London Friend

dragonfly dreamsMy heart is heavy today as I'm listening to updated reports regarding the attach that happened in London yesterday. I visited this fine city for work several years ago, and I was amazed at the friendliness of the people that I met and the wonderful cultural opportunities that abound. If I could send a card to a city, I would love to let London know that they are a "wonderful friend" as this card says.

I created this card for the February meeting of the Essex-based stamp club group. This was the more challenging card, but it really is not that hard. This one does have several steps due to alignment of the DSP strips, the stamped greeting, the ribbon, and lastly the pretty dragonfly. You can't see it from this photo, but the dragonfly is blinged up with some of the gorgeous Wink of Stella. This inexpensive accessory truly is a great way to add a special touch to your creations.

You may recognize the layout of this card, and if so, you are right. I shared a Valentine that I made with this design a little over a month ago. This design is a great way to show off some of the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP). I love the pretty, bright colors that are featured in the Fruit Stand DSP. Isn't this card just the perfect pick-me-up on a really cold (at least in VT) spring day?

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Posted on : Mar 23 2017
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Sale-A-Bration Final Days

Here we are, closing in on the end of Sale-A-Bration for 2017. I really can't believe that we are going to be saying goodbye to all of our special Sale-A-Bration products and this fantastic promotion so soon. Last week Stampin' Up! announced that we are entering the stage where items are available while they last, and unfortunately there are two items that are already gone – the super-cute, gold card tin and the gorgeous glimmer paper pack. I just did a workshop for a friend over the weekend and we used some of the Mint Macaron glimmer paper from this great pack. I'm sad that it's gone because I would have loved to stock up on some more for my personal crafting use.

But… because Stampin' Up! is so awesome, they have added some Occasions catalog and regular catalog merchandise as Sale-A-Bration offerings to get us through the last 11 days that remain in this deal. I had no idea that they were going to do this, and I am thrilled! Last year they added a second set of products, just like this year, so I figured we had all of the potential freebies that we were going to get. I was very pleased to receive an e-mail update from Stampin' Up! this morning unveiling this new set of products that they've added. They are absolutely wrapping up this promotion on a high note!

Without further ado, below is a graphic with the list of products that they have added to the promotion. Please note – these have different item numbers than the regular catalog items. So, be very careful when placing your order so you get the free item – if that's what you're trying to select.

You can place an order on-line – just click on the OnLine ordering button from my blog, or, if you prefer to contact me to place an order I am very happy to help you out.

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Posted on : Mar 21 2017
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April 2017 Classes

I have two classes scheduled for April, and I wanted to make sure that you know about them. To get all of the details, please check out the information on my blog on this page. This time around I'm offering a kit class and a card making class that features the "grunge" look. The projects are quite lovely, but definitely different from each other; hopefully one or both of them will interest you. As a head's up, I anticipate two events in May – the first being a multi-demonstrator Stamp-A-Stack that I'm doing up in St. Albans. I'm still working out what the second class will be in May, so stay tuned to find out. If you want to take either or both of the April classes, or the Stamp-A-Stack, please let me know so I can guarantee your spot.

oh happy day

This class features the Oh Happy Day all-inclusive kit from the main catalog. You will create these bright and cheery cards, and since the kit includes the stamp set you will be able to use the sentimants to create a bunch more. I have scheduled 2 hours for this class, but if you don't complete them you will leave with everything that you need to finish them up.

  • Date: April 15th, 2017, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • RSVP: April 4th (pre-payment required)

timeless grunge

This class features the Gorgeous Grunge and Timeless Textures stamp sets along with copper embossing powder to create this set of 5 cards that has a "distressed" look. You'll also create a box to hold the cards along with envelopes. This class is scheduled for three hours because I anticipate that it will take a bit longer to finish up the projects along with the box. Please bring a lunch for this class since we are working through the noon time. 

  • Date: April 29th, 2017, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • RSVP: April 20th (pre-payment required)
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Posted on : Mar 17 2017
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So Much SAB!

This was the easier card that I created for the Essex stamp club gals for our February meeting. I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the amazing products that Stampin' Up! has offered as Sale-A-Bration (SAB) rewards this year. There really are some great options on offer with quite a bit of variety. I used three of those products for this card: Avant Garden stamps, Delicate Details stamps, and the 3/8" Metallic ribbon. I love how they all come together to create this soft, pretty card.

I have one little tip for you if you want to recreate this card on your own. The lacy image from the Delicate Details stamp isn't quite long enough to stamp the full width of the paper in a landscape orientation like you see here. My trick is that I stamped the right side first, and then stamped the left – I did this stamping so that the edges of the stamp would meet on the left side of the card. In this way, I could cover the the meeting spot (which may not be perfect) with the stamped panel, and nobody is the wiser. I also used the grid lines on a Stampin' Up! grid paper sheet as a guide for the placement of the lace stamp so that I could have it peek out above the patterned paper, which I attached after stamping the lace.

I do have an update for you regarding Sale-A-Bration. We are nearing the end of the promotion (March 31st), and Stampin' Up! has now announced that these promotional products are available while supplies last. Sadly, the inventory of the cute tin has already been depleted, so it is no longer available. If there are products that you have been planning on getting, I encourage you to place your qualifying order sooner rather than later to make sure you have the best selection. As a reminder, you can select 1 free SAB product for every $50 in merchandise (before tax and shipping) that you purchase. 

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Posted on : Mar 15 2017
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Birthday Fun Fold

I created this card for the February meeting of stamp club. I have been trying to give some love to various stamp sets that I haven't used lately, and this birthday set from the big catalog needed to see some ink. This stamp set coordinates with a cool banner Framelit set along with the balloon punch that was released last year. The coordinating Framelits are available in a bundle with another very versatile stamp set. I definitely encourage you to check them out!

This "fancy fold" card layout was shared at a recent Stampin' Up! On Stage event for demonstrators. I used the basic measurements to create my own take on it for this birthday card that you see here. Some of the panels have pieces of the Playful Pallette DSP (which is so bright and cheerful) along with some stamped panels. I pre-cut the base and the panels for the club gals, so they could focus on stamping and assembly at our gathering. While it wasn't hard, this was the more time consuming project for the evening. The most challenging part on this card was hand drawing the balloon strings using the Emerald Envy marker. laugh

I must confess that I wasn't that enamored with the Playful Pallette stack when I saw it when the big catalog "debuted" in June of last year. Some of the patterns are quite loud and potentially overwhelming. But… the colors used in the stack are fantastic, and Stampin' Up! does a great job of putting a less crazy pattern on the reverse side of their bold DSP patterns, so it is easy to use them. The gals at the club meeting switched up which patterns they used in the various panels, and all of the cards turned out great!

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Posted on : Mar 13 2017
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Nailed It!

I created this card ages ago for a demonstrator swap featuring products from the Occasions catalog. I signed up to create a card featuring the Nailed It stamp set, and I'm happy to share it with you here. I love participating in these swaps because I get some fantastic samples to share with people and I appreciate having a commitment with a deadline to get the creative juices flowing. For this card I also pulled in a few products from the main catalog that I think coordinate nicely with the featured set for this finished card. I especially like how well the "congrats" greeting from the Sunshine Wishes dies goes with the "Nailed It!" sentiment in the stamp set.

I drew inspiration for this card from the sketch that you see here. This sketch was a challenge from last summer, but I love to say that they never 'go bad', and these sketches are always available for future inspiration. I thought it was a good fit for the elements that I wanted to feature in the card.

You may be wondering how I created the shape around the "Nailed It!" sentiment on this card. I used a small window-like die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The die is longer than the shape you see here, tho. To achieve this look, I die cut the full shape once. Then, I ran the die cut through the Big Shot again, but moved in the other end of the die so it would only be cutting one end of the shape. You can use this technique to create smaller shapes any time that you want, and increase the versatility of your dies.

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Posted on : Mar 07 2017
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One Sheet Wonder Take 2

On Sunday I held a One Sheet Wonder (OSW) class using a bright and sunny color scheme which was perfect to brighten the gloomy days that we've been having. This is an alternate set of cards that I created using the same cutting template and stamp set for the OSW sheet. This time I changed up the color scheme, the coordinating die cut words and greeting stamps, and the washi tape. I have always been attracted to a blue and yellow color scheme in stamping and in quilting. I decided that I would take the opportunity to create my own paper using this technique and a very pretty (to me at least) color combination. I really love the One Sheet Wonder technique for creating a bunch of cards to flesh out a stash for a quick grab and send. I also really love how the greeting stamps and die cuts that I used for this set coordinate – this pair was originally released as a bundle. They are still available, but you need to purchase them separately. 

I'll give you a tip that I shared with the class participants on Sunday. Almost all of these cards use washi tape as part of the design, so I look at the washi tape colors that I have as a starting point for picking a different color scheme. I have the go-juss Floral Boutique washi tape which is all in Night of Navy, so I started with that color as part of the combo for this card set. I'm quite please with how this set turned out, what do you think?

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Posted on : Mar 02 2017
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March 2017 Classes

I have two classes scheduled for March, and I wanted to post a reminder because today is the last day to RSVP for the first one. To get all of the details, please check out the information on my blog on this page. I've been trying to be more consistent in offering classes, as well as offering different types to hopefully appeal to different interests. Here's what I have planned for March, and stay tuned because I have a couple of classes in the works for April.

This class features the All Year Long Project Life card set and accessory pack. You will create these super-easy 6 cards in the class, and leave with plenty of materials to create loads more on your own. Project Life cards are a really great way to get patterns and layers for your cards, in addition to being a really fantastic way of easily capturing your busy life in pocket page scrapbooks.

  • Date: March 11, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • RSVP: TODAY – I will work with you to arrange payment.
  • Class-to-go option is also available

 

This class is focused on using the new (and fantastic) watercolor pencils to create some absolutely gorgeous cards. The class fee includes a set of the pencils, a pack of watercolor paper, and a pair of Aqua Painters. Watercoloring is VERY popular right now, and you can learn some basics to get you started exploring what you can do with stamps and these pencils. You will be able to use your supplies from the class to continue to create your own watercolor pieces of art.

  • Date: March 25th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • RSVP: March 15th (pre-payment required).

 

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Posted on : Feb 28 2017
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Yum Treat Box

Bakers BoxI created this cute box for the inaugural session of a new stamp club that started up in January. I have some customers that HATE making boxes, and I wanted to get a feel for the tolerance of these ladies for them. I was very happy to learn that they don't have a problem with them, so I'll gladly incorporate box style projects in the rotation with this group… occasionally.

This box is made easy by the fantastic Baker's Box Thinlits die and the coordinating Homemade for You stamp set. I used both of them here on this project. The DSP mat, the holes that the ribbon is threaded through, and the "yum" sentiment are all cut using this set of dies.

I chose the color scheme based on colors in the Moroccan Designer Series Paper (DSP). I love the richness of the Emerald Envy color of the ribbon and the die cut mat from the DSP. And Delightful Dijon is a lovely contrasting and equally rich color. Both of them are In Colors, Delightful Dijon is part of the suite that will be retiring at the end of May. Thankfully, Emerald Envy is part of the newer suite, so it will be staying around for another year.

I have a little tip to share with you. See how the word "yum" looks like it is raised up a little bit? I achieved that by rolling up mini glue dots and using them to adhere the die cut to the box. Dimensionals (even cut down) are a little too unwieldy for this, and since I was doing tone-on-tone, a little height was needed to help it stand out. The rolled up glue dots gave just the right amount of differentiation between the word and the box.

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Posted on : Feb 24 2017
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New Sale-A-Bration items

Again this year Stampin' Up! is adding some products to the Sale-A-Bration offering to keep us all excited. Starting tomorrow (2/21) you can pick from these three new products when you place an order that qualifies for SAB goodies. Of course, all of the products in the original SAB flyer are still available, so this is all up-side!

The first product is this gorgeous pack of glimmer paper. Two of the colors are from the In Color collection and the third is from the Brights collection. The colors coordinate with different patterned papers that you can find in the Occasions catalog as well as some of the papers in the "big" catalog.

The second product is this pretty medallion stamp set. Because these are photopolymer stamps you can easily create some beautiful layered images. They also coordinate with the Layering Circles framelits. I don't have them (yet), but I suspect that they may also work with the Stitched framelits that came out in November.

The third option is this watercolor effect greeting duo in good old rubber. Watercoloring is all the rage right now, and these stamps allow you create a beautiful watercolor look with the ease of rubber stamps.

If you want to place an order to get any or all of these fun new products remember that they aren't available until February 21st. When placing an on-line order, please consider applying host code Q9FK2PXW when checking out. However, if your order exceeds $150 (thus earning you at least 3 SAB products), please don't use the code – this will ensure that you can also select the free Host benefits that you qualify for with your order.

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Posted on : Feb 20 2017
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