Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Christmas Card Cranks 2008

How many years have you planned to make Holiday or Christmas cards and then didn’t have the time to get it all done?

This year, I’ll do all the boring cutting and you do the fun stamping! In each of these fast-paced Christmas Card Cranks, you’ll make 20 Holiday/Christmas Cards—4 each of 5 designs. (That’s what we call “crankin’ out a bunch of cards!”). $29 per session. Different cards at each session unless otherwise noted.

Registration and payment due 10 calendar days prior to the class.
I’m allowing 4+ hours for each session, but the stamping should take you approximately 2 hours, so feel free to arrive any time in the first 2 hours.

Session 1: October 24, 6:30-10:30 pm -- registration due October 14
Session 2: November 30, noon -5 pm – registration due November 20

SUPPLIES ONLY: If you can’t attend the event you can still purchase the packet of supplies. Just use your own stamps and ink at home.
COMPLETED CARD SETS: Love the look of handmade Christmas Cards but don’t have time to make them? Order Completed Card Sets for $39 (plus $5 postage to mail you your card sets).

Bring 2 adult stampers who have never stamped with me before and get a $5 rebate off your class registration. PLUS – When you place a $50 order at the class, you will receive a special gift.
You must PRE-PAY AND PRE-REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS so that I have enough supplies for you. I will supply SU’s Anywhere Glue Sticks as adhesive. If you prefer another type, feel free to bring it.

These are the projects for Christmas Card Crank #1 on October 24th

I'm trying to get online registration figured out, so bear with me. I think it's working now, but if it doesn't, please let me know.

Christmas Card Crank Registration

Click on the arrow to choose your session(s) or Supply packet


Set of 20 Assorted Handmade Christmas Cards & Envelopes

$39/set of 20 plus $5 to mail you your cards

Friday, September 26, 2008

More Fantastic Swaps

Here are the beautiful swaps from the rest of my team. Aren't they talented!?!
Janice used the polished stone technique to create the gorgeous background. And look at the interesting way she did the double scallop in the frame. Wow!

Sarah's Inspired by Nature card is stunning. You can't tell from the scan, but the grass is embossed with sparkly embossing powder. She used the Silhouette Color Scheme from pp 10-11 of the catalog. See, you don't have to re-invent the wheel :-)

Technically Joanne isn't part of our team, but it sure feels like she is and we're lucky to have her. Her beautiful Rose is a Rose card features the Parisian Summer designer paper and the color scheme is based on that. That's one of the many great things about the designer paper -- it's easy to choose your colors because they're already there! And, of course, the SU designer papers coordinate perfectly with the SU ink, cardstock and other accessories.

Thanks for visiting. Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fancy Fold

I saw this fold somewhere and didn't write it down, so this is the way I remember it.
You make a basic side-folding card base and then cut off a triangle. Then make a smaller top-folding card base for the inside. Cover it all with DSP, add a little stamping and you're good to go. It's easy, once you figure out the angle for the cut. I used the acrylic grid that SU used to sell which helped a lot.

For the flower, I punched out a piece of Riding Hood Red with the circle Scallop Punch and then snipped in close to the center. Very easy!
Other supplies:
CS: Apricot Appeal and Bashful Blue
Stamps: Thank you Kindly, Pocket Silhouettes (on the corner of the Thank You -- it's subtle)
DSP: Washington Apple
Punches: Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Punch, little circle punch (either 1/2" or 3/4" -- I'd have to go measure)
As always, if you want to order any of these supplies or have me teach you how to make it, please email or call me. You can also order SU products online and not even have to talk to me :-)

Have a fantastic day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

100 Card Swap

I recently participated in a 100 card swap. What that means is that I made 100 identical card fronts (they don't open) and 99 other people did the same thing. The swap hostess then separates them and sends you back 1 from each of the other 99 participants. As I was working on making 100 identical cards, I really wondered what possessed me to do such a thing! But, having received the other cards yesterday, I know why. They were awesome! Stampin' Up! has so many amazingly talented demonstrators.

This shows my work in progress. I chose the new set Harvest Home which is a beautiful set, just perfect for watercoloring. Of course, watercoloring 100 focal points and 100 leaf borders was a bit much. Then, I discovered that I didn't have enough Chocolate Chip cardstock to do one of the layers I'd planned, so I distressed and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink instead. That adds another dimension without adding another layer.
This is the final product. I like how it turned out. Actually, the other 100 don't have glitter on the leaves. My 9 yo said that he'd never seen shiny leaves, so I shouldn't do that to the rest of them.

Stamps: Harvest Home

CS: Confetti White, Choc Chip, Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss DP

Ink: Black StazOn,

Reinkers: Tangerine, Riding Hood, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Mustard

Acces: Choc Chip Grosgrain, Jumbo Eyelets, Aquapainter

As always, if you want to order any of these supplies, either email me or buy it online by clicking on the Online ordering button on my blog.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More Beautiful Swaps

Check out these two beautiful swaps made by demonstrators on my team. Aren't they gorgeous?!?

Julie made the first one. I love the clean layout. Didn't she do a fantastic job coloring the border?

Stamps: Beautiful Borders
CS: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Lovely Lilac, Very Vanilla
Ink: VersaMark, Black StazOn
Accessories: 1/4" Eggplant Grosgrain, Earth Elements Buttons, Linen Thread, Black Embossing Powder, Lilac, Eggplant, Olive & Artichoke Markers

Betty Vene made the second one. The beads on the cupcake are so cute and the way she used the scallop border punch is just amazing. Not to mention, she cut out the inside rectangle with her hobby blade. Too bad her daughter (aka, Me) didn't inherit her excellent cutting abilities.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
CS: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Pink beads, Hologram Highlights EP, Crystal Effects, bold Bright brads, Dimensionals

Click here to order any of these products online
Or call or email me at sharongraham@qwest.net or 425-957-0407.

Have a fantastic day and go stamp something!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My Recent Swap

This was the card that I made for my team swap last week. I only had to make 5 of these, which was a relief after completing all my cards for a 100 card swap. What was I thinking when I decided to do that?!? Actually, I know that I was thinking that I'd have plenty of time to work on it once the kids went back to school. Unfortunately, the teachers went on strike for a couple of weeks, which really put a crimp in my plans. :-) I'll post that card later.

Stamps: Thank You Kindly
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette. NQ Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose Designer paper
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, NQ Navy
Accessories: Big Shot, Dies: Birds & Blooms, Top Note, Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, Gold Brads
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Make a Difference

Every year, Stampin' Up! has a stamp set that is created specifically as a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities. With the help of demonstrators and customers, SU has donated almost $700,000 so far. How awesome is that!!! This year the stamp set is Say It with Scallops. It's a set of 4 that are designed to go with our brand new square scallop punch. This is my favorite RMHC set so far. This set of 4 sells for $17.95 (US) and $2 from the sale of each set goes to RMHC.

Here's the first card that I have made using it. There will be many more to come.

The "Hi" is from the Say it wth Scallops set. The rest of the stamped images are from Eastern Blooms, another of my new faves. Basically, anything floral is a favorite.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Decor Elements in Action

I put these up in my bathroom a couple months ago and am finally getting a picture posted. I like how easily they rub onto the wall -- even ones that are textured (although SU suggests flat surfaces only). Stay tuned for more Decor Elements pix.
Also, please notice that you can't tell how dirty the bathroom is from these photos. Ya-hoo!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Christmas Bowl

I'm so excited by this project! Check out this festive Christmas bowl that I made. It was super easy to make too! The only challenge was stamping on the curves of the bowl. Next time I'll use a plate, but this is what I had in my closet of "things I'll use some day."

The only supplies were the Snow Swirled stamp set that is 15% off through the end of September and white StazOn ink. I stamped on the back side of the bowl, rather than on the surface that would touch food. Just imagine what a fantastic ensemble you could make with dessert plates, serving dishes, candle holders, you name it. I got this bowl at Dollar Tree, so you could make a lot of Christmas items very inexpensively.

Happy Holidays (a few months early)