Monday, August 29, 2011

The Good News & The Bad News

I have good news and bad news.  The first (the bad) is personal.  Today I got my first speeding ticket since 1984.  I'm sad and while I tried to plead my case to the officer to get a warning for going 40 in a 25mph zone, I got the $190 ticket instead.  I'm sad and my husband is upset.  (Dear Customers, I need to earn $190 to pay my ticket.  Please order today.  lol) 

Fortunately there is good news too.  My new Hostess Club begins tonight at 6:30PM.  It will be so nice to go spend time with friends making cards.  Here are the cards we'll be making tonight.  This month's theme is embossing and we're going to be using some of Stampin' Up's embossing folders.

There is other good news about the club too.  I have ONE spot remaining.  If you love making cards and Stampin' Up, please contact me today to be the 6th club member.  Here are more details in case you're interested:

1.  Members will meet once every month for 6 months, for demonstrations and/or hands on projects.  Stamp Club dates and times, will be determined by club members and Demonstrator.

2.  All club meetings are located either at the Chamber of Commerce or the hostess’ home.

3.  Each member will take turns being the Hostess.  The Hostess of the month will receive all the hostess benefits, which will be determined by the closing net workshop total (see hostess benefits in the Stampin’Up! Idea and Catalog).

4.  Each member must order a minimum of $25.00 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise per meeting.  The hostess may bring outside orders and/or bring one guest to club to boost her meeting total if she so wishes.  

5.  If a member is unable to attend the club meeting, she is responsible for submitting the minimum order prior to the meeting.  Arrangements must be made prior to the Club Meeting date with the demonstrator.

6.  Clubs are limited to 6 members and will run the duration of 6 months.

Membership Benefits:
 Get a free Idea Book and Catalog!
 Get together with friends and do something that you love to do!
 See and learn new ideas and techniques!
 Get IDEAS!!
 Slowly build your Stampin’ Up! collection!
 Have the opportunity to be a Stampin’ Up! Hostess and earn FREE stamps and accessories!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Holidays are Coming!

Well, the Holiday Mini-Catalog is coming!  It begins on September 1st and if you're on my mailing list, you have probably received it already.  It really got me in the mood to work on things for Christmas.  Here's a project I made by mixing the new Pines & Poinsettias stamp set with beautiful Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Fabric and Papers.  It took a couple of hours because there are so many details on the box that you probably won't notice from the photo.  I love how it turned out!  You know how you always have those really special cards you receive for Christmas?  I'm planning on storing mine in this box.  It'll be so nice to unpack it year after year and remember people who are close to my heart.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Stamp-a-Stack

Here are 3 of the 4 cards we made during the Stamp-a-Stack.  The 4th one was the first shown in my "Open Sea" post below this one.  The ladies made a total of 12 cards each.  They worked hard for a couple of hours in order to finish them all.  Mark your calendars, my next Stamp-a-Stack will be held in October and registration begins today.

Here are some pictures of the busy girls making the cards.  Notice they were all "action-shots."  They had lots of cards to make and didn't have time to pose for the camera.  lol 
 Karen & Diane
 Phyllis, Robin, and Mary's hands (sorry Mary!)
 Margaret & Peggy
Susie & Kathy

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Open Sea

This is just a reminder that the items in the Summer Mini Catalog retire at the end of this month.  Some of the sets were carried over into the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog, but most were not.  My favorite set from the mini was called The Open Sea.  I used it when making cards for Father's Day, cards for men, cards for people traveling, and just for general purpose.  I love it and while I sometimes sell my retired sets, this one is a keeper!  Here are some cards I've made with it.  I'm also using it for one of the cards in my Stamp-A-Stack event on Tuesday, August 23rd.  (Which reminds me.....Registration is now closed because it is full.  If you would like to join a wait list in the unlikely event of a cancellation, please let me know.)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Summer Flowers

I know, I'm still stuck on the flower cards.  It's funny because while I love to look at flowers, I'm not at all good at growing them.  My mother got the green thumb in the family and while she tried to teach me about flowers my entire life, I just never took an interest in gardening.  Once a year I usually get the urge to plant something.  We call it the "Annual Plant Sacrifice" because any flowers I do actually plant usually die within a couple of weeks.  It's good I have my rubber stamps.  It's my way of "growing" pretty things. 

 (Ok.. so this isn't a flower, but a bee.. 
but you need bees for flowers!) 
This last card was made by Julie B.  I think it's just beautiful. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Imitation is the highest form of flattery."  Well, I'm flattered.  :)

I spend a lot of time online looking at ideas for cards and scrapbook pages.  You never know when you'll see an awesome layout that you can modify and make your own.  I was looking yesterday and I came across a card that looked familiar.  Then I remembered, that was my card!  It's a note card I swapped at convention.  It's a simple card, but I really liked it and evidently someone else liked it too!  lol  Anyway, thanks to Laurie for using my card for inspiration.  It made my day.  :)   
 Laurie's Card

My Card

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pretty Cards in Bloom!

Stampin' Up has SO many great floral design stamps and accessories.  I realized by looking through my own stash of rubber stamps that I, too, have a bunch.  My husband even asked, "Why do you need so many flowers?"  pfff   They are all different!  I have some that are serious, some vintage, some watercolor, and some contemporary.  You can never have too many, right?  :) 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Card swaps!

I know I posted yesterday, but I still have tons more card swaps to share.  Here's another batch to inspire you. 
 Tammy Borrello

 Karen Albin
 Denise DeLawter
Vanessa Zhong (wait.. that's me!  hehe)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New day, new ideas

I think my favorite part of swapping cards with other demonstrators is to get fresh new ideas.  It's great to see how a stamp set can be used in so many different ways.  It's that kind of versatility that gives you more bang for your buck.
Cathy Casey
Linda Coleman
Janis Sinko
Chris Piotrowski
Maria Mitsdarfer
Brandi Meilleur

See you for more cards real soon! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hostess Club Begins August 29th

Do you like stamping?  Do you like getting FREE stuff?  If so, you should join the Hostess Club!  My new club begins on Monday, August 29th in Corvallis.  There will be 6 members who commit to spend $25/month for a period of six months.  Members may buy anything from the catalog!  Because each member will be spending $25/month, the club will be placing a $150 order.  This means that each month the club will earn $25 in hostess benefits to be spent on merchandise in the catalog.  During our first club meeting, I will draw names to determine who will be the hostess in which month.  The hostess won't have to invite guests or even have the club members into her home.  We'll meet at our usual place each month.  The hostess may, however, want bring snacks to share during her month. :)
There are other benefits to the club too.  Club members will receive a free 2011-2012 catalog and idea book.  And they won't have to pay a shipping charge on their orders.  The members will attend the club meeting each month and make 3-4 projects each time, so it's like getting a free class!

I have ONE spot remaining.  If you would like to join the group, please let me know via email ( or phone (541-351-8256.)   

Where's the sunshine?

I know it's often overcast and rainy in Oregon, but lately there has been an abundance of sun.  Each day when I'm ready to post a new batch of card swaps I go out onto my balcony and take photos.  You see, I have a simple point-n-click camera and I don't own a special photo box like some bloggers.  I feel like I can get away with this simplicity because the cards usually turn out well in natural light.  I guess I was just shocked today that there is no sunshine.  Anyway, I still took the photos and I'll still post them.  At least for the ones in the cello envelopes, the lack of sunshine probably will be better since there will be nothing to reflect. 
 Michelle Brownstein
 Bobbi Kincel
 Jill Nolan

Andrea Spagnola