Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Every Little Bit - Sweet Deals - Ends Wednesday

I was looking through the Online Extravaganza, one more time, and noticed something I hadn't really noticed before and wanted to make sure you were aware of it as well.  Too good not to point this out!!

Actually more than one thing... a few great deals.

First of all, the Birthday Calendar (101398) - regularly priced at $7.95 on sale for $5.57 (wish that was on sale before I did my calendar class!).  This calendar has no year constraint so it's a perpetual calendar that can be used over and over again so you never miss another birthday.

Then, to go with your calendar, how about Every Little Bit (120558) Clear Mount - regular price $27.95 on sale at 40% off for $16.77.  What a great deal!  I've always wanted that little set but didn't want to pay the price, but now, it's the perfect time.  Going in my shopping cart today for sure!  (Don't forget clear blocks if you don't have some already.)

And what better way to ink up those cute little stamps than to have a variety of Classic Stampin' Spots (119979) from the Getting Started Collection - regular price $21.95 on sale at 40% off at $13.17.  I love having the Stampin' Spots for these projects, easy to use and takes up less space on your work area.
So... what do you think of these great deals?  Oh wait... there's one more! 

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it and it will be time to make those sweet cards with lots of love and frilly hearts.  How about 40% off a Love Bundle (129033) (Clear Mount) originally priced at $27.45 on sale for $16.47.  This includes I {Heart} Hearts (clear mount) and I {Love} Love Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel (tool not included). 

So, check out these Sweet Deals before the Online Extravaganza ends....  The last you can order them online is 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Wednesday, November 30th.  Don't miss these great deals!

~ Donna 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Come to Bethlehem

Today was a very productive card making day and I enjoyed every moment!  Besides making the "Angry Birds" Birthday Card, I also managed to start my Christmas Ornaments for our Team Swap in December and I finished 8 "Come to Bethlehem" Christmas Cards.

This was very simple to make yet elegant at the same time.

Cardstock:  Night of Navy and Very Vanilla

Ink:  VersaMark 102283

Cool Tools:  Gold Embossing Powder 109129
Heat Tool 100005
Framed Tulips Embossing Folder 121809
Basic Rhinestones 119246

Stamp image on 4 1/4 x 3 1/8 Night of Navy, sprinkle gold embossing powder on and heat thoroughly with the Heat Tool.  Very Vanilla 5 3/16 x 3 7/8.  You may want to make it slightly bigger and then trim around the emboss to desired size.  Card base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2.

Happy Creating!

Angry Birds Birthday Card

So, I received this email with a totally CUTE Angry Birds Card and we just knew I had to make one for our boss for her birthday.  She recently played a little of the Angry Birds game on a friends phone and really got a kick out of it. 

The idea comes from Tami White's video HERE.  I changed it up a bit and used paper instead of the rubber band.  The rubber band is really cuter, but I know how those things disintegrate and wanted it to last forever with the paper.

Everything used is Stampin' Up! with the exception of the scallop punch for the grass.  It's one of the punches I don't have yet, so I used what I had.  Guess that will be added to a shopping list sometime.


Paper:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Whisper White and Basic Black.

Ink:  Marina Mist (for making the sky / clouds), StazOn Black for wood grain, Chocolate Chip for sentiment.

Cool Tools:  Owl Punch (eyes) 118074, Cupcake (eyes and "feathers") 121807, 1 3/8" circle 119860, 1 1/4" circle 119861, 2 3/8" scallop circle 118874, word window 119857, scallop edge 119882, crimper 101618

Stamps:  Woodgrain background 117100, Petite Pairs (w-122495 c-122497).

Everything you see here can be purchased from me on my website HERE.  Don't forget our Online Extravaganza is going on now until November 30th, so don't miss out on some of the special bargains.  Only a few days left to grab a great deal!

What do you think of this adorable card?  I'm an Angry Birds fanatic, so to me it's Stinkin' Cute!!! 

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving filled with family and friends.

~ Donna

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mark Your Calendar's for December 6th

Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin' UP! to Appear on the TODAY Show!

Exciting news--for the third year in a row, Shelli Gardner has been invited to appear on NBC's TODAY Show!

Shelli's December 6 appearance on the TODAY Show is in recognition of Stampin' Up!'s participation with the Direct Selling Association (DSA) in the annual TODAY Show Holiday Toy Drive. We are honored once again to give back during this holiday tradition. Below is a list of organizations that Stampin' Up! will donate to this year.

At Stampin' Up!, we believe in making a difference in the lives of others--whether they're our demonstrators, our employees, the people who use our products, or children in need of a way to express their creativity.

Since 2005, Stampin' Up! has been honored to participate in the TODAY Show's Holiday Toy Drive. This year, Stampin' Up! will be donating over $500,000 worth of stamping and paper crafting products to the following organizations:
  • Action for Boston Community Development Inc.
  • Alliance for Children's Rights
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Harford County
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Community Partners of Dallas - Rainbow Room
  • Diocese of Saint Augustine
  • Friendship Project
  • Help USA
  • Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN)
  • Kids In Need Foundation
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section - The Dignity Project
  • Operation Homefront
  • Puerto Rican Family Institute
  • St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
  • Stephen Siller Foundation/Katrina Fund
  • Welcome House
  • Youthbuild USA
Please take the time to watch (I'll be recording it at home so I can see it later) and let me know what you think!  This will be an awesome opportunity for Stampin' Up! to get some nationwide exposure.

Have a great Tuesday!

~ Donna

Monday, November 21, 2011

Online Extravaganza Begins Today!

The Online Extravaganza Begins NOW!!!  Take advantage of select 24-hour-only discounts!

Things to Remember
  • Discounted products (except My Digital Studio Express and digital downloads) are available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Discounted digital downloads are only available on demonstrator and online order types.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided. Bundle discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are used.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • Discounts range between 20 and 60 percent.
Happy Shopping!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday Mail for Heroes

Holiday Mail for Heroes Program Overview

The holiday season is just around the corner and it’s time again to start thinking about being part of the 2011 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. For a fifth year, American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes are partnering to ensure all Americans have an opportunity to send a touch of home this holiday season to members of our U.S. military, veterans and their families, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season.

Starting this fall and throughout the holiday season, the Red Cross is working with Pitney Bowes, a mail stream technology company, to collect and distribute holiday cards to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world.

The process is very simple and takes no time at all - All you need is a pen and piece of paper to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedoms The Holiday Mail for Heroes mail box is open and ready to receive for your cards. Please send all mail to:

Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Sending a “touch of home” to American men and women who serve our country is the perfect way to express your appreciation and support during the holiday season.

Card Guidelines:
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
  • All cards being sent in for 2011 Holiday Mail For Heroes program should be postmarked no later than Friday, December 9, 2011.
  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards, as the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos, as these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • We encourage participants to mail as many cards as they are comfortable sending. If you are mailing a large quantity, please bundle the cards and place them in large mailing envelopes or use a flat rate box from the post office. Each card does not need its own envelope, as cards will be removed from all envelopes before distribution.
  • Please refrain from sending holiday cards with glitter. Many of these cards will be delivered to military and veterans medical facilities and the glitter could interfere with a patient's recovery.
If each of us sent at least one card, think how many would be sent.  Even one card can make a world of difference.

I hope you'll take a minute or two to send out at least one card for this program.  It will make you feel good inside and will make the recipient feel even better!

Friday, November 18, 2011

24 Hour - Specials - Monday, November 21st

Don't forget Monday Morning - 12:01 a.m. (mountain time) the Online Extravaganza Begins.  During the first 24 hours there will be two specials on sale!!  Items will be available on My Stampin UP! website beginning on November 21, 12:01 am and running through 11:59 pm (mountain time).

These specials will not be extended past the deadline.

The Extravaganza lasts until November 30th, but the extra specials are only in the first 24 hours.

To place an order please visit My Stampin' UP! website on Monday November 21, 2011


Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Online Extravaganza!!

Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. While this promotion is perfect for online orders during an especially busy time of year, sale prices will be available on all order types.

Be sure to log in to my Online Store on Monday, November 21, to take advantage of great savings, like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

In addition, there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT]) - so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza!   Watch your email for a reminder e-card first thing Monday November 21st so you won't miss the 24-hour-only deals.

I know I can hardly wait to see what they have planned for us.  I haven't seen any sneak peeks, so I'm in the same boat as you!

Tomorrow's Friday - finally, so keep your head up and the weekend will be here soon.

Happy Thursday!

~ Donna

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Calendar Class

I held my Calendar Class on Friday - 11-11-11 at 11 a.m. (of course!)  Linda and I originally took this class from Diana Gibbs (thank you Di!) and loved it so much that I just had to offer it to my girls.  I made a few changes to the original one we made with Diana since I didn't have the same stamps for certain months, but I think they all came out really great!  Thanks to Linda I was able to borrow a couple of sets from her (thank you Linda!). as well as some inks for duplicate colors and clear blocks so we didn't have to remove the stamps to put on others.

Here's the girls making their calendars. 

Stephanie, Mary and Linda

Mary (what a nice smile!) and Linda.  You'll notice, Linda's making TWO calendars and she bought my extra one to make a 3rd at home.  I bet her family is getting calendar's for Christmas!

Tonia, Barbie and Brittney

Brittney, Barbie and Tonia's hands... lol

Tonia is actually working on a different project. She's decided to make Christmas Bingo cards, complete with magnetic Bingo Bits for her family, friends and for her two kids' classes.  A total of 88... Yikes!

Here are some of the calendar pages that I did different from the ones we made at Diana's class.  The only cover difference is colors used.

 For June, I just loved the idea of using Under the Stars (111556).  Too cute with the bear and skeeters flying through.
 For August, I loved Up, Up and Away (w - 122755 / c - 122757).  Thanks to Brittney (thanks Brit!) for letting me borrow this one.  She brought it over on a whim and I loved how it came out!
 December... Penguins and a Snowman are crucial!  So here we have Polar Party (w - 122675 / c-122677) and Snow Much Fun (w- 122560 / c- 122562).  I also added some snowflakes to this one after the picture was taken.

I hope you did something fun and special for 11/11/11 - I know we sure had a great time making these calendars.  Thanks for peeking in.

~ Donna

Friday, November 4, 2011

Beautiful Season

So sorry I've been MIA this week.  On Sunday as I was preparing for my Birthday Calendar Class I managed to trip over something and did a faceplant into a very solid wood desk.  Thankfully, I think my glasses saved my eye from any long term damage.  I do look like I've been in a bad fight however.  Why is it that bruises look worse as they should be getting better?  My eye was swollen shut for a full two days and then slowly started to peek through on Tuesday night.

Now that I can see again, I did some creating yesterday evening and this morning and I wanted to share as soon as I could.

If you haven't looked closely at the Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper, you might want to.  Two of the sheets inside are beautiful laser cut doily designs.  You'll notice they are Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo, but on the back, they are Whisper White and when cut apart with your Snips or Craft Knife, they make beautiful snowflakes!  Each sheet has 16 "snowflakes" which gives you 32 total to use as a beautiful focal point on your Christmas Cards.

I saw this card design on Sarah's Ink Spot and changed it up a bit with the stamps and embossing folders I have available.  See what you think.

Cardstock - Real Red and Whisper White
DSP - Flirtatious
Stamp Set - Beautiful Season (w-122680 / c-122682)
Ink:  Garden Green (for sentiment) and Staz-On Black
Stampin' Pastels (for coloring)

Cool Tools:  
Embossing Folder - Snow Burst (124096)
Decorative Label Punch (120907)

I'm really happy with how it turned out and I'm off to go make some more!  Have a great day!

~ Donna