Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oh, Thanks!

This morning I was doing my usual Facebook check and came upon a great card made by fellow demonstrator, Jessica Taylor.   I fell in love with it.  Perfect timing also, since I am in the middle of sorting my January Stamp Club orders and wanted to stick a Thank You note inside.  What also caught my eye was that it used the "Oh, Hello" stamp set.  I will be featuring this set in my February classes.  Here is my version of Jessica's card:

All supplies by Stampin' Up!   Stamp Set:  Oh, Hello   Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Raspberry Ripple  Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple  Ribbon:  Primrose Petals

As you can see in my card and in the original, all you need is 4-5 graduating shades of ink and you can make this card.  I can see a whole rainbow of these.  What colors would you use?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Baby Elephant

To go along with the birthday banner, I needed a card.  At first I was going to go with a nautical theme to match.  However, after digging in my stamp box, I found this cute little elephant stamp I purchased 2 years ago.  I thought this little elephant was perfect to celebrate the first birthday milestone.  I did match the colors to go with the theme.

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! with the exception of a few alcohol based markers for the balloon and cake.

One is fun!

Big banners for the window
My nephew celebrated is his first birthday this past weekend.  My sister asked me if I could make a couple of banners for the occasion.  Of course I said yes.

The theme was boats, nautical, whales.  The ribbon and cardstock are all from Stampin' Up!  I used Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White and Marina Mist.  I did stray from my Stampin' Up! roots and cut everything using my Cricut E2 and several cartridges (Life's a Beach, Art Philosophy, Pooh Font and Create a Critter).  This is what I came up with:

Anchors on either side of his name

A cute little whale for the high chair banner

This was for the high chair                      

Friday, January 18, 2013

Best of 25 Years!

Stampin' Up is celebrating 25 years in 2013!  How exciting is that?  To celebrate, they will be offering a new series of monthly stamp sets called:  Best of 25 Years.   Each set will contain images from the past and 1 new never released image.  Pretty cool!

January's theme is Birthdays.  I don't know about you, but I never have enough birthday stamps.

Here's the link. 

You will receive a Collectors Card with 12 spots on it.  Each of these monthly Best of Stamp sets will come with a proof of purchase sticker.  Place the sticker on your card and when you have 6 spots filled you can redeem it for a FREE stamp set of your choice up to $14.95.  Yay!  Isn't that exciting?!  You can get your collectors card from me with your January Best of order, but will begin to ship from Stampin' Up! with the February set.

January's set is available today through January 31st, so don't let it slip away.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Introducing. . .The Paper Pumpkin!

It's a Magical Paper Escape Every Month!

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 Monday, January 14 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!
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 and your customer a 30-minute creativity escape. 

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 and your customer 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!) The commissionable amount is $14.95 for each Paper Pumpkin.  
  • 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.
Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.
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!
Questions? We've Got Answers
 Why are we offering Paper Pumpkin?
Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin' Up! We designed it for crafters that want to create a project each month, but aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).
How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?
Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!). Because we are auto shipping these, the pricing structure is slightly different from our other Stampin' Up! products.

Here is what you will receive with your first kit

 Are you still with me?  Good!  I am so excited about this new program and I don't want you to miss out!  Head on over to  and make sure to list me, Andrea Clayton as your demo.

I'd like to hear your thoughts about the Paper Pumpkin.  Leave a comment below.

Valentine Goodies

Valentine's Day is less than a month away!  Have you planned what you are making?  Need some ideas for class Valentine swaps?  Stampin' Up! has the perfect solution with 2 great promotions going on now.  Check them out:

I love the Valentine Treat Bundle (option 1).  For just $5.95 (before shipping and tax) you will receive the 1x8" cello bags and cute little Happy Valentine Heart stamp.  Too cute!  These will be perfect for my 1st graders class. 

Hop on over to my shop to order yours today!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MyDigitalStudio Tuesday!

Hi friends!  It's Tuesday and in Stampin' Up! land that means new MyDigitalStudio downloads.  Yay!  If you are not already aware, every Tuesday Stampin' Up! releases new downloads for their amazing digital software.  I love getting up every Tuesday to see what's new! 

Here they are: Shop Now

Delicate Adornments -- Digital DownloadAffection Collection Stamp Brush Set -- Digital DownloadTwo Tone Ribbon -- Digital DownloadOfficially Awesome Valentines Designer Template -- Digital Download

Friday, January 4, 2013

December Card Class

If you follow along with me, then you know that every month I teach a card class.  I really need to get away from calling it a card class.  We are beginning to do other things than just cards.  Anywho, last month we made 2 cards and here is photo:

In November, the group decided on Birthday cards, since we never have enough.   I wanted my main stamp set to be the "Owl Occasions" set from the Holiday mini.  It was a great set since it can be used for Christmas, Birthday, and if paired with "Wicked Cool" from the main catalog, I see it as a Halloween set too.  Versatile.  My fav!

The card on the right uses "Memorable Moments" from the main catalog for the sentiment.  I love that set since it is mostly numbers, a beautiful font, and has a frame to match the "Labels Collection Framelits."  I used the Stampin' Write markers for the owl.  The leaves were stamped once in Always Artichoke and stamped a second time using the stamping off technique for the lighter shade.  Beautiful result.  For the balloon, I stamped once on the very vanilla card stock and again (after reinking) on a scrap piece.  I cut out the circle and popped up the balloon with a Stampin' Dimensional.  The card base was made with Always Artichoke.

For the card on the left, I cut several layers with the Labels Collection Framelits.  I popped up the whisper white layer with Stampin' Dimensionals and placed a piece of Raspberry Ripple ribbon under it.  We used Rose Red cardstock but the Raspberry Ripple ribbon matches almost perfectly!  The base was made with Not Quite Navy.  The larges framelit is made from River Rock.  I used the "Color Coach" for my color scheme on this card.  That is a great tool when you are not sure where you want your colors to go.  It's on page 151 of the main catalog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Year and New Products

Merry Belated Christmas and Happy New Year 2013!! 

The last 3 weeks have been a bit crazy around my house.  Many of you know that my husband is in the Navy and is working/living abroad for the next year.  Rough life ;)  He was able to come home for almost 2 weeks and with the Holiday craziness. . .well, you get the picture.  My oldest went back to school today, so I'm finally getting a little breathing space back.

Stampin' Up's! latest mini debuted yesterday.  Have you seen it?  It's beautiful!  If you'd like a copy, let me know.