Wednesday, June 7, 2017

ICS Blog Hop, It's a Guy Thing





It's the first Wednesday of the month, so it's time to Inspire, Create, and Share, with the ICS blog hop. This month we are sharing projects with a guy theme. So, I decided to celebrate my guy. (Well, one of them). Our youngest child graduated from High School this past week, so of course, I had to make him a card. His school colors are navy and grey, and his favorite color is bright green. So, I decided to combine them. I was pretty happy with the results!


This card features one of our new in colors, Lemon Lime Twist. The card is on a Night of Navy base and the congrats is die cut from Night of Navy too. The fun patterned DSP is from the new Naturally Eclectic DSP. (Just in case you didn't know, we have a new catalog, full of all kids of great stuff). 

I like the card because it's simple and fun. But the best part is how happy my son was with it when he opened it. That sure does make a card making mom happy.

Here we are after his graduation ceremony.

And I just had to share this too! Here he is, kindergarten graduation and 12th grade.

I made a second card for him to give to a friend, I just changed it up a bit, using our foil paper instead of DSP. I embossed it with our new Oh My Stars embossing folder. 


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. 
For more inspiration, click HERE or the graphic below to see what Terri has to share.
Stay Crafty!











Tuesday, May 30, 2017

New! Color Theory Club

Hi Crafty Friends!

I'm so excited! The new Stampin' Up catalog goes live in less than 2 days!! There is so much new wonderful stuff, it's gonna be hard to narrow down my list. One thing I know, is that there will be lots of items from the Color Theory Suite on it. I love the suite so much, that I've decided to center a new class around it. If you have a catalog, open it up to page 147. Need a catalog, let me know.

In this class, we'll make 4 projects AND each participant will go home with a totally awesome goodie bag of product to use at home. It's a win win! Something to use in class and something to use at home. The class will be offered every other month, and feature the upcoming season. If you attend all 4, there's a bonus! This class is also available as a to go option (additional fee for shipping). The class fee is $30 ($25 for demonstrators).

For June, it's all about summer! Here's what we're making this month:

Aren't they lovely? 

Here's a closer look at each one:

This cutie, is a CASE from the catalog.

I love these Adirondack chairs.

This card just says "relax, it's summer" to me.

And, I think this one might be my favorite...

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look. Registration for June's class is due by tomorrow, May 31. Look for updates on August's class mid July. As always, if I can help you in any way on your crafty journey, let me know. You can reach me by email at audramonk@yahoo.com.

Stay Crafty!


Monday, May 29, 2017

New Catalog Ribbon Share


Do you love ribbons? I do! They add texture and often a little pop of color to a project. They're also so tactile, they feel so nice to touch.

This card features the new in color, Berry Burst.


This year's catalog has a ton of amazing new ribbon! If you were to buy 1 roll of each, it would cost $398.05!! Most of us aren't prepared to do that (if you are, let me know!). 

So, I'm offering my first ever Ribbon Share.

I've come up with several options, each share of ribbon is 2 yards, and will be packaged neatly in a cello bag. Each order will include a small gift. You can purchase more than 1 share.
This is a prepay program.
Payment for round 1 is due May 31st. This is the quickest way to get your hands on the new ribbon!
I will offer a second round at my Open House on June 11.

Cash, check, or Paypal (to audramonk@yahoo.com). If you want it mailed, there will be a postage fee. To reserve your share, email me at audramonk@yahoo.com, I'll email you a total and if you like, a Paypal invoice (it's quick and easy to make an account and you can use a credit card).
Are you a demo? It's a 20% discount!

I want it all! $79.61 2 yards of each new ribbon from the options below.
Everything but the In Colors, $64.13.
Both In Colors, $15.48
2017-2019 In Color Ribbon, $7.74.
2016-2017 In Color Ribbon, $7.74.
Fancy Ribbon, 6 kinds (the ribbons with stitching, special edges, etc) $32.36.
Regular Ribbon, 6 kinds, $34.29.

The new 2017-2019 In Color Ribbon

The new 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon

Contact me ASAP! We're doing this ribbon share in sets of 5. Want a little more? You can do more than one share. Cool, huh? Questions? Contact me, audramonk@yahoo.com

Stay Crafty!
(and use ribbon!)



Friday, May 26, 2017

Lift Me Up Framed Art Sampler

Hi Crafty Friends!

I am so excited to share my second framed art sampler. I've started a monthly class where we get together to make a seasonal sampler. I'm enjoying stretching my creative energies to some home decor projects.

This month, May, we're on the cusp of summer and I thought it would be fun to play with the lift me up bundle. Many years ago, for one of our anniversaries, my husband and I went for a hot air balloon ride. It was magical! It feels like you're floating...which, I guess you are. If you have the chance, you should do it!

And my next biggest inspiration was the retiring Cupcakes and Carousel Designer Paper Stack (which is marked down and available till May 31, as supplies last). I've also used the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment kit.

The paper is so beautiful, a bit vintage, and the colors...

Listen to this list of colors: So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach, Early Expresso, and Very Vanilla. All so lovely and cheery.

For basic measurements, you can check out this post. For this project, I added an extra layer of DSP, 1/4" bigger to each square. If you need more info than that, just let me know and I'd be happy to help.

Now, let me share all the beautiful pictures, enjoy.








And here's what the project looks like framed:


I just love it when I can make something that makes me happy. and to let you know, it wasn't all that easy. The ideas had been rattling around in my head for awhile but on my work day, it was a bit of work. The cool thing about a sampler is you can focus on each small section and then how they go together. Anyhow, I'm pleased. I hope I've inspired you to create something similar! 

I do have a limited number of to go kits available for this project for $20 (no frame, add frame for $10 more) plus shipping. The kits include all of the paper and embellishments, but not the stamps, ink, or adhesives (however these can be added). 

Stay Crafty!






Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing, May




Hi Crafty Friends!
This month I am hopping along with a bunch of lovely Stampin' Up demos sharing alternative projects for the May Paper Pumpkin kit. I love this kit! Did I tell you how much I love this month's kit? It's so cute and pretty versatile.

My project stays pretty true to the donut theme. I had a fun time making a pile of donuts.


I cut the donut shaped cards in half to make the donuts, then I cut the pink donuts in half to make the bottom layer of donuts. Pretty cool, yes? The other fun thing I did was cut the bit of chocolate icing that I removed from the center of the donut into pieces to make sprinkles that I could stick onto the sentiment banner.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Click HERE to be inspired by Cathy Caines. Or click the next button below.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Introducing Fresh Fig, Swap Card

Hi Crafty Friends!
Today I have a quick share for you. As you might already know, Stampin' Up has a new catalog coming out and I wanted to share a little of the new stuff with you. One of the ways demos can get ideas is by sharing, and one way demos share is by participating in swaps. I'm participating in a mail in swap. I'll be mailing my contribution out tomorrow and next week, I'll get an envelope in the mail with a bunch of awesome cards in it! Pretty cool.

So today, let me introduce you to one of our new in colors, Fresh Fig (you may have seen this beautiful color a few posts ago on the ICS blog hop). It's such a rich, lovely color. I though it would be just right for a wedding card. The Eastern Palace DSP had just the right piece of paper for my card. (By the way, these two items are available early in special bundles, contact me for more info or click the shop now button). The flowers are from a new stamp set called Wood Words, and the sentiment is from the Banners for You set, which is carrying over.



As you can see, I love to play with layers of paper. 
Here is my formula:

Fresh Fig Wedding Card Paper Sizes
in inches:

Very Vanilla: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8
Eastern Palace DSP: 5 x 3 3/4 
Very Vanilla: 4 x 2 1/2 
Fresh Fig: 3 7/8 x 2 3/8
Very Vanilla (stamped piece): 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 

It's also fun to see a bunch of the same cards!


Now to pack them up and get them in the mail.
Stay Crafty!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Cards By the Seashore 2017

Hi Crafty Friends!

I'm having a Cards By the Seashore Just Cards Class next week. I'm offering it on two days, and they are both sold out! Wow! That tells me that lots of card makers love the beach. I love the beach, in fact, I'm pretty excited as I just booked a beach house in Lewes, Delaware for a week this summer. Lewes is one of my favorite places...but I digress, let's talk about the cards!

This set of cards features a wide variety of styles and stamp sets. I'm using soon to be retiring sets, (better order them quick, they're only available until May 31) a carrying over set, and an incoming set. Here's the whole line up. Ahhh...feels just like a day at the beach.


Let's take a closer look.

Lots of bright colors with this card! Day at the Beach stamp set and Festive Birthday DSP.


Here's a bold patriotic card. I've made it for Father's Day, but it would also make a great birthday card. Stamp sets: From Land to Sea, Thoughtful Banners, and a little Gorgeous Grunge (boy will I miss that set!). The DSP is Floral Boutique.


I did some embossing in white on this card. The stamp set is Wetlands. The ribbon is a new one! There are so many lovely new ribbons in the new catalog, I can't wait till June 1.


This cutie uses the stamp set Seaside Shore and the coordinating DSP. The DSP is retiring, but the stamp set is carrying over into the new catalog.

Here is the final card, it's using a new stamp set called Colorful Seasons and the coordinating thinlits. This set is amazing! I'm adding a new class centered around the whole product suite. Stay tuned for more details. I've included a video on how to stamp the background, in which I used the High Tide stamp set. It is carrying over!


Isn't it lovely!

Here's the video:



I've started cutting paper for class, I love piles of freshly cut paper.


And to finish us off, here's some pictures of the beach! We stopped by Carolina Beach in North Carolina while visiting family last weekend. It was pretty chilly, but still lovely to see the ocean.


Thanks for checking out my beachy cards. 
Stay Crafty!
Audra