Monday, November 29, 2010

In like a lion.....

Hi there My Stamping Friends,

For me it seems like the Holiday season 'comes in like a lion'. I'm not really sure where summer went and now we're already past Thanskgiving and we're gearing up for Christmas. WOW!!!

Well, December for me means making LOTS of Christmas Cards. I've been making a few at a time for the last several months but I still have a bunch more to go. This is a card that I created after seeing so many different versions on Stampin' Connection (which is sort of a version of FaceBook for Stampin' Up! demonstrators~and you can have access within moments if you purchase the $300+ kit on sale now for less than $88). Thanks to all my fellow demonstrators for the inspiration.

The base of this card is cherry cobbler. I used the Big Shot to cut out a top note die from confetti cream cardstock. The tree branches were made using Lovely as a Tree with old olive ink and the sentiment was stamped in cherry cobbler using Four The Holidays. The strip of DSP and the ornament was punched from papers from the Jolly Holiday pack. I used the silver tinsel as an ornament hook and wrapped one end around the ornament and put the other end through the top note die so it looks like its hanging on a branch. It might looke like a complicated card but it wasn't at all.

If you want to purchase any of the items needed to make this card you can visit my website at or you can email or call me.

One more Thanksgiving project

Hello there My Stamping Friends,

I wanted to get one more Thanksgiving project posted before December arrives. Last week, one of my very talented and creative stampin' friends, Donna, showed up to hostess her club meeting with a little gift for everyone in attendance. This little guy is so cute and I had to copy him. Donna spent a lot of time freehand drawing each of the heads and cutting out each piece for the face. She made the body with the Milk Carton die and the Big Shot (and you all know how much I LOVE my Big Shot). I believe she made the tail with some large heart punch. Here is her creation.

I had to CASE these turkeys for my Thanksgiving table and of course I only use Stampin' Up! products and I needed to make it easy so my girls could duplicate them, so here is what I came up with.

For my turkey I also used the Milk Carton die and the Big Shot. I used our Full Heart punch and the scallop circle punch for the tail. I used the Round Tab Punch for the head, a point of the star punch for his beak and the Heart to Heart for his waddle and ...hmm...thing that's on his head. For his eyes I used the Black Flourish Designer Jewels from the Holiday Mini Catalog (they aren't just for Halloween Projects!!). I used Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment and used the word window and modern label punches along with dimensionals to show it off.

As always if you want to purchase the items you need to create a project like this you can visit my website at or call or e-mail.

Hope you enjoy the project and have a great day,

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

My Dear Stamping Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Our family certainly had a lot to celebrate this year. The most wonderful news is that our daughter Shannon celebrated one full year of being in remission from cancer. Thank God!! And Thank You for all the prayers and support you've shown us for the past few years. We had my sister-in-law and her husband and boys over for a yummy Thanksgiving dinner and had a wonderful time.

Friday was a busy day. As a Make A Wish family, we were asked to represent MAW and ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus on their horse drawn carriage in a local parade. My husband and our youngest daughter and I watched from the best seats in the house while our three older girls got to ride the carriage.

 After that we were home for a little bit before we headed off to a local town celebration where Shannon was asked to light the town's Christmas tree with the Mayor and then meet Santa. It was another fantastic celebration and we all had so much fun.

We are so fortunate and blessed and so thankful!!

I want to let you all know that I am thankful for you as well. To my amazing downline, you make my job so much fun! To my wonderful Stamping Friends, you are one of the biggest reasons I love this job and I am very thankful that I have you in my life. To my wonderful family, thank you for your unconditional support. I couldn't do this without you.

Here is a card that I saw on someones blog. I loved it so much I had to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it almost exactly.  I used the Day of Gratitude stamp set and the decorative label punch here. Feel free to contact me with any other questions about the card. I thought I knew who's blog I saw it on but when I just went there to get a link, it wasn't on her blog. Hmmm....If its yours and you find it before I find you, let me know and I'll post a link here.

And here is a simple card I made with some inspiration from Stampin' Connection (which is sort of a Facebook for Stampin' Up! demos). This is a great time to remind you that Stampin' Up! is running a promtion where the entire contents of the starter kit (valued at $310+) only costs $87.50!! You can find out all the details by clicking on the link above (if you're getting this post in a reader you need to visit my blog to see the link).

This card features Autumn Splendor and the woodgrain background stamp. I used the rock-n-roll technique for the leaves and Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment.

Enjoy the cards and enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend.

Monday, November 15, 2010

All the supplies in the Full Starter Kit for only $87.50 !!!

 Hi there My Stamping Friends, Have I got some news to share with  you today!!!
This is an unprecedented OPPORTUNITY and this is NOT a MINI KIT!!! This promotion is for the FULL STARTER KIT....a $310+ value for only $87.50. AMAZING!!! On top of that you'll get FREE SHIPPING for your starter kit!!

Run, do not walk, to your nearest telephone or computer and contact me with ANY questions. I'm available to help you anytime!

I'm putting on my best television announcer voice now so here are the details:
What do you call it when you get over $310 in crafting and business supplies for only $87.50? You call it an amazing deal but we're calling it an amazing opportunity! From November 15-30, you can purchsae either our Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50% off the reguarl retail price of $175 (PLUS FREE SHIPPING!), and enjoy these great benefits as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Here are a few of the benefits of purchasing the Starter Kit:
  • $310+ worth of supplies for only $87.50.
  • Earn a minimum of 20% income on your purchases.
  • Be your own hostess and earn your own hostess rewards.
  • Sharing creativity with other demonstrators, family and friends.
  • Make new and lasting friendships.
  • Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas.
  • Receive a free subscription to an exclusing monthly magazine.
  • Receive two free months subscription to your own busniess website.
  • Ability to preorder your items a month before the published date.
  • Opportunity to earn free products and incentive trips.

Here are a few benefits of joining my team:
  • Enjoy local downline meetings to share creative and business ideas with your peers.
  • Join us via Skype at my downline meetings.
  • Travel with people you know to the Stampin' Up! Regional Meetings, Annual Convention and Leadership Seminars.
  • Join our team on-line for answers to any of your questions.
  • Attend my quarterly two day stamping and cropping events FREE.

If you've ever considered doing this or if your considering it now, you can check out more information about becoming a demonstrator on my website here. Click on the link that says 'Start your own business' (you DO NOT have to commit to anything at that point). You will be able to find lots of information there including a video, the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and more information on Stampin’ Up!. If you are still interested in even more information you can click on the button on the left that says ‘join now’ (you still don’t have to commit to anything) At that point you can read the agreement more info about joining, and get any questions answered, without having to commit to anything. If you have all your questions answered and want to sign up, it will ask you for a password and my password is "newrecruit" without the quotes. You can be a demo in a matter of minutes and have access to the Stampin’ Up! website full of ideas and inspiration.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached on my cell phone at 703-200-2340.

Have a great day!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Its amazing what Silver Tinsel Trim will do.....

Hi there My Stamping Friends, Today I'm jumping ahead a little bit and I'm sharing two Christmas Card I recently made. First I made a very simple card inspired by a card that I saw online, and then I jazzed up my first verion a bit. The first version is fine, but isn't it amazing what a little Silver Tinsel Trim will do. What do you think?

For these cards I used: Bashful Blue for the card base and ran it through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dot impression folder. I stamped the ornament in real red ink on whisper white cardstock and punched it out using the ornament punch. I used Candy Cane Christmas designer series paper to dress up the bottom of the card. Teeny Tiny Wishes is my current go-to set for sentiments and I used it here with the Modern label punch and some real red sponging around the edges. I dressed up the ornament with Basic Rhinestones and on version #2 I used some Silver Tinsel Trim on top of the ornament.

Hope you like the cards,

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Autumn Cards from the Baltimore Regional

Hi there My Stamping Friends,

I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween. We certainly did at our house. We went to lots of fun Halloween parties at the girls schools and in our neighborhood, spent lots of time trick or treating and my girls ended up with LOTS of Halloween candy. Before they even dug in to thier loot, they actually pulled out a large amount of it to give to a homeless shelter for kids that didn't have an opportunity to go trick-or-treating. Apparently they WERE paying attention in church that morning when our priest suggested the idea. I'm a proud Mama!!

Anyway, with Halloween over (Boo Hoo Hoo!!!) I thought I'd share a few more cards from the Stampin' Up! Baltimore Regional. This time I'll cover the Fall/Thanksgiving theme. If they are your cards, please let me know and I'll give you credit.

I'm working on a charity cropping event scheduled for this weekend at the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (you can friend us on facebook and find all the info) so my week is pretty booked up. I hope this tides you over. Of course if you'd like to purchase any supplies feel free to call or e-mail me or shop 24/7 online at my website