Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creative Holiday Ideas: Create your own Holiday Ornaments

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I don't know about you, but it is about this time of the year that I realize how close Christmas is (just 27 days away, yikes!) and how much I still have to do to get ready.
The good news is that there is still time to add your own personal touch to the holidays with the cards, gifts and decorations you can create for family and friends. It is also a wonderful way to spend time with your family and create special memories.
Today I wanted to share with you how simple it is to create your own Christmas ornaments to give to family and friends. I love the vintage look created by the watercolored stamped images on the ceramic ornaments.
The images were stamped with Stazon Jet Black Ink and I "watercolored" them using Classic Inks and a Blender Pen to create an heirloom feel. The above ornaments were stamped with images from the Bells & Boughs stamp set, that is currently on sale as part of the ABC Holiday Bundle Sale.  It is a part of the Vintage Christmas Card Bundle and is available in either traditional Wood Mount or the new Clear Mount stamp sets. You can learn more about this wonderful sale here.
The second set of ornaments I want to share with you are stamped with the Merry Crittermas stamp set available in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I love this whimsical stamp set and it reminds me of the joys of childhood at Christmas. Imagine creating personalized ornaments for your children and/or grandchildren that they can treasure and use from year to year to decorate the tree. This beautiful stamp set is also available in wood mount or clear mount and can be found here.
I hope you have enjoyed today's holiday share and I hope that it will inspire you to create your own family heirlooms to treasure for years to come. Please contact me if you have any questions or you would like to place an order. You can also place an order through my Stampin' Up! Online store. Don't forget to check out the wonderful Online Spectacular Sale that runs now through November 30th for great savings of 20-50% off. Click here to visit my Online Store.
Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

Supplies Used:
Blender Pen Item # 102845 (set of 3) $9.95
Assorted Classic ink pads
Stazon Jet Black Ink Pad Item # 101406 $7.95

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Counting my Blessings this Thanksgiving

Hi Everyone,
Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I hope that you are having a wonderful day with family and friends. We are celebrating this Thanksgiving here in Colorado in a very quiet and relaxed way, which is a blessing in itself. Earlier this week, three of my children all came down with a nasty stomach flu and I thought that we would be eating chicken soup this Thanksgiving rather than our delicious Turkey dinner. Thankfully they are all doing much better and are back to their normal energetic selves.
Today I would like to share with you the Thanksgiving Card I created to email to my family and friends. I used Stampin' Up!'s amazing digital software, My Digital Studio, to create this holiday postcard. I am so thrilled with how it turned out.
The photo I chose is one that was taken last month on our annual visit to the pumpkin farm. We don't often get the chance to have a family photo taken, but this particularly day we were fortunate enough to have a kind and generous passerby offer to take the photo for us and I just love how it turned out.
The colors I chose for this card are Cajun Craze and Early Espresso for the cardstock and ink and the Designer Paper is from the Geometric Designer Series paper. I used the Gratitude stamp image from the Define Your Life Stamp Brush set, which is included with the My Digital Studio software.
Don't forget that you can order My Digital Studio and save 50% off the regular price now until November 30th.  Contact me to place your order or visit my Online Store to place your order 24/7.
I hope you have enjoyed my digital card share for this Thanksgiving Day and hope that you will be inspired to share your Holiday memories with family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Tricia Butts

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Merry Christmas with My Digital Studio

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's the day before Thanksgiving and I decided to have some fun designing a digital postcard with My Digital Studio. I love this program and could quite happily play around for hours creating my digital projects. The wonderful thing is, I really don't need that long to create projects and if I don't like something, I can change it with the click of my mouse. No waste, no stress involved. Doesn't that sound perfect for the holidays?

The best thing is that you can take advantage of the fantastic special price on My Digital Studio (item #118108) between now and November 30th, and save 50% off the regular price - just $39.98!
Here is the Christmas Postcard I created and to be honest, the most time consuming part about this card was choosing the right photo (you know, making sure they are all smiling etc.). The Designer Paper is from the Deck the Halls Photocard Digital Kit (item #122176) which is just one of the Digital Downloads on sale as part of Stampin' Up!'s Online Spectacular Sale.  You can download the list here.
The great thing about this Digital Christmas card is that I can choose to send it via email as an E-card or I can print it as a traditional postcard.  Better yet, I can do a combination of both and take care of all my family and friends with one card design.  
My Digital Studio is a great tool for someone who is just starting out and has limited supplies, as it provides you with Stampin' Up!'s fantastic range of colors in cardstock and ink colors, as well as Digital Stamp images, punches and embellishments to help you create cards, scrapbook pages, calendars and multi media projects. This would be a great gift for a teenager to help them explore their creativity or for a new mother/father wanting to record their memories of their precious new family member and share it quickly and easily with family and friends.
My Digital Studio is also a wonderful asset to an experienced papercrafter as it provides them with a wonderful design tool to plan and create their projects. Once they have their design the way they want it, they can create it with traditional supplies or they can print it and embellish it as a hybrid project. 
There are so many ways that you can use this program and you can customize and add to it with Stampin' Up!'s Digital Downloads that you can purchase from my Online Store through my Stampin' Up! Website. Click on the Digital Crafting Link to see the full range of My Digital Studio products available.
I hope you have enjoyed today's digital card share and hope that it will help to inspire you with your holiday projects.
Wishing you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
Until Next Time.
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts

Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Here! Stampin' Up!'s Online Holiday Spectacular Sale!

Hi Everyone,
I love the week of Thanksgiving for so many reasons. It is a wonderful time to spend with my family and my kids love the fact that they only have 2 days of school (I love it because I get to sleep in the rest of the week, lol). We have a very relaxing and informal Thanksgiving Day meal with a turkey and all the trimmings and we sit around watching the Macy's Parade, the Dog Show and of course the all important football games.
There is one other thing that I look forward to this time every year and that is Stampin' Up!'s Online Holiday Spectacular Sale! They have such wonderful specials with amazing savings and I can shop from the comfort of my own home. How can you go wrong?
This year's Online Spectacular has some incredible specials that I know you will just love!

Image 50% off My Digital Studio Software! That's right - you can order your very own copy of My Digital Studio for just $39.98. Plus, there are My Digital Studio Downloads on sale from 20-40% off the regular price.

This is just one of the amazing Stampin' Up! products that can be found here on this list of discounted products, especially for the Online Spectacular. Just click this link to download the list.

This sale runs from November 22 through to November 30th and you must use the item numbers from the Online Spectacular product list in order to take advantage of the great savings. All orders must be placed online through my Online Store to be eligible for these discounts. Just click this link to place your order.

There is no minimum purchase required and you can combine sale items with other Stampin' Up! product purchases on the same order (take advantage of the ABC Holiday Bundle Promotion in addition to the Online Spectacular Sales for further savings!).

Plus, if your order totals $150 or more (not including Taxes and Shipping and Handling), you will recieve Free Shipping on your order.

So get started on your Holiday Shopping today without having to drive to a single store and take advantage of the fantastic savings from Stampin' Up! Please contact me if you have any questions and I will be happy to help you.

Happy Shopping,
Tricia Butts

ABC's of the Perfect Handmade Holiday

Hi Everyone,

One of the things I love best about the Holiday Season is the chance to create my own handmade cards and gifts for my family and friends. Whether it is something vintage and classic in style or more of modern and whimsical theme, I know that I can find what I am looking for from Stampin' Up! to meet my Holiday needs.
Plus, Stampin' Up! has this amazing special called the ABC Holiday Bundle Special Offer to help us save 20% on select Stampin' Up! products, available now through to December 16th. 
These bundles include wonderful Holiday Stamp Sets (in either traditional wood mount or the new Clear mount option), Holiday theme Designer Series Paper (Perfect for Cards, Scrap Book pages and Gift ideas), Coordinating Punches (for quick and easy cards and tags), Simply Adorned jewelry (great for a personalized gift) and Definitely Decorative Home Decor products.
To view the great Holiday Promotion Bundles Click Here to download the Flyer.
Please note: the Tags Til Christmas 2 Bundle is currently unavailable to order due to the Ornament Punch currently being unavailable.
You can place your order through my Stampin' Up! Online Store here  from the comfort of your home or feel free to contact me to place your order. Let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help you.
I will be sharing some of my Holiday Cards and Gifts to help get you in the Holiday Spirit over the next few weeks, so please feel free to subscribe to my blog to receive the latest updates.
Until Next Time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

Simply Amazing! Become a Demonstrator and save 50% off SU Starter Kits!

Hi Everyone,
Well, it has been a busy last few months and the holidays are approaching quickly. I can't believe how quickly time has flown by since I last posted and how busy my life has been with all 4 of my children in school. Funny, I was under the impression that I was going to have more free time when my youngest started Kindergarten, but alas, it has yet to materialize. Anyway, it is great to be back and I am looking forward to sharing with you some great ideas for the Holidays as well as some fantastic special offers that Stampin' Up! has made available to help you with your Holiday Shopping.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator? Perhaps you have thought it would be nice to be able get a discount on your Stampin' Up! purchases or maybe you have been looking for a way to earn some extra income.
Well, now is the perfect time to sign up to become a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and save 50% off the price of either the Standard Starter Kit or the Digital + Starter Kit. Normally these kits are priced at $175, but Stampin' Up! is currently offering an amazing Special where you can purchase either kit for just $87.50! That is a 50% saving, plus you get Free Shipping!
Each Starter kit is valued at over $310 in crafting and business supplies, plus as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator you can enjoy these great benefits:

 Earn Additional Income while sharing creativity

 Opportunity to Earn Free Products and Incentive Trips

 Receive a Free Subscription to an Exclusive monthly magazine

 Receive 2 free months subscription to your own Business Website

 Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas

These are just a few of the wonderful benefits that you can enjoy as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and now is the perfect time to sign up! The kit alone provides you with fabulous Stampin' Up! products at an amazing price too good to pass up. Just remember that this offer is only available for a limited time, so sign up by November 30th to take advantage of this Simply Amazing Offer!

To learn more about the Starter Kits, Click here for details. You can also view important information about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator on my website here.
Please contact me with any questions you may have and I will be happy to help you. I would love to have you as a member of my team and help you on your Stampin' Up! Creative Journey!

Have a fantastic Day!
Stampin' Hugs,
Tricia Butts