Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
This card was made using the Pocket Silhouettes set. It is a set of 6 stamps, 4 different flowers, and 2 sayings. It is just so cute and simple--I Love it! I used two of the new In-Colors, Pink Pirouette, and Kiwi Kiss, a very elegant combination, don't you think?
I started out with light pinks on this one, but felt like I needed a more bold contrast. This set is the Upsy Daisy set of 4 stamps. The flowers are all one stamp, and then there are 3 different sentiments. To achieve the faded look on the flowers, I inked the stamp with Pirouette Pink (the lightest pink), and then used Sponge Daubers and Ruby Red Ink to blend the colors. Then I daubbed with the light pink again around the edges of the Top Note die cut shape. Notice the faux stitching around the die cut, those are made when you cut the shape. How cool is that! To create the layering, I just cut another Top Note from Ruby Red cardstock and cut it in half and adhered it to the back. The ribbon is the new Riding Hood Red Taffeta, and the flower brad in the "O", is one of the new Designer Brads from the Flower Assortment. I colored the petals by using my reinkers mixed with Crystal Effects. The printed paper is from DSP Bella Rose.
All of the samples I've been sharing with you will be on display at our After Convention Celebration, so you can see them up close and personal.
Have a Great Day!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
One of the new products in the new catalog is an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" Chipboard Album. I love this size. You can use one 4 x 6 photo, like I did here, or, several wallet size photos or a 5 x 7 would also work nicely. Notice the scallop edge. This was created by using the new Scallop Edge Punch, another favorite new product. Actually, the stamp set, and almost all of the embellishments used on this page are new! Flight of the Butterfly is a 2-Step set of 10 stamps. It has the solid base for the butterfly, and three different designs to layer. There are also 3 swirly saying stamps, a sentiment and 2 accent stamps. It is a great stamp set, and very versatile. The subtle backgrounds on this page were created by stamping the images with Versa Mark on the cardstock. The flower embellishment is the Extra Large Baja Breeze 5-petal Felt Flower from the Flower Fusion Too Accent & Elements. The button is from the Button Bouquet assortment. The word "you" is chipboard letters from the On Board Loads of Letters. I colored them with a Sponge Dauber using the Whisper White Craft Ink. I have left a space at the bottom of the page for my journaling, which I will do using the Signo White Gel Pen.
Thanks for checking in today!
Monday, August 25, 2008
We had a wonderful weekend. We went to a cookout/pool party Saturday evening, and had a great time. The food was great, the people were all really nice, and the swim after dinner was refreshing. Then, yesterday morning we went on a motorcycle ride with some friends. We started out around 8:00am and headed south. We went down past Bloomington, and around Jasper. The country is beautiful down there. It kinda makes you forget you're in Indiana. The winding roads through the countryside that took us through the green hills and valleys was very relaxing. Near the town of Montgomery, we saw several horse-drawn buggies traveling along the roadside. It was a beautiful day, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!
I'm off to Jazzercise, then I'll get another project up for you. See you in a bit!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Personally, I really don't like spiders...but I must say this guy is pretty cute. This is one of the new Decor Elements that will be released in Phase 2 later this Fall. I was going to wait to post this until after I filled it with candy, but I just couldn't wait. Plus, this jar is quite large...it measures about 14" tall and about 8" around. That is going to take a lot of candy. If I filled it now, I would probably have all of it eaten way before Halloween!
Scott doesn't have to work again this weekend so we are going to a cookout at friends tonight. Hope you all enjoy your weekend as well!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Here he is...that cute little bird I told you about! I am very pleased with the way this card turned out. I kinda went crazy...I never use this many components on one card. Once I got going I just couldn't stop. Well, where should I start. The bird, and die cut flowers were done using the Birds & Blooms dies. The large pink flower is from the new Flower Fusion Too. Love those colors, Pirouette Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Baja Breeze. The brad in the center of the pink flower is one of the new Filigree Brads...Love those too! The ribbon is the 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain. This width is really growing on me. The striped paper on the bottom, you may recognize from the Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper...soooo glad they kept this one. The printed paper on the top is from the new DSP Haiku. And last but not least, the word "Peace" was done with the Decorative Strip Join in the Cheer die. If you look close, you can see that I tied Linen Thread around the base of the "P". Here is what the whole die looks like:
It is a 12" Border, and I just cut off the word that I wanted to use on the card. When I was almost done with this card, I realized I had not stamped anything! So, I added the little "to you" at the bottom. This is from the Level 2 Hostess Set Occasions Collection.
That's all for today! Gotta save some for tomorrow.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I did however, manage to get a couple of samples done to show you.
These were done using my Big Shot, the Top Note, and Birds & Blooms dies. The Top Note die makes the perfect topper for the small and medium cello bags. Fold it in half as shown here for the small bags, or in half longwise for the medium bags. On the card, I just laid it flat to create the background for the flowers. The flowers are from the Birds & Blooms die. This is a set of 4 dies. Two different flower styles, leaves, and a bird...I'll show you him later...he's so cute! Click on the picture to see more detail.
I made this card with the new Say it with Scallops set. This is the new set that was designed exclusively to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. When you purchase this set, Stampin' Up! donates $2.00 to RMHC. This is also the set that UPS donated and gave to each Demonstrator that attended Convention. How awesome is that! RMHC is such a wonderful charity, and I personally want to help make a difference in the lives of the families who must stay at one of these facilities.
Notice that this set coordinates with the new Scallop Square Punch. I am offering a *special price on that Punch, with each Say it with Scallops set ordered. I am going to give you my discount on the Punch. This punch normally retails for $15.95. When you order the Say it with Scallops stamp set, you can get the coordinating Scallop Square Punch for only $12.76. That's a $3.00 savings for you, and $2.00 from each stamp set will go to RMHC. This is a win win situation for everyone! You save, while making a difference in someone's life. This special will run through December 31. Contact me if you are interested in taking advantage of this special offer.
*This is my personal special, and not offered through Stampin' Up!
This post is getting a little long, but I did want to tell you how I got the layers on the scallop square. The stamped image is the actual size of the punch. I then punched out the square 4 more times from the white and chocolate chip cardstock, and offset those squares behind the original one. I hope that makes sense. I will demo this at our After Convention Celebration, so you can actually see what I mean. Click on the photo for closer view.
Okay, so today I'm home alone, no car, house clean, laundry done, better not take the phone off the hook...so let's see what kind of fun things I can create!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My first order from the new catalog! So many new toys...I mean tools for my business. Good thing I planned ahead, and cleaned house and did laundry yesterday, so I can play...I mean get down to work today. I have even planned a fairly simple dinner for this evening, so I have more time to make some samples to share with you.
And here's my new Big Shot!
I think I'm going to love this guy! He can cut through 8 pieces of cardstock at one time. Plus, there are about 50 different materials you can cut. Chipboard, Thin Metals, Felt, Fabric, Vinyl, and Heat 'n Shrink Plastic just to name a few. This is going to be so much fun. Better get busy... "working" so I can share some of the fun things with you tomorrow.
Now, to really dig into the box.
Today's the day...I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog.
I've got my morning work done, and I'm off to Jazzercise, so when my boxes arrive, I can play! Yes, box(es). I think this is the first time in my 5 years of ordering that they have had to ship in more than 1 box.
Oh my gosh! I just realized that my actual 5 year Anniversary date with SU was last week. Wow how time flies when you're having FUN!
I will post again later today after I get my shipment.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I'm not completely sure if I did this the way everyone else does, or if it really matters, but now, when you click on the pictures on my sidebar they take you to either the Stampin' Up! website, or more detailed information. I can't tell you how exciting this is to me! I hate to admit how many hours I have worked on this probably extremely easy task to some. I am learning, but still feeling computer challenged, and a bit overwhelmed with all of this technology.
Here are two more really pretty swap cards that I got at Convention. This first one was created by Cathy Maltby from New York. The Close as a Memory set is becoming one of my favorites, it is so elegant, and very versatile. She used the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to create the faux stitching around the black circle. Then, she punched small holes around the white circle and used black embroidery thread to create the framework around the flowers.
The second card was created by Judi Cayton from Arizona using the Morning Soft set. She did a beautiful job coloring and shading the morning glory flowers and leaves. It is difficult to see here, but she has covered the entire white square with the flowers with glitter. This really adds to the beauty of this card. I also like the Sanded background stamp she used. This is an easy way to add just a slight distressed look to your card stock.
We had a beautiful weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect. Friday night Scott and I took a motorcycle ride downtown. There was so much going on. We could hear the music from Radio Disney at the Zoo. We could also hear the announcers and the crowd cheer from the game at the Baseball stadium. People filled the sidewalks, all enjoying the gorgeous evening. Saturday we had our garage sale, and Sunday we took a drive, again, just to enjoy the day. We wound up at a huge flea market in Bargersville, In. We stopped and looked around a bit. I just kept thinking, this is just like all of the stuff I just sold (or tried to sell) at our garage sale. Needless to say, I didn't buy anything!
Only 2 more days until the UPS man brings me my goodies.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately. I have been dealing with major sinus issues which also cause dizziness issues. It is difficult to work on my computer when the whole room is spinning. I haven't been very productive these past few days. Actually that is not completely true. I have been preparing for the garage sale that we had today with our neighbors. Today was the perfect day. We had a pretty good turn-out, but boy do we have alot of stuff! It's amazing how much stuff accumulates after living in the same house for 18 years, having 3 kids, 2 grand kids, and various hobbies.
I placed my first order from my wishlist from the new catalog. Notice I said first...yes, I had to divide into "can't live without", "have to have now", "need now", and "need very soon" lists. Let's just say that I have already met my minimum for this quarter! I can't wait for the UPS man to come on Wednesday! After he comes, and I have a little time to play, I will share some more samples.
I am in the process of learning how to add more information on the sidebar of my blog. I have the pictures, but I'm feeling a bit computer challenged, because I haven't mastered how to get the links to work. I still need to do a little studying on this one! I hope you are enjoying the information that I am sharing--send a comment to let me know your thoughts.
You can access all of the details from these promotions from the Stampin' Up! website.
I will be back on Monday--I promise!
Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Stampin' Up! is working to decrease the document's download time on our end, but because of file size and significant download traffic, it may take some time to download. When you do download the document, make sure to save it to your hard drive so that you do not have to download it again.
Thanks for your patience as we work to bring you a fantastic new Online Ordering system!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Colors: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Kraft
Don't you just love these adorable zoo animals! I think the bright colors chosen really make this card. The animals were stamped on Glossy Cardstock, and punched out using the 1-3/8" Square Punch--the perfect fit to create the filmstrip. The addition of the leaves is also the perfect touch. The leaves are from the Embrace Life stamp set. I can think of a few kids who would love to get this card in the mail.
Cardstock Colors: Only Orange, Basic Black, Glossy White
Ink Colors: Lovely Lilac, More Mustard, Only Orange, Green Galore, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black
I hope you are enjoying you weekend.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Here are 2 of the many beautiful swap cards that I received at Convention. The first one uses the new set Dreams du Jour, and the new In-Color Baja Breeze. This is one of my many new "favorite" sets. She also used the Floral Background which is the perfect combination with this set. The silver dreams embellishment was made by stamping the image on the Brushed Silver cardstock and embossing with Silver Embossing powder. This really gives a nice metallic look.
Friday, August 8, 2008
We had previously scheduled this event for Saturday, August 23. We now have a personal obligation on this date, and have to move our event to Saturday, September 13. We will be mailing out a flyer with the date change and further details.
This event is a hands-on workshop where you will complete 5 projects using brand new products from the 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog. The cost is $25.00 due at registration. You can register by sending me a comment to this post, emailing me at DeeLeeD@aol.com, or the good old fashioned way...the telephone.
This may actually work out better. Because of the delay in being able to order from the new catalog, we were really pushing ourselves to get everything ordered and all of the samples made that we wanted to share with you at this event. Now, we know that we can make this event even better than ever! Plan on joining us for this Day of Inspiration...you won't be disappointed!
I hope this works for all of you. We are extremely anxious to share all of the new and exciting products Stampin' Up! has to offer this fall.
Thanks for understanding!
Stampin' Up! has teamed up with Sizzix to offer a multi-purpose die cutting system--The Big Shot!
With the Big Shot, you can create die cuts with any of our exclusive dies which coordinate with Stampin' Up! products, or any Sizzix dies that you may already own. Plus, it's compatible with other dies in the market.
Oh, the possibilities!
These new items will be available to order beginning August 11.
BTW Loretta got her luggage!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
This is the Distribution Center. It was amazingly clean! Shelli strives on making SU a pleasant place to work. She had the entire warehouse painted white and had skylights installed to make the area brighter. Music is also played in the warehouse each day. Here is where they hand pick and prepare thousands of orders to ship every day. We were able to see the boxes moving along the conveyor belts and even peek inside as they passed. When Stampin' Up first started 20 years ago, they would ship a few hundred orders each day. Now that they have moved to this incredible facility, they ship on average over 4,000 orders per day. This average more than triples during the Sale-a-Bration period. They pride themselves on accuracy. In my 5 years with Stampin' Up!, I have only experienced one error with an order, but a simple phone call, and the problem was taken care of immediately. I'm sure the Distribution Center is going to be swamped with after Convention orders! I know I have my Wish List ready!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I will let you know that Stampin' Up! is running a special promotion, August 11-September 30. "Never-Before-Seen Stamps, Never-Before-Seen Savings". You will be able to find more information about this special on the Stampin' Up! website on August 11.
For now, get those Wish Lists going...maybe the stamp sets you can't live without will be on the list of 10 sets that are included in this Never-Before-Seen Savings.
Also, just a reminder that our After Convention Celebration is Saturday, August 23, 2008 from 10-3. This is a hands-on workshop where you will complete several projects with new products from the 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog.
Okay, sorry, this was just supposed to be a quick post to let you know the catalogs have arrived. I just get so excited, I can't stop.
Thanks for checking in!
I noticed on one of the boards, it looked like they had been brainstorming ideas for the holidays. I don't know if we'll see this, but it was suggested to bring in velvet ribbon. What a great idea!
We also got to see the Distribution Center. Check back tomorrow, it too is Amazing!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
If you'll notice, the "Say it with Scallops" set is square scallops...yes...it coordinates with the new Square Scallop Punch! That is only one of the new punches you'll find in the new 2008 Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog.
Check back tomorrow, for more fun from Convention 2008!