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January 2009

BFF Gift

I made a very special gift for my BFF for Christmas. It's a scrapbook with pictures of our hunting and fishing adventures in it.....that's my BFF on the far right below. Also picture (l. to r.) is my mom, me and my WONDERFUL sister-in-law, Barb.

WARNING: If you click on the photos to blow up the images so you can see the actual pictures on the scrap pages, you will see dead animals. YES - that's right...this is a hunting/fishing scrapbook and we do get some stuff once in awhile - LOL! If you don't like looking at dead animals....don't go any further. Don't put a comment on my blog about how you're going to "unsubscribe" because you think I'm horrible for hunting......that's what I do and I don't care what you think about it - *wink* With that being said - continue on.....

I really wish I would have taken a photo before I got started...but I wasn't thinking straight....not unusual! LOL Most people don't even know that SU sells these albums...they are on page 183 of the NEW catalog for only $13.95. The On Board Album comes in 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 and they are made of chipboard. This was soooooooo PERFECT for my project because I wanted to cover it with scrapbooking paper. I'm sad to say...SU doesn't have any outdoorsie paper, so I had to visit my local scrap store - OPPS....NOW COME all do it from time to time! LOL

Here's a picture of the cover and spine. All I did was apply Modge Podge to the back of the paper and glue it on - SUPER SIMPLE. And you can have an album in any pattern/color you want - HOW COOL IS THAT????

Here's the inside of the cover before I finished it with some more paper.
I put a photo on the front from our fishing trip to Devils Lake, North Dakota. I get the BEST sunset pictures out there!

Thanks for looking!



Want to know how to get your 2009 Spring Summer Catalog FREE? (Aside from being a hostess?...which, don't get me wrong, is pretty great!).

Well, Stampin Up! has said, that all new online customers (that have not yet purchased through the online catalog) who register and place any order in the month of February, March and April, will receive one of the brand new catalogs FREE in their order. Believe me you will love it! Not only does it have all of the new products, it has awesome ideas and pictures. Anything close to this quality would be at least $20.00 in Barnes and Noble. (Plus, you don't have to weed through all of the ads).

Now, to do this, you will want to register through my website so that you don't have a surcharge. Here is a link to do that

Register now (I know, it will be hard to wait until Sunday to order, but it will give you something to do while your husband is watching the Superbowl). Oh, and try this! When you get there, click on SHOP NOW and look at the left hand column of the page. You will see this:

New Products



Die Cutting

Home D├ęcor





Shop By Color

Browse Projects

Click on "Browse Projects" . This will tell you everything needed to create the project that's pictured. So cool!

Don't forget to check the Stampin' Up! website from time to time. There are some really great project ideas on here and they are changing all the time!

Valentine Class!!!

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!!!! Come join me for a "lovely" stamping class and go home with these 6 Valentine cards to send out just in time for that special day!

When: Wednesday, February 4th - 10 AM or 6 PM
Where: Hobby Lobby - Oshkosh
Cost: $15

Call or email to register!

A Man of Many Hats!

This was the gift I gave my hubby for his "really old" birthday! This is like the CD Case Accoridan Album we will be making at my FREE scrapbooking class tomorrow night. You should be able to click on the photos to get a better view.

The left side has a scalloped envelope (SU die) and inside is a homemade gift card (see 2nd photo below). How appropriate is the SU Stamp Golfer guy???? On the back side of the gift card - I wrote that he is entited to a round of golf when we go to Hawaii!!!! And we're going to Hawaii on an all-expense paid trip for two on Stampin' Up!!!!
I have no idea how much this is going to cost me, the golf, that is.....but I'm thinking I should have gotten my butt to the mall and purchased a sweater!!! LOL
And here starts the photos of him in his many hats - yes...he is quite a character....most often the life of the party...sometimes good and sometimes not - LOL!!!!

Hubby on the left and his partner in brother...on the right. Did you have any idea that an empty beer case would make such a good hat? I KNOW!!! Me neither! But it also comes with glasses attached (click to view what I'm talking about here!). I really wish I had a photo of what happened shortly after this one was taken. Picture this get-up with a cape made from a black garbage bag and a grown man riding through the campground on a bicycle.....YEA.....I know you're giggling now! I do have my hands full!

On the left - what his teeth will look like in 40 years and on the right...lusting after the hair attached to this hat.

On the left - gettin' jiggy with it...and on the right...still pining after that hair!

And last, but not least.....making a play for a new career...DOG, THE BOUNTY HUNTER! Just kiddin' - he hates that show!!! LOL

Thanks for visiting!

More NEW Products!

This is Jaron - he works at Stampin' Up! in Demonstrator Training and we LOVE him!!!! He is SUPER funny and always craking jokes! He's demonstrating some of the new Sticky Cut images that are available in the Spring/Summer Catalog!

These are sheets of Sticky Strip that are die cut. You can use glitter, beads, embossing powder and a number of other embellishments on them!

New Products!!!!

We have a New Circle Cutter!!!! I was able to see this in action and I have one on my wish list - right at the top!!!!

Most of the projects here are made with the NEW Circle Cutter!

NEW Big Shot Die for a BOX!!!!

FREE January Scrapbooking Class


Here's the SUPER fun project we'll be making at my scrapbooking class!  Come join me for some fun!


When:  Tuesday, Janaury 27th

Where:  Trinity Lutheran School, Menasha

Time:  6:30 pm


This class is FREE - there is no fee - a minimum order of $15 is all that's required.  Come stamp with me and you'll go home with a fabulous table-top mini album or a wonderful gift for someone!  All you need is your own beverage and adhesive.  You'll receive all the dimensions and instructions when you take the class too!

Call or email to register!


Faux Tearing Tutorial

This is a card that I came up with for my trip to Orlando for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference. There are several steps...but did not take long to make 20 of these babies!


Stamps: Nature Silhouettes; On Your Birthday; Wow Flowers; Sanded Background

Ink: Basic Black; Old Olive; Tangerine Tango

Cardstock: Whisper White; Chocolate Chip; Old Olive

Accessories: Pewter Build-A-Brads; Sponge; Dimensionals; 1 3/4", 1 3/8", 1 1/4" , 1" and 1/2" Circle Punches.

Start with Whisper White cardstock (cs) and sponge on some Tangerine Tango (remember, you can click on the photo to make it bigger).


Take a piece of regular copier paper and tear a piece wider than your Whisper White layer. Hold in place and sponge ink back and forth over the torn edge.


This is what it looks like.


Turn your torn edge around and repeat the sponging. You may want to tear another piece of paper so that the clouds don't end up looking so uniform.


This is what it looks like when you're done with that.


Make sure your Basic Black ink pad has lots of ink in it and stamp the tree image on the left edge. Notice that my tree didn't get exactly where I wanted it....I would think that I could get this perfect...but more often than not..I DID NOT! You can either sponge black ink onto the left edge and bottom or you can turn your stamp around and stamp onto that edge a little bit.


I needed this piece of cardstock to be wider than the image and because it would look funny if I didn't do something with all that blank space on the right side....I turned my stamp upside down and stamped the grass again - like this:


Now, it looks a little goofy with the grass being so flat look at the second picture below this one....


...I inked up the stamp again and made the very tips of the tree branches appear to be weeds sticking up above the flat grass - looks much more natural!


You can see the weeds sticking up below. Now ink up your tree tips and stamp them around the top right edge and the right edge of your layer.


Stamp your Elk and WAAAA LAAAA! Again, make sure you have your Basic Black ink pad pretty juicy for this one....these are all pretty bold images.


Here are samples of the circle punches I used:


This is how I made the layer for my Build-A-Brad. I sponged some Whisper White cardstock with the Tangerine Tango and then stamped some tree branches and punched them out with the 1/2" Circle Punch - SIMPLE! I just add a little SNAIL Adhesive to the back of the punched circle and stick it to the brad - the little bubbles are self adhesive, so just set one on top and you're done! I love these things - they really add that WOW factor to your card!


TAAAaaaaaaaaaa DAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaa! Here it is!


Camera Problems.....I have to apologize for the poor quality of some of these photos - especially this one! I still don't have my FABULOUS Kodak camera back! I'm using a Sony Cybershot and I have to say - I HATE IT! You want me to tell you how I really feel? I HATE IT! It's a long story...but I bought one as a loaner while my baby was in the hospital and that thing was junk...I took it back a couple days before my Orlando trip - they said it was broken - and got a big Nikon....I took many pictures over the next few days and that camera was just so complicated that the night before I left - I called Best Buy and said I was coming in for a Kodak. This trip was too important to have a hit and miss camera.

Don't get me wrong - the Nikon was nice...but I didn't have time to learn everything I needed to know about this unit before I left for FL - not worth the hassle. So when I get to Best Buy - they don't have any Kodak's like mine - YIPEE! So I agreed to take another Sony Cybershot - this one was NOT broken....and away I went. I guess I'm just so spoiled with my big Kodak. Picture quality is soooooo important to me. Sometimes the Sony takes good pictures, sometimes it doesn't! My Kodak is incredible and I miss it soooooo much!