Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wicked Cool!

It's getting to be that time of year!  The kids are back at school, and Halloween is right around the corner.  So are you ready to get out the pumpkins and start eating candy corn?  Here in South Central Texas, we have had just a hint (a very small hint) of the glorious fall weather that awaits us.  Personally, I'm ready to pack away the Hawaiian print shirts and flip flops and move on to my favorite season!

So this cute card, made by another demonstrator in my group, is meant to whet your appetite for fall and get you thinking about what is just ahead.  It uses the Wicked Cool Stamp Set and Web Stampin' Around Wheel.  I really like the ribbon detail with the 3 pieces of 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon tied around the 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.  I think it's a super-cute embellishment!  I also really like the way it's right up against the Pinking Hearts Border Punched strip of Basic Black card stock.  These little details make a big difference and really set off the witch's hat, spider webs, and bat.  The bat is punched out with the brand new Bitty Bat punch.  Super easy; super cute!

While you are getting inspired about fall here, why don't you give me a call at 210-492-3218 and let's talk about getting together to stamp.  I'll give a free mini-lesson to you and your friends!  I can't wait to stamp with you!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Holiday Mini Open House!

This Saturday, it's a come and go style Open House that you won't want to miss!  Come get a copy of the new Holiday Mini Catalog--it's truly amazing!  See lots of samples from the Holiday Mini Catalog, munch on some great snacks, visit our Make & Take station, and get inspired for YOUR holidays.  Tiffany and I will be hosting this together for double the fun.  There is plenty of time to stay a while if you like, or just pop by to pick up a Holiday Mini Catalog and have a quick look at the sample board if you're in a hurry.

Holiday Mini Catalog Open House
Saturday, September 4th
                    4:00-7:00, Come and Go

RSVP by Thursday, September 2nd
This is a free event!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Inspirational Sunday Post

For today's Inspirational Sunday Post I'm sharing a card created by Julia Bettencourt who does a lot of women's ministry.  I thought this card was too cute not to share!  This would actually make a really cute mini notice board to put on your fridge or other place you like to post scripture memory verses you are working on. 

This card uses the Tart & Tangy stamp set which is very appropriate for scripture memory projects.  It makes you think of the Fruits of the Spirit!

When making scripture memory projects, make them pretty to look at.  You will look at them more often, enjoy looking at them, and be inspired to make scripture memory a greater part of your life.  Strengthen your life by hiding God's word in your heart 

By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order. Everything's falling apart on me, GOD; put me together again with your Word. Festoon me with your finest sayings, GOD; teach me your holy rules. My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed. The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course. I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever-- what a gift! And how happy it makes me!
(Psa 119:105-111 MSG)

Saturday, August 28, 2010


For today's Saturday Sample, I have a really simple card to share featuring the new stamp set Wordplay.  I love the bold greetings in this set and like to make them the central image of the card.  This is actually a remake of a card I had previously made.  I wasn't totally happy with the previous result, so I did a makeover and am much happier with the new, improved version:)

This is a clean and simple design and comes together in minutes.  Learn to make cards like this and more by joining one of my clubs or attending a class.  Strapped for cash?  Host a workshop.  That is absolutely free and a great way to earn free supplies for yourself.  That is how I began to gather supplies when I was a customer.  Even now as a demonstrator, I really love getting free product!  Check out my calendar of events here.  Find an event you want to attend and rsvp today.  I can't wait to stamp with you!

Stamps:  Wordplay
Ink:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride
Paper:  Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Pear Pizazz, Whisper White Card Stocks, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Pretties Kit (retired), Clear Rhinestone and Subtles Brads, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Big Shot, Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 27, 2010

Timeless Vintage

It's almost time for our long-awaited Vintage Techniques Class.  It seems like I made the first project for this class ages ago, but here we are with our class times right around the corner.  I have some cards for you that I think you will really enjoy, and we are going to get some ink on our fingers!  We are using the Sense of Time, Elements of Style, En Francais, Winter Post, and Many Merry Messages stamp sets.

The vintage look is very popular right now in fashion, home decor, and yes, crafts.  But actually, vintage is a timeless look.  In this class we will learn a number of elements and techniques that come together to create that timeless, vintage look.

Hurry, because the rsvp date is almost here!  You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to learn Vintage Techniques while making gorgeous cards.  I can't wait to stamp with you!

Vintage Techniques Class

Tuesday, September 7th, 6:30-8:30 PM

4 Deluxe Cards With Matching Envelopes
Hands-on Instruction During Class
Written Instructions To Take Home
$25 Covers All Supplies*
Checks, Cash, and Credit Cards Accepted (Paypal Below)
RSVP with payment by Saturday, September 4th

Kimono Kids

Today I'm sharing a card made with the darling new stamp set Kimono Kids.  This is bright and cheery and the perfect card for a special friend.  I think these Kimono Kids really span the generations with an appeal for all ages.  This card would be appropriate for a school-age child to give a special friend.  And it would be equally appropriate for a grandma to give a special friend.  Now that is versatility!

To order any of the products used in this card, listed below, simply click on candystamps.stampinup.net.  Then go to "Shop Now" and get your supplies ordered.  They will arrive by UPS in about 7 days.  Simple shopping for fabulous stamps and supplies!

Stamps:  Kimono Kids
Ink:  Black StazOn, Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Blush Blossom, Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Markers
Paper:  Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White Card Stocks, Sweet & Sour Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Big Shot, Kit # 4 Texture Plates Kit #4, 5/8" Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon, Smoooch Illuminate Top Coat, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What I Would Do With An Extra $300

 With an extra $300, I would get someone to clean house for me twice a month and get monthly spa services, alternating between facials and pedicures.

How about you?  What would YOU do with an extra $300?  That is a great first goal with a new stamping business.  And the goals just get bigger from there:)  You can earn that extra $300 (or more) each month as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Join me at La Madeleine on Thursday, September 16th, at 7:00 for coffee and answers to your questions about making that extra $300 each month.  As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, there are numerous ways to make that extra money. 

So I'm going to set a new goal of increasing my profits by an extra $300 so I can get that maid service going and get a little pampering.  How about you?  Although my Demonstrator Information Night is a free event, I must plan for you.  Call me at 210-492-3218 or email me by clicking on the "Email Candy" button to your right to let me know you will be joining me at La Madeleine (722 NW Loop 410--the former site of Central Park Mall, map).  Let's get started on putting extra cash into your pocket. 

Can't wait until September 16th? Click here to learn about making that extra $300 each month.  My password of "candystamps" will get you in and on your way to owning your own stamping business!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scottie Dogs

Here's another card created by my very talented daughter and Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Tiffany Mirisoleiman.  This is another card using the Friends Fur-Ever stamp set, and I love how she gives us the scotties times three.  It's almost a little doggie parade:)  Being dog lovers in our family (we all have Welsh Corgis:), the Friends Fur-Ever stamp set is a natural fit. 
I'm not sure how much of the detail shows up in this photo, but Tiffany ran the card base through the Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Backgrounds Texturz Plates.  In this card, she used the one with the diamond pattern along with a classic Real Red, Basic Black, and Crumb Cake color scheme for a gender neutral card that is easy to give a man or a woman.

I'm also loving the new Newsprint Designer Series Paper.  The varied designs are so versatile and fit in many different applications.  They transition from vintage to modern with a simple switch of color scheme and techniques.

And isn't the little "bone" a cute element?  Using the Modern Label Punch for the greeting evokes images of dog bones--very clever!  To order any of the products used in this card or others, simply go to my online store.  There is an "Order Online" button directly to your right.  Simply click and be on your way to the easiest shopping you can do.  No lines, no packed parking lots, no car sitting in the hot sun.  Just unhurried browsing and clicking on your choices. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Friends Fur-ever

My daughter Tiffany created this darling card featuring the new Friends Fur-ever stamp set, and I just had to share it with you!  I love the color combination using two of our new core colors, Marina Mist and Cajun Craze.  They make a great gender-neutral color combination here.  The little ribbon loops are made with our new 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.  
Would you like to make cards like this?  Come to one of my upcoming events and begin learning this fantastic art form/hobby:  artistic rubber stamping.  You can see my full calendar of events and more here on my website.  I'll teach you how to make cards you will enjoy making as much as you enjoy giving. You will give them with pride, knowing that your card is handmade, heartfelt...with a touch of class.
Stamps:  Fur-ever Friends
Ink:  Black StazOn, Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pads
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Marina Mist, Confetti White Card Stocks
Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Square Scallop Die, Aquapainters, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, August 23, 2010

Vintage Is Hip!

Vintage Skaters-Techniques
Vintage is all the rage right now, and you can see lots of it in our current Idea Book & Catalog, our upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog, and even in retail clothing stores.  Our Techniques Class (the last one this year, as we must make room in the calendar for special holiday classes) for August is Vintage Techniques.  Don't miss it!  Here are the details:

Tuesday, August 31, 6:30-8:30 PM
Tuesday, September 7, 6:30-8:30 PM
 4 deluxe, custom-designed cards with matching envelopes 
*All supplies included
Hands-on instruction during class plus written instructions so you remember what you have learned
RSVP with payment by 8/27/10 
Cash, checks and credit cards accepted (paypal button below)
Two sessions for your convenience

Choose your session

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Good Enough to Eat!

For today's Saturday Sample, I'm sharing a card made by fellow demonstrator Bobbie.  This card looks good enough to eat!  Click on the photo to see a closer look and you will see many fine details.  Notice the dry embossing on the white circle which makes me think of a waffle cone.  What a great touch on a card featuring ice cream!

As we approach the last days of summer (please, please!!!), we also approach the last days to order from the Summer Mini Catalog.  Today's sample features the Sweet Scoops stamp set from the Summer Mini.  Place your order this weekend, and add some items that are available tax-free through Sunday.  The complete list of tax-free items available from Stampin' Up! is here.  Stock up on our fabulous adhesives, scissors, marker, pastel chalks, and more. Look to your right and click on "Order Online" to place your online order.  Or call me at 210-492-3218, and I will place the order for you.
Stamps:  Sweet Scoops
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Apricot Appeal Card Stocks, Cast-a-Spell Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  3/4", 1", and 1-3/4" Circle Punches, 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, , Circles #2 Die, Big Shot, Silver Brads, Mat Pack

Friday, August 20, 2010

What Happens in a Scrapbook Club?

I have a Scrapbooking Hostess Club that meets the 2nd Thursday of each month.  So what is the club all about?  Well, we make two 12 x 12 scrap pages each month for a total of 1 complete layout.  This month, we focused on summer (with daily temperatures hovering around 100F, it's hard not to think of it!) with coordinating items from the Summer Mini Catalog.  Here is our layout for August.  We used die cut flowers made with the Stampin' Up! Island Floral die, Tropical Party stamp set, and Island Oasis Designer Series paper along with some vivid card stock colors, all taken from the colors in the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper.  The large areas of solid card stock are meant to evoke images of striped beach towels in the hot sand and are picture-ready.

In addition to a monthly scrapbook layout, ready to pop in photos to make it complete, we have lots of creative fun.  Some of us stamped only palm trees at the bottom of the left page, some of us had very symmetrically arranged palm trees (you know who you are!), some of us added more of the die-cut flowers, some less.  You get the picture:  although materials are prepped for you, you make the pages YOUR way.  And although I design them (or Tiffany does and I copy her!), I oftentimes like what my fellow scrapbookers are creating better than my original creation.  Aaah!  The joys of stamping together!  For complete details about my clubs, click here (it's the club tab at the top of this blog).

I currently have space available in my Scrapbooking Hostess Club.  Won't you consider joining us?  This is a really fun group of ladies.  When I send out the reminder each month, about a week before our meeting, I let everyone know our color scheme and theme.  That way, members can bring photos with them, pop them into the layout, and walk out the door with totally complete pages.  It's a great girls' night out:  fun, scrapbooking, productivity, creativity, great company.  Call me at 210-492-3218 or email me by clicking on the "Email Candy" button to your right to sign up, and then...let's scrap!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Make Money for Your Holidays!

Would you like some extra cash for the holidays?  Do you already have money set aside for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas?  Could you use a bit more?  Did you know that you can make money being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

It's all about questions today!  If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, I would love to share a business opportunity with you!  Now is the perfect time to start your own crafting business.  You can help other people get ready for their holiday season while you make money for yours.  Don't have a clue how to make that happen?  I can help you create the business that meets your goals, that works for you, that fulfills your dreams, or just makes you a bit of extra cash.  Call me at 210-492-3218 or email me by clicking the "Email Candy" button to your right.  My team is the Southern Sweet Stampers, and there is a spot just waiting for you!  I have team members in other states, so you don't have to live close by to benefit from being on my team.  Let me help you make money for your holidays!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Christmas Card Class Changes for This Week!

Wow!  I have had so much fun designing cards for this month's class!  I had previously thought we would make some other cards I have posted over the past 2 weeks or so.  Based on supplies I have here and the number of class participants, I have made some changes.  Here are the final 3 we are doing this month!  The designs previously shown will be made in September or October Christmas Card Classes.  As in previous years of running this class, I sometimes have more ideas and designs than months to accomplish them:)  As a result, we sometimes do 4 designs in a month:  2 each of 2 designs, 1 each of 2 designs.  I can feel it coming on already!  This is the last day to sign up for this weekend's Christmas Card Classes.  So don't delay!  Sign up today!  Here is the link.  As always, click on each photo to get a closer look.

Believe in Sunsets

Believe in Baja SunsetI created this for a recent swap and am happy with the way it came out.  For the main "art piece," I heat embossed the main image from the beautiful new stamp set Just Believe using Basic Black Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder on Glossy White Card Stock.  Then I used Sponge Daubers to apply the same colors used in my card, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, and Baja Breeze to my Glossy White Card Stock, thus creating my sunset scene.  Although the scene was quite pretty, it needed a little something, so I turned to my Beautiful Wings Embosslit to add two small butterflies, one in Cajun Craze and one in Tangerine Tango.  Using the two shades of orange adds interest and keeps things from being "too much of the same."  Because the art piece on this card is quite large, I kept the greeting small and simple.  I did the same Basic Black Craft Ink followed by Clear Embossing Powder on Glossy White Card Stock for my greeting, matted it on Cajun Craze, and added two Gold Brads and a small loop of Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. 

Stamps:  Sanded, Just Believe
Ink:  Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pads, Basic Black Craft Stampin' Pad
Paper:  Glossy White Card Stock, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze Card Stocks
Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Embossing Buddy, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Gold Brads, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval and 1-3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punches, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Q: How do I use the Watercolor Wonder Crayons?
A: The Watercolor Wonder Crayons are amazingly versatile; these artistic-quality, highly pigmented crayons coordinate with our exclusive colors and can be used in many different ways.

  • Color directly on the stamp. Then spray either the stamp or the paper with water before stamping. If you spray the stamp, the color will look more faded. Spraying the paper results in more vivid color. You can also stamp an image, then spray the stamp with water and stamp again. This will create darker and lighter images.

  • Color directly on a piece of scratch paper to create a palette, and use an Aqua Painter or watercolor brush to color the image.

  • Color an image with the crayon, then blend with a watercolor brush. The water-soluble crayons make it easy to blend colors.

  • Color an image without using water. Watercolor Wonder Crayons can be used on any card stock. For best results, use watercolor paper. When stamping and coloring line-art images, the Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad is the best choice when using Very Vanilla or Whisper White card stock. Use a Jet Black StazOnT pad with all other card stock, including watercolor paper.
    PLEASE NOTE:  The Watercolor Wonder Crayons are one of many items available tax free during tax free weekend here in Texas, August 20-22.  Call me today at 210-492-3218 to give me your order, and I will place it during tax free weekend for savings!  Here in San Antonio, we will be enjoying 8.125% savings--that's almost 10%!  Click here for the complete list of tax-free items available tax free only August 20-22.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Christmas Bells Are Ringing!

Christmas Card Class is right around the corner--this weekend!  Come one, come all!  It's fun, it's creative, and it gets YOU ready for Christmas.  Join us for hot cider (I'll have iced tea, too, since we are in the midst of stifling heat), Christmas music, and beautiful custom-designed Christmas cards, made by your hands, warmed by your heart.

Friday, August 20th, 6:30-8:30 PM
 Saturday, August 21st, 9:30 -11:30 AM
6 custom-designed cards with envelopes, 2 each of 3 designs
*All supplies included
Hands-on instruction during class and written instructions to take home
Fun included at no extra charge!
RSVP with payment by Wednesday, August 18th
Checks, cash, and credit cards accepted--paypal button below

Choose your day

*Please observe normal class protocol and bring your own basic adhesive (SNAIL or Anywhere Glue Stick).  All specialty adhesives provided.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


For today's Inspirational Sunday Post, I'm sharing an inspirational card we made in my card clubs this week.  I love several things about this card.  I love the sunshiny Daffodil Delight color, so aptly named.  I love the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, featured here front and center in all its lovely boldness.  And I love the greeting, "Imagine the Possibilities" from the new stamp set Wordplay.  It's a bold statement that is perfectly underscored with bold colors and bold designs in this card.

Jesus makes a very bold statement in the book of Luke in the New Testament.  I'll give it here in several versions (translations):

But he said, Things which are not possible with man are possible with God.
(Luke 18:27 BBE)
And He said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
(Luke 18:27 MKJV)
Jesus answered, "What is humanly impossible is possible for God."
(Luke 18:27 GNB)
Jesus replied, "There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything."
(Luke 18:27 CEV)

Anyway you look at this verse, in whichever translation, the meaning is unmistakable.  With God, all things are possible!  So go ahead.  Meditate on the words of Jesus today.  Think about them.  Ponder them.  And do what the above card boldly encourages, "Imagine the possibilities!"

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tips for Smooching!

For today's Saturday Sample, I'm sharing a card I created using some of our new colors, Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, and Pear Pizazz, featuring the newly released Just Believe stamp set and the really fun new product, Smooch Spritz.  So what is Smooch Spritz?  I'm glad you asked!  It's a pearlized accent spray to add just a splash of color.  In today's sample, I used the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz which gives a sort of darkish brown/copper-colored accent to my design.  Smooch Spritz comes in a ready to use spray applicator.  As it's acid free, you may use Smooch Spritz safely and confidently on scrapbook pages as well as other projects.  Here are a few tips from Stampin' Up!'s home office to ensure successful use of Smooch Spritz:

  • Before each use, shake vigorously until the particles are fully mixed. The sprayer can become clogged if particles get sucked up into the tube.
  • Spray in the direction of the arrow on the nozzle top. For best results, spray six to ten inches from your project. For a heavier application of color, spray closer to the project.
  • The Smooch Spritz bottles are made of glass. When you demonstrate this product, place the bottles on a towel or cloth to prevent them from rolling and possibly breaking.
  • If the ink dries outside of the nozzle, remove the nozzle and submerge it in a household cleaner (such as Windex or 409) for 20 minutes. Rinse, replace the nozzle, shake well, and spray.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Scrapbook Kit by Mail

Would you like to attend a scrapbooking class but can't come to my Studio?  You can still make the class...by mail!  I have 2 great options for you.  Both options create a mini scrapbook that you will want to keep but will be equally happy to give as a gift.  In fact, you save on 2 kits, so you can make one for yourself and one as a gift.  Both come with full-color, step-by-step instructions.

The photo on the left is the Sunny Days Flip Book, and the kit by mail comes with everything you need to create this darling Flip Book (6x6 scrapbook).  Its fun and vibrant color scheme is sure to please!  Kit comes with full color, step-by-step instructions.  $30.00 to pick up here or $35.00 to be shipped by Priority Mail.  Very limited quantities available.

The second kit is for the Love Birds Scrapbook with the added bonus of 2 cards.  In the Love birds kit, you receive everything you need to create this 18-page mini scrapbook with full color, step-by-step instructions plus all you need to make the 2 super cute cards.  $40.00 to pick up here or $44.95 to be shipped by Priority Mail.  Two kits for $60.00, shipping is still $4.95.  Buy one of each of these kits for $50 plus $4.95 if you want them mailed.

So place your order today and be on your way to the simplest scrapbooking you will ever do!  Use the paypal button below or you may pay by cash or check.



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Card of the Day

Have you clicked on the tab above labeled "Card of the Day"?  If not, you should.  This program is gaining in popularity, and I want you to be aware of its many benefits.  Personally, I love the beauty of hand-stamped cards.  They are mini works of art.  Receiving one in my inbox through Card of the Day brings beauty, inspiration, and fresh ideas right to my "doorstep" each day, every day.  Fresh layouts, color combinations, use of embellishments, and more keep my own creativity energized.  So check it out.  For just pennies a day, you can be inspired through Card of the Day!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Full of Life!

This lovely card, made by my upline Gail Beezley, pairs the stamps sets Full of Life (text) with Friends Never Fade and adds the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper with a bit of ribbon to make a card that is stunning in its simplicity and beautiful, bold images.

I love every element of this card and must say that the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper is so pretty that it doesn't take much more to produce a memorable card.  Here are all the ingredients for this card:

stamps:  Full of Life, Friends Never Fade
ink:  Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White Card Stocks, Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon

To purchase any of these products and more, simply visit my online store:  candystamps.stampinup.net.  You will be on your way to beautiful, handmade cards, made by your hand, warmed by your heart.  Happy shopping!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Money!

Would you like more money to spend on stamps?  Just host a workshop of $350 or more before the end of August, and you receive an EXTRA $25 to spend on anything you want in the Idea Book & Catalog or Summer Mini Catalog! 

So how do you host a workshop?  Easy peasy:)  Just gather a few friends and/or family.  You can do that at your place or mine, I'll bring the stamps and supplies along with a mini lesson in how to stamp, and you and your guests will have the chance to make something to take home as well as purchase items from the catalog.  That's it!  BTW:  $350 is a very average workshop.  Then start choosing your free items:)  You will get to choose a Level 1 or Level 2 item (value up to $23.95) plus $65 to spend anyway you like in any of our current catalogs.  Woo-hoo! 
And if your workshop totals more than $350, you get even more free stuff!

Alternatively, you can just get orders from a few friends, skip the workshop, and still collect the freebies!  So call me at 210-492-3218 or email me by clicking the Email Candy button to your right.  I can't wait to hear from you!

So what are you waiting for?  Call me at 210-492-3218, and let's book a date.  But hurry!  August will be over before we know it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's time for holiday crafting!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Inspiration with My Digital Studio

For today's Inspirational Sunday Post, I'm sharing an inspirational card I made using My Digital Studio.  Yes, you can make cards and many other projects with My Digital Studio and your mouse!

I wanted to make a card conveying that I am praying for the person to whom I am sending this.  Sometimes, it's just not enough to tell someone you are praying for them.  A handstamped, heartfelt card, sent by mail, received in a mailbox, and opened by someone in need is a very special thing.  This clean and simple card  could easily be used for a man.  I wish my daddy were still alive so I could send this card to him.  He would have loved receiving something so special.  Once I have created this lovely card, I only need a few simple, comforting words to finish my message that I am here, I am lifting them up in prayer, and they are cared about.

In the Bible, James 5:16 says, "So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God's approval are effective."

Knowing that someone is praying for you brings comfort as well as a certain knowledge that you are cared for.  This week, send a handstamped card to someone you know, standing in the need of prayer, to let them know you are praying for them.  Then lift them up in prayer to the throne of grace, "casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." (I Peter 5:17)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Get tropical!

For today's Saturday Sample, I'm sharing a tropical notecard made by my friend and fellow demonstrator Lori.  Here you see the beauty of Stampin' Up!'s coordinated products:  Tropical Party stamp set, Island Oasis Designer Series Paper, and Stampin' Up! Island Floral die for the Big Shot.  When using these coordinated products, designed to go together and complement one another, you can't help creating cards and other projects with pizazz and panache in mere minutes.  Stampin' Up!'s award winning artists work hard to bring us all the elements we need to create stylish projects in a snap.

No time to make your own cards and other papercrafting projects?  Just purchase coordinated products like the ones used here.  Stampin' Up! has numerous groups of products just like this to help you create handmade projects in a snap.  You can create your own projects in just minutes.  

Contact me at 210-492-3218 or email me by clicking on the Email Me button to your right.  I'll help you find a set of products to create the look you want in the time you have.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Digital Scrapbooking

I'm having such fun using My Digital Studio to build a scrapbook of my first grandchild's earliest days.  Now, Olivia is gorgeous AND photogenic (grandma kudos allowed:).  But even really good photos of beautiful babies look better with a little embellishment.  Here, I used one of the templates already provided in My Digital Studio, just dropped in my photo, added a few extras, and voila!  A scrapbook page created with just a few clicks of the mouse! (And no mess:)

If you would like to learn more about scrapbooking with My Digital Studio, contact me at 210-492-3218.  In addition to making scrapbooking a cinch, it's a digital solution to many of your papercrafting needs.  Don't stop with scrapbooking when using My Digital Studio.  Move on to card making, calendars, and more.  Check out the lovely birth announcement I created with My Digital Studio here in last week's post. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Need more income?

Are you looking for a way to supplement your income?  I'm looking for team members, and being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator may be your answer and mine.  Join me at my Demonstrator Information Night on Thursday, August 19th, 7:30 p.m. at La Madeleine-Park North.  (It's in the previous Central Park Mall site.)  I'll be sharing just what it's like to be a stamping business owner.  I love my job and would love to share my joy and success with you.  So save the date, mark your calendar, and rsvp by Wednesday, August 18th.  Although this is a free event, I must prepare for you.

Demonstrator Information Night
Thursday, August 19th, 7:30-8:45 p.m
La Madeleine-Park North  (Click here for a map.)
rsvp by Wednesday, August 18th (210-492-3218)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Elements of Style

Today, I'm sharing a card made by my upline, Gail Beezley, using the Elements of Style stamp set.  Elements of Style was first featured in our current Summer Mini Catalog but is also in our newly released Idea Book & Catalog.  What does all that mean?  Just that you will be able to purchase this stamp set throughout this Stampin' Up! year (July 2010-June 2011).  Having said that, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, so I have already purchased Elements of Style:)

This sample really showcases the flower stamp in the set.  For a truly 3D effect, the flower image is stamped and watercolored on the card, then stamped on another piece of card stock, watercolored, cut out, and popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.  Do you see all the little Chocolate Chip ink specks?  They are made with the Color Spritzer Tool.  You can use that tool with any of our Stampin' Write Markers to achieve the same effect with any of our colors.  The earthy tones in this card give it a really natural, aged, antiquey look.
Stamps:  Elements of Style
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard Classic Stampin Pads and Stampin' Write Markers
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip Card Stocks
Accessories:  Aquapainter, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch, Color Spritzer Tool, Stamping Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

To learn to make beautiful cards like this, check out my monthly Techniques Classes.  We take an in-depth look at one technique each month to create really special cards like this.  My full calendar is here.  Once you find an event you would like to attend, simply email me at candy@sweetstamper.com or call me at 210-492-3218.  I hope to stamp with you soon!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No More Dead Birds!

Have you ever had birds flying into your windows?  I have.  It's not very nice to go outside on the patio and discover a dead bird right outside the door.  Of course, our feathered friends often can't see our windows because they are clear (and my hubby keeps ours sparkling clean:).  So they fly into them at full speed and end up dead.  Solution:  Decor Elements

I love the versatility and practical nature of our Decor Elements as well as their subtle sophistication.  Here, you can see where I have applied our Long Stem Silhouette Decor Elements to the window in my back door.  The white ones are great on windows as they are subtle yet provide enough image to be attractive for us and a deterrent for the birds.  When I apply one of our white Decor Elements, I get double duty from my image.  It adds a subtle yet lovely decorative element to my window and thus my room.  (It also looks really pretty from the patio looking toward the house.)  It also helps my local bird population:)  No more dead birds outside my door!  Decor Elements have come to the rescue, and my home is, once again, a place of life and beauty!

Shown above:  Long Stem Silhouette (114125)-white, medium (5 3/4" x 27 7/8").  Also available in black and chocolate as well as a larger size (12 3/4" x 52 3/4").  Click here to order today from my 24/7 store:  candystamps.stampinup.net.  While you are there, browse our other decorative vinyl art for affordable, practical, AND beautiful home decor.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Free stamps and supplies!

Extra! Extra! Stampin' Up! hostesses get extra hostess dollars July 27-August 31, in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits!

From July 27 to August 31, Stampin' Up! hostesses can earn an EXTRA $25 to use toward Stampin' Up! products of their choice when they host a workshop totaling $350 or more!  This extra benefit is included along with the standard hostess benefits they receive when they host a workshop. The standard hostess benefits include:
             A free 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog worth $9.95!
             Free stamp sets only available to hostesses (with qualifying orders; select from the products on pages 10-16 of the Idea Book & Catalog)!
             Free Stampin' Up! products of your choice!

To schedule your next workshop to earn these generous hostess awards, call me at 210-492-3218 or email me by clicking on the email me button to your right.  Let's get the party started!

Workshop total
(before tax and shipping) 
Free Stampin' Up! merchandise 
   Extra, Extra hostess awards Free Stampin' Up! merchandise with
Extra, Extra
hostess awards
$350 – $399  $40  + $25  $65 
$400 – $449  $45  $25  $70 
$450 – $499  $50  + $25  $75 
$500 – $549  $60  + $25  $85 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

O, Tidings of Comfort and Joy

For my weekly Sunday Inspirational Post, I'm sharing an inspirational card we will be making in next month's Christmas Card Class.  Yes, Christmas is coming!  It's my favorite holiday, and I absolutely love making Christmas cards, Christmas cookies, Christmas decorations, Christmas dinner...you get the picture:)

The words on this card are taken from a very old and famous Christmas carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.   Wikipedia tells us "It is referred to in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 1843: "...at the first sound of — "God bless you merry, gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!"— Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action, that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost." 

So on this card, we have words from one of my favorite carols in one of my all-time favorite stories by one of my favorite authors.  That is a lot of personal favorites, all wrapped up in just a few words!  But those few words capture the magic of Christmas and why it is such a festive and joyful celebration.  God sent His son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to save sinners, to reconcile fallen mankind to Himself, to bring people back into relationship with Him.  From the beginning of the coming of Christ, there were "tidings of comfort and joy" being expressed by angels and then told by shepherds and wise men and common folk and important folk.  The message was for all who had an ear to hear.  And it is still the same today.  The message is for all who have an ear to hear.  Tidings of comfort and joy, not of hostility and judgment, not of anger and separation.  It is well stated in the 3rd verse of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (there are 7 verses!): 
"Fear not, then," said the angel, "Let nothing you afright
This day is born a Savior of a pure Virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him from Satan's power and might."
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.
Now, I'm going to give you a little history lesson because I love the history of the carols and I enjoy sharing what I love!  So if you wish to know a bit more about God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, read on! 
Like most of the earliest Christmas songs, this was written as direct reaction to the music of the church. During this period the songs of the church were usually written in Latin and put to melodies that were somber and dark. This type of music offered singers and listeners little joy and happiness. So while the people continued to go to organized worship services, they created their own church music outside the walls of the cathedrals and chapels that were light, lively and penned in common language. Their Christmas folk songs became the foundation of what are now knows as Christmas carols.

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" was sung for hundreds of years before finally being published in the 1800s. Queen Victoria loved Christmas carols and during her time this song began to find favor in the Anglican Church. Soon the protestant English clergy of that era were even enthusiastically teaching "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" to their congregations. Moving to both Europe and America, the carol became a favorite throughout the Christian world. It is still sung in much the same way as it was five hundred years ago.

The problem is that few of today’s singers fully understand the beginning of the carol. This is because language is dynamic and words change over time. Today, when people say Merry Christmas, they mean “happy.” Five hundred years ago, when "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" was written, “merry” had a very different meaning.

Today we hear of Robin Hood’s "Merry Men." Now, they may have been happy, but in the time of Robin Hood the word “merry” that described them meant “great and mighty.” Thus, in the middle ages a strong army was a merry army, a great singer was a merry singer, and a mighty ruler was a merry ruler.

So when the English carolers of the Victorian era sang, "merry gentlemen," they meant great or mighty men. Even when translated to "God rest you mighty gentlemen," the song still makes very little sense.

This is due to another word that has a much different meaning in today’s world and a punctuation mark that has been lost. The word "rest" in "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" simply means “keep or make.” Yet to completely uncover the final key understanding the meaning, a comma needs to placed after the word “merry.” Therefore, in modern English, the first line of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" should read "God make you mighty, gentlemen." Using this translation the old carol suddenly makes perfect sense, as does the most common saying of the holidays, "Merry Christmas." You just have to know how to translate the words into the language of the day to have a very Mighty Christmas!
from the online source, The Fellowship.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan's power when we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.