Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sassy Scrappers April Class

Hello promised here are some pics of our last class for the Sassy Scrappers group...They met on Friday..we also have a couple new people in these photos! Woooo hoooo Paula, Sue, & Shannon on becomming a Sassy Girl! Shout out to Patty who joined us to see what its all about! We did three projects....Emboss Resist Easter Card, Basket, and a Spring Type Card with reverse masking.....
Sue & Shannon

Sue cutting some paper!

Stacey & Paula working their project...


Patty punching!

Sam----like why are you bothering me....LOL

Mel sponging ink....

Mel L & Sue dicussing strategy.....

Mindy's finished basket! (oppps didn't get a pic of Mindy herself..)

Sam lovin the Big Shot....

Mother/Daughter Duo...Sue & Shannon....

New Blog Makeover

Happy Easter Everyone!
Well I spent my Easter holiday at my Mom's for a wonderful ham dinner....
After dinner I got my wonderful brother Brice to give my blog a slight make over.....I am so excited to have been given a tutorial on how to link my ordering site and new catalogs onto my blog! Love you Brice!
Hope you enjoy the new ultimate thing was to use some of Stampin Up's Designer Series Paper for the background thru the My Digital Studio software, but we ran into a problem trying to do that part....!
That will be for another day.....
Will post pics from my Sassy Scrappers class this past Friday when I get home to upload the photos....
Happy Easter everyone...hope you've all had a wonderful day with those you love!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sorry for the huge space in postings......

Hi Everyone;
I am on vacation for a week from school! Yippy...I get to fit in some crafting time....
My first three cards are for a Relay For Life basket.  Lynn from school is organizing this basket to raise funds in memory of our special friend Sue Palin who departed us recently....First time I have been involved in a Relay For Life team...I am very excited to help contribute in Sue's name.  Two of these cards were created from ideas I had seen on Christena Bagne's blog...the third I created from an idea I had seen in the current May issue of Stampin Success magazine.  These three cards use the new stamp set "Strength & Hope".  I love this set and can see myself using it often.  Its too bad we all know people that cancer affects in one way or another...Here are the cards...enjoy! 

"Support & Strength"

"Courage & Hope"

"Hope & Believe"

New Melon Mambo Embossing Powder!!!!!

Pretty Postage Stamp Set Card
"Pretty Postage" Stamp Set

Monday, April 4, 2011

Crystal Effects....Information to help you with its uses.....

Crystal Effects......
•Gives a high-gloss finish to any image
•Creates amazing 3-D effects
•Applicator tip provides great control
•Distributed exclusively by Stampin’ Up!
•Water based for quick and easy cleanup
•Dries completely within an hour, depending on how thickly it is applied
•Non-toxic, acid-free
•2 oz.
•#101055, $6.25
•Use and store Crystal Effects at room temperature.
•Always store your Crystal Effects upright and NOT laying down on it’s side.
•NEVER SHAKE Crystal Effects bottle. This creates air bubbles making application difficult at best.
•Prior to use, place the bottle upside down in a coffee cup, allowing any air bubbles to rise to the top. This will minimize bubbles from appearing in your finished project.
•When using, try to keep your nozzle down until completely done adding your CE to prevent bubbles from forming.
•Apply slowly to alleviate any air bubbles that may occur.
•Allow Crystal Effects to dry completely before handling. Thin coats take only a few minutes, but thicker coats may take 30-60 minutes or longer to dry completely. Be careful not to handle your project too soon after using Crystal Effects or you may leave fingerprints in your design!
•Do NOT use the heat tool to speed dry time; it will bubble an ruin your project.
•Crystal Effects is water based and can cause Stampin’ Up! markers or dye inks to bleed. Carefully apply a THIN layer of Crystal Effects, let dry, then apply a thicker coat. Or, use Watercolor Crayons, Watercolor Pencils or Pastels to color your images before applying Crystal Effects without fear of bleeding colors.
•Keep a long hat pin with a ball with your Crystal Effects to use to clear the opening from any clogging.

1.Use as an adhesive for embellishments. It is very strong and dries clear. Especially good for small pieces, heavy pieces, beads, bows, magnets, pin backs, wire or attaching plastic and other non-porous materials to your stamped projects. Be sure to let it dry completely before handling.
2.Simulate water droplets or dew on flowers and plants by adding little droplets to flower petals or leaves. Also use for raindrops, water puddles or to leaves themselves to appear wet. Mix in a drop or two of Bashful Blue or Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill for a more realistic look.
3.Use on bubbles to make them appear to be translucent and dimensional on paper.
4.Add to eyes (punch art or stamped) to give them a glossy, wide-eyed and realistic effect. Also perfect for animal noses.
5.Use the applicator tip to apply a thicker layer of Crystal Effects to select elements of your design to add emphasis. Apply a second or third coat to raise image more, if desired. Great for small leaves, flower petals, centers of flowers, insects, Christmas ornament, teacup, umbrella, etc.
6.Brush a thin layer of Crystal Effects over the entire focal piece to give your piece a glass-like finish. Add glitter for a glittery glazed look.
7.Apply to punched circles or Buttons embosslit cuts for faux buttons.
8.Use crystal effects to glue Designer Series Paper (or a stamped image) to a clear button.
9.Use Crystal Effects with Dazzling Diamonds or ultra fine glitter to add a pop of sparkle to your project. Great for candle flames, camp fires, etc.
10.Use as icicles on your winter projects. Apply a strip of Crystal Effects on wax paper and pull down like icicles with a toothpick, then add Dazzling Diamonds.
11.Add beads, microbeads and Glass Glitter (heavier than regular glitter) to a portion of your project.
12.Use it to re-glue any stamps that have come unmounted from the foam or wood.
13.Experiment with different applicators to add textured patterns to your art. For example, the Faux Canvas technique gives a portrait effect to your stamped art. Or random squiggles, shapes or marks drawn on cardstock will give a glossy, watermark look to your background. Swirls with a paintbrush will give another effect.
14.Use as a glitter glue. Mix Crystal Effects with a small amount of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. You can also custom color them by adding drops of Classic Ink Refill. Mix small amounts or large bottles to keep on hand.
15.Use to create the illusion of glass when applied over a stamped vase, eyeglasses, windows, drinking glass, pitcher or Christmas light bulb.
16.Outline your image in a thin line of Crystal Effects for a heat embossed look without the heat.
17.Paint your pearls! Use a mixture of reinkers and Crystal Effects. Lay them on a piece of wax paper and paint them with the mixture and let dry. Change the color of Hodgepodge Hardware or mini brads, too!
18.Use to seal and protect your artwork - especially great for 3D paper flowers, multi-layer paper pins or dominoes (when colored with pastels or attaching stamped tissue paper design).
19.Use as a fray check by applying to the end of your ribbon.
20.Create Faux Dew Drops by forming 3D dots on wax paper (use reinkers to add color). Let dry, remove from wax paper and adhere to your project.
21.Coat the top of a brad with Crystal Effects and dip into some fine glitter to create glitter brads. Caution unlike our Glimmer Brads, the glitter will tend to rub off a bit with these brads. Be sure to shake off excess before allowing to dry. Stick the brad prongs in styrofoam to let the brad dry without messing up the top.
22.Use Crystal Effects to seal your shrink art pins. This creates dimension and provides a more a great glassy finish.
23.Use Crystal Effects to seal beaded pens. After you make your pen, stick it into Styrofoam to dry for 24 hours. Then dip the pen upside down into the bottle of crystal effects. Tip right side up and stick back into the Styrofoam to dry for another 24 hours. It seals the pen so that he beads won't fall off.
24.Use as a household glue to repair items - I used it to glue the bed of my Birkenstock sandal and it's still holding!
25.Use for techniques like Acetate & Tissue, Sparkly Stain Glass, Snow Globe, Faux Canvas, Photo Altering, Caught in Crystal and so many more!
Let me know if you have made something spectacular with Crystal Effects....I would love to see what can be made!

Ooooo Love Grab Bags! Check it out....

Beginning back on April 1, and continuing while supplies last, you will be able to purchase special "grab bags" in the Online Store. These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.
Please keep the following in mind:
  • Grab bag orders can only be placed in the online store (I can't order these for you).
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the grab bag special offer.
  • There is no limit to the number of grab bags you may purchase; however, grab bag items are only available while supplies last. 
  • All grab bag sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.
  • Not all grab bags will be unique.
  • Go to
  • Most of all...enjoy the savings!

125873$5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)
125874$10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)
125875$15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Creations!!

I had very little time this morning, but felt the urge to accomplish at least two cards!  I love what I came up with when under pressure!  One card is going to be used tomorrow for a shoe box swap my fellow Stampin Up Demonstrators are attending at Patti's house in St. Johnsbury, VT  I can't wait to get some girl time along with crafting time...what more could I ask for....(well alot...but won't go there)....!!!!!

First card is made with Stamp set: Elements of Style, Kraft Card Stock base, Old Olive Card Stock layer,Old Olive Ribbon, Vellum Card Stock, Rose Red Ink, Old Olive Ink, and the Birthday sentiment is from the stamp set: Create A Cupcake.......

Second card is made with Stamp set: Bliss from the just finished Sale-A-Bration set....along with Kraft Card Stock Base, Not Quite Navy Card Stock layer, Big Z Die "Fun Flowers", Paisley Petals Designer Paper, Designer Fabric Sweet Stitches Brads, Victoria Crochet Trim, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Decorative Label Punch, and Jewel Basic Pearls embellishment.....whewwww alot going on there!  That's a good use up some of my product I have!

Third and final card of the day is for my shoe box swap at Patti's....yes, I spilled the beans...but its the only chance I have to post this before Sunday night!  This card uses our stunning Black Card Stock for the base, Cherry Cobbler Card Stock, Baja Breeze Card Stock, Old Olive Ink, Cherry Cobbler Ink, along with the new stamp set: "Fabulous Florets" from the new Summer Mini Catalog available May 1st.  I attended the Hartford Regional Convention and won this stamp set from the ever lovely Prize Patrol....I love Prize Patrol!

Also I acquired two lab puppies last week! They are so adorable. I must say two was more than I could handle with working all day at school. This week the chocolate lab found a new home with a loving family!