Just breathe……good advise!

Everyone’s life is full of stress at one time or another, don’t you agree.  I personally like the dull periods of time where I am far removed from any drama!

When I saw the stamp set Colorful Seasons I was immediately drawn to the verse:  just breathe!  I received a swap that used that verse and wanted to make that card my own.  So, as with yesterday’s card, I added mulitple layers, a little bling and some sparkle from “Stella”.

So simple, but elegant, right?  Pacific point pairs up nicely with crumb cake.  I used markers to color in the leaves and flowers and painted on a little “Stella” for some shimmer.  This card gets right to the point, simplify and breathe.  Tomorrow’s another day!

Happy Stamping!

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Still feeling like fall here…

While  I was in Thailand, Stampin’ Up! treated us to some make and takes with some new product from the Holiday catalog.  Because of my schedule there I was not able to make them, but, thanks to my fabulous upline, Sarah S., I have the samples!  (She made me a set while I was out exploring!)

This is a dressed up version of a card from that make and take.  I can’t hardly do a card without layering up, so that’s what I did!  I added a layer of crushed curry behind the beautiful painted harvest designer paper.  I also stamped the verse in early espresso, they had it in crushed curry.

What do you think:

This dsp is just too pretty to cover up too much!!

Happy Stamping!

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Ahhhh, fall is in the air!

Fall is my favorite time of year!  I noticed that the leaves are already turning when Peter and I went out for a little drive yesterday.  The cool crisp air in the morning is fabulous!

I was asked to make a birthday card for a class and I decided to pair up a beautiful fall designer paper from the Painted Autumn series, (page 49 of the the Holiday catalog), and a woodgrain pattern from the Wood Textures stack, (Annual catalog, page 187).

My go to color for fall is cajun craze.  I like to pair it up with wild wasabi.  Here is what I came up with:

Everything always looks better in person!  I love using the happy birthday die.  On this card I cut it out twice, one in early espresso and one in wild wasabi.  I used our adhesive sheets so that I could easily put them together with a shadow effect and on the card front without any messy glue marks.  (Sometimes I tend to over do the glue!)

Happy Stamping!

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Hello!

Hope you watched the video on our new special Hostess stamp set, Merry Patterns!  I just received mine today, so, I’m hoping to stamp up a few samples for you.

After watching cards with Christmas motifs, I decided to share a card we recently did in class.  Yes, it’s not too early to enjoy stamping cards for Christmas!!

This stamp set is in our Holiday catalog on page 16, it’s called Feeling of Christmas.   This is a 6 piece stamp set that could also be used for any season.  The wreath is a two step process, which is very forgiving!  (Which means it’s super easy to use!)  The designer paper is from the Christmas Around the World selection, which is on page 29 of the Holiday catalog.  This dsp is full of fun prints, some of which can be cut out with a matching die set and two beautiful plaid prints.

Happy Stamping!

 

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Merry Patterns – A Hostess Special Stamp Set!!

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Last but not least, September Techniques card #5

I hate to think about it, but, this holiday is right around the corner!:

Our embossing paste can be bricks or made to look like snow on the rooftop!

I have some special pictures for you just to prove that stamping is for everyone of every age.  I have quite a few grandmothers that bring their granddaughters to stamp with them.  I am always how amazed how well our young stampers do.  They seem to take it all in and feel free to change up the cards as they want.  Isn’t that what stamping your own cards is all about?  In class we all start out with the same items, but, they don’t always end up looking the same!  I must admit that we have seen some pretty spectacular changes from my original designs!  I LOVE that!!

These two beauties were here last month for the first time for our Friday night Hostess club:

They had a great time and everyone attending with them did also!  What a wonderful  way to create lasting memories with grandchildren.

Happy Stamping!

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September Techniques Card #4

It’s unfortunate that we need sympathy cards, but, it’s part of life.  When you do need a card it’s always nice to have it on hand.

For this card I created my own mask with our Rose Garden Thinlit:

This card uses our silver foil paper with black and white card stock.  Very simple and yet, (I think), very elegant.  What do you think?

Happy Stamping!

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September Techniques card #3

Here’s a card to send to a good friend if you want to make her smile!:

Don’t you just love the new in color, lemon lime twist?  Well, on this card you get to use the lemon lime twist reinker to color the embossing paste.  Then you use that paste on black and white card stock to create this fun look!

Happy Stamping!

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September Techniques card #2

September techniques is over the top fun with our embossing paste!

Card #2:

This card uses the ombre look for the embossed background.  All fall colors, which are truly my favorite combinations!  Crushed curry, tangerine tango and cajun craze, a great match up in my humble opinion!

If you don’t recognize the flower, it’s because it’s in the new Holiday catalog!!  I think it’s impossible to make a bad card with that sunflower!

Happy Stamping!

 

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September Techniques Class

Septembers Techniques class will feature our new embossing paste!  I’m so excited to share this fabulous product with you!

Techniques class will only be held on Tuesday, September 12th, two sessions, 9-12 or 3-8pm.  (Peter and I will be married 41 years on September 11th).

This is one class that you will regret not coming to, so, sign up as soon as possible!

Here is card one:

This card uses one of the decorative masks with clouds.  This reminds me of the old fashioned Route 66 signs.  Totally fun in person when you see the 3d clouds!

More cards tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

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Back to school Bingo is coming up!

This will be our second annual back to school BINGO!  Space is limited, so if you want to come, please let me know as soon as possible!

BINGO is scheduled for Friday,  September 8th at 6pm.  We make 3 cards, play 3 games of BINGO, have snacks and win fabulous prizes all for only $25!!

Here are the cards we will be making:

Of course we needed a back to school card encouraging creativity with pens!

Card number two:

A woodsy birthday card, suitable for a “man” card!

Last but not least, this card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  With selfies being all the rage here is a card for the selfy picture lover in your life:

Yes, even sweet little pink pigs love the fall leaves!

Time is running out, so, if you are looking to join the fun let me know!

Happy Stamping!

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September Hostess Club cards…

With all of the new products it was pretty tough to pair down to three cards for club!

When we were in Thailand we were lucky enough to see the new Holiday catalog and products.  When I saw the Christmas set with a lamp post, my mind immediately paired it up with rats from one of the Halloween sets.  This is what I came up with:

The rats are just the right size for crawling up and down the lamp post and around the cauldron of potion!

This card is my version of Charley Brown’s pumpkin patch!  I know the background DSP is floral, but with the pumpkins it makes my brain think vines!  What do you think?

For the third card, I kept with the fall theme.  That designer paper is so beautiful!  Wait until you see the whole grouping at my Open House!

If you are interested in joining one of my Hostess clubs or would like to get together with friends and create your own special night of stamping each month, give me a holler!

Happy Stamping!

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Holiday Catalog Open House!

I am over the top with our latest Holiday Catalog.  You will be also when you see it in person!  I have a catalog here waiting for you, come to my Open House on Saturday, September 2nd between 9-5 and pick it up!

I will have some sweet projects for you to stamp and lots of new product for you to check out.  Some snacks and of course a special gift for anyone placing an order before you leave!

Here’s what I have for you to stamp:

You will be able to stamp two Christmas tags, a sweet little drummer boy note card and a book mark to save the page of your favorite item in the new catalog!  (In reality, you will need a pack of post it notes to mark everything you will need for your personal stash!

Let me know if you are planning on joining us for some stampin’ good fun!

Happy Stamping!

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Catch up post!

Just like everyone else, life has been crazy busy and up side down!  As some of you know, Peter was scheduled for back surgery last week Wednesday.  On Tuesday he received a call saying they were sorry, but, he apparently was not put on or bumped from the surgery schedule.  Yikes!!  That was terribly upsetting to Peter who has been counting down the days to be relieved of his severe back pain.  (For those of you who don’t know, Peter is my husband.)

Well, long story short they rescheduled him for tomorrow!   So, my work schedule is all mixed up!  But, thanks to my wonderful downline, I have fabulous demonstators coming to cover my Product class this Wednesday and help me out on Saturday.  While I do expect Peter will be home on Saturday for my Holiday Catalog Open House, I’m not sure how much help he will need.  So, Open house is on and will be manned by me and again some of my over the top fabulous downline!!

I have been working and designing like mad to get ahead of the game during surgery and recovery time/PT and OT.  Now I would like to share some of the cards we will be making!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Pocketfull of Sunshine stamp set.  Here is a little touch of fall.

This is the stamp set for this months Product class.  My stampers will receive the stamp set, matching dies, the Color Theory paper stack and make the 5 cards that I’ll share with you today for only $65!

This card is a touch of summer sunshine!  I adore our new Berry Burst in color!

This set is also perfect for a “guy” card.  There is fake money in the pocket, but, when giving the card, the top of the pocket is open to place some real “pocket money” for the lucky birthday guy!

This is for the “cool” girl with the black jeans and sparkles on her shades!  It was so much fun to pair up with set with the Color Theory designer paper!

This is just a fun card, bright colors with a black background and a butterfly to top it off!

Well, hope you enjoyed the cards!

Happy Stamping!

 

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Paper Pumpkin sale!!

Whoo hoo!!  I’m not very good at getting these items into my blog, but, at least I think you can read this one!  A great deal for new Paper Pumpkin subscribers!

In addition to this great deal you would quality to come to my Paper Pumkin Party which is the first Wednesday night each month!  It starts at 6pm and I serve snacks and you can build your projects with stamping friends.

If you have any questions please contact me!

Happy Stamping!

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Here are the rest of the Kismet cards for this month:

This is one of my favorite stamp sets paired up with great  designer paper from the Coffee Break collection.  Also, I had 25 pretied bows that I ended up not using on my Thailand swap!  This was a fine way to share them with my stampers!

Alright, nights are getting cooler, which makes me think of fall, (my favorite time of the year!).  The Basket of Wishes stamp set covers both summer and fall with baskets of strawberries to these beautiful sunflowers!

Kismet class is scheduled for Monday, August 21st, 9-12 or 3-8p.m.  Only one day this month due to a previous commentment.  Catch it while you can!!  I won’t have another class until the August Product class on the 30th.  Peter’s surgery is on the 23rd, so, I’ll be occupied with his care.

Happy Stamping!

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Ok, a day late, but hoping you’ll agree it’s worth the wait!

I promised you some of the August Kismet cards yesterday.  My personal goal/plan is to stay with the family on Sunday.  If no one is here or Peter is resting, I may sneak down and play, but, otherwise, Sunday is strictly family day!

Some of you know that I have a Sunday get together with my siblings that are in this area every Sunday.  I’m blessed to have sisters and a brother who are great cooks!  I usually supply soda and fruit!  They wisely keep me away from most of the cooking!  Especially after the death of our youngest sister to lung cancer last year,  this has been a very important day each week that we set aside to enjoy each others company.  I highly recommend this type of family renewal to you all!

Yada yada yada…here’s the cards:

I received a card through an all demonstrator swap that inspired this card.  I love the vellum cover over the whipped topping on the coffee!

This card was also inspired by a demonstrator, Debra Bergin, that I met on my trip to Thailand!  I added another lay and switch around the embossing folders for my version of Debra’s beautiful card.

Here’s a card that just makes you smile! I love the sweet little parriot that loves his puppy friend!

Well, many of you know that I LOVE my Kismet class.  I pick my 5 favorite cards to share with you and these are all fun!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Happy Stamping!

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Good Morning! I have the rest of the Technique cards for you today!

I have some additional samples of cards for the techniques class this month.  Looking at yesterday’s post, I did note that I am using a lot of alcohol with these cards!  I’m using it to blend the colors over the glossy cardstock.

Then later in the evening, I may have a little sip of my Limoncello from last years visit to Sorrento!  I have about 1/4 of the bottle left, but, everytime I take a sip and close my eyes, it takes me back to that unbelievable vacation!  (Thank you Stampin’ Up! for offering up such opportunities to reach goals I never even dreamed of!) None of it could be attained without my stamping family supporting me and my business. Life is good!!

I’m done bending your ear, here’s what you have been waiting for:

The plus to this cool technique is that you get two background layers from one step.  You spritz your glossy cardstock with rubbing alcohol, then place drops of reinker, in this case I used dapper demin, and then move the color around with more spritzing.  After you have it like you want it you place another piece of glossy cardstock on top of the first one, rub it around a bit and pull off.  Let both air dry.  (You may have to hold up and let some of the extra alcohol drip off.)  Here is the second background from this sample:

Zippity do da!  Another beautiful work of art.  This one looked like the water I saw in Thailand, so, I had to add shells and pearls!

Don’t forget to get signed up for class to make your own beautiful designs!

I have my cards all designed for this months Kismet class!  More ahead of the game than usual I know!  I will start sharing whose with you tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!

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August Techniques class featuring our glossy cardstock!

A number of years ago we had glossy cardstock and then it retired much to my dismay!  So, hooray, with the new catalog they brought it back to us!!

I have designed 5 cards featuring the glossy paper for this months Techniques class which is on Monday and Tuesday,  August 14th and 15th.  Both days will run with 2 sessions, 9-12 or 3-8. The cost of the class is $18.

Some of the techniques you may have used before, but, I know I love to brush up on techniques of the past as well as new ones!

 

This is called the brushstroke technique.  I thought the quote from Van Gogh was appropriate for this technique!

This card uses the sponge daubers to apply color and then another clean dauber to go over the entire front with rubbing  alcohol to blend the colors.  Afterwards I embossed the hot air balloon in the center.

This glossy cardstock was embossed with the floral and background stamp with clear embossing powder.  After that I used the brayer to apply the background color, going over the top portion of the cardstock more to give it an ombre look.  The surface was then wiped down with rubbing alcohol.

I had to put a fall card into this lineup!  I created the background by running my trusty aqua painter, (which was filled with rubbing alcohol), over the cardstock, leaving the surface pretty wet.  Then using two different reinkers, I dropped ink onto the surface and shooshed it around with the aqua painter.  You have to make sure that you don’t mix it up too much, which would make it look muddy.

Well, more technique cards to follow tomorrow.  If you would like to sign up for class, please let me know right away!

One last picture I wanted to share with you!  My sister, Jewell, had a little incident at her home and needed to yell out for some assistance!  We are happy to say that she was not physically injured, but, her pride took a little bruising!  Long story short, a neighbor that lived quite a ways away, heard her calling out and drove down to help her.  She was so thankful that she wanted to make him a special card and bake him a little something.  I’m no help with the baking, but with Tatiana’s skills and with a little input from me, we designed Jewell’s card:

The gentleman that helped her raises sheep, hence, the “sheep card”!  We are so happy that there are people around that will “get involved” and help out a fellow neighbor!

Happy Stamping!

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Hooray! I received my letter from Stampin’ UP! confirming my Alaska trip!

This is the first time that I have earned a trip prior to going on the current years trip!  I know that a number of demonstrators routinely do this, however, I am not one of them.  I am pround and very grateful to all my stamping family both demonstrators and stampers for helping me achieve this goal.

Peter will be going on the Alaska trip next year.  We are paraying that after surgery this will give him a goal to look forward to.  He actually has relatives in Alaska on his fathers side.  Many years ago some of his uncles moved to Alaska for the opportunities offered there.  So, it will be a dream come true event for him!

I did get my demonstrator order in for lots and lots of new products from our Holiday catalog!  I will be doing some intense designing the next few days!  My goal is o have samples made up well ahead of time to share with you on upcoming classes.

Here are a few more cards that we have done at some of last months classes:

This is from the  sweet suite Birthday Delivery.  I LOVE the fact that you can use the framelits to cut out images from the designer paper.  So, you have the option of stamping and coloring in the images or cutting them right from the paper to speed up your card making progress!

This bicycle is from the Bike Ride bundle paired up with the Just Add Color Specialty designer paper.  The houses are cut directly from the specialty paper and highlighted with some markers.  The background here is made with our watercolor paper.  We used our sponge brayers to add emerald envy to the bottom and dapper demin to the top.  After brayering we quickly brushed over the entire area with an aqua painter to blend the colors.The stencils that we have for our embossing paste can also be used with our brayers!  We used post it notes to hold the stencil in place and cover up the other portions on the front of the card.  We then brayered with our wonderful new in color lemon lime twist!

Well, happy stamping, I need to get to work!

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