Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Deals from Stampin' UP!!

Here are this weeks Tuesday Deals!!  They last all week till new ones are posted next Tuesday.

If any of these have been on your wish list, take advantage of these special prices!!!

Punch boards to make your envelopes and gift boxes and looking ahead to Valentine's day with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Hearts Border Punch.
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
CRUSHED CURRY BAKER'S TWINE
Price$3.00 $2.25
Envelope Punch Board by Stampin' Up!
ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD
Price$20.00 $15.00
Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!
FLORAL FRAMES COLLECTION FRAMELITS DIES
Price$27.00 $20.25
Gift Box Punch Board by Stampin' Up!
GIFT BOX PUNCH BOARD
Price$20.00 $15.00
Handpicked Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!
HANDPICKED FRAMELITS DIES
Price$25.00 $18.75
Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
HAPPY HEART TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Price$7.50 $5.63
Hearts Border Punch by Stampin' Up!
HEARTS BORDER PUNCH
Price$16.00 $12.00
As always, you can visit my online store to order any of these products.

And, while we are talking about products, you may want to check out the Clearance Rack while you are at it.

Here are just a few of the items that are still available as I type this.

One of my favorites, is this little cutie.  I find it make it so much easier to use my embossing folders right at my desk.
Texture Boutique Machine
I bought mine at the regular price but then I saw it on the Clearance Rack at only $14.99, I had to get another for my granddaughter to use.  It's a great buy but not sure how long they will be available.

Items for $1.99 like sequins, Baker's Twine, Washi Tape, Embossing powder.

Ribbon for 1/2 off or more and also punches and embossing folders at great prices.

Enjoy your day!!!  And, remember to take time to Paws N Stamp!!

Char

Friday, September 25, 2015

What a fun class!! WONDERLAND


9584Wednesday was my 1st Christmas card class.  What fun we had!  We did a Gift Card holder and two Christmas cards.

Here is one of the cards we made.  We used the Wonderland stamp set and the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper.

I love this tree set and the coordinating DSP.

I plan on trying this same card using different papers in the collection just to see how different it looks.




IMG_9585Here is the inside of the card



Measurements

Basic Black Card Base 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer #2 Basic Black 5 1/4" x 5"
Layers 3 Gold/Black Stripe 2 - 4" x 1/2"
Gold/White Stripe  2 - 4" x 1"
Black with White Snowflakes 4" x 2 1/4"
Layer #4 Basic Black 4 7/8" x 2 5/8
Layer #5 Whisper White 4 3/4" x 2 1/2"




Here are the products we used:

http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=140365&dbwsdemoid=2126882





Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Gold Cording Trim


To place your order, click here to go to my online store 

If your order is $150 or more, you will qualify for Stampin' Rewards, so don't use the Hostess Code!!

If it isn't over $150, please use the Hostess Code X7ETPBKR
If you use this hostess code, you will receive a little fun something from me by mail!

To use the Hostess Code, after signing in, go to the "shopping bag" page - there will be a place at the bottom left that says 

Do you have a hostess code? Enter it here and click Apply:

Please do not select 'no contact from demonstrator' as then I will have no way of getting in touch with you to send you your little gift.

Have a great day
Char


Monday, September 21, 2015

Waiting for the Brown truck and playing!!




UPS tuck



I received a notice that the UPS truck is coming today!! Of course, it's probably not going to be for another 7 hours or so.  I always get excited to see him pull up to our house, even though I KNOW I ordered something and know what it is.  It's just fun getting packages.

Today he is bringing me some extra supplies for a class I am doing on Wednesday and a few things for my next class.  Can't wait to tear into the box of goodies.

Here is a card I worked on over the weekend.  I saw it on another blog and wanted to try and recreate it.  I know she does wonders with a brayer, but I wanted to see what I could do with sponging.

It's not even close to what she does, with a brayer, but I think it turned out ok!!

Then, last night, I was watching YouTube and I came across a video that showed HOW to do the brayering for this exact card.  It was by another gal, can't recall her name right now but she gave the colors that were used on the card.  I wasn't too far off........so I will be trying those colors next.

I love the new Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the holiday catalog.  You can basically emboss your card stock, and do little more and you have a great card.  But it's also fun to sponge it, brayer it  and add other elements to it.  FUN!!!! FUN!!!
Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Now, I need to get my instructions typed up for my class.  

Have a fantastic day!!!

Hugs,
Char





  



Friday, September 18, 2015

Signo Gel Pens


I have a love/hate relationship with Gel Pens.
I think the reason is, I don't use them often enough to keep the ink flowing and so they clog up and then I end up throwing them away.
This morning, I decided to look online to see if there was a solution for clogged up Gel Pens.
I like using my uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (available here). I have found that the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen, available through Stampin' Up!, gives me the brightest white color. 
I love using it to add highlights to different images (like snow on trees) and also to write on the inside of a card made with dark card stock. 
But, it is so frustrating when I pick one up to use it and it doesn't work properly.  Clogging seems to be an industry wide issue with gel pens, especially if not used regularly.  If your pen has sat unused for any length of time and has clogged, do not throw it away!  You might be able to get it working again.
Methods to unclog your white uni-ball Signo Gel Pen:
  1. Run the tip of the gel pen under hot water or dip the tip into boiling water briefly.
  2. Rub the tip with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball (alcohol wipes are watered down and might not work as well).
  3. Pass the tip of the pen just above the flame of a lighter, candle or match to soften the ink.
After each of these methods, scribble on a piece of scrap paper to break the roller ball free.  Once the ink flows freely again you are ready to go. 
I followed all three of those tips with no luck!  BUT, I am too stubborn to actually throw anything away when there might still be a solution!
So, what did I do?  I took the pens (yes, that's right, I had two of these that were not working) apart and then, I cut off the end of the plastic tube that holds the ink....inserted a paper clip that I had straightened out and I pushed the ink out into a little empty embellishment container.  (do you throw these away after they are empty? Hopefully not)  
I haven't tried to use the ink yet and not sure how I will do it...with a fine tip brush or something?  But, I couldn't just throw the ink away.  I'll be sure to let you know how it turned out.
Remember, to use your Signo Gel Pen, OFTEN, to keep it flowing.
Here are some tips to get the best results from your Signo Gel Pen:
1.  Write gently.  Pressing too hard can mess with the ink flow around the ball of the roller pen.
2.  Remember that there is a short drying time, so to prevent smudging, let your project sit a little bit.
3.  Last but not least, remember to use your pen regularly to avoid clogging!
Hope this helps!! 
Have a Great day and take some time to PawsNStamp!
Char 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's RAINING....it's POURING.....the old man




well, he's still asleep but he's not snoring ;-)

Oh gosh, that sound is heavenly after such a L O N G dry spell!!!  We NEED the rain so badly with all these wildfires...but, I think it was a tad late.  But, hopefully it will wet the ground down good!!!  Actually, Oregon is in a drought and we NEED rain badly but not all at once, that wouldn't be good, either.  Still, the sound is wonderful!!

Today, I want to share with you the new glue that SU just came out with.

It's called the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I LOVE it!!  It's great for gluing down those tiny objects like sequins and to get into tiny places...like the Spider Web Doilies. No more getting globs of glue on something and then smearing it all over your project. 

It has a tiny little end so that just the right amount of glue comes out.  You just have to be sure to get the 'needle' top back into the hole to keep it from drying out.  I find it works best if you lay it down, like in the photo, and then line up your needle top to the hole in the glue pen.

Yesterday, I was working on some Christmas cards, for class, and I needed to put one of the Snowflake Elements onto a card.  Knowing that these little cuties are made from light wood and fairly intricate, I needed a fine line of glue.  Out came my glue pen.  After adding the glue, I let it sit for just a few seconds and then added them to my project.   No glue seeping out from underneath....no mess.  YEAH!!!!
Snowflake Elements by Stampin' Up!

It's also great to use with all those intricate punched out die cuts!!


At just $7, the Fine Tip Glue Pen is a real time saver!! 

You can visit my 24/7 online store HERE.

If you missed my post yesterday on Tuesday's Weekly Deals, check them out HERE

The Butterflies Thinlits Dies are only $18.75 this week.  I use these dies a LOT!!!  Also, if you have been wanting to get the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, they are $10 off this week!!

Hope you have a Fantastic day and are getting some crafting in!!!  The Holidays are just around the corner!

Char





Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Another WAG done for another year!

Well, it has come and gone!!!  The much anticipated yearly get together, that I organize, over in Salem called WAG.  It stands for Western Angel Gathering and it was started back in 2003 when I decided to have a little mini gathering because some of the Angels couldn't attend Seminar in Kansas City, MO.  I thought that they should also have an opportunity to get together with other demonstrators and just have fun and learn new things.

Our first two years we held it in Kennewick, WA and then moved it to Salem, OR where it's been ever since.

The Angel Company went out of business in 2011 but we decided that we still wanted to get together on a yearly basis so we have continued our yearly gathering.  Some of us have gone on to other stamp companies and some do not sell for any stamp company.  It's not about any of that.  We just like to come together and share ideas, have fun and SHOP!!!  And, boy do we shop!!!  They are all very good enablers!!!

This year there were 9 of us.  That is the lowest number we have ever had but there were those that just couldn't attend this year and we missed them!!!

We normally each bring a shoe box project but this year, I decided to just have everyone bring projects that they had been working on.  Some were working on Halloween cards, some were working on various projects that they needed completed and one gal worked on her Christmas stocking for her 2 year old Son.

We always have challenges, games, and food to snack on.  AND, we always set aside time to go shopping at all the craft stores in Salem.  This year, we included Albany's Hobby Lobby.

I have challenges for them to do.  This year I had them alter 5 x 5 magnets, make a card using stickers from the Dollar Tree, and alter a small fat notebook, also from the Dollar Tree....plus I had a bunch of 'stuff' and they were asked to make a card using some of that 'stuff'.  They came through like the artists that they are!!

Here are a couple of the magnets that they did.  Now, mind you, the magnets were a calendar from a business from 2003.....so they were covering it.

 This gal covered the magnet with paper and then stamped a Tim Holtz bird and the words.

We had bought some cute calendars at the Dollar Tree and one of the gals attached that to the Magnet after covering it with paper.  Cute idea!!!

 One of the gals decorated the front of the fat notebook.   There were a lot of cute ones but somehow I didn't manage to get photos of any of the rest of them.  :-(

All in all we had a great time chatting, playing and shopping!!!  It seemed like it was over way too fast!!!   And, it was time to say our goodbyes and head for home!!

Now to start planning next year's event!!

Have a fantastic day!!!
Char



Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday Deals.....what???

I can't believe I was just getting ready to send in an order when I looked at the Tuesday Deals and there was the little Mini Treat Bag Thinlits that I have been wanting!  That should serve as a reminder to always check out the Tuesday Deals and the Clearance Rack before I send in an order.


Mini Treat Bag Thinlits
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up! 
Oh my gosh, these little gems normally sell for $40 and today they went on sale for this week for $30.  


Butterflies Thinlits Dies
Butterflies Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

And, these are a MUST have at $18.75, normally $25..  I bought them at full price and LOVE them!!!  I can't tell you how many times I have used them!!!  So much fun!!

That's just a couple of the good deals for today!!  Check them out online at my online website

Hope you are having a craft day, today!!!  Back to my stamp desk to finish my Card Class for this month.

Have a fantastic day!!!

Char









Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jingle All the Way Bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Good Morning,

Just wanted to share a YouTube video, today, on how to use the Jingle All the Way Bundle set that is in the Holiday catalog.

This is such a cool set!!!  And, I think that it can be used all year long since it has houses and trees.

If this is on your 'must have' list or even if it's not, watch the video to see how it can be used.

I'll be sharing some ideas of my own in the next few weeks.










Jingle All The Way Clear-Mount Bundle140862Price$29.75Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 15%.

Jingle All the Way Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh! With a range of holiday sayings and images, this will be your go-to set for Christmas.

Our classic wood-mount rubber stamps
* Have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.
* Are precut so you don't have to trim.
* Come with farmed-maple wood blocks—you don't need to buy blocks separately.
* Permanently mount on the blocks so they're ready to go when you are.
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 13 rubber stamps.

Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies
Create custom layered scenes with these die cuts. Use a solitary image or cut several and layer them.
It's easy to add interest in seconds with Edgelits dies and the Big Shot.

* 3 dies
* Largest image: 5-3/4" x 3/4" | 14.6 x 1.9 cm
* Use with Big Shot


HERE ARE THE WEEKLY DEALS!  STOCK UP! Love that the silver glimmer paper, sequins, silver satin ribbon and pearls are on this list!  Plus, the clearance rack has been updated again today! 
 
133324G


Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Item # 133324
Regular Price: $23.00 US/$28.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.25 US/$21.00 CAN



Pearl Basic Jewels Item # 119247
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN



Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 134574
Regular Price: $7.00 US/$8.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.25 US/$6.56 CAN



Metallics Sequin Assortment Item # 138390
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN



Silver Glimmer Paper Item # 135314
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN



Confetti Hearts Border Punch Item # 137415
Regular Price: $22.00 US/$27.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.50 US/$20.25 CAN



Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon Item # 134548
Regular Price: $7.00 US/$8.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.25 US/$6.56 CAN

Hope you all have a great day!!!
Char

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Awesome Glue!!

That you won't want to be without!!

Fine-Tip Glue Pen by Stampin' Up!
Our new Fine-Tip Glue Pen
#138309                                                                            Price$7.00
No more sticky messes! Reach for this when you need whisper-thin strands of glue. The slender precision tip lays down a fine line of glue—great for adhering delicately detailed paper die cuts, teeny embellishments, and bits of glitter.

* 1 oz. | 30 ml
* Acid free

Watch this video to learn more about this great new product!!
This is yet another great item in the new Holiday Catalog that is going to be a necessity with all the little items to glue and little edges.
This will make it so much easier to adhere little items to your cards and projects.

Have a fantastic day!!!

Char


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Holiday Catalog is here!!














Yes, that's right!  Yesterday was the launching of SU's new holiday catalog and no, I didn't miss it....but it was hubby's birthday so some things take precedence.  

I have already started using my items that I pre-ordered and I wanted to share with you 5 things that I am most excited about. First, though, here is a look at the new holiday catalog just in case you haven't seen it yet.
After you have checked it out, let me know what your favorite thing/s are.
Spider Web Doilies by Stampin' Up!
Spider Web Doilies
These are so much fun to use.  They come in a package of 24 and are 4 3/4" so a nice size to cover your card/package or whatever you are using them for.
Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!
Home for Christmas DSP

This is such a great selection of designer papers.  You can't see it really clear but there is a 'Bambi' like print, Poinsettia, holly, Santa, and music sheet.....so diversified that it will appeal to a lot of people.  

The next share is actually two items....a stamp set called "Jingle all the Way" and Edgelits to match called "Sleigh Ride".  You can either buy them separately or in a bundle (clear mount or wood mount)

Jingle All the Way Clear-Mount Bundle by Stampin' Up!


There are actually 16 bundles in the Holiday Catalog, this year.  Fun, Fun, Fun!!!  

Another bundle is called "Happy Scenes" and I like it because there are Fall scenes and winter scenes including Christmas.

Happy Scenes Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!

I haven't even used this set, yet, as I have been having way too much fun with the Spider Web Doilies.



Fine-Tip Glue Pen by Stampin' Up!

Last but definitely not least, is the fine tip glue pen.  This is incredibly handy for gluing down sequins and getting into those tiny spaces (like the spider web). 

Now, that is by no means the end of what I like in the catalog.  I just tried to choose something from each category.  I may change my mind about some of the sets once I get to using them.  And, there are some that I just wasn't able to get during the pre order but will definitely be getting them soon.

I did get the Festive Fireplace and Festive Fireside bundle and cannot wait till I have time to play with those!!

Have a fun time looking through the catalog and let me know what you chose as your favorites!!

Have a great day!!!

Char