Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Cauldron

The Baskets and Blooms(although retired) die cut from Basic Black cardstock makes a great cauldron.  The Spooky Bingo Bits images are perfect for punching out and attaching to chocolate kisses.  

Monday, October 17, 2011


This was one of the cards that we did this month for Big Shot Club.  The idea was CASE'd from a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  The O's of the boo are formed using the peekaboo frames.  The decorative scallop that the spider image is layered on is from the Perfect Pennants die.  Speaking of the cute spider, it's from the Kidoodles set.  The Pumpkin Pie piece was embossed with the stripes folder. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sweet Pressed Stamped Cookies

Yes, that's correct, Stampin' Up! has entered the market of creating stamps for cookies!  How cool is that!  The Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp comes with a sturdy wood handle and three holiday stamps - the pumpkin face on the cookies here, a snowflake, and a heart.  We have some advice though, after trying a couple of different recipes first, FOLLOW THE RECIPES that are included with the product!  There are two recipes, one for sugar cookies (shown here) and one for shortbread.  We served the cookies for our Big Shot Club last week, and everyone enjoyed them!  The Sweet Pressed cookie stamp is only available for a limited time, so be sure to get one before they're gone!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Halloween Box

We've seen some of these done by various demonstrators, as well as at Convention this past summer, so we thought it would make a great Halloween treat container.  This uses the Box #2 Big Shot die and then it's wrapped with a 2 1/2" x 11" strip of cardstock.  The adorable owl is from the Holiday mini hostess set, which coordinates with the owl punch!  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!!!

We'll be celebrating World Card Making Day with a class on Sunday, October 2nd using the Easy Events stamp set.  Here are the cards that the participants will be making:

This was one of the sample cards that we received in our "Workshop in a Bag" from Stampin' Up! Convention.  Supplies: 2 1/2" circle punch, Heart to Heart punch, white baker's twine, ticket corner punch, blender pen, 1 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, jet black Staz-on, Melon Mambo Stampin' Write marker, Wild Wasabi classic ink pad, Crumb Cake classic ink pad

Supplies: Scallop Squares Duo Big Shot die, Word Window punch, 3/8" ruffled ribbon, basic rhinestones jewels, blender pen, jet black Staz-on, Wisteria Wonder classic ink pad, Calypso Coral classic ink pad

This one was also part of the "Workshop in a Bag" we received at Convention.  Supplies: notecards & envelopes, 1/2" scallop dots ribbon, 2 1/2" circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, two-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter, blender pen, basic rhinestones jewels, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, jet black Staz-on, Pool Party classic ink pad, Peach Parfait classic ink pad, Pear Pizzazz classic ink pad, Daffodil Delight classic ink pad, Melon Mambo classic ink pad

Supplies: 2 1/2" circle punch, non-SU embossing folder, 1/2" seam binding, sticky strip, blender pen, Always Artichoke classic ink pad, Cherry Cobbler classic ink pad

Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Full Heart punch, Movers & Shapers heart punch window, non SU embossing folder, Soft Suede classic ink pad

1 3/4" Circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, blender pen, jet black Staz-on, Peach Parfait classic ink pad, Old Olive classic ink pad, Riding Hood Red classic ink pad, So Saffron classic ink pad, Patterns In Color 2010-12 DSP paper stack

Woodgrain background stamp, 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Scallop Trim Border punch, Small Oval punch, Decorative Label punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, blender pen, jet black Staz-on, Bravo Burgundy classic ink pad, Old Olive classic ink pad, More Mustard classic ink pad

Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Extra-large Oval punch, Word Window punch, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, jet black Staz-on, Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write marker, Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write marker, Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write marker, Bashful Blue Stampin' Write marker, Designer Frames embossing folder

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Peekaboo Frames Halloween Card

The Holiday mini catalog is full of great products, including the Peekaboo frames Big Shot die and the Hand Penned Holidays stamp set.  The Well Worn Designer Series Paper was used for the background and the images are from the Spooky Bingo Bits set.   

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Uncharted Territory

The Uncharted Territory set lends itself to creating masculine cards.  The stripes embossing folder was used for the card front.  The coordinating outside and inside sentiments are from the Petite Pairs set.  The card was finished off with some Early Espresso baker's twine.  

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Clean Vintage Birthday

This birthday card was CASE'd from a fellow demonstrator (sorry we can't recall the name).  We thought the style was clean and beautiful.  Since we struggle with vintage style, when we find something that appeals to us, we typically copy it.  Lots of tools were used to create this card - the dotted scallop ribbon, bird, and boho blossoms punches, along with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder for the Big Shot.  The sentiment is from the Perfectly Penned set and the images are from the Language of Friendship set.  The Victoria crochet trim creates a nice finish.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Hybrid Card

This card combines elements from Stampin' Up's digital crafting program, My Digital Studio, with traditional stamping.  The pumpkin image and greeting on the front, as well as the inside sentiment are both printed using My Digital Studio.  The cat image is from the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.  The card fits into a #10 envelope.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween Treats

These Halloween treats feature the new 1" x 8" cellophane bags from the Holiday mini catalog.  We also used the new Peekaboo Frames Sizzix die for the topper!  The stamped images are from the Spooky Bingo Bits set.  The candy is Gobstoppers mini jawbreakers.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dual Purpose Card with French Foliage

We were so pleased to learn that the French Foliage set was carried into the main Idea Book & Catalog after making it's debut in last year's Holiday mini catalog!  These cards feature the beautiful fall images along with sentiments from the Perfectly Penned and Curvy Verses sets on page 154 of the main catalog.  Although it's hard to see in the photo, the Perfect Plum panel has score lines as accents around the edges, done using the NEW Simply Scored tool!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gently Falling Scrapbook Pages

Here is a page spread that will be part of our upcoming Holiday Scrapbook class.  There are several products from the Holiday mini catalog that have been used.  The leaf images are from the Gently Falling set, the words are from the Always Thankful set, the patterned paper is from the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper collection, and the tree is an A la Carte stamp from page 43 (Leaves of a Tree).  The rectangle on the bottom right was embossed with a folder. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Center Step Card

Although this hostess stamp set is no longer available, the card design can be adapted to any set.  The tutorial was found online (THANK YOU to the many creative individuals willing to share their ideas and instructions freely) and adjusted a little in order to make it fit in a standard A2 envelope.  The sentiments are from the NEW Perfect Pairs stamp set, which includes both outside and inside card greetings that can be used together for a variety of occasions - LOVE IT!! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Delightful Dozen Birthday Card

This card features the Happy Birthday stamp from the Delightful Dozen set, which features a variety of stamps for occasions throughout the year.  The Tasteful Trim die was used for the three accents on the left and the base panel was embossed with the square lattice folder.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

World Card Making Day Class - Saturday, 10/2/11

Hello Friends!

World Card Making Day is October 1st! It’s a holiday especially for card makers around the world to celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family. It also serves to officially kick-off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season! It is typically celebrated on the first Saturday of each October.

You’re invited to celebrate with us! Here are the details for our World Card Making Day class:

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Scot’s House
Cost: $30 w/clear-mount set OR $38 w/wood-mount set
Price includes the Easy Events stamp set (images shown below from page 57 of the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog). We will be making 8 cards, 1 for each occasion, and envelopes are included.
R.S.V.P. by Friday, 9/23 to smjlstrehlow@cox.net to reserve your spot!

We hope you can join us for this creative event!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Turtle & Co Card Workshop Fun!

Here's a photo taken at our Turtle & Co. card class that was held on 9/1.  Everyone had a great time stamping their adorable cards and coordinating card portfolio.  We are so grateful for all of our stamping friends!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Turtle & Co. Card Kit

Together, WE can make a difference!  Through Stampin’ Up!’s Making a Difference program, time and money is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC©), in part through the design and sale of an exclusive stamp set.  With the help of demonstrators and customers, Stampin’ Up! has donated over $1,000,000 to RMHC to date!  The stamp set this year is called Turtle & Co. (page 16), and $3 from the sale of each set is donated to the RMHC.  We wanted to do our part to help out this great charity, so we are having our first ever Ronald McDonald stamp set card kit class!  By attending the class, you will receive the stamp set (your choice of clear or wood mount) and make a card folder with 4 cards and envelopes (photos below).  In turn, you’ll be donating $3 to RMHC!  Here are the details for the class:
Date: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Scot’s House
Cost: $20 for clear mount OR $25 for wood mount
RSVP by Wednesday, 8/24

We hope you'll join us!  Or, if you can't attend the class, a $3 contribution is still made for each stamp set sold, so consider helping the RMHC through your purchase!  Thank you!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Catalog CASE Card

For those of you who aren't sure what CASE stands for, it means "copy and share everything".  Although this card isn't our style, we had a request from one of our monthly club members to do this card.  It was actually fun to challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone.  The ruffle across the bottom is done by just putting down sticky strip and then randomly folding and sticking a 1" strip of DSP to it.  The butterflies were all cut out using the Beautiful Wings embosslit and the Beautiful Butterflies die, both for the Big Shot.  The distressed background was created using the direct-to-paper technique (brushing the Crumb Cake ink pad on to the Very Vanilla cardstock).  The sentiment is from the You're a Gem set.   

Thursday, August 4, 2011

More Flower Fest

Here's a simple card using the Flower Fest set.  Our favorite part is that just about every stamp in the set (except the leaves) matches a punch!!!  That's how EVERY set should be!!!  The centers of the flowers were embellished with basic rhinestones, and Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon was used to decorate the bottom.  The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Big Shot Designer Frames Embossing Folders!

Isn't that a cool rectangular frame to show off the stamped images from the Easy Events set?!  It's one of the new Designer Frames embossing folders!  This is one of the cards that our Big Shot Club members will be doing at this month's workshop!  The Designer Frames are sold in a set of two - the other is an oval shape.  The patterned paper is from the Flirtatious Specialty collection.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lucky Limeade Elegance

Here's another card that we made in our hotel room during the annual Stampin' Up! Convention last month.  I believe it was CASE'd, so if it was your design or you know who the designer was, please comment.  It features the Fun Flowers die and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, both for the Big Shot.  The stamped butterfly image is from the Strength & Hope set, which will only be available through the end of August in the Summer mini catalog.  The sentiment is from the Curly Cute set.  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Buy 3, GET 1 FREE Designer Series Paper Packs!

Our new promotion starts today!  When you purchase 3 packs of Designer Series Paper, you GET ONE FREE!!!  This promotion only lasts through the month of August, so you can take advantage of lowering the average cost of the NEW Designer Series Paper Packs ($10.95 SAVINGS!).

Kidoodles Birthday Wishes

We loved this Kidoodles stamp set from the new catalog!  We plan on doing a whole card class with the set, so keep an eye out for that in the near future!  This was one of the cards that we made with our group of friends while we were attending Convention last month.  It features two of the new In Colors, Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party, as well as the new In Color 3/8" ruffled ribbon!  

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Touch of Kindness

This card features the Touch of Kindness set from the Summer mini catalog along with a couple of the latest products from the new Idea Book & Catalog.  The Wild Wasabi card base was embossed using the stripes folder for the Big Shot, and the background paper is from the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper pack.  The images were colored using classic ink pads with blender pens.   

Friday, July 29, 2011

Showered with Friendship and Gifts at Stampin' Up! Convention 2011!


Kevin made us CREATE banners!

Patty made us treat packages!

Kevin made a Snoopy card each day for Scot!

Jason gave us a gift on each of the four days of Convention!
(photo L to R: Jason, Scot, Patty, Kevin, Kira, Dennis)

This is a card that we made in our hotel room with an exclusive stamp that was available with the Convention theme!  We loved the saying, "Don't go through life, grow through life." - Eric Butterworth
We'll most likely be sharing other pictures from our wonderful Convention 2011 experience! 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Mini Album

While we were in Salt Lake City in early July for the 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention, we had the priveledge of attending a mini album class, designed by our great friend and fellow demonstrator, Wendy Knowles.  We used the Playful Polka Dots Simply Scrappin' Kit.  We're hosting a class on Sunday, 8/6. Please e-mail if you're interested in attending the class or purchasing a kit.

Beach Birthday Card

We used lots of Big Shot products to create this bright beach birthday card. The background combines three embossing folders - Oh My Stars...