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October 2011

Last Chance for your FREE Big Shot!

Today is the last chance you have to receive a FREE Big Shot Machine or a $100 in merchandise of your choice by joining my team of demonstrators.


If you join my team today, you will get a FREE subscription to my Be a Big Shot at Home Series of Classes (less the $150 gift cert at the end).  From November-February, you will receive the precut supplies (Big Shot die cuts, pre-cut card stock, ribbons and embellishments) to make 3-4 projects.  I will email the instructions to you.


Please contact me on my cell phone at 307-752-3037 if you have any questions.  I will not be home today as our school book fair starts today and runs through Friday and tonight, I will be out trick-or-treating with my kiddos. 

I would love to have you on my team!!!

Place your orders in my Online Store.

For the Men - Golden Wheat


My monthly card class is so much fun and I am not just talking about the guests having fun, I mean me!  It gives me the opportunity to create five simple but fabulous cards.

This card was a huge hit at my September card class.  The focus was "It's Raining Men" and all five cards had a manly theme.  My next monthly card class is Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00.  If you are in the Sheridan, Wyoming area, come join us!!

MochamorningFor this card, we used the Autumn Days stamp set to stamp the wheat in Versamark and cover it with Gold Embossing Powder.  It is very striking.  The Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper has this fabulous striped paper in the pack and it just made the other neutral elements come together.

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Barb's Supplies:
Stamps: Autumn Days W #115452, C #120000
Paper: Soft Suede #115318, Basic Black #121045, Mocha Morning Specialsy DSP #122366
Ink: Versamark #102283
Accessories: Heat Tool #100005, Gold Embossing Powder #109129

Delicate Doilies Stained Glass - Technique Geeks


This card is one my gals did at a Technqiue Geek Class.  I used the Color Coach to choose my colors and I have to say, I love these colors together.  They are Riding Hood Red, Perfect Plum and Lucky Limeade.

We used the Delicate Doilies set and some of the 2011-2012 In Color Patterns Stack.  Can I get a big WAHOO for the Perfect Plum 3/8 Taffeta Ribbon!!

You can learn more about my Technique Geeks Class HERE,  If you are in the Sheridan, Wyoming area, my next Technique Geeks Class is on Saturday, November 19th at 2:00pm.  See you there!!!

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Stamps: Delicate Doilies W122590, C122592, Perfectly Penned W122890, C122892
Paper: Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Vellum, 2011-2013 In Color Patterns Stack 122384
Ink: Perfect Plum, Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: 2 1/2 Circle Punch 120906, Scallop Edge Border Punch 119882
Embellishments: Perfect Plum 3/8 Taffeta Ribbon 122987

Spice Cake Fall Page


Here is a scrapbook page I made with the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper, the Gently Falling stamp set, the Triple Treat Flower, my Big Shot Machine and the Simple Letters Alphabet set.

I stamped the background in More Mustard with the Gently Falling set and added a couple of photo mats.  The Triple Treat Flower was stamped three times on Very Vanilla.  Once in Pool Party, once in More Mustard and once in Soft Suede.  Each part of the flower was punched with a different punch to give it this cool three tone look.

Sicecakepageflower  Sicecakepagefall

Join my Be a Big Shot at Home series of classes and you can make cool projects like this in the comfort of your own home.  Download the document Download Nov2011Contract and get signed up today.  We will be starting round 3 on November 15th.

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Stamps: Gently Falling Wood, Gently Fallling Clear
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, & More Mustard card stocks, Spice Cake Designer Series Ink: More Mustard
Accessories: Simple Letters Alphabet set, Big Shot Machine, Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Punch, 1/2 Circle Punch
Embellishments: Hemp Twine, Basic Pearls

Warmest of Wishes Owl Treat

This is one of the projects my club gals had the opportunity to make last month.  We used the Warmest of Wishes stamp set that is one of your hostess choices with a $150 party/order. 


The colors in the Autumn M&M's bag match some of our card stocks.  We used More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso. 

All three colors of card stock were stamped with Early Espresso Classic Ink.  The owl was punched out with the Owl Builder Punch and the mask and treat sack were cut with the Paper Snips and glued to the owl. 

The 1x8 cello bags were filled using a Candy Slide (a piece of card stock cut to 8 x 1 1/2 and scored right down the middle) which makes this process go very quickly.


We added 12 M&M's and then folded the little cello bag on itself.  Two 1 3/4 circle punches were stapled around the top of the bag and the owl was added with Stampin' Dimensionals to hide the staple on the front. 

These are super quick treats and the gals loved them.  I have a few extra and I will be handing them out this week. :-)

Supplies, order yours in my Online Store:
Stamps: Warmest of Wishes (W#122670, C#122672) available as a hostess choice with a $150 party/order
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler (#119685), More Mustard (#100946), Early Espresso (#119686)
Ink: Early Espresso Classis (#119670)
Accessories: 1 3/4 Circle Punch (# 119850), Owl Builder Punch (#118074), 1x8 Cello Bags (#124134)
Other: M&M's, Stapler


Things to Remember:

**Join my team in October and get a FREE Big Shot or $100 in merchandise!
**Round 3 of  my Be a Big Shot Classes start in November, get a $150 shopping spree when you complete the classes.

Little Scallop Pumpkin Treats

My friend Jan stopped by yesterday and dropped off one of these stinkin' cute treats for each of my kids.  I immediately had to run down to the stamp room and make some more. 

Luckily, I have a stash of chocolate in the cupboard and the Reeses Mini Peanut Butter Cups were plentiful. :-)

Here are the ones I made:


and a side view

I used a Sponge Dauber to add some ink to the edges and added some texture with the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The face was stamped prior to sending the scallops through the folder and it comes from the Jack of All Trades stamp set.  I had a few scraps of different green ribbons so I used ups some of those.  I love it when I can use up some scraps!!!

Here are the instructions:
Punch two 1 3/4 scallops from Pumpkin Pie card stock and cut about four scallops off each one
Stamp the pumpkin face of your choice in Basic Black on one
Run the scallops through the Stripes Folder
Add the snippet (about 2") of ribbon to the scallops with glue dots
Put two glue dots on the the small end of the peanut butter cup and press it onto the back side of the pumpkin
Add a dimensional to the other scallop and attach it to the top of the peanut butter cup

Order your supplies to make these super cute treats in my Online Store and while you are there be sure to check out the Clearance Rack.

Stamps: Jack of All Trades (W#122620, C#122622)
Card stock: Pumpkin Pie (#105117)
Ink: Basic Black (#101179)
Accessories: 1 3/4 Scallop Punch (#119854), Big Shot (#113439), Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#123128), Mini Glue dots (#103683) Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
Embellishments: Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon (#122977),  Old Olive 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon (#111368), Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon (#124139)

Get your FREE Big Shot Machine or $100 in Merchandise of your choice when you join my team by the end of October.  Click HERE for details.


Witches Boot Halloween Treat

Join my Be a Big Shot at Home series of classes and you can make really cool projects like this one in the comfort of your own home.  The next round starts November 15th.

I am participating in a swap with some of my customers next week and this is my Halloween Treat.  I used the Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die to create the boot and added a 3 1/2" circle die to the toe.  The boot cuff is one of the flocked patterns in the Mocha Morning DSP pack.


I added a tag to all the boots after I took the group picture, I stamped the image from Grateful Greetings in Versamark and sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder on half, tapped off and then added Black Embossing Powder to the rest.  I think it is kinda cool. :-)


Here is a shot of the back


Gotta run, feeling a little under the weather and need some sleep.  Thanks for looking, order your Holiday Stocking die and all your holiday crafting supplies in my ONLINE STORE.


Things to Remember:

**Join my team in October and get a FREE Big Shot or $100 in merchandise!
**Buy two Simply Sent Card Kits in October and get a FREE stamp set, click HERE for details.
**Round 3 of  my Be a Big Shot Classes start in November, get a $150 shopping spree when you complete the classes.
**My 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas have started, be sure you are on my newsletter list to receive all the fabulous ideas!

October 2011 Control Freaks Blog Tour - Wrap It Up!


Welcome to the October 2011 Tour de Freaks Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you join us today.

This month we are featuring Wrap it Up -- Bows, Boxes and Bags for the Holidays.  I decided to use the Savor the Season Ensemble Content CD with My Digital Studio.  This is available as a hostess exclusive item when you host a party or place a qualifying Stampin' Up! order.  

Our tour is nice and short and features some of your favorite Control Freaks Stampers. You may have just come from my friend Jan Tink's blog, you may be one of my blog stalkers or you may have just stumbled here…however you got here, you’ll be very glad you did!  Be sure to take the whole tour!  Note:  If you are arriving here on the 19th, please note that not all links may be working yet.  The tour officially begins on the 20th.

SavortheseasongroupThis is my group of goodies.  It includes a decorated gift bag, a small box of cookies and a decorated gift box with paper bow.

For the bag, I used my computer to make the Designer Series Paper.  I added a page layer in My Digital Studio, printed it out and cut it to size.  I cut some scallop strips with the Tasteful Trim die in Cherry Cobbler as accent pieces to the printed strip.  The scallop circle and Ho, Ho, Ho are both done with big shot dies and the Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon finishes it off.

SavortheseasonbowThe Kraft Gift Box is stamped with the Serene Snowflakes set in Whisper White Craft Ink and allowed to dry.  I made the bow by adding the long punches in My Digital Studio and filling them with two Designer Series Papers included on the CD.  They were printed, cut and folded to create the bow.   I wrapped the box in our beautiful White Organza Ribbon and placed the bow on top with Mini Glue Dots.

SavortheseasoncookieboxMy final project is the little treat box.  The template is included on the CD and you can play with the sizing.  I filled it with yet another Designer Series Paper included on the content CD.  I printed it, cut it out and assembled it with Mini Glue Dots.  The Island Indigo paper strip around the box as well as the tag were also created in MDS, printed and cut out.  I did add a strip of Cherry Cobbler punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch, a bit of the Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon to the corner of the tag and a Pearl to the center of the snowflake on the tag so this qualifies as a Hybrid Project. :-) 

That does it for me, your next stop is my dear friend Patty Bennett and I am sure you will love what she has to share.


Thanks for visiting!!!!


PeekabooframesskeleetonboxI made this little treat with the Matchbox Bigz XL Die, the Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die and my Big Shot.

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The greeting is from one of my favorite sets this time of year, Grateful Greetings.  I inked part of the greeting with my Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers and punched it out with the Postage Stamp Punch

I punched with the image near the bottom.


Then I attached a little card stock handle to it


Insert it into the punch again and line it up near the top of the inked image taking care to keep the edges in line.


 Here is your mini postage stamp!


ItsawrapholiayseekI stamped the ghost image from Spooky Bingo Bits in Basic Black and punched it out with the 1" Square Punch.  His eyes are Basic Rhinestones and look really cool in person.

The little window is one of the die cuts on the Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

I have four yummy Hershey's Nuggets inside wrapped with the Halloween stamp from the It's a Wrap Holidays set, also in the Holiday Mini Catalog.


Things to Remember:

**Join my team in October and get a FREE Big Shot or $100 in merchandise!
**Buy two Simply Sent Card Kits in October and get a FREE stamp set, click HERE for details.
**Round 3 of  my Be a Big Shot Classes start in November, get a $150 shopping spree when you complete the classes.
**My 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas have started, be sure you are on my newsletter list to receive all the fabulous ideas!

Q&A - Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps


I have had some questions from my blog readers and Facebook Followers regarding the NEW Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps so I thought a little Q&A would help:

Q: Do you have to refrigerate the dough?

A: I know that many recipes recommend refrigeration of the dough, however, I don't and it is simply because I just don't have the time or the patience to wait and all of my cookies have turned out great. :-) 

Q: How do you keep the dough from sticking in the stamps?

A: I make the dough and roll it into 1 1/2" balls or use my large cookie scoop.  I then dip the cookie stamp in a bowl of granulated sugar before pressing it into the dough.  The sugar keeps the stamp from sticking to the dough and if you get more sugar on a cookie it just tastes a little better right. :-)

Q: How do you clean your cookie stamps?

A: I use a little soapy water and my hands on the stamps and a damp cloth to wipe off the handle.  You can put the stamps in the dishwasher but I prefer to hand wash them.  Do not put the wood handle in the dishwasher.

Q: Can you use any recipe? 

A: So far, I have tried three, two with a leavening agent (baking soda or baking powder) and one without and I have had great results with all three.  Here are my pics:

These cookies are my first attempt and they are made with a package of sugar cookie mix that does include Baking Soda (a leavening agent), I think they turned out great.  These were treats for the gals who came and stamped with me last weekend.

Second batch were my Peanut Butter cookies with a leavening agent - these melt in your mouth!!! (see recipe below)  They also turned out GREAT!!

For the third batch I used the Sugar Cookie recipe included with the Sweet Presssed Cookie Stamps and I did not refrigerate the dough before stamping on it.  It is one of two recipes included with the stamps.   This recipe does NOT use a leavening agent.  The images are a bit more defined but not enough to make me use this recipe exclusively.

Q: Are they easy to use?

A: Yes they are and if my hubby can do it, anyone can.  My kids love using the stamps and have had a blast helping me.

Q: Where can I buy the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps?

A: From me!!!  You can order them HERE or if you are local to me, I am ordering again soon and you can get your own set for $19.67 delivered to your door.  Email or call me to place your order.

Q: How do you get a clean edge around the cookie?

A: Roll your dough into a 1 1/2" ball and press the stamp into it.  Then use a biscuit cutter to create the smooth edge.

There are all kinds of cookie recipes out there so get your Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps and start baking!!  Kids and husbands find the large handle super easy to use.  Since it is the start of the holiday season, what better gift for friends, family and neighbors than homemake coookies. :-)

As promised, here is my Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe:

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes
1/2 Crisco Stick - Butter Flavored
2/3 C Peanut Butter - I use Jif Creamy
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 C Flour
1/2 t Baking Powder
3/4 t Baking Soda
1/4 t Salt
Cream wet ingredients together.  In separate bowl mix dry ingredients.  Add dry to wet and combine.  I use a large cookie scoop and then press my cookie stamp into the ball....I hear a peanut butter cookie calling my name.....gotta go!!!

Haunted Forest Stair Step Card

I used the Haunted Forest ala carte stamp in the back of the Holiday Mini Catalog to create the main image on this card.


I stamped the Haunted Forest twice, once on Lucky Limeade and once on Whisper White.  I colored the images stamped on the Whisper White and punched out the colored areas with my circle punches.  I then lined up the punched circles with the image on the Lucky Limeade piece and glued them down. 

This is called the spotlighting techniqe.  I did use a Sponge Dauber with Daffodil Delight for the moon and my Stampin' Write Markers for the other coloring.

I also used Wicked Cool, Grateful Greetings and the Simply Scored Tool on this card.

Order your supplies in my Online Store today!!

Stamps. Wicked Cool, Grateful Greetings, Haunted Forest
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie & Lucky Limeade Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, 2011-2013 In Color Paper Stack
Accessories: 1/2, 3/4, 1" circle punches, Simply Scored Tool, Paper Cutter


Halloween Village of Cuteness Class

I held my Halloween Village of Cuteness class last weekand here are some shots of the fun.  The gals worked really hard and it was a good thing I had prepped all the pieces and parts the day before. :-)


This is the village as I designed it.  A big thanks to my hubby for cutting and sanding all our blocks, he is the best.  You can see him in action making cookies with me in THIS POST!

Here are the girls working hard.  They had to paint, stamp, assemble and apply all the embellishments to the houses.


Linda (camera shy!), Melissa and Erin.

Marie and Jodi

and here they are with their finished villages!


We used a long list of Stampin' Up! products and you can order any of your Halloween Supplies in my Online Store, anytime, day or night! 

Don't forget that when you join my team of demonstrators, you will receive a FREE Big Shot Machine or your choice of $100 in FREE product.  Click HERE to get started today!


Get Your Christmas Keepsake Box!!

The Christmas Keepsake Box Project Kit is available for purchase through December 31st or while supplies last.  It is only $19.95 so hurry and order yours today! 


The box measures approximately 6" x 8" so it is big enough for a really nice gift.  You will receive all the Pre-Cut papers and other supplies shown below with your kit*.  Did you see the full pack of Basic Pearls, a full container of the Fine Champagne Glitter and the Vanilla Pearl Bauble.  These three things alone are $11.65 so this is a GREAT deal!!!  Instructions are included with the kit.  Don't forget to add the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set to your order.

This box would make a beautiful holiday decoration if you find that you cannot part with it...{wink}


Hurry to my Online Store and order your Christmas Keepsake Box Project Kit before they are sold out!!

FREE LIVE CLASS!! Purchase the Christmas Keepsake Box Project Kit from me and come to a FREE class to assemble it!!  I will provide the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set, markers, punches, paper cutter and scissors, all you need to bring is your adhesive.  Choose from two dates - Friday November 18th at 6:30 or Saturday November 19th at 2:00.  Please contact me if you cannot make it to class and we can discuss other arrangements.

*You will need to provide the following:
Pines & Poinsettias stamp set or another holiday set
Early Espresso, Real Red, Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker
Adhesives, Glue Gun
3/16" Corner Punch
Paper Cutter & Paper Snips
Glue gun


Things to Remember:

**Join my team in October and get a FREE Big Shot or $100 in merchandise!
**Buy two Simply Sent Card Kits in October and get a FREE stamp set, click HERE for details.
**Round 3 of  my Be a Big Shot Classes start in November, get a $150 shopping spree when you complete the classes.
**My 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas have started, be sure you are on my newsletter list to receive all the fabulous ideas!

It's Raining Men - Scallop Oval Frame Gate Fold Card


This was another card from my It's Raining Men card class.  We used the Need for Speed and Extreme Elements stamp sets along with Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess set.  Did you know that you can get any of the hostess sets with your minimum $150 order!!!!

We used the Big Shot and the Oval Scallop Frame to create the gate fold on this card. 

You can get your Big Shot FREE or $100 in product of your choice when you Join my Team this month.  Get your business started now and you can be on your way to earning some extra money for the holidays!

Here are some more shots of this card.

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The gals really like this one.  We stamped our image of choice on the Crumb Cake oval center and then again on a scrap of Crumb Cake.  We cut out the scrap image and popped it up over the stamped image on the oval for some added dimension.  

I hold a monthly card class on the 1st Thursday of every month.  Come join us on November 3rd and make five cards.


Things to Remember:

**Join my team in October and get a FREE Big Shot or $100 in merchandise!
**Buy two Simply Sent Card Kits in October and get a FREE stamp set, click HERE for details.
**Round 3 of  my Be a Big Shot Classes start in November, get a $150 shopping spree when you complete the classes.
**My 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas have started, be sure you are on my newsletter list to receive all the fabulous ideas!

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!

I made three batches of cookies this weekend with my Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps!!!  My hubby helped me and if he can do it, anyone can. :-)


Here he is pressing the stamp onto the cookie


Cookies ready for the oven (Dear Santa, please bring me new cookie sheets!!)

A few of the packaged cookies I had for all the class attendees I had here on Saturday for my back too back classes.


Peanut butter cookies I made today, these are my absolute favorite!!  I also made one of the Sugar Cookie recipes that came with my Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps today but I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of them.

These stamps are sooooo cool and the cookies are yummy.  Order yours today in my Online Store.

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps are a brand-new product for everyone and are available through January 3, 2012!

The easy-to-use cookie stamp has a solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images: a heart, a jack-o-lantern, and a snowflake.

Just make your favorite shortbread cookie dough (or one of the two included recipes) and stamp away! Create beautiful, hand-stamped cookies in a flash. The stamp images are completely food-safe and child-friendly.  No ink required!





Includes solid wood handle, 3 stamp images, 2 recipes, and tips for use - $16.95


Check out these coordinating products:





Simple Snowflake Single Stamp



Homemade Single Stamp



Creatively Yours Set



Baker's Twine



Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die Set



Kraft Gift Box (4)