Quinn’s 5th Birthday

We celebrated my granddaughter Quinn's 5th birthday yesterday at our new house, and I had so much fun decorating for the only little girl in the family!  Here's the special card I made her.  I started with a 5-1/4"x10-1/2" piece of Melon Mambo card stock, then folded it in half for a 5-1/4"x5-1/4" card that fits perfectly in a Whisper White Medium Square Envelope.  I punched some circles using the 1" Circle Punch and adhered them along the top.  Next is a piece of Blushing Bride card stock that was torn on both edges with some Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon tied around.  The stamping comes from a great birthday set called Crazy for Cupcakes.  I stamped the image in Basic Gray Classic Ink then colored in with a Blender Pen and stamp pads.  I added some white glitter from the Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter stack using a touch of glue from the Two-Way Glue Pen for a little bling.  The fun polka dot Concord Crush Designer Series Paper is from the Hostess Level 1 pack.  (Earn this fabulous paper pack free when you host a workshop of $150 or more!)   Now that's about as girly as you can get!

Item No. 111618 Crazy for Cupcakes $23.95
Item No. 107289 Whisper White Medium Square Envelope (20) $6.50
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Item No. 108797 Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter $15.95
Item No. 100425 Two-Way Glue Pen $3.50
Item No. 121028 Designer Series Paper Pack – In Color Level 1 Hostess free gift

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Stamping 101 Library Class

I've had so much fun teaching two sessions of a beginner rubber stamping class at both the Naples Library in Naples, NY, and the Wood Library in Canandaigua, NY.  Thought I'd share the projects from these classes with you.

This card got its "wow" from cutting the frame and oval from the Big Shot using the Scallop Frame Die.  We stamped a beautiful tree from the Thought & Prayers stamp set in Old Olive Classic Ink and added a sentiment from that same set.  We punched a few flowers using the 3 Flower Punch and Perfect Plum card stock and attached them to the card with some Gold Brads.  A piece of Old Olive 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon completes this easy yet effective card.

The next card is a bright, fun birthday card showcasing several of the In Colors — Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and a bit of Soft Suede.  We used the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set and colored in the main image with Blender Pens and Stamp Pads.  A dash of Bermuda Bay 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon coordinates so beautifully!

It's the middle of November, so no card class this time of year would be complete without making a Christmas card.  We used several products from the Holiday Mini Catalog to create this card — Delightful Decorations stamp set and coordinating Ornament Punch, Four the Holidays sentiments stamp set and Silver Elastic Cord.  Colors used are Bordering Blue and Rose Red.  An extra bit of glitz comes from the 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on both of the ornaments.  The Eyelet Border Punch was used to complete this elegant card.

I like to show my students that stamping isn't just for card making and scrapbooking, but you can make wonderful gift-giving items as well.  And 80% of the students voted this their favorite project out of the four the completed!  Here's a simple pouch with topper using our Small Cellophane Bags.  I showed how to ink up the rubber stamp from Holiday Best (Level 1 hostess exclusive stamp set) with markers to get a multi-colored image and brought in the colors from the Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper that's wrapped around the chocolates.  A bit of Elegant Eggplant Rick-Rack from the Ribbon Originals Orchard packet gives an added bit of interest.

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