Saturday, February 18, 2017

2016 Annual Hostess Tea - part 2....

Today I'm going to share some more photos from the Hostess Tea and the projects we made.  This is one of my favorite events of the year and I think my Hostesses really like it too.  Oh, you didn't get to go?  All you have to do is hosting a fun evening of stamping and creating sometime this year and you too can attend this EXCLUSIVE event!  My top 3 customers who didn't host also receive an invitation.  

Carrie, Christal, Janet, Sherry, Michele and Susan

Kathy, Riki, Janet, Carol and Kathleen

Velita, Sue, Judy, Cynthia, Sandy and MaryAnn
This fun card was made using Watercolor Paper and ink refills to paint a wash background.  White dragonflies were die cut using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and the words are from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  
This fun New Years card was made using the new Balloon Adventures stamp set and Balloon Bouquet Punch.
Since we were having a fiesta, we needed to use the Birthday Fiesta stamp set and dies one more time.  This fun fold card was perfect to make this festive birthday card.

Here's the inside.

Here a fun card using the new Beautiful You stamp set from the Occasions catalog and some of our Playful Palette Designer Series paper.  
Our last project can be found here from a previous post. 
Send me a message if you're interested in hosting a workshop (it's fun and easy) so you can earn an exclusive invitation to my Annual Hostess Tea

Friday, February 17, 2017

2016 Annual Hostess Tea - part 1...

My annual Hostess Tea was held in December and we had a Mexican Fiesta themed party.  All my hostesses through the year receive a special exclusive hand made invitation to Hostess Tea.  This is a FREE event for my hostesses and features several projects, door prizes for everyone, a table treat, handmade name tag, shopping, games with prizes, and lots of delicious food.  I thought I'd share photos today and tomorrow.  Make sure you sign up to host soon to reserve your spot for this year.  

The table settings included new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, a menu, a bag full of fun treats and a name tag.  

I had a blast at the Mexican grocery store finding fun candies and ingredients for our fiesta.  I used the Birthday Fiesta Suite for several of my items and a project too.  

Fun decorations (don't look at my pumpkin that was still here from Halloween)!  At least it's wearing a sombrero.  

This is how each table was set.  

I had some retired stamps for sale, along with discounted items from the craft show.  

Door Prize Table!!!

To drink, we had iced tea, Mexican Hot Chocolate and Margaritas (tequila on the side)
Fun party plates and nachos to go with our taco bar.

We had cheese dip, Mexican Rice, street corn, been and chicken tacos and homemade tamales.  That was a once in a lifetime attempt at the tamales - good, but never again!!!  

Lots of toppings, jalapeno poppers and spicy fruit salad.  

Desserts included wedding cookies, sopapilla cheesecake bars, Mexican hot chocolate cookies and coconut candies.  
Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Bundle 
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Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Stamp Set
¿Cómo te llamas? This stamp set is fun for feisty fiestas! Whether you want to wish someone a happy birthday, invite them to a party, or cheer them up, a llama is the perfect way to brighten anyone’s day.

Quantity: 21 photopolymer stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d, f

Fiesta Time Framelits Dies
* 11 dies
* Largest image: 6-1/16" x 11/16" (15.4 x 1.7 cm)
* Use with Big Shot

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fall cards in February, they both start with "F", right?

Okay, I stated that I had missed some blogging time in November, ummm, through January, right?  So I wanted to share some fall projects I had in my "to do" stash.   This first one was my bonus project for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers.

I used some retired Designer Series Paper and leaves from the Leaflets Framelits Dies.  I send a bonus project out each month for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers, so if you want to join and try it out, click here!  

This cute card also used the Leaflets Framelits Dies, along with the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  The Copper Foil accents and heat embossing making this card super gorgeous in person.  

The was a fun treat holder we made using the Paisley's & Posies suite of products.  You can still order the dies and stamp set here.  

This last card was a swap card I made for the Kansas City OnStage event with Stampin'Up!.  I made this one for the PJ swap.  It also used the Paisley's & Posies stamps along with the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  

Although it's hard to tell, I water colored the leaves, then added some Wink of Stella Gold Glimmer Pen over the leaves.  Love this card!
Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set 
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A modern twist on a classic shape, this isn't your grandmother's paisley pattern. Although we're sure she'd definitely like it.

Photopolymer stamps
* Are totally transparent for perfect image placement.
* Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.
* Cling like crazy to our clear blocks so you don't have to worry about slipping.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 18 photopolymer stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, d
Leaflets Framelits Dies 
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Make a treeful of leaves in seconds with the Leaflets Framelits Dies and the Big Shot. Framelits’ open design allows you to place them over stamped images for precise cutting.

* 6 dies
* Largest image: 3-7/8" x 1-3/4" (9.8 x 4.4 cm)
* Use with Big Shot

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercolor Pencil class...

Today, I wanted to share the projects we made in our Watercolor Pencil Class last month.  Each participant received a pack of the new Watercolor Pencils and a pack of Watercolor Paper.  We played with lots of techniques, then complete 3 projects.  They also went home with lots of their technique samples to make into more cards.

As you can tell, everyone is busy water coloring!  

This project was made using Watercolor Paper.  We drew swatches of color then painted over them.  After drying we die-cut the "sweet" from the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies, then added two more layers of thick card stock underneath the words to give them a raised look.  The "Hello" is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set.  

The flower was heat embossed with White Embossing Powder and colored with the pencils, then water added to blend the colors.  This card was made using the Rose Wonder stamp set.  

For this card, we stamped the image on Vellum Card Stock with StazOn ink, then colored the back of the image.  We then used a little water to blend the colors, allowed to dry and adhered to Whisper White card stock to help it pop.  We used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  

This was an optional card that I decided not to do at the class, but thought I'd share it here.  To make the spatter background, I used a very wet paint brush or Aqua Painter, then flicked the end of the Watercolor Pencil causing color to spray off the end.  I used a few different colors for this fun background.  The "celebrate" came from the Happy Celebrations stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.
Watercolor Pencils 
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High-quality, smooth color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.

* 13 pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
* Acid free
* Lignin free

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Yummy in My Tummy Treat Box...

Happy Valentine's Day!  I have an adorable Yummy in My Tummy Treat Box to share with you today.  This uses the Yummy in My Tummy stamp set from the 2017 Occasions catalog, along with a quick and simple box, just the right size for a Rice Krispie Treat.  I apologize for the condition of these photos - am having a rough time getting them to either crop or rotate correctly - argh!

The cute monster is stamped on Shimmery White card stock, then we water colored him, trimmed the image and attached it to our Crumb Cake box.  The center of his tummy was die cut with a Circle die, then a piece of Sending Love Glassine Sheet was stamped and put inside the circle.  There is a piece of the Real Red Sending Love Ribbon tied around the box and a bow on top.  

These are the measurements for the box piece and scoring.  The rectangles are for Tear & Tape placement.  

This is the reverse side which shows where to cut flaps and trim off.  Assemble your box and a Rice Krispie Treat should fit perfectly.  If your treat has too much air in the bag (some of them do), just pin prick a small hole to let the air escape.  
Since it's Valentines Day, I want to share a cute picture of the girls with you.  They were all home for Christmas and we took this when we drove Kim to Memphis to fly back to LA.  We went downtown for dinner at Oshi Burger for a last girls night out.  Aren't they adorable?

Yummy in My Tummy Clear-Mount Stamp Set 
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You're not sure if the monsters on these stamps want to hug you or eat you, but either way, they're happy about it and you will be too.

Our clear-mount stamps
* Are made of the same premium rubber as our wood-mount stamps.
* Have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.
* Are precut so you don't have to trim.
* Are repositionable; temporarily mount them on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for storage.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 5 rubber stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, e

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hand painted Valentines Card...

I have a couple more last Valentine's projects for you.  This first one is a hand painted Valentines card that I made for a card swap at our Kansas City Stampin'Up! event.  The focal point was a piece of Watercolor Paper, corners rounded, and painted with different shades of red/pink ink refill.  After drying, I punched the heart and popped it up further on the card.  This is one of my favorite all time cards.  So simple, but so cool looking.

The sentiment is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set - love those fonts!

Here's a close up of the painting.  I started with lightest on the bottom and worked my way up with darker shades.  I started with Pink Pirouette and ended with Cherry Cobbler.  I also tilted the paper so the colors would run down a bit.  If you want to try this, make sure to add enough water to your inks.  

Although it's not really a Valentines card, this one uses the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, the Circles Collection Framelits and the fun Hey, Chick stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog (Free with a $50 purchase).  
Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set 
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Create your own friendship-scape with flowers, bikes, and trees. These Two-Step stamps give you so many creative options--combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.

Photopolymer stamps
* Are totally transparent for perfect image placement.
* Have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time.
* Cling like crazy to our clear blocks so you don't have to worry about slipping.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 14 photopolymer stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, e, h
Sweetheart Punch 
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Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. Our punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use.

* Sleek body style
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Locks to store
* Slim and stackable

Watercolor Paper 
Hey Chick Clear Mount Stamp Set 
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To deliver a handmade card to a friend! These playful hens will deliver smiles all around.

Quantity: 7 rubber stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, c, g
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Love to watercolor? You'll want this paper! It's designed especially for watercoloring. It absorbs water to keep paper flat for a high-quality finished look. Use with Classic Stampin' Ink, Blender Pens, and Aqua Painters.

* 5 sheets
* 6" x 9"
* Resists buckling when wet
* 140-lb. (300 gsm) cold-pressed paper
* 100% cotton paper

Sunday, February 12, 2017

More from the Sending Love Suite...

I have a couple more projects from the Sending Love Suite of products.  The first is a card we made in our workshops last month.

This is a super simple, but fun card using the dies, designer series paper, stamps and a little Real Red Glimmer Paper.  

These little 3x3 cards are from our make and takes at the Stampin'Up! OnStage event in November.  I went with several of my downline and we had a great time in Kansas City.  We're heading to Shreveport, LA in April - can't wait!  The additional colors are Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy.  

This is an adorable diaper fold pouch I received from one of my wonderful customers, Kathleen Williams, at our workshop today.  Unbelievably, this was the same type of project we made in our class!  Hers had more candy, so it was far better!  Love the little topper as well.  Thanks Kathleen!  

Speaking of Kathleen, she also gave me these two beautiful hand drawn and painted cards she had made.  She made a ton of the thistle cards for an event she helped with and the heart is her Valentine card this year.  Beautiful!  I'm going to start a gallery of Kat's cards.  She gave me another Valentine treat, but I'm going to save that one for next year, so no peeking!

Sending Love