Thursday, February 24, 2011

More projects and the bonus

Thanks to those who visited yesterday, it means so much to me to know that I still have people interested in my projects even if my posting hasn't been regular lately.  I'll have to share with you some of the things I've been going through so you can have a better understanding of my sporatic postings and such.  But for now, I will be sharing the rest of the class projects and the cute bonus.
The card that we made uses our new flower punch called Blossoms Petal Punch.  This XL punch punches out the petals and leaves.  At the time I made this sample, my stamp set Build a Blossom didn't arrive yet, so I punched out the petals and sponged the edges and hand drew the lines using my SU marker.  I drew the lines on the leaves as well. Turned out pretty good if I may say so.  Good to know that I have options when making these pretty flowers.   The center of the flower is an antique brad, and the sentiment is from Fundamental Phrases punched out with the small oval punch and layered with the large oval punch using early expresso.
Here's the inside of the card.  The cute butterfly and sentiment is from a set called So Happy For You and you can get this set FREE with a qualifying order of $50 (before shipping and tax). Have you taken advantage of the free stamp sets and accessories from our fabulous SALE-A-BRATION sale yet?  Offer is only good through the end of March!
This next project uses the Petal Cone die again, and my GF Joy saw this in blogland and made a whole bunch of these for Valentine's Day.  She showed me how to do this and I just had to include this in our class project.  We embellished the box with a cute cupcake.  I didn't order this cupcake punch when it first came out because I thought I didn't need it.  After seeing so many cute samples, I just had to get it!  I crimped some chocolate chip cardstock before punching out the cup part and embossed pretty in pink cardstock before punching out the top of the cupcake.

Here's the bonus project that we made - a giant owl!  I provided the large pillow boxes and we used various SU punches to complete our owl.  We used the Tasteful Trim XL sizzix die to cut out the row of "feathers", worked perfect!
Here's a sideview of the owl.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the class projects.  If you live in Hawaii, stay safe and dry.  Wasn't the thunder loud last night?  Not sure when I'll be able to post again, but I do have more things to share with you.  Thanks for stopping in today.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February Class Projects

I'm finally back to show you the projects from the February class we had last week.  It's been a tough couple of weeks and I'm so exhausted!  I feel so bad that there was no time to jump on the computer to post the projects until now. There's just so much to do and some huge adjustments I'm having to make in my life right now, so I appreciate your patience.
For the first project, I used my new favorite die, Petal Cone #121810.  Blurfing through blogland sparked my idea for this cute pouch.
The next project is a spin off from one that was created by Andrea Walford.  It's a simple candy wrap.  I scored my wrap a little different because I wanted it to lay flat even after adding the candy.  Loved these Valentine corn!
This view shows the front where you would add a piece of sticky strip to close the wrap.  So simple to make!
Come back tomorrow to see the other projects and the cute bonus project too!  If you ordered a kit, I apologize for the delay and especially since Valentine's Day was so close to the class date that you wouldn't be able to make the projects for this year's heart day.  The kits are almost done (stamping and punching out and die cutting) so it will be in the mail real soon.
Thanks for coming by today.  I hope you all had a nice long weekend.  I was able to enjoy a 4 day weekend because we had a furlough Friday too!  Dad and I spent Monday morning in the front yard cleaning up the weeds and I planted 500 sunflowers!  I hope they all sprout and bloom for Dad.  He hasn't been in the yard in months and seeing the beauty of these flowers will definately make him smile.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Digital Studio

I had so much fun making the digital scrapbook of Liesel and Luigi, that I made one for my manicurist's daughter, Litia.  Last year, Litia attended this HYP Banquet and I did nothing with the photos until now.  For this album, I explored more with the MDS program.  I started with blank pages and added cardstock color or DSP from the wide selection given.  What I discovered was that I enjoyed using the stamp sets and punches to complete the pages.  Here's the book that I made.  For the first page, I duplicated the flyer/invitation.  If you would like to see a demo on how to use the My Digital Studio program, send me an email!  I'll try to arrange a day to do a demo for those interested.

Thanks for your visit today!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Belated Thank You!

Today, I wanted to share with you a sweet treat I received from my GF Eunice.  Eunice is a whiz using the cricut machine and creating the coolest stuff!  Got this treat for Chinese New Year, year of the Rabbit.  Thanks so much Eunice!! Love this cute box (filled with pizzelles - so yummy!) and canvas rabbit.  Thanks to Eunice's mom for the cute plastic canvas bunny!!
 Kung Hee Fat Choy!  We had our annual family new year dinner last weekend.  Thanks to my sister, Cara, who did most of the cooking as she was mom's right hand chef!  Making Jai is so much prep work!  I was able to help out a little this year.  Now that mom is no longer here with us, we take this time to celebrate Chinese new year in her honor.  She loved having the family get together and cooking and eating Jai. 
Thanks again to Eunice for the special treats and to all of you who stopped by for a visit today!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Whooo's Birthday?

Last month, my niece Jodi celebrated her birthday, and as usual, Aunty is late again!!  I don't remember last when I sent a card on time anymore - boohoo!  For Jodi's card, I used the cute Owl and Happy Birthday stamps from the Punch Bunch stamp set.  You can get this set for FREE when you place a $50 order!
Making this owl was super easy! Just stamp and punch out with the owl punch.  You can choose to embellish the owl by adding the eyes from the punch.
My card is a 5 1/4" X 5 1/4" old olive square.  I used Concord Crush CS and cut out a scallop square with my Sizzix die.  Embellished with pearls and the branch is from the bird punch.  I used my ticket punch or the corners of my dotted DSP.
Here is the inside of the card.
I put her gift in a pillow box (BS pro die).  The dotted DSP was perfect wrapped around the box and I trimmed is using the Victoria crochet trim.  Tag is cut using the two tag die and I embellished it with the punched owl and the flower trio with rhinestones.
Here's a close up of the tag...
Thanks so much for spending a few minutes with me today!  I appreciate all of your comments, as they help motivate me to create projects and blog posts.

Monday, February 7, 2011

February Class Sneak Peek!

Sorry again for the late sneak peek for this month.  Each month, it' so challenging for me to create projects for my classes because there's never enough time in one day to do much after working full time and being a caregiver too.  There's been a lot of doctor appointments for Dad and for my son and I gotta say that I am completely exhausted after the dinner dishes are done!  Okay, enough of that, sorry that I had to vent a bit, but gotta get it out of my system before I can move on.  With that said, here are my projects for this month.  In fact, the class is happening this week Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13 at my home at 1:00 p.m.
The projects will be featuring some items from the new Occasions Mini Catalog as well as the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Remember, for every $50 you spend (less shipping and tax), you earn one FREE SAB item!
As these items shown here are only my samples as to what we will be making, I have made some changes to colors used for the actual projects.  I know you will enjoy making them.
If you would like to attend this month's class, please send me an email to save your seat!  Limited amount of kits have been made and reservations are based on a first come, first served basis.  Class fee is $20 for customers attending the class (please don't forget to bring your tool kits), $30 for kits to go and $10 for demonstrators. 
If you ever thought about joining Stampin' Up! just to get in on the discounted products and perks, NOW is a great time to join!  In addition to the discounted demonstrator kit price, SU is adding on a bonus pack valued at $50 for FREE!  This bonus is only good during the Sale-A-Bration promotion (through March 31, 2011).  Please read my previous post for all of the information you will need to be a part of my team!
I look forward to this weekend and sharing this month's projects with you!  Last thing, as a reminder, my classes are held on the second Saturday and Sunday of each month.  I am in the process of posting all of the dates for the year as well as some proposed projects.  The projects might change, but I will keep you posted.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Wishing you a great start to the new week!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

SALE-A-BRATION is in full swing!!

My apologies for not posting sooner about the most fabulous, fantastic, biggest sales event of the year--Sale-A-Bration--is here! This year we've got four great Sale-A-Bration sets for  hostesses and  customers to choose from--as well as a Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents pack, a Ribbon & Button pack, digital downloads, and D├ęcor Elements!
There are three ways for you to earn free products:
Spend: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping)!
Host: A hostess will receive an additional free Sale-A-Bration product for every $300 in workshop sales*, in addition to  regular hostess benefits!
*Note: This benefit is only available on qualifying customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders. Online orders do not qualify.
Join: New recruits will receive 15 percent off their Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+), plus a special Sale-A-Bration bonus bundle valued up to $50!
Save 30% on your first product order of $150 or more (placed within 45 days), plus earn hostess rewards AND receive a minimum of three Sale-A-Bration gifts (1 for every $50 in product purchased). 
FYI: There's no penalty to drop and you keep the kit and everything you purchased at a discount! You'll enjoy full demonstrator privileges through March 31, 2011. To remain active beyond June 30, 2011, $300 in product sales is required - including your own purchases!.
The Starter Kit ships FREE!

Starter Kits*
Retail Value
Regular Price
Sale-A-Bration Price (15% off)
Standard Starter Kit
More than $310
Digital+ Starter Kit
More than $320
*The Stampin' Memories Add-On and Definitely Decorative Add-On can be added to these kits, but will not be discounted.
Starter Kit Bonus Bundle

Retail Value
Color Coach
Simply Sent Something Special (or any Simply Sent kit)
Live, Laugh, Love Set (or any Simply Sent stamp set)
   119883       202 Full Heart Punch (or any punch valued at $16.95 or less)
Don't miss out on getting your FREE Sale-A-Bration items today!  You can place an order through me via email or you can order direct from my SU website at  

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Liesel and Luigi - Part 2

Thanks for coming back today!  Here is the rest of my scrapbook.  I hope you liked what you saw so far.  For this page, I just added the photo, everything else was pre-made.  Pretty good, huh?
Another page that I just dropped two photos in and voila!  Can you just see yourself catching up on your scrapping projects?
 I added some journaling on the next two pages, everything else was all set.

 For this page, I added additional flowers.
For the last page, I just dropped the photos in.  All of these pages were made to be double page spreads.  I actually moved this page to partner with the very first page that I showed yesterday since the color of the pages matched (old olive).
Remember, if you purchase the My Digital Studio program and need help learning how to use it, I would be willing to sit with you to show you just how easy it is!
I also wanted to apologize for not doing a post on our most popular sale of the year - SALE-A-BRATION!  For those of you who are not familiar with Stampin' Up's Sale-a-Bration sale - come back tomorrow for more information to see how you can earn FREE products!
Thanks for stopping by today!  If you have some time, leave me a comment here to let me know how you liked my digital scrapbook!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Liesel and Luigi - Part I

 I love digital scrapping!  If you've never tried digi scrapping, you just gotta!  It's fast and fun especially with pre-made scrapbook pages, you simply drag and drop your photos right into the page!  When digi scrapping first came out, I used a wonderful program called Memory Mixer and loved it!
 Stampin' Up! has come out with a fabulous program called My Digital Studio and it is jam packed with all of your favorite SU designer papers, stamps, punches, embellishments and much much more!
Today, I am sharing with you five of my11 pages from a scrapbook I made for my good friends and neighbors.  I was able to use my new Christmas gift (got a new camera) to do this photo shoot of their fur babies, Liesel and Luigi.  This was a perfect gift to give and they loved it!!  I selected a pre-made scrapbook and simply dragged the photos into the designated photo boxes.
It was so hard to select the photos that I wanted to use for this album because there were so many cute photos!  This was one of my favorite photos.   I took most of the photos as they ran and fought for this cloth frisbee.
This page had a lot of boxes for photos, which worked out with this series of photos of Luigi.
I like to add mats and drop shadows to all of my photos.  I added this heart punch in the middle of this circle sentiment.
Here is page five.  The sentiment was already set on the page.  You have the option of adding more embellishments or even deleting stuff that they put on. 
I made this album in one evening and had so much fun!  I ordered the copies through Costco in a 8X8 square and it was only $1.49 per page (photo).  
If you are interested in seeing how to use My Digital Studio, I am thinking of having a day where you could come over and check out how fantastic this program is and how easy it is to use!  Now that our Sale-a-bration sale is in full swing, you might want to consider ordering your copy of the My Digital Studio program.  The cost is $79.95 and works for both PC and MAC.  Updates are also available for purchase.  With the purchase of My Digital Studio, you also qualify for one FREE sale-a-bration product!  If you purchase this program and need help, I would be willing to personally help you use this!
Please come back tomorrow to see the other half of the scrapbook!  Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cricut Calendar - last four months

Finally, here are the last four pages of my cricut calendar.  For the month of September, I embellished the page using my SU XL Sizzix die called Tasteful Trim.  I love this large ric rac.  Isn't this worm so cute? I love the little apple too!  Background DSP is by SU. 
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I cut the spider using the Doodle Charms cartridge since there was no spider in the create-a-critter cartridge.  The spider web is a 4X4 QK die that I got on sale at Fisher when it was 80% off and the bats are punched using my SU bat punch.  The ghost is an old sizzix die as well as the spooky fence.  Do you love the spider's red eyes?
A close up of the spider.
I had a hard time with this page, not sure why.  This turkey is really cute, don't you think so?  I used another Martha border punch for the edges.  I kind of got stuck embellishing this page, so I used some of my chocolate chip corduroy buttons on the corners of the calendar.  Not my best page, but it works.
I really loved how this page turned out.  I cut the trees 1/2" apart.  Does it look like a forest?  I think Rudolph liked the forest :)  I used the red button/bling for the nose that I bought from J's.  I think he received a new shipment of these - unfortunately, you won't be able to go there to shop until he returns from CHA on February 7th.  I used some yellow bling to decorate the collar.
Remember, all of the critters were cut using my cricut and the 3M craft paper.  I really think that being the paper was self adhesive, it saved me alot of time and money too.  I didn't have to use any adhesive to hold the layers together.
Thanks for coming by today and for sticking with me through these three posts to show you the whole calendar!  Hope you comb back tomorrow to check out a cute scrapbook I made using SU's My Digital Studio program!