12 Weeks of Christmas is Coming!

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Hi Everyone,
I am so excited to join forces with Costa Marazita at Creative Stampers  as we prepare to start the 12 Weeks of Christmas Campaign.  It is a campaign where we will be emailing you for the 12 weeks (starting October 6th) leading up to the Christmas holiday  an amazing holiday project each week that you can make.  These projects will be great ideas for small gifts you can use to give out during the holiday season.  There will be cards, tags, bags, wraps and more.  This is absolutely FREE and only for members on our list.  So if you are not on our list by next Saturday you will be missing out.  If you already receive my newsletter, you don’t need to do anything as you are all set to get these fabulous projects each week.  If you are interested in any of products and you live in the USA then please contact me.  If you are from Canada, Costa would be delighted to help you out.   If you are not getting my e-mails you need to be on the mailing list.  In order to get on the mailing list, click on the Sign Up For My Newsletter on the right.  Don’t wait as you will miss out on some great projects!

Jar of Love Fishes

Hello Everyone ~ check out my cute children’s Jar of Love Fishes creation below!

Today we are going to visit the vendors at the Convention Center.  I am anxious to see what new “toys” they have on the market.  I love checking out all the new techniques that are out there and seeing how I can do the same thing using Stampin’ Up supplies.  I would love to see the newest ink brushes and try them out.  They are expensive so I want to see if they are really worth it.  Then I will see if I can find something similar at a much cheaper price.  I would also like to check out some of the hybrid ink.  Then I will see what other “new” items I can find!  Hopefully it will be a successful day!  I will let you know on Monday.

The next stamp set on my second round of my Catalog Journey is the Jar of Love.  There are some great images in this set that can be used for feminine, masculine, or even children’s cards.  I decided to use the fish and create a fun children’s card that I can use to send to the girls.  I began by stamping a tone on tone background using Mango Medley on the card front.  This was done randomly.  Next I stamped the middle sized jar using Basic Gray.  The water was added using the stamp and Pool Party ink.  To finish off the jar I stamped the string bows using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  On a piece of scrap Whisper White I stamped the fish using Mango Medley.  The coordinating die was used to cut them out.  I added these to the stamped jar using glue dots.  I took the jar panel and mounted it onto a piece of Pool Party card stock and then that panel was added to a Whisper White panel.  The completed panel was added to the lower part of the card base.  The sentiment came from the Eastern Beauty set.  I masked off all the words but the “smile” and inked it up with Pool Party.  I then removed the masks and stamped it onto a scrap of Whisper White.  The 1 1/8″ scallop circle punch was used to punch it out.  I used the 1 3/8″ scallop circle punch to punch a Pool Party circle and mounted the 2.   The sentiment was then added to the card base using dimensionals.  Here is the completed cute Jar of Love Fishes creation.



















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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Pop of Petals With a Lattice

It’s Friday Stampers ~ I have a beautiful Pop of Petals With a Lattice creation for you today.

Well I had a ton of errands to run yesterday.  I had a lot to get done since I was leaving for the weekend today.  This morning will be busy.  I have to drop Bijou off and then I have to come back to the apartment and finish packing and eat breakfast.  I need to be at Barb’s by 10:15.  It will be fun to get away for the weekend with other crafters.  Tonight we have a make-n-take session we signed up for.  I am curious to see what we will be making.  Then tomorrow we get to visit all the vendors at the Convention Center.  I am sure we will see lots of fun new crafting items.

Are you ready for another Fast & Fabulous creation?  While this is a Fabulous creation I would not say it was very Fast as compared to the last ones.  I did run into a few bumps in the road while creating this so I hope you will be able to see the ways I modified the original idea.  Here is my Pop of Petals With a Lattice creation.




Since the video had a lot of details you will want to see, here is a picture of the creation.




















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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.  The weather should be nice and if not you can always spend some time being creative.  Have a Fabulous Friday and did you like how I used the lattice on the Pop of Petals With a Lattice card?




Stampin’ Up Tabs for Everything You’re Adorable

Good Morning Everyone ~ need a baby card idea, check out my Stampin’ Up Tabs for Everything You’re Adorable creation!

Well I had my massage yesterday.  It was ok.  Not like my lady in Maryland used to do.  I made an appointment in 2 weeks with another lady to see if I like her style better.  I then came home and worked on some posts as I am headed out of town for a “play” weekend and need to have them ready to go.  I also scheduled my next 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletter so you can still sign up and receive them.  I hope you have liked the projects so far.  I also worked on a swap and the Christmas cards for my class I want to offer down here.  I have to get them made so I can meet with the developer to see if I can use the pavilion room.  I decided not to go to get my tags as my hair was a mess after the massage.  I will go today and get those.

The next stamp set on my Catalog Journey is the Tabs for Everything.  This is a planner set and I wanted to show how you can use these types of sets for cards.  I was drawn to the striped square and thought it would be a great background for one of the images.  I then saw the cute little elephant and knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I stamped the striped square using Powder Pink ink 3 times.  I then used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped the elephant outline in the center of the striped square.  I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the inside of the elephant.  The square was cut out (if you have the retired 1 1/4″ square punch you can use that) and a 1 3/8″ square (again the retired 1 3/8″ square punch can be used) of Powder Pink was cut out to add as a layer.  The 3 squares were layered.  I used a Whisper White panel and mounted it to a Powder Pink layer.  Using my Powder Pink reinker, I dyed some of the 3/8″ Silver Metallic Edge ribbon for my card.  When it was dry I added it to the right hand side of the panels and then attached the panels to my Smoky Slate card base.  The layered squares were added down the left hand side of the card front using dimensionals.  To finish off my card I stamped the sentiment using the stamps from the set in Powder Pink.  The retired 7/8″ scallop circle punch was used to punch out the sentiment.  I layered the sentiment onto a Powder Pink and Smoky Slate scalloped circle punched using the 1 1/8″ and 1 3/8″ scallop circle punches.  Here is the completed Stampin’ Up Tabs For Everything You’re Adorable creation.




















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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Monochromatic Sheltering Tree Quick and Easy

Happy Mid Week Stampers ~ I have a Monochromatic Sheltering Tree Quick and Easy card for you today.

Well I managed to make my card for my Facebook Live, finished my swap cards, and made 3 videos yesterday.  I also stamped some of the images for my general swaps and had a conference call and went to a birthday lunch with some friends.  Today I have a massage and may try and get my tags for my car.  I will then be working on more swaps so I can get them done.  I keep waiting for the weather to get cooler but yesterday it was over 80 degrees again.  I have a feeling it is going to get cold over night and not slowly so the body can adjust to it.  I hope not.  We were talking about what clothes we were going to take this weekend for our craft weekend.  I think we decided on jeans, t-shirts, and a sweater.  I hope my sweaters are in the box I think they are but if not I know I have some sweatshirts in the closet.

Last week I got Sheltering Tree along with Sahara Sand.  This was a challenge for me this week and I am not sure I rose to the challenge.  You will have to let me know.  Here is the video for my Monochromatic Sheltering Tree Quick and Easy creation.




I know you are going to want to try this idea so here is the photo so you can see the creation better.



















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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation



Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I am looking forward to my massage today.  I have not had one since before I left Maryland.  That was almost 2 months ago.  Hope this one is as good as the one I used to get!  Have a Wonderful Wednesday and pull out your supplies and create your own Monochromatic Sheltering Tree Quick and Easy creation.





Postcard Pals from Stampin’ Up

Hello Everyone ~ I played with the adorable platypus from the Postcard Pals from Stampin’ Up set for my adorable card today.

Well I got my car inspected and it is all set for me to go get tags on Wednesday.  I also took Bijou down to meet the sitter who she will stay with this weekend.  Then I went to my first Book Club meeting last night.  I did manage to get my one swap completed so my Fancy Fold organized swap is all done!  I am glad that one is done.  I have to make some videos today.  I am also going to a birthday lunch for a friend, and I have conference call in the afternoon.  If I have time I will work on one of my general swaps.  I have my idea and stamp sets just need to choose my colors!  The colors will be based on the ribbon I have.  I may do the same card using different colors to use the ribbon I have.  Even if I get the images stamped I can work on punching the pieces so all I have to do is assemble it.

I am again working my way through the second Catalog Journey.  Up today is the Postcard Pals stamp set.  I love this set for cards for the girls.  Today I used the cute little platypus from the stamp set.  I stamped him using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then I used the Watercolor pencils to color him in.  I did not add water to the coloring as the ink for the image would bleed.  To add some interest to my image, I used my blender pen and the ink in the lid technique to add and some Balmy Blue ink around the image.  I then took my cute little platypus and mounted him on Early Espresso.  The background is a piece of Balmy Blue card stock with the Seaside embossing folder which was mounted onto a Whisper White card base.  Before I attached the image, I used the Layering Ovals and cut out one of the ovals.  I then used the next size down and cut out the center of the oval giving me an oval frame.  I added this to the upper left hand corner for a little bit of a fun element.  The image was then added to the front of the card base using dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment using Balmy Blue ink and punched it out using the Classic Label punch.  Here is the completed Postcard Pals from Stampin’ Up creation.



















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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation