Friday, January 30, 2009

FREE catalog campaign

From February 1- April 30, 2009

Each customer who places a first-time online order through my web site will receive a free Idea Book & Catalog with their order! There is no minimum order amount required, so anyone can take advantage of this offer. Stampin' Up! will be offering a free Idea Book & Catalog with the first 22,000 orders or until April 30, 2009, whichever comes first.

Suggested price:  $9.95 (+ sh & tx)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Love Ewe

Even though it is cold and the snow is waist deep in my yard, with Valentine's day a month away I thought it was time to make a "warm & fuzzy" card to get in the mood. Ok the card is not really fuzzy but sheep are in real life and there's green grass not snow, which feels warm just looking at it. Remember I have snow waist deep in my yard and as I'm writing this it is -29* outside and if you include the wind-chill it is -46* Brrrr! So trust me, this looks warm to us here in Minnesota. 

I’ve fallen in love with the various little punch art sheep that I’ve seen lately on Splitcoaststampers. There are so many variations, I’m not sure who originally created them, but the first scalloped circle punched lamb that I remember seeing was created by Meredith Burnsed.

This is a WOD designed card, "Walking Out the Door", that I came up with to demo and give to my hostesses this past week.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Paper: Baja Breeze, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Basic Gray
Accesories: Top note die, Tombo glue, Join in the Cheer die, Scallop punch, Trio flower punch, 5-petal flower punch, White gel pen, Naturally Serif alphabet die
Techniques: sponging, masking

So here’s the story of how this little card came to be a WOD design:  
As I was loading the car to go to my Sunday afternoon workshop, this image popped into my head. I ran down to my craft room to quickly cranked out a white and red top note, black letters and the “Love” from Join in the Cheer strip die; punched the flowers and scalloped circle. Then I grabbed the Inspired by Nature stamp set and ink and headed off to the workshop. When I arrived at my hostess’s house I found out her little 1 year old daughter is totally in love with sheep. The whole time I was there, she held onto her little fisher price lamb. She was so adorable! Talk about divine intervention and inspiration to change my demonstration at the last minute. The card was a big hit. Did you notice my heart shaped moon?

Just a comment about this stamp set: 
I was surprised and disappointed to see this stamp set end up on the Spring & Summer 2009 dormant list. It is such a versatile set; it's like getting 2 background stamps for the price of one. However when you live in Minnesota and embrace the fall and winter seasons in your creations, flower stamps are not at the top of your wish list. But don't you fret there's no need to worry, even though the set is not in the Spring & Summer '09 catty, you will still be able to purchase it - whew! I'll post the new dormant list on the sidebar after Jan. 18th.

Warm winter wishes to you (that aren't Hot Flashes - whew!)
Michelle Dawn