Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Yippee! The Holidays are here! Yippee! I am finally blogging again!

all images (c) stampin'up
Advent started yesterday for me.  I know it's only Nov. 2nd. I know Thanksgiving is still over 3 weeks away. I know, I know, I know.  BUT, the fact is that I started in savoring this season yesterday.  There is an expectancy that comes on me that makes everything a little more.  A little more warm, or bright, or beautiful, or breathtaking, or heartbreaking.
I love it and I won't apologize for it.  The One whose birth we remember at Christmas is LAVISH in His love for us, He is extravagant in His gift giving.  I intend to savor that to the fullest for the next 53 days...oh and forever after that.
I don't know what happened to blogging in October.  That's all I have to say on the subject!
We have had a couple of great classes here at my house.  The last one was all about Christmas and it was so fun.  My stampers had to work pretty hard to get all the projects done, but they didn't complain and went home with lots to show for their time!

Next we will really concentrate on Christmas cards.  The first card making open house is this Thursday, Nov. 4, starting at 11 am. The hours of the open house are 11 am-4pm and 7pm-10ishpm. If you have ordered materials from me, you can come and work on your Christmas cards (or other stamping projects) at my house.  The open house is free.  Just bring your materials, including adhesive and a snack to share.  I will provide beverages, tools and Christmas music! 
Click here to sign up. Let me know about what time you plan to be stampin' at my house (i.e. all day, morning, evening).

The cute Santa hat box shown above was inpired by Kimberly VanDeipen. You can see her fabulous designs

The complete class and open house schedule is on the left side of my blog.
Here are a few more projects from the last class:

If you would like the complete product lists for these projects click here and I will send them to you.

Happy Stampin' everyone!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Hello October!

Hello Readers.  I am finally getting around to posting. Hopefully I will get this down and post on a regular basis!  We had a great class on Monday of this week.  This "Happy Card" was the favorite of most of the stampers that day.  We made a bunch of autumn projects (keep checking back for more pics) using primarily the "Day of Gratitude" stamp set and the coodinating "Autumn Spice" designer series paper.  Both are found on page 12-13 of the Holiday Mini Catalog.

The background for this card was made by sponging over a stencil.  We stamped and cut out the leaves and then sponged over the top of them. The great thing about the aged/distressed look is that you can do a little or a lot depending on your personality, mood, or just the look you are going for!

So here is what I love about October:  It really is fall!  September is the summer into autumn month.  It is the back to school month, it is the apple month (I used to be a kindergarten teacher...I think there is an object I associate with each month...has to do with the giant calendar in the classroom.).  October is the "now we get down to the real autumn business" month...pumpkins!  Oak and maple leaves!  Crisp days and cozy foods! And...this is the big one...it's only 12 weeks til Christmas!!!  Which in the stampin' world means WE BETTER BREAK OUT THE CHRISTMAS STAMPS AND THE GLITTER AND GET BUSY!!!! (there might be a new Christmas song in there somewhere).

In light of it being OCTOBER and all that it implies, I have a few announcements!

First, my upcoming class schedule:

Monday, 10/11
10 am and 7pm
This class will be a mixture of general, fall, and Christmas.  Mostly cards with a project or two thrown in (including the Halloween treat box).

Monday, 10/25
10 am and 7pm
This class will include a Thanksgiving card.  The rest will be posted as soon as I figure it out.


Monday, 11/15
10 am and 7 pm
details TBA

Monday, 11/29
10 am and 7pm
details TBA

In addition to my classes I have a great opportunity for you to make your own Christmas cards (at least if you live in Western Washington). Let me help you design your Christmas cards using Stampin' Up supplies.  We will order what you need and then you can work on them at my house.  I will be hosting two open house days where you can come and work on your cards all day and evening.  The dates for these events will be November 4 and 18.  My house will be open from 11 am until 11 pm for you to work on your cards.

Contact me:

Have a great weekend, stampers!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Let's go!

Well now, this is my very first blog post!  My best chick friend Julie (yep we have the same name) has helped me set this up and so here I go.
I am visiting her in Arizona for her birthday (it is really hot here).  The visit was a surprise and to keep her from suspecting, I sent her a card everyday last week, so I will post them in my first few posts. Here's the first one I sent her.
I had been thinking that this stamp set "Happiness Shared" would be so cool done in peachy fall colors mixed with Marina Mist (yummy new color). Add the matching ribbon, a groovy Antique Brad and some Smooch Spritz and a beautiful card is born.
Welcome to my new blog!

Blessings on your day!

The Card Chick