Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sure Do Love You

I have a sneak peek for you today!  It's a fun one!  EEEK!  This is a fun new box framelit, new DSP and a new stamp set!  EEEK!!  So much new stuff!!  Let's dive in one thing at a time.  First the stamp set.  This set is called Sure Do Love You, it is such a sweet Valentine's Day set but the images are so classic you could use them year round!  I love the stamped heart with the vines and how sweet is that greeting in the heart!!!  There's framelits that coordinate, though I did fussy cut the heart with the vines.  Let's move onto some DSP and OH. MY. GOSH! This DSP is so gorgeous! It's the Painted with Love DSP and every single sheet, EVERY. SINGLE. SHEET!, has metallic gold foil in it.  It's just stunning!  This one has some gold hearts in there along with the Melon Mambo, Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry hearts.  So amazing! 
Now the box.  It's a simple box but it's so cute! and SOOOOOOO easy to put together!  I love it!  It's the perfect size for the NEW Narrow Note Cards.  You can fit a whole bunch in there!  You could also fit lots of treats, or other small gifts!  I have some great ideas for this box!  I can't wait to play with it more!  I have lots more sneak peeks this week and next!  I can't wait to share!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Customer Appreciation Class

Saturday I held my annual Customer Appreciation class.  December is such a busy time and it's always nice just to slow down for a few minutes and take some time for you.  I always hold my customer appreciation in December to give my customers that much needed break from the holiday hustle and bustle.  The cards are always simple-remember it's a busy month, you don't want to be dealing with a crazy new technique!  But it gives them a few cards to have on hand and the best part this class is free!  My gift to all my customers for helping me have a great Stampin' year!  This first card features the Blooms and Wishes set.  I love this set.  If I'm looking for a fun floral set, this is a go to for me!  Those colors together are gorgeous! Crushed Curry, Rose Red and Lemon Lime Twist!   
I can't stop using the Year Of Cheer DSP!  I love the metallic patterns! I've had soooo much fun with it this season!  But it's not just for holiday cards.  You can use it year-round in a fun card like this one.  You can change up the greeting to nearly any occasion!  The Black Rhinestones and Crochet Trim is so pretty on this card!
Finally, it's almost time to think about Valentine's Day, what's better than this sweet card using the Watercolor Words set!  The greeting is white heat embossed on both the Berry Burst card stock and the black. The 'you' greeting is from the Sunshine Sayings set.  So cute! 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Peppermint Penguin Boxes

These penguin boxes are toooooo cute!  I love them so much!! Plus they're super easy to make it's a win win win!  I filled the penguins with some York Peppermint Patties.  To make the boxes you'll need a piece of cardstock that's 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", as if you needed a reason to love them more, that's your standard cardstock cut in half, two penguins per sheet of card stock!  YES!  On the 5 1/2" side score at 1 1/2".  Turn and on the longer side score at 1/2, 2, 4 1/2 and 6 inches.  The box is held together with the ribbon bows on top. 
To make the cute little penguin I used the following punches. 
Tummy-2 1/4" Circle
Wings- 1 3/4" Circle
Eyes-1" and 1/2" Circle
Beak-Bow Builder (I used the piece that makes the loops of the bow and just folded it in half and trimmed the ends to a rounded point. 
Feet-Blossom Builder (the biggest petal)
That's it!  So cute!!!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Cards At Panara

It's been a while since I did my Panara class, too much of life kept getting in the way.  Last week I was happy to return and my guests got to make some fun and cute Christmas cards.  My Panara class is always laid back with simple and fun cards.  It's so nice to just chat and get to know my customers a little more! 
If you want to join me at Panara my next scheduled Panara visit is January 31.  More details will come in January.  These classes are a great time to bring a new friend to stamping or come get some individual one on one time with me if you have any questions about any projects you're working on.

Thanks for looking, see you soon! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Gift Card Holder Class

Last week I had a Christmas Gift Card Holder class.  Gift Card giving is so popular! I know for us it's one of the easiest and quickest ways to give a gift.  But just because you're giving a gift card doesn't mean you can't dress it up!  These are the three holders made at my class last week.  The first one uses the Trim Your Stockings Thinlits.  These Thinlits make the the cutest stocking pillow box, or you can use it year round and just make a regular pillow box.  I love this Tranquil Tide stocking with the pops of Gold Glimmer and Berry Burst Ribbon!   

The next holder is unique in that in holds two cards.  The outside is really festive with Old Olive and Real Red.  There's an embossed snowflake on the card base, and that fun doily really adds to the details! The finished holder is 5"x5" so I just took a piece of 5"x10" cardstock and scored it in half. 

Inside like I said, there's room for 2 gift cards!  I thought this would be a great gift of dinner and a movie. Or you could theme it, coffee lovers-a couple gift cards to a local coffee shop, ice cream lovers, etc.  You could give it to a couple you know and do 'his' and 'hers' cards.  The possibilities are endless! I used the envelope punch board for the little envelopes inside. 
Finally the last holder is probably my favorite.  Isn't that penguin super duper cute!!!  I love him!!!  Shannon West demoed how to make this penguin at my Tips and Techniques Summit back in September.  I wanted to make a matchbook style holder but I didn't want the card just to sit in there. 
When you open the top the gift card slides up!  So cute and it's actually really easy and fun to make!  The Basic Gray base of the holder measures 3"x10 1/2".  On the longer side score at 1 1/4" and 6 1/4".  The white piece inside measures 2 1/2" x 5 3/4", again on the longer side score at 1/2" and 4 3/4".
Your shorter 1/2" score line will get adhered to the base right above the middle score line.  The larger end on the white piece folds up in opposite direction to tuck your card into.  If you find your gift card is a little wobbly you can use a glue dot to hold it in place. 
Finally back to the penguin!  Here's how the penguin is made.  I use the Many Mittens framelits for his body. For his feet I used the piece in the Many Mittens Framlits that cuts out the flower.  We just cut off 3 petals for his feet.  For his beak I used the bow in the Holly Berry Builder Punch.  The same punch was used to make the holly on his hat and eyes.  That's it!  I loved these gift card holders!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Reserve Your Stamparatus Today!

The results are in! The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes, incredible!!!  This tool is so amazing that Stampin' Up! revised the way they're doing the reservations for it.

The second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; during this reservation period Stampin' Up! will take as many orders as they receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!

Please note the following changes:
  • Beginning March 19, they will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19.
  • You may only reserve one.
  • Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you  to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.
To reserve your Stamparatus, you'll need to head to my website here, click shop now and sign in or create an account.  Once you're logged into your account you'll be able to reserve your Stamparatus.  You will need a credit card to reserve it, it won't be charged until it's shipped. Reservations start at 2pm on December 5.
If you still need more info on this amazing tool check out this video.  Reserve yours today! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Stamp Set Of The Month

The featured stamp set this month is the You're Priceless set.  I love all the gems and greetings in this set!  I tend to reach for this set quite a bit.  I love the variety of cards that come from this set!
When you purchase this set in December you get the supplies to make these three cards.  Your cards may be different depending on what inks you have.
This set is great for those all occasions and encouragement cards we send to our friends.  I love the diamond in our Lemon Lime Twist.  For more info on the Stamp Set of the Month contact me. 

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Tri Fold Graceful Garden Birthday

Birthday's are special things, when your BFF has a birthday you have to make a pretty special card for a pretty special person! This card took quite a while but it was fun to make.  There's lots of fussy cutting, coloring and trimming.  But the final card is so pretty and so worth it!  I stamped and colored a bunch of flowers from the Graceful Garden set with the my Stampin' Blends. Then I fussy cut them all out.  For my card I used 2 card bases and adhered the backs together so one opens along the top and the other opens along the bottom giving lots of opportunities to stamp!   The top card I cut into a point. I wasn't too exact with this, I didn't need it to be centered so I pretty much just cut with my trimmer. 
When you lift the first cardbase up you get this on this inside.  This layer opens with a fold along the bottom.  I have to apologize for my pictures too. My kids both had science experiments for the science fair being done in the house last week and they were using my camera to photograph their experiments and had changed all my settings, something I didn't realize until I uploaded the pictures to my computer, by then the card was already mailed.  The colors are little off and wonky! 
I love this card and the colors!  I used the Petal Garden DSP and used the colors in the DSP for my inspiration for my card.  The flowers are colored in Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight.  The leaves are Old Olive.  The card bases are made from Old Olive and Calypso Coral Card Stocks.  I hope you enjoy!  I'm off to preorder some NEW Occassions and Sale-a-Bration goodies!  Yay!  Look for lots of sneak peeks coming soon!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ghirardelli Chocolate Envelopes

I like to include thank you gifts to my customers with their orders from time to time.  This one is a quick and easy gift you could make for anyone in no time! I used the Envelope Punch Board and followed the instructions for a 3x3 envelope.  I assembled the envelope as usual then instead of a card I filled it with some chocolate!  The little Ghirardelli squares are the perfect size and treat!
I added a quick and simple belly band and they were done!  I used the Petal Garden DSP stack for all them.  You could make a stack and keep them in your bag and had them out as a random act of kindness this holiday season to anyone you run across in your daily life!

Thank for looking, see you soon!!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Whole Lot Of Lovely

I love how beautiful all of our DSP's are.  I'm really more of a collector than a user of DSP but I'm trying to be better about using it and sharing it.  The Whole Lot Of Lovely DSP pack is defiantly one of my favorites this year, I know that because I haven't used hardly any of it!  I love all the patterns and I just want to save it!  This card is fun and simple and showcases a couple of the gorgeous patterns.  I added a white embossed greeting on some vellum punched out with our Everyday Label Punch. 

Thanks for looking, see you soon! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sale-a-Bration Stamp Camp!

It's time for my 2018 Sale-A-Bration Stamp Camp!

It's time to Sale-a-Brate!  Join me for my annual Sale-a-Bration Stamp Camp and get your first look at this years Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalog offerings! 


Earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping).  Plus see some exclusive items you can only earn with a $100 purchase!  


At the class you'll make 6 cards using all new Sale-a-Bration and Occasions Catalog stamps and accessories.  Plus enjoy even more perks at the class including get $5 off a purchase of $50 or get $10 off a purchase of $100+. Plus BIG surprises for those that join my team during Sale-a-Bration! 


You must sign up via the link below for this class.  

Space is limited, sign up early!  

When: Saturday January 13, 2017 at 9:00am

Where: St. John's Cathedral 318 Silver SW in downtown ABQ Cost: $20

Fox Punch Skunk

I love all our punches, particularly the ones that are super versatile like the fox. There is no end to what you can make with the fox punch.  I made a stack of these super cute skunks.  I love how cute he is!  I love the googlie eyes and the little bow tie!  I used the new Stampin' Blends to color the grass around the stump and the sky right behind the stump.  I even used the Dark Pink Pirouette to color our White Accents for a cute little pink nose!  I finished of the card with some DSP and some banners.  Super cute!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Baby Bear

Last week I went to a baby shower and my go to stamp set for baby showers is the Baby Bear stamp set.  This is a 3-step stamp but it makes the cutest little teddy bear!  The colors I stamp him in was Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso.  I love all the different blues on this card, I use Pacific Point and Dapper Denim.  
To line up the bear I find it easier to line up the two triangle areas under his arms.  I think if you get those two triangles lined up on each layer of the stamp you can get a good image.  I do make sure to double check the ears and feet but usually the triangle trick works!  I fussy cut the bow and added it on with some Mini Dimensionals.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Gift Of Soup

Last week at my class I gave these cute gifts away to my guests.  They're so cute and easy and perfect for anyone feeling under the weather.  I used our retired Gift Card Enclosure packs.  We used to sell them years ago, recently I found a bunch in my box of "boxes and bags".  I love all our gift-able items, but I tend more to be a collector then a giver so I'm working on that!   
The idea for the soup packet came from this cute idea by Sharon that I saw on Pintrest.  It was too cute to pass up.  I looked through all my stamps for a cute get well sentiment and I love this one from Watts of Occasions.  I dressed up the packet with Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and DSP and added a pop of red to match the printing on the soup.  'Souper' easy fun and cute!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!   

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Disney Cupcakes!

This is my final project from craft weekend and I'm not even sure they're finished, but they're so cute I had to share them.  I did not come up with this idea first and foremost.  Complete credit goes to Michelle Suit.  She posted a framed image of these Disney cupcakes on Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator Facebook page back in July.  I've had the picture saved to make for a while!!!  If you want to check out Michelle's blog, she does great work you can see her blog here.     
I did have to come up with my own versions of these guys, the exact punches, etc weren't mentioned in the FB post.  But that's ok, I like deconstruction punch art anyway.  The cupcake bottoms and tops are all the same, they're from the Coffee Cups framelits.  The bottom is the little sleeve for your cup and the top is the whipped cream you'd put on a cold coffee.  Each character has a few additional pieces.  Mickey and Minnie's ears are each the 1" Circle Punch. Mickey's buttons and Minnie's spots are the 1/2" Circle Punch and Minnie's bow is from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. 
Donald and Goofy are pretty similar and really the only difference is Donald's bow tie.  Both of their hats are from the Coffee Cup framelits, this is the piece that would cut out the coffee beans.  All the pieces, with the exception of white and black are sponged in their coordinating color to add more dimension to each piece.
The cards all have the same basic layout. They're all notecards, with a white panel and a corresponding piece of colored cardstock on the side.  The colored piece is stamped with the diagonal background on all of them while the white panel is stamped with the zigzag stamp from the Work of Art stamp set.  
Pluto's ears were probably the hardest.  I finally figured out the cat's tail in the Cat Punch would work perfectly!  In addition Pluto's collar is just a 1/4" strip of cardstock with a 1/2" circle tag.  I mentioned I wasn't sure if they were done, only because they don't have greetings, do they need greetings, a birthday greeting???  I'm not sure.  That will be determined later when and IF I ever use them.    
Onto the princesses!  Snow White's apple is from the Tree Builder punch and her bow is also from the Cookie Cutter Builder.  
 Cinderella uses a 3/4" Circle Punch for her hair, the bow is from yep you guessed it Cookie Cutter Builder.  And to create the layers on her skirt I used a 1 1/4" Circle punch and trimmed it after it was glued down. 
Finally Tinkerbell, who may actually be my favorite, but who am I kidding I LOVE them all!!!  Tinkerbell's hair is the same as Cinderella.  I thought about adding vellum wings to her but everything I used never looked right.  She's stinkin' cute without them!  That's it!  That's all my projects from craft weekend!  If you're in the USA I hope you're enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving however you choose to celebrate!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stampin' Blends Birthday Blooms

I took some time at craft weekend to play with our amazing Stampin' Blends and made four birthday cards that are all similar in design but I switched up the colors of each flower.  I love how each of the flowers came out with the Stampin' Blends.  There's so much depth and dimension just with 2 colors of markers!  This first one is the Calypso Coral.  Normally I'm not a huge Calypso Coral fan but I love these markers! They might just change my mine on Calypso Coral!
Rich Razzleberry is up next.  This has always been a favorite color of mine!  All the cards have the same basic elements.  A strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, some gold foil cardstock and a white embossed panel.  
If you didn't want a birthday card you could change it up and make them sympathy or even a wedding or bridal shower card.  Isn't this Pink Pirouette one so beautiful so soft and delicate! I love it! 
Finally the Cherry Cobbler one.  I love how bold and vibrant this card is!  Instead of using the Polka Dot folder for this white panel I clear heat embossed the Marbled Background, it was a little too subtle for my liking so the rest of the cards were run through the Big Shot.  It's still an amazing card!  
Here's all the cards together.  If you haven't tried our Stampin' Blends you can order them now.  Don't forget to shop the Online Extravaganza going on now! 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cards For Guys

Over the weekend I had a class, Cards For Guys.  If there's ever any card I struggle with it's masculine cards for sure!  It's always nice to have a stack of guy cards ready to go.  I love to keep guy cards nice and simple.  I think too many layers or embellishments and the guys are overloaded with what should be a fun greeting card.  So here's the 4 cards from my class.   I actually love this first one.  That Old Olive plaid pattern is perfect!  This is such a simple, classic design that it could easily be adapted for any card for anybody!  Change up the DSP and you have a Christmas card or a kid card. The possibilities are endless!
This is another card I love!  I ended up modifying this one a little after I took the pictures.  I added an embossing folder to the card base for my class.  Another great card though!
I love this card, and the simple image to it.  I love the tag on the front and the waves embossed on the background.  
This argyle pattern is probably my favorite of the guy cards.  What's awesome about this card is that it's easy to prep, easy to make and it's so classic looking!  I still have lots to share from the craft weekend.  Check back all this week for more! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!