Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vintage Vogue Birthday

I have been asked to make the birthday cards for the ladies in my church group this year. These ladies are older and I wanted something classy for them. I was looking for some fresh ideas when I came across this card on Laurie Zoellmer's blog. It was perfect. I changed up the colors a little and switched out the sentiment to suit my need. I also expanded the front panel to full size. I made 5 of these for the ladies with a September birthday in no time. I am also working on remembering to stamp the envelope.
Stamps: Vintage Vouge, Sincere Salutations
Colors: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Rhinstone Brad

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ABC's of a Perfect Handmade Holiday

Stampin' Up! has started their newest promotion. They have bundled a number of our wonderful Holiday Products for 20% off Prefered Pricing.
Contact me or go online 24/7 HERE to place an order for any of these bundles. This special runs until December 16th. Order now to make your own holiday products. Ask me about Gift Wrapping to give a special bundle to your special stamper.
You can view (or print) the flyer HERE>

Vintage Christmas Card Bundle
Bells & Boughs Set & Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
Wood Mount #124067 $23.92
Clear Mount #124068 $19.92
(Spanish) Tradiciones Navideñas Set & Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper
Wood Mount #124069 $23.92
Clear Mount #124070 $19.92
Contempo Christmas Card Bundle
Contempo Christmas Set & Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Wood Mount #124071 $20.72
Clear Mount #124072 $17.52
(French) Noël contemporain Set & Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
Wood Mount #124073 $20.72
Clear Mount #124074 $17.52
Tags til Christmas Bundle
Tags til Christmas Set & Decorative Label Punch
Wood Mount #124077 $38.32
Clear Mount #124078 $31.92
(Spanish) Mensajes Navideños Set & Decorative Label Punch
Wood mount #124079 $38.32
Clear Mount # 124080 $31.92
(French) En attendant Noël Set & Decorative Label Punch
Wood Mount #124081 $38.32
Clear Mount #124082 $31.92
Gift Packaging Bundle
Gifted Set & Mini Lunch Sacks
Wood Mount #124083 $26.32
Clear Mount #124084 $19.92
(French) Des cadeaux! Set & Mini Lunch Sacks
Wood Mount #124085 $26.32
Clear Mount #124086 $19.92
Simply Adorned Gift Bundle
Charming Set & Simply Adorned 1" x 1-1/4" Charm Simply Adorned 24" Chain
Only Available in Wood Mount #124076 $39.88

Non-Stamp Set Bundle --Frame Gift Bundle
Definitely Decorative Chunky Frame & Small Chocolate Chip Dotted Flourish Décor Elements #124075 $19.92

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Clearance Rack BLITZ

Stampin' Up! has started a great promotion today. SU! has placed over 200 items in their clearance rack for up to 80% off from now till October 18th. There are some FABULOUS items there. These Items can only be ordered online and not at a regular workshop. They are also available while supplies last only.
BONUS INCENTIVE: I will place your name in a drawing for every $30 in product you order online from me between now and October 18th. On October 19th I will select from those names. The winner will receive a voucher for $10 of Current SU! Merchandise from me. I will draw 1 name for every 5 names in the hat.

The more you order, the more chances you have to win. The more people who order the more prizes I will give away, so tell your friends. Be sure you are ordering from My Demonstrator Website to be entered into the drawing. Kathleen Brill should appear in the upper right corner of the ordering page.

Orders over $150 will also receive hostess benefits according to SU! Hostess Benefit Program. Those benifits will be selected online when you place the order. You will also receive 5 entries into my drawing.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

October Bonus Card Kit

Featured Set: “Welcome Christmas” and Featured Accessory: Rhinestone Jewels
Featured Stamp Set for the YEAR: Teeny Tiny Wishes

October Bonus: There are two card kits to select from this month. To view the other one click HERE.

Why Card Kits?

Card Kits are the Stamping Classes that come right to your door! You’ll receive the supplies to create SIX of EACH design shown here – that means all of the consumable supplies that you need to create 12 cards total. You will also receive 2 additional full color photographs of “alternative” cards that you can make with the combined contents of the kit! In addition, you’ll receive detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 designs. This month’s card kit items are listed below, and the price of the Card Kit is just $20 – that’s less than $1.70 per card!!

Card Kit Order Deadline is by October 10th. You will receive your kits at the end of the month.
Special Offer for October! Purchase the Card Kit and receive “Welcome Christmas” and the Featured Accessory, “Rhinestone Jewels” at 20% off!

The Card Kit ($20) Includes:
Cut Cardstock Pieces
Cut Ribbon Pieces
12 –Very Vanilla Envelopes
Step by Step Instructions to complete 4 different card designs using the kit pieces

Add-on Products:
Early Espresso Classic Ink ($5.95)
Old Olive Classic Ink ($5.95)
Boho Blossoms Punch ($16.95)
2 ½” Circle Punch ($16.95)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set ($36.95 – discount given on first card kit purchase of the year only – discounted price $29.56)
Welcome Christmas Stamp Set: Wood - ($27.95) $22.36 Clear - ($19.95) $15.96 with the purchase of the Card Kit.
Basic Rhinestone Jewels ($4.95) $3.96 with the purchase of the Card Kit

Other Optional Purchases:
Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
Mat Pack ($9.95)
Paper Piercer ($3.95)
SNAIL Adhesive ($6.95)
Bone Folder ($6.95)
Paper Snips ($9.95)

Please Note: I am glad to ship kits directly to you! There is a $3.50 shipping charge.

Contact me today to order your Card Kit Today!
Kathleen Brill-Myrice

October Card Kit

Featured Set: “A Cute Little Christmas” and Featured Accessory: Candy Cane Buttons
Featured Stamp Set for the YEAR: Teeny Tiny Wishes

OCTOBER BONUS KIT--There are two kits to select from this month. Click HERE to view the other one.

Why Card Kits?

Card Kits are the Stamping Classes that come right to your door! You’ll receive the supplies to create SIX of EACH design shown here – that means all of the consumable supplies that you need to create 12 cards total. You will also receive 2 additional full color photographs of “alternative” cards that you can make with the combined contents of the kit! In addition, you’ll receive detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 designs. This month’s card kit items are listed below, and the price of the Card Kit is just $20 – that’s less than $1.70 per card!!

Card Kit Order Deadline is by October 10th. You will receive your kits at the end of the month.
Special Offer for October! Purchase the Card Kit and receive “A Cute Christmas” and the Featured Accessory, “Candy Cane Buttons” at 20% off!

The Card Kit ($20) Includes:
Cut Cardstock Pieces
Cut Designer Paper Pieces (Note: Prints will vary from kit to kit within the “Candy Cane Christmas” Pack)
Cut Ribbon Pieces
12 – Whisper White Envelopes
Step by Step Instructions to complete 4 different card designs using the kit pieces

Add-on Products:
Basic Black Classic Ink ($5.95)
Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Baja Breeze Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
In Color Stampin’ Write Markers ($14.95)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set ($36.95 – discount given on first card kit purchase of the year only – discounted price $29.56)
A Cute Christmas Stamp Set: Wood - ($25.95) $20.76 Clear - ($18.95) $15.16 with the purchase of the Card Kit.
Candy Cane Designer Buttons ($8.95) $7.16 with the purchase of the Card Kit

Other Optional Purchases:
Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
SNAIL Adhesive ($6.95)
Mini Glue Dots ($4.95)
Bone Folder ($6.95)
Paper Snips ($9.95)

Please Note: I am glad to ship kits directly to you! There is a $3.50 shipping charge.

Contact me today to order your Card Kit Today!
Kathleen Brill-Myrice

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win my blog candy.
And the WINNER is..............

PaperFairyFris--Please contact me by 9:15 am on Sunday or a new winner will be drawn.
You can email me at

Friday, September 24, 2010

Demonstrator Opportunity-Craft Tote Promotion

If you have even briefly thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, now is the time to join.
The Greenhouse Gala Craft Tote Tote-ally ROCKS! It is large and will fit all the products you get with the starter kit. The stamps, the cardstock, the ink pads, and all the accessories. If you select the add-on kit it will also hold the 12x12 paper and when the time comes a paper cutter.

It is a $39.95 value and you get one for FREE by signing up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator between now and October 18th.
The starter kit is only $175 and you get everything you need to start a thriving business or just gather supplies for a new hobby. There is no obligation to keep the items in the starter kit after you purchase it. However, there are plenty of incentives to continue with a wonderful company.
For all the details about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator contact me today. I will be happy to get you started with the Stampin' Up! Opportunity.

Halloween Projects

LAST DAY TO ENTER BLOG CANDY. I will have my darling daughter pull the winner after school today.
Yesterday I showed you the scrapbook page we did at stamp club this month. Today I have the card and one of the 3-D items we made.

The card is a combination of two great cards from Lynn Pratt. Again, I wanted to show a cute way to use the owl punch. I used the main part of the owl body, then added wings. The wings is the bitty bat punch cut in half. The little bats are the bitty bat punch themselves. The eyes on the little bats are the smallest circles from the owl punch. I then used a Stampin' Write Marker to dot the center of the eye. The tombstones are done with the NEW Decorative Label Punch in the Winter Mini Catalog. I spounged the edges and drew on sone cracks with a Stampin' Write Marker. It is hard to see in the photo. The grass was torn and then cut to give it a more realistic look. The tree branch was hand cut. I stamped the woodgrain background onto it in a darker shade and then edged the branch with a Stampin' Write Marker.
TIP: I inked up the woodgrain stamp. Layed the stamp on my desk (stamp side up), put the cardstock onto the stamp and pressed down with my fingers. This helped to ensure I got the swirl part of the image where I wanted it.
The 3-D item shown is one of two we made that day. We also made the Web Luminary from the Blog Hop a few weeks back. Click here to see the luminary. The NEW Candy Wrapper Die from the Winter Mini catalog is so easy to use. Simply cut with the Big Shot, fold, fill with candy and tie shut. You only need a small piece of sticky strip to hold the candy wrapper shut. I also put a small piece of sticky strip on the back of the tag to hold it where I wanted it to be.
Products Used:
STAMPS: Woodgrain Background (#117100), Got Treats? (W-#119114, C-#120627)
CARDSTOCK: Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Wicked Fun Specialty DSP (#117400)
INK: Stampin' Write Markers (Basic Black, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry), Classic Ink (Basic Black, Early Espresso)
PUNCHES: Two step owl (#118274), Bitty Bat (#119279), 1-3/8" Circle, Decorative Label, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle (#118874), 1-3/4" Circle
OTHER: Big Shot, Candy Wrapper Die (#120890), Raven Lace Trim (#120988), Paper Snips, Sticky Strip

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spooks-Scrapbook Page

Before we get started with todays project, don't forget to enter my BLOG CANDY. The winner will be drawn on Friday night.
This is the scrapbook page we made at stamping club last weekend. I placed it in a shadowbox frame I got at the local craft store. Below you will find a couple tips for the techniques on this page.
The scrapbook page is 12x12. I wanted to incorporate a few things I have learned recently. I have had a lot of fun working with the Web Embossing Folder. I was having some problems figuring out how to use it on a scrapbook page. My problem is that it is only the size of a card front. I didn't want to have a web that led to nowhere. To solve the probem, I cut the black cardstock into two pieces. The original design was going to follow a somewhat progressive page layout, so the black piece was 8-1/2 x 11. I decided it would be better as a more square shape. Instead of going with an 8-1/2 by 8-1/2, I compensated for the extra gap between the two halves and cut it 9 x 8-1/2. Then cut in half at 4-1/4". This way I could emboss one portion of the area with the embossing folder and feel like the web didn't stop abruptly. To make the web stand out a little more, and have a shimmer to it I coated it with some shimmer paint.
TIP #1: To coat the web with shimmer paint, I used a spounge dauber. I first dabbed the paint onto my scrap paper then onto my web area. Don't dab too hard or you will get circle marks from the dauber. You could try a spounge, but I felt like it covered to much area for me and I didn't have enough control. By dabbing it on the scrap paper first it help to tone down the paint. It is always easy to add more, but once it is there you are stuck with it. I did want more in the center of the web.
To make the moon is simple. I punched out a 2-1/2" Circle with the new punch in the Winter Mini Catalog. Then using a stampin' spounge I added some Daffodil Delight Classic Ink to the edges. The bats were punched with the bat punch. In retrospect they should be on dimensionals.
The ghosts are one of my favorite things that creative demos have come up with. It is actually the owl punch upside down and his feet cut off. I punched a couple of eye holes with my crop-a-dile and then put a scrap of black behind his head to show through the eyes. I also love to use my wheels when I get a chance, so there is a strip of the Web Stampin' Around Wheel at the top of the 6x6 area.
TIP #2: This has to do with the title letters. I made them with my Big Shot and Timeless Type Junior Alphabet. Whichever print you want to show on our page, needs to face the die when you cut the letters out. Personally, I cut with my die facing up. It makes it easier to place my scraps of cardstock on the area I want to cut. So the design I want to show on my projects, must go down on my die.

Products Used:
Stamps: Web Stampin' Around Wheel (#115666)
Ink: Daffodil Delight (#119667), Black Stampin' Around Cartridge (#104581), Platinum Shimmer Paint (#116807)
Cardstock: 12x12 Old Olive (#119934), Basic Black (#121045), Rich Razzleberry (#115316), Cajun Craze (#119684), Whisper White (#100730), Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper (#117400)
Accessories: Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (#115951), Raven Lace Trim (#120988), Bitty Bat Punch (#119279), Two Step Owl Punch (#118074), Web Embossing Folder (#120889), Spounge Daubers (#102892), Stampin' Spounges (#101610)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

74cent- Just a Note

I need to pass a quick note to my son's teacher the other week. Of course it would have been too simple to just scribble it on a piece of paper and put in his backback. So I ran to my craft room, grabbed some Stampin' Write Markers, a couple pieces of cardstock and my "Hello Again" Stamp Set.

Cards do not have to cost tons of money or have lots of bling to be perfect. This is a simple matted card. No fancy layers, no punches, no cutting.....just ink, stamp and send. I colored directly on the stamp with the In Color Stampin' Write Markers. I then "huffed" hot air onto the stamp and stamped onto the Confetti White Cardstock. This is fast and simple to do. It is also a great way to use different colors on one stamp image.

You can always purchase each individual Stampin' Up! Color in Ink, Cardstock, Markers and re-inkers. You can also purchase then in Color Collections. Both Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride are in the 2010-2012 In Color Collection. You can purchase the variety pack of cardstock (#119797, $6.95), containing 4 sheets of each of the 5 In Colors for 2010-2012. Then mix and match the cardstock to create over 26 cards in this design. If you use the Confetti White cardstock as your base color you can make over 60 cards with $44.35 in product. That is only 74cents per card.
Order products online 24/7/365 at My Stampin' Up! Website. Or contact me today to schedule your own workshop so all of your friends can learn how to make cards for under $1.00 each.

Stamps: Hello Again (Pictured Here)(#113780, $12.95)

Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz(#119795, $6.95), Blushing Bride(#119796, $6.95), Confetti White (#102028, $9.50)
Ink: 2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (#119801, $14.95)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Club Card--Hello Baby

It is always a good idea to have a baby card in your file, just in case. This is the card we made at stamp club last month for that very reason. Members could choose between making a boy or girl card. For more information on stamp club contact me.
Since Stampin' Up! only offers most ribbon in 13 of the 45 colors, we learned how to die the white taffetta ribbon to match any color in the SU! spectrum. We also learned how to color with the Watercolor Pencils. To give the card a simple twist, we made it into an easel card. This is simple to do and requires only an extra piece of cardstock for the front and something on the inside to help it stand up.

Don't miss out on a chance for the blog candy I have this week. Check out yesterdays post for more details.

Monday, September 20, 2010


I wanted to take a moment to thank all of my wonderful followers. Thanks to you and the Stampin' Addicts Winter Mini Blog Hop I have surpassed a milestone....... 10,000 hits (and climbing). To show my appreciation to all of you I am offering this BLOG CANDY.
Winning is simple.....leave me message. Tell me what you have enjoyed or even what you would like to see more of. Just type something. On Friday, Sept. 24th, I will put all of the comments into a hat a have my darling daughter pull one out. The winner will be announced on Saturday and receive everything shown in the photo. There are two retired hostess stamp sets (Punches Three & Patterned Pines), 3-1/2 yards of Wild Wassabi Stripped Ribbon and a new package of Real Red Bead Duos.

Be sure to check back as the winner only has 24 hours to contact me, then a new name will be drawn.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Back to School

Each month I have a wonderful group of ladies that gathers for my stamp club. We make a variety of projects each month. Generally we make a card, a scrapbook page and a 3-D item of some sort. With school is in full swing everywhere I thought it would be a nice focus for our scrapbook page last month.
I LOVE the new Owl Punch. He is fun to dress up and soooo easy to use. The Designer Series Paper on his chest is from the Gala Greenhouse collection. It is also used on the strip across the bottom portion. I used it as my inspiration for my color scheme. (Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, and Real Red) Some of the colors only got little hints in the embelishments I made with the "Beary Bright" Build-A-Bear Sizzlits Die. The journaling block in the lower right corner was first punched with the Spiral Border Punch. I then tour a little off the top and bottom before crumpling it to give it that used notebook paper look.
The simple title was done with the "Rough Type" alphabet from the summer mini catalog. The new clear stamp option made this easy to do. Simply place all the letters on one clear block and then stamp at the same time. Worried that the letters will not line up correctly? Do as I did and stamp them crooked on purpose.

Do you live in the SW Oklahoma area? Are you interested in gathering with friends for a few hours of stamping fun once a month? Contact me to join stamp club. We are always ready to welcome new members. There is no supply fee and you will get a chance at earning the hostess benifits. Contact me for more details.

Products Used:
Stamps: Rough Type Alphabet
Colors: Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Gala Greenhouse DSP, 2-step Owl Punch, 2-step Bird Punch, Large scallop circle, top note big shot die, spiral punch, Mini Library Clips, Beary Bright Sizzlit, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker

Friday, August 27, 2010

Stampin' Addicts Winter Mini Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Winter Mini Blog Hop. If you came directly from the Stampin' Addicts Blog Hop Thread you found stop #1. You will be guided through all the stops on the hop by simply following along. This Blog Hop will feature products from the Stampin' Up! Winter Mini Catalog, available to customers Sept. 1, 2010 thru Jan 3, 2011.

If you found us some other way or started in the middle, you just came from Tanya's Blog with some great ideas for the "Filled With Love" Stamp Set, and looped back to the beginning of the Hop.

My Featured Product for the first stop on the hop is the EMBOSSING FOLDERS.

There are two embossing folders in the Winter Mini Catalog. The first is the "Spider Web" Embossing Folder (#120889) found on page 6. I ran the embossing folder through with a piece of Velumn Cardstock (#101856). I turned the velumn over and with a Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker (#120966) I colored in the groove left by the embossing folder. I attached the velumn to the card with little bits of snail adhesive in the corners. I put the velumn onto Whisper White Cardstock to help the image stand out. The bottom of the card is Basic Gray Cardstock. If you look closely the Basic Black strip at the bottom looks a little fuzzy. Stampin' Up! Cardstock is known for it's durability. This is because the cardstock is actually two halves together that are solid throughout. If you crumple the paper up many times or run it along the side of your table over and over it will break the fibers between the two layers. You can then very gently peal them apart leaving a soft feathered look to the cardstock. I piece of the new Raven 1/2" Lace Trim finishes off the card.
Products Used:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115730), Batty For You (#116576)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Velumn Cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: SPIDER WEB EMBOSSING FOLDER (#120889), Big Shot, Modern Label Punch, Raven 1/2" Lace Trim, Silver Brads, Paper Snips

The next set of projects also features the "Spider Web" Embossing Folder. This time I used the Embossing Folder Like a STAMP. First I cut my Pumpkin Pie Cardstock into the dress shape with the use of the Scallop Circle Die, the Big Shot, and a pair of paper snips. I inked up the raised side of the embossing folder with versamark ink and carefully layed it onto the dress shape. I rubbed on the embossing folder to make sure the ink transfered to the cardstock, then carefully lifted it back up. With Basic Black Embossing Powder I heat embossed the image left by the embossing folder. Since the embossing folders are made of plastic you will not get a perfect stamped image as you do with a rubber stamp. Still, for the web, it works just fine and gives you many more options for using this embossing folder. I love the little spider from the Batty For You Stamp Set. I used him again here. This card is perfect for an invitation to a Halloween costume party. Change the color of the dress or embossing powder and you have a prom dress, Christmas outfit or even a Wedding dress.
The luminary shown with the Invitation Card uses the same technique. This time I stamped the embossing folder onto Velumn Cardstock and heat embossed with Basic Black Powder. The Spider Web was then placed behind a hole I cut in the Basic Black Fancy Favor Box. A simple tea light candle to illuminate the box and presto and easy decoration. Put a pumpkin scented candle and have an October themed way to make your home smell great.
Products Used:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations (#115068), Batty For You (#116576)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Velumn Cardstock, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Circle Die, Big Shot, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, SPIDER WEB EMBOSSING FOLDER (#120889), Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Fancy Favor XL Die

The last project I have for you uses the other embossing folder found in the Winter Mini Catalog. It is the "Northern Flurry" Embossing Folder (#120902) found on page 26. The common way to use an embossing folder is as a background to a card. I embossed it the same way as you would with a card, but instead of using the entire embossed image, I cut out the snowflakes with paper snips and various punches. I then sprayed the snowflakes with the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (#118772). It is difficult to see in the photo, but the shimmer mist gives them a nice sparkle. For those interested in sizes, each page is 12x12, the large photo mat will fit a 5x7 photo and the smaller ones on the right side page will fit a wallet (2x3).

Products Used:
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Accessories: NORTHERN FLURRY EMBOSSING FOLDER (#120902), Top Note Die, Big Shot, Paper Snips, Circle Punches (3/4", 1", 1-3/8"), Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (#115951), Dimensionals, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.
Thank You for stopping in on my blog. I hope you enjoy the Winter Mini Blog Hop this weekend. Please leave your comments of feedback below. Your next stop is Holly's for some great uses for the "Dark & Dreary" Stamp Set.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Winter Mini Sneak Peek

The Winter Mini Catalog goes live on September 1st. Stampin' Up! has already mailed the mini catalogs out. If you have not received yours in the mail yet, please contact your demonstrator.
I have a quick and simple card for you today. I happen to love the Build-A-Bear line that Stampin' Up! has. Not everyone may have uses for all the bear stamps. The "Season of Hugs" is an accessory stamp set to the original Beary Best Friends Stamp Set. It is also a great set all on it's own. The paw print on several of the items can be used for Dogs or Cats as well.
Here I used just the tree image, the small bulb image and one of the sentiments. I stamped the tree onto Old Olive Cardstock and then colored in portions with a Real Red Stampin' Write marker. The Old Olive somewhat tints the Real Red so it matches the Cherry Cobbler Cardstock used for the base. I cut the tree out and popped it up with some dimensionals. You can use several of the other images in this set for other holidays or occassions without using the bear it was designed to go with.
Products Used:
Stamps: Season of Hugs
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Naturals White
Accessories: Markers (Real Red, Chocolate Chip (tree trunk), Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a lot of fun. The Stampin' Addicts Website is hosting a Winter Mini Blog Hop. You will get the chance to see some fabulous uses for many of the products in the Winter Mini Catalog. I will be showcasing the Embossing Folders. I am the first stop on the official Blog Hop, so check back this weekend and have some fun.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cupcakes Gone Wild

This card has the same design idea as the Build-A-Bear card from yesterday. The process of masking the center is the same. I showed this sample at the workshop for another idea of cards the guests could make on their own. Again I masked off the center before wheeling the images. Removed the mask and stamped the large cupcake in stazon ink. I also used the watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color in the images. The watercolor pencils give things a nice soft look. You can also shade easily with them.
I encourage you to make your own wheelin' good time card soon.

To order Stampin' Up! Products contact the demonstrator in your area or order online 24/7 by click "Shop Now" in the upper right corner of My Stampin' Up! Website.

Products Used:
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Cupcakes Wheel
Colors: Black Stazon, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wheelin' Workshop Make-N-Take

This is the final card I demonstrated at my Wheelin' Good Time Workshop. It is also the card that everyone got to make and take home. It is a simple concept of masking of the center area before wheeling the image.
TIP: When wheeling a repeated image onto your project it is best to go diagonally with your images. This helps to throw the eye off and will not show flaws in lining it up as easily.
After removing the mask you then stamp the focal image in the center. We used watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color in the Build-A-Bear image. Build-A-Bear Stamps are exclusive to Stampin' Up!. SU! has a full line of BAB stamps and die cuts for the Big Shot covering many holidays and reasons for scrapbooks or cards. When doing this card design I like to then mat the panel onto a colored piece of cardstock for more support. The Whisper White cardstock is slightly lighter than the colored cardstock SU! has. This makes it ideal for stamping images, but not as good for a card base.

Products Used:
Stamps: Beary Best Friends, Paw Tracks Wheel
Colors: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip (Wheel Ink)
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Builder Wheels

The third project I demonstrated at the Wheelin' Good Time Workshop used the new Builder Wheels Stampin' Up! has released. The great part about Builder Wheels is you can use any combination of 1 to 3 wheels for different effects. The only additional item you will need to use builder wheels as opposed to regular wheels is a Builder Wheel Spindle and Spacer Set (#119895, $3.95). The spindle fits into any jumbo wheel handle. You can then use the spacers to place 1 or 2 builder wheels in any position on the handle or use 3 builder wheels all together.
I used 3 Builder Wheels together on my spindle. I used a jumbo ink cartridge with Bashful Blue Ink for my images. I first rolled the wheels onto Bashful Blue Cardstock for a tone on tone effect. Then I rolled the same wheels onto Whisper White Cardstock. I cut out the portion I wanted to use on my card and placed it over top of the Bashful Blue Cardstock image. The wheel image also has the words "You Did It" repeated several times. I cut that portion out and stuck it behind the mated image. For a little something extra I added a rhinstone brad to the main sentiment strip and embossed the front of the card base with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder. This card is FAST & SIMPLE. Try different arrangements of your Builder Wheels for different looks. You can also ink a special cartridge so each wheel has it's own color.

Products Used:
Stamps: Builder Wheels (Striped, Confetti, You Did it)
Colors: Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Rhinstone Brad, Polks Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Builder Wheel Spindle Set

Monday, August 16, 2010

Emboss Resist Wheel

Here is the second card I made at the Wheelin' Good Time Workshop. The technique was emboss resist and gave tips for what to do when you don't have an ink cartridge for your handle.

For the emboss resist technique I used versamark. Since I don't have a versamark ink cartridge for my handle, I used my regular sized versamark ink pad. I simply rolled the wheel image across the ink pad several times. I then rolled the image onto the Whisper White cardstock. You can do this with any wheel and ink as long as you don't need the wheel to go around more than once.
I coated the versmark image in clear embossing powder and heated it with my heat tool as you would for any heat embossing. Using a Stampin' Sponge and my ink pads, I sponged ink onto the embossed cardstock. The embossing with resist the ink and only stick to the cardstock itself. You can do this with one color or several colors. You can use several techniques to put the ink onto the cardstock. When you are done, simple use a tissue, cotton ball or clean sponge to remove any excess ink from the embossed image.
The bird image was stamped from the "Punch Potpourri" Stamp Set. This stamp set is a Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set and available to hostesses of a $150 workshop. You can also place an individual $150 order to receive this stamp set. Contact your demonstrator to book your workshop today or order online 24/7 at My SU! Website.

Products Used:
Stamps: Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, Punch Potpourri (Hostess Level 1)
Colors: Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Whisper White, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Concord Crush Stitched Poly Ribbon, 2 Step Bird Punch, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Wheelin' Good Time

I recently did a workshop for a group of ladies focusing on wheels. I have the first one for you today. It focused on the "spotlighting" technique. Spotlighting is pretty simple. You simply focus your coloring on a part of your image. In this case I rolled the "Kindness" Jumbo Wheel onto two pieces of Whisper White cardstock. The first piece goes onto the project. Using circle punches, punch out several random places on the second piece. Color in the image on the punched circles. Mat the circles onto cardstock punched slightly larger. When mounting the circles onto your project line them up with the original image.
This technique can be done with wheels or regular stamp images. It is a fun way to showcase the image without coloring in the entire thing. I finished mine off with a simple mat and piece of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. The card is 6x3 and yes, Stampin' Up! sells envelopes to fit this size.

This project was part of a home workshop focusing on wheels. If there is a product you are interested in learning more about, simply ask your demonstrator if they can create a workshop for you.

ONLINE ORDERING: You can order Stampin' Up! products online 24/7 at My SU! Website.

Products Used:
Stamps: Kindness Jumbo Wheel
Colors: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Punches (3/4", 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/8"), Jumbo wheel handle, Basic Black Jumbo Cartridge

Friday, August 6, 2010

Chalkboard - Fireworks

I found this card the other day. My Stamping Club made it as one of their June projects. Though the 4th of July holiday has passed this technique is a fun one.

The chalkboard technique, also called black magic, is a way to have a light colored image on a dark colored background. The process is simple and the results are fantastic. When I saw the "July Fourth" stamp set in the Summer Mini Catalog, I immediately thought of this technique. One of the benifits of craft ink is that it takes time to dry. This makes it perfect for embossing or the chalkboard technique. You simple stamp the image in white craft ink onto your cardstock. While the ink is still wet, you dab it with your stampin' pastels. You can use the applicators in the pastel box, a spounge dauber or a cotton ball. Collect the pastel on your choice of applicator and dab it on the craft ink. The pastel will adhere to the ink. Once you have the color on you can wipe the area with a clean tissue to get rid of any excess pastel dust.

Stampin' Pastels (#120962) are now available in the new Color Collections. If you have a recently retired set of pastels you simply need to purchase the color kit (#120963) to bring them up to date.

Products Used:
Stamps: July Fourth (Available till the end of August in the Summer Mini Catalog)
Colors: Real Red, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: White Craft Ink, Stampin' Pastels, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brads, Curly Label Punch, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Simply Homemade

Stampin' Up! has some new single stamps in this years Idea Book & Catalog. You can find them all on pages 18-20. One of them is "Homemade". It fits perfectly into the new 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch on page 200.
I wanted to play a little with the Level 1 Hostess In Color Paper Pack I got with my last order, so I made this simple card. The pattern color is Peach Parfait. It coordinates with the Homemade stamp in Peach Parfait Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. I layered it on a simple strip on Not Quite Navy punched down both sides with the Scallop Trim Border Punch (Page 201).

TIP: To get the perfect size on your punched mats.......don't try. Cut a piece of cardstock 1-1/2 to 2" wide (depending on the size of the border and how large a mat you want). Punch down both edges. Then cut the strip in half. A little bit of snail adhesive and attach the strips to each edge. This will also help to save on cardstock and a great way to use up scraps.

A great way to dress up a large background area is with an Embossing Folder. Simple place the front half of the card in the embossing folder. Have the other half lay open flat when you put it through your big shot. Try this layout the next time you have a simple image you want to showcase.
Products Used:
Stamps: Homemade
Colors: Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Brad, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch

Monday, August 2, 2010

Black Roses

My husbands unit got a new soldier the other day. We invited them over for dinner and met the nicest couple you could know. Both of them were as polite as you could hope anyone would be. So why did I put black roses on their card? Because they are into the whole gothic thing. I thought the black roses would be a nice personal touch for them.

I spritzed the roses with Shimmer Mist Smooch to make them sparkle a little. I made the roses with the tail end and wing of the two step bird punch. I got the idea from another SU! demonstrator on Stampin' Addicts. I love trading ideas like this with other demonstrators. If you would like to join my Stampin' Up! team and have access to all these great ideas let me know.

Products Used:
Stamps: Oval All
Colors: Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, Basic Black
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 1/8" Black Taffetta Ribbon, Punches (Two step bird, Large Oval, Scallop Oval), Shimmer Mist Smooch Spritz

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August Card Kit

Featured Set: “For Everything” and Featured Accessory: Subtles Flower Brads
Featured Stamp Set for the YEAR: Teeny Tiny Wishes


Card Kits are the Stamping Classes that come right to your door! You’ll receive the supplies to create SIX of EACH design shown above – that means all of the consumable supplies that you need to create 12 cards total. You will also receive 2 additional full color samples of “alternative” cards that you can make with the combined contents of the kit! In addition, you’ll receive detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to complete each of the 4 designs. This month’s card kit items are listed below, and the price of the Card Kit is just $20 – that’s less than $1.70 per card!!

Orders for the Card Kits must be received by July 10th. You will receive your kits at the end of the month.

Special Offer for August! Purchase the Card Kit and receive the Coordinating Set, “For Everything” and the Featured Accessory, “Subtles Flower Brads” at 20% off!

Teeny Tiny Wishes is a featured set for the ENTIRE YEAR!! Every month, we will be using this stamp set so that you have a wide assortment of greetings to work with. Since the sizes of all of the greetings are the same – you can select ANY of the greetings in this stamp set for ANY card!!

The Card Kit ($20) Includes:
Cut Cardstock & Designer Paper Pieces
Cut Ribbon Pieces
12 – Silver Brads
12 – Whisper White Open End Envelopes
Step by Step Instructions to complete 4 different card designs using the kit pieces

Add-on Products:
Rose Red Classic Ink ($5.95)
Basic Black Classic Ink ($5.95)
Certainly Celery Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Baja Breeze Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Pretty in Pink Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
Rose Red Stampin’ Write Marker ($3.50)
1” Circle Punch ($10.95)
1 ¼” Circle Punch ($15.95)
1 ¾ x 7/8 Oval Punch ($15.95)
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack ($16.95)
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set ($36.95 – discount given on first card kit purchase of the year only – discounted price $29.56)
For Everything Stamp Set: Wood - ($24.95) $19.96; Clear - ($17.95) $14.36 with the purchase of the Card Kit.
Subtles Flower Brad Assortment ($8.95) $7.16 with the purchase of the Card Kit

Other Optional Purchases:
Stampin’ Dimensionals ($3.95)
SNAIL Adhesive ($6.95)
Bone Folder ($6.95)
Paper Snips ($9.95)

Please Note: I am glad to ship kits directly to you! There is a $3.50 shipping charge.

Contact me today to order your Card Kit Today!
Kathleen Brill-Myrice /

Smartie Thank You

As a little treat for the class goers, I made them these Smartie Treat Holders. I got the idea from Dawn Griffith's Blog here. They are SIMPLE to make and perfect for any number of occassions. Parties, class treats, or my favorite "Just Because". Mine are made with a Certainly Celery Base. Where did I get the color combination from? Why the Color Coach of course. For more information on the color coach, check out the blog post here. I randomly stamped the images onto the Whisper White and adheared it to the Soft Suede mat. Slide in the candy and you are done.

Products Used:
Stamps: Circle Circus, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede
Accessories: Paper Snips, CANDY!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Note Pad Holder

Here is the last item everyone made at the Christmas Class. This gift could easily be themed for any occassion. They make perfect back to school gifts for your child's teacher.
The New Concord Crush is right on for my daughters school colors. I am in love with the new In Colors so I paired it with Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride. The main base is 8.5x11 and scored at 1/2", 3/4", 6", 6-1/4". The not pad itself is 5x8 and I got at my local office supply place. You can easily change the dimentions to fit whatever size notepad you use. For this one the cardstock just touches edges, so the decorative strips were added to go over the seam. Both decorative strips were punches with the Eyelet Border Punch. I punch a couple of row with the word window punch on the back of the cover to slip the notepad into. A few slits in the sides and the ribbon helps hold the pen in place. I helped it close with a couple small pieces of velcro. They are not completely necessary, but felt they would help. The title is stamped in Concord Crush with the Jumble Alphabet and the flourish is from "Elements of Style" and stamped with a White Craft Pad.

Products Used:

Stamps: Elements of Style, Jumble Alphabet

Cardstock: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Whisper White

Ink: White Craft Pad, Concord Crush

Accessories: Hobby Blade, Mat Pack, 5/8" Organza Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, notepad, velcro

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tres Chic Purse (gift card)

These are too cute. I found them on Becky Roberts Blog. Everyone at the Christmas in July class last week got to make one. Becky has tutorials for sale to make 3 different purses. I have two of them pictured today. They are about 5 inches across, the perfect size for a gift card or a few pieces of candy.
The colors of the purses are Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, and Island Oasis Designer Paper on an Old Olive base. Since Becky sells the tutorial I can't share how to make them here. Contact me and I will put together a class for you and your friends.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gift Tag & Candy Box

I made this with the idea of doing it at the Christmas in July class, but we already had a lot of other things to do. Still I had it to show and think I will add it to the next gift class I do.
The box is made from Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and holds 4-- 3x3 Gift Cards and Envelopes. You could probably fit 6 card with tags, but I just happen to only do 4 this time. The cards were done with textured Basic Gray Cardstock, little strips of Cherry Cobbler and a small piece of Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. I also wrapped the nugget candy in Jolly Holiday DSP.
The penguin is one of the images from this years Ronald McDonald House Stamp Set called "Tag Alongs." So cute and $2 from the purchase of each stamp set goes to the RMHC.
I don't have the measurements of the box for you today. I want to tweak the box a little so the candy fits differently. Maybe I just need bigger candy. I will work on that and post it in the future. I covered the box using the Medium Window Sheets.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pinecone Ornaments

All of the participants at the Christmas in July class got to make a pinecone ornament. Here is a picture of two of them. These are simple to make and only take a few supplies. To learn how to make your own, keep an eye out for future classes or book a class with your friends today. Contact me for available dates.
Materials needed: 12x12 Designer Paper (Jolly Holiday used here), Ribbon (5/8" Old Olive Satin used here), pins, styrofoam ball, and lots of finger strength.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"JOY" Banner

Here is one of the projects I had for everyone to get decorating ideas from.
The penant banner is made using the Pennant Banner Die for the Big Shot. This is the larger of the two penants that come on the die. The Old Olive scallop circles are also on the die. They are slightly bigger than the ones made with the scallop circle punch. The letters were cut with the Big Shot using the Timeless Type Alphabet.
To hang the banner I punched holes and attached Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets with the Crop-A-Dile. The tassle at the bottom is 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon. When you cut the ribbon there is one end that will naturally unravel if you pull at the strings. The other end I cut the side of the ribbon off to make the threads easier to remove. The Designer Paper in the background is from the current Idea Book & Catalog. It coordinates with the Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstocks. I cut it with the Pennant Banner Die to get the shape just right, then cut off the scallops.

Products Used:
Stamps: NONE
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Accessories: Pennant SU! Bigz XL Die, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, 1/4" Old Olive Grograin Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile, 2-way glue pen, 5/8" Old Olive Grograin Ribbon

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Header

I thought it was time for a new blog header, so you get a bonus post today. If you receive this by an automatic feed, click the title of this post to go to my blog and view the header. I also changed the background and made a few tweeks to the layout.
I wanted to do something bright. What a great chance to use the NEW 2010-2012 In Colors. The mat color behind the entire header and the mat behind my name plate is Concord Crush. The decorative border strip at the bottom is in Pear Pizzazz. It is the border stamp from Vintage Vogue two times over. The flourish is from the same set and is done in Blushing Bride. The flowers on the flourish are Poppy Parade and the "Friends F" is Peach Parfait.
The entire header was made using My Digital Studio. SU! had been wonderful and gave all My Digital Studio users a free upgrade with the New In Colors. Thank you SU! I also added some courduroy brads in Basic Grey. Though these brads are no longer sold by SU! they will never retire from My Digital Studio. I sized them down to fit onto the flowers. There is some black stitching around the edge of the entire thing. By the creative use of some punches I was able to block out anything on the edges of the header I didn't want to show, such as the extra portions of the stitching or the flourish stamp.
Contact me for more on how to use My Digital Studio. I am available for a private training session or for groups. I will bring my computer along, hook it up to your TV and everyone can see all the great things that My Digital Studio can do. To order your own copy, contact me or order it online 24/7 at My Stampin' Up! Website. My Digital Studio is available for PC or MAC.

Christmas in July

Fun was had by all at Saturday's class. Here is one of the simple projects we did. It is a wine bottle tag. You could also make it as a doorknob hanger. The wreath could be used to embelish any number of projects.
BASICS: The Real Red Cardstock is 8-1/2" x 4". Score the tag at 2-1/2" and punch a 1-3/4" Circle. The Whisper White piece is 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" I decorated my tag with the "Sweet Season" stamp set. I received the stamp set for FREE at Stampin' Up! Convention last year. (Contact me to learn about the FREE things you can get from Stampin' Up!) I stamped the image onto the tag with Basic Black ink, then onto a scrap piece with Real Red. I punched just the house out with the Small Oval Tag and mounted it with a dimensional directly over the black house.
The wreath at the top was so fun to make. I got the instructions from Lynn Pratt here. You have to wait a bit for the video to load.
I made this wreath with some retired ribbon from last years winter mini catalog I had hanging around. We made them with 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon at the class. It takes a little bit to get the hang of it, but they are easy when you do. I embelished mine with a red 1/4" Grosgrain bow and a mini tag tied with some linen thread.

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Products Used:
Stamps: Sweet Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Jewlery Tag Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensional, Mistletoe (Retired Ribbon)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blushing Bride Style

I have another card and scrapbook combination for you today. This one features the Blushing Bride In Color just released.
Blushing Bride in a nice color. The best way I can describe the is a matte version of the Pretty In Pink. Pretty In Pink looks a bit brighter. Pink Pirouette in a little more subtle. The Blushing Bride has a sort of small beige tint to it when I look at it. To get the best view of the colors, ask your demonstrator.
The color combination for thie project is Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Early Expresso. I cut the large circle with the Circle Scissors Plus. The Circle Scissors Plus is perfect when the punches just are not big enough. You can cut a circle any size up to 6". You can also cut through multiple layers at one time. Simple adhear them together, place them on your glass cutting mat, and Circle Scissors Cut away. I then stamped the large flowers from the "Elements of Style" stamp set onto the circle in Blushing Bride. The bird and sentiment is from the same stamp set. I stamped the bird in Pear Pizzazz, cut it out with my paper snips and then mounted it using dimensionals. The sentiment is stamped in Early Expresso directly on the Whisper White circle. I punched a 3/4" strip of Blushing Bride with the NEW Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border. A couple quick layers and a short piece of the Early Expresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and I am done.
The coordinating scrapbook page uses the same circle and ribbon strip from the card. I then added 3 simple boxes for photos on the side. The squares hold a 2x2 photo. There is plenty of area if you want to put a title or some journaling. I love the simplicity of the layout. Now to find the 3 perfect photos to use. (hmmm 3 kids, 3 boxes, I think I know what to do)
Interested in doing scrapbook pages based on cards with your friends, book your workshop now.

You can order Stampin' Up! products by contacting me or order online 24/7 at My Stampin' Up! Website.

Products Used:
Stamps: Elements of Style
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Exresso
Accessories: Circle Scissor Plus, Glass Cutting Mat, 1/8" Early Expresso Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch