Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gold Soiree Blooms

Good afternoon!  It's been a pleasant day weather wise here today.  Not real warm, but at least we are saving by not having to run the air.  The windows are open and the sun is shining.  I just had to set down and use some new products this afternoon.  I absolutely LOVE Stampin'Up!'s Blendabilities or Blendies as I call them.  Well let's face it, I love all markers, but these are SUPER DUPER special and I think this card shows you that.  They make me look like I'm an artist.  They are so easy to use.  We currently have SIX colors available, but guess what?  Tomorrow there will be SIX more colors available.  Is that not exciting?????  The best part is when you order one color you actually get 3 markers.  They are a light, medium and dark in that color.  That's where the blending and shading comes in.  Ok, enough shatter.  Let me post the card and then tell you some more great news.

I once again colored the 5/8" Organza Ribbon with the marker.  I used the darkest Melon Mambo.  These markers are so versatile.  Not only can you blend and color, but you can use them on ribbon and embellishments as well.  I used the Gold Soiree Specialty DSP on this too!  A very simple card to make, but I think it is OH SO PRETTY!!!
Oh and I forgot to mention.  This stamp set is a HOSTESS ONLY stamp set called I Like You.  When you host a qualifying workshop of $150 you can purchase this set with your hostess dollars for only $14 in wood mount or $10 in clear mount.  As a demo I'm not real apt to purchase the hostess sets because I can only demo them for one year, but this year I am SOOOOOO in love with the hostess sets.  I've already purchased two.  The only way I can get them is by placing a qualifying order as well.  So after seeing this BEAUTIFUL card doesn't it make you want to host a party or place a qualifying order?  I have open dates on my calendar so let's set a date!
I've got one more thing to share.  It is about the August special.  I only have limited info, but will have full info tomorrow so be sure to stay tuned.  Here is what I can tell you:
August 1 through August 31, get an exclusive Framelits and Stamp Set Bundle for FREE when you purchase a Big Shot. Or, if you already own a Big Shot, get a 15 percent discount on select bundles. Get all the details on August 1!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July Class Projects

Here are the projects we made last night at class.  My daughter Brooke happened to be here.  She has Tuesday evenings off and comes out to have supper with us and do her laundry.  She stayed and participated in the class.  I was so happy to have her.  With her busy schedule we don't often get to craft together like we did when she was younger.  She took this pic of her projects and posted on Facebook so I thought I'd share. 

 Here are the individual projects.
 A little gift card hold with a velcro clasp.  The ladies loved the fry box.  They made sure they were all getting the same amount of malted milk balls.  LOL!
 This card I cased from fellow Stampin'Up! demonstrator Kay Kalthoff.  It was just too cute.  Thanks Kay!  I found her video on YouTube for this card.
 Another great way to use the Work of Art stamp set.  This set is a must have!

This was probably my fav card of the evening.  I just love the retro feel to it.  The Oh Snap! was stamped using a new rotary stamp.  This is so much fun!  You has the alphabet, numbers, &, @, a heart as well.  It has 13 spaces so you can make lots of phrases.  You can find it here in my stampin' store.
Alphabet Rotary Stamp by Stampin' Up!

Are you on Pinterest?  If you aren't, then you should be.  I love Pinterest and get so much inspiration over there.  Hope on over to Pinterest and follow me.

Well that is it for tonight.  I did start this post earlier today, but then a few other things had to be attended to, but I did get it posted and that's the important thing.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crafting with Brookie

I had the rare pleasure of crafting with my youngest daughter Brooke on Tuesday evening and then yesterday afternoon.  She wanted to make a gift for her co-worker who is leaving shortly to go back to college and she wanted to know if I would help her.  I'm always happy to help my girls and crafting is no exception.  We really had a fun time making these.

She bought some cookie sheets at the Dollar General and spray painted them white.  We then used some retired DSP to cover them.  We used Sticky Strip to attach the papers.  The colors are Pacific Point and Melon Mango.  The pins and the magnets were stamped with Stazon and the magnets and push pins were attached with Crystal Effects.  We then cover a tomatoe paste can (yes she went and bought a can yesterday specifically for this) and I was able to use the paste for last nights supper of sloppy joes. *Ü*  We ended up covering the can inside and out with more DSP.  We attached heavy duty magnets using Crystal Effects to the back of the can so it can be moved around as needed.  The note pad is refillable as the Pacific Point background piece was attached like a pocket.  We were both happy with how these turned out.  Now that we've done this I think my kitchen may need a magnet board instead of sticking everything to the fridge.
I had three people respond to what stamp set I used on that card last week and all three were right so I will be sending all three a card in the mail.
I thought I'd take the time to share a few of the cakes that I've made in the last while.  So here goes.

Well that's it for today.  Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today we will be celebrating my daddy's 74th birthday.  My daddy is absolutely the best man you could find.  He is such a man of God who has a kind, caring and helpful heart.  He loves God, his family and friends with all that he has.  I am so blessed that God chose this man to be my daddy.  I wanted to make him a special card and I watched a video by Stampladee when she used this shadow technique and I knew I wanted to try it.  Thanks to my upline Amy for pointing it out to me.  I hope he likes this card.

The ship is from the Traveler set, which I'm so glad I purchased thanks to fellow demo Justin Krieger.  The background and anchor are from The Open Sea set and the words are from a retired set Well Scripted.  I stamped the ship in Smoky Slate on Whisper White cardstock and then stamped it again in Stazon Black on a piece of window sheet.  I attached it with dimensionals for added height  and dimension between the two pieces.  I slightly put the window sheet a little to the right so you can seed the Smoky Slate stamped piece behind.  It really is a fun technique.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you are having a good day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Stampin' Class

Hi friends, it's that time. Time for some new SU! classes. Come join me for the first one on July 29 at 6:30 pm. We will be using new products from the new catalog. The main focus will be our BEAUTIFUL designer series paper which is on special this month. Buy 3 get 1 FREE! This paper is so pretty. We will mainly focus on cards, but I will have an unexpected surprise or two.
Place: My home
Time: 6:30 pm
What to bring: Adhesive, scissors, bone folder, paper cutter and Envelope Punch board if you have one.
What's Provided: All materials to make projects and a light summer supper
Cost: $20
Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 22. Sorry about the short notice.">, text or call (989) 551-1685

I look forward to seeing you!


A Great Day!

I had the best day today.  My friend and Stampin'Up! upline Amy came over and we were able to watch the opening session of SU's annual convention from Salt Lake City, Utah.  It wasn't as good as being there in person, but it was the next best thing.  How I wish I could have gone, but it just wasn't in the budget this year.  Stampin'Up! convention is one of my most favorite things to attend.  If you've never been, you just can't imagine the excitement and electricity in the air.  It is really quite the thing.

After watching the live stream for almost 2 hours, we then sat and visited and talked about what they had shared and how much money we are going to need for the Holiday Catalog debuting on August 29.  They showed us just a little and all I can say is WOW!!!!  And that was only a sampling.  I can't wait to see it in person and as a demonstrator we will be able to view it online tomorrow.  I can't wait!

We then perused Pinterest and finally made a card that was inspired by one I had pinned earlier.  We also tried some different things with several sets trying to get new ideas.  Here is the card that we made.

Can you guess what set I used for the background behind the trees?  I'm sure you should know by now.  It's my new most fav set.  Leave a comment here telling me which set it is and I'll do a random drawing with the names of those who guess right and then I will send you this card.
Well thanks for stopping by and listening to me tell about my day.  Don't you just love days that are laid back and spent with a friend?  They don't happen often enough.  Maybe that is what makes them seem so special.  Thanks Amy for spending the day with me.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Well, it's Wednesday!

We are half way to the weekend.  I don't have anything in particular planned, but the weather is suppose to be a little warmer and sunnier for the weekend and I'm looking forward to that.  We've been in the 60's the last couple of days and that is just too cool for even Michigan in July.

I've sort of been just trying to take care of somethings this week that I've been putting off for when things would slow down and the counters in my stamp room are actually pretty clear of clutter now.  Stampin'Up!'s convention is starting tomorrow and of course I'm feeling left out since I couldn't go this year.  :(  Last year was awesome, but I think every SU convention is awesome so I'm a little envious of all the fun my SU demo friends are going to have this week.  I'll be hanging onto every little bit of info they are allowed to share and stalking blogs and Facebook.

Well, ok, that is enough whining.  You came to here to see a project or two and that is what I intend to show you.  The first one is something that I made for display at my new catalog open house.

 This frame was so much fun to make and actually it was very easy and took very little time to make.  It is just a cheap frame I purchased at either Walmart or Dollar General, can't remember where.  I covered the mat that came with it in the new Typeset DSP.  I then stamped the train, globe and ship from the new set Traveler.  The last thing was to stamp the sentiment from Really Good Greetings over the globe.  The globe was stamped off once before I stamped it on the project.  This way it made it a little lighter and helped the words to be more prominent.  This would make a really nice gift, but I'm not sure if I can give it away. LOL!
This little goody was made using the French Fry Bigz L die.  This is such a cute and easy to put together die.  Years ago when I first started with Stampin'Up! I use to trace and cut out little boxes like this from McDonald's and I'd have that be part of the make and take.  Now that we have this die I can let everyone cut their own box and it will take no time at all.  The color here are Lost Lagoon.  I added some malted milk balls to our little cello bags and I've got a cute little gift for someone special.
Once again, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Boxes Galore!

Well, how is your week going?  Mine's not going too bad, but it could be better.  The weather has been kind of fickle and that really bothers my fibromyalgia so I've been a little uncomfortable the last couple of days.  Hopefully better days are ahead.

What I wanted to share with you today is some of the little gift boxes I made last month.

These boxes are really fun and easy to make.  Would you like to learn how to make them?  Contact me and we can set up a time for you to stop by and I'd be glad to take a few minutes to make one with you.
Don't forget to stop by my website HERE and you can view this weeks Weekly Deals and also the July DSP special of buy 3 get 1 free.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Take on Floral Framelits

 Here is the card I told you about yesterday.  I saw the idea of using this framelit to make a card on Pinterest.  You can find it here.  I don't have the stamp set that was used for this, but it is a current Stampin'Up! hostess set that is available.  I decided to use another set called Daydream Medallions and then the Blended Bloom single stamp.  Again this was colored with the Blendies.  The key to cutting this out is to only put your folded cardstock under the top three petals and then when you run it through the Big Shot you only go part way.  Very simple.  If you need pictures to understand what I'm talking about, please leave a comment and I'll try and show you.
I just realized that I hadn't shared my July banner I made for my open house.  I was saving it for the open house and forgot to post here.  Lots of Big Shot dies used on here.  I used the Party Pennants BigzL die, the Project Life Cards and Labels die set, Stars Framelits and the Designer Rosette Bigz XL die.  The alphabet that I used is one that has been retired, but you could use any alphabet die.  The rosettes were made using the striped silver vellum DSP.  This was so fun to make.  I'm already thinking of what I can make for other months and seasons, so stay tuned.
Here's one last card I wanted to share.  I'm not sure how well I like this one.  Ever have one of those projects where you know how it should look in your head, but it doesn't always come out that way?  That's the way I feel about this one.  I used the Gorgeous Grunge set, Bitty Banners for the words and the butterfly is from Kinda Eclectic.  The washi tape is Sweet Sadie.
Hope you are having a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2014

More Blendability Marker Ideas

Well I'm back this afternoon.  I know it will be a surprise for you all that check your postings from me several times a day to see if there is something new. (insert my friend Kris here)  I know I let you down many times, but maybe if I received more comments I'd post more?  LOL!  Anyway here I am.

 This is the card I told you yesterday that I would show.  I once again used the Blendies (that's what I'm going to call them from now on) since Blendabilities seems so long.  I used Daffodil Delight to color this one and then for the center I used one of the darker skin tones.  Kinda Eclectic is the stamp set.  I used Chocolate Chip to stamp the little circles and the words.  I'm thinking I probably should have used Early Espresso.  I think I would have liked that better.
 This card I made this morning because I wanted to try coloring ribbon with the Blendies.  Let me say that the ribbon colors so easily and you don't end up with inky fingers.  I used the darkest shade of Coastal Cabana and it actually matches very well to Bermuda Bay.  So the colors here are Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana.  I used the Foral Framelits for the die cuts.  Tomorrow I'll show you another way to used that set of dies.  You are going to say, "why didn't I think of that", because that is what I said when I saw the idea.
 This picture of this card has been floating around on my computer desktop so I'm not sure if I shared this before or not.  I usually keep them on my desktop until I've posted them and then I drop them into a folder and this one seems to still be there so I'm not sure if I shared it and didn't move it or if it's never been shared.  Either way, here it is.  Did you follow all that?  I'm not sure I did.  LOL!
Last, but not least is the door decoration I made for my daughter Brooke's apartment.  This looks small, but actually the rosette is the size of a small dinner plate.  Now I'm wondering did I already share this?  My mind is going somewhere these days.  Wish it would give me a hint as to where.  LOL!  I know I could look back and check these things, but that would be way too easy. *wink*

So that should be good for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Punches, Punches Everywhere!!!

Well it looks like a little catching up is in order here on the blog.  I will admit I've gotten a little lazy here the last week, but I think it was due me since I was extremely busy the month of June with my cake business and also gearing up for my new catalog open house.  Maybe in a future post I will share some of the cakes I've been busy with, but for now here are a few projects I've been working on.

This first one here came about after I had punched out a flower using the New Fun Flower Punch.  I used the negative part of the paper and using a Sponge Dauber I sponged on Calypso Coral ink.  After randomly sponging flowers I used the center from the Beautiful Bunch set and stamped it in Tangerine Tango.  The little flowers are from the same set and stamped in Hello Honey.  The great thing about this punch and stamp set is that they match.  There are 3 big flowers that the punch will punch out.

 This one came about because I wanted to try out this new embossing folder, Lovely Lace.  I used a sponge to sponge Hello Honey ink on it after I ran it through the Big Shot.  The butterflies are from the new set called Kinda Eclectic, as are the words.  The ink colors are Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss.  I even colored the Rhinestones using the Rich Razzelberry Blendabilities.  I'm really liking those markers.  I have a card I'll share with you tomorrow that I made using them.  The butterflies were punched out using the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punches.

This last one here is cased from a card I saw on line.  The swirls are from Everything Eleanor and the splotches are from Work of Art.  I pinned this card and this is my version of it.  I love how Work of Art is so versatile and can work with so many styles.  This really should be a must have on your next order if you don't already own it.  Colors are Hello Honey and Costal Cabana.  The little flowers are from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Well I guess that is it for now.  Time for supper and then our favorite summer show Rookie Blue.  Anyone else a Rookie Blue fan?   Thanks for stopping by!



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