Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Happy Heart

clip_image001[4]These beautiful cards were made by my friend Pam Downs. This stamp set is in the holiday mini, but will continue to be available in the 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog. Pam does a great job of using embellishments to really enhance a project! I’m sure you agree as you look at these! 

Supplies: Stamps - A Happy Heart (111758), Paper - Pink Pirouette (111351), Chocolate Chip (102128), Sweet Always (112468), Ink - Pumpkin Pie (105216), Regal Rose (105211) Accessories - Clear Buttons, Build A Brad (109128), Soft Subtles Brads (106954), 1/2" circle punch (104390) , Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (111366) , Crop-a-dile (108362, Filigree Brads (112577), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Crafters Tool Kit (104310), Clear Buttons (105447), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Supplies: clip_image001Stamps - A Happy Heart (111758), Paper - Real Red (102482), Old Olive (100702), Summer Picnic (111355), Ink - Old Olive (102277), Real Red (103133), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Accessories - Build A Brad (109128), 1/2" circle punch (104390) , Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054) , Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), 1 1/4" circle punch ( 104403), 1 3/8" circle punch (104401)

A Happy Heart stamp set is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but don’t limit yourself to just that holiday….who wouldn’t love either of these cards…just because! :-)  Order any of these supplies here!

Leadership was fantastic and I look forward to sharing all that I’ve learned there. Unfortunately, I was not able to keep you all posted as I didn’t have all the right technology tools. Currently, there also is some discussion among demonstrators about what I am allowed to share and when according to Stampin’ Up! policy. It’s kind of gray area, so until I completely clear that up, I’m erring on the side of caution. I know you are going to love the catty and all the great new stamps, paper, embellishments and Big Shot dies!  My favorites so far are the Corduroy Buttons (OH MY!) and the Texture Plates for the Big Shot!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pretty Pink

I'm in Orlando gearing up for Stampin' Up!'s Leadership conference!  I'm here with two good friends that I met through SU!  I made them a little gift over the holiday break.  I found these vinyl spa bags on accident after Christmas at HEB of all places.  They were the right price and I thought I might be able to use them.  They aren't as electric pink as they seem in this photo.  I couldn't get a good shot with the true color.   Picture 013

  I used some Chocolate Chip Rub Ons to decorate the bag and metal tag.  All of this is retired, but could easily be substituted with stuff you have in your stash or with current product!  :-)


In the bag I included a chipboard calendar, these yummy chocolates, and a bag tag.  The chocolate is in a tin decorated with the new Love You Much Stamp set.  So easy!

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At each Leadership or Convention, we receive a bag with our stamp set(s) and other goodies.  This year we'll also get the 2009 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog in it!  Thousands of demonstrators with the same bag...oh this is a way to help us tell our bags apart quickly.  :-) 

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I got the tags from Oriental trading and decorated them using some of our pretty DSP, on board chipboard coated with craft ink and embossed using iridescent ice embossing powder, and some of our great designer brads!  Here's a closer look at one of them. Picture 010



This paper is new DSP from the new catty.  It's called Rasberry Tart.  Of course I used a mostly kiwi kiss sheet on two of these...doesn't look very rasberry-ey or tarty!  The middle one uses the soon to be retired Maine Blueberry DSP.  My friend REALLY likes blue!  I hope they like their bags! 

I hope to report back to you later today new and exciting things coming our way!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Live Like You Mean It!

Happy New Year! 

This calendar is one of the projects we made at the gift camp (now months ago!), but perfect for January!  live like you mean it We used two chipboard coasters and covered them with gorgeous paper (Haiku in this sample) and cardstock on the back.  It's "bound" with ribbon.  The stamp set is one of the level 1 hostess free sets called "Live Like you Mean it" (and is only available until January 18th - quick schedule a party!)  I just LOVE that statement!  And, of course, I think it is perfect for a calendar so I (or a recipient of this as a gift) can be reminded to live every moment and not take anything for granted.  You can't see it too clearly on this sample, but 'live like you mean it" is embossed in black under the months.  I designed it so a photo could be added.  So perfect for any workspace!llymit with picture

I got the coasters from a demo friend who ordered a gazillion of them.  Mine are plain vanilla-ish in color.  They were super cheap, but I don't know where she actually purchased them.  I'm sure a quick google search will provide you with numerous sources!  Now, you could reuse the coasters you get when you go out to dinner at any of the great restaurants that use these types of coasters (Chili's and Outback come to mind immediately), I've been told that some restaurants will actually let you take some that haven't even been used...what a bonus!  I adhered the paper with my glue stick and punched holes with my crop-a-dile.  Colors on this one are Tangerine Tango and More Mustard.  The numbers are from a retired stamp set, Straight Up alphabet and numbers.  The calendar came from an excel template.  You can e-mail me if you need it.  Here are some other calendars made's been so long, I don't remember!  Enjoy!

gift camp gift camp2 This one uses Maine Blueberry Paper


and this one uses Frosty Day from the Holiday Mini Catalog.