Friday, December 28, 2012

Cavalcade of Christmas Cards

Today I'd like to share with you the hand made Christmas cards that we received this year. They are all fabulous and we enjoyed everyone of them. The scans didn't do them all justice, but...hopefully, these will inspire you to try making hand made Christmas cards next year. Thanks for stopping by today. Happy and Safe New Year to you all!

Made by Lorea L.
Made by Johann H.
Made by Maureen M.


Made by Toni H.

Made by Marilyn M.


Made by Sheri H.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Cookies

I hope this finds everyone ready for the man in the red suit. I am, so took some time to make some yummy cookies to leave out for him. I found this yummy recipe in our local paper and would like to share it with you.

EGGNOG SUGAR COOKIES

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour                                    
                      1 tsp baking powder
                      1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
                      1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
                      1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
                      3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
                      1/2 cup eggnog
                      1 1/2 tsp vanilla
                      2 egg yolks      

Preparation:  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
                        2. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside
                        3. In another bowl, mix sugar and butter until creamed. Add eggnog, vanilla and  egg yolks, mix until smooth.
                        4. Add dry ingredients to creamed ingredients and mix until moist.
                        5. Place rounded teaspoons of cookie dough onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
                        6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.
                        7. Remove from baking sheet and let cool. Makes 3 dozen.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. I'll be blogging again in the New Year.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Newtown, CT

Hello everyone. I just want to let you all know that there is an organization who is putting together art kits for the children of Newtown, Ct. If anyone would like to help Amber do this, click on the icon on the right sidebar and do what you can. Art supplies, cards, whatever. Please lets all come together for the children! Thanks!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Merry Christmas from Stampin' Up!

In case you haven't seen the newest, cutest video from Stampin' Up! go to the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=qNX9fa227Pw

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Feel free to share this link with everyone you know!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Stunning Simplicity

Hi Everyone! It's not often that I 'borrow' pics from other blogs, but this card was so simply stunning that I had to share it! I was made by Beth Beard from Illinois. She is part of Mary Fish's group the Stampin' Pretty Pals. I just love the simplicity of it, yet it is so stunning!
Visit Beth's blog to see more of her creations.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ornament Elegance Kit

I want to share an idea from the talented people at Stampin' Up! If you were lucky enough to get one of the Ornament Elegance Kits before they sold out, this is a great idea for using the ornaments.
If you got the kit, please email me your creations with it, and I will post them on my blog. I have a few ornaments that I made without the kit and I will be posting them in the next day or so. Thanks for stopping by today!

Sale-a-Bration is Coming!

Contact me today, if you'd like to receive a hard copy of the brochure!
* This ad is courtesy of Linda Aarhus, thank you Linda!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

News from SU!

Hi Everyone, sorry I've been MIA again. But, I'm happy to report that most of my holiday shopping is finished and I'll be able to send out our holiday cards this weekend. I've been busy!

SU! has made it easy for you to package little gifts for your coworkers, neighbors and friends with their new Holiday Packaging Bundles. You can go here to see all the details and to place your order.

AND, if that is not enough, if you've been waiting to upgrade to MDS2, but wanted the discs in your hand rather than downloading, guess what? You can order the discs starting today. Just go to my website to place your order. If you just want MDS2, order #130645, but if you want MDS2+ with all the additional content, order #130647.

Thanks for stopping by today...should have some samples to share with you next week, as I will be starting to take all of my holiday papercrafting ideas out of my head and turning them into something real! See you then.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Online Extravaganza!!!


 
It begins on Monday, November 16 at midnight (MT) and runs through Wednesday, November 28 at midnight (MT)! Go to my website to find all the details. If you are a customer of mine, look in your inbox for the complete list of items available during this annual sale! Here is a PDF file of all the items available.
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Out of the Loop

First, I want to thank everyone who has sent their condolences for the loss of my mother. She passed peacefully on October 25. I just returned from Tucson on Saturday and am trying desperately to get back into the groove.

I have been out of the loop for so long, that I feel like I'll never catch up, especially with the holidays approaching. I do promise to take this week to try to catch up and to start posting again on a regular basis next week.

Stampin' Up! is not making things easy with all the new things going on. Please go to my website here or to the SU! customer site here to learn all the fun things that SU! has to offer.

Please stop by again beginning next week for more projects and more information about upcoming events. Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers! See you next week.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Clearance Rack Updated!

Stampin' Up! just updated the Clearance Rack and added many popular products that have retired. Check it out here. There's fabric, Stampin' Spots, dies, kits and lots more!!! Remember that these items are while supplies last, so if there's something you didn't get before it retired, go check it out now!  Thanks for stoppin' by today!

Monday, October 8, 2012

And the Winner Is.....

Sheri Hughes, with this great contribution to the WCMD contest.
Sheri used my favorite set, Lovely as a Tree and did the reflection technique. She used all SU product (even though the corner punch and the ribbon are retired). This is a beautiful card and Sheri's prizes will be on their way to her in the next couple of days! Thanks Sheri for participating. There won't be any other pics because Sheri was the only one who participated.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

World Card Making Day

 
 
 
 
Today is World Card Making Day! So, I want to challenge you to get to your stamping area and make a card! Just one...and then email me a picture (calstamper@aol.com). I will post them all on my blog next week and guess what??? There will be PRIZES!!!!!
 
You have until 5PM on Monday to send me your pics. Only one entry per person. I will be putting everyone's name on a ticket just for participating. (sorry, this contest is for US participants only).
 
There will be one Grand Prize (for the one with the most 'tickets'). This is how you earn tickets:
1. Be the first to send me your pic (the time on the email will be the determining factor)
2. Make a card for Breast Cancer Awareness month
3. Make a card using ALL SU! product
4. Make a card using my favorite stamp set of all time: Lovely as a Tree
5. Make a card using my least favorite In Color: Summer Starfruit
There will be small prizes for these 5 catagories and then a Grand Prize winner. All winners will be announced on my blog after 5PM on Monday. Your creations will be posted after that.
 
Hope you will all play along! Now, go get stamping!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Radiator Springs - CASEing Heidi Lopez

These two cards were inspired by Heidi Lopez (www.heidistamps.blogspot.com). She has the whole crew posted on her blog, starting here. You can also visit her SCS gallery here for Lightning McQueen and here for Mater. Heidi was kind enough to send me the Mater and Lightning Juicy Juice box fronts for me to make these cards.  Thanks again Heidi for your inspiration AND your generosity!
I used Real Red for the card base and Basic Black for the Chevron Embossed layer. Then added some silver (yep, they really are silver in real life) brads. 
The card base for this one is Gumball Green, the next layer is Marina Mist. I then used Crumb Cake for the Chevron Embossed layer. After it was embossed I ran my Cajun Craze stamp pad over it to sort of emulate Mater's rust. Happy Birthday is from Bring on the Cake.

Fall Colors

Here's a couple of cards I did for a color challenge on FB. We were to use More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Riding Hood Red. Hope you enjoy them.
The card on the left uses Dawn Olchefske's faux frame technique. You can find her tutorial on her blog here. It's a fun technique and I'm finding myself using it a lot. The card on the right used the brayer technique on glossy card stock. Thanks for coming by today.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Starfruit Birthday

Today, I can share another birthday card that I made. I have to admit, Summer Starfruit was not my favorite of the In Colors. But, the more samples I see with it, it is starting to make it's way into some of my projects. I especially like it paired with Midnight Muse.
I used the Labels Framelits in two sized to make the frame around the saying (from Apothecary Art). The flower is made from Scallop Circle punches and held together with a Glimmer Brad with the edges sponged in Midnight Muse. The ribbon is Midnight Muse (I got free during the Back to Spool special last month). Thanks for stopping by today. Stop by again in a few days and I'll have another birthday card to share with you.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Single Stamp Pilot Program

Beginning today through Jan. 2, Stampin' Up! is allowing us to purchase individual stamps from select sets. The sets are Word Play (page 135 of the Annual Catalog), Perfectly Penned (page 132 of the Annual Catalog) and Seasonal Sayings (page 34 of the Holiday Catalog).

Here is the 'fine print' about this Pilot Program: 
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found below.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • You must order using the items numbers below.

  • Word Play
    Buy your favorite single pieces from this popular stamp set!
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132294
    Sick
    Block C
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132295
    I Do
    Block C
    $5.95

    US
    $7.50

    CA
    132296
    Laughter
    Block D
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132297
    Wish Big
    Block C
    $6.95

    US
    $8.95

    CA
    132298
    In My Thoughts
    Block H
    $5.95

    US
    $7.50

    CA
    132299
    You Mean the World
    Block D
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132300
    Worth the Wait
    Block C
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132301
    Imagine
    Block D
    $6.95

    US
    $8.95

    CA
    132302
    Rememeber When
    Block I
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132303
    Joy
    Block C
    $6.95

    US
    $8.95

    CA
    132304
    Dreams
    Block E
    $4.95

    US
    $6.25

    CA
    132305
    Thanks a Million
    Block D
    Seasonal Sayings
    $5.95 US $7.50
    CA
    132310

    Christmas

    Block H

    $5.95
    US
    $7.50
    CA
    132311

    Halloween

    Block H

    $5.95
    US
    $7.50
    CA
    132312

    Thanks

    Block H

    $4.95
    US
    $6.25
    CA
    132313

    Love

    Block D

    $5.95
    US
    $7.50
    CA
    132314

    Celebrate

    Block H

    Perfectly Penned
    $4.95 US $6.25
    CA
    132306

    Thank You

    Block D

    $4.95
    US
    $6.25
    CA
    132308

    Get Well

    Block C

    $5.95
    US
    $7.50
    CA
    132307

    Celebrate Today

    Block H

    $5.95
    US
    $7.50
    CA
    132309

    Happy Birthday

    Block H


    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

    October Special

    Can you believe it's October already! Stampin' Up! has a great special to get you started making those holiday cards.

    Item
    Description
    Retail Value
    Special Price
    132260
    Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
    Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
    $55.85
    $47.90
    132261 Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
    Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
    $44.85
    $36.90
    132262 Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
    Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
    $70.85
    $62.90
    132263 Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
    Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
    $63.85
    $55.90

    Go to my website here to order yours today! As always, if you have any questions, you can email me and I'll be glad to answer them for you. Happy Holiday Stamping!

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Birthday Cards

    I have been working on several birthday cards over the last week. I'm going to share a couple of them today, but the others I can't share, yet.
    This one is for our Great-Grandson who will be turning 1 in a couple of weeks. The base card is Real Red, the Basic Gray layer is embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder. I cut up the invitation to get the Lightning McQueen image (didn't like the clip art images I found online and I'm not as talented as some demos who have created Lightning with punches!). I added the scalloped oval punch and the verse from Petite Pairs.
    This card is for my hubby's aunt who is celebrating her 90th birthday in November. This is a hybrid card. I started with the Happy Birthday Designer kit image, changed some of the colors and added the Timeless Type punches and paper filled to match the blue in the image. Once it was printed, I added some glimmer brads and some ribbon, adhered the MDS layer to Midnight Muse layer and adhered it all to Certainly Celery card stock base.

    Thanks for stopping by today...I'll be posting a couple more in a few days.


    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Baby Lexi

    I just have to share this darling picture of my youngest grandbaby! She will be 2 months old on Wednesday.
    Isn't she just the cutest? But, Gramma isn't too prejudiced! Thanks for letting me brag.

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Shoebox Swap

    So, today I hosted a shoebox swap. The attendees were a couple of current demos I met online, one former demo and a good friend who lives in Spokane. We had so much fun stamping and chatting and getting to know one another.
    These are the little gifts that I made for everyone who attended.


    These are the cards I made for the swap.
    
    These are Dawn's cards. The picture taking leaves a lot to be desired, but loved the cards!
    These are Marilyn's cards (she chose to do hybrid cards, aren't they cute?)
    These are Mary's cards. She did the brayered embossing folder on the Christmas one.
    
    These are Sue's cards (as you can see, I didn't quite get the entire stamp inked!)
    Aren't they wonderful? These ladies really made my day! It's been a long time since I've done any stamping with 'buds', so this was a true treat for me. I hope the others had a great time, too!

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    First Holiday Card Class

     
    These are the 3 cards that we're making at my first Holiday Card Class.
    This one is pretty much a CASE of the one on page 7 of the Holiday Catalog. I used the Holiday Frame embossing folder, Joyous Celebrations stamp set and Bitty Banners Framelits. Card base is Gumball Green with the scalloped layer being Cherry Cobbler and the Whisper White wreath layer.
    This one uses the Scentsational Bundle (stamp set and framelits). Don't you just love this cute little Gingerbread Man? And he smells good too, because I used the Sugar & Spice scented embossing powder. I also used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, a piece of Be of Good Cheer DSP and finally added some Early Espresso Dotted Scallop ribbon. The card base is Gumball Green.
    This one also uses the Scentsational Bundle. The card base is Cherry Cobber, with Early Espresso layer and a piece of Be of Good Cheer DSP. Then added the Cherry Cobbler Dotted Scallop ribbon.
    Thanks for stopping by today. I hope that you are all in the Holiday crafting mood, now!
     
     

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Fall is in the Air - Holiday Time

    Well, fall is definitely in the air in Northern Idaho. Got down to about 35 degrees overnight! But, the days are still lovely, in the low 80's. Since it's getting to be that time of the year, thought I would share some Holiday projects I've been working on.

    First, I wanted to try to imitate the ornaments on the front cover of the Holiday Mini Catalog.
    I didn't purchase the Ornament Keepsake Bundle, but I did have the Delightful Decorations stamp set and the Ornament Punch from the 2012-2013 Catalog, so I used those. I also used Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler ink, the new Cherry Cobbler Tulle Ribbon and a piece of Snow Festival DSP for the rosette. I also didn't have the new Faceted buttons (they're on order but haven't arrived), so I used a button from my stash and added the Basic Pearl to the center.
    For this ornament I used some retired DSP (Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty). I used the 'sparkly' sheets for the stripe and polka dot layers. I used another sheet for the rosette. For this ornament I just punched, using the Ornament punch and the Blossom Petals Punch. Again, used a button from my stash and a Basic Pearl. I have to say, just punching and gluing went a lot faster than stamping, punching and gluing. Hubby likes the first one and I like the second one better. What do you think?
     
    Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow, I'll have samples from my first Christmas Card Class.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    Back to Spool!

    While most kids are going Back to School, Stampin' Up! is going Back to Spool! During September, you will get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $40 purchase. Choose from any of the 2012-2014 In Colors—or spend $200 and get all five!

     
    Contact me or place your order here beginning Sept. 1.

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Select SU! Fabric - 99 Cents

    Take a look at this! Stampin' Up! has put some discontinued fabrics on sale for just 99 Cents!! Go to my online store to place your order before it's gone!

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    A lot to like about August

    WOW! is there a lot going on this month at  Stampin' Up! First and foremost the beautiful new Holiday Mini catalog went live on August 1. Check it out here if you haven't already seen it.
    Then there is the new MDS2! I have downloaded the free trial and am having fun with it. (and you can, too by going to my online store and entering item number 130910 on your order. I have to tell you that the enhancements made to the software (over 75 in all) are terrific.
    Some of the most exciting enhancements, I think, are the ability to use multiple colors on your stamp images, the ability to round corners on photos and layers, the ability to change the color of both embellishments and Designer Series Paper, and adding text to a punched shape. If you'd like to try before you buy, go to my online store and enter item #130910 on your order for the free 30-day trial. For more info and pricing go here. See how excited she is that this new version has finally been released????? To go along with that SU! has the 31 Days of Savings on some digital printing and digital downloads. You can see what's on sale here.
    Finally, is the Spooktacular Sign Up Kit that you receive FREE with your Starter Kit if you join my team during the month of August! So, not only you do get over $125 of customizable product for only $99, you also get this great kit for FREE that you can use as a sample at your workshops to help promote your new business. If you'd like to join my team, go here.

    Thanks for stopping by today to see all the wonderful happenings at Stampin' Up! And, don't forget about the contest I have going on this month. For all the details, go to this post.
    

     

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    CAS Thank You

    We had an Open House for our neighbors last Friday to introduce ourselves. All we wanted was some conversation and to learn a little about our new neighbors. Not a single one came empty handed! So, today I sat down and created this Clean & Simple Thank You to send to them for their generosity.
    Supplies used are Whisper White and Marina Mist card stock. Black Staz-On ink, Marina Mist 1/8" ribbon, Labels Framelits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls for the center of the flowers and the stamp set Easy Events. I think that is a new favorite of mine because you can do something CAS or you can embellish to your hearts content. Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget about the contest in the previous post.

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Holiday Card Class Sneak Peek

    This is a sneak peek of some of the cards we will be making at my Holiday Card Class in Sept. Can you name all the new product? Leave a comment with what you think is ALL the new product used. You have until August 31 to leave your comment. On Sept. 1 I will announce the winner (the one that comes closest to naming ALL the new product). If there is a tie, the one who posted their comment first will be the winner. I have a special prize for that person. So take a good hard look and let me know what you think. I look forward to seeing what you think! Thanks for stopping by today.

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Happy Birthday Alexis!

    This is my newest Grandbaby...Alexis Marie Paschal. Born today, 8:31PM, 6lbs. 3oz., 19 1/4" long.
    Happy Birthday my new little Princess!!!! Isn't she just BEAUTIFUL????
    (Edited for her length...my son was so excited, he didn't know and just guessed...length is now correct)

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Happy Birthday from the 'Sticks'

    I have several birthday's to acknowledge this month, so I've been trying to get those cards finished. Here is what I have so far. These first two use my favorite set for male cards: Lovely as a Tree. I also used the new Woodgrain embossing folder that will be available in the Holiday Mini catalog on Aug. 1, along with Itty Bitty Banners and the Bitty Banners framelits. I used the retired Stampin' Pastels to color. Card stock is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.

    This card is for my beautiful daughter in law. It uses the Apothecary Art stamp set, the Labels Framelits, some Basic Rhinestones (cuz she loves bling), the Adorning Accents Edgelits and Adorning Accents embossing folders. Card stock is Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White. I colored the stamp with ink and a blender pen. The ribbon is from my stash (again because of the bling).
    I can't say who this card is for, but I sure hope they like it when it arrives. I used the set Easy Events. The cupcake cherry is a Basic Pearl that was colored with a Cherry Cobbler marker. The ribbon is the Victoria Crochet Trim. I used the Window Frames Framelits (again from the Holiday Mini available Aug. 1). You can't see in the pic, but I also used the new Piercing Mat and the Festive Piercing Pack (from the Holiday Mini) to pierce around the Window. Card stock is Pacific Point and Very Vanilla. The DSP layer is from a retired pack called Maine Blueberry.
    Thanks for stopping by today. Hope these cards have inspired you in some small way.

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Reason to Smile

    Now, here's a Reason to Smile!
    Thanks to Linda Aarhus for this great ad!

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    We can eat like civilized people!

    They finally (after 2 months) delivered our new dining table today. (Don't mind the tags, I was so excited, I took the pics before I removed the tags!). I love it and it will seat 8 and the leaf stores inside the table, so I don't have to find it closet room! Now, I have room to have stampers come and stamp with me!!! WOOHOO!