Saturday, October 2, 2010

Home Decor for Fall

I've been working on decorating my house for fall. I was at Michael's and found some cute little frames I really liked. I thought it would be fun to make something fall-ish to put inside. I just got a couple of new things from Stampin' Up! (R) I was looking forward to playing with, too, so it worked out perfectly! The first one I made was this little owl frame.The owl is a punch - yep, a punch! I punched out two different owls. One in the patterned paper and another in the black. It's fun playing with it and figuring out which pieces to use. I really like how it turned out.Here's the frame with my decorations. What do you think? Yes, my dog decided she was part of the decorations and to make it official we put her pumpkin costume on her.
The second project I knew I wanted to do involved a new stamp set I got called "Greeting Card Kids". Such a cute set! All I did was stamp it, color it with my watercolor colored pencils, use my blender pen and it was done. So simple and Oh, so cute!

Happy Fall!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Upcoming Classes

Now that I'm finally finding time to do some stamping, I figured it was time to put some classes together!! The first one will be Saturday, October 9th from 10am-noon. We will be making four fun fall projects and the cost to attend is $8. I will post the projects we will me making for that soon so keep checking back!
The second class I'm planning is a Christmas Card Stamp-a-stack. Every year it's a favorite class and I'm hoping this year will be no exception! The date is November 6th (first Saturday in November) from 10am-1pm and there will be five different card designs and you have the choice of making 2 or 4 of each! (If you are making four of each, please allow for a little more time). The cost for 10 cards (includes envelopes) is $15 and the cost for 20 cards (includes envelopes) is $25. Bring a friend and take $5 off your class fee! Place a $30 order at the class and you can take $10 off your class fee!!
RSVP is required for both of these classes! For the one in October, please RSVP by the 4th so I can make sure to have enough prepared for everyone. For the class in November, you MUST RSVP by October 29th so I can make sure to have time to order enough materials. Also, please make sure to bring your own adhesive to the classes! If you have questions, please leave a comment and I will answer! If you'd like to attend but those dates/times aren't good, please let me know that, too, as I may try to schedule another date.
In order to do the classes, I am looking for a minimum of three people attending otherwise, I will cancel.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

INCENTIVE for you from ME

Because I am new to this area and trying to get my business up and running again, I am offering an incentive to anyone who hosts an in-home or catalog workshop with me from now until the end of the year! If you host a workshop and it closes at at least the minimum $150 show, you will receive FREE from me either a Simply Scrappin' kit of your choice (valued at $19.95) OR a Simply Sent kit (valued at $11.95). I will add it to your workshop order!
For those of you who aren't sure about hosting a workshop but would like to place an order, if you place a $50 order with me between now and the end of the year, you will receive with your order a free ink pad of your color choice.
Call or email me ASAP so we can get your workshop scheduled and enjoy a fun night with friends! Don't forget Stampin' Up! isn't just about stamping anymore! We have home decor, fabric and more!!


I can't believe how much time has passed since I last posted anything on my blog. I apologize and thank you to those of you who still check in occasionally! Since my last post I have moved and I think I'm finally getting settled in enough to start stamping and, hopefully, holding classes. I do so miss getting together and sharing my love for this fun hobby. I have enjoyed doing a little stamping for myself, though, and have made a commitment to being better about actually SENDING cards to people. I used to be so good at it which is one reason I got into this business and then, oddly enough, found that the busier I was with "business" the less cards I sent! SO, to family and friends I apologize for letting that happen and please hold me accountable! If you're reading this blog and would like to get a hand-stamped card from me (even if we've never met) post a comment with your address, and I will send you one ASAP!!
Please stay updated as I'm having incentives and classes coming your way!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Link for Flowers

This is NOT the original link I found for making these flowers BUT it's still good. As I said, they are easy to make and super fun. If you make some, let me know! Or, better yet, send me a picture!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thank you gift

Last Sunday I had my last rotating hostess club meeting here in ND. I wanted to give the ladies a little something to say thank you and I found a tutorial on making these adorable paper flowers so I knew I had to incorporate them into my gift. Here's what I came up with:

The picture is of the group of them because the picture my sweet hubby took for me of the one by itself was, unfortunately, blurry. He did also take this picture, though, so he made up for it! I used some retired patterned paper but was pretty pleased with how they came out. What do you think? Oh, and I'll have to find the link again for the flowers because they're SUPER EASY and so much fun and cute to boot!

Friday, April 9, 2010

BIG changes, coming SOON!!!

Oh my goodness! I was out of town for almost a week. Got back, was checking the Stampin' Up! (R) website and found out that BIG changes are coming in our color collections! They are totally doing away with the Earth Elements family group! They are getting rid of quite a few of our current colors, bringing back some old IN Colors and adding a few we haven't seen before! Here's a page that features what our new color collections will look like:
Here's the page that shows all the colors that will be retired! Can you believe it? That's a LOT!!
Definitely a few I'm sad to see go BUT I'm also excited to see some of the old In Colors come back plus get to know some new colors. Styles and fashions change and Stampin' Up! (R) is making sure we're staying on top of the current treads so I can't blame them for the change. I figured something had to be done soon since things had been the same for a while now. If you want to get some of the old colors before they're gone, make sure to place your order in the next couple of months! The current catalog ends at the end of June and the new colors will go into effect with the new catalog! Exciting stuff!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Although the temps here are still pretty chilly, the snow
has melted a lot and you can actually see the grass, the dakrats (prairie dogs for the non-locals) are out, so spring must definitely be here! I was feeling in the mood for just that with this card. I got the new Beautiful Wings embosslit die for the Big Shot and knew I HAD to use it! Plus, I've been seeing lots of projects with the ribbon all crinkled up and wanted to try my hand at that, so this is what I came up with! I used Barely Banana, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay. And my desk looks like spring! For the background I used one of my impressions templates, ran my brayer over it using Barely Banana, put it through the big shot and you get a very soft, lovely background! I am LOVING the butterflies - they are SO EASY and SO pretty, I can see myself using them quite a lot! My other favorite thing on this card is the new Well Scripted stamp set featured in the mini catalog. It is by far my favorite font verse set we have. The great thing about this card, too, is that it can be an Easter card (as I have shown) or birthday, Mother's day, you name it! I love versatile!

I hope you're enjoying your spring - wherever you are!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bundle of Joy

I've had quite a few friends having babies lately and I'm OUT of baby cards SO for my last rotating hostess meeting (this past Sunday) I decided one of the projects would guessed it - a baby card! While I was skimming through blogs one day I came across a fun project using the Medallion stamp to make "lace" on Patty's Stamping Spot. I decided I had to try it! Knowing those two things, I came up with this project.

The ladies seemed to really like it - even though it is a little more time - intense! Here's a close up:

Some of the ladies told me they really thought it was lace or ribbon when they first saw the project so I know it really accomplishes its design!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Friend Card

For my rotating hostess in February, I made a "Friend" card using the Vintage Vogue stamp set from the Spring mini that's out right now. I just got the Elegant Bouquet textured impression embossing folder and thought it was perfect to start getting into the mood for spring! The colors I decided on were Pale Plum and Rich Razzleberry - I LOVE those colors together!

The design is actually pretty simple but it comes out looking so elegant and pretty.

Here's a close up so you can see some details.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Friday, March 19, 2010

What I've Been Doing

The last week or so I've been BUSY making invitations for the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) tea that I am responsible for. The theme is "An Evening in Paris" and the colors are Black, White, and Melon Mambo (pink). I was really excited about the cards until I got a quarter of the way into making them and I thought "Why did I do this to myself?" BUT, I pushed through it and finallly got them (all 60) made and even out in the mail by 1 o'clock!

Here's a picture of them all together and ready to go:

Here's one up-close:
Here's a really up close look so you can see the details:

With the theme being Parisian, I had to add some bling both with the brads and the glitter. So girly and so fun!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Attempt at an Easel Card

I can't believe it's almost the end of February already! I guess I haven't been doing a whole lot of stamping lately. I did have my rotating hostess club this past weekend so that gave me something to stamp for! (Or, at least motivated me to do something about!!) I have been looking around at blogs and such and kept seeing cute easel cards everywhere so I finally decided I needed to make one. They are pretty easy to make (not a lot of cutting, folding,etc which I like - I'm kind of a simple gal, can you tell?!) and I was pleased with the way this one came together. Yet once again I let the DSP be my background (just makes life way more simple) and I used the new flower punch as my focal point SO not a lot of actual stampin' on this card! The one extra little "bling" was that I used heat and stick powder on a clear button and added some gold glitter to give the center of the flower that extra "wow"!

It's funny (sad, actually) but even though I'm in the card making business, I have a bad habit of letting people's birthday's slip by so this one was appropriate (as long as I mail it on time!) Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sweet Baby Card

I made this card a WHILE ago for a workshop but finally got a picture of it before I send it to my cousin who just had her first baby - a girl! I must admit I saw this idea on splitcoast - to use Forest Friends for baby cards. People are just so creative! Lovin' the pink and brown still - wonder if I'll ever stop?! Here's a close-up so you can see the texture! Oh, and in case I haven't mentioned it lately - I LOVE my Big Shot!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Medallion Thank You

I made this card for workshops in December - I thought it was a nice thank you that could be Christmas-y but wasn't necessarily. Simple and elegant. Gotta love that!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Christmas Joy

Okay, this is completely a CASE (Copy and Share everything) from Stampin' Up!'s monthly magazine. With my name being Joy I tend to have quite a bit of Christmas decorations and when I saw this, I knew I had to make it! I ended up leaving it pretty simple because I never could decide what to add. If you have ideas, I'd be happy to hear them! Since I never did get anything added to it, it's just hanging in my stampin' area. Maybe next year I'll get around to "completing" it with a hanger and everything!

Winter Love

I wanted to post some projects I made last year and never got around to posting! This one is perfect for the weather we're having right now. It's a hot chocolate holder perfect to give to a friend as a "happy"! The stamp set was featured in our winter mini and I'm sure we'll be seeing it again because it's just too darn cute!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sale-a-Bration is HERE!!!

Sale-a-bration time is here in the world of Stampin' Up! (R). Some of you may be wondering what on earth Sale-a-Bration is so let me share with you the details of this too good to be true event!
As a Customer:
For every $50 you spend on stamping merchandise during Sale-a-Bration you get to select one of the items from the Sale-a-Bration flyer absolutely FREE!!!!
As a Hostess:
Host a workshop of at least $300 (before tax and shipping) and receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!
As a Demonstrator:
Join as a demonstrator and choose ANY stamp set - a value of up to $47.95 - from our current catalogs. Plus, get 15% off the price of the Starter Kit!!
You just can't lose! Contact me NOW to schedule a workshop or place an order so you don't miss out!

Christmas Ornaments

Yes, Christmas is over but I had taken some pictures of Christmas ornaments I made and thought the pictures turned out pretty cool so I wanted to share! These ornaments are SUPER EASY to make and turn out SO nice! All you need is clear glass ornaments, stamp pad ink refills, and glitter!! What's fun is changing the color of the glitter but using the same ink creates different results to the possibilities are endless! Plus, the glitter and all is on the INSIDE so no mess when you pick it up and touch it!
The first picture is of all the ornaments together - I made them to give to my MOPS group as a Christmas present for each mom plus I showed them how to make them so they could do it themselves if they wanted to! Here's a close-up of the red ornaments. I used the same red ink just different kids of glitter so that's why you see differences!For the green, I did use three different kids of inks and a few different glitters so I got a different result A LOT!!