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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!

Thanks for stopping by... see all of the "ingredients" below

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Beautiful Butterflies - and time to Craft!

Hello all!  Last Friday I told you about how I finally had a few minutes to craft not too long ago, and I would love to show you some of the fun things we did!  We were all a-flutter over butterflies last week, and I was loving the new English Garden Designer Series Paper, so I had to find a not-to-challenging way to get these two things together.    Here's one of the cards we made:
Our butterfly looks as if it is flying right off our page, and maybe out of our garden in this fun card.  We added a few touches and a couple of techniques, and there you go!  I will be offering other classes again soon, and would love to see you, if you are in the Chicagoland area.  Be sure to flutter over to my
 MeetUp page - and check the calendar to find something that works in your schedule.  If you join the meetup, then when I add a new class you won't miss out!

Here's what we used in this card:

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Monocromatic Plunge!

Hello everyone!  I know it has been a very long time since I have posted anything, and I am sorry for that.  It just seems to be that I am running from one thing to another lately - without a minute to craft (and that just makes me one crabby mom!).  I have taken some time out in the past few days to sit down with a bunch of fun ladies and get our creative-exercise.  One class last week, and 4 classes in the last 48 hours... I am now recharged and ready to get on with my other errands... I even found myself singing in the car today!  Thanks, ladies!!

Today I am sharing my submission for the Design Team, or "Lifeguards" over at The Paper Plunge.  This week's challenge was to submit a monochromatic card or project.  I just wanted to do something really quick and reproducible for you.  You should be able to reproduce this card with just one ink color, white paper, and maybe even one stamp set (I used two sets, and a punch too, but you can easily see how you could use one set, right??).  We would love to see your monochromatic submissions over at The Paper Plunge in our challenge this week!  In the meantime, try to carve a few minutes out of your day today to do something creative - I bet you'll be singing in the car again in no time!!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Mountain Sunset

Hello and welcome!!  Today is Wednesday again, so let's hop!!  If you started at Robbie, then you found the beginning- but is there really a beginning to a circle??  In any case, I wanted to share with you the inspiration photo and the corresponding color chart for today's card:

To me, this is a mountain sunset.  I love all of the colors in this card, and it really is so peaceful to me.  Everytime I think I am a "beach person", I swing by mountains and change my mind!  I wanted to make something that really represented this photo in a very literal way, so here is what I did:

There was no yellow in our color selection this week, but if I were to do this card over again, I would certainly add some!  I made the "mountains" by tearing both Basic Gray and Basic Black cardstock and layering them.  The top panel of the card is Whisper White, which I just inked in layers, beginning with the Blushing Bride at the bottom, and working my way to Tangerine Tango and ultimately Rich Razzleberry.  You may notice that I didn't even use a stamp set this week!! 

Be sure to hop on over to Joni's website and see what she did with these colors!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the 2015-2017 In Colors

Welcome!   How exciting!  New catalog, which means brand new In Colors!  We have a great selection this year, and they are only available for two years!  This year we have Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, and Delightful Dijon.  Our (very fun) Inspire, Create & Share blog hop today is featuring these fun new colors.

The project I did this month was especially made for my customers, to show them the brand new In Colors.

Check this out!

So, as I said, I give these to my customers, along with their brand new catalog.  These are bookmarks, in a big, heavy duty plastic sleeve, with the new Watermelon Wonder ribbon tied to the top.  Because they get the new catalog with this, I slide a wish list form into the back of the bookmark, so that as they are looking at the catalog, they can jot down their new favorites.  So, the back looks like this:

Here are all of the Stampin' Up! supplies I used to make this bookmark!

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Be sure to hop along by clicking the picture below!  There are tons of great ideas using these great new colors!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Come Check out the NEW CATALOG!!

That's right!  Today is the day!  The brand new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog has been launched!  You aren't going to want to miss this - it is just way too much fun!  It looks like this:
Shop NOW!

If you would like to look at the catalog in the online "flipbook" style, you can click on the picture above in the sidebar - that will take you to the PDF version!  If you would like a "hard copy" of the catalog - (afterall, we are paperlovers, right?), and I don't blame you, then just EMAIL ME HERE, and I will get one to you!

If you would just like to shop right away go HERE!  If you use the Hostess code: TSWTFRNR in your order, I will send you a free gift!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Confetti Shower!

Good morning and happy Wednesday!  Today is a confetti kind of day!  Our inspiration photo this week just makes me happy!  I hope you like what I have done with it!  Here's the inspiration:

 I will be really honest with you here... I punched all of the hearts confetti for the card, stamped on the Window sheet, put the confetti in the card and stitched it up, THEN I found the green confetti that I had punched... AFTER it was sealed!!  Ugh!  Please just imagine that the green is in there!!  I did you a varigated thread, so there is some green in there, but I have a little pile of green hearts here...  Oh well, check it out:

Okay - I will post all of my supplies below, but please be sure to hop along and check out the rest of the gang - back to Robbie or onward to Helen - all of them will be great!

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