Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mojo Monday 217 - Online Extravaganza Two Days Left

Here's another Mojo Monday sketch challenge to get your creativity pumping.  I know it's Tuesday but after creating my card yesterday I didn't have a minute to actually sit at the computer and post it.   But it's still not too late for you to play along in the challenge or for you to save in the Online Extravaganza.  Remember this sale continues with savings up to 60% but for only two more days!

In this week's challenge you have the choice of making either a square or round card.  As you can see I decided on a square and made it on a 4 1/4" Very Vanilla card base so it will fit in a standard A2 envelope.

  • The designer paper I used is the Mocha Morning Specialty DSP.  It's not a traditional Christmas paper but don't you just love it with Dasher.
  • Pewter embossing powder makes Dasher pop!
  • The Victoria Crochet Trim and Antique Brad give this card a beautiful vintage feel. 
Stamp Set: Dasher(116816)
DSP:  Mocha Morning Specialty (122366)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Crumb Cake (120953), Basic Black (121045)
Ink: VersaMark (102283)
Accessories:  Pewter Embossing Powder (124114), Victoria Crochet Trim (118481), Antique Brads (117273), Scallop Edge Border Punch ( 119882), Dimensionals (104430)

Reminder...if you are local Wednesday is the last day to sign up for the Christmas Stamp and Stack (Saturday the 3rd at 1:00).

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Stamp and Stack - Snowflake Punch

I'm finally feeling better - almost human again!  I have so much to do to catch up for the past 10 days I barely know where to start.  What I want to do is lock myself in my stamp room. :)  But there's cleaning, cooking, Christmas decorating, and the list goes on.  You all know what I'm talking about!

So here's a quick post of one of the cards we will be doing at the Stamp and Stack next Saturday, December 3rd.  We will be making 16 cards (4 of 4 different designs).  Sixteen beautiful cards to send to the special people on your Christmas list.  They will be easy to duplicate cards so if you want to make additional one you would still have time before Christmas.

This card is a beautiful and elegant card made using the snowflake punch. It is cased from Catherine Pooler on Stamp Nation.  I changed the ribbon color and the sentiment using the beautiful Hand Penned Stamp Set from the Holiday Mini.  It's difficult to see in the picture but the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper shimmers with glitter and a rhinestone in the middle. 

If you would like to have fun stamping these cards with me sign up soon. There are some spots left but I need to know ASAP so I can cut and prepare for you.  These cards are easy enough for a beginner and special enough for an advanced stamper.  Details are on my Stampin' Up! web page where you can RSVP - quick and easy.  Hope to see you there...it will be lots of fun!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Simply Adorned

Simply Adorned is a Stampin' Up! product that allows you to convert your love of paper crafting into something you can wear.  And...they make wonderful gifts.  So if there is someone on your Christmas list that loves jewelry this would be the perfect gift.

My mother has been asking me for one of the necklaces for quite some time.  I bought it months ago and actually forgot that I had it tucked away. With no other gift purchased and still feeling too ill to go shopping I decided her birthday yesterday was the perfect time to come up with something I knew she would love

This Simply Adorned Charm is 1" by 1" and is the perfect size for her because she is so petite.  I'm not sure you can see it in the picture but the front has a very pretty beveled edge in tempered glass.  It's a locket style charm with a hinge that lets you insert and change out custom artwork or photos. Since there is glass on both sides, I like to either put artwork in the back or insert a photo so if the charm spins around it still looks beautiful. I created a monogram basic black and two Christmas inserts to get her started.  I'm sure I will be making many more in the future.  And by the way...she did love it!

Here's the original one I bought for myself.  It is the 1" by 1 1/4" charm.  I was able to make the butterfly 3D with a glue dot and add a tiny pearl on top.

To check out the many sizes of charms and all the extra baubles and trinkets you can add to these Simply Adorned necklaces and bracelets go to page 200 in the Idea Book and Catalog.  

You still have time to place your order to have a one of a kind Christmas gift for those special ladies on your list.   But, I wouldn't wait too much longer.  And know that if you need any help designing your gift that's what I'm here for.  I would consider it a privilege. 

Remember to check out the Online Extravaganza (click on Shop Now button) going on now until November 30.  Lots of great savings!You'll find stamp sets and all kinds of accessories from 20% to 60% off.  This was the perfect time form me to buy the candy wrapper die that has been on my wish list.  :)  And if you have been thinking you might like to get into digital check out the My Digital Studio bundle.  There are so many ways you can use the program even if you don't want to go fully digital.  If you are local set up a time for an in person demo.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wanted to take the time to wish all my friends, customers, and fellow stampers a Happy Thanksgiving!  And if you don't see this until tomorrow I hope you had a great day with lots of turkey and everything to go with it.

I have been too sick with bronchitis to do our normal Thanksgiving feast this year and even told my boys it would be best if they not come into the sick house. :)  We decided if we felt up to it we would just go out this year but then...we got a call from sweet friends telling us that they would be bringing our dinner by around 3:30.  Oh My Gosh...it was awesome!  So much tasty food and I didn't even have to cook it.  And the clean up was a snap.  Thank you Becky and Rick!

What I would like to share with you today is a card I made for my mother. She lives with us and her birthday was today.  It falls on Thanksgiving every so many years so the card I did for her today is a fall birthday card.  I used the Monday Mojo sketch.

The Mojo Monday sketch challenge is a great way to kick start your Mojo.  So if you sit down to make a card and the creative juices aren't flowing check it out.  It's also just a fun challenge each week!

Remember...it's just a sketch and you don't have to follow it exactly.  Always feel free to substitute if you don't have a specific shape.  The gallery includes lots of of cards for inspiration.  It's a fun place to stop each Monday.

I used the stamp set Gently Falling and the DSP Spice Cake.  Both can be found in the Holiday Mini and are two of my favorites.  If you don't have any of the Spice Cake paper yet treat yourself for Christmas.  You'll love it!

Now a sneak peek at the gift I made my mom for her birthday.   She has been wanting one of the Simply Adorned necklaces.  I've had it tucked away for ages and finally pulled it out this week.

Shop in my online store 24/7 in the comfort of your home.  Make sure you check out the Online Extravaganza going on now.  Lots of great Christmas deals for the crafter in you life.  This is also the place to check out my events schedule.  Pick a time to come stamp with me.  If you have questions please feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I wanted to share my beautiful Christmas Cactus with you today.  It blooms like this every year even though the poor thing is neglected all through the year.  I've been teased quite often about my black thumb but this plant defies death year after year.  :)  

So today I have a card that has been inspired by the colors in this Christmas cactus.  I used Wasabi Green, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White.  The stamp set is Baby Bundle from the IB&C.  It has so many cute images that you can use for all cards "baby".  It even has an image you can use for shower invitations.  

I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, matching green brads for the wheels, and colored the jingle bells with melon mambo embossing powder.  How neat is that to be able to change their colors.  You are only limited by the colors of embossing powder you have.

To emboss the jingle bells you need to press and roll them on your versa mark pad and then dip them into your embossing powder.  Apply your heat gun and voila!  Now a tip...when I did these I used a pair of tweezers to hold the top while I heated them.  One turned out fine but the hole on the top of the second closed up.  I had to use my paper piercing tool to open the hole back up and it wasn't easy.  The next time I emboss the jingle bells I think I will try to place a dental floss threader or something like that through the hole to keep it from closing up.  If you have other ideas on how to keep the holes open please leave me a post.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza-Save Up to 60%

Save 20 to 60% on Stampin' Up! products!  The Online Extravaganza has begun.  Click Here to visit my online store where you can access this special sale by clicking "Shop Now".  The sale ends November 30, 2011.


  • Here is a PDF link that lists all the items on sale during the On-line Extravaganza.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • For product bundles, you must use the bundle item numbers provided.  Bundle discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are used.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • Discounts range from 20 to 60 percent.
  • You can place your order online or by emailing me directly.  However, Digital Studio Express and digital downloads must be ordered on-line.   
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WHY SHOP WITH JOYFUL STAMPIN'?   I'm committed to making your shopping experience for Stampin' Up! products a great one whether you shop online, by email, or in person.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Starts Monday

ATTENTION STAMPIN' UP! CUSTOMERS!  The Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 21 and runs through November 30, 2011.  The event begins with a special one day sale on Monday that you won't want to miss!

Be sure to log into my Online Store (and click ShopNow) on Monday to take advantage of great savings like:
  • FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express.
  • 60% off select Designer Fabric
  • 30% off an exclusive ribbon bundle
  • Plus - two items, on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01am to 11:59pm [MT])  
Check back in on Monday for full details!

Today I wanted to post a picture of my sweet Annie.  I have been sick in bed for several days with bronchitis and she has stayed by my side the entire time.  It's always amazing to me how animals know when you aren't feeling well.  

I made some sour cream treat containers to demo at a workshop and give as door prizes last week.  We made snowflake luminaries and I wanted to show them how they could use the snowflakes that were punched out to decorate these cute and easy treat containers.  Most of the gals have children and I know they will be able to use this idea over and over for party favors and such.  

The Cherry Cobbler one is made from the Frostwood Lodge DSP and the other was made by embossing Marina Mist card stock with the Snow Burst embossing folder.  Both can be found in the Holiday Mini.  I just love the pearls!  Four containers can be made with just one piece of card stock...how economical.

Stop by tomorrow to see my gorgeous Christmas cactus and the baby card that was inspired by the colors.
And...the Extravaganza!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fun and Easy Christmas Cards

Just a quick post today as I am feeling under the weather and have been for days.  Thought I was doing better but it's beginning to feel like I have an elephant sitting on the upper part of my chest.  :) A trip to the doc may be in order.

These are all cards you can whip up quickly if you have a lot of cards to send this Christmas.  The first is using the stamp set - Snow Much Fun.  The sentiment is on the inside of the card.  The Snow Burst embossing folder was used on the Marina Mist card stock to give it some texture.  It can be found in the Holiday Mini.

This card uses The Sounding Joy stamp set also in the Holiday Mini.  It's one of my favorites.  The star was stamped in Crumb Cake ink and the Joy in Cherry Cobbler.  It is similar to the card in the mini except it will cost less time and money to make if you have a long Christmas Card list.

This last one uses my go to Christmas stamp set - Season of Joy.  The colors are garden green and cherry cobbler.  The Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder makes me think of snow.  In real life the tree is very pretty with the sparkling rhinestones.

These cards were either made in my last workshop or Christmas Stamp and Stack.  If you would like to be a part of the next Christmas Stamp and Stack Click Here for details and to RSVP.  It's Saturday December 5 at 1:00.  The class must be paid for in advance so I can be sure I have enough supplies for everyone.   Don't wait...register now.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My Digital Studio Event and Free Downloads...Don't Miss Out!


Digital scrapbooking is one of the hottest trends right now and it's really a lot of fun.  I have used many of the other digital programs on the market including Photoshop Elements and find My Digital Studio easy to learn with user friendly options.  You can create using already designed templates or start from scratch and be your own designer.

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Swaps and a Way to Stay Organized for the Holidays?

I wanted to share just a few of swaps today from my down line meeting this past week.  I just love the Pennant Parade Stamp set because it's so versatile. And when I saw Mary Fish's 3D tree I knew I needed to make one too.  Of course I made a few changes, one of them being the textured Cherry Cobbler layer.  I used the Snow Burst embossing folder which of course is one of my favorites. :)  And even though this card has a 3D element mailing it is not a problem because the tree lays flat in the envelope.

Isn't Leishman's "So Much Fun" card a cute one?  It's a clean and simple one layer card that almost makes you wish for snow.  She just bought her starter kit recently and is having a great time especially with her new free Big Shot. (Remember... you still have until November the 11th to get yours.)

Gigi's card used the Loads of Love stamp set.  The truck can haul all kinds of things in this stamp set but in this case it's bringing home a Christmas tree for the holidays.  The Cherry Cobbler baker's twine adds a nice touch.

We also did two make and takes.  Gigi did a cute place card for the Thanksgiving table.  Can you all say gobble gobble?  Or better yet... Be Thankful!  The stamp set is the Gift Givers from the Holiday Mini.  It's a cute set that includes many of the holidays and give you a chance to do some coloring.  She used lots of punches on this card.  Can you name them all?

I thought it would be fun to do a stamp case organizer to keep my new team members organized for the holidays.  They loved it!  We decorated a sheet of Designer Series Paper to place in the sleeve of an empty stamp case.  No...you don't need to dump all your stamps sets into a bucket.  Stampin' Up! sells these cases 4 to a pack.

On the inside left I created a calendar for November and December using My Digital Studio and placed it in one of two clear envelopes that are attached to the inside cover.  The second one can hold a list of who you need to buy gifts for, or your holiday menus.  Whatever you think you will find useful.  On the right we attached a matching note pad and of course you need a pen or pencil.  You can have the legal pads cut down to size at your local office supply store.  

Underneath the calendar is a small folder to place your receipts.

These are fun organizers that can be used throughout the year.  I love the hard case for when I just throw it into my purse.  I will be making a new cover when Christmas is over for the rest of the year.  Wouldn't this be a great gift for a teacher or maybe someone planning their wedding.  Just use your imagination and some of that designer paper you're hoarding! :)

If you would like to learn to make these to give as gifts this Christmas get a few friends together and let's have a stampin' party!  Email or call me so I can but you on my schedule.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's Good to Be a Hostess!

Swap Share Tomorrow -  Some shares from my newest demos.

New Promotion!!!  Stampin' Up! Hostess Rewards Bonus

Dates: November 1 - December 15, 2011
Details: Place an order of $350 or more (excluding tax and shipping) and receive an additional $35 in free Stampin' Up! products.  This is in addition to all the other benefits you would normally receive as a Stampin' Up! Hostess.

Contact me to schedule and book your party!

Things to Remember
  • Only customer, hostess, and workshop order types qualify for this promotion.  Online orders to not qualify.
  • Orders must be $350 or more to qualify ( excluding tax and shipping).
  • Orders larger than $350 are not eligible for additional free hostess merchandise dollars over and above the $35.  See chart above for details.
  • Hostesses may use their additional $35 in free merchandise on any catalog/mini catalog products.

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