Thoughtful Branches is still Available!

The Thoughtful Branches Bundle is still available while supplies last. I love this bundle, a lot! Between the stamp set and dies, there is no end to the cards you can create!

This beautiful card was a make and take at my Grand Annual Open Houses in August. It is such an easy card to make – and it is so pretty!

I have a FB Live video posted below if you would like to see how the card came together!

For your convenience, I have provided images of most of the products that I used below, and clicking on them will take you directly to my 24/7 online store where you can browse and shop to your hearts content!

Merry and Bright and Cozy Cable Knits

The days are getting shorter (and I am getting slower) and cooler. Soon we will be raking leaves and having bonfires! I love Fall and cozy clothes and wish we could stop the clock right there! However, time keeps marching on and before we know it, Christmas will be here! If you don’t believe me, you can find out how many days are left and watch the seconds tick away right here:
http://www.xmasclock.com/

This card was a make and take at my Grand Annual Open Houses. I have to say I giggled a little to myself while creating this card. Here I am trying to create a card that evokes the feeling of a cozy Christmas and all I can think about is ugly Christmas sweaters! I truly hope I captured none of that!

It can be a challenge to come up with simple and easy cards that show a lot of product. That is usually my goal with my make and takes. I like for everyone to experience a good sampling of the new things so they can get an idea if they like something. With so many items to choose from, it can get overwhelming.

The new Cable Knit Dynamic Folder quickly became a new favorite. For another project and a video of how to use the folder, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to see how this card comes together, I have a FB Live video for you here:

For your convenience, here is a list of most of the items I used in the creation of this card. Clicking on any of the images will take you to my 24/7 online store where you can shop to your hearts content. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Try as I May, Try as I Might

Hello stampin’ friends! Yes, it is me, your long, lost, demonstrator once again throwing up a quick blog post to let you know that I am still alive!

I have been one busy little girl! Try as I may, try as I might I just could not get all my make and take packets for both of my open houses done last week! I was hoping that I could, so that I could relax a little this week. But, I just couldn’t do it! I didn’t have it in me! However, I finished up the last of my packets yesterday. Aren’t they beautiful? There are supplies in the packets for four beautiful make and takes!

I made up a total of 24 of these. Just do the math; 24 times 4 times multiple layers, times embellishments and multiple big shot passes. I now have a mean right arm: I suggest being nice to me! ha ha!

This gorgeous kraft bag is decorated with items from the new Holiday Catalog! One of my favorite items being the new Cable Knit Dynamic Folder. There is a trick to using it…so be sure to watch the video below!

For the sake of full disclosure here; I did not spritz my kraft bag. I decided that it would probably not be necessary as it is not as thick as card stock. I love how they turned out!

I have a quick (less than 10 minutes) FB Live video where I share about some of the other items that I used and a quick tip for those new thinlits and framelits when you get them. You can check that out here:

Thank you so much for stopping by! For those of you who can only visit me online…I hope you enjoyed my project! Soon I will be sharing all my make and takes and display board cards with you! 

Who Doesn’t Want More Rewards?

FOR YOU…ANYTHING.

Who doesn’t want more rewards? The new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog has SIX brand new Just For You Host Rewards and I love them all! This beautiful Fabulous Flora set is a host reward! There are so many ways that you can earn this great set:

  • Host a workshop in your home
  • Host a book party
  • Host an online party
  • Join a Host Club
The great thing about Just for You Host Rewards is the additional savings when you spend your rewards! The wood mount is valued at $25 but with your rewards it is only $15. The clear mount is valued at $18 but with your rewards it is only $11!
To sweeten the deal – Stampin’ Up! is giving you extra rewards when you host a $350 show/party/club in the month of June! That means that instead of $42 in rewards – you will get $77! That is enough rewards to get all six Just For You Host sets if you want them all – plus you will have $17.50 in rewards leftover to pick out anything else you want! You can even choose to use your $77 in rewards towards the purchase of your own starter kit  (Only $99) which includes TWO EXTRA FREE stamp sets in the month of June! What a deal!
Click here to check out all the details!
Click here to learn more about our great starter kit!

Wowza, huh?! I so wish these great deals would have been offered when I signed up 19 years ago!

For your convenience, I have posted the supplies we used when making this beautiful make and take at my catalog launches below. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Birthday Blooms For You

This pretty card is another make and take from my Sale-A-Bration Open House.

I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! brought back the Softly Falling Folder. It just makes a really pretty textured background. Don’t get stuck thinking that it has to be used as snow!

To color this floral image I chose to use sponge daubers and ink. I really miss the soft muted look of coloring with chalks and this is a close second! plus, I am not a big fan of coloring large areas with markers.

I just trimmed the top of the label cut from the label die to give it a little different look and topped it with some Metallic Glitter Tape daubed in Mint Macaron. This tape was a free Sale-A-Bration reward so if you missed out, you can substitute Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I did the inside of this card too, you can take a peek at it here:

It’s kind of fun to jazz up the inside of your cards and do a little something to the envelope to make it all coordinate!

For your convenience I’ve listed most of the products that I used creating this card. You may click on any of the images below to be taken to my 24/7 online store to purchase what you need to create this card. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Share The Fun! Open Houses, Stamping, and Friends!

“The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” From: Too soon Old, Too Late Smart, Gordon Livingston.

Giving these ladies something to look forward to and something to do makes me happy because I love them all! Many of us have been stamping together for close to 19 years! Time flies by so fast! Some, I have watched their children grow up into adults and now I am watching their grandchildren grow! I also know that they are a very talented bunch as many of them have other creative pursuits as well! Beading, jewelry, and quilting just to name a few! Sadly, there are a few who are no longer with us. Some who just no longer stamp (which I cannot for the life of me comprehend!), and some are making heaven a brighter place with their gift of creativity. Whatever the reason; it is at these special events that I miss them the most. It is the only touch of sadness in the day; but I thank God for the time I did get to spend with them. As always, there were a few who just could not make the event because the time did not work out for them. I missed them and pray that life is kind to us and that we will be able to have fun together at a future event! Here are few more pictures that I snapped while I watched them enjoy their stamping time together:

I have something new to do – I have a class to plan, I pray for new people to love, and I am looking forward to it; as I hope you all are! Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my Inkheaven!

Make and Takes Just for You!

I love organizing and putting on stamping events. Some folks will think that I am a bit daft; but I just have fun doing it! Saturday I hosted an open house here in Le Mars; first one ever! The crowd was small but perfect for getting to know one another. I usually host two Open Houses per year; one for the Occasions Catalag and Sale-A-Bration, and then my Grand Annual Open House for the Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog. Now that I have moved it means four Open Houses per year since I will continue to host these events back in my hometown in Cedar Falls! Every open house is a bit different. My Sale-A-Bration Open House is usually a couple of display boards and two to three make and takes. My Grand Annual Open House has a few more display boards, free card fronts made from retired sets, a rubber rummage sale, and three to four make and takes. Each year I do something a little different. Sometimes I go with a theme using a stamp set which adds to the creative fun for me! This year this fun stamp set, Botanicals for You, inspired me to create these fun Tag-A-Bags for the Make and Take packets for my guests! I will be working on making up a few more of these packets this week as I need quite a few more for next weekend! My make and takes this year feature some of my personal picks and favorites! Timeless Treasures with Suite Sayings, Birthday Blooms, and Flowering Fields with One Big Meaning and Perfect Pairings! I know that there are many of you who just live too far away to attend my Open Houses but I will send you a free make and take packet with your purchase of of these three stamp sets: Timeless Treasures, Birthday Blooms, and One Big Meaning through my 24/7 online store! This purchase will allow you to stamp your make and takes. You will need to choose Flowering Fields item number 141303 as one of your free Sale-A-Bration items (if you do not have it already). I have the sets featured below along with inks that were used in making the cards (just in case you need to purchase one or more of those colors to make your card as featured! Clicking on any of the photos below will take you to my 24/7 online store to make your purchases! (Please do not select NO CONTACT when you place your order or I will not know who to send the packet to!) If you are another demonstrator and would like the packet, you may purchase the packet for $15 plus shipping. Your packet will include the pretty, stamped packaging show above. Please note that this is a limited time offer and will end on March 31st along with Sale-A-Bration. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Christmas is Always With Us

“Christmas is always with us.”

I know that we have one evening and day that we “officially” celebrate Christmas. No matter what your persuasion or belief the Christmas season emphasizes the spirit of giving and philanthropy abounds all around us lifting our spirits as the generosity of people renews our hope in ourselves and fellow man. Sometimes I wish we could hear about and see this generosity all year round! Our headlines have a tendency to focus on our sorrows and the ills of this world rather than the good! Personally, I love good news! I love the tradition of sending Christmas cards filled with the good news of the past year! I know that in today’s social networking that all of our news travels at the speed of light and that putting little highlights of our year in a Christmas card may be sending “old news,” but Christmas follows the season of Thanksgiving and there is just something special about documenting those things that we are grateful for and sharing it with our loved ones. I don’t have a fireplace…but I sure wish that I did…because the romantic in me sees a mantle filled with lovely Christmas cards conveying messages of good will and peace to all!

I know that many people get overwhelmed with making Christmas cards. I’ve experienced that myself! So, my goal with this make and take for my open house was to give folks a doable card for such a busy season. I kept it simple with just a little “bling” on the inside!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
O HOLY NIGHT CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 131835
 
MORE MERRY MESSAGES CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 126402
 
SMOKY SLATE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131202
 
MIDNIGHT MUSE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARD STOCK
Item: 126843
 
MIDNIGHT MUSE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126860
 
STYLISH STRIPES TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 132174
 
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246
 

Simplicity at it’s Best

“Simplicity at it’s best!”

This card truly is simplicity at it’s best! While it is fun to play with all of our gadgets to layer, texture, and embellish until we have created the haute coutour of cards so we can giddily bask in our designer fashionista glow; sometimes simplicity provides the timeless, classic look that we crave without all the fuss! This card is your basic whisper white cardstock with a background (Gorgeous Grunge) stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe (the color in this pic is way off!) The flower (Flower Shop) is also stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe and then punched out and popped up with a dimensional. You end up with a beautiful, quick card that can be used for any occasion!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
FLOWER SHOP CLEAR BUNDLE
Item: 132726
 
GORGEOUS GRUNGE
Item: 130517
 
CRISP CANTALOUPE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131176
 
STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS
Item: 104430
 

A Million and One

Eastern Elegance Designer Paper

“Fabulous is what you are!”

This Million and One set is absolutely fabulous! The fonts are big and bold with gorgeous script! It’s perfect for those quick cards you need to make in a pinch when you want to express your appreciation for the unexpected! The beauty of this card is that it could be a thank you card, a thinking of you card, or even a birthday card! It’s all in what you put on the inside! This was one of my open house make & takes. It was very appropriate as I think all my customers are fabulous!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

EASTERN ELEGANCE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Item: 130131
COASTAL CABANA 3/8″ RUFFLE STRETCH TRIM
Item: 130024
MILLION & ONE
Item: 126377
COASTAL CABANA 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131297
COASTAL CABANA CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131175
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246