Friday, April 18, 2014

Stampin' Up! Free Shipping Offer Begins April 21st

Who's ready for FREE shipping from Stampin' Up!?  This awesome promotion is good for 4 days only - Monday, April 21st through Friday, April 25th. I know I'll be taking advantage of this deal!





Be sure and also check out the Clearance Rack items as well as the retiring products - the Retiring List will also be posted on Monday, April 21st.  Keep in mind that products on the retiring list are available only while supplies last.  Many items sell out very quickly so be sure to head directly to my online store Monday morning.

Have a happy Easter weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday to check out the Retiring list!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Watercolor Cards

The Happy Watercolor stamp set is so versatile and the two cards below really showcase several of the images. 



Can you tell how many different stamps from the set are used on this card?  If you said "4", then you are correct - the background dots on the Smoky Slate card stock, the "You Make Me Happy"  sentiment, the flowers and the background image behind the flowers.


This next card showcases two other images from the Happy Watercolor stamp set - the large flower image and the "thank you" sentiment.





If the Happy Watercolor stamp set isn't in your stash yet, it should be!  With 8 different images to choose from it's a versatile one for sure!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Peeps Treat Holder

It's an Easter Peep Treat Holder!  The box of Peeps hide inside this cute sleeve.  This was another swap I received from my friend Melody.  Didn't she do a great job?

The stamped image and bunny is from the Eggstra Spectacular stamp set.


Are you a fan of Peeps?  Wouldn't this be a fun gift to give at Easter?




If you are interested in joining this amazing group of stampers (and be a part of swapping each month), I'd love for you to join my Cowtown Crafters team.  We inspire and support one another as demonstrators and friends!  Purchase your Starter Kit today and enjoy all the benefits of being a demonstrator.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Most Adorable Punch Art Easter Bunny

It was a fun evening at our demonstrator event this past week and during this event I received this adorable Easter box from my friend, Sharon.  Isn't that the cutest little bunny you've ever seen?



She created this bunny using various punches:
EarsWord Window Punch (inside pink) and the Large Oval for the white part.
Head:  Extra Large Oval
Carrot:  Modern Label Punch


Can you believe that Easter is just a few days away?  Have you made all your Easter goodies already?  If you were looking for something quick and easy, this little bunny would be a perfect embellishment to any project.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweetie Pie Photopolymer Stamps

Have you seen the newest addition to the Photopolymer stamp set line from Stampin' Up!?  It's called Sweetie Pie and it's absolutely adorable!  There are two stamps that are a part of the Sweetie Pie group.


The first is called simply Sweetie Pie.  How cute is that?




The second is coordinating stamp set is called Sweetie Pie Frames.
The sets can be used together or separately.




If you're not sure how Photopolymer stamps work, Stampin' Up! has created a great video to show you what they're like.  I've used several different Photopolymer sets and I have to say I really like the way they cling to the clear block and how they stamp.  Very impressed!




Are you ready to try something new?  You might just be impressed with the "stamp-a-bility" of these fun Photopolymer stamp sets!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ink Pads, Markers and Re-Inkers Organization

Recently, I purchased an organization system for my Stampin' Up! ink pads, markers and re-inkers and I couldn't be more excited with the results! 

First, let me share with you what it used to look like and then we'll get to the good stuff (the good type A organization stuff that I love!). 

Here's my messy desk with the Stampin' Up! Color Caddy. This Caddy has served me very well for many years!  But as you can see, things were just a bit jumbled on top (I realized I should have been storing my re-inkers up there.  Oh well!)


Next are my bin of markers.  Notice all the markers laying to the side of the box as there isn't enough space for all my markers.  Again, this box has served me well for many years but I was tired of having everything lying on my desk (and adding to my already messy desk).


Finally is my extra drawer that held my In Color ink pads as well as more markers (good grief I have a lot of markers!) and re-inkers.


And, now.... for the organization solution!!  Yippee!  I found this amazing holder at Stamp-n-Storage.  So, when it arrived, my daughter and I began organizing!


Here's an up close picture of the storage unit with everything in it.  The storage unit comes completely assembled and ready to go!


Here's a picture of the entire unit.


So, if you're looking for a good way to store everything all in one place, you may want to give this storage unit a try!  Now go get organized!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A New Adventure in Arts and Crafts

As a homeschooling family, it seems we're always trying something new whether it be a new curriculum, a new craft or reading a new book, these experiences keep things fresh and fun.  This weekend was a time to try new craft mediums for myself and my daughter.

Allison was so excited to try painting on canvas and here's what she created:


Didn't she do a great job?  First, she used masking tape to make the letter "A" and then sponged on the colors with craft paint.

I've always wanted to try something completely and chalk pastels are totally out of my comfort zone but when I came across a video tutorial on Youtube (amazing what you can learn on Youtube!) on how to use them, I thought I'd give it a try.  Here's what I created:




This is the video that I followed to create the bird's nest.  I really enjoyed this experience and will be doing more with chalk pastels!  (I hope to get my son excited about this medium too!  Say a little prayer for me that he'll be open to the idea.  He says he's not "creative" and would love to show him otherwise.)





Are there other mediums you enjoy using and creating with?  I'm still a paper crafter through and through but I love trying something new, too!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals for April 1 - 8

The Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals have been posted for April 1st through 8th!  Every Tuesday Stampin' Up! selects various products to be on sale and two of my all-time favorite dies are a part of this deal - the Fun Flowers Bigz Die and the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die.  Both dies work with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.   My craft room wouldn't be complete without my Big Shot!


Are you ready to go shopping?

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Quick and Easy Gate Fold Card

I am loving this new quick gate fold card! I love making cards that showcase both sides of the double-sided designer papers (and any 12X12 double-sided papers work!) and this one fit the bill.  Scroll down to watch the video tutorial for this fun card!


I used the Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper and the Starburst Saying stamp set and coordinating Starburst Framelits Dies to make this adorable card.  **When you purchase these two items together in a bundle, you'll save 15%!

Wood Bundle  134817   $44.95
Clear Bundle   134818   $38.95




 


Below is the card that inspired it all!  My friend, Melody, made this card as a swap and when I showed it to my stamping ladies, they just loved it!  So, I knew I had to make my own version.







And now for the video tutorial so you can start making your own Gate Fold cards:




Happy Stamping and Creating!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Creative Fold Card using Scalloped Tag Punch

I am SO excited to share this fun fold card that uses the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  This is one of the cards we'll be making together during my monthly stamp classes.  View my online calendar and be sure to RSVP for the class day/time you'd like to attend.  If you aren't local to me, no worries!  Scroll down a little further and you'll see the video tutorial! 





Can't make it to class and still want to make this fun card?  Your wish is my command!  Enjoy the video tutorial:




Not only does this card showcase the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, it also uses a great bundle of products - the Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating Petite Petals punch. And, when you purchase these two items together in the bundle, you'll save an extra 15%.

Petite Petals Stamp Set and Coordinating Punch



$22.95


Shop now for all your favorite stamping supplies!  Happy Stamping and Creating!