Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
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Monday, July 31, 2017

Coffee, friend?!

Hello there!  Time to get a whole new week started already!  Have you seen the cool new stamp set called Coffee Cafe?  It is hot, hot, hot (see what I did there?!) right now!  It is such a fun set!  You can make coffee or tea or smoothies or cappuccinos or lattes or...tons of possibilities.  I love when a stamp set is versatile enough to offer lots and lots of different options and this is definitely one of those! Today I made a big ole' frothy cup of coffee goodness.  I am a coffee drinker...I think!  I like my coffee heavy on the side of creams and sugar and fluffy whipped topping stuff spilling out of the top.  Does that still count?! :)  On to my card!

I used the Coffee Cafe stamp set with matching Framelits to make this little guy!  I also used the Window Shopping stamp set for the sentiment and the little heart and dot panels peeking out from under neath the coffee cup.  There is a lot going on on this card!  I stamped a border using the tiny little heart stamp from Coffee Cafe. I layered lots of things! I also raised the coffee cup up to make the fluffy cool whippy stuff appear to be inside of the cup. So much yum!

I wanted to  carry the color scheme through out the whole card, so I layered lots of things using the same colors.  I added the little gold dots using the Gold Glimmer paper to add a touch of sparkle and finally added a rhinestone to the heart.  This was a really fun card to make!

Coffee = yum! 

Here are the products that I used to make this card:

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Ok, think I will go and refill my coffee cup! I hope that you have a wonderful Monday!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Christmas in July class fun!!

Hey there!  I have some really fun pictures to share with you today!  I hosted my first stamping class in over two years Thursday night and we had an absolute blast!  We had a full house and there was lots of stamping, giggling and snacking going on!  I planned several projects for the girls to do and thought it would be fun to share those with you guys. I wish you all could have attended, but since you couldn't make it I'll post here and we can pretend you were there...let's get started!

First, I put out the holiday welcome mat!  Welcome to the party!

Next I hung a wreath to set the mood and played Christmas Carols. I had Christmas cookies baking as everyone arrived!  Yum!

I set out a few decorations!

Nutcrackers and some garland!

Displayed some Christmas cards and projects!

I set the table. Everyone got a few little goodies to say thank you for attending

I even set up a tree and lit the lights!  Nothing says Merry Christmas like twinkling, glimmering lights!

I made everyone a wooden crate (using the Crate framelits) full of candy !  I used the Pansy punch and Blossom Builder punch to make the flower.  

Very first thing we did was to play a game!  I paired everyone up and one person made the card while the other person directed them how to...the catch was that the person making the card had to close their eyes!  Fun!  Also, they were working against the clock!  2 minutes to make their card!  I think they all did an AWESOME job!!

Then I showed everyone how to make a quick gift holder.  ((Big thank you to my friend Traci for sharing this idea with me!))  These are great for little gifts for a friend, or bank teller or mail carrier etc.  They are super quick and super easy, but are simply adorable!

Ok, on to the first project!  We made a one sheet box that later held almost all of the projects we made.  Then we made a little matching 3 x 3 card.

This box is also a great little gift holder!

The matching card.

Box from the front.

2nd project was a shaker card using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and the Window framelits.

We added sequin snow and a cheery holiday bow on top of the window!

Side view of the adhesive strips.  The background is embossed with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

Next project was a flip and twist card.

Step one!

Step two!

Step three!!

The card completely opened up!  Fun stuff!

We made a little bit of house decor too! Project number 4!

I just loooove this sweet deer!

Last one was a tag!

The flower matched the flower on the candy crates!

And that was the party!

Sadly, I forgot to get a shot of the food!  We had cookies and cake and crackers and dip and fruit!

I had forgotten just how much fun classes can be!  I am already excited about the next one!

We used a ton of different products, so I won't be listing them individually, but if you have questions please feel free to ask away!

I hope you enjoyed the class (even if you attended virtually!)  

I will be back soonest with more to share!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Simple joys and some scraps!

Hi there! Middle of the week...already! I needed one more Christmas card for my Christmas in July class, so I challenged myself to use the scraps piled up on my stamp desk this morning.  Do you have piles of scraps?  My piles have many piles!  I should probably spend a whole day, or week...or month challenging myself to use up some of my scrap piles!  So. Many. Piles!   Ok, on to today's card (compiled of 96% scraps!): many scraps!  It cleaned up alright and came together pretty well to be a pile of scraps though! :)    The green strips were leftovers from another project, as was the negative image of the deer and the gold circle (other half from another card!).  Only thing I broke into a new pack of paper for was the card base.  Even the Garden Green background was from my scrap pile!  It has a big ole' punch punched out of the middle of it. Recycling scraps for the win!!

Side view!  I used Emerald Envy (one of the pretty In Colors) to stamp my sentiment.  I carried gold across the card by using the Holiday Berry Builder punch for my small circles, the Decorative Ribbon border punch on the side of the Crumb Cake deer negative image cutout and then a half circle from the 1 3/4" Circle punch for the side.  Bump, bump, bump!

This sweet deer makes my heart pitter patter!  The negative image is almost as cute as the actual deer piece.   Note to self...keep the negative pieces!  They make great card images!

Here are the goodies I used to make my card (in case you don't have these particular piles on your stamp desk!):

Today I challenge you to make good use of your scrap piles!!  Let's see what you come up with!  Have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with more to share!