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February 2009

Garden Greetings and a bunch of brads!

Here is a color combo that I really like.  It is Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Baja Breeze.  I used these colors with a NEW set called Garden Greetings, it is a really springy set and with our temps dipping back into the teens, I really, really want spring to get here!!


I stamped the large flower three times on Whisper White in the three colors and cut out each layer.  I added one of the NEW 5/16" brads to the top layer and then stacked them all on top of each other with dimensionals.  I added the mini silver brads to the flower middles of all the flowers on the top layer.  The Scallop is from the Big Shot Pennant Die.


The background is done by stamping each image randomly in a different color.  I separated the two strips of card stock with some Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain ribbon.  The greeting is from another NEW set called Really Retro.


Garden Greetings, Really Retro
Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain, 5/16" Brads, Silver Brads, Word Window Punch
Big Shot, Pennant Die
I am getting ready for my March workshops, Have a GREAT weekend!!!

Circles anyone?

I just love my NEW Circle Scissors Plus!!   I literally cut these nested circles in seconds. I took the fun Designer Series Paper from the Hoppy Memories Simply Scrappin' Kit and created a background for this page.  These photos were taken on our annual famiy vacation to Swan Lake near Kalispell, Montana, it is absolutely gorgeous there!!  I will be demoing a slightly different version of this page at my March workshops.

Click on the photos to see them larger.

HoppyMemoriescircles  Circlescissor

I cut a bunch of nested circles and then just played with them until I got the look I wanted.  I added the word "play" using the Serif Essentials Alphabet die set and my Big Shot.  I added a few of the NEW Corduroy Brads and Buttons. :-)





Hoppy Memories Simply Scrappi' Kit, Circle Scissor Plus, Glass Mat

Chocolate Chip textured card stock, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquiose card stock

Corduroy Brads and Buttons, Linen Thread, Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain ribbon

Big Shot, Serif Essentials Alphabet die set

Chocolate Glitter meets Fifth Avenue Floral

I just love the NEW set called Fifth Avenue Floral, it is so elegant.  You can leave the images as they are or you can choose to color them in.  I had my NEW Fine Supernova Glitter sitting out and thought how cool would it be to have a whole card of super sparkly glittery images!!  So that is what I did, you can click on the picture to see it bigger.


I stamped all the images in Versamark and then covered them with Heat & Stick Powder.  Use the Heat Tool to melt it so it turns to glue, sprinkle CHOCOLATE glitter all over it and briefly heat it again to seal it!!  I took a bunch of photos of this card and this was the best one.  It is really sparkly in real life.

Place an order for the following supplies through my website HERE, and you will receive a FREE Idea Book & Catalog, a FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set and the instructions to complete my Accordian Fold Card FREE!!  See that card HERE
113734 Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set $24.95
114287 Supernova Glitter $13.95
109068 Kraft Taffeta Ribbon $6.95
100625 Heat & Stick Powder $4.50
Total of $50.35

Supplies used to make this card:

Fifth Avenue Floral, Elegant Cheer stamp sets

Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla card stock

Versamark, Supernova Glitter, Heat & Stick Powder, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear from you so leave me a comment. :-)


Accordian Fold Card Tutorial

I made this card for my very dear friend Carla who has a birthday coming up.  I thought it would make a great tutorial and you can find the details below.  It is an accordian card with six panels.  If you are a member of the Wheel Ink on it Stampers, you will find the file on the group website under files.

It uses the Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper that is FREE during SAB.  You can earn a FREE pack of this paper with a $50 order. 


 Here is the cover, the card measures 4x4 when closed


Place an order with me of at least $50 between now and the end of February and I will send you the tutorial for FREE.  Also included with your $50 order is your choice of a FREE SAB item and you can choose this super cute paper to create this project!!

You can also purchase the tutorial for only $8.95.  Upon receipt of your payment, I will email you the four page file with instructions for assembly, pictures of each panel as well as the dimensions of the pieces. 

Accordian Fold Card Tutorial

Another box of Goodies!

I made one of these boxes for a workshop earlier this month (click HERE to see it) and decided to do another one for my workshop yesterday.


I used the Box #2 XL die and my Big Shot to create the box.  I added a bit of the FREE So Saffron grosgrain ribbon. 

Did you know that you can get a roll of this and a roll of Certainly Celery poly twill ribbon FREE with your orders during Feb and March?  Well you can and there is NO LIMIT to how many rolls of ribbon you can earn.  You can choose these two rolls FREE, one of each color, with every $50 order you place.  Head on over to my shopping card in the upper right of the side bar and start shopping. :-) 


Fun Flowers, this is a single stamp in the Under $10 section on page 208, way too cute!!!

Sweet Slumber Textured Paper - Love this stuff!!!

So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White card stock

Baja Breeze ink, FREE So Saffron ribbon

Rich Regals Brads

1 1/4 square and square scallop punch

and the winner is!!!

Jodi P!!!  Jodi is the winner of the $100 gift certificate from my 50/100 board.  We drew the winner at Sue's party earlier this month and I forgot to announce it here!!

I had pieces of paper each numbered from 1 to 100 and Denise did the honors by picking one from the box.

The piece of paper had the number 96 on it and Jodi had her name on that square.

WOO HOO JODI!!!!  Jodi has been notified and she is thumbing through her catalog right now choosing her FREE goodies for the $100!

Stay tuned as I will be starting a new board in April.


The Pink Flamingo Basket

I was contacted by a gal on the planning committe for a local fundraiser here in Sheridan, Wyoming called the Pink Flamingo.  She asked if I would donate a basket of goodies for their silent auction.  Of course, I said "Yes!"  The Pink Flamingo is a crazy fun night and everyone comes dressed in pink, and I mean pink everything from tiaras to shoes and everything in between.  It raises money for Family Planning of the Bighorns.

Here is the front of the basket


and here is the back


I cannot wait to find out who takes this baby home!!!

Here are a couple photos of how pink this event really is!!

Pinkflam   Pinkflami

Big Shot - Movers & Shapers Curly Label die

The project today is done using the NEW Big Shot Stampin' Up! Exclusive Movers & Shapers Curly Label die.  To see Stampin' Up!'s own Jaron Winder demo this super cool NEW die in a video, click on the picture of the scrapbook page to go to my website to view it.


Now onto my card


I cut my card stock to 4 1/4 x 11 (you do not need to cut the card stock, the die will cut and score the whole thing for you), folded it in half and added a piece of the Sweet Always DSP.  I then placed it on my Movers & Shapers die and ran it through to cut the Curly Label hole in the top section.  I stamped the outline leaf image from Botanical Blooms on the bottom of the card in Pumpkin Pie.  The greeting is in Chocolate Chip.

I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons to color directly onto my flower image stamp from the FREE SAB set called Botanical Blooms.  I used the Regal Rose and Pumpkin Pie Crayons.  After coloring onto the stamp, I lightly misted it with Stampin' Mist and stamped it onto my watercolor paper.  I was so tickled with the results as it appears that I really know how to watercolor!!!!  I let it dry, added the overstamped images in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink and punched it out with my Curly Label Punch.

I wrapped Regal Rose wide grosgrain around the front of the card and secured it with one of the NEW 5/16" brads.  I love these colors together!!

You still have plenty of time to earn this stamp set for FREE, go to my WEBSITE and place your order and if it is over $50, you can choose this set for FREE!!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, :-)


Weekend Class Samples - Big Shot Basics

Here are the projects we did at my latest Big Shot Basics class this past weekend.  You do not need a Big Shot to attend these classes.  The projects are different each month so I look forward to seeing you in April!!  Click HERE to see January's projects.


This card was so much fun to make, who doesn't love glitter!!!  We ran the Sticky Pages through the Big Shot with the Beautiful Butterflies die and then covered it with some Supernova glitter.  The Scallop was created by brayering ink all over the polka dot texturz plate and running the Whisper White scallop die cut through the Big Shot.  The colors came from the Rainbow Sherbet DSP, come on spring!!!

Our second project was supposed to look something like this


However, I cannot find my Sweet Stems Embosslit!!! I looked everywhere and even offered my 5 & 7 year olds a reward if they could find luck.  I had this Sweet Stems die cut piece in my "keep it because I will find a use for it someday" box and threw it on for the picture.  I changed the DSP and the Embosslit and came up with this instead for the class attendees.


We used the Simple Flower Embosslit and the Bella Birds DSP.  Since we now sell Clear Rhinestone brads all by themselves, I can use them on everything!!!  WOO HOO!!!!  So we did...LOL.  We ran the Pretty in Pink card stock through the Big Shot using the new Box #2 die.  It measures about 3 3/4 x 2 x 1 1/4 when it is put together.  Perfect for that small gift and since there is only one small strip where it needs adhesive, it goes together super quick!!

Our last project uses one of my favorite new sets called Trendy Trees.  These little trees are just so fun and you can stamp them in any color.


This card was CASE'd from Leanne G.  I changed the colors to match those in the Flower Power card elements as I just think that color combo looks so rich.  We taped strips of card stock together, ran them through the big shot with the Harlequin Texturz plate and then trimmed off the ends to fit on the card.  We used torn copy paper to sponge the hills.  The colors are Perfect Plum, Rose Red, More Mustard and Old Olive.  I added a strip of Rose Red card stock and a More Mustard brad behind the image.

I love, love, love my Big Shot and I use it EVERY day!!!  I often wonder how I got along without it all these years. :-)

If you want a Big Shot, this is the best time to buy it as you will receive FREE Sale-a-bration items with your purchase in addition to any hostess rewards you qualify for.  You can place your orders directly through my website or you can call or email me with your order.

Happy Stampin' !!!


Weekend Class Samples-Technique Geeks

I had my Techniques Geeks and Big Shot Basics Classes this weekend.  I will share the samples today and tomorrow.

Today I will show you samples from Technique Geeks Class, we now have 40 technique cards on our rings....WOW!!!!  We learned Faux Dry Embossing and Colored Dry Embossing.

This is the Faux Dry Embossing.  I love this technique with the Upsy Daisy stamp set.


We first stamped the image in Chocolate Chip and then over stamped it in Whisper White Craft Ink.  We ran the whole front of the card through the Big Shot using the Distressed Texture Plate.  The Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon and the 5/16" brad add some interest.

Our next technique is Colored Dry Embossing.  We used the Pick A Petal and Seeing Spots Classy Brass Templates on page 186 and the NEW Garden Greetings set.  I just love the bright and cheery colors on this card!!!


We Dry Embossed a tag cut from the Lots of Tags Sizzlit set.  Then we used my Stampin' Pastels to gently add the color to the raised images.  The background was stamped with the Garden Greetings set in Lovely Lilac, Pixie Pink and Green Galore.  A strip of Pixie Pink Textured card stock separates the two halves and I added a Lovely Lilac Oval cut with my Big Shot and the Ovals die under the main image.

Our next Technique Geeks class will be in April, why don't you join us!!!


Fun box of goodies

This was one of my demo projects at a workshop last week.


It was done with the Box #2 die on page 194.  I ran the die through my Big Shot, added the piece of double sided paper from the Sunshine Garden SS Kit and folded it up.  There is only one little strip on the box that needs adhesive so this is a super easy box to put together.  I wrapped the NEW So Saffron Grosgrain Ribbon around the box.  You can get this ribbon for FREE during Sale-a-bration, click HERE for SAB details.  The goodies inside included some Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon and some Polka Dot Punches.

Be sure to check out my Sunshine Garden Class in the mail.

Super Easy Sale-a-bration Congrats card!

This is one of the make & take projects at my February workshops.  It uses the Sale-a-bration stamp set called Congrats.


We stamped the background with a stamp from the Sweet Stems set.  Two of the other stamps in this set were used on the main image.  The border is done with the NEW Eyelet Border Punch!!!  We colored the images with ink pads and blender pens.  The Mini Library Clip on the edge just wraps the whole thing up.

You can get the Congrats stamp set for FREE!!!  Just place an order of $50 with me either via EMAIL or through my WEBSITE HERE and choose your FREE item.

If you're placing an order online through my Stampin' Up! website, be sure you check the box outlined in red in the lower left corner to select your FREE Sale-a-bration items.  The system will let you close your order without choosing something.  I am hopeful that will be fixed soon.

Have a great day!!  I am prepping for my Technique Geeks class today as well as making 39 Valentine's for the kiddos school friends.


Sunshine Garden Demo Class Planner!!

I am offering my class planner to demonstrators for $9.95. 

The class is based on the Sunshine Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit shown on page 164 in the catalog.  You will make four greeting cards and four love notes in a Scallop Envelope box using items from the Sunshine Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit bulk buy.  Click on the image to see it larger.


I will email you a file with close-ups of each project, some brief directions and a document with the dimensions of each project. 

Sunshinegardenpaper     Sunshinegardendiecuts 

Additional products that will be helpful to have on hand. 

Paper Cutter 104152 $24.95

Cutter Kit 106958 $16.95

Mono Multi Adhesive 110755 $3.95

Eyelet Border Punch 113692 $15.95



Big Shot Beautiful Butterflies and Chipboard

Here is another pouch I made with the Big Shot Pennant Die, you can view my first one HERE.   We made a very similar version of it at my downline meeting last week.  All of you gals who couldn't attend will be receiving packets in the mail to make these. :-)


Here is a close up view of the chipboard accent.  This was made by adhering the Urban Garden DSP to a chunk of our Long Board Chipboard and running it through the Big Shot Machine with the NEW Beautiful Butterflies die.  You can find the Long Board on page 183, you get a whopping six sheets for only $6.95 and my Tabletop Paper Cutter cuts through it like butter.


I added a Baja Breeze Button and a 5/16" brad to the center of the butterfly and the antennae are hand drawn (I bet you couldn't guess that could you!!!  LOL)  The circle that the butterfly is on was done with the Circle Scissors Plus and I sponged a bit of Baja Breeze around the edges.  The stamping on the pennant was done in Kiwi Kiss ink using the fabulous NEW Fifth Avene Floral set


To order any of these fabulous products, go to my website and click the SHOP NOW button.