Saturday, August 23, 2008

Last Night

Those who were unable to make it last night...

these are the projects that you missed. If you would still like to make them let me know.

Summertime Tree

To make this page we started with the bashful blue base and then added the tree. I made a pattern for the tree myself and cut it out of chocolate chip paper, we distressed the edges and used the edge of the stamp pad to make the lines for the trunk. We then used the scallop punch with garden green and celery for all of the leaves and plants, we sponged all the edges with garden green. The fence was made with whisper white 1/4-inch rails and the word window punch for the posts. The sun was made with the scallop punch and yo yo yellow. Once it was punched we lightly attached the yellow scallop to a plain piece of copy paper and used the scallop punch off-set to make the points instead of the round scallops, we then sponged with only orange. The swing was attached under the tree by piercing a whole in the blue and tying a knot on the back of the page. The holes are hidden by the leaves of the tree. The twine is pulled through the swing and tied in a knot on the bottom. This is attached to the blue with dimentionals. Tada!!! You should have 2 new pages for your scrapbook enjoyment.

Paper: bashful blue, chocolate chip, garden green, certainly celery, whisper white, yo yo yellow

Ink: garden green, cho
colate chip, only orange, real red
Punches: scallop circle punch, word window
Accessories: sponge, hemp twine, dimentionals
Techniques: punches, sponging

Baja Chocolate

To make these pages we started with close to cocoa base which we stamped using the versa mark ink. We then sponges the edges with chocolate chip ink. Set these aside to let them dry while we finish up. Next, we take the 12" baja breeze paper and stamp the image in different directions using chocolate chip and set aside. Next, we used the new scallop edge punch, I found this punch a little difficult to line up when I first tried it but know that I have the hang of it - I LOVE IT! We punched the whole 12" inch side and then pierced a whole in each of the scallops, this kind of makes it look like lace. All of the layers should be dry by now so we just glue them all together, glue the white on the back of the chocolate chip edge, and then glue the chocolate chip to the bottom of the baja breeze. Glue all of these layers down to the base and you are almost finished. The last thing that we need to do is to staple ribbon to the edges of the 2 photo mats. I did not have any matching ribbon for the new baja breese so I just dyed some of the white grosgrain that I had. To dye ribbon you can use an ink refill or your stamp pad. You can see a tutorial for it here and here. I hope that you like this page. I really enjoyed coming up with the design and I loved using the new in-colors.

Stamps: True Friend
Paper: close to cocoa, baja breeze, chocolate chip, whisper white
Ink: chocolate chip, versa mark
Punches: scallop edge punch
Accessories: ribbon, paper piercer, staples, sponge
Techniques: watermark, sponging

Bella Rose Kiss

I really enjoyed making this card. I loved it so much that I cased it from Lori so that we could make it last night. All of the colors that we used are the new In-Colors. We used ridinghood red for the base and punched the scallop edge on the front. We then placed a layer of kiwi kiss behind to top and scalloped the edge as well. All of the squares we distressed/roughed up the edges and then glued down to the pink pirouette and then glued that down to a layer of kiwi kiss. The flower is from the
big flowers stamp set and we stamped that in ridinghood red, punched it out and layered it onto a chocolate chip punch. Glue the flower down to the squares and pierce a hole through the center to place the brad. Glue this whole layer down to the card front and stamp one of the phrases from heard from the heart in chocolate chip. Last, tie a piece of chocolate ribbon to the top and you are FINISHED!

Stamps: Big Flowers, Heard from the Heart
Paper: ridinghood red, kiwi kiss, pink pirouette, whisper white, bella rose DP
Ink: ridinghood red, chocolate chip
Punches: scallop edge punch, 1-1/4" circle, 1-3/8" circle
Accessories: ribbon, brad
Techniques: punches, distressing tool

Pick a Thank You

This was the last project that we did last night. I also cased this idea from my favorite stamper out there in cyberspace. This idea came from Angie
at chic n' scratch. This is one of the easiest stamping projects that I have done and oh so cute. You first need to stamp the thank you from enjoy every moment and line this up with the bottom of the white layer. Next, stamp the circle from pick a petal. Next is to choose a petal and stamp this on the top. glue this layer to the colored layer and then place this on top of the white base. Last but not least tie a matching ribbon to the base of the card and WAHLA! your done. Now isn't that cute.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: whisper white, real red, night of navy
real red, night of navy
Accessories: 5/8" ribbon

I hope that you enjoy these projects as much as we did. Please let me know if you are interested in making these now that you have seen them.


Monday, August 11, 2008

New Catalog!!!

They are finally here!

As some of you know the new Fall/Winter 2008 catalog is available to order from starting today! You can look at it online here at Stampin' Up! or you can get your own copy from me for a low cost of $5 (reg. $10). This is an amazing 210 pages of supplies, information, and ideas to start your creative juices flowing for a very low cost. Come and look at it with me on August 22, at Girl's Night Out! and see some of the new products that are available. If you would like one for yourself please let me know so that I can set one aside for you.


Never Before Seen Promotion

Never before has Stampin' Up! offered a discount on brand-new stamp sets!

From August 11 through September 30, Stampin' Up! is providing never-before-seen savings on brand-new stamp sets: 15% off select new, die-cut stamp sets from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog--no additional purchase necessary.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

August Girl's Night Out

Here is the invitation to my August Girl's Night Out! Please call or email if you can attend!

Everything will be cut out and ready for you to assemble so I will need to know your preference of page size for your scrapbook. Please let me know if you plan to attend so that I can have enough supplies for everyone. If you are not able to attend but would still like to make them, let me know so I can work out a time for you.

Please RSVP by Monday, August 18 so that I have enough time to prepare everything for you.

Allison Whiting
Let me know if you need any directions.


Online Ordering 24/7

Coming soon to a computer near you!

Coming this fall, you can order from me any time, day or night, through my Stampin' Up! Web Site. Whether you wake up in the middle of the night with the perfect plan for the perfect project, decided to finally buy those great products that were demonstrated at the last workshop, or just need to make party invitations with no time for a workshop, it's no problem. You can simply place an order from me online.


Q: When can I start ordering online?
A: You can start ordering from your demonstrator's web site beginning this fall.

Q: How does ordering online work? Do I just click on the products I want? Does it automatically calculate the shipping and tax for the customer?
Yes, Stampin' Up!'s Online Ordering is very similar to other online shopping sites. Simply add items to a shopping bag and click to check out. The shipping and tax will be automatically calculated.

Q: When I order merchandise online, do I get to see samples and ideas for using the products?
The online store will be very similar to the catalog. Not only will you be able to buy products directly from your demonstrator online, you'll also be able to view samples and ideas displayed in the catalog and other Stampin' Up! materials.

Q: Do I get hostess benefits when ordering online?
We know your relationship with your demonstrator is important, so when you place a qualifying order from your demonstrator's web site, you will be eligible for Stampin' Rewards (the online version of Hostess Benefits).

Q: Is there any difference (in price, minimum shipping, etc.) between placing an online order through my demonstrator's web site and placing it with her in person?
A: When you order through your demonstrator's web site, you'll enjoy the same catalog and minimum shipping prices, and qualifying orders will still be eligible for Stampin' Rewards (Hostess Benefits).

Q: If I forget where to find my demonstrator's web site, can I look her up?
Yes. You can find your demonstrator through the Demonstrator Locator.

Q: Does Online Ordering take the place of the traditional Stampin' Up! workshop?
A: Absolutely not. Nothing can replace the enjoyment of learning and stamping with friends. While you will soon have the convenience of ordering from your demonstrator online, Online Ordering is not designed to replace workshops, but to supplement them by giving you access to your demonstrator and her great ideas any time, day or night.

Q: With Online Ordering, will the online catalog go away?
The new Online Ordering system is much more dynamic than the old online catalogs and is designed to replace it.


Big Shot!

Stampin' Up! has just announced some wonderful new products that they will be selling. One of these is the Big Shot, in partnership with Sizzix. The Big Shot is a sturdy manual die cutting machine used to die cut materials for use on crafts, home d├ęcor projects, and even clothing--it's a big deal!


Q: What is the Big Shot?
A: The Big Shot is a manual die-cutting system that you can use for a number of projects and crafts. The simplicity of the Big Shot makes it a great addition to any one's crafting hobby.

Q: How does the Big Shot work?
A: Using steel-ruled and chemically-etched dies, the Big Shot cuts out images by passing card stock and other materials through rollers that utilize pressure to cut through the materials. With just a couple turns of the handle, you'll be able to cut through a wide variety of materials. The Big Shot also comes with special cutting pads and a cutting platform that not only make the Big Shot safer and easier to use, but also lengthen the life of the product.

Q: What are the different types of dies that you can use with the Big Shot?
A: Currently, the Big Shot utilizes two types of dies: Steel Rule and Chemically-Etched.

  • Steel Rule: When you think of steel rule dies, think of cookie cutters--they both work on the same principle. Steel rule dies are made by embedding an elongated razor blade into a hard wood base and then covering that blade with foam for safety. When the die is passed through the Big Shot, the foam is compressed and the blade punches through the material being cut. Because steel rule dies use a blade, you can cut more types of material as well as multiple layers of that material. Additionally, the cutting blades can also be designed with scoring blades to create fold lines.
  • Chemically Etched: Unlike steel rule dies, chemically etched dies can cut intricate designs. To create these dies, elaborate designs are etched into the metal using chemicals to burn away the unwanted metal. While these dies can create more intricate designs, they cannot cut as many types of materials nor can they cut multiple layers of material.

Q: I have dies from other companies; can I use them with the Big Shot?
A: Yes, you can. The Big Shot is the most versatile die-cutting machine on the market today. Using the multi-purpose platform, you can use dies, embossing plates, and other products from a wide variety of sources.

Q: I've heard that you can run multiple sheets of card stock through the Big Shot at the same time. How many can I run through at once?
A: Using the steel rule dies, you can run multiple sheets of card stock through the Big Shot. The number of sheets depends on the die being used. Simple shape dies--dies that do not have perforation or scoring--can cut through up to eight sheets of card stock at once. Dies that feature perforation or scoring or that are more detailed may not produce the exact cuts when cutting multiples. You'll want to experiment and see how many sheets you are comfortable passing through the Big Shot at once to get the desired effect. Chemically-etched dies should only be used to cut one sheet of card stock or paper at a time.

Q: What materials can I cut with the Big Shot?
A: You can cut over 50 types of material using the Big Shot. Click here for a complete list of materials.
A good rule of thumb is that if you can cut the material with your Craft & Rubber scissors, you can cut it with the Big Shot.

Q: Is the Big Shot exclusive to Stampin' Up!?
A: No, the Big Shot machine is not exclusive to Stampin' Up! However, the Big Shot produced for Stampin' Up! features a handle color as well as a beautiful logo that are not available on any other version of the Big Shot. In addition to the hundreds of dies already available through Sizzix, we've created dies exclusive to Stampin' Up! And, as we continue to develop this product line, you'll see more and more Stampin' Up! exclusive dies.

Q: Will Stampin' Up! create more exclusive dies? When?
A: Stampin' Up! is known in the crafting industries for it's beautiful and innovative art. The Stampin' Up! Big Shot line will be no exception. Our introductory Big Shot line includes dies that coordinate beautifully with our current stamps and accessories. As our Big Shot product line continues to grow, you'll see additional exclusive designs released.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thoroughly Thankful

I made these little thank you cards several months ago. I was trying to use stamps that I have not used in a while. This set had been discontinued a while back, I think that it was in a mini catalog or some kind of special. I sat down with my new catalog this week and what do you know, there was this set on page 30. I was so excited, I really like the options that are available with these stamps. For everyone who told me that they wanted to make some of these, you can do it on your own or come over and we can do it together.

The card base is a 3x3 card and then layered everything onto it from there. I stamped the flowers with black stazon ink and then colored with markers, blending the color with blender pens. I sponged the edges with ink to match the base of each card. I then put this on the so saffron layer which was then placed on a black layer. The black paper was punched out using the pink scallop square punch by Marvy, I bought this from michael's with a coupon.

I hope that you enjoy these little cards as much I did making them. They come in handy for a quick little thank you for anyone.

Stamps: Thoroughly Thankful
Paper: whisper white, basic black, so saffron, pretty in pink, lovely lilac, bashful blue, gable green

Ink: black stazon,
pretty in pink, lovely lilac, bashful blue, gable green, markers - certainly celery, old olive, so saffron, pumpkin pie
Accessories: scallop square punch from Marvy, blender pens, sponge
Techniques: blending with markers, sponging



Copyright Info

Text, images, concepts, and designs © Allison Whiting; All rights reserved. Nothing may be copied or changed without requesting permission from myself alone. My original artwork is for personal inspiration only and may not be copied for publication or contest submissions. Most products used are Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008, unless otherwise specified.

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