Sunday, November 23, 2014

Downline Meeting With Pennie

I love it when my Upline, Pennie, is able to come back to the Northeast and visit with her Downline.  I miss the Downline Meetings that she held with us before leaving for the WestCoast.  So I was really excited when she told us she was coming back to visit and was planning on holding a Downline Meeting.  When she holds a meeting, we all bring swaps and a handmade gift using Stampin' Up products.  

This year, Pennie asked us to keep our gifts simple and use products from the Annual Catalog.  That was very difficult for me.  I am so wrapped up into preparing items and cards for Christmas and using the Holiday Catalog that her request just overwhelmed me.  After driving myself crazy by over thinking this simple request, I finally came up with using the Muslin Bag (which is in the annual catalog) but I turning it into a cute and simple gift bag holding a Winter Treat.  The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SET:  Embellished Events
PAPER:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Red Glimmer Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
INK:  Real Red, Garden Green
ACCESSORIES:  Muslin Bag, Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, 1/4" Silver Ribbon, Star Framelits, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Sponge Daubers, Polka Dot Masks

Those are the supplies for the Gift Bag part.  But open up the bag and you will find a delicious Winter Treat.  In this picture you can see the bag along with it's contents.
Inside you will find a Hot Chocolate Mix, Miniature Marshmallows, Chocolate Kisses and a Peppermint Candy Cane.  What a wonderful treat to give someone to use on a cold snowy day!  Daycare providers, bus drivers, teachers, babysitters and more are certain to appreciate this handmade gift.  Personally, just give me chocolate and I am happy!  What is not to love about this.

To decorate the Muslin Bag, I used the Polka Dotted Mask, Sponge Daubers and Stamp Pads.  It was quick and easy to decorate the bag in festive colors.  It changes the feel of the bag.  Although all the product I used was from the Annual Catalog, I was still ably to come up with a project which had a Holiday feel to it.  It seemed that the people who attended the meeting liked it.  And I am sure that anybody who would receive a gift like this would like it also.  

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Technique Class Card #3

This is the last card we are making for my November Technique Classes.  This is a Card in a Box Card.  I love it because You can fold it up and it lays flat.  After you fold it up, it fits into a number A2 envelope.  How neat is this!

My first class that I did this card in and they loved it!  I will say it takes a little more time and concentration to do it for the first time. But I think after you do one for the first time, it gets easier. 

For this card, I used a couple of different stamp sets.  I used the "FESTIVAL of TREES" for the trees in this vignette.  The houses, sentiment, and the Santa in his sleigh all came form the "HOLIDAY HOME" stamp set.  Love, Love, Love both of those stamp sets.  Both of them are so versatile.

The supplies that I used for this card were: 

STAMP SETS:  Festival of Trees, Holiday Home
PAPER:  Whisper White 12"x 12", All is Calm DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Garden Green, Soft Sky
INK:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Garden Green
ACCESSORIES: Sticky Strip, Bitty Banner Framelits, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Smokey Slate Blendabilities

Although I used a lot of different supplies, I would not have it any other way.  While putting these cards together, we kept thinking of more things that we could add.  The ideas were flowing and everyone said they could not wait to get home to come up with their own creations.  That is what I enjoy most about my classes.  We sit and share ideas, and work on things we love to do.  What could be better than good friends laughing , sharing and stamping.  It was the perfect morning.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Technique Class Card #2

This month I was so excited about sharing some great Christmas cards that I might have gotten a bit carried away.  Two of the cards will take a bit more time to make, so I felt the last card needed to be a bit more simple to make.  So using a technique that I was introduced to at Convention, I case'd this card with some modifications.  

Although you can see it from this photo, the Christmas tree is thick and raised without used dimensionals.  It is a quick and easy technique that adds dimension to your cards.  All you need in card stock and adhesive sheets.

Tomorrow I will post the last card in this month's technique classes.  You will want to check back because it is so cute!  

A reminder that I still have openings for my sessions this month.  They  are tomorrow morning @ 9:15 AM, Wednesday @ 7PM and Saturday @ 9 AM.  Contact me if you live in the area and are interested in attending.

Setting up my stamping area today for all the classes that I am holding this week.  Enjoy the day!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Eli's Turning 4

The last 2 days I have been working hard on Eli's invitations for his 4th birthday party.  I can not believe he is turning 4!  But being the good Grandma that I am, I just love making birthday invites for ALL my grandsons.  

This year was very hard because he insisted that he wanted the PAW PATROL characters on the card.  So I used the card stock, Star Framelits, and sentiment from SU.  The sentiment came from the stamp set, "A Dozen Thoughts".  I had to go rouge and use non SU products to get the images of the characters and the paw DSP.  

All in all I think it came out well.  But the best part of this card is that Eli loved it!!  And isn't that the most important thing.

Short post today because I need to go to the dentist.  So go out and Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Technique Class Card #1

Today I want to show you my favorite Christmas Card that I designed this year. I think it might be a bit difficult to see all the details, but I really loved the elegance of this card.  I used Blendabilities on this card to color in the Christmas ornament.  This image can be found in the Holiday Catalog.  It is a single stamp and is called "CHRISTMAS BAUBLE".  After being able to get this great look by coloring in the image, I used Gold Foil paper in the background.  That little step halls to make this card even more elegant.

The embossing folder that was used also continues that elegant feel.  The basic colors that were used are Gold, Old Olive, and Cherry Cobbler.  They are traditional Christmas colors and also lend themselves nicely to an traditional and elegant Christmas card.  This is a card that everyone will love they receive it.  

I will be offering 3 Technique Classes this month.  they will be held on:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 9:15 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 @ 7 PM
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 9 AM

We will again be making 3 cards using 3 different techniques.  This month's technique classes will include Blendabilities, Card in a Box and Raised Image.  I am so excited to show you how to make 3 Christmas Cards using these techniques.  I will be posting the other cards we are going to make soon. If you are interested in attending one of these classes, please contact me.  Enjoy the day

Monday, November 3, 2014

Last Stamp A Stack of the Year

Sorry I have been missing the past month, but I had a number of things sneak up on me and my family which needed my full attention.  But I am now back with some great cards and projects you can make for the upcoming Holidays.

To start, I will be hosting my last Holiday Stamp A Stack for this year.  There is still time for you to get some more  cards finished for Christmas.  I always think it is a good idea to get your cards done early so you do not stress out at the last minute.

Here are the 4 cards for the last Stamp A Stack.  I love this selection because they are all so different.  We have the Snowflake card which is a Flip Card that uses the Snowflake Card Thinlet.  I love the Blackberry Bliss and Gold star card.  It is very different because of the colors that we used on it.  It is stunning in person!  The third card with the wreath is very simple but beautiful.  And the final Postcard Card is a complete surprise.  The card does not open at the Cherry Cobbler base but at the Very Vanilla postcard portion of the card.  It is also very sparkly because the trees are covered with Dazzling Diamonds.

I am very happy with the last 4 cards that I am offering.  The HOLIDAY STAMP A STACK will be held on November 23 @ 1 PM at my house.  If you live in the area and would like to attend, please contact me.

Enjoy the day!