Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stampin' Addicts - Join the Fun!

I've found a new place for fun and inspiration. Stampin Addicts is an online community of stampers crazy for Stampin’ Up. Started last February, SA now has some 3000+ members and a growing SU-focused gallery.

To push the gallery to the 10,000 mark and beyond, SA is hosting a Great Gallery Gussy Up and Giveaway.

Upload your Stampin Up projects (current or retired) to the SA gallery by November 8. One lucky uploader will be randomly selected to win Sweet Season, a So Shelli favorite on page 29 of the IBC. (Run get your catalog right now check out the set. What?! You don't have a catalog? Geez Louise, email me and I'll get one to you right away!)

Not a member of SA yet? Signing up is easy and free. Tell them Heather (hcarnes) sent you! You won't believe the crafty wonderfulness you'll see and the great people you'll meet.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Need a quick card?

Last night (as she was going to bed), Eliza told me that she and some of her friends wanted to give everyone in the class a Halloween card. Could I make cards for her? This was in addition to the crafts I still had to come up with, design, make, and pack for her party today. I needed something quick! So I pulled out a die that is quickly becoming a new staple in my crafting arsenal. The other supplies you probably have. Play around with those layers and make them fit what you need.

I used these supplies:
Only Orange cardstock (#102837, $5.50)
Old Olive cardstock (#100702, $5.50)
Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650, $7.50)
Scallop circle punch (#109043, $15.95)
1 3/8" circle punch (#104401, $15.95)
1 1/4" circle punch (#104403, $15.95)
1" circle punch (#109046, 10.95)
Stampin' Up! Exclusive Die - Two Tags (#115954, $21.95)
I used a retired stamp from the Tiny Tags set because my first choice - Batty For You - was missing in action.
Batty For You (#116576, $23.95)

Keep your eyes peeled - I'm going to do a blog blitz in November. You'll see a lot of gift ideas, scrapbooking, and new cards. I will also do another Black Friday sales blitz where you can get amazing deals and FREE stuff! I'm so excited about that, I can hardly wait!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Deal of the Week - Best one yet!

The last October Deal of the Week has been announced and it is the adorable Pirate and Princess party kits shown on pages 74-75 and 174-175! Until October 31st, you can get these kits—no limits—for just $9.99 instead of $15.95 each. These are an awesome option to throw together a great party in a snap!

And they’re not just for kids and birthdays—think bridal showers or baby showers, girl’s night out, guy’s game night, or even a fun theme for your next home party group meeting.

Oh, and what about a “birthday in a box” for your favorite college student away from home?

Each kit includes a clever craft for eight, party favors, cupcake toppers, banners, invitations and envelopes. The only thing you need is adhesive—everything else including ribbon for the banners, elastic cord for the pirate eye patches, even toothpicks, comes included in the kit!

Imagine a fabulous party with no hassle—just pure enjoyment. Call me today and order a couple of kits to have on hand or to give as gifts. I’m stocking up! I'm picturing a baby shower for someone having their first girl soon!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Are your Christmas cards ready to mail yet?

Well, mine aren't addressed and stamped, but they are designed and I have some made. How about you?

It's about time to get your Christmas cards ready for mailing! This year you can create beautiful handmade cards that will make your friends and family positively glow knowing how much you care. This class will use the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrapping Kit. You will make 30 cards and 2 6x6 scrapbook pages (family portraits, you Christmas tree, your children or grandchildren opening gifts - what pictures will you use?) using 1/2 the kit. If you'd like to make more you can purchase another kit and get double the supplies.

I will provide you with all of the supplies to make the cards and the envelopes. You will need to bring your own adhesive and paper trimmer. You will have 1/4 sheet of card stock, 1/2 sheet patterned paper and a couple of die cuts left over to use on other projects.

The cost of the class is $35 (30 cards and 2 6x6 scrapbook pages plus all of your leftover supplies). I will place the order for all of the supplies on Wednesday, November 11. Your reservation is your payment for the class. If you are unable to attend the class, you can still make the cards! I will give you the kit with all supplies cut and pictures of the assembled cards.

I'm really looking forward to this class - the cards are so cute! Won't you join me?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Stampin Up! Deal of the Week!

If you know me, you know that I'm a sucker for anything metal! I'm still hoarding some of the aged bronze Hodgepodge Hardware that retired - what was that? - two years ago? So what is the deal of the week now? METAL!!! Woo hoo! Remember that there is no limit to the number of items you can order and NO minimum purchase. The easiest way to order the deal of the week is through my personal Stampin' Up! website.




Regular Price

Special Price



Basic jumbo grommets





Mini Library clips





Circle Designer brads





½” Library clips



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bring a Friend Stamping Night

I really love these cards! These are the cards from my October Bring a Friend Stamping night. What, you weren't here? Then you need to bring one of your friends next time! We'd love to have new stamping friends join us.

The first card showcases a new (at least to my stamping group) technique. I used household bleach to stamp the flourish from Baroque Motifs onto chocolate chip cardstock. It bleached the cardstock out and looks almost like kraft in those areas. I had a lot of fun with this one.

Stamps: autumn harvest, baroque motifs
Paper: chocolate chip, dusty durango, very vanilla
Ink: chocolate chip craft, pumpkin pie, dusty durango, more mustard, summer sun, old olive, garden green
Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, blender pens, 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain, distressing tool
Techniques: bleaching, distressing, heat embossing

The second card is my take on the popular quilted top note card. It's a bit trickier than it looks. I had to use my 2 way glue pen to re-attach tiny slivers of paper from the edges.
Stamps: holiday best
Paper: autumn meadows, rich razzleberry, very vanilla, soft suede
Ink: rich razzleberry
Accessories: big shot, top note die, wide oval punch, sponges, rich razzleberry polka dot ribbon, brads

The last card is one I absolutely LOVE! I very rarely make a clean and simple card, but I would put this one into that category. I adore that flocked paper! It is gorgeous!!!
Stamps: delightful decorations
Paper: whisper white, real red, christmas cocoa dsp
Ink: white craft
Accessories: white embossing powder, white taffeta ribbon, ornament punch
Techniques: heat embossing

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cover Tyler Pink

Eliza was able to go to the Cover Tyler Pink on the square yesterday. They had pink fire trucks and the firemen were wearing pink gear! They even made the fountain downtown pink! She had tons of fun.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Have you tried digital creating?

Starting today, seven new My Digital Downloads are available for purchase and use with your My Digital Studio software or other design applications. Several of these images are just in time for Halloween! If you want to see My Digital Studio, be sure to contact me. I'll even let you try out my copy - have laptop, will travel! (No surprise to those who know me!) Once you try it, you will be hooked. It's not just for scrapbooking! If you already own a software program and are not in the market to buy another one, these downloads will work with other programs!

The easiest way to shop is at

Item # -- Product Name -- Price
118114 -- Cast A Spell Designer Series paper - digital download -- $4.95
118115 -- Night & Day Designer Series paper - digital download -- $4.95
118124 -- Medallion stamp brush set - digital download -- $1.95
118126 -- Circle Circus stamp brush set - digital download -- $5.95
118116 -- School Days II stamp brush set - digital download -- $9.95
118121 -- Great Moments II stamp brush set - digital download -- $9.95
118122 -- Pumpkin Patch stamp brush set - digital download -- $5.95

Scripture Book

My mother has a friend who will be leaving the country tomorrow to go to work in the middle east for a couple of weeks. She wanted a small gift for him to take so I decided to make a tiny chipboard book filled with scriptures. I knew the day was coming quickly, but so many other things crowded out my crafting time. I ended up staying up until about 1:45 this morning finishing the book. I could have added more verses, but overall, I'm pleased with the outcome. Personally, I would add more ribbon and hardware, but I tried to walk a fine line of embellished and masculine.

Supplies for the entire project:
Paper: Autumn Meadows DSP, very vanilla, bermuda bay, crushed curry, close to cocoa
Ink: basic brown, bermuda bay, crushed curry, versamark
Stamps: SU Strength and Refuge, Our Daily Bread Designs
Ribbon: chocolate chip taffeta, crushed curry polka dot
Big Shot accessories: Big Shot, top note die, scalloped circles #2, scalloped envelope, birds & blooms, sweetest stem, texturz perfect details, texturz kit #4, texturz backgrounds 1
Accessories: 2 way glue pen, sticky strip, dazzling diamonds, glassy glaze, pastels, crystal effects, hodgepodge hardware, photo corner punch, 1/16" punch, Bind It All
Techniques: cracked glass, sanding, sponging

Album cover

First page

Sweetest stem and top note peek-a-boo page (there is a sentiment hidden behind the flap!).

I Sing for Joy page with pastel bird on flower branch (I've never done my pastels with Versamark before. I know, I was doing it the hard way! I love, love, love the look of this - especially with the thick layer of crystal effects over it! It really does deepen the colors and provide a nice finish.)

Cracked glass

Resist emboss and scallop envelope page with hidden card

Everything beautiful page with pastel flowers (covered in crystal effects and very pretty, IMO)

Birds & Blooms dove

Last page

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Super cute notes and matching box and Ellie

I have been in the mood to make something all week long but I didn't have time. I took some time tonight to make a little 3x3 box. I filled it with six tiny note cards that coordinate with the box.

Stamps: Best Yet
Paper: rich razzleberry, crushed curry, melon mambo, whisper white, razzleberry lemonade
Ink: rich razzleberry, crushed curry, melon mambo
Accessories: big shot, birds & blooms, two tags, crushed curry corduroy buttons, linen thread, 1" circle punch, wide oval punch, texturz plates, in color markers, crushed curry polka dot ribbon, melon mambo polka dot ribbon, pretties
Techniques: big shot, dry embossing

Finally, this has nothing to do with crafting, but we got a new puppy yesterday. I actually brought this one home. EG named her Ellie so we'd have three E girls. She has a crate where I plan to keep her while we are at school and work. She is supposed to sleep there at night, too. I went to my room earlier tonight and found Gracie and Ellie on my bed asleep.