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!


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