Saturday, August 31, 2013

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A Pop N Cuts Gift Card Holder

In my last several posts, I've been bouncing back and forth between Halloween and Christmas so, today, I thought I'd jump to Fall / Thanksgiving.  Here's a look at a card for my Friday Night Cards / Sunday Afternoon Cards (Sept. 13, 15) classes.  It's made using our Pop N Cuts die.
I used our Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon in 2 different ways on this card.  Can you spot what I did?
This card opens to reveal another little card with a message.  You can add a gift card, too.  Who doesn't like getting a gift card inside a gorgeous card?
My plan for this card was to design a little something special for those times when you need a little more than just a simple thank you card.  You could easily change out the greeting to say Happy Birthday... or keep the greeting and just add a note of thanks inside.  It is versatile:)

Bill and I went antiquing a couple of times this last week.  I found a few goodies that I want to remake into special items for my Prairie Treasures booth at the Root Cellar.  I'll share later.  I think we'll stay in most of the day and keep cool.  Have a beautiful day and a blessed weekend.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

I love, love, love this little card!

Today's post is my version of a card on page 9 in our Holiday Catalog.  I just love it!!!  Who wouldn't want a bright and cheerful card like this one to come in their mail?  My colors are Old Olive and Real Red.
It's a note card size, so I used our new Crumb Cake coordinating envelopes.  Lining them just makes them so stinkin' cute!  I made an easier version of the bow than in the catalog.  I like mine better, but don't tell Stampin' Up!  tee hee hee!
In my previous post, I rather carried on about our beautiful the Winter Frost DSP.  I love the Season of Style DSP as well.  Our Holiday Catalog actually has an entire suite featuring each of these papers.  Check it out for lots of ideas for coordinating products.  We take all the guess work out of what to order to get ready for your holidays.
Isn't the little present stamped on the envelope just a cute finishing touch?  I made a second, similar card, too.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Christmas Card With a Special Technique

Today, let's take a look at a really beautiful card --- with a special technique.  This is one of the cards for my Friday Night Cards (Sept. 13) / Sunday Afternoon Cards (Sept. 15) classes.  I love the color combo!  And look!!!  Dasher is back ... in a smaller version!
I thought the new Dasher would be perfect for this Label Thinlits card.  At the class, I'll share with you how I made the extra flap on the card.
I used the new envelope liners framelits for the coordinating envelope.  The gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous DSP is called Winter Frost.  Next time you're in my studio, you'll notice that I have an entire display created for Christmas that is based on the colors in these beautiful papers.

By the way, the Dasher stamp is from a new Hostess stamp set in the Holiday Catalog, called Warmth and Wonder.  The 'frame' on which I stamped Dasher is part of the Thinlits Label Card die set.  I love how it is sized to let a border from the card base show around it.  I just had to line the envelope, too, to make a perfect compliment to the card.

FYI:
This is the BONUS CARD for my September Card Classes so, if you want to make this one, get a friend to sign up for the class, too.  Pay to register at least 2 days prior to the class.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A VIDEO FOR THINLITS CARD DIES.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Let's take a look at it all!

I've been sharing with you some of the fun projects that we'll be making at my Holiday Stampin' Party / Open House (Sept. 7, 8).  Today, let's take a look at all the projects for you to enjoy.  You'll notice that I've planned a variety of projects for you, to give you the greatest opportunity to try some of our new goodies.




I hope you'll come by and join in on the fun.  If you cannot make it, I hope the projects I've shared will inspire you to get to work on your own holiday stamping projects.  By the way, if you need Halloween treats, the goodie bag shown above comes in a Halloween version, as well.  They're called Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear.  Love the name!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Today, it's back to spooky!!!

This time of year, my posts swing back and forth from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas.  I did warn you, though:)  Today, I'm swinging back to Halloween to share a fun little card with you.  This is another project that we'll be making at my Holiday Stampin' Party / Open House (Sept. 7, 8).  I love how the Washi Tape looks on this card!


With the help of the Gorgeous Grunge and Halloween Bash stamp sets, the Washi Tape is the perfect accent to complete a great little card.  I added black and white layers, to dress it up a bit.

I hope you'll go do some holiday stamping AND be sure to stop by Sept. 7 or 8 for my Holiday Stampin' Party so you can try out some fun new products.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Who wouldn't like a stack of presents?

I am totally in love with our new card making thinlits.  They are so easy that it's almost like magic.  Here's one I designed in Cherry Cobbler.  We'll be making this one at my Holiday Stampin' Party / Open House on Sept. 7 / Sept. 8.  I can't wait to see everyone's reaction to using these new thinlits!

I added DSP to the back section, to give it a nice decorative look.  The front features a stack of presents, colored in with markers and then stamped.
When you swing it open, the greeting is on the other side of the circle.  I stamped a tiny present onto the front of the card and also on the corner of the envelope.  I hope you'll be able to come and join us at the party, so you can give the new thinlits a try.  You're going to love them!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Speaking of Using a Kit in a New Way...

In my last post, I showed one of two little albums that I made using a kit designed for an entirely different purpose.  Today, I have another kit... another idea.  Here's the little treat bag that we'll be making at my Holiday Stampin' Party / Open House (Sept. 7 + Sept. 8).

The kit is called Real Red Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit.  It comes with cute little cello bags, tags (all cut and ready to go), little white strips that are ready to stamp and use on the tags, and tape-like stickers to decorate the tags.  You peel off however much of the tape-like strips that you want to decorate the tags and then trim them off as needed.  The kit calls them stickers, but they remind me of tape which got me thinking about Washi Tape and using it to decorate a tag... or a card.  So, I used some of it to decorate a card.
I used it on the envelope, as well and actually put one of the tags on the card.  It's a super simple card.  I just wanted to play with decorating it to coordinate with the tag.
It turned out bright and cheerful and I still have plenty of the strips and tags left to make more goodie bags.   My card base is Bermuda Bay.  What do you think? 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Using a Kit in a New Way: Thankful Chipboard Album

I love when you can come up with new and different ways to use a kit.  At Convention, we saw how to use the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit to make a little album.  I actually came up with a way to make 2 different albums, using the same kit.  The album I'm sharing today is the one we'll be making at my Sept. 9 Scraps and Prayers class.  I can't wait to make it with them!

I decided to make this album be a long and tall album.  I used chipboard scraps from odds and ends of packaging for the front and back covers.  I always save the packaging because it comes in handy for a lot of projects.
The pleated piece across the middle of the album is actually intended to be a wrap, to decorate around a candle.  So is the 'birch' piece behind it.

I love all the rich texture and layers on the cover.  I will share a second little album I made from this same kit in a future post.  At that time, I'll give you a break-down of all I was able to make using 1 kit.   Now, don't get me wrong, I think the kit is great as an actual tablescape and I will be ordering a second kit to use for just that.  I think it will make a beautiful table for my Thanksgiving company.  Now, let's just hope we end up having family at our house this year.  Oh well.  If not, I'll save it for next year.  It's that pretty!

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Jumping Back In... my Gorgeous Winter Wreath

After the very unexpected death of my husband's sister and the events following that, it's hard to know where to begin, so I'll just jump right in and start by showing you the gorgeous Winter Wreath I made just before all these events.  I absolutely love it.  It's based on the one in our big catalog.  Of course, I had to put my own take on it, to make it truly mine.


I added lots more ribbon because I just love ribbon.  I added subtle sponging and lots of silver glimmer paper.  I also changed out the Soft Sky (used on the wreath in our big catalog) for Pool Party.  The reason I did this is so that it would coordinate with the Joy Banner we'll be making at my Christmas Retreat --- on November 16 (10:00-4:00) or November 17 (2:00-8:00).  They will look great decorating your home for Christmas.

So, what do you think?  You'd be amazed at how easy it is to make it.  We'll be making this one at my November Stamp Club on November 4.  The beauty of doing something like this in a class is that I prepare everything for you and you just show up and dig in.  You'll have a beautiful wreath for the holidays by the end of the class.  It involves a lot of materials but, by sharing them in a club, it cuts down on the expense for each person and you don't have to worry if you don't have a tool or die needed to make the project.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous Fall Wreath!

I don't know when I've had so much fun putting together a project as when I made this gorgeous wreath.  While we're waiting to hear from family on memorial service arrangements, I'm trying to get my class schedule back on track.  First, I want to show you my wreath.
Isn't this gorgeous?   This is my version of the one in the catalog.  This is what we'll be making at our September Stamp Club.  The deadline for signing up for the September Club was to be today.  Because of the death in our family and the huge changes to my schedule this week, I am extending that deadline.

The new deadline to sign up will be August 27.  The $45. fee includes ALL materials you will need to make this gorgeous wreath AND you will go home with a few extra supplies.

This wreath will coordinate beautifully with the Blessings Banner we will be making at my Blessings and Banners class on October 23.  I'll be sharing more on this class very soon.  I really hope you will sign up for this super fun class.

Here's a close-up of the little banner at the bottom of the wreath.
Other news:
My new date for my Holiday Stampin' Party will actually be 2 choices of dates.
Saturday, September 7, 2:00-5:00
OR
Sunday, September 8, 2:00-5:00

Because life gets in the way sometimes and changes all our best-laid plans, we have to make the most of it all.  I figure my new party dates will just be that much better because I'll have even MORE projects to show you by then.

Coming soon:  What's up for September, besides making this gorgeous wreath, of course.  Come back soon and check it out.
Before I go, I'd like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the uplifting messages, thoughts and prayers for our family.  Bill's sister was younger than he and had suffered a ton of health problems.  We thought she was doing better, but God had other plans.  Once again, my mother-in-law, at the age of 90 has shown us strength and grace in times of sorrow.  She is amazing and my heart breaks for her now.  Thank you again for your love and support.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sad News for Our Family

I feel so sad to have to post this on my blog today, but need to contact any and all who were planning on attending my Stampin' Party / Open House today.  We received word, during church actually, that Bill's sister died unexpectedly this morning.  Our family is devastated.  I will need to postpone the party until a later date.  Family first.  If you were planning to attend or know of anyone else who was planning to attend, please help spread the word that I need to postpone.  Thank you, in advance, for thoughts and prayers for our family at this time.  This will be a rough week.

Color Me Christmas / Color Me Super Cute

Isn't this little guy just stinkin' cute?  He's one of the images we'll be using on our projects today at my Stampin' Party / Open House.  With the gorgeous Season of Style DSP and the lined envelope, how can he NOT be cute?  Little cards like this are perfect for tags on gift packages, gift enclosures, or as ties on gift bags.


Gotta run now, but I'll be back with tons more to share with you.  I've had a super productive week and finished many of the projects that we'll be making in upcoming classes.  Also, I'll be sharing what's coming up for September.  As always, there's a lot of stampin' fun headed your way!  

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fashion is an art, too!

While I'm busy putting the finishing touches on projects for my party tomorrow, Olive Jane will fill in for me today.  Yes, fashion can be an art, too, and she rocked it!!!  She is color coordinated and ready for a day out.  Love this little girl!  I'm not too sure about her mothering skills in holding her baby, though:)  We'll work on that later.
I have been having soooooooo much fun getting ready for the party.  I keep thinking of more things I want to make, to share with everyone.  Like I said before, this time of year is my absolute most favorite time for stamping!!!  It does make my studio look a bit crazy though, with Halloween and Christmas out at the same time:)  I don't care.  It's fun.

Hope to see you tomorrow or that you'll try placing an online order with the Hostess Code (receive a free gift from me).
The Hostess Code is --- H62WYEE2.

Friday, August 16, 2013

While I'm busy getting ready for my Holiday Stampin' Party...

Toby Joe will take over the post for me today, while I'm busy getting ready for my Holiday Stampin' Party / Open House on Sunday.  What is super funny is that this photo was taken right after we watched the great video on FB of a lady dancing with her dog.   This is more Toby Joe's speed, we think.

No, he didn't cover himself up ... but we know who did ...
Toby Joe loves being pampered by the grandkids.  Even 2-year old Olive Jane covered him up when she was here the other day.

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