Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bonus Prizes??

Hey there Stampers!
 
(Make sure you ready all the way to the end....You’ll be happy you did!)
 
It’s another snow day here for me and I’m getting lots accomplished.  I don’t 
know about you...but I’m ready for SPRING!  Whew!
 
I wanted to let you know about a couple of things.  First, I’m going to be 
placing my first Sale A Bration order tonight.  I’m going to
get the new “Texture Boutique” embossing machine... 
 Have you seen it??  Here it is...
 
 
Check out the video with all of the details by Clicking Here
I love that it’s small and easy to use.  It’s perfect to take with you 
when you go to crops too.  I love that I can have it for my classes
 here and have shorter lines for the Big Shots. You can use all
of your Textured Embossing Folders with it too.  I am excited 
to try out the new ones from theOccasions Catalog.  LOVE that
“Ampersand” folder SO much. 
(Don’t forget to put the new Polka Dot folder from the
 Sale A Bration products on your Wish List.  
You can get it for FREE!)
 
 
 
Next, I’m ordering the “Hip Hip Hooray!” Card Making Kit.
#134998  It’s a fun kit that has everything you need to make 20 
hand crafted cards.  Now....I have other plans for it. *wink*  
I’m taking the kit and creating even more with it with just a couple 
of “add ons”.  Stay tuned for more info on that.  The kit is just $19.95. 
 It would also be a great gift to give a friend to introduce them 
to stamping too.  The sky’s the limit with all the goodies included
in this fun assortment.
 
The kit includes:
Cardstock for 20 cards, Clear stamp block and Stampin’ 
Dimensionals, Twine and Decorative Clips, Basic Gray Stampin’ 
Spot (mini ink pad), 20 Envelopes, Three-piece “Hip Hip Hooray”
stamp set, Adhesive die cut embellishments and Full color
 instructional brochure with card design inspiration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you haven't see the Sale A Bration products yet, you're going to 
want to see them jiffy quick.  The paper, stamps, embellishments and
other accessories are just the BEST EVER.  Here's a link to the SAB
flier online so that you can check it out now...  

** Here's an added BONUS just for MY customers...  
The first five customers that place an ONLINE ORDER
 between today, 1/29/14
and Friday, 1/31/14 will receive a SPECIAL GIFT from me.  
You will get your choice of either...
-  One Pack of the Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags
-  One Roll of the Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon
or
-  One Pack of the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper

Okie doke...Linz and Zach and I are off to find a little adventure 
at Super Target.  Woot!  I hope that you are safe and warm and I hope
you can stamp something pretty today.

Stamped Blessings,


Follow My Heart


Happy Wednesday!

Wow!  What an exciting week!  Sale A Bration started yesterday and there were several NEW product announcements too.  I have another post to follow this one with all of the details so be sure to check back for all the "nitty gritty".

I wanted to be able to post this project for you as soon as possible.  I am SO stinkin' excited about it.  My friend, Teena, sent me a terrific video tutorial from a fellow demonstrator who's from Australia showing the basics for this card design.  Her name is Tanya Bell.  I know that in her video she said that she wasn't the original designer either.  I'm a stickler about giving credit where credit is due so...."Thank you to the other designer..."  (I hope she sees what I've come up with...)

This is the coolest card.  It's a version of a "pop up" card and it's definitely one that will get those "Ooohs and Aahs" when the recipient opens it up.  You can add any stamps and DSP to yours to get a totally different look and/or theme every time you make one.  I used one of our adorable Valentine stamp sets called "Follow My Heart".  Are you ready to see what I came up with??  Ok....Here you go!

Isn't that cool??  I wish I could open and close it for you "Live" just to see your reaction because it is just SO awesome.  Now...you won't believe this but it actually folds right up so that it's flat and fits in a regular envelope.  Can you believe it??  I couldn't either!

Here's a closer look at the top with the embellishments I made...

I love the stamp set.  I also LOVE the banner.  I created it using the FREE Banner Punch from Sale A Bration.  Yep....I got it for FREE.  Details will be on my next blog post.  For info right away, you can go to my Online Store and read all about it.
Here's a photo of the card folded up and ready to go into the envelope I created for it....

Now I would put extra postage on it just because it is pretty thick.  You can also just have it stamped by hand at the post office to be extra sure.

Alrighty...I'm headed to bed even thought it's still snowing outside and only 12 degrees!  I hoping that in a few short hours my phone will ring and the recorded voice will say that school will be closed or at even a delay would be nice.  

Wishing you a magical Wednesday,


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Voting for a NEW Princess...

Happy Sunday Everyone,

I'm sitting here making my "To Do" list for this week and I want your opinion on something.
If you're a regular follower here, you know that I'm packing up my studio (*sob*) so that we can finally give it an Extreme Makeover. YAY!  It's going to be painful for a bit but in the end it will all be worth it. 
So today I've been making lists of upcoming projects, tutorials and videos that I want to create to share with all of you.  One of the things at the top of my list is a NEW Disney Princess Punch Art Tutorial.
My dilemma is....who should I create next?  
The three tutorials that I have for sale here on my blog (check the tabs at the top above this post) are Cinderella, Belle and Snow White.  I've done dresses for Alice and Mulan and Merida too but haven't put those into tutorial form yet.  There just hasn't been much of a demand for them.
Here are the princesses I have designed so far....





Now this is where YOU come in...  I'd really like to create another princess and I can't decide who to do next.  Would you please leave me a comment here on the blog and let me know which princess you'd like to see come to life next?  I would LOVE to get your input.

I'm excited to get started and I can't wait to hear your ideas.
Wishing you a magical day,


Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Love You More"

Happy Saturday Friends,

We've had a fun and busy day today.  I've been organizing things from our Inkerbelles team get together last night.  I had such a great time seeing everyone and sharing all of the details from SU! Leadership with them.  It was definitely one of those "so much to share...so little time" get togethers.  I absolutely love having the ladies over for some serious "girl time", stampin' and fun. 

I designed two fun cards and one "sweet" Valentine project for them to make.  They really loved them all.  Woot!  I want to share the first card with you today.  It's a "file folder" card.  Have you tried making one of them yet?  They are super cute and SUPER easy.  The "must have" tool for making one is the Envelope Punch Board #133740.  Here's a peek at the card and then I'll give you the details...

I love the colors in the Designer Series Paper.  Here are a few of the details..."Love You More" stamp set (Clear Mount) #134682, "Fresh Prints" Designer Series Paper Stack #132996, "Decorative Dots" Textured Embossing Folder #133520.  I think this would be a perfect card for a lot of different occasions...especially Valentine's Day.  All of the supplies are available at my Online Store.  Just click the shopping cart above to head over there now.

Don't forget that there are just a couple of days left until some very BIG announcements from Stampin' Up!.  Sale A Bration, our biggest promotion of the year. will start on Tuesday, January 28th.  To make things even more exciting, there are THREE big product announcements coming the very same day.  You'll want to stay tuned so you don't miss it.

Ok... It's time for Family Movie Night here at our house so I'd better start making the popcorn.  I hope wherever you are that you are warm and safe.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamped Blessings,


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Butterfly Love" Framed Art

Happy Wednesday, Peeps!
Another snow day here in our little town today...and ANOTHER one tomorrow.  Whew!
It's absolutely bitter outside and still very icy.  I'm feeling so blessed to have time to spend doing what I love to do...stamp and create...And an added bonus is that I get to share it with all of you.

I'm practically giddy about today's project.  This one is the result of my trip to Ikea with my daughter, Brittany, last weekend.  We were looking for inspiration for my studio remodel.  While we were browsing through all of the displays, I saw a few decor pieces that caught my eye.  There was one, though, that I looked at and I said to Brittany, "You know what?  I could make that with my Stampin' Up! punches and framelits!".  So...long story short...I bought an empty shadow box frame and here's what I came up with...


I just love the way it turned out.  I have just the perfect place to hang it too.
When I look at it I think about setting your love free to spread it around the world...  I'm such a mush!
 
I'm thinking that these would be terrific gifts for lots of different occasions...Valentine's Day, weddings, baby or bridal showers, house warmings and more.  I know I'd LOVE to receive one and you could change the colors of the butterflies to match a person's decor.
 
I'm also considering selling these as completed projects. 
 Let me know what you think.
The shadow box opening measures 9" x 9" and it's just clean and simple.  
I love it and I hope you do too.
 
Wishing you a magical day,


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Kisses" in a Snow Storm

Hello, friends!

Here's the view outside our family room door...
Can you guess where we've been today?


If you guessed "bundled up at home", you'd be right.  While we may not have gotten the orginial 8+ inches of snow they were calling for...we're at about 5 inches here in our little town and that's just fine with me.
We found out about an hour ago that we'll be right here again tomorrow.  WOOT!  Another snow day is fine by me.  Right now the temps are in the single digits but the terrible winds make it feel like it's below zero out there.  Brrrr!

Never fear...I have just the card to warm things up.  This is one of the cards the girls got to make at "Just Cards" last night.
 
 
You know how much I LOVE sparkle and pixiedust, right?  Well, the Silver Glimmer Paper is one of my favorite ways to bring that out in my projects.  The "kiss" is made using the Blossom Builder Punch.  I use that punch for SO many projects...especially my punch art.  Bad news....it's recently been retired...  Good news...It's available on the Clearance Rack at my Online Store.  WOOT!  Get yours before they're all gone.  I even ordered an extra to keep on hand. 
 Item # 124808
 
If you haven't started your Valentines yet...you still have a few days left to get exactly what you'll need.  Be sure to check out the stinkin' CUTE stamps and other goodies in the "Whole Lot of Love" Suite of products.  Just Click Here to see all the goodies.


I hope wherever you are that you're warm and toasty.  I'll be busy tomorrow in the studio.
I love being able to share all of the fun with YOU.

Wishing you a magical day,


Monday, January 20, 2014

"Field Flowers" in a Snow Storm?

Two of my favorite words....

Yep!  The first flake hasn't yet fallen and we just got the call...
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!
Woot!!

We are supposed to get between 4-8+ inches of snow before all's said and done.  That's just fine with me.  I love having time to stamp and create.  Maybe I'll even start packing up my studio to get things ready for Mike to put down the new wood floor.  I can't wait to get things underway.  
I don't know about you but I have to clean up before I can "mess up"...(er...I mean "create").
Speaking of which...I just finished cleaning up from the "Just Cards" stamp camp I had here tonight.
What an awesome group of ladies.  It's funny...I'm always amazed when I stop and look around the tables and see the smiling faces of the sweet people I would have never met if it hadn't been for Stampin' Up!  What a blessing.

I thought I'd share the first of four cards with you that they created tonight.  It was really popular with the stampers and I hope you like it too.


I love these colors together.  The card base is Elegant Eggplant and the focal point is Whisper White, Perfect Plum and the new Silver Foil.  The base is stamped with the "En Francais" background stamp #128562.  I love that stamp.  It's such a great addition to any project and it just adds a little "Umph".  It's so elegant.  I stamped it with the Metallic Silver ink to tie it in with the Silver Foil Paper.

The ink colors I used are Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz.  I absolutely LOVE how easy it is to match colors with Stampin' Up!...everything from ink to card stock to markers to ribbon.  SO cool.

The stamp set is "Field Flowers"  #122762.  
Here are the images included in this versatile set...

I finished it off with some Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon #109070
and one of the gorgeous Antique Brads #117273
 I probably have these on every order! LOL  They are just gorgeous.

Alrighty...I'm off to plan some "snow day" fun for tomorrow.  I hope you can enjoy some stamping time too....even if you don't have any snow where  you are.
Remember, I always LOVE hearing from you and seeing what you're working on.
Email me your photos and you never know...they might just show up here on the blog.
shellsuit@verizon.net

If you need to stock up on your stampin' and crafting supplies, just head over to my Online Store.
You can click on the shopping cart above or Just Click Here to Shop Now
You can also get some awesome deals on the Clearance Rack.  There are products on there as much as 80% Off!  Woot!   I love a bargain!  How about you?
You can shop anytime....day or night.  No lines and no waiting and the lights are always on.

Wishing you a magical day,


 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Meet "Stanley" the Love Bug

Happy Sunday, Peeps!

I'm enjoying some time in my studio today between loads of laundry and straightening up a bit.  It's so nice to know we all have tomorrow off too.  Just a little room to breathe and relax...

I've had a few punch art critters who have been nagging at me lately.  Those pesky little buggers just kept begging to come to "life".  LOL  I'm SO glad they did because you probably know by now how much I love creating with punches.

The little guy I have for you today is a cutie patootie.
His name is "Stanley".  He's just a little Love Bug.





Isn't he fun??  He just makes me smile.

Here's a photo of the parts and pieces I punched out to create him...





Stanley's face/body and chubby cheeks were created using the Starburst Framelit Dies #132967.  They are from the Occasions Catalog.  I love them and have found tons of projects to use them on.  They haven't left my desk since they arrived in the mail.

Notice the textured, silver paper I used for the background?  (LOVE it!)  Well....I used the NEW "Decorative Dots" Embossing Folder that is one of our fabulous Sale a Bration products that you can get for FREE with any $50 order.  Sale a Bration is one of our biggest specials of the year and it starts next Tuesday, January 28th.  The silver paper is from the new Occasions Catalog.  It's a piece of the Silver Foil Sheet #132178.  (It also comes in Gold #132622).  I love the way it looks when it's not embossed too.  What a way to make your project "Pop".

The "Love You" stamp is from one of our 25th Anniversary Stamp Sets.  It's called "Best of Love" #132987.


I love all of the images in the set.  I just stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  Then I just used my Paper Snips to cut it out.  The white  highlight marks are made using one of my favorite tools, the White Stampin' Chalk Marker #132133. It can also be found in the Occasions Catalog.





Do you have your copy of the Occasions Catalog yet?  If not, leave me a comment or email me at shellsuit@verizon.net and I'll send one right out to you.  There are tons of wonderful new goodies in there and you won't want to miss them.  Also, if you'd like a copy of the Sale a Bration brochure to pick out your FREE stuff, you can do the same.  I can't wait to show you the projects I've made using the SAB products.  SO cool!

You can shop now at my Online Store....
Just Click Here To Shop Now

Alrighty....I'm off to the grocery store.  Wish me luck!

Wishing you a magical day!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Color Challenge Debut!

Hey there, Stampers!

Happy TGIF!  Sorry I was MIA yesterday.  I actually spent 3.5 hours in the dentist's chair getting not one but TWO crowns.  UGH!  I absolutely can't stand going to the dentist and I was seriously terrified.  Everything went well but I came home and went to sleep.  When she said I would be "sore"...she was right.

Anyway....I have some exciting news to share today.  For those of you who follow me on Facebook (my page is "Suitably Stamped), you probably noticed today that I've started something new.  Every Friday I will be posting an inspiration photo.  It will just be something that strikes my fancy...colors, textures...etc.  I will leave the photo on there for the following week.  Anyone who would like to can create a card or scrapbook layout using the photo as their inspiration.  Photos should be posted to the page by the following Wednesday afternoon.  I will have my cracker jack team here vote on the entries and pick a winner.  What will the winner receive??  I'm so glad you asked!  Since this is for fun and to help us inspire each other (and it's not the Lotto :-)  )  the winner will, of course, have the "bragging rights" and will receive a special hand stamped card from me in the mail.  For those of you with a blog, you will also receive a special blog button (that's in the works) that will show off your "win".  Sounds like fun, right?

So....are you ready to see the first Color Challenge Inspiration photo?  Okay....here you go...

I saw this photo on Pinterest and I just love the colors, prints and textures.  I thought this was a perfect way to start the challenge.  I created a card tonight to kick things off and I have to say that when I was picking out card stock, the colors were definitely NOT ones I would have ever put together on my own.  SCORE!  That's exactly what I was hoping for.  Inspiration!

Okay....Here's the card that I came up with...

I was really proud of myself.  This is definitely "out of the box" for me.  You know my style, right?  Isn't this different?  So cool! 

The stamp set is one of our newest and it's called "Geometrical".  I love all of the greetings that are included....especially "Cheer Up Buttercup!".  LOL

12 stamps:  Wood Mount: 133158   Clear Mount: 133161
I love the "Alphabet Press" Embossing Folder (Item #130916).  I made the background by cutting four strips of various colored card stock, adhering them to another piece that measured 4" x 5 1/4" and then running the entire piece through the Big Shot in the folder.  I love the way it turned out.  Really great news....the "Alphabet Press" folder is actually on the Weekly Deals this week.  Check out the other goodies that are included in the special...


Remember...my Online Store is open 24/7 with no lines and no waiting.  :-)  Just click on the shopping cart above or just CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW

Alrighty....I'd best get some sleep.  I'm headed to Ikea tomorrow to start shopping for organizational ideas to redo my stampin' space.  Woot!  I can't wait!  I'll keep you posted.

Wishing you a magical day,


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mickey "LOVE" is Pure Gold

Hey there, Stampers!

I've had a lot of fun tonight in the studio creating this new "Golden Mickey LOVE" card.  Mike is on travel and landed in Orlando earlier this evening.  It was SO sweet of him to call and tell me that it was 31 degrees...sleeting to beat the band....and he was pretty sure all of Disney was CLOSED.  LOL!!!  Yeah, right.  Oh well...he'll be back home very soon and I do hope he can enjoy the warmer weather while he's in the Sunshine State.

So....I needed a little Disney tonight.  Let me show you what I came up with...


I absolutely LOVE the new Gold and Silver paper from Stampin' Up!  It is such a "pop" of chic on any project.  I also LOVE it when it's embossed.  Since I'm a little short on posting time tonight, I won't go into all the details.  (It's almost midnight and I have a 7:30 a.m. dentist appointment to get TWO crowns.  BLECH!  SO not magical!)  If you have any questions about the supplies or design elements, please leave me a comment and I'll get back to you asap. :-)

Wishing you lots of "LOVE" and, of course, a magical day!
 

Sweet Baby

I'm loving this new "Baby, We've Grown" stamp set. It's one of the new cuties from the Occasions Catalog. If you haven't gotten your own copy yet, message me and I'll send you one ASAP.

The striped paper is from the "Fresh Prints" Designer Series Paper Pack. I love it! See those adorable starburst circles? They are made with the new Starburst Framelit Dies.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Classes Announced

Hey there, Stampers!

I'm thrilled to announce a few brand new classes and I am really excited to share all of these projects with you.  If you are a "long distance" blog reader, never fear...  You can simply choose the "long distance" option and create the projects right where you are.  So let's get to it....  Here's what's coming up...

“JUST CARDS” STAMP CAMP
Monday, January 20th from 7-9 p.m.
Class Fee: $15 (or FREE with a $30 purchase)
Make five beautiful cards with matching envelopes.
All supplies are included
 
 
"IT'S A SALE A BRATION!"
Tuesday, January 28th from 7-9 p.m.
Class Fee:  $15 (FREE with a qualifying SAB Order)
Come and create fun projects with the NEW products from Sale A Bration!
Sale A Bration is our BIGGEST special of the year!  You get to choose one FREE SAB ITEM for every
$50 you spend.
All supplies are included
 
 
 
"LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK"
Saturday, February 1st from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Class Fee: $30 (Includes your very own “Love you to the Moon” Stamp Set 
 (Clear Mount) and supplies to make 5 adorable Valentine themed projects)
RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22ND TO ENSURE YOUR STAMP SET ARRIVES IN TIME FOR CLASS



"BURLAP AND BLOOMS"
Saturday, February 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Class Fee:  $25 (Includes your very own “Burlap and Blooms” Wreath kit and supplies to assemble)
RSVP NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 27TH TO ENSURE YOUR WREATH KIT ARRIVES IN TIME FOR CLASS
 
 
Sounds like we’re going to be busy stamping, huh?  I can’t WAIT!  Please make sure to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your
seat since space will be limited. 
 
If you haven’t received your copy of the brand new Occasions Catalog in the mail, send me a note and I’ll mail one out to you right away.
You won’t want to miss out on any of the awesome, new projects and products in there!  Want to shop the Occasions Catalog online?
 
 
 
Wishing you a magical day!
 
 

 
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Undefined "Owl"

Hey there, Stampers!
 
I'm baaaack!  I had an incredible time at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference in Houston, TX.I flew back home yesterday and let me tell you....it was a LOT colder here in Virginia.  Whew!  That's okay though...I was beyond thrilled to see Mike and the kids at the airport.  Like I always say, "There's no place like home!".  I have lots of photos and info to share with you but since it's getting close to midnight I thought I'd show you what I worked on tonight.
 
This is seriously cool... While I was at Stampin' Up! Leadership last week, I had a chance to try my hand at our "Undefined" stamp carving kit. The kit includes everything you see in the photo (carving tools, rubber, wood blocks, marker). You can draw your own image/design or you can Google one and copy it. Just draw it on a piece of paper that will fit on one of the blocks with a pencil...flip the paper over onto the piece of rubber provided in the kit, and "rub" the design so that it transfers. Then you simply use the carving tools to create your very own stamp. I sketched an owl...The photos below show it in process. The card below is the one I create with my new stamp tonight. 
 
 
 How cool is THAT?? If you'd like to try it out, just send me a quick note and I'll get you started.
 
Wouldn't you love to try your hand at creating some of your own?  To get your Undefined Kit just click on the shopping cart above.  If you have any questions, please email me at shellsuit@verizon.net.
 
Wishing you a magical day,
 
Michelle
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, January 10, 2014

You're One in a Minion

Happy Friday!

It's day two here at Stampin' Up! Leadership in Houston, TX. Today we will be attending classes, sharing ideas and information and then tonight we are having a "Stamping Night Out". It sounds like tons of fun and I can't wait to play with all of the new sneak peek projects.

I thought I'd share one of my swap cards with you. This is the last one I have so I made sure to take a photo of it before I give the last one away. Here is my Minion card(from Despicable Me). I used the circle flip card framelit and it couldn't have been easier.
I hope it makes you smile. 😄

Stampin' smiles,
Michelle