Friday, December 11, 2009

December 11-22, 2009

Details:  For 12 days only, our 12 Days of Holiday Sales is a great way 
for you to get discounts on select Big Shot dies and materials. 

Things to Remember:

Orders may be placed as customer, workshop, or online orders.
The sale begins Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT), and ends 
Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).

Items must be ordered by December 15, 2009, in order to arrive in 
time for Christmas.

Discounts range between 15-25 percent.

All items on sale will be posted on the first day of the promotion and 
can be purchased for all 12 days.

There are no quantity limits.

There are no qualifiers to receive the discount.

For online orders, discounts will be reflected in the "regular price"; "
catalog price" will show the non-discounted price.

Order deadlines:

  • Phone: Tuesday, December 22 , 2009; 6:50 PM (MT)
  • OEX and Online: Tuesday, December 22, 2009; 11:50 PM (MT)
Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor 
Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, 
and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. 
Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe 
Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the 
Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl 
sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and 
Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a 
new level!

Click here to see the list of all the items on sale.

    Friday, November 27, 2009

    Thanksgiving favors

    Yes indeed, I love those little Bigz #2 boxes that everyone is using to make totes.

    I made 9 Blessing Mix totes. And yes I did make them a little more time consuming when I decided to add a watercolored pumpkin and gourd.

    None the less, I love the way they turned out.

    Here's a candle I stamped.

    Monday, November 23, 2009

    November 23-30, 2009

    This week is a difficult time to hold workshops because it's very busy for most people. Therefore Stampin' Up! is making it easy for you to get some great deals by offering an online sale available to you 24/7 until November 30th, 2009.  So while your pie is baking take a quick peak and relax while you place your order online. But remember this sale is only until Monday November 30, 2009. Check out the other online sales also.

    To order online click here, thanks for shopping with me.
    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels for you and your loved ones.

    Michelle Dawn


    Dates: November 23-30, 2009
    Details: The Online Extravaganza sale is for one week only, you can get amazing discounts--up to 50 percent off--on over 40 products and product bundles! See below for complete offering.
    Things to Remember:
    • Orders may be placed as customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online orders.
    • The sale begins Monday, November 23, 2009, 12:01 AM (MT), and ends Monday November 30, 2009, 11:50 PM (MT).
    • Discounts range between 30 percent and 50 percent.
    • For online orders, discounts will be shown in the shopping bag at checkout.
    • The Distribution Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2009, for the US Thanksgiving holiday. No orders will ship on those days.
    • Order deadlines:
      • Online: Monday, November 30, 2009; 11:50 PM (MT)
    Product Offering:
    Regular Price
    Discounted Price
    Framed with Love Bundle
    • Framed with Love stamp set
    • Full Heart punch
    Thank You Kindly Bundle
    • Thank You Kindly stamp set
    • Scallop Edge punch
    Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)
    • Tous mes remerciements stamp set
    • Scallop Edge punch
    Animal Crackers Bundle
    • Animal Crackers stamp set
    • Star Designer brads
    Corduroy Button Bundle
    • Kraft Corduroy buttons
    • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
    • Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
    • Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
    • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
    Game Night Bundle
    • Card Games stamp set
    • Game Night stamp set
    Four Square Bundle
    • Four Square stamp set
    • Scallop Square punch
    Heart to Heart Bundle
    • Love You Much stamp set
    • Heart to Heart punch
    • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)
    • Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
    • Heart to Heart punch
    • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    Heart to Heart Bundle (French)
    • J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
    • Heart to Heart punch
    • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    Chipboard Letter Bundle
    • On Board Timeless Type
    • On Board Loads of Letters
    Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle
    • Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
    • Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
    Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*
    • Best Wishes & More stamp set
    • Eight Great Greetings stamp set
    • On a Pedestal stamp set
    • Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
    • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
    • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
    • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Flower Designer brads
    Build-A-Brad Bundle
    • Calendar Alphabet stamp set
    • Pewter Build-A-Brad
    • Antique Brass Build-A-Brad
    Enjoy Every Moment Bundle
    • Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
    • Circle Designer brads
    • Flower Designer brads
    Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)
    • Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
    • Circle Designer brads
    • Flower Designer brads
    Cheep Talk Bundle
    • Cheep Talk stamp set
    • Note cards
    • Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
    Sock Monkey Bundle
    • Sock Monkey stamp set
    • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
    • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
    Sock Monkey Bundle (French)
    • Sing-chaussette stamp set
    • Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
    • Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons
    Alphabet Bundle
    • Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
    • Lovely Letters stamp set
    Simply Said Bundle
    • Simply Said stamp set
    • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Full Heart punch
    Simply Said Bundle (French)
    • Amitié stamp set
    • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Full Heart punch
    On Board Bundle
    • On Board So Tweet
    • On Board Batch of Blooms
    • On Board Essentials
    Christmas Décor Bundle #1
    • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
    • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
    • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
    Christmas Décor Bundle #2
    • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
    • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
    • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
    Christmas Décor Bundle #3
    • Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
    • Small Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
    • Small Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
    For All You Do Bundle
    • For All You Do stamp set
    • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    For All You Do Bundle (French)
    • Merci pour tout stamp set
    • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)
    • Por todo lo que haces stamp set
    • 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Striped Ribbon Bundle
    • Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    • Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
    Bling Bundle
    • Sticky Pages
    • Sticky Cuts Sweet
    • Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
    • Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter
    Fresh-Cut Bundle
    • Fresh Cuts stamp set
    • Fresh-Cut Notes
    • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)
    • Fraicheur exuise stamp set
    • Fresh-Cut Notes
    • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Pendant Note Bundle
    • Pendant Park stamp set
    • Pendant notes
    • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Pendant Note Bundle (French)
    • Adorable parc stamp set
    • Pendant notes
    • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)
    • Un dia en el parque stamp set
    • Pendant notes
    • 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Sporting Bundle #1
    • Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
    • Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements
    Sporting Bundle #2
    • Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
    • Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements
    Sporting Bundle #3
    • Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
    • Black Just Sports Décor Elements
    Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements
    Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements
    5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads
    Scallop Square punch
    Full Heart punch
    Heart to Heart punch
    Scallop Edge punch
    Circle Designer brads
    Flower Designer brads
    Star Designer brads
    Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements
    Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements
    Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements
    Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements
      *This bundle is only available while supplies last.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    A shimmery case

    For those that are wondering about the chocolate Crunch bar, it's no longer unharmed. When I was putting cards together on my display board for a workshop, I wanted to display the wrapper, so I just had to eat it. You agree, it would have been too thick to hang, right?

    I was inspired by Ellen Kemper's tote to make this hostess gift.
    Here's one of the projects the guests made using rub-ons, the elastic cording, and the new SU ornament punch that's available in the Holiday mini catalog:
    The hostess wanted her guests to make an ornament for hanging on a tree, so this is what we came up with:
    We talked about many simple hand-made gifts and the different options that Stampin' Up! can help you with for the Holidays. For a fast gift and easy gift, I demonstrated how to stamp on candle.
    I did stamp shimmer snowflakes in Dashers horns, but once the image was melted into the candle it was extremely difficult to see the shimmer. I would suggest using two-way glue and dazzling diamonds for a more dramatic effect.

    Leave a comment if you'd like me to email
    specifics for any of these projects.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Michelle Dawn

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    Dasher Crunch card - Stepping it up

    Remember my Dasher card that was inspired by the Crunch candy bar - well I decided to step it up a couple notches. First I rotated the Baroque Motifs stamp and added Merry Christmas. To mimic the edge of the candy bar, the one end was crimped and punched with the scallop edge punch. The snowflake was stamped before I punched it out. Red fire brads were added to the snowflake and as a collar for Dasher. A real red mat was added as well as embossing the real red stamped images. The final touch was stamping shimmer snowflakes on the brilliant blue background, and whisper white mat.

    First my assistant has to check out my work.
    Yep, the chocolate is still unharmed and in one piece.

    She is still guarding the chocolate,
    but I can at least take the picture now.

    I'm lovin' the new shimmer inks!

    It's like magic, now you see nothing and now you do, depending on the angle of the light.

    I don't know if you can see it, but I also stamped some shimmer snowflakes in Dasher antlers. Isn't that cool how it disappears!

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Candy inspired card

    I've recently joined a group called Stampin' Up Late Night Stampers. And for those that know me - it's the truth, there really is such a group - how totally perfect for me. Click on the name!

    After my trouble the previous week I told myself I wasn't going to be doing the last minute dash to my computer and try to upload a card, and yet that's exactly what I did. Squeaking by with only minutes to go, I got it uploaded to the right file this time. Ta Da! 

    Last week they had a challenge to create a card using colors from your favorite candy. Unfortunately I ended up being sick during week and blurfing (my word for blog surfing) was the extent of my activity. I loved seeing all the great candy inspired cards. I dreamt of carmel (yum it totally destroys my will power 'til it's gone) and yet strangely this is what I ended up with. 

    Stamp set: Dasher, Merry
    Inks: Real Red, Whisper White
    Paper: Brillant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White
    Accessories: White embossing powder, Snowflake punch

    If you're wondering why it's not carmel, here's what happened:

    When I stopped after church to pick up potatoes and carrots to add to our pot roast supper that I was making for friends, this candy wrapper yelled "Pick Me, Pick Me! I'm a Dasher card". So I tossed it in the cart along with a 100 Grand bar. 

    After spending a wonderful afternoon of playing dominos, eating, and talking, our friends left for home. I made some return phone calls and then while cleaning up the kitchen, I found the candy bars. The Crunch bar said "Hurry, Hurry! It's 10:30! You have 90 minutes to copy me and turn me into a card" (I agree it's strange to have candy talking to me and I only had 1/2 a glass of wine at supper, that's the truth. Maybe it was the eggnog). However when I looked at the 100 Grand candy bar, the only inspiration that happened was the feeling of still being sooooo very stuffed after supper and having it topped off with cranberry cake and butter cream sauce and just like that there was a snarf sound it was gone. Oops! That wasn't the inspiration I was looking for - he-he. Please note in the picture: the chocolate is still in it's Crunch wrapper!

    I almost gave up when I checked Mary Jo Price-Williams email and I read "12am EST". Since I live in Minnesota, that meant I only had 20 minutes. Eek! 

    This would easily a 10 minute card if you don't count: 
    --- grabbing the wrong embossing powder and needing to re-stamp the Baroque Motif swirl
    --- having my cat decide she needed me to play with her and climbing all over my lap, shoulders, etc
    --- then she attacked my scrap of paper that I punched the snowflake out of - spooking herself causing my papers and other things fly all directions as she jumped in the air and tried to run and jump off my desk. 
    --- All the while time was tic-tic-tic rapidly disappearing. 

    All in all, I'm happy with the card. I struggled for about 30 seconds whether to punch a heart like what was on the candy wrapper or a snowflake. I wish I had taken a picture of the clock or a timer because anyone who knows me is never going to believe that I made a card in less than 10 minutes, much less that I also took a picture and got it uploaded too.

    Michelle Dawn

    Sunday, November 1, 2009

    All Saints Day

    One of my volunteer jobs is to decorate our church for the various special services and seasons. I replaced the mums in the entry with bumpy/warty pumpkins and decorated the sancturary with white candles and bows. Today we remembered the 20 saints, that passed away this last year,  by reading their names and lighting a candle in their memory during the tolling of the bell. The larger candle in the back represented our family and friends that had passed away previously.

    When I was loading all my decorations into the van, I remembered that I had meant to take a picture (from a distance) showing what the table looked like up in the front of the church. Also of all the white bows, awesome banners, and all the other candles on the pillars and in the windows. It looked like the church was ready for a wedding, which was fitting since that's what the readings of text was about.

    Between our Sunday worship services there is an adult discussion class. Today it was about the origins and traditions of Halloween. It was so interesting. 

    It helped me decide that next year I'm going to use the following poem to top my Trick-or-Treater's cello bags and of course it will have a pumpkin and smile also stamped over it just like this year's (see pic in previous post):

    a Christian 
    is like being a pumpkin.
     God picks you from the patch, 
    brings you in, and washes all the 
    dirt off of  you. Then He cuts off the 
    top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. 
    He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, 
    and greed. Then He carves you a new
    smiling face and puts His light inside 
    of you to shine for all the world to 
    see. From one pumpkin to
    another…Shine on!

    Isn't that a cool poem?

    It reminds me of  Matt. 5:16 which says:  Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. 

    Saturday, October 31, 2009

    My pumpkin got so scared, he took a little poop!

    Oh the candy choices we had to make! What to give (and what to stash for later). My first plan was to just put 4 peanut butter kisses in each cello bag, because I thought it would look cute, balanced, whatever; but in the end I put in other candy also. Very few carmels made it into the cello bags ... yummmm. So much for having a stash.

    Stamp set: Autumn Harvest
    Inks: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
    Paper: Whisper White
    Accessories: small cello bags, candy

    The poem reads as follows:
    I started to carve a pumpkin
    with my carving knife and scoop
    But the pumpkin got so scared
    He took a little poop!
    It looked so cute and funny
    Just like a candy treat
    So I'm sharing it with you now
    Because you are so sweet!

    My thoughts about what to do differently next year:
    ** Sadly it occured to me too late that there's a lot of people that have peanut allergies, so resolution number one is to have no peanut stuff next year.
    ** Next on my list is to plan Trick or Treat coupon to hand out to the moms (or whichever adult is with them) and have a date set and printed on each coupon, or a list of my upcoming classes.