Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Occasions Mini

Today starts the new sales period for the Occasions Mini and an April Special. If you haven't got to see the Occasions Mini let me just say that it is just fanastic! There are so many great new products, stamp sets, designer paper and a new Big Shot die.

Today is also the first day that you can order the new PopUP Dies for the Big Shot. The numbers are as follows.

116760 Three Tier Cake PopUp Bigz XL Die $39.95

116759 3D Ball PopUp Bigz XL Die $39.95

The April Special is also all about the Occasions mini and here is how is works.

*Host a workshop that totals $150 or more and choose one under $10 stamp from the back of the Spring Summer Catalog and Idea Book.

*Place an order that includes $40 from the Occasions Mini and choose one under $10 stamp from the back of the Spring Summer Catalog and Idea Book.

I am also offering a class with two options the first is a product purchase with the class free and the other is a class fee with no product to purchase. The products you would need to purchase are:

113790 Oval All Stamp Set $16.95

114889 Scallop Oval Punch $15.95

115123 Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper $9.95

You will also receive one Free under $10 stamp with this purchase and 20 notecards (5 of each 4 designs) in a storage box that would make a great gift for graduation, Mother's Day or birthday. You can purchase these during club for those of you in one of My Stamp Clubs.

The second option includes 12 note cards (same designs as above) in a storage box for $15. I will need all RSVP's by April 17 so that I can place the order and prepare the supplies for the class. The class will be held May 1st at 7pm at my house. I will be posting sneak peeks this week of the cards that we will be making so check back for those. Thank you for stopping by I hope you enjoy the new Occasions Mini as much as I have and if you have any questions please email me. I would be happy to answer them. Tonya

Monday, March 30, 2009

More Manhattan Textured Impressions

Sorry I have been quiet this last week. I was busy preparing for a birthday party that was on Saturday. I will post the photos of the projects at a later date. Today I want to share with you another Manhattan Textured Impressions Card. The Textured Impressions Die is for the Big Shot and the wonderful thing about it is that there is a matching stamp set which I used on this card. The stamp set is Fifth Avenue Floral and can be found on page 106 of the Spring Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog. The card is really pretty simple. I ran the base of the card which is Baja Breeze thru the Big Shot with the impressions die and then did the same with a scrap piece of Baja Breeze cardstock to create the extra layer. I sponged the textured image with Baja Breeze classic ink to make the image really pop. The inside is stamped with the Fifth Avenue Floral and I cut part of the front away so that the inside would show. On the inside I stamped the rose that matches the impression and added a simple sentiment. Simple yet elegant. What do you think.
Just a reminder that today and tomorrow are the last two days of Sale-A-Bration. If you haven't placed an order it isn't to late. You can call or email me or simple go to my website and place your order online. Don't forget to pick out those Sale-A-Bration sets for every $50 you spend. Also the Demonstrator kit is on sale for just $169 for today and tomorrow if you would like information about becoming a demonstrator please email me. I would love to have you join my team. As always have a great day and I would love to hear from you. Tonya

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reinkers and Alcohol

No it's not what you are thinking! There was a recent discussion on Splitcoast about a product available from Maya Road that is a spray ink. I am not familiar with the product but the idea sounded interesting so I decided to try my hand at replicating the product with Stampin'UP products. I started experimenting and came up with some results that I thought were worth sharing. Now at this time I have only tried it with one color so I am not sure if the ratio is the same for all reinkers but I will give more of them a try. The orginal product is used to spray chipboard. Now if any of you have tried coloring chipboard it can be a messy process. You have to smoosh the chipboard into the ink pad the wait for it to dry or heat set it with the embossing gun. I used a small spray bottle and used 91% rubbing alcohol (found in the pharmacy) and Baja Breeze reinker. The first attempt is on the left and I just added both with no measuring. I then diluted the mixture with more rubbing alcohol and the middle piece is the result. Now since I was using natural color chipboard the results are a little darker and I decided to give it a try with white chipboard. Enter the BigShot (you thought I could do a post without it) I cut out the Daisy from a chipboard coaster and after measuring the mixture I sprayed it and using the embossing gun dried it. The mixture I used for the flower is as follows 1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol to 8 drops Baja Breeze reinker. I tried a couple of other reinkers and the Riding Hood Red used the same ratio however the Night of Navy was a little lighter using the ratio. Still a nice match just a lighter match. I would also recommend spraying on scrap paper and with a large splatter zone as it can be messy. I do think it is easier than smooshing it in the inkpad however and less messy on the hands. Let me know what you think. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Tonya

Something a little Different

I am posting early this morning as I have errands to run and after school activitites for the kids. Today's project requires no stamping! We recently decided to redo my classroom space and change the colors. Well I knew this decor element that you can earn for free for hosting a workshop had to go some where in the new space. At first I was going to put it directly on the wall but after thinking about it I opted for a frame. The decor element is on top of the glass and the background was painted to match the paint color below our chair rail. I really like how it turned out and is a perfect example of just what else Stampin'UP has to offer besides stamps, ink and cardstock. If you would like to see more of our Decor Elements please let me know and I will get you a catalog. I am planning on adding pictures of my kids around the frame to finish off the wall. Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Tonya

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Manhattan Flower

When the new catalog came out the textured impressions die that I used on todays card was tops on my list of things to buy. Unfortunately I had to wait until this month when SU made it available for everyone to purchase. Let me just say that the wait was well worth it. I love this new impressions die. The size is great for a full card and it us super easy to use and make a card with it. I will show you one today that we did at last nights Big Shot Night. I used a base of Baja Breeze and the Parisian Breeze Speciality Paper. Now if you haven't tried the Speciality Papers you are in for a treat. They are a heavy like cardstock and have a texture. I used a chocolate sheet and ran it thru the BS with the Stampin'UP Manhattan Flower Impressions Die. Then I sanded the raised image to reveal the white core of the speciality paper. This makes the image really pop. I stamped the Thinking Of You (Sincere Salutations Stamp Set) in Baja Breeze on the Shimmery White Cardstock and punched it out with the Wide Oval Punch. I added a piece of White Taffeta Ribbon and the card was finished. If you would like to purchase the items to make this card you can do so online or by contacting me directly. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stampin' Tonya

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Easter Box for the big kids!

Hi! Two post in the same week wow lets see if this becomes a habit. Today's project is a Big Shot #2 box that I made for my class tonight. I used So Saffron cardstock and ran it thru the Big Shot. This box is so easy to make it only takes one small piece of Sticky Strip to hold it together. I then added a band of the Free Sale-A-Bration designer paper that I had added eyelet punching on both side. A quick embosslit simple flower sponged with Almost Amethyst and a brad and this box was done. How easy was that. I found this yummy looking Dove truffle eggs at Target last night and they fit perfectly inside the box. I crimped some cardstock and added it inside the box to give it that Easter grass feel. Let me know what you think of the box and if you would like to order this die for yourself let me know I would be more than happy to help you. I will be making another box with the chick from A Good Egg just for the kids. Have a great day, it looks like it will be another beautiful one. Thanks for stopping by, Tonya

Monday, March 16, 2009

Big Shot Ice Cream Cone

Good morning, I haven't been very good about posting lately. Life has been rather hectic with school activities for my kiddos but I have been creating new things and I will try and get more updates here for you to see. This card is one that sort of just came to me last night as I was looking thru my Big Shot items. I don't know what I would do without my Big Shot. I use is all the time. In fact I seem to only be able to post items with the Big Shot on my blog. Today's card uses several different BS dies and one texture plate. I started off with a piece of Close to Cocoa Cardstock, added a scoop of ice cream in Pink Pirouette with a few sprinkles for good measure. Now if you would like to learn how to make this card then be sure and come to my Big Shot class tomorrow night. There are still openings and I will be running a 10% off special on select Big Shot Dies. Now this sale is only thru me so contact me if you are interested. As always thank you for stopping by my blog and let me know what you think of the card. Have a great day and enjoy our beautiful weather! Thanks, Tonya