Sunday, November 20, 2016

My First Craft Fair of the Year!

I was so blessed to have Lyndsey home for a few hours on Friday to help me prepare for my first craft fair at the Dolbeare School in Wakefield!  She took a picture of me and the setup right before she left. I kept "tweaking" the table to make everything look appealing, but I had a constant flow of traffic -- kids loving the candy wrappers, adults loving the cards displayed and the bargain bin of my $2.00 cards from past years' classes and card swaps!

Here's a picture she took of me.  Considering that I had been sick all week, it looks pretty good!!

I will share some of the items that I sold in tomorrow's post, but I wanted to quickly share about the Online Extravaganza by Stampin' Up!  It starts tomorrow, November 21st and ends on November 28th.  There are special deals that are 24 hours only on the 21st and the 28th, with other deals available every day during that time.  All products are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST only!  

I'd like to sweeten the deal further, since I hit a milestone in my Stampin' Up! career this week too! I reached $100,000 in sales this week!!  Wow!!  So ... Enter a $50 or more (before tax and shipping) order using my hostess code, VGAB9E7T and I will send you a free Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, either in gold or clear.  Yep, if you use the hostess code more than once, I'll send you 2 free pens!! The order must be placed by November 28th, 2016 at MN (the end of the Holiday Extravaganza sale).  

You can click on the picture to hopefully see details, or click on this link HERE tomorrow, November 21st, 2016.  Don't forget that there are special deals on November 21st AND different deals again on November 28th, with some items available all sale long!  

Make sure you use the hostess code in order to receive the Wink of Stella pens, OR, if the order is over $150, DO NOT use the hostess code and claim the hostess rewards for yourself!!  

Thank you all!!  I love you all!!  Thank you for helping me to reach this sales milestone!!

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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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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"Let's have a cuppa ... fun!"

These are 3 of the 4 cards we made in last night's card class featuring the A Nice Cuppa stamp set.  I love this stamp set and matching framelits!!  I'm very sad it's retiring in a few days.  So many stamp sets from the new catalog carried over, but alas, this was not one of the chosen.  :(

If you missed this class but want to come to other classes that I do, please see my schedule HERE.  I can also do this card class as a kit until the end of May.  Email me if you're interested and I'll tell you the specifics!

I know it's a bit difficult to see, but they all use the stamp set and coordinating framelits and are so fabulous!  I'm using the one on the back right to give as thank you cards for a couple of Chris's teachers. (He graduates high school in a little over a week!!  Yikes!)  

*The Bermuda Bay card back left uses the Balloon Celebrations stamp set and the Timeless Textures stamp set, more great sets that coordinate with this "Cuppa" theme!   The whole list of supplies is below.  Enjoy!!  

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Will You Marry Me ... NOT!

There are only 3 full days left of Sale-a-bration, and I want to make sure you've checked out the awesome offer from Stampin' Up!  Have you seen it?!  It may be a while before we see a deal this good again!

For $99, you can choose products of your choice for a Starter Kit -- a kit worth $155!!  That's $56 worth of product FOR FREE, plus free shipping, saving you another 10%!!  $65 FREE!
  • A Monthly Team Meeting
  • a private Google+ Group where you can ask questions and get support, plus the support of MY fabulous upline!!
  • Get 20%-25% off  Stampin' Up! products, or keep as "instant income" 
  • Pre-order new products before the customer sales period. (Hint, hint ... New catalog coming soon!!) 
  • Be inspired by video tutorials and project ideas on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator web site and from our team members.
  • There is NO penalty to drop.  If you reach $300 in sales by the end of the first full Stampin' Up quarter, you renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter.  If you don't reach $300 in sales or purchases, you can "drop" with no penalty... In other words, LESS commitment than if you married me!!!
If this sounds good to you, click the link HERE to go to my website and sign up today to be receive the starter kit!  You can still come to my classes!!!  I promise!!
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday Crosses

Hello on this Good Friday.  Thursday and Friday are the Passion Play performances at our church.  I made 2 cards as thank you's for the Co-Directors.

These cards are case'd from Pinterest.  I used the Hardwood stamp on Soft Suede c/s, using Chocolate Chip ink.  The hardwood stamp has "sections" or strips that are 1/2" wide, which meant my cross would be 1/2" wide.  I'm pretty sure the height is 5" tall, with a width on the cross of about 3 1/4" (approximate -- I honestly can't remember and the cards are gone now!).  I stamped the sunrise from Kinda Eclectic.  The flowers were punched in either So Saffron or Cherry Cobbler, and I used retired Crumb Cake seam binding to drape over the arms of the cross.  The grass was stamped in Wild Wasabi ink using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  Oh yes, the mat is Marina Mist behind the Whisper White top layer, which I also sponged/daubered with Marina Mist ink.  I forgot to mention that the card size is 5" x 7" to allow the whole cast to sign each card!

I hope you enjoyed the cards, and especially the real meaning behind Easter!  May God bless you richly as we remember His sacrifice!

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Easter Lamb

Hi all!  What a gorgeous day outside today ... it looks like Spring, but I'm not sure it feels it yet!!  It's chilly out there!  The wind is tough when walking my pups!!

I want to share a closeup of the card we created the other day in my Happy Easter 2016 card class.  It features the single Easter stamp, Easter Lamb, and is just so adorable!!  This card was cased from Hélène den Breejen on Pinterest.  I decided to change it up just a bit with my DSP mat background paper color.  Then, I added just a few items from the Mini Occasions catalog that I had on hand!

I used the script side of the 2014-16 DSP stack in Lost Lagoon for my mat.  I separated my sentiment from my image when mounting my stamp to get more "bang for my buck" so to speak.  This card would be adorable as a baby card!!  The banner is 1" x 3" and then forked using my Honeycomb Punch.  

I added a  Pool Party Glitter Ribbon knot to the end of my banner.  The flower is a die cut from the Botanical Blooms framelit collection using a scrap of Pool Party cardstock (I included the number on the supply list, but you really need only a scrap!)  It wasn't intentional... I got a smudge on the card just as I finished which made it necessary to cover up!  The "mistake" turned out beautifully, don't you think?!

My top layer was embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF, then the circle was cut out with my #5 circle from the Circle Framelits collection (#1 is smallest, etc.).

That's it for today!  Come back tomorrow for another lovely Easter card!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Happy Easter 2016 Card Class!

I spent most of yesterday and today preparing for tonight's Easter specialty card class.  The fun thing about holidays are the 3D items that I can have people make for the class.  I found that my projects were too involved at Christmas-time, so I scaled back a bit for Valentine's Day and Easter this year. It's more fun to complete a project and not get overwhelmed!!

The above photo is all of the projects we'll be doing tonight.  I love every single one of them!! 

Below is a closeup of my elegant Easter card.  It was case'd from Janet Wakeland and I love the beauty and elegance of it!  An oval framelit showcases a very elegant Easter egg.  The cutout is from the Bloomin' Heart thinlit!!  I love the gold foil shine!!  The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set. I stamped it in Black ink.  I did add dimensionals behind the top layer. 

Here's another view of it, along with a 2nd project.  This mini treat bag was totally inspired by Erica Cerwin of Pink Buckaroo Stamps.  Yes, I think she's SO GOOD!!  She has an eye for 3D and creativity and design that I love!!  I don't know that I changed a think ... it's THAT good!!

In case you couldn't tell, the little bunny is from the adorable Friends and Flowers stamp set in the mini Occasions catalog.  It uses the Festive Flower Builder Punch that was one of the weekly specials last week. Of course, you need Fringe Scissors with this class!!  What's a cute Easter project without Easter "grass"! The sentiment is also from a new stamp set that has not gotten a lot of use from me yet (gasp!!).  It's from the Greatest Greetings sentiment stamp set.  The font is adorable and the phrases are so so cute!!

Next up, check out this adorable card featuring the new Easter Lamb single stamp, also from the Mini Occasions catalog.  I separated out the sentiment from the image so that I can use if for a baby card as well!!  The card is cased from Hélène den Breejen.  I found the card on Pinterest but changed it up a bit.  I embossed the top layer with the Gently Falling TIEF.  I then cut out a circle using the #5 Circle Framelit (#1 is the smallest).  I "pinked" up the little dude's cheeks with Blushing Bride and a blender pen.  The sky was sponged on with Lost Lagoon ink.  I then colored some green grass with Wild Wasabi ink and a sponge dauber  The banner is 1" x 3" that I stamped the "Happy Easter" sentiment onto in Lost Lagoon ink. I cut out the ends with the Hexagon Punch.  A small knot of Pool Party Glitter Ribbon was a perfect touch (IMO!).  Then, I got a small smudge on the upper right corner so I added a Pool Party flower from the Botanical Blooms framelit collection.  Then I just added a pearl. Oh yes, the WW top layer was 3 3/4" x 5", over top of a 4" x 5 1/4" Lost Lagoon DSP stack script paper. 

That leads me to project #4!

This Easter basket was cut out of Soft Suede and used the Berry Basket Bigz die.  You essentially need a full sheet of paper for each basket as you cut out two basket forms with the die.  I searched and searched for a cut bunny, but all the punch bunnies looked too complicated, so I came up with my own!  The head is 1 1/4", the body is 1 3/4" round.  I cut out the ears using the Fun Flower punch.  I didn't realize that the petals of that punch were all different!  The top petals when I punched out just two ears made one look a bit cock-eyed.  I love that!!  I sponged some Soft Suede ink around the edges and added a Honeycomb Embellishment accent to make a fun tail!!  

When adding the bunny to the basket, he needed some grass.  Then I felt like there needed to be more color, so I added some leftover colorful blooms from last week's card class.  I just mixed and matched!  

Now, all that's left to do is fill the fun 3D treats with some Easter candy!! 

I hope you have a fabulous day!!  Leave me a comment if you need any more information!!  I'd love to hear what you think!!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Craft Room Destruction/Construction!

Hi all!  I had a card to share with you today but can't find it now!  The next pictures will explain why, and why I'm not stamping as much!!

This corner housed a table where I kept my DSP, my works-in-progress, and my embossing station  I hope to buy a melamine countertop and some base cabinets or drawers here eventually..

This corner had cabinets "way back when" before I moved a desk there.  There was a bar sink that never worked too.  Cabinets up and down with a new sink will be here when we're done.
I can't show you the rest of the room because it's in shambles!  Everything that had a home (or a pile), has now moved into the center of the room so they could plaster and paint.  I was smart enough to move some things, but many things won't be found until the end of the project when I give them another home. Class was quite humorous Tuesday night -- I'd go down to find an item, emerge 15 minutes later. Then again, 5 minutes later ... repeat the process!!

This probably won't be my dream craft room.  It's supposed to be a family room.  My husband kind of wants it back.  My thought was that if I have cabinets, it's a bit more organized, can eventually be a wet bar if we sell the house, and I still have a craft space.  The reason for the remodel now is the damage that was done last year with the humongous icicles and the ice dam damage that ensued.  The insurance company wants to see progress to give us a check!

So ... in the meantime, I'll do my best with what I can find.  In the end, I hope it's worth it!  I looked at cabinets today (my husband approved the choice, but we haven't ordered yet), brought home carpet samples, approved a paint sample, and the work will go on!!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"Birthday Blooms"

This was the title of last night's card class:  although it was called Birthday Blooms, only one card actually used that set.  However, all of the cards were made to be birthday cards and were floral!  I did give the option of other sentiments -- the Rose Wonder stamp set has some beautiful sentiments perfect for birthday, sympathy, thank you, etc.

Here's the picture of my cards:

Three of the 4 cards were swap cards that I received recently!  Love them!  I think all of the cards pictured here were remakes of the swap cards: the Watermelon Wonder card was a sympathy card, as was the front pink card (uses the new Sale-a-bration paper!).  The back Marina Mist card was a thank you card -- I loved it and remade it to say "Happy Birthday" in Night of Navy ink at the bottom (sorry it's MIA in the photo!).  

Do you recognize the front card on the right?  It's right out of the Sale-a-bration catalog, but I changed out the sentiment on this one too (it's a thank you sentiment in the SAB catalog)  I just love this card!  It features the Botanical Gardens bundle -- framelits, stamp set AND paper!!  

Do you LOVE the new catalog?!  Do you HAVE the new catalog?!  You can link to it on my blog, or contact me if you'd like me to send you one!!  Have a wonderful day!!

*The list of supplies below showcases the stamp sets and designer papers plus framelits I used for the cards above.  If you have a question about specific colors, leave me a comment.  I'll be happy to supply that to you too!

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Monday, January 4, 2016

In the Jungle with ... Dumbo?!

Last night I went to my upline, Marilyn's house for our annual Holiday Party.  It ended up being more serious than a party, but was still lovely to get together with friends and fellow demonstrators -- with hardships hitting each of our families this fall, the time together was very precious.

One of the things we did (besides eat and eat! LOL!), was design cards using some of the new stamps and framelits available tomorrow with the next Occasions Catalog (and Sale-a-bration too!).  I thought that the Pyramid Pals box was so cute with its associated framelits, and it has a matching stamp set that is so adorable!!  Check out my "cute-ish" creation:

 Isn't he so cute?  I named him Dumbo, but he doesn't look like a Dumbo to me!  What would you name him?  The stamp set has 49 pieces, so you can do just about anything with him!  I love his 3D trunk!!

Here's a closeup of him:

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