Monday, August 31, 2009

Birthday Gift Boxes

Have you noticed that I love my BIG SHOT?  I especially like to make boxes using my Big Shot Dies.  This picture shows some special boxes I made this past weekend for some special family members.  I also made a special gift that goes inside, but I'll have to wait until next weekend to show you. I also made a special box for my brother-in-law that just turned 50.  I had to make it nice.  I don't want bad surprises when I reach that mark in January!

Would you like to learn how to make one of these?  I'd love to offer a class , or better yet, why not book a workshop?  Not only do you get to watch me make projects, you also get to make some yourself along with your friends.  The really great part is you get to earn a lot of free stuff!  You also don't need to worry about not being creative.  The best part about my job is sharing all the wonderful resources for ideas!  Anyone can be creative when there is so much inspiration.

Call me for more details at (309) 221-0978 or send me an e-mail at  I  look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Stamping,


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Giveaway for FREE Metallic Inks

Are you one of those that like to use a variety of crafting products from several companies?  I do, too for some projects.  Here is one offer you won't want to miss!  Just click on the title above or follow this link (  This craft site is offering a drawing for 3 free metallic inks.  Great for that special occation project.  If you put your name in the drawing and win, let me know.  I'd love to see your samples.  Likewise, If I'm lucky enough to win, I'll share with all of you.

Happy stamping,


September 1st is almost here! Are you ready?

There is so much to look forward to beginning September 1.  The NEW Holiday Mini Catalog, shown here, goes live on September 1.  There are many new and exciting products.  I can't wait to share them.  Call me for your free copy.  There is also a new Hostess Promotion.  All the details are below.  There is one wait and see product, though.  If you're a scrapbooker and want to try digital, the wait is nearly over.  Digital scrapbooking is being promoted in the Holiday Mini, but a release date has not been set.  If you host a workshop after the release, you could purchase My Digital Studio for 50% off with qualifying sales!  Check out the details below!


Hostess Promotion

Dates: September 1-November 30, 2009
Promotion Details:
We're excited to bring you this sweet deal for hostesses September through November:
  • Host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10!
    *Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.
After My Digital Studio is released, this offer will become even sweeter:
  • Host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50 percent off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97)!
We are thrilled to bring you this very exciting hostess promotion. In fact, we encourage you to contact all of your customers and let them know about this unbelievable offer! Use it to share Stampin' Up! with your friends and family; contact your past and potential hostesses to let them know that it is coming--and start planning your Holiday Mini workshops today!
Things to Remember:
  • Only workshop orders qualify for this promotion. Customer, demonstrator, and online orders are not eligible. 
  • Hostesses who hold a workshop of $250 may choose any one item from the Holiday Mini catalog for just $10.
    • Items include stamp sets, accessories, Sizzix dies, etc.
    • Items exclude Holiday Mini hostess sets and My Digital Studio.
  • This promotion is not incremental. For example, a $500 workshop is not eligible for two $10 items, and an $800 workshop is not eligible for two copies of My Digital Studio at 50 percent off.
  • The $10 item will be charged in the hostess free section in OEX and is not commissionable.
  • After My Digital Studio is released, customers who hold a $400 workshop will be eligible for BOTH a $10 Holiday Mini item and 50 percent off My Digital Studio.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Friend to Friend

This Friend to Friend card is one that was made at Card Club Tuesday night.  I think it looks very elegant with all the different layers.  Although you don't see it very well in this picture, the base of the card is Soft Suede.  This color is rather dark for writing a message, so I added a layer of vanilla card stock on the inside and used the ticket corner punch to match the outside of the card.  This is very much a versatile card suitable for many occasions.  I still have a few cards that I designed for my Open House on August 1, so check back soon for more of my creations.  I'll also be working on some of the new stamps available in the New Holiday Mini Catalog, available beginning on September 1.  Stay tuned and.....

Happy Stamping,


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Boxes, Boxes, I LOVE Boxes!

I just love to make boxes using my Big Shot and all the wonderful dies available through Stampin' Up!   This  box was made using the Bigz XL Matchbox Die, Bermuda Bay cardstock and the Thoroughly Modern DSP.  The color combinations are very upbeat and cheery, I think.  We also made this box last night at Card Club.  It's great for adding a little chocolate to cheer someone up, or just add a piece of jewelry and you have an elegant gift box for that special someone in your life.  Don't you want to learn how?  It's not too late!  Call me to join, or we'll get together when it is convenient for you.  Until then.....

Happy Stamping,


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Birthday

Birthdays are wonderful opportunities to share your creativity and let that special someone know you care. This is such a simple card to make. The light pink background is actually embossed with a texturez plate on whisper white and sponged with a coordinating color chalk. The other cardstock and DSP are the new Melon Mambo In Colors. This is also one of the cards we'll be making at Card Club this Tuesday night, so if you haven't signed up yet, give me a call. Space is filling up very fast! Now to just get the card stock and papers cut and ready! I know I can do it!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Card Club Anyone?

Card club starts this Tuesday! Are you ready? I'm getting really excited, as this is my first card club to be running. I have some new friends signed up, too. I still have room if you're interested. If you need to reach me, call my cell phone at 221-0978. I'm not home this weekend. The kids and I are gone camping, but will return soon, since the kids start school Monday.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Polished Stone Technique

This picture shows a new technique I just learned, called Polished Stone. Starting with glossy cardstock, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, gold or silver re-inker, and one or two color re-inkers of your choice. I chose shades of blue with silver for this sample. I made one earlier in the day with a brighter blue to make a box base for a floral arrangement. We're using this centerpiece on Sunday when we celebrate our 25th anniversary. Would you believe this is the same centerpiece we used for our wedding reception? We used artificial flowers and saved ALL our flowers. We are using the candle ring arrangement for the Unity candle, and my bouquet is mostly intact. Check out the bottom of the centerpiece. You can see the box I made (at least a little). If you want to see it in person, come to Church on Sunday when we renew our vows. If you can't make it then, but still want to see a better view, contact me at 221-0978 to make arrangements. Or better yet, host a workshop! I'll show you how to make one of your own!

Until then, Happy Stamping,


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Big Shot Sampler

Have you see the wonderful selection of dies available to use with the Stampin' Up! Big Shot Die Cut Machine? Did you look at the pictures in the catalog and wonder just how big they really were or what it looked like cut out? I have created a Big Shot Sample Book using all the dies that I personally own. As I add to my collection, I will also update the sample book. I used the 6 X 6 ring album from the Stampin' Up! catalog and purchased extra pages. For the front cover, I used the Definately Decorative Vinyl sheets and cut out the letters using my Big Shot. They were very easy to adhere to the front of the album. Until next time.

Happy Stamping,


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Circle Circus

Circle Circus stamp set is one of the many new and wonderful stamp sets available in the new catalog. I also displayed this card at my Open House this weekend. If you like this card and would like to make one, how about joining Card Club? The original plan was to meet on the fourth Thursday each month, but because of scheduling changes at the Salvation Army, I am moving it to the fourth Tuesday. That makes the first night August 25, just over 3 weeks from now! I'll check everyone's schedule to see what works best, but the starting time will be either 6:30 or 7:00. Wow, how the summer has flown! Check your calendar and call me soon at 221-0978 to sign up. Let the fun begin!

Happy Stamping,


Stamp Sets for Sale

I have been cleaning out my craft, and decided to sell several of my stamp sets.  Following are a list of stamps I have available: Circ...