Stamps sing to me, paper whispers my name. Welcome to all who craft--I hope you're glad you came!
Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and life-long craftin' addict!
I just LOVE this event! It is one of my very favorite stamp camps to plan and prepare. I hope you can join us this year for my annual Birthday Bash Card Buffet!
Birthday Bash Card Buffet
Saturday, January 1st, Watertown
10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Come and make all your birthday cards for the whole year! I will have masculine, feminine, childrens', humorous, serious and just plain fun birthday cards of all varieties for you to choose from. Bring your calendar and make a card for everyone on your list!
We will be using NEW stamps and products from the Spring Mini Catalog, as well as the Big Shot, and lots of other great tools and accessories!
And of course--what party would be complete without PRESENTS??? Collect tickets all day and turn them in for extra chances to win FABULOUS baskets, each worth over $25. Get a ticket for registering by December 18th--get two more if you register with a "new to stamping" friend! Get a ticket when you finish your first five cards, and one for every card you finish after that! Five tickets will belong to you if you join one of my monthly stamp clubs. You will also get a ticket for every $10 of your order placed that day, and TEN tickets if you book a workshop!
Cost for the entire Birthday Bash is just $10 for the first five cards ($15 with A SNAIL adhesive included) and $1 per card after that, for as many as you care to make!
RSVP beginning today for this awesomely fun event. Space is limited to 30 ladies. Be sure to specify if you want me to order you a SNAIL adhesive for the event as I must preorder those. (920)261-3962 or email@example.com
You are invited to attend the Song of My Heart Stamper's group Christmas potluck and Shoebox Swap on Saturday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. in Watertown. Please RSVP ASAP if you can make it, and I'll send you the details! Hope to see you there!
Ok, I have to say, I am pretty proud of this one! It was time consuming and it will NOT be one of the ones I will mass produce to meet my needs, but I did really enjoy making it! It's been a great low-key, laid back Thanksgiving weekend thus far, and I have been enjoying working on some non-essential stamping projects as I have a few minutes here and there.
I used the new Curly Organza technique (see photo tutorial here) along with some un-altered organza, too. The snowflake is from the Big Shot, adorned with self-adhesive Basic Pearls. I took the sentiment from Come to Bethlehem and punched it out with the Modern Label punch.
The background is made by stamping snowflakes (from Serene Snowflakes) in Concord Crush ink on Whisper White, then running it through the Big Shot with the Petals A Plenty embossing folder. Then I sponged it with Concord Crush, Shimmer Sprayed it, and adhered it to a Concord Crush base. This is one card that's so full of texture, you just HAVE to run your fingers over it!
As always, ALL of the products I used on this card, from adhesive on out, are from Stampin' Up. I have really learned not to waste my crafting dollars here and there buying random, uncoordinated products with colors that don't go together. Stampin' Up saves me time and money, and frees me up to be creative without hassle or frustration and constant trips to the store. If you're interested in the products or the business plan (both are on fantastic sale right now!) click here for my official Stampin' Up site and learn more.
I happened upon a really fun thing the other day when I was dying some ribbon to go with my Concord Crush Christmas card. Apparently, the Whisper White Organza ribbon has enough synthetic fibers in it to cause it to curl up fantastically when the embossing heat tool is applied! Isn't that cool looking? It literally only took about thirty seconds to do a strip long enough for a card. Here's how I did it:
First, dye your ribbon whatever color you prefer. My favorite (and the simplest) method of dying ribbon is just to run a marker over it, and then and Aquapainter to spread the color out. No messy fingers, no little dye-pot to clean out. It takes about a minute and dries quite quickly. Of course, if you're in a hurry, you might grab your heat gun to help it dry--which is how I stumbled upon this fun technique!
And if you continue to use the heat gun on it, it curls even more! You'll just want to make sure you stop before it literally melts into a clump.
I was immediately struck with the potential for really cool holiday package bows done with this technique! So I had to make a quick tag (from the Tags 'Till Christmas bundle and the new Decorative Label punch) and try it out right away. Turned out pretty and unique!
Let me know if you need a spool of Organza and I will set you up--or, you can take advantage of the Black Friday specials going on through the 30th from Stampin' Up, by clicking on my shopping website here. I will definitely be using this easy technique on future projects! Sometimes I make the happiest accidents... if only half the boo-boos I made turned out this great, I'd be all set, right?!
In all the hoopla surrounding the Spectacular, don't forget that the Holiday Bundle special is still going on! This cute gift card holder that can hang right on the Christmas tree is made from the Big Shot Box #2 die, and the Jolly Holiday papers with the new Tags 'Till Christmas stamp set. You can choose either wood mount or clear mount stamps according to your preference--and the brand new totally cool Decorative Label punch is included in the bundle!The shape of it mimics the Top Note die--they look SO good together!
I made the handle for this box, which goes together with a single one inch strip of Sticky Strip, from the Tasteful Trims die in the Holiday Mini. If you only buy ONE die this year--that should be it! I have found countless uses for it!
Love the "even the naughty deserve something nice" stamp--bet you know a few people who would get a chuckle out of that! It's just one of nine great tags in the Tags 'Till Christmas set. These bundles are on sale for just a short while--click here to go to my shopping website to get the skinny!
Enjoy these pages from the November 2010 Scrap A Stack Club! Do you enjoy scrapbooking, but seem to have little time these days? Set aside one day a month to come and get something accomplished with us! We meet on the second Thursday night of the month.
We started the night off with this simple single page layout, because the Shimmer paint needed to dry on the chipboard letters we cut out on the Big Shot, using the Simple Alphabet letters and numbers. Some headlines that others cut out for their own page included "family," "sparkle," and the year. I kep the layout very simple so that the photo would really shine. The patterned paper is from a pack that is included in the Holiday Bundle Special--check it out! It's called Jolly Holiday.
We used the fun Join in the Cheer strip die for the Big Shot on this page, along with my new favorite strip die, Northern Flurry. I just love how it cuts out eight different snowflakes at once! To make the headline a SNAP to adhere, I used the multipurpose adhesive sheets on the back of my cardstock (Whisper White) before we ran it through the machine. Just one easy extra step, and it took several minutes worth of frustration out of the evening!
Very faintly, using Bashful Blue ink on the background cardstock of the same color, we stamped the large flourish from Baroque Motifs to kind of gussy it up, with a Decorative Label punch and the Tags 'Til Christmas set, also on sale right now! There's Shimmer Paint used as a spray on this page as well as Basic Rhinestones. Nothing like Christmas to bring out the bling!
The last spread also used the Jolly Holiday papers, this time in long, one-inch wide strips. We layered them around to make a border, and added two tags--one that says "All Spruced Up" from Fast & Fun Notes and one left blank for journalling. They're accented with the Scallop Trim punch, jumbo eyelets, corner rounder punch, Certainly Celery satin ribbon, and Hemp Twine. I also threw in some fun large Star Brads from the Clearance Rack!
I love Scrap A Stack and look forward to it all month long. You could, too! Call me today to RSVP, or to chat about starting a scrapbooking club with you and your girlfriends.
My hit counter rolled over 300,000 visits sometime last week and I just noticed it! That's a lot of views, and that can't be all my mom and me! I must be doing something right, I guess!
Do me a favor, though, and take two minutes to leave a comment on this post and share the number one thing you appreciate/love/like/find interesting about my blog, and the number one thing you would change/add/take away/tweak on my blog.
(and yes, there's blog candy involved! Post your comment by November 30th and you may find yourself the lucky recipient of a FREE bundle of trims, embellishments and other goodies from the Holiday Mini catalog, worth over $15!)
Ay, there's the rub--only ONE of each! Well, maybe you could make use of a run-on sentence and share more than one thing you like. But for sure only one thing you want changed! : )
And I can't promise I will implement any of the changes, but I will consider anything EXCEPT video tutorials. Those you will never see from me, I promise. Photo tutorials, yes; video, no.
Many thanks to my faithful readers--I would have quit long ago without your encouraging comments. Thanks for helping me strive to be a better blogger and a better demo!
Come and see me at the Ixonia craft fair tomorrow, Saturday, November 20th, 2010, from nine to three. I took these quick snaps of some of the great cards I will have for sale, along with pre-made scrapbooks, some very creative gift card holders, and lots of other fun goodies.
Yep, that's actual duct tape on this guy card! Why not?
Ok, gotta scoot! It's PMS Ladies' night here tonight--Pizza, Movies & Stamping--and I have lots to do, plus packing for an early start for the fair tomorrow.
Make sure I have your snail mail address, because I am finalizing the mailing list for the Occasions Mini Catalog, the Sale A Bration Brochure, and my quarterly Song of My Heart Stampers newsletter THIS WEEK, and you don't want to miss out! If you have not received a mini catalog from me, there is a good possibility I don't have you in the database, so contact me right away to get on the list.
Here's one of the cards we made at my annual Christmas Card Stamp A Stack this year. Isn't it sweet? Inspired by a swap I got at leadership conference last year, and saved all this time, we made these three bears with a variety of circle punches and the plain oval punches. Once you get everything punched out, it goes together fairly easily. The sentiment is from Loads of Love, with small snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes on the bashful blue background.
There are no embellishments other than some 2-way Glue Pen and Dazzlin' Diamonds, so this is an inexpensive card to mass-produce this year--but you may want to enlist some help punching the circles. Grab your kids and make it a family project over Thanksgiving weekend!
My baby boy turned nine last week and all he wanted was Legos... so that's all he got--seven sets from various relatives, plus money to buy more! Here he is with his buddy Seth and the cake they decorated together, using Legos, of course!
And because I'm his mom and I LOVE embarassing him... here's a little nekkid baby in the bathtub picture!!! Isn't he adorable? And I have to say, as cute as Dan was when he was a one year old, he is even more precious now as a nine year old. Each year is a delightful revelation to this mom... Happy Birthday, Dannyboy... when you born, I couldn't hold you close enough. I thought that even my arms were too far away from my heart, where I had carried you for so long.
Thought I'd share one of my rejects... :) I've been working on the My Digital Studio contest that just ended on the 15th, and I finally got my entries sent off. We'll see what happens! Here is a card that didn't make the cut.
Looking forward to some quality time in the car scrapbooking on our way to Mike's family Thanksgiving next week. Does digi-scrapping ever make road trips fly by! Hey, did you see the math breakdown on what all you can get for just a couple dollars more than MDS by itself right now with the Starter Kit special? $320 worth of products, including the $79.95 MDS software, for just $87.50! We really need to chat about it! You'd have to be nuts not to take a peek...
Look at this one! It's so hard to choose a favorite out of these amazing swaps, but this might be it... I think it looks like a blanket, a beautiful quilted coverlet.
Words fail me... isn't this gorgeous! Don't worry, I have an email in to the creator of this card to find out how she did it--and I'll update the post with instructions, or maybe do a photo tutorial if it is complicated. I bet it's actually easy, I just can't figure it out! Anyone who has seen or done this technique want to chime in?
I promised you photos of the Over the Top Christmas Swap I participated in, and here's a couple to keep you busy! I really, really, really like this window one! Look for that idea to show up at my upcoming January 1st Birthday Bash event!
Here's a cutie for you Santa lovers--isn't that cool with a little dab of the tinsel trim behind the silver Glimmer Brad?
Love this one with the tiny scarf! I'm told it is knitted on piano wire. Can you imagine???
I really love this one, too. It is hard to beat Cherry Cobbler... and the new Deck the Halls papers from the Holiday mini, along with Cherry Cobbler seam binding--just yummy!
Remember the big Book A Thon we had two weeks ago? Well, here's a peek at the free stamps that we demonstrator earned for participating and hitting our goal of 5,000 workshops booked in one day! Penni L. made me this adorable card using Pun Fun for the main image, and Button, Button for the background stamping. It's just perfect, start to finish, with the real button and the gathered lace she added. Great card, Penni--thanks!
Button, Button is just a part of a whole new "suite" of sewing-themed products in the next mini catalog. The suite includes stamps, embellishments, papers, trims and fabric that all coordinate, and it is just too cute for words. I can't show you pictures or spill the beans about anything specific just yet, except to say there are several different "suites," and they are ALL fantastic! I love it when stuff matches. It is such a difference from when I used to buy paper from one place, ink from another, stickers from a third place--and nothing coordinated. Stampin' Up saves me time AND keeps me from wasting my crafting money. That's just plain awesome.
Many of you have asked how on earth I pick one design to make for my own personal Christmas cards, out of all the gorgeous stamps, papers and ideas out there. The answer is that I don't pick just one--I usually make several different designs so I don't get bored making 200 of the same thing. And secondly, it has to be fairly simple, because I need so many of them. Here are two that I have put into production for this year--super simple, but meaningful and unique, I think!
The first is just Very Vanilla, with stamps from Come to Bethlehem heat embossed in metallic EP on the cover, and two tones of sponging. I experimented with a couple of different things with this card, but went with the simple one in the end. I think it will stand out amongst the glitzier ones!
The second one also uses Come to Bethlehem and I just love it. It is likewise very, very simple--just two kinds of heat embossing and a single Basic Rhinestone, on Basic Black cardstock with a white liner. The wisemen stamp and saying are embossed in Sterling Silver EP. To acheive the starry night sky, I used a stipple brush to dab Versamark ink on the skyline, then sprinkled and heat set Iridescent Ice EP.
You can also get the starry sky look by masking off the rest of the card and spraying Shimmer Spray in a concentrated area--which we had to do in a pinch last night when we ran out of Iridescent Ice at Christmas Club last night! It looks totally awesome against the black of the background. You really need to try Shimmer Spray on Basic Black cardstock, if you haven't already!
So there you go... lots more Christmas cards coming up this week from swaps I've been in, and I'll continue to share my personal cards as I make them. I also have a fantastic photo tutorial in the works--wait until you see it! This has been such a great week--we've welcomed Stephanie and Gabrielle as Song of My Heart Demonstrators, and we have all kinds of totally fun plans for the group Christmas party. I just love my job!
For those of you wondering WHAT in the WORLD could a PMS Ladies Club possibly be, it stands for “Pizza, Movies, and Stamping,” and it’s great fun! If you plan now to schedule that one night off for yourself each month, "It's a Wonderful Life!" You'll feel like the "Princess Bride" when we get done pampering you, "Footloose" and fancy free!
The next PMS Ladies' Club is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. on Fri. Nov. 19th, 2010. The cost is $10 per person, with specialty pizzas and beverages included. I’ll provide one intermediate to advanced stamping project to get your juices flowing. The rest of the evening, you can use all my stamps, punches, inks, and tools to work on any project you have been wanting to get done, or just sit and make some cards. Bring your own adhesive and paper, and go to town!
Space is limited, so RSVP for yourself and your best bud today!
Some of you will see the word "viewmaster" in your blog reader this morning and not even click on the link to see the rest of the article, because viewmaster cards have such a rep for being a PAIN in the neck! Well, no longer is that the case! Here is one from the area demo meeting (I am so sorry I don't know whose project it was, maybe one of my sidelines or uplines can chime in here) that is so stinkin' easy, you might just change your mind... call me crazy, but I'm planning to do these for a Leadership Conference swap!
All you do is make a square 5x5 card to fit in one of our square 5.25 envelopes, and cut yourself one Scallop Circle of cardstock with whatever DSP you want glued to the top, using the largest Scallop Circle Bigz die for the Big Shot. If you don't have this one yet, I can tell you honestly it is the most versatile die I own next to the Top Note!
Next you'll need to use your Circle Scissors or Coluzzle to make a circle that will be entirely hidden by the scallop circle. Stamp your images (these are from Jolly Bingo Bits, page 24 in the Holiday Mini Catalog) around the edge of the circle (depending on size, you can fit five images or so around the perimeter.) Adhere that dead center on your card.
Punch your viewing window near the edge of the scallop circle, and use your paper piercer to make a hole for the brad in the direct center of the circle. Take your time to make sure it is the direct center, or your viewmaster card will wobble in a lopsided and quite comical circle as it goes around!
Center your scallop circle over the circle with the images on it and press the brad through the cardstock. Flatten the prongs on the back and work the spinner around several times to loosen it up and allow it to spin easily.
That is literally IT!! Now, wasn't that light years easier than the other viewmaster cards you have seen? And just as cute. You can find the Jolly Holiday DSP, the Jolly Bingo Bits (and Bingo Card) stamps, the Scallop Circle die, Big Shot and everything else you'd need to make your own easy viewmaster cards at my shopping website, www.lyssa.stampinup.net
And don't forget to give your significant other your stampin' wish list with my name, number and email, all filled out and ready to go! Take it easy on the poor guy and help him get you something you'd really use this year.
My upline Kristen shared a really fun technique at her group meeting last week and I just had to pass it on! Did you know you can make your own texture plates for the Big Shot? Totally true! All you need is the white cardboard that comes in the back of a package of Designer Series Paper. You'll need two layers of it for the base, and two layers of it for the raised die-cut. You'll also need a die that you like, such as the Daisies #2 die used here.
Glue your base layers together as well as the two pieces from which you will die cut your pattern. Go ahead and run the die through to cut out whatever flowers, circles, stars, etc, that you want to use. Then, just adhere them to the base plate in whatever pattern you want.
To use my homemade texture plate, I found that a sandwich consisting of the Multipurpose Platfrom totally close, the homemade plate, the cardstock, the Silicone Mat and the Textured Impressions Pad worked well. It's almost the same sandwich as the regular texture plates, but not quite.
Here's a finished card Kristen showed. Isn't that cool? You can make any pattern you desired, spaced closely together or further apart, in a line or totally random. Love it!