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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Only 1 Day 'Til Christmas!
(Decor Elements on a frame with Designer Series Paper inside)

Our Tree

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Stamping Christmas Songs!

I'm still moving stuff from my old computer to the new, and just found these again.  I don't know who to give credit for them, but they're great!

Winter Wonderland

Brayers roll....are you listening.
On the card... ink is glistening.
A beautiful sight... we're happy tonight,
Stamping in a winter wonderland.

In the kitchen we can build a snowman.
Then add color to his carrot nose.
You'll say: Are you finished?
I'll say: No ma'am,
I need to add some glitter to the snow.

When we stamp... ain't it thrilling.
Even when... the powders spilling.
We'll create and we'll play...the art stamper way,
Stamping in a winter wonderland.


Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
To the hostess house we go.
O'er the streets we pass
Anxious to spend cash.

Stamps are everywhere
Making spirits bright.
Oh what fun it is to sing,
The stamping song tonight!

Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up!,
Stampin' all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to stamp
In the good old fashion way!

Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up!,
Stampin's here to stay!
Oh, what fun it is to stamp
All the gifts you give today!


Let it Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the inks look so delightful
So while the winter is cold and damp
Let us stamp! Let us stamp! Let us stamp!

It doesn't take much convincing
And I've brought a tool for crimping
Choose some paper, turn up the lamp
Let us stamp! Let us stamp! Let us stamp!

When we carefully press just right
How we smile as the image unfolds
Add some color, so bold, so bright
The result is a sight to behold.

Our projects are quickly drying
And there's new techniques for trying
So until we get finger cramps
Let us stamp! Let us stamp! Let us stamp!


Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with foils and glitters, Fa la la lala, la la la la.
Tis the season for us stampers, Fa la la...
Don we now our inks and powders, Fa la la...
Troll the heatguns and embossers, Fa la la...

See the card stock blank before us, Fa la la...
Strike the ink and join the chorus, Fa la la...
Follow me in merry masking, Fa la la...
Join us in some Yuletide stamping, Fa la la...

Faint away with chalks and markers, Fa la la...
Hail the new, ye rubber stampers, Fa la la...
Stamp with joyous all together, Fa la la...
Heedless of the times that's passed us, Fa la la...


12 Days of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me...

12 rubber stamps,
11 handmade papers,
10 embossing powders,
9 duel tip markers,
8 paper edger's,
7 assorted ink pads,
6 funky stickers,
5 exotic glitters,
4 brass stencils,
3 craft punches,
2 paper crimpers,
and a brand new embossing heat tool.

Rubber Wonderland
(sing to tune of Winter Wonderland)

Rubber calls are you listening?
Glitter falls bright and glistening.
Were happy tonight, Our stampings so bright . . .
Wading through a Rubber Wonderland.

In the craft room we can stamp a snow card,
send it onits way to a friend.
They'll say did you make it?
You'll say Yeah, man and you can stamp one too, yes you can!

Later on, well conspire,
as we sit, by the fire,
to face unafraid
the mess that we made
wading through our Rubber Wonderland

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ack! It's December Already!

Do you remember the cartoon "Cathy"? She always said "ack"- I just thought of her when I typed that. But that was my reaction when I looked at the calendar this morning and realized it's December 1st! Christmas is THIS month! Now when I look at the calendar all I see is the 25th.

John and I actually got up at 3:30am on Black Friday and were at Sam's Club by 4. My old computer has been slowly dying, so I wanted to get a new one. We ended up getting 2 laptops (1 for each of us) for less than we figured we'd end up paying for a desktop. Woohoo! So I'm slowly transfering everything from the old to the new. What a chore! And with 2 computers on my desk, I don't have much room to work. I'm still working on Christmas cards!

Here's the Tip of the Week, a day late!

When you make a card, make 2- that way you have 1 to give and 1 to keep for a sample. And it's not that much more work to make 2 of each piece when you have everything out.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Season of Thanks, Season of Blessings, Season of Love"
(Decor Elements on a shadow box filled with fall leaves)
Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm so thankful for my family and friends!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Gift Packaging Class Projects

The Class Projects, plus the Tag Box

Stocking Gift Card Holder (case'd from Andrea W)

Matchbox using Christmas Cocoa DSP

Pillow Box made with Window Sheets (holds 3 Hershey Nuggets perfectly!)

Box #2 in Old Olive with various DSP

Movers & Shakers Pouch in Rich Razzleberry with Top Note Die in Gable Green (case'd from Lisa F)
I love the Big Shot for making great boxes and containers! 4 of the projects for yesterday's Holiday Gift Packaging Class were made with Big Shot dies. So quick and easy!
The top of the Stocking Gift Card Holder opens and has a spot to tuck a gift card inside. So cute! Thanks Andrea W. for sharing this idea!

And everyone made a set of gift tags and a box to hold them, similar to the one I made with Santa's Belt.

If you have any questions on these projects, let me know!

Friday, November 20, 2009

More on my Tag Boxes...

Close up of the Santa's Belt Box

Close up of the Poinsetta Box

Close up showing the front side of the tags

Close up of the back side of the tags

I'm doing a class tomorrow afternoon where a we'll be making a tag box and gift tags like the ones in the pictures above.  They will make great gifts!   Each box contains 24 tags (6 each of 4 designs) that are 3 layers of cardstock- stamped image on the front, colored cardstock for the middle layer, and then a slightly smaller layer of either white or vanilla on the back with "to: from:" stamped on it- and a gold or silver cord. They are packaged in a gift box that has a divider to keep the 4 designs separate, a clear slide-on cover, and a matching "belt" to hold everything together.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Gift Packaging Class & Stamping Tip of the Week

I have a Stamp-A-Stack scheduled for this Saturday (the 21st), but I'm going to change it to a "Holiday Gift Packaging" class. We're going to make a box of gift tags similar to the ones pictured above, as well as a few other ways to give some small gifts. Cost will be $20 and the class will be 12:30-3:30. Please sign up by Thursday the 19th so I can have enough supplies ready for everyone. Thanks! Hope to see you on Saturday!

Stamping Tip of the Week:
Did you notice the holes on the top strip of a Stampin’ Up! order form? They make a great template for perfectly spaced brads, eyelets, etc.
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hearing & Service Dogs of MN Graduation

Izzy, Brinks, & Viggo saying hi to each other
Izzy, Brinks, & Viggo posing
"Did you say treat?"

Chase & Izzy

3 of our puppies graduated for Hearing & Service Dogs of MN yesterday! Brinks & Viggo are both service dogs and Izzy is a Hearing Dog. They are all from our Sydne's 1st litter, as is Vern, who graduated this spring and is an Autism Assist Dog. We are so proud!
These pictures are from backstage, before the actual ceremony. We had about an hour to spend with the dogs. We had Izzy until she was about 9 months old- she was Chase's dog. She definitely remembered us, but didn't have as big of a reaction to seeing us again as we thought she might. She's still a petite little girl, but so well behaved! And cute! It was fun seeing her next to her brothers, who we haven't seen since they were 8 weeks old. Viggo is tall and lean and looks very athletic, while everything about Brinks is just big! We saw a little bit of Sydne in all of them and they even have some of her little behaviors!
It is so amazing to see the dogs with their clients and hear about what a difference they make in their lives. It makes all the hard work that goes into raising the puppies worthwhile! We are honored that we can part of the process!
Congratulations to everyone who graduated yesterday! We wish you the best!
If you are interested in finding out more about Hearing & Service Dogs of MN, please go to their website:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Stamping Tip of the Week:

Don’t cover your entire piece with adhesive- just use short pieces on the corners and center. This will save your adhesive and your money!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Chase didn't have school yesterday (in service day) so I thought today was Monday! Oops! Sorry about's the tip of the week:
When coloring with markers, don’t push down on the tip. Be gentle! Your markers will last longer.
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween!

Decor Elements "Spooky Spider" on a glass block, filled with styrofoam beads

Monday, October 26, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Stamping Tip of the Week:

Always store your markers horizontally, that way the ink will be evenly distributed to each tip.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Card Challenge!

Yesterday I did my 1st ever Card Challenge and thought I'd share the results. I belong to a group called SUDSOL- "Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line". Everyone is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and they are so willing to share information and ideas- it's a great group to be part of! They also do Challenges where someone will post a sketch or an idea and then whoever wants to particiapte comes up with a card or project. They usually don't fit into my schedule, but yesterday I was home by myself and had time so I decided to try it!

This is the sketch that was provided:

You can use any stamp set, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, and colors you want, as long as the layout is similar to the sketch.

This is the card that I came up with:

What do you think? I like the way it turned out! I might have to make sure I get to do more of these! If you decide to make a card using the sketch, send me a picture and I'll add it to this post!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Stamping Tip of the Week:

If you stamp something and part of it doesn’t show up, you can probably “draw” in the missing part with a marker.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Stamping Tip of the Week:

If you mount a stamp crooked, put it in the microwave for about 5 seconds. It should loosen the glue just enough for you to peel off the rubber and reposition it. Just don’t leave it in there too long!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Make a copy of the sticker sheet that comes with each stamp set. This way you’ll know what stamps you have, what stamps are in each set, and how they fit in their box.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Clearance Rack & Stamping Tip of the Week

Stampin' Up! is launching a new section of the online store called the Clearance Rack. The purpose of the Clearance Rack is to clear out the inventory of surplus items that have been retired. Many of these retired items will be offered at a substantially reduced price.

* All products in the Clearance Rack section are retired, discontinued items. No current products will be sold in the Clearance Rack.

* Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last. Items will be removed and new items will be posted depending on inventory levels. There is no set time for availability.

*Clearance Rack items will be listed and pictured only in the online store. No list or flyer will be posted.

* All sales of Clearance Rack items are final. No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.

To view and order items in the Clearance Rack, go to my Stampin' Up! website: and click on "Shop Now" in the upper right hand corner, then click on "Clearance Rack".

Stamping Tip of the Week

When centering layers, line up opposite, diagonal corners. If your layers are cut correctly, they will be perfectly centered every time!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cards From the 9/26 Stamp-A-Stack

Pretties Flowers (inspired by Phyllis S.)
Everyone made 1 of each of these, using Pretties Kit flowers. The green leaves were dyed with a mixture of Garden Green refill and water, the yellow centers were colored with the Crushed Curry marker- LOVE the In Color Markers!

Sizzix Elegant Bouquet/Butterfly (CASE'd from Cindee W.)
We did these on white or vanilla card stock and the butterflies were done in various colors. The Half Back Pearls (in white or vanilla) are also from the Pretties Kit.
Celebrate Everything
This is a great card for using up scraps! The colors are Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise & Certainly Celery.

Medallion (CASE'd from Penny G.)
Pick 3 ink colors, ink your stamp with the lighest, then use a sponge dauber to add the other 2. We used Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango & Soft Suede. LOVE those In Colors!

Wandering Words from the Holiday Mini (CASE'd from Andrea W.)
This card also uses the Autumn Meadows DSP from the Holiday Mini.
Since September 22nd was the 1st official day of Fall, we used some of the great colors for the season. And all of these cards could be used for multiple occasions so they're very "all-purpose".
The next Stamp-A-Stack will be in late October- check back for details!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Sorry I'm a day late with this...I have a nasty sinus infection and spent most of yesterday on the couch blowing my nose and sleeping. Here is Tip #3:

It’s not a mistake, it’s a creative opportunity! Card Stock has 2 sides for a reason! You can always flip it over! Just because something doesn’t turn out exactly the way you wanted it to doesn’t mean it’s ruined. See what else you can make from it.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Here's Tip #2, which is related to last week's tip...

To clean your Stampin’ Scrub, take the pads out, rinse them with warm water, then use a drop of dishwashing soap to lather them up and scrub with your fingers. Rinse well, and try to get as much water off as you can, then lay them flat on paper towels or a towel to dry. Some people put them in the top rack of their dishwasher, but mine curled when I tried it so I don't recommend it.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Stamping Tip of the Week

Have you ever had an aha! moment when you're stamping? Figure out a short cut for making a card? Or hear a great piece of advice from a fellow stamper? That's what I love about stamping- every one shares their ideas! I'm going to try and post a Stamping Tip of the Week every Monday. Hopefully these will help you with your stamping!

Here's the first tip I have to share with you...

When you are done stamping, stamp on a piece of scrap paper to remove as much ink as you can, then clean your stamps on a Stampin’ Scrub sprayed with Stampin’ Mist. This will keep your scrub cleaner so you don’t have to clean it as often.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cards From the 8/22 Stamp-A-Stack

Season of Friendship (CASE'd from Diane C.)
It almost seems to early to be making Christmas Cards, so I eased into this by using the Season of Friendship set and making a card for each season. A big thanks to Judy who came up with the idea to stamp some leaves on the ground for the fall tree- I went back and added some to my sample. Cool idea! I also re-stamped the pink flowers on the spring tree in craft ink so they would show up better. The snowflakes and the polka dots were done with white craft ink. It takes awhile to dry, but I think it's worth it- they look great!

Season of Joy
Everyone made 4 of this card, which uses the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. Using DSP makes it easy to pick out colors for your projects- they're shown under the sample pictures in the Idea Book & Catalog.

Big on Christmas
This set only has 3 stamps in it, so we also did a 3x6 card to show another similar layout and different color combo. The Designer Series Paper for these cards is from the Patterns Pack III, which is a Level 1 Hostess choice on page 13 of the IB&C.
Sizzix Snowflake
I love my Big Shot, so I always do at least 1 project that uses it! This is the Snowflake #2 die shown on page 202 of the IB&C. Everyone made 2 cards that were Bordering Blue with Whisper White and 2 cards that were Whisper White with Bordering Blue. Each card had 1 of each color snowflake layered with a clear rhinestone brad in the middle. The "ready, set, snow!" greeting is from Best Wishes & More on page 64 of the IB&C.
Thanks to everyone who came to the Stamp-A-Stack! The next one will be Saturday September 26th. We'll do some more Christmas Cards using sets from the Holiday Mini!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Stampin' Up! Anniversary

I am celebrating my 8th Anniversary as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator on August 21st!

THANK YOU to all of my great customers for helping me along the way! I wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for you!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Card Organizer Stamp Camp Picture

I forgot to post the picture I took of the card organizers everyone made at the Stamp Camp on the 18th. Didn't they turn out great?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Card Organizer Stamp Camp

my sample

close up of the front

inside of my sample

Card Organizer Stamp Camp

Saturday July 18th, 12:30-3:30, @ the Building!
$20- make an organizer like the one pictured above and 2 cards

Sign up by Thursday!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Catalog Open House!

Saturday July 11th, 11-5 @ the Building in Rockville
(1755 Prairie Drive, the old Freedom Auto on Hwy. 23)

* Check out some of the NEW products, including the 2009-2010 In Colors!
* Shop my discontinued stamps & accessories, cards, and other stamped items!
* There will be prizes!

Hope to see you!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Cards from the 6/20 Stamp-A-Stack

Scallop Circle dresses

Inspired By Nature

And Many Mower (Occasions Mini Catalog)

Fifth Avenue Floral (2008-2009 In Colors)

These are the cards everyone made at the Stamp-A-Stack on Saturday. They did 4 of each, so the first card (the dresses) used 4 different colors of Designer Series Paper (my samples used older pieces from a hostess pack). For the second card (the cat tails), all 4 were the same but had different verses. The third card (the golfer) was 2 each of Sage Shadow and Always Artichoke for the textured layer. And the fourth card (the flowers) was the same stamping for all, only the colored layer and ribbon were different- Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, and 2 Riding Hood Red. It's fun trying different styles- it was a challenge for me to do a couple of these!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cards from the 5/9 Stamp-A-Stack

Soft Summer/texture plates

Fresh Cut Note cards

Oval All/scalloped oval punch/Walk In The Park DSP

Thoughts & Prayers/top note die cut/in-color ribbon
These are the cards my Mom made at the Stamp-A-Stack yesterday. I forgot my camera yesterday so I took the pictures of her cards today when we got together for Mother's Day. I had made 1 sample of each card and then had everythign ready for making them in different colors, 4 of each, for a total of 16 cards. Everyone liked the cards and had a fun time making them!
The next Stamp-A-Stack will be June 20th, 12:30-3:30.