Sunday, June 7, 2009

HOME altered letters

I finally finished the wooden letters which have been sitting naked in my kitchen for many months! The SU! papers were perfect for this project! I used Washington Apple, Parisian Breeze, and Rockabilly DSPs (all very sadly retiring). I inked a flower from the Pretties Kit using a sponge dauber & craft ink, added a clear button backed with DSP to the center, and tied on various ribbons. I also have a little blinged out cherry accent planned & started for the "M," but I'm waiting for my SU! shipment with the Fire Circle Rhinestone brads to complete that part. This project was so much fun to make...I love altering stuff! I hope you like it too. Thanks for looking!

Don't forget, if you hold a workshop in June, you can earn $20-$40 extra in free catalog merchandise! There's still time to book, so contact me now!



Monday, June 1, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack June Class

Come join me in making cards for many occasions. This month will include wedding/shower, congratulations, & juvenile birthday among others. I will have supplies cut and ready for you to make 12 cards with envelopes (2 each of 6 different designs).

Don't forget your scissors and adhesive!
(Or let me know if you will need me to order you some Snail adhesive by the sign-up deadline)

When: Saturday, June 13, 3:00-6:00
Where: Amy’s House
Cost: $20 or FREE with a $30 catalog purchase (before tax & shipping)

Deadline: Please RSVP for this class by Friday, June 5 so I can prepare enough project materials for everyone.


Last Chance!

Click here to see the list of stamp sets that will no longer be available after June 30.

Click here to see a list of retiring accessories which are only available while supplies last.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Card #3 and a Peek at Decor Elements

Hi! I know I missed yesterday, but I'm back and I have a cute card to share. This one uses the Forest Friends set from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I just love the darling deer and bunny in this set! The accent piece with the deer was a CASE, but it was posted in a collage photo from a whole swap group and it didn't have the designer's name on it. I tried my hand at using the brayer. It's a tricky little bugger, but the results are so pretty and I know that with a little practice it will be much easier to do.
I used To the Nines Specialty Designer Series Paper (You have got to feel the amazing thickness and texture of this paper!)
for the background and some Versamark watermark stamping. I'm very happy with the results.

Next I wanted to share how wonderful theses Decor Elements pieces look on my good friend's bedroom wall! She placed the order at Darla's workshop and has been very under the weather lately, so I went to her house and put it up for her. She graciously allowed me to take a photo. The vinyl has a matte finish and looks beautiful. It was actually very easy to put up by simply following the included instructions. Thanks, Madolyn, for letting me share! Don't you think it looks great?


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bridal Shower Card

I used an idea that is flying around the web right now, cutting the large scallop circle into a dress shape. I honestly don't know where it originated, but I've seen it a lot on Split Coast Stampers. I embossed it with the floral Texturz Plate using another trick I picked up over at SCS. I spritzed the cardstock with rubbing alcohol to get a deeper impression. I've always done this with water, but the alcohol dries so very quickly. The embossed flowers & dots were highlighted with 2-Way glue & Dazzling Diamonds. The DSP here is Walk in the Park from the Occassions Mini (BTW, this is includede in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale!).
I hope you enjoy today's share.

Supplies used (all from Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Fundamental Phrases
Ink: Versamark ink pad & pen
Paper: Walk in the Park DSP, Regal Rose, Whisper White Cardstock
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle die, Stampin' Up! Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Ticket Corner punch, 1/16" punch, Organza Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, Clear Rhinestone Brads
Techniques: Heat Embossing

Remember: Stampin' Up! is having a too-good-to-miss-out-on special on Designer Series Paper special throughout the month of May. Buy three packs of Designer Series Paper and/or Textured cardstock, get 1 pack FREE!
To Place Your Order For Stampin' Up! Products On-Line 24/7, CLICK HERE.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Finally a Baseball-Free Weekend!

Wow! Have I been overwhelmed lately with the month of May! All of what used to be free moments have been literally consumed by end-of-the year teacher and Mama duties and baseball practices & games! I finally have a weekend where all of my time is not spoken for. Whew!

I have been creating in those late night hours after kids are in dreamland......using Stampin' Up!'s amazing designer series papers. I just haven't been able to photograph, edit and post anything. SO my pledge to you is to post a new creation every day this week highlighting this fabulous paper. Be sure to bookmark & check back daily or better yet, subscribe to my blog so you'll be reminded when a new creation has been posted.

Here is today's treasure:

I used the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper. These colors are so rich and yummy! I also used the Big Shot and my favorite die, Top Note (a SU! exclusive) and the Scallop Circle die to create the cute little purse. It really is absolutely darling irl if I do say so myself! I will be making a whole bunch more of these for gifts! I used the Sincere Salutations stamp set (so beautiful & incredibly versatile!)and a variety of Stampin' Up!'s fun punches to create four tiny, cute, and useful note cards which fit perfectly inside the box part of the purse with mini 3 1/8" x 3 1/8" envelopes.

Supplies used (all from Stampin' Up!):
Ink: Versamark, Basic Gray Classic
Paper: Raspberry Tart DSP, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, & Regal Rose Cardstock
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Scallop Circle die, Scallop Edge Punch, Eyelet Border punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Heart to Heart punch, White Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Certainly Celery SAB Ribbon Bundle, small circle of velcro as a closure
Techniques: Heat Embossing

Remember: Stampin' Up! is having a too-good-to-miss-out-on special on Designer Series Paper special throughout the month of May. Buy three packs of Designer Series Paper and/or Textured cardstock, get 1 pack FREE!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stamp-a-Stack Class- Friday, May 15

**Click flyer for a more clear look.** We will be using some fun stamp sets:
Funky Forest Wheel
Trendy Trees
Great Friend (from Occasions Mini)Sincere Salutions...among others. All cards have been designed by me. Come have some fun and get your creativity on!


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

New Stampin' Up! Promotions:

May 1 marks the beginning of National Scrapbooking Month and Stampin' Up! is ready to celebrate with the following three special offers. Offers end May 31:
Time to stock up on Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous Designer, Specialty and Textured Paper. Buy three, get one free on Designer Series paper and 12" x 12" textured card stock (and girls, this is luscious textured card stock). This includes the Specialty Designer Papers but does not include Taste of Textiles.
Join my team by choosing a limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit for just $75. Get full demonstrator discounts and benefits and earn extra "moola," too! Click here for contents of the $75 kit and full details!
Enjoy a sneak peek opportunity to purchase the Jumble Alphabet stamp set (set of 52) from the upcoming Fall/Winter Catalog at 20 percent off. You get it way before it will be offered in the catalog AND at a discount (regular price:$43.95, sale price: $35.16). WooHoo!

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you place an
order on-line, add your qualifying product (three packs of Designer Series paper and/or 12" x 12" textured card stock) to your shopping bag. When you check out, you need to click a link in the Special Offers section that will bring up a pop-up window directing you to choose a free pack of paper. If you experience any problems, please email me.

To Place Your Order for Stampin' Up! Products On-Line 24/7, CLICK HERE!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Workshop Success! WooHoo!

Well, I demonstrated at my first ever workshop yesterday. It was what I would call a success! Darla was an extremely gifted hostess. The spread was yummy! I was well-prepared and flew through my demonstrations. We had a few laughable moments. All in all it was a good time and generated some sales and great hostess benefits for Darla! Here is a photo of the cards I did. I tried to cover a variety of products & "ooh ahh" techniques that are easy to do (heat embossing, poppin' pastels, punch art). The make-n-take card involved 2-step stampin' (The Heartfelt Thanks card below).
The apple core punch art card is a CASE from someone at SCS (I don't have my thumb drive here to give proper credit. Sorry!).

I also made a very girly scrapbook page for Darla to keep since she has a daughter. This was extremely fun for me since I am surrounded by boy stuff! It utilized the Big Shot for cutting & embossed textures.

Apologies once again here for the crooked image above. My Photoshop skills are not quite what they should be yet.
So there you have it folks...a weekend filled with abundant creativity and successful sales. WooHoo! One guest even said, "Well look at that, I can be crafty after all!" I call that a job well done on my part!

DON'T FORGET to sign up for my Scrapbook WOW! class by April 27. The page is really beautiful and the techniques are fun. See details here: Amy's Scrapbook WOW!

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Scrapbook WOW! Class

My first class that I am offering is a Scrapbook WOW! class. This is a class where you will make a scrapbook page using Stampin' Up! embellishments and fun techniques to make a scrapbook page that has a "wow factor!"

This month I am borrowing a design from my upline, April. It was so much fun to do (I even did a technique I had never done before!), that I decided to share the fun with you. I am also really looking forward to designing my own in months to come as I plan to offer this type of class on a monthly basis.

You will be using Decor stencils, filigree & rhinestone brads, & wide grosgrain ribbon to make this beautiful 12x12 2-page spread with a too-cute ribbon flower in a yummy pink & gray color palette.

Here is a *limited* sneak peek of some of the detail on these pages:

When: Saturday, May 9, 4:00-6:00ish
Where: my house
Cost: $12 (includes all consumable supplies needed to complete this beautiful page, use of my stamps, ink & tools, plus 1-on-1 instruction & guidance from me)
Please bring your own scissors & adhesive (or let me know if you need me to order you some).

Call, e-mail, or contact me by April 27 to sign up for this class so I will have enough time to order all the needed supplies.

I hope to see you there!


Monday, April 13, 2009

My Tiles

I made this first tile to set up with my Stampin' Up! display at work. I designed it with colors to match my scraproom.
I had someone ask if I could make her one to purchase for her daughter. I said, "Sure!" and my tile making frenzy began! She asked for pastels, but no pink, cupcakes, & her name. Here is what I came up with:
Then I made a bunch of Easter-themed tiles with a cross & John 3:16 on them (sorry, didn't take a picture of these) Oops! They sold pretty quickly. I offered to do custom work and had this next bunch requested:
For these, I stamped all the designs, but used ink-jet printable rub-ons for the scriptures. I was really happy with how they came out. I am also getting ready to work on two more custom designs.
These really are beautiful irl with their natural background,and glaze only on the stamped images. This is such a fun and rewarding project.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Making Plans...

Wow! Life has really gotten away with me this week. It's been a busy one with work, kids, & baseball. I haven't had time to photograph, let alone post my latest creative efforts. Let me say though that I am planning some classes for May, and my first ever workshop... um, party...I'm not quite sure what the correct terms are yet for the different events. It will be on the 18th and I have some great stuff planned to demo along with a super cute make-n-take project. I'm really excited about it and I think my enthusiasm has rubbed off some on my hostess...thanks, Darla! Here's hoping for a successful first go at it!


Friday, April 3, 2009


Here are two more close up peeks at my first set of creations. Both were made using the Always stamp set. I love this set! I can see myself using it over and over for cards and scrapbook pages both.
You Mean Everything card
Stamps: Always, Always in Bloom Wheel
Ink: Regal Rose, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery (Classic & Wheel Cartridge)
Cardstock/paper: Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories: ribbon, Dimensionals

This one has lots of glittery goodness on the strip and some on the flowers of the heart... just enough to make it sparkle!I Love U card
Stamps: Always, Fundamental Phrases, Schoolbook Serif Alpha
Ink: Regal Rose, Basic Black
Cardstock/paper: Apricot Appeal, Whisper White
Accessories: Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, ribbon
Techniques: glitter on Sticky Strip

So excited...I got a big ol' box of box of goodies on my doorstep on Thursday. This evening I played around some with my new Big Shot dies & embossing folders. I plan to do some creating this weekend. I'll be sharing soon!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

This card is one of my favorites I made this weekend. It's just "cute." I used craft ink and embossing. I cheated a little with the border though because my scallop border punch was in transit from SU! I used my *gasp* Fiskars one. The same effect can be made using the 1/16th hole punch on the SU! Scallop Border punch, so not a big cheat.

Stamps: Always
Ink: Craft Whisper White, Classic Basic Black
Cardstock/paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Silver Brads, Clear Embossing Powder, ribbon, Dimensionals
Techniques: Heat Embossing

I'd love to show you how to make cute cards like this. Contact me to set up a workshop!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Creative Time!

I spent some time today getting creative with my demo starter kit supplies. I created a bunch of cards & a few projects using only the stuff I got in my kit plus a few extra stamp sets I had and a little bit of ribbon, brads, glitter, & punching. I tried to use a variety of techniques so my projects would be easy to demonstrate or do as make-n-takes. I had so much fun!!! Here's a preview:

Yes, I took individual pictures. I will upload those separately with supply lists over the days to come. Keep checking back to see the goodies!


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Want a sneak peek?

Yeah, I know, your sneak peek is not so early, but give me credit for getting it up here as a brand spankin' new demo with an even more brand spankin' new blog! Preorders can be taken through March 31 before the entire Occasions Mini catalog goes live for ordering.
Just look at this cute set...

You can see more here:


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Blog Under Construction

Welcome to my Stampin' Up! Blog.
I am currently working to create a place where you can view sample projects, check out current promotions for great products, and have access to links to resources and direct internet ordering. Be sure to check back to see what's blooming here in my "Sweet Escape!"
Thanks for visiting.