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

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.

Something to think about...