SEPTEMBER NEWS

1. REMEMBER TO USE THE HOSTESS CODE WHEN YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER: BBARYB77 This entitles you to a chance to win the HOSTESS DOLLARS OF ALL MY ORDERS IN SEPTEMBER to spend towards FREE MERCHANDISE. Also I will send you a special free gift for ordering this month to kick off the new HOLIDAY CATALOG

Monday, January 30

More quilt blocks finished to show you

I am enjoying the stretch it takes to do these pieced quilt blocks.  I don't know how it will all come together at the end because I am not as accurate as those with experience, but we shall see.

 I REALLY like this turquoise and black block.  I think it is sharp and grabs your attention.  Unfortunately, if you look closely my seems are slightly off.  Man, I am so careful and try so hard to get them perfect, yet they still come out kitty-whampus.  What am I doing wrong?  Can anyone help me?

 This is a "tamer" color than some of the others.  There will be more of these tamer colors.

Here are all the blocks together so far.  See how the turquoise one is like 4 blocks together?  Isn't that interesting??!!  It all adds to the suspense for me to see what happens next...

Stay tuned.

P.S.  Don't forget, if you want to place an order and get a FREE SAB item PLUS free shipping from me, you have one more week to do so.  Don't wait and miss this free shipping from me.  Contact me soon, ok?

Inky fingers y'all and straight seams too!!

Thursday, January 26

NEWS RELEASED AT LEADERSHIP

Upcoming Catalog Changes and Simply Scored Triangle Wedge coming soon!

Hi Everyone! Some Stampin' UP! news was announced at Leadership this past week and I wanted to keep you all in the know!

Changes in the Catalog and Mini Catalogs.In a nutshell, starting June 1, 2012, Stampin' Up! will release one annual catalog, comparable to (but smaller than) the current Idea Book & Catalog, and two seasonal catalogs, comparable to (but larger than) the current mini catalogs.
Annual Catalog
  • The annual catalog will run from June 1, 2012  through May 31, 2013.
  • The annual catalog will be reduced from over 240 pages in the current Idea Book & Catalog to 208 pages.
  • The annual catalog will be printed on lighter-weight paper.
  • While it will still be packed full of ideas, it will not be sold as an item for purchase but rather like any other handout catalog.
Seasonal Catalogs
  • The Occasions, Summer, and Holiday Mini Catalogs will be replaced by two seasonal catalogs called the Holiday Catalog and the Spring Catalog.
    • The first Holiday Catalog will run from August 1, 2012  through the beginning of January, 2013
    • The first Spring Catalog will run from the beginning of January, 2013  through May 31, 2013.
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, developed exclusively for Stampin' Up! This exciting addition to our Simply Scored line of products is perfect for scoring envelopes, boxes, and more. The Diagonal Plate will be available beginning March 1. Look for details coming soon!

Wednesday, January 25

FABRIC OR PAPER?

Do I REALLY need to choose between fabric or paper when I am feeling creative?  I DON"T THINK SO!!  Recently fabric has been whispering to me to come touch it and create with it - so I AM!!

Besides the folded fabric heart I posted a few days ago (scroll down to see older postings), I am now in the first stages of a quilting bee online!!  We are given 5 quilt block patterns to create every two weeks.  So far I have 4 blocks done so I am only 6 blocks behind because Feb 1st comes 5 more blocks to create.

Want to see what I have done so far?  Ok, here goes.  (For those of you Strict Paper creators, you can do the same thing with designer paper.)
 Right out of the chute is HAND APPLIQUE.  OUCH...I am not good at that at all.  But I was a brave gal and did it.

 I really like this one a lot.  As you can see, I am going scrappy with the colors and my background color is black.  WHAT YOU SCREAM - - BLACK??

Yes I chose black as my background color because I am making this for my grandson Collin.  He is the one who does not have a quilt by Nannie yet so I am making this for a gift for next year for him. (SHHH - it is a surprize!!)

Third block:
 This half square triangle block was a fun one to make

 I am really liking these colors together so far.  Lots more fun colors and patterns coming up in more blocks.


The blocks will be different sizes.  It is a mystery quilt because we don't know how it will go together until they tell us by units.  It is a fun idea and I am really enjoying it.

If YOU are interested in doing this Just Take Two Quilting Bee, hurry and get on the website and download the first 5 blocks because they will be going away by Feb 1st.
www.justtakes2.com

Monday, January 23

ANOTHER PIG REPORT AND sale a bration starting tomorrow!!!

GRANDSON, KYLE HAS BEEN SHOWING HIS YORK PIG (Wilson) at prospect shows to get experience and to train Wilson what to do in the ring.  He weighed in at 101 lbs!!  He is growing at a great rate! Plus his muscles are looking good!!  Here is the latest photo of Kyle with Milton in the ring.  Kyle has to remind Milton with the lead stick to keep his head up.  That makes his posture correct for the judge to see his muscles and build.

This photo is actually 2 weeks ago.  It was a very cold morning in the ring for both Kyle and Wilson and of course for DAD too!!

 The "BOYS" looking good.  Look how Kyle has Wilson's head up nicely.  Great job!!

Spencer is enjoying this experience with Kyle, too.  Hard work but fun too.  Love you guys!!

Sorry no cards to show you.  My camera is not working and all of them were fuzzy. As soon as hubby takes a look at it and fixes it, I will show you what we made last week at our valentine's class.

SALE-A-BRATION STARTS TOMORROW.  WOO HOO.  WHAT IS IT?  YOU GET A FREE STAMP SET OR OTHER ITEM FROM THE SPECIAL CATALOG WITH EVERY $50 ORDER.  AND IF YOU ORDER DIRECTLY THROUGH ME, I WILL PAY YOUR SHIPPING TOO!!  JUST EMAIL OR TELEPHONE ME AND I WILL SUBMIT YOUR ORDER AND PAY THE SHIPPING COST.  WHAT A DEAL@!@@  HURRY, THIS SPECIAL FREE SHIPPING IS ONLY THROUGH ME AND IS ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME.  DON'T WAIT TOO LONG TO ORDER!!

Keep crafting and having fun!!

Saturday, January 21

QUILTED VALENTINE HEART

It is made from fabrics, but it is NOT sewn.  I started with a 3" circle of fabric, then folded it in half and in half again.  Put a little Tacky glue to hold it folded and starded layering it around.  In  the middle are 4 pieces, then around with 8 pieces, then so on all the way out until it is as big as you want it.


I used my BIG SHOT and one of my dies to cut out all the pieces, then folded and glued them into a heart shape.  Then die cut the scalloped heart and the underneath heart shape before I framed it.


Monday, January 16

CUTE LITTLE BOX OF THANK YOU CARDS

I HAVE BEEN BUSY THIS WEEKEND IN MY CRAFT ROOM.  I MADE THIS DARLING BOX OF 3 X 3 THANK YOU CARDS IN PEACH PARFAIT AND PEACH PARFAIT DSP. IT IS FOR THE FRIDAY MASHUP!  STOP ON OVER TO SEE THEM AND WHAT THEIR OTHER PARTICPANTS HAVE MADE.
 Here is a top view of the box.  Made with card stock and covered with DSP.


I love how cute this 3 x 3 cards are.  Perfect size to attach to a home made goodie as a special "thank you" or "best friends" gift.

I would love to know what you think of this cute little gift of cards.  It was easy to make and I enjoyed the process.  I am giving this to my mystery "hostess" at my valentine's candy hearts class this week.  One lucky lady will be the HOSTESS of this class and receive the $25 of FREE merchandise.

Friday, January 13

PIGGY TALES/TAILS

My grandson, Kyle, has another FFA project PIG this year.  It is a pink pig, which is a Yorkshire Pig.  He named him Wilson.  Remember the movie:  "W-I-L-S-O-N."  ??  Which movie does that quote come from, do you know?  The first one to answer that question will get a card mailed to them that I have made.

Anyhow, it is so fun to see photos of Wilson and Kyle and to learn what Kyle has been doing with the pig.  He took Wilson to a Prospect Show last weekend and Wilson won 2nd place.  Here is a photo of Wilson and Kyle:
They bought Wilson on Dec 3rd and he was small enough to fit into a large dog carrier.  Here they are arriving home from the farm.

 Wilson got a special reward for winning the Prospect Show - bubble gum.  His friend in the pen next to him is a Duroc pig - brown with floppy ears.

 Here is Kyle with his ribbon.  This boy is on some kind of special feed himself because he has grown so TALL!!

Kyle is talking Wilson back into his food pen to get his dinner for the night.

 Pigs are really quite smart.  At least the two that Kyle has owned are.  They learn quickly and remember well.  Some have asked what are the green things in his ears.  This means he has been tagged for a certain show.  They can only be shown in one show so the owners have to decide which one will it be and then they are taken and weighed in, get a picture drawn of the shape of his ear and even a nose print is made of the pig.  Then they are given a number and these ear tags are put on them.  This keeps everything "legal" so that no one will substitute a different pig at the show.  Quite sophisticated, I think.  And fashionable too@!!  ha


A full view so you can see how much he has grown in just a little over a month!!  He weighed in at the Prospect Show at 73 pounds!~!  He was around 30 last month when they purchased him.  In 5 months of ownership they can grow to about 300 lbs!!  But they have to have muscle so they must be exercised every day.  IF they don't develop muscle, the judge will disqualify them from the show.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me and my family and my grandson's FFA Pig.

Monday, January 9

VALENTINE FUN

Holidays are so fun to celebrate, aren't they?  I love HEARTS so I LOVE Valentine's Day.  I love wooden hearts, metal hearts, JEWELRY HEARTS (hint, hint)  ha!!  I have a few fun items to share with you that you could use for Valentines.
 I made this CUTE candy holder out of the scallop square die and my BIG SHOT.  Isn't it adorable??  This paper is in the clearance rack so I have lots to get me through all the valentine's workshops and classes I have planned.  I am going to use whatever is leftover for my mother's day classes as well.

 Here is a side view so you can see how I just put a small strip of paper between the two die cuts to make the cute candy gift holder.  I also used the scalloped heart embosslit and the large heart punch for the deco on the outside.  LOVE IT.

 I made this for a friend and filled with jelly bellies.  It is made with the mini milk carton die and my BIG SHOT.  (see a pattern here about how versatile the BIG SHOT is for all occasions??!!)  You can decorate your cartons anyway you like.  I used some fine glitter on the heart and used a cute stamp on the other one.  T
This is a one-sided holder that only holds two cartons.  I usually make a double one that holds four cartons.  But this one is sweet and was quick to make up for my friend.  I used glimmer brads to hold the tops closed.

This is a die you MUST GET.  I LOVE my mini milk carton die the best of all my dies I own.  Wait till you see my larger carton I made with the same die next time.!!

go have some fun and get some INKY FINGERS Y'ALL!!

Wednesday, January 4

NEW OCCASIONS MINI

IT'S HERE!!  IT'S HERE!!  THE NEW OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG IS NOW ACTIVE.


I have a special GIFT for the first stamper to host a workshop in January.  It is a stamp set from the mini and it will be FREE in addition to all the other lovely hostess benefits you get.

Inky Fingers Y'all!!

Tuesday, January 3

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END.......{SNIFF}

IT'S TRUE, ISN'T IT?  IT SEEMS ALL GOOD THINGS CAN'T LAST FOREVER.  BUT AT LEAST WE KNOW WHAT THE END DATE IS FOR A FEW OF THEM:


 just in from Stampin' Up! ..

CLEARANCE RACK BLITZ ends Jan. 5, 2012..

shop now for discounts of up to 80% off!!


CLICK ON MY SHOP NOW BUTTON AND THEN LOOK FOR THE CLEARANCE RACK BUTTON TO GET YOUR DEEPLY DISCOUNTED ITEMS BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.

HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG  ends TODAY, JAN 3RD...


HOWEVER, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE OCCASIONS MINI STARTS TOMORROW AND IS CHOCK FULL OF NEW FUN GOODIES.

ALSO, STAMPERS, DON'T FORGET TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE LARGE IDEA BOOK AND CATALOG TO SEE WHAT YOU MISSED LAST TIME YOU WERE LOOKING AT IT.  CUSTOMERS ALWAYS REMARK TO ME, "really, I didn't see that in the Idea Book!!" IT IS SO FULL OF FUN AND WONDERFUL IDEAS THAT IT IS REALLY EASY TO MISS THINGS.  THAT IS WHY I TRY TO SHOW NEW IDEAS AND ITEMS AT EACH OF MY CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS.


ARE YOU READY TO SCHEDULE YOUR OWN VALENTINE'S WORKSHOP??  CONTACT ME NOW TO GET ON THE CALENDAR

INKY FINGERS Y'ALL!!

AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

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