Yesterday was my Making Christmas Bright Sweet & Simple Class. We had so much fun! I made homemade pumpkin bread (click here for recipe) and there was plenty of hot coffee, tea, or hot cocoa to help ward of a nice cool fall day. We made 8 cards, 2 each of four designs, all using the Making Christmas Bright Bundle, which includes a fun stamp set and punch.
It's always fun welcoming new faces to class, and yesterday was no exception. And they came with a list of questions, everything from how do I know which Black Ink to use, what kind of classes and events do you have, and how do I join your team to get a great discount? I'll be tacking some of these questions this week on the blog because it's good to get answers to questions you might have, too!
First, let's look at the difference in the classes I offer. I offer a Sweet & Simple Class + a Monthly Card Club. Each of these focuses on just one stamp set. My Sweet & Simple Class focuses on Stamping Basics, with maybe one special technique, while my Card Club might have more design elements or advanced techniques. Both are offered in person in my studio or "To Go". To Go kits are shipped priority mail and include everything but the stamps, bundles, or ink. (Those are available for purchase as well).
During the holidays, I also offer a Christmas Card Club. For five months, August through December, it also meets on the last Saturday of the month at 2 pm. We make 12 cards, 3 each of 4 designs and it includes $25 in product along with everything you need to make the cards. Available in person or To Go, it's only $35 (plus priority shipping). If you stay in club all 5 months, there is a free stamp set waiting for you, too! And as an added bonus, when you join both the monthly card club and Christmas card club, each month there is a special free gift. Last month, dual club members received the cool new Take Your Pick Tool, and this month, they'll each get a Red Distressed Card Tin.
Registration for both clubs closes on the 15th of the month. That means, today is the last day to register for both theSincerely Santa Monthly Club and Timeless Tidings Christmas Card Club. There's still time. If you want to register today, simply email me and tell me which you prefer, and if you will attend in person or have me ship your kit to go.
This is one of the cards from my Sweet & Simple Class yesterday.
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Call Me Clover, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
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Oh my! This card was so much fun. Did you know that that dies in the Rooted in Nature Bundle come with dies that also emboss? All of the Champagne Foil leaves were embossed with thinlets! They can be cut out using the framelits. It's pure genius and I just love the look of it. I had so much fun, I ended up with extras. Not one to go to let foil pieces go to waste, I decorated the inside of the card, too!
Now, won't that be a surprise when someone opens it?
Base: Soft Suede, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Very Vanilla, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" (Cut 2; one for the inside!)
Layer 2: Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Additional pieces: Scrap of Very Vanilla and Champagne Foil
August 2018 -
Tomorrow marks my parents 51st wedding anniversary. They are the roots of our family tree. Though we may branch out, and spread our wings, the foundation of love and support that they have built along way keeps us grounded and strong. The roots of their love for each other and their family run strong and true.
When we went on vacation to Spokane this year, we spent some time looking at real estate. And what really made a decision of whether or not to keep looking was whether or not the land had trees. It all comes down to being surrounded and, if you will, Rooted in Nature. And so, this card is the perfect way to mark their special day.
Wishing them both a very happy anniversary weekend! Love you lots, Mom & Fom!
Base: Early Espresso, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/4" x 4", embossed with Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder
Layer 2: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, 2" x 4"
Layer 3: Crumb Cake,
Layer 4: Very Vanilla
Layer 5: Corrugated Elements, tag
Layer 6: Very Vanilla, 5 1/4" x 4" (for inside)
August 2018 -
Watching the leaves turn colors is one of my favorite fall things to do. Growing up in both Southern California and Spokane Washington, we didn't have a lot of color. California is always green, unless it summer, then it is just brown. And where we lived in Spokane was nothing but evergreens! The fall I moved to New Jersey completely overwhelmed my senses with the wide range of colors. It was then that I realized how much I'd been missing. Thank goodness we also get fall colors in North Carolina.
The baby wipe technique isn't new, but it is a great way to add variegated color to your stamping. Come enjoy as I show you this quick and easy technique, using the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set.
Base: Merry Merlot, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 2: Shimmery White Cardstock, 5" x 3 3/4"
I sent my friend a text on Friday..."Want to go to Bath and Body Works & sniff fall candles?" I love fall and the last few cooler days (as in only 82F) have made me start searching for the first signs off fall. I search for the first true red leaf, and count down the days until the first frost. Fall arrives a bit slower in the South, and I welcome it with open arms.
To celebrate the impending change of seasons, I'm showcasing the Rooted In Nature Bundle all this week. I started with my huge Crafty Saturday Facebook live and I can't wait to show you what I have in store the rest of the week.
Today's Tutorial - with video!
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Shimmery White Cardstock, 5 1/4" x 4"
August 2018 -
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