Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pride & Prejudice for Christmas!

Doesn't that sound lovely?
The Cinema Challenge (from at least two weeks ago...) was to make a card based on the movie Pride & Prejudice - a favorite movie around here. I need Christmas cards right now, so here is a happy combined theme! altho, looking at it, it doesn't so much say CHRISTMAS... but that's ok. I am very happy with it.

This card was a quick one, thanks to the magic of DP- designer paper. I wanted something elegant and period-looking and my new Deck the Halls DP was even had this awesome focal image I snipped out from another sheet!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Deck the Halls DP
Accessories: Victoria crochet lace, Mini Vintage Tags, Neutral Buttons

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sneak Peek 3

This is the end of the sneak peeks. This is my very favorite card for the year. I LOVE this sweet stamp set and I LOVE this elegant, traditional DP. Perfect, perfect.

One thing I'm doing a little different this year is offering more than one accessory option per card. I'm doing a stamp-a-stack which means people will take home four of this card design (and all six of them) but can choose to use this fabulous teeny button brad, or a teeny safety pin, and in three metallic colors. I think all of the cards will be like that. Choices, choices, but only on the accessory. *wink*

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla & Always Artichoke card stocks, Deck the Halls DP
Accessories: Victoria crochet lace, Vintage Trinkets, Blender Pens

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thinking about that opportunity...

I just wanted to re-iterate some things on this awesome chance you have to become a demonstrator... To begin with, you can choose either this starter kit:

Standard Starter Kit
found on page 8 of the current Idea Book & Catalog

3 wood-mount stamp sets
1 clear-mount stamp set, with 1 clear block
1 stampin' around wheel, ink cartridge and handle
1 ink refill
2 card stock packs
1 Patterns DP stack
4 classic ink pads
1 Versamark ink pad
2 Stampin' Write markers
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Scrub
Stampin' Mist
Stamping Sponges
SNAIL adhesive
Blender Pen
Decor Element piece & applicator
8 Catalogs
Business supplies, forms and tools

Or, you can choose to get this starter kit:

Digital + Starter Kit:
found on page 8 of the current Idea Book & Catalog

My Digital Studio Software
2 wood-mount stamp sets
1 clear-mount stamp set, with clear block
2 card stock packs
4 classic ink pads
2 Stampin' Write markers
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Scrub
Stampin' Mist
Mini Glue Dots
SNAIL adhesive
Decor Element piece & applicator
8 Catalogs
Business supplies, forms and tools

FOR ONLY $87.50!!!

Something you should know...there is no penalty for dropping your demonstratorship after your first quarter. So you could sign up to get all those supplies for such a deal. But be warned, you may find you love your discount...or you love your events...or you have enough friends to help keep you "in business"...!

Ready to try it?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A gift!!

Every once in a great while I realize someone's birthday is coming, rather than looking at the date and thinking "oh, its ___ birthday today!" And, even more rare is being inspired to come up with some kind of cute gift or at least packaging... So looky what I made for my friend this week!!

Fun, huh? The card was already made, and I'd bought her a candy bar, but wasn't sure if she'd be home when I stopped by. So I decorated this little bag to sort of coordinate. Meaning I used the same stamp set... and the card uses Crumb Cake card stock which is similar to the brown paper bag.

I put some crinkled, shredded, red paper in the bottom of the bag, stuck the candy bar in, and put the card in an envelope also inside the bag... and closed it like this:

I thought it turned out pretty nice, and she was happy. and that's the point. *grin*

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Black card stocks, Newsprint DP
Accessories: Paper Daisies, Black grosgrain ribbon, Neutral Buttons,

Sack Supplies:
Stamps: Artistic Etchings
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessoriess: Scallop Edge Punch, retired Cranberry Crisp ribbon

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sneak Peek 2

Sorry for the delay. Just when I think life might possibly calm down, something happens to convince me that is never actually going to happen. I really need to quit looking forward to that day! haha!

Anyway, here's another Christmas card we'll be making next week!

Clean and simple, but I like it.

Stamps: Dasher, Come to Bethlehem
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Jumbo Brads, 1 3/8 inch circle punch

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Wow. This is awesome. I know some of you are interested because you ask the right questions. Consider this an early Christmas present. Or an early kick-start on your New Years Resolution to save money- with a discount, or EARN money with a home business!!! What ever it is you're looking for, check out this opportunity!

What do you call it when you get over $310 in crafting and business supplies for only $87.50? You call it an amazing deal and an amazing opportunity! From November 15-30 you can purchase either the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50% off!

You also get these benefits of being a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator:
  • Earn income while sharing creativity
  • Enjoy access to unlimited creative ideas
  • Opportunity to earn free products and incentive trips
  • Receive two free months subscription with your own business website!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Cards Sneak Peek!

I finally got some stamp time in! I put together my plans for the Christmas Card Class, so here's a little sneaky-peek! Two others are more or less already on here on the blog, and oh...I'll show you the others soon! tee hee! This one uses a few things from the Holiday Mini! So fun!

Stamps: Welcome Christmas
Ink: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Old Olive & Very Vanilla card stocks, Deck the Halls DP
Accessories: Glimmer Brads Brights

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

Today I am extremely grateful to our servicemen and women, and their families. We do have family members, past and present, serving our country and I don't think words can express my gratitude for the sacrifice they are willing to offer.

I recently found this incredible organization: Operation Write Home. They have the ability and resources to do something I once attempted, and totally flopped. Any of us card makers who have a surplus of hand crafted cards just sitting in our houses can send them to the wonderful people at Operation Write Home. They organize the cards and ship them overseas to military heroes everywhere. The service men and women can use these blank cards and mail them home to their loved ones. I can't even tell you how happy I am to participate in this!

I have mentioned before that I am a cub scout leader. Last weeks meeting was on Election Day and today is Veteran's Day. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, coupled with two days this month set aside to remind us of our patriotism, we had the boys write Hero letters- all of which can be found on the Operation Write Home website.

I am sending as many cards as I can fit in a shipping box, and 18 letters from local kids, across the world to brighten the day of our servicemen and their families.

Happy Veterans Day.
and Thank You.

Monday, November 1, 2010


Happy November! My family and I will begin our Thankful Can later this evening. In anticipation, I've been thinking about some things. And my favorite stranger-blog belongs to Meg who the other day posted a give-away if you left a comment with the positive thoughts you tell yourself when times are hard. I commented that I try to keep my faith in God and remind myself that so far, it could always be worse. And minutes after posting that comment I remembered something else.

It seems to me that sometimes we don't know why we're going thru a trial until we find a friend going thru the same thing. Have you noticed that people are put in your path who have already made it through whatever you're experiencing? I have. So maybe when we are struggling it is simply so we can help someone else later. Even if that help is "only" sympathy and a listening ear, it helps me knowing that someone made it through to the other side, and I can too. So today I am thankful for trials that make me a better person and allow me to help others.

On that note, here's a thank you card I made to kick off November.
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Ink: Old Olive, More Mustard, Early Espresso
Paper: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Early Espresso taffeta ribbon
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