Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing, June 2017

I think the June kit, called One in a Melon is so cute! I mean, first the name! I mean, who, who, doesn't love a good pun. Here is a quick unboxing video, so you can see all of the elements.

For my alternative project, I made the gift bag into a box. 

It was pretty simple really. I decided how tall I wanted to make the box. In this case, about 3 inches. I cut out part of one wide panel on the bag and a little bit less on each side panel. Then I assembled the box. The front panel decorations use the stamps and supplies from the kit. The strip for the banner is from the piece in the center of the circle elements. The black dots are 2 of the White Perfect Accents colored black with a Sharpie. Even though they are self adhesive, I used Glue Dots to attach them to the banner and the box. I cut the tissue paper a bit smaller to line the box.

For more ideas and inspiration, click HERE or the graphic below to see what Carolynn has to share. And then come see us again next month for more ideas.
Stay Crafty!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Let the Christmas Cards Begin!!


It's the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year. I can't say my favorite, because there is so much I like about summer (the beach, warm days, kids home). There's a lot I like about fall (new school years, pretty trees, cooler weather, Halloween stuff). And spring (warmer days, the world becoming green again, and flowers). So, maybe winter isn't my favorite, but a good snow storm and hot drinks make it worth all the cold. But what makes winter pretty awesome is Christmas.

The colors, the decorations, the feel good commercials. Having family and friends gather together. But most important, Christmas cards! I love everything about them. Making them, sending them, receiving them, looking at them.

I am starting my Christmas card making classes next week! I'm trying something new this year, I'm calling it a Christmas Card Club. The club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, at 10am and 7 pm. EXCEPT for the month of July! For July we're meeting on Wednesday, July 5 at 7pm (although if you gather a few friends, I am happy to schedule a private class for you--I can also do a to go packet, just ask!). We'll make two each of three card designs for $18. All supplies are included for in person classes. The classes will run right through December. If you attend all 6 (or all 5 daytime classes) you will receive a fun gift from me! (And don't worry, there will be more Christmas card classes, stay tuned for schedule updates).

But enough chit chat, let's look at the projects!

Ahhh, I'm so happy with my first set of Christmas cards. Warm Christmasy colors and hot drinks, what more could a Christmas card maker want?

First up are two cards using a new Holiday set from the annual catalog called Merry Mistletoe. The first card is cased (copy and share everything) from page 112 of the catalog. 

The second project with the same set shows off more of our new Be Merry DSP.

In each class, I like to have at least one card that's not quite so traditional. I think this next card fits the bill. It shows off our new Coffee Cafe bundle and a returning favorite, Flurry of Wishes. 
Here's a closer look:

I also have some exciting news from Stampin' Up!
We have a couple of great promotions for July. First up, Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you  spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. How cool is that?  You can order from my online store, just click that "shop" button on the right or contact me. 
(Wait till July 1 for the coupons, but I won't mind if you order something now).

Our second promotion is even more amazing! Join my team in July during Our Christmas in July promotion. It makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! All new recruits will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN)! Can you believe it? It's an amazing deal on top of the regular joining plan of $125 in product for $99 with free shipping. Want to know more, ask!

Wow, this is a doozy of a blog post. I hope you have been inspired to create and to know more about Stampin' Up.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Stay Crafty!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Red, White, and Blue Framed Art

I'm really getting to like my monthly sampler framed art classes. It's fun to have a theme and then dive into the Stampin' Up catalog and plan out the project. I am particularly happy with this month's project. Last weekend my husband and I were taking our son to Lenox, MA to drop him off for a two week percussion seminar. I used some of the car riding time to sketch out my design. Then the most exciting part is when I sat down a week later, it worked!

Measurements in inches:
Whisper White base, 9 x 9
Night of Navy base, 8 1/2 x 8 1/2
Long panels: Whisper White, 2 x 4 1/2, Real Red, 2 1/4 x 4 3/4, Whisper White, 2 3/8 x 4 5/8
Square panels: Whisper White, 2 x 2, Real Red, 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, Whisper White, 2 3/8 x 2 3/8

Real Red, Night of Navy, Archival Black, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake

The theme for this month is red, white, and blue. So thinking Americana, my number one set in mind was Bike Ride (which on a fun note, was my Prize Patrol prize from the April On Stage event) and it's matching Build a Bike Framelits Dies. I mean, how cute is this bike? The basket of apples is from the same set.

Next up are some very cute kites using the Swirly Bird stamp set. I cased this layout from the sample in the SU catalog. The kites and bows did need to be fussy cut, as the coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, coordinate, but don't cut out these elements. I used the dies and the dot stamp to add some atmosphere to this panel.

I used the Letters for You (love these!) and their matching framelits for the letters. The fireworks behind the letters are from the super fun host set called In the City. The Yay! stamp comes from the Celebration Time stamp set and the Adirondack chair and the cute little cup are from Colorful Seasons and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

I'm excited to share the project with my crafty friends in class next week. 
Here it is all framed up. I use the RIBBA 9 x 9 frames from Ikea.

And when you spend a bit of time creating, sometimes you end up with a creative mess!

Haha! Not too bad really.
Thank you so much for stopping by! And good luck creating your own.
Stay Crafty!

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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!