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

Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8

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


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?