Friday, November 27, 2009

Great Holiday Savings with Online Extravaganza

Happy Black Friday to you all.
Did you brave the stores and malls early this morning in search of the perfect gift? If you did, I hope you were successful. This year we decided to skip it and I must admit I did enjoy the sleep in.
I must admit that in the past I had spent Thanksgiving Day scouring the sales flyers in search of the perfect deal and then planned out my plan of attack for Black Friday to maximize my chances and visit the most stores.  At least three of those stops used to be to the major craft stores, with my coupons in hand, hoping for some hidden treasures.
This year I didn't visit a single craft store. Why? Because Stampin' Up this week is having the most amazing sale with savings, I just couldn't pass up. This week is their Online Extravaganza with savings of 30%, 40% and even 50% off their incredible products.
So, just in case you didn't find all that you were looking for today, take a moment to check out the wonderful deals that are available from Stampin' Up. But don't take too long as these prices are only available until 30th November, 2009.

Item Description                                      Regular Price   Discounted Price

120280 Framed with Love Bundle
• Framed with Love stamp set
• Full Heart punch                                       $43.90           $21.95

120281 Thank You Kindly Bundle
• Thank You Kindly stamp set
• Scallop Edge punch                                 $29.90           $14.95

120976 Thank You Kindly Bundle (French)
• Tous mes remerciements stamp set
• Scallop Edge punch                                $29.90           $14.95

120282 Animal Crackers Bundle
• Animal Crackers stamp set
• Star Designer brads                              $25.90           $12.95

120283 Corduroy Button Bundle
• Kraft Corduroy buttons
• Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons
• Summer Sun Corduroy buttons
• Basic Gray Corduroy buttons
• Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons         $49.75         $24.88

120284 Game Night Bundle
• Card Games stamp set
• Game Night stamp                                $40.90          $20.45

120285 Four Square Bundle
• Four Square stamp set
• Scallop Square punch                            $30.90        $15.45

120286 Heart to Heart Bundle
• Love You Much stamp
• Heart to Heart punch page
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon $49.85    $24.93
120310 Heart to Heart Bundle (Spanish)
• Te Quiero Mucho stamp set
• Heart to Heart punch
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon $49.85   $24.93

120311 Heart to Heart Bundle (French)
• J't'aime beaucoup stamp set
• Heart to Heart punch
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon  $49.85  $24.93

120287 Chipboard Letter Bundle
• On Board Timeless Type
• On Board Loads of Letters                       $25.90   $12.95

120288 Double-Stitched Ribbon Bundle
• Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
• Rose Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon  $17.90  $10.74

120289 Ultimate Stampers' Starter Bundle*
• Best Wishes & More stamp set
• Eight Great Greetings stamp set
• On a Pedestal stamp set
• Earth Elements Stampin' Spots
• Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
• Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Flower Designer brads                                $127.70     $76.62

120290 Build-A-Brad Bundle
• Calendar Alphabet stamp set
• Pewter Build-A-Brad
• Antique Brass Build-A-Brad                        $40.85      $24.51

120291 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle
• Enjoy Every Moment stamp set
• Circle Designer brads
• Flower Designer brads                                $43.85      $26.31

120312 Enjoy Every Moment Bundle (French)
• Profiter de chaque instant stamp set
• Circle Designer brads
• Flower Designer brads                                $43.85      $26.31

120292 Cheep Talk Bundle
• Cheep Talk stamp set
• Note cards
• Pumpkin Pie Corduroy buttons                    $42.85       $25.71

120293 Sock Monkey Bundle
• Sock Monkey stamp set
• Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
• Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons               $58.85       $35.31

120313 Sock Monkey Bundle (French)
• Sing-chaussette stamp set
• Sock Monkey Accessories stamp set
• Chocolate Chip Corduroy buttons              $58.85       $35.31

120294 Alphabet Bundle
• Jayne's Type Alphabet stamp set
• Lovely Letters stamp set                            $87.90       $52.74

120295 Simply Said Bundle
• Simply Said stamp set
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Full Heart punch                                        $52.85      $31.71

120314 Simply Said Bundle (French)
• Amitié stamp set
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Full Heart punch                                       $52.85       $31.71

120296 On Board Bundle
• On Board So Tweet
• On Board Batch of Blooms
• On Board Essentials                                 $42.85       $25.71

120927 Christmas Décor Bundle #1
• Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Kraft, Real Red)
• Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
• Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements  $74.85  $44.91

120298 Christmas Décor Bundle #2
• Holly Beary Wreath Décor Elements (Chocolate, Real Red)
• Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
• Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements  $74.85  $44.91

120299 Christmas Décor Bundle #3
• Holly Berry Wreath Décor Elements (Old Olive, Real Red)
• Real Red Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements
• Chocolate Vintage Ornaments Décor Elements  $74.85  $44.91

120300 For All You Do Bundle
• For All You Do stamp set
• 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads                            $36.90    $25.83

120315 For All You Do Bundle (French)
• Merci pour tout stamp set
• 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads                            $36.90    $25.83

120316 For All You Do Bundle (Spanish)
• Por todo lo que haces stamp set
• 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads                            $36.90    $25.83

120301 Striped Ribbon Bundle
• Bashful Blue 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Pumpkin Pie 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Old Olive 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Pretty in Pink 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon
• Real Red 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon           $47.73     $33.41

120302 Bling Bundle
• Sticky Pages
• Sticky Cuts Sweet
• Fine Supernova Stampin' Glitter
• Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter                           $43.80    $30.66

120303 Fresh-Cut Bundle
• Fresh Cuts stamp set
• Fresh-Cut Notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads                             $37.85    $26.50

120317 Fresh-Cut Bundle (French)
• Fraicheur exuise stamp set
• Fresh-Cut Notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads                             $37.85    $26.50

120304 Pendant Note Bundle
• Pendant Park stamp set
• Pendant notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads                           $39.85      $27.90

120318 Pendant Note Bundle (French)
• Adorable parc stamp set
• Pendant notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads                           $39.85      $27.90

120319 Pendant Note Bundle (Spanish)
• Un dia en el parque stamp set
• Pendant notes
• 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads                          $39.85      $27.90

120305 Sporting Bundle #1
• Large Night of Navy Sporting Décor Elements
• Night of Navy Just Sports Décor Elements  $67.90      $47.54

120306 Sporting Bundle #2
• Large Chocolate Sporting Décor Elements
• Chocolate Just Sports Décor Elements        $67.90      $47.54

120307 Sporting Bundle #3
• Large Black Sporting Décor Elements
• Black Just Sports Décor Elements               $67.90     $47.54

114864 Ginormous Flowers I Décor Elements $39.95   $27.97
114863 Ginormous Flowers II Décor Elements $39.95  $27.97

112534 5/16" Neutrals Jumbo brads                  $7.95     $5.57
112533 5/8" Neutrals Jumbo brads                    $6.95     $4.87
112081 Scallop Square punch                         $15.95    $11.17
113693 Full Heart punch                                $15.95     $11.17
113694 Heart to Heart punch                         $15.95     $11.17
112091 Scallop Edge punch                           $15.95     $11.17
112571 Circle Designer brads                          $5.95       $4.17
112579 Flower Designer brads                         $5.95      $4.17
112572 Star Designer brads                              $5.95     $4.17

114785 Small Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements $39.95      $27.97
114786 Medium Wonderful Flowers Décor Elements $69.95  $48.97
114791 Small Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements   $39.95      $27.97
114792 Medium Wonderful Leaves Décor Elements $64.95    $45.47

*This bundle is only available while supplies last.

To place an order just visit my website here:

Click "Shop Now" in the top right corner and then click "Online Extravaganza" to see the great deals and place your order. Or you can contact me to place your order.

Happy Shopping,

P.S. Don't Forget to Check out the Terrific Deals in the Clearance Rack for more great savings.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Project Canstruction: A Giving Experience Needs Your Help

Hello Everyone,
In the spirit of being thankful for the blessings in my life, I would like to share with you a wonderful experience that our family is participating in.
My two daughters are involved in a school project that involves creating a sculpture out of canned food. They are participating in the Canstruction competition here in Denver and the group has decided to construct a "Can"burger out of healthy, nutritious canned food.
They are members of MESA Club, an afterschool club at North Star Elementary, that focuses on teaching children about Math, Engineering and Science using fun and educational activities.  Mrs Rensink, their teacher, has been helping this small group of approx. 20 children (consisting of 3-5 graders) to create their project from the designing phase all the way through to construction.  In addition, this is a wonderful community service project that has helped the children to understand the importance of helping out others in their community.
The kids have been busy asking family and friends to help by donating canned goods to help build their "Can"burger and so far they have collected approx. 200 cans. All the canned food used in their sculpture will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank to help families in need.
As excited as they are about competing in this event, they are more concerned about making sure they collect enough cans to be able to help as many families as possible so they will not be hungry this holiday season. I am so proud of them all for their hard work. They remind me to be thankful for being fortunate enough to have food on the table each meal and the ability to go and buy food when the cupboards are empty. It is a timely reminder that with these economic hard times, there are many families who are struggling to make ends meet, and even one can of food can make a difference in a family's life.
The "Can"burger is made up of layers of different canned foods to create the illusion of a hamburger.  Peanut butter jars are being collected to create the bun on the top and bottom of the burger.  The yummy light brown color of peanut butter is a perfect match to create the look of a whole wheat bun.  We discovered that Walmart's Value Brand has the smallest label to allow the maximum amount of color to show through.  The red lids also provide the illusion of ketchup on the bun. 
The meat layer is created with cans of Bush's Original Baked Beans and the lettuce layer is made up of Del Monte Canned Vegetables with their pretty green labels. We have been tracking down the sales at the various grocery stores in search of canned peas, beans, corn and carrots in our quest for a healthy layer of lettuce.
For the final layers, we are using Hormel Chili with Beans cans with their beautiful bright red and yellow labels to create our layers of tomato and cheese to perfect our "Can"burger.
Last, but not least, we are using Campbell's Tomato Soup to create a handle like an old fashioned stamp on top of our "Can"burger.  The theme for our sculpture: Stamp Out Hunger.
This experience has also helped to teach the children about the importance of eating healthy and they have been studying the food pyramid and applying it to their construction design.
If you would like to learn more about Canstruction, please visit their website:  and be prepared to be amazed at the wonderful sculptures that have ben created that will help many families in need. The children need to collect approx. another 900-1000 cans to complete their sculpture and they have just over a week to collect enough cans to begin construction of their "Can"burger.  The competition is on Friday, December 4th and the children will have four hours to construct their sculpture.  After judging is complete, the sculptures will be on display until Sunday, December 13th at the Colorado Mills Shopping Center and then the cans will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
If you would like more information or would like to help the children to meet their goal to collect enough cans to create their "Can"burger, please email me , or if you live in the North Metro Denver area, you can drop off donations of cans or money at the school tomorrow (Tuesday) or next week, Monday through Wednesday. To learn more about North Star click here:
I will keep you updated on their progess as best I can over the next week and a half and will share photos of their finished "Can"burger here on my blog next week so that you can see the fruits of their labor. 

Wishing you all a day filled with blessings, big and small.
Stamping Hugs,

P.S.  Here is a list of the Cans and sizes we are collecting
190 cans of Bush’s Baked Beans, 28 oz.
210 cans of Hormel Chili, 15 oz.
216 cans of Del Monte “green type” canned vegetables, 15 oz.
394 plastic jars of Value brand Peanut Butter, 17 oz.
61 cans Campbell's Tomato Soup, 10 3/4 oz.

Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would share a card that reflects how thankful I am for the many blessings I have in my life.  As the holidays approach it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to be thankful for all the good things that we have in our lives. 

I love the warm colors of Fall.  They remind me of the warmth and love of family, especially during the holidays. I am thankful to have a wonderful husband and four beautiful children who make my life complete as well the family members who live far away but are always in our hearts.
This past weekend I had a wonderful time with some very special friends.  We stamped, created cards and gifts and most importantly, we spent time laughing and talking, catching up on what we have been doing in our busy lives. I am so thankful to be blessed with such wonderful friends and the chance to enjoy their company.

This card was created using one of my favorite techniques: heat embossing.  I just love the way the images appear like magic as the heat gun melts the embossing powder to create a beautiful, glossy sheen to the stamped image. Once again, I used my favorite in colors of Dusty Durango and Soft Suede for the cardstock as they are perfect for Thanksgiving. The background leaves are from the stamp set "Autumn Splendor" which can be found in the Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog and the jumbo wheel "Bright Blessings" and they are stamped with versamark ink.  I used the clear embossing powder to create an understated tone on tone look to the card design. Heat the embossing powder with your heat gun to achieve that wonderful raised, shiny look to your stamped images. And there you have it. A quick and simple card to brighten someone's Thanksgiving.
I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed day.

Stamping Hugs,

Stamps Used:  Stampin' Up Autumn Days, Jumbo Wheel Bright Blessings
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede Cardstock
Accessories: Versamark ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch