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My Story

Hello! 

I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator because I enjoy stamping and meeting wonderful people. I love being part of a company that inspires my creativity with exclusive stamps and accessories!  I have been stamping since 1997 and a demonstrator since 2005.  I have loved every minute of this imaginative hobby that brings out ones originality. Stamping is tops because in all the crafts I’ve tried nothing satisfies so quickly, is reasonable and adds joy to so many lives. Stamping is about sharing a part of yourself with the people you love.  I am retired and live in Ridgecrest, CA with my husband Robert.  He's the BEST!  I couldn't put on my workshops without him.  We have three adult children and eight grand children.  If you want more information about Stampin’ Up!’s exciting products, please don’t hesitate to contact me - barbmann@mchsi.com

My HOME page link - Here

About My Story Page Picture...
Here I've posted a picture of myself and my wonderful supportive husband Robert.  

About My Home Page Welcome Picture...  Thanks for checking in.  I LOVE Visitors to my site!  You guys are awesome!  Currently my Home Page features a picture of our buffet all decked out for August and the rest of summer!  Christmas is my favorite decorating time, or perhaps Halloween - It's hard to decide.  I change it up for all seasons!  Actually, I LOVE all the holidays and seasons.  I have to admit, I'm a collector of many kinds of trinkets!  I have collected these vintage style items or reproductions over the years and enjoy bringing them out for everyone to enjoy!  My stamping/card making friends spend a lot of time in our dining room, which is our workshop space, and I know they love to see my seasonal and holiday changes.  

If you are a regular reader on my blog you already know I like to update for the look of the season.  Every month or so I add some of my special decorative items to our dining room buffet.  As you can see, fun vintage things are my favorites!  I hope you'll come again and I'd love to know if you like my monthly vignettes.  Please enjoy this little feature on my site and check in again.  Please also see my cards in my favorite ideas section and in my blog. I'm loving the albums and their capability.  Thanks for reading my story page!  You know you can always comment on my blog or email me!  I'll always get back to you.  I do LOVE to see those comments... 
Happy Stamping & Crafting! 
Barb
 

Just in case you're interested...
My Splitcoaststampers Gallery link - HERE

 

My Journal & Tips
* Special Note - please view my blog HERE for the latest info - Thanks so much...Barb
3/7/10 - Sunday.  Stampers I've moved or relocated my journal to my new blog page.  I started to write my items today here but decided to try out the new blog feature.  It's the link just under my story.  You'll find it right away.  I'll be watching for you there from now on.  You can also post comments.  I actually posted one myself.  Check it out.  Have a great day...Barb

3/2/10 - Tuesday.
Hi Stampers! I hope you all had a great weekend. The weather is certainly starting to warm up. I even saw a Dutch iris blooming in my back yard! I decided its warm enough now that I think my succulents will make it through the rest of winter. I had covered them with old towels & sheets in an effort to keep them alive but today I took off their covers. I had also wrapped my entryway bougainvillea with a sheet this winter so that got removed today too. It looks like it might have made it!!! Yeah! Last year I had to cut it to about four feet high but this year it's looking sad - but at least alive!!

The past couple of days have been filled with making card ideas for my March club workshops. I think I've figured out at least a few. Still have to come up with some for Christmas Card Club towards the end of the month. If you see a club gathering you'd like to attend just let me know!

Robert & I are leaving in less than a week for a jaunt up to Oregon (son Dave et all) & Washington (2 of my sisters' families). We'll also stop in Paso Robles, CA to visit our daughter's family. Okay now I have to do some more computer work so on to my tip.

Tip for Today - I posted a few cards tonight one which showcases a cool technique called Faux Metal Tin Ceiling. Diana Gibbs, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator did a wonderful video showing you exactly how to do it. If you haven't already seen it I hope you will and also why not give it a go! Here's the link to her faux tin ceiling video.

Happy Stamping & Happy March too,
Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

 
2/25/10 - Thursday.  Hello My Friends.  I'm a little swamped today as I just told Lynnette Wilson I'd do the Make & Take tomorrow - Friday, Feb 26th.  I just did it a couple weeks ago but I guess no one had signed up for tomorrow and I'd feel terrible if you gals showed up and there wasn't a M&T.  So today I'll be figuring three quick cards for you to do. 

I wanted to take you to my friend Jackie Wright's blog today for a quick visit.  She is a fabulous S' Up! demonstrator and gave me a shout out on her blog yesterday!  What an honor - Thanks Jackie!!  Here's the link to her BLOG.  A while back I mentioned I had some organization ideas & tips so here's one for you today...

Tip for Today - How about making an "Inspiration Journal"!  In this little journal you could keep magazine clippings, sketch ideas, favorite color combos, neat embellishment ideas using punches, buttons, ribbon etc.  Maybe you could add some ideas for masculine/guy type cards.  I'm sure you could also think of other fun things to add to your journal.  It's the perfect place for your own personal idea doodles.

That's it for today - got to bet BUSY!

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

2/20/10 - Saturday. Hi Everyone! I hope you took a look at my Tissue Posy card. Its a little ways down in my projects now since I finally added the M&T cards from last Friday along with one of my workshop cards from yesterday. Before I finish up tonight I’ll try to add the other workshop card which uses the Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch. It’s the neatest punch! Everyone has got to have one! Did you see my cute doggy card? This is a card I made because of my tip for you today.

Tip for Today – Wherever you go keep your eyes open for neat card ideas!! You may see a magazine cover or even a product in a store that reminds you of a card layout or has a fabulous color scheme. Be sure to glance at the cards in Target, Wal-Mart or the grocery store. Well that’s kind of how my doggy card came about. I actually saw a greeting card in a cute doggy boutique (not my usual place to visit but I was there). Our daughter was actually there to talk with the owner so of course I looked around and checked out their greeting cards. One of the cards was laid out like my card. I thought it was a great look so I found a scratch pad in my purse and scribbled down the sketch. That was quite awhile ago but I hadn’t forgotten it because of my sketch. My card is quite a bit different but that’s how I got the idea. I have another in my brain to try soon! Remember to have a little pad in your purse for just such an occasion. If I don’t write these ideas down, I soon forget! But you guys are way younger than me!!

Thanks for checking in today!
Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

2/16/10 - Tuesday. Hello Stampers! I trust you all had a pleasant Presidents Day weekend. Ours was nice and uneventful. We are of course watching the Olympics when ever we can! I did do Make & Take on Friday which was lots of fun as always!  I'm sorry I haven't posted those card choices yet but I will in a few days. I should get my tissue posy card posted tonight that I discussed on Thursday. I think you're going to like it and will want to make some for yourselves.

You know we are still in the Sale-A-Bration mode! Many of you have already taken advantage of the great deals you get with SAB. Lots have ordered the new Scallop Trim Border punch as their free choice. There is also a similar cute border punch, the Pinking Hearts Border which you can see in the Occasions Mini. It's not a free choice but its purchase can get you closer to the minimum $50 order needed to earn a free SAB item!  In addition to these two border punches there are also matching corner punches available in the Occasions Mini. I know that working with these punches can be a little intimidating and tricky. So read on in my Tip for Today to learn more about these fun edges!

 
Tip for Today - Stampin' Up has videos on U-Tube that show how to use these great punches. I'm going to post links here for you so you can become a Pro too!

Video for Scallop Trim & Pinking Hearts punches- HERE

Another Video for Pinking Hearts punches - HERE

I hope these help you on the road to perfecting a perfect mat or edge for an image on your next card.

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

 2/11/10 - Thursday.  Hi Stampers!  I hope you are enjoying the new cards I've posted recently in my favorite ideas.  Time is running out on posting Valentine cards but I think I still have a couple more.  Right now I'm too busy getting ready for M&T on Friday. I hope you'll be able to stop by.  I know it's not a flex but maybe you can sneak out a little early and still have time to make a card or two!  I'd love to see you there.

Tip for Today - I've been playing around with trying my hand at some punched flowers.  Today I made a couple using a few layers of pretty pink tissue paper.  It's a bit hard to punch because it seems to get caught in the bite of the punch.  Here's my tip & it worked well for me today.  I placed about 4 layers of tissue between a piece of folded copy paper and punched using my brand new Extra Large Fancy Flower punch.  It worked great!  I continued to do this a couple more times until I had plenty of tissue flower shaped layers to make my blossom.  Before I layered them I scrunched them up in my hand & then carefully unfolded them a bit.  I stacked them on top of each other and held together with a brad.  Then I finished the center with a button & embroidery floss but you could do what ever you want.  I also made one with a fun green glitter center.  I can hardly wait to use them on a card!  Watch for one next week.  I'll  reference this tip in the card note section.  I hope you'll try one yourself.

Have a great evening,

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

2/5/10 - Friday. Hello My Stamping Friends! Yeah!! Today is Friday and flex Friday here for most of my working friends. It's also Make & Take at Kathy Ricco's studio. I hope you can make it out there today because its lots of fun but also because my best friend Maryanne Millis is today's hostess! I'm pretty sure she has a Valentine planned. Stop by Kathy's (357 N Nolan) any time between 12 noon and 4:30 pm. There's still time to mail so make one today. Myself, I'm working today on my cards for next Friday's M&T. It will be my turn again on February 12th. Just incase you've been looking at my calendar and have noticed I only have one M&T listed that is because we only schedule our M&T's about one to two months out. I'll definitely be doing more during the year.

Tip for Today - I've been playing with an idea I thought of while reading one of my magazines. I think it was CardMaker? I made some cute little Lady Bugs using my 1", 3/4", 1/2" and 1/4" circle punches. Hopefully I'll get my card completed today and post by tonight or tomorrow. I think they are perfect for Valentines Day or maybe a birthday card. I'll be using the new little Hugs Love Notes found in the Occasions Mini (item 118778, $4.95). There are 20 of these little notes in a pack. I LOVE them! They are perfect on their own but also make a wonderful add to a card. I just completed another card using a Hug Love Note. Watch for that one too!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

2/3/10 - Wednesday.  My Friends, I finally updated my home page photo last night!  I hope you like it.  I love being able to display my very old vintage Valentine postcards.  One is new but most are pretty old.  My favorite Debbee Thibault "Polly" is keeping watch over all. 

Tip for Today - Yesterday I mentioned an adorable EASY treat holder you can make.  I just finished posting it in my projects.  There is a link there in my notes that will take you right to Stampin' Up! demonstrator Angie Kennedy Juda's video showing you how to make one for yourself.  Here is a link to her photo of her Sweetheart Treat Holder.  Don't you LOVE it!  I used my horizontal slot punch to add my ribbon in the fold over top.  That way it's easy to open and find the treat.  All of the supplies are listed in my project description.  I hope you'll order some of these fun Heart Treat Cups (120435, $2.95 for a box of 12).  If you do please click the link to my store in my project notes or come back to my site to place your orders HERE in my online store.

I trust you are having a happy day!

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

2/1/10 - Monday. Hi Stampers. Can you believe it's already February! Again, as before, the time is flying by. My Christmas Card Club had a fun time on Sunday. Now I'm on to this new month and planning for its activities. Valentines Day will be here shortly. Be sure to take a look at the great Valentine and heart stamp sets that are offered. This is a perfect time to order the I (Heart) Hearts set. Stampin' Up! is donating $2 of each of those purchased, whether you buy the wood (117010, $26.95) or clear (118571, $18.95) mount sets, to the earthquake victims in Haiti. If you haven't purchased one of the new clear mount sets why don't you give one a try? They have many great features! I'm still deciding on my preference - wood or clear mount? I think I'm still a wood mount gal but you may not be. The storage is a lot better with the clear mount sets!  You can order right HERE in my online store!

Tip for Today - I'm going to give you more than a couple today. The first two have to do with putting the new clear mount sets together.
Here is some info that may be helpful on mounting & storage of the new clear mount stamp sets. Most likely these points will be hard to understand unless you are actually putting your set together. Sorry about that. They do come with instructions but I think there should be a little more explanation.

1) Be very careful when removing the white top layer of the image sheet. There is a little slit in the center where you can lift up the paper very carefully with your nail. You don’t want the actual image sheet to come off the sheet until you have placed your smart foam layer down onto it. The little negative space kind of acts like a little dam where you can place your rubber stamp (smart side down).

2) Don’t throw away the negative rubber sheet that held your rubber images. This works great as a holder for your clear mount images. Just remove the white sheet and lay in your plastic case. Now you can place your prepared clear mount stamps back in the spots where they came from, just like a puzzle. Unfortunately I had already thrown away 2 of these negative rubber sheets before I found out about this trick. In the case of those two the rubber pieces are floundering around in the plastic case & I can see they may become lost in no time flat.

 My next tip today is more on that subject getting organized. I think this tip can also improve the look of your stamping area! You can unify a hodgepodge of different size and shaped containers by covering them with coordinating paper or you can even paint them. It's easy to cover the outside of tin cans with designer series paper and then use them for brushes, blender pens, decorative scissors or whatever.
Perhaps tomorrow I'll get some more projects loaded. I have a darling little treat holder to show you. If I get it loaded I'll also link you to the creator and the instructions.

Have a good night,
Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

1/29/10 - Friday. Hello My Friends! Sorry to be out of touch for so long. Last weekend we were in Paso Robles for our grandson Anderson's birthday party. I can hardly believe that he's already 5 years old. His actual B'Day was at the end of December but this was the day for his party with his friends. It was held at a gym for gymnastics groups so there was lots of fun equipment for jumping, running & bouncing!! The little ones got a great workout. Now we're back & I'm getting ready for my Christmas Card Club that meets this coming Sunday afternoon. If you'd like to come just drop me an email! This gathering we're making two Christmas cards and one Valentine. As I've mentioned in the past I catch up on my magazines when we go out of town. This trip I got some great tips on ORGANIZATION! I'll be posting one today and some more soon. You may have noticed I deleted lots of old dated journals. Hopefully this will help with the speed of opening my page. If anyone missed anything back before November I should have it in my file.

Today is M&T at Kathy Ricco's studio. Jessica Jones is the host today. Don't miss it? She always does a great card.

Tip for Today - Are you working on straightening up your stamp area?? First off be sure to keep items you use all the time right in arms reach. What comes to mind are adhesive, dimensionals, scissors, bone folder, ink pads, markers, pencil, scratch paper, a graph paper or marked cutting mat surface, stickies for masking, straight edge or ruler, frequently used stamps, scrubber pad, spray bottle, stamp cleaner, and stamping sponges. I also like to have little squares or rectangles of white and vanilla card stock for stamping a quick image. Then I can quickly add it to a card with some DSP & probably a ribbon. Next times tip will be more on organizing!

Have a great day stampers,

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

 1/21/10 - Thursday.  Hello Stampers.  Would you believe?  It is snowing right now in Ridgecrest!!  Amazing!!  It's not coming down as hard this minute as it was just a short time ago but it is still coming down.  Everything is covered and it's so silent & peaceful outside.  What a beautiful site.  Our girl Tori (our golden) is having a ball sniffing all the wet powder.  Well gals I have a workshop tonight.  I'm hoping the roads will be navigable so everyone will make it but if not this is still a fun day for us here in Ridgecrest.  We rarely get snow.  I love the sight of it piling up on the pine trees.

Tip for Today - I've been meaning to mention this since the new year started; check you ink pads.  I bet they could use a reinking.  If you need to order more ink refills this is a good time since its Sale-A-Bration.  Be sure to place an order sometime during SAB so you can get free stamps.  Just a $50 order will earn you a free choice!  That's it for today.  I'm off to get ready for later this afternoon.

Have FUN in the snow!

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

1/18/10 - Monday.  Hi Stampers.  I'm so bad lately at checking in with you guys.  I'm sorry but have just been super busy!  Last Friday was my M&T and this week I have two evening clubs.  I'm still working out what the gals will be making this week...eek...eek...eek!  I have so many new supplies to play with and so little time.  Today I'm putting some new cards together so I'm certain I'll find a couple that will be good for workshops.

All of you who attended my M&T last week - THANKS a bunch!  Even though it wasn't a flex Friday I still had a wonderful turnout & I just want you to know I truly appreciate you.  Because we made 6 x 6 cards this little tip emerged and I thought I'd pass it on to the rest of you.

Tip for Today - Whenever you go to fold your card always feel how it will fold before you score it.  It's very important to always fold with the grain of the paper.  You can't see this by looking at the card stock you can only feel it by flexing the CS.  If you have to fold your card going against the grain you will have to score it first before you fold it.  If you fold your card with the grain it will be easy with your bone folder.  If you go against the grain you'll have an edge with a broken, cracked fold.  I'm sure you have all experienced this in the past.  Just feel it, flex the paper.  If you have to go against the grain score it before folding.  I hope this helps on your future cards.

Have a Nice Holiday,

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com 

1/9/10 - Saturday. Hello Everyone. Why is it that as soon as I think I'm going to get started having fun and playing with my new things something always comes up? Well this time wasn't any different. We had some furnace problems and the repairman said we had too much stuff (fire hazard material) next to our furnace in the garage. Well one thing was a very large box of goodies that used to be my mom's. So okay, I better dig into it and get rid of that obstacle and that's when I started losing my play time. I finally got that stuff put away when low and behold my husband got ticked at a couple of horrid drawers in the kitchen. Now I go out in the kitchen and these drawers are pulled out and all the stuff is lying here and there and he says "You need to deal with this!" Actually he was pretty nice about it all and did help which he should since he's the cook. My other delay problem stemmed from putting away Christmas decorations. Thank goodness you guys have never been in my closet! Well it's almost impossible to get into my closet. There were a number of bags & boxes sitting on the floor destined for the Goodwill. I finally took the bull by the horns and shuffled it out to my car for GW delivery! That made it possible for more shuffling in my closet, which I have to say "is a good thing" (Thanks Martha Stewart). At least I can now walk in my closet but it still needs a huge overhaul. I did finally get my family room Christmas tree stuffed in the corner of my closet.

So today I really did get to play some. I need to because I need cards for M&T next Friday. It's coming up very fast. I feel much better now that at least I've made a few. You kind of have to get on a roll with it and I've not been feeling any great Mojo here. The magic better surface soon. One thing I finally did today which I can't believe I hadn't done in the past is my tip today...

Tip for Today - Make yourself a little list of ribbon lengths you cut for various cards. Here's what I did. I listed my two basic card widths 5-1/2 and 4-1/4, and then I figured how long a piece I needed to tie my usual knot going around the full card. I figured it for 5/8" ribbon, 1/4" ribbon, 3/4" ribbon and 1-1/4" ribbon. The wider the ribbon the more length you need. I know this will be a time saver for me. I'll just check my list and cut the size ribbon I need. I don't like wasting ribbon so I keep my lengths pretty accurate. I hope you find this useful too.

Have a great weekend ladies. It should be pretty good as I got my Occasions Mini in the mail today so maybe you did too!

Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

1/5/09 - Tuesday.  Hi Stampers.  I just discovered that now you can access both the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalog right here on my site.  For the Occasions Mini, just click Products > Catalogs; for the SAB, just click Promotions.  Have a GRAND time viewing all the wonderful new Stampin' Up! selections.  I'm off to create!!

Have a great day,

Barb

BarbMann@mchsi.com 

1/4/10 - Monday.  Happy New Year Everyone!!  What a wonderful Christmas we had and I trust it was the same for all of you. Now it's time to get back into the swing of things and start the year out right.  I always want to do a little cleaning out but really would rather get on with trying out my new stamping supplies.  Since it took me until the week after Christmas to finally send off all my cards I haven't even started playing.  I finally have my yearly calendar figured so will finish posting the updates in the calendar events section during the week.  Those of you who are club members will receive emails with all the latest dates & hostess times.  You likely noticed I posted two more cards using the Scenic Season stamp set.  I'm glad I had quite a few cards using that set since my cards turned out to be New Years cards rather than Christmas.

Tomorrow is the start of the new Occasions Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration (SAB)!  This is the best Stampin' Up! time of the year!  Spend only $50 (before shipping and sales tax) and choose a free item from the SAB catalog.  We love FREE stuff!  I know you haven't received your catalogs yet.  There was some delay in sending out but they will come soon.  You can access both catalogs on the Stampin' Up! customer home page HERE.  The Occasions Mini can be seen & downloaded from my home page.  Just click on products > catalogs. 

Tip for Today - I only have a little tip today.  Start cleaning out a few of your stamp supplies so you'll have room for the new stamp sets, fabulous punches, paper and other fun items I know you'll want to order.

Tomorrow I'm putting sets together & playing!!  Wahoo!

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

12/19/09 - Sunday.  Hello My Friends!  Barb's so bad, so bad!  I just haven't taken the moments I should to write you all a little note.  Just like you, I've been busy with Christmas preparations.  Finally the boxes have been sent, the December workshops are complete and now I can wrap presents, make cookies and attempt to do my Christmas cards.  The last item maybe a bit late.

If anyone needs any Stampin' Up! items I'll be placing an order on Monday evening. Perhaps there is something you forgot to order from the Holiday Mini that ends January 4th or perhaps you want something from the retiring dormant list (last order date Jan 4th).  The 12 Days of Christmas special will also still be good through my order Monday.  I emailed most of you both the 12 Days of Christmas special and the retiring dormant list of stamp sets.  If you did not receive these and would like a copy - please email me & I will send right out.  You can always order these items yourself in my online store HERE!

We'll be having family home for Christmas so I doubt I'll be in touch until after New Years Day.  If you need to call or email me please do.  I'll be checking both.  My tip today is the result of making my December customer Thank Yous!  You might want to take a look.  NOTE - I've also loaded a couple new cards, changed my home page Christmas picture and plan to add the rest of my December club cards & last M&T cards either tonight or tomorrow.

Tip for Today - While you are making those cute hand stamped gift tags keep this in mind.  You don't have to only use little stamps to make your tags.  Think about some of the larger Christmas images and only show a portion of the image on your tag.  I love how my Christmas thank yous turned out using just portions of a number of different stamps.  I'll post and link here so you can see what I mean.  This works especially well for the vintage, distressed look.  I have to say I got this idea from a wonderful Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Kimberly Van Diepan.

Merry Christmas to You All!

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

12/10/09 - Thursday.  Hello Again Stampers!  So sorry not to be in touch with you for so long.  We are home from our mini trip to Paso and since then I've been swamped with event planning & prep.  I have four events in a weeks time so you know - busy, busy, busy!!

Tomorrow, Friday is my turn at Make & Take at Kathy's studio.  Please stop by and make a card or maybe three cards.  Each one is only $2.  I think you'll like all three.  My email is not working today so I hope some of you will get this info here.  I also tried to send everyone an e-card but if you like I have Mediacom you'll likely not get any of my messages.

This cold weather is making me want to stay in and stamp.  I hope you feel that way too.  If not stamping maybe you are baking!!  Love to do that too this time of year.  I can hardly wait to make my pecan cookie balls - so yummy!  Well I need to cut card packs for tomorrow but be sure to check my tip, not really a tip today but hopefully of interest.

Tip for Today - Friday December 11th is the start of the 12 Days of Christmas.  It's a special time of daily sales.  Don't miss checking each day for the never before seen upcoming holiday deals.  Remember these items for gifts!  You know you can always order for delivery right to your door in my online store HERE.  Also remember I have GIFT CERTIFICATES.  Pass this info to your children or hubby!  Just call or email me for more info.

Have a great day,

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

11/30/09 - Monday. Hello Everyone! Well today was the last day of the online EXTRAVAGANZA. Thank you to those who participated. We got some fabulous deals!! I hope your family gatherings went well and were safe and all have returned home to get ready for the next big holiday. I haven't been good at checking in here with you this past week but at least I did finally get some new cards posted. I don't know where the time goes. I have lots of cards to prepare for my next three club gatherings and also for my turn at Make & Take which will be here before I know it! We'll be out of town from Wednesday until the following Monday so tomorrow better be filled with lots of creativity on my part! One thing I know I have accomplished is, for the first time EVER, I got all our Christmas decorations up before December 1st! That's right - This is a record for me. Last Christmas I moved most of the decorations that were up in our garage attic into the house and that, I think, has helped tons. I haven't really thought of a tip for you today so I'm going to mention something I probably have already mentioned in the past.

Tip for Today - If you're like me or just a little like me you probably like to send a little note along with one of your handmade Christmas cards. I'm not good at the lengthy family letter thing and don't usually have any fun stuff to relate but I do try to put together something small. That way I don't feel I have to scribble the little note in each card I send (now of course I do have to send a card - and many years that never happens!) Here's what I do in those good times... I write a little overview of our year and make it short enough that I can copy and paste it four times on one sheet of paper. I make a 2 column document with minimal margins at the top, bottom, and sides of the page. This way I can cut it into four pieces and they fit perfectly inside my regular 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card. In fact I usually just attach it inside on the back of the card front with my adhesive lightly at the top. This also keeps your note with your card just incase your family & friends want to read it later. If you end up getting too wordy remember you can reduce the font! Maybe this will help some of you get going on those cards. I'm hoping this will be a good year for me and cards will get sent.

Thanks for checking in today. I probably won't be chatting with your for a while what with being gone and working projects. Have a good week.

Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

 11/24/09 - Tuesday. Hello My Friends. Last night I sent out an email to I think just about everyone. If you didn't get it & would like to please email me so I can get a copy to you. There is a one week only special going on which you can read about and see by going to my online store HERE and clicking Online EXTRAVAGANZA in the left hand column. There are many items and bundles available and some up to 50% off! Many would make great gifts. Don't forget - I also have gift certificates! Just email me!
Since returning from our vacation I've been having stamping parties along with a pretty bad cold. Hopefully now I can start preparations for December projects and start doing my Christmas decorating. That's one of my most favorite things to do! I can hardly wait to dig into those closets, cupboards, and boxes...oh, my! I am so blessed that my Robert loves to cook and HE is making Thanksgiving dinner! We're having a simple one this year since there will just be the two of us. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday and if you are traveling or have family coming I hope the trips go smoothly and safely. I have a number of new cards made so if I get time today I may post a few to my favorite ideas. You all know me by now & of course this may take me a few days but eventually it will come about.

Tip for Today - Since it's time to think about gifts for our families and friends here is an idea you might try. Make a small assortment of cards; tie with a pretty Stampin' Up! ribbon and put in a cute gift bag complete with your own gift tag tie on. The cards could all be the same or perhaps different thank you cards for use after the holiday, or perhaps an assorted few; like birthday, get-well, thank you, and a friendship card. I bet you already have a lovely assortment of cards you've made in the past that you could put together for this very gift!

Happy Thanksgiving ALL,
Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com

11/19/09 - Thursday. Hi Stampers. Big NEWS at Stampin' Up! I'm sure lots of you have already heard the news that Stampin' Up! is coming out with rubber stamps that can be mounted to clear blocks!! It's very exciting for all of you. These will be available when the Occasions Mini Catalog goes live on January 5, 2010. Some of you already use the acrylic mount stamps but soon you'll be able to get Stampin' Up! design images in rubber and the clear blocks for mounting. The best part of this is that rubber makes the BEST impressions and Stampin' Up! has figured out the way to satisfy all of us. These new stamps are not clear but you'll have the option of attaching an image to your rubber stamp so that you'll see the image picture right through the clear block. How COOL is that! It's my understanding that all new stamp designs will be available in either wood mount or clear block mount. There is also a savings for you when you purchase the new clear mount stamp sets. They are priced a bit less than the wood mount sets. You'll be able to buy the clear mounting blocks either in a set or individually, however you prefer.

More good news coming out in the Occasions Mini Catalog, a new punch design. There are some great ones on the horizon. Also of course new dies for the Big Shot and a fabulous new embossing folder.


Stampers with Christmas not far away remember I have gift certificates! Just have your husband, sister, sons, daughters or friends contact me & you'll be sure to get what you love!
 

Well I still have much to prepare for Saturday & Sunday so on to my tip...


Tip for Today - This is basically an addition to yesterday's tip. I used to print out tons of pictures of cards I'd see on the net either at blogs I visited or at Splitcoaststampers. Now to save ink and paper I mainly create word documents for my favorite stamp artists or for misc cards, Christmas or whatever category seems appropriate. Here's what I do: make a word document and choose 2 columns, go to page setup under file and make the top, bottom, and side margins small like.4 inches. Now just paste your copied card into your word document. You can click the copied card on the corner and drag it so it's small enough to fit in the column. I typically can get 6 cards to a page. Sometimes I'll copy the card ingredients too and paste below the card. By keeping my files by artist I always know who created the art work just incase I copy it. Then I can give credit to the original creator. If I'm pasting in a miscellaneous file I'll also add the artists name below their card. Hope this helps you save some ink & paper.

Have a nice day,
Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

 

11/17/09 - Tuesday.  Hello my Friends.  We're home and getting back to normal!  It's COLD!!  The weather in Mexico was a bit warmer.  We had a lovely time with our son Matt; daughter, Cynthia, son-in-law Jason, and grand sons, Anderson and Keaton.

Now its rush, rush as is normal for me, in order to get ready for my quickie Mini Christmas Stamp Camp on Saturday and then Christmas Card Club on Sunday.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to attend.  You can read about the events on my calendar.  Since I have much to do I'll just post my tip and be done today.

Tip for Today - When you see a card online or perhaps in a magazine that you like and plan to make here's my tip.  If the project is in a magazine, just cut it out or copy it and store it with the stamp set you plan to use.  If it's online just right click while on the image and paste into a word document.  You can also paste in the instructions.  Now print out your document and fold & place right in your stamp set case!  When you're ready to make the card or project the idea is with the stamp set.  I do this a lot!!

 

Have a great day,

Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

11/5/09 - Thursday. Hi Stampers. Well we're just about to leave on our trip! We're going to the Riviera Maya near Cancun Mexico. In fact we're taking off in just three hours. I just finished loading the three cards we made in my October clubs plus my little fold out nativity card and one other, my Soft Suede Christmas Cardinal card. We'll probably make the cardinal card on November 22nd at Christmas Card Club. I've still got work to do tonight before we take off so this is it until November 14th when we return.

 
Remember Friday is Make & Take at Kathy Ricco's studio! If you need the address check in my calendar on Dec 11th. That's me next turn & the address is listed. My bestest friend Maryanne is this weeks hostess. Please stop by between 12 and 4:30 and make one of her cards. You'll have a great time. It only costs $2 per card.


Tip for Today - Please take a look at my newly posted cards. You might even read a tip or two there! I'd love it if some of you would comment in the comment block. I check from time to time but haven't seen too many. I think my sister and blogging friend S' Up! Demonstrator Jackie are my main supporters. Thanks Cynth & Jackie!! I think there's one more comment from a splitcoast stamper viewer too.


Have a wonderful day tomorrow,
Barb

barbmann@mchsi.com

11/1/09 - Sunday. Hello My Friends! Can you believe it's already November? What happened to October? Oh well, I guess that's the way it goes. I wanted to touch base with you to let you know the Christmas Stamp Camp orders are here, at least for the most part. The shimmer paint in frost white and champagne is on back order so if that was something you ordered it's not here yet. As soon as I finish bagging up I'll email everyone and either deliver or have available for you to pick up. Today I finished uploading the rest of the Christmas Stamp Camp cards in my favorite ideas. I hope those of you who weren't able to attend will take a look. I'm thinking of possibly holding a smaller Christmas Stamp Camp where we’d only make six cards for $15. If this is something that interests you please let me know. I would likely hold the camp on November 21st – Saturday. I’ll only hold the camp if I get enough interest.


Yesterday I saw a beautiful project, a Tussy Mussy, made with background paper punched items, string and decorative holiday picks. I’m going to link a small tutorial today in my tips.


Tip for Today – Please go to this site HERE to see a neat idea for a holiday decoration. You can use your Stampin’ Up! designer papers and punches to make your own creation. I hope I have time to try one of these myself. I think it would make a fun project for my Christmas Card Club or perhaps something for Valentines Day. I hope you enjoy the project.


One other thing, I just noticed in the statistics today on my web site that I’ve had over 10,000 hits! I think that’s absolutely AMAZING! I’ve also had 5,000 different visitors. I guess there are some of you that are taking a look from time to time. Thanks for checking in today, I really appreciate it.


Happy Stamping,
Barb
barbmann@mchsi.com