BJ on Sep 12th 2010
Stampin' Up! has just added a bunch of new items to their clearance rack. You'll find a ton of items up to 60% Off! Some of the recently retired colors are back in stock in the clearance rack! They came from the European markets. Hurry! You know they'll go fast!
Remember that you can only place orders for clearance items through my online store. You can order any current items from the new Idea Book & Catalog as well as from the fabulous new Holiday Mini Catalog!
BJ on Sep 11th 2010
By popular demand, I have added a class on Sept 29! Register now as this class is over half filled already!
Everyone LOVED the Trick or Treat pumpkins and the Haunted House - and you can make your own versions now too by coming to this class! Just to tempt you a bit more, here is what you will go home with;
Products included in the class fee are the Spooky Things Decor Elements, Black Flourish Designer Jewels and Design a House. That's $30 worth of products! PLUS you'll have enough of the Spooky Things Decor Elements to have fun doing some additional decorating in your home! Your family will love it!
Cost of the class is $35. Wednesday September 29 at 6:30pm. You will need to bring 3 pumpkins to decorate – any size or color you choose! Remember, I only have a few spots left so register early. Deadline is Sept 22!
BJ on Sep 10th 2010
I mentioned this stamp set yesterday and I have two other gorgeous cards with this stamp set. . . check them out;
We made the first card at hostess club this week. . . it was very cute – but wasn't voted the best project (you'll have to wait a couple of days for that). This set – Paisley Prints is in the new mini catalog and not only is attractive to paisley lovers but, most of the rest of us as well. One of the other things I love about the first card shown is the layering behind the main accent piece. I am sure you can relate in that I get tired of the same old – same old layering behind the main accent piece – I love how this layering just makes this piece pop! Plus it gives me another use for this much used die. . . . can you guess what it is? Hostess Club members – no fair telling cuz you know! It's the Island Floral Die!!! Check it out here;
Do you see how the big flower in this die cut in 2 colors is such a perfect accent for the background of the main element in this card? Check out the Paisley Prints stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog.
BJ on Sep 6th 2010
Yes, I know that one shouldn't spotlight spider webs, but, I couldn't help myself! These 4 cards showcase the Spider Web textured embossing folder found in the new Holiday Mini Catalog (120889 p 6). Check them out and let me know what you think by leaving me a comment.
BOO card: To get the spider web look on this card, brayer black ink in your embossing folder on the "valley" side and then run your cardstock through your sizzix as usual. Isn't this a cute look? The "eyes" are easy to create with our oval punches and the B is from the Serif Essentials alphabet. If you have school age kids that are creating projects – the Serif Essentials alphabet (p 207) is worth the money – it's a great investment!
Tasty Sweet card: Katie used several new colors here: Pear Pizzaz, Concord Crush and Peach Parfait. Notice the In color ribbon – I still have a ribbon share with room – check out this post. Notice the bat punch. . . have you bought yours yet?
Spooky card: This is one of my favs!!!! You will most likely see this at my hostess club this week! Created by Sue Hood, I love the combination of the Wicked Cool stamp set, punches and colors in this card. What you don't see so clearly is the shimmer paint misted on the Elegant Eggplant portion of the card. – it adds just the right touch. If you haven't tried this technique I guess you'll just have to come to my hostess club this week!
Pumpkin Card: This card is simple but very cute. The base is Peach Parfait with accents in Pear Pizazz, naturals cream and whisper white. The set is Paisley Prints from p 11 of the Holiday Mini Catalog.
Can you tell the holiday mini catalog is chock full of awesome stamp sets, decor, dies and more? If you don't have your holiday mini yet, give me a call or leave me a comment with your address.
BJ on Sep 5th 2010
It's Haunted!!!! OMG! This was soooooo much fun to make – and easy enough for you to copy! It's called Design-a-House Decor accents from the Holiday Mini Catalog (p 37).
First, I have to tell you that I was kept in suspense and couldn't wait to get my hands on this house! It was presented on stage at convention but, we couldn't get it until Sept 1!. OK, I was at my computer bright and early sending off my order. Once the order arrived, I created this immediately! One of the reasons I was so excited about this (besides that I like decorating for the holidays) is that it reminds me of my childhood. My grandma (the one who turns 100 this year) always created Christmas villages from hardened frosting that she had on display in her front window. I could spend hours looking at it as a child and playing with the small figurines she had around it. I also recall that my Grandma loved to decorate for other holidays – one Halloween she had a party that involved us walking to her basement in the dark over a cardboard that snapped and crackled with each step (we were walking on macaroni!).
Now, for the house. I was wondering how it would go together and was very surprised at the simplicity of it all. The house came with awesome instructions. I put it together, put it in my newly emptied Stampin' Up! box and with a little black spray paint and drizzled dazzeling diamonds, I was set! Wondering about the dazzeling diamonds? While the spray paint was wet, I dropped or drizzled a light layer of dazzeling diamonds over the house to give it the irridescent look. Easy peasy.
Next, the decorating; I used the bat punch again with the Wicked Fun specialty paper (117400 p 172) (told you that you would want this – wait till you see one of the next projects!) I strung them on some linen thread. Covered the windows with vellum cardstock. Used the greeting from the Grateful Greetings stamp set (116511 p 27 of big catalog), a little DSP and ribbon, cotton ball in the chimney and I was set! I was soooo excited with the finished product! Aren't you? Let me know if you would be interested in a Halloween decorating class – I think I have plenty of things to put together for the class!
I paired the house with a shadow box frame that uses the definately decorative elements left over form the pumpkins I posted yesterday. What do you think of this?
Pretty cute, huh? OK, off to do some more creating! See ya soon!
BJ on Sep 4th 2010
Aren't they cute! Stampin' Up! is much MORE than just cardmaking and scrapbooking! These pumpkins were the hit of the show last weekend at Woodbury Days. Want to know how to make them in 10 minutes? Easy peasy. Purchase the Spooky Things Decor Elements and Black Flourish Designer Jewels from page 8 in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Add them to your pumpkins – any color(s) will do. I purchased mine at a local craft store (it's OK to use your coupon on these! ).
Decor Elements – Spooky Things are available in black (120909) or Dark Gray (122296) and sell for $14.95.
Black Flourish Designer Jewels (120987) already have the adhesive attached to them! Only $4.95! I used 2 sheets.
Check out the tree in the background. . . it is the perfect compliment! The tree has bats and leaves strung around it. . . easy and cute! Just imgine what guests to your home will say when they see your display! You'll be the envy of your friends!
To create the leaves, I used the Leaves #2 sizzix die (113459) wtih pumpkin pie patterned paper from the Brights Designer Series Paper Pack (117155 p 175), texturized with an embossing folder and spritzed with the log cabin smootch spritz (p195), The bats were punched with the new bat punch and the Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper (117400). I know – you are thinking – why would I want a bat punch? Here are two great reasons;
- Check back in a few days for my "to die for project" with bats!
- Think outside the box – here are two of our punches with the bat punch behind it – see how the shape of the punch is highlighted with this punch?
Pretty clever huh? One of my downline gave me this tip and I love it!
See you in a couple of days!