Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time Is Running Out - Starter Kit and Online Spectacular Promotions End Today

Today is the LAST DAY for the simply AMAZING deal on the Starter Kit & the Online Spectacular!! These specials end at 11:00pm tonight so don't delay!

Deal Number One - Do You Fit Any of These Catagories? If So I'd love to have you  Join My Team

Hobby Demonstrator:
A Hobby Demonstrator is someone who basically purchases the starter kit, and uses the discount for her own purchases and occasionally for family and friends who might ask about it. She is not a demonstrator to earn money for her family, and simply loves the products and wants the discount.   
Short-Term Demonstrator:
These crafty ladies sign up for the starter kit, and demonstrate for a pre-determined length of time. Their goal is often to earn enough money on the side to finance a major purchase, help her family through a rough financial time, or to fill the gap between employment periods. She may or may not continue as a demonstrator after this time period is through, and she can join for as little as a few months if she chooses.

Casual Business Demonstrator:
A Business Demonstrator is someone who demonstrates to make a bit of cash on the side or to earn her stampsets for free or at a major discount. She might have a club that meets her quarterly minimums, and might do the occasional workshop, but only chooses to devote one or two nights a month to her demonstrating.

Career Demonstrator:
This is a Demonstrator who runs several clubs a month, and several events. She has an active downline, and works to help them succeed. Her goal is to earn a signficant income from stamping, and while she still may have a 9-5 job outside of stamping, she also does workshops and classes for her customers on a regular basis, as well as attends SU! events. She plans to stay a demonstrator long-term, and wants to move up the career ladder.

For $107.50, there are 2 kits to choose from...a digital scrapbooking & more kit or the standard starter kit. There is no shipping & no HST!!  Can you believe that????  That alone is a good reason to take advantage of these truly spectacular savings.  So don't miss the boat! 

If you want to take advantage of this special offer, click on my Stampin Up button and then click on "Start Your Own Business", click on "JOIN NOW". My recruitment password is "stampendous". Don't forget to send me an email at pennyhanuszak@telus.net to let me know you signed up and I'll help you get started.

Deal Two: Online Spectacular Specials 
For items on the Online Spectacular list, you can place your order online ($200 gets you free shipping) or call or email me to place your order today. There are some GREAT deals, including the MY Digital Studio for 50% off!! Visit my online store to see the complete list of discounted items

Patterned Pines Christmas - Christmas Stamp A Stack

I absolutely love making Christmas cards - don't you?  If you're like me you probably surf through a lot of blog sites looking for that perfect card or ideas that you can incorporate into your own design.   Often I spend more time surfing than stamping.............easy to do!  Anyway, after looking at many, many, wonderful sites I decided on the cards I would make for my Stamp a Stack Class.  So, over the next four or five days, I'm going to share my ideas and cards.  Hope you enjoy!

My first card I want to share with you is made with a retired set called Patterned Pines. I wanted to simulate a crisp walk in the forest while it's snowing. I chose the Patterned Pines set even though I know it isn't current because my customers and I love it.  I also know that some of my customers who purchased it last year didn't get an opportunity to really ink it up.  Here was their chance.

I used Whisper White for the card base, layered with Chocolate Chip.  Because I love background texture I ran this layer through the Big Shot using the Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115963 pg.214), before adhering to the card base. To me, that little bit of texture around the main image seems to make everything look more interesting and pulls it together.  And of course, being a texture person I just want to reach out and touch it.  What do you think?

For the next layer of the card, I stamped the trees from the Patterned Pines Stamp Set (retired) in Olive Green ink on a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 piece of Whisper White cs.  I then cut around the pines with my scissors, leaving a little big of white mid way up the trees to simulate snow drifts and just a little edge around the trees to give depth.  To finish off this piece I took my two-way glue pen and ran it along the top drifts (between the trees) and then squiggled it through  and below the pines. And you know what's coming next, right?  Yes, Dazzling Diamonds...........I had to add a little bling!!! 

I wanted just a tiny little sentiment that wouldn't over-power the front of this card so I chose the "merry christmas!" sentiment from the Merry Crittermas  Stamp Set (121181(A)/120855(W) pg. 39 2010/11 Holiday Mini Catalogue), and stamped it in Early Expresso.I know I'll use this sentiment over and over again on my cards and tags, because it's just so teeny and perfect!  

To finish off this card I wanted a snowy background in a mid-blue, so I chose Baja Breeze (retired).  At first I was going to stamp snowflakes on the card stock, but then I went through my paper scraps and luckily found a small piece of Baja Breeze DSP that worked perfectly.  I punched out a larger snowflake (non SU) in Whisper White and sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds and then mounted it with dimensionals in the top corner. A red button was glued in the center.  The finishing touch, is a piece of 5/8" of real red grossgrain ribbon tied with a tuxedo bow. The ribbon was added to this card layer before it was mounted to the chocolate chip layer.  And here is the finished card.  What do you think? 

Please come back tomorrow to see the next card in my series of Christmas Stamp A Stack Cards.  See you then!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sneak Peak - Christmas Stamp a Stack Class

Here`s a sneak peak at my Christmas Stamp a Stack cards...................they were so much fun to do.  Starting tomorrow, I`ll be posting pictures of each card along with the recipe for making them, so stay tuned and come back daily for a visit! 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wonderful Presents from Wonderful Friends

What a great week this has been for surprises!  On Friday when I picked up my mail I was so excited to see a parcel from my friend and fellow stamper, Kathryn Mangelsdorf who lives in Woodside, South Austrialia. She'd already given me a heads up that something was coming, but not what or why, so the excitement was building as I rushed home to open the package. Here's a peak:

Love that fold over withthe butterfly and button.............too cute!
Just to give a little background before I show you what I received, I met  Kathryn on UStamp With Dawn and Friends during the first session that I signed up for.  Kathryn's become one of the shining lights in terms of her fantastic tutorials and designs and I so look forward to chatting with her on the open chat line.  During our chat's we've gotten to know each other a little more personally and Kathryn shared that she had tragically lost members of her family to breast cancer.  Since Kathryn is not one to sit back and do nothing, she decided to sponsor a Breast Cancer fund raiser called "Kathryn's Girls Afternoon", and it's become a great annual event.

As you'll know from my earlier posts I am a big supporter of Breast Cancer and have been involved in the Walk for Life events here in Abbotsford, so when I heard she was doing it again this year I wanted to jump in and help out too.  I spent a few hours going through my stack of Stampin' Up! card swap fronts to find ones that would make "good sellers" and made them into full cards, packaging them in cello wrappers and sending them off with some breast cancer stickers and other goodies.  Kathryn was delighted to receive the package from me and sent me this wonderful appreciation gift, along with the fantastic news that the Kathryn's Girls Afternoon had raised $969.00+ for the Cancer Council as a result of their card sales and donations.  Isn't that fantastic???  

Congratulations Kathryn...........you go girl!  And thank's for the appreciation gift, which I'm now going to share.  Fabulous card, and love the chocolate bar wrapper so much!!!!
This is a Lindt Dark Chocolate Bar...........mmmmmmmmmmm yum!  hidden beneath this clever little cover.  I'm tempted to eat it cause I love dark chocolate, but I don't want to take it out of the wrapper!  Talk about diet control!

Isn't this card fabulous.  I think I'm going to case it for one of my Christmas designs. 

We ate the chocolate bar before I had time to take a photo
and it was delish.........................YUMMY!!!!
Okay my second surprise of the week came from our lovely neighbors Linda and Barry who arrived for my Wednesday night dinner party with a surprise hostess gift.  How thoughtful and how exciting!  They filled the bag with goodies that my mom, who was visiting, and I would enjoy during this snowy weather spell..........hot chocolate, winter tea, some great napkins and a to die for Milean's Demerara Butter Crunch White European Chocolate Bar (local choclatier). Yum, Yum!!!  What lovely gifts!

Now I have to tell you I would have been totally happy to have received just this gift bag........ and that's the truth.  I just found it totally awesome and couldn't take my eyes off it.  Isn't it amazing?

Here's a closeup of that deer.  He's so stunning..............covered in glitter (Dazzling Diamonds or Irridescent Ice Comes to mind) and I love the Baroque Motif styled swirls in the background in the gold and white.  Just beautiful.  Here's a closer view.

I also loved this little Tea Box with it's Jolly old snowman!  Isn't this a cute idea. 

Well now I have to go and spend some time in my studio seeing if I can use these ideas........................  see you!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Northern Flurry Spinner Card

Recently I've been looking at some cards that featured "spinner" designs and I thought it would be fun to try out this technique for a magical Christmas card.

Since I love snowflakes I decided to combine one of my favourite ones from a retired stamp set called Holiday Collection and the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Whisper White and Bashful Blue cardstocks provide the perfect winter backdrop for this design. 

Two snowflakes are stamped in Bashful Blue ink, punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch, and glued together so the design is the same for both the inside and outside of the card.  Before I glued the circles together, I used a versamark pen to go over the design and dusted it with heat and stick powder, and then lightly heated the heat and stick powder with my heat gun and coated the snowflakes with dazzling diamonds.  I glued a piece of very fine fishing line, about six inches long, between the two snowflakes.  Some basic rhinestones completed the effect. 

Finished Card Front

Inside view of the card and sentiment

Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I really enjoy adding texture and embossing to cards and it's so easy to do using Stampin' Ups! fabulous Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.   I remember the days when I used to drag out my light box, brass stencils and embossing tools and work for what seemed like hours to create something unique and beautiful. Well let me tell you all that is a thing of the past.   Now, I simply slip a piece of cardstock or DSP into one of SU's textured impression folders and crank it through the Big Shot.  That's it.  Nothing could be easier and believe me it's pure magic when you see the results.  I love it!

When I was blog surfing earlier this week I came across a fabulous Christmas card designed by Glenda Calkins, using what she called "Faux Embossing Paste". This gal really does great video tutorials, so you'll want to take a peak at this one and check out her technque. Glenda used the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing folder for her card and I have to tell you for me it was love at first site! I liked the design and the color combo of the DSP and card stock she used and of course I loved the embossing.  I just knew I had to get busy and try it out myself.  I made a few minor changes in terms of the DSP and the sentiment but because I really loved the effect of the sanded embossed image on the DSP, I stayed with the same layout. Sanding the embossed image with a SU sanding block gives a distressed look fairly quickly and trust me it doesn't take away from the embossing. In fact, because the DSP double sided paper has a white core, it distresses really quickly and enhances the image.  Here is my card

Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die 120902      Price: $10.95
Create the wonderful tumult of snow storms on your winter projects with our Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. These impressions coordinate perfectly with the images in our Northern Hearts stamp set for an abundance of sensational snowflakes to blanket a card or scrapbook page.

■ Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
■ Folder measures 4-1/2" x 5-3/4"
■ Coordinates with Northern Hearts set
■ Use with standard Big Shot cutting pads and multipurpose platform

Thanks for dropping by today.  Let me know what you think............... did you like it?

Monday, November 22, 2010

9 Days Only - Get Spectacular On Line Savings Nov 22 - 30, 2010

During this one week only, you can get incredible discounts with up to 50 percent off.  You can save big on some of your favourite products, as well as qualify for FREE SHIPPING on online orders of $200 or more.

Just click here to see all the bargains and download the PDF.  My online shopping site is available 24/7 simply click on my Shop Now button to visit the on-line catalogue.  Once you're there click on ONLINE SPECTACULAR and you're ready to shop!

Have fun and if you have any questions simply contact me at pennyhanuszak@telus.net, I'll be happy to help you out. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Today I thought I'd take a break from all the Christmas and Fall posts and share a whimsical little Birthday Card I recently made for my good friend Carol.  I originally made this card which was designed by Maureen Pollock a local Stampin' Up demonstrator, while attending a demo get together in Langley last Spring. Maureen always incorporates such great detail in her cards and this one is no exception. I loved how feminine and light this card is and I've remade it several times for other  occasions, including Thinking of You, Thank You,  Mother's Day and sympathy cards.  By changing out cardstock colors and inks you can create some wonderful cards and make it in your own unique style.

The really fun thing about making this card is that you really have to bring out all your punches.  For instance, if you look closely you'll see that the clouds were sponged using a scallop circle punch outline as a mask.  As well on closer examination you'll see that the little picket fence is made by overlapping 2 jewelry tag medium punches for each fence slat. Isn't that clever?   The leaf from the 2-step bird punch was used to accent the stamped flower and vines which are from the very versatile Vintage Vogue stamp set. And finally, the darling butterflies on this card front are made using the Embosslits Beautiful Wings die cut. 

Closeup of the Fence Details

The Top Note Die is perfect for embellishing the inside of the card, and easily show cases the 3 Vintage Vogue flowers and the Perfect Polkadots embossing. 

Hope you like this card.  Enjoy!  

I Won Some Blog Candy on Royal Blog Tour..... Yippee!!!!

One of my favourite things to do is look at other stamper's blogs and what better way to indulge myself than to go on a blog tour.  Well that's exactly what I did from Nov 5 - 8, I visited the 70 sites that were featured on the Royal Blog Tour.  All of the projects were simply awesome and the blog sites were so inspiring.  I just had a ball!  Of course, while I was blog hopping I made sure I left comments on each and every site, as they were so deserving and who doesn't like to get some positive feedback. 

Some of the sites offered Blog Candy and although I would have left a comment anyway, I made sure I followed their special instructions and left a comment for them.  When the tour finished I went onto their site to see if I had won any of the fabulous prizes that had been offered, but much to my disappointment I didn't win anything.  Then, about 3 days after the RBT was over I received a note from Jennifer Blomquist who is the author of North West Stamper blog saying I had won her Northern Hearts Card Candy.  WOW!  You can't imagine my excitement, I was so thrilled.  And as if that wasn't enough, I was even more thrilled when a parcel arrived a few days later with this beautiful box and set of card embellishments (not to mention the chocolate - did I mention Ghiradelli?) spilled forth.  Her set was even more beautiful in real life and the cute little box that held everything is just exquisitely crafted.  Jennifer's blog is chock- a-blok full of wonderful projects and I hope you'll check out her site at http://www.nwstamper.com/, it's well worth the trip.   Thanks Jennifer you really made my day with this great project!!!

Even though the Royal Blog Tour is over for now and all the prizes have been won, there is still an opportuity to visit the blog sites as they are still available for viewing.  They are so worthwhile visiting.  I know I am going to be going back and visiting them again because there were so many special seasonal projects that I am interested in looking at again, and maybe trying my hand at.  Have fun and enjoy the tour!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

UStamp Get a Jump On Your Jingle Holiday Papercrafting Edition 2010

Photo Cube Frame/Box and matchng card and envie. 
UStamp Get A Jump On Your Jingle Holiday Papercrafting Edition 2010 got off to a fantastic start on November 12th. 

Imagine my excitement when I logged in and the first featured project was my own Jolly Jingles Photo Frame Box project.  I was jumping up and down!!!

Although I can't share any of the details of how I created this set, and the versatility of it,  there's still time to sign up for this round of UStamp, and see it for yourself.  Once you've joined you'll be able to download a PDF version of my tutorial, along with 40 other awesome projects from many talented guest and Ustamp designers!  You'll get great value for just $24.95.  If you're interested click here to visit Dawn Raspas' blog to sign up:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cherry On Top Award!

Hi Everyone! Today when I opened my email I received a note from CherylAnn Robinson, a fellow Canadian stamper (check out her awesome blog) letting me know she had bestowed this wonderful blog award on me.  What a fabulous and exciting surprise!  I met CherylAnn on Ustamp several sessions ago and always enjoy her fabulous creations and talent, so it was so thoughtful of her to think of me. 

The rules for receiving this award are simple:

1. Thank the person who gave it to you. Thank you so much, CherylAnn, you are so sweet!   (http://www.stampandscrapwithcherylann.com/)

2. Copy and paste the award on to your blog.........whew, that was easy!

3. Share three things about yourself that you enjoy. My three things - I can laugh at my own mistakes; I love to sing in the car; and I can stamp all night when the mood hits!

4. Pass the award to five othersOkay I thought about this and the following five Stampers have such awesome blogs I just have to share them with you:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stampin' Up! - Simply Amazing Recruiting Promotion

I need to share the most amazing promotion that Stampin' Up! has offered this year and certainly in previous years.   From November 15 through November 30, 2010 you can purchase the Demonstrator Starter Kit for 50 percent off! That's right......................you can purchase the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits for only $107.50--that is 50 percent off the regular price of $215 for over $375 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!" Please contact me if you would like to know how to sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and take advantage of this bargain basement pricing!

So, if paper crafting a big part of your life why not take advantage of this limited time offer.  Wouldn't you love to earn money while doing something you enjoy? How about the convenience of setting your own hours? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then Stampin' Up! is the perfect opportunity for you.   Doing what I love, and sharing what I love with others are just a few of the benefits that made me decide to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I love sharing my passion for stamping with family and friends, meeting new people, and having the chance to build a great business doing so. And being able to set my own schedule is a definite plus!

If you're interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, follow these easy steps:
1.Contact me to get a password.
2.Read, print, and sign the Independent Demonstrator Agreement.
3.Purchase your Starter Kit from November 15th to 30th at this great savings!

•The $107.50  promotional Starter Kit contains over $375 worth of stamping and business supplies!
•The 107.50  Digital+ Starter Kit contains over $385 worth of stamping and business supplies, including the all-new My Digital Studio™ software.

Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator starter kits are full of products that you’ll use immediately as you share Stampin’ Up! with your friends. Check out some of the techniques you’ll be able to showcase with your new Starter Kit.  Once you've completed the above steps, Stampin' Up! will send you a password so you can log in to the Demonstrator Web Site where you'll find an abundance of tips, ideas, and training to help you.

Get Ready for September 15th 24 Hour Stamp Sale!

  September 15th is a stamp-tacular sale day for Stampin' Up and a great opportunity for you.    If you’ve had your eye on a certain st...