Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sneak Peek - Valentine Defined

Happy Tuesday!  I woke up feeling creative today and knew I wanted to finish my parents' anniversary card.  (My mom has strict instructions not to view my blog until after she receives it in the mail - lol!)

With this card, I'm giving you a sneak peek of a new stamp set, Valentine Defined, coming out in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  You'll be able to order from this new mini on January 4th - woo hoo!  Here's the card I created:

Isn't it cute?!  I love when you can use a stamp set for so many different occasions!  Here's the sentiment I stamped on the inside of the card:

This is from the Hostess Stamp Set, Occasional Quotes.  I grab this stamp set all of the time!!  So many great sentiments in it!
Here are the supplies used for this card:
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso (inside sentiment)
Stamps:  Valentine Defined, Occasional Quotes
Punches:   1 3/4" circle, 2 3/8" scallop circle
Ribbon:  Blushing Bride Stitched Poly
Other:  Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool, Sticky Strip

This is one of the cards we'll be making at the January Crazy 4 Cards Class.  To learn more about this class or to register, click here.  There are morning and evening classes available.  :)

Well, that's it for today!  Off to play Dicecapades with the boys - a fun, new board game that Santa brought us! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hello Baby!

I'm a little worried about posting this.... wondering if the recipient will see it here before it arrives.... but I just can't wait!  :)

My cousin had a baby and I wanted to make a card to go along with the gift that my mom and I bought for her.  She has a little owl on the nursery wall which looks so cute!  So naturally, I wanted an owl on the card!!  I based this card on a sketch (Card Pattern #95) over at Card Patterns Weekly Sketch Blog.  Here's my take on this week's sketch:

Supplies Used:

Cardstock:  Baha Breeze, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Patterned Paper:  Greenhouse Gala DSP
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (hello baby sentiment), Word Play (envelope)
Punches:  Two-Step Owl Punch, Scallop Trim Border
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz

I hope she likes it! I mailed the package across the country today (yes, I went to the Post Office 3 days before Christmas)!  I can't remember the last time I've seen her because there are so many miles between us.  So, I'm hoping it will be a nice little unexpected surprise for her!

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Extreme Skater Birthday Card

My son was invited to a birthday party last weekend so I wanted to make a quick card for him to take.  I had some new stamps that had not been inked (gasp) and was anxious to play with them.  I had seen some fun ideas combining these two stamp sets on the Stampin' Connection (Demonstrator only site) and wanted to give it a try.  Here's the card and matching envelope I came up with:

I showed it to Evan and he loved it.  He actually thought it was "cool."  I love that boy!  ;)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Extreme Skateboard, Extreme Elements, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango
Cardstock:  Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy
Envelope:  Naturals White
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window

I also wanted to mention that I've been busy planning my January Classes!  Check out my class calendar and register today!  :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cute Gift Card Holder

Happy Saturday!  The kids are on Christmas break so we are all very happy campers over here!  I still have a lot of shopping to get finished - one of these years I'll get it done early - but I'm making a dent little, by little!  Yesterday the boys had their class parties up at the school.  I wanted to show you this cute little gift card holder I made for one of the teachers.

Isn't it adorable?  It's a bandaid tin decorated with our fun Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper.

 Here's the matching card to go inside.

Complete with a gift card to Target.  (pronounced "Tar-jay.")  hee hee.

She loved it and thought the tin was pretty darn cute.  The funny thing is, my son said, "What do you mean a bandaid tin?"  OH..... I guess he doesn't know what a metal bandaid container is.....?  Sheesh, that made me feel OLD!  lol!

I have a few more of these tins that I'd like to play with.  Wouldn't they be cute filled with gift tags, a little mini album, or cards?!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion - FREE Bitty Buttons!

I know it's hard to think about Valentine's Day already... but Stampin' Up! has a promotion starting TODAY to help us get ready for this holiday!  Think of all the CUTE Valentine's cards and treats we love to create! 

Here's the scoop -- between now and January 24th, you can get a FREE package of Bitty Buttons when you purchase a Filled with Love Bundle, including the Filled with Love Stamp Set and exclusive Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack-only available through this special promotion!

Here is what you get:


And here are the bundle item numbers:

Description  Wood-Mount Item  Wood-Mount Price  Clear-Mount Item  Clear-Mount Price 
Filled with Love Bundle
Contains the Filled with Love Set* and Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack
124380  $32.90  124381  $26.90 
Love Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack (non-bundled)
12 sheets total: three 12" x 12" sheets of two double-sided designs in Real Red and Pretty in Pink
124156  $9.95  ---  --- 

The Filled with Love Stamp Set is available in the Holiday Mini Catalog until January 3, 2011, after which, it will only be available through this promotion.

Visit my Stampin' Up! Website to shop 24/7!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Card Sketch

Today there's a new card sketch by Kimmy over at one of my favorite websites Let's Scrap!  I had some Jolly Holiday scraps lying around and thought I'd put them to good use.  (I love that paper!)  I have been wanting to use this little snowman.  I borrowed this stamp set (Punch Pals) from my friend Lisa - and do need to give it back at some point!!  Here's my take on the sketch:

(You can always click the photos to view larger.)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Punch Pals, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Old Olive
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Jolly Holiday
Other:  Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch

Make sure to visit Let's Scrap and check out the awesome gallery!

Thanks for stopping by!  Share some love & leave me a comment!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I Love My Stamping Friends!

I have had so much fun with all of my stampin' friends - new and old!  Thanks to everyone who has attended my events and those that have invited me into their homes and offices!  I love this time of year and it's the perfect time for handmade creations.  I wanted to share with you a card we made at the offices of Fulton & Kozak (for all of your accounting and mortgage needs - plug, plug).

Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Stamps:  Contempo Christmas (tree & sentiment), Snow Swirled (snowflakes)
Other:  Real Red Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels

I did manage to snap a few photos of some of my recent events:




I love creating with all of you!  Thanks again for joining me on my stamping adventure!

I have lots of fun classes and workshops planned for 2011.  You can view my calendar of events here.  If you'd like to earn FREE products by hosting a workshop in your home or mine, contact me for available dates.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

What a Mess!!

Guess what I'll be doing tomorrow - and maybe the day after that?!  Cleaning my scrap room!!  I've been crazy busy between holiday happenings, the boys' social lives and extracurricular activities, working on our basement, and my Stampin' Up business!  Over the last two weeks, I've had 8 events to work!  It's been a whirlwind -- but so much fun!!  I must say, I'll take this job over any that I've had!!  {wink, wink}

So.... many of you have seen the pictures of my "studio" in an older post, and have asked if it is always that clean.


Well, I decided to take a picture of my mess to show you that it is not!  This is what my desk looks like after two weeks of creating with no cleaning up in between!


I am definitely ready for it to be nice and organized again.... (sigh)

Well, that's all I have for tonight!  I do have some projects to post this week so check back!!  Remember to sign up to become a "follower" so you'll be notified when there's a new post!  Also, if you'd like to be on my mailing list, sign up to receive my monthly newsletter.  There are lots of fun classes coming up in January, as well as the Let's Scrap Blog Hop!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Greenhouse Gala Scrapbook Layout

Oh scrapbooking, how I've missed you!  It's been quite a while since I've taken the time to scrapbook a layout!  I've been so busy getting my Stampin' Up! business started, that I haven't taken the time to actually scrapbook!  I've had lots of fun creating cards and paper crafting, but scrapbooking will always be my first love!  ;)

I have been waiting to use my new Stampin' Up! Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  I knew this paper was perfect for Cheri's sketch this week over at Let's Scrap!!  (Her sketches ROCK and always inspire me!!) 

Here's the layout I completed.  My Grandma came in September to celebrate our 40th and 90th birthdays. Remember the card I created for her here?  Well, I have a picture of her reading it - pretty cool!  My Grams has to be the most beautiful 90 yo on the planet!  I just love her to pieces and will cherish these photos forever!!  And the best thing about scrapbooking is, my kids will cherish them and can share them with their children!!

(Click the photo to view larger)

Supplies Used:
Paper-Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Stamps-Punch Potpourri
Ink-Early Espresso
Other-Circle & Scallop Punches, Real Red 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Trim Border Punch

I love this layout and still have a bunch of paper left from the paper pack to use later!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Stampin' Sounds Christmas Card

I am so excited about this card!!!!  I finally bought one of our Stampin' Sounds Recordable cards.  I covered it in Bashful Blue card stock and used "A Cute Christmas" Stamp Set to decorate it!  The boys recorded a message on it and I cannot wait to give it to someone special!  I'm going to order a few more because I think this makes such a fun gift - especially for grandparents and family that won't be with us during the holidays!  I stamped the inside as well but still need to punch the hole for the "play" button.  It's not the best picture, but here it is:

I'll be adding this card to the "menu" of items available at the Holiday Gift Buffet.  Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day to RSVP for the event.  It will be a fun and great way to get some gifts ready for the holidays!!  CLICK HERE for more details and photos.

Also, don't forget about the Online Spectacular Event going on for 1 week only!  Great deals on some of your favorite Stampin' Up! products!  I'm having a Blog Giveaway for everyone that places an order through MY ONLINE STOREClick here for details!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Shop the Stampin' Up! Online Spectacular Event

Wow - I've been waiting all weekend to see the details of the Online Spectacular Event and I am NOT disappointed!!  There are tons of fabulous products on sale that you won't want to miss!  What's even better is, that if you spend $150, you get FREE shipping and qualify for Hostess Benefits - which means FREE stamp sets and products!  Woo hoo!!  And, you can do all of this from home!!  Simply click the image above to visit my online store.

Click here to see a list of all of the online specials!  I've printed out the list, checked it twice, and here is my wish list:  (In case my hubby is looking..... wink, wink)

  • Sweet Shoppe Alphabet Clear-Mount Bundle (#124241) - $23.95 for BOTH alphabet sets!!!
  • My Digital Studio 1/2 off (#1181058) - Only $39.98 for the Digital Software to make scrapbook pages, card, photo books, calendars & more!  You can create such fun gifts for the holidays!  (Although, if I wasn't already a demo - I'd get this in the Starter Kit!!)  ;)
  • Perfect Setting Bigz XL Die (#115961) - $25.77 - to make those cute cupcake treats I've been seeing.
  • Neutral Brads Bundle (#124252)
  • Matchbox Bigz XL Die (#114890) - $30.07 - This has been on my wish list for a long time! 
There are also My Digital Downloads available, Decor Elements, ribbon, stamp set bundles & more!!

Ok, here's the kicker..... it's time for a Blog Giveaway!!  If you place an order from my online store during the Online Spectacular (Nov. 22-30th) your name will be entered into a hat.  The lucky winner will receive the Hostess Only Stamp Set "Afterthoughts" from me!  I love this stamp set - so fun for cards, tags & scrapbook layouts!!  Here's a peek:

So..... happy shopping and have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!!  :)
Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit for 50% Off! (Nov. 15-30th)

From November 15-30th ONLY, the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Starter Kit is 50% off!!  You'll receive $310 worth of Stampin' Up! products for only $87.50!!!  There are two different kits to choose from - either the Standard Papercrafting Starter Kit or the Digital Starter Kit.

The Standard Starter Kit includes:
  • Four complete stamp sets
  • A Stampin' Around wheel, handle, and ink cartridge  
  • Assortment of Designer Series paper and card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • VersaMark Pad
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Blender pen
  • Stamping sponge
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Box of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools
The Digital+ Starter Kit includes
  • My Digital Studio Software Suite
  • Three complete stamp sets 
  • Assortment of card stock
  • Four Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Two Stampin' Write markers
  • Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Brights Designer Buttons
  • Songbird Décor Elements and applicator
  • Adhesives
  • Stampin' Scrub and Mist 
  • Set of Idea Book & Catalogs
  • Business forms and tools
If you've ever considered becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, now is the time!  You can get a discount on your favorite products and share what you love!  You can download the Starter Kit Flyer by clicking here.

I'd love to have you join the Stampin' Up! family as either a Hobby Demonstrator or Business Builder!  Contact me with questions and to find out how you can customize your Starter Kit today!

If you'd like more info or to sign up - click here.  Enter the password 'createwithcori' to join!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Come Play at the Holiday Gift Buffet!!

The holidays are right around the corner!  Come to my Holiday Gift Buffet and create some fun, handmade gifts!!  Since it's a "buffet", you choose when you come, what you'd like to make and how many!  I'll have everything cut and ready for you to come create!  These gifts are fun to make and definitely beautiful to give to that special someone!

So, here's the "menu" for the Holiday Gift Buffet:

Cookie Sheet Message Board - $15

Estimated time - 20-30 minutes

This Cookie Sheet Message Board measures 9x13 and would look adorable hanging in the kitchen, on the pantry door, or on a stand as shown here.  The top part of this altered cookie sheet can be used as a chalkboard. The round magnet can be used anywhere on the board and personalized with a monogram.  There's even a little box behind the bow to hold the chalk!!  Too cute!

Set of Monogram Note Cards - $12

Estimated time - 1-2 hours

These Monogram Note Cards will come as a set of 10 note cards with envelopes "wrapped" in a cute box.  The beautiful, embossed note cards would make the perfect, personalized gift!

Post It Note Cube - $7

Estimated time - 15 minutes

This Post-It Note Cube is sure to bring a smile to anyone's face!  The top holds the post-it notes (and can easily be refilled) and the sides are used as a chalkboard.  This would make another great personalized gift - perfect for a teacher or co-worker.
Stampin' Sound Card - $8
Estimated Time - 5-10 minutes

Record a holiday message on this adorable Stampin' Sound Card to give to someone special this season!  This recordable card lets you record a message up to 10 seconds and includes play, record, and lock features to ensure message is set!  I can't wait to send these to our relatives that we can't be with this Christmas.

Gift Basket - $5

Estimated time - 15-20 minutes

This basket is so cute filled with treats!  I filled this with the boys' teachers favorite goodies and they loved it!  It would look so cute filled with candy canes and chocolate for the holidays!  

Magnetic Bookmark - $3

Estimated time - 5-10 minutes

This adorable bookmark is magnetic and folds over to mark your page!  These will be packaged in a cute cellophane bag for gift-giving.  Choose the crown or monogram style!

Jingle Glass Block Decor - $18

Estimated time - 10-15 minutes

This glass block would look so cute on an entryway table or mantle.  It's not the best picture, but it has a vinyl "Jingle All the Way" Decor element on the front and is filled with red and silver jingle bells!  Add lights inside for a fun holiday decoration! 

   Simply Adorned Charm Inserts - FREE with Simply Adorned Charm Purchase

116798  Simply Adorned 1" x 1 1/4" Charm  $18.95
Estimated time - 10 minutes

Purchase a Simply Adorned Charm from me, and come make 6 inserts for free!  These necklaces are so much fun!  The locket-style charm with hinges lets you insert custom artwork or photos.  You can have a seasonal insert on the front and a photo on the back - so cute!  Great gifts for that special family member or to keep for yourself!!

Holiday Gift Buffet Details:

When:    Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm OR Friday, Dec. 10th, 6:30 - 10:30 pm
Where:   My house
RSVP:    Email here or call me at 770-241-6989 to save your seat.
**You must prepay by November 24th, in order for me to get the supplies ordered and ready in time for the event.  Let me know how many of each item you'd like to make, and I can send you an invoice for payment.  You can either bring your own adhesive or add $5 for a 2-way glue pen.**

Contact me if you have any questions!!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stampin' Up! Open House Creations!

We had a great time at my Stampin' Up! Open House last week!!  Thanks to everyone that came over -- I hope you had fun creating!  As usual, I forgot to take pictures until after everyone had left.... but did want to post some pictures of our creations!

We made this cute little "Dasher" gift tag.  I displayed him on a bottle of wine - wouldn't that be a great gift for your neighbor?  Notice how I embossed the napkin?  How fun is that?!
Want to re-create this tag?  Here's how:

113463  Top Note Die
116816  Dasher Stamp (only $8.95)
115060  Short & Sweet Stamp Set (for snowflakes and sentiment)
119251  Real Red Taffeta Ribbon
119246  Rhinestone Jewels
119849  Modern Label Punch
120902  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (used on napkin)
Ink:  Early Espresso & VersaMark
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler

Here is a Christmas card we made!  Everyone had the option of adding a pocket on the inside to make a gift card holder.  These are always great to have for the holidays!

 Supplies Used:
120594 Contempo Christmas Stamp Set
120651  Word Play Stamp Set
119847  XL Ornament Punch
117292  Old Olive Satin Ribbon
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla and Early Espresso

And finally, we had fun making these little peppermint patty treats.  We used the new Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the Classic Stampin' Spots - which are great if you're just getting started.  Wouldn't these make cute class treats, Secret Santa goodies, or stocking stuffers?

Supplies Used:
119979 Classic Stampin' Spots  (includes 11 ink colors)
121187  Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set (available until Jan. 3rd)
119861  1 1/4 in. Circle Punch
119854  1 3/4 in. Scallop Circle Punch
Cardstock:  Real Red and Whisper White

Here are samples of some of the cards we'll be creating for the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack.  There are still seats available for Friday, Nov. 19th at 7 pm.  RSVP here by this Friday, to reserve your seat.  Cost is $15 for 10 cards/envelopes or $20 for 20.  You pick which cards you'd like to make!!

I'm also excited to offer a Holiday Gift Buffet so you can get your holiday gifts completed!  You pick the projects you want to make, let me know how many of each, and I'll have all of the supplies ready for you!  More details to come but save the date for Wednesday, December 8th or Friday evening, December 10th!!

Contact me with any questions!