Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Valentine Framed Art Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!

Are you one of those people who decorate for each holiday? I'm one of those people who wish that I did. I love looking at the seasonal decorations at the store, and sometimes I do buy them and display them. But I can't quite make that seasonal magic happen (except maybe at Christmas, I think I do ok then). And I love the Valentine's Day stuff. It's so pretty all the reds and pinks and whites and the hearts. I love the hearts! So you'll understand why I am so pleased with this sampler.

I adore the All My Love suite in the Occasions catalog. The paper is so sweet! And the Be Mine Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, seriously, you need them.

Let's get the measurements out of the way, then we can take a closer look.

Large Square: Whisper White, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", Flirty Flamingo, 4 5/8" x 4 5/8", Lovely Lipstick, 4 3/4" x 4 3/4", DSP, 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" and 1" x 4 1/2"
Rectangle: DSP, 2" x 4 1/2", Flirty Flamingo, 2 1/8" x 4 5/8", Lovely Lipstick, 2 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Small Squares: DSP, 2" x 2", Flirty Flamingo, 2 1/8" x 2 1/8", Lovely Lipstick, 2 1/4"x 2 1/4"
Crumb Cake, 8 1/4" x 8 1/4", Flirty Flamingo, 8 5/8" x 8 5/8", Lovely Lipstick, 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"Whisper White, 9" x 9"

It's so bright and cheerful and it looks great on my shelf.

Let's take a closer look at the different parts of the sampler. When your putting a sampler together, use Stampin' Dimensionals liberally! (That is if you are using a shadowbox frame, as I am here. This is a 9" x 9" Belmont shadowbox frame from Michael's).

Banners for You with the coordinating dies, Bunches of Banners (I just love them!). I gave the I love you sentiment a teeny bit of bend when I mounted it on the block so that it would fit in the banner nicely. And isn't that stitched heart adorable? All My Love Ribbon.

All My Love DSP and die cuts. I heat embossed the Flirty Flamingo heart in white.

More pretty die cut hearts and DSP.

Same suite of products, plus the love die cut from the Well Written Framelit Dies. Use our adhesive sheets under the words and the detailed hearts.

The Sampler class is coming up on January 23rd. Rsvp by the 21st (or sooner, only 12 spots) to join the fun. This is also available as a Class to Go (no stamped images, but everything cut and die cut and ready to be assembled) for $25 plus shipping. Or as a completed piece for $30 plus shipping. (Frames not included). Rsvp with payment by 1/21. 
Email me for a payment link.

All of the super lovely products used to make this project can be purchased here:

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today.
Stay Crafty! And Sweet!

Monday, January 7, 2019

A Winter Sampler

Hi Crafty Fiends!
I'm a little late in getting this Framed Art Sampler posted, and I'm super sorry about it. But better late than never! So, I apologize in advance that some of the products aren't available any more, but fortunately, lots of these holiday products carried over.
I know there are also lots of good things that you could substitute so I'll mention them too. Remember, you can get as creative as you want! 

This project came about because of the Spring sampler we made earlier in the year. I decided we needed to make one for each season, similar but different so that I could hang them in my foyer. I am so happy that I did. I love them!

It makes me happy to look at them when I enter and exit the house. 

Let's start with the measurements:

Whisper White, 9" x 9"
Balmy Blue, 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Smoky Slate 8" x 8"
Long Rectangle: 
Whisper White, 2" x 7 1/8", Balmy Blue, 2 1/4" x 7 3/8", Whisper White, 2 3/8" x 7 1/2"
Medium Rectangle:
Whisper White, 2" x 4 1/2" and 1/2" x 4 1/2", Balmy Blue, 2 1/4" x 4 3/4", Whisper White, 2 3/8" x 4 7/8"
Whisper White, 2" x 2", Balmy Blue, 2 1/4" x 2 1/4", Whisper White, 2 3/8" x 2 3/8"

I embossed the Whisper White pieces with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and some with the Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder (it carried over, #147923 The ski's are from the Alpine Adventure set, it's retired, I think you could die cut some of the bare trees out from the In the Woods Framelits (it carried over!! The dies are #147919, you should totally order them and the stamp set, #147661, that's where the pretty tree came from, I'll show you more in a sec) in Early Espresso or Smoky Slate.

The snowflakes are from the Snowflake Showcase, which was a limited edition set. We have a few other snowflake dies you could use, such as the ones in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. This sweet owl from the Still Night bundle, retired. But I'm thinking you could use the branch from the Seasonal Layers set.

This is my favorite panel. I just adore these deer, and the tree. The Dashing Deer stamp set (#147728) and the Detailed Deer Framelits Dies (#147915) both carried over, you should order them too. I know, I'm telling you to buy lots of stuff, but it's all so pretty. I am really happy with how I made the layers here. I used dimensionals to pop up the extra strip of white, and the tree.

This tree from the Winter Woods set is so lovely.

It was important to have this project say Winter to go with the rest of my samplers. I used snowflakes from the Snowflake Sentiments set, it's in the Annual catalog. I stamped them in Versamark ink and embossed them in silver. Then I die cut them out with the Large Letters Framelits.

The Snowflake Elements are not available, but I think a die cut snowflake would work just as well.

I hope this post encourages you to create something wonderful to have for your home that you can enjoy for a long time. If you make one, let me know. I'd love to see what you make.

If you need help shopping, let me know. Our products are available here:

Here are the links to the blog posts for the other season samplers:
Stay Crafty!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

January's Class to Go, Happy Tails

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's time to get crafty! And if you are a dog lover, this is the class for you.

This class features the Happy Tails bundle, which is a photopolymer stamp set and a punch.

Here's a video so you can see all of the cuteness of the projects for this class.

Recommended inks are: Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake, Momento Black, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. These can be added to your order in Option 2. 
Porch pick up is free, or shipping is priority mail for $7 with options 1 & 2.

I'll place the order Sunday night, 1/13. When it gets in, I'll prepare the kits and package everything up for pick up or shipping by January 25.

There are 5 options for this class:

Option 1


Full Class: Happy Tails bundle (stamp set and punch, $36.70 (w/s&h&t) retail value), supplies for the 6 make and takes (2 each of the cards, 1 each of the projects) and 1 free sheet of Stampin' Dimensionals. The PDF with measurements and instructions and a link to the video tutorial.

Option 2 **Best Value**


Full Class Plus:  Happy Tails bundle (stamp set and punch, $36.70 (w/s&h&t) retail value), PLUS the 3 ink pads and the set of Stampin' Blends (different colors can be substituted). And 1 Free SAB product. *Contact me on this as if I need to ship it too you, the shipping price might change depending on the product selected.*  *see the SAB brochure HERE. Click shop now or the Sale-A-Bration banner. Supplies for the 6 make and takes (2 each of the cards, 1 each of the projects) and 1 free packet of Stampin' Dimensionals. The PDF with measurements and instructions and a link to the video tutorial.

Option 3


Already own the bundle? This is the option for you!
Supplies for the 6 make and takes (2 each of the cards, 1 each of the projects). The PDF with measurements and instructions and a link to the video tutorial.

Option 4

Just the PDF and link to the tutorial video.

Option 5

On my team? You get a discount!
$18 for the kit and the PDF, plus video tutorial.
$10 for the PDF and video tutorial. 

RSVP due with payment by Sunday 1/13.
Contact me at for payment link.

I look forward to helping you with your crafty needs.
Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Let's Sale-A-Brate! It's ICS Blog Hop Time

Hi Crafty Friends!
Happy New Year! It's one of the best times of the year, it's Sale-A-Bration! It's the time of year where Stampin' Up! gives us free stuff with qualifying purchases. And we're starting it off right with an ICS Blog Hop!

We are sharing projects using new products from our Occasions catalog, available for ordering starting January 3. My project this month features parts of the All My Love suite. 

I made the sweetest Valentine using the Meant to Be bundle (the framelits are amazing!) and the All My Love DSP. I also used the All My Love Ribbon Combo pack. I made LOTS of this card! I made it as a swap for a demonstrator group I'm in.

A swap is where you make a certain number of cards (in this case 38) and then trade them with others. It's great for me as in a week or so I'll have lots of beautiful cards to share using new products. I'll be sure to share them with you when I get them.

Here's a look at my swap prep process:

I cut all of the paper, die cut out the hearts, and stamped the greeting.

Remember to use our Adhesive Sheets behind the intricate die cuts so that you can stick them on super quick.

Then I put them all together!

Before they go in the mail, I put them in our clear envelopes to protect them.

That's a lot of love!

Then they go in a ziplock bag and get sent priority mail. The demonstrator hosting the swap sorts them all out and sends a packet containing different swaps back.

I'm really looking forward to receiving my swaps. They'll give me lots of inspiration for upcoming classes. But, I can give you some inspiration now! Click HERE or the next button below to see what Sharon has to share. 

Thanks for joining me and for checking out all the inspiration on the ICS Blog Hop.

Have a great time shopping With each $50 purchase, you can earn a free item from our Sale-A-Bration brochure. We also have great joining and shopping/hosting offers too!
Need a catalog? Let me know!
Live local to Frederick, MD? Join me at my Occasions Catalog Open House on Jan 13.

Stay Crafty!

Friday, December 21, 2018

New Products, Awesome Joining Offer, and an Easel Calendar Tutorial

Hi Crafty Friends!
It's almost Christmas and I may have put away the Christmas stamps for the season (maybe??).

So as all good crafters do, we want to know what's next and we're ready to play with new stuff. What's next is the upcoming 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration.

It's time for a new catalog full of awesome products and a great joining offer, as well as free stuff!
I'll have catalogs at all my events this month. You can also arrange to pick one up, and if you live farther from me, I'll mail you one. Let me know, I want to share all the great new stuff with you.

Our Sale-A-Bration (or SAB) is a great time to enhance you craft stash. Starting January 3rd until March 31, with each $50 spent, you can earn free product! You can also get lots of free product by joining my Crafty Corner Design Team ($99 plus tax to join $175 in product plus free shipping and a business kit!), or by hosting a party (book parties or Facebook parties too) or a class, at your place or mine. So many ways to get free stuff. I love SAB!

I'll be sharing lots over the next few weeks about all of the SAB offers. For the quickest and most up to date info, follow me on FaceBook or on Instagram (audra monk).

Let's take a look at some lovely new products and, I have a video tutorial.

We made this project at our team meeting this week. We got together for dinner, chatting, and crafting. It's so fun finding a group of people who love to craft as much as I do. For those that couldn't make the meeting, I'll have their projects and gifts ready for pick up or to be mailed. We're always looking for more crafty friends to join the team! I'm happy to answer any questions you have. I even have an joining info video on my YouTube channel! You can see it HERE

 Here's a closer look at the paper and stamp set. The project uses the Butterfly Gala Bundle (stamp set and punch) and the free Botanical Butterfly DSP.

And now, for the video tutorial on making the easel calendar. 
Measurements and supplies needed:
Card stock, 4 1/4" x 11", score at 5 1/2"
Easel base card stock, 3 1/2" x 4 1/4", score at 1/2", 1 3/4", and 3"
DSP, 4" x 5 1/4"
Card stock, 3 1/8" x 4 1/8"
DSP, 3" x 4"
3" x 4" mini calendars. I got them from HERE. (
Have a great time making one!

Here are a few of us at the end of our team meeting. I'm still not the greatest selfie taker, but I sure am super thankful to hang out with these nice ladies.

And Lissa the dog loves to see them too.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Cards Galore! ICS Blog Hop

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for the ICS Blog Hop.

Today we're sharing Christmas Cards. And I am going to share a bunch! Last weekend I had a class at The Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast. It's a lovely location, and it was all decorated for Christmas. I designed (with help from the catalog, our Demo group, and a sketch challenge) 5 cards that show off a range of styles and used a variety of sets. Let's have a look at the Inn and my cards.

Isn't the Inn lovely? 
Let's take a look at the cards now:

So Santa stamp set with Tropical Escape DSP. Stamped in Momento Ink and colored with our Stampin' Blends.

Alpine Sports Thinlits and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
Tip: Use our adhesive sheets to make your sled a sticker! Add the adhesive paper to the card stock, then die cut.

 Merry Christmas to All bundle and the Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder. Plus the super awesome Sprig Punch. I used the Adhesive Sheets for the die cut words too.

The Warm Hearted stamp set (host stamp set) and the Festive Farmhouse DSP. This is one of my favorite card designs, such a quick and fun way to make any kind of card.

The Making Christmas Bright bundle and Santa's Workshop DSP. Plus Chalk Marker and Wink of Stella on the light bulbs.

I had a really great time sharing card making with new crafters and old friends. You should definitely plan a craft day with friends.

There were cookies, of course.

I love how all of the wonderful products from Stampin' Up can help us make lovely projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Have a great time going through the entire hop. I know that you will be inspired to make some of your own Christmas cards.
Start HERE (or the next button below) to see what my good friend Megan has to share.

We've got a lot going on at Stampin' Up! We're on the last month of our Holiday catalog and the Year End Closeout has started. Select products are on sale, while supplies last. So shop soon for the best selection. Click HERE to check it out.

Need help? Card design or products, let me know.
Happy Crafting!