Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 2: Name that Set?

Good morning crafters! 

Ready for Day 2 of Name that Set?

Remember: The stamp set on this card is from the Occasions mini catalog.  Save your answer to submit to me on Day 10 (February 10th) for a chance to win a FREE gift!

Note: This card is not my creation but I have been given permission from Lori S. to feature it on my blog.

See you tomorrow for the next card!  Have a great day.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Name that Set?

If you remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was participating in a demonstrator swap with ladies who are in my upline Stampin' Up group.  I made 10 of the same cards.  It took some time but I really enjoyed it and I was proud of what I came up with.

I mailed them off with a return envelope for my swaps to be mailed back to me.  Boy was I excited to see them in the mail last Monday when I came home from work.  It was like Christmas all over again!

After seeing all of the cards, I can tell we have a VERY creative group of local demonstrators.  I look forward to more swaps and getting lots of inspiration from these ladies!

I will post one card a day (except for weekends) so you aren't overwhelmed with pictures in one post.  Plus it will be something to look forward to each morning as I post at 7am EST.

The swap was to feature one new stamp set from the Occasions mini catalog. 
Can you name the stamp set on each card everyday? 
Jot down your answers and on the 10th day (February 10th), email me your answers to be put into a drawing for a FREE gift for having all of the answers correct each day.  To qualify all you have to do is visit my blog each day, note the name of the stamp set used from the Occasions mini catalog than email me your answers on February 10th!  You have all day to submit your answers than I will notify the winner the next day so they can claim their prize!

So, let's get started with the first card.  Can you name that set?

Note: This card isn't my creation but I have been given permission by the creator Jen Smyzd to share on my blog.  She's my upline and a wonderful crafter.  Check her blog out to see more!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Win a FREE Item

Want to win this bundle for FREE?

Includes 2 spools: 10 yards each 1/8" ribbon in Colypso Coral and Lucky Limeade as well as 30 brads: 6 each of 5 designs
This is an item from the Sale-a-bration catalog that you can only get if you place an order over $50 (before tax and shipping); you host a party with me or you join my team!  You can place your order through my online store HERE  If you are interested in hosting a party or joining my team, please contact me with any questions brittnycreates@gmail.com

Back to the FREEBIE!!  I am hosting my first ever blog candy!  Here's how it works.  Starting Monday, January 30th I will post a different card featuring a stamp set form the Occasions mini catalog each day for 10 days.  All you have to do is write down the name of the stamp set and save it until the last day which will be Friday, February 10th.  Once you have all of the names, email your answers and your name will be put in the drawing to win that FREE bundle!  I will announce the winner the following day.  Sounds pretty easy to me!

If you do not have a copy of the Occasions mini catalog you can search for the sets HERE or contact me to receive one in the mail.

Each post will be published weekdays at 7am EST and you have until midnight February 10th to submit your answers.  I hope everyone enjoys my first ever blog candy!

Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


It has begun!  One of the best promotions Stampin' Up offers once a year!  There are so many ways to earn FREE product.  Check out the brochure HERE to see the items you can get for FREE!

Here's how you can earn FREE product:
  1. Place an order through my Online Store
    • For every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) you earn a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Some of these items are only available during this period and some items are from the current catalog.  Special Note:  You WILL NOT qualify for the free tote by placing a $150 order through my site.  The special tote is only for workshop orders.  If your order is going to be over $150 contact me so I can place it as a workshop order for you to get your free tote.  Just wanted to clarify that from yesterdays post.  Thanks!
  2. Host a workshop! 
    • The following pictures illustrate all the benefits of hosting a workshop with your family and friends.  (Keep in mind these are total orders before taxes and shipping)  If you are interested please contact me immediately as dates are filling up quick!
    • If you are unable to host a face to face workshop, you can host a catalog party where you pass out catalogs and try to get orders from your family and friends.  This will allow you to still earn the FREE product if you have an order totaling at least $150 (before shipping and taxes)  Contact me if you are interested in this to receive catalogs so you can start collecting orders.
    • List of hostess benefits
      Earn this FREE tote with a $150 workshop order!
      Earn the FREE tote along with this FREE bundle with a $400 workshop order!
  3. Join my team!
    • Become a Stampin' Up demonstrator during Sale-a-bration and get the starter kit for $125.  You save $50 during this promotion!!
    • You will also get a FREE pack of designer series paper once a month for the rest of the year after signing up!!
    • This is one of the best times to join my team if you have been thinking about it.  Contact me to learn more or sign up NOW by going to My Site and click "Join the Fun!"
I hope you take advantage of this great time of year to order, host or join Stampin' Up!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Craft Fair Preview

I have been making a lot of different Valentine items for the craft fair I'm participating in on Sunday.  I'm going to give you just the pictures and will post the supplies needed to make each project this week.  I still have a few more items to make so stay tuned for more pictures as well.

Holds small bag of candy when opened

Sucker holder
Still on the list:
  1. Twizzlers topper (already made but need the Twizzlers before posting a picture)
  2. Pencil holder
  3. Sweet treat candy holder
  4. Various full cards
Keeping fingers crossed I can get these all done before Sunday!  Check back this week for more pictures and individual posts for each project.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine Card

I have been doing a lot of crafting because I have a table at a local craft fair on January 29th.  I am hoping to sell some of my work but most importantly to promote my business.  It's a Valentine themed fair so my next couple of samples will be Valentines.  My first picture is a full card that's very simple to make but I absolutely love this layout.  I found it on Pinterest.  Side note: if you aren't following me on pinterest or have no clue what that is, check it out because you are going to love it!  But beware, can waste hours finding ideas!  Click on the red pinterest button on the left sidebar to follow my pins.

Anyways,  like I said I cased it from Pinterest from www.simpleandsincere.com but I changed it just a little to make it my own.

Close up to show bling, bling!!
Supplies needed to make this card:

Cardstock: Whisper White
                    Cherry Cobbler
                    Daffodil Delight

Ink: Cherry Cobbler
       Early Espresso

Stamp set: P.S. I Love You from Occasions Mini (this has become my favorite stamp set from the new Occasions mini catalog)

Accessories: Clear mount block C
                     Pinking Hearts Border Punch
                     Full Heart Punch
                     Modern Label Punch
                     Snail Adhesive
                     Stampin Dimensionals
                    Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details (glitter on hearts) from Occasions Mini

That's all it takes to make this simple but beautiful card.  I've made about 15 so far.  I'm working on other cards and candy holders so stay tuned to see what I come up with next for Valentine's day!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Create & Keep Simply Sent Kit CLASS

Do you like to send handmade cards? I know I do!

Are you busy? yes!

Are you watching your budget? YES!!

If any of these are true, then this class is for you!

With the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kits you can enjoy the personal touch of handmade cards, even if you don’t have a lot of time. Join me and make 10 all-occasion cards in a coordinating box with dividers. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can create beautiful cards, and keep them organized in style for later!  This class is appropriate for beginners to advanced stampers because you will be doing simple assembly using self-adhesive die cuts.  There will be 2 cost options for this class.  Pre-pay using the PayPal box to the right.  This will reserve your spot for the day!

Contact me today at brittnycreates@gmail.com to join the celebration! 

DATE: Sunday, February 26th
TIME: 2-4
COST: Option A: $15 which includes the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kit for you to use during the class
            Option B: $22 which includes the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kit plus Sticky Strip to be used during the class
*Receive half-off class discount by preordering one or more additional kits to take home with you to recreate these projects on your own!  Included with your to-go kits is the FREE PDF instructions that will be used during the class.  Please choose Half Off class when you prepay and indicate the number of kits you would like to order.
LOCATION: My home (Pittsburgh, PA)
RSVP: Prepay by February 5th, 2012 for enough time for order to be delivered.  If you attend my Valentine class and sign up there, a $5 discount will be added to your class!

I look forward to crafting with you!
Want to create these cards and box?  Come to the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kit class!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I'm Working On

Just a quick update to let everyone know what I'm working on this month.

  • Craft fair projects are beginning this weekend.  It took me some time to figure out what I want to sell and I think I have it all figured out.  So, starting this weekend is beginning an insane amount of Valentine projects!  They need to be done for the fair on January 29th.  Luckily I have recruited my mom and sister (who are awesome crafters) to help me.  At least we'll be spending some quality time together doing something we all love.
  • I am also working on my next class that will be featuring the Create & Keep Simply Sent Card Kit.  As well as my in person class, I am offering it as an online kit with instructions and tutorial when placed through my online store.  More details in a future blog post so stay tuned if you are interested!  Here's a picture of everything included in the Kit that we will be turning into a card box and 10 cards:
Create & Keep Simply Sent

  • Sale a Bration starts at the end of this month so I'm figuring out offering a booking party that you don't have to come to a workshop for.  You just take catalogs to various coworkers/friends/family that you think will place an order.  Details to follow in another blog post as well once I have it all figured out.
That's it for now.  I'm hoping to get back to sharing my pictures of projects, but just haven't had much time to craft.  There have been some major life changes in our family that have affected my crafting time.  Hopefully things settle down and can get back to what I love!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

FREE Download

Want to get all of these digital downloads for FREE??

Day In The Life Kit -- Digital Download

Today is the last day for you to receive your FREE download from Stampin' Up as a thank you for 100,000+ facebook fans!  All you have to do is complete a short survey.  Afterwards you will be taken to the download page where you can download different versions according to your software.  Another great thing about Stampin' Up digital downloads, you don't have to own My Digital Studio to get these downloads.  They will work with other digital software that you already use!!  So don't delay...complete your survey HERE and start creating now!

Download includes:
* 38-piece stamp brush set
* 12 Designer Series Paper patterns
* 21 embellishments
* two-page 8" x 8" designer template

* Digital-exclusive
*Template designed to use for everyday projects. Also great for year-in-review photobook, planner, journal, and more.

Coordinating colors:
Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Monthly Newsletter

I have been trying to think of ways to improve my business and provide contact with my customers.  Stampin' Up has a monthly newsletter Ecard that I can send but there's not much of a personal touch on my end with the card.  I have been wanting to start making my own newsletters where I can fully add the content I want to send and make it more personal to my customers.  After lots and LOTS of research, I found a FREE :) site that allows me to create newsletters to send to my customers.  It's still a MAJOR work in progress, but it's a start.  Since it's a new year and new beginnings this is where I can make a difference with my business.  If you would like to receive my newly designed newsletter, please provide your email to the left of this post where it says "Subscribe to my Newsletter."  You will be added to my monthly newsletter list and will receive my newsletter around the first of each month.  (That's as long as the kids cooperate!  (Which can be hard with 2 boys aged 2 and 10 months!))  I promise you WILL NOT be added to any other junk mail.  Your email will only be used to send my newsletter with Stampin' Up information!  Just had to clear that up because we all know what a pain in the butt junk mail is.

I look forward to sending you my monthly newsletter which will include current promotions, upcoming promotions and events, samples of Stampin' Up work as well as samples I have created using my own supplies.  This is something you won't want to miss out on.  Sign up today to start receiving my newsletter!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Occasions Demonstrator Swap

One great thing about being a demonstrator is the support you get from other demonstrators.  I am attending a group meeting with my upline demonstrators (these are the people that I have signed up underneath) at the end of January.  I am participating in the swap with stamp sets from the new Occasions Mini Catalog starting today!  Take a look at the catalog HERE.  (Sidebar will be updated when I have a second as well)

We are to include the stamp set of our choice so I chose P.S. I Love You.  I just liked everything about this set for Valentine's day and to express love!  Our requirements are 3 layers and 1 embellishment.  Here's what I came up with.
P.S. I Love You

Closeup to see the embossed and dimension to this card.
A lot of these things are in the new Occasions catalog.  Take a look at what I used to make this card.

Cardstock: Whisper White
                   Melon Mambo (even though the picture doesn't really show the true color)
                   Daffodil Delight
                   Tempting Turquoise
                   Tempting Turquoise Designer Series Paper

Ink: Melon Mambo
        Tempting Turquoise
        Daffodil Delight

Stamp Set: P.S. I Love You from new Occasions Mini Catalog!  (Middle stamped heart, saying and border around saying are apart of set)

Accessories: Tempting Turquoise Glitter brads
                      Mat Pack
                      Paper Piercing Tool
                      Clear Mount Block (I used C)
                      Modern Label Punch
                      Framelits Heart Die from Occasions catalog (These are wonderful to make all different size hearts on any size paper.  I used the framelits on the stamped heart and heart behind it.
                      Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die from Occasions catalog (These are the hearts that are embossed)
                      Mini Glue Dots
                      Snail Adhesive

I would love to hear what you think of this card since it's new and my own creation along with your thoughts on the new Occasions catalog!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I Love Stampin' Up

First thing first.  The FREE stuff!!

Stampin' Up is offering a FREE digital download for reaching 100,000+ fans on facebook!! 

Here's what Stampin' Up says on their page:
Thank you for being our friends! To show our appreciation for our 100,000 (plus) Facebook fans, we’re giving away a free digital kit to EVERYONE to use with My Digital Studio (or any other design software if My Digital Studio is not available where you live). The Day in the Life kit contains Designer Series Papers, embellishments, a Designer Template, and is valued at $14.95(US)! To download the kit, just follow the link below. And so you (and your friends) have plenty of time to download the kit, we’ll make sure it is available through January 10.

To receive your downloads, find the link on my own Stampin' Up facebook page or Stampin' Up's facebook page.  You will be taken to a survey first to complete than download your content.  What a great way to say thank you to all their fans!!  I'll be completing my survey once I'm home from work.

Second, today is the last day to place your Holiday Mini catalog order before it's over.  Sad to see it go but excited to introduce everyone to the Occasions Mini catalog starting tomorrow.  There are SO many cute things, I can't wait to share with you.  Stay tuned tomorrow to see the new catalog.

Anyways, if you haven't seen the carryover items from the Holiday catalog check them out HERE
You will be able to order these and only these items after today.  The most talked about item NOT returning is the Stocking Punch.  I used that on my Christmas cards this year if you want to see an example.  If this is something you want to have for future use, make sure to place an order through my online store HERE

Only 2 more days for the Clearance Rack Blitz going on too.  Today would be a great day to place an order for both Holiday mini and Clearance Rack items.  There are current punches being sold for half off because they are the old style.  I placed an order to get a bunch of these punches because they do the same thing as the new style punches.  Plus I LOVE saving money on things I'll use!!  I hope you get everything you are looking for!

Check back tomorrow for the Occasions Mini catalog release!!!

Mickey Mouse Thank You Cards

I finally got my son's thank you cards done for his second birthday.  (They are only a month late, bad?)  I made 7 of the following thank you cards.  (I can only imagine when I have to make double/triple/quadruple that amount how behind I will be :/)

We had Mickey Mouse themed party

You can see the dimension in this picture

All 7 finished together!!!!
I think this card came out really cute.  Another simple one to put together once I figured out what I wanted it to look like.  Here's what I used to make these cards:

Cardstock: Whisper White
                   Real Red
                   Basic Black
                   Daffodil Delight

Ink: Basic Black

Stamp Set: Thank You Kindly

Accessories: Circle Punches (1-3/8" and 1-3/4")
                      Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
                      Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
                      Snail Adhesive
                      Mini Glue Dots

A very simple card with little supplies needed.  I think the recipients will be very happy to receive this thank you card.  The inside is plan where I will have my son "sign" (or draw circles because that's how he colors right now!) and I will write thank you for the ____ gift, love D.J.

Monday, January 2, 2012

January Projects

Looking for inspiration this month?

Take a look at the updated projects on the right sidebar.  A very cute card, scrapbook and gift project are featured.  Enjoy!