Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Celebration of Small Town America Sampler Project

Hi Crafty Friends!
My summer has started off busy and full in a good way, but it sometimes puts crafting on the back burner. Which is sometimes frustrating as there is so much fun summer stuff to craft! Today I am sharing my July sampler. My in studio class is usually the last 4th Wednesday of the month, so we make a project to display for the following month. And I love this one!


Measurements in inches:
Whisper White: 9 x 9
Night of Navy: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
Real Red: 8 1/4 x 8 1/4
Balmy Blue: 8 x 8
Medium Rectangle: Balmy Blue, 2 x 4 1/2, Night of Navy, 2 1/4 x 4 3/4, Real Red, 2 3/8 x 4 7/8
Small Squares: Balmy Blue (1) and Whisper White (2) 2 x 2, Night of Navy (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Real Red (4) 2 3/8 x 2 3/8


Aren't these daises so cute? They are so fun to make! The red and blue paper is from the See a Silhouette DSP and Whisper White, I used the new Medium Daisy Punch. Each flower uses 2 punched flowers and the centers are Daffodil Delight punched with the 1/2 inch punch and sponged with the same color. I used the Swirls and Curls embossing folder on the Balmy Blue pieces. I used the new Hand-Lettered Prose dies to cut out the USA which are popped up with Foam Strips. The fireworks come from the Birthday Background stamp set, I colored on the red rubber stamp with our Stampin' Write markers (don't use Blends!). I added Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels to make them sparkly.


This gazebo is so cute! I used the Bokeh Dots stamp set for the fireworks behind the gazebo and the Pretty Pavilion bundle for the gazebo and it's accessories. The gazebo is stamped in Soft Suede, and the plant is stamped in VersaMark and embossed in white and then colored with Blender Pens. The red bunting uses the See a Silhouette DSP. The fireworks on the Balmy Blue background are just like the ones on the white square.


I love this truck from the Ride with Me bundle! I stamped it in Momento and colored it with Stampin' Blends in Night of Navy (it looks super cute in Real Red too!) and then fussy cut it out. I used the coordinating die for the balloons. The sweet little dog is from the You Always Deliver set. He's stamped in Momento ink and colored in Soft Suede Stampin' Blends.


You'll need your punches for this square. I used the Starburst punch, the 2 inch punch, and the 1 1/2 inch punch. The sentiment is from the Ride with Me stamp set. Use lots of Dimensionals in your layers here.


Add a row of the cute little daises to the bottom.


I love these 9 x 9 shadow box frames from Michael's, they come in all colors.



Thanks so much for checking out my blog. If you need a catalog or a demonstrator, let me know as I'd be happy to help. 
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Stay Crafty!
Audra

The dog (Lissa) and I on a car ride to Granny's house in North Carolina.


We made a stop in downtown Wilmington at Boombalatti's for ice cream.

















Wednesday, June 5, 2019

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the NEW 2019-2021 In Colors

New colors! Colors are such a fun thing. And Stampin' Up knows color. Each year they do a two year release of five super trendy fun colors to complement our core color families. And each year I am excited to be inspired by the SU designers. Although I will admit, I am sometimes sad to see some of the previous ones go. But let's explore our new colors! The ICS team is sharing projects using the new 2019-2021 In-Colors.


I just hosted my in studio Open House event and of course I had to show off our new In-Colors. I had lots of crafty friends come over and they loved the new colors. 




I feel it's a nice variety of colors. I designed a cute card using the new Above the Clouds Bundle and they could choose which color they wanted to create with.


Do you have a favorite? I can't decide! Here's a close up of one of the cards.


The balloon was stamped on Watercolor Paper with Stazon ink and then colored with re-inker and our Aquapainter. 

At my Open House events, I like to give lots of little gifts and samples. While the super cute box doesn't show off the new In-Colors on the outside, it does on the inside!




Each guest received a mini covered post it note pad, some covered chocolates, and a "spool" sample of our new In-Color ribbon.



These notepads feature the new In-Color card stock as well as the new In-Color DSP. 
I used the DSP on the hot air balloon cards too. Here's a close up of the new ribbon.



And lastly, I always make everyone an In-Color bookmark. They're great to tuck into your catalog.


I punched out the butterflies using the carry over Butterfly Duet Punch. Just a warning, the butterflies and bits will go flying if you are punching lots of them!


I had to clean them up pretty quick as my sweet dog Lissa has a fondness for SU paper.

You should definitely check our the SU website and take a look at the new In-Colors. If you don't have a demo already, feel free to look here: audramonk.stampinup.net
If you need a catalog, let me know.

For more inspiration, click HERE or the next arrow below to see what the lovely Deb Naylor has to share.



It's so fun crafting with friends, here's a pic of lots of the crafty friends who came to join me this past Sunday for the Open House.


And here's a pic of Lissa and I snuggling for a bit after everyone left.


Have such a great time with your crafting and I'll see you next time!
Stay Crafty!
Audra











Thursday, May 30, 2019

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop, Hugs from Shelli

Hi Crafty Friends!
I'm sorry to have been missing a bit in Blog Land. It's been busy! Remember that you can always find me on Facebook (The Crafty Yogi) or Instagram (audra monk). But I am excited to share today! It's A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop time. AND, we are sharing alternate ideas using the May kit, which I like to call the Shelli kit.

All of the supplies in the kit are lovely and the cards as designed are super sweet. But one of the best things about Paper Pumpkin kits are the stamp sets. I use the stamps all the time. I used the sweet little flower stamp for some really pretty scrapbook pages.


My husband and I went down to Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms. It's a bit crazy, but we've lived in the DC area for 30 plus years, but we've never made a visit when the blossoms are in bloom. They were so beautiful! If you haven't been, you should totally put it on your bucket list. 
Here's a closer look:



Here's what the pages look like without pictures, can't you just see your own Springy pictures on these pages? Remember, please, please, please, print some pictures, don't leave them trapped on your phone. If you make some scrapbook pages, it's easy to just add pictures.


I also made a card to share.


This card uses our very new In Color of Pretty Peacock. It's such a pretty color. (You'll definitely want to order some when our new catalog goes live on June 4.)

Our Paper Pumpkin kits are so fun and so useful. Coming up in June is another super cute kit, that is great for sharing a little note with friends, family, and even strangers.


If you don't have a demonstrator and you want more info, just ask!

For more inspiration with the Shelli kit, click on the names below. 
Stay Crafty!
Audra














Wednesday, May 1, 2019

ICS Blog Hop, Cards for Dads, Geared Up Garage Bundle

Hi Crafty Friends!
Welcome to this month's ICS Blog Hop. This month we're sharing projects great for Dads. grads, brides, and babies. I am sharing cards great for Dads or the other men in your life.


I host a Just Cards class each month at my home. This month we are doing masculine cards so I thought these cards would be perfect to share for this blog hop.


We make two of each card design. I featured the Geared Up Garage suite for two of the projects. We're not really car people in my family, except for my oldest son. He has graduated from college and is in his first year of his first grown up job. He likes cars and has been learning from the internet how to fix them. In fact at this moment, we have his 1980 El Camino (non-running) taking up space in our garage as he lives in an apartment and has no where else to store it. So I had to get this suite to play with.


It's such a fun set, and there is great Designer Series paper as well as embellishments. 
Let's take a look at my more elaborate card first.


For the card front background, I used a new to me technique that I learned at the Maryland Stampers group event back in February. It's the faux denim technique.  This is a piece of Balmy Blue card stock that I dragged the Night of Navy ink pad across. Super cool and super easy to do. Did you notice the cool stitched shape behind the car? It's from a new set of dies, called Stitched Nested Labels, coming in our 2019-2020 catalog. I think this is such a fun card, it could be used for Father's Day or a birthday.


I love all the dimension and the cute little Classic Garage Metal Elements.

My next project is quick and easy. It lets the Classic Garage DSP be the star of the show.


I just love layers of paper! I used the 2" Punch and the Starburst Punch to highlight the sentiments.



I think the Classic Garage Suite is really great. And lots of it is carrying over to our new catalog. However if you like to save a little money, I'd buy the bundle now (save 10%) because this savings is only offered on a bundles first showing. And I'd definitely get the DSP if you have a car lover in your family.

My last set of cards does not use the Classic Garage Suite, but they are so cool, I've got to share pics of them too.


This is will be a play with our ink kind of class! I used our Sponge Brayers to make the layers of ink behind the cute cactus stamp. The stamp set is called Flowering Dessert and it's retiring June 3. I wanted to challenge myself to make a masculine card that was not blue, green, or gray. I saw a similar card on Pinterest by All Things Stampy, a demo from the UK. The colors are Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, and Calypso Coral.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to make some masculine cards.


For more inspiration, click HERE or the next arrow below to go to Terri's blog.


 Questions and comments are welcome! Need a demo or a catalog, contact me.
Stay Crafty!
Audra













Monday, April 29, 2019

A Crafting Celebration with a Crafty Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!
I love crafting and I love sharing crafting with friends. This past Friday was my Sale-A-Bration Celebratrion. It's a super fun event where I celebrate my team and some special customers who earn the event during Stampin' Up's Sale-A-Bration special. 
I invited everyone over for crafting, food, and fun.

We started the event off by making this super cute Crafting Sampler.



I tried out a new layout, and it really worked out well.
Measurements:

9 x 9 Whisper White
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Basic Gray
8 1/4 x 8 1/4 Bermuda Bay
Long Rectangles:  DSP, 3/4 x 7 1/4 , Calypso Coral, 1 x 7 1/2, Basic Gray, 1 1/8 x 7 3/8
Squares: 3 Blushing Bride and 3 Crushed Curry, 2 x 2, Calypso Coral, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Basic Gray, 2 3/8 x 2 3/8

This sampler uses two very fun craft themed stamp sets, Crafting Forever (143995) which is in our current annual catalog and carrying over to next year's catalog, and It Starts With Art (149303), a new set which has an entire suite of coordinating products. This suite will be available when the new 1019-2020 annual catalog goes live on June 4.




I totally agree with this! A little crafting, a little yoga, and life is so good.

Don't you just love the embossing? This is a new folder called Button Button. It's so cute! There are also coordinating dies in the die set that cut out and emboss individual buttons. So fun! You'll definitely need to add this suite to your order when the catalog goes live.


I colored the cute ribbon spools with our Stampin' Blends.



This project is so cute in the 9 x 9 Belmont shadow box frames from Michael's. Watch your sales and coupons and you can usually get the frames for $10 or less. We thought it looked great framed in all the colors (black, white, dark wood, and grey wood) so it could match your craft area.


After the crafting, we had fun with snacks, as well as checking out new products and the new annual catalog. It's so fun gathering together with other crafters. I'd love for you to join my team anytime or earn the event during SAB.




Not pictured is the chocolate fondue and the chocolate cream dip one of my downline brought.

And with all good crafty gatherings, you send your guests off with a cute little party favor.


I made these succulents with a new punch, based off of some samples shared by another demo at the Charlotte On Stage event. Info on how to make these will be coming in the future.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!
If you don't have a demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. Need a catalog? Let me know. I'll be ordering them this week. For the most up to date info and lots of pictures of projects, follow me on Facebook (The Crafty Yogi) or Instagram (audra monk). 
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Stay Crafty!
Audra