Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Owl Punch Art / What a 'Hoot"!

The "Rain" has returned to the Pacific Northwest.  The sun is still trying to pop out but fall, with its variety of weather, is letting us know the new and beautiful season has arrived.  I will miss the many days with the sun, but look forward to this fall season with so many fun days to enjoy and celebrate.  It is harvest time and the preparation of the upcoming holidays are giving us new journeys and adventures to experience.

I am busy getting ready for two Holiday Fairs (I'll share more info on them soon), new classes and a fun trip with my three children and their families.  We are all going to Disneyland!  My grandchildren do not know my husband and I are going on this trip with them.  They have asked us to go in the past and have been patient waiting for this event.  I have not been back home to California for 12 years and since Friday, October 19th is our wedding anniversary, it is going to be fun visiting our old roots. 

I want to share three cards we made at a workshop this past week, using the owl punch.  My girlfriend has had fun with my Punch Art Class and wanted to share the experince with her other friends.  The workshop was a "Hoot" to say the least!  I love hearing the laughter and stories from the group.  What a blessing to teach others in discovering the art of making cards.  Hearing "I did it!", "oops!",  "Wow this is so cute!" and watching the smiles on their faces make the time fun and special.

If you would like to learn fun and clever uses for a variety of punches, please join one of my Punch Art Classes.  Currently they are scheduled on the the fourth Monday of the month.  Please check the Stamp Class Schedule page for more information.

I hope you have a great week and restful, fun weekend.  Thanks for stopping by to view this blog.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

An Early Christmas Gift for You!!

You can be an Elf and Surprise your Favorite People with an Early gift! 

With this purchase you can make many people happy with a Creative, Loving Gift for Christmas.  Yes, you can make cards and do some scrapbooking with this stamp set and designer paper for a rich and delightful holiday treat.  But the creative options don't stop there! You could also make  ornaments for your Christmas Tree:

These ornaments can also be a part of Special Gift Wrapping.  It can be a part of a Wreath, a Banner, or a Table Centerpiece, just to name a few ideas.  Oh Imagine the Possibilities

Last week was our first special stamp class making these ornaments.  I get so excited seeing the results and smiles on the faces of the stampers after making the ornaments.  They really are beautiful and make a great handcrafted gift.  I have had several requests for another workshop to make these ornaments, so I am planning another day for this popular class.  Want to be part of the fun?  Look under Stamp Class Schedule for the date and time and RSVP to save your spot.

Please note:  If you plan to make more on your own after the class, you will want to take advantage of this great buy during the month of October to buy the stamp sets and Framelits to your Big Shot.

You can place your order online by clicking here or order at the workshop. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's Fall?!!!

Fall is all around us, but it is still on the warm side, with no rain in the Pacific Northwest.  Wow, this is a real treat for us!  70 degrees is not the normal temperature this time of year, but no one is complaining.  My husband and I have been hiking, riding our bikes, and enjoying the sunny days.

I did get some time to make some new cards.  I hope you enjoy viewing them.  We will be making these cards in classes this month.

Contact me if you'd like to join in on the fun for any of my Stamp Classes

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Seasonal Helper.....Single Stamps!

Do you ever love just one or two stamps in a stamp set and not the whole kit and kaboodle?  Well, Stampin' Up has a special offer for three of our popular stamp sets!  The stamps are still available for purchase as a whole set, but now until January 2, 2013 you can pick and choose which one (or two or three or more!) you'd like to purchase.

This is a great opportunity for you to buy stamps as Christmas gifts and for yourself in preparing for the upcoming season.  This is a limited offer, so add these stamps to your shopping list.

Here are links to view the three stamp sets available in this offer:


Please note:
  • These won't be sent to you in our typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy our Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (item 119105).
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only.
  • The stamps won't come with a Clear-Mount Block, and you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one. The recommended block sizes can be found on the flyers.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy.
  • Contact me at more information.
  • Click here to order online.

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Hello-ween Bat Greeting Card

    I love getting creative with my cards and fall and Halloween are great inspirations.

    I used Stampin' Up punches, die cuts, and the Big Shot with an embossing folder to make this cute little bat, but I had to get crafty making my own template for his wings.  I used a circle punch to make the notches on the wings and the spider web embossing folder to give them texture.  All the Stampin' Up materials used for this card are listed below and are available for purchase online.

    Materials Needed

    Stamp Set:  Lacy & Lovely

    Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White and Glimmer Paper (for the moon)

    Ink:  Elegant Eggplant

    Accessories:  Embossing Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Embossing Spider Web Folder, Bigz 3 1/2 Circle Originals, 2 1/2" circle punch for the head, 1/2" circle punch for the nose, small oval punch for the mouth and bottom of the wings, Petite Pennants Builder punch, Owl Builder punch for the whites of the eyes and black eyes, Elegant Eggplant Scallop Dots Ribbon, Heat & Stick powder, Dazzling Diamond Glitter, Heat Tool, uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen, Adhesive, Stampin Dimensionals, Bone Folder and Paper Snips   . 

    Special Notes:  You will need the Big Shot Machine for the Embossing folders and the Bigz Circle Originals.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    My Regionals Card Swap

    This past weekend I went to the Regionals meeting for Stampin' Up demonstrators in the Pacific Northwest/Tacoma, WA area.  It's been a few years since we had a Regional in our area, so I was really excited to go to be able to meet other demonstrators, watch presentations, learn new business and stamping information, swap card samples, view lots and lots of display boards of creations by demonstrators from all over the country, and see some friends I made at the 2012 Convention this last summer.

    Sounds like lots of fun and incredibly inspiring, right?  You are welcomed to join in on the fun if you would like to be a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, too.  Click here for more information.  I'd love to have you join my team!

    Here is one of the card samples I designed to share for the card swap.  I've included directions on how to make it so you can, too!

    a different color approach to a traditional fall card
    Cut the Elegant Eggplant card stock 5 1/2"x4 1/4".  Using the Simply Scored, score this in half (at the 4 1/4 mark).  Cut the Whisper White card stock 3 3/4" x 5" and sponge, using the  Elegant Eggplant, Red Rose and Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pads.  Stamp the leaf in Basic Gray.  Wrap the ribbon around the sponged piece and adhere it to the bottom of the Elegant Eggplant card.  Next  emboss the center image with Versa Mark, sprinkle with Pewter embossing powder, and heat this with the New Heat Tool ( I love this new quiet tool).  Using the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, punch out the image, sponge it with the Elegant Eggplant ink, apply three Stampin Dimensionals on the back of the image and place it in the center of the sponged card stock.  Next, stamp on Whisper White card stock the greeting/sentiment in Basic Gray and using the Decorative Label Punch, punch then sponge the piece and apply two  Dimensionals on the back, adhere it on to the ribbon.  For the last step, I placed a Rhinestone Jewel in the middle of the image.  All done!

    Materials Needed
    Stamps:  Quint-Essential Flower and Day of Gratitude
    Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
    Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Red Rose, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad, Versa Mark
    Accessories:  3/8" Taffeta Ribbon,  Stamping Sponges,  and Pewter Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    Tools:  Heat Tool, /Scallop Circle punch, and Decorative Label punch, Snail Adhesive, Bone Folder

    If you would like to purchase any of these materials, you can order them through me online by clicking here.

    I hope you enjoy making this card and then pass it on to give a cheer to someone you know.
    Later this week I have a fun card to show you for Halloween., so make sure you stop by again.
    Until then, Happy Stamping.