Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Holiday Workshop at Carrie Blake Park

Here we go again!  I am excited to announce that I am co-hosting another all-day craft workshop with Doodlebugs at Carrie Blake Park!  Mark your calendars for our popular workshop and make sure to get your tickets now before we are sold out!!!!

Tickets are available at Doodlebugs or you can also contact me to purchase your tickets.  Tickets are $50 per person and are non-refundable.  Please contact me with any questions. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great day!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Convention Share

Happy Monday, Stampers!  I finally had a chance to go through my photos of convention.  This year's convention was super special one for me.  About three months ago Karen Hauley, Business Development Specialist from Stampin' Up!, asked Jill Hilliard from Pennsylvania, Cynthia Millan from Ottawa and myself to be part of  her demonstrator panel to help present a class called "I am Earning an Incentive Trip".  Over the last few months we corresponded mainly through emails and had rehearsals over the phone.  Since I had never met them before, I could only recognize them by their voice.  So when I finally met them at Convention, I was so thrilled to get to know them better.  Let me tell you they are super nice and so talented!!! 

Working through this class I had an opportunity to meet my secret admirers Bonnie Thurber and Brian Pilling from the corporate office along with Alan and Scott, Producer/Sound Specialist.  They were at all of our rehearsals and gave us their suggestions and tips which helped us tremendously. 

Karen had a surprise gift for us.  She made this gorgeous journal for us using the My Digital Studio and she even included part of our script in the background. How cool is that!!!

There was one more surprise inside this journal.  Can you guess?  The inside cover included a personal note written to each of us by Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder/CEO of Stampin' Up!  Love it!!!

I thank Karen for giving me this incredible opportunity and will treasure this amazing experience and friendship for the rest of my life!  I can't wait to see Jill and Cynthia again on the Fiji Incentive Trip. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great day!

Friday, July 27, 2012

MDS 2 Card and Holiday Open House

Happy Friday, Stampers!  I had so much fun creating this MDS 2 card yesterday.  I took a MDS (My Digital Studio) class at Convention and got to play the new MDS 2 there.  It was an optional evening class and I didn't know they were going to let us try this not-yet-released version of MDS.  There are tons of new "must-have" features loaded and I can't wait to update my original MDS.  Stay tuned for more updates on this MDS 2.....

This card is actually an invitation card to my Holiday Open House which is scheduled on Sunday, August 5th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  My Open House is open to ANYONE (you don't have to receive an invitation from me to come) so please join us for this fun day of creating beautiful projects to start off the holiday season.

Holiday Open House Highlights
  • Introducing the Holiday Mini Catalog
  • Have fun with Make and Takes
  • Door Prizes
  • Bring a "new" friend and receive a 10% off your order (your friend too!)
  • Book a workshop with me and pick one "Reward Coupon" that you can redeem at your workshop.  Plus you will receive a Stampin' Up! Catalog.
  • Join one of my monthly Stamping Clubs and receive a beautiful reusable shopping bag (while supplies last).  Plus you will receive a 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog.
  • Yummy food!
  • Great time with your friends!
  • Special discount offer for my Monthly Club Members

Please RSVP by August 4th so that I can have a kit ready for you and also provide your "estimate" time of arrival so that we can comfortably accommodate our guests throughout the event. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Papillon Potpourri Thanks Card

Hi Stampers!  This card was one of the projects we made at my Card Clubs this month.  I LOVE this  "Papillon Potpourri" stamp set!!!  I was so impressed how the butterfly image came alive when I first stamped using our new "Firm Foam" ink pads.  What a difference!

Click HERE to learn more about our new "Firm Foam" ink pads.

Did you know there is a brand-new butterfly punch in our new catalog?  It coordinates with one of the stamp images from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set (see the green butterfly).  I stamped one butterfly in Gumball Green right above the Midnight Muse butterfly.  And then stamped another one on a Whisper White scrap piece and punched it out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526).  I used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the butterfly.  I also embellished it with the Vintage Faceted Designer Button and Linen Thread.

There is another brand-new punch called "Little Labels Punch Pack" in our new catalog.  This one is a set of three small punches and coordinates with the "Lovely Little Labels" Stamp Set. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!!!

Supply List
Stamps - Papillon Potpourri, Lovely Little Labels
Paper - Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink - Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Tangerine Tango
Tools and Accessories - Elegant Butterfly Punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Linen Thread
Big Shot - Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Easy Events Happy Birthday Card

Here's a card I created a few months ago trying to see what color would coordinate with one of the new In Color "Summer Starfruit".  I really like this combo - Pool Party and Summer Starfruit. 

Have you tried our Linen Thread?  It's my favorite accessory.  I've noticed that there are many projects with Linen Thread in our new catalog. 

That's it for today.  Sorry for a short post.  I have to take my boys to a football camp before my Card Club workshop this morning.  I'm so excited my youngest is going to "try" football!!!  I'm not sure if he is going to like it though.  It may be overwhelming for a 6 year-old boy.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

Supply List
Stamps - Easy Events
Paper - Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White, 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - StazOn Jet Black, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Chocolate Chip
Tools and Accessories - Blender Pens, Basic Pearls, Linen Thread, Crop-A-Dile, 1/2" Circle Punch, Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
Big Shot - Paper Doily Sizzlits L (125592), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Elegant Butterfly Punch Card

Hi Stampers!  I'm back from the amazing Stampin' Up! Convention 2012 in Salt Lake City.  What a fabulous time I had there.  I took over 500 photos and am looking forward to sharing some of them with you this week. 

I have a quick post today because I have 7 boxes of SU orders waiting to be opened and sorted this morning.  I also have my Tuesday Card Club workshop tonight and Wed card club tomorrow morning.  It will be a marathon for me. 

This card was supposed to be my swap card for the Convention 2012 but didn't have time to make any.  I love the new Elegant Butterfly Punch.  

Here is a video from the Convention 2012.  I hope you will enjoy it. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Quick Card - Reason to Smile Take 3

Hi Stampers!  I have a quick card to share with you today using the Reason to Smile stamp set.  It's so simple and so pretty.  I really like the color combination (Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Very Vanilla). 

Can you see I embossed the Primrose Petals card stock with two different embossing folders (Fancy Fan and Delicate Designs Folders)?  The new Stitched Satin Ribbon adds an extra beauty to the card. 

This card is very quick and easy but it does have some detailed touch.  I love the new "Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005)" and it coordinates with one of the Essentials Paper-Piercing templates. 

That's it today, Stampers!  I'm headed to Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City this morning and still have a few items to pack in my suitcase.  I hope to post some photos from Convention here on my blog this week, so come back soon! 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Reason to Smile - Take 2

Happy Friday, Stampers!  Here is one of the cards we made last night at my July Ink Pad Club using the new promotional set Reason to Smile.  Remember you can get this stamp set for just $5 with a $50 Stampin' Up! order only through July 31, 2012. 

Here's a close-up photo of the flowers.  I used Stampin' Write Markers to color the solid daisy image; one daisy in Primrose Petals and the other in Raspberry Ripple.  I also added some Dazzling Diamonds with 2-Way Glue Pen.  I really liked stamping the daisies on a piece of First Edition Specialty DSP. 

Have you seen these new Naturals Designer Buttons?  They are really cool looking. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great weekend!

Supply List
Stamps - Reason to Smile, Trust God
Paper - Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Wild Wasabi, First Edition Specialty DSP
Ink - Early Espresso
Tools and Accessories - Stampin' Write Markers (Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Wild Wasabi), Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds
Big Shot - Adorning Accents Edgelits, Argyle Embossing Folder

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Ink Pad Club and Product Shares

2012-2014 In Color Club

In Colors: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit

The cost is $15.00 per month including shipping and tax (local pick up only). If you are a long-distance customer, please contact me so that I can provide you with your actual shipping cost. It will be 5 consecutive months with five members to make it work. The following is the list of items you will receive each month:
  • (1) - In Color Ink Pad
  • (1) - Stampin' Write Marker
  • (1 sheet) - 8 1/2" x 11" Card Stock
  • (1 yard) - 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • (4) - In Color Dahlias
  • (4 sheets) - 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper, 2 each of 2 double-sided designs (126910)
In addition to the list above, you will receive a package of 8 1/2" x 11" Card Stock (20 sheets in 5 colors) once during the 5 months.

Here is a photo of my card using four of the 2012-2014 In Colors.

2012 - 2014 In Color 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Share

In Colors:  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit

You will receive 10 yards in total, 2 yards in each color. 
  • $11 per share - local pick up
  • $13 per share - long distance shipping

2012 - 2013 Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper Share

 You will receive the following items in 6 colors (Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry).
  • One sheet of 6" x 12" each patterned paper in 6 colors (6 sheets) - page 164
  • One sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock in 6 colors (6 sheets)
  • Designer Buttons - 3 designs in 6 colors (18 buttons) - page 176
  • Cost - $8.50 per share (local pick-up)

2012 - 2013 Designer Series Paper Share

I have 2 options for you to choose from:
  1. Select ANY three DSP Collections from the list below for $10 (local pick-up) - you will receive one sheet of 6" x 12" each design from each DSP collection you choose (18 sheets in total).
  2. Select ALL five DSP Collections from the list below for $16 (local pick-up) - you will receive one sheet of 6" x 12" each design from ALL DSP collections you choose (30 sheets in total).
  • Comfort Cafe - page 163
  • Floral District - page 163
  • International Bazaar - page 164
  • Be of Good Cheer - page 164
  • Patio Party - page 165

Comfort Cafe DSP (126898)
Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Floral District (126919)
Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade, Rose Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango

International Bazaar (126920)
Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Be of Good Cheer (126896)
Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla

Patio Party (126916)
Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit

For Long Distance Customers (US only): 
Please email me to inquire about your shipping cost. I will be happy to provide you with your actual shipping cost. 

Sneak Preview:  July Ink Pad Club Workshop Projects

I had a very productive day yesterday and made several cards.  We will be making these beautiful cards tonight (6:30 pm) for this month's Ink Pad Club.  If you a local and would like to attend, please let me know so that I can prepare a kit for you in advance.  The cost is $5 per person or FREE with an order of $15 or more (before shipping and tax) for non-ink pad club members.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

THANK YOU!!! I'm going to Fiji!!!

Yeah, I did it again!!!  I earned the Fiji incentive trip in early April.  THANK YOU to all my loyal customers and my downlines for making this trip possible for me!  I get to take my husband to spectacular Fiji on this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime vacation.  I am wondering  (and hoping) though, after this luxurious trip, he will finally stop asking me if I ever intend to get a "real" job????   We will see..... 

We made this card at my June card clubs.  I just love everything about this card!!  I don't know why but it makes me happy.  I love the new Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper and have used it for several projects already.

Here's a close-up photo of the bottom edge which we used the new Large Scallop Edgelits (127019) and then pierced using one of the Essentials Paper-Piercing templates (126187).  This new paper-piercing pack coordinates with punches, Edgelits, and Framelits.  It's a must-have tool!!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!

Supply List
Stamps - Greeting Card Kids, Curly Cute
Paper - Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze, Comfort Cafe DSP, Watercolor Paper
Ink - Midnight Muse, StazOn Jet Black
Tools and Accessories - Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Blender Pens, Stampin' Write Markers (Pool Party, Midnight Muse, More Mustard, Summer Starfruit, Real Red, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom), Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon
Big Shot - Large Scallop Edgelits, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L (126999)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Reason to Smile - Thank You Card

Hi Stampers!  I finally had a fun time to create cards in my studio yesterday - I was a very happy girl!!!  I had been wanting to use the exclusive Reason to Smile stamp set since I got it early June but had to leave for Canada unexpectedly to rescue my sister for a few weeks so I had to wait.  I'm glad though that I had a wonderful "sister" time with her.  I already miss her......

Back to the Reason to Smile set, I was going to CASE the Stampin' Up!'s sample card but didn't feel "connected" with it.  I felt there was something missing with my card.  So I added a decorative die-cut edge with one of the Finishing Touches Edgelits and a piece of Pool Party strip to show off the edge.  Isn't it pretty? 

After that I wanted to off-set with another piece of Pool Party on the left of my card front so I embossed a strip of Pool Party card stock with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. 

I stamped the outline flower image in three colors (Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Tangerine Tango) and the sentiment in Early Espresso on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

When making this card, I had to remind myself that it had to be simple and quick.  Sometimes I get carried away and add more embellishments to my project.  It is a challenge for me to keep it simple!!!

Well I am happy with my card and am sure my sister will be calling and asking me to send her some "Thank You" cards.  She needs a bunch of thank you cards to send to her friends and neighbors for their help. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Hope you will have a wonderful day!

Supply List
Stamp Sets - Reason to Smile (available thru 7/31/12), Curly Cute
Paper - Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Ink - Calypso Coral, Poo Party, Tangerine Tango
Tools and Accessories - Linen Thread
Big Shot - Finishing touches Edgelits (NEW #127010), Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Monday, July 9, 2012

I'm finally BACK....

I'm finally back home and am so glad to be stamping again.  I'm so sorry to be totally gone from my blog for a month.  I didn't intend to be absent for the entire time but just couldn't find the time to make any projects except helping my sister in Ontario, Canada. 

About a month ago my sister had an accident and broke both of her arms and cut her forehead.  She was taken by an ambulance and was hospitalized for 4 days.  My brother-in-law called me to tell me about her accident.  For two days I could not talk to my sister and felt terrible and helpless knowing she was in a lot of pain so I rescheduled my workshops one week early and went to Canada to take care of her and my "cute" nieces.  I am happy to say my sister is recovering pretty well and has managed to do things better on her own and the girls are on a summer break so that they can help her. 

While I was there, my parents also came from Japan so I got to spend time with them too.  I also enjoyed crafting with my nieces a little bit but I got sick due to a change of weather (I think) and couldn't finish the "never-ending card" I was teaching them how to make!!!  When I left Sequim, it was so cold here but it was really hot over there in Ontario and my body couldn't quite adjust well.

One thing I learned while I was doing their laundry......the reason why we have "Tempting Turquoise" in our Stampin' Up! color collections.  Having boys I just don't use that color so much but found out that the girls love it.  I had never seen so many loads of laundry in pink and blue!!!  Plus my nieces change their clothes 10 times a day!!!!!  I'm glad now I have boys, eh:)

Well, I hesitated to leave my sister but am really blessed to know that she is surrounded by many kind friends who'd do anything for her.  So I think she will be fine.  Oh, my brother-in-law gave me a nickname.  Can you guess?  It's Cinderella!!!  Love it!!!

Free Stamp Set of the Month

Thank you to everyone who placed a Stampin' Up! order with me in June.  I drew one winner from all of the online and email orders and the lucky stamper is......Winona from Philadelphia to win the "Happy You" stamp set.  Congratulations, Winona!!!

It's a new month and time for a new free stamp set giveaway.  This month's stamp set is Summer Afternoon.  Please click HERE to learn more about my Free Stamp Set of the Month offer.  It could you YOU next. 

Reason to Smile Promotion

During the month of July you have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer.  Get the Reason to Smile stamp set (up to a $20.95 value) for only $5 when you spend $50 on any Stampin' Up! products.

  • Reason to Smile Stamp Set - wood mount #131274.....$5.00
  • Reason to Smile Stamp Set - clear mount #131275.....$5.00

Things to Remember:
  • Spend $50 on any current Stampin' Up! products to get the exclusive Reason to Smile Stamp Set for just $5.
  • This offer is available on workshop, online or customer orders.
  • There is a limit of one set per customer.
  • The Reason to Smile Set is exclusive to this offer and will not be available after July 31, 2012.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I have several product shares and new In Color Club to share with you this week so come back often to see what's new!