Thursday, August 23, 2018

July 2018 Color Challenge

A Color Challenge Good Enough to Eat!

June was British, but July is distinctly American!  What do you think about in the summer?  I think about gardens, farmers' markets, homemade ice cream, pies, corn on the cob, and cook outs!  This challenge has the some of the best parts of those.  Behold...the July Challenge!

Strawberries, blueberries, and red gingham... don't those just say picnic to you? They do to me.  Of course, it's usually too hot for a picnic in July.😊  We had some great entries in July and I couldn't pick just one, so I decided to feature them all!

Karen Day submitted this one before her great RV track across the
country with her entire family!  I love the brusho background and the red flowers.
And the Night of Navy gingham is my absolute favorite!
Great Job, Karen!

Look at this beautiful card made by Audra!  I love these red sunflowers!
Her card is Mint Macaron, and I think she's using the Night of Navy piece
 of the Artistic Expression DSP.  And more of my favorite ribbon!
Gorgeous Card, Audra!!
Kay Cogbill actually played along on this challenge!  This is a lovely, simple card
and would be great in a class!  Her card base is Mint Macaron, her boats are Real Red
and Night of Navy, and her ribbon is Real Red.
Nice card, Queenie!
And last, but not least, here's my card.  My mint macaron is the hand stamped
gingham paper behind the red ribbon.  It's prettier than it looks because
I ended up covering most of it up.  I watercolored some shimmery white paper
with Night of Navy ink, let it dry, and then stamped the jars on it before cutting them out
with the framelit and my big shot. I stamped the brushes and colored them with Stampin'
Write Markers.  This was a fun card to make.

Happy Summer Everyone, I hope you're enjoying the color challenges!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth




June 2018 Color Challenge

Papermadeprettier Color Challenge
June 2018


Kay and I have been cooking up something new!  We have a Business Challenge and a Creative Challenge that are both tied into the team meeting and prizes and that are really contests.  We wanted to create something fun that everyone could do.  Something that let the hobbyists and those that are building a business could all have a fun competition with each other on equal footing.  Kay and I talked about it and then she kind of set me free to build it and run it.  We agreed that we wouldn't hold everyone to current products only, but that there wouldn't be prizes...well besides the prize of being featured on my fabulous blog!  And with no further ado, here is the first of the Papermadeprettier Color Challenge!

June 2018 Featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
on the Occasion of the Wedding of her Grandson 
HRH Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle


Thanks Kylie for permission to use this!
I think that people weren't ready for this color challenge!  There were two entries in June, so I'm featuring both of them.  Sheri Simons and Virginia Porta both made cards using these colors.
Sheri Simons used Gorgeous Grape patterned DSP as her background,
Lemon Lime Twist for the flowers, and stamped in Mossy Meadow!
Nice job, Sheri!

Virginia, made a flower using the the Eastern Palace thinlits and Lemon Lime Twist
and Gorgeous Grape Cardstock.  Her background paper and her stamping are both
Mossy Meadow.   Lovely Card, Virginia!
Thanks to Sheri and Virginia to kicking us off in June and getting things rolling.  And thank you to Kay for letting me have fun with this color challenge!  I've always wanted to have a color challenge and I appreciate her indulging me!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth


What a Summer!


Kidney Stones Anyone?

No?  I didn't think I'd have any takers! Between my Frozen Shoulder, my toenail surgery, and my kidney stone triplets, it's been one heck of a summer at my house! However, it hasn't all been bad...you can get some good crafting done in bed!

Let me show you the wonders that I created while confined to bed...doesn't that sound delightfully Victorian? If only I had had some bed jackets to wear!



I made these two because I love this stamp set so much! I have already used the cake in class, but I wanted to play around with some of the other parts.  I love the flower patterned skirt, don't you? I used the Thank You card in class, and while a friend wanted to come but couldn't she did end up commissioning 10 cards from me!


We also made this lovely card in class.  It was fun to color that dove green!  I used an assortment of paper from a couple of different sets of DSP on this card, and actually ended up stamping the bottom piece of Soft Sea Foam to get the look I wanted.



I have a Technique Class on the first Tuesday of each month, it's aptly named, Technique Tuesday (how delightfully clever of me)!  This was the first class of the new semester; in this class I taught them how to make "black magic" cards.  I was actually working on the bases of these when my second kidney stone started its "great escape".  Good memories. LOL



Look at these adorable Santas!  How cute are they??  I colored them with blends while I was drugged in bed with the last of the kidney triplets making his trip to freedom!  I hurriedly stamped them before the pain got too bad so I would have something to do in bed...because I knew there was no way that I would be able to read on the pain meds!




And last but not least, here is a one-sheet wonder scrapbook!  I love this little thing so much.  
It takes about 1 1/3 sheets of 12X12 DSP and 1/2 to 1 sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock.
These are so much fun to make and are deceptively simple.  How fun would these be as gift card holders?  A few fun pictures, some decorations, and then gift cards in the pockets? These would be perfect if you were traveling for the Holidays.

I'm traveling to visit friends this weekend.  They just moved to a new home in Philadelphia (Patriotic  stuff here I come!).  For their upcoming fifth anniversary, I am getting them started on a Memories and More album of their first year living in Seattle. They've been missing their friends, and this is a fast, easy way to get photos off of phones, out of dropbox and wherever else and into photo into an album for sharing and enjoying.  I'll share some pictures soon.

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth




Friday, June 22, 2018

What's happening this Summer?







Creating Grace Card Class

On the Second Tuesday of each month we meet at Elizabeth’s house from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm to create together!  You take home six cards (two each of three designs) plus envelopes for $15 or the class is free with a minimum $20 purchase.  At each class, one of the cards we make will have been designed to uplift or comfort a friend in sorrow or need.

This class is composed of new and seasoned stampers, so everyone is welcome! We would love to meet you; we always need more stamping friends.

RSVPs are due by 5:00 pm on the day before!

Sign up for my email list so you can stay up to date about the next Creating Grace Card Class! 


Technique Tuesday Stamping Club


For the more seasoned stampers, I have a Technique Club on the First Tuesday of each month.  This class meets at Elizabeth’s house from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  At this class we learn a new, fun technique each month.  Each class includes a 6X8 Memories n’ More page (after the first class you will get a new page every other month) with the technique name, instructions, and a slot for a sample, practice supplies and supplies to make a “good” 4X6 sample to save, and supplies and instructions to make two cards using the new technique.

This club requires a minimum 6 month commitment.  This commitment means that you agree that each month you will purchase at least $25 worth of Stampin’ Up! products.  One month out of the six you will be the hostess of the club and you will get the hostess rewards for that month!  This club requires a minimum of six people to commit to it.  For each additional person  who joins the club, we will extend the club by one month, up to 12 months.

Our first Technique Club is August 7th.  RSVPs for the Club are due by 5:00 pm August 1st. 

Christmas in July


Who loves Christmas?  I do!!
Come celebrate Christmas in July with me on July 17 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  I’m going to decorate (but no Christmas Tree, since it’s stored at a friend’s house), bake cookies, and turn down the air conditioner! We will make two Christmas cards, four gift tags, and one treat holder.  This class comes with 1/2 of a package of “Under the Mistletoe” DSP,  1/4 of a package of Under the Mistletoe Cardstock Pack, 3/8” Real Red Cotton Ribbon, and Red Rhinestone Jewels and is $30.00.  Get a kit-to-go for only $35 if you pick it up or $40 mailed right to your doorstep!

Real Red Ribbon

Red Rhinestones!!



Under the Mistletoe Cardstock

Join me for some classes this summer!  I can't wait to stamp with you!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth



Thursday, April 12, 2018

Petunia's OnStage Presentation


Welcome to Petunia's Blog Post!


Petunia is so excited that you are here today!  She has been bouncing off the walls since we left OnStage...well as much bouncing off the walls as bulldogs ever do!  She has been so excited for this blog hop.  Silly puppy!

We had so much fun on stage stamping with y'all! I had no idea that it would be that much fun.  Thanks to all of you for laughing in all of the right places and for making Petunia feel pretty.

I hope you all ordered the Sitting Pretty Bundle as part of your Petunia Purchase Premier.  I know that this set is going to be a great class for you!  I am going to show you the samples that I created on stage; you can recreate them and show your customers now so they can go ahead and buy the  Fortunate to Know You stamp set before it retires.


I charge $15 for my card classes or class is free with a minimum purchase (minimum purchase is only $20.)  We make six cards, two each of three designs. I have one card that is more complicated; it either has more steps, more stamping, or a combination.  We make this card first so if they have to leave early or if they just get behind, they can stamp the other two cards and take it all with them to finish at home.

If you remember from my presentation, I used the Stamparatus to speed up the process of everyone in class stamping all of the Petunias, plants, benches, and birds.  To do this I made templates of all of the framelits that have coordinating stamps. (I would have taken a picture of the templates and inserted them here, but Petunia is kind of over pictures right now!)

Then I placed them in the Stamparatus on top of my grid paper wrapped foam pad.  I stamped the outline of Petunia on the grid paper so that each person could be sure their Petunia was properly aligned before they started stamping!  Then you line up the spotty party of Petunia and stamp away!

I embossed a piece of Shady Spruce with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured embossing folder because it's my favorite...you can use your favorite embossing folder;  Petunia will love it just as much!

I used the flagstone embossing die on the oval and went over the flagstones with Gray Granite ink to bring out the texture.  After that, it's just a matter of stamping the message on the Gray Granite stripe and putting everything in place with dimensionals.
She really does miss you!  She had such fun at OnStage!


The next card is a card style that I found on Pinterest by Laura Milligan.  It starts with a normal card base, except you cut off the card front...just leaving 3/4" along the fold.  I made my card base from Powder Pink.  I took a 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" piece of thick whisper white cardstock and embossed it using the basketweave dynamic embossing folder.  The thick whisper white gave it more body and it held up better with the added weight of the circles and the plant.  The basket weave embossing seems to weaken the fibers somewhat, which is great if you are making an actual basket, but not so great if you want it to hold up as a card base, so the thick cardstock is the better choice here.

I wrapped the gingham Night of Navy ribbon around it before I attached it to the Powder Pink card base.  Remember don't tie skimpy bows in class because you teach your customers to tie skimpy bows!  And then your bows look skimpy...and Petunia HATES skimpy bows!! 

I cut three stacking circles, with the top one being whisper white.  I stamped the sentiment on it in Night of Navy.  I stamped one of my big-shotted (can big-shot be a verb??) plants with the stamparatus with a Gray Granite outline, Shady Spruce leaves, and a Merry Merlot pot and attached the tiny bird to it with a mini dimensional. All of that got attached over the ribbon for an easy card that only looks like it was a ton of work!  Aren't those the best kind of cards?  The ones that look like a ton of work, but aren't?
This card has the Petunia Seal of Approval


The last card I showed you was for my friend Kathy, who keeps getting new additions to her family! I mean seriously, when is it going to be enough?  How many puppies does she need? LOL
Petunia endorses more puppies!

I love this card!  I just cut open the top of the take out container from the Fortunate to Know You stamp set and placed Petunia in there like she's popping out!  Isn't she adorable? Petunia loves this card.  It makes her feel so special!

I can't wait for the May blog hop so I can show you all of the other cards that I made that ended up being too complicated to show in the short 8-10 minutes that I had for my presentation.  And the card that I made for the Presenters' Swap!  Petunia is being such a scamp in that card!  She got herself in some serious trouble, let me tell you!

If you have any questions about anything that I did, what I used, or any of my colors, or even what it's like living with a diva like Petunia, drop me a line.  If you don't have a demonstrator and you want to place an order click here. Remember that the retiring list is out, so something that you have your eye on might be retiring and you don't want to miss it!  Also the retiring colors are available while they last, so if you can't bear to part with chocolate chip or peekaboo peach, now is the time to stock up!!

Thanks for stopping by...please hop on to Jessica's blog by hitting the Next button or if you started here, go visit Sherry by hitting the Previous button!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth

                                                       





Wednesday, April 11, 2018

OnStage 2018 in Ft. Worth

Stampin' Up! OnStage 2018
April 7, 2018
Ft. Worth, TX

Have I mentioned that I was asked to present a stamp set at OnStage in Ft. Worth?  Well I was and I did! The whole thing was surreal. It hit me the day before we left that Stampin' Up! asked ME to stamp on stage in front of approximately 600 other demonstrators!  Holy Smokes! How does something like that even happen?

One day in the Updates there was a blurb asking for people who wanted to present at an OnStage event to put in their application.  And that's really all that you did.  You didn't submit any of your work or anything.  Of course, I also submitted my work as part of my application to be a display stamper, so maybe they looked at that and didn't need to ask to see anything else because that was just so freaking amazing! Yeah, that must be it!  LOL

I prepared the cards the I wanted to show, Natalie (who was my contact at Stampin' Up) told me that people liked to see stamping on stage, and then figured out how to stamp two of the cards in eight minutes!  And still talk about the other card, a random act of joy AND tell a little bit about myself and our team!  Whew!

FYI - I made some ugly cards before I settled on the cute ones that I demonstrated! Do you want to see those cards?  Check back here on Thursday for our blog hop...all of the presenters are going to have their presentation cards on their blogs and are going to talk about using their stamp sets, bundles, or suites in your business!

Meanwhile, why don't I show you the sweet cards that Kay (my amazing upline), Patience, and Cindy (my also amazing sidelines) sent me before OnStage?
Here are Kay and me in our '80's garb for CentreStage!




Kay believed I could for sure!  She was so happy that
I was selected to present!

Here's a funny story, I didn't like Patience when she first became a demonstrator on our team!  I can't even remember why now because I love her so much!  I can't imagine what the team would be like without her.
Patience made this card just for me!
She's always so positive and upbeat!  She works hard at this and at life.  I love that there are three of us at CentreStage now.

Cindy (of Cinderella's Stampers, of course) is doing great in her business and team.  I think she will be the next one of us to become Silver Elite and join us at CentreStage!  I hope she gets there before the end of September because you know it's going to be amazing in Orlando and on the 30th Anniversary!
Cindy makes the loveliest, sweetest cards.  Look at this sweet one that she made for me.
We actually traded for this set at the April 2017 OnStage!

Keep an eye out tomorrow for the Presenters Roundup Blog Hop!  It should drop at 8:00 AM CDT!

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth and Petunia





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Retreat Weekend!

Responsibility Free Weekend!

There is nothing better than a guilt free stamping weekend!  This weekend my upline, Kay Cogbill from Paper Made Prettier, put on her biannual retreat.  The retreat was only $260 for an amazingly comfortable twin bed for two nights, a whole table just for me, five meals, and tons of snacks!  We also had eight make n' takes, table gifts, and a great big goodie bag!  But the best part for me was the uninterrupted stamping time! Oh, and the views!  This place is beautiful!
Sunset over the pond

Williams Lodge

Dining Hall
I had my three full card swaps and my two ATC card swaps planned and partially prepped to get finished while I was there.  I had a project that I wanted to complete for the folks in my office, and for some reason I thought I would have extra time to work on some unfinished Paper Pumpkin kits!

I also had hoped to go down to my room and get the sets of card parts cut for the two cards that I'm going to be demonstrating in my OnStage presentation.  But alas, that didn't happen either! There were lots of lady bugs in our rooms and I didn't want to accidentally squish one on any of my paper or pack one away to discover on stage!

I signed up for three swap groups (11 cards each) at the Ft. Worth OnStage event.  I had my cards already designed and had everything (well mostly!) packed together to make these cards go as quickly as possible.


 I love the Picture Perfect Birthday Suite so much!  It is my absolute favorite from the Occasions Catalog! These noise makers (or do-ta-dos as we called them growing up!) are so cute and so easy to stamp with the Stamparatus. This donut paper makes me want more donuts from the Donut Shoppe in Las Vegas!












This is my hubby's favorite card from the weekend.  This set caught my eye as soon as I looked through the catalog in Salt Lake City.  It feels like a hidden gem to me and I hope by making it a swap some people will discover it and use it in a class before June!














 We have had an awful winter here in Arkansas and I have been yearning for spring and warmer weather.  I love the idea of SO MANY flowers falling from the trees that you need an umbrella to keep them off of you!  This is how I imagine it is in Japan when you go see the Cherry Blossoms.
When I got ready to start on this card I realized that I hadn't packed either of the stamp sets!  Kay had the Sheltering Tree set but no one had brought Beautiful You with them.  One of the ladies had gone home for the night, so we texted her and she brought the set with her on Saturday!  Thanks, Mary, you saved the day!











I also signed up for two ATC (Artist Trading Cards, 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" cards) swaps of 10 cards each.  I love ATC cards.  I consider them little works of art.  It's so fun to force yourself to think small!

One of my favorite things to do is to find stamp sets that I love but haven't used as much as I had hoped.  This cupcake set is one of those sets.  It was so hard to line up correctly!  But now that I have my stamparatus, it's not hard anymore...and you can make them really quickly! 
I didn't like just having a little card and my business card in a clear envelope, so I made stamped the doily and made the "treat yourself" banner to clip on the front of the envelope to jazz it up!





I love the Myth and Magic stamp set, but it seems unfair that all girls get is a mermaid, doesn't it?  Girls can totally be knights and wizards, too. I colored the mermaids faces and hair and then cut them off (!!).  I colored the armor, shield, helmet, and sword of the knight and cut his plume off.  And because the mermaid has bigger hair than the knight, I colored another helmet and plume and cut the knight's face out (!!).  I layered them all together and voila! A girl knight!  And of course she has a unicorn as a steed.
This ATC card got an envelope with a decoration clipped to the front.  The ATC and my business card are inside. 






These swaps were so much fun to make!  Now I have to decide if I'm going to make any swaps for the rest of OnStage.  I think I want to make some...now to find another unsung hero stamp set from the catalog.

Joyful Stamping,

Elizabeth


Sunday, January 14, 2018

I Was Smitten with Mittens!

Hello Stampy Friends!
I simply fell in love with the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set and matching Framelits!  I made a zillion cards with them and ended up making almost ALL of the ornaments and decorations for my Christmas tree, too!  Yes, I realize that I can be a little bit obsessive when it comes to my Christmas tree!  When Charlie and Taylor quit even pretending to do any more to help me than getting the tree out of storage for me, I set myself free to do whatever I wanted with it!  I love having a theme, finding or making the ornaments, and decorating it (and wrapping the gifts to match) .  P.S. I also wrap fake gifts so that the tree won't be lonely before the shopping gets started...

I decided on Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White as the main colors with accents of Pool Party.  I even found some Pool Party ribbon at Michael's that had shiny Real Red polka dots!  I ordered some small wooden embroidery hoops on Amazon so I could create some faux candlewicking ornaments.

I cut out so many mittens with my big shot that I might have thrown my shoulder out of joint...no really.  You can only cut out one of the mittens with all of the cut-outs in it at a time.  And they are SO cute with a contrasting color behind them!  Of course I needed a lot of them!

I made a garland of mittens using simple white mittens with various colored wrist bands.  I glued them to white baker's twine...actually, I sandwiched the baker's twine between two of the same color wrist bands so the Multi-purpose glue wouldn't stick to everything else on the Christmas tree!

I found a template for a tiny house somewhere on the interwebs.  I cut out 8 or 9 of them from Stampin' Up! Cardstock and decorated them with stamps from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, tiny wreaths, ribbon, and Stampin' glitter!  They are so adorable!!

As a bonus, I saved one whole set of the stockings from the November Paper Pumpkin kit for my mantle!  I attached the small clear command hooks to the mantle and strung more white bakers' twine between them.  Then I attached the stockings to the twine with the mini clothes pins.  After I had them all spaced evenly, I went back and added a strand of battery-powered led lights along the top of the stockings.  Since the lights could just rest along the stockings, I didn't actually clip them to the stockings.  Since Charlie stores his bicycles in front of our non-fireplace, you can't get that close to the mantle so I wasn't worried about anyone knocking the lights off.

Here are all of the tiny houses, the garland, and the Mitten Ornaments...I'm still Smitten!






The is my faux candlewichking mitten.


Check out this mitten garland.  And my perfectly Pool Party with
Real Red polka dots ribbon!
These tiny houses are adorable, but a pain in the be-hind to make!
Haha!  I hid the battery pack in that Santa mug on the left end of the mantle!
Here's my whole tree.  You can't see much, but you can tell that my gift wrap matches!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, a Joyful Hanukkah, a Happy Kwanza, and a great season of celebration with your friends and family!

Here is to a 2018 filled with joy and stamping (that's redundant because they're the same thing!)

Joyful Stamping,
Elizabeth

PS - I'm presenting at OnStage in Ft. Worth in April!  Yeeha!