Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Stamp of the Month - Family is Forever

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we are featuring Family Is Forever, a set of 7 stamps. If you have come here from Lalia Harris's Blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find the complete list of participating consultant's HERE.

This set would be great for scrapbooking a family page but I decided use this in a 5x7 side-step card!  Perfect for displaying on a desk or office shelf.   I paired it with the Pathfinding paper pack -- great for fall colors!

I used Glacier, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Goldrush and Chocolate inks for this card.   I masked the "Family is Forever" stamp and stamped it onto two different Art Philosophy cricut shapes for two of my 'steps'.  The big tree occupies the highest step on the card.   I will be teaching this fun card in my September Technique Tuesday class which is already FULL!

Love this stamp?  Contact your Close To My Heart Consultant to get your very own Family is Forever. If you don't have a consultant, you can purchase the stamp from my website: www.stampinheaven.ctmh. Remember, it will ONLY be available during the month of September!  Get it for just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Now it is time to hop on over to Carla Ironside's Blog and see what she has created at Carla Creates

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August Girl's Night Out - Card Buffet

Last night I held my first Card Buffet for my August Girl's Night Out Event.  Over the last two months I have been creating and prepping cards for the event.   I created 16 different cards with a variety of themes - Birthday, Thank you, friendship, Sympathy, baby cards and even a wedding card!

Everyone had 2 1/2 hours to create as many cards as they could.  I decided to not serve cake or refreshments that required a break from card making and instead filled up buckets of candy for each table.   I knew no one would want to take a break and the sugar would give them some extra burst of card energy.   I could feel the electricity in the air and the tension as these very determined ladies had one goal in mind  - create all the cards they could!

The average number of cards completed was about 5-6 with a few ladies getting 7-8 card completed. I'm already planning my next buffet for early January bringing back these sixteen cards - there are still plenty left to be created and I'll add at least 8 new cards to bunch giving them even more choices.

Here are some snippets of my event -

Each card had it's own bucket with everything it needed.  The Card Sample had brief instructions on the back.  When they picked up their bucket they retrieved the ink colors needed from my ink and block area.

As they came in, they checked in with me and received a 'Menu' for the night -

Inside the Menu was a list of 'flavors' and all the Buffet rules and Etiquette - to keep everyone nice.

Here is a close up of my 'menu board'.  This is Close To My Heart's new Designed D├ęcor Red Magnetic Chalkboard (Z2006).   I'm loving this board!  I'll be using it again for my Jewelry Buffet at my Open House!

More snippets of cards:

 If you missed the buffet, I'll be hosting another one in January!  You can join my StampinHeaven FB Group to stay up to date on ALL of my events!  Join HERE:  StampinHeaven Facebook Group

Next up on my events is my Annual Inspirations Open House - NEXT SATURDAY - September 6 from 9am to 1pm.   Stop by anytime to see lots of new products and sign up for my upcoming events - September through November!     I'll have doors prizes and Sales Cash & Carry items!

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Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Everything is Better With a Friend

Have you ever just dropped everything on your busy schedule, moved things around and made time for just hanging out with your friends?  I did that just last Friday.  Even though I had just come back from a week's vacation and had been trying to get caught up at work, when I received an email from one of my friends that said "come and hang out" - I did just that.   I have a close group of friends - some I work with, some work at the same place but I only see occasionally and then some friends I that I used to work with but they have moved on to other jobs.   Over the years, we have always stayed in touch.  We try to get together for lunch when we can (and not everyone can always make it) but we ALWAYS get together once a year for our annual cookie Swap.

So, when the "Come hang out at my pool" invite came, we all dropped what we were doing and went!  Hard to turn down a pool day with this 90 plus degree weather accompanied by high humidity.   We hung out by the pool all day and did nothing..... caught up on everyone's busy lives, laughed alot and just relaxed.  I really needed that more than I realized!  So..... this card I created today is dedicated to all my friends that take time out to just hang out.

I created this card using the sketch from Pals Paper Arts.  This stamp - Better With a Friend (D1608) is a special Hostess Rewards set.  Hostess Rewards stamp sets are hostess-only stamp sets that hostesses can purchase using select product credit earned through a Gathering.  I colored the image with our new ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.   After coloring the girl, I decided to use a mix between paper packs!  I used the polka dot paper from Snowhaven along with the stripe paper from Scaredy Cat. The glossy resist cardstock you see is Flaxen from the new Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment.  I used the opposite side of that cardstock (which has the same pattern in Flaxen and White print) for my scallop flower.

White Daisy Cardstock - for 5x7 Cardbase
Black Cardstock - 1386
Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment (Z2033)
Snowhaven Paper Pack - (X7188B)
Scaredy Cat Paper Pack - (X7185B)
Better With a Friend (D1608)
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers - assorted colors
Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809)
Mini Medley Accents Black Collection - Z1682


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