Sunday, February 24, 2013



OTHER SPECIALS:  Best of 25 Years Monthly Stamp Set, Paper Pumpkin, Sent With Love Special Bundle, Single Stamps and SAB Hostess Specials!

BIG TIME FUN – Thur, March 7, 7 pm
Come create 3 projects and/or cards using new Big Shot dies, folders, sizzlits and more. Cost of the class is $10.  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, paper cutter and clear blocks.  RSVP by March 3.

SCRAPBOOKING CLASS – Mon, March 11, 7 pm
Tonight you will make a 2 page, 12x12 scrapbook layout designed around the season, holiday or occasion.  Cost is $10 for the class.  A 12x12 page protector is included with the class.  RSVP by March 7.

TECHNIQUE CLASS – Tue, March 19, 7 pm
Techniques are back for the year.  You will learn 2 techniques tonight.  You will make a technique sheet to put in a book and a card using the technique.  Cost of the class is $10.  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, paper cutter and clear blocks.  RSVP by March 15.

STOP & SMELL the FLOWERS – Wed, March 27, 7 pm
Spring is just around the corner and at tonight’s class we will create projects and cards using SU’s Vanilla Flower Trim, Pop-Up Posies and Creped Paper.  Cost of the class is $15 and includes your own 5/8” Flower Trim (pg. 5, Spring Mini).  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, paper cutter and clear blocks.  Not only will you have the 3 cards, you’ll have some product to make more cards/projects.  RSVP by March 12.

Reminder – If you RSVP for a class and cannot attend, you are still responsible for payment.  Product and/or projects will be available for you to pick up.  Payment is due with your RSVP.

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Monday, February 18, 2013


I was a little behind this weekend and wanted to have 3 samples ready for the Best of Birthdays blog tour.  Well I finally have caught up and here are the other two.  I tied the blog tour and Best of Birthdays into tonight's class entitled "Poked, Scored & Distressed".  So here are the 3 cards.

This card was featured on the blog tour.  It uses Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, First Edition DSP and Parker's Patterns DSP.  This is going for the distressed look where I used the Distress Tool on all edges of the paper.

This is a simple card that I used the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (that you can earn FREE with SAB).  Whisper white cs and Polka Dot DSP.  This is a card that can easily be STEPPED UP.

This card takes a little more time because you are using the Ovals Collection Framelit Dies and the Occasions Paper-Piercing set from the Spring Mini Catalog.  Notice the paper piercing (poking) on the Rich Razzleberry Oval and on the corners of the Pool Party cs.  Also the DSP, ribbon and button are from SAB collection - Sycamore Street.  You can earn these FREE too.  What do you think of the color combination.  It is not one I would come up with but SU does such a great job with DSP and colors.  Here you have Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Rich Razzleberry.  Love love love it.

I hope you enjoyed the blog tour and my 2 additions.  Come back next month for the blog tour featuring Best of Love stamp set.  There will be lots of ideas for you to try with that stamp set.

Thanks for stopping - Jackie

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Remarkable 25th Anniversary Blog Tour

Here is my sample using the Best of Birthdays stamp set that is only available for Stampin' Up! 25th Anniversary.
I used Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake card stock.  Also used Parker's Patterns and First Edition DSP.  I was going for a distressed, masculine look.  I used the new Stampin Distress Tool, Silver Basics Designer Button and Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon.  Most everything from the Spring Mini.

Click the button below to go to the next blog on the tour.  Thank you for stopping by.

Here is a listing of everyone on the blog tour in case the "next" button doesn't work.
nancy Amato -
Linda bartolucci -
Ingrid Blackburn
Melissa Bolinger -
Jackie Bottomley -
Lee Bradford -
Susan Carlson - 
Connie Deibler -
Tamra Davis
Sherri Eddleblute -
Lynn Embrey-
Becky Evans
Kathy Hamrick - 
Crystal Kondo  www.
Debra Lehigh-

Debbie Lever -
Lynn Marshall Http://
Anne Matasci -

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Since I just had a total knee replacement - I'm only holding 2 classes in February.  So that gives you lots of time to book your SALE-A-BRATION workshop.  Don't forget that SAB is the best sale of the year with Stampin' Up! and I also run my very own BIG SHOT SPECIAL.  Contact me to find out more.

POKED, SCORED & DISTRESSED - Monday, Feb. 18, 7 pm
Create 3 cards experiencing SU's new paper piercing tools, trimmer, Simply Scored Tools and the Distress Tool.  Cost of the class is $12 and includes your very own Stampin' Distress Tool, found on pg. 14 in the Spring Mini Catalog.  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, and clear blocks.  RSVP by Feb. 8.

TECHNIQUE TUESDAY - Tues, Feb. 26, 7 pm
Techniques are a fun way to learn something new.  You will learn 2 techniques tonight.  You will make a technique sheet to put in your own technique book and a card using the technique.  Cost of the class is $10 and includes envelopes.  Bring your own adhesive, scissors, paper cutter and clear blocks.  RSVP by Feb. 22.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Paper Pumpkin

Have you signed up to get PAPER PUMPKIN?  I'm so excited to receive a monthly kit that will provide me with step by step directions on making some awesome papercraft projects.  Here is what it's all about.

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!
Get Started
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting now by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
The very first Paper Pumpkin will arrive on your doorstep starting in March-if you sign up before March 10.
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!.  Please state me as your SU demonstrator.
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month. 
A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

So sign up now!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour - February 2013

Month four of our blog tour and today we are featuring Collage Curios.  I'm only featuring one card this month but including a technique that we did at my Technique Class a few weeks back.  I hope you enjoy.

This card was one we did in my technique class a few weeks ago.  It features the Creped Filter Paper from the Spring 2013 Mini.  I will provide step by step instructions so you can recreate the flower.  The card is pretty simple.

I took one of the rectangle sheets and punched out 5 flowers using Blossom Punch.  Using reinkers (I choose Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie) and an Aqua Painter, I started with the center of the flower and the Melon Mambo.  Cleaned my Aqua Painter and then finished with Pumpkin Pie on the remainder.  Save a little scrap of creped paper for the center of the flower or use a brad.  Color it in Melon Mambo.  I then took a Stampin' Spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and a little Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and spritzed each of the 5 flowers quite wet to get the colors to run a little and to give them a shimmer.  Let dry completely (can use a heat gun to speed up the drying).

While they are drying I stamped the flower image from Mixed Bunch stamp set on Whisper White cs using the same colors of the flower.  Pumpkin Pie marker and Melon Mambo marker to color the stamp.  I used the small butterfly from Collage Curios in Melon Mambo and stamped randomly on the Whisper White cs.  I love this little butterfly and will be using it and the bee alot!
 When the creped filter paper flowers are dry scrunch them up individually.  Slightly unfold and adhere in the center to each other using a hot glue gun.  Do NOT align the petal, but off set them to get a fuller look.  Adhere the flower center with hot glue and then adhere to Whisper White cs.  Scrunch up the flower again to give it fullness and 3D appearance.  Stamp your sentiment (I used Curly Cute stamp set).  Finish card.  I used Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Melon Mambo cardstock.  Inks were Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie. Lots of accessories used with this card and it is a bit time consuming (waiting for it to dry), but my class loved trying the Creped Filter Paper and the spritzer mixture.  Hope you will give it a try.  Remember Stampin' Up! has been

Thank you for looking at my card.  Now click the button below to go to Susan Carlson's blog.  Stop back for some more ideas with the Spring Mini and SAB products. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Away For A While

I'll be away from my blog for a little while.  I'll be back soon posting.