Saturday, February 27, 2010

Build-A-Bear Coupon Special!

Promotion Dates: 01/05/2010 to 04/30/2010

Promotion Details: For every $20 spent on products from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Collection, receive a coupon (item 121105) for $5 off a $25 purchase at any Build-A-Bear Workshop store!

Things to Remember:
  • Customers will receive one coupon for every $20 they spend.
  • Eligible qualifying items are listed in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog (pages 38-40).
  • Coupon will automatically be added to the order once the qualifying purchase has been met and will ship with customers' order.
  • Coupon is printed in English only.
  • Coupon has no cash value.
  • Coupon includes
    $5 off a $25 purchase (expires December 31, 2010).
    Free 1,000 Bear Bills web code.
    Unique codes for This is an award-winning Build-A-Bear Workshop virtual world where kids can go online and create a virtual character and play. In addition, when kids buy a bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop, they also get a virtual bear to play with on the site.
  • Coupon Restrictions: Not valid on prior purchases, a Build-A-Party celebration, Bear Buck$ cards, in Build-A-Bear Workshop within Rainforest Café or in Build-A-Dino within T-REX Café. Not valid with any other offer. Photocopied coupons are not valid. Valid in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada only. Limit one coupon per person, per visit. Void where prohibited or restricted. Where required, cash value is 1/100 of 1 cent. Not valid at or
Visit my WEBSITE to order now!

Katie Burke
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Friday, February 26, 2010

Stampin' Up!® Introduces New Punch Design!

Starting with the new 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and continuing with all new punch designs going forward, Stampin' Up!® has adopted a new body style for our punches! A few features of the new punch style:
  • Low-profile, rectangular punch body allows for easier stacking and storing.
  • Punches lock shut for easier storage and transport.
  • Dual labels on top and end allow for easy identification and selection when stored.
  • Available in three sizes: small, medium, and extra-large.
  • New punches allow for larger punched images and more intricate designs while providing greater ease of use.
  • Extra -large punch images also allow for two-step designs like the Two-Step Bird punch in the Occasions Mini Catalog.
  • Corner punches allow you to punch a corner design along the inside edges of a page, not just corners.
  • Larger, whole-hand handle design provides better leverage for easier use.
  • Available in an exclusive Stampin' Up! color.

Part of Stampin' Up!'s commitment to providing demonstrators and customers with the very best crafting tools includes the belief in what we call continuous improvement. Essentially what this means is that even if something works very well, but we see a chance to improve it, we will work to make it even better. While new punch designs will be in the new body style, existing designs will remain in the existing body style for now. We will communicate any further changes as those decisions are made.

You can try out the new punch design for FREE as part of the Sale-A-Bration items available!

Visit my WEBSITE today!

Katie Burke
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Clear-Mount Rubber Stamps by Stampin' Up!

Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it!

Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up!® now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.

Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features:
  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.

Clear-Mount Frequently Asked Questions:

The clear-mount line of stamps has the same stamp quality as our traditional wood-mount stamps, but there are a few differences with the assembly, use, and care of these new stamps. We have provided some basic questions and answers below to help you get familiar with this new product.

Q: Why have we decided to offer clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: We have long known of the demand for repositionable clear-mount stamps from both demonstrators and customers. The problem has been how to offer these features without sacrificing the quality of our product. It took us a while, but we did it! With these new repositionable rubber stamps and clear blocks, you get the same superior image quality and durability you are accustomed to, along with the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable stamps.

Q: How do clear-mount stamps work?
A: Clear-mount stamps are designed to be repositionable so they can easily cling, and un-cling, from your clear blocks. Both the foam and the label on the clear-mount stamps possess a cling property that makes them adhere to smooth surfaces. The cling label is made from a special formulation of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) that is exceptionally soft and flexible with a very smooth finish. When the cling label is applied to a clean, smooth, glossy surface it adheres firmly without the need for an adhesive. To permanently adhere or “stick” the stamp to a block it requires adhesive, like our wood-mount stamps. If maintained properly, the cling properties should not wear out or decrease. Clear-mount stamps are different than wood-mount stamps in that they do not provide a permanent adhesion to the stamp block. To expect that the clear-mount stamps will stick the same as our wood-mount stamps is unrealistic. However, when used properly, clear-mount stamps provide a firm cling that will hold the stamp in place and give the same stamping quality as our wood-mount stamps. To properly adhere your clear-mount stamp to the clear block, press the clear-mount stamp firmly onto the clear block, applying even pressure to the entire surface of the stamp. After you adhere the stamp to the block, turn your block over (rubber side down) and press down firmly to ensure the cling hold to the entire stamp. You will be able to see if the stamp is sufficiently adhered to the block if you see flat air bubbles.

Q: What are the features of clear-mount stamps?
A: Clear-mount stamps are a new option for high-quality rubber stamps from Stampin’ Up! This new option offers a compact storage solution and is great for those that prefer repositionable stamps with fewer blocks.We will continue to carry all of our stamps in the wood-mount option. While one stamper may prefer wood-mount, another may prefer clear-mount, and still others may prefer a little of both. The best option is whatever fits your needs the best!

Q: Are the clear-mount stamps completely clear, so the whole stamp is see-through?
A: The clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps so they are not clear. The foam is the same thickness and density as our wood-mount foam but it has a cling property on the back so it can cling to clear blocks. When you use our clear-mount stamps with our clear blocks you can see through the placement of the die-cut stamp through the block. There is also an image label for the back of the stamp (between the block and the foam) that will help you position the stamp on the paper. Stamps that are completely clear, called photopolymer stamps, do not offer the same image quality that you get with rubber stamps, and are prone to stretching and tearing. Our clear-mount stamps give you the ability to have repositionable stamps while retaining the crisp stamp images and durability that you only get with rubber stamps.

Q: Are there plans for acrylic (photopolymer) stamps in the future?
A: No. Photopolymer would have been an easy solution for repositionable clear-mount stamps, but it is prone to stretching, tearing, and discoloration, and cannot offer the quality and crisp, finely detailed images Stampin' Up! stamps are known for. Our commitment to offering the very best products in the crafting market simply would not allow us to offer an inferior product like photopolymer.

Q: How is clear-mount stamping different from wood-mount stamping?
A: Clear-mount and wood-mount stamps are both made with the same quality rubber and foam. You will not see any difference in your stamped images with the clear-mount stamps. The clear-mount blocks have grooves on all four sides; the grooves in the block will feel the same in your hand as a wood-mount stamp. Your stamping experience will be the same with either product. The difference between these products lies mainly in their features and benefits. Clear-mount stamps require less storage space, and you can place multiple images on the same block. Also the image on the back of the stamp can aid you in stamp positioning.

Q: Is the clear-mount rubber different from the wood-mount rubber?
A: The rubber on the clear-mount stamps is identical to the rubber used on the wood-mount stamps.

Q: Is the clear-mount foam different?
A: The density of the clear-mount foam is the same as the wood-mount foam. However, the foam on the clear-mount stamps has adhesive on one side (to adhere it to the rubber) and a cling coating on the other side to adhere it to the block. There is also a slight color difference to help you tell them apart. The wood-mount foam color is Going Gray, and the clear-mount foam color is Sahara Sand.

Q: What products or tools do I need to use my clear-mount stamps?
A: To use clear-mount stamps you will need the clear-mount blocks, which are sold separately. To stamp you can use any ink of your choice. Please note that thicker inks such as VersaMark or Craft ink may tug at your stamp. These inks work well with your clear-mount stamps if you ensure that you have a strong cling between the stamp and clear block prior to stamping. To clean your clear-mount stamps use Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub. (See question on cleaning clear-mount stamps for more information.)

Q: What comes with my clear-mount stamp order?
A: Every purchase of a clear-mount stamp set includes a sheet of die-cut stamps with cling foam, a sheet of cling labels, and a storage case with a printed insert. Clear blocks are sold separately and are used for stamping with clear-mount stamps.

Q: Is Stampin' Up! eventually going to stop carrying wood-mount stamps?
A: We have no plans to discontinue our wood-mount stamps. The benefit of offering stamps in both formats is that your customers will be able to choose the medium that works best for them.
Q: Will all stamps be available in a clear-mount option?
A: Most of the new stamps in future catalogs will be available in both wood-mount and clear-mount options. However, the à la carte stamps and Build-A-Bear Workshop stamps will only be available in wood-mount.

Q: Do I need to use the labels on my clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: The labels are designed as a tool, and you can use them or not, as it suits your preference. The stamps are designed to cling to your blocks with or without the label.

Q: How do I apply the labels?
A: Applying the stamp labels is quite simple, and you will find detailed instructions located on the back side of the storage case label. Please read the printed stamp-mounting instructions before you proceed. The most important thing to remember is to leave the label on the sheet until you apply it to the stamp. If you remove the label first and then to try to apply it to the stamp, you will be unsuccessful. When peeling off the liner on the stamp label, it may help to only remove one half of the top liner. Press your stamp (foam side down) onto the label. At this point only half of the label will be adhered to the stamp. Peel off the other half of the label, and press down to adhere.

Q: Are the labels removable?
A: The labels are not removable. It could damage the foam if you try to remove the label once it has been applied.

Q: Does the cling ever wear away?
A: The cling is a static cling and will not wear out. However, you do need to keep both your blocks and stamps clean in order for the cling to function properly.

Q: Why isn't my clear-mount rubber stamp sticking to the acrylic block?
A: Our clear-mount stamps are designed to cling to our clear blocks but not so firmly that it would be difficult to remove them from the clear blocks. These stamps are repositionable, so they need to be able to be removed easily. However, your stamp should cling strongly enough to the acrylic block to allow you to stamp properly. If you are experiencing difficulty with the cling properties of your clear-mount stamp, try these solutions.

  • Check to make sure you mounted your clear-mount stamps as the directions instructed. If your stamps are mounted incorrectly then it could decrease the performance of the cling material.
  • Make sure that both the clear block and the cling surface of the clear-mount stamp are clean and free from dirt, ink, liquid, oil, or other residue. The cling properties of these stamps require clean surface area for the cling label to grip the clear block. We suggest that your hands also be clean when using clear-mount stamps and it is best to avoid using lotions or any other oily substance on your hands prior to using clear-mount stamps.
  • Press the clear-mount stamp firmly onto the clear block, applying even pressure to the entire surface of the stamp. After you adhere the stamp to the block, turn your block over (rubber side down) and press down firmly to ensure the cling hold to the entire stamp. You will be able to see if the stamp is sufficiently adhered to the block if you see flat air bubbles.
  • Keep your clear-mount stamps and clear blocks at room temperature prior to use. Extreme temperatures (hot or cold) may affect the cling properties in this product. Condensation caused by extreme temperatures may also affect cling properties of the stamps.

Q: How do I clean clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: You simply use your Stampin' Scrub and a few sprays of Stampin' Mist. Take caution to use a small amount of Stampin’ Mist (one or two sprays) as an excess of liquid could make the stamp come off the block and could cause cosmetic damage. The physical motions to clean your clear-mount stamps are slightly different than cleaning wood-mount stamps. After you spray Stampin’ Mist on the wet side of your Stampin’ Scrub, gently twist your stamp a few times to remove the ink. Next, gently twist your stamp on the dry side of your Scrub. If you attempt to clean your stamps with the same rough side-to-side/up-down movements that you may use with your wood-mount stamps, the cling of the stamp may detach from the clear block.

Q: How do I clean the acrylic blocks?
A: Acrylic blocks need to stay clean in order to work well. Stampin' Mist and Stampin' Scrub will clean StazOn, Classic Ink, Craft Ink, VersaMark, and metallic ink stains from your blocks. Avoid using StazOn cleaner, as it leaves a slightly oily residue that inhibits the functionality of the cling.

Q: How do you store clear-mount rubber stamps?
A: Clear-mount rubber stamps come in a DVD-sized storage case, and can be housed in any storage system designed to hold DVDs. The artwork on the storage label is shown at 100% on the cover, and thumbnail size on the spine. The back of the case is clear, allowing you to see the actual stamps from the back of the case.

Q: Will larger stamp sets (alphabets) come in larger cases?
A: Stamp sets that are too large for one storage case will be packaged in multiple storage cases and will be labeled 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.

Q: Can I get extra storage containers or labels?
A: You can purchase a four-pack of clear-mount storage cases (item # 119115). Extra labels are not available for purchase.

Q: How many sizes of blocks are available?
A: The blocks come in nine different sizes, and have grooves on all four sides. Each block is labeled with Stampin' Up! on one edge and the block letter on the opposite edge. You can buy the blocks individually, or can purchase the entire set as a discount bundle for 10 percent off the price of the combined blocks.

Q: How do I know which block sizes will work for each stamp?
A: The size of block that you use with your stamp is largely based on preference. However, we suggest that you choose a block that will have the closest fit to your die-cut stamp, similar to the fit on your wood-mount stamps. To assist in choosing block sizes, you can download the block size template at (insert link here) which shows each block size at 100%.

Q: Can I convert my current unmounted stamps to clear-mount stamps?
A: We do not recommend converting your wood-mount stamps to clear-mount stamps. The foam on the wood-mount stamp was not designed to be cling foam, and it is possible that you could damage your stamp if you try to alter it.

Q: Can I use my clear-mount stamps on wood blocks?
A: No. The static cling is designed to work on the clear-mount blocks, and will not work on the wood blocks.

Q: I prefer traditional wood-mount sets, so why should I invest in clear-mount?
A: We know most demonstrators and customers will prefer one system over the other.

Q: Will I still need to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig?
A: While the labels on the clear-mount stamps are closely aligned with the rubber, it is not exact. We recommend using the Stamp-a-ma-jig if your project requires exact alignment.

Interested in purchasing? Visit my WEBSITE and order 24/7!

Katie Burke
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Shelli Gardner Info and Haiti Relief Update

Find Shelli on Facebook and Twitter!

It was announced yesterday that Shelli Gardner, cofounder and CEO of Stampin' Up!®, is now on Facebook and Twitter!

Beginning Wednesday, February 24, Shelli will be posting comments and feedback about her experiences, as well as other Stampin' Up! events and announcements.

Shelli will continue to blog, as well, and that will remain the main source for detailed information and photos about Shelli's experiences!

Please be aware that Shelli will not be responding to any Facebook comments or Twitter posts, and she will not be following anyone on Twitter (though you can certainly follow her!).Also, please note that you may see overlap between Shelli's Facebook and Twitter posts and Stampin' Up!'s Facebook and Twitter posts as we determine what is appropriate for our multiple audiences (demonstrators and customers).

Haiti Relief Effort Update!

There are just a few days left to participate in Stampin′ Up!’s Haitian relief efforts! Until February 28, 2010, Stampin′ Up! is setting aside $2 from the sale of select stamp sets to be donated to the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

So far, demonstrators around the world have sold 11,895 sets, which equates to over $20,000 to be donated to this fund--but don’t stop now! You still have six days left to participate in this effort, making a difference in lives of those who continue to suffer in Haiti.

Click HERE for information on how you can participate in this effort!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy day!

Katie Burke
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Big Shot Fabric Project TUTORIAL - Felt Flower Clip

What a FUN project this was! A super easy (and much loved by the recipient) flower hair clip! I created it in literally MINUTES!

  • Felt sheets in pink and brown
  • Package of Sweet Pea Stitched Felt
  • Big Shot
  • Big Shot Circles No. 2 die
  • Hot glue gun (I used a low heat model)
  • Hair clip hardware (I used small, but could use larger if preferred)


  1. Cut your 8-1/2" x 11" felt sheets into 4 equal pieces.
  2. Take 2 pieces of brown and 2 pieces of pink felt, layer them, and run them through the Big Shot using the Circles No. 2 die.
  3. Layer cut pieces, alternating colors, while gluing just in the center with the hot glue gun. I liked the look of the circles being a little "not straight" when layering, but you could easily line them up without doing that.
  4. Top with a shape from the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt using hot glue gun.
  5. Hot glue a leaf from the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt to the undersurface.
  6. Glue entire creation to the hair clip hardware.

Makes 2 sets of 2 Felt Flower Clips!!!

Don't forget that Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT TIME to become a proud Big Shot owner! Click HERE for all the details on Sale-A-Bration options that you don't want to miss!!

Please let me know if I can be of assistance! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy day!

Katie Burke
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stamping Club Info Meeting Recap!

Never a dull moment with these gals! We had a great time working on the make and takes that my downline, Tammy Baldwin, designed. We created these fabulous mini milk cartons made using the Big Shot, Mini Milk Carton Die, papers and embellishments from the Simply Scrappin' Kit, Petal Party, and sealed with Mini Library Clips.

JOIN A STAMPING CLUB! Why join a club, you ask?? Check out these great reasons:
  • Receive a FREE Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book and Catalog (a $9.95 value)!
  • Stay on a budget while slowly building your Stampin’ Up!® collection! If you have a long wish list, this is a perfect way to pace yourself while building up your stamping supplies over time and staying within your budget!
  • Get together with friends and do something that you love to do! Club meetings are held at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church monthly, so you don't have to clean house!
  • You DO NOT have to be local to participate! For a small additional fee (shipping to you), you may participate from anywhere in the USA! We will just mail you your club order, as well as the make and takes and materials that you miss at the club meetings!
  • Get IDEAS!
  • Each member of the club takes turns being the hostess so that each member has the opportunity to earn FREE stamps and other products of their choice!
  • A minimum of $15.00 in FREE product of your choice.
  • At least 1 FREE level 1 hostess set of your choice.
  • You can earn TONS more product if you choose to hold an in-home party or gather outside orders during your hostess month.
  • The club will meet once a month on the date chosen by the hostess and will complete different make and take projects each month (scrapbooking, cards, or 3-dimensional items, whatever the hostess chooses)!
  • Opportunity to bring a guest to club meetings to help boost your sales!
  • Each member is required to order a minimum of $15.00 in Stampin’ Up!® product each month of the club (10 months), which enables each hostess to receive benefits!
  • Opportunity to sign up as a "Double Member." As a double member, you would commit to spending $30 a month instead of $15, and you will be the hostess 2 times during the 10-month period!

Please take a minute to view these files:
Stamping Club Information Sheet
Agreement Form

If you are interested in joining (we only have a few slots left!!), please EMAIL ME as soon as possible! You may choose your month to hostess, but it is on a first come, first served basis! This club starts on March 20th! Hope you can join the fun!

Katie Burke
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

So You Wanna Be a Big Shot?

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some great projects using fabric and the Big Shot! Did you know that Sale-A-Bration is the BEST TIME to purchase a Big Shot? Just look at what you would get:


  1. Order Item 113439
    Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    (includes Multipurpose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads!)
  2. Pick and choose ANY of the following Big Shot dies to equal an additional $51.00:
  • Sizzlits Dies (standard)
  • Medium Sizzlits Dies
  • Sizzlits 4-Pack Dies
  • Bigz Dies
  • Bigz Clear Dies
  • Originals Dies

That's right - you can choose from ANY of the dies in the categories listed above and there are a TON of options!

When ordering Option One, you would receive the following benefits:

  • $15.00 in FREE PRODUCT (your choice!) from the Stampin' Up! product line
  • 1 free Level One Hostess Set (your choice!)
  • 3 free Sale-A-Bration products (your choice!)


Want even MORE FREE STUFF? Order Option One and then add on this FABULOUS Doctor's Bag!
Item 113474
Doctor's Bag

I own this bag myself and I love, love, LOVE it!!! It carries my Big Shot and dies and it has the most amazing pink lining on the inside. Very sturdy and wipes clean.

Ordering Option One and Option Two, you would receive the following benefits:

  • $20.00 in FREE PRODUCT (your choice!) from the Stampin' Up! product line
  • 1 free Level One Hostess Set (your choice!)
  • 4 free Sale-A-Bration products (your choice!)

It is easy to continue building your order to earn free product!

  • For every $50 you spend, you receive 1 FREE Sale-A-Bration set. NO LIMITS!
  • Additional rewards based on the hostess awards chart found HERE.

Why not take advantage of Sale-A-Bration benefits and order your Big Shot today?!?! You can order 24/7 online at my WEBSITE by clicking shop now!

*Please note that you will be prompted to enter your Sale-A-Bration choices at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy weekend!

Katie Burke
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Free Crop/PMS Day TODAY and Stamping Club Information Meeting on Monday!

Don't forget about my February events! I would love to see you!

FREE February Crop/PMS Day!!
FEB 20 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern )

Bring your own projects to work on or just come visit! PMS Nights (popcorn, music, and scramping) are FREE of charge. Multiple demonstrators will sponsor a Make & Take Session from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (no stamping experience required). Make & Takes will be $2.50 each with 10% of profit to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

Come enjoy the fun!! BEGINNERS and LOOKY-LOU'S welcome!!!

I have arranged for delivery of dinner for those interested! Boy Scouts Troop 40 (Pine Mountain) will be serving their annual spaghetti supper the day of our crop. The meal includes spaghetti, sauce, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert!! A great meal for $5.00 per plate! Orders must be placed with Katie and money received by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Delivery of plates is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., just in time to take the plates home with you for dinner with the family after your crop!

Stampin' Club Informational Meeting
FEB 22 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Eastern )

Drop in and get information on joining a stamping club. Stamp on a budget and get FREE product! Free make and take. A stamping club sponsored by Katie Burke and Tammy Baldwin will start in March at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church on Hamilton Road. Club will meet on a Friday night or Saturday morning once a month (date to be determined in advance by each hostess) for the duration of the club. Members will complete a complimentary project (hostess chooses project type in advance) during club meeting time while placing orders.

Unable to attend or want to do it long distance? NOT a problem! Just place your club order by deadline and you will receive the materials for the make and take, as well as the hostess benefits during your hostess month!

Come find out all the details... and bring a friend!!! No financial commitment required night of meeting!

Katie Burke
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Big Shot Fabric Project - Ponytail Holder Instructions

  • Corduroy button
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Ponytail elastic
  1. Die cut 10 large scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die. Cut off eight of the scallops from each scallop circle. Gather together across the flat side about 1/4" from edge, gathering all ten circles on the same double-thread. Tie off.
  2. Die cut 10 small scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die. Gather the circles across three of the scallops on the same double-thread. Tie off.
  3. To cover Corduroy button, die cut a small scallop circle, then cut off all scallops. Gather the fabric around the edge, place button in the middle, then gather up threads and tie off.
  4. Attach ponytail elastic to back, then sew through all layers of fabric (including fabric around button), so fabric layers are connected to elastic.
I hope you have enjoyed this project series! Check back in the morning for information on owning your very own Big Shot and TONS OF FREE PRODUCT!!!

Have a Happy Day!!

Katie Burke
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Big Shot Fabric Project - Onesie Instructions

  • Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Pennant Bigz XL die
  • Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die
  • 1" wide elastic
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Baby onesie
  • Fabric
  1. Die cut 12 pennants using Big Shot and Pennant Bigz XL die. Gather and adhere to 1" elastic using sewing machine and thread.
  2. Die cut seven small scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die. Fold over five scallops and adhere to collar of onesie using sewing machine and thread.
  3. Die cut 10 small scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die. Gather the circles across three of the scallops on the same double-thread. Tie off.
  4. To create ribbon flowerette, tie a knot in the end of Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, then tie a new knot every three inches.
  5. Gather the ribbon in between each knot. Adhere ribbon to flower, then sew entire piece to onesie.
  6. Wash and dry to give shabby-chic look.
I hope you enjoyed today's project! Check back tomorrow for instructions for this great project:

Have a Happy Day!!!

Katie Burke
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Carryover Items Announced!!

GREAT NEWS!!! Stampin' Up!® has chosen to carryover several products from the Holiday Mini Catalog! This list of products (shown below) is available for purchase via Online Ordering.

116794 - Ornament punch ($15.95)

116806 - Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint ($5.95)

116854 - Frost White Shimmer Paint ($5.95)

116807 - Platinum Shimmer Paint ($5.95)

116829 - Décor Elements Blocks ($9.95)
116824 - Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty ($7.95)

116821 - Stampin' Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers ($29.95)

116819 - Stampin' Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die ($42.95)

116820 - Stampin' Up! Embosslits Merry die ($11.95)

116823 - Stampin' Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die ($5.50)
116822 - Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die ($42.95)

118140 - Stampin' Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die ($5.50)
118108 - My Digital Studio ($79.95)

116519 - Charming stamp set ($19.95)

These items, as well as the full Stampin' Up! product line, are available to order 24/7 at my WEBSITE by clicking "shop now."

Don't forget that it is Sale-A-Bration time, Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year! There are 3 ways to earn exclusive Sale-A-Bration products, so there's something for everyone.
  • Spend: Buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!
  • Host: Host a $300 workshop, and get a FREE Sale-A-Bration reward!
  • Join: Become a demonstrator, and get a FREE stamp set (up to a $47.95 value)!

This promotion ends March 31, so contact me today to spend, host, or join! Or click here to see the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Katie Burke
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Big Shot Fabric Project - Flower Headband Instructions

  • Corduroy button
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die
  • Fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Ponytail elastic
  1. Die cut 10 large scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die.
  2. Cut off eight of the scallops from each scallop circle. Gather together across the flat side about 1/4" from edge, gathering all 10 circles on the same double-thread. Tie off.
  3. Die cut eight small scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die. Gather the circles across three of the scallops on the same double-thread. Tie off.
  4. Die cut four small scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die. Fold circles in half, then in half again. Gather together across the bottom, gathering all four circles on the same double-thread. Tie off.
  5. Layer scallop circles and sew together.
  6. Attach Corduroy button through center.
  7. Die cut small scallop circle using Big Shot and Scallop Circles #2 Bigz die.
  8. Adhere to bottom of layered fabric pieces.
  9. Cut two strips of fabric and adhere over headband to secure scallop circle flower to headband.

I hope you enjoyed today's project! Check back tomorrow for instructions to make this great project:

Have a Happy Day!!

Katie Burke
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Big Shot Fabric Project - Quilt Square Instructions

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • 5-Point 3D Star Bigz die
  • Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die
  • Background fabric (two 10" x 10" squares)
  • 10" x 10" square 100% cotton batting
  • Ric-rac (6")
  • Sewing machine and thread


  1. Die cut four pieces of fabric using Big Shot and 5-Point 3D Star Bigz die. Round off hard edges.
  2. Die cut two large scallop circles using Big Shot and Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die.
  3. Die cut one small scallop circle using Big Shot and Scallop Circle #2 Bigz die.
  4. Insert cotton batting between two squares of background fabric and sew together using sewing machine and thread.
  5. Sew four flower petals (from 5-Point 3D Star Bigz die) to square. Fold large scallop circle in half and adhere to bottom of flower petals.
  6. Fold small scallop circle in half, then fold over part way to create one gather. Adhere to bottom of flower using sewing machine and thread.
  7. Adhere ric-rac stem to square using sewing machine and thread.
  8. Create leaf by cutting large scallop circle in half, then folding inner edge, and sewing each half on square.
  9. Wash and dry to give shabby-chic look.
For complete instructions and pattern, CLICK HERE!!

I hope you have enjoyed today's Big Shot Fabric Project! Check back tomorrow for instructions to make this great project:

Have a happy day!!

Katie Burke
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Big Shot Fabric Series Starts Today!

Did you know that you can cut fabric with your Big Shot? What an AMAZING resource for quilters and seamstresses, as well as crafters! I am going to highlight several Big Shot fabric projects this week on my blog so check back daily for a new dose of inspiration! I thought I would start today with a few FAQs......

What type of fabric will the Big Shot cut? The Big Shot will cut all types of fabric. For a complete list of Big Shot-approved materials, click here.

How many pieces of fabric can I cut at a time? That depends on the fabric. Different fabrics vary in thickness. For example, your Big Shot can cut through eight layers of cotton, which is a relatively thin fabric, but it will only cut through one layer of faux fur, which is a very thick fabric.

Do you shim fabric in a Big Shot differently than paper? No. Your Big Shot works the same with fabric as it does with paper. Different fabrics vary in thickness, much the same as different paper materials vary in thickness. If you are only cutting one layer of a very thin fabric, you might need to use a piece of card stock as a shim just as you would if you were only cutting one layer of thin paper.

Will all Big Shot dies cut fabric? You can cut fabric with any of the Sizzix steel-rule dies (Originals, Bigz, Bigz L, and Bigz XL). You cannot cut fabric with Sizzlits, Embosslits, Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, or Texturz Plates.

Will dies with score lines ruin my fabric? You can still use dies with score lines to cut fabric. The score lines will slightly distress your fabric, but shouldn't damage it permanently. However, we recommend that if you are using dies with score lines to only cut one or two layers at a time (depending on the thickness of your fabric). If you try to cut too many layers at a time, it is possible that the score lines could tear your fabric.

Will cutting fabric with the Big Shot dull my dies? The Big Shot steel-rule dies (Originals, Bigz, Bigz L, and Bigz XL) were designed to work on several different types of materials. For a complete list of Big Shot approved materials, click here. Cutting fabric with your Big Shot dies will not result in any damage to your dies, and will not dull them any faster than cutting paper will.

Should I wash my fabric before working with it? It really depends on the fabric. Some lower-quality fabrics will shrink after they're washed, which could result in your project coming apart. However, many quilters don't wash their fabric first because the fabric is stiffer and easier to work with before it's washed. And if you use higher-quality fabrics, they will likely not shrink.

I don't have a sewing machine. Can I still create fabric projects? Yes! The world of fabric crafting is as varied as the world of paper crafting. There are several alternatives to using a sewing machine. You can create many simple designs sewing by hand using a needle and thread or even a hot glue gun. In addition, fusible web is a great option for creating one-of-a-kind fabric crafts.

What is fusible web, and how does it work? Fusible web is a manmade fiber that will melt when heated with an iron and become sticky. When it is placed between two pieces of fabric, the melting of the web causes the fabrics to fuse together making it possible for you to adhere the fabric without the use of a sewing machine. Fusible web is available in rolls (similar to tape), in pre-packaged pieces, or is sold by the yard in your local fabric store.

My quilting friends mention things called charm packs, layer cakes, and fat quarters. What are they? Charm packs, layer cakes, and fat quarters are terms for precut cotton that is generally used for quilting. Charm packs include a variety of coordinating fabrics cut into 5" x 5" squares. The packs have an assortment of patterned and solid fabrics, and their small size makes them ideal for using on quilt blocks. Layer cakes are just like charm packs, but they are larger in size, with the cotton cut into 10" x 10" squares. Fat quarters are pieces of cotton cut into quarter yard segments. However, instead of being cut vertically, like you would cut a piece of fabric off a bolt, fat quarters are cut horizontally first, giving you a piece of cotton that measures 18" X 22". All of these options are a great way to get a good selection of fabrics at a relatively inexpensive price.

Does Stampin' Up! plan to sell fabric? Stampin' Up! works hard to stay on trend, but it just isn't possible to offer every crafting product on the market. We will continue to explore new products and possibilities, but will keep stamps, ink, and paper as our core products.

Check back here tomorrow for instructions on how to make the quilt block above!!! Have a happy day!

Katie Burke
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Haiti Relief Update - WOW!

  • I {Heart} Hearts - clear-mount (block D recommended)
  • Item 118571$18.95 I {Heart} Hearts - wood-mountItem 117010$26.95

Stampin′ Up! demonstrators are working hard to make a difference in the lives of those who continue to be affected by the 01/12/2010 earthquake in Haiti. In just 15 days, demonstrators around the world have already sold 7524 of the stamp sets! From each of these sets, Stampin′ Up! will donate $2 to the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

That means we have already raised $15,048!!!

This offer lasts until 02/28/2010, so you still have time to lend a helping hand to those who are so much in need. You may order the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set from my website 24/7. Don't forget that all purchases are also eligible for Sale-A-Bration rewards... for every $50 you spend, you will earn an item of your choice from the Sale-A-Bration catalog for FREE! Your freebie will be applied at checkout and shipped along with your order.

This set will also be available for purchase Monday night via a catalog order, at which time an additional 20% will be donated to benefit the Haiti relief kits that we are collecting for that night!!

As always, please let me know if I can be of assistance! Have a blessed day and let's help make a difference in the lives of others! Please invite your friends and family to take part in this effort as well.

Katie Burke
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Monday is the Valentine Sale and Hearts to Haiti Event!!

$2.50 Handmade Valentine Gifts Sale
  • These are COMPLETED projects ready for gift giving!!
  • Lots to choose from - 2 demonstrator event!
  • Most items will be $2.50 each or 6/$10.00!!
Hearts for Haiti
During this sale, we will be:
  • Accepting monetary donations for Haiti hygiene kits.
  • Donating our full commission (20%) from catalog sales on this night to purchase Haiti hygiene kits.
  • Offering a special stamp set that Stampin' Up!® has chosen to benefit Haiti. Stampin' Up! will donate $2 per stamp set sold to the Red Cross' efforts in Haiti.

I hope you can join us on 02/08/2010 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church on Hamilton Road (in the quilting room). Great Valentine gifts and a chance to give back to those in need!

Have a blessed day!

Katie Burke
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