Fancy Friday ~ Handmade Holly

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Welcome back again to another edition of Fancy Friday! We’re excited to bring this month’s edition to you a week early.  Our theme this month is Pretty Packaging and I can not wait to see what everyone has created! I’ve got a Pretty Packaging class coming up and I’m sure these ladies will be full of wonderful ideas for me to incorporate!  Be sure to hop along to see what they’ve come up with!

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My project is a fairly quick and cute one today and I hope you’re inspired to make some yourself!  Here’s a little Handmade Holly that you can try yourself!

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Hand Made Holly ~ Sleepless Stamper

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Hand Made Holly ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I have a little tutorial to share with you on how I created the Holly Leaves.  You can adjust them to smaller or bigger ovals to suit the project you want to put Holly Leaves on.  I haven’t put anything inside this bag yet but I think I might go searching for some fresh Holly to gift to someone special.  Fresh holly is such a beautiful decoration at Christmas time.  My sister-in-law taught me how to make the most beautiful ice bucket.  I don’t think I’d fit enough to make the ice bucket into this little bag but maybe I could send some cute little holly shaped cookies?!

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I do still have more photos but in case you’re curious about that ice bucket, here’s what you do to make one.

1. Find two pails of different sizes. One needs to be able to nest inside the other with a couple inches to spare all the way around.  The ones I used were an ice cream pail (for the smaller bucket) and an industrial pail from the home improvement store.

2. Put an inch or a bit more water in the bottom of the big pail and let it freeze.

3. Once the water is frozen solid in the bottom of the big pail you will fill the smaller bucket with rocks or something heavy that will hold it down inside the larger pail when you move onto the next step.

4. With your small pail in place inside the big pail, stuff the space between the two pails with fresh holly and then fill that same space between the pails with water.  Make sure that the water goes higher than the holly and that both the holly and water are below the top of the ice cream pail. Put it back outside (if you live in the great white frozen North like I do) or in a deep freeze on a flat surface to freeze.

5. Once the channel between the two pails is frozen solid (it will freeze to the bottom layer that you froze in step 2 above), take the pail out of the middle and ease the ice bucket out of the large pail.  When it comes out, it will literally be an ice bucket with the beautiful colors of the holly berries and leaves showing through.  We displayed ours on a large clear platter (it will melt as the evening goes on) with canned drinks sitting in it.  It was a real frosted berry bucket and I can’t wait to make another.  If I get around to it sooner than later, I’ll come back to post a photo. Let me know if you decide to try it!

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I added a little ‘to and from’ tag to the bag.

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Hand Made Holly ~ Sleepless Stamper

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Hand Made Holly ~ Sleepless Stamper

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Now here’s how to create the holly leaves. Once you’ve created 3 (or as many as you’d like) leaves, sponge them with Garden Green Ink and add some 1/2″ red glitter circles to make the holly berries.  As I mentioned above, you can adjust the size  of the holly leaves to be bigger or smaller depending on the size of your project, just use smaller or bigger ovals and circles.

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Hand Made Holly ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I hope you enjoyed my project today!  Be sure to hop along through all of the blogs for plenty of pretty packaging inspiration!  Becky is up next and her project is sure to be fabulous!

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Posted on : Nov 20 2014
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Getting to Know You Creative Blog Hop Challenge

Can you believe it?! I’m back and it’s not even Fancy Friday!  Thank you to Christine Dionne of www.stampwithchristine.com for giving me the little push I needed to create a blog post by nominating me for this challenge.  I am very honored that Christine thought of me and I will admit that I turned a few shades of red blushing over her very kinds words in nominating me. … the truth is, I find Christine very inspiring both in her friendly nature and her stamping style and that she chose me along with Krista Frattin for her nominations is a big honor. Your nomination and kind words are very sweet and much appreciated.  Thank-you Christine!  Be sure to stop at Christine’s blog to read her ‘get to know you’ answers and to see why I find her so inspiring!

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Here’s how the challenge works! I’m going to answer four questions about me and my stamping style/process and then I’m going to nominate two others to do the same for you next Monday November 10th.  Look for their posts then.  It was difficult to choose just two people, SO many people inspire me for different reasons so be sure to read on to see why I chose who I chose.   Sorry my post is only coming to you on Tuesday.. yesterday was one of those days that just didn’t stop until we were into today! We pretty much literally ran from one appt to another all day!  Speaking of all of those appointments, I haven’t updated here about how Ryan is doing since he had surgery for Thyroid cancer.  We met with his Cancer Care Dr. for his 6 month check up yesterday and all looks great, his numbers are good, no further treatment is necessary at this time and we are definitely counting our blessings!

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Now, on with the questions so I can get to sharing some projects with you.. oh, answering things about myself is so hard.. here goes!

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Question #1) What am I working on right now?

As is typical for me, a whole variety of projects.  With a variety of different types of clubs and classes I’ve always got an array of samples and project to make.  Next week, I’ll be holding a Hello December Project Life Class (based on the make and takes we got to create at Founders Circle) so that, stamp a stack samples and Scrapbook Club projects. What is most pressing though is my November class schedule and sorting back orders for my Blendabilities club members, they have been waiting patiently but anxiously for their Old Olive markers that have now arrived!

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Question #2) How does my work differ from others in my Genre?

That is a tough question! I’m not sure if I could say my work differs from others more than it may differ from project to project or class to class.  I love that sometimes a simple project packs the most punch and like Christine, when I incorporate such projects into a class I try to add in a little something extra in the way of tip or trick or I’ll provide an alternate version to show my stampers how to step it up a little if they’d like to.  .. and really, I think most of us do this  so again I really can’t say that my work is much different at all. While my work may not specifically be different than others, I love that the same set of tools and supplies can yield such different results from one stamper to the next. That was very evident during my run on the Artisan Design team last year, we all got the same box of supplies to create from but we all came up with such different creations! I still look to these girls as a source of inspiration all the time!

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I wanted to share a project with you here to show you a sample of two variations of the same project.  This card was inspired by two separate but equally gorgeous creations that were made by two fellow demonstrators.  A Curvy Keepsakes Box creation that another demonstrator, Darla Watson shared and the swap that I received from Cynthia Millan at Founders Circle.

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Here are both versions of the card that I created.  I’ll start with White Christmas, clean and simple.

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White Christmas ~ Sleepless Stamper

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And here’s a more stepped up version of the same card.

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All is Calm ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I’m not sure if this technique has a formal name (if you know it, please feel free to share), but in the mean time we’ll run with double-embossing and Iridescent Ice backgrounds because that’s exactly what I did on these cards.

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  I started by stamping the images from White Christmas with Versamark Ink (I stamped all images before applying any white powder) and then heat set with White Embossing Powder.  After those images were set and cooled, I patted the entire piece of Night of Navy Cardstock down with Versamark and then sprinkled and heat set with Iridescent Ice Powder.  The first card was the quick and simple version, I literally made it in under 5 minutes while my stampers were working on creating Cynthia’s card at my technique club last week. It was a hit! We also made Darla’s keepsake box as our 3D project at club and in my curvy keepsakes box class.  With the fancy touches of silver ribbon and the All is Calm Snowflake on that box, I decided to create a second more dressed up version of the card as well and added the Silver Satin Ribbon with the All is Calm Snowflake.  Iridescent Ice really does fancy up a card all by itself so the simpler version really is striking even without the extras.

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All is Calm  ~ Sleepless Stamper

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Onto the next question:

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Question #3) Why do I create what I do?

There are many reasons for this one! I’ve always loved to create.. I remember creating a cardboard box pool table when I was a kid and can still picture the detail that I put into that little creation from the green felt right down to the cue and the parts underneath that the balls dropped into so that I could collect them to play again.  Perhaps it’s in my nature, even in the sharing it with others.. I remember creating kleenex ghosts in my elementary school days and taking them to give to my neighbors (or sell at the neighbor’s garage sale) before Halloween!  I love that crafting gives myself and others a chance to share a hobby & share time with each other building relationships and friendships.   Crafting provides an outlet that we can use to not only take time away from the stresses or worries of our every day lives but it is also an outlet that gives us an opportunity to create meaningful gifts and keepsakes that we can share with others or pass on from one generation to another.  I love when the recipient of a gift or a card I’ve made smiles from ear to ear (or even sheds a tear) as they pour over the details of the project knowing that every ounce of energy and love was spent entirely on them.  .. and when I’m lucky enough to be the recipient, I know that it’s a gift that can never be replaced, these are some of my most treasured possessions.. the ones that have been created out of love that someone else feels.  One of the most rewarding aspects of doing what I do is that in sharing it with others, I get to witness how accomplished they feel! Whether it’s the smaller canvas of a card or an entire album, or whether it’s a brand new stamper or an experienced stamper here in my studio or at Ronald McDonald House, seeing the joy on the face of a stamper when they have achieved success in creating a project is pure happiness!  My stamping business has become a family affair for us here in my home and while I’m blessed to experience so many benefits of doing what I do, I’m even more blessed that my family gets to share it with me. Thanks Christine for giving me a chance to put this all here in writing and to acknowledge what I’m grateful for. Basically it all comes back to the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart, ‘to do what we love and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments … in this we make a difference’.  This is the kind of statement that I hope we can all relate to (whether we make a difference for others, someone makes a difference for us or both) and that we can all aspire to no matter what type of job or way of living we have.

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Question #4) How does my creative process work?

This one entirely depends on the moment and the circumstances.. am I preparing for a multitude of projects at once, am I working ahead or on a time crunch.  ….whichever it is, I’d say that I probably work best under pressure .. that’s not entirely good though is it?!  Honestly the process varies from one project to the next, sometimes it’s all in my head and goes straight to paper quickly and easily while other times it doesn’t turn out at all like I planned (sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worst). Sometimes, I sketch out a project and hope the process works out like my plan. Sometimes I just grab co-ordinating products (thank you SU for co-ordinating our products so well taking the guess work out of it for me!) and play and see what happens. Other times, there’s a pile of left over supplies on my table and they are just sitting there like they belong together, begging to turned into something pretty or cute! And of course other times, I turn to the many sources of inspiration and talent in my demonstrator friends on their blogs, on Facebook, on Pinterest and through SU sources like Stampin’ Success.   All this to say, it’s always different based on need, time and whether I’ve got my own ideas cooked up, am lacking my own inspiration or want to cross something off my mile long, ‘I want to case this’ list! My creations are a pretty good compilation/balance of my own designs, being inspired by and casing others! I hope to pay it forward here and that you find inspiration here on my blog whether you case it just as it is or make it your own. I’m all for making your creative process a little easier and more enjoyable and less like work than it needs to be. Happy Stamping & thanks to all of you who make my process easier at times!

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Now, I hope I haven’t bored you to no end with all of this chatter and that you stuck around to see the next project! This next one was a card I made with my workshop guests this past weekend and also at a stamp a stack last week. It’ll be coming up in a future stamp a stack as well.  This one is definitely in the clean and simple (ish) category and I’m happy with how it turned out. I don’t often do a one layer card so when it turns out AND I get to make it with others, I feel like I’ve had success in sharing something others can do too!  I’ll admit, my projects aren’t always very case-able and often the best projects are the ones that others can easily achieve success in creating as well!  I hope this one inspires you to make it too!

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Winter Wonderland ~ Sleepless Stamper

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Winter Wonderland ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I hope you enjoyed this getting to know me challenge! Now, before you go, please stick with me to see who I nominated and why I chose them.

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Before I get into the specifics of my two nominees, I’m going to share how I narrowed it down to just two stampers from the long, long list of stampers who inspire me! I was having a terrible time with coming up with a way to narrow down my long list to just two people (I was on a team of amazing stampers last year and I’d truly love to nominate every single one of them and many others) so I went with a simple and single rule of criteria, who were the last two people who’s work I cased for a class? I love it when my work makes someone’s elses job easier and I’m all for not re-inventing the wheel for every single class and event.  While I do design plenty of projects for my classes, there are so many projects out there that I’d love to case but unless it’s for a class, I just don’t get the time to re-create the beautiful designs of others for myself amidst daily life and doing my own designing for classes etc. so casing is one way I attempt to keep things achievable and duplicatable.  I always share with my customers and downline when I’ve cased a project that we’re making and who the designer was.  I think most of us are more likely to break out our stamps and use them when we know that we can achieve success and if starting with a springboard of inspiration helps  them to feel like they don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time they create something yields that success I hope to inspire them with my creations, the creations I’ve cased and an example of giving credit to others for their designs.   When I case, sometimes it’s a complete case and sometimes I switch it up a bit. Last week, I cased one of my nominees for Scrapbook club and I did an almost complete case of the other for a framed art class. .. now here’s my way of playing along with the challenge and giving these two stampers credit for their inspiration.

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The Nominees (whom I’m excited to present to you) are:

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1. Erica Cerwin of Pink Buckaroo Designs.  Erica and I served on the Artisan Design Team for Stampin’ Up! together last year.  Erica is a two-time ADT member and was a finalist in years before that.  Long before she was a finalist I loved her work and have always been inspired by her amazing talent and creative genius. I swear she’s an architect of paper! The stuff she comes up with never ceases to amaze me, whether it’s an unbelievable 3D creation, a cute tag, an out of this World creative card or a gorgeous scrapbook page.. this girl creates it all to perfection!  The stuff she comes up with is beautiful, colorful and while her creations always look so professional, she has a knack for coming up with projects that encourage others to give it a try.  Sometimes, coming up with something that is equally beautiful and duplicatable to all levels of stampers is a hard task to accomplish and Erica has this mastered!  Thank you Erica for being an unending source of inspiration and for sharing your talent with others!  I wish you success in achieving your stamping and business goals and look forward to seeing you realize them!  Be sure to go see what the fuss is all about.. even though I’m sure you’re plenty familiar with who Erica is!

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2. Kirsteen Gill of Creatin’ with Kirsteen.  I have actually never met Kirsteen and have only chatted with her a couple of times on Facebook.  She has generously shared her projects there and has an unbelievable talent for creating gorgeous framed art pieces among many other projects.  It’s been awhile since I made or offered any framed art pieces in a class. When Kirsteen shared her Fall Framed Art Sampler, I knew it would be a hit and asked her if she’d mind me sharing it with my stampers as a class.  She graciously told me how she achieved the beautifully stamped wreath on her sampler and answered questions when I got down to making it myself! She’s got more beautiful framed art samplers and plenty of other gorgeous creations as well!

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Be sure to hop along to Erica’s and Kirsteen’s blogs to see their work! I know you’ll be inspired and I hope that they’ll accept my challenge! Thanks again Christine for nominating me.. you were worried about your post being wordy.. I bet you’re not surprised though that mine is word(ier)!

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Posted on : Nov 04 2014
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October Fancy Friday

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Welcome back again to another edition of Fancy Friday! The weeks slip away on me in between our posts and I sadly neglect coming back to post in between these days so I am thrilled to have our Fancy Friday posts to gather with my ADT sisters to come back to to share with you all.

We’ve been running with a challenge for each post and this month is no exception.  The challenge this month was to use DSP.  .. and as a bonus, you’ll have a chance to win some DSP of your own! At some of the blogs you’ll have a chance to win so be sure to hop on through each blog, have a read and share some love!  Stay tuned for details on how to win some DSP here at my blog. First, here’s my take on the challenge.

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October Fancy Friday ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I used one of my favorite products in the Holiday Catalogue, the tree punch that co-ordinates with the Festival of Trees stamp set.. who am I kidding, pretty much the whole Holiday Catalogue is my favorite! .. how about you? Don’t you love it this year too?!  I did a couple of different things to create the forest of trees on this card. I  punched two of each of the patterns shown and scored the top layer down the middle and folded it forward for some extra dimension. The On Point embossing folder is only embossed about 2/3 of the way down the piece of cardstock.   The top portion lends to the feel of the forest of trees and with the bottom portion not embossed it left space for my greeting and a little extra embellishment.

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If you’d like to win some of your own DSP from the Under the Tree Specialty Collection, leave a comment below for a chance to win a sampler set.  The winner will receive a 4×6 piece of each DSP from this collection.  The contest will close on November 6th and I’ll announce the winner on Nov. 10t.  Be sure to stop back to see if you have won. You’ll have to contact me with your information so that I can mail your DSP off to you! We are looking forward to having you play along with us!

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I do have a bonus project to share with you today!  It’s a another take on the punched tree and instead of DSP I used specialty paper and added some bling! I love that glimmer paper! Especially the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper!

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Once I punched out the tree from Kraft Specialty paper, I tucked it into the Star border punch at an angle to punch a scattering of stars out of the tree. After I punched a few out of one side, I flipped the tree over and punched a few out of the opposite side of the tree as well to carry the swag of stars right across the tree. I punched a 2nd Kraft tree and glued the starry tree to the full tree so that there was a solid layer underneath. Then,  I punched a set of stars out of Champagne Glimmer Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and Early Espresso cardstock and glued a variety of stars into the star openings in the tree.  The naturals Ivory layer is popped up with dimensionals and the Champagne Glimmer layer is set behind the circle opening onto the Early Espresso cardstock. The greeting is stamped with versamark and then heat set with Early Espresso powder.  I almost wish I hadn’t bothered with the linen thread.. it kinda looks out of place now that I see this on the computer screen. If you were to re-create this one, you could easily leave it without that extra touch! Have fun cutting into that DSP, looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Oh, if you’d like to join me in making some of your very own, I’ll be offering these in a class very soon. I did have one class of these cards today but will offer them up again as well!

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Thanks for stopping in today and for letting us share with you!  I linked you up to Cathy earlier by mistake so huge apologies to Becky for mistakenly thinking she was unable to do the hop this month! Please do take a hop over to her blog to see her adorable cards! I definitely must case them! And since I had you linked to Cathy’s project before I do know that her card is super cute too! You really can’t go wrong with DSP and there’s plenty of inspiration at each of the stops along the hop!

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Posted on : Oct 31 2014
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September Fancy Friday

 

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Welcome back to our September edition of Fancy Friday! .. I can NOT believe a month has flown by! We’ve all been plenty busy since we last posted and I’m not quite sure how a month has gone by without my coming back to share with you all but somehow it has!  I will come back to share some projects and some highlights of Founders Circle last week but in the mean time, have a hop through all of our blogs to see the fun things we have to share with you today!

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This month, we have a sketch challenge to share with you! Jen came up with this sketch and while I did not create a card, I hope I didn’t stray far from what the sketch looks like on my Halloween Treat Box.

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Here’s Jen’s sketch.

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Here is how I applied this sketch to a box top!

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Fancy Friday September ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I used a variety of elements on this project and am pretty happy with how it all came together. Now, I won’t be making a whole pile of these but maybe just a few for a few special guys in my life! Here are some of the little details.

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Fancy Friday September ~ Sleepless Stamper

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I colored the martini glass in with blendabilities.. not the most stellar job but until I was looking at it zoomed in on the camera it was looking okay! .. I’ll improve with the next one! One of the parts I love is the colored rhinestones.. I just LOVE that you can custom color your rhinestones to match your project with the Blendabilities markers!

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oohhh.. and that Iridescent Ice embossing powder.. I love coating a piece of paper with that beautiful stuff! The circle that frames the opening in the top of the box is coated with clear embossing powder and then Iridescent Ice. My friend Cynthia created one of the most beautiful swaps with this technique for Founders Circle.. I know it will be a hit with my customers when I craft with them at Stampin’ Bingo on Monday and at my All Day Crop next weekend.  Thanks Cynthia!

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What’s your favorite thing to color with Blendies?!

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Now, don’t forget to hop along to see what everyone else has created! Becky is up next!  Leave a little love if you wish by making a comment and if you did last month along with a link you might want to know who won our challenge.  Lauren Reeves was our challenge winner! Congratulations Lauren! Be sure to stop by again next month.. there will be something in store for you!

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Posted on : Sep 25 2014
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Fancy Friday August Edition

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Welcome to the first edition of Fancy Friday.

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We had so much fun working together last year that we decided to stick together to bring you a Fancy new Blog Hop Challenge, Fancy Friday! On the last Friday of every month, we will bring a different/new challenge for you to play along with!  We’ll be bringing all kinds of fancy projects and fun challenges in a variety of themes.  Challenge themes will vary from color to sketch, to stamp set, to occasions, holidays or themes and all kinds of other fancy things! Our first challenge is a color challenge that was chosen by Becky.  I fell in love with this set of colors AND the piece of furniture in the challenge so I played this one rather literally and instead of just using the color palette, I created my card to look like the fabric on the chair.. Becky might have sparked something in me.. now I want to decorate a room like this!

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Here’s the color palette you’re going to create with but don’t forget to read on to find out how to play along!

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… and here is what I came up with to go with the challenge!

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Here’s a closer up view of the coloring.

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I embossed a piece of Watercolor Paper with the Lovely Lace embossing folder and then colored it in (on the de-bossed side) with an aqua painter by dipping it in ink that I had smooshed on the lid of my ink pads.  I kept the tip fairly squeezed out so that the color was vibrant and not watered down much.  The centers of the Tangelo Twist flowers are cut from an embossed piece of Early Espresso Cardstock.  I am really loving this color palette and can’t wait to create more with it!

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Now, a challenge isn’t a challenge without a prize and of course to give away a prize we need some rules.  Here’s how you can win the Seasonally Scattered stamp set (available in the 2014 Holiday Catalog):


1. Leave a comment on any one of the Fancy Friday Team member’s blog with a link to your creation. Comments/links MUST be left by Friday, September 19th 7:00 PM MST in order to be eligible for the prize.

2. Please use the color palette provided. You can use any combination or all of the colors provided as well as any neutrals. Although SU colors are listed, you can use any colors you have on hand as long as they are similar.

3. You MUST put a link in your post back to the challenge. *ONE lucky winner will be announced during the September Fancy Friday Blog Hop! (the last Friday of September)

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I can’t wait to see what you create! Comment below with your link so we can all go have a look and leave some love in your comment section!  We’ve got plenty of inspiration here so be sure to hop along to Becky next and all the way through to the rest of the girls projects! I can’t wait to see what everyone made!

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Posted on : Aug 28 2014
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SNEEK PEAK Classy & Chic Stamp Class by Mail Boutique

Hi Everyone!

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It’s been awhile.. amazing how fast time flies when you’re not posting weekly Artisan posts to keep you up with your blog a little better!

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I’m back today with something fun to share! I have a sneak peek at the online extras that you get to see when you join the Classy & Chic Stamp Class by Mail Boutique program! .. you might be thinking that the deadline already passed but by popular demand, we’ve decided to EXTEND THE DEADLINE  til August 20th so you still have time to join in to receive the August offering! Have a peek below and be sure to click on the photo OR HERE to register.

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I have some more exciting news for those of you who are local and would like to get in on the fun and creativity of our program! If you would love to receive all of the creativity offered in the program but want to stamp WITH me, you can still be a part of our exclusive program by subscribing to Classy & Chic LIVE! You’ll still gain access to our exclusive site for member and to our Facebook Challenge group where you can play along to win prizes.  This way, you still get to stamp with me but you also get to share creativity with others in the program AND you get to create with Connie and Mercedes (virtually) as well! To join me for Classy & Chic Live, please go to the same registration page or contact me to register!

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Thanks for stopping in today!  See you again soon! .. I still have plenty to share!

p.s. I haven’t reached 5 subscribers yet and the first 5 who join will receive double kits for this month so be sure to snag one of those first five spots!

 

 

 


Posted on : Aug 16 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Celebrate the Sisterhood

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Welcome to what is our final Artisan Design Team Blog Hop as your 2013-2014 ADT!

While we are here to provide inspiration to you all and I can guarantee you there will be, I can also almost assure you that there will not be a dry eye in the house tonight!  .. I also promise this isn’t the end of us so stay tuned.

Tonight’s project was created as a tribute to these girls who have each become like a sister to me, more than just my friends.  This page is in honor of these girls and is a Celebration of our Sisterhood!

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I have a little closer view here for you.

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Every. Single. One. Of. Them. has a truly special and unique place in my heart and always will.

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I used a variety of papers on this project.  I used Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, I used Silver Foil, I used Silver Glimmer paper and more.

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I switched up the Amazing Birthday Stamp and made is suit the purpose of this page. These girls truly do create ridiculously amazing art!

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I used the Decorative Star Mask to create this spray of stars across the page. You may have seen the page I created for the convention display boards using this set and some brighter colors. I like how the stars fell on my page so I cased that and replicated it here in a monochromatic scheme. To help with that, I sponged some of the stars with Versamark and heat set with Silver Embossing Powder.

I also used the Project Life by Stampin’ Up!  Love Story Accessory and Card Kit to add a little something extra to my page.

AWW ~ Celebrate the Sisterhood ~ Sleepless Stamper

The Star Framelits are such a great accent for a variety of themes and went perfectly with this page!

AWW ~ Celebrate the Sisterhood ~ Sleepless Stamper

Now, Here is where the tears come in. I mean every last word. These girls mean the World to me! I’m grateful beyond measure to have them in my life! Thank-you to each of you for your special and unique talents and for what you bring to our friendship.  Some girls brought laugher, I’m sure we all shed tears, some girls needed virtual hugs and some were always ready with them, we shared in each other joys and sorrows, some were like a Mom and sometimes we all led each other astray and each of us was always there to have each others back or fit in the back of each-others pocket to give that word of encouragement or little pep talk we needed to get through hard times.  Needless to say, I think we’re stuck with each other.. and you may just be stuck with us in some form or other .. more on that shortly!

Here’s where I incorporated the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! cards.

AWW ~ Celebrate the Sisterhood ~ Sleepless Stamper

No words can sum up the impact that just one year of working with these girls has had on my life. One year ago, when I was called to the stage I had no idea how much richer my life would be for the friendships of each of the girls who had been called to the stage before me. I love you all!

Read on for details at what we all have in store and be sure to scroll back up and click the button below to see what Becky has to share!

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While this may be our last official post as the 2013 ADT, you’ll see plenty more from us to inspire your creativity! You’ll see three of the girls on the next ADT and we all look forward to watching for their creations along with the rest of their fabulous team! Congratulations again to all of you and to your new fellow team members! Thank-you to all of you for following us this year, for leaving comments and allowing us to inspire you. Be sure to share the love that you did with us, with your team next year as well! I know they’ll love it!

I’m also excited that each of us will either be working in groups or individually to bring you plenty of inspiration throughout the months and years to come!

As posted on my blog earlier today, Mercedes, Connie and I will be brining you a Stamps In the Mail Program. See below or click HERE for more details!

We hope you all have enjoyed joining us on our weekly ADT blog hops. We sure have had fun sharing our creativity with you! We’ve had a little something in the works for awhile, and we are excited to announce that we are going to continue to create together and share with you during our monthly Fancy Friday blog hop! Join us all the last Friday of each month, starting August 29th, for “Fancy Friday” as we are sure to continue to WOW you with some clever ideas you’re sure to love! So be sure to check back August 29th!

Here is a peek at what is in store with our new Stamp Kits in the Mail Program! Click either photo below to find out more.

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Posted on : Jul 29 2014
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A New Offering: Stamp Kits to Go

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Classy and Chic

I am excited and honored to work with these two lovely ladies to bring this new Stamp Kits to Go program to YOU, so you can stamp with us from a distance (or from close by) in the comfort of your home!

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 Full details are up on the “Kits To Go” page & as a SPECIAL OFFER, the first 5 people to subscribe during the Pre Registration Period will get a DOUBLE PROJECT KIT!!! That means you’ll get enough supplies to make two of each of the projects that we send to you!  So just in case you are like me or the other girls on this design team & hoard your one of a kind creations, this will give you enough supplies to make an extra that you can create to GIVE AWAY!

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Please note that this program is HOT OFF THE PRESS so there might be slight modifications that need to be made as time goes on but for now we are Up & Running!

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**As a special perk to being a part of this subscription program we wanted to be sure to tell you that you have exclusivity to these projects… they will NOT be posted online for the public to see, they are just for you as our valued subscription members!

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Hope you will join us on this Creative Adventure!  Here’s a peek at the products that will arrive at your door straight from Stampin’ Up! Click the photo below or the Kit’s To Go link here or above to register for our exciting new program!
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Posted on : Jul 29 2014
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Convention Display Samples ~ Amazing Birthday ~ Scrapbooking

Display Board Samples ~ Inspire Create Share ~ Sleepless Stamper

Welcome back to another share of the samples that were created for the Display Boards at Inspire Create Share 2014.

Today I have a Scrapbook Page to share with you and if you make sure to hop on over to the Stampin’ Up! Facebook Page later today you’ll see another one that is very similar to it!  I’ve been in a bit of a practice lately of using the same idea or sketch over a variety of stamp sets or themes or using the same stamp set to create a variety of different projects.  I’ve really been trying to keep things simpler to accomplish by not re-inventing the wheel.  .. and sometimes I just really like an idea and don’t want to use it just once! I’ve been able to get a lot more done by following this practice too! ..give it a try!

So, here is the page I created with this set.. not a birthday page at all!

Convention 2014 Display Samples ~ Amazing Birthday ~ Sleepless Stamper

These photos are of some summer fun my boys were having last summer while on summer break.  They loved to play ‘Man Tracking’! They’d get all dressed up in what they thought was Western or ‘Man Tracking’ gear and chase each other around the yard as the yard.. but not before having me paint their faces so that they could really play the part! It kept them busy for hours!

I tried my hand at some Cathy Caines doodling on this one to give the page a little something more around the edges and used my Stampin’ Write Markers to play around with my journaling and give it a little more interest.

Convention 2014 Display Samples ~ Amazing Birthday ~ Sleepless Stamper

I LOVE that new Star Decorative Mask.. I have already used it quite a bit and it’s not leaving my table-side!  I used my Sponge Daubers to apply a variety  of colors of ink and co-ordinated that with the Be a Star stamp set.  … I did something  a little different on the page that you’ll see on the SU Facebook Friday post (our last one .. insert sad face here!) and will fill you in on that next week!

Convention 2014 Display Samples ~ Amazing Birthday ~ Sleepless Stamper

I continued the spray of stars up over the left side of the page and added in some more die cut stars using the Star Framelits and used the ‘Make Today Ridiculously Amazing’ greeting from Amazing Birthday!  I do really like that stamp for a variety of purposes!

Convention 2014 Display Samples ~ Amazing Birthday ~ Sleepless Stamper

I hope you’re inspired to use this stamp set on your scrapbook pages as well as your cards!

Be sure to click on through the list of names below or straight to our Pinterest board to see all of the Display Board Samples! There is no shortage of ‘ridiculously amazing’ projects to see!

2013-2014 Convention Display Stampers

Cathy Caines
Anja Beckmann
Jennifer Blomquist
Jeanna Bohanon
Amy Bollman
Erica Cerwin
Chelsey Christenson
Becky Cowley
Ilina Crouse
Lynda Day
Shari Fritz
Lyssa Zwolanek
Mary Haugen
Krista Jensen
Jane Lee
Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Charlet Mallett
Sarah Naber
Allison Okamitsu
Amy O’Neill
Breelin Renwick
Sarah Sagert
Cindy Schuster
Jennifer Timko
Ashley Van Camp
Kimberly Van Diepen
Mercedes Weber
Alanna Wharf

I’ve got more fun news to share here as well! Stampin’ Bingo is back by popular demand!  Since we had so much fun in June, I’ve got two new dates for September after the release of the Holiday Catalogue!  Here they are (Tuesday Sept. 23rd after I return from Founders Circle and Monday September 29th) and be sure to stay tuned for a post real soon with all the details!  You’ll be able to choose whichever date works best for you or both!

Holiday Catalogue Stampin' Bingo Sept. 23 ~ Sleepless Stamper

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Holiday Catalogue Stampin' Bingo Sept. 29 ~ Sleepless Stamper


Posted on : Jul 25 2014
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Artisan Wednesday Wow ~ Kinda Eclectic Swap Cards

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Welcome back to another week of Artisan Wednesday Wow! We are drawing to a close of our term as your 2013 Artisan Design Team and have truly enjoyed creating for you all year!

The project I have to share today is the swap I created to send off to convention for each of my fellow Artisan Design Team Members.

Before we get started today I wanted to congratulate three of our current team members for their achievement of being appointed to your next Artisan Design Team!  Mercedes, Becky and Cindy have all been selected to create for you again next year and I am so looking forward to watching for their projects along with the rest of their team! Congratulations to all three of you and the entire new team, I know you will all have an amazing year and will build friendships that are sure to be a blessing!  Each of these girls is truly a blessing in my life and this card that was created for them sums up how I feel about them.  While I have two versions to share, the gold version is the one that I created for the team and to go on  the Display Boards at Convention.  Here, you can see both versions.

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here it is in Brushed Gold Cardstock.

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

I masked off the bottom half of the sunburst and stamped it in versamark and heat set with Gold Embossing powder.

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

Here’s the Whisper White version.

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

I used another one of my Kinda Eclectic display samples to create to swap with the Display Stampers Team.  This is the one I created to swap with yet another amazing group of women and stampers.

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

I just love that gold sequin trim.

AWW ~ Kinda Eclectic ~ Sleepless Stamper

If you have any questions, please ask!

I posted the fist set of some of my display samples earlier today so make sure you pop back to check them out!

Now, let’s go see what Becky has to share! Be sure to hop through each of the Artisan’s blogs and don’t forget to check back to see all of the samples we made for convention along with the Display Stampers team.

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Since both of these projects were dual purpose today and served as both swaps and display samples, I wanted to be able to link you straight to our Pinterest board.  This button links straight to the Display Stamper Board on Pinterest where you can see all of our work  in one place.  To go straight to each of the artist’s blog, just  click on their name in the list below.

Display Board Samples ~ Inspire Create Share ~ Sleepless Stamper

2013-2014 Convention Display Stampers

Cathy Caines
Anja Beckmann
Jennifer Blomquist
Jeanna Bohanon
Amy Bollman
Erica Cerwin
Chelsey Christenson
Becky Cowley
Ilina Crouse
Lynda Day
Shari Fritz
Lyssa Zwolanek
Mary Haugen
Krista Jensen
Jane Lee
Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Charlet Mallett
Sarah Naber
Allison Okamitsu
Amy O’Neill
Breelin Renwick
Sarah Sagert
Cindy Schuster
Jennifer Timko
Ashley Van Camp
Kimberly Van Diepen
Mercedes Weber
Alanna Wharf


Posted on : Jul 22 2014
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