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

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...