Friday, August 31, 2012

Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple!

Aren't those colors together yummy? I accented with Summer Starfruit and tada! What a fun card. That flower was made with stamped 7/8 in Cotton Ribbon  (page 20 of the Holiday Catalog). I stamped it with the chevron stamp from the set, Border Banter. I really dig this set! I used the Primrose Petals Classic Ink Pad. I then let it dry.. heat set it with the heat tool for good measure. I used one of our new Jumbo Sticky Rounds (page 31 of the Holiday Catalog) and made this awesome flower by just loosely swirling and pressing the ribbon around and around.. starting from the middle, outward. I stamped the Congratulations with the Basic Black Classic Ink Pad. The background stamp is Parlor Prints (page 129 of the core catalog). I used the 3/8 inch Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon. The leaves were punched out using the Bird Builder Punch (page 185 of the core catalog).

I hope you have enjoyed today's card. I wanted to post something as we get into the Holiday Weekend - Labor Day. I know my innkeeper duties will be keeping me pretty busy.. I hope you have some fun stuff planned for your weekend! Take care, be safe and get inky! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chocolate In A Jar!

What could be better? These make great little party favors! I used the Perfectly Preserved Bundle and the Orchard Harvest Designer Series paper on pages 28 and 29 of the Holiday Catalog. I'm giving these to the gals who will be here tonight for class.. an extra little surprise for them.

I love making cute 3D type of projects - they just make me smile! Would you like to learn how to make these? Contact me.. and let's party! I supply the gathering place - no need to clean your home or disturb your family. I make it a true girls night out! Just bring your friends, a smile and a snack! It is as easy as that. 

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you take time get get a little inky!

Tuesday - Download Day!

Good Day!! Happy Tuesday to everyone! Here are today's downloads for My Digital Studio.. !!

Click HERE to view today's downloads! 

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Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!

MDS 2™—the Download Version - Information To Pass Along :)

School is approaching fast here in Michigan.. its time to take class!

Happy Tuesday! It is so hard to believe that September is just around the corner. Summer flew by like it was yesterday and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Since they are, why don't you? I invite you to join me in one of the many classes I offer - I have a class schedule that has a variety of classes for you to choose from. To find that schedule, just click HERE. Detailed information is included with each entry on that website (my Demonstrator Business Website).

Next class coming up soon: Ghoulish Greetings Cards & 3D projects! If you love Halloween like I do, please join me! I ask that payment be made for all my classes before the RSVP due date. Please RSVP for this class by August 31st - this is "creeping:" up on us quickly. Contact me today! Cost: $25

I just checked for the latest Digital Downloads for My Digital Studio.. they are not showing (yet).. its late or very early yet.. however you'd like to look at it. I have insomnia.. LOL. Check HERE for the latest downloads in a bit. (Right now it is 12:30am in Michigan.. yikes!)

Thank you so much for stopping by. I promise to have more creative stuff this week.. last week was a bit crazy for this innkeeper.. soon, Ill have much more time to stamp. Take time to get a bit inky!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

It's Tuesday - Digital Download Day for My Digital Studio! (MDS, that is!)

Hello Friends!!! Yes, it is that time again.. Tuesday is here already! That means......... Digital Download Day! Woohoo!!!

Have a GREAT fantabulous day!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Making Jewelry!

Good day to you!!! I hope your weekend is going mighty fine! I've had a pretty good one so far myself. The weather in northwestern Michigan has cooled down some. Its in the mid 70's and last night it was in the high 40s. I have to admit.. it gets me thinking about Fall. Fall is a great time of year.. I love the color palette that mother nature colors our trees. I love to photograph fall! Speaking of fall .. we have change of articles of clothing.. and with that, we naturally need accessories. I'm all about accessories.. shoes, purses, and of course.. jewelry!

In my demonstrator's magazine, Stampin Success, they were showing some really cool ideas with jewelry. I just loved it. I've done something similar to this.. and just sort of forgot about this easy peasy technique. I used washers.. a variety of different sizes to see what I like best. I've found I like the flat washers best. The local hardware store really has a lot of goodies for paper crafters. You just have to have that creative juice flowing when you wander around there. I covered the washers with Stampin` Up! Designer series paper, with the help of a sharp craft knife and a sanding block, and then used Crystal Effects (a very thick coat on each side).. let them dry thoroughly overnight. That way I was not tempted to keep fondling them to see if they were dry! After dry, I used a drill press and put a hole in the top of each, and did some simple wirework. I bought the leather necklaces with clasp already attached, at a local hobby store, and tada! New, hip and very stylin` Stampin` Up! jewelry! I love this!!! I want to try rings, next. Stay tuned for that in the near future!

I hope you love today's project. I had a lot of fun making these and can't wait to make more! It is kind of addicting and what a neat new way to use some scraps of designer series paper. I love it!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a fantabulous day! Take time to get inky!

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Friday, August 17, 2012

World's GREATEST!!! Really, You Are!

Hello there!!! Happy Happy Weekend my friends!!! Well, okay, for me.. its just another day in innkeeper land but for most of you.. its time off to chillax.. and ........... craft, of course!

Today's card is fun and funky and I just love the colors! I got the original idea from my friend, Kimberly VanDiepen but I did change up the paper and a stamp a tiny bit.. but I loved her layout and I just rolled with it.

Here is what I used:

 Island Indigo Card Stock
World's Greatest Stamp
Family Reunion Clear Mount Stamp Set
World Spectacular Designer Series Paper
Island Indigo Classic Ink
Soft Suede Classic Ink (sponged around edges of Worlds Greatest)
1/8 inch Mini Brads
Whisper White Medium Envelopes (I love our envelopes!!)
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Big Shot Die Cut Machine

I hope you enjoyed today's card. Have a super duper weekend and make sure to take time and get a bit inky!! 

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Kicking It Up A Notch!

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by! I am having fun with the Postage Due set lately. I love this set! Both cards I have made are somewhat the same.. but you will see I kicked up a notch on the second card.

Card #1

A fun card right? I used:

Postage Due Clear Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Card Stock
Vanilla Card Stock
More Mustard Card Stock
Crumb Cake Classic Ink
Island Indigo Classic Ink
Linen Thread
Postage Stamp Punch

Ok.. now, lets kick it up a notch.. ready?!

Card #2

I really dig this one. I love using the letters on top of the background stamped image.. its so collage-y. Is that a word? It is now!

I used the above .. plus:

1 1/4 inch Square Punch
Morning Post Alphabet Clear Mount Stamp Set
Island Indigo Classic Ink
More Mustard Classic Ink
Basic Grey Classic Ink
Riding Hood Red Classic Ink.

Making a simple card and just putting a little extra on it just gives it that extra "kick". 

I hope you enjoyed today's card. Take care and take time to get inky!! 

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Natural Compostion Speciality Designer Series Paper Rocks!

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Thursday to YOU!!! I have been sneaking down to my crafty inky studio and making some pretty neat stuff.. and I cant wait to share it all with you.. lots of fun things! I'm getting back in the groove and I just love it!

I made a set of four of these beauties. I used the Natural Composition Speciality Designer Series Paper. This stuff is very cool.. it is pre embossed - best way to describe it. I also tried my hands at stamping on our new Natural 7/8 inch Cotton Ribbon and I the endless possibilities this stuff has.. you can color it to make any project you are working with by using your ink pad, or just stamp a design on it to coordinate with your project. Love it!!

What I used:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
Natural Composition Specialeity Designer Series Paper
Primrose Petals Card Stock
Summer Starfruit Card Stock
Border Banter Stamp Set
Curly Cute Stamp Set
Primrose Petals Classic Ink
Summer Starfruit Classic Ink
Jet Black StazOn Pad
Natural 7/8 inch Cotton Ribbon
Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

I hope this gives you a little crafty inspiration! I got this sweet card idea from my Stampin` Success Magazine - we get this as one of our perks as being a Demonstrator. I love it! I hope you have a great day.. take time to get inky!! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Simple, Inexpensive and Quick Christmas Cards!

Hi there! I was on a roll and I decided to make some quick and easy cards on a budget. Are ya ready for this? In the core catalog on page 160, item #107311 Note Cards & Envelopes (20 cards pre scored and 20 envelopes, sized at 5 x 3 1/2) at a cost of $5.95 and also using item #128152, Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags in the Holiday Catalog on page 12, at a cost of $3.95.. so that is a total of: $$9.90, and then mix in some colors of ink, some Christmas stamps (I used: Greetings Of The Season, item #128033, Heart Of Christmas item #128129, and Seasonal Sayings item #128009). However, you could use any 1 set, I just have a thing about variety..! I also used some plain card stock in colors of Baja Breeze, Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler. I then decided to take it just a step further to "fancy them up just a little bit more", and used a variety of embossing folders on them. To even "dress them up more" .. you could add ribbon, or a button, or even some blingy basic rhinestones (my fav!).

Seriously though, for $9.90 you can get the notecards with envelopes and the labels.. how cool is that? Here are some photos for you....

Those are just a few samples of the 20 cards I made today in about a hour or so.. how cool is that? Quick, Simple and Inexpensive to make.. I love it!!!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Youch.. Hot Glue Galore!

Good Morning everyone! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have something really cool to show you. If you have your Stampin` Up! Holiday Catalog around, you will notice something VERY familiar. This is the the same ornament that is on the front of that catalog. It took a bit of time to make.. I wont lie. The finished project though, is amazing! Not sure I'd want to make dozen's of these though.

Are you wondering if I really have a Christmas Tree set up already? Well, of course! I have a Christmas tree I have set up in my studio year around. I love Christmas and I love my little Christmas tree! I put different things I make on it thru the year for display.

Would you like to learn how to make this beautiful ornament? If you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle with me.. I will be offering a class locally FREE of charge to you into the fall (date to be determined yet). Please contact me today for more details - as this will require some "pre-preperation" before class. 

Here's the Stampin Up! supply list for the Holiday Catalog Ornament:
  • Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes stamp set - Wood #129949 Clear #129950, Perfect Punches - Wood #117022 Clear #120516
  • Ink:  Old Olive ink #12695, Cherry Cobbler ink #126966
  • Card Stock:Old Olive card stock #100702, Very Vanilla #101650, Candlelight Christmas DSP #126901
  • Tools/Accessories:  Silicone Craft Sheet #127853, Cherry Cobbler Tulle Ribbon #127841, Holiday Ornaments Framelits #127816, Jumbo Pearls #125577, Faceted Designer Buttons #127555, Liquid Glue #110755, Rosette Die #125594, Big Shot Die Cut Machine #113439, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon #119960, 1-3/8 Circle Punch #, Bone Folder #102300, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint #116806, Mini Glue Dots #103683, Linen Thread #104199, Hot Glue Gun
I did forget, band aids! Please be very careful when making this, because it is VERY easy to burn your fingers. Trust me.. I have about 4 burns.  A labor of love for sure!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Tulle Cool!

Good Evening!!! How are you? Thank you so much for stopping by tonight! I have been playing around and making some goodies.. and so excited I have had just a little time to stamp now and then.. and those nights I cannot sleep.. I get inky!

Here is a pretty card I made using some pretty new products from both the core catalog and the Holiday catalog.

So, it started out with a friend of mine who made a few of these flowers.. and I had to give it a whirl because she made it look SO easy and it really is!!! This flower is made out of the brand new Tulle in the holiday catalog , on page 4. It comes in 3 different colors (Crumb Cake , Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso. I also used the brand new Jumbo Sticky Rounds on page 31 of the Holiday Catalog. These are super cool.. just like sticky tape, but round. I started with a knot at the end and placed it in the center of the Jumbo Stocky Round and then I'd twist, then wrap, and then press to make sure it stayed in place. It was that easy! I've made a flower with our fabric this way, too.. Ribbon also works like a charm! What a cute way to decorate up a card, gift bag, a tag, picture frame, etc. 

The Recipe:

Crumb Cake Card Stock
Fan Fair Designer Series Paper
3/8 inch Ruffled Ribbon - Island Indigo
Jumbo Sticky Round
Crumb Cake Tulle Ribbon
Friendly Phrases Clear Stamp Set
Island Indigo Classic Ink
Pearls Basic Jewels

I hope you enjoyed today's card! Keep in touch with the Chalet on Facebook, by clicking HERE. If needing supplies, head on over to my Online Store! Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great night and take time to get inky!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Baby Memory Book Page Technique - Another Awesome Stampin` Up! Video For You!

Happy weekend everyone! I really love these quick technique and tps/tricks videos that Stampin` Up! has been posting on YouTube. I thought I would share another with you today! Cute ideas you can use on so many projects. Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tea Shoppe Technique

Holiday Catalog Open House - Olympic Style

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to share some fun photos from the Open House I had this week. I really appreciate these ladies in supporting me and being great friends! We had a good time! Lots of fun, food and laughter. We featured the Holiday Catalog. Everyone got to make a card (Christmas card), and all walked away with a door prize.. and some even earned medals! Way to go, ladies! Who would have thought Stampin` was an Olympic sport eh? :)

Thank you again.. it was a lot of fun! We even played Olympic Trivia! I hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! Take care.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Are you addicted to fabric? We have a 99 cent sale for you!!!

Just a very quick note for the fabric loving Bargain Hunters amongst you…Stampin Up just announced selected packs of Designer Fabrics for JUST 99c…


It’s a Stampin’ Up! fabric frenzy! Get select Designer Fabrics for just $0.99 — no limits, and only while supplies last!
You can see these fabric packs in the Clearance Rack – there are 4 packs available and they are:

121818 Sweet Stitches  0.99
121716  Deck the Halls  0.99
121817  Springtime Vintage  0.99
121715  Candy Cane  0.99

Each pack contains 3 extra wide fat quarters – each sized 28″ x 18″ – you get 3 pieces this size in each pack – and there are no limits to how many packs you can order!

Stock up for those Holiday projects NOW!

Click HERE to see the fabrics available.

How do you get your packs of Designer Fabric for just 99c?

Just click HERE and click on "shop now" and then to the clearance rack. Woohoo!! 

Happy shopping, my friends! Have a wonderful night! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bakin` Stampin` Up! Style..

Tomorrow is a big day.. I have my Olympic Themed Open House showcasing the NEW Stampin` Up! Holiday Catalog. Will you be attending? I'd love to have you come on over! The fun starts at 630pm. There will be lots of food, prizes, medals to give away, make n take along with a drawing for some fabulous prizes! C'mon over and join the festive fun. I will have products on display throughout the house that you can see up close and personal. I have 4 requirements for tomorrow's event:

1. bring a smile (and a friend if you like!)
2. be ready to have fun
3. wear red white and blue!
4. Enjoy winning door prizes.

In preparation for the event, I wanted to make each guest a cookie gift.. Stampin` Up has amazing cookie stamps. I purchased these at Convention a few weeks ago and just LOVE them.. here is my adventure in the kitchen.. and amazingly, I didn't need that fire extinguisher I had sitting close by! Tee Hee!

See these cute packages? This is another awesome product Stampin` Up! sells. They are on page 15 of the Holiday Catalog. They are the ideal package for the cookies you can make with the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, or other favorite treats. The kit comes with 12 gusseted treat envelopes with window to show treat, 12 clear food safe cellophane bags, 30 clear stickers to secure cellophane bag and treat envelope flap, and 2 sheets designer card stock stickers 12 x 12. It is Item # 126912 and for $8.95, what a cute way to package up a cookie! Think of holiday gifts for the neighbor kids, teachers, coaches, members of Church, bank tellers, friends, enemies (well, give them the burned ones! LOL), family, etc!

Um.. yeah.. after a full day in the kitchen of baking .. I got a little goofy.. I get to keep the extras! Yum!

Take time to get inky! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

"Make something that means something"

Here we are.. as of August 1st, the NEW Stampin` Up! Catalog is available and you are able to order out of it. Yay!!! Before we know it, the holidays will be approaching. They always sneak up on me (they always do!). So, this year.. I'm trying to get a bit ahead of myself.

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Now, just for kicks.. and because I promised you last week to share more creative stuff from convention, I will post a few pictures tonight.. some of my favorite things (wait, all of convention was my "favorite things".. tee heee!)

I made these frames for my room mates - I bought the frames at the dollar store and spray painted them to the color I wanted. The flower is made from the Essentials Designer Fabric (love this stuff!) item # 126892.

This was at Momento Mall - This card tree is something we could purchase.. and I did!!! Isn't it adorable? 

I hope you take some time to get inky!!! Have a wonderful night! *hugs* Thank you so much for stopping by!