Friday, November 30, 2012

snow festival boxes, bags, tags, & more!

I am so excited to be offering my upcoming class...

"Snow Festival"
Boxes, Bags, Tags, & More!!

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Friday, December 7th
7:00-10:00 PM
Cost: $15

Class includes all that you see in the picture...and more!
You will be decorating and creating:
1 Clear Pail
2 Kraft Boxes
2 Mini Paper Sacks
1 Hershey's Nugget Gift
12 Gift Tags
...and MORE!

Also included in the class fee:
6 double-sided sheets 12x12 Snow Festival Designer Series Paper 
(leftover pieces from what is not used in the class)
10 Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags...stamp a greeting at the class and it's ready to attach to a gift!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *This class is PERFECT for anyone wanting to make handmade packaging and tags, but not wanting to pull out all of the supplies or think about the process. I'll do all of the creative thinking and prepping for you, and you just come and ENJOY the handmade holiday fun!
*There will be peppermint ice cream and other sweets of the season to enjoy!

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And, just look at the new bundles Stampin' Up! came up with which is available now through January 2nd. What a perfect way to make gift giving even easier!

$13.50 ($16.85 value)
Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags, 3"x5"x1-1/2")
Handmade Holiday Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Ribbon Satin Ribbon (10 yards)

$13.50 ($16.85 value)
Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags, 5"x3"x11-1/2")
Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags, 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)

Order yours in my ONLINE STORE and make treat giving super easy this year!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

last day to save!

Today is the LAST DAY of this year's Online Extravaganza!!

Don't forget to visit my ONLINE STORE to take advantage of some great prices...many up to 50% off!


...with the last day there are three hot products available at a special price for only 24 hours -
Wednesday, November 28th only!

Clear Block Bundle - 118491
Regular Price - $66.95

Clear Block Storage Caddy - 120279
Regular Price - $16.95

Stack & Store Caddy - 109127
Regular Price - $34.95
Click HERE to shop online now!

Monday, November 26, 2012

wedding day

A couple of Saturdays ago I had the pleasure of attending a BEAUTIFUL wedding for one of the gals in my stamp club (and two other stamp club members were her bridesmaids!). I knew that her colors were going to be purple (my favorite!) because we had been discussing ideas for some of the special touches she wanted to add to the reception tables. So, I decided that I would create her and her new hubby a special card matching her wedding close as I could get with Stampin' Up! colors, of course.

 {up close of the vellum butterfly}

Card Recipe
Stamp Set: retired greeting from a hostess stamp set (can't remember which set!)
Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Vellum
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Pearl Accents, Dimensionals, White Organza Ribbon
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 3" Circle Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die

Monday, November 19, 2012

the gift of sparkling cider

Need a last minute gift for the hostess of your Thanksgiving Day?

Or maybe you want to bring just a little something to your child's teacher to say "I am thankful for you."

Martinelli's Sparkling Cider is always a yummy beverage and a great gift option other than candy or baked goods.

 Supplies Used:
 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Autumn Accents Die
Lucky Limeade & More Mustard Cardstock
Champagne Glimmer Paper
Word Window Punch
Retired product: "Grateful" greeting & Chocolate Chip satin ribbon 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Online Extravaganza starts today!

Today is the day!!

Head on over to my ONLINE STORE and be sure to take advantage of the Monday Doorbusters and all of the other amazing savings! Click here for a PDF list of products on sale or visit my online store and start shopping!

Monday, November 19th ONLY

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586)
Regular Price - $11.95 
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Regular Price - $99.95
Big Shot Doctor's Bag (113474)
Regular Price - $69.95

frosty friends - freshly made sketches #61

Card Club is this coming Tuesday and then we will be taking a break for December. I used the Freshly Made Sketches to help design one of the three cards we will be making...

Of course I had to add some Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the snow!

Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Frosty Friends, More Merry Messages
Paper: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Snow Festival DSP
Ink: Black Stazon, Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze (sponging on edges of white), markers - Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze, Gumball Green
Accessories: 1/2" Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Accents, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (used with 2-way Glue Pen), Sponges

Tools: Corner Rounder Punch

Saturday, November 17, 2012

downline swap cards - 2012 holiday catalog

At the beginning of November, we had a downline meeting and each of us brought a swap card to share with one another. We decided it would be fun if we brought a Christmas card made using products from the 2012 Holiday Catalog.

{My Swap Card}
*originally posted HERE*

{swap card created by Tami Gaumer}

{swap card created by Jen Nyburg}

{swap card created by Terri Takashige}

{This last card was our make n take for the meeting...
created by Andrea Botten}

2012 Online Extravaganza - starts November 19th!

It's coming...mark your calendar!
November 19th - 28th

 The Online Extravaganza is the biggest online sale of the year! During these 10 days only, get incredible discounts - up to 50% off - on some of your favorite products!

Although this is the perfect opportunity to shop my online store (click SHOP NOW), if you are local, you can simply email me your order to

Click picture below to view the full PDF list of amazing deals!

And, if a full 10 days of savings wasn't awesome enough...

There will be two "doorbuster days" to enjoy!

Monday, November 19th ONLY

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586)
Regular Price - $11.95 

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Regular Price - $99.95

Big Shot Doctor's Bag (113474)
Regular Price - $69.95
Wednesday November 28th ONLY

Clear Block Bundle (Blocks A-I) (118491)
Regular Price - $66.95

Clear Block Storage Caddy (120279)
Regular Price - $16.95

Stack & Store Caddy (109127)
Regular Price - $34.95

For local customers (Portland Metro, Oregon area): The sale starts Monday, but feel free to send me your order anytime to If you want to take advantage of any of the Monday doorbusters, please have your order to me no later than 8:00 PM. If you are not planning on taking advantage of the doorbusters, I will be placing another order on Wednesday, November 21st, as well as again on Wednesday, November 28th for the last day of the doorbuster sale.

For my online customers: Starting Monday visit my ONLINE STORE and shop away! The sale starts Monday, November 19th and at that time there will be a special section in my store that shows all of the discounted products and pictures of each. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas spectacular - part two

Continuing on with sharing about the Christmas event at my mother-in-law's...

Part One can be found HERE.

In addition to making three Christmas cards, each of the guests had the option to also make four Christmas treat holders. My mother-in-law and her friend who was co-hosting decided together which ones they wanted to make, so some of the projects are "repeaters" from things you have probably already seen on my blog.


Hershey Fun Size Treat Holder

Ghiradelli Chocolate Holder

Hershey's Nugget Tray

Hot Chocolate Holder

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Texture Boutique - limited quantity offer!

Sizzix Texture Boutique

As a test product, Stampin' Up! is currently offering the Sizzix Texture Boutique. The Texture Boutique works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece. This machine embosses only; it does not cut. Because this is a product test, the Texture Boutique is not branded with the Stampin' Up! logo. It comes in Sizzix packaging and is the same color and design as sold in stores.

There are only 4,000 available, so be sure to act fact in ordering yours today! This would make a great Christmas gift! You can choose to purchase the machine only for $29.95 (#132657) or as a bundle with the Flower Garden & Stripes Embossing Folders (#132700).

Click HERE to order through my online store...and don't forget to take a peek at all of the other Textured Impressions Embossing Folders we have available HERE

Check out the video below for more information on the Texture Boutique!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas spectacular - part one

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of holding a "Christmas Spectacular" event at my mother-in-law's home. I hold card making nights at her home every other month on a weeknight for her and her friends and we had decided that, for this month, we would try a Saturday event and make more than just cards! I prepared all of the supplies for each guest to make 3 Christmas cards and 4 Christmas treat projects. They could either come make just the projects, just the cards, or both! We had such a great time!! I think this was my most fun event I have had with these ladies. There were 24 eager stampers who had a great time and many of them were newcomers! I was so incredibly thankful that my mom was able to come with me as my "stamping assistant" for the day. I consider her my demo in training...maybe one day she'll sign up for the starter kit! ;)

{Christmas Cards}

Christmas Card #1
{inspired by a card I had designed for my Catalog Open House in August}
One of the biggest changes I made was I had the gals emboss the candy canes with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder. I thought it would be a fun change from just using a regular ink pad.
Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Scentsational Season, Joyous Celebration
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Snow Festival DSP
Ink: Versarmark, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dots
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Labels Collection Framelits, Holiday Collection Framelits

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Christmas Card #2
This was another card I had on display at my Holiday Catalog Open House in August. It was a CASE from Jill Hilliard. Visit HERE for my original post.

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Christmas Card #3
I'm kind of bummed the picture looks a bit washed really does look sparkly in person! I had pinned THIS CARD on Pinterest by Michelle Le Breton and fell in love with the simple design. I decided to change it up a little bit and add some extra sparkle by "glittering" up the ornament using Heat & Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Each of the guests were able to choose their own Christmas sentiment from the set More Merry Messages and stamp it on the inside.

Up close version of the sparkle...
 Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages (for inside sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, 3/8" White Taffeta, Rhinestone Accents
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Holiday Ornament Framelits, Boho Blossoms punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder
More to come...I will be sharing the four projects we made at this event, too!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

soccer stars

I thought I would take a quick break from posting Christmas projects (more to come...don't worry!) and share the thank you cards I made for my daughter's soccer coaches a couple of weeks ago. The name of their soccer team was Soccer Stars, so I figured this card design was the perfect fit for the name!

I really wish you could see this card in person because it does have a lot of extra pizzazz!
  • Each of the soccer balls are embossed in black so they are glossy.  Two of them are popped up with Dimensionals.
  • The small stars are punched out of Silver Glimmer Paper. LOVE this's so gorgeous in person!
  • The background has a light spray of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.

I am happy to answer any questions...just leave a comment below!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

big shot club - october 2012

For last month's Big Shot Club I just couldn't help but go CHRISTMAS with our projects! We won't be meeting in December, so I wanted to be sure to get in two month's worth of Christmas so I had to start early! Each month for my Big Shot Club, we make two projects and one card with the sole focus being products that are used with the Big Shot.

Project #1
Ghiradelli Chocolate Holder
Big Shot Products: Scallop Envelope Die & Holiday Framelits

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Project #2
Santa Candy Pouch
{the original idea I found HERE on Marie's Stamping Inspirations blog, but instead of this project holding Hershey's Nuggets (like hers shows), I decided to turn it the other way and then added a plastic baggie inside filled with candy}
 Big Shot Products: Top Note Die

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 Project #3
3D Ornament Card
{This card was inspired by a card I had pinned HERE, created by Laurie Zoellmer. I decided to make one of the ornaments 3D to add something fun to the card!}
Big Shot Products: Holiday Ornament Framelits

If you have any questions on any of the projects you see here, simply leave a comment below or send an email to I'm happy to help!

Friday, November 9, 2012

card club - october 2012

OK, let's get back to blogging!! I have lots of fun cards and projects I've made over the last few weeks, but I'm just a little behind on sharing them with you all. Gotta get caught up before the Christmas season comes! So, here goes...

Last month for my Card Club, we made the following three cards. (The first two may look familiar as I have already shared them here on my blog.)

This first card I had created for a sketch challenge, as well as to have as a sample at my Holiday Catalog Open House in August. You can visit HERE for more details.

This next card I shared the day of Card Club. I had created it for a sketch challenge and decided to use it for one my Card Club cards. I let each of the guests choose which stamp they wanted out of the For The Birds set. Isn't this the cutest set?! For all the details of this card, visit HERE.

And, lastly I just had to pull out my Make a Cake stamp set again. And I just love these In-Colors!

Card Recipe
Stamp Set: Make a Cake, Create a Cupcake (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Patio Party DSP
Ink: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Dimensionals, Pearl Accents
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Labels Collection Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits
// ADDED BY RYAN ON 1-3-14 // END ADDED BY RYAN 1-4-14