Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snowman Candy Holder using Stylin' Snowfolk from Stampin' Up! and my Big Shot

Good Morning My Stamping Friends! 

I'm stopping in to share another little project I made to sell at my Stampin' Up! booth at the craft fairs this season. These cute little snowman candy holders are just perfect for leaving a little treat for a school teacher, mail carrier, bus driver, Mr. Brown (ha ha ha ....for all the non-demos reading this, that means the UPS Man), pet sitter, Sunday School teacher, bank teller or grocery store worker. They are so easy to make you can share one with everybody.

I recently joined Pinterest and this was something I saw on there that I just had to duplicate. I used the Two Tags die and my Big Shot for the snowman base and I used the modern label punch and the curly label punch for his hat. To make the snowman face and the buttons on his belly I pulled out my Stylin' Snowfolk stamp set. I finished him off with a 3/8 inch stitched satin ribbon in gumball green as his scarf, stuck the kit-kats inside and sealed it up.  It was so easy to make. Give it a try!


Monday, December 17, 2012

Gift Card Holders using Scentsational Seasons, Watercolor Winter and Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin' Up!

Well, I was on a roll with my personal blog challenge of posting every weekday in December but that all went kaflooey when one of my little lassies got a tummy bug for TWO FULL DAYS which brought us to the pediatricians and then to the ER. Poor girl was so sick. She is all better now but everyday life seemed to take over (meaning: making things to sell at craft fairs, showing all my Hispanic friends at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party how to stamp with all our wonderful Stampin' Up! products - photos of that coming soon - a belated anniversary celebration of sharing a delicious dinner and theatre tickets with my in-laws, my oldest daughter's school band concert, Holiday parties and oh yeah, several days of NO EMAIL since I use and their whole system across the US was down! Whew thats a lot of stuff. ) . Soooo, my challenge has changed a little bit but the end result will still be the same for you. Instead of posting every weekday in December, I'm going to post 21 times this month (which equals out to one post every weekday in December). This means that I'll be posting more than once a day so come visit often and you'll see lots of Christmas stuff that I've been working on.

One thing I worked on this week was fulfilling some orders I received at a craft show. I made gift tags, candy holders and gift card holders. The gift card holders were so much fun. I made lots of different kinds as you can see. I used Scentsational Seasons, Watercolor Winter and Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin' Up! for the gift card holders pictured here.
Gift Card holders using Scentsational Seasons, Watercolor Winter
and Jolly Bingo Bits from Stampin' Up!

I even made my own designer series cardstock. I needed the thickness of the cardstock but wanted the look of Designer Series Paper so I just went ahead and made my own. Sooooo much fun. You can do 'random stamping' like I did on the Christmas Tree or pointsettia cardstock, or you can so a specific pattern like I did on the candy cane, gingerbread man and hot cocoa cardstock.  So, which one is your favorite? Oh, if you're trying to copy mine exactly, keep in mind that in this photo my cardstock is already cut to the size I needed for this project.

Designer Series Cardstock handmade using Scentsational Seasons,
and Watercolor Winter from Stampin' Up!

Here is a photo of the inside of the project. I attached a folded envelope (which created two pockets) to the inside of my hand stamped designer series cardstock. In the pockets I placed two little decorated blank cards where you could write a note and attach a gift card. I finished it off with a belly band to keep everything inside.
Inside view of the Gift Card holders using
Watercolor Winter from Stampin' Up!
These alwasy get a great reaction for the person that receives them. Hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fussy Cut Watercolor Winter Christmas Card with More Merry Messages from Stampin' Up!

Hello there My Stamping Friends, I'm keeping up with my December Daily Posting Challenge so today I'm sharing a card I made using the Watercolor Winter and the More Merry Messasges stamp sets from Stampin' Up!
Watercolor Winter Fussy Cut with More Merry Messages by Stampin' Up!
I really enjoyed making this card because it was so fun, simple, quick and gets a big reaction when you give it away.  I started with half a sheet of confetti cream cardstock and stamped several pointsettia's from Watercolor Winter, along the short edge (making sure that you could see the whole flower along the right side of the cardstock). I stamped the outline of the pointsettia in cherry cobbler and the inside of the petals in real red. Once those were stamped I grabbed my snips and cut along the outside edge of the pointsettias (hence the name 'fussy cutting').

Watercolor Winter Fussy Cut with More Merry Messages by Stampin' Up! inside view
Next I chose a sentiment from More Merry Messages and stamped that in the 'center' of the front of the card. Once the sentiment was stamped I could stamp the rest of the pointsettias to frame the sentiment. Next I used gumball green and old olive to stamp the pine branches just on the edge of the inside of the card so you could still see it when the card was closed.

The cutting is what took the most time and I'd say that took less than a minute. The whole card took probably 5 minutes and I really like how it came out. So, what do you think? Leave some love in the comment section of my blog. I can't tell you how you all brighten my day by leaving such nice notes.

Have a super fantastic day,

Monday, December 3, 2012

Gingerbread Man Spinner card using Scentsational Seasons from Stampin' Up!

Happy December My Stamping Friends! I LOVE this time of year, its getting colder outside (well, not today since its heading to 70 degrees in Northern VA!) and the anticipation of Christmas is so much fun. I LOVE making Christmas cards and sending them off to friends and family.

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my stamp club this month. Its a Spinner Card made with the gingerbread man from Scentsational Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up!.

Gingerbread man penny spinner card using Scentsational Season stamp set,
Holiday Collection framelits dies, Big Shot and colored Basic Rhinestones

My card base is gumball green and I used the Stampin' Up! Be of Good Cheer designer series paper for the first layer. I used a layer of very vanilla and then added a layer of cherry cobbler on dimensionals to give it some lift (in order to make the gingerbread man spin, more on that later on). I stamped the sentiment from the Come to Bethlehem stamp set. On a seperate piece of very vanilla cardstock, I stamped the gingerbread man from Scentsational Seasons and cut him out using the coordinating Holiday Collection framelits dies and my Big Shot.

To make the gingerbread man spin, I stuck two pennies together using a dimensional and slid that on the 'track' I punched out with my word window punch. Then I used a dimensional to attach the gingerbread man to the penny stack and away he went. I think this photo might help explain what I just tried to describe.
Close up of the penny spinner for the Gingerbread man penny spinner card using Scentsational
Season stamp set, Holiday Collection framelits dies, Big Shot and colored Basic Rhinestones

I topped my gingerbread man off with some basic rhinestones colored with a red sharpie marker (did you know you can color the Stampin' Up! basic rhinestones with sharpie markers??) and I stuck them where his buttons were. Since the rhinestones have a sticky back, they were so easy to add.

The card took less than 10 minutes to make and is a big WOW for kids and adults that haven't see a card spin before. Give it a try and let me know what you end up with. I'd love to check out your creations. Meanwhile, leave some love in the comment section on my blog. It always makes my day.

Make sure you come back tomorrow because I have challenged myself to post at least every week day in December. Lets see how I do.

And don't forget that the last day to purchase supplies from the current Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is January 2, 2013. If you want your goodies to arrive as a Christmas gift for someone, you should order before Dec 12th, but keep in mind that holiday shipping volumes are high at this time of year and you might want to consider ordering earlier than Dec 12th.

Have a super day today,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza and Door Buster Sales (Big Shot, Doctors Bag, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate)

The Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza promotion is our biggest online sale of the year! We want to make it easier for you to get your shopping done without waiting on lines or even leaving the house. We’ll have items on sale anywhere from 20% to 50% off ...from November 19th through November 28th.
In addition, there will be three products at 20% off for 24-hours only (midnight MT through 11:50 MT) on both the first and last days of the Online Extraviganza – our very own door buster! WOOT!!
Today’s door busters are:
Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (page 181 in the catalog) $9.56
Stampin' Up! The Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (page 186 in the catalog) $79.96
Stampin' Up!The Big Shot Doctor’s Bag (page 186 in the catalog) $55.96

 The doorbusters on November 28th are DIFFERENT than the doorbusters for today, so if you see something you want, get it today!

 You can shop on my website at or send me an email at or give me a call and I can place the order for you.
Have a fabulous day.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Candy Cane Christmas card using Scentsational Season and More Merry Messages from Stampin' Up!

Happy NOVEMBER to My Stamping Friends!! I can't believe how time is flying by and Christmas is almost upon us. I know I haven't posted lately but I'll tell you that I HAVE been spending lots of time in the stamp room and lots of time at local craft fairs.

Today I'm sharing a quick and fun card from my November Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. This one was so simple and all my stamping friends loved it. I used the Scentsational Season and More Merry Messages from Stampin' Up!
Candy Cane Christmas Card using Scentsational Season and
More Merry Messages from Stampin' Up!

I started by using the Scallop Trim Border on both sides of the whisper white card stock layer. Then I used real red ink and stamped the candy cane image and the sentiment, centering that on the cardstock. I attached that layer to the card base and I was finished.

Give this simple card a try and see for yourself just how easy it is.

Leave some love in the comment section if you like the card. Happy comments always make my day.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Goodie Bag using Deseos Pequenitos and the Snow Flurry Bigz Die for the Bigshot from Stampin' Up!

Hi there My Stampin' Friends, I'm trying something new today. I'm posting via e-mail
for the first time. I hope it works! 
Today I'm sharing a treat bag I made with a white mini lunch sack and the Northern Flurry
Embossing Folder. I sponged with a dauber to enhance the snowflakes on the bag and then I
used some marina mist cardstock and some silver glimmer paper to cut snowflakes with the
Snow Flurry Bigz Die for the Bigshot.  I added a sentiment from the Deseos Pequenitos stamp
set. Finally, I added some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz and some of the basic rhinestones to
 jazz it up a bit. This will be going to one of my local Stamping Friends since they know what
snowflakes are all about and have experienced quite a few of them around here the past few winters. 

Stampin' Up! sweet trreat bag using northern flurry embossing folder, snow flurry
bigz die, some vanilla smooch spritz and some basic rhinestones.
Details are on
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my sweet treat bag. Feel free to leave some love in the comment section. 


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Make & Take from Hispanic Night Event at the Stampin' Up! Convention

Hello My Stamping Friends, I hope you're having a fantastic day like I am.

I've been busy preparing for a Stampin' Up! workshop I have tomorrow but I wanted to share something with you all today so I'm making a quick post today of a Make & Take project from at the Hispanic Night event at the Stampin' Up! Convention in July.

Stampin' Up! Primrose Petals Quinceanera gift box with Glimmer Paper and
Basic Rhinestones finished with Pool Party ruffled ribbon.

Isn't it great? We made a little gift bag using Primrose Petals and Pool Party card stock and the Quinceanera stamp set. We added dimension with one of the punches from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack and we jazzed it up with some Silver Glimmer Paper and some Basic Rhinestones.

It was originally created with a sentiment on the front but since I didn't know who I was going to give this to, I just left that off. Once I decide which lucky friend is going to get it, I'll probably grab a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, or the spanish version Deseos Pequenitos.

So, what do you think? Cute, right?

Have a fabulous day and come back tomorrow because I'll be posting a card from my Christmas Stamp-A-Stacks.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sweet Treat gift bag using Wonderfall by Stampin' Up!

Good Morning My Stamping Friends,  It is pouring rain here so I spent some time this morning in my stamp room getting creative with the Wonderfall stamp set, the coordiating Autumn Accents Bigz die and Woodgrain embossing folder for the Big Shot and the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit all by Stampin' Up! and I came up with this:

Autumn Treat Bag using glassine treat bag from Ghoulish Googlies Designer kit, Wonderfall,
Autumn Accents Bigz Die & Woodgrain embossing folder and Teeny Tiny Wishes , all from Stampin' Up!  

Autumn Treat Bag using glassine treat bag from Ghoulish Googlies
Designer kit & Woodgrain embossing folder from Stampin' Up!
I used a glassine bag from the Ghoulish Goodlies Designer Kit and I ran it through my Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder. I used my chocolate chip ink pad and the direct to paper technique to color the wood grain (look at both photos and you can see the diffrerence in the embossed and debossed side. You can choose to decorate the side you like better since you'll emboss all the sides of this bag). I then cut out some very vanilla leaves with the Autumn Accents Bigz die and set them to the side. I grabbed my Wonderfall stamp set and used the Rock-n-Roll technique to color the leaves. Cool, right?! After I attached the leaves to the bag, I added a fork bow with the gumball green 3/8th inch stitched satin ribbon. The Sweet Treats sentiment came from Teeny Tiny Wishes and was cut out and layered with the modern label punch and the word window punch.

This was such an easy and quick project so altered the look and I made a few more with mini brown lunch bags that I bought at my local bulk store. I think my girl's school teachers and office staff are going to love these. 
Autumn Treat Bag using mini lunch bags, Wonderfall, Autumn Accents Bigz Die
& Woodgrain embossing folder and Teeny Tiny Wishes , all from Stampin' Up!
What do you think? Leave some love in the comment section of my blog.

Hope you have a fantastic day,

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Fall Birthday card using Stampin' Up!'s Core'dinations cardstock, Sanding System and the Big Shot

Wow, I can't believe it's been sooooo long since I've posted. The end of summer was so busy with my little lasses and traveling that I was just enjoying my time with them before they all went off to school.  But that doesn't mean I wasn't stamping....I just wasn't blogging. Now that they are all at school, I've been enjoying my time in my craft room and here I am to post a project from the other day.

Yesterday was my darling hubby's birthday and he had to go on a business trip. I only got to see him for a few moments that morning but I had to make sure he had a card before he left on his trip. So, I made this card and had the girls sign it for him before they went to bed just so it was ready and waiting for him in the morning.

Stampin' Up!'s Tweet Leaves and Core'dination card stock make a fantastic birthday card
So, what do you think? I started with a Stampin' Up! crumb cake base and a layer of the new Core'dinations card stock in Early Espresso. I ran that through the big shot using the new Woodgrain textured embossing folder. I sanded with the Stampin' Sanding Block and was completlely blown away by the awesome Core'dinations Dust Buddy as it picked up every piece of dust and debris I made using the sanding system. I then wrapped a piece of Pool Party Seam Binding around that layer. I went back to my beloved Big Shot and cut out the largest leaf using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die. I markered the Tweet Leaves stamp and put my image directly on the leaf that I cut out and then I adhered it to the card layer with Stampin' Dimensionals. I finished up the card with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes cut out and layered with the Word Window Punch and the Modern Label Punch.

My hubby loved the card. What about you? Feel free to leave me some love in the comment section and then have a fantastic day.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Faux Triple Time Stamping using Affection Collection stamp set and more from Stampin' Up!

Good Morning My Stamping Friends,  I've seen this Triple Time Stamping technique floating around for a while so I thought I'd give it a try. I made two cards (which I'll post soon) but they came out a little bulky and I wondered if it might cost extra to mail it. A few days ago I saw my card sitting on my desk next to my Big Shot and I got a fantastic idea....or at least I think its a fantastic idea. Today I finally got a chance to try out my idea and I sorta like the way it turned out.

For those that havent heard of the Triple Time Stamping technique I tracked it back to Dawn Olchefske so you can google the technique and see a few tutorial videos. For my FAUX Triple Time Stamping technique I wanted a similiar look with not so much bulk soooooooooo, I pulled out my handy dandy Big Shot and my Labels Collection Framelits. The photo below shows how I cut my frames.
Stampin' Up! Labels Collection Framelits
I used the smallest 4 framelits (the collection comes with 6) on a 1/4 sheet of black cardstock to make my 'layers'. Once I ran that through the Big Shot I had three frames (and a center piece). I used the largest and smallest of the black cardstock frames on my card. This eliminates the three layers but still has the same look so I'm calling it the FAUX Triple Time Stamping technique.

Stampin' Up! Affection Collection Faux Triple Time Stamping
To make the white layer of the card I cut a piece of whisper white cardstock with the 5th largest framelet (the one that is just a bit bigger than the one shown above). I used the new Stampin' Up! In Color inkpad called Raspberry Ripple along with Crumb Cake ink. The stamp set is the Affection Collection stamp set that I received FREE with my 2012 Convention Attendance. After I stamped and sponged my main card layer I used snail to adhere the two black frames. I added a few basic pearls to the image, added a sentiment using the Modern Label Punch and finished it up with a linen thread bow.

If you haven't seen the Affection Collection stamp set in your Catalog thats because its not there! It's in the BRAND NEW HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG and is available for purchase starting TODAY. If you didn't get your holiday mini catalog yet and would like one, send me an email or give me a call and I can get one in the mail to you. If you are like me and can't wait another second, click on the holiday mini catalog link on the right sidebar of my blog. You can place your order online 24/7 or contact me and I can place the order for you.

I'd love to hear what you think about the card and the technique so feel free to leave a comment. And you can follow me on facebook on my business page at Stampin' Up! with Rose-Ellen or on Twitter @REEastman .

Have a fantastic day,

Monday, July 30, 2012

Stampin' Up! gives you a great Reason to Smile for a few more days

Howdy My Stamping Friends,  Today I'm sharing a card I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) straight from Stampin' Up! . I used the Reason to Smile stamp set that is only available for a few more days (till July 31st).

What do you think? It was so easy to make. I used Tangerine Tango as my base color and Pool Party, Tangerine Tango and Calypso Coral for the Two Step Stampin of the flowers. I used a retired punch, the Eyelet Border punch, because I thought it coordinated better with the polka dots on the very vanilla layer. Speaking of those polka dots, I made them with my Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and my Big Shot. A sentiment and little linen thread bow and the card is complete.

If you like the Reason to Smile stamp set, you are still able to get it for a few more days with the Reason to Smile promotion. The basics are that you can get the Reason to Smile stamp set for ONLY $5 till the end of July. Here is the flyer with all of the details.

You can place your order online at or you can call me and I'll place the order for you.

Have a wonderful day,

Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas in July - Create handmade Stampin' Up! holiday cards

It’s that time of year again. Time to start making your Holiday or Christmas Cards** so you can have them all ready to mail out in December.

In this Stampin' Up! Holiday Stamp-a-Stack class you will make 12 Christmas/Holiday cards** (4 cards each of 3 different designs). If you come to all 6 Christmas Card classes scheduled you’ll have 72 cards ready to be mailed in plenty of time to get to your loved ones by the holidays.

In this class each participant will get a bottle of Stampin' Up! Dazzling Details FREE to use on their projects and take the rest of the bottle home. The class fee is $20 and will be waived if a minimum order is placed at the event.

These classes fill up quickly so please RSVP early. RSVP by clicking here and going to my calendar page. If you can't make it this Wednesday, check out my calendar for the rest of the Stamp-A-Stack Holiday classes scheduled through December.

 ** You can feel free to leave the sentiment off the card and change them to general winter holiday cards. Sentiments will be available in English and in Spanish.

RSVP TODAY for this winter/holiday card class scheduled for this Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

Here is a sample of a holiday card (using the Chock-Full of Cheer stamp set) we could do at one of my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack events.
Stampin' Up! Christmas Card photo from Convention 2012 using Chock-Full of Cheer
Have a fantastic day and I hope to see you this Wednesday.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

End of School Teacher Gifts (Gift Cards, Punch Art Frog and Pencil Holder)

Wow, I can't believe its been so long since I've posted on my blog. June was a busy month around here with a graduating 6th grader, a graduating preschooler,  graduation parties, end of year parties for all the kids, camps starting, and much more. I did get to create some teacher gifts that I promised I'd share so here goes. Enjoy!
Our class decided to give a plant to our teachers and if we wanted to, we could give gift cards in decorated envelopes. The envelopes were put into the plant on floral wire and were supposed to look like flowers. I might have taken the theme literally, but they were so cute I couldn't stop, so several teachers got gift card envelopes like these.
 Here I used some retired Designer Series Paper and the retired 5 petal flower punch
 For this one I used retired Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper and the retired 5 petal flower punch
This set used the Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' Kit, the retired 5 petal flower punch, the retired fancy flower punch, the 1-3/4 scallop circle, the 1-1/4 circle and the 1/2 inch circle.

I used the scallop envelope die and the Big Shot to cut the envelopes. The envelopes are normally a little too small to fit a regular sized gift card so I folded the paper in half and left three scallops uncovered when I cut the paper.

This makes the envelope longer and voila, it now fits a gift card.

One of the teachers is very fond of frogs and she has a frog as her classroom mascot so of course I had to make her gift card envelopes frog themed.
Too cute, right??

My youngest was graduating preschool and she is going to a different elementary school than most of her classmates so she gave pencils to her classmates so they could start kindergarten with a memory of her. This is what we made for all her preschool classmates and teachers as a graduation gift. Pink for girls and blue for boys.
 I used the owl from the retired Stampin' Up! set called Go, Graduate and punched it out with the cirle and scallop circle punches. A little 1/8 taffeta daffodil delight ribbon and it was finished.

Today I'm stamping with my brand new goodies from the new Holiday Mini Catalog to create projects for my Christmas/Holiday Stamp a Stacks. I hold one of these each month starting in July and running through December. When you come to the class you'll make 12 cards (4 each of 3 different designs) and if you come to all the classes you'll have 72 cards ready to send out or give away just in time for the Christmas Holiday Season. The best part is that when you sign up for one of these classes you'll get product to use on your cards while you're here AND you get to take the rest home. The Christmas in July Stamp-a-Stack is going to feature Dazzling Details. You can take the bottle home and add some sparkle to any cards you already have or are about to make. Not a bad deal. Click here to check out my calendar of upcoming events and see which events you'd like to attend. And don't forget that the card sentiments can be stamped in English or Spanish if you'd like OR you can leave them blank and use them through out the season as Thank You or Thinking of You notes. So many options, so little time. I'll post some of the Holiday Cards this week so stay tuned by following my blog, liking my facebook page (Stampin' Up! with Rose-Ellen), following me on Twitter at @REEastman or signing up for my newsletter. You can email me with questions anytime at

Hope you're having a wonderfully relaxing Sunday!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lego Birthday card using Itty Bitty Banners from Stampin' Up!

Hi there My Stamping Friends, I hope you're having a fantastic week. Ours has been packed! One thing we did was attend a birthday party last night for my daughter's classmate that was turning 5. He was having a lego themed party and I wanted to make him a card that fit his theme so I went to Stampin Connection (the demo only site full of ideas, samples and instructions) and found a lego card made by a fellow demonstrator named Teresa Hyde. I CASED it pretty closely since the colors and layout were perfect for what I needed, and I used Stampin' Up! Bitty Banners from Stampin' Up!.

So, what do you think? Next time I'll place the legos on the card before I do the shading with the gel pen, so I can make sure the shading all goes in the same direction.

Don't forget that today is the last day to shop from the current catalog and retiring list. You can shop online and get a discount by clicking here Tomorrow (Friday) is the first day we can order from the new catalog.

Have a fantastic day.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Musical Note cards for Teacher Apprecation Week using Stampin' Up! Music Notes Wheel

It was Teacher Appreciation Week in our area last week and that is our time to show all our teachers a little extra love. My daughter Samantha plays the clarinet, so I wanted to make sure that her music teacher was included on the list of teachers that received our Teacher Appreciation gifts. Since I know a lot of teachers, I know that they write a LOT of Thank You notes at the end of the school year so I thought I would make them some Stampin' Up! thank you notes. One of my other daughters, Jordan, takes piano lessons and when she saw me making the musical note cards  (get it, musical note....note cards....sometimes I crack myself up!!) and asked if I could make her a card to write out to her piano teacher. I'll share more of the teacher gifts over the next few posts but today I wanted to share the cards I made for the music teachers.

I'm having Samantha deliver the note cards to her clarinet teacher so unfortunatly I'll miss her reaction, but I was there when Jordan handed over her card to her piano teacher. She wrote him a note about how much she loved piano and how happy she was that HE was her teacher. It was very sweet; misspellings and all. And then, he raised himself up ANOTHER notch in her eyes. He actually sat down at the piano and played the music, or at least the parts he could see, from the front of the card and it sounded beautiful. I wish you could have been here (well, not really cause it would have been a packed room and my house isn't that big, but you know what I mean).

This is where I give KUDOS to Stampin' Up! They went out of their way to make sure that the Music Notes wheel had ACTUAL music on it. Imagine how embarrassing it could have been to have the teacher sit down and try to play some random notes that were just put there for 'looks'. I'm so impressed that once again Stampin' Up! is proving to be such a wonderful company.

For this project I used:
Crumb Cake cardstock
Very Vanilla cardstock
Crumb Cake ink
Chocolate Chip ink
Music Notes wheel
Sentiment Stamp from a retired set called Just A Note
circle punch
sponge (for an aged look)
3-1/4 x 3-1/4 mini envelopes
Big Shot
Top Note Die
Hand-Penned Holidays from the 2011-2012 Holiday Mini

I hope you enjoy the cards and feel free to leave a comment. I LOVE reading them. They really make my day.

Have a wonderful creative day!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms and Itty Bitty Banners by Stampin' Up!

I was so, so, so stinkin' excited to get my box of sneak peek goodies that I ordered from Stampin' Up! this week (an awesome benefit of being a demonstrator is that we get to order products one month before they are available to the public).I wish I could show you photos of all the products in my box of goodies, but at this point, I'm only allowed to show projects, not products.

I finally got a few minutes to stamp and play around for a bit on Sunday and here is what I came up with.

I had several frames that I picked up at a craft store years ago, sitting on my desk (honestly, they were waiting to go in the donation box) and as soon as I saw this wonderfully colorful Designer Series Paper from from the Floral District pack, I knew I had to alter the frame. I cut the

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

GOING, GOING, GONE!! Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessory List

Get them before they are gone! The Stampin' Up! retired accessories and Definitely Decorative (including D├ęcor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long--these items are only available while supplies last! And with discounts of up to 60% off, they won't last long!

When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of our Stampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) we are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog.

The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.

In addition, please note the following about the new catalog:
  • Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in color collections will continue to be offered)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colors and color collections
Please remember that these accessories are only available while supplies last (and they often sell out quickly). If you want something from this list you can call me or email me right away to let me know.

I am also attaching a link to the list of retiring stamp sets. You'll notice it's longer than in years past. During this transition to the new annual catalog, there are a higher number of stamps being refreshed and replaced than usual. While many stamps are going away, most are being replaced so that the breadth of our stamp lines is every bit as broad as ever!

Two items that were included on the Retiring Accessories List are not actually retiring. We have updated the lists to remove these items.

208 108360 Craft Scissors
208 103579 Paper Snips

Because these items were included in error, the Paper Snips will not be offered at a discounted price.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The list of retiring accessories can be found here  PDF WHILE SUPPLIES LAST !!

The list of retiring Definately Decorative    PDF

The list of retiring stamp sets can be found here PDF

If you're thinking about joining Stampin' Up! as demonstrator to make income or to get a discount on the products you purchase, be sure to check out my post on our Starter Kit for $99.

I hope you have a fantastic day!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stampin' Up! Starter Kits for only $99 !!!

I'm excited to announce that beginning May 1, 2012, Stampin' Up! will be offering a fully customizable Starter Kit for new recruits at a new lower price of $99! This will give them the perfect start to their businesses--their way!

When a new demonstrator joins Stampin' Up!, the choice is hers to put together a kit with any of our current high-quality products--she can choose up to $125 worth of any Stampin' Up! products! She'll also receive a business supplies pack (valued at $65) to create a kit with a total value of $190 that still ships for FREE!

With the introduction of the new Starter Kit, new demonstrators will no longer have the option to purchase another kit or the add-ons. If you want to order the current kit option, you will need to place your order by 30 April 2012, 11:50 PM (MT).

You can order your starter kit on my website at by clicking on JOIN THE FUN.

I'd be happy to answer any questions you have so feel free to contact me here or via email at

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fresh Vintage Sale-A-Bration sample

Today, March 31st, is the last day for Sale-A-Bration

Good Morning My Stamping Friends, I hope you've been enjoying a wonderful day so far.

I am writing to remind you that today, Saturday, March 31st, is the last day of our Sale-A-Bration promotion and therefore the last day to to receive a free gift with your $50 order. If you've been planning to place an order but never got around to it, today is the day. If you know you're going to need a lot of envelopes or whisper white card stock or snail over the next few months, you might want to go ahead and get it today and reap the rewards of a FREE item with every $50 purchase. If you purchase $150 in merchandise you wil get THREE FREE SAB items, $25 in hostess benefits and a FREE tote bag. If you enter orders that total over $400 you also get a bundle of all the items from pages 6 & 7 in the SAB catalog (this isn't available with online orders so call me to enter your order if you would like to take advantage of that gift).

You can view the catalogs by visiting my website at and clicking on products and then clicking on catalogs.

I also want to remind you that today is the last day to join my team and get the full starter kit for the amazing price of only $125. Tomorrow, April 1st, the price of the starter kit will return to $175. To be fair, I want to let you know that Stampin' Up mentioned at the Leadership conference in San Antonio in January that they are going to be looking at creative recruiting promotions in the future and they insinuated that they would be stepping back from discounting the starter kit. If you're considering joining, now might be the right time for you.  Another bit of information to consider about the current promotion is that you will get a FREE 12x12 pack of designer series paper OR a FREE digital download every month for the rest of the year! That's a great deal ! 

Of course you can place your orders or join my team via my website, but if you have any questions, I will be available to help you until 11:30 eastern time. 

Have a fantastic day, Rose-Ellen

Monday, March 5, 2012

Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romace and Twitterpated Designer Paper Make and Take at the Crop

Good Morning My Stamping Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was choc-full of stamping friends at my Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking and Card Making event on Friday and Saturday and then I spent Sunday afternoon putting my craft room back together (since I brought most of my tools with me to share with everyone at the crop). Ah, now its nice and clean and ready for me to make a stampin' mess.

Here is a peek at the Make and Take we did at the crop this weekend. What do you think?
Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romance & Tagtastic with Twitterpated Designer Series Paper
and pink rhinestones from the Blossom Builders Designer Printed kit
We used the Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romance stamp set and the Tagtastic Hostess stamp set along with the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper. If you click on the photo you should be able to enlarge it to see that we also used the pink rhinestones from the Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit in the center of the flowers. At the end of the post there is a list of everything you need to recreate this card.

All of the attendees at the crop received a welcome bag with Stampin' Up! goodies inside. In the bag they each got Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, a glue stick, dimensionals and some chocolates. Attached to the bag was a reusable gift tag also made with the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.
Welcome Bag from the Scrapbooking and Card Making event to benefit the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Dept

Gift Tags made with Stampin' Up! Tagtastic stamp set and Twitterpated
Designer Series Paper and 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon
Just for being a guest at the event they were also gifted with a little envelope with some Riding Hood Red and Pear Pizzaz 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon and some coordinating Twitterpated Designer Buttons.
Gift envelope for Scrapbooking and Card Making Event attendees made with
Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Inside gift envelope with Stampin' Up! Pleated Ribbon and Twitterpated buttons
Everyone had a great time and most of them are able to join us for our next Scrapbooking and Card Making event scheduled for Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th. This is Mothers Day Weekend so on top of everything else, we'll be spoiling all of our guests with lots more goodies such as gift certificates for facials, manicures and pedicures, and possibly even a massage. If you want to stay up to date on the latest news for that event, follow me on Facebook at Stampin' Up! with Rose-Ellen or on Twitter at @REEastman , or you can contact me to get a registration form.

Have a great day. I'm off to work on some cards for two upcoming events. If you're local check out my online calendar here and join us for an event.


Card Supplies:
Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romance stamp set #125480 w & #125482 c 
Stampin' Up! Tagtastic stamp set #122745 w & #122747 c
Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Designer Series Paper #125406
Stampin' Up! Blushing Brider card stock #119796
Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock #100730
Stampin' Up! 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319
Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzaz & Blushing Bride Markers #119801 (5 piece set)
Stampin' Up! Baja Blue Marker #120965
Stampin' Up! Island Indigo Marker #123002 (5 piece set)
Stampin' Up! Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit (pink rhinestones) #125410
Stampin' Up! Large Oval Punch #119859
Stampin' Up! glue dots #103683
Stampin' Up! dimensionals #104430

Other Supplies
Stampin' Up! glue stick #104045
Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzaz 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon #125568
Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red 3/8" Pleated Satin Ribbon #125569
Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Designer Buttons #125579
Stampin' Up! Big Shot #113439
Stampin' Up! Ovals Originals Die #114525

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stampin' Up! Outlined Occasions & Sprinkled Expressions Rainbow Cards

Good Morning My Stamping Friends, I hope you're having a fantastic day! I'm sitting here with the sun pouring in the window, warming my back, and wishing it was already Spring. Only a few more weeks to wait and I'm super excited about that.

Anyway, on to my card share for today. I recently needed a quick, cheery, colorful, thank you card so I looked at one of the Valentines day cards I posted here and tweaked it a little bit. In my mind I was going to do a similar card and just change the colors to a rainbow and this is what it turned into.
Stampin' Up! Outlined Occasions and Sprinkled Expressions on Concord Crush base.
Rose-Ellen Eastman
I started with a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of Stampin' Up! whisper white card stock and used

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Three Valentines Cards using Outlined Occasions, Sprinkled Expressions, Mixed Bunch, Blossom Punch & Take it to Heart from Stampin' Up!

Good Morning My Stamping Friends, Today I thought I'd share three of the Valentines Cards I made recently, inspired or cased from cards on display at the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX. I hope you like them.
The first one was made using the stamp sets Outlined Occasions and Sprinkled Expressions from Stampin' Up! which are part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion right now. Sale-A-Bration, is Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotional event of the year and we offer amazing benefits for customers, hostesses, new recruits and YOU! Click here for the details.

I used:
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Card Stock #100730
Stampin' Up! Real Red Card Stock #102482
Stampin' Up! Real Red Classic Ink #103133
Stampin' Up! Large Oval Punch #119855
Stampin' Up! Scallop Oval Punch #119856
Stampin' Up! FREE Sprinkled Expressions stamp set #125132 (clear) or #125130 (wood)
Stampin' Up! FREE Outlined Occasions stamp set #126016 (clear) or #126014 (wood)

For the next card I used the Mixed Bunch and the Blossom Punch from the current Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog. You can view the mini catalog by clicking the link here or checking it out on the right side bar of my blog.

I used:
Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch stamp set #125537 (clear) or #125535 (wood)
Stampin' Up! Blossom punch #125603
Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink card stock #100459
Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock #100730
Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink ink #101301
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake ink #121030
Stampin' Up! Stampin' Sponges #101610
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals #104430
Stampin' Up! Modern Label punch #119849
Stampin' Up! Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch #119275

And for my last share card I used the Take it to Heart stamp set from Stampin' Up! and colored using my Stampin' Up! blender pens and accented with some mini basic pearls in the center of the flowers (which you probably can't see all that well in this photo).

I used:
Stampin' Up! Take it to Heart stamp set #125522 (clear) or #125520 (wood)
Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set #115370
Stampin' Up! Big Shot #113439
Stampin' Up! Framelets Dies - Hearts Collection #125599
Stampin' Up! Regal Rose card stock #105130
Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock #100730
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip ink #100908
Stampin' Up! Eyelet Border punch #119853
Stampin' Up! 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon-Daffodil Delight #119254
Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight ink #119667
Stampin' Up! Lucky Limeade ink #122935
Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie ink #105216
Stampin' Up! Regal Rose ink #105211
Stampin' Up! Basic Pearls #119247

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day full of love and surrounded by loved ones.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Already Stamping ~ using my Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Diagonal Plate

Good Morning My Stamping Friends, I made it back from the Stampin' Up! Leadership with only a 45 minute delay (we had a hard time landing in Atlanta due to thunder and lightning). I'm so thankful because some of my friends were hours and hours late arriving and others had to stay in Atlanta overnight because of delays. Ouch!

Anyway, on Sunday I spent a few hours at Robin Merriman's team meeting and we had so much fun. Robin was one of my friends that had a several hour delay and since I had a little time and a brand new Simply Scored DIAGONAL PLATE that I won at Leadership, I helped out my bringing a Make and Take.  After I got home I made another little project very similiar to that. Here is the little 'box' and gift card with envelope that I made using my Stampin' Up! Diagonal Plate. It is sitting on top of my Simply Scored tool (you cna tell because the diagonal plate's groves are much thinner). Sorry about the lighting. Its such a bright day here and my camera was mis-behaving.

The Diagonal Plate (#125586)  is a plate that sits on top of the Simply Scored tool. It is held in place by rubber pads and ridges on the back of the plate. This plate has etched groves every 1/8th inch and can score cardstock up to 12x12. Then you get yours it will include instructions for creating common envelope sizes. This amazing tool will be available for clients to purchase on March 1, 2012. Meanwhile, keep following my blog because I plan to use mine all the time.

For this project I used:
Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Diagnonal Plate (available to cusomters on March 1st) #125586
Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Designer Series Paper #125046
Stampin' Up! White 1/4 inch Grosgrain Ribbon #109025
Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red cardstock #111348
Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock #100730
Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red Ink #111836
Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz Ink #119784
Stampin' Up! Basic Black ink #101179
Stampin' Up! Blender Pen #102845
Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set #115370
A newly retired stamp set from the holiday mini to make a wrapper for the chocolate nuggets.
We also made a few other Make and Takes and looked at everyones swaps from Leadership. I'm very thankful to know and to be able to stamp with this group of Ladies.

Have a Stamptastic Day,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stamping' Up! Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX ~ January 2012

Hi there My Stamping Friends, I'm sorry I haven't been in better touch but as you know I've been in San Antonio, TX for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference. It was such a blast. I caught up with some wonderful friends, learned a lot, laughed a lot and saw some amazing paper creations. All in all it was a fantastic trip. Here are some highlights (and this will probably be my longest blog post ever):

Day 1: Wed. Jan 18, 2012 ~ I arrived in San Antonio and had lunch with some friends before heading over to pick up my Leadership bag and work on my Make and Takes. When we sat at our table to start our Make and Takes, we were greeted with this lovely delight. Many Thanks to Mike for working so hard to make these chocolates for all the 1300+ attendees!

When we finished we headed off to the demonstrator resource center to take some photos of the displays and cards created by the employees and demonstrators. Just beautiful, don't you think?

We also met up with some friends there too.
with Sara Douglass
with the fantastic Diana Gibbs

I love, love, love my up-up-up-upline Carol Bartle. Isn't she adorable?
Next we went off to dinner where I met some fantastic 'new to me' friends.
Rose-Ellen, Julie, Blair, Lesley, Julie, Christyne, Cathy and Janet
A quick stroll by the Alamo and back to the hotel to fall into bed. I'd been up for 20+ hours at that point.
a night at the Alamo
Day 2: Thurs. Jan 19, 2012 ~ My roommate Janna and I were up early for breakfast (check out this Texas style waffle)
A Texas sized breakfast
and we made our way over to the convention center for the Opening Session of the conference .....meeting up with friends along the way. I just love My Stamping Friends!
Janna and Rose-Ellen

One of my Stampin' Up! favorites, Shannon West
At opening session we learned the theme of the conference was 'My Way' and were reminded about the qualities of being a leader, we learned that we surpassed our recruiting goal, we saw our friends walk across the stage for promoting within the company by sharing what they love (check out Janna and Michelle),

Janna Unterzuber

Michelle Suit
we found that our demonstrator magazine Stamping' Success is being revamped and modernized (if you're considering becoming a demonstrator and want to get your own trial subscription to this magazine just let me know), we found out about a new product offering called the Simply Scoring Dagonal plate ( which will be available to customers to order on March 1st) and I WON one of the Diagonal Plates so you'll see projects with it very soon, we heard all about the MAJOR changes they are making to the catalog ( the current catalog and Idea Book will end May 30th rather than June 30th as originally planned) and then we went to lunch. YUMMY!!!!!

After lunch we had classes and breakout sessions and another trip to the demo resource center to check out all the additions to the displays. There is some amazing work here.

We headed to the Riverwalk for dinner again but this time we found out that Ty Pennington was in town to film the Christmas 2012 episode of Extreme Home Makeover. He was just a hop, skip and jump away from where we were eating so we went to see if we could get a glimpse. It wasn't nearly as crowded as I thought it would be and I took a few great photos.
Dinner on the Riverwalk

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington
I ended the day with a quick visit to some friends that were participating in a shoebox swap (LOVE you girls!).
Kristyne, Maddy and Rose-Ellen
Thank goodness it was at my hotel because I had just enough energy to make it upstairs to my room.

Day 3: Fri. Jan 20, 2012 ~ today we started with some opening session entertainment in the form of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Our CFO Scott showed us his latest MDS creation to highlight the financial state of the company (which is fantastic by the way). We finished up with an amazing salsa dance - Scott's Way.  Oh, and next time we chat, ask me about Scorin' with Scotty ~ Too funny! Then we were off to lunch.

The highlight of my day happened as I was at lunch! Let me back up and say that I have been Tweeting about Stampin' Up! for a while now (you can find me on twitter at @REEastman) to let people know about the company itself and my busines including my blog updates and classes. Well, during Leadership we were given a challenge that if we were tweeting with the #MyLeadership hashtag we had a chance to win a prize of going ackstage during the closing session. Well let me tell you the power of positive thinking (and tweeting with the right hashtag) because I got up that morning just positive that I was going to go backstage and meet Shelli and even asked my roommate to take photos in the afternoon session since I would be backstage. I chose my outfit, did my hair and makeup all with this in mind......and at lunchtime, I was notified that I was one of the two winners to go backstage. Talk about exciting!!!!!!!
Rose-Ellen getting notified of winning the backstage pass
I'm not sure I remember the classes that afternoon but I know I was there because I have class notes and photos to prove it. I was just so excited to go backstage. At 3:30pm I met Mary Ellen my fellow tweeter and Chad took us backstage. I was armed with my camera and phone (to tweet of course) and off I went. I can't even describe how much fun it was! I hope the photos do it justice! A HUGE Thank You to Chad for the whole backstage tour and all the details that went with it. You really made my trip!
Mary Ellen, Rich, Pam, Shelli and Rose-Ellen

Shelli and Rich watching the line monitor backstage

Shelli, Chad, Rich and Chad

Chad, Rose-Ellen and Rich

Who's dressing room?? Guess this happens when its a convention of women.

Rose-Ellen and Shelli during my backstage visit
Rose-Ellen and Scott

I have a bunch more but for some reason they are not showing up properly. I'll try and post them on my Facebook page at Stampin' Up! with Rose-Ellen .

I had one more dinner with friends left before I got back on the airplane so a if my day could get any better, I met with Janna, Cathy and her husband for cocktails,
Janna, Cathy, Rose-Ellen & Mike
watched Little Joe open up his TWO GRAMMYS (ugh, that photo won't post properly either - check out my business facebook page mentioned above).

I ended the day at dinner with great friends (and learned exactly where your finger should be while taking a photo with someone else camera). Thanks for some wonderful laughs Ladies.

Rose-Ellen, Janna, Cristena, Blair, Christyne and Diana.
Thank You Stampin' Up for a fantastic #MyLeadership Conference!