Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Button Bracelet

     Quite often demonstrators share new ideas they have discovered with our Stampin' Up! products.  Several months ago, Patty Bennett shared a really cute button bracelet made with some now retired buttons.  She was kind enough to share a tutorial on how hers was made, so I copied the instructions and filed them away for future reference.
     Recently, my upline, Georgia Caulkins, held a class and invited her downline to attend and make bracelets from the current Stampin' Up! buttons.  Isn't this just so cute?  It was so much easier to make than I imagined!  Next time, though, I'll make mine just a little bit bigger, as I don't like anything snug around my wrists.  Thanks to my daughter, Elizabeth, for modeling the bracelet so I could get a good picture.
     If you are interested in learning how to make one of these for yourself, just give me a call at (309) 221-0978, or send me a message at tmustain@centurytel.net.  Stampin' Up! makes this so easy by offering us coordinating colors.  One package of buttons will make at least 2 bracelets, so don't delay.  These would make really cute Christmas presents, too.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Holiday Mini Catalog begins Today!

     The new Holiday Mini Catalog is available for ordering today!  You'll love all the exciting new additions for your stamping, crafting and scrapbooking collections.  One of the newest tools available is the Simply Scored.  You will love this tool to score lines on your projects for easier folding.  Visit my website HERE to see the Simply Scored tool and all the great projects you can make.  Contact me for more information on how you can purchase this great tool!

     One program I do every month is teach a card class at a local assisted living center.  Most are not able to do any stamping, but they love the idea of making cards to send to their loved ones.  It is such a joy to see their happiness when they assemble the cards.  These are the cards we made last month.  Would you like to make cards or other gifts yourself?  I am looking to start new clubs this fall.  I am willing to do Hostess Clubs, or Stamp-A-Stacks.  Contact me for more information.


Until next time,

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blessing of the Backpacks

     Yes, it's back to school time across the country.  Some children have already started school, sports practice has started at others, and the first day is just around the corner. 
     At church this morning, the minister asked all the children to bring their backpacks to church next Sunday for the "Blessing of the Backpacks"  The church we recently attended for many years used to have this ceremony for the kids just before the start of school.  A friend of mine made cute tags for the kids to hang on their backbacks.  So, being the creative person that I like to be (or borrowing of ideas,lol), I asked the minister if I could do this for the kids.  She really liked the idea, and asked if I could maybe include a few extras for the school supplies purchased for local drives.  These were pretty easy to make in just one afternoon.  This picture shows the front and back and these are also laminated for longer wear.
     These tags are made using a combination of current and retired products, which I will do when giving something away or making cards to sell, but not when I'm showing off new products to my customers.
     What I really like best about this kind of tag is giving children a reminder that God will be watching over them during school, and their church is standing with them in spirit during their day.
     May God bless all the children as they return to school, and may you have fun creating something to remind them that you are there for support and God is always there, too.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wedding Gift and reception decorations

Our niece was recently married in Montana and had a reception in her hometown of Kewanee, Illinois.  She'd been posting pictures from her wedding on Facebook, so I knew I wanted to make a special framed page for them as a wedding gift.  I found this frame at a big box store and knew it would work perfectly for what I wanted.  The paper I used in the background is now retired (boo), but is so elegant.  The white on white can be enhanced by sponging ink to bring out the pattern.  It beautifully frames the picture.  I used a similar paper for the name frame in the top right corner.  I sponged on the color, then ran it through the printer, and finally cut it out on the Big Shot using the Top Note Die.  I added rows of rhinestones for the final elegant touch.
     I also had the privilege of making the table decorations for the tables.  I didn't end up using my origianl plan, but came up with an alternate plan that worked out well.  Stampin' Up! has a new Pennant Punch that I used to make an awesome mini pennant for each table.  Getting it to stand was a bit tricky, but I found a way to make it work with the help of a sales clerk at a local store.  Each pennant has a letter to spell out the couples' names.  It was really cute up close.






The final decoration was a banner for the wall and simply said Congratulations Becky and Taylor.
The Bride was quite satisfied with how everything turned out. and fortunately I had enough supplies on hand to finish the project.



Know someone with a special occasion coming up in the near future?  Do they need decorations?  I love designing using my Stampin' Up! accessories!  Give me a call at (309) 221-0978 to get a quote for your special occasion.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Framed Gift Giving

I was recently asked by a friend to make frames as wedding and anniversary gifts.  These feature the couples last name and the wedding and/or anniversary date.  She liked them so well, that she asked me to make her granddaughter a frame with her first name. The anniversary frame does have non-StampinUp paper and the birthday frame uses non-stampinup die cuts.  I'm pretty pleased at how they turned out.  They are also reasonably inexpensive to make, so if you're looking for a nice gift, consider one of these.  I charge $10 for each 5 x 12 personalized frame.  Let me know what your think.

Happy Stamping,



Twila

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Graduation Invitations - A Hybrid solution

     My son, Jesse will be graduation soon, and because we didn't have the opportunity to order any of the 'official' graduation paraphernalia, I only made the invitations for his graduation party.  I started out in My Digital Studio for the main 'attraction'.  I knew I wanted neat printing for all the information, so I chose a stamp set called 'Introducing'.  A text box was added as a layer on top of the stamp set, with the text typed in according to the lines.  I adjusted the line spacing a little, though it didn't line up perfectly.  Now, what to do with the background?  We're talking an 18 year old boy, and frilly and fussy just won't do!  So, I came across another stamp set called 'Basic Black Texture', changed the color to Real Red, and adjusted the size to fit my project.  Yeah!  He liked it!
     Now to get enough.  I grouped all the parts of my project, then simply copied and pasted it three more times on the whole page, exported to a .jpeg file and printed.  Took a few steps to make it look the way I wanted it, but the final result was worth the effort.
     Jesse wanted Red and Black for his cards, so for the finishing touch, I mounted the printed invitation on black cardstock and added silver eyelets in the middle of each side.  I liked the look, and Jesse liked the finished product.  Mission accomplished!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Digital Studio Mother's Day Layout

I wanted the girls I babysit to be able to give something nice to their Mom for Mother's Day, so I started out by taking some cute pictures of them with my cell phone last week while we waited for my son to finish baseball practice.  There was a beautiful flowering tree, so I took a footlong branch full of blooms and managed to get great pictures of the girls with the flowers by their faces.  The background of the page is simply a picture of the blooms on the tree, with the opacity changed to nearly 20%.  I added the Mother's Day stamp and Baroque Motif stamp to accent Mom, corner punches at the top, mats around all the pictures, and connected the pictures with Vintage Flowers.  The corners of the pictures and the corner punches are all accented with rhinestones.  The Mother's Day verse is one I found online. 
     This was so easy to do, and took very little time to complete.  If I had thought ahead on this project, I would have had it printed by Stampin' Up! professional printing service.  Instead I printed it locally, which still looked nice, but wasn't centered on the page quite as well.  You can have as much fun as I did making your own projects.  There are also more options available for purchasing My Digital Studio.  Give me a call at (309) 221-0978 to find out more!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Grab Bags are Here!

Grab a Bag of Stampin' Up! Products!

April 1, 2011 Beginning today, April 1, and continuing while supplies last, you and your customers will be able to purchase special "grab bags" in the Online Store. These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.
Please keep the following in mind:
  • Grab bag orders can only be placed on demonstrator orders or in the Online Store.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the grab bag special offer.
  • There is no limit to the number of grab bags a customer may purchase; however, grab bag items are only available while supplies last. 
  • All grab bag sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.
  • Not all grab bags will be unique.
  • You should use the following item numbers when ordering grab bags:

Item
Description
125873
$5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)
125874
$10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)
125875
$15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sale-A-Bration Ends Soon,

Well, not the best picture of this card, but the flower image in the scallop circle is from the Punch Bunch stamp set in the soon-to-expire Sale-A-Bration catalog on March 31.  Just think, for every $50 spent, you get a great value for the product you are purchasing, PLUS you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  That's 1 FREE item for $50 purchase, 2 FREE items for $100 purchase and so on!  All these free stamp sets and accessories being offered have an average value of approximately $11 to $15 each.  What a great deal, don't you think?

If you've been procrastinating about making a purchase, now is the time.  It's not too late!  Give me a call at (309) 221-0978 or e-mail  @ tmustain@centurytel.net.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Scrapbooking Fun

     The last two weekends, I've had the privilege of being able to scrapbook some old pictures from my childhood.  I've been somewhat reluctant to use all Stampin' Up! product with scrapbook pages, as I was trying to use up old papers I had, plus I hated to waste my 'good' papers' with trial and error on scrapbook pages.  Well, now I have quite a bit of retired paper, so I've decided to start using as much Stampin' Up! product as I can.  This page shows some old post cards I pulled from an old magnetic photo album.  (Oh, the horrible things that stuff does to your pictures!!!)
     I wanted to be able to view the back side of the postcards, so I took a small strip of cardstock, folded it in half lengthwise and adhered the back side to my page.  The front of the postcard is adhered just under the front side of the folded cardstock and can now be flipped open like a page to see the back of the card.  I combined old and new product, using some retired colors and new stamps and punches.  The flowers may not match the theme of baseball on the postcards, but I thought they added a nice touch to the page.  I really like the two border punches put together, as well.
     I'll get another opportunity to scrapbook for a day in a couple of weeks.  I've been asked to be a vendor at another local scrapbook crop on March 19.  Call me at (309) 221-0978 for more details.  Time is 9 a.m. to midnight, so plenty of time to get some work done!
     Remember, you still have time to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!  For every $50 product purchased from any current catalog, you may order one FREE item the the SAB catalog.  These items range in value from approximately $9.95 to $15.95, so hurry and get in on these great deals!

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sew Suite Bag #2

After completing the first Scallop Square Bag using the Sew Suite fabric found in the Occasions Mini Catalog, I had a few squares left over, plus some unused fabric, so decided to make a smaller version of the previous bag.  This time I added a closing flap decorated with flowers cut from the same fabric and the Flower Folds Die, then centered a large button on the flower.  I haven't decided if I will use this bag for myself, or just use it for display, then sell it.  My younger daughter thinks I ought to give it to her.  What to do, what to do?  Well, I guess I'll just have to make a decision, but not until I use it for display first.  Look for me at the Knights of Columbus in April.  I'll pass along the details later.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sew Suite Bag Complete!

As promised, here is the bag I made from the Sew Suite Designer fabric introduced in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  This is a special gift for my Aunt, an avid seamstress.  The fabric features pattern figures, buttons, and sewing stitches.  The bag will be great for using as a purse, or for just a tote when going to sewing classes.  I do still have to do some trimming of extra threads, but I think it turned out rather cute. 
     There is another fabric choice called Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric that also has coordinating Designer Series Paper and stamps.  Wonderful gifts and coordinating cards, scrapbooks, and decor are just an idea away.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sew Suite

     Do you have a sewing enthusiast in you family or circle of friends?  The fabric shown here is offered in the Occasions Mini Catalog and part of the Sew Suite collection.  These pieces are cut and ready to sew for a Scallop Square Purse I'm making for my aunt, who is quite the seamstress.  She'll appreciate the buttons, patterns, and stitches.  There are also coordinating stamps and Designer Series Paper in the collection, and although I haven't bought them yet, I am strongly considering them.  They are so cute!
     I'll be working on this purse this afternoon, so be watching for a picture of the completed project!
     Don't forget that you can also earn FREE stamp sets now through March 31.  For every $50 in merchandise ordered, you can earn 1 FREE set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  If for some reason, you're not totally happy with the selection, there is a list of stamps from the Idea Book & Catalog that can be substituted.  Many, many choices are available.  You can order through me and I'll place the order, or you can set up an account with Stampin' Up! and order through my website.  Just click on the Shop Now button in the sidebar.

Happy Stamping,

Twila

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sale-A-Bration is Here!

...and what an exciting time it is.  When you place your order of $50, you will receive one free item of your choice FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  That's for every $50 you spend, and there are some great choices!  I've already chosen my next FREE gift, have you?  Want to see what's being offered?  Just click on the link in the right side-bar to see the catalog!  You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it!

Happy Stamping!

Twila.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Moving ON!!

     Life seems to have gotten in the way (A LOT) over the last few months, but now I'm getting back into a semi-routine with the kids finally in school after a one month winter break!  And since I never got around to posting all those Christmas card samples, and with Valentines day just around the corner, I decided it's just time to MOVE ON! 
     The Occasions Mini Catalog is now in full swing with some beautiful new stamps, designer series paper, and of course my favorite accessories for the Big Shot.  This card uses a combination of old and new.  The stamp set has been a staple for quite some time.  God's Blessings is a wonderful collection of timeless sayings.  The lace ribbon is from the Holiday Mini.  I'm not totally sure it is still available, though there is a sample using it in the new catalog.  The New is the designer series paper, which I think is a beautiful collection of vintage looking prints.  Did you notice the border around the paper?  It's a little hard to see here, but is the new Framed Tulips embossing folder.  The bow is made using a vintage brad to hold the folds of the bow together.  I'm just not that great at tying bows, so this provides a great looking option. 
     If you haven't seen the new Occasions Mini yet, just click on the link on the top right sidebar.  Remember, you can also go to my website by clicking on the "Shop Now" button.
     Are you interested in joining a card club where you will be making  cards for your own use?  Call me for more information at (309) 221-0978.

Happy Stamping,

Twila