Sunday, August 31, 2014

{JAX Starz Blog Hop} 365 Cards: Get Your Santa On!

Happy Sunday and welcome to the Jacksonville Starz 2014 Holiday Catalog Blog Hop! Before I dive in and share my card, I just want to say how awesome and talented this team is -- I'm so lucky to be a part of it and we are lucky to have the awesome and fabulous Lee Conrey as our team leader -- she's the best!!! :)

So we usually do a team card swap for new catalogs when they are published and the team never disappoints - sooooo many awesome cards!  This was the card I did this month for our Holiday Catalog Swap....

I just love this set! I used my Blendabilities to color the santa suit - I love those pens! :)


A little sparkle, a few sequins... I had so much fun making this card!

Updated to add Blog Candy! I shouldn't blog when I'm tired at night... I completely forgot to include that if you leave a comment for me here on this post, you'll be entered to win this roll of Tangelo Twist ribbon!  Drawing will be held and announced on Friday -- don't miss out! :)
 
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=133669&dbwsdemoid=2073018
 
Updated: We have a winner... comment #8.... Cindy deRosier! YAY!!  I'll send you an email Cindy!


Up next in the hop is Rose Ann Marr. She makes awesome cards and I'm such a fan! I was lucky enough to get to meet her in person when I went to Convention this summer and had so much fun getting to know her! Why don't you hop along to her blog next and see what she has made... I know you're going to love it... I certainly do!! :)

 http://rosesstampinpad.blogspot.com/2014/08/jacksonville-starz-holiday-mini-catalog.html


Just in case ya get lost... here are the rest of the participants in this awesome blog hop! :)

Lee Conrey
Sheilah Stamper
Amanda Sevall - you are here! ;)
Rose Ann Marr
Cari Verschueren

Priscilla Thoreson
Susan Best

Stampin' Supplies Used:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Around Here....

So it's been awhile... my poor neglected corner of the internet!  This summer has knocked me for a loop... so many things happening I'm on overload most days!  Enough is enough....  Going to hurry up and jot down the good stuff, get back on the daily card posting wagon around here (I've been making them... just not sharing them...) and catch up with documenting the happenings of this crazy year!

So what has been keeping me so occupied?  Well so far this summer...

Planted and replanted our front garden three times... finally have mostly alive plants!
As of today, there are four plants in the pic that have died... sigh... but definitely more wins than losses finally!


Attended a wedding for a family friend (also my sister's bestie!).... beautiful wedding!
The beautiful bride Heather -- I used to babysit her!  And her husband Casey.  Such a beautiful wedding and couple :)


I went to Lake Tahoe with my family.
No words can describe how much I love this place!

It's been a while since we had a picture of all of us.... missing Brian and Amy but really close to all of us! :)

Traveled to Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up! 2014 Convention - Inspire. Create. Share. 2014.  It was amazing!
This is just a little peek at what it was like to be there... more soon! :)

Our precious, furry baby Scarlet was brutally attacked by the neighbor's dogs and had to have emergency surgery. :(
As of today, her shoulder is completely healed and the fur is growing back in nicely!

We adopted an 8 week old Boston Terrier puppy. And we named her Molly. :)
She knows she's cute too! :)

Yes, Molly is usually a blur of motion.  And yes, Scarlet is usually looking at us with this look of "Why?" LOL

Molly had surgery last Sunday to remove her left eye after it ruptured overnight on Saturday/Sunday. :(
Molly with her Cone of Shame... she's healing/recovering quickly :)

I've taught at least one stampin' class a month, sometimes more!

I've recruited two more members to my downline team, the Monterey Bay Card Sharks, since June. (One more and I will promote to Manager - yay!)

I've partnered with a local small business to co-teach a Paint, Stamp & Sip class (first one is tonight!).

And there are a few other crazy things that have happened that will have to wait until another day to be shared! :)

My sister, brother and I at Tahoe!

I'll be back soon with posts on Lake Tahoe, Stampin' Up!'s Convention, Scarlet n' Molly stories and to share my newest crafty pursuit -- painting + stamping!

As for what is left in the last days of summer... I'm still hoping to fit in some more time with Brian, some more time with family & friends, and some time to catch up my blog with the 100+ cards I've made since I last posted!! eek! :)

How is your summer going?!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sneak Peek Card from Convention... !!!

Hello from Convention!! I'm having a blast and cannot wait to share everything when I get home. In the meantime I wanted to share something fun!

I took a Master Class tonight for the upcoming Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit and Stampin' Up! challenged us to make and share a card using the contents of the kit.... So here is my contribution!


You're all going to love this kit.. So much fun and so cute!! Best part? It makes 20 cards, comes with all the envelopes and only costs $24.95 plus tax, s&h!! You can't buy store bought cards for that price. 

Who wants to host a Christmas card party? :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit, Real Red Reinker, Old Olive Reinker, Coastal Cabana Reinker, and Smokey Slate Reinker

Thursday, May 29, 2014

365 Cards: You're Invited... Stamping with Markers Video Tutorial

Here is the third of the three cards for this month's Stamp of the Month Club!  So if you have ever come to one of my classes in person, you know this is my most frequently taught "skill"... using markers to stamp your image is a great way to stretch your dollars and make your cards interesting!


For this card, the sentiment is one stamp that I colored in using markers, then stamped:


It is hard to explain stamping with markers using photos or words, so here it is in a video tutorial! :)



I'm still working on my filming and video editing skills, so go easy on me! ;)

I think this would make for a fun invitation...

What do you think?!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss
Markers:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Big Shot: Apothecary Accents Framelits
Other: Daffodil Delight 3/8" Seam Binding Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals





Stamp of the Month Club: Get a new Clear Mount stamp set each month plus instructions for three cards plus a completely finished hand-stamped card!
Learn More...

Featured Stamp Set for May: Sketched Birthday

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

365 Cards: Happy Birthday

Back again today with this second of the three cards for this month's stamp of the month club!


This card features one of the five new colors coming out in the new catalog next Monday -- Blackberry Bliss!  It's a beautiful, deep purple color.


I'm kind of obsessed with it!

What do you think of it?

Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss
Markers:  Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Big Shot: Bitty Banners Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
Other:  Blender Pen, 1/4" Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon





Stamp of the Month Club: Get a new Clear Mount stamp set each month plus instructions for three cards plus a completely finished hand-stamped card!
Learn More...

Featured Stamp Set for May: Sketched Birthday

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

365 Cards: Celebrate!

Here's the first of the three cards for this month's stamp of month club cards!


This month I'm using the Sketched Birthday stamp set.  I also used my fringe scissors to make this grass.  I love these new scissors!  They are awesome :)

Aren't the balloons cute?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Ink:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Garden Green, Whisper White
Other:  Fringe Scissors, Whisper White Baker's Twine




Stamp of the Month Club: Get a new Clear Mount stamp set each month plus instructions for three cards plus a completely finished hand-stamped card!
Learn More...

Featured Stamp Set for May: Sketched Birthday

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