Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Neighbor Advertisting Bags

This is a much, much, much overdue post!  Back in April of this year I created some neighbor advertising bags and delivered on Easter morning.

Here's a photo of everything that was in the bag.  I will also explain each item in more detail and things I would do differently when I do this again.

The bag consisted of.....
  • Bag - I got these from the dollar store.  They were 3 for $1.
  • Treat bag (see detailed photo below) - I used a small clear bag and packed it with an inexpensive seed packet and some Easter candy.  The bag topper was DSP (in this case it was retired) with a label that I stamped.
  • Paper Pumpkin Postcard/Pamphlet - These are supply items available to purchase by demos.  There's also some printouts you could print and include.  Paper Pumpkin is a great item to advertise since it is all inclusive!
  • Introduction, Contact Info, and Schedule Sheet - The top of the sheet was an introduction about who I am and how long we have lived in the neighborhood.  I also wrote a few sentences about my classes and about Stampin' Up! as a company.  I included my contact information - email, blog, and Facebook business page.  The majority of the sheet was my upcoming class schedule.  It included all the details of when, where, what, and how much.
  • Catalog Page (see detailed photo below) - I used some old catalogs and tore out individual pages.  I put a label on it that says "If you like what you see on this page - please contact me for a catalog." 

On Easter morning I went door to door and hung them on a front door knob or left them on their porch.  I ended up passing out about 50, but we have over 300 homes in our neighborhood.  I focused on our immediate neighbors and one other street.  It took a couple hours as I had to be careful to skip the no solicitor sign houses.  Each bag ended up costing  about $1.50.  The biggest expenses are the bag and candy.  I haven't had any neighbor specifically contact me about classes based on this advertising, but I did see a spike in Facebook business page traffic. 

I definitely have some things that I would do different when I do this next time.  I think I might do it again around back to school time and put a couple inexpensive school supplies in the treat bag.  Here's what I would do differently.....
  • Use a different bag!  At 33 cents each the bag was one of the biggest expenses.  There are door knob hanging clear bags that you can find on Amazon.  You could also use the gift bag punch board with some ribbon.
  • Include some sort of class discount coupon to encourage them to come to a class.
  • Don't include chocolate in the treat bags - it melts very easily!
  • Include a Paper Pumpkin completed project - bag, card, etc.
I would love to hear in the comments section how you have reached out to your neighbors!  Happy Stamping!!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Celebrations Card Class (Part 2 of 2)

Today is part 2 of the cards we made at my Celebrations Card class this week.  Enjoy and happy stamping!

Stamp leaves and stems on Whisper White with Emerald Envy.
Stamp flowers on Whisper White with Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst.
Stamp sentiment on Whisper White scrap and inside sentiment on Whisper White cardstock with coordinating color.
Punch out sentiment with Pretty Label Punch.
Use Wink of Stella on Flirty Flamingo flower.
Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop flower rectangles, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst pieces.
Use Snail to adhere metallic foil doily to Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Berry Burst pieces.
Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop sentiment from metallic foil doily.

Beautiful Bouquet  Stamp Set
Thick Whisper White Cardstock (8 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Whisper White Cardstock (3 1/2” x 1 1/4” x 3 for flowers and scrap for sentiments)
Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst Cardstock 3/4” x 5 1/2”)
Metallic Foil Doily
Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Emerald Envy Inks
Pretty Label Punch
Wink of Stella
Snail Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Whisper White Envelope

Inspired by card by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek


Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrations Card Class (Part 1 of 2)

Yesterday I hosted a celebrations card class that focused on cards for new babies, weddings, anniversaries, etc.  Here's all the details for the first set of cards.  Enjoy & check back tomorrow for the other set!


Stamp animal on cardstock in coordinating color.  Cut out with Little Loves framelits.
Use fine tip glue to adhere leaves to card base.
Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop circle and animal.
Stamp sentiment on card base in coordinating color.
Adhere Enamel Shape under sentiment.

A Little Wild Stamp Set
Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink Cardstock (8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4” and scrap for leaves)
Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip Cardstock (scrap for animal)
Whisper White (4” x 5 1/4” and scrap for circle)
Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze/Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip Inks
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Little Loves Framelits
Snail Adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Fine Tip Glue
Enamel Shapes
Whisper White Envelope

Inspired by card in 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ICS Blog Hop It's A Guy Thing

Woo Hoo it's the first Wednesday of the month you know what that means RIGHT? ICS Blog hop time! Our theme this month of June is It's A Guy Thing!  I also wanted to showcase some of the brand new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog items!  Enjoy the hop and feel free to leave us some love in the form of a comment, we love hearing from you!

I needed to make my Dad's Father's Day card since it's coming up quick!  Every year my Dad and I go to the Indiana State Fair just the two of us.  Even though I don't live in the state anymore I take a trip to visit to continue our tradition.  We eat our way through the fair and enjoy all the buildings, displays, animals, and projects.  Most importantly we enjoy the daughter & father time together!  With that in mind, I wanted to make his Father's Day card this year in a country/farm theme.  The new Heartland stamp set was the perfect match for this theme.

Card base is Night of Navy  - 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2"
DSP layer (new Wood Textures DSP!!!)- 4" x 5 1/4"

Very Vanilla layer inside - 4" x 5 1/4"

I stamped the tractor in Night of Navy on a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut it out with the largest square from the fabulous Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The Night of Navy mat is just a square of cardstock cut at 2 3/4" x 2 3/4".  

I used the always reliable Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment in conjunction with the new to me Classic Label Punch.  The brand new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals are the perfect size to pop the sentiment!

I hope you enjoyed my card!  The next stop in our blog hop is Candy!


Card Supply List from Stampin' Up!:

  • Stamps: Heartland, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Cardstock: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
  • DSP: Wood Textures
  • Inks: Night of Navy
  • Embellishments: Classic Label Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Cutting Pads, and Magnetic Platform
  • Adhesives: Snail, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, June 4, 2017

This Little Piggy and New In Colors

I haven't gotten to do much stamping lately, but I did create a few to send out.  Introducing the new This Little Piggy stamp set with new in colors Powder Pink, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist!  Enjoy!  I will be sharing more this week as my brand new Stampin' Up! products arrive tomorrow!!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Sprinkled With Love

Welcome to our fabulous A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!  Every month I receive a surprise card/project kit from Stampin' Up!, and the May kit is doughnuts. 

I decided to take a totally different approach for my card and project.  I went with a nautical/summer theme.

The card used a Dapper Denim card base and a Whisper White layer inside.  I took one of the cards from the kit and cut it apart to give me two "doughnuts."  For this blog I will call them life preservers going forward.  For the life preserver I added with Stampin' Dimensionals - four strips of Real Red cardstock.  These were trimmed up once adhered to the life preserver.  The bakers twine was attached with glue dots to the back of the life preserver to make it look like rope.  The light blue banner on the card was included in the kit.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black.  

The project is using one of the kit envelopes as a gift card envelope.  The sentiment (in Memento Black) is part of a white banner and then trimmed.  The life preserver is made exactly as I did for the card. 

I hope you enjoyed my card and project.  Thanks for visiting!  Your next hop in the blog is Lori!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used for Card & Project:  

  • Paper Pumpkin May 2017 Kit
  • Cardstock: Whisper White (4" x 5 1/4"), Dapper Denim (11" x 4 1/4" and score at 5 1/2"), Real Red (4 strips 1/2" x 1 3/4" )
  • Inks: Memento Black
  • Adhesives: Snail

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Masculine Card Class 3 of 3 - Stamp Dragging Technique

Today is the third and final card we created in my recent class.  Enjoy!

Stamp Traveler stamp set images on Very Vanilla cardstock with Early Espresso.
Use edge of stamps to ink edge of Very Vanilla cardstock and set aside to dry.
Stamp sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock with Early Espresso.
Use Snail to adhere to Very Vanilla Traveler stamped piece to sentiment Very Vanilla cardstock and to Early Espresso card base.
Use Snail to adhere Very Vanilla cardstock to inside of Early Espresso card base.


Traveler Stamp Set
Guy Greetings Stamp Set
Early Espresso Cardstock (8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (4” x 5 1/4” front & inside; 3” x 5 1/4”)
Early Espresso Ink
Snail Adhesive
Whisper White Envelope