Yippee! New computer stuff.


I am having some MEGA sized memory added to my computer. My son checked my computer and I had next to no memory left so I asked what we should do. Ever heard of a Terabyte? Neither had I a few days ago. That is how much memory I am having added to my computer. To get an idea of the capacity of a terabyte, consider the common megabyte (MB). Just over thousand megabytes equals one gigabyte, but just over one million megabytes equals a terabyte!
1,024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte
1,024 gigabytes = 1 terabyte
One terabyte is a trillion bytes (characters) which is also 1000 gigabytes. Or if you prefer, 1 TB = 1000 GB. So how much storage is that, really? Let's do some comparisons... 1 GB of memory is the equivalent of 500,000 typewritten pages, or about one pickup truck of books. So you could say that a terabyte is a thousand librarians driving Ford F150's stacked with literature.

Or in digital terms... the biggest iPod Classic stores 160GB, or about 40,000 songs. Six of those iPods would hold almost one terabyte, enough space to store a quarter-million songs. If you had a shiny new 1-terabtye hard drive, you could stash 300 feature length films, or 40,000 faxes on it. But you'd need 20 of those 1 TB drives to hold the entire print collection of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Like I said, MEGA sized memory. My son helped me pick out what I needed. He thinks I am nuts to add so much memory but the price was to good to pass up. I will be able to have tons of graphics, pictures, music and more stored onto my computer. I also had some RAM added to help my computer fun faster. I need speed to get my work done. If this upgrade of RAM isn't enough I can add some more.
It takes a few hours for the new hard drive to be formatted so I cannot load the pictures of the class projects till later.

Later, Blessings, Diane

Gift Card Holder. Goody/Spa Holder. Slider Card Class


I have one final class scheduled before Christmas. You will be making a super cute four pocket gift card holder. A great packaging idea for someone you want to give a variety of gift cards to. WHO would you give so many to you ask. How about a teenager or a child that recently moved to live on their own. Fill with cards for the movies, favorite food place, movie rental place, grocery store, Target, clothing store. Make a Goody/Spa holder. Same as the gift card holder but much larger in size. This has pockets large enough to hold cocoa and spiced cider packets, bath salts or potpourri packets. You can even make your own envelopes to fill with your own bath salt creations or a special cookie. You will also make an adorable slider card that you put your message on one side and attach a gift card to the other.
Class information.
Date: December 9th
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $12.00
Bring your class supply kit
Please e-mail or call to save your space.

Blessings, Diane

Holiday Extravaganza Sale


Check out the HUGE sale that Stampin' Up! is having. Click to see the sale items. Then click the SHOP NOW button at the top of the screen to take you to see the items that are on sale. These items will not last long so place your order with me soon. If you want you can call me or e-mail me your order and I can place it for you.
I can also send you a PDF file with the sale items.

Happy Shopping!

Another Expresso Yourself Night added to calendar


Due to popular request I have added another Expresso Yourself Night to the calendar.
Tuesday, Dec. 2nd will be the last one until January. Come and work on some last minute holiday gift projects. I have recently purchased another Big Shot die cutter so more of you can use one at a time. I have also purchased a few more dies for you to use.
Starting in January I am planning to have a Tuesday technique night during Expresso Yourself night. I will teach you a fun technique that you can use on your papercraft projects and you will also have the opportunity to make a project using the technique.
Looking forward to the new year and some new ideas come.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Blessings, Diane

Almost Thanksgiving Day


I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving Day is almost here. I bought my turkey this weekend and it is now thawing. I am looking forward to all the delicious food prepared for the day. As I prepare for the day with shopping for food, I am reminded of the Thanksgiving meals my parents prepared for the family. My dad was always up early to cook the turkey. It was always daddys job to cook the turkey. He also peeled lots of potatoes for mashed potatoes. My mom would be busy making apple and pumpkin pies. Oh, the aroma of all the food cooking. My mom also put together a relish try of green olives with the red pimento in the center. I never did acquire a taste for those. She also added sweet pickle jerkins, dill pickles and black olives. The black olives were my favorite. When no one was looking I would sneak a couple of the black olives. Well, after a few trips of sneaking there weren't too many olives left. Mom, must of guessed my desire for those olives as when dinner was set the tray was again filled with olives.
I enjoy reflecting on the holiday when I was a child. My mom passed away just prior to my 21st birthday, so I have now had many Thanksgivings without her. I do however always remember her at this time of year.
Over the years, my family has come up our favorite foods we like to prepare. My boys have never liked the relish tray, so I only get the olives and sometimes the sweet pickle jerkins. One year I tried making sweet potatoes with fresh potatoes instead of the canned. Well, canned yams are NOT allowed to enter our home. They LOVE moms fresh sweet potatoes. I have had friends request my sweet potatoes if we attend Thanksgiving somewhere else. I tried to make cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries one year. They weren't to crazy about those.
I am so lucky I have four boys that like to cook. They help make apple and pumpkins pies, they make great mashed potatoes (they add seasoning to flavor them up - YUM!), they help with the stuffing and have even made biscuits from scratch. As they become better cooks they suggest something new to be tried for dinner.
May you have time to reflect on the past and also enjoy the moment at the present.
My heart is filled full with the love of my family and the spirt of my lord. May your heart also be full and thankful for all you have.
Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving, Love Diane

How are you today?? I had a wonderful time teaching my 6 x 6 Christmas photo album class last night. The kit is so wonderful. It is filled with this beautiful paper from My Minds Eye. The kit has so much in it you can make the album and have enough materials left to make some beautiful Christmas cards. Here are a few that I have made. Notice the brown border with the scallop edge. That piece is acutual the border where you find the brand name of the paper. I cut off the name and used the remaining pieces to create a beautiful border. How useful and cool is that. The first card you see has items not in the kit. They are buttons I had. I believe they are Jesse James buttons. The snowflake is a seasonal item I found at Michaels as well as the buttons. The Jesse James buttons come in a huge, amazing array of fun shapes. They are super for adding embellishments to your cards, scrapbook pages and other craft projects. the last card I used my Stampin' Up! scallop circle punch and the SU SAB So Many Scallops stamp set. Stampin" Up! has a variety of stamp sets and punches that match. There is a new one coming out for Valentines. Mine is in the mail coming to me. I just clicked on the images to check they out. WOW! They pop up super sized. I used a different editing program and reduced the size but guess I need to reduce more the next time. They do give you a clear close up view of the cards. Enjoy the cards. Please feel free to leave comments.
Blessings, Diane

Christmas Card Class coming soon!

I am so excited. My annual Stamp A Stack Christmas card class is coming soon. There have been some changes. Below are some pictures of some of the cards you will be making. Have to leave a little surprise to the others. I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
Please bring your basic class supply kit.
Christmas Card Stamp A Stack – capacity limited to 12 at each class.
Sunday, November 9, 1:00pm to 4:00pm Sun. Class Fee: $15.00 Saturday class cancelled due to lack of enrollment.
You will be ready to send cards to all your family and friends for Christmas! You will stamp 12 cards, 3 cards each of 4 different designs with envelopes. A variety of accessories and papers will be used. All supplies included in this class.
Super Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack
Saturday, November 15, 10:30am to 3:00pm Class Fee: $25.00
Come anytime between these hours to complete your cards. Allow at least 3 hours to complete projects.
You will stamp 20 cards, 4 cards each of 5 different designs with envelopes.
A variety of accessories and papers will be used. All supplies included in this class
Christmas Card Stamp A Stack - repeated
Saturday, November 15, 10:30am to 3:00pm Class Fee: $15.00
You will stamp 12 cards, 3 cards each of 4 different designs with envelopes.
A variety of accessories and papers will be used. All supplies included in this class

E-MAIL or call if you plan to attend a class ASAP so that I can prepare enough class packets.

Blessings, Diane

Here is a special offer from Stampin' Up!. You still have time to take advantage of this special.
Spend $20 on catalog merchandise and you can get 20 percent off these birthday stamp sets. Get as many as you want!
From now until October 31st, enjoy a 20% discount on select birthday stamp sets!

E-mail me or click on my Stampin' Up! web site to place your order.
Blessings, Diane

Spooky Halloween Treat Boxes & Baskets


I LOVE making boxes. Halloween is a great time of year for me to make lot's of fun treat boxes.
With the new Sizzix dies for the Big Shot that Stampin' Up! is now selling I had way too much fun making these adorable boxes and bags.
The SU exclusive pennant die was used for several projects. Thinking outside the box gives you the creative ability to take something used for a planned idea and change it up into something else. The SU envelope die was used to make a box also. The SU Basket & Blooms die is awesome. It has everything to make the cute bag along with the tag, trim and flowers. A complete project in one die.
Some of the projects were made using the SU designer paper. I love the double sided patterns and the great quality.
You can make some of these great projects on October 21st at my Halloween Treat Containers class. See calendar for details. Please feel free to leave comments.

Enjoy the projects!
Blessings, Diane

6 x 6 Winter/Christmas Photo Album


I so love this adorable photo album. The paper is so cute you want to just hug it. I will be having a class teaching you how to make this photo album. When you are finished making your album, you will have some paper left to make some cards to give to friends and family. Here are a few pictures of some of the pages. I will post pictures of cards when I get them available. Let me know if you like it.
Dates for this class are: November 18th at 6:45 pm or
November 22nd at 10:30 am.
Class fee: $15.00
Supplies to bring: Your basic stamping kit.
See calendar for more details.

Blessings, Diane

Lot's of NEW classes


I have several NEW classes added to my calendar. My annual Sweet Treat Halloween Containers class is coming. I am excited to be making projects this year using the GREAT new Big Shot dies from Stampin' Up!. I feel like an excited kid that can't wait to play with my new toys. My annual Stamp-A-Stack Christmas card class will be in November. We will be using the Season of Joy stamp set for a few cards. You will love how versatile this set is. I have an adorable 6 x 6 Winter/Christmas photo album that you will love to make for yourself or for a gift. You will have enough paper left from the project to make some Christmas cards to send to family and friends.
Please be sure to register for classes in advance so I can prepare enough kits for everyone.
Check for dates and time by clicking on the calendar link on the right column. When I get the samples finished and pictures taken I will post for your viewing pleasure.

Blessings, Diane

Never-Before-Seen Stamps at Never-Before-Seen Savings!
Never before has Stampin’ Up! offered a discount on brand-new stamp sets. But from August 11 through September 30, you can save 15 percent on select brand-new stamp sets, with no additional purchase necessary! Time is running out to take advantage of this super sale. Contact me today to place your order. You can see the stamp sets on the on-line catalog. Click on link to see the sets on sale. http://www.stampinup.com/us/enu/11559.asp
Blessings, Diane

On Line Ordering is HERE!

Shop for all your Stampin' Up! supplies ON LINE anytime...
day or night 24/7 !!
I am so excited. You can now place your Stampin' Up! order directly on line. Click HERE , it will take you to my Stampin' Up! site where you can browse projects, get free ideas, shop on line and place your order ANYTIME! Look for the "Shop Now" button on the top right corner to place your order. Be careful NOT to order at http://www.stampinup.com/ without choosing me as your demonstrator because when you choose me, you get preferred pricing and lower shipping costs AND stampin' rewards (like hostess benefits!). If someone opts not to choose a demonstrator at http://www.stampinup.com/, they will pay slightly higher prices and higher shipping costs, and there are no Stampin' Rewards. Also, if you use my Stampin' Up! web site I will get the credit for your order.
To celebrate this wonderful new feature, I will give the first 10 customers that place an on-line order a gift from me.

Blessings, Diane

Holiday Organizer Class


I designed this Holiday Organizer project for work. It is now a company product line. How cool is that. This is a great project to keep your Holiday events, shopping, baking, gift lists and card sending all organized in one compact book. You can carry your book with you when shopping or take out the organizer cards and take them with you when shopping. It is even up to the current trends, so you can keep track of your on-line and catalog orders.

Class Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008
Class Time: 10:30a - 12:30p.
Class Fee: $20.00 Includes all materials to complete project.
Class Repeated: Tues, October 14, 2008
Class Time: 6:45p - 9:00p
If you register and pay for class by October 4, 2008 you will also receive the Pinecone Press Holiday Prep 101 book for FREE. A retail value of $12.00. This book is filled with with lots of great projects. You can preview the book at any Expresso Yourself Project Night. Please feel free to leave comments.
Blessings, Diane

There are more pages to this project!!

Fun CD Photo Album - Class


I finally have a new project for a class. You will LOVE this CD Photo Album. I used a cardboard CD holder that you use for gifing a CD to someone, and turned it into a Photo Album. How cute is this. It is really easy to make. It has a cute envelope pocket for putting in a small photo, tickets from an event, a note filled with a message. There is also a large pocket you can add a photo to the front and back and fill with more photos. Come to class and make one for yourself, a friend, cousin, a teenage child, niece or grandaughter. It would be a great back to school present for a teenager to put pictures of her favorite friends. It would be great for an adult to put pictures of a special event shared with your friends. This would also make a very nice Christmas or Birthday gift. You will have some items left to make another project or some cards.
You can see my Halloween and Fall CD Photo Album project here: http://dianespaperartcreations.blogspot.com/2008/07/fun-cd-holder-photo-album.html

Class Date: Tues., September 23, 2008
Time: 6:45 p-9:00p.
Class fee: $15.00
Class repeated: Saturday, September 27, 2008 (This is corrected date) Time: 10:30a-12:30p.

All materials to complete album provided. Please contact me by Sept. 17th to reserve your spot. Class size is limited. Supplies to bring: Paper cutter, scoring blade, scissors, adhesive, red line tape or similar adhesive, glue dots. Please feel free to leave comments.
Blessings, Diane

Great Offer From Stampin' Up! - Have you ever wanted to be a demonstrator?


WOW!!! What a deal!! Available Online too!!!!
Stampin' Up! has 4 great deals starting on Monday, August 11th that are so awesome. And to make it even cooler you can now sign up on
MY DEMONSTRATOR website. No papers to fill out and mail in. Then wait for them to send you your demo idea #. It is all done on-line and you can start right away!! How incredibility Cool is that!!!??!! Plus you can also view a video tutorial about joining while you are there! The specials run from August 11 thru October 11th. So what are the deals??? The Link to view it on my SU! website.
Well, there are 3 different starter kits for only $99.00 and you get to choose which one is best for you! How totally cool is that?
Stamp-Focused Starter Kit contains: Fun & Fast Notes Stamp Set, Whisper White Card Stock, Bold Brights Card Stock Assortment, Basic Black Classic Ink Pad, SNAIL adhesive and Business Supplies (you can substitute most of the items).
Scrapbook-Focused Starter Kit contains:Contempo Alphabet Stamp Set, Petal Party Simply Scrappin kit, Pixie Pink Classic Ink Pad and Business Supplies (you can substitute most of the items).
Home Decor-Focused Starter Kit:Inspired by Nature Stamp Set, Decor Elements Chocolate Classic F, Decor Elements Medium Chocolate Long Stem Silhouettes, Decor Elements Applicator, Kiwi Kiss Classic Stamp Pad and Business Supplies(you can substitute most of the items).
EXTRA SET KIT Starter Kit for $199.00 contains: Eastern Bloom Stamp Set, Fun & Fast Stamp Set, Big Bold Birthday Stamp Set, Fundamental Phrases Stamp Set, Fast Flowers Wheel, Stampin' Around Self Inking Handle, Pixie Pink Ink Cartridge, Stampin Pastels, Bold Brights Card Stock Assortment(2), Craft & Rubber Scissors, Stampin' Scrub, Stampin' Mist, VersaMarkPad, Blender Pens, Whisper White Card Stock, SNAIL adhesive, Basic Black Classic Ink Pad, Real Red Classic Ink Pad, Brilliant Blue Classic Ink Pad, Green Galore Classic Ink Pad, Pixie Pink Classic Ink Pad, and Business Supplies.(You can substitute most of the items) PLUS an extra FREE SET (your choice of any from the catalog for free--up to a $41.95 value!
The Business Supplies in each kit includes:Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Starter Kit Sample Sheet, Guest Invitation Postcards(100), Idea Book & Catalog(8), To My Hostess Envelope(10), Recruit Folder(5), Recruit Brochure(20), Hostess Brochure(20), Hostess Benefits Form(10), Customer Order Form(50) and Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog (8- after 9/1/08)

WOW! New Stampin' Up! Stuff and Announcements.


Stampin' Up! just finished hosting it's 20th anniversary convention. There were more than 5700 demonstrators in attendance. During the convention the new Stampin' Up! catalog was released. Mine should be arriving in the mail soon. I hear this catalog is beautiful and has stamping tips and techniques throughout the catalog. If you would like to own your very own SU catalog let me know. For a limited time I will be offering them at a discounted half price cost of $5.00. You can receive one for FREE by hosting your own workshop and also receive FREE hostess bentfits. Be one of the first to own the new Hostess Exclusive stamp sets.
There are a TON of new stamp sets. ALL stamp sets in the Spring/Summer catalog next year will be die-cut!!
Yummy new Decorative papers

Awesome punches in great shapes and stamp sets to match them (I am so getting these)

Have you played with the felt flowers yet? Well, if you wished they came in new colors, your wish has been granted. Now you can order the Felt Fusionflowers in an assortment of Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze & Chocolate Chip.

Antique white hodgepodge hardware (Oh, so pretty)

Lots of new ribbon with fun colors and accents

Cute clips you will just want to have

Beautiful new buttons in wonderful colors and shapes
There will be a 21 page spread in the December holiday issue of Country Living magazine that will feature an exclusive kit with stamps, designer papers, etc.

Phase 2 of the Decor Elements Wall Art will be released in the fall, and the images and colors are gorgeous! There will be many different designs available for various holidays, along with some great new images for every day!

Stampin’ Up! Big Shot - SU has partnered with Sizzix for a private labeled version of the Big Shot die-cutting machine (also known as the Big Kick to many people). The machine is black and there are 9 SU exclusive dies to go with it. Also a cute bag is available. Demonstrators can pre-order now and customers can purchase starting September 2nd. (Oh, I so badly want to get this)
Shelli’s Signature Collection - Her signature product line (including the Bella Rose apron) will be launched August 4th. These items will be for sale in the holiday mini collection, available in September.
Hope you enjoyed the preview of all the wonderful new stuff to come. I will be purchasing some of the new items. Look for an announcement to come and see all the new stuff and for a class to use them. Please feel free to leave a comment.
Blessings, Diane

Fun CD Holder Photo Album


These are so fun to make. I used two CD holders to make a small photo album.
The papers are from Pinecone Press. They are their brand new Halloween designs. I choose some of the colors to make it look more like a Guy or Fall book for the second book you see here.
I used a Sizzix die to make my tags and envelopes.
I wll be planning a class for this in the future. Watch the calender for date.
Let me know what you think.

Blessings, Diane

Paper Tole Art Cards

What is Paper Tole Art you ask? An art form for over 200 years, Paper Tole is highly prized for its total uniqueness. Paper Tole is a crafting idea of making soothing and spectacular three-dimensional images. Paper Tole is a craft where several prints of the same picture are gathered and its major components are painstakingly cut by hand using exacto knives and artful skill. Artisans know of the costly expense and consumption of time required to master an image. They must have knowledge of cutting as well as what to cut, what to keep, what to throw away and how to glue, block, shape, and form. If you do a search for Paper Tole you can find some magnificent art work.

Not to diminish the true quality art form, I have a made a much simplified version. I absolutely love these cards. They may require a little time to cut the layers, but the beauty of the finished card is so worth the time.

I will be having two classes for these cards. July 10th at Diane's Place and July 21st at Pinecone Press. Check the calendar for time, cost and supply list. There will be a total of 3 projects. I hope you can come. Don't feel intimidated. I will make the process easy for you. Please feel free to leave your comments.

Blessings, Diane