Monday, August 30, 2010

Tote-ally Awesome Promotion!!

September 1 through October 18, receive a FREE craft tote (a $49.95 value) when you join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator.

This tote is gorgeous and just like it looks in the picture, you can fit a TON of stuff in it!  I bought one the second they were available and I love it, love it, love it.  I can't wait to use it at a crop - it holds 12x12 paper!!!! The print is patterned after our Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper (item #117167 - $12.50).

To receive this tote, sign up through me as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator between September 1, 2010 and October 18, 2010.  That's it!  The tote is added onto the Starter kit automatically.  The kits are $215 plus tax (free shipping on the kit and the tote) and is packed with over $375 worth of goodies (and is customizable if you already have some of the stuff in the kit).  You also can choose between the Standard Starter Kit or the Digital Starter Kit, which includes My Digital Studio (same price, fewer physical items in the kit and worth over $385!!).

Click on the link below to find out more details.  OR, click on the purple Stampin Up logo on the right side to go to my personal SU site and have access to my email. 
Starter Kit info


Thursday, August 26, 2010

10 Minute Wednesday

Here's my 10 minute card for this week.  I used the new "Just Believe" set that I think should have been called Just Gorgeous :)  I used my Colour Coach to pick out my combination of Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso.  Very, very pretty combo.  I see myself using it again and again.

I inked up the stamp with my Stampin' Write markers which is my favorite technique at the moment.  I also used the Lattice folder to add texture to the background of the card.  And still really diggin' the new 1/8" ribbon.  Didn't think I would (thought it was too small) but it really added that perfect something to a card with a big focal point.  Or is perfect to add to our Mini Library Clips (watch for a card tomorrow or Friday with that!!)

Here it is:


Monday, August 23, 2010

To make it easier...

I just added labels to ALL my posts (luckily this blog is still fairly new) and added the most common ones to a side bar LABELS list.  That way you can click on "10 minute cards" or "scrapbooking" find them all at the same time. I love that on other peoples blogs so thought others might appreciate it here. 

My schedule:

Monday's Layouts
Tuesday - Mojo Monday card
Wednesday - 10 minute Wednesdays
Thursday - day off or bonus
Friday - Surprise Friday's


Monday's Layout

Here's my layout for this week!  And yes, for those of you keeping up, this is February 2010 :)  The only pictures we seemed to have taken that month!  It was freezing cold out and we were super busy at work so... poor kids have no documentation.  But, since it would likely have been pictures of them watching tv or playing wii or fighting with each other... that isn't such a bad thing!  LOL

Happy Monday!  Jen

Friday, August 20, 2010

Earn a Free Trip to DisneyWorld? Sign me up!!

Did you know that by signing up as a Stampin' Up demonstrator, you have the opportunity to earn free incentive trips?  That between now and July 2011, you have the opportunity to earn a trip to DISNEYWORLD???

Becoming a demonstrator is easy and has a ton of benefits!
  • Chance to earn extra income while being creative!
  • You get an instant discount on all the product you order!
  • The chance to preview and preorder catalogs, products and hostess sets before anyone else!
  • A great way to meet new people - teach and socialize at the same time!
  • Stampin Success magazine month filled with ideas and projects!
  • FREE stamps sets in the first six months you’re a demonstrator through the Stampin’ Start program
  • Access to Stampin' Connection - an online community for demonstrators filled with cards, projects, scrapbook pages and ideas as well as a forum to ask questions and get inspiration!
  • Earn cash and product bonuses, incentive trips and awards as you achieve success through sales!
Let's face it... all the fun stuff you get in the starter kit!! What a fun box to open!

The standard Starter Kit includes:
  • Five complete stamp sets (including a clear-mount set and clear-mount block)
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
  • Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogues
  • Business forms and tools
A $345 value for only $215!!

Interested? Contact me today and for the month of August receive a special promotion of expedited shipping for all of September and a free gift from me!!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday - Bonus Layout

Here's another layout for you.  I was stuck at home Monday with a sick boy and while he napped, I did this.  This is of my older son (the not sick one) who was away at camp that day.  He and I have the exact same colour eyes (greeny colour) and his are so expressive, I had to capture it.  These pictures were actually taken by accident (think my husband was playing with the macro setting or something) but I thought PERFECT!!

Here's the layout:

Here's a picture of the "inspiration" layout I used.  Found online and liked it - I print out a small picture of it with the pictures for the layout (use Photoshop and print on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of photo paper).

Here's PROOF, that I do screw up!!  A few of the ladies I was teaching beginner scrapbooking too seem to think I never screw up and that it is only them who has to move stuff after they've stuck it down.  LADIES, why do you think I am so good at coming up with ideas to cover/fix the boo-boos???  Cause I do it ALL the time!!  This time, I'd started sticking it all down then realized I hadn't inked the edges like I wanted to.

Take the time to do something scrappy today!!  Jen
PS Sorry, again mostly non-SU stuff!  Used a Kraft cordoruy brad, the new Antique Trinkets and my two star punches/scallop edge punch! 
PPS I'm working through 2010 so watch for February 2010 next week :)  I file all my pictures by year/month/ then sub-folders if needed (ie 2010/April/Disneyland/California Adventure/To Print)  And as I use the pictures, I rename the folders so 2010 now has January-scrapped inside it! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

10 Minute Card Wednesday - #6!

This card was inspired by Linda over at "Where the Rubber Hits The Road".  She had a great Stamping School area you can sign up for with fabulous videos.  She was doing a great idea for a Christmas Stamp a Stack and I CASE'd her idea for this!  Totally fast, probably more like 5 minutes!!

  1. Cut and score a 5.5" x 8.5" base at 4.25" to make your card base (I used chocolate chip - had a scrap on my table).
  2. Cut a piece of DSP to 4" x 4" and adhere to top or bottom of card.
  3. Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock using the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and another with the 1 3/4" punch (can skip this layer). 
  4. Stamp an image/sentiment on white or vanilla cardstock and punch with either a 1 3/4" or 1 3/8" circle punch (depends if you add that 2nd layer of cardstock - in mine the Cherry Cobbler).
  5. Cut a 6" piece of ribbon.  Attach to card using folding technique.
  6. Adhere scalloped circle with layers over ribbon end and VOILA!!  A quick and easy card.
Enjoy!  Jen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mojo Monday 152 - Two takes on the sketch.

I always try to do two cards at the same time when I am doing a challenge.  Most times, I do them both the same and then have an extra to give and one to put on display for my card group.  Today, I did them different as I want to give one away to someone at work for her birthday - and had a more elegant idea in my head for the sketch but thought she'd appreciate a more playful version.

Here they are:

Sorry weird light!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday's Layout - 3rd week in a row :)

I am impressed.  Just got this one in today!  I did this yesterday afternoon while my son was sleeping.  He's been sick with a fever on and off since Saturday afternoon and we're home today on couch rest.  I'll be napping today as well - I believe he woke me up approx 10x last night.

Sorry, not a lot of Stampin' Up content here - I am trying hard to use up old paper (this is mosty SL mixed years).  A very simple and easy layout to case though.  Top pictures are 3x4 and bottom was... 4x3 :)

Used my 1 3/8" circle punch and some designer buttons for that last little touch.  BUT... sneak peek alert!!!  Look at the fabulous labels (holding "goofy" and "silly")... me thinks that is a fantastic NEW PUNCH!!  Holiday mini, can't wait!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Product Highlight - DSP pattern stacks

I wanted to highlight today the great DSP pattern stacks that were released in the new 2010-2011 catalog.  They come in the "collections" of Brights (shown), Regals, Subtles, Neutrals and In Colors.  There are 40 sheets in each stack with a total of 10 colors (In  Colors are 5 colors but still 40 sheets).  That is an awesome amount of paper for only $24.95.  I have been scrapbooking and card making for close to 10-11 years now and I know my paper.  I have a patterned paper ADDICTION.  This stuff is good quality and has great patterns.  I am only now learning to appreciate the greatness of tone on tone (which this is perfect for) and we all know how a simple tonal pattern can really add a great pop to a card!

These are next on my list of MUST HAVES - I'll be ordered all 5 stacks Friday (payday! LOL).  I can't wait to play.

Brights Collection DSP pattern stack - 117155 $24.95 (CAN)


"Take some time and do something scrappy today!!"  I'm having my open house - watch for highlights and pictures tomorrow!  I hope the ladies all love what I've prepared for them.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sneak Peek - My Open House Make N Take

My open house is tomorrow night so here is a little sneak peek at what the ladies get to make.  It was awesome to get back into the swing of things creating and prepping.  I've missed my group and we've only missed July!  :)  What can I say, I love all the ladies who attend and I love teaching!


Monday, August 9, 2010

Layout Monday - SO HAPPY!! :)

I love scrapbooking.  There is no if's and's or but's about it!  My fav thing to do as it captures my family's story while letting me be creative at the same time.  Here's the layout I did last night.  Sorry, NO SU content but inspiration.  The new Playdate DSP would be perfect for this page but... I'm trying to use some of my older paper up too.  Enjoy!

It says "Grade 2 GRAD"

Friday, August 6, 2010

Peach Parfait - Outside my comfort zone...

So, I will confess, I wasn't thrilled with this colour.  With all the new colours and In Colors, etc I figured that was okay.  I was thrilled with quite a few others (Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist...).  But when I went to make a card last night I said "SELF! You need to use a colour you haven't yet!"  I couldn't bring myself to use pink (again, I don't know I've EVER make a pink card - some of you just gasped at me!) but I did grab the Peach Parfait and paired (haha, get it, paired) it with the Pear Pizzazz.  I like it, I like it, LOL!!

I always make two cards as... well, one sheet of paper makes two card bases perfectly so why not!!  I did them slightly differently to show you how to mix it up.  The first I put the scalloped bordered to the right and added a brad to the center of my punched flowers.  The second, I added our new pearls to the flowers and the bottom right corner.

Supplies: Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Crumb Cake.  Ink: Classic Peach Parfait marker, Tangerine Tango stamp pad, Ribbon: Whisper White taffeta.  Stamp set: Punched Posies, level 2 Hostess, Tools: Scalloped circle border punch, Big flower punch, 1" circle punch.  Embellishments: Pearls, Filbrigee brads. 

Take the time and do something scrappy today!  Me - I NEED to scrapbook!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Designer Paper Sampler Packs!!

Hey out there, interested in getting a sample of each of our fabulous patterned papers (does not include the colour family packs or Summer Mini paper) without having to pay a huge cost?  I've got a great deal for you!

6x6 sheets of each of 17 different types of the SU patterned paper... that is 100 (!!!) sheets of 6x6 paper perfect for card making or scrapbooking for only $35!! I need 8 per group to do this and once I have a full 8,  I will do all the work of ordering, cutting and will include a free holder for you to store it in! If you bought all these packages yourself, it would total over $270 - I know, I've done the math!!
I'm also happy to ship to anyone for only $5 more (Canada only).  Please email me for payment details ---->
Blueberry Crisp
Elegant Soiree
Greenhouse Gala
Jolly Holiday
Lap of Luxury
Love Letter
Nursery Suite
Pawsitively Prints
Pawsitively Prints II
Presto Patterns
Sunny Garden
Sweet and Sour
Wicked Fun
Woodland Walk

10 Minute Wednesdays...

Here's my quick and easy card for my 10 minute Wednesdays.  I punched three separate butterflies for each (stamped top, then green, then purple) so that might have put me over 10 minutes.  Would be just as nice without adding that step.

Colours are Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz - new In Colors for 2010-2011.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010