Saturday, January 31, 2009

Big Shot Pennant Banner

Hello Stampers and thanks for checking out my second post of the day! As I mention before I participated in a swap with other demonstrators this morning. The only requirements for this swap was to make a 3D project using our Big Shot. Anything but a card is acceptable for this swap!

I always tend to stress a little bit when I'm in a 3D swap. I wonder, what are the other demos doing? Will the other demos like my project? Do I like my project? You know just the normal everyday worries right? :o)

Well when I signed up for this swap I had two ideas in mind. The first idea was to do a pennant flag that said Love. I started to work on that idea and it wasn't looking very well, so . . . that idea got scrapped and I started on my back up idea. A fabric banner using the Pennant Die! Which created the biggest question of all . . . What should it say?

I thought about doing a LOVE banner, like the one I have shown HERE! Then I decided that Valentine's day was just to close for the other demos to use it for very many events. Who wants a love banner in March or April?

My next thought was to do a banner for St. Patrick's day. Should I put luck or lucky? I knew St. Patrick's day was just to long to try, so I decided to much stress there and I would moved onto the next idea . . . a banner that they can use year round!!!

I'll do each demonstrator's first name! But what if they didn't like it? Would it just end up in the trash, because they couldn't think of anyone with the same name that would enjoy the fabric banner?

SO. . . I finally decided to just do the word STAMP! Everyone likes to stamp right? I thought they could hang it in their stamp room, or where ever they may hold their make and take classes at. I also thought it could be passed to other members in their downline if they want to display it at one of their events.

So I had my mind made up! and off to JoAnn's on my lunch break I went! . . . then I encounter my next problem??? What color/fabric should I use??? I'm a pink person, so I thought about using pink. But then I thought surely not every demo in our swap liked pink, so maybe I should do blue or green or red. I found some orange that almost won, because it looked like Tangerine Tango. At least I think it did, but I didn't have my catalog or a card sample with me to compare the colors so I didn't get that color either.

Then my shopping cart took me to the Holiday clearance fabric. . . would any of this work? Of course not. :o( Although I almost got some Halloween fabric to make another spooky banner.

FINALLY . . . (after 1/2 hour) I found the fabric! The heaven open, angels sang and the sun started to shine. . . OK. . maybe that all didn't happen, but I was excited I found one I thought the majority of the demos would like. It was purple with stars. I thought to myself this would go perfect in my stamp room and it was subtle enough I hoped it would work with everyone stamping space. :o)

So when I got home I started to work on cutting out all of the supplies. There were 11 demonstrators signed up for the swap, so I knew I had a lot of cutting to do before I was done.

As I was just getting ready to start cutting on my dinning room table I remembered the other night when I was in the basement I saw a fabric cutting board/pad/mat (or whatever it's called) in the spare room downstairs. So I ran down to get it and got busy cutting. After all it was Wednesday night and I was swapping the banners on Saturday!!!

As I mentioned 11 demonstrators participated so I had to cut out 55 Pennant dies! Of course I only had to make 10, but since I knew I couldn't live with myself if I didn't keep one to display I still needed to make 11.
Above is the first stage in my fabric banner! At this point I had cut out 55 pennants and a bunch of scallop circles. It was after midnight, so I quit and went to bed.

The next morning (Thursday) Blake had me up at 6 am so I had time to cut out all of my letters I needed before I went to work.

Remember I decided to do STAMP, so I cut out 55 letters. As you can see from the photo below I also cut out small scallop circles too. . . . 242 circles to be exact!



After work on Thursday you might recall that the other demonstrators came over to cut card stock for the bash. Since I was keeping it a surprise I had to pick up everything, hide the fabric and set out my tables to cut card stock on.

After the demos left and I ate supper (Steak & Shake. . thanks Rocky) and I start to glue the banners together. Thursday night ended up being another up past Midnight night working on my swaps, but I was making headway! Before I went to bed I had 6 banners glue together and spread out on the tables to dry!


Friday morning my wonderful husband had made a 7:30 am appointment for me to take our 2 dogs to Alpha to visit Dr. Pat for their annual shots, so it was another early morning up at 6:15. Dr. Pat had us in and out and we were home by 8am. He Rocks!

While Blake watched his cartoons I was able to glue together my final 5 pennant banners! Whew . . one more thing off of my to do list!

By now I'm sure your either thinking OK lady show me the darn photo, or you've already quit reading and scrolled to the bottom to look. Either way I'm just happy you stopped by today to check out my blog, and sorry about the long post. I worked really hard on this banner and I thought it would be fun for you to read all of the things I thought about before I made this 3D project.

So . . here at last is my Big Shot Banner:

Supplies Used:
Fabric, Fabric Glue, Big Shot, Pennant Die, Serif Alphabet, Scallop Circle #2, Standard and Extended Cutting Pads And a REALLY GOOD ARM to keep cranking out supplies for 11 fabric banners! :o)

Wondering how much fabric it takes to make a banner? I purchased 4 yards of the dark purple fabric and 2 yards of the light purple and that made 11 Banners. I have some scraps of the dark purple left over and about 1/2-3/4 yard of light purple.

Thanks again for stopping back by today!
Georgia

Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz XL Die

Hello Stampers!

Today is going to be a double post. Why you ask? Well I want to share with you my Big Shot 3D swap, but I want those demonstrators who are attending the StampAttic's meeting and receiving the swap this morning to be surprised when they see it. I'm not sure if any of them check my blog out, but just in case I'll wait. :o)

What does this mean for you? Well It means you'll need to check my blog twice today as my second post will be up at noon! Thanks!

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OK . . for my first post I want to show you more about the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz XL Die for the Big Shot. My new stuff just came and I had a chance to play a little on my lunch break on Friday. There just have not been enough hours to play in the day, but I hope that will change soon.

First here is a picture of my new goodies. I got the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz XL Die, Lots of Tags 4-pack Sizzlits, Background #1 Texturz Plates, Impressions Pad, Silicone Rubber, all of the new ribbons, Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons, Best Ever Simply Scrappin' Kit (Keep watching my blog for a b-day card stamp a stack in March using this kit!),Clear Rhinestone brads and A Little Somethin' Level 2 Hostess set. I'm sure there is more, but I just can't recall what else I ordered off of the top of my head. :o)


I got the Movers & Shapers Curly Label die, because I just knew I wanted to recreate the card shown on page 195 of the catalog. . . and guess what??? I did! :o)

Before I share with you my version of the card I want to show you an actual picture of the die. By looking in the catalog I just couldn't picture what it would look like, and how the movable piece actually worked. Well after I opened the package I knew right away how it worked.


The movable piece has magnets on the back, so you can move it were you want it to be. How great is that!!!





So here is my version of SU's Card. I didn't have all of the supplies they used, but I made due with what I had on hand. You can see SU's card HERE if you want to compare the two. The main change I made was I used a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the middle of the flower. Besides that everything was pretty much the same. Colors used are Old Olive and Bashful Blue. don't you just love the new stripped Old Olive Ribbon? I wish SU had every color in stripped ribbon.





Here is another photo, so you can see how the card stands up! If you are a card club member you can bet you'll be making this card in February! Not sure of the color yet! :o)




OK . . now don't forget to come back at Noon (or after) and check out my blog for my 3D Big Shot Swap!

Thanks for stopping and Happy Stamping!

Georgia

Friday, January 30, 2009

Candy Jar

Hello Stampers!

I have been so busy getting ready for the new catalog bash. Last night I had a house full of ladies that were here to cut card stock for the bash. Everything for the 4 make and take projects was cut and stuffed into bags and everyone was gone within 3 hours. Talk about fast! If you're signed up for the bash you'll love the projects. Each project uses a Sale-A-Bration stamp set.

Remember you can get a Sale-a-Bration product for FREE with a $50 purchase . . I can start to place orders on February 1st, but I can take and "hold" your orders now. I will also be "holding" all orders placed at the bash until this Sunday, so that you can earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product!

And remember starting 2/1 you will receive a FREE catalog with any online purchase. If you already have a catalog you can share it with a friend. She'll thank you for all of the ideas!

After the bash is over I will have a ton of ideas to share with you! Including 11 3D Big Shot projects!!! I'm excited. I am participating in a 3D Big Shot swap tomorrow. As I sit here and type this (Thursday night) my 3D Big Shot Swap project is almost done. I'm going to work for another hour, which will make it midnight and then go to bed.

OK enough talk! It's sample time!

For today's sample I wanted to share with you an altered frap bottle. You might remember these from my craft show displays and you should, because it's basically the same. The only change I made was replace Santa with a heart from the Happy Heart Day stamp set. Oh . . I replaced the candy canes with peppermints too. I thought some people might not like to see candy canes in February!



Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Georgia

Thursday, January 29, 2009

15% OFF Starter Kit!

Hello Stampers!!!

I just wanted to pass along the information that Stampin' Up! has a new promotion starting on Sunday, February 1st! I am so very excited about this promotion, because they have discounted the Stampin' Up! starter kit by 15% off of the regular price of $199.

That's $335 worth of products for only $169. Add on the extra stamp set (up to a $47.95 value) you get to pick for joining during Sale-a-brations and you come to a total savings of $213.95!! Wow. . . I'm excited. . how about you?
So what's in a starters kit? You receive everything shown below.


The picture is kinda small, so I'll list the items for you:

Stampin' Supplies

  • 4 Stamp Sets (Eastern Blooms, Fun & Fast Notes, Big Bold Birthday and Fundamental Phrases, or 4 sets of your choice at the same or lower price)
  • Fast Flowers Stampin' Around Wheel or a a standard size wheel of your choice
  • Stampin' Around Handle (standard size)
  • Pixie Pink ink cartridge for the standard size handle, or color of your choice
  • Stampin Pastels
  • 2 Packages 8 1/2 x 11 Assorted card stock (your choice of color family)
  • 1 package of 3 Blender Pens
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Decor Elements (decorative vinyl images; Large Kraft Parisian Damask or Decor Element of your choice at the same or lower price)
  • Decor Element Applicator Tool
  • Stampin' Scrub
  • Stampin' Mist (2 oz bottle)
  • VersaMark Pad
  • 5 Classic Stampin' Pads (your choice)

Business Supplies

  • Catalogs, business forms and other printed materials to get your business started off right!

Optional Stampin' Memories Add-On $50

  • Schoolbook Serif Alphabet Set (or alphabet set of your choice at $43.95 or less)
  • 1 12x12 Assorted pack of Card Stock (your choice of color family)
  • Petal Party Simply Scrappin' Kit (or your choice of kit)
  • Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad (or your choice of color)
  • Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler (or your choice of color)

And Just a reminder that I am having an opportunity night on Sunday, February 8th starting at 6:30 to answer any of your questions! Of course you don't have to wait until then to sign up! You can sign up this Sunday February 1st and take advantage of the 15% off starter kit and bonus stamp set!

Contact me at 309/221-9288 or georgia@mustainlaw for my recruit password. Click HERE to go on over to my Official Stampin' Up! website!

I can't wait to have you in my SU/GlitterBees family!

*Georgia*

Just Buzzin' By!

Hello Stampers!


When I first saw the stamp set Just Buzzin' By I knew I had to get it. . . why you ask? Well because I a member of the GlitterBees. I think you get the idea!

I often go online to find inspiration to make cards, and when I'm in a hurry I often CASE the cards I see. Well this week as been so busy that I definitely had to CASE a card to show you.

Do you recall what CASE stands for? Create And Share Everything . . and thank goodness for that. I cased Tashanlundy's card she posted online. However, I made a card very similar to the card below this past summer. I used the stamp set Pun Fun and double layered the squares. . . does this ring a bell to anyone? That card was a CASE card too, so maybe we were both inspired by the original creator? Who knows.

Anyway . . onto the sample!!!

I used More Mustard card stock and stamped the images with More Mustard classic ink. I used my White gel pen to outline the images and use my More Mustard marker to color on some of the hive. The bees were stamped in Basic Black classic ink and colored in with my More Mustard marker and Blush Blossom marker.


If you look close below you will see I added glitter to the bees wings. . . after all I am a GlitterBee! ;o)



In this photo above you can also see I used the Spiral punch to punch on the Basic Black card stock and before I stuck everything together I used my More Mustard ink pad and applied ink directly onto the Whisper White card stock.

As you read the above descriptions you might have noticed that I mention I used the Classic Ink Pads. I often get asked what's the difference between Classic and Craft ink pads. . . . so here's the scoop!

Classic Stampin’ Pads are dye based ink that are water soluble. Dye inks are transparent and absorb into the paper. They also dry quickly on all types of paper making them easier to work with. Dye inks are not waterproof and the colors will bleed if they get wet. Dye inks are safe for scrapbooks, but will fade over time.

Craft Stampin’ Pads are pigment based ink, which is a dry powdery agent that uses a binding agent to help it adhere to paper. Craft pads contain natural binding agents that are safe for use in scrapbooks. Craft ink sits on top of the paper and does not absorb, so they take longer to dry and are a good choice to use as an embossing ink. Craft ink is often preferred for scrapbooking because pigment inks are more resistant to fading than most dye inks.

All this being said, I prefer to use the Classic Ink for most of my stamping. I have used them almost exclusively since I started to stamp and scrapbook and have not noticed any fading. I love that they dry almost instantly, I don’t want to have to wait for my ink to dry before I can finish my projects. I do use the Craft Inks and for certain projects they are the best choice. I love stamping a light color on a dark card stock. And I love using them with clear embossing powder.

The Craft Stampin' Spots are a GREAT choice if you don't use the pigment ink as often as the dye ink. You should try both to see which is right for you.

Happy Stamping!

Georgia

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Announcement - Discontinued Coluzzle Cutting System

Our manufacturer of the Coluzzle has recently discontinued both the Starter Set (item 102264) and the Refill Blades (item 102721). We no longer have any inventory of the Refill Blades, and they are now unavailable for order. We will continue to sell the Coluzzle Starter Set until inventory has been depleted. Please make a note of this in your catalog on page 188.

What Can I Say Box

Every month Stampin U! Sends every demonstrator a FREE catalog called Stampin Success. It’s packed full of information, samples and ideas to help us in our business. The best thing about the catalog is that they provide projects for us to demonstrate at our up coming events.

Why am I telling you this??? Well today’s sample comes from the February edition of Stampin Success and I wanted to show you how easy it is to have ideas to demonstrate. I'm ready to have you join my Stampin' Up! family. Near or far you can be a part of my downline, called the GlitterBees and receive support along your journey in building your business!!!

Stampin' Up! is a great company to work for. The only sales requirement you have is $300 a quarter. This breaks down to only $100 a month. You can either personally purchase this amount; Sell to you close friends and family members, or hold workshops and other events. You get to set your own schedule and decide how busy or not busy you'd like to be.


Which brings me to my next topic before the sample. . . . Opportunity Night! The next opportunity night I'm holding is on Sunday, February 8th at my home in Galesburg starting at 6:30pm.

What is opportunity night? Well is basically a Q & A session where you can learn more about Stampin' Up! from the demonstrators side. I have a short video to share with you, I talk a little bit and course I will have a make and take project for you. There is no cost for this event, but I ask that you RSVP by 2/6 so I can prepare the make and take supplies.

Now is the time to JOIN!
As you may recall Sale-a-Bration (SAB) starts on February 1st and when you join Stampin' Up! during SAB you get to pick a FREE stamp set from the catalog. This is up to a $47.95 value!

I can't think of a better time to join Stampin' Up! then during SAB. Since SAB runs until 3/31 you will have plenty of time to hold a SAB open house (which I can help with) to start your business off with a bang!

Weather you just want to make enough to help pay your family's power bill, or you're interested in earning an incentive trip SU is the company for you!

Now onto the Sample. . thanks for reading my "commercial" by the way!

Our what can I say box is quick and easy to make, so it's just right for demonstrating! This box is so simple, you won't even need to prepare the card stock ahead of time - you can put the entire box together with you guest watch!

Your card stock should be 8 1/2" wide, but you can use any height- this will determine how tall your box is!

First let me show you the 3 steps to make your own box.
Here is the sample as shown in the Stampin' Success Magazine:

SU Supplies- Stem Sayings set; Old Olive and Pacific Point textured card stock; Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad; Flower Fusion Accents & Elements; Whisper White 3/8" taffeta ribbon; Earth Elements & Neutrals Buttons; Stampin' Dimenstionals; Crafters' Tool Kit; crochet thread.

Now here are my samples:

My Supplies- Chocolate Chip Card Stock or Baja Breeze Card Stock; Flower Fusion Accents & Elements II; Scallop Edge Punch; Sticky Strip; Gold Brad; Crafers' Tool Kit

Notice how I change it. I want it to be simple and quick to put together, and I cranked out 11 of these while watching a Jon & Kate + 8 episode Monday night. Did you know Jon & Kate are moving? LOL :o)

Thanks for looking (and reading) today and I look forward to seeing you at my opportunity night! Don't forget to register: georgia@mustainlaw.com or 309/343-9356. ALSO if the 2/8 does not work for you contact me about a 1 on 1 appointment!

Talk to you soon!
Georgia

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just Buzzin' By Frame Art!

Hello Stampers!


Today I want to share with you a little piece of frame art that I had the pleasure of making back in December. It was designed by Julie, who is my 5 level up Upline! Thanks Julie I had so much fun making it.


The stamp set used is a new in the Spring/Summer Catalog and is called Just Buzzin' By (113228 $27.95). BTW - ALL stamp sets in the current catalog are DIE CUT!! Just pop and stick and you're ready to stamp!


Just Buzzin' By is a fun stamp set to watercolor. First I stamped the images using Basic Black ink onto my Water Color paper. Then I squeezed the classic ink pad to get a "puddle" of ink on the lid and used my aqua painters to water color the images.




The WELCOME is a Decor Element and it's the small size (114749 $2.95). Remember you can view the whole Decor Elements Catalog by clicking the stamping link on the right side of this page.

If you have any questions, please ask!
Thanks for looking!
Georgia

P.S.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the final day to pre-register for the 1/31 bash!
Sale-a-Brations starts 2/1 and runs until 3/31. My calendar is filling up fast, so please contact me ASAP to book your Sale-a-Bration event!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Valentine Treat!

Hello Stampers and Happy Monday!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I was blessed to have a lot of family time and I am always grateful when I do get to spend time with my family. Blake's potty training is going wonderful and we have been to the store to purchase new undies for him! Rocky is doing well too. Last night Rocky and I played volleyball over in Knoxville, and I am so sore as I sit here and type this. It's a good sore, but sore none the less. :o)

Before I went to bed last night I finished a project I started when my friend Julie was over on Saturday morning stamping! I used the stamp set and punch from the Love You Much bundle.

Stampin' Up!'s Love You Much Bundle (item 115405) contains the perfect products to create fun and fanciful Valentine's Day projects that say "I love you" from the heart. Now through January 31st you can purchase the Love You Much Bundle at 20% off the retail value!

The bundle includes the Love You Much stamp set, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper and Heart to Heart punch. Retail value of $51.85 . . . SALE PRICE $41.48. That's a savings of over $10!!! Click HERE to view the special!

The hearts are perfect size to adhere to a 1 3/8" circle punch, and the best thing about this stamp set bundle, besides the fact it's on sale, is that the punch will punch out the hearts for you. I love it when I don't have to cut something out by hand.


For the project below I used the Love You Much stamp set and the Heart to Heart punch. I also used the Scallop Circle punch and 1 3/8" Circle punch. Card stock include: Regal Rose, Real Red, Pretty In Pink and Whisper White; Accessories: 5/8" Regal Rose Ribbon and Stampin' Dimensionals


It's hard to tell from the photo above, but the bottle has a belly band around it made up of the new Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper. Here is a close up of the belly band.

If you would like to see this fun project in person it will be on display this Saturday at the New Catalog Bash in Galesburg, IL. Those of you who are attending don't forget to bring your camera. There will be lots of samples using the new supplies from the NEW CATALOG!

If you are not registered for the bash, please click HERE for more details. ALSO, please note that this WEDNESDAY is the final day to register for the bash. There are only a limited number of 15 supply bags available at the door, so you'll want to make sure you register by Wednesday to ensure your entry to the bash! This bash is the best stamping events in the area and you won't want to miss it.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Georgia

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Busy Day & Home Sign

Hello Stampers,

Saturday was a very busy and productive day for me. How about you? The first thing I did when Blake woke me up at 6:30 am was take him to the bathroom to pee. Yes that's right Blake has started potty training on Thursday, and I'm so excited. He is doing great!

After we made our way downstairs I started to clean up my stamp desk, because I had a friend coming over to stamp. (Hi Julie!) Remember how nice my new stamp desk looked when I first showed it to you? Well from the looks of this photo below you can tell I have been using my desk. :o) I have good news to report that I got most of it picked up! I thought I sneak in a photo of my mess. Not much room to stamp.


After cleaned my desk off I started to stamp. A few months ago I found a really cool idea online that I just knew I wanted to try it.

I started by using the Neighborhood Jumbo Wheel and coloring in a few houses. As you can see from the photo below I used my markers to color the houses and then I cut them out.


My next step was to cut out letters using my Big Shot, Chocolate Chip card stock and Serif Essentials Alphabet Bigz Dies.

Are you wondering what the circles are? They are 4" circle coasters covered in Bella Rose Designer Series Paper. I used my sanding blocks to smooth and "weather" the edge a bit.

If you look close you'll see I used my Crop-a-Dile and Jumbo Pewter Eyelets then tied Chocolate Chip Ribbon through each one.

I haven't decided where I'm going to hang this yet. Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by today, and I look forward to your suggestions!

- Georgia

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Botanical Blooms

Happy Saturday Stampers!

I'm so excited that you decided to visit my blog today, and I have a couple of photos to share with you today. This first photo was a snap shot of my Hostess Appreciation Night, which was last night. I held a special event for all of my 2008 hostesses. If you would like to attend next year's event, all you have to do is call or e-mail me to schedule your 2009 workshop and you'll be put on the list!

If you look close in the photo you can see the decor element on my wall. It's called Long-Stem Silhouette. Did you know that there is an image in Stampin' Up!'s Pocket Silhouette Stamp Set to match?


I had a big batch of Chili on the stove and after we ate the stamping began.


My 2008 hostess are VIPs and besides going home with door prizes and little goodies bags each lady got to make 2 projects. They even got to use my new Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Botanical Blooms to make the card shown above.

As I mention before Sale-a-Bration starts on February 1st and runs until March 31st. I'd love for you to be a Sale-a-Bration hostess. My month of February is filling up fast, call or e-mail me soon to book your party!

Colors used are: Whisper White, Rose Red and Chocolate Chip. The Chocolate Chip card stock was cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and ran through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die. After stamping the images and assembling the card front the card stock was adhered to Whisper White card stock, which was cut at 3 x 8 and folded in half.

Besides food and stamping there was fun. At least I hope everyone had a nice time. Sorry it got loud when Blake tried to play the "drums" with two bone folders. I guess that just another use for a bone folder. :o)

I'd like to say a very special thank you to the ladies who were able to stay and play games. I had the most fun watching Sarah draw Hodgepodge Hardware. Very creative!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Georgia

Friday, January 23, 2009

Dorman List

Hello Stampers!

With every catalog there are stamps sets that do not retire, yet they are not in the current catalog. When that happens they are move to the dorman list! The Dormant List contains stamp sets that, while they have not been retired, are not listed in the current catalog. These sets are available for purchase during the listed timeframe and may or may not be listed again in future catalogs. You can view the current dormant list HERE and I will keep a link on the right side of this page for easy referrance.

Q/A
Can I still order the stamp set on the dormant list?
YES!

Will these stamp sets appear in the next publication?
Maybe. We never know what is going to be moved back into the next catalog, what will stay on the dormant list and what stamp sets will move to the retired list until it is announced.

Why have a dormant list?
Stampin' Up! has a dormant list to allow stamp sets, which are not in "season" to still be ordered and at the same time frees up space in the current catalog for new stamps! For example. You won't find many Christmas stamp sets in the current catalog as you will in the Fall/Winter catalog. This is simply because the demand for those stamps is not there. SU moves stamps to the dormant list so you can still purchase them should you choose, so yes you can have Christmas in July! :o)

Heat & Stick Powder

Hello Stampers!

Today I have something to share with you. It's a video on how to use Stampin' Up!'s Heat & Stick Powder. The picture below is chipboard after using the heat and stick powder to apply dazzling diamonds.


You'll have to pardon the video a bit, because I was trying to hold the camera while I was trying to demo the heat and stick powder. Next time I'll grab my husband to run the camera. :o)

video

OK! Now you've watched the video. Do you want to know what I did with the pieces of chip board covered in Dazzling Diamonds? Well I made snail and/or scissor charms for some VIPs who are attending my 2008 Hostess Appreciation Night! Thanks ladies, and I hope you like them!




Thanks for taking time to stop by and if you have any questions please ask!

-Georgia

BTW ~ Today is the final day to pre-register for the New Catalog Bash, which is scheduled for January 31st. Cost is $15. Click HERE for more details! I hope you can make it!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Spring/Summer 2009 Stampin' Supplies

When you get your new catalog you will notice that the "recipes" for the projects that you find in the back of the catalog are no longer there. I'm guessing SU removed them to make room for the Big Shot and Big Shot Accessories.

But don't worry. . . you don't have to try to guess if they used Riding Hood Red or Rose Red, because you can access the "recipes" file online by clicking here! You will love this new and improved list with PICTURES of each project! Print this and keep it handy with your catalog. I also added a link at the right side of this page.

If you have questions, please ask!

Happy Stamping, and I hope you get some ink on your fingers today. Blake was up at 6am, so I had a chance to play with my stamps before I went to the office!

- Georgia

Big Shot - Movers & Shapers Curly Label

Hello Stampers!

I am waiting for my 1st order from the new catalog to arrive, but I couldn't wait any longer to share with you the new Big Shot die I ordered. I got the Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz Die and I am so very excited! This die was designed to coordinate with the Curly Label punch Bundle, which I just added to my collection last month!


Movers & Shapers Curly Label (114506 - $39.95)

Cut and score a card while cutting out a decorative piece from the card front at the same time! The Curly Label die includes a grid on the inside which allows for exact placement of the moveable label piece. This die also coordinates with Curly Label Punch Bundle. You'll need to use a Big Shot machine and extended cutting pads with this die. This die is rule-based die and can cut up to 50 different materials.

Below is a card sample I got from Stampin' Up! I'm planning on having club members make this at our February clubs. They won't have to put a lot of effort into this intricately designed window card. With our Movers & Shapers die and coordinating Curly Label Punch Bundle, we can't go wrong! What do you think? Of course I'm going to alter a bit, so that I can use most of the supplies I have on hand!

Thank You Window Card

SUPPLIES
Curly Label Punch Bundle
Soft Subtles 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Earth Elements 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Neutrals 12X12 Textured Card Stock
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker
Old Olive 1/2 Inch Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware
Trio Flower Punch
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine
Movers & Shapers Curly Label

Thanks for Stopping by!

Georgia

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2009 Calendar Bookmark

Hello Stampers,


Today I wanted to share with you a very quick and easy bookmark calendar that I stamped for my club members this month.




I printed the 2009 calendar onto whisper white card stock and then cut out each calendar. Next I used Almost Amethyst ink and stamped an image from the stamp set Pocket Silhouettes. Finally I adhered the Whisper White card stock onto Almost Amethyst card stock and the project was done!




If you would like to recreate your own 2009 bookmark calendars, please leave me a comment and I will send you the pdf file for the calendars.

Thanks for stopping by!

Georgia

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Free Catalog

Hello Stampers,

As you know yesterday was the 1st day to order from the new Idea Book & Catalog. I'd like to thank everyone who e-mailed me an order yesterday. I placed it and it's in order to be picked. As with any new catalog it is expected for Stampin' Up!'s ship times to be a little bit longer than normal. I'll let you know as soon as I have a ship date. I'm sure you're as excited as I am about receiving your new goodies.

Before I forget I'd like to remind all of my 2008 hostesses that my hostess appreciation night is this Friday. Make sure to get your RSVP in, so I have your make and take supplies cut.

ALSO . . there is still room at the New Catalog Bash. It's January 31st! Session 1 is Noon-3pm and Session 2 is 3-6pm. Cost is $15. Early RSVP deadline is Friday!

FREE Catalog. . . Did that catch your attention?

From February 1-April 30, 2009, we're introducing new customers to Stampin' Up! by promoting our award-winning Idea Book & Catalog. To receive a free Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog, you must place an online order during the promotional period. To place an order please visit my website: http://www.georgiacaulkins.stampinup.net/.

There is no minimum order amount required, so anyone can take advantage of this offer.

If you already have an Idea Book & Catalog you can share your extra catalog with a friend. Stampin' Up! will be offering a free Idea Book & Catalog with the first 22,000 orders or until April 30, 2009, whichever comes first.

** Weekend Fun**
You might recall that this past weekend Blake and I went to Disney on Ice. We had lots of fun and I was really happy with how well Blake sat through the 2 hour show. I thought you might like to see a couple of photos. This first photo is of Blake and myself. I borrowed my niece's pixie hat she got that afternoon for the photo. What do you think?
This second photo is of my Sister-in-law Kiri and niece Makenna. The pixie hat looks much better on Makenna than it did on me.

Blake was really excited when the Cars came out. The Disney on Ice program also covered the Little Mermaid, Lion King and Tinker Bell stories. It was a lot of fun.
OK . . . are you asking yourself where's the stamping? Well I'm glad you're still reading, because the stamping is next! But 1st I want to remind you that Sale-a-Bration starts February 1st. Call or e-mail me now to book your workshop! It really is one of the best times to host a party. On top of SU's hostess program you can earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set for every $300 in sales!

OK . . Sample Time!

Today's sample was made using Stampin' Up!'s Love You Much Bundle (115404 - $41.48) From now until January 31st you can purchase the Love you much Bundle at 20% off the retail value of $51.85.


Stamp Set: Love You Much stamp set

Paper: Baja Breeze card stock; Candy Lane Designer Series paper; Watercolor paper

Ink: Baja Breeze; Chocolate Chip; Old Olive; Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Chocolate Chip 1″ double-stitched grosgrain ribbon; Flower Fusion Too Accents & Elements; Pretties Kit; StampinDimensionals; Heart to Heart punch

Thanks for stopping by!
Georgia

Monday, January 19, 2009

Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog

Hello Stampers!

You can now order from the new catalog!!! Get Excited, because it's AWESOME!!!

Have a GREAT day!
Georgia

Scallop Circle Treat!

Good Morning!!

I'm super excited to show you today's project, but I can't take credit for it. Carrie Cudny demonstrated how to make this cute Scallop Circle Treat at Leadership. While I didn't attend leadership to see it for myself I also blog surf almost daily and this is one of the projects I ran across.


So, what do you think? Cute Isn't it?

To make one you'll need the Big Shot Die Cut Machine and the Scallop Circle Bigz Die. You can use anytime of card stock or designer paper (DSP), but I choice to use the Bella Rose DSP. As you can see from the photo below I first cut out my circle using my Big Shot.

Next I placed a little strip of sticky strip along one side.


After doing that I simply wrapped the DSP around into a cone shape.

I tied a bit of Riding Hood Red Stripped Ribbon and attached it with mini glue dots.


This is a perfect size for a small treat. As you can see from the first photo I used a medium size cello bag and placed a small stamp inside and tied it with Hemp Twine. You could also stamp a tag to match if you'd like.

Thanks for stopping by today!

- Georgia

p.s.

If you are a 2008 hostess of mine and you're planning on coming to the Hostess Appreciation Night this Friday you'll be making your own Scallop Circle Treat . . . Get Excited!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pocket Silhouettes

Hello Stampers!

If you were a Stampin' Up! hostess for me in 2008 you should have found or will find a similar invitation in your mail box to one of the cards below. As you know I'm holding a special Hostess Appreciation Night for my 2008 hostesses!
Beside food (I plan on having a large pot of chili on the stove and other snacks) there will of course be stamping!!! Don't forget to RSVP so I have enough supplies cut for the make and take projects.

OK . . I'm sure some of you are thinking enough talk already show me the cards! :o)

Both cards were made using the stamp sets Pocket Silhouettes and Sincere Salutations. This first card was made with Baja Breeze and Pacific Point, while the card below was made with Riding Hood Red and Bella Rose Designer Series Paper.

To make these cards I first used my scallop edge punch along the right side and then placed a little card stock or Designer paper under the edge. Then I used the punch from the curly label punch bundle to punch a hole in a piece of scratch paper. Once I had a hole in my scratch paper I placed it over my Whisper White card stock and used a stamping sponge to sponge color. While the scratch paper was still over the white card stock I also stamped a few images from the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set.

After removing the scratch paper I stamped the same image in a darker ink. I finished the cards by stamping You're Invited and adding some coordinating ribbon.


In the card above I used Sahara Sand. However, I also made a few in which I replaced Sahara Sand with Pink Pirouette. I had almost 40 cards to make and they went very fast!

I hope all of my 2008 hostesses are able to come and stamp with me and visit with the other 2008 hostesses. If you have any questions, please call or send me an e-mail!

Happy Stamping!
Georgia

Call or e-mail me to book your workshop. . . it's one of the best times to be a hostess!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Perfect Circles

Hello Stampers!

Today's post is going to be short and sweet. We have a busy day today. Blake and I are going to Disney on Ice, while Rocky hits the boat show in the QCA. Then we are going to meet up for a late lunch. Afterwards Blake is going to be spending the night at his Great Aunt Debbie's house while Rocky and I attend a Harley-Davidson party.

Although we didn't have much time to ride our 2003 Ultra Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary motorcycle this summer we still stayed very active in our local chapter. Before we had Blake we rode a lot! Now it's hard for us to leave him home, so we tend to take the Impala more than the HD.

OK . . onto Stamping!

As promised I have something new to share with you today. Starting Monday Stampin' Up! has a new circle cutter. Making perfect circles has never been simpler! Use the Circle Scissor Plus (shown below) to cut and draw circles with ease. Works best with the Glass Mat, which provides a smooth glass cutting surface that allows a cutting blade to glide without dragging or skipping.

This tool is one of the many items on my wish list. . how about you?


Starting at 1pm on Monday you'll be able to order this awesome Cutter (112530-$29.95)!


I hope you have a GREAT day!

**Georgia**

Friday, January 16, 2009

Monday Update

Hello Stampers!

I just got on the Stampin' Up! website, and there was an entry about Monday and the new catalog! It said, "Online ordering will be down from midnight Sunday to noon (all times MT) Monday, January 19th while we transition to the new Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog.

Additionally, DBWS (aka my demo website) will be down from 7:00 AM until noon for DBWS users and customers as we update the templates and add enhancements.


So I will be extending my 10% off sale until 3pm (central time), Monday January 19th! If you'd like to place an order and take advantage of the 10% discount please call (221-9288) or send me an e-mail!

Happy Shopping!
*Georgia*

New Divy Clubs and Decor Elements - Phase 3

I have seen the new catalog and it is Fabulous!!! As you may recall in the past I have offered divy clubs were you get a sample of some of the new products. With the new catalog starting on Monday, January 19th I have decided to offer two divy clubs to you! I would be happy to have you join me and get a selection of new product!!!

Please note that both of the clubs listed below are one time purchase clubs. This is no obligation to attend any meetings. However, there is a minimum number of people required before I can place the club order.

By joining a club, you "split"the full packages with other club members and get a sampling of one of each of the new items (or a yard of ribbon) at a fraction of the cost to buy full packs of everything!


Ribbon Divy Club!
This club is a chance to get 1 yard sample of each of the new ribbons! Cost is ONLY $9.95 and you will receive a total of 12 sample yards of the new ribbons. Below is a list of what you’ll receive!

Ribbon Originals:
Dress Up ~ 1 yard of each 3 designs = 3 yards
Pig Tails ~ 1 yard of each 2 designs = 2 yards
Valet ~ 1 yard of each 3 designs = 3 yards
½" Striped Ribbon ~ 1 yard of the following colors = 3 yards
Old Olive
Pretty in Pink
So Saffron
Whisper White Organaza Ribbon ~ 1 yard


Brad, Buttons & Clip Club!
This club is your chance to get some of the new pieces of brads, buttons & clips at a fraction of the cost to purchase whole packs of each one! Please see below for the amounts of each item included in this Club.

Clear Rhinestone Brads (3 sizes; 3 of each = 9 brads)
5/16" Jumbo Brads (4 colors; 2 of each = 8 brads)
5/8" Jumbo Brads (4 colors; 1 of each = 4 brads)
Flower Assortment Brads (4 colors; 1 of each = 4 brads)
Corduroy Buttons (3 sizes; 1 of each = 3 of each color listed below = 18 buttons)
Kiwi Kiss; Chocolate Chip; Kraft; Pacific Point (shown below); Pumpkin Pie; Summer Sun

Button Latte (10 buttons; 1 of each = 10 buttons)
½" Library Clips (3 colors; 1 of each = 3 clips)

56 pieces of hardware for only $17.95!



BUT WAIT . . (OK I had to say that because that’s what all of the TV ads say! :o) Join both clubs for $27.90 and you’ll receive a bonus yard of ONE of the new colors of ribbon. This means you would receive 13 yards of ribbon and 56 pieces of hardware for juar $27.90!!!



All prices include shipping and tax! Space is limited, so please e-mail me ASAP if you’d like to join, and which club(s) you would like to join.



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Stampin’ Up! has announced Phase 3 of their Decor Elements. If you are not familiar with Decor Elements, simply said they are vinyl rub ons for your walls. They are removable, but not reusable. Stampin' Up! manfuctures the Decor Elements at their plant in Riverton, Utah. They are really expanding and will even be getting into custom Decor Elements soon!



Monday I'll put the whole Phase 3 brochure online for you to view. If you would prefer a paper copy send me an e-mail or leave a comment and I'll get one out to you in the mail! For now you'll have to settle for a sneak peak!

As before most of the images come in three sizes, Small, Medium and Large! The catalog has the actual measurements for each image, so you can measure before you order. The picture below shows the new Tree, Thoughs & Prayer and the Direction of Your Dreams images.
Next photo is the Popcorn image. To ensure precise placement when applying Decor Elements to rounded surfaces, trim the transfer sheet so the image has a 1" border and notch the bottom edge at 1/4" intervals. Then start at the middle of the image and rub out!

This next images I’m showing you is my favorite. It’s called Shelf Life! Finally plants that look great and don’t need to be watered! SU also has a cute set of Stemware glasses!
Now you can use SU’s images to create a magical scene. Simple or elaborate, it’s up to you. Don’t miss the coordinating Build-a-Fairytale in the 2009-Spring-Summer Idea Book & Catalog (page 181).



Enter Fairyland

And the final thing in the Decor Elements brochure is Decor STENCILS!!! We’re delighted to introduce a new Definitely Decorative product - Decor Stencils! Stencils are an exciting new complement to our Decor Elements Vinyl line. You can use them on walls, frames, pillows and more! With out stencils, you can create custom pieces quickly and easily. Some stencils layer and coordinate with vinyl pieces; others work alone. Either way, using stencils will provide amazing results!


The images shown here is called: Flowing Flowers (116574 - $27.95)

How to Use Stencils. . . .
Step 1: Adhere the stencil in place with painter’s tape
Step 2: Fill in the image with acrylic or stencil paint. For a softer look, dab on the color with a sponge or stencil brush.
Step 3: remove the stencil and admire the results!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to come back tomorrow. . . I'll have more new stuff to share with you!


- Georgia