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!
One of my favorite events during the month is to celebrate the success of my Stamping Bee team. Every month, I have a team challenge and for those who achieve their goal, we have a get together to celebrate. I always have a special theme to make it a little more festive. This month, we celebrated five ladies who achieved their December goals with a Champagne Celebration.
And because we're Stamping Bees, no get together would be complete without a little stamping! This month, we made love notes with the Narrow Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes. I wanted to showcase the Sure do Love You and Lots of Lavender Stamp Sets, along with the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper. Aren't they adorable? And they came together so quickly, too.
The Narrow Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes are perfect for Valentine's cards for classrooms or teachers, or little love notes to tuck inside a lunch box or bouquet of flowers. You could even use them for gift card enclosures! They measure 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" and come 20 to a packet for only $8. I don't know about you, but I've already bought several packs to make more of these cute little notes.
Today's tutorial is going to be a bit different. I'll going to give you the directions to build the first few layers, but then you can design them yourself. Have fun!
Base: Narrow Whisper White Note Card, 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Layer 1: Subtract in either 1/8" or 1/4" increments. If you want a narrow boarder, use 1/8"; a wider boarder uses 1/4".
OR...don't use any paper to build a layer and use some of our larger background stamps, like I did. I used the Burlap Background Stamp for the card on the left and the Marbled Background Stamp for the card on the right.
Today is the last day to register for the January 27th Seasonal Sampler Class. You can choose to make the sampler, or 10 cards using the designs from the sampler. To register,please email me. (This is also available as a Class To Go. Email me for more information.
Just TWO spots remain for theMarch 16-18th Stampin' @ the Beach weekend retreat. Email me to register by January 31.
Don't you hate it when, you're stamping and everything is going great and then, "oops" there's a smudge of ink right across your project. That's what happened to me when I was making this cute Party Panda card for my New Year's Bingo party. I guess I inked the stamp too much, and in the recessed area of the balloon, once on paper there was a big black smudge. Rather than start over - because I was in a hurry - I decided to see what I could to do save it.
I grabbed my Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker and colored the inside of the balloon. That smudge was still noticeable. In the Bingo Goodie bags, everyone was getting whole pack of the Wooden Hearts & Stars embellishments. I took one of the small hearts, and smooshed it gently into in my Calypso Coral Ink Pad to dye it. Once it was dry, I used a glue dot to cover up my smudge. Add an "Love you" sentiment to tie it altogether, and voila, a happy little accident was born. I guess Bob Ross really did know what he was talking about.
What kind of happy accidents have you experience lately?
Both the Party Pandas and Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper are 2018 Sale-a-Bration Products,. Each are FREE with a $50 purchase.
Base: Basic Black, 11" x 4 1/4", scored at 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper, 5 1/4" x 4:
Layer 2: Basic Black, 3 1/4" x 4 1/4"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 3 1/8" x 4 1/8"
Inside Layer: Whisper White, 5 1/4" x 4"
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