Stampin' Up! Snailed It!

Stamp setWe used this stamp set, SNAILED IT, yesterday in my Valentine Card Class.  You can find it on page 55 in the January ~ June Mini Catalog.

Snail ValentineThis is the card we made  in class.  The cute snail on the front is part of the coordinating designer series paper.  The set is bundled with SNAIL DIES (saving you 10%) & one of the dies cut out the snail on the DSP. The same die cuts out the stamped image so you can have lots of cute snails! 

Snail Valentine upcloseNotice the design around the edges of the cardstock?  This is a set of unique dies in the Mini ~ STITCHED WITH WHIMSY ~ on page 72.  They are very easy to miss in the catalog ~ hard to find but so usable to add a little extra design on your project.

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Stampin' Up! Stitched with Whimsey Dies

Let me know if I can help you in any way!  I can answer your questions about our products, help you with design & materials or teach you techniques that make paper crafting easy!  We definitely love to make HAPPY MAIL! 

Kangaroo & Company

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Join Kanga and Roo for some stamping fun at my VALENTINE CLASS on this coming Saturday afternoon at one.  Kanga and Roo?  Did you read Winnie the Pooh when you were growing up?  I did and my Mother and I would laugh and laugh at that silly old bear!  

Kangaroo & Company 1I have three stampers signed up for my class this Saturday afternoon and would love to have six!!!  This is one of the cards we will be making with the stamp set KANGAROO & COMPANY and coordinating dies on page 17 in the Mini Catalog.  EMAIL ME TO SIGN UP!  The class is just $10 or FREE with a $25 order in class!

Kangaroo stamp set


Valentine card class ~ Saturday this week....


This is one of the cards that we made at our Valentine Class on Saturday.  Wanda, Sharon, Dixie and Rusty enjoyed visiting with each other and creating Valentines for friends.  You can find this lovely paper, LOVE YOU ALWAYS SPECIALTY DSP, on page 11 in the January - June Mini Catalog.  The package contains 12 sheets of paper ~ 4 each of 3 different designs ~ two of them on this card.  Also, on the card ~ the heart is cut from Foil Sheets on the same page.  The package contains 6 sheets of foil, 2 each of 3 colors ~ all purrfect for Valentines.   Next Saturday ~ more Valentines ~ join me for class at 10 AM or 1 PM in the Cat/Art Studio.  This casual class is just $10 ~ or, free if you order $25 or more during the class.  EMAIL ME NOW!

Stampin' Up! Valentine Card Class


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Yesterday afternoon was my first of several classes to make Valentines.  I am sure not too many of my crafty friends send Valentines but I can't tell you how nice it is to open your mail box to something other than advertisements and bills!  Right?  From ANNIE'S MAILBOX ADVICE COLUMN recently ~

Dear Annie:  My young adult daughter recently had a milestone birthday, so I asked friends and family to send a birthday card to her.  She received many cards.  I was very grateful to the people who sent them.

    She sent every one of the people she received a card from a thank you note, saying how much the card meant to her.  I feel like I raised my daughter right, with good manners.

    So, just wanted to say:  Send a card to someone you love.  They will truly appreciate it.  And if you receive a card, tell them thank you for thinking of you.  Let's support each other.  Mom

Dear Mom:  I love the idea of brightening someone's day with a card.  No act of kindness, no matter how small, is wasted.

Card Making Class ~ Christmas



CREATE SIX CARDS ~ 2 EACH OF 3 DESIGNS.  Each class is limited to six stampers.  The class fee is $25 or $10 with an in-class order of $25.

The class will repeat on Tuesday, December 1, 6 PM in the Cat/Art Studio ~ 2758 Murray Avenue, Norfolk.

I have two spaces available in each class ~ call or text ~ 757-641-9354.

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper on Sale

October is traditionally when Stampin' Up! has a Designer Series Paper Sale and the Snowflake Splendor DSP is part of the sale this year!  What's so lovely about this paper ~ besides the snowflakes ~ is the colors that have been used.  It is a mixture of Highland Heather, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy.  WOW!  What a gorgeous combination!!!  We will be using this in my Christmas Card Class ~ the Saturday class is full but I have space in my class next Tuesday ~ EMAIL ME NOW to sign up!

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Stampin' Up's Snowflakes

Yesterday I posted Stampin' Up!'s video showing the products in the SNOWFLAKE SPLENDOR SUITE so today I thought I would show you some cards using the products in that suite.  The first one combines the designer series paper and the beautiful dove is from the DOVE OF HOPE BUNDLE on page 13 in the Mini Catalog.  The snowman in the second card includes the paper again and uses the SNOW WONDER BUNDLE on page 39.  The last two cards use the Winter Snow Embossing Folder from the suite.  I hope these cards will help you with ideas for your own cards because it's time, right?  If you would like to make some of your own join my class this coming Saturday ~ I would love to have you come by!

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Beautiful Autumn Card Class

The lovely stampers in my Sunday afternoon class were all prepared to use the Stampin' Up! Blends on one of their cards in our class.  And, they did a good job!  I hope they enjoyed it (I know not everyone enjoys 'coloring' as much as I do ~ I just find it relaxing...)!  Here is the card that we created using the Blends ~

Bloom & Grow stamp set, p 116 AC

And, here are the other two cards that we created in our class ~ two of each.


Beautiful Autumn Bundle, p 46 Fall Catty

For more information on this Bundle ~ check this blog post!


Blending with Stampin' Up!

Tomorrow in my BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN CARD CLASS we will be using Stampin' Up! Blends for one of the cards (I will post it for you on Sunday).  Stampin' Up! has had Blends (alcohol based markers) for several years and they are wonderful because they create a very smooth overall color on your image.  There are two in a package ~ one dark and one light ~ and each blend has a tiny line end and a brush end for application.  Always use Memento Ink when you color with Blends as this prevents bleeding.  And, keep the lid on so that the alcohol does not evaporate.  It is also wise to purchase the COLOR LIFTER with the Blends.  This tool removes color if you are outside of the lines of your image and you can use it to create highlights and shading.  The video below is an excellent one from Stampin' Up! ~ it is all about techniques of using blends ~ you'll love it! Enjoy!  Let me know if you have questions ~ just leave a comment and I will get back to you!