Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pelotonia Fundraiser - THANK YOU!


Has this been a whirlwind weekend!

On Saturday, we had the Pelotonia Fundraiser for my husband.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

While only a few were able to attend, several of you made a donation and your cards will be ready for you by this weekend.

Some of you donated via the Pelotonia page - and even paid the service charge so that 100% of your donation went to his account! Others of you stopped by, wrote a check, or just opened your wallet and made a donation!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Both Paul and I were so humbled by your donations. Thank you for your support!

Want to see what we made?

Well, we were originally going to make five cards with your $25 donation. Because 100% of your donation went directly to Pelotonia, some retired papers and ribbons were used. Including a really cute little note card set that was SEVERAL years old! But all stamp sets and inks were current.

Kept you in suspense long enough? Ok, here is what we made!
Pelotonia Fundraiser
and a really cute little box!

We took a break from the card making to do a little tutorial/class on how to make the box too! I think that box was the biggest hit of all!

My friend Barb brought her granddaughter with her. Let me tell you - THIS is a future artist! We will see her name in lights!

Want to see what Barb's granddaughter did? First, I saw this envelope that she decorated:
Envelope designed by Barb's granddaughter!

And she just kept going! She was helping all of us! So, with her and her grandmother's permission, she displayed her cards for me to take a group photo. Check it out!
Barb's granddaughter's cards/projects

Didn't she do a nice job?!

I didn't even think to get a photo of Barb's cards and projects - but Barb did just as nice a job! Barb was smart enough to NOT put together her box and her pocket card too - she was going to take hers home and use them for the pattern. Smart lady!

A good time, for a GREAT cause, was had by all! Thanks so much for your support!

FYI - if you did not yet have a chance to donate to Paul's Pelotonia account, you still can. AND, I made a few extras of the card designs. For the first four people who donate, you will also receive the cards we made on Saturday. You will need to pick them up (or if you would prefer to have them mailed - let me know and I can send you a Paypal invoice.)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Bonus Days - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

So... how about you? My Wish List is still long (wish I could afford to just click "one of everything"), but with this Bonus Days special - I'm working on it!  :)  Shhh... don't tell hubby!
Bonus Days ends on July 31st, 2016
Don't delay - Place your order now!

I've been playing with my Paper Pumpkin and with my Thoughtful Branches Bundle lately. So many fun ideas!

Don't forget about the FREE Thankful Branches class on August 1st! Remember, you can place your order THAT DAY for the Thankful Branches stamp set, thinlits, or bundle and be all ready to go on August 2nd!

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Paper Pumpkin What A Gem - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

For those who are Paper Pumpkin subscribers, you "should" have received your kit by now. What do you think?

I KNOW! ME TOO! LOVE IT!!!! (picture me doing that sing-song-y voice, cuz I just did while I typed this!)

Now, seriously, I prefer cards. I'm not usually a 3-D item type of gal. BUT these little boxes are so stinkin' cute! There are two different sizes in the kit.

As many know, I'm having a Pelotonia fundraiser for my husband this weekend. All who attend will receive one of the larger boxes WITH A TWIST! I had some kraft paper that retired but it has SILVER on it! They are so cute! I absolutely LOVE them!

I took the kit and traced it onto the 12"x12" kraft paper. (12"x12" paper will fit 3 of the larger boxes). But while I was putting the boxes together today, LIGHT BULB!

What a Gem Paper Pumpkin - July 2016
Alternate / Additional Idea
These are the smaller box size. I simply traced the design onto the glimmer papers. Then I used the Lots of Labels Framelits and made a little card/tag, just like the kit! Added a piece of ribbon and viola! I had five cute little treat bags!

Now, I gotta be honest here. If you follow the directions completely, when you seal the box, that's it! You pretty much have to mutilate the box to get the goodies out! Who wants to do that? Not me!

So, I did NOT seal the box. AND I used a 10" piece of ribbon, so there is plenty of play for them to open the box and have room to add the goodies and still keep the ribbon where it is.

All five Glimmer Papers are shown here: Blushing Bride, Gold, Dazzling Diamonds, Red, and Silver. A small scrap was also added to the little card/tag. For the ink, I used Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Real Red, and Smoky Slate Classic Inks. The ribbons are Silver 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Gold 1/4" Natural Trim, Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, and Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon.

Can't wait for my Paper Pumpkineers to see these on Sunday! Which color is YOUR favorite?

If you haven't yet seen the kit, here is the YouTube video from Stampin' Up.

Not a subscriber yet? JOIN NOW!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thoughtful Branches and BONUS Days - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Remember last week when I first blogged about the BONUS DAYS that Stampin'Up! is offering right now? (If not, you can read that blog posting HERE.) 
Bonus Days Have Started!July 7th through July 31st, 2016

Well, remember that little "secret" I listed at the end of that blog posting? Not so much a secret, really, but... beginning August 2nd, Stampin' Up! will be offering a Limited Edition stamp set called Thoughtful Branches and it will be available as a BUNDLE - thinlits and all!

AND you can use your JULY coupon codes towards the purchase of this really cute bundle, stamp set, and/or thinlits! As a demonstrator, I was allowed to preorder it so that I could play with it prepare for my upcoming classes. Want to see what I made with it?

First, I grabbed my Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes. These are such a DEAL at just $6 for 20 cards and envelopes. Then, grabbed a few scraps of my regular Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstocks. Brought over the Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pads, along with my BIG SHOT! And I had fun!

Check it out!
Thoughtful Branches Crumb Cake Note Card
with inside saying

Close up of Thoughtful Branches Crumb Cake Note Card

These were so quick and easy to do!

AND - SPOILER ALERT!!! - This is one of the cards we will make on August 1st at the Thoughtful Branches Sneak Peek. While this is a FREE card class, you do have to RSVP so I know you are coming!

Not able to RSVP? You can still attend and check out the bundle! I look forward to seeing you!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pelotonia Fundraiser - Saturday, July 23rd!

Crafters -

Many of you already know this, because you have followed my blog and been a friend for a while, but we firmly believe #cancersucks - notice how I don't capitalize that stupid word?

Yeah... we lost my dad to cancer early last year. Many of you kept my business going during that time. I wasn't here and we concentrated on my mom and dad. That caused me to re-evaluate a few things and I took a break from stamping for several reasons.

And talk about a REAL Titus woman! That was my mom during those months. Actually, that is ANYONE who is a caregiver for a cancer patient. I know they just do it because they just have to, but WOW! Witnessing that first hand, showed me in so many ways the love my parents had for each other through their 50 years of marriage.

Well, my husband Paul and I met each other later in our lives. We went to different high schools, different colleges, grew up in different areas. Our paths would NEVER have crossed, except for our mutual friend Theresa. She's our George Bailey (ok, quick - who knows who George Bailey is?).

Paul lost his father to cancer while hubby was in high school. Then, before Paul and I met, his mother became a breast cancer survivor. (You see the recurring theme of #cancersucks?)

So, when Pelotonia began here in central Ohio, hubby joined them with a vengeance! He has done the complete 180-mile BICYCLE ride in two (yes, 2) days! Every year! EVERY year! You see, 100% of every rider raised dollar goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

To help hubby with his fundraising goal, this Saturday, July 23rd, from 9a-12p, I'm offering a one-day Pelotonia fundraiser! You will make five cards while here (there may be some chocolate too!). Since I've been doing this stamping thing for a few years, I even have some old bicycle stamps, along with a few others, that we can use. 

You just need to bring your donation, your favorite adhesives, and your scissors! All other supplies for the cards will be provided.

RSVP by Friday, July 22nd

Contact me to reserve your spot!

Unable to attend?
and he will send you the five cards!
Hubby doesn't know that yet, but he will.  :)
Just make sure your address is listed with your online donation to his account. 

Thank you for supporting this wonderful organization.

Do you know the Stampin' Up Statement of the Heart?
To love what we do
and share what we love,
as we help others enjoy creativity
and worthwhile accomplishments...
in this we make a difference.

Let's join forces and make a difference!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wild and Crazy Foxy Friend - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

As you know, I had my first BOGO sale on July 1st and the final evening BOGO was just Thursday, July 14th. Want to see the cute card I made for their thank you notes?

Before I show you the card, I refer to this little guy as "Mr. Fox." I know! This cute stamp could be masculine or feminine! 

Backstory - anyone remember the movie, "The Wedding Singer"? Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are the two main characters, and it is an absolute HOOT! My husband and I like the final song that the Adam Sandler character sings to the Drew Barrymore character on the airplane (and they are on a plane with Billy Idol! - LOTS of 80s references here!). If you want a cute laugh, it's called "Grow Old With You" - hubby and I LOVE this song! You can search the internet and locate it. We have it on an old CD! :)

Anyway, during the movie plot, Adam Sandler's character takes a break from the Wedding Singer gigs, and Jon Lovitz is auditioning for a gig. Lovitz starts singing "Ladies Night" - it is so funny! When I made this card earlier this week, that song was going through my mind (who knows!) and I told my mom, I should stamp "foxy lady" when making my Foxy Friends Thank you card.

Well, no such words are on my stamps, but you could use your Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer stamp set. BUT I could make our Foxy Lady "wild and crazy" (yet another movie reference!) and my mom drew pretty eyelashes on to our Foxy Lady! Check her out!
Wild and Crazy Foxy Lady card
using Foxy Friends Bundle
and Thoughtful Banners Bundle

Isn't she just so cute?

So to all my Foxy Friends - make it a WILD AND CRAZY type of day and enjoy!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Bundle BOX - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

On Tuesday, my team member Donna and I drove to "that state up North" for my Team Leader's meeting. It makes a long day, but we have an absolute BLAST driving up there and enjoying the fellowship.

Well, I earned some cardstock and ribbon from my Team Leader on Tuesday evening. You can NEVER have enough cardstock and ribbon, can you?! I had the cardstock, because I do have an addiction to cardstock, but I did NOT have the ribbon. It is on my Wish List, but I just hadn't submitted that item on my order yet. (BTW - it was Melon Mambo cardstock and Melon Mambo 1/8" Stitched Ribbon)

And we are having some painting done outside so I "have" to be here. And I can't go outside because they are painting - and seriously, there are like seven guys outside painting. I do NOT want to be in their way while I do yardwork (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!). Plus, I have some new cardstock and ribbon, and my order arrived on Tuesday. I know what I want to do!  (hehehe!)

So, my Thoughtful Branches bundle has arrived and I have been playing with it, I mean preparing for my upcoming classes. I have to have samples to show, right? Guess what I made?
Thoughtful Branches Melon Mambo Box

Don't you just LOVE it? And isn't it so pretty? I really LOVE this Limited-Edition Stamp Set and thinlit (ok, the whole bundle!) and already have several cards made with this. This is actually my first 3-D item I've made with it. The crafters who are coming on Saturday to the Coffee and Cards/Christmas in July will be receiving one of these when they arrive. 

The crafters will be able to snack on the items inside and no one should leave with an empty box (it happens, but not on Saturday!), so the crafters will be able to choose one of my retired ribbons to fit into that cute box!

And, and this one is a biggie - you might want to sit down for this one! - and I even blew the dust off of my Envelope Punch Board and made this box with it! It has been FOREVER since I've used that thing! 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

BOGO and Sunshine Wishes - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

It has been SO STINKIN HOT here in Central Ohio. How about in your area? While my yardwork, and those durn weeds, are calling to me - it has just been too hot to be outside!

What to do? What to do? (hahaha!)


How about some crafting?!

Want to see the card I sent to my customers this week? It was also my swap card at my Team Leader's meeting on Tuesday.
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Card
Using 2016-2018 InColors

Like it? No stamping required!

This uses the Big Shot - how did I ever survive without this thing?! - along with my Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. Now the thinlits can be part of a bundle (available in wood or clear mount), or you can purchase the thinlits separate from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set (available in wood or clear mount). When you purchase the bundle, you save 10%.

I also used the new Floral Affection embossing folder. This is my absolute favorite new embossing folder! But, my new Sparkle embossing folder just arrived on Tuesday, so that may change...  :)

I did use the 2016-2018 InColors to show how beautiful they are! And you will want to use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen - this is a MUST for this card!

Want to see this card in person?

Come to my BOGO sale! The final day of this sale is Thursday, July 14th, from 5p-8p. This was a BIG hit on the 1st and all who attended had a LOT of fun shopping! Who knew spending money was so much fun! Especially when you receive FREE STUFF!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Many signed up for the $5 ONEDAYDEAL that Stampin' Up! offered for the June 2016 Paper Pumpkin. For my subscribers, I also send them several additional ideas. Can't have too many of those!  :)

I typically do just cards, but also try to add in one 3-D item. Well check this out!
June 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Banner Surprise Kit

And it's made with just one of the cards! That's right - just a half sheet of cardstock!

I had so much fun with this one, I even made a SHAKER one!
June 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Banner Surprise Kit

Yeah, I put a few too many in the shaker, but it is really pretty!

If you are not a subscriber, you definitely want to be! You must join by the 10th of the month to receive that month's kit. You can click HERE to JOIN NOW! Make sure you choose Dawn Stock, Grove City, Ohio as your demonstrator and you'll receive the monthly PDF when you subscribe. (When you suspend or cancel your subscription, you suspend or cancel receiving the PDF too.)

Can't wait to see what July's kit brings!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Christmas in July - Stampin' Up!

Christmas in July is always such a fun class!

Want a little sneak peek? On Saturday, July 16th, I am offering my Christmas in July during the Coffee and Cards Class.
Christmas in July
July 16, 2016

We will be using the the Always an Adventure stamp set with its matching Outdoor Adventure Framelits (the BUNDLE will save you 10%), and we are pairing this with the Joyful Nativity stamp set.

And since I am absolutely in love with The Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, we are using that too - on all of the cards! This specialty paper has 24 sheets in it - that's double the amount of the regular packages! It is a lightweight paper and it is beautiful. I really like that there are 4 each of the 6 double-sided designs. Keep in mind, your paper on your cards may vary.

Remember to RSVP by Thursday, July 14th, that you will be attending. You can always see my current class offerings by clicking on the CLASSES page or by checking my CALENDAR.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

BONUS Days - Earn in July, Spend in August - Stampin' Up!

Bonus Days Have Started!
Shop Now!

What a GREAT DEAL Stampin' Up! is offering right now! (Read to the end for a secret...)

For every $50 you spend* between July 7th and July 31st, you'll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2nd through August 31st, 2016. This is a GREAT opportunity for you to get items from your Wish List, whether you buy them now or use your coupons in August. This is the FIRST TIME that Stampin' Up! has offered this type of promotion, and it's a deal EVERYONE will want in on!

NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is REQUIRED to participate in this promotion. Stampin' Up! cannot resend emails with the coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn.
*Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 spent in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax).

Here are the Details:

  • An email address is REQUIRED to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to you via email.
  • Stampin' Up! strongly recommends that you save emails containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place - the codes CANNOT be resent if you lose the email, and the lost codes cannot be recovered. WRITE. THEM. DOWN.
  • You will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 spent in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of this promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption (in August 2016).
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, EXCLUDING Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.
Are you ready for the secret? Well, not so much a secret, really, but... In August, Stampin' Up! will be offering a Limited Edition stamp set called Thoughtful Branches and it will be available as a BUNDLE - thinlits and all! And when you participate in the Bonus Days promotion in July, you can use your coupons on the Thoughtful Branches bundle in August! Remember - you can earn as many Bonus Days coupons as you want in July, so your savings on the Thoughtful Branches bundle can really stack up!

And here's the BEST part! I placed my order in the wee hours this morning. You see, as a demonstrator, I'm able to preorder the Thoughtful Branches bundle NOW! With that order, I was also able to earn MY Bonus Days coupon codes. Can't wait for that bundle to arrive! Make sure you subscribe (on the right, enter your email address to receive the updates) so that you can see my creations when I begin posting them!

All demonstrators can preorder this bundle now. If you are interested in joining my team, contact me - I'd LOVE to talk with you about this!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ronald McDonald House Charities - Stampin' Up!

Did you know that each year, Stampin'Up! offers a special stamp set? That's right! Each year, and it is typically inside the back cover of the catalog, they offer a special Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) stamp set.

For the 2016-2017 year, the set is called My Hero. When you purchase this stamp set, Stampin' Up has listed in the catalog on this page "Help support RMHC - we will donate $3 when you buy the My Hero stamp set" (see page 209 of the big catty).

This stamp set has MANY great greetings with it! There is Valentine's Day, Easter, a jack-o-lantern for Halloween, Christmas and a "to/from" stamp, get well, and my personal favorite "you are my #1 hero."

Well, I am the Lead Demonstrator for the Columbus, Ohio Ronald McDonald House. With that, Stampin' Up! provides me with a copy of the stamp set. So, after sitting down with the Volunteer Coordinator last month, we booked our dates through January 2017 and I planned my card design to use that stamp set!

Our first craft meeting was July 3rd. One of my team members, Donna, and I went to Ronald McDonald House and we made 84 cards! We also baked 5 dozen sugar cookies. Boy! Did those smell good! Here we are with Ronald, on the bench outside the main entrance.
With Ronald McDonald on the bench!
Dawn (in blue), Donna behind Ronald

Want to see some of the cards we made?
Just a few of the cards that remained about an hour into our crafting!

And these are just the ones that remained after we'd been there an hour!

All supplies are donated. Because I had quite of bit of retired designer series papers, we used some of the brighter (prettier) papers. Everyone who passed by commented "oh, those are pretty!" The ones with the flowers were the favorites!

To make it easy, we made 50 of those diagonal slash cards (SO EASY!). But I also had a few strips of papers left too. So Donna and I made an additional 34 cards with those strips! We used up everything from those packages!

A total of 84 cards were made during the 2-hour crafting! We had a few moms, and several children, stop and make the cards. It is so wonderful that these families share just a few hours, and their stories, with us. We had a mom from Oregon, a grandma from Florida, and several others stop and talk with us. I think the cookies were enjoyed by the kids too!

Two little girls wanted to make cards with their mom. They did a BEAUTIFUL job! After getting permission from their mom, the girls allowed me to take a photo of the outside AND the inside of their cards. I just LOVE the creativity!
Card 1
Card 1 inside
Card 2
Card 2 inside

The girls were making these for their sister, who is at Children's. Didn't they do a BEAUTIFUL job?! I love that they traced their hands for their sister.

Then it got busy! I wasn't able to take photos of the other cards, but rest assured - the residents made some wonderful cards! 

We had so many of the residents tell us that while they would LOVE to make a card, they just didn't have the time. So, since we already had about 20 stamped and put together, they looked through what was premade and were able to take what was needed. One mom rushed in, warmed a sandwich in the microwave, and was able to take a few of the cards on her way out. I think she was in the room a whole 5 minutes!

We had thinking of you, thankful for you, just for you, and you are so kind cards. Many of the residents like to make cards for the nurses and doctors and other staff. This time however, we had TWO requests for birthday cards. For our next meeting in August, I will be bringing a birthday stamp to use as well!

We will meet next on Sunday, August 14th, from 12p (noon) to 2pm. Can't wait to show you THOSE cards too!

Thanks so much to my team member, Donna, for volunteering to attend and help out! It makes it much easier when there are at least two of us. I could not have done it without her help! She did the stamping with the families while I started the cookies. Then we were both stamping and the cookies had to wait! So thankful that I am blessed with a wonderful team...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

BOGO Sale Friday, July 1st!

I have just posted on my Facebook page several photos for my room for tomorrow's BOGO Sale. Contact me for details, if you have any questions.

You can see those on my Facebook page HERE (hoping I did that correct!).

Look forward to seeing you on Friday, July 1st at 9am.

No early birds, please.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Banner Surprise Paper Pumpkin - PLAY BALL! - Stampin' Up!

Ok, so... how many of you are enjoying your June 2016 Paper Pumpkin - the Banner Surprise Kit? 




Earlier this morning, I sent a sneak peek of TWO different cards to my Pumpkineers. Well, then I started playing with my kit again. You see, I try to give them about a dozen different ideas. So... I started playing with my kit.

I had an idea for a Christmas card and was gonna work on that, but I had also put a few chocolates in one of the triangular cellophane bags that was included with the kit. BUT I didn't like the little topper that I had on it. So I was really just playing with it.

Well... using my Mint Macaron I put the striped circle on just half of the die-cut circle and then put it on the other half.


Quickly I grabbed my Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad and matching cardstock, I cut one of the card bases into a quarter strip, and check me out!
June 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Banner Surprise Kit


How stinkin' cute is this?

Now I gotta show you a blast from the past. Our boy is a teenager now and almost 6' tall. BUT when the boy was about 5 years old, he went to Florida to spend a week with his Grandma and Grandpa. The Cincinnati Reds used to have their Summer Training Camp nearby. And they LOVED going to the games!

Well, since it is predominantly an older crowd, when G-Ma and G-Pa walked into the stadium with the boy, one of the staffers asked them if the boy could "help them out" at the beginning of the game.

So what do you think my parents told this staffer? But of course the boy could help out! You see, my dad was a bit of a social butterfly (there is a VERY non politically correct term he used to use, but we will let this one go).

Here is my boy, in all his glory, not quite sure about what was going on - but he did say "Play Ball" to the crowd (don't look too close at the stands)!
The boy saying
"Play Ball"
into the mic!

We lost G-Pa last year to cancer (#cancersucks) but this is such a GREAT memory for the boy, my mom, and me. One we will always cherish.

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet! Anyone else remember that jingle? It's from the 1970s - Seriously?!

I was so pleased with this card and how it turned out. Plus it was a nice memory of my dad. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Paper Pumpkin - Banner Surprise Kit - Stampin' Up!


Just WOW!

I know many of you took advantage of the $5 One Day Deal that Stampin' Up! offered for the June Paper Pumpkin.

Well, those kits have begun hitting the mailboxes! I received mine on Monday.

My Pumpkineers will meet on Friday to see some alternate designs. There are a few who will be missing due to vacations, parties and two of the ladies are going on a church thing with the youth!

BUT, they will still receive the PDF with my alternate designs. Want to see what I made last night?
Banner Surprise Paper Pumpkin
Window Shaker Card


My foam adhesive strips arrived Tuesday evening. Now I gotta let you in on a little secret. I have never actually MADE a shaker card before! YIKES!!!!! Don't tell anyone, ok?

BUT, when I saw the sneak peek that Paper Pumpkin gave on their Facebook page, I thought this month's kit would be shaker cards. And since they always give us SO MUCH in the kits, thought I would make a few extras, so I ordered the foam adhesive strips to use.

WOW! I had no idea how much fun these shaker cards are! This is just ONE of the ones I have made so far. I like my butterfly one also - and I actually think that one was a little bit easier. Check back later in the week to see that one!

Hope the Pumpkineers like it when they see it in person on Friday evening. Or when they receive the PDF I send out at the beginning of July.

And did I mention how much I just LOVE making these shaker cards?!

OH - and Banner Surprise Refill Kits are available while supplies last!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Penned and Painted - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

I make a number of cards throughout each month. Some are for classes, others for friends or gifts, and still others are for our church's card ministry. Typically I do not make just one of a card, unless it is for a special order. I like to do assembly line!

Well, my Team Leader challenged us to make 20 cards and send those out. With this cold and life in general, I didn't get my 20 done last week.  :(  Well, she thought it was so important that she challenged us with the same challenge again this week!

And, I just LOVE the Penned and Painted Photopolymer Stamp Set. This is a two-step stamp (just means that to get the extra detail, you use a couple of stamps - makes it really POP off the page!).

YEARS ago, I heard Shelli Gardner (Co-founder and Board Chair of Stampin' Up!) say that we used the SPA treatment. S-P-A stands for Stamp - Punch - Assemble. And that's exactly how I do mine. First step is always stamping. Last step is always assembling, and everything else falls in the middle. Makes life MUCH easier!

To make 20 cards assembly line style, want to see how my set up works?
Assembly Line set up
Do you notice how I have the Duet Banner Punchout there? You KNOW how much I miss my Banner Punch that retired. I used it all the time. Well, when they retired it, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I liked that thing! And my stamp-a-ma-jig? How did we ever get anything centered on those small little pieces before this wonderful invention?!
Assembly Line In Progress!
I hate it when I close up a card before the ink is dry. So I have learned over the years to stamp everything and allow it time to dry. This has been the easiest way for me to do it. And if you notice, there are only 19 of the cards here. I gave one out before I finished stamping all of them! How cool was that?!

Still thinking about my banner punch? Check it out!
Penned and Painted Close Up
LOVE my Duet Banner Punch!
Using a 1" strip - a scrap really - I punched out from the Duet Banner Punch. Then using my snips, I cut the banner in half to give me those little flags. GREAT way for me to get my little banner!

And finally, here's a group shot of the cards - VERY pretty!
Penned and Painted
Group Photo

I'm hoping to get these cards in the mail on Monday. I know my friends and customers will enjoy this card as much as I do! Did you notice? The new 2016-2018 InColors are all the flowers and leaves!

Supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.


Supplies used:
Hardwood BG Stamp Set (Clear Mount or Wood Mount)
Penned & Painted Photopolymer Stamp Set
Better than Email Photopolymer Stamp Set
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
Peekaboo Peach Classic Stampin' Pad
Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad
Layering Squares Framelits
Big Shot
Duet Banner Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Paper Snips