Saturday, October 30, 2010

Here's a Halloween treat for you!! Boo!

Hi all
Hope everyone is eagerly anticipating the arrival of little ghosts and goblins.  Tonight I took a little break from my progress report writing for school to make a little treat for you.  I used some of my favorite tools...punches!!  Of course, you can see I used the owl in silhouette against the creseant moon which I made using two circle punches.  He is sitting on a branch from the bird punch and of course, there had to be a bat - it's halloween!!!  The blue oval was in my "didn't use but couldn't throw away" pile and seemed to be an apt background.  I dirtied it up a bit by sponging with gray ink and ta-da.....a treat!!
whoops!!  Forgot to tell you about the treat!!  I belong to an online group that did a bulk buy for these great treat bags.  Candy corn was the "of course!!" treat to put inside.!!  Hope this inspires you to whip out a few punches and see what you can come up with!!
Boo to you!!! ...may all your dreams be chocolate!!
Before I return to my report writing, let me mention that the Stamp a stack class for next Sunday at 2pm is almost full..I only have two seats left so if you want to attend, get in touch with me PDQ!!!  5 designs, 4 of each design for $25.  You have to register by Sunday night.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Hi all
Well here I am again with yet another band story.  Tonight was our marching band "Tail-gator-ing" event.
This is an event that started several years ago when we attended a band competition late in the season in Hershey, PA.  It was a long cold day and we chose to make hot dogs and soup for the kids.  The gal in charge of the soup made Maryland Crab Soup - we were the hit of the event because we had so much delicious soup that we shared it with every shivering band that came by.  It was a great time of friendship - I worked my stampin in that day by sharing "We 'tail-gatored' with the PHHS band" buttons that had a swing away feature and under the swing away it said "Making friends through music".  We haven't done the Hershey event in more recent years but we never let go of our love for the celebration.  We have been doing the event at halloween so we now call it "Halloween-gate".  The son of our "soup" friend graduated last year and the mom bequeathed me her recipe so I took over the cook role.  Tonight I made 5 gallons of Maryland Crab soup outside in a turkey fryer pot.  It was a huge hit, with some kids (and adults) coming back for seconds and thirds.  Funny thing is, although I was born and raised in Maryland, this is the first time I made this soup.  But it won't be the last!!!  Of course, next time I hope the quantity will be smaller!  Now my back and feet are wondering what the heck I did to them.  After I threw together the soup, I left my friend in charge of stirring and I ran into the Band room and directed my helpers to divy out candy to 90 bags I had rolled with two halloween wheels.  More bending over - maybe that is what irritated my back!!  As usual, we started with a limited amount of candy but eventually we had lots more dropped off by the parents.  Each of the kids got to take a mixed bag home with them after we all enjoyed our "Clue" (our show theme this year) cake.  Great event!!  I have scrubbed the huge pot (thanks Tina for sharing it with us) and now I want to flop in bed.  G'night!!
By the way, I will be putting in an order this weekend - if you want to take advantage of the christmas bundles and save a bit on shipping, connect with me by Friday and I'll add your order to mine.
Two new folks have joined my blog followers but I cannot tell who they are so here is a generic welcome!! Thanks for joining us...I hope you will enjoy my projects as well as my ramblings.  Welcome!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thank you, gracious ladies!!

Tonight I want to give a quick shout out to the ladies who signed up for my class today.  After 10 days straight of mostly marching band activities, and some stampin activities, and even some parent of a high school senior activities, in addition to working each day, I found I was dropping off to sleep in my dinner most nights!!  Not good! Especially when I am facing writing a huge number of progress reports for work this week (end of the quarter).  The ladies were very understanding when I told them I needed to post pone the gals are the best!!  Thank you, thank you.  I hope you will be with us on the rescheduled date in November.  Because I postponed the class, I was able to enjoy a church service, to watch the Raven's game (or, at least, the ending!!)  and  to go out to dinner for my birthday (which actually occurred during all those busy activities last weekend)!!  The waitress made a mistake on our order - to my advantage - so now I have yummy lunches for two days, too!!  I hope you gals will take good care of yourselves too and thanks again for your kindness and understanding. 
I have reworked my class schedule: 
11-7  Holiday Stamp a stack #3; 
11-14 Thank you and thanksgiving; 
11-21 Tags and gift card holders;
11-28 (This is gonna be great!)  Reusable Countdown to Christmas wall tin;
12-5   Holiday Stamp a stack #4.
Check out my SU website for the details and deadlines


Hi all
Tonight I have been finishing up my little Halloween treats for the staff at my two schools (well over 100 treats). When you have to make that many, you have to keep it simple, and that is what I did.  This container is four candies deep.

Yep!! I used the owl punch (can you see that he is upside down?)  Then I cut the feet off each one.  I used a teardrop hand held punch to make eyes.  Next, I used the "happy halloween" stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370, pg 157,  $36.95) stamp set (that set has sooo many great phrases!!  24 to be exact!) but the trick was the phrase was too wide for the ghost .....soooo  I only inked up the word "happy" and stamped all the ghosts.  Then I cleaned the stamp and inked up only the word "halloween" and stamped it on each ghost. Added a bit of adhesive and stuck a chocolate candy on the back (nuggets and mini bars).  It isn't a huge treat of course, but who doesn't enjoy an unexpected little chocolate.  I love the many ways this owl punch can be used.
Have you contacted me yet to sign up for the next Christmas stamp a stack class scheduled for Nov 7th?  Remember you need to pre-register and pre-pay for that class by October 31st because of all the supplies I need to prep for you  to make the 20 cards!!
Also, check out the current bundle sale information I posted earlier this week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pictured Sale items

These are the items that are part of the current bundle sale.  You can contact me to place your order or order them directly through my Stampin'Up! website,

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Vintage Christmas Bundle #124067 wood $23.92
Vintage Christmas Bundle #124068 clear $19.92

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Contempo Christmas Card Bundle #124071 wood $20.72
Contempo Christmas Card Bundle #124072 clear $17.52

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Tags Til Christmas Bundle #124077 wood $38.32
Tags Til Christmas Bundle #124078 clear $31.92

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Gift Packaging Bundle #124083 wood $26.32
Gift Packaging Bundle #124084 clear $19.92


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Simply Adorned Gift Bundle #124076 $39.88

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Frame Gift Bundle #124075 $19.92

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amazing, Beautiful and Cherished gift deal!!!

From October 19th- Dec 16th, save 20% on these Christmas bundle deals!

Create Amazing cards, Beautiful packaging, and Cherished gifts this holiday season!

Vintage Christmas Card Bundle
Bells & Boughs Set and Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
124067; $23.92
124068; $19.92
Contempo Christmas Card Bundle
Contempo Christmas Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
124071; $20.72
124072; $17.52
Tags til Christmas Bundle
Tags til Christmas Set and Decorative Label Punch
124077; $38.32
124078; $31.92
Gift Packaging Bundle
Gifted Set and Mini Lunch Sacks
124083; $26.32
124084; $19.92
Simply Adorned Gift Bundle
Charming Set, Simply Adorned 1" x 1-1/4" Charm, and Simply Adorned 24" Chain
124076; $39.88
Frame Gift Bundle
Definitely Decorative Chunky Frame and Small Chocolate Chip Dotted Flourish D├ęcor Elements
124075; $19.92

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Holiday/Christmas Card Stamp a Stack, Part two, project 5

Hi all
Have to admit, this simple little card is my favorite card from the Stamp a Stack, part 2.  Can you tell that this is a spinner card?  You wind up the scalloped oval,  which is suspended on stretch magic plastic thread, then close the card. When you open the card, the oval spins, alternately showing the Santa and the date.  The Santa's hat is glittered to match the glittered stripe in the DSP.
Let me pass on a tip...I had a big OOPS! while I was designing this card....I dropped the ENTIRE jar of glitter on my rug!  AAAUUUGGGGHHH!!!!   So frustrating!!!  So I took a tissue (like you use for your nose) and covered the end of the hose on my mini vacuum cleaner.  I pressed the tissue into the end of the nozzle a bit and then sucked up all the glitter (repeated several times to get it all) and kept the vacuum on until I got the nozzle over the powder pal tray. Then I turned off the vacuum and tapped the end of the nozzle on the tray and the glitter dropped out of the tissue onto the tray.  I got back most of the glitter.  Whoo hoo!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Holiday/Christmas Card Stamp a Stack, Part two, project 4

Hi all
This style card is not one I usually go for, but when I am planning my classes, I know that others are not so squimish about coloring. Different strokes for different folks.  After I made the card, I found I truly had enjoyed taking the time to color with colored pencils.  These pencils are a great strategy when you are making your cards on the fly - you can easily stick them in a pencil tin and color during those "waiting" times that can be so annoying when you feel rushed and don't want to waste time.  Before you know it, your are done your cards and your blood pressure is still  in the normal range!!  This DSP is actually retired but is similar to DSP in the current collection.  Yep!!! I used that new punch again...told you yesterday it holds bigger images so nicely.Post Options

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Holiday/Christmas Card Stamp a Stack, Part two, project 3

Hi all
This card has several of my favorite Stampin' Up! products.
I love the ribbon punch!  One of my stampin' gals was delighted during class when she realized the punch makes this lovely ribbon of cardstock with one punch - she thought she would have to put the piece back in to get the second edge.
The new label punch is really neat because is is large enough to hold bigger images.
The ornament was die cut with the mover and shaper ornament die and YES!!! this ornament is made out of metal!!!   Fun!!  The ornament is hanging by an actual ornament hook.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Holiday/Christmas Card Stamp a Stack, Part two, project 2

Hi all
You know I'm not a photographer so I hope you can see the plenty of petals dry embossed background and the rhinestone on the words.  Quick and fun ..two requirements when you are making LOTS of cards to send to your friends and family for the holidays.  You could easily make a stack of  these!!  Contact me for a materials list.

Friday, October 15, 2010

no more regionals,.....stamp a stack instead!!

Hi all,  Happy Birthday to me!!
At regionals, there were six projects but I chose not to make the scrapbook page - I will use the cardstock for card making instead.
Today I want to begin sharing the projects from the holiday stamp a stack that I held last Sunday.
This card was inspired by a trade I received at Regionals (D Cohen) ...I tweaked it a bit, of course.  Can you tell that the greeting in the corner is stamped through a word window hole?  The medallion was stamped twice in full (once in red and once in green) and trimmed ...and then the center was stamped in red, too. Very fresh looking, I thought.
I will have five new card designs for my next holiday stamp a stack on Nov 7 need to register and pre-pay by halloween, Oct takes a while to cut cardstock for 20 cards per person...especially when I am doing progress reports on my students, too.  It is hard to believe that the first quarter of school is almost over!!!
I hope to see you at the class.  Is that too long to wait to come stampin?  Then join us on Oct 24th to make Thanks, Thanksgiving and Fall projects.....register by October 22.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baltimore Regionals project #5

Hi all,
Well you know me, I like to save the best for last....for me this was the best card.  I cheated a bit by using a ruler to draw two lines forming an x in dead center.  Then I punched a hole there and using my clear blocks I was able to line up the stems nicely in a straight line from the dot to the corner.  The little added cajun craze c/s circle in the center covers the hole.  Rich colors, simple design...surely you could whip up a dozen of these in no time!!
Don't forget to do you holiday workshop booking today!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


The Clearance Rack Blitz (  click on Shop Now) has been a big hit with Stampin' Up!demonstrators and customers, but if you want to take advantage of up to 80 percent off of discontinued Stampin’ Up! products, you need to act fast. The Clearance Rack Blitz ends on October 18, so make sure you get your order in before the blitz ends!
 This is a great place to holiday shop for you and your stampin buddies!!

Baltimore Regionals project #4

Hi all

Here is a simple monochromatic card .... I just realized, I forgot to add the ribbon!!! Sorry!!! It should have the luscious green ribbon wrapped around vertically and tied on the front.  No wonder it looked like something was was!!!  This is a quick card that can easily be stepped up by layering additional medallions or parts of the medallion....or by detailing the design with markers.

I spent a bit too much time chatting on the phone with each of the the ladies I called last night (but I did enjoy it!!) and didn't get to contact as many friends as I had hoped to about hostessing a workshop.  So... I have decided to extend my offer until my birthday on Friday October 15th.   Your name will go in the pot for the drawing for a $10 gift certificate if you book your workshop by Friday. If you contact me to book  before I call you, your name will go in twice!  Any workshop you book to hold from now until March 31 will qualify.  Contact me to book your holiday workshop or to make a prime pick for a Saleabration workshop. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Book-A-Thon Blitz

Stampin' Up! is having their first Book-A-Thon for demonstrators!
We have been asked to help book 5,000 workshops today – and Stampin' Up! will be offering incentives for all demonstrators who book at least one workshop!
If you call/email me today to book a workshop, you will be entered into a drawing for a $10.00 gift certificate from me and each person who books today will receive a  special hand crafted item at their workshop as my special thanks for helping me reach my personal goal.
The workshop you book today does not have to occur until  March 31st but with so many great Fall and Winter events, I'm sure you would like to have great ideas now!!.  Let's get you scheduled for a workshop to be held by Dec 8th if you want a winter holiday-themed workshop – or you could schedule it to be held during our fabulous annual SALE-A-BRATION event!  This year's Sale-A-Bration will be held January 25th through March 31st.  With orders of $50, your workshop guests can earn free limited-edition stamp sets and accessories.  Hostesses can earn incentives too!
When you hostess a workshop, there are several benefits:
  1. You earn incremental FREE merchandise (with workshops subtotal reaching $150 or more)!
  2. You earn FREE hostess-only stamp sets!
  3. You earn a FREE catalog!  (if you already purchased a catalog and don't want a duplicate, you can pick out a free classic ink pad of your choice.)
  4. You can help plan what projects/cards your guests make..or let me plan and surprise you!.
  5. Your guests create 2 make and takes at no charge!
  6. You and your guests will enjoy a night of stamping and fun!
  7. You don't even have to clean are welcome to have your gathering here in my stampin room!
Contact me today to set up your workshop – I'd love to share my love of stamping with your friends and family!
 410-256-6772  - if the line is busy, be sure to leave your contact info so I can get right back to you!  or contact me by email at

Monday, October 11, 2010

Regionals project three

Hi all
Wanted to quickly jump in here and post another project from the Regionals Training in Baltimore.  This layout is great if you have a need for a quick card and don't have time to work much on composition.  It uses several of the images from the Gratitude set in lovely fall colors.  The piercing elements give a bit of texture to the card and I love the decorated envelope.  This composition takes me back to my college days where we learned about proportion in projects.  I believe they called them Mateland Graves Diagrams.  These MD diagrams defined the proportion on the side, to the proportion on the top, to create an appearance that appealed to the eyes.  Nice!
For those of you who patiently endure my chatter about marching band, the kids had a great performance on Saturday night and improved their score by 5 points over their previous performance.  They earned the first place trophy in their category again.  This week is crazy busy with events for me and for my son but I hope to be back each day to share more projects, including more from Regionals and the five cards we made today in my holiday stamp a stack class.  I hope you will consider joining us for a future holiday stamp a stack class (scheduled for Nov 7 and Dec 5). 
My next class will be on October 24th - Thanks, Thanksgiving and Fall projects.
Remember it is not too late to sign up to be a demonstrator (hobby or business) and earn the free chocolate stamp set (from the next mini catalog) and the gorgeous and spacious Greenhouse Gala craft tote (valued at 39.95) FREE.
Now is a great time to book your holiday project workshop - to be held at your place or mine.  Let me do the cleaning and you earn the hostess rewards!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Deals deals deals!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Hi all
Running around getting ready for my stampin session tomorrrow and the band event today but I wanted to share two things with you

first...two of my ladies who registered for my class tomorrow are now unable to attend..they would like to sell their seats so they can sign up for the next session instead...this is a last minute opportunity to get one or two seats for tomorrow Sunday, October 10 at 2 PM for a holiday stamp a stack.  20 cards (5 designs, 4 of each) for $25.    If you are able to attend call me NOW and leave a message on my answering machine.  You can try calling my cell number if you have it but I might not hear it - the band is LOUD.  I will contact you back as soon as I can might be in the morning. must go look at the great clearance rack deals on my Stampin' Up! website..hurry though, I hear the stuff is going like hot cakes.  There are all kinds of goodies there..sizzix dies, DSP, buttons   and if you spend $150 in SU products on your online order you can get hostess goodies, too.

Oops..I lied..three things! 

Thirdly...act NOW to sign up to be a demo (hobby or business) with me.  Remember if you act quickly, you will get the greenhouse gala craft tote (valued at 39.95) and the new chocolate stamp set for FREE as part of your kit.  Contact me NOW!!!! or go tomy Stampin' Up website and sign up on line.  password is stampeg08.  I would love for you to be part of my growing group.

Are you a lurker?  stopping by frequently to see my projects but not letting me know you are out there?  Say "hello" in the comments section or by emailing me and let me know you as a stampin friend by name!!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Regionals... Project two

Here is another of the Regionals projects using the Day of Gratitude stamp set which we got as part of the registration goodies.  The directions for this project included use of the stamp a ma jig but I know lots of folks are hesitant to use the stamp a ma jig so I thought I would tell you how I did it without using that tool.  I laid a straight edge (ruler) from one corner to the opposite corner on the diagonal and drew a teeny tiny line right in the middle.  Then I laid the straight edge in the opposite diagonal and drew another line right in the center, forming an "x" right in the center of the cardstock.  Then I stamped the center acorn. Then it was easy to stamp one above, below, and on either side of the center one and then in the four corners, just by eyeballing it.  Nice quick little card.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Regionals Project one

Hi all

Regionals was so much fun...being with my friends and enjoying the Stampin' Up! spirit.  It is always a pleasure to enjoy the positive and  respectful way Stampin' Up! works with its demonstrators and customers.  Here is one of the projects from Regionals.  I actually made these ahead of the actual meeting because I was a helper during the actual session.
This picture doesn't show it very well, but this is a treat box. I didn't add the bow that should be on the front imagine that is on there please!  The hole for the tag is punched in the cajun craze cardstock using the extra large decorative tag punch.  The thank you and acorns are stamped on the white cardstock and inserted behind the hole.   This box doesn't actually have a bottom as it is meant to hold a filled cello bag which would not slide through the bottom.  This is a great little treat for your thanksgiving dinner table.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Birthday Pennant

Hi all
My friend, Linda was here in Baltimore (from New Jersey) to attend the Stampin' Up! Regional on Friday.  On Saturday she came over to my stamp room where I made a name banner for one of my son's friend's 16th birthday party Saturday night.  Linda and I collaborated on colors and patterns and here is what we came up with.

Taylor's name was done in silver glitter on die cut letters.  I used versamark ink, heat and stick powder and the glitter.  Taylor couldn't hang it up on the wall at the party because they were in a rented room which did not permit things to be stuck on the wall, but John said she was able to hang it from the table near the cake.  I had a scallop envelope tacked on the back of the first pennant so we could include the cash gift.  I thought it turned out nicely...girly without being too childish.  We included the crowns because we were told the theme was "princess".


Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Project #8 - final project

Hi all

In reality, when planning this class I had too many ideas available.  It was hard to narrow down the choices but I think the gals enjoyed the choices I made.  I may try to post some new ideas as well in the coming weeks.  Here is the final teeny tiny project.
This box is so small that it holds only one nugget candy.  I know I am terrible at drawing faces.  Luckily the stampers were more skillful at that than I am!!  Did you figure out that it is made from two petal card punches?  Can you tell that the tail is the "stripped" branch from the bird punch?  Love it!!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

chocolate, Chocolate, CHOCOLATE!!

quik note:  Check out my upcoming stampin classes....the registration deadline for my next holiday stamp a stack is today, Sunday Oct 3rd.  Fee is $25 and is due in advance of the class.  Call me!!!

On Friday I attended the Stampin Up! Regional Seminar in BALTIMORE!!!  I was blessed to have my best Stampin' Up! convention buddy with me (Hugs to Linda!!!!) and two of my dear downline gals too (Hugs to Peggy and Emily!!!)  All three are great ladies!!  I was thrilled to have those gals with us and was sorry that my downline, Laura and Jennifer had family emergencies that kept them from attending.  Hope those situations are improving as you hoped!!  Terry was busy with her grandmotherly duties and unfortunately missed out on the fun, too!  It was great to share a few hugs with other special ladies such as Donna (I love having you at my classes...won't you consider joining up with me?)  and some big name gals in the Stampin' Up! world, such as Monika Davis and Robbie Rubala...Hi Ladies!!!

At the Regional, there were many door prizes given out and Jenn's name was chosen but because she was not there we could not collect her prize - is that sad, or what!!  I felt terrible that she couldn't get her prize!!  Had hoped Linda might be a winner, too but alas, not this time!!

Not only did I love being at a regional in my own town, made so much better by being in the company of my friends and fellow stamp lovers, but I was chosen by Stampin' Up!  to be a helper at the event,too!!  AWESOME!!!  I loved the part where I got to greet the attendees as they registered.  I sure hope they felt my excitement and that they felt warmly welcomed to our (recently very wet) Baltimore / Maryland.  The make and takes were great and everyone did such a great job that I hardly had to do anything to help.  The clean up was a breeze but did keep me from meeting up with LNS (Late Night Stamper) friends.  Sorry I missed ya ladies!!

Stampin'Up! loves to give away surprises and so they have extended an offer to those who attended the Baltimore Regional .... we will earn a special new stamp set with images of chocolate when we recruit a new demo in the next two weeks.  Why do you care about what I will get if you recruit?  BECAUSE THE RECRUIT WILL GET IT TOO!!!!!  Now you know that history has shown that chocolate stamp sets are VERY popular!!!  The set will be available for purchase in the next mini catalog but wouldn't you like to get one now???  Contact me now!!  Remember that the fabulous greenhouse gala craft tote which was sold at convention is also a freebie that comes when you recruit by Oct 18 (while supplies last...don't hesitate!!)

Check out my upcoming stampin classes....the registration deadline for my next stamp a stack is today, Sunday Oct 3rd.  Fee is $25 and is due in advance of the class.  Call me!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Halloween Project #7

Hi all

Most of the Halloween projects we made in the class had a fun and spooky nature but this card is a bit more sophisticated.  If you changed the greeting, it could also be used for Thanksgiving.  We colored the pumpkins using markers to get some detailing.  The ribbon is the polka dotted ribbon sold before, but now retired.  We turned it over to use the plain side as the polka dots seemed to compete with the texture of the texture embossed cardstock.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Halloween Project #6

Hi all

Test tubes are all the rage at halloween and here is a cute bat project wrapping around one!

Fun, huh?