Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Remember, check out the 15% off stamp sets here! This FABULOUS offer ends with September, so get your order in now! :D I absolutely love Upsy Daisy, Pocket Silhouettes, and Eastern Blooms, and just ordered them at the great low price! (I already had the Contempo Alphabet, which I also love).

Take advantage of this special offer, before it goes away! :D

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Birthday x2

So today I made two cards in honor of my Aunt JoAnne, and sister (in-law)'s birthdays. They were both born on 9/23. Today was their birthday dinner celebration, they chose The Outback Steakhouse. They were both pretty easy (I only had 1.5 hours to make them both. I started with Michelle's and only had 20 minutes to do Aunt JoAnne's!)

Aunt JoAnne's Card

Stamps: Party Hearty
Paper: Bella Rose DSP, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Pink Pirouette 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Techniques: Rock and Roll
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1
Michelle's Card

Stamps: A Happy Heart (available in the upcoming MINI Catalog!), Best Wishes and More
Paper: Georgia Peach DSP, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Bold Brights Button, Adhesive Die Cut, Gold elastic cord (available in the upcoming MINI Catalog!), Cream halfback pearl (small), scallop edge punch.
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

As you can see, one of the stamps, and one of the accessories I used are a sneak peek for the Holiday Mini catalog that will be out the first of October! That means two great things happen on October 1st, #1: The new DECOR ELEMENTS are available for ordering! #2: The Holiday Mini Catalog, is available to order from!!

Either order online from me, or call me and I'll help you order! (Or leave a comment! I'm open to all! :D)

Sooo Exciting! Spooooky! Part 2

So previously I noted that the Spooky Spider Decor Element was available for purchase, and now I have examples of what you can do with it! :D I apologize in advance for some of the quality of the pictures. They are very reflective, and difficult to capture.

I went to Target and found this bowl:

It says that it is a "soup bowl" but I don't know who uses bowls with lids for soup...? I don't, anyway. But I do think it is a perfect candy dish. Now candy dishes, they have lids...anyway: I spotted these bowls with lids, and thought "man that would look way cute with a spider on it!" I measured and it appeared that the Small spider would fit. And lo and behold it did! :D

Up close, I kind of messed up on the spiders legs, next time I will make slits so that I can put the legs on easier, it is difficult when the surface is so curved.

I also found a jar that looked about the right size for the Medium spider:

I didn't get a long enough surface, with either the pumpkin nor the clear glass jar, to keep the letters right above the spider. Instead I cut out the spider, put him on, and then cut out each letter, and put them on. I kind of like it this way better anyway. (for an example see previous post, and click on the flyer.)

If you are interested in the pumpkin, I bought 3 today, and will sell them to anyone who asks. However, I will not ship them for fear of breakage, unless paid to do so.

I will also put on the spider Decor Element on for you if desired, but will have to charge for this as well. :D

OH! And I want to add some ribbon to the glass jar, and perhaps a tag, but that will have to wait until the next shipment arrives at my door! :D

As promised...

Here is a picture from the class I had, nearly everyone's card turned out the same, except a few got creative on me! (No complaints, I actually like it because I learn a little something everytime these girls and I get together!)

From Left-Right: Top: Mine. Terri's, using Fall Flair (a Hostess set). Marilyn's, also using fall flair, and she colored it in with chalks (she made hers for Sharmell, her daughter).
Bottom: My Aunt JoAnne, using Best Wishes & More. My Mom, using Fall flair as well. And last, but not least, Michelle, using the Best Wishes & More stamp set also.
The picture does not give them justice, at all! My good camera had no battery, so I had to use my old camera, and I've realized that my camera isn't as good as the new one we have. We decided that these frames would make really cute magnets, and if you did have a picture small enough, they would look great with a picture in them. I was happy with the results, and I think they were too! :D

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sooo Exciting! Spooooky!

One of the new Decor Elements is available now for purchase! :D It is a "Spooky Spider," and so cute! Perfect for a bowl or jar, as shown in the flyer. (Click the flyer below to see it enlarged!) Prices are listed below. Order through my website, or contact me if you need help. I'm going out tomorrow to find things to put my Decor elements on, so keep posted for that!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Successful class, and ONLINE ordering!

So yesterday, almost two days ago now that it is late...I had my first class. It went very well, everyone said they enjoyed it, and everyone was happy with their creations. :D I will post a picture later of everyone's frames. I let everyone choose what color glitter they wanted for their letter and for their frame. And I let them pick out their letter. They also picked the stamp they wanted for inside their frame, and some of them got pretty creative! :D I'll add it to this post later, tomorrow hopefully.


I just want to share this with you all: ONLINE ORDERING is up and running!! This means that you can be anywhere in the world and order products from me! You can even be in IOWA! ;)
All you have to do is go to my website and click shop now. You can look at the products, and see what you want to buy. (Or to view the products, look at the catalog, then search for it in the shopping "search" field.) It's very simple! And of course if you have any problems, just call me and I'll help troubleshoot it for you!

Decor Elements!!

Okay, so if you aren't familiar with Stampin' Up! products, already, you might think that the company only sells rubber stamps, paper, ink and accessories. (I admit, before I joined, I thought that was all that Stampin' Up! produced.) However, this is not the case! Stampin' Up! also makes great home decor products! I'll post a link to the brochure that will be a permanent part of this blog, along with the catalog.

Today, Demonstrators were able to preview (and preorder some of) the upcoming Decor Elements that won't be available until October 1st. Let me tell you that I am very very very excited for them!!! :D There are several Christmas ones, including Santa in his sleigh, a Christmas countdown, and some Seasonal sayings. I LOVE THEM!! :D They are offered in new colors as well. And OH! there are some classroom designs, and some designs for a nursery! :D

A little information on these Decor Elements: basically they are vinyl wall stickers. They are removable on most surfaces. Paint cannot be fresh, it must be dried for at least a week I think before they should be applied. They are easy to apply, just as easy to remove, for apartment dwellers, or people who like to change things up a bit. However, I feel that if you are going to invest in them, you might want them to stay with you. So they can be applied to other items like glass jars, bowls, decorative boxes, plates etc. I applied one of the Manhattan Flowers on the wall in my living room above the entryway into the kitchen, and I put the other two Manhattan Flowers on a cupboard that will move with us when we do move. (The greatest part of all is that the Decor Elements jive well with the other products, so you can make a small paper decoration with stamps and Designer Series paper, and it coordinates with the Decor Elements! My Manhattan Flowers are Chocolate Chip, which is on of the Earth Element colors.) Enjoy! :D And look forward to October!! :D

Saturday, September 13, 2008

First class tomorrow!

Here is a little preview of the class I'll be teaching tomorrow. It's a class on Heat and Stick Powder, which is really neat stuff. Kind of messy, but cool. The heat and stick powder, is applied to a stamped image, or just applied to paper with ink, and when heated it becomes a powerful adhesive. Then glitter is applied, and it is heat set so that the glitter does not flake off! I really like playing with it. It is hard to see, in these pictures, but I want to share it anyway! :D
This is made with chipboard, a Loads of Letters "A" and the frame was from a bulk order for demonstrators only, but you can also get it in "On Board Something Seasonal" (you get four) or in "On Board Essentials" (you get one). I used fine cosmo glitter Rose Pink and Light Blue. I stamped the heart from Best Wishes and More, in Passion Pink on Whisper White Cardstock.
This card is 3 3/4 square (kind of still not good at the cutting...). It is folded from whisper white cardstock. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock, and stamped Happy and Birthday from Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set. I also edged the cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink. I used 4 square pieces of chipboard (again from the bulk order; they are in the center of the frame). I stamped the cake from Fun & Fast notes, and used chalks and blender pens to color the cake. I used a versamarker to color the frosting and trace the heart flames and added dazzling diamonds glitter. I stamped with a Fall Flair (a hostess set) stamp in versamark on each square and added dazzling diamonds glitter.
So exciting!! :D

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Welcome to my Stampin' Up!® blog! It might take me a few months to get this blog really up and running, because so far I haven't really made very much. My collection has been growing though, because I can't help but love all of the products! :D

I guess I should take the time to explain why I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator in the first place.

I decided a while back that I wanted to have an additional source of income outside of my nursing career. I was thinking of selling Partylite candles, but my sister-in-law already does that, so I would have to compete with her. (My mom is one of her best customers...) I decided against it. Oddly enough around the time that I resigned myself to not selling Partylite, a patient of mine at the time told me all about her Stampin' Up! business. I looked at the website, and decided I wanted to talk to a current Demonstrator. I picked the first demonstrator I saw, Denise Jorgensen, who had taken the time to update her Demonstrator Website. (The demonstrator websites are all exactly the same until you edit some of the text.) Turns out she has been doing it for 17 years! (Stampin' Up! is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year...) So I went to her Studio and she showed me products and answered my questions. I was overwhelmed by her studio...she has multiples of almost everything. But she was so excited to tell me all about it I just couldn't wait to join in on the fun!

The next day I signed up, and about a week after that Denise threw my opening party for me. It went well....

So now, I am holding my first class on Sunday. This will be my first activity as Demonstrator where I am doing the demonstrating! The class on Sunday is a Heat and Stick Powder class. It is really neat stuff. Kind of messy, but cool. The heat and stick powder, is applied to a stamped image, or just applied to paper with ink, and when heated it becomes a powerful adhesive. Then glitter is applied, and it is heat set so that the glitter does not flake off! I really like playing with it. It is hard to see, but on the banner of this blog, I used heat and stick powder to apply glitter. The camera did not do the glitter justice.

So if anyone wants to host a workshop, let me know, and we can plan your party!