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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Handmade Holiday - special prices on holiday bundles!

It's time to prepare for your holiday gift giving! Create Amazing cards, Beautiful packaging, and Cherished gifts this holiday season. Stampin' Up! has come up with some "holiday bundles" to help make it easier {and cheaper} for you to order exactly what you need for you to create beautiful gifts to give...and all at 20% off.

There are 6 HOLIDAY BUNDLES to choose from ~

Vintage Christmas Card Bundle
Bells & Boughs Set & Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
Wood Mount (124067) - $23.92
Clear Mount (124068) - $19.92

reg. price - $19.95 (wood), $14.95 (clear)

reg. price - $9.95* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Contempo Christmas Card Bundle

Contempo Christmas Set & Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Wood Mount (124071) - $20.72
Clear Mount (124072) - $17.52

reg. price - $15.95 (wood), $11.95 (clear)

reg. price - $9.95

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Tags til Christmas Bundle
Tags til Christmas Set & Decorative Label Punch
Wood Mount (124077) - $38.32
Clear Mount (124078) - $31.92

reg. price - $30.95 (wood), $22.95 (clear)
reg. price - $16.95

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Gift Packaging Bundle
Gifted Set & Mini Lunch Sacks (10/pkg.)
Wood Mount (124083) - $26.32
Clear Mount (124084) - $19.92

reg. price - $27.95 (wood), $19.95 (clear)
reg. price - $4.95

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Simply Adorned Gift Bundle
Charming Set,
Simply Adorned 1" x 1-1/4" Charm,
and Simply Adorned 24" Chain
(124076) - $39.88

{click on picture below for more details}

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Frame Gift Bundle

Definitely Decorative Chunky Frame &
Small Chocolate Chip Dotted Flourish D├ęcor Elements
(124075) - $19.92

{click on picture below for more details}

These holiday bundle prices are good October 19th - December 16th. You may purchase them online at my Stampin' Up website - (be sure to use the product numbers listed above) or contact me by e-mail (heidilynneboos{at}homtail{dot}com) to place your order today!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A "Fairy" Fun Birthday Party!

I was honored to be asked by a friend of mine to be the "craft lady" at her daughter's 7th birthday party. I was so excited because I knew that not only would it bring me back to my teaching days, but I love being able to create some fun projects for kids.

We made two projects:

First off, we made fairy punch art using all Stampin' Up! punches. This idea was inspired by my upline, Andrea Botten, as well as a card I had seen on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website. I was worried that six and seven year olds wouldn't be able to put these together on their own, but they did great! Before the party, I had my 4-1/2 year old try it out, just so I could make sure it was going to be easy enough.

For the second project, we made the "genie bag". This is such a fun, simple, and quick idea. The tutorial for these can be found HERE.

I also wanted to send something home with the girls, along with my business card to share with their moms. I figured I should take advantage of getting my name out there a little. I made these adorable purse post it note holders. I found an easy tutorial HERE and whipped together nine of these in less than an hour. I can't wait to try out more designs for an upcoming bazaar I'm going to be participating in.

This is what the inside looks like and the purse is held together with Velcro.

I wanted to do a little something for the birthday girl, so I put together a little gift.

I would really love to do more birthday parties in the future. I had so much fun working with the girls. I would even be willing to create the invitations, too! Maybe this is something I'll look into and advertise more.

The Birthday Girl & Friends

Each of the girls' beautiful creations...

{this particular fairy is doing the splits in the it!}

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Definitively Decorative Home Decor

Tuesday night, I had a wonderful time being able to demonstrate some of Stampin' Up!'s Decor Elements at a friend's house. It was a great group of women to inspire!

This jar was the hostess gift (thanks, Tammy!). It uses the medium size of the Chalkboard Decor Elements Oval Labels. I used a chalkboard pen that I found at Michaels and it came with three other colors. This pen definitely helped with my perfectionism!! It wipes away clean with a little Windex and a paper towel (I probably re-wrote this 5 times!).

These next two were door prizes! Again, the chalkboard decal is part of the Chalkboard Oval Labels I linked to above. It is the smallest of the three sizes. The jar with the flower uses some of the bulk buy flowers demonstrators can purchase to demonstrate how easy the vinyls are to use. We also used these flowers for the make n take.

This was the make n take for the workshop. We used the flower decals mentioned above and adhered them to the front of a hand sanitizer bottle with the front label removed. Add some ribbon for a little extra accent and you have a cute little bottle of hand sanitizer for on top of your kitchen counter for the cold and flu season.

I had many items on display for all to see. A few of them I was even able to demonstrate in front of everyone. Please feel free to leave a comment with any questions if you see something you like! Click on the link provided for each sample that will take you to the Stampin' Up! product description.

This will be the perfect decor for a little added touch for Thanksgiving. It uses the Hem Your Blessings decal (small) in Chocolate Chip. I used some retired Pumpkin Pie DSP for the background. This is an 8 x 10 frame.

Perfect for creative gift packaging, I used the Merry Trees decal (small) in Real Red and applied it to the front of a clear pail I found at Craft Warehouse.

I found this jar last year at Target after Christmas...50% off! I used the Jingle All the Way decal (small) in Real Red, tied a bow around the lid using the 1/8" red ribbon, and added some round peppermint candies.

This one might look familiar to some. I created this last year and have a tutorial on my other blog. For this particular project, I used the retired Old Olive Jingle All the Way (small). This one got the most oohs and aahs of them all!
This is a sample of how you can take a decal and add a small touch. This uses one of the flowers from the retired Ginormous Flowers. I plan to use these in my craft room, so adding this to the inside of this clock seemed perfect. I found the clock at Target for inexpensive and the front cover just pops right off!
Again, I'm using the Chalkboard Oval Labels. This one uses the large size and is perfect for my retired ribbon jar. I love that I can get three projects out of one product purchase (3 oval labels cost $5.95). I had to add a few butterflies and a bow on top to add that extra touch.
I found this idea on someone's blog (I'll search for that and come back to link to it and give credit where credit is due!) who adhered the "eat" on the front of an album. I just so happened to have a photo album that holds 4x6 photos. Since I type up my recipes on 4x6 note cards, this will be the perfect recipe book to keep my recipes in. And, I can even display it in the kitchen as "art". This project uses the EAT decal (small) in Whisper White. I added the Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon and tied a bow.
I took a 12 x 12 frame, removed the glass, and added a metal sheet (found at Craft Warehouse). I added the smallest of the images that come with the Flourish decals (which I can't seem to find the link to on Stampin' Up!'s page).
I love this little shadow box frame. This is a picture of my two kids, cut as a square. I added Certainly Celery DSP for the background and used the "love" out of the Faith, Hope, Love, Life decals (small) in black. The shadow boxes can be found at IKEA. I believe they were $4.99 each. I also used the same shadow box for the Jingle All the Way bells frame above.
This next project uses the "hope" from the same decals as mentioned above. I found this pink polka dotted plate at Tuesday Morning a long time ago. I pulled it out when I was looking for things to use to make for this event and felt the "hope" was perfect for the pink in representation of Breast Cancer Awareness.
I just love this little project! I really wanted to use the Her Majesty decal on something and when I saw this storage container at Target, I knew what I needed to make! I put all of my daughter's princess dolls and accessories in here. The pink is PERFECT with the Rose Red crown.
The last three pictures are some of the Decor Elements that I have put up around my home. For the workshop, I had a book of samples that the ladies could look through to get inspired. I included some of these pics, as well as some friends and things I have seen around the internet.

Wild Flower Bouquet (small) in Chocolate Chip
{I really wish I would have ordered the white!}
Life Milestones (medium) in black

Happily Ever After (medium) in Chocolate Chip

This was such a fun event and I plan on trying to book a few more! I have quite a few friends who might be a little more interested in the home decor part of Stampin' Up! I might even have one at my house, so I can get the word out about the Decor Elements. There are probably 3 or 4 more projects I never got around to making, so hopefully I'll post those as soon as they are finished!

My next event? I'm doing a couple of projects for a fairy-themed birthday party for a 7-year old and her friends. It will be so much fun!!
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