Sunday, August 23, 2009

Build a Bear Card Kits for Craft Fair

Coming up in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini (active 9/1/09 - 1/4/10), there are LOTS of great new stamps being released. One of my new favs are these adorable Build a Bear stamps. There are also a bunch of Build a Bear bigz dies!

Here are 2 kits that I will be offering at an upcoming Craft fair. They will include envelopes and crayons so the kids can color as they choose and send off. Aren't they the cutest!


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sock Monkey Stationery Set

Here's a peek at a stationery set that I made after demonstrating how to cut and score the box and top at my class on Saturday. We were using the Oval All stamp set at class and one of the attendees (Arlene) noted that it would be cute done with Sock Monkey, which I just got 'cause Tyler REALLY wanted it.
The matchbox holds all of Sock Monkey's accessories. All the receipent has to do is color the mokey and choose the accessory and then add it to the card to customize for the occasion! Cool, huh? ETA: Here's a link to Jackie Topa's excellet tutorial that I used as a starting point.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

U Rock birthday card and wish

I can't believe my oldest is almost a teen-ager! Only 1 more year:( Happy Birthday Bubby! I made him a card using the new extreme guitar image from Stampin' Up. The brick wall background is made using a stamp my friend Linda gave to me. She made this faux brick using left over rubber from her SU stamps! Cool, huh? As I posted the card, I realized that the brick probably would have looked nicer if I had stamped with a couple of shades of brown and red onto creamy caramel. That way the "grout" would have been darker. I also used my spritzer tool to give the brick some texture. We took the boys out to Applebees's last night as I have to work tonight. Cullen wanted to go there 'cuz he knew all the girls would sing to him:) If you see my boy on some sports field near you wish him a happy 12th!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Happy Birthday to Linda!

It was my friend Linda's birthday over the weekend. Her daughter arranged a nice brunch for some stamping ladies and we all brought some of our "well loved" stamps to garage sale to others. This is the little gift that I made for Linda. I purchased the note cube at Michael's. The clip was loose, so after I covered the wooden block with pretty paper, I put in a dab of crystal effects and then re-set the giant paper clip.

Thanks for a nice day Renee and Happy Birthday Linda!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

S'more Beer Thank you...

LOL, this is a card I made for a co-worker who asked for a card that she could send to some friends that hosted her at their camp last weekend. I'd been wanting to try the S'more texture that I saw here. I used my Stampin Up! Small dots texture plate and then scored with my scorepal to make the "crackers". Can you see them? Since they did quiet a bit of drinking at camp, I also thought it would be cute to have the bear holding a big frosty mug! Quick and simple, but cute and to the point!
SU Sets: Under the Stars and Cheers to you


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Simple Birthday Wishes - Cupcake stamp from Stampin' Up!

In my post yesterday I mentioned that I'd be sharing a tip with you today on how to mount your simple birthday wishes stamp. This is a large background sized stamp that is designed for quick and easy birhtday kids thank you notes - and adapts to lots other uses! It's the "ice cream" in the card a post down and was the stamp I featured in a card front swap I did a while back. The frosting on my swap card was done using the shaving cream technique - how fun! I made a stencil out of acetate so the sharving cream would stay only on the frosting.
Anyway, when I got this stamp, I knew I wouldn't always want the words appearing on the "wrapper" part of my stamped image. I like to paper piece alot and this wrapper just begs to be pieced. Knowing it woudn't see too much love if I had to use the marker to ink around the wrapper, I decided on a specialty mount. Before I took the protective paper off the sticky foam, I used my kraft knife to carefully cut around the inside of the wrapper to remove the words. Then I put this piece aside and peeled off the backing from ONLY the cupcake piece to mount on the wood block. By leaving the protective paper on the sticky foam, you can easily put it in or take it out to stamp! Cool huh?


Saturday, August 1, 2009

Summer Cookout Kit 40% off and other August specials

This was just posted on my Stampin' Up! Demo website:

We are excited to announce that beginning today, August 1, the Country Living Summer Cookout Kit is being offered at a 40 percent discount--making it just $14.95! And with plenty of summer left to celebrate, it's a great time to take advantage of this huge discount. The Summer Cookout Refill is also still available at its regular price of $9.95. This special offer only goes through August 31, or while supplies last, so contact your customers today--and make summer an occasion to celebrate! Click the picture below for details

$14.95 is a great deal - especially when you factor in that cute stamp set you get! Let me know if you want me to add it on to an order this month:)

Other August Specials:
Spend $35 on stamp sets from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (pages 74-90) and receive a FREE package of Designer buttons--a $7.95 value! Eligible buttons are Playground Designer buttons, Sherbet Designer buttons or Button Latte Designer buttons!

Purchase the brand-new D├ęcor Elements Growth Chart, only available August 1-September 30, and as an added bonus, receive a free applicator tool with your purchase (a $1.95 value).


Ice Cream anyone?

It's Fat Free! How cute is this ice cream cone? I must tell you that this is not my original idea - it's so hard to have an original idea with so many great resources out there, lol! This one came to me via an email update from Gretchen Barron. You can see her version here. Can you see the texture on the "cone". I wish the picture was better - I used my new stampin up texture plate - called pattern 2 to make it look just like a cone! The ice cream on the top of the cone is made by cutting off the "frosting" from the huge cupcake background stamp called simple birthday thanks. I have a tip for mounting that stamp too that I will share tomorrow.

Have a great day.... I think I might take the boys for ice cream tonight!