Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Summer Fun Promotion

Earn entries into a special drawing during the months of July and August and 3 lucky winners will receive a Stampin’ Up! shopping spree from me!

Grand Prize Winner:  $75
Runner Up #1:  $50
Runner Up #2:  $25

Earning entries is easy:

  • 1 entry for every $10 you spend
  • 1 entry for every event you attend
  • 3 entries for hosting a private stamping party (catalog parties qualify, too)
  • 5 entries if you purchase the Starter Kit

The Fine Print:

  • Promotion runs Tuesday, June 30th through August 25, 2015.
  • It is up to you to keep track of your entries.  If you purchase online and attend a class, you can submit your entries at the class.  If you purchase online and are unable to attend, simply email me with the date of purchase and number of entries.  I will submit them for you.
  • The drawing will be held on Tuesday, August 25th during the monthly stamp class.  It will also be the last opportunity to earn any additional entries into the drawing.
  • You do not need to be present to win (but you’ll earn additional entries if you attend and shop on the 25th!).
  • You will still earn initials on your Frequent Stamper Card  for every $50 you purchase.
  • This promotion is only valid through Christi Beck.

Please let me know if you have any questions. 
I look forward to stamping with you all summer long! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Christmas in July is Coming!

One of my favorite classes of the year is almost here - Christmas in July!  What a fun (and funny) time of the year to get in the holiday spirit.  When you arrive to class, you'll hear the sounds of Christmas music, smell the yummy smells of cookies in the oven and feel the crisp, cold air of winter (because the air conditioning will be blasting!). 

Monday, July 13th
6 pm until 9 pm
West Ft. Worth
Cost:  FREE with your minimum order
Note: At this time there are only 5 spots left.

We'll be making a total of 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs) plus a cute little Christmas tote bag.

I just love this cute little Christmas bag!

This card can be made into a gift card holder inside.

Are you ready to get a jump on your Christmas cards?  I hope you'll join me in July for a fun evening of getting in the holiday spirit!

Happy Stamping,

Always a Fun Time to Retreat

Stamping Retreat - doesn't that sound like a great way to escape?  Even though this past Saturday we only "retreated" for the day, it was well worth the escape away from my daily routine.  Our demonstrator group, the Cowtown Crafters, decided it was time to get together and spend the day crafting, stamping and creating.  (Would love for you to be a part of this amazing group, too!  Get all the details here.)

Cindie, Tammy and Lee are getting their craft on!  They think I'm funny because I keep taking pictures of everyone.  And, guess what?  I'm not in ONE picture!!  Didn't think about asking someone to take a picture with me in it.  Oh well!  :)

There were a total of 12 of us stamping!  Love the ideas and inspiration from this group!

What is a retreat without food? This was just the breakfast items!  We even had soup and salad from Olive Garden for lunch!

Here are just a few of the cute projects that were made.  When I got home, I realized that I hadn't taken pictures of all the completed projects that everyone was making (fooey!).

These cards and bag feature the adorable new English Garden Designer Series Paper.  Kim created these card bases with the idea in mind that all she'd have to do is simply add a sentiment and she'd have a card ready to go for any occasion.

Betty created this adorable card and box during the retreat.  Take a close look at the box project on the right.  The Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper is just gorgeous!  Betty added the pop of yellow using her Daffodil Stampin' Write marker.  Easy way to add color!

Retreats are just one of the many fun things we do together as the Cowtown Crafters.  We also have monthly gatherings, quarterly stamp and share events and annual retreats.  Would you like to join the fun, too?  It all starts with a simple purchase of the Starter Kit!

Happy stamping and creating,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Techniques and Some Creative Stampers

Techniques!  Who loves playing with paper and ink?  My stamping friends in the Cowtown Crafters demonstrator group sure do!  Each month we have a fun time swapping and sharing ideas and earlier this month we had a technique swap.  My technique that I shared and swapped was the Direct to Paper technique I shared in the previous post and now here are some of my fellow stampers' ideas.  (I've shared 4 techniques here but there are even more on my Facebook Page.)

Technique #1 - Dauber Blending or Stained Glass Technique

Technique #2 - Zentangling by Lee

 Technique #3 - Faux Leather by Marilyn

Technique #4 - Stained Glass by Janet

If you are enjoying these techniques, then you'll want to head over to my Facebook Page to see even more that I've been posting this week!  (This is only 4 of the 10 techniques in the swap!)

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Direct to Paper - Another Fun Technique!

Learning new techniques can be so much fun!  Now, the projects don't always turn out the way I had planned (I don't want to talk about the horrible Rock and Roll technique that was a total bomb) but trying something new just adds variety to stamping!

When I needed to come up with a technique card for a swap I was participating in, I decided to give the Direct to Paper technique a try.  And, I have to say I think it turned out very well for two reasons.  One - it was quick!  Two - it was easy!  My favorite kind of cards, projects and techniques are quick and easy!  I'm a busy homeschooling mom of two (a 6th grade and 8th grader) and I don't have a lot of extra time to work on something for hours.

So, if you're like me and want really nice looking cards but need simple and quick, the Direct to Paper technique is for you!  (Scroll down for the video tutorial, too!)

Ready to see how it's done?  

Happy Stamping,

Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Update

Summer is here and, boy, is it HOT in Texas!  Whenever the temperature reaches into the upper 90's and lower 100's, the only place I want to be (if I'm outside) is in the water!  And, that's just what we've been doing almost every day so far this summer is "living" at the water park!  I really cherish this time with the kiddos where we can just play and enjoy hanging out together.

I tell you this today because I want you to know that I am still here working my stamping business but my hours each week are a little more condensed that usual.  So, instead of seeing blog posts 4 to 5 times a week, I will only be posting once or twice a week during the summer.  And, you may not see as many posts on my Facebook page as usual.  I'll still be answering emails and replying to comments as quickly as I can!  Thank you for your understanding while things shift a little for the summer!

Here are my kids with their friends enjoying the sun!

No matter how much sunscreen my poor son puts on his body, he still gets burned!  He literally puts so much on he's white but somehow the sun still gets him!  (We do rub it in so he doesn't walk around looking white like a ghost!)

I hope you and your family have a wonderful, fun-filled summer, too!  Enjoy the summer months together!  I know we will!

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday's Technique - Bokeh

I have finally decided to give the Bokeh technique a try!  And, I'm SO glad I did!  What a fun technique!  It was much easier to do than I originally thought and I figured out a few tips and ideas that might help you to venture into the world of Bokeh!

Supplies Needed:
  • Piece of white card stock (I cut mine to 4 3/4" X 3 1/2")
  • 3 different colors of ink (In the card above, I used Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride.)
  • Sponges
  • Circle punch template (see the picture below)
  • White craft ink
  • Daubers

Circle Punch Template:
  • If you don't have the circle punch sizes I used, use what you have.  You can also cut out circles using the Circles Collection of Framelits with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.
  • Note: Many tutorials I watched cut the holes from clear acetate or window sheets.  I found that using a piece of card stock worked better for me and I explain why in the instruction steps below.

Steps for making your own Bokeh card:
  • Use a different sponge piece to swirl on the three different colors of ink.  You'll want to completely cover the white card stock.  Use a circular motion.
  • Lay the template over the piece of inked piece of card stock and begin swirling on the craft ink with the dauber into the different sized circles.
  • Choose random places to make the circles.  Pick up the template and reposition and add as many circles as you'd like.
  • If you'd like the white ink darker, let the first set of circles dry (or heat with a heat tool) and then go back over the first set of circles with more white craft ink.
  • Once everything is completely dry, stamp desired image with Memento ink.
 I chose to make my template out of card stock instead of a piece of acetate or window sheet.  Why?  

First, I found that since craft ink on a window sheet doesn't dry, I was getting ink on my fingers as well as on the back of the window sheet which in turn was transferring ink all over my background piece (in places I didn't want).

Second, even though you could see through the window sheet so you knew where to add the circles, I found it was too distracting to see where they were going.  I guess I was "over-thinking" it and I wanted more of a random placement of circles.  Using a piece of card stock helped me to just put circles here and there and not get hung up on the "perfect placement" of everything.

So, there you have it!  A fun technique to try!  Have you already done this technique and discovered a few tips for yourself?  I'd love for you to share your tips and ideas in the comments section below.  It's all about crafters helping crafters! 

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Happy Stamping,

Monday, June 8, 2015

Makeover Monday - From Christmas to Birthday

Let me start today's post with a confession - I keep TONS of cards that I receive.  It doesn't matter if it was a swap card from 4 years ago or a card someone sent me in the mail yesterday.  I have a hard time purging my cards.  Are you the same way?  I have no trouble at all letting go of retired stamp sets, punches, etc. but for whatever reason, cards tend to pile up in boxes in my closet.  And, I know that they're doing no good in a box in a closet.

Ok.  I digress.  So, I came across a Christmas card in one of those previously mentioned boxes that was created by Maggie Patterson and there's just something about the layout that I really like.  Maybe it's the simplicity of the design.  Whatever it was, I knew I had to make it into a Makeover Monday card.  

Here's her pretty Christmas card:

And below are the cards I created based on this initial design:

I'm really excited with the way these birthday cards turned out.

Well, with my BOGO Sale and Catalog Kick Off coming up, I'm thinking it's time to purge most of the cards I have stashed in my closet.  But, I know I'll want to keep some that catch my eye so they can be brought back into the light as a future Makeover Monday cards. 

Now it's your turn!  Go through some of your card stashes and find old cards that need to be revived and refreshed.  
The inspiration is there in those old cards!

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Happy Stamping,

Sunday, June 7, 2015

June Stamp Factory Class

We've got some fun cards featuring new products for this month's Stamp Factory class!  Stamp classes are a great place to try out new products, learn new techniques (or card layouts) and have a fun evening out with other stampers!  Just take a look at what we'll be making Monday night!

I shared this card in a previous post to introduce you to the You've Got This stamp set.  It's a very versatile set and I love the simplicity of this card.

The next two cards showcase several new products.  First is the new Friendly Wishes stamp set.  There are 4 great sentiments (plus extra images) in the cute set.

These cards also showcase the new Envelope Paper.  This thin text-weight paper was designed for creating envelopes but also works perfectly on cards or other projects.  It comes in several different prints.

Monday, June 8th
7 pm until 9 pm
Fort Worth
Each month we create 8 cards for FREE with a minimum purchase!  This class is designed with beginner stampers in mind or those who need a bunch of cards in a hurry.  They're quick, simple but oh so cute!

Happy stamping,


Friday, June 5, 2015

Sprinkles of Life Latch Card with Tutorial

I love it when I come across tutorials and project ideas that are easy and fun to duplicate!  This Latch Card was one of those projects that when I saw it on Splitcoaststampers, I just knew I had to give it a try!  I've even created my own tutorial (see below) on how to make this cute card using the new Sprinkles of Life stamp set and the coordinating Tree Builder punch.

Did you know that when you purchase the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Stampin' Up! donates to the Ronald McDonald House Charities?  That's right!  Stampin' Up! will donate $3 for every set sold!  And this is set has to be in your collection!

Tips and Tricks for creating this cute latch card:
  • For the circles, I punched a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock with the 2" circle punch (for the inside circle).
  • I then opened my set of Circle Framelits and found the framelit that was just a little larger than 2" and cut one out of Whisper White card stock. 
  • The score marks on the right hand side allow the panel to "bend" just enough to allow the latch to "open" and "close". 
  • Get all the details in the video tutorial below.  Enjoy!

Watch the Sprinkles of Life Card Tutorial:

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Have a great Friday and enjoy making those latch cards!  
Let me know how your latch card card-making goes!

Happy Stamping!