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Celebrate World Card Making Day

Hi folks!  The first Saturday in October is World Card Making Day, so let’s make some cards!

I have a short class scheduled (Stamp-a-Stack format, 8 cards/4 designs) so we can get crafting! It will be Saturday, Oct 7th at 1 pm.
* Just RSVP by this Thursday evening, and bring your adhesive!

And… to celebrate this fun event this year, Stampin’ Up has some fantastic specials for a limited time only!

The first is discounted products for World Card Making Day! Be sure to act fast though, this one is only good through October 10th. Click on the picture to take you to my online store where you can see all the discounted products.

This is a great time to stock up on some Fast Fuse adhesive and notecards!

The other special, which coordinates with the discounted items is their “Buy 1 Get 1 FREE” Designer Series Paper Special! Click the picture to check out all the wonderful papers included in this special! This one is good through the whole month.

Just in time for all the holidays, you can stock up for the cards you make, or even for gift giving!

Don’t forget when your order reaches $300 this month, you also get the exclusive Merry Patterns Stamp Set FREE.

Contact me if you have any questions – and happy stamping!!


Blogging Friends Blog Hop – New Holiday Catalog

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: The new Holiday Catalog!!

So…. what I have decided to do is show off a few projects made at my recent classes!  I know just looking at the Holiday Catalog, you see a lot of Christmas and Halloween.. but, if you keep looking, you will find all occasions!  Here is a great example.  This one uses a few new accessories – the Pretty Paisleys Embossing folder and the Fancy Frost sequins:

www.stampinmak.comI also used the adorable Baby Bear and the Banners for You with the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits. I sponged some of the Pacific Point ink onto the embossed design to make it stand out more then added some silver metallic thread. You could switch out the phrase for almost any occasion!

This next one is right out of the catalog (with minor changes). It uses the Jolly Friends stamp set moose and hat. The hat was punched out with the coordinating Jolly Hat Builder punch:

I love the mini jingle bells added to the hat! You can also see how easy it is to use the catalog as inspiration – and then adjust to accommodate what you like! Oh, and the “Merry Wishes” is from the “Oh, What Fun” set in the Annual catalog in case you’re looking for it.

This next one I love because the basic layout can be used so many ways:

This uses the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamps with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch. The pretty swirly candy is from the Candy Cane Lane Designers Series Paper (DSP). And to top it all off with the sweet theme is the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape. The Real Red designs can go with almost anything.

Here’s a cutie for all those mice lovers out there:

The mice in this set, Merry Mice, are absolutely cute. And the best part is that you can color them which ever way you like. I used a few different markers with a blender pen on an acrylic block. It gives the colors a more subtle look than a full strength marker. The DSP is from the Annual Catalog, and check it out! It’s This Christmas and it’s a specialty paper since it’s a little thinner, and you get twice as much! To top it off with bling, I added some gold metallic thread, as well as a gold star from the Metallic Enamel shapes.

This last one I struggled with deciding if I wanted to include it or not, as it is a  direct copy from one of the wonderful Stampin’ Up Artisan Design Team Members, Allison Okamitsu, over on NicePeopleStamp. First I’ll show you the card, then I’ll show why I decided to include it after all!  Here is her cute original layout:

I added some Wink of Stella to make the antlers sparkle. 🙂
I did this for a class since I thought it was so cute, and the Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder was a hit! I stapled the red metallic Candy Cane Baker’s twine to the card with our stapler.  I even gave the class attendees options… here’s the moose they could swap out:

It works well both ways!

So, here’s what brings me to keeping this one on here….
One of the class members decided to make it a birthday card in the holiday season, and switched out a few things… which I always encourage – if you need a different sentiment, we can do that!  However, it the was end result that had me laughing…  The folks in class realized they could also use the Cookie Cutter punch to make the bow tie.. so they dressed their reindeer up a bit… and then this showed up:

Oh My Goodness. I laughed. and HAD to take a picture! It’s the ‘cool’ reindeer that looks like he’s had a few too many! 🙂  I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing her lovely creation with the world – we all loved it.

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour through some of the cool new products available in the new Holiday Catalog!  If you need to order anything, just hop over to my store and order away!!  There are a few specials going on this month, so take a peek at those, too!  If you have questions – just let me know!

Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you enjoy everyone’s projects!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber
Jenny Lane Gauthier


Valentine Treats for School

Valentine’s Day is this weekend, which means it’s also time for parties in school.
Being a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator has it’s perks right around now, since that means I have PLENTY of supplies for creating something for the kiddo to take to school. In past years, I’ve used My Digital Studio to design a card, and printed them out.  This year, I saw the cutest thing.. My wonderful roomie from Leadership, Lisa, made a cute little box from our Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper stack, filled them with glow sticks and added a tag using stamps from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!

It was so cute, I was sure it would be a hit for this year’s treat, so the planning began…   I tend to use my retired consumables when it comes to mass producing items the kids are just going to rip right through… so my Season of Style DSP stack from last year was perfect!  It had the Cherry Cobbler striped paper, and that went great with the tag in One Tag Fits All.  Also from that stamp set, I separated the sentiment from the light string stamp, and then paired it up with the light bulb from the SAB set, You Brighten My Day. I punched it out with the coordinating Note Tag Punch.
There was a group effort involved in the coloring… some by the kiddo, some by the hubby.  Such helpers.  🙂
Throw in some ribbons for hubby to tie it together, and voila!!  Thank you Lisa for this wonderful idea! I’m sure the kiddos will have fun with these.

One thing I did that was out of the ordinary for me was use the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I have had one for years and years, and it’s the best tool, but I tend to be one of the folks that just ‘eyeball’ it, and never worry about lining things up perfectly. In this case though, it was completely worth it.  Here are some pics from that process:

Can you imagine just guessing for all of these? I’d have a lot of re-stamping to do.

I hope everyone finds these as cute as I did,

Online Extravaganza Door Busters

Hey folks!   It’s been a pretty busy month or so, and I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like, but I’m getting back to it!!
For starters, in case you missed it, there is this fantastic promotion going on right now from Stampin’ Up!

It’s not quite over yet – you have a couple more days, and you did not miss the Door Busters that are available tomorrow only!  Check them out, and if you have any questions, just let me know!!

I also have a big Craft Fair coming up in two weeks, the Silver Bells Boutique!  That should be a lot of fun, and I’ll have a lot of cute handmade items that make perfect holiday gifts. Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Hope your Thanksgiving week was great!

Vendor Fair and Stampin’ Up! Giveaway

Hi folks!  Don’t forget to stop out and see me over at Adam Hall on Saturday!
Check out the events page for details on time/location here.

Come do a little Christmas shopping and see some new projects I will be working on for the season.

If you’re interested in Project Life by Stampin’ Up! I will have my albums with me along with a few of the card and accessory packs for viewing!  Ask me about the new promotion going on too!  Click here to join the contest!
I will also have some retired stamps (just a few, my car isn’t that big to carry them all with all my fair supplies!!).

Hope to see you there!