Thursday, May 10, 2018

Blog Waddle Alert - Celebrating Retirement!

Hi Fellow Stampers

Today is another one of our famous Blog Waddles.  This month we are celebrating the retirement of some of our favorite stamp sets and colors.  So waddle on this way and see what I've made:

The Tutti-Frutti Suite, found on page 29 of the Occasions catalog, is retiring.  It has the Fruit Basket stamp set and the Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack (Bundle), a 6x6 designer series paper and several other coordinating items.    Check it out at the end of my blog post.    When I first looked at this suite, I loved it for it's fresh, vibrant colors that just shouted spring and summer.  But I will tell you I hesitated because of it's small stature.  The punches and stamps are tiny.  However, when I started using it, oh wow!  Easy to stamp and punch and what beautiful cards.  Below are some of my samples.  I couldn't stop making cards, especially the adorable 3x3 cards!

Here's the group of cards that I made.

Now let's check them out up-close.   The first two here are ones I cased from Kay Kalthoff.  I changed them slightly;  She used Night of Navy and I used the retiring Dapper Denim.  (Night of Navy looks better).  Notice the cross hatching...that was done with the simple stripe embossing folder.  Kay explains it all in her post.  Here is a link to her website to check it out.

This card was designed by Angie Kennedy Juda.  She offered a Tutti-Frutti class which I purchased.  Isn't his card cute?  And so easy to make!  There are 4 more adorable cards in her class.

The 3x3 cards are my designs.  I couldn't stop stamping and punching the little fruits!  So I decided to make adorable 3x3 gift cards.  I especially loved the little watermelons!

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  It's a really fun stamp and punch set that inspires!  The suite is currently still available until May 31st.   Look at the images below to see the full suite.  If you wish to purchase anything, click on the image and it will take you to my on-line store.  Happy Stamping!

Now on to my other duckling friends:

Kim Baker

Friday, May 4, 2018

Stampin'Up! Color Revamp

Good Morning!

Such exciting news from Stampin'Up!  In the new 2018-2019 catalog, we are going to have a lot of new, fresh and on trend colors.  Some of our old favorites will be saying good bye to make room for the new colors.  Plus, we get a new, easier to open stamp pad design.

So here are the colors that are going away and the new colors

Here are the new color groupings and a complete list of all the colors, both new and old:

The new design pads and the new colors will be available June 1st, 2018.  I will be ordering catalogs May 1st and hope to get them into your hands as soon as possible!

Until later,  have a blessed day!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 2018 Card Class is now in Session

Good Morning!

Today I'm going to share with you the cards we will be making in my May 2018 card class.  I decided to do something different so we are going to do a one sheet wonder class with note cards (1/2 sheet Designer Series Paper, Petal Passion, and 10 notecards and envelopes)

and using the Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating thinlits.  Plus we will be making a cute purse clutch to put 5 notecards and envelopes in to give as a gift.  Plus a cute little bag to give as a gift as well. 

Here are the cards: 

And here is the clutch purse and gift bag:

Class Dates and Times:
Friday, May 18th - 10am - 2pm
Sunday, May 20th - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, May 22nd - 10am - 4:30 pm

Call to make reservations by Tuesday, May 8th and to find out further details.

Coffee and Cards

I'm trying something new.  I'm going to have an additional class per month - I will be highlighting a product, technique, tool or basic stamping.  We will only be making 2 cards and I'm limiting the class size to 4 people.  I will have as many classes as people want to take, but each class will have only 4.  I'm doing this because in my larger classes I'm unable to fully teach some techniques or explain a product.  I want you to enjoy card making and all the wonderful products that Stampin'Up offers and I feel I can do this in a smaller class and limiting myself to certain topics.  Plus you get to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or two.  

This month, the technique is alcohol markers:  how to use them.  These are the two cards we will be making:

The dates and place of the classes:  
Tuesday, May 15th 10am - 12 noon
Wednesday, May 16th - 6:30pm-8:30pm

I hope you can join me!  

Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Share What You Love!

Hi All!

Exciting news from Stampin'Up!  While everyone anxiously awaits the arrival of their new catalogs, you can preorder bundles BEFORE the catalogs even come out! 
That's right! These 3 bundles AND the new in-color ink pads (new ink pad design) can be ordered starting May 1st.   And the BEST part? There are FREE items in each one for ordering during the pre-order period.  Click on the image to get the full details.

Here is a video to explain further:  

Contact me with any questions or if you would like to order!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Technique/Card Folds Blog Waddle

Good Morning Fellow Stampers!

Welcome to another Blog Waddle!  This month our Stray Duckling Waddle highlights techniques and card folds!  So let's get started!  Quack, Quack!

Loving Vincent

Have you seen this movie yet?  It's an animated cartoon based on the paintings of Vincent Van Gough.  The artists (100 of them) painted the story board and all in the style of Vincent.  It's like his paintings come to life!  On March 17th, the Stray Ducklings had a Technique/Fancy Fold demonstration and swap.  I was also scheduled to see "Loving Vincent" at the Peoria Riverfront Museum for it's limited 3 day run.  When I saw this card, it reminded me so much of the style of Van Gough that I just had to do it.

My inspiration for this card was Kim Jolley, a Stampin'Up demonstrator in Springfield Missouri.  She is known for her artistic flair in cards.  And this technique is what she created.  She calls it "Not Your Mother's Shaving Cream Technique".   Much easier and neater than the traditional shaving cream technique. 

In this card you get 3 for one;  embossing using versamark pad and our classic ink pads, ink resist and the shaving cream technique.  Kim has a wonderful video explaining how this card was made. 

I also have a free pdf for you to print out.  It contains step by step instructions and all the measurements.  Click here to download.

Hope you enjoyed the technique and my card!



On Stage and Last Chance List!

Good Morning Stampers!

This past weekend I was privledged to join my fellow Stampin'Up Demonstrators in our Semi-annual Stampin'Up meeting, called On Stage Local.  The closest meeting for me was in Milwaukee, WI.  I drove up with 4 of my Stray Duckling ladies and we met up with 5 more of our group.

We sat at two tables and each table had a duck.  The duck I brought could sing and flap it's wings too!  Just like us!  At the meeting we received the new 2018-2019 catalog and got to see many of the products demonstrated.  And we got to make 4 make and takes as well!  It was a spectacular weekend, full of information and fun!

Today, Stampin'Up has released the retirement lists for both the Occassions and the 2017-2018 catalog.  Many favorites from the Occasions catalog are going to be in the new annual.  However, the bundles will not be.  So if you see a favorite bundle in the Occasions catty, please order it as soon as possible.  It's only while supplies last.  If you wait until June 1st, you can still get them, just not the 10% discount.

Here is the link to the Occasions Retirement List.

Here is the link to the 2017-2018 Catalog Retirement List.

In addition, you too will be able to get your hands on new products a month early! Starting May 1st, you will be able to order the Share What You Love Suite.

Here is a video to further explain:



Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 2018 Class is in session!

Good Morning fellow stampers!

Today I am sharing with you the projects that we will be creating in my April class.  The theme is a big monochromatic, but I think that might be because we are currently in our 95th day of January!  Cold and gloomy out today!  Hopefully by time the class rolls around, it will be warmer, and sunnier.  So here are the cards: 

This class is a bit of a throw back to the 2017-2018 annual catalog that has had such wonderful products!  Beginning stampers as well as experienced ones are welcomed!  You will be making 2 cards each of 3 designs, plus a bonus card.  The bonus card is using a technique called Black Ice.  It's stunning in person!  All cards come with envelopes.  Cost is $15.  If you can't make the class but would like the cards, I'd be happy to stamp and assemble them for you.  Cost is the same, $15. 

April Class Dates are:

Sunday, April 15th - 1:30-4:30 pm
Tuesday, April 17th - 10am - 2pm
Friday, April 20th - 10am - 2pm

Contact me here if you wish to sign up.  Please let me know by Tuesday, April 10th so I know how many card kits to make!

May 2018 Class

May class is probably going to take place.  I have an appointment with a hip surgeon late in April and I'm not sure what the result of that will be.  I plan on going forward with the May class, but the dates may change depending on what is going to happen!

I'm planning on doing a one-sheet wonder class with notecards.  You will make 20 notecards (with envelopes) using the Petal Palette stamp set and one sheet of the Petal Passion designer series paper.  In addition, you will be making a cute little box to store the note cards in.  Cost of the class is a bit higher than my usual classes:  it will be $20.  This price includes a set of  20 notecards. 

May Class Dates: 

Sunday, May 20th - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Tuesday, May 22nd - 10am - 2pm
Friday, May 25th, 10am - 2pm.

Let me know as soon as possible if you wish to attend the April Card class - I will be starting to cut kits next week!

Happy Stamping!