Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sunday Technique: Faux Linen

Here is this weeks technique. Sorry it's later in the day but I've been busy getting ready for CONVENTION!!!!
The pictures don't really do it justice but I will explain the steps to you, it's easy and adds a new look to your cards.  Think linen pants meet stamping. 

Faux Linen
1. Using white glossy cardstock take your sanding block and lightly sand off the "finish" both vertically and horizontally.  You should be able to see your sanded lines with gloss in between.
2. Using a stampin' sponge pick up a lighter color of ink and dab all over the white cardstock.  
3. Sand lightly again.
4. Stamp your main images in the colors of your choice and let dry for a few minutes.   
5. Complete your card.  

On this card I used:
Autumn Days Stamp Set $23.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set $36.95 (but I got it for FREE, Thanks SU!, I love it!)
So Saffron Ink (background color)
Crushed Curry Ink and Crushed Curry Polka Dot Ribbon (turned over so the dots didn't show)
Dusty Durango Ink and Card Stock
Soft Suede Ink and Card Stock
White Glossy Card Stock
Silver Brads
Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper
See I told you it was an easy technique!  
Happy Stamping.   

Friday, July 24, 2009

Become a Demonstrator for only $85


While anytime is a great time to join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator, joining during July and August is especially sweet!

Starting your own Stampin' Up! business means free and discounted products, plus a little extra cash--and who couldn't use that? Plus, from July 15 - August 31, you can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for only $85!

The special, limited-time Mini Starter Kit contains many of the items you need to get started in your new business, including

For All You Do stamp set

In Color Classic Stampin' Pads (6)

Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")

In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")

Business forms and tools

Or if you want to buy the standard $199 Starter Kit, in addition to the supplies listed below, you'll get all six of the new In Color Classic Stampin' Pads and one pack of In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")--a $43 value! The standard Starter Kit includes

Five stamp sets

A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge

Stampin' Pastels

Card stock

Eastern Blooms Décor Elements and applicator tool

Five Classic Stampin' Pads

VersaMark Pad

Stampin' Scrub and Mist

Blender pens


Business forms and tools

These special offers--the Mini Starter Kit and the In Color add-on to the standard Starter Kit--are only available for a limited time, so you must act fast!
Benefits of Becoming a Demonstrator
hether you just love to stamp, or you want to grow a successful, thriving business, the Stampin' Up! opportunity is the right fit for you. Stampin' Up! demonstrators enjoy many benefits, with just a few listed below:

Product discount. Demonstrators get a 20 percent discount on all Stampin' Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. It's a great way to support your love of stamping and paper crafting.

Extra income. You'll earn extra income based on your sales and recruiting--how much extra income is up to you. Maybe you just want enough income to pay the electric bill every month, or maybe your goal is bigger--the monthly payment for your new car--it's your decision! See the Compensation Table for more information.

Flexible schedule. This is your business, so you can put in as much (or as little) time as you'd like.

Support from Stampin' Up! We love our demonstrators and it shows through our demonstrator support materials, including a monthly magazine, workshop ideas, and audio and video trainings on all kinds of topics available on our Demonstrator Web Site.

So what are you waiting for? Contact me TODAY to join.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Look What I Got Today

So I went out to my mail box and this is what was in it! 
Two of the Monthly Best of the Best Swap Cards.  This month's theme is Movin' and Grovin', all the cards had to have some type of movement to them.  

Plus, I did some shopping today.  I needed new sandals for convention, comfy ones, because my favorites bit the dust last week.  Look what I found though!!!!  A PINK suitcase!  I have a love for luggage, it's a real problem for me, and my husband thinks I'm crazy.  I saw this and it called my name (I really have been looking for a pink suitcase for years). Zoë approved so I snatched it up!  I did find the sandals I was looking for too!
Here's a pic of Zoë for good measure!  15 months old and already a great shopper, a little to young to stamp yet though. 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Deal of the Week 7/20

The Deal of the week is....Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardwear, 30% the retail price.  Get your now for under $19.00.  This is a great deal and a great accessory, think wedding, Christmas, really anything that you might use vanilla with.  Comes packaged in a cute tin and has a ton of pieces, I think over 100, plus another 100 brads, or maybe 200 brads, either way it's a ton!  :)  Let me know if you NEED me to order you a set or order online at but you have to take advantage of this deal before 11:00am on 7/27.

Thanks for stopping by!

Just wanted to thank everyone that stopped by the All Your Favorites Open House tonight!  It was great getting to meet some new faces and touch base with familiar faces.  I think that we are going to do it again the the fall during deer season.  So just file that thought in the back of your mind...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

All Your Favorites Open House

You're invited to come & see 

All Your Favorites 

One Location ~ One Night 

- Creative Memories - Mary Kay - Miche Bag - Pampered Chef - 

- Party Lite - Premiere Design - Scentsy - Silpada - Stampin Up - 

- Tastefully Simple -Tupperware - Uppercase Living -

Open House: July 20 - 6-9pm 

Hager Park - Vander Laan Room 

Corner of Bauer Rd & 28th Ave ~ Jenison 


Grab a girlfriend, mom or sister & come see what's new with all your old favorites. 

You might even find something new to love! 


Consultants will be available to show you new products, book parties, answer questions & place orders 

*** Save 10% on your Stampin' Up! order in person if you 1. Attend the Open House and 2. Mention that you checked out my blog!  

Sunday Technique: Thumping

Check back every Sunday (I hope) for a new technique.  This week's technique is "Thumping" while it is not a new technique it is one that I forgot about and rediscovered.  Super easy to do and you'll get great results!  
This 6x6 page was made for a convention technique swap but here are the instructions in case you can't read the fine print, don't worry if you can't its really really small!


1. Ink stamp with an ink pad.

2. Take a darker colored marker and start tapping or "thumping" on the image to add darker spots.Tap with the side of the marker to protect the tip of the marker from damage.

3. Continue to "thump" the marker on the image until you added enough spots to create a marbled look.

4. Huff (breathe heavily) on the stamp to re-moisten the inked image. Now stamp on the cardstock.

I inked up my stamp in Pretty In Pink, then used the Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write markers to "thump".  

Stamp Set: Razzle Dazzle

Ink: Pretty In Pink

Paper: Melon Mambo Card Stock, Rich Razzleberry Card Stock, Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper

Accessories: InColor Stampin' Write Markers, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch.  

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tall Tales DVD Scrapbook Tin

Check out this cute DVD Tin Scrapbook! This is of course, one of my convention swaps that I have been working on feverishly this past week.  
Here are the details:
Tall Tales Designer Series Paper
Melon Mambo Card Stock
Crushed Curry Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon
Pewter Jumbo Eyelets
Top Note Sizzix Big Shot Die (SU! exclusive) 
Build A Flower Sizzix Big Shot Die
Hodgepodge Hardware Styled Silver Genuine Brad
Eyelet Border Punch
Clear Translucent Envelopes

Roving Classes ** Something NEW!

Ok, I am so tired of the old school SU! workshop.  Don't get me wrong if that is the "style" you would like for your workshop I will gladly do it, but I am ready for a CHANGE!  
Each month I will focus on a new project.  Think SU! class in your home (if you don't have the room in your home we can hold the class at my home).  Instead you you having to come over to my house for a class, I will come to you!  All you have to do is provide the space, maybe a snack and drink, if you want to or not.  
The classes will take about 1 1/2 hours, we will start on time and finger cross end on time!  
Questions that you might have:
What do I need to have for the class?  Nothing else besides space I will bring all supplies.  
Will it cost me to hold a roving class?  Nope!!!  For now I will be providing these classes for free to my customers and hostesses.  
How many people do I have to have at my class?  The more the merrier!  Ideally at least 3 people and lets say not more than 12, unless you have a really big room!  :) Everyone will need amble space and a seat, so you decide how many you can fit. 
Can I still order from the catalog at a class?  OF COURSE and the best part is if its at your house (or your the hostess) you will get all the hostess benefits just like an old-school workshop.  
When will I know what the project will be?  You will know when you "book" your class.  If there is a special theme let me know and we can see what I can do.  
Contact me to pick YOUR date and time!  :)
Happy Stamping!

Manhattan Vinyl Bags

Check out these (I think) super cute vinyl bags that I made for the altered item swap at SU! convention.  I made these using all SU! items except for the clear vinyl (the tablecloth kind) that I purchased from "the outlet".  
Want to learn how to make them?  Great!  I can teach you how right in your own home with some of your friends.  This will be the project of the month for my roving classes.  I have a few more slots open from Aug 15-30.  Contact me for more details!  

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Are you lookin' for the Brand New Idea Book?

Stampin' Up! has a new Idea Book and Catalog!!!!  It's here, well it has been for a couple of weeks but hey, it's still new!  
There is a couple of different ways you can get your hands on a copy.  
1. Contact me and for $5 I will send you a catalog.  
2. Download the catalog and shop from it at
3. Attend my Open House on 7/20 from 6-9pm at Hager Park in Jenison, MI

Deck The Halls Christmas Swap

I am so so busy getting ready for convention but thought I would take a moment to show off one of my convention swaps.  This super cute Dasher is brand spankin new and hot off the press.  This card is so easy to make and you could easily whip out 50 of them for Christmas cards in no time.  
Here are the details:
Dasher Stamp 
Christmas Punch Hostess Stamp Set
Wide Oval Punch
Ticket Corner Punch
Fine Supernova Glitter Chocolate
Old Olive 5/8 Ribbon 
Merry Moments 12x12 paper 
Chocolate Chip Card Stock 
Real Red Card Stock
Old Olive Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock

Monday, July 6, 2009

Best of the Best June Swap

Every month I hold a "Best of the Best" card swap with other demonstrators from around the country.  Each month has a set theme, June's them was Bring in the New.  New SU! items that is!  As a demonstrator you get to see all the new products a month ahead and are able to pre-order certain products before everyone else!  These cards showcase the new stamp set or the new 2010 InColor colors.  Enjoy!