Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year-End Closeouts - Stampin'Up!

Crafters -

Stampin'Up!'s Year-End Closeouts ENDS January 3rd!
Place your order now!

Many papers, lots of bundles (who doesn't love to save 10%?!), and everything in between!

Want to see what is still available?

Go HERE to place your order!

These items are only available while supplies last.

And when you use HOST CODE 9WE2YJBP with your online order, you will also receive 5 free cards from my card rack.

Friday, December 30, 2016

January and February Calendars are UP!

Crafters -

I have finalized my January and February calendars! WHEW! You can always see my calendar by clicking on the CALENDAR link at the top of this page (or you can click HERE to see the current calendar).
January and February Calendars
Did you notice?

  • Workshop on Saturday, January 7th. Must RSVP by Thursday, January 5th to attend.
  • FIRST EVER One-Day Retreat on Saturday, January 21st! Limited to 10 participants. Receive a goody bag with $20 merchandise and make 20 cards/projects. Bring your own adhesives and scissors (adhesives will also be available for purchase during retreat). Light lunch provided. Where else can you get all this for just $45?!
  • Reverse Lenten Challenge Class on Wednesday, February 15th. TWO DIFFERENT TIME SLOTS - 9a-1p OR 6p-10p. You will make 40 notecards with envelopes. My challenge to you is to send/give a card during the 40 days of Lent. And I'm gonna help you to do this by making 40 notecards during the class. I'm doing this too!
  • Coffee and Cards Class is the fourth Saturday of each month. $20 or free with a minimum purchase placed during the class. January's Classes are listed on my Classes page.
  • January Coffee and Cards will be a little different. Want a sneak peek? Check out my CLASSES page (click HERE to go directly to the Classes page)! RSVP by January 14th to make the card case - my gift to you for registering early!
  • You can see that there are a few PRIVATE events listed. Let's book YOUR workshop or private card class now!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Another Great Year - Paper Pumpkin Style!

Crafters -

Have you seen the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin? It's called Another Great Year and IT. IS. FABULOUS.

This is a mini scrapbook, complete with double-sided papers, stickers, a cool retro stamp and a marker.

I met with my Pumpkineers on Tuesday evening. Because I didn't want them to cut up their papers (not just yet, at least) so I went through my papers to see what others used Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry. I found that A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack has LOTS of smoky slate, the Festive Birthday Designer Series Papers have some fun designs with Crushed Curry, and finally - did you know this? - the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Papers has basic gray in it. And since I liked the two gray designs, we used that too! (**The Halloween paper is on the Year-End Clearance too - for a GREAT savings!)

So... really thinking outside of the box, what do you think?
December 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Another Great Year
Alternate Projects made at December Pumpkineer Meeting

The large "X" and "O" are from the Large Letters Framelits and we used the VERY bling-y Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Papers. This card was SO EASY to make - I think we all had it done in about 3 minutes! Perfect way to end the evening!

Although everyone liked the projects (we placed a little bit of chocolate in the LOVE bag), I can firmly state that the flower design was the favorite! AND, we even had a little tutorial on how to use the punch! I do not use this punch NEAR enough - and I really need to remedy that!

**FYI - Stampin'Up! has given us mini scrapbooks before. I still use my May 2013 Good Life Brag Book - as a scrapbook for our boy. Each page shows his school photo, height/weight, AND I also include a sports photo when he participates! I update it each year. This new Another Great Year would be PERFECT to do this as well! ASK ME TO SEE the "old" one, next time you are here. It's a LOT of fun! I had blogged about it in May 2013 HERE.

Hope you enjoyed the ideas! The Pumpkineers meet next on Tuesday, January 24th at 7pm. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month.

If you haven't joined Paper Pumpkin yet, you can JOIN PAPER PUMPKIN NOW and start attending our meetings and make these GREAT alternate projects too!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Color in the New Year!

Crafters -

2017 is just around the corner! I have been very blessed in 2016. While we have lost some of our friends, we know that we will see them again someday. Very selfishly, I miss them though...

SO! As they say, I must put on "my big girl panties" and move forward.

Onto 2017!

January is going to be a VERY busy time! But busy in a good way!

Want to see a little sneak peek for my "Color in the New Year" class on Monday, January 2nd?
Two of the three cards we will make at my
Color in the New Year class!

We will make three (3) cards and the cost is just $10. I'm confident there is a football game on that day. The kids are still out of school. And many are off work that day. What a GREAT day to just color! I find it very relaxing and then I have three cards ready to go!

Oh - and while you may recognize the Rose Wonder stamp in the top corner, what about the bottom corner? Unless you are a demonstrator, probably not! It is a new paper, a FREE paper, with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration!

We will be playing with markers, aqua painters, sponges, ink, and maybe even the new Watercolor Pencils! (SPOILER ALERT - We will also be using the Wink of Stella on the bumblebee!)

Please RSVP by Saturday, December 31st so I can have everything cut and prepared for you!

See you soon!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Latte Joy Stampers - Team Meeting

Crafters -

I have a FABULOUS group in my team. We are called the Latte Joy Stampers and we meet once a month in the Central Ohio area.

With Christmas coming, and so many things going on, only one of my team was able to attend locally. And we had one meet us in cyberland - via FaceTime - and she was able to participate.

My team leader (from that state up north) had her meeting earlier in the month. I wasn't able to attend, but for those who attended, they made a Basic Tool Kit Case at the meeting. She provided the supplies and the crafters made them. THEY WERE SO COOL! And although I was on a cruise with my mom, I was kinda bummed that I missed the meeting and missed making one.

What to do? What to do?

Why - make my own, of course! And as Ronda says, "take your team along with you!" so that is exactly what I did! Check out what Betty and I made! This was my gift to my team who attended locally. 
Dawn and Betty's Basic Tool Kit Cases

We used the Full Wide Stamp Cases, Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Papers (FYI - this is ON SALE through the end of the year with the Year-End Closeouts), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Melon Mambo Cardstock, and the Large Letters Framelits. Do you recognize the string of hearts? If you have the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, you do!

(The coffee cup and the fancy hearts are from a retired thinlit set. Since my team is the "Latte Joy Stampers" I went ahead and used them for my team.)

As you can see, my Big Shot was working overtime!

EVERYONE that I showed this to - well, they LOVED IT! SO...

BOOK your workshop or private card class now.
For those who book their parties,
before the end of the year,
I will guarantee that I will make one of these for you.
My gift to you as my host!
(I know many of you have your own "parties"
with just you in attendance.
you still earn Stampin' Rewards
because you are the HOST of your own party.
Let me know,
before the end of the year,
when YOU are going to have your own party,
and YOU will also receive one of these!)

Since the coffee cup and fancy hearts are retired, I will use a NEW thinlit - the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies - you will LOVE these!!

**NOTE: You will receive the Basic Tool Kit Case with your thank you note upon completion of your Party. You must earn Host/Stampin'Rewards to receive this gift from me. Limit one per party.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to fill mine with my adhesives, scissors, a small ruler, and a few other items. The possibilities are LIMITLESS! :)

Ok, and want to see the OTHER items that we made for the meeting? 
Using Watercolor Pencils,
Window Box Thinlits, Dies,
Dragonfly Dreams,
Large Letters Thinlits, and
Wide Full Stamp Cases
LOVED all the projects!

Keep in mind, you may not recognize a few of the items. That's ok! As a demonstrator, we are able to preorder approximately one month in advance, so we have time to prepare for our classes. Just one benefit of being a Stampin'Up! demonstrator!

Want to be able to get the newest stuff ahead of the general public?
I'd LOVE to have you as part of my team!
You can always see the stuff we make at our meetings.
Click "My Team" at the top of the page, or
HERE to go directly to the page.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Another Great Year Paper Pumpkin Kit - Stampin'Up!


Yesterday, I had my final Craft Event at Bexley's Holiday Bazaar. Just before I left, our wonderful mail lady came to the door with my Paper Pumpkin kit. YEAH!!!!

Have you seen it?

December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit
Another Great Year

This is the first time I remember them adding a marker - and it's the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker too!

What a FUN way to start the new year! You see all those "Year in Review" videos on social media. I'm a bit "old-school" (shocking, I know!) and this will allow me to place photos from 2016 into a mini scrapbook so I have my OWN Year in Review ready-at-hand! 

Can't wait to use it on December 27th with my Pumpkineers!

As an added BONUS - Stampin'Up! is offering the FULL KIT available for sale! What a wonderful gift! You can see it, and all of the available refill kits, by clicking HERE. Remember, you must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order past kits, and they are available while supplies last.

Not a subscriber? Click HERE to join! My Pumpkineers meet monthly and we make an additional two items each month. They also receive a monthly PDF with approximately 10 alternate ideas using the kit and additional supplies.

Enjoy this month's Paper Pumpkin - I know I LOVE IT!  :)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Today's Holiday Bazaar!

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a week away?


Well, today is my last Craft Sale of 2016. I will be at Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley from 1p-4p TODAY (December 19, 2016). This is your LAST CHANCE to get a homemade item. Many are $5 or less (or is it fewer? I just LOVE grammar! heheheh!)

I even have the extras from Saturday's Gift Card Class! Want to see a few of them? (Paper designs will vary)
Gift Card Class
December 17, 2016

Without further ado, here is the flyer:

Bexley Holiday Bazaar
December 19, 2016
Look forward to seeing you soon!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Craft Event at Jeffrey Mansion!

Crafters -

I have been REALLY attending LOTS of Craft Fairs this year!

I have been meeting some WONDERFUL people!

On Monday, December 19th, from 1p-4p, I will be at Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley for their annual Craft Event!

This is your last chance to get some last-minute CUTE, homemade gifts! A few have chocolate involved. A couple even have COFFEE!

And want to see some of the fabulous crafters I have met here? This is from my November card class - we even had ONE GENTLEMAN attend! Thanks so much to Paul!
The crafters hard at work!
No rest for the weary!  :)

MaryEllen is in BOTH photos - she was everywhere, she rarely sat down!

Even members of the Bexley/Berwick Kiwanis attended!

Helen won the door prize!

The crafters holding their favorites cards or tags!

The next class is scheduled for January 26th! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cozy Critters Meet Wonder of Christmas!

Crafters -

The Holiday Catalog is soon to be a thing of Christmas Past!

And there are so many GREAT items in that catalog! But alas. All good things must come to an end...  :(

As I was looking over my stamp sets that I will be losing from the Holiday Catalog (Tin of Tags? Jar of Cheer? SERIOUSLY?!), I noticed that I hadn't even put ink to my Cozy Critters! FYI - Tin of Tags Stamp Set is on SALE too for the Year-End Closeouts!

Cozy Critters is a Host Only Stamp Set - that means, it cannot be purchased. It can only be earned with a workshop (or a qualifying private party). You must have $150 in merchandise before you can choose this little cutie.

So... I decided to play around with it. I also noticed that my Wonder of Christmas also didn't make it to the Carryover List. And I was looking on both pages 3 and 14 of the Holiday catalog (quick - go there now!).

Want to see what I made after looking at these?
Cozy Critters Meets Wonder of Christmas!


THIS is what you call "CASE-ing"! CASE = Copy And Share Everything. Many of you know that I like this element from card 1, that from card 2, like how they did this on card 3, and keep taking bits and pieces from cards to make it my own. Kinda like how the mice and the birds did the dress for Cinderella!  :)

You only have until January 3rd to earn this cute Cozy Critters. Don't delay! We can schedule YOUR workshop or private card class before January 3rd so YOU don't miss out!

Let me know when you want to schedule it! You can see my calendar HERE to view the open dates.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ronald McDonald House Charities

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded;
and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Luke 12:48 (NIV)

Our family is very blessed. Many of us are very blessed - and sometimes I don't realize it until I see someone else's blessings right in front of me!

As many of you know, I am the Lead Demonstrator at the Columbus (Ohio) Ronald McDonald House. Stampin'Up! has a list of volunteer demonstrators for each local house. And each month, I plan an activity involving paper crafting at the Columbus House.

Well, for the month of December, it was a little hectic at the Stock household! I was out of town with family and returned home Saturday early evening. And Sunday was my day for Ronald McDonald House. I had planned to be home LATE Friday evening/EARLY Saturday morning... yeah... tell God what you want and watch Him laugh...  :)

So, everything was SO hectic here. I didn't have any other SU! demos that were able to attend, so I knew I was flying solo. I almost canceled going. I'm so thankful I went. I was blessed beyond measure!

I made 42 of these green Pyramid Pals and brought in TWO plastic cases full of different colors of brads, both large and small. I had the Pyramids already put together and had the holes punched in each one. I even had the stars cut and ready! Had gotten some Halloween candy on sale and I was ready to rock and roll!

I have found that anything 3-D and involving chocolate gets LOTS of attention! Even the teenagers come and make the projects! At one point, we had SEVEN people making these little Christmas trees. Two of the kids were really little. Mom was helping one, and another resident Mom helped the other! This resident mom stayed at the table and helped me for about 20 minutes! God Love Her and I will continue to pray for her baby girl Brooke.

The kids each picked out their favorite colors and put them all through the holes. Two boys came over with their dad; their mom was up in the room with their baby brother. Now, I don't usually use names, but one of the guys was named Nick - and he KNOWS St. Nick - WHAT a blessing he was to me! These two boys were just GREAT! I loved talking with them and their dad! Want to see theirs?

And, because it WAS so busy, I wasn't able to take photos and help, so the photos did not get taken this time. Please know that all of the kids made absolute masterpieces with their little Christmas trees! I was humbled beyond measure with their creativity!

And this was all I had left!

I left the extras at the front desk for the residents to pick up as they wished. One mom even told me that she was going to leave hers in her baby's room. Her daughter was 12 days old on Sunday and this would be her only Christmas decoration for her room.

I will continue to pray for the families I met on Sunday. And I will count my blessings. I have so many...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin!


Each month, Paper Pumpkin just seems to get better.

The December kit has shipped but wanted to show you TWO additional items I made using my November kit, Wonderful Winterland, from Paper Pumpkin. The PDF I just sent to my Pumpkineers had 14 items on it! LOVED this kit!

FYI - If you are not YET a subscriber, I would LOVE to have you join my Pumpkineers! You can JOIN HERE.

So, without further ado, here are TWO additional items:
Rudolph Ornament or Tag
I'm probably gonna use this as a cute little ornament, and then put it on a package close to Christmas. LOVE IT! I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, along with the stamps that came in my November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin kit! LOVE IT! Even used 10" of the silver metallic twine that came in the kit for the hanger! Who wouldn't LOVE this?!

Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit
Window Box Thinlits Dies!

You may not recognize this box. That's because it's NEW!!!! As a demonstrator, we are allowed to place preorders, so we can prepare of our upcoming class (we would NEVER just play with our new toys - business, business, business!  :) hahahahah! ).  This is the new Window Box Thinlits Die. I think I like it almost as much as my Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die!

I'm not nuts about the lines I drew on this - what do you think?

And I used the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for the windows on the houses. I think it makes them look nice and home-y!

And finally, gotta show you this little cutie! FYI - the idea is NOT mine! I was not able to attend Stampin'Up!'s OnStage in November. BUT, they provided a couple of videos online for the demonstrators. Sara Douglass, Stampin'Up! CEO, did this to make it easy for her to assemble her box. I liked it so much, I did the same thing!

Cute template to remember how to assemble my Window Box Thinlits Dies!
Thank you Sara Douglass!

Can you guess what color this bright yellow is? It is from years past.... 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Card Ministry Projects!

Crafters -

Many of you know that I am involved at our church's Card Ministry. We began MANY years ago as a Scrapbook Ministry, but we have evolved to our current Card Ministry.

We send out between 400-500 cards annually to shut-ins, graduates, parents of new babies, sympathy to those who have lost loved ones, and just general thinking of you cards.

We have a daytime group that meets twice a month, and an evening group that meets once a month. We have a few crossovers - because crafting is just so much fun!  :)

Well, last year, because our crafters donate so much of their time and talents, along with all of their supplies, the three of us leaders got together to plan an evening of fellowship and fun. It allows our two groups to get together and just have fun!

Thursday night was our night of fellowship. Want to see what we made?
Card Ministry Fellowship
December 1, 2016

We had a BLAST! Everyone brought some type of finger food along (yummy) and one couple even brought PIZZA! YEAH!!! Crafting AND food, who knew?!

Because we are two different groups that rarely see each other, except in passing, we each stood and introduced ourselves. We even have THREE ladies who regularly attend our Card Ministry, who attend OTHER churches in our area. It was SO humbling to hear them introduce themselves AND two of them have started Card Ministries at their home churches! 

We also had one new lady, again from another local church. After attending ours, she told me that she had so much fun. She's actually going to look into starting a Card Ministry at HER church! 

God. Is. Awesome!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Year-End Closeouts


Order the Year-End Closeouts NOWBefore they are GONE!

And did you notice? There are MANY items from the BIG catalog and THOSE are even marked down! Talk about Christmas coming early!

Remember to use HOST CODE 4XFZ9EPF and I will send you 5 cards from my card rack with your $25 merchandise order (before shipping and tax).

Looking to book your party with me? 
Calendar for December 2016-January 2017

I've updated my calendar. You can always see it HERE but I've included it on this posting too. Look forward to seeing you soon!