Monthly Archives: November 2009

A swingin’ Christmas card

Wow, these colors are fun!  I can’t get enough of these trees and thought I’d try something different — really different!  This tag, from the Two Tags die, is so versatile.  Not only have I made myself a few new bookmarks with this die, but you’ll see it in our December camps:

  • Sunday, December 13 – 2:00-4:30 p.m. – Stampin’ Divas @ 1st Congregational Church, DeKalb
  • Monday, December 14 – 5:30-8:00 p.m. – Fox Valley Girls @ Covington Court Clubhouse (1690 Covington Ct., St. Charles) – Note the change in day for December!
  • Tuesday, December 15 – 6:30-9:00 p.m. – Basement Babes @ my home (432 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb) – Note the change in week for December!

I know you’re not surprised to learn that the Daytime Daubers are not meeting this month — but I’ll see you January 28 in the studio!

Don’t miss it:  the Holiday Extravaganza Online Sale ends TODAY!  And while you’re at it, check out the Clearance Rack!

Stamps:  Patterned Pines (Holiday Mini — this is the last month to earn this hostess set!)

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Old Olive

Paper:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White

Other:  Stampin’ Up! Two Tags Die, Jumbo Eyelet (Pewter), 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (Old Olive), embroidery floss

day, December 13 (2nd Sunday) – 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Stampin’ Divas @ 1st Congregational Church, DeKalb

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No Black Friday here

You’ll probably never find me sitting/standing in line in front of a retailer in the wee hours of Black Friday, waiting for the deals!  Instead, yesterday DH and I took our Third Annual Black Friday Day Trip, this time to Woodstock, Illinois.  (Yes, the site for Groundhog Day!)

We don’t travel more than 2 hours to our BFDT destination.  Yesterday’s weather was bright and cold, perfect for viewing the town’s Christmas decorations.  Except for lunch, we left town spending less than $4.00, and that for an English ironstone soap dish on sale at the antiques mall.  Thanks to lots of inspiration from Flea Market Style, a magazine I am impatiently waiting to see, I know just what I’ll do with it (no soap!) and will show you soon.

Today, back to housework and business.

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Another beautiful swap card

This “fancy fold” is a diorama fold.  Flat, it fits into a standard A2 envelope (it can be folded to 5¼” x 4¼”).  With a very little persuasion, it opens up into this 3-D card.  This was made by a swap partner, Karen Long.  She did a beautiful job!

Stamps:  Holy Family (Holiday Mini p. 23)

Ink:  VersaMark

Paper:  Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

Other:  Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Gold), Circle Scissors Plus and Glass Mat, Brads (Gold), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Another November camp project

This camp project was inspired by an experiment I did with the Emboss Re-Lift technique.  Very simply, stamp the image in VersaMark ink and emboss it with Clear EP.  Sponge over the image with Whisper White Craft ink, then iron the panel between pieces of copy paper.  The heat lifts the embossing powder off the stamped panel, leaving an interesting shadow effect.

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree (p. 110), Teeny Tiny Wishes (p. 145)

Ink:  VersaMark, Whisper White Craft, Real Red

Paper:  Old Olive, Real Red, Naturals Ivory

Other:  Sleigh Bells Ribbon (Holiday Mini p. 17), Bold Brights brad (Real Red), Heat Tool and Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Clear), Stampin’ Sponges, Modern Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Thanksgiving blessings to you

In this season of gratitude,
I think of what a blessing
you have been in my life
and in my business…

…and how thankful I am
for the gift of your friendship.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Tuesday Tip: Tool tote

Here’s a late afternoon shot of our Christmas Crank cabin about 15 miles north of home.  There were 12 of us with the run of the building, except for an apartment upstairs for the caretaker.  (He took care of the property; we took care of ourselves!)  The right entry takes you into a large room with fireplace where our tables were set up.  It was noisy, productive, and fun.

Do you take your stamping and paper crafting projects “on the road”?  Then this tip is for you:  Create a portable, stamp-on-the-go container with your essential tools.  I use a soft-sided, handled tote (you can buy them everywhere) with zippered compartments, divided sections, and pockets for everything I need:  a variety of adhesives, the retired Stampin’ Up! tool kit, hand punches, bone folder, various scissors, my personalized colophon stamp, mat pack, a small grid ruler, AquaPainter, Blending Pen, Adhesive Remover, regular pens and pencils — and some non-stamping tools such as tissues and camera.  I keep this packed the same way in my studio.  When I’m working, the whole tote comes to the table and I work out of it.  It’s easy to put the tools away when I’m finished so that I always know where they are.  When I clean up the studio for camp, my tote is simple to move to another area.

It took me a bit of experimentation to get the right container.  I tried baskets and wooden totes designed for tableware.  This tote was not perfect, either:  I have a jar inside one of the open compartments so that some of my tools remain upright and don’t slide around.

Make your life simpler:  design a tool tote!

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Holiday Online Extravaganza!

For one week only, November 23-30, Stampin’ Up! customers can get amazing discounts — up to 50 percent off — on over 40 products and product bundles!  You can place your order for any of these items as usual:  (1) online through my Stampin’ Up! web site, (2) at a camp or workshop (I’ll be submitting an order Wednesday a.m.), or (3) calling me.  Check out these discounts:

Item Description Regular Price Discounted Price
120280 Framed with Love Bundle

  • Framed with Love stamp set (p. 119)
  • Full Heart punch (p. 186-7)
$43.90 $21.95
120281 Thank You Kindly Bundle

  • Thank You Kindly stamp set (p. 145)
  • Scallop Edge punch (p. 186-7)
$29.90 $14.95
120976 Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)

  • Tous mes remerciements stamp set (p. 145)
  • Scallop Edge punch (p. 186-7)
$29.90 $14.95
120282 Animal Crackers Bundle

  • Animal Crackers stamp set (p. 62)
  • Star Designer brads (p. 179)
$25.90 $12.95
120283 Corduroy Button Bundle (all buttons on p. 181)

  • Kraft Corduroy buttons
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
  • Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
  • Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
$49.75 $24.88
120284 Game Night Bundle

  • Card Games stamp set (p. 121)
  • Game Night stamp set (p. 121)
$40.90 $20.45
120285 Four Square Bundle

  • Four Square stamp set (p. 128)
  • Scallop Square punch (p. 186-7)
$30.90 $15.45
120286 Heart to Heart Bundle

  • Love You Much stamp set (p. 44)
  • Heart to Heart punch (p. 186-7)
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon (p. 182)
$49.85 $24.93
120310 Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)

  • Te Quiero Mucho stamp set (p. 44)
  • Heart to Heart punch (p. 186-7)
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon (p. 182)
$49.85 $24.93
120311 Heart to Heart Bundle (French)

  • J’t’aime beaucoup stamp set (p. 44)
  • Heart to Heart punch (p. 186-7)
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon (p. 182)
$49.85 $24.93
120287 Chipboard Letter Bundle

  • On Board Timeless Type (p. 185)
  • On Board Loads of Letters (p. 185)
$25.90 $12.95
120288 Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle (all ribbon p. 182-3)

  • Bashful Blue 1″ double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Rose Red 1″ double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
$17.90 $10.74
120289 Ultimate Stampers’ Starter Bundle*

  • Best Wishes & More stamp set (p. 64)
  • Eight Great Greetings stamp set (p. 46)
  • On a Pedestal stamp set (p. 71)
  • Earth Elements Stampin’ Spots (p. 156)
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) (p. 156)
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) (p. 159)
  • Old Olive 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon (p. 182)
  • Flower Designer brads (p. 179)
$127.70 $76.62
120290 Build-A-Brad Bundle

  • Calendar Alphabet stamp set (p. 151)
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad (p. 179)
  • Antique Brass Build-A-Brad (p. 179)
$40.85 $24.51
120291 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle

  • Enjoy Every Moment stamp set (p. 65)
  • Circle Designer brads (p. 179)
  • Flower Designer brads (p. 179)
$43.85 $26.31
120312 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)

  • Profiter de chaque instant stamp set (p. 65)
  • Circle Designer brads (p. 179)
  • Flower Designer brads (p. 179)
$43.85 $26.31
120292 Cheep Talk Bundle

  • Cheep Talk stamp set  (p. 113)
  • Note cards (p. 168)
  • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons 9p. 181)
$42.85 $25.71
120293 Sock Monkey Bundle

  • Sock Monkey stamp set (p. 90)
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set (p. 90)
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons (p. 181)
$58.85 $35.31
120313 Sock Monkey Bundle (French)

  • Sing-chaussette stamp set (p. 90)
  • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set (p. 90)
  • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons (p. 181)
$58.85 $35.31
120294 Alphabet Bundle

  • Jayne’s Type Alphabet stamp set (p. 152)
  • Lovely Letters stamp set (p. 152)
$87.90 $52.74
120295 Simply Said Bundle

  • Simply Said stamp set (p. 51)
  • Old Olive 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon (p. 182)
  • Full Heart punch (p. 186-7)
$52.85 $31.71
120314 Simply Said Bundle (French)

  • Amitié stamp set (p. 51)
  • Old Olive 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon (p. 182)
  • Full Heart punch (p. 186-7)
$52.85 $31.71
120296 On Board Bundle

  • On Board So Tweet (p. 185)
  • On Board Batch of Blooms (p. 185)
  • On Board Essentials (p. 184)
$42.85 $25.71
120927 Christmas Décor Bundle #1 (see Definitely Decorative brochure)

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
$74.85 $44.91
120298 Christmas Décor Bundle #2 (see Definitely Decorative brochure)

  • Holly Beary Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
$74.85 $44.91
120299 Christmas Décor Bundle #3 (see Definitely Decorative brochure)

  • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
  • Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
$74.85 $44.91
120300 For All You Do Bundle

  • For All You Do stamp set (p. 118)
  • 5/16″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$36.90 $25.83
120315 For All You Do Bundle (French)

  • Merci pour tout stamp set (p. 118)
  • 5/16″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$36.90 $25.83
120316 For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)

  • Por todo lo que haces stamp set (p. 118)
  • 5/16″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$36.90 $25.83
120301 Striped Ribbon Bundle (p. 182)

  • Bashful Blue 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pumpkin Pie 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Old Olive 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Pretty in Pink 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon
  • So Saffron 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1/2″ striped grosgrain ribbon
$47.73 $33.41
120302 Bling Bundle

  • Sticky Pages (p. 180)
  • Sticky Cuts Sweet (p. 180)
  • Fine Supernova Stampin’ Glitter (p. 180)
  • Fine Galaxy Stampin’ Glitter (p. 180)
$43.80 $30.66
120303 Fresh-Cut Bundle

  • Fresh Cuts stamp set (p. 107)
  • Fresh-Cut Notes (p. 168)
  • 5/8″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$37.85 $26.50
120317 Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)

  • Fraicheur exuise stamp set (p. 107)
  • Fresh-Cut Notes (p. 168)
  • 5/8″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$37.85 $26.50
120304 Pendant Note Bundle

  • Pendant Park stamp set (p. 118)
  • Pendant notes (p. 168)
  • 5/8″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$39.85 $27.90
120318 Pendant Note Bundle (French)

  • Adorable parc stamp set (p. 118)
  • Pendant notes (p. 168)
  • 5/8″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$39.85 $27.90
120319 Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)

  • Un dia en el parque stamp set (p. 118)
  • Pendant notes (p. 168)
  • 5/8″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179)
$39.85 $27.90
120305 Sporting Bundle #1 (see Definitely Decorative brochure)

  • Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
  • Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements
$67.90 $47.54
120306 Sporting Bundle #2 (see Definitely Decorative brochure)

  • Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
  • Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements
$67.90 $47.54
120307 Sporting Bundle #3 (see Definitely Decorative brochure)

  • Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
  • Black Just Sports Décor Elements
$67.90 $47.54
114864 Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements (see Definitely Decorative brochure) $39.95 $27.97
114863 Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements (see Definitely Decorative brochure) $39.95 $27.97
112534 5/16″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179) $7.95 $5.57
112533 5/8″ Neutrals Jumbo brads (p. 179) $6.95 $4.87
112081 Scallop Square punch (p. 186-7) $15.95 $11.17
113693 Full Heart punch (p. 186-7) $15.95 $11.17
113694 Heart to Heart punch (p. 186-7) $15.95 $11.17
112091 Scallop Edge punch (p. 186-7) $15.95 $11.17
112571 Circle Designer brads (p. 179) $5.95 $4.17
112579 Flower Designer brads (p. 179) $5.95 $4.17
112572 Star Designer brads (p. 179) $5.95 $4.17
114785 Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements (see Definitely Decorative brochure) $39.95 $27.97
114786 Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements (see Definitely Decorative brochure) $69.95 $48.97
114791 Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements (see Definitely Decorative brochure) $39.95 $27.97
114792 Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements (see Definitely Decorative brochure) $64.95 $45.47

*This bundle is only available while supplies last.

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