Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blog Candy!

Good morning, the month is winding down and there are so many promotions that will soon be ending that I want to go over those before I get to the reason for my post today. So here goes:

Buy 3 Designer Series Papers get one Free ends tomorrow. Be sure and stock up on all your favorite Designer Series Papers during this great offer.

Summer Mini Sales period also ends including your chance to get the Strength and Hope Stamp Set. Remember for every set that is sold Stampin'Up! gives $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Also if you purchase the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set then I will give you the supplies to make each of the five cards that I featured in the Bring on the Birthday Cards Class that I held last week. This promotion is good only through me and is available online or through direct orders.

Now for the reason for my post and the Blog Candy title. Tomorrow is my 7th Anniversary of becoming a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator and I wanted to offer some blog candy to one lucky reader. To be entered all you have to do is leave me a message either here or on my facebook page and you will be entered to win the Because I care Stamp Set and an assortment of retired ribbon in still current Stampin'Up! colors all in a reusable shopping bag. The card to the left is one of the cards I made with the stamp set and it is one of my favorite sets that Stampin'Up! has had over the years. I will post a picture of the stamp set later today when the sun comes out (hopefully).

Also since it is Tuesday it is time for more Digital Downloads for my Digital Studio. If you would like to take a look they can be found here. If you have any questions about My Digital Studio be sure and contact me and I will be happy to help.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Monday, August 29, 2011

Christmas Box

Good afternoon, it is a beautiful day out today which makes it so much easier to take pictures of new projects. Today I have a project that I received from Stampin'UP! for having a new recruit join my team during July. My new team member also received one as did a few of my other team members who had new members join their team. So this Christmas box uses some new products that won't be available until Septemeber 1 but that is of course right around the corner so I decided to go ahead and share. The stamp set is the new Pines & Poinsettias Set and I am sure that you will be seeing more Christmas projects with it very soon and through out the season. There is also the new Holly Berry Designer Series Paper, Fabric and buttons. It maybe hard to see in the picture but there is Champagne Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter all over the box to add extra shimmer. It may be hard to see in the picture but the sides have Basic Pearls added around the base on the Wild Wasabi Card Stock. This is one of the more details projects that I have done recently but I really love how it turned out and can't wait to display it during Christmas. :)

Now just a few reminders before August ends. There are only a few days left to take advantage of the buy 3 get one free special offer on the $10.95 Designer Series Papers. Also if you would like to recieve the supplies for each of the Bring on the Brithday Cards that I featured this month on my blog then give me a call to purchase your Bring on the Cake Stamp Set before the end of the month. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Friday, August 26, 2011

Strength and Hope Part 2

Good morning, it is a beautiful day and I have another 3x3 card to share with you that uses the Strength and Hope Stamp Set. I made this card last week before the Savy Seniors event and forgot to share it with you. The colors I used are Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Riding Hood Red. What a great combo. I started by stamping the word image over and over across the Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, then I stamped the beautiful butterfly on the same piece with Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Pad. I added a Basic Pearl to the center of the butterfly just to add a touch of bling. I stamped the H hope with the Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad and punched it out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch before adding it to the card with a Stampin' Dimensional. The card was finished with a layer of Riding Hood Red under the Very Vanilla Card Stock and then a base of Pink Pirouette.

This is the perfect size card to add to a gift or put inside a lunch box to add a bit of encouragement. You can also add it to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of card stock and make it a full size card that has a added sentiment area on the front. I will try and turn this one into a full size card today and show you an example.

Remember this stamp set is only available until August 31, so please don't hesitate to order yours. Every Stamp Set purchased helps with the fight against breast cancer.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that you have a great weekend. I may stop in this weekend and post it depends on how busy life gets. :) Tonya

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bring on the Birthday Final Card

Hello, well my boys had a good first day of school and are back for their second day. My youngest was tired this morning due to a late baseball practice last night so it is probably a good thing they have an early out again today. Yesterday was my first Bring on the Birthday Cards Class and I enjoyed it so much. I only had one stamper but she is new to stamping and sometimes one on one is great. Tonight I have a full group and it will be just as much fun. The ladies coming tonight have all stamped before so the class should move right along. Today I have the final Birthday Card. It uses a couple of different Designer Series Paper including Nursery Nest and Just Add Cake. The stamp set is once again Bring on the Cake and I have stamped the image directly on the Designer Series Paper with the Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad before coloring the Birthday with Marina Mist, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum Classic Stampin' Pads and a Blender Pen. I added just a touch of Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon on the edge of the Designer Series Paper. I used both the Petite Pennants Builder Punch and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch on the card as well as the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder. Such a fun card to make and of course receive. Are you wishing you would have attend this class and you didn't have the time well, I have a special deal for you. If you order the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set in either Clear or Wood Mount before Sept 1. I will give you the supplies (Card stock, ribbon, Designer Series Paper and punched out pieces) so that you can make 1 of each of the five cards I had in the class. All you will need to due is stamp and assemble. The Bring of the Cake stamp set even has sentiments for inside your cards so that you can just add a little personalize message and sign the card and it is ready to send. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to place an order. Online orders are included too. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Top Birthday!

Good morning, this is going to be a quick post as I have a lot to do before I send all the kids off to school today. They all have a half day, Kaylee due to extreme heat and the boys because it is their first day. The card I am sharing today is another card for my Bring on the Birthday Cards Class which is today and tomorrow. The cards uses Real Red, Tempting Turqouise and Whisper White. I used various circle punches to make the card and the Big Top Birthday Designer Series Paper. Oh and one of my favorite new embossing folders Stripes. I used it last week to make the fun plaid backgrounds. The stamp set is Bring on the Cake and we are using it on all five of the cards in the class. Ok, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beau Chateau Birthday Wishes

Good morning, I am happy to say that I have been stamping. I finished two new cards yesterday and another one today so I will have new cards to share for the next three days and if I can keep the ideas flowing then I will keep on stamping. My boys start back to school tomorrow and I can get back into a routine with my mornings being for stamping and then I have the rest of the day for other things. :)
Today's card is one that we will be making at the Bring on the Birthday Cards class that I am having tomorrow and Thursday. This card is a case from the catalog and can be found on page 160. I made a few changes like the colors, turning the card sideways, leaving off the ribbon and adding the sentiment under the flower instead of in one of the squares but the layout is still the same. I really like the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper and as just a reminder it is one of the packs of paper that is included in the Buy 3 get one Free Offer that ends on August 31. One thing I do want to point out is that the center of the flower looks shining, well I didn't have buttons that worked for this card so I made my own. I used the Sweet Buttons Embosslits Die and cut out three of the same button, stacked them on top of each other and then added Crystal Effects to the top one to make it all Glossy and shiny. You do need to allow extra time for the button to dry but it is worth the wait. I will be premaking these today for the classes so that there will be no wait time. ;)
Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions. I will be happy to answer them for you. Have a great day, Tonya

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hostess Gift!

Good morning! I am hoping that this week I can get back into a regular posting schedule. Last week was crazy busy with lots of events and deadlines to meet so my posting was a little lacking. Sorry about that. :( I did have a wonderful week stamping with a lot of different people. Wednesday night I had a workshop for Paula and she had a lot of friends and family attend. I hope they all enjoyed themselves I know I sure did. I always give my hostess a gift in addition to their catalog just as an extra thank you for having me into their home and for Paula's I made a candle that has had the butterfly from the Strength and Hope stamp set added to it. This is a fun technique and really dresses up a plain candle. For the colors I pulled the colors from the Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper that a made the box from. The box was so easy to make using our new Simply Scored Scoring Tool which will be available next month. (As Demonstrators we get to preorder and I have loved using mine) The lid is made from Rich Razzleberry Card Stock and to make the box extra special I added a Big Shot Fun Flower. I cut the flower out in Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White. Before I added the Vintage Brad I used my Shimmer Spray and spritzed each flower and scrunched them. I love the shine and shimmer plus it makes the flowers easier to form and shape.
I have added a few different pictures to make it easier to see the candle, box and flower but if you have any questions about them please let me know and I will be happy to help you.
I have finished cutting all the Designer Series Paper for the shares and there are so many fun prints and since they are buy 3 get 1 free right now there is no better time to stock up.
I am working on some projects right now with the Designer Series Paper and I can't wait to share them with you. So stay tuned for my fun projects. Thanks for stopping by today and as always have a great day, Tonya

Friday, August 19, 2011

Another Quick Post

Hello, no I haven't forgotten how to post life has just been busy and I had a few projects to complete and with our power outages it has been hard to find time to post. We have another round of storms moving in now but we have been so forunate since we had power after 3:30 this morning and I have friends who are still without. I hope we see power restored to the rest of the area soon.

Yesterday I spent some time at our local library presenting at a Savy Seniors event. I really enjoyed the day and tonight I will share one of the cards we did. I wanted to keep the cards simple since there were other booths to see and many of the people would be stamping for the first time. I decided to use the Strenght and Hope Stamp Set from the Summer Mini. For ever stamp set that is purchased through the end of the month Stampin'UP! will give $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I really like the butterfly on this set and hope you take a moment to consider purchasing it and helping out a worthy cause.

The card itself is pretty simple so I am going to head off to bed and will try and post again this weekend. I also am hoping to do some stamping. :) Also I want to let you know that my Thursday night Bring on the Birthday Cards class has just one opening left. I do still have space available in the Wednesday night class however and you will be making the same 5 designs in both class. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night. Tonya

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's Tuesday!

Good morning! Today is the first day of school for many of our area schools including my daughter's. She was up and ready to go this morning before I made it downstairs. I hope she enjoys her first day. I am sure there will be lots to talk about when she gets home. :) Since it is Tuesday there are new My Digital Studio Downloads available that include a new Alphabet, four stamp sets. If you would like to take a look be sure and head over here. I have a lot on my project list today including cutting cardstock for a workshop tomorrow night and for an event at the Rolling Hills Library on Thursday and since it has been raining all morning it really it a great day to stay inside. Thanks for stopping by and I will try and get back with a new project later today. Have a great day, Tonya

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wish Big Birthday!

Good afternoon! It's Monday and boy do we have a full day and the fact that it has been raining off and on all day isn't helping us get our projects done. :( Now I do think we need some rain so for that I am thankful. Today I want to share another card for the Bring on the Birthday Cards class that is next week. This card has a lot of distressing and since it doesn't have a lot of frill and ribbon I think it works great for the guys in your life. Let me know if you would like to attend the class there are still openings. I am going to keep this short as I have some sewing to do. I am working on a project for school and I need to have it done in the next couple of days. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Technique Fun with Easy Events

Hello and welcome to the weekend. Today I am going to share one of the cards we did for club this week. It is the same technique I showed you on my last card. It uses the Big Shot and the Striped Embossing Folder. The colors are the new Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade and Crumb Cake. The stamp set is Easy Events and we used the Aquapainter to watercolor the image after it was stamped on the Very Vanilla Card Stock. The scallop was created with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and the Very Vanilla Circle was cut out the the #2 Circle Die and the Big Shot. The final additions to the card are the Perfect Polka Dots on the Lucky Limeade Card Stock base and the Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon around the middle of the plaid Poppy Piece. I really like that the Ribbon is Polka Dotted on one side and plain on the other so that you can use it either way. It's like getting two ribbons on one roll.
I have a few other cards to share with you this coming week, including another Bring on the Birthday Cards Card. It is a more manly card and I will share it on Monday.
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend! Tonya

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Little Duckie!

Hello and good afternoon! Today I want to share a fun card that I made this week with a new Technique that was featured at Convention by Jan Tink of Stamp, Paper, Scissors. The technique piece is the plaid background that can be seen behind the duckie. To make this piece all you need it the Big Shot, Striped Embossing Folder, Brayer, Classic Ink Pad(s) and White Card Stock. The colors for this card are Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Whisper White. The duck includes Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie. The duck is from the Easy Events Stamp Set and is punched out with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch after is was colored with the Aquapainter. I added a Calypso Coral Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch piece to the side of the card and to finish off the card I used my sewing machine and stitched. The stitching was quite easy and I will probably more likely to stitch on my cards in the future but I really want to start a new sewing project too, possibly a Christmas one. One more night of club this evening and then I have a few days off but need to work on more Birthday cards for the Bring on the Brithday Cards Class. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Tonya

Monday, August 8, 2011

Kaylee's Big Day

Good afternoon! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had a busy and wonderful one that included a family reunion and a Birthday party for my daughter. She turned 16 yesterday. I can't believe that it has been 16 years since I first became a mother and was blessed with her as my only daughter. She is growing up into an amazing young lady. So for quite some time she has wanted a Royal Blue "Bug" for her first car and a couple of weeks ago we found one for her and even though she has know about it I thought it would be fun to incorporate one into her card design too. After a quick google search I found one and with a few modifcations I was set. After I had the car created I had to made the card too and decided to use the Pennant Parade Stamp Set and make a background with colors that I had the birthday girl pick out. Now she had no idea when I asked for a color combo that it was for her card as I had told her it was for an upcoming class, sneaky right. ;) The colors are Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Pacific Point. The 16 is cut with the Timeless Type Sizzlits Dies and the Big Shot. I hand cut the cloud and the grass for the front.

I wanted the inside to be special too so I added a Pennant Banner across it and added the Early Espresso color to the mix. Each of the Pennants if a different stamp from the Pennant Parade Stamp Set and are punched out with the Petite Pennants Builder. They are attached with Whisper White Baker's Twine and Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set. I love this set and have used it a lot since I received it. I didn't get a picture of the inside before I gave it to her so blurred out that part so that is why the bottom look a little odd.
I need to run, I have a big to do list today and the day it slipping away much to quickly. I have stamping on my list so hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a new project. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Scallop Dots Ribbon Share

Good evening! I received the new Scallop Dots Ribbon today and it is so pretty. One side has polka dots and the other side is plain so you can have it either way. This is one of the shares that I have right now which is still available. With this share you get a yard of each color and the cost is only $8.25. There are ten colors which include: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Tangerine Tango. If you would like a share of the ribbon please let me know as I will be placing another order this weekend during Tax Free Weekend. Don't forget to scroll down and see what items are included on the Tax Free List. There are lots of adhesives, markers, and scissors on the list that will work for your kids back to school list or yours. :)

Designer Birthday Wishes!

Good afternoon! Well, summer is offically coming to an end. I went today and we got my Daughter's class schedule for her Sophomore year. The years seem to fly by and with each passing year is of course another Birthday. Since I have so many Birthdays in the next two months I really need to get a lot of cards made plus I have my upcoming Bring on the Birthday Cards Class. I am not sure if this will be a card for class or not but I do like the way it turned out and am glad the UPS man dropped off the Not Quite Navy Taffeta Ribbon this morning because it is just what this card needed. The Designer Series Paper is from the Paisley Petals Paper Pack and after adhering the 1" strips I cut it out with the Top Note Bigz Die then added some texture with the Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I sanded the raised areas just a bit to give it a more worn look like that favorite quilt that gets used and loved in places that makes it all soft and comfortable. The sentiment is from the Bring of the Cake Stamp Set and was stamped in Not Quite Navy and punched out with the Wide Oval Punch. The mat is River Rock Card Stock and was made by cutting out two Top Notes then cutting each in half one in each direction. Then with some layering you get a mat that is larger than the full Top Note. Of course I could have cut the trim line around the top note but I had the main image done before I thought to add the mat.

I am going to try and do some more stamping today as well as cut the ribbon for the ribbon shares so that they are ready for delivery. I still have other shares available if you are interested just contact me or leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by today and as always I hope you have a great day, Tonya

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Candles a Plenty!

Good morning, today I wanted to share a Card for the upcoming Bring of the Brithday Cards Class. This card features the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set and the Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper. I also used the Build a Blossom Stamp Set and the coordinating Blossom Petals Builder Punch to make the flames on the candles. The base of the card is Peach Parfait. This card went together pretty quickly with the help of our wonderful punches that make it a snap to make. It might be hard to see in the picture but there is Dazzling Diamonds on each of the flames. We will make three cards of this design for the class as well as three of 4 other designs for a total of 15 cards. If you would like more info or would like to RSVP to reserve your spot please contact me.

Also be sure and scroll down for the post on the Tax Free Items that are available this weekend in Missouri. Today is another busy day so I am going to keep this short. I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Tonya

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tax Free Weekend!

August 5-7 is Missouri Tax Free Weekend there are several Stampin'UP! supplies that are included on the Tax Free list. If you would like to place an order for these items please email or call me before the end of the weekend. I can combine orders to help with shipping or you can order online and have the items shipped directly to you. Remember that there may be city, county or jurisdiction taxes that will still apply. Thanks, Tonya

Items that are included are:

100425 2-Way Glue Pen $3.50

100902 Dotto Refill $6.50

101879 Watercolor Pencils (24) $19.95

102845 Blender Pens (3) $9.95

103179 Craft & Rubber Scissors $19.95

103305 Dotto $12.95

103579 Paper Snips $9.95

103683 Mini Glue Dots $4.95

104045 Anywhere Glue Sticks (2) $3.95

104294 Sticky Strip $6.95

104331 SNAIL Refill $4.50

104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95

104430 Stampin' Dimensionals $3.95

105021 Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen $3.95

105394 Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler $3.50

108360 Craft Scissors $29.95

110775 Multipurpose Liquid Glue $3.95

Varies Stampin' Write Marker $3.50

119700 Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $28.95

119701 Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $28.95

119702 Brights Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $28.95

119703 Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markerss (8) $22.95

119801 2010-2012 In Color Stampin Write Markers (5) $14.95

119802 Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons $16.95

119803 Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons $16.95

119804 Bright Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons $16.95

119805 Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons $16.95

120962 Stampin' Pastels $24.95

123002 2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5) $14.95

A Dashing Christmas

Good afternoon! Maybe another Christmas card will help you forget that the weather is HOT! Trying thinking about Snow and how much colder it will be in a few months or if all else fails stay inside and stamp in the nice a/c. ;) Today's card is the final card from the Christmas in July Card Class. This base of the card is Soft Suede and we used Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler Card Stock on the rest of the card. The two stamps used are Dasher which is a A la Carte Stamp and Teeny Tiny Wishes. The base is texturized with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. It has some sparkle added with the Frost White Shimmer Paint and the Basic Rhinestones. Dasher was stamped with Soft Suede Classic Stamp pad and then we used 2 way glue and Dazzling Diamonds to add some sparkle at his feet and on his antlers too. The Merry Christmas was stamped with Cherry Cobbler then punched out with the Word Window punch to finish off the card. This card would be an easy card to mass produce and have for all of your family and friends. I will be scheduling another Christmas Class next month if you would like to attend just watch my schedule for updates.

I am off to sew and stamp. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by, Tonya

August 2 Digital Downloads

It's Tuesday which means it is time for more Digital Downloads that you can add to your My Digital Studio program. If you would like to take a look at the new downloads you can view them here. Remember these can be purchased online and then downloaded directly to your computer and are ready for use. I will be working on some new My Digital Studio projects soon so be sure and look for those. I am going to share the final Christmas Card from my recent class later today and will also be back with information about the upcoming Tax Free Holiday that Missouri is having. There are some great items to stock up on while they are tax free. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Special

Good afternoon, August is here and with it a great new Promotion from Stampin'Up! and if you are a fan of our wonderful Designer Series then this a great special for you. For every 3 packages of Designer Series Paper (the Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Hostess Designer Series Paper are not included in the promotion) you buy you will get 1 Free! There is no limit to the amount of package you can get free and the offer is good for online, workshop or individual customer orders. Give me a call to place your Designer Series Paper order today.

Also I have updated my class schedule and will be holding a Bring on the Birthday Card Class that will feature both our great Designer Series Papers and the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set. There is more info on my website and you can RSVP to attend.

I will post a new project soon. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Tonya