approximate size is 3x5 inches), a large binder clip, 3/16" corner rounder, sanding blocks, Tea Party Designer Series Paper, grosgrain ribbon, and sticky strip.

To create, I cut two pieces of designer series paper to size, rounded the corners with the corner rounder, and adhered to the chipboard using the sticky strip. I sanded the edges with a sanding block. Next, I cut a strip of designer series paper and used sticky strip to cover the binder clip. The binder clip was then used to clip a simple spiral notepad (leftover from goodie bags we made for our softball and t-ball teams) to the chipboard. As a final touch, I tied some grosgrain ribbon scraps to the binder clip and added a designer brad. Viola, a great little door prize.

These are very easy to make and can be done in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can also use standard post it notes instead of the spiral note pad.
God Bless and Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Masculine Cards

Here are some cards which are more masculine in style. Both are Father's Day cards but the designs can work for any occasion so I figure it is ok to share after Father's Day.

The first one uses Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! This particular paper is on the Last Chance list and is already sold out. However, you can easily modify the design to work with other papers as well, you just need a print that mimics the look of fabric for a button down shirt. For this design, I cut one piece of paper to cover my entire card front, and another smaller, wider piece with the print going the opposite direction so that there is a cuff. Then I tied on a button and then used a Stampin' Write marker to draw on a button hole. I can't take credit for this design, I saw something similar on SplitcoastStampers and created my own version.

The next card is the card I made for my husband for Father's Day. I also used the Parisian Breeze Speciality Paper, Baja Breeze Card Stock, Whisper White Card Stock, and Chocolate Chip Card Stock. Again, the Parisian Breeze is sold out as is the Baja Breeze Card Stock. Pretty much any Last Chance item featuring the Baja Breeze and the other In Colors sold out very quickly. The stamp set is Totally Tool, which is featured in the current Idea Book and Catalog and will also be in the new one. This is a great set for use in masculine cards. It would also be a fun set if you have a Bob the Builder Handy Manny fan in your life and need to make some invitations for a birthday party or even a birthday card. The accessories used in this card include natural hemp twine, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon, and 5/8" Jumbo Brads. I also used the Watercolor pencils to color in the tape measure. The card is a 6x6 inch square after folding.

God Bless & Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Locks of Love

I had to take a minute to share some non-stamping news. My 2nd oldest daughter, Phoebe, grows her hair out every 1.5-2 years so that she can have it cut and donated to Locks of Love. She did this for the first time when she was 3 years old after an older girl at church did the same thing. Our oldest daughter also decided to do the same thing and made her first donation a couple of years ago. And, last weekend, they both went with their dad to make another donation. This is Phoebe's third time donating her hair (and only her 4th haircut ever) and Isabel's second time. Phoebe's inspiration has also trickled down to our youngest daughter, Tessa, who is about 2 more inches away from her first donation.
Here are the photos of Isabel and Phoebe before and after their donations:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Open House Preview

Just a very quick post to share the projects you'll get to see at my Open House tomorrow, June 25 at 6:30 PM. The first is our Make & Take, key fobs. There are two designs, one with a key chain ring and the other with a clasp (necklace type closure). Everyone who attends the open house will get to make one key fob. I was inspired by a similar project I saw on Splitcoaststampers, but I failed to write down the name. I'll try to track her name down and post at another time. For now, thank you mystery stamper! The stamp sets are from the Wings of Friendship Hostess set available in the upcoming Idea Book and Catalog. This is a Level II hostess set and will be available for hostesses to earn beginning July 1. If you like this set, you can sign up to host a show in your home in July.

Next, the corner bookmarks that each person will receive as a gift from me. You can use them to mark your favorite page in the new Idea Book and Catalog. As with the key fobs, these sets feature hostess sets available in the new Idea Book and Catalog.

I'll post details on making each of these projects after the Open House.

The Open House will begin at 6:30 PM. We'll have the Make & Take key fobs for each person, you can place your orders for those Last Chance Items you want, pre-order your personal copy of the upcoming Idea Book and Catalog, and have a sneak peek at products coming in the new catalog! There will also be door prizes, yummy food and great company! You won't want to miss out on any of the fun!

I look forward to seeing you!

God Bless and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Viola Pop Up Card

One of my absolute favorite things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is every month I receive a copy of Stampin' Success, an exclusive magazine sent only to demonstrators. It is full of great ideas each month and this month was no exception. Right there on page 16 was an adorable pop up card which inspired me to create one of my own. In fact, I made two.

Each year we have a tradition of providing our daughters' teachers with an end of the year meal as our thank you for all their hard work and dedication during the school year. We send in a menu so they can select their appetizer, entree, and dessert. I always try to come up with really cute way to present the menu so I decided to use the pop up card I found in Stampin' Success. Using the Viola, Viola to Go and Yummy (SAB set), I ended up with a cute restaurant scene.

This card is actually very simple to make. You start with a square piece of paper. Your square can be as small or large as you like. I used a 12x12 square of Kraft cardstock.

Fold the square paper in half two times in both directions so that when you open it up, you've divided it into 4 equal sections. Unfold the paper and place it in front of you. Cut the crease dividing the two bottom squares up to the center. Stopping where all the folds intersect. In the top right square section, put a diagonal crease from the center point of the card to the outside point of that quadrant. When the card is completely decorated, pull the bottom right quadrant over the bottom left and adhere. This creates a diagonal cross section of a box. To fold the card, the quadrant with the creased diagonal is folded as it pushes in allowing the other sections to fold with it.

Before you adhere the bottom quadrants to form your box, it is best to to the decorations on the outside and inside when the paper is flat. Just keep in mind how it will fold and where you need to tie things together. I'm including a photo of the outside of my card so that you can see how it looks all folded.

To make the chef pop off the page, you just need a small strip of paper that you can fold into a little box without a top and bottom. A 1/4" x 1 1/4" long strip works well. Score the strip at 1/4", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" and then fold at the score marks to create the box. Attach two adjoining sides to the bottom and side of your pop card and then attach your stamped image to the front of your mini box. When attaching images to the quadrant with the diagonal crease, only attach it to either the top or bottom triangle if you have an image that goes across the crease. For my menu board, I used an L-shape type bracket attached to the back of the board and then to the bottom of the pop up card. I added one dimensional just to the bottom of the diagonal crease to keep it from flopping over once the card was opened.

You'll probably also notice that the chef is very well dressed. To do this, I stamped him once each on Whisper White and Designer Series Paper (Rockabilly Specialty- black stripe and red polka dot). I cut the entire chef out on the red polka dot from Rockabilly Specialty, then I just cut the pieces I needed from the Whisper White and black stripe from Rockabilly Specialty and glued them down in the appropriate places. I then glued the entire assembly onto basic black and cut it out again. This just gave it some finish so the back didn't look Hodge podge.

This technique can be used with any stamp set and papers. For this project I used:

  • Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Candy Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Kraft 12x12 Card Stock
  • Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Viola Stamp Set
  • Viola To Go Stamp Set
  • Yummy Stamp Set (SAB set)
  • Very Versatile Stamp Set

For questions or more information, please email me.

God Bless & Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pop Up Ball Card

My June Technique Class used the Sizzix Pop Up Ball Die Cut. I was inspired by a design I saw on Splitcoaststampers created by Lacy Stephens ( and opted to use a similar color palette. I'm showing photos of both the inside and outside of the card. This is a fun card and it serves as a nice little gift afterwards. I will be sending this sample to my husband's grandmother for her birthday. I think she will enjoy it. She can show off photos of her great grandchildren!

For this project, you'll need:

  • A Big Shot & Pop Up Ball Die
  • Soft Summer Stamp Set
  • Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Baja Breeze Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Chocolate Chip 12x12 Paper
  • Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 1/2" Library Clips
  • Jumbo Brads, 5/8" Neutrals Assortment

There is nothing too complicated about this project once you've made 1-2 of the pop balls. Those of you who follow this blog on a regular basis will know that I recently made 12 similar cards for Tessa's preschool graduation. If you'd like to know more about this project or would like to host a workshop in your home to make this project, drop me an email at

God Bless and Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thanks So Much Card - Another Project from Regionals

This is the last project that I will post from Regionals. This card features the Soft Summer Stamp set. This set is in the current Occasions Mini and is only available until the end of June. If you like this card, you'll want to order this stamp set before the end of June!

Stamps: Soft Summer

Card Stock and Paper:

  • Bashful Blue
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Naturals White
  • Old Olive
  • Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper


  • Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Jet Black StazOn pad
  • Versamark pad
  • Earth Elements Watercolor Wonder Crayons: Old Olive
  • Rich Regals: Brocade Blue

Accessories and Tools:

  • Bashful Blue 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/2" Library Clips
  • Eyelet Border Punch
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig

For more details on this project, email at

God Bless & Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Without You Gift Card Holder - Another Regional Project

Another project from the Stampin' Up Regional Convention that I attended here in Seattle last April. We had so much fun making projects and there were so many projects to enjoy making.

Some of the supplies for this project on our the Last Chance List so if you are interested in these supplies, please contact me soon to place your order. Items are selling quickly!

This project is a gift card holder. It holds three gift cards with envelopes in one tidy little package. This is a fun way to give multiple gift cards, especially now in graduation and wedding season.

Stamps: Best Wishes & More

Card Stock and Paper:
  • Baja Breeze
  • Very Vanilla
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Baja Breeze Patterns Designer Series Paper
  • Scallop Notes Assortment II

Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools:

  • Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Flower Fusion Too Accents & Elements
  • Silver Brads
  • White Circle Aluminum Metal Edge tags, 2" tag
  • 1 3/4" Circle Punch
  • 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch

If you'd like the full details and directions for making this card, email me at

God Bless and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

OPEN HOUSE - June 25th

Out with the old, in with the new. The Last Chance List has been posted and it is time to say goodbye to some old favorites. But don't be too sad, seeing the Last Chance List means the new catalog is just around the corner!

Join me on June 25th at 6:30 PM for an Open House. We'll have a free make and take and you'll get an exclusive preview of some of the new items coming in July, including a sneak peek of the new catalog!

And, you'll earn a ticket in our Perfect Attendance Challenge.

Email me at for more details or to reserve your spot!

God Bless & Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My First Time - Decor Elements

Several months back, I purchased some Decor Element samples available to demontrators, Chocolate Flowers. At my last Open Studio, I finally sat down and did something with them. For this project, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Cheep Talk, and Pacific Point cardstock as well as Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series paper. This is a very simple project with layered squares and circles. The Chocolate Flowers were added to the blue bird print from Good Morning Sunshine. For those of you who have not yet used the Decor Elements from Stampin' Up!, I can highly recommend them. In fact, I'm soon going to be making a purchase for my home.

The Decor Elements are very easy to use. They are vinyl and applied in a manner similar to rub-ons. The instructions are provided with the Decor Element you select. When applied to a smooth surface like a wall, glass, or plastic, they can also be easily removed. I don't think they can be removed from paper without potentially damaging the paper, but I also haven't tried yet.

The Last Chance List has several Decor Elements listed so if you've been considering any of these items, now might be the time to buy!

I was also inspired by a gal at Regionals who decided to place some Decor Elements on her laptop computer so I put four flowers on our laptop. Good thing my husband is comfortable with his "feminine side" because he now gets to use a laptop with Chocolate Flowers on it. I suppose things could be worse for him, I could have used pink.

God Bless and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Perfect Attendance Challenge- Earn Extra Tickets

Remember our Perfect Attendance Challenge? (No? See below for details). Here is a chance to win 5 BONUS tickets. The Last Chance Lists were announced yesterday and I've selected 5 secret items. If you purchase one of these items during the month of June, you will earn 5 additional entries in the Perfect Attendance Challenge, increasing your chances to win one of the free stamp sets. If you end up purchasing all 5 items, you'll end up with 25 additional tickets. The more Last Chance Items you buy, the more chances you'll have to win the bonus tickets. Last Chance Bonus Items will be announced July 1st.

And for those who do not remember the Perfect Attedance Challenge, here are the details: “Summer School” is in session! During the months of June, July, and August, you will have an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate for Stampin' Up! Products (This promotion available only through Charity Lawson). Each time you attend a class/open studio, place an order, or host a Stampin' Up! Workshop, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate. There will only be 2 lucky winners! The more entries you have, the better your chances.Increase your chances to win by:

Attend an Open Studio: 1 ticket
Attend a Technique Class: 2 tickets
Place a $50 Order: 3 tickets
Place a $75 Order: 4 tickets
Place a $100 Order: 5 tickets
Host a Workshop/Catalog Show: 10 tickets
Earn 1 Bonus Ticket for each friend/guest you bring to Open Studio or a Technique Class and for any referrals.
The challenge begins June 1 and ends on August 31, 2009. Winners will be notified in September. This promotion is only available through Charity Lawson, Independent Demonstrator.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Last Chance List is Here!

The Stampin' Up! Last Chance lists have arrived. Is one of your must have stamp sets, Decor Elements or accessories on the list?

Stamps and Decor Elements are only available through the end of June. After that, you won't be able to order them.

Many of the accessories are being offered at a discount as great as 50% off the normal retail prices! Last chance tools and accessories are only available while supplies last so act quickly before you miss out. This list will change as items become unavailable, already some items are sold out. Visit the Last Chance Sale for more details and a complete list of items.

Remember, June is a great time to host a show because many of your guests want to take advantage of these specials. To sweeten the deal, Stampin' Up! is increasing your hostess benefits. Host a workshop and earn extra rewards:

Hold a $250-$399.99 workshop and receive an additional $20 in hostess free dollars!
Hold a $400 or more workshop and receive an additional $40 in hostess free dollars!
(Note: Awards are not cumulative; hostesses receive $20 in free merchandise for a single $250-$399.99 workshop, and $40 in free merchandise for a single $400+ workshop.)

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Announcing Charity's June Specials!

Later today, I'll be posting the "Last Chance List" which will list all the stamp sets that will no longer be available after June 30, 2009. Will one of your favorite sets be on the list? Is there a set you've been thinking of getting but haven't taken the plunge yet? Now is the time to buy! You don't want to miss out on your chance to get the stamp set at regular retail prices. After June 30, 2009, the only way to get some of these stamps, papers and accessories will be the bidding wars on Ebay! So, check back later today and review the list to be sure you don't miss out!

Also, since the new Idea Book and Catalog will debut in July, I'll be running a special on the current 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog. All copies are available for $3 each (while supplies last). This special will only be valid until I run out of my current supply of catalogs. Just email me with details. Also in June, if you attend a workshop or place an order of any amount, I'll throw in a free 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog.

Already have a current Idea Book? I'm currently taking orders for the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog. Stampin' Up! is returning to one Idea Book per year. Each Idea Book will be $10 and will be available sometime after July 1. If you'd like a free 2009/2010 Idea Book & Catalog, purchase $50 in June and you will receive a coupon for your free Idea Book when they are available in July!

God Bless & Happy Stamping!