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12 Weeks of Christmas is coming!

Hello Stampers! Sorry for the gap in posts again!  I guess it doesn't help things if I write the posts but then forget to schedule them!

I just love Christmas!  It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas!  I have been frantically making things for the holidays to sell at my upcoming craft fairs.  My first craft fair is October 7th and 8th at Arrowhead Country Club.

Want to see one of the items I'm making?

P1090409-1 Isn't he the cutest thing?  Every year I make some sort of Hershey bar covers, so my customers come back looking for them every year.

If you need ideas for Christmas cards, gifts, or wraps, you really should sign up for my monthly newsletter.  Next week starts my 12 Weeks of Christmas program.  Every week, for twelve weeks, I will send out an e-mail with Christmas ideas.  The first five weeks will focus on Christmas cards, the next four will focus on gifts, and the final three will focus on bags, tags, and wraps.

To sign up for my newsletter, just hop over to the top of my left sidebar.  Do it today so you don't miss a week of this program!

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My Digital Studio downloads and project

Hello Stampers!  I have to say that I was really disappointed when Stampin' Up! retired the bat punch.  It was so fun to make cards and scrapbook pages with!  Well, if you have My Digital Studio, the downloads that you purchase, never retire!

Here is a card that I made using My Digital Studio and one of their card templates.  The card was all designed for me, all I did was change the color of the ribbon and change the font on the greeting.  Don't you just love the bat punch?  I love it that you can change the size of the punch too!

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Now, for this weeks new downloads:

Creative elements 

Creative Elements Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127603
Price: $5.95

This download was added on 9/27/2011

Treat yourself to a designer’s touch with the versatile images of the Creative Elements Set. Full of eclectic appeal, each element adds individual flair to create a perfectly accessorized project. Whether it’s a wedding page or a playful butterfly birthday card, design in style with this eight-piece set. Download also includes a 6-1/4" x 8-1/4" journal front and back cover designer template.


Established Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127601
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 9/27/2011

This Décor Elements artwork turned digital includes all the pieces to make a personalized design, such as a framed décor project. Customize your designs with important family years or dates, using the included numbers in this 14-piece set.

Distressed dots 

Distressed Dots Stamp Brush - Digital Download 127602
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 9/27/2011

Don’t waste time making dots one at a time—use our edgy Distressed Dots Stamp Brush! Image sized larger than traditional background stamp, for added digital versatility.

Barnyard buddies 

Barnyard Buddies Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127611
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 9/27/2011

You don’t have to have been born in a barn to love the six-piece Barnyard Buddies Stamp Brush Set! This set is ideal for creating the perfect project for the little farmer in your life.

Occasions alpha 

Occasions Alphabet Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127614
Price: $9.95

This download was added on 9/27/2011

Z is for "zip" and that's just what the 80-piece Occasions Alphabet Set has! Images in this set offer double the fun--alphabet letters and a cute sentiment. Artwork comes as individual letters, individual phrases, and combined letters and phrases giving you multiple designing options.

When you are ready to purchase your own copy of My Digital Studio (118108), hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and purhase your own!  I will sit down with you and get you started if you would like me to!

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Big Shot Class

Hello Stampers!  I have decided to bring back my Big Shot classes!  Every month we will hold a class that will focus on a single die, embosslit, letterpress plate, embossing folder, or sizzlit.  We will be making three items using that die.  The featured die will be included in the cost of your class, so the cost of the class will vary each month depending on die.

This month's class will feature the Spider Web embossing folder (120889).  Here are the items we will be making:


Class will be held this Friday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.  You will receive the Spider Web embossing folder for free, or if you already own this cute embossing folder you can choose any other embossing folder as a substitution.

Contact me today to reserve your spot!

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Punch art Elephant card

Hello Stampers!  I recently hosted a swap for my upline/sideline/downline with the theme "anything animal".  The cards I received were amazing!

P1090202-1 This is a super cute one that was made by Alice Marie.  Her card is very similar to a card that I made for my daughter Amie's birthday back in 2009 in this post.  Love it!

If you would like to join my Dink It Up! group so you can join our swaps, contact me today to find out how!

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Ornament punch christmas card

Hello Stampers!  You may remember me talking about my New Catalog Premiere that I held in August.  Today I wanted to show you one of the cards that we made.

P1090129-1 I wanted a card that was very fast and easy to do, but I also wanted to get the Letters to Santa designer series paper (122349) in the hands of my customers.  They seemed to all have a blast trying to figure out the combination of the different designs they wanted on their card.  The ornaments were punched out using the Ornament punch (119847).

They could also decide if they wanted to use the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) and the Petals-a-plenty embossing folder (116824) on the background of their card or not. 

And since I tend to put ribbon on probably 90% of every project that I do, I decided that a simple knot was appropriate for this card.  I love ribbon!  Don't forget that I am hosting another ribbon share right now.  You get three yards of each of the 3 ribbons in the Holiday mini catalog for only $9!

Contact me today to join my ribbon share!

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Fun fold Christmas tree card

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to show you the other Christmas card that I made for my organized Christmas swaps at Convention.

P1090077-1 This is a fancy fold tree!  I used four different sizes of squares cut from designer series paper.  They are then layered on top of each other before adhering to card.  I showed my downline how to make these at our shoebox swap this month also.

The sentiment is stamped from the Christmas Greetings stamp set (115448).  I also used the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) and the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (116824) for the Riding Hood Red background.

Join my Dink It Up! group and you can learn great techniques like this too!  We have meetings every month and I always teach a new technique!  Contact me today to find out what is required to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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Reindeer punch art card

Hello Stampers!  When I went to Convention earlier this summer, I entered two organized Christmas card swaps.  This was one of my cards that I made:

P1090075-1 Isn't he cute?  He was pretty easy to make.  Here are the punches that I used:

Extra-Large oval punch (119859), Snowflake punch (119852), Boho Blossoms punch (119858), 1/2" Circle punch (119873), Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (118309), and Heart to Heart punch (119881)

I used the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) with the Framed Tulips embossing folder (121809) for the background.

Need some of the punches to make your own reindeer card? Hop over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today!  Remember that when your order reaches $150 you qualify for hostess benefits and hostess only stamp sets!

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My Digital Studio downloads and scrapbook page

Hello Stampers!  This My Digital Studio Tuesday I'm going to show you a scrapbook spread that I made recently for my daughter playing tennis.  We don't have any tennis stamp sets, so I focused on circles to resemble tennis balls instead.

Amie's tennis match-001 Amie's tennis match-002

Here are the downloads for the week:

Party animal 

Party Animal Kit - Digital Download 127599
Price: $9.95

This download was added on 9/20/2011

Enjoy the party with these fun forest friends! This Simply Scrappin' Kit turned digital has all the same elements plus a digital-exclusive stamp brush set to make your project coordination a breeze. Kit comes complete with a 12-piece stamp brush set, four Designer Series Paper patterns, 42 embellishments, and a one-page 8" x 8" designer template. Coordinating colors include Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Poppy Parade, and Pumpkin Pie.

Its a wrap 

It's A Wrap Holiday Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127613
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 9/20/2011

Designed to allow you to create treat wrappers, the versatile images in this seven-piece set also work well on cards, bookmarks, tags, or “belly bands” for small gifts!

Family reunion 

Family Reunion Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127596
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 9/20/2011

Finally a family reunion you can get excited about! Bring the family together with this versatile 24-piece set. Combine with your favorite images and photos to celebrate the most important people in your life.

Delightful dozen 

Delightful Dozen Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127597
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 9/20/2011

There’s always a reason to rejoice when you’re designing with the Delightful Dozen Set. From holiday celebrations to congratulations, you’ll find everything you need in the sentiments of this 12-piece set to enjoy special occasions all year.


Lighthearted Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127615
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 9/20/2011

Brighten someone's day with a card made from this versatile four-piece stamp brush set! Perfect for Valentine's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.

Ready to purchase your own copy of My Digital Studio?  Hop over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today!  I would love to have someone else to digital design with!

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SPOOKY Fabric banner

Hello Stampers!  My mom was in town for a few days, and I love to come up with little projects for us to do together while she is here.  This time I decided we would do a Halloween decoration.  I found these adorable fabric banners on various blogs an knew this was the project for us!

P1090377-4 Isn't it fun?  This one is mine.  You can click on the picture to see it bigger.

P1090381-2 This one is my moms.  We made the basic banner the same, but we did our embellishments differently.  Here are some close-up shots of my banner.

P1090378-1 Sorry but the flower was turned around to the back side!
Since Stampin' Up! doesn't have any Halloween fabric, we had to buy it someplace else.  We did however use the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) and several dies to make them.  We cut the pennants out with the retired Pennant die (113483).  The letters were cut from the Serif Essentials Alphabet dies (113464) and layered on the largest scallop circle from the Scallop Circle #2 die (113469). 

We used some Stampin' Up! ribbons, both current and retired, and some others that we found.

Would you love to make one of these banners of your own, but still need some of the dies?  Then hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order them today!

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Downline witch hats

Hello Stampers!  Today was my downline meeting and I love to make fun things for my group! 

P1090384-1 These are the candy holders that I made!  Aren't they cute?

I saw these on Michelle's blog and knew that I had to make them!  They weren't too hard thanks to my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439)!  The dies I used were the Petal Cone die (121810), Scallop Circle die (113468), and the Two Tags die (115954).  See the knot tied on the right hand side?  P1090385-1 That is the handle to pull to open up the candy door on the bottom!

One of the gals in our group, Carol, her husband passed away from cancer.  Every year she heads a team in their annual walk and she makes thank you cards to give to everyone who walks with her or donates money.  We decided to help her out making her stack of cards this year! 

We teamed together at the end of our meeting today and cranked out 50 of these cards for her to use! 

P1090382-1 Way to go team!

Would you like to join a group that gets together monthly and has a great time and helps each other out?  Contact me to find out how to join the Dink It Up! group!

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All in the Family 1" X 8" Cellophane bags

Hello Stampers!  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that my second job is as a preschool teacher's aide.  This job is fun and just makes me laugh!

On the first day of school, I like to make my students a little something for them to take home.  This year I made M & M bags using the new 1" X 8" Cellophane bags (124134) from the Holiday mini catalog.  I personalized each of them using the All In The Family stamp set (113488) and I put their names on them and colored the hair to match theirs.

P1090209-2 Aren't they fun?

I like to share stories with you too of some of the funny things the kids say throughout the year.  Last week as we were walking down to the restrooms, one little boy says to me "Ms. Dina, if I go potty while standing on one foot (he demonstrates by holding one foot up behind him) I potty all over myself.  But if I do it with both feet on the ground, it goes where it is supposed to go".  What do you say to that besides "By all means then please keep both feet on the ground!"

Last Friday one little girl goes down on the floor during class.  She puts her hands and feet on the floor with her hind end sticking up in the air.  She says "I just farted in my pants", then she screams "Fire in the hole!"

This is going to be a LONG year!!

If you want to order your own cellophane bags to make some goodies, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today!  I have filled them with candy corn, skittles, jelly beans, Reese's pieces, pencils, etc.  Then let me know what you make, I would love to see them!

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Sparkle & Shine wheeled Christmas cards

Hello Stampers!  A couple of months ago, I taught how to use Stampin' Around wheels at my downline meeting.  Each person wheeled a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Real Red ink and the Sparkle & Shine jumbo wheel (116542) and was told to take it home and make a card using this piece of cardstock.  They brought them back to the next meeting.  Want to see some of them?

P1090080-1 I believe this is the one that Karen made.  I love the little snowmen stamped inside the Ornament punch (119847).

P1090081-1 This is the one that Anne made.  The Eyelet border punch (119853) makes it look so fancy!!

P1090082-1 Alice Marie made this one.  Don't you love the Christmas tree made using the retired Photo Corner punch?

P1090281-1 This is the one that I made. 

Pull out your wheels and make some Christmas cards!  Let me know when you're done, I would love to see them!

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My Digital Studio Downloads

Hello Stampers!  I know that it is My Digital Studio Tuesday, but all I have for you today is the new downloads.  We were touring college campuses again today, so no time to create.  Sorry!

Autumn vine dsp 

Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 127617
Price: $4.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

You’re in luck: colors never retire in My Digital Studio, so let your eyes (and designs) feast on our gorgeous Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper patters from years past. The 12 patterns come in these coordinating colors: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, and Sage Shadow.

Spooky bingo 

Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127616
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

Skeletons, ghosts, and mummies--oh my! This delightfully spooky 24-piece Halloween stamp brush set coordinates with the Bingo Stamp Brush giving you everything you need to brew up a hauntingly bewitching bingo game! Frightening fun for the whole family. Or, use these images to scare up some Halloween spirit for photobook pages, tags, and cards.

Spook central 

Spook Central Designer Ensemble - Digital Download 127589
Price: $12.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

Create a “Spook Central” banner, Halloween party invite, thank you card, coffin box party favors, and “eat if you dare” cupcake toppers with the designer templates in this digital-exclusive ensemble. Pair with the included coordinating elements to add your own touch, or use them to create even more types of projects.

Ensemble includes an 18-piece stamp brush set, four Designer Series Paper patterns, 15 embellishments, one 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" greeting card and one 5" x 7" postcard designer templates, and a five-page 8-1/2" x 11" décor template. Coordinating colors include Basic Black, Basic Gray, More Mustard, and Very Vanilla.

Midnight musing 

Midnight Musings Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127605
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

Words of woe and trepidation warn and taunt in our Midnight Musings Stamp Brush Set. Use them to create haunting accents or bone-chilling backgrounds on Halloween party invitations, cards, and so many more projects. Artwork taken from the Midnight Musings Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel is separated into 15 pieces for more digital versatility.

Dark & dreary 

Dark & Dreary Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127604
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

Creepy nocturnal creatures, web-laced candles, and a dark Victorian wrought-iron gate are a great entourage for setting the Halloween mood. Combine this five-piece set with our Nite Owl Digital Kit (item 122174) for even more dark and dreary options.

Jack of all trade 

Jack Of All Trades Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127610
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

There’s no carving involved with the eight-piece Jack of All Trades Stamp Brush Set. It’s is perfect for all of your Halloween projects.

Hand penned 

Hand-Penned Holidays Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 127612
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 9/13/2011

Beautiful holiday sentiments in elegant, flowing script make this four-piece set an indispensible addition to your stamp brush collection. Download also includes a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" greeting card designer template.

When you are ready to purchase your own My Digital Studio software (118108), hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today so that you can take advantage of these super Halloween downloads!

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Holiday Blockheads Class

Hello Stampers!  I have this super class coming up that I can't wait to tell you about!  It's called my Holiday Blockheads Class!

At this class we will be making three holiday blockheads.  Want to see them?

P1090235-2 Aren't they adorable?  The cost of this class is $25.  For this price, you will receive everything needed to walk away with these 3 super cute decorations!  Each block is 3" high.

Each block is covered with textured cardstock that has been embossed with different embossing folders.  They are all super cute and you just have to see them in person!

My class will be held both on Thursday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. and on Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m.  Please RSVP for this class on or before Wednesday, September 28th so that I have can your supplies ordered and ready for you.

If you can't make it to class, the kit is available for purchase.  Shipping will be extra if needed.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

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