Monday, December 20, 2010

Quick & Easy Christmas Gift.........



Here is a quick and easy Christmas gift that I made for my sister-in-law.....a glass jar sporting Stampin' Up!'s Candy Cane Decor Elements filled with handmade Nuts & Bolts.  A Christmas gift can not be quicker or easier than that.  Here is how I made it......I purchased the glass jar from one of the Dollar Stores in the city that I live in.  I then applied the 3 red candy canes on 3 of the jar's sides, I then adhered some Candy Cane Designer Series paper with sticky strip to the top of the jar lid and then filled the jar with my homemade recipe for nuts & bolts.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Accessories: Real Red Candy Cane Decor Elements, Sticky Strips, Candy Cane Designer Series Paper

Non Stampin' Up! supplies used:
Glass Jar

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B.
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Northern Hearts Winter Wonderland


Another card I made using the Northern Hearts (Hostess Level 1) stamp set.  The snowflake image on this card is a bit shimmery.  I used a combonation of Champagne Shimmer Paint and Marina Mist Classic Re-Inker.  If you want to try this fabulous wow factor all you need to do is add a couple of drops of each in a container, mix, then apply the mixture onto your stamp surface with a sponge or sponge dauber and then stamp it on a piece of card stock.  I wish you could see the shimmerness of the image.  Oh my is shimmerness a word.  Well if not I guess I just made one....hahahaha because it suits this card.  The Bright Christmas stamp set found in the Holiday Mini is a new fav stamp set.  I love the curves of the "Winter Wonderland" image.  Too cute.  I also just love making a square piece of card stock using the Top Note.  I think it adds a great layer for a focal point.  Give it a try.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Northern Hearts (Level 1), Bright Christmas
Paper: Marina Mist card stock, Night of Navy card stock, Whisper White card stock, Brushed Silver card stock
Ink: Marina Mist Classic Re-Inker, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, Scallop Border Punch, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Lattice Textured Impressions Folder

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B.
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holly Jolly Christmas


Ohhh it is begining to look a lot like Christmas - yeah!  Christmas is not that far away my friends.  Are you ready?  I am not at all.  I feel like I have so much to do still.  One of those many things to do is my Christmas cards.  I am not even going to count them this year I am just going to do them.  hahaha perhaps that will releave some of the stress not knowing exactly how many I need to make and send out.  Here is a card I made today featuring the Northern Hearts stamp set.  You will find this stamp set in the Holiday Mini catalogue as a hostess level 1 stamp set.  Isn't it cute!  I am not sure if you can pick it out from the picture but the wreath has a little shimmer to it.  I put a couple of drops of Certainly Celery classic re-inker in the top of a brad container and add some drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint on top.  I mixed it around with the end of a paint brush and then took a sponge dauber to apply the shimmer paint re-inker mixture to the stamp set and then stamped the wreath image on Whisper White card stock.  Voila a shimmery Christmas wreath.  I added the red berries with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker after the wreath had dried.  One thing I love about Christmas cards is adding sparkles to the cards.  I usually always have some sort of sparkle on them.  The cards are almost always embossed too.  hehehe  It is funny how I associate different things for different occasions.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Northern Hearts (Hostess Level 1), Bright Christmas
Paper: Poppy Parade card stock, Old Olive card stock, Whisper White card stock
Ink: VersaMark, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Certainly Celery Classic Re-Inker, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Platinum Shimmer Paint
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Folder, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Border Punch, Sticky Strip, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B.
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

2011 Stamping & Scrapbooking Club

While looking over my upcoming 2011 Stamping Technique Clubs I noticed I only had a "mini" scrapbook club that runs for 4 months.  Here are the details of my Stamping & Scrapbooking Club.  This club has 8 to 10 members in it and runs for 6 to 8 months.  Just imagine the scrapbooking you will get done with an 6 to 8 month club.  Yahoo!

What:  Stamping & Scrapbooking Club
each month you will learn stamping & scrapbooking tips as well as make a double layout scrapbook page.  You will also make a tips sheet to add to your tips book

Where: each month will be at a different hostesses’ house

When: February 2011 to October 2011

Cost: a minimum order of $25.00 (this amount may increase or decrease
depending on the number of club members) in Stampin’ Up! Products
plus a package of In-color 12" x 12" card stock for your scrapbook base pages

Why: 4 reasons - 1) learn new stamping & scrapbooking tips,
                             2) organize your pictures in a beautiful scrapbook made by you
                             3) have a great time out with friends
                             4) receive the hostess benefits (a free hostess level stamp set
                                 and free merchandise money to spend on product) when
                                 it is your turn to host.

More Benefits: Club member receive a discount when they attend my stamping events, a new Idea Book & Catalogue in July as well as mini catalogues when they come out. You will also receive a "stamped" thank you gift at the end of the club.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed and are not sure where to start with scrapbooking, then this club is for you.  In this club we will go through the scrapbooking fundamentals step by step as well as learn some amazing stamping & scrapbooking tips.
You can register by contacting me either by email or phone.

Happy Stamping!
Michelle Blackburn
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator
http://www.littlemicstamps.blogspot.com/
http://www.michelleblackburn.stampinup.net/

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Stampin' Up! Designer Fabric is......AWESOME

Hello Stamping Friends,
I bring you this post with great excitement.......I had to try out Stampin' Up!'s Designer Fabric and well........I LOVE IT.  I was getting some inspiration from a upline DVD the other day and a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator showed a Designer Fabric creation she had made....a designer fabric scallop square coaster.  Thanks for the inspiration Winona!  OMG!  I loved it so of course I had to get the products to re-create this too cute project.  Below are a couple of pictures that I took while making these cute Christmas gifts.


Here is an opended package of the Candy Cane Designer Fabric.  I love the color and fabric combo you receive.  Wow!  Look at all that fabric.  Isn't it great.


The Scallop Square Bigz Die is a perfect die to make these cute Scallop Squares.  If you have the Big Shot die-cut machine this die is a must.  Even if you don't own the Big Shot die-cut machine I would suggest getting one.  You can do so much with it. 


Here is a picture of the supplies I used to make the Candy Cane Designer Fabric Coasters.


Here are the Candy Cane Designer Fabric trio I made.  Too cute!  These are so easy to make. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Accessories: Candy Cane Designer Fabric, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Scallop Square Bigz Die, SNAIL adhesive, Linen Thread, Button from Candy Cane Designer Bigs Buttons

Here are the step by step instructions
Step 1 - Cut a piece of 5" x 5" Candy Cane Designer Fabric or fabric of your choice and place over top of the Scallop Square Bigz Die.  Remember when using a Stampin' Up! Bigz Die if there are no scoring lines which the Scallop Square Bigz Die does not have, you can cut more than at a time.  I think I was able to cut 4 squares at a time.  Yahoo!
Step 2 - Run Scallop Square Bigz Die and Candy Cane Designer Fabric through Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
Step 3 - Flip Candy Cane Designer Fabric Scallop Squares over so that they are facing down on your stamping surface.  Then place adhesive either on each scallop around the edges of just inside of them.  I used Stampin' Up! SNAIL adhesive.  You want to do this on bot insides of each Candy Cane Designer Fabric Scallop Square.
Step 4 - Take a little bit of batting or poly-fiber fill and place on the inside of one Candy Cane Designer Fabric Scallop Square just inside the adhesive line.  You do not need to use a lot of batting or poly-fiber fill as we don't want these coasters to be too thick.
Step 5 - Take the Candy Cane Designer Fabric Scallop Square that doesn't have the battie or poly-fiber fill and place on top of the other one.  It is easy as all you have to do is match up the scallop edges of each square and it should be adhered together straight.
Step 6 - Take a needle and Linen Thread and sew an 'x' in each corner.  A Linen Thread tip - you can separate the linen thread so that is it not so thick.
Step 7 - Take a button from the Candy Cane Big Designer Button collection and sew it in the bottom right corner using a needle and linen thread.
Voila you have completed a Candy Cane Designer Fabric Scallop Square Coaster.  Please visit my website often to see what I am pairing up with this cute little Christmas project.

These Candy Cane Designer Fabric Scallop Square Coasters are very inexpensive to make and make for a great Christmas gift.


To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.


Happy Stamping!

Michelle B.
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Merry Bright Holly Card

Here is the second card design that will be featured at my December 19 Christmas card stamp camp.  Isn't it pretty!?!  This card is also CASED.  This card was featured on a downline DVD I recently received.  When I saw that card and how easy it was to make and how elegant it looks I knew this would be my second card design.  A big thank you to the Stampin' Up! demonstrator that demonstrated this card on the DVD.  This card also comes in an advanced version.  Everyone that registers for my last Christmas card stamp camp on December 19 will have a chance to make 3 of these cards as well as 2 of the advanced style.

Have you ever scruched and spritz card stock with water?  If not then you must join us for some stamping fun on December 19.  At this stamp camp there will be a couple of draws, one for free Stampin' Up! product and another one for a FREE stamp set for those of you that have attended all 4 Christmas card stamps camps.  The stamp set will be given out on the stamp camp day.  Also this stamp camp will feature a "stamping extra".  Bring a jar from home, decorate it and then fill it with gift tags using my Tags til Christmas stamp set.  I will have pre-cute cards tock, ink and embellishments available for you to create your own tags.  No limit on the number of tags you can make....fill a jar!  The cost is $5.00  If you don't have a jar on hand, please let me know as I have some to share.  I will have some sample tags on hand if any of you need some gift tag ideas to CASE.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Bright Christmas
Paper: Very Vanilla card stock, Cherry Cobbler card stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker, Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: 5-Petal Punch, Antique Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B.
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Season's Greetings Tags Till Christmas card - December 19 Christmas card stamp camp


I can't believe Christmas is only 22 days away.  YIKES! Are you ready?  In between now and then I still need to have my December Christmas card stamp camp.  Here is one of the 2 designs that we will be creating.  I was kind of unsure about this layout as it is a bit fussy but I am confident that my stamping friends can handle it.  This card is actually CASED (which means copied exactly) from Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Success magazine.  When I saw it on the front cover I thought that would be a great card to have at my last Christmas card stamp camp.  I did make some changes to it though - the top scallop border Pear Pizzazz card stock piece and the Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon were my personal touches. 

I hope you will join me at my last December 19 Christmas card stamp camp.  At this stamp camp there will be a couple of draws, one for free Stampin' Up! product and another one for a FREE stamp set for those of you that have attended all 4 Christmas card stamps camps. The stamp set will be given out on the stamp camp day. Also this stamp camp will feature a "stamping extra". Bring a jar from home, decorate it and then fill it with gift tags using my Tags til Christmas stamp set. I will have pre-cute cards tock, ink and embellishments available for you to create your own tags. No limit on the number of tags you can make....fill a jar! The cost is $5.00 If you don't have a jar on hand, please let me know as I have some to share. I will have some sample tags on hand if any of you need some gift tag ideas to CASE.


Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp sets: Tags till Christmas, Many Merry Messages
Paper: Always Artichoke card stock, Pear Pizzazz card stock, Whisper White card stock, Real Red card stock
Ink: Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plates, Scallop Border Punch, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Ornament Punch, Small Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Embrodery thread, Paper Piercer, Silver Brad

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.

Michelle B.

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stampin' Up! Simply Amazing Starter Kit Promo ends TONIGHT!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Just a note to let you know that Stampin' Up!'s amazing Starter Kit offer at 50% off ends tonight.  Yup!  The Starter Kit's low price of $107.50 ends tonight.   I can't believe how amazing this deal is.  This is a GREAT Christmas gift idea if not for you for another stamper on your Christmas gift giving list. 

It is so simple to purchase it....simply go on-line to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website, click on "Start my own business" located on the right, then click on "Join Now" located on the left and follow the easy step by step instructions.  My on-line password is "inkspired".

I would love to have you join my "Inkspired Ladies" team.  We would have so much fun sharing and creating.  A bonus is the amazing benefits you will receive with no obligation to sell or host stamping events, unless you want.  Please join me on my stamping team spreading creativity & inspiration one creation at a time.

Anyone who purchases the Starter Kit today name's will be entered into a draw for a FREE STAMP SET of their choice valued up to $35.95.  I will be drawing the name tomorrow and contacting the lucky winner!

Happy Stamping!
Michelle 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Card Silent Auction



Above is an assortment of 15 Christmas cards (3 each of 5 different designs) along with envelopes that I am auctioning off. This Silent Auction is on behalf of my Husband's Movember moustache. I thought this would be a great way to try and raise some funds for him. If you are interested in winning these 15 Christmas cards, please post your bid in the comment section below or email me and I will add your bid to the comment section below for you. The silent auction will end on the evening of Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. On that evening, I will contact the lucky person with the highest bid to make arrangements to give them their Christmas cards selection as well as collect their bid amount. Please note if you are the lucky winner you will receive a charitable tax receipt once your bid amount has been processed through my Husband's Movember page. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks for your support and good luck!  

Here is a look at each individual card.......



 



Michelle B.
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Stampin' Up!'s On-line Spectacular.......



Stampin’ Up! is offering an online spectacular sale....from today until November 31, 2010 get incredicble discounts – up to 50% savings on your favoutite products. Plus you could qualify for FREE Shipping with and online order of $200.00 or more. Please see attached Online Spectacular flyer for discounted product information.

All online orders placed during this online spectacular promotion will receive a stamping surprise gift from me. Simply click here to place your online orders.

Click the link to the right and check out these amazing deals.

Happy Stamping!


Michelle B
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Give the gift of inspiration, creativity and sharing & also receive amazing benefits (discounts, free products, additional income).....become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator & join my Stampin' Up! Team...contact me for further details

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stamping in a winter wonderland......

Winter is here!  Now I don't mind making snowy and Christmas themed cards.  It was kind of hard getting into the wintery mood when the grass was still green and the weather so nice.  I have been busy stamping and creating...note cards.  I have a little card business on the side (Inkspired Greetings!) so I have been busy filling orders for that.  I sell most of my creations to real estate agents, family and friends.  Here is a winter themed note card I made for a lady that has a basket company.   I stamped the words Happy Holidays on the inside with Encore Silver Ink.  I found it was hard to get a good picture of the card as the camera flash was too bright for the glitter on the snowflake.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Four the Holidays (inside the card)
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Brushed Silver card stock
Ink: VersaMark, Encore Silver Ink (inside the card)
Accessories: Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Gun, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Basic Rhinetone Jewel, Scallop Border Punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots Textured Impressions Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the right hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Give the gift of inspiration, creativity and sharing & also receive amazing benefits (discounts, free products, additional income).....become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator & join my Stampin' Up! Team...contact me for further details

Friday, November 12, 2010

Simply Amazing Promotion - 50% off Demonstrator Starter Kit

What do you call it when you get over $375 in crafting and business supplies for only $107.50? You can call it an amazing deal, but we’re calling it an amazing opportunity! An amazing opportunity to earn extra your income OR put a dent in your never ending wish list at discount prices.  From November 15-30, you can purchase either our Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50% off the regular retail price of $215 (plus free shipping!), and enjoy these great benefits as a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator.

AND because you will be a new demonstrator with no obligation to sell or hold workshops ……your first order placed within 45 days of signing up will be 30% off!!! Imagine stamp sets and stamping tools….AND your big shot or big shot accessories......all 30% off.  Pre-Ordering starts December 1 for the Occasions Mini Catalogue....that is one of the PERKS of signing up with Stampin' Up!  Purchasing Stampin' Up! product before everyone else.  Let's not forget Sale-A-Bration which is just around the corner too ….what perfect timing!!!!....and then 20% off on following orders with periodicals and other specials coming your way from the home office…..woohoo!”

Both of our starter kits contain Stampin' Up! product neccessary to get you started.  They are also customizable allowing you to choose the products you want.

The Standard Starter Kit includes
  • 3 wood-mount stamp sets
  • 1 clear-mount set with clear block
  • 1 Stampin' Around wheel with ink cartridge and handle
  • 1 ink refill
  • 2 card stock packs
  • 1 Patterns Designer Series paper stack
  • 4 Classic ink pads
  • 2 Stampin' Write markers
  • Ribbon
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stampin' Scrub
  • Stampin' Mist
  • Stamping Sponge
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Blender Pens
  • Decor Elements piece with applicator
  • 8 catalogues
  • Business supplies, forms & tools
Digital+ Starter Kit includes
  • My Digital Studio software
  • 2 wood-mount stamp sets
  • 1 clear-mount set with clear block
  • 2 card stock packs
  • 4 Classic ink pads
  • 2 Stampin' Write Markers
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Stampin' Scrub
  • Stampin' Mist
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Decor elements piece with applicator
  • 8 catalogues
  • Business supplies, forms & tools
You will also have the choice of choosing one or both optional add-ons..Stampin' Memories Add-On and/or Definitely Decorative Add-On.

Join my "Inkspired Ladies" team!  By siging up under me you become a member of my personal downline, "Inkspired Ladies", we will meet/chat once a month to share stamping tips and ideas.  You will also have access to my on-line chat area and a private stamping blog made just for my downline team that is full of inspiration and creativity.  I would love to have you as one of my team members.  Whether your need is earn extra your income or take advantage of the many discounts as a hobby demonstrator with no obligation to sell or hold workshops. Come and share your love for rubber stamping with me.

Stampin' Up! as a career - If you are interested in the business aspect of Stampin' Up! I would love to help you build your home-based business to meet your needs.  Supplement your income doing what you love!

My on-line password is Inkspired.  Simply click here and sign up.

Happy Stamping!
Michelle B

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rememberance Day Poppy Craft


I love celebrating the different holidays by making something to give to someone.  It is especially fun if it is a craft that I can share with my daughter.  We were busy making poppies this morning.  My parent's always have a Rememberance Day celebration at their house every year.  There is usually 12 to 14 of us gathered for a Danish Smorg.....my Dad's heritage.  We sit around the table among family and friends and have a feast of danish dishes prepared by my Mom.  The feast starts out with pickel herring and rye bread, then we move on to carrots & peas in a cream sauce and Danish sausage - yummm - finally we usually have open faced sandwiches (salami, roast beef & shrimp) topped with a spagetthi type salad and fried onions.  Ohh I am making myself hungry thinking about this.  My daughter, my aunt and I made one poppy for everyone that will be at the Rememberance Day Celebration plus a couple of people that won't be.

Here are some pictures of our creative morning.......


Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Paper: Poppy Parade card stock, Basic Black card stock
Accessories: Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Large Scallop Circle Punch

Happy Stamping!
Michelle B



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Peace Love Joy Stenciled Canvas


Oh it has been a week since I posted some creativity.  Sorry about that - life is a bit busy at the moment.  I hope all of you are doing well.  This project was a lot of fun to make.  It had to be as I made 8 of them.  This is what I gave my Stampin' Technique & Scrapbook Club members as a thank you for joining my club this year.  I hope they all enjoyed them.  A painted and stamped canvas is a great gift idea for a hard to buy for person.  I used Stampin' Up!'s Vintage Ornament Stencils, acrylic paint and the All Holidays stamp set to create this holiday canvas.

Step by Step Instructions
1.  Lay down some scrap paper (such as newspaper or the paper that comes in your Stampin' Up! shipments is a great thing to use) on a flat surface.
2.  Pour some tan acrylic paint on top of canvas and spread across canvas with a paint brush and let dry.  You may want to apply 2 coats.  I usually let it dry over night but being it isn't a big surface it will probably be dry in a couple of hours.
3.  Before we paint our first ornament (the white one in the middle) we will need to make a mask of it out of scrap paper.  Place the long narrow pointed end ornament from the Vintage Ornament II Stencil Assortment on a piece of scrap paper, trace just the ornament body (not the top) with a pencil, cut out and set aside.  We will set a piece of scrap paper over the top of the ornament when we need to mask that area.
4.  Next line up the same stencil (long narrow pointed end ornament) in the center of your canvas.  You may want to position a piece of scrap paper where the ornament top is as we don't want to paint this white.  We are going to leave it tan for now.  Then pour a small pool of white acrylic paint on a plastic surface (I used a left over lid from a margarine or yogurt container).  Take a sponge, dab it in the white acrylic paint and then holding down the side of the stencil with your fingers gently dab the sponge into the middle of the stencil on the canvas.  Make sure you apply the paint evenly and have paint everywhere inside the stencil.  Lift gently.  This will need to dry so you can go and wash your stencil off as well as the sponge and the plastic surface.  If you need to do any touch ups we will do that later.
5.  Once the white ornament is dry place the scrap paper mask over top of it again, then grab the big ornament stencil from the Vintage Ornament II Stencil Assortment and position it to the left side of the white ornament. You can use the same piece of scrap paper for the top of this ornament as we will paint it later on.
6.  Pour some burgandy acrylic paint on a plastic surface (I used a left over lid from a margarine or yogurt container). Take a sponge, dab it in the burgandy acrylic paint and then holding down the side of the stencil with your fingers gently dab the sponge into the middle of the stencil on the canvas. Make sure you apply the paint evenly and have paint everywhere inside the stencil. Lift gently. Because of the size of the stencil (blue part) we will need to let this dry before doing the navy ornament. 
7.  Once the burgandy ornament is dry we are going to repeat the painting steps for the navy ornament.  Position the mask over top of the white ornament.  Line up the small round stencil from the Vintage Ornament I stencil assortment on the right side of the white ornament.  Place a piece of scrap paper on the top part of the ornament as we are going to paint that later.  Next pour some navy acrylic paint onto a plastic surface, dab a sponge into the navy acrylic paint and then holding down the sides of the stencil with your fingers gently dab the sponge into the middle of the stencil on the canvas.  Make sure the paint is applied evenly and every suface is covered with paint in the stencil area.  Lift gently and let dry.
8. Once the navy ornament is dry let's paint the top of each ornament.  Place all 3 ornament stencils in front of you.  These steps will be repeated for each ornament.  Let's start with the burgandy ornament by pouring some gold acrylic paint on a plastic surface.  Position the stencil over top of the burgandy ornament previously painted.  If you want you can use a piece of scrap paper as a mask so that you don't get any gold paint onto the burgandy ornament you just painted.  If you don't want to that is fine too as the burgandy paint is darker than the gold paint so we can fix it later. Take a sponge, dab it in the gold acrylic paint and very gently dab it onto the top part of the ornament stencil.  The gold paint will be a bit hard to see as it very close to the tan color but once dried it will look great.  Repeat this process for the other 2 ornament tops. You will want to wait until each one is dry before doing the next one as the stencil area is big and will smear the one you just painted when you position it.  Don't wash the gold acrylic paint off of your plastic surface yet as we are going to do the decoration part next.
9. Find the design that has the 4 petals (they look like petals to me) spots and curly tail, position it over in the center over top of the burgandy ornament.  You may need the white ornament mask for this step.  Using the sponge, dab it into the gold paint on the plastic surface and dab it ever so gently onto the decoration stencil.  Once you are happy with how it looks you can wash the stencils, sponge & plastic surface.
10.  Next take a Christmas sentiment stamp, I used the Peace Love Joy stamp from the All Holidays stamp set, ink it with Always Artichoke Classic Ink and stamp it in the middle of the white ornament.  Clean stamp.
11. Punch out a small star using the star punch from Brushed Silver card stock.  Apply some sticky strip to the back and adhere to the middle of the navy ornament.  Next place a Basic Rhinestone Jewel in the middle of the star.
12. We are almost done.  All that is left to do is to draw a line from the top of the canvas to the top of each ornament. I used my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker and a ruler to make my lines somewhat straight. 
13. If any touch ups need to be done, all I did was pour which ever color of acrylic paint I needed to touch up on a plastic lid and with a small angled paint brush applied paint to whichever area free hand.  You may need to add a couple of coats of paint depending on which color you are touching up.

We are finished!  An easy Christmas stamped canvas.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set:  All Holidays
Ink: Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker, Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Star Punch (retired), Basic Rhinestone Jewel, Vintage Ornament 1 Stencil, Vintage Ornament II Stencil, Sponge

Non Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
6" x 8" canvas, Paint Brush, Acrylic Paint in the following colors...Tan, Burgandy, White, Gold, Navy

Happy Stamping!
Michelle B.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Season's Greetings Tree "Thumping" Card - November 21 Christmas card stamp camp


Oh let me tell you this card was not easy to come up with.  I struggled for a couple of days before I finally got something that I liked.  I saw a very pretty card using this stamp set - Lovely as a Tree - with the "thumping" technique.  I will have to go and find the card again so that you can see it.  The lady's card was orange with a leaf stamp set.  After seeing her card I knew that I wanted to use this stamp set and do that technique at my next Christmas card stamp camp.  Here is the second card that we will be making at my November 21 Christmas card stamp camp.  Instead of using Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for the snow on the ground, I grabbed my Stampin' Up! Frost White Shimmer Paint.  I like the effect it gave.  It is hard to take a picture of it as my flash makes it all bright where the snow is.  I hope you can join me for a couple of hours of stamping fun on November 21 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Stampin' Up! products used:
Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs, Lovely as a Tree, Snow Swirled
Paper: Baja Breeze card stock, Night of Navy card stock, Whisper White card stock, Brushed Silver card stock
Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Pad, Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker, Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker, Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Snowflake Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewel, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Sponge Dauber
To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.


Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Merry Crittermas card - November 21 Christmas card stamp camp


hehehe I love this stamp set....Merry Crittermass is it's name. Too cute. There is a variety of critter stamp sets in it. This stamp set just may change my stamping ways. Those of you who know me well, know that I am not a detailed stamp person. I am more of a base stamp person...meaning I like to take a base stamp, apply ink to it, stamp it on card stock and go. I don't like to fuss with coloring and the details in a detailed stamp but this card may have awakened my coloring senses. I didn't mind coloring in the bunny's ears, scarf, clothes, feet and sled.  I just finished this card and can't wait to pick up that stamp set and do another card.  I hope I have some more time to play with this stamp set tonight.

Here is one of the card designs that will be featured at my November 21 Christmas Stamp Camp. This card is also full of products featured in Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini. If you don't have your own copy you can view it on-line on my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Website. There is a link on the rightside bar.  I hope you will join me on November 21 for a couple of hours of stamping fun!  Further details on my Stampin' Up! Demonstartor Website under my calendar events or on the rightside bar under Classes.
   
Stampin' Up! products used:
Stamp Set: Merry Crittermas (Holiday Mini)
Paper: Pear Pizzazz card stock, Whisper White card stock, Candy Cane Designer Series Paper (Holiday Mini)
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad, Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad, Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Corner Round Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Circle Scissors Plus, 2-Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver Glass Glitter (Holiday Mini), Blender Pens, Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gratitude Leaves Card


I can't believe all of the thoughts that are swirling around in my head when I created this card.  I needed a fairly simple & quick card so that I could make 9 of them in a small time frame.  This is the card that I came up with.  I will be giving each of my club members one of these cards as their thank-you for joining my club card.  Before I sat down to make this card, I visited the talented Mary Fish's blog for some ideas.  Well, while I was there I got a couple.  Thanks Mary for the inspiration!  The idea of the Top Note Die made into a square came from Mary Fish's blog.  Her amazing card is here.  In fact, she had 2 amazing cards that I found on her blog sporting the square Top Note that I liked, the one I linked was quicker to find.  hehehe  I also got the leaf idea from her blog too.  Here is her leaf card.  I hope my club members like their cards.  I had so much fun teaching them the different stamping techniques and scrapbook layouts.  I hope they join my clubs next year.  Please visit the stamping technique & classes I offer heading to see which stamping events I am offering for 2011.  I would also love it if you joined as well.

If you want to recreate this card, the size of the Peach Parfait & Pear Pizzazz card stock are 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" and the Very Vanilla squares that have the leaves stamped on them are 1-1/2" x 1-1/2".

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Days of Gratitude (my fav stamp set)
Paper: Very Vanilla card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Peach Parfait card stock, Pear Pizzazz card stock, Poppy Parade card stock
Ink: Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad, Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad, Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Top Note Bigz Die, Designer Label Punch, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Brights Designer Buttons

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Monday, October 25, 2010

more pink Lumineres


I looked at the previous Luminere that I made with the Bats and thought it was a little plain so here are some more that I made that are a bit more decorated.  I went a little crazy the other night and made 7 of these.  I gave one to my daughter because she loves my creations and always get so excited when I make them.  The others I am going to give as Halloween gifts to some of my co-wokers.   I hope they like their pink lumineres.  I used the Spider Web Textured Impressions Folder on the Spider Luminere.  It was a little difficult to fold at the scoring line.  With some gently fingers I did get the score lines to bend.  I have an idea to make some Christmas ones using the Candy Cane Designer Series Paper.  I think these are a neat 3-D project.  I can't wait to demonstrate them for my new 2011 Stamping Technique & 3-D Project club starting January.  If you are interested in learning new stamping techniques & 3-D projects, then this club is for you.  Registeration is open.

Stampin' Up! supplies used:
Stamp Sets: Wicked Cool, From the Crypt
Paper: Pretty in Pink card stock, Basic Black card stock, Whisper White card stock, White Vellum Paper
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, VersaMark
Accessories: Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat, Bitty Bat Large Punch, Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Gun, Black Fine Galaxy Glitter, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Spider Web Textured Impressions Folder

Non-Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Accessories: Masking Tape, Battery-Operated Tea Light

For step by step instructions please click here.

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

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Michelle B
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sparkly Bat Pink Luminere

You may be asking yourself why would I make a Halloween project with pink.......well I was on Mary Fish's website the other day and she had a beautiful pink Halloween card uploaded.  I read Mary's post and she said she had made a pink Halloween card because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I thought what a cool idea.  That idea got my "pink" creative juices flowing.  Here is my pink Halloween project.  Thanks Mary for the inspiration.  If you frequent SCS often you will have noticed that they had a luminere tutorial on their home page this week.  I clicked on the link to see how to make them and I loved that project.  Once you get one done and the flow of how they are put together they are very easy to make.  I think I am going to make a bunch of these for the office support ladies that I work with.  Should I keep the pink theme going?  What do you think?  I am definetly going to show the members of my 2011 Stampin' Technique & 3-D Project Club how to make these.

Step by Step instructions on making a pink luminere
1. cut 4 Pretty in Pink card stock squares measuring 4-1/4" x 4-1/4"
2. score all 4 Pretty in Pink squares at the 1/4" mark on all 4 sides of each square
3. cut off one of the 1/4" score lines on each of the 4 Pretty in Pink squares
4. grab your circle scissors plus, glass mat and some masking tape.  Before making the circle I always do a trial run of where I want the circle without the cutting blade in.  Position one of your Pretty in Pink card stock squares in the middle of your glass mat.  Tape all 4 sides down with masking tape of Dotto (Removable Adhesive).
5. Turn the knob on the Circle Scissors Plus so that you have a 2-1/2" circle.  Before adding the cutting blade in position it in the middle over to of your taped down Pretty in Pink card stock square.  Turn the wheel around to make sure that your circle will be somewhat centered in the Pretty in Pink card stock square.  Once you feel your circle is centered, place the cutting blade in place and turn to cut your circle.  Keep your Pretty in Pink card stock cut-out circle to use later on another project.  Repeat the above step on all 4 Pretty in Pink card stock squares.
6. Next you are going to need some 3" x 3" White Vellum Paper squares.  You will need 4 of them.
7. Take a Halloween stamp set and ink up whichever images you want with Basic Black Classic Ink and stamp the image where ever you want on the 3" x 3" White Vellum Paper.  I used the Bat image from the From the Crypt stamp set along with the bunch of bats image from the Wicked Cool stamp set.
8. Set aside to dry.  I find Classic Ink when stamped on White Vellum Paper takes a little longer to dry than card stock.
9. You can now fold down all of the 1/4" score lines on the all of the Pretty in Pink card stock squares.
10. The Basic Black Classic Ink that was stamped on the White Vellum Paper should be dry now.  Adhere each White Vellum Paper square to the inside of your Pretty in Pink squares making sure the cut off score line is at the top.
11. Once you have finished adhering the White Vellum Paper to your Pretty in Pink square we are going to adhere each Pretty in Pink square together.  With the fronts facing down fold down one of the side 1/4" score lines on the Pretty in Pink squares (you want it to fold toward the center of the square) and apply adhesive to it.  Take another Pretty in Pink square with the 1/4" score line folded towards the centre of the square and place it over top of the score line with adhesive on it.  You are going to repeat this step until you have all of the sides joined.  Once all of the side are joined apply adhesive on the outter 1/4" score line and line it up with the other outter side 1/4" line.  You should now have a box.
12. Cut a piece of Pretty in Pink card stock measuring 3-1/4" x 3-1/4".  This is your bottom piece.  Adhere to the bottom of your box.
13. Punch out 2 pieces of Basic Black card stock using the Bitty Bat Punch.  Apply VersaMark to each one then Heat & Stick Powder and heat.  Once the Heat & Stick Powder is gooey and clear apply some Black Fine Galaxy Glitter on top.  Heat again.  Place a Stampin' Dimensional on the back of each bat and position it at the top of one of the circles.  I did this on 2 sides only.
14. Place a battery-operated tea light inside and VOILA you have your very own pink Halloween Luminere.

If you need a video to watch I think SCS has one on their site under the Luminere Tutorials

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Sets: From the Crypt, Wicked Cool
Paper: Pretty In Pink card stock, White Vellum Paper
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink, VersaMark
Accessories: Circle Scissor Plus, Glass Mat, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Gun, Black Fine Galaxy Glitter

Non-Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Accessories: Masking Tape, Battery-Operated Tea Light

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.


Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Spooky Spider Halloween Treat Holder


I tried to make these spiders sparkle using the Heat & Stick Powder and Black Fine Galaxy Glitter but it didn't work so well.  The top spider has a bit of sparkle to it but not like the sparkly bat.  When I was making these it was getting late so I didn't add sparkles to the Scallop Oval punch.  If you want to do that please refer back to the "Bat Treat Holder" post as it has the step by step instructions on how to do that. 

Step by Step Instuctions on how to make Spider Halloween Treat Holder:

1. Grab your Big Shot & Two Tags Bigz Die.
2. Take a piece of Whisper White card stock (size 3" x 4-1/2") and position it over top of the bigger tag that is positioned towards the bottom of the die (the tag that has the score line in the middle of it).
3. Next sandwich the die and whisper white card stock between the two standard cutting pads (plexi-glass pads) and run it through your Big Shot. You will need to do this 2 times as we need two of these tags to make one Treat Holder.
**If you need to make more than one treat holder, you will need to do steps 2 & 3 over again. Because the tag that we are using has a score line in it we can only do one piece of card stock at a time. If we do more than one the score line will end up cutting that line instead of scoring it.
4. Next take the Spider Web image from the Wicked Cool Stamp Set, ink with Basic Black Classic Ink and stamp two spider webs on each tag...one in the top left corner and one in the bottom right corner of each tag.  You will need to apply ink to the stamp each time.
5. Next take the Spider image from the From the Crypt Stamp Set, ink with Basic Black Classic Ink and stamp the spider image just off of each spider web.
6. Next take the Spooky words stamp from the Wicked Cool Stamp Set, ink with Basic Black Classic Ink and stamp the words on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch out using 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch.
7. Next punch a Scallop Oval out using Scallop Oval Punch.  If you want to make the Scallop Oval sparkle like the one on the "Bat Halloween Treat Holder" I made please refer to that post.
8. Adhere Whisper White Oval Spooky words in the middle of Basic Black Scallop Oval.
9. Flip Basic Black Scallop Oval over and place 2 Stampin' Dimensionals on the back.  Peel backs off and position in the middle of the tag front.
10. Next fold both tags at score line. Apply some adhesive to the bottom of one of the tags and position it over top of the other bottom of the other tag. Apply some pressure so that the two tag bottoms are secure. We are almost finished.
11. Next put a Halloween treat inside and secure the 2 holes at the top with something. I used an orange circle rhinestone brad from Stampin' Up!'s Circle Fire Rhinestone assortment. You can use ribbon or linen thread, a button...whatever you want.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Wicked Cool, From the Crypt
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, VersaMark Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Two Tags Bigz Die, Scallop Oval Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch, Circle Fire Rhinestone Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Spooky Halloween Treat Holders


Here are the treat holders I came up with using the Two Tag Bigz Die.  I am happy with the way they turned out and they didn't take me all that long to do - YEAH!.  I will give you step by step instructions on how to create these cute little treat holders.  I may just have to make 18 more for my daughter's kindergarten class.

Step by Step Instuctions:
1. Grab your Big Shot & Two Tags Bigz Die.  
2. Take a piece of Whisper White card stock (size 3" x 4-1/2") and position it over top of the bigger tag that is positioned towards the bottom of the die (the tag that has the score line in the middle of it).
3. Next sandwich the die and whisper white card stock between the two standard cutting pads (plexi-glass pads) and run it through your Big Shot.  You will need to do this 2 times as we need two of these tags to make one Treat Holder. 
**If you need to make more than one treat holder, you will need to do steps 2 & 3 over again.  Because the tag that we are using has a score line in it we can only do one piece of card stock at a time.  If we do more than one the score line will end up cutting that line instead of scoring it.
4. Next take the stamp sets you want to decorate the front of your "tag treat holder".  Below are the instructions and supplies on how to make the Bat Treat Holder....



To make the Bat Treat Holder I used some stamps from the Wicked Cool stamp set.  This is a great Halloween stamp set.
5. Lay your Whisper White Tags down on your table.  Take the bat stamp, ink with Basic Black ink and stamp on the upper left side as well as on the bottom right side of both tags.  You will need to apply ink on the stamp each time.  Set aside
6. Next let's add some sparkles to the bat in the top right corner.  Take your Bitty Bat Punch and punch out a piece of Basic Black card stock.  Take your VersaMark Pad and cover the punched out Bat with it.  Make sure that it is all over the bat.  Next sprinkle Heat & Stick Powder on it.  (This is the very first time I have ever used Heat & Stick Powder!) Heat with a heat gun.  You will notice the heat & stick powder becomes gooey & clear.  Next sprinkle the punched out bat with Black Glitter.  I used the Black Glitter from the Fine Galaxy Glitter collection.  That stuff is amazing.  If you don't have any be sure to get some through me. :)  Next you are going to want to heat the bat again so that the Black Glitter stays in place.  Voila a sparkly bat.  Isn't it gorgeous!
7. You will see in the image the Scallop Oval I used is sparkly too.  I did the same process for the Scallop Oval as I did the Bat.  Once you have finished making your Scallop Oval sparkly set aside.
8.  Ink Spooky stamp with Basic Black ink and stamp on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch out using 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch. (To me it looks like the medium oval punch if you look in Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalogue on pg 203.)
9. Adhere Spooky punched out words on top of the sparkly Scallop Oval punch out.  Flip over and apply 2 Stampin' Dimensionals, peel the backs off and position it in the middle of one of the Tags.
10. Flip the Sparkly Bat over, apply 2 Stampin' Dimensionals, peel the backs off and position it in the top right coner of the same tag.
11. Next fold both tags at score line.  Apply some adhesive to the bottom of one of the tags and position it over top of the other bottom of the other tag.  Apply some pressure so that the two tag bottoms are secure.  We are almost finished.  
12. Next put a Halloween treat inside and secure the 2 holes at the top with something.  I used an orange circle rhinestone brad from Stampin' Up!'s Circle Fire Rhinestone assortment.  You can use ribbon or linen thread, a button...whatever you want. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Wicked Cool
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, VersaMark Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Two Tags Bigz Die, Scallop Oval Punch, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Large Punch, Bitty Bat Large Punch, Black Glitter from Fine Galaxy Glitter Assortment, Circle Fire Rhinestone Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.


Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Itsy Bitsy SPIDER....

This Itsy Bitsy Spider has a treat inside of it.  A bag of Halloween jelly beans.  To create this I found a couple of ideas on the Stampin' Connections (an exclusive website for SU demonstrators) and decided to combine the two.  I used the very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Jackie Topa's Punch Art Spider idea found here and Michelle Pollard, another fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, had the cutest treat shaker bat project using two Tag Die glued together with a ribbon at the top.  I have emailed her to see if she has her shaker bat treat project on a blog.  If she does I will point you her way to see it.  It is so cute.  With these 2 ideas (punch art spider & shaker treat using 2 tag dies) I thought I would be so clever as to combine them and create my own shaker spider treat project using a Sweet Treat Cup with Fine Galaxy Black Glitter & Micro Beads inside it.  Here is what I came up with.  I was so excited while creating it and when I was finished realized that it took a lot more work then I thought.  hehehe I need a cute little stamping gift as a thank you to give my stamping friends that are coming this Sunday to make Christmas & Halloween cards and I thought a little treat shaker project would be such a good idea.  I may make some more just like this one or change it up a bit and instead of using a Sweet Treat Cup to put the Fine Galaxy black glitter & Micro beads inside I might use Michelle Pollard's idea and make a normal shaker card.  That way may be a bit easier and quicker to make a bunch.  Or I may spice it up totally and make a bunch of different Halloween themed ones like a Mummy, Frankenstien, a black kitty, etc.  Stay tuned to see what I come up with.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Sweet Centres
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Bitty Bat Punch, Silver Brad, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Two-Step Owl XL Punch, Sweet Treat Cup, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Two Tags Bigz Die, Cicle #2 Originals Die, Micro Beads, Fine Galaxy Black Glitter, Linen Thread

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!
Michelle B
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stampin' Up!'s ABC Perfect Handmade Holiday Promotion

Hello Stamping Friends!

Stampin' Up! has an amazing product promotion for October...ABCs of the perfect handmade holiday and it is just in time for the holidays. From October 19 to December 16 you can choose from several different holiday bundles perfect for Amazing cards, Beautiful packaging and Cherished gifts. These holiday bundle products are 20% off. A perfect time to host your ABC Holiday stamping party. Book your ABC Holiday Samping Party by the end of November and you will receive a "little stamping gift" from me.  I would love to show you how to re-create the amazing projects on the flyer.  Please click on the ABC Holiday Promotion link below to see which amazing Stampin' Up! perfect handmade holiday products are 20% off.

ABC Holiday Promotion

P.S. All orders placed on-line while this promotion is going on will receive "a bonus shopping coupon" from me.  Click Shop Now to place your orders on-line.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Emerging Color Technique Sheet


Here is a sample of the 6" x 6" technique sheets that club members receive each month.  I had out the supplies for each technique sheet and they put them together.  This was the 6" x 6" technique sheet we did at our last club in October.  The technique is called Emerging Color Technique.  I like giving out technique sheets as they are a great reference if you want to do this technique at a later date.  If you are interested in learning some new techniques, please register for one of my 2011 technique clubs.  There are 3 different ones to choose from.  You can find the details for each one below.  Just click on the link.....




Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

October Scrapbook Layout of the Month - Page 2

Here is the second page that I demonstrated at my Stampin' Technique & Scrapbook Club yesterday.  We always do 2 scrapbook page layouts.  As I was demonstrating this page I was telling the club ladies that I love Stampin' Up!'s Days of Gratitude stamp set as well as their Pear Pizzazz card stock & ink and Peach Parfait.  Fall is also my fav season so this page was easy to make.....it has my fav season and a bunch of my fav Stampin' Up! products on it.

If look at the right side of the stamped leaves square you will see a Pear Pizzazz button on it.  Stampin' Up! doesn't make that color in buttons so I found a tutorial on how to make them myself.  Easy Peasy.  All you need to do is punch out 6 3/4" circles, adhere each layer together with Crystal Effects stacking one on top of the other.  Once the Crystal Effects has dried punch 2 holes in the center using the small hole punch on your Crop-A-Dile and voila a "faux button".  You can either leave the holes bare or tie a ribbon in the middle.  A great way to make an accent for a page in any color you want.


Again click here for the details on my 2011 "Mini" Stampin' Technique & Scrapbook Club - I hope you will join me for 4 months of scrapbooking fun.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Days of Gratitude, Full Calendar
Paper: Soft Suede 12" x 12" card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Pear Pizzazz card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, Poppy Parade card stock, Peach Parfait card stock
Ink: Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad, Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Naturally Serif Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die, Simple Alphabet Numbers Bigz Die, Crop-A-Dile, Crystal Effects

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

October Scrapbook Layout of the Month - Page 1



Today is a day full of happy thoughts and sad thoughts...I am happy because I get to get together with my stamping club this afternoon.  I always look forward to those days.  I will be demonstrating this single page scrapbook layout (plus a similar one to make it 2 scrapbook pages) to them as well as the "color emerging" technique.  I am also sad as today is the last club meeting.  We are finished the Stampin' Technique & Scrapbook Club for the year.  We have meet each month for 10 months.  Wow that time has flown by.  I can't believe the last club meeting is here already.  We learnt lots of amazing stamping techniques and completed 10 double layout scrapbook pages.  I really enjoyed doing a scrapbook page every month.  There is some good news though, next year I will be hosting a mini stamping technique and scrapbook club too.  If you are interested please join me for 4 months of scrapbooking fun.  Registeration has already started.  You can find further details here.

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp set: Days of Gratitude (my new fav), Full Calendar
Paper: Very Vanilla 12" x 12" card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Pear Pizzazz card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, Poppy Parade card stock, Peach Parfait card stock
Ink: Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad, Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (my fav SU Tool), Naturally Serif Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die, Alphabet Simple Numbers Bigz Die, Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons (Holiday Mini)

To order the products to make this project, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.


Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
inspire. create. share.
Give the gift of inspiration, creativity and sharing.....become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator & join my Stampin' Up! Team...contact me for further details

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ghostie Card - October 24 Christmas Stamp Camp Halloween Card Design #2


This card was a lot of fun to make.  hahaha I think I start off just about every post saying that.  I love to create cards (and scrapbook pages).  The cute little ghost was made with Stampin' Up! Owl Punch.  hahaha I saw this idea either on SCS or Stampin' Connection (an exclusive website for Stampin' Up! Demos) and just loved the idea.  This is Halloween card design #2 that will be featured at my Christmas card stamp camp in October.  I hope you can join me for an afternoon of stamping fun on October 24. The cost for the Halloween cards is $8.00 (2 card of 2 designs). Please visit either the Classes link on the right hand sidebar of this blog or my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website under calendar events for further details.

To make this cute little ghost all you do is punch out the owl image on Whisper White card stock, punch out 3 Basic Black small circles (on the same punch) and 2 little Whisper White circles (on the same punch).  Then you will need to cut the owl's feet off, flip the image around and adhere 2 of the Basic Black small circles for eyes, one for the mouth and the 2 little white circles for inside the black eyes and voila a Ghost made from the Owl Punch.  Easy peasy!

Stampin' Up! Supplies used:
Stamp Set: Wicked Cool
Paper: Pear Pizzazz card stock, Rich Razzleberry card stock, Whisper White card stock, Basic Gray card stock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Owl Punch, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch

To order the products to make this card, please contact me directly or go online to my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website. There is a direct link on the left hand side of my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle B
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
inspire. create. share.
Give the gift of inspiration, creativity and sharing.....become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator & join my Stampin' Up! Team...contact me for further details