Saturday, November 29, 2008

Turkey Cake!

I am sharing a picture of my turkey cake. Some have inquired as to what that is. It all stems from a hunt I had last year for "lamby cake". My SIL's husband's family has few traditions and one thing he remembers from growing up is they always had a cake in the shape of a lamb. With the SIL being out of the country with her job for much of last winter/spring, I took on the job of locating a pan that might be "the one" for making said cake. Ebay to the rescue! I managed to find a collection of lamb and Easter cake pans with one touted as vintage. Lacking time, I had the package sent to them and sure enough, the "vintage" one was it. When we arrived for Easter the cake was made and being decorated. It was fun to hear each time one of his family members arrived and went to the kitchen. All reactions were "hey--lamby cake!! Oh, hi Monica" :)

So shopping last fall at Williams-Sonoma I came across a turkey cake pan and the rest is history!I do have to say I am NOT showing off my decorating job! It was definitely a rush job. And I realize I blurred the beak when I blurred the background, but for those of you who couldn't picture it, at least now you can see it!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Now that Christmas push is on!
For those in the area, just a reminder that I am having the Christmas Tag Punch Art Classes this weekend. There is one Friday night, 7-9 and Sat. morning 10-12. You must RSVP by Thursday night.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

SU Sale Detail!

If you already checked out the sale, you may have seen the wrong prices!!! This flyer is updated and shows everything correctly.

Just click on the flyer to see it up close and personal. If you find something you can't live without give me a call or email because the bundles are limited. And, remember, I can have them shipped directly to your door!

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time, Tasha

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

In A Thankful Mood

I found out a few days ago my grandparents won't be joining us this year for thanksgiving so I had to get a card in the mail today! My grandpa isn't getting up much lately and so the 20 mile trip would wear him out. We will go see them this weekend I hope. I am thankful they are safe and getting along fairly well. I am also thankful my other grandparents are still getting along well in their own home. And I realize how blessed we are to have them all still a part of our lives.

Luckily I ordered a pack of the Autumn Vine dsp recently so this card only took a couple minutes which means I will be able to get it sent today! Everything is from SU!
Here is a quick run-down of the other things I used. Die-cut bird from Big Shot starter kit, leaf stamp and word rub-on from level 3 hostess set, Eastern Blooms branch (I omitted the flowers), and more mustard cs. It's hard to see but I stamped over the leaves with gold and brushed gold on the greeting edge. Marker colors are bravo burgundy, always artichoke, close to cocoa, and really rust. The layout is from last week's scs challenge SC203.

Remember, the big Extravaganza Sale starts tomorrow at Stampin Up! Visit Wed. morning for the big announcement!

Thanks for stopping by!
Till next time, Tasha

Monday, November 24, 2008

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale!!

Starting in about 48 hours is a never-before-seen sale at Stampin' Up! The details are a secret even to us demonstrators, but all will be revealed on Wednesday morning.

Here's what I can share so far:
  • sale runs Nov. 26-Dec. 1, it's short--don't miss it!
  • discount is on special product bundles
  • quantities are limited so you need to order quickly
  • you can order by emailing me, calling me, or online through my demonstrator website

If you are looking for a gift for a crafter, check-out the Love Notes Quick Kits about 3 posts down.

I'll post some of the cards from last week tonight but I have to go do some holiday decorating for a client this morning so it's time for me to scoot.

Thanks for stopping by!

Till next time, Tasha

Saturday, November 22, 2008

48-Hours of Insanity and Tip of the Day

On Wed. afternoon about 4:30 I read in the paper that our local hospital was having it's annual employee craft fair/bake sale on Friday and any employee/family could call to reserve a table. Well it just so happens that my neighbor/friend/upline (Heather) is also a call-in RN for labor and delivery at that same hospital. So I called her and within 5 minutes we were full-fledged craft fair participants. I do have to mention that it was listed as 8am-4pm which didn't sound too bad but after registering us the lady said "set up starts at 6:30". Eek, that's early! Keep in mind neither of us has done this before and not having planned on it, we had nothing ready! So I headed off to church with the kids for 2-1/2 hours for their Wed. programs and at 9pm we had our kids to bed, Heather came over, and we started planning for our Friday event.

Long story short, we had lots of nice cards, ornaments, and sample cards they could order. We made quite a few contacts that are interested in classes, sold some things, took some orders, and all in all had a good day though we were fairly delirious from lack of sleep. Which leads me to my:

Tip of the Day: Always allow at least 4 days to prepare for a craft show! lol :)

I'll be back tomorrow with new pics. and more ideas. I am heading up Heather's club tomorrow since she is out of town. That should be fun.

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time, Tasha

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What I Did With My Time

I tried one of Lauren Meader's templates today. Oh wow! I can look awesome in no time flat, lol, thanks to Lauren. This template is called For Keepsake. I made this for Becky who so graciously donated her time while the kids were at pre-school to help me.

Here is the finished box with tag.

I know I promised to have the ornament Quick Kit on today but am running behind. (Not new.) The Popcorn Kernel duties are taking about 2 hours/day so that doesn't leave much play time. But I think our pack is doing pretty well with sales. Hopefully, we won't have a lot left over!

Thanks for stopping by! Till next time, Tasha

PS The prices will be changing for the Love Notes Quick Kit. I am going to add the shipping right in. See the previous posts for more info.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ornament Quick Kit

This will be available as a kit tomorrow but thought I would give you a sneak peek this morning!
Thanks for stopping by, Tasha

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Quick Kits With Stampin' Up!

This is my first kit to put online. I will release them monthly but since we are headed into the holiday season, I am going to release a few between now and Thanksgiving instead of waiting for Dec.

Love Notes Quick Kit

All images are Best Wishes and More set copyright Stampin' Up!

The bird and flower cards are CASED from regional, the other two I designed to coordinate.

Colors are old olive, ruby red, baja breeze, more mustard, craft, and whisper white.
Accessory finishes may vary.

All pieces are included for creating this lovely gift set of 8 cards plus envelopes. The pieces come stamped, embossed, and punched. Accessories such as library clips are included as shown. You will use your scissors to trim if needed and adhesive to assemble the cards. Box is pre-cut and scored.

Too busy to put them together? I will ship them completely done and ready to go as well!

The final option is for those that actually want to make the cards.

Love Notes Quick Kit--Crafters Option

  • 1 Best Wishes and More stamp set

  • cardstock for 5 complete sets including boxes

  • accessories for 5 complete sets

  • complete tutorial

Click here to purchase Love Notes

Well, that's it for me tonight. I hope you like them as much as I do. It's really fun to see a project all the way through even though you can go a little crazy along the way.

Thanks for stopping by, Tasha

Just In Time For Christmas

Wow, have I been busy. That's nothing new, but this time it's with stamping! Yesterday was my Holiday Open House and last card workshop. It was at my home so I didn't have to do much but haul things upstairs. Oh yeah, and clean my house. ;) A huge thank you to my neighbor/friend/upline who did some last minute shopping for me and stayed most of the day and supplied lots of the samples. And thanks to another friend who helped me power clean!
This was the main display table of projects and products. My Quick Kits are there which I will be sharing later in the week. I am so excited about launching that whole line. They will be available for purchase here on my blog soon. In the frame is a project I did with the Big Shot. The next photo shows it up close.
The message is part of the Big Shot starter kit. You cannot see the texture on the craft cs but I used an embossing folder (from Hobby Lobby) which makes it look awesome. Colors are bravo burgundy, craft, and always artichoke. I love the way it turned out and the funny thing is, I only made it to put in the frame because my Decor Elements Count-down to Christmas didn't arrive in time! I get to look forward to that shipment tomorrow.
We also displayed a fall idea gallery. Plus lots of other cards and inspiration.
The main section of the piano we called "Christmas Past" and displayed many of our projects we made and/or received in the past 10 years! It was fun to get them all out and also to see people's reactions to techniques that we haven't used in a long time.

Today I went to an upline shoebox swap. We made some great Christmas cards/projects. I will share some of those soon as well.
I hope you have had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by.

Till next time, Tasha

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Welcome Wendy Lutz!! Wendy is the newest member of our Stampin Up! team. I look forward to helping her make the most of being a demonstrator and having her added ideas and inspiration. She is very excited about joining SU! (who isn't) so if you get a chance to talk to her, tell her congratulations.
Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween Didn't Do Me In!

Yes, I am sure some of you wondered what happened to me? Life!! But the good news is today I had a little time to do some creating and the next couple days will be busy with projects. SO...check back and see what I've got cookin'. I promise I will get them posted.

Thanks for stopping by,