Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Last Chance and Sneak Peek Card Bash - Stampin' Up!

WOW! Can you believe that a new catalog is going to be here NEXT WEEK?!?!

Want a sneak peek? Come to the Last Chance and Sneak Peek Card Bash on Tuesday, May 31st! It is scheduled from 9a-11a, but if there is interest, I will also offer it that evening. Want to see a little glimpse of what you will be making that night?
Last Chance and Sneak Peek Card Bash!
Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9a-11a
ASK if you are interested in an evening class!

The top left card also has a matching box - perfect for those graduation or wedding gift cards!

You've already seen the card on the top right here.

The bottom left card has a gift bag that it is attached to! Again, perfect for graduations or weddings!

And finally, the card on the bottom right is an all-purpose card for any occasion where there is CAKE!

Almost all of these items are retiring on May 31st.

Don't see the sneak peek? That's right! You'll want to be surprised and you will LOVE it!

RSVP by Saturday, May 28th so that I can have everything ready for you! Cost is just $15 for these items and the class is FREE when you place a minimum order. (Your RSVP is your prepayment.)

Look forward to seeing you at the class!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Extra Stampin' Rewards - JUNE ONLY - Stampin' Up!

Did you see this yet?
Schedule Your Event

Stampin' Up! is offering EXTRA STAMPIN' REWARDS (these used to be called Hostess Benefits) for the month of June.

You can do this as an online party, a Facebook event, or even a Private Card Class (I'll demonstrate a WOW! technique for you and your friends at your Private Card Class).

This is a GREAT way to get your new catalog, have fun crafting with your friends, and see some of the new products in action!

Contact me TODAY and let's get YOUR PARTY on the schedule!

Rose Wonder Anniversary Card - Stampin' Up!

Hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary over the weekend. Now, I gotta let you in on a little secret. My husband is the romantic type. I am not. Opposites attract, right?  :)

And yes, I make an anniversary card for hubby. Want to see what I made this year?
Anniversary Card for Hubby 2016

I used the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and paired it with a few soon-to-be-retired items. I'm really going to miss my Bird Builder Punch. I'm actually on my SECOND punch of this little guy! The leaves came from the Rose Garden Thinlits. These diagonal slash cards are SO EASY to do (don't tell hubby though!).

Now, onto the background paper. Do you recognize it? Did you notice that the pattern is the same as Mr. Bird's wing? Just a different color! 

You got it! It's the Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper. AND it's on sale right now! I used my soon-to-be-retired brayer to easily color the paper too. 

Want to see how great hubby was at the wedding, all those years ago? Now, please be kind - this was one of my first scrapbook pages.
A page from our Wedding Scrapbook

He wore the top hat because it really fit with our theme - complete with the horse-drawn carriage ride after the nuptials!  Like I said - he's an absolute peach! I'm so thankful that our mutual friend Theresa introduced us all those years ago. She's our George Bailey!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Classes, Classes, a New Catalog, and Classes! - Stampin' Up!

Well, I have seen the new catalog and have been updating my calendar with the upcoming classes. You will LOVE the new catalog. But, if you are like me, you will also MISS some of the oldies but goodies! (sniff, sniff)

You can see the May and June Calendars HERE.

You can get more information on each class HERE.

Here are some dates you will want to know!

  • May 21 - Coffee and Cards (RSVP by May 18)
    May 21 Coffee and Cards
  • May 24 - Paper Pumpkineers
    My Pumpkineers will receive a small gift when they attend on May 24th!
  • May 31 - Sneak Peek and Last Chance Card Bash (RSVP by May 27)
    Just one of the cards from the
    May 31st Card Bash
    See a Sneak Peek too!
  • June 1 - NEW CATALOG
  • June 4 - New Catalog Pick Up Party (RSVP by June 2)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tags and Bags Accessory Kit - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

OOps! Forgot the EASY card made using the Tags and Bags Accessory Kit. We made this during the Sale-A-Bration Celebration. EVERYONE's card is different because there is only one of each tag!

Card made during 2016 Sale-A-Bration Celebration
Using Tags and Bags Accessory Kit

This is almost as easy to put together as the Paper Pumpkin kits! LOVE IT!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tin of Cards Meets Birthday Bouquet DSP - Stampin' Up!

Have you been enjoying the cards and projects from the past week? Those were the items the crafters made during the 2016 Sale-A-Bration Celebration. I think I've posted all the projects now...  :)

Today (Tuesday, May 10th), Stampin' Up! sends demonstrators an email about the current updates. They send these to us weekly and sometimes they put an idea into the email. Well... today's email was FUN!

They showed a card from our quarterly Stampin' Success magazine. Now, I have this magazine, and I've look at every page in the silly thing. Do you think I saw this page when I perused it? Of course not!

And the reason? They add these little "Online Extras" for us! What a GREAT idea!

This card was so fast and so easy! It actually took me longer to pull out the stamp sets and the ribbons than it did to put it together. And, of course!, I modified the card design. I wanted to add some extra ribbon and a little bit of bling.

So, I pulled out my Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set - and it's staying for the new catalog too! WOO HOO!

And I used the following soon-to-be-retired items:

And I paired those with the following items THAT ARE STAYING!:
And here's the finished product!
Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set
Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes

Like I said - fast and easy card!

Want in on a little secret? This is one of the cards we will be making on May 31st for the Card Bash! Printed paper designs may vary...

Hope you enjoyed this cute card and look forward to seeing you soon!

Paper Pumpkin! - Stampin' Up!

The May Paper Pumpkins will be ordered today and should be here in plenty of time for the Pumpkineers on May 24th! They gave a little sneak peek and you can see it HERE.

If you haven't yet RSVP'd, get with me today (May 10th). You are gonna want this Paper Pumpkin kit! Did you see the sneak peek - PERFECT timing for use in June!

But, still not sure about Paper Pumpkin?

Want to see a really cute little video from Stampin' Up!?

If you are reading this in your email, you will need to go to my blog to view the video. It's from Stampin' Up! and it is ADORABLE and it is about the Paper Pumpkin!


SO looking forward to May 24th and the Pumpkineers!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Banner Blessings Stamp Set - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

The final Sale-A-Bration Celebration project. And this one came with a challenge to my crafters, and I give YOU this challenge as well.

First, many of you know I have been very active in my local Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) group this year. I have a wonderful group of ladies and each week, I try to leave them something on their chairs so when they enter the room for our group discussion, they have something that will brighten their day immediately!

Well, this year we are studying Revelation. Gotta tell you; was a little (LOT) hesitant to study this. Let's face it - we know who wins the game, but the getting there is absolutely NO GAME! No one know exactly when all of this will occur, but we all know that each day we are one day closer.

So, back to the little chair gifts. A few weeks ago, my friend Donna C. gave me those cute little burlap bags HERE. What you didn't see was that I placed some 3"x3" cards inside using the Banner Blessings Stamp Set. I challenged my ladies to share these cards with someone to brighten that person's day. Plus it helped that the Banner Blessings Stamp Set has scripture on each of the four stamps. This way, we can share God's Word with others.

Well, fast forward to the Sale-A-Bration Celebration. I had the crafters make a small box and they placed their 3"x3" cards inside the box!

Check out what they each made:
Banner Blessings 3" x 3" cards with
It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack

My challenge to you is...
Make something and share it with someone. Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart is (in part) "To LOVE what we do and SHARE what we love... in this we make a DIFFERENCE."

So go out and be bold! Share your gifts and talents and God's Word with others!

Supplies Used:
Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Basic Black Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Crushed Curry Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack
Simply Scored
Baker's Twine Combo Pack
Tear and Tape Adhesive

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Going Places DSP Stack - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Want to see, what I think is, the BEST card from the 2016 Sale-A-Bration Celebration? At least, this is what I think is the BEST one...  :)

Stampin' Up! is retiring a number of really cool items. Some of their best in years past, in my opinion. Like the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. This was on backorder, because it was SO POPULAR. Then they got it in stock and everyone was singing and dancing and having a great time. We showed the paper to everyone. Which... everyone ordered and then it went into backorder status again. That whole Supply and Demand thing from Econ101!

This Going Places DSP Stack is a favorite, not just of mine, but of many of my customers. You know it is when they don't mind waiting for it to arrive. It is THAT good!

So Stampin' Up! had this mini convention type of thing in mid-April. It's called OnStage. Well, they recorded a portion of it and made it available to all of us demonstrators. Well, I watched it to see some of the new goodies (just one benefit of becoming a demonstrator!). BUT, what I saw instead were LOTS and LOTS of good ideas!

Shelli Gardner, Co-founder and Board Chair, showed a new paper (making it a little bit easier to miss my Going Places DSP Stack, but...) and showed how she showcased it on a card. It was beautiful and I really hope they allow that paper on the preorder list. Anyway, I wanted the crafters to make that card design at the Sale-A-Bration Celebration; it was that nice of a card design!

So I improvised, adapted, and overcame!

I think everyone enjoyed the spritzing the most! If you hold the spritzer really close to the paper, you get the saturated/splatter look on the bottom right of the card. If you hold the spritzer further away and let it "trickle down" to the card like on the left side of the card, you get the spatter look. (GEEK ALERT: I actually looked up whether it was spatter or splatter! Apparently, it is spatter on the left side of the card and splatter on the right side of the card. Back to your regularly scheduled programming...) 

I'll list the supplies at the end of this blog posting.

And here's the card - my favorite of the day!
Sassy Salutations with
Going Places DSP Stack

Supplies Used:
Sassy Salutations Stamp Set - RETIRING
Lost Lagoon Cardstock RETIRING
Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack RETIRING
Bird Builder Punch RETIRING
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Bitty Butterfly Punch
Venetian Crochet Trim RETIRING
Tea Lace Paper Doilies RETIRING
Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Spritzer
Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Ink Refill RETIRING
Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Ink Refill RETIRING
Rubbing Alcohol - Available at any Big Box Store

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Birthday Blooms and Birthday Bouquet DSP - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

At the 2016 Sale-A-Bration Celebration, it's always nice to have an "easy" project to complete. This really makes it nice when you have finished one card and there's just a few minutes until the next demonstration/project.

I am SO HAPPY that my Birthday Blooms Stamp Set is not retiring! That means it made it into the BIG CATALOG that is coming out in June! SO doing the Happy Dance!

But I am sad to see the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper go bye-byes. This paper is just beautiful! There are "plain" but still colorful designs in the DSP, but I like the really WOW! papers in there too!

So how about an easy little gift to give to someone. Just something to brighten a friend's day!
Gum holder

So cute, huh? And SO easy too!

We used the soon to be Retiring Products:
Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper
Note Tag Punch
Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim
Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim

We paired those items with ones that are staying for the BIG CATTY:
Birthday Blooms Stamp Set
Blushing Bride Marker (part of the Subtles Stampin' Write Markers)
Mint Macaron Marker (part of the 2015-2017 InColors Stampin' Write Markers)
Whisper White Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock
Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals


(No measurements are listed as each gum has different dimensions)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

All Boxed Up Kit and Coordinating Stamp Set - Stampin' Up!

Crafters -

Wanna see something we made at the Sale-A-Bration Celebration in April? It uses the All Boxed Up Kit and coordinating All Boxed Up Stamp Set. Both are on the Retiring List.

Most of the ladies who attended have crafted, some with much more talent that I will ever dream of having, but we had one brand new stamper with us. When my crafters qualify for my Sale-A-Bration Celebration, they can bring one friend! My friend Jeannette makes the most beautiful cards. Her friend Linda saves every one of them. Jeannette thought she'd like to attend so Linda came and she is a brand new crafter!

Now, it could have been a bit overwhelming with everything we did; the catalog, all the people, but let's face it. God meets you where you are! All of the crafters were wonderful and everyone helped everyone out! GOD. IS. AWESOME!

We began by gathering around my small table and crafting with the All Boxed Up Kit and coordinating All Boxed Up Stamp Set. While I absolutely LOVE my Baker's Box Thinlits Dies to use with my Big Shot, the All Boxed Up Kit is so much easier! They even have the adhesive already on the baker's box! Way to go Stampin' Up!

We used the Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad and just passed it around the table, round robin style. 
All Boxed Up Kit and
coordinating All Boxed Up Stamp Set

You may notice the Pool Party pompom trim ribbon that is also included with this kit. While we do NOT sell that by itself, you CAN get it in Real Red. It is currently on the CLEARANCE RACK, so it is only available while supplies last. HERE is the direct link to the Real Red Pompom Trim and it is a deal at only $2.40 for 5 yards!

Don't forget to get the Clothespins while they last too. Also on the CLEARANCE RACK are the 2014-2016 InColor Printed Clothespins (click HERE for that item). These are just $2.38 for the 20 clothespins! And only available while supplies last (the plain clothespins have already sold out!).

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dawn's Special, Classes, Pumpkineers, and New Catalog! - Stampin' Up!

It's May 1st!

As I type this blog posting (and yes, it actually is May 1st!), I can hear the birds chirping just outside the windows. When I went outside to get the newspaper, apparently there is a bird nest in the fir tree by the front door. We had a good rain yesterday and everything is GREEN! I was going to plant some small bushes and continue weeding (does that part ever end????), but the rain came, so I had to work inside. Always something, huh?  :)

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and read on! This posting has some information in it.

Dawn's Special - May 2016

I am a "big ole tub" of stamps, some kits, couple of stamp pads and refills, etc. You've seen it if you have attended a class or party at my home. I need to find new homes for these. I have some that are a few years old! When you have been at my home, you've heard me mention that we cannot bury our gifts and talents. We have to be BOLD and share!

So with that in mind, when you place a $50 merchandise order (in person or online) AND use the current Host Code, YOU can pick out something from this "big ole tub!" Let me know when we can meet so you can choose your item(s). (For those long distance customers, after you place your order, I will send you a list of what is currently available and you can choose that way.) 

Host Code is listed on the SPECIALS Page or you can click HERE.


I have updated my CLASSES page with a small snapshot of the upcoming classes. (The classes in June will not be updated until I have the new product in hand.) This is the best way to try out some new products. I offer a monthly advanced product class (1st Saturday of the month), an intermediate class with a discount (3rd Saturday of the month), a quick and easy class (last Tuesday of the month), and am now offering a Paper Pumpkin class for both current subscribers and those who want to try out Paper Pumpkin (24th of the month). Let me know if you have any questions!
Classes are listed on the CLASSES Page or you can click HERE.

Dawn's Paper Pumpkineers!
This is something new, beginning in May 2016. Once a month, we will meet and assemble our Paper Pumpkin Kits. But WAIT, there's more!

Not sure if you want to become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? No problem! Let me know by the 9th of each month that you want to attend the current month (example, let me know by May 9th and you will attend May 24th; let me know by June 9th and you will attend June 24th; and so on, and so on...). I will have a kit for you on the 24th. The cost is $20 and you just need to bring your scissors and your favorite adhesive. You are not a subscriber, you are just trying out the Paper Pumpkin Kit. You must RSVP by the 9th (your payment is your RSVP.)

Pumpkineers - Already a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber with me (Dawn Stock, Grove City, Ohio). This is even better! You already have your kit coming directly to you! You will attend, with your kit, and assemble it with us. Crafting is ALWAYS more fun with friends and fellowship! You will also see the alternate design(s) I have made with my kit! AND you will make one additional item using your kit! I'll provide the extra items for this additional item. Remember, each month is different, so it may not be a card! The cost is $5 and you just need to bring your scissors and your favorite adhesive. You must RSVP by the 9th (your payment is your RSVP.)

For May 24th, you will receive a small gift from me for attending.
Pumpkineer Gift for attending on May 24th
You must RSVP to attend!

New Catalog
I have seen the new catalog online and it is WOW! But, you have already seen the retiring list and you know we are going to have to say goodbye to some of our favorites. I'm just not ready to let go of a few of them yet! What's your favorite that you are leaving behind? Hopefully, we will be playing with a few of your favorite items before they leave us... My favorites are The Open Sea, Banner Blessings, Swallowtail, Serene Silhouettes, and Petite Pairs for the stamp sets. Too many punches and embellishments to list here...

If you have placed a $50 order since January, or are a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber with me, I will have a catalog ready for you. I should have the catalogs around May 20th - 25th.

Look forward to seeing you soon!