The Stockings Were Hung…

If you are stuffing your stockings for the Christmas Season, a MUST HAVE item is the new Holiday Stocking Die for the Big Shot (Item 120498, $32.95). Look at the adorable quilt (shown at Jill Olsen’s St. George stamp day in September) made with some of our exclusive fabric and the above mentioned die:
 

And the creative possibilities are endless with paper and fabric:

Jill even got creative and turned the stocking into a Witch Boot for this quilt (yes, I’m backtracking to Halloween for a moment…)

 But wait! There are more fun ideas! Check out this adorable Rudolph treat holder we made at our Holiday Stamp Camp! Just turn the stocking over and use the heel and toe for his ears (his antlers are created from the Snowflake Die and he is embossed with the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder):
 It’s not too late to order for Christmas! Place an order on my website by December 14 for Christmas delivery!

Big Shot Quilting/Fabric Class

I’m in love…….with the Big Shot! Did you know that it can cut through 50 different types of materials in addition to paper and card stock? Like our wood sheets, vinyl (yes, Stampin’ Up! sells large vinyl sheets in over 20 colors), foam, felt, foil, and of course FABRIC! I have had such fun exploring the world of fabric (and copying great ideas from other demonstrators) that I am holding a class to share it with you AND you will can go home with a beautiful fabric flower that you can wear, pin to a hat or coat or bag, use as an accent on a gift, put on a band for a little girl’s hair, etc, etc….If you would like to make the flower, the cost is $3 or you can just come to watch and learn for no cost 🙂 This is a sample of one of the flowers we made at our Winter Stamp Camp in Dixie, but we’ll be using Spring Colors for the class:

 
You’ll also see quilts and purses and much more! It’s just a half-hour, but you’ll love getting new creative ideas…and find out how you can get $85 of Stampin’ Up! product FREE when you order a Big Shot and a few dies during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31).
Monday, February 22 at 1 p.m.
~OR~
Tuesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.
860 E 1050 S, Spanish Fork
RSVP: 801-376-8685

SEW, SEW CUTE!

My parents owned a Stretch & Sew store in San Jose when I was a small girl. One of my earliest “chores” was to pick up and sort by color the spools of thread my baby sister (Mindi) would pull to the floor by the dozens. My mom sewed all our clothes and we two little girls were often dressed in matching outfits, or better yet, the WHOLE FAMILY would be the beneficiaries of mother’s mad sewing skills (see Exhibit A). Don’t be jealous if your parents weren’t as cool as mine, or your outfits as fashionable (it was the 70’s, after all)…


Despite her best attempts, I never learned much more about sewing than how to attach a button or how to hem a pair of pants. If something needed to be sewn, I just took it to mom.

Now my mother-in-law is a quilter, and a pretty creative one, at that! I enjoy sitting around the quilting frames with her, but I’m not as fast, nor are my stitches as even as hers. Cody even made me a set of quilting frames (nice guy), but they haven’t seen much action…yet.

Then it occurs to me: It is ironic that my Stampin’ Up! group is named “Stitched Stampers”, but I let my demonstrator family vote on it years ago, and there you have it.

What I’m trying to say is this: I have a LOT to live up to! (Exhibit B…taken at Stampin’ Up! home offices in August)

So I’m giving it my best shot…or should I say, my “Big Shot”?!

I attended a quilting class taught by Jill Olsen last month on how to use the Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin’ Up! as a tool for quilting, and was captivated by the possibilities: The Big Shot can cut up to 8 layers of fabric at a time and makes cutting scallop circles a cinch! Which led to my FIRST scallop circle quilt (but certainly not my last!) Exhibit C:

Isn’t that totally cool?? I must give my Launa (my mother-in-law) a huge THANK YOU for holding my hand as I worked on this quilt, and to my mom Lana for insisting that I learn how to sew a straight line (and I’m getting better at sewing circles, too)! Here’s a closer look at the scallop circles…we washed it to make it look “shabby chic” and that helped cover my drunk circle sewing 😀

You haven’t seen the last of my quilting endeavors, folks. Prepare yourself to be amazed!