Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh Baby!

I rarely make baby cards because most of the people I know are past their childbearing years, but I have new stamp sets and I wanted to use them.  I’m hoping someone I know will have a baby so I can send this cute card.  hehe


I used the Hearts a Flutter stamp set with the coordinating dies to make the banner.  I decorated the banner flags with baby-related stamps from the Itty Bitties set & punched them out.  I stamped a sentiment from the Curly Cute stamp set & finished off the card by embossing with the  Needlepoint Border.  I like it so much I think I’m going to use it as a Make-n-Take for a regional demonstrator meeting next month. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! …. err.. No, It’s the Paper Pumpkin!

I am so happy to bring you a brand new program from Stampin' Up!  The Paper Pumpkin.  What is Paper Pumpkin you ask?  It's a new monthly project kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy from Stampin' Up!

Paper Pumpkin includes . . .

  • Comes to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage).
  • Helps you escape your life with some paper fun
  • Comes in a cute box
  • All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create projects
  • Stuff like cards, journals, decor, and more!

It's like Christmas in a box!  We help you to create in a whole new way and with everything included for you.  Even better, we design, color, measure, cut it all for you.


The first thing you will receive is your Welcome Kit.  This only comes the first month of membership.  The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic "D" block!


  • Simply sign up for the program now by visiting
  • Click "Get It." 
  • Complete the online form
  • If you are my customer, please be sure to choose me (Vanessa Zhong) as your demonstrator during the ordering process.  (If you don’t choose me, I won’t get credit and that will make me sad.)  

You may still have some questions, so here goes:

  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)

If you are still unsure about the kit, I have even more news!   You can give it a trial runStarting in March, Stampin' Up! will offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

QUESTIONS?  Check out these FAQ's or customers may email me at:

Visit: to sign up today

Don't forget:  If you are my customer, please be sure to choose me, Vanessa Zhong as your demonstrator during the ordering process (after entering your payment information).

*****UPDATE:  I signed up for this program and once I entered my payment information the system asked me if I was a demonstrator.  Well, the system wouldn’t allow me to click yes or no.  I was sure it wasn’t working and was about to quit, but then I checked my email and I had a “Welcome to Paper Pumpkin” notice with a clickable link.  Once I clicked the link it allowed me to finish signing up.  I can’t wait to get my first kit!  Smile  If you experience difficulty signing up, please let me know so I can help. *****

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Birthday Wishes

Today is my husband’s birthday.  (Happy Birthday, Scott!)  I thought I’d share the cards I made for him.


I used the Pretty Petites stamp set to make this card.  I put 4 of the stamps onto one block and then stamped it in rows, removing stamps and I went.  Then I stamped again onto vanilla and punched out just one of the greetings.  (That little punch is so cute!)  I also used the Made for You stamp set, which is a surprise favorite of mine.  Who knew I’d get so much use out of a stamp set costing only $8.95?! 

I also made him a 2nd card so that he’d have one from our dog.  Err… I mean Baron made him a 2nd card.  Smile with tongue out 


The Animal Talk stamp set was perfect for this card from Baron.  I used the chalkboard technique which I found to be forgiving and lots of fun.  I stamped in white craft ink on black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  I did a little coloring and drew some lines with the white watercolor pencil.  The background was stamped with a pawprint image that isn’t Stampin’ Up.  Actually it’s a stamp I’ve had forever and I have no idea of the brand.  To make it even more like a sketch, I drew little hearts all on the background with my white watercolor pencil.

Happy Stampin’!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sale-a-Bration is Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ year!  Sale-a-Bration official begins today and continues until March.  With every $50 you purchase, you earn a free Sale-a-Bration item.  This year the items include a variety of things like stamps, a punch, embossing folder, embellishments, & paper.  There is something for everyone!  You may order online through my website or if you’re local, just call and tell me what you’d like.  Happy Shopping!


I used the Vintage Verses stamp set (which is one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration sets) and combined it with Twitterpated DSP, Basic Gray, & Riding Hood Red cardstock.  I also made my own color of pink cardstock.  This designer paper coordinates with Blushing Bride, which is a retired color.  I don’t have it anymore, but I wanted something similar.  I used Pink Pirouette and lightly sponged Sahara Sand ink across it to make it match. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Just Thinking

I’m still fighting off a sinus infection/cold, but I did manage to pull myself together enough to make 2 cards.  I’ll share one today and one a little later. 


This one was made with the Just Thinking stamp in the Spring catalog.  I used a piece of dsp (Yes, it is from the Christmas pack, but I think it works!)  I used the new Natural Trim ribbon, which may be my favorite item from the Spring catalog.  Overall, it’s a simple card good for men or women.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

What’s New at Stampin’ Up….

For the men!

Does you husband really want to make cards, but feels silly using your supplies?  Never fear… now there is a kit just for him! 

What do you think?  Would your man love it or hate it? 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Pretty Flowers

Today is my birthday and my parents surprised me with a pretty flower arrangement.  I’m not at my best today because I’ve come down with a sinus infection, but this really brightened my day. 


In Stampin’ News, I just found out that Stampin’ Up is starting a program with a monthly project kit.  I’m really excited about it because I’m always looking for new ideas.  Having a kit with all the supplies I need to make a project means that I can make cards even when I’m not feeling particularly creative.  Plus I think it would be fun to get a surprise in the mail from Stampin’ Up every month!  Here are the preliminary details:

  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you and your customers a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your kit on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly membership at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try it for one month.

I *think* we can begin signing up on Monday, January 14th, so I’ll post more info here after I have confirmation. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mixing Old & New

Today’s card not only has new products from the Spring catalog, but also uses the Comfort Café designer series paper from the big catalog. 


I was super excited to see the Honeycomb embossing folder in the Spring catalog & was anxious to use it.  I WISH (Maybe someone from Stampin’ Up is reading this!) that there was a coordinating punch to fill in the spaces.  For now, at least, that doesn’t exist.  I embossed the designer paper and then clipped out the shapes.  I saw on another demonstrator’s blog that this technique was “fast & easy.”  Maybe I’m just scissor impaired, but it took me a while to cut out those little shapes and to stick them down.  If you get this card from me, know that you are very special because I wouldn’t do this much work for just anybody!  hehe  I love this card.  I love the colors of the Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla mixed together.  I thought the little flower from the Collage Curios stamp set fit perfectly into the honeycomb.  Other items on the card include the White Lace Paper Doilies, which I sponged to make less white, Natural Trim ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim, Vintage Trinkets, & the From My Heart stamp set. 

**A note about the doilies:  These are thin and delicate.  I told someone just yesterday that I like them better than a competitor’s because they are thin and can be manipulated to fit the card.  BUT, they are delicate.  I cut one in half to stamp and it tore when I put on my adhesive.  I think this would do better with wet glue (like the Mono adhesive or the 2-way glue.) 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Roll Tide!


Last night I watched the national championship football game since my favorite team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, was playing.  I’m so excited they won!  I remember how much fun I had going to the home games when I was a student there & at that time the team really wasn’t doing so well.  It’s nice to see them finally on a winning streak. 

For this card I used the Blue Ribbon Stamp set.  (I think it’s only the 2nd time I’ve pulled this one off the shelf…maybe I should use it more!)  I used the new oval framelits from the Spring catalog to make the football & the Brushstroke alphabet set, which has been retired for a long time.  Cherry Cobbler was a nice “crimson” color for this project & the Soft Suede made a perfect football. 

Happy Stampin’

Friday, January 4, 2013

Doh! Retired!

It’s hard to get back into the swing of work after being a lady of leisure for several weeks, but I have pushed myself.  I have spent hours in my craft room trying to get the creative juices flowing and creating some projects to share.  I thought I was doing pretty well because I finished a couple of cards.  Since Valentine’s Day will be here soon, I decided to use the Affection Collection stamp set.  I’ve had it for months saving it for just this moment.  Well, just today I realized that the Affection Collection set retired yesterday.  Oh no!  I am SO sorry.  Nothing like having me share a card you might like and want to make, only to find out you can no longer buy the stamp set!  Here are 4 cards I planned to show off over the next 2 weeks.  Guess I might as well do it all now! 


This card does have some current merchandise on it!  I used the new Amazing Family stamp set, as well as one of the Paper Doilies, from the Spring catalog.  The image stamped as a half circle came from the retired set. 


This is a birthday card I made for my friend, Marsha.  I used the retired stamp set, but I also used some items that will be available for free during Sale-a-Bration later this month.  The birthday greeting is from the Pretty Petites Stamp set & is punched out with the Petite Curly Label Punch.  Look for those 2 items beginning January 22nd.


This is a modified version of Marsha’s birthday card. 


This pretty Valentine was made with the retired stamp set too.  I did use one of the doilies from the new Spring catalog, as well as Crochet Trim & a Glimmer Brad from the main catalog.

I guess it’s back to the craft room for me.  I’ll try to make some samples that aren’t retired!  hehe

Have a great weekend-

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spring “Mini” Starts Today!

Today, January 3rd, 2013, marks the start of the new Spring catalog.  For most of America, it sure doesn’t feel like Spring, does it?  Here in Oregon it’s frosty outside, which gives me a good excuse to stay inside and stamp. 

Seriously, though, the Spring catalog has lots of fun new items, but I think what stands out most to me is that things are smaller, except for the rhinestones which are now available in a huge size.  There are some very small stamps and punches in this catalog, which is different than what we’ve seen in the past.  It’s also making me rethink how I create projects.  I can no longer make a standard size card with a single stamped image, when the stamps are this small.  Instead I need to use more than one stamp, more embellishments, or to cluster a mixture of items. 

For my first card using items from the new catalog, I used the new Collage Curios stamp set, Bitty Butterfly punch, & Soda Pop Tops.  I added a greeting from the Made for You stamp set and some rhinestones (original, not super-sized.)  I used Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, and Basic Black for my color scheme. 


Oh, and in case you’re wondering how I stamped my image, I used a new toy I received for Christmas from my friends, Kathy & Pauline.  They gave me the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear set.  I love the way my greeting turned out and I’m looking forward to experimenting with other stamps to create different effects. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Wow!  I think the older I get, the faster the years seem to pass.  2012 went by in a flash!  Last year I resolved to scrapbook more and to start exercising.  Well, I think I only did a few scrapbook pages all year long, so I pretty much failed at that goal.  This year, I have high hopes I’ll get my photos out of the camera and into an album to enjoy.  However, I did better on my other resolution because I did start walking.  I hate exercise.  My goal for my adult life was to be a couch potato, but my doctor felt that wasn’t a good plan.  I didn’t start my daily walking routine until April, but I can tell a big difference in my life since then.  I lost some weight, but more importantly I feel better.  Some days I still don’t want to go walking, but I force myself to do it anyway.  Like today, for example, when it was in the low 30s and SO cold out.  I bundled up and went anyway.  In 2013, I plan to continue that routine.  I’d also like to go back to eating healthier.  I was doing pretty well until November and then I seemed to decide I needed to eat anything within reach.  Let’s hope I find some willpower when it comes to eating sweet treats and instead make healthier choices in 2013.


I used 2 of the single stamps to make this card.  I think the Bold Snowflake is versatile and will work it’s way into my winter crafting for years to come.  I love how it coordinates with the Blossom punch.  I also used just the words from the New Years stamp.  I don’t usually do cards for New Years, but this is a good one to have just in case I need it. 

I am still struggling with “stampers” block.  Wonder how long it will be before my creative juices start flowing?  Stay tuned to find out!