Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Perfect Handmade Holiday

It's a BIG Sale!

Dates: October 19-December 16, 2010

You can purchase select products--perfect for Amazing cards, Beautiful packaging, and Cherished gifts--at a 20 percent discount! See bundle flyer above.

Things to Remember:
  • This offer is available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online). Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • You must use the bundle item codes provided. The 20 percent discount will not be applied if individual bundle item numbers are entered separately.
  • I will rebate shipping costs on orders over $50 placed with me by phone or on my website.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me ..... svzhong@gmail.com.

**On a personal note, I will be on vacation until Saturday, October 30th.  Orders may still be placed online and I will mail the shipping rebates when I return.  Also class registration for the SO THANKFUL fall card class will officially close on October 30th.  You may register by sending a check via snail mail or by submitting a payment via PayPal.**

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Love is in the air....

During the Operation Write Home workshop we'll be making some general greeting cards plus some that are devoted to love.  I figure they can either be Valentine's Day cards or just a card to tell someone you miss them and love them.  For this card I used a color scheme of Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, and Whisper White with the Paisley Prints stamp set.  Using these colors was actually a refreshing change from all the Fall and Christmas colors I've been using lately.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Simple Fall Card

I'm preparing for the Episcopal Church Women's Operation Write Home workshop next week.  This is one of the easy cards we'll be making and sending to troops stationed abroad.  It's a great card because it could be used for many occasions, yet it is simple enough that it can be made by even the most inexperienced cardmaker.  This Season of Friendship stamp set is one of my personal favorites.   

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Post-it Note

I love the new French Foliage set in the Holiday Mini-Catalog.  I made a post-it note holder using the set and Cajun Craze and Early Espresso cardstocks.  I used More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, and Always Artichoke inks.  (I would have liked to have used Old Olive instead of the Artichoke, but the gremlins never returned my marker!)  It was super easy and I think it will make a nice little gift. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Run... go, go, go....

If you're like me you LOVE saving money and get an adrenaline rush by finding great deals.  I got so excited when I saw this post on the Stampin' Up demonstrator services website:

Clearance Rack Blitz

October 5, 2010 As you know, the Clearance Rack has been operational for over a year now, and demonstrators and customers alike are finding it a great place to discover discontinued Stampin' Up! merchandise for fantastic prices. Now, from October 5-18, we're adding over two hundred more discontinued items--some at up to 80 percent off--to help us make room in the Distribution Center for new products!

There are some great deals to be found, but like all great sales, don't wait.  The popular items will sell out!  You may order through my website by clicking on "shop now" and then clicking "clearance rack" on the left side of the page.  If you are local, you may also call me and let me know what you'd like to order. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Copics vs Stampin' Write Markers

Last week I took a class on using Copic Markers.  I had seen some beautiful things produced by using those markers and liked the idea that the colors would blend flawlessly.  I was looking forward to learning to use them.  I was sure I'd love them and was thinking about how I'd afford this new product because they have tons of colors available for about $5 a pen.

The good news is that I didn't spend any money!  The bad news is that I really didn't like them.  I know learning to use them takes practice, but I just felt like it wasn't worth the effort.  In class we were given an item to color and were supposed to shade it with the left side being darker.  It was really difficult.  If you had 8 shades of one color that you could blend together to do the shading perhaps it would have been easier, but we had 2 plus the blender pen (which, by the way, is a MUST if you use Copics.)  I was frustrated that I'd apply the color which was really strong and then my "shading" was done by using the blender (which works more like a bleach pen) to remove color.  I worked on one little image for an hour and still didn't have it turn out as I would have liked.  I had problems with the color "floating" out of the image and then I'd have to work to push it back in.  When I added an accent color, it floated into the other color and looked horrible.  When I looked back at my work, it looked like the work of a 4 year old and I wasn't pleased.  Perhaps with more practice and the purchase of many markers I could eventually turn into an artist, but I'm not willing to invest my time or money when I have something at home that gives me the look I desire for less.  I also don't want to have to buy new ink pads for stamping my images (StazOn won't work with Copics) or different cardstock.  I came home and pulled out my Stampin' Write markers and realized that while I can't "blend" them with other colors, I can do lovely shading with either the blender pen (which really is a blender instead of a bleach pen) or with my Aquapainter.  The Stampin' Up markers only cost $3.50 and perfectly match my cardstock.  They also serve double duty because not only can I use them to color images, but I can also use them for journaling or writing sentiments inside my cards.