Sunday, August 17, 2014

Christmas Card Making Club 2014--Now Forming!!

//This post will stay at the top of my blog for a few weeks. Please scroll down to see the daily blog posting.//

Want to create hand-stamped Christmas cards but don’t feel like you have the time to make them and don’t feel investing in the stamps, ink, paper, and embellishments?  Then this is the perfect, short-term club commitment for YOU!  We will be meeting at my house once a month during August, September, October and November to create 12 Christmas cards each month—4 each of three designs—for a grand total of 48 beautiful holiday cards at the end of the four sessions.  I will be designing a variety of styles and color schemes so there will be something for everyone.

I got my hot little hands on the 2014 Holiday Catalog when I was at Convention--AND was able to purchase some AMAZING new products from this catalog, even before other demonstrators can pre-order it!! I'm not exaggerating:  this is the best Holiday Catalog ever! So many great things like silver foil papers, new embossing folders and Big Shot dies, new double-sided  papers, snazzy new ribbons and embellishments, new Thinlits, and of course, lots and lots of new stamp sets!

Our club sessions will be at my house from 1:00-5:00 PM. The dates are August 30th, September 27th, October 25th, and November 22nd.   Cost is just $15 per person per month for the four month commitment*--$60 total. If you pay in full at the first meeting, I will throw in a container of Frosted Sequins totally free!! Add $20 to your check and you’ll get a SNAIL adhesive and three refills, so you don’t even have to remember to bring your adhesive—how awesome is that?? Snail will be available individually at regular price ($7.00 for the snail, $4.50 for a refill) at each club meeting as well.
If you’d like to join me in being prepared in advance this year for the holidays, be all done with your cards before Thanksgiving, and have a fun stampin’ afternoon out once a month, call or email me today to reserve your spot! (410) 480-8166 
The DEADLINE TO RSVP is Monday, August 18th.
*by signing up, you agree to pay the full $60 fee and to attend all 4 sessions;
I must have 5 committed stampers by the deadline for the club to happen.

P.S. PLEASE FORWARD THIS LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS!! If one of them RSVP’s, I will have a gift for you both at the first club meeting!

P.P.S. If you have a prior commitment for one or more of the sessions, but still really want to participate, let me know, and we can work something out! 
P.P.P.S. Need more than 48 Christmas cards total? Consider signing up for two spots! You won’t be able to get them all finished in one session, but you could do all the stamping and prep work and then assemble at home at your leisure.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lyssa's Convention Quality Card

As promised, for the next few days, I'm going to share some cards I got in Lyssa Zwolanek's "convention quality swap." I received some awesome cards from some awesome artists, but one of my favorite cards came from Lyssa herself!! How fun is that?! Lyssa always organizes the swap, takes care of the administrivia prior to the swap, makes sure the swap runs smoothly--AND participates in the swap. (Some swap hosts do a "plus-one" which means you make an extra item for the host as their "gift" for all the organizing. I think that's fair 'cause it's a LOT of work.)

I was one of the "swap captains" for one of the SIX swap groups--an easy job because Lyssa really does all the work. I just checked people in and made sure everyone got all 15 cards. Somehow I ended up with an extra card that Lyssa had made and she let me keep it! Yay! It's one of the cards she designed for the display board and it's awesome. I love the gold circlet. I'm going to have to CASE that. I think it would be a great addition to a Christmas card, don't you?

(Stamp Set: Kinda Eclectic; Ink: Coastal Cabana; Card Stock: Pool Party, Coastal Cabana; Accessories: Gold Foil Sheet, Circles Framelits Collection, Elegant and Bitty Butterfly Punches, Basic Pearls)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Over the Top Tag: Blooming Birthday

I love all the over the top tags I received at the Stampin' Up convention. But the one I'm sharing with you today is my absolute favorite. It was made by Charlene Becker from Sacramento, CA. She was at convention with her sweet 6-month old daughter! Here's the wonderful tag she made (how'd she have time for that?).

(Stamp Set: Flower Patch: Inks: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Old Olive, Early Espresso; Card Stock: Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay; Accessories: Flower Fair Framelits, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Tea Lace Paper Doily, Basic Rhinestones, Burlap Ribbon, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Crush Curry Embossing Powder, In Color Sequins)

Totes adorbs, right? Tomorrow I'll have a swap from Lyssa Zwolanek's "convention quality swap."

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Very Vintage: Sweet Baby

Wow! Stampin' Up Convention was awesome--as always. I learned so many new techniques, came home with so much new product, got some great ideas for upcoming classes! 

But first, let me share with you a few of the swaps I received. I've already shared the swaps I took to convention--now you get to see some of the great cards I got in return.  For the next few days I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite swap cards. You'll love them. And don't worry: I'll be back in the stamping studio designing my own stuff very soon.

I received this ever so sweet baby card in the "very vintage" swap. The card was made by Wendy Carpenter from Sacramento, California. 

(Stamp Sets: I Love Lace (background), Something for Baby, Itty Bitty Banners; Card Stock: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Whisper White; Inks: Stazon White, Soft Suede; Accessories: Baby's First and Bitty Banners Framelits, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Venetian Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Tea Lace Paper Doily)
Isn't this amazing?! I love it so much!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's offering!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Convention Swaps: Very Vintage

I'm home from the Stampin' Up convention. It was a whirlwind of activity and I fell into my very comfy hotel bed exhausted and happy every night! I can't wait to go next year. 

Today I'm sharing the last of my swap cards. I think this is the third time I've joined the "Very Vintage" card swap. It's hosted by the lovely Barbara Welch from Phoenix, Arizona. I know she's lovely because Barbara and I waited in line for a loooong time to get into the make-and-take area one year. She and I sat at the same table and she took charge of making sure everyone got their projects completed and everyone shared the supplies. She was very sweet.

I also love Barbara's vintage style. I guess I'm kind of a vintage girl myself. I find that style comfortable. I like the soft colors and layers and embellishments that are used for a vintage look. I struggled with my design this year because none of our current designer series papers are vintage-y--which surprises me because Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up Co-Founder and CEO, is a very vintage type of girl. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some vintage style Christmas DSP!

Enough gabbing. Here's the card I made for the "Very Vintage" card swap.

(Stamp Sets: Stippled Blossoms, Six-Sided Sampler; Inks: Soft Sky, Soft Suede; Card Stock: Soft Suede, Soft Sky,Very Vanilla; Accessories: Scallop Topper Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Envelope Punch Board (to round tag and card corners), Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Soft Sky and Soft Suede Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Basic Pearls)

I used my brayer to color the Tea Lace Paper Doilies Soft Sky and the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up the layers on the flowers. I love the Soft Suede and Soft Sky color combo!

I can't wait to share some of my favorite swaps from convention over the next few weeks!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Creation Station Blog Hop--In the Garden

Welcome to another edition of Creation Station! This time our theme is "in the garden" and we're featuring the new photopolyer stamp set, "Flower Patch." We're also using the Decorative Masks in some of our creations. Let's get started.

My first project is a gift bag. I used the heart pattern from the Decorative Masks. (The other pattern is stars.) I used a sponge dauber and dabbed Melon Mambo ink along the side of the bag. 

(Ink: Melon Mambo; Card Stock: Melon Mambo; Accessories: Decorative Mask, Banner Framelits Collection, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, Spiral Flower Original Die, Melon Mambo 1/8" Cotton Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim)

Then I made a coordinating tag used the Banners Framelits collection and lots of bling! I used Champagne Glimmer Paper, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, and Gold Sequin Trim. I mounted the vellum onto a Melon Mambo banner using snail adhesive that I covered with two strips of Melon Mambo 1/8" Cotton Ribbon. Since the theme is "in the garden," I added a Melon Mambo flower using the Spiral Flower Original Die. If you look closely: I added a few gold sequins in the center of the flower.

(Ink: Melon Mambo; Card Stock: Melon Mambo; Accessories: Decorative Mask, Banner Framelits Collection, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum, Spiral Flower Original Die, Melon Mambo 1/8" Cotton Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim)

My next project is a card using the "Flower Patch" stamp set. It doesn't look like it in the photo, but the card is mounted on a Melon Mambo base. The flowers are stamped in Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight. I mounted the stamped piece on a layer of Basic Black just to give a little more pop!

(Stamp Set: Flower Patch; Inks: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Black Stazon; Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White; Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits Collection, Whisper White 1/8" Cotton Ribbon)

I hope you enjoyed my creations. Next up is Cindy Beach.  You should be able to follow the blog hop all the way around by clicking the "back" and "next" buttons. Some of us are traveling home from the Stampin' Up convention, so we may have to fix our links on Monday.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#InspireCreateShare2014 (Stampin' Up Convention)

I'm going to leave this post at the top of my blog for the next week as I gear up for and attend the Stampin' Up convention!!

I'll be tweeting LIVE from the Stampin' Up Convention next week using the official #InspireCreateShare2014 hashtag. If you want to follow me, I'm @kkstamps.

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