Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Christmas in August (part 2)

I fell in love with the Festival of Trees stamp set in the new Holiday mini catalog and the matching tree punch. You can get the set and the punch as a bundle for 15% off--when the catalog goes live for customers on August 28th. If you want to play with the set, the matching punch, and the yummy Under The Tree Specialty Series Paper, I have TWO more spots left in my Christmas card making class. Email me if you're interested in playing along.

The samples in the mini catalog for this set are so cute. I CASEd them a little bit...but I did add my own flare. Here's the first card. Come back tomorrow to see the other card that I made using the Festival of Trees stamp set.

(Stamp Set: Festival of Trees; Inks: Garden Green, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry; Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Under the Tree Specialty Paper; DSP: Flower Pot; Accessories: Circles Framelits Collection, Tree Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Christmas in August (Part 1)

If you've been following my blog, you'll have seen the "advertisement" for my second annual Christmas card making class. The first session is at the end of the month and, believe it or not, I've actually already designed the cards!! I'm going to show you three of the four cards this week. You'll have to wait for the fourth card until the supplies come in for me to finish it.

The first card uses the Bright and Beautiful Stars bundle that you can get for FREE with the purchase of a Big Shot between now and August 31st! Already have a Big Shot? You can get the "Bright and Beautiful" stamp set AND the Star Framelit collection bundle for 15% OFF--only $50.75 for wood mount or $43.95 for clear mount! Here are other bundles offered this month:

Bundle
Item Number
Stamp Set
Framelits
Discounted Price
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle WM
138923
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
$33.75
Sumthin' with Bubbly Words Bundle CM
138920
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Word Bubbles
$31.25
Decorative Goodies Bundle WM
138924
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
$42.25
Decorative Goodies Bundle CM
138921
Oh My Goodies
Deco Labels Collection
$35.95
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle WM
138925
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
$43.25
Celebrating Chalk Talk Bundle CM
138922
Day of Celebration
Chalk Talk
$37.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle WM
138911
Daydream Medallions
Floral Collection
$54.25
Flowery Daydream Bundle CM
138910
Daydream Medallions
Floral Collection
$45.75

Here's the card we'll be making at the first Christmas card stamp-a-stack. There are TWO spots left. Let me know if you'd like to join us!

(Stamp Set: Bright and Beautiful; Inks: Gold Metallic Encore, Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Star Framelit Collection; Gold Sequin Trim; Banner Punch; Elegant Stripes Embossing Folder)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Christmas Card Making Club 2014--Only TWO Spots Left!!

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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!  
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.

Creation Station - Kinda Eclectically Back to School




Welcome back to another installment of the Creation Station blog hop! If you've come from Ilina Crouse's wonderful blog, you know what amazing things she's created for you this time! If you're starting here, don't worry. You can use the "next" and "back" buttons at the bottom of my blog to hop all the way around.

This time we're featuring the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. I love, love, love this set. It was my #1 choice when I got the new catalog, but I had to wait a bit to get it because we got it for FREE at the #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up convention. The theme for this hop is "back to school." I was going to make a card with Kinda Eclectic, but I thought a couple of bookmarks would fit the Creation Station blog hop theme. Plus, my DD loves to read and she's always looking for bookmarks.

(Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Choose Happiness; Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow; Card Stock: Very Vanilla, White Vellum; Accessories: Angled Top Label Punch, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Spritzer)
 
(Stamp Sets: Kinda Eclectic, Really Good Greetings; Inks: Crush Curry, Baked Brown Sugar; Card Stock: Very Vanilla; Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum; Accessories: Scalloped Top Label Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Bakers Twine)


Next, I altered a composition book that I'm hoping my DD will like to take to school with her. She might not want to "mess it up" by shoving it into her backpack, so I might have to "laminate" it. We'll see.

(Stamp Set: Kinda Eclectic; Ink: Bermuda Bay; Card Stock: Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Pistachio Pudding, Crushed Curry, Whisper White; DSP: Confetti Celebration; Accessories: Apothecary Accents and Starburst Framelits Collections, Bermuda Bay Candy Dots)

Finally, in keeping with the back to school theme, I made a couple of pages using Project Life by Stampin' Up! I really like the smaller format of the 6" x 8" pages. Maybe they don't seem as daunting to me as the "traditional" 12" x 12 " pages. I used the xx set that will be available to customers at the end of August--but demonstrators were able to purchase it already. I also used some embellishments from the coordinating Seasonal Snapshot Accessory Pack (that we got for FREE at convention). This pack contains everything from back to school, through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, that you'd need for memory keeping. I can't tell you how much I LOVE Project Life by Stampin' Up--it brings together the best of both worlds: quick and easy and cute memory keeping AND Stampin' Up's flare for coordination.

Of course, since my twins are in high school, I don't have any back to school pictures. But since this is memory keeping, I'll remember their first day of middle school, when they actually let me come to the bus stop AND take pictures. 



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Twins!!

Where does the time go? It really seems like only a few years ago that my "surprise" twins were born! (Surprise, you're pregnant! Surprise, it's twins!) Our lives were forever changed--for the better. I'm so proud of them. They're pretty wonderful. Alex and Becky are turning 15, so it's hard to get a picture of them these days, teenaged angst and all that. But we always take a picture during our beach vacation (where all the teens and early 20-somethings are coerced into a group picture). Here are Alex and Becky just a week shy of their 15th birthday. Aw, aren't they cute? And don't they look thrilled to be getting their pic taken?



I've had the "Amazing Birthday" set out a lot lately and I figured I'd use it to make their birthday cards, too. An idea popped into my head and I decided I'd try it. I think it turned out pretty well. Here's Alex's card:

(Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday; Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow; Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow; Accessories: Banners Framelits Collection, Zig Zag Embossing Folder)
And here's Becky's card--the "opposite" of Alex's card.

(Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday; Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow; Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow; Accessories: Banners Framelits Collection, Zig Zag Embossing Folder)
My idea was to make some surprising, springy elements inside the card, using the circle stamps from the "Amazing Birthday" set. I took a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock and cut it to 3" by 3". Using the Simply Scored Board, I scored every 1/2" and then cut six 1/2" strips to make the "boingers." I attached the circles to the "boingers" with a dimensional and attached the "boinger" to the card with a dimensional. Here's how it turned out:

(Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday; Inks: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey; Card Stock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow; Accessories: Simply Scored Board, 1-1/4" Circle Punch)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Amazing Birthday Card Set

I have one more project to share with you from the #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up! convention. This was from one of the longer make-and-take sessions, but even then, I didn't have enough time to finish it! It was a little complicated, especially under the stress and excitement of SU convention. I decided I would stamp everything at the table and cut out whatever dies and punches I didn't own and assemble everything at home.

The box for the cards is made by adding an extra score line along three sides of the Gift Card Enclosure so that it folds up into a container. It's easier to show you--and I'd love to schedule a class for you and your guests--contact me and let's get a party started! 

We stamped the main sentiment from the "Amazing Birthday" stamp set several times in a number of colors and either fuss cut or used the Banners Framelit Collection to add different elements to both the box and the cards. The cards are our 5" x 3-1/2" note cards and they fit perfectly into the box!

(Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday; Inks: Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Tango, Hello Honey, Real Red; Card Stock: Whisper White; DSP: Flower Pot and Gold Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Gift Card Enclosures, Stars and Banners Framelit Collection, Notecards and Envelopes, Whisper White Baker's Twine)

Here is the card, outside the box:


(Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday; Inks: Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Tango, Hello Honey, Real Red; Card Stock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake; DSP: Flower Pot and Gold Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Gift Card Enclosures, Stars and Banners Framelit Collection, Notecards and Envelopes, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack)
This would make a perfect gift! Let's make a set together!! Call me, maybe?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Take-Out Thanks!

I always look forward to the make and take sessions at the Stampin' Up! convention and this year's #InspireCreateShare2014 had two BIG projects and three mini projects. One of the mini projects used the NEW Takeout Box and the "Seasonally Scattered" stamp set from the upcoming Holiday mini catalog. The project also uses Feathers Framelits Dies, the Under the Tree specialty designer series paper--cardstock weight paper, and Autumn Wooden elements--all from the upcoming Holiday mini catalog. Think of this as a sneak peek!!

During the session, we learned out to do a "reverse rock and roll technique." We stamped the "Thanks" stamp in Hello Honey and then dabbed Tangelo Twist onto the area around the saying. What a fabulous technique--one I'll be using to make the "Merry" stamp into a Christmas card for the Christmas card stamp-a-stack classes!!

(Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered: Inks: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist; Card Stock: Very Vanilla; DSP: Under the Tree Specialty Series Paper and Gold Glimmer Paper: Accessories: Angled Top Label Punch, Gold Sequin Trim, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Autumn Wooden Element, Gold Bakers Twine, Feather Framelits Dies, Takeout Box)


Here's a closer look at the tag, feather, Autumn Wooden leaf:
(Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered: Inks: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist; Card Stock: Very Vanilla; DSP: Under the Tree Specialty Series Paper and Gold Glimmer Paper: Accessories: Angled Top Label Punch, Gold Sequin Trim, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Autumn Wooden Element, Gold Bakers Twine, Feather Framelits Dies, Takeout Box)

Isn't that technique the coolest? Wouldn't you like me to show you and your guests how to do it while making this sweet Take-Out box of thanks?? Contact me NOW to set up your workshop!!


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