Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator ~ Debbie Dutchess ~ www.debbied.stampinup.net ~ deeleed@aol.com

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Peace on Earth

Here's another card from my Stamp-a-Stack class. This one is pretty simple, but I like it. I used the traditional colors of Garden Green and Real Red.

The background is embossed with the Big Shot and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. Then I punched out a circle with the new 2-1/2" Circle Punch. Rather than trying to center the sentiment, from the Hostess Set in the Holiday Mini Catalog, Peaceful Season, I stamped it in Real Red Classic Ink on a square of Very Vanilla Cardstock and centered it underneath before adhering the green to the base. That way I could make sure it was centered and nice & straight.

The ribbon is the Real Red 5/8" Satin with the Real Red 1/8" Taffeta layered on top. The button is from the Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons assortment. I love these! They come in 2 different assortments with 4 each of 3 different designs in 4 colors. They are 3/4" and 1" in diameter, and coordinate with the Designer Series Paper and Fabric. They can be found in the Holiday Mini Catalog on page 17.

If you've started thinking about decorating for the Holidays, you'll definitely want to join me for my next class. We will be making 4 Mini Lunch Sack designs, perfect for filling with goodies or using as part of your holiday decor. Come create a Scarecrow, Turkey, Santa & a Snowman. These are so cute & easy, you'll want to make one for everyone that will be sitting around your holiday table!

You can find information about all of my classes on my website. Want to visit me? Just click HERE.

Thanks for checking in ~ have a great day!

dd

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

#3 Grand Daughter & Card

Wow ~ What a weekend! I got a call from my daughter at 1:00am Thursday telling me she was on her way to the hospital to deliver her baby. We all arrived there at the same time, went in, got her admitted & settled in to her room. Things were going along fine, but when they gave her some pain medication, everything slowed down. We walked the halls for hours, trying to get things moving again and when her doctor came in at 8:00am he decided to send her home. She was still having consistent contractions, but everything else wasn't progressing. She was not happy. I was trying to be positive and told her at least she could get something to eat, and maybe get some rest since she hadn't slept any through the night. Long story short, we were back at the hospital by noon and Lil' Miss Laney Brailyn was born at 5:14am Friday.

I thought this cute pink Christmas Card would be appropriate for today. I saw a card like this on some one's blog & I can't remember now who. This is the Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set and Candy Cane Christmas DSP found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The base of the card is Blushing Bride, from the new In-Colors. I stamped the images in Real Red, Garden Green, Baja Breeze and Soft Suede Classic Ink. I punched them out with the 1" Circle Punch and used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up. The Happy Holidays stamp is from the Many Merry Messages Stamp Set. I scalloped one side of the Real Red Cardstock using the Scallop Trim Border Punch. This would be a great card to mass produce. It's fairly simple, but very cute.

If you're designing your Christmas Cards check out the Holiday Bundles! There are several different bundles containing gorgeous products perfect for creating cards, gift packaging and gifts ~ all at 20% off!

Thanks for stopping by ~ I need to go snuggle a little baby girl!

dd

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stamp-a-Stack Card #2

Here is another card we made in my class. Another idea I altered from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

I used the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder on Baja Breeze Cardstock for the base of this card, and then randomly stamped the snowflakes from the Jolly Old Saint Nick Stamp Set in Baja Breeze Classic Ink. I stamped the cute little snowman from the same set on a tag from the Two Tags Die, cut with the Big Shot, added Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (discontinued) and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I tied a bit a ribbon through the Big Designer Button and added it to the tag. The sentiment is also from the Jolly Old Saint Nick Stamp Set. It is stamped in Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, my new favorite red. It is so rich and yummy! Then I punched it out with the Scallop Oval Punch and layered it on an Extra Large Cherry Cobbler Oval.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another card from my class. Thanks for stopping by today!

dd

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Handmade Holiday

We had so much fun at my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack on Sunday. I am very pleased with the cards that we made. I tried to keep them simple, but that's not so easy with beautiful DSP, large designer buttons that match, glimmer brads, new punches, and let's not forget the adorable stamp sets! I created 6 cards, and the ladies made 4 each of each design. I just couldn't stop, so they also got 2 Bonus cards that they made 1 each. They went home with 26 cards! They now have a great start on their Holiday Card List.

Most of the cards featured products from the Holiday Mini Catalog, but I did pull in a couple of old favorites. The first card was actually CASE'd from the mini. I just changed the colors up a bit and added a Glimmer Brad, and a different sentiment.

The base is Real Red Cardstock. The scallop square was cut with my Big Shot and the new Scallop Square Duo Die. This die has two scallop squares, this one and one that will layer with the Scallop Square Punch. The polka dot paper is from the incredibly cute, Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper. This paper is just too fun, with red glitter on two of the designs. It also coordinates with the Candy Cane Christmas Fabric and the Candy Countdown Calendar, also in the mini. The Garden Green design behind the ornament is the new Extra-Large Decorative Label Punch ~ Love this punch! The ornament is from the Tags til Christmas Stamp Set, stamped with Real Red Classic Ink, and punched out with the Ornament Punch. I added the Green Glimmer Brad in the center and used Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Word Play Stamp Set.

You can create the perfect Handmade Holiday now at 20% off! From October 19 – December 16, choose from several different holiday bundles containing gorgeous Stampin’ Up! projects – prefect for creating cards, gift packaging, and gifts – and all at 20% off!

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Contact me or check it out online!
Thanks for stopping by~

dd

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Decor Elements

I haven't done a lot with the Decor Elements, but when I was shopping and saw this plate with the "lace" edge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

This is the Small Chocolate Medallion Decor Element. It looks like it was made for this plate. The ribbon is actually Chocolate Chip 1-1/4" Stripe Grosgrain, all I had at the time. It is now discontinued, but we do have it in the new Early Espresso which is a nice darker rich brown that would look really great with this project too.

You can see the entire Definitely Decorative line by clicking on the picture of the catalog on the sidebar. There are so many fun & exciting things to decorate with!

Just a reminder to check out the Clearance Rack. There are tons of items that have been marked down, some as much as 80%! There's only a few more days to take advantage of these great prices.

Thanks for visiting today!

dd

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fall Centerpiece

I have been stamping & cutting cardstock like crazy getting ready for my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack this Sunday, but yesterday, my floral design skills took over. I had an idea that I'd been wanting to try and decided to take a little break. I was a floral designer for JoAnn's for several years. I worked at one of the first etc. Stores as the Floral Department Specialist. Flowers and stamping are my passions. I don't do as much floral work now, but once in a while I just have to get my glue gun & wire cutters out.

I wanted to make something to coordinate with my candlesticks that I decorated. This is a wooden pumpkin that I had in my fall decorations. I simply added some fall flowers, berries & twigs. Normally when doing a floral arrangement, I would just use silk leaves, but I wanted to make this a Stampin' Up! project, so I cut some leaves with my Big Shot and the Leaves #2 Die, texturized some of them with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and some of them with one of the Texture Plates from Kit #4.

I love the way it turned out and can't wait to put this on my Thanksgiving table.
Here is a close up of some of the leaves~


Here is a better picture of just the pumpkin. It was hard to get a good picture.


Back to preparing for my class. Hope you're having a great week. Thanks for stopping by!

dd

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Clearance Rack Blitz

If you haven't checked it out yet, now would be a great time to browse the Clearance Rack . It is a great place to discover discontinued Stampin’ Up! merchandise for fantastic prices. Now, from October 5–18, Stampin' Up! is adding over two hundred more discontinued items--some at up to 80% off to help make room in the Distribution Center for new products! Click on over ~ there just might be something you've been looking for.

I'll be back later to share a project with you~

dd