Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July's Birthday Card Club Class

I had fun designing this month's birthday card class!!  Every month I have a special class dedicated just to birthdays. We make 4 birthday cards -- 1 masculine, 1 kid's card, and 2 more feminine cards. We have cupcakes, and if it's someone's birthday in the class, they get a special $5.00 coupon as well!

Here are tonight's cards:

I have to say that the card on the left is NOT my own.  A fellow team member received it in a swap and shared it with me -- love at first sight!  I TOTALLY cased it!  I may have changed the "happy birthday" sentiment, but otherwise, nothing is different!  Why change what works!!  I'm waiting to hear from my team member as to who created the card so I can give credit where due -- I'll edit this post when I hear from her!  If you can't see, it uses the eclectic framelits and DSP as well as the banner punch.

My favorite card that I designed is the bottom center card -- I used the new daisy DSP, the Happy Birthday thinlit, the daisy punch, and the new Calypso Coral ombre ribbon!!  So sweet!!  The ingredient list (all stamps, framelits, punches, accessories and DSP) is below!  If you have a question about colors, just leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Summer Sampler Frame

When I was cleaning out my craft room this past winter, I came across a winter sampler frame I had made a few years ago.  The frame was super easy: (9) 3" x 3" squares, pleasantly combined and mounted on bigger mats in a 12" x 12" frame.

Since that time, I made a Valentine frame, and a spring frame and had requests for a summer sampler frame.

I used only current stamp sets -- I think you can click on the picture to enlarge it.  Check out my supply list below for the list of stamp sets (If I used both stamp sets and punches or framelits, I will list the bundle only.) The frame was a 12" x 12" scrapbook frame that I purchased with a coupon from Michaels.  I've been able to find this particular frame in both black and white.

If you have time, perhaps you can recreate this frame?  It's very easy -- just choose 9 stamp sets/images that fit your season and have fun putting together a collage!  If you do recreate it, please share your creation with me!  I'd love to see it!!  

*In the meantime, I now have requests for fall AND Halloween sampler frames -- I can't wait for the new Holiday Occasions catalog!  Did you know that as a demonstrator you can preorder from the holiday catalog on August 1st?!  Woohoo!  Check out how to join my awesome team, the Papercrafting Genies, HERE!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Sale-a-bration Celebration!

Last night was a very special night for all that earned the VIP invitation to come to my Sale-a-bration Celebration.  All they had to do was spend a qualifying amount during Sale-a-bration and they were invited to my thank you event.

We had a quick make-and-take using the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), which happened to coordinate beautifully with my Succulent Garden theme for the night.  By the way, I also used the Bitty Butterfly punch and the Elegant Butterfly punch on my card -- both are retiring so you may want to purchase them quickly if they've been on your wish list!!  Actually, there are a lot of things on this card retiring: the Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and the Succulent Garden DSP (low inventory!!) as well!  Luckily, the All Things Thanks stamp set is around for another year!

I purchased little pots of succulents from Michaels for the table centers.  I know Gerber daisies aren't succulents, but I improvised and threw a couple of large Romaine lettuce leaves into the bouquet. You know ... garden-like I guess?!  LOL!

My favors for the evening were a lot of work to prepare but oh, so pretty!  I got the idea from Meg Loven.  She made a small gift box using the Tiny Clear Treat Boxes from Stampin' Up!.  I changed up the cardstock colors but that's about it! Oh yes, and I forgot the ribbon! I decorated the inside and top with a bit of Succulent Garden DSP, and then layered several die cuts from the Succulent Framelits Dies.  I used Mint Macaron cardstock for the larger petals, sponging the ends with Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The smaller "flowers" were Sahara Sand cardstock (c/s) sponged with Emerald Envy ink.  The clear treat boxes are 2" x 2", so I discovered that if I scored the designer paper every 1 7/8" (1 7/8", 3 3/4", 5 3/8" and 7 1/2", it fit perfectly inside the box.  That meant that I had 1/2" remaining at the end that I just tucked inside the first score line.  Just a hint for the future!! By the way, I tucked tiny packages of M & M's, a Reese's PB cup and some Robin's Eggs inside the little box!

We played Bingo and Heads or Tails to determine prizes which were mainly Sale-a-bration stamp sets that I had acquired over the 3 months.

Lastly, before everyone left, I gave one more treat:  1 sheet of each color of the Glimmer Paper that was available during the 2nd half of Sale-a-bration (I loved that paper!!), with approx. 2 yards of the gold and silver glimmer ribbon that was available.  I packaged it up in the 4" x 6" and 6" x 8" cello bags with the beautiful gold binder clips!  Presentation is everything, but the sparkle inside definitely helped!

A special thank you to all of my ladies!  Would you like to come next year?  It will be a while coming again, but I'll definitely be doing this again next year!!  Stay tuned...!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Fun Easter Treat!

I was "surfin' the net" for Easter 3D ideas and came across a cute idea from Erica Cerwin at Pink Buckaroo on her YouTube channel.  The original idea was for a Rice Krispy Treat Holder.  Since I couldn't find the Rice Krispy treats though, I had to rework the measurements and changed the color of the project to match my chocolate treat!

I used Melon Mambo cardstock (c/s), cut at 4" x 7".  With your scoring tool and the 7" piece at the top, score at 2 1/2" and 3".  Then, turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 1/2", 1", 3" and 3 1/2". The following photo shows the next steps:

Cut out the tabs that are missing in the photo.  Sorry ... I didn't take a before picture!  The long tab will be punched out using the Scalloped Bag Topper Punch.  If you've scored correctly, the center portion is exactly 2" and fits perfectly into the punch.  Go ahead ... push it all the way in!  Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the 2 side tabs.  Then, fold them in and up to make a pocket for the little Hershey Bunny!

I used Melon Mambo Stitched Satin Ribbon and Thick White Baker's Twine for my accent ribbon. The little stamp is hard to see in the already filled treat so I added another photo -- "An Easter Treat for Somebunny Sweet!"  I love it!!  For the decorations, I cut out the basket, eggs and bow using the Basket Builder framelit dies.  I just love this bundle!!

I hope to make a bunch for my coworkers since I'm working overnight into Easter!!

Have a wonderful Easter!

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