Saturday, July 24, 2010

New Blog Added

Howdy! Just wanted to let you know that I've added a new blog for my non-Stampin' Up! crafts projects. The new site is You can link to it here, or click on the link at the bottom of the right-hand column of this blog.

Cathy's Crafts Too was created so I could devote this page to just Stampin' Up! and paper crafts, and then people who aren't interested in crochet, sewing, and other crafts won't have to wade through that stuff to view the things they ARE interested in (cards, boxes, calendars, journals, bookmarks, etc.).

I hope you enjoy the new page . . . I currently have only a couple of items posted, but will add new photos as I start gearing up for my fall and winter craft sales.

Thanks for looking!

Cath ;D

Product Updates from Stampin' Up!

Items Currently Unavailable
July 20, 2010

The following items from the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog are currently unavailable:

•Watercolor Wonder Crayons: All Watercolor Wonder Crayons have been delayed due to a relocation of the supplier. We will let you know as details become available on this product from the supplier.
◦119802 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Subtles
◦119803 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Regals
◦119804 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Brights
◦119805 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Neutrals
◦120949 - Watercolor Wonder Crayons, New Color Kit

•Punch Caddies: As noted on page 200 of the catalog, our Punch Caddy storage containers will be coming soon. We will share more information with you on this product as it becomes available.
◦121053 - Punch Caddy S, M, L
◦121055 - Punch Caddy L
◦121056 - Punch Caddy XL
◦121054 - Punch Caddy Borders & Corners

•Stampin' Pastels: Due to a development issue from the supplier, the new Stampin' Pastels have been delayed. They will be available soon, however, so watch for additional information.
◦120962 - Stampin' Pastels
◦120963 - Stampin' Pastels, New In Color

•Rub-Ons: We have experienced quality problems with our new Rub-Ons, and the following Rub-Ons are not currently available.
◦119250 - Rub-Ons, Bday Party
◦119249 - Rub-Ons, Holly & Jolly
◦118760 - Rub-Ons, Play Date

We will keep you updated in the coming weeks on the status of these products, and when they will be available for order.

I'll be sure to keep an eye on the status of these products and will keep you posted if anything changes. Also, now that the flurry of the retired items sale is over, I'll keep an updated backorder list in the right-hand column of my blog, so you can see at a glance what items may be delayed.

Cath ;D

Monday, July 19, 2010

Upcoming Stamp Camp Info

I've just posted updated information about upcoming Stampin' Events -- see the side bar to the right for registration forms, flyers, and contact info for:

* Stamp Camp West (Lakewood) - Saturday, July 31
* Sassy Chic Stamp Camp (Longmont) - Saturday, August 7
* Stamp Camp North (Westminster) - Saturday, August 14

BIG Crafters Garage Sale (Broomfield) - Thursday and Friday, August 5 and 6

And don't forget the next monthly workshops at my house -- Saturday, August 14 (9 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The theme is "Butterflies Are Free!" -- you guessed it, we'll be making butterfly cards!

I have a few more projects to post too, hopefully tomorrow.

Until then, Happy Stampin'!!!

Cath ;D

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Projects from my Upline . . . .

I went to my upline's monthly meeting last night for the first time in quite a while. Michelle lives about 45 minutes away in Longmont, and her meetings don't begin until 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights . . . I get up at 5 a.m. to go to work, so usually it doesn't work out for me. But today I'm taking a vacation day to help my chubby hubby celebrate his birthday, so I figured I could sleep in if I was out too late . . . . It was totally worth it! Wait 'til you see these wonderful creations!

Just a Little Note

This card is built on a Crumb Cake card stock base. The background was created by adhering pieces of Designer Series Paper in varying shapes to the front of the card (3 of the pieces are Greenhouse Gala DSP; the shape in the lower left-hand corner is Pumpkin Pie card stock stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink.) The Stamp Set used is Apple Blossoms (one of the current Level 2 Hostess Sets); the inks used are Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Pear Pizzazz; the ribbon is Real Red 5/8" Satin; the card stock for the flower piece is Whisper White and Daffodil Delight. Other accessories used: Scallop Edge Border punch; Pearl self-adhesive jewels, and Stampin' Dimensionals (used on the piece with the flower stamped on it and each of the flower layers). Fun and funky!!!!

Elegant Flower

This card base is Whisper White, embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The ribbon is Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly; the card stock layers are Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White. The flower was created by using Sponge Daubers to apply Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Pear Pizzazz ink over one of the Elegant Trio stencils. The center of the flower was highlighted by "painting" glue over the shape with a Two-Way Glue Pen, and then adding Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Elegant Lines

This elegant card was created by running a piece of Bashful Blue card stock through the Big Shot with the new Elegant Lines embossing folder, wrapping a piece of Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon around it, and adhering it to the Very Vanilla card base. The Mini Vintage Tag was hung over the ribbon before the second part of the knot was tied, and then because the string on those tags is VERY LONG, it was pulled up, reknotted so it would hang close to the ribbon, and the excess snipped off. The tiny little greeting stamped on the tag is from the new Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set.

And cards aren't the only things you can use the embossing folders for . . . check out how elegant this thrift store napkin looks when you just run it through the Big Shot with that same embossing folder! Designer looks for a dime!!!

I hope you try some of these ideas yourself!

Cath ;D

Lots 'O Bookmarks . . .

My Stampin' Up! 5th Anniversary celebration was a blast! Thanks to all of you who stopped by my open house to help me celebrate!!!

Also thanks to you, much of my retired stash is now depleted. I will be posting a list of remaining retired items within the next couple of weeks, along with prices. So you'll still be able to take advantage of those great prices if there was something you missed . . . or if you weren't able to make it to the party.

We made three bookmarks for make & takes -- TOTALLY easy and fun! Here are the photos, materials lists, and directions:

Magnetic Bookmark

* Stamp Set: Favorite Thoughts@ (116968-w $15.95, 120048-c $11.95; set of 4)
* Paper: Garden Green card stock (8-1/2" x 1-1/2"; 2" x 4" for punch); Crumb Cake card stock (3-1/2" x 1-1/4"); Very Vanilla card stock (3-1/4" x 1"); Woodland Walk Designer Series Paper (DSP)
* Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
* Accessories: Magnet Sheet; 3/4" Circle punch; 1-3/4" Circle punch; SNAIL Adhesive; Sticky Strip; Two-Way Glue Pen

@ - 2010 Summer Mini Catalog

1. Score 8-1/2" x 1-1/2" Garden Green cardstock at 4-1/4". Fold away from scoreline to create bookmark. Punch 2 1-3/4" circles from 2" x 4" Garden Green card stock.
2. Use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere Crumb Cake card stock to front of bookmark about 1/8" from fold. Stamp image on Very Vanilla card stock and adhere over Crumb Cake.
3. Cut flower from DSP and use SNAIL or Two-Way Glue Pen to adhere to one 1-3/4" circle. Use Sticky Strip to adhere circle to right edge of bookmark as shown; line up and adhere second circle to back of bookmark.
4. Punch 2 3/4" circles from Magnet Sheet. Remove backing and adhere to inside of bookmark near open ends. (TIP: Adhere one magnetic circle to inside of bookmark; place second magnet over first magnet with magnetic sides facing each other; remove backing from second magnet and close bookmark. This will insure that the two magnets line up perfectly.)

Corner Bookmark

* Stamps: Favorite Thoughts (see above for ordering info); Take a Sip Stampin' Around Wheel
* Paper: Marina Mist card stock (4" x 4"); Very Vanilla card stock (2-3/4" x 2-3/4"); small scrap of each color for punch
* Ink: Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
* Accessories: Stampin' Around Wheel Handle; Eyelet Border Punch; Boho Blossoms Punch; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (flower); Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon; Jewels (Basic Pearls); SNAIL Adhesive

1. Mark center point at top and two sides of 4" x 4" card stock. Score from top center point to each side center point; fold away from score lines to create basic bookmark (the two flaps will be in the back). Use Eyelet Border punch to trim bottom edge.
2. Use Stampin' Around Wheel and Pacific Point ink to roll out image above eyelet edging.
3. Cut 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" card stock in half from corner to corner, creating two triangles. Stamp image on one triangle and adhere to front of bookmark. Adhere second triangle to back of bookmark to hold flaps closed.
4. Punch two flowers (one from each color of card stock) and adhere to top corner of bookmark with Mini Glue Dots or SNAIL Adhesive. Adhere Pearl to center of flower (Pearl is self-adhering).
5. Wrap ribbon around bookmark and tie knot in front.

Simple Flat Bookmark

* Stamps: Favorite Thoughts (see above for ordering info); Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
* Paper: Pear Pizzazz card stock (5-1/2" x 2"); Old Olive card stock (4" x 1-1/2"); Whisper White card stock (1-3/4" x 1-1/4")
* Ink: Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
* Accessories: Jumbo Wheel Handle; Corner Rounder punch; Crop-a-Dile; Metallic Eyelet; Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon; SNAIL Adhesive

1. Use Corner Rounder punch to trim all four edges of all three pieces of card stock.
2. Use Jumbo Wheel and Old Olive ink to roll out image on Pear Pizzazz card stock.
3. Use Crop-a-Dile to punch small hole and set eyelet in one end of Pear Pizzazz card stock. Thread ribbon through eyelet and tie in knot.
4. Adhere Old Olive card stock to front of bookmark; use Old Olive ink to stamp image on Whisper White card stock and adhere over Old Olive card stock.

I hope you enjoy these projects! Cath ;D