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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mini Backpack

Here's a fun 3D project ... a mini back pack.

There are tons of patterns with SCS so take a look to find one that meets your needs. I used Real Red cardstock and satin ribbon for straps.

I used the Tart and Tangy stamp set and used Crystal Effects to give the apple a glossy finish.

The Top Note and Scallop Envelope were the Big Shot dies I used along with a circle brad for the clasp. The top is kept shut with a velcro dot. I cased the idea of scaling own the envelope so the red piping showed. Thanks backpack gallery person!

Here's a shot of the back. You can see I used the jumbo eyelets. I didn't really like mixing the silver circle brad with the antique eyelets but antique on the front looked funny with the fresh spring colors, and we don't have silver jumbo brads. I should have pulled the straps out so they look more even. ONe must be partially in the pack because it looks so much shorter.Ah well. You get the idea.

Any hoo, I think it turned out cute. The paper is some leftover picnic dsp I had from an old SU! catalog. Hope you enjoy the project!
Much love and joy,


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring is Blossoming Promotion

Hi everyone,

I've been playing with some of my older supplies lately. I have tons of leftover designer paper and and cardstock that is retired. Well ... River Rock is back! Hope you can use the idea for the paper you have in stock!

Since we're going to be hitting another retirement time I thought I'd use a few items up ... yeah right! Like I'm even CLOSE to using anything up! ;-)

I just purchased some amazing designer paper that is part of a spring promotion. You'll have to see the criteria for the promotion on my website (I've listed it ... roughed out ... below). The paper is gorgeous!! I LOVE it.

Isn't this just beautiful??

I'll post another pic of the other designs but it won't be the greatest since I'm not a professinal photographer.

You can't really see the colors, they are so intense and rich!

Here's a photo of the stamp set in the promo:

I'm so excited to label jars with these! They match the punch of course!

Here's the 411

It's called
Spring is Blossoming Promotion
Promotion dates: April 1-30, 2011

Spring is Blossoming with Sneak Peek products from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. You can get these brand-new products in one of two ways:

           •Spend $20* on any Stampin' Up! products and become eligible to purchase both the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.

          •Host a $350* workshop and get the Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper for FREE!

*Net sales before tax and shipping

Customer order option:

     •Orders may be placed on any order type (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online). •Customers must spend $20 to be eligible to purchase the Four Frames stamp set and/or Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper from the upcoming 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.

    •Both items can be purchased once the $20 minimum is met; there is a limit of five per product once the $20 minimum is met. Ordering another $20 of Stampin' Up! products resets the limit and allows the customer to purchase another five Designer Series Papers and/or stamp sets.
Four Frames Stamp Set

Wood mount: item 123440

Clear mount: item 123442

Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper

item 122367

Hostess option

•Orders must be placed on a workshop, customer, or demonstrator order to qualify. Online orders are not eligible for this part of the promotion.

•Customers will receive the Four Frames and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper FREE if they host a $350 workshop (net sales before tax and shipping).

•There is a limit of one Four Frames Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper per workshop.

•Workshop must meet $350 minimum to be eligible for sneak peek products. Reward is for reaching the $350 level and is not incremental.

•Hostess may choose either the wood-mount or clear-mount set. Clear blocks are not included in the clear mount set.

At any rate. My website will have it all cute and button-y come the beginning of April. However, I can't tell you how cute this stuff is!

Also, the Summer Mini will be out soon. You can get an on-line copy of that on my website as well starting May 1.

That's enough for me.
Have a great day,
Much love and joy,


Saturday, March 5, 2011

My book is out!!!! Children of Light by Karen J. Olson

Yippee! My book is finally out! I apologize that I haven't been posting as regularly as I was. My bad. I was so busy with work that I couldn't get to it. No excuse ... just that season of my life, I guess.

If you read my column or like my Chicken Soup for the Soul stories you'll love this book too! It's a labor of love.

Here's an excerpt:

Chapter 2
A Child of Light

You may not have experienced the NICU and the roller coaster we were on, but if you have a child with special needs, you've been at the amusement park. We all hang on to the sides of our seats when our child's life, or happiness, hangs in the balance. We can't help but ask "Why?" "Why is this happening to me? What did I do wrong to deserve this?"

If you're interested in seeing more, or ordering a copy, please go to the publisher's website at http://www.casparapublishing.com/ and click on "store" to order a copy ... or two. ;-)

I'll be back with scrapbook pages and cards soon!
Much love and joy,