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October 2008

Happy Tuesday!

Hello Stampers!  I'm going to skip Totally cool Tool Tuesday so that I can start showing you some of the swaps I received at SU! regionals in Overland Park, KS.

Blog_059 Today I will show you all of the Halloween items that I recieved!  Demonstrators only put their name on some items, so I will give credit to those that I know.  The sucker cover with the vampire is from Amy Nielsen.  The chocolate bar cover just to the right of the sucker is from Diane Mikles.  Don't you just love the candy purse in the middle of the top row with M&M's in it!!!

Blog_060 The item on the bottom left is a pudding cup topper!   It is adorable!  It opens up and you slip a pudding cup into it and close the top!  This clever thing is from Susan Roberts.

Blog_063 The top left item is actually a square coaster!  Isn't it cute!  It is from Mary Helm.  The top frankenstein card is also from Mary.  The card on the right is from Sarah Naber.

That's all of the swaps for today!  Come back tomorrow to see more!  Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Card Kits

Hello Stampers!  Sorry I didn't get a post done yesturday, I had to work and do all the running to doctor's appointments and practices because my hubby was out of town!  But enough excuses, let's get on to todays post!  I'm actually going to have two posts today.  This first one is in regards to my Card Kits, and the next one will show some of the swaps I recieved at Regionals!

I'm going to start offering card kits.  There will be two different kinds.  The first kit will simply focus on one card.  There will be enough supplies in the kit to make three of that card.  I will post a picture on my blog and I will mail you everything you need to make three of that card.  All items will be stamped and cut so that all you have to do is color and assemble!  How can it get any easier than that!  This kit will cost $7, which includes mailing.

Blog_050 This first kit is the snowman card.  I totally copied this card from one of my favorite sites, chicnscratch.typepad.com.  You will recieve all supplies necessary to complete three of these cards, including envelopes.  The items will be stamped and ready for you to color and put together.  The cost for this kit is $7 which includes mailing.

Blog_051 This kit is the snowy tree card.  I copied this card from chicnscratch.typepad.com also!  You will receive all supplies necessary to complete three of these cards, including envelopes.  The items will be stamped and ready for you to put together.  The cost for this kit is $7 which includes mailing.

Blog_057 The second card kits will be the cards from my monthly card class.  There will be three different cards.  I will again post the picture of the cards on my blog and I will mail you everything you need to complete one of each of these cards including envelopes.  All items will be stamped and cut so that all you have to do is color and assemble.  The cost for this kit is $7.  This kit is free if you are in my stampin' club and it is your month to place an order.  If you are in my club but it is not your month to place an order, you can purchase this kit for $7. 

Blog_058 If you attend my monthly card class you will get to make an additional 3D item at no extra charge.  These are the pumpkin magnets that we will be making at my October card class.  Please see my website at www.dinalstamps.stampinup.net for dates and times of my class. 

These kits will change periodically, so if you are interested in purchasing a kit, please let me know before it is too late!


Sensational Sunday!

Hello Stampers!  I just got back from the SU! Regionals today that were held in Overland Park, Kansas, and we had a great time!  We learned lots of new ideas and techniques, and the swaps were really great!  I just wish I could pack several of you in my suitcase and let you experience the fun for yourself!  I promised that I

Blog_046 would show you several of my swaps over the next few days, but tonight I'm exhausted and so I'm only going to show you a couple of things.  I got back in town this afternoon and we immediately left for my daughters soccer game (I literally pulled into the driveway and got out of my car and into my husband's to leave!!).  After we got home from the soccer game, it was a rush to get dinner and get ready for my Christmas card class that I had tonight!  Anyway, this frankenstein was a gift from my upline, Jeri Holm!  She had these sitting on the table for us when we got there!  Isn't it the cutest thing!!!  And it was filled with candy, so what could be better!!!

Blog_045 This santa ornament was also a gift from Jeri!  Shelli Gardner showed us how to make these with the new Big Shot die cut machine at convention, but I never got around to making one!  Now I don't have to!  Thanks Jeri!! 

I'm also going to hold off one more day talking about my card kits.  Now I'm tired and going to bed!  I'll be more fresh tomorrow and will be able to explain myself easier!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Fabulous Friday!

Hello Stampers!  It's Friday!  I love the weekends!!!  Today I want to show you all of my swaps that I'm taking to the SU! regional convention this weekend!

Blog_041 This is my first card.  Our cards are only fronts, which means they aren't a whole card.  You know how I love to make the apples from the Round Tab punch!  I also used the Short & Sweet set for the greeting.  I have 25 of these to swap!

Blog_042 This is my second card.  With regionals being so close to the Christmas season, there will be lots of swaps with Christmas cards, I hope!  I used the Deer Friends and Short & Sweet stamp sets.  I also used the scallop circle punch and red gingham ribbon.  I have 25 of these also!

Blog_043 This is my first 6 X 6 page.  We make this size because anything bigger would be too expensive and too big to carry around and trade.  6 X 6's are very easy to convert into an 8 1/2 X 11 or a 12 X 12 page.  This swap is leftover from convention in August, so I  only have a few of these.  I used the Pick A Petal and Wonderful Words stamp sets.

Blog_044 This is my second 6 X 6 page.  I used the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set.  In the middle of all of the flowers I put Crystal Effects and microbeads!  I love the look and feel it gives the flower centers.  These too are leftover so I only have a few.

Blog_040 Finally, these are my 3D items!  I love these litle guys!  I used the scallop circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 1" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch and 1/4" circle punch!  I attached them to Pixie Stix with double stick tape.  I have 36 of these.

When I get home from Regionals on Sunday, I will have lots of swaps to be showing you over the next several days!  Have a great weekend!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Thursday!

Hello Stampers!  I'm so glad that I got my teacher's gifts done today!  I attended a PTO meeting at my daughter Amie's middle school a couple of weeks ago.  They were talking about a teacher's appreciation luncheon and before I could stop myself I volunteered to make gifts for ALL of the teachers in the school!  After I volunteered I looked around to see if I had really said that out loud and if anyone else had heard it!  And of course, every one was looking at me with that look like "that poor woman, she doesn't even know what she is doing!"  So I had to come up with something really cute that the teacher's would use and that wouldn't make me go broke in the process!  I got this great idea from one of my favorite blogs to look at, Blog_038 chicnscratch.typepad.com!  I thought these post-it note holders were darling!  They are made with designer series paper covering a heavy weight coaster!  I covered the binder clip on both sides with more designer series paper.  I punched out flowers with the Boho Blossom punch and tied ribbon on the clip!  I love the way they turned out!  I also made some masculine ones using the small star punch and Prestwick designer series paper!  I think this is something that is not only going to look cute sitting on their desk, but that they will use it too!  This next picture shows what 60 of them look like!  I

Blog_037_2 hope you have as much fun making them as I did!

Tomorrow I leave for Kansas City for the Regional SU! convention.  I'm really excited!  I will show you in my next post what swaps I'm taking with me!  When I return, I will have tons of neat things to show you and share with you!

I know I promised that I would tell you about my new card kits, but you're going to have to wait a little longer for the details!  I will tell you though that it will be well worth the wait!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Blog Goody Winner!

Good morning stampers!  I just wanted to add a quick post to let you know who won my drawing for the three cards and bookmark!  Cindy Delgado's name was picked!  Thanks Cindy and to everyone for the sweet comments over the past couple of days!  Keep them coming and keep on reading my blog!  More blog candy to come!  We are already up past 200 views!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Wild Wednesday!

Hello Stampers!  It's Wild Wednesday again!  Today I'm going to show you a cute little 3D item that I made.  I have a friend named Renee who owns a Cartridge World store.  Every season she buys 100 little Blog_001_2 items from me which she places in the goody bags that her salespeople pass out to potential customers.  This order was her fall order.  I decided to make these cute little suckers!  Don't they look like flowers in a flower pot!  I used some fall color designer paper and cut it out with the scallop circle punch.  I stamped the SU! Big Flower set on vanilla cardstock and punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  The middle of the flower was stamped using the Little Flowers stamp set and punched out with the 1/2" circle punch.  That was then layered on a 1" circle of a fall color cardstock such as More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, or Ruby Red.  For the flower pot I simply punched out a 1 1/4" square of Creamy Caramel and topped it with a Word Window punch of Creamy Caramel cardstock.  Everything should be adhered together with a strong double stick tape like sticky strip.  They Blog_005_3 were fun to make!  And this is what 100 of them look like!  I've already started planning  out my winter goodies, and I'll show them to you in a couple of months! 

Tomorrow I'll tell you who won my Blog Goodies!  I'll also let you know about some new card kits that I'm going to have available!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Totally Cool Tool Tuesday!

Hello Stampers!  This is the second post of the day!  You'd think I had nothing else to do with my life!!!  But I do love my blog!  The tool today is not really a tool, but it's still something I use a lot and I couldn't make cards without it!  It's ribbon!  I love all of SU!'s ribbons!  You can use ribbon in lots of ways.  For instance, I used 1/4" grosgrain ribbon on the clipboard frames that I showed you on the last post to spruce up the handles.  They would be rather plain and boring without it.

Blog_035 I love this cute little Hershey's

nugget purse with the taffeta ribbon

handle.  The ribbon makes it look so fancy!

Blog_034 This welcome

baby card is

rather plain

without ribbon.

Blog_036 But here it is with a little light blue gingham ribbon, and it really helps to soften the card.  I use ribbon on probably 80% of the cards that I make.  To help you use lots of ribbon too, I'm going to start a ribbon share.  Here are the details:

Ribbon Share

Share #1 - 5/8" striped grosgrain ribon (page 186 of current catalog) - $16

You'll get 3 yards each of the six different colors (riding hood red, pink pirouette, baja breeze, pacific point, kiwi kiss, & tangerine tango).  That's a total of 18 yards of ribbon! 

Share #2 - Gingham ribbon (page 187 of current catalog) - $13

You'll get 3 yards each of the six different colors (black, red, light blue, light pink, moss, & caramel).  That's a total of 18 years of ribbon!

What a great way to have ribbon in lots of colors without having to buy a whole spool of each color!  You can see the ribbon in the current catalog by clicking on the picture of the catalog in my left hand margin.  If you are interested, please e-mail me and let me know before Monday Oct. 6.

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Happy Tuesday!

Hello Stampers!  I'm thinking that I'm going to do two posts today.  This first one will show you the Chipboard Clipboard frames that were made in my class last night, and the second one will focus on the Totally Cool Tool for the day!  This first picture is the sample frame that I had completed before the class.

Stampin_164_2 For my frame I used the In Full Bloom retired Scrappin' Kit.  The solid cardstock in the middle is barely banana.  The picture on the left is my oldest daughter Casie and the picture on the right is my daughter Amie.  My ribbon colors are Maize (retired), Bluebird (retired), and White.

Blog_030_2 This frame was completed for my good friend Sandy Schott.  The picture does not do it justice, but the solid color in the middle is Taken With Teal.  The designer paper and flowers are from the Scrappin' Kit Island Blossoms (retired).  The ribbon colors are Regal Rose (retired), Turquoise, and White.

Blog_031 This frame was completed by my good friend Cindy Van Sluys.  Again, the picture does not do it justice!  They were so beautiful!  The middle cardstock is Tempting Turquoise and the Scrappin' Kit used was again Island Blossoms.

Blog_032 This frame was completed by my good friend Dawn Novak.  We teach preschool together!  Dawn used Bashful Blue cardstock with the Scrappin' Kit Friends & Flowers (retired).  Don't you love the beachy feel you get???

We had a great time making these frames, and they will make great Christmas gifts!!!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

   


Happy Monday!

Hello Stampers!  Hope you all are having a great Monday!  Today I'm going to show you the scrapbook borders that we are making in my card/scrap classes this month.

Blog_028 On this set of borders I used the large and small star punches from SU!  For the background I used the jumbo Classic Stars wheel.  I also used the Headline Alphabet Set, which is retired.

Blog_027 On this set of borders I used the On Board Simon Upper chipboard letters from SU!  I again used the large and small star punches (can you tell I like the star punches!!!).  I also used brads to hold the stars together.

Blog_029 On this set of borders I used the Big Deal Alphabet set (my favorite alphabet set right now!).  I used the Boho Blossoms punch for the flowers and used brads for some of the flower centers.  For the stems, I used a Creamy Caramel marker.  Don't you think these borders are cute!!!!

These borders are free to anyone in my bi-monthly card/scrap class.  My club members can choose each month if they want cards, borders, or both.  Contact me if you are interested in hearing more about joining my club!

Tonight is my Chipboard Clipboard frame class!  Come back tomorrow to see samples that my class is making!  Happy Stampin' and TTFN!

P.S.  Don't forget that I'm giving away some Blog Goodies this week!  Anyone who leaves a comment today, tomorrow, or Wednesday is in the drawing for the cards and bookmark from my classes this month!  Keep leaving those comments!!!


Happy Sunday!

Hello Stampers!  I've got some really cute stuff to show you today!  I've been playing some more with my scalloped circle punch!  If you don't have one, these will definately make you say "I gotta have that!"

Blog_021 Isn't this card adorable!!!  I CASEd this from a swap that my roommate received at convention.  I tweeked it just a bit, and I love it!  The characters are all made using the scallop circle punch.  The eyes are the 1/2" circle punch and the 1/4" circle punch.  Elmo's nose is also the 1/2" circle punch.  Cookie Monster and Elmo's mouth are a 1" circle cut in half.  Big Birds hair is the big flower from the Boho Blossoms punch!  My 14 year old daughter Casie came up with the idea of making bookmarks with them, so here they are!

Blog_023Aren't they the cutest things too!!!  I'm thinking these would be adorable gifts for my preschoolers!!!

This next picture is also a card that I again CASEd from a swap that my roommate received at convention.  The ladybug is made from three scallop circles folded in half Blog_022 and adhered together.  I glued 1/4" black circles for the spots and used a 1/2" circle for the head.  I used the Heard From the Heart set for the sentiment!  Isn't it cute! 

Now you can all understand why I was so excited to show you these fun things!  Just a reminder, all cards that I make and show on my blog are available for purchase for $2 each or three for $5.  Just e-mail me with your order!

Well, it's a beautiful day here and I'm off to a soccer game. Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Blog Goodies!

Hello Stampers!  This is going to be a great post! I'm celebrating two different things today!  First, I have hit over 100 views on my blog already!  Way to go!  Of course I couldn't have done it without all of you wonderful viewers!   Second, I figured out how to put images with links to my website on my sidebar!  For those of you who know that I'm not very computer literate, this was quite a feat for me!!!  What that means for you is, that if you click on an image on my sidebar to the left, it will take you to either the current catalog on my website where you can place an order, or to a page on my website that will explain the specials going on now!  So, to celebrate, let's give something away!

Blog_020 Anyone who posts a comment to my blog within the next three days, will be entered in a drawing to win one of each of my cards from my club this month, plus a bookmark!  Remember you can click on the picture to see a larger image of it.  I will pick a name on Wednesday evening and post the winner!  Remember though, you have to leave me a comment before Wednesday evening!  Good luck!

I'll post again later with some cool stuff that I have made this weekend!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!


Super Saturday!

Hello Stampers!  Today has been a super Saturday so far!  I got to stamp all morning, after taking my girls out to breakfast, so I got a lot done!  I can't wait to show you some of the pictures of the neat things I made this morning!  But I promised to show you the other two items that we made at my Stamp Camp last night.Blog_016 This is the third card that we made.  It is using the One of A Kind stamp set, which I think is so cool!  I also used the Boho Blossoms punch to punch out the flowers after I had stamped them!  I added a rhinestone brad in the middle of the center flower, don't you just love BLING!  I also added a scallop across the bottom of the flowers with the new scallop edge punch.  LOVE IT!  The card color is Mellow Moss.  I also used some of the retired, Spring Fling designer series paper.

Blog_019 Isn't this the cutest bookmark you ever saw???  I just LOVE the new Tart & Tangy stamp set!  My customers can choose whether they want an orange, lemon, lime, cherry, apple, or strawberry bookmark!  I also love the look of using the paper piercer inside the scallops to make it look lacy!

Happy Stampin' and come back tomorrow to see some of the cute stuff I made today!  TTFN!

P.S. My girls and I went and saw the movie Mamma Mia this afternoon.  LOVED IT!  Let me know if you have seen it and if it wasn't the best thing you've seen in awhile!!!


Horray it's Friday!

I just love Fridays!  Don't you!  Everybody is always so excited for it to be Friday, but I'm not so sure why!  Granted it is the end of a work week, but I work awfully hard all weekend too!  My weekends are usually full of running the kids here, there, and everywhere!

This first card that I'm going to show you today is a card that I made for my sister for her birthday!  Her Blog_011 birthday was last Wednesday, Happy Birthday Val!  Val loves to camp, and she takes my girls camping every summer.  When I first saw this new SU! set, Under the Stars, I knew I had to have it not only to make scrapbook pages, but also to make cards for my sis!  I used Summer Sun and Close to Cocoa cardstock, I used the stamp set Family Phrases for the Happy Birthday, and I watercolored the bear and mosquito with my blender pens and stamp pads!  I love this card!

Blog I told you yesturday that I had a stamp camp tonight.  These are two of the cards that we will be making tonight.  Remember to click on the picture to make it larger.  The card on the left was done using the In The Wild stamp set.  I stamped the lion three times so that I could layer the face and mane and give it different colors.  The background was done with the Sprinkles stamp set.  The card color is Certainly Celery with a More Mustard frame.  I tied two knots onto the side after I punched a hole with the Horizontal Slot punch. I used Moss gingham ribbon. 

The card on the right was made with Pink Passion and Certainly Celery.  The flowers are made using the Flower Fusion felt flowers layered with brads.  I drew the stems with the Certainly Celery marker and stamped leaves from the Watercolor Garden stamp set (retired). I thought this card was really pretty, so I CASEd it from one of my favorite blogs to read, www.chicnscratch.typepad.com.  Angie has great ideas on her blogs!  But remember, if you go look at hers, please come back to mine!!!

Tomorrow I'll show you the other card and bookmark that we are making in my stamp camp tonight too!

Happy Stampin' and TTFN!