Thursday, October 1, 2009

October 1st... LOTS of news!!!

Woohoo!!! The day some of you may be waiting for, October 1st which means LOTS of Stampin' Up! News!!! First off, My Digital Studio is available starting today for customers. And I have to say I am LOVING it! Have you ever tried scrapbooking in the middle of a coffee shop? Well I have! I did it this past weekend in fact... creating this page on my laptop! I am currently working on an album from a trip to California that my boyfriend and I took this past February. I haven't had much time to sit and stamp this past week (2 workshops, a trip to Spokane, WA, and regionals last Friday! Whew!). But, luckily for me, I could grab my laptop out of my bag any spare moment I had and work on this album! So at least I'm getting my "fix" in! hehe

Are you interested in getting My Digital Studio for yourself? You can purchase it directly from my store! Or you can get it HALF off by hosting a $400 workshop. Contact me to schedule yours today. I only have a few available spots!

Now what if you already have a papercrafting digital program... you can purchase the files with out having to purchase the program! Prices start as low as $1.95. Check out my store today!

Some other important Stampin' Up! news to share... did you notice the October Deal of the Week button on the right hand side. Well Stampin' Up! has decided to re-introduce the Deal of the Week. This week there are 3, yes 3, different punches that you can get for a discount.




Regular Price

Special Price



Trio Flower punch





5-Petal Flower punch





My Way punch



What if you don't want punches though... Well, Stampin' Up! has also introduced a Clearance Rack where you can purchase retired items for up to 80% off. And let me tell you, there are some great stuff in that "rack". Demonstrators were able to take part in this new offer last week(just another perk of the job hehe)... and lets just say some of us (I won't name names... ahem me) went CRAZY! The tins they are selling are PERFECT for Build-A-Bear Magnetic Dress Up game.

Well, that's probably a lot to take in all at once, so I will say good-bye for now! But please feel free to contact me today if you have any questions regarding specials, My Digital Studio, or any other question you may have. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Convention 2010

Sorry I have been absent again... It's been a crazy week for me. All week I have been preparing for my first real workshop last night. And then this evening I am heading over to Spokane to visit family/friends and attend the Coeur d'Alene regionals. I'm so excited to go see my mom. And super excited to attend my first SU! event. Stay tuned this weekend to see the great projects we'll create!!!

In the meantime, I thought I would share the CUTEST commercial from Stampin' Up! for Convention 2010. Are you interested in attending convention with me? Email me today at and I will answer your questions. From what I have heard, it's amazing! And being an SU! demo is the best!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blog Candy

The fabulous Katie over at is hosting some blog candy. Go check out her great creations (especially her cherry pie! it's amazing!).

Good luck to all! :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Go Seahawks!!!

Here's a card I created for the my Seahawks yesterday for opening day of NFL!!! I got this great idea from Michele over on her blog. I of course had to change my cute build a bear girl's cheerleader costume to changed the colors to Not Quite Navy and Green Galore. The Seahawk on her shirt was hand done. I took the 1/2" circle punch and then punched it to make a leaf type shape... Then I took my paper snips to make it more into the logo... I colored parts with my white gel pen and then used my chalks to color the eye and the parts that are navy. Her pom poms are made by using our new snowflake punch. And tada!!! If you want more detailed directions, please feel free to contact me.

She was the perfect good luck charm for the Seahawks yesterday. We won 28 - 0.

Stamps: Sporting
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Pastels
Paper: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Green Galore, Creamy Caramel, Basic Gray
Die Cuts: Big Shot, Bigz Stampin' Up! Bear, Bigz Stampin' Up! Beary Essentials
Accesories: Silver Elastic Cord, Silver Brads, Paper Snips, Signo White Gel Pen, 1/2" circle punch, Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Stampin' Dimensiionals

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A special visiter...

Well yesterday I had a special visitor in my shower... No, not that kind, get your head out of the gutter. I saw this scary spider on my bathrobe, luckily before I put it on. Talk about jump starting your heart in the morning!!!

This incident gave me inspiration to use some of my new halloween goodies that had arrived the day before. Although I may not be completely arachnophpic, I knew I had to use my Arachnophobia wheel. And to stick with the spider theme, I finished it off by using a few stamps from Eat, Drink & Be Scary.

In order to get just the little spider in all 4 corners of my Old Olive piece, I used my Stampin' Write marker to color in just the cute spider. I then used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to get the allignment just right. Also, to get my wheel images perfectly straight and lined up correctly, I used Stampin' Around Wheel Guide.

Well I'm off to create another special card. My inspiration today... Seahawks season opener!!! Go NFL!!! :)

Stamp Set: Arachnophobia Wheel ,Eat Drink & Be Scary
Ink: Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Black Stampin Pad, Basic Black Standard Cartridge
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum, Old Olive
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Around Wheel Guide, Small Tag Punch, Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My First Project With My Digital Studio

Woohoo! I got my copy of My Digital Studio yesterday. I haven't had much time to play with it, but I can tell you, it's AMAZING!!! Whether you have just a few minutes to create a project or hours to play around, this is the program for you. I created this card based on a predesigned layout. The only changes I did, was add the three flowers in the top left hand side, and added brads to each flower. I resized two of the flowers to create interest. Don't you wish you could do that sometimes with rubber stamps!

Then, since I wanted to change some things up some more, I added the ribbon. I moved this to cover up a strip of pink paper, and moved it a few layers back (if you've ever used photoshop, you'll know what I mean). Lastly, since I wanted to make it just a little more "me", I changed up the greeting and changed the color.

That's it!!! I created this card within probably 10 minutes. And what's great about this program is if I had this stamp set, I could then go re-create it using paper & stamps (minus resizing the petal pizaz flowers). Or I can have it printed and leave as is, or add additonal elements.

Stay tuned, as I'm sure I will be creating lots of projects using the wonderful My Digital Studio.

Are you interested in getting My Digital Studio for yourself or a friend (would make a great Christmas gift!) Well it's not available for customers until October 1st. You can begin ordering through my website beginning 10/1 for $79.95, or you can host a workshop in October or November, and with a $400 workshop, you can earn My Digital Studio for half off!!! Contact me today to schedule your workshop! My dates are filling up fast with this great offer!

Also, if you are interested in classes to learn how to use My Digital Studio, please contact me at If there is enough interest, I plan on holding monthly classes. These classes will be great whether you have very little experience with computers or think you know everything there is to know about My Digital Studio. There will be a few tips and tricks and exclusive layouts. Now doesn't that sound fun!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bad blogger...

I'm sorry I've been such a bad blogger lately. I had a house guest all last week, and I'm still extremely exhausted from it. Luckily this weekend is a 3 day weekend and here in Seattle, it looks like the beginning of fall. So I expect to be warm and cozy in my apartment while creating some fabulous projects to share with all of you!!!

In the meantime, I'm directing you to one of my favorite blogs. Tara is being generous for her 2 year blog anniversary and giving out some fabulous blog candy. Go check her out!

And come back this weekend to see what I have been making!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunny Days

Here is a card I made for someone very special in mind... :)

My boyfriend asked me to make a card for his daughters birthday and I knew I had to break out my Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. I stayed in the color family of Bold Brights since she just turned 7.

In order to get the fluffy clouds, I punched out the scallop circle punch out of scrap paper and used the negative space to then sponge in the clouds. I randomly moved around the page and just played with the ink. I love the look it created!!! The grass was created using paper snips and the butterflys were also cut out using paper snips. To finish the card off I used my paper piercer and mats to free hand some holes to indicate their flight path. A simple happy birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes finishes this card off.

I have to say... this might be my favorite card that I've made in a long time! Might have to make some more! :)

Stamp Set: Flight of the Butterfly, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Whisper White Craft Ink, Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green
Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise,
Accessories: Paper Snips, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop punch, sponges, Paper Piercer, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Meet Joe

First I have to say, sorry for the bad pic.... hopefully I will figure out how to take better pics of my scrapbook pages...

Well this is a scrapbook page I did of my youngest nephew Joe. He is the most content baby I have ever seen. I just loved these pics my sister in law took of him! He just looks so chill and calm... Just like always!

This paper is actually retired (tear... I love my Baja Breeze and Parisian Breeze DSP) but there are some great elements on this page that are still available!!!!

I wanted the pictures to be the main focus of this page so I kept most of the elements very simple. I covered the On-Board Lots Of Letters with Baja Breeze paper (you can cover this chipboard to match any project by covering it with paper, craft ink or even.... glitter!!!). To make the letters stand out a little more, I inked the edges with Chocolate Chip Craft Ink. To get in the smaller sections, I dipped my blender pen in the ink and colored ever so carefully along the edge...

Next I took a piece of textured Baja Breeze paper and trimmed it down to a size that looked right. I then scalloped the bottom with the Scallop Punch (love that thing!) and inked the edges... I adhered the two pictures on the left and right down and then popped the center image up and on an angle using Pop-Up Glue Dots. Before adhering everything down, I decided the page needed something down at the bottom to draw the eye around... Now is when I went searching through my embellishments.... Luckily I had the Kraft Corduroy Buttons and sticked with the rule of three on these. I think these were the perfect touch. I then adhered everything and tada! This would have been a super fast (under 30 min) page if I had only decided to cover the chipboard with ink instead of paper.... Next time.... hehe

Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft
Paper: Parisian Breeze DSP (retired) Baja Breeze (retired)
Accesories: On-Board Lots Of Letters, Scallop Punch, Sponge, Kraft Corduroy Buttons, Signo Gel Pen, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Tombow Multi Purpose

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Go Team

Here's a card I recently created that I'm loving! NFL preseason kicked off this past week and I couldn't be more thrilled! I love spending Sundays watching my Seahawks play while eating some of my famous Super Bowl Nachos and drinking an ice cold Corona!

Growing up, I had to watch whatever my older brother wanted. Which meant I watched a lot of baseball, basketball and football, and a lot of Nintendo playing. To this day, I'm still perfectly content sitting and watching someone play Nintendo or watching a sporting event. But put on some NFL and I will be screaming and cheering louder than some guys in the room!

This card was very easy to create! And perfect for any NFL fan in your life! Good luck to all the teams this year! I'll keep my fingers crossed for my Seahawks (and the Colts for my brother!)

Stamps: Sporting, Just Football
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Paper Snips, Pop-Up Glue Dots,

Monday, August 10, 2009

I can hardly contain my excitement at work today. My starter kit arrives today!!! Woohoo!!! So far I have checked the tracking number twice (and it's only 10:30 in the morning). Unfortunately I'm taking my boyfriend to dinner tonight to thank him for supporting me in this business venture. Which means I won't get to play with my box of goodies till after dinner.... But stay tuned for lots of new cards, goodies, and scrapbook pages, oh my!

On to the card....

Here is a quick and simple card I created using minimal product. Great when you need a card in a matter of minutes (or you're on a budget). that's what I love about the stamp sets on the last page of the idea book and catalog. They are all statement stamps under $10! In these hard economic times, we can all use that!!! And even better, this ribbon is $4.95 for 15 yards!

Stamp Set: Elegant Thank You
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip DP
Accessories: Bashful Blue 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Border Punch

Hope you enjoyed this clean and simple card today.

Hostess Promotion- September through November

Stampin' Up! just announced a NEW Hostess promotion for September, October and November to celebrate the new Holiday Mini Catalog out September 1st! If you host a workshop with minimum $250 in sales you will receive ANY stamp item (excluding hostess sets and My Digital Studio) for $10! That could be a $30 value depending on what you choose. And let's just say Stampin' Up! has outdone themselves again with this new mini. We have now teamed up with Build-A-Bear to offer exclusive dies and stamp sets, we're introducing a jewlery line AND we will be introducing Stampin' Up's brand new digital scrapbooking software! Now how COOL is that!?

Also, once My Digital Studio is available, if you host a workshop with $400 in sales during September, October or November, you will receive any item (excluding hostess sets and My Digital Studio) for $10 AND be able to purchase My Digital Studio for 50%. That is up to $70 in additional savings!!! Plus, with the same $400 in sales, you will be able to choose 2 hostess sets from the main catalog or mini catalog for FREE and receive $45 in FREE product!

And remember, for the month of August through me, anyone who books a party for September will receive an extra $15 gift certificate to be used at their workshop! To qualify for this additional savings, the workshop must be booked by August 31 and have a minimum in $150 in sales.

If you do not live in the Seattle (or Spokane area) you can still take advantage of these great offers!!! You can host a catalog party anywhere in the United States (say Colorado or Arizona for example...). To host a catalog party, I will send you a FREE idea book, the mini catalog, order forms and some sample cards to present (and keep!). You will need to collect your orders and turn them into me on a set date. It's just that easy!

Now who wants to hostess a workshop??? Contact me today at or 206-484-0899. I have limited spots available, and with this new promotion, they are sure to fill up fast!!! So contact me today!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pink Tiger Lily

I couldn't wait to make this card last night, let alone share it with all of you!

Have you ever had one of those creative ideas at the least opportune time? This was one of those ideas. The other night my bf and I were having one of those nice cuddling watching tv nights when all of a sudden I realized I should do the lily image from Fifth Avenue Floral like my favorite flower! (why didn't I think of this sooner!!!). Immediately I jumped up, went to make sure I had Pink Passion and Yo Yo Yellow markers. I got a weird look and a "What are you doing???" from my bf, so went back to watching tv... all the while plotting my next great card.... mwhahahahaha!!!

Once I saw the Pals Paper Arts sketch for this week, I knew it would be perfect. Since this card was a little more work and time intensive, I will explain how I made it

  • First I stamped the lily image from Fifth Avenue Floral in VersaMark and then colored the yellow pollen tentacale part of the flower with my Yo Yo Yellow marker. I then covered the image with Glassy Glaze Enamel and heated with my heat gun. I repeated this 4 times
  • I then colored the inside of the pollen puffs with my Yo Yo Yellow marker
  • Since I do not have a Pink Passion ink pad, I took the sheet from my Stamp-a-ma-jig and colored some pink passion onto it. This created a pool of ink for me to dip my blender pens into
  • I then colored in each petal on the 4 images, keeping the base and middle the darkest. The outside edges were kept the lightest pink possible, almost white
  • After each petal was shaded to my liking, I took the pointy tip of the marker and dotted each petal according to how a real pink tiger lily looks
  • After each flower was to my liking, I cut each flower out with Paper Snips
  • The Yo Yo Yellow base was cut to 5 1/4 x 4. With my Pink Passion marker I colored in the Thank You section from Elegant Thank you. This was stamped on the bottom right corner
  • The Pink Passion portion was cut to 3 1/2 x 4 1/2. The bottome section was then scalloped with the Scallop Punch. Then each scallop was hole punched using the crop a dile.
  • The Pink Passion section was the adhered to a piece of Whisper White that was 3 3/4 x 4 3/8. This section was then adhered to the Yo Yo Yellow.
  • I took two of the flowers and adhered them using Snail adhesive. The other two were popped up using dimensionals.
  • The entire card front was then adhered to a 11 x 4 1/4 piece of whisper white, folded in half to finalize the card

Whew! That was a lot of work, but well worth it! I think this card is stunning. Could just be that they remind me of my favorite flower. Have a great weekend everyone! And don't forget to take advantage of the great deals I'm offering for the month of August. These deals are only offered through me. Contact me at if you have any questions.

Friday, August 7, 2009

August Promotion

I have decided to run a special for the month of August! To celebrate the beginning of my business, I am offering anyone who places an order for $50 or more a $5 gift certificate to be used on a future order!

Also, anyone who books a workshop for the month of September will receive an extra $15 gift certificate to be used at their workshop! To qualify, the workshop must be booked by August 31 and be a qualifying workshop (minimum $150 combined orders).

To view the current catalog or to see further promotions being offered by Stampin' Up! please view the links to the right of my blog.


I officially signed up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator today! Hopefully today is the beginning of getting to make a living doing something I LOVE!!! This weekend is going to be fairly laid back. Lots of stamping/scrapping and reviewing my demo site. And of course, lots of planning for workshops, classes, and promotions! So much to do, but yet all stuff that will be fun!

Here is a card I created with a One Sheet Wonder. I will try to get a tutorial and a template posted next week for those who many be unfamiliar with OSW. Basically, you make your own designer paper using stamps. Then, you take the "one sheet" of paper and cut it to maximize the piece of paper to create the most amount of cards possible. When I created this card, I was able to make over 8 cards in a matter of an hour and a half! Talk about value in both time and products!!!

On the right of my blog is a link to my offical Stampin' Up! website. Feel free to browse the catalog and the projects. You can place an order directly online or email me at

Stay tuned, next week I will announce my open house. You will not want to miss the great projects I will showcase and the promotions I will have in place for the weekend!

paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Real Red
Accesories: Silver Brads

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I recently found this card on SplitCoastStampers gallery and I immidiately fell in love. My mom and I both purchased the Cheers to You set not only for the great drink images (our song is it's 5:00 somewhere!) but also for the versatility. The great image of a foamy mug of beer is perfect for manly cards, st. patricks day, congratualtion cards and many more occasions!

Last night I wanted to make a quick card using up scraps from the invites I just made. And I immidiately knew Sheryl's card would be perfect to use up my kraft, so saffron and bashful blue! This card came together so fast, I was amazed. I think I made it within 30 minutes! Now how is that for a cute card that would be great for a guy or a girl!!!

Cardstock: Stampin' Up Kraft, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Ink: Stampin' Up Classic Black

Accesories: paper snips, snail adhesive, Stampin' Up Gold Brads, Bashful Blue Gros-Grain ribbob, scallop punch
Beginning next August 12th, you can purchase this stamp set and many more Stampin' Up products from me! Contact me if you would like more details and stay tuned for all the great deals, classes and promotions I will be having to get my business rolling!

Inside of Wedding Invite

The inside of the invites were a little more tedious. Could have been all the extra cutting (I can't do math in my head for cutting!). Or could be that I was finishing these the week we hit 100 degrees here in Seattle!

Again for the inside of the card we stayed very basic. The vellum is added with a few drops of glue. And then dew drops to cover the glue spots. I added a small pocket by cutting a strip of paper and using sticky strip on the outside edges. The So Saffron card stock is the RSVP card. Cute, huh!

cardstock: Stampin' Up-kraft, so saffron, vellum
other: sticky strip, clear dew drops

I really enjoyed being able to help out my friends for their upcoming wedding. These were fun invites to make. Plus, gave me an excuse to get several new products!!! hehe

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wedding invite for a friend

Here is an invite I did for a friends wedding. She wanted something very simple, with no frills, no ribbon, etc. This is what we came up with. Here's the recipe:

Cardstock- Stampin' Up: Kraft, Bashful Blue

Stamp set: a Stampin' Up stamp set from 6 years ago?

other: Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, versa mark, black embossing powder

This card was actually fairly simple to re-produce. I had to make 80 of them, and the front was the easiest part! Now the inside... that was a different story...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Getting to know me

Phew! Well it's taken me quite awhile (and a few mistakes) but I finally think I have my blog the way I want it... So I figured I would start off by letting you get to know me a little better. After all, hopefully you will be coming back often!

Well I was introduced to the stamping world roughly 6 years ago while hosting a friends first Stampin' Up party. Little did I know, I would become obsessed (thanks a lot Sarah!). Literally I spent the next year going to the big craft store every week stocking up on everything paper craft related just so I could use my 40% off coupon. My passion really exploded when I began scrapbooking almost 4 years ago with the birth of my first nephew. Now I scrapbook my personal life, my oldest nephew (Cameron) and our newest addition to our family, my nephew Joe.

Now I have decided to turn my passion of all things papercraft related into a business with Stampin' Up. I have been sharing and teaching my girlfriends how to stamp and scrap for awhile. But now I will get to earn money doing it! Pinch me, I think I'm dreaming!!!

I'm really excited to start my business, not only for the extra money, or the great products I will get (at a discount!!!) but hopefully for the great relationships I will begin with people just as excited about crafting as I am! I hope to share with you my cards, scrapbook layouts, altered items, and many more projects I come up with!

So please bare with me as I get used to this whole blogging thing. :) Come back soon to see all the great classes I already have planned and to learn about my open house in September (one in Seattle and one in Spokane for my friends and family there!!!) There's sure to be lots of goodies to be had and fun projects to make!