Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Altered Stampin' Up! Mini Milk Carton Treat Box Video Tutorial!

Here's my third video tutorial; WOW, I'm on a roll! This video shows you how to make this great 6-sided box using the Stampin Up Mini Milk Carton Big Shot die. I'm a big believer in getting the most bang for your buck, so when we saw this great treat box at Convention, I had to share it with you! The Milk Carton die is really versatile!

Remember that you can order any of the products used in the video through my Demonstrator website here and don't forget about my September special offer here.

Stamp Set: Spooky Bingo Bits
Ink: Stazon Black
Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot machine, Mini Milk Carton die, Olive and Black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, and SNAIL.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Holly Berry Bouquet Paper and the Holiday Stocking Die!

I know you've seen this adorable stocking everywhere, but I just had to make it too!  We got the idea at SU Convention this year.  You die cut 2 stockings from the NEW HOLIDAY STOCKING Big Shot die then you die cut 1 box from the Box #2 Big Shot die and put them together!  But I must warn you, you can't put anything heavy into the box because it will tilt over.  I'm going to try changing the box placement to see if I can make it more stable.  Also, used on the stocking is the NEW Winter Wishes Stitched Felt holly berry accent from the upcoming HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG.  You get 4 felt holly berry accents in a packet along with 4 wreaths, 4 snowflakes, and 4 mitten sets!  This is a must have this year!

Because it's so shiny and cute, it will be another project we'll be making at one of my Holiday Gift Giving classes!  The Holly Berry Bouquet Designer paper is great this year; it has 4 sheets with "red glitter" on them (2 with dots-shown here-and 2 with stripes).  You'll love this paper and stocking die and you'll be able to order them in only 3 days!  You'll want to get started making those Holiday Gifts!

And don't forget that starting September 1st, for orders you place with me totalling over $50 (before shipping and tax), I'll send you the instructions to make the great Holiday House Treat Box featured here and for orders over $100, I'll send you the instructions AND the supplies to make the treat box!

Have a great week and contact me if you have any questions!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Project Recreation (Sharing) Request

Good morning everyone!  I just wanted to post a note here.  It came to my attention that a reader copied my Snowmuch Fun Treat Box  and submitted it for a contest with another demonstrtor (my original post and video tutorial here).  I LOVE that I can inspire people to want to make what I share, but I only ask that you do not submit my original artwork into contests.  Several of my projects are ideas I get from Stampin Up or other demonstrators, but most are my original ideas that I would like to have the priviledge of submitting as contest entries.  I'm not saying that my artwork is so great that it will win contests, I'm just saying that I want the choice and opportunity to enter my own work. 

Stamping blogs are all over the place and have been around for a long time and I've read this comment/request on so many of them.  I know that once something goes out on the internet, it's "fair game", but I just figured that folks honored the "get inspired, but don't enter into contests" unspoken request.  So, I'm just stating it here, you're free to copy and share my creations, just please don't enter them into contests.  And if you do copy it and share it, please give credit to the creator. 

I don't mean to insult anyone (or "preach to the choir) and I do appreciate everyone's understanding!  This blog is very time intensive, but I keep at it to help my Stampin Up business.  I have a disability and I take care of my paralyzed mother, so I work hard at this blog to help my business grow and to meet my quarterly sales requirements.  So, please help me and encourage me; God knows I need it!  And frankly, if you like any of my ideas so much that you recreate it, I would appreciate you buying the materials to make the project from me (I've got to put a plug in here somewhere - ha ha)!

So, thanks for "listening" and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gingerbread House made with Stampin' Up's Milk Carton Die

Here's another project we'll be making at one of my Holiday Gift Giving classes.  It's an adorable Gingerbread House treat holder made using the Stampin Up Milk Carton Big Shot die.  I know, another house, but I'm loving the shapes and sizes (box size: 3 1/4" x 1 3/4")

I used Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, and Whisper White cardstock.  I also used the Pennant Parade stamp set, the Sweets for the Sweet stamp set, and the Distressed Dots background stamp.  Lots of punches were used too, as well as the shiny Red Glimmer paper!

The shiny BLiNG comes from the NEW GLITTER GLUE called Dazzling Details, you'll be able to order it from the Holiday Mini Catalog starting September 1st!  It leaves a beautiful shine on your project!

Don't forget about my SEPTEMBER TUTORIAL SPECIAL here and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Frostwood Lodge Treat Holder & SPECIAL OFFER!

You won't hear much from me this week because it's my husband's and sister's birthdays and I'm trying to get projects ready for my Holiday Gift Giving Classes starting in September!  Here's a sneak peak at one of my class projects that includes NEW paper and embellishments from the Holiday Mini Catalog (starting on September 1st).  This is an adorable House Shaped Treat Box; the roof lifts up to get to the treats inside (box size: 6 3/4" x 3 1/2")!

I've used the new Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, the new Mini Jingle Bells, and the new Winter Wishes Stitched Felt.  I also used Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Whisper White cardstock.  I ran the roof piece through the Striped Embossing Folder and added some Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon.  Finally, I added Red Glimmer circles to the wreath to give it more BLING!

SPECIAL OFFER: Starting September 1st, with a $50 or more order you place with me, I will send you a tutorial showing you how to make this great treat house for FREE and with a $100 or more order, I'll send you the tutorial AND ALL of the supplies you need to make this great box for FREE!  You can place your order by emailing me or by selecting me as your Demonstrator when you sign up and create a customer account at  And don't forget, you get Frequent Buyer Rewards too (click on image below to enlarge it and print it out)!

Thanks for visiting and feel free to contact me if you have any questions and if you live in Albuquerque, NM, let me know if you're interested in one of my Holiday Gift Giving classes!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Altered ATC Purse

I've been wanting to make this purse for a friend for the past couple of years.  Donna loves purses and to thank her for faithfully driving me to Stampin Up's Conventions for the past few years, I wanted to make this for her.  As part of her job, she manages a nonprofit Bingo so I thought she would like something pretty to take with her.  The purse holds 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" ATC's in 8 pockets; I used letters in those pockets instead - 5 in front and 3 in back.  I made it so that Donna could change the theme whenever she wants! 

I used Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper called Letters from Santa.  Then I added some Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, and Early Espresso cardstock.  I cut out the letters using the Big Shot Serif Essential Alphabet and the Red Glimmer paper - gotta have some BLING!  I cut the Blushing Bride/White flower using the Big Shot Fun Flowers die and the Little Leaves sizzlit die then ran the some of the petal through the Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I used the Distressed Dots background stamp for the dots on the flower and behind the letters.

Finally, I used the Big Shot Tasteful Trim die for the scallop border edge and the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch for the flowers on the back of the purse between the initals.  To finish out the "fun" factor, I tied different 3/8" Taffeta Ribbons around one handle.  I'm going to show it to Donna and let her decide if she wants more ribbon or flowers.

Don't forget about Stampin' Up!'s August Special; Buy 3 get 1 FREE and my great Frequent Buyer Rewards Program (click here for program details)!  You get a packet of Designer Series Paper for FREE when you buy 3 packets as well as frequent shopper rewards.  So, click here to see the sale flyer and click here to place an order ONLINE with me any time day or night!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Layering Punch Stampin Up Video

I know, I know; another video! But since I love to watch them, I thought it would be nice to share them with you too! This video is really helpful for understanding how to punch out flowers using the new triple layer punches. Come back tomorrow and I'll have a cute altered ATC purse for you to enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Owl Bookmarks & Leadership 2012 Commercial

You've seen this owl bookmark before, but I wanted to share with you what I was working on. My cousin is here visiting from Italy and we made 40 of these cute bookmarks for her to take back with her. She's a school teacher and she thought these would be great student incentives! She saw the one I made for my New Catalog Open House in June and wanted to learn how to make it; I wish Stampin Up was in Italy! We used the Stampin Up 2-Tags Big Shot die with Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, and Basic Black cardstock.

I also wanted to share with you this funny Stampin Up Leadership commercial! It's a spin of the "Snickers" candy commercials. Hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget that you can order Stampin' Up! products at a "preferred price" by visiting my Demonstrator Website here and clicking on "Shop Now"! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Baby Shower Cookie Favors

I made these cute and delicious baby shower favors for a shower this past weekend.  I bought the baby bottle cookies from a local bakeshop and put each one into a large cello baggie and tied ribbon and a tag around the top.  Luckily Stampin Up has a bunch of different colors of cardstocks and inks and coordinating ribbons, so matching the color of the cookies wasn't difficult!  Having Stampin Up punches also made the process go faster!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 15, 2011

3/16" Corner Rounder Punch Video

This video was made by Stampin' Up! to help us learn how to use the new style 3/16" corner rounder punch. It's funny, because the other day I was at a fellow demonstrator's house using her punch and I was wondering what was the best way to use it. And, what did I find on our demonstrator only website - a video showing how to use it!

Let me know if you have any questions and have a great Monday!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Back to School card using Greeting Card Kids Stamp Set

I wanted to make a "back to school" card and I thought these 2 kids would be perfect!  I love the Greeting Card Kids stamp set; I can't wait to use the witch on a pumpkin stamp for Halloween!  Complete stamp set pictured below:
Stamp Sets:  Greeting Card Kids, Fabulous Phrases, and Countryside
Ink: Black Stazon pad, VersaMark pad, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Early Espresso, Pool Party, and Crumb Cake.
Cardstock: Brights DSP Paper Pack, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, and Watercolor paper.
Accessories: Aqua Painter, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Daffodil Grograin ribbon, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Circle Scissor Plus, Scallop #2 Die, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, and SNAIL

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OMG - Internet Problems!

Good day everyone!  Just a quick note that I've been having internet connection problems since Saturday night.  My modem wasn't working right then it finally died.  I wasn't able to get another modem until this morning, so sorry for the long silence!  Internet withdrawal is aweful! 

Please return tomorrow and I'll have a cute card for you; take care!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Christmas Treat Box using Snow Much Fun Stamp Set

I made this video tutorial showing how I put the treat box together. I hope you like it! I was worrying so much about the time that I wasn't as organized as I would've liked, but I think the video turned out okay anyway!

Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment if you liked the video!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Field Flowers Card

This card is posted on Stampin' Up's customer webpage and page 120 of the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog; you can find a list of the supplies used here.   I love the 2-step stamping offered by this beautiful Field Flowers stamp set!  This stamp set is on my list of ones to get!  Stampin' Up's posted a bunch of new projects since the start of the new catalog, so take a look when you have some time.

Thanks for visiting and you can purchase any of the products used to make this card by going to my Demonstrator website here and clicking on "Shop Now" at the top or the bottom of the webpage!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

AUGUST Stampin Up Sale!

During August, you can get a FREE package of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper when you buy three- that's a $10.95 value!  Choose from a wide variety of designs in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog and the Summer Mini Catalog. 

You can download a list of the qualifying packets and learn more about the special by going to my Demonstrator Website here or clicking on the flyer in my right sidebar.  

Also, I've added an "Email Subscriber" gadget to my right sidebar.  If you sign up, you will get email notifications when I update my blog.  I've noticed that the notifications arrive a day after I publish a post.  For example, this post will show up in your email on Wednesday since I posted it on Tuesday.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget about my FREQUENT BUYER'S REWARDS PROGRAM here!

Monday, August 1, 2011

On the Grow Scooter Card

Thanks to fellow demonstrator Diana Gibbs I am becoming better at watercoloring; although I know I have a ways to go!  I used the Aqua Painter and reinkers to paint this scooter.  I painted the scooter Baja Breeze because I loved how it looked on the truck I painted here

Stamp Set: On the Grow
Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede
Ink: Stazon Black, Crumb Cake on the Scooter and for sponging, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, More Mustard, and Basic Gray.
Accessories: Big Shot Machine, Tulips Embossing Folder, Baja Breeze Seam Binding ribbon, Dimensionals, Modern Label Punch, Movers & Shapers Big Shot Die, Movers & Shapers Punch Window die cut set, and SNAIL.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!