Saturday, October 29, 2011

November Stamp Classes: Reserve your Spot today

November 2011 Classes
Classes are held at my home unless otherwise noted.

Christmas Card Making Crop: Friday, November 4, 2011 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

This will be held at the Sleep Inn in Dunmore (just off the O’Neill Highway)
• This is the second annual Christmas card crop. Last year was a blast. You bring all your supplies to make your Christmas cards in the company of other fun stampers. We will even help you design your card if you would like some opinions.
• There will be plenty of samples to use for inspiration as well.
• There will be 2 make n takes for you to complete
• Dinner of pizza and salad with dessert is included in the fee for the night.
• You can come when you want and stay until you want. You do not need to be there from beginning to end. The make n takes will be available for the complete time.
• Cost: $20.00 per person
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mystery Hostess Party: Saturday, November 5, 2011 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
• Everyone is invited to this party. Bring a friend and get a gift. (Isn’t that awesome?)
• Place an order of $25.00 and your name will be entered into a drawing for some hostess benefits. Actually you will receive an entry for each $25.00 of products that you order. Great time to buy some Christmas gifts or get your supplies for all your Holiday crafting needs. The 50/50 chart is back so if you spend $50 your name will go in a space on the chart for a chance at winning a $50 gift certificate.
• Specials for that day only. If you are unable to come and want to place an order I will still extend the specials to you. Call me that day to find out what they are.
• Retired products will be waiting for you as well. Special deal for that day is that you will get half of your purchase of retired product in new catalog product. (example: buy $40 in retired product and receive $20 in new catalog goodies).
• There will be 2 make n takes for all attendees to make.
• Light Refreshments will be here as well.
• Please let me know if you are able to come.

Craft Show – Holy Cross High School on Drinker Street in Dunmore Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come visit me at the craft show. I will have some hand-stamped, hand-crafted items for sale. Tell your friends about it too.

Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:30 PM
• This month is a little different from the usual Punch class. We will me using the owl punch to make different types of owls and other things. We will only be making 6x6 pages so we can make more items. The owl punch is so versatile that I can do a whole series of classes focusing on that individual punch.
• This class will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month. (regular punch class)
• Cost: For the month of November is $15.00 if you bring your owl punch with you. If you do not have the owl punch the cost of the class will be $25.00 (this fee includes your very own owl punch that you will be able to take home and use over and over again). This fee includes all supplies to complete the pages. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Craft Show – Sunday, November 13, 2011 Jefferson Elementary School on Lions Club Road in Jefferson Twp 10:00 AM – 3:00PM

Come visit me at the craft show. I will have some hand-stamped, hand-crafted items for sale. Tell your friend about it too.

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, November 17, 2011 – 6:30 PM

• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design. Great way to build your card collection so you won’t be caught without a card for the next special occasion.
• Cost: $20.00 – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive.
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Big Shot Club, Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:00 PM

Do you love the big shot but can’t justify the expense all at once? Well, I have the perfect club for you. Read on for all the details.

* This club will run for 4 months and be $46 a month.
• At the end of the club you will have your own big shot machine, one die (p 222, $21.95), one textured impressions folder (p 218-219, $7.95), one Bigz L Die (p 221, $32.95), one embosslit die (p 216, $11.95), and one sizzlit die (p 224, $5.50).
• This is plenty of supplies to have a lot of fun playing with your new big shot at the end of the club.
• Each month we will meet and I will share 3 projects with you (that you will make as well) using the big shot. By the end of the club you will know how to work all the great tools that are available for the Big Shot. We won’t be using just paper either. I will show you several different materials that work wonderfully with the Big Shot.
• If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join this club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this is a club for everyone.
• Plus as a club member you will also receive $25 in hostess credit that you can use towards exclusive hostess sets and other catalog merchandise. Isn’t this a sweet deal?
• If you already own the Big Shot you are welcome to attend the class for $10 per month.
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Craft Show – Saturday, November 19, 2011Fraternal Order of Eagles 493 Meridan Avenue (corner of Meridan and Luzerne, next to Laser Lube) in Scranton 10:00 AM – 3:00PM

Come visit me at the craft show. I will have some hand-stamped, hand-crafted items for sale. Tell your friend about it too.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Time to Make your Christmas Cards

Friday, November 4, 2011
Sleep Inn, Dunmore (just off O'Neill Highway)
6:00 PM- 11:00 PM
$20 per person (includes pizza, salad, dessert, 2 make n takes, plenty of samples for inspiration)
RSVP: November 2, 2011

Space is limited so reserve today.

(You can click on the picture to see all the details in LARGER print)

Trick or Treat time, right?

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are sharing Halloween treat ideas with you.  This is definitely a holiday all about the kids and their treats.  The more candy the better (at least in the kids eyes).

I used the 1"x8" (I'll call them tall and skinny) cellophane bags that are found in the Holiday Mini Catalog (p11).  What a deal, 50 bags for $2.50.  I paired it with the awesomely fun set Spooky Bingo Bits, a couple of punches (1", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches and the scallop circle punche) some dimensionals and ta-da, look at these adorably cute, "spooky" treats.

Notice I carefully picked out the orange and purple (rich razzleberry) pixie sticks to fill my bag.  There are so many things you can fill the bags with: pencils, licorice sticks, skittles, m&m's and so much more. When you are out shopping you will begin to look at candies and treats a little differently while asking will this fit in those bags?

Here's just a close up of the toppers.  These came together very quickly and would be a great last minute treat to make for your little ghouls.

Have a great weekend.  We are gearing up for some snow tomorrow.  Plus we got some last night too.  So not ready for winter, it's only October.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Week 4 of 12 Weeks of Christmas - Snow Banner

This week's project is a sparkly "SNOW" banner perfect for hanging on your mantel. I know you will get a lot of use out of this project, either as a gift for a loved one or holiday decoration for yourself!

You can purchase each tutorial individually for $2.95 or buy all 12 of them for only $24.95. If you choose to purchase the complete set now, I will email you the tutorials each week as they are released (you will get 4 right now). Our tutorials give you complete directions along with measurements and tons of photos to help you re-create the project with ease.

To purchase the tutorial for our Week 4 Snow Banner for $2.95 click the "buy now" button below.

12 Weeks of Christmas Week 4

To purchase the complete set of 12 tutorials for $24.95 click the "buy now" button below.

12 Weeks Of Christmas Complete

Friday, October 21, 2011

Time to be Thankful

It's that time of year when we all need to stop and give thanks for all the wonderful blessings we have in our lives. Here in America we are blessed beyond belief and should not take any of that for granted.  Even though times are harder now than they were several years ago, we still have a lot more than many other countries.

So in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving season at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing our efforts on Thanksgiving cards today. I did very little stamping but a whole lot of big shotting (is that a word?) on my card this week.  I really like the way it turned out too. Guess that's a good thing. (LOL)

I used 5 different texture impressions embossing folders (stripes, frame, houndstooth, dots, and lattice), one bigz die and 2 different sizzlet dies (leaves and pumpkin) to make this beauty.  I simply can't help myself with the embossing folders. I feel the need to texturize every piece that I cut with the big shot.  To me, it just finishes it off nicely and brings the whole thing more to life.

The base layer of my card is vanilla and than I cut the next layer from vanilla as well and that's what is embossed with the frame.  Only one lonely little stamp on this card and that is the greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  Love that set, it has everything in it.  When I need a particular saying and can't find it in any other set, I know it will be in that set.

Here's a close up of the corner with all the layers of leaves and pumpkins.  Wanted you to see the beauty of texturizing up close.  Now imagine it without the texture.  Not quite the same "wow factor," huh?

Hope you have been inspired to make your own Thanksgiving cards.  I think a smaller version of this would also be nice as placecards at your Thanksgiving dinner table.  Why don't you give it a try?

Remember to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see the other cards created by the rest of the "sisters."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week 3 Twelve Weeks of Christmas

This week's project is a fun gift box with matching mini note cards. I know you have someone on your Christmas list that would just love to receive this gift! You could easily make a bunch of these from a single pack of Designer Series paper, several sheets of card stock and a few colors of ink along with your Big Shot and some punches.

You can purchase each tutorial individually for $2.95 or buy all 12 of them for only $24.95. If you choose to purchase the complete set now, I will email you the tutorials each week as they are released. Our tutorials give you complete directions along with measurements and tons of photos to help you re-create the project with ease.

To purchase the tutorial for our Week 3 Gift Box with Mini Notecard Set for $2.95 click the "buy now" button below.

12 Weeks of Christmas Week 3

If you want to purchase all "12 Weeks of Christmas" tutorials at a discounted price of $24.95, a savings of over $10, click the "buy now" button below. Each week as we release the projects, you will be emailed a complete tutorial with pictures and instructions.

12 Weeks Of Christmas Complete

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lovin' My Digital Studio

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are showcasing My Digital Studio scrapbook pages.  If you haven't worked with this program what are you waiting for?  It is simply awesome.  I will admit that I haven't done too much with it but after making the page for this week, I can't wait to play some more and get a ton of downloads.  I haven't bought too many yet (and new ones are released EVERY Tuesday) but I think that will be changing (like right now).

I made a Halloween page using some pictures from last year.  It would be so easy to create a whole album without much work.  I like the fact that I didn't need to pull out my supplies and then realize I forgot something, so up to the stamp room I go to get those missing items.  If I forgot something and decided to add it all I needed to do was a click of the mouse to get it.  Sooooooo cool!!!!!!!

Look at those adorable kids.  Jonah was Officer Jonah and Noah was a skateboarder (don't think he really dressed up since that's what he does on a daily basis).  I created a 11 x 8 1/2" page.  I like this size and layout and really want to create a whole book like this.  Guess I better get started.

Anyway on this page, I used so many things that if it was using traditional methods for scrapbooking I would have to put sooooo many things away.  I used stamps, punches, cardstock, ink, ribbon, staples, hodgepodge hardware, designers series paper, and stitching.  The only clean up I had was to shut the lid of my laptop and put it away.  AWESOME!!!!!!

Here is the most awesome thing.....Stampin' Up! has a website that is exclusive for My Digital Studio and anyone can access it to get tons of ideas.  There are tips, discussion boards, samples, videos and so much more.  So if you need more inspiration it is only a click away.

Do you have any teens in your life?  My Digital Studio would be a great program for them.  They are so tech savvy that they would love creating with this program.  It would be great for school projects. It's not just for scrapbooking either. There are cards, recipe cards, calendars, banners and so much more that you can make with this program.
Don't forget to check out the Sisters in Stamping site for other samples using My Digital Studio.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Week 2 of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas

Are you ready for another great project? Here is Week 2's project and tutorial for the Twelve Weeks of Christmas. An organizer/planner to help you get ready and stay organized for the hustle and bustle that awaits us every year at this time.

Remember you can purchase each tutorial individually for $2.95 or buy all 12 of them for only $24.95. You can purchase the complete set now and as each week's project is released, I will email you the tutorial. The tutorials list complete directions along with measurements to re-create the project with ease.

12 Weeks Of Christmas Week 2

Complete set of 12 Tutorials. One will be emailed to you each week.

12 Weeks Of Christmas Complete

Let these tutorials help you have a handmade Christmas a little easier and less stressful.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall is Gently Falling Upon Us

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on more Fall ideas.  Can never have too many, right?  Guess, I can't avoid and pretend much longer that it's no longer Summer.  The Fall/Halloween stuff must come out this weekend.  Gotta get in the spirit of the season, even though I my heart remains in Summer.

The card I'm sharing with you is a card I did this month at my Stamp a Stash class.  I love it so much I wanted to share it with even more stampers.  I used the Gently Falling set from the Holiday Mini catalog.  I got the set FREE as a demonstrator title benefit and I have been using it a lot.  If you want to earn free stamps and accessories join my Stampin' Up! team this month and start off with getting a Big Shot for FREE with your starter kit.  So for $175.00 you will get over $450 worth of product.  I'd love to get together and chat with you about this awesome opportunity.

I also used the houndstooth embossing folder.  The base of the card is very vanilla and the embossed layer is 1/2 smaller and also very vanilla.  The tone of tone look gives a great frame effect.  It's a pretty simple card but it's great because it can serve many purposes.  Thank you, thinking of you, Happy Birthday and so much more.  The most difficult part of this card is cutting out the leaves that were stamped on the Spice Cake designer series paper.  They are attached with dimensionals as well as the punched saying.

Head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see more Fall ideas.  Next week we will be sharing MDS Halloween pages.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

12 Weeks of Christmas

I am so excited to share the news that I have collaborated with my very dear friend Debbie Naylor to bring you "Get Creative with Rachel and Debbie" - a series of tutorials that we are kicking off with a "12 weeks of Christmas" campaign. You can purchase individual week's project tutorials for $2.95 each or all 12 weeks for $24.95. Each week we will debut a new project for you - perfect for holiday gift-giving. If you would like to purchase the tutorial, simply click on the PayPal "buy it now" button and once your payment is processed I will email you the full color tutorial complete with photos and supply list.

And now, I present to you our Week 1 project - it is a Fold Out photo book featuring the Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper and Elements of Style stamp set. It is sized at 6" x 6" and has seven pages for filling with photos and journaling to capture your memories.

$2.95 For Week 1 Instructions Click Buy Now Button Below

12 Weeks Of Christmas Week 1

If you want all 12 weeks of tutorials for a discounted price of $24.95, Click Buy Now button below.  It's a savings of over $10.  Each week you will be mailed the complete tutorial with pictures and instructions as they are released.

12 Weeks Of Christmas Complete

Monday, October 3, 2011

Great Stampin' Up! Specials for October

You are not going to want to miss out on these great specials for October.  There is literally something for everyone. I'm so excited about these specials, I can't stand it.  You better just look below to see for yourself.

Here's the first (and I think most awesome) special for anyone who joins the Stampin' Up! family during October.  Do you see that?  Can you believe it?

Stampin' Up! is giving any person who joins the Stampin' Up! family a FREE Big Shot with the purchase of the starter kit. (Yes, I said FREE!!!!!!!!)  Isn't that just the best thing since sliced bread?  Don't worry if you already have a big shot and don't need a second one, you can choose $100 worth of product instead.  So you can get a ton of great accessories and dies for your big shot or anything else you want from the current catalogs.

During the entire month of October, join my team as either a hobby or business demonstrator for the regular kit price ($175 + tax)  and you will get a FREE Big Shot or up to $100 in free Stampin’ Up! products from our current catalogs!!

*Signing up as a demonstrator at the beginning of a quarter is especially beneficial! Your first $300 order will not be due until the end of March 2012! Of course there are benefits of placing an order within 45 days of signing up, like the 30% off your first order of $150 or more instead of the standard 20%!

When you sign up online you will receive an email (within one hour) with a special item number to order your Big Shot or $100 in free goodies. Shipping is FREE!

You can't go over the $100 for your freebies – get as close to $100 as you can but don't go over because it won't be accepted. 
Want to go over any questions or concerns you may have?  Contact me and we can schedule some time to chat.  It's a great opportunity that you won't want to miss out on.  Deadline (via online) is Monday, October 31, 2011.

Next up is the clearance rack.  Stampin' Up! has updated the clearance rack with many great items at a deeply discounted rate. Things like the bat punch, large heart punch, several different designer series papers, big shot dies, wheels and so much more.  Head over to my store to place your order today.

Here's a fun, new product for all you bakers out there.  Cookie stamps.  What will Stampin' Up! think of next?  The cookies stamps include a smooth, solid wood, fitting in the palm of your hand handle and three interchangeable stamp images, a jack-l-latern, a snowflake and a heart for $16.95 (item number 125152). 

Included are two recipes for you to use with the cookie stamps as well as some tips for using. The stamps are food-safe and child-friendly.

And finally we have the Simply Sent Kits on special for October.  These make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, or anyone who likes to give cards.  Plus these are great for those of you who want a home-made card but find yourself short on time.  Buy any two Simply Sent card kits and you get a coordinating stamp set for FREE!! 

Buy any two of the following Simply Sent Kits:

Page                           Item                   Description                               Price                       
192                          122375               Simply Sent Great Day              $12.95
193                          122377               Simply Sent Everyday Elegance $11.95
193                          122376               Simply Sent Sweet Moments     $13.95

And get a FREE coordinating stamp set!

Page                         Item                      Description                               Price
192                         123682                It’s Your Day                            $8.95
192                         124685                Es tu día (Spanish It’s Your day) $8.95
192                         124800                C’est ta fête (French It’s Your Day) $8.95
193                         123686                Everyday Wishes                       $9.95    
193                         123684                You’re Cherished                      $8.95

Whew, that was a lot of great things, wasn't it?  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.  I would love to chat and explain any questions or concerns you may have.  It certainly is a great month with Stampin' Up!  Don't miss out on any of the excitement.