Sunday, November 23, 2014

Free Snowman Bookmark - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

I don't know about you, but I cannot wait for midnight to arrive! 

Stampin' Up's Online Extravaganza begins soon!

In case you missed it, Stampin' Up! has LOTS on sale! Make sure you look at the dates! Some are one day only, some are the first day only, some are the last day only, and others go the whole time!

You can see that list HERE.

But, back to the Free Snowman Bookmark. My friend Bev made these for our Church's Card Ministry Fundraiser earlier this month and they sold like HOTCAKES! Now mine are a little different than Bev's... I just received my Little Pieces Edgelit and thought that would work for the little buttons! So here's a close-up of mine.
Snowman Bookmark


And here's what the Snowman looks like, front and back.
Snowman Bookmark
Front and Back

Do you see a little bit of an orange package sticking out on the back of Mr. Snowman? Hm... I wonder what it could be? If you know me, and many of you do, you know how much I LOVE my chocolate (almost as much as my coffee!!).

That's right! It's a KitKat bar! One of those mini ones like the Trick-or-Treaters just received! It's the perfect size! The design I made fits those thin little candy bars perfectly. Trust me - I tried the little Milky Way and Snickers bars but those are just not the right size. Hershey's, Crunch bars, KitKats, THOSE fit nicely!

ANY HOO... When you place your $50 online merchandise order, using Hostess Code WUVBEGJB during Stampin' Up!'s Online Extravaganza, I will send you one of these little cuties as my Thank You for your order! Please note that just as every snowflake is different, each of the snowmen are different too!

Remember, during this sale, you can order a few of the past Paper Pumpkin kits, even if you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber! Don't forget about the Clearance Rack and the Weekly Deals too. The Weekly Deals change on Tuesday.

After you place your online order using the Hostess Code, please send me an email. I'll get one of these cuties out to you right away!


SNOWMAN BOOKMARK SUPPLY LIST
In case you want to make one yourself, here is the supply list. You can click on each item and it will take you directly to my online store. Just don't forget to use the Hostess Code!
Shimmery White Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Envelope Punch Board
Black Stampin' Write Marker
Big Shot
Little Pieces Edgelit
Stampin' Trimmer
Decorative Label Punch
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Paper Snips
Sticky Strip
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots
2-Way Glue Pen
Ribbon of YOUR choice!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simply Snowflake - Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

SPOILER ALERT!

Stop right now, if you do not want to see the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Simply Snowflake. How stinkin' cute?!



If you are reading this via email, you will need to go to my blog (HERE) to view the video. The link doesn't seem to go through the email system. One of those great cyber-wonders to me!

Enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Cards - Noel Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

I know all of us LOVE a great deal, and I am absolutely no different!

Stampin' Up! has been offering their past Paper Pumpkin kits on the website (you can see them HERE). These are so easy to make! The only thing is... you have to be a subscriber to get in on these deals.

EXCEPT...

Stampin' Up! began offering to their demonstrators (that's me!) this really wonderful deal! As a demonstrator, I could order LAST year's Christmas card design, but wait! There's more! They added several refill kits, and basically, I was able to order 16 Christmas cards in one Party Pack! The idea was to showcase these during workshops, events, etc.

Well, for those of you who attended the November Coffee and Card Hour, you MADE one of those cards. Weren't those easy? Here's a picture of the card, along with the tags, that we made earlier this month.
November Coffee and Card Hour

As many of you know, my mom is a crafter. My dad has been going through his cancer treatments, and recently had surgery on that evil thing, and my mom has gotten a little behind on her card making. My mother-in-law also likes to craft, but her eyesight isn't what it was. So, I got to thinkin'! (A dangerous pastime, I know!) After discussing it with hubby, as an early Christmas present, I got a kit for BOTH ladies!

BUT, let's face it. 16 cards each isn't a whole lot for these two women. So I also got a package of Very Vanilla cardstock. I cut the Paper Pumpkin base in half so I could get TWO cards out of each one, and I adhered the printed half card base to the Very Vanilla cardstock. That immediately DOUBLED my cards and made 32!

Now onto the NOEL piece. Hmmm.... I didn't have a die that would work, although there are several in the catalog, I just didn't have those in my inventory. I really liked the Party Pennants Bigz L die, but couldn't get it in time. What's a girl to do? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. So that's what I did!

You betcha! I used my Labels Collection Framelits, to give it a fancy decorative edge, along with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and I made my own! FYI - it did take quite a bit of improving, adapting, and overcoming to get the silly thing lined up right, but I finally was able to fiddle with it enough that it worked. The Party Pennants die would have been MUCH easier!

I also used an old alphabet set that matched the font for these two ladies. I've since made my OWN set and used the Little Letters Thinlits and those are really nice! And using my trusty-dusty 2-Way Glue Pen, put them on the cutout piece. Then I sent the boy to Florida to give the set to my mom. My mother-in-law was just here a few weeks ago, and we made our own assembly line and put hers together while she was visiting.

Here are my mother-in-law's. All 32 of them!
Dawn's MIL - Nancy's cards

What do you think? Hubby was in charge of the stamping "Wishing You a Merry Christmas," MIL was in charge of the stars and adhering the artwork to the front, and we ALL added the star garland to the fronts. I pulled out a few inside Christmas sayings, and my MIL made a few different card sayings.

So fast forward to Friday. Dad had his surgery on Wednesday and mom has been with him almost the entire time. She did go home to shower and change, but she brought this kit with her to the hospital. Check out what SHE did!
Dawn's mom - Donna's cards

I don't care what others say, crafting really does soothe the soul. Now you notice, my mom likes a slightly darker red, so instead of Real Red, she used Cherry Cobbler. She also stamped a few of the stars where the star garland is, and added a little bit of silver cording (retired).

Now, both ladies have 32 Christmas cards handmade by them, stamped, ready-to-go, all in plenty of time for Christmas! My MIL even told me that she didn't send any out last year because she just didn't have time! Now she's all set!

Hope you enjoyed the cards! Check back in a day or two and I'll post the video for THIS year's Paper Pumpkin kit! These are really pretty too! Hopefully, they will have the extras available for sale shortly, but remember, you DO have to be a subscriber to order the past kits too!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Christmas Card and Trim the Tree DSP Tags - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

The November Coffee and Card Hour was so much fun!


Make sure you read to the end of this posting,
if YOU would like to receive this Christmas card and tag set
as a FREE gift during November!

Check out what we made (the links for the items we used are listed by the photos):
November Coffee and Card Hour
We made one Christmas card using the November 2013 Paper Pumpkin Kit
(now only available to demonstrators)
AND four tags!


And here are the individual close-ups:
Christmas Card made using the November 2013 Paper Pumpkin Kit
(available only to demonstrators)
Check out OTHER Paper Pumpkin Past Kits HERE while supplies last!




All tags made using the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack and Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.
Christmas Tree Tag
Using Petite Pennants Punch and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
and a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Bird Tag
Using Bird Builder Punch
with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder
(we used the snowflake design for this tag)

JOY Tag
Using Little Letters Thinlits and Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
with some Champagne Glimmer Paper
A few used the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder (scallop design) on the J-O-Y letters
before they attached the letters to the tag!

Serene Silhouettes Tag
Using Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso markers on the stamp
THIS was the favorite, BY FAR!


So stinkin' easy! AND we were done in less than one hour!

One of my friends from work even brought her 6-year old daughter. This little girl KNEW what she was doing!

And we used papers that coordinated with the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack. Don't forget - that paper is only available in the Holiday Catalog through January 5, 2015 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

CLASS INFORMATION
The November Coffee and Card Class was the last one of its kind. However, it seemed to fit into the schedule of several crafters.

With January bringing the new Spring Occasions Catalog, along with Sale-a-Bration in January, February and March - how about a NEW class?

The one-hour time frame is REALLY popular! So, it will be from 9a-10a but it will be on Saturdays only. We will make three cards in one hour and the cost will be $10. You will need to bring your favorite adhesives and scissors to the class. AND since this is during Sale-a-Bration, when you place a qualifying Sale-a-Bration order DURING THE CLASS, your $10 class fee will be refunded! WIN-WIN-WIN and SCORE for a free class and free product! Check my CLASSES page for the most up-to-date information. Tentative dates are listed now.

AND FINALLY...

FREE GIFT with November orders
Would you like a set of the Christmas Card and Gift Tags that we made during the November class? Place your ONLINE order of $50 or more AND use Hostess Code WUVBEGJB, and I'll send you a set with my Thank You card in December. After you place your online order, send me an email and I'll get those ready for you!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weekly Deals - Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit - Stampin' Up!

WOW! Stampin' Up! has announced this week's Weekly Deals. You can look at them HERE. Keep reading until the end for a SPOILER ALERT too!

There were several items that caught my eye this week! I have really liked that For the Birds stamp set for a while, just couldn't justify the cost. You may find this shocking, but I have a NUMBER of stamp sets. Probably too many, but is there ever really too many?

During this Weekly Deal, the wood mount set is actually LESS than the clear mount set! And with my Coffee and Card Technique Class this month using Blender Pens, what a GREAT set to use! Shame mine won't be here in time for the class though... Oh well, you will take your newfound knowledge and you can order the set while you are here on Friday or Saturday!

And the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit! Go ahead, click on it and it will take you to my Stampin' Up! website where you can order it. Just go and LOOK at the pictures. Doesn't really do the kit justice. Check below and click on the photo - what do you think now?
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
One of this week's Weekly Deals

I would LOVE to take credit for this, but I saw this at the Columbus, Ohio, Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite event earlier this year. Another demonstrator had hers displayed there. SO, I liked it so much I made one with MY 20 cards from MY kit. Of course, the retail value was about $20 when I ordered mine. YOU can now get it for about $15 with the Weekly Deals! Cute cards, huh? The Stampin' Dimensionals and everything is included. I only had to use my scissors to cut the Baker's Twine! 20 handstamped cards for about $15. THAT is a GREAT deal!

And finally, here's the SPOILER ALERT.

SPOILER ALERT!!

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SPOILER ALERT!!


Alrighty then, that should be far enough down the screen. Beginning October 1st and continuing through October 6th ONLY, Stampin' Up! is going to have a Stamp, Stock, and Save Sale! I've been a demonstrator for about 10 years now, and this is the FIRST time this has happened. There are a SELECT FEW stamp sets that will be 20% off (one of my FAVORITES, Petite Pairs, is on the list). There will also be 15% off on 8.5"x11" cardstock, envelopes, Fast Fuse and refills, and even the Classic Stampin' Ink Pads! If you are one of my customers, I sent an email this morning with more information. If you'd like more information, send me an email! I'd love to add you to my email list!

DAWN'S SPECIAL
To sweeten this Stamp, Stock, and Save Sale (October 1 through 6 ONLY), when you place your $50 or more MERCHANDISE order - that's before shipping and tax - and you place your order ONLINE using Hostess Code 2ZKDY7PW, send me an email after you place your order. Let me know if you like SILVER or GOLD! I will drop off/send you YOUR silver or gold after the sale has ended! Remember, this offer is only good through me, Dawn Stock, not Stampin' Up!

Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2014

October Coffee Card Hour - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Anyone remember the 1992 movie "My Cousin Vinny" with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei? Now, I know I'm dating myself here, but I do! Of course it helps that my hubby is a HUGE movie buff (and likes Marisa Tomei!). 

But here is a really quick 2-second blip from the movie. (If you are receiving this via email, you will need to go to my blog to watch this):

Did you catch it? Marisa Tomei says to Joe Pesci "Oh yeah, you blend." If you haven't seen the movie, it is really funny about how he doesn't really "blend" with the locals.  :)

Who would have ever thought of Stampin' Up! when viewing My Cousin Vinny? Me, of course!

How about US blending? With Stampin' Up! Blender Pens! At my July downline meeting, there was a question about blender pens. Then at the September Coffee Card Hour/Technique, someone else mentioned it. I'm sensing that Blender Pens may not be getting their full credit! These things are WONDERFUL!

SO, with the holidays fast approaching, and so many of us like to color our designs, how about we use the Blender Pens and really get our technique on?! Of course, we will blend WAY better than Joe Pesci does in My Cousin Vinny! 

As an added bonus, I'll also do a quick blending DEMONSTRATION using my Blendabilities markers. You will absolutely LOVE the effect you get with these!

Look forward to seeing you on October 3rd or 4th!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

UPDATE! Coffee and Cards - Serene Silhouettes - Stampin' Up!

Crafters –

The Coffee and Cards Class, that one-hour/technique class I’m starting this month, is on THIS Friday and Saturday. It seems like September just started at the beginning of the week and now here we are – close to Friday! Has Friday and Saturday always been at the end of the week?

Seriously, the September 5th and 6th Coffee and Cards Class is right around the corner. It will be from 9am until 10am. When you attend, you will make one of the cards (the actual Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper design may vary – but you will have several choices!).
** If you are unable to attend, read at the end how YOU can receive the PDF tutorial on the September Coffee and Cards Class. **

We will be sponging, heat embossing AND dry embossing using the new Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (page 15 of the Holiday catalog). Add a little bit of ribbon and this card really pops!
September Coffee and Card Hour

When you attend this Coffee and Card Class, the cost is just $5 to make one of these cards AND get a nice cup of coffee! Remember... no decaf in this house! If you want decaf, I’ll have a nice glass of water for you.  :)

All you need to bring is just your adhesives and your scissors. One cup of coffee, one card, $5! And for the September Coffee and Cards Class, you will use THREE different techniques!

When you place a $25 order while you are here, I'll even refund your $5 fee! Want the written tutorial AND the class for free? Place a $50 order while you are here and I’ll email the tutorial to you after the class!

The September dates and times are:
Friday, September 5 - 9am-10am
Saturday, September 6 - 9am-10am

The link to my online store is just to the right on this blog. The link to the original blog posting is HERE. You can always view my classes schedule HERE.

UPDATE:
I received a note from one of my friends and here’s what Beth had to say:
Any chance that we, the underprivileged, who cannot attend your coffee and card class can somehow benefit also?? Perhaps a written tutorial?? The cards look fabulous!!!! I hate not being able to attend.

She is such a hoot – underprivileged, HA! How come I didn’t think of a written tutorial?! The good thing is that she is in the process of moving from Puerto Rico to a so-much-closer state. Hopefully, she will be able to attend a future class. BUT, in the meantime, if you are like my friend Beth and unable to attend, I’m in the process of writing a tutorial.

If you are interested in the written PDF tutorial via email, I will be making it available to those who place a $50 online merchandise order (before tax and shipping/handling) AND use Hostess Code GAVSETBC during the month of September. If you are unsure how to use the Hostess Code feature, please let me know – I can help you with that! Send me an email after you have placed the online order using the Hostess Code and I will email the PDF to you!

Also – if you place a workshop order in September, either in person or online, you will also receive the PDF tutorial via email. Just email me AFTER you place your order and I will email the PDF to you!


Looking forward to Friday and Saturday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Coffee and Card Hour, September Hostess Code, and FREE GIFT - Stampin' Up!

It's September 1st!

And it seems like August was just yesterday! WOW! Does this happen every year? Who knew that September followed August. YIKES!  

Seriously, we have been busy at work and my schedule has completely flip-flopped for this month. While trying to readjust by body to the exact opposite hours this past weekend, it really did sneak up on me!

I'm packaging my Thank You cards (and the cute little gift card set) to drop off at the Post Office tomorrow morning. 

Here are a few things to remember:

Coffee and Card Hour
I cannot believe that it begins THIS MONTH! As in FRIDAY!!!!! (And Saturday too!) I am cutting cards to get ready for this event. Even though you are welcome to just show up and come as you are, please be considerate of everyone involved and arrive promptly at 9am. More information on my Classes Page.


Hostess Code
It's September! That is still throwing me. With that in mind, the September Hostess Code is GAVSETBC. Make sure you use this only on orders less than $150. If you are going to be placing your own workshop order ($150 or more), you will not use that code but you WILL still receive the added bonus gift from me.

The added bonus for September is...
For those who place a $50 merchandise ONLINE ORDER, the bonus gift this month will be your very own package of Frosted Sequins. Won't those make a nice addition, and a little bling, to your Christmas cards and packaging?! Those will be added to your Thank You note. Make sure you send me an email AFTER you place your order.
Frosted Sequins
FREE Gift with your $50 online order
Valid September 2014



As always, let me know if you have any questions! Looking forward to Friday! YEAH!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beauty of the Season - Stampin' Up!

The new Holiday Catalog is here! I'm preparing this blog posting in advance, so I'm not quite sure when Stampin' Up! is making the catalog available online. I will update this blog with the link once it is live. AND there will be a link on the right side of this blog.

Beauty of the Season is a stamp set that we were allowed to order earlier this year. This stamp set is absolutely stunning! I have colored the images with colored pencils, blender pens, and aqua painters. I don't know which I like best - I like all of them!

This is the final card design from the Pelotonia FUNdraiser in July. In July, we were not yet able to order Christmas papers. (But you can now!) So while we did use retired papers on this card design, you would want to get the NEW (and quite pretty!) Christmas papers.
Beauty of the Season
in Garden Green and Baked Brown Sugar

Crafters had a choice of Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, or Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. With the Holiday Catalog, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack coordinates with this card's design colors.

We used Naturals White, backed with Early Espresso cardstock, for the Top Note Bigz Die cuts. All were colored with pencils and as a final WOW touch, we used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. This little beauty is easy to miss in the big catty. We didn't put it on all of the berries, just a few.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coffee and Card Hour - Serene Silhouettes - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

If you have been following me for a while, you probably have noticed how much I like my coffee. If I could take it intravenously, I would!

Everyone is really busy right now, the Stock household included! School is now back in session, homework, practices, our work/jobs, overtime, getting things ready for whatever! I know! Don't even get me started on my yard! YIKES!!

So, how about something that is just a little one-hour break? And I'm going to combine it with my coffee passion too!

Beginning in September, I'm going to try something new. I'm scheduling it for September, October, and November. It will be the FIRST Friday and Saturday of the month and it will be ONLY one-hour - from 9am until 10am. You will need to be here at 9am WITH your adhesives and scissors. All other supplies will be provided. (If you want to bring YOUR crafter's kit, you won't have to wait on some of the supplies - you'll have your own!)

Check out what we will be making Friday, September 5th, and Saturday, September 6th. 
Sponging, Heat Embossing, and...
Did you notice?
DRY embossing with a NEW embossing folder!
Check out page 15 of the NEW Holiday Catalog...

Cost is $5 for YOUR cup of coffee and YOUR card!
Designer Series Paper designs may vary

Just stop on over at 9am
Your $5 is payable at the door

Want to attend for FREE?
Place a $25 order while you are here and I'll refund your $5 fee!


Disclaimer!  Disclaimer!  Disclaimer!
All coffee in my home is fully leaded.
If you know me, you know I don't understand why
(and I really mean WHY?!?!)
there is such a thing called "decaf."
If you want decaf, I will have a nice glass of water available for you!

Look forward to seeing you on September 5 and 6!

Upcoming Coffee and Card Dates / Times
Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4
9a-10a

Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8
9a-10a

Birthday Cards - Stampin' Up!

I never seem to have enough Birthday cards on hand. How about you? And while I do assembly line when I make many of my cards, sometimes I just don't want 12 or 20 of the exact same card, in the exact same color!

How about this to really shake things up?!
Flowerpot DSP Birthday Cards!

We used the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper and just changed the cardstock color. The different cardstock colors we used are Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, and Crushed Curry. Somehow I did not grab a Crushed Curry card for this photo, BUT you can see the Crushed Curry flower on the card in the upper right.

Each card used a small strip of the Flowerpot DSP and it was mounted on a strip of Whisper White cardstock. To give that nice scalloped edge on the Whisper White, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit. Don't forget to use either your Magnetic Platform or the old-fashioned post-it notes method. Those were precut with the cards for my class members.

For those of you who have attended my card classes before, you know that I try to have everything ready so all you have to do is enjoy your card making. It was no different with this card class! AND I even had the boy help with the Big Shot die cutting! He ran the Big Shot for each of those flowers! To let you know how great this kid is, each card uses two of the big flowers and one of the white flower layer. Those three layers of the flower use the Floral Frames Collection Framelits.  I made about 15 cards of each color, so that was about 75 cards. He is such a trooper because he had to run that Big Shot through 75 times 3 for each of the cards (he ran the Big Shot 225 times!). Am I ever blessed by him or what?!

Then using the 1" Circle Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, along with the 3/4" Circle Punch, the flower punchouts were complete! We just ran them through the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, added a few Stampin' Dimensionals, and viola! The flowers were complete! Remember, Christmas embossing folder designs are not only for Christmas cards!

Everyone stamped their birthday greetings in Night of Navy using the Petite Pairs Stamp Set (LOVE IT - so versatile and so many different greetings!). Then using the Modern Label Punch (flipped upside down to see the sentiment, of course!), we punched out the greeting and adhered it to the card. 

We added a little bit of ribbon around the card. Because I have SO many retired ribbons, we used several different colors. Gotta tell you though...the new 1/4" Cotton Ribbons are MUCH easier to tie than the old Grosgrain ribbons we used. While I was really sorry to see all of my grosgrain retire, the new ribbons are FABULOUS!

Hope you enjoy the cards! Let me know if you want to make this card design at YOUR workshop!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wetlands - Stampin' Up!

You know, when I saw the Wetlands Stamp Set in last year's catalog, I thought "that set will make some very nice masculine cards." I got it and I have used it for that purpose several times.

Well, fast forward to July THIS year for my husband's Pelotonia FUNdraiser. I wanted to use a stamp set that could show how easy it is to use Stampin' Up! markers, and make it a card that could be used for either men OR women!

Check it out!
Wetlands - LOVE the little birdies!


Such an easy card! Using the Lullaby Designer Series Paper, the crafters had a choice of several colors. We used Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, and Pistachio Pudding cardstocks. Did you notice that four of the five listed colors are from the 2013-2015 InColors? Pistachio Pudding is shown above.

And while we used the Lullaby DSP, this designer series paper design doesn't make me think of a "baby" card. We also used the Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar markers from the 2013-2015 InColor Stampin' Write Markers, my Big Shot, and the Apothecary Accents Framelits.

Add a few Stampin' Dimensionals and this card pops! Quick and Easy too!

Because I always make a few extras, I also used my Paper-Piercing ToolStampin' Pierce Mat, and my Essentials Paper Piercing Template to jazz up the extras. FYI - It does take a bit of time to pierce each of those little holes!