Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest Stamper - Alyssa N.

Alyssa and Brittney stayed after our Saturday workshop to make some extra cards for birthdays and a get well, so I thought I'd share the cute card Alyssa made.  This is her first time as our "Guest Stamper" so - Yayyyy Alyssa!
I'm sure you've seen this card before but with different colors and papers. My original one was done with watercolor paper, aqua pen and ink pads squished onto the lids.  If you missed mine, it can be seen HERE.  Confused about the squished lids?  Ask me!
Alyssa was using some old kits that were precut - so the blue paper you see is retired Baja Breeze and I believe the DSP is from the Spring Catalog.  After DSP retires, I generally cut it up into 6" x 6" squares to use for any number of uses.  My favorite making cards for Operation Write Home.
The "cheese" is So Saffron cut at 5 1/4" x 4 - 2 times with the top pieces being punched with 3/4" and 1/2" circles to make it "swiss".  Then she sponged So Saffron ink around the edges and the holes.  Pop it up with Dimensionals to give some depth and add the top.

When she inked up the stamp, she covered the sentiment and stamped just the picture, then colored it using our Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.

Inside we inked up just the sentiment after thoroughly cleaning the entire stamp so it was nice and clean for no stamping shadows that could be left behind.

Also on the inside is another piece of Whisper White cut at 5 1/4" x 4" for a nice clean area to stamp the sentiment.  Always remember to stamp first then adhere it to the card base - just in case you have a stamping boo-boo.

Thank you for looking in today.  Be sure to leave some love for Alyssa in the comments.  I know she'll get a kick out of it.  She's one of my youngest stampers at the age of 18 and she loves to craft, I love that she loves it!

~ Donna

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Saturday's Workshop - Chimney Delivery

Saturday's workshop was fun a crowded table of six.  It may have  been elbow to elbow, but we had a great time visiting and chatting while we crafted.  Well, looks like two of them were visiting with others on their phones, I hope they weren't talking to each other that way!  LOL

Left to Right:  Alyssa, Brittney, Berta (our hostess today!), Mary, Daisy and Marie.
Peeking over Berta's shoulder as she's coloring her chimney for Santa to come down.

Here is one of the cards we made today.  This one was made by Brittney.  See how she colored the packages?  She colored them with the lighter shade of Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and then made her stripes and dots with a darker shade.  Comes out really nice, don't you think?

Berta and Mary working on their chimney's.  I just love this stamp set!  So versatile.

Thank you for looking in today.  Tomorrow I'll share a couple of cards Brittney and Alyssa made after the others left.  They both had cards that needed made and what better time to craft while already here and everything is available!

Happy Sunday!

~ Donna

Friday, September 12, 2014

Santa is the Chimney Delivery

I saw this adorable card on Sarah Wills' blog and just had to CASE it.  For those of you new to stamping CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.  We Demonstrators love to share with you and with each other.  This one was just irresistible!  Thank you Sarah!

Here comes Santa coming down the chimney, or is he leaving?  Good question, because with this card, he can do both!

This card looks difficult, but it is actually very easy and just think of the smiles you'll get when someone receives it and pulls out the tag and finds Santa in their chimney!

Start with a card base of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score it at 4 1/4".  Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler or Real Red down to 5 1/4" x 4" and punch the edges using the new Confetti Stars Punch (135861). 

Remember, when you buy a new punch, be sure to punch it several times on scrap paper - preferable scrap cardstock to remove the left over residue from manufacturing.  It took several tries with this one because of so many edges to it.

Cut a piece of Whisper White at 3" x 3 3/4", stamp and color your chimney as desired.  I used our Blendabilities.  Using your super sharp Paper Snips (103579) cut out the middle of the chimney.

Cut another piece of Whisper White 2" x 3 3/4" and stamp Santa from Get Your Santa On (135761) and punch the top with the Scallop Tag Topper (133324).  Tie a pretty ribbon through and tie it off with white Bakers Twine.

Before you put it all together, cut a piece of Basic Gray behind the chimney opening and adhere it to your Cherry Cobbler base.  Place several dimensionals around the edges, leaving enough room for the tag to slide in.  I cut mine in half so they go further, and fit well around this to make a pocket.

Here you can see Santa is actually on a removable tag and the chimney is empty when he's out and when he's in, you see his feet sliding in.  Too Cute!

I hope you have fun making this card.  I just think it's adorable!  Thanks again to Sarah Wills for sharing her idea.

Thank you for looking in today!

~ Donna

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gift Box Punch Board

Tis the season for gifts and boxes and fun!  With our Gift Box Punch Board you can quickly and easily make great little boxes for any occasion. No glue involved, just punch score and fold!  Easy Peasy!
This one is made with regular card stock which works fine, but can be a little fragile, but if you are careful you'll be just fine.
We do have some extra sturdy 12 x 12 paper in the Holiday Catalog that will make boxes even stronger and easier to put together.

For this box, I used Cajun Craze card stock (119684), Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper (135820), Crushed Curry 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain (134555), Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine (135639), Autumn Wooden Elements (135846) and of course, the Gift Box Punch Board (135863).

To purchase anything you've seen here, just click on any of the items to go to my store.

Thank you for stopping in today!

~ Donna

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You're Wonderful!

You’re Wonderful

Check out this beautiful new Photopolymer set called "You're Wonderful".  This was posted on the Stampin' Up Blog by Melody H. a Concept Artist at Stampin' Up!  This is what she has to say on the blog:
I’m happy to announce the September photopolymer stamp set, You’re Wonderful—inspired by one of my carved stamps. This is my second stamp set.
1 Youre Wonderful - all samples
Here in the Sales Division at the home office, it has become a tradition to take a turn creating a birthday card for someone else in the division. This year it was my honor to make a card for one of our illustrators, Kathy Pitt. I love this woman. She’s smart, funny, super-sassy, and is an inspiration to me. I wanted to make her something special. She designs so many marvelous stamp sets for all of us, and I wanted to make one for her. The sentiment of the stamp I made for her may not be to everyone’s liking, but I think it fits her sassiness.
2 Youre Wonderful_crbFreakin Birthday
The card I made for her birthday looked just like this one.
3 Youre Wonderful_crbWonderful Birthday
I love the whimsical feel of the scripted sentiment, the fun flow of the banners, and the pops of color from the gorgeous flowers. This card makes me happy.
I have to give credit to our other illustrator, Lori Sume, for drawing the beautiful flowers. I tried to draw some myself, but it just wasn’t working. She did an incredible job.
I used the flower stamps on this card to create my own background. I stamped the flowers in sections using Crumb Cake ink, then quickly added Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the damp ink to give the flowers a softer look.
4 Youre Wonderful_crbSister
I clear-embossed the flowers and banners on this card, too. 
5 Youre Wonderful_crbTo My Friend
I hope I hope that you’ll enjoy this stamp set as much as I do! You can order a set for yourself by contacting your demonstrator...
Isn't this just beautiful!?  I know it will be on my next order!  How about you?
Thank you for looking in today.  Happy Hump Day!
~ Donna

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Weekly Deals - September 9, 2014

Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

What'S Up Punch Item # 133781
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

2" Circle Punch Item # 133782
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups Item # 116802
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter Item # 133751
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.69 CAN

Blushing Bride Baker's Twine Item # 134577
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 129984
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Hexagon Punch Item # 130919
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN

World Traveler Photobook Template - Digital Download Item # 130066
Regular Price: $17.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $10.77 US/$11.97 CAN

Monday, September 8, 2014

Give Thanks

I'm giving Thanks today for a great weekend with friends!  On Saturday six of us from my stamp team went to Tucson, Arizona to meet with other Demonstrators for a fabulous Unite and Excite event.  We had a great time and a safe trip, despite the lightning, thunder and rain!

Something that was fabulously exciting for me was to meet Mary Fish.  I've been following her blog since before I became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  We were even sitting at the same table for all our brainstorming discussions.  Thank you Mary for all your inspiration.

Now for today's card.  This is actually a Christmas set called White Christmas (135767) in the Holiday Catalog.  It is a Photopolymer set which my favorite type of stamp.  I just love how they stamp so crisp and clean and you can see exactly where you are placing them.  Perfect for when you want to layer your stamps onto a card.

I first tried to ink up the tree with my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write Marker and the ground with my Always Artichoke Marker, but I didn't get good enough coverage on the trees.  So, instead I inked the trees above the ground with my Baked Brown Sugar ink pad and then colored in the rest with the markers.  It worked perfectly!

There's a great little Autumn Wooden Elements (135846) tied on with Linen Thread (104199)

To make the leaves on trees, I used Q-tips by dabbing them into my inks.  I used Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar (just a little) and Daffodil delight.  There is also a stamp in the set that makes great little dots on the trees as well.

The "give thanks" comes from a Special Hostess Set called Good Greetings.  This is an exclusive stamp set available FREE to all hostesses with a qualifying party of $300 or more before October 31, 2014.  Contact me to earn your free set!

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I'm totally addicted to rubber stamps and making cards. When I first started scrapbooking, I said, "Oh I'll never buy stamps..." Oh boy was I ever wrong there!! And now here I am, enjoying the fun of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and the collection just grows and grows!!!