Icecream Photo Box

February 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Events, Projects, Scrapbooking, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 2 Comments

**Today is the last day to sign up for my Photo Explosion Box Class!**

So, I finally found a few minutes to take some photos of my Rockabilly Photo Explosion Box with the photos I added to it. As I mentioned before, I had decided to go with an icecream theme: more specifically, photos taken at our favorite icecream parlor: Leatherby’s Family Creamery.

If you thought my box was cute before, just look at it now! Priceless! Yes, once you add your personal photos to a project, the completed item means so much more.

I made all the photos (which span over the last 4 1/2 years) black and white to help the project visually flow and so there wouldn’t be any clashing with colors. Also, B&W really goes well with the colors of the box.

icecream box with photos 1 by you.

 You’ll notice that some of the sections don’t have a photo.  I added accents simply by punching out leftover scraps from the project with the scallop circle and other circle punches.  (When I hold the class, I’ll have my punches available so the class participants can do the same, if they like.)  I’ll probably add journaling to those sections later.

I haven’t added photos to my Parisian Breeze box yet. I took my family out to a nice park last week and we got a ton of photos. I’ve almost finished narrowing them down. That box will be a little different from this one. 1) I’ll be using color photos. 2) There won’t be any panels left blank (I may even put a photo on the center square). When I finish it, I’ll take pics to show you.


Video Tutorial: Holiday Ornament

November 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Projects, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | Leave a comment

My favorite stamper (and Stampin’ Up’s CEO), Shelli Gardner, made a great video tutorial that is on my Demontrator Website.  Click the photo below to link to the page on my site where you can watch the video.

Everything Shelli used (including the adhesive, and all the embellishments!) is included in the Country Living Holiday Kit!  You can order it online for yourself (or a really nice gift for a friend!).  Just click the “Shop Now” button at the top of the page where you watch the video.

Country Living Holiday Collection Stamping Kit

November 5, 2008 at 11:17 am | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, New Products, Projects, Specials, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | Leave a comment

That’s a mouthful.  But check out this cool kit!

Invite the warmth and coziness of the holidays into your home with Stampin’ Up!’s® Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin’ Kit. This kit has everything you need to create beautiful handcrafted ornaments.

The kit includes:

• Holiday Collection six-piece stamp set
• Die-cut chipboard/Designer Series paper
• Whisper White card stock
• Ribbon and cord
• Pretties Kit brads
• Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter®
• Classic and Craft Stampin’ Spots®
• Adhesives

Click here to download a flyer detailing the kit contents.

Click here to order online!  (Be sure to select me as your demonstrator to receive the $49.95 price.)

Here are additional projects you can make using only products from the kit!  I will email the instructions for these projects to anyone who orders the kit.


Convention Displays

August 31, 2008 at 4:24 pm | Posted in Accessories- Big Shot, Accessories- Designer Series Papers, Convention 2008, Decor Elements, New Products, Projects, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | Leave a comment

As promised, here are some of the displays that were around convention this year.

The first diplay I wanted to see was the Decor Elements one.  Stampin’ Up! staff was there to teach us how to apply the vinyl decorations to walls.  They even let everyone try it out.  I was surprised at how easy it is to put the Decor Elements up.

And these are samples of Phase 2, the next set of vinyl artwork Stampin’ Up! is releasing.  These will be available to purchase on Oct 1st.  The boards they are displayed on are 7′-8′ feet tall.  It was nice to see them IRL, because I hadn’t realized how big some of them actually were.

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Next, I headed over to the Big Shot display.


Here are some of the samples of things you can make with the Big Shot.

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The patches on these baby clothes were cut out with the Big Shot!

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I love these next displays!  Stampin’ Up! set up four “rooms” and throughout the week, Stampin’ Up! staff decorated them.  I took these photos on the last day, when they were all completed.  They are decorated with Decor Elements, Big Shot images, and of course, stamps!

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Other displays:


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Christmas Ornament

December 6, 2007 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Projects, Stamp Set- Baroque Motifs, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Home Decor, Techniques | 2 Comments

Merry Christmas!!

I love this time of year.  I especially love the decorations. 

My husband, Tom, participated in an Ornament Exchange today at work.  So, I had the opportunity to make one!  Lucky me!  It was so fun to make & I think it turned out beautifully.  Now I want one for myself.  🙂 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s chipboard and last year’s (retired) designer Christmas papers.  I also used the Baroque Motifs stamp set & gold heat embossing.


Then I made a simple box with a belly band to give it in.  From what my husband said, the recipient may have been more impressed with the box than the ornament!  🙂


Thanksgiving Table Decorations

November 9, 2007 at 10:42 am | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Autumn Fest, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 1 Comment

I’ve been working on things to decorate my table on Thanksgiving day.  We’ll be hosting the dinner for my husband’s family.

Here’s what I’ve come up with…


I’m making napkin rings with both the olive-colored leaf shown here and the red leaf on the photo frame.  They will be placed at alternating seats at the table.

The stamped wine glass charms will each be a little different.  Not only are they pretty, but people will know which glass is theirs if they set it down somewhere.  I’ll be using different leafs in a variety of colors.

If you’d like to make these decorations to impress your guests this Thanksgiving, I’m having a class next Tuesday, Nov 13th at 6:30pm.  Check out my Events page for details.  Let me know soon if you’d like to attend.

Scarves, Coasters & Notepads

November 2, 2007 at 9:37 am | Posted in Events, Project- Silk Scarves, Project- Tile Coasters, Projects, Stamp Set- Bold Butterfly, Stamp Set- Both Way Blossoms, Stamp Set- French Script, Stamp Set- Lovely As A Tree, Stamp Set- Perfect Presentation, Stamp Set- Roses in Winter, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 1 Comment

I’ve finally uploaded the photos of some great Christmas presents that you can create yourself!

I’ll be holding a Great Gifts Stamp Camp on Saturday November 10th where you can make all of these.  RSVP & pre-pay by Wednesday Nov 7th.  Check out my Events page for more details.


November 07 Paper Party Promotion

November 1, 2007 at 10:05 am | Posted in Accessories- Chipboard, Projects, Specials, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Altered Clipboard, Technique- Home Decor | Leave a comment

Stock up for all your upcoming projects with Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive double-sided Designer Series paper.  We’ve got so many pretty patterned papers to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect patterns to help you show off your unique crafting style. And the best part is, you’ll get a FREE pack of Designer Series paper ($9.95 value) for every three packs you buy—no limits, no restrictions!

See pages 170–173 of our Fall-Winter Collection 2007 or our Holiday Mini Collection to see all our Designer Series paper. Or click here to download a pdf with swatches all 35 paper packs- that’s 420 patterns!


Click here to download instructions for all five of these projects!

Contact me today to place your orders!

RSVP for Halloween Class by THIS Saturday 9/15

September 12, 2007 at 8:05 am | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Batty for You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor | 2 Comments

We will be making a halloween “firecracker”, pumpkins for hanging (2 big, 3 small), and 6 “ornaments” (can be used for decorations or stick them on little halloween treats).  Individual photos of these projects are below.

You will also leave with enough of the coordinating double-sided paper to make all of the other projects I’ve displayed.  I will be giving class participants a list of everything I used (boxes, etc), where I bought them & how much they cost so you can easily duplicate the entire display.

There are a few more things I will be making to go along with these decorations with the scraps I have left.

Class Info:

When: Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 PM (you’ll have your decorations ready to be enjoyed for all of October)
Where: my house,
4931 Concord Rd, Sacramento 95820
Cost: $15 ($12 for current stamp club members)
RSVP & Pre-Pay By THIS Sat Sept 15th


Day 3

August 9, 2007 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Events, New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Batty for You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Home Decor, Techniques | 3 Comments

My favorite part of the next day’s General Session was Shelli Gardner’s segment on home decor.  She always decorates a buffet table at her home for the holidays and she shared with us how she does it.

I love the idea so much that I’m going to recreate her Halloween decor for my own home.  And, I’m going to teach any of you who are interested to make your own decorations at a class on Sept 27th.  More about that here:  I’ll also do a separate post about that later.  Those on my email list received an invitation in my August newsletter.  (If you’d like to be on my email list, contact me with your info.)


Shelli used the Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper with the Batty for You stamp set.  Don’t you think its cute?

I also love her Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Winter decorations.


Jodi Gloeckner is so cute!  This dress is actually made of paper!  She is a manager of the concept art department (they’re the ones that make all the great projects in the catalog).


Amy Swartz (VP marketing & sales) announced that Stampin’ Up! will be the sponsor of World Card Making Day Saturday Oct 6th.  Mark your calendars for that evening.  I haven’t decided what to do yet.  Here’s a few ideas:  Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack, Open Stamping Night (I supply a few stamp sets and some ink pads, you bring your projects and any consumable supplies to work with), “fun folds” card class/camp, my husband suggests a “make your man a card” event LOL, he’s great.  What do you think?

Jaron Winder is always good for neat projects, then he sang for us a song from the Jekyll & Hyde musical.  He says his big dream is to sing on broadway.


My favorite thing I learned from classes that afternoon was all the ways you can use our Stampin’ Write Markers!  Carrie Cudney went through 20 different techniques and I am so impressed!  I am having a class on Sat Sept 8 to share these ideas with you.  Click here for more info.


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