Time to Celebrate Hostess Stamp Set

Time to Celebrate

When I saw the new hostess-exclusive stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog for the first time, I squealed with delight over this cute little worm and the sentiment “worm wishes”.  And you’ll love working with this versatile stamp set, too, called Time to Celebrate.  Place an order of at least $150, and you can take host benefits of $25 AND three Sale-A-Bration gifts!  Now’s the time to stock up on all your basics – cardstock, envelopes and adhesives, to name a few – and take advantage of the extra perks.

  • I love using the Stampin’ Up! Decorative Masks.  For THESE CARDS, I used the polka dot mask that comes in the set of two masks called Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks.  (I won’t go into quite as much detail here and you can refer to the instructions for the polka dot mask to help with this card.)  For my card today, I used the stripes, and it couldn’t be easier to be successful with this fun technique.
  • I’ve cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5-1/4″ then placed it on a protected surface.  I use a grid mat with a piece of Grid Paper on top.
  • Lay the Decorative Mask over the top of the white cardstock, being careful to keep the stripes straight.
  • I filled a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and Melon Mambo Ink Refill.  It takes quite a few drops of ink – just add more if your color isn’t as vibrant as you’d like.  Then I lightly misted the paper with the Spritzer.  You don’t want to oversaturate because it will cause puddling.  I did just a tiny bit in the bottom right corner.
  • Mixing the ink with rubbing alcohol rather than water eliminates the water splatter marks on your cardstock and helps the ink dry more quickly.  The rubbing alcohol evaporates, leaving just the ink behind.

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  • The Party Pennants Bigz Die and the Big Shot cut out the Basic Black cardstock piece in a snap.  I also used the Big Shot with a Circle Framelit to create the main image.
  • Be sure to stamp your image using Memento Black Ink if you’re using Blendabilities to color your image.
  • I kept the coloring simple – just a touch of Melon Mambo and Wild Wasabi from the Blendabilities markers.  These new alcohol-based markers just glide over the cardstock!  They’re so fun to use.  And you don’t have to have a large area and do a lot of shading with them – they work beautifully as just a solid image.
  • A small piece of Melon Mambo 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and a Daffodil Delight Candy Dot from the Brights Candy Dots package are all the accents you need for this cute card.

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Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with your purchases through me.   Please use 2M9PZMM3 when checking out to receive February Card Shoppe card kits FREE.  Samples are up for this great online class HERE.   You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

Order these and all your favorite Stampin’ Up! products at my Online Store.
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Bokeh technique with Best Day Ever


I tried my hand at the bokeh technique (pronounced BOH-kay ) which is actually a photography technique but works beautifully with stamping, too.  Creating a beautiful background, I wanted to keep the overall card really simple, so adding a sentiment is about all that’s necessary.  Here I used Best Day Ever, a 2015 Sale-A-Bration stamp set that you can get free with a qualifying purchase.  Here’s how you’ll create this pretty background:

  • Cut a template out of scrap cardstock using Circle Framelits and the Big Shot.  You could also use various circle punches – just pick a few different sizes.  Here’s what my template looked like for this card:

circle template for bokeh

  • Using Watercolor Paper, various stamp pads and an Aqua Painter, color randomly, blending lightest color to darkest and overlapping in some places.  I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss.
  • Dry thoroughly before the next step.  If you want to move on, use the Heat Tool on dry setting No. 1 to hurry it along.
  • Use your circle template and apply Whisper White Craft Ink with a Sponge Dauber over the watercolored paper.  Pick different sizes and overlap them.


  • To complete my card, I stamped “Best Day Ever” onto Vellum Cardstock using Stazon Black Ink.  In order to attach the Vellum Cardstock to my card and not have adhesive show through, I used Mini Silver Brads.
  • I added a simple Pool Party cardstock flower punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower.  The center is a Rhinestone colored in with a Melon Mambo Blendabilities.  Yes, they’re not just for coloring in your images – you can color pearls, rhinestones and buttons with them, too.


Don’t Forget!

You’ll always have an opportunity to earn FREE card kits with your purchases through me.   Please use TP4XVQVR when checking out to receive February Card Shoppe card kits FREE.  Samples are up for this great online class HERE.   You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.

Order these and all your favorite Stampin’ Up! products at my Online Store.

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All-New Creative Class – attend or “By Mail!”

 Technique Geeks & ALL-NEW Fun Folds

You're going to be so excited about the changes that I've made to my classes! It's so much fun to have things freshened up a bit!

The two classes being featured are:

  • Technique Geeks – an oldie but goodie that you all love
  • Fun Folds – an ALL-NEW addition to our class and "By Mail!" line-up!


Here are some tidbits you won't want to miss as you're reading: 

  • The spruced-up "By Mail" option gives you FREE SHIPPING! This is a GREAT savings! Pricing for "By Mail" is now identical to those attending.
  • There are NEW DISCOUNTS in place for choosing both of the featured classes. Between the bundle discount and free shipping, you won't have to decide between the two any more!
  • There have been LOTS of website updates to reflect the changes. Be sure check under "Classes and "By Mail!" for all the latest news! 

As always you have OPTIONS! There are several ways to receive these cards.

  1. Local Stampers: We will be making these cards at Creative Class next week – Thursday, September 26th
  2. By Mail: If you can't make it, you can opt to receive it "By Mail" with FREE shipping. Your packet will be sent to you with all of the punching and die cutting done ahead of time, and you'll be e-mailed the PDF instructions for assembly.
  3. Downloadable PDF Files: You can purchase the PDF files for all 6 cards (resource page printable PDF also included) – 3 files total for $8.

 Here's a look at the Technique Geeks line up for September! 

Make 3 cards plus 3 resource pages to coordinate! 3 Clear Envelopes included.





Here's a look at our ALL NEW CLASS… Fun Folds! This is the line-up for September. 

Make 3 cards plus 3 envelopes complete with coordinating designer series paper liners!



 Here's what you'll need to know about our new format….

  • We've moved Technique Thursdays to the 4th Thursday of the month, giving it more space from our Stamp Shoppe weekends. Hopefully, this makes it easier for you to do more classes.
  • We've renamed the class from Technique Thursdays to "Creative Class!"
  • We will now be open one hour earlier, allowing you more time for both classes that evening.
  • We are now giving a DISCOUNT for signing up for both Creative Classes!
  • Technique Geeks & Punch Art classes will now alternate months rather than happen at the same time, allowing us to make way for 2 new alternating classes – Fun Folds & 20 lb. Cards. If you love Techniques, you'll love 20 lb Cards! And if you love Punch Art, you'll love Fun Folds! Here is an example of the next couple months line ups so you get the jist…
  • September 26th : Technique Geeks & Fun Folds
  • October 24th: 20 lb. Cards & Punch Art
  • November 21st: Technique Geeks & Fun Folds
  • December 19th: 20 lb. Cards & Punch Art



  1. Take 1 Creative Class for $15 or FREE with a minimum order of $25
  2. Take BOTH Creative Classes for $28 or FREE with a minimum order of $42

There is a discount for signing up for both classes – $2 cash discount and an $8 ordering minimum discount!


These rates apply for both local customers and for those purchasing "By Mail" Kits AND "By Mail" Kits SHIP FREE – it's the exact same price to attend or receive the kit! 


Click HERE for more details on attending Technique Geeks.

Click HERE for more details on attending Fun Folds.

Click HERE for more details on the new and improved "By Mail!" program with FREE shipping.

Use this link to purchase the PDF files only ($8)
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If anything about my classes is confusing, please contact me by email at krisshuels@gmail.com.  I'd love to hear from you and help answer any questions you may have.

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Faux Bleaching technique

Dare to Dream

I had lots of fun playing with some new supplies and a new technique creating this card to congratulate my team members on a great month of sales and recruiting.  There are three or four things I want to point out about this card:

  • I began this card wanting to show you an idea for the terrific Butterfly Bundle sale going on through the end of September.  This great sale combines the Bitty Butterfly Punch and the coordinating stamp set Papillion Potpourri for a 15% off savings.  For details on these two great products, click HERE.  I used the Bitty Butterfly Punch to punch out lots of butterflies out of scrap paper, then arranged them on my Soft Sky cardstock.  I used a Spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and Marina Mist reinker and spritzed over the butterflies.  When I removed the masks, it looks like the bleaching technique but much easier!
  • I also used the Papillion Potpourri stamp set to stamp the Crisp Cantaloupe butterfly twice – once directly on the Whisper White cardstock, the other on a scrap piece and punched it out with the same Bitty Butterfly Punch.  I added a bit of glitter and popped it up with a Dimensional.
  • And of course, I just had to make a custome envelope for my card using the brand new Envelope Punch Board.  You won't believe how simple it is to use this innovative new tool!  And I just love the coordination factor!

Here's a larger picture of the full card:

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Color scheme is Soft Sky, Midnight Muse and Crisp Cantalopue.  Notice the Midnight Muse border around the spritzed butterflies?  I've used my new Rotary Trimmer Additions to create the pretty scallops – more details on this great new tool HERE.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:Dare to Dream closeup
Item No. 128436 Loving Thoughts wood $29.95 OR
Item No. 125845 Loving Thoughts clear $23.95
Item No. 135311 Butterfly Bundle – wood $26.27 OR
Item No. 135312 Butterfly Bundle – clear $29.67
Item No. 126889 Stampin' Trimmer $29.95
Item No. 129407 Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Addition $12.95
Item No. 129410 Small Scallop Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade $3.95
Item No. 126185 Stampin' Spritzer (2) $2.95
Item No. 119787 Marina Mist Ink Refill $3.95
Item No. 102023 Dazzling Diamons Stampin' Glitter $4.50
Item No. 100425 2-Way Glue Pen $4.50
Item No. 133774 Envelope Punch Board $19.95

Order these and all your Stampin' Up! products through my Online Store HERE

Don't forget!
To sign up for The Stamp Shoppe card class – either or to attend or "cards by mail".  You can even receive your card packet FREE!  All the details are HERE.

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Technique Thursday this week and “On the Go!”

This Month at the Technique Geeks Class…


January 17th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm OPEN Hours
at 1000 Winton Road North, Rochester NY 14609  


Cost: $15 or FREE with a $20 Order during class.   


 Here's a look at the "Technique Geeks Class" line up for January.

Jan 2013 Technique Class Ad   



This Month at the Punch Art Class…


January 17th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm OPEN Hours
at 1000 Winton Road North, Rochester NY 14609


Cost: $15 or FREE with a $20 Order during class.  


Here's a look at the "Punch Art Class" line up for January.

           Jan 2013 Punch Art Class Ad


If you live locally, join us for a fun night of stamping and learning different techniques!  Simply email me to let me know you're attending.

If you're a long-distance customer, these classes are both available "On the Go!"  This way, you never have to miss out on fabulous techniques and punch art creations. There are 2 different "On the Go" Options, which vary slightly in what is included. Click HERE for the "on the go" technique and punch art kit details.  (Please note: the instructions are sent via e-mail).



For complete details on attending Technique Thursdays, click HERE.

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June Card Class — Cards For Him

I'm pleased to announce my June Card Class offering to all of you! Making masculine cards is a common struggle for most stampers… and with this class I'm here to help! Here are the details.

Saturday June 12th
10 am – 1 pm
at 67 Covington, Irondequoit, NY

Cost: $15 (that's just $3 per card with envelope!)

Non-Refundable Pre-Pay Deadline June 5th

Come make cards for the men in your life! Not only will you go home with 5 cards and envelopes, but you'll learn some fabulous techniques – one is creating faux reptile skin with some ink, paper towels and embossing powder!

Please send a check to Kriss Huels, 5225 Knapp Rd., Middlesex NY 14507 or pay online now using a safe and secure checkout with your credit/debit card using the link below ($1 transaction fee applied).

Hope you'll join us!

To register for this class online now, click here:

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