December 29, 2011

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  We had some family come visit us and then I had dinner at my house on Christmas Eve.  I spent the past 2 days trying to get my house back in order and I'm just about ready to put away my Christmas tree for this year.  I had a few things I wanted to share with you.  I'll be back in the new year again posting projects and cards like I usually do.  I recently purchased the new Stampin' Up! designer rosette die and I can't wait to try it out.

--The last day to place your order from the Holiday Mini catalog is Tuesday January 3rd.  The new Occasions Mini catalog begins on Wednesday Jan 4th.  I will post a link to the new mini on Wed Jan 4th in the morning.

Carry over flyer
click on the link below to see the carry over flyer

--The Holiday Mini carry over flyer has been released. These are the items that are being carried over and can still be ordered. If you wanted to order something from the holiday mini and it's not on this flyer you still have a few more days to place your order (until Jan 3rd) before it retires. I've posted the link to the carry over flyer for you above.
--It was announced earlier that the stocking building punch from the holiday mini will not be carried over.  I sent everyone on my mailing list this information, but just in case you missed it this punch is only available while supplies last.  Stocking Builder Punch is item #124095 ($16.95).  The coordinating stamp set will also be retiring. Stitched Stocking Clear stamp set #123784 ($19.95) and Stitched Stocking Wood stamp set #123782 (27.95).

--Stampin' Up! has updated their clearance items again and the Clearance Blitz will continue through January 5th.  If you would like to place an order for any items on the clearance rack click on the link below and then click on the shop now tab at the bottom of my Stampin' Up! website.

I also wanted to mention that Debbie (our winner for the Simply Score Tool give away) has received her Score tool- she so kindly posted a comment under my Dec 16th winner announced post found here.  Thanks so much Debbie, enjoy!  I'll be having another give away again and I hope it will be as much fun!

If you have any questions about placing an order feel free to send me an email!  Have a great day and I'll see you next year!  Happy New Year to you all!

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December 16, 2011

Good Morning!  Well, today is the day some of you have been waiting for (for my Simply Score Tool give away winner), but first I wanted to let you all know about Stampin' Up's! clearance rack blitz.  From now until January 5th, nearly 200 items are being added to Stampin' Up's! clearance rack. 

Items are available only while supplies last.  There are no refunds or exchanges on clearance rack items.  Only online orders qualify for this promotion; however orders can include non-clearance rack items.  There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion and qualifying clearance orders are eligible for hostess benefits.   If you are interested in placing an order for any clearance items here is the link to my Stampin' Up! website-  once you are my Stampin' Up! website, click on the shop now tab at the bottom right side of the page and that will take you to the Stampin' Up! online store in which you can place your order through me.  Please let me know if you have any questions at- and I will be happy to help you.

Now, onto our drawing!  For our drawing, I printed out all of the comments for my Simply Score tool give away and if you signed up for my newsletters then I entered your name twice.  If you already were receiving my newsletters and you entered my give away I also entered your name twice. 

Here is a picture of all of our entries.

And here is a picture of my son mixing up the names.  Isn't my son cute?  Okay, I guess we all think our kids are cute.  Aaron just turned 7 this past Saturday.

Pick a winner for us Aaron!

And our winner is-

Congratulations Debbie!  Debbie said- I have a running list of blogs I check daily and you're on it.  Thanks for the great projects!!!  PS...fingers crossed.

I hope Debbie likes her new Simply Score tool as much as I like mine.  I'm going to send you an email as soon as I get back from taking my son to school.  When I hear back from you I'll order your new Simply Score Tool. 

ETA- Update...I heard back from Debbie this morning and Debbie your Simply Score Tool is on it's way.  Enjoy!

I'd like to say a great big thank you to all of you for entering and helping me reach my goal of 200 followers.  I hope you will continue to follow me and be on the lookout for my next give away.

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December 14, 2011

Hi everyone!  I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that today is the last day to place your Stampin' Up! holiday orders in time for Christmas delivery.  Also, tomorrow is the last day for Stampin' Up's! 'It's Good to be a Hostess' promotion. Email me at if you need more information about this promotion.

Well, now that Christmas is only 1 1/2 weeks away I'm sure you are finishing up your last minute decorating, wrapping, shopping, baking, and perhaps even you're like me you still haven't mailed your Christmas cards.  What!  You didn't even make your cards, yet!  Well, don't panic.  That's why I'm here....LOL  I have two clean & simple, super quick and easy holiday cards that I'm sure you can whip up in no time. 

My snow swirled card was a case of this card here that I came across on splitcoast stampers.  I eliminated a layer, did a little bit less stamping, and I changed the colors and since purple is my favorite color I decided to make a purple holiday card.  I did add 3 rhinestone gems in the center of the larger snowflakes, but you could even eliminate those if you wanted.  This is a super easy card, just cut your card stock and begin stamp away.

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Card Stock: White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Silver
Supplies: Rhinestone Gems

This next card was also a case of a card I saw somewhere, but I can't seem to find it again to link it here for you.  If I find it I will come back and update this post. 

Now, this card is a bit more work, but I'm sure you could whip up 10 or so of these in less than 1/2 hour.   Simply stamp your tree image, stamp the sentiment, add your glitter and then sponge your moon.  (Note- the tree and the 'season's greetings' sentiment are both on one stamp, but when I mounted this stamp I cut the sentiment apart from the tree and I mounted it on another wood block.  I did this so that it would be quicker and easier for me to work with this stamp). 

Sponging your moon is an easy technique.  Here is a great video that shows you how to do reverse masking and I did mine the same way as Holly did in this video.

Stamps: Scenic Season
Card Stock: White, Night of Navy
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Supplies: Sponge, Circle Punch, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Technique:  Sponging, Reverse Masking

That's about it for today!  Remember to come back on Friday morning.  I will be posting the winner of the Simply Score Too giveaway!  Have a great day!

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December 11, 2011

I don't have a craft post today, but I've been talking about these cupcakes on splitcoast and I wanted to post a picture of them.  These are ice cream cone cupcakes that I made them for my son to give to his classmates at school.  My son's birthday was yestesrday and he turned 7 years old- he's growing up so fast!

These are really easy to make and I make them almost every year.  The trick to making these is not fill the cones too full.  Mix your cake mix according to the directions (you do not want to use cake mix with pudding) and bake like you normally would.  It's tricky getting the cones to stand up and sometimes they can make a mess however I just bought this awesome pan to bake them in and this pan was perfect for my son to take these to school.  These pans are very hard to find so I thought I would share the website where I purchased it from.  Kupcake Konz has excellent customer service and my pan was shipped right away.

Well, that's about it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas card to share!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

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December 9, 2011

Hi everyone!  Well we did it!  We officially reached 200 followers and I will be giving away a Stampin' Up!  Simply Scoring tool!  As stated in my orginal giveaway post I will be waiting 1 week from the time I reach 200 followers so I will have one of my children pick a winner's name out of a basket next Friday morning.  So there's still time to enter and remember if you signed up or if you already do recieve my Stampin' Up! newsletters I will be entering your name twice!  If you haven't entered yet you will want to read this post <---click here--

I will post pictures and I will be posting the winner next Friday morning.   So be sure to come back next Friday December 16, 2011 (and after I take my son to school) I will come back and update my blog with our winner.   I will contact the winner and you will have 3 days to reply and then I will get your Simply Score Tool ordered and shipped to you.  Thank you to you all for helping me reach my goal!

Onto to today's card.  Today I wanted to post a holiday card that you could make with only a few supplies.  We all know that card making can be expensive and we all have lots of supplies and tools, but I wanted to show you (especially if you are new to card making) that yes, you can make holiday cards with only a few supplies and that aren't expensive to make.

I used one tree stamp from Stampin' Up's!  Lovely as a Tree stamp set and I randomly stamped in onto my card staying towards the left hand side.  I stamped off on a few of the images so that they would appear lighter.  Then all I did was add my Merry Christmas greeting and add my ribbon, so cute and easy!  I did want to mention that I got the idea to make this card from another stamper and her original card can be seen here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree, Holidays & Wishes
Card Stock: White, Garden Green,
Ink: Garden Green
Supplies: Ribbon
Technique: Stamping Off

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December 7, 2011

Good Morning! Today's card is for the monthly challenge for the blog group that I belong to. If you look on my side bar you will find the links to the other ladies' blogs who are in my group. If you have time, take a moment to visit their blogs and you can see their challenge cards too. I must apologize to my blog group friends because I am late in posting my card (I'm so sorry, I totally forgot about our challenge).

Our challenge was 'the power of 3's'.  We were to create a card using 3 layers, 3 images, and 3 embellishments and we were to leave the sentiment off of the front of our cards.  I knew right away that I was going to try and use my new stocking punch. 

Making these stockings using the stocking punch is a great way to use up some of your designer series paper scraps.  On my card I used some paper scraps from the Stampin' Up! holly berry bouquet designer series paper.  I used the new silver glimmer paper for the tops and the toe part of the stocking and the rest of my card was made using real red and very vanilla card stock.

The stockings were easy to put together and I placed them on my card using dimensionals.  My background is dry embossed using my big shot and my perfect polka dots embossing folder.  I used a glue dot to hold on my bells.

My 2 year old daughter just told me that she liked the socks on my card, how cute!  Well, that's about it for today.  If you are watching my Simply Score Tool give away then you know we only need 5 more followers.  This would make a perfect Christmas gift for you!  For more details please click on the simply score tool on my side bar.  Have a great day!

Stamps: none
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Silver Glimmer Paper, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Ink: none
Supplies: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Stocking Builder Punch, Mini Jingle Bells
Technique: Dry Embossing

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December 6, 2011

Good Morning! Today I'm planning on finishing my holiday decorating, but before I do I wanted to post another card that we made at my cookie party. Today's card is almost an exact case from the Stampin' Up! idea book & catalog. In fact this card is the reason I bought this stamp set. I saw the sample card and I figured it would be an easy, quick holiday card and if you leave the ribbon off it would be perfect for the holiday cards you intended to mail.

My red riding hood card base is stamped using red riding hood ink. It's tone on tone ink and card stock so it's hard to see in my photo, but when I was making my card I felt that the background needed a little something.

I used the Stampin' Up! top note die to cut my vanilla card stock for the inside and outside of my card.  I even stamped the bottom right corner on the inside of my card (as you can see in the photo above).  Stamping the inside of my cards isn't something I usually do, but I like the way it turned out on this card.

Then to complete my card I simply stamped my images using old olive ink in the two corners and stamped my season's greetings sentiment using red riding hood ink.  Next, I added my ribbon and placed my top note layer onto my card base using dimensionals and that was it!

Remember to be sure and enter my Simply Score Tool give away.  We only need 8 more followers and I'll have one of my children pick a name out of a basket.  If you receive my newsletters and you enter to win I will enter your name into my drawing twice.

Have a great rest of the day!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: Bells & Boughs, Curly Cute
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Red Riding Hood
Ink: Old Olive, Red Riding Hood
Supplies: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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December 5, 2011

Hi everyone!  Thank you so much for being patient with me this past week.  I spent the entire week last week getting ready for a cookie exchange party at my house yesterday.  My party went very well and I thing everyone had a great time plus we had an opportunity to try some great new cookies and exchange recipes.  Thank you to those of you who came to my first cookie exchange!  I'm looking forward to doing it again next year.

After we ate some food and had some cookies I planned for everyone to make a few holiday cards and the card I am posting today is one of the cards we made.  Since it was a larger group I had the snowman hats made ahead of time and I had everything else punched out for everyone.

The snow along the bottom of my card was made using the paper tearing technique and then I added some glitter along the torn portion of the card stock.

The snowman was made using several circle punches.  The eyes and mouth I just drew in using my SU black marker.  The nose is just a small triangle cut from some orange scrap paper.  The arms are 2 portions cut from the snowflake punch.

To create the hat I punched out a black 1" square and then I punched out some black card stock using my word window punch.  I then took the card stock from the word window I punched it again.  I slipped it back into the word window punch to punch it again making it shorter.  The leaf in the snowman hat was from the leafy branch of the bird builder punch and then the holly berry was simply a 1/4" circle punch using real red card stock.

I waited until my card was finished until I made my background.  After my snowman was glued on I stamped my sentiment using white craft in and then using my white gel pen I placed dots on my background for the snowflakes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to enter to win the Stampin' Up! Simply Score Tool that I am giving away.  Click on this link here here for more details about my giveaway.  Only 8 more followers and we will soon have a winner.  Have a great day.  Tomorrow I'll be posting anther card that we made yesterday at my cookie party.

Stamps: Bells & Boughs
Card Stock: White, Brilliant Blue, Chocolate Chip, Black, Only Orange, Old Olive, Real Red
Ink: Craft White Ink
Supplies: Ribbon, Glue Dots, 2 Way Glue Pen, DD Glitter, White Gel Pen, and Punches:  Word Window, 1 1/4" Square, Bird Builder, 1/4" Circle, 1 3/4", 1 1/4", & 1" Circle, and Snowflake
Technique:  Punch Art, Paper Tearing
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