Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas Through the Year-Hearts Come Home

With all this heat and humidity it is fun to think about winter and snow and colder weather.  I loved this set when I saw it in last year's Holiday catalog.  But, time got a way from me and I never really used it, so I was very happy to see that it carried over into this year's catalog.  Do you ever do that?  Buy a set and then never use it.  Well, now you know you are not alone.

1. Use the Softly Falling embossing folder to make the background for this card.

2. Cut the house and church edgelit from a piece of silver foil paper.

3. Tear the top edge off of a 1/4 sheet of white card stock to layer on top of the foil.

4. Stamp the saying on the torn paper before attaching it to the card.



I hope you enjoyed the Christmas Through the Year cards that will also be featured in my Christmas in July Stamp a Stack.  In a couple of months the Holiday catalog will be coming.  Are you excited to see what stamps and bundles it will feature? I know I am.

Next week I will be featuring a new stamp set that will be available only the month of August.  I am excited about sharing it with you.  I think it will be one to use the Stamparatus with.  Get your sneak preview next week.

Our city has a concert every Friday night this summer on the downtown square.  I am hoping that my husband and I will be able to make it tonight.  We take out lawn chairs and find a shady spot and listen to a variety of music.  Jacksonville was a part of a contest to win these concerts each summer for the past 3 years.  A fun way to hear small bands.

Have a great weekend,
Sushi


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christmas Through the Year-Snowflake Sentiments

Another event I hold once every 3 months is a what I call a Stamp a Stack.  

1. I find extra card packs from classes I have held in the past and put them in a box.

2. I collect all the supplies needed to make the card and place them in the same box.

3. I create about 15-20 boxes and place them around my stamping room.

4. Stampers come, take a box, and make as many leftover cards as they wish.  When all the supplies are gone the box is taken away and the supplies returned to their home.

5. This is a event that a lot of customers like to attend because they can pick and choose which card to make, and they can make as many cards as they wish.
Today's card will be one of the cards in the stamp a stack I am having on July 30th.   I am calling it the Christmas in July stamp a stack.

I love the lacy looking border on the stamp and the delicate snowflakes. The saying has been embossed in silver embossing powder and the ribbon added for a little extra silver. To make it easier for those making this card I have already cut out the snowflakes.

Tomorrow's card uses the Hearts Come Home stamp set and the Hometown Greetings edgelits.  

Just a note about this weather in Illinois. 81 degrees, not bad, but with the humidity it becomes a day in the 90's.  Heat with humidity is a lot harder for me to tolerate, than heat without.

Staying inside in the air conditioning,
Sushi



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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Christmas Through the Year-Painted Harvest


 I am so amazed at the creativity that is out there on Facebook and Pinterest. I had to see a card where the colors of the sunflower were changed to look like a wreath, before I could make one like that myself.

1. Stamp the images with one or two colors of green to make the wreath. 

2. The center of the sunflower is not used in this card.

3. Scatter the dotted stamp around the wreath to look like holly.



4.Sponge the edge of the white layer with Garden Green ink to soften the edges.



5. Add a bow for the final touch, and now you have another easy to make Christmas card idea.

Tomorrow's card will be made using the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set, one of my favorites.  I was so happy it was a returning stamp set in our current catalog.

Do you enjoy being part of a group on Facebook?  I have a newly created group called Sushi's Stampers, and welcome anyone who is interested in stamping, crafting, and scrapbooking to join.  It is my hope that people will share their ideas which each other and me of course. I'd love to have you join.

Getting ready for my Press Club meeting tomorrow.
Sushi

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Christmas Through the Year-Stamparatus


  I was contacted by Cedar Hurst, a local assisted living facility, to see if I would be willing to come and hold a card class for the ladies (I have tried but none of the men will come.) I have been going for about 3 months now and came up with some card guidelines.

1. The ladies have a hard time punching so I pre-punch all shapes.

2. If they are going to stamp an image it needs to be done on a separate piece of paper in case of stamping errors.  The paper can be turned over, or a new piece can be added.

3. Simple is best.

I designed today's card and thought I would try the Stamparatus.  I have 2 of them and was so excited when each lady had a perfectly stamped card.  They loved it and did not mind any wait they might have.

Stamparatus is easy and fast when you want to stamp multiples of the same card. Great if you have one design you want to stamp for Christmas cards.

I don't usually post with stamps that are retired, but wanted to show a card that was made with the Stamparatus.

Come back tomorrow for another Christmas card, made with Painted Harvest.  How can a sunflower be stamped for Christmas you might wonder?  Check out how easy that is tomorrow.

Not sure what it is like in your state, but here is Illinois it is very humid.  I am glad to be inside catching up on my stamping instead of outside taking a walk.

Happy Stamping,
Sushi

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Christmas Through the Year-Designer paper

 Greetings,
I got home last night from a wonderful family reunion.  I was able to see all my siblings except for my sister who lives in Oregon, all my children except Chris who lives in St.Louis, and 5 of my grandchildren.  We had wonderful weather, lots of games, visits to amazing places, great food and lots of good times celebrating each other.

This week I am focusing on Christmas cards, Christmas in July.  I have a monthly class I have held for about 4 years called Christmas Through the Year.  Each month people make 3 cards from the same design for $5.00.  At the end of the year they have 36 handmade cards ready to go.  I learned about this class idea at a Stampin'Up! convention several years ago from a demonstrator who was in her 80's.  

Today's card is a great way to use up little scraps of designer paper. It was very easy to create.  Even though I used last catalog's Christmas paper, it would be easy to duplicate this design with this year's paper.

Tomorrow I will share a card I featured at the Christmas class, and at a local assisted living facility.  Everyone was able to have a great looking card because they used the Stamparatus for exact stamping.

It is great to be back home and stamping again.
Sushi




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