Saturday, January 31, 2009

Free Workshop Invite

From Heidi...

Just a quick reminder and invite for anyone who'd like to join us this Thursday evening, 7-9 PM. We're hosting a free workshop with free make-n-takes using one of the new stamp sets from the 2009 Spring/Summer catalog. This a great time to take advantage of Stampin' Up's Sale-A-Bration Sale...for every $50 you purchase you can choose any item free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. If you can't make it to the workshop, but would still like to order, visit my website: and you can shop at the online catalog. Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 30, 2009

...and more card candy!

From Heidi...
Here's another piece of card candy that coordinates with the basic card I've been displaying this week. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Card Candy!

From Heidi...

Here's another piece of the card candy we made last week. Again I am simply using the basic card design...

and adding a different piece of card candy...

and I end up with a completely different card! I love it!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As Promised...Card Candy

From Heidi...
I love Card Candy (aka scrapping or card embellishments). We spent a morning with several other ladies and made about 12 pieces of card candy each, plus embellished photo corners. I used 2 color families. Family A - Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Old Olive; Family B - Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive.

Once your Card Candy is made, making a quick handmade card is simple. Especially if ahead of time, you make up several different card bases to place your Card Candy on. This is the basic card design base for Family B.
After I place a piece of the Card Candy onto the basic card...voila! Plain becomes special and all within minutes. I don't know if any of you have heard of making 30 meals ahead of time for the upcoming month, but Card Candy reminds me a little bit of that. When you're short on time these are very handy, or if you've got a scrapping project and need little embellishments, these look great, plus they're already made. Staying within a family of colors really helps because you already know that everything already coordinates together.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


From Heidi...
I should have checked our blog before posting news about the newsletter... again, after Adriel had already posted it.

February Newsletter is Up

From Heidi...
I haven't posted in awhile. I've been busy putting together our newsletter this month, but today I got to get back to creating cards. That was very fun! If you haven't received our newsletter, you can view it by clicking on the link to the right on our blog.
I haven't forgotten about the card candy pictures. We have a few workshops coming up, so we've been coming up with some fun make-n-take's for them. I'm going to try and get some of our card candy posted on the blog throughout the rest of the week. So try back tomorrow or Thursday. Until then, take some time to read our newsletter. We did include directions for one of the card candy pieces we made. Thanks for looking!

February's Stamping News Available!

Good afternoon to all of you! We just wanted to let you know that our monthly newsletter is now available and can be viewed by clicking on the link on the sidebar, or by clicking HERE!
There's directions for a fun embellishment, list of upcoming classesand news about Stampin' Up! specials! Thanks for reading! =D

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Valentine Gift Tags

From Adriel:

Here's some cute tags I made using the Love You Much set! This stamp fits perfectly in the scallop circle punch! I just colored in parts of the stamped image with Stampin' Write markers to add some color and interest.

Here's the tag on a Valentine candy jar. Who wouldn't like to get something like this? =D

Thanks for looking! Remember, the Love You Much bundle is only available at the discounted price for a few more days! January 31st is the deadline for ordering! You can order by clicking HERE and clicking on "Order Now".

Friday, January 23, 2009

Kayla's Cards

From Adriel:
Hey there! Well, I thought I would take a moment to brag on my daughter, Kayla. She just turned 8 and she's full of all kinds of ideas and energy! She used the two of those the other day and made these cute Valentine cards. I thought I'd share them with you! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Quick birthday card

From Heidi...
We're getting ready for a card candy class this week, but wanted to share this quick birthday card I made. I actually used a piece of the card candy on this card, which is why I wanted to share it. I used a 3-color family for this card: Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip. I used a simple layout, which the card candy can be used on. Just by making a few minor changes I can make an entirely different looking card... very fun, and time-saving as well.

I'll be sharing some of the card candy next week with various card layouts, as well as scrap layouts. These little embellishments are nice to have on hand, especially when you need a quick a card and time is limited. Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Heart Gift Tags

From Adriel:
I hope all your weekends were nice and relaxing. We took the kids on a picnic and enjoyed being outside (I should mention here in AZ, the weather is so nice at this time of year). Sunday (very early, like 4:30 AM early), our store got broken into. We were rudely awakened by a call from alarm company and my husband looked at the cameras (that he can view from our computer at home), but didn't see anyone inside the store, so he thought it was a false alarm. Well, after we went back to sleep for a few more hours and woke up (again), he checked the recording from the cameras and sure enough, there WAS someone in our store (at 4:30AM). I guess I should mention that we own a Tropical Smoothie Cafe here in AZ. Anyway, my husband went tothe store and had the police meet him there. The door was kinda messed up, but NOTHING was stolen!! Really, that is a blessing from God, and I truly mean that. The guy had plenty of time to take stuff (since we passed it off as a false alarm initially and no police were sent at the time), but he left pretty quickly and didn't take anything! This is the second time our store has been burglarized, and the second time God has protected it! I just want to take the time to tell you what God did for us. Our Lord Jesus deserves all the praise and glory and I just want to give Him that, even on this blog! =D
I know we've been showing a lot of Valentine stuff, but that's what we've been making!! I don't think I showed these cute heart gift tags yet. They don't necessarily have to be used for Valentines Day. They could be used anytime!!

These were fairly easy to make and look really nice! I used the curly label bundle which came with the punch and a set of coordinating stamps. I stamped Kiwi Kiss ink and Pale Plum ink on white CS. I punched those out with the curly label punch. Then I stamped Versamark on Kiwi Kiss CS and Pale Plum CS and embossed with white embossing powder and punched those out. I then used the 3-heart stamp from the Love You Much set along with the Heart to Heart punch and used dimensionals to pop those up on the tags. I added silver eyelets for stringing hemp twine through and that's it! Lots of fun and a sweet way to dress up a gift for anytime, especially Valentines Day.

BTW, that curly label set is great! I love the shape of the punch and the stamps coordinate so well with it! I'm ready to make some more... =D

Thanks so much for reading and looking! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Blue Love Notes

From Adriel:
Here's some love notes I made the other day. Thought I would share them with you!

These are 3x3 cards, which is a great size for a love note! 3x3 cards are a favorite shape of mine, partly because of their shape (square), but also because they're easy to make and you can get 3 card bases out of 1 sheet of 8.5" x 11" cardstock, so they're cheaper, and we all like that, right!?! Okay, here's what I used:

Baja Breeze CS
Very Vanilla CS
Pink Pirouette CS

Versa Mark
Baja Breeze ink
Pink Pirouette ink
Sparkly Gold embossing powder

All Holidays set
Priceless set

Heart to Heart punch
1-3/8" square punch

Lots of fun to make! I especially liked the gold embossing powder, so much that I made two other sets of the same layout with different colors and more gold embossing powder! Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dazzling Valentine Thoughts

From Heidi...

I thought I'd share this "dazzling" Valentine card with you. I'm sure that you'll agree that this card is not lacking in "bling." My 16 yo son thought this was a great card, he loved all the shine and glimmer :-) What's funny is Adriel and I were working on cards last night and I think she finished 6 cards in the time it took me to do this 1 card...Oh well. I wasn't very productive but I had a lot of fun with the glitter.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Valentine Treasures

From Adriel:
Yes, the Valentine Treasures class is today, but you still have time to sign up for Saturday's class! Check the calendar on the right-hand side of the page.

I'm looking forward to teaching this class today and creating with others. Here's a run-down of what we'll be making!

Giftcard Holder

Gift Tag


Chocolate Box

Remember we still have openings for our Saturday class and there is still time to register!
We would love to have you.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Two Hearts

From Heidi ...

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. We celebrated our granddaughter's birthday this weekend. She invited us to go to lunch with her at McD's and then to the water/ice store for some ice-cream. Fries and ice-cream for lunch are a very heavy mix!

Onto more Valentine goodies... here's a card that was inspired by Barbara Joyce. Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Valentine Treasure Class Reminder

From Heidi...
Just a quick reminder to let you know that we still have spaces available for our Valentine Treasures Classes on Weds., 1/14 and Sat., 1/17 from Noon-2:30 p.m. If you’d like to attend, we’d love to have you join us. These classes will be held at my house (Heidi’s) and cost is $12. We’ll be making Valentine cards, a handmade nugget slider box with covered chocolates, Valentine bookmark, gift tag and gift card holder. If you’d like to see pictures of what we’ll be making, you can go to our blog and click on our January Newsletter link to the right side of our blog. Email or give me a call if you'd like to come.

Valentine Treat Jar

From Adriel:

Just giving you another idea on how to use the Love You Much bundle! I love how this turned out!

So simple... used a clear glass jar that we got at Michael's. Made a belly band out of the DS paper (Candy Lane) and cardstock. Wrapped that around the jar, securing it with stick strip. I suppose you could use Snail adhesive or other glue, but this was what came to mind when I was making it! LOL! I wanted it to STAY! Used the coluzzle circle template and cutter to make a nice matching circle for the top of the lid (larger circle out of CS, smaller circle out of DS paper). Stamped the large heart image from the Love You Much set on Riding Hood Red CS and cut it out, attaching it to the top of the jar with dimensionals. Tied some pretty cream-colored satin ribbon around the jar and attached a cute little tag! Put some fun red candies in the jar! How easy was that! So easy, you can do it for someone you know for Valentine's Day! Have fun!

Materials used for this project:
Love You Much stamp set
Curly Labels set
Candy Lane DS paper
Riding Hood Red CS
Pink Pirouette CS
Curly Label punch
Coluzzle Circle Cutter template and blade
Chocolate Chip ink
Riding Hood Red ink
Ivory satin ribbon
Snail adhesive
Sticky Strip
Hemp cord

Just a reminder, the Love You Much Bundle (which includes the Love You Much stamp set, DS paper & Heart to Heart punch) is only available at 20% off until January 31st!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How about a birthday card for a change?

From Heidi ...

Here's a birthday card for a change from our Valentine theme. This bright, cheery card is for my granddaughter's birthday and reflects her fun and bright personality. The decorative paper was from a paper package that she gave to me for my birthday... I'm sure she'll love that it's included on her card! Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Gift Card Slider Box

From Heidi...

These gift card boxes are AKA nugget boxes. I used the 8-piece (2x4) nugget box for these gift card boxes. I glued DS paper to the top and sides of the box, stamped the tissue paper with tiny dots and random hearts, made cute tags for each of them and threaded gold elastic cord through the tags. These make a common gift card special!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Valentine Gift Card Holder

From Adriel:

Hi! I hope you had a nice weekend. I got to go out on a date with my husband, so that was definitely nice! (Thanks Mom & Dad)

The project I'm sharing with you today is a Valentine Gift Card Holder. I've shared the link to the tutorial before, but just in case you missed it, HERE YOU GO! I've made several of these gift card holders and they are very easy to make and great for any occassion. Okay, so here's the gift card holder...

This card was made using the following:
Love You Much Bundle (Love You Much set, Heart to Heart punch, Candy Lane DS paper)
Close to Cocoa CS
Pink Pirouette CS
Very Vanilla CS
Riding Hood Red ink
Sticky Strip
1-3/8" circle punch
1-1/4" circle punch
We will be making this gift card holder, along with other projects, at our upcoming class, Valentine Treasures. Click HERE to see something else we'll be making at this class! If you're interested in the class, please check out THIS MONTH'S NEWSLETTER or the CALENDAR.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Note of Love Card

From Heidi ...

Today was a productive day! My granddaughter's birthday is coming up and she is hoping for new matching dresses for her and her little doll. I finished her dress and was able to cut out her doll's dress... Yay! I also found time to finish another Valentine card using the glitter embossed heart that Adriel showed you a few days ago.

Here's the finished card that the "heart" inspired me to make. It really is pretty up close. I used sponging, embossed glitter, paper piercing, and threaded satin ribbon around the perimeter of the heart. My husband had gotten me a designer corner cutter/embosser (I don't know what else to call it) for my birthday, so I used it on the corners of the Very Vanilla. I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

From Adriel:

Happy New Year! Be sure to check out our the new newsletter. The link is in the sidebar under Newsletters.