Stamparatus!

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I am so excited about this little piece of heaven!  It will make your life so much easier when it comes to stamping multiples of the same card as well as wanting to stamp a succession of an image in an even sequence.  Plus you can use it with any size paper.  Watch the video and see for yourself what all my excitement is about.

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Got A Recipe?

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For some, recipe books may be a thing of the past, but for others they are still loved.  I have been providing classes for several years now for some of my stamping ladies who still love homemade recipe albums with yummy stamped recipe pages.  We recently form a recipe club that meets once a month.  Each member provides the group with some of their favorite recipes.  These are incorporated into the recipe book.  This is a page we did last night for our new album.   If you don’t use recipe books because of Pinterest or Google or all the other internet possibilities, that’s great!  But what about those old family recipes that have been passed down or recipes that you made for your kids when they were growing up and they still ask for even though they are adults now and live hundreds of miles away?  What a great gift those old recipes would make put together in an album!  Think about it!  If you need any help getting started let me know.  I’ll be glad to help!

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Mary Engelbreit, Who Knew?

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I love this background paper from Stampin Up and wanted to make a card for one of my classes with it.  It’s from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper in the Holiday catalog.  It’s a busy background so  I knew I had to keep the rest the card design simple.  I was making this card late at night while texting with my stamping besties.  We were all stamping and sharing photos of what we were doing.  I don’t know if I was just tired or what but when I finished the card and shared it, I then started taking it apart, not liking it.  Not sure why.  Then my daughter tells me she loves it and it reminded her of Mary Engelbreit.  Well that just made me so happy.  I love Mary Engelbreit designs and so I put my little card back together and used it in class.  My ladies loved it!  So why do I doubt myself and never thing a card is good enough?  I love creating and need to learn to just go with it and be happy.  Do you ever find yourself questioning your creativity?

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Christmas Is Just Around The Corner

One reminder that Christmas is getting closer is in the stores.  I can’t believe how stores are already putting out decorations, gifts, and yes even Christmas cards!  It will be here before we know it but come on!  We still have Halloween and Thanksgiving to give our attention to.    I am gearing up with classes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  I know a lot of my customers don’t do Halloween cards but how fun would it be to send one to someone special anyway?  How about an older person who lives by themselves?  Or a niece or nephew?  How about the little boy down the street or a friend’s child?  Or maybe send one to the Children’s Hospital for a child lying in a hospital bed for Halloween?  I personally love Halloween and love the colors and the images that Stampin Up provides us with.   Thanksgiving time is when you are reminded of everything that you are grateful for.  Family, friends, home, health, and the food on the table.  So maybe your relatives live far away like mine do.  You can’t be there for Thanksgiving but you can send a card to tell everyone how thankful you are for them.   And then there is Christmas.  We tend to send more cards for this special day than any other.   I love making Christmas cards and have done it for many years.  Some stampers like to choose one image and make multiple cards with it.  Some want a simple card and some like to embellish, embellish, embellish!  That’s usually me!  But today I want to share a quick and simple card you can make.   You will need the Quilted Christmas Designer Series and the Christmas Quilt Stamp set.  IMG_3102.JPG

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Fall Sampler

Wow!  I am a real slacker in blogging.  I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote anything here!  I promise you that I haven’t been slacking in the stamping world but I sure have in the blogging world.   I just got back from a stamping cruise and it lit a little fire under me!!!  If you want a good time, stamping with some awesome ladies, and sunshine on the high seas, then you should look up Jenn Gulch and sign up for her Stamping Cruise next year.   So much fun, stamping, and networking with fellow stampers and demonstrators.  This was my second cruise with her and I came away very happy!  Jenn is the reason for the sampler below.  Last year we did this cute Christmas sampler and when I got home I bought a frame for it and sat it in a chair in my stamp room.  When the ladies came to classes they all saw the sampler and wanted to know if we were making it in a class.  I had no idea that anyone would be interested because honestly I had never really been interested.  Well 24 samplers later and I was made a convert!  Since that class I have created sampler classes for Valentines, St. Paddy’s Day, Spring, Summer, and the Fall one below.  We made another one on the cruise using the Smitten Mittens set.  So cute and you can bet I will be having a class for that one too!

I used quite a few stamp sets for this sampler.  Love the Painted Harvest set with that watercolor sunflower stamp.  It’s a two stamp image that you can use so many different color combos with and each one turns out so beautifully.  Another set that I have come to really love is the Gourd Goodness set.  The pumpkin image looks so real doesn’t it?

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One of my favorite ribbons this year is the 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding and the Peekaboo Peach is perfect to use for fall creations.  One last thing I wanted to point out is the Kraft background paper.  It’s not Crumb Cake but actually a different shade that is close in color.  So thanks for stopping by.  I hope to be better with my blogging!  (How many times have I said that?)  But seriously I am trying to do better with all the social media that is available.  So hope you stop by again soon.

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Star of Light

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What a gorgeous set this is.  The stamps (142110)and the framelits(141840) make for a beautiful card.  Today I used unconventional Christmas colors.  Island Indigo and copper.  WOW!  I cut out the bigger star using copper foil and the smaller star using the copper glimmer paper.   Before adhering it to the Island Indigo, I embossed the circle images and words with Versamark and copper embossing powder.  I also added a little copper metallic thread and of course a few rhinestones.

Did you know you can get the stamp set and framelits as a bundle (143508)and save money?  Well you can!

If you are interested in all the ingredients for this card, leave me a comment and I will be happy to give you them!

 

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If I Only Had A Brain

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Yes, I am a “Wizard of Oz” fan big time and this little guy reminds me of the scarecrow in the classic movie.   This image is part of the stamp set called Cookie Cutter Halloween.  It has so many cute  little guys in it and I couldn’t wait to get a hold of this guy which was the main reason I bought the set.  You can buy it too starting September 1st.  Click on the Stampin Up image in the upper right corner to get started.

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Spooky Fun!

IMG_6337Summer isn’t even over and there is already Halloween items in the stores!  EEK!  I do love Halloween which is right in the middle of my favorite season!  Love, love, love autumn.  What’s your favorite season?

So I’m no better than the stores because yesterday I pulled out my Spooky Fun set from the Holiday mini and played with it!  So many cute stamps in this set.

Sometimes I forget about all the cool things I already have from SU such as the window framelit that I used in this card.  Stamped a few spider webs, sponged around the edges with Basic Gray ink and added it to the piece of Hollywood Night Specialty paper.  Love the brick!  The tree and bat are part of the Halloween Scene Edgelits.  So fun.   The Halloween Night Baker’s Twine completes the card.

If you like this card and want to make it, click on the Stampin Up image in the upper right corner and it will take you to my store where you can shop for items you may need.

I will be happy to help you with any questions you may have.

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Totally……..Trees!

I love this set.  It is so versatile.  And the more I looked at it and played with it, the more things I realized could be done with it.  I find myself most times with stamp sets, just using one or two images and moving on!   Do you do that?  With this set you can do so much more.  From summer to fall and winter and Christmas!  Oh the possibilities.  So when I saw this palm tree in the set (which I didn’t even notice when I ordered it) I figured I should use it now before summer is over.  FullSizeRender

I used Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz markers to color the tree.  Of course I didn’t realize there was a shadow stamp that can be used with the palm leaves as well.  I will try that next time.  I then stamped the sand with Crumb Cake ink and watercolored some water with Pool Party.  Then I had an “aha” moment.  I had used some of the new burlap ribbon from SU in another class demonstrating how you can pull the fibers out to use as single twine.  But what was left was really cool as well.  Can you see the clear fibers that I thought looked like waves?  Pretty cool.   Next time I will pull out that top fiber as well.  I finished the card off with words from the Watercolor Wishes on the Oval framelit cutouts.  Love those.  The base of the card is Pool Party with a layer embossed with the new Seaside embossing folder.

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Boy, Have I Been A Slacker!

I can’t believe how long it has been since I posted anything here.  I think it is a great way to journal our lives on blogs but sometimes I think we do it so we can be heard by others and when no one says anything, it can become frustrating and discouraging to say the least.  I have friends that have some great blogs.  They share art or pictures and stories about their families.  They share sadness and hurdles they have overcome.  They have shared their pain and their happiness.  And some write just a few lines and others write paragraphs.  And maybe people view it but do they leave a comment?  Most of the time no! So I ask myself if I really need a blog?  What do you think?  Do you feel differently?  We all like some gratification from time to time or maybe just a kind word to encourage us to keep going with what we are doing.   I’m not tech savvy and that may be part of the problem.  I learn by trial and error and sometimes my kids and tech savvy friends help me out.  So I have said my two cents worth and am ready to venture out into the blog world again.  Stay tune………

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