Fall Card

I just did this card with the girls in my Stampin Up class at the YMCA in Easton. It features the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper. This paper is beautiful and has perfect fall colors!! The colors include More Mustard, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz. The stamp set used for this card is Gently Falling which is available in the Holiday mini in wood or clear mount. I used the stamps to stamp the background in More Mustard and also stamped the big leaf in the center with this set. The leaf is colored in with More Mustard and Cajoun Craze using daubers.

All of the supplies used for this card can be purchased from my website or by contacting me at shorestamper@hotmail.com or 410-476-7757

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Handmade Christmas Card Planner

When you send handmade holiday cards you are sending a message that the person receiving it is special to you.With just a bit of planning, you can create personalized Christmas cards and a joyful tradition! Take these steps and you’ll be on your way to sending your most heartfelt Christmas cards ever.

Plan & Schedule: August – Mid September

Just A bit of planning will go a long way in making your holiday card project successful and fun. Begin by checking your holiday list and deciding how many cards you are going to send out. Take a minute to determine your budget for materials as well as postage if you will be mailing them. Look at your calendar and decide when you want to send out the cards and also block off time on several evenings or a couple weekend days during which you can work on your cards. Of course the time you set aside will depend on how many cards you are making and how simple or
complex your design is. If you are adding a family photo, you’ll need to schedule a time to get everyone together to have the picture taken.

Pick a Design: Early – Mid September

If you are making just a few cards, then have fun designing any type of card you like. However, if you are making lots of cards, you’ll find the experience much faster if you have a design with fewer layers and intricate details. Using Designer Series Paper as a layer can add fast and easy detail to your cards. The Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels are beautiful, affordable, and speedy accents that will dress up your designs without adding a lot of bulk or effort. The Idea Book & Catalog and the gorgeous new Holiday Mini are wonderful resources since they are packed full of samples and ideas. Don’t forget to visit my website as I’m updating it often with seasonal inspiration.

Order Supplies: September – Early October

Once you’ve designed your card(s) and know how many cards you want to make, you can figure out what stamp sets and inks you will need. You can also calculate the amount of card stock, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, envelopes, and adhesive you will need. If you need help, just let me know.

Cut & Assemble: October-November

Create an assembly line system. Start by cutting card bases and layers so they are ready to go. Plan a get-together with friends where you can all chat and work on holiday cards together. Time will fly when you have some festive music, tasty seasonal snacks, and friends to make a merry atmosphere. Or sit down and create your cards with your family. Even young kids can help add adhesive, punch out shapes, color in stamped images or stuff envelopes. Consider a temporary storage option like our Stampin’ Card Keeper to hold your un-assembled pieces so you can put them away and start again easily. If your kitchen table is your craft area, having a storage option ready will help to make a smooth transition
when it’s time for dinner.

Mail: Early December

Avoid the lines and rush at the post office by mailing your cards in early December. You’ll enjoy a great sense of accomplishment when you check-off your to-do list early. Plus, you’ll have more time in December to relax and appreciate the special moments and activities of the season. Don’t forget to decorate the envelopes to surprise and delight your recipient.

Share the Joy

When you send handmade cards, you are sending a personal expression of love and thoughtfulness that will be warmly received and appreciated. If you have questions about making your holiday cards, please let me know – I am always here to help you!

Trick or Treat!!

I created these little treats for Wesley’s Class. I hope that they like them 🙂

They use the 1×8 cellophane bags available in the holiday mini which I filled with a Halloween pencil, a twizzler and a pixie stix. The toppers use the Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper and the Spooky Bingo Bits Stamp set. The Bingo bits are available in the Spooky and Jolly and are perfect for making little Halloween and Christmas favors!! The “Happy Halloween” is a saying from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and is a very versatile set with many different sayings for every occasion.

Hostess / Technique Club

Do you have your eye on any of the exclusive hostess sets? Want to get together with fellow stampers once a month? Want to learn new techniques to use on your cards and in your scrapbooks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, My NEW Hostess Technique Club is just what you need!!

Here are the details: 

  • The class will run from October to March.
  • Registration fee is $15 and will include a binder that we will decorate at our first meeting to hold all your techniques in.
  • You then commit to ordering $25 worth of products each month from October to March.
  • Members will choose their hostess month in order of registration fees received.

Here’s what you will recieve while in the club:

  • A Technique for your binder each month
  • Hostess benefits that will include ATLEAST $25 in free products on your designated month. 
  • Time with a great group of ladies!

Pennant Parade Class

My August class filled up pretty quickly so if you are interested in attending the Sept class please let me know as soon as possible.

The Pennant Punch and Pennant Parade Stamp set are not just for banners!! In this Class you’ll take the next steps and discover even more value in your Petite Pennant Punch by creating faux quilt and fun punch art designs. Whether you need a whimsical note to say hello, a cheerful birthday card, or a special all occasion card you’ll find unique ways to create them using your Petite Pennant Punch!

Dates:  Thurs, Sept 8th ~ 7pm & Sun, Sept 11th ~ 2pm

Location: Thursday Night class will  be held at Betsy’s House. Sunday class will be help t the Cordova Fire House Crop (you do no need to be a cropper to attend class)
Class Fee ~ $15, inludes all supplies needed to make projects, snacks and drinks. Attendees of the Cordova crop receive the special rate of $10 per person!!

Please Register and prepay by Sept 1st
Payment may be made with check, cash, or paypal

Ribbon Share

We all know how wonderful Stampin Ups ribbon is!! The question is how to get a large variety of colors in the quickest time possible. I have the perfect solution for you….

A RIBBON SHARE

Joining a ribbon share is ABSOLUTELY the best way to get a sampling of the new ribbons in the 2011-2012 catalog. I buy a full roll of ribbon and then cut them into 2 yard increments and package them up. You get the selection you want, without having to purchase full rolls. Ribbon will be ordered when there are 5 participants in the share. You can participate in on group or both**. Contact me at shorestamper@hotmail.com or 410-476-7757 to sign up. Payment due upon sign up. Here are the varieties:

Variety #1:  3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon ~ Cost $12   ~2 yards each of 5 colors for a total  of 10 yards of ribbon.

Small ruffled edges on this grosgrain ribbon add a feminine look to your creations.  Available in the new 2011-2013 In Colors, 3/8″ wide.

Colors included: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party & Wisteria Wonder

 

Variety #2: 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon ~ Cost $19  ~ 2 yards of each of 10 colors for a total of 20 yards of ribbon.

Adorable grosgrain ribbon with printed white polka dots on one side and scallop edges with pinholes. Choose it to dress up projects in style.

Colors Included: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, More Mustard, Old Olive, Pretty In Pink & Tangerine Tango

**Sign Up to get both varieties and pay only $30 total for 15 colors total!!

National Joke Day!!

Today is National Joke Day!!  It’s a great time to share your favorite joke! Laughing is great for the soul!!  What’s the funniest thing you have seen on a stamp  or handmade card? (Share in the comments below)

My favortie  funny stamp set from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog is called  “Not So Seriously”. It has a lady talking and there are saying that say, “Thank You from the bottom or my butt…….it’s alot bigger then my heart!” I don’t kno why but I chuckle everytime I see it.