Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals

Here's the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals ... you have until next Monday night, February 23rd to order these items with the sale price!! =)
See them all here>>>




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Building a Building

This is my daughter's Valentine's Day box this year. I think we may have overdone it a little this year. Just a little though. Once I get an idea and I have her approval, we give it 110%!

I literally found a big long box on the side of the road, and stopped to pick it up knowing it would be PERFECT!
To create the Empire State building, I cut about a foot off the top of the box to reduce the height and have extra cardboard to use for added layers. Here is how I cut and scored a piece to add on one side...

We did use a picture of the building as inspiration, and opted to make our version similar, but not exact...but if I'd had another box for the base part of the building, we would have added it too.

Natalie was right there helping through the entire process, and she took my picture too. =)

Here the bottom part is completed.
Then with the center section scored and folded inward I taped panels behind it down the middle until it was filled in.

The top was scored and folded down toward the middle of the box, then we pieced together and inserted a rectangle into the hole on top. Then two little rectangles on top of it to give strength and allow a place to add the next series of layers for the top.

After the box was all taped together, I used the hot glue gun to reinforce the top piece we inserted and to glue the stack of cardboard on top with a vitamin bottle. lol

It's not pictured, but I cut a large slot in the back so kids can put her valentines in there. The whole thing was spray painted gray...and the tip of the buiding is a pencil (also added using hot glue)!

We waited about an hour after the base coat was painted and Natalie did all the windows herself using a stencil I made for her.

The finishing touches include a gorilla stuffed toy, Polly Pocket, and two paper hearts we cut using one of my Stampin' Up! Punches. I would estimate the whole thing took about 3 hours to make. And I only spent $3.99 on a can of spray paint, we had all the other supplies on hand.

Here's a photo of Natalie at school with her box the next day. She is very proud of her box this year. I don't know how we'll manage to do better in 2016!

Hope you have an awesome Valentine's Day!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Stamp Clubs are FUN!

Once a month I pack up my crafting gear and head over to Wylie, Texas. I have a group of six awesome ladies that take turns as hostess and we make cards and other paper things for a few hours. Because one of them "hosts" for the month, they also reap the rewards of the resulting Stampin' Up! orders that month!

This particular group LOVES to do swaps. Everyone doesn't always play along, but most of them do, and their creations are always great! Even though Christmas is over I wanted to share pictures of their cards from the last get-together.

Aren't they fantastic? Love these talented ladies!!!

If you want to know more about being in a club, contact me. I would be happy to add another club to my schedule. I have also entertained the idea of doing a virtual club. =) The party scene is similar, I can bring the crafting to your house for one fun filled evening (or afternoon) and if your friends decide to buy stamps and such, YOU get free stuff! Yeah baby!!

Also, now that Sale-A-Bration has begun, for every $50 you spend you get something FREE. And you don't have to be the hostess! ;)

Keep stampin'


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Catalog Kickoff

It is such a joy to be a part of Stampin' Up! They have been making a few changes lately and I'm excited to learn what's next on the agenda. One thing that's new is the catalog kickoff event we just had. Earlier this year they did a big "premiere" at theaters all over the US as well as most of the other countries where we have Demonstrators. It was great fun with prize patrols and a free stamp set for everyone. When they announced that we were having a "kickoff" for the upcoming Occasions Catalog, of course I was going!!

The kickoff was just last week...we were treated to a sneak peek of many of the pretty new things inside the Occasions Catalog as well as the upcoming Sale-a-Bration Catalog. We laughed and were entertained by some of our favorite SU! representatives as they showed us things they had created using the new stamps, project kits, embossing folders, framelits, mini boxes...oh there is so much wonderfulness to behold! I am buying EVERYTHING on page 19!! lol Just wait until you see the GORGEOUS paper that is hand painted art! I can't show you the actual pages of the catalog, but I can share completed projects...

Sara got things the paper flower bouquet on the catalog cover!! It's a kit! =)
Cute cards made with SAB reward items!

This one is a "two-step" set giving you these flowers in a beautiful watercolor look
These are also from SAB
This one showcases the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP which is white paper sporting a glossy pattern that you can brayer or sponge over, like emboss resist. It comes in 6 different designs.
Balloon Bash stamp set with Birthday Bash DSP

Cute Mini Treat Bag made with a new Thinlit Die!!!
Adventure Awaits stamp set...this one has BIG images! Perfect for stamping on photo overlays, stamping directly on scrapbook pages, or making framed art.
Something Borrowed Embellishments can really dress up a project.
Big Day SAB stamp set paired with our new Chalkboard Paper!
Sheltering Tree stamp set, another two-step GORGEOUS!!

So get ready to start your wish list and watch my website for the Occasions Catalog to go live on January 6th. If you're on my mailing list, copies are going to hit the mail next week. To make sure you are on my list visit my website, click "contact me" on the little orange banner and select "request a catalog" under interest. Make sure you provide an address and I'll update my database. If you are getting my newsletter via email, reply and let me know if your address has changed and you'd like a catalog. I still have copies of the 2014-2015 book as well!

Sale-a-Bration is our biggest promotion of the year, and it's right around the corner. For every $50 spent, you will earn something FREE! I am finally ready to put in my pre-order (one of my many perks as a Demo) and get SAB rewards for the Occasions Catalog purchases I'm making! WOOOHOOOO I can't wait to get my goodies!!

Catalog Dates:

Occasions Catalog  1/6/2015 - 6/2/2015
Sale-a-Bration Promotion  1/6/2015 - 3/31/2015

To assist you with making a list and checking it twice, here is a handy dandy wish list. Sometimes it helps to prioritize too! ;)
Wish List


Visit my website, there are all sorts of things on sale up to 80% off!!

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