Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's Been Awhile (Updated)

I know it's been awhile since my last crafting post, but it's been pretty busy for me recently.  Thanksgiving, my sons second birthday and now Christmas have just taken up too much of my time.  I received my first demonstrator order this week and am dying to try out my new products.  Things on my list:
  • Making cookies using our new Sweet Pressed Cookie stamp sets Check for post about this
  • My sons Mickey Mouse thank you cards for his bday Working on these today
  • Birthday cards for a few bdays coming up the rest of this month Mostly done with these, but one more today
  • Xmas cards (I know it's getting late, so this is on top of my list) Blog post about these
  • Classes for the upcoming year, including embossing and Valentine's treat cups Changed to offering only one class at first since I'm new to classes.  Working on Valentine's class this weekend.  Check out my sidebar and previous post for information about that class.
  • Open house items Still deciding on these
  • Valentine craft fair I'm attending at the end of January Working on this weekend
I'm starting to feel overwhelmed and WAY behind already just looking at my list.  I guess I can only take it one item at a time.  So, hopefully I will have a bunch of new posts soon to share.  Thanks for baring with me!  Off to craft I go!

Feels good to cross off two items off that list, but still seems like I have a lot to do.  I guess I'm 99% done with the bday cards but just need to make one more for my mother-in-laws bday that was yesterday but we're celebrating Sunday.  After today I will have three crossed off my list and hopefully 4 with my sons thank you cards.  Those shouldn't take me too long.  All that will be left is my class and Valentine's craft fair since I still haven't figured out my Open House yet.  I'm hoping this weekend to get a lot more accomplished since we're not doing anything for New Year's this year but having a relaxing day and night at home.  I should have a lot of time on my hands.  Until another post when I can cross more of those items off my list! 

Everyone have a happy and safe New Year!

Holiday Mini Carryover Items

Stampin' Up has released what items will be carried over from the Holiday mini catalog.  This means these items will be available to order even when the catalog is over January 3rd, which is this upcoming Tuesday.  I wanted to let my customers know so if you don't see something you love from the mini catalog being carried over to make sure you order by January 3rd because you won't be able to order anymore after that.

Take a look at the following link to see the items that will still be available to order from the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

Carryover Holiday Mini Catalog

I am very happy to see the items they will be carrying over.  Love the glimmer paper and dazzling details.  What items are you happy to see stay but am upset to see go?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps

As soon as I saw that Stampin' Up created stamps to make cookies, I had to have them.  I'm not the biggest baker but these just looked too cute not to have!  Plus what a great way to promote my business during workshops, classes and other events with hand stamped cookies!!
I used the one recipe included when you order the cookie stamps.  It wasn't the greatest but I had left over icing from my sons birthday party that I used to make the cookies even better.  I know next time to have icing ready if I use the same recipe.  It comes with another recipe that I will have to try one of these days to let you know my thoughts.

If you haven't seen these stamps, just feast your eyes on these below...aren't they just the cutest?!!
Cookie stamps ready for action!
You use a round wood mount to put the silicone base on than stamp your cookie!  That's all it takes

Ingredients to make recipe (minus salt cause I forgot in picture)

Cookies pressed with simple is that!

Cookies pressed and ready for the oven

Snowflake cookie after baking

Heart pressed after baking

Added icing that will add some flavor!

In the upcoming Occassions mini catalog starting January 4th, 2012, there will be three more cookie stamp sets introduced that you will just have to have if you love these holiday ones. Stay tuned for those shortly after the new year!  I cannot wait to introduce them to you in my upcoming classes!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Cards

I know this is long overdue, but I actually didn't send my cards out this year until the Friday before Christmas. I obviously didn't have very good time management this holiday season! Maybe a new year's resolution for the upcoming year :)

I created this easy and simple card because I had a bunch to send and not a whole lot of time. It turned out to be very cute though and could easily be in my next year's holiday workshops, classes and stamp-a-stack. I created two different versions cause I could only do the same thing so many times. Plus I wanted to see what changing the colors would do to the card. So here's the two versions of my Xmas cards this year.

Inside saying that I just love with Season's Greetings on front
 Here's what I used:

Cardstock: Whisper White
                   Real Red
                   Garden Green

Ink: Real Red
        Garden Green

Stamp Sets: Stitched Stockings from 2011 Holiday Mini
                   Many Merry Messages

Supplies: Clear Block for stocking stamps
                Big Shot
                Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from 2011 Holiday Mini
                Stocking Builder Punch from 2011 Holiday Mini (which will NOT be carried over so get it before January 3rd if you love this punch!)
                Glimmer Brads in Real Red and Garden Green
                Paper Piercing Tool
                Mat Stack
                Snail Adhesive

That's all it takes to make this simple but beautiful card.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Princess Birthday Card

I came up with doing a princess card for one of my dearest friends daughters' first birthday.  They (or should I say she) loves Disney and princesses so I wanted something that my friend would love as well.  I found an idea through and CASE'd it.  (For those out in the non crafting world CASE means Copy And Share Everything)

I took the idea and created my own princess though and I have to brag just a little because I think she looks absolutely adorable.  I am dying to try to make more of these as well as some other princess I found online.  I have 2 boys so I'll have to figure out a good home the princesses can go to!

Here's the picture and let me know what you think
The full card

Close up
Paper: In Colors: Wisteria Wonder for base
                             Calypso Coral for princess and candle
                             Pool Party for cupcake icing
            Early Expresso for hair and cupcake bottom
            Daffodil Delight for flame

Stamp Set: Create a Cupcake: flower on base, happy birthday saying, and cupake

Ink: Versamark, Calypso Coral

Punches: 1" circle punch, Word Window, Heart to Heart, Scallop Oval, Owl Builder, Petite Pennants Builder, Cupcake Builder

I free hand cut the flame and used Basic Black Write Marker to draw her face.

Like I said I'm absolutely loving this card.  Only improvement I'm going to make is to try to make her a little bit bigger since the cupcake seems too big but still think it came out great!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Clearance Rack Blitz

Clearance Rack Blitz
Nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to
off retail--while supplies last!
  • The Clearance Rack Blitz includes old-body style punches and many retired die cuts!
  • You don't want to miss out on the great deals on ribbon and accessories, many for $2 or under!
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion as long as placed through my Online Store.
  • Orders can include non-clearance items as well.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/stampin rewards that will give you free items!!
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last so don't delay!
And remember, for every $50 of merchandise that you purchase, you will get my Valentine's tutorial emailed to you for FREE until the end of February!
Just go onto my SU site:
and click on Shop Now under Products at the top of the page.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sweet Treat Cups Class

Sweet Centers Card Treats
It’s fun to celebrate the sweet people in our lives just in time for Valentine's Day!
You can share your love on Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year with these extra sweet cards. Fill the Treat Cups with small candy, punched hearts, mini toys or even jewelry, like our Simply Adorned charms. Join me and you’ll have a sweet time learning how to make these cards and matchbook treat and you’ll have the perfect cards for the special guys, children and girlfriends in your life. 

Contact me today at to learn more.  

DATE: Friday, Feb 3rd from 7-10 OR Saturday, February 4th from 6-9
*Light refreshments and snacks will be served
COST: 3 Options (Must PREPAY with all options located on right sidebar)
 Option A: $10 which includes all supplies during the class
 Option B: $30 which includes supplies during the class as well as the Sweet Centers stamp set (ordered ahead of time) that you can use during the class as well as the PDF directions to take home with you.
 Option C: $50 which includes everything from Option B as well as the 1-3/4" circle punch that will also be featured during the class to take home with you.
LOCATION: My Home in Castle Shannon (I will give you the address once I have received your payment.
RSVP with date you want and your PAYMENT by January 20th to reserve your spot.  Only 10 spots available so don't delay! Make payments using paypal on the right sidebar. 
These projects showcase the fun and unique Treat Cups, Sweet Centers stamp set, and I {Love} Love Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel. The variety of masculine, feminine, and child designs make them perfect for all your loved ones. Have fun adding treats to your projects – your friends and family will thank you for the special touch!  I look forward to crafting with you!
*If you are unable to attend and would still like the PDF, you can purchase this for $5 using the paypal PDF option or get it FREE with a minimum of $50 order placed through my online store HERE until the end of February.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Shelli on Today!

Shelli Gardner was on the Today Show this morning promoting the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp sets and donating to the toy drive.  These are a great tool to have in your kitchen just in time for your holiday baking.  Stop by my online shop to order yours by Dec. 14th to guarantee delivery by Christmas!  They would also make a great gift to anyone on your list who loves to bake cookies!