Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Spooktacular

Just a note that the registration for the Halloween Spooktacular class will close on Friday, October 1st. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Here's a preview of the projects we'll be making. :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Here's another fun instructional video that focuses on the "rock-n-roll" stampin' technique. I've found I've been doing a bit more of this lately so I thought I'd share with those of you who are new to stamping. It's also a good refresher (or reminder) of this easy technique.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gremlins are stealing my supplies

I've been busy working for the last few days and I am slowly noticing the disappearance of my stamping supplies.  Yesterday I lost my Stampin' Scrub and I still haven't found it.  Today, I can't locate my Old Olive marker.  Hmm... wonder what will disappear tomorrow?  I think it's the gremlins or perhaps it's just that things are being absorbed into the mess.  I'm posting a photo of my workspace (if my mother sees this she'll be horrified!  lol)  Maybe I need to clean up my mess and try to find my missing supplies.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

More Legal Pads...

With the holidays coming, I am busy filling orders for decorative legal pad covers.  I've been doing many more of those lately than cards, which is why that seems to be all I'm posting.  Today is no different.  This is a fall themed one I made with the Designer Series Paper in the new Holiday Mini.  I love this paper.  It's almost the same weight as cardstock.  Even my husband felt of it and said, "You should use this for everything you make."  lol  Enjoy!  (PS - Just so my customers know, I am working on the cards for the upcoming Halloween class.  I won't be posting them online until after October 4th, however.  That way they can be a surprise!) 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Watercolor Techniques

For the last week I've been playing with my watercolor paper.  I thought today I'd show you a video produced by Stampin' Up's home office.  This way you can experiment with different watercolor techniques at home.  Carrie uses products from the new demonstrator starter kit to create 2 cute cards.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Back to School

Kids in this part of Oregon went back to school this past week, as did one of my friends who works for the school system.  I wanted to send her a card to ease her transition from the lazy days of summer to being back at work.  I used a watercolor technique (on watercolor paper!) on the images from the Greeting Card Kids set and mounted it onto one of new new In-Color cardstock and DSP colors, Poppy Parade.  Did you know that Stampin' Up offers free Designer Series Paper?  It's one of the hostess rewards you can get when you host a workshop or place an order totaling over $150.  Oh, and on another note, I love this stamp set.  I'll be using a different image from it during the Halloween class on October 4th.      

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Try the Watercolor Paper!

Three years ago I purchased a package of watercolor paper from Stampin' Up.  Yesterday I opened the package.  lol  I'm not talented at watercolor, but I thought I'd try it again after watching an instructional video made by demonstrator Ilina Crouse.  Let me just say "WOW!"  Watercolor paper makes all the difference and I can't believe I waited SO long to try it.  I'm pleased with my project  (despite using some retired designer series paper and a non-stampin up brad, lol.)  I plan to do some more experimentation with the paper in the near future.

Oh, on another note, I'm sorry to say that I've had to cancel the crop I had scheduled for September 20th.  I'm having my root canal done on the 13th and I don't think I'll be back to my normal scrappin' and stampin' self by the following week.  My next class will be on October 4th.  It's a Halloween theme that you won't want to miss!     

Friday, September 3, 2010

Christmas Preview

I love the new Holiday-Mini Catalog.  I want everything!  There are some especially great Christmas ideas included.  Today I opened my Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper and used it to make a Junior Legal Pad Holder with the new Peaceful Season stamp set.  I love how the paper coordinates with my new favorite cardstock color, Cherry Cobbler!  I can see me needing to order more of this gorgeous paper in the near future.  (Shhh... don't tell my husband.  lol)   

If you'd like to make some awesome projects for the holidays, let me know.  I would be happy to do a workshop for you and your friends.  I can also do Workshops by Mail for customers who live outside the Corvallis, Oregon area.  In addition to making some fun holiday items with your friends, you can earn free merchandise when your workshop totals $150 or more. Or, if you're like me and have found many things you "need" to purchase in the new catalogs, you can have a private Workshop by Mail.  I'll send you the materials to create some projects, and you'll place an order.  Even individual orders of $150 or more qualify for hostess benefits (ie- free stamp set and free merchandise.)  Also, right now I'm offering free shipping on orders over $50.  Interested?  Contact me at for more details or to schedule your workshop.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Awesome opportunity!

This is my tote bag that I purchased from Convention.  You can get it for FREE!
If you've ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, NOW is the time!  From now until October 18th, new demonstrators get a FREE craft tote.  This tote is awesome.  It's big enough to hold lots of stamping & scrapbooking supplies (including your 12x12 trimmer!)  I've seen the tote selling for as much as $85 on ebay.  It costs $175 to become a demonstrator, but you get much more than your money's worth!  Just think, you not only get the bag, but 4 stamp sets, 2 pkgs cardstock, 1 pkg designer series paper, ribbon, 4 stamp pads, 1 versamark pad, 2 markers, stampin mist, snail adhesive, an ink refill and decor elements.  If you add those things together, you see the value of the $175 package.  Click here to download the Starter Kit Order form so you can see what you get for your $$$.  (This gives you an opportunity to plan your starter kit order before you start the online process!)
As a demonstrator, I got to tour the Stampin' Up shipping facility in Utah.

Then there are other perks to being a demonstrator.  You get a monthly magazine with fresh ideas, opportunities to buy merchandise at special savings, opportunities to buy merchandise before it's available to the public, and an online community of other demonstrators for swapping and getting new ideas.  Oh yes, also, as a demonstrator you get 20% off Stampin' Up merchandise.  I'll be honest.  I signed up for that discount and I'm so happy I did.  I love the other perks and I love that I had the opportunity to go to the National Convention.
My downline, Brenda, and I as we got into line to buy exclusive demonstrator merchandise!

If you are interested, or you want more information, feel free to contact me at  You can complete your new consultant paperwork online and become a demonstrator TODAY!  There's no waiting involved.  You know all those cute new things you want to buy from the Holiday Mini Catalog?  You could buy everything you want at 20% off!  My recruiting password is:  VanessaZhong.
Just think... YOU could at the National Convention with me (and thousands of other stampers!) next year!