Prince George Birthday

I'm a bit early with my celebration of Prince George's birthday – his special day is actually on July 22nd. But isn't this just the perfect card to give a child to help celebrate their special day? The cute characters on the stamps and the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) remind me of some of the animals from Beatrix Potter and Richard Scarry books. When our son was small we enjoyed several of the different Richard Scarry books, and my husband still says "slow it down Lowly" every so often.

I actually created this card as a Make 'N Take at the OnStage event I attended in Savannah. We had the opportunity to play with several of the new products from the new "big" catalog, and as always it was a blast! I love the bright, cheerful colors from the DSP and I was super excited to find that the Framelits not only cut out stamped images, but images from the coordinating paper as well. Isn't that fabulous?!? And to make it even better, Stampin' Up! is offering a bundle that includes the stamps, Framelits and DSP all together for 10% off. Woo hoo!!! I personally am unlikely to purchase the bundle, but that is only because of my personal stage in life. If I had young kids or (perish the thought) grand kids, I would snatch up this bundle lickety-split.

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Posted on : Jun 19 2017
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Lemon-y Greeting

We had the Essex stamp club meeting last evening, and I was super-excited to showcase a few new items from the shiny new catalog. This card that you see here was the easier project of the two for the evening. The most challenging part ended up being punching out the stamped lemon pieces – those tricksy papers slide around on you in the punch as soon as you take your eye off them. wink I will admit that I find the builder punches to be a little challenging because they punch out multiple pieces at once. If you don't plan your stamping carefully, you can mis-punch a section of one stamped image when you are punching out a second one. I try to plan the paper pieces that I'm using so that I stamp on a piece that is only the size needed for the image I want to punch – and I make sure (most of the time) that the paper is long enough so I have a "handle" to hold while lining up and punching.

I used this sketch that you see here as the inspiration for this card. Sometimes I struggle a bit to pull something together from a sketch, but this card actually came together pretty quickly and easily. And, I'm pleased with the finished product (even if I do say so myself). Can you see the sketch elements in the finished product?

This card features many new products from the new catalog that came out earlier this month. In fact, the only thing that isn't new are the cardstocks and inks. All of the other elements and tools are brandy-dandy new.  Here's a tip – the light background that you see is created using one of the new masks and a stamping sponge.

Isn't this a great summer-y greeting? I had a great time playing with some new toys to create this card for the club gals.

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Posted on : Jun 16 2017
Posted under Punches, Sketch Challenge, Stamping |

In Color Club 2017

I am very happy to share with you that I'm offering an In Color Club again this year. This time around will feature the go-juss new colors that came available at the beginning of this month (you can see them pictured above). A friend of mine swooned when she saw Powder Pink at the big reveal I attended in Savannah, and I know many demonstrators are having a blast with Lemon Lime Twist. I think that Tranquil Tide may be my personal favorite, but check with me in a few months because this always shifts over time for me. laugh

What is the In Color Club you may be asking… let me try to describe it, but the high-level gist is that it is a great way for you to make sure that you have all of the products for these gorgeous colors. For five months you will receive an ink pad, pack of cardstock, ink refill, marker, and 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon; each month you will receive a different color and a card made by me featuring the color. One month you will be the "host" and you will also receive the 12" x 12" Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper stack and In Color Bitty Bows PLUS host benefits that allow you to select $17.18 in free Stampin' Up! merchandise of your choice. The membership cost for the club is $40.05 per month for 5 months. As of today, I have two spots left in the first club group. Please contact me to sign up ASAP. Once the group is filled, I will kick off the first month. If there are enough people interested, I'm happy to offer a second group of the club.

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Posted on : Jun 14 2017
Posted under Announcements, Color Combo |

2017 Open House

I'm getting really excited for my Open House event that is happening on Friday June 16th! I will have several samples featuring new products from the 2017-18 catalog, some of the new accessories, the gorgeous new In Colors, a couple of make-n-take projects, and drawings for the fun door prizes that you see here. Just this morning I finished the last sample for one of the classes that I'll have available for sign-up at the event. And, to keep with the tradition, I will have ice cream sundaes for everyone that comes that evening. And the best part… this event is FREE! 

This event will be happening in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction (39 Main Street) – the entrance is right off the parking lot. We will be starting at 6:30 pm, but you can come at any time. I have to be out by 9:00, but could wrap up early if attendees have finished their projects and ice cream (so don't come too late).

The door prizes will be "raffled off" at the event with several ways to earn tickets for the drawings. In fact, you can earn your first ticket right away – here are the ways that you can earn tickets for the drawings:

  • RSVP by June 13th – 1 ticket
  • Show up at the event – 1 ticket
  • Place an order that evening – 1 ticket
  • Food Pantry donation – 1 ticket
  • Sign up for a class – 2 tickets
  • Bring a new-to-me customer – 3 tickets
  • Sign up to host a party – 5 tickets

I really hope that I'll see you on Friday at this fun event! It is a great break from a hectic schedule, and hopefully a June date means that it won't conflict with summer vacation plans.

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Posted on : Jun 12 2017
Posted under Announcements |

Summery Beach

I created this card for the South Burlington stamp club group. We were meeting at the end of May, so I wanted to highlight a product that wasn't retiring due to "flexible" inventory levels. I didn't want to entice them with something that was gone by the time that I placed their order. This set was introduced in the Occasions catalog and has carried forward into the new catalog that just launched. I'm so happy about that because the scenes that you can create with this set are truly amazing.

We used the masking technique to create the illusion of the land and lighthouse being in front of the ocean. We stamped the sandy beach in Crumb Cake first, and then stamped the shadow-y side of the lighthouse in Basic Gray. There is a little opening in the beach stamp to hold the bottom of the lighthouse. Then we created a mask in copy paper using the same stamps and cutting along the edges. Once the masks were in place with repositionable adhesive, we stamped the water stamp to create the ocean. We used an aquapainter very lightly to add a little water and cause the ink from the water to spread out a little bit to soften the edges. The white layer is Thick Whisper White which can handle a little water without warping better than regular Whisper White. After that was done and dry, we removed the masks and completed the rest of the stamping. I do have a funny to share… I just realized last evening when I was getting this photo ready to post, that the sun is on the wrong side of the lighthouse to create the shadow that you see. Oh well, I still really like this card, and imperfections like this tell the recipient that it is home made. laugh

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Posted on : Jun 06 2017
Posted under Stamping, Techniques |

Celebrating Dad

This is the second card that we created at the Essex stamp club gathering last week. I had this Paper Pumpkin kit from last year in my stash, and I thought it would be a perfect easier project for these ladies. Actually, I thought of showing them this kit a few months ago, but I wanted to save it for when we're closer to Father's Day. The stamps in this kit are so versatile, and they allow you to customize the greeting to "Dad", "Uncle", "Grandpa", "Friend", and "My Love". Also, there is a Birthday greeting so you can go in a totally different direction when you make up these cards.

I also wanted to highlight a Paper Pumpkin kit because there is a special deal on them right now. If you sign up before June 10th for a monthly subscription, you will receive 25% off your June, July and August kits. You can use this link here to subscribe, and make sure to enter the promo code "STARTHERE". There are a couple of restrictions on this promotion tho – it is only available to new subscribers, and it is not available for pre-paid subscriptions. I encourage you to check it out and sign up during this special promotion – these kits are a lot of fun!

And, on a slightly different topic… today is the very last day to purchase products that are retiring from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. If you've been planning on buying something that is retiring and you've been procrastinating, your time is up – you have to order your retiring products now! Click on the OnLine store link so you can get shopping.

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Posted on : May 31 2017
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Congrats Grad!

This is the graduation card that I created for the South Burlington stamp club gals. When we met in April, one of the ladies requested that we do a graduation card at our May session. Actually, several of the members of this club have a student that is graduating this spring, so this project helped out several of the participants. I designed this card to use the South Burlington colors, but I swapped the colors for one gal who has a student graduating from Rice Memorial. 

I used this older sketch as the inspiration for this card. You can clearly see the sketch in my interpretation here. After I created this sample, it occurred to me that it would be fun to include an embossed starry background, and the participants agreed. I brought along my stars embossing folder, and they all embossed the white panel with it before moving on with the rest of the assembly.

Almost all of the elements on this card are retiring at the end of this month (ahem – that's tomorrow). If you want any of them, then I strongly encourage you to go out to my online store to grab them before they are gone for good. And just so you know, the fun tassel that you see on the side is from the Embellishment kit from the Occasions catalog. It seemed like the perfect touch to add to a graduation card.

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Posted on : May 30 2017
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Mystery Quilt

And now for something completely different… The other day I mentioned that I've been caught up working on my Mystery Quilt Class homework. A couple of people requested that I share the end result of all my hard work – and here it is! Now, the quilt isn't totally complete yet, this is the quilt top. It still needs to be quilted and the edges bound before it is totally complete. Lately I have been sending my quilts off to a wonderful local gal that does machine quilting. So, once I have the backing prepared, I will be dropping off everything to her so that she can work her magic. My goal is to have it all done in time to share the completed project at the reunion session in September.

It really is amazing to see the pieces that you've created come together in the finished product. I had absolutely no idea what the finished result was going to look like, and I had so much fun on the journey. I have already signed up for the next session that will happen this fall. If you are a Burlington-area quilter, then I encourage you to consider the Mystery Quilt class offered by Yankee Pride. Judy designs these projects herself, and they are quite impressive.

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Posted on : May 29 2017
Posted under 3-D Projects |

Flowery Gratefulness

We created this card last evening at the May gathering for the Essex stamp club. This was the more involved project for the evening, and the ladies did great! I am so impressed at how quickly they are gaining confidence – they all were quite pleased with how their projects turned out.

I wanted to highlight the stamp set and punch that I used for this card because it is currently available as a bundle in the current catalog. The two parts of the bundle will still be available in the new catalog, but the 10% discount will be gone. This bundle is so versatile – you will be able to create many different looking flowers with it. If you think you're interested in it, I encourage you to get it before the end of the month.

One tip for this card – the pretty pearl center of this card is fairly thick. If you want to send this in the mail, using a padded mailer would be the best bet. It is pricier, but it will be worth it. I also think that if you send a card with one of the larger pearls, it will be too thick and require extra postage for hand canceling.

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Posted on : May 26 2017
Posted under Stamping |

Balloon Prototype

I created this card when I was coming up with different designs for the Cards for Cancer stamp-a-stack that happened earlier this month. I always have fun coming up with cards for these events, and this year was no different. I decided against this design when I was all done because I felt that it was too involved. All those balloons was going to be wayyyy too much. Either it was loads of stamping up front by me, or using the same stamps with multiple inks at the event (a recipe for an ink disaster). Given all that, I knew that I had to simplify. The layout is the same on the card that I did go with, and the embossed panel even uses the same embossing folder. This card will go in my stash for my own purposes – I'll send it to a friend (or family member).

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Posted on : May 23 2017
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