Monday, January 31, 2011

Kid's Valentine Day Card Class

Good Morning My Stamping Friends, I wanted to let you know that I still have spots left in my Kids Valentines Day Card Class. I was going to do a small Stampin' Up! class for a few of my local friends that were asking to stamp Valentines Cards with their children but more and more people mentioned they were interested so I've turned it into a full class at my house. It will be held at my house and I still have spots left. Here are the details:

Who: Everyone is invited to come and stamp with your children. My girls have the day off school so they'll be here stamping and helping too (or watching a movie in the playroom).
What: Kid's Valentines Card Class - The class comes with ONE mailbox (the photo shows three, but when you RSVP you'll need to let me know if you want red, white or pink; I don't have many pink left so RSVP fast, first come first served) and FIVE 3x3square cards and matching envelopes that are in the photo with the mailbox. These cards are great for anyone from preschoolers and up. The cards are clean and simple and are made with line art stamps so your child can color them and can add faces onto the 'monster' stamps.
Cost: The class costs $5 for the mailbox and the five cards and matching envelopes.
Where: My House in Falls Church, VA (call for directions if you need them)

When: Tuesday, February 1, 2011. 9:30- 11:30 and 1:00 to 4:00. You'll probably need about 30 minutes to stamp the cards from the class so come over anytime during the open hours but make sure you have enough time to stamp.
Why: Valentines Cards are great to give to friends, family, classmates, teachers, members of your congregation, neighbors and......anyone that you'd like.

These are the cards we'll be making in the Valentine Card Class on Tuesday.

Class Add-Ons:

You can add on another set of the five class cards and envelopes for $3 per set. You can choose to do the same cards in the class or you can add on the cards from Option 2 or Option 3. At this point the class is not full so if you are going to choose to add on another set of cards, you may choose to select a certain card and make multiples of that one. Please let me know that in your RSVP.

The cards below are from the Add-On Option #2

 The cards below are from the Add-On Option #3

Please RSVP by 10 pm Monday night so I can have your papers cut and ready for you when you arrive on Tuesday.

When you RSVP I will need to know:
  • How many children are coming to the class
  • What color mailboxes they would like
  • If there will be any add-ons and how many
  • A general idea of what time you'll be coming over on Tuesday.
If a parent books a party to show you and your friends (or your children and their friends) how to stamp, you'll get a special gift from me

Call me at 703-200-2340 or email me at with any questions and have a fantastic day!


Thursday, January 27, 2011


Hi there My Stamping Friends,

Can you believe it? I'm so excited! Its FINALLY time for SALE-A-BRATION. I know you've been waiting just as long as I have so I thought I'd post some details.

Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition products they'll enjoy for years to come.

Here's how Sale-A-Bration works:

Spend : When you spend $50 on Stampin' Up! merchandise, you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward. There's no limit--for every $50 you spend, you can select another FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!

Host: When you host a workshop of at least $300 (before tax and shipping), you'll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits! I still have some dates available so contact me today to schedule your Sale-A-Bration workshop

Join: During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator gets 15 percent off the price of the standard or Digital+ Starter Kits--that's over $310 worth of high-quality Stampin' Up! products for just $148.75! In addition, new demonstrators get a FREE Bonus Bundle worth up to $50! To take advantage of this special, limited-time offer, contact me today.

Here are a few cards made with the set called Bliss:

121851 Bliss stamp set
119685 Cherry Cobbler Card stock
100730 Whisper white card stock
121045 Basic Black card stock
101179 Basic black ink
119877 1 3/8 inch square punch
119859 extra large oval punch
119262 white narrow taffeta ribbon
119246 Basic rhinestones
104430 dimensionals
121851 Bliss stamp set
115060 Short and Sweet stamp set
108640 River Rock Card stock
119686 Early Espresso Card stock
101650 Very Vanilla card stock
119670 Early Espresso ink
stampin' sponges
121809 framed tulips embossing folder
119740 Bold Bright brads

Have a great day and I'll chat with you tomorrow.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Stampin' Up! Petal Cone Die for the BigShot

Hi there My Stamping Friends, I can't believe its been a week since I last posted. I was in Nashville, TN for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference and our few days were jam-packed with things to do from 7:30am until 10pm. I had a fabulous time, as always, and will tell you all about that in some of my upcoming posts.

Today's post is going to be about Stampin' Up!'s Petal Cone die for the Big Shot. I can't tell you how much I LOVE this die. I was planning on demonstrating this die at my friend Robin Merriman's team meeting on Saturday so I sat down to play with it on Friday in order to have some samples to pass around (Thanks for having me demonstrate Robin, it was a blast!!). The first thing I was planning on making was a carrot (I was sitting with my friend Selene at Leadership during the petal cone presentation and noticed that it looked just like a carrot-can't wait till Easter now) but before I made a carrot (which I ended up not even doing) I searched the internet to see what some amazingly talented stampers did with this die. Then once I had all these ideas/options in my head I sat down to see what I could do. So, here is one large thank you to everyone that posts thier creative ideas on the web. I hope someone gets inspired by what I post as well. Enjoy!

This is my version of what we saw presented at General Session during Leadership 2011. I used the new Glitter Paper and added the Kisses Tag to make it look like a Hershey Kiss. If we had silver glitter paper you KNOW I would have used that.

Here are wo different candy dishes made with DSP. They were so simple to make and can be made to coordinate with any party decor! Love it!

Here is a traditional cone made with Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip cardstock and stamped with the Eat Chocolate stamp set.

This traditional cone was made with DSP. I used the XOXO stamp set to decorate the tissue paper to coordiante with the theme. Since I stamped Hugs and Kisses, I filled it withe Hershey's Hugs and Kisses.

This is just an idea for an ice cream cone shape that can be used as a birthday party or ice cream party invitation or thank you note.

This is what the inside of the ice cream note looks like. Let me know if you want more detilas or more photos. It was really easy to put together.

This next one is my favorite and was a hit at Robin's team meeting. I cut the petal cone and attached it together in the back. I cut the tab off the front side and used it as a card that opens in the center. The problem was that I couldn't get the card to stay 'closed' soooooo....I used the full heart punch to punch out two hearts. I attached one to the left front side of the card and the attached the other heart to the inside of the card leaving a little slot for the right side of the card to slide into (did that make sense?).

Here is a photo of the Basic Gray heart closure in case I didn't explain that well enough.  

Here is a photo of the inside. I spritzed it with 3 different colors in homage to Shelli Gardner, the owner and co-founder of Stampin' Up! She loves the vintage look.

I hope you enjoyed the samples I made (I love to read the comments you leave so feel free). I had a ton of fun making them. Tomorrow I'll post about some of the fun things we did at Leadership2011 in Nashville last week.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

My first swap at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership 2011

This was made by My Stamping Friend Cathy Williams. It's soooo pretty in real life. I'll share more swap cards later!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hi there My Stamping Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We certainly did. We have lots to be thankful for and lots to celebrate this Christmas. The girls went back to school Monday after a long winters break and the transition wasn't easy....for me. I have to admit that they got up and got ready without any complaining. I think they were ready to go back and catch up with friends. I, on the other hand, felt like whining from the minute my alarm clock went off. I was not ready to get back into the routine. But now I am and one of my resolutions this year is to be more organized, in everything. I really think that will give me more time for different things. So now its time its time to start posting on a regular basis again.

Before I go on to show you my card I want to remind you that THE NEW MINI CATALOG IS HERE. You should have received one in the mail (if you didn't, please let me know and I'll get one to you right away). My package of goodies should arrive on Thursday night so I'll post new things in a few days.

I will catch up with posting my current projects, but for now I'll show you the Stampin' Up! Christmas card I made this year.

I used a Cherry Cobbler card base and stamped snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes in Cherry Cobbler onto a piece of very vanilla. I stamped Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched it with the modern label punch and layered it on the decorative label punch. I wrapped a piece of cherry cobbler seam binding around the whispter white layer and attached that to the base. I used dimensionals to attach the cherry cobbler punch shape to the card and I was done. It was actually pretty quick to whip out 100+ of these.

If you want to purchase any of the Stampin' Up! products mentioned here please feel free to contact me at 703-200-2340 or via email at my e-mail address 

Enjoy the card and tomorrow I'll post one of the other two cards I sent out.