Sunday, September 15, 2013

Occasions Alphabet and Catalog Scavenger Hunt

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Q: What's new and exciting in the latest release of the catalog?

A: You are right, the new catalog is packed with amazing new products and creative samples. I think looking through the new Annual Catalog is kind of like a fun scavenger hunt! Here are some of my favorites – scavenger-hunt style!

2013-2014 Annual Catalog


Like a map, you can use the index at the start of each section of the catalog to guide you through the hunt!
Stamp Index - pages 6-7
Accessories Index – pages 136-137

SCAVENGER HUNT – Can you find these?

Product Suites:
There are 9 suites that feature coordinating stamps, Designer Series Paper, punches, Big Shot dies and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, and embellishments.
  • Birthday Basics suite: birthdays, greetings, and invitations
  • Soho Subway suite: occasions, weddings, and just because
  • I Am Me suite: play time, growing up, and baby
  • Venetian Romance suite: birds, trees, and realistic animals
  • Gingham Garden suite: floral, leaves, and butterflies
  • Etcetera suite: elements like frames, labels, and backgrounds
  • Eastern Elegance suite: repeated patterns, flourishes, and intricate designs
  • Quatrefancy suite: dollies, geometric shapes, and quatrefoil designs
  • This and That suite: alphabets & numbers, personalized stamps, and journaling supplies
  • HINT: The Stamp Index on pages 6-7 will guide you to the correct page for each suite. Shopping online? Look for the “Product Suites” link on the left sidebar.
These bundles of stamps and coordinating tools or accessories save you 15% on fabulous combinations that you will love to use when you create.
  • Chalk Talk (Chalk Talk stamp set and Big Shot Framelits)
  • Backyard Basics (Backyard Basics stamp set and Big Shot Framelits)
  • Flower Shop (Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy punch)
  • Label Love (Label Love stamp set and Artisan Label punch)
  • Mosaic Madness (Mosaic Madness stamp set and Mosaic punch)
  • Beautifully Baroque (Beautifully Baroque stamp and Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder)
  • Wildflower Meadow (Wildflower Meadow stamp and Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder)
  • Six-Sided Sampler (Six-Sided Sampler stamp set and Hexagon punch)
  • Tag a Bag Bundle (Tag a Bag Gift Bags and Tag a Bag Accessory Kit)
  • Tag a Box Bundle (Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and Tag a Bag Accessory Kit)
  • HINT: Find it faster by looking up the stamp set by name in the detailed Stamp Index on pages 206-208. Shopping online? Type “Bundle” into the Search Box. Using the quotation marks around the word helps narrow your search!
Find these new favorites:
  • The new Accessories Table of Contents section designed to help you dive into the accessories you use most.
  • Your new favorite color combination. You'll find a slew of color combinations as color blocks behind the sample projects all through the catalog.
  • Love to learn new techniques or ways to use your stamps? Find training tips sprinkled throughout the catalog.
Happy Hunting!
Enjoy the hunt and discover which suites and bundles are your new favorites! Don’t have the new Annual Catalog? Contact me today!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

3 Ways to Preserve Summer Memories


Q: How can I capture all of our family summer fun?

A: Some of us like camping, some like the beach, and others prefer a luxury hotel and room service. Scrapbooking is kind of the same. We all have different likes and needs. The great thing is that Stampin’ Up! has a solution for us all, even you! Check out the options and see which one fits you and your family best.

this and that

Quick & Informal
This and That Journals are perfect if you want to capture your memories on the go. They are designed so you can add thoughts, photos, brochures, tickets, and other tidbits as you go. Pack a small bag with a Stampin’ Write Marker or two, your This and That Journal, Remember This and That Rotary Stamp, coordinating Designer Stickers, and Washi Tape, and you’ll have everything you need! Since you can add thoughts and memories right away, you can return from a getaway with your journal complete and ready to share! Since it’s informal, you’ll cherish having other family members jot down some of their thoughts and favorite moments to share, too.

This and That Product Line
Epic Day This And That Designer StickersEpic Day This And That Designer Washi TapeRemember This And That Rotary Stamp
This And That Epic Day JournalThis And That Epic Day Designer Series PaperHung Up Cute Clips

Digital Diva
My Digital Studio is perfect for our digital world. You take your digital photos (lots of them!), download them to your computer, and then create! No need to print and crop. For the quickest results, just add your photos into any one of our many gorgeous artist-designed photobook templates. Customize it with your journaling and you are done. Even with our great templates you are in control. Add, move, or delete any of the elements as you wish. Have more time and want more customization? Simply make your own photobook using your favorite papers, stamps, and embellishments. You’ll be impressed with the quality and pricing of our print services. One of the often overlooked features of digital crafting is that it is easy to replicate. Need more copies of a photobook as a gift? No problem. The dog ate your photobook or your kids spilled red punch on it - no worries. You can reprint your projects anytime! Photobooks, journals, calendars, and more await your digital creativity!

Digital Diva Sample

Places I've Been Swatchbook Template -- Digital Download Software

Give Me a Year
Calendar scrapbooking is a great solution if you want to share a highlight of memories from the year. You can quickly pick one (or a few) favorite pictures from each month. Add them to the calendar page for that month and you’ll have a collection of photos that gives a great overview of your year and family memories. Calendars can be created traditionally or with My Digital Studio. Using My Digital Studio, you have the choice of artist-designed calendar templates, complete customization, or somewhere in-between. These calendars are useful, you can enjoy them each day, and they make fantastic gifts that your family and friends will look forward to receiving each year!

CalendarsTea for Two Easel Calendar TemplateLive The Day Easel Calendar Template -- Digital Download
2013 Month By Month Calendar Template -- Digital Download2011 Pennant Desktop Calendar Kit Digital DownloadBest Day 2013 Easel Calendar Template -- Digital Download

Traditional Rules
The world of traditional scrapbooking hasn’t changed - only grown! Maybe you love the hands-on approach of cropping photos, layering papers, and handwritten journaling combined to create scrapbooks that honor and share your special memories. If so, don’t worry, you can still use our great quality, archival, acid- and lignin-free Designer Series Paper and card stock to make your 12” x 12”, 8-1/2” x 11”, 8” x 8”, 6” x 6”, or other size scrapbooks. Create beautiful backgrounds with Stampin’ Around Wheels, create titles in any color with alphabet stamps, journal with coordinating Stampin’ Write Markers, add character with stamps, and finish it all off with the perfect embellishments. These scrapbooks become cherished works of art full of the love with which they were made.

Digital Diva Sample

Create a Cupcake Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!Cupcake PunchBrights 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock

Enjoy the Journey
However you decide to scrapbook, enjoy the journey! Set time aside on a weekly or monthly basis so you can scrapbook the memories while they are fresh. Contact me today with questions. If you are thinking of becoming a Digital Diva, get our free 30-day trial of My Digital Studio here. Let me help you get started!

MDS Free Trial
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

5 Ways to Tie Bows


Q: What is your favorite ribbon bow technique?

A: Well, I’d like to say it’s a natural ability, but that wouldn’t be true! I’ve learned how to make a bunch of great bows through resources from Stampin’ Up! and my fellow demonstrators. Here are 5 of my favorite bows as well as tips for making them.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

1. Two-Colored Double Bow: Layer two 18” ribbons. Layer ribbons then tie a standard bow. Before pulling the bow loops to tighten the bow, take a moment to twist the ribbon ends so they lay straight. Pull bow loops to tighten, then fan the inside bow loops out from behind the top loops.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

2. Elegant Bow: Lay a 5” piece of ribbon out flat. Add a dab of SNAIL to center of ribbon. Fold in right end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Fold in left end and adhere to center. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of ribbon end. Place one end of 2” ribbon over center of ribbon, creating a “T” shape. Add a dab of SNAIL on top of 2” ribbon end over folded ribbon. Wrap 2” ribbon around folded ribbon until it overlaps and adheres to itself. Pull ribbon snug so it is flat, but not so tight it causes the folded ribbon to gather. Trim off excess ribbon. Press bow flat or push the ends gently to puff it up a bit. Add to card or layer on top of a ribbon strip.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

3. Perfect Double Bow: Select a brad and spread prongs out flat. Begin with 18” ribbon. Use a ruler or estimate the lengths. Fold ribbon 3” from end with 3” section on top. Hold finger over folded layers 1” from fold with loop to left. Fold long end towards your finger to create 1” loop on right. Keep finger over center to hold layers in place. Fold long end back to center to make 1-1/2” loop on left. Fold ribbon back to center again creating 1-1/2” loop to right. Pinch ribbon at center and pick up layers. Set layered ribbon on brad with opened prongs. Fold prongs over ribbon and press flat. Trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

4. Hole Bow: Punch a hole in card stock with 1/8” or 1/4” punch. Thread both ends of a 22” long ribbon up through hole from bottom. Slide ribbon loop around card stock and tighten by pulling ends. Keep ribbon ends the same length. Split ribbon ends so one comes out above ribbon and one comes out below. Make sure ribbon isn’t twisted. Tie a basic bow. Fluff and adjust bow as needed and then trim ribbon ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

5. Fork Bow: Begin with a standard dinner fork with four tines and a 10” piece of ribbon. Place ribbon across front of fork with 1/3 of the ribbon to left of the fork. This end will stay stationary. Wrap right end of the ribbon around behind the fork, around left edge, over the top of the first end. Thread end down through space between the center fork tines below where the first ribbon crosses. Pull ribbon up behind the fork and through the space between center fork tines. Knot the two ribbon ends firmly. Slide ribbon from fork and trim ends.

Crafting Bow Techniques by CraftyPerson

Go Bow Crazy
Have fun practicing and experimenting with these bows and different types of ribbon. Pretty soon your friends will be asking you how your bows always look so great!

There are lots of new ribbons in the new catalog.  Check them out and order on-line 24/7 here
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