Jan 31, 2011

A week of Bliss....


Happy Monday! I had a nice productive weekend so I'm actually in a fairly good mood (at least for a Monday!) despite being woken up early twice (!) by both my mother and my sister.
That's Ok though as I really needed to get up to make my lunch (I've been trying to be better about the eating habits) and to write my blog post!
So this week we will be looking at the Sale-A-Bration stamp set "Bliss." This is my favorite SAB set I think and the more I made cards with it this weekend, the more I fell in love with it. You can look at it on page 10 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog here.
This card also features the new Big Shot embossing folder called framed tulips. I have to say I wasn't to excited about it when I first saw it in the catalog, but after I saw some samples with it, I knew I had to own it!
The Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini is also featured on this card. The color combo is Rose Red, Baja Breeze, River Rock and Very Vanilla.
Be sure to come back tomorrow when I have two Bliss samples for you using a great color combo!

Jan 28, 2011

Wrapping up Punch Bunch...


Day 5 of the Punch Bunch features brings a card featuring some bright and a bit more manly colors (although I'm not sure if I'd call it a masculine card).
This one uses the Celebrations Designer Series Paper and, of course, Punch Bunch from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.
You could earn Punch Bunch FREE with the following order (the supplies used to create this card):
Celebrations Designer Series paper (117164, $9.95)
Getting Started Cardstock Collection (120954, $6.95)
Real Red Tafeta Ribbon (119763, $6.95)
Scallop Square Punch (119884, $16.95)
Whisper White Medium envelopes (107301, $6.50)
Stampin' dimensionals (104430, $3.95)
That totals $51.25 and then you would receive Punch Bunch for FREE! Free is always fun, right? Be sure to come back next week when I feature the Sale-A-Bration stamp set "Bliss."

Jan 27, 2011

A little "Love" for Sale-A-Bration


The "Love Letters" Designer Series paper from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog is probably my favorite paper pack this year (although somoe of the new mini paper is very, very tempting!).
I used the "Love Letters" DSP on today's card (it was featured on yesterday's card, too!). This is another relatively simple card -- it primarily consists of a lot of layering. In all honesty, this card came together by simply piling on a variety of scraps I had hanging around the table after putting yesterday's card together. That's often times my favorite way to create.
In fact, I have a bin on my paper rack behind my table where I put any small "card-sized" scraps and then when I have a minute to make a card, I simply pull a few scraps from the bin that speak to me and start playing.
This was the method I used when making my crop cards back in October and I came up with 7 different designs that I really liked. You can see a few of those here, here and here.
So, you can scroll down to yesterday's post and see the products you can order to earn the "Punch Bunch" stamp set from Sale-A-Bration for free (the image featured today comes from that stamp set again).
View the Sale-A-Bration catalog here and remember you earn a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set for EVERY $50 you spend! So if you were to order $150 worth of product (say perhaps a Big Shot and some dies) you would not only earn hostess benefits of a free exclusive hostess stamp set and $15 in free merchandise of your choice... you'd also earn THREE Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.
One of the greatest things about Sale-A-Bration is that demonstrators earn free sets for every $50, too so when I placed a supply order of $300 I earned SIX free Sale-A-Bration sets. Cool, huh? Want to learn more about being a demonstrator during the best time of the year? Feel free to come to my group meeting on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. (just please let me know so I have enough supplies cut for the make and takes).
During Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up also offers a great deal for new demos, too, including 15% off the starter kit and an extra $50 in product! Call or e-mail me for details!
See you tomorrow....

Jan 26, 2011

Punch Bunch: Day 3!


Hi There! Are you enjoying these Punch Bunch ideas? I think this is going to be one of the most popular choices for Sale-A-Bration 2011... we'll have to wait and see, though, if my prediction is correct!
Today's card is one of my favorites I made with the Punch Bunch set (well, tomorrow's too as it uses the same basic kit).
You could earn the Punch Bunch stamp set for free and make today's card with the following "kit:"
Love Letters Designer Series Paper (117162, $9.95)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402, $15.95)
Scallop Circle Punch (119854, $16.95)
Getting Started Cardstock Collection (120954, $6.95)
Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon (109055, $6.95)
Pearls (119247, $4.95)
That kit would cost $61.70 and you would earn the Punch Bunch set for free. Again, remember to come back tomorrow as I will have another card you could make with this kit.
I'm in a giving mood today so after Friday's post, send me an e-mail with your favorite card from the week and I will enter you into a drawing for a free card class!

Jan 25, 2011

It's Here, It's Here!


Welcome to Day 1 of Sale-A-Bration. I am super excited about this promotion this year... we have some great items up for grabs and plenty of new goodies in the Occasions Mini catalog that we qualify for a $50 order (you'll see more of those products coming up soon!).
Anyway, today's card is somewhat of a continuation of yesterday's blog post. I'm using the same basic supplies to create this card as I used to create yesterday's card. This one still features the Punch Bunch stamp set as well.
I like to make multiple cards using the same supplies because, well, it just makes sense! You have all the stuff out to make the card and you of course make a bunch of scraps when you are cutting into the paper to make the first card. So... I just pick up the pieces and create a new card!
Voila! This is another simple birthday card. It is always handy to have those on hand! See yesterday's post for ideas of what to purchase to make a similiar card to this and earn the Punch Bunch set for Free! (just scroll down and you can see yesterday's list.
Don't forget... I'll be featuring a new card using Punch Bunch all week this week (except Saturday and Sunday) and then come back next week as I'll be featuring the Sale-A-Bration set, "Bliss," which is one of my favorites!

Jan 24, 2011

Just One More Day...


Hello Monday. I have to say I'm overly happy this Monday as we had a fabulous concert for the Cape Cod Symphony this weekend (my new job) and now I have today off.
Of course, having the day off is in and of itself reason to be happy -- but I'm even more happy that I don't have to leave the house (well until my card class tonight). It is COLD outside and I am so not a fan of this weather. Will someone please call me when the 60-degree weather returns and brings those happy little birdies back?
Anyway, another reason to be happy today is that Sale-A-Bration starts tomorrow! What is Sale-A-Bration you ask? It is only the best promotion of the year for Stampin' Up. Starting tomorrow and running through March 31, any time you purchase $50 worth of product you receive a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Many of the items are exclusive and only available during this 2.5 month time. Although, as they did last year, Stampin' Up has also offered up some of the favorites from the big Idea Book and Catalog as Sale-A-Bration items, too.
The card I made for today's showcase is relatively simple. It uses the Punch Bunch Sale-A-Bration set as the focal image.
Here is a suggested order to earn your free Punch Bunch stamp set (you could use this package to make tomorrow's card, too!):
Scallop Trim Border punch (118402, $15.95)
Scallop Circle Punch (119854, $16.95)
Sweet & Sour Specialty Designer Series Paper (117390, $11.95)
Getting Started Collection Cardstock (120954, $6.95)
Rose Red Ink Pad (101778, $5.95)
Pumpkin Pie Marker (105115, $3.50)
Pearls (119247, $4.95)
Your total is $65.20 and you would earn the Punch Bunch stamp set free. Be sure to check back tomorrow and see another card you could make with the supplies above.

Jan 22, 2011

Hello, Hello!


How cute is this little owl? He is a member of the adorable Punch Bunch stamp set. You know what the cutest thing is about him? You can get him for FREE!
He is one of the five fantastic products you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration 2011! Sale-A-Bration starts on Tuesday, January 25. If you are not familiar with this fantastic, long-running promotion -- this is how it works: For EVERY $50 you spend on Stampin' Up product you earn a FREE exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.
To help you see the stamps in action... for the next four weeks I am going to post a new card sample featuring one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets.
Beginning on Monday, Jan. 24, I will begin posting a card a day. This week I'll be featuring the stamp set "Punch Bunch".
So be sure to check back next week! I'm ready to show you these fantastic new products that you can get for FREE!

Jan 4, 2011

Happy New Year

I say it every year.... I love a New Year. You can get rid of any negatives from the previous year, build on any successes and best of all wipe the slate clean if you choose to! Of course, you can do this at any time of year, but for some reason for me I always find the beginning of the year very inspiring.

I've been scouring all my favorite blogs this past week taking in others' resolutions, "One Word" picks, and plans for 2011. I have to be honest that I haven't really been able to pinpoint my thoughts on this year... so no real insightful thinking to share with you today... but perhaps in the not too distant future... ;)

I figured since I can't really collect all my goals, aspirations and desires for 2011 yet, I'd share my favorite projects from 2010. Have a look back...

January:

While I didn't actually create this layout in January... I made it to commemorate my first trip to Leadership, which was in Phoenix, Arizona last year. This was a big milestone for me for a couple of reasons -- first it was my first flight alone ever! (Not necessarily something I want to do alone again... lol!). And it was my first trip to Leadership, which was amazing! I'm sad I won't be able to attend again this year. I am definitely aiming to attend convention though in July!
February:

I used the crayon resist technique here -- which is an oldie for me -- I learned it in my very beginning stages as a demonstrator and I still love it. I love the sentiment of this card as well and it is something I hope to accomplish more often in 2011!

March:

I loved this set of cards I created using a Sale-A-Bration set from 2010 (Sale-A-Bration 2011 starts Jan. 25 -- don't miss out on some great FREE stamps!). I made these cards for the 2010 Crop on the Cape event. It was my second year attending, but my first as a vendor and I had so much fun and met so many new friends! I'm so excited to be participating again this year -- it's not to late to sign up -- click here right now!

April:


This was a fun and simple card I made with the Awash with Flowers set for a workshop. I love the simplicity of it, but yet it still is impressive to a new (and experienced!) stamper -- LOVE that!

May:


I really like this card a lot... I made it for Stampin' Up's annual Artisan Award contest, but sadly didn't complete my submission so I never sent it. I am determined to submit projects for this year's contest open to demonstrators (in fact I've already been thinking of my projects)... afterall, who wouldn't love $500 in cash and $500 in new SU products!

June:



This card was fun because it was the first card I made with my sneak peak items for the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and catalog, which was released in July... always a favorite month for a Stampin Up demonstrator ;)

July:

This card took me a while to put together -- but I liked it when I finished... and I liked this post because it showed a bit about my process. One of the biggest concerns I hear about rubber stamping is that people feel like they could never be creative enough... the thing is it doesn't always work for me either -- but it is still fun! Time flies when I'm messing around with a card until I get it "just right" -- and it really helps me forget the world when I need to -- perfect!

August:


Another fun, simple workshop card featuring my new toys from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and catalog... Artistic Etchings is still one of my favorite!



September:



This may be my favorite project from 2010 -- I think it's more symbollic than anything -- as I tackled the sewing machine and won (with Mom's help of course!). You can read about it here. And guess what -- I got a sewing machine for Christmas so you might just be seeing some more sewing in my future ;)


October:


I made this scrapbook page to sell and I realized as I was compiling this list -- that I really didn't do too much scrapbooking in 2010, which is sad as it was the initial reason that I signed up as a demo... So that is definitely something I'm going to work on in 2011.


November:




The colors of this card just make me happy ... Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Very Vanilla -- plus a little bling of course!


December:




Last but not least -- my favorite holiday card of the year -- these adorable little snowmen. While it's not your typical Christmas card, I think it just makes a great contemporary design.

Well, that's a recap of 2010 through my creative projects... Do you have a favorite project from 2010? Feel free to share it with me (with a link!) in the comments!

Happy Crafting to you in 2011!
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