Friday, September 11, 2009

Spooktacular Stampin' Buffet

Halloween is just around the corner and now is a great time to start the spooktacular crafting! This Stampin' Buffet offers a variety of Halloween projects to decorate your home, share the spookiness and more.

WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 11 AM - 4 PM

WHERE: Murray Red Robin Restaurant, (316 E Winchester across from Fashion Place)

WHAT: Pick your projects from the ones below. Make one or more of only the projects you want to make.

RSVP: If you want to make the Cauldron, I have to order the Decor Element by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 16. RSVP for the other projects by noon on Friday, September 18. or  801-967-3210

This fun project makes a great treat bucket to hand out treats on Halloween night.  Or you can add a little dry ice to make a spooky witches cauldron.  Choose from Pumpkin Pie or Old Olive words and Pumpkin, Olive, or Black Ribbon.  MUST RSVP FOR THIS PROJECT BY WEDNESDAY AT 10:00 AM.  Cost: $20

How about a SPOOKY! banner for your wall?  This can be made to hang vertically or horizontally.  It features the new Night and Day Designer Series Paper and will be all PRECUT with the Big Shot for you! (Saves you lots of time!)  Cost: $10

The young (or young at heart) will love to make their own magic potion this Halloween.  Each of the Test Tubes is filled with drink powder (Grape KoolAid and Tang).  Cost: $5
Fill this treat box with candy and give it to the teacher in your life, Visiting Teaching sisters, neighbors or just good friend.  Looks complicated, but with the Big Shot and a few Punches, this box goes together very quickly.  Cost: $2.50
Get ready to scrapbook your Halloween celebration.  This basic page is easy to fill with your photos at home after the class.  Cost: $6
This fun card features the Sweet Center set and is a fun way to celebrate the season.  You can also just make it as a treat holder with out the fold (I can show you how!).  Does not come with an envelope.  Cost: $2
Yes, I know this isn't a Halloween card.  But it was just so cute, I couldn't resist offering this one as well.  Filled with Jelly Bellies, it's a great way to say Thanks to someone who has done something especially nice for you. Does not include an envelope. Cost: $2
The new Medallion stamp sets off this Spooky Card sure to send a few chills  this Halloween.  Cost: $1.50 including envelope.

From our Pumpkin Patch to yours, this card is a great way to send a Halloween greeting to your friends or family. Cost $1.50 includes envelope.

Not only is Halloween fast approaching, but so is Fall -- the perfect time tell those special people in your life how grateful you are for them. Cost: $1.50 includes envelope.
These creepy spiders are a fun little treat made with punches and peppermint patties.  Cost: 4 for $1.00

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Digital Studio!!!!

I just have to start this post with a big I LOVE STAMPIN' UP!!! Last month at convention, we got a sneak peek at MY DIGITAL STUDIO. I really thought I just might pass out or even throw up as Brent Steele showed us the really cool and fun things this new digital crafting solution could do. Oh my gosh!!! Someone had to remind me to keep breathing. I honestly don't remember the last time I was this excited about a new product (and I get pretty excited about the new catalog every time we get one too.)

On Monday, word came down that demonstrators could start preordering this wonderful, stupendous, totally amazing new software on September 1 and I almost passed out again! Of course I ordered it almost the minute it was available (OK, really about two hours after it was available because I dozed off just before midnight.) And it arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon!

So what can you do with My Digital Studio? You can make scrapbook pages, albums, cards, calendars, flyers, DVD's, and so much more. And boy is it ever easy. It comes loaded with Stampin' Up's exclusive colors, images, and kits. And Stampin' Up! will also be offering printing services and the printers are all calibrated so they will match your Stampin' Up! Card Stock. Here is the card I made first thing for today's Stampin' Addict's Sketch Challenge:

And here's the scrapbook page I made today of my boys:

I'm kind of a computer geek at heart so I love that this combines my love of crafting and Stampin' Up! with my love of the computer. Does it get any better?

What's that? You say you are not a digital scrapbooker? You like the feel of the paper in your hands? That is totally fine. You still want to consider this software because you can plan your pages before you waste a single sheet of card stock cutting it the wrong size. Or how about hybrid scrapbooking where you print your pages off and then add additional embellishments to your project to really make it pop.

For anyone that is already a digital scrapbooker and has a beloved program, you will still be able to purchase Stampin' Up's exclusive images and kits and download them from my internet store.

Anyone else feel like passing out yet? My Digital Studio will be available to purchase for $79.95 starting October 1. That is also the date you can start purchasing the digital image downloads (prices start at $3.95). Want to get it 50% off? Host a $400 workshop in October or November and you will be able to purchase it for 50% off. Contact me today and get your workshop on my calendar.

I hope you really feel some of my excitement for this software. I can't wait to start making Christmas presents with it!

Blog Candy Winner

Drum roll please. . . . The winner of my Holiday Mini Blog Hop is Ellen aka Chipper! Thanks to all of you who visited my blog for the hop and who came back to see the directions for the ornaments. I have some fun things planned for my blog for the next few weeks so come back and check it out again!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Glitter Ornaments and Blog Candy!!

A big thank you to everyone who took the time to visit during the Holiday Mini Blog Tour. I hope you enjoyed all the wonderful ideas everyone shared as much as I did. The Stampin' Addicts group is full of amazingly talented stampers who love to share.

I promised if you came back after the blog hop, I would tell you how to turn clear glass ornaments into these beautiful sparkly creations. First, I have to tell you that it was not my original idea. I read about it somewhere in my internet journeys and wish I could provide credit to the originator because it is a cool idea for sure.

  • Clear Glass Ornaments available at your local craft or big box store. I have only ever made the round ones, but I don't know why the other shapes wouldn't work.
  • Stampin' Up! Classic Reinkers in your favorite holiday color
  • Dazzling Diamonds
  • Decor Elements or Rubons (optional)
  • Matching or Coordinating Ribbon or Elastic Cord.
Remove the hanger part of the ornament. Put several drops of reinker into the ornament. The ones I made are the larger ornaments and it took about 6-7 drops. You can always add more later if you need more.

Start rolling the pool of ink around your ornament to completely cover the inside. This is a little tedious but if you move slowly it will be easier to completely cover the inside of the ornament. If you find you have multiple streams of ink, set your ornament down for a minute or two to collect the ink in a single pool. It's easier to move around this way. You can add more ink if it is moving too slowly.

Once it is completely covered, you can remove excess ink by plugging the hole with several layers of paper towel and holding it upside down until the excess runs out. While the ink is still wet, pour Dazzling Diamonds into the ornament. I use a 2-3 baby spoonfuls. Put a paper towel over the hole again and shake to spread the glitter all round the ornament.

Apply small Decor Element or Rubon of your choice (or leave blank) and tie with ribbon or elastic cord. Viola! And the best part is, you can have them in any one of the fabulous colors Stampin' Up! offers.

P.S. I did try this with a chunkier glitter and you do not get the same results.

And now for the BLOG CANDY! This time I am offering a grab bag of ribbons and other embellishments. I promise that it will contain at least three yards of various ribbons and more than a dozen misc embellishment pieces (designer brads, clips, buttons, Hodge Podge Hardware etc.) To be eligible, just leave a comment here and tell me what color of ornament you plan to create before 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 3.