Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Our Stamping Retreat!

Saturday, June 16th, 2018 marked our 4th Creative Crafting Escapes (with Jeannie and Marilyn) since last June and boy, did we have fun again!  Many have said it was our best yet! 

I wanted to share some pictures of the card class I taught as well as a few pictures I remembered to take before or during the event! 

This is the "cover photo" for my In Color Techniques and Textures class: I did emboss-resist with VersaMark, embossing with the heat gun and embossing powder, then coloring in with sponge daubers before cutting out with the Big Shot, fun foam (a new technique for ALL of us!), embossing with an embossing folder, then sponging to accent the embossed, and Brusho (the yellow card).  All of the cards fit snugly in our acetate box, and then we tied on a cute little tag.  If you haven't guessed yet, the stamp set featured was Petal Palette.  I gave everyone 1 yard each of the new In Color 1/8" Grosgrain ribbons, 1 yard of the 5/8" Whisper White polka dot tulle, 1/2 package of the In Color 6"x6" Designer Paper Stack (I pre-cut the pieces they needed for class), plus 1 package of the new Faceted Dots.  In addition, I pre-cut and scored all of the cardstock pieces that they needed for the class. 

I hope to do a quick tutorial in the next day or two, showing you how to do the Fun Foam card -- it's very neat!

The room was quiet while we played a Scavenger Hunt Game ...

This is a picture of my Up Line and Stamping Partner, Marilyn SanClemente -- you'll laugh when I tell you she was playing the game too ... because she forgot to make up the Answer Key ahead of time!  Too funny!!

Check out the Giveaways!  We gave (8) 1/2 sheets of colored cardstock, a full sheet of Whisper White cardstock, pearlized doilies, and a 6"x12" piece of each of the Share What You Love designer papers.  One of our other demonstrators, Margaret, created a display of Apron cards using the Apron of Love stamp set (not pictured, but that was also in the giveaway as part of their entry fee.) -- she created one card for every month of the year!!  Yikes!!  

I forgot to get a picture of another giveaway -- Margaret also designed 4 simple cards using the Apron of Love stamp set that guests could create during the afternoon ... yep, MORE cardstock and ideas!!

Since I didn't get too many pictures of the room set up, this is one of the views of a couple of the tables before everyone got there on Saturday morning -- we tried to give everyone plenty of space to work!

I took this picture at lunch -- not too many times when we all had a chance to sit together and visit with 4 classes through the day!  

I say this every time ... next time I'll specifically ask someone to take a few pictures!!

Such a fun day!  I got 28,000 steps by the end of the day!!  Phew!!  And guess what ... we've already started registering guests for September!!  Yay!!

Thanks for visiting!
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Special Mother's Day Card for Mom!

I struggled to find the perfect Mother's Day card for my mom.  It was right in front of me in the catalog this year!!

I just love the Apron of Love stamp set and finally noticed the sample in the catalog.  Did you see it?!  It's bright and cheery and downright LOVELY!!  So, I set to work to copy it for my mom!

Here's my card -- if you look in the catalog, you'll see an almost-identical card.  I changed just a few things.  Okay, maybe more than a few!!

First of all, I'm not sure if the catalog card uses a stamp or a designer paper.  I'm thinking that it's a designer paper.  It looks to me like the Crushed Curry striped DSP from the Tutti-Fruiti 6x6 DSP stack. Well, that yellow was just not bright enough for me!!  I used my Brushstroke stamp that's going to retire on May 31st to make my own DSP!!  Yep, I stamped the stripes myself (not QUITE by myself -- I used my brand new Stamp-a-ratus for great positioning!!) with Daffodil Delight ink.

Hmm... what else could I do?!

I then decided to showcase a bunch of items that are retiring the end of this month -- the Lots of Labels framelit dies, the doily, the Rose Red and Wild Wasabi inks, the Pink Pirouette paper, and the crinkled Berry Burst seam binding.  Yikes!! Whatever will I do without these items!!

Here's a closer view of the card:

I have to tell you why I made this card.  I know that my favorite color is yellow, and my favorite person on Mother's Day is definitely my mom!!  So, she deserves my favorite color!! I love the apron set because it reminds me of good times growing up -- both with my mom AND my dad!  My mom always had cookies in a rubbermaid container in our cabinet -- we could have 1 chocolate chip cookie a day!!  So special!  I also remember her baking special sugar cookies for my dad -- I used to love licking the bowl after she finished putting the cookie dough on the tray!!  Christmas time was like the North Pole in our house -- Christmas cookies for sure, but more importantly the Almond Cakes that my parents (that was my dad's specialty!) made together -- Dad mixed the dough and my mom was in charge of greasing the pans, sprinkling the almonds on top, and making sure they came out of the oven at just the right time!!  What a team they were ... and still are!!

Yes, Mother's Day is special -- special enough to send a very, very special card!!  If you want to duplicate this card, I'll put the "ingredients" below!!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!!  Love you to the moon and back!!
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Blossoming Basket for Spring!

All of a sudden we have 2 days left of Sale-a-bration!  Where did these 2 months go?! 

In the 2nd half of Sale-a-bration the basket bundle was introduced.  What a beautiful stamp set!  I just love the detail of the basket!!  What's better than a free stamp set?!  A matching dynamic impressions embossing folder of course!! 

The card below was one of the cards we made in our Spring Folds card class.  It's sort of a specialty card -- because of the folds, it created a shadow box of sorts. 

I cut 2 pieces of cardstock (Pink Pirouette for the front and thick Whisper White for the back), 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I then scored each piece at 1/2", 1", 4 1/4" and 5".  I then cut a circle out of the front cardstock piece (perfectly centered between the 2 inside score lines using one of our layering circles framelets (just pick out the largest size round framelet that fits!). After scoring, run the front piece of cardstock through the Big Shot, using the basket weave dimensions folder.  Fold the cardstock on the previously scored lines -- they should still be somewhat apparent.

I stamped the basket image from Blossoming Basket on a piece of vellum cardstock that was sized approximately 3" x 4".  I then turned the vellum over and colored the back with various colors of Blends markers.  Flip the vellum back over and attach to the middle back of the card using glue dots in the corners and snail behind the basket image (it won't show through the coloring). Coloring the basket makes a sort of stained glass window effect I think.  

Put tear and tape on each of the 1/2" outside flaps and attach together.  The method of attaching is a valley fold on the outside score lines, and mountain folds on the inside score lines, thereby creating a shadow box.  The card itself folds flat for mailing, but the receiver can stand the card up easily and admire your handiwork for days!!

Oh yes, I stamped the banner on Shimmery White cardstock using Black Memento ink and the Banners for You stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Hello Easter stamp set featured in the Occasions catalog.  One more thing -- when you decide front and back for your card, try to make sure the basket weave is actually showing on the front LOL!  I missed that detail -- I discovered it when I was taking the picture!

So, the moral of this story is that if you like the Blossoming Basket bundle, get it free with a $100 order by Saturday, March 31st at 11:59 PM (MT).  After that, yes, you can buy the Basket Weave embossing folder in the next Annual catalog, but the Blossoming Basket stamp set will be gone forever!! 

Thanks for visiting me today!  ("Ingredient list is below!)

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Peekaboo Pandas - 3 Days left of Sale-a-bration!

Isn't this a fun card?!  My assistant and team member, Jaynee, helped me to design it (it was crunch time, about 1/2 hour before a class and I was struggling!).

The Party Pandas were stamped on Whisper White cardstock and hand cut out.  The hats were colored in with markers -- I'm pretty sure that they were primarily the Brights markers, but you could substitute any color to match your designer paper.  In this case, the designer paper layered behind the Whisper White layer is also a Sale-a-bration item, Bubbles and Fizz DSP.

The Whisper White layer is embossed with the new Confetti textured impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot.  Next, the top was evenly punched out with the 1-3/8" Round Punch.  Start by punching out your center circle, and then punch out the outside 2 circles, evenly spacing between the center circle and the outside edges. Then, "pop" your pandas inside the circles, randomly positioning them within the circles (and popping up with dimensionals) -- the bears can appear to be popping out of the circles because the hats/arms can be outside of the circles.

I attached a 1-1/2" strip of the Myths and Magic Glimmer paper -- I just love the Bermuda Bay color!  I hope Stampin' Up! keeps coming out with more colors!  The sentiment was stamped and punched out using the Classic Label punch.  You will either have to glue it or pop it up with dimensionals to get it to stick to the glimmer paper.

Purchase any supplies from my store HERE!  Make sure you do it by the end of the the month because the pandas go into "hibernation" on March 31st at 11:59 PM (MT).

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