Friday, November 17, 2017

More to Help You Make These Cards Yourself

I love the cards we were to make at my Christmas Retreat tomorrow.  However, life got in the way and it turns out that I chose a very poor date for this - a date already full of many other fun activities going on in the area, not to mention dealing with some family illness and emergencies of our own.  Thankfully, things have settled down a bit in our lives and I have the kits all made for you.  Contact me to reserve your kit --- while supplies last.  If you are making yours on your own, with your own supplies, this post will help you, too.
Here are the cards:
Here, the cards are numbered and you'll be able to recognize them, if you're using my kits, by the pieces in each little cello bag.
Your felt pieces will be in a little cello bag together, inside your gift tote bag.  I gave you some trees, too, to use as you wish.
If you don't have the stamps I used, find one of your stamps that is a similar size.
Card #4 kept me busy cutting out all these pieces!  Try moving them around to see where you like the placement before you attach them.  There are dimensionals and Liquid Tombow in your kits:)
I did not add the berries to your wreaths.  I wanted to leave them optional.  You can even add them with a fine tipped marker.  After you add your letters, you'll trim down the top two layers on your card.
You'll find supplies to make two silver and one gold card, along with a cute little tiny tin that contains your charms.  Surprise.  Another gift I gave those ordering my kits was a little too large to fit into my gift tote, so it will be in your Stampin' Up! bag.  Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.
I only have 3 kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours. 

Below, are remaining items from my Christmas Boutique.  These make great teacher, co-worker, neighbor, bus driver, mail person, friend, or someone else - for when you just want to give 'a little something' to someone.  I've had so much fun sharing mine!  They make great stocking stuffers, too. 
I still have the beautiful red dishes, too.  Contact me if you're interested.  The price is a steal:)
You can see them in a  photo over on the left of my blog.

Here are the stamp sets and inks I used for my cards:
#1 - Cheers to the Year and Watercolor Christmas / Real Red ink
#2 - Ready for Christmas and Tags and Trimmings ' Real Red ink
#3 - Merry Mistletoe / Cherry Cobbler ink
#4 - Hang Your Stocking and Snowflake Sentiments / Basic Black ink
#5 - Painted Harvest and Christmas Happiness / Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler inks
#6 - Flurry of Wishes and Cheers to the Year / Basic Black ink
Take one or two of your favorite snowflake stamps and decorate the insides of your cards and your envelopes.

UP NEXT:

November 18 -- Christmas Retreat / KITS ONLY
     10:00-3:00 / NOW $40.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes all materials to make 18 cards.  

December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Simple 'Joy' Project ... A Joy to Create and A Joy to Display

I am over half-way finished with making up the kits and gift totes for the Christmas Retreat.  Since we've had to go to 'kits only' for this class, I'd suggest that you come up with your own ways to make this into your Retreat.  I know you'll enjoy making all 18 cards.  If you're wondering why it takes so long to make up your kit ...
When I'm finished, I will have put together enough kits to make over 180 cards.  Whew!  I look forward to hearing how your Retreat went and how you enjoyed finding your little surprise gifts.

While you're waiting on your kit, enjoy today's post.  It's one of my most favorite projects that I've ever made.  It brought me joy to create it, and now joy to enjoy having it on display ... and ... it will be a joy to reuse it as a part of my Christmas decor for years to come.
I've had this idea to create this project for a couple of years now.  It's lived in my head all this time.  This year, I finally took the time to make it happen.  I love it!  I've combined silver and gold embossing (mostly silver) and the word 'Joy' is cut from black CS and then silver foil.  I wanted the blue behind the beautiful star to be lighter than the DSP, so I layered it under a piece of vellum CS.  I wanted mostly silver on this project because I created it to pair with a gorgeous trio of silver angels.
Love, love, love it!  I added the light touches of gold to my project so it would tie in with all the silver and gold already on display.  The library cabinet that has the angels atop is right next to my mission style library table, where I have all the silver, gold, copper and even champagne.  I'll share an update on that soon, too.  Library cabinet?  Library table?  Gee, do you think it's that obvious that I used to be a teacher.  Seriously though, I love this style of furniture.

One thing I learned from this project is that I can go to my local craft store and have them cut a mat exactly the size I want, as well as the dimensions for the opening.  I never would have found a frame already on sale with these exact dimensions.  This is actually my second most favorite project for this year.  Wait until you see my number one!

 UP NEXT:

November 18 -- Christmas Retreat / KITS ONLY
     10:00-3:00 / NOW $40.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes all materials to make 18 cards. 
NOTE:
We are having a TON of conflicts come up with this date.  I am doing 'kits only' for this class.  I'm thinking that there is NO 'good date' in November for a big Saturday class.  I will have to  rethink this for next year.
   
I only have 3 kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours. 

December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

They've done it again!

Well, Stampin' Up! has done it again.  They've come up with a new product that looks to be just wonderful.  It's similar to the MISTI and Ranger's Stamping Platform, but it does a few other great things that look to be fabulous ... and I do suppose we should put it on our wish list right now:)
Click here to see a video and learn 5 new things about the soon to be here Stamparatus.

Stamparatus - 5 Things

Here are some peeks at the new Stamparatus.

 

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • I need product details!
    • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
    • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
    • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
    • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
    • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
    • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
    • Magnet storage areas
    • Retail Price–$49.00 US
    • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
    • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
    Reserve now for the November 16-30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16. While supplies last.


    • OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS:
      Our Open House/Christmas Party orders are almost here.  I'm still trying to find out why there was a slight delay.  I hope to get them all checked, sorted and in your bags by tomorrow afternoon, if this delivery stays on schedule.  I'll contact you when they are ready for pick-up.

      UP NEXT:
      November 18 -- Christmas Retreat
           10:00-3:00 / $45.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
           Fee includes materials, light lunch, and a ton of fun. 
      NOTE:
      We are having a TON of conflicts come up with this date.  I will have to go to 'kits only' for this class.  I'm thinking that there is NO 'good date' in November for a big Saturday class.  I will have to rethink this for next year.  I only have a few kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours.  In your kit, I'll have everything you need to create your 18 cards.  The class fee is now $40.00, removing the lunch expense.

      December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
           5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

      - Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
      - Come back often for more creative inspiration.
      - Let's create something beautiful today.





Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Stockings Were Hung in My Studio With Care ... and Some Tips On Creating Your Own

The stockings were hung in my studio with care ... in hopes that my customers would soon be there ..... to see and enjoy what I love to create and share.  Ok, I may be an artist but a poet ... not so much:)  I loved making my stockings this year ----- 31 stockings, in fact.  Warning:  If you decide to get these thinlits dies, they can be very addictive.  Just sayin' ... You have been warned.  We had a wonderful, wonderful time at my class last night and they were delighted with all the stockings.  Enjoy today's post .... and then ... go create something beautiful!  But wait!  There's more!  Be sure to check out my tips if you plan on making some stockings.  There's even a link to a video to help you.
Now, talk about a photo challenge!  As you can see, they're everywhere!

A closer view:

My curly-headed baby:)
Helpful tips:
- Some people use Tear and Tape Adhesive for this project.
- Some people use Fast Fuse Adhesive.
- I think both work well.  I used my Fast Fuse, simply because it was out and handy.
- The funny little 'slot' thinlit piece can be used to give more dimension to the jingle bell.
- Some people used it to cut an opening for their ribbon.  I just punched a hole for it.
- I found that the heavier DSP and the regular DSP both worked worked well for this project.
- The only thinlit that I needed to cut using my Precision Plate was the snowflake.
- Click here to see the latest Stampin' Up! video on making these fun stockings.

The 'banner' hangs behind the bar where I do the bulk of my stamping and paper crafting.  It's so much nicer to work in a happy and inspiring work space.
UP NEXT:
November 18 -- Christmas Retreat
     10:00-3:00 / $45.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes materials, light lunch, and a ton of fun. 
NOTE:
We are having a TON of conflicts come up with this date.  I may have to go to 'kits only' for this class.  I'm thinking that there is NO 'good date' in November for a big Saturday class.  I will have to rethink this for next year.  I only have a few kits remaining, so sign up fast to reserve yours.  In your kit, I'll have everything you need to create your 18 cards.  If you sign up for just the kit, I'll adjust your class fee (to remove lunch expense for you).

December 11 -- Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Boutique Photo is Very Difficult to Pull Off

There are 2 kinds of photos that stand out in my mind as being a tough job.  One is a group photo in a living room or around a dining table.  The other is sharing items I made for my Boutique.  The photos just don't do justice to real life fun.  Here's a little peek at some of the things I made for my boutique this year.  I really had fun making them. 
I love our Acrylic Card Boxes and our Mini Pizza Boxes.  They make up into great little gifts.
Many of the items I made with stocking stuffers in mind.  Many contain some wonderful chocolate inside, too.  Little gifts like these are excellent for when you just want to give 'a little something' to a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or a teacher.  Don't forget school bus drivers and Sunday School teachers, too.  The list could go on a lot longer, I'm sure.
You can't see them in the photos but I made up a bunch of our Acrylic Card Boxes with Christmas DSP for belly bands and fun embellishments and put Ghiradelli chocolates inside, along with the poem 'This Year's Homemade Christmas Fudge.'  How fun!  The little box with tiny drawers in the back is for an Advent Calendar.
My cute little Advent Calendar.  You can put tiny treats in each of the little drawers.
 I made up a lot of Mini Pizza Boxes:)  Also, below, I made up some little gift bags with mini bottles of lotion.  It is thick and luxurious and smells wonderful.
I have a variety of fridge magnets and darling little tins.  There just might be some of those at my Christmas Retreat:)
I have an entire set of beautiful red dishes.  They'd look gorgeous at your Christmas dinner.
I've sold them individually, so I have varying numbers of them left.
8 large dinner plates
9 salad plates
5 soup bowls
2 large serving bowls (not in the photo)
I love them but we just don't use them all any more.  They need a good home.
All the dishes are $2.00 each or the entire lot for $35.00!!  What a steal:) 

My Christmas Boutique is open by appointment and at my Nov. 13 and 18 classes.  After that, I will close it out to make more room for class and family activities.

A FUN REMINDER:
Those who attended the party (or ordered online) had the opportunity to earn the following ---
- Orders of $25. or more ...
  - a mini pizza box with surprises inside.
- Orders of $25. or more ...
  -a coupon for $10. off the fee for my Christmas Retreat.
- Orders of $50. or more ...
  - a mini pizza box with surprises inside.
  - a coupon for $10. off the fee for my Christmas Retreat.
  - a coupon for a free $15. class.
  - a token.
ALL WHO ORDERED ONLINE OR AT THE PARTY WILL RECEIVE A FUN COCOA PACKET GIFT IN WITH THEIR ORDER.
Like I said ... What a party!!! 
 
UP NEXT:
November Classes / Events:
November 13 -- Scraps and Prayers / TONIGHT:)
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Home Decor Project for Christmas
November 18 -- Christmas Retreat
     10:00-3:00 / $45.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes materials, light lunch, and a ton of fun. 

December 11 Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Let's Take a Closer Look at My Retreat Cards

I go through quite a process whenever I design cards that I'll use for a class or event.  I always want a variety in style and color, some pretty cards, some fun cards and cards that can be made within the time frame of the class ... without stress.  I want the class to be fun and relaxing and send people home with smiles on their faces - glad that they came.  Here's what I came up with for my Christmas Retreat.
The first 3 cards (above) are combing wonderful embossing folders, DSP, Stitched Felt pieces and shimmery snowflakes.
The Painted Harvest set is not just for Fall.  You can make a great wreath with it.  I daringly mixed plaid with stripes, when combining the plaid background and the striped ribbon.  I like it.
I love the bold black and white background of the card below.  The dies for the deer, greenery and 3  pines are wonderful.
I love the paper that looks like a starry sky.  I thought it was perfect for a winter scene.  I tried a circle, but the oval worked best.
We'll make 2 silver and 1 gold version of the design below.  There's a secret surprise that comes with this card, but only my Christmas Retreat guests will get to see it:)  I added a thin, black layer to this card and it really bumped up the 'wow' factor.  A black layer can add so much to a design.
I may show you a sneak peek at the totes I'm making for each class attendee.  They'll hold class kits and some cute little surprise gifts.  I still have to decide what we'll have for lunch that day.  My husband is pushing for Jimmy John's sandwiches and chips.  That's because he loves chips:)

A FUN REMINDER:
Those who attended the party (or ordered online) had the opportunity to earn the following ---
- Orders of $25. or more ...
  - a mini pizza box with surprises inside.
- Orders of $25. or more ...
  -a coupon for $10. off the fee for my Christmas Retreat.
- Orders of $50. or more ...
  - a mini pizza box with surprises inside.
  - a coupon for $10. off the fee for my Christmas Retreat.
  - a coupon for a free $15. class.
  - a token.
ALL WHO ORDERED ONLINE OR AT THE PARTY WILL RECEIVE A FUN COCOA PACKET GIFT IN WITH THEIR ORDER.
Like I said ... What a party!!! 

UP NEXT:
November Classes / Events:
November 13 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Home Decor Project for Christmas
November 18 -- Christmas Retreat
     10:00-3:00 / $45.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes materials, light lunch, and a ton of fun. 

December 11 Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Party Winners / A Glittery White Snowflake Card

I had this idea in my head that I wanted to use our new snowflake embossing folder (Winter Wonder TIEF) and have a clean, white card ... but I wanted my snowflake to sparkle.  So... I got out my retired Iridescent Ice EP and went to town.  I embossed the snowflake on our Thick White CS, which, by the way, gave me a super impression.  Then, I gently covered the raised part of the snowflake with VersaMark Ink, covered it with my embossing powder, and heat embossed it.  It came gorgeous but, alas, I can't fully capture the beauty in a photo.
Whenever I create an all white or nearly white card, I like to add a layer to the card base.  It really bumps up the elegance of a card to have another layer.  For this one, I put it on with dimensionals.
This is a really big snowflake!  I love it!
So there is my beautiful all white card.  Keep scrolling and you'll find out my party winners.  I think everyone enjoys this game.  I know I enjoy reading the answers.
Party Winners:
Lana's favorite Fall stamp set from our Holiday Catalog ... Painted Harvest ... I LOVE this set!
- Dana
- Alicia
They both chose my favorite.

Lana's favorite Christmas stamp set from our Holiday Catalog ... well ......
     I could not choose just one.  I absolutely could not.  I gave credit to anyone who chose:
- Feeling of Christmas  -- No one chose this one.

- Night in Bethlehem  -- No one chose this one, either.

- Seasonal Chums -- Dana chose this one.

- Hearts Come Home -- Jessica chose this one.

Lana's favorite Holiday Accessory ... Would you believe I narrowed it down to SEVEN?
     That's the best I could do.
- Mini Pizza Boxes -- I made up a ton of these.  They are adorable.

- Year of Cheer DSP -- I used up multiple packages and then ordered more.

- Green Sprigs -- I've stuck them everywhere.  They're so cute!

- Seasonal Tags Framelits -- Dana chose this one.
- Trim Your Stocking Thinlits -- Alicia and Jessica chose this one.
- Bethlehem Edgelits -- I love these!  I will be making and sharing a lot more from this one.

- Hometown Greetings Edgelits -- I used these on many projects.  LOVE!

The number of cards on display in Lana's studio --- Cherie was closest.
The number of projects on display in Lana's studio -- Cherie was closest.
I must say there was a bit of sarcasm used in answering these!  What a hoot!!! 
The correct number of cards on display was 98!
The correct number of projects on display was 97!
I'll have to go for 100 next year:) 

Then, I had Toby Joe help me choose 3 door prize winners.  The pups tried, but Buster just wanted to shred them.  He loves to shred:)  The 3 lucky winners are:
- Mary
- Sy
- Elaine
I entered every name of those who attended and those who ordered online with the party Hostess Code. 
So, altogether, I have 12 party winners.  You will receive a prize (for each time your name appears) in with your order when it arrives.  If you ordered online, I will get it to you later.  I think it was a really fun party and look forward to seeing many of you at some of my next classes and events.

A FUN REMINDER:
Those who attended the party (or ordered online) had the opportunity to earn the following ---
- Orders of $25. or more ...
  - a mini pizza box with surprises inside.
- Orders of $25. or more ...
  -a coupon for $10. off the fee for my Christmas Retreat.
- Orders of $50. or more ...
  - a mini pizza box with surprises inside.
  - a coupon for $10. off the fee for my Christmas Retreat.
  - a coupon for a free $15. class.
  - a token.
ALL WHO ORDERED ONLINE OR AT THE PARTY WILL RECEIVE A FUN COCOA PACKET GIFT IN WITH THEIR ORDER.
Like I said ... What a party!!!

UP NEXT:

November Classes / Events:
November 13 -- Scraps and Prayers
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Home Decor Project for Christmas
November 18 -- Christmas Retreat
     10:00-3:00 / $45.00 / 18 Cards: 6 Designs - 3 Cards Each
     Fee includes materials, light lunch, and a ton of fun. 

December 11 Scraps and Prayers Class:
     5:30-7:30 / $15.00 / Christmas Cards and Tags

- Thanks for stopping by my corner of the blogging world.
- Come back often for more creative inspiration.
- Let's create something beautiful today.
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