Do you ever forget to send birthday cards in time for the actual birthday?? Still send them! I’ve had a few people on my “birthday mailing list” that have been on my list a little too long and now will receive a “happy belated birthday” card. The reason is my own doing. These lovely people visit my website, Facebook page and attend my card classes, so I wanted to mail them a card they’ve never seen before. I finally sat myself down yesterday to create a new, unseen card just for them. (So, if you are reading this Jan, Ellen, Kathie, Marlene & Barbara, you may want to stop here because your card is “in the mail” – really, it’s in the mailbox right now).
I decided to pair my creation with the Global Design Project Sketch Challenge #054. This is the sketch I based my card:And here is my card and interpretation of the sketch challenge:You can see that I interpreted the sketch rather than copy it. I used my favorite Balloon Celebration stamp set and coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch. It’s actually quite a simple design, but sometimes a little restraint goes a long way. I’m still working on my photographing skills and the shine & glitter may be a little hard to see.Each balloon has either shine or glitter. One balloon is punched from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, one punched from Silver Foil Sheets and the Sweet Sugarplum balloon is embossed with silver embossing powder. The string is made from the Silver ribbon of the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack. I cut the edge of the ribbon and separated the strands:I’m really pleased with how the card turned out. Here’s a peek at the inside with a wish from the Better Together stamp set:So, the lesson for today is, send your cards no matter how late they may be! I am sure they will be enjoyed just as much (or maybe even a little more) than on their actual birthday.
I went to a baby shower today and haven’t been to one in a long time. Who doesn’t love babies?? The powdery smell, cute gurgling noises, soft skin, pudgy cheeks, oh my! This shower was for a baby boy and had a travel theme. The invitation was super cute and looked just like an airplane ticket/boarding pass. I decided to wrap my gift to make it look like luggage (I got wind that there would be a luggage area a.k.a. gift area). I don’t always have the extra time to wrap a gift with the love & care it deserves, but was very happy I did for this one because I am so pleased with the results.I found everything I needed (except the blue wrapping paper) to create my suitcase from around the house. This is really a Nike shoebox in disguise. The baby’s last name will be Hood, which fit perfectly in this label slot I took off an old card storage box. I used the new Brushwork Alphabet photopolymer stamp set to create the name tag. The “luggage tag” was made with the new Dapper Denim printed DSP from the In Color DSP Stacks. The “enjoy the little things” is from a retired stamp set, but stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The handle is made with a double layer of Kraft cardstock and retired chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon (the suit case is also outlined in retired Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon).This adorable baby card was made with the amazing Baby Bear stamp set – the bear is triple stamped and looks like a photograph. It’s a little hard to see in this photograph, but I embossed the white background with the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. As a retired knitter, I am so happy to have this texture. Here’s a tip using that folder – only use one standard cutting pad because the folder is extra thick. The dark blue is the Dapper Denim and coordinates with the luggage tag from the box. The card, luggage and gift inside were a big hit with the mom-to-be.
I have a few seats left for Sunday’s Bingo game. Are you feeling lucky? Do you want to win some new Holiday catalog Stampin’ Up! product prizes? Make two beautiful cards? Hang out with awesome women? Let me know you want to join us for Sunday’s Bingo at 3pm. Don’t worry, the Patriots kickoff isn’t until 8:30 later in the night. Here are the two cards you will make (sentiments changeable):
Grab a cup of cocoa and a gingerbread cookie (alright, maybe a cup of tea and an english muffin) and spend some time looking through this amazing Holiday catalog.
Click HERE to see all 55 pages of the Holiday catalog.
Stampin’ Up! really outdoes itself with each new publication and this one is truly spectacular. I can’t decide which is my favorite, but certainly the Candy Lane Suite is right on top of my list. You will find new products to make anything Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. You may want to have a pad of paper and pen next to you while leafing through.
To make September 1st even better, today begins the first week of three with it’s Special Offers announcement. Stampin’ Up! will be offering select, new products at 25% off each week. All you need to do to go shopping is click the “Shop” tab at the top of this website.
Every December I hear from those who took my Christmas card classes in the summer and they all say the same thing “I LOVE having my cards all done”. I’ve also heard that a few of them address their envelopes at the same time they make their cards – talk about efficiency! If you would like to be one of those who have their Christmas cards done (or at least some of them done), join us at next week’s Christmas in August class. Class is on: Friday, August 19 at either 10 am or 7 pm. You choose to make 6 cards for $23 or 12 cards for $33. Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
You can choose to use “merry”, “jolly” or “peace” on this card.
One day left to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and receive the following stamp set – one you will use over and over. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit delivered right to your mailbox. Inside each box, you’ll find all the stamps, ink and paper you need to make a fun, paper crafting project. Everything is precut and ready to go. I LOVE receiving my box every month!!!
Whether you’re a stamping pro or a newbie, Paper Pumpkin makes it easy to relax and enjoy your favorite hobby – creating. Just imagine having the time to be “that person” who makes all the cute things and makes it look easy!
You can receive Paper Pumpkin two ways:
6-month $114 (saves $1/month)
12-month $215 (saves $2/month)
The more I use this exclusive Thoughtful Branches set (that will be available for purchase in August), the more I love it. There are so many possibilities with each of the stamps! Definitely a four season stamp set and I can’t get enough of the hydrangea flower combinations. Be sure to do a “Thoughtful Branches Stampin’ Up!” search on Pinterest, you’ll find some beauties.
Here are the three cards we are going to make at my upcoming August 4 Thoughtful Branches class (10 am & 7 pm):This card I copied exactly from a Stampin’ Up! design. I just loved the way they used a tree stamp as the polka-dot background with the middle vellum layer. A double stamp for the tree to get a leaf shadow, the 3 dimensional “thank you” banner and of course the bluebirds.This card is my own design. I love blue hydrangeas (and have several bushes in my yard). I find in September, some of the under blooms turn a little green and even a little purple. I tried putting a layer of Sweet Sugarplum behind the blue blooms as well, but it was too much and I liked the green best (Pear Pizzazz in case you were wondering). The base card is Tip Top Taupe with the same color ink and the Hardwood background stamp. “Your in my thoughts” comes with the set and is embossed in the new copper embossing powder. The blue flower is Marina Mist and the stem is Garden Green.I saw this design on Pinterest and put my own color spin on it. The flowers kind of remind me of both lilacs and hyacinths – but really, the stamp was designed to be stamped on a tree base as leaves. There are clever stampers out there (and I’m so grateful for them)! I used the butterfly embossing folder as a background and chose to stamp my blooms in Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo.
Such a versatile set! I didn’t even showcase all of the tree combinations you can do. I plan on using this set for my Christmas in August class too.
This set, Framelits and Bundle will be available August 2-31Thoughtful Branches photopolymer stamp set $27
Beautiful Branches Framelits $27 or
Thoughtful Branches Bundle (set & Framelits) $52
There are only a few days left for Bonus Days!!! This is Stampin’ Up!’s first offering of coupons. For every $50 you spend in product, you will receive a $5 coupon to be used in August. The great news is, you can use your coupon on Thoughtful Branches!!! (or anything else). Be sure to click on Shop on my menu bar to start your shopping and earn your coupons. There are no limits to how many you can earn.
My most popular classes last summer were Christmas card classes. Sound strange? If you think about it, there’s no pressure to rush around and get everything done on your checklist. You get to enjoy the process of creativity and look forward to December knowing that your beautiful cards are already done. It’s quite a festive class even in the summer. I hope you can join us!
Christmas in July card class this Friday, July 22 at 10 am and 7 pm.
$23 for 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs) or $33 for 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs)
RSVP by noon Wednesday, July 20
I’m so excited about Bonus Days! This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has offered coupons to customers! All you need to do for your $5 coupon is spend $50 in July. Stampin’ Up! will email you a coupon for every $50 you spend, and you can use coupons on anything you want in August! It begins today and last through July 31. Shop at my online store here: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx
A happy hello to everyone! I’ve been away from my stamp studio for the last few weeks due to my husband’s surgery, but I am back and ready to get creative. These Global Design Project challenges are a great way to get my fingers back in the ink. This week’s challenge is a Sketch Challenge:No one has to follow the sketch exactly, just use it as a reference with a similar layout. Here is my creation:I fell in love with this camera image from the hostess set Pun Intended at OnStage. It’s such a classic camera and can be used in so many ways – even if the young ones don’t know what a camera is! Of course, the puns included make it fun to use too. It’s hard to see, but on the inside of the card says “snappy birthday”.
I am in love with the new Flirty Flamingo color and think it pairs so well with black and smoky slate. A classic combination to go with a classic camera. Of course, I had to shine it up a bit with the silver glimmer paper flash & stars.
Here are the dimensions of the card:
Base Smoky Slate: 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
Front Black: 4″ x 2 1/2″
Black Strip: 1 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
Flirty Flamingo Stripe Strip: 1″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
Tip: When adhering the Z strip, adhere it to the back panel first, fold the card closed and then adhere to the front. I found it easier to line up and reduce any chance of buckling, making it nice to fold and lay flat.
At OnStage, Dawn Griffith did a presentation on different style Z fold cards and the stamp set One Wild Ride she got to design for reaching one million dollars in sales (how awesome is that – both designing your own stamp set AND reaching one million dollars). Here’s a photo of the card she made:There’s actually quite a lot of versatility with this Z fold design. I can’t wait to try out some of the new images and papers from the new catalog. I’m thinking it would make a great Christmas card (stay tuned).
Thanks for stopping by and looking at my challenge submission. Be sure to check out everyone else’s too at www.globaldesignproject.com.
Updated: July 4
Whoo Hoo! I received a Special Mention for this submission! You can see the winners HERE and all the submissions HERE (just scroll to the bottom of the post). I happened to case the bee hive card of one the winners for my Mother’s Birthday card too (not knowing she was going to be a winner).
I must be in the challenge mode this week because I am entering another one. The Global Design Project was created 39 weeks ago by a team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all around the globe. They team up and create challenges for fellow demonstrators – which really is a great exercise for those crafty brain muscles. Each week is a different challenge that may focus on a color combination, technique, sketch or theme. I have been watching them since the beginning telling myself that I want to participate. Finally, I did it and I hope to continue in more of them, more often.
Here is my design #GDP039:I followed the layout of a card in the Watercolor Wishes All-Inclusive Card Kit. Can you find it?I used my Aqua Painter to create the Night of Navy stripes in the background and embossed the flowers from the Love & Affection stamp set in the new Copper Embossing Powder. I cut out the flowers the old fashioned way – with my paper snips (no Big Shot die for this set) and added just a touch of the coordinating Affectionately Yours Washi tape. (By the way, all the watercoloring is done for you in the Watercolor Wishes card kit – all you have to do is stamp your greeting and assemble).
Thanks for looking!
I was lucky enough to be chosen for April’s OnStage Live Display Board to be a sample stamper and I am applying again for this November’s OnStage Local event in New Jersey. It was a wonderful experience to be chosen, participate and challenge my brain to design and create using new products and I would love to do it again. The following photos are my submissions. We are to design/create 3 cards, 2 3D items and a scrapbook page. Feel free to comment if you like them!I received this Shooting Star stamp set at OnStage as a “prize patrol” prize. It coordinates with the Sliding Star Framelits and makes fabulous slider cards. Since I do not have the framelits (yet), I had to think of how to use the stamp set a little differently. I love the paper airplane and wanted it to fly through the air. I repeatedly stamped the airplane in a downward motion to get the flying effect and cut it out. I stamped once more for a clean look, cut it out and used a dimensional to make it pop. I used white embossing powder for “Shoot for the moon”, which comes with the set and “Happy” and “Graduation” from the Crazy about You stamp set. I showed it to my 17 year old son and he gave me his approval.I just love the “sending a smile your way” sentiment that comes with the new Love & Affection stamp set (I also love the two other phrases too). Using the Affectionally Yours Designer Series Paper makes color choices a cinch, so I matched the Night of Navy and Cucumber Crush to make the two banners. New to this catalog is the Copper Embossing Powder which coordinates perfectly with this suite. I decided to emboss right on the designed paper and cut the flowers out with scissors (the old fashion way). I’m so glad Stampin’ Up! kept the Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder because it makes a great background. Who wouldn’t love to receive this smile in the mail?This Moroccan Nights stamp set was highlighted by both Shelli & Sarah at OnStage. They both made their own cards using the set and they were both completely different. My interpretation is also a bit different from theirs – isn’t that what makes a stamp set great? I don’t have the coordinating Moroccan Designer Series Paper (again, yet) so I decided to make this a one layer card. I was actually inspired by a totally different Designer Series Paper (Floral Boutique) because I am absolutely in love with Navy & White. The sparkle doesn’t quite show in this photograph, but the “Good things are going to happen” (from You’ve Got This stamp set) and light from the middle lantern are embossed in gold. I did some coloring with my Gold Wink of Stella on the bottom border, the lantern chains and a little flick action to make the spots. I confess, I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to get everything to line up perfectly. Here’s a tip: be careful with smudging when using the stamp-a-ma-jig and Whisper White card stock. I had to keep washing my fingers and made a several samples until I got it just right.I made these treats as pillow gifts for my roommates at OnStage. They are really easy to make using a Wintergreen Altoids tin. I used a 3 1/4″ x 7″ piece of Bermuda Bay card stock and scored it at 1 1/2″, 2 3/8″, 4 3/4″ and 5 5/8″. I cut a 3″ x 7″ piece of Vellum and scored it at the same dimensions. I also used my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to score at every 1/8″ mark to give it a striped look. Fold on the score lines, wrap and adhere to your tin. I have to admit that I made this treat this morning and removed the flower from an extra one I made in April. As I am writing this post, I realize that the Scallop Circle punches are no longer available and today is the last day for applications. Instead of using the Scallop circle punches, you can substitute the Layering Circle Framelits (the scalloped ones). I cut 2 larger white ones, 1 smaller Melon Mambo one and one smaller white one. Crumble them each up so that they are really wrinkly and the fibers of the paper is broken down. You can then separate each layer into two pieces. Line them up on top of each other and use either a brad or glue to stick them together. Fluff to desired fullness. I made this banner label with the Love & Affection stamp set. Tie some 1/8″ stitched Bermuda Bay ribbon around the tin and you have a sweet treat.This “pizza style” box is made out of Vellum paper. It’s a great box to make and I learned how from Mary Fish many years ago (these are her directions: http://stampinpretty.com/?s=pizza+box). I filled mine with Salt Water Taffy and used the colors of the taffy to indicate how to decorate the outside. The new 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon is delightful. I used both Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach ribbons. I cut the butterfly out of Shimmery White card stock and my Bold Butterfly Framelits. I used the same framelits to cut out the two smaller butterflies from the 2016-18 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack. To stamp “Happy Birthday” (from my favorite Balloon Celebrations stamp set), I used my Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and colored the words separately because I needed more space in-between the words to make it fit on the wing. I am much more of a card maker than a scrapbooker, but these challenges are good for my brain. My daughter was on the travel summer softball team last summer and they ended up coming in 2nd place overall – what a nail biter of a game. You can see how happy they are in these photographs. This layout is very simple, but I think sometimes simpler is better than cluttering up a page. Softballs were white when I was growing up, but are now yellow and I think Daffodil Delight is a pretty close match. I used the die from the Botanical Builder Framelits to make the stitching and cut two each and glued back to back. For the team shirt, I just used some circle punches to cut out the neck and sleeves. I love how she picked the number 00 because Robert Parrish of the Boston Celtics, who was very tall and played in the 80’s was 00 and my daughter is very tall too. She’s the one in the middle. I did just a little journaling on an old Project Life card, but I think the sun on the card matches perfectly.
Thank you for taking a look at my creations. I am looking forward to making lots of things to share with you once my order comes in with all my new products.
I have been busy preparing this first time event for you. I decided to combine two events into one on Saturday, June 18. Drop in between 10 am – 2 pm for this spectacular event. I’ll send you my address with your RSVP. I encourage you to bring a new friend and introduce them to stamping (no experience necessary).
– Make cards using new products
– New products and samples on display
– Meet the new In Colors
– Pick up the new Catalog
– Sign up for a Paper Share and Classes
– BOGO Sale (buy old and get new for free)
BOGO Sale: I’ll have all my past retired supplies (stamps, inks, papers, tools) on sale for you to purchase. Buy these old items and then get new catalog products (for the same amount) for free.
Fine print: BOGO orders must be placed that day at my sale. You pay tax and shipping. You are welcome to order more new items than your BOGO amount and just pay the difference. All orders will be delivered to me and we can make arrangements for your product pickup.
Hello my friends! Today is a day many of us have been looking forward to: the first day of the new 2016/17 Annual Catalog! There are so many great things inside – 377 new products in fact! I for one have a very long wish list because I tend to want everything. It’s a good thing (for me) I receive a discount on all the products I order. You can receive one too if you join the Stampin’ Up! family. This month is the best month to join too – A brand new catalog to choose products from AND everyone who joins during the month of June can choose TWO additional stamp sets as a thank you (any stamp sets from the catalog). For only $99 you would choose $125 of products, receive free shipping, a paper pumpkin kit, catalogs to share with your friends AND two additional stamp sets – SWEET! All you need to do is click on the tab above that says “Join Stampin’ Up!” and it will prompt you to greatness. As always, ask me any questions about Stampin’ Up!, joining, maintaining, creativity, etc.
Let me know if you need a catalog – I have them and want to get them into your happy hands.
If you can’t wait for a hard copy, take a peek at the online versions HERE.
Stampin’ Up! Challenged us at OnStage to hold one more event a month from May – September. My extra May event is a Class-to-go. I know that not all of you are able to travel to my home for a class or have the availability, so here is a way to still take one of my classes.
Your Class-to-Go kit will include:
-You’re So Lovely photopolymer stamp set (p. 32 of Spring Occasions catalog)
-a package of rhinestones (150 adhesive backed gems)
-a roll of Bermuda Bay 1/8″ stitched ribbon (10 yards)
-one sheet of dimensionals (100 count)
-paper, notecards and envelopes prepared and cut to size to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs)
The cost of the Class-to-Go is $42 plus shipping. All you need to do is email me by May 17 that you would like a Class-to-Go kit. I will mail it out to you once I receive & prep everything. If you would like any add on any items, please include that in your email. I can accept credit cards (we can arrange a phone call for you to give me your information) or a check. For future Class-to-Go kits, I will have a paypal function set up. You can email me here with your order or any questions: email@example.com
. Please RSVP by May 17.
Supplies you will also need to assemble the cards. (You can add on these items to your class kit if needed):
-Bermuda Bay ink
-Watermelon Wonder ink
-adhesive (snail, fast fuse or even glue to stick paper to card)
-Clear block (all stamps will fit on a D size block)
Here’s a close-up of the cards. You can change any of the sentiments (except the balloon birthday card) to suit your needs. Remember to RSVP by May 17! Thanks!!!