Monday, January 26, 2015

Creative Blog Monday

Something a little bit different in a blog hop today.  I'm honored to be chosen by Dianne Sisneros to participate in this hop.  I love her work.  If you would like to view some of it you can check out her blog here Stampin' With Bee.  

In addition to posting my project today, and introducing two other bloggers, (which we will get to later) there are four questions to answer that will give you some insight as to how I run my business and my motivation.  Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the page.

I created a fun Birthday card using supplies from our New Occasions MIni.  I think the little creative part about it is I used our Fringe Scissors to "fringe" the DSP strip attached to the "Happy" the different colors fit perfect inline with the "scissors"  Wohoo. 

Here's what I used to make the card:
Stampin' Up Idea Book and Catalog:
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Crisp Cantalope, and Whisper White
Ink: Tangelo Twist
Party Pennants Bigz L Die - #133732  $32.95
Fringe Scissors - #133325  $9.95
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle - #119854  $16.95   Banner - #133519  $12.95
Other: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, Snail and Dimensionals
Occasions MIni:
Stamp Set: Crazy About You - #137137  $24.95
Thinlits Dies: Hello You - #137363  $24.95
Bundle these 2 together and save %15 - #138873  $42.25
DSPSpecialty:  Birthday Bash - #137783  $12.95
Other: Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim - 137910  $4.95

Here are the 4 questions and my answers:

What are you working on?

Right now I am working on Leadership swaps.  This is my first Leadership and am very excited to be able to go.

How does your work differ from others?

I watch my triplet grandsons a couple of days a week while my daughter works, and am also a "Go For" for my DH and son who run our family farm.  So for my fun time I stamp.  I've been a demo for 10 1/2 years and am slowly growing a downline.  I first started with a group of friends and each one took turns being the hostess each month and I still have that group.  Some have moved away and others have stopped, but we have picked up a few along the way.  I also hold a Stamp Camp every other month and run it for 2 days, Saturday and Sunday.  Along with 2 of my downline we have between 30 - 50 total stampers for the weekend.  I enjoy going out and having other workshops once in awhile too.

Why do you create what you do?

That's a very interesting question.  I have always loved to craft and create things.  And I guess the main reason why is because it makes me feel good to give something that I have made with my own two hands to someone that makes them happy.

How does your creative process work?

I sometimes will look at an object and think how can I recreate that with paper or other material.  I love making miniature things and altering or using recycled items.  I also love Pinterst and other demo blogs and sites where I can find something I like and turn it into my own by adding or taking away from it.  The card I made today started with a sample I saw from our Occasions mini.  If you are a new stamper our catalogs are a great inspiration to get started.

I hope you enjoy my project and my insights.  

Now the names of the two new bloggers I have chosen and their blogs are: 
Karen Woodard and her blog Stamping Paradise
Kristeen Wiggins and her blog Who Made Those

Be sure to check out last weeks blogger.   And my two new bloggers next week!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Pumpkin January 2015

Here is a fun little video showcasing January's Paper Pumpkin kit that comes right to your door.  Everything you need to finish the project except adhesive.

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! has lowered the price of the 3 month prepaid subscription. During Sale-A-Bration (January 6-March 31) you  can save money and instantly qualify for a FREE product!
Why did we choose to discount the 3 month subscription? Because all good things come in threes! Here are three things we know you'll love.
  1. Save $5.00 on your subscription.
  2. The price point instantly qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
  3. Skip to the fun for three months with all the stamps, ink, and paper ready to go for amazing papercrafting projects. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop Stop #4

Hello Stampin' Friends and welcome to Stampin' Addicts Occasions Blog Hop.  This Hop will run from January 16 - January18.  I love the new Occasions catalog.  So many beautiful and fun things to make.  The colors are so vibrant in the catalog.   It makes me think more of spring than winter and I don't know about you but I'm already so done with thinking about winter.  If you are following the Hop in order you have just arrived from Tanya's blog where she Wow'd us with some super cute projects using the "Wood You Be Mine" stamp set.  Didn't you just love her creative work!  There are 10 stops on the Hop so please be sure and check them all out.  All you have to do is hop around until you come back to the blog you started at.  Please leave a comment for us.  We love to hear what you think of our work.  The stamp set I chose to feature was "Hey Valentine".  It's such a fun set, and just right for making fun cards for little ones.
Here is a group shot of my project. Now let's look a little closer at each one.
I fell in love with this stamp as soon as I saw it.  Made me think of a show that my "Grandtrips"watch called "Bubble Guppies".  I thought it would make a fun easel card.
When I first saw this tag stamp I knew I had to make a Big #1 to put it on.
And here is what I used those cute little punched out hearts for.  I added them to the top of my box for a border.  This is my fun little open end box made with the Scallop Tag Topper punch for the back.  This idea came from a similar box that Holly made at Christmas time.  I just adapted it to fit my box of candy.
And that's my projects.  I hope you have enjoyed your stop here at my blog and now it's time to hop on over to Mary's blog and see the wonderful creations that she has made for us using the stamp set " From The Head".  Can't wait!  Thanks for stopping by and have a super creative day!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lightbulb Moment! Cute Little Punch Art Heart

I was playing around with my paper and punches and came up with this cute little heart idea.  Such a fun little heart to add to just about anything.  Would be really cute in a shaker card or a regular card or maybe something else.  Check back on Friday when I'm hopping with Stampin' Addicts to see just what I added my cute little hearts to.  Have a super day!
Punches I used:
Hearts Boarder Punch  #133784  $15.95
Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Heart)  #133787  $16.95

Monday, January 12, 2015

A Quick and Easy Perpetual Calendar

What a fun way to keep track of the month and day all year round.  Debbie posted a picture and directions on her blog Secret Stamper  of how to make a fun perpetual calendar and I fell in love with the idea and had to make one of my own.  Check out her blog for the measurements for the base holder.  The number cubes are Stampin' Up!s mini brown boxes that you can buy.  
Stamps Sets I used:
Project Life - Day to Day  (for the months)  #135785
Larger Than Life Alphabet & Numbers  #1353382
Sale-A-Bration -You Brighten My Day  $139106

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Sale a Bration Blog Hop Stop #2

Hello and Happy New Year!  Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Sale a Bration Blog Hop 2015!  Are you in for a treat!  So many fun goodies showcased in the Hop that you can get FREE when you purchase $50 in Stampin' Up products.  WoHoo!  If you are following the Blog Hop in order then you have just come from Heidi's Blog "RunningwScissorsStamper" where she wowed us with her great work using the Best Day Ever Stamp Set.  Makes you want to get that set now doesn't it.  There are 10 stops on the Hop so I hope you will "hop" all the way around to the beginning so you can view them all.  This "Hop" will run from Friday, January 2 thru Sunday, January 4.  So let's get on to my projects that I'm super excited to show you.
I chose the Best Year Ever Accessories for my product to work with.  This FREE product includes a container of buttons and 3 spools of ribbon in Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, & Crushed Curry.  What fun Springy colors!
My first project I made was a card with matching envelope.  A clean and simple card using each color of ribbon.  Adding just a simply saying from one of the new Occasions sets called Painted Petals finishes the card.  A little ribbon and a button on an envelope to match and it's done.
My second project is a Button Bracelet.  I have wanted to make one for a while now, so this gave me the perfect opportunity to get it done.  I love how it turned out.  (Although I used most of my buttons) but never fear I can get more FREE! with my next order. lol  I did use some white buttons from our Neutrals Pack from the Big Stampin' Up! Catalog.  Adding a bow after I finished it.  Stampin' Jill has a great video on YouTube on how to make these fun bracelets.  (Check it out after the "Hop")
And so my last project was a little Tag for my gift box.  Tags are so fun to make and give a personal touch to any gift.  I first punched out a tag using our Note Tag Punch and then using Calypso Coral stamped the phrase and flower from the FREE SAB set Simply Wonderful on it.  I trimmed thin bits of Crushed Curry ribbon and threaded though my 2 buttons to give a fun look to them and glue dotted them to the tag.  I added a Coastal Cabana ribbon to my box to close it up, and there you have it!  I hope you have enjoyed my projects as much as I did making them for you.  Now it's time to "Hop" on over to Tina's Blog "Paper Art Garden" and see what wonderful projects she has made for us using the Project Life Mini Card Collection.  I can't wait!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mini Merry Christmas Sack

I made some of these fun little sack for our New Catalog Kickoff.  It's a perfect little treat to make using our Trim the Tree Paper Stack.  The cute little tag is made with the fun stamp set called Merry Everything and then punched out with the Note Tag Punch.  This set and punch can be also bought in a bundle to save you a15%!
Here are the directions below so you can make some yourself.  Be sure and fill them with some chocolate before giving them away.
Starting with a 4" x 6" piece of Designer Series Paper or Cardstock follow the directions below.
Numbers for items I used are as follows:

Trim the Tree DSP  #135824   $6.95
Merry Everything Stamp Set  (Clear)  # 135071  $16.95
Not Tag Punch  #135860   $16.95
(Bundle) Stamp Set and Punch  #137636  $28.75

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Crafty Christmas Projects

Here are the projects we made at our last Stamp Camp.  Thanks to everyone who came and crafted with us!
The idea from this project came from a swap at convention.  Using the Top Note die for a wrap for the candy cane makes for a cute project.
Beautiful card I CAS'd from another demo.  Love this stamp set.
Another beautiful and simple CAS.  Using the classic Lovely as a Tree stamp set and the set I find I go to more and more for fun stamping Work of Art.
Fun little box made with our new Gift Box Punch Board.

The next four projects were my downline Kelly's
Red Christmas
Set of 3 cute tags
Snowman clip with a chocolate
A Christmas Post Card

The last four projects were my downline Shannon's creations.
Such a pretty star card
Reminds me of a Coca Cola card
Set of 4 fun tags
and a Santa gift card holder (sorry this one is pretty blurry)
and that's it!  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Sale starts Monday!

Online Extravaganza starts on Monday with select items and bundles at discounted prices. Plus, there will be limited-time doorbusters on the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. You don't want to miss them! This sale lasts from November 24 through December 2, or while supplies last. Learn more about these deals and discover which products (including select Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) are going on sale here.

  • Sale Runs Monday, November 24 through Monday, December 1
  • Some items on sale only until noon Monday, November 24
  • Some items on sale only  Monday, December 1
  • Everything is while supplies last!
  • Purchase over $150 and receive Stampin’ Rewards!
  • You can purchase everything in my online store
  • You can check out the list of items here – Online Sale.
If you would like a REALLY big discount make your list of what you would like (up to $125).  You will be able to get this list for $74.25 plus tax and NO SHIPPING! So now click on JOIN NOWand become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for an even bigger discount!  If your list is more than $125 go ahead and place an order after joining  and if it is over $150 you will get 30% off of those items!  WHEW!  Can you spell S A L E. Don’t worry, no pressure to sell or do anything as a Stampin’Up! Demonstrator. Contact me to find out more!
The cool thing about if you sign up is that you will get to see the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration catalog in DECEMBER!  Yes, you won’t have to wait AND you will be able to order early from it!  Can you say awesome Holiday gifts for your crafty friends?
Please contact me if you have any questions. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Build A Box Snowman

Love, love, love the new box maker board from Stampin'Up!. Here's what I made for Tracy Mitchell for hosting tonight. My idea came from a snowman done by Cindy Elam for the last Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop. I added a hat to my snowman.  I made the 3 biggest cubed boxes for his body and the same size as head for his hat.  I used the envelope maker board for the brim of his hat.  The Owl Builder Punch for his eyes, smile and buttons.  I used the new 1" Cherry Cobbler Ribbon for his scarf.  Thanks for looking!  Have a super duper day!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop.  Can you believe that it's that time of year again already?  or it will be soon enough.  I'm so glad you are joining us for this fun Hop.  And I hope you will get a little inspiration from our ideas.  There are 14 stops on the Hop featuring products from Stampin' Ups! Holiday Mini and I'm number 2 so if you are following the Hop in order you have just arrived from stop number 1 which just happens to be Cindy's Blog named Hearts Delight where she did a amazing job showcasing Cheerful Tags and The Gift Box Punch Board.  Love it!  Remember that no matter where you start on the Hop you can still see all the ideas just by hopping around until you get back to where you started.  I chose to showcase the Wonderous Wreath Bundle.
Don't you love it when an idea you have in your head actually works when you put it on paper.  The only thing I had to do was to make this card  4 1/4 square card.  It's a very simple card and that's just what I was going for.  Inks I used were Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Wild Wasbabi.  I love this fun set!
My second project came from a tealight that Becky Roberts had designed.   I wanted to go for the simple look and came up with this cute little wreath tealight.  Wouldn't this make cute little favors sitting at everyone's place at the dinner table for that special Christmas meal?
and that's it!  I hope you enjoyed my projects and feel free to visit my blog again soon.  Now it's time to hop on over to Kim's Blog - Stitchin' N Stampin' On Paper to see what adorable things she has come up with using the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit.