Monday, October 25, 2010

My Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class

It will soon be November and time for my Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. I've still got a few cards to create but here is a sneak peek of what you'll make.

This year I'm using the beautiful Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper along with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla card stock. Cherry Cobbler is such a rich red color. I just love the way it makes these cards look so classy!

So, do you want to know the details about my classes. I will hold two classes at my house in November -- Saturday, November 13th 9:30-2:30 and Saturday, November 20th 9:30-2:30. Everyone will make 30 cards (3 each of 10 different designs) with envelopes for $35. This price also includes a light lunch. You know we need a break to build up our energy for the afternoon!!

If you are interested in attending, please email me to RSVP. Registration deadline is November 9th. Hurry because these spots fill up fast.

Thanks for checking in.


Hey, Jack ...

Look at these little guys. It's Jack Skellington from The Nightmare before Christmas movie. I have to admit that I've never seen this movie BUT it is my BFF, Jenny's favorite movie and Jack is her favorite character.

So I made these cupcake "Jacks" for her as a surprise. Jenny and I work together at the USPS General Service Law Department in St. Louis. I'm hoping to get to work early today and put these cuties on her desk. I hope she likes them. Take a closer look ...

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic Monday!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October Stamp-a-Stack

Well, half the month is over and I'm just now getting my SAS cards posted. I like to have them up early so my class attendees know what they will be making this month at my Stamp-a-Stack classes. I always say -- better late than never!!!

This first card was made by my "buddy" last month. The Gateway Glitter 'n Ink group have monthly Buddy Swaps and this is what I received from Judy Summer. It uses the "spotlight technique." I just love pink and black together. Thanks, Judy, for a beautiful card.

This next card I cased here. I just love the fall colors -- tangerine tango, always artichoke, chocolate chip and so saffron. The frame around the sunflowers is so easy. Take a 3 inch square and place it evenly spaced in the dotted scallop border punch. Then punch! Repeat for all four sides. The only trick is to make sure that the card stock is placed evenly spaced on both sides in the punch. In other words, you want the punched image to be in the center of that side of the card stock. Does that make sense? I hope so because it's very easy to do and I'm probably making it harder by trying to explain it. Anyway, check out the card.

I like to look to my favorite blogs for inspiration but this next card I found on Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Connection. It was designed by Cathy Richardson. I changed it just a little to use the supplies I had -- Autumn Spice DSP, More Mustard, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze card stock. Upsy Daisy is one of my favorite sets and I did what Cathy did by using my mustard and cajun markers directly on the stamp -- that way I could omit the tallest "daisy" so there was room for my sentiment. I think it turned out nice and it looks sort of masculine. What do you think?

A few weeks ago I was looking through my stack of cards to find a sympathy card for a friend. I couldn't find one. I started thinking that we don't make sympathy cards at my Stamp-a-Stack classes. You'll see that the above card is a sympathy card -- well, so is the one below. I just got that beautiful "Elizabeth" stamp. I just love it. It is so elegant and makes a simple card look so special. We also used the sentiment "For the Newlyweds" from Teeny Tiny Wishes instead of the "With Sympathy." It makes a great wedding card. You can't see it but there are tiny pearls on the scrolls of the stamped image. Check it out.

Lastly, is the beautiful Christmas card that I found here. I liked it so much that I had to get the Musical Notes wheel to make the center panel. It was a little challenging for my customers because we tried to spotlight the poinsettias. I used cherry cobbler, early espresso, very vanilla card stock and sponged everything with crumb cake to give it a vintage look. I also tried the champagne glass glitter on the center of the poinsettias. It was definitely one of the favorites of the night!

Thanks for checking in. Have a great "hump" day!!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Got Merry?

Isn't this just the cutest little thing? I love this stamp set. It's got lots of little sayings that you can use all through the year. This is another sneak peek at one of the 3-D items for my Holiday Stamp Camp. The box is actually a 2, 4, 6, 8 box with a small scored top to resemble a milk carton. Super easy. Great for teacher or co-worker gifts! My girlfriend says it needs malted milk balls inside, LOL!!!

Don't forget -- the deadline for attending my Holiday Stamp Camp is tomorrow, October 19th. If you live in the St. Louis/Alton, IL area, just email me. I've got a few spots left.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a fantastic Monday!!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Sneak Peek - Part II

Here is the mini scrapbook album that you'll make if you come to my Holiday Stamp Camp on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00-12:30 at my church in Godfrey, IL. I was truly amazed at how beautiful it turned out. I was inspired by the projects on page 163 of the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog. Go ahead -- get your catalog and check it out. I'll wait right here, LOL!!

Okay, you're still not sure about it -- well check out the pictures below. It is actually a scrapbook in a box with 12 4 x 6 panels that are accordion folded. I used the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock. I kept the panels simple to make it a quick and easy gift for family or friends or you could make two and keep one for yourself.

Left side

Right side

Back side

I never have a lot of time to scrapbook so when I do, I try to keep it as quick and easy as possible. I use 4 x 6 photos (no cropping necessary) and I don't mat all my photos. Your layouts and albums go much faster. I think I'll put some photos in the book so everyone can see how great it will look filled with Christmas memories.

Would you like to make one just like this? Well, email me if you can attend my Stamp Camp on Saturday, October 23rd and you'll make one there and take home the directions to make more as gifts.

Thanks for stopping by today. Come back soon to see my cards for my October Stamp-a-Stack classes.

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sneak Peek to Christmas

It's hard to believe the holidays will be upon us soon. I always feel like once Halloween is over November and December just fly by. My annual Holiday Stamp Camp is Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00-12:30 at my church, Godfrey First United Methodist Church. If you are interested in attending, please email me for the registration (you better hurry because the deadline is October 19).

To help you decide if you like to join me on Saturday, October 23rd here is a "sneak peek" at some of the projects. We'll be making 3 Christmas cards -- here is one using the A Cute Christmas stamp set and the Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper both from the Holiday Mini Brochure. I cased this card from a very talented fellow demonstrator, Rochelle Edwards -- thanks, Rochelle!!

Take a closer look and see the cute little snowman and the "snowy" glitter. Isn't he the cutest?

Next is a simple but elegant card using one of the ornament stamps from Delightful Decorations. I learned the simple technique of the punched frame at the Gateway Glitter 'n Ink group Happy Holidaze event. It so easy -- just take a 3 inch square of cardstock, center it in the dotted scallop ribbon border punch and punch. Repeat for all four sides making sure you center the cardstock each time. That's it!! The little square corners are created automatically.

It may be hard to see but I used the olive glitter from the fine supernova glitter stack on the ornament. I used heat & stick powder for the adhesive. Maybe this picture will help you see the "sparkle."

I hope you enjoyed the little sneak peek. Check back tomorrow for more!

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