Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Supplement is Here


 Have you seen the new Holiday Supplement yet?  Even if you haven't held one in your hands, you can still view all the amazing products and project samples online!  How you might ask?

Just check out the PDF version online or
shop the new products on my Online Store.



Keep in mind that products in the Holiday Supplement are only available while supplies last!  So, if you see something you like, purchase it before it's gone!

The star on the front of the Holiday Supplement is created using the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  Would you like to see some tips and tricks for putting it together?  Check out this video tutorial:



Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Christmas Treats and Sweets Boxes

Have I got some cute little Christmas boxes to share with you today!  I can't take the credit for creating these adorable projects, though.  These were swaps I received from other demonstrators in the Cowtown Crafters group during our monthly gathering.   We meet on the second Friday of each month for an evening of stamping, sharing and inspiration!  (Just one of the many benefits of becoming a Cowtown Crafter!)  I always look forward to the inspiration from these creative stampers!

Would you like to be my guest at our November demonstrator gathering?  I invite you to come and see what all the fun is about!  Contact me today to get all the details (beckc@rocketmail.com)!


This  first adorable little box was created by Vicky.  Have you gotten your hands on the Curvy Keepsake Thinlit die that creates this box?  This is one awesome die!


Cindy also used the Curvy Keepsake Thinlit Die to create this cute Santa box.  Love it!






This fun box was created by Sharon.  I love that the lid is attached to the base (see the second photo below) and opens like a pizza box.   Two boxes can be made from one sheet of 8.5 X 11" card stock.




Supplies:

These Christmas boxes can easily be adapted for any occasion - Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthdays, wedding favors and more!

Being a part of the Cowtown Crafters demonstrator group is so inspirational!  With so many benefits of being a demonstrator, you can't go wrong!  Join before the end of October and you'll also receive FREE paper for your first 6 months!

Happy Stamping!




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throw Back Thursdays - Two Pocket Treat Holder

Seems like the tag "TBT" (Throw Back Thursday) has really caught on in the social media world.  I was going through several of my older videos on Youtube and I thought what fun it would be to pull up an "oldie but goodie" tutorial to share.

So, in honor of Throwback Thursday, I wanted to share this fun Two Pocket tutorial with you!  Wouldn't these be an adorable way to send a Halloween treat to your friends?





Shop for these and all your stamping supplies 24/7 through my Online Store.  And, be sure to check out the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack for tons of savings!

Happy stamping!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit from the Holiday Supplement

Did you know that Stampin' Up! has even more fun Christmas and holiday products to share with you (in addition to the amazing Holiday Catalog)?  The Holiday Catalog is full of amazing products but we have even more to share with you in the all-NEW Holiday Supplement.  It will be available starting October 20th and I've got a sneak peek to share with you!


Introducing the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit




The kit contains everything you need to create 26 embellished stars! 




Aren't they adorable?  Be watching my blog on Monday, October 20th for all the details (and more products) in the Holiday Supplement.

Family Trip to Washington D.C. (an Incentive Trip from Stampin' Up!)

A few weeks ago, we had the amazing opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C.!  What better place to learn about history than in a city filled with history!  As a homeschooling mom, I love learning as we travel and when Stampin' Up! announced that one of the incentive trips was to D.C., I just knew I had to earn it so I could take the entire family!

I still can't believe how much we did in a week!  We averaged 4 to 5 miles of walking each day and that's even with riding the Metro around! 

National Geographic Museum
We saw a new exhibit about a dinosaur even more ferocious than T-Rex called Spinosaurus!


White House
The kids that it was very cool to see in person!



National Zoo
Love this picture of the aquarium at the zoo as we watched the sea lions swim by.




Washington Monument
We weren't able to get tickets to go inside the monument.  However, my tech-savvy husband found a live webcam online so we can see the view from the top of it any time!




Lincoln Memorial
I had forgotten how large the statue of Abraham Lincoln was until the kids and I stood beside it!




And, a highlight of any Stampin' Up! incentive trip....  PILLOW GIFTS!

The first pillow gift we received were cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes (aka D.C. Cupcakes on TLC).  Oh, they were SO yummy!  I think they really are the best cupcakes I've ever had (John said the same thing, too!).





The second night we received some of the new products from the upcoming Holiday Supplement!  Did you know that a new supplement begins on October 20th?  One of the products in the supplement is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit and I've put together two videos to show off this new product - a tutorial with tips and tricks for putting the stars together and a video with lots of samples and ideas for how to decorate the stars.  This adorable kit will create 26 stars in a wide variety of sizes!


The final pillow gift was a beautiful book all about the different monuments, memorials and museums in D.C.  I just couldn't resist sharing this silly picture of Allison holding the wrapped book.  She's so silly!


What a memorable trip!  We had such a great time exploring and learning all about D.C.  Thank you, Stampin' Up! for this amazing opportunity!  I'm already looking forward to our next adventure!  Where should we go next?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Inspiration

Are you ready for fall?  I know I am!  I think when our temperatures here in Texas are still in the 90's, I long even more for fall and cooler temperatures!  What are your favorite fall color combinations?  I think these have to be some of my favorites.

We'll be creating these cards on Friday, October 10th during our monthly demonstrator gathering in Fort Worth.  Would you like to be my guest?  Contact me today if you'd like to attend.  (beckc@rocketmail.com)

This first card uses the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (and the Big Shot) on the background and then I lightly sponged on Chocolate Chip ink to make it "pop".


This little treat box created using the Curvy Keepsake Box Framlit has got to be one of my favorites!  I've been making all sorts of boxes with it!  They're perfect for Halloween treats, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more!



This thank you card is so simple using the Watercolor Thank You stamp and a few leaves.  I used glue dots to hold the leaves together and to adhere them to the card.


This last card using a "thumping technique" on the stamp to create the multi-colored "thanks" image.  I first inked up the entire image with Crumb Cake ink.  I then "thumped" the brush tip of my markers all over the stamp.  I used Tangelo Twist first, then Mossy Meadow and finished with Blackberry Bliss.  Love the little bits of color here and there!



Supplies used for these 4 projects:


Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stamp Factory Class is Coming!

Stamp Factory is just around the corner on Monday, October 13th!  Have you signed up yet for this fun evening of stamping?  Together we'll create 8 cards (4 each of 2 designs) for FREE with a minimum order.  This class is held in West Fort Worth.  Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Did you know that even if you're not local to me, you can still receive these adorable cards?  
  • Simply place your online order using this hostess code (KCRYMCN9) and you'll receive the cards in the mail (no additional costs!). 
  • Orders must be received my 11:00 pm (CST) October 13th to qualify.
  • Orders must use the hostess code during check out to qualify.  (The box for the code can be found in the lower left hand side of the screen when you're viewing your shopping cart.)
  • Select products from the current catalogs as well as Clearance Rack items and Weekly Deals

Here's what we'll be making for October:

Card #1 - Simple Celebration


With just a few simple embellishments, this simple card is SO adorable!



Card #2 - Festival of Trees



I love it when Stampin' Up! creates a stamp set with a coordinating punch!  This is one of those cards!  Stamping the tree is so quick and punching it out with the Tree Punch makes it even quicker!


Supplies for Stamp Factory Cards:



Saturday, October 4, 2014

OWH Blog Hop for World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day and in honor of the day, not only am I hosting an in-person Christmas Card Making Party, I'm also participating in the Operation Write Home Blog Hop!


The theme for today's post is "Love" to celebrate how much we love our card making craft!  I never thought that when I was introduced to stamping over 9 years ago, that I'd be so hooked!  I think my exact words to my husband were, "Don't worry honey.  I'm not going to get into stamping."  Ha!  (I was an avid scrapbooker at the time and had no intention of starting a new hobby.)  Never say never right?

Well, here I am all these years later and my love of card making and paper crafting has just grown and I can't imagine doing anything else!  Would you like to be a part of this world-wide group of stampers and crafters?  Click to see why stamping and crafting is for everyone!

So, are you ready to see my "love" card for today?  I hope you are inspired today!




I just love this stamped image from the set called Seasonally Scattered.  Isn't that a cute one?  Look closely and you'll see that some of the dots are actually hearts!  You can view the other cards that I've created with this stamp set here.






Supplies Used:


Be sure to take a minute and check out Operation Write Home's current needs situation.

Have a wonderful World Card Making Day!