Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Oh Boy! It’s Just What I wanted!

When I received my new annual catalog a few months ago I was happy to see we had the new Layering Framelits, but I was SO sad that they were not “stitched” around the edges.  I even expressed that when I did my sneak peek video.  Well, evidently Stampin’ Up listens!  We are getting stitched dies!  WooHoo!  They are called Stitched Shapes and will have a set of 12 dies with 4 circles, ovals, and squares.  (See the rectangle on the project below?  That’s a sample of the new stitched dies.)  They will be in next year’s annual catalog (June 2017,) but the company is giving us a chance to buy them starting November 1st! 
And if that doesn’t thrill you (honestly, though, this is a BIG deal!) then perhaps you’ll be excited to see that also on November 1st, some of our awesome stamps will be on sale!  I’m listing the items here for you, but remember that the prices won’t be in effect until November 1st (aka… next week.)  Meanwhile, don’t forget that there is currently a sale on designer paper that will end next week. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cards & Coffee Cancelled

4:15PM Friday Update:
I was unable to find a venue for us on such short notice, so Cards and Coffee is now officially cancelled.  I'm disappointed and I know you are too, but sometimes things just do not go as planned.  Of course now you're also wondering about the $$$ you paid.  I'll be refunding your class fees and those will go into the mail on Monday.  If you paid by cash or check, I'll be mailing you a check as a refund.  If you paid via Paypal, you'll receive funds back to your Paypal account.  I appreciate your willingness to attend and I am very sorry that I've had to cancel.

Our Cards and Coffee location just sent me the following cancellation:
“I am so sorry to get back to you so late, but we will have to cancel this Sunday's cards and coffee. We do not have an Activities person here on Sunday any longer. When we get an Activities Assistant, I will send you a message to see about coming in next month. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
I am currently working on finding a new location.  I just wanted to make you aware of what’s happening.  I will be in touch with those who registered as to our plans for Sunday. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Playing with Paisley!

I have a confession to make.  When I saw the new Holiday catalog and made my wish list, not everything in the catalog made the cut.  The Paisleys and Posies suite of products were not part of my wish list.  I thought they were just OK and decided I didn’t need them.  Then I saw such pretty projects made with this suite, so I caved and bought the bundle that included the stamps and the dies.  Then they rested for a while on the shelf in my room.  Today I decided to play and I used them to make some cards.  I set out to make one more feminine and one more masculine and I think I succeeded.  I, personally, love how the manly card turned out.  It might be my favorite, but then I am partial to browns and blues. 
I started by randomly stamping images on white cardstock with VersaMark ink.  Then I added white embossing powder and heated it up.  After my images were ready, I just inked up my paper with a variety of colors.  I tried to keep my sponge marks from showing, but I wasn’t completely successful.  I still like how they turned out even with all the little imperfections. 
I finished off the cards with a gold doily for the feminine card and I cut a window shape out of a retired die set for the masculine one.  Both had some enamel shapes added for interest.
In the end, I’m glad I made the investment and got the set.  Now I need to play with the dies and see what I can do with those!

PS – My parents made it home to find that their house was still standing and not flooded after Hurricane Matthew.  They only need to clean up some fallen braches from the yard.  I’m so thankful that Jacksonville didn’t take a direct hit and that the people there were safe.  

Thursday, October 6, 2016

DSP Sale Continues

In case you missed the news, select packages of Designer Series Paper are on sale this month.  When you buy 3 packages, you get one for free!  The best part of this is that you can mix and match your patterns, so you don’t have to just buy one type.  Two packs in the bunch are my favorites.  One is the Floral Boutique.  It’s SO pretty and probably my favorite pattern in the entire catalog.  I love the simplicity of the Navy with the White.  The 2nd of my favorites is the new Candy Cane Lane paper.  That’s the paper I used to make the card shown above.  The paper makes for easy Christmas projects because you can just cut out images for your projects and not have to stamp and color.  Need to make a bunch of cards this year?  Here’s an easy one.  Or you could cut out the gingerbread houses and use those as your focal point on your cards.  Then you’d only need to stamp your greeting since the images are already done for you.  I've linked the papers below that are included in the sale.  And if you're not needing 4 packages of paper, consider doing the deal with a friend.  That way you'd both come out ahead.

In other news, my parents are coming to visit.  I will be away from the computer from now until October 17th.  Shipping rebates may be a little delayed, but I'll try to keep up on them.  I also will not be updating the blog during their visit.  I'm happy to see them since it's been 6 months and it's a blessing that they were able to escape Florida and head West before Hurricane Matthew hits.  I still have many friends back in Florida who are bracing for the storm.  They are expecting huge storm surges even far inland and the news is predicting it will be the worst storm to hit the area in 100 years.  I pray that people in the area will be able to find shelter and safety over the next couple of days.      

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Last Day to Save!

Some items have been discounted in honor of World Card Making Day (Oct 1st.)  Here are the things that are on sale.  My favorite from the list is the Fast Fuse deal.  Buy the Fast Fuse and get a free refill!  That's a savings of $7.50.  I love that stuff!  Sale ends on Wednesday, October 5th, so don't delay if there is something you need.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cutie Treats for Halloween!

The September Paper Pumpkin kit is always my favorite one of the year because it has consistently contained cute Halloween treat containers.  This year I got test tubes!  I love these little guys!  I made a holder for each tube because I’m going to gift these to my friends and wanted it to be a little more special.  One of my neighbors saw them and said, “Oh wow.  You’re giving those out to the neighborhood kids.”  Umm.. No.  These are for my crafty friends!  The holders take a little work and I wanted to hand them out to people who would appreciate the craftiness involved, not just gobble down the candy.  (Although, I did put dark chocolate M&Ms inside, so the candy is awesome too!) 
I decorated the test tubes with the stamps and tags that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit.  The black cat tag is my personal favorite, but you all know how much I love cats!  (I just got some cute leggings with cats on them, too, but that’s another story!)  I made the holders from Basic Black & Tangerine Tango cardstock, paired with the Halloween Night designer series paper.  (I know someone is saying, but that paper has Pumpkin Pie as it’s orange.  And it does, but I wanted something a bit more vibrant, and I think it looks good even if it doesn’t match exactly.) 
All my tubes are filled with green M & Ms because those are the best, right?  Since I could not find bags with just green, my husband and I made the sacrifice and ate all the non-spooky (err.. non-green candies.  It’s just one of the small things I do for my craft.) 
I love this kit so much that I ordered some refills.  (Did you know that as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, if you get a kit you like and need more items from the kit that you can buy just the refill for $8?  That’s a great perk!  But it’s only while supplies last and I have a feeling that these won’t last long.)  I’m already planning how I’m going to use these for Christmas treats.  hehe
Happy Stampin’!

PS - Want to make your own test tube holder?  Here is the link to the instructions I used: Test Tube Holder Instructions

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Save the Date: Cards & Coffee!

Here are our projects for the next Cards & Coffee!  I know it’s still a month away, but this time I am requiring that you pre-register.  This month, you’ll have your choice of cards!  We’ll all be doing the Fall card, but the 2nd card will be up to you.  You may choose to make either a Halloween card or a Get Well card.  I’ll need to know ahead of time so I can bring you the proper kit. 
I’m pleased to announce that we have a new meeting location in North Albany.  (In case you missed it last time, we were kicked out of the Peet’s Coffee at Fred Meyer!)  I’m optimistic that our new location will be a keeper.  I’m just not going to let the girls dance on the tables anymore!   
Date:  Sunday, October 23rd at 2PM
Location:  Hwy 20 & North Albany Road
Cost:  $5 with pre-registration required
Bring:  Adhesive and scissors
I look forward to hearing from you & hope you’ll be able to attend!
svzhong@gmail.com  (If you’re paying via Paypal, my email is different and is svzhong@outlook.com