Friday, November 19, 2010

December Blog Hop is here!!!!

I am so excited to be back again for our December SUStars Blog Hop!!!  And I am very excited to see what everyone has been creating for this event!  If you started here because you are my friend, great!!!  If you want to start at the beginning, you can go to our main blog at ... or you may have come here from Veronica's blog - Bluegrass Stamper Studio at ... what a creative gal she is!    

I love Christmas - mainly because we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, but also because people are, well, nice ... at least for the most part.  I have been busy making cards (check out Thursday's blog post) and have mine stamped now, just need to get them signed and the envelopes ready - all 157 of them!  My goal every year is to have them all made and addressed by Thanksgiving - whew, made that goal again!  Was not sure I would after making 200 for a friend, but it sure feels great to have them almost ready to mail. 

For this blog hop, I made some cards and a cute Gift Card Holder.  

I got this idea from a post from Glenda Calkins and changed it a bit.  We all need gift card holders especially this time of year, so I try to have several ready to use.  


I used Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi, two of my fave colors (do I say that about all the colors we have??)  The measurements are:  7 1/2" x 5 1/2", including the punched edge.  The band is 1 1/2" x 06 1/2", Eyelet Border punched, then added a Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch strip and Scallop Circle Punch with the smaller ornament from Snow Swirled.  In the center of the circle is a brad ... I don't have any Rich Razzleberry brads left (a customer needed all I had for a project) so I took a silver brad, dipped in Versamark, then Rich Razzleberry Ink then Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed - repeated this several times until it had the color I needed.  That's a great way to get any color brad you need!

When I was trying to decide what to make, I realized that I have lent out several of my current stamp sets which limited my choices .... but I am always happy to help my friends and customers with any supplies I have. 

My first two cards use our beautiful double-sided Designer Paper, Jolly Holiday.  I just love our Designer Papers - so many color combinations and I always have just the right colors and patterns for my projects.  


Along with the Jolly Holiday Designer paper, the colors I used are Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive - don't they look great together!  I decided to show you how cards look when we do them very simple as compared to one more busy - which do you prefer?  Personally, I like the simpler cards better.  I would have added a sentiment at the top, but all my current Christmas sentiments that I wanted to use are lent out so I will add it later.  

I saw this idea on Splitcoast, I think .. using the tree from Lovely As A Tree for branches.  I embossed them in white along with one of the ornaments from Delightful Decorations on Cherry Cobbler cardstock .. and then I realized that I must have lost my hanger from Tree Trimmings set, so I used a stem from another set and embossed that (sorry it's crooked), then added the 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon on the corners.  It just seemed to need something, you know.  

Hope you enjoyed a look at my blog, and be sure to visit Raissa's blog at  ... and remember, if you get lost or have a problem, you can always go back to our home base  and find the next stop.  

As always, take care and God Bless, Sassy Shirley

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stampin' Up! is on sale ...

Blog hop coming this weekend - right here!!  
Be sure to come back and see what's happening!

Hey, has everyone heard about the awesomely awesome Simply Amazing Stampin' Up! recruiting special for only November 15-30, 2010 ... here's the details - give me a call right away to get started yourself!  This is definitely an unbeatable deal!!!!

 Simply Amazing!  

Demonstrator Starter Kit for 50 percent off!

What do you call it when you get over $310 in crafting and business supplies for only $87.50? You can call it an amazing deal, but we're calling it an amazing opportunity! From November 15-30, you can purchase either our Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50 percent off the regular retail price of $175 (plus free shipping!), and enjoy these great benefits as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
  • Earn additional income while sharing creativity.
  • Make new and lasting friendships.
  • Enjoy access to nearly unlimited creative ideas.
  • Receive a free subscription to our exclusive monthly magazine.
  • Receive free two-month subscription to your own business website.
  • Opportunity to earn free products and incentive trips. 
Both the Standard Starter Kit and the Digital + Kit are available at this amazing price! The standard kit includes a variety of paper crafting products, and the Digital + Kit is a great option to showcase both traditional crafting products and our exciting digital design software, My Digital Studio.

This irresistible offer is only available until November 30, 2010, so give me a call or send me an email right away ...  before it's too late!   If you want to grow your own business or just support your own stamping habit, this is the time!!   Shirley Northey 989-729-0164 or  

Well, I have been so busy  --- making Christmas cards!  A friend asked me if I would make some cards for her ... I had to think about it for a bit because I do not have my own cards done yet.  Anyway, we went thru all my Christmas stamps, current and retired, she chose the stamps she liked for this year.  So here are her cards I made, and she wanted 50 of each - that's 200 cards.  So now they are done and delivered - so I can make my own cards, and my goal is always to have them made and addressed by Thanksgiving ... guess I better get busy!  Good thing I love to stamp and make cards, huh!!!


All the supplies are Stampin' Up except the star border punch and I do love this retired nativity stamp!  These cards are 4 that I made for myself when I did hers - I still love these retired colors from several years ago (Forest Foliage and Baroque Burgundy) but I used Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Night of Navy and Glossy White cardstock for her cards. I embossed the tree and nativity scene in white and the tree stamp is from our beautiful Snow Swirled set, which is available in our catalog.

Hope you enjoy these cards ... just so you know, I did ask if I could post these cards to my blog and she said yes.  

Remember our SUStars Blog Hop starting on Saturday morning - you will get a LOT of great ideas for Christmas and other Winter holiday cards and projects - I have my projects all ready to post and I am so  excited to see what everyone created!!!  

Till then, take care and God bless you, Shirley