BJ on Aug 31st 2011
I had a great time at Woodbury Days last weekend. I loved meeting so many new customers! Can't wait for the workshops that are scheduled and to see new people in my classes and clubs! It was such a great weekend! Perfect weather. . . yep, everything was great until the end when we were loading up the booth. That's when the "ouch" happened. .. . . I fell off the back of Jim's truck and broke my wrist. I'm sure I created quite the site laying out on the street not wanting to get up. But, the good news is that it isn't a bad break and in a few weeks, I should be good to go! Meanwhile, I think there may be some limits – especially since it is my right hand.
So, this being the last day of August, I wanted to get a quick reminder out that the wonderful Designer Series Paper special and the Summer Mini Catalog are on it's last few hours! Here is one of my favorite stamp sets from the Summer Mini;
I love how the focal point is highlighted by the circle from the Pennant Parade Die. I use this die almost as much for this accent as for the pennant part of the die.
Here are the other ingredients to this card;
Stamp Set; Fabulous Florets
Cardstock & Ink; Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
Accessories: Perfect Pennant Die, 1 3/4" circle, 2 " circle from circles #2 die, 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
So, make sure you get your last minute summer mini catalog items or DSP specials! Remember you can order online or give me a call. Have a great day everyone!
BJ on Aug 25th 2011
Faith in Nature is a pretty cool stamp set found on page 13 – the Hostess section. I love how it has the wording over the image and can't wait to use this stamp set on the tile coasters – it will be perfect! If you are looking for a simple card – this one is very simple. A strip of Beyond the Garden DSP a textured background with the Elegant Lines embossing folder and a touch of Early Espresso accents! Simple and "pretty cool!"
My favorite man in brown dropped off a package yesterday and it had FREE stamps in it! ! Can I say, I love this company! $94.85 value! Yep and I got to choose them too!
Can't wait to play with these sets! One of them is from the Holiday mini catalog – which makes it's debut on Sept 1. If I haven't tantalized you enough with cool projects from the mini – well then just wait until you see what I have saved back!
Remember this weekend is Woodbury Days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by my booth right on the street across from the midway.
BJ on Aug 23rd 2011
Yesterday was an exciting day as I started a new job. I will be working as a Clinical Service leader in a clinic in Cottage Grove. The clinic is associated with a large health system and yesterday I attended their corporate orientation. I wasn't really nervous but, I was wondering how it would go. As I was driving yesterday morning, I suddenly thought of an old friend who had left my former employer and was working at this health system. Perhaps God's way of saying this was a good move for me was evident in that I ran into my friend on my first morning. Pretty amazing when there are 24,000 employee! My friend had some very encouraging words for me. So today I am off to my first day at the worksite I will be at. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers during my layoff.
Here's your inspiration for today – a gatefold card. I used to be a little frustrated with these as I couldn't always get the folds right. Well, starting Sept 1, your problems with this are SOLVED!!!! You really don't want to miss this must see unveiling!
Here it is open. . . .
Here's a couple of quick notes; The Designer Series Paper is Beyond the Garden and is one of the papers on sale this month – only a week left to get yours! The stamp set is Posy Punch from the Hostess collection. I love how the theme of the card is carried through to the inside of the card with just a simple strip of the same DSP!
Off to get ready for work! What to wear, what to wear. . . . .
BJ on Aug 20th 2011
Remember this card? It uses one of the new Layering Punches. The value in these punches really stands out for me because you get 3 or 4 images that go together – all in one punch! Then you don't have to buy 3 or 4 different punches! Check out this video from Stampin' Up!
There are 2 of these punches; Blossom Bouquet and Doily Triple Layer. Check them out and you'll see the value!
BJ on Aug 19th 2011
If you haven't heard me say yet – the Holiday Mini is the BOMB!!!! I mean supercalifigilisticexpgaligocious (?sp!) It's the bestest! Customers should be receiving their copy shortly – and if you don't have it by the end of the month, let me know! There is SOOOO much super duper stuff in there that you are going to need several months just to get it all! (or have a show – or join my hostess club so that you get lots of opportunities!)
Today's inspiration is actually a Definately Decorative piece that is in that Mini catalog as a Halloween decoration – complete with bats, spiders, "Happy Halloween" and such. Well, I put up the tree limb portion for now and added a few flowers for a semi fall motif.
It is sized just perfectly to fit on a door. And boy do I have plans for this tree limb! Come October, I'll put up the "intended" Halloween vinyl pieces that come with the set. After Halloween will come some late fall/Thanksgiving decorations. Of course in December there will be snowflakes and holiday things – how about a stocking hanging from that tree limb (don't you wish we had a stocking die?). Oh, I think the possibilities will be endless.
Jim is off to Mayo today (by himself, mind you) for the year and a half post heart surgery checkup. A few tests and then the Dr. visit this afternoon. We think the appointment should go well. I am back over to my friends in Lakeville (16071 Hyland Ave) for a show. I'll be doing a demonstration tonight at 7pm – don't miss it!
Here's a little funny for you. . . last May, I purchased Twins tickets for Sunday's game for Jim and I – a date sort of. Well, he has made other plans so I told him he should sell the tickets. Handed him the tickets on Monday night and he promptly lost them. He has been looking for those tickets for days. Been through the garbage, cleaned his desk (no small accomplishment) and wracked his brain trying to find them. Yes, there was even the thought that I didn't really give them to him. Well, he finally found them this morning after 4 days of looking. . . . do you think this is a sign of age? So, now we have Twins tickets – and he still doesn't want to go. . . so now to figure out what to do.
I'm sure some of you can relate to this little story. . . and hope it brought a smile to your face. Enjoy your day – and BLESSINGS!
BJ on Aug 18th 2011
Here's a card that was totally case'd from a sample that I saw at convention. It's very striking in appearance don't you think?
The stamp set I used on this card is a new one called Raining Flowers. (I got it for free for attending convention!) I like the bold images in this set – and that I have the option to also have line art. The greeting I used from Petite Phrases. I really encourage you to take a look at this set. Look very closely. . . . one of the most asked questions I get about word sets include something about a paired greeting for the outside and inside of a card. This set has all that! Now off you go to check it out in the catty!
Here's the other ingredients for this cute card;
Cardstock & Ink; Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz, Brights paper stack
Accessories; Snowburst embossing folder, Pear Pizzaz seam binding, Paper Piercer, Subtles Brads
Today I'm off to the Five Friends sale in Lakeville – 16071 Hyland Ave Noon – 8pm – come and see us! The count down is getting lower to the days before my summer "vacation" ends – only 3 more days! Yesterday I got my hair cut and colored in preparation. Nothing special – just the same old thing. But, it feels great to get it freshened up.
I've got plans to shoot a couple of videos this weekend – so stay tuned for more great ideas! Blessings!
BJ on Aug 17th 2011
I found out that a good friend had a big loss in her family. I created this special sympathy card to send. Why is it that we never have enough sympathy cards on hand when we need them?
You'll note several new things on this card. Let me show you some of the cool things.
First – Designer Frames textured impressions embossing folder set. There are 2 frames in this set – for only $8.95!
This really creates a nice focal point! This card will be part of the Hostess Club in September – so come and check it out! See that the frame works perfectly with the wide oval punch. There are 2 more punches I used on this card; the Boho blossoms flower and the Blossom Bouquet triple flower paired with the 1 inch circle punch. And who says that you can't pair whisper white and very vanilla together.
This card also showcases the Simply Scored tool making it's debut on Sept 1 – another great reason to come to hostess club!
A couple of reminders;
- Thursday and Friday I will be at the Five Friends sale 16071 Hyland Ave in Lakeville – stop by and see me!
- Tuesday, August 23 is the Pennant Parade stamp camp. Check it out HERE!
Have a blessed day!
BJ on Aug 16th 2011
I was inspired by my downline Jan this weekend with her scoring ideas. . . and she stopped over again tonight with more ideas! One of her ideas inspired me to make this card;
I am simply LOVING the Simply Scored tool that is making it's debut in the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. Make sure you check back Sept 1 for the download if you don't already have yours! Look closely at the scoring on this card. Oh, and the paper is the Spice Cake DSP which is in the Holiday Mini as well! LOVE it!
Here's what I used;
Cardstock; Soft Suede, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake DSP
Stamp Set: Tiny Tags
Accessories; Paper Piercing Tool, Tiny Tag Punch, Leaves #2 die, Simply Scored, Dimensionals, and a brad
Yep – pretty cool, huh!
Stop by and see me Thursday and Friday 12-8pm at the Five Friends sale 16071 Hyland Ave Lakeville – it's easy to find just off of 160th St or Dakota County 46! Demos, Retired Sale, Make-n-Takes, etc!
Also look for the Simply Scored stamp camp on Tuesday, September 20. 6:30pm If you aren't already inspired just wait until you see what I am already thinking of!!!!!
BJ on Aug 15th 2011
It's a little Mocha Morning at the Peters house today. Busy weekend and now I'm on my last week of "vacation" before I start my new job. Today I am getting ready for the Chicks, Chocolate & Card class I have tonight. Here is a sneak peak of one of the cards.
Don't you love it!!! Yep! There's one more thing highlighted on this card – and that is the stamp set. It's called Posy Punch. Here's the thing. .. . it highlights the awesome change in the hostess benefits as it is one of the hostess only items. Stampin' Up! has increased the amount of free merchandise AND you get to choose from a large selection of hostess only items. Stamp sets, awesome DSP, Simply Scrappin' and what more of a variety could you want?
And then there's this deal. The next 5 customers to call me and schedule their workshop or class will receive a product basket of $25 worth or merchandise! Yep – only the next 5 and the workshops need to be held before October 30. So, what are you waiting for – get your groove on – find a date and give me a call!
OK, back to my card. . . here's what I used;
Stamp Sets: Posy Punch (hostess only) Petite Pairs (my new fav greeting set)
Cardstock & Inks; Mocha Morning DSP, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Punches; 2 3/8" scallop circle, large oval, scallop oval, Fancy Flower
Accessories; Dotted scallop ribbon, stampin' Dimensionals, Neutrals Buttons, 3/8" taffeta ribbon
Here's a few more pieces of inspiration for you. These are my favorite cards from my downline meeting on Saturday. Check them out!
Top Left: Jan Ledman using the awesome new stamp set Snow Much Fun
Top Right: Tatiana Keene using Upsy Daisy and the Wild Wasabi embossing powder.
Bottom Left: Julie Jorgenson using the House of Haunts stamp set and soot stamping technique
Bottom Right: Jennifer Land using Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set and multiple sizzix products
Aren't they talented!
BJ on Aug 13th 2011
Here's a super cute gift box that helpers at my downline meeting today will be receiving. . . don't you wish you were getting one?
I love this color combination and it features several sneak peaks. . . . can you guess what they are? Well, here's the ingredients list. Respond to this post with the 2 things that aren't in the current catalog and let's see if you're right!
Cardstock and Ink: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, 2010-2012 In Color Paper Stack
Big Shot: Fancy Favor Box, Scallop Square Die, Snow Burst Textured Embossing Folder
Stamp Set: Petite Pairs, Raining Flowers
Accessories; Brights Collection Buttons, 1/8" Taffeta in Daffodil Delight, Simply Scored, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon, 1 " circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip
That's it – quick post. Downline on their way here! Woo Hoo! Celebrations ahead!