Sunday, November 20, 2011


Good Morning America (and my friends in other countries!!)

Well here I am on this beautiful Sunday, blessing the Lord for all the sunshine he is sending our way.  I have to admit, I can handle the cold and snow so much better (about 99.9%), as long as the sun is shining.  Here in Michigan, noted for the least amount of sunshine in the states, I always feel like it is a blessing to see the sun.

Yesterday was card class day and I created some really different (and a little more challenging) cards.  This class was not a "stamp-a-stack" so I could have cards that took a little longer than 10 minutes to re-create.  But I have to tell you, and this is the truth, my customers met the challenge with flying colors and said they enjoyed learning the new techniques.  They water colored with crayons for the first time, did a gate-fold card using a difficult fine-lined stamp to emboss, did some paper piecing, and created a beautiful gift-tag holder (I will post that, with step-by-step directions, next post).  Here are three of the cards:

I loved this card, very simple -- but a few tips to make it work.  My images were from the Welcome Christmas and Christmas Lodge Stamp Sets.  The tree was stamped in Wild Wasabi Classic Ink and before stamping I applied Garden Green Marker directly on top of the ink to highlight areas before stamping.  Then used Early Express Marker on the image for the tree bark.  The Baja Breeze Card Stock was then misted heavily and set aside to dry while the snow layers were put together.   I cut a 3" x 4" piece of Whisper White Card Stock and stamped it with the Welcome Christmas stamp image.  Then it was torn and sponged with Baja Breeze Classic Ink (the smaller piece of torn card stock (top piece) was flipped over to expose the ripped edge prior to sponging).  The object here was to cover the bottom of the tree image that was stamped in Wild Wasabi.  Then the sentiment on the tag was adhered.  Ask me why I didn't spray the Frost White Shimmer Paint on the whole card.  Okay, I confess -- found out the hard way that my Basic Black Classic Ink images bled because I wanted a "lot" of snow affect!!!  And it looked better dog gone it!!

Another simple card, but different card layout for my customers.  I believe this was the first time they have ever done a gate-fold card.  I used the Merry & Type Stamp Set; Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Whisper White Card Stock; and Early Espresso 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon.  The main tip for this card is to make sure you use your Embossing Buddy on the card stock prior to stamping the ornaments in Versa Mark Ink because this is such a fine-detailed stamp.  I also cut my gate-fold panel at 4" x 5 1/4" and scored at 2" and 4", using Stampin' Up's  new Simply Scored tool, to allow a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" back panel in the Early Espresso Card Stock.  Did I mention how much I love this new tool????  One of the very best new tools since the Big Shot!!

Okay, I thought this card would scare the crap out of my customers -- but was totally surprised when they all wanted to start at this card station.  I gave them 2 versions (this one and the one below) and told them they could watercolor a lot or as little as they wanted.  I didn't get to see all of the finished cards, but the ones I did see had watercolored the entire card and they did a totally awesome job.  None of them had used Stampin' Up's Watercolor Wonder Crayons before so this was a learning experience for them.  One lady just didn't want to stop and was late to her child's semi-finals game.  Anyway, I used the totally awesome Snow Much Fun Stamp Set and the following Watercolor Wonder Crayons with the Aqua Pen:  Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, and Early Expresso.

Here is my "oopsie" card that I used just to demonstrate how it would look without watercoloring everything (or everything but the sky -- LOL).
That is it for today.  Now I have to get my order ready for tomorrow's Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up's annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season.  It will run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Log in to my Online Store* on Monday, November 21, to take advantage of great savings, like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60% off select Designer Fabrics, and 30% off an exclusive ribbon bundle!

In addition, there will be two items on sale for 24 hours only (November 21, 12:01 AM – 11:59 PM [MT])—so make sure you don’t miss the first 24 hours of Online Extravaganza! Even I don't know what these items are, so I can't wait to find out!!!

Remember your blessings on Thanksgiving Day!
"To every thing there is a season. . . .  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." -- Ecclesiasters 3:1 - 4
Lord, thank you for blessing me with the knowledge that as I grow older, there will always be new life, new joy, and new discoveries. -- Sandi

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  1. Wow... FABULOUS cards!! What a great class that must have been!!!

  2. Oh my! I didn't think I NEEDED the Welcome Christmas stamp set, but now it turns out that I do - WOW!!!

    Thanks for the AWESOME inspiration!

  3. Great cards Sandi. No wonder your class enjoyed making them.

  4. WOW, THESE R SUPER... I did't know you updated until I checked FB tonight.

  5. Sandi .. these are all beautiful!! I LOVE the snowmen.. but your TREE on the first one is WONDERFUL!! So realistic !! Wonderful work!!

  6. Your cards are beautiful. I saw on Late Night Stampers that you've won a challenge. Way to go!!! I'll be glad when I can get back to stamping. The cupboards are suspose to be delivered today. Lynn