Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Card Share

I'm a little (OK, a lot!) late in the promised card shares, so here are a couple of the cards I received in a card swap.  The first is from Kim Schultz, and the second is from a long time acquaintance, Lori Helvick.  Both are fellow demonstrators in an upline group.  We sure do have a lot of talented demonstrators around here!  Both cards feature new Christmas Designer Series Papers from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the Big Idea Book & Catalog.

Just a little side note that if you are interested in anything in the Holiday Mini Catalog, there is less than 2 weeks, then these items will be gone!  So give me a call if you need anything at (309) 221-0978.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping,

Twila

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tag! You're it!

Tag group 
     I recently joined a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators in a Tag group.  We send 'tags' to each other with the intent to share design ideas.  These are the cards I designed as our family Christmas cards, with the alternate color for the tag group.  I'd love to know what you think about the different color combination.  It's definitely not a traditional  Christmas color, but I like the way it turned out.
Family Christmas card
     The stamp set used is 'Come to Bethlehem' and is heat embossed with Silver embossing powder and  layered on brushed silver card stock.  The front of the card is also embossed with the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder.  (Have I told you lately that I love using my Big Shot?)  The inside is stamped with the verse using Platinum shimmer paint.  As a final touch, I spritzed the whole front of the card with Champagne Shimmer Paint.  This is done by mixing the paint with alcohol in a small spray bottle.  You can't see the shimmer here, but in real life, it's beautiful.
     I've got some more Christmas cards to share with you during the next couple of weeks from a card swap, so stay tuned and,

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Monday, November 22, 2010

Online Extravaganza and half-off Starter Kit

WOW, have I got news for you!  Stampin' Up! is offering some great specials on select products up to 50% off from now until November 30.  PLUS, if you order online, or call me with your order, and I have a total of $150, the shipping is FREE!  How cool is that!  Great savings, PLUS free shipping!  I plan on placing an order on Wednesday evening if you don't want a large order, but you can order anytime on my website by clicking HERE!  This link will take you directly to the Online Extravaganza Page, and as long as you order a minimum of $150, the shipping will be FREE!

Are you ready for even MORE great news?  Have you ever considered becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  Would you like to learn more?  Maybe you'd like to buy your stamping supplies at a discount?  NOW is the best time!  You can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 50% off until November 30! That's just $87.50!  I've never seen this great a deal before, so why not take advantage of this offer before it's too late!  You can contact me directly at (309) 221-0978, or just click on my Show Now button, then Join My Team.  My password to join is God's Grace.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Stamping,

Twila

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gift giving and packaging for the Holidays

     Have you sometimes wondered about a creative way to package a simple gift, like a small hand cream?  Why not make a gift box designed especially for your gift?  I've seen some very creative and decorative gift packaging ideas in the last few weeks and wanted to create something myself, so this was my idea of an easy to make and simple design.  The box was made using a 5" x 12" piece of patterns designer series paper in Rich Razzleberry.  It was almost a perfect match for the Avon hand cream for which it was made.  (They offer cute packaging for special holidays on hand creams and lip balms, so I always stock up for the year)
     I made another small gift bag for the lip balm.  It is soooo cute, but alas, I did not come up with the design.  It looks like a miniature purse!  You'll have to come by the Holiday Extravaganza this Saturday to see it.  I don't want to give away ALL the surprises! 
     The Holiday Extravaganza is this Saturday, November 20, from 2 to 6, at the Knox Agri Center, South Soangetaha Rd., Galesburg.  It's across the road from the Harley Davidson Store.  I will have some retired products for sale, as well as some handcrafted cards and gifts.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, November 7, 2010

You're Invited to.......

The Holiday Extravaganza on November 20, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Knox Agri Center, 180 S. Soangetaha Road, Galesburg, IL. There will be 13 Vendors available to help you complete your holiday shopping.  Here are some different views of a project I will display at this show.  This idea was inspired by Christmas Wall Hangings by Karen Ryan.  Her work can be found HERE!
close up of first panel


Wall hanging fits neatly inside the case

Storage case for wall hanging

I hope you take some time that afternoon and stop in to visit with me.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Christmas Tree Centerpiece

This year, I felt I needed extra inspiration for my holiday projects, so I signed up for several 12 Weeks of Christmas shares from other demonstrators.  They all offered tutorials for the projects, which I very much appreciate, as they are a lot of work to put together.  This centerpiece  was designed by Carla Brasher - The Southern Stamper.  Mine is slightly different, as the styrofoam cone is a different size and I didn't have the same Designer Series Paper, but I really like the way it turned out.  It will make a great decorator piece for Christmas.  Although I cannot share the exact instructions for this, I can show you how it is done.  If you are interested, please let me know by e-mailing me at tmustain@centurytel.net or call me at (309) 221-0978.  We'll set something up, or I can offer a class for you and your friends.  It is not difficult to do, but it does take quite a bit of time.   You can also check out Carla's blog HERE.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Polished Stone meets Elegant Lines

     Do you see the Gold, Rich Razzleberry, and Elegant Eggplant colors all swirled together?  This is called the Polished Stone Technique.  I just love all the color combinations you can make using this technique.  They're all just  beautiful. 
     I  saw a card using a different color of Polished Stone and embossed using the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder and knew I had to re-create this card with my own personal stamping style, of course.  I added jewels basic rhinestones on the left side for a little extra sparkle.  I stamped the Perfect Punches stamp set with White Craft Ink on the Elegant Eggplant, then punched it out with the Scallop Oval Punch and attached it to the Decorative Label Punch in Brushed Gold.  This is not your average Thank You card, but is perfect for a special occasion.  Best of all, you just need to change the stamp for a totally different occasion!
     This is also a card we'll be making at our Card Club on Monday night.  For more information, call me at (309) 221-0978.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Let Mr. Owl help you keep your page!


I've seen others use very large paper clips to make bookmarks, but didn't venture into the idea very far until recently.  While shopping at the office supply store, I found some 4" gold paperclips, and decided to try for myself.  I liked the results so much, that I decided my card club members should try it, as well.  They were a big hit!  I've also ordered several dozen silver paperclips that should be arriving by early next week.  Guess what ideas I'll be thinking of doing? 

Of course, you don't have to use the owl punch, but isn't he cute?  There are many different ideas and color combinations available to suit just about any taste.  What a cute gift idea for that special reader in your life!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Matchbox Die Dresser

Looking for a cute gift idea for the ladies in your life?  This simple, yet elegant 'dresser' is perfect for those small trinkets that collect on the dresser or desk.  It isn't really that difficult to make, just a little time consuming.  The main supply used here is the Big Shot DieCut Machine, along with the Bigz XL Matchbox Die.  The 'mirror' backing is the Bigz Top Note Die.  The 'mirror' itself is made using the XL Decorative Label Punch, then embossed using the Vintage Embossing Folder.  The 'dresser knobs' are the Fire and Ice brads from last year's catalog.  The decorating possibilities for this are endless!

Enjoy!  and Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

New Digital Downloads

If you're a fan of Stampin' Up! and My Digital Studio, then I have some great news for you!  There are now new downloads!  How many programs do you buy that allow you to keep updating and upgrading the content?  Yes, these downloads have a fee, but they're very inexpensive for what you get.  Check out the information below:


My favorite of these is the 'Deck the Halls Photocard Digital Kit'

New Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio

October 12, 2010 Our digital downloads for the month of October are here! If you would like to view our complete list of My Digital Studio download offerings, go to the customer homepage, click on Store, then Digital Crafting.

 Item  Description  Image  Price
122174 Nite Owl Digital Kit   $7.95
122175 Autumn Spice Digital Kit   $9.95
122176 Deck the Halls Photocard Digital Kit   $3.95
122177 Candy Cane Lane Photocard Digital Kit   $3.95
123728 Celebrations Digital Kit   $9.95
122166 Brad Add-On Pack   $0.95 





Monday, October 11, 2010

Fancy Favor Die

 One of the things I like most about the Big Shot and Dies offered by Stampin' Up! is the versatility!  You can make so many different things with just a few tools!  These pictures show two projects I recently completed using the Bigz XL Fancy Favor Die.  This die creates a box with a fancy finish to the top, which may not seems like much at first, but in reality, can  be used for many different projects.

This picture on the top left is an example of a luminary I designed recently for my monthly Card Club, and is one of four projects we made.  The 'candle' on the inside is battery operated, so it's perfectly safe for this paper luminary.  These candles can be purchased at many different locations, especially craft stores.

The next project is cut from a metal sheet and lined with Designer Series Paper, which adds a little strength and stability.  Again, the metal sheets were purchased elsewhere, and you'll probably be seeing more projects made with different colors.  This particular project is made to sit on a desk for pencils or notepaper, and is a gift for someone special.  For added pizazz, I also ran the front of the metal through the Big Shot using an embossing folder.  Won't it look nice on the office desk?  I also personalized the front by adding an initial, using the same DSP from the inside lining.  Are you looking for some unique gifts for that special someone in your life?  Do you want to learn how to make these yourself?  Give me a call at (309) 221-0978, and we'll talk about options.

Don't forget to check out the clearance rack!  Stampin' Up! recently added over 200 items to the list and they're only while supplies last!  Click HERE to find out more!

Happy Stamping,

Twila








Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Clearance Rack






Clearance Rack Blitz

October 5, 2010 As you know, the Clearance Rack has been operational for over a year now, and demonstrators and customers alike are finding it a great place to discover discontinued Stampin' Up! merchandise for fantastic prices. Now, from October 5-18, we're adding over two hundred more discontinued items--some at up to 80 percent off--to help us make room in the Distribution Center for new products!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Scrapbooking

Tomorrow is the first  of this season's Card Club meetings, and one of the projects we will be making is this 12 x 12 Fall Scrapbook page.  I will need to be purchasing some new 12 x 12 cardstock soon.  To make enough supplies for these pages, I had to use some recently retired colors to make this layout.

Why are we doing scrapbook pages is a Card Club?  Most of my members are scrapbookers more than card makers, so it makes sense to show them how to incorporate stamping in that craft.  Of course, I find it hard NOT to use my Big Shot Die Cut Machine in my paper crafting, and used two different die cuts on this page.

Want to learn more about this special craft?  You can call me at (309) 221-0978 to schedule a time to get together or join Card Club.  We meet on the 4th Monday of each month.  Remember, stamping isn't just for card making.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy 18th Birthday, Jesse

Tomorrow is my son, Jesse's 18th birthday, so I wanted to create something for him.  He and his younger brothers love to ride their bikes and ride the ramps, etc., so I thought this retired BMX bike stamp would be perfect for him!  The background is stamped with the Extreme Elements stamp set (still current) on a layered top note.  The Happy Birthday sign is one of the new builder wheels, rolled onto white satin ribbon.  What do you think?  Will it suit an 18 year old?  Let me know.

Want to learn more?  Let me book a workshop for you and your friends.  You'll have fund seeing all the new products, learning new techniques and earning FREE stuff.  It's really easy to stamp!  I can be reached at (309) 221-0978.  Call me soon.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, September 9, 2010

In Color all occasion card

Want a card that is bright, simple, and can be used for just about any occasion?  This simple little card is made using some of the new In Colors, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, and Pear Pizzazz, along with just a little In Color DSP.  Add your own sentiment stamp on the front, maybe a different punch pattern to suit your taste, or even a different color combination, and you have a card ready for any occasion!

Let me show you how simple it is to make your own hand crafted and personalized greeting cards.  It's so much fun to do!


Card Club will be starting on September 27.  This is just a sample of something we are likely to make.  I have a few scrapbookers in my group, so I'm planning on adding some scrapbook layouts to the projects list.  I often use my Big Shot Die Cutting machine to show the many different things you can do to make special cards, 3-D projects, and scrapbook layouts.  You'll be amazed at what you can do!  Call me at (309) 221-0978 if you would like more information.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Upcoming Christmas Card Swap

Next Tuesday I will be participating in my first Stampattics team meeting and will be 'swapping' cards with fellow demonstrators.  I'm very excited!  I wanted something unique to trade and knew I wanted to use this new stamp set that is now offered in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog that just started yesterday.  This card design is called  a side stair step card.  You may not be able to see them very clearly, but in the center of each poinsettia is a half pearl.  These are now available on a sheet with different sizes, and really add elegance to your project.

If you are interested in learning more great techniques for cardmaking and scrapbooking, why  not join my card club?  Contact me at 309-221-0978.  We will be meeting on the 4th Monday  of each month beginning in September.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dora and Stampin' Up!

It sure has been awhile since I've posted, and I'm really sorry about that!  Sometimes life gets in the way of business and pleasure.  I'm creating gifts for a family of newcomers, of which one just turned 3.  Now what do you make for a 3 year old with Stampin' Up! products?  Well, you make a little gift  bag using butterfly die cuts and letters, and then you create a coloring book featuring Dora, the Explorer! 
front of bag
back of bag






Before you come back, be thinking about joining Card Club.  Cost is $20 each month, up from last year due to an increase in the cost of supplies.  I'm still working on details, but the plan is to start on August 30 at 6:30 p.m. at my home.  You can contact me at (309) 221-0978 or by e-mail at tmustain@centurytel.net.



coloring book cover using Presto Patterns Specialty Paper


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Monday, August 9, 2010

Where has the summer gone?

     I can't believe it!  The kids go back to school in just one short week!  If you noticed my post last week, you'll see that Illinois is having a 5% Sales Tax Holiday now until August 15.  Take advantage of the savings and get those school supplies ordered!
      As I prepared for the Open House last month, I made several new samples.  One of the stamp sets in the Summer Mini Catalog is called Elements of Style, and while I really, really liked the projects that other demonstrators created, I didn't want to buy such a wonderful stamp set and only be able to use it for a short time.  The Summer Mini ends August 30!  Much to my surprise, that set was carried over into the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog, so of course I had to have it!  I have seen so many color combinations using this set.  It is so versatile!  I chose the new Cherry Cobbler, since I was trying to showcase the new colors that were recently introduced.  I love the way it turned out, don't you?
     Would you like to make beautiful cards like these?  Card club will be starting soon, and you can make a variety of cards to take home with you.  I have to work out the final details, but I do need to raise the minimum orders due to an increase in price of cardstock.  We will also be making only 4 projects this year instead of 5 each month.  Cost will be between $20 and $25 per month, so if you are interested, please give me a call at (309) 221-0978 or send me a message at tmustain@centurytel.net.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Friday, July 30, 2010

Illinois Tax Holiday

WOW!!!! Illinois is having a 5% tax holiday from August 6 through 15, 2010.  This means that my customers can order 'school supplies' and only pay 2.5% tax because the state is deducting 5%.  Stampin' Up! and SCHOOL supplies??????  Yes, I was surprised, too, but really there are many items Stampin' Up! offers that could be used for school.  Many adhesives and all the markers!  WOW again!!!  Here's the list, so let me know if you need any of these items!

 

Item #  
Description   Price  
100425   2-Way Glue Pen   $3.50  
104332   SNAIL Adhesive   $6.95  
104331   SNAIL Adhesive Refill   $4.50  
103305   Dotto   $12.95  
100902   Dotto Refill   $6.50  
104045   Anywhere Glue Stick   $3.95  
104294   Sticky Strip   $6.95  
104430   Stampin' Dimensionals   $3.95  
103683   Mini Glue Dots   $4.95  
103579   Paper Snips   $9.95  
103179   Craft & Rubber Scissors   $19.95  
108360   Craft & Paper Scissors   $29.95  
101879   Watercolor Pencils   $19.95  
105021   White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen   $3.95  
102845   Blender Pens   $9.95  
Various   Stampin’ Write Markers (individual)   $3.50  
119806   Many Marvelous Markers   $109.95  
120948   Many Marvelous Markers New Color Kit   $35.95  
119801   Many Marvelous Markers In Color   $14.95  
119700   Many Marvelous Markers Subtles   $28.95  
119701   Many Marvelous Markers Regals   $28.95  
119702   Many Marvelous Markers Brights   $28.95  
119703   Many Marvelous Markers Neutrals   $22.95  
120949   Watercolor Wonder Crayons New Color Kit   $39.95  
119802   Watercolor Wonder Crayons Subtles   $16.95  
119803   Watercolor Wonder Crayons Regals   $16.95  
119804   Watercolor Wonder Crayons Brights   $16.95  
119805   Watercolor Wonder Crayons Neutrals   $16.95  
105394   Basic Black Stampin’ Write Journaler   $3.50  
110755   Multipurpose Liquid Glue   $3.95  
120962   Stampin' Pastels   $24.95  
120963   Stampin’ Pastels New Color Kit   $14.95   

                                                                                                                                                                          
         Make your list and get it to me soon.  I know I'll be placing an order during that time.

Happy Stamping,

Twila                                                                                                                      



Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thank You

Monogram Sweet
     I want to thank everyone that came to my New Catalog Open House on Thursday.  It was wonderful to spend one on one time with you talking and sometimes teaching something new. 
     This is one of the new cards I had on display.  It was so simple to make!  Tone on tone colors for the base of the card, then a simple silver embossed letter on a scallop circle.  Perfect for a quick note card or even thank you cards.  I think this would make a great gift for any occasion:  graduation, showers,  birthdays, weddings, etc.  Any color combination would work.  Would you like me to show you and your friends how simple it is learning to stamp?  Call me to schedule a workshop at 221-0978.  I have daytime and evening hours available.  Let me know what works for you.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Almost Time!!

     I've been super busy making new projects for everyone to view at my New Catalog Open House!  I've got about a dozen so far in the last 3 days.  Today I'm concentrating on cleaning the house to make it ready, and then if time allows, I'll do some more creating! 
     The Summer has been more busy than usual with the two younger boys playing a lot of extra baseball and going to camps.  Baseball is now officially done for the summer, and they're at camp again, so I've had a little extra time this week. 
     There will be lots to see when you come to my home Thursday from 11 to 8.  The address is 523 Lawrence Ave., Galesburg, IL.   My display board with all the new projects will be up.  There will be plenty of tools to try, including the Big Shot Die Cut Machine (my personal favorite!) And if you're looking for some extra sheets of some favorite, but now retired colors, take a look in my stash.  I'm selling the majority of my retiring products at reduced prices.  I'm getting really excited and hope to see you all there!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Make ....&....Take

     Make this simple, yet elegant card this Thursday when you visit me at my New Catalog Open House.  The card is embossed with the new Elegant Lines Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!.  I've also spritzed a little shimmer on the card to add a little pizazz!  What do you think?  Gorgeous, isn't it?  Join me for whatever time you can spare between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and see a selection of the wonderful new products being offered in the new catalog! 
     Hope to see you there!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Paper Punch.........

Ribbon????    That's right!  Now, you can embellish your projects with this new Ribbon Punch!  Isn't it beautiful?  It's so easy to use!  Would you like to give it a try before you buy?    Come to my New Catalog Open House, Thursday, July 22, from 11 to 8 p.m.  Try out the Big Shot, stamps, punches, tools, etc.  Whatever your interest, I am there to help you fulfill your creative needs through stamping and scrapbooking!  Like what you see, but just don't have an interest in doing it yourself, or just don't have the time?  Let's talk!  For a price, maybe I can do it for you.  Give me a call at (309) 221-0978.  And remember, when you place a $50 order, receive a FREE catalog!  Hope to see you there!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Please Come....

and share the excitement at my New Catalog Open House.  I'm planning an all day Open House on Thursday, July 22 from 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.  This should allow convenient times for those that work different shifts.  Come see the all new Color Collection, new stamp sets, samples, and a make & take.  Sign up for Card Club beginning in August.  Sign up for classes.  AND.....receive a FREE catalog with a $50 order from the Summer Mini or the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog!  If you're on my mailing list, you'll be getting a personal invitation from me. so be watching for this card:

While Supplies Last.......

     With the beginning of a new catalog, we naturally have to say goodbye to some of our favorite stamps, colors, accessories, etc.  With that in mind, if you did not have the chance to get some of your favorites, I am offering many now retired stamps, Designer Series Paper, Specialty Designer Series Paper, 12 x 12 cardstock, 8 1/2 x 1 cardstock, Classic Stampin' Pads and re-inkers.
     Here is a sample of what I have to offer:

2 - partial pkgs. of Shades of Spring DSP                                 
2 - partial pkgs. of Walk in the Park DSP                                
2 - sheets of Bella Rose DSP                     
1 full pkg. of Autumn Meadows DSP                                         
1 full pkg. of Autumn Traditions DSP
3 - partial pkgs. of Thoroughly Modern DSP
1 full pkg. of Rich Razzleberry Patterns DSP
1 - partial pkg. of Bashful Blue Patterns DSP
1 - partial pkg. of Soft Suede Patterns DSP

12 X 12 Earth Elements smooth cardstock - full pkg.
12 X 12 Bold Brights Textured cardstock - full pkg.

8 1/2 X 11 Bordering Blue CS - full pkg.
8 1/2 X 11 Lovely Lilac CS - full pkg.
8 1/2 X 11 YoYo Yellow CS - full pkg.
8 1/2 X 11 Glorious Green CS - full pkg.

I will be listing the stamp sets, ink pads and reinkers as well.  All of these items will be available at my New Catalog Open House on July 22.  For more information, call me at (309) 221-0978 or e-mail at tmustain@centurytel.net.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The New Catalog has finally arrived!

     That's right!  The new 2010 - 2011 Catalog is finally here!!!  You can order now, so get your wish lists ready.  There are so many new choices to make!  If you look to the right of this post, you will see pictures of the new catalogs.  Click on those links to see the actual catalogs.  I've also added a "SHOP NOW" button.  Clicking on this link will take you to my website, where you can place your order any time, day or night.
     Have you checked out all the new downloads available for My Digital Studio?  When you buy this program, you are NOT limited to the images that come preloaded.  You can update images all the time!  There are fantastic downloads available that keep your program fresh with new images, and the best part is you can continue using all your old favorites! 
     Check back next week for details about my upcoming New Catalog Open House.  Browse through the new catalog.  See new stamp sets, and all the fabulous new color collections.  Make a new card to take home with you that features new stamps and new colors.

Happy Stamping,


Twila

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Father's Day is tomorrow, so I thought I'd better dig through my stash of cards and find the one I designed for my husband.  This was also one of the cards we made at May's Card Club.  I used retired DSP, retiring card stock, punches and the Big Shot.  The color combinations in this paper are wonderful, incorporating several colors, while still being fairly simple, clean and neat.  The card opens in the center to another envelope holding the sentiment card.  Pretty neat, huh? 
     I'm keeping pretty busy this summer babysitting and attending baseball games, so I'm not getting much creating done, but I'm planning on having a class and New Catalog Open House the week of July 19, so be watching for more details.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Friday, June 11, 2010

LAST CHANCE LISTS....

are here!  In order to deplete inventory, and prepare for the New Catalog release on July 1, Stampin' Up! has released  the Last Chance Lists.  These can be found on the sidebar.  Just click on the link.  Stamps will be available until June 30, as they are produced by Stampin' Up! All other items will be 'While supplies last".  Please remember that with the new Color Renovation, all of the color groups are being discontinued.  That doesn't mean that you can't get your favorite color, although several have already sold out.  If in doubt, call me.  If the color is already sold out, I may have a few sheets available from my own retiring stock of colors, though I can't sell them until July 1.  Keep on stamping.  I will be offering at least 1 class in July, as well as hosting an Open House to showcase the new catalog along with the wonderful new colors.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Graduation and My Digital Studio

     Tomorrow is graduation day for Galesburg High School Class of 2010.  My daughter, Elizabeth, is among those graduating, and this is the Open House invitation I designed for her using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!  It's pretty much the same layout that I had planned to make, but didn't have time.  The card took literally, a few minutes to design and complete, then print. 
     My Digital Studio comes with Stampin' Up! card stock colors, Designer Series Papers, stamps, and accessories, including brads, ribbons, buttons and more.  New downloads are available regularly, so that your designs and layouts are always fresh and up to date.
     The best part about designing with My  Digital Studio, is the ability to change every part of the layout within seconds.  It is so easy to do.  If you like designing cards, scrapbook layouts, etc. on the computer, then you'll LOVE My Digital Studio!


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Custom Card Request

     Several months ago, I started having conversation with my cousin in North Carolina about making graduation cards for her son (our Godson).  It could not be 'CUTE' or frilly, it had to be very masculine and include the school mascot, school colors and a symbol for baseball and football.  I downloaded the mascot from the school website, then used 3 different stamp sets to complete the card.  They are Introducing, Just Baseball and Just Football.  I even personalized the football helmet with the jersey number.  I like the finished card and layout, and I know my cousin was happy with it.  She sent me a note saying the cards look 'awesome'.  How's that for a compliment? 
      If you're in need of custom made invitations, special occasion cards or party favors, I would be glad to design and make them for you.  Just give me a call.


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bag in a Box

     One of my favorite things to make with Stampin' Up! products is a box or 3-D project.  This isn't quite complete, as it still needs the tabs on top for the ribbon.  I'm almost done with my 'hurry and use retiring product' phase, as I'm approaching my final card club for this season.  I'll be holding some classes this summer, and will start card club again this August. 
     This is a cute and not too difficult project that we'll be making at Card Club on Tuesday.  The 'Box' is on the bottom.  The 'Bag' is wrapped around the sides of the box, then closed in the back.  An extra layer is attached to the outside of the bag and uses one of the border punches.  The 'Flower' on the front  looks almost like cloth in real life, but is actually made from cardstock.  Both the Bag in a Box and the flower are originally from other demonstrators.  Would you like to learn how to make this and other projects?  Contact me for more information at 221-0978.  I'll be glad to set up a class time for you and your friends.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My dear friend

I just love the Polished Stone technique!  It's so fun and easy to do!  Every sheet you do is unique, even when you use the same color combinations.  This uses Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise, YoYo Yellow, and Pink Passion.  These bright colors look very soft when combined with this technique on glossy cardstock.  Again, I'm trying to use some of my retiring stock, so for my background piece I chose Barely Banana.  The top layer is Regal Rose, since I am fresh out of many Bold Brights.  The colors coordinate quite well, don't you think?  The Buttons are from the Fresh Favorites 1 collection.  The Faux stitching is done using the White Gel Pen with a ruler as a guide.  Thank you to Tamara Black, a member of Late Night Stampers, for her card inspiration.  I CASE'd her card, but changed some of the colors and buttons.  We'll be making this card at the Tuesday night Card Club next week.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.

Happy STamping,

Twila

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Life is Special

My friend and neighbor is facing surgery and possible cancer, so I made her a special card using a stamp that she  bought me several months ago.  It's not Stampin' Up!, but it's a very nice sentiment that I thought fitting.  This design is called a 'Gatefold' card.  It opens in the center instead of the usual top, bottom, or side.   The center flower is a Level 2 Hostess stamp from the new Summer Mini Catalog and matches the scallop circle punch.  The circle is cut using the Circle Scissor Plus, and the large scallop is the scallop circle #2 Die, cut with the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.  I love using this machine.  It is so versatile. 

     The sentiment on the front is from the Curvy Verses stamp set.  The inside of the card uses the new Presto Patterns Specialty paper, also found in the Summer Mini.  This paper is white on white, and meant to be colored to match your project.  I cut out the scallop envelope die and then sponged the ink on the front of the envelope and inserted the card with the friend message.
      I'd love to know what you think of this card.  Please feel free to leave a comment.  I do moderate them, but your comment will get posted.
     Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Grad

     With my daughter Elizabeth's graduation just around the corner on May 30, I wanted to have a card design using the new Happy Grad stamp  and also use some retiring colors.  This particular card pretty much matches the Galesburg High School Streaks colors of silver, gold and black.  The card base actually uses Bordering Blue, though it looks almost silver in some light.  The top layer is Crushed Curry.  This could easily be adapted to any color combination or any occasion you need. 
     There's still time to get your graduation sets from the Summer Mini catalog before graduation.  I can also design and make a set of cards or invitations for you.  Just give me a call.


Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wonderful Mother

     This coming Sunday is Mother's Day.  Do you have a card ready for that special Mom in your life? 
     I've been experimenting with designs for this special event recently.  This is one I wanted to use for card club last week and didn't because I did not have a spray bottle to use to spritz on the sparkle I wanted it to have.  This is much more elegant in real life.  The background color and ink used is Cameo Coral.  This is such a pretty color and I'm sad to see it is retiring at the end of next month. 
     Go stamp something today for your special Mom.  Don't have what you need?  Call me and we'll work something out.

Happy Stamping,


Twila

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Puns from the Past

     May 1 is May Day around the world!  It's also the beginning of National Scrapbooking Month.  See the flyer to the right for this month's specials to promote scrapbooking.  May 1 is also the beginning of a new Summer Mini Catalog!  There are some remarkable new products in there!  Be sure to check out the link on my sidebar to see what's new!
     The card shown here is a very simple card we did at Card Club last week.  It uses another soon to be retired In-Color, Dusty Durango, Patterns DSP, and the matching Polka Dot Ribbon.  The 'fan mail' is stamped in Dusty Durango on Crushed Curry.  Such an easy card to put together.
     Be sure to check out the Fond Farewell Colors, as well as the Color Renovation list to the right.  The new colors being introduced are beautiful rich colors that are certain to please.

Happy Stamping and Scrapbooking,

Twila

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Retiring Orchid Opulence

Card Club was Tuesday night.  While preparing and planning, I looked through my collection of cardstock and Designer Series Paper, deciding what needed to be used up before the colors bid a fond farewell.  Orchid Opulence is one of those colors and I still had some Shades of Spring DSP left, so I decided this would make a good substitute card from my original planned card.  I wanted to make the MOM card from my previous post, but decided this was a better choice.  The stamp set, Messages for MOM, and the embosslit, Scalloped Heart of Hearts, are both found in the Occasion Mini Catalog that expires on Friday.  If you haven't placed your order yet, call me at 221-0978.

Happy Stamping,

Twila