OnStage Display Board Application

By | March 3, 2016

In April I will be traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah with hundreds of other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators for the first ever North American OnStage Live event.  I was there a few years ago for Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary and I can’t wait to return and see what they have in store for us.  I promise to share everything I learn and see with you after I return.

Stampin’ Up! has offered attending participants to apply to be an event display stamper and I am jumping up & down and raising both my hands high for them to pick me.  I need to showcase 3 cards, 2-3D projects and a scrapbook page.  Below are samples designed by me as a means of my application.  I hope you enjoy them!Snip20160303_22We made this card for Valentines Day and everyone in class loved it.  The stamp sets are: You’ve Got This, Timeless Textures and the “with love” is a Paper Pumpkin stamp.  I love the white embossed flower outline, watercoloring with aqua painters and the little touch of vellum paper.Snip20160303_26This birthday card is made with the Party Wishes and Enjoy the Little Things stamp sets.  I thought it would be fun to use the pedestal from the cake stamp and stack all those cute cupcakes on top.
Snip20160303_17Can you see the shiny frosting and pedestal?  I used Crystal Effects to highlight them and make them pop.  It’s a bit hard to get the shininess in a photograph, but trust me, it looks just perfect in person.Snip20160303_25I made this card in January when the new 2016 Occasions catalog debuted.  I posted it on Pinterest and can’t believe the amount of re-pins it has received.  What is great about this card (besides all the sparkle) is it can be used as a birthday, baby or good luck card.Snip20160303_18I made several of these potted gifts for Christmas and the daffodils are just now starting to grow.  That must mean Spring is on it’s way!  Yay!!!!Snip20160303_19The tag serves a dual purpose – for creative decoration and to provide growing instructions. I used the mini envelopes to hold the growing instructions.Snip20160303_21I just love it when I can combine my two loves – paper crafting & gardening.

Snip20160303_8This Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper is spectacular and I couldn’t wait to use it for my pocketbook notebooks.  Not only is it shiny, beautiful and double-sided, but it is sturdy and great to work with.Snip20160303_12I used some clear embossing powder to stamp “notes” which worked beautifully over the metallic patterns.  I think a monogramed name would be striking too.  I love the Bermuda Bay stitched ribbon, just the right thickness to wrap around the enclosure.Snip20160303_1 I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 9 years now and this is my first scrapbook page!  I didn’t want to be influenced by anyone’s designs or layouts, so I just went for it.  I grew giant sunflowers this summer in my raised beds (can you see them?) and used them as an inspiration for the yellow paper flowers.
Snip20160303_27I tried something new to me with the photographs, I embossed on them!  The Me & You and happy together are embossed with white embossing powder, but the heat and photograph paper gave them a yellow tint.  I think the yellowing works well with my color scheme of yellow flowers, camp fire and go karts.  The remaining stamping was also done with white embossing powder.
Snip20160303_4I cut the “happy” out of the photograph with my Hello You Thinlits and placed back the little bits inside the letters with my fine tip glue and handy tweezers.

Thank you for looking at my creations.  I would be honored if you chose me to be one of your event display board stampers.  I am looking forward to April and being at OnStage with everyone!

Just a few more days until my Open House

By | March 1, 2016

There are still spots available for you to come to my Open House this Saturday, March 5 (unfortunately, the early bird spots have been claimed).  I have four cards for you to make that you will just love.  Bring a friend, sister or daughter, but be sure to RSVP by tomorrow!

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Easter Lamb

By | February 20, 2016

I’m starting to think about which samples to make for my upcoming Open House on March 5 (you are all invited, just need to RSVP to me).  Since it’s only a few weeks before Easter, I immediately thought of using the Easter Lamb stamp from the 2016 Occasions catalog.  You may have noticed that the “Happy Easter” is attached to the lamb on the stamp.  Since not everyone celebrates Easter, I wanted an easy way to separate the two.  Don’t you think this lamb would make a sweet baby card?  I always try to provide choices whenever possible.

I decided to cut the rubber stamp (with my scissors) and used two sides of the wood block to mount it (this stamp only comes in the wood style).  A very easy fix. Stay tuned for a card example.Snip20160220_2 Snip20160220_3

Happy Valentine’s Day!

By | February 13, 2016

The card I’m sharing with you today was not made by me, but rather a very talented stamper who recently joined the Stampin’ Up! family.  I am besotted with this card that Ellen created.  The vibrant blend of the purples and reds, the pop of white under the flowers and the movement the watercoloring creates.  What a lovely card!  Thank you Ellen for sending it to me.Snip20160213_1

Birthdays!

By | February 8, 2016

Birthdays are something everyone has and hopefully celebrates, so there is always a need for birthday cards.  My next series of classes is a Birthday Card class.  I thought I would share with you the cards that we will be making.  I would love to have you join us at class, just RSVP with me to save your spot.  Specific dates & times can be found by clicking on the “Classes & Events” tab.

Snip20160208_16This Guy Greetings stamp set is a great one because it covers almost every event you need to send a guy a card for.Snip20160208_17I shared this card in a previous post, but I changed up the colors.  I still love using those pop up dies because it’s an unexpected surprise.Snip20160208_18Stampin’ Up! made it easy for us to create birthday cards as can be seen here.  I used products from the It’s My Party Suite   There are so many possibilities!  I just love the saying “A Party Without Cake is Just a Meeting”!!!

Pop-Up Happy Birthday

By | January 25, 2016

Wait until you see what this amazing new Party Pop-Up Thinlits can do!

Tonight I am hosting my monthly downline/team meeting.  We come together, share ideas, ask questions, be inspired by each other and make cards/projects (of course).  Tonight we are doing a “shoebox swap”.  Each person will bring a sample card/project and the supplies to make it for each attending team member.  We’ll make the projects and pass the boxes around so everyone gets to make each project that was brought – a much more fun way of swapping cards.

This is my project:Snip20160125_1I used the Build a Birthday stamp set and coordinating Cherry On Top Paper Stack.    The happy is from the Hello You Thinlits.  I also used a few sequins (Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Gold and the Watermelon Wonder sequins that came in my January Paper Pumpkin kit).Snip20160125_4As you open the card, you find a fun message that “pops up”.  It is so easy to do with the Party Pop Up Thinlits.  There are two choices:  Hip Hip Hooray and Happy Birthday.Snip20160125_3 Snip20160125_2

Don’t you just love it?????  Be sure to take advantage of the ongoing Sale-A-Bration sale that is going on while you order your products.  Of course if you have any questions about anything, please write a comment on this post and I’ll get back to you.

Nothing Better than a Cup of Tea

By | January 21, 2016

Julie Andrews sang the beautiful song “These are a few of my favorite things” in the Sound of Music and for me, tea is one of my favorite things (I love the musical too).  The drink is warming, comforting, social, varied in flavors, and can really solve all problems.  Stampin’ Up! has come up with a perfect suite of tea:  A Nice Cuppa stamp set, Cups & Kettles framelits (and you can get these two as a bundle saving 15%), coordinating Have a Cuppa papers, ribbons and embellishments.  Truly a beautiful and versatile suite of products.  I have just a few samples to show you how to combine these products, but there are so many more ways to use them. Snip20160121_8This card uses minimal stamping just on the lemons.  The Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies has 12 dies that both frame some of the coordinating stamps but also stand on their own.  This is a design I came up with myself and it began because I wanted to use the paper dollies.  Snip20160121_6This stack of cups reminds me of a tea cup I bought my niece for Christmas while I was in Disney World.  Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is celebrating it’s 150 Anniversary this year and they had a great display of products.  I thought I had pre-purchased the Have a Cuppa designer series paper and when I discovered that I hadn’t, I decided to make my own background lemon paper.Snip20160121_7This simple and sweet card was CASED from Mary Fish.  Again, I didn’t have the coordinating paper, so I found some patterned heart paper from the It’s My Party paper stack that works beautifully.  The enamel candy dots makes a great and easy 3D element to add.Snip20160121_9Here’s another card that uses very little stamping.  The Cups & Kettles dies include a tea pot, 3 different tea cups (one actually looks like a coffee mug) and silverware.  The “trust me you’re lovely” comes from another new and great set, You’re So Lovely, that I seem to be reusing over and over.Snip20160121_10The final card (for today) is actually found in the 2016 Occasions catalog (p. 34).  The only thing I swapped out is the background polka dot paper (the It’s My Party paper stack came in handy again).  Can you see how versatile this suite is?  Birthday, thank you, hello, thinking of you, sympathy, Mother’s Day, and the list can go on and on.  And don’t forget that you can make tags, treats, boxes and bags too.  Take advantage of Sale-A-Bration and order your suite of tea today.

Everyone was a Winner

By | January 18, 2016

Today I had 9 wonderful women come over to play a fun-filled game of Stampin’ Up! Bingo.  Prizes were new products from the 2016 Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  Even though not everyone was a prize winner, everyone did go home with a door prize of It’s My Party Enamel candy dots (that they used in their tea cup card) and Tea Lace Paper Doilies – all wrapped up in a personalized treat bag made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and Wildflower Fields Sale-A-Bration paper.Snip20160118_3Everyone was very busy during “half time” making their two cards.  We used the new “Balloon Celebration” and “A Nice Cuppa” stamp sets and coordinating punches and dies.Snip20160118_1The last game was “cover your board” for the grand prize of a stamp set, designer series paper, card stock, glitter ribbon AND a gift certificate towards even more product.  Marie was the lucky (and very happy) winner – Congratulations Marie!Snip20160118_2Be sure to be on the lookout for the next Bingo game – you certainly don’t want to miss it!

Balloon Celebration

By | January 13, 2016

I wanted to share two of the cards I made using the new Balloon Celebration photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch (they are sold as a bundle for $15% off in the 2016 Occasions Catalog).  At first I thought the stamp set was just okay, but when I saw how it was used during the OnStage demonstration it became a must have.Snip20160113_11This first card is a design I created myself using just pinks, whites and gray.  At first it was going to be a birthday card, but the more I look at it, I think it would be a sweet baby shower card.  The stamp set includes both “happy birthday” and “congratulations” as well as other fun words.  Lots of nice subtle glitter with the Blushing Bride and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (it’s so hard to photograph this amazing glitter brush – I glittered the gray outlined white balloons with it).  The two pinks I used are Blushing Bride (the darker) and Pink Pirouette (the lighter) in both papers and ink.  To top it off is the Blushing Bride Sequin Trim.  The textured background is the returning Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.Snip20160113_8This next card uses the balloons a little differently, letting them fly free.  I used Pink Pirouette again (love this pink), Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron (I stamped off first to make this balloon a little lighter in color).  The words are stamped in Early Espresso.  Again, I used the Wink of Stella Glitter brush on all three of the balloons, but I just can’t seem to get that glitter to photograph.  Here’s a peek at the inside:Snip20160113_13There are so many great (and fun) sentiments to choose from in this set.Snip20160113_14Snip20160113_15Let me know what you think of this great stamp set!

Sale-A-Bration Begins Today!!!

By | January 5, 2016

Snip20160105_12I know so many of you have been waiting for today to come and now it’s here!!!  Sale-A-Bration begins today, as well as the launch of the 2016 Occasions Catalog.  Yippee!!  So many great and wonderful things that you are going to want to purchase.  Do you make a long wish list or do you mark the pages with post it notes?  Be sure to make those lists and then I can help you receive many of those products for free!  You can host a party and earn Stampin’ Rewards (you pick out what you want based on the percentage of the party AND during SAB you may even qualify for more Stampin’ Rewards).  You could join Stampin’ Up! and purchase a Starter Kit for only $99 and choose $155 of products with free shipping.

Need a catalog?  I have a whole bunch waiting for you.  Just let me know you want one, or you can take a peek online.  The links are below:

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Check back to my website often because I will be posting examples of the new stamp sets and products.  If you are interested in hosting a party or purchasing a Starter kit, be sure to let me know.  Thanks!!!

A Congratulations Card

By | January 2, 2016

Today I went to an Eagle Court of Honor for three new Eagle Scouts in my son’s Boy Scout troop.  I went through my stash of cards and did not have an appropriate congratulations card, or rather 3 of them, to give to the boys.  So, I just made them!  I tried to keep it simple because I didn’t think they would be all that impressed with glitter, layers or fancy techniques.Snip20160102_2The notecards and envelopes pack is a great go-to item when you want to make a quick card.  The size is a little smaller than the usual A2, measuring 3 1/2″ x 5″.  The Bravo stamp set includes many sentiments all conveying congratulations.  I chose this congratulations image because I was able to use my Stampin’ Write markers to give it multiple color.  If you are curious, I used Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tip Top Taupe and Lost Lagoon.  Not all of these colors are in the background paper (which is really birthday paper from the new Designer series paper stack It’s My Party), but I thought they matched well together while also being masculine (a little bit of pink is good for anyone).Snip20160102_1I just love using photopolymer stamps because you can see exactly where you are placing the image on your card stock.  It makes it so easy to stamp right where you want it.

Thank you’s

By | December 30, 2015

This time of year seems to be a time of Thank You’s.  So I felt there is no better theme for my next set of classes as a thank you class.  Snip20151230_19I loved using new stamp sets from both the 2016 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.Snip20151230_22This Remarkable You stamp set isn’t a new, but it’s new to me and I just love the bold lines.  I embossed the blossom on shimmer white paper with black embossing powder and colored it in with Melon Mambo and Cucumber Crush using my aqua painter.  I also embossed the leaves on the inside of the card and colored them with Cucumber Crush.  I like the polaroid look, so I just used my square Framelits to cut both the inner square and the “thanks” from the Greetings Thinlits.  To add just a little bit of color, I used paper from the new “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper Stack (which I might add has 48 sheets in the pack) and finished it off with a double bow of crushed curry baker’s twine.Snip20151230_21I found inspiration for the card on Pinterest and changed just a few things because I loved how it was composed.  I used the Sale-A-Bration set Flowering Fields (these are real flowers found in New Zealand).  I stamped the blooms with the new Basic Gray Archival ink on watercolor paper and this time I colored them in with my blender pens using colors Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky and Bermuda Bay, with a little Pink Pirouette for the butterfly.  “You made my day” came from A Dozen Thoughts and the banner came from the new You’re So Lovely stamp set.Snip20151230_23This sweet, little card can be found right in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  It features the Sale-A-Bration set What I Love, which is a triple stamping set (there are three separate images that make up the one flower which allows us to create beautiful detail).  I used Soft Sky cardstock as well as Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon ink and white embossing powder.  The Thank You box is a new feature in my Series classes.  You will receive a box for each theme we do, thus letting you organize your cards and find them when you need them (really, this is what I need).

Are you interested in the class?  They are on Jan. 7 at 10 am and Jan. 8 at 10 am and 7 pm.  Just send me an RSVP by Jan. 5 and I’ll save a spot for you.

If you can’t come to class, but are interested in purchasing the products I used, the new products will be available on Jan. 5 and you can place your order by clicking on the “Shop” tab at the top of the page.

Thanks!

Sale-A-Bration is just days away!

By | December 27, 2015

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New things are happening in January!

New Occasions Catalog, New Sale-A-Bration Catalog and new Classes & Events.  Beginning on January 5, you can order from both the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs – both have great new products that you are going to fall in love with.

Are you new to Sale-A-Bration???  SHOP:  For every $50 you spend (before tax & shipping) on Stampin’ Up! products, you get one FREE product from the exclusive Sale-A-Bration catalog.  It’s the perfect time to purchase products you’ve had your eye on, while earning more for free.  HOST:  Do you need another excuse to get together with friends?  Just host a qualifying party during Sale-a-bration and earn $25 more Stampin’ Rewards!  You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward your Starter Kit.  JOIN:  It’s the best time to join Stampin’ Up!  During Sale-A-Bration you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose $30 more of FREE products for your Starter Kit.  And the kit ships for free.  That’s $155 of products for only $99!!!

Just let me know if you are interested in shopping, hosting, joining or all three!

Peace on Earth

By | December 3, 2015

Yesterday I was prepping for my last Christmas card class of the season and while I was cutting all the “peace” pieces out, the breaking news interrupted whatever I was half watching and alerted us to the shootings in California.  I found it a bit ironic that the card I was prepping for was the “Peace on Earth” one instead of the other two whimsical cards.  Let’s all strive for Peace on Earth.Snip20151203_1

Bingo Fun!

By | November 28, 2015

Last night we celebrated Black Friday with Black Friday Bingo.  We had a great time (and had lots of laughs)!  Everyone received a door prize of a package of brand new dimensionals (and who doesn’t need those) and munched on delicious biscotti.  We each made two fun Christmas cards from the “To You and Yours” Shaker Card Kit.  All prizes were current Stampin’ Up! products and the final cover-your-board prize was products AND a shopping gift certificate.  The winner was a brand-new stamper who chose to order the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and some inks to get her started.

Save the Date – next Bingo game is on Monday, January 18 at 2 pm (Martin Luther King Day).  Snip20151127_4

A lovely Mint Macaron Combination

By | November 24, 2015

I have to admit when Mint Macaron was first introduced in June as a new In-Color, I wasn’t all that excited.  I prefer bold & brights colors and this seemed to be not quite a pastel and certainly not a bold.

Today, I needed to make some thank you cards for an upcoming fair and started to play around with color combinations.  I fell in love!  Mint Macaron, Night of Navy and Whisper White make a standout combination – nice and bold without being too bright.

Snip20151124_10These two cards are both crisp designs (that I tweaked from Pinterest posts) which made it nice for making multiples.

 

Snip20151124_14Don’t you just love the butterflies!  This was my first time using both the Fluttering textured impressions folder and the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  I know it’s not quite butterfly season – but these butterflies are sure to be go-to products.  Just think of all the butterfly color combinations you can make!!
Snip20151124_15This angle really illustrates the embossing on this card.  I used the Large Polka Dot textured impressions folder twice – one time a regular go through with the Big Shot and a second time with moving the paper slightly to get the second impression on the diagonal.  I love the effect it makes.  In case you are wondering which stamp set I used, it’s the Tin of Cards stamp set.  There are tons of great phrases in this set (and you don’t have to use it with the Tin of Cards kit).

 

Shopping Extravaganza Nov. 23-30!

By | November 22, 2015

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Online Extravaganza begins tomorrow, Monday, November 23!
Flash Sales on November 23 and November 30.
Orders can be placed online at: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx.  I did set up a hostess code: PG6PUWBK
Or, you can place them through me to receive an extra 15% off (just remember items are while supplies last so an online order would have a faster chance of items not running out).  This 15% discount is good until Dec. 24.
Happy shopping!
Christine

*** You can still sign up for Black Friday Bingo – just send me an email to reserve your spot.  Friday, Nov. 27 at 7pm.