What would you do if you're teaching at a retreat and the whole town, not just the hotel, goes dark? Do you give up and cancel class? No...you grab a couple i-phones and just keep stamping. My 1 1/2 hour class may have turned into 3 hours, but no one was complaining. After all, the whole hotel was without power; I had a captive audience and we had no place to go. It truly was a night of "Making Memories with Michelle"!
Today's project is not one we did at retreat, but one that I used as little treats for my classes last Sunday. These Envelope Punch Board Tea Bag Holders are Sweet & Simple and make perfect teacher gifts, get well gifts, or even something quick and easy for craft fair season. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Remember to join me next week when Crafty Saturday returns to our regular live broadcast.
Happy Stamping everyone...and make it a Crafty Weekend!
August 2018 -
Have you seen theFlirty Flowers Stamp Set in the annual catalog? It's the one I used for my goodie bag class at the Stampin' at the Beach retreat a few weeks ago. It's a cute set, but easily over looked. I knew there was more to this set than meets the eye, so I invited Amy Bryson, a demonstrator from my Stamping Bee Team, to have fun and be creative with the set. Other than providing her with the stamp set, watercolor pencils, a blender pen, and some organza ribbon, I left it up to her to decide what to create.
I think she was a little concerned when she realized there weren't manyFlirty Flowers samples out on Pinterest. But...she rose to the task and create a dozen floral cards, note cards, and tags that are absolutely stunning! This one was certainly a favorite of everyone at retreat! I'd say she rose to the challenge, wouldn't you?
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored
at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 2: Crumb Cake, 5 1/4" x 4
Layer 3: Crumb Cake, Stitched Circle Framelit
2. Using a blender pen, pick up the color from the tips of the Watercolor Pencils and fill in the flowers.
3. Adhere Layers 2 & 3 and wrap with Whisper White Organza Ribbon and tie with a knot.
4. Add to base.
Farewell to Sale-a-Bration - and 2 Free Stamp Sets!
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It's hard to believe Sale-a-Bration is drawing to a close. In just a week, we'll have to say goodbye to all these limited time, free with purchase products: Party Pandas, Heartfelt Blooms, and Amazing You, and more. And while those are all perfectly lovely, what I'm going to miss most are theTutti Fruitti card bases and envelopes!
You'd think I'd wants something more glitzy and glamorous, like the3-pack of Shimmer Ribbon or the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper. Nope...give me these pretty, patterned pre-cut and pre-scored card bases and matching envelopes any day! They're so quick and easy to use. Just grab one off the shelf, and start stamping. I know it doesn't take long to cut and score a card base, but this is like going through the drive through. It's the convenience that makes it so appealing. Not to mention...their patterned bases. It's like getting an extra layer of designer series paper!
Speaking of missing thing. I'm missing my Stamping at the Beach Retreat peeps! Today's card is from the free 8-card class that was included in their goodie bag. It featured the Flirty Flowers Stamp Set, and yes, they all used the Tutti Fruitti card bases and envelopes!
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Base: Tutti Frutti Card Base (2018 Sale-a-Bration)
Layer 1: Night of Navy, 2” x 5 ½”
Layer 2: Pool Party, 3 ½” x 2”
Layer 3: Shimmery White, 3 ¼” x 1 ¾”
;Twenty two years ago today, the most miraculous and utterly joyful thing happened. I became a mother to the world's most awesome son! For the last 22 years, my life has been full of Thomas Trains and Hot Wheels cars, BB Guns and Bows and Arrows, video games and electric guitars. And I think he's owned more cars in the last 6 years than I have in my whole life! You know what? I wouldn't have it any other way!
Through all the ups and downs of parenting you come to realize it gets harder as they get older, not easier. But through it all, one thing remains the same; I love my son with my whole heart. He bring such joy to everyone . He has a big heart and is living life to the fullest. He has big dreams and is learning who he is, what he wants, and discovering that to be truly happy in life, you have to remain true to yourself.
I'm missing him something fierce today. But he told me yesterday he'll be home for the weekend. And that is the best present I could ask for!
Happy birthday, Nathaniel Thomas. I love you and I am so proud of the man you're becoming!
You know I love this kid because I used 3 stamp sets and 2 coloring techniques on a single card! If that isn't love, I don't know what is!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 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: Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration!)
Layer 3: Basic Black, 4" x 3"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 3 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Scrap of Whisper White
Extra Retreat Class Packets are Available
It seems that I can't count! I came home with extra class packetsfrom last weekend's Stamping at the Beach Retreat. My mistake is your gain. All classes come with a full-color PDF tutorial plus videos. Kits are $38 and are limited to stock on hand and include FREE priority shipping. Use the button below to email me. Please let me know which kit(s) you are interested in and I will send you an invoice.
After months of planning and several weeks of prep work, the Stamping at the Beach Retreat is over. It was a huge success with many smiling faces and memories to last for years to come. Twenty-one of us participated in the retreat, with 3 people coming as far away the Boston area and 3 'Retreat in a Box' kits to go, and before Friday night was over, many were already asking when the next one is. (Hint: mark your calendars for the weekend of 9/21!)
It was a fun-filled stamping weekend, with new friendships made over the course of the three days. It was so fun to see first-time stampers as well as seasoned paper-crafters working together, and learning and sharing together.
I came home exhausted. After a very long 3-hour drive home, I took a 2-hour nap. My dining room is full of boxes that need unpacked, but I'll get to that this week. It's back to reality this week as I place orders for March Card Club, and start prep work for April Club and Classes. There are still 2 weeks of Sale-a-Bration work to focus on, and swaps to make for OnStage in April. But for now, I think I might just rest and reflect on the people who made my very first weekend retreat so very special.
Wish you'd been there! We certainly made some memories this past weekend!
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