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In 2008 and 2009 there were eight babies born to members of our Sunday School class in a 9 month span.  We got REALLY good at organizing baby showers and coordinating meal schedules for new parents that year.  I mean, we have it down to a science after that streak!  My son was the last of that bunch of babies, who are now all off to preschool and just growing up so fast.  Apparently 2012 is the year of the next round of babies, because we have a bunch of couples expecting again!  I don’t mind going on record and saying I am sitting this round out, but I am more than happy to welcome everyone else’s new babies with more showers and meal schedules.  While I have the time I am stockpiling a few baby cards so I’ll have plenty on hand when I need to grab one.

Here’s one I did this week:

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Embellished Events
  • Ink:  So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede (Stampin’ Write Markers)
  • Cardstock:  So Saffron, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Chevron embossing folder and Labels Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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Would you love to spend a Saturday making a bunch of really great holiday crafts?  Making new friends, learning new techniques, catered lunch, door prizes, plus everyone goes home with a brand new stamp set?

If this sounds like your idea of fun I hope you will join me for the Southern Inkerbelles Holiday Blast on October 13th.  Some fellow demonstrators and I are working together to put on this great event in Huntsville, AL, and we would love to have you there!

The discounted early bird registration fee ends TOMORROW, so if you want to go, put those registrations in the mail today!  After tomorrow the fee goes up by $10.

Holiday Blast Registration Form

Just fill out this registration form (list me as your demonstrator) and mail it in with your payment today!

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Yesterday we took my daughter to her kindergarten orientation.  It’s an exciting new adventure.  FYI, fifth graders look REALLY BIG compared to kindergarteners.  🙂  And elementary schools are big enough these days that we had to consult our floor plan multiple times during orientation.

It definitely went better than my kindergarten orientation in 1983.  That August night, there was a huge summer thunderstorm, the power went out while we were at the school, and most of the orientation was conducted by flashlight.  I was already kind of hesitant about the whole thing, and when my new teacher looked like she might start telling scary campfire stories at any time it did NOT help!  Thankfully when the first day of school came around, the lights were on and my teacher turned out to be pretty much the sweetest lady in the history of the world.

My daughter is much more adventurous and outgoing than I was at that age and she is PUMPED for kindergarten.  She was so excited to meet her teacher (who also seems wonderful) and see her classroom.  She introduced herself to the kid who’s going to sit next to her, she found her locker, she explored the library and gym and cafeteria, we met her bus driver.  That’s right, they had all the BUS DRIVERS at orientation.  I remember my bus driver as being this somewhat intimidating gruff man who pretty much never talked to the kids on the bus unless someone was misbehaving.  Fortunately, my daughter’s bus driver is this super pleasant, friendly lady who seems like she knows all the kids in our neighborhood.

Meeting all these new people (teacher, principal, assistant principal, librarians, bus driver…and we didn’t even meet the PE and music teachers) makes me think about all the little cards and gifts we’re going to want to be handing out around the holidays.  Like I said before, better make a few things a week all fall so I’m not pulling all nighters in November and December.

Here is a neat little card that DOESN’T USE THE BIG SHOT.  Gasp. When was the last time I made a card that did not utilize the Big Shot in some way, whether for embossing or for die cutting?  If you do not own a Big Shot, this one’s for you:

Materials:

  • Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree*
  • Ink:  Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse
  • Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Versamark ink with Pewter embossing powder and a heat tool

* indicates new item from 2012 Holiday Catalog

This card uses a little technique called Triple Time stamping that seems to be a big trend right now, I am seeing it everywhere!  Here’s how you do it:

  1. Cut six pieces of cardstock as follows:  Marina Mist: 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ (card base), 3 1/4″x4 1/2″, 2 1/4″x3 1/2″;  Whisper White:  4″x5 1/4″, 3″x4 1/4″, 2″x3 1/4″.   This should only take one 8 1/2″x11″ sheet of each color and you will have scrap left over for another project.
  2. Stack up your three pieces of white cardstock (arranged concentrically).  I recommend using a teensy bit of temporary adhesive between layers so they don’t accidentally shift when you stamp on them…I used a tiny swipe of glue stick which did the trick and unstuck easily when I was ready to separate the three pieces to be adhered to the Marina Mist mats.
  3. Stamp as desired on the assembly of white cardstock.  Try to distribute your images randomly yet evenly throughout the space, and definitely stamp across the edges of your smaller pieces of cardstock.  You will notice that there is a small gap in the stamped image between the edge of one layer and the continuation of the image on the layer below, but don’t worry…the Marina Mist borders will hide that when you add them in the next step.  If you plan to stamp a sentiment on your card, leave a space for it so things don’t look too busy.
  4. Separate the white pieces of cardstock and adhere them to the corresponding Marina Mist cardstock.  Then adhere the layers to the front so that the stamped images align correctly across the layers.  Easy peasy!

Try this technique with different colors and stamp sets.  I have seen lovely versions done with floral stamps and summery colors, and I can’t wait to try something with leaves and my Rich Regal ink colors for the fall!

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I love Framelits – what a treat to be able to stamp an image and cut it out perfectly with the Big Shot!   I have enjoyed this technique with our punches for years, but the Framelits let you do the same thing on a larger scale.  I use Framelits with coordinating stamp sets, to frame sentiments, and to provide matted shapes that are just a bit more interesting than plain old rectangles.  LOVE them.

But I HATE the way they are stored.

Framelits all come in a nice translucent plastic envelope, but they are attached to a piece of heavy cardstock with little pieces of double-sided tape.  This piece of heavy cardstock is sandwiched between a couple layers of thin glossy paper that have the product information and directions for use on them.  The double-sided tape sticks to this glossy paper and makes it very difficult to get to the Framelits without ripping the glossy paper all up.  This is torture for someone as OCD as me about keeping things in nice condition.  Then you have to remove the Framelits from the super sticky tape and half the time it feels like you have to pull so hard to get one unstuck that you are going to bend that precious little thin piece of metal out of shape.  Finally, after several repetitions of removing and replacing the Framelits on their little sticky spots, that double-sided tape starts to lose its stickiness and you are left with loose Framelits rattling around in the bottom of the envelope.

Argh!  You all know I love Stampin’ Up products, but this is a mess that I do not care to deal with when I’m trying to use these products in a class or workshop.

I have seen some people use our empty clear stamp cases (same size as a DVD case) with some strips of magnetic tape in there to hold the Framelits, which is a great improvement over the double sided tape fiasco.  However, I forgot to add any of the empty cases to my last order…and then I spent a little too much time surfing Pinterest while watching the Olympics the past couple weeks and ran across this little gem of an idea:  Cover magnetic sheets with DSP!  Then you have a nice little assembly that’s both functional storage and easy on the eye:

Here is what I used to make mine:

  • Adhesive Magnetic Sheets (one 12″x24″ roll is enough for at least seven sets of framelits, I got it at a big box craft store with a 40% off coupon)
  • The original dreaded piece of cardstock with double sided tape still clinging to it
  • DSP of your choice.  I would recommend DSP over thick cardstock here, you want something nice and thin because it is going between the magnet sheet and the Framelits, you want them to be able to cling firmly to the magnet and not have anything too thick in the way.

How I did it:

  1. Cut a piece of magnet sheet to match the size of that terrible little piece of cardstock with the double sided tape on it).  Mine were mostly 6 1/4″x5 1/8″, but check yours to make sure your magnet sheet gets cut to the correct size.
  2. Peel the paper backing off the magnet sheet and adhere it to that piece of cardstock to give it some stiffness.  I made sure to put the side with the sticky tape remnants toward the magnet sheet so the back remains nice and clean and smooth.
  3. Cut a piece of DSP to match the size of the cardstock+magnet sheet and adhere it right on top of the magnet sheet.  Your final assembly will be three layers thick, with the cardstock on the bottom, the magnet sheet in the middle, and the DSP on top.
  4. Put your framelits on top of the DSP (they should cling easily to the magnet), and slide everything right back in the envelope!

Note:  I also consolidated all my Edgelits into one envelope to conserve my magnet sheet – it was easy to fit five Edgelits on one sheet rather than split them up into their original three envelopes.

Now you can see your framelits through the envelope so you can grab the set you need right away (I even chose DSP that matched the relevant occasion, if any (so, my Holiday Ornament and Holiday Collection Framelits have red and green DSP, my hearts have pink, etc.). Best of all, when you get your Framelits out to use them, it’s easy to keep them all in one place on your work surface without having to worry about sticky tape!!  I am so excited about how easy it’s going to be to use these guys from here on out!

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Here is the final card we made at my Ornament Keepsakes class this month.  My favorite kind of card – simple to make, yet very elegant.   It is one you could easily make large quantities of and send to everyone on your list this holiday season.

This uses my very favorite of the new 2012-2014 In Colors, Midnight Muse, but I think it would look lovely in any shade of red or green as well (or embossed in gold or silver!)  I love the new Holiday Frames embossing folder, it provides a stunning backdrop for whatever image you want to feature on your card.  All in about five seconds with the help of your Big Shot…how did we ever make cards before the Big Shot??

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Ornament Keepsakes*
  • Ink:  Midnight Muse
  • Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Holiday Frames embossing folder* and Holiday Ornaments framelits*, 3/8″ Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

*indicates new item from 2012 Holiday Catalog

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Here is the second of three cards we made at my fun Ornament Keepsakes class last Friday.  This is a little bit of a new color scheme for me, so be proud of me for branching out a little and leaving my safe little space where all my Christmas cards are either red and green or blue and white.  🙂  Putting blue and brown in with red and green – what?!  I like it, though:

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Ornament Keepsakes*, More Merry Messages
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Holiday Ornaments Framelits* and Lacy Brocade embossing folder*, Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

*indicates new item from 2012 Holiday Catalog

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It’s August.  There are exactly sixteen days left until my children go back to school.  Not that I am counting down the days or anything.  🙂  We have had a really great summer, but I think we are ALL ready to get back into a good school routine.  Of course with back to school comes a flood of activities – at our house that includes soccer, choir, piano lessons, and who knows what kind of homework will be involved now that my oldest is in elementary school.  That means time is going to start flying by and before you know it the holidays will be here.  I am trying to get an early jump on things this year by making a few holiday items a week starting NOW.

I held my first Christmas card class this past Friday which featured the new Ornament Keepsakes bundle (includes a great stamp set AND matching framelits!)  We all had a great time making some holiday cards, gift tags, and even a 3D ornament.  Here is one of the cards we made – a jolly little assortment of ornaments hanging on a string:

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Ornament Keepsakes*, More Merry Messages
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Versamark with gold embossing powder
  • Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Holiday Ornaments framelits* and Chevron embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine, 1/16″ hole punch, sponge dauber, Stampin’ Dimensionals, glue dots

* indicates new item from 2012 Holiday Catalog

 

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