Workshop Cards

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This is a card we made at one of Glenda’s STAMP A STACK classes and I kept it on my work table thinking that I would use this for a class some day. When I booked a workshop and she wanted to make three different cards vs. a One Sheet Wonder I thought this would be a perfect time to use this idea. One problem was that some of these In-Colors are discontinued so…

Aug workshop 1

I switched it up to use some of our new colors

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and ribbon. Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Concord Crush using the Itty Bitty Bits Stamp Set and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

Card number 2 … a great guy card! I was disappointed when the motorcycle stamp didn’t cross over into the big catalog in July so TODAY is your last day to order this stamp if it is on your MUST HAVE list.

DSCF0009 Embossing it on the Big Shot gives it a great textured look. The sentiment is also from a stamp set that can only be ordered today – called Watercolor Trio. Seriously I do not know why they didn’t carry these two over into the big catalog. Colors used on this card are Sahara Sand, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.

Card Number 3 is my personal favorite DSCF0008

I love butterflies because they are a great visual reminder of the new life we can have in Christ.

Colors used here are Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Marina Mist and Very Vanilla.
Don’t you just love the new Victoria lace down the front? This is a new item in the catalog that will stay current through June 2011!! I can imagine I will use a lot of this beautiful lace.

We used the “paper to stamp” technique and the color spritzing tool and sponges to create the great background look.

Once again I snagged these ideas from the Stampin' Connection. Thanks to all the great demonstrators that share their ideas with us!

If you would like to have a workshop we can make cards like these for you and your friends. What a fun way to spend an evening!! Call today or email and I will get you scheduled.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Word Play

Monday, August 30, 2010

I am loving our new stamps and paper that recently came out. This card I thought would actually be good for graduation. Craft sales start in September and usually the cards sell very well so who knows if this one will still be around when graduation season hits.

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Thanks goes to Sharon Field for this card layout idea!!

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SS: Word Play
CS: Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Elegant Soiree DSP
INK: Soft Suede
Accessories: Antique Brads, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Square Lattice EF, 1” Circle punch, Big Shot, Dies: Blossom Party, Island Floral, Top Note.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Christmas in August?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

NO, I am NOT ready for Christmas nor am I ready for snowy weather, BUT – if I wait until December to make all my cards I will go crazy. If I start slow and make a few at a time when the mood hits, I am ready for sending them out the first part of December. I loved the colors and variety on these card with the Crumb Cake and Marina Mist. A little Dazzling Diamonds to make them sparkle really sets them off.

158 aThe Stamp Set used here is called Serene Snowflake and the “Merry Christmas” is from A Cardinal Christmas.

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Using the Scallop Trim Border Punch

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This one uses the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

158dA Close up on the sparkle. Thank you to Cristene Bagne for these pretty card ideas.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Owl Love

Saturday, August 28, 2010

You can tell I am in wedding mode because all the wedding card ideas I come across seem to POP out at me. BUT…I also absolutely LOVE the new XL Two Step Owl Punch! I am having so much fun making up these cute little owls. Thank you to Lynda Lee for this cute idea.

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MENU:
SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes
CS: WW, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke, Real Red, DSP Sending Love (retired)
INK: Basic Black (but next time I think I would use Staz on so it wouldn’t smudge
Accessories: XL Two Step Owl Punch, XL Two Step Bird Punch, Square Punch, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Brad, Basic Pearls, Organza Ribbon, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

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Happy Ever After!!
Christi

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Congratulations Kelly and Steve!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Today is the wedding day for a young couple in our church and we are thrilled to be able to share this special day with them.

Congratulations Kelly and Steve!!!

This is the card that will accompany their gift…

wedding card - Steve and Kelly

Thanks to Deborah Madden for this cute card idea!

MENU:
SS: None
CS: Basic Black, Night and Day DSP (retired), WW, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
INK: None
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Build A Bear Die, Beary Essentials Die, Scallop Circle Die, Beary Girl Sizzlit, Toile (local fabric store), Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Embossing folder Finial Press

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Happy Ever After!!

Christi

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A Little Birdie

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Little Birdie told me that if you plant these flower seeds you will get some beautiful flowers.

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Once again I found this idea on the Stampin’ Connection - thanks to Lisa Baisch for this cute idea. She had one seed packet in hers and I am not sure if hers was a card front only because I couldn’t tell how she put hers together so I had to improvise with what I could figure out. But don’t you just love this cute little bird on the fence. At the July STAMP A STACK one of the gals said “I wish you would have some cards made with birds” so I guess I had my radar out for bird themed cards. So if you have been watching my blog - we DID have two bird themed cards, and my gal was soooo happy!!

MENU:
SS: Woodgrain Background
CS: Bashful Blue, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Only Orange (beak)
INK: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Two Step XL Bird Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, 1 3/8” sq punch (to create the point of the fence post), Brads, Dimensionals, Flower seeds (local Dollar store) I actually used the Two step owl xl punch for the eye on the bird – it’s just the right size and I never get my hand drawn circle eyes even.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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All Aflutter

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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I am so sad that these two stamp sets are retiring. Of course I can still use them, but not at a workshop so don’t delay in ordering them before the end of August. Thank you to Jodi Kutz for this card layout and idea.

MENU:
SS: All Aflutter, Watercolor Trio
CS: Ballet Blue (retired), Bashful Blue, WW
INK: Ballet Blue, Old Olive, Black Stazon
Accessories: Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, WW Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Toadally Cute

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tonight was supposed to be my first Scrapbooking Class, but had to cancel due to lack of sign ups, BUT if you did sign up for a scrapbook class this is a sample of what we would do.

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I am waiting to find just the right pictures of Tyler and Gracie to put on these pages for their scrapbook. I love using punches to create fun scrapbook pages. Thanks goes to tarheelstamper.blogspot.com for this cute scrapbooking page idea.

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Our son, Joey, played baseball for Hudsonville High School and ever since he has graduated he has played in the summer alumni game the first Saturday in August. Even though I will use these pages for Tyler’s scrapbook and his Little League pictures I thought I would show you all a picture of Joey playing second baseman. DSCF0001 It is so funny how Joey still wears his torn baseball pants to all his games. (At least he can still get in them !)

Thank you to Holly Pederson for this fun Baseball scrapbook page idea.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Charlie

Monday, August 23, 2010
Watching Charlie each day is such a joy. He really is a funny little guy, and boy, does he like his food. He will eat ANYTHING you give him and he is no dainty eater either – it is a two-fisted
shovel effect.

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He’s hanging on to those fishy crackers for dear life!! And the whole time he's eating it's "ummm Num Num! He enjoys every bite!

Charlie is on vacation this week and, boy, I am going to miss him, but I am glad to have this time with the bigger kids as they will soon be heading off to school soon and then my schedule will drastically change. Charlie is really going to miss his buddies, they keep him quite entertained.


This is an older picture of Charlie, that I just never got around to posting. This cute bib inspired my card. Look how much Charlie has changed!

MENU:
SS: Just Baseball, Just Football, Just Basketball, Just Soccer, (All retired), Sporting
CS: Brilliant Blue (retired), Bashful Blue, Summer Sun (retired), WW
INK: Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Real red
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon (retired)

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Bon Appetit!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Pastor of Adult Ministries at church just LOVES to eat. When we have a gathering where food is involved his favorite words are… “Grab a plate!” So when I came across this idea I thought of him right away and wanted to make it for his birthday. So…..

Happy Birthday Steve! “Grab a Plate! Bon Appetit!” and enjoy your birthday!

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MENU:

SS: Voila`

CS: Real Red, Basic Black, WW, Brushed Silver

INK: Black Craft, Black Marker, Real Red Marker, White Craft

Accessories: Red Gingham ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Black Emobossing Powder, Heat Tool

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Grab a Plate! and...

Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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STAMP A STACK Part 4

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The last two cards that the ladies made at this months STAMP A STACK. This first one is one I had made at Glenda’s STAMP A STACK a few months ago and loved it so wanted to have my ladies make it. – Thanks Glenda!

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SS: Watercolor Trio (available through August 2010 – so NOW is the time to get it!!)
CS: WW, Old Olive
INK: Old Olive
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Large and Scallop Oval Punches, Square Lattice EF, Big Shot, Slot Punch (reitred)

August  '10 3 I think this little owl is my favorite new item in the whole catalog so this card is my favorite of the night. It actually is a card AND a gift because the owl is on a bookmark! so the recipient has a bookmark to use after she tucks her card away. Thanks to Sandy Stamper for this fun card/gift idea.

SS: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Woodgrain Background
CS: Peach Parfait CS and DSP, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip or you could use Early Espresso – OKAY now I’m getting hungry with all these delicious sounding colors (hehe)
INK: Early Espresso
Accessories: Two Tags Die, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Punch, Two Step Owl Punch, Two Step Bird Punch, Small and Large Oval punches, Magnets

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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STAMP A STACK Part 3

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tor these two cards I used some of our new colors that come out in the new Catalog and Idea Book – I especially like the Daffodil Delight which is used on both cards but when you mix it up with the other colors it is even more beautiful.

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MENU:
SS: Just Believe
CS: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, WW
INK: Daffodil Delight stamp pad and marker, Old Olive Marker
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Old Olive 1/4” grosgrain ribbon

I like the difference in this card because the greeting is under the Top Note Flap Thank you to Lyn Pratt for this card idea

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When I saw this card idea from “Chat” I knew the ladies would love it, but oh, so much cutting of flowers. I made this one for my Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder challenge and decided to cut out ‘some’ of the flowers for them so it wouldn’t be too time consuming – so I started to cut – and when I got all done, I realized I had cut them all out for them – boy are these gals spoiled (hehe).

MENU:
SS: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
CS: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, WW, Daffodil Delight
INK: Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Two Tags Die, Big Shot, Border Punch, Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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STAMP A STACK – Part 2

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seats because I never answered the question from yesterday!! YES, YES, Cara DID come to class - and she LOVED the bird cards. It's always nice to have something special made for you.

AND...Congratulations to Marlane who won the door prize at this months classes!! She gets to choose one stamp set from the goody basket next time she comes!!

ALSO...I am looking for "Anonymous" who left a comment Tuesday on my Fireproof cake. I purchased the roses for the sides of the cake from wwwshopcountrykitchen.com It is a JEM cutter. Came in a set of three different cutters/embossers for $10.10. Good luck on the cake! Let me know how you did.

I thought I would continue to share with you the cards that the gals made at STAMP A STACK this month.

August  '10 2Both of these cards today used the Perfect Dots embossing folder.This first card ides came from Heidi Tekunoff - thanks Heidi

MENU:
SS: Elements Of Style
CS: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
INK: Early Espresso
Accessories: Basic Pearls, 1” and 1 1/4” circle punches, Butterfly punch, Dimensionals

August '10  1 A cute lamb baby card that had no stamping except for what the ladies chose to stamp on the inside. This second card was fro a photo Glenda took at Convention so I have no idea who to give the credit to.

MENU:
CS: WW, Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Circle Die, Big Shot, Scallop Oval punch, Word Window Punch, Wide Oval and small oval punches, Google eyes (with lashes !!) (Local craft store), Dimensionals

How quick and easy, yet so sweet and special

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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STAMP A STACK Part 1

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This months STAMP A STACK was so much fun, I wish you all could have been with us. Last month one of the gals said she wished I had made some cards with birds… so, Cara, these were designed just for you! Thank you to the Stampin' Connection and SplitCoast Stampers where I gleaned these ideas - sorry I forgot to mark down who the original artists were, and sorry this first picture is so blurry.

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Now the question is… was Cara able to make it to this months STAMP A STACK?

MENU:
SS: For All You Do, Cheep Talk
CS: Marina Mist, Old Olive, WW, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
INK: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip”
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, XL Two Step Bird Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Retro Remix Wheel and handle, Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Make Mine Music

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Earlier I showed two of these music related cards but I thought now I would give you a close up look and give you the MENU how to make it for yourself.

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Cards #1 and #2 both were ideas I snagged from Marlene Peter (thanks Marlene!) from the Stampin’ Connection. Card #3 also came from the Stampin’ Connection and it was an idea from Julie Freysinger (thanks Julie!)DSCF0029 Don’t you just love the ribbon roses on this card. In the inside I put the number ‘50’ using a numbers die and my Big Shot.

MENU:

SS: Picture This, Looks Who’s Turning, Petal Pizzazz
CS: Basic Black, Real Red or Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Newsprint DSP
INK: Basic Black
Accessories: Eyelet Border and Scallop Boarder Punches, 5'/8” ribbon – Black and Real Red, Word Window and Modern Label Punches, Brads and half pearls, Victoria Crochet Trim

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Elements of Style

Monday, August 16, 2010
I was so happy to see Stampin’ Up! returning some old In Colors and putting them into the Core Colors. In this case I was happy to see the Wild Wasabi green. When Wild Wasabi was an In Color one of the coordinating colors was called Groovy Guava. I had a little of the Designer Series Papers left over so was glad to see this idea pop up on the Stampin’ Connection by Laura G. Lin (thanks Laura!) combining the new stamp set called Elements of Style with the Wild Wasabi and the Groovy Guava DSP. It’s always good to be frugal and use up the leftovers. I had just enough DSP left to make this cute Bag-in-a-box and 6 cards to match. This will make a great addition to the craft sale. Card sets like this are a top seller!

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MENU:
SS: Elements of Style
CS: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, DSP Afternoon Tea and ginger Blossom (both retired)
INK: Chocolate Chip, Markers: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, Color Spritzing Tool, Chocolate Stripe Ribbon (retired), Linen Thread, Sponge, Scallop Border Punch, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Kraft Corduroy Button (retired), Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-o-dile, Red line sticky tape

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You Are One In A Melon

Sunday, August 15, 2010

One of the best things about Summer is the abundant availability of fresh fruit. When I saw this idea by Lawrie Lucas I wanted to give it a try. You know how I like to play with my punches!! and I was even able to use up some scraps of retired paper.

one in a melon

MENU:
SS: None, words were computer generated
CS: Crumb Cake, Real Red DSP – from the hostess level 1 paper pack (retired), Green Galore (retired), Blush Blossom (retired), Mellow Moss (retired), WW, Basic Black, Real Red
INK: Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip Marker for hair and eyes
Accessories: Sponge, Dimensionals, Circle (oval) cutter, Swirley Sizzlit, Big Shot, Wide Oval Punch, 1 1/4” Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Heart Border Punch

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Just a Note

Saturday, August 14, 2010

While Dale was working on our kitchen make-over I tried to help him out, but ended up landing a board on the top of my foot. OUCH! The first couple days I didn’t do much of anything, and thankfully my friend pitched in to watch the kids. She even brought down a fun little chair with wheels so I could scoot around. Normally I’m up and around all day, but since I had to stay put and ice this crazy foot, I was able to accomplish quite a bit.

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(At least I had my toe nails done so they looked pretty for the XRay!)

My stash of things I have been storing up for Craft Sale projects was starting to over flow so I thought it was about time to start working on some of these ideas.

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Two different designs, but the same style of note pads are a great sell at the craft sales. I combined our Perfect Dots Embossing Folder with the new Hostess Level 1 stamp set Because I Care and another new set called Elements of Style to decorate the cover of the note pads.

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SS: Because I Care, Elements of Style, Elegant Cheer
CS: WW, Cherry Cobbler
INK: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Regal Rose, Concord Crush, Early Espresso
Accessories: Butterfly Punch, Perfect Dots EF, Big Shot


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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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Red Hot Swap

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Red Hot Stampers had another swap where each gal makes several of the same card to swap out with whoever signed up to do it. This time I decided not to participate, but the cards were so cute I thought you would like to see them.

DSCF0017 Lori’s Card using Baby Bundle Stamp SetDSCF0018 Glenda’s card using Just Believe Stamp Set

DSCF0019Patty’s card DSCF0020 Marla’s card using Totally Tess Stamp Set – perfect for all us stampers DSCF0021 Rachel’s card – didn’t I tell you she was going crazy with the new Aviary Stamp Set?! DSCF0022 Sarah’s cardDSCF0023 and last, but not least…Sue’s Christmas card using Come To Bethlehem Stamp Set.

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Happy Stamping!!

Christi

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