Friday, August 24, 2012

Holiday Catalog Swap

I participated in a demonstrator swap with stamp sets from the 2012 Holiday Catalog.  These are the swaps and they are all GEORGEOUS!!  I love that we only had to make 6 cards so we were able to take our swap cards up a notch than normal with more people.  If you remember from here, my swap card was the Gingerbread man and women card.  Enjoy the beautiful creations from my fellow demonstrators who all rock!!


Snowflake Soiree created by Amy Deems




Look at that bling on this card, love it!!!


Wonderful Winterland created by Lori Smith


Perfectly Preserved created by Lynn Elrod-Clifton

Wonderfall created by Kim Williams

Googly Ghouls created by Elaine Swidzinski

Inside of card
These stamp sets are all in the holiday catalog that runs until December 31st.  If you want to order any or all of these sets, you can do so through my online store 24/7 @ http://brittnysmith.stampinup.net


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mr and Mrs


My husband's sister was getting remarried this weekend and I needed a cute card.  I absolutely love the owl punch and had a perfect reason to use it.  I found the inspiration for these bride and groom owls at Lynda's Quiet Time.  I just LOVE how this card came out and those owls are so darn cute!!

Her favorite color is pink so that's why I went with this color scheme.  You could match the colors with the wedding theme if you wanted.  Here's a close up of the owls.


Just a few notes about how to put this card together.  I stamped, embossed and cut the Mr. and Mrs. sentiment so I could loop the ribbon around the & and have it stand out.  I freehand cut the grooms hat and bow tie.  I punched feet in whisper white to make her look like she's wearing shoes.  I used the blender pen and melon mambo ink to make her eyes look like she has shadow on.  The melon mambo heart comes from the owl punch as well.

Supplies needed to make this card:

Card Stock: Basic Black base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 and scrap for owl punch
                    Whisper White layer 4 x 5-1/4 and scrap for stamp and owl punch
                    Melon Mambo scrap for owl punch
                    Silver Glimmer paper scrap for small heart punch

Stamp Set: Mr. & Mrs. item #126663 $8.95 (only comes in wood mount)
                    
Ink: Versamark
        Melon Mambo

Accessories: Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon
                     Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
                     Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents
                     Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
                     Black Stampin' Emboss Powder
        Tools: Heat Tool
                    Owl Punch
                    Paper Snips
                    Small Heart Punch
                    Blender Pen
                    Big Shot
                    Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
  Adhesives: Snail
                    Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pinwheels


I was going through my pictures and old posts and realized I never showed these pinwheels.  If you remember from here I made strawberry and blueberry flavored jello cookies using the newest sweet pressed cookie stamps to take to a 4th of July party.  I wanted to design cute labels so people knew what flavors they were.

In the June issue of Stampin' Success (which is a demonstrator only magazine, a GREAT perk for being a demonstrator) featured pinwheels so I took my inspiration from there.  The largest pinwheel was made with whisper white and the inside pinwheel used real red and pacific point.  They are perfect colors for 4th of July and red, white and blue colors.

To make these pinwheels, you first have to decide how big you want them to be.  Once you know your size, you cut that size square.  For example, I made my largest pinwheel 4 x 4.  Than using the Simply Scoring Tool you draw diagonal lines to each corner.  Now you'll use your scissors to cut into the center from each corner leaving about an inch from the center.  Next, using the paper piercing tool and mat, make a hole in the middle of your two diagonal lines and on the right side of your cut lines.  Each triangle should have 1 hole.  To assemble, use a brad and curl in the corners with the hole into the middle and attach all with brads.  You'll need to create something to cover your brad like I did with my labels.

To acheive my double pinwheel affect: Cut a smaller size square from DSP.  I made mine 3 x 3.  Glue onto whisper white before creating your pinwheel with the steps above and that's it!!

How cute are these and can be used for any occasion or reason!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Christmas Tree


I'm sure you're thinking it's weird to see Christmas cards already but I had to try out some of the new product I ordered from the 2012 Holiday catalog.  I wish I could remember where I saw this layout, but I just can't.  That's why I like to write posts after making the card cause I can give credit where credit is due.  Sorry if that person is you.
I love how the tree is actually cut out of the whisper white to show the designer series paper underneath.  This was easy to do using the new Holiday Collections Framelit Dies.  They go along with the Scentsational Season stamp set that you can order as a bundle and save 15%!
Scentsational Season Clear-Mount Bundle
I absolutely LOVE how Stampin' Up! is starting to offer bundles of product at a discounted price.  And if you want the stamp set you should DEFINITELY order the framelits because you will love being able to do so many different things with both.

Supplies needed to make this card:
Card Stock: Crumb Cake base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
                    Whisper White 4-3/4 x3-1/4
                     Be of Good Cheer DSP 2-3/4 x 5-1/2
                    Champagne Glimmer paper scrap for star and label
Stamp Set: Scentsational Season
                  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Cherry Cobbler     
       Gumball Green (add a little color around modern label sentiment)            

Accessories: Stampin' Sponge
                     Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
          Tools: Big Shot
                     Holiday Collections Framelit Dies
                     Merry Minis Punch Pack (Small Heart Punch from Holiday Catalog)
                     2-1/2" Circle Punch (used to round corners)
                     Modern Label Punch
  Adhesives: Snail
                    Stampin' Dimensionals

Remember: you can order any or all of these supplies directly from my online store 24/7 @ http://brittnysmith.stampinup.net

Monday, August 20, 2012

MDS2

Our digital software called My Digital Studio (MDS2 for short) is a wonderful tool to have for many reasons. Stampin' Up! created this video to show you what you can do with this software.  If you want to give it a try FREE for 30 days, head to my online store HERE  than enter item #130910.  You will have full access for 30 days and the ability to try out the wonderful printing from Stampin' Up as well.  Plus during the month of August, ALL cards, photobooks, individual pages, and tags are 31% off. That's right: print any photobook, board book, swatchbook, individual pages, greeting card, postcard, trifold card, or tag-all for 31% off.  This is a great time to try out MDS2 for free and print some projects at a great discount.  Enjoy the video!




Friday, August 17, 2012

Small Thank You


I was trying to think of a small thank you gift that was easy to make and hold a Hershey Nugget.  I had a bag of those laying around and found this cute tutorial HERE.  Love this simple and adorable holder.

This is such an adorable holder that can be changed to fit any occasion.  And who doesn't love receiving chocolate as a small gift?!!





Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gingerbread Card


I was participating in a demonstrator swap with my local group with stamp sets from the 2012 Holiday catalog.  I chose Scentsational Season and used the gingerbread from the set. 
Scentsational Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set
I took inspiration from this card at www.splitcoaststampers.com (love this site for cards with the stamp set you want to use)  I knew I wanted to create a man and woman gingerbread and use some of the new product from the catalog.  How cute would this be for a couples first Christmas together?

Supplies needed to make this card:

Card Stock: Gumble Green base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
                    Be of Good Cheer DSP 4 x 5-1/4
                    Whisper White 3 x 3
                    Comfort Cafe scrap for skirt
                    Red Glimmer Paper scrap for heart

Stamp Set: Scentsational Season
                   Delightful Dozen (used marker to get just Merry Christmas)
Delightful Dozen - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Early Espresso
        Gumball Green Ink Pad and Marker
        Cherry Cobbler Marker

Accessories: Natural 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (love this cause it can be stamped on like I did)
                      Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
                      Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
                      Basic Pearls Jewel Accents
          Tools: 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
                      1-1/4" Circle Punch to round corner of Whisper White card stock
                      Scallop Trim Border Punch
                      Small Heart Punch
                      Sponge Dauber
     Adhesive: Snail
                      Stampin' Dimensionals
                      Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Scallop Circle Dress



I have been absolutely dying to make this dress ever since I first saw it.  I just never had a good reason to make it.  My sister-in-law is getting married and was having a bridal shower which gave me the perfect reason to try it out!!!

 Here's what you need to do to make this dress.  Run your paper through the Big Shot using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die.  You'll have a circle like this

I thought the dress looked the best with 4 scallops on top and 10 at bottom.  I used ribbon as a guide to make the circles more uniform.  You can adjust the dress how you like with the number of scallops on top and bottom.  I used the paper snips to cut out the dress.

Once you have your dress cut out, just embellish how you want.  I made 2 dresses, one with the flower DSP from Comfort Cafe and Early Espresso card stock.  I put the early espresso behind the dress as an added dimension to the dress.  I just love everything about this card and hope to make more in the future!


Supplies needed to make this card:


Card Stock: Pool Party base 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
                    Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper 5 x 5 for scallop circle die
                    Early Espresso 5 x 5 for scallop circle die
                    Midnight Muse scrap for punching
                    Summer Starfruit scrap for punching

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Midnight Muse

Accessories: Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
                     Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents
          Tools: Big Shot
                     Scallop Circle Bigz Die
                     Floral Fusion Sizzlit Die
                     Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
                     Boho Blossoms Punch
                     Modern Label Punch
                     Paper Snips
   Adhesives: Snail
                      Dimensionals
                      Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

August Card Project

Faithful Friend Card (order all supplies)
This card is made using the World Treasures Stamp Set and the Alhambra Stampin' Around Wheel.  The Faithful Friend card has borders as intricate and lovely as a Moroccan bazaar. Make them yourself using the Big Shot, the Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies and the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

SUPPLIESREGULARQUANTITY
World Treasures Clear-Mount Stamp Set$17.95Qty:1
Alhambra Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel$8.50Qty:1
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2X11 Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
Pool Party 8-1/2 X 11 Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
Whisper White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock$8.50Qty:1
Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin' Pad$5.95Qty:1
Versamark Pad$7.50Qty:1
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter$4.50Qty:1
White Stampin' Emboss Powder$4.75Qty:1
2011 In Color Stampin Write Markers$14.95Qty:1
2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers$14.95Qty:1
Daffodil Delight Stampin Write Marker$3.50Qty:1
Rich Razzleberry Stampin Write Marker$3.50Qty:1
Stampin Write Markers - Brights Collection$28.95Qty:1
Pumpkin Pie 1/8 Inch Taffeta Ribbon$5.95Qty:1
Stampin' Dimensionals$3.95Qty:1
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine$99.95Qty:1
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die$9.95Qty:1
Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies$24.95Qty:1
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder$7.95Qty:1

*You can click each supply to learn more about each product OR you can click HERE to order all the supplies from my site.  This card comes directly from Stampin' Up!





Monday, August 13, 2012

August Gift Project

Happy Birthday Candle Pouch (click here to order all supplies)

Designing a unique and thoughtful birthday card takes only minutes using our Birthday, Candle Crazy, and So Many Stars Stampin’ Around Builder Wheels. Create a pocket, add candles, and you're done!  How cute would this be as a birthday gift?

SUPPLIESREGULARQUANTITY
A Word For You - Clear-Mount Stamp$16.95Qty:1
Birthday$4.50Qty:1
Candle Crazy$4.50Qty:1
So Many Stars$4.50Qty:1
Bashful Blue 8-1/2X11 Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
Midnight Muse 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2X11 Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
Whisper White 8-1/2X11 Card Stock$8.50Qty:1
Wild Wasabi 8-1/2X11 Card Stock$6.95Qty:1
World Spectacular Designer Series Paper$10.95Qty:1
Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad$5.95Qty:1
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad$5.95Qty:1
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad$5.95Qty:1
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad$5.95Qty:1
Versamark Pad$7.50Qty:1
2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers$14.95Qty:1
Stampin' Dimensionals$3.95Qty:1
Aqua Painter$16.95Qty:1
Scallop Edge Border Punch$15.95Qty:1

*You can click on each individual supply to see more detail about it and order OR click HERE to order all supplies from my site.  This project comes directly from Stampin' Up!





Sunday, August 12, 2012

MIA

I wanted to let you know that I've been missing in action this week because my mom had right knee replacement surgery on Monday.  She watches our boys while I go to work and my husband is in school.  Since this past week was my husband's last week of summer class, I was home with the boys.  I update my blog while I'm at work since there is VERY little time for anything with 2 boys ages 2-1/2 and 17 months.  I'm going to try to update with my recent projects today and hopefully this week since I'll be at work more.

My mom had a successful surgery and is in recovery mode at home.  My oldest son helped me make a get well soon card for my mother that I will post later.  So check back this week for projects I've been working on that I haven't been able to post.

Thanks!

Friday, August 3, 2012

August Q & A

31% off digital for 31 days!
Q: For what kinds of projects can I use My Digital Studio 2?

31% off digital for 31 days!

A: Well, I could say that the possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Or give you the predictable answer and say scrapbook pages, photobooks, calendars, and more. But, since we are celebrating the release of My Digital Studio 2 with 31% off 31 digital content options and most print products for all 31 days of August, I’ll just go with the flow and give you 31 inspirations!

1. Create a scrapbook or photobook to honor a friend using the It's All Me Kit (#128999).

2. Host an end of summer party for your friends and neighbors. Create invitations and table décor using the Boardwalk stamp brush set (#129598).

3. Make a year in review scrapbook as Christmas gifts for grandparents this year. Using the Year in Review Photo book Template (#125743) will make creating this special gift a snap!

4. Hold the most adorable baby shower without breaking a sweat using the Hello, Baby Ensemble Kit (#126159).

5. Make Christmas cards that are as unique as you and your family using the Bright Year Greeting Card Template (#131011).

6. Highlight your family in a one-of-a-kind family tree. Use the Bold Branches Stamp Brush Set (#124212) as the beginning, add photos of your family members and print as a 12” scrapbook page. Frame the printed page and show your family pride!

7. Give the best gift ever ... the gift of caring and time. How? Make a set of all-occasion cards using the Celebrate Any Day Greeting Card Templates (#127757) to make a great set of customizable cards. Print several copies of each and create bundles of assorted cards by simply tying a ribbon around them. Then give them as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, teacher appreciation, showers, graduations, and hostess gifts. When your friends use the cards, they save time and share caring thoughts.

8. Doll up your office with elements from the Messenger II Embellishments Digital Download (#124578). Too much time is spent at work for you to spend it in boring surroundings!

9. Make a swatchbook as a coach's gift. Get a photo of each child on the sports team, team photo, shots of tournaments, views into the dugout or sideline, and other team events. Add the photos to a simple swatchbook using the team colors and the Athletic Department brush set (#121065). Once printed, have each kid sign the page with their photo and give as a gift to the coach. Or make one for each team member and have the team autograph each other's books.

10. It doesn’t matter if your babies are 2 or 20, you’ll still love having a special photo collage of their baby photos and stats. Use the precious Baby Prints brush set (#130162) to highlight those special memories!

11. Love to camp? Show off your outdoor fun with a photo collage scrapbook featuring the fun images in the Happy Camper Memories (#130069) and Happy Camper (#126033) brush sets.

12. Love to travel? Make a special travel journal to help record your special trips using the Adventure Awaits stamp brush set (#129871).

13. Use the Bulletin Alphabet & Numbers stamp brush set to make an A-Z swatchbook. Use one page per letter listing your favorite thing, food, place, person, etc. for each letter.
Rivet Swatchbooks

14. Start 2013 off right with a custom calendar using the 2013 Month By Month Calendar Template (#130874). This also makes a great gift!

15. Bring a little romance into your everyday when you print, frame, and display the In Love Designer Template Page (#127343).

16. Planning a big event or wedding? Use the classically styled Meant To Be Designer Invitation Templates (#129354) for creating invitations, RSVP cards, Save the Dates, and more!

17. Are your travel photos collecting digital dust on your hard drive? Just use the World Traveler Photobook Template to drag and drop your photos, add your captions, and you’ll enjoy your travels all over again in your photobooks!

18. Do you road trip? Capture the moments in a 12” x 12” photobook using the stylish Travel Log Kit (#126022).

19. Need to tame some pirates? Use the Ahoy, Matey Ensemble (#130078) to create a bounty of pirate party fun!

20. Go digital for your diva! Create a princess party of royal design with the A Royal Day Ensemble (#130079). Crowns, treat boxes, banners, cupcake toppers, thank you notes, and more – all fit for a princess!

21. Download, print, and frame our Can'ts Into Cans Framable Designer Template (#130077). A fun décor piece with an inspirational quotation. Easily customizable to change the colors to suit your style and space … or a friend's favorites.

22. Have holidays that are organized with the 12 Days of Christmas Swatchbook (#130985). Record 12 family traditions in each of the premade templates and use it as a checklist. Makes a great gift for your children to share the family traditions with their own families.

23. Make a personalized journal as teacher’s gifts this year using the A is for Apple Stamp Brush Set (#127411).

24. Remember those school pictures growing up? How fun it was to reminisce and see the changes from year to year? Make a childhood 8” x 8” album for your children. It’s easier than you think when you use the A is for Apple Stamp Brush Set which has a 5” x 5” designer template. Create one template for each year with the individual picture on the left page and the class picture on the right page and duplicate for each year.

25. We could all use a little organization and daily dose of inspiration, right? Use the 2012 Daily Planner Photobook template and print a softcopy photobook to use for all your appointments and reminders. Go ahead and add your favorite inspirational quotes that you want to remember at the top of each month.

26. As a special gift, create and print Baby Announcements for a friend who just had a baby. They will be so grateful for the thoughtful gift. See our Announcing Baby Postcards Templates (#129593 boy) and (#129592 girl).

27. Know someone who could use a little encouragement? Maybe yourself? Create a desktop easel gift with our Be Awesome Today Easel Calendar Template (#131008). It can be used as a daily calendar or a perpetual birthday reminder list. This gift is so handy you will want to print 10 copies and have them on hand for when you need them.

28. Never miss another birthday with our Book Of Birthdays Swatchbook Template (#129923) Perpetual Calendar. Keeps all the dates handy in one place, so you don’t have to go searching for them each month.

29. Are you a foodie? Publish your own recipe book using our Melt In Your Mouth Recipe Photobook Template (#131007). Share your love by printing several copies to give as gifts. Who knows, you might get a request to publish a book each year.

Digital Template with MSD2

30. Create a personalized story and coloring book for a child or grandchild with our Storybook Specialty Designer Series Paper (#131221). What child wouldn’t enjoy seeing their name, familiar places and cherished storeis in their own book? Or help them to create their own stories.

31. Have a spooktacular Halloween when you download and print our Pick Your Poison Embellishments (#125614). Add a quick accent to any project, or decorate your own bottle of poison with these 38 embellishments!

Download our Flyer and Start Indulging

31 Days of Digital Content Sale

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012 Holiday Catalog


The 2012 Holiday catalog has been released!  If you haven't seen it you are going to want to get your hands on one.  I'm loving all of the product for the upcoming holidays as well as the new larger size (8-1/2 by 11) and page count!

Dates: August 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012.

See it Online (flash) here
OR
Download PDF of catalog here

I am planning to have an open house in August but with my mom's knee surgery next week, I'm trying not to have anything set in stone until I see how it goes.  If you placed an order through me within the year, you should have received your copy in the mail.  Contact me if you would like to get together before my open house to see this catalog.

Here's 2 samples of some products in this catalog.


Check back later this week to see how I made each of these cards.

If you are ready to start shopping this catalog to prepare for your holiday crafting, you can do so at my online store http://brittnysmith.stampinup.net than click on "Products, Shop Now."

Spooktacular Offer



Dates: August 1 - September 16, 2012
Promotion Details: It's always more fun to stamp with friends! When you join by September 16, you will get a Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray project kit absolutely FREE-a $60 value! This exclusive kit contains the perfect elements of a spooktacular Halloween decoration
*Project kit does not include ink

Things to Remember:

  • You may choose the language of your stamp set (English or French; Spanish speakers may choose the English set or Pedacitos espeluznantes [Spooky Bingo Bits in Spanish]).
  • The printer's tray included in the kit is limited to this kit. This isn't offered anywhere else.
  • New recruits will receive their Howl-o-ween Printer's Tray project kit with their Starter Kit.
  • New recruits will have until October 31 to redeem their free project kit.
  • Deadlines:
    • Paper IDA: Must be received in Stampin' Up! office by Friday, September 14, 2012; 6:50 PM (MT).
    • Online IDA: Must be submitted by Sunday, September 16, 2012; 11:50 PM (MT).
    • If the above deadlines are not met, but the demonstrator still qualifies because of a special exception, she will be able to order the Howl-o-ween project kit on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

  • There are MANY reasons why I LOVE being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Here are some great reasons why to join my team:
    • While the $99 price tag is exciting in and of itself, one of the biggest perks of the new Starter Kit is its flexibility! Not only will you get a great deal on Starter Kit products (up to $125) that you get to choose yourself, but you'll also get a 20 percent discount on Stampin' Up! products when you place orders in the future.
    • You have free access to Stampin' Connection (an exclusive 30,000 member only stamping community) and invitations to Stampin' Up! events-not to mention the fantastic new friendships you'll forge and regular opportunities to get together and stamp.
    • These two are my favorites: You will have sneak peeks of product, promotions and catalogs before anyone else!  You will also receive a FREE demonstrator monthly magazine filled with beautiful photos, project ideas and tips to run your business!  Like I said, I absolutely LOVE having these two perks as being a demonstrator.  The magazines have awesome ideas that you can't get without being a demonstrator.
    In addition, new demonstrators are eligible for TWO FREE months of Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS)-including your own business website and Online Store, access to a blog, calendar, a monthly e-newsletter, project gallery, and e-cards-when you sign up within 21 days of becoming a demonstrator.

    So if you are ready to join my team for $99 and receive your FREE tray head to my site http://brittnysmith.stampinup.net than click on "Join the Fun"  Contact me if you have questions about being a demonstrator and I will gladly help.  You can email me at brittnycreates@gmail.com with your questions or give me a call.  We can even meet up if your local for a chat and receive a treat on me.