May 23, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Baby Wipe Stamp Pad

Do you ever feel like you're on a hamster wheel and can't get off? That's how I've been feeling lately! Working for yourself is exhausting ... wink, wink (well, and I've taken on a few other projects recently so that's added to the work load.)

Anyway, one of my favorite things to do to stop the crazy wheel from spinning in my head is to create something. Granted, when I first start the wheel (of unending thoughts) will keep distracting me, but eventually I get so involved with what I'm creating that all that other "stuff" stops, and that makes that stupid, squeaky wheel stop, too -- for at least a moment.

Creativity truly does take up most of your brain space when you're actively in create mode -- so it is a great solution when you're feeling overwhelmed with life. And I've got the perfect thing for you to try to test out this theory!

It's Tuesday, so as you know, that means it's time for another Teach Me Tuesday episode. Today, I'm showing you the Baby Wipe Stamp pad technique. This is a great way to get multiple colors on a stamped image without having to hand color them with your markers.

Here's some samples of today's technique:

It creates this really cool "merged" color effect. Check out the video below and then let me know what you think! While you're over on YouTube, be sure to subscribe to my channel

And here's a sample of the finished card using this technique. It uses the Friendly Wishes stamp set, which sadly is retiring at the end of this month. As of yesterday (May 22), all stamp sets are now on a "while supplies last" basis. So if you see anything you like, make sure you get it ASAP!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you'd like to do a little shopping (and check out what will be retiring from the Stampin' Up catalog, visit my online store HERE.)

Until next time...

Keep Stampin' (it keeps the hamster wheel quiet)!

May 9, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Scrapbooking with Stamps

I have a confession today. I hoard stamp sets. Like lots of them. And there's nothing wrong with that (and I'm sure many of you likely do the same thing!). So today I wanted to share with you a fun way to get lots of mileage out of your stamp sets -- particularly if you are a scrapbooker!

Today's post actually goes along with my Teach Me Tuesday video from today. So maybe you should check that out first. Go ahead... go watch now. I'll wait here.

Did that give you some ideas? I hope so. Scrapbooking with stamps has so many benefits... you always have the right color embellishment, you can make as many of a certain element as you need and you can use it over and over again and get different looks each time!

So I wanted to share the finished results with you here since the page wasn't quite finished in my video.

Here is the full 2-page spread:

Here is the finished two-page spread. Now that it is all together, I think it might have been better if I did the chevron pattern on the right-hand side of the second page. Oh well. Done is better than perfect, right? Also, you'll notice I added a little journaling block to the left-hand page and I added the chevron pattern to that, too. Love the coordination! You can see a close-up of the journaling box below:

And here is the close-up of the embellishment I created in the video... except I did end up adding in a red scallop circle layer to add a bit more contrast. I also added some bling, because every page is more complete with a little bling (wink, wink)!

I hope you have been inspired to pull out those stamp sets! If you want a little more inspiration for scrapbooking with stamps, be sure to check out this post, and this one... oh, and this one, too!

Thanks so much for visiting. If you need some more stamps for your stash, you can shop online HERE. (hee hee)

Apr 25, 2017

Whew.... what a weekend!

I am pretty much on cloud nine this week (even though I'm dragging a little bit, still!). It was such a wonderful weekend at my 7th (!) Cape Cod Creative Escape event. As always, my amazing helpers (Sherry, Anna, Linda, Jackie & Heather) helped me pull off an amazing weekend of fun.

I thought I'd share some of the highlights here with you today... for those of you that weren't able to join us... maybe it will help entice you to join us in November -- from Nov. 16-19 at the Four Points Sheraton in Eastham. Registration for the fall event will begin August 1st. So be sure to join my mailing list if you want to be in the loop on that.

Each event has a "theme" and for this one it was "carnival." So we tried to make everything match that theme... here were the centerpieces that my niece put together using some carnival tickets and some fun photo props (which we encouraged the attendees to use in their photos throughout the weekend):

This was the registration table centerpiece and a bunch of the "welcome" gifts everyone received.

This was a picture of one of the table centerpieces with one of the guest goody bags. Each event includes a $50 goody bag that is all brand new product. We use that product throughout the weekend on our make and takes. This event actually had SIX free make and takes (we usually have 5)... three "make in your seat" make and takes and three that were guided.

Here are the three "guided" make and takes:

We made an envelope mini album, a "bagalope" using a Crumb Cake envelope and a card featuring the "thumping" technique. 

Throughout the weekend, the "Pillow Gift fairy" left presents on all the tables... this was one of the after dinner "fairy" treats. I had the Zebra popcorn (drizzled with chocolate and white chocolate) and it was yummy!

Above were a couple more of the SIX pillow gifts everyone received... the top one was a cute little journaling notebook and the bottom was a full pack of the Tasty Treats Designer Series paper. So fun spoiling everyone!

We also had a special dessert on our last night... to go with our "Carnival" theme, I had the marvelous Ursula Kavanagh make us Chocolate Pretzel and Cotton Candy flavored cupcakes. So, so yummy. If you ever need treats you should check her little biz... it's called Sweet Celebrations. Above is me and my niece Heather enjoying a late night Cotton Candy cupcake.

Here are a few photos with our photo props:


 and Gloria

Food was a big part of the event (smile) -- and the hotel does an amazing job with the buffet each night! For the first night we had cranberry stuffed chicken, baked scrod, Roasted squash, salad and potatoes. Yum!

We always have a little "inspiration station" to spur some creativity

A full room of busy scrappers!

Swirly Scribbles card class with Linda

What's a carnival themed event without games? This was the Lucky Duck game... everyone got to play each day and could win up to 15 tickets for the prize giveaway... or even win an instant prize!

Make & Takes were also held throughout the weekend... this was one of the groups happily stamping their three guided projects.

Okay... that's it for now. Before I close, I'd just like to say thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you that chose to attend Creative Escape. It means so very much to me and I truly do love spoiling each and every one of you!

I hope to see you November 16-19!

Don't forget to sign up for my mailing list if you'd like to join us!

Until next time...


Apr 12, 2017

The Crying Curse is over!

I survived! For those of you that are on my email list, you may remember that I had a big presentation this past weekend at the Stampin' Up OnStage event.

I got to present some ideas for a new stamp set from the 2017-2018 annual catalog coming out in June.

During rehearsals on Friday, I was super nervous... I really wanted to vomit before it was my turn to have my "test" run. But I made it through that (and actually nailed the time allotment I had!) so I was feeling much better.

On the day of the actual presentation I went over a bit on my time, and forgot to mention one important part of the stamp set, but overall it was fine. It was kind of funny because at the beginning I told them a little bit about my previous public speaking experiences (the fact that I always cried) so I told them not to yell at me if they couldn't see something or if I did something wrong as I'd probably cry (I was really only joking -- well, kind of). Well, for my first two projects the camera wasn't working, but no one told me! They were so good (and didn't want to make me cry!). I finally figured it out and remedied the problem, and all was good. Seriously, you couldn't ask for a better audience then a bunch of crafters... they are really the sweetest kind of people!

I was really happy that I had the first stamping presentation of the day. It allowed me to get it over with and then I could focus on all the other speakers (because I was certainly in no condition to listen during rehearsals!). There was so much great information about the new product lines and stamp sets... this new catalog is truly beautiful! I can't wait for you to see it!

This was my very happy "after" walk back to my seat. I was so relieved to have it done. :) It was truly an honor to be asked ... and actually a bit fun once I settled down (probably about 10 minutes after I sat down! Ha!). 

So thanks again for all your kind words and positive thoughts last week. It really helped to know that I had so many friends back home rooting for me. You are the best! Here are a couple more photos... This first one is of me and Kim Fifita. She's the Communications Manager for Stampin' Up. She was the person who asked me to present and she was really the sweetest! And she did an amazing job on her talks and stamping showcase! She made the event really fun, so I'm glad I got to work with her...

And one last one... this one is kind of funny. When Kim was telling me to show up for rehearsal she told me that she'd be the one with the bright red hair and Mike would be the tallest guy in the room. So I said, "well, I'll likely be the shortest girl in the room." So, needless to say Mike and I made a fun picture! He's 6 foot 6 inches tall! 

I don't even make it to his shoulders!! Too funny... anyway, thanks again for all the support. Hope you enjoyed these pictures... I'll be sharing some sneak peeks of new catalog projects in the weeks to come so stay tuned. And be sure to sign up for my email list (if you haven't already) as I'm very good at sending that out once a week with a new video! (In fact I did a new one today if you didn't see it! Check it out HERE.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 9, 2017

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration: Love is in the Air

Hey there friends!
What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? For us here on the East coast (I'm on Cape Cod in Massachusetts), we're expecting a snowy day. Nothing wrong with that... get to spend the day working on some projects for my weekend with the Cool Crops gals in Andover!

But I know you didn't come here today to talk about the weather... you came to see all the inspiration from the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team!

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 11 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - (Faith. Grace. Stamp with Jen G). If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

Today we are all sharing our "love." Theme for this month's blog hop is "Love is in the Air." So I choose to do a card using the adorable little hedgehogs from the Love You Lots Hostess stamp set. These sets are only available when you host an in-home class or event or if you place an order of $150 or more (and let me tell you, with the amazing Sale-A-Bration options right now, there's no shame in that!).

Here is the stamp set:
These little critters just make me so happy! :) I felt like doing a little watercoloring with my blender pens so I grabbed the hedgehogs first. Here is my card:

I used the new In Color patterned paper stack for the background (4 x 5.25"). Then I used the "thinking of you" sentiment from that same stamp set to stamp a little tone on tone background on the Pear Pizzazz strip. I also used the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing folder with Soft Suede cardstock. Oh how I love that folder (ha... no pun intended!). Then I chose to use the blender pens for watercoloring... I like those best because I think they're great for watercoloring novices like me (I'm not very good at it!). The make getting the watercolor look easy!

I did manage to put together a watercoloring video, this week though for my Teach Me Tuesday... if you want a little help deciphering all the Stampin' Up tools take a peek at my video HERE.

But first, be sure to finish the blog hop! Next up is the fabulous Bree from Craft-Somnia Momma

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

Feb 8, 2017

Continuing to be Thankful... with the Stampin' Up So Very Much Stamp Set

Only in New England would I be walking around with short sleeves and my capri leggings on today (in the house, but still!) and then expecting up to a foot of snow in a blizzard tomorrow, right?

Crazy weather. It messed with my class schedule again this week. I had to postpone card class last week because of weather and tomorrow I had another class planned... ah well, we'll do that next week instead, and I'll have a snow day tomorrow. Too bad a snow day nowadays is just a regular ol' work day when you work from home! It's okay, though. I'm totally loving the full-time stampin' life. It's great!

Anyway, I wanted to continue on with another sample I made using the So Very Much stamp set. It is one of the freebies you can earn during Sale-A-Bration.

Do you ever get stuck when you're trying to create? I do! In fact, I was having trouble getting started when I was working with this set so I went back to the Sale-A-Bration brochure where I found these samples:

I actually did an exact copy of the card on the left (except I added some inking around the edges of the white). And I liked the card on the right, but I wanted to add a little more pizzazz as this one was just a tad too simple for me (especially since the two other cards I had designed were pretty simple, too. You can see those here and here).

So here is what I came up with...

I added a little background stamping using the "for your kindness" sentiment and tone on tone stamping (one of my favorite things to do!). Here I used Rose Red ink on Rose Red cardstock. I loved the washi tape effect in the original card so I added a couple of pieces of washi tape and a Pool Party cardstock mat. The finishing touch was the little flower and a pearl (the flower is from the Tree Builder punch).

Overall, still relatively simple. Another great card to create a stash of for when those thank you needs arise! What do you think? Are you liking this set? Was it one you thought you'd want when we first started the week?

Thanks for visiting today! If you'd like to shop and earn this stamp set for free... just find $50 worth of goodies you need in my store and you can select So Very Much (#143340-wood; #143343-clear) as your freebie. And if you need help finding $50 worth of new toys... give me a shout! ;)

Feb 7, 2017

Showing Thanks with Stampin' Up's So Very Much Stamp Set

Happy Tuesday friends... I'm sharing another card I made with the "So Very Much" stamp set -- one of the freebies currently available for Sale-A-Bration.

Have you taken advantage of that yet? You don't know what Sale-A-Bration is?? Well, it's only the best time of the year for stampers... for every $50 you spend in Stampin' Up product (you can shop HERE), you get to pick an exclusive item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Fun, right? There's lots of great new toys, too, with the release of the Occasions Catalog last month.

Today, though, I'm continuing my exploration of the "So Very Much" stamp set. One of the offerings from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Here is a picture of that stamp set:

I'll admit this may not be the most exciting option to choose from the Sale-A-Bration catalog (I know it wasn't my first choice), but now that I have it, it is truly a great work-horse on your stamp shelf. If you send a lot of "thank you" cards or have a big event like a wedding or something coming up, this might be a great option for you.

Here is another card I made with this set:

It's yet another really simple one. Just one color of ink (Night of Navy). I love using this set to feature your favorite patterned papers (and who among us don't have a lot of that!). I'm using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up.

This card would easily be recreated in multiples. I used the following pieces of cardstock:

Whisper White base (4.25 x 11; fold along the top)
Patterned Paper (4 x 5.25)
Night of Navy 'mat' (4 x 3)
Whisper White for the greeting (4 x 2.75)
Crumb Cake banner (2 x roughly a .5")

I like to cut a bunch of these pieces, stamp all at once and then assemble. Great thing to do when you're binge watching your favorite winter show. :)

Well, I'm off to pack for my postponed card class from last week... thankfully the weather is a little bit more cooperative this week, even if it is wet and yucky out (perfect stamping weather!).

Oh and if you'd rather watch some YouTube videos on this gloomy day/night ... be sure to hop on over to my You Tube channel... I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video coming out today! And while you're there, please hit subscribe so you won't miss any of my upcoming videos!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

Feb 6, 2017

Stampin' Up Thank You... So Very Much

Howdy Stampers! I had some fun this past weekend playing with one of my new Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. It's called "So Very Much" and I found that it's pretty difficult to make a real fussy card with this set.... And I think that's a good thing! That means if you're looking for a stamp set that you can make some adorable, fast and easy "thank you" cards (think mass producing) then this is it!

I'm going to share a few of the cards that I made with this set over the next few days.

This first one is a little different. I used my Layering Squares Framelits to cut out a window in a scrap piece of paper. Then I used the negative piece to sponge Crumb Cake ink in the square cut out that was left behind. I then just simply stamped the "Thank you sentiment using Early Espresso ink. I added a small piece of the dapper denim Washi tape from the Moroccan Designer washi tape to the bottom edge of the inked square. I then took a tiny strip of gold foil cardstock and snipped "banner" ends in each side. Finally, I punched out two Delightful Dijon flowers using the petite petal punch and layered on top of each other with glue dots. The last element was to add one of the Classy Designer Buttons for the finishing touch.

This is a super easy card you could use to use up some little bitty pieces of scraps you have hanging around.  

The best part about this stamp set is that you can get it for free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration (now through March 31). It's available in wood mount (item#143340) or clear-mount (item#143343).

I'll be back soon with some more ideas for this super fun set!

Jan 27, 2017

SSINK Sale-A-Bration Favorites!

Happy Friday Friends!
I'm headed to Rhode Island this weekend to hang out with some new friends at the Cropical Getaways weekend. So looking forward to it.

Before I go, though, I wanted to share with you a card I made for the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team. Our mission today was to create something using our favorite Sale-A-Bration product. Picking my favorite SAB item, would really be like choosing my favorite child, but I created something with my favorite set of the moment (smile).

Is this little Ice Cream truck not the cutest? I had so much fun coloring some of these images last weekend. I used the watercolor paper, watercolor pencils and the aquapainter for this card. My favorite part of this card can't really be seen in the image above, though. Check out how glittery this truck is!

Isn't that amazing? It seriously sparkles in real life. So how did I do it, right? I actually used my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush (love that thing) and my Watermelon Wonder ink pad to watercolor with the Wink of Stella! You simple treat the Wink of Stella brush just like an aquapainter or blender pen. So I squeezed my Watermelon Wonder ink pad together (while it was closed) to get a little puddle of ink on the cover. Then I dipped my wink of Stella brush in the ink and colored my little ice cream truck. So simple... and fun!

I'm going to be watercoloring everything with my Wink of Stella brush... my husband better watch out!! (wink, wink)

Be sure to visit the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog to see all the "Sale-A-Bration favorites" that the other designers have. There is never a shortage of inspiration over there!

Jan 24, 2017

Teach Me Tuesday: Go Grunge

Hello my friends!
I hope you're surviving the wind and rain the past few days. It's great stamping weather, but not great for my walking goals. I've been trying to hit 10,000 steps a day and had been doing sooo good until yesterday. Oh well.

Good news is I have a new Teach Me Tuesday video for you. I was working on a masculine card using the new High Tide stamp set from the 2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog (page 25), and wanted to share a few tips for some techniques that make a card feel a bit more appropriate for those men in your life.

Here is the card I made:

I am totally in love with this new High Tide stamp set. It's a two step stamp, which allows for layering of the image creating a two-tone effect. I did several techniques to add to the "grunge" aspect of this card, including stamping along the edges of the cardstock, silver embossing the edges, tearing, inking and in the video below I show distressing, too.

Here's a close-up of the card to see some of the detail:

If you'd like to see how I made the card from start to finish, be sure to watch my Teach Me Tuesday video from this week. You can see that below:

I hope you'll subscribe to my YouTube channel. I'm really having fun "talking" with you each week! Be sure to let me know if you have something you'd like me to teach in an upcoming episode. I love suggestions!

I'll be back on Friday with another design for the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration design team (so cool that I get to say that!).

Until next time... keep stampin'!

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,
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