Oh...such a busy weekend! I may need another cup of coffee to make it through Monday morning!
Saturday, I hosted a big 16-card holiday catalog kick off meeting for my Stamping Bee Team. I teamed up with my mentor, Selene Kempton for this quarterly meeting and WOW! was it amazing! We ran the meeting in two places - mine in North Carolina and hers up in Massachusetts. There was a lot stamping going on this weekend. Everyone left with at least 16 completed cards, ready to share with family and friends, or use as class templates of their own during the holiday season.
We spent Sunday at my parents' house. The hubs mowed their grass while I spent several hours helping my mother clean out her closet. We filled two HUGE suitcases with clothes to donate to the local PTA Thrift Store. We decided to leave her dresser for another day. Then I found out she has a whole other closet upstairs that needs to be gone through, too. I guess those suitcases need to be emptied before we can start the next round.
Today's card was not part of the 16-cards. But it does use the Merry Patterns Stamp Set, which I gave away as a raffle prize for anyone who brought a display board to share with the group. Speaking of giving away...did you know that the Merry Patterns Stamp Set is part of the September/October host Promotion and is free with any qualifying order ($300). That $300 can be an individual order, or it can be a class order. I just started playing with this new set last night, and it's so much fun! it pairs wonderfully with all of our holiday designer papers, including the city scene from the Christmas Around the World pack. To get your Free Merry Patterns Stamp Set, contact me today to place an order, or schedule your October card class. (This stamp set is not available for purchase, and is only available until 10/31!)
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Christmas Around the World, City Scene, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Cherry Cobbler, 1" x 2 1/2" (2 pieces), punched with the Triple Banner Punch
Layer 4: Whisper White, 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"
There are some fantastic stampers on the Stamping Bee team! And once a month, on the 2nd Sunday, we get together to swap cards and stamp more. It's really a time to just share our time and talents with each other. The August meeting was the largest one of the summer. It was great to beat the heat with a little pizza, salad, and...Christmas cards! Yes, it may have been over 100F outside, but we were stamping our first Christmas cards of the season . So much fun!
I just love my team and would love to have you join us at a meeting. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the month, from 4:30 pm to around 6:30-7 pm. It's very low key and a lot of fun. First time visitors are free. If you'd like to join us, just email me. Or if you'd like to learn more about the Stamping Bee Team, click here.
This month's swap theme was summertime. Let's take a look:
Which one is your favorite?
I love blue and silver for Christmas. It's cool, crisp tones make me wish for white Christmas and pretty packages all wrapped in foil paper. Last night, after my Christmas in July class, I was in the mood to play and design in my studio. I went to grab theBe Merry Christmas paper with it's festive reds and greens, when theFoil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper caught my eye. Hmmmm...Soft Sky metallics and Christmas? Perfect!
The Carols of Christmas Stamp Set is part of the AMAZING Christmas in July offer by Stampin' Up! When you join my Stampin' Bee Team by purchasing Stampin' Up's awesome starter kit, not only do you get $125 in your choice of product for only $99 (+ free shipping), you also receive the Carols of Christmas Stamp set absolutely free - along with $50 in additional free products! This offer is too good to pass up - and it only lasts until Monday, 7/31. Contact me today to learn more, orclick here to join now!
Today's Tutorial (and give away!)
One of the highlights at our team inspiration night every month, is our Stamping Bee team swap. Open to all who wish to participate, Stamping Bee team members prepare a card based an the theme of the month and make enough copies to share with the rest of the team. Not only do we get to see everyone's designs and interpretations on a theme, but we get to watch each other grow as artists and designers. It's a fun and safe place to share and learn.
This month's challenge was to use Stampin' Up!'s embossing folders. Fellow Stamping Bee team mate Pam Riley created this pretty butterfly card using the Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Watercolor Wings stamp set. I really like that it showcases the simplicity and beauty of a single layer card. And did you notice the antennae on the butterfly? It's two tiny pieces of burlap that she trimmed from the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon!
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Yesterday was our Stamping Bee team inspiration night. We started with a nice light salad bar supper, chatting a catching up on what everyone's been doing since our last meeting. Lots of sharing about their holidays and summer activities! Then, we came upstairs to my stamping studio and did a little stamping. It was a great way to spend a HOT summer evening.
This month's projects focused on the Tranquil Tulips hostess set. This is the prettiest hostess set we've had. Hostess sets are unlike other stamp sets in that you just can't order them from my store. You can get them 3 ways:
There are 6 host sets to choose from in the 2017 Annual Catalog. Contact me today to host a class or earn your host stamp set.
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