Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pop-up Card

I've had a great weekend! Teresa and Dean have been here and we've had a lot of fun! Here's a popup card she taught me to make (mine is the one on the left using the Seasonal Whimsy stamp and the poppin' pastels technique).

Teresa and I met on SCS after I noticed her motorcyle avatar and my husband realized her photo was taken here in the Black Hills. After a lot of messaging and meeting during the Sturgis Rally at Hog Heaven, her and Dean have returned to see the Custer Park Buffalo Roundup. We did some stamping, they toured Spearfish Canyon for the fall colors, and we capped the weekend off with a campfire here at the house. We thoroughly enjoyed having them here (including my son, who had so much fun!). Very generous and nice people! Oh, and there was the dinner at The Alpine Inn (not to be missed), and pie from the Purple Pie Place (yum!). And I'm not sure if Dean volunteered or got roped into it, but our wood stove chimney on our really high roof is now clean (sorry for the soot explosion!), and we also have a good start to a load of firewood! At least the guys got some ATV riding in.
I'll have more photos from the weekend, so stay tuned. Thanks for a great weekend Teresa and Dean! We're so glad you came up! Thanks for EVERYTHING!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Stationery Set Birthday Gift

I'm loving these stationery sets using Jackie Topa's instructions! This one will go to a birthday girl as soon as I can get it to her.

Mom and I and our special guest Teresa got started on one of these this weekend. We didn't quite have time to make all the cards, but the box is done! I'll have more to show from the weekend...we've been having great fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Basket 'O Cards for Sale

Here's another basket of cards I took to the Teacher's Lounge to sell. I am donating part of the sale of each card to the PTA at my son's school!

I can't wait to get my photos uploaded to show you what we've been working on this weekend! Mom came up today, my son spent the day stamping, and the 3 of us enjoyed stamping and learning from a special guest that is here! If I get my ducks in a row, I'll post about that tomorrow!
Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mouse Bling

I still love this card that I CASEd from my upline, Joyce! This time, the meeces get some bling for noses!

STAMPS: Pick-a-Petal, Stem Sayings
INK: Going Gray, Basic Black, Basic Black Stampin' Write
PAPER: Very Vanilla, Summer Sun
ACCESSORIES: 3/4" Circle punch, SNAIL Adhesive, non-SU! pink rhinstones

Have a great day!


Friday, September 26, 2008

RAK from Joyce!

Lookie how lucky I am! I got this beautiful card, folded treat cup, and mint treat from my upline, Joyce! They are all gorgeous!

Thanks Joyce!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bitty Basics Leaf Top Note Journal

Here's a Top Note Bigz Die journal that my sister made when she was here (or did I make it? I don't remember!)...retired Wild Wasabi DSP and ribbon, Chocolate Chip CS and Taffeta ribbon, 1/4" Whisper White grograin ribbon, DSP package cardboard backing, large eyelet, and the leaf stamp from the Bitty Basics hostess stamp set make the journal that was bound using my Bind-It-All.

We were adhering the paper to the thin cardboard with an Anywhere Glue Stick before running it through the Big Shot with the Top Note Bigz Die. No matching edges later, then! The book is filled with lined notebook paper, also cut with the Top Note die.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cards for Sale!

Last week I took this basket of cards to my son's school to sell in the Teacher's Lounge. I have approval to do this frequently, and have another basket ready to go this week! I am donating a portion of the sale of each card to the PTA.

Please, if you sell cards made with Stampin' Up! supplies, follow the Stampin' Up! Angel Policy as I do!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Batty Frankie

I CASEd myself! Here's another Halloween card using Batty for You and Weathered (retired), Ghostly Greetings DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White CS, the Spiral, Scallop Circel, and some circle punches. Finishing touches include the Signo White Gel Pen and 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain ribbon.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Party Hearty

This card was given by my son to a kindergarten classmate at his birthday party Saturday. I used Varsity and Wild Wasabi retired DSPs, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Real Red, and Basic Black CS, the Party Hearty stamp set, Photo Corner punch, Black EP, and black brads.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, September 21, 2008

World Alzheimer's Day

I am sending this card to caretakers of Alzheimer's patients and was inspired by Cammie, who is heading up this card shower! If you would like to take a moment to brighten the day of one of these caretakers, please go to Cammie's blog to find out how, and make sure that you enter her ginormous blog candy giveaway, too!

I didn't realize how dark it had gotten when I took this picture! Sorry about that!

Thank you to all that care for our loved ones afflicted with Alzheimers. You are appreciated so much.

Take care,


Deer Friends Pocket Card - Santa

How about a little bit of Christmas today? Here's a pocket card made with the Deer Friends Hostess Level 2 set and the Bella Rose DSP with some Riding Hood Red CS. The pocket card is also stamped with the retired All in a Row stamp. Red Hemp Twine finishes it off!

Happy Sunday!


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Daisy Top Note Journal

Here is a closeup of one of the Top Note journals I made when my sister was here...one of my favorites!

The daisy stamped on Chocolate Chip is from the Infinite Goodness stamp set (retired hostess set). The cover is retired Patterns DSP, and the ribbon is Chocolate Chip taffeta.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Photo Christmas Card

I'd love to see your photo Christmas card ideas! Here's an idea for a 4 x 8 card:

STAMPS: Merry & Bright
INK: Versamark, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
PAPER: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
ACCESSORIES: Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Spooky Spider Decor Elements

Starting right NOW you can order limited edition Spooky Spider Decor Elements! Just go to my Stampin' Up! website at http://2stampis2b.stampinup.net/ and click on Shop Now!

I'd love to see what you do with this scary dude (even though spiders send me running!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle Tech

Deer Friends Pocket Card - Snowman

Another pocket card! This one uses the snowman stamp from Deer Friends and Wow Flowers to make my own designer paper.

STAMPS: Deer Friends, Wow Flowers, All in a Row
PAPER: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Kraft CS
INK: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
ACCESSORIES: 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, SAMJ, blender pen, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue Pen
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hostess Club Wish Lists

I made everyone in our Hostess Club a wish list booklet with matching pens to put in their spiral bound catalog's clear page protector in the back. The page protector is also meant for sale flyers and Mini Catalogs. I had Office Depot bind the catalogs and they also cut the junior steno pads for the wish lists.I used Kraft CS and retired Patterns DSP. The stamped images are from Pocket Silhouettes and are embossed in white EP and then glittered up with Dazzling Diamonds. The RSVP pens are from Walmart and have a tube of matching DSP in them to make them match!

I got the idea from Jill's Card Creations. Thanks Jill!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

NHFCU Hostess Club Kickoff Party Projects

Last night we had our first NHFCU Hostess Club! Here are the projects we made:

The owl party favor uses the Top Note Bigz Die, Birds and Blooms flower die, My Way punch(cutting the arrow tail off for the beak), Scallop Circle, 1" and 1/2" circle punches, and the Small Cello Bags.

The Scaredy Cat card uses the Weathered Background stamp (retired, but I HAD to use it!) and the Batty for You stamp set. Punches are Scallop Circle and Spiral, Cardstock is Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White and Ghostly Greetings DSP. The ribbon is 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain. Inks: Basic Black, White Signo Gel Pen.

And, the popcorn ball holder uses the Eat, Drink, and Be Scary stamp set from the Mini Catalog coming out October 1st. I made the broom from a bamboo skewer, some Linen Thread, and Tombow Multi Adhesive. The wide oval punch makes a window for the popcorn ball, which is held in place by Mini Glue Dots.

We had a great time!

Thanks for looking!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Thankful Pillow Box

I love how quickly projects can be made with the new Stampin' Up! Big Shot. This is the pillow box die made with some retired Patterns DSP and adorned with some Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and a tag punched image from the Thoroughly Thankful stamp set that I colored with blender pens and classic inks. An Old Olive brad finishes it off.

I used Sticky Strip to seal up the edges (just don't forget to add treats before sealing both ends like I did!).
Happy Monday,

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Steph's Projects

When my sister was here Labor Day weekend with her boys, she made some cool projects with her Cricut and some of my stuff, too. Enjoy the photos!

She's a high school chemistry teacher if you can't tell by that last project!
Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Stationery Set Gift

This set was really fun to make! I used retired Ginger Blossom DSP, River Rock CS, and Groovy Guava CS, and the retired stamp set Carte Postale. The ribbon, Wild Wasabi double-stitched, and address book plate, pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, is also retired. The Kraft and Really Rust CS isn't retired! (You can see that I'm trying to get over my hoarding by using retired stuff!)

Anyway, I love this set and even customized the RSVP pen with some Ginger Blossom DSP in the clear tube after I photographed it, but the whole thing is a wedding gift, so I don't get to keep it! Guess I'll have to make another one...
If you want to make one, here is a link to Jackie Topa's tutorial!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2008

List for Santa

Isn't this cute? I love the new stamp set A Holly, Jolly Christmas and the Top Note books I've been making with my Bind-It-All! I used the new gorgeous Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla two-sided ribbon and Chocolate Chip Felt Fusion flower with a rhinestone brad to decorate the cover. Santa himself is glossed up with some Crystal Effects. The cardstock is Riding Hood Red, and the ink is the same plus Kiwi Kiss, with edges daubed in Chocolate Chip. I used my Crop-o-Dile to set that large eyelet.

This little journal is now in the capable hands of Charlie, who placed my first online order! I have 2 more top note books in different designs for the next two online orders of $50 or more. You know you want one!

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, September 11, 2008

NHFCU Hostess Club Starts Monday!

Everyone in the new NHFCU Hostess Club that is starting next Monday (special night for the Kickoff Party with football on the plasma screen!) should be receiving this reminder fridge magnet today or tomorrow. It's a reminder that after our kickoff party we'll meet every 1st Tuesday of the month!

The insert with all the Club details had the 23rd as our Kickoff Party, but please be aware that we had to move it up due to a Chamber activity st the CU that night. So, it's NEXT MONDAY, September 15th at Sheila's. We'll have pizza, projects, and a few Club member special surprises that I'm working on...you won't want to miss it!

I can't wait, it'll be so much fun!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My First Online Order!

Charlie, you were my very first online order, so I'm sending you a prize! Thank you so much! I can't wait to see what you create!

I've got 2 more Top Note Books to give away to the next 2 online orders of $50 or more, so hurry on over to my Stampin' Up! website and click on the Shop Now button at http://2stampis2b.stampinup.net

Ready, Set, Go!

Thanks a bunch,
Michelle Tech

Frosty Pizza

I am loving the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set (and Kraft cardstock) right now! I made these 4x4 cards wtih Kraft, Chocolate Chip, and Baja Breeze CS, Baja Breeze ribbon, the Cute & Curly stamp and punch set, Versamark ink with white embossing powder and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter applied with a 2-Way Glue Pen.

The card box (at left above and by itself below) is a pizza box style that holds the 4 cards.

I love this color combo! If you see anything you like, head on over to my Stampin' Up! website at http://2stampis2b.stampinup.net and click the Shop Now button to purchase the supplies. The store is open 24/7 so you can shop in your jammies or anytime!
Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Putt-Putt Bike

I CASEd this card from the new Fall/Winter Idea Book and Catalog on page 80. What a cute stamp set! The Idea Book is chock full of ideas for card, scrapbook, and gift projects! Right behind the index and starting on page 199, there is a section called Stampin' Supplies that tells you what supplies were used in EACH of the projects featured in the Idea Book and Catalog!

Contact me to buy an Idea Book today, or go to my Stampin' Up! website at http://2stampis2b.stampinup.net/ and order one yourself directly from there with the Shop Now button on the new online ordering system with Stampin' Up! that goes live today! The Idea Book and Catalog is $9.95, and the item number is 113129...search for "catalog"!

Also, make sure you browse the projects, they are gorgeous! There are some great ideas there and you can see exactly what materials are used for each one!

STAMPS: Putt Putt
PAPER: Washington Apple DSP, Riding Hood Red CS, Bashful Blue CS, Whisper White CS
INK: Black StazOn, Riding Hood Red Classic, Bashful Blue Classic
ACCESSORIES: 5/8" Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Blender Pens, Paper Piercer and Mat Stack

Thanks for visiting!
Michelle Tech

Monday, September 8, 2008

Live Life Like You Mean It 6x6 Page

Here's the scrapbook page we did at Theresa's workshop the other night, using the Live Like You Mean It Level 1 Hostess stamp set. The bird was cut from the new exclusive Stampin' Up! Big Shot sizzlet set Birds & Blooms.

Colors: Kraft, Old Olive, So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, and Whisper White. We got a workout on the Stamp-a-ma-Jig with the 2-step stamping!
Thanks gals, it was fun!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Theresa & Betty's Workshop Card

I had a great time at Theresa and Betty's workshop yesterday! Here's the card we made, using the Upsy Daisy stamp set, Boho Blossoms punch, and Top Note Bigz Die. The paper is Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, and Parisian Summer DSP.

We use the Sponge Daubers to add Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, and Kiwi Kiss to the Pink Pirouette-inked stamp. We also added some Riding Hood Red to the Pink Pirouette blossom cutout with an Aqua Painter to give it a little more color. The brad is Ruby Red from the Earth Elements brads.

We also made a 6x6 scrapbook page, which I'll show in another post...

Stay tuned!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Notecard Folio

I just had to try this Notecard Folio I saw on Gretchen Barron's blog, Inpsiration in Action. She gives a wonderful tutorial and has a whole album of folios!

I used Summer Picnic DSP and the Tart & Tangy stamp set, with Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, and Pumpkin Pie CS and matching inks. The ribbons are Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain on the cover, 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain inside, and 3/8" Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon on the notecards. The sentiment is from Always and I used my Scallop Edge, Scallop Square, corner rounder, and 1-1/4" square punches. Crystal Effects added to the fruit finishes it off!
Thanks for the inspiration Gretchen!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thank You!

When my sister Steph was here this last weekend, I made a batch of thank you cards, which I always need!

What kind of card do you send out the most? Birthday, thank you, holiday, ? ?
Thank YOU for stopping by!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


I finally got my bathroom wall decorated while my sister was here to help this last weekend. I added white lettering to the Flourish Frame in Chocolate. It's a beautiful reminder to relax and pamper each day!

Pamper yourself today, even just a little bit!


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bella Rose Serene Spring

I CASEd this layout from Jenn D at Stamp Your Heart Out. Stop by her blog, she does wonderful stuff!

STAMPS: Serene Spring
INKS: Several!
PAPER: Bella Rose DSP, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor Paper
ACCESSORIES: Vintage Brads, Chocolate Chip 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer & Mat Stack, Scallop Edge Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Blender Pen
Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Big Shot

The Big Shot is available for purchase now! There are so many things you can do with it, I can't wait to show you! In fact, my earlier post with the Top Note albums was made with a Big Shot die, along with my Baskets & Blooms basket, Happiness is a Journey card and Cheers to You card!

I can email you the brochure if you contact me!

If you're not too sure about buying the whole starter kit at once, I am offering locals a Big Shot Club to spread out the cost of having this wonderful die-cutting system:

Find 3 of your friends to join you in your Big Shot Club. In the order you sign up (or whatever your group decides on will work for you), you will take turns like this:

  1. I'll hostess the first month at my house for a kickoff party to make some projects using the Big Shot! The first person orders the machine for $99.95

  2. The other 3 agree to purchase at least $19.95 in dies that month on your order to make up an order that qualifies for Hostess Benefits.

  3. You get the regular Hostess Benefits from the Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog for that order, including a minimum of one free Hostess Stamp set and at least $15 in Hostess dollars to spend on stamps, accessories, or more dies!

  4. The next month, you hostess at your house with your new machine you've received, the next person orders the machine and the rest of you purchase dies, etc. until you all have your machines! In the meantime, you've accumulated several dies to use and have several projects made!

Each month we'll rotate Hostesses and I'll bring all my dies and a few projects for us to to work on. Contact me today to get a Big Shot Club started! You only need 4 people!

Sounds like fun!


Get Started Today!

There's never been a better time to join the Stampin' Up! family! For only $99 you can choose a different starter from 3 different focuses: 1) Stamp 2) Scrapbook or 3) Home Decor! If you'd like even more supplies, maybe you'd like to choose the 4th option, the Standard Starter Kit for $199, and until October 11 get ANOTHER free stamp set of your choice from the new catalog!

Click on the flyer to view a larger version and to print it out!

Contact me today to find out how to begin getting your Stampin' Up! merchandise for a 20% discount! Join my team and you'll see why I am having the time of my life while supporting my own stamping habit!

Take care,

Topnote Books

My sister and her boys came up and we had a sleepover so the cousins could play, and so could we! Steph brought her Cricut and some movies to watch. We were so busy we totally forgot to put any movies in while we were in my craft studio all evening Saturday and a good part of Sunday too. We made quite a few things, including these cool little books (planners, holiday journals, teacher journal, etc.):

I had seen them on SCS Saturday and knew that I had to make them ASAP! We used the cardboard backing sheet from a DSP paper pack as our cover base, then adhered some DSP to the cardboard rectangle using Anywhere Glue Stick. Then, we cut each front and back cover out using the Top Note Bigz die, along with some plain white or lined paper sheets for the pages. We punched holes and set large eyelets for the ribbon tie using my Crop-o-Dile Big Bite, then bound it all with the Bind-It-All (ha ha).

These would make great mini albums, gifts, or door prizes!

Hope you all had a great long weekend. I'll show more projects we made next post.