Saturday, September 5, 2009

My Digital Studio!!

I am SOOO excited to tell you about Stampin Up!'s newest product coming out -- called "My Digital Studio"! Most of you know i a digi scrapper -for about 3 years now, so i have been eyeing this, believe me!! It's a computer program that lets you scrap digitally, create photobooks, cards, and calendars!! This program is both user friendly for newbies, but great for more experienced computer people.It contains TONS of SU stamp sets digitaly, as well as their papers, cardstock, embellishments and scrap kits!! There are over 2,000 images on these DVD's!!

However, it gets better! Do you already have a favorite program on your computer such as Photoshop Elements? Well, SU will also have separate individual files that you can purchase thru my online store, and download onto your computer to use in the most popular photo programs!!! How cool is that?! I will be explaining more about this product in future posts.. If you want to be one of the first "in the know" then subscribe to my blog - or shoot me an email, at and i will put you on my email list!

My Digital Studio will be available on Oct. 1, but one of the perks of being a demo is getting wonderful products like this a month earlier than the public!! So, guess what i have been doing all day?!

As you can tell from the following layouts, i am trying to catch up on my Disney trip from August. Hope you enjoy them!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fairytales do come true....

Today, i am going to show you a lil' tutorial on how to use a Stamp a Ma Jig.. This is a great way to line up any image to where you want it to be specifically.
I am working on my sister's wedding invitations, today i am doing the envelopes. Now, i want the wording to be lined up perfectly on these.
Here is what i used: The envelopes are SU's 5x5 whisper white. The stamp set is "Once Upon A Time" #113746 (19.95). And i am using Melon Mambo ink.
My sister's wedding colors are Pink (like Melon Mambo), Black and White.. And she is having a "Disney Fairy Tale Wedding" - she is getting married at the Grand Floridian at Disney's wedding pavilion in March 2010. I am SOOOO EXCITED!! Ok, back to the tutorial..

First, you will notice that the Stamp A MA Jig has a clear plexi piece that goes with it -- you need to flip it over to have the rough side facing you.. then line it up to the bottom edge corner as shown of the SAMJ .
Next, you will stamp your image (with your ink) on the rough side of the plexi-plastic stuff... (see below)

This is your guide.. so take that plastic piece, and put it exactly where you want it to go on your envelope.. Then, line up your SAMJ . (to the corner - same as how you stamped)

Now, remove the plastic, and KEEP THE SAMJ WHERE IT IS!!! While it is still in position, line your stamp up to where you took the plastic from , and when you have it set - remove your SAMJ.

And STAMP! :)

There you have it!!!! IT's a wonderful tool!!
Now, to finish my envelope, i am going to show you how i embossed it. I got my new toy in yesterday - the Sizzix bigshot! I love it!!!
So, i used the SU Elegant Bouquet folder, you just follow the directions, with layering it into the machine, and run it thru...

And there we have it!!!! A pretty (if i do say so!) embossed wedding envelope!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Good Friend

Ahhh... Good friends. Don't you just love 'em ? This card today is a tribute to all good friends in our lives.. I got this color combo idea out of our demonstrator only monthly magazine - "Stampin' Success" which we receive each month that is full of ideas and creativity, ask me more about this if you become a part of my team! It's something i regularly stalk my mailbox for at the end of each month. :)
Anyway, for my card, i used Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, and Old Olive - all out of the Earth Elements color family.

I stamped my image from the "Good Friend set" as seen below, using the Not Quite Navy for the bird's body, the Ruby Red for his beak, and the Old Olive for his legs. I lined up all my stamps using my "Stamp a ma jig" - see pic below - This tool ROCKS for getting your image to line up! I will post a tutorial tomorrow on using this wonderful lil' tool! I will also be using this in my September workshops/classes, so if you want first hand touchie/feelie use of this, then book your workshop today, or sign up for one of my classes - you can view my list at :

Good Friend Stamp Set: # 113740 $28.95

Circle Brads: #112571 $5.95 page 179 in catalog

Stamp A ma jig # 101049 $11.95 page 191 of catalog
Hope everyone has a wonderful monday!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

NEW Shares!! Designer Paper and Corduroy Buttons!

Hi everyone! I am proud to offer you two new shares!!
My last ribbon share was such a hit, that i knew we had a great thing going, and that by sharing in the cost - we could all sample the best that Stampin' Up has to offer.
Right now, it's paper!
I am going to offer a DSP (designer series paper) share and here is how it will work:

There are 6 new sets of Print Patterns Designer Series Papers in the brand new In Colors – you can see the Print Patterns papers on page 161 of the new Catalog - these are the monochromatic prints.
You will get one 6x6 sheet of each pattern in each of the 6 colors!
Your cost will only be $10 to get 36 6x6 papers!! (Plus 1.95 shipping).
This would cost $60 to buy each pack of paper separately! This is a great way to sample the different colors - using them as card papers, 6x6 scrapbook papers, or put a few together as mats on a 12x12 scrapbook page, or homemade gifts - the possibilities are endless!! Below are the colors / patterns you would receive.. remember, the pic is showing you both sides, as these are double sided papers.

You can purchase this by clicking on the paypal button below, this is open to anyone in the USA (including fellow demonstrators), please note, i can not ship these outside the USA. Or, you can email me and mail a check.

Next, we have the :

Corduroy Button Share!!

These buttons ROCK!! They are full of luxurious texture - you can find them on pg 181 of the 2009-2010 Catalog -

The colors that you will receive in this share are: Basic Gray, Kraft, Chocolate Chip , Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun .

One share will give you 3 buttons & brads in each of the five colors - you will receive a total of 15 of these absolutely beautiful buttons & brads. And you can purchase more than one share if you would like to receive more buttons & brads.

This share is a fabulous price - at just $6.29 you get to sample the entire collection - to buy the entire collection would cost you $50 - this is a great way to get a sampling of them all!

Cost of one spot in this share will be 6.29 plus 1.00 shipping. You can use the paypal button below, or email me and send a check.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Feel's Like Fall!

Well, this weather has it feelin' like fall here in the New England area - We have traded 90 degrees for 73... and no humidity. While everyone who knows me, knows how much i enjoy the summer, and hate the winter, what you may not know is - i love the fall. I absolutely love Halloween, the decor, the spookiness, the candy.. LOL Love it all.. But, i also love the apple crisp, the decorated pumpkins, the hayrides, the changing leaves... and more. Ok, while it may not be fall yet, the weather today and yesterday just has me thinking fall. So, i have a couple projects to share with you.

First, we have a "Wiper Card" technique -

This technique actually came to me via Splitcoast Stampers. They have a great tutorial on it HERE. Basically, when you pull on the card, you get that little leaf (or whatever stamped image you use) to pop up as a surprise.. then it tucks back inside the card. Very cool!! I colored in the stamped image using blender pens and the ink from the lids of the ink pads.

Supplies used on the above card are:
#100946 More Mustard cardstock (from Earth Elements) $5.50
#115321 Dusty Durango cardstock (from the In Colors) $5.50
#115318 Soft Suede Cardstock (from the In Colors) $5.50
#115612 Soft Suede dotted ribbon 9.95
#115609 Dusty Durango dotted ribbon $9.95
#101341 Close To Cocoa cardstock (from Earth Elements) $5.50
#101650 Very Vanilla Cardstock $7.50 (40 sheets)
#110372 Autumn Harvest Stamp Set (pg. 26 of the IBC) $17.95

#102845 Blender Pens $9.95

Also, here is a sneek peek of a new roll out of the Fall/Winter Holiday Mini!!! I LOVE this new roll - Haunting Hill, so many great ideas for this!! If you need a Holiday mini catalog - please email me at and i can get one out for you! This will "go live" on 9/1 for everyone to see online also!

Have a great friday!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tricks, but no treats!!

Hi everyone!! Well,first off I want to thank all my awesome ladies who came out to crop with me on Saturday!! Alice, Karen, Karen, Dori, Lorraine, Linda, Susan,Rosemary and Kathy... you guys are the best! I had a blast with you all.. And, of course, thanks to Cheryl for all your hard work - i love ya!!!

Now, on to business! Here is a peek at my new Halloween class i will be offering at Calvary UMC on 9/28 (monday) at 6:30 pm. I am asking that you sign up by 9/21 so i have enough supplies to make the kits - Cost will be $10 for the class or free with a $25 order.

Here is a preview of some of the goodies we'll be creating!!

AGain, this is a sneek peek - there will be a couple surprises thrown in also!! :)

Also, for the first time, i am making this class available ONLINE!! You can use the paypal button below to purchase your class kit, i will ship everything to your door - to create the projects.. except the stamps. I will then send you a pdf. file with instructions and a list of supplies you will need - If you are interested in this, please use the button to buy now!

If you are interested in ordering the stamps, you will need the following,
#116539 Haunting Hill Jumbo Wheel (available 9/1!) $8.50
# 103661 Jumbo Wheel handle $5.95
# 104582 Jumbo Wheel cartridge - Basic Black $7.50
# 105216 Pumpkin Pie Classic ink pad $5.95
# 102874 Lovely Lilac Classic ink pad $5.95
REmember, you can shop secure 24/7 at

If you are interested in attending the class: please email me and i can send you an invoice, or you can mail me a check. My email is :

Everything else will come in your kit!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Build A Bear sneek peek!!

Coming soon: Build A Bear to partner with Stampin' Up!

The exclusively designed collection includes stamp sets, Designer Series papers and Sizzix dies providing young and young-at-heart Build-A-Bear Workshop enthusiast endless handcrafted possibilities for scrapbook pages, cards, invitations, home décor and more.

Think of all the great gifts/invites/projects you could create with these!!! If you haven't received your Fall/Winter mini catalog - please email me and i will be happy to get one out to you!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Did someone say FREE?! That's right my friends! Did you know from now til the end of August, when you spend $35 on stamp sets from the "Growing Up" section of the catalog - (pages 73-90) you can pick out a FREE pack of buttons (valued at $7.95) from page 181 (Playground, Sherbert, or Button Latte)!
Who doesn't like to add a lil' something for free?! Click on my site to start shopping,or email me today!!

Also, don't forget -- SU has their new holiday mini catalog debuting right around the corner on 9/1! There are some AWESOME new holiday "must have's" in there let me tell ya!!!
Keep your eyes out for some new classes coming next month - one will be full of treats -- but not too scary. ;) (Dropped ya a lil' hint there!!) And, for the first time, i will now have classes available ONLINE to buy!! When you purchase one of my online classes, you will get all the supplies to make the items mailed to you - plus a tutorial - stamp sets and accessories will be sold separately, but if you buy the kit within the month that i debut it online, i will give you 20% off your accessories/stamps that go with the class!!
Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hi everyone!! I am back from a wonderful Disney trip! Enjoyed the hot weather for a bit - but slept great in my own bed!! I will share some pics later today - just wanted to check in to let you know i hadn't disappeared!

Also ---- I have a BEARY special gift offer for the first person to sign up on my team from today until the end of August!!! Stay tuned!!!

If you have ever thought about signing up as a Stampin' Up Demo - you picked an awesome time to do it!! You can get this great starter kit (if you chose) for only $85 --and it's full of the new in colors,

or you can get the traditional kit for only $199 which comes with EVERYTHING you would ever need to start!

Signing up as a demo - what does it mean?? Well, you can do as much or as little as you want - Some sign up for the business end, hold classes, crops, clubs, etc.. Others well, they sign up for product DISCOUNT!!! Yup, you get 20% off EVERYTHING - all the time -- however, as a bonus, SU allows you to place your first order for 30% off!!! If you are a stamper/scrapbooker - this is a great savings, we all love to save!
Also, you get FIRST crack at any of the new mini items or discontinued items - which can also include an additional % off! We as demos get to order the new mini catty items 1 month before they are available to the public! Also, when they announce the new catalog in July - We get to order some hostess sets, paper, stamps and ink/accessories in June!!
You can do this as :
Hobby - never host a workshop, just strictly buy for yourself and grab the discount!!
Light Hobby/Business - Work as little/as much as you want each month - some months host 1 workshop, some you may want to host 3.. or whatever - it's up to you!
Carreer Demo - SU! offers a great way to pave the way to a true carreer if it's what you want! You can work on your schedule the way you want, and earn however much money YOU want, While moving up!

I will also be starting a team blog this month for members of my team to share ideas - and for all our general info!! I also plan on hosting meetings/swaps and other get togethers with my girls! You will NEVER be alone in this venture, no matter which type of demo you are!
Quarterly minimums are $300 retail (before discount), and run with a start year of July.
If you would like any more info,please email me at or if you are ready, you can sign up thru my online store at and use the password: stacyv111

Oh--- about that FREE GIFT ---- the first demo that signs up under me from today until the end of Aug - will receive their "beary own" STAMPIN UP BUILD A BEAR!!!!! I don't have a pic right now to post, as i don't even have mine yet! But, it is on it's way, and it is CUTE!! For those who don't know, SU has partnered with Build A Bear, and will be doing stamp sets and Sizzix Dies. So, At SU Convention last week, they offered demos their own SU Build A Bear! This will NOT be for sale to the public!!! It is a brown bear,with the offical SU logo on it's paw, and a cute SU black apron on - it also comes with a brand new stamp!!
However, if a bear is not your style -- i can also offer you a stamp set from the catalog or the mini (which you can view now) for 24.95 or less - your choice!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Everyday inspiration!

You know, it's amazing, i have had this ad for Bed, Bath & Beyond sitting here in my craft room for about 3 weeks now, because i liked some of the bedroom stuff in it - for Cait's room. Well, turns out, i got inspired from the ad to make a card using the design and color scheme. Goes to show you - you can find simple color or design inspiration where ever you look!! The top pillow is what i actually based the card design on. Recipe for the card is below: click on the pic to open it larger.

Cardstock - base is Whisper White, tempting Turquoise, Gable Green cardstock. Stamp set is "Circle Circus" & Simple Sentiments (an old hostess set from last year). I also added some "bling" by using Stampin' Up's Rhinestone brads (in "Ice Circles").
I stamped the circles on the TT cardstock in Versa Mark ink, and then used white embossing powder to heat emboss. I also ran the narrow strips of Gable Green thru my Fiskars Crimper tool for added demension.
Enjoy searching around your home for "everyday inspiration"!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Deal of the week!!

Well, it's time!! Stampin' Up's! final Deal of the Week is posted!! And here it is...

Heart to Heart punch
$10.99 (reg. 15.95) !

This punch is just a great staple tool to have in your collection, not only does it punch hearts --- but think of it "outside the box" as well, it also would make great mini butterflies (adhere two hearts together)!
If you would like to take advantage of this deal, simply shop online at or you can email me and pay via paypal or check, I DO plan on placing an order for myself this week, so if you are local, and want to save on shipping - email me to see if we can work out a deal! :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today i thought i would share a couple cards i did. The one on the right i taught in one of my clubs - it's a basic, cute summer card. The one on the left, i made for my upline, Kimberly as a thank you card. They both use the same stamp, and basic color scheme, but just put together differently. I will list the recipes below.

Left card: Background is Crushed Curry, Basic Black, topnote diecut in Bermuda Bay. Circles punched with the 1 1/4 " SU circle punch in Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Ribbon is Melon Mambo polka dot. Stamps are from the Holiday Blitz set (#114982) .

Right Card: Background is Sahara Sand cardstock, circles are punched with 1 1/4" SU punch in Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive Cardstock. Ribbon is bermuda bay. Stamps are same as the left side card.

I think this just shows how you can take one design, and twist it up to create a whole different card by adding an element or a couple new colors.

Just a reminder - the Deal of the week is only good until tomorrow at 10a.m.! If you haven't grabbed it yet, you will love it!! Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware for only 18.99!

It's on page 178 of your new catty (or page 175 of the previous catalog), you will get 200 (YES!! 200!!) pieces of hardware (brads, label holders, decorative brads, etc) for you to use in your cardmaking, scrapbooking, or papercrafts!

This is an unbelievable deal - reg. price on this is 29.95!! You save 30%!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Color Challenge for the Weekend!

Here is a color challenge for the weekend for you! For the "deep red" - you could use "Ruby Red" - from Earth Elements, or "Real Red" - bold brights. IF you do this challenge, please link me!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch

Mojo Monday sketches are here! Here is this weeks card sketch, i will post my card tomorrow! If you do this, please link me and link back to .
Have a great week!
PS- Don't forget about Stampin' Up's deal of the week, this week it is the designer Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, normally 29.95 - you can get it until monday for only $18.99, that's 30% off!!!

You can grab this right online at my SU site:

but, only til Monday 7/27 at 10am!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Color Challenge!

Hi everyone! Here is another color challege from Kristin W.'s blog - however, i dug thru the old ones to get this - as it doesn't look like she is keeping up current challeges, :( So.... i may end up doing my own! I have noticed SU colors everywhere i go now.. And i think - oh look! My skirt/shorts are SU coral, rose red, gable green... blah, blah, blah... you get the idea! So, i think i am just going to pick a day and upload my own challenge. Stay tuned.. but here is a great one to do for now.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cards For Heroes - July 24 6pm

Hi everyone! I will be posting later today with some cards i made over the weekend, but in the meantime, i wanted to let you know about Cards For Heroes - it is a wonderful organization that send cards overseas to our servicemen/women, for them to use to send home when their loved ones have birthdays, or anniversaries, or holidays, sympathy, etc... there are no card stores for them in the middle of where ever they are stationed. That's where we come in:

Friday night, July 24 at 6pm, join us at Portsmouth United Methodist Church, on East Main Rd. in Portsmouth RI as we create Cards for Heroes. There is no fee, and all cards will be shipped overseas for our military to use to send to loved ones.

No prior stamping/cardmaking skills are needed, just a passion to do something wonderful and have great fun!!

Visit for more info on this cause!

Hope to see you then!!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Don't Forget Bookmark

This was the basis of the bookmark that i did at our SU Club meeting last night -- i think the ladies really enjoyed making this, and i promised i would post the directions, so here you go!!

Don’t Forget bookmark

1. Scallop bottom edge of Old Olive textured card stock (3-7/8" x 4") using Scallop Edge punch. Mark top center point. Measure 2" down on right side and mark; repeat on left side. Score diagonal lines from center point to each 2" point. Fold score lines and adhere ends in back.

2. Adhere Old Olive Patterns Designer Series paper (3-7/8" x 3-1/4") to top of Old Olive textured card stock, folding corners around back of bookmark.

3. Stamp elephant image in Jet Black StazOn ink on Naturals White card stock. Watercolor image with Going Gray and Rose Red ink using blender pens. Punch out image using 1-3/4" Circle punch, and adhere to Metal Edge tag.

4. Punch flower from Rose Red textured card stock using Trio Flower punch. Punch hole in center of flower using 1/16" Circle punch, and attach Silver brad. Adhere flower to tag with Mini Glue Dot, and adhere tag to bookmark using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

5. Tie Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon around bookmark.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Now is GREAT to start a business!!

Saw this on You Tube, and was inspired to share it! With Stampin' Up's new $85 sign on promo (see pic to the right) --> NOW is a GREAT time to start a biz, or be in direct sales!! Wow!

Email me if you have questions, i would love to chat with you.. and explain how you can make some extra money doing what you love! (The discount on awesome stamps doesn't hurt either!LOL)

Weekly Deal!!

This weeks deal is for:

You'll feel like a big shot carrying around the Big Shot Doctor's bag! July 6-12, get the Big Shot Doctor's Bag for $49.99. That's nearly 30% off the regular price of $69.95!Throughout July, be sure to check my web site every Monday at 10 AM (MT) for the week's new deal.

Link is below:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Catalogs, New Mini Starter Kit promo, and new specials!! Wow!

Happy New Stampin' Up year!!!! It's here, it's here! The new 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog is HERE!!!

Check it out -

Click on the link to the right for my 24/7 shopping on my Stampin' Up! site, or visit and you can view the whole swwwweeeet catalog there!!

While you are there, check out the new Definately Decorative catalog -

Also, if you have EVER considered joining the Stampin' Up! family, there is a great chance to start your own business for only $85 coming up!!! We have a great new mini starter kit, that includes all the fun new In Color stuff, and best part is, you control what you want from it - you can make it a business, to earn some extra cash for things you need - or you can just buy for the 20% off discount on all your stamps and accessories! Check out the details:

While anytime is a great time to join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator, joining during July and August is especially sweet!
Starting your own Stampin' Up! business means free and discounted products, plus a little extra cash--and who couldn't use that? Plus, from July 15 - August 31, you can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for only $85!
The special, limited-time Mini Starter Kit contains many of the items you need to get started in your new business, including
For All You Do stamp set
In Color Classic Stampin' Pads (6)
Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Business forms and tools
Or if you want to buy the standard $199 Starter Kit, in addition to the supplies listed below, you'll get all six of the new In Color Classic Stampin' Pads and one pack of In Color assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")--a $43 value! The standard Starter Kit includes
Four stamp sets
A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge
Stampin' Pastels
Card stock
Eastern Blooms Décor Elements and applicator tool
Five Classic Stampin' Pads
VersaMark Pad
Stampin' Scrub and Mist
Blender pens
Business forms and tools
These special offers--the Mini Starter Kit and the In Color add-on to the standard Starter Kit--are only available for a limited time, so you must act fast!Benefits of Becoming a DemonstratorWhether you just love to stamp, or you want to grow a successful, thriving business, the Stampin' Up! opportunity is the right fit for you. Stampin' Up! demonstrators enjoy many benefits, with just a few listed below:
Product discount. Demonstrators get a 20 percent discount on all Stampin' Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. It's a great way to support your love of stamping and paper crafting.
Extra income. You'll earn extra income based on your sales and recruiting--how much extra income is up to you. Maybe you just want enough income to pay the electric bill every month, or maybe your goal is bigger--the monthly payment for your new car--it's your decision! See the Compensation Table for more information.
Flexible schedule. This is your business, so you can put in as much (or as little) time as you'd like.
Support from Stampin' Up! We love our demonstrators and it shows through our demonstrator support materials, including a monthly magazine, workshop ideas, and audio and video trainings on all kinds of topics available on our Demonstrator Web Site.

If i can assist you or answer any of your questions, please email me at . I would love to have you join my team! If you decide you are ready to join my family of demos - you will need the following password to enter on my site - first go to: and then you will click on join.. then you will be prompted for a password - please use : stacyv111


Now , if all this isn't enough -- Stampin' Up! has just introduced a Deal of the Week, each deal will run for approx. one week thru the month of July, and will change out weekly. This first deal of the week will end at 10am est. on 7/6. Here is this week's deal:

Item # 112091
Description - Scallop Edge Punch
Special Price - $10.99 (reg. 15.95)

You can shop the deal of the day on my site, or email me!