Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and a New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!

Whew! Say THAT three times fast!
Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!
Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!
Cards, Party, Messy Desk, and New Hostess Code! - Stampin' Up!

Now, click your ruby red slippers together three times, and say...
Oh, wait...

Yesterday (Saturday, February 6th), I hosted my first party (workshop) in SEVERAL YEARS! Gotta say - the 12 crafters who attended, were EVER SO GRACIOUS!

The party was from 2p-5p, with an Opportunity Night scheduled from 5p-6p. We were done stamping just before 4pm. And two ladies stayed after the party to talk about the Stampin' Up! opportunity! HEY! You get $56 free merchandise right now with no shipping with the Starter Kit?! What's not a GREAT thing about that, huh?

Want to see what we made?

"Not yet, not yet, not yet, my son...First come the lessons, then the fun."

That quote is one of our FAVORITES from The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain. I even pulled the book out to quote it exactly and had fun re-reading it before finishing this blog posting. And checking out the coloring job our little baby (age 14 now!) did with his red and yellow and green crayons! As many of you know, my husband is an AVID cyclist, and this book was a BABY GIFT to us many moons ago, from my dear friend LoriAnn. Seems like just yesterday.

The crafters arrived around 2pm. Two of the ladies had attended my Cuppa Class in the morning and stayed for the party. I kept THOSE two ladies busy from about 9am til just around 1:30pm! Because they stayed for the break, I had added an extra card and 3-D item for them to make. I think they liked those two items ALMOST as much as the items they received with their CLASS FEE!  BUT they did make some really great cards and 3-D items! Thanks so much to Jeannette and Faye for staying!

During the party, the crafters made two cards AND a Paper Pumpkin project! YUP! As subscribers, you can order PAST kits. So I had ordered a couple of the January 2015 kits for Valentine's Day. That part was fun! Aside from the chocolate that was inside the baggies, of course! And, there were a few ladies who were not yet familiar with the Paper Pumpkin subscription. With the 3-month prepaid subscription on sale right now, AND earning a FREE Sale-a-Bration item - such a good deal! I even pulled out the mini album I received (three years ago?) when Paper Pumpkin was new! THAT one was fun to look through too!

I demonstrated the masking technique and heat embossing during the party as well - always fun to do techniques! Both are classics, and such fun to do! Two ladies came up front to see how pretty the heat embossing is! One of them had brought her 7-year old daughter and she was right there in the thick of it too! Actually, two daughters attended the party with their moms; one was 7, the other 13. I think those two young ladies had it better in hand than us (ahem) more seasoned crafters! Plus it was fun to have youth around us!

Ok, I think I've kept you in suspense long enough.  :)
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all supplies.
FYI - Using the DSP, there were cards in
Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron,
as well as the Tempting Turquoise (shown here).
And, I've been trying to work on cleaning my craft room. Little bit at a time. I found a few more items that needed to find new homes. I forgot to take a photo of the before, but check out the after! The retired items were a BIG hit! (My demonstration table is situated between the two rooms and is the bottom photo.)
The dog is even worn out! (top right photo)
Remember, he thinks everyone comes to the house to see HIM!

I like to remind myself of the Albert Einstein quote: "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" Yup - ALL KINDS of ideas running around in this brain!

ONE of the ideas came at the end of the Cuppa Class (before the party) while we were completing the final projects. Jeannette, Faye, and I were talking and crafting (SHOCKING, I KNOW!). Well, Faye takes the coffee cup that was already ran through the Big Shot, yeah... She saw something else when she looked at it. Which got me a-thinkin...

Tune in NEXT week for the exciting conclusion
to THIS idea using the Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies!

AND FINALLY, the new Hostess Code, good through February 28th, is E27NTX4V.

Hope you enjoyed all the goodies and those of you who attended - hope YOU had a GREAT time! Thanks so much for your orders!

Party Cards & Project Supplies (click the links below to order:)
In the Meadow Stamp Set
Chocolate Chip 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Whisper White 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Neutrals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
Tea Lace Doilies
Big Shot
Lots of Labels Framelits
Magnetic Platform
Flowering Fields Stamp Set (Sale-a-Bration (or SAB))
Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper (SAB - Limited Time Product, through February 15, 2016)
Tempting Turquoise, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Bermuda Bay 8.5"x11" Cardstock (banner used on ALL card colors)
Whisper White 8.5"x11" Cardstock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Blushing Bride Sequin Trim
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
Silver Sequin Trim
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (star thinlit used)
Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
Handheld Stapler
Stampin' Dimensionals
Paper Pumpkin Filled With Love Refill Kit from January 2015 (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST - MUST BE A CURRENT PAPER PUMPKIN SUBSCRIBER)
Birthday Blooms ("for you" and "dear friend" for the hearts on the Paper Pumpkin)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Party Tomorrow!


I'm finishing the prepwork for the PARTY tomorrow (Saturday)! Want a little sneak peek?

YUP - lots of glitter and bling! Do you recognize any of the items?

And these glitter-y, bling-y, stars will be used for the FIRST card we will be making, right around 2pm!

Can't wait to see you here!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Weekly Deals - Stampin' Up!

Ok, so I couldn't sleep...

Before I retired, my friends would always tease me because I would send emails at 3am. (I was up, wasn't the rest of the world? HA!)

It just made it easier. The house was quiet. I could have my coffee and donut. And I could get some Bible study, computer work, crafting, and/or housework done in about half the time. Can anyone else relate?

This morning, I couldn't sleep. Got up at 4am! I'm retired!!!! What on God's Green Earth am I doing up at 4am?!?!? Can I get an "AMEN!"?

So I logged onto the Stampin' Up! website, because on Tuesdays, the Weekly Deals are new. And WOW! Just WOW!!!! Check it out HERE!

Weekly Deals

I am SO definitely ahead of my time! The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are on the Weekly Deals!!!! AND they are $10 off!!!! Did I mention? We are using this at my class on February 20th. You can see a small screenshot on my Classes page or on THIS previous post.
Monthly Card Class
February 20, 2016

Do you recognize a couple of the items? The top right image on my Monthly Card Class - you can see a little tiny bit of vellum with the brick design? Yeah! That's the Mini Treat Bag and I've used the Brick Wall Embossing Folder on it! And then there's the bottom right image! Recognize that Silver Foil bow? YEAH! Also from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!

And a spoiler alert! One of the cards I'm going to demonstrate on Saturday, February 6th at my workshop, will use the star image from... the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies! And this card is PRETTY and EASY! You'll see!

If you have previously attended my other card classes, you have used the heart and/or the "for you" thinlits dies too!

I'm telling you - this is one of my FAVORITE dies! When I first saw it, I thought "oh... I'll never use that!", especially because it is $40. And now, I use it ALL. THE. TIME. And YOU can get it for $10 off!!!! How many of you go to the Big Box Stores, when you receive 25% off of X, Y, or Z? Yup! Guess What? This die is 25% off!!!! Remember, a NEW Weekly Deal begins NEXT week on Tuesday, February 9th, so get this one while the getting is good!

Enjoy the DEALS!!!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Latte Joy Stampers - My Team!

Crafters -

You all know how much I absolutely LOVE my coffee! I know - shouldn't "love" a "thing" but it is what it is. :)  Hubby loves me still...

Well... I now have a couple of ladies who have joined my team!

Since I'm starting new (again) with Stampin' Up!, a training that I belong to challenged us to make our Welcome Cards, a Welcome Letter, and to schedule the dates for our Team Meetings. Well, guess what I did on Friday?
Welcome Card for my New Team

YUP! And had my first Team meeting on Sunday! My friend Kathy is new to this but has some GREAT ideas! I have seen the cards she has made in the past and they are absolutely beautiful. Cannot wait to see what she does with her passion for papercrafting! Donna is out of state, and she should have received her card today! I'm looking forward to working with these two ladies!

AND I already scheduled the 2016 meeting dates too!

I just LOVE my new Cups and Kettles Framelits. Paired that with my Hearth and Home Thinlit, added a little bit of Delightful Dijon 1" Dotted Lace Trim and viola! A window scene was created! I did use my Brick Wall Embossing Folder and a little bit of sponging. The card came together so nicely! And thanks to Stampin' Up!, I already had a couple of Demonstrator Only stamp sets to use. YEAH!!!

If you'd like to receive a copy of this card, I'd LOVE to send one to you when YOU become a Latte Joy Stamper! Click HERE to join my team NOW!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Card Classes! I Have a Schedule!!!

Woo Hoo!

I have SO got to tell you - I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST last weekend with that online convention. I have so many ideas rattling around in my head. And I am working so hard on my Baggie Books. Can't wait for you to see them on February 6th at my workshop! (If you haven't yet let me know you are coming, please do! I'll be making phone calls this week to follow up.)

So, I have been playing with my Class Schedule. You can see that by clicking on the top where it says "Classes" or you can click HERE to be taken directly to it.

I'm going to try something new. WAY outside of my comfort level, but I'm going to begin offering not just one, but TWO classes each month! I did a class on Friday for my aunt and some of her friends. We had so much fun and everyone left with some great cards! It was such a success! So, thanks to Aunt Linda (and her friend Mary Ellen for scheduling it), I'm going to pattern a monthly card class after this and I'm calling...

Coffee and Cards
We will meet the THIRD Saturday of each month, from 9a-12p. The cost is $20. You will bring your favorite coffee (or beverage) with a covered lid, your favorite adhesives, and your scissors. You will leave with 8 cards (4 designs/2 each) AND a 3-D item. The February class is Saturday, February 20th, 9a-12p. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 17th, so everything can be precut and ready for you! Want a little sneak peek?
February 20
Coffee and Cards

Now, I know, I know.... There is that state up north. And I have a friend who is a fan of that state and school, so for those who wear that school's colors on February 20th, for you and you alone - I will make an alternate color card for you, but NOT blue and yellow together. Just sayin'! Let me know when you RSVP!

Oh - and the best part - well, maybe not the best part, but a good deal - when you attend the class that day, you will also receive $5 off your order placed during the class!


the second monthly class will be offered on the FIRST Saturday of each month, from 9a-12p. Each month will have a different stamp set or product showcased, so the cost will vary. You will bring your favorite adhesives and scissors. It will be a...

Monthly Themed Card Class
The February class is the Cuppa Class (LOVE IT!). But the MARCH class? Drumroll please....

Everything's Coming Up Roses
which will showcase the Rose Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies. You will also receive a half package of the English Garden Designer Series Paper (one sheet of each design) with your class fee. Did you notice the really pretty rose as one of the designs on the papers? The cost will remain the same as the February class at $60. With the card class, your value is OVER $80! Because the items need to be ordered in advance, the RSVP for the Everything's Coming Up Roses class is Saturday, February 20th (your payment is your RSVP). You will make 4 cards and a 3-D item, receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration item, and leave with your stamp set, matching thinlit dies, AND Designer Series Paper! Not too shabby for 3 hours of crafting, huh?

Remember to check the Classes schedule on my blog HERE or on my Stampin' Up! website HERE.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weekly Deals

All I can say is WOW!

I have spent last weekend doing an online creative convention. SO. MANY. IDEAS. And while I'm working on getting everything together so I can update my class schedule and such, I wanted to show you the Weekly Deals for this week. Remember, these begin on Tuesday and each Tuesday gives us new weekly deals!
Weekly Deals

Don't you just LOVE all of them?

And, can you tell I'm a demonstrator? I have three of the five items already on my shelves! Go ahead and guess which ones I have!  :)

When you place YOUR Sale-a-Bration order, using Hostess Code EJTWQGC7, I'll send you four handmade cards. (Please send me an email. I have received orders with NO CONTACT which means I can't send them to you - I need to have your address! Thanks!)

Check back later this week. I'm going to offer a really quick card class for February! Hope you love it as much as I do!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Card Making - LOVE IT!

So... how many have a dedicated space to crafting? For those who have been to my home, you know I do. I'm VERY fortunate that I have a craft room now. 5 years ago - nope! Used the kitchen table. And then had to clean up if my family wanted to, you know, eat, do homework, that type of thing. Can I get an AMEN?!

Well, I'm taking an online crafting class this weekend - LOVE IT! - and while working on it and listening to the GREAT speakers, I had an idea. So I pulled out some of my supplies.

And, yeah, I'm using the table again! hahahah! Better lighting, yeah.... that's what I'm telling myself.

Does anyone else spread out all of his or her supplies like I do? Check it out!

Normally, I don't have hubby's 'puter there, but since I HAVE to listen to the speakers... And since my "What I Love" Sale-a-Bration stamp arrived just yesterday, I am having SO. MUCH. FUN.

And my family? Yeah, they are watching Galaxy Quest. Gonna miss Alan Rickman. Many may know and love him (as I do!) as Professor Severus Snape, but he will always be Hans Gruber to me. (I just looked that up. Die Hard was in 1988? Seriously? That movie is almost 30 years old?!?! How did that happen?)

But I digress. After I get my designs all done - and I'm gonna show this idea at my workshop on February 6th - I'll clean up the crafting before dinner. Unless I can talk hubby into taking me out. I just got an email coupon to Bob Evans! Any dinner I don't have to make is a good one!

Oh well, I must go crafting now so I feel much younger than I actually am. Hope you are having a GREAT day crafting as well! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack - Stampin' Up!


Have you had a chance yet to look through the Occasions Catalog?
Occasions Catalog 2016

Again, WOW!!!! I wish I could just say "I'd like one of each please!" Anyone else ever feel that way? No? I'm alone on this one, huh?  :)

Well, my goodies arrived last week and I have been having so much fun playing with those new items. As you know, I'm offering the Cuppa Class on February 6th - you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE this one. And so easy. The stamps match the framelits and there is a matching Designer Series Paper Stack with it too. Oh and did I mention the ribbon and the embellishments too? WOW! Anyway, since I now have all my designs ready to go and am just waiting on one roll of ribbon...

Oh wait!

I'm digressing, yet again!

I wanted to talk with you about the new Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this paper! This is one of those that can stand completely on its own! Although it does have a very nice coordinating stamp set, Going Global. When I saw it in the catalog, I just KNEW this would make some NICE cards, both masculine as well as feminine!

So, I was looking through my Stampin' Success.This is the magazine that Stampin' Up! gives to its demonstrators so we know a little bit about what is going on. They have some really cute samples inside, along with directions. And you know me - I LOVE to combine ideas!

Stampin' Up! had this really cute framed piece on the cover of the Stampin' Success Special Edition 2015. So, I set to work. This is what I started with for the pieces and parts:
Doesn't look like much, does it?

Wait for the magic to happen!

Here is the final project:

Don't you just LOVE it? This card took more time to DIE CUT than it did to assemble! That's the kind of QUICK and EASY card I like, how about you?

You will notice there is absolutely NO STAMPING on this one! My Big Shot was doing double duty though with the embossing AND the diecuts! And do you notice the ribbon pieces? Stampin' Up! listed linen thread for those little loopies behind the DSP. But I have a whole roll of Burlap Ribbon that is just burning a hole in my pocket! So I cut an 8" piece and then pulled the longer pieces out of it. Cut them and made 'em into those little loopies. E - Z, I am telling you!

The butterflies are diecuts from the Butterflies Thinlits AND the Bold Butterfly Framelits. And each butterfly used a different printed paper from the DSP. So you are viewing 4 of the 12 printed designs. I think my favorite is the strip piece. The one with the black background and vanilla writing. I would purchase a WHOLE BOOK of just that one print!

Did you notice the little "body" for the butterfly? That's the SHORT pieces of the Burlap Ribbon! I tied them together and made the ends into the antennae for my friend Mr. Butterfly.

The only time I pulled out the Sahara Sand Classic Ink on this card was to use my sponge dauber after I used my Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Just a little here and there to add some dimension to the card.

And Mr. Brown (aka UPS) is delivering a package this week. WAIT until see you what I'm going to do with my new Flowering Fields Stamp Set - FREE during Sale-a-Bration! And I'm using my Butterfly diecuts again too. Don't you just LOVE when you can really get a LOT of ideas out of a product?!

Let me know if YOU want to make this card at YOUR workshop. I'm scheduling for February now!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Cuppa Class - LOVE IT!

Want a little sneak peek of the February 6th Cuppa Class?

Do ya?

Huh? Huh?


Ok... since you twisted my arm.

Alright, I've kept you in suspense long enough. Here ya go!

Remember, you will be making five (5) cards and a 3-D item. Well, here are five cards and a 3-D item. But you notice the one card in the center on the bottom? Hmmmm.. that doesn't look like it came from A Nice Cuppa stamp set. So, that means there is still one surprise card to make.
Cuppa Class
February 6th, 2016

And the 3-D item? The one on the top center? Hmmm... How about that is actually MY gift to YOU for attending the class!!! That means there is yet ANOTHER surprise item on the day of the class. One you will LOVE! 

I had the best time designing the cards. You may recognize that extra card that you will be making. It's from the July 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit (which is still available!) - one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES! Because it's coffee related, I wanted you to make one as well. Just in case you haven't tried any of the Paper Pumpkin kits yet. SO EASY!

The deadline to RSVP is Friday, January 22nd. You can read more about the details on the CLASSES link.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 6th!

Friday, January 15, 2016

A Nice Cuppa - AND...

Check this out!

What do you think?


Remember my post from the other day, the one about the bicycle magnets that I made for hubby? (You can read about it and see the magnets HERE.)

Well, THIS was the idea I came up with when I was making those bicycles! The printed paper is from the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, the "World's best" stamp is from A Nice Cuppa stamp set, and the diecuts are from the Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies (the "you" die is from the Hello You Thinlits). LOVE THIS! And it was really, REALLY easy to make these! I did add a little bit of Venetian Crochet Trim Ribbon to the cups. 

See? Hubby likes bicycles and I like coffee. It's a marriage made in heaven, huh?

This is just one of the things you will be making with the Cuppa Class on February 6th. There is one week left for the RSVPs. AND, if you are unable to attend, don't forget that you can also order the Card Class KIT. You will have the pieces and parts to do the projects, just add your own ink and Big Shot! Since you order the entire kit from me, you will have the supplies so you can make even more! All supplies provided are listed on the Classes Page.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Bicycles... And a Nice Cuppa?

Ok, many of you know my husband is an AVID cyclist. He enjoys it so much, he actually has a TEAM of trainers AND he also likes to TEACH a Y-Cycling Class at the YMCA. I've taken it before, but I just cycle. I certainly cannot "hang with the big dawgs!"  :)

But I digress. This year, as they have done in several years past, they are having this "Big Ride." It is in March. The way I understand it, they get credit (points, something...) for each class they attend. And to keep track of it, they have this board thing to show everyone how many classes they have taken.

A few years ago, I had an old machine and the bicycle cutout that went with it. I had made some bicycles with magnets and they used those to show each person's progress. Well, that was SEVERAL years ago (like 5+!) and while they have used and reused them, they were showing signs of wear.

What to do? What to do? Especially since I pretty much have SU thinlits now! Well, I found a bicycle thinlit at a local big box store and using some old contraband scrap papers, check out what I made!
You may need to click the photo to enlarge it. The small white piece is for the cyclist's name. Each person gets to choose his or her own bicycle to show his or her progress! Pretty neat huh? Each is a magnet.

Check out how I'm sending him into the YMCA with them!
Always hang onto those takeout containers, huh? Anyone else LOVE GenjiGo? Should make it nice and easy for him, especially with the Ohio weather!

Well, that got me to thinking. Anyone who has ever met me or followed me for more than a week or two, KNOWS how much I LOVE my coffee! There is a new stamp set, a new framelits dies set, and a new Designer Series Paper Stack in the new Occasions Catalog. Mine should be arriving on Tuesday. CAN. NOT. WAIT!!!!!!!!

So, I'm going to do something with my A Nice Cuppa stamp set:

my Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies:

and my new Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack:
Make sure you check back on Saturday, January 16th to see what I have up my sleeve. I think you will like it "a latte."

AND my February card class will be based on these products. You can read about it by clicking on the Classes tab at the top or click HERE to go directly to the classes schedule. The class will be offered on Saturday, February 6th, 2016.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Card Class Last Week was a BLAST!

We had SO. MUCH. FUN!

On January 1st, I had posted this photo on my Facebook page with the dog in the corner.
He's so excited when everyone comes over to see him (shhh... don't tell him otherwise!), so he was "resting up" for everyone.  :)

It was so nice to have my mom here and my aunts were able to attend as well. Grandma's coffee cake was a hit and everyone enjoyed the cards! We used all retired Designer Series Papers and everyone's was a bit different. Different colors, different shapes, different but the same. It was really nice!

Here are my cards that were displayed. Several used the same designs, others changed them.

Here are my Aunt Vickie's:
On Vickie's, can see that she used BOTH sides of her DSPs! I really like the way she did the stripes for the masculine cards. Those are always the hardest for me.

And my friend Kathy's (she takes hers home and modifies the card design - such a GREAT idea!). She chose to change the designs on a couple of them.

Of course, we had so much fun, I forgot to take photos of everyone else's - INCLUDING MY MOM'S! Ugh!

But, did you notice in all the card photos? We used the retired and currently on CLEARANCE RACK the Party Pennants Bigz L Die. This was one of my all-time favorite dies! It is the older style "BIG" die (just use the two clear plates with the Big Shot), but you can do so much with this die. And it is SO GREAT that it is now under $20 (I paid the original $32.95). You can make banners out of it, use it for large designs like we did, even make some really nice tags with it! And unlike the thinlits (which I LOVE!), you can actually do two and sometimes THREE layers to cut out. Makes the diecutting go so much faster!

With Sale-a-Bration going on, this is a GREAT time to place your orders. Don't forget to check the Weekly Deals (they change on Tuesdays) and the Clearance Rack. You never know what you are going to find!

Check back tomorrow to see what I did for my husband's bicycle group ride... See you Sunday!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Friday's Card Class

Well, my mom arrived safely and we have been having a VERY nice time visiting today!

I was able to get my card class ready to go and all prepped BEFORE she arrived, so we have REALLY been able to visit. (She's actually punching out flowers in her favorite colors using one of my punches as I'm typing this. It's a punch she doesn't have!).

So, I was showing her the cards that we will be making on Friday and I MADE her choose one of the card designs - SERIOUSLY - I said "Mom, you gotta pick one for me to put on my blog!"

This is the one she chose for this posting.

What do you think? I have ALWAYS loved this stamp from The Open Sea. Used my Big Shot and the Deco Framelits and it made such a quick and easy card. Remember - all six of the cards we make on Friday will be quick and easy! What a way to start the new year!

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday the 1st at 1pm! Please remember to bring your favorite adhesive and scissors. AND your favorite coloring medium, if you don't want to wait to use mine!

Everyone's cards will be different. We are each using a different printed paper and cardstock, and will color each of ours differently. I have reds, yellows, greens, blues, purples, almost every color is represented!

Cost is $10 for 6 cards OR bring 6 canned items to the class. Can't attend? Send me an email and I can mail the supplies to you! Sorry - supplies only, no stamped images. **Mailed kits are Paypal only.**

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Do You Like to Color?

It's been a while since I've posted. As many of you know, I had taken a bit of a break. I was able to sit down and make some new cards the other day and just had an ABSOLUTE BLAST!

One of my upcoming resolutions is to begin having card classes again. I thank you for those who have contacted me about having them. I'm so glad you enjoy them!

I'm on several email listings and received some the other day from some Big Box stores. Each of them mentioned that they were offering those Coloring Books for Adults. Which got me to thinkin... Why not offer a card class that WE can color? And then we have cards to send! YEAH!

Check out what I made the other day:

The printed papers are retired but the stamp set is current. And these were SO. STINKIN. EASY. to make! 

So, I'm going to offer a Coloring Card Class on Friday, January 1st, from 1p-3p. You may want to use that time to leave your home in the event there is some kind of game party going on at that time. :)  FYI - My wonderful hubby has advised that he will make it that we can also view the game with that scarlet and gray team while here, but it will not be our main focal point...

WIN - WIN for everyone! SCORE!!!!

AND, to really start the year out right, we will be using:
  • Cards and papers will all be precut, ready for stamping and assembly,
  • Different retired printed papers,
  • Some retired cardstocks,
  • Maybe even a retired punch or two,
  • Some retired accessories,
  • Several different stamp sets (current stamp sets),
  • All will be stamped using Black ink,
  • All can be colored using YOUR favorite coloring medium (I have LOTS of different colored pencils for all to share, OR you can bring your own - please have your name/marking on them),
  • YOU will pick your card supplies from those available - choose YOUR favorite colors!
  • Adhesive is NOT included (please bring your own)
  • Cost is $10 for 6 cards/envelopes OR bring 6 canned items to be donated to the Food Pantry
  • Extra cards will be available for $1 per card

For those who RSVP, you will also make a box for your six (6) cards. IF you bring a friend (someone new to me), you can EACH make three (3) extra cards!

Please RSVP by December 31st. You will get to see/meet my mom and we will have my Grandma's coffee cake for our snack. Feel free to bring your own drink with a covered lid.

See you on January 1st!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Boughs & Berries Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up!

Whew! It has been a whirlwind week at our home! As many of you know, my mom is in Ohio visiting with us (and she's such a good cook - we are hoping that she stays a little bit longer!).

But this past weekend, we were able to attend Ronda Wade's Creative Convention in that state up north. I posted last week and showed our Shoebox Swap cards, along with mom's "regular" swap cards. SO. MUCH. FUN!

Well, to save time, we mainly stamped the cards that we made and then brought them home to put together (or put them together til something like 2 am...). Mom had most of hers put together but I'm working on two other projects right now - both non-stamping related - and I'll show pictures of the one project in about 10 days. It's for the boy's birthday, but since it's a surprise, I won't say anymore other than - it's been a bit time consuming!

SO, mom just had a couple of cards left to put together. Since she doesn't know where I squirrel away everything in my craft studio, it's just easier for me to stamp at the same time (any excuse to stamp, huh?). So we both stamped a couple of cards.

One of the card designs at the Shoebox swap used a stamp set that I had, so we just took the pieces and parts and ran. Once we got them home though, we both had a different idea for the card design.

The designer of this card already had everything cut out and embossed and used non-traditional Christmas colors - LOVE when we think outside of the box! But I wanted to use something a little different using my World of Dreams stamp set. Since all the pieces were already there, here is what I came up with:
World of Dreams

Gotta have a matching Very Vanilla Envelope, right?

The designer of the card already had the Wild Wasabi cardstock embossed with the Berries & Boughs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - LOVE THIS THING - but remember - it's a different size! She also had the So Saffron and Smoky Slate pieces diecut using her Ovals Collection Framelits and a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for the artwork. I also used several markers from the Many Marvelous Markers. Real Red (Brights Collection), Wild Wasabi (Subtles Collection), Crumb Cake and Soft Suede (both in the Neutrals Collection). 

While I was making mine, mom worked on hers. She altered hers slightly. This is what she came up with using the new All Ye Faithful and Wonderland stamp sets:
All Ye Faithful and Wonderland

Mom put her Wild Wasabi embossed piece on Whisper White cardstock and since the oval was already diecut using the Ovals Collection Framelits... She used the Jet Black StazOn stamp pad for the Holy Family from the All Ye Faithful stamp set and colored them with an aqua painter using Brushing Bride, So Saffron, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, and Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pads. For the pinecombs and boughs stamp of the Wonderland stamp set, she used the Crumb Cake marker (Neutrals Collection Stampin' Write Markers) and Mossy Meadow marker (2014-2016 InColor Stampin' Write Markers).

And just to show how you can use the same design but it look very different, here they are side by side:
Totally different, but still the same

We have been having just the best time - can you tell? Hope you have enjoyed the cards!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Embellished Ornaments - Stampin' Up!

These are mom's swap cards from this weekend - LOVE how fast she put them together!
Embellished Ornament
Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow

Embellished Ornaments
Mossy Meadow with a touch of Real Red

Mom used the following items. Remember, the items will not be available until September 1st! 

Bundle (Clear) or (Wood)

I'll post more later but in the meantime - Enjoy!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wonderland - Stampin' Up!

Still here in Michigan! This fun weekend goes through tomorrow - SATURDAY! YEAH!

My mom was able to stay most of the summer with us so I conned, I mean asked, if she wanted to go to this mini Convention with me. Guess what she said - YES! Aren't moms just wonderful? Especially when they are crafters too!

So... how about a peek at HER Shoebox Swap card from last night? 

Wonderland - Close-up

Pretty, huh? She has such a good eye! First, I'll let you in on all the supplies she used, then a little story about the ribbon!

Don't you think this new Wonderland Stamp Set is just the prettiest? She also used Lots of Joy Stamp Set for the Merry Christmas sentiment. Her card base was the Whisper White Thick Cardstock (LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this stuff!). She used HER new favorite color, Mossy Meadow Cardstock and topped that with the plaid from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. Then she used her new Scallop Tag Topper Punch (it was a weekly deal a bit ago - she just got it and LOVES IT!).

To do the heat embossing, since we don't carry a Mossy Meadow embossing powder (YET! - wouldn't that be a nice color to have?), she really inked up the Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad with her Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Ink Refill and then used the Clear Embossing Powder. Now, this is not how it has been designed to work, but there's always a workaround, right? Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

After it was all embossed, she then ran it through the new Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Added a VERY nice Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Cotton Ribbon, and viola! A masterpiece!

Now, a little backstory about the ribbon. Mom's initial design didn't use the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. But, it made the card really cute! And she wanted a little pop of color with it. And since the little hole was already there, had to use some ribbon, right? Well... I have SO MUCH RETIRED ribbon, it really is quite sad. But, she decided that she liked some of my old Real Red ribbon. Yeah... guess what color I DIDN'T have?! You got it! I called about 10 local demonstrators - you know who you are - thanks for looking! I found one demo who had about 4 yards on a roll, and a friend/demo who had about 4 yards on a roll, but... yeah... not enough! Each card uses about 12 inches of ribbon. What to do? What to do?

Many of you know how much I absolutely ADORE the Rich Razzleberry color. YUP! So I had almost a full roll, still not enough! Thanks to ANOTHER friend of mine, she actually had TWO rolls that we traded. The barter system is alive and well with Stampin' Up! demonstrators!

Thanks so much ladies for helping us out! Hope you enjoy Mom's card (and the backstory!).