Wednesday, July 23, 2014

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!!!

Well here I am back fresh from Convention! I can't believe it's all over! Just like any fun thing-you wait what seems like forever & it's done in a snap!!! I'll have stuff to show when I finally unpack later this week!

But I am ready to go with this week's Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop! Many of the talented ladies on this hop were with me at Convention!
Welcome over from Helen's blog! We had so much fun hanging together in Salt Lake City!! I hope I don't have to wait until next year to see her again!!

Here's this week's Design Seeds colors:


And the MDS colors:


And my card:


I love the Forever Florals stamp set! I got it to use with my Blendabilities, but it has such nice lines that I thought it didn't really need anything else here!
I used a few of the colors as a wash. First I wet the paper slightly. Then I used the Aqua Painter & "washed" the colors across the page!  It's a fairly simple technique but it makes a nice background.

Now go head on over to Liz's blog & see her magic! We missed her last week!!!

Just a simple card this week. I can't wait to dig into my new stuff from Convention & just play!  Soon!!!! I'll have some really fun things to show you!!!
We also got the first look at the new Holiday Catalog available to you on September 1st! We get to pre-order on Aug. 1!!! Great time to join
 Stampin' Up! to get the goodies in hand first!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

COLORING MY WAY TO CONVENTION!!!!!


So as you wake up & read this Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop post, I will be on a plane to Salt Lake City for the  
Stampin' Up! Convention 2014!!!! 
I am so excited I can hardly stand it!!

So many of my blog hoppers here will be joining me there so this is a small group this week! Still cool stuff! I love to see you hopping here from 
Carol's blog!!! And again hopping on over to Liz's blog! Make the loop! I guarantee you won't be disappointed!!!

So here's this week's Design Seeds pic-Liz's choice this week:



And here's this week's Stampin' Up! color match-up:

                  Wisteria Wonder
                  Elegant Eggplant
                  Garden Green
                  Wild Wasabi
                  Coastal Cabana
                  Pool Party





And here's my card:


 I used my Starburst Sayings stamp set with the matching
 Starburst Framelits.  I like this set because it goes for just about any age or gender! 

I thought it worked well with this weeks colors for just about any occasion. It could be a birthday, anniversary, retirement, etc., kinda card! 

I love doing these little windows! This was a simple Circle Framelit with a little Framelit frame! Make sense? I'd love to show ya how!!!

I layered the Oh Happy Day sentiment! Hard to tell in the pic but it's layered & leveled with Stampin' Dimensionals!


Top it off with my new Calypso Cabana Wide Bakers Twine, & it's a cute deal!

Well this is a quick post so I can get packin'!!! Watch this week for all kinds of pics & updates from convention!!! I'll share all my swaps later! Don't wanna give them away!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!





Wednesday, July 9, 2014

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!!!!

Happy Summer Coloring Down the Lines!!!  After a wet but successful 
4th of July, the heat is on here! Just the way I like it! As you get this, I hope to be sitting on a beach with my toes in the sand!!! 

So hello all you hoppers from Helen's amazing blog! How awesome is her card this week?! 
When you are through here you can hop over to Sandy's fantabulous blog! She is cooking this week! It's a small group this week, but talented! Keep going!!! Be sure to leave comments!!! It's so nice to hear from you all!!!

So here's the Design Seeds pic for this week (caw caw!):



And here are our MDS colors to complement:
And here's my baby!


For some reason it doesn't look green! It does when I look at the camera & on my upload! Oh well, trust me. The background is Pistachio Pudding! That color is growing on me!

The other 2 greens make up the "stems" from Flowering Flourishes! And of course Papillon Potpourri and punches round out the rest of the colors! That's the Ticket was used for the sentiment-with the Ticket Punch of course! 

This is really a cute, airy card in person! Very simple but I think it packs a gentle punch! I'm in the throws of "swap mania" as I prepare for Convention next week!!! So excited!!! But trying to get a handle on things! It'll all happen tho! Don't you worry! 

So hope you like this week's entry in our little blog hop! It's a cool summer breeze blowing your way!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!





Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CASING THE SKETCH!!

My friends over at Can You Case It? are challenging us with a sketch this week!! Here is the sketch they chose!

Week 26 Sketch

And here is the card I made!

http://canyoucaseit.com/

I decided to go back to my watercolor roots! I've been having so much fun with my Blendabilities that I just wanted to visit my old friend the Aqua Painter!

I had to remember that watercoloring isn't as "precise" as coloring with the Blendabilities!It's ok to go somewhat outside the lines!!!

This is one of my favorite stamp sets that was new to last year's catalog-Pleasant Poppies!!. It's a single stamp, but nice & large! Gives lots of nice options with the Framelits-this one being the 
Apothocary Accents Framelits!

I had some fun playing with my new In-Colors with this card! And of course a little Honeycomb never hurt anyone! lol

So hop on ovet to Can You Case It? and enjoy all the other great creations that people have come up with!!! Maybe even try your own hand at it!!!

Happy Stampin'!







Wednesday, July 2, 2014

INSPIRE, CREATE, SHARE!!!! RED, WHITE & BLUE!!!


I am so excited to have been invited to join a new blog hop!!! The
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop happens the first Wednesday of every month!!!! There are some very talented ladies on this hop, so be sure to follow the links & check them all out!!! You get some great ideas & inspirations!!!

This month the challenge is Red, White & Blue-appropriately so!!! After all, the 4th of July celebrates the birthday of the good ole' USA!!!! So I thought a nice All-American birthday card would be appropriate!


If you knew me well, you'd know I love anything nautical! This girl grew up on Cape Cod, MA, so the ocean is home to me!

This card uses Night of Navy, Real Red, & Whisper White CS.  The DSP is from the Maritime pack. Appropriate, & I LOVE this paper!!!

The stamp sets used are The Open Sea & Something to Say
The Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine has been knotted to sort of copy the DSP behind it! It's not Real Red, but it's close enough!
Here are the up-close details!


Now get ready to hop! Click on the picture below to get to Jen's blog-the next blog in the hop!!  Then be sure to keep going all the way until you get back here! Please leave a fun comment! We love to hear from you!

http://thestampdiva.blogspot.com/2014/07/red-white-and-blue.html

So I hope you've enjoyed my first card in the Inspire, Create & Share monthly blog hop!!!

http://flyingstamper.blogspot.com/2014/07/inspire-create-share-blog-hop.html
http://stampingrandma.blogspot.com/2014/07/red-white-blue-blog-hop.html
http://stampingwithpearl.blogspot.com/2014/07/red-white-and-blue-blog-hop.html
http://oliviastamps.blogspot.com/2014/07/inspire-create-share-blog-hop.html
http://stampinwithdarlaandsisters.blogspot.com/2014/07/inspire-create-and-share-blog-hop.html
http://territerbear.blogspot.com/2014/07/inspire-create-share-red-white-and-blue.html
http://thesimpleandcreativecorner.blogspot.com/2014/07/red-white-and-blue-blog-hop.html
http://evascardsandthings.com/2014/07/inspire-create-share-blog-hop/
http://stampingtammy.blogspot.com/2014/07/ics-red-white-and-blue-blog-hop.html
http://www.joniinthespotlightstamping.com/2014/07/inspire-create-share-red-white-blue.html HERE!
http://thestampdiva.blogspot.com/2014/07/red-white-and-blue.html

Happy Stampin'!!

SPANGLED COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Welcome to this week's Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!! We are kicking off the 4th of July weekend with Red, White & Blue!!!! In a sense! lol

Thank you for hopping over from Helen's blog!!! I know you loved her design as much as I did!!! Keep going on over to Liz's blog & say hello from me! Then visit all the cool blogs on this hop! It's sure to put you in a patriotic mood!!!

So this week's Design Seeds colors are:

http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/color-ashore

Our Stampin' Up! coordinating colors are:


And here's my card:


I know it's a bit mushy, but as I was putting this together, I really had a moment.  It's great to celebrate the birthday of what I feel is the greatest place on Earth, but it's even more important to remember how it came to be! Without the courage & strength of all our military,we wouldn't be celebrating our country's birthday or possible any birthdays.  So on that note, I thank all our military men & women- living & passed, active & non-active, combat & not-for your service & love for the good ole USA!! This card is in honor of you all!


So what I did! I used 2 stamp sets here-Something to Say & Be the Star! That's becoming a fave, altho it's perfect for the season! The Star Framelits are such a nice addition to that stamp set. I wish they'd offer it as a bundle. But maybe in the future!!! 


I used all the colors except the Rose Red. Altho the background looks kinda green in this picture!!! It's truly Sahara Sand!!! lol
The Chevron Embossing Folder & the 1/4" Cotton Ribbon add nicely to the design.  I just LOVE that ribbon!!! I'm officially addicted! lol  A few Framelits to cut out the shapes for the sentiment & done deal!

So I hope you like & I hope you have a safe, fun & happy 4th of July. Happy Birthday USA!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

AND HERE COME THE BLENDABILITIES!!!!!!

They're here! They're here!!!! Starting tomorrow, YOU can begin ordering some of our new, amazing 
Blendabilities!!! 

Those of you who came to the New Catalog Launch Party had a chance to see them in action!!! Amazing!! 

And now the long wait for them is over!!!!!

A limited supply will be available to you for ordering tomorrow! This includes the AMAZING Memento Ink Pad, refill & Color Lifter!!!! 

I can't link you now because they are not available today!!! But head over to my website tomorrow & begin your order!!!!

I'm sure they'll be popular, so place your order SOON to avoid any backorders!!!! So excited to share them with you!!!!

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This is also the last day to join Stampin' Up! for only $50!!! Get all the discounts, early orders for demonstrators, plus so much more!!!! Click HERE to join us here at Stampin' Up!!!

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Don't forget, you can order prepaid subscriptions to
 My Paper Pumpkin for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months!!!! Fantastic deal!!!!!!!
 

Happy Stampin!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

NEW CATALOG LAUNCH PARTY!!

We had a great time at the New Catalog Launch Party last weekend!!!It was nice to introduce my Frampers to this amazing Catalog!!
 
Some great new catalog items to check out!!!
 Everyone seemed especially excited about the Blendabilities!!! Some will be available to the public in July!!! Not August as originally stated!!!

July "My Paper Pumpkin"
 Many were surprised to see how much My Paper Pumpkin has changed since it's first few packages! This month's fun Red, White & Blue Pinwheels were a huge hit!!!! Plus, now you can get prepaid subscriptions for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months!!! With no further commitment! Altho I bet you'll want to keep them coming!!!

"My Paper Pumpkin" display table!!
We made a cute little card with my fun little octopus from Sea Street!!!

The cute little Make & Take card!
 Our Mystery Hostess for the event was MaryEllen!!! Congrats!!! Orders will ship tomorrow so I'll let everyone know when they arrive! Expect a cute little treat in each of your bags!!!
 
Surprises!!!!
So thank you to all who came to the party & placed orders! It was a great day & I hope I got you exited for some great stampin' in the future!!!!

Some great deals on retired stamp sets! Some people got some great deals!!!
If you would like to see our new Annual Catalog or place an order, or just get more info on the catalog or My Paper Pumpkin, contact me asap!!! You won't want to miss the goodies! Especially our new Blendabilities!!!
Happy Stampin'!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SCRAPBOOKERS UNITE!!!!

Project Life Scrapbooking Class
Scrapbookers wanted!!!
 
Come celebrate Stampin' Up!'s new collaboration with Project Life!!!
 
Scrapbook your pictures in no time with our beautiful coordinated products-designed with EXCLUSIVE Stampin' Up! colors!!!!
 
You will receive 6 Project Life Pocket Pages, 10 4x3 Project Life Grid Cards and a full packet of Everyday Adventure Project Card Collection!!!! I will provide stamps, inks, and cardstock for embellishments!!! Please bring some fun pics to scrap & your own acid-free adhesive. Snail will be available for only $6.00 if you need!!!
 
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 pm
Where: My house
Registration deadline: Friday, June 27 (Only 1 more day!!!)
Cost: $30
(Add $10 to also receive the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack!! 
You will want this add on!!!!So cool!!) 
 
 Come experience our new Project Life! Perfect quick, easy yet traditional scrapbooking!!!
 
Bring someone new to Stampin' Up! to class with you and receive a discount off your next class! 
Note: Guests must also be preregistered & pay the class fee.
 
Contact me asap to reserve your spot!!!!!
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!!!!

Hey all!!! Here we go again!!! It's Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop time!!! Nice bright colors this week! We are a small group this week but strong!!!

You may be hopping over from Helen's blog!! How awesome is her design!!! When you are finished here, be sure to click HERE to go to Robbie's blog! She is our fearless leader & the organizer of this blog hop! She works very hard each week to get the colors all organized & get US all organized! Not always an easy task! I speak for all of us on the hop that we truly appreciate all her efforts!!!

So this week's Design Seeds pic:


Here are the MDS colors that coordinate:
Our little added piece is to use a non-standard fold on the card. Meaning not the standard fold in half!!! So here's what I came up with!


I rarely use this stamp set-From My Heart. Not sure why. It's a nice set! Most of my customers, however, tend to need cards for specific occasions-birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, etc.  This one has more general statements of the heart. I think I may use it more often. The images are nice & large & most work well with one Framelit or other!!!

Now the fold! Ok, so I tri-folded the card! I've discovered using the 
Scallop Edge Tag Topper punch to be very versatile! Here I'm using it as a "clasp" of sorts for the card! One side I cut from the card base. Cute trick! Wanna learn how???  The other end I used a 2" tag of a different color (Garden Green) for some umph.  I'm wondering if I could've added something. Something makes me think it's a bit plain. Do you have suggestions what I could add? It's a neat card to give as a gift though. The recipient gets to open the little bow & all! A little like a little gift all on its own!!!


Speaking of ribbon, I am in LOVE with the new 1/4" Cotton Ribbon!!! It is soooo nice to work with! Easy to make a bow or a know or whatever. Elegant yet casual. Love it!!!!

Colors used this week are Blushing Bride, Real Red, Basic Gray, 
Garden Green & Pistachio Pudding. Skipped the Pear Pizzazz this time!!!


So take a hop around this blog hop!!! Head over to Robbie's then keep going! Lots of fun & some very creative & clever fold ideas for your cards!

Happy Stampin!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

ANNOUNCING SUMMER CLASSES!!!!

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Summer 2014 CLASSES!!!!
Note: payment for classes is in form of cash or check only, payable at beginning of class unless otherwise noted. Prepayment is encouraged, but required for classes including Stampin' Up! products!

Class sizes are LIMITED!! Don't wait to contact me NOW to reserve your spot!!!
jmets23@yahoo.com  
(Registration deadlines are to allow time for prep time & materials to ship!)

****For all classes, please bring your own adhesive or add $6.00 to the cost & receive your OWN Snail to use & take home!!!!

BEGINNERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!!!!!
BRING A FRIEND NEW TO ME & RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ON A FUTURE CLASS!!!! (Note: Friend must also be preregistered!)
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Project Life Scrapbooking Class
Scrapbookers wanted!!!
Come celebrate Stampin' Up!'s new collaboration with Project Life!!! Scrapbook your pictures in no time with our beautiful coordinated products-designed with EXCLUSIVE Stampin' Up! colors!!!!
You will receive 6 Project Life Pocket Pages, 10 4x3 Project Life Grid Cards and a full packet of Everyday Adventure Project Card Collection!!!! I will provide stamps, inks, and cardstock for embellishments!!! Please bring some fun pics to scrap & your own acid-free adhesive. Snail will be available for only $6.00 if you need!!!
When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 pm
Where: My house
Registration deadline: Thursday, June 26
Cost: $30
(Add $10 to also receive the Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack!! 
You will want this add on!!!!So cool!!) 
 Come experience our new Project Life! Perfect quick, easy yet traditional scrapbooking!!!
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Kinda Ecclectic Project Class
Come use one of my fave new sets from the Annual Catalog to create some fun ideas!!! Cards, gift bags & more!!! I will be fresh from convention with new ideas for this amazing stamp set! 
Class includes the clear Kinda Ecclectic stamp set, a packet of Washi tape, 2 Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags, 2 Whisper White Note Cards/Envies
2 Crumb Cake Note Cards/Envies!!! Great deal!!!! I will provide some fun extras to use on your creations!!!
When: Saturday, August 2, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: My house
Registration deadline: July 19
Cost: $35 (add $8.00 for wood stamps)
This will be a fun class with some fun projects!!! Plus, you get to keep your stamp set & supplies!!!!! Don't miss out!!! All you need is adhesive!!!

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Everyday Occasions Card Kit Class
Use one of our amazing card kits to create 20 fantastic cards for almost any occasion! Kit includes cardstock & envelopes, embellishments, Stampin' Spots, 7-piece Occasions Stamp set with clear block-all in its own adorable, storable, giftable box!!!!
Not a card maker per se? This is a PERFECT solution to that problem!!! Make these beauties quickly & always have a cool card on hand!!!! Less than $2/card! Have a year's (?) worth of cards in one cozy little box!!!
When: Saturday, August 16, 10:00am-12:00pm 
Where: My house
Registration deadline: August 2
Cost: $35
I always have fun buttons & bows to add on to your cards!!! All you need to bring is adhesive!!! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

AHHHH! MY LITTLE PUMPKIN!!!

So you've probably heard all the buzz about 
Stampin' Up!'s My Paper Pumpkin!!  

Well, the buzz is well deserved!!!
If you are a subscriber, awesome!!! I'm sure you're enjoying your kits!!! 
If you're new to My Paper Pumpkin (MPP) or have been away for awhile, let me enlighten you! MPP is growing up!!!!! The kits are bigger & better! More fun ideas!!! Not all cards-lots of fun stuff!!! Stampin' Up! heard your requests & answered them!!

Well big news!!! Now, you don't have to subscribe long-term anymore!(Of course you still can if you want!!)
 You can purchase a 1,3,6 or 12 month subscription with NO FURTHER OBLIGATION!!! But you'll probably want to continue on!!! 
This is a great way to give it a try!! A 3-month subscription gives you a great overview of the kinds of fun that arrive at your door each month!!! And the shipping is FREE!!!

Yes, you CAN give a subscription as a gift!!! What a nice treat-you give will keep on coming with a fun little craft for your recipient!!!! Just add a Snail & you're good to go!!!!

Each kit includes all the materials needed to make the project except adhesive!!! Your first kit will even include a block for the stamps!!!
Kits have materials, directions, a Stampin' Ink Spot, stamps (yes, EXCLUSIVE stamps available nowhere else!), paper, embellishments, etc.!!!! Always a value!!!

 You can get more info & join MPP by clicking HERE!!!!

Check it out!!! Here's just a small sampling of what you've been missing!!!





The arrival!!!! So much anticipation & fun!!! Watch!!!


Contact me today to see how to sign up for you own little Pumpkin!!! Or just click on the link on the right side of this blog & get started!!! So much fun!!!

Happy Stampin'!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

COLORING DOWN THE LINES-YUMMY!!

So the colors for this week's Coloring Down the Lines blog hop are yummy-they make me think of a nice sangria!!! Some say lemonade, but sangria works for me!!! lol

So you'll be surprised (or maybe not!) that my card is nothing like sangria!!! lol Check it out!

Hi all you hoppers here from Helen's blog!!! Glad you're here! Hope you like my contribution to the hop!!! When you're done looking here, hop over to
 Liz's blog & check her design out!!! Then keep going until you get right back here!!! So many pretty creations!!!

Here is the Design Seeds photo:



Ok, here are the MDS colors:
Our added piece was to use a Framelit or Edgelit for the border.

And here she is:


So this design would maybe work well with red, white & blue! But I wanted to use my new Stars Framelits on the border! I love these Framelits!!!! I finished it off with the Be a Star stamp set! It's a great combo. Not a bundle in the catty, but you can make it your own bundle!! Just order both! lol 

Retired ribbon alert! Unfortunately I  haven't had a chance to stock up on the new ribbons yet, so sorry, there'll be some retired ribbon for awhile!!! Some is available on the Clearance Rack tho!

Of course gotta have bling, so the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details was the perfect complement!


So go hop around & enjoy these yummy colors!!!
Good choice of colors Carol!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

IT'S ALL BLACK & WHITE!!!

So my friends over at the Can You Case It? challenge blog are looking for black & white this week!!! I was beginning my construction for a black/white swap at convention, and found this card! 


This was from last year's convention!!
I'm actually excited to feature this card. I think it's cool! I will admit to a retired embossing folder, but you can use any folder! It wasn't retired last year!! lol
The stamp set is Pleasant Poppies! I just think I'd love to carry this cute little purse somewhere!!!


Hope you like!!! Be sure to pop over to the blog & see what other creations are there! There are some very pretty ones!!!

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

COLORING DOWN THE VICTORIAN LINES!!!

Welcome Blog Hoppers to another week of Coloring Down the LInes!!

If you're hopping over from Helen's blog, be sure to stay & visit a bit!!! Then keep going over to Laura's!!! She's next!!! But don't stop there!!! Lots of cool things to see!!!

So this week's colors are in the "blues" family!!!

Our added piece is Victorian! Tough one for me! I'm not a Victorian kinda gal! I love how this blog hop takes me out of my box!!!  So I hope you Victorian stampers will forgive if mine isn't uber Victorian!! lol

So here's my card:


...and the inside!!


I think it's an interesting card.  I used Life's Adventures. It's one of the really cool new Hostess stamp sets from the Big Book!!!!  I like this one!!! It's versatile,  I could "color" if I wanted to!!  I thought the bike was kinda Victorian. Maybe?  My research turned up lots of bikes!!

I framed it with my Label Collection Framelits! The Finishing Touches Framelits added a little lacy look to the bottom! It seems to be a Victorian thing!


Ok, I will own up to a couple of retired things. First, I used an embossing folder from the Holiday Catalog because it had words. Again, seemed Victorian! 

I used the Finishing Flourishes stamp set to add the background, then embossed. Direct ink to paper added the kinda distressed look. 

The ribbons are both retired. However, Perfect Plum is still a current color! Ill miss the Crochet Trim tho. There is a new one in the new catalog however that's pretty awesome!!!

So hope it's appealing!!! I'd give it to a good friend!! lol

So until next week!
Happy Stampin'!!!