Thursday, October 30, 2008

Christmas is a-coming....

Are you getting your cards done for mailing?? You know Christmas is less than 2 months away!! I've been working on my Christmas gifts and will post them as I can.

Here's one I just finished, very easy to do, for a blogger's challenge on Paper Wings. We had to use either Snowman Nativity or Ornamental Snowflake sets. Here is a list of other "angels" who are participating: (I will add to the list as I get them)
KellyRae C.
Diane H.
Jen C. - 2 blog posts - #1 and #2
Barb F. - 2 blog posts - #1 and #2
Laurie W.
Deb G.
Melisa W.

I used Amberly Grace SWIC, cardstock, and ribbon, a scrap of premium white cardstock, Snowman Nativity stamp set, Coluzzle Nested Oval, mat, swivel knife, Oasis Green Versamagic ink, Noir P.H. ink, and Prismacolor pencils. Now, are you thinking Christmas?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Still working on Christmas cards!

I'm still making cards to send to family, friends, and customers. Here's one I did for a sketch challenge on Paper Wings.

I used various greens from both DCWV Cardstock stacks, a scrap of white cardstock, the tree from the Holiday Magic stamp set, GWP Greetings (you can get it free with a $30 net order!), Mega Scallop Oval punch, Coluzzle Nested Oval, mat, swivel knife, Versamark Ink, Landscape PH ink, and a sanding block.

So, are you getting into the Christmas spirit? I've seen Christmas decorations in many stores already!! My goodness it seems way early but you know, November starts this weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm dreaming of a yellow Christmas??

It was a sketch challenge on Paper Wings that prompted this card. Very non-traditional, don't you think? LOL! All the colored cardstock is from the DCWV Brights Cardstock Stack and white premium cardstock. The tree and text is from the Joy of Christmas set. I used Chartreuse PH ink on both stamps then, on the tree, "thumped" yellow and green from my Brights Impress Markers. The ribbon is from some that we used to carry by Making Memories. A very fast, easy card! Do you know that Christmas is barely 2 months away!!! I went with my folks today into Tucson and nailed JoAnnes. Got lots of little wooden sled ornaments (not like the ones I posted earlier), and 2 wooden bone ornaments, a wooden picture frame, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Now to find the time to start painting.... Are you working on your Christmas cards and gifts yet??

Discontinued Products

Please note that the following products listed in the Fall/Winter 2008 Inspiration Book and Catalogue have been discontinued by the manufacturer and are no longer available for ordering purposes.

• F-508 5/8” Silver Binding Wire, catalogue page 114
• G-713 12 x 12 Black Embossed Faux Leather Album, catalogue page 12

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Great news!

Our Double Dips awards program has been extended 'til Dec. 3, 2008!!! This gives you an extra month of great deals! Remember, it is double the Gift With Purchase stamps (now 2 for every $30 in net orders), double the Hostess awards (now 2 for every qualifying net orders), and double the 1/2 price items (now 2 for every $100 in net orders). I've already have my customers in eastern Wyoming take advantage of this and was the hostess ever so excited to be able to fill her entire wish list!! To get these great deals you must contact me direct and not through my online catalog/shopping cart. There is a contact me button in the left side menu. Let me help you fill your stamping and scrapping needs and start creating more!

Also, we have a new deal available from November 1 - November 30. These are 2 "vintage" stamp sets that will be offered. They are great for coloring and will make wonderful additions to your cards for Thanksgiving.

I hope to post a card or something soon. I've been busy designing projects for the Design Call for our Spring/Summer 2009 catalog coming out February 2, 2009. So far I have 5 done and ready to go. I have to have them mailed early next week to beat the deadline so just about every available minute I've been creating. Yesterday it took me a few hours just to pull together an 8"x8" scrapbook page! I just couldn't get the look I was going for. I remember the last Design Call a card of mine made it into the catalog that I really didn't like so we'll see what happens.

So, are you enjoying fall? Here in southern AZ it's still very warm. I think the weather forecast is for temps in the high 80's. So nice! Well, back to designing!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tin can lid Ornament

This ornament is the result of a challenge on Paper Wings in honor of angel Rita Holmes, who has breast cancer. We had to use the color pink and one of her techniques that she posted to our Paper Wings online group. I used the Marker Thumping technique which is SOOO easy! I started with the tree from the Joy of Christmas set and inked it with Chartreuse ink. Next I took 3 markers and, starting with the lightest color, "thumped" them on the inked stamp. After "huffing" on the stamp to moisten the inks I then stamped it on my scrap of white cardstock and cut out. I inked the word Christmas from the Trendy Greetings set with a black marker and stamped it on the vellum. I cut out my circle of pink cardstock with my Coluzzle Nested Circle (don't forget you need the mat and swivel knife) and adhered it to the large can lid using 1/4" Wonder Tape. I adhered the tree then used my Crop-a-Dile to punch the hole and set the eyelet. I adhered the vellum using a dab of Dries Clear Glue then used Red Stickles to cover to glue so it wouldn't show. I had some red sheer ribbon to adorn the ornament. You can use any size lid to make your ornaments but you will need to find stamps to fit. They also would look pretty cool to adorn a gift. What other uses can you come up with??

Monday, October 13, 2008

Not much happening!

It's been a busy weekend and what stamping I got done I can't post until January as the items are for a design team call on Paper Wings On Line. Sorry. Also, TAC has a design call out for samples for the new spring/summer catalog coming out in February so I want to get some items done for that and they need to be in the mail in 2 weeks!! Ouch! As I work I will have items that I don't want to send in so I will be posting them.

Also, I updated my Livin' Hot blog today with a great recipe that I really like so please check it out!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hooting Owls

My cousin, Mary, is having a birthday soon and she has a great sense of humor so.....
this card is for her. I seen a card very similar on Splitcoast Stampers and just couldn't stop laughing! The "hooters" phrase was made on my computer and I tried to match the font of the Happy Birthday. The owls are from the new Fall Supplement set called Artsy Owls and I think they're just wonderful! The Happy Birthday is from the Trendy Greetings set and I use that set so much! The background for the card from is a Cuttlebug embossing folder and I used some DCWV white core paper and my sanding block. I colored the cute little rascals with my Prismacolor Pencils.

Now, how about you make a humorous card?? Have fun and I hope you didn't spray your computer monitor with your coffee when you seen this! But then, you did get your monitor clean.. LOL!

I have added some stuff to my "Livin' Hot" blog so click on the link in the Favorites and check it out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Pink Bind-It-All

My previous post had some problems so I deleted it and am trying again. We'll see how this one works!

You can find a complete detailed explanation of the new machine at Zutter or click here.

The Bind-It-All manufacturers have now remanufactured the tool to have a pink body style. The tool looks and works exactly the same, yet has a couple new features. The new design is able to punch through thicker material, and has an extension on the paper guide bar and plate. It is now a soft pink where it used to be a turquoise blue. To view a photo of the pink Bind-it-All go to the Products section of my E-Commerce site, or click here, click on Accessories, then click on Tools. From there, scroll down to the Bind-It-All.

The packaging that the product will arrive in is also slightly different. The new color helps to distinguish the newer version of the Bind-It-All from older versions. The new Bind-It-All pricing will be $80.95. This price change will take place immediately. Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and we look forward to sharing this fun, new, fashionable Bind-It-All with you.

Also, Double Dips is still going on!! I called TAC™ and verified that to get these awards and freebies you must contact me with your order. Going through my online catalog and shopping cart will not work for these. And this special ends Nov. 3 which means I need your order before then to get it into the office! So, don't forget!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New drawing to enter!!

The Angel Company has another great drawing!! Please click here to enter. You can only win if you enter the drawing! It's a Moxie/Roxie package of paper, ribbon, hardware, and stamps with a retail value of $53.80!!! Now, who wouldn't want a great "freebie" like this! Come on, click on the link and enter your information. And remember to check the correct box that you are currently taken by an angel if you are one of my great customers!

Also remember that Double Dips is going on this month. For a $100 order you get 6 GWP stamps, 2 Hostess A sets, and 2 half-price items! Plus we have a new Stamp of the Month which is wonderful (I may have to put in an order to get this one)! And I'm giving cards as a triple bonus for the first 3 orders until my ending date so get to my ecommerce site (unfortunately no way to get the free GWP stamps when ordering direct) or contact me and I'll get you all the benefits!!!
So, get it in gear. And did you know that Saturday the 4th is National Card Making Day? Take some time out and enjoy creating a card for that special someone!

Happy stamping!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

BooKoo Blessings!

This layout was a challenge on Paper Wings this week. I used Amberly Grace SWIC and matching cardstock for the papers and some navy cardstock for the layering. The little color samples on the bottom of the pattern papers was used for the little dots and I coated them with Crystal Lacquer. I used a stamp from Fancy Curls and Moonlight White Brilliance ink for the swirl and BooKoo Blessings and Noir PH ink on the beige panel. Such an easy card!

So, has anyone been putting together their order? Today starts the day for the new SOTM so watch the specials slideshow. I'll be updating it today!