Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Our Sept 15th 2018 One-Day Retreat Preview!

I've been so busy planning for next week's one-day retreat with my upline, Marilyn SanClemente but thought I should give some sneak peeks of what's happening!

Below are a few pictures taken at past events:

We're so excited about this event's "goody bag" -- $25 of pure Stampin' Up! goodness!!  Check out the photo below! And that's only part of our day!  1/2 package of the Joyous Noel specialty DSP, some of the new Merry Merlot and Copper 5/8" reversible ribbon, a yard of the Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon, a selection of the Snowflakes and Stars wire elements, a sheet of the new Joyous Noel 6x6" Glimmer Paper, a collection of cardstock to match the Designer Series Paper, and even 1/3 sheet of copper foil.  That's only part of what you'll be getting on that day -- treats specially packaged, lunch and snacks through the day, raffles that you WON'T want to miss, games etc!

You can register HERE (Marilyn's website) until Sept. 9th, 2018.

And then there are the classes!  I'm so excited about my class:  I'm using the Santa's Workshop Memories and More card kit with the Real Red matching card bases and envelopes.  You'll be making 10 cards in class, but the class includes a WHOLE pack of the Memories and More kit, the card bases and envelopes, and even some red rhinestones.  Check out a sneak peek below!  You're only using part of the package -- you can duplicate to make more cards, or use the remaining stickers and cards to even make gift tags.  I'll have ideas posted on my board at the event that day.  The cost of this class is $36 -- register HERE for my class (and other classes we're teaching throughout the day, *on Marilyn's website again)  *You must register for these classes by Sept. 9th 2018 so we have time to order supplies and do the prep work!  (If you register for this class through this link, we're also offering a deal on the Timeless Tidings stamp set when included with the class -- the class with the stamp set is $56, a savings of 15% on the stamp set!)

I hope this is enticing if you live in the area of Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.  The event is at the Tewksbury Congregational Church in Tewksbury Massachusetts and is quite easy to get to.  We'd love to have you join us!  Again, the link to join us is HERE, and we need you to sign up by Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2018.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

August Special ... Blended Season Morning Glories

Hi everyone!

I have to be honest.  When I first saw the new Blended Seasons bundle available only in August, I decided I didn't need it.  After all ... another limited time special, a wish list that's already a mile long ... did I need another bundle?!

I've changed my tune a bit. I've seen so many samples.  There are so many pinterest ideas out there!!  I LOVE this bundle!!  It covers all of the seasons, not to mention that I love the matching framelits!! I also love to color, although I'm not very good at it yet.

This afternoon, I wasn't sleeping -- I'm in the middle of a night shift stretch, with just one to go, and I'm sleeping only about 2 1/2 hours a day.  What's one to do when you have to go to work and you can't sleep?  I decided to make a super-quick card ... my thank you card for June and July.  Yep, I'm behind, but they're coming!!!

This card took me only about 20 minutes to create.  The card base is Blueberry Bushel, 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  The next layer is a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of the In Color DSP 6x6" stack papers -- I couldn't decide between the dots and the stripes (you might get one or the other, since I still haven't decided!!).  I only have the stripes to share today -- I forgot to color the flowers in with the Daffodil Delight blends marker so my flower centers look naked!!

The image is stamped on Shimmer White cardstock and cut out with the largest framelit from the bundle.  I then colored the flowers with Night of Navy blends, primarily the light, accented with the dark marker.  The leaves are colored with the new Granny Apple Green blends, and my centers are colored in the Daffodil Delight blends ... light I believe?  The final accent is a small length of Lemon Lime Twist ruffled ribbon, tied in a simple bow and attached with a glue dot.

You can make this card too!!  The supplies are listed in my store below.  Hurry though ... the bundle is gone on September 1st!!

I hope to share a card using the limited time watercolor pencils in another day or so!!  Stay tuned!

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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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