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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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Wacky Wednesday Monster Punch Card

Punch classes are favorite events for my customers!  At my Holiday Cards Punch Class this month, here is the Halloween Punch Card we made:

I did base this off of another demo’s card, but added some of my own creativity too.

Here is what you need to make this card:

  • (2) 1-1/2″ circle punch pieces in Whisper White
  • (4) Tree Builder branches in Real Red
  • (2) 3/4″ circle punch pieces in Pacific Point
  • (2) 1/2″ circle punch pieces in Basic Black
  • (2) Fox Builder tails in Old Olive
  • (1) Fox Builder body in Old Olive (cut for nose)
  • (1) Classic Label punch piece in Whisper White (I punched out about 3/4 of it for the mouth)
  • (1) Star punch point in Whisper White

You do need to trim the branches for the bloodshot eyes.  I also used the chalk marker for the mouth.

The card comes together very quickly.  Don’t forget – how you place the eyes is how nice/wacky/mean a creature can look!

Hope you enjoyed this whimsical card – I think it is a perfect way to celebrate my 16 years as a demonstrator!

 

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Mixed Drinks Step It Up Saturday

I sound like a broken record.  Wish I could put more time into my blog, and I do have good intentions.  I certainly am stamping; in fact, October is my busiest month for stamping.  However, with my other jobs and family commitments and then my major vices Facebook and Pinterest, it is hard to focus on working this part of my business.

Today’s Step It Up card features the stamp set Mixed Drinks.  Love, love, love it for fun and whimsical cards.

Here is my first extremely simple card –

I transformed it into a Z Fold Card and added some DSP and card stock layers.

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I should have colored in the umbrella and the straw.  You could add bling of course.

Hmm…is it too early for a cocktail?

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Totally Trees Step It Up Saturday

I knew I wanted to share this step-it-up set of cards on World Card-Making Day.

The first card was a simple but lovely card created for the Fabulous Fall Stamp Camp.  We used the Totally Trees stamp set and the Rose Wonder stamp set for the phrase.  Also used for this card was the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (sorry, not one on sale), Layering Squares Framelits, and the Ribbon Trio Pack. We did double dip the inking of leaves on this card – start with the lightest color and before stamping lightly restamp into a darker color.

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But even though I liked this card, I knew it was a perfect card to step up.

I added another vertical layer behind the DSP, tied a knot with ribbon, added three copper circles, and embossed both the phrase and the leaves on the tree.  Some very simple changes, but they really make this card pop.

Show me some love and subscribe to my blog.  At the end of October, I will review all new subscribers, and if they have ordered from me, I will put them into a random door prize drawing for a $10 gift certificate.

 

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