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Wedding Bells and Seashells

A dear friend of mine got married on a beach in Punta Cana this month.  Creating a card for her wedding was easy with the So Many Shells stamp set which is new in the 2017-2018 catalog.  For the card, I used the triple layer technique, and I am so pleased with the results.

The phrases came from the Floral Phrases stamp set; the color combination was Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, and Soft Suede.

This was perfect as a wedding card, but you could easily change out the phrases and use for a birthday, get well, baby, or thinking of you card!

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Everybody Do the Twist!

Lemon Lime Twist is the one In Color I am having a little trouble with.  It’s sassy, bold, and wants to stand in the spotlight.  SO NOT ME (well, maybe I am a bit on the sassy side).

Lovely Inside & Out was not on my must-have list, but it was on the preorder list.  Demonstrators tend to get those preorder items no matter what because we know other demonstrators will create beautiful items and we don’t want to miss out.

For Tuesday’s In Color Introduction stamp class, I took both challenges and went to Pinterest to get inspiration.  Pinterest did not fail me thank goodness.  However, like any self-respecting demonstrator, I put my own little twist on the design so I felt it was more “mine”.

Wink of Stella is my new stamping obsession.  When I look at a card these days, I look for a way to use WOS on it somehow.  It just perks up that friend overlay perfectly.

Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst are paired perfectly with the birthday phrase from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in black.

Come on, everybody – let’s do the TWIST!

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New Catalog, New Colors, New ME!

 

Last night I hosted an In Colors Introduction Stamp Class.  Any customer that joined my In Colors Club got admission for FREE; otherwise it was only $5.00 to attend.  In my opinion, our new In Colors can be challenging to work with, but they are a shot in the arm so to speak to breathe life into our color palette.

Here is one of the cards we made last night.

 

 

The Happy Birthday thinlet was EASY PEASY to release which made my customers super happy.  When you have a full class of stampers and need some accessories, this is a great card too because there isn’t one “right” color for the bow addition.  Love the mini circle dimensional on the back of the bows for easy adhering!

Every catalog changeover I reflect on what I want to work on for the year.  I am truly blessed by a wonderful group of stampers who attend my events.  I am EXTREMELY lucky to not want for customers (but I will gladly welcome you if you are interested!).

This year, I need to focus on branding myself and my blog and being CONSISTENT with posting.  I create all the time – I just don’t take the pretty pictures and talk about my creations.  I’ve been blogging for over 13 years – I know how to do it.  Just am juggling too many things and wearing too many hats in my corner of the world.

In this technological age, we want information fast, clean, and easy.  I am seriously considering a redesign of my blog which is scary and exciting at the same time.  I have loved this design and still do, but stampers are drawn to clean or at least not so busy backgrounds.  I may be chomping off too much, but blog overhaul is a goal I have for the summer.  Bear with me as I work through this process.

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Hip to be (not) Square Technique

I hosted my 100th Technique Tuesday stamp class in January.  That means my customers have learned THREE HUNDRED TECHNIQUES!!!  One of the techniques I taught I named the Hip to be (Not) Square technique.  In technique, I showed my customers how to extend the square Stitched Framelits into a rectangle.

I chose the Avant Garden stamp set for this card.  You can get this stamp set for free with a $50 order through March 31st.

Colors were Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, and Pear Pizzazz (one of my favorite color combos).  The silver ribbon is another Sale-A-Bration item.  I did put some Wink of Stella on the main focal image.

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100th Technique Tuesday Celebration

I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for over 16 years, and I adore my customers. Last night, we celebrated a huge milestone – my 100th Technique Tuesday class. With 100 classes, I taught over 300 techniques – quite a treasure trove of ideas!

We celebrated in many ways – we ate (like every other stamping event). I even had the local bakery put a quick “100” on the cake.

 

Door prizes were abundant at the event.  I did an all-guest door prize giveway.  I also shared a fun quiz for my guests to fill out with ten questions about the history of Technique Tuesday.  It was a four-way tie.  Some of their answers were devilishly funny.  I also did another door prize drawing for the three guests who have attended ALL 100 classes!  Thank you so much to Sandy Becker, Kellie Becker Marquardt, and Sue Hale for sharing my love of stamping and supporting my business.

On to stamping!  One of the cards we created last night was a Matchbook Birthday Card.  Using the Big on Birthdays stamp set and the Party Animal DSP and embellishments in the Occasions catalog plus the balloon punch and Emerald Envy ruched ribbon, we quickly put together this card.  Very fun and easy – thanks to Patty Bennett for the inspiration!

FRONT OF CARD

INSIDE OF CARD

PERFECT CARD FOR A GIFT CARD HOLDER!

Thanks for all of your support in my business!  Here’s to the next 100 classes!

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Jeani’s Birthday Card

One of my coworkers celebrated a milestone birthday today.  She is  totally devoted to our school kids and is loved by all.  I created this special card for her day.

 

Lots of Big Shot items used on this card – Circles, Stars, and Large Number framelits and the Stars embossing folder.  The balloon punch and silver thread (sorry, not visible in this photo) were also used.  Our school colors are red and blue so that dictated my color combo.

Hope it was a fabulous day, Jeani!

You could easily change this up for an anniversary card, graduation card, retirement card, or even a sports team-themed card.

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Jill’s Baby Shower Card

Last week, one of my coworkers asked me to create a special baby shower card. Her daughter-in-law’s shower was going to be held in Wisconsin, but the mother-to-be lives in California. The shower hostess requested all gifts be shipped to California, but include a message or picture of what will be sent inside the baby shower card. So not only did Jill want me to create a special card, but a purposeful card as well.

To be honest, I don’t often create special-order cards, but I certainly didn’t want to let Jill down.

Most of my project includes RETIRED Stampin’ Up! products…WAITING FOR THE RIGHT PROJECT STORAGE comes to my rescue again.

Basically, the card is a gatefold card with a hidden message section.

#1.  Basic gatefold design – Used Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, and Something Borrowed DSP.

#2  Closed card without embellishments

#3.  Gift scan mounted on Top Note Die used as the “hidden message”  (Pink Pirouette)

#4.  Inside piece – front section of “hidden message” Top Note.  Used Something for Baby stamp set, Circle Framelits, pearls, twine for hair, bow punch from Cookie Cutter punch, 1/4″ circle punch for face.

#5  Back section of hidden message cover.  Love our new adhesive strips!  Keeps the Top Note from sliding down.

#6.  Inside panel with hidden message cover and Top Note message attached.

#7.  Finished card with tag  (Jill used the tag for another item) made with Stitched Framelits.  Sweet Essentials Stamp Set for the baby phrase.

#8.  My final card and the baby shower invitation.  Even I surprised myself at how closely I matched the designs.

Jill squealed in delight when I handed over the card creation.  It was the talk of the lunch table, and I heard it was adored at the shower.  

Glad to be of service, Jill.  You definitely jumpstarted my stampin’ mojo.  

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Hey Chick SAB Card

At the end of every month, I shake my head and wonder where did the time go?  December was no different, but I do know where the time went.  I’ve had many family commitments (don’t we all in December).  But getting my stampin’ mojo back has been a struggle.

Time is ticking away and soon it will be January.  With January comes the new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration!  Stamping goodies galore are coming our way!

Of all the items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, the Hey, Chick stamp set was my must-have item.  It just makes me giggle!  You’ll hopefully be seeing more samples on my blog and others if you need some inducement to getting this whimsical set.

 

 

Please bear with me as I try to shake off 2016 and welcome in 2017. Sale-A-Bration starts in only 5 days.

 

 

 

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Thankful*Grateful*Blessed Pretty Paisley Card

November is a month of important dates for my family.  My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and both of our birthdays.

We have another event to celebrate – my father’s successful heart surgery!  We are so *thankful*grateful*blessed* that he came out of it and is working hard in recuperation and recovery.

My customers made this card a while ago and were surprised how much they loved the color combination.  It is a little more masculine with the Early Espresso and Copper, but I always love our Elegant Eggplant card stock in fall-themed cards!  The copper embossing powder and copper foil sheets make this card pop and shine.

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Throwback Thursday – Nativity Christmas Punch Cards

Punch cards have been a customer favorite for many years.  For Throwback Thursday, I had to revisit an old version from a stamp camp in 2011.

Baby Jesus lying in his manger…complete with some hay.

This year, I created a companion piece for the nativity…the Three Wise Men.

I love our glimmer and foil papers – they were perfect for the crowns.  The phrase comes from the Star of Light stamp set.  My customers loved this card, and it was a big hit as a swap at the Madison OnStage event last weekend.

Doesn’t this card beg for you to start singing Christmas carols…We three kings of Orient are…

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