Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Stampin' Up! added a Clearance Rack to the Online Store this week. These are retired and discontinue items at deeply discounted prices. Check them out by clicking on the Shop Now button at the top right of my Stampin' Up! website. You'll see a Clearance Rack tab at the Stampin' Up! Online Store.
Friday, September 25, 2009
See my Events Calendar
Halloween 'Up Fold' Mini Album $10
Quick and easy to make. Fun and entertaining filled with your Halloween pictures.
Frankie Treat Box $3
My favorite Halloween guy is right here. You can also make a female version with pink hair, a bow and long eyelashes!
Super cute and so easy to make with a few punches and a touch of glue. This is a great little item to add to a Trick or Treat bag.
Monster Eyeballs 4/$1
Laugh out loud cute - I just love these little monster eyeballs rolling around.
Sweet Treat Cup Lollies $1.5
Another adorable candy treat - what a fun Lolli made from the Sweet Treat Cups and Sweet Centers stamp set.
Pillow Box Favors $2
The perfect little Trick or Treat favor - make yours from a Window Sheet or cardstock. Filled with candy corn and tied with a ribbon.
BOO! Banner $5
A great banner to hang this season and a chance to cut some letters from the Big Shot. Another quick and easy project, add additional 'spooky' embellishments to yours.
Spooky Candle $7
Stamped and wrapped, this spooky candle makes a great adult gift or a centerpiece for you to keep.
Choose your favorite items and RSVP with how many of each that you'd like to make. Can't wait to see you at this Spooktacular Buffet!
This is the Thank You card that my customers received this month with each of their orders. I used a So Saffron card base - definitely one of my favorite color - and some pattern papper from the Jackpot DSP! I'll give details and some pictures next week to show you exactly what the Movers & Shapers Die looks like and how I used it to create this card - did you know that the Movers & Shapers Die cuts and scores your card base as well as cutting out the Curly Label window wherever you want it?! love this re-positionable little die!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I made this late last night and popped it in the mail for a last minute swap. Really last minute - signed up to fill an empty spot in this swap last night. Cards are due tomorrow - Priority Mail is my friend. :)
Stamps: Branch Out, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Dusty Durango Polka Dot Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Here's a really simple card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Taffy Alphabet and the Tea Party Designer Series Paper.
I stamped the Taffy alphabet in Lovely Lilac Craft ink onto a strip of the Tea Party DSP. Then I covered the letters with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it. This is layered onto a strip of Lovely Lilac cardstock and then another mat of Regal Rose cardstock. I used the Scallop Edge Punch along the bottom of the last mat and tied a knot of Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon. The card base is Gable Green.
Easy Peasy lemon squeezie - wouldn't this make a SWEET little baby card?
Monday, September 21, 2009
I participate in (several) swap with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators and this particular swap was based on the Holiday Mini Catalog. My card used the Four the Holidays stamp set and the Merry Accessories Sizzlet die from the mini, as well as the flocked paper from Specialty Cocoa DSP. You can click here to see my swap card.
The Twick or Tweet set in these two swap cards is one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Mini.
On the second Twick or Tweet card from the swap, check out the window cut in the front of the card. This is the Stampin' Up! exclusive Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die. This Bigz Die cuts and scores your card base and has a moveable magnetic piece that allows you to cut the Curly Label window at any place on your card front. It also coordinates with the Curly Label Punch. I will be posting some fun cards using both of these soon as I just received my Movers & Shapers Die this week.
Remember that when you host a qualifying workshop with me, you can choose ANY item from the Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10. You could choose a stamp set, the Movers & Shapers Die or anything else in the Holiday Mini Catalog that you just must have. This Sweet Rewards Promotion ends soon, so be sure to call or e-mail me to schedule a workshop today.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Here is another page from a recent Scrap A Stack event. This is created on a base of Basic Gray cardstock and used the Stampin' Up! alphabet set Taffy Alphabet.
We create six 12x12 pages at my Scrap A Stacks and the pages are a pretty wide variety of layouts and styles. This particular page was my favorite from this month's class. I love the distressed edges, the varying strips of Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper and Taffy Alphabet is one of my favorite alphabets. However, the number one reason I love this page is because this page has a 'feel' to it - a calm, 'easy' feeling - and I think the title is perfect for that.
I love the layout for one large photo. Sometimes I like to tell a story with a series of photos and other times, the story being told needs a variety of different photos. But for this page, the story is told with a single blurred photo.
The photo is taken from my perspective, laying on the trampoline next to my husband. Our family spends a lot of time on our trampoline and on this evening, Brian and I were laying on it, while the kids caught a football thrown by Brian. The picture shows the action of the kids with their blurred motion and the ball in the air, but the emotionI get from it a content one. A happy one.
Not much journaling on this page - what can I say? The layout and the photo say it all for me and I just added a date so I would remember the time when my kids were this size and loved to play on the trampoline with us.
Stamps: Taffy Alhabet
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Nouveau Chic
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Cutter Kit, Vintage Brads, Photo Corner Punch
Here are some alternate layouts that my daughter laid out as she was helping me assemble the supply kits for class. The colors are off in these photos, but each one uses the same set of supplies - Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal, Basic Black and Nouveau Chic - cut to the same size as my layout. I guess she skipped the Apricot Appeal mat on the first photo - it's the one I like best. Maybe better than my layout - the girl needs to get hired! Now go tell a story with your pictures!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The base of this card is Soft Suede; I think this is my new favorite color! Then I added a layer of Rich Razzleberry with some sponging along the edges with my Sponge Dauber and the Rich Razzleberry ink. I stamped the postcard sentiment in Soft Suede ink onto the piece of Perfect Plum cardstock. I created a square mask out of a piece of scratch paper and stamped the background stamp, En Francais, over it. Then I drew the partition line with a ruler and my Close to Cocoa marker. I rolled and tore and sponged this layer and the Soft Suede mat as well. I wrapped the reindeer and the postcard with a knotted piece of Soft Suede Ribbon and added the Vintage Brads.
Stamps: Winter Post
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSO
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: My Way Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon, Vintage Brads
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I wanted even more dazzle than I get from the Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, which I love and use often. So I used Heat & Stick Powder. Heat & Stick Powder is a grainy, sticky embossing powder that becomes glue-like when heated. After stamping the Medallion image in Ruby Red Craft Ink, I covered it with Heat & Stick Powder, tapped off the excess and heated it with my Heat Gun until the dully grainy powder turned shiny. An important thing to remember with Heat & Stick Powder is to heat it JUST until it turns shiny, but not longer, as you may lose the stickiness. Once my 'glue' had turned shiny, I covered it with Dazzling Diamonds Ultra Fine Glitter and tapped off the excess. Then I heated it for just a little bit longer with my Heat Gun to 'set' the glue and glitter.
This technique creates a super glittery, wonderfully dazzling image. I hope you can see a little of it in this close-up shot. It just makes you want to touch the image. I love Dazzling Diamonds for many images, but especially like to use it on all my Christmas cards and images. There's something about the holidays that demands an extra bit of sparkle.
To finish my card, I stamped this Merry Christmas sentiment from Many Merry Messages in Chocolate Chip ink and then punched each end with my Modern Label Punch. This is adhered to a Ruby Red mat with Stampin' Dimensionals in the middle and Silver Brads from the Vintage Brads collection on the ends.
Stamps: Many Merry Messages, Medallion
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Ruby Red Craft, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Modern Label Punch, Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
blah blah blah - on to the winner, right?! I woke my husband up at midnight to draw the winners. I don't know about your husband, but mine sleeps like a rock and wakes like a bear. Anyway.....
The winner of my $100 Gift Certificate is.....
Congratulations! I have already contacted her by e-mail and she can redeem this $100 Gift Certificate any time in the next two months. (I'm pretty sure I know what she's going to choose, though - she has been eying the new My Digial Studio, digital scrapbooking and papercrafting product that comes available on October 1st.)
The winner of the Hostess Set is.....
I have already contacted her by e-mail so she can tell me which Hostess Set she chooses for her prize.
Stampin' Up! not only has several Stamp Sets to choose from for Hostesses, but also some Decor Elements, a Paper Pack, and a Simply Scrappin' Kit. And there are two new Hostess Sets in the Holiday Mini catalog to choose from as well. The Hostess Benefits appear in each of the Stampin' Up! catalogs - the Idea Book & Catalog, the Holiday Mini Catalog and the Home Decor Catalog. Links to online files of these catalogs are on the right hand side toolbar.
Currently, Stampin' Up! is offering an additional Hostess Benefit in their Sweet Rewards Promotion. With a qualifying workshop, this Sweet benefit is your choice of any product in the Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10! This is in addition to the Hostess Free Merchandise you can choose AND the Hostess Set you can choose. AND you and your guests get to stamp and create two cards or projects at a fun workshop setting, in your home or in my home. I would love to share your hobby and my love for stamping with your group of friends at a Girls Night Out event. E-mail me by clicking on the link in the right side toolbar to schedule a workshop or if you have any questions about holding an event.
Another way to earn free product and hostess benefits is to join my Technique Club. The Technique Club will begin in October and is a stamp camp style event with cards and projects, as well as a Technique card each month. It is a six month commitment of ordering $25 a month. The Club night is free and you will earn Hostess Benefits one of the six months. See my Technique Club blog post for details. E-mail me by clicking on the link in the right side toolbar if you have questions about this Club.
Monday, September 14, 2009
A few different techniques on this card make it really beautiful in real life. The sponging of Crushed Curry and then Pumpkin Pie around the edge of the Hey Friend piece give a 'finished' look, I think. Then the entire sentiment piece is pressed into the VersaMark pad, sprinkled with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set to give it a lot of sparkle. I love the coordinating Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon! I used a small circle punch on the edge of the matted sentiment to accomodate the knotted ribbon. The sentiment piece is also adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals. The Melon Mambo card base is randomly stamped with images from the Friends Rock! stamp set in VersaMark Ink.
This is also the card I made for Jami's In Color Swap this month.
Stamps: Friends Rock!
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Black StazOn, VersaMark
Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain, 3/4" Circle Punch, Mat Pack and Paper Piercer, Iridescent Ice EP, White Gel Pen, Stampin Dimensionals
Friday, September 11, 2009
Using stamped cards as a scrap page element is something my friend Dee is great at. She creates the most beautiful pages often featuring her gorgeous daughters - and usually incorporates a stamped card element as well.
For this page, I saw these beautiful Fifth Ave Floral cardlets on Jackie's blog and had to make a few. Then I created one as a card front only and knotted a piece of the new Polka Dot 3/4" Real Red Grosgrain around the top. I added the Fifth Ave Floral sentiment to it and used a Real Red Marker to color some of the flower centers. Finally I swiped my Whisper White Craft Ink pad around all the edges of the Kraft card front and set it aside to dry.
Stamps: Schoolbook Serif, Fifth Ave Floral
Cardstock: Kraft, Specialty Cocoa DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White Craft, Basic Black Craft, Real Red Marker
Accessories: 3/4" Polka Dot Real Red Grosgrain, Basic Black Journaler, Stampin' Dimensionals
Thursday, September 10, 2009
However, this card is a re-do and I'm still not sure I'm happy with it. I had all these pieces stamped and punched from a mini catalog swap last spring. I sketched out my card and did a prototype. I stamped everything and punched the strips and adhered my mats and even masked off the sentiment set several times to stamp Live for Today on the Lavender Lace strip. Then I decided I didn't care for the card.
So I abandoned the pieces in a UFO box (UnFinished Objects) and pushed it around my stamping space. This summer I looked at the pieces again as I packed for our move from Minnesota to Colorado. Later this summer I looked at them AGAIN when I unpacked my stamping supplies. This time, I threw it in an even larger box (okay, a TOTE that won't even let me close the lid) of UFO's. For some reason, it surfaced this week and I decided I better do something with all the lovely clocks stamped and grommeted.
So here is my card - the Time Well Spent clock and its beautiful sentiment - mounted on a Lovely Lilac card base. The Jumbo White Grommet punched through the clock face on the left side. The Organdy Ribbon knotted in a bow and pushed through the grommet. The Eyelet Punch and Sage Shadow. The masked off sentiment line on the front with the complete sentiment on the inside.
Stamps: Time Well Spent
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Ink: Lavender Lace, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Jumbo White Grommet, Organza Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
At my September Stamp Camps we'll be making a different card using this stamp set with these colors. This card would make a great workshop make and take; if you're interested, send me an e-mail using the button to the right.
If you book a workshop with me for September or October, your guests will stamp 2 cards that they will take home and you'll receive generous Hostess Benefits, as well as the Sweet Rewards Hostess Promotion that Stampin' Up! is offering right now. We can have your workshop at your house or mine and use some of the new Holiday Mini Catalog products or your favorites from the current Idea Book & Catalog.
Stamps: Friends Rock!
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black StazOn, In Color Markers, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Melon Mambo Polka Dot Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
How do YOU get in the drawing for this amazing offer? Simply place an order with me of $50 or more between now and Monday, September 14th at midnight. Every person’s name will go in the drawing once for every $50 they spend.
I will draw the name and announce the winner(s) on Tuesday, September 15th. WINNERS—did I make a typo? NO. This offer is contingent on 10 participants. I will be giving away ONE FREE $100 gift certificate for every ten $50 increments ordered!
To sweeten the pot for those who enter but do not win, I am offering the Hostess Set of their choice to one other lucky lady in each group of ten.
NO ONE "Loses"-- everyone gets their $50 worth of product--but one of you will also receive $100 more to spend! Increase your chances of winning by placing a $100 or $150 order or even more if you like. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or coupons from me and does not include your Technique Club orders.
Contact me ASAP to place your qualifying order no later than midnight on September 14th. You must place your order through me via email or phone, and not through my website. I am SO excited for YOU to have this chance to spend $100 totally guilt-free! Please call or e-mail me if you have any questions.
Monday, September 7, 2009
I love the four sentiments in this set and have made several Christmas cards with each of them already. In fact, we'll be using this stamp set, Four the Holidays, on one of the cards you can choose from at my upcoming Stamp A Stack.
I chose one of the Sage Shadow patterns from the Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper. This pack of paper isn't designed to be a holiday paper, but I love the colors and thought it created a beautiful background. I matted it on a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock, heavily distressed with the Cutter Kit. I added a strip of Basic Gray pattern paper near the bottom with a mat of Going Gray. The banner strip is a Apricot Appeal with the sentiment stamped in Basic Black Craft Ink, then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. I sponged the edges of the cardstock in Apricot Appeal ink as well. The points of the banner are made by using the large arrow from the My Way Punch. I adhered the banner with Stampin' Dimensionals in the center to give it a little lift.
Stamps: Four the Holidays, Tree Trimmings
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Going Gray, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow
Ink: Basic Black Craft, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand marker
Accessories: Cutter Kit, My Way Punch, Sponge Daubers
Don't forget to complete the Scavenger Hunt that I posted last week. All of the answers can be found on my blog (today's post has one of them!) by the end of this week or by looking through the Holiday Mini Catalog. There will be several prizes to choose from and tomorrow I will be posting the details on my Big Shot Give Away! E-mail me (using the button on the right) if you have any questions about the Scavenger Hunt or the Holiday Mini Catalog.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Or for a boy, here's the Lots of Bots version - Transformers, Robots. This set features Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Old Olive. This photo shows a portion of the Pennant Banner and the Mini Album as well. These samples are for an upcoming Kids Birthday Class that I'm holding. The details can be found on my Stampin' Up! website at mjrindal.stampinup.net. I also included the Class Description below.
This fun Birthday Class is designed for a Kids party with Invites Note Cards (8), Thank You Note Cards (8), Treat Bags (8) and Cupcake/Food Toppers (20) as well as a Mini Birthday Album! Kids are welcome to help you stamp in this Class!
Choose Boy Party (Lots of Bots stamp set with Bermuda Bay) or Girl Party (Friends Rock stamp set with Melon Mambo) and complete all the pieces for your next birthday party. Class Fee of $20 includes all cardstock and envelopes as well as adhesive and supplies. Make a FREE Birthday Banner (Big Shot Pennant Die) for your Child when order your own stamp set. RSVP's needed by Sept 16th. Class on Sept 18th 5:30 pm.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This new Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up! just makes me happy! I love the seasonal sets, the gorgeous papers, the fun new Big Shot dies and the exciting new product lines. Have you taken a look at it yet? If not, please go to my website mjrindal.stampinup.net and click on Products/Catalogs to take a look at online. If you're like me, there's nothing like seeing the catalog in person, so please send me an e-mail (there's a button on the right) and I'll drop one in the mail to you. Or you can pick one up at one of my upcoming events - those are listed on my website as well or there is a direct link on the right side here.
Prizes, eh? Did I mention prizes? I'd love to give away some prizes! Click here to print a Scavenger Hunt that you can complete and return to me for prizes. You'll have to watch my blog for some of the answers over the next few weeks. Other Scavenger Hunt answers can be found by browsing through the new Holiday Mini Catalog. Complete the Scavenger Hunt and return it to me either via e-mail or in person at one of my upcoming events. But return it no later than September 18th to be eligible for the Prize Drawing. There will be several prizes, including the Dry Goods Decor Elements, Sweet Treat Cups (12 ct), a cello bag of Big Shot die cuts, a jar of Shimmer Paint or a roll of Elastic Cord. Take a look at the Scavenger Hunt for another reason to keep checking my blog this month. I think you'll be surprised and excited.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
This card is one we created at my Demo Get Together at my house last month. My downline and I meet and have so much fun stamping together and chatting and laughing and stamping and chatting!