Tuesday, January 29, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Sara! She is the winner of this week's TGI Friday Freebie! Sara, please contat me so I can get your goodies out to you.

Sara shared that her go-to tools are her punches. I would have to agree. Love my punches especially the Scallop Punch from SU.

Be sure to check my blog this week for a special give-away. I'll be celebrating something big!

Monday, January 28, 2008

RAK from Jolie

Wow, I got another RAK card this weekend! Jolie Newman sent me this pocket Thank You card. Isn't it the cutest thing? She was a previous TGI Friday winner. I love pink and brown together. They are probably two of my favorite color combos.

Jolie, thanks so much for sending me this cute card. I love it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008


Here are your goodies for the weekly TGI Friday Freebie...

If you are the lucky winner, you'll receive 4 note cards, some pink and white ribbon, and 6 pieces of Designer Series paper that would work great with these cards. Oh I almost forgot (because you can hardly see them in the picture) a few silver diamond shaped brads!

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post sharing Your go-to tool you use on your paper crafts. Do you find yourself always picking up that favorite punch? Or are you a Coluzzle person? Maybe you love to emboss so your heat tool is always around. One post per person, please.

The winner will be randomly selected on Monday, January 28th at noon CST. Good luck!

Have a great weekend!

RAK from Cathy M.

Today, much to my surprise, I received this wonderful card in the mail! It was a Thank You from Cathy, our TGI Friday winner a week or so ago. I can't tell you how much it warmed my heart. I have it sitting right on my desk.

And I must say, it is the perfect card for me. I love, love, love coffee! In the morning, my coffee pot is ready to go. Starbuck's is a good friend! Hot, iced, flavored, I'll take it anyway.

My husband also sent me a dozen red roses today. It was very sweet of him and I was surprised to get them. They are really pretty. He knows I've been a little sad since we've moved.

Cathy, Thank You for taking the time to send me this wonderful card. It really made my day.

If you have the chance, send a card to someone today. We make these great cards, so share one. I promise that it will make them feel special!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


This card sketch was suppose to be for Beate's Weekend Card Sketch but I didn't get it done in time. It just wasn't coming together and then it clicked. I really like the way it came out.

The colors and fun nature of this card totally remind me of my friends I miss so much in California. This card makes me smile and I hope you find yourself smiling as you think of your friends today!
Recipe: Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Sage Green card stock, inks are the same and I used a blender pen for the coloring, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery ribbon, Time Well Spent stamp set.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Julie S.!! Congratulations Julie on winning the Tags and more goodies. Please contact me so I can get your goodies out to you.

Julie shared that her favorite things in the new catalog is the Designer Papers! They are great, aren't they?

My favorite new item is the Embrace Life stamp set. I just love it. The nice thing is I keep finding new ways to use it. Hopefully, I won't get tired of it too quickly.

If you are in need of a 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog, please contact me. I have a great deal for you!

Have a great week. Oh, sorry this post is a day late. Not sure what happened yesterday.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Open House Projects

Today, I hosted an Open House and these are two of the projects we completed. The 3x3 card is from the Stampin' Up! promotion flyer. The little goodie bag I got from Jenn's blog. I loved this idea so I had to share it today.

Inside the scallop punches are York Peppermint Patties. I had to buy another bag because I enjoyed several of them while I was making this project!

The stamp set is Happy Heart Day. If you would like to recreate these projects, grab the Valentine's Day bundle promotion! You get the stamp set, the medium cellophane bags, Real Red & Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbons all for $33.40 (a $41.35 value)!

Contact me today if you are interested in the bundle. It is available until January 31st.

Hope you enjoy the projects as much I did making them!

Friday, January 18, 2008


Happy Friday! Again another fast week. It is so cool here and it is getting even colder tomorrow. I really miss California!
The picture of the Freebie is not that great but what you are trying to see is some pretty pink and green ribbon and a bunch of assorted tags, both white and vanilla. The tags can be used for so many things including journalling and cards.
So to enter to win the TGI Friday Freebie just leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite item from the new 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog.
Please only one post per person. The winner will be drawn on Monday, January 21st at noon CST. Be sure to share this with your friends.
Have a great weekend and stay warm if you are in the colder part of the world!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Information on being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Before you say, I'm not interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, read this information.
There are a few great reasons to consider becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
  • First, you will earn a great income. You start earning when you hold workshops or place customer orders: you keep 20% of the net sales! This is called Instant Income because you don't wait for a check from Stampin' Up! - the 20% is yours immediately. For example, if your workshop has net total of $350, you keep $70.
  • Second, you can earn additional income (volumn rebate) on your monthly net sales of $400 or more. Higher net sales increase your volumn rebate to as much as 20%. Your volumn rebate (paid monthly by Stampin' Up!) and your instant income can total up to 40% per month.
  • Third, you receive a minimum of 20% discount on your purchases from Stampin' Up! And you receive volumn rebate on your own purchases! This is a great way to build your personal stamping supplies.
  • Four, Stampin' Up! provides outstanding training to their demonstrators to ensure they have successful businesses.

These are just a few of the wonderful opportunities Stampin' Up! offers to their demonstrators.

You can choose to be a demonstrator that does in home workshops and classes OR be a hobby demonstrator. This means you purchase items for yourself at a discount. You can still sell to customers, it's up to you.

If you are looking for a great way to bring in extra income or to get a discount on product you love, this an opportunity for you. Think about it, write down your questions and then contact me. I'll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Contact me today to get more information on becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Sign up during the month of February and receive a special gift from Stampin' Up!

Weekend Sketch Challenge 30

Let me start by saying, this is not my favorite card I've ever created! Actually, I'm still not sure I even like it.
This card was created to participate in Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I used all colors from the In Color family. And I also used my Eastern Elegant Rub-Ons. The stamp set is Time Well Spent. It is a level 3 Hostess set.

That is about all I have to say about this card!

Easy, Fun Cards

Beate had a Be Inspired Challenge on her blog so I decided to give it a try. You could use the colors, the design, or both. I really like both of these cards and the way they came out. Hope they inspire you to get your stamps out today.

For this card, I used new Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons. These are so easy to use and really add some different to your projects. If need something new to try, give these a whirl. This paper i s the retired Apple Cider Designer Series Paper. There were a couple of sheets left over so I used them up. The card base is Kraft CS for both cards. Did you notice that I didn't use any stamps on this card?

Again, I used some retired DS paper, Darling Doodles. The stamp set is Be Happy. I really like this set. I added some Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon and my card was done. These colors work so well together.


Monday, January 14, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Cathy M!! She is winner of the TGI Friday Freebie. This should give you a good start on your Valentine's Day projects.

Cathy shared this about her favorite candy: I love chocolate covered...cherries, raisins, cashews. I would have to agree with Cathy. Everyone had some yummy favorites, it was very hard not to run to the store and stock up ;-)

First let me say that before I had kids, my favorite candy was Jolly Ranchers or anything really sour. I could pass on the sweet stuff. NOW, forget about it! I would have to say my favorite candy is a Mr. Goodbar. Love those things! There are several runner-ups, Paydays (started eating those when I started running), Reeses, Mounds, ok I have to stop now.

Thank you so much to everyone that visited and left a comment. Be sure to check back often for other fun samples and giveaways. Have a great week!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Happy Friday Everyone! Boy this week flew by. I'm excited because today I am trying out a new exercise class and they have babysitting for the kids. Hopefully everyone will enjoy their time and I will be able to make this a weekly part of my routine.

Here are your goodies for this week. There is a bunch of stuff including 3 Pretty in Pink Love Notes with envelopes, ribbon, Designer Seriers Paper, card stock and some corners made with the Corner Punch.
To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post sharing Your Favorite Candy. Please, one post per person. The winner will be drawn at random on Monday, January 14th at noon CST.
I thought candy would be fun today since all the goodies are Valentine's day related and since I'll be starting a new exercise class I won't be eating any candy!
Please feel free to share this giveaway with everyone you know. Have a sweet day.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Faux Silk Technique

I saw this technique on Splitcoast yesterday and had to try it. Plus I've be wanting to use this new stamp set as well! You use tissue paper to stamp on! It is a little hard to see in the picture the texture on the card but it is really a pretty technique in person. Here is the link if you want to try the technique out Faux Silk
The stamp set I used is called Infinite Goodness and is a Level 2 Hostess set. The card base is Chocolate Chip with Rose Red and Old Olive layers. The makers are the same colors. The pears are done in More Mustard. The ribbon is wide Chocolate Chip. I stamped the card base with Chocolate Chip ink.

Hope this gets you inspired to try a new technique today!

Monday, January 7, 2008

TGI Friday Freebie Winner Is....

Congratulations to Allison! She is the winner of the TGI Friday Freebie. Allison be sure to contact me to give me all your information.

Allison shared this about how often she stamps:
I try to stamp everyday...I feel like I need to post a new card on my blog everyday!

Most of you stamp everyday! It's that great. Depending on what is going on with my kids or what events I have coming up, I am an everyday stamper ;-)

Thank you to everyone for stopping by and sharing your comments.

Have a great week.

Guest Stamper of the Week - Tanja Bumann

This year, I am trying something new! Each week, I will have a Guest Stamper who will share one of their paper crafts with us. I love seeing other people's work and getting ideas from them. Enjoy this new addition to Stamping Marathon!
My very first Guest Stamper is Tanja Bumann. Tanja is a good friend of mine and participates in Stamps By Mail. Since starting Stamp Club last year, her talents have really blossomed. This is the Christmas card she made this year. I love the colors and the design. Nice job, Tanja!Recipe: Stamp Set - Frosty, Card Stock - Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Accessories - Gingham Ribbon, Brads, Markers, Ticket Corner Punch

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Happy Thank You

Last night, we attending a belated Christmas party at my husband's boss' home. The food was incredible as were the hostess'. All the kids had a fun time while the adults enjoyed a few cocktails and some laughs. It was truly a fun evening.
I wanted to create a card that reflected the evening. This card was inspired by Beate. I thought the colors were happy and fun. The Groovy Guave and Ruby Red go so nicely together. I used the Slit Punch to create the scallop circle. It was so easy and I love the effect. Some Dazzling Diamonds in the center of each flower finished the card off nicely.

Friday, January 4, 2008


Sorry for the late post but to be honest, I just realized it is Friday! These holiday weeks really throw me off!

Welcome to TGI Friday Freebie! Today's goodies are some fun items from Stampin' UP! that you can't get any longer.

If you are the lucky winner, you will receive 4 grey gift card holders and envelopes, a package of purple twine, and some chocolate and pink ribbon! Fun stuff.

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing How often do you stamp each week? And how many projects to do complete each week?

Please only one entry person. The winner will drawn at random on Monday, January 7th at noon CST.

And remember, sharing is nice. So share my blog with all of your friends, co-workers, family and so on!

Have a great weekend.

Are Three Challenges Better Than One?

I've been wanting to do the Color Challenge and the today's Limited Supplies Challenge on SplitCoast. Then I saw Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge and knew I wouldn't have time to do all three. So I decided to combine them all into one challenge!

The Color Challenge was to use Real Red, Taken with Teal and Certainly Celery. Limited Supplies was to not use white or vanilla on your card. And Beate's Sketch can be viewed on her blog. Here is what I came up with.

I used Embrace Life stamp set and some black brads. I used the paper piercing tool to make the holes around the Celery Card Stock. The Real Red background is embossed with clear embossing powder. I don't love the Grey flower but I couldn't use white!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Valentine's Day Bundle is Here!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And Stampin' UP! is offering a deal you won't want to miss!
When you purchase the Valentine's Day bundle, you receive a FREE spool of Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.
Included in the bundle is:

111089 Happy Heart Day stamp set $20.95
109052 Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon $7.95
102757 Medium cellophane bags $4.50
109056 Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon FREE! ($7.95 value!)

111903 Valentine's Day Bundle $33.40 (a $41.35 value!)

But that isn't all... Host a workshop (and remember it can be a catalog workshop) between January 2nd - 31st and you will receive a FREE stamp set (up to $29.95) from the Spring/Summer Preview Brochure, in addition to all of the great hostess benefit you will receive.
Contact me today to place your order for this great offer. Don't wait to get those cute Valentine's started.
Need a new 2008 Spring/Summer Catalog? Email me today to find out how you can receive $5 off your first order.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope that you all had a wonderful night bringing in 2008! To celebrate the New Year the stamping way, here are the projects from last month's Stamps By Mail. And remember, you can still join Stamps By Mail. Just email me for details.
Here we used the chipboard clipboard to make a cute holiday photo holder. The pocket holds the picture so you can change it out when you like. This is our family picture from last year. The kids have changed so much!
This was our Year At A Glance Folding Album. I got this idea from the letters people send out with their cards each year. Wouldn't it be fun to capture special moments from each season from the year? And the idea was born.

I have been busy putting the projects together for January using a stamp set from the new catalog and some of the new Designer Paper! Today looks like a good day for stamping.