Saturday, July 28, 2007

Sophie is in Denver!!

Can you find Sophie? She is at Stampin' Up!'s 2008 Convention in Denver! They have display boards with thousands of cards and scrapbook pages that we send in.
My 6x6 of Sophie made it! Sadley I am not there, but I saw these pictures on another demonstrator website, thanks to Jen for seeing this one! I got all teary eyed! Hooray go me!

Friday, July 27, 2007

The 3 Spaces

I found the below article on scrapbooking spaces. From a website link...
I thought it would be interesting to read on the different kinds of scrapbooking spaces that there are. I think I have had all three...sometimes at once! But now I am at Dedicated Space stage and I love it! Enjoy!

Almost every scrapbooker starts at a temporary workspace, most often the kitchen table. Obviously, this makeshift workspace accommodates non-scrapbooking functions (eating, homework, bills), but when it comes time to scrapbook, you can temporarily pull out your supplies and work for a while before packing everything up again.

While this packing and unpacking can be cumbersome, effective storage solutions can actually make a temporary workspace ideal for many scrapbookers. There is freedom and simplicity that comes with containing your scrapbooking universe in a single rolling case or a plastic box. it easier to spend time with your family while you scrapbook.

Having a shared space means you have a room in your home dedicated to two or more activities—one of which is scrapbooking. This shared setup offers a more permanent solution than the temporary space because there’s no need to haul supplies in and out.

Within a shared space, scrapbooking is just one of the full-time functions of the room. Depending on what else the room is used for, you might have a work surface and open storage solutions always available for your scrapbooking pursuits, or you might need to store your materials in closed containers, keeping everything hidden away when the space is being used by others.

A dedicated space is devoted solely to scrapbooking and other creative pursuits, and it generally has only one occupant: the scrapbooker.

This arrangement offers a variety of benefits—you can integrate permanent storage into the workspace, keep inprogress pages and supplies out between scrapbooking sessions, and, ultimately, you have the freedom to design every aspect of the space so that it best meets our own scrapbooking needs.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Host a Workshop for this one!

Have friends that love to stamp and scrapbook? Invite them over, serve some refreshments and let me do all the work! Host a Workshop, have a great time with your friends and get all the great benefits Stampin' Up! has to offer our Hostesses!!
Check out the Hostess benefits chart in the Fall-Winter Collection Catalog on pages 16-24 to see what you could earn, based on your Workshop totals! (before shipping and tax)
This card is using the Hostess Level 2 set "Perfect Presentaion" which has 11 holiday stamps, many of them are punch friendly!
I also used the Purely Pomegranate Plika Dot Jacquard Ribbon, I received it in the very awesome Level 3 Hostess set "Happy Me Simply Scrappin' Bundle" LOVE IT! But this ribbon is also available in the Sherbert Ribbon Origionals found on page 191.
The rest of the goodies are:
Whisper White Card stock
Wild Wasabi card stock and Classic Ink
Purely Pomegranate Classic Ink and Card stock
1/8 circle punch (on my new Crop-o-dile, ask me about my special!)
White Taffeta ribbon
Tag punch
Small Tag punch
3/4 square punch
Let me know when you would like to book your workshop!!

I'm Alive!

Sorry I have been absent for a while, I had 3 viruses attack my computer, one ate my Kodak software. So I had all these awesome pictures and they were trapped. Anywho, here they are. Some fun with new stamps!!
I love this set! I got it for free beacause I did well last quarter and Stampin' Up! rewards us well!!
It is called "Priceless" (it is on page 117, for $25.95) I love the swirls, and the cute fonts with the words! With this card I used:
So Saffron card stock
So Saffron Prints Designer Series paper
Mellow Moss Cardstock and Classic Ink
Always Artichoke Classic Ink
Whisper White Cardstock
Dazzling Diamonds
Slit Punch for the scalloped edge (take off the guard)
To bad this picture dosen't do this card justice!!
So on the card below I again used the "Priceless" stamp set and the coordinating Brass template (page 187 for $15.95) to use with a light box (see sample below!) for the raised swirls in the background.
Supplies for this card below are:
Sky Blue (In Color) card stock and Classic Ink
Blue Bayou (In Color) card stock
Very Vanilla card stock
Twill Tape (1 1/2")
Pop up glue dots and Mini glue dots
Half back cream pearls (from the Pretties Kit!)
Happy Halloween!
I love Halloween and could not wait to use my new "Batty for You" set (page 27 $22.95) check it out in the catalog Stampin' Up!® - Online Catalog - shopmain there are really cute sayings that circle each of the images, I just used a marker to color what I wanted.
Here is the recipe for this card:
Old Olive card stock, Stampin' Write Marker, and Brad (Earth Elements)
Orchid Opulence Card stock and Stampin' Write Marker
Bashful Blue Stampin' Write Marker and Brad (Soft Subtles)
Basic Black Classic Ink
Pumpkin Pie Stampin Write Marker, Brad (Earth Elements)
Black Gingham Ribbon
White Taffeta Ribbon (love it!)
Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper (page 172)
Sanding Block to distress the paper
Crystal Effects to adhere the Designer Series paper to the On Board Chip Board
On Board Chip Board Accents (pg 181)
Happy 29th Birthday Sara! I was so excited to send my girlfriend in L.A. this card for her Birthday. I cased it right out of the Fall-Winter Collection Catalog, I love the chef!
I cut his hat and coat out, using dimensionals gave this card the extra pop it needed!
Ingredients are:
Blue Bayou (In Color) card stock and Classic Ink Pad
Not Quite Navy Ink pad and card stock
River Rock card stock
Purely Pomegranate Card stock and Classic Ink
Blender Pens for coloring with In Colors
Pumpkin Pie (cake & candle), Creamy Carmel (tray), Bordering Blue (jacket outline) Blush Blossom (skin tone) Water Color Wonder Crayons
Aqua Painters
Brass Brads (Vintage)
Ticket corner punch
Canvas background stamp for pants in Creamy Carmel Classic Ink
Hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them. Leave a comment below on whatcha think! Thanks!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Left, right, left, right...

Yeah!! So here is my story...

Sitting in front of my parents fireplace with my sister next to me. I was opening birthday presents (Thurdsay is the big day, 29! Yikes!) Ed and my mom are across the room on the couch, and my dad was in the recliner.

Mia has been crusing around furniture for weeks now, she decided to let go of my mom, and left...right...left...right...7 steps, my fellow bloggers! 7 steps!

I was so excited, everyone had tears in there eyes, I am so glad that Ed was there to see it. Hooray Mia!! So Big!! And I said right before my birthday she would walk. Damn I am good!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Holiday Mini Collection 2007 is Here!

Hold on to your hats ladies, here is the Holiday Mini Collection!

So much new fun stuff! From the wrapping papper, and ribbons, to the holiday chipboard. Not to mention the awesome stamp sets. That are ALL DIE CUT for you!! No cutting, just mount them to your block and stamp away!

Ordering for this begins September 1st!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Late night creation

I wanted to make a CD cover as a gift. I burned the pictures to a CD that I took from our trip to the Taste of Chicago. I LOVE how it turned out, it is rare that I take the time to create something so elaborate. (yes this is elaborate for me)

I was inspired by my On Board Lots of Letters scallop piece. And I was inspired by the western feel because of Loren and his Country band (

Here is the inside, the CD just slides in above the rust band.
And here are the ingredients for this CD case...
Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Sky Blue card stock
Blue Bayou, Mellow Moss and Really Rust Classic Ink
Brass Hardware, Fire Ice Brad, Lots of Letters On Board
White Taffeta ribbon (dyed Blue Bayou with the ink pad)
Really Rust pastel on the letters
In the Spotlight Hostess level 2 stamp set
and Classic Alphabet (retired 07)
Please leave me a comment (below) and let me know what you think!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Me, Myself and I

This is the first class of the summer, Wednesday, August 1st, at 6:00 p.m., $20.00 at Jacki's house. This is a great project and I am so excited!!

This class we will be using the On Board 5 x 5 Art Journal (page 181) and your choice of double sided designer series paper (pg 170-173) let me know your choice of paper when you prepay. Anything left over after the class, you get to take home!

You are going to make a personalized book about yourself. Bring to this class, pictures, mementos and notes about yourself, things you do, things that make you happy, maybe your family and friends. Everything that makes you. you.

I will be showing you how to make this cute 5x5 Art Journal into a cute mini scrapbook!
Email me @ if you are interested. I must have all payments and RSVP's by Wednesday July 18th!

On Board Bitty Book

I got the On Board Bitty Book with my new Fall-Winter Collection Catalog order. It comes flat, and you put it together yourself. They offer instructions. Throw them away, it will make it much easier for you.

I used Crystal Effects as glue, as much as I love it for shine on projects, that stuff is like super glue! So my tip is put your sleeve together and then adhere your paper to the outside of the sleeve. (Measure twice cut once!)
Again using the Crystal Effects and a sponge, I covered the whole outside if the sleeve with Crystal Effects, the added my Designer Series Paper (double sided!) Cutie Pie is what I used here.
I also used the Lots of Letters On Board set (LOVE IT) for my daughter's name, not to sure if you can see but I used the Three for You punch to add behind the dot of the "i"

Again, love the Cutie Pie paper! this is the mini album itself. Hint, have it folded like this. Then add your paper. Otherwise when you go to bend this your paper will tear. (ask me how I know) So fold first then adhere paper.

And inside you get 10 page protectors, I still have to fill them! I can not wait, must take more pictures of Mia!!

So here is the info on the
On Board Bitty Book
page 181
Also you can order more page protectors for this...
$4.25 for 10

My Open House

First off, HUGE thanks to everyone that came to my Open House on Wednesday (the 11th) it was a huge success and a lot of fun! Check out some of the pictures below!

Here is the super cute free Make-n-Take project everyone was able to make (cased off of SCS)

Here was the "Try Me" area. Some of the newest and trendiest punches were here play with! Including Scallop Punch, Spiral Punch, Round Tab Punch and the Picture Corner Punch (pgs 182-183 in the Fall-Winter Collection)

Here on the island eveyone was able to stand around and watch demonstrations of some of my favorite tools. Coluzzle kit, Water Color Wonder Crayons, Water Color Pencils, Pastels, Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, Gel Pen, Mat Pack, Snail, Stampin' Scrub, Cutter Kit, Pencil Sharpener and all of my new favorite On Board Chip Boards!!

(On Board on pages 180-181)
I loved the On Board Accents with all the shapes and tags, I can't wait to play with the On Board Blossoms & Basics and I am excited about the On Board Lots of Letters!

So across the kitchen was all kind of accessories that Stampin' Up! sells. Pictured here is the Forget-me-not keeper, Metalic Pencils, 5x5 On Board Art Journal, and a decorated On Board Bitty Book!

On my stove top I laid out two of the new Double sided Designer Series paper 12x12. Here is Cutie Pie and Creepy Crawly.

The notebook is the class notebook that everyone of my Creative Maniacs carry. They are personalized by me (for $5.00) then my customers love to take them home and personalize them even more! They bring them to class to take notes, write out great techniques and to keep techniques!
Check out the Stampin' Stack & Store ($34.95 pg 193), this is an awesome caddy for all of your Brads, Buttons and Eyelets. You have got to love those Rhinestone brads!!

The Hodgepodge Hardware tin is out for show, (pg 188) $27.95 is such a deal for 200 plus pieces!! You can not get this price anywhere else for this manu pieces!

Here I had out SNAIL adhesive, so handy and fast to use. Clear envelopes for my cards, I love to show off my hard work! The Accents and Elements Tin, this one is Build-a-Flower (see the class schedule for the class on this one)
And the Three For You Punch box (pg 183) this awsome tin, 9 piece die cut stamp set, 3 stampin' spots (Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi, and a 3 flower punch!)
The promotion through me is, buy this Punch Box on or before August 15th, and receive 20% off!! That is $9.19 savings! PLUS Stampin' Up! is offering an assorted pack of love notes scored cards (3x3) with envelopes! Bonus!
To get the punch box before class, so you can have your own to use Prepay and RSVP is by August 1st (class is $10) we will be making some fun cards and a 3D project using everything the punch box has to offer!

So again thank you to all my awesome customers that attended. I can't wait to see you all at class!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Drum roll please.........

Here it is! The long awaited clean desk pictures! There are alot of pictures (I have alot of stuff) and in this picture below you can see my contraband desk on the other side...But this is a pretty view, from me standing on my chair

From left to right- My new Stack & Store Caddy! my many punches, there is Whisper White and Basic Black inks, then my WW crayons, adhesive remover, embossing buddy, borrow book, then Versamark and my empty wheel cartridge (versamark) Stazon Jet Black, with my sanding block, and matches (for my candle!) and calculator. Next collumn is mat pack, Pop up glue dots and mini glue dots, then my color spritzer tool and brayer, and coluzzle templates. Phew. Everything right were I can see it!

Yeah for my new Stack & Store Caddy! LOVE IT!

These IKEA wooden containers ($2.99) hold my blender pens, aqua painters, gel pen, versamarker, then my walkman speakers, then my exacto knife, nail file, tweezers, protractor, 6" mini rulers. Then my scissors. 4 pairs. My Craft & Rubber, Snips, Ribbon scissors, and big paper scissors. Oh and my Stampin' Scrub too!

Yeah Ink! Every one of the 48 colors, 6 In Colors, on top are my markers, ink refills and my crimper. Look closely between the ink pads, you will see my Stampin' Up! pencil sharpener and eraser.
Yeah for files and boxes that are labeled! Above (not pictured) are my Grid sheets! Love them!

Here are my scraps. Each color gets it's own 8 1/2 x 11 page protector, each color family gets it's own box. And labeled what color family. I have had this like this for about year now and love it! Check out the label on the far left. "Put me away" I am quite the lazy bum, so instead of having a pile of paper that needs to be filed I have a file of paper to be filed.

Ahh, yes. My paper. Again every color family get's there own file stand, In Colors to the left, and neutral to the right. The last one is glossy, vellum, vellum C.S. window sheets (I know, I know)

Here are 3 of our keepers and one soft box FULL of premade cards and fronts. BUT they are all catorgorized!

My very nice 12 x 12 containers! Thanks Kelley B!

OK there is alot in this cabinet, top shelf, some misc. stuff that we don't sell, like, goo gone, staples, alchol wipes...see the blue box. Very, very important. It is labeled "Buttons, eyelets and Brads" don't tell my husband Ed but that is where all my chocolate is! Hee Hee!
Next shelf is my daubers (in a seperated Stampin' Up! box, each color gets a dauber) my Dazzling Diamonds gets a big box to be messy in. Then my Hardware tins.

Yes to the right of this cabinet is my color chart (New In Color combos 07-08) color wheel, and inspiration box of color. Yet I am so inspired by the lovely picture of my downline, Jen. She was getting her hair done for my wedding!

Under cabinet is my sad 4 background stamps and my 5 rolls of ribbon.
My 5 x5 art board journal, accents and elements (build-a-flower NEW!) um...a personalized stamp and some pictures of my doggies! (boxers maggie & sophie)

All 32 of them. I have mine organized by container size. Sad that I lost 36 sets huh?!

So under my stamps live these 4 containers, left to right - sticky strip & random Stampin' Up! glue, then my snail, then my dimensionals, then my snail refills
The box is mislabeled. these are old catalogs, the pink box contains my rough edges alphabet, and then my whole 2 wheels and 1 jumbo (new)

So there you have it. I love my set up. I basicly sit in a cirlce of my Stampin' Up! supplies. Mmmm my happy place. Hope you enjoyed the 3 hour tour! Let me know if you have questions!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Art Room before...

Yes this is my disaster, I call my art room. This is looking at it from across my desk
and this is looking at it if you are standing on my chair. I have successfully cleaned up my room, and it looks AWESOME! I have my new Fall-Winter Collection order arriving tomorrow so I have to have a clean room for new toys!
I can not wait to put everything in it's new place. I will take detailed pictures of it clean and organized. And hopefully some new samples!
Until then Happy New stamping catalog to all! Hope to see you at my Open House on Wednesday!!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Samples to share!

Here are some SUPER cute samples from my Dauber Diva sisters!! Thanks ladies!!
(the scalloped edge here was done with decorative scissors)

Don't mind my scary shadow over this cute card!
Paper and daisy punch are retired but still to cute!

New pick a petal stamp set and key tag punch!

Love the clip board idea! using the Round tab punch and the spiral punch! Cute!
Again thanks ladies for the great samples!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Tag, I'm it!

So Theresa has tagged me, I must take a break from my Open House work to Blog. So here are 7 random facts that you may not have know about me...

1. I have an obsesive love for page protectors and binders (Pam and I are soul mates) or all office supplies for that matter!

2. I have a 13 month daughter, Mia Nicole.

3. I always wanted to be a Zoologist.

4. I collect Lego's.

5. Dean Koontz is my favorite author. Along with Shel Silverstein and Sark (check her out, very art inspiring! )

6. I have 2 Boxers, Maggie and Sophie. And 2 cats Jordan and Chloe. And 1 turtle, Rosalita.

7. I hate wind and laundry. alot.

So there you have it, 7 random facts about me. Thanks Teresa I needed the break!