Saturday, October 31, 2009

Great Friend

Happy Halloween everyone! How many of you have over 2 feet of snow on the ground? Well, we sure do. :) It snowed all day Wednesday and Thursday - enough that all of the schools were closed and the city basically shut down. But... much to the dismay of my boys, OUR school was in session!! Ah, the beauty of homeschooling! :)

Okay, I just have to tell you once again how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new stamping desk!! It has sparked in me a renewed passion to get down there and STAMP! I have taken photos of it and will be posting them soon so you can all see it, but for now, just enjoy the fruits of my labor...

This is a beautiful set called Great Friend. I like it primarily because of the wonderful sentiment... "You're a friend who makes good times great," but I also love butterflies, so this set is right up my alley! I also want to reiterate how fabulous it is that we have the new In Colors in MARKERS! The sentiment was colored using markers, including the new Rich Razzleberry! Thank you, Stampin' Up!!

For a product spotlight, I must mention again how wonderful this beautiful Whisper White Organza Ribbon is. Each spool has 15 yards of this graceful delicacy - enough to embellish at least 36 cards! It is truly my favorite ribbon right now, and if you haven't tried it out for yourself, add it to your list for your next order! You won't be sorry! (Item 114319, $5.95)

Have a safe & happy Halloween!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Great Friend
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Versamark, Old Olive
Cardstock: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: Organza Ribbon
Tools: Curly Label Punch

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

I'm up very early this morning... got a call at 5:30am that all of the Jefferson county schools are closed - we're buried in snow. I'm still wondering why we got that call because my kids are homeschooled (...and our school WILL be in session)! But anyway, I couldn't go back to sleep, so here I am spending my morning with all of you!

I whipped up some quick Halloween cards over the last couple days... I like some better than others, but it was fun to just play.

With the exception of this last one, they all use the Batty For You set along with the Arachnophobia wheel and some Cast-A-Spell Designer Series Paper. The last one uses the Haunting wheel, which I embossed with Versamark and clear powder. The cardstock colors are Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Perfect Plum, & Basic Black.

Now... another update... I did manage to sell the "too big" computer armoire, and in hindsight, I'm so glad it didn't work out! I found something SO MUCH BETTER!! I can't wait to show it to you... right now, I'm still trying to get everything in its place, but I promise to share my new duds real soon!

Happy Halloween everyone - be safe!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What?!? Michele Stamped a New Card?!

Yes, indeed-y! I'm a little rusty at it, but I did manage to turn this one out last night...

It's quite simple, as you can see, but I wanted the focus to be on the little butterfly. This stamp set is a Hostess Level I set called "Of the Earth". I colored the stamp with the markers and even added a bit of a two-tone look to the flowers by using Lavender Lace as well as Elegant Eggplant. The sentiment is a nice quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The greatest gift is a portion of thyself." What a fitting thing to put on a homemade card, because to me, every time I give a homemade card, I think of it as giving a part of myself... my time, my talent, my love.

I hope everyone is having a great week! We're scheduled to get some snow overnight, so I'm going to get cozied up by the fire for the rest of the evening... maybe with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book! Oh, this is the life! :)

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Of the Earth
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, The Write Stuff Specialty DSP
Accessories: Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon
Tools: Scallop Edge punch

Monday, October 19, 2009

Another Deal of the Week!

A new deal has just been posted! You can take advantage of these special offers now through October 25th:

Basic Jumbo Grommets - originally $6.95,
NOW ON SALE for $4.49

1/2" Library Clips
- originally $6.95,
NOW ON SALE for $3.99

Circle Designer Brads
- originally $5.95,
NOW ON SALE for $3.99

Mini Library Clips
- originally $12.95,
NOW ON SALE for $8.99

You can click on the images or links above for more information, and all of these items are featured on page 179 of the current Idea Book & Catalog. Remember, you can order them at any time through my website, or contact me and I can order them for you.

As an update to an earlier post... I have been looking on Craigslist for a nice computer armoire, and I found a really nice one! We got it all the way home and halfway down our staircase when we realized that there was no way it was going to make the turn at the base of my steps! My arms and back were aching by the time we got it back up the stairs. Unfortunately, it is now sitting in my kitchen as I just re-listed it on Craigslist. I am bummed that it didn't work out, but it just wasn't meant to be, I suppose. So, the search continues...

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Deal of the Week!

Wow! This one is big!! Forgive me for being late on letting you know about it, but there's still time... order these terrific Big Shot Dies at these INCREDIBLE prices BEFORE 9:50am Mountain Time on October 19th!

Flower Burst Embosslit Die - original price of $11.95,
ON SALE for $5.99
This gorgeous flower has an Eastern influence and looks stunning with the Eastern Blooms stamp set. Embosslit dies add volume and dimension because they not only cut out the shapes, they also emboss portions of them!

Perfect Setting Bigz XL Die
- original price of $42.95,
ON SALE for $25.99
This die is part of Shelli's signature collection and it creates beautiful standard-size cupcake holders and napkin rings from cardstock, Designer Series Paper, or other materials!

Pop Up Three Tier Cake Bigs XL Die
- original price of $39.95,
ON SALE for $25.49
Take a look at this basic example to see what this incredible Die can create:

Remember you can place your order anytime through my website, or contact me and I can place it for you.

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Those of you who have been following my blog know that I haven't been stamping much lately... this move to Colorado has given me the quilting bug! Must be the crisp air? Anyway, I wanted to show you one of the little things I've spent time on... fabric coasters! This is nothing compared to the flannel rag quilts I've been making for the boys (of which I promise to show you soon), but these are super fun to whip up, and they make darling gifts.

I make a set of 6 that all coordinate together. Here's a closer look:

Then, I like to bundle them up with a bit of Stampin' Up! ribbon, like this:

Darling, huh?!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Requesting Help!

Hi everyone! I am needing your help... I am in the market for a nice crafting-cabinet-type thingie (similar to the one shown here, only not in yellow!). My loyal readers may remember my private stamping room back in Texas. Well, I don't have that anymore. (Instead, I get to look at beautiful mountains, so it's a good trade!) But, my white tables do not look so good in our basement corner and I'm wanting to find something that works better. I would prefer one of those armoir-type cabinets that can close up when not in use. Here is a website I found, and although theirs are gorgeous, they're a bit too pricey for me right now.

So, does anyone have a good place for me to look? Leave a comment - and if someone directs me to the place I buy from, I'll send you an extra special goodie in the mail! (so be sure to leave an e-mail addy or another way for me to contact you!)

From one crafter to another, I thank you!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Deals!

Although I'm not stamping so much these days, I do feel the obligation to let you know when there are great deals to be had... so, until October 12th, you can get these punches at these great prices:
Trio Flower punch for $10.99
5-Petal Flower punch for $10.99
My Way punch for $11.99

These are all found on pages 186-187 of the current Idea Book & Catalog and they normally cost $15.95. Take advantage of the discount - no minimum purchase and no limits. You can even order them online through my website at any time. And while you're there, don't forget to visit the Clearance Rack to find lots of great deals at prices up to 80% off!

In addition, now that the fabulous My Digital Studio is available (YIPPEE!!), they have included it in the new Demonstrator Starter Kit! For $185, you can start your own Stampin' Up! business (or support your own hobby!) and receive over $295 worth of wonderful Stampin' Up! products... INCLUDING the new My Digital Studio! If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to ask me.