Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SU! Regional...

There is one in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, October 28th and also on Saturday, October 29th. 

I'm really debating on attending...

Monday, August 29, 2011

WOW! Can you believe the shipping times?

I have received notification today that the last of the online orders has shipped!

Most of the online orders were placed on Friday and Saturday, and I saw that they were in picking on Sunday. I even placed an order on Sunday and that one has already shipped...

Stampin'Up! shipping rocks! Hope you all receive your orders soon!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thank You!

Crafters -

Thank you for placing your orders by yesterday! I have placed the order for your FREE Strength & Hope stamp sets.

In checking the Stampin'Up! website, it looks like ALL of your orders are already in the "picking" phase. I would anticipate receiving my order right around Labor Day.

Because Labor Day is a BIG traveling holiday, we'll need to determine when the best time is to get together.

You will just LOVE your Strength & Hope set - and one of the best things - SU! donates money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with each order of that stamp set.

Thank you for making a difference!

**Remember - if you wish - you may make a card using this stamp set and send it to me electronically. I'll post it here on this blog. SU!'s Statement of the Heart begins with... "To SHARE what we LOVE..."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dawn's Special from Sunday, August 21st, 2011, through Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Crafters -

The Summer Mini Catalog expires at the end of this month. And on the very last page of the  Summer Mini Catalog is a wonderful set called "Strength & Hope." I've used it on several cards since I purchased my set  (March 26th workshop, April 23rd cards, May 21st cards) that I have posted on this blog.

And, as many of you know, my husband is participating in Pelotonia 11 this weekend. Their motto is "Ride Pelotonia. End Cancer." My husband lost his father to cancer and his mother is a breast cancer survivor. He is riding the full 180-miles this weekend and raised money to honor both of them.

Everyone has been impacted by cancer whether it is because of a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or yourself. Stampin'Up! is donating $2 from each Strength & Hope stamp set purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

To that end, because the Strength & Hope stamp set goes away on August 31st (the last "cancer" set that SU! offered was just before I became a demonstrator - about 6 or 7 years ago), and they don't come back real soon... I want to get this stamp set into everyone's hands because it is a WONDERFUL stamp set.

Here is my special (and this is only good through me):
  • ONLINE ORDERS ONLY (My online store)
  • Merchandise must total $150 (you will earn Stampin'Rewards) - FYI - Don't order the Strength & Hope stamp set with your order. It will come to you from me in September!
  • Order must be placed by Saturday, August 27th, 2011.
  • After I receive notification of your online order from Stampin'Up!, I will place an order on Sunday and you will receive FREE the Strength & Hope wood mount or Strength & Hope clear mount (your choice) stamp set in September from me.
  • As soon as you place your order, send me an email to let me know whether you want wood or clear mount. You must send me the email by Saturday (August 27th) midnight so I can place the order on Sunday.
  • This special is not good towards the Strength & Hope Digital kit.
With the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Papers Special currently offered by Stampin'Up!, along with this free Strength & Hope stamp set from me, you can earn several free items by placing your online order before Saturday. Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack for any items there too!

When you receive your FREE stamp set from me, if you would like - please make a card and send me an electronic copy of it (.jpgs work very well). I will post it on this blog.

My Swap card from Dames meeting

I finished these last weekend and still have to hand them out. Our theme for the Swap at the Dames meeting on July 30th was kids/school (something fun!).

Here's what mine looks like.

I've used the Dinoroar set (item #122535-wood, #122537-clear), the Bitty Box & envelope die (item #115967) and the Two Tags die (item #115954). SO EASY!


As many of you know, I worked on the boy's notebooks for his classmates yesterday. Lest you forget (smile), he will be 10 next month.

To make it easy on me, what with Accounting for me, Grandparents arriving in September (and yes, I'd like to see them too!), and just life in general... since I had the WHOLE HOUSE to myself yesterday - I worked on his notebooks! Got everything cut, sticky strip has been applied to most, and I will simply put these together when I have 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there. Assembly line works well for projects!

So here is a picture of one of the notebooks for his class. Please be aware that the Star Wars (R) is not sold by Stampin'Up! The colors that coordinate with this paper are Garden Green and Basic Black.
Each child's name will be die cut and placed on the bottom right of the notebook.

I also made a notebook for a friend. I've already delivered it to her and she says she likes it. Hope she's being honest.  :)  I've used the Paisley Prints DSP, Bashful Blue, and Marina Mist for the papers. I've also added a Paper Daisy flower (item #119243), a Bashful Blue Butterfly (from the Beautiful Wings SU! exclusive embosslit - item #118138), and a Light Blue Rhinestone Brad from the Circle Ice Brads (item #109111).
Same exact design - TOTALLY different look!
And you can see the top of my friend's name that is on the bottom of this notebook.

On both of these, because SU! no longer sells the hole punch I used to use on these, I used my Crop-A-Dile (item #108362) to punch the holes. It was SO MUCH EASIER than that silly little handpunch I used to use. It makes WAY LESS noise, but the grip is just a bit wider (and by "just" I mean wider - smile).

And last but not least, I'll be making another posting today. The Summer Mini Catalog expires at the end of this month. I'll be offering a one-time special today through Saturday, August 27th. Check back later today for more information!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

October Schedule has been posted!

Crafters -

Hope you can join me on October 8th or October 29th! I've posted two events in October!

Look forward to seeing you then!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Dames MDS Orientation Class TODAY!

Because several of my downline do NOT have My Digital Studio (MDS) (I just received mine after the holidays), we decided to have a small orientation class today for my downline only. Four team members came and we played.

I patterned the class after the beginner and advanced MDS classes I received at Convention (thanks to the presenters Bonnie and Holly, and to all of the Stampin'Up! MDS gurus!).

Check out the beautiful design we did today:
Jeannette, Nina, Geneva, Tina and Dawn were involved in this!  :)

This is similar to the one Holly Linford has us complete while at Convention. We used only the starter disks and the SAB MDS disk.

After we were done with this design, I asked Jeannette to save it. To move it here to my blog, all I had to do was open the project, click on "share project" and then "export to .jpg". I saved it and then added it to this blog entry. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

I just LOVE the talent in my downline group! Thanks Dames for a fun morning!

Hope you enjoy this as well...

Using Markers on Your Stamps...

As many of you know, the boy enjoys crafting as well.

He wanted to make a "Thank You" card for his friend and he really liked the new Dinoroar set (available in wood or clear mount stamps).

So, if you have ever wondered how to use your markers on your rubber stamps, here's how to do it!
Step 1
Choose your color and you'll move your hand back and forth while coloring
(hence the fast movement)

Step 2
You can use more than one color on each stamp.
Notice the tilt of the marker?
You want to "paint" with it.

Step 3
Firm placement on the paper

Completed images.
Notice that EACH image uses at least two colors.
And here is the final card!
Notice each image is cut out and pop-dotted!
I think I need to sign him up as a Stampin'Up! demonstrator when he turns 18!

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

My cards from June's Technique Expo

Wow! Was it really JUNE when my upline had her Technique Expo? Guess so...

Belatedly, here are the cards we made. Keep in mind, the techniques were what was demonstrated. Geneva, Donna, and I came back to my home and we bumped a couple of them up and assembled all here.

Let me know if YOU would like to have a class or workshop showcasing any of these great techniques!

Bleached Images

Butterfly Easel Close-up

Butterfly Easel

Crayon Resist

Faux Mother of Pearl

Glass Glitter


Mirror Image

Polished Stone

Rainbow Embossing

Split Negative

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cards from Dames meetings

From the Saturday meeting:

Always Thankful - a new set in the Holiday Mini
Design CASED from the Holiday Mini

Cherish Friendship - and the spotlight technique
Design by Tina

Fabulous Florets
Design by Geneva

Flight of the Butterfly
Design by Sandie

Hand-Penned Holidays - a new set from the Holiday Mini
Design by Dawn

Kindness Matters
This card is a CASE from Convention
Mary Ellen showed how she did the window and I liked it a LOT
Hope you do too!

See how the outside vellum butterfly fits perfectly over the inside Cobbler butterfly?

As you open the card the butterflies become two instead of the one
Really a neat look!

Kindness Matters inside

Love and Sympathy - using the Faux Mother of Pearl technique
Design by Stephanie

My Friend
How easy would this be to make a set of cards as a gift?
Maybe using Sincere Salutations for a complete card set?
Wouldn't that be a nice gift set?
Design by Dawn

Perfectly Penned
The set I received at Convention
So I CASED the design that was done on stage...
Thanks Stampin'Up!

Tiny Teacup
Design by Nina

Hope you enjoy these cards as much as we did on Saturday!

Buy 3, Get 1 Free! from Stampin'Up!

Crafters -

Stampin'Up! is offering a "Buy 3, Get 1 Free!" on their Designer Series Papers (DSPs).

Click here to learn more!
And this special only lasts until August 31st...

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Crafters -

Yesterday, July 31st, we made cards with some of the residents at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Here's a picture of the wonderful ladies who came and shared not only their adhesive and scissors, but their gifts and talents as well.
Standing - Carri Miller and Dawn Stock; Seated - Jennifer McLaughlin, Geneva Collins, and Ronald McDonald :)
This picture was taken at the end of our two-hour card making.Talk about a willingness to serve - Geneva, Carri, and Jennifer were FABULOUS! At one point, Carri was teaching two families how to work on their cards, while at the same time Jennifer was helping one of the dads and showing him how she made a background using only one stamp, while Geneva was from one end of the table to the other! It was so humbling to watch these ladies serving others while sharing their gifts and talents.

There were two mom-dad teams who came downstairs and made cards. Whoever said this was a "female" craft? The men did a wonderful job on their cards - one of them even wanted a ribbon bow so he could attach it to the envelope of the card he made! Cards were made for the residents, the babies, and the nurses who take care of their children. We each have different gifts and talents, but I think we can all agree - those nurses are angels here on earth...

As many of you know, my goal is to schedule something every other month, so I am looking at September. If you would like to be at that next one - or a future one, please let me know. You will be blessed tenfold...