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

Door Prize!

Last time I mentioned my Busy Stamper Open House.  It was a blast by the way! If you didn’t make it, you should check out my events page and see my upcoming classes and workshops so you can get in on the fun!  Anyway, these were the door prizes at the open house.  Congrats to Michele,  Melinda, and Bernice who each won one of these packs of stamping goodies.  Come to one of my events and you could win too!  I included a sampling of dry embossed and plain card stock, ribbon and a “handmade by” stamp wrapped in a cute paper bow.  Stampin’ Up! has so many cute gift wrapping ideas right now.  Stay tuned for my video tutorials that are on their way to see how to make your own bows.

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth

Getting my mojo on…..

I find that the design process in any crafting project can be the most time consuming part and as busy as my life can get, time is a precious commodity.  Sometimes its easy to lose your stamping mojo and get creative block.  That is why I am loving card challenges!  They can give your project a little jump start and save you tons of time.  Even if you don’t want to enter the current challenge, the archives on challenge blogs are a great place to find inspiration and get you going if you are stumped.  This is my creation based on this weeks  Mojo Monday Sketch.

I used a little creative freedom interpreting the sketch by swapping out the circles for die cuts using my Apothecary Accents Framelits and using one of my favorites, Linen Thread, instead of ribbon.  Hope you like!

Now Get Busy Stampin’!

Beth

Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Stamp It: Raining Flowers, Curly Cute

Paper It: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry

Ink It:  Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad, Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad

Embellish It:  Linen Thread

Work It:  Apothecary Accents Framelits,  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Snips, Table top Paper Cutter, SNAIL Adhesive

Perfectly Stamped!

I am so in love with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and matching dies.   I just can’t get enough of the jar.  You can use it for so many things.  My fellow demonstrator Janice Urke and I collaborated to CASE one of Stampin’ Up!’s cards for this one.  It was a little labor intensive, but worth it!  We made 20!  We used Versamark to create a subtle background and a piercing tool and markers to create the faux stitching.  Stay tuned for my video tutorial on creating perfect banners every time.  I’m still working the kinks out on my video production, but it is coming, I promise!

A crafty little tip:  Add a little something to your project by stamping your envelope to match your card!

Now get busy stampin’!

Beth

Stampin’ Up! Ingredients:

Stamp It:  Perfectly Preserved

Paper It: Lucky Limeade Card Stock, Whisper White Card Stock, Raspberry Ripple Card Stock, Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper

Ink It: Versamark,  Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad, Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin’ Pad, Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker

Embellish It: Perfectly Preserved Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons

Work It:  Paper Snips,  Paper-Piercing tool, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tabletop Paper Cutter, 1″ Square Punch