Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Brown paper packages tied up with string

In the past 24 hours I made 10 of these tags! Plus, I wrapped and boxed all the stuff that is shipping out to my family to go to the post office. I am a little late, so I don't think it will all arrive in time for Christmas morning. But Christmas is a week long celebration in my opinion, and anything that arrives after Christmas is just a bonus!

Monday, December 17, 2007

More Christmas

I modified the little memory book for my youngest neice, Elsa. Even thought the bigger books aren't exactly "delicate", I thought it would be easier for 6 year old hands to manipulate these pages on a jump ring, rather than trying to slide a book in and out of the cover. There are plenty of blank pages for her "artwork", and it can easily be added to as well.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas projects & gifts

I don't think anyone in my family ever looks at this, so it's probably pretty safe to post a few of the projects I am making for Christmas gifts here.

I have 6 nieces in grade school, so I made them each a little mini album to capture their memories from this school year. Inside are pages with titles like...This is me, My teachers, Some of my friends are, My favorite subjects, etc.

I figured it would be a fun way to keep a record of their handwriting, a few photos, and some of their thoughts about the school year.

I got the idea from the Stampin' Success magazine, and did very little alteration. They were sort of time consuming, but I started a couple of months ago and did most of the stamping and cutting. I took some time the last few days to assemble and print the inside pages. Now I just need to get them wrapped and in the mail in time for Christmas!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas stuff

Some Christmas stuff I have been working on the past couple of months... None of these are original ideas, but it has been such a long time that I worked on them that I can't remember where I got the ideas from. The advent calendar is from a tutorial on splitcoaststampers, and most of the card layouts are from Kristina Werner's blog.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

holiday favors

Here's a cute idea from splitcoaststampers in combination with this post from Valerie Stangle that I used for door prizes at a party last night. Each is based on the 2-5-7-10 box with modifications for the top flap. This is a great template you can change around based on your need for the height and width of the box. The stamped part of the box comes from the Batty for You stamp set, using the 1 1/4, 1 3/8, and scallop circle punches. The patterned paper is Creepy Crawly. These came together very quickly and were a big hit at the party.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

September Class Schedule

September Class: Stamp-a-Stack-Children's cards
Saturday, September 22nd 10:00 am or Tuesday, September 25th 7:30 pm.

Class will include all supplies and envelopes needed to make 10 cards intended for children. Please bring your own adhesive or pre-order a SNAIL refill for $5 extra.
Cost: $16
Here's a couple samples of the cards we'll be making:

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


So I have been missing in action for sometime now, but all for good reasons...
This summer has been very busy for us so far. Both my parents, my husband's parents and my brother and his son were here visiting at different times. We babysat for some friends for a whole week, then I attended the Stampin' Up! convention in Denver for 4 days. Then my husband was gone for 4 days on a backpacking trip with the scouts. After that we took the kids to California for my niece's wedding...all of which happend during my first trimester of pregnancy with baby #3. You heard it here first!! Now we are home, most of the laundry is done, and the waves of nausea are subsiding (although my extreme fatigue is still lingering, and will probably never go away until we retire). The baby is due near the end of February, first of March, and since it is a leap year, we are hoping for a February 29th birthday so we only have to have a birthday party once every 4 years (is that how often leap years are???).

I do have some card samples to share, and an upcoming class to announce:

Class: Stamp-a-Stack (new catalog) Saturday, August 25th 10:00 am or Tuesday August 28th 7:30 pm

Class will include all supplies and envelopes needed to make 10 cards and envelopes featuring stamps and accessories from the new Fall/Winter Collection. Please bring your own adhesive or pre-order a SNAIL refill for $5 extra.
Cost: $16
This first sample was inspired by this post from Jenn Balcer.

This next one was inspired by a sample on the Stampin' Up! website.

There will be a couple other card choices available to complete 10 cards, and you can change the greeting to suit your needs.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Birthday cards

So my husband is an engineer and after the past two and a half years of watching me stamp and letting our home get taken over by stamping paraphernalia, he refuses to let me or himself purchase a card at the store. I tried to get him to buy one for his brother's birthday a few months ago, since masculine cards are pretty difficult for me to do, but he would not go for it. Anyway, my birthday was last week, and this is the card he made for me. There's no stamping on it, but he created it himself at work using some sort of drawing software or whatever rocket scientists use. Here's the details: Happy Birthday, Size A, Case Code 06-27-1977 (my birthdate), Drawing No. I LOVE YOU, Rev. 0 (which should say 15 or so, since that's how many times he said he had to print it before he got it right). Scale none, drawn by David Buecher, Birthday 31 of ALOT (this was my 30th birthday, a small oversight!). By the way, he mounted it on mellow moss cardstock...his favorite Stampin' Up! color. What a guy!

More baby stuff

This is a gift set I gave to a friend at her baby shower. I covered a wood frame from Michaels with patterned paper and Mod Podge, sanded the edges and wrapped the ribbon around the sides of the frame on top of sticky strip tape. The small tag in the middle is intended to be a diaper bag tag or luggage tag with the baby's name "Avery" on it. Both of these ideas came from Emily Giovanni's blog, and the scrapbook page layout came from the pagemaps website (I think!). It was really fun to make and fun to give as well. This was her 2nd girl, so she already has lots of clothes and baby essentials, so I thought she might like something handmade.

Friday, June 8, 2007

More name frames

Here's another batch of the name frames. See this post for details. Thanks to all the leaders who helped again with this batch. There were a few that got away without being photographed!

Bundle of Joy baby thank you

Isn't this so cute? I made two sets of 2o of this card for two friends who just had babies. One set was in purple colors (almost amethyst and elegant eggplant), and this one was in pinks. This one is notecard sized 5 x 3 1/2 inch, and the purple ones were sized for the smaller open end envelope in the catalog 6 1/2 x 3 1/4.
Supplies used: bundle of joy and noteworthy stamp sets, pretty in pink, regal rose, whisper white cardstock, regal rose, basic black, close to cocoa ink, rose ribbon, marvy mega scallop square punch, 1 3/8 square punch.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

June Stamp Class

3 + 4=10

How is this possible? My next stamp class will show you by using the Take three stamp set with Four seasons designer paper to make 10 cards and envelopes. These cards will all have the same layout and can be made in minutes! These projects are "notecard" sized (3 1/2 x 5 inch). They make a perfect gift set to give away, or keep on hand for your upcoming card giving needs. Contact me for more details. Thanks to this talented stamper for the inspiration on layout and design.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Another bundle of joy

I wanted to make a gender neutral baby card for my last card class, so I used the paper from the spring mini catalog petals and paisleys and my new favorite stamp set, bundle of joy. It's not my favorite color combination, but I think it turned out cute.

Supplies used: Bundle of Joy stamp set, Certainly Celery, Old olive, So Saffron, Chocolate chip cardstock, petals and paisleys double sided paper, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron ink, Round Tab punch, blender pens.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Teacher thank you

I wanted to design a thank you card for teachers for a few of my friends and family to use. This is what I came up with. I saw the general layout and colors in the February (I think) issue of the Stampin' Success magazine for demonstrators. I haven't made more than this one pictured here, so I guess I won't be giving any away to friends and family this year, since school is out this week for our district here, and by the time I make them and mail them to anyone, school would probably be out everywhere! Oh well. Maybe next year!

Supplies used: Basket full of fun, alphabits, warmest regards stamp sets, so saffron, old olive, real red cardstock, old olive, real red, going gray ink, ribbon, blender pens.

Bodacious Thanks

I saw this layout in the latest Stampin' Up! magazine for demonstrators. I changed it a little and used my newest flower set, bodacious bouquet.
Supplies used: play on words, bodacious bouquet and mixed bouquet stamp sets, cool carribean cardstock and ink, old olive cardstock and ink, apricot appeal ink, only orange ink,

Bundle of Joy

Here's another card I worked on this past week. This layout is from the spring mini catalog, but when I saw this card, I liked the colors better for a "gender neutral" baby card.

Supplies used: Bundle of Joy stamp set, canvas background stamp, play on words stamp set, sahara sand cardstock and ink, chocolate chip cardstock and ink, certainly celery cardstock and ribbon.

New Stuff

Now that the retirement list is posted, I was able to place my order to redeem the free stamp sets I earned during sell-a-bration for my stellar sales (thanks customers!) I chose Bodacious Bouquet and and Well Worn Alphabet. I have a lot of flower stamps, but I liked the look of this one a lot. Here's a sample I made this morning. I saw this card and really liked the colors and layout.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Back from California

I've been gone for two weeks visiting family in California, so nothing new to post. I am placing an order tonight, so hopefully I'll have something interesting to share in a week or so. I need to get a few batches of cards ready for gifts to give friends and relatives for different occasions. If I get a chance to work on that this week, I will definitely post the results of my labor.

On another husband had a tile backsplash installed in our kitchen while I was away for my Mother's Day gift. I love it!!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Today is National Scrapbook Day!!

Place an order of any amount today and get 20% off!! Just call or email me ( your order by midnight Saturday, May 5th and get 20% off your merchandise total (customer must pay tax and shipping on original price). Stock up on paper, albums, accessories, or choose a stamp set you've had on your wish list for months!

Just click here to view current Stampin' Up! Catalogs online. The list of retiring stamps is also posted on the SU! website!! The new idea book and catalog will be released in July, and these stamp sets will not be in the new catalog. Make your list now, and be sure to order your favorites before the time is up!

Mother's Day Wish List

Does your significant other struggle with gifts for Mother's Day? Pass along your Stampin' Up! wish list and make it easy for them to choose a gift you will love. Be sure to include my contact information so they'll know who to call or email to place an order.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

What's new from Stampin' Up! in May

Lots of cool stuff!

The retired list is out! Just click here to see a list of stamp sets that will be retiring as of June 30th this year.

Pallette o' Prints promotion! 12 patterns, 4 colors check it out here.

Thinking of becoming a demonstrator? Now is a great time...look at the extra FREE stuff you get for signing up by May 31st here.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Card Buffet Class

This au chocolat birthday card is "CASED" from this talented stamper:

Saturday May 19th 10 am or
Tuesday May 22nd 7:30 pm

Card Buffet Stamp Class
Dads, Grads, Babies, and Brides and by special request...birthdays
We all know them, so this year, instead of buying them a card (at the last minute most likely!) for their special day, come create a hand made card that will mean so much more! Choose how many of each theme you'd like to make. Minimum total is 10 cards.

Cost: $16 (For the first 10 cards. Each additional card is $1.50) Please indicate total number of each card you would like to make. (In other words, you could make 10 birthday cards if you wanted, or 2 of each theme, you choose from the "buffet"!)

Classes fill up quickly, so call or email to reserve your seat. Can't make the date, don't live in Colorado? Ask me about long-distance options. Stamp classes will be held at my home. No refunds on cancellations. If you sign up for class and are unable to attend, I will gladly stamp and assemble your projects for an additional fee.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Name Frames

These name frames were created by our YW leaders for the girls' birthdays this year. Before they are presented to the girls, we add handwritten words around the border using adjectives submitted by their peers describing qualties they admire in that girl. Each leader worked on one name and took about 2 hours to complete! We've done about 10 and have another 15 to do over the next several months.

They are mounted on tagboard leftover from packs of designer series paper from Stampin' Up! A variety of alphabets were used--some SU! and some foam type. Also, most of the biggest letters on each name are from Stampin' Up! chipboard. You can't tell from the photos very well, but there are eyelets in the top corners with a ribbon attached so they can be hung on a wall.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Spring Notecard

I rarely get time to stamp something during the day, but thanks to naptime for baby, and Cinderella for my 3 year old, I was able to hurry and make this little notecard. I pretty much copied it from one of the samples displayed on the Stampin' Up! Cruise. I haven't been able to earn the cruise yet, but my upline did and sent us some pictures of the samples. I didn't have the same stamps, so I substituted with Sweet Shapes. Ink and Paper colors are So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, and Rose Red. Dotted background stamp was also used on the Certainly Celery portion. Copyright Stampin' Up! 1990-2007

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A blog is born

I wasn't too sure about this whole blogging thing...but after spending lots of time looking at so many other blogs, I thought it was time to start my own. I don't have much "original" creative talent, but I think I am pretty good at finding the good stuff and copying it. This will at least give my friends and customers a place to view projects and hopefully get inspiration as well. My goal is to post a few new ideas a week.

My mom told me once that I should charge more for my stamp classes since they often turn into a therapy session for everyone who's there. But really, it's therapy for me. So here it is...stamping therapy for me and you.