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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sarah's Swap

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At our last group shoebox swap, Sarah won the prize for the most demonstratable card. Our theme was new or continuing products. Sara used three stamp sets from the last year's catalog that will remain with us for at least the duration of this new catalog that began its sales period yesterday.
 


 
Our shoebox swaps are a fun time for demonstrators to get together, gab and share ideas. We all bring one completed project and then cut supplies for the rest of the swappers. Each of us makes about 10 cards during the meeting, and we have a good time doing it. 
 

One of the things I really enjoy is getting a different perspective. I never would have put Pool Party with Sahara Sand, but I like it.  These meetings remind me to get out of the same old patterns and try some different colors and sketches.
 
Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what we used to make Sarah's card:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (wood $28; clear $20), Petite Petals** (wood $16; clear $12), Summer Silouettes (wood $25; clear $18)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Sahara Sand
Extras: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Linen Thread, Lovely Lace TIEF, Pearls Jewels, Petite Petals Punch**

**Available with bundle pricing! (wood $24.50; clear $21.25)

 

New Catalog and New Classes!

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Today is the first day of ordering from the new catalog. Make sure to contact me if you don't have yours yet. I cannot wait to get my hands on some of this stuff.


Favorite Stampin Up products from the Stampin' Up! Catalog  by Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Blog
 
I am trying out a new event type: Kit Classes. This first one is the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit Class. Here's what you need to know...
  • Saturday, June 27, 2015 Perpetual Calendar Project Kit Class! 10:00a.m. to whenever! Register by paying class/supply fee of $25 to me by June 15, 2015.
  • What you get:
    • Perpetual Calendar Project Kit (item  137950 $16 + Shipping + tax)
    • Table gift
    • Snacks
    • Space and Supplies
    • Chance to win the versatile Perpetual Calendar Photopolymer Stamp Set
    • Social Time!
  • What you need to bring:
    • Scissors and adhesive
    • I’ll have your kits here if you pre-order with me before June 15.
  • Not interested in the calendar? Come for the camaraderie and bring your own projects. If you want to be included in door prizes and etc. The cost is $10. Just let me know you’d like to come.
 

I've made two of these bad boys. I'll post some pictures in the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy!

Laura

 
 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Monday!

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Better late than never I suppose.  This is an alternate card using supplies from the May 2015 Birthday Bundle Kit. I added the Island Indigo card and the Tangerine Tango layer and ink. Other than that, everything I used came in the kit. (Even the baloon is stamped on the inside of the card I cut apart to make the front panel.)
 


I used the sketch from Mojo Monday as my starting point for today's alternate sample. With Mojo's sketch and the supplies in my red box, this baby came together VERY quickly.
 

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Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Birthday Bundle (May 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit)
Paper: Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, May 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Island Indigo (from the kit!), Tangerine Tango
Extras: None!
 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #188

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I was captivated by this simple sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I immediately thought of using some Designer series paper for my square feature. (I've had DSP on the brain lately. Reason: to be shared at a later time.) After I created the card I looked at some of the samples and noticed that Jennifer Brum, one of the designers over there, used butterflies as well, but the cards are quite different.
 


The sketch is very cute for a quick card.  I thought about mosaics or stars, but then ultimately decided on butterflies.

The butterflies are stamped using White StazOn ink onto Night of Navy card stock and then punched out with the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly punches. The greeting here is from Lots of Thanks and reminds me of something the Wizard of Oz said to Dorothy in the big goodbye scene where he's doling out hearts, courage, brains and the like.
 

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used (Retiring items in RED):
Stamps: Lots of Thanks (wood $22.95; clear $16.95), Papillon Potpourri (wood $18.95; clear $14.95)
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, White StazOn Ink
Extras: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch
 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Amazing Birthday and Kinda Eclectic

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At our May meeting our swap theme was "New or Sticking Around." Basically we were to use any item that appears in the new catalog (which goes live on June 2, 2015). This is the card that Loydean brought for us to make.
 


 
I really like the bold images and the colors on this card.  It is quite versitile for both the males and females in your life.  Both of these sets are available now and will continue to be available when the new catalog sales period begins. Hooray!

Enjoy!

Laura

Stamps: Amazing Birthday (wood $28.95; clear $20.95), Kinda Eclectic (wood $27.95; clear $19.95)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon
Extras: Banners Framelits, Rhinestones
 


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello There, Mixed Bunch... Sorry to See You Go.

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This card is one that came together quickly. As is often the case, I got the ideas from some online challenges.  The sketch is from Fab Friday. At the Color Throwdown, I chose Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Island Indigo.
 


Many of the items used on this card are going away. Hello There is a hostess set and will depart with the catalog. Mixed Bunch and the matching punch, Blossom are both on the retiring list. The Brights DSP stack is leaving as are the colors Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana.
 

When I first put the Coastal Cabana flower (stamped with Island Indigo) on the card, the contrast was too much, so I toned it down by using a layer of vellum.  There is a new item up there in the center of the flower. That bubble is one of the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers. Awesome.

Here are the challenge banners I used for inspiration:
 
      
Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
Stamps: Hello There (hostess set), Mixed Bunch (wood $27.95; clear $21.95)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Vellum, Brights Collection DSP stack (Daffodil Delight)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo
Extras: Blossom Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers

 


 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Monday!

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Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day. We spent most of the day staining boards for the grandparents' new deck.  I've got lots of stain in all sorts of places. It is a good thing I had a Paper Pumpkin project to do because I needed something quick! This is the May kit made according to the instructions.
 


The bag has a cute fold-over top and the yellow balloons are actually cut out and that is yellow tissue peeking through. I just had to stamp the banner, tag and balloon strings.  The rest was just using dimensionals to stick it all together.
 

The card was even simpler. One stamp and then sticking stuff together. The bright colors make this perfect for almost anyone. It screams, "Celebrate!"
 

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Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what I used:
May 2015 Birthday Bundle Paper Pumpkin Kit!
 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

#hello... and then goodbye...

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This is another Beach House Stampin' project. I CASEd it from Patty Bennett at Patty's Stampin' Spot.  I've changed up the colors just a bit for our party, but I like both versions. We did ours in Hello Honey and Night of Navy.
 


The #hello set is retiring in just one week. Get it now! It is on sale.  It is a fun bold set for those young people in your lives. This Birthday Bash paper is also set to end its sales period next week. I'll miss the fun patterns and colors in this set.
 

During the party, my good friend Carol B suggested that we add gel pen to the small banners to make them stand out better.  Boy, was she right. That little detail really added a lot to those banners.

Patty's card was made using the Moonlight DSP stack that is retiring as well. Her yellow is also Hello Honey, but our lighting must be quite different.

#hello-stampin-up-cards-class-3

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what we used for our card (Retiring items in Red):
Stamps: #hello (wood $24.95 on sale for  $18.71; clear $17.95 on sale for $13.46)
Paper: Hello Honey, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Specialty DSP
Ink: Hello Honey
Extras: Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon, 2-3/8", Scalloped Circle Punch, 2" Circle Punch, Banner Punch
 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beach House Retirement Party!

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For Beach House Stampin' this month, I had some trouble with the last project. I had it planned to be an altered Tag a Bag Gift Bag. The problem is that I couldn't find my bags. I know they are in this craft room somewhere...ugh.  This card is a modification that I put together after the stampers arrived. I actually really like it!
 


Since this was a retirement party, I tried to use some retiring items.  On this card you can say goodbye to the stamp set Four You. (Gorgeous Grunge is not retiring... never fear.) The mustache framelit will also be leaving us. The DSP is from the neutrals paper stack and it is on its way out also.
 

The main idea for this card came from this one I found on Pinterest. It was by Kim Ryden. I planned on making a file folder card using a Tag A Bag as the base, but as we already covered... I CANNOT FIND THE BAGS!
 

Enjoy!

Laura

Here's what we used:
Stamps: Four You (wood $14.95; clear $11.95), Gorgeous Grunge (wood $24.95; clear $17.95)
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Neutrals Collection DSP Stack
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Extras: Mustache Framelit