Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cutie Treats for Halloween!

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The September Paper Pumpkin kit is always my favorite one of the year because it has consistently contained cute Halloween treat containers.  This year I got test tubes!  I love these little guys!  I made a holder for each tube because I’m going to gift these to my friends and wanted it to be a little more special.  One of my neighbors saw them and said, “Oh wow.  You’re giving those out to the neighborhood kids.”  Umm.. No.  These are for my crafty friends!  The holders take a little work and I wanted to hand them out to people who would appreciate the craftiness involved, not just gobble down the candy.  (Although, I did put dark chocolate M&Ms inside, so the candy is awesome too!) 
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I decorated the test tubes with the stamps and tags that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit.  The black cat tag is my personal favorite, but you all know how much I love cats!  (I just got some cute leggings with cats on them, too, but that’s another story!)  I made the holders from Basic Black & Tangerine Tango cardstock, paired with the Halloween Night designer series paper.  (I know someone is saying, but that paper has Pumpkin Pie as it’s orange.  And it does, but I wanted something a bit more vibrant, and I think it looks good even if it doesn’t match exactly.) 
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All my tubes are filled with green M & Ms because those are the best, right?  Since I could not find bags with just green, my husband and I made the sacrifice and ate all the non-spooky (err.. non-green candies.  It’s just one of the small things I do for my craft.) 
I love this kit so much that I ordered some refills.  (Did you know that as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, if you get a kit you like and need more items from the kit that you can buy just the refill for $8?  That’s a great perk!  But it’s only while supplies last and I have a feeling that these won’t last long.)  I’m already planning how I’m going to use these for Christmas treats.  hehe
Happy Stampin’!

PS - Want to make your own test tube holder?  Here is the link to the instructions I used: Test Tube Holder Instructions

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Save the Date: Cards & Coffee!

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Here are our projects for the next Cards & Coffee!  I know it’s still a month away, but this time I am requiring that you pre-register.  This month, you’ll have your choice of cards!  We’ll all be doing the Fall card, but the 2nd card will be up to you.  You may choose to make either a Halloween card or a Get Well card.  I’ll need to know ahead of time so I can bring you the proper kit. 
I’m pleased to announce that we have a new meeting location in North Albany.  (In case you missed it last time, we were kicked out of the Peet’s Coffee at Fred Meyer!)  I’m optimistic that our new location will be a keeper.  I’m just not going to let the girls dance on the tables anymore!   
Date:  Sunday, October 23rd at 2PM
Location:  Hwy 20 & North Albany Road
Cost:  $5 with pre-registration required
Bring:  Adhesive and scissors
I look forward to hearing from you & hope you’ll be able to attend!
svzhong@gmail.com  (If you’re paying via Paypal, my email is different and is svzhong@outlook.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spooky Paper Pack

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I really love the Halloween Night paper in the Holiday catalog.  The designs are a nice compliment to my stamping and don’t overpower the project.  For this card, I stamped right onto the paper with my Halloween Scares stamp set. 
Speaking of designer series paper, some of the patterns (not this Halloween one) will be on sale in October.  Most of the sale will focus on the packages in the annual catalog, although two from the Holiday catalog (Presents & Pinecones and Candy Cane Lane – my personal favorite!) will be included.  So save your $$$ till next month if you’re in the market for patterned papers. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Haunted House fun!

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I’ve really been neglecting my blog while I have had company from out of town, so I just wanted to show you a quick card I made using the Halloween Scares stamp set (but the greeting is from Spooky Fun & punched out with the banner punch.) 

Have a great weekend & I’ll have more to share next week-

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stampin’ Friends

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Being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator has many perks.  You get discounts on crafting items and earn some spending money, but you also meet people.  Stampin’ Up has given me the opportunity to meet so many nice people over the years.  This week one of my Stampin’ friends is in town visiting.  She and her husband even took Scott & I to Newport for the night.  How awesome is that?  Here’s a photo of us all at the aquarium.  We had a great time & we even got to “pet” some of the sea creatures.  Hmm… wonder if I should get a sea cucumber as a pet?

I have so many wonderful customers who I know through Stampin’ Up.  It’s such a treat to get to meet my Stampin’ friends in person.

Be sure to check the Clearance Rack & the news is that some new items will be added tomorrow. 

Happy Stampin’

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Deals of the Week

Yes, I know that these are no longer called "Deals of the Week," but I'm going to call them that anyway.  lol  These "Special Offers" are available this week from September 8th-14th.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Embellishment Storage

During the past week Stampin' Up has had their Enamel embellishments on sale.  Today (Tuesday, Sept 6th) is the last day to grab those at a discount, but they are fairly priced even when not on sale.  I thought I'd share how I store them in my craft room.  I think my best tip is to mark the color on the sheet when you receive them.  Otherwise it might be difficult later to differentiate between the colors when you're crafting.