Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Heart is Fluttering!!

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Hello!!  And Welcome to the 3rd posting of the Remarkables Blog Tour!!  I hope you are enjoying this… I sure am.

So, Today is about Valentine’s.  Or any other event you’d need LOTS of hearts.  I have to admit.  I first saw this stamp set and didn’t give it a second look.  I have heart stamps.  But, then when I actually PLAYED with it, I fell in love.  And, here’s why:  It’s got matching Framelits.  AND, the heart is the same size in but with different stamps.  I like that I can have the same size of image in many different ways.

And, I am a teacher, so I had Christmas Vacation to play a lot with this set.  It has quickly become a favorite of mine from the Occasions Mini.

Needed a little of inspiration, I took to pinterest to find a color challenge.  This one was a fun one… Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White.  I gotta say, Pinterest is the creative jump-start…    And here is what I came up with.  I kind of wanted to do a SUITE of different things… for all the different people you need a little gifty for on Valentine’s Day.

Oh…  and because Heart’s A Flutter is wordless, it works for a lot of different things.  But, I wanted SOME words… so in the samples you see below, all words are from the Tiny Tags Stamp Set.  Nope, I lied.. .Tiny Tags and Pretty Petites (a Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek…)

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Here we have something for everyone…

First off, is the Valentine’s Card for the Husband (friend, lover, whomever…it’s pretty generic… and you can change the sentiment)

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My favorite, absolute FAVORITE item from the mini is the honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TEIF)

Next we have the gift to our BESTEST FRIEND… (who always appreciates a good hug–both the human and chocolate variety)… The Up-cycled Starbucks Frappachino Bottle filled with a Hershey’s Hugs.

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Then we  have the PERFECT gift for the teachers (and, cause I am a teacher, I can speak from experience)  The Hershey Bar Slider…

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Here is a picture of the bar with it partially open:  (notice that it is HERSHEY DARK)

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And here is the package without the chocolate, so you can see how to put it together.  Punch a hole in the TOP LAYER ONLY of your pocket (and to make the pocket, I just cut card stock a little longer and wider for it to wrap completely around a chocolate bar…or WHATEVER… but this teacher likes chocolate… dark chocolate).  Thread ribbon through it and around a chocolate bar, and tie.  There… It will slide in and out… And BTW… I lied again. The Two Toned Ribbon may be my favorite item.  Well… I CAN’T DECIDE ON A FAVORITE.

Let’s see…where does that leave us…  OH, the little card box.  This is good for your sister, mom, friend, or that person in your life who ALWAYS encourages others.  Cause there are 4 little note cards and mini envelopes that they will just LOVE giving away to people…

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This is a close up of the front of the box.  I used the framelits heart to cut out the heart shape and the new soda caps with crystal effects to add that little detail…  These look great packaged in our gusset cello bags!!

Here is a close up of the contents:

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And next we have the little post-it easel.  These are GREAT for the co-workers. Fast and EASY to make and they are very cost effective as they don’t use a WHOLE pad of post-its.  It will brighten ANYONE’s day on Valentine’s.

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Here it is from the top, closed (mostly…)

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On this, I got out that honeycomb TIEF again!!  And, used the Pool Party Co’ordinations paper.  LOVE IT TOO.  And, I’m getting back into embossing.  I can’t figure out why I didn’t enjoy it.  I always thought I didn’t like it.  But, the SU embossing power melts so smooth… and FAST.  And, the redesigned heat tool (new to this catalog year) WHISPERS compared to the others… (I think I was afraid to emboss cause I’d wake the kid…)  Anyway…

Here is the image of the stamp set…  and if you think you wanna make these Valentine’s, you better get your product ordered.  You have exactly ONE MONTH!!  🙂  And, Hey, Stamp Club Members:  Leave a comment for which project you’d like to make at club this month!!  I can’t decide… I love them all…

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Next Blog in the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour

Private Classes!! and Hearts A Flutter Preview

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Hello!!

I wanted to take this time to share a new idea I’m trying to implement… the idea of a private class.  What is this exactly? Well, I’m glad you asked.  A private class takes the pressure out of ‘hosting’ an SU event.  Here is how it goes:

You invite the people (and if you need a space. talk to me) and we will make a pre-determined project.  This month, it is the Heart’s A Flutter Mini Love Note Box (see photo below).  Everyone pays $5 to make the project.  End of story.  That way, this includes the people who just like to ‘hang out’ but aren’t stampers.  It is a fun, enjoyable time and we get to craft together.  Now, should people decide they need to place an order, because they had SO MUCH FUN, they can have their class fee refunded (if they place at least a $30 order).  AND, as the host of the private class, you would get to collect the hostess benefits.

And, in addition to the super generous hostess benefits that SU has, here is what I’m going to offer:

  • Handmade or Digitally designed gift by me
  • If 10 guests come, you can receive a free pack of bakers twine (you choose color)
  • If you collect $100 in outside orders, you will receive a free embossing powder
  • For every private ‘class’ scheduled off of yours, you will receive afree stamp pad (purchased at the booked class)

So… Here is the private class project that will be offered this month (until Feb 14).  Contact me to set up your Private Class.  And, as added incentive, January 22 is the start of Sale-A-Bration. This gives every guest who places a $50 order their choice of FREE product.  It’s the best promotion SU does ALL YEAR.  (and, there are incentives for hostesses as well)

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These adorable little love notes (they don’t HAVE to be used for Valentines) would you have you ready to go for the holiday.  They would also make good GIFTS for the holiday… packaged in our gusset cello bags!!  This project uses the Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set.  (Which, you need to come back here on January 13 to see a blog tour featuring this set)

Here is a close up of the box, which uses our new SODA CAPS:

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I just love them!!  And, with stamp inside and some Crystal Effects, it makes a really nice ‘epoxy’ type embellishment.  And, that new two-toned ribbon…. words cannot describe how wonderful it is…

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Supplies:

  • Hearts A Flutter Stamp Set
  • Hearts A Flutter Framelits Dies (this is sold individually or as a bundle with the stamps)
  • Rich Razzleberry Card Stock and Ink
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Mini Square Envelopes
  • Wisteria Wonder Card Stock and Ink
  • Pool Party Card Stock and Ink
  • Basic Gray Card Stock and Ink
  • Crumb Cake Card Stock and Ink
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Pewter Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Versa Mark Ink Pad
  • Jewelry Tag Punch
  • Tiny Tags Stamp Set
  • Basic Gray/Basic Black 1 1/4″ Satin Ribbon
  • Crystal Effects
  • Fancy Favor Box Die

 

And, don’t forget about January 13!!

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more sale-a-brating

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Okay… SO here is another glimpse at Sale-A-Bration.

This cutie comes from the Patterned Occasions Sale-A-Bration set.  I love it.  It seems so suited for a teen or tween girl who excels at something and you just wanna give an  “‘atta girl” to…   I can see using it for graduation..  Possibilities are endless.  And, this isn’t the only stamp in the set!!  You will have to stay tuned for more.

 

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So, this uses the Sycamore Street DSP as well.  And, the honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I think that it is my NEW favorite folder.  It’s available in the Occasions Mini, so you don’t have to wait until January 22 to get it.    And, that little button, it’s new.  From the Occasions Mini…  Another of my favorites.  Beautiful Silver Brushed Nickel.  Stampin’ UP is really getting it right with the buttons.  There was one in the last catalog that I just fell in love with as well…  anyway, I digress…

 

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Here is an up close  so you can see the texture on the button.  AND the texture on the NEW Pool Party Co’oredinations paper!!  Now, I didn’t even sand the honeycomb after, and it still works great.  But, the way the paper comes, it makes an excellent lightly textured background paper.  LOVE IT.  Do you notice the Rich Razzleberry Scallop Circle?  First off, it’s embossed with the Vine Street TIEF.  But, you must be thinking, what SIZE is that??  Do I have it??  And the answer would be, “No, Cuz it’s NEW”.  The 7/8″ scallop circle.  It coordinates with ALL our other scallop punches so it will be a must have…

Here’s the LOW-DOWN:

  • Patterned  Occasions Stamp Set (SAB)
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
  • Island Indigo card stock
  • Pool Party Co’ordinations card stock
  • Rich Razzleberry card stock
  • Summer Starfruit card stock
  • 7/8″ scallop punch
  • 1″ circle punch
  • 3/4″ circle punch
  • itty bitty shapes punch pack
  • Pool Party Bakers Twine
  • Basics Designers Buttons (brushed nickel)

And, Don’t forget to check pack on Jan 13!!  We will be having another blog tour featuring “Heart’s A-Flutter”.  I’m SO excited about the stuff I made.  First time I didn’t case ANYTHING (well, the color scheme I took from a color challenge I saw on pinterest).   It was fun just to PLAY… You will be SO ready for Valentine’s Day after this tour…

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