Friday, August 19, 2011

State of Texas Tax Free Weekend and Stampin' Up

Order today here!   The state of Texas is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $100.00 per item from August 19-21. Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the below list of items will be state tax free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin' Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax free. Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional city, jurisdiction, or county taxes. 

The following items are tax-exempt during the Texas sales tax holiday:
Item Number
2-Way Glue Pen $    3.50
Dotto Refill $    6.50
Watercolor Pencils (24) $   19.95
Blender Pens (3) $    9.95
Craft & Rubber Scissors $   19.95
Dotto $   12.95
Paper Snips $    9.95
Mini Glue Dots $    4.95
Anywhere Glue Sticks (2) $    3.95
Sticky Strip $    6.95
SNAIL Refill $    4.50
SNAIL Adhesive $    6.95
Stampin' Dimensionals $    3.95
Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen $    3.95
Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler $    3.50
Craft Scissors $   29.95
Multipurpose Liquid Glue $    3.95
Stampin' Write Marker $    3.50
Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $   28.95
Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $   28.95
Brights Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10) $   28.95
Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (8) $   22.95
2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5) $   14.95
Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $   16.95
Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $   16.95
Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $   16.95
Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons (10) $   16.95
Stampin' Pastels $   24.95
2011-2013 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (5)

 $   14.95

Friday, August 12, 2011

Another Vinyl Project

Here is another gift I am planning for teacher's on my team! It is made with 7" block of 2x4. My husband cut several of them for me. He also drilled holes 1/2" apart with a drill bit that is the size of a pencil. I then sanded it, spray painted it black and let it dry. It went really fast!

I then cut out the school name and mascot using amazing vinyl. (White and Real Red) Applied the vinyl, wrapped a ribbon and voila - a cute gift!

I head back to work on Monday - I hope my friends like their goodies! Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Great Teacher Gift

So we are welcoming several new teachers in our building this year! Of course, the budget is tight so we can not get gifts for each and every one of them, so we decided to draw for this great school supply tower! I got the idea from a good friend of mine. It is put together a lot like those cute diaper cakes we have all see.
The base is a cake base wrapped in wrapping paper. Then I used a photo box for the first layer - attached with sticky strip. Then attached a composition book on each end, three spiral notebooks on one side, two packages of notebook paper on the other side and covered up the paper with three packages of colored pencils. The second layer is a large tissue box, with pens, pencils, sharpies and highlighters placed in the gap. The third layer is an opening formed with two band-aid boxes and two boxes of pencils. In the opening at the top is two packages of expo markers, a package of note cards, erasers and a pencil sharpener. Everything is either taped down with sticky strip or tied on with ribbon and rubber bands.

I hope all of this makes sense! It would be an awesome gift for any teacher! Supplies are so cheap right now it would not cost very much to make. I think this one cost less than $20. Oh and there is a bottle of hand sanitizer in the corner. I will be back tomorrow with some more stamping projects! Have a great day!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It is Not a Card

Spirit Bucket
This is the first of a few back to school goodies that I am going to be making for my teacher friends. The bucket came from the clearance section of a local craft store. The letters represent our school mascot (well the school where I teach anyway) and are Real Red vinyl from Stampin' Up. The ribbon is real red grosgrain attached with sticky strip. The handle is decorated with strips of fabric, tool and SU! ribbon. Some of the ribbon is retired but I have a huge stash and need to use it before I can buy more.

I am going to fill the bucket with some back to school treats! I hope you like it!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Mirror Image Technique

Okay, so I have seen this done before and I really wanted to try it. I know there are several different ways to do this, but I just could never get it right. I was blog hopping the other day and found a really easy way to do a mirror image. I am going to show you the card and then try to describe it. I hope it makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions.

First, choose your image. Mine comes from a classic set called Lovely as a Tree. It has been in the catalog forever.

Second, stamp your image on your card stock. This one is in Early Espresso.

Third, stamp the same image on a piece of acetate (better known as transparency film at my house).

Next, take the acetate turn it upside down with the ink towards the card stock and line it up with the first image.

Then, take a brayer and rub over the back of the acetate to transfer the ink to your card stock. Be careful not to move the acetate, but you will want to press pretty hard with the brayer. Make sure to rub over the entire image.

I then used a Blender Pen and Old Olive ink to color the grass. All supplies are SU! (except the acetate).

Remember, you can purchase any of these items through my website.

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Quick Birthday Card

Here is a card that I made in a hurry for a boy's birthday party! I hope he likes it. It uses a new set called Furry Folk that I just love and the sentiment from Best Dad Ever.

The clouds were made using the Scallop Circle Punch. I punched out a circle from scrap paper, then put the punched piece on a post it note - I then put it back in the punch (using the post it note as a sort of handle) and punched the scallop again. I hope that makes sense - if it does not, feel free to contact me for more information.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 5, 2011


So yesterday I decided that I needed to be able to see my brads and buttons better. I had purchased the cases a few weeks ago and had yet to do anything with them. Well, I sorted all of the buttons and brads. That took a little while and I still need to buy a couple of more cases (maybe it will force me to actually use them!). Anyway, then I decided I wanted to decorate the box with the buttons in it. I did, but guess what, I did not check which box was which - so then I had to move them all again. UGH!!! Well, I like the way it turned out. Hope you do too!


Adhesive Sheets for the Big Shot
Big Shot

Have a great day! dan