Today we had snow and freezing rain and it looks like we will be getting some more snow on Wednesday. But, with stamps, you can make any day a summer day and this is what I did today. I had a few of my team members over for a Stamparatus show & tell and they each made this summer’s card. The newly-to-be released Stamparatus is a must have tool for making multiples of the same card (and for getting your stamp positioned just right). Anyone can order a Stamparatus in the upcoming 2018/19 Annual catalog that will be released in June. More details when June gets a bit closer. I am a member of Stampin’ Up!’s Leader-to-Leader group and am one of 2000 demonstrators that has one already. I am so lucky! There are so many good reasons to be a part of Stampin’ Up! This is one of my all-time favorite Stamp sets, Colorful Seasons. It really has stamps for all four seasons, which is what we have here in New England. I paired it with the coordinating ColorTheory paper stack. Super easy and super impact. Be sure you have this set in your stash, it’s a definite go to set.
Today is my birthday and I want you to help me celebrate! Place an order today through Sunday and I will send you 3 birthday cards for you to give to your family & friends. Be sure to check out my facebook page too over the next week as I will be posting photos of the hand made birthday cards I receive.
Sale-a-bration is a great time to order Stampin’ Up! products because for each increment of $50 you order, you get to choose free products!All you need to do to go shopping is click the Shop link in the above menu bar.
Did you know you can earn free Sale-a-bration products with pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions? There are so many ways for you to earn free products with Sale-a-bration!!! Don’t delay, the sooner you order, the sooner you get to play with all of your great new products!
We’ve been waiting and waiting for this day and it is finally here. Be one of the first to order fantastic, new products! The sooner you order, the sooner you get to play with your fun new “toys”. As a reminder, Sale-a-Bration is the best time of year where you have 3 ways to earn FREE products:
This year I received so many beautiful hand made Christmas cards. I am so grateful that you love what I do and share what you love. Thank you Deb, Susan, Nancy, Jenna, Michelle, Kathie, Mimi, Carol, Michele, Susan, Mary, Lucy, Teresa, Marie, Adie, Ellen, Ann, Carol and Tracy!!! I proudly displayed them on my mantle for everyone to see. Thank you and Happy New Years!
I’m very excited to announce my upcoming classes and events for the 2018 Winter. I hope that you will be able to join us at several of these dates. It’s important for us all to have art in our lives, especially art that we make ourselves. And the best part is, after you create your works of art you can mail it to someone and make them happy (aka mail something pretty).
2018 Mail Something Pretty Winter Events
New & experienced stampers are invited to all events
FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR!!! Sale-a-Bration Open House, Saturday, Jan. 6, drop in between 10 am – 1pm. Create cards using my new 2018 products and order your own from the 2018 Occasions & Sale-a-bration Catalogs. Free Sale-a-bration products with $50 orders*. This Open House is a free event, RSVP required.
Team Meeting, Monday, Jan. 15 from 2-4pm (MLK Jr. day). Have you thought about joining Stampin’ Up!? Do you want to see what we are all about? Join us at our “Wicked Stampah’s” team meeting. We follow Stampin’ Up!’s motto to “Inspire, Create and Share”. RSVP so I know you are coming & interested. (There is a nice incentive to join SU during SAB too).*
Birthday Cards, Thursday, Jan. 25 at 10 am and Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 am & 7 pm. Make some Birthday cards with new products from the 2018 catalog, $30, RSVP.
Valentines Cards & Treats, Thursday, Feb. 8 at 10 am and Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 am & 7 pm, $30, RSVP.
TBA class during February Vacation week
Stamping with a “Stamparatus” (the new tool you can’t live/stamp without), Thursday, March 1 at 10 am and Friday, March 2 at 10 am & 7 pm, $30, RSVP.
Wicked Stampahs Afternoon of Creativity, Sunday, March 4, 1 – 4:30 pm (open to all team members & interested team members). $45 covers all supplies and swag bags. RSVP by February 12.
Easter Cards & Treats, Thursday, March 22 at 10 am and Friday, March 23 at 10 am & 7 pm, $30, RSVP
All RSVPs can be sent to me at email@example.com or text 339/788-1915
All classes/events are in my home studio.
Upcoming Spring Events
Annual Sale-a-Bration Celebration event (by invite only**)
Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Local event in Hartford CT, Saturday April 7 (team members only)
“Markle Sparkle” Day ~ Masculine cards ~ Spring Sampler
Sale-a-bration is the best sale of the year (Jan 3 – March 31)
*For every $50 in products ordered, you choose free, exclusive products. No Limits! See the enclosed SAB catalog.
This year has new $50 & $100 reward options (p.2).
*If you join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration (thus joining my Wicked Stampahs team), you pay $99 for the Starter kit ($126 value + free shipping) AND choose ANY 2 additional stamp sets (from Annual or Spring Catalogs)!!!
**Earn your invitation to my Annual free Sale-a-Bration Celebration event (held in April) by either:
- Purchasing $150 in products during Sale-a-bration (Jan. 3 – March 31)
- Joining my team & Stampin’ Up! (purchasing a $99 Starter Kit & choosing any 2 free stamp sets) or
- Hosting a stamping party or class (extra Stampin’ Rewards for hostesses during SAB)
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The pages are turning quickly on the calendar and December 25 is not so many pages away. Do you need a personal, homemade gift that is awesome and easy?? Give the gift of a plant, but personalize it with your own plant tag. This summer, my aloe plant had several babies and the whole pot needed dividing. My mind went straight to Christmas gifts. They are non-caloric, practical (I use mine often because I tend to burn myself often in the kitchen) and they have the nice red & green color of Christmas.I purchased these small galvanized plant pots from Ikea (I think they were maybe $1 each) and came in red and silver. I thought the red would look nice for Christmas. I wrapped some jute twine around the pot a few times (to step it up a little) and inserted my own plant tag.I stamped and embossed my greeting with white embossing powder on black card stock, and then cut it out using a stitched oval Thinlit. The “season of cheer” stamp came from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set (I used this set a whole lot this season). I also cut a same sized oval in patterned paper (Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper). Tape down a wooden skewer (trim to fit) on the patterned paper and add some dimensionals, and then your greeting. You just made an instant, awesome plant tag. I also added a few jingle bells with red twine. Does the twine and mini-dimensionals look familiar? They are leftovers from my October Paper Pumpkin kit (monthly Paper Pumpkin kits are really a great thing to get and also makes a great last minute gift*).As you can see in this photo, I have multiple aloe plants to give as gifts. Feel free to head to your local nursery to purchase an aloe plant (or any other plant) to give as a gift if you don’t have aloe babies hanging around. All you need to do is make your own tag.
Everything about Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage events is awesome. Being with like-minded people, watching presentations that include new techniques and new products, absorbing all the positive energy, meeting people from all around the world, and seeing everyone’s creativity because we love & appreciate creativity. The next OnStage local event will be in April 2018. The location that is closest to me is in Hartford CT. I’m thrilled with this location, as it’s only 2 hours away. I hope that many of my team will join me and get to experience the awesomeness of a Stampin’ Up! event.
I have been lucky to be chosen twice before as an OnStage Display Board Stamper (in Baltimore and New Jersey) and am applying again, in hopes that I will be chosen for Hartford. It is truly a great and challenging experience to create designs for fellow demonstrators.
To apply, I need to post original designs: 3 cards, 2 3-D items and a scrapbook page. Here are my designs and thus my application:
I just love the contrast of the black & white with the bright Lemon Lime Twist and Real Red. A hint on how I made the rectangular red scallop background piece: I used two square scallops and lined them up – you can’t even see the overlap.This card uses the same stamp set as the above card, Carols of Christmas, but has a completely different look because I used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the individual words. The real red Peace gives a great pop against the ombre blues and silver foil paper. I think this is a great card to send anyone, no matter what Holiday they celebrate.This year’s trend is black & white so I found that I was influenced by it. This card has a softer feel than the bright one above. I love the chalkboard look, don’t you? The surrounding holly garland is from one of my favorite sets, At Home with You, just turned on it’s side (it’s supposed to drape over the front door from the set). I actually made this card for my Christmas in July class, and you can read a little more details from this post: http://mailsomethingpretty.com/christmas-in-july-featuring-at-home-with-you/
These treat tube cocoa gifts are the cutest gift to give and receive! My daughter loves to concoct things in the kitchen and I had her in mind when designing them. Inside one tube is cocoa mix and in the other is crushed candy cane and mini chocolate chips. At the bottom of the bag are mini marshmallows and a stirring straw. Just imagine the fun of making your own cup of hot cocoa on a cold snowy day. I think the sentiment is absolutely right on “hug in a mug” which bears the same name as the stamp set I used. These treat tubes are retiring, so if you want them you should order them soon!These cocoa packs are decorated in the latest plaid craze. I made a pocket with card stock and slipped in a package of cocoa mix. Inserted underneath the belly band are two Mini Ghirardelli peppermint barks (my favorite flavor). The 2 x 8″ cellophane bags are the perfect size for these chocolates (and the treat tubes above). Use this a gift all by itself, or slip in a gift card with the cocoa as an extra special gift.For my scrapbook page entry, I decided to include a few pages from a Memory Keeping album I have been making my niece Fiona for the past 3 years. I’m going to give her the album for Christmas this year. I watched her after school on Fridays (we named them Fiona Fridays) and tried to take photographs of some of the different things we did, even if it was just having a cup of tea. Her scheduled changed this year so I wasn’t needed, and now Fridays seem a bit empty without her.The design work isn’t crazy spectacular because I wanted the photographs to be the star. The purpose of this memory book (and all memory books should be) is to preserve some of our memories together. The pre-designed cards (from Memories & More) make it super easy to add color, creativity, graphics and journaling. All you need to do is insert the cards in the pockets and you have instant gratification.As you can see, we had some fun times together and a lot of them were having cups of tea and baking in the kitchen.
Thank you for taking a look at my entry and I look forward to hearing from the Display Board committee.
I am so happy to announce that Stampin’ Up! is offering Free Shipping again on Monday, Dec. 11 (that’s tomorrow as I type this). I need to replenish some of my snail refills (as I have been busy making my Christmas cards). Be sure to check your card stock stash. Are you missing or low on your favorite colors? Do you need more adhesives? How is your envelope supply? Is there a stamp set you have been admiring but haven’t purchased yet? That Big Shot will look so nice waiting for you under your Christmas tree (with a nice tag “from Santa” attached). All you need to do is click the SHOP tab above and start your shopping. There is no minimum or maximum to receive free shipping. Happy Shopping!!!!
Be sure to sign up for my last class of 2017! Make some of your own beautiful Christmas/Holiday cards to mail to those very special to you. You can choose to make either 6 or 12 cards at class. Please RSVP by noon, Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Thursday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am
Friday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 am or 7 pm
$30 for 6 cards or $40 for 12 (please specify your count in your RSVP)
The year may be ending, but the deals are just getting started with the Year-End Sales Event! Over the next month, enjoy exclusive deals on select retiring and surplus items—while supplies last! Take a look at all the great deals and see what your own stamping inventory is missing. There are so many stamp sets, bundles, embellishments, paper and ribbon from the 2017 Holiday catalog on sale!!!
Be sure to take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING today. All Stampin’ Up! products are eligible. Click HERE to start your shopping. Hostess code: U4KRCGZG. Have fun shopping!!!!
For the last few years, Stampin’ Up! has hosted an extraordinary Extravaganza Sale leading up to Black Friday. This year is no exception. There are so many fabulous products going on sale, you don’t want to miss out on any of them. There will be three sales during this OnLine Extravaganza sale! Beginning on Monday, November 20, a 24 hour 20% off stamp set sale (on select stamp sets listed below), a week long sale and final 24 hour flash sale (not sure what those items will be yet). WOW!!!
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
- Make multiples with ease
- Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
- If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
- Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
- Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
- Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
- Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
- Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
- Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
- 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
- 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
- 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
- Magnet storage areas
- Retail Price–$49.00
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|December 5–30, 2017||Approx. March 19, 2018|
January 15–30, 2018
My brother’s birthday was last week and sometimes male cards can be a bit of a challenge. When we were kids (he’s 4 years younger than me) he loved to watch the popular 1970’s show Doctor Who. It scared me, but I still watched it because we were only allowed one show each a day and I wanted my tv fix. He recently told me he watched too many Smurfs episodes for the same reason.
Think outside the Box
Sometimes, you need to see a stamp set with a different set of eyes. That’s what I did with the popular At Home with You stamp set. A lovely seasonal stamp set that focuses on a front door. I turned this front door into the Tardis (his time machine) from Doctor Who:Now, it’s not exactly like the Tardis, but I think it represents it well.I will be doing another post on the new Stampin’ Blends, but those are the markers I used to color the time machine. I absolutely love these new alcohol markers. They blend beautifully and are extremely addictive.
My brother really liked his card and I was thrilled that he did. I was so excited to give it to him. Now, I have a whole year to think of another idea for him.
Now that Halloween has passed, does it feel like the Holidays are coming like a speed train? Take a peek at my upcoming calendar and be sure to fit these dates & times into your busy schedule. Not only are these classes productive, but they are creative, social and fun.
Wishing you all a fun day of “trick or treating” on this day of Halloween. My gingerbread cookie (stamp) wanted to dress up as a mummy this year, so I wrapped him up in paper towel strips and he’s pretty happy with his costume.
Over the last four weeks I have sent out photographs, supply lists and instructions on DYI fun & easy Christmas ideas. I have received great feedback and don’t want you to miss the last 8 weeks! If you would like to receive great ideas, you need to be sure you are signed up for my list. All you need to do is fill out your name and email address on the right sidebar and you will be signed up for these ideas and my monthly newsletters. Your information stays with me and is shared with no one. I can’t wait to share all of my ideas with you!
Here is a snapshot of the first four weeks:Hot chocolate in a box
Washi tape tree cards
Be sure to sign up so you don’t miss any more!
My October 28 Santa’s Workshop is fast approaching and I’m still accepting RSVPs. Everyone will make 10 awesome projects for $45: cards, gift card cards, hot chocolate gifts and stocking stuffers. The projects should take about 2 hours to make, but you can come anytime between 9am – 2pm. Be sure to RSVP by Wednesday, October 25. I hope you can join us for this festive and creative day!
Stained glass is beautiful and illuminating (but time intensive, expensive, and not easy to give away). Use this stained glass technique on vellum and you will find yourself to be an instant expert, giving away many cards with happiness. This card is actually completing three of my today’s checklist items: 1. I wanted to create my own design and send it to an encouraging, Australian demonstrator friend (Ann, if you are reading this, you may want to stop so as not to ruin your card surprise), 2. a blog post for all of you to read, and 3. participate in the color challenge from this week’s Global Design Project challenge (#GDP105).
This week’s color challenge was to use three colors together: Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango.
Here is my design:
I’m really happy with how this card came out. I used white embossing powder (instead of the traditional stained glass black) to create my lines. I embossed the peony flower onto vellum paper, as well as the “Good things are going to happen” sentiment. I’m really happy with the soft effect the vellum creates, both with the coloring and the partial transparency over the patterned paper.
The Stained Glass Technique
I have two samples here. Both are the exact same, however you are seeing both the front and back sides. I used my Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write markers. When you do the stained glass technique, you want to do your coloring on the back side (picture on left). By coloring on the back side of the vellum/image, you don’t have to worry about the lines as much as if you were to color on the front. Also, the color saturation becomes lighter once you flip it over, giving it a softer look. Keep this fading in mind when choosing your colors.
Note: If you wanted to use an ink pad instead of embossing, you just need to let the ink dry on the vellum. It takes a little while.
Vellum can be a little tricky to adhere because it is transparent. What you need to do is hide it. See the two examples above? The one on the right has snail adhesive peeking through under the “Good things”. The one of the left has the adhesive hiding behind the “Good things”. Luckily, vellum is very light and doesn’t require much adhesive to make it stick.
Materials I used:
Stamp set – You’ve Got This
Ink – Versa Mark (this is a clear, sticky ink to be used with embossing powder)
Stampin’ Write Markers – colors: Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango
Paper – card base is Peekaboo Peach, framed paper is Tangerine Tango, Vellum and the patterned paper comes from the new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper in the 2017 Holiday Catalog
White Embossing Powder
Ribbon – Ombre Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon
1 3/4″ Circle Punch
I hope that you give this stained glass technique on vellum a try. It’s so easy, some may call it a stained glass hack. Whatever you call it – technique or hack, it is beautiful.
I am not ready to let go of summer. As much as I love the crisp, Autumn air, I’m just not ready yet. I wanted to send a friend a card today, so of course I went directly to Pinterest for inspiration. I came across a butterfly card that really spoke to me. All of the butterflies where I live have flown south for their winter migration, but I’m not ready to let go of them. That’s the beauty of creating something yourself right, you can make anything you want, no matter what the season. This is the card I saw on Pinterest. It was actually created by Stampin’ Up! I liked the simplicity and how it used just one stamp set, Watercolor Wings. I do not equate simple with simplicity. Sometimes, less is more. I also wanted to use the Lemon Lime Twist In Color because she likes this color almost as much as me. Here is the version I came up with.My card is a little brighter than the original, but that was okay with me. I had to play with a few color combinations before I came up with this one. There are now a few colorful butterflies flying around my recycling bin. I do want to point out a few things to you in case you would like to CASE this card as well (CASE is a common word in the stamping community meaning Copy and Selectively Edit).The butterfly on the right has full strength stamping of the Daffodil Delight impression. The butterfly on the left has a second generation (stamping on scrap paper first and then stamping on the correct paper). This second generation makes it a lighter, softer yellow. You may also notice that the lime color is a little more true with the softer yellow. Remember what we learned in art class in first grade? Mixing two colors together changes the colors.The other thing I wanted to point out to you is the order I like to use these stamps. Three stamps make up the butterfly. You really can stamp them in any order, but I found this way easier for getting all my layering images to line up with one another. I also like to cut out the butterfly before I stamp it’s head/body. I find it easier to line this stamp up with a cut edge than a big open space.
If you would like to create your own butterflies, you can order the Watercolor Wings stamp set by clicking on the highlighted colored text. You can also purchase the coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelits. It’s not necessary to use the Framelits to make butterflies, but it’s so much easier than cutting with scissors! Be sure to search Pinterst for this stamp set. There are hundreds of examples of projects AND color combinations.