Sunday, December 18, 2022

Santa Express Advent Calendar

Santa Express was such a fun set to play around with.  I did a demonstration for our group earlier this year, and my absolute favorite project was this advent calendar.  I used the stickers from the Memories and More card pack to date each train car.  

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Christmas Gift Tags

This has always been a class I look forward to.  It's a fun group and things are flying fast and furious around the tables on this night as we make 28 tags!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Scary Cute Halloween Cards

The Scary Cute bundle makes such cute cards.  Because I do take and make to go kits, I look for sets that have die cutting options.  So the purple card was made with no stamping but the greeting.  The orange card used blending brushes, die cutting, the Stamparatus and stamping.  Such a fun set!!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

October To Go Card Kits

After October my stamping will be all Christmas all the time.  So for October to go kits, you will get the supplies to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) which will include cards that can be fall or Thanksgiving.  All you have to supply is the adhesive, ink and greeting stamps.  Everything else is pre-cut for you.  

If you are local we can arrange a porch pick up ($20) and I can mail your kit for $24.  

Sunday, October 2, 2022

October Fall and Halloween Stamp-a-Stack Cards

I had a fun Friday night and Saturday morning of stamping!  A couple of new stampers joined us Friday which is always fun.  And we had a good group Saturday and even went out to lunch afterwards!  

I like to ask what everyone’s favorite card was at the end of class.  My favorite answer is “I can’t decide”, but it sometimes surprises me which cards they choose.  This month it was a fairly even split. 

This Halloween card might be my favorite.  We used blending brushes with Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape ink to make the spooky background.  And I just love the extra touch the bats add.

And this one was my fall card/Thanksgiving card.  I pulled this long greeting from a old set of wooden stamps I have saved.  Many people went with Thanksgiving, but it also made a nice sympathy card. 

In October I usually do a Halloween card and two fallish cards that can be made into Thanksgiving or all occasion cards. A lot of stampers made this one into birthday, thinking of you and sympathy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Circle Punch Flowers Card

These circle punch flowers turned out great and are perfect for my to go cards this month!  Per Stampin' Up's policy, I can't pre-stamp anything so I put together kits that don't require any stamping beyond a greeting.  I can punch and die cut so my stampers will have an envelope of circles and leaves to assemble in the comfort of their own homes!

I was able to use 4 of the 5 new 2022-2024 InColors and threw in a little Flirty Flamingo on the center flower.  And the leaves?  They are from the cherry punch!  Isn't that fun?  And the stems are freehand from scraps.  Imagine all the color combinations you can try!

Monday, June 6, 2022

Potted Geraniums Birthday Card

This happy geranium card was popular at our June Stamp-a-Stack last weekend. I didn't set out to match my napkins, but it was a happy accident.  Anyone that has attended very many of my events knows my love of pretty napkins.  Maybe I was subconsciously thinking of the pinks in those napkins when I started stamping.  I used Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo for the geranium and it was just the right combination!

For anyone wondering, the treat was a white chocolate snickerdoodle blondie, and it was delicious.  Here's my Pinterest board of successful Stamp-a-Stack treats if you'd like to try them.  

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sweet Songbird Celebration Card

Isn't this a cute little bird?  I didn't realize until stampers were leaving my house after making this card that it is very similar to the bird I have hanging on my front door right now.  

I combined this new Sweet Songbirds bundle with new In Colors, Orchid Oasis and Parakeet Party, for our first event of the new catalog.  And I'll admit I used the same color combination as I did on my last new Sending Smiles In Color card - becoming my new favorite?  Maybe :-)


I wanted to use the words from the set and I like bigger images for the inside of the card, so as you can see, problem solved with a little extra stamping!

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Sending Smiles Birthday Card

I spent my afternoon making a swap card.  It's one of the fun perks of being a demo.  We get to preorder from new catalogs, and then we swap with other demonstrators.  We make a set number and send them off to the swap hostess, and she swaps them out and sends us back that same number of different cards made by demonstrator friends.  It's a great way to get ideas or to see new product being used!  We make full cards so sometimes I have used one to send to one of my stampers who has seen and/or made all of my ideas already.  

I used the new Sending Smiles stamp set and dies to make this cheerful card, and I love, love, love the new In Colors, Parakeet Party and Orchid Oasis together.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Springy Cards for a Snowy Day

Here in central Illinois, we are have another day of snow.  I designed cards for this weekend’s stamp-a-stack knowing this weather was coming. It looks like I’m going to need to reschedule and will need another card design.  I’m afraid the valentine card will be too late when we are able to stamp next weekend.  Maybe I can put together a slightly modified to go kit for valentine cards!

These other two cards definitely have us thinking springy thoughts!

My friend Mary McCormick designed this bird card for a group swap. I made a few changes, but this card was definitely inspired by Mary‘s creation. I love that little pop of Pool Party ink on the flowers.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Cards for the Winter Months

It was fun to get back to my craft room after a holiday break to make this month’s to go kit cards.  I decided on a mixture of wintery cards with a little hint of spring coming.  

These card kits are die cut and ready to assemble so when planning, I knew the tree die would make an easy yet stunning card.  That red bird is just the right pop of color.  

February to go kits won't go out until after Valentine's Day so I included this one for anyone who won't be attending an in person event. 

This lovely card make me want my tulips are daffodils to start coming up.  I have this very daffodil in my backyard, and I look forward to putting them in a vase on the kitchen table every year.  

This guy is fussy cut from some of the DSP in the last round of Sale-a-bration.  He's wintery but not Christmasy.  

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