Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's official! :D

I finally got around to applying for my business license! I realized that I wanted to have a business account for my Demonstratorship, so that I can keep track of my monies from SU! I hope I filled it out was so darn confusing!!

$15 isn't bad...


In other news, if you haven't heard about it, or seen it yet, starting November 1st you can buy the Country Living stamping kit! It is absolutely FABULOUS! The greatest part about it is that the possibilities are endless with it! You can make cards, ornaments, home decorations, etc. It comes with a stamp set, 3 stampin spots, craft ink reinker, adhesive, ribbon, accessories, chipboard, cardstock...GLITTER!! All you need are scissors, and you could get away with out having them! :D

I'll show you projects later....but seriously you'll want to buy it.

AND if you want to buy it, you should host a party with me, because if you want it, you know your friends will too...and just think of all the money and free stamps you'll get right there!! :D

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Not just for Christmas, my friends!

You might think that the Season Of Joy stamp set, (shown above) is only for Christmas, which, I actually thought before this weekend. I was stamping like crazy in preparation for my first workshop ever! My mom hosted this workshop at her house, and I'm not going to lie, I had butterflies during the drive over! :D

It went pretty well, the ladies loved the Country Living Promotion that starts in November, so much so that we might actually place this workshop on November 1st so the ladies can buy the Kit! :D So anyway, I was struggling to find a card to have the ladies make. I was limited by the fact that my mom wanted a Christmas card, which really isn't much of a limitation, as I have like 3 or more Christmas stamp sets....the real limitation was that I wanted to use some of the bulk buy paper I have, and was trying to force something to work. The first card I made is this one:

I didn't really like it. I thought others wouldn't like it, and so I moved on. (The more I look at it though, I really do like it.) Who would have thought that Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss would be on a Christmas card??
Stamps: Season of Joy
Paper: Whisper White CS, Tangerine Tango CS, Kiwi Kiss Textured CS, Frosty Day DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Whisper White Grosgrain 1/4" ribbon, scallop edge punch
Techniques: Masking
The Masking Technique was actually used for all of these cards. All you do is stamp the flower, or main image on the cardstock, and also stamp it on a scrap piece of computer paper. Cut out the computer paper image so that you have a little weensy bit of white showing, this is your "mask" (in other words you can see all of the image, plus a small border of paper.) Cover the main image with the mask, and stamp around the image as desired. The mask protects the main image and makes it pop out a bit. Cool huh? And pretty easy too! :D

This was the second card I made, and I settled on it as my workshop card. I felt that it would be accepted easier as a more "traditional" Christmas card, with the typical Green, white and red colors. You might notice a little mark of red ink where is shouldn't be, that is only because it fell onto a sponge dauber with Riding hood Red ink on didn't completely ruin the card so no one was injured! ;)
Stamps: Season of Joy
Paper: Whisper White CS, Riding Hood Red CS, Chocolate Chip Textured CS, Garden Green CS
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Whisper White Grosgrain 1/4" ribbon, scallop edge punch, Wide oval punch, sponge daubers, white half-pearls from pretties kit
Techniques: Masking

So once I was done with the card for the workshop, I had to start working on a card for a swap tomorrow. It is a swap with my Upline and her downline (so my "sisters") Only 6 of us will be swapping so it wasn't too difficult for my first ever swap! I hope they like the card. The theme was friendship or thank you. I looked at my first attempt, and said "that could be a thank you card!" Then I looked through my stamp sets for a "thank you" stamp and finally found one I liked in Enjoy every moment!

Stamps: Season of Joy, Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Whisper White CS, Tangerine Tango CS, Kiwi Kiss Textured CS, Frosty Day DSP
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Whisper White Grosgrain 1/4" ribbon, scallop edge punch, pretties kit Rhinestone brad, paper piercer, paper piercing pad, dimensionals
Techniques: Masking

It was a pretty productive week, and now I've got to get to work on a project for something else! I might be able to start this week, I just need a few things first!

If you're still with me through this long post, thanks for looking!! :D

Remembering a life lost...

I meant to post this a long time ago...but I kept forgetting to do so.

On October 17th 2006 a friend of mine lost her mother.

It was a difficult time. I remember listening as she spoke over speaker phone to her MANY close friends, explaining why she was gone. (Because people notice when she is missing...) I was on the other side of a wall because I already knew what she was going to say during the phone call, along with a couple others.

She was amazingly strong through that difficult time, and I will always remember that. Her family was so supportive (and still is) it blew me away.

So in memory of her mother, I made a card. (The card is still at my house because I didn't have stamps...I just stole a couple from my mom so I'll be able to send that card and mail off my ballot! I'm terrible...but better late than never.) Her mother loved sunflowers, and this was the closest thing to a sunflower I had at the time...

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Ink: Whisper White Craft ink
Paper: Creamy Caramel CS, Whisper White CS, Bella Rose DSP, Riding Hood Red CS
Accessories: Linen thread, Paper Piercer, paper-piercing pad, paper-piercing template, scallop edge punch

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another Challenge...

I wanted to try two challenges today SCS Color Combo challenge, and SCS Try a New Technique Challenge. Monday was the Technique challenge: A stair step fold card. It was actually very easy and something I would have never thought to do on my own. The Color Combo was Basic Black and Pink Pirouette, Whisper White was optional. (I threw in some pretty in pink and a touch of Pink Passion). It is amazing...the two challenges I have done so far have made me go outside of my box. I would never have created this without the challenge, and I still can't believe that I did this one...It is really not my style! But I like it, so maybe it is my style now! :D

Stamps: Love owl-ways, A happy Heart
Paper: Holiday Happenings DSP, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Pink Passion
Accessories: Blender Pens, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Basic Black Ribbon, Dimensionals. Scallop Square punch, Scallop Edge punch.
Techniques: Stair Step Fold Card
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2
I have to be honest: I did not use Basic Black CS like I say I did. I do not own Basic Black CS. For some reason, I kept thinking that I would never use it. Now I've wished I had it at least twice! I probably would have used more Basic Black CS on this card if I had some...Anyway, what I did do, was sponged Basic Black ink onto Whisper White CS. It looks almost the same...but not! :D
Oh and that xoxo pink pirouette paper, that you can get if you host a $500+ workshop with me! It also comes with some rub-ons and two other designs of paper, AND a set of four season stamps! It is like the best hostess gift ever! :D Talk to me if you're interested!

My First time Tackling a Challenge!

In the world of card making/scrapbooking there is a website called Split Coast Stampers (SCS) I will be adding it to my links of interest. On this website you can find Galleries of cards that people have posted. There are forums you can ask questions on. It is an amazing place to go. Since I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I have access to a SU! only section. (But the site is just as good for anyone else).

One aspect of SCS that I am intrigued by is the Challenges. These challenges are posted on specific days either on a certain day of the week, or monthly. And most of them are just for fun. This week I participated in my first ever Challenge. The SU! Monthly Demo Planner Challenge. This challenge has a card sketch (the specific layout) and a color combo. I chose the color combo: Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Black. And I pretty much stuck to the sketch. It isn't my favoritest card (yes, favoritest is a my dictionary) So I think I'll be mailing this one out. I still enjoyed participating in this challenge. So anticipate more challenges in the future.

I love this stamp set! Everytime I see an owl I am reminded of my grandma (on my mom's side) She collected owls. It is a pleasant reminder of a wonderful woman!

Stamps: Love owl-ways
Paper: Pink Passion textured CS, Rainbow sherbet DSP, Whisper White CS.
Ink: Basic Black, Pink Passion
Accessories: Basic Black Ribbon, White half-pearls,
Techniques: Ink and Blender pens
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

WCMD cards

I have finally scanned in the cards I made for WCMD! I think they are pretty darn cute, myself! The 4 ladies that attended really enjoyed making the cards.

Stamps: Deck the Halls, Season of Joy, Contempo Alphabet
Paper: Old Olive CS, Not Quite Navy CS, Whisper White CS, Ski Slope DSP, Real Red CS
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Silver Cord, Scallop Edge Punch
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

Stamps: Scandinavian Season, Season of Joy
Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze CS, Real Red CS, Ski Slope DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Chalks, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Real Red Brad, Chocolate Chip Ribbon.
Techniques: Poppin Pastels
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

This one I CASED (copy and share everything) from Understand Blue's Blog. You can find the original here. You might notice that I did change a few things, but I got the idea from her.
Stamps: Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Halloween Frights, Season of Friendship
Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Pumpkin Pie CS, Whisper White CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Pumpkin Pie CS.
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun
Accessories: Basic Black Ribbon, Tag and Small Tag punch, Ribbon Hole Punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, White Gel Pen, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
Techniques: Rock and Roll
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

I CASED this card from Jenn D, here. And again you'll notice that I actually changed quite a bit. (After I made the card and went back to look at hers, I realized that I had changed more than I thought! But I was thinking about her card when I made it.) Definitely the simplest card I made.
Stamps: Tasty Sweet
Paper: Ghostly Greetings DSP, Pumpkin Pie CS, Whisper White CS, Summer Sun CS, Kiwi Kiss CS, Close to Cocoa CS.
Ink: Basic Black, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Scallop Square punch
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Easy to make cards!

Want to make Christmas cards this season? Here is a kit that is very simple and easy. And best of all cute! :D

Make 12 cards and a box for $20! I will score your cards and have them folded for you all you need to do is add the decorations.

Check out this flyer. You will receive the flyer with purchase, and can use the picture as a guide for your cards.

Let me know if you're interested, I'm making an order this friday. (Of course if you decide after friday I'll still be able to get you a kit, it just might take a little longer for me to be able to order it.)

Stay tuned for more kits like this, I'm going to make at least one more to be available for purchase.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Happy Birthday SU!

Well it is Stampin' Up!'s 20th birthday this month, and what better way to celebrate it than by having discounted stamps for sale?!

In celebration of SU!'s birthday, select birthday stamps are on sale for 20% off, you only have to spend $20 prior to these stamp sets! Everybody has birthdays so you know that the stamps will come in handy!! :D As usual click the image below to see it larger! :D

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

World Card Making Day!

So in celebration of World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up! has a very special offer on the simply sent card kits and card elements. They will be 20% off from Oct 4-11th. These kits are perfect for you if you don't have very many supplies, there is a really cute card elements set for christmas cards and you can make 18 cards with that card elements package!

What's the difference between a Card Elements set and a Card Kit? The Elements have paper and accessories, and the stamp sets are sold separately. The card kits come with paper, accessories, ink, adhesive, stamps and envelopes! The only thing missing would be scissors!

Even those of you from far away can order these from me during the week of October 4th-11th at 20% off. Just go to my Stampin' Up! Website and click "Shop Now." Contact me if you have any difficulty doing so.

Those of you that are in town, or will be. I'm holding two open houses.

#1 Sunday, October 5th 1000am-5:oopm
#2 Wednesday, October 8th 4pm-10:00pm

I will have cards ready for you to put together ($2/card), I will have decor elements displayed, and I will have a drawing for everyone that places an order, whoever I pick will get the Hostess benefits for the orders! That's free product, you can't beat that.

If you want to be entered into the drawing you must order from me on the phone or in person. If you order online from me, you will not be entered in the drawing. (the hostess benefits will already be yours on orders >$150. Also, if you order from me (on the phone or in person) the products will be shipped to my house so think about that when you make your decision.

I will also have door prizes that you will need to attend the workshop to receive.

Exciting times!! :D