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Monday, September 28, 2015

Every Blessing

This is one of the cards we made Saturday at the Christmas Card Sampler Class.  It is actually very simple to create, using the emboss resist technique to make the white sentiment and star show through.  The stamp set is Every Blessing on page 70 of the Annual Catalog.  The only ink you need for this is Night of Navy and Versamark.  White Embossing Powder is used for the sentiment and star.  One single Basic Rhinestone embellishes this lovely card.

I admit the idea for this card is not original.  I found it somewhere on the internet, but don't know the name of the original creator, as her name was not watermarked on the image.  So when I went back to look at the ideas I had saved, I had no way to return to the original website.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this card.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Among The Branches

This is my very favorite Halloween card for this year!  It was all done with free-hand sponging, no torn masks.  I did use a mask for the moon, though.  The embossing folder is called Woodland and is on page 39 in the Holiday Catalog.  The stamped images are from Among the Branches Photopolymer stamp set, also found on page 39.  These two items can be purchased as a bundle and you save 15% that way!  The Black 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon is in the Annual Catalog on page 159.  To create a new shape for the greeting, I cut it out using the Circles Collection Framelits, then put it in my paper cutter and cut just above and below the sentiment.  I love the new shape it creates!

I was inspired to make this card from Michelle Zindorf, but really wanted to use the stamped image spooky from Among the Branches stamp set.  So this is my version.  You can see her original card here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Christmas Card Sampler Class Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek into one of the cards we will be making at the Christmas Card Sampler Class on Saturday, September 26.  If you are in the O'Fallon area and would like to join us for the class, please contact me ASAP, as I will be cutting cardstock and assembling supplies soon.  Although official registration has closed, I will try to get you into the class if I have enough notice.  I have 6 different card projects planned to give you a creativity boost into the holiday season!  The projects will include different color schemes, techniques, and themes.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Haunt Ya Later Card

This sweet little card is made with the  Haunt Ya Later stamp set on page 48 of the Holiday Catalog.  I also used the adorable Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and the Spider Web Doilies, both of which can be found on page 47 of the Holiday Catalog.  Those Spider Web Doilies are just so fabulous they are already on backorder, but new shipments are coming in soon.  The back side is white, so you can create a whole new look for your projects.  You can even trim out the center part to make an entirely different look for a card that has nothing to do with spider webs or Halloween.  So place your order for some of these fun Halloween items soon!

What do you think of my sweet little trick or treater?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Haunt Ya Later Treat Bag

Here is a sweet little treat bag made with the Gift Bag Punch Board, Stampin' Write Markers and the Haunt Ya Later stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.  It was so quick and easy to assemble and I just put the sentiment and the cute little witch on the front of the bag with Dimensionals.  The bag is made from White Corrugated Paper on page 148 of the Annual Catalog and striped with a Pumpkin Pie Marker.  The ribbon to tie the bag shut is 1/8" Stitched Black Satin Ribbon on page 159 of the Annual Catalog.  The sentiment was punched out with the Large Oval Punch on page 165 of the Annual Catalog.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my little Halloween treat bag!

Upcoming Events!

My Christmas Card Sampler Class is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 12-4 p.m.  A second class is available on Sunday, September 27, 1-5 p.m.  Make 6 different cards to inspire you for the upcoming holiday season!  Christmas refreshments served.  $15 class fee (waived with $30 order).  Check back soon for a sneak peek into a project or two!  Registration closes September 19.  Register by emailing me or through my website at www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/smilesacrossthemiles/events.

World Card Making Day Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 12-4 p.m.  Join with papercrafters all over the world on this day!  In nearly every country someone will be making cards with you on the very same day.  Cool, huh?  Make a variety of cards--some to keep and some to donate.  The goal is to make someone smile!  Barbecue to follow card making.  $12 event fee (waived with $30 order), $3 additional for meal.  Registration closes September 26.  Register by emailing me or through my website at www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/smilesacrossthemiles/events.

Punch Art Class is scheduled for Friday October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Make 3 projects creating fun art with punched shapes.  $10 class fee (bring a friend and you each pay just $8)  Registration closes October 15.  Register by emailing me or through my website at www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/smilesacrossthemiles/events.

Thursday, September 10, 2015



Today is the LAST DAY new subscribers can get HALF OFF their first 2 months of Paper Pumpkin!  Just use promo code HALFOFF when you subscribe!  Go directly to my Paper Pumpkin website HERE to sign up for 2 months of Paper Pumpkin at just $9.98/month.  You can cancel at any time but I'm certain you will be thrilled with all the wonderful projects, including instructions, delivered directly to your door every month.  Try it today!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Networked Blogs

I have just added a new Networked Blogs feature to my blog.  Please click on it and follow me!  You can also link your blog into the system so others can follow you.  I found this link through another blogger whose ideas I use for inspiration.  Linking yourself into this network can open a whole new world of inspiration for you as well!  Please follow me through Networked Blogs!  Note:  I am not removing Google Friend Connect at this time.

Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 Holiday Catalog is Live!

The 2015 Holiday Catalog is live and filled with wonderful things to make your holidays beautiful!  To make it even more fun I have scheduled some special events designed to showcase the great products in the Holiday Catalog.

Christmas Card Sampler Class:  Saturday, September 26, 12-4 p.m.
World Card Making Day Event:  Saturday, October 3, 12-4 p.m.

For more details and to sign up for one of these events, click HERE to be directed to my calendar.  Sign up today--spots are limited!