It's chilly, and raining, and gray...the perfect day for spring crafts! I'm staying inside all day because it's just too wet and dreary to want to go anywhere at all.
Did you catch my Crafty Saturday Facebook Live today? If you did, you probably heard my announcement. Buy any Stamp Set with Butterflies using host code ET3U2MUQ this week (through 2/22), and I'll send you everything you need to make this sampler (12" x 12" cardstock not included). Here are some possibilities:
Prize Patrol Winners
Congratulations! All prizes will mail at at the end of the month! Want a chance at prize patrol? Leave me a comment on below and be entered for your chance to win this week's prize patrol!
Measurements and Supplies
Unable to attend the Stamping in the Mountains Spring Retreat, but don't want to miss out on all the fun? Stay tuned Monday when I release my Retreat in a Box! Get all the classes, all the treats, all the prizes delivered right to your door! Details on Monday's blog!
Saturday, we kicked off Christmas in July week with my Crafty Saturday Facebook Live which featured the Stylish Christmas Stamp Set and Under the Mistletoe 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper. I had great fun making a 3-panel card, a bag, and an envelope all from 1 - 12 " x 12" sheet of paper! (If you missed missed it live, you can always go back and watch the replay. )
Today, and all this week, I'll be featuring the Stylish Christmas Stamp Set in a variety of ways. When you start crafting with it, you realize there's a lot more to it than poinsettias and plaid paper. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But look at that stylish swirl! I absolutely love it! It's so fun to play with, and I love the red and white candy cane feel on this card.
I hope you'll join me all this week for my Christmas in July series! Until tomorrow...
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Real Red, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 4: Real Red Sunburst Punch
Layer 5: Whisper White, 2" Circle Punch.
July 2018 - Get Ready for 80's BINGO!!!
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!)
I wish I could take all the credit for this Brusho Watercolor Wash, but the fun fact is, my friend Julia Sharpe Fair and I were playing one night and this is what we came up with together. Sadly, when we were all finished, we realized we hadn't recorded our process. But that's ok, I went back and made one for you later.
I do apologize for the portrait shot of the video. I believe I've got this figured out and am keeping my fingers crossed for landscape mode in the future
Base: Whisper White, Thick, 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
Layer 1: Dapper Denim, 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 2: Shimmery White, 5” x 3 ¾”
Layer 3: Berry Burst Crinkle Ribbon
I went for a walk today with my dogs and was inspired by the promise of spring. There are sprigs of green popping up where I know my daffodils have slept through the cold, yet short, North Carolina winter.
As soon as I saw the You're Inspiring stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I knew I had to have it. Daffodils are some of my favorite spring flowers. They always seem so cheery. Traditionally, daffodils are the harbingers of spring, symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings. Short-lived, they are a delicate reminder to enjoy the simple and lovely pleasures in life, however long or short they may last.
And that is why I chose this card sketch to CASE from the Occasions Catalog this week. I didn't change it much, just added a jaunty angle and some background dots, that remind me of spring time rain, of promises of new beginnings, and a reminder of hope and love.
Now, it's your turn. Create a card based on the above pattern and then post it on the Case-ing Tuesday Facebook post. Or, if you post it elsewhere, please use the hashtag #CASEingTuesday133. I can't wait to see what you create!
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