4/28/09

And yet another awesome Imprints swap!

What time is it? Time to show you this gorgeous card! Now the thing is, I received this swap at the last Imprints demonstrator meeting and it did not have a name on the back, so I don't know who made it. I really want to acknowledge this person, so if it was you, please let me know!
This card was made with the new stamp set "Sense of Time". This is a special stamp set because it was hand selected by Stampin' Up! Founder Shelli Gardner. So it is part of the Shelli's Signature Collection. Any item you see with a heart next to the name in any Stampin' Up! catalog means that it was hand selected by Shelli. I love the color combo on this card. It could be either masculine or feminine which makes it a universal stamp set. Another great card by another great talent in our demo group, if only I knew who made it.

4/27/09

Another Awesome Imprints Card!

I want to share with you another awesome swap that I received at this month's demonstrator meeting. This card was made by a gal new to demonstrating but not new to stamping. Her name is Natalie (gotta love that name...same as my youngest daughter) and she is a new recruit of my demo friend Angie. Natalie has been to a few of our stamp camps in Tracy and she is such a pleasure to talk to and I think she will make a great demonstrator. She is very talented too. Just look at this card. This stamp set is called "Wanted". It is perfect for a masculine card, which was the theme of our swap. I love the color combo on this card, and how Natalie incorporated the star punches into the design. This picture doesn't really do this card justice at all. I have more swaps to share with you, but my posting will be lean this week as I have tons of stamp camp prep to continue. By the way, I would like to extend a BIG THANKS to all of my customers that took advantage of the NO SALES TAX offer (expires April 30th) and who will be receiving that special handmade project as a token of my gratitude. Because of you I have reached the goal that I set for myself this month and I have you all to thank. Big hugs to all of you and I will get your special gifts to you when I deliver your orders.

4/24/09

Another great masculine card!

Here is another swap that I received at last weeks Imprints Downline meeting. So many talented ladies, so many cool cards. This very inventive card was made my my wonderful demo friend, Kathy F. Hi Kath! She is my most loyal blog follower and I love her for it! I also love how she made this card to show us that we can create a masculine card even if we do not have any masculine stamps (which I don't)! These wrenches were created using circle punches, the boho blossom punch and the word window punch and I think they are awesome! I love the bright colors and the use of the top not on the layout. This will be a perfect card to make for my grease-monkey Dad. Awesome job!

4/23/09

Stamp Camp Door Prize (and how you can get one too)!

So here is my door prize that I created for our upcoming Stamp Camp on May 2nd. I want to thank my upline Kim for providing me with the awesome template to make this card pouch. It is super easy to make so I thought making more would be a piece of cake. Inside the pouch are the cards pictured below, each featuring the beautiful "Parisian Breeze" textured DSP. I love the colors on this project. So if you are attendng Stamp Camp on May 2nd, you could very well be taking this prize home!
If you didn't get in on Stamp Camp, there is another way to get one of these babies. See below:


Place a minimum $20.00 order directly with me (via phone or email) before April 29th and you will receive one of these filled card pouches
with your order! Not only that, to show my appreciation to my customers during Tax Month, I will pay the sales tax on your order! That's right, a free handmade gift and a savings of 8.375%. So call me or email me today with your order, pay NO SALES TAX and receive a gree gift!
This offer applies to direct orders only, not orders placed online at my SU! shopping site. Offer expires April 29, 2009

4/21/09

Envelope Scrapbook



So here is a cute little project that I made when I was on vacation a few weeks ago and stamped my little heart out. I saw different envelope scrapbooks on splitcoaststampers and one lady in particular had a great tutorial on her blog, so I followed her instructions and changed up the colors, design and embellishments and this is what I came up with. I love how it turned out! I used a lot of new products from the Occasions Mini Catalog such as: A Walk in the Park DSP, Oval All Stamp Set, Scalloped Oval Punch, Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons, Silver Large Grommet Hardware and the White Satin Ribbon. I also used various punches like the circle scallop, round tab and eyelet border. I also used the Matchbox Messages stamp set as well. I also added a few things created with the BIG SHOT, like the pink daisies, gray leaves, and the scalloped envelope that I turned into a journaling pocket.

I will be offering this project as a class on Friday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $18.00 and includes 6 sheets of "A Walk in the Park" Designer series paper, so you can choose the designs that you want on your own scrapbook and then you get to take the rest of the paper home! I will also have an instruction packet printed for your so you will be able to easily recreate this project if you want to make more. Your paid registration needs to get to me by Friday, May 15th so I can place your paper order. If you bring a friend, you will receive $3.00 off of your registration fee. Email me for a registration form today!


4/20/09

And the winner is.....Ruby Johnson!


As promised last night, here is the winning card for the Imprints Card Swap Contest. I am proud to say that it was created from scratch by my downline and BFF Ruby. If you click the pic it will enlarge and you will be able to see the detail on the circle. She ran it through the Big Shot with the polka dotted Texturz Plate and gave it a dimply golf ball look! How clever is that?

This stamp set is featured in the Occasions Mini catalog and is called "And Many Mower".
You can see from the top pic above that it has many uses for the men in your life.

The DSP is Manchester and the background is Kraft card stock.

Click here for more details on this set:

Ruby is now a celebrity, she is also featured on the blog of our Stampin' friend Niki:
Check out her post and please leave Niki (or Ruby's card) a comment!
Thanks for looking! Tomorrow I will show you a couple more of my favorites from our card swap/contest!




4/19/09

My Swap for Imprints Meeting

Hello stampers!
Long time no see! I have finally gotten the chance to catch my breath and stop and take a moment to post something. Thanks for bearing with me. It has been a very busy April for me and May is going to be more of the same. I do want to share a card with you today. This is my swap that I took today to our quarterly Imprints meeting at Bev's. We meet every few months to make projects, share ideas, swap cards, receive recognition for out efforts and just to have some girly stampin' time! Our swap theme this time was masculine and I had a really hard time because I don't have a lot of man sets, so I thought I would try to make something with this tree from "Thoughts and Prayers". I love this image and I used Chocolate Chip and Old Olive to make it a bit more masculine. I ran the Old Olive piece and the 2 small strips thru my Big Shot using the wood grain Texturz plate to match the tree. You will probably have to click the picture to see a closer look. Sorry it is blurry, not sure what happened there. Anyway, I added some vintage brads and eyelet scalloped the edges for some more texture. I know the eyelet border punch is a bit girly, but I tried leaving it straight, tearing it, using the other scallop edge and nothing looked right to me, so I went with this look. I used the corner ticket punch for the top edges. I added the oval image from "Oval All" and mounted it on the scalloped oval. This was actually a very simple card to make and could be used for either a guy or girl. Anyway, this was the best I could do for "masculine" but I think it turned out okay. Tomorrow I will post the swap that won the prize, which of course was stamped by my BFF and downline, Ruby J.
She always wins the card contests, darn her, but her card really was pretty awesome!
So check back tomorrow for details and a pic. Happy Sunday!

4/8/09

STAMP CAMP CHALLENGE!

As most of my customers already know, I will be a participating in the Spring Stamp-a-rama Stamp Camp to be held in Modesto on May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. This is a super fun event where our guests get to make 10 projects for $25.00 and receive $10.00 off of their order placed that day!

Well, I have decided to offer a bit of an incentive to my customers: I will match that $10.00 discount for my customer that brings the MOST guests to stamp camp! That is right, you will receive a $20.00 discount on your order that day if you can round up your friends, family members or co-workers and get them to register by April 16th. So if there is a high ticket item that you have been saving up for, this is the opportunity to get a great discount.!

Everyone that registers by the deadline will receive 1 raffle ticket. If you refer a friend you will receive 2 extra raffle tickets for each friend! So if you refer 5 friends, that means 10 extra raffle tickets for you! Make sure your friends put your name down on their registration form so that you can receive your tickets at camp. If you need registration forms with all of the info just email me. The raffle prize is a Stampin' Up! shopping spree! Don't miss out on the fun and our huge Stampin' Garage Sale where you will find all kind of retired products for super low prices! This sale is for Stamp Camper's only, so register today!

4/7/09

Busy Week!

Hi Stampers!

So I have not posted much in the past few days. It has been a busy time for me. Saturday was awesome. My fellow demo girlfriends and I took a little road trip to Hercules for a special evening class with none other than Patty Bennett. Those of you that are Stampin' Up savvy know that she is one of the most awesome demonstrators around and a very important person in the Stampin' Up! community.. If you are my friend you know who she is because you hear me talk about her awesomeness (is that a word?) all the time. She is someone that I admire very much because she is very talented and smart and just one very sweet lady. My friends and I are very fortunate that we only live about 90 miles from Patty so we are able to travel to her house for classes. This was my second time taking a class with her, but the first for my other friends. We attended a stamp a stack class, made 10 cards and got to chat with Patty. It was wonderful! She was kind enough to have her hubby take this photo of us and she even posted it on her blog! Pictured from left: Kim (my upline), Renee, myself, Kathy and of course, Patty.

We had a great time, made adorable cards and picked up some great tips. If you are lucky enough to live in the valley or the Bay Area, sign up for one of Patty's classes. It was a real treat for all of us. Thanks again, Patty!

I am currently pretty busy with Stamp Camp and Stamp Club prep, swap making and magazine submissions (wish me luck!) so my blog posts will probably be few and far between for the next few weeks. I think I may have stretched myself a little thin for April & May, but I hope it is worth it in the long run. To my faithful blog followers: I really am going to send you each a special card, I just need to play catch up! I really appreciate you keeping up with me and my blog, even if I lag for a few days. Until my next post, Happy Stampin!