Estella Banks
Chief Creative Officer & Founder
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
To e-mail me, click here
(714) 264-0026

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Last-Minute Lucy" Gift Making Class

Give handmade love this year! Join us at my house on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, from 3:00 - 10:00 pm for an impromptu "Last-Minute Lucy" gift-project buffet. This is an open house-style stamp camp. You can show up whenever you have time, but please no later than 7:00 pm so that you will have time to complete your selected projects. Class fee will be $10.00 (beverages, snacks & pizza will be provided). You may choose any quantity of the following projects; you pay for each project. Please include the quantity of each project you wish to make in your RSVP:

Tile Coasters (Set of four -- here is a simple sample) $10.00 / Two sets for $15.
Approximate time to complete four tiles 45 mins - 1 hour.

Magnetic Calendars $3.50 each or 3 for $9.00
Approximate time to complete three calendars - 30-45 mins.

Ribbon/Chipboard Bookmark ($3.50 each) & Jumbo Paperclip Bookmarks ($2.50 each)
Approximate time to complete 3 bookmarks 30-45 mins.

Nugget Tin - 5 Covered nuggets in a beautiful hinged Altoid-sized tin $4.50. Approximate time to complete one nugget tin: 30 -45 mins. (w/o eating any nuggets :-) )

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

Decorated Composition Journal (1 each) $8.00

Bath Salts (1 jar) $5.00.

Please e-mail me at to RSVP & get my address & directions; let me know how many of each project you'd like to make. Space is limited, so please respond quickly! I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Merry Christmas - Your gift has arrived early!

It’s beginning to look a lot like the Holidays. Let’s face it, the holidays seem to appear earlier every year. They also have the uncanny knack of showing up when we are at our busiest. We have holiday gatherings and parties. We have places to go with the kids. Presents that need to be bought. So many things that just have to be done.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have creative ideas delivered to your inbox? 12 days full of great holiday help. These ideas will cover gift giving, decorating and card making. They will be packed full of inspiring ideas. Just when you need the inspiration and the ease of great projects I'm available to you, ready to help you though the busiest time of the year.

The holidays are a time of sparkle and wonder. Handmade gifts and decorating add to that in a way that is uniquely your own. Having inspiration for great projects, that are simple and easy to do, can be a jumping off point that will spark your creativity. Adding that little bit of your own personal touches to decoration, cards and gifts really does show that you care enough to go that extra step.

Sign-up for the 12-day Holiday Helper. Set to be delivered to your inbox every morning starting today! Just add your name and your primary email address and click submit (on the right sidebar). I'm here to help you add that sparkle and glitter to your Holidays!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

One Sheet Wonder Fun

What in the world is a One Sheet Wonder? It's a miracle ... a veritable stampin' wonder ... I tell ya. So I'm in a bit of a goofy mood, but I wanted to share some pictures of something I've stamped recently! Yes, I actually stamp and take pictures of my "work." I like to call them my mid-night masterpieces, because some of my best stuff often happens in the weeeee hours of the night!

So, here's how it works. This recipe yields 10 cards. This project will take about two hours or less depending on you! Here are the supplies you will need:
  • 2 sheets Neutral card stock (Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" is used in this case)
  • 2 sheets Bermuda Bay card stock 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 1 Sheet Crushed Curry card stock 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 2 sheets Rich Razzleberry card stock 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 2 sheets Melon Mambo 8-1/2" x 11"
  • Coordinating Classic Stampin' Pads (see list of colors above)
  • Circle Circus Stamp Set
  • Sincere Salutations (or other greeting set)
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • One Sheet Wonder printable templates (please send me an e-mail to request these templates).

Print the neutral page cutting template onto one of the sheets of Whisper White card stock. Flip this sheet over and randomly stamp with the various circle images from the Circle Circus stamp set using the different colors of ink. Make sure you have good coverage on this page and stamp off the edges of the paper for the best results. This page is your One Sheet Wonder.

Flip this sheet over again and cut on the printed lines using your paper cutter (the paper cutter is critical for best results and the straightest lines).

Print the three other cutting templates onto one sheet each of Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo card stock. Use your paper cutter to cut on the lines provided.

Using the photo as a guideline and the numbers for each piece, begin matching up the numbered pieces from the neutral card stock with the numbered pieces of the colored card stock; embellish with ribbon and adhere.

Make card bases using the remaining sheets of card stock. You should have one sheet each of Rich Razzlebery, Crush Curry, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White. Lay each sheet on the paper cutter with the 8-1/2" side facing down. Use the scoring blade (the black one) to score each sheet at 4-1/4". Now, lay each sheet on the paper cutter with the 11" side facing down. Cut at 5-1/2". Fold on the score line. You will have ten card bases (4-1/4" x 5-1/2").

Adhere your one sheet wonder pieces to your card bases using Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive. Be sure to stamp "Hand stamped by" on the back of each card and sign your name - You too have a hallmark!

Tell me what you think! I'd love to see pictures of your works of art. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Top 10 Reasons to Send/Give a One-of-a-Kind Hand-Crafted Card

  1. They’re guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the recipient. If you use a clear envelope, it will bring a smile to the face of every person who sees it along it’s merry way!
  2. In this e-mail and information age, we’ve lost sight of how fun it is to receive “snail” mail instead of just bills. Let’s make it FUN to go to the mailbox again!
  3. Everybody likes to receive something personalized instead of mass-made. It makes them feel special! Think about the last note YOU received.
  4. A stamped card or gift wrap adds an extra pizzazz to a gift card or small token. Turn a small gift into something special.
  5. It takes a little time to create something handmade, and the recipient can feel that extra unique touch. No one else creates quite like you!
  6. Handmade cards are often kept long after the store-bought ones are tossed!
  7. You’ll never be at a loss for an occasion—there’s always somebody getting married, having a baby, graduating, retiring, moving, or having a birthday.
  8. Handmade cards can be recycled. Just cut off the fronts and adhere to a new card. You’ll never see anyone do that with a store card.
  9. Handmade cards can cost up to four dollars LESS than store-bought ones. WOW!
  10. If you think hard enough, you’ll come up with a least one person you really ought to send a thank-you. Your mother would be proud!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Deals of the Week

This month Stampin' Up! is offering some wonderful deals each week. Here are the deals of the week for October 19, 10 AM (MT) through October 26, 9:50 AM (MT). You can easily add these to your order or start a new order now -- click here to shop now.

The next Deal of the Week will be announced at 10:00 AM (MT) on Monday, October 26, 2009!










Basic Jumbo grommets





Mini Library clips





Circle Designer brads





1/2" Library clips



You're Invited ... Upcoming Christmas Jingle Card Class

If you haven't already started, this class with be a great time to create your own one-of-a-kind Christmas greetings. We will use one of Stampin' Up's Simply Scrappin' Kits to create quick, yet elegant, one-of-a-kind Christmas cards.

Join us for a Christmas card class using the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit! You'll be able to make 30 cards, a gift bag and tags with this incredibly festive scrapbooking kit for just $50. Your kit will include 1/2 of the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit, 16 sheets of 8-1/2" x 11" Very Vanilla card stock, a package of 40 Very Vanilla medium envelopes, a spool of coordinating ribbon and your very own SNAIL (simple, neat, affordable in-line) adhesive!!

Please bring your own paper cutter (these are available to order when you order your kit -- ask me for more information.)

Come early to have a late breakfast/early lunch at the Node's delicious cafe and then join us in the Node's Banquet Room ... be prepared to roll up your sleeves for some Christmas Card making fun! Children are welcome under the following conditions: Please include your child in your RSVP count. One child per adult permitted - aged 8 or older. Child must be closely supervised with common materials. Child may share your kit or you may purchase a complete kit for your little friend.

Invite a friend! There will be Christmas music, door prizes and a fun, creative environment. Men and women are welcome -- paper crafting is not just for women!

You may also order a kit-by-mail for the same price to make this project at home. You may either pick up the kit from me or add $10.35 for USPS Priority Mail.

PLEASE reserve your seat and your kit IN ADVANCE. I will only be able to have kits for those who RSVP and pay by the due date -- October 30, 2009. Payments may be made by cash, PayPal (e-mail me at for an invoice) or check payable to Estella Banks. Mail your payments to PO Box 7304 Fullerton, CA 92834. Thank you!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May is a great month

May is such a cool month! I really enjoy this month for some reason ... probably because there are several great celebrations during the month of May: Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, and of course, it's National Scrapbooking Month!

There are several exciting promotions this month in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month! Please take a minute to visit my website to see what's in store for you. One of the promotions is such a great deal!! Designer Series Paper Buy 3 Get 1 Free. There's also a sneak peak purchase of the Jumble Alphabet and of course you can join the Stampin' Up! family as a demonstrator for just $75! It's a great month!

Upcoming Classes:
May 16, 2009 - National Scrapbooking Month Celebration continues. Join us to take the scrapbooking plunge with a Scrapbooking 101 class. As a bonus, if you RSVP by Friday, May 8, 2009, you'll get a free class-to-go instruction manual. June 20th or 27th (TBD) we'll ring out the old and bring in the new from the current and upcoming catalogs. As an additional bonus, we'll be celebrating my birthday! Don't miss it!
Please save the dates for July 18 & August 15 for more fun!

Exciting News!!!
I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching Scrapbooking classes for the City of Garden Grove during June, July & August. These classes will be on Wednesday or Friday evenings from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. I'll post the dates on my website calendar and here on my blog over the next few days!!

Please visit my blog often for more details about the exciting classes planned for this summer. Better yet, subscribe to my blog for the latest updates as they happen!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Upcoming Class - Scrapbook in a Day on May 2, 2009

Let's celebrate National Scrapbooking Day together! Just in time for Mother’s or Father’s Day gift-giving, create a fabulous 22-page 6" x 6" mini album in one day using a quick-fast "innovative" scrappin' system -- simply add photos and journaling later (hey, how else did you THINK we were going to finish in one day?). :-)

Event fee is $75 (includes snack/lunch, creative coaching, scrapbook materials, & linen finish ring album – you must pre-register and select your Simply Scrappin' Kit & album by Sunday, April 26, 2009.

Please bring your own paper cutter and archival quality adhesive.
(You may order at the time of registration for an additional charge.)

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION: The CoWorking Place, 122 N. Harbor Blvd, Suite 110, Fullerton, CA 92832; near the corner of Amierage and Harbor Blvd. Suite 110 is on Amierage. Parking lot conveniently located across the street.

To register for the class, simply send me an e-mail ( with your selection of Simply Scrappin' Kit, your choice of album, and your payment option.

The Simply Scrappin' Kit options can be found here. There are two pages of options, with 12 kits total to select. The photo to the right is a peak a the one I plan to use, called Petal Party. Stampin' Up! gave me the coordinating stamp set, Best Wishes and More, at the Seattle Regional Conference I attended on April 17.

The ring album options can be found here. You have a choice of Natural, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, or Real Red.

Please feel free to call me with any questions. I look forward to getting your e-mails and seeing you at the class!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Have you ever wondered...

how one makes the decision to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

We'll here's a little (okay a really lonnnnnng) story about how I became a demonstrator...

Way back in 2002, my darling daughter (DD) was jus' a weeee little young'n and she needed a good babysitter. I found this here babysitter gal, named Andrea - but she liked to be called Miss Amy, through a referral agency in Orange County, Ca-li-for-ni-a. After a little while, Miss Amy started showing me all these puuurrrty things she was making with sum'um called rubbah stamps from this never-before-heard-of company called Stampin' It Up! -- I mean Stampin' Up! She invited me to a little round-up called a workshop on her back patio one really nice spring day, kinda like today, 'cept it was in March, cuz I got some free stamps with my order during that special promotion called Sell-a-Bration - that's what they called it back in them there days.

So at this round-up, um er, workshop thing, we made sum really puurrrty projects using stamps, ink and paper - we wuz taking a SIP of what Stampin' Up! had to offer. Boy oh boy wuz that a fuuuuunnn afternoon! I went home thinkin' 'bout that paper and them inks and them there stamps and I was jus' a tinglin' when I though 'bout all the things I could make to put a smile on someone's face - 'specially mine! I been liking to make things with my hands, see, since I wuz jus' a little girl so this wuz jus' like destiny fell right in my lap!

After a few days of thinking 'bout it and waiting for the boss wo-man to pass me my paycheck, I made the big decision to become a demonstrator and the rest is his-stor-y! Miss Amy has gone on to be with the Lord, unexpectedly, at a very young age of 41, but I am thankful that she introduced me to Stampin' Up! and I have been enjoying it every minute since April 23, 2003. (If you're a quick math-y person, I'm going on my 6th anniversary!) I'm happy for Amy because I know she is at peace and knew the Lord before she passed -- so one day I will see her again. We had lots of laughs and shared a lot of creativity.

What I love about Stampin' Up! are the people that I been blessed to meet and the relationships that I been blessed to develop. One of my closest friends, who is now a demonstrator too, I met because of an event where I shared a Stampin' Up! project (a mini scrapbook album) at a baby shower for a group of unwed teenagers in 2005.

I also really like ...
  • the one-of-a-kind Stampin' Up! stamps
  • the Classic and Craft inks
  • the "yummy" cardstock, textured cardstock, & Designer Series Paper
  • the home decor line of vinyl art called Decor Elements (which by the way makes a laptop look great),
  • the new Sizzix BigShot and the exclusive Stampin' Up! dies,
  • the Simply Scrappin' Kits,
  • the Simply Sent card making elements and complete card kits...
  • shall I go on?

I also really like...
  • having my own "store" in my catalog
  • getting a great demonstrator discount -- One of the reasons I started as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator was to get my products at a discount.
  • receiving the exclusive demonstrator newletter/magazine called Stampin' Success -- some of my dear customer-friends tell me I'm so very creative and I say thank you -- my "secret," though, is that I am also a great imitator of others' beautiful work
  • having access to the demonstrator-only website with training and inspiration galore
  • attending Stampin' Up! events like the Annual Convention in Salt Lake City last August and the Seattle Regional convention this past Friday -- lots of great training and creative inspiration!
There are so many great reasons to become a demonstrator! Just in case you are on the fence leaning in towards the Stampin' Up! business opportunity, let me just git my feather here and push you right into a great adventure of creativity, fun, friends, and oh yeah, we earn a bit too (how much depends on you!). Stampin' Up! is offering an unprecedented three-payment option for the Demonstrator Starter ($199 + tax -- Stampin' Up! pays the shipping for your kit -- how nice!) through April 30, 2009.

I am also excited because I can offer you a $50 discount on the Starter Kit through May 4, 2009, cuz I wuz a good girl and went to the Seattle Regional!

Won't you join me in this fun and creative adventure? Click on the Join Stampin' Up Link for more information. To take advantage of the special $50 discount, please call me get started today!

Bye for now... y'all come back now, y' hear? :-)

Fifth Avenue Floral Class - rescheduled

PLEASE NOTE: This class will be rescheduled for a future date (TBD). Thank you for your interest!

FREE GIFT: Can't make it to a class? Get this class planner FREE with $50 online purchase.

Look for the Shop Now! button in the top right hand corner under my name. Happy Shopping!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Fifth Avenue Floral Class

Add a touch of elegance and class to your Mother's Day gift this year with this gorgeous Fifth Avenue Floral card set! The card set includes four trendy card designs packaged in a unique window box.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $25
Location: The Node, 11723 Firestone Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650

Please e-mail me by Saturday, April 18, 2009, to sign up for this class:

* Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Thank You Kindly
* Ink: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze Classic ink
* Paper: Urban Oasis DP, Whisper White, Kraft, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss 8-1/2" x 11" CS, Medium Whisper White Envelopes
* Accessories: Sticky Strip, Snail adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Kraft Corduroy Buttons, Linen Thread, Window Sheet (also called acetate sheet or transparency), paper snips, wide oval punch, paper piercer and foam mat, large oval punch, bone folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, blender pens, Stampin' Scrub, Stampin' Mist, Paper Trimmer and scoring blade, pencil and ruler, hobby blade and craft mat.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Join us for the upcoming Classes

Start your day off right with the "Breakfast of Champions:" A Stampin' 101 Class! On Saturday, March 28, 2009, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, discover the fun of stampin’ & papercrafting at this short class. We’ll make a simple card and a 3-D gift item, for only $15.00!

Scalloped Card Organizer Class
(Saturday, March 28, 2009, 1:00 - 4:00 PM)
Just in time for Mother’s Day gift-giving or for any occasion, you’ll create a beautiful Forget-Me-Not Keeper with monthly birthday/anniversary calendar dividers and four coordinating cards. What a great way to stay organized for the rest of 2009 (hey, it’s never too late). These projects feature “Say It with Scallops,” the 2008/2009 Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. The colors used are trendy and can span the seasons and occasions to provide you with a supply of ready-to-use cards (please note: the Designer Series Paper featured in the sample photos has been “retired,” so we will use a similar Designer Series Paper with coordinating color scheme). The Forget-Me-Not Keeper will help keep your important dates organized and keep you ready for whatever life throws your way! All the inspiration you need to keep your card supply stocked up and ready to share…plus for every participant who purchases the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, a donation will be made in your honor. Get organized and support a great cause…now that’s a gift that gives twice!

Class will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.
Location: The Node Bookstore & Cafe, 11723 Firestone Blvd, Norwalk, CA
Register by Sunday, March 22, 2009! For your convenience, you can register below.

March 28 Class Options

Products we will be using:

• Say It with Scallops
(111678; Set of 4)

• 111353 Card Stock – 8 ½” x 11” – Kiwi Kiss
• 111352 Card Stock – 8 ½” x 11” – Baja Breeze
• 102851 Card Stock – 8 ½” x 11” – Basic Black
• 102125 Card Stock – 8 ½” x 11” – Kraft
• 100730 Card Stock – 8 ½” x 11” – Whisper White
• 113978 Designer Series Paper – 12” x 12” – Urbban Oasis

• 111835 Classic Ink – Kiwi Kiss
• 111833 Classic Ink – Baja Breeze
• 103954 Classic Ink – Blender Pens

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• 102845 Blender Pens
• 111375 5/8” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon – Baja Breeze
• 111372 5/8” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon – Kiwi Kiss
• 109025 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon – Whisper White
• 109027 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon – Basic Black
• 109071 Taffeta Ribbon – Kraft
• 105525 Forget-Me-Not Keeper
• 112577 Designer Brads – Filigree Assortment
• 112081 Scallop Square Punch
• 112091 Scallop Edge Punch
• 109047 3/16” Corner Rounder Punch
• 104390 ½” Circle Punch
• 101227 1/16” Handheld Circle Punch
• 108362 Crop-A-Dile
• 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
• 107301 Medium Whisper White Envelopes
• 103683 Mini Glue Dots
• Adhesive, scissors and paper trimmer

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Looking for a Creative & Fun Home-Based Business?

There is a business niche for everyone. Mine is sharing the fun and awesome sense of accomplishment one experiences through hands-on creativity and memory preservation by paper crafting, rubber stamping and scrapbooking. I invite you to join me in the fun!

Why Stamping, Scrapbooking and Why Stampin' Up! in Particular, You May Be Asking?

Here are some industry stats:
“Based on consumer recall, 16 million households spent about $2 billion on scrapbooking supplies--including stickers, embellishments, albums, die-cuts, cutters and more--in 2005.” (Source: I read that the total sales revenue is more like $2.8 billion lately, but can’t find the source! (By the way, these statistics are JUST for scrapbooking and doesn't take into account the dollars spent decorative rubber stamping.)

And here is a little about Stampin’ Up!:

$2.8 Billion… that is no small beans. Even in the current economy, people are still buying stamps, ink, paper, albums, accessories, embellishments, tools and supplies. Paper crafting, rubber stamping, and scrapbooking bring people joy. We all could use a little bit of joy right now!

So, I invite you join me in this fun venture! Attend a class or host a private class in your home. My online store is open 24/7 (click on Shop now to get started) to provide the products and creative inspiration to get you started. I am also available by phone at (714) 264-0026 or e-mail me at Now is an awesome time to get started as with a business. Our demonstrator starter kit is 15% off the regular price and is now available for $169.00. :-) You can watch a video about the business opportunity on my website. Call (714) 264-0026 or e-mail me today ( Let’s get you started on your way to a successful home-based enterprise!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The History of Greeting Cards

(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum -

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800's. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer's and manufacturer's perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850's.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer's used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer's held "art" competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400's and is in the British Museum. New Year's cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn't gain popularity until the late 1700's. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine's offering us the most "mechanical", "pop-up" and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800's and early 1900's offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800's, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap". She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800's. By the end of the 1800's, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world's first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few, there is probably no occasion that doesn't have its own greeting card!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Send a Card to a Friend Day

When: Always February 7th

Send a Card to a Friend Day is a great chance to get in touch with a friend. We all lead busy lives. Its easy to let a friendship or two lapse, as we try to shuffle kids to and from events. It's hard to stay in touch, when workload demands eat up countless hours.

Today is the perfect chance to send hand-stamped & hand-crafted card to a friend.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Valentine's Day is around the corner...

Hi ECS Friends!

Thank you for your interest in the Valentine's Card Stamp-a-Stack. You and your little angel(s) will get the chance to tap into your creative side at this fun Valentine Card class. Each child will get to make 30 3" x 3" Valentine cards and a gift for his/her teacher for only $15.00. If you choose to join us, you'll get to make a card for your sweetheart absolutely free with at least one paid student.

Not able to participate in this class? Click here to see the entire product line and then call me TODAY to help you design your custom Valentine Card Kit. Or click on the Shop Now button to place your online order today. The Love You Much Valentine Bundle is on sale for 25% off until January 31, 2009. Take advantage of the savings today!

Here are the details for the upcoming class:

When: Friday, February 6, 2009
Where: ECS/C, Room 124/125
Time: 3:30 – 6:00PM. Open House ->You may arrive anytime between 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Class Fee: $15.00 per student includes all supplies, drinks, snacks, & Parents/Guardians/ Grandparents’ card. 10% will be donated to ECS!!!
RSVP: Complete registration form (attached to original flyer) and drop off check by Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – (payable to: Estella Banks) at ECS Elementary School Office or pay here by PayPal. Complete fields below and click on the "Add to Cart" button below.
Name of Child/Participant #1

Name of Child/Participant #2

Contact: Estella Banks (714) 264-0026 or planetkreative at for questions or more information.

True love, after all, is handmade!

I look forward to seeing you at the class!

Interested in a craft class or birthday party idea for your child or children?

Are you looking for an interesting & innovative craft class or birthday party idea for your child or children? Well, you've come to the right place! As a mother myself, I can relate to your search for a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon or to celebrate a birthday.

Recently, my daughter celebrated her 7th birthday with a Scrapbooking & Stamping class with a few of her friends. She entertained young men and young ladies ranging in age from 6 - 13. All of the young ladies and gents made a scrapbook page and a mini photo album. We kept the original scrapbook pages and put them in a keepsake scrapbook for my daughter. I scanned the scrapbook pages and had them printed at Costso, along with the photos of the party. I divided the photos up by guest and gave the guests a copy of their scrapbook page and photos from the party as a thank you (days after the party). Some of the parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents got involved and everyone had a blast!

Contact me today to design a creative and crafty class or party for your child! Estella Banks (714) 264-0026 or planetkreative at Click here to see the entire product line.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Little More Valentine's Inspiration

A Little Yummy for Your Tummy treat pouch

Our friends and designers at Stampin' Up! are working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring ideas like this one to the creatively challenged! If that's you, join the club! So many days, after working at my "day job" and then coming home to my "night job" (i.e. parenting), I can just be plum tired! So it's off to the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website for a little inspiration. It's just one of the many benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Click here to get more information about being a demonstrator or to join my team today! :-)

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is just days away. This is a very special time of year because for every $50 in product purchases, you get to select one of 6 FREE products from our special SAB collection. Quick, check out the special SAB collection and send me your order which will be placed on February 1, 2009!

  • Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set
  • Yummy SAB Stamp Set
  • Card Stock Pretty In Pink 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Old Olive 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Whisper White 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Rose Red 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Bashful Blue 8 1/2X11
  • Classic Stampin Pad Chocolate Chip
  • Classic Stampin Pad Rose Red
  • Versamark Pad
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors Paper Snips
  • Glue Dots Mini
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Ribbon Grosgrain Chocolate Chip 5/8 Inch
  1. Fold Bashful Blue card stock (8-1/2" x 8-1/2") in half to create triangle. Fold front of triangle down so that tip of flap is approximately 1/2" from bottom edge. Fold right side of triangle in so that top edge of side is even with the top edge of flap. Repeat with left side. Pull right and left sides back and pull flap up, then fold sides in and fold flap over.
  2. Stamp dots image repeatedly in VersaMark ink on inside of pouch. Wrap Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around pouch and adhere.
  3. Round corners of Pretty in Pink card stock (3" x 2") using 3/16" Corner Rounder punch. Adhere Old Olive card stock (3" x 1/4") to Pretty in Pink card stock.
  4. Stamp “A little yummy for your tummy” in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White card stock. Cut out image. Stamp heart image in Rose Red ink on Rose Red card stock. Cut out heart and adhere to yummy piece. Adhere to Pretty in Pink card stock using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere entire piece to Bashful Blue pouch using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Tie Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon in a knot and adhere to left side of pouch.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Get Your FREE Copy of the *New* Stampin’ Up! Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog (USA Only!)

Stampin’ Up! has done it once again with the new, award-winnning Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog! Filled with over 200 pages of project samples and ideas, it is so much more than just a catalog - it is an amazing source of stampin' inspiration!

Celebrating 20 years of quality, award-winning designs and innovation, I know you’re just going to love our latest product offerings. They have some awesome new stamp sets, gorgeous new Designer Papers and some mind-blowing new embellishments, tools and accessories -- there is something for absolutely everyone!

Sounds great doesn’t it? How would you like your own FREE copy (value: Approx $10)? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. You have to live in the United States (sorry Stampin' Friends, but I’m only allowed to sell Stampin’ Up! products within my own country).
  2. You cannot already be connected with another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator -- I don't believe in "stealing!" (If you currently buy Stampin’ Up! products from another demonstrator, then he/she should be making it available to you).
  3. Email me your name, address & phone number. You MUST include your phone number. My email is - please make sure to write "Free Catalog" in the subject line.
  4. Here's the catch... You can expect a call from me about once every three months to see if there’s anything you need or I can help you with. If you’re not okay with me calling, then please don’t ask me for a free catalog - they go hand in hand *lol*
I look forward to hearing from my US stampers!

Obtiene una copia de Celebrando Creatividad Primavera-Verano 2009

Estoy muy emocionada de ofrecerles la oportunidad de obtener su propia copia de Celebrando Creatividad Primavera-Verano 2009 (Catálogo y Libro de Ideas) -- GRATIS! Esta lleno de ideas creativos y adorables para las invitaciones y los regalitos de las quincineras, las bodas, baby showers y mucho mas!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Little Valentine's Inspiration

Valentine's Day is less than a month away! Here is a little stampin' inspiration for your Valentine's Day projects.

Love You Much Card

• Love You Much stamp set

• Baja Breeze card stock
• Candy Lane Designer Series paper
• Watercolor paper

• Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad

• Chocolate Chip 1″ double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
• Flower Fusion Too Accents & Elements
• Pretties Kit
• Stampin’ Dimensionals®
• Heart to Heart punch

Did you know that the Love You Much Bundle is available for 25% off regular retail price through January 31, 2009... Check out the details here (also, see the right side panel for a copy of the flyer).

Monday, January 12, 2009

Your Help Is Needed!

You have a unique opportunity to help improve Planet Kreative and how I conduct business!

I am currently conducting a survey. I value your feedback and would appreciate if you took a few moments to respond to some questions. The survey has 21 questions on three pages and will probably take about 20 minutes to complete. You have an opportunity to enter your name in a drawing to win FREE Stampin' Up! Products!!

Click Here to take survey

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Created for a Purpose

Hello again!

Since we are discussing the subject of casting your vision and writing your goals... there are some related topics that will be food for thought for your vision & goals book.

Created for a Purpose
Did you know that you were created for a purpose? Your very existence and the reason you were created is an answer to someone's prayer! If you are curious, you can read more about that here, especially 13-16. Our lives are important and must not be wasted! You may be wrestling with this very question right now as you read this.

You're probably thinking...
... there must be more to life than this!?
... how does what I'm doing matter in the big picture?
... why am I here again?
... what IS my purpose?

Here are some clues to your purpose... If you're feeling restless in your current situation, what do you dream about doing? Another way to know what your purpose is... think about what angers/frustrates you to the point that you want to make a difference & change the situation. These are two clues to what you were designed to do. You have probably had many opportunities to build skills that are critical to the achievement of your purpose. Your current job may or may not be your purpose.

Defining your vision and setting your goals are closely tied to your purpose.

Get to know your Creator personally ... He has big plans for you.

Friday, January 9, 2009

NEWS FLASH!! Cool Deals Going on Now through JANUARY 18, 2009!

Please take note of the special deals going on right now through January 18, 2009:

Inventory Blowout Sale - Some things are up to 50% off!
Retiring Stamps - Last chance to get you favorites like Fabulous Flowers, just to name one of my favorites!
Love You Much Bundle
Catalog Sampler Special

Links have been provided for your convenience. Go now and check them out and then call me to place your order OR order ONLINE RIGHT NOW! :-)

Now back to your regularly scheduled broadcast....!

Vision/Goal Book ... Another Layout


Well, as I promised, here is the next installment of my Vision/Goals Book.

One of the things that I am working on is to improve my chances of buying a house. Now, we all know what that means, right? Good credit AND a miracle from God!! So, I know that I need to do my part in the natural world and let God do His thing in the Kingdom... so here it is.

The Road to Good Credit leads to Buying a House. On the Road to Good Credit page, I will list the specific actions I need to take to ensure I achieve this goal. On the Buying a House page, I will list the specific deal-breaker criteria for selecting the home and therefore solidifying in my mind what it is exactly that I am looking for (see explanation and goal statement below). The pictures on these pages serve as visual reminders and programming language for my brain -- because you know my house is da bomb!

The photos of the house were taken in Victorville, CA, at a model home I visited with my friend Amarachi during the Christmas 2007 season. She loves interior design and so one of her pastimes is to visit model homes for great home decor inspiration! And I was definitely inspired.

I plan to type the SMART Goal statements and place them in the "empty" Top Notes. In order to enhance your chances of successfully achieving your goal, the goal statement needs to be written in a SMART Goal format.

Here is an example of a common goal statement that you will hear:

Buy a house.

That is a worthy goal, but it's lacking pizazz and color and, well lots of other things to make it achievable. So let's pick it apart a bit. I must ask you a question. Is this goal SPECIFIC? (SPECIFIC is the "S" in SMART). Is there any information about what kind of home, size of the home, location of the home, price-range, etc?

Uhhhh, in a word, "no!"

So let's revise the goal to make it more SPECIFIC.

Buy a three-bedroom Spanish-style house under $200,000 in Southern California.

Okay, now we're getting better, but I may have stepped on the toes of "REALISTIC" when I stated a $200,000 home in Southern California, but this is a BIG goal. I just have to trust God to do the miracle.

Let's look at whether or not the goal is MEASURABLE -- the "M" in SMART. How will we measure the completion of this goal? A goal becomes measurable when you have identified specific criteria for measuring progress against those goals. In this case, I either buy the house or not. Simple as that!

The next area to evaluate is where or not the goal is ATTAINABLE or ACTIONABLE. I could revise the goal to read:

Buy a three-bedroom Spanish-style house under $300,000 in Southern California.

Changing the price of the home makes it more "ATTAINABLE."

The final two letters in the word SMART are R and T. R stands for REALISTIC and T stands for TIME-BOUND. The current goal statement is NOT time-bound. Depending on the the time-frame stated for completion, the goal will then be REALISTIC or NOT. I've observed that it has taken two other single mothers around 2-3 years to reach their goal of home ownership, so I will revise my goal once again to take this into consideration. So, here goes:

Buy a three-bedroom, two-bathroom Spanish-style house with two-car garage and guest house or rental unit under $300,000 in Southern California (North Long Beach, Cerritos, Cypress, South Compton near horse properties, or Rancho Dominguez) by December 31, 2011.

So there you have it: the SMART Goal setting process in a nutshell. You can see that I revised the goal to make it even more specific. The rationale is each piece of information clearly states what I want in the house to make sure it meets my criteria! That makes the goal Measurable.

Thank you for letting me share a bit of what I've been learning along the way and finally applying! :-)

Supplies List

Whisper White Textured Card Stock (12" x 12")
Urban Garden Designer Series Paper
Kiwi Kiss Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Baja Breez Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11")
Not Quite Navy Card Stock (8-1/2" x 11")

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Top Note Bigz Die
Birds and Blooms Sizzlet Die
Swirl Sizzlet Die
Paper Cutter

Images (except those from the model home) were collected from the Internet.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Peek at MY Vision Book - and into my private world

Hi Stampin' Friends!!

I am very excited to share a great project with you; it's something that can be started at any time -- you do not need to wait until the beginning of the year to start on it. So many people are reflecting on their goals for the year, why not create a powerful visual tool to help keep you on track!

Here is a peek at the title page of my Vision/Goals book. When I first envisioned making the book I thought about putting a year on the title page, but as I started looking at the goals that I was setting, the goals are more multi-year/long-range goals with consistent, short-term actions required to achieve them. I recommend putting dates on each individual page to record when the page was completed. As I continue to share each section of my book, you will see, though, how important dates are in creating a goal completion time line (SMART Goals).

Project Details
I decided to use the Fabulous Flowers stamp set because the one word stamp in there "Dare to Be Fabulous" just resonates with me! I fell "in love" with this set when it first came out mostly because of this powerful little statement. The Fabulous Flowers (Item # 109343) stamp set is retiring effective January 18, 2009; it will probably be a long time before I can part with this set!

I used the color combination that is reflected in the Urban Garden Designer Series Paper (Item # 112042; also retiring effective January 18, 2009). The colors include: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy. In addition, later in the book you will see that I used Riding Hood Red -- red is a powerful, action-oriented color -- perfect for inspiring goal achievement.

On this page used a technique called "One Sheet Wonder;" I stamped a full 12" x 12" sheet of Whisper White Card Stock (Item # 106529) with the "Dare to Be Fabulous" stamp from Fabulous Flowers using Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy. I was going for a pattern that could be read from any direction. I started with a row that could be read from my stamping vantage point. I continued to stamp the pattern, varying the colors... then, I rotated the page 180 degrees and continued stamping until I filled the page.

Next I cut the 12" x 12" sheet in half, yielding two 6" x 12" pieces. With one of the 6" x 12" pieces I cut it again to yield 2 - 6" x 6" pieces. Finally I cut the two 6" x 6" sheets in half diagonally to create the "corners" on the page you see here. I layered the corners (triangular pieces) on 12" x 12"Basic Black Textured Card Stock (Item # 108693) to create the framed look. I used the remaining 6" x 12" piece on the following pages. One Sheet Wonder (OSW) is a great technique for creating personalized "Designer Series Paper." OSW is also awesome for completing multiple quick cards.

I used On Board Loads of Letters (Item #112084) to create this title. I sponged or used the direct-to-paper method to cover the letters completely with the Classic Ink. My preference is to use Craft Ink (pigment ink) with Sponge Daubers (Item # 102892) to do this kind of job, but the 2008-09 In Colors are available in Classic Ink only. I feel that the coverage was very good! I saturated those letters, for sure!

The page seemed as though it needed a couple of finishing touches, so I broke out the BigShot and started cutting these flowers and swirls from the coordinated card stock colors, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, and Baja Breeze. I used the
Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Die (4-Pack Item #113485) and the Scribbles, Swirls Sizzlits Die (Item #113441). The flowers seemed to give it a more polished look. One final touch I did was to sponge the edges of the stamped Whisper White sheet with Kiwi Kiss ink (you can kind of see it on the top right corner of the photo). I was able to get away with sponging AFTER I had assembled the page, but ONLY because the background paper is Basic Black. I highly recommend sponging the edges BEFORE putting your page together!

I'm very happy with the result, although I will sneak some Riding Hood Red onto this page eventually -- probably in the center of the flowers!!
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Resolves & Happy New Year!!

The year is only a few days old... how are you going to make it count this year?

Project Idea
I've started a Vision & Goals Book. It's similar to a Vision Board or Dream Board. The idea is to collect images (photos, magazine cut-outs, etc.) showing the end-result of one (or more) of your goals. For example, if your goal is to get fit and healthy, find a photo of yourself (or someone who looks like you) when you are at your desired "peak" (for me that was in my 20s!). Arrange your photos on a scrapbook page, in a mini-album you can carry in your work bag, in a frame, on a mirror... where-ever you will look at it regularly... your brain will start to believe the images you present and after a while, subconsciously, you’re working towards the achievement of your desired image! Not magic, just a bit of psychology!

I will be sharing pages from my Vision/Goals Book and information about setting SMART Goals over the next few days. Part of the goal-setting process is to share your goals with someone or a couple of people close to you who will help you remember your goals when your behavior seems to be off-track! I realize that by opening up the pages of my Vision/Goals Book to you, that you will become a part of my "accountability team." Please be gentle with me. :-) I pray you will commit to setting and achieving some worthwhile goals and that this project will impact your life for years to come!

So who will join me? Make an appointment with me today to get started creating your Vision Book and achieving your goals.

Something to think about...