I've been waiting to use my new stuff. I don't know why. Call it delayed gratification. Call it nervous about using new stamps. Call it a creative block. No matter what you call it, it's time to open that box of beautiful brand new products from my pre-order and just go for it!
This little guy has been sitting on my shelf since I got home from OnStage almost 3 weeks ago. Every time I walk by, he gives me a little nod, as if to say, "Hey...I'm right here! Pick me!" I wasn't so sure about him or the new Animal Outing stamp set, but you know what? He's kinda cute! He's part of a whole new suite of products called Animal Expedition. But before I got the whole suite, I wanted to give this little guy a test drive.
There's lots of exciting news coming up about the June 2nd Super Saturday (there will be 3 full classes + a HUGE BOGO all in one day!) and the June 23 16-card annual catalog extravaganza. Watch for these announcements, information about my annual catalog product shares, and more starting Monday!
Do you need a new catalog?
Getting a new catalog reminds me of how the Lad would pour over the Toys R Us toy catalogs at the holidays. You simply cannot put it down!
Do you need a copy? Fill out the form below and I'll be happy to send you one. (Locals can stop by and pick one up in a few weeks). If you have ordered from me within the last 6 months, I'll have one waiting for you. If you already have a demonstrator, please contact them first. Thank you!
Base: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
May 2018 - Do you need a new catalog? Contact me to get yours in May!
June 2018 - Get ready for annual product shares!!
Yesterday, I mentioned I'd spent the weekend in Virginia visiting friends. I knew I needed to take a thank you gift, but knowing Steven's extensive wine knowledge, I wasn't comfortable taking a bottle of wine. So before I left I spent Thursday night making a set of hostess cards using the Half Full Stamp Set. Knowing they were for a special occasion, I spent more time on them that I might otherwise. The card above, for example, is all heat embossed in copper, and hand colored using Blends markers.
While not all my own designs (thank you Pinterest!), I think they turned out quite well. I packaged them in one of the clear acrylic boxes, wrapped it in ribbon and made a special tag for it. Mary was happy to receive them, and now we're talking the next time I go to visit actually having a card making class with her friends - and wine, of course!
Base: Daffodil Delight, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Pool Party, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
This past weekend I went on and adventure to 'celebrate' the goods stuff in life. I took the Amtrak up to Reston, Virginia to visit and stay with friends. They're only about 4 1/2 hours from me by car, but I took the 6 hour train ride and 1 hour metro ride so I could relax and work as I watched spring emerge across North Carolina, Virginia, and DC. It was a great weekend. Steven and Mary are the perfect hosts and my weekend was filled with amazing food, wine, and friendship.
Speaking of food...Steven is an amazing home chef! We started Friday night with the perfect apres travel meal of Okayodon Donburi (chicken and egg rice bowl). Saturday morning was Challah French toast. And Saturday's dinner was probably the best meal I've ever had in my life! He placed a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin in the sous vide and then flash-fired (not flash cooked, because there were certainly flames) the bacon for a fast sear. Add the creamiest pommes puree and oven roasted Brussels sprouts and top it with a bourbon scallion au jus and you would have sworn you were in the finest restaurant in town.
Sunday's meals were just as fine. He freshly milled his own grits that morning, and made luscious, creamiest grits you've ever had. Topped with the perfect poached egg (au sous vide, of course) and perfectly crisp bacon, it was the perfect breakfast to start our day of wine and beer tasting at local winery. Dinner's prep had begun Friday night when he made his own pizza dough. Saturday, more pizza prep with a homemade sauce simmering for hours. No homemade pizza should be without homemade mozzarella, right? That prep started at the local Farmer's Market to get fresh whole milk, and I got to learn and watch the whole cheese making process. Then, Sunday night, he fired up his new pizza oven and it was like heaven on a plate, er, I mean pizza peel! And...no homemade pizza dinner can be quite done without a homemade chocolate souffle and vanilla ice cream.
Seriously...I won't have to eat for a week!
I got home last night and my neighbor texted to check on me. Apparently, after I got off the train at my station, it hit a car on the tracks before the next station! So, this card was made even more poignant, thinking about my close encounter. Life is short...Celebrate the good stuff!
Won't you join us? All you have to do is CASE (or copy) this card design and then share it with us on the CASE-ing Tuesday Facebook page. I can't wait to see what you create!
Base: Pool Party, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper, 2 1/2" x 4"
Layer 2: Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper, 2" x 3 1/2"
Layer 3: Shimmery White, 2 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Layer 4: Balloons punched from Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, and Vellum
I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to join in the Creative Inking Blog Hop group. It's such an honor to be here and share with you. This month, we had a card sketch to use. I like card sketches because it take a lot of the guess work out of it for me. Follow the design and the rest falls into place.
For my card, I chose a lime twist on the Lemon Zest stamp set. Today, I wanted limes, not lemons so I used lime slices, which I cut out with layering circles, and framed them with Night of Navy layering scalloped circles.
Do you see how juicy they look? This a fun technique that I just love when I want a glossy or shiny finish. Once you stamp your image, use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to coat your image with fine layer of glue. While it's wet, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter. Shake off the extra and let it dry.
Then, stamp the inside with your favorite sentiment.
I'm really happy the Lemon Zest stamp set and Lemon Builder Punch are carrying over into the new catalog. However, right now, you save 10% when you bundle them together. That savings disappears after May 31st, though. So, if you're thinking of getting the Lemon Zest bundle, now would be the perfect time to do so.
Click the image below to see what Renee Kohnke created!
Click the image below to see what Diane Evans created!
Thanks for stopping by. See you next month...and Happy Stamping!
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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
I saw a similar design on Pinterest the other day and knew I had to give it a try. How did I not notice my wonky bow though when I was taking the photo? Argh...Guess it needs an extra glue dot before it gets mailed off.
You know by now that my favorite stamp set this spring was Petal Palette. You have no idea how glad I was to see it carrying over into the new catalog. You could have taken every stamp set off my shelves if I could just have kept this set for a little longer. (Thankfully, that didn't need to happen!) And while I love the sentiments from this set, nothing seemed to fit this card when it was finished. I scoured my shelves and came up with this one from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set. I haven't used that one very much, and thought this sentiment was somehow fitting.
This card really is one of those that's prettier in person. I watercolored the Flirty Flamingo background using my Wink of Stella glitter brush. Then, stamped the branches in Early Espresso. The overall effect was quite difficult to capture with the camera, though.
I will be in Washington DC this weekend visiting friends, so there won't be a Crafty Saturday Facebook Live this week. But please, stay tuned next week. We'll have to do a quick one before my monthly club comes at 10 . Yikes!
Happy weekend everyone! Be sure to post pictures on my Facebook page of what you're crafting this weekend. I'm taking my Paper Pumpkin on the train with me. That ought to be fun, don't you think?
Base: Flirty Flamingo, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4", with corners rounded using the Envelope Punch Board
Layer 3: Whisper White, cut out with Petals and More thinlets
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