Sunday, October 11, 2009

Last Blog Post on Blogspot

Hello all~

I have been working on a brand-new website that merges both my card gallery site and a blog. It is now finally ready. If you are a follower to this blog, please check out my new website -

This space will remain, but I will no longer be posting on this site.

Thanks to all of you who have visited and enjoyed this site.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fall Card

Although the weather in Wisconsin isn't cooperating, it is time to start posting fall projects. Fall is probably my favorite time of year - the changing colors of the trees and the crunch of leaves underfoot.

Branch Out is one of our dormant stamp sets. I love the tree all by itself. Here is one of the cards I recently made with this set.

The tree is embossed with Gold Glory EP. I have had the clear buttons for years, but I just don't seem to grab them when finishing a project. I need to use them more often!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Butterfly Punch Cottage Wall Cards

Pretty soon my blog will be filled with Fall and Halloween samples and ideas...but I can't let go of summer quite yet!

One of the Stampin' Up! colors I find difficult to use in my stamping is Orchid Opulence. It just isn't one of my favorites. However, a customer of mine needed help using the color right before the new catalog came out...thank goodness for Stampin' Up! coming to my rescue! The new Cottage Wall DSP uses Orchid Opulence with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry (secondary colors might include Pale Plum and Mellow Moss).

When I was prepping for my New Catalog Stamp Camp, I also wanted to find a way to use the adorable new Butterfly Punch. This example also uses the Hi Embosslit (used with the Big Shot).

Here is another version using the new Modern Label Punch:

I punched out different pieces of the Cottage Wall DSP and colored pieces of card stock. The punched butterfly pieces are just attached the the lower punched piece with the small silver brads. You can fold the dsp punch piece to give the butterfly more dimension.

Summer...we'll miss you!

Monday, August 31, 2009

September 2009 Card Kit

This is my September Card Kit Card! If you would like to purchase the September Card Kit, you need to contact me by September 15th. The cost of the card kit is $15.00. The card kit will be available for pickup/mailing on October 1st. Payment can be made through Paypal or by checks/cash for my local customers.

Each kit will provide all the supplies to create 12 cards including the pre-cut card stock, embellishments, envelopes, and instructions. The phase used on this card is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of the new stamp sets from the 2009-2010 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog. However, you can substitute another phrase if you wish. This is a great fall-themed card – it can work for a general occasion, Halloween, or Thanksgiving card!

My September Card Kit also features Stampin’ Up!®’s wonderful punches. The five punches you should have for this kit are the large oval punch, the 1" circle punch, the 3/4" circle punch, the Modern Label punch, and the Word Window punch. If you don’t have the Modern Label or Word Window punches, you could easily adapt the card with different phrase/punch pieces. You will also need a Pumpkin Pie ink pad, hole piercing tool, sponge, and Stampin’ Dimensionals or excess rubber pieces.

Why do I create card kits? I LOVE having my customers come to my home for stamp camps and events, but I know there are several stampers out there who just can’t make it to my events. This is an easy way for them to keep their creative juices flowing and their card stash filled. These card kits are also great for my stampers who love to create cards, but don’t always enjoy planning out and cutting out their cards.

Have any questions? Want to order my September Card Kit? Just send me an email!

September Card Kit (Local Pickup) $15.00
September Card Kit (With Shipping) $20.00
Each Additional Set of 12 Cards $12.00

Here are some add-on items you may want to purchase along with the September Card Kit (shipping and handling costs will also be added):

Teeny Tiny Stamp Set $36.95
Pumpkin Pie Inkpad $ 5.95
Large Oval Punch $15.95
Modern Label Punch $15.95
Word Window Punch $15.95
1” Circle Punch $10.95
¾” Circle Punch $10.95
Paper Piercing Tool $ 3.50

Contact me by September 15th to order your September Card Kit!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Retired Stamps for Sale

I spent much of the weekend uploading my photos of my collection of retired stamps to my new website.

Here is a direct link:

A button on my sidebar is now installed to get you there in the future. For my local customers, I have reduced prices on many of the stamp sets.

I will keep updating the information as items are sold or more items are found!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wild Wednesday Deal #3

Make a $35 purchase from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog (pages 74-90) and you can purchase the Small or Jumbo Grommets (page 179) for only $5.95 (save $1.00). Don't forget - you'll also receive a free package of your choice of the Designer Buttons - Playground, Sherbert, or Button Latte.

The grommets are so fun and very easy to use. Here is an example of the Jumbo Grommet:

My stampers made this card - which is a scratch and sniff card - at last night's Technique Tuesday class. With a foam pad behind the card stock, they just pushed the grommet through by hand and then used a small hammer or bone folder to push back the grommet prongs.

Making a scratch and sniff card is easy when you know the ratio of clear embossing powder to smell powder (in this case Lemonade Kool-Aid). The ratio is 1 and 1/2 to 1.

Here are the basic instructions for a scratch and sniff technique:

With the powder mixed and the card stock brushed with an embossing buddy, stamp the image in a VersaMark pad first, then reink the same stamp into a dye inkpad (in this case Crushed Curry), and then stamp the image onto card stock. Cover the image with the mixed powder, tap off excess, and heat emboss. Be careful as the embossing effect will not be as smooth as usual - the embossed image will look a bit bumpy due to the nonmelting powder added to the mixture. Kool-Aid (in the little packets), coffee granules, and spices work great for the scratch and sniff technique! Jell-O does not as it has too much sugar to give a strong smell.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wild Wednesday Deal #2

Make a $35 purchase from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog (pages 74-90) and receive your choice of 30 Gold Brads or 30 Silver Brads from me! Don't forget - you'll also receive a free package of your choice of the Designer Buttons - Playground, Sherbert, or Button Latte.

One of the cards my stampers made last night at my New Catalog Stamp Camp featured the new Loads of Fun stamp set, the Under the stars stamp set (from the Growing Up section), and the new wood sheets. The wood sheets are so easy to work with! Very thin and pliable, you can easily stamp on them, use punches with them, or run them through your die cut machine. This example used the ovals die cut. Many of my customers are campers so they adored this card!

This offer will be available from August 12th through August 18th. Contact me via email or phone to place your Wild Wednesday #2 order!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jane's Wild Wednesday #1 Deal

Last month, Stampin' Up! offered a "Deal of the Week" every Monday. That special was so popular with my customers, I thought I would continue the excitement in August. I will be offering a Wild Wednesday Deal each week. Here is this week's deal -

Wild Wednesday Deal #1 - Gel Pen Deal
Make a $35 purchase from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog (pages 74-90) and receive a free Gel Pen (a $3.95 value) from me! Don't forget - you'll also receive a free package of your choice of the Designer Buttons - Playground, Sherbert, Button Latte.

Here is an example using one of my favorite stamp sets from the Growing Up Section - SOCK MONKEY!

This offer will be available from August 5th through August 11th. Contact me via email or phone to place your Wild Wednesday #1 order!

Stampin' Up! Growing Up August Promotions

Growing Up August Promotions
During the month of August, Stampin' Up! is offering two Growing Up Promotions - Free Buttons and Growth Chart Special Offer!

Free Buttons
From August 1-31, customers who spend $35 on stamp sets from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog (pages 74-90) will receive a free package of designer buttons - a $7.95 value. There are three button choices (Playground, Sherbert, and Button Latte designer buttons).

Growth Chart Special Offer
Customers who purchase the brand-new Decor Elements Growth Chart (which is only available from August 1st through September 30th will receive a free applicator tool. The Decor Elements Growth Chart is $24.95.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website for more information on these items -

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Fun Kid Project-Bingo Game

I stamped with some great kids last week. We made a bingo card game. The kids were told to use several stamps in different colors. The only rule was not to stamp the same stamp more than once in the same column. Here is the blank card the kids stamped on:

Here is the unstamped leader card:Here is one of the stamped leader cards (you need at least 2 stamped leader cards):

I used the 1-3/8" circle punch to punch out the stamped images for the leader. You will need to cut off sections to get to each column.
Then I punched circles with the 1" Circle Punch in Real Red (enough for 20 circles for each child). I put the leader board circles in bag and shook them up! After the children finished their bingo cards, we played a few games. It was great fun!