I'm off to the vet with two sick pups this morning. I'm so thankful for all of you. Thank you for understanding. I'll write more later!
In the meantime...enjoy these flowers. I'm so glad I get to Share What I Love with all of you!
Two important things to remember...June 15th is the absolute last day to sign up for both the June Card Club - gorgeous! - and the 16-Card Extravaganza on the 23rd. I have just a few packets left for that one. Both are available in person or To Go. #CraftWhenYouWant Email me to register for one or both!
Can you believe another week has come and gone and we're already back to CASE-ing Tuesday? And this week's card is a loose interpretation of the CASE-ing Card. First of all, the one in the catalog was all cattywampus, and you know how much I like straight, predictable lines. Plus, I really, really, really wanted to use my new Tropical Chic bundle! This was one of my top 10 pics from the new catalog and I hadn't even gotten to play with it yet!
I'm waiting on my order of Designer Series Paper. It was supposed to be here yesterday, but the UPS man just waved at me as he drove by. I even had gone outside to greet him, but he delivered a new lawn mower to my next door neighbor and got in his truck and drove away. I was crushed!
Still, I just couldn't wait any longer to use the Tropical Thinlets. I grabbed a sheet of paper from the Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper and got to work. It certainly has a more subdued feel, but I really like it, and I hope you do, too.
Want to play along with CASE-ing Tuesday? Makeover the card (pictured below). You can change a lot, a little or make the card just as it is in the catalog. Then post it to the Facebook thread . We can’t wait to see your cards. You can use the following hashtag if you post your card elsewhere on Facebook #CASEingtuesday151
Base: Soft Sea Foam, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, 4 1/4" x 3"
Layer 2: Fresh Fig, 3 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Layer 3: Mint Macaron, 3" x 3"
Layers 4, 5, 6,: Crumb, Cake, Mint Macaron, and Soft Seafoam Tropical Thinlets Die Square, cut out with a Layering Square that's just slightly bigger than the Thinlets die.
July 2018 - Get Ready for BINGO!!!
It's a Lovely Lipstick Monday Morning! After several days of heat & high humidity, there is a cool breeze in the air this morning and I'm happy to have the house opened up to get some fresh air. Air conditioning...a necessary evil. Can't live without it, but it just makes the house feels so claustrophobic. Don't tell...but I'm seriously counting down the days until fall!
However, summer does bring so many beautiful flowers. My roses are blooming all over and my front and back yards are covered in Lovely Lipstick blooms. Such a pretty and vibrant rosy red! so cheerful, even on the hottest of summer days.
Speaking of Varied Vases...
Junes's Sweet & Simple Sunday Card Class features the Varied Vases Bundle. And starting this month, we'll be making 8 cards instead of 4! So many of you are telling me you can't bear the thought of sending your cards, we'll make 2 cards of each design. This gives you one to keep and one to give away! I can't wait to share the gorgeous class with you. Please email me no later than Friday, June 8, to register.
Date: Sunday, June 10 (Register by June 8)
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: My Studio in Chapel Hill (Directions provided with RSVP) | Get your Full Kit "To Go"
Cost: Free with $20 purchase, (or $20 for Supplies) | To Go option please add $7 priority shipping
***Bring a friend and you both receive 10 FREE cards from my rack.
Base: Lovely Lipstick, 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"
Layer 3: In Color 2018–2020 Designer Series Paper
1. On Layer 2:
3. Adhere all layers to card and finish with 2 small pearls on the center flowers.
June 2018 - Annual Product Share Registration Closes June 2.
July 2018 - Get Ready for BINGO!!!
People have asked me, "Michelle, why do you work so hard? You work full time and you've made Stampin' Up! your business as well? Why do you do it?" The answer is simple. I love what I do.
I've always been crafty. From counted cross stitch to quilting to paper crafting, I have to do something with my hands and occupy my mind. I'm not content to simply sit. I don't like gardening; I'm allergic to grass and I don't like to get dirty. But I love making something beautiful. Like most crafters, I rarely keep anything I make. Being able to give it away and share it with others is truly a gift, for both the recipient and the giver.
As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I often encounter women who are quick to tell me, "Oh, I'm not artistic!" Neither am I! I'm not an artist; I practice my craft [almost] daily to improve my skills. I am passionate about my craft and I love to share it with others. I know that I've done my job well, when someone puts ink to paper for the first time and exclaims, "I did that!" The pride in their very first card erases all self-doubt, and I often get texts and emails a few hours after they go home telling me, "Michelle, my husband couldn't believe I made those cards myself! He didn't know I could do that. He put them up on the mantle for everyone to see."
In today's "gotta have it all/gotta do it all" world, women (and men) have given up that creative side in order to pursue jobs, take care of families, keep house. To hear someone say, "I don't have time for that", breaks my heart. When we don't take time for ourselves, everyone - and everything - around us suffers. And paper crafting doesn't have to take a lot of time. Today's card, for example, took me all of about 10 minutes. There's a card in the new Delightfully Detailed Memories and More card pack (available June 2) that says, "Put down your phone." While rather tongue-in-cheek, it is amazing how much more we can accomplish if we just unplug for 30 minutes a day.
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness. -Gilda Radner
When people come craft with me, I recognize how important their time is. I realize what they've given up to take 2 hours out of their lives to come, breathe, relax, and be creative. I do all the hard work ahead of time for them - cutting paper, die cutting, tying bows - and nurture their spirit by providing a safe space, with snacks to nourish our bodies, friends to nourish our spirits, and crafts to nourish our souls. What is made at my studio is made with love, from the heart. And then, for the cost of a postage stamp, it is shared with others who I will in all likelihood never meet.
I don't just teach crafts and I don't just sell paper...I make a difference in the lives of others. Won't you come join me? My list of May and June classes can be found below. Or arrange for your own private card class; I'm happy to come to you. Email me today to set a date! (Qualified June hostesses will receive a Free ink pad and coordinating pack of cardstock!).
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Grapefruit Grove, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Grapefruit Grove Scalloped Layering Oval (You can cut it from Layer 1; no one will know!)
Layer 4: So Saffron Scalloped Layering Oval
Layer 5: Whisper White Stitched Shape Oval
May 2018 - Do you need a new catalog? Contact me to get yours in May!
June 2018 - Get ready for annual product shares!!
I'm getting ready to make my swaps for the Atlanta OnStage convention next weekend. I'm taking part in two organized swaps: one for my team, and one for the Creating Success training group. Then, the day after OnStage is my Stamping Bee Team Meeting, with even more swapping! Thank goodness the Beautiful Bouquet has so much to choose from! I wonder if I can make all 3 swaps from this set?
Speaking of Beautiful Bouquets...it just so happens that theBeautiful Bouquet Bundle is the pick for April's Card Club. It's perfect for Mother's Day, Weddings, or just because.
My monthly card club is a monthly subscription that you can cancel at ANYTIME. After 6 months, you may choose $25.00 of any product for FREE, including hostess sets! Created with you in mind, it's simple, inexpensive, and easy! Simple email me to join Card Club today!
For only $27, your monthly kit includes 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) that are pre-cut and ready for you to make. Also included will be:
If you are local, I will have two options to attend at my studio for an in-person class, and the opportunity to use my stamps and ink.
Or Craft When You Want by having your kit delivered right to your door. Email me to begin receiving your monthly kit by mail. (with an additional $8 priority shipping)
Base: Whisper White Thick, 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: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Berry Burst Scalloped Circle Framelit
Layer 4: Whisper White Stitched Shape Circle
Layer 5: Lemon Lime Twist, 1/2" x 3 3/4", punched with Banner Triple Punch
*I saw a similar design on Pinterest and just had to CASE it. But I can't remember who's design it was. If it's yours, please let me know so I can give you credit!
I'll show you how to make a darling Easter Basket for place settings or small treats, tomorrow on Facebook Saturday. Join me, at 9 am on my Facebook Page.
Sweet & Simple Card Class: Sunday 4/8 @ 2 pm.
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