Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NEW! Robin's Rewards Program

I love being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!
I especially love being YOUR Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

I've said it so many times, but I'll say it again - I have the BEST clients in the world. YOU make my job so fun and rewarding, that I wanted to find a way to REWARD YOU for being loyal to me and allowing me to inspire your creativity!

So, starting at Midnight December 1st, any time you place an Online Order through my Stampin' Store that totals $40.00 before tax and shipping you will earn 1 (one ) Rewards Star from me. After you have earned a dozen (12) Rewards Stars, you can choose $30 in FREE Stampin' Up! Products as a Thank You Gift from me.

I've created a handy PDF Tracking sheet for you to print out to keep track of your orders and watch them add up to FREE Products!

The link below, so click on it to print out the flyer. It also explains all the other details about the rewards program.

Download Robin's Rewards Program Tracking Sheet

Remember stampers, this rewards program is being offered by me, Robin Merriman. The rewards you earn are NOT directly redeemable with Stampin' Up! or any other Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

If you have any questions, let me know.

I'm so thankful for your continued support and business, it means so much to me that you have chosen me to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Stamped Blessings,

Christmas Scrapbook in a DAY!

Last Saturday, I got to do one of my most favoritest things - I got to scrapbook!
Yes, believe it or not, I started off this paper crafting adventure wanting to scrapbook - cardmaking had never entered my mind.
But as you all may know, once you start making cards, it's kind of addicting. Not to mention the joy it brings to someone when they receive a card you've made! There's something special about getting a hug with a fold in the middle.

However, I still love to create pages and albums to hold my photos and memories - it makes me so happy, and sometimes wistful, when I go through my photos and recall the events of the day or the season. I love looking at the faces of my loved ones at different times in their lives and think about how their life was then, wonder about what was on their minds or in their hearts then. Mostly it just makes me smile and experience all over again the warm fuzzies of having them in my life. Our relationships are the most important thing in this life - it's the people we love and care for and the people we impact and who impact us that help us to leave a legacy of love.

So, last Saturday, I held my first scrapbooking class in a very long time - and I can tell you, it WILL be a more frequent occurence here in the studio! First of all, the ladies who took the class LOVED it and two of them were first time scrapbookers! Secondly, it filled a need for me in creating the sample book and I'm not walking away from that so quickly again.

Today, I'm showing you the outside of the book we made along with the first 5 pages - sans photos - if you like what you see, I've been asked to add one more of this class to my calendar this season. It will be on Monday, December 19th from 10 am - 3 pm; details are on my Events page on my Stampin' Up! website.

Here's the album cover. I used the Cherry Trim 6" x 6" Designer Album from the Holiday Mini. It has 20 pages inside and includes the page protectors!

The cover has a big bow of Old Olive Striped Ribbon tied around it (retired ribbon, but it was perfect!), and I used one of the sticky die cuts from the Simply Scrappin' Kit that the album is designed around for a fun tag. Some Basic Rhinestones and a Trinket Key (Santa's Key) tied with some Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine finish off the cover embellishment.
Are you wondering how I got the sticky die cut to not be sticky? Well, here's a little secret for you - baby powder! Yep, I put a little baby powder in an empty embellishment container and use a paint brush to brush it on the back of the die cut. It neutralizes the adhesive and allows me to use the die cuts any way I'd like! Yes, folks, that tip alone is worth the price of admission right there! Ha!

Here's page one:
All my pages were designed using one-half of the Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit that's in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The best part was that I had enough supplies left over to make four Christmas Cards too!

Here's page two:
I added many other embellishments along the way - Dazzling Diamonds glitter, ribbon, buttons, etc.

Here's page three:
I designed the album using several different stamp sets - Winter Post (which today is the LAST day to get it at 1/2 price - just $13.47!), Season of Joy and Perfect Punches.

Here's page four:
Lots of punches and ribbon and Baker's Twine through the album - see the glitter on the stamped and punched ornament? Really, just little touches like that can elevate a page. I like my scrapbooks to let the photos tell the story, so I try to keep my embellishments subtle or minimal.

Here's page five:

The color combination of this Simply Scrappin' Kit is gorgeous! Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Soft Suede - so yummy!

So, want to come take the class now?!! I hope so, I love having a studio full of stampers and scrappers! But, if you can't come or want to do it yourself, here's the info on the main products I used to create this album. You can shop in my Online Stampin' Store anytime 24/7 and have it delivered right to your door!

#124008 - Cherry Trim Designer 6" x 6" Album w/ 10 page protectors $10.95

#111780 - Winter Post Stamp Set (wood mount) SALE $13.47 TODAY ONLY!!

#124007 - Christmas Lane Simply Scrappin' Kit $21.95

Be sure to order the stamp set TODAY before the 50% off sale closes! It's part of the Online Extravaganza SALE that Stampin' Up! has been offering since the 21st! You can place your order from my website up until Midnight Mountain Time.

Have a great day folks - thanks for coming to visit!
I'll have the info available for you on my NEW Robin's Rewards Program posted this evening, so be sure to check back!
Stamped blessings,

Place your order at this link here for all your Stampin' Up! needs: Robin's Online Stampin' Store
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to get started!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stampin' Fools Recipes!

Just a quick creative post this evening -
my day got away from me entirely and I'm just now sitting down to share with you!

Anyway, you've read about my Stampin' Fools party group here before, they are a fantastic bunch of stampers who meet at my house each month to stamp, laugh, eat and have a fun, foolish time. They are also my friends and I love them dearly.

Well, for our party this month, we started something new. Two of the Fools brought a dish they had cooked for us to sample and they sent me the recipe ahead of time so we could scrapbook them as one of our projects. We're going to do this each month for a while and fill up a 20 page 6" x 6" Stampin' Up! album. What a cool project huh?

Here are the two recipes and pages for November.

The recipe on the left is from Pat for Praline Sweet Potato Casserole and the one on the right is from Betty for Corn Pudding. Both were really delicious and I was lucky enough to be able to keep the leftovers!

Since this is a recipe album, I kept the page design very simple. The base page is Crumb Cake cardstock and it's stamped all over with a floral image from Day of Gratitude in Soft Suede ink. I printed out the recipes on Very Vanilla cardstock and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink. I laid them side by side and used More Mustard to ink up the large medallion stamp from Day of Gratitude and stamped it on both pages at once. It creates a cool effect when you separate them in the album. The recipe itself was mounted on a mat of Soft Suede cardstock and adhered to the page.
For a nice border, I took a piece of 2" x 6" Spice Cake Designer Paper and tore it down one edge, sponging the exposed edge with more Crumb Cake ink. It was adhered to the outside edge of the page to finish it off.

I can't wait for next month to see what we get to sample and share!
Have a great evening friends - I'll be back tomorrow with another fun project for you AND the details of my Robin' Rewards Program!

Stamped blessings,

A Quiet Thanksgiving

Hello again!
Just a little catch up post this morning. I have some fun creative stuff to share too, just gotta get it uploaded!

I know it's been a week since I posted, and I probably should have told you guys that I was taking a Thanksgiving blogging break - sorry if you were wondering where I'd disappeared to!
We had a very relaxed, low key Thanksgiving this year.
Mom came up to stay for a few days and we just hung out mostly. Watched the parade on tv, ate a simple, but very yummy dinner thanks to my super chef hubby; did a little online shopping and just sat and snoozed.
No Black Friday craziness this year for us, even though it had been our plan - and truth be told, I didn't miss the crowds this year. It was nice to just sit and decompress a bit.

My Dad's absence was definitely felt - I wasn't sure what to expect really, but it was weird not having him here. Especially when it was time for football. And dinner. His two favorite things about Thanksgiving!
So yes, I was sad, and I miss him, but I still wouldn't bring him back for anything. Not to face the pain of this life again. He's healed and happy and whole in Heaven and that gives me peace.

Here's a few photos of our day:

Me and Mark at the dinner table. Yeah, it was a no make-up kind of day too.

Emma and my Mom at the table. No fancy dishes again this year, but you don't need them to make the food taste good! I love seeing Mark in the mirror on the wall - cool picture!

Mark and I took the dogs for a long afternoon walk and this was one of the sights we saw in our neighbors yard. He'd been very busy that day - the day before there was a giant inflatable turkey there, by the time we walked by, he had 2 inflatables on the roof and 4 in his yard - including this one. Santa's gonna get awfully chilly by the time Christmas rolls around. Just sayin'.

Like I said earlier, we did a lot of snoozin':

Susie really enjoys "her" spot on the couch.
Buster was enjoying the warm, sunny spot by the fireplace.
Wish I could do that all day sometimes........

So, there you go - our quiet Thanksgiving.
Hope yours was a special one too!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spice Cake Faux Tile

Howdy stampers!
So, are you ready for Thanksgiving yet? Nothing like getting right to the heart of the matter, eh? If you're not thinking about Thanksgiving and that big, juicy turkey, then you're probably trying to decide if you're gonna go out at midnight on Thursday and scoop up some of those crazy doorbuster deals, right?

Well I can tell ya where this ol' girl will be - snoozin' in my warm, snuggly bed! This year, I'm really ahead of the game and my Christmas shopping is 97.8% done! And the rest I'm doing online - oh yeah! But even if it wasn't, I'm not the doorbuster type. I love to shop, but not when I'm so sleepy that I can't see the price tags
Nope. Since Mark is working Thursday evening and then again on Black Friday, Emma and I will head out and get breakfast, then hit one of the malls with all the other 5 million people in NoVA just to say we did. I know it's crazy, but it's always fun girl time for us and the best part is that since I'm usually done with most of my Christmas shopping by this time of year, we don't HAVE to buy anything! We can just look at those super long lines and count our blessings that we aren't in them.

That's my kind of Black Friday shopping!

So, if you're not shopping on Black Friday - you can always stamp!
Here's another one of the cards we made at my card classes this month. I showed everyone how to do the Faux Tile Technique with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool - makes it so easy!
Did you pick one of those up yesterday during that great 24 hour sale SU! ran? Well, if not, you can still get one, just not on sale.
Here's a thought - put it on your Christmas list! :)

Just a few details about the card. The card base is So Saffron, sponged with a little bit of Crumb Cake on the edges. The next layer is Not Quite Navy and after I adhered the scored and stamped Spice Cake Designer paper to it, I ran the bottom section through my Big Shot with the Lattice Embossing Folder.

So, the Faux Tile was done by taking a piece of Designer paper - this was cut at 3 3/4" square - and scoring it at even intervals all the way across. I turned the paper one quarter turn and scored all the way across again at the same intervals, creating a grid pattern.
Next, I sponged Crumb Cake Classic Ink lightly all over it then stamped my image from the Inspired by Nature stamp set on top with Early Espresso Classic Ink.

A little bit of Not Quite Navy Taffeta Ribbon added a little feminine element and the stamped and punched greeting from the Perfect Punches stamp set finished the card. I did add an Early Espresso brad to the greeting layer before popping it up on Stampin' Dimensionals - a little extra bling never hurts!

Did you know that the Perfect Punches greeting set is part of the Online Extravaganza? It sure is! It's on Sale for 40% off the regular price making it only $10.77 for the clear-mount option! That, my stamping friends is what we call a steal! I love the versatility of this stamp set and I really love that each image works with one of our punches making it so quick and easy to use!

So, take a minute and head on over to my Online Stampin' Store and check out ALL the great deals and steals in the Online Extravaganza! While you're there, check out the Clearance Rack too - I saw some fantastic buys on there yesterday that I think you'll love!

Remember, ALL your November purchases from my Online Store will count towards my NEW Robin's Rewards Program that begins on December 1st! Shop now, Save now and get a head start on earning FREE Stampin' Up! merchandise from me! For every $40 merchandise purchase you make, your rewards start to add up into FREE Stampin' Up! goodies! Full details on this program will be published here on November 30th, so be watching!

Have a great Tuesday ya'll! Happy Stampin'!

Place your order for Stampin' Up! Supplies at this link here: Robin's Online Stampin' Store
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to get started!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Wonderful Winter Post

Without a doubt, Winter Post is my all-time FAVORITE stamp set!
Shelli, if you are reading this - PLEASE don't ever let it retire!!!

But, putting it on SALE - well, that's a different matter entirely. I think everyone should own this beautiful stamp set!

Well now, that's exactly what my buds at Stampin' Up! have done - put it on sale at 50% OFF!
Yeppers! From today through November 30th - you too can own this beautiful stamp set for only $13.47!!
Isn't that awesome?!!
Here's all the images that are included in the stamp set:7 great winter and Christmas themed images that can either work separately or together - your choice. There's even a couple of images that are great for Christmas tag making!

Here are a few projects I've done over the years - among many:

Love this little box of gift enclosure cards - the box is made with the Scalloped Envelope Big Shot Die.
The two scallops on this card are made with the Scalloped Circle Dies and my Big Shot as well.

Love the Medallion Background stamp on this one:

And this card is really one of my faves. I used the Top Note die for one of the layers and that double bow with the Very Vanilla Seam Binding and Antique Brad just make me smile!

So, there you go - lots of great ideas for using this beautiful stamp set! Don't you want to own it now? I thought so!
Alright then, skate on over to my Online Stampin' Store and place your order! It's only 50% off until the 30th, but the sooner you order it, the sooner you can be stampin' with it!
Here's the item number for you: #111780 Winter Post Stamp Set (wood mount only) regular price $26.95; SALE Price $13.47!!
When you get to my website home page, simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right to get started!

Happy Shoppin' and Stampin'!

Fab Deals! Online Extravaganza is HERE!

Can't wait? Well, click the Hot Holiday Deals box below to get started shopping! But be sure to read to the end of this post for my picks and a special offer!

WOW! Stampin' Up! is offering some AMAZING deals for all of us! Check this out;

#125152 - NEW! Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps - Regular Price $16.95 - SALE TODAY ONLY!! $13.56
These make fantastic Teacher, Co-Worker and Neighbor gifts. They come boxed for easy wrapping with 2 delicious cookie recipes - Sugar and Shortbread - and can also be used for crafting! Be sure to add a set for yourself as well, at this price, you have to try them out!
#122334 - NEW! Simply Scored Scoring Tool - Regular Price $29.95 - SALE TODAY ONLY!! $23.96
You all know how I feel about our new Cadillac of Scoring Tools - The Simply Scored is in a word - FANTASTIC! It scores as small as 1/8" intervals, has a graded scoring surface so your paper stays put, rubber feet keep it stable and in place on your table, the double tipped stylus locks in place and there is a handy storage compartment in the back! It's definitely a must have for any paper crafter - and "scoring" it on sale is a wonderful bonus for you!

Bundles are available until November 30th!!
#129035 - Ribbon Bundle - price if purchased separately $31.80 - SALE PRICE $22.26
The Online Extravaganza Ribbon Bundle contains four packages of 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive. This adorable grosgrain ribbon with printed white polka dots on one side and scallop edges with pinholes can be used to dress up any project in style!
Ribbon is approximately 1/2" wide; each package of ribbon contains approximately 10 yards.
This exclusive bundle—40 percent off the retail price—is only available November 21-30!
#129034 - Glimmer Brad Bundle - price if purchased separately $14.85 - SALE PRICE $10.40!!
The Online Extravaganza Glimmer Brads Bundle contains three Glimmer Brad assortments—Basics, Brights, and Subtle—all for 30 percent off the retail price!
Each assortment contains 40 3/8” brads in five colors (8 ea. of 5 colors):
* Basics: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Champagne, Silver, Gold
* Brights: Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
* Subtles: So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Marina Mist

There are tons of great deals on many Stampin' Up! favorites during this SALE- 20% off up to 60% off! You HAVE to check them out on my website!

Here are a few of my favorite items - must haves in my opinion!
All available until November 30th!

#111780 - Winter Post Stamp Set - regular price $26.95 - SALE PRICE $13.47!!
If you follow my blog, you know that Winter Post is my ALL-TIME favorite stamp set! and at this price, you HAVE to add it to your stampin' tool box! I'll be posting some samples with this stamp set later today to give you some great ideas for making some terrific cards with it.

#116586 - Many Merry Messages - regular price $34.95 - SALE PRICE $17.47!!
Seriously a GREAT deal! This versatile Christmas greeting set has been around for several years now and with good reason - there's a greeting for every type of Christmas card! I've used this stamp set at EVERY Christmas card class I've EVER held in the last 5 years because it's simply timeless. Another must HAVE stamp set and at a fantastic price!

#120890 - Candy Wrapper Bigz Die - regular price $32.95 - SALE PRICE - $26.36!!
Have the Big Shot? Looking for a fun. new die to play with? This one is THE one! You can make adorable party favors, treat boxes, Christmas ornaments and more! You can even make an extended length Candy Wrapper for those extra-long treats! So easy to use with the Standard Premium Crease Pad to make sure your fold lines come out clean. I've never regretted this purchase for my Big Shot toolbox.
So, these are just a few of my picks for items you SHOULD own! Here is a link to the PDF file that lists ALL of the Online Extravaganza Sale Items - CLICK HERE!

Remember - ALL your Online purchases of $40 will earn you early Rewards points in my NEW Robin's Rewards Program that begins in December. You can shop the SALE and earn rewards points before the program even starts. This applies to each merchandise amount of $40 spent online before November 30th!

You can SHOP my Online Store right NOW! Here's the link: Robin's Online Stampin' Store
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner to get started!

Happy Shoppin' and Stampin'

Friday, November 18, 2011

Spice Cake Scalloped Circle Easel Card

Happy Friday Stampers!!
It's a beautiful day here in NOVA - if you don't go outside! was a chilly 28 degrees when we got up this morning. Not sure I'm ready for winter yet. HA!

But, I'm so grateful for the sunshine. I'm really a sunny day kind of person - it lifts me up like nothing else and I love to find the sunny spot in the house and just sit and be a turtle. (That's what Mark calls it anyway!)
So today, there's lots of excitement around here - my friend, and upline, Jan Wakeland is coming to visit and we are hosting a special event for some Special Achievers on my team here in the studio. Stamping, eating and fun will be the order of the evening!
Then tomorrow, Jan is holding her first ever meeting for Virginia demos in the RemARKable Stampers group right here in Manassas! Can't wait to see so many of my good stampin' friends.

The card I'm sharing today is one that I designed for my card classes this month - see what you missed by not coming to stamp with me?! HA!
Maybe next month, ok?
Anyway, this entire card was cut out with the Big Shot - yep, it's true! Here, take a look:

I used the gorgeous Spice Cake Designer paper for an entirely NON-Fall look. The Pear Pizzazz paper has this beautiful paisley and flower design on it and was so feminine looking, I went with a more sweet, delicate look. Monochromatic color schemes always make me smile, not only because it's easy to match, but they look so elegant as well. So here it's all Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.
The card is an easel style cut with the Scalloped Circle Die. The Designer paper layer is cut with the 3 1/2" Circle Die, the banner is a strip of cardstock embossed with the Finial Press Textured Embossing Folder and sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink.
I cut the oval shape with the Ovals Die then stamped my greeting on it with the Perfectly Penned Stamp Set in Pear Pizzazz as well.

Here's a side view:

You can see that I added a border of Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the Designer paper circle by running my 2 Way Glue Pen around the edge then dipping the whole thing in glitter - yes, it did end up on my face, but that's half the fun of glitter!

All the edges were sponged with more Pear Pizzazz ink and I added a few Basic Pearls to accent the greeting. For a final touch, I used my Paper Piercer and Mat Pack to add a hole in each scallop on the top layer - I love the look this gives!
All the pieces were assembled with Tombow Adhesive and I used Stampin' Dimensionals to lift up the greeting.
If you're not sure how to do an easel card, feel free to comment and I'll answer back on Monday. They've become pretty popular so I'm guessing that most of you experienced stampers have the basic idea by now.

Stampin' Up! has a Big Shot design contest going on right now, so maybe I'll enter this card in the contest - what do you think? Would you vote for it?

Here's a few products I used for today's card:
#122892 - Perfectly Penned Stamp set (clear Mount) - $12.95

#124003 - Spice Cake Designer Paper - $10.95 (12 sheet pack)

Remember, you can order from my Online Stampin' Store anytime for these and ALL SU! products. My new Rewards Program starts in December, but I'm including all November Online orders to give you a head start as you shop for the holidays!

And Don't Forget - Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza Sale begins on Monday, November 21st at 2:01 est. Check this post here for the details. You won't want to miss it!

Have a fun, sunny, happy stampin' day!

Place your order for Stampin' Up! Supplies at this link here: Robin's Online Stampin' Store
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Online Extravaganza is Coming!!


Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!'s annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, will begin
Monday, November 21, 2011, and run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011
You may place orders either through my Online Store or by e-mailing me directly at

You'll want to be sure to log in to my Online Store on
Monday, November 21
, to take advantage of great savings!

-FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express,
-60 percent off select Designer Fabrics,
-30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

And WOW - look at this!
There will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM [MT]) That's 2:01 AM - 1:59 PM EST
-so make sure you don't miss the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza!

Remember, ALL November merchandise orders from Robin's Online Stampin' Store of $40 or more qualify you for my NEW Rewards program that begins on December 1st! How awesome for you that you can shop now and SAVE and EARN rewards early!

Exciting news!
Happy Stampin',

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

French Foliage Collage

Welcome to Wednesday!
It's not such a lovely day outside here today - icky rain and gray skies - but it's going to be warm and bright in the studio - I get to stamp all day!!
And it's a good thing too - I am still in catch up mode and there's a big weekend ahead!

So let's get right to the card today, shall we?
It's another card I designed for my regular card classes this month.

Such a simple design really. I used Crumb Cake cardstock cut at 4 1/4" x 11" and folded in half lengthwise. Using that gorgeous stamp set French Foliage, I stamped a collage of leaves all over the front of the card. I used Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Early Espresso for my leaves and finished it off with some raindrops of River Rock.

The layer is made of Naturals Ivory and it's stamped with a collage of the french script and the postmark stamp from that same stamp set. I used EVERY stamp in that set for this card - awesome! This layer too has more River Rock raindrops - that's my favorite stamp in the set, I think - I use it on a lot of cards!

Here's a close up of the focal image:

At the bottom of the stamped layer, I added a torn piece of Cajun Craze cardstock.
Some Linen Thread was wrapped around the layer and tied off in a messy bow then the whole piece was popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.
The layered tags were cut with my Big Shot and one of the Sizzlits from the Lots of Labels collection. There are 4 dies in that set and they make beautiful tags! On the bottom tag, I stamped the large oak leaf in Old Olive to make it stand out a bit, then stamped my greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes on the slim tag. After adding a Vintage Trinket button brad, each tag layer was popped up on dimensionals and adhered to the card front.
Voila! It was fini!

My French is a little rusty - maybe I should have Emma check me since she's learning that fine language this year.
Speaking of Emma, I have to do the Mommy brag for a minute - Emma came home yesterday with her first report card of the year. She made straight A's!!! And the Principal's Honor Roll!! We are over the moon proud of her! She works so hard and is busy all the time with school, skating and church - she hardly has any down time. It amazes me that she's able to juggle it all and still make awesome grades! Love that girl!

Ok, so back to regularly scheduled programming.
If you like today's card, you can purchase all the supplies you need to make it from my Online Stampin' Store. And remember, all merchandise orders of $40 or more count towards my New Rewards Program that's starting on December 1st! Get a head start on your Rewards Card by ordering now!

Here's a few of the items I used on today's project:

#121166 - French Foliage Stamp Set - $14.95
#118764 - Vintage Trinkets - $4.95

#104199 - Linen Thread - $4.50

The Lots of Tags Sizzlits Die Set photo wouldn't load for me, but it's a set of 4 dies that cuts 5 different tags, all different and lovely! The Item # is 114508 and it's $21.95 for all 4 dies. It's a great basic to have in your Big Shot collection.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! I hope you get some stampin' time in!

Place your order for Stampin' Up! Supplies at this link here: Robin's Online Stampin' Store
Simply click the SHOP NOW button at the top right corner!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quilted Spice Cake

Happy Tuesday Stampers!

I know what you are thinking - where has she been and why hasn't she posted in 5 days?!! I know, I know. I can hardly believe it myself. Life has just been nutty lately! Yes, even more than usual. I told Mark that I feel like I've been hit with a Mack Truck.
Add to that some stupid, crazy computer problems and it's not a good combination for blogging. It's much easier to throw up my hands in disgust and just step. away. from. the. computer. Before I throw it out the window!

Anyway, the sweet folks at Verizon are sending me a new router that may or may not solve my issues, so we'll see.
I'm not holding my breath.
Stupid computer.

Thank goodness we have something fun and stress relieving to help - stamping!
Here's a card I designed last week for my Just Cards class and Stampin' Fun at the Firehouse:

This card was probably my favorite of the 5 I designed for these classes. I love the vintage feel of it and you know how I love square cards!
This one is 4 1/4" square. I had a question e-mailed to me about that size and while I can't mail out a piece of cardstock cut to size to everyone who asks me for it, I can explain how to get that size. Cut a piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" x 8 1/2". Fold it in half to make a 4 1/4" square card. It really is that simple.

My layers here are a card base of Naturals Ivory, 4" square layer of Early Espresso and a 3 3/4" square layer of Spice Cake Designer Paper.
I adhered the Spice Cake to the Early Espresso and ran both layers through my Big Shot inside the Houndstooth Embossing Folder. After rubbing it all over with some Soft Suede ink and a sponge, it looks a bit like an antique quilt to me.
After adding a piece of Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon, I moved on to the focal point. The bow was added with Mini Glue Dots after I placed my greeting pieces.

You can see this is a two layer greeting, the bottom layer is Naturals Ivory cardstock that's been embossed with the oval from the Designer Frames Embossing Folders set. I trimmed it out with my Paper Snips and rubbed a little Soft Suede ink on the edge to bring out the detail. The greeting is from the Always Thankful stamp set in the Holiday Mini. It's stamped with Soft Suede on a cardstock scrap, then punched out with the Extra Large Oval Punch. I sponged it as well and added the Antique Brad before using Stampin' Dimensionals to the back to pop it up on the other oval. The whole thing was adhered to the card front with more Dimensionals.
After stamping a greeting on the inside, this baby was done!
And yes, it really is my favorite of the bunch.
I'll show you the rest through the week, so you can decide for yourself!

Here's a few of the products I used on today's card:

#123789 - Always Thankful Stamp Set - $19.95 clear mount

#124003 - Spice Cake Designer Series Paper - $10.95 12 sheet pack
#117273 - Antique Brads - $5.95

You can place an order for these supplies in my Online Stampin' Store anytime! And don't forget, my special REWARDS program is beginning on December 1st for all my online clients! Your purchases in November count towards filling your first rewards card! All Online purchases from my Stampin' Store over $40.00 will receive REWARDS! Each $40.00 you spend gets you closer to filling your card and your REWARDS!
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Have a great evening stampers! I have a FREE Cardmaking 101 class here tonight so I'm off to prep for that!
Stamped blessings,

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