Where have you been Busy Stamper?

I’m so sorry I have been MIA for so long! I told you I am busy! The holidays are the busiest time of year for me in the salon but for some crazy reason I thought it would be a great idea to move my salon to a new larger location right in the midst of it. I also got to go to the DC area to visit my folks for Thanksgiving, had a really sick kid, decided to take my role as Santa way too seriously and make a play market instead of buy one, and host Christmas Day at my house. My 55 Christmas cards barely made it out on the 23rd, handmade of course. Needless to say, my papercrafting had to get put on the back burner for a bit.
Boy do I feel cranky now! Paper crafting is my zen so it is good to be back. I think the Spring catalog is adorable enough to keep me out of the looney bin, but my goodies aren’t set to arrive for a few more days so I got out one of my tried and true sets to make some “Get Well” cards for everyone who has been sick.

Get wellI hope you are all healthy with all the nasty bugs going around!

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth

 

An adorable little card holder made with the top note die….

Here is another goody from my Stamping Retreat.

We used our Simply Scored boards and Stampin’ Trimmers to make the holder itself.  You could make it any size you wanted to really.  For the detailed top flap, we used the Top Note die.  This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dies!   I will be using it for gift tags and gift card holders soon for my Tags and Treasures workshop, so stay tuned!  If you are local, check out on my events page.

We stamped some simple little 3×3 cards for the envelope using the Lovely Little Labels stamp set and made matching envelopes with Simply Scored.  These make great little inexpensive gifts for a friend or even a teacher.  I’m thinking of doing a holiday one to hold gift tags.

Shop now to get your own top note die, Stampin’ Trimmer, and Simply scored tool and make your own!

I have a workshop and a Stamp-a-Stack to prep for so have a good week and get busy stamping!

My weekend stamp retreat

Hello again!  I’m sorry it has been a week since I last posted, but last week was crazy!  My little Lily was sick.  I feel bad that she wasn’t feeling well, but I have to admit that spending my Birthday snuggling my little one was nice.  She isn’t a very snuggly kid unless she’s under the weather.  Then Friday, I left for Tahoe City to enjoy my Birthday gift…. a Stamp Retreat!  It was tons of fun.  I made lots of new friends  and  lots of paper crafts that I will be sharing with you over the next few posts.  Although the weather was absolutely beautiful, I never left the house.  There were too many great projects to work on inside!

At craft retreats, it is customary to bring a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) to share with everyone.  It is just a little goodie to say hello to new friends.  These are some of the great gifts I received.

Don’t you just love crafters?  They put so much time and energy into making something for people they haven’t even met yet.  If you haven’t gotten to get away on a craft retreat, you really should.  Charlene our hostess put so much effort into being sure we had a great time.  There were lots of prize giveaways, great projects, and yummy food.   Maybe next year we’ll see you there 😉

This cute little milk carton made with the Mini Milk Carton Bigz die, Pennant Parade stamp set and the Petite Pennant Builder Punch was Charlene’s RAK.

Isn’t it cute?  This die is on my wish list for sure!

I hope your weekend was as fun as mine!  Now get busy Stampin’!

Beth

Inspiration and perspiration……

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again.  The most time consuming part of crafting is coming up with ideas.  If you can find great sources of inspiration, you can keep your creative juices flowing and put a handmade project together in no time, saving a lot of perspiration!

I love following great  blogs.  They are full of fun ideas.  I love littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com for all things crafty, prettyyummyfoods.com for lots of yummy recipes and gorgeous food photos (that help me with earthy color combos and make sure I’m not crafting on an empty stomach),  istamp by Nancy Riley  for SU ideas (she posts cards by lots of different SU artists), and Random Acts of Creativity to keep up with trends outside the Stampin’ Up! world.  Check them out for inspiration and to save yourself some perspiration in your crafty and homemaking pursuits.

I also love Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers, but inspiration doesn’t have to be online.  It can be anywhere.  For today’s project, I took inspiration from a Birthday invite to a party my girlfriend was having for her daughter.  This was the invite to her adorable “Apple of Our Eye” themed 1st Birthday:

I had also seen all the cute decor ideas her Mama had been pinning lately, so I decided to keep with the theme when I wrapped her gift.  Hand stamped gift wrapping looks great and your host will love it because she picked the theme herself!

Here is what I came up with:

And this card I made at Janice Urke’s Thursday Night Stamp Club went with it perfectly!

 

Next time you are headed to a party, get your inspiration from the invitation!  I promise it will be a big hit!

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth

 

 

 

 

Check out my blog’s new look!

Thanks to the amazing Brea at Utterly Chaotic blog design I have an adorable new blog.  Don’t you love it?  I do!!!!  Thank you Brea!  Stay tuned for my first card challenge inspired by her design.

And here is a sneak peak at one of the cards we will be making at my Countdown to Christmas Stamp-A-Stack on November 10th.  Isn’t he cute! There is still time to sign up so check out my events page for all the details.

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth