Alissa Stamps Blog Stay up to date with Alissa Stamps $125 of your choice of Stampin’ Up! product for only $99!! I am very exited to announce some exciting news! How would you like to pick out $125 worth of whatever Stampin' Up! product that you would like and pay only $99? Sounds great doesn't it? And to top it off you get the shipping for free!!! Now you can join Stampin' Up! for $99 and be a part of my team. You can join just for the products and the discount or you can join and start earning extra money for things you need! Stampin' Up! has changed and improved the Starter Kit to allow you to customize it however you would like. Also included is $65 worth of business supplies to get you started. I would love to have you join my team! My goal is to have two people join Stampin' Up! with me by the end of June. I will be giving a $20 gift certificate for merchandise for the first 5 people that sign up!Contact me today to find out more. Operation: Crafting Hope Creative Women Creating ChangeSaturday, June 2nd, 2012 9am-6pmChurch of The King, Queensbury NYCraft the Day Away at the...Operation: Crafting Hope Fundraiser for the children of Liberia! Grab all your crafting, scrapbooking and papercrafting supplies and join other women for a full day of fun with uninterrupted crafting time. Your $30 registration is due by May 1st and includes breakfast and lunch, beverages, tasty snacks and an array of on-site equipment and supplies to use; including Big Shots, a HUGE number of Die Cuts, punches and stamps! There will be ‘make-and-takes’, demonstrations, a great goodie bag valued at over $25, and the chance to win awesome prizes. Several Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators will be onsite to help you with your projects. Take a day to be creative and enjoy time with friends, all while supporting an incredible cause. After you register, we are asking you to collect sponsorship for the event to raise even more money for the children in Liberia. Our goal is for each participant to raise at least $70 . A minimum of $50 donation is required on the day of the event. Click here for Online registration! or call (518) 791-8771. Become a Liberia Friend Stamp A Stack Class I recently held one of my popular Stamp-A-Stack classes where attendees get to create 16 cards with envelopes. I thought I wouldshare a photo of one of the cards they were able to make. Card #1: This card uses several fun products that you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration with a purchase of $50. Card Recipe:Stamps: Fresh Vintage (W 125115, C 125117) , Perfectly Penned (W 122890, C 122892, Cardstock:Pool Party(122924), Poppy Parade (119793), Lucky Limeade (122926), Whisper White (100730) & Everyday Enchantment DSP (126154), Ink: Poppy Parade (119782), Pool Party (122938), Tools & Accessories:Basic Pearls (119247), 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906), 1 3/8' Circle Punch (119860), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (119861), 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854), 1/2" Circle Punch (119869), Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die (123126), Adorning Accents Edgelit Die (125595), Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (125601), Big Shot (113439), Everyday Enchantment Ribbon (127279) Remember you can order online through my store 24/7 and if you order $50 in product during March you get to pick a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE!!!! Who doesn't love free?? (: Come back tomorrow for the photos of the other cards we made in class. Hope you have a chance to be creative and crafty today! Alissa Escape & Create - A Stamping and Scrapping Retreat DateFriday, March 4th & Saturday, March 5th TimeCheck in Friday at 5:30pm Final Session Ends Saturday at 4:00pmLocationHilton Garden Inn of Saratoga125 S. BroadwaySaratoga Springs, NY 12866What To ExpectStamping & Scrapping Classes with Terrific Take Home ProjectsCreative opportunities to Stamp & Scrap using a Huge Selection ofStampin Up Punches, Dies, Inks, Tools, Big Shot, Stamp Sets & More!Many Great Prizes & GiveawaysDemonstrations & Classes for the Latest Tools & ProductsStampin in your Jammies!Chocolate, Coffee & Other Decadent treats!No Children, No Husbands, No Diets, No Laundry, No Dishes!!Retreat Registration FeesBy January 31st $75.00By February 15th $85.00Hotel Registration Fees$99.00 (+tax) Per Room (up to 4 Occupants Per Room)(518) 587-1500 (For Hotel Registration Only, Please)For More Information:Email: alissaweaver@mac.comOrCall: Alissa (518) 791-8771 Starter Kit at 50% Off! If you have ever thought about becoming a Demonstrator now is the Perfect time! Stampin' Up! just announced an amazing Special- 50% off the normal Starter Kit price for a very limited time!!! It is only $87.50 for over $310 worth of products and business supplies (normally $175)! Being a Demonstrator is amazing! You get to get paid for doing what you love, get to be your own boss, meet lots of people and be a part of my team of demonstrators! This is a great opportunity-don't miss out, this offer ends at the end of November! Click below for all of the details, and contact me with any questions you may have! Alissa Welcome Christmas Small Box This is the third box from my Boxes and Bags class at the end of October:Cut 1 piece of Crumb Cake card stock 4 7/8" x 4 7/8" and 1 piece 8 1/2" x3 1/4".Score 4 7/8" x 4 7/8" piece at 15/16" on all sides. Fold on all score lines. Cut in on two sides to form flaps and stick together with Sticky Strip to form base of box.Score 8 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece at 1/2", 3 1/2" , 4 1/2" and 7 1/2". Fold on all score lines. Place Sticky Strip on bottom, front and back of base and stick onto 8 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece between the 4 1/2" and 7 1/2" score lines.Punch three medium size flowers from Boho Blossoms Punch out of Bravo Burgundy card stock.Pierce a hole in the center of the front of the box approximately 1/2" down. Insert an Antique brad into 1 of the Bravo Burgandy flowers and attach to box.Cut 1 piece of Always Artichoke card stock at 3" x 2 3/4", 1 piece of Bravo Burgundy at2 1/2" x 2 3/4" and 1 piece of Very Vanilla at 2 3/8" x 2 5/8".Stamp "Family trimming tree" image, from the Welcome Christmas stamp set, using Always Artichoke ink, onto the Very Vanilla card stock, stick onto the Bravo Burgundy with SNAIL and then onto the Always Artichoke card stock. Stick onto the lid of the box. Stamp "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Come to Bethlehem stamp set with Bravo Burgundy ink on Very Vanilla and punch out with the Modern Label Punch. Punch out 1 modern label piece from Always Artichoke and cut in half, adhere behind stamped piece and then onto lid.Tie a small bow with Very Vanilla ribbon. Stick two remaining flowers together and insert brad in center. Stick onto knot of bow with glue dots and then stick bow onto lid with glue dots.I hope you enjoy making this box! All of the supplies are from Stampin' Up! and can be purchased through my website, just click on the Shop Now link. Happy Stamping! Alissa Christmas Box in Bravo Burgundy This is another box that we created in my Christmas Box Class at the end of October. I am holding another Christmas Boxes & Bags Class next Friday, November 12. If you live in my area of NY, I would love to have you join us! Contact me if you are interested and I will give you all of the details!LID: Cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock at 5-3/4" x 5-3/4". Stamp snowflake images from Northern Hearts Hostess Set, all over card stock Bravo Burgundy ink, making sure some go off the edge. Score at 1" on all four sides. Fold on score lines. Using your Paper Snips, cut slits at the bottom vertical score lines on two sides up to the horizontal score line. Adhere the flaps with Sticky Strip to form the lid. BOTTOM: Cut piece of Bravo Burgundy card stock at 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" square. Score at 2-1/2" on all four sides. Cut slits at the bottom vertical score lines on two sides up to the horizontal score line. Adhere the flaps with Sticky Strip to form the bottom of the box.Cut out the larger Scallop Square from the Scallop Square Duo with Big Shot. Emboss with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder. Use the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch to punch a scallop circle from a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Punch a 1 3/8" circle from Bravo Burgundy card stock. Stamp the medium sized snowflake onto Very Vanilla card stock and punch out with 1 1/4" circle punch. Using SNAIL adhesive, adhere stamped circle onto Bravo Burgundy circle and onto Scallop circle. Adhere this piece into center of Scallop Square and then onto top of lid.Stamp Snowman Tag image from the Tags til Christmas stamp set, in Bravo Burgundy ink and punch out with 1 3/4" circle punch. Punch hole in top of tag and loop through a piece of Linen Thread. All of the products used are from Stampin' Up! and can be purchased through me HERE at my online store.Happy Stamping! Alissa It has been forever-I have been busy!!!! Wow! I know that it has been forever since I posted! I have been busy getting ready for classes. Last Sunday night I had my Christmas Boxes & Bags Class and then on Wednesday I had a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. Both were a great time!! This is one of the projects we made in the box class:These are the instructions to make this box:Base of Box: 10-1/2″ x 10″ piece of Old Olive card stock. Score at 2-1/2″, 5″, 7-1/2″, and 10″ on the 10 1/2 side, then Score across the bottom at 2-1/4″. Cut in on score lines to make your flaps and use Sticky Strip to adhere the bottom.Cut 4 pieces of Holly Jolly Designer Series Paper at 7 1/2" x 2 1/4", adhere to all four sides using SNAIL adhesive.Punch holes with Crop-a-Dile on both sides near the top of the box, insert jumbo eyelets and set using Crop-a-Dile. Thread Old Olive Striped ribbon ends through eyelet and tie a knot on each end inside the box.Lid: Cut out a Scallop Square in Old Olive card stock with the Big Shot. Emboss with Northern Flurry embossing folder. Score at 15/16" on all 4 sides. Fold on all score lines. Cut in to make flaps and stick together with Sticky Strip to form lid.Cut one piece of Old Olive card stock at 2" x 3 1/2" and one piece of Very Vanilla at1 7/8" x 3 3/8" . Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment at bottom of Very Vanilla with Cherry Cobbler ink. Mat the Very Vanilla piece onto the Old Olive using SNAIL adhesive. Attach to box using SNAIL. Stamp ornament on small piece of Very Vanilla and punch out with ornament punch. Adhere above sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals. Tie a knot in a small piece of Old Olive or Very Vanilla ribbon and adhere to ornament with glue dots.All of the products used are from Stampin' Up! and can be purchased through my website. Just click Shop Now . Hope you enjoy! Alissa Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz!!! Now, from October 5-18, Stampin' Up! is adding over two hundred more discontinued items--some at up to 80 percent off to the clearance rack!Things to know about the Clearance Rack Blitz: * Orders for Clearance Rack items can be placed through my Online Store * Qualifying orders are eligible for hostess benefits. * While the Blitz lasts from October 5-18, some items, depending on availability, may be made available in the Clearance Rack in the future. * All discontinued items are available only while supplies last. * All sales of discontinued items are final.Let me know if you have any questions! Alissa Cory’s Birthday Purse in Melon Mambo This is the purse that I made for my friend, Cory's birthday, last week. I totally forgot to take photos of what I made for her before I gave it to her, so I have been waiting to get some from her. I found this awesome tutorial for making the purse from Becky Roberts. Her blog is called Inking Idaho and you can find the tutorial HERE. I also made her some cards, a few of which I posted about a few days ago. The rest of the cards are here. This first card I used the Always stamp set. It is so elegant! I love it. I also used the elegant lines embossing folder, basic pearls, melon mambo, early espresso and whisper white card stock, and the early espresso 1/8" taffeta ribbon.For this second card I used the Medallion stamp and the sentiment from the Because I Care hostess set. I used the striped grosgrain pumpkin pie ribbon. I can't get enough of that it is just so very fun! This last card uses the large medallion type image from the Day of Gratitude stamp set and the Top Note die. This stamp set is so versatile! You can really use it for any season, just by changing the colors of the ink you use! How great is that??Well, I hope you enjoy. All of the products used in my projects can be found through my Stampin' Up! website. Just click on the link at the top of my blog and then click SHOP NOW.Happy Stamping! Alissa Making a Photo Light Box and A Box Project I made my own photo light box so I can take nicer photos of all of my projects! I found a great site HERE that explained how to do it. My husband got a box for me at his work and I bought all of the other materials: white muslin, lamp, bulb and white poster board. It really was easy and I love that I can take photos with better lighting now.This is a box that I made awhile ago for a Box class with a Fall theme. It is a gable style box with Early Espresso Card stock. The other colors I used were Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie. Don't you think that the names of all of the Stampin' Up! colors are just so Yummy!! I love all of the color names! The main image comes from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set-always a favorite! Hope you enjoy! Alissa Thinking about Christmas Cards Wow, Christmas, already! I know, I know, you are thinking that I am crazy, but it is definitely not too early to start on Christmas cards. I will be hand stamping all of mine, of course, so I really need to plan ahead to have enough time. Time is always an issue, isn't it? People are always saying that they don't have enough time. I am sure many of you are thinking that you don't have time to make your own Christmas cards. Well I have a solution for you!! I will be holding a Christmas card class in October. I will design and prepare all of the materials for you. When you come to the class you get to make 16 cards, 4 cards each of 4 different designs! So you will leave that evening with 16 Christmas cards, handmade by you, and you will only have to invest a few hours of one evening! Isn't that perfect?? I will also be holding a Christmas gift box class in October. This is a fun way to learn to make little boxes that you can use for a gift for someone special. We will be making 4-5 boxes during that class. The dates for the classes are: Friday, October 15th at 7pm, Sunday, October 24 at 7 pm and Wednesday, October 27th at 7pm. I do require prepayment to reserve your spot at a class. This is one of the cards that we will be making at the class. It uses the ornament image from the Tags til Christmas Stamp set and the pine tree image from Lovely as A Tree.This box is an example of what type of project we will be making at my Boxes and Bags class. All of the supplies that I used for these projects are from Stampin' Up! and can be ordered through my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website, click on the link at the top of this page. Happy Stamping! Alissa Happy Birthday to my good friend, Cory!!! Yesterday, I was able to spend some time having coffee, with my good friend Cory, for her birthday! Yea, so much fun! I was also able to bring her all of the fun presents that I made for her! She loved them! Of course, they all had to be in bright pink- Melon Mambo, her favorite color! This is a picture of her actual birthday card. I made it with the Day of Gratitude stamp set. Love, love, love how versatile it is! It is definitely not just an autumn stamp set! I also made her a really cute purse with some cards in it. I will have to post those pictures later. In all of the rush of the morning yesterday I never remembered to take any photos before I brought Cory her presents. Thankfully, her business partner was gracious enough to take some and send them to me! Yea, thank you Abby! I will post the rest of the photos when I get them. Can't wait to share them with you!AlissaWhat to order:* melon mambo card stock (115320)* melon mambo ink (115656)* pumpkin pie card stock (105117)* pumpkin pie ink (105216)* pumpkin pie 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon ( 115616)* linen thread (104199)* pearls (119247)* whisper white card stock (100730)* Day of Gratitude stamp set (120835 wood, 121148 clear)* Textured Impressions Vintage Wallpaper embossing Folder (120175) Autumn Inspiration Hi! Happy Autumn! It is now officially the fall season, though the weather has felt that way for awhile here in the northeast! I have a few more fall themed cards to share with you today. I hope you enjoy them. They all use the Day of Gratitude stamp set. One amazing thing about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that I have access to a special website where demonstrators post hundreds of project ideas. I love coming up with designs on my own, but it is also wonderful to have such a terrific place to go for inspiration! My first card I made based on a card I saw by another demonstrator, Mary Brown. You can see her post on her blog about it HERE . I hope you enjoyed the cards! All of the supplies can be ordered through my Stampin' Up! website, just click the link at the top of this page.Alissa Another Day of Gratitude Card So I told you that I could not get enough of this stamp set! It is gorgeous! I made this card to include in one of my baskets that I put together for my chiropractor to give away. I used Cajun Craze (awesome autumn color!!!), early espresso and very vanilla. The center small circle is punched out from the Autumn Spice Designer series paper.This stamp set works wonderfully for fall projects but really is very versatile and can be used for other times of the year. I will show you an example of this Monday. I am making a birthday card for my good friend using this stamp set with a totally different color palette (melon mambo and pumpkin pie). Make sure to stop back and see it! Alissa Imagine The Possibilities I love the sentiment stamp set called Word Play from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog. I used that stamp set along with the curly label punch for my card today. I first saw the idea for this card HERE and I knew I had to try it out! I like that it can be a masculine card too! I always have a harder time coming up with those for some reason, so it is always great to find some good ideas for one!Hope you enjoy the card and remember to leave a comment in yesterdays post for a chance at some blog candy.Alissa (: Day of Gratitude and Blog Candy!!! My number one favorite item from the new holiday mini is the Day of Gratitude stamp set! I just cannot get enough of it. I have been making lots of cards with it lately, so I guess it is about time I started sharing some of them with you (:This is a CASE (create and share everything) from the Holiday Mini. I used the wonderful Stampin' Up! markers to color directly onto the stamp for the large image and acorn and then I snipped them out with my Paper Snips (a must-have tool!) The background paper is from the amazing Autumn Spice Designer Series paper (also in my top favs!).In my last post, I listed my top ten favorites from the holiday mini. I am wondering what your favorites might be. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite and why by Monday, and I will pick a winner to receive some BLOG CANDY! I will be giving away some retired Stampin' Up! product. To order any of the wonderful products I used for my card, head over to my Stampin' Up! website by clicking on the Shop Now link at the top of this page.Alissa From Bathing Suits to Backpacks and Finally Back to Business! Wow! It has been soooo long since I posted! We went on vacation to Stone Harbor (one of my most favorite places in the whole world) and we arrived back just before school started! Whew! What a whirlwind, unpacking, doing laundry and getting school supplies ready! We are all settling into a routine again with the kids at school and now I finally can get back on track with all of my business! Yea!So Happy September! What a fun time of year! Kids at school, crisp cool mornings, the beginning of leaves changing into their glorious color and the Stampin' Up Holiday Mini Catalog is here! If you have not already received one in the mail from me, let me know and I will get one to you! It is an amazing catalog filled with so many wonderful and fabulous products. Thought I would share my top 10 with you!1. Day of Gratitude Stamp Set (120835 wood mount or 121148 clear)- such wonderful fall images and just love the sentiment!!2. Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper (120808)- this is absolutely luscious paper-the texture, the colors, soooo yummy!!3. Extra-Large Decorative Label Punch (120907)- Gorgeous! and coordinates with stamps, what could be better??4. Tags til Christmas Stamp Set (120847 wood, 121169 clear)- great images and all coordinate with punches-always love that!!!5. Northern Flurry Impressions Embossing Folder (120902)- all of the impressions embossing folders I love and this is no exception! Nice way to add a little something to a card!6. Extra-Large Circle Punch (120906)- I can always use more punches, right? So great for layering!7. Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set (120857 wood, 121187 clear) so many cute images, 24 in all, WOW!!!! You can do so many things with this set !8. Bingo Card stamp (120851)- what a fun project for the kids to make!9. Seam Binding Ribbon-comes in three yummy colors, Very Vanilla (120999), Cherry Cobbler (120992) and Always Artichoke (121000)10. Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons (121002)- Buttons always add a bit a fun to every project!So these are my top favs, how about you? Post a comment about your favorite new product in the Holiday Mini! Can't wait to hear what everyone likes!Happy Stamping! Alissa Another Just Believe Card! When I was searching my photos, I realized I had made another "Just Believe" card similar to the one I posted yesterday. This one was included in a package of cards that I put in a basket to give to my chiropractor. He gives a basket of goodies away every month (he calls it a wellness basket), and I get the privilege of putting it all together! It is so fun! I love making things look pretty!I thought I would include a few other photos of the basket. In this next one, I know the basket looks kind of empty. I added more items later but have no photo. This photo is of some snacks that I put in a small cello bag and then used the Top Note as a topper. Love that die, it is so versatile! Definitely a must-have! This last photo is of a tag I put on the ribbon. I used the floral image, swirly image and "for you" sentiment from the Elements of Style stamp set. Did you notice the ribbon? It's the 1 1/4 striped grosgrain. Love, love, love that ribbon! Thanks for stopping by! Alissa Just Believe The new stamp set "Just Believe" is definitely my favorite new set from the new Idea Book & Catalog!!! It is so beautiful! I especially love the sentiment that I used for this card! I know it is hard to tell, but the colors I used for the card stock are Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Whisper White and Old Olive. I used Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive Ink. I used markers to color directly onto the stamp for the flower image. For the embellishments, I used the Hemp Twine and an Old Olive button that is now retired. Hopefully soon I will have better lighting! We purchased the wrong kind of bulb for my light box, so the photos are not yet up to par , but that is okay! I can't wait to show you a card that I was working on last night! I have been working with the products from the upcoming Holiday Mini. I will give you a sneak peek as soon as I get a photo. The Designer Series Specialty Paper that I was using is so YUMMY! Wonderful colors, texture and images. Can't wait to play with that some more! The Holiday Mini products will be available starting September 1 and I will have the catalog posted on my blog and SU website then. If you are already on my mailing list, you should have already received the Holiday Mini in the mail or you will be receiving it shortly. Let me know if you would like to sign up for my mailing list!I will be posting some info on my upcoming classes and also some creations I made with the new Holiday Mini products, within the next few days.Happy Stamping, Alissa Marina Mist & Certainly Celery I have another card to share with you today. I decided to make this card using Marina Mist and Certainly Celery. I love these colors together!! They are so soothing! I used the floral bough stamp from the"Thoughts & Prayers" stamp set. The sentiment is from a now retired, Hostess set. The little butterfly is from the Beautiful Wings Embossilits Die. I also used the Scallop Square Die and the Polka Dot embossing folder with the Big Shot.Hope you enjoy! Alissa Because I Care Card I wanted to post a photo of a card I had made recently. I feel that this is not the best photo. I am working to remedy that as you will see soon in a future post. For this card I used the Level 1 Hostess Set "Because I Care" (120118). It is such a beautiful set. I love it! I also used the "praying for you" sentiment from the "Thoughts & Prayers" stamp set (113252). I used Marina Mist and Old Olive ink and Marina Mist, Old Olive and Whisper White card stock. Did you notice the embossed whisper white card stock? That is the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (120175). Love it, Love it, Love it! The ribbon is the 1/4" grosgrain Old Olive (111368)Hopefully I will have a better way to take photos soon so the lighting is better!Happy Stamping! Alissa Upcoming Classes It is so hard to believe that it is already the middle of August! Where does the time go?? I have been so busy with family and stamping projects and planning classes!I have several dates planned for September. These are all great classes to help you prepare for Christmas. It will be here before we know it! I will be having a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on September 15th and 17th at 7 pm. We will be making 16 cards (4 cards each of 4 designs). Cost is $30 and prepayment is required to reserve your place. The only thing that you need to bring is your own double-sided adhesive (SNAIL). I would be happy to order this for you if you need it!I will be posting photos very soon of some of the cards that we will be making! I am waiting for the UPS man to deliver all of my new Stampin' Up! goodies so I can create the cards we will be making!! I am also teaching a Christmas-themed Boxes and Bags Class on September 19th at 7 pm. We will make 4 projects and you will leave with instructions so you can make more at home! The cost is $25 and prepayment is required to reserve your place. You must bring your own Sticky Strip for this class and a paper piercer. I will be posting photos of these projects too, very soon!!Happy Stamping! Alissa My New Website I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator since March, but have been paper crafting for 5 or 6 years! I am finally becoming a blogger so I will now be able to share my love for creating and crafting with all of you! Stampin' Up! has so many amazing products and I love using them all! I was introduced to Stampin' Up! by going with a friend to a workshop/party. A workshop is such a great way to have a fun, creative time with friends and family and earn some free product at the same time!