Estella Banks
Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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(714) 264-0026

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rare Sale on Retiring Stamps & Free Shipping on orders over $70!!!

Hi Stampin' Friends,

Stampin' Up! offers hundreds of beautiful stamp images in each catalog release. The release of a new catalog is often a highly anticipated event for stamping enthusiasts! So, in order to make room for new and exciting stamp images, Stampin Up! selects certain stamp sets to "retire" or discontinue. This year, Stampin' Up! is offering an unheard of sale on retiring stamps (they usually don't discount the retiring stamps) - 10% off. To sweeten the deal, the are also offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $70. So now is the time to take advantage of this unusual opportunity to get your favorite stamps before they become a sweet memory. This offer is good through December 23, 2008. Please visit my website for the lists!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Santa's Workshop - December 6, 2008

UPDATED December 5, 2008: Check out the NEW, IMPROVED Prices!
UPDATED December 3, 2008: Here are some project sample photos that I promised.

Give handmade love this year! Join us on December 6, 2008, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm for a Santa's Workshop gift-project buffet. This is an open house-style stamp camp. You can show up whenever you have time, but please no later than 2:00 pm so that you will have time to complete your selected projects. Class fee will be $10.00. Projects will include:

Tile Coasters (Set of four -- here is a simple sample) $7.00 / Two sets for $10.
Approximate time to complete four tiles 45 mins - 1 hour.

Magnetic Calendars $2.50 each or 3 for $6.00
Approximate time to complete three calendars - 30-45 mins.

Ribbon/Chipboard Bookmark ($2.50 each) & Jumbo Paperclip Bookmarks ($1.50 each)
Approximate time to complete 3 bookmarks 30-45 mins.

Nugget Tin - 5 Covered nuggets in a beautiful hinged Altoid-sized tin (no window) $3.50.
Approximate time to complete one nugget tin: 30 -45 mins. (w/o eating any nuggets :-) )

I want to give a big "Thank You" shout-out to Julie Case for granting me permission to use her photo. The cool window tins are in transit and wanted to give you all an idea of what to expect. I like the simple elegance of her sample and plan to CASE (copy and share everything) her ideas. The actual Designer Series Paper may vary, but no matter which one, the nugget tins will be cute (or handsome) and perfect for a quick and easy gift!

Thank You/Greeting Card set (1 set of 6 cards) $8.00

Decorated Composition Journal (1 each) $5.00

Bath Salts (1 jar) $3.00.

Please RSVP and let me know how many of each project you'd like to make. Please e-mail me at stampabella at gmail dot com. PayPal link & shopping cart will also be available soon.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Going, Going, soon to be Gone - 20-50% off

Today, December 1st is your final opportunity to find the products that you love at a 20-50% discount. I am so excited about all the bundles, but personally, the Sticky Situation and Scrapbookers Dream bundles are on my Christmas wish list - I am my favorite Santa, after all! These are great prices for high quality, reliable scrapbooking and crafting supplies.

Speaking of Christmas Wish Lists, subscribe to the 12-day Holiday Helper newsletter (it's FREE) and you'll be able to download the Santa wish letter and give it to your favorite Santa. Take advantage of the great deals, until 10:59 PM PST or while supplies last.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Here's a little poem for you.

Thanksgiving is....

(Author Unknown)

Thanksgiving is a
time of gratitude to God,
our Creator and Provider,
whose guidance and care
go before us...
and whose love
is with us forever.

Thanksgiving is a time
to reflect on the changes,
to remember that we, too,
grow and change
from one season of life to another.

Thanksgiving is a time
of changing seasons,
when leaves turn golden
in Autumn's wake
and apples are crisp
in the first chill breezes of fall.

Let us remember the true meaning
of Thanksgiving.
As we see the beauty
of Autumn, let us acknowledge
the many blessings
which are ours...
let us think of our families
and friends..
and let us give thanks in our hearts.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Sale Begins Today!!!

Save a bundle on selected bundled products today through December 1, while supplies last. Please check out the flyer to the right for more information. Shop 24/7 on my website.

Check out this post which features one of the sale items: the Curly Label Punch Bundle.

Remember to subscribe to the 12-Day Holiday Helper Newsletter. It's my expression of appreciation for your support during this year! Please see the post below for more details. Subscribe now.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit

Invite the warmth and coziness of the holidays into your home with Stampin' Up!'s Country Living Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit. This kit has everything you need to create beautiful handcrafted ornaments.

The Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit includes the following products:

  • Holiday Collection stamp set (six stamps)
  • Four 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut chipboard
  • Eight 12" x 12" sheets of die-cut Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 4 double-sided designs)
  • Four 12" x 12" sheets of Designer Series paper (2 ea. of 2 double-sided designs)
  • Two 12" x 12" sheets of Whisper White card stock
  • 25 yds. Silver Metallic cord
  • 10 yds. 3/8" Whisper White taffeta ribbon
  • Pretties Kit brads (20)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (1/2 oz.)
  • Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
  • Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Spot
  • Old Olive Craft Stampin' Spot
  • Uninked Stampin' Spot
  • Whisper White Craft Ink refill
Create dazzling ornaments and memories that will last a lifetime! This offer is only good through December 31, or while supplies last,

Subscribe to Country Living magazine at a 75% discount and get a bonus mini-stamp kit! Go to

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Special Offer - F*R*E*E Holiday Helper Newsletter!

Man, I am sooooo super excited that I get to give you your Christmas present early!!! I get happy because I have the opportunity to give something back to my faithful Stampin' Friends! I don't know if I've ever really relayed this about my business, but the title of my growing enterprise and my mission statement really sum up what I'm all about...
Planet Kreative: Inspiring, Demonstrating, & Nurturing Creativity

In the meantime and in between time, Planet Kreative is created, temporarily, whenever we gather to have fun and get creative. Eventually, Planet Kreative(tm) will be an actual gathering place for all things "kreative."

Anywhow, when I get an opportunity to provide 12 days of creative inspiration, I get excited! So, here it is....

I have a special treat for you this year. You're invited to subscribe to my special 12-Day Holiday Helper newsletter. Once you sign-up you will begin to receive 12 days of holiday craft projects, tips to bring more joy into your holidays and great gift ideas. My compliment as a special thank you for your support.

What does the Holiday Helper include?
  • 12 step-by-step tutorials
  • 11 complimentary gifts
  • 10 easy and inexpensive Christmas gifts
  • 9 handmade gift ideas
  • 8 projects to decorate your home
  • 7 tree ornament ideas
  • 6 creative wrapping ideas
  • 5 holiday card ideas
  • 4 ways to involve your children, family and friends in the fun
  • 3 different scrapbooking projects
  • 2 planning documents to make your holiday smoother
  • 2 different scrapbooking themes
  • 1 creative consultant on standby to assist you (that's me)
As your Stampin' Up! demonstrator I am always here to help. I'm just a phone call or email away with ideas, inspiration and convenient home delivery of products -- especially now that online ordering is available on my website 24/7.

I hope you will take me up on my offer. For most of us, this is the year to simplify. This is the year to cut back. AND this is the year to be organized and create the handmade gifts we've always wanted to give. Join me as I plan and prepare for the month ahead and really accomplish the goals of having a simple and meaningful Christmas.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Updated: I Wish for Simplicity ... How about you?

Upcoming Class:

In the hustle-bustle of life, people are looking for ways to stay in touch with friends, business associates, loved ones, etc, even if it's just once a year. So let's kick the Christmas season off right; join me for THE One and Only I Wish for Simplicity Christmas Card Affair! Saturday, November 15, 2008--please note the new date--10:00 am - 2:00 PM, @ The Node, 11723 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650. A note about the class time: I reserved the Banquet Room at the Node with plenty of time cushion for the class. If you cannot make it at 10:00 AM, I still encourage you to come when you can... especially if you are a quick stamper. I suggest that you arrive no later than 12:00 pm (with a full tummy), however, to ensure you have enough time to complete your projects. Also, please be sure to let me know if you plan to arrive later!

By the end of the class you and your friends will have completed your holiday cards, a scrapbook page for the memories and a gift bag to carry it all home in. How simple is that? We'll use the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit, the Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements Kit or a “IMIM” (I Made It Myself) Kit to create quick, yet unique, Christmas cards for the special people on your 2008 card list.

Class fee is $10.00 PLUS the cost of materials (see details below). I call this my I Wish for Simplicity Set because it is extremely easy to use the Simply Scrappin' kits or Simply Sent Card Elements kits to make handmade and personal greeting cards for the holidays in a matter of hours, not days.

Materials cost for the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Card Class Kit, (completed projects include 15 - 3" x 6" cards, 15 envelopes, a scrapbook page and a gift bag) $35.00; 30 cards, 30 envelopes, two bags and two scrapbook pages $60. UPDATE: Due to back orders, this kit will not be available in time for the class. Sorry!

Materials cost for the Handmade Holiday Simply Sent Card Elements -Card Class Kit (completed projects include 18 4 ¼” x 5 ½” cards, 18 envelopes, one 6” x 6” scrapbook page and a coordinating gift bag) $37.

Materials cost for the I Made It Myself Christmas Card Class Kit (completed projects include 15 - 3" x 6" cards, 15 envelopes, a scrapbook page and a gift bag) $25.

Bring Your Own Kit: If you have supplies at home that you'd like to use, please e-mail me for the shopping/packing list to ensure you have everything you need to create your Christmas Card Masterpieces. You must bring your own tools (
paper cutter) and consumables such as designer paper, card stock, envelopes, ribbon, adhesive, etc. You will be able to use the stamp sets and inks that are made available at the class for no extra charge.

To register for the class, please RSVP by sending me an email ( and include the following information for each guest. I must receive your payment for the materials IN ADVANCE (by November 9, 2008) in order to ensure your materials will arrive in time for the class ... the earlier the better :-).
City, ST Zip
Phone #
E-Mail Address
Kit Selected (select one or more kits):

Christmas Card Kit Options

Payment methods accepted: Cash, Check, Credit Card, PayPal

I look forward to seeing you there!


Products Used:


• Snow Swirled (Die Cut)
(111690; Set of 6)
• Simply Scrappin’ Kit – I Wish (112193)


• Kraft

• Whisper White
• Old Olive

• Classic Ink – Real Red
• Classic Ink – Chocolate Chip

• Classic Ink – Old Olive

• Stampin’ Write Journaler – Basic Black or Basic Brown
Stampin’ Up!

• Small Open End Envelopes - Kraft
• Build-A-Brad – Pewter
• Crafters’ Tool Kit
• 1/16” Handheld Circle Punch

• 1/8” Handheld Circle Punch
• 1/2” Circle Punch
• 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon – Real Red
• 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon – Real Red
• Brads - Silver
• Stampin’ Dimensionals

• Sticky Strip

Thursday, November 6, 2008


It's official... the barriers have been broken. I am so very excited about the possibilities that President-Elect Obama represents.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's Election Day - Go vote!

Hello Stampin' Friends!

I trust all is well with you on this historic Election Day, November 4, 2008! Thank you for being faithful readers, despite my posting record! Blogging is such an interesting "art." My canvas is waiting daily!
This blog artist is still learning! Have patience with me!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Holiday Preparations

I hope that you will find this little video tidbit fun, inspiring and helpful & not "annoyingly" early! You gotta understand how crafty people work...starting early is the "only" way to get all those ideas out of your head and into the "real" world.

Anyhow, I was taking a gander at Shelli Gardner's blog ( Shelli is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up! She is always making appearances on local television and crafting segments. Here is a clip from one of the shows she did recently. I really liked the variation of colors to change the "mood" of the place settings. I hope that you like it as much as I do!

Each place setting includes a napkin ring, nameplate, favor, and confetti - all based on the same template. Just for Studio 5 viewers, Stampin' Up CEO Shelli Gardner shares the design tricks that give that template three terrific twists.

Supply List

Stamp Sets

Cute & Curly Punch Label bundle
Everyday Flexible Phrases
Holiday Blitz
Simple Serif Mini Alphabet & Numbers
Wild West Alphabet

Stampin' Pads
Baja Breeze Classic
Chocolate Chip Classic
Old Olive Classic
Real Red Classic

Card Stock/Paper
Ski Slope Designer Series paper
Baja Breeze card stock
Chocolate Chip card stock
Naturals White card stock
Old Olive card stock
Real Red card stock

Big Shot die cutting machine
Pillow Box die
Scallop Circle #2 die
Top Note Bigz die

Pretties Kit
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

Anywhere Glue Stick
Stampin' Dimensionals
Sticky Strip
Two-Way Glue Pen

1/16" Circle punch
3/4" Circle punch
Horizontal Slot punch

Alpine Ribbon Originals
Baja Breeze 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon
Linen thread
Silver elastic cord

Acetate (from office supply store; thick)
Bone folder
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter


Napkin ring
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock, stamp (on New Year's napkin ring), fold, and smooth folds using bone folder. Stamp label image, punch out and/or cut, and adhere to napkin ring. Punch out slots and tie together with ribbon (Note: New Year's napkin ring is tied together with Silver elastic cord). Accent as shown.

Name plate/Place Card
Make card stock note using Top Note Bigz die; stamp (on New Year's name plate), fold in half, and smooth fold with bone folder. Adhere Designer Series paper on card stock (Note: layer paper on Old Olive card stock first for Christmas name plate). Accent as shown.

Make favor box using Pillow Box die, and fill with treats. Create belly band out of Designer Series paper (Note: layer paper for New Year's favor), and adhere to favor. Stamp label image, and punch out. Adhere label and accent as shown.

Make several large and small scallop circles out of Designer Series paper. Stamp and cut out/punch smaller images (acorns for Thanksgiving, trees for Christmas, and snowflakes for New Year's) as shown. Glue glitter on snowflakes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Celebrate the "Everyday"

October is here, what a wonderful time of year!

School is in full swing, but soon sleigh bells we'll hear.

Sleigh bells? What happened to Columbus Day, Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving? Are we in a time warp? Not! But, it doesn't hurt to plan ahead!

While I'm contemplating the schedule of classes for the rest of this year and the coming year, I find that I must first be aware of my busy-ness, then, slow down and look for ways to be present in the here and now...celebrating the everyday things with the special people in my life. It's easy to forget or dismiss documenting those very ordinary, yet special moments that make up the fabric of our lives... Wait a minute...”the fabric of our lives…” Man, who is the copy writer here? Sounds like a Hallmark and Cotton commercial rolled into one! Tee Hee...:-)

Seriously, though, documenting (a.k.a. scrapbooking) your everyday "celebrations" is just as important as documenting the momentous occasions. In fact, your children's children will be more interested in your daily life than they will be in knowing about only the special occasions. Thankfully, scrapbooking can take on many forms, from the simple journal with few embellishments/mementos and no, or almost no, photos to the more elaborate, embellished photo-filled page. Your life is worth living, so it's worth documenting, too! Even the "everyday" things

Let me help you find your scrapbooking style as I introduce [strong]Scrampin’ 101 and Progressive Pages [/strong] at the upcoming class on [strong]Saturday, October 18, 2008.[/strong] Please stop by the events page on my website for details on this and all upcoming events.

Save the dates for these Upcoming Events:

October 18 – Scrampin’ 101/Progressive Pages

November 8 – Christmas Card “Marathon!” Crank ‘em out early, enjoy your Turkey (day)!

December 6 – Santa’s Workshop, featuring Tile Coasters, a Stationery box, book marks and a fragrant relaxation potion bottled and bejeweled for gift-giving…just can’t give away all the secrets now,

January 3 – Customer Appreciation & Fall Winter Favorites Retirement Party

I do hope you’ll join me at an upcoming event soon and please remember you can schedule your own private “Friends' Night In” event exclusively for you and your friends. Call me TODAY to put your event on my calendar!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Feeling neglected, anyone?

Hi Stampin' Friends!

Hope all is well with you and your families! As I mentioned in my September 2008 e-Newsletter, I can't believe how quickly we're rounding 3rd base coming into the home plate aka the end of September.

I can't even begin to tell you all that has been going on here in this dugout! (What's with the baseball analogy? Tee hee hee! I don't know! Just flows.) I started the "season" after the last Stampin' Techniques class with serious school shopping for my DD (dear daughter). She is 6 going on 16. She started 2nd grade earlier this month in a small private Christian school near our home. She is one of 12 in her class -- coming from the public school perspective that is a super small class, usually only reserved for those with special needs, but don't all of our children deserve the same attention? Anyhow, she seems to be settling in and has adjusted to the new teacher, a super sweet lady, Mrs. Dolphin.

I, on the other hand, have had my own settling in to do. In addition to my Planet Kreative and Stampin' Up! adventures, I am the department chairperson for the English as a Second Language (ESL) department at an adult school in South West Los Angeles County. I've been there for a few years now, going on my third year in this role, but every year is so different. This year, I've had the disctinct honor of facilitating some of the school-wide professional development workshops for my colleagues (although it sounds impressive, there are about 70 teachers total working at our school, split 1/3 and 2/3 between day and night classes). Needless to say, I've been very busy at work and working longer hours during registration. Hopefully, you've not completely abandoned me!? :-)

On to stampin' fun! At the last Stampin' Techniques class, held on August 16, 2008, we focused on unique card folds: double pocket card, trifold, & flap fold. These were so much fun. Here are a few samples for inspiration.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes (remember it's the one I won at Convention! Item #111618, $23.95)
Ink: Classic Stamin' Pad in Basic Brown, Riding Hood Red, and Pink Pirouette
Paper: Pink Pirouette & Whisper White cardstock, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
Accessories: BigShot, Birds & Blooms Sizzlets Die 4-Pack (comes in the BigShot Special Edition Starter Kit, Item #113481 - $195.95 w/o bag; Item #113482 $259.95 w/ Doctor's Bag), Scallop Edge Punch, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Aqua Painter or Blender Pen, SNAIL adhesive, Pretties Kit

To the left, here is a close up of the pocket inserts.

To the right, on this card I just used other sheets from the Bella Rose Designer Series Paper.

This is unique tri-fold card sized to fit a small open-ended envelope (finished card dimensions 3-3/8" x 6-3/4").

Stamps: Say It with Scallops (A gift from UPS at Convention)
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pad Kiwi Kiss
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss & Whisper White cardstock, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper.
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, BigShot, Birds & Blooms Sizzlets Die 4-Pack, Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade, SNAIL Adhesive, Pretties Kit

This sample uses the same supplies. The only addition is the Illuminated Stampin' Around Wheel used as a border on the bottom. I didn't use any BigShot die cuts on this one.

This Flap Fold Card. It opens at the top, you lift it open from the Scallop Circle. There is a magnet to keep it closed.

Stamps: Fall Flair (Hostess - Level 2), Flores Llamatives (also available in English - Wow Flowers).
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pad in Perfect Plum, More Mustard, Old Olive, Rose Red
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, More Mustard, Old Olive Cardstock
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (dyed with Perfect Plum ink pad), 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, and Scallop Circle Punches, thin business card magnets cut up into small squares.

So, there you have it! Hope to see you at our next class: Celebrate World Card Making Day with a Card Buffet! (Hey, did you notice that it rhymes?!) October 4, 2008, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Check out my website's calendar for more details. I will post sneak peeks as soon as I get a couple done. See you next time!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pssst... where have you been!?

Okay. So I was doing pretty well last week with posting semi-regularly and then silence. Not a peep out of me and not a peep out of you either! :-) Communication is a two-way street as they say.

So in the August 2008 e-Newsletter "Be a (Nearly) Perfect Neighbor," I was sharing an example of why knowing your neighbors is important...

I recently realized that besides the possibility that our neighbors are super cool people, who could possibly enrich our lives in some way, we just downright need to be inter-connected with those who live around us. Case in point... while in flight to Salt Lake City to attend the annual Stampin’ Up! convention a couple of weeks ago (so much fun, by the way … details are here on my blog), the Chino Hills Earthquake hit…

We were none the wiser ‘til we touched down in Utah and I received a text message from my sister. Her message read, “R u okay?” I responded “Yeah, y? What’s up?” Then the news came. An 5.8 earthquake had just hit. Mind you, we’re standing in the aisle of the plane, bags in hand, waiting to get off the plane. I must have been reading my text messages out loud because those around me were looking at me with questioning eyes. Some of them got on their cell phones to check in back at home.

Now, I'm thinking about how blessed are we to be completely out of range during the earthquake (don't know too many people who enjoy them)! My mom and daughter are fine, I'm fine... I wonder if our "stuff" is fine? Then a slight mental panic sets in.
Our stuff... it'll be days before we return. Do I need to worry about the condo and its contents, or is ignorance really "bliss?"

Enter our neighbor, L.J. Ms. L.J. contacted me a couple of years ago by pure coincidence through the Stampin' Up! demonstrator locator on the Stampin' Up! website. She had been to a stamping class or workshop recently and enjoyed her experience. So she searched for a demonstrator in her area. When she contacted me and I realized that we were neighbors, I was so excited because I'm thinking "Stampin' Buddy"!!! I did my best not to "bother" her too much, seeing that I could throw a stone across the walkway to her patio and kitchen window.

During the past couple of years we have had several cordial exchanges in the alley, at the local church where she works with the child and have even crossed paths at a stampin' class. Thankfully I had her number with me in my PalmTX, so I called to get the neighborhood scoop and hoping that she could check out the environment for me. I left a message for her and she returned my call later in the evening after returning from work. She agreed to scan the area that was visible to her and them she reported back to me that all was fine as far as she could see. Just this small gesture of neighborly helpfulness put my mind at ease. A simple phone call for a favor and kind follow through was all that was needed to allow us to enjoy our vacation. A huge THANK YOU goes out to our sweet neighbor L.J.!

The point of this long story is just to say that you never know when and how your connection with your neighbor may hit that crucial moment when you find that you can help them or they can help you. You just never know! Get to know your neighbors -- they could be uber cool and helpful, too!

By now, you're probably wondering, "does this chick ever stamp?" The answer is yes! Here is a sample of a project that my cousin Joy inspired me to do. My cuz and her husband are practically still newly-weds with one year of bliss under their belts, but let it be known that no grass grows under their feet. These folks are BUSY! They've recently launched a catering and event planning enterprise called Manna Feast ( Their food is excellent and the ambiance is so carefully prepared and executed; you would be amazed!

So back the the inspiration... Joy has been planning and preparing a British Carribean Tea Party and wanted to present some super special invitations to her client. Joy saw some samples in the new Fall Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog that she wanted to see. So I set about recreating and CASE-ing the catalog sample on page 134. She scoured the catalog for other stamp sets that we could use to create the look that she wanted to achieve. After a few e-mail exchanges, here is what I finally presented to her as the "final" sample. She also requested a table place card and a cellophane bag favor tag.

Paper: Only Orange, So Saffron, Gable Green and Whisper White cardstock.
Ink: Only Orange Classic Stampin' Pad
Stamps: Frames with a Flourish, Floral Background, Sincere Salutations, and Pun Fun
Accessories/Tools: Corner rounder punch and 1/8" Handheld Circle punch (to create"lacy" scalloped border), Paper Snips, Paper Cutter and SNAIL Adhesive.

Here are all the pieces together.

The other pieces basically use the same materials. The only addition is the use of the "Dare to be Fabulous" text from the Fabulous Flowers stamp set on the place card and "a Fabulous Gift for You" text from the Taking Care of Business stamp set on the cello bag favor tag.

Overall I'm pretty pleased with the samples and have learned that I must print the client's name on the place card as though it were the final product. It's easier for everyone to visualize what to expect!

Thanks for stopping by today and hanging in there with me! Next time I'll share some of the Techniques Class samples from previous and hopefully a sneak peak of the projects that we'll do this weekend at the Technique Class/New Catalog Unveiling. Would you like a copy to take home? Let's talk! Call me for details.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Prize Patrol on the Loose!

I promised to share with you some of the free gifts that I got at Convention, just because I was in the right place at the right time (must be present to win)!

During each convention there is one general session per day and the rest of the day is set aside for business-related classes. One of the cool things about convention, besides the AWESOME demonstrations by the corporate creative types, is the Prize Patrol. This year we were given colored wrist bands; my wrist band was "Neon Blue." Right before a break or during a transition from one speaker to the next, the prize patrol was on their job. Well, after almost three days without a prize, my belief that a prize was coming my way was beginning to dwindle... But not all hope had been lost... It happened on Saturday afternoon right after Carrie Cudney presented a demonstration featuring gifts from the kitchen. She had just shown us how to make a cute cupcake ensemble complete with cake mix, etc. It was approximately 2:30 pm MST... Carrie announced the winning color... it was neon blue... I jumped from my seat in the front row (of my section) and started jumping up and down. The prize patrol (a.k.a. Stampin' Up! staff members) came running out of the black curtained area into the aisles with shopping bags in their hands. I was in an accessible area so I got mine right away ... Here is what I got. Isn't that the coolest? The prize package includes the Crazy for Cupcakes set (Item #111618, $23.95), the Cupcakes Stampin' Around Wheel (Item #113121, $6.50) and a spool of 1"Chocolate Chip Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (Item #111849, $8.95, 10 yds) all available in the new Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. Here is the card she made with the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set. She used Dazzling Diamonds on the cupcakes so there is plenty of sparkle! It is such a cute card.

Later that afternoon, we got another super surprise! It was near the end of the last general session. We had been given a hint at a one of the business classes earlier in the day that something fun would be happening later. I believe the presenter's exact words were ... "I know something you don't know" ... sung in a very taunting tone! The other class participants were begging to hear the news and she said no way! Anyhow back to the general session. So it was nearing the end of the convention and Shelli Gardner, the CEO and Co-Founder, came onto the stage to bid us farewell and make the traditional next convention dates announcement. Well, while she's on stage talking to us we hear the sound of a doorbell and onto the stage walks a man in a brown UPS uniform with a Stampin' Up! box in his hand. Here is what happens next:
Shelli: "May I help you?"
Mr. Brown: "I have a delivery."
Shelli: "Who is it for?"
Mr. Brown: "Um, let's see. There's no name but they told me that it's for... EVERYONE!"

At this point the whole room of 6,000 women (and a few men) goes CRAZY!!! There were cannons shooting out confetti and music to match the excitement of the occasion. It was so much fun! So what was all the excitement about, you might ask? More presents! UPS purchased and gave to the demonstrators a FREE STAMP SET. They selected the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, Say It with Scallops (Item # 111678, $17.95). (Talk about a win-win!) This set coordinates with the new Scallop Square punch (Item # 112081, $15.95) that will be available in the new Fall Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. Do you have your copy yet? Contact me to find out how to get a FREE copy! (714) 264-0026 or

It was an awesome conclusion to a spectacular week. I do hope that one or two or three (or more of you will consider joining me at convention next year August 5-8, 2009). Let's chat so you can learn more about how you can attend.

Coming up next time... British Caribbean Tea Party Ensemble inspired by my cousin Joy Jones-Harris, Co-Owner of Mannafeast, a full-service global chic cuisine catering and event planner.

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Photos, ya gotta give me photos!

Hello again! I was reviewing my previous post as I traverse this blog journey and realized, what's a blog without photos? BORING! Tee hee. I have to laugh at myself sometimes!

Here are some photos of the convention trip and a sneak peak at some of the new goodies.

The welcome sign at the airport. Isn't that sweet?

Hey did you get a load of those shoes? Hey wait a minute, did you stamp them? You betcha!

On the train to Ogden...
Is that a sneak peak at the cover of the new Spanish Catalog... Celebrando Creatividad??? You are sooo observant! (Believe it or not, this photo was not staged just for my blog! My DD (dear daughter) was practicing her photography skills and snapped this photo. Pretty good, huh? And so timely!

Here is the cover of the new catalog! Now before you go getting all excited, this is the special edition of the catalog that Stampin' Up! gave us at the convention. Not all of the catalogs are spiral bound. (It is such a nice touch though, don't you think?) Notice the cool scalloped edge... just a hint of one of the new tools inside (pssst, it's a punch).

Here are some of the stamp sets that we received at convention to use in our Make and Take classes:
Inspired by Nature (double mounted see the next photo below for the grass). This set is an example from the new Silhouettes Style Watch. Very chic!

Inspired by Nature (reverse side of the flower above).Eastern Blooms from the Eastern Eclectic Style Watch.

Flight of the Butterfly. This is a fun Two-Step Stampin' Set.
My Convention bag contained all the goodies you see above.
Okay, that's it for today. Next time you'll get to see a gift pack that I won and a stamp set that UPS gave to everyone in attendance as a thank you for the great volume of business they do with Stampin' Up!

Friday, August 1, 2008

News from Stampin' Up! Convention "Celebrate 2008"

Dear Stampin' Friends!

I am so excited to be able to report to you from sunny Salt Lake City, UT. We've been here since Tuesday (traveling with my Mom and daughter). I'm in Salt Lake City because I'm attending my second Stampin' Up! Convention, entitled "Celebrate '08."

Stampin' Up! is celebrating its 20th year of stampin' fun in October 1988. This convention has been a fun reminder of how far we have come in 20 years, me included [if I were brave enough, I'd post my high school graduation photo, but I'm in SLC! :-)]. There are so many awesome things that Stampin' Up! (SU!) is doing that I am soooo very excited about.

Allow me to recap just a bit...

Last week, SU! announced that we will soon (in the fall) be able to offer online ordering!! That means, you can shop from the comfort of your favorite slippers and armchair. This announcement made dance, since I know that my own comfort level with online ordering has increased over time as I've had successful transactions. I look forward to offering another method for you to get your hands on your favorite products! (Just remember how much fun the hands-on make and take workshops are though! Have you scheduled your Totally Hands-on or Girls Night Out workshop yet?)

Wednesday (July 30) was check-in day. I received a copy of the new Fall-Winter 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalog and three new stamp sets from the catalog!!! Each convention attendee receives stamps sets that will be used in the demonstrator make-n-take sessions during convention. I think that is the coolest!

Yesterday (July 31), we received a few new product announcements but nothing like what will knock your stampin' slippers off like the announcement we received today (August 1). Okay, so here goes...

Would you like to discover how SU! makes home decorating fun and easy? ... with Decor Elements, of course!! These exclusive coordinating images are a super simple way to add flair to your walls. Available in Chocolate, White, and Kraft, coming this fall the line will be expanded and various other colors will be offered as well. When you have a chance, I invite you to view a short video about the current Decor Elements offering on my website.

Shelli Gardner, the CEO and Co-Founder, announced the launch of Shelli's Signature Collection, a line of products that span the entire Stampin' Up! product line, including stamp sets, home d├ęcor, and accessories. "These will be products that I either personally love or, in some cases, even played a part in developing," Shelli explained during the announcement.

For the second time, Stampin' Up! will partner with Country Living magazine to offer an exclusive holiday kit. The Holiday Collection Stampin' Kit will include exclusive stamps, a combination of Designer Series paper, and coordinating accessories that will only be available by purchasing this kit.

Today (Friday, August 1) was super awesome as well! The most amazing announcement this morning was that I get to offer you more fun and time-saving tools like the Sizzix BigShot made for Stampin' Up! This die cut machine will be available on September 2, for those who already know what this baby can do. I was amazed as I watched the demonstrations this morning. Shelli showed us several samples of projects done using the BigShot, which can cut over 50 different types of materials including thin sheet metal, felt, chipboard, etc.

Photos and more to come later!

So are you as excited as I am? I hope that you will find that the new toys and tools will make you smile, either because you were able to complete a project that made someone else smile, or because you deserve it!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Retiring Accessories List

Hello Stampin' Friends,

Here is a list of the accessories that will be retiring from the current catalog. This list will change daily. Please let me know if you want to receive the updated list everyday. The items listed here are available while quantities last. Most items listed here are in the back of the catalog (the Simply Sent Kits are the exception). The starred (*) items are available for 25% off (while supplies last).

UPDATED August 1, 2008 @ 7:58 PM PST

Item Number

Page #
Product Description

Accents & Elements Build A Flower

Not Available

Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 177 Accents & Elements Messenger

Acrylic Graph & Grid


Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi Not Available
108644 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate Not Available
103975 166 Card Stock Brushed Copper Not Available
108694 163 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 167 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 167 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 167 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 167 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 167 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* Not Available
110729 167 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 167 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou Not Available
109019 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109016 163 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock Not Available
109015 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi Not Available
109013 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 163 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 171 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 169 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 169 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 169 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 168 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* Not Available
109160 170 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers Not Available
109159 169 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 169 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 168 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 170 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 170 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 171 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 170 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* Not Available
109175 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* Not Available
109177 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou Not Available
109174 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* Not Available
109168 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* Not Available
109171 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 171 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard Not Available
109176 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie Not Available
109164 171 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 171 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky Not Available
109163 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise Not Available
110698 168 Designer Series Paper Spring Break
110273 169 Designer Series Paper Spring Fling* Not Available
110271 170 Designer Series Paper Spring Silhouettes
110272 170 Designer Series Paper Western Sky
107299 167 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 189 Eyelets Basic Not Available
100375 189 Eyelets Bold Brights Not Available
100381 189 Eyelets Earth Elements Not Available
107233 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 189 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 189 Eyelets Soft Subtles Not Available
105515 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass Not Available
105532 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper Not Available
101120 183 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 179 On Board Accents
109181 178 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 178 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 179 On Board Simon Lower
102678 166 Mulberry Paper White Not Available
109227 181 Punch Box Three For You Not Available
102686 180 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 183 Pure Color Pencils
109060 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava Not Available
109061 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky Not Available
109058 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi Not Available
109189 190 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 190 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 190 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 190 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 190 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 190 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 191 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 182 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* Not Available
110284 182 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 182 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 174 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 174 Simply Scrappin' Confetti Not Available
110572 172 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 173 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 175 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 174 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl Not Available
110587 175 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 175 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 15 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 16 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 16 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad Not Available
109680 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe Not Available
106610 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte Not Available
107468 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture Not Available
111261 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 193 Stampin' Color Index Labels Not Available
106694 194 Stampin' Kids Markers


183 Zig Painty
*Items are 25% off and part of our discounted retiring accessories promotion.

*Items are 25% off and part of our discounted retiring accessories promotion.

Something to think about...