Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas goodies - hostess gift & guest treats

Back in late September, I held a Christmas card making workshop for my mother-in-law's friend. It was a 3/$5 card making workshop, so each of the guests paid for supplies to make 3 cards each.

For each of the guests, I made a little treat holder using the SU! exclusive Two Tags Die for the Big Shot. Inside I put a little candy bar, which for some reason I didn't have when I took the pictures below! The inspiration for the idea was found HERE.

I try to bring some sort of hostess gift for each of my workshops. For this particular workshop, I created this cute little gift card holder (the idea and tutorial to re-create I found HERE). Instead of putting a gift card inside, I made up a little "certificate" that said she would get the 3 cards we make for free. Both my mother-in-law and her friend (the hostess) loved it so much that they wanted all the details to recreate it themselves and ended up making a few for their friends. I love to help inspire!

the "hole" is where you would slip the gift card into

Hope you're enjoying my Christmas posts...even if Christmas is OVER! Tuck away these ideas for next year if you'd like! You can get a head start. ;)

Candy Cane Christmas Event

On December 5th, I held an event called "Candy Cane Christmas". It was my first time since joining Stampin' Up! holding a Christmas themed event that involved more than just making a few cards. I was so excited for the challenge, but also felt a little overwhelmed with the preparation of it all! I had a wonderful turn out and was so pleased! There were 12 eager and excited guests who came to spend the afternoon with me and make some Christmas goodies for friends, family...or to keep for themselves (and, that's OK, too!)

The class consisted of 4 projects using the Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper (found in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog). I was so glad that I had ordered this paper ahead of time because it ended up going out of stock at the beginning of Decmeber. I am so thankful that I decided to plan ahead or I would have been doing some major scrambling and revamping of the class! Each of the guests received 6 sheets of the Designer Series Paper (whatever we ended up not using). This was an added bonus to the class!

Paper and projects ready to hand out to each guest

I decorated clothespins that held each of the stacks together.
The guests were then able to keep their clothespin.

A few treats to share!
Don't these cookies look so yummy?
A little information station with door prize tickets, door prizes, and...

...a treat for each of the guests to take home as a "thank you" for coming.
{inspired by Jill at Jill's Card Creations}
Project #1:
Window Treat Box
{tutorial found at Angie's Chic 'n Scratch}

Project #2:

Scallop Circle Purse
{instructions to create your own can be found here}

Project #3:
Wish List Pad with Cover
{awesome tutorial found at Splitcoast Stampers}
shows the inside
up close on the front - notice the sparkle?
Project #4:

Snowflake Gift Bag
{inspired by a design I found on Stampin' Connection}

All 4 projects!
It really was a fun event, but I will definitely be making some changes next year in my planning and preparation. It was a lot of work and so much of it I waited until the last minute to do (thank goodness for moms who are willing to help!). I think partly because I had too many things on my plate. (I was a part of two bazaars that I plan to share next!) Next year, I plan to make smarter choices about filling up my calendar for the holidays!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stamp Club - December

It would have been really smart if I would have shared with you the projects I made or classes I held during the month of December actually IN DECEMBER, but the busy-ness got a hold of me and it just didn't happen, so I'm going to try to play catch up with some projects I'd like to share! Forgive me for the lateness, but if you see something you like you can tuck the idea away for next year!

December's stamp club was a lot of fun! The hostess wanted to make some hot cocoa holders, so I designed a couple of simple and easy to re-create samples for each of the ladies to make.

The first one was a matchbook style hot cocoa holder using the Nestle cocoa packets (I can't believe I didn't take a picture of it open!). Basically the front tucks under the flap at the top. When opened it reveals the hot cocoa packet. This would be extra cute if you tucked a candy cane somewhere.

Stamp Set: Tags Til Christmas (available in wood or clear mount, but only until January 3rd!)

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

X-Large Scallop punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), Crop-A-Dile (to punch holes to thread ribbon through)

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The second hot cocoa holder had a bit more steps to it. This one uses the Land O Lakes hot cocoa packets. The hot cocoa is inside the pocket until you pull the ribbon to reveal the hot cocoa.

Stamp Set: the hot cocoa image is from a retired set borrowed from my sister...I can't remember the name!, the snowflakes are from a retired hostess set from last year's catalog

Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, retired Designer Series Paper from "I Wish" Simply Scrappin' kit

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark (for the snowflakes)

embossing powder, Sticky Strip, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Real Red polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon (retired), Horizontal Slot punch (retired)

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And, because it was Christmas time, I just had to give each of the ladies a fun little gift filled with peppermint-chocolate candies. I happened to find these cute little jars at Michaels crafts for only $1.00! I was hooked and snagged up 10 of them right there on the spot. I jazzed them up a bit to add some sparkle...the ladies loved them!

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Here is the hostess gift for the month of December. I made this little box that has a divider in it. One side is filled with mini candy canes and the other side has little tags that can be used to dress up gift packages. I made a cover using some snowflake acetate and then tied a ribbon around the entire box.

For my other stamp club projects from November, click HERE.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

are you Filled with Love?

Sorry to have not posted anything for the month of December! I guess the Christmas season really got away from me and before I knew it, it was all over! I hope to post some Christmas things soon to "look back" and have a record of my fun creations to get inspired for next year's Christmastime!

For now, let's move onto the next fun holiday...Valentine's Day!

Stampin' Up! has a new promotion that began on December 17th and will continue until January 24th. It's an EXCLUSIVE bundle called "Filled with Love". You'll have your choice between wood mount ($32.90) and clear mount ($26.90). When you purchase this bundle, you will also be getting something fun for FREE...Bitty Buttons (clear buttons that make the perfect little addition to your projects)!! You're able to purchase the exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper (not available in any catalog) separately if you are just interested in the paper. See the details below:

The Filled with Love stamp set is currently available in the Holiday Mini Catalog, but only until January 3. But, with this promotion that lasts until January 24th, you will still be able to get the stamp set!

The paper comes in four patterns and two colors, Pretty in Pink and Real Red. 12 double sided pages are included. This is exclusive paper that you can not find in any current catalog. It is only available through this promotion, until January 24th.

And, here's your FREEBIE : Bitty Buttons! These also coordinate with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, as well as the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set. There is so much you can do with these buttons!

Order online at or contact me today if you'd like to place an order! Valentine's Day will creep up on us quickly, so I hope that you take advantage of this offer to start working on some fun projects today!

Monday, November 29, 2010

3/$5 Card Making Night - November

A couple of weeks ago, I held my November 3/$5 card night (holiday themed, of course!) It was an awesome turn out and I think each of the ladies had a lot of fun. Many of them decided to make 2 sets of cards, so I was glad that I had made up lots of extras!

My card night fell during the week before Thanksgiving, so I knew it was the perfect time to add a Thanksgiving card to the "card menu".

Stamp Set:
Day of Gratitude

Paper: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Autumn Spice Specialty Paper

Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, markers: Cajun Craze, Old Olive

Decorative Label punch, basic pearls, Dimensionals

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I saw this card at Laurie's Stampin' Spot and instantly fell in love with it! I only tweaked a few things (mostly the sentiment) because I adored everything about it.

Stamp Set:
A Cute Christmas, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Baja Breeze, Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Paper

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, markers: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Garden Green

1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Snowflake punch, Scallop Oval punch, Modern Label punch, basic pearls, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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I thought it might be fun to add a little something different to this month's card night, so we made a gift card holder. I found a quick and simple tutorial on how to make these. I used the Two Tags Die to make the portion of the gift card holder that comes out and attached a piece of tape to hold the gift card in place.

Stamp Set: Season of Joy, Occasional Quotes (sentiment - Hostess Level 3 set)

Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" punch, 1 1/4" punch, scallop dotted trim, sticky tape, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, 1 1/4" striped Old Olive, Two Tags Die (used with Big Shot), Dimensionals, silver elastic cord (retired)

and the winner is...

Kim McDonough!

I don't have a blog, but I "blogged" about you
in my Facebook status update tonight.

-Kim McD

I don't know how this girl does it, but Kim...
you need to buy a lottery ticket! *wink*

Congratulations on winning all of the goodies seen below!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment, become a follower, or posting about this giveaway on Facebook and/or your blog. I truly appreciate your support and encouragement!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giveaway Time & Online Spectacular with 20-50% off select products!

Looking for some blog candy?
You'll find it at the bottom of this post!

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Stampin' Up! has just announced their ONLINE SPECTACULAR
promotion starting today through November 30th!

Select products are 30-50% off right now!

50% off items include ~
My Digital Studio
Regular Catalog Price - $79.95
50% off - $39.98

Use the same great artwork, colors, and accessory images found in our current product line to create personalized digital projects. The options are endless: create photo albums, calendars, and greeting cards using My Digital Studio. Once you've created your personalized gift or heirloom, have it printed in our high-quality print facility and delivered to your door or print it at home.
Designer Fabric
Regular Catalog Price - $9.95
50% off - $4.98

Expand your crafting options with our new Designer Series fabric for a whole new look and range of project possibilities! Coordinating patterns in our vintage-looking Deck the Halls bundle and our playfully striped and polka-dotted Candy Cane Christmas bundle make it easy to create colorful, eye-pleasing projects. Combine with our Designer buttons for even more easy coordination. And of course, this fabric is a perfect medium for creating all kinds of beautiful Christmas projects using the Big Shot machine and our large collection of dies.

Candy Cane Christmas
Deck the Halls
Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Bundle
Clear Mount Regular Price - $47.90
Clear Mount 50% off - $23.95
Wood Mount Regular Price - $63.90
Wood Mount 50% off - $31.95

The Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Clear-Mount or Wood Mount Bundle includes both the Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Upper and Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Lower Clear-Mount or Wood Mount Stamp Sets. Get both stamp sets for 50% off--only through November 30!

40% off items can be found HERE
30% off items can be found HERE

Visit my website at and click on where it says SHOP NOW to place your online order. Any online order over $150 will get free shipping (that's a $15 savings right there)!! Merry Christmas to YOU! Plus, if you spend $150, you will receive Level 1 Hostess Rewards - 1 free Level 1 stamp set and $15 free product. The more you spend, the more free product you get!

Don't forget you also have until November 30th for the AMAZING opportunity to join Stampin' Up! for the lowest price ever at $87.50! Read my last blog post for all the details and contact me today to join in the fun! You won't want to pass up this opportunity!

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Who wants to win something FREE??

I'm giving away the Hostess Level 1 stamp set "Northern Hearts" from the 2010 Mini Holiday Catalog, 1 spool (10 yards) of 1/2" Real Red Polka Dotted Grosgrain Ribbon & the small "Jingle All the Way" Decor Elements.

To enter, please leave a SEPARATE comment for EACH of the following you choose to do:

1) Leave a comment to tell me what your favorite Stampin' Up! product is or ask me any questions you want to know about Stampin' Up!'s products.
2) Become a follower of my blog (found in the right hand column) and leave a comment to let me know you have done this or are already a follower.
3) Go to my Facebook page and click "like". Come back here to leave a comment to let me know you have done this or are already a Facebook "fan".
4) Blog about my giveaway of post it on your Facebook page and leave me a comment with your link, so I can go check it out!

**Updated: I have extended the giveaway deadline, so have your entries in by Sunday, November 28th.**
I will randomly draw the winner on Monday, November 29th.

**If you leave a comment as "anonymous", please be sure to leave your name and e-mail address so I can contact you.

Thanks so much and good luck!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

AMAZING opportunity to become a demo today!

Would you like the AMAZING opportunity to join Stampin' Up!? Starting November 15th through November 30th, Stampin' Up! is offering the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kit for a mere $87.50 (+ free shipping!)...that's 50% off the regular price of $175. This deal is something that Stampin' Up! has never done before! (The overall value of the starter kit is $310!) And, what's even better is that the starter kit is customizable. Already have a stamp pad or stamp set they have listed, you get to choose your own replacement!

Reasons you might want to think about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator:
  • Earn additional income while sharing your creativity with others. In fact, you'll get 30% off your first order of $150 or more when placed within the first 45 days. Save 20% on any other made after that.
  • Make new and lasting friendships by meeting fellow demonstrators and conducting workshops.
  • Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas and learning tools, including video tutorials, on the exclusive Stampin' Up! demo site. You will also receive a free subscription to an exclusive monthly magazine called Stampin' Success.
  • The opportunity to earn free products and incentive trips.
  • A sneak peak of the new Occasions Mini and SALE-A-Bration Catalogs starting Nov. 15th. Pre-order from the 2011 Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs starting Dec. 1. Sale-A-Bration is around the corner and free stamp sets opportunities multiply!
If you decide you'd like to give this a try, there is no obligation! You can simply enjoy the AMAZING products at an AMAZINGLY reduced rate and never do anything beyond this and let your "demo status" go OR you can make personal purchases and enjoy the constant 20% discount (and 30% off your first order!) OR you can give the business opportunity a shot and earn a bit of extra income to help cover your purchases OR you can give it your all and make this a full time business. Stampin' Up! has room for ALL kinds of demonstrators!

What Kind of Demonstrator would you like to be?

Discount Demonstrator:
You like the idea of buying stamps and supplies for your personal use at a 20 percent discount and occasionally selling to neighbors, relatives, friends, etc.

Seasonal Demonstrator:
You work hard for a short period of time or season to earn a specific amount of money or to achieve a specific goal, and then you maintain minimum orders and sales during the balance of the year.

Hobby Demonstrator:
You love doing workshops and earning extra money when it is convenient. You work a lot some months and very little other months. You will do workshops if they are easy to book, and maybe have a regular group that meets together once a month. You enjoy the rewards that being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator brings, but you don’t plan to make Stampin’ Up! a career.

Career Demonstrator:
You view Stampin’ Up! as a viable business with long-term career potential. You pursue a management role, and you want to continue moving up with your Stampin’ Up! career. You love attending Stampin’ Up! events and have close relationships with other demonstrators. You work at your business in a consistent and outgoing manner.

How you make Stampin' Up! yours is up to YOU! Maybe this isn't the right time for you to throw yourself into a new business, especially with the holiday season fast approaching. Have no the kit now at this AMAZING price and decide later on how you would like to proceed as a demonstrator. You will enjoy demonstrator privileges through March 31st. To remain active beyond March 31, 2011, $300 in product sales is required.

The standard Starter Kit includes :

Four complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
Four Classic Stampin' Pads
Two Stampin' Write markers
VersaMark Pad
Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
Blender pen
Stamping sponge
Stampin' Scrub and Mist
Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
Business forms and tools

The Digital+ Starter Kit includes :

My Digital Studio software suite
Three complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
Assortment of card stock
Four Classic Stampin' Pads
Two Stampin' Write markers
Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Brights Designer buttons
Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
Stampin' Scrub and Mist
Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
Business forms and tools

(Special Note about the Digital+ Starter Kit: If you've been thinking about purchasing My Digital Studio - the starter kit is actually CHEAPER than the program itself!!! How amazing is that??? And if you love My Digital Studio, each digital download and all your printing go toward your quarterly minimums!)

Want more details? Just ask!! This is a fun and flexible business and you can build it to suit your individual needs and goals. I started Stampin' Up! in March 2009 as a hobby demonstrator and have really started to look at ways I can make it more of a business for me. I have really loved being a part of Stampin' Up! and I'm super excited to see what the future holds for me!

Just remember, act fast as this AMAZING offer only lasts until November 30th, so contact me today if you're interested!

Follow these easy steps:
1. Visit my website HERE and click on "join now" on the left side bar.
2. Contact me for my password at heidilynneboos{at}hotmail{dot}com.
2. Read, print, and sign the Independent Demonstrator Agreement.
3. Purchase your Starter Kit from November 15th to 30th at this great savings! Many of the products in the starter kit are customizable.

**You will get an extra 10% off your first hostess order placed within your first 45 days as a demonstrator and that will fill your stocking even more this holiday season!!!

Note: You might be thinking...I don't live in "your neck of the woods". No problem! You can still sign up with me and I will support you as best as I can, any way that I can! I look forward to you becoming a part of my team!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Stamp Club - November

My Stamp Club met tonight...what a fun time we had!! The ladies really loved the projects we made and their enthusiasm was contagious! I had such a great time! Each month, I ask the scheduled hostess what they would like to do as the club project. Sarah, this month's hostess, was interested in creating some punch art, and since Christmas is just around the corner...I decided it was time for Rudolph & Santa Claus to come out to play! I thought it would be extra fun to add the punch art to gift card holders since that is quite the common gift during the holidays. We made two simple gift card holders that can easily be reproduced.

Gift Card Holder #1
Punch Art: Rudolph
*Rudolph inspiration found HERE. The only thing I changed was using the Swirls Scribbles Sizzlits Die in place of the Tulip Bigz Die.

*Directions for Top Note gift card holder found HERE. She has a great video tutorial!

Punches used for Rudolph: Extra-Large Oval, Boho Blossoms (largest flower), 1/2" Circle, 1/4" Circle, Swirls Scribbles Sizzlits Die

Colors used for Rudolph:
Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black

Other supplies:
Jolly Holiday DSP, Cherry Cobbler CS, Chocolate Chip ink (for inked edges of Rudolph), white gel pen, black marker, dimensionals, Top Note die

Stamp Set: Season of Joy

Gift Card Holder #2
Punch Art: Santa

*Santa inspiration found HERE. There are many versions of punch art Santa that I have seen, but my favorite thing about this one is how you cut off 4 of the scallops on the Circle Scallop punch and turn it upside down to create the mustache. I decided to add a 1/4" circle (regular hole punch) in Pretty in Pink for the mouth.

*Directions for gift card holder found HERE. This is another great video easy to follow!

Punches used for Santa:
1 3/8" Circle, Circle Scallop, 1/4" Circle, Word Window, 1 3/4"x 7/8" Large Oval, Boho Blossoms (smallest flower)

Colors used for Santa:
Whisper White, Pretty in Pink (mouth), Blush Blossom (retired), Cherry Cobbler

Other supplies:
Jolly Holiday DSP, Old Olive CS, Pretty in Pink (used with sponge dauber for cheeks), Blush Blossom marker

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

November Hostess Gift
Tutorial can be found HERE

Stamp Set: Day of Gratitude

More Mustard, Old Olive, Autumn Spice Specialty Designer Paper

Ink: More Mustard, Old Olive, Cajun Craze (edges of DSP is sponged with Cajun Craze)

Scallop Circle Bigz Die, hemp twine, Old Olive button, dimensionals, Chocolate Chip double-stitched grosgrain ribbon (retired)

Sarah, November's hostess & the birthday girl!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

3/$5 Card Making Night - October

Last Thursday was October's 3/$5 card night. There was a great turn out of 10 ladies and some of them were first timers...I love having new attendees at my events! It was great to spend the evening with such a great group of women!

The layout of this first card was inspired by something I saw on Stampin' Connection, a website just for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. I loved the colors of this card that made it pop and added my own little touch on it. It morphed into something a little different than what I started out, but I love it!

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Ink: Pumpkin Pie (to ink around the edges of pumpkin), Basic Black

Accessories: retired black gingham ribbon, wide oval punch, 2-step bird punch (for leaves), polka dot embossing folder (used with Big Shot), dimensionals

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This next card I created out of trial and is definitely a GIRLY card!!

Stamp Sets: Birthday Bliss

Paper: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, Sweet Pea DSP (retired)

Ink: markers - Melon Mambo & Old Olive (used with sentiment)

Accessories: pink satin ribbon, dotted scalloped ribbon border punch, fancy flower x-large punch. 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, glue dots, dimensionals

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I CASEd this card from HERE. Although I changed the ribbon and didn't add the pearls on the scallop border like it shows in the card I copied, I pretty much loved it as is...colors and all!

Stamp Sets:
Apple Blossoms (Hostess Level 2 set)

Paper: Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain (retired), basic pearls, scallop border punch

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On Saturday, I attended my first ever Stampin' Up! Regional. This year it was being held in Portland at the Convention Center, which is a short 45 minute drive away, so I definitely made it happen for me to go! It was fabulous and I was truly inspired by so many things that were shared at this event. I didn't win any free stamps, but the make n takes were fun, and I spent the day with some fun ladies at our table. Oh, and I got to meet Shelli for the first time!! I felt like I was a groupie or something wanting to get my picture taken with her.

Jessica, my upline Andrea, Shelli Gardner, and me
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