Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My Digital Studio - my first pages!!

I finally got to play with My Digital Studio a couple weeks ago for the first time! I'm way behind on my blogging - sorry!

Anyways, these are some of the first pages I did with one of the Designer Templates, Summer Home. It was so super easy - even I could figure it out without reading a manual or anything! It was so fast too - I created these two pages in literally minutes!

What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know -k-?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sweet Centers

I am loving this new Sweet Centers stamp set that is in Stampin' Up's Holiday Mini Catalog!

Also in the mini catalog are the brand new sweet treat cups that fit inside the centers of these adorable stamps.

I know how bummed I'd be if my kids or friends ripped open my card to get the candy out, so I searched and searched for ideas on how to get around that and stumbled on Mike Funke's directions on his blog for a slide out tag that doesn't involve ripping or tearing to get the treat out!

Hostess Promotion

Now through November 30th!!

•Host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10!
*Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.

•Host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50 percent off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97) when you use your free hostess dollars!

***Leave me a comment or email me at lucindafish@cox.net
to set up your workshop date!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Deal of the Week #2 - Big Shot dies!

See below for this week’s Deals of the Week:

Item Page Description Reg. Price Special Price
115961 200 Perfect Setting Bigz XL die $42.95 $25.99
114515 195 Flower Burst Embosslits die $11.95 $5.99
116760 201 Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die $39.95 $25.49

***This deal is good through Monday, October 12, 2009; 10:00 AM (MT) , so hurry to take advantage today!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Clearance Rack - smokin' deals!!

Stampin' Up! has launched a new Clearance Rack section that is only available online. All items are retired or discontinued and most clearance rack products are deeply discounted - up to 80% off! This will be a regular section of the online store. But keep in mind that as items sell out, they will be removed, so go check it out before they're all gone!

Click here to check it out!

Shop my online store 24/7!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

September to Remember Event

I was able to attend the September to Remember Event put on by Rhonda Morgan and Di Gibbs at the end of September. It was such a blast! I was able to meet one of my Stampin' Up heroes, Linda Hansen! I saw her speak at convention last year and she was so inspiring and energetic - it was so nice to talk to her in person. She really is one of the sweetest people I have ever met!

Here are some of the make n takes projects we did during the day:

Stair Step card

this one was originally a photo card, but I used a snowman stamp instead

My Digital Studio is here!!!

My Digital Studio is here!!!

Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio is now available for sale!

Creativity goes digital with My Digital Studio! Use the same great artwork, colors, and accessory images found in our current product lines to create personalized cards, photo albums, scrapbooks, etc. You can also create digital projects like DVDs, interactive albums, and e-cards. Once you've created your personalized gift or heirloom, have it printed in our high-quality print facility and delivered to your door; or you can print your creation at home.

Click here or on the picture above to find out more details and watch a video demonstration.

I just received mine and hope to play with it in the next couple days so I can show you some samples! In the meantime, here are some samples of projects you can do with this AMAZING software:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Deals of the Week!

Throughout October, get all-new Deals of the Week—with select products up to 50% off! See below for this week’s Deals of the Week:

Week 1 Deals of the Week

Trio Flower punch

5-Petal Flower punch

My Way punch

Dates: October 1, midnight (MT) through October 12 (9:50 AM)

Visit my Online Store today to take advantage of these great offers!

New Kids on the Block!

I recently made this page for a Project Scrapbook challenge (one of the reasons I've been so busy - I've been helping with that). We had to scrapbook someone else's pictures and the pictures I got were of a girl and her sis. who went to a New Kids on the Block concert.

Remember them? I was so into them back in the '90s! Listening to their songs still bring back good memories! Their current stuff is pretty good as well!

Anyways, this is what I came up with. It's difficult to scrap someone else's photos - you're worried they won't like it or it won't be their style, etc. But Erika told me she loved my page, so that was a relief!

Let me know what you think of it - I love comments!

Here it is, along with the recipe:

Stamps: Extreme Guitar, A Little Somethin' (retired), corner stamp by ? (not sure)
Papers: Rockabilly Designer Series Paper (retired - bummer!), Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Star Punch, Small Star Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Sizzix Big Shot, Billboard alphabet die

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sorry for the disappearing act!

Sorry I've been absent as of late - I have just been busy with life, etc. I'll be back this week to post some recent projects I have done, so stay tuned!!

Lucinda :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

My hubby's version of a wish jar

If any of you know my husband, Ryan, this won't surprise you in the least! It was pretty darn funny, I have to say!

So you know how I have my wish jar that I'm saving $$ for a baby, right? Well, the other day, Ryan was rummaging through the cabinets looking for something, and I asked if I could help him find it - he said, "No, I got it." He pulled out a jar, then a picture from his back pocket. He proceeded to duct tape it onto the jar, along with various Christmas ribbons/bows, and more duct tape. If you can't tell, it's a picture of a flat screen television (Upon first glance, I thought - you want to save for a trip to the mountains? Then I saw the platform at the bottom of the picture.) He put in all the money and change from his pocket, which was under $5. I am totally beating him!! HaHa! :)

Then, the other day, we went through the drive-thru and he usually hands me the change, but instead, he looked at me, then the money, and then he put it into his own pocket! Silly boy!! He really makes life interesting for me! And keeps us all laughing! I do have to give him kudos for attempting to decorate his jar, though! Maybe I'm rubbing off on him a little bit with my papercrafting stuff. :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Project Runway Scrapbook Challenge #1

I don't know how many of you follow the show Project Runway, but I am involved with a group of cool girls who decided it would be fun to do scrapbooking challenges based on their challenges each week. Their challenge was to design some clothes for a celebrity to wear on the red carpet. To make it work for scrapbooking, we decided to have our challenge be to scrapbook our "Red Carpet Moment." Glitz Design graciously donated to our challenge, so we used some paper, stickers, and rub-ons from them (they rock, by the way!!!) and created kits for all the participants. The only rule is that you had to use something from the kit in your layout. We posted the layouts on the Project Scrapbook '09 blog here, so go check them out! They are all amazing. :)

Oh yeah, you can vote for your favorite (pick me, pick me!!) - the winner will be treated to some more amazing goodies that Glitz Design generously gave to us to give away!! To vote on the Project Scrapbook '09 blog, click here. Voting closes Thurs. Sept. 3rd at 9pm MST, so don't delay!!

The red carpet moment I chose to capture was my wedding day - I felt like a princess marrying my prince (still do - I'm so lucky!), the weather was beautiful, I loved my dress, my flowers, and especially my guy!! It truly was a perfect day!

It was so fun to try out Glitz Designs' products - their rubons are amazingly easy to use! And I love their paper! Gorgeous! I hope I win the prize! One of my brother's friends from when we were kids is actually one of the girls that started the company so I was able to hit her up for some donations - it's awesome to have connections, sometimes, huh?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Growing Up Promotions

Check out these awesome promotions that are going on right now!!

Growing Up Promotion

Dates: August 1-31, 2009

Promotion Details:

Spend $35 on stamp sets from the Growing Up section of the 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalog (pages 74-90) and receive a FREE package of Designer buttons!

Growth Chart Special Offer - isn't this way better than the pencil marked wall?

Dates: August 1 - September 30, 2009

Promotion Details:
Purchase the brand-new D├ęcor Elements Growth Chart (pictured above - $24.95), only available August 1-September 30, and as an added bonus, receive a free applicator tool with your purchase (a $1.95 value).

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Demonstrator Starter Kit Special!!

Right now, Stampin' Up is having an AMAZING special for anyone who wants to sign up to be a demonstrator.

Through August 31, you can become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for only $85!

Starting your own Stampin' Up! business means free and discounted products, plus a little extra cash--and who couldn't use that?

Leave me a comment with your email address or email me at lucindafish@cox.net to find out how!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wish Jar

I am trying to convince my hubby that it's time to have another baby (our youngest is going to be three in October). He said that if I save $2000, we can seriously talk about it. So guess what I did that very day?

I went out and bought this big jar and decorated it and stuck it in my kitchen. I am really motivated and will be putting all my extra change and extra earnings in here so we can "talk" about having a baby. Talk about baby hungry!! That's me! :)

On another note, isn't it a cute jar? I decorated it with our new Crushed Curry and Soft Suede ink, paper, and ribbons - since if we do end up having another one (cross your fingers!), we won't know if it's a boy or girl - and yellow and brown are pretty neutral. You can make fun of me if you want to - I don't care!! :)

One of my friends, Wendy, says I should take it with me to my Stampin' Up workshops and classes and ask for donations. How hilarious would that be???

I'm thinking of making another (smaller) jar for my son who is in kindergarten right now. That way when he does chores, he can put his money in there and watch it grow!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Project Scrapbook '09

Do any of you ever watch the show Project Runway? It used to be on Bravo, but now has moved to Lifetime for the new season. It's premiering in 9 days!! So excited!!

I wanted to let you know that a few of my friends and I will be doing a weekly scrapbooking challenge based on the show. If any of you are interested in participating, check out the link to our blog on my sidebar or go to: http://projectscrapbook09.blogspot.com. We have tons of awesome sponsors who are donating products for prizes and/or challenges, etc. Some of the big names are: Tim Holtz, Glitz Design, Daisy Bucket, Cosmo Cricket, Fiskars, and many many more!!

Hope you can join us!! It's going to be so much fun!! Not to mention that you could win some really cool prizes!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

You Rock!!

You know those memo boards that are covered with fabric and then have ribbon run across them to hold photos? That's the look I was going for with this page I made awhile ago. One of my stamp club girls had requested that we use the Rockabilly (retired now, sigh!) Specialty Paper for the month she was the hostess, so this is what I came up with.

I am loving that I can change out the photos if I want to, since they are not adhered, just clipped on with the library clips.

Stampin' Supplies:
A Little Something (hostess level 1 from last catalog - retired), Sweet Celebrations (even though this just retired I am hanging onto it since it's awesome for scrapbooking!!),
and Just Jawing stamp set
Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Rockabilly Specialty
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White (craft), Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: large & small star punches, 1", 1 1/4", and scallop circle punches, white embossing powder, chipboard star, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, old olive grosgrain ribbon, fine cosmo stampin' glitter, vintage brads

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

You Are... page

This is a page my stamp club did for one of their July projects. I love these pictures of my son - he was about 1 1/2 years old and so adorable!!! Here are the deets:

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Jumble Alphabet, Certificate of Authenticity
Paper: Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, To the Nines Specialty Designer Paper (LOVE it! Textured, cover-weight cardstock with prints), kraft & artichoke designer series papers from FREE hostess packs
Ink: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, sm. and large star punches, 1", 1 3/8", a 3/4" and scallop circle punches, wide oval punch, My Way (arrow) punch, Sizzix Big Shot, Stars #2 Bigz Die, Vintage brads

TIP: To make larger scallop borders, punch circles out of any size circle punch and adhere behind paper so that half of the circle is showing. Instant wow-factor!!

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Love the New In Colors!!!

Can I just say how much I am loving Stampin' Up's new In Colors? They are fabulous!!! Here's a couple quick pics of some cards I've done lately for workshops, stamp clubs, and swaps using the new colors (sorry if there are blades of grass in the pics - I took them outside in my yard because the lighting was a little better):

Circle Circus Happy B-day Card
Stampin' Supplies:
Circle Circus, All Holidays
Paper: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1", 1 1/4", and scallop circle punches, trio flower punch, scallop edge punch, silver brads, clear rhinestone brads

I know, I'm a punch addict!! It makes my life so much easier not having to cut out all those circles, etc. And the beautiful thing about the Circle Circus set is that our punches coordinate with all the images! Brilliant!!

Medallion Thank You Card
Stampin' Supplies:
Thank You Kindly, Medallion
Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Jumbo Grommet, rhinestone brad
***TIP: To set the jumbo grommets, simply line up on your card where you want to place the grommet and, using a mousepad or self-healing mat, push the grommet prongs through the paper. Then, turn over and fold the prongs down with your bone folder. Super easy!
**Another note: The Medallion (background) stamp is one of my fave new sets in the new catalog!! It can carry a card all by itself; it's so beautiful! And very versatile - perfect for thank yous, b-days, weddings, and it could even work for masculine cards with the right color scheme! Love it!!

Razzle Dazzle Thank You card
Stampin' Supplies:

Stamps: Razzle Dazzle, Wow Flowers
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
Accessories: Crushed Curry polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4", 1 3/8", and scallop circle punches, Sizzix Big Shot, Top Note die for Big Shot

TIP: You can create your own background paper by stamping an image repeatedly on cardstock; similar to the way I did with the flowery background shown on this card.

Friday, July 31, 2009

My Awesome Stampin' Studio

Ryan is awesome at making stuff, I have to say! He has been wanting to trade offices with me for awhile now and said he would build me some shelves for all my Stampin' Up stuff if I would agree to trade him. I said yes, and he literally started and finished building all this in a day! It took me longer to paint the room and shelves than it did for him to do the building. He is so amazing! Here's a picture of the shelving unit (I was still doing touch-ups at this point).

Did I mention that he also made me a table? Yeah, who knew you could buy fold up legs at Lowe's and make your own table? Super cool! My sister-in-law Kristin came and helped us paint and stain one night (thanks a ton Shorty!) which was so nice! She is way faster at painting than I am!

Another awesome feature of the table is that it hooks up to the shelving unit and rolls up for storing (kind of like those fold down beds). Here's a picture of the table put away. I told him I still wanted to have some room for guests or a playpen if I needed it (since I do daycare), so he thought of this idea all by himself - brilliant!

Okay, I am a ribbon and punch addict, so he made me some bars to hang all my punches on and some shelves for my ribbon. He also made some holders for my ink pads and markers. He really went all out to make this room the way I wanted it to be (without even asking)! I am so happy with it! I knew it would be nice, but I wasn't expecting it to be this nice!

I am seriously lucky to have a hubby like Ryan who knows how to do all this stuff! If everything he already did was not enough, he went ahead and made me some drawers to store my stamps in that I can pull out and see them all (and they're not stacked on top of each other anymore!). All my friends have been saying they need to have him come help their hubbies do the same thing for them at their house.

Here's a picture of the (mostly) finished room. I still have some decorations and stuff I need to hang up on my blank walls, but it is sooooo wonderful to not have to carry all my supplies up and down the stairs for classes, clubs, and workshops! I love being able to see all my supplies and have them organized in one central place (rather than in bins like I used to have them).

Thanks so much, Ryan! You are the best!!

Pink Flamingo "Happy" page

This is one of the pages I did for my stamp club this month. If you look closely, you can see that we sewed on the page with a sewing machine! Sewing on a page (or at all for that matter) was new for a lot of the club members but they all did great! We did some paper piercing on the big turquoise flower to keep the stitched look going. These are pics of my kiddos from our Disneyland trip a couple months ago - so fun!

Stampin' Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Define Your Life, Eastern Blooms, Petal Pizazz
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Summer Sun, Brushed Silver, and Regal Rose cardstock, Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper
Ink: Regal Rose, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write marker
Accessories: 1 in. circle, 1 3/8 in. circle, and trio flower punches, Fire circle rhinestone brads

Tip: To make faux metal-rimmed tags, punch a circle out of brushed silver cardstock! A cost-effective alternative - and you can make them in any size!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Little Cole

This layout is one I did awhile back of my son Cole (who is now 5 - can't believe it!). I remember taking dozens of pictures of him while he was laying there - I was so smitten by him and I still am!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations (retired)
Paper: So Saffron, whisper white, kiwi kiss, basic gray, and baja breeze cardstock, A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray stampin' pad
Accessories: Texturz Plates for Sizzix Big Shot, Buttons #5 sizzlits die, Heart to Heart, full heart punch, scallop edge, 1 3/8 in. circle, 1 1/4 in. circle, large star, photo corner, and 1/8 in. circle punches, paper piercer, clear rhinestone brads, corduroy buttons baja breeze