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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!




In honor of Halloween, say hello to Frankenstein!  He was created using the Top Note Bigz die, the Round Tab punch (nose), and circle punches (eyes).


Don't forget: Today is the last day to take advantage of the last Deal of the Week!


Have a spooky day! 

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dry Embossed Christmas card!

This "Make Merry!" card was inspired by the front cover of this month's issue of Stampin' Success, an exclusive magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  This card features the Berry Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.




Make Merry Card

Instructions
  1. Dry emboss Kraft card stock using Sizzix Big Shot and Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions embossing folder.
  2. Ink branch image using Old Olive and Soft Suede Stampin' Write markers. Stamp image on Whisper White card stock. Stamp bird image in Soft Suede ink above branch image using Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
  3. Use Scallop Edge punch on Real Red card stock. Adhere to back side of Whisper White piece to create a mini scalloped border along right edge.
  4. Adhere Whisper White piece to embossed piece.
  5. Adhere left edge of ribbon to back side of embossed piece using SNAIL adhesive. Wrap around front of card stock, and secure using SNAIL adhesive.
  6. Adhere embossed card stock piece to card.
  7. Adhere right end of the ribbon to card.
  8. Stamp "Make merry!" in Soft Suede ink on Crushed Curry card stock. Adhere to card.
  9. Tie linen thread through Certainly Celery button. Adhere button to card using a Mini Glue Dot.

Stamp-A-Stack (Ornament Card)

 Stamp-A-Stack (Ornament Card)
Session #1: Tuesday, 12/01
Session #2: Wednesday, 12/02





Make 10 of these cards AND take home the "Tree Trimmings" stamp set for just $35!

This class will be held on two different dates. The same cards will be made at both sessions. If you can't make either session, contact me to schedule a private class (minimum 2 people). Or check out my Class-To-Go! option!

Choose one of two sessions: Session #1: Tue, Dec 1, 2009; Session #2: Wed, Dec. 2, 2009.
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: My house, Yorba Linda

Cost:
$35, which includes the "Tree Trimmings" stamp set!
What to bring to class: Scissors
Optional (but helpful!): Stamp-a-ma-jig, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad, Real Red Classic Ink Pad, Garden Green Classic Ink Pad, 1/16" circle punch, Sweet Season stamp set

RSVP and Payment is due by November 16 at 5 pm
. Pay with credit card using PayPal (below) or you can mail me a personal check.  If you are paying by check, please indicate which session you will be attending. Check is payable to Lisa Takeuchi. Advance payment is required so I can order the supplies in time for the class.

Cancellation Policy: A refund will be given if you cancel prior to November 16 at 5 pm. After the deadline, there are no refunds because I will have already ordered the materials for you.  If you miss the class, you may pick up your materials from me. I will give you a list of the additional supplies you will need to complete your projects at home.

You may switch sessions if you notify me at least 24 hours in advance!
    Contact me if you have any questions!
    (714) 693-0789 or Lisa@stampinghut.com

    New Blog Banner

    Hi everyone!  I redesigned my blog banner today using My Digital Studio.  Check it out! I am having a lot of fun using this software.





    Reminder: Today is the last day to sign up for Stamp-A-Stack #1 or #2, and tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the final Deal of the Week!

    Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Holiday Extravaganza Gift Giving Guide (FREE Decor Elements offer!)

    Make Stampin' Up! your one-stop shop for all the special people in your life!

    Use the Holiday Extravaganza Gift-Giving Guide to find gifts for kids, teens, neighbors, card makers, scrapbookers, and more--or to find the supplies you need to create special handcrafted gifts.

    Plus, from November 1 to January 4, receive a FREE Décor Elements piece (up to a $16.95 value) when you spend $50 on products in this guide!

    And watch for more exciting promotions in November and December during Stampin' Up!'s annual Holiday Extravaganza celebration!

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    My Digital Studio Certification Program

    Whew!  I just completed the certification training program for My Digital Studio.  I took online courses on photo albums, greeting cards, calendars, and multimedia projects.  In a few weeks, I'll officially receive my certification pin from Stampin' Up!  I'm so excited!

    Here is the card I made as part of the certification program.  I just LOVE that there are punches and Hodgepodge Hardware available on My Digital Studio.

    Contact me at (714) 693-0789 or Lisa@stampinghut.com if you would like to order My Digital Studio.  Or visit my official demonstrator website at http://stampinghut.stampinup.net to place an online order!  Remember, hostesses can get this software for 50% off during the promotional period which ends next month! 


    Card made with My Digital Studio





    Here is a card that I made with My Digital Studio this afternoon. It was so fun and easy to make this card on my computer.

    Need inspiration? Here are 3 Christmas Card Ideas

    Don't you just love the color combination of Soft Suede and Old Olive?  The featured stamp sets are Christmas Greetings and Patterned Pines.  Patterned Pines is an exclusive set in the Holiday Mini Catalog that cannot be purchased, but is free for Hostesses or with a $150 order!





    The next lovely card is embossed using the Sizzix Big Shot machine and the Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder from the Holiday Mini Catalog! The featured stamp set is Berry Christmas, which is also from the Holiday Mini Catalog.



    Last but not least, here is the third and final project of today's post.  This card features the "Dasher" reindeer rubber stamp (Item 116816) from p. 208 of the Idea Book and Catalog.  At just $8.95, Dasher is an affordable option for all of your Holiday cards and projects!  Texture was added to this card using a paper crimper and a tab made of polka-dot ribbon adds just the right amount of color. 

    Merry Box




    Merry Box

    Hi everyone!  This is one of the six projects we will be making at my Regionals Class on November 7.  Isn't this box just too cute for words?  While I am no longer accepting sign-ups for this class, I would be happy to do this class with you on another day!  Call me at (714) 693-0789 or e-mail me with the dates and times you're available.

    This box is made from Real Red textured cardstock and the Bitty Box & Envelope Bigz XL die.  All images are from the "Berry Christmas" stamp set.

    By the way, today is the last day to sign up for my Halloween Treats class!  Sign up now if you would like to attend!  The class will be held on October 29 at 7 pm and is just $5 for 10 treats, including candy!


    Have a great day!

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    Simply Said XOXO Card



    Simply Said XOXO

    Stamp the large flower stems image from the Simply Said stamp set using any light color ink. Use the dots in the stamped image as a paper piercing pattern.  When you're done piercing, flip the image over and you have a lovely textured background!  The white XOXO Chit Chat rub-ons look great on all dark colored card stock.

    Stamp Set: Simply Said (115066, set of 11, $28.95)
    Classic Stampin' Pad: Real Red
    Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
    Tools: Small Oval Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack
    Accessories: Chit Chat rub ons, 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Old Olive, Stampin' Dimensionals

    Monday, October 26, 2009

    Last Deals of the Week!



    During the month of October, select Stampin' Up! products are at least 25% off! The featured products this week are our princess and pirate party kits!  The cute decorations, pennants, and food toppers are sure to say the party is right here.  Each kit includes dozens of pieces to make your party fun, easy, and fantastic. Order these products online or call me at (714) 693-0789 to place your order over the phone.

    Don't delay - - these special Deals of the Week will only last from October 26, 9:00 AM through October 31, 10:50 PM (Pacific Time Zone)!

    Item 
    Page 
    Description
    Regular Price 
    Special Price
    116214
    75
    Princess Party Kit
    $15.95
    $9.99
    116213
    74
    Pirate Party Kit
    $15.95
    $9.99


    Want to see more?  Click to watch a video demonstration of the Princess and Pirate Party Kits! 







    Princess Party Kit



    You can make your princess's fantasies come true with our Princess Party kit. Your little princess and seven of her ladies-in-waiting can celebrate a splendid happily-ever-after complete with invitations, decorations, and dazzling crowns to create and wear.
    ■ Contains products to create invitations, crowns, purse boxes, banner, and food toppers for eight
    ■ Coordinates with the Princess Time stamp set (116720) and Princess personalized name stamp (115525)


    Pirate Party Kit



    Hoist the Jolly Roger and get ready to have a swashbuckling good time! Gather your little buccaneer and his or her mateys for a pirate party of the finest sort, complete with invitations, decorations, and eye patches to create and wear. This kit contains products you need to create party invitations and decorations for eight guests.
    ■ Contains products to create invitations, eye patches, banner, treasure boxes, and food toppers for eight
    ■ Coordinates with our Pirate Time stamp set (
    116718) and Pirate personalized name stamp (115524)

    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    CLEARANCE RACK!!! ONLINE ONLY!!


    Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Items - ONLINE ONLY
    Click here to place your online order!

    Here is a sampling of just a few of the current clearance rack items that are available as of the time of this post. I will update my blog as often as I can, but please do not rely on this blog as an indicator of what is still in stock since items can sell out quickly.

    Visit my online store, then click "Shop now" (upper right corner) and click "Clearance Rack" (on the left side) to see all of the great deals!


    Alpine Ribbon Originals 113100
    Price: $6.99

    This ribbon will add the perfect touch to any project or package. The colors coordinate with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors, so you are sure to be pleased every time you use it. It’s a quick and beautiful embellishment for your cards, gift bags, and packages.

    ■ 100% polyester
    ■ 5/8" wide
    ■ Each spool contains 8 yards of ribbon
    ■ Two varieties: one spool of striped grosgrain and two spools of felt


    Anchored Rub-Ons 110282
    Price: $4.99

    Stampin' Up's Rub-Ons are exclusive designs that look wonderful on handmade cards and tags. But they’re also perfect for adding images to difficult-to-stamp surfaces, such as glass jars, plastic notebooks, photo frames, buttons, and ribbon. 5-7/8” x 12” intricately designed Rub-On sheet.

    ■ 2 sheets per package: 1 sheet with Whisper White images and 1 sheet with Basic Black images
    ■ Can be used on unique, textured surfaces that are difficult to stamp on, such as glass, tin, and plastic
    ■ Should be used on nonporous surfaces, such as glass, photos, clipboards, candles, and ribbons



    Big Felt Flurries Accents & Elements 113698
    Price: $5.99

    You’ll be amazed at the intricacy of these felt snowflakes. They’re laser cut to be very detailed, so they're perfect alone or layered. And with so many designs and colors in each kit, you’re sure to find the perfect size and color for what you need. They’ll add texture and dimension to your seasonal projects.

    ■ 27 laser-cut felt snowflakes
    ■ Each size comes in Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, and Whisper White
    ■ Nine designs, approximately 3-1/4" in diameter and 2 mm thick



    Close To Cocoa Prints Designer Series Paper 109949
    Price: $3.99

    Our Designer Series papers are absolutely beautiful and use our palette of colors and original images. Designer Series paper makes it easy to create a card or scrapbook page with coordinating background paper, card stock, and stamped images. It also covers On Board chipboard beautifully.

    ■ 12 sheets per package (2 each of 6 designs)
    ■ Exclusive designs and colors, with patterns based on Stampin’ Up! art
    ■ Coordinates with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors.


    Details:
    • Since Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last, all orders of clearance rack items must be placed through my online store.
    • All products in the Clearance Rack section are retired, discontinued items. No current products will be sold in the Clearance Rack.
    • Items will be removed and new items will be posted depending on inventory levels. There is no set time for availability.
    • All sales of Clearance Rack items are final. No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

    Q:
    Is the Clearance Rack a promotion?
    A: The Clearance Rack is not a promotion and has no end date. The intent is for the Clearance Rack to be a permanent part of the online store.

    Q:
    How often will the Clearance Rack be updated with new items?
    A: There is no set schedule. Clearance Rack items will be posted and removed based on inventory levels. I will update the items on my blog periodically, but you should also check back regularly through my online store for new postings.

    Q:
    If you run out of a certain item, will you restock your inventory and post it for sale again?
    A: No. Clearance Rack items are retired, discontinued items and are only available while supplies last!

    Video: Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin' Up!

    The Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin' Up! product line is a big deal! The Big Shot is a sturdy manual die cutting machine used to die cut materials for use on crafts, home décor projects, and even clothing! You'll love what the Big Shot machine, a 6-time winner of Creating Keepsakes Reader's Choice Award for best die cutting equipment and dies, can do for you.

    With the Big Shot you can cut over 50 different material types and duplicate creative and intricate designs quickly and easily. Stampin' Up! has designed exclusive dies that coordinate with current product lines--such as rubber stamps and punches--as well as Sizzix dies that coordinate with the Stampin' Up! look and feel.

    Design your own custom pillow appliqués using the Tulipe Bigz die or make custom fabric flowers to embellish a quilt. From sewing to quilting to home décor, the Big Shot is the perfect tool for many types of crafting. You'll be able to cut and score 3-D items in seconds. Or create embellishments for cards, scrapbook pages, or any other type of project by cutting multiple images at once!

    Watch this video to see the Big Shot in action! Then visit my demonstrator website at: http://stampinghut.stampinup.net to order your Big Shot machine and dies. Let me know if you have any questions about how to use the Big Shot!

    Sizzix Products shown in the video:

    113439 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine*, $99.95
    113462 Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, $21.95
    113485 Birds & Blooms Sizzlits dies (set of 4), $21.95
    113463 Top Note Bigz die, $21.95

    * Big Shot machine includes standard cutting pads and multipurpose platform.

    Other current Stampin' Up! products shown in the video:

    109294 Sanded background stamp, $17.95
    109080 Whisper White taffeta ribbon, $6.95
    102757 Medium flat cellophane (cello) bags 4"x6", set of 50, $4.50
    103104 Small flat cellophane (cello) bags 3"x5", set of 50, $3.95


    Catalog Corrections & Write-Ins

    Page Item # Description Correction
    29 116628 Jumbo Snowflake punch The snowflake image shown on the top of the punch is incorrect. You can see the correct image of this punch on page 187.
    32 110384 Season of Joy stamp set The French version of this stamp set is not listed on the page. The French name of this set is Une joyeuse saison (item 112646).
    33 116586 Many Merry Messages stamp set The French version of this stamp set is not listed on the page. The French name of this set is Nombreux joyeux messages (item 107714).
    49 115462 Monogram Sweet stamp set This stamp set should be listed as double-mounted.
    109 113502 Garden Whimsy stamp set The French version of this stamp set is not listed on the page. The French name of this set is De mon jardin (item 113528).
    140 114972 God's Blessings The French version of this stamp set is not listed on the page. The French name of this set is Cadeau du Ciel (item 116267).
    141 115108 Warm Words The French version of this stamp set is not listed on the page. The French name of this set is Mots chaleureux (item 107741).
    151 115462 Monogram Sweet stamp set This stamp set should be listed as double-mounted.
    160 115671 Cottage Wall The bottom-middle image of the paper swatches shows a plain green paper. The paper is actually a striped sheet with Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, and Rich Razzleberry.
    198 115958 Lattice die The artwork for the Lattice die is not scaled at the same percentage as the other Bigz dies shown on the same page. It is shown at approximately 37 percent while the other dies are shown at approximately 25 percent. The actual cut lattice image measures approximately 3-1/4" x 3-1/4". The artwork design for this die is correct.
    198 115960 Alphabet Simple Letters Asterisk at bottom of page should read: Alphabet Simple Letters uses "B" as "Q," "D" as "P," as well as "N" as "U".
    203 104182 8-1/2" x 11" Craft Keepers The catalog does not list a quantity for each package. Each package includes 3 Craft Keepers.
    203 104181 12" x 12" Craft Keepers The catalog does not list a quantity for each package. Each package includes 3 Craft Keepers.
    206 111652 Humor in High Heels stamp set We listed the item number for this stamp set incorrectly in the index. The correct item number is 111652, and is listed correctly on page 55 where the stamp set image is shown.
    206 114484 Elegant Thank You The index shows the incorrect price for this stamp set as $8.95. Page 144 in the catalog shows the correct price as $6.95.
    206 111552 and 111550 Sock Monkey and Sock Monkey Accessories stamp sets In the index, the item numbers listed for the Sock Monkey and Sock Monkey Accessories sets are switched. The item number for the Sock Monkey is 111550 and the item number for the Sock Monkey Accessories set is 111552.
    2009-2010 Celebrando Creatividad

    Page

    Item #

    Description

    Correction

    44

    109687

    See you Around jumbo Stampin' Around wheel

    This jumbo wheel is shown in the index in error. This wheel is no longer available.


    Fall-Winter 2009 Definitely Decorative Brochure

    Page Item # Description Correction
    24 114864 Ginormous Flowers I

    The colors listed for this product are incorrect. The correct colors are Pixie Pink, Chocolate, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery.

    24 114863 Ginormous Flowers II

    The colors listed for this product are incorrect. The correct colors are Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, So Saffron, and Taken with Teal.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Put a frame on it! (Pals Paper Arts PPA13)

    This week's Pals Paper Arts challenge is to make Anything BUT A Card. Here is a photo of my submission:


    A simple white picture frame instantly turns your stamped images into a work of art! A project like this would be a great inexpensive gift idea for a friend, neighbor, or co-worker.

    In this sample, a white gel pen was used to do faux stitching and a clear button was added for dimension.

    I've been working very hard this week to plan some exciting Holiday classes just for you! Earlier this week, I posted information on two new Stamp-A-Stack holiday classes. You will make 20 cards at each session and you'll get a stamp set so you can make more cards at home! Contact me to sign up!

    If you can't attend my classes or if you're a long distance customer, I am also offering the same classes as Class-to-Go! kits! This is a new special offer that I am excited to share with you!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Class-To-Go (Ornament Cards)

    Can't attend my classes?  Order a Class-To-Go!


    If you can't attend my local classes, take the fun home with you with the Class-To-Go! kit! You will get everything you need to make 20 cards at home (all of the same design). All kits are created with high quality Stampin’ Up! supplies and come with instructions! They are ideal for long distance as well as local customers!









    Here is how to order:


    Step 1.) Visit my Stampin' Up! demonstrator business website and place an online order for all of the following items that you do not currently own. These items will be shipped directly to you from Stampin' Up!
    • Tree Trimmings stamp set (116722)
    • Sweet Season stamp set (116471)
    • 3/4" Real Red Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115608)
    • Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad (100908)
    • Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad (103133)
    • Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad (102272)
    • 1/16" circle punch (101227) or any tool you can use to punch holes for brads.
    Step 2.) Now you are ready to order a Class-To-Go! which includes the following materials to make 20 cards (all the same design):
    • 100 Stampin' Dimensionals
    • 20 Clear Rhinestone Brads (10 small, 10 medium)
    • 20 sheets of pre-scored Kraft 4 1/4" x 11" card stock
    • 20 Very Vanilla pre-cut card stock pieces measuring 2 1/8" x 5 1/2"
    • 20 Very Vanilla envelopes
    • Assembly instructions will be sent to you via e-mail
    Status: SOLD OUT




    This exclusive offer is only available through Lisa Takeuchi, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.

    Contact me to order your Class-To-Go!
    (714) 693-0789 or Lisa@stampinghut.com

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Halloween Treats Class - Only $5!

    Come to this class and make 10 of these cute Halloween treat holders for your favorite Trick-Or-Treaters! You will have several different colors of card stock to choose from. Project features the "Pumpkin Patch" stamp set.

    Halloween Treats Class

    Date: October 29, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Location: My house

    Cost: $5

    RSVP by October 28. Advance payment is not required. Just bring your payment with you to the class!

    What to bring to class:
    • Paper cutter with scoring blade
    • Sticky Strip adhesive or equivalent (must be strong enough to hold a box together)
    • Scissors for cutting card stock

    Class-To-Go! (Santa's Sleigh Cards)

    If you can't attend my local classes, take the fun home with you with my Class-To-Go! kit! You will get everything you need to make 20 cards at home (10 each of the two designs shown). All kits are created with high quality Stampin’ Up! supplies and come with instructions! These kits are ideal for long distance and local customers!





    Here is how to order:
    Step 1.) Visit my Stampin' Up! demonstrator business website and place an online order for all of the following items that you do not currently own. These items will be shipped directly to you from Stampin' Up!  You will also need scissors (to cut the ribbon) and double-sided adhesive.
    • Wandering Words stamp set (116507)
    • Sahara Sand Ink Pad (105208)
    • 1 1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 10 yards (115618)
    Step 2.) Now you are ready to order a Class-To-Go! which includes the following materials to make 20 cards (10 each of 2 designs):
    • 10 pre-scored Old Olive card bases
    • 10 pre-scored Sahara Sand card bases
    • 10 scalloped Real Red card stock pieces measuring 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    • 10 crimped Old Olive card stock pieces measuring 2 1/8" x 5 1/2"
    • 10 Very Vanilla card stock pieces measuring 2" x 5 1/2"
    • 10 Top Note die cuts in Very Vanilla
    • 20 Very Vanilla envelopes
    • 2 additional yards of 1 1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Note: you must still order the full roll of ribbon separately.)
    • Assembly instructions will be sent to you via e-mail


    Status: SOLD OUT




    This exclusive offer is only available through Lisa Takeuchi, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator.


    Contact me to order your Class-To-Go!
    (714) 693-0789 or Lisa@stampinghut.com

    Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    Have a fun Girls' Night Out - - Schedule a Private Class!


    Schedule a Private Class just for you and your Friends!

    A two week lead time is needed to order materials.  
    Minimum 2 people, Maximum 8. 


    Make 10 Christmas cards, 5 each of 2 designs. What a great way to get a head start on your holiday cards! The featured stamp set is “Wandering Words” from the Holiday Mini Catalog.





    Cost: $20 per person

    Location: My house in Yorba Linda

    What to bring to class: Double-sided adhesive; Paper Cutter, Scoring Blade or Bone Folder, Scissors

    Contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule your private class! Most weekday evenings and weekends are available. 

    (714) 693-0789 or Lisa@stampinghut.com

    Approved materials for the Sizzix Big Shot

    The following materials work well when creating die cuts with the Big Shot machine and Bigz and Originals dies. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. As a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.

    • Thick corkboard
    • Thick chipboard (59 mil)
    • Colored magnet
    • Ruffle board
    • Paper wood
    • Balsa wood (3/32")
    • Bass wood (1/16")
    • Metal mesh
    • Aluminum (.016)
    • Tin (.008)
    • Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
    • Drawer liner
    • Shelf liner
    • Vinyl
    • Static cling vinyl
    • Shrink film
    • Fine sandpaper
    • Clear acetate (20 mil)
    • Vellum
    • Card stock
    • Patterned paper
    • Flocked paper
    • Contact paper
    • Textured paper
    • Metallic paper
    • Linen paper
    • Suede paper
    • Embossed metallic paper
    • Basketball embossed paper
    • Faux alligator textured paper
    • Self-adhesive glitter paper
    • Fabric
    • Canvas
    • Iron-on fabric
    • Soft plush fabric
    • Burlap
    • Velvet
    • Corduroy
    • Lace
    • Heavyweight denim
    • Terry cloth
    • Funky fur
    • Thin leather
    • Quilt batting
    • Warm & natural batting
    • Fusible fleece
    • Self-adhesive craft metal
    • Self-adhesive cork
    • Self-adhesive foam
    • Self-adhesive magnet
    • Self-adhesive felt
    • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
    • Pop up sponge
    • Poly foam
    • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)

    Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Tutorial: Simply Scrappin' Stencils

    This "Christmas Jingle" Simply Scrappin' 12" x 12" scrapbook page is from the November 2009 issue of Stampin' Success magazine which came in the mail today. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to recreate this page, but I had already used my "dec. 25" die cuts on another project. But then I had an a-ha moment: I still had the used die cut sheet, so I could use the negative as a stencil! I was so excited when I figured this out that I wanted to share this idea with you right away.


    Tutorial:

    1.) Cut out the portion from your used die cut sheet that you want to use as your stencil. For this sample, I used the "dec. 25" image. When cutting, leave as much white space around the image as you can. This will help protect your scrapbook page if you stray a little bit outside the lines when coloring. (Note: if you have not used the actual die cut yet, peel it off and use it later on a different project.)

    2.) Peel off the backing and lightly adhere the stencil onto your card stock. (There were separate little pieces for some of the letters on this image, so don't forget to use them!) When adhering the stencil, don't rub it or press down hard; remember, you will need to be able to remove the stencil from the card stock when you're done. Do not use the stencil on Designer Series Paper because you might tear the surface of the paper when you go to remove it.

    3.) Use sponge daubers to apply Craft ink. I used Old Olive first, followed by Real Red. The craft ink is pigmented so it shows up on dark colored card stock.




    4.) Once the ink has completely dried, slowly begin peeling the stencil off the page. If you see a spot you missed, lay it back down and use your sponge daubers to dab on more ink. Allow the ink to dry again, then continue removing the stencil. Here is the finished image!



    There are a lot of great shapes in the "Christmas Jingle" Simply Scrappin' Kit that you can use with this technique! There are ornaments and circles in many different sizes. And of course, my favorite is the scallop circle die cut that had the image of the Dasher reindeer. I just love anything with a scalloped edge!

    Alternate version of this technique: If you use Classic ink on light colored card stock, you will not need to wait for the ink to dry.

    If you try this technique, please leave a comment and let me know how it went!

    *Updated* Important Information Regarding My Digital Studio Personalized Hardcover Albums

    barcode MDS



    Note updated portion in red.


    When using Stampin' Up!'s Professional Print Services for My Digital Studio creations, please keep the following in mind.

    • When creating personalized hardcover albums, you will need to leave a 5/8" margin/bleed area on all sides of the front and back covers (your first and last pages) to ensure that your designs aren't cut off at the edges when your book is printed. For all other pages, leave 1/4" on the top and bottom of the pages and 1/2" on the sides. An update to all guides will be included in a software patch, expected in the coming weeks.
    • All personalized hardcover albums will have a barcode printed directly on the back of the book. While the actual barcode is only 1.75" x .25", there is a 2.875" x 1.125" window where the barcode could be placed. The edge of the window is .875" from the spine and .375" from the bottom of the book. Please see visual above.
    • If there is a designed image/background anywhere in this window it could be covered by a permanent barcode with a white background box that is 1.75" x .25".
    • The purpose of the barcode is to ensure that the content pages created for the inside of the book match up with the correct personalized cover, eliminating possibility for error. Stampin' Up! is working with the vendor on other options and hopes to eliminate the visual barcode in the future.

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    October Promotion: Deals of the Week!



    During the month of October, select Stampin' Up! products are at least 25% off! The featured products this week are embellishments that will give your projects the "wow" factor you're looking for! Click here to order these products online or call me at (714) 693-0789 to place your order over the phone.

    Don't delay - - these special Deals of the Week will only last from October 19, 9:00 AM through October 26, 8:50 AM (Pacific Time Zone)!

    Item
    Page
    Description
    Regular Price
    Special Price
    114348
    179
    Basic Jumbo grommets


    Custom designed, these large grommets add some real spunk! These grommets can even frame small images for real art appeal.

    ■ Colors: Basic Black, Silver, Very Vanilla and Whisper White
    ■ 5 each for a total of 20 pieces

    $6.95
    $4.49
    109857
    179
    Mini Library clips


    Let your inner librarian run wild when you clip a tag to a project with one of our adorable Mini Library Clips. These clips are 1/4" x 1/2" and each package contains 12 each of 4 colors (Black, Silver, Antique Brass, and Pewter).
    $12.95
    $8.99
    112571
    179
    Circle Designer brads

    These high-quality cast brads are so easy to use and come in custom Stampin' Up! designs. They're finished in our Styled Silver, and can be used separately or with our Hodgepodge Hardware.

    ■ Assortments include 16 pieces; 8 each of 2 sizes (1/2" and 3/4")
    ■ Use to embellish cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts

    $5.95
    $3.99
    112581
    179
    1/2" Library clips

    Let your inner librarian run wild when you clip a tag to a project with one of our adorable Mini Library Clips. These clips to add the right touch to your projects.

    ■ Contains 24 pieces
    ■ 8 each of 3 colors: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
    ■ Powder finish
    ■ 1/2" x 3/4"

    $6.95
    $3.99



    Sunday, October 18, 2009

    How to Use Decor Elements

    Watch this video to learn more about Stampin' Up!'s home decor line!

    Pumpkin with Large Oval Punch


    Another punch art tip! Here is how to make a pumpkin using the Large Oval Punch (Item #107305, $15.95).

    1.) Punch three ovals out of Pumpkin Pie card stock using the large oval punch.

    2.) Sponge Pumpkin Pie ink on the three ovals, or you may swipe the cardstock directly on the ink pad as I did in my sample.

    3.) Put two ovals side-by-side on your stamping surface so that the centers are touching. The inked side should be facing up.

    4.) Put adhesive on the third oval. Place the third oval on top, with the inked side up, centering it between the bottom two ovals.

    5.) Cut a stem freehand, using your scissors and a scrap of Garden Green cardstock. (I didn't do this on my sample, but it would also look nice if you sponged Garden Green ink on the stem.)

    6.) Adhere the stem behind the ovals.


    You're done! Try experimenting with different sizes and quantities of ovals!

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    Thank You to My Readers

    I was shocked to see that this website ranked #1 today for stamping sites on Toplisted.net! A big thank you to all of you for following me on my little stamping adventures!

    My Digital Studio Halloween Card

    Were you aware that you can use My Digital Studio to design cards? Here is a cute Halloween card that Amanda designed when she visited me on Thursday. This was her very first time using My Digital Studio, and she was able to make this card in under 10 minutes from start to finish!


    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Have a fun Girls Night Out - Schedule a Private Class!





    Stampin’ Up!® Regional Class


    Every year, Stampin’ Up!® holds regional events for its demonstrators. Schedule a private class for you and your friends and create the very same Make and Takes from the Fall 2009 Stampin' Up! ® Demonstrator regional seminar in Cincinnati! All of these projects use the “Berry Christmas” stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

    Location: My house in Yorba Linda (or your house!)


    Cost: $25 per person for all 6 projects (4 hour class)

       OR $15 per person, choose 3 projects (2 hour class)


    What to bring to class: Double-sided adhesive; fine-tip scissors


    Optional (but helpful!): Classic Ink Pads in Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Real Red, and Soft Suede; Berry Christmas stamp set, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig



    E-mail me or call (714) 693-0789 to schedule your private class! A two week lead time is required to order materials. Minimum 2 people, Maximum 8.

    Moo (Punch Animals: Cow)

    Amanda came over today to stamp. She figured out a way to make a cow using Stampin' Up! punches! Isn't the cow so cute? I want to make a barnyard full of punch animals!

    Supplies used:
    • Round Tab punch (head and body)
    • Small Oval punch (mouth and ears)
    • Word Window punch (legs)
    • 1/4" hole punch (nostrils)
    • retired flower punch for udders (can substitute Boho Blossoms from current catalog)
    • Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker


    New Images Available for My Digital Studio!

    Starting today, seven new My Digital Downloads are available for purchase and use with your My Digital Studio software or other design applications. Several of these images are just in time for Halloween!

    Click here to place your Stampin' Up! order.



    Item # Product Name Price
    118114 Cast A Spell Designer Series paper - digital download $4.95
    118115 Night & Day Designer Series paper - digital download

    $4.95
    118124 Medallion stamp brush set - digital download

    $1.95
    118126 Circle Circus stamp brush set - digital download

    $5.95
    118116 School Days II stamp brush set - digital download

    $9.95
    118121 Great Moments II stamp brush set - digital download

    $9.95
    118122 Pumpkin Patch stamp brush set - digital download $5.95