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Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipe for a Quick & Easy card with lots of Wow!

Hi stamping friends!

I want to share with you a recipe for a very quick and easy card. My friend (and upline) used this design layout for Christmas cards; I used the same design for Valentine's cards and a birthday card--it is very versatile!

Check out these samples:

The directions are simple!
  1. Cut a piece of cardstock or Designer Series Paper (DSP) 3.75" x 3.75".
  2. Cut a diagonal 1" out of one side by placing one corner on the cut line and moving the other corner to the 1" mark before cutting.
  3. Turn the piece so the diagonal is perpendicular to the cut line and cut at 1 1/4" and the next piece at 1 1/4".
  4. Place dimensionals at the bottom and top of each piece, lower is better if you plan to run ribbon behind it for a bow.
  5. Embellish and stamp card front as desired.
Stamping is fun!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PPA127 challenge

Hi stamping friends!

I started what I thought would be a quick project on Friday evening--it ended taking me until Sunday afternoon to complete!

Wondering what my big project was? I'm almost embarrassed to share it....I finally organized my cardstock and discovered that I own just about all the current Stampin Up colors!  Apparantly, I could never bring myself to order Wild Wasabi. Go figure! I now have 3 portable file boxes with current SU cardstock.

I filed alphabetically rather than by color family based on my uplines filing system (which I envied during a recent stamping retreat). Now I just have to figure out a system for keeping scraps. Should I sort them by current and retired colors? Or maybe by size--I have some narrow long strip and some variation of half or quarter-sized pieces, plus much small pieces. I'm at a loss on how to organize these scraps!

Not only that, but I have another portable file box containing nothing but retired Stampin Up cardstock and 10 or so manilla envelopes containing just a few sheets of more retired cardstock, all nicely labeled thanks to my Brother labeling machine. I used almost an entire tape cartridge making labels! I have oodles of Cool  Caribbean and Cameo Coral--I must have really liked them way back when!

I've been pondering what to do with all the retired cardstock. I'm leaning towards making simple cards--birthday, get well, thinking of you, etc--to send to the troops and to share with the cancer treatment floor of our local hospital.

I did take a short stamping break to participate in the Pals Paper Art challenge. I finally had a chance to break out my new label framelits--I love them!

Stamping is fun!


Sale-a-bration is here!

Hey! It's my favorite time of year again....SALE-A-BRATION!

When you order the products you love you get FREE stuff! I love a bargain and this is the best! Click
here to learn more.

Sale-a-bration is good for everyone---customers, hostesses, and anyone who becomes a demonstrator during this great event (which ends March 31st). Call me today to set up your stamping party so you and your friends can get FREE stuff!

Stamping is fun!




Monday, January 23, 2012

Stamp Camp -- Valentine's cards or Love banner

Hey Stamping friends!

It's time to make some special Valentine cards for the sweet people in your life. You can stop by and make as many cards as you would like; cost is $2 per card and includes envelopes--you know I'm all about coordinating envelopes!

Just RSVP and let me know which dates below you want to make cards and approximately how many; I'll have the materials waiting for you.

Dates & times:
   Friday, January 27th, 6-8pm
   Saturday, January 28th, 4-7pm
   Friday, February 3rd, 6-8pm
   Saturday, February 4th, 4-7pm

Choose from these samples:

embossed diagonal

heart embosslit

lattice embossed with hearts

gnome heart

DSP diagonal

I'm also offering a Love Banner class on the same dates. This banner is approximately 2 feet long. It features pink, red, and white hearts cut using the new Hearts framelit dies found in the Occasions mini catalog with touches of silver glimmer paper for a bit of bling! Cost for the class and materials is $10.

Dates & times (same as above):
   Friday, January 27th, 6-8pm
   Saturday, January 28th, 4-7pm
   Friday, February 3rd, 6-8pm
   Saturday, February 4th, 4-7pm

Sample banners

individual banner

multiple banners

Space is limited -- RSVP today to reserve your spot! Call 410.647.4011 or email terhare@hotmail.com

If you live in the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis area, I hope you can join us and spread a bit of Valentine's love.

Sale-a-bration starts on Tuesday, January 24th. During this exciting promotion everyone gets FREE products for every $50 they order. This is the best time to host a workshop because everyone loves to get FREE products! Call me today to book your stamping party!! Don't have room at your place? Don't fret! You can host at my place and still take credit for the fun!

Stamping is fun!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January birthday cards!

Hi friends!

January is a haevy birthday month amongst my family and friends. So the last week of December finds me making many birthday cards. I make for male and female, young and old. This year there were 2 special birthdays to mark--someone turned turned 21 and another turned the big 5-0.

And the celebrating hasn't ended yet! One more birthday is coming up later this month so I haven't put the birthday stamps away yet. Stay tuned!

Stamping is fun!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas gifts--stacks of cards

Hi friends!

Confession time...I'm a Stampin Up demonstrator and I love to stamp! So when Christmas rolls around I want to give gifts that I've stamped. This year I gave stacks of cards to friends and family.

I had dinner just before Christmas with a lady I worked for 18 years ago! She has moved away from my area but comes back a few times a year to visit family and we try to get together during her visits. I knew I would most likely see her over the Christmas season at some point and wanted to give her a special gift of hand-stamped cards. These were the cards in her stack--birthday and thank you cards.

Birthday card with elegant lines embossing folder and butterfly punch
Easy Events stamp set

My stepmom loves sending hand-stamped cards. Her card stack included the birthday and thank you cards above plus a few of these get well cards. I love matching enevelopes!

It's Raining Flowers stamp set

Stamping is fun!


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pals Paper Arts color challenge 126

Hey friends!

I saw a color challenge over at the the Pals Paper arts site using Not Quite Navy, Baja Breez and Very Vanilla. I was inspired to recreate 2 cards I had on hand using this color combination.

Raining flowers in NQN, BB, and VV (sorry it's so dark)

inspiration card in concord crush

raining flowers in BB, NQN, and VV

inspiration card in pacific point

While I was making these cards I discovered why it is soooo much better stamping with friends---you need them to give you advise straight up! I was undecided where to place the sentiment for the first card and how to layer it. Look at how many options I considered....

no sentiment

below flower

on flower

under bow (I finally decided on this placement)

above the bow

then I questioned which sentiment--friends or....

thank you

Which one do you like best?

Stamping is fun--and even more fun with friends!


Best Mini EVER----2012 Occasions Mini Catalog is live!

Hey friends!

Stampin Up's newest mini catalog, the Occasions mini, is now in effect through April 30th. It's the best mini EVER!!!

Many new and never-before seen products. Framelits, edgelits with matching stamps. Pleated ribbon and scented embossing powders!!! As Napoleon Dynamite says--Dang It! I want it all!! (Sorry about the reference to Napoleon D but that's what happens when you see 28 commercials in one night reminding you a Napoleon Dynamite cartoon/animation show is coming soon to Fox).

To take a gander click here

Want to see these items in person? Live in the Baltimore-Annapolis area? Contact me today to set-up a stampin party for you and your friends!

Stamping is fun!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Stamping News

Hey friends!

Today (January 3rd) is the last day for Stampin Up's 2011 Holiday Mini catalog; tomorrow the Occasions Mini catalog goes into effect. After today, a few items carried over from the Holiday Mini will be available for purchase through July. If you are wondering which items are carried over, wonder no more! Here they are.....

The online Clearance Blitz continues through Thursday, January 5th---lots of bargains. Check them out now! Click here.

My once-a-month stamp club begins on Tuesday, January 16th. The club meets once a month, on a Tuesday (7-9pm), at my home for 6 months. All club member agree to purchase at least $25 of Stampin Up products at each club meeting. This is a convenient way to "test drive" stamps and papercrafting tools and slowly invest in papercraft supplies. During the 6-month period, each club member will receive hostess benefits once---the hostess of the month chooses $25 of Stampin Up products from the catalog for FREE! Plus, club members get instructions for all club projects. There are a few spots left, call today to reserve yours!  Space is limited.
A few of the club projects planned so far are:
1. journals  see a few samples below

couldn't get this one to tuen and behave!

2. Kleenex box covers--think Spring themes!

Add caption

3. And lots of cards--Valentine's, Easter, birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and any other occasions the club wants to make!

4. And whatever else strikes our fancy!

Stamping is fun!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Years Day 2012!

Happy New Year!

We stayed up late last night and welcomed the New Year in with some sparkler-type fireworks and a kiss when the ball landed.

As she had promised, our youngest daughter made cinnamon rolls this morning. The recipe she followed came from a cookbook she received as a Christmas present.

These rolls are good and , as the title of the cookbook suggests, easy to make! She has picked several other recipes from this book that she plans to make and they each sound yummy.

Rise & Shine Cinnamini Buns


ready to eat!

Hope the new year brings you whatever it is that means the most to you.