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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Fall for All

Welcome to another month of the fabulous Inspire, Create, & Share blog hop!  We do this hop on the first Wednesday of each month to inspire you with tons of different ideas to get you motivated to create!  After checking out my project, if you click on the Next button below you will just keep on hopping to other wonderful creations!  Let's get this party started!!!

Today is actually a bonus day!  I am in a blog hop every Wednesday morning, called Coloring Down the Lines, and had to use a certain color combination.  I LOVED it - and it worked with the theme of this hop, which is Fall for All, so I thought I would make a second bonus project with the same colors.  If you scroll down below this post, you will see a whole different way to use not just these great colors, but the same stamp set too!!

Here's what I have for you today :
 For this card, I used Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped the leaf images with Versamark ink, used clear embossing powder, heat embossed, then used various sponges and inks to color the background - the embossed leaves work as a resist!  Never done this before?  Wow!  Well, bookmark my site, or follow me by email on the right, and stop back on Friday - I will have a quick video to show you exactly how it works!!Prepare to be wowed!!

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies I used in this card:

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Now be sure to hop along and see what everyone else has for you today!

Coloring Down the Lines - Fall colors!

WooHoo!!  Bonus day!  It has been awhile since I have posted here, and I am sorry about that!  I have been literally buried up to my ears in retired stamps, paper, and ribbon!  I dug my way out, and had a big sale, and hopefully will be able to get back on track now!

Today is a bonus day, because I will be posting twice in the same day - once right now, and again tonight at 9pm!!  Both of these fabulous reasons are hops with amazingly creative women!

This first card is for my Coloring Down the Lines folks.  I love this group - we've been doing this for many years now...  they are all much better at getting int he hop every week!  Here were our inspiration photos and colors for this week:

These colors were so perfect together for fall!!  Here is what I made:

I was able to grab my markers and really color these fabulous fall leaves!  Wanna color?  Check out the supplies below...

In the meantime, if you came from Robbie's blog, then you started at the beginning...but if you are starting here, go ahead and hop over to Helen - you can hop all the way around the horn!!  Stop back tonight, and see how I used only these colors for my evening project too, but how very different they are!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Weekly Specials

The last two weeks have been great "Stock up" weeks for me with the weekly specials.  Some of my very favorite staples have made the list, and I have been planning ahead with all of my holiday cards.  Do you use a lot of pearls on your cards?  How about glimmer paper?  Well then, you are going to want to stock up this week too!  Check out these great deals!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Lighthearted Leaves

Good Morning!  Happy Wednesday!!  Are you off a day this week like I am?  Whenever we have a holiday on Mondays, I get myself turned around.  At least I am on time for this fabulous hop!  If you started with Robbie, then you are on the right track, but if you started right here, then that's fine too... we are one big happy circle, so you can just hop along!

Here are this week's inspiration photos:

I couldn't bring myself to making a flower this week...  It is very hot here, and I think I am really ready for fall, so I wanted to feel a little autumny - I know that isn't a word...

Be sure that you hop along to Helen, and stop back soon for more new catalog stuff.  The things I used to create this, are listed below!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chock full of BUNDLES

The new Holiday Catalog is here, and I really couldn't be more excited!!  This catalog has one majorly fun thing in it that just makes me smile!!  BUNDLES!!   Stampin' Up! sometimes offers stamp sets and coordinating punches or coordinating Big Shot framelits for a discounted price (when you bundle them up and buy them together).  This savings is usually 15%, and who doesn't LOVE a discount??  Check out the Tons of Bundles in the Holiday Catalog!!  (If you need a new catalog of your very own, please EMAIL ME!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the Holiday Catalog

Hello!  It is time again for this great group of Demonstrators I know to share what we love from the very new Holiday Catalog!  I have only played with the great things a little bit, while I prepare for my classes - but here is something I just couldn't wait another minute to make!

Check this out!
 and here is a close-up of the very cute Halloween banner!

This is the Seasons to Seasons Wreath kit, and it has some great features!  In addition to super simple styling and very clear directions, it has three different little string banners that you can change to fit the season (hence the name), to include this one for Halloween, one for Halloween, and yet another one for Christmas!  This would be a great project to make with your kids - or you could skip ordering the stamps and inks for yourself, and just come to the upcoming classes I have scheduled and make your own here~~!  Friday, October 2 at 7pm or Saturday, October 3, at 10am at  You should jump on this great kit, because they are so adorable that I am sure they will go into backorder soon!!

You can see the new Holiday Catalog HERE, or, if you would like to get your hands on your very own copy, be sure to EMAIL ME HERE!    In the meantime, be sure to click on the box below to just to the next "hopper".

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Christmas Card club

Are you ready for the Holidays?  Of course not, not yet anyway, and why should you be?  It is only August afterall.  Well, I can answer that!  It is sneaky, that busy holiday season!  It will sneak right up on you, and all of those great intentions you have to make all of your own handmade cards will go right out the window again this year.  But they don't have to...

Welcome to the Christmas Card Club!

We will meet the third Tuesday night (or following day, Wednesday afternoon) of each month, for four months, August through November.  At each meeting we will make 12 handmade holiday cards - 4 each of 3 different designs.  By the end of the November meeting, you will have made 48 cards (4 each of 12 different styles) and be ready to put them in the mail ~ BEFORE THANKSGIVING.  You can spare one night a month, right?  If you would like more information about this club, click HERE.  Register right away!  You don't want to miss a single month!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Have you checked the Clearance Rack Lately??


Just a reminder... Stampin' Up! just added a bunch of new items to the Clearance Rack.  These things are only available while supplies last, and I have already missed out on a few things that I put in my online "shopping cart" and then got distracted... went back and *poof*, no longer available.  Don't you miss out too!!  Check it out today!  Here are some of the things to get you started!!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Just a little Fall Fun!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  I had some family fun, and a little work too.  I didn't have time to "create" this weekend, but I thought I would show you what we did last week.  Every Wednesday (missed a few this summer due to travel), I host a Midweek Mingle class.  It is a very loose and informal kind of class, where we often are "playing" with stuff as we go...  We always make a more involved style card, and then we make one other item.  It is either a 3-D item, or a gift tag, or my VERY favorite of all time thing to do, which is play with things that I have just received in a shipment.  This past week was no exception.  It was a quiet and small mingle, of just two of us - sometimes 6, sometimes 3, and sometimes just another person - that is one of the beauties of this relaxed event... in any case, there were only two of us.  The other paperlover was a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, although not from my "team", she was part of my family - and we made our card... and then...we broke out the Not-Yet-Released Fall things I have ordered.  Hehehe.  So much fun!  Here is what we made:
This is a mini-treat bag, made with the framelit of the same name, and a few new things...  The paper is from the upcoming Holiday catalog, and I LOVE it.  also, notice the cute little acorn, well that is a little wood accent that is really adorable.  There are a few different shapes in the package, and although they are wood, they are light enough to add to a card you plan on mailing without costing you a fortune in postage.  I will list the items that we used that are currently available below - the rest you will have to wait for, but only until September 1!  If you would like me to add you to my Holiday catalog list, I will be sure you get one as soon as mine arrive.  Just send me an EMAIL!!  I hope your week starts off strong... I will add more pictures of stuff I've been doing very soon!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Beyond The Sea

Welcome to an underwater adventure!  This month, in our Inspire Create, & Share blog hop, we are focusing on the sea and all that means to you!  I am sure you have loved this hop of fabulous designer's blogs, and from here, when you click on the bottom image, you will link right back to the very beginning - so be sure to hop along and check out what Deb has done for you this month!

As much as I am a beach girl, I am not a nautical girl - I like my toes planted in the sand and the salt on my skin...  I did, however, have a chance to go fishing while in Alaska, so I was thinking fish for this card.  Here is what I have for you this month:
 It is a bit hard to tell in this photo, but I used the Shimmery White cardstock, which gave the colors a glittery look, but not too over-the-top sparkle.  I sponged the Shimmery white with lots of colors and covered it with a die cut from the Striped Scallop Thinlits Die, which I have had for awhile, but had not used yet, to make my fish scales.  I added pearls to give it a "bubble stream".  Here are a few close-ups so maybe you can see a bit of the shimmer.

I hope you enjoyed my fishy-fish!  Please hop along and see what everyone else has done with this fun theme!  Have a great week!

Coloring Down the Lines - Cup o' Joe

Good morning - Wednesday again and where oh where is this week going??  Time is flying and I am not crafting enough...  eeeek.  Gotta get my fix!  Hop with me today!!  We are one big happy circle, so start with Robbie, or start here... it all works!

Here are this week's inspiration photos:
and here is what I did :

So, not quite what I was going for... and with a bit more time I think I would have added some stuff... maybe I would have fussy-cut the cup and put it on a doily??  In any case, it would have been something.  I do love the Thanks a Latte sentiment, however, as coffee makes up a huge portion of my waking hours!  This stamp set is only available to our Paper Pumpkin subscribers... Although this card is NOTHING like the set that came in the all-inclusive, and very exclusive monthly kit ( only adhesive isn't included!!), it is a fun set that I am sure I will be using in a much more inspired way very soon!  If you would like to know more about Paper Pumpkin, (now's the time as you can get 1/2 off your first two months), click HERE...

Now it is time for you to grab yourself a cup o' Joe and head over to miss Helen to see what she did with these colors!    Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Popsicle Fun

Crazy whirlwind summer - that is what it has been!  I have been hiking in Alaska, then hiking in Utah, and finished up the journey with an amazing Stampin' Up! Convention - more about that, (and some of my fun swaps), later this week.  Right now it is time for me to jump right in to the Wednesday hop!  If you came over from Robbie's website, then you started at the beginning... but no worries if you started here, just keep hopping and you will go full circle and not miss anything! 
Here are this week's inspiration photos:

This so made me think about summer, and running through the sprinklers (do kids other than mine still do this?), so I thought I would theme this project around just that:

Summer to you?  Well, I have sponged the Pool Party ink and the Lost Lagoon ink to make a "pool-like" backdrop.  I then made my popsicles using the new Tags & Labels framelits - which have become a quick go-to for me, as they have a whopping 13 dies in this pack - sized perfectly for just about everything!  The word window punch is what finishes this card off (of course I cut it in half lengthwise to get the sticks).

Jump ahead over to Joni and see what treats she has for you today!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

3 Cheers for you, and you, and you!!!

Hello!  Glad you could stop by again today!  I wanted to show you a little more of what we have been making in classes, and for members of my team lately!  Actually, it is more the other way around!  I have some great folks on my Crafty PlayDate Playmate team, and we love to get together and stamp and share.  Last month, I had some team members who really rocked, and I wanted to show them how much I appreciate them, so I sent out a few cards...  Then, I thought, you know, everybody has someone in their life who really rocks, so maybe we should all make a 3 Cheers card, so we made them in class the other night too.  First I will show you my team card, then I will share the class card... do you have someone in your life who deserves 3 cheers... Sure you do!  Send them a card - we sometimes forget how powerful mail can be!

team card

and class card
You'll note the crazy little black smudge on the class card - that would be my fault... after finishing the card, I promptly dropped an open ink pad (butter side down) onto the card front - see... no one is perfect!

Ever consider joining my team?  Now is a great time, and it means free stamps to you!  Want to hear more?  Check it out HERE, or shoot me an email - I'll tell you all about it!

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