Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weekly Deals - Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit - Stampin' Up!

WOW! Stampin' Up! has announced this week's Weekly Deals. You can look at them HERE. Keep reading until the end for a SPOILER ALERT too!

There were several items that caught my eye this week! I have really liked that For the Birds stamp set for a while, just couldn't justify the cost. You may find this shocking, but I have a NUMBER of stamp sets. Probably too many, but is there ever really too many?

During this Weekly Deal, the wood mount set is actually LESS than the clear mount set! And with my Coffee and Card Technique Class this month using Blender Pens, what a GREAT set to use! Shame mine won't be here in time for the class though... Oh well, you will take your newfound knowledge and you can order the set while you are here on Friday or Saturday!

And the Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit! Go ahead, click on it and it will take you to my Stampin' Up! website where you can order it. Just go and LOOK at the pictures. Doesn't really do the kit justice. Check below and click on the photo - what do you think now?
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
One of this week's Weekly Deals

I would LOVE to take credit for this, but I saw this at the Columbus, Ohio, Stampin' Up! Unite and Excite event earlier this year. Another demonstrator had hers displayed there. SO, I liked it so much I made one with MY 20 cards from MY kit. Of course, the retail value was about $20 when I ordered mine. YOU can now get it for about $15 with the Weekly Deals! Cute cards, huh? The Stampin' Dimensionals and everything is included. I only had to use my scissors to cut the Baker's Twine! 20 handstamped cards for about $15. THAT is a GREAT deal!

And finally, here's the SPOILER ALERT.

SPOILER ALERT!!

SPOILER ALERT!!

SPOILER ALERT!!

SPOILER ALERT!!

SPOILER ALERT!!


Alrighty then, that should be far enough down the screen. Beginning October 1st and continuing through October 6th ONLY, Stampin' Up! is going to have a Stamp, Stock, and Save Sale! I've been a demonstrator for about 10 years now, and this is the FIRST time this has happened. There are a SELECT FEW stamp sets that will be 20% off (one of my FAVORITES, Petite Pairs, is on the list). There will also be 15% off on 8.5"x11" cardstock, envelopes, Fast Fuse and refills, and even the Classic Stampin' Ink Pads! If you are one of my customers, I sent an email this morning with more information. If you'd like more information, send me an email! I'd love to add you to my email list!

DAWN'S SPECIAL
To sweeten this Stamp, Stock, and Save Sale (October 1 through 6 ONLY), when you place your $50 or more MERCHANDISE order - that's before shipping and tax - and you place your order ONLINE using Hostess Code 2ZKDY7PW, send me an email after you place your order. Let me know if you like SILVER or GOLD! I will drop off/send you YOUR silver or gold after the sale has ended! Remember, this offer is only good through me, Dawn Stock, not Stampin' Up!

Enjoy!

Monday, September 15, 2014

October Coffee Card Hour - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Anyone remember the 1992 movie "My Cousin Vinny" with Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei? Now, I know I'm dating myself here, but I do! Of course it helps that my hubby is a HUGE movie buff (and likes Marisa Tomei!). 

But here is a really quick 2-second blip from the movie. (If you are receiving this via email, you will need to go to my blog to watch this):

Did you catch it? Marisa Tomei says to Joe Pesci "Oh yeah, you blend." If you haven't seen the movie, it is really funny about how he doesn't really "blend" with the locals.  :)

Who would have ever thought of Stampin' Up! when viewing My Cousin Vinny? Me, of course!

How about US blending? With Stampin' Up! Blender Pens! At my July downline meeting, there was a question about blender pens. Then at the September Coffee Card Hour/Technique, someone else mentioned it. I'm sensing that Blender Pens may not be getting their full credit! These things are WONDERFUL!

SO, with the holidays fast approaching, and so many of us like to color our designs, how about we use the Blender Pens and really get our technique on?! Of course, we will blend WAY better than Joe Pesci does in My Cousin Vinny! 

As an added bonus, I'll also do a quick blending DEMONSTRATION using my Blendabilities markers. You will absolutely LOVE the effect you get with these!

Look forward to seeing you on October 3rd or 4th!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

UPDATE! Coffee and Cards - Serene Silhouettes - Stampin' Up!

Crafters –

The Coffee and Cards Class, that one-hour/technique class I’m starting this month, is on THIS Friday and Saturday. It seems like September just started at the beginning of the week and now here we are – close to Friday! Has Friday and Saturday always been at the end of the week?

Seriously, the September 5th and 6th Coffee and Cards Class is right around the corner. It will be from 9am until 10am. When you attend, you will make one of the cards (the actual Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper design may vary – but you will have several choices!).
** If you are unable to attend, read at the end how YOU can receive the PDF tutorial on the September Coffee and Cards Class. **

We will be sponging, heat embossing AND dry embossing using the new Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (page 15 of the Holiday catalog). Add a little bit of ribbon and this card really pops!
September Coffee and Card Hour

When you attend this Coffee and Card Class, the cost is just $5 to make one of these cards AND get a nice cup of coffee! Remember... no decaf in this house! If you want decaf, I’ll have a nice glass of water for you.  :)

All you need to bring is just your adhesives and your scissors. One cup of coffee, one card, $5! And for the September Coffee and Cards Class, you will use THREE different techniques!

When you place a $25 order while you are here, I'll even refund your $5 fee! Want the written tutorial AND the class for free? Place a $50 order while you are here and I’ll email the tutorial to you after the class!

The September dates and times are:
Friday, September 5 - 9am-10am
Saturday, September 6 - 9am-10am

The link to my online store is just to the right on this blog. The link to the original blog posting is HERE. You can always view my classes schedule HERE.

UPDATE:
I received a note from one of my friends and here’s what Beth had to say:
Any chance that we, the underprivileged, who cannot attend your coffee and card class can somehow benefit also?? Perhaps a written tutorial?? The cards look fabulous!!!! I hate not being able to attend.

She is such a hoot – underprivileged, HA! How come I didn’t think of a written tutorial?! The good thing is that she is in the process of moving from Puerto Rico to a so-much-closer state. Hopefully, she will be able to attend a future class. BUT, in the meantime, if you are like my friend Beth and unable to attend, I’m in the process of writing a tutorial.

If you are interested in the written PDF tutorial via email, I will be making it available to those who place a $50 online merchandise order (before tax and shipping/handling) AND use Hostess Code GAVSETBC during the month of September. If you are unsure how to use the Hostess Code feature, please let me know – I can help you with that! Send me an email after you have placed the online order using the Hostess Code and I will email the PDF to you!

Also – if you place a workshop order in September, either in person or online, you will also receive the PDF tutorial via email. Just email me AFTER you place your order and I will email the PDF to you!


Looking forward to Friday and Saturday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Coffee and Card Hour, September Hostess Code, and FREE GIFT - Stampin' Up!

It's September 1st!

And it seems like August was just yesterday! WOW! Does this happen every year? Who knew that September followed August. YIKES!  

Seriously, we have been busy at work and my schedule has completely flip-flopped for this month. While trying to readjust by body to the exact opposite hours this past weekend, it really did sneak up on me!

I'm packaging my Thank You cards (and the cute little gift card set) to drop off at the Post Office tomorrow morning. 

Here are a few things to remember:

Coffee and Card Hour
I cannot believe that it begins THIS MONTH! As in FRIDAY!!!!! (And Saturday too!) I am cutting cards to get ready for this event. Even though you are welcome to just show up and come as you are, please be considerate of everyone involved and arrive promptly at 9am. More information on my Classes Page.


Hostess Code
It's September! That is still throwing me. With that in mind, the September Hostess Code is GAVSETBC. Make sure you use this only on orders less than $150. If you are going to be placing your own workshop order ($150 or more), you will not use that code but you WILL still receive the added bonus gift from me.

The added bonus for September is...
For those who place a $50 merchandise ONLINE ORDER, the bonus gift this month will be your very own package of Frosted Sequins. Won't those make a nice addition, and a little bling, to your Christmas cards and packaging?! Those will be added to your Thank You note. Make sure you send me an email AFTER you place your order.
Frosted Sequins
FREE Gift with your $50 online order
Valid September 2014



As always, let me know if you have any questions! Looking forward to Friday! YEAH!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beauty of the Season - Stampin' Up!

The new Holiday Catalog is here! I'm preparing this blog posting in advance, so I'm not quite sure when Stampin' Up! is making the catalog available online. I will update this blog with the link once it is live. AND there will be a link on the right side of this blog.

Beauty of the Season is a stamp set that we were allowed to order earlier this year. This stamp set is absolutely stunning! I have colored the images with colored pencils, blender pens, and aqua painters. I don't know which I like best - I like all of them!

This is the final card design from the Pelotonia FUNdraiser in July. In July, we were not yet able to order Christmas papers. (But you can now!) So while we did use retired papers on this card design, you would want to get the NEW (and quite pretty!) Christmas papers.
Beauty of the Season
in Garden Green and Baked Brown Sugar

Crafters had a choice of Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, or Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. With the Holiday Catalog, Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack coordinates with this card's design colors.

We used Naturals White, backed with Early Espresso cardstock, for the Top Note Bigz Die cuts. All were colored with pencils and as a final WOW touch, we used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. This little beauty is easy to miss in the big catty. We didn't put it on all of the berries, just a few.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Coffee and Card Hour - Serene Silhouettes - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

If you have been following me for a while, you probably have noticed how much I like my coffee. If I could take it intravenously, I would!

Everyone is really busy right now, the Stock household included! School is now back in session, homework, practices, our work/jobs, overtime, getting things ready for whatever! I know! Don't even get me started on my yard! YIKES!!

So, how about something that is just a little one-hour break? And I'm going to combine it with my coffee passion too!

Beginning in September, I'm going to try something new. I'm scheduling it for September, October, and November. It will be the FIRST Friday and Saturday of the month and it will be ONLY one-hour - from 9am until 10am. You will need to be here at 9am WITH your adhesives and scissors. All other supplies will be provided. (If you want to bring YOUR crafter's kit, you won't have to wait on some of the supplies - you'll have your own!)

Check out what we will be making Friday, September 5th, and Saturday, September 6th. 
Sponging, Heat Embossing, and...
Did you notice?
DRY embossing with a NEW embossing folder!
Check out page 15 of the NEW Holiday Catalog...

Cost is $5 for YOUR cup of coffee and YOUR card!
Designer Series Paper designs may vary

Just stop on over at 9am
Your $5 is payable at the door

Want to attend for FREE?
Place a $25 order while you are here and I'll refund your $5 fee!


Disclaimer!  Disclaimer!  Disclaimer!
All coffee in my home is fully leaded.
If you know me, you know I don't understand why
(and I really mean WHY?!?!)
there is such a thing called "decaf."
If you want decaf, I will have a nice glass of water available for you!

Look forward to seeing you on September 5 and 6!

Upcoming Coffee and Card Dates / Times
Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4
9a-10a

Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8
9a-10a

Birthday Cards - Stampin' Up!

I never seem to have enough Birthday cards on hand. How about you? And while I do assembly line when I make many of my cards, sometimes I just don't want 12 or 20 of the exact same card, in the exact same color!

How about this to really shake things up?!
Flowerpot DSP Birthday Cards!

We used the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper and just changed the cardstock color. The different cardstock colors we used are Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, and Crushed Curry. Somehow I did not grab a Crushed Curry card for this photo, BUT you can see the Crushed Curry flower on the card in the upper right.

Each card used a small strip of the Flowerpot DSP and it was mounted on a strip of Whisper White cardstock. To give that nice scalloped edge on the Whisper White, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit. Don't forget to use either your Magnetic Platform or the old-fashioned post-it notes method. Those were precut with the cards for my class members.

For those of you who have attended my card classes before, you know that I try to have everything ready so all you have to do is enjoy your card making. It was no different with this card class! AND I even had the boy help with the Big Shot die cutting! He ran the Big Shot for each of those flowers! To let you know how great this kid is, each card uses two of the big flowers and one of the white flower layer. Those three layers of the flower use the Floral Frames Collection Framelits.  I made about 15 cards of each color, so that was about 75 cards. He is such a trooper because he had to run that Big Shot through 75 times 3 for each of the cards (he ran the Big Shot 225 times!). Am I ever blessed by him or what?!

Then using the 1" Circle Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, along with the 3/4" Circle Punch, the flower punchouts were complete! We just ran them through the Big Shot using the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, added a few Stampin' Dimensionals, and viola! The flowers were complete! Remember, Christmas embossing folder designs are not only for Christmas cards!

Everyone stamped their birthday greetings in Night of Navy using the Petite Pairs Stamp Set (LOVE IT - so versatile and so many different greetings!). Then using the Modern Label Punch (flipped upside down to see the sentiment, of course!), we punched out the greeting and adhered it to the card. 

We added a little bit of ribbon around the card. Because I have SO many retired ribbons, we used several different colors. Gotta tell you though...the new 1/4" Cotton Ribbons are MUCH easier to tie than the old Grosgrain ribbons we used. While I was really sorry to see all of my grosgrain retire, the new ribbons are FABULOUS!

Hope you enjoy the cards! Let me know if you want to make this card design at YOUR workshop!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Wetlands - Stampin' Up!

You know, when I saw the Wetlands Stamp Set in last year's catalog, I thought "that set will make some very nice masculine cards." I got it and I have used it for that purpose several times.

Well, fast forward to July THIS year for my husband's Pelotonia FUNdraiser. I wanted to use a stamp set that could show how easy it is to use Stampin' Up! markers, and make it a card that could be used for either men OR women!

Check it out!
Wetlands - LOVE the little birdies!


Such an easy card! Using the Lullaby Designer Series Paper, the crafters had a choice of several colors. We used Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, and Pistachio Pudding cardstocks. Did you notice that four of the five listed colors are from the 2013-2015 InColors? Pistachio Pudding is shown above.

And while we used the Lullaby DSP, this designer series paper design doesn't make me think of a "baby" card. We also used the Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar markers from the 2013-2015 InColor Stampin' Write Markers, my Big Shot, and the Apothecary Accents Framelits.

Add a few Stampin' Dimensionals and this card pops! Quick and Easy too!

Because I always make a few extras, I also used my Paper-Piercing ToolStampin' Pierce Mat, and my Essentials Paper Piercing Template to jazz up the extras. FYI - It does take a bit of time to pierce each of those little holes!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Non-Traditional Christmas - Stampin' Up!

Now, I know it is usually "Christmas in July" when we make our Christmas cards. But this year, Stampin' Up! is doing something a little bit different. You see the new Holiday Catalog items will be available on August 28th. Which is wonderful, but really makes it hard to do a Christmas in July with traditional Christmas paper.

What to do? What to do?

Think outside of the box, of course!

In July, we had a Pelotonia FUNdraiser for my husband's Pelotonia ride. It was a LOT of fun. But without any current Christmas paper, we improvised, adapted and overcame! Check out what we did using the Park Lane Designer Series Paper!
Christmas is still Christmas, doesn't matter the color!

We made this same card using Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Soft Suede cardstocks! For the stamp sets, we used an oldie, but a goodie, Lovely As a Tree, along with Sassy Salutations and stamped all using an Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad. I have a LOT of retired ribbons, so we used a few that matched those colors.

After everything was stamped, we ran the card design portion through my Big Shot using the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Did you notice the little star on the top? Can I just tell you how much I LOVE that Stampin' Up! has now provided us with a small star punch! It is part of the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I used the little flower punch on the bicycle card that I blogged about last week. You can see that blog posting HERE.

Pair that little star punch with some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and you have a card that ROCKS! In a VERY Non-Traditional way too!  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Work of Art Meet Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Check this out! This is just ONE of the cards we made at Paul's Pelotonia FUNdraiser in July. I had figured that since Paul was riding his bicycle for Pelotonia, I needed to do a bicycle card. The crafters who were here that day will tell you - I wasn't sure about this card! Matter of fact, I hadn't cut enough cards for this design! SO I had all the papers but just hadn't prepped enough. When the crafters wanted to make this design, I asked which color they wanted to make. Then I cut the cardstock for the individual crafter. You could say each card was cut specifically for him or her!  :)

We used my FAVORITE "Work of Art" stamp set and I paired it with a past kit from Pedal Praise Paper Pumpkin. This stamp set is no longer available, but the refill kits are still available. This is the MAIN reason why you want to JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN because once the kit is gone, it is gone!

Seriously though, here is one of the cards.
Hello Honey

The crafters had the choice of the new 2014-2016 InColors: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, or Tangelo Twist. You can click on any of the color names to see the color of cardstock. All of the cards used the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack. Love how that matches so well!

Fast forward a few days. Remember my friend Cyndie - the lovely lady who donated those delicious cupcakes to the fundraiser? Yeah, her! I was telling her about the cards and how much fun we had while stamping. Can you believe this? She had never stamped before! Well, let me tell you - I had a few extras of the bicycles cards cut (because I was going to have Paul use them as Thank You notes). BUT I was showing Cyndie how to stamp using this design. We had a BLAST! Check out what she made:
Cyndie's creations

How much fun was this? Cyndie played with the different colors and mixed and matched the different DSPs. LOVE the designs. And she had so much fun making these too. I think she will be using these thank you notes for her customers at her shop! What a fun way for her to thank her customers, huh? For those local bakers, make sure you check out her shop. It's the Happy Hostess House, 2892 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219. You can also call the shop at 614.471.7757.

SO, when I delivered (or sent to the long-distance crafters) the Holiday catalogs, I included THIS card.


I used both Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow cardstocks, but this time I used the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack. When Cyndie was stamping her envelopes, she used a Blackberry Bliss large swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set. I liked it so much I added it to my cards. Oh! I also added a small flower using the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack, my Paper-Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, and one little tiny 1/8" Mini Brad. Cute, huh?

Hope you have enjoyed the cards. It's amazing how different the card looks when you change the cardstock color. One more reason why I LOVE the Assorted Cardstocks! You can get all of the colors in one package!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pelotonia!

Crafters -

Thank you to all who donated to Paul's Pelotonia FUNdraiser!

As many of you know, something unforeseen came up (I know, Life 101, right?) and I was able to go to Florida to visit my family right after the FUNdraiser. It has been a little hectic since I have returned.

Paul's Pelotonia ride was this weekend. Here's him in the morning BEFORE the ride...
Ready to ride 100 miles today!


And here is what he looks like after riding 180 miles in 2 days!
Paul and his friend Lisa after riding 180 miles in 2 days!
How are they both still smiling?

Paul and his friends Rich and John, were the first across the finish line on Saturday. They finished 100 miles in UNDER 5 hours! YIKES!!!  And on Sunday, Paul and Rich finished the 80 miles in under 4 hours! I would say that they put the hammer down and rode! There is no prize for crossing first, other than you get out of the sun and heat first, AND are able to get to the massage table quicker than everyone else!

BUT, back to stamping... I was able to finish the PDF of the cards we made in July at the FUNdraiser and that was emailed to everyone who attended on July 26th. There were several of you who were unable to attend but still dropped off a check for this FUNdraiser. That email was also sent to you.

Check back later this week (or make sure you subscribe to my blog and you will receive the email) to see the quick and easy designs we made! Especially the non-traditional Christmas card colors! Wasn't that fun?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Pelotonia FUNdraiser - Cupcakes with What Looks Like Dazzling Diamonds? - Stampin' Up!

I've been busy setting up the rooms and getting the raffle prizes ready this evening, and I just realized that I didn't post a picture of the fabulous cupcakes that you will be trying out today. Where does the time go?

Check this out! My friend, Cyndie, baked these for the Pelotonia FUNdraiser!
Yummy cupcakes for the Pelotonia FUNdraiser!


Now, she calls the sparkly colors "Disco Dust." I think it looks just like tinted Dazzling Diamonds! When we walked out with the cupcakes from her shop, Happy Hostess House, the sunlight hit the cupcakes and they just DAZZLED!

And I did ask her to get in the picture with her beautiful creations, however she declined. Picture wouldn't do her justice anyway, just as this picture does not do the cupcakes justice! Hubby printed out some little flags with the Pelotonia arrow on them (Cyndie's suggestion), and I'll be placing those on the cupcakes (hopefully) before you arrive in the morning!

Alrighty then... off to meet Mr. Sandman as we will be crafting in just a few short hours. CANNOT WAIT!!!!  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pelotonia FUNdraiser - Perfect Blend and Mini Coffee Cups - Stampin' Up!


Pelotonia FUNdraiser
THIS Saturday, July 26th, from 9a-3p
A variety of cards will be available to make
Completed cards will also be for sale
3 cards for $5
Please bring your favorite adhesive
I will have SNAIL adhesive available for sale
And yes, you can get the kits TO GO too


So, I have been putting the finishing touches on Saturday's FUNdraiser. Check out what the participants will be receiving when they get here (with chocolate inside).

And a close up:

As many of you know, I have a BUNCH of retired Designer Series Papers, so I chose something that was summer-y and cheer-y! Combined the old with the new - retired papers and brads with current punches (Petite Petal and Decorative Label) and stamp set (Perfect Blend)! Thanks so much to Deb Valder for sharing her cute ideas on these mini coffee cups! 

These mini coffee cups are just the cutest thing! I worked on them during my lunch and, since most of my coworkers are male... Well, let's just say, they had a few laughs! According to my coworker, Mike, I was doing arts and crafts by covering Dixie cups with pretty paper. I think these turned out really pretty. I'll have to ask Mike what he thinks when I got back to work.

BUT they did seem fascinated when I pulled out my Big Shot and Top Note Die for the Christmas Card design! I'll post that card design later this month.

And finally, make sure you check back on Friday, July 25th. There is one other woman on the shift that I work and she is the best baker in town! My friend, Cyndie, the owner of Happy Hostess House, has graciously donated a couple of dozen of her famous cupcakes. I'll post a picture of them on Friday. Let me tell you - you will NOT want to miss these cupcakes!

Can't wait to see you on SATURDAY, JULY 26TH, for this GREAT cause - and we get to make cards and eat chocolate. Doesn't that sound like a wonderful Saturday? Especially since it's supposed to be overcast and cloudy. PERFECT crafting weather!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bloom With Hope and Sweet Taffy - Stampin' Up!

We had the BEST time on Saturday! My quarterly downline meeting was on Saturday, which also was the final day of the 2014 Stampin' Up! Convention. AND Stampin' Up! offered a LIVE streaming video.

We changed the time of the meeting to the afternoon so that we could watch the video together. After our meeting, we also had pizza while we watched the video. It was almost like being there, but with the comforts of home!

Want to see what we made during our Latte Joy Stampers meeting? LOVE the ideas! 

We made this cardstock sampler first. This is really nice to have so that you can compare the colors and see what YOU like! I was showing mine to my mom when she was here in June. We took this thing apart so many times! Mom kept track of the color combinations that she liked. I place my business card on the front, so all of the cardstock pieces are the size of a business card. Nice size to fit in my bag AND keep on my craft table!


Then we made two different projects. One was a cute little "book" that is GREAT for gift cards and notes! I was able to attend the Mini Convention with Connie and Mary (www.CreateWithConnieandMary.com) earlier this month with my friend Linda. We made one of these during that day. I still have a few pieces of the newly retired 2012-2014 InColors, so we used my Primrose Petals cardstock and the matching Designer Series Paper. This is the BASIC design. To give it to someone, I will add labels to each of the pockets and decorate/stamp the various pages. Really GLAM IT UP!
Closed Book

Open Book


Then we also made a cute card set with a matching box. As you know, Stampin' Up! is currently offering a Designer Series Paper (DSP) Special - Buy 3, Get 1 FREE! So, using the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper, and the matching cardstock colors, we used the Bloom With Hope Hostess Stamp Set (one of my FAVORITES!). I've included a group picture, along with individual photos. You can click on the picture to see them in greater detail. Don't forget to stamp on the envelopes too! All three card ideas came from a Ronda Wade class (www.RondaWade.com)

Complete Set
Bloom With Hope Stamp Set
Sweet Taffy Designer Series Papers
Blossom Punch


Cute box to hold all three cards and envelopes!
Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive
Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive
Melon Mambo with White Vellum Cardstock
Don't forget to stamp a matching envelope too!
Gotta tell you something too. The image I stamped on the envelope DOES look different from the image stamped on the Big Box brands. Stampin' Up! Whisper White envelopes have this coating (for lack of a better word) and it really does make a difference when you stamp on the envelopes. Looks WAY nicer when using the Stampin' Up! brand.

A good time was had by all - although we did miss the other members who were unable to attend. Hope you enjoyed our creations!

Want to see these in person? Come on Saturday, July 26th to the Pelotonia FUNdraiser and you can see them! I made a couple of extras... hmmm... what do YOU think I should do with the extras?  ;)