Friday, January 31, 2014

Sale-a-Brate with Mini Envelope Books

The final project from my envelope punch board class is this cute hanging envelope holder.  I have been obsessed with making a version of this with the punch board since I bought it.  I created one last year with the Sent with Love Simply Sent Kit but liked the idea of using various Sale-a-Bration products in a single fun sample. 

The envelopes are 3 x 4 and you can get 4 out of a 12 x 12 sheet since you start with a 6 x 6 square of DSP.  In this case, it's a piece of Sweet Sorbet DSP.  Follow the grids on the Envelope Punch Board to make the envelopes and layer them over each other.  The inserts are 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 so you can get 4 of them out of a 1/2 sheet of cardstock.

First thing I taught was how to make these fun fringe flowers.  In this case, I put a magnet on the back, adhered with Crystal Effects, to hold the album on the wall.  To make the flower, take a piece of designer paper, any size really, and put a strip of adhesive on the bottom. Fold over but do not score or you will have a very sharp petal on your flower instead of a loop.  Once adhered, use the fringe scissors and cut to about 1/2 inch.  Then put adhesive on the unfringe portion and roll.  This flower was a 10 x 2 piece.

I wanted to show the My Digital Studio (MDS) product as well as the stamp sets and accessories from the brochure.  In this first envelope, I used the Decorative Dots stamp from the MDS download and colored it Pistachio Pudding.  Then I printed it on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with my Banner Punch.  It's stapled on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe.  I also did one in Crisp Cantaloupe and punched those out with the Banner Punch.  Since I didn't get the You're Lovely stamp set, I used the MDS version to cut out and layer on another piece of DSP from the Sweet Sorbet DSP and put the banners behind it.

The second envelope has a tab directly from the Banner Blast stamp set in Crisp Cantaloupe and is punched out with the Banner punch.  The little banner on the bottom is done with the MDS Decorative Dot image and it's scored twice to create an elevated banner.  The flower on it is from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  I colored the cork with the fat tip of the Crisp Cantaloupe marker to pull it into the color combo.  Please note: If you use this cork, it's beyond sticky so where it rests is where it will stay..... :) You have been warned!

The third envelope leverages the Summer Starfruit Twine from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  The rest of the Pistachio Pudding Decorative Dots was punched out with the Decorative Label framelit and then I did the See Ya Later in Basic Black in MDS and punched that out again with a framelit.  The banner is another piece of Sweet Sorbet DSP hooked to the top of the Crisp Cantaloupe insert.

  • Cardstock: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP
  • Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Stamp Set: Banner Blast
  • Accessories: My Digital Studio, One Big Sale-a-Bration 2014 Download, Big Shot & Cutting Mats, Magnetic Platform, Decorative Labels, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Banner Punch, Dimensionals, Adhesive, Scissors, Crisp Cantaloupe Marker, Envelope Punch Board, Fringe Scissors, Magnet, Crystal Effects

Have a craftastic day,

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sale-a-Brate with Boxes

Today the sun finally peeked through the inversion and my daughter asked me if it was summer again.  It's still cold but at least it's not that depressing gray color that even gets to me after a while and three weeks is definitely a while!  Maybe this means a little mojo will come back since I won't be staring outside at clouds and the like.

Today's project is another from my envelope punch board class.  This idea was completely lifted from this video that I found through my late, can't sleep since baby is moving around like a boxer, nights on Pinterest.  The link to the video tutorial is

I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of paper to make the first box out of Sale-a-Bration paper.  I like this Pistachio Pudding DSP that comes with the Sweet Sorbet DSP, exclusively offered during Sale-a-Bration.  This box has a bow made out of scraps which was detailed in yesterday's blog post.  I used the very versatile Perfect Pennants stamp set and Pistachio Pudding ink and layered on Crumb Cake.  I also used the Chalk Marker to highlight on the circle.

To make the 12 x 12 box:
  • align one corner of the paper at 3" - rotate and punch again so you have all four corners.
  • Flip paper and repeat at each 3" so you have two slots on each corner.
  • Flip back over to 1st side and line up against score line and score the corners - this creates your box lid.
  • Fold along the score lines.
  • Push in the two sides to make them fold in and use bone folder to make sharp crease.
  • Adhere with sticky strip - use a paper piercing tool to peel the tape backing off!  
  • If you have a little space at the top, seal with a glue dot in each corner.  This might be an OCD step but I am the Overly Critical Demonstrator when it comes to my own project.

To keep the box closed, attach the layered piece to the top flap with a dimensional and put a dimensional on the bottom as well but do not remove the backing.  This way, when you put something in the box, you can peel that back off and close the box up!

  • Cardstock/DSP: Sweet Sorbet DSP, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pistachio Pudding
  • Stamp Set: Perfect Pennants
  • Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1 3/4 circle punch, Chalk Marker, and Adhesive
I actually did this box first.  The paper for this box was cut down to 11 x 11 so that there was a strip to use to make the bow in the same color (which I obviously didn't realize until after I'd already made the daffodil one!)  This box is still scored at 3" so it just makes it a little shorter but the same width. 
  • Cardstock/DSP: Polka Dot Parade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
  • Ink: Pumpkin Pie
  • Stamp Set: Perfect Pennants
  • Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 1/2 circle punch, Banners Framelits, Big Shot & Cutting Mats, Magnetic Platform, and Adhesive
Have a craftastic day,

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sale-a-Bration with Bows

Last night I had a demonstrator workshop at a hostess's house that featured the Envelope Punch Board.  This great product is not in our catalog but is available for purchase and is a great way to work your way towards a $50 order during this promotion to get free Sale-a-Bration merchandise!

At the end of the workshop, they threw me a surprise baby shower.  I swear, this group never ceases to amaze me.  They didn't realize how much we love elephants and sock monkeys and they bought little Michael some of both. It was very sweet, like the wonderful caramel cheesecake we ate afterwards!

During the workshop, we covered how to make envelopes, boxes, and bows with the Envelope Punch board that I will post during the rest of the week.  The make and take from the workshop was a really adorable card which featured the following Sale-a-Bration products:
  • Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper
  • Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • See Ya Stamp Set

The technique for the bow was learned from this great tutorial -

To make the bow:
  • 6 x 1 piece - Put into the envelope punch board with the 6" side touching the ruler.  Place the end in the middle of the envelope punch button.  Move to 3" and punch again.  Put the other end in the middle of the envelope punch button.  Turn the DSP over and repeat these three steps.  Put a glue dot on each end and fold into the center.
  • 3 1/2 x 1 piece - Place the 1" end under the punch button.  To center, line up with the straight edge on the grid of the board.  Turn over and do again.  Then put the 3 1/2 side against the ruler and line up on the 1 3/4" mark.  Punch the board and turn over.  Repeat this punch at 1 3/4.  Put a glue dot in the center and layer the first piece on top.
  • 1 x 1/4 piece - Put a glue dot on each end of this piece and wrap around the other bow pieces.
To finish the card:
  • Attach the Basic Black and Pool Party cardstock to the folded Whisper White card with adhesive.
  • Layer the DSP to the coordinating piece of Basic Black cardstock and attach to the card with adhesive in the center.
  • Ink up the saying of your choice with the fat tip of the Basic Black marker.  Huff & stamp on the piece of Whisper White.  Layer on the coordinating piece of Basic Black and attach to the card using adhesive.
  • Attach the bow to the card using a dimensional.
  • Cardstock: Whisper White (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, 3 x 1 3/4), Basic Black (5 1/4 x 4, 4 1/4 x 2 1/4, 3 1/4 x 2), Pool Party (5 x 3 3/4), Sale-A-Bration DSP (4 x 2, 6 x 1, 3 1/2 x 1, 1 x 1/4)
  • Marker: Basic Black
  • Stamps: See Ya Later
  • Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Glue Dots, Adhesive
Have a craftastic day,

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Big Promotions and New Products - 1/28/2014

New Weekly Deals


New Digital Downloads
Check out the new digital downloads here:


If you didn’t get a brochure in the mail, check out the offerings here:

When you spend $50 in merchandise, you qualify for free merchandise exclusive to Sale-a-Bration.  My favorite product is the heartfelt banner which is hanging in my living room.  I think it’s an adorable and quick home d├ęcor project.  My favorite stamp set is the Banner Blast with the Banner punch.  It will be great in mini books and photo projects!

NEW PRODUCT!  Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

One of the new products available in time for Sale-a-Bration and at a GREAT price point.  Wouldn’t you love to be able to emboss on your cards using the embossing folder without having to invest the full $100 in a Big Shot?  Now you can with a Textured Boutique machine for only $29.95!  Combine this with three embossing folders and you qualify for Sale-a-Bration benefits.  Check it out here:

NEW PRODUCT – Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit

Another new product available in time for Sale-a-Bration is a new card kit.  You get all the supplies you need to create 20 cards for $19.95.  The kit has everything you need to assemble the cards except scissors and would be a fun crafting experience for you or as a gift to someone who likes making cards but doesn’t want to invest in a craft room of their own!   The kit comes with the supplies and die cuts to make 20 cards with envelopes, 3 stamps (Thanks, Hip Hip Hooray – It’s Your Day, and Just for You), a clear block, dimensionals, instructions, and a Basic Gray Stamp spot.  This is a great deal and I can’t wait for mine to get here in the mail. 

Click here to see the kit and click More Images to see the cards themselves!

Don’t forget that other card kits can be found here:
And other new arrivals that aren’t in a catalog can be found here:

New Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions
Sign up by 2/10 as a first time subscriber and get the 2012-2014 In Color Markers for free!  If you signed up by 1/25, please email me so I can get your special card in the mail that uses the markers and stamps you will be getting in your kit!  Anyone that signs up by 2/10 will get to draw from my retired grab bag that I am getting from having you sign up!  If you are out of town, Callie will draw for you and I’ll put it in the mail!  Since I won’t be doing much for the next couple of months, this is a great way to have some creative cards at your fingertips since everything you need except adhesive and scissors comes in the kit! 
I submitted some suggestions to Stampin’ Up! recently and was told that previous feedback from demonstrators had been incorporated into the kits from February forward so I’m very excited for our existing subscribers and for the new members we are bringing on board!  If you previously enrolled and are interested in trying it out again, you can reactivate your account without getting the starter kit again.  You won’t qualify for the new markers but you will get to see the new kits!
Check out this page for more information:

Whole Lot of Love

The Whole Lot of Love promotion has ended, but we still have some products in stock. Available until 11:59 PM (MT) on February 14, 2014 or while supplies last.   Review them here:
• 131850: Love You More Stamp Set (wood-mount)
• 131853: Love You More Stamp Set (clear-mount)
• 134611: Follow My Heart Stamp Set (wood-mount)
• 134617: Flowerfull Heart Stamp
• 132862: Toujours + d'amour Stamp Set
• 134610: Sweetheart Treat Bags
• 132162: Monster Hugs Boy
• 132163: Monster Hugs  Girl
• 134609: Sweet Sayings Cards and Envelopes

Have a craftastic day,

Friday, January 24, 2014

January Paper Pumpkin Ideas

Today is the second day of Paper Pumpkin catchup.  While I really do try to do the kits within 24 hours of getting them, the holidays threw me for a little creative loop and I was too busy playing with all my great pre-order goodies!

Until February 10th, you can sign up to receive the My Paper Pumpkin starter kit and get a free set of 2012-2014 In Color Markers for FREE!  That's a $14.95 value that comes in a box already filled with $20 worth of goodies for only $19.95 plus tax!  If you sign up by Saturday night, you will also get to draw from the retired grab bag if I qualify for it!


This kit comes with 4 cards that are Crumb Cake/Kraft on the outside and Coastal Cabana/Calypso Coral on the inside, envelopes, 4 paper doilies, 2 sheets of paper stickers, a Basic Gray Stampin' Spot, and a Love Notes stamp set with 3 images - LOVE, a heart bubble, and a series of arrows.


This first project is actually my favorite.  The doily is attached to the side and trimmed.  I stamped the tag with Love and layered the banners on the card before attaching this.  I recommend using glue dots to hold these paper stickers to the cards - they tend to pull up when layered on each other.


This card is technically inside out since the samples all have the Kraft side facing out.  But just like when you use My Digital Studio, if you have two sides to a card, you have two sides to create on!  In this case, I put the doily on the side and stamped it directly.  Then attached the banner and arrows as shown. 


This is my least favorite card and the one I created first.  I think I got caught on the color combo and didn't craft my way out of my dilemma very well.  I think it's pretty busy, like my mind these days!  :)
I added a piece of the Basic Gray cardstock to the doily and also to the heart bubble since Callie crawled in my lap right as I stamped it and it was crooked!  The inside of this card is Calypso Coral and would show through the chevrons on the right if the card was closed.


I always like to try either a mini book or fun fold with these kits.  In this case, I went for a fold.

I folded the Calypso Coral piece in half at 2 1/8 using my Paper Trimmer to score the line and a bone folder to really give a sharp edge.  I layered the arrow sticker over the chevrons and attached with a glue dot on each end so it wouldn't come off.  Then the Kraft shows through it when the card is shut.  I cut the heart out of the hexagon and cut the "You're" off the "You're Loved" sticker since the printer cut most of it off for me!  The doily is hooked to the back of the diagonal striped side.

The inside has the doily attached to the hexagon side and has another statement and heart cut from a hexagon.  On the inside, I left the label blank so it could be signed and then stamped the images as shown.

I think this would be a cute card to put a photo on the doily and a sweet message for my sweetheart on the inside.  God knows he likes receiving cards from me after seeing all the money I spend on my "hobby."

Come back tomorrow to read about the December Mini book kit and what my plans are for it!

Have a craftastic day,

Thursday, January 23, 2014

November Paper Pumpkin Ideas

Well the head cold fairy has visited our house and left Callie and I with the sniffles and ear aches.  We were bound to get colds this winter but I'm hoping for a short shelf life on these since a sick prego mom that can't take anything isn't a really good caretaker for a toddler that refuses to slow down and rest!

But while she plays with pillows and builds a fort out of our laundry hamper, I thought I'd take on a less messy approach and finish up some samples with the November Paper Pumpkin kit.  Since everything you need comes with the kit, it is easy to create and then put everything back in that wonderful orange box!

This kit came with supplies for four cards, envelopes, star garland, Real Red Stampin' Spot, and a stamp set with a small star and the saying of "Wishing you a Merry Christmas." 
I created four projects with the supplies and a few others from my craft cave and was only left with two strings of star garland at the end to use on scrapbooking and birthday cards!
This project is the card that is outlined in the instructions. 

The NOEL banners in this kit are die cut.  After making the first card, I used the scrap that the banner was cut from and traced it twice on the inside of one of the cards.  I cut those out and it gave me the two side banners I needed.  The garland is adhered with glue dots and will be used to hang it.  Then I used the NOEL banner to cover the saying with a photograph of my family that I had left over from my scrapbooking exploits last week.  The strips of diagonal lines are cut from what is left over after cutting out the banners!

The Merry was inked up using the stamp spot and stamped on the bottom where I created a fingerprint accidentally!

To do the side banners, I utilized our great On Film Framelits and the Yippee Skippee set that we received at Convention!  A few tricks for this set - use wax paper between the framelit and the cardstock to allow for easy removal.  If you don't have wax paper, you just need to poke out the big holes with your paper piercing tool and then poke the little squares or the circles in the die to pop it out of the framelit.

Since I had out the On Film Framelits, I used one on the banner and draped the star garland at the bottom.  Then the saying that was punched out by the framelit is up on dimensionals and to the side.  The saying is stamped on the inside.

Looking at what I had on the table, I realized I could create a really cute Thank You card.  This utilizes the film strip and the arrow from the On Film Framelits and the scraps from the banner card.  I cut the big arrow in half so that it could come out each end of the framelit.  It's a little off center because I put the saying on the framelit and decided to move it which ripped the cardstock a little and I had to cover that up!

I hope you enjoyed these samples.  Come back tomorrow and see what samples I've created using the Real Life mini book kit we got in December.

Have a craftastic day,

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This Week's Promotions - 1/22/2014

Just a few updates to pass along on some time sensitive promotions. 


View the new weekly deals by clicking the image below or the clicking here.


View the new digital downloads by clicking the image below or the clicking here.

Sign up by 2/10 as a first time subscriber and get the 2012-2014 In Color Markers for free! 

Sign up by 1/25 and get a card in the mail from me using the starter kit stamps and the new markers so you start right off with an idea and get a draw from my retired grab bag if I get enough sign ups to qualify for it!  If you are out of town, Callie will draw for you and I’ll put it in the mail!  

Since I won’t be doing much for the next couple of months as we welcome the new baby and get a new routine, this is a great way to have some creative cards and projects at your fingertips since everything you need except adhesive and scissors comes in the kit!  Check out this page for more information:

For those that received this month's kit, how great was it to receive a free package of the In Color Boutique Buttons that were in your box this month?  And then there was the Paper Pumpkin package itself?  I have to say that while I don't understand all the trends happening in crafting right now, I appreciate that Stampin' Up! seems to be right in the mix with them.  I've absolutely loved the kits from the last three months and will be showing the kits and my samples over the next three days so stay tuned for some great new ideas!

Have a craftastic day,

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sale-A-Bration - Banners Everywhere

While this camp card was not a make and take from Creative Convention Online (shocked?), it was because of that event that it was made.  During that convention, they do prize patrol and I won the Banner Blast set.  I didn't originally think it was my style which is why I didn't get it with my pre-order.  After getting the punch as well, I realized that there are a lot of great applications for this combo.  You can use the punch on the scraps of DSP that you have lying around or you could punch out parts of stamps you have to get partial flowers or a single word.  I will have a lot of fun playing and posting with this set during Sale-a-Bration.

This card was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest by Paula Knall.  I think she has some great ideas for SU products - you should check her out.

I liked this card because it let me show off a LOT of Sale-a-Bration options and will let my camp attendees play with a lot of these different products.
  • Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (DSP)
  • Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack - Crisp Cantaloupe Twine
  • Banner Punch
  • Banner Blast Stamp Set
  • See Ya Later Stamp Set

  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake (8 1/2 x 5 1/2), Whisper White (5 1/4 x 4, scrap), Sweet Sorbet DSP (polka dot and scallop scraps), Crisp Cantaloupe (scrap)
  • Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe
  • Stamps: See Ya Later, Banner Blast
  • Accessories: Banner Punch, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack - Crisp Cantaloupe Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Scissors, and Adhesive
  1. Stamp the See Ya Saying of your choice at the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Tie a bow in the left end of the Crisp Cantaloupe Twine.  Attach to the card using a glue dot behind the bow.  Wrap the other end around the top of the card and attach on the back of the Whisper White using a glue dot. 
  3. Attach the Whisper White to the folded Crumb Cake card.
  4. Stamp the banner image of your choice on the scrap of Whisper White. Punch out using banner punch.  Attach a dimensional to the back and attach over the twine.
  5. Add one of each of the pre-cut banners from the brad containers with a dimensional on the twine - Crisp Cantaloupe, Scallop DSP, and Dot DSP.
Have a craftastic day,

Monday, January 20, 2014

Occasions Catalog - Perfect Petals Galore

Another card based on a sample from Creative Convention Online with Ronda Wade and Maggie Patterson.  I didn't buy the Happy Watercolor stamp set since I have several like it in my arsenal.  This packet of projects are revolved around that set so I went looking for what I had that might work instead.  I ended up with Gifts of Kindness as the base with the Perfect Petal accenting it. 

I love how this card turned out and the Perfect Petal stamp set and punch is quickly becoming one of my favorite bundles ever.  For my camp, I pre-cut the ovals using the Big Shot and was able to use the scrap of White left over after I punched the oval for the saying and the three flowers.

Occasions Products used in this card:
  • Perfect Petals Stamp Set
  • Perfect Petals Punch

  • Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4), Wisteria Wonder (2 @ 5 1/4 x 4), Whisper White (4 x 5, scrap)
  • Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
  • Stamps: Gifts of Kindness, Petite Petals
  • Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Petite Petals Punch, Big Shot and Cutting Mats, Magnetic Platform, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Ovals Collection Framelits, Modern Label Punch, Petite Petals Punch, White Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Scissors, Adhesive
  1. Fold the Elegant Eggplant cardstock in half and attach one rectangle of Wisteria Wonder to the inside.
  2. Run the other Wisteria Wonder cardstock piece through the Textured Boutique machine.  Tie the ribbon around it and knot it.  Attach to the card using adhesive - works best to put the adhesive directly on the Eggplant and not the Wisteria to get it to stay.
  3. Stamp the big flower from Gifts of Kindness in Elegant Eggplant on the Whisper White oval.  Attach to the Elegant Eggplant Oval using adhesive and layer on the card using dimensionals.
  4. Stamp the flowers on the scrap of White using Wisteria Wonder.  Punch out using the Petite Petal punch and layer on the bigger flower using dimensionals. 
  5. Stamp the saying of your choice in Elegant Eggplant on the scrap of Whisper White.  Punch out using the Modern Label Punch.  Layer on the card using dimensionals.  You can also stamp the bigger saying of your choice on the inside using Elegant Eggplant.
  6. Attach rhinestones to each end of the saying and in the center of each petite petal flower.
Have a craftastic day,

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Occasions Catalog - Starburst Sayings

Another fun take off a make and take from the Creative Convention Online.  As mentioned before, these cards were originally designed by Ronda Wade and Maggie Patterson. 

Changes made from their sample include switching out the White Baker's Twine with the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack - Pool Party so that it stood out a little more.  Also, the original card has a saying from Perfect Pennants and punched out using a 1 3/4 circle punch and then that piece is layered on a Scallop Circle of Crumb Cake with dots on each scallop from the Chalk marker.  It's my favorite card from the Convention but I wanted to do something a little more versatile than the saying that was used.

Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Products:
  • Fringe Scissors
  • Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (SAB)
  • Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack - Pool Party Twine (SAB)
  • Starburst Sayings Stamp Set
  • Starburst Framelits
  • Fresh Prints DSP Stack

  • Cardstock: Whisper White (3 1/2 x 4 1/4, 3 3/4 x 5), Crumb Cake (5 1/4 x 4), Coastal Cabana (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, 4 x 1 1/2), Fresh Prints DSP Stack (Polka Dot - 2 x 4)
  • Ink: Crumb Cake
  • Stamps: Starburst Sayings
  • Accessories: Starburst Framelits, Big Shot & Cutting Mats, Magnetic Platform, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack - Pool Party Twine, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Textured Boutique, Fringe Scissors, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Scissors, and Adhesive
  1. Run the Whisper White cardstock through the Textured Boutique in the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  Attach to the piece of Crumb Cake.
  2. Cut the strip of Coastal Cabana with the Fringe Scissors.  Attach to the strip of DSP.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock.
  3. Wrap the two pieces of twine around the DSP and attach to the back using glue dots.  Attach this piece to the folded Coastal Cabana card.
  4. Stamp the Oh Happy Day image on the piece of Whisper White.  Run through the Big Shot using the Starburst Framelits.  Layer on the card using dimensionals.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Occasions Catalog - Perfect Pennants

This morning was my stamp camp and I must say, the right ladies are able to make this super pregnant girl feel light on her feet.  Everyone had so much fun and it was nice hearing how much they were enjoying the variety of products in the Occasions catalog.

Today's card is another camp card we did that was designed by Maggie Patterson & Ronda Wade for the December Creative Convention Online that I attended.  This is a straight up case.  I was going to change out the designer paper since I didn't buy it but then I received just enough from my upline to do these cards!

The new products being used on this card:
  • Angled Tag Topper Punch
  • Perfect Pennants Stamp Set
  • Silver Baker's Twine
  • Basic Metal Buttons
All of the embellishments & tools were not on my original wish list but after seeing them with this card, I couldn't help but purchase them!  Attendees can use this saying or a birthday saying or anything from the stamp set to create a masculine card even with the bow!

  • Cardstock: Island Indigo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, 5 1/4 x 4), Kaleidoscope DSP (2 x 4), Very Vanilla (4 1/4 x 2, 5 1/4 x 4)
  • Ink: Island Indigo
  • Stamps: Perfect Pennants
  • Accessories: Angled Tag Topper Punch, Basic Metal Buttons, Silver Baker's Twine, Glue Dots, Chevron Embossing Folder, Textured Boutique, Dimensionals, and Adhesive
  1. Insert the lower 2/3 of the Island Indigo cardstock (not the folded card) through the Big Shot.  Layer on the folded Indigo Island card using adhesive.
  2. Layer the strip of Kaleidoscope DSP over the seam between the embossed area and the non-embossed area using adhesive.
  3. Run the strip of Very Vanilla through the tag topper.  Stamp the saying of your choice from Perfect Pennants on the strip.  Attach to the card at an angle using dimensionals.
  4. Attach a button to the top of the tag using a glue dot. 
  5. Tie a knot in the Silver Baker's Twine and attach to the button using a glue dot.
Have a craftastic day,

Friday, January 17, 2014

Occasions Catalog - Making Me Smile

I am back on track to start showing my latest Stampin' Up! creations!  I've been focused on my 12 x 12 scrapbooking since November which are kits purchased from another company that I support and adore!  Having kits already put together for scrapbook pages frees me up to get really creative with my own cards and 3D items/mini books.  Worth every penny.  :)

In December, I did another installment of the Online Creative Convention with Ronda Wade and Maggie Patterson.  This convention focused on kicking off 2014 in the right way and how to schedule Sale-A-Bration workshops.  It also included some great make and take projects like always.  I really enjoy seeing samples from other demonstrators because it gives me and my customers a new way to think about our great products!

This card is based on a make and take that we did during that convention.  The original sample had a Coastal Cabana base with Whisper White as the 2nd layer.  The image was done with the Coastal Cabana and Real Red markers and the Crumb Cake piece was embossed with a striped embossing folder.  I loved the card but I couldn't get my markers to not smear and really needed a card for my stamp camp that was from the Brights color family!  So I changed the base to Whisper White, the 2nd layer to Real Red and embossed it with an embossing folder available during Sale-A-Bration, and then used a single color on the saying to make it easier for my customers.

Because I was cutting down the Real Red, it left me with a strip of 4 1/4 x 1/2.  I used the hexagon punch and made a quick banner that let me use the scrap and also add another pop of color.  I think the layout of this card and the color combo in that Fresh Prints DSP Pack are going to be very fun to play with this Spring!

  • Cardstock: Whisper White (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, 4 1/4 x 2 3/4), Real Red (5 1/4 x 4, 1/2 x 4), Crumb Cake (2 3/4 x 2 3/4 square), Fresh Prints DSP Stack (stripes - 2 x 4)
  • Ink: Coastal Cabana
  • Stamps: Love You to the Moon
  • Accessories: 2 1/2 Circle Punch, Big Shot & Cutting Mats, Magnetic Platform, Chalk Talk Framelits, Textured Boutique, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones, Hexagon Punch, Dimensionals, and Adhesive
  1. Run the Real Red cardstock through the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the Textured Boutique.  Attach to the folded Whisper White card.
  2. Layer the strip of Fresh Prints DSP on the center of the card using adhesive.
  3. Using the hexagon punch, punch an end in the strip of Real Red and make a banner end.  Layer on the card using adhesive.
  4. Adhere the circle of Crumb Cake to the card using adhesive.
  5. Stamp the saying of your choice on the piece of Whisper White and punch out using the Chalk Talk framelit & the Big Shot.  Layer on the card using dimensionals.
  6. Add Rhinestones as desired.
Have a craftastic day,

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Leadership Announcements

I've been on the lookout for card ideas today and came across the best post I've seen out of Leadership on upcoming products and specials!  Thank you Angie Leach  for the comprehensive post!
Changes to My Paper Pumpkin Kits
  • Paper Pumpkin monthly kit subscribers will also start seeing photopolymer stamps in their kits beginning in February! 
  • Free Markers with the Starter Kit - When you sign up as a new Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you will receive a free set of 2012-2014 In Color Markers. That is a $14.95 value!
  • Leadership attendees got to see sneak peeks of the upcoming My Paper Pumpkin kits and said they are a better value than ever before. 
New Product Announcements
  • NEW Stampin' Blendabilities Markers - Like Copic or Prismacolor markers, we are releasing our own alcohol-based markers.  They are permanent and blend together easiely for shading.  You can use these to alter embellishments & color non-porous surfaces. Stampin' Up! will introduce them within the next few months with a small sampling of 12 colors: Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake.  
    • "Each color will have three shades of markers in a package: light, medium and dark.  One of the shades will be the actual color, and the other two will be lighter or darker variations for ultimate blendability!  Each marker has a brush tip and a medium point nib (larger than the fine tip on our current markers).  3-Packs of Markers will be $11.95.  "  ~ Angie Leach. 
    • Make a mistake?  Not a problem because we will also have a Color Lifter Marker for $4.95 to erase mistakes! 
  • NEW Momento Tuxedo Black Ink - As many of you have mentioned to me (and I have experienced myself), our new foam pads are great except for the Basic Black which smears on many of our papers and also dries out quickly.  SU will soon make Momento Black Ink available for purchase to use.  It is water-based and permanent! 
  • NEW Texture Boutique Embossing Machine - Stampin' Up! will soon offering a mini-Big shot machine that is less expensive and only does embossing.  This product will be great for those of you that like the embossing folders but haven't gotten into the Framelits or Dies.  Or if you are just looking for a more reasonable price point than the Big Shot.   It will be released on January 28 just in time for Sale-a-Bration!
Changes for Recruits
  • Free Registration to Convention!  If you sign up to be a demonstrator during Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - registration closes), you can get a FREE Registration To Inspire.Create.Share Convention!  That's a $285 value!  Convention runs July 17-July 19th, 2014. 

Changes to Photopolymer Stamp Sets
  • Stampin' Up! has now begun manufacturing the all-clear photopolymer stamps at their Kanab plant so there will be more of these sets in the next annual catalog. 
  • In addition, they will come in DVD cases instead of the flimsy plastic envelopes they come in now which makes for much better storage!
  • Sands & Stripes Double Alphabet—SU will release a new double alphabet in photopolymer that's trendy, fun and much less expensive than other styles of stamps!  You can see it on February 4th. 
  • There will be NEW Personalized Photopolymer Name Stamps.
Have a craftastic day,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Weekly Specials - 1-14-2014

Just a few quick updates.  I've been crafting up a storm and cannot wait to start sharing my projects for my camp this weekend, which will start once I unbury my camera so I can take photos!


If you have not signed up for My Paper Pumpkin previously and sign up between now and February 10th for My Paper Pumpkin, you will receive the 2012-2014 marker set for free! That’s a $14.95 freebie to go with the starter kit for My Paper Pumpkin. 

You can check out the starter kit here and details on how to sign up! 

Pumpkin kits come to your door via USPS and cost $20 plus tax.  Each kit includes cards or a project designed to take 30 minutes or less to complete if you follow the instructions in the kit. The only thing you have to provide is adhesive and scissors!  Want something more challenging?  Combine these exclusive stamp sets and materials with your existing supplies to create projects of your own.


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Remember that you only have until January 27th to purchase these great Valentine's Day related products.  Click here to see them in more detail!


Check out these great new offerings in our photopolymer stamp sets.  These stamps are completely clear and mount on your clear blocks.  You can see the full list of these sets, which are not in the main catalog, by clicking here.

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Countless Sayings 2 -

Have a craftastic day,

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weekly Specials & Class Updates

A lot of focus has been spent in the last week working on those "someday" projects to help make for an organized home when the new baby gets here.  I did receive my pre-order and have been playing a bit to prep for my classes - I look forward to sharing those ideas with you!

Click here for this week's specials.


Click here for this week's new digital downloads.


My last open stamp camp until after baby arrives is coming up on January 18th.  We will be making 5 cards for $10 using the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalog products.    The camp is at my house at 10am and I need RSVPs by the 11th so I have time to prep.  The projects are great and will be posted started next week!

Have a craftastic day,

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year, a New Focus


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While my intent for using this blog is to share ideas and specials with you, I also want to use it to work on my writing so I'll have some My Thoughts sections in here now too.  If you aren't interested, you can skip it!  :)

2014 isn't going to be a year of goals or resolutions but rather a year of survival.  With a new baby joining us in February, the key resolution that both my husband and I have is to get organized.  My only resolution pre-Michael is to get the house cleared out and ready for a new little person.  What does this mean?  It means getting the following projects done off the top of my head:

  • Clean out the garage
  • Clean the garage floor - obviously dependent on project 1
  • Go through my college boxes - I'm old enough now to get rid of most of it
  • Get the closets cleaned out so they can be used
  • Get our big donation off to the Youth Ranch
  • Get the pictures into frames and on the walls
  • Set up Michael's room
  • Clean all the baby stuff out of Callie's room so everything in there is age appropriate and donate anything too girly for her brother.
Today we started by having the domino furniture move.  We took the bed apart, traded the dresser from the spare room for Callie's old changing table, moved in the chair, moved out the matresses and gave some of it to our dear friends that helped us move who needed a few things that we hadn't figured out what to do with.  A good day for all!  Plus no one crushed Callie's feet so that was nice!

On the crafting front, I have a few goals too.  Since I'm no longer an active cog in the corporate world, I have to make sure that my Stampin' Up! business is self-sustaining.  That means I have to start actually tracking a few things to make sure I'm not spending more than I make!  My creativity goals are:
  • Create a spreadsheet to track expenses
  • Design my Sale-a-Bration camps and use the same projects for all my pre-baby workshops
  • Finish scrapbooking 2013
  • Scrapbook 2014 within a month of the prior month
  • Complete Michael's baby book
  • Complete the decorations for Callie and Michael's rooms
I hope you have attainable goals in the new year and you get a little time to yourself to be the you that you are.

Have a craftastic day,