Friday, January 28, 2011

Sale-a-Bration is Here!

It's the best time of year to buy Stampin' Up! products or join as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Here's how it works:

Dates: January 25-March 31, 2011
There are three ways for your customers to earn free products:

Spend: Your customers will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 they spend (before tax and shipping)! See the Sale-a-Bration Catalog icon to the right for the full pdf of your Sale-a-Bration choices.

Host: A hostess will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $300 in workshop sales*, in addition to our regular hostess benefits!

*Note: This benefit is only available on qualifying customer, demonstrator, and workshop orders. Online orders do not qualify. 

Join: New recruits will receive 15 percent off their Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+), plus a special Sale-A-Bration bonus bundle valued up to $50!

Starter Kits*
Retail Value
Regular Price
Sale-A-Bration Price (15% off)
Standard Starter Kit
More than $310
Digital+ Starter Kit
More than $320
*The Stampin' Memories Add-On and Definitely Decorative Add-On can be added to these kits, but will not be discounted.

Starter Kit Bonus Bundle

Retail Value
Color Coach
Simply Sent Something Special (or any Simply Sent kit)
Live, Laugh, Love Set (or any Simply Sent stamp set)
Full Heart Punch (or any punch valued at $16.95 or less)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Why didn't anyone tell me how chubby Mitchell was?

Seriously guys, don't tell me you didn't notice!

As I was looking back through some old pictures for this spread I could not believe how chubby my youngest child was! Man he was a chunk! You'll be happy to know he's slimmed down quite a bit - except for his self proclaimed "giant tummy"!

I'm not thrilled with how the balance of this spread turned out, but I decided to post it anyway because it has a lot of neat techniques. I started out by designing an 8"x8" layout (the "Details" section of the page) for an upcoming workshop that I was then going to embed in a 12"x12" layout on the giant butterfly page. Then I felt the need to turn it into a two page spread, because that's how I scrapbook.

I feel like it ended up a little too busy and not very balanced. Designing for an 8"x8" space felt so unnatural to me. I ended up designing an entirely new 12"x12" page for the workshop, but you'll have to wait to see that until after the event.

For this spread I used the Elegant Lines embossing folder and the matching Elegant Soiree designer series paper (Stampin' Up!). To create the small butterflies I used the Beautiful Wings embosslit, which makes five different butterflies, each dry embossed with a different texture. The largest one has lines that coordinate perfectly with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.

The larger butterflies were made using the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die with my Big Shot machine. You fold a half sheet of paper in half and you end up with six butterflies of varying sizes. After they were cut I dry embossed them with the Elegant Lines folder as well, then inked up the edges and embossed patterns with my Soft Suede ink pad and a sponge dauber. Some of them got special treatment with some adhesive backed Basics Pearls or a new Vintage Flower from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog.

On the "Details" page I used a couple Bitty Buttons that I got for free from the current "Filled with Love" promotion - see the upper right corner of my blog for details on this promotion.

The last technique that I'd like to share with you is paper piercing. I used it to create the path of the butterfly on the "Family" page below the "cherish" box. I wanted to mimic the path of the stamped phrase "If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies" from the "Details" page. I free-handed the path using a pencil, the used my mat pack and paper piercer to follow the line. When I was done I just gently erased my pencil line. Hmm, I think this calls for a video. Sounds like a project for another blog post!

Until then, happy stamping!
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Through our somewhat sporadic Girls Night In/Out I met a wonderful friend named Shino. She is a wonderful cook and mother and even though she could have a baby any day now, she took the time to teach us how to make sushi last week! Thanks Shino!

She started us out by teaching us how to properly make sticky sushi rice. Then we had to wait for it to cool. The waiting was hard, but she brought us yummy gingered pork and seaweed to much on in the meantime.

Once the rice cooled she spread it onto the seaweed which she had placed on a piece of plastic wrap on the bamboo sushi mat. She had wet fingers so the rice would stick to the seaweed and not her fingers, and she made sure to let us know that proper sushi has rice going all the way to the edge of the seaweed. "Mind the edges!" (This made me nervous so when it was my turn I ended up placing grains of rice meticulously along the edges one by one until she assured me I was not a bad student.)

Next up: sprinkle the rice with sesame seeds, (I forgot to do this step. Oh the shame!) then flip it over for "inside out", American style sushi. (with the rice on the outside of the roll - I forgot to do that step too, although I think I like it better "right side out" as it turns out)

A long slice of cucumber needs to run the entire length of the roll and acts as a sort of handle for rolling later.

For this roll, she used a long slice of sushi grade raw salmon that we got from Central Market. According to Shino, sushi grade means "guaranteed not to kill you."

Then she folded the plastic wrap and bamboo mat over and around the roll, using the cucumber as a "handle" to pull the contents back towards her. This was definitely the tricky bit.

It took a lot of concentration.

Finally she squeezed the roll together with the bamboo mat.

It turns out it's easiest to leave the plastic wrap on the roll while you cut it. Then you start by cutting the roll in half, then each half in half, and so on, until you have eight equally sized pieces. So clever!

At this point I was apparently so hungry that I forgot to take pictures of the beautiful sushi that we made. We had some leftovers (although Shino said no one in Japan would eat leftover sushi the next day) so I took a picture of those. I promise it looked prettier when it was fresh!

Thanks again Shino! You rock!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Stamp a Stack

It's that time again! I know my kids are very excited about making and sharing Valentines this year and so am I. Here are the new ideas I came up with for this year's SaS (Stamp a Stack) event. If you had your heart set on a previous creation (matchboxes, sour cream packets, fancy favor bag, mini milk carton, pillow boxes, or sweet treat cups) let me know and we can work something out.

I supply the ideas and materials, you supply the enthusiasm and the candy. I am offering two sessions to accommodate your schedule:

Tuesday, February 8th: 9am-noon
Tuesday, February 8th: 7:30pm-10:30pm

Please let me know what and how many you'd like to make no later than Saturday, January 29th so I can be sure to have the necessary materials. Paper patterns will vary. If you'd like an evite with details for this event please email me!

Lollipop covers 50 cents ea (each holds one flat lollipop)

These are so quick and easy - very child friendly. That mattes behind the hearts are gray scalloped hearts. The red sparkly paper is Stampin' Up!s new glimmer paper available in the Occasions Mini catalog. It is dazzling to look at and the glitter stays put.

Petal Card Punch 1" boxes  75 cents ea  (each holds one fun size square candy bar or one Hershey kiss)

Tired of contributing to the 3 pounds of candy each kid lugs home on Valentine's Day? They'll love these tiny boxes and the serving size is just right!

Long Petal Card Punch Boxes  75 cents ea  (each one holds 4 Hershey kisses or 3 fun size candy bars)

Feeling too generous to give out just one kiss? (Hershey's that is!) With this longer version of the petal card punch box you can fit up to 4 kisses or 3 fun sized candy bars.

Love Kiss Card  75 cents ea  (each card requires one Hershey kiss)

Can you believe how perfectly a kiss fits into love? The O in love is just the right size to accommodate the Hershey kiss that is held in place by a glue dot. I loved this idea when I saw my fellow demonstrator Brenda ( share it on The Pinking Hearts Border trim at the bottom gives it just the right touch of sparkle!


Giant Pillow Box  $2.50 ea  (measures approx 5" x 7")

Have something bigger in mind for your Valentine, your child's teacher, your grandchild, or yourself? Come and try out my Big Shot Pro to make this over-sized pillow box.