Friday, September 23, 2011

Don't retire it... Reanimate it.!

Remember when you first got it?  You were so excited!  It was absolutely beautiful.  Very useful.  Filled a vital need.  But, before you could hardly turn around and say "Rumpelstiltskin"... it was past it's prime...outdated and replaced by a new and more popular one.  It's now just a "fond memory"...and every time you think of it, you feel guilty!  You feel bad when you have thoughts about getting rid of it for good...but it has outlived it's usefulness!

...OR HAS IT?   (No...I'm not referring to your last pair of new shoes!)

I'm talking about your past "SAMPLERS" ...DSP and Ribbon Samplers from Stampin' Up!
You know...the ones you stuck in the bottom drawer or 'junk box'...on the back of the bottom shelf, in the garage?

O.K...Don't admit where you put it.   Just go get it.   
Because you are going to "reanimate" it. 

Don't know what "reanimate" means?  Well, I didn't either until my wonderful 'upline' Lydia, started "Project Reanimate".  (I had to go look it up in the you'll just have to do the same thing.) lol

That little old, out-dated and neglected sampler is going to get you all excited, all over again and this is WHY...

Retired DSP Sampler  ©Stampin'Up!
Make two 3x3 'Sampler' cards from one page. ©Stampin'Up!

First card from a DSP Sampler page - by Micki Daniel  ©Stampin'Up!

  Second card from same DSP Sampler page - by Micki Daniel  ©Stampin'Up!

I used the 2-1/2" circle punch and the 'Itty Bitty' punch to get:
one large circle, 10 flowers and 1 strip...all from the same 3x3 sample.
I used both sides of the dsp, to get the two looks.
These were glued to the front of a 3 x 3 textured CS base. (match dsp color...or use white or neutral cs)
I added tiny pearls to center of each flower and punched a 2-1/2" whisper white circle for the inside greeting.

Now...just THINK of how many different sheets are in just one retired 'Sampler'...
(I said you'd get excited, but lets not hyperventilate over it ...unless you threw away your 'sampler'.) 

Enjoy your reunion while you "reanimate"...and keep stamping! - Micki

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Christmas Lodge" popular demand.

I've had so many requests for this card recipe that I have decided to go ahead and post the detailed instructions here on my blog.  This card is just 1 out of 12 cards you may choose to make at my fall Card Buffets.

(Note to "Card Buffet" attendees:  All complicated steps, for making any card on my menu, are prepared ahead of time for ease of completion! That's one of the BIG advantages of attending my's easy, fast and fun!)
  “Christmas Lodge I”
  Project recipe - by Micki Daniel 

             Created by Micki Daniel               
   All images ©Stampin’Up!
Supplies Needed:

Christmas Lodge” and “Come to Bethlehem” stamp sets 
 Night of Navy cs:  5½ x 8½  scored and folded at 4¼ mark
                            3½ square scrap (for Bigz 3” Die)
Whisper White cs:  5¼ x 4    emboss with Northern Flurry folder
                            5¼ x 4     for Top Note (for verse inside card)
                            3 ⅝ x 4¼   (for stamping lodge image)
Ink:  Night of Navy classic ink
Accessories:  3” Bigz Die, Top Note Die, 2½” and 1” circle punches, Snail, wide Post-it-Notes, sponge, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way Glue Pen, Northern Flurry embossing folder.   

  • Die cut 3” circle from scrap Night of Navy cs. Set aside.
  • Die cut Top Note. Stamp inside verse. Center, glue to inside of card. 
  • Emboss 5¼ x 4” Whisper White cs with the embossing folder.
  •  Stamp Greeting in lower, right corner. (the smooth area of embossed layer)
  •  Center and attach this embossed layer to front card base. Set aside.  
  •  Stamp ‘Lodge’ in center of  3 ⅝ x 4¼ white cs. Use Night of Navy ink.
  • Stamp ‘Lodge’ on Post-it-Note, making sure the roof top is on the “sticky” edge.  Cut out image (mask)  along roof and sides.  Position mask over top the stamped roof image on your white cs.  
  •   Punch 1” circle mask from Post-it-Note and stick over roof mask. 
  •   Sponge “night sky” around both masks, using Night of Navy ink.
  •   Remove masks. Center and punch out image using 2½” punch.
  • Center and attach to 3” Night of Navy cs. Add dimensionals.
  • Use 2-way pen on ‘snow areas’ and add Dazzling Diamonds.
  • Remove backing from dimensionals. Attach to matted card front.     Your card is finished!
         This Project Recipe is property of Micki Daniel. All images ©Stampin’Up! 2011.
Order all the project recipe supplies to make this card online at:     

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Sneak "Christmas" Peek...

Here is a sneak peek of just one of the beautiful Christmas cards that's on the "Card Buffet Menu" for October.

If you'd love to send out your own hand made cards this year...but don't want to buy and store a lot of supplies and tools with which to create them...then my "CARD BUFFET" is the answer! 

You can choose from 12 different cards. (Make only the ones you like best, and make as many of each card as you'd like, in the 3 hour session.)  And best of all the tedious, time-consuming steps will already be done for you!

"Christmas Lodge" designed & created by Micki Daniel ©Stampin'Up!
Close up view "Christmas Lodge" by Micki Daniel  ©Stampin'Up!

If you'd like more details about my October "CARD BUFFET" contact me at:

(Over the next few posts, I will be highlighting some of the Cards that will be in my October " BUFFET" be sure to stop back soon, for another peek of the "Card Buffet Menu"...coming in October!)
Have a great day...and keep stamping! - Micki

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Christmas Card...and an Ornament ...

Here is a Christmas Card (with detachable Ornament) I designed and made, that was such a hit with everyone...     It has a removable, hanging ornament that can be hung on a tree as decoration....or for a keepsake, if you were to add a child's photo or a family photo to the backside of the ornament.

Rather than try to describe how I made the card, it will be easier to just show you some photos.

Christmas card with hanging ornament_by Micki Daniel_image ©Stampin'Up!
Front of ornament. Card front, with ornament attached.  Back of ornament.©Stampin'Up!

Card by Micki Daniel.  View of inside of card and verse_©Stampin'Up!

Card by Micki Daniel.  View of ornament (back side)_images ©Stampin'Up!

I hope you are inspired to make your own Christmas cards this year!
If you live locally, you can contact me for more information on my upcoming "Card Buffet" classes, where several new and beautiful Christmas cards will be posted on my "Buffet Menu".  (You'll be able to choose which ones you want to make...and how many you wish to make, within the 3 hour session). Contact me through my Demonstrator web site:

Thanks for stopping by the "Avenue of Art".
And keep stamping!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I've been "AWOL"...

That's right...I've been 'AWOL'..and I thought you might like to see some graphic photos of the consequences!

It's true...I've been "Aggressively Working On Labeling"...all the stamp sets in my craft room!
(Thanks to Jill Olsen, for sharing her video and the labeling format she uses..I finally decided to tackle this overwhelming task.) 

Although Jill shared the label information for 2010-2011 sets...many of my stamps were older"retired".
(They are 'retired' from demonstrating them at workshops, because they can no longer be ordered thru SU.)
I still use all my stamps for making cards, crafts, etc..which I sell at craft shows and other outlets.  

Before I could type each label, I had to 'look-up' the details for every set, by going through many, many catalogs! 
But now, the labels are a great resource of information...right at my fingertips!
(See the close-up photo showing what information the labels actually list.)

With the large,  black-on-white, color-coded, BOLD labels, I can now find a stamp set at a glance!  And since I'm a "visual" person and need to "see" it...that's how I've setup my craft room and work stations.  I also keep retired sets separate from current sets, for class and workshop purposes.

Now, it's so much easier, and saves TONS of searching, every time I design and create a card, plan a class, clean/replace stamps...and especially in planning my  brand new "Card Buffets" ...coming soon!
(Contact me for details or to register for my Card Buffets.)     

So...lets go check out my "AWOL" consequences....

Close up of labels:
["retired", "Sale-A-Bration" sets, "Elements" color-coded category] 

"retired stamps"  work station


"Current stamps"  work station


So...are you ready to go "AWOL"...and reap the consequences?   You'll be glad you did!

Keep stamping!