Sunday, July 31, 2016

Shaker Cards Anyone?

The fun of these shaker cards was thinking of all the different things I could fill them with.  For my demo, no two are the same material!

This one was a popular one.  Sand from a friend's vacation!

Pasta stars from the third grocery store I tried!  I was looking for alphabet noodles, but I think these worked great.

The Stampin' Up sequins make a great shaker too.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Pretty Kitty and Bella Spinner Cards

Once I knew I was demonstrating, I went through the catalog to find stamp sets that would lend themselves to shaker or spinner cards.  Then I put the call out to my friends.  Thanks to Gloria, Angie, Rae Anne, and Mary Ellen I was able to make a few more cards!

I imagined Pretty Kitty as a spinner card with this ball of yarn. 

On Bella, I shortened the track so she didn't swing as much, and I used two penny "sandwiches" to allow her to swing back and forth but not spin.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Even More Spinner Cards

Here are the last of my spinner cards for now.  

I did an extra strip of paper across the underside of the circle on each side for this fun snowflake card.  They did go all the way around, but there's always some movement!  

And by making a Z fold, I was able to make this one a little different.

For this onesie card, I popped the onsie up with two pieces of the foam tape so the little heart rolls out from under the onsie!  It's not as flashy, but it's one of my favorites!

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Butterfly and Penguin Spinners

This butterfly card is a little bit different from the others because the center circle is flat.  On other spinner cards, I raise the center section and the penny sandwich has a track to follow. It's amazing how well this penny sandwich stays on with out a track.

These penguins won't spin because they each have their own penny sandwich and I glue dotted their hands together.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

More Spinner Cards

It was fun creating for this demo.  When I was doing spinner cards, I was thinking about shaker cards.  And when I was working on shaker card, I was thinking about spinner cards!  I still have some ideas floating around in my brain that I hope to get made soon!

Her are a few of my spinner cards.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

A Variety of Spinner Cards!

I wanted to demonstrate as many different ways to use my thinliit dies as I could.  So in addition to finished samples, I made these to show different options.  

The Peekaboo Peach sample was made using a pony bead -  you know those cheap little beads that come in all colors?  I didn't know that was what they were called but they make a lighter weight card if that concerns you.  Great idea Kathy Jo!   I did find the weight of the pennies made the spinner glide and spin better.  

For the Melon Mambo card, I hung the thinliit off the end of the Big Shot platform so it wouldn't cut.  And I stopped cranking before it was through so I could make a shorter track.  

These two were a fun way to vary the standard circle track.  On the Elmerald Envy card I didn't put the center circle back in and the penny still stayed on the track.  Thanks Cheryl for the idea!  And on one of my favorites, I added two strips to the underside to make space for two spinners.  

Then of course, you can use the thinlits as they were intended.  

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vacation Stamping School 2016

This year due to Stampin' Up's change in convention and OnStage schedules, our area stamping gathering was in July instead of spring with the new name of Vacation Stamping School.  It's always so much fun,and one of my favorite stamping days of the year.  I started Friday night with a smaller group discussing social media.  Yikes - so much I want to start doing!  But great information from some real experts.

We were up early to carpool over to Champaign, and I got to spend my day with these ladies.

Check out those amazing flowers!  A group of talented stampers made those just for decoration for the day!

We had four speakers throughout the day, two make-n-take sessions, two demonstration fairs, a game show and prizes!

Half the room would go to the demonstration fair and the rest would stay and work on make-n-takes. After 11 years, Meg, Julie and Mary Ellen know what they are doing!  This way everyone can get close to the demos and to have the opportunity for pictures of projects and also have plenty of time to get their own projects completed.

I demonstrated Movers and Shakers in the afternoon session of the demonstrator fair, and because I was demoing during one of the make-n-take sessions, the organizers so thoughtfully make our projects for us each year.  We used a new favorite stamp set of mine, Fruit Stand.  A future class maybe?  Keep watching for those pictures!

One my favorite parts of my demo was using silica gel beads for shaker cards.  A few weeks ago, I put out a request to my Facebook friends for any of those little packets, and boy did they come through for me.  But this one takes the cake for the biggest I've ever seen!  Thanks, Laura!

Check back to see samples and directions, and start saving your little silica gel packets!

I spoke to our group for a few minutes about our plans to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. We've always donated cards to the local house in Springfield, but we are planning on shopping from their wish lists and donating those items along with our cards.  The organizers of our day planned an additional fundraiser, and we will be able to start out with a nice donation to the house. It's so great to work with a company and with other demonstrators who want to help the families of Ronald McDonald House, and I look forward to future projects. 

It was a full, full day, and I can't wait until next year!  I've got tons of samples and projects to show you so check back tomorrow!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Vacation Stamping School

Today I am with about 70 other demonstrators who love Stampin' Up! as much as I do.  It's a fun-filled day with demonstrations, make-n-takes, swapping, speakers, prizes and fun.  As part of the day, we have a demonstration fair for people to walk through, take pictures, ask questions, and enjoy.  I am one of the demos setting up, and I'm doing Movers and Shakers.  It was so much fun thinking of the different ways to create slider and shaker card samples, and I searched high and low for tips and ideas to share with my fellow stampers.

Visit my Facebook page to see a short video of the the loot I brought home with me, and check back for more posts about our fun day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New In Color Ribbon Share

For $9.50, you can participate in my ribbon share.  You'll receive 2 yards of each of the 5 new In Colors without having to buy full rolls.  Shares available while supplies last.  Email me to get yours!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Decorative Corner Cards

Recently I did a demonstration for my Stampin' sisters at a local Stampin' Up! demonstrator meeting. I decided these decorative corner cards would be great for my demo because I 'd never made one. They fit in a standard envelope when flattened, but they stand on their own and make an interesting decoration for the lucky recipient.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quick and Easy Jars of Love Card

This is easily a favorite new set of mine.  This is a quick little card we made at my Stampin' Up! garage sale a few weeks ago. I've made a few more Jars of Love cards since then and will be sharing them soon!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

New In Color Ribbon Share

For $9.50, you can participate in my ribbon share.  You'll receive 2 yards of each of the 5 new In Colors without having to buy full rolls.  Shares available while supplies last.  Email me to get yours!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bonus Days

Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalog yet? Since it came out only a month ago, you probably still have some items on your wish list, and we have some great news for you! For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend in between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 2-31. This is a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favorite products now or later in August with your coupons!

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Marquee Shaker Cards

This new Marquee Messages stamp set is so much fun.  I made a couple of options for my stamp class last week.  They both had paper piecing, but we left the So Saffron card on the white background without trimming it down.  The sequins are leftovers from my July Paper Pumpkin kit - lucky timing for some extra pieces!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gift of Love Baby Wipe Technique

I pulled out an old favorite technique for this Gift of Love card.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum reinkers on a baby wipe to ink the stamp - it's that easy!  

Monday, July 4, 2016

4th of July Scrapbooking - Most Popular Post

I love seeing comments here or on my Facebook page, and I find the stats so interesting.  What makes one post more popular than another?  So on this 4th of July, I am reposting my most popular blog post ever!

This July Fourth set is so easy to work with that this was one of my quicker scrapbook pages.  It's not hard to decide on colors so you save a little time right there ;-)  I decided to make a progressive scrapbook page, so I started by making a 6 x 6 scrapbook page for one picture.  

Then I put it onto an 8 1/2 x 11 page and added a couple more photo boxes.   

Then I used my Big Shot to cut letters and made it into a 12 x 12 page ready for some great holiday photos this weekend.   

But why stop there?  The original 6 x 6 scrapbook page can be folded and turned into a 3 x 6 card.  Use one of our Small Open-End Envelopes and drop it in the mail.  

Supplies: July Fourth stamp set, Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White cardstock, Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight ink, 1 1/4 circle, 1 3/8 circle, star punch, Big Shot, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, dimensional

Sunday, July 3, 2016

4th of July Waterfall Card

A few years ago, I received this swap from Debbie Jones.  I recreated it for my stamp club, and it remains one of my favorite projects.  I almost mailed it this year, but no - looks like I get to hold on to it for another year!

Pull the ribbon tab and watch the waterfall!

The great thing about waterfall cards is that they are so impressive but really not that hard to make.  You can find a step by step tutorial at if you want to try your own.  

Supplies:  July Fourth stamp set, Night of Navy ink, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White cardstock, Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Eyelet, Brads, Crop-a-Dile

Happy 3rd of July

Thank you, Pam, for this fun 4th of July card. I love making and sending cards, but it's even more fun to be on the receiving end!

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