Thursday, October 6, 2016

It's HOW MANY Days 'til Christmas?!

I resolve every year to start my Christmas cards in January so I don't get behind, and every year in the beginning of October, I start to panic as I realize that it's almost Christmas time and I still haven't made a dent in mu Christmas card stash!!  Are YOU like that?

I did a Christmas-in-July card class,  missed August, then started up in September with the different Christmas card offerings.  I was involved in several different swaps with the new catalog, so it's been fun and easy to come up with cards for my classes.  So many talented demonstrators and stampers out there!  I find that many have a style that I like to imitate.

Here was Tuesday night's card class:

Sometimes I like to use all of one set but sometimes that's difficult -- if I have 6-8 ladies that come to my class, I need to divvy up the stamps and sets so that everyone has something to work on.  Can you name all the stamp sets and thinlits I used here?!  (Supply list with links to my store on the bottom of the page!  *If a bundle is available and I used both components of the bundle, that is the supply number that will be given)   

Just a quick note about the star card -- I used just the Magnetic Platform to cut out the solid silver glimmer star, and then switched to the Precision Base Plate (no bottom cutting plate -- the precision plate is now your bottom plate!) to cut the detailed overlying Dapper Denim star.  It works best if you run it forward and back a few times.  I now have a specific plate that I save just for use with the Precision Plate. It is such a tight fit to allow the cutting of the deailed thinlits that it bows with repeated use. I'm always amazed that it does not break if you could see the curve in that plate now! Just in case though, I have a supply of replacement cutting pads on hand!  ;)

Would you like to come to one of my classes?  Leave me a comment if you'd like to come and you live in the Lynnfield MA area!  Here is a link to my calendar of events.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy 21!

I wish I had a photo of the card I created for my daughter Lyndsey's 21st birthday, but I think I didn't save it!!  WHAT?!  I loved the card, but since I don't remember what it looked like, it was time to create something new for her girlfriend Rosie's 21st birthday!  As someone at church said regarding an anniversary on 9/11 ... "At least something good came of that day!"   Well, that's true for her friend Rosie as well!  Another something good came of 9/11!

I decided that I needed to make a card to celebrate 21.  The paper I used is the Festive Birthday DSP from the annual catalog.  I love the bright colorful flowers, don't you?  The other images in the package are llamas, cacti, and bright colorful stripes!  So cute!  I don't have the matching stamp set yet, so I made the Number of Years stamp set work instead!

If you look closely at the Bermuda Bay cardstock, you'll see that I stamped some 21's in versamark ink -- just a subtle reminder in case Rosie forgets how old she is!!  Better yet ... I cut out the numbers with the matching framelits!

Oh yes, Rosie!  Happy 21st birthday!

Have a wonderful day!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

My New Catalog Launch Party!

Everyone gets so excited for a new catalog, so it's a perfect excuse for a party!!  I had several of my favorite stamping ladies attend my 2 day launch, and wanted to share some pictures (I was so busy during the event that I have pictures of the setup, rather than the actual party!).

This is a glimpse of my BOGO table:  I sell everything for the price that it retailed for originally when I bought it.  After "purchasing" the stamp sets etc., the ladies would choose the equivalent amount from the new catalog, paying tax and shipping.  It was like getting the retired stuff for free! 

At every party, I want people to stamp!  I printed out a copy of a sheet that we received at On Stage this year, introducing the new colors (bottom left corner).  It required the ladies to stamp (using Work of Art for the "swish", swipe (with the new markers) and punch a butterfly, all using one each of the 5 new In Colors.  On the other side of the table, ladies made 3 cards using the sentiments from the Watercolor Wishes card kit (have you SEEN these sentiments?!) and designer paper from the adorable and trendy Painter's Pallete DSP stack.  I even let them put some ribbon on the card, using the new ruched ribbon!  It was backordered at the time, so very hard to part with it ... but I did!

These were some of the giveaways.  I was going to do door prizes with tickets, but decided that EVERYONE was a winner!  Everyone chose a stamp set, and also got a little bag of ribbon or buttons or single stamps.

I made these cute popcorn box favors for everyone, using the new Popcorn Box framelit and mixing up a couple of batches of my favorite White Trash recipe.  Yum!!

And the giveaway wasn't over till the very last spin!  Ladies could win "free shipping" (people hit that button a lot!), no tax ( I paid it!), a $5.00 off coupon, or chocolate!  That's a chocolate goody bag there ... loaded!  

That's all for today!  Thanks for visiting and taking a tour of my party!!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What I've been up to!!

I was very busy last week!  A very good friend of mine is having a baby in September.  It's not her first ... just her first in approximately 12 years!!  She is so excited but has to practically start back over in the baby department so some wonderful ladies from my church threw her a baby shower this past Sunday.  I wasn't sure how to help, but since papercrafting is my passion, I figured I'd start there!  
I made these adorable little "circus carts" as baby favors.  There filled with a animal crackers.  It's not my first time making these carts, and I can't even take credit for the design.  I'm pretty sure it was Lisa Young that originally designed them.  I'll tell you right now that my whole week required 90% retired product!!

I made 60 of these carts:  20 in Orchid Opulence (the lavender that's in the party stores is a VERY close match, and yes, I did still have 10 sheets and the ink pad/reinker left over!), 20 in Coastal Cabana (love, love, LOVE that color!), and 20 in Crisp Cantaloupe (another retired peachy favorite!).

Here are the pictures:

Sample of each of the cart colors
Assembly Line!
Almost Done!!  (How many did I say I would make?!

Chandra's theme was elephants, which she'd been collecting since she was a little girl!!  In case you can't place the cart or the animal stamp set, it's the retired Chalk Talk and Zoo Babies stamp sets. 

I have one more thing to share:  it's the banner that I made to match the colors:

(I hand-drew the elephant -- don't look close!  The letters are the new Letters Framelits on an oval cutout with the new oval framelits.  The background paper was handstamped in the Orchid Opulence ink using the retired Chevron background stamp.
 That's all for today!!  I can't wait to show you what I'm working on now!!  It's all current!

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