Sunday, January 30, 2011

Future Class projects and Fun in the Cave

Saturday we had our first "monthly Cave Day" and it was a success!  I am offering to open the "cave" the last Saturday of each month between 10 am - 2 pm for anyone to come and create with friends and be able to use any of my tools (punches, Big Shot and dies, etc). for a $5 fee.  What a deal!  And what fun!  It was such a nice, relaxed atmosphere with everyone working on their own projects.  I even got to work on projects of my own and here are some cards I created (yes, these will be taught in future classes). 

I even made some extras to actually SEND!  One of my New Year's Resolutions is to SEND cards instead of just making them!  LOL!
So, every time I make one I'm trying to make at least 2 or 3 at the same time. 
Thanks to Dawn Olchefske and Dawn Griffith for the inspiration for two of these cards.  Having the name Dawn must make you automatically creative!  :=)

Although I didn't make these on "Cave Day", I did just recently make these cute little boxes that will be taught in my upcoming Easter 3-D class.  Can you tell what they are made from?  The "Two Tags Die".  I love different uses for the dies than what the obvious original use is.  And I love making all kinds of boxes.  These reminded me of a small Easter basket.

I used the square lattice embossing folder on the left one to give it that "basket weave look".  The one on the right is just as cute with it's stamped background.
Thanks to Julie Davison for her inspiration for these!

And here is a cute 3x6 card that I cased from Angie of Chic'n Scratch.  I told her we're bffs but I didn't know if she realized that.  LOL!  I just love her projects and she inspires me a lot.  I had never made a card this size and it is really cute!  And this card was so simple to make!  And they fit in our Open End envelopes!

And here's the gals working on their creations on Cave Day!

These are the projects we recently made at our Valentine 3-D Class held on a recent Saturday in the cave. 
It was fun seeing everyone's completed projects.  I turn them loose to decorate them in their own way if they want to change them from my designs.  And it's fun to watch everyone's creative wheels turning!   I kept them busy all day and I think everyone had a good time....well, see for yourself!  :=)

Such fun!  If you live closeby, consider joining in on the fun next time!  You can find my schedule of classes in the left column.  Just contact me with any questions or to register for our next class.  Our next regular monthly class is Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 PM in the cave.  The cost is $12.00, but you can come for FREE for your first time and we will make two cards and one 3-D item.  Come join the fun and see what it's all about! 

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Have you had your eye on the Big Shot Machine?  Well, let me tell you, it is wonderful and there are so many things you will use it for!  And Stampin' Up just keeps coming out with more new exclusive dies!
Sale-A-Bration is a great time to get a Big Shot!  The cost of the Big shot is $99.95, so by adding something else with it to get to $100.00 (of course we don't have anything for a nickel..LOL...but you could add a Embossing Folder or die for your Big Shot).  Once you hit that $100.00, you qualify for TWO FREE Sale-A-Bration items!!!  Now, if you'd like to add some more to your order (get dies, folders, or another accessory for your Big Shot) and get your order up to $150, and you will qualify for THREE FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  But, not only that, you would also qualify for Hostess benefits of one FREE Level I item and $15.00 to spend on anything (get you another die or folders for your Big Shot!).

See what I mean?  Look at all you'd get FREE and you'd have your Big Shot and some dies, folders, embosslits to go with it!
And, as if that isn't enough....if you buy a Big Shot from me during the Sale-A-Bration period, I will also throw in your choice of a Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die (a favorite of mine) or the BRAND NEW Sweet Buttons Embosslit die for FREE!  This is a personal offer from me, so it will not be shipped with your order from Stampin' Up!  But, as soon as you purchase the Big Shot, I will order one of these for you and ship it on to you.

Email me with any questions!
You can see all of our wonderful Big Shot accessories at this link!
You can order online, or if you'd like for me to help you place the order, just let me know!  It can still be shipped directly to you, even if I order it for you!  What are you waiting for?  This is a great time to get your very own Big Shot machine!  :=)  You won't regret it!
Smiles! Cindy

PS...I use my Big Shot all the time and show many projects that show different ways to use the dies!  You will be amazed how a die can be used for a different project than intended!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I just love Sale-A-Bration time!  You get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration for any $50 order.  Order $100, you get to choose 2 items- $150, choose 3 free items!  You get the picture!  :=)  And, if your order totals $300, you will even get a "bonus freebie" (a $300 order must be placed through me  to get the extra free item- it cannot be placed online.  But it can still be shipped directly to you)

Click on the link above to download the pdf of the catalog if you don't have one.  If you'd like for me to send you one, just email me.
It's loaded with great freebies (free is always good!) and don't forget there are lots of great new things in the new Occasions catalog too!

If you would like to host a workshop...even long can earn FREE product (minimum for benefits is $150 in orders...earn more as your total increases) You can earn another "free Sale-A-Bration" item if your workshop order reaches $300 (to get this extra free item,I must place the order for can't be placed online.  I can, however, still be shipped directly to you

If you live close enough to Seymour, IN and would like to have a workshop in your home or in my cave and earn the Hostess benefits, just let me know and we can arrange that!  I will open my "cave" to you and your friends!  I provide everything - you just provide the guests and refreshments!  How easy can that be!  :=) If you live farther away, you can still take up an order and the whole order can be shipped directly to you for you to distribute to your friends!  So, just let me know if you'd like to do that and I can get a catalog to you to show your friends and gather orders!

CONTACT ME TODAY to set up your own workshop and earn the benefits!  Sale-A-Bration is a great time to host a workshop!

Or...have you ever considered signing up to be a Demo yourself?  It's great fun!  There is a fantastic deal going on right now where you can get the kit for 15% off, plus a bonus bundle of products worth up to $50!  Join now and get this great deal!

*Starter Kit (Standard or Digital+) for 15 percent off--that's over $310 worth of Stampin' Up! products for just $148.75!

*Bonus Bundle (worth up to $50) on top of the fabulous Starter Kit to get you off to an awesome start

*If you join early-on, you can tap into the excitement surrounding Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Mini Catalog to book their first workshops!

So, what are you waiting for?  Do you love paper crafting?  Do you enjoy sharing it with others?  Then this would be a "perfect fit" for you!  I have loved every minute of it!  You can sign up right now at this link and be on your way!  If you have any questions or need my help, just contact me.  I don't like to put my phone number out on the internet, but if you contact me, I'd be happy to call you if you need my help!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


This Saturday, January 22, and Sunday, January 23, I will be holding a 3-D Valentine class and these are the projects we'll be making!  I'm so excited to teach these 3-D items to everyone!  There is still room for more if you'd like to sign up!  It will be in the "cave" from 10-2 on Saturday and 2-6 on Sunday.  Just email me if you're interested!  The cost for making all 5 of these projects is $25 ($20 for club members).

I just love these boxes!  I had already showed you the smaller one in a different design using the new Designer paper.  I'm showing two different sizes here, but in reality, these boxes can be made any height just by shortening the length that you cut the cardstock.

This tall size is great for these lotions from Bath and Beyond.  The bottle fits perfectly!  What a great way to present a gift to someone!  That's what I love about these boxes!  They are not your typical flat boxes and can hold a number of gift items!  And are very simple to make! The box lid is actually made from the Clear Scallop Square die, which makes it super easy to make! 

I will give you the measurements and instructions after the class on Saturday!  If you're in the area, consider coming and joining us!  Lots of fun!  :=)

Sunday, January 16, 2011


How incredibly cute are these!?  Ok, I took a break from dishes and Diva Martha and Diva Linda came over, along with my granddaughter, Jenna, and we had fun making these little drawers.

Here they are shown with the drawers opened.  These are so stinkin' cute and really easy to make!  Of course we used the Matchbox die to make our 3 little drawers with!  Jenna chose some cool wild colors with her design (she's 12...almost 13) and the rest of us went with So Saffron and Certainly Celery for our springy look.  We were all just so pleased with the way they turned out and they were really fun to put together.
This will be a project for a future 3-D class, so stay tuned for more details on that later.

Look how cute the drawer pulls/handles are! 

Look how proud they are!  :=)  These would be great on your desk with embellishments.  Or, fill with small items for a gift...candy, embellishments, punch shapes or sentiments ready to put on a card.  Jenna says she's going to put her's in her locker for small things like paper clips.  I'm thinking that would be a good idea for me to put on my desk....paper clips, stamps....sooo cute!

My granddaugher, Jenna, did a great job!  Sooo cute!

Me and the Divas have so much fun on "play days"!  And we are working diligentally on futue class projects.  If you'd like more information on classes held here in Seymour, just contact me and remember there is a new MORNING CLASS beginning in February!   Ask me for details for both the evening and morning classes!  Join us for the creative fun and great fellowship!  We have a great time!

Thanks and credit for the tutorial go to Andrea Walford


Here's a new project for doing dishes!
Now, those who really KNOW me or come to my house often enough, knows that I HATE doing dishes and I do NOT have a dishwasher!  :=(  Not sure I'd want one though, other than to hide the dirty dishes...LOL!
And as you can see from my photo, I have a plan! hehe!
I took my laptop in there and put it up on the counter (yeah, I see I need to take the mouse cord behind the computer).  I'm watching stamping videos for class ideas while I do dishes!  Whooohoooo....go Cindy!  And I've even got chili cooking at the same time!  Whoa, what a productive day so far!  It will feel soooo good to get my kitchen totally done...I never seem to get completely finished.  And I can't even figure out why there are so many dishes....since I rarely cook!  LOL!  But, actually, I've started cooking more (one of my New Year's Resolutions).  Come Spring, I'm cleaning out my cabinets and half of these dishes are gone!  We have way tooooo many for two people and I prefer paper anyway!  haha!

Enjoy your day girls!  I am and will come back later to share some projects with you!  I still hope to get out to the cave today for some fun!  :=)


Would you love to attend classes and live nearby, but work second shift or have other committments keeping you from making it to my evening classes?  Good news!  Morning classes will begin in February!

I've had several people along the way to ask me if I had any morning classes, so I've decided to set up a morning class for those who find it hard to make it to my evening classes.  Everything will be the same as the other classes....two cards and one 3-D item for $12.00.  Please contact me me if you are interested. 

Hope to see you there!  Now is your chance to join in on the fun!  :=)  And spread the word....invite your friends!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


These are the projects we will be making at our Monthly Stampin' classes for January. 
As much as I love making Christmas cards and projects, I was ready to put the winter/Christmas things away and turn my attention to love and chocolate! 

In our January class we will be making two cards and one 3-D item.  We have always made 4 cards in our monthly class, but I have so many 3-D items I want to teach the class, that we thought we'd try changing it up a bit this year.  For our 3-D project we will be using the NEW Petal Cone die and Big Shot to make this Valentine themed cone.  We will also be stamping our own tissue paper.  I just love this new die and have found so many different ideas for it.  We'll be using it in future classes in a different way.  It could be used as a cone, as pictured, for any occasion/season.

It seemed so strange to only design two cards for our class, when I've been so used to designing 4.  I truly hope the class is happy with this change.  This first card we'll be making can be used for any occasion, even Valentine's Day.  I'm even thinking we need to adhere a small piece of wrapped chocolate to the inside of it.

We will be using the new Eat Chocolate stamp set found in the new Occasion Mini Catalog!  This is such a neat stamp set.  We also will be using the Pinking Hearts Border Punch.  We've never made a card with the circle cut-out at the top of the card, so I hope they will enjoy learning how to do that.  The card is made in Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, which look awesome together!

I will be offering this next card in Real Red or Pretty in Pink to the class, but it is the same card.  I like both and couldn't pick between the two!
The pink one is Pretty in Pink and uses the NEW Love Impressions Designer Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The stamp set is Love You Much from the Idea Book & Catalog.
And here it is in Real Red....same designer paper.

The class got cancelled due to snow tonight, but we plan to meet Thursday at 6 PM.  If you would like to attend, please let me know.  You can attend for free and make these three projects if you have not attended any of my classes for the past year.  If you are not new to the classes, you can attend for a $12 fee and make the three projects. 

As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Looking forward to some stamp fun with you all on Thursday!  :=)

I need to give credit to some gals I "cased" these projects from and will do so as soon as I find where I saw them.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Soft Flowered Top Note Purse for your Valentine

Ok, I'm going to show you this, even though I'm not happy with it and will be coming back with a "re-design".  We will be making these purses at our Valentine 3D Class.  I had made these in December with a Christmas design and everyone wanted to know how to make them, so this is on the agenda to teach them in a class.  And what better time than Valentine's Day.  You could put a little box of chocolates in it or a little box of conversation hearts.  I'll be back later to show you my re-do.  This is what happens....I might create several before I decide...that's itThat's what we'll do in class!  :=)

Later!  Enjoy the day!  I'm getting lots of "therapy" out in the cave!  If you're in my area and have never come to any of my classes and would like to check them out, let me know!  I am offering a FREE regular class to anyone who has not attended any of my classes for the past year!  That way you can check it out and see if it's something you enjoy!  Be warned will get addicted!  LOL!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Cute Valentine Box

Well, I'm at it again!  I'm having so much fun planning this Valentine Class!  This will be another project we'll be making at it.
I made this with the Scallop Envelope die and it is really simple to do!  As you can see, I filled it with a cello bag of conversation hearts.
Once again, I printed my own Designer Paper (just for designing....I will be purchasing it for the class)'s another design from the Love Impressions Designer Paper.  I'm really enjoying using it! 

As always let me know if you have any questions!  Cindy

Heart Cone from the new Petal Cone Die!

Isn't this great!  I saw this idea on another blog (credit below) and went with it!  I mean, look at that Petal Cone Die!  It's a total heart if you don't fold it up.  I used the new Love Impressions Designer Paper....ok, I cannot tell a lie!  This is NOT actually the designer paper!  It is one of our NEW My Digital Studio downloads of the designer paper and I printed it myself!  Fact is, I'm waiting to order my Designer Paper (money was short at Christmas time), but I do plan to get it before class!  But, this worked for me so I could go ahead and start designing with it!  I was so excited when I saw the new downloads!  Have you checked them out?  Don't have My Digital Studio?  You can actually use these downloads in any program that accepts jpg files!  How awesome is that!   Of course I recommend that you get My Digital Studio because it's awesome!  I told my printer to print it "borderless" and walaaah!
You can see and order all of the digital downloads here .
Let me know if you have any questions!

This will be a project we will be making at my special Valentine Class on January 22.  Haven't signed up yet?  Do you live in the area?  Get signed up and come join the fun!  Just contact me for more information!

I added the ribboned handle with the Jumbo Eyelets (I'm so loving using eyelets lately!).  Of course I used my Crop A Dile to set the eyelets.  It makes a handle so secure as it keeps the paper from tearing.  I will have the details after my class, but if you want to know before then, just let me know! 

I even stamped plain white tissue paper with Real Red hearts from the Heart to Heart stamp set!  If I had some red tissue on hand, I might have used it.  But, all I had was I made it work!  :=)  Just another idea for you....keep white tissue on hand and stamp it for any occasion you're working on!

Having fun in the cave today (in between dishes...ugh!)

Credit:  Julie Pitta

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I am soooo excited that the new Occasions Mini Catalog goes "live" today!  You can now order from it.  If you don't have a copy of it, just click on the image above and you can see a pdf file of the catalog!  You are going to love what you see! 

Remember the Cones I showed you the other day?  Yep, that Petal Cone die (page 15) is in there! 

And the chocolate stamp I used on yesterday's box.  Yep, it's in there too.   Plus lots of other "goodies"!

I just love this Eat Chocolate (page 30) set! 

And click on the image below to learn how to get some FREE Bitty Buttons!

Click here  for a pdf of the supplies that were used for each project shown in the mini.

Remember, you can place your order online at or contact me if you need help!

Also, Sale-A-Bration begins on January 25th.  What is Sale-A-Bration, you ask?  Well, on January 25th, I will show you another mini catalog and you can choose anything from that catalog FREE with a $50 order!  Can't wait!

As always, let me know if you have any questions!  :=)  Cindy

Monday, January 3, 2011


Ok, I admit it...I love, love, love making boxes!  This is one of the boxes we'll be making at my Valentine 3-D Class on January 22.
There are two sizes and I'm trying to think of different things to put in them.  Let me know any ideas you might have!  The taller box is right at 6" tall and the smaller one is around 4" tall.  I'd love to hear your ideas!

I love the finished look of the jumbo eyelets on the sides (love my Crop-A-Dile for that!) and the way the ribbon ties the lid tightly onto the box.  I am going to put a cello bag of chocolates in this box, so I added a "chocolate" tag to the top.  This is a new set in the Occasions Mini Catalog called "Eat Chocolate".  You can order from this catalog beginning tomorrow and don't forget about Sale-A-Bration beginning on January 25th! 

I'm thinking a bottle of lotion could fit into the taller box and maybe even a small bottle could fit into the smaller box.  How about some fingernail polish in the smaller box....I'm thinking my pre-teen granddaughter would like that on Valentine's Day.  I'm going to be trying some different things in them and report back to you.  :=)

If you're interested in coming to my 3-D Valentine Class , contact me for details!

Thanks and credit goes to Sandy Hancock