Monday, August 18, 2014

August Craft Club

Oh my gosh - we are going to have so much fun at this months Craft Club!! This club night is the last Wednesday of every month at 6pm. Each month we do something fun and different that our usual cards and scrapbooking! So if you are looking for something new - come and join us! We have so much fun.

Here is a little tease of what is going on this month! Let me know if you would like to join us!

As you know it's all in the packaging! We all love to surprise our friends and loved ones with little gifts, and we can make these gifts just that much more with some special packaging!
All gifts need something fun and different to be delivered in, right? And this month we will make some fun gift boxes, bags, tags, etc etc... some will be hand made (you will need your score board), some made from cricut cuts (Artiste and Art Philosophy) and some. . . well some need to be a surprise!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

August Card Club

Wow it was fun to see everyone after taking a month off to take care of family things and take some family time! We took the grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law to the beach for a few days! I had so much fun! I hope they did too!

But getting back to my routine is nice - and I missed all my friends! With a slightly different format beginning with the new Close to My Heart Annual Inspiration (wow!!! I love the new idea book!) we started by learning a new technique, and reviewing one that we had done before.

These techniques will be done and/or reviewed each month and put on a "Technique Ring", then if anyone (including me) feels the need for some inspiration you can go to your 'ring' and choose one. I do have to thank my friend Adel for this wonderful idea. She is awesome for sharing this idea and letting me 'case' it! (copy and share w/everyone).

Our first technique (bottom) was the new 'painter tape' technique. Isn't it great?? And super easy, just use it like a stamp! The second is sanding on a dry embossed surface. Just as easy as it sounds!

Now for the cards we made with these two techniques.
Using the painter's tape with new colors Flaxen, Pixie and Thistle, adding a sweet sentiment and some cute black dot flowers then matted it with black. I love this quick easy and fun card.

The dry embossing was done on Lagoon cardstock and with our white core it looks amazing sanded. Diagonally cut the dotted 'Seaside' paper and layer it on top. For a little contrast we used Thistle ink to stamp the sentiment on the circle (keeping with the dot format) and tied a cute bow on the side with the new Thistle diagonal stripe ribbon.

The third and fourth cards didn't really use any specific technique but they were equally fun to make!

Both of these cards were made using the Pathfinding paper pack. What a wonderfully versatile paper pack. The card on the left is what I like to call a 'tucker' card. It is small enough to 'tuck' into a coat pocket, a lunch box, a suitcase. . . well you get the idea! And yet it is big enough you could mail it if you wanted. Finished size is 3 1/2 x 3 1/2. And - check out that cute little staple in the upper corner! Fun little accent!

And What a Hoot!! Our August Stamp of the Month!! Isn't it a hoot? So Adorable! After stamping and cutting him out he was matted on white cardstock that was distressed and sponged along the edges. Along with some Shimmer tape and sequin eyes on his mask he makes an adorable little card.
Thank for stopping by!

Items used in the making of these cards:
Z1924 Dot Embossing folder
X5762 Lagoon cardstock
X7192B Seaside paper pack
X7186B Pathfinding paper pack

Z1990 Thistle Diagonal stripe ribbon
B1467 My Acrylix You Mean the World to Me
Z2640 Thistle ink pad
Z2642 Flaxen ink pad
Z2644 Pixie ink pad
Z2641 Glacier ink pad
D1616 My Acrylix Have a Happy Day
B1462 My Acrylix Lovely Birthday
S1408 August Stamp of the Month - What a Hoot!
Z2012 Gold sequins
Z2449 Cerulean Blue Shinhan marker
Z2461 Peacock Green Shinhan marker
Z2465 Turquois Blue Shinhan marker

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!

Just playing around and finally getting my thank you cards done and sent after 3 months!!!! But my mom always told me - it is never too late to send a Thank You card - so I am holding her to that!

Just some simple CAS cards - Clean And Simple! 

 'Thank you so much' is made using some of the new colors; Flaxen and Canary with a little Honey thrown in along with some new Gold Sequins!
'Thank you for your kindness' is made with a retired paper pack (sorry) and the ever popular bling!
The circular 'thank you' card is made using the new Seaside paper pack and using the new color Glacier!
'Thanks a Bunch' is made with the new color Thistle, the new epoxy stars and the black striped ribbon -

Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Stamping

Convention Cards

What a fun time at convention this year! I just love Disneyland! And what a wonderful place to have a convention? Right? Fun Fun Fun!!!

This year I was blessed to help at one of the creative sessions! I was so excited when I got my email! My Mike asked if I was okay because I was just giddy! What fun! What an honor!

One of my friends got to help at a later one and we both agreed it was extremely hard to keep our secret, because we couldn't show anyone!!! Yikes - you all know how hard it is for me to keep quiet!

So here are the cards! They are made with our new upcoming Cricut cartridge Artfully Sent! It is all about cards. Sad part is (Provo Craft) the booklets won't be ready therefore the cartridge won't be available until September! So sad, but will totally be worth the wait! Now without further ado . . .

The cards are primarily  based on a 5x7 format. I can hardly wait to play around with it and see what they will be like at the standard 4.25x5.5 size! and here you also see one of the new colors - Flaxen! Amazing new basic color! I Love It!

YES the design is cut into to front of the card and you can back with any color you want! Here are two more new colors used, Canary and Glacier! Really nice new colors, aren't they?

 The last card is just downright fun, isn't it? Again the words are cut out of the front of the card as well as the clouds on the inside panels with the pop-up balloon! Just add a little stamping some blingy embellishments and voila - your card is done ~ As soon as our cartridge is available club members will be making this card!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Stamping