Saturday, March 31, 2007

Baby shower card idea

I'm always recruited (offerbecauseilovedoingit) to make card whenever our department needs to give a card to someone at work. Here is the card I did for a co-worker's baby shower.

Monograms on cards and scrapbook pages are really popular right now. The baby's first name is going to start with an S, so I thought it would be cute to make that the focal point of the card. I love using chipboard letters, but I didn't have an extra S laying around, so I made it myself.

I know there are many ways to do this, but here's the way I do it.

First, open a new document in Microsoft Word.
Chose: Insert>Picture>WordArt. It will then prompt you to choose your WordArt style. I usually choose that first option - the outlined letters.
The next step is to choose a font that is large without too many intricate details - you are going to be cutting it out and you don't need to mess with that! Arial is a good basic choice.
Then, choose your font size. I usually just scroll all the way down and choose 96.
All you have to do next is enter your text and hit "enter."

Your text will appear on the page! Now you can adjust the text box to make the text the size you need. Additionally, you need to print it backwards so that when you cut it out the ink lines won't be visible. This is easy. Chose: View>Toolbars>Drawing if you don't already have that toolbar up. Then, chose: Draw>Rotate or Flip>Flip Horizontal.

I usually print it out in Draft mode on my printer so that the lines will be even softer. All you have to do is cut it out. I recommend using precise scissors, like the SU! Paper Snips - they allow you have to good control and can make delicate cuts even in small areas.

I ran my letter through my Xyron machine, but you could just as easily use mono adhesive, tacky glue, or glue dots. It would be really cute popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals, too.

(all SU! unless otherwise noted)

Stamps: Flower Fest (pg. 117 in the current Idea Book and Catalog)
Card stock: Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana
Patterned Paper: from the Just Delightful Simply Scrappin' Kit from SAB
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Color Wonder Crayons: Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana
Other: Blender Pen, Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Snail mono adhesive, Glue Dots, Xyron
Techniques: Paper Tearing, Color Wonder Crayons

Monday, March 19, 2007

One Sheet Wonder Mini Class

Hello! I wanted to invite you to the first of hopefully many mini classes I will be hosting occassionally!

I will be teaching the fun and functional One Sheet Wonder technique. This is an easy way to make accents for TEN cards and FIVE tags with one sheet of 12x12 paper! This is a great class for anyone wanting to get started with making cards, embellishing scrapbook pages, finding new ways to use the beautiful Stampin' Up! designer series paper (like the ones in the Spring Fever bundle), or just making a BUNCH of cards you need!
  • The cost of the class is $10 - you will receive paper and ribbon to make your own 10 One Sheet Wonder cards and tags AND you will get a $5 gift certificate (redeemable the night of the mini class ), in addition to the template so that you can make your own One Sheet Wonder cards at home.
  • The mini class will be from 7-9pm on Wednesday March 28th at my house.
  • You can pay with cash or check (by mail or in person) or you can pay with PayPal through the link in the sidebar.
  • If you bring a friend who has never stamped with me before you AND your friend will receive a special discount.
  • I will also be showcasing my new Book to Look gift bags - you'll have to come to check them out! :)
  • You MUST register by Sunday March 25th. The PayPal link will come down at 11pm on Sunday.

Email me if you have any questions!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

It's the IN thing to do!

Don't you love the In Colors offered this year?

It is exciting to be a part of such a dynamic company - Stampin' Up! obviously keeps up with current trends not only in product design, but in color choice. This is such a versatile palette that can be used alone or in combination with our other colors.

I personally love the way Cool Caribbean looks with Close to Cocoa; and the trio of Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme and Sahara Sand is beautiful. What combinations do you like?

The '07 In Colors are available in Classic Stampin' Pads, Ink refills, 8.4" x 11" card stock (as individual colors or as an assorted pack of all 6 colors), and 12" x 12" card stock (assorted only). Do you see what's missing?! MARKERS! I was so bummed that the fabulous In Colors weren't available as markers, until I went to Regionals!

I learned an easy way to create my own markers using the In Colors classic ink refills. It's so inexpensive and works GREAT!

Here's how to do it.

You will need: In Color classic ink refills (I did all 6 colors) (pg. 201), 1 package of In Colors Assorted Card stock (pg. 201), and 1 package of Blender Pens (pg. 225). You will also need a 1/4" circle punch (pg. 220) and Mini Glue Dots (pg. 226).

First, punch out a circle from the corner of each sheet of assorted In Color card stock. Set the punched circles aside.

Next, uncap one end of a Blender Pen and one bottle of In Color classic ink refill. Simply drop the ink from the bottle directly onto the Blender Pen tip. You will see the tip absorb the ink quickly. Rotate the pen around so that it is fully coated with ink.

Replace the cap, and repeat with the other end of the Blender Pen, and all the rest of the Blender Pens.

One box of Blender Pens = Six tips - perfect for the 6 In Colors!

Don't forget about your little circle punches! Use your Mini Glue Dots to adhere the punched circles to the inside of the lid and base of the Blender Pen box - be sure to match them to the colors you used on each Blender Pen tip.

There you have it - you've made your own In Color markers. Perfect for drawing, edging card stock, and (of course!) inking stamps!

Have fun!

Friday, March 9, 2007

Free stamps

Stamping is such a fantastic creative outlet. From cards, to scrapbooking, to paper crafts, and even decorating - if it can stay still for 3 seconds, you can stamp on it! And when you are a stamper anything FREE makes you happy because it gives you one more thing to play with! (And you are probably on a limited budget. Must! Have! More! Stamps!)

So you can just imagine how excited I was to earn FOUR *FREE* stamp sets this week! As a Stampin' UP! Demonstrator we get all kinds of perks. As if it's not enough that I get to earn money having fun and doing what I love, I also get to earn free stamps!

I got to choose 2 free sets for meeting my Stampin' Start goals during my first three months as a demonstrator. TWO - any price - sets from the current catalogs. I chose two of the alphabet sets that I didn't have because, really, you can never have too many alphabet stamps! :)

Then, in addition to those I got to choose TWO more free sets for meeting my Sell-a-bration goals! How awesome is that?! I chose two floral sets that I am going to use with my new Watercolor Wonder Crayons! I'll be teaching my Stamp Clubs how to use them later this month. You are in for a huge treat!

If YOU are interested in doing what I do - making money while playing, creating, and earning free stamps, ask me about joining Stampin' Up! It's one of the best decisions I've ever made!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Doo Doo Doodle!

Have you had a chance to look through the Spring Mini Catalog yet? I'm putting my order in for all the Polka Dots & Paisley Bundles this Friday - be sure to let me know if you would like to place an order. I've got orders from several people and I don't want to miss anyone!

In the meantime, here's a little sample of the fun you could be having with the Doodle This set from the Spring Mini - only $14.98 with your Polka Dots & Paisley Bundle! :)

Materials (all SU! unless otherwise noted):

Stamps: Doodle This set

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark

Markers: Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal

Other: Pastel chalks, Blender Pen, Copper Cord, Classy Copper embossing powder

Techniques: Heat embossing, Pastels, Sponging

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Catch the fever!

You'll save a bundle during March with Stampin' Up!'s Spring Fever Promotion! From March 1 through March 31, you'll get 50% off any one item in the new Spring Mini Catalog when you purchase the Polka Dots & Paisley Bundle! Or you can host a workshop totaling $400 or more (before tax and shipping) during March and get 50% off any one item from the Spring Mini Catalog with no purchase required!

Don't have the Spring Mini Catalog yet? Let me know and I'll get you one right away. Or you can view it online HERE.

Give me a call or email today to schedule a workshop, class, or to place your order. You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity!
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