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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Made In America

I was just sorting through an order that came in and I was delighted to see how many of the items were made in America. Glue Dots, Stamps, even Stamp Pads - now doesn't that make you feel good? Way to go Stampin' Up!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Free Sale-A-Bration and Chit Chat Rub Ons

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I just love using Chit Chat Rub Ons, they are absolutely the easiest thing I've ever used and perfect for every occasion, just look how crisp they are. Of course when you get the FREE ribbon bundle with your Sale-A-Bration order, you just can't resist using it. I've owned the Seeing Spots stamp set for a long time, but somehow with these new accessories it feels fresh again and I just can't stop using it.

Don't forget to check back March 1st when the sneak peak Easter sets will be available.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

I have samples of EVERY Designer Series Paper in the Catalog

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, once in a while I get to order something really cool on my supply order. Just recently I ordered the new Designer Series Paper sample ring, it was $17.95 and has a sample of each designer series paper in the current catalog – it is so cool to see everything for real.

The most impressive thing was that some of the papers have a kind of embossed shiny texture to them. If I hadn’t ordered this cool tool, I wouldn’t have known just how fabulous some of the papers are. Well, actually Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper is always great, but some of these are AWESOME! Yes, I know the word “AWESOME” is so last year, but I don’t think there is another word out there yet to replace it.

These pictures don’t do the papers justice, but I just had to try.

Have I told you lately, I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator (hey Lisa.K. that was just for you).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Spring Basket

I love the extra texture I can achieve with my big shot dry embossing and with the Embosslits Sweet Stems flowers and Stampin' Up! have really stepped up their brads too.

This basket is one I make almost every Spring, but it always looks different and is a lot of fun! You wouldn't believe how easy it is to create this from a piece of card stock.

Ready To Go

Once in a while you find something you've been meaning to use.

I know that one of these days my daughter will have anther Aloha moment and so I have these pages ready to go with some pictures I took a few years ago.

I guess I should be on HGTV because one of my favorite ways to scrapbook is to do like a "before and after" theme, in other words I like to choose two moments in time that happen a long time apart, so this page is just waiting to be used and thanks to Stampin' Up! my images are timeless. I still have the stamp set because one of these days I just know I'm going to need it for an "Aloha Bash"

Are you are wondering how I made the flower have a lighter color on the inside?

This was done with a technique called "rockin' and rollin'"

Take your stamp and ink it up in a light color, then choose a darker color and just rock and roll the stamp edges, huff (breathe moist air onto the stamp) and stamp and you will have a double color image. Please note - ALWAYS use the lighter color first and make sure the second color is dark enough that the light ink won't discolor your darker color.

Please note that this set has now retired, but the colors are still here and you can use the design as a scrap map and create any pages with any images.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Simply Scrappin'

Although this Simply Scrappin' Kit has now retired, I couldn't resist using it and showing you how easy it is to create fun pages. The only stamping I needed to use was for the words "sun shine". Do you go to crops and find you take half your crafting room? Next time, just take a couple of Simply Scrappin' Kits and you'll be surprised at how beautiful your pages are and how few supplies you have to take.

Simply Sent

My pictures do not do this fabulous kit justice, you've got to see it in person. - This is perfect for so many reasons. First of all the images are beautiful and the dry embossing is just classic. Keep a kit on hand, to create a last minute card in seconds. Keep a few on hand to give as gifts - they are perfect because the kit includes card, envelopes, ink, stamps, ribbon and instructions too.
If you have never stamped before, this is a perfect starter kit and it even comes in a reusable pouch.
Item number 114594 page 168 $24.95 - Birthdays, Mother's Day, Easter, Hostess Gift, You'll have something unique and special.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

FREE From Stampin' Up!

The other day I was looking at another company that offers home based sales. I've grown so used to the generous Hostess gifts from Stampin' Up! that I hadn't realized that some other companies only offer their hostess a percentage off merchandise as their gift.

If you host a Stampin' Up! workshop or place an order with a merchandise value of $150 net, You qualify for FREE exclusive stamp sets and Hostess dollars to spend, so as a hostess you never feel like you have to buy your benefits.

Above is a picture of all the FREE things that arrived with this month's stamp club order. Not only did our hostess earn FREE Stampin' Up! items, but because it was Sale-A-Bration, each member earned FREE items too.

I do feel sorry for our UPS guy at the moment. My orders are so packed with FREE items that our boxes are much heavier than usual.

I just love our punches

I'm not saying that Stampin' Up! punches are good or anything, I'm just going to let our last stamp club order speak for itself. Just look at all the punches they ordered.

Our Occasions Mini will have a set featured in Creating Keepsakes February 24, 2009

As I mentioned last week, the Occasions Mini will be available April 1st and there will be special preview sets for you to purchase on March 1st.

We thought you might like to know about a special occasions mini sneak peek! An Egg-cellent Easter stamp set from the Occasions Mini 2009 Catalog will be featured in the April issue of Creating Keepsakes, which hits newsstands beginning February 24. This stamp set will be available to order beginning March 1st.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Color Switch

This card was inspired by the Sale-A-Bration catalog. At the time I didn't have any celery ribbon and so I just flipped the colors, using bashful blue where certainly celery had been used and certainly celery where bashful blue had been used.

Now that I've earned the FREE Sale-A-Bration ribbon bundle, I can't wait to use the new celery ribbon to reverse the colors again.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Have Your Art Featured Here

I am so impressed with the swaps my Stamp Club members have been creating recently, that I just had to publish them last month.

If you send me a card made with current Stampin' Up! products, I'd love to feature your art here too.

You can drop your art off with me or mail it.

Anything you create with Stampin' Up! products can be published, 3D, Bookmarks, Cards, Scrapbook Pages, Ornaments.

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.


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My ladies ask me where I get my ideas.........

This one came strait out of the Sale-A-Bration mini.

Don't forget you can still earn this fun stamp set FREE until March 31st - Every image has a coordinating punch.

I used Bashful Blue, Barely Banana,Certainly Celery and Pink Passion Classic Ink. In the catalog they used paper piercing on the Barely Banana to create a background but I couldn't resist using my new Big Shot Dry Embossing technique. You can earn FREE ribbon during Sale-A-Bration, its beautiful So Saffron and Certainly Celery, but here I used Vanilla, because my ribbon hadn't arrived. I popped up the centers of the flowers by stamping the flower image with coordinating ink on card and then punching out the centers with my half inch circle punch.

Are you having fun using your FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts yet?