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March 2017

Special Reason Card Class

These are the cards we will be making at my house on April 11,2017. They were inspired by cards I saw on Pinterest. The class starts at 4:00 p.m. and is over by 8:00 p.m.  Come any time during those hours. You will need your own adhesive and if you have the stamp set and framelits, you can bring your own so that the class goes a little faster. Cost for the class is $10.00 unless you place an order, then it is free. ImagePlease RSVP by Sunday April 9, 2017 if you are joining us. You can bring a friend, too!


Two Tone Spritzing

Yesterday I posted a card that used reinker, rubbing alcohol, and a spritzer. Today's card uses the same technique, but with two colors - pear pizzazz and sweet sugarplum. ImageSome of my ladies don't like to use wire behind the focal point, so I've been making cards that show it with or without so they can decide which they prefer. Image

I used the Special Reason stamp set and the Stylish Stems framelits to make this card. The flower is made with Sweet Sugarplum cardstock for the solid image and Rich Razzleberry for the detailed image. I really like the little frame stamped image that has a matching framelit in this set, too. Again, I used the same technique for the inside of the card. ImageHere is the banner for CAS(E) This Sketch which helped to inspire my card: CTS_214

Maybe you could try this technique, too. Warming - it may be addictive! Have a great week. Creative something!



I have a confession to make. I have an addiction. I love to watch You Tube videos. I spend hours watching them. Some days I can't get enough! I was watching them right before I started to make cards this morning. I have some favorites that I watch and one of them is Missy Whidden. She demonstrates a product that is not Stampin' Up (gasp!!!) One of the techniques that she uses is spritzing on packaging paper and applying that to paper. It creates a soft watercolor effect. So I used Stampin' Up products to try the same effect. Here is my card: ImageHere is how the background looked before I added the rest of the card. I used rubbing alcohol and mixed 5 drops of Sweet Sugarplum reinker in the spritzer. Then I spritzed unto wax paper and placed the waxed paper on the white cardstock in a random manner. It dries quickly which is a result of using rubbing alcohol and not water, though that would work, too. Image
I had so much fun doing this technique that I did it on the inside, too. ImageHere is a closeup of the spritzing:  ImageI followed the Paper Players Challenge sketch. I used the spritzing as my circle. Here is the sketch: Pp337.jpgI also played along with the Sunday Stamps Challenge. Their Theme was Succulents and several colors. I used Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz on my card. The little succulents come from the stamp set Oh So Succulent. Here is their banner: Ssc149.jpgWell, that's it for today. I think I'll go watch some more videos. We don't need clean clothes, do we??



Turning Forty

My daughter-in-law will be turning forty in a few days and I had to make her a special card for her special day. Image

I know there are thousands of card samples using this stamp set, Number of Years, but it was just perfect for this card. I did try a new technique - a least new for me. After stamping the numbers on watercolor paper with Blushing Bride ink, I took my watercolor pencil in a darker shade, Rich Razzleberry, and outlined the number. Then I took my blender pen and blended the two colors. I saw this technique on someone's blog using the word 'love'. I wish I could remember the name of the blog. Her card was beautiful.ImageHere is another picture of the process.Image

And here is the inside. The colors for this card were determined by the patterned paper. I used Blooms and Wishes DSP, so my colors are Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive. Image
I debated about entering this card in the challenge Stamp Ink Paper which has a birthday theme this week. There is really nothing 'new' about my card. Here is their banner SIP-Any-Challenge-91-800

I hope my Daughter-in law has a great day. Have you tried this stamp set? The flowers and leaves are fun to stamp. Try it!


The Third Monday Club

I meet with another group at Hobby Lobby the third Monday of the month. I'm not really sure why some of the ladies come because, boy, could they teach me at thing or two . This is a group of really creative ladies. I'm just lucky that they like to make cards. Below are Jen, a retired demonstrator, and Carol, a grandmother of 3.Image

I don't know why I take these pictures of their backs - there is nothing exciting about that! Working with the Big Shot are Barb, Rita, and Kathy. At the table is Lisa, a Sabika jewelry consutant. Sometimes we just exchange product - paper for jewelry. I think I might get the better end of that deal! Theresa was new to our group and boy, did she fit right in with the joking and laughs. What a talented card maker she is! Her St Patrick's day card using punch art was awesome - but I forgot to take a picture:(
ImageBelow are Kim, another Sabika consultant, and Barb a special needs student aide for the Altoona School District. They are working on the That's a Tag card.

And then there is Charley. He choses to sit alone, don't think we don't all love him! He sometimes takes a lot of teasing, but he gives it back, too. He keeps the class very lively. He is working on a waterfall card. He was amazed at how easy it was to make - it just looks tricky.


So here is most of the gang hard at work. I prepare 3 projects and each table makes one of the projects and then we pass the kits around the room. It keeps me hopping, but I wouldn't change a thing!

If you would like to join us and live in the Altoona area, we would love to have you. Just be prepared to smile while you are making cards, because this is a fun bunch of ladies and guy! We meet the third Monday at 5:00 at Hobby Lobby.


Things That Fly

One of the challenges that I like to follow is the SU! Only Challenges. I like this challenge because the product used on the cards is mostly Stampin' Up product. This week they have a theme challenge - things that fly. Stampin' Up has some awesome stamp sets with things that fly right now . The Dragonfly Dreams bundle is so much fun to use. It has a bee, too! The hot air balloons in the Lift Me Up! bundle will fly. I even think the Everyday Hero stamp set with its cartoon characters would qualify as something that will fly. But, I decided to go with Builder Birdcage on page 36 of the Occasions Catty. Here is my card: Image I'm not sure how much my little red bird is 'flying' in that cage, but birds do fly, so I think this card qualifies for the challenge. Here is the inside of the card. The poor bird is still stuck in that cage. Image The patterned paper is from the Sending Love DSP. Yep, I used Valentine themed paper to make this card, but if you check on the other side, most of the patterns are not 'heart' themed like the one I used on my card. I like product that can be used for different events. You can get more 'bang for you buck'! The inside stamp comes from the stamp set All Things Thanks. I hope to use this card when I have new guests that come to my classes. I think these words are just perfect for new guests.ImageSo head on over to the SU! Only Challenge blog and see what other Stampin Up cardmakers have posted. I hope one of the cards will inspire you to create something today!