Archives for January 2010

Two Step Bird Punch

Here is a quick and easy card that could cover a multitude of occasions. The circles and bird are punched out of designer paper. I love all of the new punches, which make it a snap to create a card when you need one in a hurry! I also love this new Well Scripted sentiment set. Just delicious!


Stampin’ Stuff

Stamps: Well Scripted (Occasions Mini Catalog)

Inks: Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink

Paper: Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry card stock, Rich Razzleberry Patterns Designer Series Paper and Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper

Fun Stuff: Two Step Bird Punch, 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch, 1 inch Circle punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Rich Razzleberry dotted ribbon

Satin Ribbon Share

How about another Ribbon Share?

This ribbon share features our new Satin ribbons from the Occasions mini catalog. These ribbons are gorgeous and add the Fab to your creations! They tie up easily and beautifully, too. We will need 5-7 participants for each share. Each share is $15 for 2 yards of each color or $21 for 3 yards of each color. You will receive each of the 9 colors in the mini, plus the white satin ribbon from the big catalog.  If you live locally, that includes your tax and shipping. If you are long distance, priority shipping will be added to your total. Let me know if you would like to participate in a share and I will let you know as soon as each share fills up. Ribbon shares cannot be combined with other workshop or customer orders and therefore  are not eligible for Sale-a-bration orders.

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This ain’t Girl Scout Camp!

Today, I have a tutorial for you. I love pretty bows, but I am bow challenged. A Month or so ago, I got to thinking. My embellishments don’t need to be functional. They just need to be purty. We’re not securing a weeks worth of camp supplies to the top of the car, it’s a decoration for heaven’s sake. Yes, I know there are some people who can tie perfectly beautiful bows with little effort, the old fashioned way. They probably look good in a bikini and have their Christmas tree neatly packed away by Martin Luther King’s birthday, too. I like to tell myself that I must be a much happier person than they,  with no bleeding ulcers to contend with.  So……. I came up with a cheater bow. After some trial and error, this is how it works.

For this particular bow, you will need 3 pieces of ribbon just under 6 inches long and a tape runner like our Snail adhesive. In the very center of the first length of ribbon, run a very short strip of adhesive (about 1/4 of an inch). Too much tape will cause your bow to smoosh down where you might not want it to.

Fold half of the ribbon to the center and secure it over the adhesive. Add another bit of adhesive over the raw edge at the center and fold the other edge in.

Your first piece should look like this.

Add  tape to the center of the second piece of ribbon.

Attach the folded piece to the second length of ribbon. Make sure the raw edges are to the center and the smooth side is showing. Flip this piece over and to the back of the longer section, add another bit of adhesive.

From the front of the shorter piece, fold the ribbon in the center and pinch as shown. The tape you just applied to the back will hold the fold for you.

Now take the third piece of ribbon and tie it loosely around the pinched area so that you have two tails hanging down. Tighten and arrange the tails until you have them looking the way you would like.

Perhaps, something like this. Trim the ends to your liking.

Now you can add adhesive to the back of the ribbon strip and attach it to your card stock.

Actually, this picture was taken from an earlier version, before my cheater bow was perfected. It is just laying over another strip of ribbon, but I like the way the one above looks like it was tied that way. I know, Bikini woman would have gotten the camera back out and taken a new, corrected photo, but that would have caused me too  much stress.  Bikini woman is at the doctor inquiring about a hives outbreak, so she couldn’t do it either.

I hope this takes some of the stress out of your stamping sessions that require a bow!

Happy Stampin’

Host a Stamp a Stack and Keep the Stamps!

All Occasion Stamp-a-Stack

Here are the details on my next Stamp Camp Hostess opportunity!

 This is an all occasion Stamp-a-Stack. You will need to order a minimum of 7 camp units to qualify for this event! Each camp unit is 25 cards for $25. There are three designs and cards are ordered in stacks of 5. As hostess you will need to collect all class fees and additional product orders with payment and submit them along with design counts no less than 10 business days prior to your workshop date. Full photo detailed instructions will be included along with all of  the stamping supplies and precut cards needed to hold your own stamp camp. You can also earn additional hostess goodies on any outside orders that are placed with your original camp order. Adhesive and envelopes are NOT provided, so that is a great place to start for outside orders.

You may order as many camp units as you need for your guests, but you must have a minimum of 7 units ordered to qualify for this camp. Additional camp units do not count as outside orders, but they may qualify you for additional hostess goodies. This is a great time to hold one of these camps, because you and your guests will be able to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration product with each outside order!

As Hostess you will get to keep the following goodies used during your camp!

Le Jardin Botanique Stamp Set, Whimsical Words Sale-a-Bration set, A Flower for all Seasons Set (or substitute from provided list), Free Hostess Level one product of your choice

Two Step Bird Punch, Scalloped Trim Border punch and Large Oval Punch

Rich Razzleberry Classic Pad and refill, Chocolate Chip Classic Pad and refill, Black Staz On Pad and refill, and 3 Stampin’ Write markers.

If you order 10 camp units, you will also earn a Corner Rounder punch; an additional sentiment set and the Cutter Kit for distressing your cards. If you already own any of these products you may substitute for a product of equal value (some restrictions may apply)

Since there are additional  set choices for Sale-a-bration this year, you will have a few sets to choose from for this card.

I hope you get to take advantage of this super opportunity to earn lots of FREE Stampin’  Up! product!

Sale-a-Bration has begun!

Aren’t these heart shaped treat cups the cutest?! These will make adorable valentines! They are available for order now along with the set used in these two samples. View the product details by clicking on the link in my sidebar.

I am sorry that I have been missing in action these last few weeks. It seems like the last few years I can count on catching some bug around the holidays and this year was no exception. I actually had two different viruses and limped around on a bad knee all month! Needless to say, my stamping mojo went missing in action as well. I believe it has arrived back home safely though,  in a box delivered by the big brown truck on Friday! I got my first Sale-a-bration order with tons of free goodies to try out! So watch for updates on my blog and don’t forget that stamp camp is this Thursday (January 14th). I’ll be posting another Keep the stamps, hostess stamp camp this week as well. The Sale-a-Bration give aways are fabulous this year! You won’t want to miss this opportunity, so call or email to pick a date for your very own Sale-a-Bration workshop!

It’s almost time to Sale-a-brate!

Sale-a-bration begins on Tuesday, January 5th!

This is going to be the best Sale-a-bration ever! You may choose 1 product FREE for every $50  purchase you make through March 31st! View the exclusive Sale-a-bration products here.

The products pictured in the brochure are all exclusive and will not be available after March 31st. There are some really great sets, a neat paper pack and one of our new corner punches! This year you may also choose any set from the catalog that is $15.95 or less. All of the qualifying sets are listed on the last page of the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Fabulicious new products coming in the new mini catalog!

The new Occasions Mini Catalog also goes live on Tuesday, the mailings are a little delayed due to the holidays but you can view the catalog here now! There are so many cool things to choose from in the new mini, you won’t have any problems finding enough goodies to earn free Sale-a-bration products!

All of the sets in the Mini Catalog are available for purchase without wood blocks for use with our new clear blocks! We will be offering a choice of wood blocks or rubber only for all of the new sets introduced in upcoming minis.

There are some great new dies and embossing items for use with the Big Shot, Beautiful satin ribbons, fun brads and check out our really cool new punches! The new style allows for larger shapes, better leverage and will store flat! We also have edge and corner punches that match for punching all around your card.

Get your wish lists ready! You can begin ordering Tuesday morning!