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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Last Chance Lists

Reminder! Today I the last day to order from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog! If you have an item you want, let me know by 8:00 PM Pacific Time so I can place your order.

Starting tomorrow, you can order from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. Email me if you'd like to place an order.

God Bless and Happy Stampin'!

- Posted from my iPhone

Location:Bothell, Wa

Father's Day Using the Briefcase On Board Journals

Sorry for being so sporadic with posting, our home computer is down and we are in the process of trying to recover. In the meantime, I've been testing some apps for my iPhone which allow me to edit photos, add watermarks, and then post. I'm finally ready to try his out. Let's see how it goes.

Last week, I shared a photo of the gift I made for Tim on Father's Day. My dad got a similar one and my father-in-law got a coffee drinkers variation. Now I'll share the details.

First the tool box version. Tim has a red craftsman tool box and I thought the briefcase on board journals could easily be adapted to look like a toolbox. To do this you need: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Going Gray (I think) card stocks, Smooch Spritz, Briefcase On Board Journals, Brads, Round Label Punch, Versamark, Real Red Classic Stamp Pad,Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Totally Tool.

I wanted the appearance of depth on the raised area so I brushed the edges with Versamark. For the latch I sprayed the silver smooch onto the gray, punched it and added the brad.

On the back, I added some embellishments:

For the inside I did accordian style folds adhering each end to the front and back pieces for my tool box. I ended up with a total of six images.

Now for the coffee mug. Basically, I used all the same techniques. You will notice some new colors and paper. I used Marina Mist and Newsprint Designer Series Paper. Again, I layered and cut my cardstock to resemble coffee in a cup. I used Pun Fun to stamp the back.

-Posted from my iPhone

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Father's Day Gifts- Teaser


In preparation for convention, I'm trying some apps for my phone so I can post photos. My first attempt, Tim's Father's Day present.

Friday, June 18, 2010


I have great news to share!  On July 21st, I will headed to Salt Lake City Utah to attend my first Stampin' Up! Convention.  YEA!  I'm so very excited and I can't wait to share with you all my wonderful adventures, SWAPS and new ideas.  This is my first year attending Convention.  I attended Regionals last year and was so inspired and came back with so many great ideas.  I know Convention will be 100 times better!

I plan to master the art of making blog posts on the road using my phone between now and then so I can share with you every day.  I'm looking forward to all the new products and ideas. 

Stay tuned for more details!

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June Technique Class- New Products

Are you ready for some Summer Fun?  I am.  Our new Idea Book and Catalog will debut in July so we are going to use our June Technique Class to welcome in some new products.  We will be making a great card using the new In Colors, New Stamp Sets, and Papers.  It will be a fun night to preview new products offered by Stampin' Up!  The class will begin at 6:00 PM on Friday June 25, 2010.  There will be light refreshments.

The last chance list will be available.  All guests placing an order will be entered into a drawing for any hostess benefits earned on the workshop order.

Email me soon to RSVP for this fun class.

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Graduation Card

You've seen the invitations I made for my niece, it's a CASE of a card made by Tami White.  Tami provides detailed instructions in a YouTube Video.  Very great job and perfect for what I needed.  I made a few minor changes on the inside as I didn't need a gift card holder, but if you want a gift card holder, be sure to watch the video.

I used the following:
  • Basic Black Card Stock
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Ballet Blue Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Go Graduate Stamp Set
  • Basic Black Ink
  • 5/8" Jumbo Brads
  • Stampin' Up! Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die
  • Sticky Strip
This is a super easy card with high impact.  Everyone at my niece's graduation party loved it.  You cut two scallop squares with the Scallop Square Die.  Score each one on one side at approximately 1/2" , basically far enough in that you can apply some sticky strip.  Fold the score lines and apply sticky strip to the small side of one.  Adhere the two pieces together such that the score lines make a "hinge" to open and close the card. 

Unravel the ribbon by pulling on the threads at the bottom to create the tassel (again the video is excellent for showing this).  Leave enough room to punch your brad through the ribbon.  Punch a hole in the center of one scallop square and add a brad through the ribbon.  Trim as necessary to hide any excess ribbon. 

Cut the Very Vanilla to size to fit inside the card, score and fold in the center.  Embellish with your sentiment or other images.  Adhere the Very Vanilla to the inside of your card and you are done.  Ready for your favorite graduate.

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Teacher Gifts

Our family has a tradition of making a meal for the children's teachers at the end of the school year.  We started this when Isabel was in first grade.  This year, we have three girls in elementary school so we have three meals to prepare.  We make a menu for the teachers and ask them to select an appetizer, entree, and dessert as well as the day they would like their meal to be served.  I also like to come up with a fun and creative way to present the menu.

This year, I found this fun Date Night Kit on SplitCoast Stampers that I thought would be fun to make.  I opted to change it up a bit, replacing the tickets and gift cards with notes from the kids and the CD was replaced with the menu.

Supplies for these, all items noted with an (*) are on the Last Chance List:
  • Designer Series Papers:  Bella Bleu*, Cottage Wall*, and Travel Journal
  • Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Bordering Blue*, Orchid Opulence*, Kraft, Bashful Blue and Night of Navy
  • Stamp Sets:  Viola* and Viola to Go*
  • Inks:  Stazon, Versamark
  • Accessories: Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Baja Breeze Ribbon*, and Old Olive Satin Ribbon
  • Tools:  Snail, Sticky Strip, 1 3/8 circle punch, My Digital Studio (to create the menu)
Since the SplitCoast Directions are so detailed, I will not repeat them here; I'll just share photos!  Also, I will add that the teachers LOVE this idea and other teachers are totally envious.  We do this instead of other gifts because we love to give the gift of time.  At the end of the year, teachers have so much to do and a meal gives them the gift of time because it is one last thing for them to do.  You should definitely consider doing this for your child's teacher.

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

My apologies for my limited posts.  That is the funny thing about being busy with projects, you start to run out of time to post the finished result!  So, I'm going to take some time to get some items posted before I get back to work on upcoming projects for Father's Day, Wedding Showers, etc.

I'll start with the scrapbook pages I created for our girls' T-ball and Softball teams.  This is a tradition for our sports team.  I create a page for each player.  I figure most have a scrapbook that they can add these to or some will also just frame them.  Today I'm going to show the blank pages without photos since I do not have parent permission to post photos of their kids on my blog. 

We had two teams this year, the softball team that Tim coached for Isabel and Phoebe and the Tessa's T-ball team.  For both teams, I used the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and Just Baseball (Retiring) Stamp Sets.  I also used Basic Black, Brilliant Blue (retiring), Garden Green and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pads.

For the softball team (Geckos), I used Garden Green card stock as the base with Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Crushed Curry as an accent.  For our t-ball team (Angels), I used Real Red as the base with Brilliant Blue (retiring) and Whisper White accents.

 God Bless and Happy Stampin'

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Start Your Own Stampin' Up Business for $99!

I'm pleased to share Stampin' Up!'s latest promotion for new demonstrators- a $99 Mini Starter Kit!  This promotion is available until June 30, 2010.  This is a great time to join Stampin' Up! and as a demonstrator on my team, you will reap the benefits of my MeetUp and Yahoo Groups.  I'll also help you plan an Open House event to introduce yourself and your new business to friends, family, and neighbors.

What do you get in your Mini Starter Kit?  Everything you need to start your business:
  • Watercolor Trio stamp set (wood-mount)
  • I {Heart} Hearts stamp set (clear-mount) 
  • Clear-Mount Block C
  • Homemade (single stamp)*
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Brights Collection assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")*
  • Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad*
  • Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Basic Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon*
  • Color Coach*
  • SNAIL Adhesive

*Sneak peek items!

Retail value of products in kit:  $124.90
Savings to you:  $25.90!  Plus, you have 6 months to meet your first quarterly minimum of $300.
The Mini Starter Kit also includes the same business supplies that are in the standard Starter Kit. Contents are listed below:
  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
  • Recruit Folders (5)
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Hostess Brochure (20)
  • Hostess Benefits Form (10)
  • Customer Order Form (50)
Contact me today about starting your business with Stampin' Up!

Go Graduate!

Now for a very long, overdue post!  We have the living room floors in but are still working to get the family room ready and I just haven't gotten myself back together enough to get projects done.  I have three or four items to share so hopefully this week I'll get back on track!

My niece is graduating from high school next week so it was time for a graduation themed project.  This is the invitation I designed for her surprise graduation party.  So, don't tell her! 

For this card I used:

  • Go Graduate stamp set
  • Stazon Ink
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, and Whisper White card stock
  • Silver Foil Smooch Spritz
  • Basic Black Satin Ribbon
  • Blender Pens
The card size is 3 1/2 x 6 inches.  I masked off the right side of my cardstock with a torn piece of paper and then used the Smooch Spritz to add a little splash of silver on the left side.  I stamped my mortar board, graduate feet, and owl using the Stazon.  After the images were stamped, I used the blender pens and watercolor pencils to "paint" my images. 

For the center black pieces, I sprayed Basic Black cardstock with smooch spritz, allowed it to dry and then cut to size.  After I used normal copy paper to create little tiny diplomas and tied them with small pieces of silver of elastic cord.  I glued these to the Basic Black. 

Once all the images were adhered to the front of the invitation, I tied a piece of Basic Black satin ribbon around the invitation making sure I covered the top of the graduate feet image.  On the back, we added the invitation information which was printed using the computer. 

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Last Chance Lists Posted

It's that time of year, Stampin' Up!® is announcing the Last Chance items!  Stamp sets, accessories, papers, inks and more are on the Last Chance List, some reduced in price by as much as 50%.

Remember, our accessory list is truly a Last Chance list, once an item is sold out, it is gone for good!  In fact, some items are already sold out.  Act fast before you miss out on some of your favorite items.

Visit the promotion section of my website for more details.

God Bless and Happy Stampin!