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

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!!!

Something to think about...