Saturday, October 30, 2010

Note Cards

Thanksgiving is coming. Last November our family did a Thankful Can where we drew out something to be thankful for each day. My kids have already asked when we're going to start that again! Yeay! So here are four quick note cards I put together (in Becky's style) last night for them to use when they need to send a thank you to someone this month. I loved the rich autumny colors. And its nice and chilly here to remind us that autumn has arrived!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Grunge Rock
Ink: More Mustard, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Perfect Plum
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla card stock
Accessories: Always Artichoke seam binding

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Pages

I am on a roll! Hooray for craft time! I did a couple more pages last night! This is one of our little traditions and this is the first time we went. 'Bout time I get it scrapped! *grin These are pretty simple, but I wanted the focus on the photos.

Stamps: Just Perfect Alphabet
Ink: Peach Parfait
Paper: So Saffron & Peach Parfait card stock, Sunny Garden DP
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Challenging Challenge...

Saturday night there was an online virtual scrapbook night that I wanted to participate in. It was a family day, so I had to wait until my kids were in bed, and then I was tired and didn't get very much done. The only challenge I participated in was a sketch challenge. Its the kind where the challenge is very specific and you are supposed to follow it, right? Sooo this is my page:

and HERE's what is missing!

Goodness. And the really silly thing is, I had to work hard to get that thick ribbon on there and cut (with the lousy scissors I could find) and then had to use mini glue dots to attach the photos over the ribbon because it was so thick. ....niiice...

made me laugh. Oh well, it didn't qualify for the challenge, but I have one more page done! LOL! So yeay for that!

Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Old Olive, Sahara Sand & Real Red card stocks, retired DP
Accessories: Spiral Punch, retired brads, retired ribbon

Friday, October 22, 2010

Variations on Cards

In September I had 4 card events in a 15 day period. I am pretty sure that is a record for me and my little buisness! I loved it, but that meant I needed to use the same (or at least similar) ideas over and over. Some of these events were up in the air as far as attendance. That's a challenge in an of itself. I needed to provide 'enough' but not too many of each sample. Consequently, I have a nice stack of card kits ready to go!

While trying to tidy up my crafting space I decided to use those kits but differently than the original. Here's my first set! What do you think?



Thursday, October 21, 2010

A gift idea for you

Last year my big Christmas gift was the My Digital Studio software. Interested? This year Stampin' Up! is gifting all of us reduced printing prices...


I so wish my computer was fixed! I miss being able to scrapbook anywhere, not to mention anytime! I've become a bit of a laptop junkie, so how convenient to be scrapbooking while sitting in front of the tv! Right now I've got a borrowed laptop, which is great for everything else, but alas, no MDS.

Therefore I must direct you to my sidebar. Down the side where it says "find my stamps" you can find all the pages (and a card!) I've done with my MDS.

If you want to get the gifts you want for the holidays (or any time!) write up your Stampin' Up! wish list and pass it on to your husband and mom and anyone else shopping for you. And if you're one of those who shop for your own Christmas gifts, place an order any time for your own copy of My Digital Software $79.95 (plus tax & shipping). Wrap it for yourself or get going and have completed scrapbooks ready for Christmas gifts!

*Contact me for the updated printing price list!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Birthday Colors!

I actually went to my desk and got two pages put together. Suuuper simple pages, just gluing down some 6x6 chunks of very old DP and buttons, but hey, two more for the books! YEAY!!

Stamps: NONE
Ink: Pure Poppy Marker
Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise card stocks, two very old simply scrappin' kits...
Accessories: retired Buttons

These pictures are from this summer, of my son's birthday. It seems I use a lot of red and turq with him but those have consistently been his favorite colors so there you go. It was nice to get some craft time. Hope you can get some time too!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

School Page #3

I promise I have other photos to scrapbook, but this is what I have done. The good news is now there are three copies of the first day of school and it IS time to move past it, lol!

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Just Perfect Alphabet
Ink: Basic Black, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Newsprint DP, More Mustard & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Spiral Punch, Blender Pens, Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Monday, October 11, 2010

a bit of October

I forgot to schedule any posts over the weekend! Here is another card that uses a sketch for World Card Making Day. I kept it very simple...

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Watercolor Crayons, Blender Pens, Wide Oval Punch, Black grosgrain ribbon

I don't have too many people to send Halloween cards to, usually I just do a lot of October pages. But I really love this Greeting Card Kids set and had to play with this image too!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Time in Green...

I think everytime I've used this set I've done blue or brown. This time I went with green. I used a fabulous sketch provided for World Card Making day found HERE. I love to use this set for masculine cards. And its the best thing I have for large circles! Can you see the gears on the greeting part?

Stamps: Sense of Time

Ink: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Always Artichoke, Whisper White card stocks, Pear Pizzazz hostess DP pack
Accessories: Artichoke seam binding, Silver brads, Mat Pack

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thankful Thank You's

I needed to make a cute and quick thank you cards so this is what I came up with.

Stamps: Bright Blessings Jumbo Wheel
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla card stocks
Accessories: Mat Pack, Bold Brights Brads

Perfect for this lovely autumn weather that has finally reached us! At the moment we are being pounded with hail...but that's better than the 90* weather we've had for a month!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Great ideas...

You know, every time Stampin' Up! offers a new bonus for signing up to be a demonstrator someone asks me to give them reasons. This time, with the super cute tote as a free gift, I've had two ask. So here's a fun perk: Ideas. Unlimited ideas. See this card?

It is completely based on a card I found on the demonstrator site as a possible workshop idea! My only modification was putting on a vanilla base, and making it full card size, instead of the cute 3x3 they designed. I love it!

Stampin' Up! has monthly workshop suggestions with a full list of what you need to make the projects, and it often has a time frame, like, "this card will take under ten minutes", "this page under 15", so that you can plan your workshop accordingly.

Want more reasons to join? Here's what I think...

- Having this as a business MAKES me craft. It MAKES me take time out for myself to do something I truly enjoy. As a mom I tend to forget that. I'm lucky enough to have a supportive husband who lets me spend some time crafting, and I justify it by calling it business.

- Classes and workshops give me a chance to teach people a fun and fairly quick way to be creative. I get to hang out with grown ups for a while and enjoy some fun girl time!

- I already addressed unlimited ideas, but I'm not kidding. Stampin' Up! offers all kinds of ideas online and in our monthly magazine. There is also a demonstrator website bursting with stamp ideas.

- Training. Stampin' Up! spotlights techniques and tools (both online and in the magazine) so that you actually knwo what you're doing with that cool new product you just bought. Stampin' Up! offers business training on all aspects of the home business. Plus, Stampin' Up! offers awesome group training with a yearly Convention and regular, smaller Regional trainings. I have attended one of each and wish I was able to do more. They are so. much. fun. and so inspiring, for all levels of your life.

- I get a discount on my crafting supplies and am able to spend "my" money on scrapbooking instead of "family" money. Its also taught me to be pretty good at keeping to a budget and keeping track of where I am financially. I have been fortunate enough to not need this income, but its a wonderful thing to know that I could do more if I choose, or if I do need to.

So. If you are ready to have these fun perks in your life, and have the chance to run your own business, and get this super cute craft tote bag,

let me know and we'll complete your paperwork before October 18th!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day!

Oh yes, that is today! Are you doing anything exciting to celebrate? I am! This evening I am holding a Card Buffet! Never heard of that? It means I put out kits of cards (usually left overs from workshop make & takes or card class extras, and you come make which ever ones you like, as many as you like for a set price each. You're here as long as you need to do the cards you want and that's it! Once each kit is gone, its gone, so its the kind of thing you don't want to be late to. Which means, if you're local, be here at 6pm! We'll have it wrapped up at 8 so that everyone can be home for bedtime and there will be yummy treats too!

Here is a sampling of a few super quick cards we did last Saturday, and the extras will be available tonight!

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