Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fancy Folds Card Class

Time flies when you're having fun ! There's never a dull moment in my much is happening these days - we traveled to San Antonio, Tx for a mini family get together. My nephew graduated from Air Force Basic Training and both my boys (who just returned from deployments) met us in Texas. First time in over 4 years that we've all been together - me and my family and Bo's family. We had a wonderful trip and a GREAT time was had by all ! The next excitement was the process of negotiating the purchase of our new home. To make a long story short - after going thru the process of designing our own home, we decided to purchase any existing home instead. The best part is my Stampin Studio ! I'll share photos once we're moved in and settled. We'll sign the contract tomorrow -- all this with me in Georgia and Steve in Maryland -- a VERY stressful experience !

OK - now for my Fancy Folds Card Class: participants made 2 each of the 3 cards below.
It was a morning of stamping fun !

This card was made using the Party Hardy stamp set and retired SU cardstock and inks. I sure do miss Cameo Coral and Lovely Lilac !

This is a Swing card - I had a picture saved in a file, so unfortunately, I don't know who to give credit to for the original design. This card looks more complicated to make than it really is. Vintage Vogue is one of my favorite stamp sets and I love Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink together.

I made this adorable stair step card when visiting my fellow demonstrator (Hey Barb !) in Las Vegas. Just too cute ! I think this was definitely a big hit with my stampin' friends.

Mark your calendars for May 7th - National Scrapbooking Day ! We're planning an all day crop. I'll share the details once finalized. Also - Armed Forces Day is May 21st. I'm planning my 3rd Annual Cards for the Troops so plan to show your support by helping stamp and assemble cards to be sent to forward deployed units. Once details are finalized, I'll send out emails, post on Facebook, and share here. Hope you'll plan to join us !!

Now - it's time to work on my quilt that I'm making using the Big Shot !!!

Happy Stampin !

Monday, March 14, 2011

Another Christmas Card Class

Hello Stampers !! Welcome back to my ramblings.....

Before sharing my Technique Club samples, I wanted to share the cards we made at another Christmas Card Class. This past Christmas, I hosted 3 different Christmas cardmaking events. The first class was in October and focused on the Snow Swirled stamp set. The second event was in November and included the Delightful Decorations stamp set and 2 cards each of 5 designs. Lots of really nice things to do with this stamp set. Hope you like these cards as much as my stampers did the day of the event. I received several of these cards as swaps at various SU events or CASED from different websites. I'm so thankful there are creative people in this world because I don't have a creative bone in my body but I sure can copy !! Once again, notice how everything coordinates - ink, cardstock, ribbon, decorative paper, brads, etc. - all the hard work is done for you.......

I hosted one other Christmas Card Class in December, using a variety of stamp sets. Once again, we made 2 cards each of 5 designs. Over a 3 month period, the participants had completed 30 beautiful Christmas cards, with coordinating envelopes. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the cards we made at the last class....sorry !! You'll just have to join us next year to make your own cards.....ok ?
Well - that's it for today ! My mojo is stuck on my son, Steven -- he returns to the states TODAY, after a 4 month deployment - can I hear "Thank you, Lord !"

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WOW - It's Been AWHILE........

OMG - I can't believe it's been almost a year since I updated my time flies when you're having fun...NOT ! It's been a LONG year - lots of changes in my life. I've been busy learning how to live alone after many, many years of married life. No, no...not a divorce or anything like that. After 25+ years living in Maryland, Steve and I decided to pack up and relocate to Georgia, setting ourselves up for retirement. Having made that decision, we never imagined that it would take sooooo long for Steve's transfer to come through. That's right - after selling our home, putting all our belongings in storage and 14 long months, Steve is still in Maryland and I'm in Georgia with 2 Rottweilers and my precious Shih Tzu, Ko-Ko. I could write a book on the Rotties terrorizing the neighborhood - if left alone for 30 minutes, they dig out of the 8 foot fence and enjoy chasing the ducks, swimming in the neighbors pond, scaring helpless little old ladies and causing sheer panic on my part. Oh and did I mention I've been working mids (10 pm - 6 am) ? My body and mind are too old for that !! Needless to say, it has not been an easy year !! BUT - I 'm finally adjusting and starting to feel somewhat in control again. That being said - I think I'm ready to start enjoying my two favorite things again - STAMPING and SCRAPBOOKING ! Here's a peak at some of the limited stamping and scrapbooking I have enjoyed this past year. I did post several pictures for 2 other events I hosted - The Cards for Lydia Project and Cards for the Troops events. Through those events, I made several new stamping friends - which is always fun !

The following cards are from a Christmas Card Class I held, using the Snow Swirled stamp set. Advanced registration included the stamp set, mounted and ready to use to make 10 Christmas cards. Here are samples of 3 of the 5 designs. These designs were all cased from other demonstrators. Aren't they lovely ?

Here are some of the 12x12 double page spreads from my monthly Scrapbook Club this past year. I provide the designs and all supplies needed to make the pages. Scrapbookers must place a minimum $25 order that day. There's always something for everyone - beginners and advanced scrapbookers. New scrapping and stamping friends are always welcome to join the fun, so let me know.

These spreads use lots of coordinating products. Notice how the cardstock, ink, ribbon, and buttons all match ? That's one of the many GREAT things about Stampin' Up ! products - everything coordinates !! We even have some stamp sets that coordinate with our designer series papers.

I host a 12x12 double page spread swap every year at Convention and Leadership. I received the above layout at one of those swaps - not sure which one or who originally designed it but this layout was perfect for my winter themed scrapbook class this year.

Well - that's it for today, I hope you've enjoyed all the samples I've shared. In my next post, I will share some of the exciting rubber stamping techniques that I've been teaching at my monthly Technique Club. Until then.....Happy Stampin' !!