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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 267 - Christmas at Home with You

Hello and welcome to another Paper Craft Crew Challenge!  I love it when we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge.  There is just SO much you can do AND it gives you an excuse to maybe use something you haven't used yet!

I have been trying to get around to really using the At Home with You stamp set and I think Christmas is the perfect opportunity to do so.  So, I decided to go for a tic, tac, toe down the right hand side for this challenge using lots of Embossing, Winter and a Serene Scene for my project inspiration.

This project is not difficult, but because of the watercoloring it is time consuming.  I personally wouldn't try making a hundred of these, but five to ten for very special friends or family members would be totally doable if you get started early.

As always start by cutting all your cardstock.

  • 1 Whisper White Thick Cardstock base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
  • 1 Smoky Slate piece 4 x 5 1/4
  • 1 Basic Gray piece 1 x 4
  • I used a scrap of Sahara Sand for the doormat and scraps of Whisper White for the door and Christmas tree pots.

I did all my stamping with the Basic Black Archival stamp pad, then used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens to do all my coloring.  This is going to take a while.  Take your time.  

After finishing my coloring I cut out the door, the doormat and Christmas tree pots using the matching Framelits.  I also embossed the Smoky Slate and Basic Gray pieces using the Brick Wall and Pinewood Planks embossing folders.  I did not spritz the Basic Gray cardstock before embossing.  I didn't want that much texture for this project.

I then assembled all my pieces starting from the bottom up  I would recommend using Multipurpose Glue to attach the Smoky Slate and Basic Gray pieces.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach my door and those fabulous Mini Glue Dots for the mat and Christmas Tree pots.  I finished up and accessorized my project by attaching the cute little wreath and bow with Dots.

Thank you for letting me share my project with you.  Don't forget to pop by and see what everyone else on the team created this week and if you are inspired share your own creation with us on the Paper Craft Crew page!

Let me know if I can help you create your own Embossed, Winter, Serene Scene Christmas card!   Contact me today and we can get you started!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Get Smitten With Mittens!

On a snowy winter’s day, there’s nothing better than slipping your hands into a warm, fuzzy pair of mittens and heading out for an adventure in the cold!

The perfectly toasty Smitten Mittens stamp set lets you encapsulate that feeling on paper. With options to create overlays and texture with both the solid and cut-out mitten shapes, you can use the accent stamps to make a cute and cozy creation! Get ready to experiment with the set, and share your cozy creations with friends and loved one via cards, samplers, scrapbook pages and more!
Contact me today to order this stamp set and all the supplies you will need to start making your own Smitten Mitten projects!
Happy Stamping!

Supply List for this week’s projects created by the Stampin’ Up! Home Office:

Smitten Mittens Stamp Set; Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Powder Pink, Vellum, and Whisper White Cardstock; Coffee Break Designer Series Paper; Delicate White Doilies; Bermuda Bay, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Powder Pink, and Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pads®; VersaMark® Pad; Gold Stampin’ Emboss® Powder; Silver 1/4" Natural Trim; Whisper White Baker’s Twine; Linen Thread; Striped Treat Bags; Stampin’ Dimensionals®; Big Shot™; Many Mittens Framelits™ Dies; Paper-Piercing Tool; Sponge Daubers

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stamping on a Lazy Sunday

Something happened at our house today that happens very rarely these days.  Jay and I were both home!  We actually had a lazy Sunday with no where we had to be, no one visiting and no real plans.  While we didn't really sleep in because of daylight savings time ending we did have a very slow moving morning.  Jay made us breakfast and we spent some time cuddled on the sofa with Emmie, the kitty, enjoying a fire while sipping a little "mostly juice"  AKA Secco with cranberry juice.  Then the sun came out and since Jay decided to go work on a project in the garage I took the time to finally get out my new Blends and inspired by Australian demo, Kim Oliver made my first card with them.  I have to say that I am NOT good at coloring and I don't usually enjoy it very much, but I may have to change my mind!  The Blends are SO easy to use and the color is so vibrant and pretty. 

I know a lot of you love when I give you the measurements for my projects and I really appreciate it when others do the same, so here are the measurements for this card:

Basic Black cardbase 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Basic black layer 3 1/4 x 4 1/4
Whisper White Thick Cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 and 3 x 4

I used a scrap of regular Whisper White and Basic Black for my greeting and they along with the large rose from the Rose Wonder stamp set were stamped with the Memento Tuxedo Black Stamp Pad.

The Blends were super easy to use, but I will give a couple of little tips that will make your experience even better.  First, make sure you have grid paper or scrap paper under your the piece you are coloring.  Even if you are using the Whisper White Thick Cardstock the Blends WILL bleed through your cardstock as you can see.  I kind of like the way this looks and may have to play with some ideas for creating some interesting custom paper in the future.

My second tip is that it really doesn't matter if you start with the lighter or darker Blends.  I started with the lighter then went back with the darker shade of Rich Razzleberry and the Color Lifter on my rose.  But for the leaves I started with the darker Old Olive marker and then blended it with the lighter one.  Personally, I liked the way it looked to start with the darker one and then blend with the lighter one.

Well, the sun has gone down and I am off to get the fire going and cook dinner with Jay.  I hope you have a nice evening and a wonderful week!  Thanks for letting me share my first Blends' project with you.  I promise there will be more to come!  

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Stampin' Blends Are Here!

I know you are as excited about them as I am about these amazing new markers! 
I love how they can be used for a quick and simple project like the one created by the team at the Home Office featured here.  It is made with stamped images from the Wonderful Life Stamp Set, along with cut-out images from the Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Just imagine everything you can do with these markers!  Don’t wait!  Contact me today to order your and add Blends to your stampin’ tool box today!

Happy Coloring!

Supply List:
Wonderful Life Stamp Set; Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Shimmery White, Smoky Slate, Tranquil Tide, Vellum, and Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Be Merry Designer Series Paper; Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper; Foil Snowflakes; Tuxedo Black Memento Pad; Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Packs; Stampin’ Blends Color Lifter; Powder Pink 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon; Pool Party Solid Baker’s Twine; Linen Thread; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Iridescent Sequin Assortment; Big Shot™; Stitched Shapes Framelits™ Dies; Layered Leaves Textured Impressions™ Embossing Folder; Quilted Top 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Leaf Punch


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get Ready for the 12th Annual Countless Christmas Cards!

Get in the holiday spirit with this Stamp Pad tradition! Come make as many cards as you like for ONLY $2 each! I have created six terrific card designs you can choose from this year. You choose which ones and how many you make of each.

Join me for one or more of the following dates:
Thursday, November 16th,  12:00- to 4:00pm and 5:00 to 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 28th, 12:00- to 4:00pm and 5:00 to 8:00pm
Saturday, December 2nd, 12:00 to 6;00pm
Sunday, December 3rd, 12:00 to 6:00pm

The ONLY rule for Countless Christmas Cards is that you MUST register by Wednesday, November 8th! To register simply email me how many and which cards you wish to make.  If you are making more than 10 cards please pre-pay either via check, cash or PayPal.  Otherwise, you may pay the day of the event.

As always you are welcome to change the phrases and tweak the cards to make them your own unique creation!

Feel free to bring your own envelopes and stamp them to match your cards!

Your own adhesive is a MUST. This includes SNAIL, glue dots and dimensionals.  If  you need any of these supplies please let me know when  you register.  I will order them and package them with your card kit.  All other supplies will be provided.

Now what you have been waiting for!  This year's card samples!

Merry Music Card
This card can be made with the chandelier from Season to Sparkle or the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree.

Christmas Wreath  Card
This card can be a regular greeting card OR a gift card holder!

Let it Snow Merry Little Labels Card 
This card is made with Marina Mist, BUT you can also make it in Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Pool Party or Sweet Sugar Plum.  

Christmas Pines Card 
There will be some variation with the DSP on this card.  

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card 
This card can also be made with the reindeer stamp and punch from the same set!  There will be some variation in the DSP used on this card.

Year of Cheer Snowflake Card 

I look forward to making Countless Christmas Cards with you!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Calendar Day is Coming! Sunday, November 26th, 2:00 to 6:00pm

Do you need a cute, but useful gift for a teacher, co-worker or anyone who loves a little organization?  Or a little something to help you stay organized in 2018? Well, this camp is perfect for you!  Come make these cute little Easel Calendar Sticky Note Holders!  Each holder will come with a cello bag, ribbon and tag so you can get them all wrapped up and ready to give as a gift

Choose from four designs and create as many as you would like for $4.
Daisy Delight - will feature products from the Delightful Daisy Suite.
Coffee Cafe -  will feature products from the Coffee Break Suite
Day at the Beach - will feature the cute Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and the Color Theory DSP.
Marvelous Monogram - will use the Large Letter Framelits, Letters for You stamp set and Fresh Florals DSP.

Please note that there will be some variation with DSP and accessories due to the packaging of this products from Stampin Up!

To reserve your spot email me with the number and type of Calendar you wish to make by Monday, November 13th.  If you are making more than three Calendars please pre-pay for this event.  Payment may be made by PayPal, cash or personal check.  

Can't make it to the Stamp Pad for this event?  No problem.  Contact me and I will help you order all the supplies you need to create any or all of these cute little calendars!

Happy Stamping!

Paper Craft Crew Challenge 266 - Add a Little Sparkle to the Holidays with Christmas Pines

Hello and welcome!  I don't know what it is about this week's Paper Craft Crew sketch, but the minute I saw it I knew I had to find time to use it to make one the Christmas cards for my upcoming Countless Christmas Cards events.  I got the Christmas Pines stamp set and the match Pretty Pines Thinlets a bit late last year and didn't really get to use them for cards, so I am so excited that I found the perfect sketch to pair them with for this season.  I think my customers will love making and giving this card!

The measurements for this card are:
Garden Green 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
Real Rad 4 x 5 1/4
Be Merry DSP 2 1/2 x 3  Did I mention that I have not yet met a color of houndstooth that I didn't love?
Everything else was cut from scraps.

So, there is the run down on the easiest way to make this card.  First, cut all your cardstock and die cut all the pine boughs, pinecones, etc...Don't forget to stamp your greeting on Whisper White Cardstock with REal Red Classic ink and cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  

Next start assembling your card from the card base up.  I attached the Real Red piece that I textured with the Holly TIEF with Multipurpose Glue.  The Jute Twine is attached with Glue Dots.  The Be Merry DSP is attached with Foam Adhesive Strips.  I used a combination of Fast Fuse and Fine Tip Glue Pen to attach all my little die cut bits.  You could also use SNAIL Adhesive for this.  No matter which adhesive you use the Silicon Craft Sheet will come in handy.  I used Multipurpose Glue to attach my Gold Glimmer Paper pieces to the back of my oval, I let it dry then attached the oval to my card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

For a final touch I added my Silver Mini Sequins.  At some point in the last few years someone taught me a cool trick from adding sequins that lets you get them where you want them and not have them stuck to everything except your project.  First, put the individual sequins onto a Silicon Craft Sheet. Next, put little dots of glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen onto your project.  Now take the Paper Piercing Tool and dip it just a little into one of your dots of glue.  You can now use it to pick up your sequins, put them on the dots of glue on your project and viola you have sparkles with no mess!  Don't forget to clean off the tip of your Piercing Tool.  

Thank you for letting me share my sparkly Christmas Pines card with you.  If you live in the Raleigh area I invite you to join me for one of my Annual Countless Christmas Cards events and we can make it together. If you don't live close and want to make this card let me know and I would be delighted to help you order the supplies you will need.

Well, my Trick or Treaters are started to ring the bell and I need to run.  But there are still more samples to see using this week's sketch on the Paper Craft Crew page.  

Until next time....

Happy Stamping!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

NC Demos October Blog Hop - A Thank-Fall Sampler

Welcome to the October edition of the NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Thank-Fall.  My project this month is all about Fall, but I have been thinking a lot this past week as I worked on it about all the things and people for which I am thankful.  It has been a crazy year with a LOT of change and challenges.  Some have been fantastic and others have been very difficult.  So, as 2017 comes to a close and we start preparing for Thanksgiving I am reflecting on how grateful I am for my family, our home and my wonderful friends.  I am also thankful for the chance to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  It has given me the opportunity to share what I love (stamping, crafting and being creative) but it has also let me meet some amazing people, whom I would never have met otherwise.  These people have become dear friends and inspire me everyday.  I am also thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by my blog and let me share with you!   Life is good and I am so grateful!

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff!  Let's get on with sharing my Fall Sampler!

Samplers are not difficult, but they do require a good amount of prep and take somewhere between three to four hours to complete.  The nice thing is that you don't have to decide on one stamp set, accessory or DSP to use.  You just want to pick a theme or season and use all your favorites!

My best advice is to cut all your layers, then die cut or punch anything that doesn't need to be stamped first, like the flower and leaves in block 6.  Finally, get out all the stamp sets, ink pads and other tools you plan to use.  For this particular sampler DON"T FORGET to get out your Piercing Mat.  With the exception of Timeless Textures these stamp sets are Photopolymer and your stamped images will be much better if you use it.

Here are the measurements for the various layers and how I attached them:

  • 12 x 12 Chocolate Chip (you could also use Early Espresso)
  • 11 x 11 Crumb Cake - the edge of this layer is stamped with Crumb Cake and the Timeless Textures stamp set and attached to the Chocolate Chip Layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 Pumpkin Pie - This layer is stamped with the leaves from Gourd Goodness in Cajun Craze and attached to the Crumb Cake layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • 9 Old Olive 3 x 3 blocks  - These are all attached to the Pumpkin Pie layer with Multipurpose Glue.
  • 9 blocks that are 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in various colors - These are all attached to the Old Olives squares with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Now for a few quick tips about how I created my blocks.  First, I embossed ALL four of the Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock blocks 1, 4, 7 and 8 that spell out FALL using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF.  DON"T spritz the cardstock, but DO run it through the Big Shot twice.  Then I stamped using my various flowers, acorns, leaves and gourds.  All the foil copper letters are attached with those Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. (Love them!)  The flowers from Painted Harvest in block one were stamped first with Pumpkin Pie, then Cajun Craze and finally with Chocolate Chip.  The large leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set was created using the Rock & Roll technique using Crushed Curry and Elegant Eggplant.

I made block 2 with the Seasonal Layers Framelits, the Color Theory DSP, and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The Cherry Cobbler leaf is attached with a Glue Dot.  The Metallic Copper Thread is attached to the DSP with a little Fast Fuse.

Block  3  made with the Basket of Wishes stamp set was the quickest and easiest of all!  I stamped the basket in Chocolate Chip and then the gourds with Cajun Craze.  I colored in the leaves and stems with the Always Artichoke and Old Olive Markers.  I die cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and embellished it a bit with pearls.  Some of my customers added a little sponging with Crumb Cake and I think I am going to do this, too.

The Jute Twine behind the greeting on block 5 is attached the Very Vanilla oval with Tear & Tape.  Then the oval is attached to the DSP and Chocolate Chip cardstock with a couple of pieces of Foam Adhesive.  I also had to add a little of the Copper Trim.  I just love the texture it adds to any project!

I created the flower for block  6 by stamping the bottom layer of the flower in Pumpkin Pie.  I stamped it three times turning it a bit each time for a more solid look.  The top layer is Cherry Cobbler and the center is Elegant Eggplant.  I punched my flower out using the Starburst Punch, but if you enjoy fussy cutting like my friends Carol and Lisa, please feel free to do so.  =-)  I stamped the leaves on the Wood Texture DSP using Always Artichoke and then also used the same ink to stamp leaves on scraps of Old Olive cardstock before punching them out and attaching them with those fabulous Mini Dimensionals!

And last, but not least, the pumpkins in block  9 were actually where this project started and where a little booboo from a previous project.  I was making a Faux Linen piece for a hostess club project and stamped my pumpkins and then sponged Crumb Cake over the top.   Oooops.  I loved the way it turned out and with the burlap ribbon and staples it's the perfect final square.

I am sure I have forgotten something I should tell you about creating this sampler, so if you have a question please post in the comments below or feel free to email me.  I would love to help you.

Now, you have to pop on over and see what Laurie has created this month.  I know you will love it!

Thank you again for letting me share my Fall Sampler with you.  

Happy Stamping!

October Blog Hoppers
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Laurie Meier -
Sue Stapp -
Frances Wagner -
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Spook-tacular Halloween Decor!

Did you know that stamps, ink, and paper are versatile enough to create not only beautiful cards, but also unique home décor pieces?

Pieces like this fabulous Halloween frame created by the talented team at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, are ones you can keep for your own home or gift them away to friends or family!  They can be saved and treasured for years to come. Just imagine what you could create for your own home!
Below is a complete list of the supplies you will need to complete this project and MANY more!  Contact me today and let’s create your very own spook-tacular Halloween frame!

Happy Stamping!
Supply List for this Project
Graveyard Gate and Spooky Cat Stamp Sets; Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Spooky Night Designer Series Paper; Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad®; Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad; Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter®; Basic Black Baker’s Twine; Black Rhinestone Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals®; Big Shot™; Large Letter Framelits™ Dies; Detailed Gate and Seasonal Layer Thinlits™ Dies; Banner Triple Punch