Monday, May 31, 2010

Just Had to Share this really Cute Painting Project

I was reading one of my magazines tonight and ran across the cutest idea for painting. Of course this is done on a dresser, but I can imagine this on a small accent wall...... this is such a fun design and who would have ever thought. The dresser was painted normally with a solid color, then they inked up a "really clean" raw ear of corn and rolled it in ink and then onto the dresser drawers. I really liked the effect this gave. I keep looking at my stamp room walls and wondering if there isn't some small place I can do this then accent it with one of our Decor Element items.... How cute would that be?????

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Demonstrator Cards from Demo Meeting

I told you yesterday I would try to send you some pictures of the demonstrations that Carrie Rhoades did at our Demonstrators Meeting for May. I obviously need some picture taking lessons; I think it's the lighting I choose or don't choose that things come out washed out looking or orange.... If I use my flash in dark areas, it washes things out...... anyway, you get the idea... this first card is using the new Motorcycle Stamp in the back of the new Summer Mini catalog on page 31. This is the only stamp and you can purchase it for $8.95. Carrie used the new Square Lattice Embossing folder on the black, and also used a white crayon on the areas of the motorcycle she wanted to highlight, then she rubbed ink over the whole Glossy White cardstock, then wiped any ink off the crayon areas (crayon resist technique). To save area being spritzed; she put the entire card together before she used the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz shown on page 15 of the Summer Mini Catalog.

This next card, she showed us how to make our own Template for the Big Shot using the Daisy Die. She took a 5"x6" piece of cardstock and then cuts lots of the smaller daisies with the big shot. She glued two daisies together for each impression and glued them each onto the 5x6" piece of cardstock. Then using the acrylic pads and the Multi-Purpose pad she ran this yellow piece of cardstock on top of the template through the Big Shot and wa-la..... a daisy template. The rest is pretty self explanatory (cutting the large daisies and glueing them together. The center of the flower is fun because it's a circle of chocolate chip cardstock and worked heavily with the bone folder until the paper split in half. Using the inside of the circle, it's sort of velvety looking, she glued that in the center.

What do you think of this bee? How cute is this. You can see Carrie again used the daisy template for the background and used one of the texture plates for the red cardstock for texture. The bee is made from punches. The head is using one of the hearts from the trio heart punch. the eyes are using two different sized circle punches and the body is using a larger circle.... I can't remember the sizes of the circles without actually trying to put it together. The stripes on the bee are just irregular strips of cardstock, glued on and trimmed with your paper snips. this heart is using another of the hearts from the Trio Heart Punch. The wings were punched using the oval punch and white cardstock and then two more punched with vellum cardstock. The stinger and antenaes were just cut with the paper snips. I think this is so darling. Oh, and the diamond pattered paper behind the bee is using the new Presto Patterns Specialty Paper shown on page 15 of the Summer Mini Catalog. This paper is white with glossy designs.... you reveal the pattern by using the Smooch Spritz or by using your sponge daubers and rubbing the ink on, then wiped off with a tissue to remove any ink from the glossy pattern. The basic portion of the paper is just heavy cardstock so you can also use your aqua painter, brayer or pastels.

This last card is again using the homemade daisy template and the daisy die for the Big Shot. Carrie used her sponge dauber and highlighted the centers of the background daisies in this sample. She also used the Pink Hearts Border Punch. the really fun part of this is the center of the yellow daisies. Using the Tombow Liquid Glue she added the Black Chunky glitter. The glitter really made the card.

She made other samples as well, but the pictures didn't turn out at all. One of the other fun things she made was a really gorgeous flower using the new Bigz Die in the Summer Mini Catalog shown on page 27. Using the leaf, she sponged the outside edges in a pink color and the center using a yellow ink and curled the petals. She used 5 petals for the flower. They were all glued together at the small end to make the flower and inserted a half pearl in the center. she attached the flower to the outside of the Basket in the Basket & Blooms Bigz xl dies for the Big Shot. Really Cute!!! She had decided to try to make the flower because she thought she could recreate a flower she got on the incentive trip (paid by Stampin' UP!) in Hawaii.
I hope that gave you some more ideas of how we as demonstrators keep in touch with each other and help each other out as well as the other benefits we receive. We all enjoy each other immensely and gain lots of information and knowledge from each other to help us with our business.
The $99.00 Demonstrator Kit is such a great buy for all of you that have already acquired a boatload of products. Give me a call or email me with any questions any of you might have in getting started in a really fun occupation that you can enjoy and make extra money for things you have been wanting..... or.... even just to support your creative habit.
Aloha for tonight

Friday, May 28, 2010

$99 Mini Starter Kit Promotion

Yowza, From June 1-30 you can become a demonstrator for just $99.00 when you purchase a special Mini Starter Kit. This limited-time kit contains over $180.00 of Stampin' UP! products and business supplies. None of the products in the Mini Starter Kit are retiring this year; plus new recruits will get a box of 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogs in July. Detail will be available from Stampin' UP! on June 1st. By signing up in June you will have new products to hit the ground running in July when the new catalog is unveiled to everyone.
This is a really good plan for those of you that already have a lot of products and don't want lots of duplication........ Call me if you are interested and I will supply you with all the information. I would love to have you be a part of my downline; we have a fabulous group of stampers with lots of ideas, demonstrations and most of all LOTS of fun and laughs.
DON'T FORGET.... being a demonstrator qualifies you to a 20% discount right off the top; purchase "new" items before anyone else; qualify for Convention and "Incentive Trips" and lots more.
Our fantastic group gets together once a month at one of our homes. We make three make & takes that are prepared by volunteers, we have lots of demonstrations using new products and techniques and ALWAYS lots of yummy food. I am going to show you all of the make and takes we did in May......... Drum Roll, PLEASE!!!!!! This first card is so fun and cute; it uses the
Vintage Vogue stamp set and with a little cutting and piecing it turned out fabulous. Isn't this a cute design???
The next item is a tag that was cut using the Big Shot and the Bigz Two Tags die. The tag was then covered with the Island Oasis designer series paper as shown on page 27 of the new Summer Mini catalog. The big flower is from the Fancy Flower punch and the leaves and small flower from the Bigz Island Floral Die also on page 27 of the Summer Mini catalog. Did you notice the cute flower brad in the center??? You can find that in the 2009/2010 Idea Book and Calendar on page 179. The saying on the back is from one of the stamps in the new Favorite Thoughts stamp set shown on page 19 of the Summer Mini Catalog. I think this set is a MUST-HAVE for ALL women..... it says it all!!!! Then we inserted one of the Jumbo Eyelets in the hole and threaded in a piece of So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.
The third item is using a piece from the new On Board Books "Briefcase" shown on page 23 of the Summer Mini Catalog. There are 8 briefcase pieces that come with a couple of metal rings to hold together as a book, or you can also just use one piece as a card or gift for someone. the book is only $4.95 and there are so many options using this. We covered the front and back using the new Travel Journal designer series paper on page 23 of the Summer Mini and stamped the images on the front with Night of Navy CRAFT ink (which is a pigment ink and dries slowly, making it perfect for embossing). After we stamped the images in ink, we applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it. The stamp set is "Sentimental Journey" on page 22 of the Summer Mini. As I looked at my picture I noticed that what we used as a sample had Night of Navy sponged on the edges..... I chose not to do that at the meeting because we were using Craft Ink and I didn't want it to smudge and smear while I carried it around; my plan was to do that when I got home..... I have now done that with mine, but the picture doesn't show it. You can also see we used a piece of the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware for a greeting and did you notice the cute little tag hanging from the handle? That's also in the Summer Mini Catalog on page 15. The paper inside is sort of a "gold" color which is really vintage looking; which is good because they are called "Mini Vintage Tags" LOL.
These are just a few samples of what we actually "made". I took pictures of the demonstrations, but my pictures aren't very good. I'll show you the ones that turned out tomorrow.
I hope all of you have a Wonderful Memorial Day weekend and keep safe.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Isn't this the cutest card ever??? This little bear is so fun and easy to make. All you need is the Bigz Circle Scallop #2 die, the Large Oval Punch, the 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch; the 1/4" Circle Punch and the small heart punch. The greeting is from the "Beary Nice Wishes" stamp set.

And what a "SWEET" hug when you close his arms!!
This would be such an appropriate card, not only for Valentines day but for when someone needs a "Pick Me Up".
Have Wonderful Monday!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Special Friends

My friend and Upline, Beth, gave me this really gorgeous fun card..... it's so Springy; I just wish our weather was.

Beth used some fun punches and embossing folder to create the flowers in the vase. The ornament punch is the vase with the bottom cut off and popped up over the stamped flowers using dimensionals. The greeting is using the Oval Scallop Punch and the Large Oval Punch and the Word Window Punch. I absolutely love the Polka Dot embossing folder; isn't it fun? And it's so cute with the polka dots in the DSP.

I was talking above about how I wish our weather would cooperate and at least be springy especially since it's almost Summer!!!!! My grandson is the catcher on his High School baseball team and they've been in the Championship State playoffs. Unfortunately yesterday there was a really odd call from the Umps and resulted in them losing the game; which put them into the losers bracket which played today for 3rd place in State. We all arrived at the game just as it was beginning to rain, they played one inning with our team in the lead and they had to keep stopping the game to fix the pitchers mound so it wouldn't be slick.... finally, they all pow-wowed and decided to put the tarp over the field so it didn't get worse and wait out the rain; unfortunately, they had to call the game and made both teams 3rd place. what a bummer, huh? We came home pretty wet and cold.... at least he has one more year to make it an even better year.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer Splendor DSP

My Digital Studio is so fun to work with. These fabulous new Designer Series Papers are only available in this program. Isn't this so gorgeous? To see all the different designs go to my website and click on "shop now". This will take you to everything available for online purchases. If you click on the "digital" stamping it will take you to the available downloads. Look under the "paper" and find Summer Splendor... they are ALL so pretty .

All I did was Print the area of the DSP I wanted onto my Whisper White cardstock and trimmed to the size I wanted for my card. I also took some Garden Green cardstock and Pumpkin Pie cardstock and ran them through my Big Shot using the new lattice square embossing folder found in the new Summer Mini Catalog. I love the look of this impression and it makes the paper feel so soft and pliable. I attached my image to the Garden Green piece and folded the outside edge around the Pumpkin Pie embossed piece and attached them to the YoYo Yellow cardstock, then onto my Garden Green Card Base, after attaching some Crushed Curry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon on the edge. Then if you haven't tried the new Smooch Spritzers, you absolutely have to have them. The second photo shows where I sprayed some Vanilla Shimmer on the entire card. See how pretty and sparkly it is?
Well, it's time to get ready for work and I'm excited about later this afternoon because I'm going to watch my Grandson, Jordan, play for the Idaho State Baseball Championship!! Their team, Rocky Mountain High School, is doing so awesome, especially since the school is only in it's 2nd year of existence.
Have a good Friday!!
Janet Elam

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The third card we made on Club Night was using the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set.

This one was lots of fun and used so many products. The basic card is Whisper White and at the bottom we ran a piece of So Saffron through the Big Shot using the Manhatten Embossing Folder. Then on top of that we adhered a piece of Rich Razzleberry CS after using the Scallop Edge Punch. This was layered onto the White CS after Stamping the big flower in Rich Razzleberry and the smaller flower in Night of Navy. The smaller flowers were stamped on So Saffron and Old Olive CS in VersaMark, then we used the White Embossing powder and heated them. then we cut around them and attached to the card with dimensionals. The pearl in the center of the flower was using the Pretties Kit. The greeting is stamped onto Whisper White CS and punch out using the large Oval Punch. A piece of Rich Razzleberry was punched with the Scallop Oval Punch, adhered together and attached with dimensionals. The last step was to tie a piece of 1 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon around the card and tied into a knot.

Stamp Set: Fifth Avenue Floral (113734) $24.95; Sincere Salutations (115068) $23.95
Paper: Whisper White CS (100730) $7.50; So Saffron CS (105118) $5.50; Rich Razzleberry CS (115316) $5.50; Old Olive CS (100702) $5.50
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (115658) $5.95; Night of Navy (102977) $5.95; Versamark (102283) $7.50
Accessories: Dimensionals (104430) $3.95; Mini Glue Dots (103683) $4.95; Scallop Oval Punch (114889) $15.95; Large Oval Punch (107305) $15.95; White Embossing Powder (109132) $4.75; Pretties Kit (109114) $29.95; Scallop Edge Punch (112091) $15.95; Manhatten Flower Embossing folder (114517) $7.95; Big Shot; 1 1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Janet Elam

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


One of the other cards we made on Club Night this month was using the Sweet Scoops Stamp set from the new Summer Mini. I absolutely LOVE this set and it's so versatile. Don't you love those cute little Bitty Buttons??? I really like the shape the card gets when corner rounding a couple of the corners, really sets it off.


Stamp Sets: Sweet Scoops w(117078) $18.95, c(120078) $14.95
Ink: Rose Red (101778) $5.95; Burmuda Blue (115655) $5.95; Basic Black Marker (100082) $3.25; Rose Red Marker (100063) $3.25; Basic Brown (104315) $5.95
Paper: Rose Red CS (102544) $5.50; Whisper White CS(100730) $7.50; Burmuda Blue CS (115317) $5.50; Thoroughly Modern DSP (115673) $9.95
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch (109047) $6.95; Bitty Buttons (Summer Mini - 118761) $4.95; Punch Pack (Summer Mini - 118309) $16.95; Linen Thread (104199) $4.50; Dimensionals (104430) $3.95; Mini Glue Dots (103683) $4.95

Janet Elam

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mothers Day

I'm a little slow to show you what I received for Mothers Day, but I do want to share with you. My son in California sent me an absolutely beautiful bouquet full of gorgeous lillies. It took all week for them to all bloom. It's been a week and I only have 3 left.

My Daughter brought me this beautiful hanging basket of Begonias.... they are so pretty. I just hope I can keep them alive; these baskets really dry out fast and they usually get away from me.

Then my stepdaughter brought over this fun Topsy Turvy Strawberry planter. I had just bought ONE strawberry plant to put in a pot, so I sent my husband back to the store and had him get 11 more plants since the Topsy Turvy has a place for 12 plants. My other stepdaughter brought me a hanger to put it on, but my husband already had 2 Topsy Turvy tomato plants on a 4-place hanger, so he wanted to put it on what he already had and also felt he needed to balance it with a THIRD tomato planter. We had so many tomatoes last year with two, now I might even have to can them :)

Club night was last week and one of the cards we made is this fun easy one using the Medallion Background Stamp. This is really shimmery; hard to photograph.
Stamp Set: Medallion Background Stamp (115223) $17.95; Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) $36.95;
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730) $7.50; Kraft (102125) $7.50;
Ink: Soft Suede (115657) $5.95; Versamark (102283) $7.50
Accessories: Iridescent Ice embossing Powder (101930) $4.75; Organza Ribbon (114319) $5.95; Heat Tool (100005) $29.95

Have a Beautiful Monday tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I had a class this month making the purses that Becky Roberts created for Mothers Day; they are all sooo cute. We used the Sweet Pea Designer Series paper and I think EVERY ONE of them turned out differently with each persons creativity. I thought you might like to see each of them.......
Kiara is the 6 year old daughter of my downline Chrysti. She is so darling and did almost all the work on the purse herself; she is amazing!! Good job, Kiara!

Just look how hard she's concentrating on this project....

I don't know what my problem is tonight, but I had a heck of a time putting these pictures together..... I probably uploaded too many pictures at one time because I can't seem to put names to pictures........ Hopefully everyone will forgive me. It's amazing though even with the "same" papers all purses are different. We all had a good time and also made 4 cards using the Awash with Flowers stamp set for all of them.
Have a good Thursday and I'll try to do better with my blogging.