Christmas Quilt coming soon!

A few days ago I announced the date and location for the next Inkspiration Saturday:  October 7 (World Card Making Day), 8:30-3:30, at 1st Congregational UCC in DeKalb.

Today’s bit of news is the featured stamp set you’ll get with your registration, Christmas Quilt from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

Registration for Inkspiration Saturday opens tomorrow, August 11, but meanwhile here’s a corporate video showing the stamp set and rest of the Quilted Christmas suite:

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2017 Jingle Jump (September)

Jingle Jump bannerRegistration for the 2017 Jingle Jump (September) is at the bottom of this page — keep reading!  Please note that the projects for October’s Jingle Jump (10/20-21) will be entirely different.

Is this the year you’ll send out handmade holiday greetings? Then get a “jump on your jingle” with this holiday “stamp-a-stack.” Come and make 10 Christmas/holiday cards (several of the same or a variety) for just $20. There will be six different designs to choose from in a variety of styles–you’ll love the stamps from the Holiday Catalog! The cards are designed to be completed quickly (in about 10 minutes or so) and have lots of interest but not a lot of fuss, in order to keep the cost low. These cards can be mailed with no additional postage. This event is perfect for the new stamper — invite someone to come with you!

Session 1:  Friday, September 8 — 1:00-5:00 p.m. (come any time)
Session 2:  Friday, September 8 — 6:30-9:30 p.m. (come any time)
Session 3:  Saturday, September 9 — 9:00 a.m. till noon (come any time)

Place:             My DeKalb home (322 Fairmont Dr)         

Note that registration is limited to 10 stampers at each session.

Need more than ten? Each additional card you make is $2, payable during the camp. I’ll supply envelopes and Stampin’ Dimensionals, but you need to bring your own scissors and adhesive (I suggest bringing several types).

Paid registration of $20 must be received by Wednesday, August 30. I’ll just need your name and contact information in addition to your check. You may also register online below. Please note that if I do not have your payment, you are not registered for this event.


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Birthday cake!

The Heartfelt Inkspiration team meeting in June was our annual “group drool,” when we examine every page of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog and point out the smallest, most fabulous details of projects and products.  This event has lasted into the later hours of the evening, and this year we never did get around to our make and take projects!  It’s great fun.

Former Artisan Design Team member Sue Plote often joins our meetings  — she is a friend of the team — and brings the perspective of one who loves packaging and containers.  She did a subtle but very effective job of selling me on the Celebration Time bundle; I couldn’t resist.

This July camp card, inspired by Amy Koenders, was my first project using the bundle.  I love everything about it!  I offered a choice of sentiments, and several stampers created a wedding version of this card.

Tip:  To save paper, cut the cake stand in the center of the Silver Foil mat.  It will be hidden by the white panel and no one will know there’s a hole in the mat — unless they read this blog, of course.

Do you love that luscious 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon?  I’m really glad that all three colors (Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, and Lemon Lime Twist) are in stock now!

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Just a Splash of Inkspiration

I hold Splash of Inkspiration events several times a year.  These half-days are typically concentrated on a single stamp set.  Last weekend’s Splash was all about Colorful Seasons.  Participants stamped 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), including this “spring” one, inspired by Patty Bennett:

I used the “cherry blossoms” stamp on this long branch (stamped twice), but it’s designed to fit another one of the images.  So blossoms are floating in mid-air — but that’s not a bad thing, right?

I’ve been using the “anchored ribbon” technique for years, and I’ve assumed that anyone stamping with me has seen it before.  But Saturday there was a stamper who hadn’t already learned it.  How about you?  See a tutorial on how to anchor a ribbon here.

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At home

In our August stamp camps, we’ll finally be using the wonderful At Home with You bundle, new in the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:

At Home with You Photopolymer BundleI was actually able to use this stamp set months ago, as I was preparing projects for the displays at OnStage in Minneapolis in April.  The funny thing about this was that I didn’t receive the dies, only the stamps.  That meant when I made my three projects, I had to cut everything out by hand.  Here’s one of the cards:

And because I changed my mind after I started, I fussy cut the garland and greens twice!  The dies are shown below, but know that you can save 10% by ordering stamps and dies as a bundle (#145351, $50.25 US).

Yes, there are 28 tiny circles of Glimmer Paper on there!

I love this card, even though the vellum overlay wasn’t cooperating and wanted to buckle a bit.  The implied snow was just what I wanted!

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You’re welcome, Kate!

There were issues with my blog yesterday and, just for fun, I checked through the comments that were in the spam folder.  This one made me LOL:

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Carols of Christmas by Stampin’ Up! early release

For the month of August, you have the special opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set, Card Front Builder Framelits Dies, or both in a bundle (and save 10%) a month before it is even released in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  This is the perfect time to redeem your Bonus Days coupons, too!

Click the chart below to see a Carols of Christmas flier.

Carols of Christmas bundleCheck out the cuteness at stamp camp this month when we’ll make two cards from this bundle!  Meanwhile, watch this corporate video for more ideas:

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Cowgirl pretty

That’s where I was going with this July camp card, inspired by Linda Dalke.  Rough wood, flowers, Americana, shiny copper — here it is:

I love the floral motif against the Wood Textures label — in fact, that floral stamp (from Wood Words) is one I use again and again because it’s just so pretty.

I’m spoiled by the Banner Triple punch for flagging the ends of banners, but this one was too narrow for the punch’s channels.  You can make it work, but do you know the trick for easily cutting these ends by hand?  Read the Flag It blog post here.

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Gorgeous and simple birthday

This is another simple card from my Colonial House stamp camp.  I love our Thursday afternoon together!  We have a lot of laughs — maybe a serious moment or two — and stamp a couple of cards.

There are sometimes physical limitations that come into play, so I try to design the cards without tiny details.

But this leaf from Happy Birthday Gorgeous is really tiny!  Using Clear Block A makes sense because there is less chance to ink the block (and not just the stamp) and get stray ink on the card front.

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Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?

Kathleen Kelly thought so, and it’s hard to argue with her opinion.

That big, beautiful daisy in Daisy Delight really steals the scene, doesn’t it?  Add the stunning Designer Series Paper, and the smaller images in this set barely stand a chance.  I decided to give them some love with this easy (no Big Shot!) card:

I don’t think sympathy cards have to be grim, do you?  This one is ready to go, should the need arise, with the addition of the beautiful sentiment from Flourishing Phrases.

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