Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Latte Joy Team Meeting AND Facebook LIVE!

Crafters -

Last night was our monthly Latte Joy Team Meeting. We were small but mighty! And Jenny even brought dessert for us - she's such a sweetie! 

Well, today (Wednesday) was my weekly Facebook Live!

So, what better items to showcase than the items we made last night!

Any ideas what YOU'd like to see on my Facebook Live NEXT week?

Want to watch the Facebook Live video from today? It's only 22 minutes AND I show you how to make the upcoming Wood Crate - LOVE this thing! 

You can view the video HERE.

Want to see a still photo of the items we made last night?
Latte Joy Stampers Team Meeting
May 16, 2017


It's always so much fun to craft with friends!

Remember, these items are all available beginning June 1, 2017. The only way you can get them now is to be a demonstrator and preorder them.

OR you can get a few of the items as part of YOUR starter kit! If you are interested in joining, I'd LOVE to have you as part of my team!

You can read about my team and meetings HERE. And you can JOIN NOW HERE!

Look forward to "talking" with you soon!

Make sure to LIKE me on Facebook so you can see all the cool things I post there! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Colorful Seasons - Set Sampler Sneak Peek

Crafters -

I have been having the BEST TIME playing with my new stamp sets, papers, new InColors, just EVERYTHING!

You know that I've scheduled a Set Sampler class for Saturday. The last day to register is Wednesday.

Want to see a Sneak Peek? Of a NEW Stamp Set called Colorful Seasons? HINT - You will LOVE this set!

Check it out!
Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and
Seasonal Layers Thinlits and
2017-2019 InColors


This is just ONE of the cards that we will make on Saturday. Just 1 of 16!!! 

Make sure you reserve your spot now!

Not able to attend? You can still order the To Go Option!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Spring Latte Retreat Photos!

Crafters -

We had so much fun this past weekend at my SECOND Latte Retreat - Spring Edition. (NOTE: The Latte Retreat - Summer Edition will be Saturday, August 5th, 2017. Send in your deposit to reserve your spot now!)

Each crafter received a goody bag with almost $30 worth of goodies inside! And, because it is really fun to surprise and delight my customers, I even decorated a few of the containers. (You can see the BEFORE photos by viewing THIS posting on my Facebook page. I didn't blog about it, just posted it on Facebook - did you know I was on Facebook?)

This was a smaller group and we did more WOW-type of projects. Let's face it. It is now spring and summer is right around the corner! There is Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduation, teacher gifts, and there may even been a wedding or two this summer, not to mention those new babies being born!

So we concentrated on gift type of projects, along with a couple of WOW! cards. Want to see what we made?
Spring 2017 Latte Retreat Projects

I think the Pop-and-Twist card was the favorite! I know it was in November when I did my first class on it (Buckeye Class - November 2016). This time we used the new Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set that I received while at the Savannah OnStage. This is NOT available for preorder so it was a LOT of fun to use it!

We also used the new Eastern Palace Suite on a Double Z fold card. You can get that NOW - Stampin'Up! has offered it as an early release to us. LOVE IT! The Lemon-Lime Twist design was a BIG HIT!

And thanks to my friend Summer, she told me about Classico Spaghetti Sauce. Did you know that it comes in a Mason Jar, complete with lid? ME NEITHER!!!! And it is always good to recycle and reuse. So, we did just that and had those filled with different types of hard candies. I already gave mine away to my friend Donna Jean.

And finally, we made a cute little tin using the soon-to-be retired Crumb Cake Notecards, the current Whisper White Notecards, and the new-to-the-catalog Very Vanilla Notecards. It's always fun to bling things up with some of the Rhinestones. Because the tin was so cute, that one has already been given away too! My friend Emma helped me at church a couple of weeks ago while watching a baby. Emma even shared her stuffed animal Hoppity with the baby. Talk about a sweetheart. I thought maybe she could put some of her things in the tin. Just gave it to her on Sunday and her mom let me know that she liked it. :)

And here are the ladies with their individual creations! 

A good time was had by all! Look forward to seeing you in August!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Facebook LIVE - May 10, 2017

Crafters -

Don't forget - Facebook LIVE today at 11:30am Eastern. I'll be showing some of the new products that I have received along with making a card using my NEW favorite stamp set - Ribbon of Ribbon of Courage:

AND the video has been made!

Want to watch? You can view the recap video at:


P.S. Don't forget to leave a comment ON THE VIDEO by tonight (May 10th, 2017 at midnight Eastern) and I'll send you a card. Watch to the end of the video, comment, and send me an email with your snail mail addy. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed filming it!  :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite - Facebook LIVE!


You know me - I can talk to anyone about anything! But doing those Facebook Live things - that's a little nerve wracking! 

BUT I DID IT! (keep reading!)

And I showed you some really cute samples!

And I showed you all of the thinlits and my display sample for the thinlits!

And it was FUN!

Did you know?

  • The Eastern Palace Suite Starter Bundle and Eastern Palace Premier Bundle are only available through May 31st!
  • Beginning June 1st, you can still get the stamp set/thinlit bundle, BUT you don't get all the freebies.
  • AND you have to order the items separate - Vinyl Stickers, Stamp pads, etc.
  • The bundles give you one-stop-shopping!
  • Current Host Code is NRAZ9JV9

Why WOULDN'T you order the bundle NOW and get all those great items? Go to my online store and place your order now!

Want to see my Facebook Live Video? You can see it on my Facebook Page!

And finally, here is the really CUTE Sunflower I made during the video. LOVE IT!

Hope you enjoyed the video. Please leave a comment on my Facebook page (and email me your snail mail address) and I'll send you a Sunflower! 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Facebook LIVE!

Tune into my Facebook Page on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 11:30 am Eastern. You can tune into my page here:

I have been having the ABSOLUTE BEST time playing with my Eastern Palace Suite. Have you ordered YOURS yet?

Check out what I'm working on for my display for classes!

LOVE IT! Although there are a few somethings missing. Any ideas?  :)

Look forward to "talking" with you on Wednesday at 11:30am.

BTW - I think I need to come up with a name for this NEW Weekly Facebook Live. Any ideas? We'll talk during...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Celebration and a Facebook LIVE Event!

Crafters -

Saturday was my Annual Sale-A-Bration Celebration and we had a BLAST!

Crafters earned a spot to this EXCLUSIVE annual event! How did the crafters earn their spot, you may ask? Well, here's the 4-1-1!

During Sale-A-Bration (January through March), I had several workshops. Each Host who had a workshop earned his or her invitation (and yes, I do have a husband/wife couple who had their OWN workshop!). And for the customers? When customers placed $150 in orders during the same timeframe, they ALSO earned an invitation. 

Everyone who earned a spot received some of the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Papers (LOVED THAT STUFF!), a sampling of the Sale-A-Bration Metallic ribbons, and a few other goodies. EVERYONE who attended in person, received a coffee cup with some chocolates inside! YUMMY!

Each person completed several projects. We used some soon-to-be retired items, and we also used some NEW stuff out of the NEW catalog! Including the BUNDLE that can be ordered TODAY! Check out the NEW Eastern Palace Suite!

** TUNE into my Facebook page on Wednesday, May 3rd at 11:30am to see a Facebook LIVE of the new item! **

Here are the crafters, hard at work!

It looks a little dark outside in some of the photos. We had a DOWNPOUR during the Celebration! The Columbus (Ohio) Capital City Half Marathon was even cut short because of the weather! (Hubby was downtown running his VERY FIRST Half Marathon at this time. He said that the lightning was SO BAD, he crossed the finish line, they handed him the Finisher's Medal, advised him to seek shelter IMMEDIATELY, and then told him to NOT touch the metal barriers! YIKES! THAT makes a GREAT day for crafting, huh?) 

And for those who were unable to attend, but still earned a spot, I stamped and completed their projects for them! All were picked up and received by yesterday. And, for the one FABULOUS crafter in Florida? Hers was sent and she should have it by Tuesday! Thanks to all the crafters for making this such a success!

** I made my Grandma's Coffee Cake for everyone as a mid-morning snack. A couple of years ago, I could not find my recipe and was going to make it for a class. I had emailed my folks in Florida to get a copy of it. My Dad sent me an email with the recipe, writing "Mom is not up yet but I think this is it. Note on back that neighbor gave to Grandma in the 50's" and the email is dated 6/2/2012. Dad fought hard, but we lost him to cancer in February 2015. #cancersucks  While I have since found my written recipe, I still pull up that email. Was VERY thankful that I could share my family with my stamping friends while we ate our fresh-from-the-oven, baked-with-love, coffee cake. **

I am on my way to earning the Alaskan Cruise with Stampin'Up! Thank you so much for supporting my business!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pumpkineers - Paper Pumpkin - A Sara Thing

Crafters -

My monthly Pumpkineer meeting was on Tuesday evening. We had THREE new ladies join us for the evening, and we missed a couple of our regular attendees. BUT WE HAD FUN!

We made two alternate cards using the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit, A Sara Thing. The refills were available VERY BRIEFLY and then they sold out QUICKLY. I had purchased two extra kits, those were gone before FRIDAY last week. This was a VERY popular kit! I'm thinking watercoloring is here to stay!  :)  YEAH!!!!

Ok, want to see the closeups of the alternate cards we made at the meeting?

First, we made a really pretty card using Melon Mambo cardstock and the soon-to-be-retired Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Specialty Paper (you could use the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper on the Clearance Rack too!) and a small strip from the soon-to-be-retired Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. I ran a small piece through my Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies and we colored it, just like in Sara's Paper Pumpkin video, using our watercolor pencils and the handy-dandy brush that came in the kit! Want the FULL set of Watercolor Pencils? They are now available! Don't have the handy-dandy brush that came with the kit? How about an Aqua Painter instead! There are ALWAYS substitutions!  :)  **The crafters were even able to use a saying from a NEW set for the inside of their cards!**
Melon Mambo Card
Using Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper
Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack

Then, for the second and final card, EVERYONE'S was different! How, you might ask? Because we used the soon-to-be-retired Celebrate Every Day Project Life Card Collection - which is on SALE! Because all of the cards match within the collection, we used my FAVORITE retiring color - Mint Macaron cardstock (which is ALSO on sale!) - and a little bit of Whisper White cardstock. THIS was a fast and easy card UNTIL... until we tried to play with those little Sprinkles Embellishments! These really dressed up the Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral punchouts of the soon-to-be-retired Petite Petal Punch - AND it's on sale too! - BUT - whew! are they little! The struggle was real - I'm just tellin' ya! And don't forget about the Fine-Tip Glue Pen - a DEFINITE MUST for those little guys too!
Mint Card
Using Celebrate Every Day Project Life Card Collection

Close Up of Sprinkles Embellishments on Petite Petals Punchouts

Check us out! I even got in the photo for this one - the boy was home and had him take the photo.
April 2017 Pumpkineers Meeting

A good time was had by all! Can't wait until the MAY kit comes out. Not a subscriber?
My Pumpkineers next meeting is Tuesday, May 23rd (4th Tuesday of the month) at 7pm. See ya soon!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coffee and Cards is SATURDAY!

Crafters -

Well... taxes are done, the Retired List has been announced, I've completed my FIRST preorder from the NEW Stampin'Up! catalog (because I attended the Savannah OnStage earlier this month), and - if you can believe this - it's coming up on the FOURTH Saturday of the month! Know that that means?

COFFEE AND CARDS is on Saturday, April 22nd, from 9a-12p. You will make 8 cards (4 designs, 2 of each design) for just $20. And when you place a minimum order during the class, your class fee is WAIVED! What a way to get your supplies - things you were already going to order! - and make some FREE cards when you order! Easy-peasy!

Did you see the little sneak peek I posted on my CLASSES page (look at the on the blog - did you know I have a CLASSES page)?

Check it out!
Coffee and Cards
April 22, 2017
Fabulous Flora (Host Set) Card

Don't you just LOVE this?! I know I do! And did you notice how it's done? Watercoloring with ink refills! And we are using REGULAR Whisper White Paper! 

This sample card uses the Fabulous Flora Host Set. This Host ONLY stamp set is only available through May. Stampin'Up! has guaranteed that stamp sets will be available through May 22nd. Make sure you place your workshop order by May 21st so you can choose this Host set while it is still available!

Have you registered for the class yet? Shoot me an email (or give me a call!) and I will get you registered! Remember to bring your favorite adhesives and your scissors. All other items will be provided!

See you Saturday, April 22nd at 9am! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Latte Joy Team Meeting and a Sneak Peek!

Crafters -

Can I tell you a little bit about my team?

First, they are just the most wonderful people I know! Many were friends or customers first, and they decided to become a demonstrator with my team - let's face it - why NOT get the discount if you LOVE the product, right?

Second, we meet once a month but we "talk" daily on social media. We have a Facebook group and we share ideas, things that are going on, and we even pray for each other. We may have met as team members, but we have become friends too!

And finally, third. During our once a month meeting, we craft together, share in updating each other on various items with Stampin' Up! and just generally have a good time.

Ok, now you have the backstory!

Well, we met on Tuesday evening and we did miss a few of our ladies. One of the regular attendees actually was in the hospital! It was wonderful to hear from my team that they were praying for her. AND, although there were only three ladies at our team meeting, ALL THREE of them made a handmade card for our friend. I'm delivering it on Wednesday to her. These ladies not only talk the talk, they walk the walk! I am BEYOND BLESSED to part of such a wonderful group!

So, without further ado, want to see what we made? There is a new "suite" coming out in May. As demonstrators, we could preorder it in April so we could prepare for our upcoming classes. Stampin'Up! even gave us a "sample class" with instructions and dimensions - made it VERY easy!

Well, check it out!
Eastern Palace Suite
New InColors - Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, and Lemon Lime Twist
(along with a little Dapper Denim!)

And here are my team members who attended.
Linda won products based on her sales
Nancy won product for the raffle
A good time was had by all!

I have a feeling that the new Eastern Palace Suite will be a BIG seller! LOVE the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Paper Pumpkin - A Sara Thing!

UPDATE: AND I even did a short (13 minute) video showing an alternate card design. Check out my Facebook Live to see it:

The new April 2017 Paper Pumpkins have shipped!

Some have even been received!

Want to see the video - done by none other than the CEO herself, Sara Douglass!

Check it out!
April 2017 Paper Pumpkin
A Sara Thing

Cannot wait for mine to arrive so I can play with them!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Blessings - Ronald McDonald House Charities

Crafters -

We are usually scheduled for the third Sunday of each month at the Columbus (Ohio) Ronald McDonald House. Well, for April, that happened to fall on Easter proper. 

Gotta be honest. I thought about changing the date. Our immediate family is not close geographically. We usually travel that day. But, when I was doing the schedule a few months ago, and after speaking with hubby, decided to leave the date as it was scheduled. We figured we'd just work around it.

My team member, Linda K., also attends most of the RMHC events. She's actually attended EVERY ONE of them since she joined during Sale-A-Bration! Talk about that whole "where two or more gather..." - YUP! I am abundantly blessed!

So we met today. I gotta tell you - as soon as I made the announcement that we were making "Easter Egg Wreaths" in the cafeteria, BEFORE I EVEN MADE IT BACK TO THE TABLE, we had customers! Thank you Linda for being there!  :)

Check out what the table looked like about midpoint through our two-hour crafting!
Check out all the Easter Egg choices!
6" paper plates with a 3" circle cut out of the center.
We already had the ribbons and bows all ready to go!

And here are some of the BEAUTIFUL wreaths that were made!
When we began making the wreaths, we started with several people, RIGHT AWAY! It was GREAT! In speaking with two of them, we found that a mom and her 17-year old just arrived yesterday from UTAH! They were telling us that they had been waiting OVER A YEAR to be able to come here. We were telling them about Stampin'Up! being a corporate sponsor for Ronald McDonald House and these two ladies knew exactly where Riverton, Utah (SU! HQ) and even where Kanab, Utah (manufacturing plant!) are located! We don't realize what a small world it is until we talk with others...

We had a couple of grandmas stop over to make wreaths, and we even had an uncle! Let me assure you, this guy did not look like your typical crafter. He was telling me that he used to be able to come up all the time to help his sister-in-law and his 3-year old nephew. But he just took a job that has the hours of midnight-8am. So he drives up to Columbus from his job, about 3-4 hours, EVERY WEEKEND, to help out. Talk about family and commitment. You could tell too - the sun rises and sets on this little guy for his uncle.

Did you notice the all pink one, in the top right corner? This little girl wanted to make TWO wreaths. This was her second one. She went through every single egg to find the papers she wanted, with the designs she wanted. As she finished hers, her mom (and her sister too!) looked at the wreath and her mom said "now that's a (child's name) wreath!" This little girl just BEAMED!

ALL of the wreaths were works of art - and you notice that no two were alike!

And finally, I have to share these last two. But a little backstory first. These belong to a 6-year old boy and his 3-year old sister. The young man ate his lunch first, so he came over and made his while his little sister was finishing her lunch (no crafting until lunch is finished - or until Mom/Dad/Grandma/Uncle/WHOMEVER says!).

This little guy chose his 12 eggs and went right to town working on his wreath! As soon as he was finished, he let us know that he would be willing to help his sister - what a GREAT kid, huh? He went through several egg color choices with her, flipping each side so she could look at EVERYTHING! He then went through the eggs, one-by-one, to help her choose her colors and placement on the wreath. This guy is a BORN teacher with a GREAT deal of patience. You don't usually see a 6-year old that goes through all of this. But he did, for his little sister.
Big Brother's Wreath
(6-year old boy)
Little Sister's Wreath
(3-year old girl)
I pray your Easter is just as wonderful as mine has been. We are abundantly blessed!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Message - Reverse Lenten Challenge Card

Crafters -

During Lent, I have been showcasing the eight card designs we made at my Reverse Lenten Challenge Class on February 15th. This is the final card. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as we did making them!

Here's the basics:
  • We made 40 notecards using the Whisper White and Crumb Cake Notecards and Envelopes
  • On March 1st, 2017, Ash Wednesday, we began giving or sending cards to others (there are 40 days of Lent, NOT INCLUDING Sundays)
  • Could be given to anyone - child's teacher, co-worker, grocery clerk, bank teller, mom in front of you who has her hands full! Anyone! You get to choose!

For this final card, I chose to showcase the Easter Message card. While I realized this is a seasonal set and it probably wouldn't make it to the catalog, I was hoping. I have used this stamp set MANY times in these few months and I know my customers have really enjoyed this set as well! Sadly, I must tell you that the set did NOT make it into the 2017-2018 Big Catalog. BUT it is still available through May 22nd. 

This stamp set is available for $23 (wood mount) or just $17 for clear mount. The cross, of course, is beautiful. But I have used the Easter Lily stamp on several spring cards and also on my Easter Sampler. All supplies used, and the links to purchase them, are listed at the end of this blog posting.
Easter Message Card
Reverse Lenten Challenge Class
We used a small piece of the Moroccan Designer Series Paper and a third of a Lace Doily on this card. And don't you just LOVE the Emerald Envy color? I'm SO looking forward to enjoying this color for the next year as a continuing 2016-2018 InColor!

We stamped using Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Ink for the cross and the inside sentiments. Then using the new Watercolor Pencils - SO GLAD these will be in the new catalog - we colored the design.

This was the final card made during this Reverse Lenten Challenge card class. I look forward to offering this class on an annual basis. It not only blesses the people we send our cards to, WE also are blessed by the comments and our friends.

I hope you have enjoyed all of the cards! All supplies used, and the links to purchase them, are listed at the end of this blog posting.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

High Tide - Reverse Lenten Challenge Card

Crafters -

For the next several weeks (during Lent), I will be showcasing the card designs we did at my Reverse Lenten Challenge Class on February 15th.

Here's the basics:
  • We made 40 notecards using the Whisper White and Crumb Cake Notecards and Envelopes
  • On March 1st, 2017, Ash Wednesday, we began giving or sending cards to other (there are 40 days of Lent, NOT INCLUDING Sundays)
  • Can be anyone - child's teacher, co-worker, grocery clerk, bank teller, mom in front of you who has her hands full! Anyone! You get to choose!

For this week's card, I chose to showcase the High Tide card. I absolutely LOVE this stamp set AND (spoiler alert!), it made it into the NEW 2017-2018 Catalog too! It is a GREAT value for just $26 (photopolymer stamps) with all the sayings, the lighthouse, birds, water, sand, etc. My set is getting quite stained because I have used it so much! All supplies used, and the links to purchase them, are listed at the end of this blog posting.
High Tide Card
Reverse Lenten Challenge Class

Everyone's cards were slightly different. There ARE six different papers, double-sided, to the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and each one is just as beautiful as the next! AND, since the paper is retiring (we knew that was gonna happen since Mint Macaron was part of the colors in this paper!), AND ON SALE, it makes a PERFECT paper for this card. You may have even received a FREE package as a Sale-A-Bration benefit those last few weeks of March!

Did you notice that the lighthouse doesn't extend beyond the stitching on the Whisper White Square? Just put a post-it note on the stitched line and then stamp. Makes a VERY easy technique! And we only stamped one image of the lighthouse, not the 2-step stamping.

Add a strip of Mint Macaron (is anyone else going to miss this color? I know I am!) and a strip of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper - SO glad this is staying too! and viola! you have a card that anyone will LOVE! 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pumpkineers and Upcoming Vendor Fair!

Crafters -

On Tuesday evening, we had our monthly Pumpkineers meeting. This is for my customers who are Paper Pumpkin subscribers with me, and I invite my team members to also attend. ALWAYS more fun to craft with your friends!

I even did a little Facebook Live Video. You can watch it on my Facebook page (click to watch the 1:30 video dated March 28, 2017). Remember, I'm new at this, so please be kind! And Summer even brought her new little puppy to visit! He was such a cutie! It's been a while since we've had a puppy...  :)

We had a BLAST! Check out what the crafters made:
March 2017 Pumpkineer Meeting

After they left, since I have a Vendor Fair on Saturday, April 1st, I made a few extras of the Bunny Bags. These were a HIT! What do you think?
Bunny Bags
with Chocolatey Covered Marshmallow Bunnies inside!

And finally, I have now received my extra refill kits. And had a BLAST playing with them! Check out these alternate designs!
Extra Refill Bunny Bags
Complete with Hershey Kisses inside!

It's like they're bunnies - they are multiplying left and right!  :)  I crack myself up sometimes!

Hope to see you on Saturday, April 1st, between 12p-3p at the Crossfit43123 Local Vendor Craft Fair! I'll have these items available for sale while they last!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jar of Love - Reverse Lenten Challenge Card

Crafters -

For the next several weeks (during Lent), I will be showcasing the card designs we did at my Reverse Lenten Challenge Class on February 15th.

Here's the basics:
  • We made 40 notecards using the Whisper White and Crumb Cake Notecards and Envelopes
  • On March 1st, 2017, Ash Wednesday, we began giving or sending cards to others (there are 40 days of Lent, NOT INCLUDING Sundays)
  • Can be anyone - child's teacher, co-worker, grocery clerk, bank teller, mom in front of you who has her hands full! Anyone! You get to choose!

For this week's card, I chose to showcase the Jar of Love card. This stamp set is one of those VERY versatile sets! You can purchase the stamp set by itself, or the coordinating framelits, or even better, BUNDLE it and save 10%! I chose to pair it with the Ballon punch and we even blinged-it-up with the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (I LOVE THIS STUFF!). All supplies used, and the links to purchase them, are listed at the end of this blog posting.

Jar of Love Card
Reverse Lenten Challenge Class
February, 2017

I think the hardest part for each of us was choosing which side of the paper to use! The Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper has ALL pretty designs!

This one took a little bit of time to complete - because we stamped about a THOUSAND little hearts in the jar (not really!) - and there were several pieces and parts to stamp. That's ok though - this was one of the FAVORITE cards!

When you purchase the BUNDLE, you have already qualified for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Wouldn't it be fun to add either the Pretty Pocket Card Kit (fast and easy cards!), or the Designer Tee Stamp Set (sayings to compliment the Jar of Love)?

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

March Coffee and Cards

Crafters -

Last week was so much fun! It was so much fun between my team meeting on Tuesday, the Easter Sampler class on Thursday, and then going to my church's Women's Retreat on Saturday! It was so much fun between all those things, that I didn't realize I hadn't shared the cards from this month's Coffee and Cards!

With Sale-A-Bration ending THIS WEEK!!!!, I used a lot of Sale-A-Bration items for the March cards. Let's face it - the Sale-A-Bration items are going fast! Get them while you can...

Want to see what we did?
March Coffee and Cards Class

The first card I did was the Pear Pizzazz and Wisteria Wonder using the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Such a pretty AND EASY card. We even used spritzers on this card and I think that was the favorite part of the card!

The balloon card (using the Lift Me Up Bundle) was very similar to my Swap card at my Team Leader's meeting in early March. Again, fast and easy and we used the Sale-A-Bration Carried Away Designer Series Papers AND the Sale-A-Bration Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper. Again, easy peasy!

Then we moved onto the Butterfly card. This one is simply stunning! This is a DIRECT case from the meeting in Michigan earlier this month. At my card class, the crafters made either the Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, or Bermuda Bay using the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Papers. It was kinda hard to choose only two! We also used the Sale-A-Bration Inside the Lines Paper and do you recognize the sentiment? It's from Tasty Trucks! Talk about a TRUE Sale-A-Bration card, huh?

But the final card, and it was the final card - I put it in the other room and made it their last card. It was, BY FAR, the favorite card! I would absolutely LOVE to tell you I made this complete card design. But alas, no. It was from a sideline team member! You see we swap 15 cards when I go to that state up north. This design was one of the swap cards. I made my chick a little more wild with the purple and blue hair - we even added a little of the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen! REALLY made Chick's hair look GREAT!

Which one is your favorite? I'm not sure which one is my favorite - I like all of them! They each fill a different need, so I'm gonna go with...

It's a four-way tie! LOVE them all! Hope you do too! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter Sampler

Crafters -

On Thursday evening, I had my Easter Sampler class. Sit back and enjoy this posting. There are a LOT of photos with this one! And you are gonna LOVE every one of them (I know I do!)!

We played with a variety of new Stampin'Up! products from the Occasions catalog (Supplies listed at the end of this posting - ALONG with an ordering special!).

Want to see what we made?

This was my original design
Sahara Sand Background
With a White 12"x12" Shadowbox Frame

The crafters received a package of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper so they could each choose their papers. Check out what each of the ladies in attendance made!

Summer's artwork!
Linda's artwork!
Suzanne's artwork!

And then, after the ladies left, I played with my extra pieces and parts that I had already cut. Check it out!

Soft Sky Background
With a Blue 9"x9" Shadowbox Frame

Blushing Bride Background
With a Natural 9"x9" Shadowbox Frame

Which one is YOUR favorite?

Visit me at the Local Vendor Fair at CrossFit43123 in Grove City on Saturday, April 1st, from 12p-3p. You can see these beauties in person!

Supplies Used (Click item to be taken to my online store):
Easter Message Clear Stamp Set
Beautiful You Clear Stamp Set
Suite Sentiments Clear Stamp Set
Falling in Love Designer Series Paper
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock
Soft Sky Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Shimmery White Cardstock
Gold Foil Paper
Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
Gold Glimmer Paper
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
Versamark Pad
Soft Subtles Stampin' Write Markers (Blushing Bride and Soft Sky Used)
Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers (Early Espresso for touch-ups)
Big Shot
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits
Bold Butterfly Framelits
Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies
Large Letters Framelits
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder
Aqua Painters
Watercolor Pencils
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Embossing Buddy
Heat Tool
Sending Love Embellishments
Falling In Love Embellishments
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini Glue Dots
Fine-Tip Glue Pen
Snail Adhesive
Tear and Tape Adhesive
Paper Snips
**Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Package was used. It has now sold out.** Substitute YOUR favorite Glimmer Paper.

Ordering Special:
Place a $75 merchandise (before shipping and tax) ONLINE order BEFORE March 30, 2017 and use Host Code HUQXQ2WZ, and I will email the sampler tutorial to the email address listed on your order.