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2017 Christmas Card Stamp a Stack!

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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!!!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Shop The Online Extravaganza NOW!

Don't miss the 24 hour flash sale going on NOW! 

Plus there tons of other items on sale that you don't want to miss out on!!  Shop today! 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Framed Watercolored

At craft weekend I had plans to make this framed decor piece for my stamp room.  I wasn't sure what exactly I wanted to do so I didn't really have any big plans and I wasn't sure I'd even get to it.  I did preprint the saying before I left on some vellum so I had it if I needed it.  The saying which I love I heard in a stamping video a while ago but it always stuck with me, I keep chocolate on my desk and I always reach for a piece when I'm feeling frustrated so it really embedded itself inside my brain.  Unfortunately I can't remember what video I was watching or even who said it.  I think I was so blown away by the wisdom and truth to this saying.  So if you know who said this please leave a comment and let me know.  I love it!  It's a 5x7 frame and I took a big piece of watercolor paper and randomly watercolored it with some Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise reinker.  I love the final look of it and it is now proudly displayed in my stamp room! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Advent Boxes

While at the craft weekend I had two goals.  Plan the cards for my upcoming class and to make 24 advent boxes for my children.  I made sure both of those were done on Friday.  I wanted easy boxes that I could put together quickly, I wanted them to be about 2"x2" in size and if I could store them easily for next year I wanted that as well.  As luck would have it Sam from Pootles posted this box just a couple days before the weekend.  This box is genius too!  There is no adhesive to hold it closed.  Not a lick!  It's an incredible box!  I was blown away by how easy it was to make!  I followed Sam's instruction on her video exactly so I'm not going to go into those details.  Check out her website for all the directions.  I made 12 Old Olive boxes and 12 Berry Burst boxes.  Old Olive for Logan and Berry Burst for Megan.  I used the Merry Little Christmas DSP to decorate the sides of each box.  The kids will alternate days opening the boxes and each box has a special treat for each kid inside.  I'm so glad they're done and because they have no adhesive they fold flat so I can use them again next year!  So exciting!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Reserve your Stamparatus today!  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Online Extravaganza!

It's nearly time for Stampin' Up!'s Black Friday Holiday Extravaganza sale!  The sale begins November 20 and runs through November 26.  Don't miss the 24 hour flash sale on November 20 where select stamp sets will be on sale! 

For the full list of sale items see the PDF.  I'll be placing an order first thing on November 20, contact me to place your order today

Introducing The Stamparatus!

Big News!!!  Introducing the new Stamparatus!!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
I need product details!
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD
How do you get one?

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
Reservation and shipping times are:

November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018Approx. April 15, 2018

Head to the Stampin' Up! website on November 16th, to reserve yours!  Still need some more information on this tool, check out this video!

I'll be back tomorrow with more projects from Craft Weekend!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Of Life Scrapbook Weekend

Last weekend was the Book Of Life Scrapbook weekend.  If you're not familiar with the Book Of Life it's and animated movie about life, afterlife and love.  It's a cute movie.  I didn't take any pictures so I have (with permission) used some of my friend Kim's pictures.  It was a fantastic weekend filled with friends, crafts, laughs, food, fun and games!  These weekends never disappoint!  This is what the tables looked like when everyone arrived.  So colorful and fun!  I love them!  The beer bottles I made, in 4 different colors.  Big thanks to my Dad for drinking all that beer LOL!
We all have our own assigned seats, there are 28 spots total.  Michelle, my downline who plans and executes these weekends flawlessly never misses a detail.  She planned activities and games to play with every event.  The activities are designed to get you up and moving and meeting new people.  I wish I would have gotten some pics of the actual games.  They were all so much fun!  There was a scavenger hunt, a card making challenge and more!  She always has a little gift after each activity!
One of the things people had requested was some demos of products.  So I volunteered to show some techniques with our new Stampin' Blends markers  Our new Stampin' Blend markers are pretty remarkable and the interest drew quite the crowd!
No craft weekend would be complete without a trip to the Applebee's next door with my BFF Kim for some craft weekend fuel ;)  This trip has become a tradition for us!  Kim's a pretty remarkable women and I'm so glad we get to see each other as often as we do!
Speaking of pretty amazing women, these women are all part of my team.  Michelle of course runs the weekend.  She always enlists the help of her team and I'm so honored to be included in that!  From L-R there's Tracy, Nikki, Cindi, Michelle, me, Anne and Kim.
Coming home and unpacking is always a challenge, I come home with so much more than I go with.  Between all the wonderful gifts from Michelle, everyone else at the weekend is so generous too!  I cam home with more gifts and treats than ever before!  So much more that I had to display it all on the floor instead of on my desk!  Wow!  That's pretty incredible.   
Of course when you do it on the floor there's always the off chance the dog will photo bomb your shot.  It was a fantastic weekend.  If you're interetested in learning more about Michelle's weekends head to her blog.  The next weekend is in February and I CAN'T WAIT!  I did get a few projects accomplished while I was there so I'll share those in the next few days!  Thanks for looking, see you soon!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Gold Pizza Box

Wouldn't it be great if our pizza's came in boxes like this?  So pretty!!  I'm back from craft weekend and I have lots to share over the next few days, first up is unpacking, that's always hard LOL!  For my box I used an Xacto knife to cut slits in the top of the lid to wrap the DSP around.  Because the belly band is just on the lid. You don't have to slide it on and off to open the box.  Which I love because sometime belly bands can get damaged or torn going on and off boxes.  I used the Bow Builder punch and some gold foil for the box.  I finished it with some gold leaves in gold foil and gold glimmer paper. So pretty and festive!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Multiple Image Shaker Card

These two cards were pretty intense to make.  They took a few days of sitting on my desk and working on them when I could.  While they took a while to make they were sooo worth it.  The inspiration came from this card. I love the finished look of them!  Each circle is basically a different shaker area.  They have different items in each shaker area, and different images. There was lots and lots of sponging and ink blending on these cards.  I was very careful not to overlap colors or have two of one color next to each other.  Basically I made myself crazy!  This whale one is pretty darn cute, but I think I love the mermaid one the best!    
I think I'm more drawn to this one because of the colors.  I love the 5 sweet mermaids peeking out.  YES those were fussy cut! That was actually one of the quicker parts of these cards LOL!  But it was all a labor of love and I love the finished results of them!  Super cute and fun.

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Watercolored Birthday

This card is soooo pretty and super elegant!  I just love the softness the vellum brings over the watercolored piece.  This was the watercolored piece that I demoed at my Tips and Techniques class.  I used the Block Watercoloring technique I talked about here.  I loved the look of the piece that I demoed and I kept it on my desk waiting for some inspiration. This white embossed greeting was perfect for it!  I love the pop of silver glimmer paper on the bottom of the card too!  Today's the day!  I'm off to Craft weekend!  Yay!!!!! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!