September 19, 2014

Control Freaks Swappers Swap Cards!

Lots & Lots & Lots of cards to show you today! Lucky you! I participated in a card swap with the  "Control Freaks Swappers" that I belong to. We were only allowed to use stamps from the Holiday Catalog for this swap. This is the card that I made for everyone using the "For All Things" stamp set:

Instead of the typical 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card, I made mine 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" and stamped the background using the Dictionary background stamp:

The card base is Smoky Slate and inked in Basic Gray Ink. I then followed with a layer of Pool Party Cardstock and Crushed Curry Cardstock.

I stamped the images using the same 3 colors, added a coordinating Pool Party Seam Binding bow and added some Pearl Jewels for bling!

Here are the beautiful swap cards I received:

Melissa Davies, Barb Mullikin, Jason Casper

Patti Bennett, Mary Brown, Stephanie Leider

Deb Currier, Adele Heffern, Kelly Powell

Becky Roberts, Dannie, Connie Tumm

Connie Babbert, Lorri Heiling, Justin Kreiger

Margaret Rayburn, Heidi Boos,  Pam Findlay
I hope you enjoyed all of the swap cards! Make sure you come back tonight as our Control Freaks group will be hosting our Blog Hop for September starting at 8:45 p.m (Eastern Time)! So that means two posts for today!
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September 18, 2014


We have an interesting sketch for you to play with today at Create with Connie & Mary but first, did you know we are in our third week of our Holiday "Create"tions? You can still sign up and see three whole weeks of projects!

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The sketch for this week kinda threw me for a loop a little. Doesn't it remind you of the "caution do not enter" barricade tapes? That was my first initial thought! Take a peek as here is our sketch for you to play with this week:

And my card:

I thought I would use mostly designer paper on my card called Motley Monsters and then add the two Tangerine Tango Cardstock strips that are stamped with the Holiday Invitations stamp set. It does kind of resemble "caution, monsters, do not enter" doesn't it?

I hope you plan on joining us this week. I would be so curious to see what you can come up with using our sketch!
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September 17, 2014

Maine Stamper's Day!

I'm going to start showing you some of the projects from our Maine Stampers Day that took place this past Saturday. We had a total of 39 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from Maine for our gathering and we had a great time.
Today I am showing you the swap card that I made for 33 swappers and we also made one additional card to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. One of our girls, Kathryn Pucifer is the lead demonstrator of the RMH in Portland Maine and gave a short presentation for us. I will be showing you the other swaps I received in a separate blog post. Here's my swap card:

And here's only half of them as I had packaged some of them before I remembered to take a photo:
I used the Nordic Noel Designer Paper and the Cheerful Tags stamp set. I wanted to make a Christmas card thinking that someone from RMH could give a patient that has to spend the holidays in the hospital a card to brighten up their spirits. Here is a close-up of the tag:

I traveled a total of 3 1/2 hours to Augusta Maine for our stamping day. Four of us organized and put on this event. On my way to Augusta I also picked up my downline Linda Sinclair so we could travel together. I left early in the morning so that we could spend a few hours at her home to get some of her new blog, Facebook page and Pinterest boards set up for her Stampin' Up! business. We then proceeded to Augusta that same afternoon to set up for our event. Jeannine Tarrio graciously offered her home to 3 of us to spend the night since we had to travel so far. I wanted to give Jeannine something as a thank you and this is what I came up with:


Who doesn't like a bottle of wine right? The trio consists of a tag that slides on the neck of the bottle, a 3" x 3" card and a coordinating envelope. Here is a close-up of the card:

The coordinating envelope that I made with my Envelope Punch Board:

And the tag for the bottle using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch:

When all of our attendees arrived the following morning, we gave them each a little goodie box filled with homemade cookies using the Fry Box Die. These are the ones I made with a fall theme and filled with chocolate no-bake cookies:

Because mine were fall-themed,  I used mostly Regal and some of the In-Colors for cardstock & inks. I used the Autumn Accents Die for the leaves!

The stamp image from Oh My Goodies was so perfect for the front of my fry box!

Here are all three that were given and made by myself, Jeannine Tarrio and Carrie Arsenault, We had Halloween, Fall & Christmas themed boxes:

And Cathy Autrey made all of our name tags that I forgot to photo before they started disappearing:

Look how cute they are close-up, this was mine:

Stay tuned as I'll have more class projects and photo's of all the beautiful swaps I received!

September 16, 2014

Tuesday Tips: Creating a Window!

Today I am going to show you an easy way to create a window. I posted this card a few days ago where you can see my ghosts peeking through the window:

Are you ready to give this a try? First you will need a 1" Square Punch and a piece of scrap paper. Punch out 6 squares:

Next, using a cardstock piece measuring 4 1/4" x 3", draw two lines in the center vertically and horizontally on the back with a White Signo Gel Pen or a Chalk Pen as shown below:

Using the scrap squares you punched out, apply a little bit of glue to the back and press them in place in the center of your cardstock piece as shown below. Make sure you are careful that the spaces on each side are equal:

Continue to glue all 6 of the squares equally spaced on your cardstock piece:

Using your 1" Square Punch, use the scrap squares as guides and insert them into your punch. Make sure the hole of your punch is facing you so you can position the punch perfectly with the scraps in your window:

Punch all 6 squares in this manner until you have your six holes punched and your window is now ready for you to work with on your card. You can make as little or as many window holes as needed. I used 6 in my tutorial to match the card I made. Hope you have fun with this!

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September 15, 2014

Merry Monday #126!

Happy Monday to you! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. It sure is looking like fall here in Maine, which is my favorite time of year. And with fall brings the holiday season. Have you been playing with us at Merry Monday so that your Christmas cards are all ready for you to mail in December? It's not too late to start. Take a peek at the challenge Karren has up for us this week:

I decided to use a sentiment from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies for my card:

I actually cut it out twice and layered them to make it look like the top layer was shadowed by the bottom layer:

And I had this oval ring sitting in my stash that I embossed. That's how the color combination was born for today's card, by using my stash! I hope you plan on visiting my teammates today and also hope to see you joining us sometime this week at Merry Monday!
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