Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Celebrate our Blogiversary

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Celebration!!
This is our one year anniversary for this blog hop! YAY!!! It’s a doozy, too!

Here’s what we have going on this month…
Not only is it our ONE YEAR Blog-iversary….
and… the start of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog…
and… the start of 3 weeks of Special Offers from Stampin’ Up!…
and… I’ve added a new class to the calendar…
but… we have a SPECIAL GUEST this month!  You will never guess who it is!! OK, well, if you came over from Lorene’s post, you already know.. but for those that didn’t…  drum roll please… <pretend there is some type of drum roll here, because really, how do you spell that sound??>….

It’s Shelli Gardner!! She’s Co-founder and Board Chair of Stampin’ Up!
How cool is that?!?  We are so thrilled and honored to have her join us this time around!

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet Shelli several times through the years. Here is the most recent photo I think I have (or was able to find right now), from about two years back, at Convention in Salt Lake City:

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So… make sure you make it all the way through the hop this time around and check out her awesome projects, too!

<SQUEEEEEEE>… ok.. breathe.🙂

For my projects, I’ve decided to do a few cards in honor of celebrating our anniversary! I have a celebrate card, and an anniversary card.🙂

Here’s the first one:

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Since it’s the start of the new Holiday catalog, I’ve used some of the new Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I only added a few pearls to the design for bling, because there is no need to cover up this paper, it’s gorgeous.🙂 I used Rich Razzleberry and Night of Navy for the borders. The sentiment comes from Banners for You, with the coordinating framelits.

I also used some of the copper embossing powder for the banner. It’s so shiny in person! Here’s a close up so you can see how the copper metallic thread really glistens with it:

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My next card is using a set most would use for Christmas, the Star of Light. But guess what… pair it up with Here’s to Cheer, and you have a whole new look!

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These are both new in the Holiday Catalog. YAY! I used the matching Starlight Thinlits to cut some stars, and then added Wink of Stella for some extra sparkle. I love the black and white look on this one – it stays elegant and can be used for any occasion that way. Smokey slate gives it a subtle, almost silver look to it. Rhinestones are added to the smaller stars.  Here’s a close up of the sparkle on the black paper and the silver metallic thread:

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I hope you like the projects, and take a look over on the Current Promotions tab for info and links to the new specials going on right now. I’ll have more info on those in some new posts over the next few days!

Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you enjoy everyone’s projects!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Guest Blogger:  Shelli Gardner
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber
Jenny Lane

 

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Taste of the Tropics

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Taste of the Tropics!!

Apparently, I’m not a ‘beachy’ kinda person… I have the kind of skin that burns even thinking of going in the sun…  So I don’t have pineapple stamps, or flip flop stamps, or even beach scene stamps! But you know what.. that’s ok!
I was still able to come through with flying colors for this month because… Stampin’ Up is that awesome. :)  What I DO have is a spectacular Designer Series Paper Stack, called Serene Scenery, that has beachy stuff. YAY!  If you have not checked it out yet, you should.. It’s got designs that look like PHOTOS! So incredibly pretty… and are great for more than cards!
That brings me to my creation for this month…  it’s not a card… it’s a hanging wall plaque!
I picked the ‘sand and water’ looking piece of DSP, and added some stamps, and voila! Instant wall decoration!  I love this one:

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I used an 8″ x 8″ picture frame from the local big box store, a few layers of cardstock (Bermuda Bay, White, Black) for the mats, the 6″ x 6″ DSP and some stamps to create this wonderful piece. I was so glad I had the new “Labeler Alphabet” stamp set, since you can make any saying with it! The grassy flowers are from the “In the Meadow” stamp set.  I stamped the Letters on white, then cut them out, and layered them on Vellum.

Here’s the trick to this one!  I was so worried I would not stamp the flowers in the right spots, and I did not want to mess up my DSP.. so I took a window sheet, and put it over the dsp, stamped on that with Memento (so I could re-do it if needed), and moved it around until I was happy with it to see what it would look like:

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Then, I was so thrilled with my creative idea LOL… that I decided to cut the window sheet to match the DSP, and just put it right on top! Once you put the frame back together, you can’t even tell it’s there!  And of course, when I stamped it again in Stazon to make it permanent, I stamped it in a different spot. Oh well – that’s how it always goes, right? I still love how it turned out.

I also wanted to share some of the other images in the DSP stack, as I plan on making a few more projects like this, since these are so pretty:

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I hope you enjoyed this, and don’t forget to check out my class schedule, as I have some classes coming up in the next two weeks.. both for All-Occasion and Christmas Holiday Cards!
Mak


Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, and I hope you enjoy their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Danica Ferrante
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Michelle Clark
Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins

Classes scheduled for August

Hi folks!   In case you missed the calendar, I have two more classes scheduled for the next two weekends.  Actually, it’s more like 4 classes, since each one is going to be a double class!

For each of the the scheduled days, I will be doing a Christmas Holiday Card class and immediately following, an All-Occasion Card class. So, you can come to both!  As we finish up with the Holiday cards, I will switch out the supplies for the All-Occasion cards. AND… each of the two days will have different cards! So, you can come to both days and have different cards.  I am also offering a Sunday class this time in hopes that it fits in with everyone’s schedules.

Here are the details…

Sunday, August 7th
– 1:00 pm starts the Christmas Cards
– By 4:00-ish, I will start the All-Occasion Cards.
– Note:  The 4:00 start time is flexible depending on how many people sign up, or how quickly we can finish the Holiday cards!
RSVP by Friday night, Aug 5th

Saturday, August 13th
– 1:00 pm starts the Christmas Cards
– By 4:00-ish, I will start the All-Occasion Cards.
– Note:  Same deal with the 4:00 start time as above.
RSVP by Thursday night, Aug 11th


Each of the 4 sections will still be the regular class format, with 10 cards and envelopes.
If you can only attend one half of the day, please specify that in the RSVP (and which half!)  If you attend the whole day, it will be a total of 20 cards! YAY!
* * As always, please bring your own adhesive.

If there are any questions please let me know, as it will be a busy time with all of these cards and I want to make sure the classes run smoothly.🙂


Last but not least for today….   As previously mentioned, starting August 2nd, there will be a special Stamp set bundle available, Thoughtful Branches.
This will be available only for a limited time!!

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Here is a sneak peak at a card that uses one of the Thinlits from the bundle… that will also be used in the Holiday classes…

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Stop by tomorrow Monday (edit: oops, had the days mixed up!) for our monthly blog hop, and have a great weekend everyone!
Mak

July Happenings with Specials and Early Christmas

This is a quick reminder in case you missed it…
My “Christmas in July” Card Class is this coming weekend, and the sign-up deadline is fast approaching!  If you have not replied yet, please do so I can have enough supplies ready!
Date:  Saturday, July 23rd
Time: 1:00 pm
RSVP by: Thursday, July 21st
* Please bring your own adhesive


There is also a great special going on this month through Stampin’ Up!

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Bonus Days let you earn coupons during July to spend in August! It works with an email address, so if you have any questions, just contact me!


Starting August 2nd, you can purchase this fantastic set, Thoughtful Branches, the coordinating thinlits, or the bundle with them both! Place your product orders in July and use your coupons towards this exclusive bundle in August! Stay tuned for more on this as it get closer!

Bonus:  If you join my team you can pre-order this bundle during July! Just ask me how!

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Enjoy!
Mak

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Summer Fun!!

So, I was actually drawing a blank on this one for a while… until the other night. It was super nice weather outside, nice enough for a small bonfire, which we started up, ate dinner out in the backyard, hung out with family and friends.

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Then, when it got really dark I looked over to the far side of the yard – and that’s when I saw the coolest thing. Ok, first of all, I grew up in Ohio. Fireflies are not new to me. But this, this was pretty cool. There were a TON of them… all blinking over in the fields, and it actually looked like there were holiday lights set up in the back yard. We joked about aliens… but seriously. it was cool.🙂
Oh, and second…  we used to call them lightning bugs….

Anyway, that’s where I got the inspiration for this month’s project. Fireflies! Fireflies remind me of summer, and they were out in full force! So, I made a card with them. Not the actual fireflies. That would be gross. So I stamped them and used plenty of Wink of Stella to make them shimmer.
BTW – Here is what happens when you use too much Wink of Stella:

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Poor, poor little lightning bug.

So, after a little bit of cleanup…. on to my card….  I though a shaker card would be appropriate, as well as not actually keeping the buggies all locked up. This is what happens when you set them free:

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I used the new Jar of Love bundle, with the Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars Framelits. I stamped a bunch of fireflies, and used the dies to cut them out. They are all up on dimensionals.
There is a window sheet over the jar so they don’t fly through the jar AND so the sequins from the most recent Paper Pumpkin kit don’t fall out! I thought they would go great with all the colors from the background Designers Series Paper – The Playful Palette DSP Stack. I used the Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy for the card to match the DSP.
To pop up the jar and make it the shaker card, I used the new foam adhesive strips… fantastic things!  I then used the fringe scissors for the grass and some of the white baker’s twine for the tag.

Here is a close up of the grass… I did several random trimmings with some scissors so the top didn’t look flat:

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Here are the cute ‘glowing’ bugs up close too:

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I like the way it turned out! I hope to make many more projects with these jars.. so many possibilities!!  I hope you liked this,too,  and enjoy your summer, wherever you are! (if it’s winter where you are.. enjoy your winter!)
Mak


Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, and I hope you enjoy their projects, too!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

Continue on Blog Hop IconParticipating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Mary Blocher
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber