Jan 12, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration Design Team Blog Hop: Birthday for Everyone!

Hey there friends! I cannot believe it is already Thursday. This week flew by and it was not even one iota of productive. Do you ever have weeks like that? I was just constantly pulled in new directions and couldn't focus for a half a second to get anything done. Boo. But, I do have something to share with you today!

I'm participating in my first Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog hop! Lots of fun new toys featured in these posts so you should grab a beverage and maybe a notebook (to write down all the things you want, silly), and then "hop" along with us.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 12 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Donna at Geek Squad Stamping. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track (or if you are starting here), you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

This month's theme is "Birthday for Everyone," and you'll see an assortment of ideas from masculine and kid to feminine and frilly. My sample today is sort of a mix of masculine and feminine as I mixed the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper with the gorgeous lady from "Beautiful you" to get a sophisticated look.

Here she is: 

For whatever reason, as soon as I saw this stamp set sitting on my table next to the new Urban Underground Specialty DSP, I knew they had to be together! In fact, I did a whole series of cards with this combo for my Stamp of the Month Class (it's tonight - January 12 - in Harwich Port!). Here's a sneak peek of those:

I had so much fun with these... you can kind of see on the bottom card that I really wanted to do a little paper piecing with this set. It's like playing with paper dolls and that always reminds me of my Mama, and that makes me happy. :) I'll share the finished versions of these other cards here on the ole blog, soon. I just don't want to ruin the surprise entirely for the girls coming to tonight's stamp class!

Well, that's it for me... but keep going! There's lots and lots to see! Click the "next" button below to go straight to The Stamp Doc, Melissa, and the full list of participants is below so if you lose your way anywhere, you can catch up there.

1. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp
2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper
3. Diana E. at Stampin' Fun with Diana
4. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu
5. Darcy J. at Dj's Stampin' Place
6. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl
7. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
8. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink
9. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea
10. Darla R. at Stampin' with Darla
11. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting
12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping
13. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc
14. Bree R. at Craft-somnia Momma
15. Tonya B. at Stampin' with Tonya
16. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim

Until Next time,

Jan 4, 2017

SSINKspiration Countdown: Day 5

Hey there stampers... Happy New Catalog day! I'm so excited for the Stampin' Up 2017 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure. It's going to be a fabulous three months!

Today I'm jumping in on the final day of the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Countdown to the new catalog (nothing like coming in at the last minute, right?). We're falling in love with the "Falling in Love" suite on pages 50 and 51 of the Occasions catalog. The new Falling in Love designer series paper is gorgeous and you can see it featured on so many of the samples from the Stylin' Stampin' Design team (hey, did I mention that I'm a design team member? Pretty cool, right?). Be sure to check out all of the work by the fabulous SSINKspiration designers HERE... they seriously are amazing. I'm so excited to be stamping alongside these ladies this year.

Want to see what I did with this suite? Here it is:

I actually got the idea for this beauty from a sample in the Occasions catalog (page 52). See it's so much more than a catalog! I used the Falling Petals Embossing folder (love this one... it's a lot like the falling snow embossing folder that was so popular), a touch of the Falling in Love Designer Series paper (love that bokeh look), the fabulous new intricate doilies (they're white on one side and vanilla on the other! Genius!) and the beautiful new Falling In Love embellishments. Also had to use one of my favorite punches... the decorative label punch.

This card is one of the four cards I'm offering exclusively to my friends that host private classes in January... we'll make two boy-ish Valentine's (let's face it, most of the Valentine's we give out are to our sweeties, right? Don't worry, girls will love it, too!), this generic "lovey" card and then a fourth friendship Valentine card. I don't have a whole lot of space on the calendar this month so be sure to let me know if you'd like to book your own private class so you can make these beauties... here's a sneak peek at the other cards...

So much prettiness! I'm in love, seriously. Sadly, we're all so excited, we crashed Stampin' Up's system this morning (I really don't think that's what happened, but the company was experiencing some major issues with all of their systems early today -- phones, ordering, shipping, you name it!) so if you're having trouble getting logged onto the computer system, please be patient. And follow my Facebook Page as I will alert you to when it goes live again! In the meantime, you can check out the PDF files of the catalogs below:

And be sure to click "going" to my online Facebook party tonight to celebrate the new catties. We'll be having tons of fun and I don't want you to miss out!

Thanks so much for stopping by today... I'm so glad to have you here! I'll be back on Friday with another Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration post!

Until Next time...

Dec 27, 2016

A New Year, A New Look!

Hey there friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I'm just coming out of the fog of Christmas and wanted to pop in here to tell you some exciting news, and launch my brand new design of my blog. Do you like it? It's been a good six or so years I think since I first purchased one of the pre-made templates from Designer Blogs. If you're in the market for a new blog look, I'd highly recommend them. Their pre-made templates are only $15! (and if you use my link, I'd surely appreciate it as I am a part of their affiliate program).

This time, I went a little crazy and purchased a custom design... cost quite a bit  more, but I really love it... My designer Kate did an amazing job. I also have to thank my friend Siewleng Hiraldo from Time2Scrap for my photo... her and I met up over the summer for a fun (albeit a little stinky... there was a smelly dumpster nearby) photo shoot. She did a great job (considering what she had to work with... wink, wink)! I'm hoping this will make me come back here and visit more often, too. I know I've been really bad about staying on top of the blog!

But, that brings me to my exciting news for today!

I was actually asked to be a part of the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Design Team earlier this month and I accepted! It was such a total shock and honor to be asked and I'm super excited to take part. It's a group of Stampin' Up demonstrators that will create and share projects three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) and participate in a monthly blog hop -- so lots of inspiration for you. I will be a part of every blog hop (they are on the second Thursday of each month) and participating in at least one of the SS INKspiration challenges each week. My first post is scheduled for Friday, January 6th so stay tuned! It will be posted here and on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog here. I'm not official until January 1st so you won't see anything from me until then, but be sure to check back here and on the SS INKspiration site often as you can play along, too!

Well, sadly my stamps have been largely neglected of late with the holidays and all. So I don't really have much else to share here yet other than my news and my new look. But you'll definitely want to make a visit to www.bytheshorestamping.com a more regular occurrance as it is soon to be a hoppin' place!

Until next time,

Nov 21, 2016

That's A Wrap... Cape Cod Creative Escape 2016

Phew! What an amazing (albeit tiring!) weekend. I held my sixth Cape Cod Creative Escape crafting retreat this past weekend and it was a fantastically fun time! We had lots of new friends join us this year so that was super exciting. Everyone seemed to have a great time so I thought I'd share some highlights with you.

Many folks arrive on Thursday night (especially those that were traveling far from home -- we had New York and Connecticut in the house!). So everyone gets settled in their space and set up for four days of focused creativity. This was the room at the height of the weekend -- jammed packed with any possible tool you could think of!

These girls are serious! We had a full house with 60 ladies joining us. We started by giving the attendees a welcome gift made out of the Stampin' Up Glassine bags, embossed with the Cable Knit sweater embossing folder. Then tied with ribbon and stamped with the adorable reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle. This little cutie was designed by our endlessly crafty team member Linda Johnson.

Here you can see the whole lot of them at the registration table as I awaited for all my friends to arrive.

We had all the tables decorated with a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree and each attendee's holiday stocking stuffed with brand new Stampin' Up goodies that they used on their five free make and takes.

Here's a picture of the tables:

And a close-up of the cute little stockings:

I was in a total panic because five days before the event I still hadn't found the right stocking yet (most of them were too cheap looking), but I finally found these cuties at Target. They were filled with 6 x 8 cello bags, Gold Natural Ribbon, Christmas Trinkets embellishments, a package of Stampin' Dimensionals, a package of metallic enamel dots, the Cherry Cobbler/Garden Green marker duo, and a package of the gold and silver doilies. We also wrapped the Warmth & Cheer 6 x 6 paper stack and left that at each seat.

Two of the five free make and takes are actually "make in your seats," so we provide all the materials for them to create them on their own right in their registration packet.

These were the two "make in your seat" projects.


The tag was designed by yours truly and my fantastically creative friend (and team member!) Sherry Prada of Scrap Right Meow designed the 6 x 6 scrapbook page.

Here are the other three make and takes that we did "live" with each attendee. The little teabag/chocolate holder was designed by the one and only Anna Keyes of Little Bay Stampin', another Shore Stamper with an impeccable eye for design! The holiday card was yet another creation of Linda and the M & M treat bag was by me.


Here is Anna teaching one of the Make & Take sessions:

Lots of busy crafters! We also had pillow gifts each day. Here are those...

Pillow Gifts 2-6 (The glassine bag - which was filled with animal crackers, by the way - was the first pillow gift):

The presentation of the last pillow gift was different this year. Usually the pillow gift fairy just places each gift on the tables. But I had been playing with my new Instax Mini camera all weekend and decided to surprise everyone.

Below you'll see the Christmas tree as we had it set up all weekend.

This year, because of the fabulous Buy 3, Get 1 free special in October, I was able to get EVERYONE a free package of either Designer Series paper OR a collection of 12 x 12 cardstock. However, we gave away all those presents by Saturday night so the pillow fairy needed to get crafty!

Check out the tree on Sunday morning when the ladies returned to the craft room for their final day:


Me and my adorable niece Heather stayed up until almost 3 in the morning getting this tree all decorated (Thankfully we had an early-to-bed crowd!). It was so much fun, we actually considered staying up all night so we could see everyone's wide-eyed faces when they arrived. We quickly decided that probably wasn't the best idea and snuck off to our hotel room to catch a little sleep.

Of course any weekend full of craftiness (and lack of sleep) is bound for some silliness... this was me wondering why they make the peep holes in hotel rooms so high up -- clearly not designed for shorties like me!!

I was jumping up and down saying whose out there and it just started a bit of giggle fit with me and my niece... and later a discussion about how Heather sounded like she was "wrestling a dragon" as she tried to get comfortable one night caused yet another uncontrollable fit of laugher. You know how you get when you are lacking sleep and everything seems so hysterical... yeah. That. 

I think there was lots of laughter and memories made this weekend and I'm looking forward to next spring when me and my fabulous team host the next Cape Cod Creative Escape. Save the dates: Thursday, April 20 - Sunday April 23rd. Registration will open in February and is only announced in my weekly newsletter so be sure to sign up for that if you'd like to join us next time!

And just a couple more things before I stop babbling about how much fun I had this weekend... First, a huge shout out to my helpers for this event... it would most definitely not be possible without them!! So thank you Linda Johnson, Anna Keyes, Sherry Prada, Linda Cyr and Heather Stephens (Unfortunately Linda Cyr had already headed home when we took this picture, wah)! You are all the best... I hope you'll still be up for helping out next time :)
And just a few more candid shots:



Okay... if you've made it through this much babbling and photos today I think you need a reward! Be sure to check out Stampin' Up's Online Extravaganza today through November 28. There are tons of great deals including one day "Flash Sales" only available for 24 hours on November 21st (that's today!) and Monday, November 28th. Go check it out now and get some holiday shopping for your crafty family and friends d.o.n.e.

Okay... I think it will be another early to bed night for me... thanks for sticking through this long post. See you again soon when I start recovering from my sleep deprivation. :)

Nov 8, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Watercolor Wash Technique

Hey there friends...
Well, it's another Tuesday and I'm back with another Teach Me Tuesday! I'm on a roll. However it seems like I've mastered the Tuesday post, but not much else! I'll work on touching base more often here on the blog, but for now at least I've got this routine up and running, right?

I don't know about you but I am NOT a good watercolor-er. I love to color, but for some reason I've never been able to get the hang of shading and creating shadows. However, I have pretty much mastered the Watercolor Wash technique and today I wanted to share with you three ways to accomplish this look... all in one pretty quick video! Have a look for yourself...

What do you think? Will you give it a try? Here are pictures of the two cards I showed in the video:

Fast and simple... my favorite. Have I ever told you that I'm a lazy stamper?? (wink, wink). I hope you enjoyed today's projects.

Next week is Cape Cod Creative Escape (eek!) so hopefully I'll be able to squeeze out another Teach Me Tuesday video... lots to do though between now and then to get ready. So excited to spoil all my friends!

And just in case you've found some things you *need* here is a list of the product that I used in today's projects:

Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Write Markers
Stampin' Spritzers
Bermuda Bay ink pad
Christmas Pines Stamp Set
Pretty Pines thinlits
(buy the bundle -- it's cheaper!)
Cucumber Crush mini-stripe ribbon
Real Red baker's twine
Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by... see you soon!

Nov 1, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Emboss Resist

Hey there stampy friends! Happy Tuesday! It is a glorious day here on Cape Cod. I went for a walk this morning, it was such a great way to start my day (albeit a bit chilly). I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head for Teach Me Tuesday videos -- and all of you have provided some great inspiration as well!

In fact, today's Teach Me Tuesday video was a special request from my friend Verna. She tagged me in a Facebook post a few weeks back asking if I could show her how to create a card shown in the video. And it turned out that the technique (emboss resist) made for a great topic for Teach Me Tuesday! It actually teaches TWO things in one video. First is how to heat emboss. While this is an oldie (but oh so awesome!!), it is still new to many and it is an incredible "wow" when you first see it. I know it was one of the first things that hooked me on stamping over a decade ago! The second thing you'll learn in this week's Teach Me Tuesday video is the emboss resist technique, which is literally about ink "resisting" the embossed images.

Check out the video below to see how you can make some fun cards like this one:

Here is a close-up of the emboss resist part of the card:

This is such a fun technique... I hope you like it, too. Here is the video to show you how to re-create the look yourself...

What do you think? Easy enough, right? I love the ka-pow it creates. And I love when you first start adding the ink and the images start popping off the page, so fun! And as a bonus tip, I find it a perfect antidote when I'm lacking creative inspiration. You should try it!

Here is a picture of the other card I showed in the video:

In Other News

I wanted to share a couple of other things with you today... It's a big day in Stampin' Up land! First we have a brand new product available... it's the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and they are going to be so much fun to play with, trust me! Check out the product video here (Whoa... two videos in one post???):

What is even more great is Stampin' Up is offering 25% off select stamps that work perfectly with these new dies! Click here to see all the stamps currently 25% off.

Paper Pumpkin is Blue!

Finally, there's some fun news with Paper Pumpkin as well! Check out a sneak peek of the November Paper Pumpkin box:

Looks fun, right? While the inside is still a surprise, Stampin' Up did tell us that if you like the outside of the box, then you will LOVE the inside. Curious? Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin by November 10th to receive your own special BLUE box!

Okay... that is all for today. I hope you enjoyed today's video. Let me know if there is something you'd like me to show YOU how to make in an upcoming Teach Me Tuesday video! Until next time... Happy Stampin'!

Oct 25, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Progressive Scrapbooking

Hey there friends... guess what day it is? It's Teach Me Tuesday! Today I have a video for my scrapbookers... you know who you are! And even if you're not a scrapbooker, there may be some hidden tips and tricks in there for project coordination if you want to take a peek, too! :)

Almost Two Decades of Scrapbooking!

In case you didn't know, scrapbooking was what got me addicted to paper in the first place. I've been scrapbooking for 16 years! Crazy, right? What is even crazier is that I really should have more pages finished... I need to stop giving everything I make away! Seriously, though, I think 90 percent of the pages I've made have gone in someone else's album. Dumb, right?? I'm on a mission to start scrapbooking some photos that I can keep! And first up is to document the three Mother's Day trips that my sister and I gave my Mom. You can read a bit more about that tradition HERE, but today I want to share with you a tip I use to face the blank 12 x 12 page (and the first page of my Mother's Day "trips" album). It's called Progressive Scrapbooking and I totally didn't invent it. It was a method that was pretty popular back in the day and I've just continuously used it over the years. Check out my video:

What do you think? I totally think you should give it a try next time you're stumped. It really does help you conquer that big, blank page!

Did you know?

I also wanted to make sure you noticed that Stampin' Up brought back some 12 x 12 sized cardstock in the holiday catalog. In all honesty, we truly have THE best cardstock for scrapbooking. It's very sturdy, smooth (so you can stamp on it) and just overall great quality.

Here is what we currently have available (and I'm hoping if we start buying it up, they'll introduce more coordinating color packs!):

Real Red 12 x 12 (Designed to coordinate with the Candy Cane Lane Suite)
Warmth & Cheer 12 x 12 (combination of Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green cardstock; Designed to coordinate with the Warmth & Cheer Suite)
Halloween Night 12 x 12 (combination of Basic Gray and Pumpkin Pie cardstock; Designed to coordinate with the Halloween Night Suite)

And we always have Basic Black, Whisper White and Kraft 12 x 12 cardstock (I'm hoping they bring back Crumb Cake 12 x 12 -- that's my absolute favorite for my scrapbooking bases!)

And last "commercial" before I show you some pictures of my scrapbook page... don't forget that all of our Designer Series Paper (priced at $11) is currently on sale for buy 3, get one FREE! You can see all the patterns available here.

So here is "step 1" - the 6 x 6 starting point. (Of course, I didn't add the flower embellishment until the final step -- I just forgot to take pictures BEFORE I assembled the page!!)

Here is "Step 2"

On the Step 2 layout I added the Whisper White 8.5 x 11 background, the flower patterned paper and the photo mats.

And finally here is step 3:

Here I added the Night of Navy mat around the 8.5 x 11 Whisper White and the Watermelon Wonder patterned paper, and of course the stamped embellishment. Here is a close-up of the embellishment:

Easy peasy, right? If you want to take a look at some more Progressive Scrapbook pages I've done, you can see some in the links below:

Family Page
Lake Mead (another one of my favorites!)
30th Birthday
Happy Birthday Hey Hey
Water Fight (the one I show in the video!)

I hope you like this technique! Be sure to let me know if you'd like me to teach something specific in my next "Teach Me Tuesday" video. These have been a lot of fun and I really appreciate all your kind words and feedback! You are all the sweetest :)

Have a great day!

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