Try as I May, Try as I Might

Hello stampin’ friends! Yes, it is me, your long, lost, demonstrator once again throwing up a quick blog post to let you know that I am still alive!

I have been one busy little girl! Try as I may, try as I might I just could not get all my make and take packets for both of my open houses done last week! I was hoping that I could, so that I could relax a little this week. But, I just couldn’t do it! I didn’t have it in me! However, I finished up the last of my packets yesterday. Aren’t they beautiful? There are supplies in the packets for four beautiful make and takes!

I made up a total of 24 of these. Just do the math; 24 times 4 times multiple layers, times embellishments and multiple big shot passes. I now have a mean right arm: I suggest being nice to me! ha ha!

This gorgeous kraft bag is decorated with items from the new Holiday Catalog! One of my favorite items being the new Cable Knit Dynamic Folder. There is a trick to using it…so be sure to watch the video below!

For the sake of full disclosure here; I did not spritz my kraft bag. I decided that it would probably not be necessary as it is not as thick as card stock. I love how they turned out!

I have a quick (less than 10 minutes) FB Live video where I share about some of the other items that I used and a quick tip for those new thinlits and framelits when you get them. You can check that out here:

Thank you so much for stopping by! For those of you who can only visit me online…I hope you enjoyed my project! Soon I will be sharing all my make and takes and display board cards with you! 

Birthday Blooms For You

This pretty card is another make and take from my Sale-A-Bration Open House.

I am so happy that Stampin’ Up! brought back the Softly Falling Folder. It just makes a really pretty textured background. Don’t get stuck thinking that it has to be used as snow!

To color this floral image I chose to use sponge daubers and ink. I really miss the soft muted look of coloring with chalks and this is a close second! plus, I am not a big fan of coloring large areas with markers.

I just trimmed the top of the label cut from the label die to give it a little different look and topped it with some Metallic Glitter Tape daubed in Mint Macaron. This tape was a free Sale-A-Bration reward so if you missed out, you can substitute Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I did the inside of this card too, you can take a peek at it here:

It’s kind of fun to jazz up the inside of your cards and do a little something to the envelope to make it all coordinate!

For your convenience I’ve listed most of the products that I used creating this card. You may click on any of the images below to be taken to my 24/7 online store to purchase what you need to create this card. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Share The Fun! Open Houses, Stamping, and Friends!

“The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.” From: Too soon Old, Too Late Smart, Gordon Livingston.

Giving these ladies something to look forward to and something to do makes me happy because I love them all! Many of us have been stamping together for close to 19 years! Time flies by so fast! Some, I have watched their children grow up into adults and now I am watching their grandchildren grow! I also know that they are a very talented bunch as many of them have other creative pursuits as well! Beading, jewelry, and quilting just to name a few! Sadly, there are a few who are no longer with us. Some who just no longer stamp (which I cannot for the life of me comprehend!), and some are making heaven a brighter place with their gift of creativity. Whatever the reason; it is at these special events that I miss them the most. It is the only touch of sadness in the day; but I thank God for the time I did get to spend with them. As always, there were a few who just could not make the event because the time did not work out for them. I missed them and pray that life is kind to us and that we will be able to have fun together at a future event! Here are few more pictures that I snapped while I watched them enjoy their stamping time together:

I have something new to do – I have a class to plan, I pray for new people to love, and I am looking forward to it; as I hope you all are! Thanks for stopping by and being a part of my Inkheaven!

Make and Takes Just for You!

I love organizing and putting on stamping events. Some folks will think that I am a bit daft; but I just have fun doing it! Saturday I hosted an open house here in Le Mars; first one ever! The crowd was small but perfect for getting to know one another. I usually host two Open Houses per year; one for the Occasions Catalag and Sale-A-Bration, and then my Grand Annual Open House for the Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog. Now that I have moved it means four Open Houses per year since I will continue to host these events back in my hometown in Cedar Falls! Every open house is a bit different. My Sale-A-Bration Open House is usually a couple of display boards and two to three make and takes. My Grand Annual Open House has a few more display boards, free card fronts made from retired sets, a rubber rummage sale, and three to four make and takes. Each year I do something a little different. Sometimes I go with a theme using a stamp set which adds to the creative fun for me! This year this fun stamp set, Botanicals for You, inspired me to create these fun Tag-A-Bags for the Make and Take packets for my guests! I will be working on making up a few more of these packets this week as I need quite a few more for next weekend! My make and takes this year feature some of my personal picks and favorites! Timeless Treasures with Suite Sayings, Birthday Blooms, and Flowering Fields with One Big Meaning and Perfect Pairings! I know that there are many of you who just live too far away to attend my Open Houses but I will send you a free make and take packet with your purchase of of these three stamp sets: Timeless Treasures, Birthday Blooms, and One Big Meaning through my 24/7 online store! This purchase will allow you to stamp your make and takes. You will need to choose Flowering Fields item number 141303 as one of your free Sale-A-Bration items (if you do not have it already). I have the sets featured below along with inks that were used in making the cards (just in case you need to purchase one or more of those colors to make your card as featured! Clicking on any of the photos below will take you to my 24/7 online store to make your purchases! (Please do not select NO CONTACT when you place your order or I will not know who to send the packet to!) If you are another demonstrator and would like the packet, you may purchase the packet for $15 plus shipping. Your packet will include the pretty, stamped packaging show above. Please note that this is a limited time offer and will end on March 31st along with Sale-A-Bration. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Hip Hip Hooray

Hip Notes

Hip Hip Hooray, Happy Birthday! This was a fun birthday card that I had as a make and take at my Open House for the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog. I love how the flower looks like fireworks and makes the card look festive! Below are some of my favorites that we used to make this card. Just click the items below to be taken to my online store to add these fabulous items to your collection today!

It’s All Fun At The Make & Takes!

Here are a couple of my make & take stations! I had four set up in my kitchen. I am blessed with lots of counter space and a big kitchen! I will post close ups of the make & takes later so be sure to check back!

Mom and daughter having fun stamping together! What a fantastic way to spend time with your kids and to help them explore creativity!

Jess patiently waiting for her turn at the make & takes!

It’s all fun at the make & take stations!

Sweet 16 Banner!

“It’s a perfect fit!”

Here is a peek at my completed banner as promised! It is a perfect fit between the banisters in living and dining room area! I am so proud! I made paper tassels to go in between the banner flags. It turned out so cute! Even my husband commented on it! To see video how to’s; go here.

I used the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit to make my banner!

To purchase your own Build a Banner; go here and click on the shop now button!

Sixteen Years of Stampin’ Up! Pins and Buttons!

“That’s a lot of bling!”

16 years of pins and buttons and I am running out of room on my lanyard! My open house is the only place I will wear it. It is heavy and I am afraid of losing any. I wore it to convention one year and lost a pin. I was so distressed! However, it was a year that my hubby went with me as a supporting demonstrator and he was adamant that I take his! I would have had to start a 2nd lanyard if I had went to every event all 16 years! I will eventually start a 2nd because I do have to go to Stampin’ Up! events every so often! It is hard to stay away!