Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Terrific Tuesday!

Terrific, Tremendous....it's Tuesday!  There is a lot to celebrate today.....but let's start off with today's card....

No....that's not it.

But it's the beginning of a card.  

I had a card idea in my head with this stamp - Wonderful Wreath.  But once I stamped it (in Always Artichoke), I remembered that I always feel like it's so "flat".  

No offense Wonderful Wreath.  You just don't have a lot of dimension.  I like dimension.

So, I was off to solve that:

Isn't that a TON better?  I simply stamped the wreath again on another piece of Whisper White using Old Olive.  Then I used my exacto knife to cut out the center and to cut some of the leaves, lifting them a bit.  


Plus the darker Artichoke color underneath adds some more depth, I even offset the wreath a bit and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

A word of Note: you do need to be careful when cutting the leaves, you don't want to cut two leaves and accidently cut one completely out.  If you try this, you'll understand what I mean when you start cutting.

Here's the finished card:  

I did spritz some Smooch Spritz over the card when I was done for a bit of sparkle.  

What do YOU think - isn't it much better than a flat wreath?
I'd love to hear your thoughts - be sure to leave me a comment at the bottom of this post.

Now....what's all the great news?

Let's start with this month's Monthly Hostess Winner: 

K'lynn H!  Congrats - you've won $105 in Stampin' Up! product PLUS 2 half priced items!

Don't worry - I'll run this in November too....you'll have your chance (twice!). Stay tuned for those details!!!

Hold on here....let me get my best announcer voice going.....you too....say it with me....

But wait - there's MORE~!

It's Tuesday....and Tuesday's are almost better than Friday's anymore!  Tuesday means lots of new:

New Weekly Deals:

7/8 Scallop Circle Punch
Price$12.95 $9.71
Blossom Petals Xl Punch - by Stampin' Up!
Price$6.79 $5.09
Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Price$2.95 $2.21
Keep This Memory Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Price$19.95 $9.98
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies
Price$26.95 $20.21
Paper Snips
Price$9.95 $7.46
Secret Garden Framelits Dies
Price$24.95 $18.71
Stampin' Pierce Mat
Price$4.95 $3.71

You can purchase these great deals from my online store  Just remember - prices are only valid for one week!

MDS Seasonal Sale - 30% off
Whether you're designing Christmas cards, gifts for friends and family, decorations for your home, or your 2013 photobooks-we've got what you need with 30% off of a variety of downloads.
And, once you've designed your projects, don't forget to place your orders before November 30. You can get 30% off photobooks, swatchbooks, cards, tags, and individual pages.
Need a little inspiration? Join us on MyDigitalStudio.net all month long for ideas. Post your samples to the gallery too! But, hurry, the sale ends November 30.
You can find all of the discounted downloads HERE.

Guess what?  More great things today - new package bundles!!

And....NEW downloads for My Digital Studio!

Calm Christmas Stamp Brush Set -- Digital Download
Fall Memories November Kit -- Digital Download
Fall Memories November Wallpaper -- Digital Download

New Online Class - Envelope Punch Board Class
Create 5 boxes! Not envelopes!  Using the EPB!
October Hostess Code: CLOSED
Learn how to use the code here.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Silhouette Sunday...a Hybrid Project

Hey there folks...welcome back to Silhouette Sunday!  Today I have a fun project that I created - and it was super easy....thanks to My Digital Studio, and my Silhouette.

I started today with an 11x16 piece of canvas board that I found at Wal-Mart.  I used Multipurpose Glue to adhere designer series paper from Season of Style to the board.  Make sure you get your glue clear to the edges so that the paper doesn't lift.  Then I took my sanding block to sand off any paper that extended past the edge.  That really helped clean it all up. 

Next, I imported the Merry & Bright and Snowflake Woodcuts from My Digital Studio into the Silhouette Design Center, adjusted the size and cut them out: The Merry & Bright from Cherry Cobbler CS and the largest snowflake from Champagne Glimmer Paper.  I glued those down where I wanted them.  

Now, all I needed to do was build up the snowflake.  I used Festive Flurry, stamped the largest and smallest snowflakes with Versamark on Cherry Cobbler then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  The middle snowflake is Cherry Cobbler embossing powder on Whisper White.  I stacked all of these on top of the glittery snowflake with Stampin' Dimensions.  I love the results and how the red snowflakes appear to be as one - they just melt together...even in person - it's almost an optical illusion!

What do YOU think of today's project?  I'd love to hear from you - be sure to leave a comment.

And don't forget to get yourself added to my mailing list so that you can get more great tips and tricks!  Sign up here:  

New Online Class - Envelope Punch Board Class
Create 5 boxes! Not envelopes!  Using the EPB!
October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Lidded Gift Boxes from the Envelope Punch Board

Hey there!  Have I mentioned lately that there is a new love in my life???  

No....not Christian Grey.

And no.  Not Jamie Dornan....

It's the Envelope Punch Board.  This thing hasn't left my side in weeks.  I haven't actually made many envelopes with it....boxes are my thing.....

Today's box is a lidded gift box made from Designer Series Paper.

Trying to show you the scale of this in a photo is a little difficult.  But this one will hold 5 Stampin' Up! Ink Pads with ease.  Wouldn't that be great if you've got someone that you want to gift the In Colors to?  I happen to think so.

If you'd like to know how to create this box and 4 others, be sure to attend my online class!  If you aren't subscribed to my mailing list yet, you'll be able to take this class for half off - you'll receive a message once you've completed the sign up process.  The link to join my mailing list is at the upper right corner of my blog.  
New Online Class - Envelope Punch Board Class
Create 5 boxes! Not envelopes!  Using the EPB!
October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Birthday!!!

It's time to CELEBRATE!!!  Stampin' Up!'s 25th Birthday is this week and what a better way to party than offering 25% off these 25 stamps???  
Be sure to head on over to my Online Store and get yours today!

New Online Class - Envelope Punch Board Class
Create 5 boxes! Not envelopes!  Using the EPB!

October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Manic Monday!

Time for another QUICK card!  Good thing, cuz a Manic Monday it was....

....inside says....I'm so lost without you!  Card for my hubby who is spending all of his days and into the nights in the corn and bean fields!  We don't see much of each other these days.....which is sometimes good....sometimes bad!

October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Envelope Punch Board Online Class

Envelope Punch Board Class

Warning: Prepare yourself to be amazed!!

The Envelope Punch Board is an awesome tool for creating envelopes in 66+ sizes.  
BUT it's even better than that!  You can create several other projects that aren't envelopes at all....
I'm here to show you in this online class!
You'll learn to create 5 boxes in various sizes, great for gift giving - two have lids that coordinate!  Plus, there's a box perfectly sized for gifting your handmade cards!

Follow along, watch in your pj's, stop, rewind....it's yours to watch over and over!

Once you create one of these boxes, you won't be able to stop!  And why would you want to?  Your friends and family will be very impressed at your gift giving style!

Plus, you're going to be ecstatic that you invested in the Envelope Punch Board....or is it a Box Board???

The class features a video - about an hour long - demonstrating how easy these boxes are assembled.  Plus, I'll include a print out that has the dimensions for each box so you can keep for future reference.  

Take this class today!

Envelope Punch Board Class - 12.95 USD

October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Gift Bags can be fun for boys too!

Hey there friends!  I've got a simple gift bag to share with you today....
My son Will has a birthday party to attend tonight, so I needed a quick gift bag for the present.  I have a TON of plain gift bags on hand for this reason - all were purchased inexpensively in bulk.  All they need is some decoration and they are better than those store bought varieties.

I created this one using the retired Blue Ribbon stamp set.  It seriously took me about 20 minutes to create - which I didn't think was bad.  It makes me think I should create a bunch in this style to have on hand for future occasions!!!  This is about the 4th birthday party Will has gone to this year, and it would be better to have them on hand as opposed to making one at the last minute!  (Yes - I'm a procraftinator!) I'm sure I could make a bunch a lot faster if I were to mass produce - and it'd be easy to switch out the colors....(I used school colors for this one)

This gives you a better idea of scale in this picture.  The bag is 10x10" - it would also be great to cover in DSP!  

Don't forget to take your stamps and ink to other things - they aren't just for cards or scrapbooks....

Another Announcement!!!!

Watch my Website on TUESDAY 
- it's going to be TERRIFIC TUESDAY!!!

25% off of 25 stamps!!!!  

This is in conjunction with Stampin' Up's 25th Anniversary - the actual date is October 25th!!!  

I can't wait to see what those stamps will be!

October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Snowflake are Falling!!!

Well....it's cold enough here to snow today!  But it won't (I hope!) - so, let's just call these new snowflakes good enough ok!!!  

Newly released Photopolymer Stamps:

Head on over to my online store to get yours today - and don't forget to use the hostess code so that you can be my next winner!

October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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Great news - Shopping just got BETTER!

I'll be back  later with a Technical Tuesday post - but for now....read up on some great news from Stampin' Up!  Your shopping experience just became easier!!!


October 14, 2013Good news! On October 15 at 10:00 AM (MT) we'll be enhancing our ordering features for our online customers. Here are the new benefits:
  • All orders will now go through a demonstrator. You're important to us, so we want all of the work we're doing to spread the word about Stampin' Up! to bring rewards for you. (If your customer has already selected you as her demonstrator, she won't have to repeat the process.)
  • No more preferred pricing. Having two prices for each item confused customers, so we've simplified the process.
  • Guest checkout. Customers who do not want to commit to creating an account will no longer be deterred from ordering. They can now check out as a guest. These customers are still required to select a demonstrator and they can select whether to pass on their contact information to you.
  • New features for our shopping bag. Customers can now easily save bag contents. Also, when adding items to your bag, you can choose to go directly to the bag or continue shopping. We've also included a progress bar to guide customers through the ordering process.
  • Enjoy more images. You asked for it--you got it. Additional product images are bigger and easier to view.
  • Enhanced sorting. Now you can sort merchandise based on newest or oldest--a real plus when you want to see the latest MDS downloads.

  • Sale prices are clearly marked. Items on sale are clearly marked without having to add them to your bag (as shown below). You can also sort products by the sales price (instead of according to the original price).

  • Hostess code issues will prompt action. For instance, customers will be prompted if they enter a new hostess code after returning to a saved shopping bag that already had a hostess code present.

And here's what customers will see if they enter a hostess code that is no longer valid.

  • Contact preferences. Customers will be able to state whether they want to be contacted (by us or by a demonstrator) or not. (See the check box at the bottom of the screenshot below.)

And don't forget - The weekly specials for today are up - because the enhancement hasn't gone into effect yet - you aren't seeing the discounted price here!  

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Basic Pearls Jewel Accents
Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies
In Color Dahlias
Sophisticated Spooks Ensemble -- Digital Download
Sweet Treat Cups

October Hostess Code: 4CA6KX9D
Learn how to use the code here.

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