Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Team Meeting (inc. savings jar and card)

My upline, Frances Wagner, held a team meeting this weekend and fortunately I was able to go.  We always have a great time at these meetings.  First, Frances went over some information to help us build our business and then we did a make and take.

2013 is Stampin' Up's 25th anniversary and Frances said it would be fun if we could go to convention that summer.  She made us these adorable jars so we could start saving.  She even gave us each a quarter to get us started!  Thanks Frances!

 Here are some close-ups so you can see the details.  The idea for this jar came from the founder of Stampin' Up, Shelli Gardner's blog.  Look at the great use of the baker's twine (both tied through the doily and under the pennant).  The Paper Doily die cut really sets off the rosette, which was made with the Designer Rosette Die.  The butterfly, cut with the Butterfly Embosslit, makes a wonderful embellishment for the pennant, which was punched with the Petite Pennants Punch.  The brad is one you can get for free during Sale-A-Bration.  Frances hand wrote Convention 2013 on the pennant, which was stamped with Pennant Parade.

This is the Make and Take that Frances prepared for us.  Isn't it cute?  The stamps are from Fresh Vintage, which you can get for free during Sale-A-Bration, and Friendly Phrases.  We also used the eyelet border punch, Calypso Coral 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, oval punch, scallop oval punch and an Everyday Enchantment brad, which you can get for free during S-A-B.
Want to come to the meetings, stamp, and have a great time with some really nice women?  Join my team and you can!  And during Sale-A-Bration, the starter kit is on sale.  See all the details on the JOIN MY TEAM page.

Want to order the supplies to make these projects?  You can at my online store.  Or, if you're local to the Garner, Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina or Clayton, NC area come to one of my events and order them there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Builder Wheel Birthday Card

I'm taking a break from Occasions and Sale-A-Bration items to show you this card made with three of the builder wheels.  I love using these.  I used two different polka dot Texturz Plates on the background layers.  A few of the stars have Basic Rhinestones on them for a little extra sparkle.

If you have questions about any items used on this card, please feel free to ask.  These items can be ordered through my online store.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Easter Card and Basket

Here are two of the three projects we will be making in my upcoming class -- an Easter card with a matching basket.  This class will be offered Saturday 2/25 and Wednesday 2/29.  There's still time to register.  Check out the details here and then contact me to let me know which date you'll be attending.

 Both projects use a stamp from Apothecary Art and one from Delightful Dozen.  The stamped images and the Certainly Celery layer behind them were cut out using the Labels Framelits.  I used my blender pen and ink to color the flowers.  The Certainly Celery pieces were embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I added Basic Pearls for accent -- in the top corners on the card and along the handle of the basket.

The bottom of the card and of the Regal Rose layer were cut with the Adorning Accents die and then the Regal Rose piece was embossed using the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders.


The handle of the basket was made with the Tasteful Trims die.  The design of the basket itself is actually very easy and has been around for a quite awhile.

Hope you enjoyed today's post.  Remember, if you are local to the Raleigh, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina or Apex, NC area you can make these projects in my upcoming class.  Also, if you've never been to one of my events before, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free class.

Happy Stampin', Sue Root, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator

Sunday, February 19, 2012

You're My Type

You're My Type is such a versatile stamp set.  It comes with 6 different phrases to stamp on the paper coming out of the typewriter.  This is a fairly quick card to put together, but of course, you can kick it up a notch if you're so inclined.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tea Shoppe with Paper Doily Die

Here's a card that uses the very cute Stampin' Up set Tea Shoppe and the Paper Doily die.  I think this stamp set and die go together perfectly.  The background is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  I was thinking of this as the tablecloth on which the doily and tea cup sit.  Doesn't it remind you of a tea party?

Colors are Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happiest Birthday Wishes - Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #52

This is the card I made for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.
Since I cut the DSP strips for a horizontal card instead of the vertical one in the sketch, I decided to go ahead a make a bonus card.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Tote

This Valentine tote was one of the projects we made in my last stamp club.  We used the Box #2 die, along with Take It To Heart, the Heart punch, the Heart to Heart punch, the Extra Large Oval punch, Teeny Tiny Wishes, the Word window punch, the Modern Label punch, the Movers and Shapers Punch Windows (used with the original Magnetic Movers and Shapers die), 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, 1/8" Pretty in Pink ribbon, Patterns Pack DSP (Subtles), Whisper White and Pretty in Pink cardstock, and Pretty in Pink ink. 

Fill the tote and it will make a cute Valentine's gift.  Here are a couple examples of things that will fit:

I offer classes throughout the month (and even stamp club is open to non-members) so if you're in the Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Willow Springs, Raleigh or Apex, NC area I'd love to have you join us.  See my Classes/Events page to see my current offerings.  Then contact me for more information or to register.  Hope to meet you soon!

Also, if you need any of the Stampin' Up supplies to make this project, you can order them through my online store.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Happy Stampin', Sue

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hanging Heart

Here's a quick little project:  a hanging heart.  Mine is hanging on my wall as a decoration, but it actually has a little pocket and would be cute hung on a doorknob with a little treat in it.
I made the heart using the Petal Card Double punch.  I folded two flaps in to make the heart shape.  Then I attached the folded flaps to the folded flaps of the other heart to make the pocket part.  I stamped a piece of Whisper White cardstock with a stamp from Take It To Heart and punched it out with the Heart punch.  I used my 1/8" circle punch to put a small hole in each side and attached Whisper White Baker's Twine for hanging.

Here's what it looks like from above:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Love Ribbon Hanging

I've seen similar projects several times (so many and so long ago that I couldn't even begin to guess who to credit) and decided to try one for myself.  The top really isn't crooked, the ribbon is just turned a little so it has that appearance.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Friends Never Fade - Challenge Entry

I belong to several online stamping groups.  One of them is Stampin' Fun and Friends.  Last week, they had an Inspiration Challenge and I'm excited to say that I won!  I very rarely do challenges, but they are fun.  They do just as the name implies:  challenge you to stretch your creativity.

Here's the card I submitted:
So, now let me challenge you to participate in a challenge.  There are several out there.  Just search on Challenges, Stampin' Up and you'll find plenty.  If you take on this challenge, add a comment letting me know so I can see your entry and maybe find a new challenge to try.

I'm planning to do the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  I'll post my entry once it's done.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine Ornament

I used the Heart Framelits to make a Valentine ornament.
I cut the large, scalloped framelit 6 times from Real Red cardstock.  Then I cut the next smaller one three times from Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the Whisper White hearts with the heart stamp from Confetti.  I attached the Whisper White hearts to 3 of the Real Red hearts.  I folded each of the hearts in half and attached them back to back (1/2 of one heart to 1/2 of another heart; the other 1/2 of the heart to the heart on the other side).  I put three together and then the other three together.  I made a large loop of Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and fixed it between the two parts before attaching them together to make a full heart.

The top heart:
Then I stamped 6 hearts using a stamp from Take It To Heart.  I cut those out using the appropriate sized Heart Framelit.  Then I used the smallest Heart Framelit to cut out 6 Real Red hearts.  I attached each of those back to back as I did the largest heart.

Closeup of the smaller hearts:
As you can see, I attached the big hearts alternating solid and stamped.  I also frayed the bottom of the Whisper White ribbon.  Here's a view from the red side.
I hope you enjoyed today's project.  If you make one of these, I'd love to see how it turns out.  Put a link in the comments so my readers and I can go see it, or if you don't have a blog, e-mail me a picture.

If you need any supplies to make this project, you can order them from my Online Store.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to seeing your creations.

Sue Root, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rosette Valentine Decoration

This has been hanging on my wall for a couple of weeks now and I finally remembered to take a picture so I can post it.  Unfortunately, the lighting isn't that good.  It's much brighter and cheerier in person.  Just to give you an idea -- the rosette is Pretty in Pink and the big, scalloped heart is Regal Rose.

The Pretty in Pink rosette was cut out of the Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack - Subtles, using the Designer Rosette Die.  The die has 2 different edges to add to its versatility.  Plus, it does all the scoring!  The rosette in this project only uses about 2/3 the width of the strip cut by the die.  The die can actually make even bigger rosettes.  The part that was left over I used to make a smaller rosette (to use on a different project).

The hearts were all cut with the Hearts Framelits.  The center heart was stamped with a stamp from Fresh Vintage and the smaller hearts were stamped using Take It To Heart.  I sponged around the edges of the hearts in the center and then added a hat pin with a couple of beads.  The pin and the beads are from the retired Pretties Kit, but similar hat pins are available in the Occasions Mini Catalog (Yeah Stampin' Up for  bringing those back!).  I tied a couple pieces of 1/2" Stitched-Poly ribbon (Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride)around the hat pin, added some Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain to the back for hanging the project and I was done.

I hope you enjoyed today's post.  Stop back tomorrow to see another Valentine decoration.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Simple and Quick Card

I only used 6 items on this card -- Bordering on Romance, Elementary Elegance (you can get this set for free during Sale-A-Bration), Butterfly embosslits, Whisper White cardstock, Calypso Coral cardstock and Calypso Coral ink.  It's simple and went together quickly, but I really like it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

In Wilderness Eagle Card with Sponging

This is the third card that we will be making in the sponging class on Wed., Feb. 8 and again on Sat., Feb. 11.  There's still time to register.  See details on my Classes/Events page.

Stamps: In Wilderness, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Big Shot:  Houndstooth Embossing Folder

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stamping Challenge - Can you help? (Plus Mixed Bunch card)

I was recently issued a challenge, but I NEED YOUR HELP! For the "One Hundred Hands" Challenge, I need to stamp with 50 NEW PEOPLE BEFORE April 15. This could be you if you've never been to one of my events before.  Or, it could be you hosting a party and inviting people I haven't met before, inviting new friends to attend scheduled classes or camps, or even one-on-one stamping time with a brand new stamper that just wants to learn the basics of stamping.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? You and your "new-to-me" friend* will both be entered to win a FREE CLASS.  Your name will be entered in the drawing as many times as the number of new people you bring me!

Check out my Classes/Events page to see upcoming events that you can invite your friend to.

I love a good challenge and I appreciate your efforts in helping me accomplish this challenge! Can't wait to stamp with you and your friend!!

Happy Stampin',

Sue Root, Stampin' Up Demonstrator
E-Mail me here

*Friend must be 18 years or older.
*If you've never stamped with me before and you come to an event after reading this blog post, you'll be entered in the drawing twice (once as the referrer and once as the friend).

After reading all that, you deserve a little inspiration:


Stamp sets:  Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches:  Blossom, Modern Label, Word Window, Circle
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Concord Crush, Melon Mambo
Ink:  Concord Crush, Melon Mambo

If you wish to re-create this card, supplies can be ordered through my online store.  This link will take you to my Stampin' Up website, once there click on Shop Now.  Or, consider hosting a party and you can help with my challenge, plus the purchase would count towards earning hostess benefits.  Contact me for details.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Digital Studio -- FREE 30 day trial!

That's right!  30 days to try out this great digital crafting software!  Use it to make cards, calendars, photo books and more!

Ordering is easy.  Just go to my website, choose Shop Now, and enter item number 129600.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

With the FREE trial, you’ll get:

■Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
■Full design functionality.
■Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express. See included content here.
■Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets--and everything in between.
■Access to our professional print services.

Once your trial period expires, simply contact me or go to my online store to purchase the downloadable or disc version of the software to continue enjoying My Digital Studio.


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