Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Masculine Birthday Card

I find it very easy to make a cute and colorful card perfectly fit for all the femme women in my life.  What I find more difficult is making a card butch enough for men and not-so-frilly-women.  That's why I simply adore the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper - it's rich colors and structural elements are perfect for occassions where pink flowers will not do.

I love the sentiment from the Label Love Stamp Set - I also love that you can order this Stamp Set as a Bundle with the matching Artisan Label Punch and receive 15% off!

I also used the Woodgrain Embossing Folder on Core'dinations Cardstock to make a great background.  Check out the video coming tomorrow on how to use Core'dinations Carstock!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sale A Bration Means Free Goodies!

My favorite time of the Stamping Year is upon us - Sale A Bration!  It's the most wonderful time of the year because with every $50 you spend, you get to pick out one free fantastic item.  It's a a glorious time of year, and we have just over one more month of it.

This year, Stamin' Up!  is doing something awesome for the new crafters among us - they are offering some bundles of products to get you started.  Each bundle is magically priced right around the $50 mark, so you get to pick out your freebie to go with it - so fun!

For the Card Maker:

For the Party Planner:

For the Gift Giver:

For the Memory Keeper:

For the Digital Crafter:

Want to see the all the goodies?  View the brochure online, here, or email me and I'll mail you a brochure that you can pour over at your leisure!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

MDS Hybrid Birthday Card

I have a bit of a conundrum with my lovely boyfriend.  He is very good at picking out sappy, sentimental cards.  In fact, that's one of the things I really like about him and I so enjoy getting those cards from him.  But I cannot possibly let him go to Safeway and buy a sappy card when I could handcraft a beautiful card for him, now could I?  So we had to come up with a compromise...

I learned something very important through our design process - a birthday card for Mom cannot just be a birthday card, it has to say "Mom" on it, lest she forget...  I was lacking the perfect stamp for this occassion so I turned to MDS, Stampin' Up's digital design software. and created one.

I combined two sentiment stamps for my little tag.  The "Mom" stamp is from the Stamp Brush Set, Family Reunion.  The "Happy Birthday" stamp is from "Messages for Mom."  To sap it up a bit, I added one of the sentimental phrases from "Messages for Mom" to the liner of the card.

I used the same layout as this card, but mixed it up a bit with the colors and DSP.  I felt like the bright colors from the Gingham Garden DSP was more her style.

Shopping List:

Monday, February 17, 2014


I had sooo much fun on Saturday crafting with friends a Stamp-A-Rama event put on my awesome upline and mentor, Patty Bennett.  What is a Stamp-A-Rama, you might ask...  Well, it's a day in which several demonstrator's in Patty's group get together for a fun day of creating, chatting and eating!

We each prepare all the supplies for project and bring enough of everything for everone to make one of our projects.  Then we go around the room creating each other's projects and have an amazing time doing so.  It is so much fun to get to play with stamp sets I don't have and try out new techniques.  Maybe the best part is getting to walk home with 10 amazing cards when I only had to prep for one - such a great deal!  To top it off, we met at the Fuddrucker's in Concord and got to eat delisciously unhealthy food.  All in all, a fantastic day!

Visit my post from yesterday to see the project I took to the Stamp-A-Rama.  We'll be recreating it at my upcoming private class at my friend, Tara's.

Here's a great pic of two of my new Stampin' Friends, Maria & Tina, busy working on some of the cards:

Would you like to come to our next group event?  Join my team and I'll bring you'll be invited to all future Luv2Stamp Group events.  We meet quarterly and I always walk away with lots of inspiration!

Sale-A-Bration (going on now through March 31) is the perfect time to join as you get $25 extra in FREE product!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Birthday & Thank You Card Class at Tara's

I am so looking forward to my upcoming workshop at Tara's.  Tara attended my last workshop at Veronica's and was really excited about the idea of restocking her supply of cards.  We will be making six cards, 2 each of three designs: a masculine birthday card, a feminine birthday card and thank-you card.

Here's one of the cards we'll be making that features lots of Sale-A-Bration items that you can get for FREE now through March 31.  See the Sale-A-Bration brochure here.

Here are the details of the workshop, please email me if you are interested in attending and I will let you know if there is still space available!

Here are the details:
Time: Saturday, March 1 3:00pm-5:00pm
What: 6 card and envelopes (2 each of 3 different designs)
Cost: $15 or FREE with a minimum product order
Where: Oakland, CA

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Private Class at Veronica's

My lovely friend, Veronica is hosting a private class this Sunday.  She came up with the brilliant idea of sending out Valentines to all her loved ones instead of Christmas/New Year's/Season's Greetings cards.  I think it's a swell idea, all the merriment and you've given youself a few more weeks to get organized!  As such, she requested that I design some Valentines and we make a bunch in a class.  Here's what we'll be doing:

I also love Valentine's day crafts.  Which is a little bit funny since I've never really been into hearts or flowers... but there's something nice about having an excuse to craft and decorate after the hubbub of Christmas has come down.

If you are interested in joining us, please let me know and I can give you all the info.  We'll be meeting in Berkeley, CA and we'd love to have you join in the fun.

Here are the details:
Time: Sunday, February 9 4:30pm-6:30pm
What: 6 card and envelopes (2 each of the 3 designs above)
Cost: $15 or FREE with a minimum $25 product order
Where: Berkeley, CA

Can't make it?  Consider hosting your own private class!  I do all the prep and planning and you get all the hostess benefits.  (Which are extra great during Sale-A-Bration, now through March 31).