Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cake good enough to Eat

Hi Stampers! Anyone want cake? This is one of the projects I have been working on this week. I think it turned out so cute. It was a lot easier to make than I expected. Don't you love it when a project turns out just how you envision it in your head? I saw the tutorial for this HERE. The directions are great and very easy to follow.

The new baby's room is done in purple and green so I wanted to carry over those colors on the diaper cake too. The purple car stock is pale plum. I covered it with a layer of DSP from the SAB paper. I love this stuff! I am so glad I have been able to get several packages of it. I know I will use it on a lot of upcoming projects. Remember: This is the last week to place an order to qualify for the Sale-a-Bration promotion and get FREE stamps, ribbon or DSP.

This is a little bit closer view of the cake. The cake is 3 tiers high. I embellished it with various toys and pacifiers for the new baby. I was lucky enough to find some small rattles and pacifiers in the soft greens and purples. The word "Baby" was done with purple chipboard letters I have picked up from Michaels. I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes in the upper and lower portion of each letter. I then threaded ribbon through the hole and added a jump ring before tying in a knot. I then would thread the next letters ribbon through the hole in it and through the same jump ring. It turned out so cute and can be used for a decoration in the baby's room afterward.
Happy Stamping~

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Touching base

Hi Stampers! Sorry to say that I do not have a card to share with you today, but I will soon. I have been busy working on swaps I have signed up for from the new Occasions Mini catalog. The sets in this Mini are absolutely fabulous. I had a hard time deciding on which set(s) I was going to pre-order. (See this is another one of the great perks of being a Stampin' Up! demo - you get to buy new items early & usually at a discount too!!!) The favorite one from this Mini is called Very Versatile. I love the image stamp and that it comes with such a wide variety of sentiments. If you would like a copy of the Occasions Mini please email me and I will get one sent out to you. I will be back soon with samples we will be making at this Thursday's Stamp-a-Stack workshop. Until then....

Happy Stamping~

Sunday, March 15, 2009

3 Easy Payment for Starter Kit!!!

The Three Easy Payments for the Starter Kit is available from now until April 30, 2009. Please note that this promotion for the Three Easy Payments option is only available to new recruits when the Starter Kit form and other paperwork is mailed to Stampin' Up!. This special offer is NOT available through online IDA's. (Independent Demonstrator Agreements).

Payments Breakdown for the Sale-A-Bration Starter Kit Price
(March 13-31, 2009)
*Payments indicated are for the cost of the Starter Kit, including shipping. They do not include and any applicable state taxes. (Please note that any applicable taxes for the total amount of the Starter Kit and, if selected, price will be added to the first payment.)

Payment #1 (charged when you order) -$56.34 (+ sales tax)
Payment #2 (charged April 15) - $56.33
Payment #3 (charged May 15) -$56.33

Total Payment: $169.00

What is even better is that if you order before March 31st, 2009 you are also entitled to
Save 15% OFF the Starter Kit (regular price is $199) AND you get to choose a FREE stamp set - valued up to $47.95!!!

Payment Breakdown for the Regular Starter Kit Price
(April 1-30, 2009)

Payment #1 (charged when you order) - $66.34 (+ sales tax)
Payment #2 (charged around May 15th)- $66.33
Payment #3 (charged around June 15th)- $66.33
Total Payment: $199.00

If you want to sign up and don't want to use the 3 payment option, then you can sign up directly through my website, just email me first for the password.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Buzzin by

Hi Stampers! I am totally in love with the cards I made today. These cards use a new set called Just Buzzin' By. The little bee's in this set are just adorable. The stamp set also includes a beehive and a little honey jar image which reminds me of Winnie the Pooh. They are super cute!!! The idea of this card is basically cased from Wendy Janson. I changed a few things on it, but the general layout and concept was hers. You can view her card HERE. For my cards I decided that I didn't want to use Bashful Blue, so I opted for Sage Shadow. For some reason I don't use that color very often and for the life of me I don't know why. I love the softness of it for these cards.
It's hard to tell from the pictures, but each of the little bee's has dazzling diamonds added to the wings and the flower. I love using Dazzling Diamonds on my cards. It just makes the whole card sparkle. The scallop circles are attached with dimensionals to make them stand out more and make the card more interesting. I also used my new Eyelet Border punch on this card and I love how it brought the entire card together. I don't know if I like this or the regular scallop edge punch better. I know I will be using both of them quite often though.
Since I loved how the Sage Shadow cards turned out I decided to also try to make a brighter set. Sorry for the blurry picture. For some reason I just couldn't get this color combination to come out clear!! I chose to use Pink Passion for this second set. This is another color I rarely use. I have such a hard time with all the bold colors and this card is definitely bright. With bright colors like this it would be hard not to cheer up someone's day! My challenge for you is to work outside your comfort zone on the next card you make and use a color that you normally wouldn't reach for. I'd love to see what you come up with.
Happy Stamping~
Stamp set: Just Buzzing By
Ink: Basic Black, Stampin' Write Markers
Card stock: Sage Shadow, Basic Black, WW, Pink Passion, Barely Banana
Other: 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way glue, Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hello There!

Hi Stampers! Here is another quick, easy and CUTE card made using the Cheep Talk stamp set (pg. 90) and the Good Morning Sunshine DSP. I love how the paper matches the stamps so nicely. I think this card literally took me about 15 minutes to make from start to finish. I will definitely be making more cards using this set. :0)

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: Cheep Talk
Ink: Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa
Card stock: Pacific Point, WW, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Other: 5/8" Pacific Point Striped Ribbon, Sponges

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

You've got a friend in me!

Hi Stampers! In each catalog you will notice that there are just certain stamp sets that you seem drawn to more than others. In this current catalog there are several sets that I am drawn to. One of them is the set Cheep Talk. I just love the little birds in this set. They make me smile each time I see them. The basic layout of this car was cased from Dawn Griffith. I loved the card she created with this set and just had to make one of my own. Of course I changed things up a tad to make it mine. :0)

I showed you in a previous post these adorable little bags made using a white paper bag and the Top Note Die with the Big Shot machine. I decided to try and make one just for spring instead. The little bird in this set just makes the whole project so quick, easy and CUTE!
Happy Stamping~
Stamp set: Cheep Talk
Ink: Pacific Blue, Apricot Appeal, Stampin' Write Markers
Card stock: Apricot Appeal, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, WW, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Other: Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Top Note Die & Big Shot, Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Sponges

Monday, March 9, 2009

March Stamp Classes Now Available

Hi Stampers! I am pleased to announce 2 new stamping classes that I am offering during the month of March. These classes will use new supplies in the catalog, new stamp sets and will feature some new techniques. You won't want to miss them!

Spring Stamp-a-Stack
Date: Thursday March 19th, 2009
Time: 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Cost: $18 for non club members & $15 for club members
RSVP & Payment due by Saturday March 14th, 2009

During this class you will make a total of 8 cards with envelopes (2 of 4 different styles)which boast a spring theme. Some cards included will be: Mother's Day Card, Father's Day card and an Easter Card. Alternate sentiment stamps will be available to create a variety of cards. Please provide your own scissors, paper cutter with scoring blade and adhesive. Space is limited for this event so register early!

Cheep Talk Class
Date: Sunday March 29th, 2009
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Cost: $38.00 for non club members $35.00 for Club Members (stamps included in cost)
RSVP & Payment Due by Friday March 19th, 2009

This class will feature the stamp set Cheep Talk (page 90) in the new catalog. The stamp set is included in the cost of this class along with all the pre-cut card stock and embellishments to create 6 cards (2 styles) and 1 6x6 scrapbook page. Please provide your own scissors, adhesive and stamp-a-ma-jig (if you have). If you don't own this great tool and would like your own to use during class please add $11.95 onto the cost of the class and I will have one waiting for you.

Contact me today to reserve your spot in these great classes!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Easter Treat Bags

Hi Stampers! I wanted to take a few moments here to show you the adorable little Easter bags we made at one of my workshops this past week. (Hi Jenny!) This adorable little bag would be perfect to fill with Jelly Beans, chocolate eggs or even some lip gloss or other goodies like that for Easter. These were very easy to make and the ladies loved the idea of this. I can not take credit for coming up with the basic design for them though. I have seen many blogs that have used the Top Note Die to make these cute bags. I just took their ideas and made them my own.

I wanted to use a spring color and so I pulled out my Pink Pirouette. I will sad when that colors retires with this catalog. I have grown very fond of it this past catalog season and prefer it over Pretty in Pink. Anyway...I used the Top Note die and my Big Shot to punch out the front and back of the bag. I then stamped the flowers randomly on the 2 pieces that I had cut out with Pink Pirouette ink. I also stamped the Easter greeting in the lower right hand corner of one of the panels. I then attached one of the panels to the side of a white paper bag that I picked up at Michaels. (They are smaller than the regular lunch bags) I then centered my large oval punch and punched out the handle of one side. Then I attached the opposite side of the bag and punched it out as well, using the previous oval punched as my guide. This gave me my "handle" for the bag. The Chick was stamped twice. Once on WW card stock and then again on Pink Pirouette. I cut out just the eggshell of the pink image and paper pieced it to the one stamped on WW. I colored in the remaining image with my markers and punched it out using my large oval punch. The scallop border was made by using 2 scallop circles. This entire piece was attached to the bag. The last thing I did was to tie a pick of pink ribbon to the handle to keep it closed.

Happy Stamping~

Stamp set: A Good Egg
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Card stock: Pink Pirouette, WW, Apricot Appeal
Other: White paper bag, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Punch, Stampin' Write Markers, Ribbon, Top Note Die & Big Shot