Sunday, December 27, 2009

Clear Mount stamps
Available starting January 5, 2010*
Now you have a choice

(check back on January 5th for link)
Enjoy the same high-quality rubber and foam you've grown to love on our wood-mount stamps in a new clear-mount stamp option! Like our wood-mount stamps, clear-mount stamps are also die-cut, which makes it easy to start stamping right away. Each of our clear-mount stamp sets comes in a handy storage case about the size of a typical DVD case- which makes storing stamps a cinch! Most of the stamps in the new occasions mini catalog have the option for you to chose clear or wood mount.

Happy stampin' with your choice of clear or wood mount stamps!

Monday, December 21, 2009

MDS - Abby with Frog

This is the page I made today while showing one of my girls how to use My Digital Studio. Once again I used the Hoppy Memories 12x12 Designers template, but made several modifications. I changed the red background to Cocoa, added a Kiwi mat around my photo, replaced the border with grosgrain ribbon. I added the Modern Label punch, resized larger, and matted in Chocolate Chip. I also added two Kiwi eyelets. I still amazed how quick I can finish a scrapbook page.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

MDS - Greatest Moments Designer Template

I needed to unwind tonight, so played with My Digital Studio. It is so awesome to create a wonderful scrapbook page and NOT mess up my room! I had alot of fun with this one. I liked the designer template, but of course, could not leave it alone. I changed the border at the bottom, made the title red instead of white and added a tag punch (resized bigger) for my journaling. I kept the ribbon, and button true size, so I can add the real thing once printed. I think I will frame this and give it to my DH.

Note: I will delete the ribbon and button on my page, print, then add the real ribbon and button, and possibly linen thread on the button. I could just add the ribbon, and use crystal effects on the button if I print it on the page.
Vintage Vogue in Eggplant

Here is one of the new stamp sets in the Occasions mini catalog 2010. I really need to be getting my Valentine Cards made for January, but just had to play with this border set first.  So using the border stamp as my starting point and knowing I wanted a border on the top and the side, this is what I can up with.
All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Mellow Moss and Very Vanilla
Ink: Elegant Eggplant classic ink and Stampin' Write marker
Accessories: Flourish texturz plate from the Stampin' Up! backgrounds 1, Eggplant rickrack from Orchard Ribbon Originals, Vanillia pearl from the Pretties Kit, Stampin' sponges, leftover rubber (used as dimensionals)

Hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek.
It's almost sale-a-bration time!!!

Starting January 5, 2010 until March 31, 2010, you can earn one free sale-a-bration product of your choice with a $50.00* purchase. There is no limit of your free product, so you can get 2 with a $100.00* purchase, 3 with a $150.00* purchase, etc, etc, etc. If you host a workshop of $300.00* you also earn one free sale-a-bration projuct in addition to your normal hostess benefits! Or join my Stampin' Up! team during sale-a-bration and choose a free stamp set (valued up to $47.95) from the Idea Book and Catalog. You have your choice of 4 (exclusive to sale-a-bration) stamp sets, a awesome paper pack (72 sheets of double-sided 6"x6" designer series paper), a scallop trim border punch, that you will absolutely want to have! Then if that is not enought, for the first time ever you can choose from 77 stamp sets in the Idea book and Catalog, for your free product.

*net sales before shipping, handling and tax.
Occasions mini catalog
January 5 - April 30, 2010

I finally got a chance to play with my new stamps. It was hard to see that box sitting there so lonely because Janet did not have time to play. This is one the new stamp sets in the new Occasions mini catalog that starts on January 5, 2010. This mini is full of fabulous stamps, buttons, brads, punches, sizzix dies, decor stencils, embosslits dies, ribbon, stitched felt, on board books and a new textured impressions folder. You will want to contact me today to get your copy.  Most of the stamps in the mini give you the option to purchase them with a wood or clear mount. Yes, you heard me correctly, clear mount! We have 9 different clear mount blocks, that you will love! All four sides of the blocks are grooved, so they are so easy and comfortable to use. You will be able to purchase the blocks on January 5, 2010 individually or as a bundle. Our new clear mount stamps come in a clear dvd case, with the name of the stamp set and a picture of all images on the side. How fabulous is that!!! Now,  not only do you see the name of the set, but a thumbnail picture of each stamp included in the side, right there on the side. You will not be able to view this catalog online until January 5th, so order your copy from me today. Simply drop me an email at to get your copy.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christ is Born bag topper
Last night we had our Christmas Cafe at my church and I always hostess a table, which entails bringing my dishes, a centerpiece and a dessert. I always like to also give a small treat to everyone at my table. This is what I gave out this year. I think they turned out cute. I stamped and embossed "Christ is Born" then stamped the poinsettia and lightly chalked by pounching with a sponge dauber. (Rubbing can smear, so be sure to pounce)

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Christ is Born
Paper: Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Silver embossing powder, embossing buddy. small flat cello bags, Stampin' Pastels (Poinsettia), Sponge daubers (for pastels), Stampin' Sponges (edges on top note), Top Note Stampin' Up! exclusive Bigz Die, Sizzix Big Shot, Red liner tape

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jingle all the way Decor Elements

I saw were Debbie at Making me crazy made a shadow box similar to this, but cannot find it now on her blog to give you the link. I used the small decor elements, she used a larger one. She had a black frame, and added silver bells. She also tied a bow on the top of her shadow box, which a opted not to do. I simple scored my paper (felted snowflake from Christmas Cocoa paper pack), and fit it inside the shadowbox, so that it also went up the sides. I added silver bells, then I painted the wood with red acrylic paint, then after that dried added a layer of Mod Podge to give the frame a little shine. Then I simply rubbed the Jingle all the way on the glass. It was really easy and I like the way it turned out. This is somethink I will put out year after year.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:  Jingle all the way, small red decor elements rubbon on. Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper. Whisper White cardstock.
Non SU Supplies: 8 x 10 wooden shadow box, silver bells, red acrylic paint and Mod podge

Thanks for looking. Have a Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shimmery Gifts of Christmas
It took me quite awhile to decide on my Christ-mas card, since Stampin' Up! has such a great selection this year. This is what I finally decided on.  I am quite pleased. What do you think? Notice how the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder matches this stamp perfectly. Of course I had to use the new shimmer paint. How am I going to survive without this awesome product. My mantra used to be "If it isn't moving stamp on it", it is now" If it isn't moving stamp and shimmer it"  I really wish you could see the shimmer on line. It is quite stunning. Updated News Flash!!! Stampin' Up! just anounced that the shimmer paints will still be available after the Holiday mini catalog expires. Yahoo!!!!!

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Gifts of Christmas
Paper: Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Ink: Encore Gold
Accessories: Stampin' Up! exclusive Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. Gold Embossing powder, embossing buddy, Gold Mist Shimmer paint.,Left over rubber (instead of dimensionals- for higher pop)

Merry Christmas and Happy Stampin'

Saturday, December 12, 2009

These might be the most exciting 12 days of December with select Big Shot dies and vinyl sheets for the Big Shot on sale! The 12 Days of Holiday Sales begin today and runs through December 22.

Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a new level!

Tell your husband!!! sale is only until Dec. 22nd!

Click here to view the Big Shot Specials list!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Digital Studio Designer template

This page was created using the Designer Template option. It seriously took less than 5 minutes to create this page. I started with the Designer Cocoa II, page 1 template. I removed a white snowflake border from the bottom of the page. The Merry was all white so I changed it by adding Real Red, Old Olive and Soft Suede. I also changed the bird to Soft Suede. The text is Bradly Hand, (another one of my fav's). I then added my 4 photos by just dragging them to the photo box. I had to rotate a couple of photos, and remove red eye from one. (Yes, MDS has the capabilities of doing all of these functions, andy many more!) When printed, I will probably add glitter to the ornaments. Add Linen thread to my buttons, then put Crystal effects on them. I cannot believe this page was created so fast. Even if I go Hybrid (by adding glitter, thread and Crystal Effects, I will only have 10 minutes into this page. I cannot remember that last time I completed a page in less than one hour.
I love this program soooo much, I don't know how I survived so long without it.
Say it with me girls, "I'm scrapping and I just can't stop!!!"

To order your copy of My Digital Studio visit:

Until then: Happy stampin' and scrappin'

Having fun with My Digital Studio

I used the create your own template for this 12x12 scrapbook page. I started with the Christmas Cocoa II, pattern 2 paper as my background. Then brought in Real Red cardstock as a layer and sized it to cover the bottom 2/3 of the page. I added the Christmas Jingle border 3 (trees), below that I placed Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon. Next I brought in the Christmas jingle red, green striped and brown ornaments. I added a drop shadow to all three ornaments.  I used Whisper white grosgrain ribbon and bows (resized smaller) to hang the ornaments. I added the Christmas Jingle tag 3 at the top of my page. To make my photo mat I used the Christmas Jingle olive border, which I sized larger. I then added Old Olive cardstock as a layer and sized it to fit just inside my olive border. I added a layer of the Christmas Cocoa II, pattern 2. I copy and pasted the pattern 2 paper twice to get the width I wanted, grouped them together, then copy and pasted that, to get the height I wanted. I imported my photo, added a Old Olive mat. My text is Lucida Handwriting (one of my fav's)
I was really suprised how fast this page came together. I am quite pleased.
I think the only thing I might add when printed is crystal effects or glitter to the ornaments.
Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dasher Ornament

This fun glass ornament is also a part of December's stamp camp.
Stamp Set: Dasher
Ink: Encore Gold
Accessories: Gold Embossing powder, Embossing buddy, Window sheet, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Gold Cord, Glass ornament
Happy Stampin'
Get them before they are gone!

The following stamp sets will be discontinued on January 4, 2010.

Item Number Stamp Set, page # Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog
113407 Back Woods, 102
114492 Beautiful Baby, 208
114486 Birthday Wish, 208
113200 Branch Out, 100
114496 Celebrations, 208
113732 Central Park, 106
113206 Classic Sketches, 119
113226 Classy & Fabulous, 51
114498 Flowers in Silhouette, 208
113405 Font of You , 46
113216 For the Bride, 61
114494 Forever, 208
109425 Friend by Definition *
114488 Fun Flowers, 208
113716 Garden Greetings, 55
114490 Glad Friends, 208
111580 Grand Soiree *
113242 Hit the Road, 103
113710 Lexicon of Leaves, 101
113236 Man's Best Friend, 72
114423 Ocean Commotion, 97
113728 Playful Petals, 99
109276 Polka Dot  *
111544 Putt Putt  *
113240 Quilt Quips, 53
113754 Really Retro, 132
113403 Sip by Sip, 51
113726 Sweet Stems, 99
113250 That's Funny, 63
113688 Wonderful Watercolors, 85
114028 Para la novia
114032 Acuarelas Maravil

If you do not have access to this catalog, viist:
and just type in the stamp set name, and you can see the picture and price. You can order on line, or to save on shipping, call or email me with your order.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Noel Accordian Tag

I cased this tag: taylored and of course made a few changes to make it my own. Her tag is a much larger (8"), mine is 4 1/4" so you can get two accordian bases from one sheet of cardstock. I ran my ribbon behind my square mats and put all my knots (did I tell you I don't do bows) at the top of the tags instead of randomly. I also made a few adjustments to use all Stampin' Up! products (of course!!!) I am quite please at how it turned out. Thanks Taylor for the inspiration. This projedt is also a part of Decembers stamp camp and you will receive a tag template to take home with your class kit. See my calendar for camp dates.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Lovely Letters Alphabet stamp set.
Ink: Real Red and Old Olive
Paper: Read Red, Old Olive, Whisper White (accordian base) and Merry Moments Designer Series Paper.
Accessories: Scallop Circle, and 1 3/8" circle punches, Mistletoe and Real Red Polka dot ribbon. (I used the back side) Mini glue dots. Snail Adhesive

Happy Stampin'

Thanks for looking

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Tag Bitty Box
Here is another stamp camp project that your are going to love. You will make this awesome little box and 6 gift tags to go inside. (the box would easily hold 12 tags, if you so desired). I cased the box from Tami White at Stamp with Tami. I made several modifications to Tami's project. I used Real Red and Glorious Green for my box. I did not have the snowflake stamp and snowflake punch, so I used the Sizzlets snowflakes and punched them out of gold paper. I also added a rhinestone brad to my snowflake and a mat around my modern label punch. Then I used the Christmas punch hostess set to make my tags instead of making the tags out of the envelope portion of the Bitty Box and envelope die. I also added Champagne shimmer paint to my red embossed paper. The combination of the shimmering red and gold, with the rhinestone is quite stunning.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Christmas Punch (hostess), Teeny Tiney Wishes
Ink: Ballet Blue, Not Quite Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Real Red
Stampin' Write markers: Bravo Burgundy, Real Red, Glorious Green, Handsome Hunter
Paper: Real Red, Glorious Green, Whisper White and Gold
Accessories: Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-a-Plenty, Bitty Box and envelope xl die, Modern Label, Tag, Scallop Square, Wide Oval, Scallop Oval and Curley Label punches, Stampin' sponges, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Fire Square Rhinestone brad, Mat pack, Paper Piercer, Silver cord, empty Stampin' Mist bottle with mister.
Non Stampin' Up Supplies: Alcohol (the non drinking type!)

Thanks for looking and Happy Stampin'

Christmas stocking gift card holder and ornament

Here is one of the fun projects I will be offering at my December stamp camp. This fun stocking cuff opens up to reveal a gift card or money, and can also be used as an ornament.  I got the idea of a stocking gift card holder from Andrea Walford. Denise, my helper and I made significant modifications to Andrea's stocking. Ours is taller, with a different shape and we added a scalloped cuff. You can receive the template and instructions by attending the camp, or by making an order of $25.00 or more at Click on my calendar for stamp camp dates.

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Four the Holidays
Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red craft and classic, VersaMark
Paper: Real red and Whisper White cardstock, Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Sleigh bells ribbon (stocking #1), Real Red gingham ribbon  (stocking #2), Antique Brass Jumbo eyelets (#1- Pewter for #2), Silver brads (for hinge), Crop-a-dile, Sticky Strip, Paper piercing took, Mat pack, Big Shot, Stampin' Up! Pattern 2 Texturz plate, Texturz Impressions pad, Silicone Rubber pad, Clear embossing powder, Stampin' Sponges

Thanks for looking and Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Check out this Huge Sale
Through Novemeber 30th only

Call me with your selections. I will be placing my order Friday, November 28th. You can order at on my website until November 30th. Check out the details at

This is a limited time offfer, so be sure to call me today! Call or email  me with you wish list and I will contact your Love Muffin and help him with his Christmas shopping. (you will need to provide me with his email or phone number)

Happy Stampin'    Janet

Friday, November 20, 2009

Holiday Lineup Reindeers with Pretties nose
and shimmer paint                                                                   
I received a swap at convention that had these reindeers stamped on Cocoa and the eyes colored in with a white gel pen from and just loved it, then I saw this video by StampwithTami and she used the pretties kit for Rudolphs nose. So taking the best from both cards, and adding a second row of eyelet scallops, coloring in the antlers then adding crystal effects on the eyes and noses. IRL this really makes a big difference. I wish you could see how the shimmer paint makes my red embossed paper sparkle. This is the card I came up with. I am quite pleased.
All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Holiday Lineup
Ink: StazOn Black, Close to Cocoa classic, Real Red Craft
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Real Red and Whisper White
Accessories: Red Gingham ribbon, Eyelet border punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Crystal Effects, Clear Embossing powder, Stampin' Sponges, Pretties Kit (Pearl for nose), Stampin' Up! exclusive Flourish Textruz plate, Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red and Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Markers

Photo Corners Christmas Tree Card

I have been in a Stamp club for about7-8 years now and this is the card we made for our November club at the home of Lisa Justus. I changed the dsp, replaced the white card for Soft Suede, changed the back star to Suede, embosed both the red star and the sentiment and used Vintange brads instead of silver, I also changed the sentiment, but left the layout the same. I really like the way the Suede, Olive and Real Red look together. The Holly and berry paper from the Christmas Cocoa Dsp had a white base, so I sponged it with Old Olive and a dauber just enought to take away the white. I also sponged around the White panel. The green dsp is from Merry Moments. My cardstock colors came from the Real Red and Soft Suede in the Christmas Cocoa paper and the Old Olive in the Merry Moments paper. I just love this cards and slit punch technique. My helper, Denise and I came up with a template to make lining up the slit punches easier and those that attend my stamp camps, tomorrow and Monday get this template. If you are interested in the template, I will mail it to anyone who visits my Stampin' Up! website and orders either the Slit punch or Photo corner punch and a package of Designer series paper. Thank you Lisa for the great card.

All Supplies Stampin' Up
Stamps: For the Holiday, Nursery Necessities (for the star. If you don't have this set you can just punch the star in Red. I just like the added touch of the white around the red star, you get by stamping the star and punching it out)
Paper: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White cardstock, Merry Moments and Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper
Ink: Old Olive classic and Real Red Craft
Accessories: Slit punch, Photo Corner Punch, Star punch, Sponge Dauber, Vintage brads, Stampin' Dimensionals
Adding shimmer paint to santa plate
Tonight I was playing with my Shimmer paint and decided to add the Champaign mist to the Real Red cardstock portion of my Santa insert. I really like the effect. It added just enought shimmer, without taking away from the Santa and Reindeer. Compare it to the post of Wednesday, November 18th and let me know what you think. I like it, but as you can see from my earlier post I suffer from Dolly Parton syndrom. Happy Stampin'

Friends 24-7 occassions plate insert

To keep your Christmas plate keep giving after the holidays, you just pop out Santa, and pop in this beautiful friends insert. This is another of the projects that will be offered at my Christmas Stamp camp, this Saturday morning and Monday evening. I will post the two cards we will be making tomorrow.

I was in a Dolly Parton mood when I made this, so I went crazy with the Iridescent Ice, Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects. I think the results are quite stunning.

All supplies Stampin' Up! except plate.
Stamps: Friends 24-7
Ink: Melon Mambo, Versamark an Soft Suede
Paper: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Bermuda Bay cardstock and Melon Mambo dsp
Accessories: Stampin' Up! exclusive Beautiful Butterflies bigz die, Swirly Sizzlets decorative strip die, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Sponges, Nautral hemp twine, Stampin' dimensionals.

Just the ticket when you feel the need for a little bling!
Thanks for looking and keep your fingers inky.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Good Cheer Santa Plate                                 

Don't you just love this Santa and Reindeer. I just had to put him in my decorator plate. The crystal Effects on Santa, the Reindeers eyes, nose and the holly berries doesn't show in the scan, but it really takes this project to the next level. I made the Winter Post plate (below) at a Late Night Stampers make-and-take class at convention.  All Supplies are Stampin' Up! unless notated.

Santa Plate
Stamps: Good Cheer
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla
Ink: Black StazOn and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Stampin' Up! exclusive Top Note Sizzix die, Watercolor pencils, aquapainter, Real Red marker, Crystal Effects, Stampin' dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges, Circle Sissors Plus

Winter Post Plate
Stamps:  Winter Post, Many Merry Messages, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Punch
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red and Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Stampin' Up! exclusive Top Note Sizzix die, Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Sponges, Circle Scissors Plus

I got the plates at the Dollar Tree in the frames section. They are called " Design your own Decorative Wall Plate" They come with a plastic plate stand and a notch in the back, so you can hang them on the wall. The Plastic covering pops off, so you can change the design for each holiday or event.

Happy Stampin'  Janet

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday lineup and Sizzix Box #2 XL die

Isn't the snowman stamp from the Holiday Lineup  stamp set just awesome with the Stampin' Up!  exclusive box #2 Sizzix xl die?

This cute little gift box is a make-n-take I am offering at my workshops this month. The Holiday Lineup stamp set fits this box just perfectly. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. What do you think?

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Holiday Lineup
Ink: Basic Black and Bashful Blue
Paper: Whisper White 12x12 (makes 2 boxes)
Accessories: Sizzix box #2 xl die, Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, Bashful Blue brads (from Soft Subtles assortment), Stampin' Sponges, Paper piercer, Watercolor pencils

Thanks for looking. Janet

Holy Triptych Angel and Shimmer Paint

This was another of the cards from my Shimmer paint stamp camp last week. I have never used Gold and Silver together before. Don't you just love it. The gold embossed tag, with the silver embossed angel and Silver Shimmer paint on the angels wings makes this card quite stunning. The shine unfortunatly doesn't show up in my scan.

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Holy Tryptch, Baroque Motifs
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzlegerry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Encore Gold, Encore Silver. Bordering Blue, Rich Razzleberry, Blush Blossom, Barely Banana
Accessories: Gold and Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing buddy, powder pals, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Razzleberry 1/2" polka-dot ribbon (turned over), Gold Elastic cord, Aquapainter, paint brush

This is the card I cased: I used Shimmer paint for the wings and Gold cord instead of 2nd ribbon, I left off the brads, left of sponging around tag and changed one of the cardstock colors for Rich Razzleberry. Thanks for looking.
Happy Stampin'

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Patterned Pines meets Shimmer Paint

I'm back. It has been a long two months, with me being sick more days than well, but I think I have finally recovered. At least I am back stamping again. I have a really fun class scheduled that will allow you to play with the new Shimmer Paints from Stampin' Up! You cannot really tell in the scan but the trees in this card have a beautiful sheen to them. I put 3 drops of Handsome Hunter reinker and 3 drops of Frost White Shimmer paint in a paint pallette, then applied with a sponge dauber. I cased this card from Http:// but changed the colors, the ribbon, left off the bow and the sentiment, and placed my ribbon behind the top note die. I hope you like it.
All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Patterned Pines (Level 1 Hostess Set)
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Handsome Hunter reinker
Accessories: Frost White shimmer paint, Top Note Bigs die, 3/8" Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Sponge dauber.
Thanks for looking

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sweet Centers Halloween

I actually make this card last week and just have not had the chance to post it. I am glad to report that today is the 5th day in a row that I have not been sick. So knock on wood, I am finally better!!!

Don't you just love the new Sweet Centers stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Holiday mini catalog?

Here is my Halloween version.
All suppies Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Sweet Centers, House of Haunts, Twick or Tweet, Sanded Backround, Frightful Fence jumbo stampin' around wheel.
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black Craft. Basic gray classic, White craft, White jumbo cartridge (made with empty cartridge and craft white ink refill)
Accessories: Sweet Treat cups, Black embossing powder, White embossing powder, Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4" circle and 1 3/4" circle punches, stampin sponge, watercolor crayons, aqua painter

Here is the outside once the candy is removed. To make the moon I punched a 1 1/4" circle, and used the remaining paper as a template, placing it on my card and sponging inside the circle with White craft ink. A 1 3/4" circle is punched in the card front. A 1/14" circle punches out the center of the Sweet Centers stamp. The Sanded backgroud is stamp on Whisper White cut slightly larger than stamped image. The center (punched out) is glued to an additional white piece of cardstock cut into a tag, that fits behind the Sweet Centers stamped image with a piece of 1/4" black grosgrain ribbon used as a pull tab.  On the inside of the card I stamped the bird from the Twick or Tweet stamp set on the back of the tag. When the tag is pulled it makes a opening to remove the candy without tearing up the card. If you notice the white specks on my card, that is what happens when you forget to use your embossing buddy, but since this is a Halloween card the specks did not ruin the card. Moral of the story, DO NOT FORGET to use your embossing buddy.   Thanks for lookin'

Friday, October 2, 2009

Digital+ Starter Kit

With the introduction of My Digital Studio, Stampin' Up! is now offering an all-new business opportunity with the Digital+ Starter Kit. Priced at just $185, the Digital+ Starter Kit contains

My Digital Studio software
Party Hearty and Petal Pizzazz stamp sets
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pads®
Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Stampin' Write® markers
Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Button Latte Designer buttons
Stampin' Dimensionals®
Mini Glue Dots
SNAIL Adhesive®
Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)

Combining My Digital Studio with traditional embellishments and other Stampin' Up!® products allows you to not only effectively showcase hybrid projects, but also demonstrate projects using non-digital elements. Contact me today to get started!
Deal of the week
October 1st - October 12th 2009

Throughout October, get all-new Deals of the Week—with select products up to 50% off! See below for this week’s Deals of the Week:

Item                    109183
Page                   186
Description         Trio Flower punch
Regular Price      $15.95
Sale Price           $10.99

Item                   109041
Page                  187
Description        5-Petal Flower punch
Regular Price     $15.95
Sale Price          $10.99

Item                  110709
Page                 187
Description       My Way punch
Regular Price    $15.95
Sale Price         $10.99

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I just had to take the time to thank several people in my life, through this difficult time I find myself in. I cannot imagine surviving this time if it were not for Donna Olson, who I can ALWAYS count on being there for me; Denise Spanos, my rock, who seems to always have the right thing to say; and Ferne Southern; who understands me (after all we are two peas in a cracked shell). Also my DH, Joe, who somehow, puts up with me. Thank you all, I love you and can't imagine my life without you all. (Can’t you tell I’m a southerner now? It's in my blood, even if I'm a California girl!) I thank God for each and every one of you and my many friends not listed above. You have touched my life, and I will always remember that, and thought the light at the end of the tunnel is very dim, it is there, and I will emerge sometime (soon, I hope) and be back to the loving, kooky Janet you know and hopefully love also.

To all the readers of this blog, whether I have met you or not (specially my followers), thank you for being a part of my life. Just knowing you are out there, somewhere in cyber world, brightens my day.

Happy Stampin'

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Peppermint Pattie Spider                                               

Just for fun I am also adding these fun spiders to stamp camp. My projects always seem to be labor intensive, so I thought I would give my ladies (and gents- I do have one in my downline, so I have to be fair) a break. These are fast and easy to make, are are super cute. I used the small photo corner punches for front legs and the larger ones in the back for the back legs.
All supplies (except candy) are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: none- gasp, gasp, It's ok, try to breathe,
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: None needed. How is this possible, no stamp, no ink, what is up here lady????
Accessories: punches: Scallop circle, photo corner, 1/2" circle, and for the black part of the eye, and nose, I used the largest hole in the crop-a-dile
That's it! Easy Pesy, and you though I could not make a easy project. Guess I showed you all, didn't I? Now who wants to bet how long it will be before you get away with something this easy?

Happy stampin'
Autumn Harvest Jack-O-Lanterns
Here is another stamp camp project. I am so sorry it took me so long to post this, but I was sick and didn't get this card finished. (You know if I can't stamp, I am really, really sick) So finally here it is. The new dates for the Halloween Stamp Camp are, Sunday September 20, 2009 and Monday, September 21, 2009. As always, reservations are required.      
I saw someone use these pumpkins with the "Eat, drink and be Scary" hats, but I cannot find the post, to give proper credit. So thanks for the great idea, whoever you are!

All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Autumn Harvest, Eat Drink and be Scary, Itty Bitty Backgrounds and the Textured jumbo wheel
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Almost Amethyst, Old Olive and SU watercolor paper.
Inks: StazOn Black, Craft black, Pumpkin Pie and Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Watercolor wonder Crayon Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, stampin dimensionals, stampin sponges, clear embossing powder and black embossing powder

It is hard to tell in the scan, but the pumpkins are stamps in StazOn. The hat is stamped in Black craft (on Old Olive cardstock)  and embossed with clear embossing powder, the mouth and eyes are also stamped in Black craft, but they are embossed with black embossing powder, in an attempt to make them darker and spooker. Did it work? The pumpkin on the left and the center hat are popped with dimensionals, the hat on the left pumpkin is stamped with left over rubber (making it higher than the hat, and pumpkin with the dimensionals) adding a third dimension. The textured wheel is rolled in Amethyst on the Amethyst cardstock. I also stamped the speckled stamp from Itty Bitty Background in Pumpkin, just around the edges of the Pumpkin cardstock, over stamping to make it more condensed. Both the Amethyst and Pumpkin cardstocks are sponged. The Jack-0-lanterns are placed to the far left to leave room for the wide striped pumpkin ribbon.

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Twick or Tweet Candy Bar.

I just knew I had to cover a candy bar when I read the sentiment on this stamp "It's Halloween, enjoy every bite" so this will also be one of the projects at my September Stamp Camps.

All supplies (except candy bar) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Twick or Tweet and House of Haunts
Paper: Glossy White, Whisper White, Soft Suede and Cast a Spell designer series paper
Ink: Soft Suded, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry and Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals and 1" circle punch, brayer

Thanks for looking
Matchbox Tombstone
This is one of the projects for my Halloween stamp camps this Sat., Sept 19th, and Mon. Sept 21st. I have seen where several different people have made these cute tombstones using the Sizzix Matchbox XL die and the Stampin' Up" stamp set "Graveyard Gala", so I just had to make one, Since I have seen several I don't really know who to give credit to. The ones I seen used Halloween dsp, but I wanted mine to be all grey so I opted to go with the "Nouveau Chic" dsp, using Basic Gray and Basic Black patterns, and Basic Gray cardstock. Since the writing on old tombstones can sometimes be faint, I opted to stamp the tombstone (being careful not to ink the words "date, time & place") in Versamark on Basic Gray cardstock and emboss with clear embossing powder. I then stamped just the skelton head and wings and the right facing Raven on a scrap of Basic Gray this time using Basic Black craft ink, and embossing again with clear embossing powder. I attached the raven to the top of my tombstone. Using the Versamarker I wrote "RIP" and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then stamped the left facing Raven in Basic Black craft ink appprox. 3/4" from the bottom, so that when I added my match box, it would look like he was sitting on it. The raven was also embossed with clear embossing powder.

Before making the matchbox, I took a piece of Hemp Twine approx. 5" long and dyed it Basic Gray. (I leave 1" not dyed to hold on to, then I place my twine on my Basic Gray ink pad , using a sponge dauber I pull the twine, pressing down with the dauber, so that as I pull the hemp the twine is coated with ink on both sides, I repeat this step several times, until totally covered. I then set that aside to fully dry.

On the matchbox die I place a piece of 5 1/2" x 6 1/4" Basic Gray cardstock on the box portion of the die, and a 6 1/2" x 3 piece of the Nouveau Chic designer paper on the lid portion and cut. Make sure you use the premiem crease pad for the XL die, and not the cutting pad at the top of your sandwich. My sandwich is as follows, bottom to top: cutting pad, shim, dye (face up) paper, crease pad. By using the crease pad instead of the cutting pad, you will have nice score lines, without the crease pad, your score line could cut. Before assembling the lid, I stamp the pumpkin with flourishes on the the two sides of the lid, (Basic Black craft ink and clear embossing powder) making sure both will be right side up when assembled. Sponge both the matchbox and lid on all score lines, with Basic Gray and assemble. Remember to put your Basic Gray courdory button and hemp twine on box bottom before assembly so that when you fold your box it will hide the hemp that you pulled through. Once bottom is completed, attach tombstone to the back using sticky stiip. Cover 2 miniture candy bars with the "Cast a Spell" designer paper and place in match box and slide on the lid. Ta Da, you have your tombstone completed!

Monday, September 14, 2009

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

MDS - Saint Simeon's Island Lighthouse- 2 page spread

I know, I know, I already did a Saint Simeon's Lighthouse spread, but I decided to change it up a little. Isn't it great that I could do that without having to throw away the paper I ruined removing the pictures! Today I decided to try a 2 page spread. I saw this paper when I was looking at the designer templates, but it had a lot of flowers and a ribbon at the top that I didn't want on this page. This paper coordinates wonderfully with our old Alpine Ribbon, which is in MDS. What I did is deleted the ribbon and all the embellishments on that template and that left me with the red and green patterned designer paper. I added the Alpine ribbon, my photos, mats and journaling and tada! I'm done.
Happy Scrappin' and stampin'

MDS- Goliath

Help! I'm scrappin' and I just can't stop!
Here I am playing with MDS again, I have been behind in my scrapbooking forever, but at this rate I am gaining on it fast. When I saw the cat stamp set on MDS I just had to dig out this picture of my cat. Normally I design the page around the colors in the picture, but this time I didn't even look at the picture I just made a page that I liked. I tried it first with Only Orange, since I believe all cats should be orange, then I tried Pumpkin Pie, then Dusty Durango, finally I tried Crushed Curry and fell in love. It is so much fun to just with a click change from Orange to Pumpkin, to Durango. When I went and got the picture I freaked out at first because I didn't remember the picture having all that blue. But once I added the picture. I looked back and decided that the blue really draws your eye to the picture. Let me know what you think. I think when I get the page printed I will put some crystal effects on the brads for dimension. I think its cool that even though we don't have the brads in our catalog in Durango, I could make the Durango with MDS

I have been a scraping fool and the amazing thing is my room is still clean! It's amazing!
Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'

MDS - My Dear Daddy - 2 version

I like the Not Quite Navy card stock base on the previous post, but this with the Not Quite Navy script DSP coordinates better with the Willocks page. It took me just a couple of minutes to make the changes. I have both saved and don't know which one to print. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Happy Stampin'

MDS- My Dear Daddy

I decided to make this the com-panion page to my Willocks Family page since I have so few pictures of my dad. I had a lot of fun designing this. I took a layout in the program that had a circle and several elements off set, but I wanted my circle and elements different, so I just started with a blank page and made the elements myself. It is really easy. To make a large circle, just put in a circle punch and enlarge it. I also added mats to both circles. The stamps in this set could be seen through, so I took the square punch, and modified it to be slightly larger than my stamp. I then placed it behind the stamp, so the Not Quite Navy Script designer paper did not show through. I didn't really like going gray or basic gray for a fill, so I did a color match and pulled color out of the picture. I did that on the previous post also. I also added a shadow to the text. I guarantee you will want this program. It is considerably less than Photoshop and much easier to use, plus you have the Stampin' Up! exclusive colors and artwork that you cannot get from Photoshop. Contact me to order your copy today. (Orders cannot be placed to Stampin' Up! until October 1st. UNLESS, you have a qualifying workshop, you can earn it for half price and get it this month, BEFORE anyone else can buy it. Or you can always join my team to get a discount on all your Stampin' Up! supplies. The minimum to be a demonstrator is only $300.00 a quarter. If you get three friends who will agree to order $25.00 a month, and you do also, you have met your minimum. Or holding just one to two workshops every three months, and you will met the minimum. So join today, and get the demonstrator discount. Plus all your supplies are tax deductible. It is a win, win situation, so contact me today.
Happy Stampin'
Happy Digital Scrapbooking

MDS - The Willocks Family

I just had to play with My Digital Studio before I went to bed. You will not believe how easy this program is to use. It is so much fun to try different stamps or embellishments without ruining any supplies. All stamps and embellishments are true to size, so after I print it I can add the ribbon and brads and it would fit perfect. The Always and sentiment are also put on actual size Stampin' Up! punches so I could recreate these items and pop up if I chose to. I am not sure.

I decided to design my own page using this old family picture. My father passed away when I was little so there are not may pictures of him. This is the only picture with both me and him in it so it means a lot to me. The sentiment in the Always stamp set was perfect for this page.

Thanks for looking. Let me know what you think.

Happy Stampin'

Friday, September 4, 2009

Card project - Bright Blessing jumbo wheel

Check out this cute card project. This is a jumbo Stampin' Around wheel called "Bright Blessings" (item #115626) and is found on page 27 of the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog. Our jumbo wheels only run $8.50, so how can you not have this awesome wheel. (You must have the jumbo handle). And don't you just love that cute little leaf. It is from the "Falling leaves" (item #115368) stamp set and found right above the Bright Blessings wheel in the Idea Book and Catalog. To order the stamp set or wheel, simply click on the order now button, or contact me for a workshop and earn them FREE! Watch for future posts with this wheel and stamp set, as we will be using these at my September Stamp camp.
Happy Stampin'

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MDS - Breckfast at 2 Meeting Street

OK, this is my last post for the evening. I have got to get to bed or my DH will take My Digital Studio away. Of course, since it came today, I had my monthly stamp club to go to, so I didn't get to play until I got home.
As I mentioned in the previous post, my DH and I just celebrated our 1oth wedding anniversary. I really didn't want to go out of town, so since I have always loved all the old Mansions in Downtown Charleston, we decided, we would go out of town, and travel 45 minutes to Charleston. We stayed at the wonderful 2 Meeting Street bed and breakfast for 2 nights. (Now I realise this is not Tiffany's, but a Mansion turned into a B&B right on the Charleston harbor is a close 2nd)
I did not want to go home, but my 4 legged babies needed their mommy so I did. I really enjoyed the pampered life.
Is there a mansion turned into a B&B that will take me and my 2 Chihuahua's. Let me know, and I'm there!!!
I will be making additional pages showing the house, inside and out. So check back.
Happy Stampin'

MDS - Robert's Resturant

You just have to come visit Charles-ton, SC and visit Robert's Rest-aurant while you are here. They only have 30 tables, and Robert sings in between courses. He has the most amazing baritone voice. You need to hurry though, as Robert will be retiring at the end of this year, or first part of next year.
My DH took me for our 10th Wedding Anniversary. He even got down on his knees at the end, and asked me to forgive him for not getting on his knees when he proposed 10 years ago, and asked me if I would still spend the rest of my life with him.
David, my stepson, told me I should have told him I would think about it, and let him sweat a little while. But he had a gorgeous diamond anniversary ring, and I'm a sucker for diamonds, (my baby girl Chihuahua's name is Tiffany- as in Breakfast at Tiffany's- as in the Diamond store!) so as you can see, I caved.
Don't you just love all the cool things you can do with the My Digital Studio.
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Happy Stampin'