Sunday, October 27, 2013

Gorgeous Grunge

I am in LOVE with this stamp set!  The best part is it's part of the 25% off Promotion, but it's only available until October 28th for that amazing sale!
This set is beyond versatile!  I can see so many uses for it!  I made a playful feminine card here, but you could do kids cards, masculine cards and so much more!
I used Smoky Slate, Strawberry Slush and Whisper White for this card. 
The butterfly is from Papillion Potpourri and the sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts.
Super unique card for someone special in your life!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

25% OFF 25 STAMP SETS!

Stampin' Up! is full of great surprises this month in celebration of their 25th Anniversary!  This morning they announced 25 stamp sets that are 25% OFF!  Some of these are absolute must haves!  Check them out!
 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Treat

We are getting super excited about Halloween in our house!  With three little kids, Halloween is a really fun time of year for our family.  Annual pumpkin patch visit, pumpkin carving, choosing costumes and indulging in far too much candy past your bedtime...it just doesn't get any better!
The following project is one I did as gift for each of my daughter's class mates at preschool.  Super easy to put together and so much fun to "open"! 

This cute little creation contains a mini bag of popcorn!  The best part is when the child pulls the ribbon and the top the popcorn pops out and easily can be pushed back down!  So stinking cute!
The supplies you will need are a 6"X 11" piece of cardstock or designer series paper (I chose Old Olive Cardstock).  A belly band that is 1" X 11", I chose the chevron pattern in Rich Razzleberry in my Brights Collection DSP Paper Stack.  The only other thing you need is about 15"-20" of Ribbon.
Fold your cardstock/dsp around your popcorn leaving a little room for movement.  Use SNAIL or sticky strip to adhere the flap.  Wrap the belly band around and use SNAIL to attach it.  Take your bag of popcorn out and at the top of your pocket, punch a hole using a regular sized hole punch at the top about 1/2" down while holding both the front and the back together.  Thread your ribbon through the front and through the back hole.  After evening out your ribbon place your popcorn bag on top of your ribbon and push down until the entire popcorn bag is in the pocket.  Then take the two ends of ribbon and tie a bow or a knot like shown.  Decorate and there you go!  A cute little gift to give someone this Halloween!
 
Supply List:
Old Olive Card Stock
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Brights Paper Stack DSP
Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Labels Collection Framelits
Hole Punch
Halloween Happiness Stamp
Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
 
 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Join my Family of Paper Peeps

As many of you already know, October marks the 25th Anniversary for Stampin' Up!  They have done many things this month in celebration of their silver anniversary, but the most amazing thing they have offered is the $25 Starter Kit.  It's only for 2 weeks, and the offer ends on October 21st.  I know it's almost unbelievable!  I wanted to break down the numbers and explain this once in a lifetime kit so that everyone understands how awesome of an opportunity this is!  So here we go!
  • With the $25 Starter Kit you get;
    • Choose $25-$26.95 worth of product of YOUR CHOICE
    • A Business starter pack valued at $65 including
      • A box of current catalogs
      • A pack of Holiday Catalogs
      • Customer Order Forms
      • An informational DVD
      • Party Postcards
    • 2 Months FREE of Demonstrator Business Web Services-DBWS - A customized blog and webpage to help you in your business
    • Access to Stampin' Connection - An online community just for demonstrators
    • A subscription to Stampin' Success - A magazine for Demonstrators ONLY that comes every other month full of inspiration and encouragement!
    • A 20% discount on your Stampin' Up! purchases
  • Other Important information to keep in mind with your starter kit:
    • Hold your first workshop within your first 30 days of joining and place a $150 order and get 30% off!
      • As an extra bonus to placing your first workshop order within 30 days you will get to choose ANY STAMP SET from the catalog available in December! 
    • We have received information that starting next week Stampin' Up! is going to offer 25 stamp sets for 25% off.  So place your first order during that week and REALLY SAVE!
    • Stampin' Up! has a low quarterly minimum of only $300 (which is essentially one workshop!).  If you choose to start during this $25 Starter Kit Promotion you will have until March 31st, 2014 to meet those Quarterly Minimums! 

Of course there is more to Stampin' Up! than just the amazing deals, opportunities and offers....when you join Stampin' Up! you join a family.  I mean that with every ounce of my being.  My upline, downline and sideline are my stampin' family.  I have met so many amazing women doing this, and I want the same opportunity for you!  Being surrounded by women who love this craft as much as you do is amazing.  You're never alone, and always have a friend!  Here's the breakdown of what you get from me if you choose me as your Upline:
  • As one of my direct downline you get my full attention and support.  I will help you to succeed in this if you persue it is a full time business or want to just enjoy the discount!  I'm happy to encourage you in any path that you choose. 
  • As part of the Paper Peeps you will not only get to attend my own personal Quarterly meetings, but you are also eligible to attend my upline's meetings as well!  We always have fun! 
  • All of my direct downline are able to attend any of my card classes for FREE.  You are always welcome to come and stamp with me and my customers.  I love having lots of people in my home on Stamp Days, especially my Stampin' Family! 
  • I am constantly recognizing and celebrating my teams successes, great and small.  You can earn free product from me in a various ways.
  • Being one of my team members gives you access to all the support you can imagine.  I truly believe that positive energy is the key to success in any of life's adventures and I want to share that with you every way that I can. 
Join my team today and reap all of the benefits!  Become a Paper Peep and a member of my Stampin' Up! Family!  Click the image below to join my team!


Monday, October 14, 2013

Festive Flurry

Can you imagine this beautiful snowflake hanging from a gift bag?  How about lots of them hung on the Christmas tree?  Hung up with that beautiful 1/8" Silver Taffeta Ribbon...it's just so pretty!

I created this 2D Snowflake using Festive Flurry stamp set in the 2013 Holiday Catalog and coordinating Framelits.  The colors I chose were Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for the largest and third largest snowflakes.  The second largest snowflake is actually Silver glimmer Paper and the smallest snowflake is on Silver Foil Sheets.  I stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Heat and Stick Powder, and then Dazzling Diamonds.  It's stunning in person!
This beauty might just make it to our November classes!

November Classes

 

Just Cards Class

November 16th, 2013 12-5pm

These are the projects we will be creating for the Just Cards Class in November. 
I will be teaching some techniques like heat embossing, stamping off and how to use the new
clay molds!  Cost is $12 or FREE with a $25 Order  All supplies included, even envelopes!
This class can also be done by mail for those who love the cards but can't attend the live class.  The fee is $17 or FREE with a $30 Order, email me at relaxinstampin@gmail.com to reserve your spot! 
There will also be other classes offered, so stay tuned for their photos and information.



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Custom Night Light

There is a lot more to paper crafting than just cards.  I admit, cards are my weakness and first love, but sometimes its fun to mix it up a little and see what kinds of crafts you can make using paper in non-conventional ways!  This seasonal night light was super easy to create and could be switched out so easily!  I bought this "half lamp shade" style night light at my local craft store for a few dollars.  I made a pattern from the lamp shade portion and added 1/2" on each of the sides (not the top and bottom, just the sides).  I then traced my pattern onto a piece of Vellum cardstock.  I stamped my leaf image from the Best of Autumn stamp set in Black StazOn ink.
I then colored the leaves with my Pumpkin Pie
Stampin' Write Marker.  I attached a strip of
 my Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon to the top and bottom of the with tombo multipurpose liquid glue and folded each of the sides around the sides of the lamp shade.  The Vellum does a great job of maintaining the shape you put it in, so it wraps around the edges of the shade and holds beautifully.  I didn't use any extra adhesive to keep the vellum on, although you could certainly use a glue dot for a little extra reassurance.  You could do so many different
variations of this project, the choices are endless!
Coordinate it with your d├ęcor, do a seasonal take onit or make the perfect addition to your baby's
nursery! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Stamp of the Month

I'm so excited to announce that beginning in November I will be starting "Stamp of the Month Club"  This is the best way to build your stamp collection over time while doing it an affordable rate.  You will be able to "opt in" or "opt out" for each month, there are no long term commitments or requirements.  For $30.00 you will receive the following:
  • A clear mount stamp set valued between $16.95 and $18.95
  • 3 completed cards, including 1 "WOW" card
  • Full color tutorial sheets with supply list
  • YouTube Video of the 3 projects, including tips and tricks to putting them together
  • Priority Shipping
  • EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE - My goal as your demonstrator is to make sure you are happy with all of your Stampin' Up! products and know how to use them.  I'm available to answer questions and help you in any way I can.
Each month will be a different stamp set and the cards will feature that particular stamp set.  On the 1st of each month I will email out the information and photos for the stamp chosen for that month.  You will then have the option to either "opt in" or "opt out" for that month's stamp set.  You will have until the 10th of the month to email me whether you would like to participate for that month or not.  I will then send you a PayPal invoice to be paid no later than the 14th of the month.  I also accept checks and money orders (email me for more information).  I will place the order for those who have chosen to opt in that month on the 15th.  Once I have received the package, I will put the packets together with your new stamp set and mail them out Priority Mail to be received by the end of the month. 

For those who choose to participate for 3 consecutive months I will include in your 3rd month package a pack of one of the embellishments used in one of the cards (ie; buttons, brads, rhinestones, ribbon, ect.) as a thank you for your loyalty. 

I look forward to serving you with this new offer!

Monday, October 7, 2013

World Card Making Day

I hope you were inspired to create a card on Saturday, October 5th World Card Making Day!
I made several cards, but this one was my favorite!
I wanted to share with you how I made it so that you can create one of your own.
I took a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and with my Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry ink pads and sponges I sponged randomly to create this look.  After I was happy with the look I then took the
leaf from my Best of Autumn stamp set and inked it with Soft Suede ink.  I stamped my image several times.  I then took another sponge and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink again.
I then just finished the card as seen by mounting it on a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, then Very Vanilla.  I used a piece of designer series paper from the Sweater Weather pack under the Chocolate Chip Chevron Ribbon and stamped the "Give Thanks" sentiment again from my Best of Autumn Stamp Set.  A beautiful card to send anyone this fall season!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Halloween is coming!


Before you know it parents will be
dressing their kids up and sorting through
bags of candy!  Halloween is a holiday
that people seem to either love or hate. 
I personally really like Halloween.
Especially since we've had children it really
makes you enjoy the little things in life.
Although I may not know what are children
will be dressing up as this Halloween just
yet, I assure you I already have a stack of
cute little Halloween cards ready to go out
to my friends and family!
This cute little card really showcases
our Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape #132156.  I took a 3"X4" piece of Whisper White cardstock and covered it with the washi tape, then used my Extra Large Oval Punch (#119859)  to create a "window".
Using the "Happy Halloween" sentiment from my Delightful Dozen (WM#128547, CM#122652) I stamped with Versa Mark Ink and embossed with White Embossing Powder.  You could definitely use Pumpkin Pie embossing powder if you had that on hand too!
Using some Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119261) I tied a quick bow and put one of those adorable little Summer Starfruit buttons left over from my Halloween Banner Kit on top with a glue dot.  On the inside of the card I used my Halloween Happiness stamp set (#131859) in pumpkin pie ink and ran another strip of my Witches Brew Designer Washi Tape along the side. 
I hope you enjoy this cute Halloween card as much as I do!