Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stippled Blossoms makes beautiful cards

Stippled Blossoms was my Stamp of the Month for October, and here is one of the cards my Stamp of the Month members received.  I just love how easy it is to make these beautiful flowers with 2-Step Stamping and a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  I added some Dazzling Diamonds to the white areas of the flower to give it some extra sparkle.  Pink Pirouette and Rose Red coordinate so nicely for this card! 

(I am writing and scheduling this post on Sunday night as Hurricane Sandy is approaching.  We have already lost our phone, so I am rushing to get this post done before we lose power.  I will write more when power and internet is restored -- or I make it out to a wifi hotspot after the storm passes -- lol.  I see a lot of Panera in my future this week!)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall foliage Get Well card

Here is a quick post I am pre-writing and pre-scheduling while we still have power.  I am hoping that doing this will somehow mean that we will not lose power with Hurricane Sandy.  (smile)  I made this card for the hubby of a good friend who has had a rough road with health concerns.  I just love these fall leaves!  I cut them using the Autumn Accents Bigz die and Daffodil Delight card stock.  I layered Cajun Craze and Early Espresso ink on the edges with sponge daubers, then crinkled the whole leaf up to get the wrinkles.  I used the Woodgrain embossing folder on some Cajun Craze cardstock, then sponged it with some Crumb Cake ink to bring out the grain.  I hope you like it!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Okay....here we go!

Well, the rain has started, and we are as ready as we ever will be for our "Frankenstorm" Sandy!  I AM looking forward to tomorrow for this reason:  the Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular -- woohoo! 

I will be placing an order, so let me know if you would like me to order anything for you.  This is a GREAT opportunity to get stamps at 15% off!  Just think of holiday gifts you could get for your crafty friends (or yourself!).  You can also place an order on my website http://nancyamato.stampinup.net.  The sale starts at 12 Midnight (MT) and ends at 11:50 PM (MT) on Monday, October 29.  So, don't miss out on this special sale.

I have been doing a little stamping, in between hurricane preparations -- lol.  Here is a little Halloween treat I made for some of the neighborhood kiddos.  Hopefully, trick or treat night will still go off without a hitch.  The mini milk carton die is the same die I used for the baby shower favors.  I used the same basic idea, but I added some Howlstooth and Scaringbone Designer Series Paper to the outside of the milk carton. 

Have a great Halloween!  And, stay safe fellow east-coasters. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Oh, Sandy!

Well, it looks like we will be having some "interesting" weather over the next few days, so please pardon if I do not post regularly.  We are prepared for the storm, but we are not looking forward to it!  :-)

I will do my best to place your orders on Monday, October 29, for the Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular.  It is ironic that they are calling this storm a "Frankenstorm" and it coincides with the Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular!  It will be a Halloween to remember, that's for sure!

If you are interested in placing an order for the Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular to save 15% on stamps and would like me to place the order for you, please send me an email with your order and payment information as soon as possible.  I am going to place an order when the Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular  begins at 12 AM (MT), 2 AM (ET).  I will be setting an alarm and placing the order then since the storm will likely cause us to lose power, and the power may not be back for several days.  Of course, you can always place an order on my website http://nancyamato.stampinup.net.  If you would like me to place the order for you, I need to have your order and payment information by Sunday, October 28, at 11 PM.  Thanks so much for understanding!

Take care fellow east-coasters.  Be safe all!       

Thursday, October 25, 2012


WOWOW!  I just found out about a GREAT promotion that Stampin' Up! is having for 1-day only, the "Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular!"  On Monday, October 29, almost all stamps in the big catalog and the Holiday Mini catalog will be on sale for 15% off!  This sale will start at 12 midnight (MT) and end at 11:50 PM (MT).  This means all stamps in the current catalogs including:
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps
This DOES NOT include Hostess sets, Bundled stamp sets, or Digital stamp brush sets.
You can place an order on my website http://nancyamato.stampinup.net or you can email me at stampinnancy@gmail.com with your order by Sunday, October 28, at 10 PM (ET).

There are also some new Single-Image stamps, just in time for this special.  You can check them out on my website!   

Don't miss out on this great sale!  The holidays are right around the corner, and this sale is too good to miss.  So, get your wish list ready and look through the catalog and Holiday Mini catalog.  All customers placing orders on my website or through me on Monday, October 29th, will receive a "thank you" gift from me.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

(Hopefully, Hurricane Sandy will behave herself and go out to sea!) 

Shop For A Cause

I am thrilled to be participating in a Vendor Event on Sunday, November 4.  "Shop For A Cause" will be held at St. Joseph Church (Fullerton) from 11 AM - 3:30 PM.  Come stop by and do some of your holiday shopping with great home-based direct sales businesses.  Each vendor is donating to the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization that sponsors juvenile diabetes research. 

Stop by my booth for a FREE Make & Take and enter my drawing for a FREE stamping class for up to 10 people.  I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking Day

What do you get when you combine Digital Scrapbooking Day and My Digital Studio? A week of FREE downloads and 50 percent off ALL digital kits!  Be sure to take advantage of this special week and get 3 free downloads and 50% off all digital kits from October 29 - November 5. 

What?  You don't have My Digital Studio?  New to digital designing?  Well, you can get a FREE trial version of My Digital Studio 2 (MDS2) for 30 days.  All you have to do is go to my online store and order your FREE trial version of MDS 2 with catalog number 130910.  Express yourself and impress your friends when you create projects using MDS 2, My Digital Studio’s digital design software.

With the FREE 30-day trial, you’ll get:
* Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days
* Full access to design tools to create cards, photobooks, calendars, and more
* Full access to a sample of exclusive artwork from MDS 2+
* The chance to buy additional downloads that you can keep after your trial expires
* Ability to order your projects from our professional print services

Visit http://mydigitalstudio.net for more information about My Digital Studio.  You will find lots of great samples and educational tutorials there to help you learn more about digital scrapbooking and more.   

Monday, October 22, 2012

Get ready for another RemARKable blog tour

I am so excited to announce another RemARKable blog tour!  I will be joining friends from the RemARKable Stampers team for a fabulous blog tour on November 11, 2012.  We will be featuring projects using WINTER MEMORIES, a great stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog (page 19).  Imagine all of the ideas you will have to use with this stamp set after the blog tour! 

Winter Memories
This set is available in wood mount (#127934, $27.95) or clear mount (#127937, $19.95).  I love it, and I cannot wait to show you some fun projects.  So, mark your calendars for November 11, 2012, for the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Book A Thon Saturday!

I am participating in a Book A Thon today with Stampin' Up!  I am booking parties for November 1 - December 16 to coincide with the Ink-Redible Hostess Promotion offered by Stampin' Up! 

Hostesses of parties held from November 1 - December 16 that have orders totalling $450 or more will earn a FREE Collection of Classic Ink Pads (a $49.95 value!)  in addition to the regular Hostess benefits.  You can choose between the Brights Collection, Regals Collection, or the Subtles Collection for your FREE ink pads.  What a great deal!

So, if you would like to host a Stampin' Up! party for you and your friends, contact me as soon as possible to get your preferred date.  Just email me at stampinnancy@gmail.com with your contact info and preferred date for your party.  I have lots of great ideas to show you and your friends!  The holidays are right around the corner, and Stampin' Up! can help you celebrate with cards, home decor items, holiday decorations, and gifts for your family and friends.    

Book your party with me this weekend, and I will have a special gift just for you!  Have a good weekend!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Over 70 new items on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Just a quick post to let you know that Stampin' Up! just added over 70 new items on the Clearance Rack!  Be sure to take advantage of these items at reduced prices -- available only while supplies last.  Shop at my online store, 24/7, http://nancyamato.stampinup.net.  Happy shopping!  (This is a great time to think about holiday shopping at a discount!)

Exciting news from Stampin' Up!

Have you ever wanted to buy a single stamp from a stamp set?  Well, you will be happy to hear that Stampin' Up! is trying out something new with three select stamp sets from now through January 2, 2013.  The three sets are Word Play, Perfectly Penned, and Seasonal Sayings.  You can order individual stamps from these three sets.  Please note that these stamps will only be available in clear mount and will be packaged in clear cello bags.  (Clear blocks are not included with the stamps.  The flyer includes information about which size clear block works best with each stamp.)  There is no limit on the number of these stamps that can be ordered during this pilot program.

You can order these single stamps via my website:  http://nancyamato.stampinup.net.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  And, remember, this pilot program will end after January 2, 2013.  Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Baby Shower Favors

Hello!  Our neighborhood hosted a baby shower for one of the neighbors, and I wanted to share what I made for the baby shower favors. 

The baby shower favors are made with the Mini Milk Carton die and the Big Shot machine.  I stamped 4 of the images from the Baby Bundle stamp set (page 61 of the 2012-2013 Catalog), punched them out with the small scallop punch (Holiday Mini catalog), then layered them onto a 1 3/8" circle of Certainly Celery card stock.  The parents-to-be know that their little bundle will be a boy, so I used Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White for the favors.  These colors coordinated so nicely with the plates and napkins we used -- it was a totally "Martha" moment!  lol 
I spray painted a willow basket with white semi-gloss paint, decorated it with a little ribbon, and filled it with the favors.  A fun project for a special little baby!

Here are the supplies I used for the favors:

Baby Bundle
Bashful Blue
Certainly Celery
Whisper White
Bashful Blue
Whisper White striped organza ribbon
1 3/8" Circle punch
1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini binder clips (office supply store)
Mini Milk Carton die
Big Shot machine
Fun-size bags of M&Ms (these fit perfectly inside the mini milk carton!)

Congratulations to our neighbors on their baby-to-be!  It will be great to have a new little boy in the neighborhood!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fun Weekend of Creativity

Hello!  I hope you enjoyed the World Card Making Day blog hop yesterday!  WOW -- what a variety of cards for so many occasions -- I cannot wait to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) these cards this week.

I had a busy and fun weekend crafting at the RemARKable Hot Retreat in Pennsylvania.  Not much sleep (smile), but lots of fun with friends.  By Sunday, we were a little slap-happy, so we thought it was a perfect time to pose for our "photo booth" photo. 

Stop by this week for more info on how to make the Designer Series Paper Christmas tree from World Card Making Day and more photos of cards I made this weekend.  Off to catch some ZZZZZZs -- see you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day #5

Well, it has been quite a day of inspiration from my fellow RemARKable Stampers!  I know I have several ideas I will be CASEing soon -- thank you, ladies! 

My final card is one that I made for the Maryland State Fair this summer.  It was inspired by a card I saw on display at the Stampin' Up! Convention this summer.  I just LOVE our embossing folders, and I had fun mixing textures for this wedding card:

I wanted a simple, elegant look so I chose Basic Black and Whisper White.  And, I just had to add a flower to the front for a special touch:

Here are the supplies I used for this card:

Petite Pairs
Whisper White
Basic Black
Basic Black
Antique Brads
Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Big Shot machine
Scallop Edge border punch
Scallop Circle punch
Small Scallop Circle punch
Bone Folder
Paper Piercer

Whew....it has been a whirlwind of a blog hop!  I hope you have enjoyed the cards and are inspired to get creative!  Be sure to click on the icon below to see what the other ladies have for you.  Happy Card Making Day!

Next Stop on the World Card Making Day RemARKable Blog Tour

World Card Making Day #4

Hello, again!  I hope you are enjoying our blog hop.  Here is my fourth card for today: 

I love how this card has a fun-fold to reveal the inside sentiment.

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

The Open Sea
Perfectly Penned
Rich Razzleberry
Island Indigo
Whisper White
Sahara Sand
Rich Razzleberry
Island Indigo
Crumb Cake
Stampin' Dimensionals
1/2" Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch

I hope you like it!  Be sure to click on the icon below to see more RemARKable creations!

Next Stop on the World Card Making Day RemARKable Blog Tour

Happy World Card Making Day #3

WOW -- I am seeing so many ideas I want to try!  I hope you are, too!

Here is my third card for the blog hop:

This card features the Faux Leather technique that I will be teaching soon.  Can you believe that you use masking tape to create this beautiful background? 

This background is great for masculine cards.  Here are the supplies you need to make this card:

Perfectly Penned
Very Vanilla
Soft Suede
Early Espresso
Crumb Cake
Soft Suede
Masking Tape
Stampin' Sponges
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Designer Naturals Buttons
Linen Thread

I hope you liked this "manly-man" card.  Stop by again soon for another card -- woohoo!

Next Stop on the World Card Making Day RemARKable Blog Tour

Happy World Cardmaking Day #2

Happy World Card Making Day!  Here is my second card for you today:

I call this my "funky Christmas tree" card!  I just love the patterns in the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I topped this Christmas tree with one of the Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons tied with some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine.

Here are the supplies you need to make this card:

Petite Pairs
Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Pack
Cherry Cobbler
Lucky Limeade
Very Vanilla
Cherry Cobbler
Bitty Banners Framelits
Cupcake Builder Punch (the cupcake holder makes a perfect Christmas tree stand!)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Glue Dots
Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive
Perfect Pennants Die
Sizzix Big Shot machine

Click on the button below to visit the rest of my teammates, then come back in a few hours for a whole new set of cards!  Have fun!

Next Stop on the World Card Making Day RemARKable Blog Tour

Happy World Card-Making Day!

Hello, stamping friends!  Happy World Card-Making Day!  You are in for a treat today -- a World Card-Making Day Blog Hop!  Take a look at all of the great ideas on this blog hop by clicking the  button shown at the end of this post. Each of us will be featuring 5 great cards for this blog hop, so be sure to stop back often to see our latest posts. 

My first card features Lacy & Lovely, a stamp set that is new this year.  I just love how you can change the look of your card by swapping the ink colors!  I wanted this card to be bright and cheery, so I used Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, and So Saffron. 

So, what do you think?  I found this color combination with my Stampin' Up! Color Coach.  It is a great source of inspiration and helps me "think outside the box" of my normal color choices.  This card was quick and easy -- a great one you can make several of and give as a gift. 


Here are the supplies I used for this card:

Lacy & Lovely
Rose Red
Wild Wasabi
So Saffron
Basic Black
Wild Wasabi
Rose Red
Whisper White
Scallop Punch
Large Scallop Punch
1 3/8 Circle Punch
Wild Wasabi Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Now, click on the icon below to visit the next stop on the blog tour.  And, be sure to stop by again for another card!  Happy surfing!

Next Stop on the World Card Making Day RemARKable Blog Tour

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October StampS of the Month

I am improving my Stamp of the Month program to feature two stamp sets each month.  This will give you greater choices and still let you earn free product for consistent orders.  I will continue to select stamp sets that are new to the 2012-2013 Catalog or sets that are featured in the mini catalog. 

Here are The Stamps of the Month for October:

Stippled Blossoms (page 78)
Catalog # 126745 woodmount   $26.95
Catalog # 126747 clearmount    $18.95

Lacy and Lovely (page 99)
Catalog # 122885 woodmount   $24.95
Catalog # 122887 clearmount    $17.95

All Stamp of the Month Club customers receive 3 finished samples made by yours truly to use or keep as inspiration. And, you can earn FREE Stampin' Up! products by purchasing the Stamp of the Month consistently.

Order the Stamp of the Month
For 3 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $6.95 or less FREE
For 6 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $8.95 or less FREE
For 9 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $12.95 or less FREE
For 12 months in a row and get an item of your choice for $18.95 or less FREE

You will receive your stamp set and samples by the end of the month. If you are local to the Baltimore area, I will deliver your order. Out-of-town orders are more than welcome, but there will be an additional fee for shipping. Simply send me your ZIP Code and I will calculate the shipping for you. Invite a friend I've never met to join and I will send you a FREE product sampler once she makes her first purchase.

I MUST have your order and payment by October 15 since I will be placing the order on October 16. Please send an email to stampinnancy@gmail.com if you would like to order the Stamp of the Month!  Thanks so much, and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Think pink and support the Race for the Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I want to help support the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure.  I have family members and friends who have battled breast cancer, and I want to help fight this disease.  So, I am donating my commission on the following items when they are ordered in Pretty In Pink, Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Regal Rose and Melon Mambo during the month of October: 
Card Stock (8 1/2 x 11" and 12 x 12", if available)
Classic Stampin' Pads
Classic Stampin' Ink Refills
Stampin' Write Markers (if available)

You can place an order online on my website http://nancyamato.stampinup.net or you can email your order to me at stampinnancy@gmail.com.  All orders will receive a special thank you gift from me!  I will post how much we raise at the beginning of November.  Thank you so much for supporting the Maryland Race for the Cure, and be sure to get your mammogram!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Merry Christmas, a little early...

I know it's only October, but Stampin' Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This is a great deal, and it is just in time -- I will be teaching a class to show you how to make these beautiful Christmas ornaments on Saturday, October 13th! 

You can choose from the following options:

Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132261Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132263Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

The Fine Print
  • See those special item numbers above? You've got to use those in order to get your FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.
  • Remember: the bundle gets you an additional 15 percent off the set and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies. So many options!
  • This promotion has no limits-for every bundle you buy, you'll get a free Festive Paper-Piercing Pack. They make great Christmas gifts! 
  • Online orders must be placed by Wednesday, October 31st, 10:50 PM (MT).  I will also be happy to place your order for you!  Just send an email to stampinnancy@gmail.com