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!


Pocket planner

Here is a picture of just one of the pocket planners that are now available on our holiday collection rack inside Vintage Market (between the front doors).  These make great inexpensive gifts for co-workers or neighbors or can be added to a gift bag or basket for a friend or family member.  I have 2 more designs  to share with you over the next few posts and I am creating a bunch more tonight for our holiday rack at Unique Boutiques.  They will be in that store on Friday afternoon, just in time for the awesome Boutique Crawl on Saturday.  If you have not done the Boutique Crawl yet, you really need to.  Ruby and I and some other friends did the first one and it was amazing.  You get the ultimate shopping experience, party bus from boutique to boutique, a very tasty lunch and swag from all of the shops.  It is fantastic and will be stepped up this go round because all of the stores will be ready for the holidays, so you can get a jump on your holiday shopping and have a great day out with your girlfriends all at the same time.  You can still get tickets in Oakdale (Modesto and Turlock tickets are sold out) at:

Tags Boutique


Holidays at Vintage Market

Here is a look at our new space at Vintage Market. 
We have it loaded up for the holidays with much more to come. 
 Make sure you stop by and visit us!