Guest Stamper Carla

Monday, September 30, 2013
This past Saturday I had the privilege to be at the Craft Sale with my friend, Carla.  We had a great day meeting all the amazing people who came to shop at our booth.  We loved all the comments, and these are just a few of the comments we heard...

"This is my favorite booth here", "I check out your blog every day", "You ladies are so talented", "I'm so glad you are back again this year, I need gifts for the teachers", "I wish I could do this."

Oh, Yeah!! I teach classes!! You really must check them out!!

So today I thought I would share a couple of the cards that Carla made

 Carla used the stamp sets SIX SIDED SAMPLER and FOUR YOU.  I love how she made two different color themes using the same design. - I'm thinking these will be perfect for the COME STAMP WITH ME class tomorrow!!  Come check it out every Tuesday from 10 am to 7 pm here in my craft room.  Each station will have a different card and you can make as many or as few as you like for only $1.50 each.

These are the cards that I will have out for tomorrows COME STAMP WITH ME "class"
I have extra cards out for tomorrow (I normally only do 4 cards) because next week Tuesday I will NOT be open as my sister comes in town for a week and I plan to spend as much time with her and my other two sisters and our parents as possible, but I will be ready and raring to go again on Tuesday, September 15th - same as always 10 am to 7 pm.

Thanks for stopping by! - feel free to leave a comment for Carla on this blog post

Christi


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RHSSC #108

Sunday, September 29, 2013
The Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge for this week was a simple enough one but with the busy-ness of the craft sale and prepping for classes I wasn't sure I was going to participate.  I just could not figure out what to do with those circles!


As I was making another card (which you will see later this week) for a special occasion, I thought it would be perfect to try some flowers on my card where the circles were.  What do you think?

Also one of my stamping friends who comes to my COME STAMP WITH ME TUESDAY occasionally said that she planned to come this coming Tuesday and was hoping to make some Thank You cards.  So I had Thank You ingrained in my head so thought I would stay with the Thank You theme for my sketch challenge.  But you are wondering what the card is like that made me choose to make the flowers on this card - Well, stay tuned - it will be on my post this coming Friday (don't want to spoil the surprise)

Now click HERE to see what the other gals did with this sketch challenge

Thanks for stopping by!
Christi

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Too Many Candles?

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Today is THE day!! Craft Sale day, that is, and while you are reading this post I am all set up and ready to have you come check us out.  Not only do we sell fun items like boxes filled with goodies as you saw HERE  and HERE, but cards like this one will also be there.  My friend, Carla, is my partner in this craft sale and I saw some beautiful Masculine cards that she made to sell as well.  

Be sure to mention that you saw my blog post or my FaceBook and I will have a special gift for you!

So come to see us TODAY at 
FREEDOM CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville
They are open from 9 am to 3 pm

Our booth is located in the gym!
See you soon!!

Christi

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It's Your Birthday!

Friday, September 27, 2013
It is amazing how quickly the years pass.  I can hardly believe my oldest nephew now has a son 19 years old and a freshman in college.  This is the card that I made for Nathan

Happy 19th Birthday Nathan!  Good luck playing football for Concordia College!!  And good luck at your game this weekend!!

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Christi


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More Craft Sale items

Thursday, September 26, 2013
You are REALLY going to want to get to one of my craft sales!!  Look at these fun treats that I will be selling...
Dracula, Mummy and Frankie!!  How fun are these!! Can't wait to see you all at the Craft Sale on Saturday!!  Here are the details again:

2013 CRAFT SALES:
*Freedom Christian   
Saturday Sept 28th, 9am-3pm 
6340 Autumn Dr. Hudsonville

*Hamilton Middle School 
Saturday Oct19th, 9am-3pm
4845 136th Ave., Hamilton

*Hudsonville High School 
Saturday, Nov 23rd, 9am-3pm
5037 32nd Hudsonville

So if you live in my area please stop by! I would love to see you and be sure to tell me that you check out my blog or if you saw it advertised on Facebook and I will have a special gift for you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Christi
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Piano Girl!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Today is our Daughter, Jessica's, birthday.  Hard to believe it has only been three years since our Jeff married Jessica.  It feels like she has belonged to our family all the time.  We love her dearly!
Jessica is a beautiful musician.  Not only does she play and teach the violin she also plays the piano and accompanies Jeff when he sings in church (she sings with him too).  I bet Jess wishes their little house could hold a beautiful grand piano like what is on her birthday card this year.
I used two retired stamp sets: Flores Suaves for the butterfly (but you could easily use BEST OF BUTTERFLIES) and Sincere Salutations (But any sentiment would work)
The musical note embossing folder is one I had on hand from a local craft store.  The piano was just hand cut (I made myself a pattern to keep on hand)
Colors I used besides the black and white are Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango

Happy Birthday Jessica!! With love!!

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BITE ME! New Photopolymer stamp set available

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Go ahead and say, “Bite me!” all you want—this photopolymer stamp set gives you permission. With creepy splotches, spiders, and webs, this set will help you go all out on Halloween projects or party favors. 
We recommend clear block sizes A, G, H, and E (not included in the set).
Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!
Sorry the pixels are a bit wanky on this photo but I couldn't wait to show you the NEW - JUST RELEASED Photopolymer Stamp Set called BITE ME! #134622 and only $13.95.  Get it now for your Halloween card making.  This would be PERFECT for invitations to a Halloween Party for all ages!  
Did you know that you can order Stampin' Up! On-line - ANYTIME?  Just click HERE

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Christi

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Let's Talk Turkey

I am really in the Craft Sale mode right now, trying to get everything made for the upcoming Craft Sales.  I must admit I get a bit anxious prior to the craft sales and never know if I have the right items that will sell.

I wanted to make some inexpensive Thanksgiving Themed Treats that would be great to give to your family at Thanksgiving Dinner.  Can't you just picture these cute treats adorning your Thanksgiving table? 

 These treat boxes are filled with Candy Corn, but you could always swap it out for whatever your family likes best.
These have yummy suckers - some are the caramel apple flavor and some have the fun CRAYOLA suckers that actually color your tongue when you eat it!  How fun is that!!

And once again...Here are the details for this years Craft Sales: I hope you will get a chance to check us out!

2013 CRAFT SALES:
*Freedom Christian   
Saturday Sept 28th, 9am-3pm 
6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville

*Hamilton Middle School 
Saturday Oct19th, 9am-3pm
4845 136th Ave., Hamilton

*Hudsonville High School 
Saturday, Nov 23rd, 9am-3pm
5037 32nd Ave., Hudsonville

*So if you live in my area please stop by! I would love to see you and be sure to tell me that you check out my blog or if you saw it advertised on Facebook and I will have a special gift for you.
 
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Scarecrow Box

Monday, September 23, 2013
This is another fun box that I will have at the Craft Sales this year



This box was also made using the retired Fancy Favor Box and the Top Note Die
Check out Saturday's post in case you missed it for another cute box just click HERE
This cute Scarecrow box was inspired by Rae Harper.

And once again here are the details for the craft sales:

2013 CRAFT SALES:
*Freedom Christian   
Saturday Sept 28th, 9am-3pm 
6340 Autumn Dr., Hudsonville

*Hamilton Middle School 
Saturday Oct19th, 9am-3pm
4845 136th Ave., Hamilton

*Hudsonville High School 
Saturday, Nov 23rd, 9am-3pm
5037 32nd Ave., Hudsonville

*So if you live in my area please stop by! I would love to see you and be sure to tell me that you check out my blog or if you saw it advertised on Facebook and I will have a special gift for you.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Christi



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RHSSC #107

Sunday, September 22, 2013
Time for another Red Hot Stamper Sketch Challenge
This is the Sketch for this week:

And this is my take on it...


The Stamp Set I used is called EVERGREEN - What? you can't find it in the Holiday Catalog?? Well, it is called a "carry - over" so even though it is not advertised in the holiday catalog it is still available.
Evergreen Clear-Mount Stamp Set#127973 $18.95

Click HERE to see all of the carry - over Stamp Sets
The red dots on the Christmas Tree is the fabulous Cherry Cobbler DAZZLING DETAILS page 166 #125585 ONLY $2.50. It also comes in the original #124117 (that can be colored any color you want using your ink refills) and Silver Sparkle #127845.
And don't forget you can shop Stampin' Up! on line - ANYTIME Just Click HERE to get started

Now if you want to see what all the other gals did with this Sketch Challenge click HERE

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Christi



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Look Who Came To Visit!

Saturday, September 21, 2013
What a sweet surprise yesterday when this sweet little guy and his mommy came for a visit.
Mr Owen is now very comfortable coming to Auntie's house when Mommy comes to play.  Actually Mommy wasn't planning to stay and craft but Owen dug right into the toys and was such a good boy that Mommy asked if she could help me with my craft sale items - YOU BET!! THANKS!!

While Owen played, Rachel helped me assemble these cute little boxes to sell at next week Saturday's Craft Sale.  I love how she digs right in - she is a true crafter at heart!!
Yup - they are filled with a yummy candy corn, peanut, M and M mix!!
How-to: The box was made with the now retired Fancy Favor Box Die for the Big Shot (but you could easily assemble a box with cutting and scoring)  the front and back was made with the TOP NOTE DIE and the Big Shot.  This is probably the most used and versatile die that I have as you will see in an upcoming post. - Yup - I've got more boxes!! One of my favorite things to make!!
Eyes: Whisper White 1 1/4", Basic Black 1", Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" (cut in half)
This cute box was inspired by: Charlotte Hollingsworth

Here are the details for the Craft Sales I will be participating in this year...

2013 CRAFT SALES:
Freedom Christian   
Saturday Sept 28th, 9am-3pm 
6340 Autumn Dr. Hudsonville


Hamilton Middle School 
Saturday Oct19th, 9am-3pm

4845 136th Ave., Hamilton


Hudsonville High School 
Saturday, Nov 23rd, 9am-3pm

5037 32nd Hudsonville

So if you live in my area please stop by! I would love to see you and be sure to tell me that you check out my blog or if you saw it advertised on Facebook and I will have a special gift for you.

Thanks for stopping by!
Christi




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CAKE

Friday, September 20, 2013
I haven't had too many cakes to make lately but this one was for a sweet guy at church turning 40 years old!  I thought I was old when I turned 40 - now, I think 40 year olds are mere babies!!!
And today is Marks birthday!  Happy Birthday Mark!!

How did they decide what they wanted his cake decorated like?  Well, I just copied the napkins that they chose for the special event!! - I love it! Nice and bright!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Christi

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Happy Birthday Sue!

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Today is my friend, Sue's birthday!!  Happy Birthday, Sue!!
In November Sue and her hubby are going to Hawaii!! - again!! Lucky gal! So I thought I would make her a Hawaiian Themed birthday card

She is going to have so much fun, but in the mean time this will give her something to "wet her whistle." The Sentiment is from REMEMBERING YOUR BIRTHDAY #131347 $23.95 Wood mount or #131150 $17.95 Clear mount.


Card inspired by Vicki Hodgeman 

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Another New Photopolymer Stamp Set

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Yeah! 2 more NEW Photopolymer Stamp Sets!!

 MAP IT OUT #134620 $13.95
GREETINGS FROM #134621 $13.95

These would make a great addition to your scrapbooks along with your card making!
Click HERE to check it all out.

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Christi


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Get Well


I know - this is NOT a Stampin' Up! Stamp BUT... A couple weeks ago I went to stamp at my friend Judy's house and she wanted to make a card for her mom using this stamp because her mom had had surgery recently.  That's when the light bulb went off and I asked if I could stamp one too for my sister Vicky who fell and crushed her knee and broke the large and lower bones in her right leg.  She is being held together by screws and a metal plate.  She is doing so well and she said that she was able to do a few rotations on her elliptical machine.  She is such a strong woman - I am so proud of her.  Won't be long and she can ditch her walker and graduate to crutches!!

This little mouse was too cute to NOT share with you all.  And this is a great sketch to use for your cards.  Here is one that we made at our Stamp A Stack Class last week using this same sketch
 
The Framelits I used for the first card are called DECO LABELS
Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies#130102 $24.95

For the Second Card I used:
Stamp Set: WETLANDS, EXPRESS YOURSELF
OVAL FRAMELITS #129381 $26.95
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies

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Christi


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Guest Stamper, Becky C

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


My guest stamper today is Becky!  Becky is a dear, dear friend who many of you will recognize me saying that she is my pen pal - ever since I was 12 years old!! Now Becky is in my downline and a part of Christi's Creative Crew.  Becky sent this card to me when we left on our vacation and I wanted to share it with you all.  I think it is so clever and cute!!  I love how she used paper folding to create the umbrella!!

Thanks Becky!!

And thanks to all of you who stopped by today to check it out!

Christi

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Perfectly Preserved

Monday, September 16, 2013

Have you ever been the grateful recipient of some home canned goods?  Well, I sure have and I appreciate all the time and effort people put into canning and preserving and then the fact that they would share it with me sure does deserve a Thank You note! This card was inspired by Dawn Olchefske

Colors used: Cajun Craze, Gumball Green Ink, and Whisper White

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RHSSC # 106

Sunday, September 15, 2013

This weeks Red Hot Stampers Sketch Challenge:

From this...

To this...

I am featuring all 5 of the 2013-2015 in colors: Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe.  Stamp Set is SWALLOWTAIL #129216 $13.95 clear mount or #131943 $17.95 wood mount pg 71

Now click HERE to see what the other gals did with this sketch challenge

Thanks for stopping by!
Christi
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Let's Core'dinate Again

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Today's card features the Early Espresso Core'dinations paper #129956 (Neutrals pack) $23.95


A perfect card for this time of year with all the garden produce bounty using the retired stamp set PERFECTLY PRESERVED and coordinating framelits, and inspired by Debbie Henderson

Colors used: Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White

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Party This Way!! AND An Updated Clearance Rack!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Whoo Hoo!!! Stampin' Up! has added a bunch of new items to the Clearance Rack
Click HERE to check it out.  Up to 80% off but remember items are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

This is "Flash Back Friday" - using a retired stamp set and retired designer series paper.  If you are like me, you end up with a variety of designer paper left over when the new catalog comes live and so when I see a cute idea I snatch it up - so this cute card was inspired by Kerry Bunting.

Stamp Set: Party This Way

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Let's Core'dinate!

Thursday, September 12, 2013
GREAT NEWS!! as of today we can start ordering the new MAGNETIC PLATFORM again
YEAH! this baby is a life saver!! only $39.95 #130658

Love, love, love simple but elegant cards!
This one uses the Core'dinations paper in Pool Party #129954 (Subtles collection) $23.95 pg 157 and sanded it after embossing using the Stampin' Sanding System #129367 $3.95 Pg 157 
I used the retired - but loved - vanilla 5/8" flower trim.  I switched it up a bit from the original but it made it easier for me to use the already made flowers.  I just colored them using a sponge dauber and ink pad.


Inspired by Kez @ kbpapercraft.blogspot.com

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Christi

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Faux Tile

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Last week at the Red Hot Stampers Down line meeting our fellow Red Hot Stamper, Sara, demonstrated a sponging technique. And step by step we sponged this gorgeous card together.  Sara is a VERY talented sponger and card maker. You can visit her blog HERE.


Last night was the down line meeting for Christi's Crew (C3) and I thought perhaps they would like to try their hand at sponging too, but I didn't want to copy Sara, and I also thought I would start a bit simpler.  I saw this Faux Tile technique on Stampin' Connection and wanted to give it a try.  I asked Sara if she had ever done it, and she had not as of yet, but she gave me the link - I love being a Red Hot Stamper because we share everything with each other.  Thanks Sara!

I think maybe I should have Sara be a guest demonstrator at one of my down line meetings!!

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Clockworks meets Stipple Blossoms

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I love the look of this card but it sure has a lot of fussy cutting to it.  I saw one similar on Carolyn Kings blog but hers was a 5 1/4"x 5 1/4" size and I wanted to make sure mine fit into the A2 envelope as well as the card slot at the Used To Be New Consignment Shop.  I think this one would be perfect for a retirement card but I left the inside blank so it could be used for any occasion. 
Stamp sets: Stipple Blossoms, Clockworks

Remember on yesterdays blog post I gave you a before and after picture of my sister and I? Well now I have a before and after picture of my organized lazy susan.  Dale and I went to IKEA the night before our flight out and picked up these great containers for all my gluten free products.  I was getting tired of all the bags and the messy look.  Then I used My Digital Studio to make labels for each of them.
BEFORE:
 and AFTER:


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Pure Elegance!

Monday, September 9, 2013
It has been one week since we came back home from my sisters house in NJ.  We had a ton of fun together and since we have both adopted a gluten free diet we enjoyed making most of our meals and eating home.  We both started in the Spring so I thought you might like to see a before and after picture of us.  
Here we are in January when we vacationed together in Florida
And here we are now - 50 pounds lighter (between the two of us)

This one was taken at the beautiful LONGWOOD GARDENS

When our plane landed Dale said "here we are" and I said "I'm not 'here' until I am in my sisters arms
Sisters are the BEST and I am blessed to have 3 sisters.  Looking forward to October when all four of us will be together again.
Now on to a pretty card:

Elegance! That what this card screams!  (Card inspired by Elizabeth Gross)  Simply by snipping the 'petals' of the scallop circle punch it gives the card more dimension and makes them look like beautiful flowers.

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Christi

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RHSSC #105

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Yeah! it's another Red Hot Stamper Sketch Challenge Day!
This is what we had to work with...
And this is what I came up with...
This is the NEW single stamp called WONDERFUL BLESSING

First I made this card...
This is the actual size of the stamp
I really wanted to try something with it so I put the stamped image on my scanner/printer and decreased the size to about 79%
See the difference in size? The color did not come out as bright as the stamped image but... oh well
Here are the two sided by side
the colors I used are Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red and Brushed Gold.
The card on the left was made using the Paper Doily Sizzlit L* #125592 

and the card on the right was made using the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit L* #126999 $21.95 each. 
Now Click HERE to see what the other gals did with this sketch challenge

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Christi



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