Friday, July 31, 2009

Just for the Kids and the Kid in You SPECIALS

For the month of August and September, we're celebrating kids and the kid in you!

August 1-31, spend $35 on stamps from the Growing Up section in the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog and you'll receive a FREE package of designer buttons of your choice ($7.95 value).

August 1-September 30 only, purchase the exclusive Decor Elements Growth Chart for $24.95 and receive a FREE applicator tool.

I'll also hold "Mommy & Me" Big Shot classes where we'll use Build-a-Bear die cuts to make our very own felt dolls, games, and coloring activities for travel. Take them in the car, use them at restaurants, or wherever to keep them quietly distracted. They would even make perfect gifts for friends and family with young children. Look for classes in September!

Did you catch that? Build-a-Bear? Yes...lot of new and exciting things happening at Stampin' Up! We've joined forces with Build-a-Bear and have exclusive stamps, die cuts, and embosslits to share with you in September. Look for more updates!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The winner is . . .

Thank you to all who stopped by the Royal Blog Tour and for all your supportive and generous comments. I will post tutorials on the projects that were shown very soon. But what everyone has been waiting for ....

The winner for my blog candy is: Mary (marycate315)!
The winner was chosen through a random drawing by

Congratulations! I hope you will enjoy the Simply Sent Card Kit.

And again, my thanks to all of you for participating. Hope you'll visit again real soon!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Royal Blog Tour

Welcome to Stamp Ink Diva. You are in for a wonderful tour of marvelous projects from a variety of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, your princesses. The set that I have chosen to spotlight is "On a Pedestal" (113814--$19.95). I just fell in love with this set the moment I saw it. One of the most commonly made and most needed cards are for birthdays. This set is PERFECT for that purpose. But it can easily be transformed for other occassions, which makes it a great set to own! I chose to concentrate on a birthday theme this time. For more details on the following cards, please remember to book mark this site and come back after the blog tour has ended. Or better yet, subscribe to my blog for updates on new projects and specials. And there's a surprise for you at the end of this post so be sure to scroll all the way down!

Card Project #1

{Project Details}
Stamp: On a Pedestal (113814) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink: Certain Celery Classic Ink Pad; Cameo Coral & Chocolate Chip Stampin' Markers
Paper: Dusty Durango, Whisper White, Cameo Coral, and Chocolate Chip card stock.
Accessories: Pretties Kit; Paper-Piercing Tool; Mat Pack; Trio Flower, 3/16" Corner Rounder, Scallop Oval and 1/2" Circle Punches; 1/4" Certain Celery Grosgrain Ribbon.

Card Project #2

I love the new In Colors and one of my favorites is Crushed Curry. I love the contrast of it with the Real Red Ribbon (which is also reversible to a polka dot pattern), and the retro print of the Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper. I also love how a simple rounded corner adds the extra touch on the focal point.

{Project Details}
Stamp: On a Pedestal (113814) and Cheap Talk (113204)
Ink: Chocolate Chip classic ink pad; Crushed Curry, Real Red, Dusty Durango, and Old Olive Stampin' Markers
Paper: Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip card stock; Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories: 3/4" Real Red Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon; 3/16" Corner Rounder, 1/16" Circle and Scallop Edge Punches; Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button; and Hemp Twine

Card Project #3
3" x 3" Note Cards with Carrying Tote

I just love these new wide striped grosgrain ribbon! It looks and feels luxurious! It adds the right accent to any project. And love, love, love the corduroy buttons.

For the 3x3 Note cards, these are perfect to just slip into a gift bag. Its also a nice touch to add a little element to your matching envelope, whether it be a strip of designer paper like I did here or stamping an image that coordinates with the card.

{Project Details}
Stamp: On a Pedestal (113814) and Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink Pad; Chocolate Chip and Cameo Coral Stampin' Markers
Paper: Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie card stock; Pumpkin Pie textured card stock; Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot; Texturz Plates (Stampin' UP! Backgrounds 1); Stamp-A-Ma-Jig; Scallop Oval and Large Oval Punches; 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds; 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon; Needle & Thread (sewing machine)

Now please leave a comment and contact me so that you can participate in my blog candy give away. The lucky winner will receive a Simply Sent Card Kit. It includes everything you need: a stamp set (Friendship Shapes), pre-scored and cut card stock, ink spots, and markers to create your own hand made cards!

That's all you have to do. . . A winner will be picked randomly through and will be announced the day after the tour ends. Please remember only one entry per person and U.S. Residents only. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the tour!

Deal of the Week: Heart to Heart Punch

Deal of the Week: Heart to Heart Punch
You're going to LOVE our Heart to Heart punch, especially July 27-31 when it's just $10.99—that's more than 30% off the regular price of $15.95!

Royal Blog Tour Starts Sunday, July 26

Remember the Royal Blog Tour starts tomorrow Sunday, July 26th. You won't want to miss it.

The Royal Blog Tour is three days long, and you'll be happy it is! There are four tours - a total of 80 fabulous blogs!

But wait - there's more!

Blog Candy, Blog Candy, and more Blog Candy. Over 50% of the blogs on this tour are offering Blog Candy. Check the Princess list on launch day. Every name with an asterisk next to it is offering blog candy.

That's not all! The Royal Blog Tour Home Page is offering their own Blog Candy. And it is -- a Big Shot Die Cut Machine!!!!

You'll have to work a bit for it as there are 20 clues that will be scattered among the 80 blogs. But won't it be worth it if you come away with a brand new Big Shot?

This drawing is open to all countries represented by Princesses in this tour, including Canada and Australia!

Good luck to you and enjoy the ride! Remember to start on the Royal Blog homepage.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Savvy Chic Kids Consignment

Savvy Chic Kids

A few of my friends are the founders of this wonderful venue. If you live in the Inland Empire and are in need of savvy chic clothes, toys, and other gadgets for your kids, you'll want to check this consignment sale! Click on the picture above for more information.

Monday, July 20, 2009

New Deal of the Week: Hodgepodge Hardware

Deal of the Week: Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware
Our Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware adds class to any project. Get them for just $18.99 (over 30% off the regular price of $29.95)—only July 20-26!

Throughout July, be sure to check my web site every Monday at 9 AM (PT) for the week's new deal.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stampin' Up! Family

I have personally joined Stampin' Up! because I love stamping and the art of paper crafting. I also love that I have the flexibility to set my own schedule, especially when I have to take care of three children and my home. Would you like to earn a little extra cash to help with the bills, have extra spending money for yourself, or even extra income for the household? If stamping and paper crafting is something you enjoy, you could do what you love and make a difference. Become a member of my Stampin' Up! family and I could help you achieve these goals.

Benefits of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator:

  • As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, keep 20% of the personal net sales you earn through workshop and customer direct sales!
  • Earn an extra 10% giving you a total of 30% on your first order of $150 or more when you place your order in the first 45 days of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
  • Earn additional income (which we call volume rebate) on your monthly net sales of $400 or more. Together, your instant income and volume rebate can reach up to 40% of your personal sales a month!
  • Pre-order select stamps, accessories, and tools before general public sales.
  • Earn free stamps within the first six months you’re a demonstrator through our Stampin’ Start program—a program that helps you establish a thriving career.
  • Earn cash bonuses, product bonuses, incentive trips, and other awards as you achieve success through our awards and recognition program.
  • Receive monthly publications, Stampin' Success, as well as access to the demonstrator web site where you will receive project ideas and tutorials.
  • No penalties if you choose not to continue. To receive continued benefits, a minimum of $300 in sales, which can include personal sales, is required for each quarter.
Starting July 15 - August 31, you can become a member of my Stampin' Up! family by two special offers: the mini kit for $85 OR the standard starter kit for $199 (a kit well over $355 of stamping and business supplies) along with a bonus IN-Color package. Click here for details.

Benefits of joining Stamp Ink Divas:
  • Become a member of our friendly group of stampers and paper crafters
  • Have access to a private blog where you'll always be updated on Stampin' Up! business, techniques, and project ideas.
  • Be apart of our monthly swaps.
  • Take part in our weekly challenges.
If you'd like more information, please feel free to contact me. If you're ready to sign up, please contact me for a private password and then click on my join now button and begin!

It isn't just about a career but a hobby too. All are welcome to join. And as an extra bonus, I am offering the first 5 demonstrators that sign up with me an In-Color marker set as a gift welcoming you to our group!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Additions...

Have you noticed a little change to my blog? I have now added TWO special sites. Stamp Ink Diva boutique where I will be selling retired stamp sets, card kits, stationery, and other merchandise made by yours truly. I will have a virtual opening day for the boutique, watch out for updates!

My second site is for my TEAM members--Stamp Ink Divas. This private site will have updates on SU! (Stampin' Up!) business, weekly challenges, and information on products and techniques. If you've ever thought of becoming a demonstrator for a hobby or possibly turning it into a business, July 15th starts off a special on the MINI KIT for $85. Click here for more information.

I am excited about these new additions and hope that I will continue to inspire the love of stamping and paper crafting in you!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Deal of the Week #3--Rhinestone Brads

Deal of the Week:
Square Fire Rhinestone Brads

Add sparkle to your projects with our Square Fire Rhinestone brads. From July 13–19, they're just $6.99—over 30% off the regular price of $10.95!

Throughout July, be sure to check my web site every Monday at 9 AM (PT) for the week's new deal.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blog Candy

Do you want to know how you can get this blog candy? Its a Simply Sent Card Kit with the stamp set "Friendship Shapes". It comes with all the supplies needed to create these cards: pre-cut cards, envelopes, stamp set, Classic Stampin' Spots, Stampin' Up! Markers, glue dots, and easy to follow instructions. All this will go to a lucky winner after the Royal Blog Tour is complete. All you have to do is leave a comment after my post during any of the days of the tour (July 26-28) and contact me with your email address. (Only one entry per person.) This is my way of saying thanks for stopping by and I hope that this kit will continue to inspire and enlighten you with the love of paper crafting. A winner will be chosen through random drawing and will be announced the day after the end of the blog tour.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 94

Its the first week of July and that means MOJO Madness for Mojo Monday Sketch Week 94. Its always fun to play every week but there's an extra reward if you play the first week of every month. Your creations get entered into a contest and the design team from Mojo Monday will select 5 winners. You have until Sunday, July 12 before 8 p.m. (MT) to get your creation in.

My design here is using a few of my favorite things... the new In Colors with the Texture Cuts (wood sheets), a little bit of sewing, and a new technique I'm loving: tearing pieces of paper to create this floral accent.

1. Take the 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"Crushed Curry card stock & fold in half (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")
2. Cut 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper & layer onto card.
3. Cut Soft Suede card stock into 1-1/2" x 4-1/2".
4. Using the Eyelet Border punch, trim the Soft Suede card stock on one edge and then layer onto card.
5. Take the Old Olive ribbon and make pleats at one side and sew onto the card about an inch from the bottom of the card and trim ends.
6. Cut the wood sheet 2"x 3-1/2" and stamp the Medallion Background stamp inked with Dusty Durango classic ink onto it.
7. Cut Dusty Durango card stock 1-1/2" x 3-1/8". Place the stamped wood sheet onto this layer and then place onto the card.
8. Trim Very Vanilla card stock to 1-3/4" x 2-3/4" and stamp your sentiment onto it using Soft Suede classic ink.
9. Layer this onto Soft Suede card stock (1-7/8" x 2-7/8"), then layer onto Crushed Curry card stock (2" x 3"), and finally place onto card.
10. Tear circles out of card stock (Dusty Durango, Very Vanilla, & Crushed Curry card stock scraps) and layer onto each other to create a flower.
11. Thread twine into the Chocolate Chip button and place in the center of the flower.
12. Place the flower accent onto the card with glue dots and voilá!

{Project Details}
Stamp: Medallion Background Stamp (115223--$17.95) and Full of Life (111500--$28.95)
Ink: Soft Suede and Dusty Durango Classic Ink Pads
Paper: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, and Very Vanilla card stock; Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Old Olive ribbon; Wood Sheets (Texture Cuts); Buttons; Eyelet Border Punch; Thread & Needle (sewing machine).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Class Schedule

Do you love paper crafting but getting bored with the same old stuff? Come to my classes and let me show you some fun, easy, and beautiful projects that YOU can do. Here are some teasers for future Stamp Ink Diva classes. Click here for the schedule and make your reservation today. As always, you can click on the Classes button on the side bar to find information on future classes and events as well.

**Purchase a Big Shot and receive 2 Big Shot Classes FREE!**

Classes are $20 unless noted otherwise.

(Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m.)

Big Shot Class (Instructor & Demo: Elisa White):
(Min. Order of $20) Top Note Purse & Scallop Circle Dress Card
(Thursday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m. )

Big Shot Class (#2):
Scallop Envelope-Card, Box with four 3"x3" note cards & matching envelopes, and a Gift Card Holder
(Sunday, August 23 at 2 PM)

Big Shot Class (#3): (Minimum order of $25)
Pop Up Cake-Birthday Card & Flower Pot
(Thursday, August 27 at 7 PM)

Felt Banner: ($35)
Choice of Verse...
"Happy Birthday"
"Happy Holidays"
(Date: TBD)

(Pictures of the following Classes will be posted at a later time.)
Punch Art Class: (Minimum order of $25)
Japanese Girl & Mermaid

Punch Art Class (#2) (Instructor/Demonstrator: Elisa White):
(Minimum order of $25)
Balloon and Windows (bring your pictures to place in card)

Punch Art Class (#3): (Minimum order of $25)
Cupcake & Ice Cream Sundae

For more information on these classes and future classes or events, please click here.

Video Tutorials

Have you had a chance to look at the video tutorials available? There is a new video tutorial on using the chipboard and simply scrappin' kits. Take a look here! You'll find more on the tutorial section in this blog.

Open House ... Full House

My open house was a full house! Chocolate Fountain was flowing and a variety of bright, colorful, and deLICIOUS fruit were available...need I say more? Delectable food and delightful company. As my thanks to the guests, all the ladies who attended received the *NEW* Idea Book and Catalog and the *NEW* Definitely Decorative Brochure along with a coupon book. I meant to take pictures during but I completely forgot because I was having too much fun with all the ladies that came! So here are a few of what was at the end . . .

. . .and the projects we made.

Razzle Dazzle Thank You Card
{Project Details}
Stamp: Razzle Dazzle (116714--$18.95) and Teeny Tiny Wishes ( 115370--$36.95)
Ink: Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink Pad
Paper: Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry card stock; Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Circle Die, and Word Window punch.

Corner Bookmark
{Project Details}
Paper: Rich Razzleberry card stock and Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper
Accessories: 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, and Scallop Edge Punches; Hole Punch

Thank you again to all the ladies who came and hope you had a FABULOUS time. Can't wait to see you all again real soon!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Deal of the Week #2

Deal of the Week: Big Shot Doctor's Bag Deal of the Week: Big Shot Doctor's Bag
You'll feel like a big shot carrying around the Big Shot Doctor's bag! July 6-12, get the Big Shot Doctor's Bag for $49.99. That's nearly 30% off the regular price of $69.95!

Throughout July, be sure to check my web site every Monday at 9 AM (PT) for the week's new deal.