Monday, December 11, 2017

Customer Appreciation Christmas Party

Last Saturday, I had a Christmas party for all my customers and friends.  I am so blessed to have so many wonderful people supporting me all year. They choose me as their demonstrator, and I am forever thankful for that.  As a treat to all of them, each December, we wrap up the holiday card making season with a free project from me, and a lot of wonderful food.  Oh yes!  And they each go home with at least 2 gifts from Santa!

Here's a few photos I thought I would share:
 This is my little Christmas cheer area as you walk into my kitchen. That tree is hand made with a bazillion seed beads and it took me 3 years to complete it.  I made it when my son was a wee lad, and now he's 43, so it's been around a very long time. Many of the ornaments were hand made, and the tree skirt was cross stitched. It has little twinkling white lights that are run by 2 small batteries, hidden inside a present at the base of the tree.  A family heirloom, and my son just called me a couple of months ago and asked if he could have it (when it's "my time to go"), since he helped me string those beads. Of course, I said yes immediately. I had no idea our little craft time meant so much to him until now. (sigh)
 Julie is a friend/customer who offered to cater our event. She just started her own baking and catering business, so this was a good time for her to "learn".  It was fantastic! The food was delicious and everyone loved it. Great job, Julie! 
 Here's my group before we dug into the food. I think I had a total of 21 ladies attend. A great turnout and a record for me!  So happy! 
 Yummy hot ham and cheese sandwiches, on King's Hawaiian rolls.
 Baked from scratch: Snickerdoodle cookies, Christmas "crack", peppermint and peanut butter fudge
 More baked goodies: Linzor cookies and sugar cookies

 Sausage rolls and mini dogs in fresh baked bread. 
 Putting together our little pizza boxes. They had four 3 x 3 note cards and envelopes inside.
 Lots of fun!  Heavy discussion on the "Instant Pot"...Now we ALL want one! 
Great conversations and meeting new friends! 
 What ARE they taking about? Note that my cat Angie, always has to be the center of attention.  Love her though.  She's a cutie! 
 Getting ready to see the new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure.  
More pizza box workers. 

We all had such a great time. It's hard to believe that this year is almost over. Christmas is just about here, and soon we will be working on Valentine's Day projects and spring themed cards. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog today.  I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year.  May God Bless each and every one of you.  See you in January. Peace! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pizza, Anyone?

I am just smitten with these adorable little pizza boxes! Being from Chicago, there's nothing like a great Chicago pizza, but these little cuties come in a close second. Here's our project for December.

This pizza box holds several 3 x 3 cards with envelopes; there's 4 cards with envelopes in my design. I used the Quilted Christmas designer paper, along with the Stitched Embellishments to decorate some of the cards. Just look at all this cuteness. The stitching on these felt embellishments is perfect and they make a great add on to just about anything.  Use them for gift packaging too.

My December "class" is really a Customer Appreciation Open House.  As a thank you to all my class attendees for supporting me all year,. December projects are free, and I treat everyone to a nice Christmas lunch. We then take a peek at the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs that start January 2, 2018.  Everyone goes home with at least one gift from my grab bag bin.  It's a fun time!

So, if you're local here in Gilbert, AZ, please consider joining me for my classes that will start up again in January. I hold them every month, and I welcome "newbies" who have never stamped before too. You'll have a great time, and go home with some nice cards, and meet some great people. Hope you can join me soon!  Until next time, have a great Christmas.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gourd Goodness meets Painted Harvest, to give Good Tidings.....

Hello friends! I am sorry that I have been MIA for the last few months.  As happens frequently around here, time seems to sneak by me, and before I know it, it's Thanksgiving. How does that happen?  Well, I'm catching up now, and wanted to share some cards we made at my September and October workshops.

 The holiday catalog has a lot of favorites for me, and Gourd Goodness is at the top of the list. I mean, look at that detail. This is a 2 step stamp set. Colors used (and in order of stamping): Peekaboo Peach with Tangerine Tango; Lemon Lime Twist with Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight with Cajun Craze. The leaves were So Saffron with Soft Suede.  A little dusting of Chocolate Chip around the main panel, gives just enough dimension.
 Another favorite is the Painted Harvest stamp set, also a 2 step process.  This sunflower is so pretty close up; very detailed and depending on what colors you use, you will get completely different results. Here I used Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry. The center is Early Espresso and the dots are in Archival Black.  Leaves are Pear Pizzaz and Old Olive.  That paper?  Painted Autumn.
 In October, we started on Christmas cards. Good Tidings is yet another 2 step process and I used only Garden Green on the holly leaves. I stamped off once the first go round, to get a lighter shade. Real Red makes those holly leaves just pop. The designer paper is Merry Music Specialty paper. I love the black and white designs; so different than traditional Christmas colors.
 Another October card was this delightful tree card.  Another 2 step stamp called Season Like Christmas, it features 3 "layers" of trees (I used only two), as well as some "ground" and some really nice sentiments.  You could use this as a Christmas card, but you don't have to.  Think about the possibilities here; masculine, sympathy, thinking of you, or one that I would do..."so sorry it's snowing by you" (I live in Arizona)  😁  The designer paper is another favorite called Merry Little Christmas. It has a lot of Old Olive and black and a really wonderful plaid design. Very different for Christmas, but will go way beyond the holidays.
Our last card for October was a technique called the "baby wipe" technique.  You take 2 layers of baby wipes, fold then in half, and drop several drops of re-inkers, in different colors. Then you use the baby wipe as your ink pad, and just stamp away. I do not clean my stamp for this technique. The more colors you have, the better, especially if you're stamping leaves and want to show fall colors.  I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set for this one.  The best thing about this technique is that not one single card, was the same.  Everyone at the table had done "their own thing", and each one was a beautiful version.  I love when that happens.

Well, that's it for today.  I will be posting our November projects soon. And my annual Customer Appreciate Open House and Christmas party is just around the corner.  I hope you liked my projects today.  Until next time, have a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Happy stamping!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Coffee and Friends...the Perfect Blend

Today I'd like to show you a really fun card we made earlier in August.  The Coffee Cafe suite has a great stamp set, paper and framelits. What a perfect way to send a card to a friend, and ask them for coffee.  Just too cute!  Here's my card:
Pear Pizzaz card base, Early Espresso layer and a piece of the Coffee Break designer paper. A little snippet of the copper ribbon balances out the card.  Every Sunday, I meet with 2 of my girlfriends after church, and we go to Starbucks.  I'm a Chai Tea Latte gal, so I had to add some fun "foam" on the cup, and tilted the lid just a tad to give it interest.  Although I do not get my lattes with foam (who wants to pay $ 5 for a foam filled drink?), this card was perfect for my friends.

I hope you like my card today. The new Holiday catalog goes live tomorrow, so be sure to call or email me to get your copy today.  Check out my Events page too! If you're local here in Arizona, I would love to have you join us for a stamp camp.  I promise it will be FUN!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Carols of Christmas

Hello my friends!
  I'm sorry I've been MIA for awhile, but I decided to go back to work part time, and August has been a super busy month around here.  I always find time for a stamp camp or two, so today I'd like to show you what we made this month.

The new holiday catalog starts September 1st, but as a demonstrator, we get to pre-order anything we want.  Early in July, we were able to pre-order a special stamp set and matching framelit. The stamp set is called Carols of Christmas and I am just IN LOVE with these 2 beautiful sentiments.  WOW..can you see how striking they look front and center?  The framelits include 3 pine trees, a reindeer, and a gorgeous frame; I've shown the inside of the Peace on Earth card where I used the frame. I used the Stitched Shape Framlits and sponged the oval with some Cherry Cobbler ink.

It's hard to see in this photo, but I cut the trees out of Always Artichoke card stock, and the little deer out of Chocolate Chip card stock.  A Cherry Cobbler band separates a piece of  Be Merry designer paper, which has been cut in half so we could use both sides for this card. 
Here's the inside of the card above. See how elegant this frame is?  I dangled some of the ornament stamps in Cherry Cobbler ink and added some sprinkles of stars and confetti in Garden Green ink.
This card is called a Decorative Corner card.  It folds flat into a standard A2 size, so it fits into a regular envelope.  However, it stands up to reveal 4 corners. I attached the circle framelits with 2 one inch circles that were scored in half. They are attached with heavy glue (such as our Fast Fuse), just where the designer paper meets the edge.

If you don't already have a demonstrator, please contact me today, and I'll be sure to get you a new holiday catalog.  You won't want to miss all the beautiful stamps and accessories, just in time for your Christmas card making.

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy your day! 

Friday, July 14, 2017

You Dazzle Me !

Don't you just love that statement?  "You dazzle me"....what a great way to tell someone how special they are.  That's what I had in mind for today's card.  
The new Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set is just full of really cute stamp images. Those sunglasses are so adorable!  This set is a bundle with matching framelits, so I was able to cut out my pocket and sunglasses quickly and without much effort.  I stamped the pocket seams on Dapper Denim card stock, and the glasses were stamped on Lemon Lime Twist in Archival Black ink.  A strip of the Naturally Eclectic paper with all those "gems" made a perfect match to the sentiment.  A few of our new sparkling Glitter gems adds a perfect touch to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you don't already have a demonstrator, please email or call me today.  I would love to give you a new annual catalog and put you on my mailing list, so you don't miss out on the holiday catalog, coming Sept 1st.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

Hi friends! It's time for another stamp camp card. This month, we are going to use the beautiful Tranquil Tulips stamp set. Oh my! A soft, water color image makes a perfect focal point for the Naturally Eclectic designer paper. 
I used the new In Color Berry Burst for the card base, and the yummy Lemon Lime Twist for the scalloped oval behind the white. The tulips are inked with Berry Burst, Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach, with Pear Pizzaz ink for the stems and leaves. 

This stamp set gives such a light and dark look, even without stamping off.  The stamps are textured so that you stamp the farthest petals first, then fill it in with the front petals. Gives the tulips a lot of dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Until next time, have a great week and happy stamping!