Thursday, November 16, 2017

SANTA'S WORKSHOP RETREAT!:

Hello again! One of Santa's little elves has been working away getting these fun projects ready to share with you:) Let me help you get ready for the Holiday hoopla by attending Santa's Little Workshop Retreat the first week-end in December! Notice that retreat contains the word TREAT, which I plan to spoil you with all week-end long! There will be 4 class projects that you can make over the 2 days:

1) MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS ALBUM & CARDS: Create a special keepsake to remember the best memories of this Holiday Season. All of the designing has been done for you! Just pop the Memories & More Cards into the pocket pages and add your photos! This class also includes 6 Christmas cards with envelopes.

Your class includes a 6" x 8" Album, Variety Pack of 6" x 8" Photo Pocket Pages and the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack.

You'll get step by step instructions with pictures to help you assemble your album. All of the embellishments & trimmings will be included as well.

You may have noticed that the Merry Little Christmas Card Pack coordinates with the Carols of Christmas Bundle and the entire Merry Little Christmas Suite! You can be assured they will all work perfectly together for all your project needs!

The cost for the MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS ALBUM & CARDS CLASS is $50.

2) GIFT CARD & TREAT HOLDER CLASS: Add a personal touch to your gift card-giving this year! Make these 6 adorable holders that will hold a gift card or other small treats. They says 'It's what's on the inside that counts', but these 'outsides' are pretty special too:) Note: I'm waiting on a couple of items to finish the coffee gift card holder.

Your class includes 1 Gift Card Pouch, 1 Gift Card Holder with Envelope, 4 Pillowbox Stockings which hold a gift card and/or candy or small treat. You'll get step by step instructions with pictures where needed, to assemble your projects. All of the embellishments & trimmings will be included. The cost for the GIFT CARD & TREAT HOLDER CLASS is $30.

3) BAGS & BOXES CLASS: Make 6 beautiful bags and boxes to hold all of your special gifts this year. There's a wide variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate everything on your list!

Your class includes a Tiny Treat Box, Candy Holder, Mitten Nugget Holder, Christmas Tree Box(not pictured-waiting on a die), a Bag In A Box and a Large Bag(thanks to Julie Di Matteo for sharing!) You'll get step by step instructions with pictures to help assemble your bags & boxes. All of the embellishments & trimmings are included. The cost for the BAGS & BOXES CLASS is $30.

4) GIFT TAG CLASS: Decorate your packages with an assortment of super cute handmade gift tags! I'm sorry I don't have them all finished yet, but you will get 24 gift tags in all-2 of each design! You'll also get to play with the new Stampin' Blends:) You'll also get step by step instructions with pictures where needed. All of the embellishments & trimmings are included. The cost of the GIFT TAG CLASS is $30.

OR GET ALL OF THE CLASSES FOR A DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $125!!! Cover all of your Holiday needs and save $15! You'll make at least 43 handmade-from-the heart projects. "How will I ever accomplish that in a week-end?" you may be asking. Well with chocolate of course! And coffee & wine & lots of other treats:) I'll have chili and potato soup on the stove, along with a well-stocked hot chocolate bar, coffee & tea stations, wine in red & white, and lots of other yummy treats. We'll sing along to our favorite Christmas songs and be jolly little elves, working around the clock:) Santa's Workshop opens on Saturday, December 2nd at 10am and will stay open til 9pm. Sunday will be from 12-5. You can stay for the whole time or come & go as needed. If you're pressed for time, get all the stamping done there and assemble at home.

All of the tables just got delivered yesterday, so we'll be at my little Stampin' Pad-1513 Market, right across the street! I know this isn't a lot of notice but I need to have your RSVP AND PAYMENT by Sunday, November 19th to be able to get everything ordered and prepped.

As always there will be Door Prize drawings! I know $125 is a big investment this time of year, but I'll be helping you check a lot of things off of your Holiday To-Do list and you'll get some fun little surprises over the week-end as well...little treats JUST FOR YOU, so don't miss out! You'll also be leaving with 43 projects and instructions to make more in the future!

Please RSVP by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH and tell me which classes your'e interested in or tell me YOU WANT IT ALL! I hope to hear from you soon!




HUG IN A MUG CARD:

Hello there! Here's another fun card from my Card Buffet a couple weeks ago. I used the set Hug In A Mug, and you can create all kinds of yummy concoctions with it:) I started with a Chocolate Chip base, naturally, and added another layer on top. I stamped the mini marshmallows across the bottom with Chocolate Chip ink, and then embossed the top 3/4 of the cardstock with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.

I stamped the adorable tiny stitching on the Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon and adhered it to the base with SNAIL. I then stamped the cup with Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock. I stamped the inside color with Powder Pink. I added the heart and colored it in with a Cherry Cobbler Marker. I used the 2 1/4" Circle Punch to punch it out.

I stamped the sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink onto Crumb Cake Cardstock and flagged the end. I attached it with Dimensionals, overlapping the ribbon & circle. I stamped the two little sparkle thingys with Powder Pink ink and punched them out with the 1" Circle Punch. I attached them with Dimensionals.

So quick & easy and will last all the way to Spring. Plan to attend my next Card Buffet in December and make one...or several!

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Have you heard about the Stamparatus yet? It was just unveiled at OnStage and will no doubt become our favorite new tool! I'm not sure if the links above will work, if not, go to YouTube and type in Stamparatus. They are preordering them so they don't run into backorder issues. They'll be available to preorder today so let me know if you want one. They won't ship til February and you won't be charged until then. Not sold yet? No problem, they'll have 2 more preorder periods if you decide you have to have one!

ALSO, make sure to stop back here later today as I'll be sharing the projects you'll be making at  my Santa's Workshop Retreat in a couple of weeks! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

OH WHAT FUN CARD:

Hello there! Here's a really quick & easy card from my last Card Buffet. I used the set Oh What Fun and the adorable Stitched Felt Embellishments. I started with a Garden Green base and added another layer on top that I ran through the Big Shot using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder-another favorite from the Holiday Catalog:)

I then added an adorable gingham strip of DSP from the Quilted Christmas DSP Stack. I stamped the sentiment with Real Red ink onto Whisper White Cardstock and cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Thinlits. I made a messy swirl with some Linen Thread and attached it to the back of the circle with Glue Dots.

Finally I added the sweet little felt tree and topped it off with a Quilted Christmas Ribbon bow. This is the perfect card to start with if you're new to stamping or wanting to knock out a bunch of Christmas cards quickly. I hope you'll join me for my next Card Buffet in December and make one for yourself.

I'm so excited to be able to share with you a fun event I have planned for the first week-end in December! I'm calling it Santa's Workshop because I'll be helping you check off lots of items on your Santa To-Do list:)
You'll make Gift Card & Treat Holders, Bags & Boxes, Gift Tags, a Mini Photo Album, and maybe some home decor. I'm working like a dog-or reindeer in this case:) to get everything finished and get some pictures posted. Stay tuned!!! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

SWEET CUPCAKE CARD:

Hello there! I had a special request for a birthday card for a 10 year old girl at my Card Buffet last month, and this is what I came up with. I figured I'd be safe with pink & cupcakes:) I used the set Sweet Cupcakes and featured the Eclipse Technique. I started with a Whisper White base and stamped the cupcake bottom in Sahara Sand & Crumb Cake inks.

I stamped the frosting with Blushing Bride & Flirty Flamingo. I then laid the Large Letters Framelits on top of the cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Magnetic Platform. I layered a piece of Basic Black behind the Whisper White Cardstock and laid the letters with openings back in their places. I added Liquid Tombow to the openings and put the small pieces in place. I then removed the letters and added Mini Dimensionals to the backs. I placed each letter back into it's place, making sure to get the stamped letters in their right spot.

I stamped the candle with Daffodil Delight ink, cut it out with Paper Snips and tied a bow around it with Flirty Flamingo Baker's Twine. I attached it with Glue Dots. I then stamped the sentiment with Flirty Flamingo ink onto the same color cardstock and added some sprinkles for fun:) I finished it off with a few Metallic Sequins.

Make plans to attend my next Card Buffet in December and try out the fun Eclipse Technique for yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Monday, November 13, 2017

SMITTEN MITTENS CARD:

Hello there! Here's another new addition to my last Card Buffet using the Smitten Mittens Bundle and an adorable penguin that Donna Griffith from the Home Office came up with! Is he just the cutest thing or what? I started with a Real Red base and added a layer of Whisper White Cardstock. I added a piece of DSP from Christmas Around the World and ran it through the Big Shot using the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder.

For the penguin I cut out a mitten from Basic Black Cardstock and just the thumb area of a second one, and glued it to the mitten. I used the Layering Ovals with Whisper White Cardstock for his front. I ran the top of the mitten die through the Big Shot again to make his hat from Real Red Cardstock. I added some of the fun Real Red Mini Tinsel Trim to the edge and frayed a small piece for the top.

I added some rosy cheeks with a q-tip and Pink Pirouette ink. I used the set Foxy Friends for his face in Basic Black ink. I then used the Fox Builder Punch with Pumpkin Pie Cardstock for his beak and feet. The sentiment is from Hearts Come Home with Basic Black ink onto Pool Party Cardstock.

I finished it off with a few Iridescent Sequins that I added with Liquid Tombow. Make plans to make one of your own at my next Card Buffet on Thursday, December 7th! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SEASON LIKE CHRISTMAS CARD:

Hello there! This is one of the new additions that I added to my last Card Buffet. I used the lovely set Season Like Christmas.

I started with a Garden Green base and added the plaid from Christmas Around the World DSP. The tree was stamped with Garden Green and Early Espresso ink. I love the subtle shadow that was stamped with Crumb Cake ink.

I stamped the snow with Whisper White Craft ink and heat-embossed it with White Embossing Powder. I added a Crushed Curry star to the top, along with a 1/8" Gold Ribbon bow.

I layered a Delicate White Doily to the back of the banner.I then adhered a piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim to the back of a piece of Gold Foil to add a little richness to this traditional card.

I wanted to let you know about a fun event I have coming up to help you check some things off of your Christmas to do list. I'm holding a Santa's Workshop Retreat on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd! It will be a fun-filled, jam-packed 2 days full of stamping, snacking and scrapbooking while singing to Christmas music and sipping on your favorite drink-all kinds:) You can pick the projects you make or do it all and get a discounted price-along with some freebies:) There will be Door Prizes and lots of surprizes along the way:) Stay tuned for more details and pictures! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Friday, November 10, 2017

HAPPY HOUR FAVORS:

Hello there! I held my first Happy Hour Class at Martinis last night and we had so much fun! Check out these adorable favors I made for all the ones who attended! I wish I could take credit for these amazing works of art, but all the credit goes to the amazing Brenda Quintana at QBeesQuest. You can find her tutorial here: http://qbeesquest.blogspot.com/2017/09/hersheys-wine-champagne-margarita.html. If this link doesn't work go to www.qbeesquest.blogspot.com and click on tutorials.

Her Hershey's Wine, Champagne & Margarita Tutorial was worth every penny of the $9.99. I can't even begin to imagine the time & effort that went into it-the $10 was a bargain!

The cover comes off the reveal a little treat inside:)

The champagne design holds 2 nuggets. I'm loving the extra 'bubbles' in this photo from the cool bokeh effect:)

This is the view from the back.

I added a few embellishments-I always like to contribute something when I CASE someone's work. I added the sentiments from the set Mixed Drinks using Smoky Slate ink. I attached the tags with the festive Silver Mini Tinsel Trim from the Holiday Catalog. I added Glitter Enamel Dots to the wine glass and Iridescent Sequins to the champagne.

These favors complimented this card that we made perfectly, using the same stamp set Mixed Drinks.

This was the other card we made using the set Sprinkles of Life.

I tried to make a martini to add to the mix, but the challenge proved to be too great for me, haha. I don't have the math or science skills that Brenda does. Maybe she'll come up with one for us:) Seriously, if you have any Holiday parties coming up, go get her tutorial and make some...you'll be the hit of the event! I hope you'll plan to join us next month at Martinis on the 2nd Thursday of the month-December 14th. Do I get another Caramel Apple or Naughty School Girl Martini, or try something else??? Thanks so much for stopping by!