Bohemian Butterflies!

I know I said I wouldn't be posting until the new year, but I couldn't wait to share this project that I completed last night.  It is my Bohemian Butterfly Banner and  it was so much fun to make something other than Christmas...lol!  I made this version as well as a horizontal version.  I just got this stamp set, "Broadsheet Alphabet" and I love it!  It has such a vintage feel to it and it went perfectly with my "Beautiful Butterflies" that I cut with my Big Shot.  I also used our various Circle and Scallop punches and dies to create the many layers as well as the Large Scallop Square die to make the backers for my chipboard coaster panels.  The DSP is from my retired stash and I think some of these patterns are from before I was even a demo, but they were perfect for my shabby chic butterflies.   I took my banners down to Vintage Market to sell, but I would love to show you how to make one using our new Spring Mini Catalog Designer Series Papers!

Here are some close up pics:

Here is a closer look at the awesome alphabet set that I used:

Broad Sheet Alphabet Stamp Set
Clear Mount #120585
(Clear is the way to go, cheaper & easier to line up images with your clear blocks).
Wood Mount #118724


And that says it all!

Much love to you and your families!  I will be taking a blogging break for the holidays, but hope to be back on New Year's weekend with some new goodies to share!  Happy Holidays!


Frosty the Mini Hershey Bar Holder

Here is a cute little Mini Hershey Bar Holder that I whipped up this week.  My friend Lorraine had a super cute Halloween Mini Candy Bar Holder on her blog back in October and I liked it so much that I asked her for the directions.  She was kind enough to send them to me and I modified them a bit to make my own version, but her project was truly the inspiration for this one.  You can view her project here:

I will be creating some instructions for my modified version after the holidays, so keep checking back.  I think it would be super cute for Valentine's Day!


More Christmas cards.

Both of the cards that I am sharing today were projects that my upline, Kim Molesworth, shared with her downline.  The card above was featured at one of her recent downline meetings and I just love how clever it is!  Not sure if you can see it, but the "door" on the front of the card is created with our Woodgrain Background stamp and a Neutral Glimmer Brad.  The wreath is the branch from our Bird on a Branch punch.  Love it!

The picture of the card above does not do it justice.  It is so beautiful in person.  This card was Kim's shoebox project from our October Stampin' Getway to the cabin.  The Medallion stamp was inked up with Cherry Cobbler ink and then we sponged on some Champagne Shimmer paint directly over the ink and then stamped on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out.  The outcome is just gorgeous!  The final touch is the Antique Brad in the center.  Many thanks to the very talented Kim, who always shares such gorgeous projects with us!


Another tag from "Holiday Tags Galore"

Here is my final tag from our recent tag class.  This is a super simple tag that used the Two Tags Die and the Bird on a Branch Punch.  I ran the bird's wing and espresso strip thru the Big Shot using the Petals-a-plenty Embossing Folder.  You can whip up a ton of these in a very short time. 

My sneak peek items from the Spring Mini arrived a few days ago and I plan to spend some time today creating spring items with them. I am ready to move on from Christmas!  It will be a perfect day of stamping since our weather outsided is CRAZY!  I thought this morning that I was waking up to a tornado!  The wind was blowing so hard and so loud and my neighbor's palm trees were bending in half!  Then it became dead silent and then the rain came.  Now it is a mixture of wind and rain and I don't plan on leaving my house until tonight, so after I get my Christmas cards addressed I will get busy stamping!


Holiday Stramp-a-stack Cards

Here are the 3 card designs that were featured at my recent Holiday Stamp-a-stack Class.  The ladies each got to make 5 of each design.

The card above was a swap that I received from my good friend Kathy.  I just added the scalloped oval and sentiment.  Sometimes the simplest of the cards are the best and this is one of my all time favorites.  I liked it so much that I made a few for myself and will be mailing them out to my friends and family.

The next card is my own card and super simple.  How can you not love Jolly Old Saint Nick?  The colors of the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper are so bright and cheery that the card does not need a lot of bling, just the glass glitter on the scallop oval.

The final card is very subtle and more rustic looking.  I got this design from Stampin' Connection and just changed it a bit. It features Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and I still have a lot left, but some of the designs are very neutral, so they can be used year round. I wish I could remember the original artist, so if anyone knows, please inform me so I can give them proper credit.


Bells and Boughs

Here are 2 cards featuring the stamp set: Bells & Boughs.  The card above was a swap that I received from my friend/downline Shelley.  Isn't it gorgeous?  She did a beautiful job, especially cutting out the pointsettias. I absolutely love this card!

This card was one of the November Hostess Gathering projects.  It features "Deck the Halls" DSP and our Artichoke Seam Binding.  I love the rustic, vintage look of this stamp set paired with Crumb Cake card stock.


Holiday Tags Galore Class

Jolly Old Saint Nick

Here are 4 of the tags that I taught at last Saturday nights class.  I love cutting this size of tags and I love using Crumb Cake card stock for that vintage look.

Bells & Boughs and All Holidays

Mr. Snowman from Jolly Old Saint Nick.  He is our favorite!

Friends 24~7 and Bells & Boughs


More cards from "An Old Fashioned Christmas"

 Here are the other 3 cards from the November class that Ruby and I did together.  Above is our happy little snowman again from "Jolly Old Saint Nick".  He is very popular with my ladies!

Love this snowflake, it is very vintage looking and you know how I love vintage.  I might steal this one from Ruby for my family Christmas card!  Very easy to duplicate.

The final card that Ruby taught featured the bleaching technique on Santa's beard, hair and hat.  This was definitely a WOW technique that everyone loved.  We learned it from our upline Beverlee.  Thanks Bev!


An Old Fashioned Christmas

 Here are the cards that I taught at our "Old Fashioned Christmas" Stamp Night that Ruby and I hosted a few weeks ago.  Everyone loves this vintage snowman from "Jolly Old Saint Nick" so I knew I had to use him!

 The card above was similar to a design I found on Stampin' Connection, but I changed the layout a bit and the colors a lot!  It was originally done in Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Always Artichoke but I wanted to brighten it up a bit, so I changed the colors to Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake.

Another layout I found on Stampin' Connection, love the subtle colors of Soft Sued, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla.  I will share Ruby's cards tomorrow!



Magnetic Memo Board

I created this magnetic memo board last weekend.  I ordered Magnetic Sheets from Stampin' Up! because I have been dying to experiment with them and this is what I came up with.  I love this project because the major parts of it are recycled!  The base of is actually an 8x12" piece of chipboard that was cut from the backing of our Specialty Designer Series Paper.  SU packages our paper this way to keep it safe when shipped.  This is heavy gauge chipboard that sells for a few bucks a sheet at craft stores, so when you buy our Specialty DSP, this is an added bonus!  I used my tabletop cutter to cut it down and I also used it to cut thru the magnetic sheet, and it cut like butter!  The magnetic sheets come in 6x13" pcs and I cut this one down to 6x10'".  The magnetic sheets are cool because they have an adhesive backing so you just peel and stick! 

The top element was cut from more recycle chipboard using the Top Note die for the Big Shot.  I just cut my "Newsprint" DSP big enough to cover the die (I cut black card stock out as well).  I used my SU glue stick to clue the DSP to one side of the chipboard and the black card stock to the other.  Then I just ran it thru, DSP side down, and voila! My Top Note comes out cut and already decorated!  The pressure of the Big Shot roller compresses the DSP, chipboard and card stock together so there is no chance of it coming apart.  I used my handy dandy Crop-o-dile to cut holes in the Top Note for my Antique Brads and holes in my base for Jumbo Eyelets (you won't find these at the "M" store!).  I used some heavy duty jute to thread thru the eyelets because I wanted a more rustic look, but you could also use our wide striped ribbon as well.

I stamped the Take Note image from the "Notably Ornate" stamp set and mounted it on the large tag from the "Lots of Tags" Sizzlet set, added two Vintage Brads and then attached it to the center of the top note with dimensionals.  I thought the sentiment was perfect for this project.

Now, you can thank my husband for the elements on the next part.  I have a pretty sizable collection of bottle caps due to Brandon's fondness of beer, so I pulled some out and added some circles punched with my SU punches and some letters stamped with a stamp set from last year's Spring Mini Catalog, can't remember the name right now.  I love this set and thought the typeset looking letters fit perfectly into the theme of this project. Now the bottle caps stuck to the magnetic sheets since they are metal, but I wanted a stronger magnetic attraction, so I added some tiny heavy duty, iincredibly strong neodymium magnets that I purchased from Etsy (cheapest place to find them - $5.00 for 50! - thanks Kim Jonson, for the tip!).  I wanted to make sure that they would stay in place as this project ended up for sale at Vintage Market on Sunday. 

I am really happy with how this project turned out and I cannot wait until I have time to make more in different themes and colors!  Let me know what you think!


Feelin' a little Merry!

Here is my latest tabletop banner. This one is a little larger than the fall ones.  Each panel on this one measures 4"x 6".  This one was a bit more time consuming because I had more space to fill, but I like the way it turned out.  I put a couple of these at each store to sell yesterday so hopefully they will find new homes soon. 

The color combo for this creation is Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White.  I used the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set to make embellishments as well as the Ornament Punch, Snowflake Punch and 2 1/2" Circle Punch. The DSP is from my retired SU stash, so I don't remember what the name is, but the Subtles Stack would work great on this project, as it includes both pinks and Baja Breeze.  I stamped little snowflake designs on the pink DSP using one of the small stamps from the Delightful Decorations set to give it a little punch of Chocolate Chip. I also added some contraband: silver snowflake brads from a local craft store just because they were too cute (and cheap) to pass up! 
Sssshhhhh, don't tell anyone! 

Well, I have to finish up a few small projects and then I am off toVintage Market to fill up the rack again.  I want to say thanks to all of our friends and family that shop Vintage and Unique and support Ruby and I.  We have been doing great and I know a large part of our support comes from our loved ones, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Hot Cocoa Sliders

This was a project from our November Stamp Tramp Gathering and I have had many inquires on instructions from online friends, so I have decided to post the same instructions that I handed out to my Stamp Tramps.  Enjoy!

Cocoa Slider

Cut cardstock for base: 7 ¾” x 5 ½”
Cut DSP for band: 7 ¾” x 1”
Score cardstock at 3 5/8” and 7 ¼”
Fold cardstock on score lines and run thru Big Shot with embossing folder.
Sticky strip narrow flap and adhere together.
Wrap DSP around cardstock packet and adhere at both ends and underneath.
Decorate as desired.
Punch hole in top center for ribbon.
Cut 24” of ribbon.
Thread ribbon through hole then push down with cocoa packet.
Tie ribbon in bow at top.
Viola, you are done!


Storewide sale at Unique this Saturday! 
 20% off everything! 
 Plus, 20 additional vendors outside! 
Stop in and pick up some "unique" gifts for your friends and family!
Make sure to check out our holiday display next to the card rack.
We have some great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts!


Raffle Prize

This was a prize I made for the raffle at our "Old Fashioned" Stamp Night. It is a covered 5x7 mini legal pad and I packaged it up with a cute Stampin' Up! pen that I picked up at Convention. I used The following stamp sets: Aviary, Notably Ornate and Charming.  The color combo is Basic Black, Whisper White and Melon Mambo.  The DSP is from the Brights Stack and the black layer behind the "Take Note" oval is actually 2 Designer labels turned in two different directions.  I also used the Wide Oval and Scalloped Edge Punches. My friend Veronica was the winner of this prize, I hope she likes it!


Welcome new team members & Paris Banner

Thanks to the current Simply Amazing recruiting special, I have added 4 new members to my demonstrator team this week!  Welcome: Tia, Carol, Veronica and Anita! 
Don't ya just love Stampin' Up!

Here is a banner that I created last night.  I LOVE it!  I made it for Vintage Market so if you like it you can purchase it on Black Friday!  I will be making more so let me know if you would like to reserve one!

Not the best picture, but it was almost 2am when I took it last night!  Colors are Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White.  Eiffel Tower is from "Chic Boutique" stamp set and I made the embellishment with the circle scallop punch and the 5 petal punch and an Antique Brad. 
What do you think?


Vintage Frames

 Here is another cool way you can use all of your Stampin' Up! supplies: stamp your own artwork!  I picked these frames up in the Dollar Spot at Target about a year ago ( 3 in a pack for just $2.50) and just found them in my stash recently.  I decided to stamp some artwork to put in the frame as well as decorate the outside.  I used 3 of my favorite stamp sets (all current): Friends 24~7, Artistic Etchings and Flores Suaves.  I coordinated my striped grosgrain ribbon with the colors of my art and then I made some embellishments by running cardboard (from the boxes in which my Stampin' Up! goodies arrive) thru my Big Shot using various dies.  It works just like chipboard and guess what?  It is FREE!  And you are recycling it which makes this a very GREEN project.

 For the butterfly embellishment above I ran some aluminum roof flashing thru my Big Shot using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz XL die and then embossed the butterfly with my Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

Here is another butterfly, this one made from the recycle SU! box.  I loved these projects so much, it was hard to part with them.  I took them down to Vintage Market and put them on our Holiday Collection rack, so hopefully they will go to a new happy home!


HOLY COW!!! Stampin' Up! has once again shocked all of us with an AWESOME NEVER BEFORE SEEN OFFER that is starting on Monday, November 15th and will only last two short weeks!! Stampin' Up! is making an offer that anyone that has ever thought about joining our family or has left the family and wants to come back that you CANNOT RESIST!! For two VERY short weeks, Stampin' Up! is offering their regular and digital starter kits at 50% off!!! The kits contain over $310 in products but you can purchase one for $87.50 (plus FREE shipping)!! This is HUGE!!!

So, if you want more information about this HUGE offer please contact me ASAP since we only have two very short weeks to take advantage of this awesome offer!! And did you know that it is perfectly okay to sign up for just the discount!! Lots of demonstrators do and love it!! I say everyone should receive a discount on their favorite products!! Or, maybe you want to do this as a business or have some extra money to help pay a bill each month. Which ever option works for you this awesome huge deal is just way too good to pass up!!!  Drop me a line or ring me up if you have any questions or need help picking your FREE stuff!

Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive just from ordering this kit:

$310 worth of Stampin’ Up! merchandise for $87.50 with free shipping
Receive a free subscription to our exclusive monthly magazine
Receive two free months subscription to your own business website
The opportunity to earn awards and incentive trips
A 30% discount off your first order (within the first 45 days)
A 20% discount on ALL purchases you make
The opportunity to attend Stampin' Up! Regional and National Conventions!
Access to The Stampin Connection, a private website for DEMOS ONLY, full of project photos, ideas, message boards and much, much more!
Admission to our demonstrator only downline meetings.

AND you get an exclusive DEMO ONLY preview and pre-order from the 2011 Occasions Mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration catalog starting Dec. 1!!!!!

Sale-A-Bration is right around the corner and there are great opportunities for FREE stamp sets! Take advantage of the upcoming Holiday sales at the Demonstrator price! The opportunity to earn extra income and be your own boss … or simply get great products at a FABULOUS discounted price! Keeping the starter kit NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS after you purchase it!


Need a gift bag?

Here are a couple of gift bags that I whipped up for our rack at Vintage Market.  If you know me well, you know that I don't really enjoy making gift bags, but since these had a pre-printed pattern they were very quick and easy! I have had these bags for a while and thought, "How could I jazz these up?".  Well, of course I went right to my trusty "Artistic Etchings" stamp set and put together a focal image for the bag.  All I did was create a standard card front and adhere it to the front.  I used Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and some Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon (purchased from the SU Clearance Rack) and they go together really well.  I think I will be making more of these since they were so easy!


More 3D swaps from Portland Regionals.

Here are 2 more magnets that I made from my Stampin' Up! boxes.  I used "Greenhouse Gala" DSP, our Itty Bitty Flower Punch and some Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  I sponged the DSP to give it a vintage look and added some of our Adhesive Pearls.  Super easy to make and I will be using Crystal Effects to stick them to clothes pins to make them a clip type magnet.  I think they would be perfect to hold photos on your fridge, don't you?


More regional swaps

Here are 2 tags that I took to the Portland Regional Convention for swapping.  I really do not like mass producing a bunch of like items, so I actually had 4 different 3D swaps that I created.  These tags were made using the Top Note die for the Big Shot and parts of my Stampin' Up! shipment boxes.  I love the fact that this project has multiple purposes: recycling cardboard and saving me money that I would have spent on buying chipboard!

The bottom tag features the stamp set "Jolly Old Saint Nick" and our specialty Christmas DSP, "Candy Cane".  I used the coordinating "Candy Cane" buttons on both of these projects, one in Pink Pirouette and the other in Baja Breeze.  The top tag features "Friends 24~7" stamps and "Blueberry Crisp" DSP.  As you can see they are the same layout, just different supplies. 

I swapped these out pretty quickly and got some cool ideas in return, which I will share with you soon.


More decorated planners!

Here are a few more decorated planners that I made for the shops.  I got the idea to do this from my friend Diane, who also happens to be one of my downline.  She created the Eiffel Tower planners for her 3D swap at the SU Portland Regional Convention and I thought they would be perfect to make for the shops.  She did hers in Pretty in Pink/Early Espresso (which was adorable), but you know me, I always have to change it up!

Pear/Black featuring Artistic Etchings Stamp set.

These 2 have a Crumb Cake base, which is how these planners come, so I didn't even have to use extra card stock to cover them!  Anything to make production easier!  Other colors are Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo.  The planner above features images from the sets, "Artistic Etchings" and "Friends Never Fade".  The scalloped trim is from our new XL die for the Big Shot, "Tasteful Trim".  The sentiment is from a retired set, but went perfect with my theme.

The planner below features "French Foliage" which has quickly become one of my "go to" sets.  Love everything about it!  Another thanks to Diane, who really brought my attention to this set with the beautiful card she created for her recent workshop.  I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for both of these planners and added an Antique Brad and some Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding to the one below.  I am so happy to say that our seam binding will be making a return appearance in the next mini catalog and in additional colors.  But, sssshhhhhh, that is just between you and me, ok?

Well, that is my share for today.  I know I have been lagging lately on my blog posts but I am happy to say it is because I have been creating items for our shops for the holiday season because we had a record month for October and are on track for an even better month in November, which will really be nice, because Christmas is coming and you now how that goes (mucho dollars needed)!  AND, I have been looking at our demonstrator sneak peek of the next Spring Mini and Sale-a-brations catalog and OHMIGOD, they are  amazing!  So I will be saving my pennies for all of those new pretties as well.

It is raining here today (yay) which makes this an indoor day so I will be creating at my desk for the rest of the day (and doing laundry).  Hopefully I will have many items to share with you later this week!