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January 2008

Great time to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!!

From now until March 17th, 2008, anyone who signs up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator will receive 20% off the Starter Kit and an additional stamp set of your choice valued up to $47.95.  The value of the Starter Kit is just about $400 and you can purchase it for a mere $159 plus tax.

You can now join my Stampin' Up! team online.  Go to my website at and click on the link that says "Join Stampin' Up!" Click to enroll, accept the agreement and use my password of barbstamps to complete your online starter kit form.

The deal gets even better!!!  In addition to the discount and free stamp set you receive by purchasing the starter kit, you will receive 30% off your first workshop order that is placed within your first 45 days and the FREE Sale-A-Bration sets that go with that workshop order.

Contact me if you have any questions.

I look forward to working with you!!!!

Class Coming in February

I will be offering this class in February. 

All the details will be listed in my February newsletter.  If you are not currently receiving my newsletters, sign up with the box provided in the left hand side bar.

Bamboo Skewer Spine Book


This wonderful book is made from the Boho Blend Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' Kit.  You choose the Simply Scrappin' Kit and I will provide all the Sticky Strip Adhesive, Velcro closure, ribbons, the bamboo skewer and the instructions.  You can add your photos, use it as a diary, journal, phone/address book or give to someone special.  The cost of this class is $26.50 and includes the Simply Scrappin' Kit of your choice.

Here is a peak at the first two pages


This class is going to be a blast, sign up soon as there are a limited number of spaces available.

A Blast From the Past!!

I was doing a little cleaning and organizing this past weekend and I came across this Easter Card that I made about four years ago.  It was my Easter card that year and I made an extra one.  I had it hidden in a box up in my closet with a bunch of my earlier work.  I used the retired set called Bunny Buddies.  How do you like the adhesive showing through my vellum!!!!!  I made my own patterned vellum with the White Craft Pad and the little flower stamp that was in this set, coloring it in with My Stampin' Write Markers.  It sure takes me back........


Stay tuned tomorrow for a sneak peak at an upcoming class I will be having in February. :-)

Techniques Class last weekend

Last week was my monthly technique class and I had eleven gals signed up.  We learned two techniques, Watercolor Wash and Faux Tearing.


This was our Faux Tearing card and it is a CASE of one done by Jami Sibley.


This card showcases the watercolor wash technique and is a CASE of one done by LeeAnn Greff.

Techniques classes are a great way to take your stamping up a level and the class fee is a mere $5.  My February techniques classes are scheduled for the 21st and 23rd.  Contact me if you wish to sign up.

Mini Scrapbook with Sticky Cuts Letters and Fine Cosmo Glitter

This is a mini scrapbook made from four quarter sheets of coordinating card stock.  I used Bashful Blue and Gable Green for my pages. 


I used the star image from the Sticky Cuts Letters and covered it with the Bashful Blue Fine Cosmo Glitter.  It is just so sparkly, I love it. 

I scored each piece of card stock at 1" and then used my Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes through all four card stock pieces at once.  Thread the Bashful Blue Striped Grosgrain Ribbon through the holes and tie it in a knot.  I also used the little star background stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Gable Green to fill in the white space around the sparkly star.



FREE Rub-Ons!!


Sale-A-Bration is coming and that means that the Love & Happiness Rub-Ons set can be yours FREE when you place a $50* order with me from February 1st - March 17th.  You can earn a set FREE for each $50 you spend, there is no limit!!  You get four sheets in the pack, one each in white, black, olive and chocolate.  Do you want FREE stamps instead??  You can choose a FREE set of stamps instead of the Rub-Ons or choose both with a $100* order!!  click on the yellow catalog in the left side bar to see all the FREEBIES.

I used my Love & Happiness Rub-Ons last night.  I added them to a little write-on/wipe-off board I purchased a couple of weeks ago.  I am planning to keep it by my desk in the hopes of keeping my life a little more organized!!


Here are the close-ups of the rub-ons:

Rubonsboardbottom  Rubonsboardtopleft

WOW, Rub-Ons are extremely addictive!!!!

*$$ amounts are before shipping and tax

My Try It Product Clubs

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Listed below are the three TRY-IT product clubs:

Do you love all the NEW Double Sided Designer Series Papers shown on pages 168-171 in the Spring-Summer Collection 2008 Catalog.  If so, then these try-it clubs are for you.  I am currently taking sign-ups for my Designer Series Paper clubs.

If you are out of town, you will need to add $4.60 in postage for a Priority Envelope to get the swatches to you.  I am sorry but I can only offer my clubs to residents of the US.

Designer Series Paper Club #1:

This includes six 6x6 swatches of each pattern in the 17 Designer Series Paper Packs for a total of 102 pieces.  Each spot will cost $24.50  You can see my paper charts for these papers HERE

Papers included are:

Spring Break, Jersey Shore, East Coast Prep, Spring Fling, Bali Breeze, Cutie Pie, Ginger Blossom, Flowers For You, Berry Bliss, Fall Flowers, Western Sky, Notebook, Le Jardin, Porcelain Prints, Spring Silhouettes, Olive Press, Azure

Designer Series Paper Club #2:

Will have swatches of all the Prints Designer Series Papers shown on page 171 of the Spring-Winter 2008 Collection Catalog.  There is one color per pack but each color comes in twelve different patterns.

You will receive six 6x6 swatches in each color for a total of 96 pieces.  Each spot will cost $23.00

The 16 colors included in club #2 are:


Old Olive, Rose Red, Blue Bayou, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Groovy Guava, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, River Rock, Lovely Lilac, Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky

Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Club

Each spot in the club is $7.50* and each member will receive approximately 2 yards of each of our four NEW Striped Grosgrain Ribbons. 

Stripedribbon_2 Wildaboutyoucrisscross

You will receive four colors, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi and Real Red.  I used the Real Red in my sample.

*If I need to mail your ribbon to you, please add and extra $1.50 to the price making it $9.00.

Sticky Cuts Letters and Fine Cosmo Glitter!!

I have been playing with my new Sticky Cuts Letters and NEW Fine Cosmo Glitter and WOW is that glitter sparkly.

I covered this letter "G" from the Sticky Cuts Letters with the green glitter.  I added a couple of felt flowers from the NEW Flower Fusion Tin and ribbon from the Fairy Tale Ribbon Originals and the Jersey Ribbon Originals.


I stamped the little dotted background stamp out of the Three For You Punch Box in Wild Wasabi along the bottom of my textured Wild Wasabi card stock.

Thanks for looking!!

Crew Kids Girl SS Kit!!!!

I just got the Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin' Kit and I love it!!  It is just so girly. :-)  It went together so smoothly with very little effort.  I love SS kits!!!


This is the first page.  I do have some close ups of the details below:

12x12crewkidsgirlgraygirl  12x12crewkidsgirlgrayclose  12x12crewkidsgirlgraycloseflowergro

I used the Build-a-Brad for the middles of a couple of the flowers.  The little images in the BAB are from the SS kit.


and some close-ups:

12x12crewkidsgirlpinkclose  12x12crewkidsgirlpinkclosetrio

These are shots on the same page, my camera sort of distorted the colors. :-)  I used the Boho Blossoms and Soft Subtles brads for the little gray flowers.  I also used the new My Way punch for the arrows pointing to the "who, what, where, when".

Thanks for looking!!!

Striped Grosgrain Ribbon club

I am offering a Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Club.  The club needs five participants and you can be local to me or out of state.  Each spot in the club is $7.50* and each member will receive approximately 2 yards of each of our four NEW Striped Grosgrain Ribbons. 

Stripedribbon Wildaboutyoucrisscross

You will receive four colors, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi and Real Red.  I used the Real Red in my sample.

If I need to mail your ribbon to you, please add and extra $1 to the price making it $8.50.

I will keep this post up until the club is filled.

Stampin' Up! Designer Paper Swatches

I love the Stampin' Up! Designer Papers but the catalog does not do these papers justice!!  I have created swatch charts for our Designer Papers and you can see them by clicking on the link in the right hand side bar or by clicking HERE

Here is a sample of one of the charts.  This chart is for our NEW East Coast Prep papers.


If you need to place an order for any of these papers, call or email me.

Happy Stampin'

The finished cad!!

Whew, I finished them.  I made 45 of this card for my swaps and it seemed to take forever.  They have been mailed out and now I sit and wait for the other wonderful projects to be returned to me.

I showed you this photo a couple of days ago.  It is the piles of elements to create the finished card.


Here is the finished card


I absolutely love this card (can I say that and not sound full of myself!!).  This is one of my all time favorite color combos.  I used Certainly Celery, So Saffron and Regal Rose.  I got the Z fold idea from a card that I demo'd in my Christmas workshops last year.  I used the SAB set called So Many Scallops and another one called Lots of Thoughts.  Both of these sets will be available to you to earn FREE starting next month when the Sale-A-Bration catalog begins.  I added the trio of flowers from a new set called One of A Kind and the trio of flowers was designed to be punched out with the new Boho Blossoms punch........LOVE THIS PUNCH!!!


This is one of the elements on the card.  Let me say that as a demonstrator, it is my job to know what is in my catalog.  However, I had no idea that the Punches Plus Brass Template existed, it was introduced in the Fall-Winter catalog and I never saw it!!!  It is shown on page 187 in the current catalog.  I stumbled upon it by accident and did you know that it not only dry embosses the shapes of some of our punches but it has piercing templates around the shapes!!!!  When I saw that, I knew I HAD to have ths template.  It was effortless piercing around the large circle punch on this element.  You NEED this template!!!!


Here is another element of this card.  The flower scallop was inked up in So Saffron and then I rolled the edges of it in the Regal Rose ink.  The technique is called Rock and Roll.  Then I punched it out with the Scallop Circle punch.  I also stamped the same image in Certainly Celery.  The middle of the scallop flower was punched out with the 1" punch and then the celery image was placed behind it, add a few scraps of celery ribbon behind everything.  I stamped the trio of flowers with the Regal Rose ink and punched out the baby scallop with the Boho Blossoms Punch, add a So Saffron brad and this element is done.

Here is a top view of a Z Fold Card


Boy am I glad these are done.  :-)

WOW, Stampin' Up! is the best!!

Shelli Gardner, the CEO of Stampin' Up! has donated cabins on our cruise to Bermuda to 85 Utah National Guard members.  Stampin' Up! is such a generous company, I am so proud to be affiliated with them.  I look forward to meeting these men and women when we go to Bermuda on the Stampin' Up! cruise in March!!!

You can read the story HERE

Don't forget the January special!!

Valentine's Day Bundle


If you order the Happy Heart Day stamp set, medium cello bags and the Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, you will get the Regal Rose Wide Grosgraiin Ribbon for FREE!!!! 

Here are a few goodies I made with this bundle.  I tried to use the different stamps that come in the set so you can see the versatility of the set.


Pocket Card using the mouse stamp and the tag stamp that fits in our tag punches!!!


3x3 Notecard using the little butterfly.  I added a Fire Circle Rhinestone Brad.


This card was CASE'd from Aly Schilling, I just loved it so I had to make one too!!  This card uses the cute elephant stamp in this set.


Can't forget the chocolate!!!  This uses the medium cello bags and the FREE Regal Rose ribbon!!!

You can purchase this bundle from me for $33.40 plus shipping and tax.  If you are a member of one of my clubs, you pay no shipping or tax on this bundle.  Please note that I must place the order no later than January 31st.

Tune in tomorrow when I will post the finished card of the mass production!!

I have been busy!!

I have been working on a swap as you know from my previous post and I think I have got it!!!  I can't show you the finished card yet but I can show you my piles of mass production.


I am in two swaps for the new Sale-A-Bration mini catalog so that means I am making 45 of the same card.  The fastest way to mass produce cards is to make each element and then put them all together.  I have my little flowers punched out with the new Boho Blossoms punch and the So Saffrom brad in the middle.  I have my big scallop flower that was rock n rolled in two colors, has a hole in the middle which then has another stamped image in it.  Some celery ribbon and a celery scallop backing makes for a perfect flower!!!  I have my photo corners ready and my two panels stamped and ready.  Now, I can put these babies together.  Stay tuned for the final project.

Onto other things, I bought the East coast Prep Designer Papers and they are so bright and fun so I had to use them!!  I had not made a criss cross card and thought this paper would be perfect for it.  I also used the Wild About You stamp set and colored in my "happy birthday" with various markers.  The greeting is from the Eat Cake set.  I added three brads to the top right corner in the matching colors and used the NEW striped grosgrain for the pull out.....this ribbon is just yummy!!!


You want to see more.....well OK {hee hee}  I also bought the Fine Cosmo Glitters and they are just like our Dazzling Diamonds but in colors....WOOHOO!!!! They are so fine and super sparkly, I love them!!  Here is the whole card and you can see the glitter sparkle.  I used Pink Passion and Pixie Pink card stock with the pink glitter.


Here is a close up of the glitter, I wish I could get a better picture of how really sparkly it is.


Have a GREAT day!!!!