Sometimes...things don't go as we planned. I had planned to case this beautiful butterfly from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set, but I discovered I wasn't in the mood for coloring last night. Shocking, I know. What happened instead was this brand new pack of Subtles Designer Series Paper was calling my name. So, my beautiful butterfly metamorphosed into a Balmy Blue Birthday card.
I know I'll go back and make this butterfly one day soon. I'm really waiting ever so patiently for all the new Stampin' Blends colors to be available. You know they'll be on the top of my list!
But you know what is available? This very AMAZING Beautiful Day Card Supply Set!
Now, you can recreate that beautiful butterfly card I showed you above. Stampin' Up! has taken all the guesswork out of knowing what to order by creating this terrific supply kit. Just look at all that comes in it:
The Beautiful Day Card Supply Set is $57.50 and is available when you shop my store. Please remember to use June's Host Code 9WVT2X4H and I'll send you a Free 4-Card Tutorial at the end of the month for being part of my Making Memories with Michelle VIP Group.
Base: Balmy Blue, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Balmy Blue Subtles Designer Series Paper, 3 1/2" x 3"
July 2018 - Get Ready for BINGO!!!
August 2018 - Christmas Card Club Begins in August!!!
The Second Sunday of the month is SUPER busy and a whole lot of fun! It begins with my monthly Sweet & Simple Card Class from 2-4 pm. And immediately following that is my Stamping Bee Team Meeting. I adore my team of Stamping Bees! Just look at the joy on their faces! Any night out spent stamping with friends is a good night indeed!
We 'swap' at every meeting. Everyone makes several copies of one card they've designed, and we share with each other. You might come with 8 of the same card, but you leave with 8 different ones! Such fun! My favorite part of the card swap is not even the cards. It's listening to everyone share their card. Last night's cards were truly exceptional and you could hear the pride in their voices as they told us of how they planned and designed their card. Susan, for instance, was thrilled to show off her new bow tying skills on her Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Card. Rosie told us there were 8 different colors of ink on her Waterfront Card. And Julia shared her tips for coloring on Graceful Glass Vellum with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers.
Of course, anytime we get together there has to be stamping involved! Last night, we made 5 gift-card sized Thank You Cards using the Varied Vases Bundle and new 2018-2020 In Colors. These will make great cards to tuck in a special thank you gift, or even keep in your purse and hand out little Random Acts of Kindness wherever you go.
Would you like to come to a Stamping Bee Team Meeting? We meet at 5 pm on the 2nd Sunday of every month (unless it's a holiday) at Village Pizza. They have some of the best pizza and pasta I've had since I left New Jersey 13 years ago. Come check us out and see what we're all about. First time visitors are free. Just make sure you let me know the week before the meeting so I have a card kit ready for you. Our next meeting is Sunday, July 8th. Click on the button and email me if you'd like to attend!
Products Used in Today's Cards
July 2018 - Get Ready for BINGO!!!
Mother's Day is Sunday. And no...I haven't made my mom a card yet. I've been thinking about designs and want it to be just right. Do you ever do that? Know you need to make a special card, and then it gets put off to the last minute because you want it to be perfect?
Speaking of perfect, I made this sweet little card using the You're Inspiring and Hold on to Hope Stamp Sets. I must have gone through every stamp set on my shelf and couldn't find the right sentiment. What would you have this one say? Or would you put a sentiment on it? Or would you just leave it blank and write a note on the inside? I can't tell if this is finished or a work-in-progress.
Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day.
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Pineapple Punch, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 4 7/8" x 3 5/8"
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June 2018 - Get ready for annual product shares!!
Every time I took the dogs out Monday, there were little birds chirping on the roof. The daffodils are blooming. And at the beach last weekend, the green sticky North Carolina pollen was leaving traces all over the cars. Yes...even if they're calling for snow later this week, spring is here.
And so is CASE-ing Tuesday! This week, I combined two out of several bird sets I have on my shelf: Bird Banter provided the sentiment and the image is from Flying Home. And just like the CASE-ing card, I took a giant leap of faith and cut up one of the Sale-a-Bration Tutti Fruitti card bases as one of the layers, only I used Pool Party and not Calypso Coral. I love these bases so much, I used them as the card base for my Stamping at the Beach Stamp-a-Stack last weekend. It's so hard to cut them, but I do like how it turned out, don't you?
Come join the fun. Create a card based on the above pattern and then post it on the Facebook Post. Or, if you post it elsewhere on Facebook, you can use the hashtag #CASEingtuesday139.
Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Pool Party Tutti Frutti Card Base, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Pool Party, 3 3/4" x 1"
Layer 4: Basic Black Scalloped Circle
Layer 5: Whisper White Layering Circle
The studio is quiet today.
The guests have all gone.
The curtains are pulled and the shades are drawn.
There are stamps that need cleaned
And dies to sort out.
The floor needs vacuumed
And tables put away.
I'm ready for my friends to come back and play.
This weekend, there was a whirlwind of activity in my studio. Saturday, I spent the day prepping for my Sweet & Simple Card Class and my Stamping Bee Team Meeting, which run back to back on Sunday evening. Then, I got a call that my son was coming home for the night! What joy! He knew I had events planned on Sunday afternoon, so he spent the afternoon at my parents' house, helping my father get his Roku set up. Then, came back and popped into the studio to visit with everyone before going back up the mountain. Of course, I couldn't send him home empty-handed. He and his roommate will eat well for a day or two, with a pan of homemade enchiladas and a chocolate cake that I made Saturday night.
My two events went so well! My Sweet and Simple Class had 10 people this month. Five ladies had never been to a class before, and four were brand new stampers! We made cards from the Cake Soiree Suite. Everyone got to use the Big Shot, and enjoyed coloring with the Blends alcohol markers.
My team meeting starts at 5, so at 4:30, two of my Stamping Bees cleaned and reset the studio while I chatted with the Lad for a few minutes before he left. I like to cook for my Bees, but after last night, they may request a replacement chef. I made a low-carb, pasta-less lasagne that I'd made before, but it didn't set up. We had to eat it out of bowls, like soup. It did taste good, though! Everyone brings something to share, so we had chicken salad and croissants, a lovely green salad, some pretty purple grapes, a couple bottles of very nice red wine, and some Valentine's candy. It's good to share a meal together and catch up with everyone before our meeting.
We had some recognitions to do this month. One of my Bees promoted to Bronze Elite - yay! And another became qualified. They both received a special free stamp set from me. Next, we had the top three in sales for the month of January. All three of them will receive a free class-to-go by mail. Then, we got serious and did some stamping! We made three cards and a lovely little 2" box that can be filled with tiny treats or gifts to share.
By 8 pm, the house was quiet. I know I should have gone back upstairs to clean, but I'd been standing for two days straight. I prepped close to 100 cards on Saturday, plus designed a 6-card class for my Stamping at the Beach retreat in March. All I wanted to do was sit in my comfy arm chair and watch the Olympics for a few hours. Cleaning will just have to wait until tonight!
Won't you join us? The Sweet & Simple Card Class runs every 2nd Sunday of the month, from 2-4 pm. There's paper crafting, refreshments, and even more important, friendship and fellowship. Hope to see you March 11th! (And the class is always available, "to go" if you can't make it in person!)
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