Saturday, November 14, 2009

Did you miss NOV stamp camp?

November Stamp Camp Projects
If you missed it, I missed you!! We had a great time creating lots of holiday projects. I loved hearing how many of you already had an idea on who you want to gift the items to.
Want to join in the fun? It's not too late. I have a few kits left over... want to play?
Kits are $10 UNASSEMBLED/ $15 assembled
Next month is our Christmas Extravaganza!! Stay tuned for details.....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oct 12 thru Oct 19th Deal of the Week

The second Deal of the Week are from October 12, 10 AM (MT) through October 19, 9:50 AM (MT). The savings range from 37% to 50% off. If you own a Big Shot Die Cutter, then now is the time to take advantage of these savings.

116760 page 201 Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die $39.95 sale price $25.49

115961 page 200 Perfect Setting Bigz XL die $42.95 sale price $25.99

114515 page 195 Flower Burst Embosslits die $11.95 sale price $5.99

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Whoa! Are you missing out on this?

Check out what is back! One of my favorite Sales!! Our Deal of the Week program is a great way to pick up some of those "filler items" that you may be missing, stock up on some needed supplies or even my favorite....get that Christmas shopping done!! This great program will be running for the month of October. Don't miss out!! These punch deals are only good until Monday the 12th at 9am! Stay tuned in as we will have a new deal on Monday the 12th.
My Way Punch
Regular Price: $15.95
Preferred Price: $10.95

5-Petal Flower Punch
Regular Price: $15.95
Sale Price: $1o.95

Trio Flower Punch
Regular Price: $15.95
Sale Price: $10.95

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The New Clearance Rack!!

Stampin' Up! is launching a new section of the online store called the Clearance Rack.
This is a fantastic opportunity to pick up some fabulous product at very reduced prices.
Same great quality at a new great price.
The Clearance Rack is only available at my Online Store. (Icon located on side bar.)
All sales of Clearance Rack items are final. No returns or exchanges will be accepted, except in the case of defective product.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: Why does the order have to be placed online?
A: Because the products are only available while supplies last, promoting and taking orders for these items in a workshop setting can result in problems in figuring workshop totals, hostess benefits, and actual delivery of the product. It is very possible that when you place an order for one of these items in a workshop setting, that item will be sold out before I have the opportunity to place the order.

Q: Is the Clearance Rack a promotion?
A: The Clearance Rack is not a promotion and has no end date. The intent is for the Clearance Rack to be a permanent part of the online store.

Q: How often will the Clearance Rack be updated with new items?
A: There is no set schedule. Clearance Rack items will be posted and removed based on inventory levels. Because there is no schedule, please check back regularly on my Online Store for new postings.

Q: If you run out of a certain item, will you restock your inventory and post it for sale again?
A: No. Clearance Rack items are retired, discontinued items and are only available while supplies last.

Q: Where can I see a list of available Clearance Rack items?
A: To see the available items, simply visit the online store. Or simply click HERE!

Friday, September 25, 2009

A fun technique for clean fingers!!

I am a very messy stamper. If I can make a project without getting ink somewhere it isn't supposed to be, I celebrate.....literally!
However, messy or not, I LOVE to create. In the process of creating, I found a solution to my sponging mess!! A large metal clip!! See...look here!

No Ink on my Fingers to transfer onto my paper!! Oh Heavenly Bliss!!
I am now going to label each one with the color name and create whole new sponging families.
Organized sponges and no messy fingers.
Oh Happy Day!

"MISS" September Swap

By now, most of you know that I participate in Jeanna's "MISS" monthly card swap. I love that when I sign up it is based on stamp set so I know that I will be receiving several different designs back that use that particular set.
This month I signed up for "Things I Love" and "Medallion".
Here are my submissions:

Stamp Set: Things I Love
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Scallop border punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Three Flower Punch (roses), Pretty in Pink Grograin Ribbon, brad punch

Stamp Set: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Glossy White, Basic Black
Ink: Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop Border punch, White satin ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, White embossing powder, sponges

I will share what I receive back with you when they arrive so don't go far!! And don't forget that you too can sign up to swap with Jeanna. You do not have to be a demonstrator!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Yuletide Christmas Story-Card

I am so getting into the mood for Christmas!! This is a card that I created for Cricket's swap. It was so simple yet it felt like I was getting ready to read a Christmas story. And of course, you can't beat the feeling of using brand new products from our Holiday Mini Catalog.

Stamp Set: Yuletide Christmas (116855)
Ink: Garden Green, Gold, Versamark
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Merry Moments DSP, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Paper Snips, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals (116792), Vanilla HodgePodge ribbon slidder
So, with a little ho ho holiday spirit ......
I hope this inspires you today!!

September Stamp Camp projects

If you missed our September Stamp Camp, here is a recap of our projects and the basic recipe.
K.I.S.S. (Keeping it Simply Simple)
Paper: Whisper White CS
Stamp Set: Patterned Pines, Four the Holidays
Ink: Garden Green, YoYo Yellow, Real Red
Accessories: Real Red grosgrain ribbon,
Big Shot: Petals a Plenty embossing folder
Top Note Die
September Scrapbook Page
Paper: Night of Navy, Basic Black, Whisper White, More Mustard, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Chocolate Chip marker, Unibal Sgno Gel pen, Tab punch, Oval Scallop punch
Big Shot: Timeless Type Die
Spooky Sweet Treat Cup Card
Stamp Set: Sweet Centers
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Orchard Ribbon Original (eggplant ric-rac), 1 1/4" punch, 1 3/8" punch

A Disney Inspire Haunted Holiday Card
(yes...I am in the mood for some Disney magic! This card reminds me so much of Main Street during Halloween)
Stamp Set: From the Crypt
Ink: Old Olive, Basic Black
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Cast-A-Spell DSP, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" Pumpkin Pie Striped Grograin ribbon, 1/4" Basic Black grograin ribbon

Hope you have a Spooktacular Time!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

My Digital Studio...My first project

Guess what came in my mail today?
Stampin' Up's brand spankin' new....My Digital Studio!!!

I am speechless. This was so unbelievably easy to do.
Are you afraid to take the Digi Plunge?
Come on now. Be honest.
I was.
I was very afraid.
I think that I was more afraid that I would love it.
And guess what?
If you don't like what you are can delete! :)
No messy mess!
And....did you know that My Digital Studio is so much more than just Digital Scrapbooking?
It is photo editing, card making, project enabling for calenders and just so much more...
Did I forget to tell you that there is also a video component too?
Oh the things I can think.....

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The New Holiday Mini Catalog is Live!!

The FABULOUS new Holiday Mini products are available beginning today*
There is also a great new hostess special too!

First, here is the new Holiday Mini if you have not seen it yet:

You can click HERE to go straight to the Holiday Mini Online
And secondly, here's what the Hostess Special is all about (Sept. 1-Nov. 30):

Host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10! Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.
This offer is valid for workshop orders only, and does not apply to online orders.

On October 1, when My Digital Studio is released to customers,
this offer will become even Sweeter:

Host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50 percent off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97)!

After My Digital Studio is released to customers on October 1, hostesses who hold a $400 workshop will be eligible for both a $10 Holiday Mini item and 50-percent off My Digital Studio.
I know many of you are so excited about this new promotion and Holiday Mini as my calendar is quickly getting booked. If you are interested in the Sweet Hostess Special, please contact me ASAP to make sure you that you get to take advantage of this spectacular offer.
*Please note that the My Digital Studio is available on October 1st. The new Simply Adorned line is currently unavailable. I will let you know as soon as you can order.

A Little Eastern Flair

This card has something for both me and my daughter Carissa. Carissa loves "Asain" people. She finds them fascinatingly beautiful. The more Eastern the better for her too. When she saw this card, you would've thought she was handed tickets to go abroad.
I love the faux silk technique. Maybe because it is the technique that has gotten away from me or it could be the beauty of the texture that it holds. Either way, this card exemplifies the best of both beauty and technique to me.
Sheryl Brown was the creative talent behind this beautiful card.
Kinda makes you wonder what else this talented lady has in her Creative Corner, doesn't it?
Thank you Sheryl for allowing me to showcase your card.

Monday, August 31, 2009

My Digital Studio is officially coming in Oct!

This is such great news that I couldn't wait to share it. Stampin' Up! has just announced that you will be able to order "My Digital Studio", our digital scrapbooking, photo editing and cardmaking software, on OCTOBER 1ST! We have a date! And don't forget, if you have a $400+ workshop in October you can actually purchase "My Digital Studio" for 50% off with our Sweet Hostess rewards program! (The regular retail price is $79.99)
Click here to see the information on My Digital Studio from our Holiday Mini Catalog.

As my access to this software will be here shortly, I am excited to be trained and ready to go with any questions that you will have in regards to this program as well as have samples on hand for you to see. WooooooHoooooo, I am getting goosebumps!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cricket's Swap part 2

I love Swaps! Every one that I have joined has been different and enjoyable. Cricket's swap had a new challenge. We were to use only a new set from our Fabulous 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog. And then we had to make 100 of them! The cards that I received back were stunning and every single one held something different to showcase. I selected several of my favorites and then asked for permission to post.
With our first batch of permissions in and without further adeu:
Showcased Selection Group 1
Every photo is enlargeable so don't forget to click!
Carol Payne created this beautiful Christmas card showcasing our new ornament punch and new Designer Series Paper. How beautiful is this?? Take a minute and enlarge this photo to see her focal point and creative use of punches that she used. Carol also has a blog for you to visit by clicking here.
This lovely card was created by Mary Polcin using our Autumn Days stamp set. This card is a great example of the Inked Texturz Plate Technique. Doesn't this card just get you in the mood for fall and the ever so quickly approaching holidays? She even went the extra mile to create a full card and not just the required card front.
Deb Valder created this elegant card. She also used the texturz plate to create a completely different effect. I love how clean and pretty this card comes across. I thought that is was a perfect example on how something doesn't have to be super busy to be elegant and stunning.

This card so makes me want to get back to the beach. I love the colors that were used here. This is a perfect teen card as well as my teens raved about it. Kelli Needham spent quite a bit of time on this baby. The "Surf's Up" saying was printed out in matching SU colors. (Did you know that you can set your printers to match SU's colors? I just found out.) Kelli has more details on her blog on what she did for this card. Her blog has lots of other little goodies there too. Click to visit " Create with Kelli ".

Holy Moly! I couldn't believe the amout of work that Christie Hagerhjelm put into her card. Between the punches, cutting, ribbon, googlie eyes and embossing...this card was above and beyond. This is one that you just have to enlarge to see all the elements. I can't think of one thing that she didn't incorporate. :) Way to go Christie!! If you would like to see more of Christie's work, visit her at: Doodle Daze

I love our new Specialty paper. Here is a card by Carol Stelzer-Wheaton that brings them together in a clean and classic layout. She used the Together Forever, the new Wedding Sweet and Monogram Sweet. New, new and new! I love it!

Okay, here is another one that stood out! This one was created by Shelly May. This was another one that my girls and I oogled over together. What you need to see (beyond her fabulous color choices) is the turtle's shell. She used SU's Glossy White paper to really create a standout focal point. Shelly's website is here at: Stamp Crazy Girl
This wonderful card has a hidden surprise and I so wish that blogs could have a 4D effect for you to experience it. I pulled this card as one of my favorites because I loved the clean and yet warm effect that this card has. Barb Coblentz really put some thought into this one. Every layer has something from her use of texture and sanding to paper piercing and sponging. When I pulled it out of the protective envelope, I found a wonder Lavender aroma coming with it. Yes! She used our Scallop Envelope die and filled it with some lavender in it. Talk about some relaxing yummy goodness!

This card, created by Tammy Mullins, was one of my first favorites. I love nature sets and her twist on this one just made me smile. Don't you just love happy cards?? So do my stampers as they have pulled and commented on this one alot too.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit today and that these cards helped to INSPIRE you to CREATE something special that you can SHARE with someone else.
A huge thank you goes out to the lovely ladies that were showcased here for allowing me to share with others your wonderful talent and to the many other stampers that participated.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Want to join a High Quality Swap???

My friend and fellow demonstrator, Jeanna over at Stamptime Somewhere, runs a fantastic "MISS" Monthly full card swap. This is a great opportunity to expand your samples of cards for sets that you own or to see what other stampers can do with the same set. This swap is also not overwhelming as you make under 10 cards per swap you sign up for. The cards that I have received back have been absolutely fabulous and stunning.

This swap is not limited to demos only! EVERYONE can join in the fun!

Just click here and find out what swaps are open for you to join!! Jeanna has also posted some guidelines to follow, so make sure you take time to read them first.

I hope that you can join in the fun!!

100 card swap with Cricket~ Part 1

I recently joined a 100 card swap and was absolutely delighted with the cards I received upon return. I will hopefully be showing you some of them as soon as I get permission from the creators. Until then, I thought that I would share my card from the swap with you.
This is one of our new sets and one that has given me a bit of creative block when using it. When I find a set like this, I push myself to make 3 things with it that I love. Before I knew it, I was finding more and more uses for this set. This card was the one that was submitted for the swap and I was actually kinda pleased to find out that no one else had used this set. I hope that I was able to provide a card that my fellow demos would be able use as an idea.
Stamp set: Things I Love
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry ribbon, scallop square punch
Big Shot: Top Note Die
p.s. As part of her computer work, Meghan is learning how to take photos and upload. Apparently we will be working on making sure the image is centered first. :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August Stamp Camp!!!

Are you ready to rock it out at this month's Stamp Camp?!
Friday August 21, 2009
7:30pm - 11:00pm
(This is an open house style event. Please come anytime during this timeframe.)
Card Swap at 8:30pm
15 full cards (Freestyle-whatever you like. Don't forget to bring a container to swap with)
We will be making a Hello Greeting Card as well a Post It note holder to coordinate with it. We will also be creating a 12x12 scrapbook page and an all occasion card using the resist emboss technique.
The cost for this event is $10
If you are unable to attend this event but would love to get your hands on the projects, you can purchase a kit for $10 unassembled/$15 assembled.
Light appetizers and beverages will be served.
For futher information or for any questions, please contact me:
Barbara Jean Smith
(760) 789-6291

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

An Unbelievable Offer with an added Freebie!

Want an income no one can take away? Want a discount on your craft supplies? Would you like to start digital scrapbooking.....for Free?

Stampin' Up has an amazing offer to make joining our team easier than ever. Become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator with the limited-time $85 Mini Starter Kit. The Mini Starter Kit contains the following products:

For All You Do stamp set $28.95
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Dusty Durango Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad $5.95
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $7.50
In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $10.95

This is a fabulous way to get started on the new In Colors as well if you do not have them. You will receive a 20% discount with added increases in percentage off with added sales. And as an extra incentive, join my team today (or before Aug. 31st) and be entered to win a brand new "My Digital Studio" software ($80 value). Contact me today for more details!!! You can get that great team feeling with individualized support.