Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Halloween

This was a great challenge for me! The original card that I used to create this card was in one of our company publications & it was a Christmas card. After I created this one I decided that I want to make a Christmas card of my own with this layout so you'll see that one tomorrow (since I haven't created it! LOL!).

I'm not sure how I feel about this card to be honest with you. I love the layout but I'm wondering if I had used purple as the base card instead of orange, would it look better? Hmmm, maybe I'll have to try that and see which I like better.

Stamps: Batty for You, All Holidays
Paper: Only Orange, Basic Black, Eggplant Envy, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Green Galore
Ink: Basic Black Classic, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, 3/4", 1", 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, 2-way Glue Pen, Crafter's Tool Kit

Friday, September 26, 2008

Spooky Spider

Just in time for Halloween!

This fun image comes in three sizes and two colors and is designed to coordinate with our Ghostly Greetings Designer Series paper and our Chills & Thrills Rub-Ons from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. Spooky Spider is available for you to order --just in time for Halloween--and will also be available through Online Ordering.

Spooky Spider was created specifically for Halloween, so you won't see it in the Décor Elements Phase 2 brochure. Spooky Spider is a limited time offer, and will no longer be available after October 31, 2008 so if you love this little guy (like I do!) act NOW to get yours! You may want to order a couple extra to use next year!

Click on the picture in the side margin to get prices and more details.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Black Magic

This cool project is a result of an assignment from my "Boot Camp". I've wanted to try this technique but didn't because it was too daunting...or so I thought!

I tried to find the newsletter that had the instructions but I couldn't find it so I went on memory from when I read them months ago. It was SO easy I can't believe I didn't try it immediately!!

Now it's time for you to try it out...

1. Stamp your image using Whisper White or Very Vanilla Craft ink on dark cardstock.
2. Allow the ink to dry.
3. Use your Watercolor Pencils to color your image (coloring over the White or Vanilla ink).
4. Punch out, cut out or otherwise adhere to your project.
5. You're done - that's all there is to it!

Stamps: Batty for You
Ink: Whisper White Craft pad
Paper: Basic Black, Only Orange, Green Galore, Eggplant Envy
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Black Hemp Twine

Friday, September 19, 2008

50 Reasons to Be A Demo

Oh my word y'all! I was checking out a fellow demos blog yesterday and found the best song ever!! I immediately e-mailed her and asked for permission to post it to my blog and she has graciously given me permission! Her name is Kathleen and you can see her blog here.

Music is a big part of her life and she often "hears" songs when someone tells her something. Well, she said that someone was talking about all the great reasons to become a demonstrator and Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" popped into her mind. LOL! When you read what she came up with, be sure to read it in his melody to get the full oomph of it. ;c) Check out her creative song....

You love to stamp and scrap and let your muse go free
The answer's easy -- it's an opportunity
I'd like to help you in your creativity
There must be fifty reasons to be a demo

Just slip out the ink, Pink,
Make a new page, Sage
No need to be coy, Joy,
Just listen to me
Say "yes ma'am," Pam,
No need to discuss much
Just give it a whirl, girl,
And get yourself free.

She said it grieves me so I can't explain the pain
I need new ink and stamps and paper with a grain
I said just stamp and scrap -- it's easy, don't you see?
There must be fifty reasons to be a demo.

Make a new choice, Joyce,
Stock your paper bin, Lynn,
Try some new hues, Sue,
It's a really low fee
CASE a new scheme, Breen,
A Big Shot is waiting for you
Just give it a whirl, girl,
And get yourself free.

She said, why don't we both just sleep on it tonight
I said, in the morning you'll begin to see the light
She signed up 'cuz she realized I was so right
There must be fifty reasons to be a demo.

Take a good look, Brooke,
It's all the rage, Paige,
Scrapbook a day, Kay,
Be all you can be,
Sparkle and gleam, Jean,
Embossing is so much fun,
Just give it a whirl, girl,
And set yourself free.

After that VERY creative song, she listed 50 reasons and I couldn't agree more!! After reading her song and these reasons, contact me & we'll talk about signing you up as part of my team! You won't want to miss these opportunities!

Free stamps
Independent Contractor status
Unlimited Income Potential
Ability to invest in your own business
Tax Advantages
Trip Incentives
Personal Growth
Self Esteem
Minimal Investment
Regional Trainings
National Convention
Leadership Training
Direct Deposit
Online Ordering
Company Website
Monthly Training Publication
New Product quarterly
Rapidly Growing Company
Variety of Sales Options
Commission on Personal purchases
Credit for Personal Purchases toward incentives
Commissions – 12 Step, 5 level overrides
Override commission starts with first recruit
Customer Incentives from SU!
Low quarterly Minimum
Hobby Demonstrators welcome
Big Shot Die Cut / exclusive dies
Home Décor products
Automatic Promotions
Semi-Annual new catalog
No Inventory
Stampin’ Start Program
24/7 order access
Access to the website with samples and pattern library
Live Demo support 8 hours each weekday
20% instant income on all personal or customers orders
FREE Great Rewards!
20% hostess rewards on top of your 20% instant income
Camaraderie of fellow demos
Tons of inspiration and creative ideas
Demo only workshops and chat groups
Company responsive to demonstrators' needs
Business adjusts to your schedule

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Special SU! Song!

Remember my post about the group that performed at Convention this year - Tonic Sol-fa? Well, they preformed a song just for us at Convention and there was no way it was going to be on one of their CDs for me to share and I hated that! Enter YouTube! :cD One of my fellow demonstrators recorded their special performance and put it on YouTube so I can now share it with you! Woo-hoo! These guys are so talented (and cute!) I think they could sing the phone book and it would be enjoyable! ;c)

Here is the link to the personalized Stampin' Up! song by Tonic Sol-fa for your viewing pleasure. In case you missed the previous post with a link to their MySpace page where you can hear "normal" songs, click here.

Donny's Card

Today is my nephew's 1st baseball game and I can't be there! :c( I quickly created this card for him wishing him luck today & telling him to be sure to call me and tell me all about his game! :c) I will be in Commerce at Trevor's football game so hopefully Donny will call while I'm there so I can tell Trevor how his little cousin did in his first baseball game!


Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Sporting Goods (retired)

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Ink: Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Basic Brown Classic Pads, Real Red, Going Grey & Creamy Caramel markers, VersaMark Pad

Accessories: Dimensionals, Pearlescent Powder (retired)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A challenge

As part of the Late Night Stampers group, the Design Team presents challenges to us each week. This week's challenge was to create a 1, 2, 3 card. The requirements for Challenge # 1 were:

You must use only ONE stamp set TWO kinds of Embellishments (ribbon, brads, hodgepodge, buttons, etc...) THREE Colors (any of SU! Colors & Basic Black & Whisper White each count as one color... so if you use them you can only use 1 more color!!!) and UNLIMITED punches!!!!

This is the card I came up with. It was actually one of the Stamp-a-Stack cards we did but I added the Pretties Pearls to it so that it would fit into the challenge. What do you think - did it fit the challenge?

Stamps: To You and Yours
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy & Real Red markers, Close to Cocoa Classic Pad
Embellishments: 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Pretties Pearls
Punches: Scallop Edge

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

5-Petal Flower Baby Card

I made a baby card for a friend but I didn't want to post it before I gave it to her. I visited her today after not being able to attend her baby shower on Sunday due to something I ate the previous night not agreeing with me (I was really afraid I had caught a bug and did NOT want to give it to her!). She liked the card so much that she wants to do it at her workshop next Sunday! That means I'll be coming up with a couple different versions - woo-hoo, more playing with my stamps!

I did NOT come up with this, I got the idea from Dannie's blog. As soon as I saw this tutorial I knew I had to do it for Cindy's baby shower card! I hope you like it as much as I did - it was super easy to do! If you would like to have your friends over and create a card like this let me know and we'll book your workshop just like Cindy did! :c)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fun stuff!

Most of you know that I am participating in a Boot Camp with one of the top demonstrators with Stampin' Up! This was our first week and one of the tasks was to find a project in the catalog and copy the layout but change the colors and stamp set. I started looking through the catalog to pick out a card and didn't get too far into the catalog when I found my sample! :c) Take a look at my card above and then look at page 19. What do you think? I really like what I came up with (the colors & stamp set - Inspired by Nature). Now no one has an excuse to say, "I'm not creative." Why? Because all you have to do is exactly what I did above....or just copy the project exactly as you see it until you're more comfortable with changing things around! :c)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy 60th birthday to my dad!

Today is my dad's birthday! He turns 60 today and was just a "baby" at only 21 when I was born. ;c) For this momentous occasion I decided to try a gift card slider card that I saw on another blog. My dad is a craftsman - can't do anything half-way or use any shortcuts! When he builds something, he goes all the way. Why? Because that's what he's lived all his life...he had his own framing crew at 15 years old! This man was building houses and he had people working for him at 15!! He "retired" this year but that just means he's not working for anyone....he's doing work for himself, working around their house. Basically he's still working, he's just not getting paid for it because it's work for him & my mom. LOL! What I wonder is how long will this last - he just can't not work! Now you know why I used the retired set Power Up. ;c)

Closed card

Open card

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Stamp-a-Stack cards

I'm really excited about these cards because they are so simple but look like you spent forever on them! I put them to the ultimate test to see how others would feel about them....I asked my husband what he thought about them! His response? "These are really good, Honey! I like them all but this one has got to be my favorite." Which one is his favorite? Come to Saturday's class and I'll tell you. ;c)

These are the cards we'll be creating at this Saturday's Stamp-a-Stack. All Christmas so you'll get a head start on them before the Holiday rush! :c)

You'll create 3 of each design for a total of 15 cards (and envelopes!) for only $15! All your supplies will be provided except adhesive. If you're planning on attending this class, please let me know by Friday (9/12/08) so I'll have your supplies prepared and ready for you.

Online Ordering is here!

Woo-hoo!! It's now live and you can place orders via my website now! :c)
  1. To place an order just click the "Shop Now" button in the upper right corner of my website and it will open another window where you can shop.
  2. When you get to this page, click on "Customer Login" at the top of the page (below my contact information) and create your account. You will only have to create the account one time. Each time you shop after this you will only have to log in.
  3. Click on any section in the left-hand margin where you would like to shop (stamps, ink, paper, etc.) or click on the pictures under the animated pictures.
  4. Add your items to your bag and click "Check Out" when you're done.
    Follow the easy directions to check out and you're done!

I will receive an e-mail letting me know that you've placed an order so I can follow up with you. Just be sure you shop from my website and not the "corporate" site so that you can get Hostess Benefits with any order that is $150 or more. The shipping costs will also be less if you shop from my website instead of directly through Stampin' Up!

Monday, September 8, 2008

JT's Birthday Cards

Over the Labor Day weekend Gary & I went to FL to celebrate a friends 50th birthday. It was originally going to be a surprise party for him because he always makes sure everyone else down there has a birthday party but the guy that was planning it just couldn't keep the secret from him! Men! A woman would have had the party planned, catered and everyone right outside his door without him ever suspecting a thing! LOL!! We had a great time and really enjoy getting to see "the guys" because it's so long between our visits.

The first card was the first one JT opened (sorry for the blurry picture) and I made sure to use UGA colors! He loved it and I thought it turned out pretty darn well! :c)

The second card was next and everyone got a good laugh out of this one. I used a retired set (Over The Hill) and couldn't wait to get this card created! One of the guys & his wife couldn't make it to the party but he'll get a view of this card in November for his 51st! ;c)

These cards are just too much fun to create but they do take a little practice to get the spiral just right.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

What have I been doing?

These are the cards that were created at the last Stamp-a-Stack on Aug. 23rd.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Holy Smokes!! Has it really been that long since I last updated my blog?!! Sorry about that!

I may not have updated but I have been busy! :c) I just wanted to pop on and post an update to the Online's just around the corner! YAY! Look for more details next week but so that you know - it's closer than you think! ;c)

I have some projects to post but I've got to run to a Downline meeting so those will be posted tomorrow afternoon. I got a new scanner/printer/copier so the colors on the images look more like what they actually are. I will never purchase another Epson product again - that last scanner/printer/copier was the 2nd product I purchased from them and my last! The one I returned is obviously so bad that Best Buy has it marked down to $41!!

I'm off - it should take me about an hour to get to my "adopted" upline's house (she's one of the top demonstrators with SU! so I'm super excited that she was willing to "adopt" me into her downline!!). If I get home in time, I'll try to post some of the projects I've been working on & tell y'all what in the world has been going on around here. :c)

Until then....What's been happening with y'all? Leave me a comment and let me know.