Thursday, January 31, 2008


What is "Sale-A-Brate"? you might be asking. It is just one of the best times of year to receive FREE stamps or rub-ons from Stampin' Up!(R)!! And you can get free stuff by being a customer, hostess or signing up to become a demonstrator!! Here's the scoop:

Customers---for every $50 that you order, you receive one FREE stamp set or the new set of Rub-ons from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Hostesses---for every $300 in your show sales, you receive one FREE stamp set or the new set of Rub-ons from the SAB brochure.

Sign up to become a Demonstrator---and you get to choose ANY stamp set in the catalog for FREE!!!! Yes, that includes even the most expensive set, which I believe is $47.95! There are lots of other benefits when you are a demonstrator, too. Ask me about those and I'll be happy to share with you.

Now, one of the most important pieces of information is the dates for SAB. It begins tomorrow, FEB 1st and goes through MARCH 17th. I know that you will definitely want to place an order, probably some of you will want to do shows and I bet there are even a couple of you that have thought about becoming a demo! I look forward to hearing from all of you. :0)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cakes and cards

Well, what a great week I've had! My daughter and I had out last cake class in Wilton Level 1. Here are our final creations. Mine is the one with the black icing. We had some left over from our class the previous week, and I thought that if I added a little sugar to it then I could make it gray. I thought pink and gray would be very pretty. Turns out that I thought wrong!! It will just stay black. Oh well, I think that pink and black looks great too! :0) I want to say a big "Thank You!" to Allisson our teacher. We are looking forward to Wilton Class 2 sometime soon.

What do you think of them? We thought they were yummy!

Now, I have received some BEAUTIFUL cards in the mail in the last couple of weeks, and I wanted to share those with you. First, the winner of my blog candy sent me this beautiful card! She also sent me some bright fun fur to use on my cards! Thank you so much, bluemoon!!! I love all the sparkle on your card. I wish it showed up better in the picture.

The other card was from my friend, Kathryn. I just love her card! She used a Stampin' Up! set called Abundant Joy which just retired in December. I love how she used the premade card that was so decorative and then stamped, and I think colored with pencils. (Is that right, Kathryn?) Anyway, however she did it, she made a beautiful and special card for me. Thank you so much!

Lastly, here is a thank you card that I made. I used the Baroque Motifs stamp set. My color choices were Ruby Red, Old Olive, Cameo Coral, and Confetti White. The accessories that I used were the Scallop Circle Punch, the 5 Petal Punch and one of the Antique Brass jumbo eyelets. I think this card turned out well. I think that the Baroque Motifs stamp set is so versatile. This is definitely a "go to" set when I need an elegant card! Do you have this set yet?

The last fun thing that happened so far this week was that I found out that I won a prize in my Stampin' Up! upline group. I don't know what it is yet, but I should be receiving it in the mail later this week!! I can't wait to see what it is. Anything free is always FUN!! I'll make sure to show you when I get it.

Have a great day! I can't wait to see some of your creations!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Week Two of Cake Decorating

My daughter and I had our second cake decorating class. Here are our creations for this week....

My daughter used the leftover icing from our first week to make her cake---very colorful and creative! Mine is the plain white one with purple flowers with yellow centers. We are enjoying our class, but we only have one more week. We should learn how to complete the Wilton rose this week.

Here are some cards that I have been working on recently. This is my "Elizabeth" card. Why do I call it that? you ask. Well my good friend, Elizabeth, created this card at one of my camps. I had designed a card using this set and these colors, but she did her own thing at camp and came up with this beauty! Thanks for the inspiration, Elizabeth. This card uses the Doodle This stamp set. The colors are Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and So Saffron. Then lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter is add to make the card beautiful!!

The other projects that I want to show you today are the gifts that we gave to my girls' music teachers for Christmas. First there are coasters using the Elegant Notes stamp set. I used marble tiles (very important!) and Stazon ink for those. I apologize for the very blurry picture. I've given the coasters away now or I would take a new picture. Secondly, I made them sets of note cards using the same stamp set and Soft Subtles colors. I even made a little holder for the cards.

I hope that each of you are having a wonderful day. It's time for me to sign off for tonight.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Blog Name

I keep forgetting to tell you about my blog name and how I came up with it. Well, my up-up-upline in Stampin' Up! (r) has named her group the "Inky Angels", so I am an Inky Angel. Once you achieve the Sr. Supervisor title with Stampin' Up!, then you can name your group (which includes you and all of those who have signed up under you and those under them and so on to the fifth level). Since I am a Sr. Supervisor, I decided that it was time to name my group. I wanted to do something that had the "Inky" in there in honor of my up-up-upline and because all of us who stamp know that almost everytime, we end up with at least inky fingers!! So I began to ponder that at the same time that I was going to start my blog. I decided to make the two similar if possible. My next thought was the time that I am usually able to spend stamping. And like many others, that seems to be late at night....when I should be asleep and dreaming!! So, I named my group the "Inky Dreamers" and my blog "Amy's Inky Dreams" (minus the apostrophe and spaces!). I'm glad that I finally remembered to explain to you the reason for my blog name! If any of you are interested in signing up to sell Stampin' Up!, you could become part of my group and be both an Inky Angel and an Inky Dreamer! How cool is that!?!

Now, I wanted to share one quick card. I sent the BLOG CANDY to my winner, Bluemoon, in Canada. It just arrived this past Friday. I had included a card made using the set that she won (since I had another set just like that). I also wanted to use the same colors of cardstock, ink and ribbon so she started with one card example using those items. Here is a picture of the card that I sent her. (All items used in this card are Stampin' Up!.)

Once again, Bluemoon, I hope that you are enjoying your new stuff!! Have a great day, everyone. It is a holiday for lots of folks so maybe you will have time to stamp at least a little today. :0)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snow Day!!!

I just love to have snow days, don't you? Well, I do homeschool my children, so they had to do school anyway. :0) But they did get to take several breaks and go out to play in the snow. During those breaks, I got to play with my STAMPS!! I had so much fun. First, a couple of pictures of the snow today. There were a couple of times when the snow was pouring down. I got a great picture of it, but it does look a little like it could be blurry. That's just because of how big the flakes were and how fast they were coming down.

Now, would you like to see some cards? Here's #1---

This is another of the cards for my upcoming stamp camp on Jan. 24th. Have you signed up yet? Here's what I used for this birthday card (all Stampin' Up! items):

Stamp sets: Embrace Life and It's Your Birthday; Inks: Only Orange, Real Red, Lovely Lilac, Brilliant Blue, Glorious Green; Cardstock: Yo yo yellow, Lovely Lilac and Confetti White


This is the 5th and last card for the Jan. 24th stamp camp. I used (all Stampin' Up! items):

Stamp set: Close as a Memory; Ink: Basic Brown, plus markers in Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, and Bashful Blue; Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Close to Cocoa and Naturals Ivory; Also: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, corner rounder, Stampin' Dimensionals and Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware.

I have lots more cards that I made today, but I really want to share this beautiful card made for me by my talented downline, Connie D. I was so excited to get this wonderful card in the mail. You may be seeing something like this coming up at one of my stamp camps soon! :0) Thanks, Connie! I just love how she made this look just like a piece of paper in a clipboard by using the Spiral Punch and the Round Tab Punch, plus those brads.

I am going to sign off for tonight and try to show you some more pictures tomorrow. Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Fun at the Open House

The Open House on Saturday was so much fun!! I'm sorry if you weren't able to be here. But I do have some pictures. First are the ones of the cakes that we got to eat. My oldest daughter and I are taking a cake decorating class on Friday nights, so we had the cakes we made the night before. The flower cake was chocolate and the heart cake was vanilla. Yum!!

There were lots of retired stamp set deals to be had and make and takes to be made and door prizes to be awarded. Here are pictures of the door prizes. First was this cute little journal. I used the Stampin' Up! (r) Beautiful Thing stamp set to make the little flower addition. I also added lots of fun ribbon to the spiral binding. Nicole A. was the winner of this prize!! Enjoy!

The next prize was a little bottle with loads of punched pieces. I used lots of different colors of Stampin' Up! cardstock and a wide variety of punches to fill the little jar. I then tied a ribbon with a tag on top. (Thanks, Kristin, I used that cute little tag that you made!) And the winner of this prize was Christine G. I hope you enjoy your gift!

The third prize was a set with a notebook and a candle. I used the new Infinite Goodness stamp set. It is such a beautiful stamp set!! I think that you might need this one. :0) Anyway, I also used some hodgepodge hardware and ribbon on the notebook. The picture of the candle isn't the best, but I used the pear and the words on it also. Jackie D. won this prize. Enjoy writing in your journal with your candle flickering beside you.

And lastly was the Grand Prize!! It was a retired stamp set called Flower Garden, plus 1 sheet of each of the Soft Subtles cardstock, 3 sheets of Whisper White cardstock, 3 sheets of Confetti White cardstock, a glue stick, a 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and a bag with all sorts of fun accessories, like ribbon, buttons, hodgepodge, and rhinestone brads. The winner of this great prize was Jan D.!!! I hope that you have fun with your new Stampin' Up! toys!!

I hope that those of you who were able to come to the Open House had a great time. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming stamp camps and other events. Maybe you would like to do a Stampin' Up! show. I'd be happy to do that for you; just give me a call.

Happy Stamping!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Open House This Saturday!!

Make sure to sign up by Friday if you plan to attend my Stampin' Up! Open House on Saturday between 10am and 2pm. You can just come and go whenever it is convenient for you. Make sure to invite a friend or family member (or both) who might be interested in learning to rubber stamp! I will have lots of retired stamp sets for sale at DISCOUNTED PRICES!! Plus prizes, snacks and other fun stuff. Oh, and the pictures above are of the make and take cards for the Open House. Just for attending, you get to make one each of these cards at no charge. Now, what are you waiting for to sign up?

Stamp sets used above are: Embrace Life (flower) and Simply Said (heart)

Accessories used: corner rounder punch (on flower card), pewter hodgepodge hardware, twill tape (on heart card)

Colors of cardstock and ink: Ruby Red and Groovy Guava (on flower card) and Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Real Red, Naturals Ivory and Basic Black (on heart card)

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you at my house on Saturday!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Kids' Valentine's Day Stamp Camp

Here is a picture of the cards that we will be doing for the Kids' Valentine's Day Stamp Camp coming on Saturday, February 2nd. I will have to preorder enough of the little pocket note cards for each child to do 15, so you must sign up and pay for this class by MONDAY, JANUARY 14th!!! These are easy cards for most ages. They will just stamp (with your help, if needed) and color in with either pure color pencils, metallic pencils or watercolor pencils with blender pens. I think these are such sweet Valentine's and handmade is always the best!!

For these Valentine's I used two different Stampin' Up! stamp sets: Happy Heart Day and Time Well Spent. Time Well Spent is a Level 3 Hostess Set, so you can only earn that by having a show with a certain amount of sales. But the really cool thing is that ALL current Stampin' Up! Demos received this set for FREE as a gift from Shelli (the owner of SU!)!! Now are you interested in hearing more about being a demo? Just let me know and I can give you all the details! :0)

Have a great day! Make a little time for stamping if you can.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Christmas Frames

These are the frames that I made for my grand nieces for Christmas. Wow, that "grand nieces" makes me sound really old, but I'm not!! Anyway, I didn't want to post pictures until I had given them. Now that they have them, I can finally post pictures!

I am so happy with how these turned out. I wanted to make them similar, yet different. And I wanted to use bright colors and make them "girly" looking. I started with Stampin' Up!'s wonderful Flowers for You Designer Series Paper for the background. For the letters, I used my Big Deal Alphabet for the first time! My colors were straight from the papers---Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose, and Tempting Turquoise. My little accent flower stamp is from the Stampin' Up! set called Just Like You---that is made to go with the Flowers for You paper. (This is such a cute stamp set and it is the current Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set, meaning that $2 from the sale of each set is donated to that Charity!!)

Other fun stuff that I used to make them "girly" was grosgrain ribbon, Square Rhinestone Brads, the Scallop Circle Punch and the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. Oh, I also used the Warm Words set for the little words on the circle/scallop tags.

I hope you like these cute little frames. I hold some Name Frame classes throughout the year that are available for you to come and learn how to do these yourself!!! Contact me if you are interested.

Happy Stamping! I have a full day of stamping planned for tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll have more stuff to post here soon.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Two 3D projects

Here are two projects that I've done---one recently and one this past summer. The letter "A" was done last summer. I bought the letter at Michael's and it is about 10" tall. I used the Stampin' Up! set called Bugs and Kisses to stamp all the cute little critters on it with all different colors in the Bold Brights family. Then I tied some coordinating bright colored grosgrain ribbons on and my project was done in 10 minutes!!! I entered it in a local fair and won a blue ribbon for it! :0)

The other project is the one I did just a few days ago. I am loving these great new Rub-Ons that Stampin' Up! has in the new Spring/Summer catalog! I have never worked with Rub-Ons before although I had heard of them. I'm so glad that Stampin' Up! came out with their own. This flower is from the Rub-On set called Eastern Elegance. These are just beautiful! I found the little bottle at Michael's also (and it only cost $.99) and I loved that it was kind of heart shaped---just in time for Valentine's Day. Then I did the Rub-Ons on the front and back and added some pretty purple bath salts. To decorate the top, I used some black grosgrain ribbon and one of the little flowers from the Pretties Kit. This, too, was a super easy and quick project that people think you spent lots of time creating. You are definitely going to need some of these Rub-Ons!

I have lots of other things that I have been working on, but I'm getting tired. We started back to school today---and since I homeschool that doesn't mean sending them out to the bus stop. :0) So I am a little tired and need to check some of their work from today before I can go to bed. I'll be posting more stuff soon.

Have a great day! I hope you can make some time for stamping today!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

And the winner is.....

Post #5----(I used to choose a winner---I was going to ask one of my girls to pick a number, but I told them they could sleep in after staying up until after midnight on New Year's Eve and they took me at my word!!! Even my husband is still in bed!!)

Bluemoon said...
Frosty and the other snowmen sets being retired soon! :(
December 28, 2007 7:29 AM

Bluemoon, please contact me with your mailing address and I will get your prize out to you!!! My e-mail address is: .

I want to thank everyone for playing, and amazingly enough, I am now over 1800 blog hits!!! I will try to post later with some of the things that I have been working on over the last week. Have a blessed day, everyone!!! I pray that 2008 will be your best year ever!!!