Friday, August 31, 2012

Stampin' Up Halloween Treat Holder made using the Petite Purse Die

Here's the last Stampin' Up Tutorial for this week; it's a great Halloween Treat Holder made from the Petite Purse Die and textured with the Chevron Embossing Folder. 

Have a great weekend and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

PERSONAL Note:  I'm still working on my husband's last project, and I hope to be done by the middle of September.  Projects always end up taking longer than you think!  Last week was really difficult because it was his Birthday and the 3-month mark of his passing away.  I can tell you I cried rivers of tears last week.  Going to a weekly grief group is the only thing keeping me sane.  It helps to know that what I'm feeling is "normal".  So, thanks again to all of you who have prayed for me and who've taken the time to leave me lovely comments!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stampin' Up Paper Daisies Card

Here's another Instruction Sheet from Stampin' Up!  It reminds you that you can emboss and color the Paper Daisies (item #119243 - page 175 in the 2012-2013 Catalog) and get a wonderful look!  You can click on the image to enlarge it.

I know everyone is busy these days, but please take a minute to leave me a comment letting me know if you want to see more of these SU Tutorials. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stampin' Up! Best Wishes Card

Here's a cute and fast card you can make that really packs a punch.  Click on the image to enlarge it for easier viewing.  Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Stampin' Up! Video showing the Faux Metal Technique

Did I tell you this is SU Video Tutorial week?  I love Shannon West's videos, she's been at SU for years and has great talent.  In this video she shows you how to create the Faux Metal look on cards. The card that Shannon demonstrates (photo below) is on page 105 of the 2012-2013 SU Catalog.

(Click over to my Blog to view the video if you're an email subscriber)

I hope you enjoyed the video, feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Don't forget that you can find the list of Stampin Supplies used to make all of the projects in the 2012-2013 SU Catalog on my right sidebar under the picture of the catalog.  Have a great day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stampin' Up! Video using Tea Shoppe Stamp Set

You know I had to post this because it includes my two favorite things: video instruction and boxes! The SU video below shows how to make the cute sectioned box on page 56 of the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog. I'm going to use this layout/idea for other holidays too, like Halloween and Christmas. You can do anything with a great box!

If you are an email subscriber, make sure you click over to my Blog to watch the video.

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

Personal Note: Some of you have emailed asking how I'm holding up and I just wanted to let you know that I'm hanging in there. My husband's project that I'm completing is really exhausting me, so I actually sleep through the night sometimes. I miss him so much and my heart aches. I know I will always miss him, but I'm hoping that I'll eventually be able to think about him without crying so hard. Right now is more difficult because his birthday is coming up and I don't know how to handle it. Thank goodness there are free grieving support groups; God know I can't afford to go to individual therapy.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Discontinued Stampin Up Fabric now only $0.99!

Below is the list of the Discontinued Fabric that's on sale While Supplies Last. The price is great at only 99 cents each!!  You get 3 pieces of fabric in each pack and each piece of fabric measures 18" x 27".

Here's a Message Board I made for my upline last January; I LOVE the Springtime Vintage Fabric!  I got the layout idea for the message board from fellow demonstrator Becky Roberts' 2010 12 Days of Christmas projects; thanks Becky!

Be sure to add fabric to your next order; at this price, you can have fun just playing with it and not feel guilty about it!! You can place your order by clicking HERE and be sure to select me as your Demonstrator to take advantage of Preferred Pricing and my Frequent Shopper Program!  Also, whle you're shopping, check out the other items in the CLEARANCE RACK here.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Greeting Card Kids Halloween Card

Welcome and Happy Thursday!  Here's a Halloween card I made for a swap at Convention. I used an Aqua Painter and ink refills to color the image.  I used the Simply Scored to make the Rosette behind the main image (I scored every 1/4"). 

Stamp Sets:  Greeting Card Kids and Teeny Tiny Wishes.
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, More Mustard, Blush Blossom Marker, and Stazon Black.
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade, and First Edition Designer Series Paper.
Accessories: Stamping Sponges, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Big Shot Machine, Black/Gray Striped 1/2" Satin Ribbon, Simply Scored, Scallop Border Punch, circle punches, Silver Dazzling Details Glitter Glue (for buckle on the hat band), Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, and Snail.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget about the Spooktacular Recruiting Kit Offer available this month only:

Click HERE to download the flyer.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about being a Demonstrator or if you're ready, feel free to sign up now by clicking Join Now!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New My Digital Studio Downloads and SU Video

Below is a Stampin' Up! video showing some of the many projects you could make using My Digital Studio and your home printer. I just thought it was a cute and peppy video. Don't forget, you can download a FREE 30-day trial of MDS2 (the newest version of My Digital Studio) and see if you like it; just click here and select "Free 30-day Trial".  You can also look at different downloads and purchase options.  To learn more about My Digital Studio and watch training videos, you can visit


Here are the newest MDS downloads, click here to get more info on them:

August 7, 2012 downloads:

August 1, 2012 downloads:

July 31, 2012 downloads:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about MDS2 and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Convention 2012 Recipe Card Swap and more

Convention was fun with an "I Am" theme, like "I Am "creative" or I Am "a card maniac".  Here's a picture of the Main Stage at Convention:

Below is a fun video showing Stampin' Up! employees "singing" the Convention theme song.  Don't forget, if you are one of my email subscribers, you will need to click over to my blog in order to view the video.

Also, I was in a recipe swap this year and here's my 6x6 recipe page. I used the Button Buddies stamp with Cajun Craze and Comfort Cafe DSP. I really thought hard on how I could make the little piggy look cute using the Naturals Buttons!

Here are some more Convention pictures - various SU display boards:

Personal Note:  I've been struggling this past month trying to get "post death" stuff done.  My husband was in the middle of a large project when he passed away, that I've ended up having to continue and hopefully finish.  I'm thinking I'll be done with it by the end of August and I can tell you I will be relieved!  When I was at Convention, all I could think was "I Am"... my word was "devastated", "confused", "overwhelmed"...  I very much enjoyed going, but I've just felt kind of numb since it all happened a couple of months ago.  I continue to appreciate your well wishes and I thank you all who keep me in your prayers.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Flurry of August Activity at Stampin' Up!

August 1st was the start of the WONDERFUL new HOLIDAY CATALOG; it is filled with great stamp sets, NEW BUNDLE offerings, Framelits, paper, accessories, and more! Look through it by clicking below.

Click HERE to view the Holiday Catalog
Click HERE to view the Supplies used to make the samples in the Catalog

Here is a sample of the great HALLOWEEN Kit in the Holiday Mini on page 27. I used the glassine bag, twine, and tag from the Ghoulish Goolies Designer Kit (item #126914) and added the stamped images from the Monster Munchies Stamp Set on page 26 (wood item #127904 or clear item #127907). As an added decorative touch I put the skull on a Stampin Dimensional, added Dazzling Diamonds, and added the ruffle around the tag using the new 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon on page 26 (item #127837). The bag was easy and quick to put together - I fit 3 pieces of the fun sized candy inside the bag - yummy!

And speaking of Halloween..... Stanpin' Up! is offering a great Sign Up Recruiting Special for August.  Here's the flyer showing the great Halloween Kit you get when you sign up.  I saw the goodies you get in the Kit at Convention and I can tell you honestly that I REALLY want the Kit myself!  It is more gorgeous in person than in the photo; the spider web in the top left corner is die cut from silver glimmer paper and looks awesome!

Click HERE to download the flyer.

Since my husband passed away, I realize that financially I need to get more serious about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstator.  That's why now more than ever, your orders are even more appreciated and needed!  Also, I know I'm a great Upline with a lot of knowledge that I'd love to share with you, so if you've been thinking about being a Demonstrator to make some extra money or just get the Demonstrator discount, I would love to have you Sign Up with me!  Click HERE to see a list of the benefits of being a Demonstrator and feel free to contact me at to learn about the monthly benefits I give my Recruits.  Or if you're ready to sign up now and get this great Halloween Kit and your $99.00 Starter Kit (click HERE to view info on the Starter Kit), you can click Join Now! and sign up today!  You should see my name, Maria Matonti, in the upper right hand corner of the form, if you don't please contact me before you submit your application.

Finally, during the month of August, Stampin' Up! is offering a 31% discount on 31 different My Digitial Studio professionally printed products.  Below is the flyer and you can view training videos and get more information about My Digital Studio software and products by going to!  Stampin' Up! also just released it's new software version, MDS2; it's got 75 NEW FEATURES that makes using the software easier and funner!

Click HERE to download the flyer.

Tomorrow I'll post a Convention swap and give you some info on what's been going on this past month.  Thanks to all of you who have continued to support me and visit my blog!!