Easy Events Merry Christmas Card

Sorry this is so late today.  I got behind and have not been able to get caught up and now my internet is down so I am forced to post from my phone.  I am not sure if I am ever going to get caught up and back to posting in the am or not.   The only thing I know is that I am going to keep posting no matter what.  I am enjoying designing and sharing my cards with you and a little of my life as well.  I just need to build some more customers so that I can have my passion help support my family.

Ok on to today’s card.  I received a shipment from Stampin’ Up with some of the Core’dinations Card Stock in Cherry Cobbler from the Holiday catalog and the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. I couldn’t wait to try these two things together. The Core’dinations Card Stock is essentially two toned paper with a lighter tone inside. To bring the two tones out I first embossed the paper using the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder and then took my sanding block and sanded the top of the paper until I was happy with the look. When I showed the paper to my mom she said “it feels like velvet”. I then took my circle punch and punched a 2 1/2″ circle out of Gumball Green. I am using the easy events stamp set again and stamped the Merry Christmas image on Whisper White in Gumball Green. I colored the berries using my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker. I decided to use my Blender Pen and my Gumball Green ink pad to get a lighter shade of green and have the outline of the leaves show through. I punched the design out using my 2 3/8″ scalloped circle punch. I attached the Whisper White piece to the Gumball Green circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then used some of the 3/8″ Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon to balance the card. I added a little ribbon knot as well. I used Gumball Green again for the card itself.


I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Card. See you tomorrow with more Christmas,new products and a new stamp set.


I will post my supply list when I can get on a computer again.

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Introducing Stamp of the Month Club

I am starting something new.  I am offering a Stamp of the Month Club.  Each month I will pick a stamp set design some projects and then share that set and the projects with the club members.  This month I am starting with the Easy Events Stamp Set.


At the beginning of each month I will preview that month’s stamp set and maybe even a few projects using that stamp set.   The projects you see posted may or may not be the projects you receive. I do guarantee that you will receive at least one project that is unique to the Stamp club each month and some months they may all be unique projects. You can join the Stamp of the Month Club any time. I can’t wait to share these great stamp sets and projects with you each month.

Join this FUN monthly club!! 

There’s no meetings, no driving and no time out of your busy schedule except to spend time stamping and assembling your monthly projects.

Each month you’ll receive a package in the mail with a NEW clear mount stamp set, a kit to complete 6 projects (2 each of three designs) & written instructions.

Some months the projects may be all cards and some months they may include some other types of projects including 3-D or speciality projects it will just depend on the stamp set and what inspires me each month.  You will receive envelopes with all projects that are cards.

You will receive real color instructions with all the pre-cut supplies needed to complete your projects.  You will have to stamp the images yourself.

Membership is just $35 per month.

Here’s what’s included each month:

  • Stamp Set of the month  – Brand new clear mount stamp set valued between $14.95 – $24.95 (if you are a wood mount purist please contact me to make special arrangements).
  • Kit containing all the pre-cut supplies needed to make two each of three projects & envelopes for any cards (total of 6 projects).
  • Full color instructions.
  • Stamp sets can be changed as long as you let me know by the 10th of each month.
  • Members will be notified/reminded of everything via email and we’ll have a member only web location for Stamp of the Month Club members where we will store all the instructions so you can access them at anytime.

Your package will arrive in the mail in a priority mail shipping box some time after the 15th of the month giving you something to look forward to opening every month!!

It will be like Christmas all year-long.

Anyone can join … no matter where you live in the US (US only).

Here is how it will work:

  1. You sign up for the Stamp of the Month Club.  To sign up just email me at onealj04@gmail.com or call me at 517-927-3341 to sign-up for Stamp Set of the Month Club.
  2. You pay the $35 membership fee in advance each month.  At this time, I accept credit cards or personal checks – payment has to reach me by the 10th of the month.  I will then place the Stamp of the Month Club order.
  3. Once I receive the order from Stampin’ Up I will repackage everything and send the stamp set to you along with the product to make the 6 projects.  (If you want me to prepare the stamp set so it is all ready for you to begin stamping please let me know otherwise there will be some assembly required for each stamp set before you can begin stamping.)

There are three ways to sign up:

  1. Do it month by month — shipping of $5.25 (priority rate) will be added to your total
  2. Commit to three months — shipping is free
  3. Commit to six months — shipping is free, and you will receive a hostess stamp set of your choice with your shipment on month 6 of your membership.

Other details:

If you already own or don’t want the Stamp Set being offered that month contact me prior to the 10th of the month with the Stamp Set you would like to substitute.  Substitute Stamp Sets must be of equal or lesser value.  You will still receive the product for the projects that will use the original Stamp Set for that month.

Refer someone to the club and if they sign up for three months, you will receive a gift certificate worth $10 of product that you can add to your next Stamp Club shipment.

Refer someone to the club and if they sign up for six months, you will receive a gift certificate worth $25 of product that you can add to your next Stamp Club shipment.

Just email onealj04@gmail.com or call me 517-927-3341 to sign-up for Stamp of the Month Club.

Less is More Brown and Pink Challenge Entry

Sorry this post is so late in being posted.  I had the card made and was going to write the post last night once the kids were in bed but as I was working in the kitchen getting ready to make some Strawberry Shortcake and I ended up running the middle of my forehead into the corner of a cupboard door.  I can actually say I think I really saw stars.  According to my husband, I even bent the hinges on the cupboard door.  I am not sure I believe him he is prone to exaggeration but needless to say I hit the door with a lot of force. So last night instead of writing this post I spent a couple of  hours at urgent care getting some very fancy pictures of the inside of my head.  The verdict is just a concussion but some very strong warnings from the Doctor to take it easy today, so I am at home writing this while my Mom is taking the kids to school.  If it gets really pretty with lots of different colors I may post pictures right now it is really just a crease in the middle of my head.  OK now onto the important stuff today’s card.

I am doing a first for me.  I am entering a challenge on a website.  “Less is More” is a challenge blog site and they have a challenge every week.  I am entering their Brown and Pink Week 83 Colour Challenge (this site is out of England so they use the British spelling of color it is not just that we can’t spell).  I am nervous and excited to enter.  Their minimal style is different from my normal style but I thought it would be good for me to expand outside my comfort zone and I am competitive enough that the idea of a challenge appeals to me as well.  I am also hoping to get some feedback on my design and card.  I enjoy designing but I want to expand my talents and get better and the only way to do that is to hear others opinions about your work.

I choose to make a card for a baby gift.  The colors pink and brown remind me of the cute outfits my daughter would wear as a baby.  I used Pink Pirouette as the card base.  Soft Suede cut into half a top not using my Big Shot and the Top Note die.  I then used the “for baby” stamp from the Easy Events Stamp Set stamped in Soft Suede on Whisper White.  I colored in the outline stamp using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I love my markers.  If I had to choose between an ink pad and a marker I would choose a marker.  The markers are so versatile.  The umbrella and hat on the duck again repeat the pink and brown theme.  I finished the card with a simple Whisper White satin ribbon.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is my Stamp of the Month Club Stamp Set for September.)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad #126978, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker #119703 (this number is for the Neutrals pack of 8 markers), So Saffron Stampin’ Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Pink Pirouette Stampin Write Markers #119700 (this number is for the Subtles pack of 10 markers), Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Markers #119679, Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers #105115

Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette #111351,Soft Suede #115318, Whisper White #100730

Tools/Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die#115463, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Stampin Dimensionals #104430, Anywhere Glue stick #104045, 5/8″ Organza Ribbon Whisper White # 114319 (I used 5/8″ Satin Ribbon in Whisper White which is now retired but the Organza Ribbon would give you the same look.), Corner Rounder Punch #119871

I hope you enjoyed seeing  this Pink and Brown Baby Card and my first Less is More Challenge Entry.  See you again tomorrow.


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While the kids are heading back to school, Stampin’ Up! is going back to ‘spool’! For the month of September, get a FREE package of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon-an $8.95 value-for every $40 you spend!  If you can’t choose you can get all 5 with a $200 purchase.

Before and After Embellishments

I said yesterday I would do a before and after post showing how embellishments can improve a card and here it is.  The first card is one that my daughter, Lainy and I created together for her to use as her thank you notes after her birthday party.  They were a great card for an eight year old to make and send to her friends.   She was thrilled with the card and excited that she got to help design a card with mommy.  We used the Big Shot Die cutting machine with the Paper Dolly Sizzlits L die  that debuted in the spring mini catalog and is now in the current annual catalog.  We also used the 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch and the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  The card stock is a combination of current and retired colors as this was a project that I could use some of my retired stock on.  The stamp set we used is Easy Events which is in the current annual catalog and is the featured stamp set for my stamp set of the month club for September.  Lainy liked this stamp because she used my Stampin Write Markers to color the flowers in on each card.  This card really is easy to create.  The toughest part of this card is getting all the little pieces of the doily punched out.  I use a set of very pointy tweezers to get the pieces out of the punch-out and out of the die.  I love this doily and feel it is worth the time for the look you get with the doily.  Lainy helped with each step and many of them she did herself while I worked on other cards.  We finished the look off by using Stampin’ dimensional to pop up the scalloped circle.

The second card is one I created for a workshop I did at the beginning of June.  The hostess was wanting to learn how to create classy cards without them looking over done.  She had a tendency to over do her cards so I created three projects that focused on being simple but complete.  This is one of those projects.  I used the exact same supplies as the first card but I also used the 1/4″ stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, two pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels, and a butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die.  I added the ribbon across the top of the card both inside and out.  It is threaded through a slit I cut into the side fold.  I could then  hide my ends beneath the butterfly.  I don’t like seeing the cut ends of ribbon unless it is on a bow.  The two pearls finish off the butterfly.  The picture doesn’t show them as pearls but that is what they are they are not silver ( I am working on my photography skills).

Here is my supply list for this project.  I am listing everything only for the second card shown.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225 (This is the Stamp of the Month Club stamp set for September)

Ink: Gumball Green Stampin’ Write Marker#126856 (This is for the set that includes all 5 2012 – 2014 In Color colors the Gumball green marker is not sold separately), Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker #105115

Card Stock:  Gumball Green #126840, Lucky Limeade #122926, Daffodil Delight #119683, Pumpkin Pie #105117

Tools/Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits #118138, Paper Doily Sizzlits L Die #125592, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine#113439, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Glue Dots #103683, Sticky Strip #104294, 2 3/8′ Scallop Circle Punch #118874. 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Daffodil Delight #126872,

I hope you enjoyed seeing the difference between these two cards.  See you again tomorrow.


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