Friday, April 17, 2009

Walk in the Park Designer Paper Class

Hello again! Here's the 2nd sample for my upcoming class. See this post for all details. This card is again by Martha Town (she designed the amazing samples for this class - just a perk of being a SU! demonstrator - it is on the SU! website). Although Martha's samples only use the gorgeous In-Color Baja Breeze for card bases, we'll be using the other gorgeous colors that are in the Walk in the Park DSP as well - So Saffron, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral, and Baja Breeze! Did I mention how much I LOVE this paper? I cannot wait to scrapbook with it!!! (If you order the products, you will have PLENTY left over to use for more cards or scrapbook pages!!!)

Note: I will be only precutting the card bases (and SCORING - so important to have a clean crisp fold) and the DSP 6x6 squares for those who just choose the $15 class, so you'll be able to choose which card you do which way and with what paper. Remember I'm including full color instructions as well!!! Bring a paper trimmer and your fav adhesive!!!

***I MUST have both nofication of your intent on coming to the class and payment to order supplies by Wednesday, April 22nd!!! Don't delay, as spots are limited! :) I hope to see you there - we will have such fun stamping these simple and easily reproducible cards (those are the best kind as I know you probably have busy lives like mine)!!!***

Have a fab weekend! I'm up in Nebraska spending the weekend with my niece and nephew!!! So FUN!!! :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Card Class with Products!!!

Hello all! Here's a peek at just one of the cards attendees of my May Card Class will make (Card designed by Martha Town). I am going to hold my first product-based class on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30 pm. Attendees will need to pre-order the Oval All Stamp Set ($16.95), coordinating Scallop Oval Punch ($15.95) and Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper ($9.95). The total for these items is $42.85, or with Shipping & Handling and Tax, $49.12. Also, with the April "Get Connected" promotion every $40 Mini Catalog purchase you'll receive any product on page 208 ("Under $10" page) ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! I LOVE these products and I know you will too! Pictures of all the products are below this post!

The total cost for this class is $50, including the 4 products (a possible $52.80 value) and 5 cards we will be making that evening. The money is due by Wednesday, April 22nd so the items are sure to arrive by the class date! Ribbon, corduroy buttons/brads, ink pads, cardstock, envelopes, and glue sticks will all be provided!!! You need to bring a paper cutter and your favorite adhesive (especially if you're not a glue stick gal)! (If you'd like to add on a SNAIL or Dotto Adhesive from SU! to your order let me know. You could also add on a pack of Basic Gray cardstock (40 sheets) and a Basic Gray ink pad to make 80 cards at home with your supplies - just over 80 cents/card.)

The best part is: not only are all your projects basically free but you'll also take home a versatile stamp set, punch, and almost a full pack of 12x12 beautiful double sided designer paper, as well as your FREE "Under $10" item (I LOVE the Mini Note kits!!!) and 5 simple cards (with full color instructions)!

***For those of you who may just want to make the cards, the class would include 6" x 6" sheets of each of the designs in the Walk in the Park designer paper (whatever you don't use is yours to take home - 6 different double sided sheets) as well as 3 pieces of the Basic Gray Curduroy Buttons (Page 6 of the Mini Catalog - you would get one of each piece). The cost for this class is $15 but remember that you won't get to take the stamp set and punch home with you then! :(

Without further ado, the fabulous products (Have I mentioned that I LOVE this mini catalog?)

The "Under $10" items (each class participant that purchases the Oval All stamp set, Scallop Oval punch and Walk in the Park DSP chooses 1 free):

EVERYONE attending will receive one of each of the following buttons:

Contact me today at to reserve your spot and get your payment to me (either class option needs to be paid by April 22nd)! It will be a great time and I will draw for the ink pad of the winner's choice that night ($15 class participants get 1 ticket into the drawing and $50 class participants will recieve 3 tickets into the drawing).

***Notice to out of towners: I am offering the class as a kit by mail so tack on $5 to ship it to you and you will have full color instructions accompanying the pieces to make these beautiful cards. I am not able to stamp images and send them to you (against Stampin' Up! policy) so if you choose the $15 class ($20 with shipping), you will get the cardstock, six 6x6 sheets of the Walk in the Park DSP, 3 corduroy buttons and enough ribbon to complete the projects. I will mail the kits the week of May 11th.

***Notice to those unable to attend: You have the same options as the out of towners but will obviously not have to pay the shipping and handling. I will deliver the kits to you the week of May 11th.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

DIY Photo Tent/Light Box

Before Light Box

After Light Box

I've been wanting a photo tent for a long time, but not really willing to invest. I found on someone else's blog (sorry I don't know who) that they'd used this DIY tutorial to make a light box out of foam core board. I'm loving the difference it has made in my photos already - although I perfected taking photos on a ledge in my basement, the colors are more true and I get a perfect picture the first time every time.

The card above was designed by my fab sideline Kelly for the new catalog shoebox swap we had in January using the stamp set Just Buzzin' By, Candy Lane Designer Series paper, Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pink Pirouette Cardstock, Scallop Edge Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Jet Black Staz-On, So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker, Stamp-a-ma-jig and Two Way Glue Pen. See my swap cards for this event at this post.

Here is the other card she designed (taken in my basement before the light box). This one uses the Top Note Die, Dreams du Jour stamp set, Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip card stock, VersaMark and Chocolate Chip ink, Felt Fusion Too, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Here is my favorite card from the swap!!! My awesome upline, Beth designed this one - one of the reasons I love it so much is that it combines two of my favorite stamp sets: Inspired by Nature and the En Francais background stamp. Tip: Either brayer on the ink or rub your ink pad then tap on it all over to get the entire background stamp inked. Then lay the background stamp rubber up, put your card stock on top with a piece of scratch paper over the top and rub. I've had great results with this method!!! Now for the supplies: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black card stock, Cutter Kit (to distress the edges), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (used a sponge dauber to rub on a bit of Creamy Caramel ink), Basic Black and Creamy Caramel Ink, Stampin' Sponges, Wide Oval Punch, and Gold Brads.

Beth's other swap used a great product - the embosslit!!! It dry embosses and die cuts at the same time. Specific products are the Sweetest Stem embosslit (exclusive to Stampin' Up) and the coordinating Sweet Stems stamp set, Jet Black Staz-On and Baja Breeze Classic Ink, Aquapainter, Urban Garden Designer Series paper, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Whisper White card stock, Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, and Stampin' Dimensionals.

I love these ladies, their creativity and how much I look forward to any get togethers we are able to plan!!! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Kristina Werner's Color Challenge #48

I cannot believe it has been so long since I have posted...aaaahhh! Life has been so crazy lately. I'm hoping to change that soon though - today I joined a group of Splitcoast Stampers that all want to post more regularly to their blogs and support each other through comments - so hopefully that'll help me.

First of all, I want to say that this was quite the challenge as I combined Kristina's Color Challenge with AmyR's Friday Sketch #54 (not this weeks sketch but a great one for this stamp set).

I really enjoyed making this card - can you believe it was the first time I inked up Trendy Trees? Such a great great stamp set with 2 super useful sentiments. However I did not use the sentiments - I made it a night of firsts by breaking into my Chit Chat Rubons. My dh ordered the rubons for me as an extra bonus when he ordered the set of Bold Brights Classic Stampin' Pads that I so desperately wanted for Christmas.

I'd like to try to include more measurements (as well as recipes):
1) Cut Baja Breeze card stock in half (through the middle of the long side) so that your piece measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score it at 4 1/4"
2) Cut 3 pieces of Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper at 1 1/2" x 3 1/4". Adhere 2 pieces 1/4" from the top and sides and the middle piece will be centered between them (1/4" margins on the left and right as well as the top for the middle piece too).
3) Cut Whisper White card stock at 1 7/8" x 4 3/4" and stamp tree trunks in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the tree tops and stamp them in Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze Classic Inks. (Optional: Use a torn post it note to mask off where you want to sponge the grass in Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink.)
4) Cut a layer of Chocolate Chip card stock at 2" x 4 7/8" and Baja Breeze card stock at 2 1/4" x 5 1/8". Sponge Chocolate Chip Classic ink on the edges of the Baja Breeze.
5) Apply chosen Chit Chat rubon (there are so many to choose from in both chocolate and white! - although you could also stamp a sentiment in the same area) in the lower right hand corner.
6) Use white taffeta ribbon to tie a bow around the card.

See ya later chickadees! I'm hopefully going to churn out Dawn McVey's challenge for this week tonight so I'll be back! :)