July 30, 2010

Punched Posies

This card was used for my shoebox swap at convention.  We had to bring 25 completed cards, and 25 kits of the card.  Once we got there, we had 4 hours to make all 25 cards.  WOW!  Of course, some were much easier than others, but we really had to cruise to get them all done.  It was fun ... there were also prizes and food!

This card uses the Punched Posies Hostess level 2 stamp from the mini catalog, which is available until the end of August.  Actually, August would be a great time to host a workshop, especially with the $25 bonus that Stampin' Up! is offering.  To schedule your workshop, feel free to contact me.

Stamps:  Punched Posies, Petal Pizzazz
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Concord Crush
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla
Extras:  Fancy Flower Extra Large Punch, 3/4" circle punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Rhinestone, 1/2" Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon, Square Lattice Impressions Embossing Folder


July 29, 2010

Butterfly Big Shots

Butterfly Big Shots ... that's the name of my new Stampin' Up! team.  Meet Jessica, Me, Cindy, and Lilly (our mascot).  We attended our first downline meeting the other night and had a blast! 

In case you're wondering on the name ... in my classes we joke about placing butterflies on our little boo-boos (ink smudges or whatever).  Some cards are covered with butterflies!  One of my customers took the butterfly cover-up a step further.  There was a ding in her brand new microwave, and yes, she covered it with a butterfly.  The big shot denotes the Big Shot, a tool we use every class (plus now they're the "big shots") ...

There are two starter kits to choose from, and you can customize (within specific price points) with your favorite stamps, inks and card stock.

1.  Standard Starter Kit -- $175
2.  My Digital Studio + Starter Kit -- $175

There's no obligation to do workshops and no penalty to drop.  If you wish to maintain benefits beyond the first full quarter, a $300 minimum sales and/or personal purchase is required.

  • Receive 30% off your first order of $150 or more (or keep it as "instant income" from sales).  Redeem in the first 45 days.  PLUS, during Sale-A-Bration you'll earn 3 gifts, too (one for every $50 in product). 
  • Get 20% off Stampin' Up! products or keep it as "instant income."
  • Earn additional income (called a volume rebate) on your monthly product sales of $400 or more.  Together, your instant income and volume rebate can reach up to 40% of your personal sales.
  • Pre-order select Stampin' Up! stamps, tools and embellishments a month (or more) before the customers sales period (often with additional discounts).
  • Earn free stamps with Stampin' Start, Sale-A-Bration and other promotions.
  • Qualify for cash bonuses, product bonuses, incentive trips and other awards.
  • Recruit and receive downline overrides based on your recruits' sales.
  • Earn free hostess sets and merchandise
  • Receive Stampin' Up!'s exclusive monthly demonstrator magazine, Stampin' Success.
  • Enjoy 2 free months of a personalized Stampin' Up! on-line store and blog (optional $12.95/mo. after trial).
  • Be inspired by video tutorials and project ideas on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site.

If you would like to join our team, simply click here.  Password is "zgrandma".  We'd love to have you join us!


July 27, 2010

Fanstatic EXTRA Hostess Benefits

Extra! Extra! Stampin' Up! hostesses get extra hostess awards July 27-August 31, in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits!

From July 27 to August 31, Stampin' Up! hostesses can earn an EXTRA $25 to use toward Stampin' Up! products of their choice when they host a workshop totaling $350 or more!

This extra benefit is included along with the standard hostess benefits you can receive when you host a workshop. The standard hostess benefits include

  • A free 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog worth $9.95!
  • Free stamp sets only available to hostesses (with qualifying orders; select from the products on pages 10-16 of the Idea Book & Catalog)!
  • Free Stampin' Up! products of your choice!
Workshop total
(before tax and shipping) 
Stampin' Up! merchandise 
 Extra, Extra hostess awards
Free Stampin' Up! merchandise with
Extra, Extra
hostess awards
$350 - $399 
$400 - $449 
$450 - $499 
$500 - $549 
This extra hostess benefit is only being offered for a limited time, so contact me TODAY to schedule a workshop!

July 20, 2010

Stampin' Up! Convention

I have the opportunity to attend the Stampin' Up! convention this year which starts Wednesday and ends Sunday.  I'll try to post depending on computer access.

I'm looking forward to be gathering lots of cool samples for my swaps and bringing back new ideas to share.

If you would like to place an order while I'm away, simply click here and you can have your order shipped directly to your home.


Come to Bethlehem

I know, it's a little early for Christmas ... I guess it's Christmas in July.  Actually a group of ladies wanted to do Christmas cards early to get a start on making their supply (some people plan ahead ... I was still making the cards just up to the time they got here ... so that certainly would not include me).  This new set called Come to Bethlehem is so striking when embossed in gold on Night of Navy card stock.  The backdrop is also brushed gold embossed using the square lattice impressions embossing folder.  It almost looks like gold lame fabric.  The modern label punch is used for the sentiment, and the gold surrounding the label is from the movers and shapers die.

If you would like to get a jump start on your Christmas cards, click here to order your supplies.

Stamp Set:  Come to Bethlehem
Ink:  Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder, Night of Navy
Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Brushed Gold, Whisper White
Extras:  1/4" Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, Gold elastic (retired SU), Modern Label Punch, Movers and Shapers die, Ticket Punch (retired SU)


July 19, 2010

Black Magic

I'm not crazy about the title, but that's what this technique is called -- Black Magic.  I learned how to create this card in stamping school.  It's actually a very simple -- on black card stock, stamp the image in white craft ink, then color over the white with pastels or colored pencils.  To punch it up, add white gel pen to highlight.  Very easy, very fun!

Watercolor Trio is a great set for this card.  The colors are Pear Pizzazz, Black, Perfect Plum, and Whisper White.

To order your supplies, click here.

Stamp Set:  Watercolor Trio (mini catalog)
Ink:  White Craft, Black, pastels or colored pencils
Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz, Black, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Extras:  Finial Press Impressions Embossing Folder, 3/8" White Taffeta Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Square Scallop Punch


July 15, 2010

Morning Cup of Tea

Whimsical stamps are so out of my element, but this card was fun to make.  The girls from the Girls Night Out Club enjoyed this card as well.  The new stamp set, called Morning Cup, features coffee and tea.

The colors are Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight.  Other new toys (I mean supplies) are the 2-5/8" scallop punch and the poppy parade ribbon.

To get your Stampin' Up! "toys", click here.

Stamp Set:  Morning Cup
Ink:  Black Stazon, Markers -- Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Black, Whisper White
Extras:  1/2" Poppy Parade Poly Ribbon, Circle punches -- 1", 1-1/4" 1-3/8", 1-1/2" (not SU), 1-3/4", 2-5/8" Scallop Circle, Eyelet Border Punch


July 13, 2010

Elegant Soirée Awash Friend

The new Elegant Soirée designer paper is just that ... very elegant.  It pairs beautifully with Awash with flowers in Crumb Cake and/or Marina Mist.  This is the same layout only one is monochromatic, and one uses the multi-colored version of the paper.  The other colors used on these cards are Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Black. The 1/8" ribbon makes the perfect sized bow for this project.  The square lattice embossing impressions folder used on a portion of the card, was the final touch.

To place your Stampin' Up! order, click here.

Stamp Sets:  Awash with Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Black Stazon, Crumb Cake or Marina Mist
Paper:  Elegant Soirée designer paper, Crumb Cake, Black, Very Vanilla
Extras:  Circle Scissors Plus, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon


July 12, 2010

Vintage Studio Sketches

Studio Sketches is a perfect stamp set for a vintage look.  It's colored using the puddle technique (simply squish the stamp pad together and using an aqua painter, paint with the ink that forms in the lid).  The colors are Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  For the remainder of the card, the distressing tool roughs the edges and then they are sponged with Soft Suede.  "Thanks" are stamped using the Rough Type stamp (found in the mini catalog), and punched out using the 3/4" circle punch, then sponged with the soft suede.  The vintage look continues by stamping the soft suede background with the Wonderfully Worn Background stamp.

To order your Stampin' Up! supplies, click here or email me.

Stamp Sets:  Studio Sketches, Wonderfully Worn, Rough Type
Ink:  Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Soft Suede
Paper:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Extras:  3/4" circle punch, distressing tool (part of the cutter kit), circle scissors plus, linen thread


July 09, 2010

Fast and Fabulous

This level 2 hostess set, called Fast and Fabulous, is a beautiful flower two-step set (however, I only used one step on this one).  Using all new materials, this card is so striking.  The colors are Concord Crush, Cajun Craze, Peach Parfait, and Whisper White (not new).  The speckles on the cajun craze are made using the new Wonderfully Worn background stamp.  The thanks sentiment comes from the Perfect Punches set, and the ribbon is the new 1/2" Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon.

To order your Stampin' Up! supply order, click here or email me.

Stamp Sets:  Perfect Punches, Wonderfully Worn, Hostess Level 2 Fast and Fabulous
Ink:  Cajun Craze
Paper:  Concord Crush, Cajun Craze, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Final Touches:  1/2" Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon, Oval Scallop Punch


July 08, 2010

Elegant Elements of Style

This very elegant, rich looking card is even more stunning in real life (well, I think so anyway).  I love the new colors and accessories -- Early Espresso and Marina Mist.  The stamp set Elements of Style worked perfectly.  The inverted Vintage Wallpaper Impressions embossing folder is the backdrop in the early espresso, it's topped off with the Marina Mist 1/8" ribbon.  The edges of the image are roughed up with the distressing tool (I call it the "rougher upper" tool), and sponged with early espresso.

To place your Stampin' Up! supply order, click here or email me.  Did you know that if it is your birthday month, you'll get FREE shipping of you email me your order???

Stamp Sets:  Elements of Style, Sincere Salutations
Ink:  Early Espresso, Black Stazon, Marina Mist, Old Olive
Paper:  Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Final Touches:  1/8" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, Cutter Kit, Eyelet Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Aqua Painters


July 07, 2010

Fifth Avenue Lily

Fifth Avenue Floral has some really nice stamps in the set.  This lily is stamped with white craft ink, then embossed with white embossing powder.  Then it is colored in with Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, and White watercolor crayons.  The colors are baja breeze, not quite navy, and whisper white.  The little flowers along the side are made using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, which can be found in the new Idea Book and Catalog, or the Summer Mini, which is still good until August 31st.

To place your supply order, click here.

Stamp Sets:  Fifth Avenue Flower, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Craft White, White Embossing Powder, Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Extras:  Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, White Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch, Word Window Punch


July 02, 2010

New In Colors Fox and Friends

The new In-Colors are so rich and pretty.  Here is a card using Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, and Peach Parfait.  The stamp set is from returning Fox and Friends.
You can get the entire set of In-Color ink pads and cardstock for only $29.95.  Basically, you're getting the stack of paper FREE.

To place your supply order, click here.  If you place an order through me, I'll include a FREE catalog ($9.95) value).  To get your catalog you must email me or call with the order.  

Stamp Sets:  Fox and Friends, Fundamental Phrases
Ink:  More Mustard, Soft Suede
Cardstock:  Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Extras:  Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack


July 01, 2010

New Catalogs Have Arrived!

2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog
(large file, please be patient)

I can finally show you the catalogs!  The 2010-2011 Idea Book Catalog, the Definitely Decorative Catalog, and the Celebrando Creatividad Spanish Catalog.  How exciting. 

If you would like to get a hard copy of the catalog, please feel free to email me.  If you have ordered from me within the past 12 months, it's FREE.  If you place an order of $50 or more, I will send also send you one FREE.

Happy shopping!