Friday, April 22, 2016

Christmas Every Month

Hello!  Since so many of you like to send handmade Christmas cards, I've decided to offer a Christmas-only class on the 25th of each month, April thru October.  Here's a sneak peek at one of the cards we will be making at next week's class:

This card uses the White Christmas stamp set (still available) and Cozy Christmas (sadly, retired).  It doesn't show well in the photo, but there is a lot of sparkle here - Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Silver Thread and Rhinestones.  If you would like to recreate this card, the front stamped panel of Whisper White is cut at 3 1/4" x 3 1/2".  The mat behind it is only 1/8" larger, at 3 3/8" x 3 5/8".  This cards is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside-

The main color is my favorite, Pool Party.  The coloring is done with Real Red, Soft Suede & Mossy Meadow.  Somehow, it seems wrong to be creating Christmas cards the week that Spring finally came to northern Ohio, but won't it be a great feeling to have our cards all ready to go in December!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

It's All About Color

Are you ready to say good-bye to the 2014-2016 In Colors?  I'm sure gonna miss them...

Together or individually, these were my go-to colors for so many projects!  That's why I stocked up on cardstock & re-inkers for Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow & Tangelow Twist.  Which is your favorite?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Together

Happy Monday!

To follow yesterday's wedding card theme, I thought I would share the card I made for the wedding shower.  I love, love, love the Pedal Pusher stamp set.  It works on so many levels - love, thanks, and hello are just a few.  My card base is cut from Blushing Bride.  The designer paper is from the Birthday Bouquet paper pack.  I used my blender pens to color the bike in Blushing Bride and the accent colors are Rose Red, Soft Sky & Soft Suede.  The Whisper White organza ribbon & doily give it that "wedding" feel and well, as we all know, you can't go wrong adding a touch of glitter.  In this case, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper cut with the Bloomin' Heart thinlits.

Don't try to find the Pedal Pusher stamp set in the current Stampin' Up! catalog.  It's not there.  It was available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration, which ended March 31.  But, there is one way you can still get it for FREE.  Notice I shouted FREE.  (Who doesn't love FREE?)  Be the first person to book a workshop through me in the month of June and in addition to the regular host benefits, I have a FREE, brand-new unopened Pedal Pusher for you.  Hosting a workshop is painless - you gather your friends together and I do all the work!  If you've been thinking about hosting a workshop, June is a great month to do it.  All-new catalog, lots of new products, plus a FREE Pedal Pusher!  You'll be glad you did, I promise.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

It's a Bloomin' Heart Wedding Card!


I've been on a roll this week!  Finished my taxes, washed my car, rode my bike (twice, no less!) and made cards, cards & more cards!

Here's a favorite to share with you.  I was inspired to make this when I received a "save the date" card in the mail for a wedding later this summer.  I thought it turned out so well that I decided to use it as a class project last week.  The Bloomin' Heart thinlits make it easy-peasy!  The base & front of the card is made from Stampin' Up's Shimmery White cardstock.  It doesn't photograph well, but there is a subtle shimmer all over that adds to the elegance of this card.  FYI, Shimmery White also holds up to watercoloring!

The color on this card is the lovely, minty Mint Macaron.  The flowers were cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and topped with pearls. The sentiment is from Suite Sayings, popped up with Dimensionals on top of a piece of 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon. The most difficult (and it's not too bad) aspect of this card is that you need to remember when you are die-cutting the heart that you will be using the heart and the piece that you cut it from.  So first of all, be sure to place it exactly where you want it on the card front before you run it through the Big Shot.  Secondly, and this is Very Important, be sure to adhere the piece of shimmery white that the heart was cut from Right Side UP.  By this I mean it should be attached to the card front in the same orientation that it was when you made the die-cut.  If you adhere it to the Mint Macaron piece upside down, then your heart will also have to be adhered upside down to match. Interesting fact, 50% of crafters making this card will do this.  Don't ask how I know, just take my word for it!

I would love it if you would pin this card.  Have a lovely day!