Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #1

Hi Stampers,

Today is the final day to get My Digital Studio (MDS) for 1/2 OFF. . . you can order MDS at www.GeorgiaCaulkins.StampinUp.net or call me at (309) 221-9288.   (It's also the last day to join the SU family for 1/2 off. . . you can visit my website listed above, and my recruiter password is: Glitterbees.)

I LOVE my copy of My Digital Studio, and have a sample to share with you today.  Last night while I was watching TV with my hubby I was playing with MDS on my laptop.  As you know Christmas is coming, so I used MDS to create a photo to go inside my Christmas cards.

Since I still need to stamp my Christmas cards there is a possibility this might not be the final version that goes into the cards, but it's a good start.  If I do have time to create another card you can bet I'll share it with you. :o)

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Online Spectacular!

Hi Stampers,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.  We spent Thanksgiving with the in-laws and then took the kids to my aunt's home for the night.  Like the other 1000+ crazy people we thought it would be fun to start our Black Friday shopping at Toys R Us at 10pm Thursday night. 

We always Black Friday shop with Rocky's parents and sister and like crazy people we left Galesburg at 8:30 pm to go to Toys R Us.  The line outside the store was horrible, and the wind was blowing like crazy so we decided not to stay.  Instead we drove back to Galesburg and went to Walmart for the 12:01AM sale!!!

Rocky and I was in and out of Walmart by 12:30, while his sister decided to wait in line until 2 AM for a wrist band for a special present for her daughter.

Friday morning found us at Target just after 4am. . . . then to Kmart, Sears and Menards.  After a quick stop at the house for breakfast we were off to the QCAs for more shopping.  Rocky wanted to go to a few sporting good stores, and then we were able to hit Toys R Us. . . . we actually got almost everything off of our list. . . . we were very excited.

After lunch at Denny's we were on our way home and Very Very Tired!!  As you can guess it was an early night and everyone in our house was in bed asleep by 8:30 PM. :o)

Saturday & Sunday were lazy days. . . we put up the Christmas tree and lights outside and also made another trip to Target and Walmart for a few more items. :o)

While we are not done Christmas shopping, we put a very large dent into our list. :o)  Have you finished your shopping yet?  Don't forget the Online Spectacular ends TUESDAY, November 30th!!!  Remember you get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $150! Plus you can save up to 50 percent off select Stampin’ Up!® products—including My Digital Studio software and Designer Fabric!

Visit my Online Store to see the complete list of discounted items.

 Also ending Tuesday is the 50% Off Starter Kit Promotion

Join Stampin’ Up! and get 50 percent off the already-low-priced Starter Kit—standard or Digital+! You’ll get over $300 worth of Stampin’ Up! products for just $87.50. Visit Start Your Own Business to learn more.

If you'd like to join online my recruiter password is: Glitterbees.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Cyber Monday!!!


Thursday, November 25, 2010


Hi Stampers,

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

~ Georgia

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Dasher & Lovely as a Tree

Hi Stampers,

So I was trying to set up this post last night, and the server kept rejecting my pictures, so . . . I'll try to get online today to see if it's working yet. :o)

Until then, have you checked out SU's Black Friday Sale that is going on right now???  Hope on over to my store at http://www.georgiacaulkins.stampinup.net/ to check out the online specials.

I was able to upload a picture this AM. :o)  Today I'd like to share a Christmas card with you.  It uses the Dasher and Lovely as a Tree Sets.

To get the different shade of the tree I used the stamping off technique and Dasher is embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Early Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Altered Notebook

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share with you an altered notebook I made.  I picked up a bunch of notebooks at Target on clearance and I added a little paper on the outside to make pretty for the holidays.

As you can see I used the eyelet boarder punch too!

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to check out my online store . . .some items like My Digital Studio are 50% OFF!!!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 22, 2010

4 You Pillow Box

Hi Stampers,

Make sure to check out my SU website: http://www.georgiacaulkins.stampinup.net/ for SALES starting today!!!!!!  I'm so excited . . . . I just can't wait!  Remember you can order online or send me an e-mail.  Happy Shopping!!!
• Dot, Dot, Dot Set
• Tiny Tags Set
• Baja Breeze Card Stock
• Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
• Early Espresso Card Stock
• Soft Suede Card Stock
• Very Vanilla Card Stock
• Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper
• Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Linen Thread
• Stampin’ Dimensionals
• Jewelry Tag Punch
• Two-Step Owl Punch
• Big Shot
• Pillow Box Bigz Die

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Black Friday Comes Early!!!

TOMORROW log onto my Online Store (http://www.georgiacaulkins.stampinup.net/) to take advantage of never-before-seen discounts. You won't want to miss this sale! "Door busters" include:

My Digital Studio - 50 percent off!

Designer Fabric - 50 percent off!

Free shipping on orders of $150 or more!

GET Excited!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stampin/Scrapbooking/Crafting Retreat

Hi Stampers!

I'd like to invite you to a Stampin/Scrapbooking/Crafting Retreat my friend and fellow SU demo Tara Mowen is putting on.  It's January 7-8, 2011.  Tara and her husband Brad are in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia.  It's a very expensive process, so this is just one of the ways to help that out of pocket expense.  Tara and Brad have a blog you can visit if you'd like to ready more: http://mowensjourney.blogspot.com/  They are so close to getting the call that their baby(s) are waiting for them.

I wish I could attend, but we are leaving for Disneyworld on the 8th and I'm sure their will be so much to do.  Also, I'm sure it wouldn't fly with the hubby if I left him home alone with the kids to get the last minute stuff ready. :o)

All of the details are below as well as the registration form. . . You can contact Tara at 309-335-6225 or tsimp214@aol.com if you have any questions and/or to register!

Happy crafting!

Stampin/Scrapbooking/Crafting Retreat

January 7-8, 2011
Join us for a relaxing 30 hours with no interruptions!! No kids, No husband, and No housework!

What does it cost? $25-$50 (depends on what option you choose) Package options are broken down to allow you to find an option that works for you.

What does it include? Meals and drinks, two Make-n-Take projects, and door prizes. Fri. morning to Sat. package includes a 5 minute chair massage.

What to bring? Your choice of craft projects, a snack for the snack table, bedding (plenty of floor space to claim as your own!) and toiletries, friends, DVD’s and CD’s.

Where? First Church of the Nazarene, 1501 Webster St., Galesburg, IL 61401

Extras available: Silent Auction- there will be a variety of items for you to bid on. Massages (full or chair) will be available. Yard Sale table-bring items you would like to try and sell (limit 10). A few scrapbooking or stampin items will be available for purchase.

Why? Uninterrupted time for avid stampers/srcrapbookers/crafters to get your projects completed. Costs associated with this weekend will cover facility, food, prizes and fun! All additional proceeds from this weekend will go towards Brad and Tara Mowen’s adoption costs. Brad and Tara will be bringing a child or two home from Ethiopia in the very near future!!

**Sign up a friend and you will get to stamp an extra project!!!**


Registration Form

___ Friday 8am-Saturday 2pm $50 (includes 4 meals, 2 MNT’s, 5 min chair massage)

___ Friday 8am-midnight $35 (includes 2 meals and 2 MNT’s)

___ Friday 5pm-Saturday 2pm $40 (includes 3 meals and 2 MNT’s)

___ Stamp-a-Stack only $25 (make 20 cards) Friday 6-9pm or Saturday 9am-12pm

___ add Stamp-a-Stack to another package $15 (make 20 cards)

Payment and Registration due by December 30th. Send to: Tara Mowen, 2735 Montague Dr., Galesburg, IL 61401. Questions: 309-335-6225 or tsimp214@aol.com

31st Annual Craft Show ~ Monmouth

Hi Stampers,

Tomorrow is the 31st Annual WCHCE Craft and Home Show event in Monmouth.  From 8:30 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. you can Christmas shop at the VFW Hall (830 N.” G” Street ), Lincoln School (325 11th Street) and 1st Street Armory (215 South 1St Street).

I'm at the VFW Hall, so make sure to stop out and say hi!  There will be crafters at both the VFW Hall and Lincoln School.  At the 1st Street Armory you'll find home based businesses.

One of the items I'll have for sale is Magnets . . . and they are super strong!  I just love these little things on my fridge.  

I made them using Crystal Effects, Designer Series Paper and my 3/4" Circle Punch.  Click HERE to view other 2010 craft show items.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you tomorrow!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Season of Joy!

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share with you a card club members got to stamp this past month. Before I do that I'd like to invite you to join the next round of card clubs.  I'm changing it up this time!  Card clubs will run for a 6 month commitment instead of 10 and you'll no longer need to provide a snack.  Clubs will run from January-June!  I will be sending out all of the details in an e-mail (I hope today), so if you are not on my e-mail list you can send me an e-mail (georgia@mustainlaw.com) and I'll get you those details.

I have not decided on the night of card club yet.  . what night works best for you? 

OK . . . back to stamping!  Here's a prefect Christmas card in non traditional Christmas colors!

It uses the stamp set, Season of Joy, and to obtain the multi color look I used markers to color directly onto the rubber of the stamp!

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Altered Clothes Pin

Hi Stampers,

Today I have a 3D item to share with you.  It's one I made for the craft shows this fall.  It's amazing what a little card stock can do to a clothes pin.  The back of this altered clothes pin has magnets on it so that you can hang it on the fridge.  It's really a prefect spot to stick a note.

If you're interested in getting some of these or any other craft show item I've share on my blog you can check out my next show, which is this SATURDAY, from 8:30-1 at the VFW Hall in Monmouth.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Season’s Greetings Card

Hi Stampers,

I was wondering when the last time you checked out my Stampin' Up! website was and did you know you can view my blog feed from there? Click over to http://www.georgiacaulkins.stampinup.net/ and click on the My Stampin' Blog tab. 

While you're at my SU website check out the projects under the ideas tab.   Here you'll find many projects including the card I'm sharing here today.
• Welcome Christmas
• Crumb Cake Card Stock
• Old Olive Card Stock
• Very Vanilla Card Stock
• Real Red Textured Card Stock
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Real Red Stampin’ Write® Marker
• Real Red 5/8” Satin Ribbon
• Linen Thread
• Brights Designer Buttons
• Mini Library Clips
• Stampin’ Dimensionals®
• Big Shot™
• Scallop Square Bigz™ Clear Die
• Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
• 2-1/2” Circle Punch

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Red Snowflake Rag Quilt Purse and RSVP Pens

Hi Stampers,

A special thanks goes out to all who stopped by my booth on Saturday.  I enjoyed talking with each of you. . . next chance to visit my booth is this Saturday at the VFW Hall in Monmouth.  Show is from 8:30-2pm.

Here's a picture of  my booth from the weekend. . . I LOVE the space I have a the show in Alpha. I couldn't even get my whole booth in one picture, so I have two to share with you.

You can see I made a couple of new purses for this show.  I still have the snowflake red one for sale (along with many others). . . . cost is just $25.  Each purse takes around 6 hours to make.  Here's a better picture of the red purse.

Besides many Rag Quilt Purses one of the items I'll have for sale at the craft show are Altered RSVP pens.  Making these are super simple.  Just cut a little strip of designer series paper and place it inside the RSVP tube.

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

50% off the Starter Kit

Santa is coming early this year!! For the first time EVER Stampin' Up! is offering 50% off the Starter Kit from Nov. 15th to Nov. 30th!!!! The kit is only $87.50 and you can pick the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kit--that is 50 percent off the regular price of $175 for over $310 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!  If  you have EVER even considered joining Stampin' Up! now is the time!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

M&M Sticks

Hi Stampers and thank goodness it's Friday!!!

I'm so excited about the craft show tomorrow . . . and hope to see many of you there.  It's at the Alwood grade school and cost is $1 to get in.  The money goes to the Time for Tots preschool, who organizes this event.  This year there are over 45 vendors!!!

When you come to the show make sure to hit both the gym and the cafeteria.  As you enter the grade school the cafeteria is off to your right and the gym is straight ahead.  Last year I was in the cafeteria!!!

This week I was able to get a new project done for the craft show.  I wanted to have it done before the Oak Run show, but time just didn't let it happen. . . but somewhere between the two card clubs and Christmas Card make and take I was able to get some M&M Sticks done.

I think they turned out super cute. . . what do you think? Card Stock used was Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White.   I also used a retired Christmas stamp set.  I've noticed that most of my craft show items used retired x-mas sets. . . sorry!  I guess I need to get some new ones for next year.

Here is a closer look at the M&M sticks!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Snowman Soup!

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share another craft show . . . Snowman Soup!  Last year Blake and I got addicted to putting candy canes and chocolate in our hot cocoa. . . it is so yummy!!!

For this project I used the Medium Cello Bags from Stampin' Up! as well as Marina Mist and Whisper White Card Stock.  The snowflake punch is also from Stampin' UP! (of course) and there is a Rhinestone in the middle of it.  I finished this project with a retired "melted" snowman stamp set and a little 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon.

You can pick up a couple of these at the craft show in Alpha on Saturday.

Thanks for stopping and Hope to see you soon!

**Craft Shows**
November 13 - Alwood Grade School, Alpha, IL 8am-2pm
November 20 - VFW Hall, Monmouth, IL 8:30-1pm
December 4 - Alexis Community Center, Alexis, IL 9am-3pm

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas Magnet

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share with you another craft show project.  It uses a little bit of card stock and a wedding favor tin and a magnet.  I have one of these on my fridge, and Blake LOVES to grab it and give it a shake.

While the stamp set is retired, there are many current Christmas sets you could use . .  I used my markers to color them out and the snowflake is a punch.  If you look in the middle of the punch you'll find a little rhinestone. :o)

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you at one of the following shows!
November 13 - Alwood Grade School, Alpha, IL 8am-2pm
November 20 - VFW Hall, Monmouth, IL 8:30-1pm
December 4 - Alexis Community Center, Alexis, IL 9am-3pm

~ Georgia

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reindeer Food

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to share with you this years version of Reindeer Food I made for the craft shows.  Stampin' Up! had these cute boxes on their clearance rack, and I just new I needed to get some.  The double stitched Real Red ribbon was also another awesome find in the clearance rack!

Here's a close up of the tag.  I used the stamp Dasher and embossed with Gold Embossing powder.

The back of the tag reads:
On Christmas Eve, Sprinkle the Magic Reindeer Food on your lawn. The Magic Glitter sparkling in the moonlight and the smell of oats will guide Rudolf to your home!
Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Oak Run Craft Show & Callie Ann's Peas!

Hi Stampers,

Today I'd like to send out a special THANK YOU to all who stopped by the Oak Run craft show on Saturday. It was so nice to visit with so many friends and stampers, and also very nice to meet some new people too!  Incase you missed the show I'd like to share a couple of pictures with you. 

My booth was set up so that you could walk right through the middle of it. It wasn't my idea to set it up like that, but it actually was the perfect set up for my spot. 

Here is one side of my booth. . .

and the other side! 

Do you like how the purses are displayed???  Rocky cranked it out last week for me.  Of course I wanted to share a closer picture with you, so my mother snapped this shot of me with Rocky's purse wrack and some of the Rag Quilt Purses I made.

I still have Rag Quilt Purses left, and lots of other goodies ready for the craft show in Alpha on Saturday.  I will be stamping this week to restock some of my top sellers.

Just a reminder Card Club is Tuesday & Wednesday nights and the Christmas Card make and take class is Thursday morning.

Oh . .  . before I go I just had to share that Callie Ann had peas for the first time this weekend.  Besides rice cereal this is her first "real" food.  Callie Ann LOVED the peas and here's a picture.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oak Run

Just a quick reminder about the craft show tomorrow from 9-3 at Oak Run. . . make sure to stop by and say hi!!!  Click HERE to get a map.

Next week I'll be sharing some pictures of the craft show projects. . .  Make sure to check out the craft show links at the left said of the screen to see the 2008+2009 projects.

Upcoming Shows:
November 6 - Brentwood Community Center, Oak Run 9am-3pm
November 13 - Alwood Grade School, Alpha, IL 8am-2pm
November 20 - VFW Hall, Monmouth, IL 8:30-1pm
December 4 - Alexis Community Center, Alexis, IL 9am-3pm

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Craziness Continues

Hi Stampers. . .

You can bet the craziness has continued at the Caulkins house.  Yesterday I was able to get all of the tiles washed, stamped, baked and sealed. . . then I even got the felt pieces on the back and put in a box!  I was also able to check off Snowman Soup from my to do list!

This morning I've been working on the Rag Quilt Purses. . . last night Rocky cut apart all of my square . . I'm so thankful he took the time to help do that.  Also this week Rocky make me a display to hang the purses on, and while I wish he would have painted it I can't wait to try it out.

So . . . .don't forget to stop out and see me on Saturday at Oak Run.  The Craft show is in the building by the swimming area.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Craft Show Craziness!!!

OMGoodness!!!  That's what you would say if you walking into my house right now.  You see I have projects going on everywhere, plus the house work is getting put on the back burner right now.

Let me "paint" you a picture into my Fall Craft Show Craziness.  As you walk in though my front door you'll notice a table 2 feet by 4 feet parked in front of the South couch covered with frap. bottles, labels, candy and all of the paper, adhesives and punches need to complete that project.  Under that table you'll see a Target sack with trash from this and other projects that came before, which I need to take outside because today is our garbage day.

As you look onto the other couch you'll find another work in progress.  100 scallop squares waiting to be cut apart and pined so that I can finish the last 5 Rag Quilt Purses I want to make before the show on Saturday.  I was hoping Rocky would cut these apart tonight while he was watching a Hawaii 50 on tivo, but no such luck.

Walking through the maze of Callie Ann's bouncer chair, swing and exercise saucer and a few of Blake's toys towards the dinning you'll find the ironing board shoved between Blake's table and a laundry basket of blankets I just folded a few minutes ago and you'll find the dinning room table. . . although you can't actually see the table you'll know it's there because I really can't pile things up that high. :o)

The dinning room has been transformed into my sewing room, so that I can be closer to the family as I work.  Beside the sewing machine, you'll find a cutting board, cutting ruler as well as a couple of rotary blades, fabric, batting and a Big Shot.  I'm sure everyone keeps the Big Shot on a chair in their dinning room . . .right?  That's where mine is. :o)  Also on the table you'll see 6 purses waiting for buttons and their flowers to be attached as well as a huge catchall pile for everything else that comes into the house.  In front of the China hutch you'll find Stampin' Up! boxes all packed and ready to go to the show on Saturday. 

Walking through the kitchen, with the sinks overflowing with clean dishes (I just finished those at midnight) you'll find the bathroom, where 59 tiles waiting to be washed so they can be stamped on to make coasters.  As you're in the bathroom you'll hear the dryer running in the basement as Blake was out of socks and he needs a pair for school in the morning then you finally get to my "actual" stamp room.

Ideally this is where everything for all of my projects would be stored, but that's simply not the case as you can tell from the paragraphs above. :o) On the desk you will find another project . . . a shoe box full of cello bags stuffed with Snowman Soup.  I just need to make the topper and they can be put in the box in the dinning room.  You'll also find some fabric Build-a-bears iron-ons and a couple more things I'd like to do, but I'm thinking not everything is going to get done.  What do you think??

There you have it . . . a look into my craziness.  Right now I think it's bedtime. . . after all it is 1:15am and Callie Ann often is up at 4am to eat and Blake's up anywhere between 6:30 and 8am to start his day.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Wednesday!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio

Our most recent digital downloads are here, and more are on the way for the month of November! If you would like to view our complete list of My Digital Studio download offerings, click HERE!

Craft Show Calendar

Hi Stampers,

Today I am very excited to share with you today a calendar that I have made for Saturday's craft show.

For this project I used a 4" coaster and covered it with Designer Series Paper.  I used the sanding sponge around the edges to give it a "rougher" look.  I finished it by adding a matching jumbo binder clip to hold the calendar.  This way it can be placed on a desk or couner top! 

You can find the Chocolate Chip 1 Inch Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in the Clearance Rack of my online store. .  it's only $2.99 and you get 10 yards!!!  To shop my online store just click the Clearance Rack link above and you'll safely travel through cyber space.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Oak Run Craft Show

Hi Stampers,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a Safe & Happy Halloween.  We had a chance to visit with lots of family and friends this weekend.  Here's a picture of Blake and Callie Ann!  Blake was a motocross driver and Callie Ann was a strawberry!

Besides running all over the country side trick or treating the family I've been so busy working on craft show items, I sure hope people are ready to start their Christmas Shopping on Saturday and are willing to make a little drive to Oak Run on Saturday from 9am-3pm. Here's all of the details, and a map!
If you can't make it to this show maybe you'd like to hit one of these:

November 13 - Alwood Grade School, Alpha, IL 8am-2pm
November 20 - VFW Hall, Monmouth, IL 8:30-1pm
December 4 - Alexis Community Center, Alexis, IL 9am-3pm

Over the weekend I got many items off of my Craft Show to do list, but I still have so many more to go!!!  I really hope Blake goes to bed well this week, so I can get working on my projects sooner each night.
Have a GREAT day!!!