Mega Christmas Card Classes

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The biggest card making event of the year is coming soon!  There are 2 dates and 2 locations to choose from.

In this class, you'll create 20 DIFFERENT Christmas cards using a wide variety of stamps, ink, dies, and accessories.  You will need to bring adhesive and a pair of scissors ~ everything else will be pre-cut for you with full color instructions for each card.

Cost is $65 per person and includes all supplies, snacks, beverages, pizza, and a goodie bag.  Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis.

CLASS #1:  Saturday, October 29th from 2pm--10pm at Stout Chiropractic, 1781 E. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN

 
 
CLASS #2:  Saturday, November 12th from 9am--4pm at 100 Saw Mill Road, Lafayette, IN  47905
 
 
 
Because of the enormous amount of non-consumable products used in this class, I'll be unable to offer class kits to go.  However, if you would like to receive the completed cards and instructions, email me and I will invoice you for them separately.  The cards will ship October 31st.  My email address is melissa@thestampdoc.com
 
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Happy Fall Ya'll

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is Happy Fall, Ya'll.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  As I was driving around today, I noticed that a few of the leaves are already starting to turn.  It won't be long until the Fall colors are everywhere!  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, LeeAnn Greff. She always has amazing ideas and I find her so inspiring!

 

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Last week, I was talking with one of my patients that works in the mental health field.  She told me that the month of September is really stressful for many people, and that often those with psychiatric problems get worse this time of year.  I don't think I'm crazy or anything (yet), but this month has really thrown some curve balls in my direction.  So today, I'm sharing a few low stress, simple cards for (F)all occasions.....just in case you've had a crazy month, too!

 

Fall Birthday

 

For the base of each card, I used Very Vanilla card stock then added some Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The stamping is very minimal~just a sentiment stamp or a die-cut for the greeting.  The Stylized Birthday stamp is my new "go-to" for birthday cards.  Boy, do I have a bunch for this month: both of my kids, several of my besties, my mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law, and probably some others that I've neglected.  Fortunately, I can whip up a bunch of these in no time.

 

Copper Paisley Thanks

This photo is a little wonky, but it was the only way I could prevent the glare from the shiny Copper Foil Paper and the beautifully Copper-embossed Navy Designer Paper.  To keep the card simple, I die-cut the "Thanks" from the Copper Dot paper for the sentiment.  "Thanks" was also die-cut out of the navy paper, then both sides were popped up with dimensionals.

 

Razzleberry Sympathy

This card is perfect as a sympathy or get well card.  Bad stuff happens and it's nice to be prepared.  This sentiment is from the Suite Seasons stamp set in the Holiday catalog and it includes greetings for all your (F)all occasions and beyond.

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  I hope you've enjoyed my sanity-saving simple cards.  Don't forget to visit Kelly Acheson to continue on the blog tour. 

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Monday Montage 78

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

 

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It's been a challenging week.  Two very dear patients and my husband's best friend all passed away within 24 hours of each other.  I haven't felt much like stamping this weekend, but I knew I needed to create a few sympathy cards for the families.  Since I didn't want this to be a sad post with only my sympathy card sample, I took the sketch along with the same stamp sets and made 2 more samples.

 

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The stamp sets that I used are Totally Trees from the Holiday Catalog and Better Together from the Annual Catalog.  The sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches.  For each card, I simply changed the colors, designer series paper, and shape of the focal image.

 

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By pairing an image-only stamp set with a fabulous set of greetings, you can create a wide variety of cards. The nice thing about the Better Together stamp set is that there are sentiments for the outside and the inside of your card.

 

HappybirthdaytreeInk Colors:  Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Black

Designer Series Paper:  Festive Birthday DSP

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MerryChristmasInk Colors:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, and Crushed Curry

Designer Series Paper:  This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper

Layering Ovals Framelits Dies

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.

 

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Bright Christmas

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Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a Holiday Catalog card swap last month.  It's very simple, but one of my favorites that I've created with new goodies so far.

 

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I started by stamping the sentiment from the Tin of Tags stamp set in the center of my Whisper White card layer.  Next, I used the Twinkle Trees stamp set to stamp multiple Bold Brights circles across the bottom.  The deer was die cut with the Santa's Sleigh thinlits dies from Gold Foil Paper, and a wad of black metallic thread was layered behind to give it dimension.

 

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You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'll be participating in 2 Blog Hops early next week, so be sure to check back for more creative projects.

 

 

 

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My "Dirty" Little Secret

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Over the past few months, I have been entrusted with way too many secrets.  I'm good at keeping secrets, but I'm one of those people that can hardly keep from spilling the beans.  So today, I'm excited to reveal a biggie!

 

I am DIRTY GIRL!

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I was asked to be on the Dirty Dozen Design Team with Splitcoast Stampers and I'll be creating project exclusively for Splitcoaststampers for the next six months.

You'll see a sneak peek of my September projects in the collage above.  To see the full projects, along with some other perks, you'll need to join the Fan Club.   It’s only $24.95 a YEAR or $14.95 for 6 months.  You get to see tons of gorgeous projects, participate in special challenges, and more.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FAN CLUB.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll have a new project to share tomorrow, so be sure to sign up for email updates.

By the way, what do you think of the new look for my blog?  Leave me a comment below.

 

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Busy Bee

What a crazy week! I'm sorry that I haven't posted, but I've been unbelievably busy.  Both of my kids have birthdays within the same week.  Chandler is away with the Navy so he wasn't much trouble.  I just had to make sure that his gifts arrived safely. Bella, on the other hand, wanted a special birthday party.  In addition to party planning, I also had my parents visit for the weekend and a very packed schedule with patients at the office. 

 

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I had planned to bake cupcakes for Bella's party on Saturday morning.  However, we woke up to another power outage, so I had to go with Plan B.  I made a quick trip to the grocery store and found as many chocolate and vanilla cupcakes as I could, so that I could make this Horse-shaped cake that Bella has seen on Pinterest.  It's by no means perfect, but it was the best that I could do under the circumstances.  Fortunately, the electricity came back on as we were leaving for her party.

 

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Bella's party was held at Crown Haven Center.  All the girls had a chance to ride the pony and Bella said she LOVED it!  I also made the party favors for the party, which was inspired by another Pinterest find.  These were fairly easy to make and a big hit with the guests.

 

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I've also been working on a few smaller projects for my office manager's upcoming wedding (this weekend!).  All of these small projects, coupled with some design deadlines, and I've gotten very behind on Thank You cards for my online customers. I needed a simple card that I could mass produce and this is what I came up with.

 

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  The sentiment is from a retired set and the paisleys are from the new Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  I created a frame with the Layering Squares Framelits and another piece of Very Vanilla card stock to use as a mask.  After stamping the sentiment in the middle of the card, I used the mask and paisley stamps to stamp around the sentiment.  I used Dapper Denim, Rich Razzleberry, and Delightful Dijon to create an early Fall color scheme.  A Dapper Denim enamel heart embellishes the "O".

 

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As you can see, I made quite a few.  If you would like to receive one, simply place an order through my online store this month.  If you've ordered online from me within the last month, keep an eye on your mailbox.

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

 

 

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More Twinkle Trees

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It may be Labor Day, but I've got work to do!  Fun work!

I have a swap due on Friday that has to go in the mail tomorrow.  I was going to use one of my Cookie Cutter cards, but there were already too many people signed up for those stamp sets.  So, I decided to pull out another one of my new favorites....Twinkle Trees!  I think I've used this stamp set on all my demonstrator swaps.

 

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I did a very loose interpretation of this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I went with the circles, and then kept going and going!

 

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I started by stamping the Tree outline in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Whisper White card stock.  Starting with the largest bokeh circle, I stamped off Mint Macaron and filled in much of the tree area.  With the middle circle, I stamped full-strength Mint Macaron ink.  The small circle and the "Christmas" were stamped in Emerald Envy ink.  I added a Crushed Curry star to the top of the tree and the "merry" was die cut from Real Red card stock.

 

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I embellished the card with some Brights Enamel Dots.  These are on SPECIAL this week, so you might want to stock up on them.  They add such a fun touch to any card!

You'll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.  I've also updated all of my Holiday Sneak peeks with supply lists, so be sure to revisit some of my August posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Monday Montage 77

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

 

This month, I'll be hosting a Cookie Cutter Stamp-a-Stack featuring the Cookie Cutter Christmas & Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp sets.  In my last post, I shared the Scarecrow card that we will be making in class.  Today, I'm sharing a simply adorable teddy bear Christmas card that will also be included.

 

 

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I based the layout on this week's Mojo Monday sketch, so the sizing is a bit different.  The Very Vanilla card stock base of the card measures 3-1/2" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  It still fits perfectly in our medium envelopes and allows for a little extra dimension.

 

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I began by stamping the teddy bear image in Crumb Cake ink onto Very Vanilla card stock.  You'll also have to stamp the ears, but because it is a photopolymer stamp set, you can line it up perfectly.  The eyes, nose, and mouth were stamped in Basic Black ink.  I stamped the bowtie in Real Red ink onto Real Red card stock, then used the Cookie Cutter Builder punch to cut it out.  The sentiment was stamped in Garden Green ink directly below the bear, and Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon was tied around the layered panel before adhering it to the card with dimensionals.

 

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This card has a lot of texture, just like your favorite teddy bear.  My new favorite way to add texture is with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (wow! that's a mouthful!).  This folder is extra thick and creates a very deep impression.  I know you'll love it!  The patterned paper is from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. 

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.

 

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Fall is Coming!

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If you are desperately trying to narrow down your wish list from the Holiday catalog, I'm going to strongly suggest you get both Cookie Cutter stamp sets and the coordinating punch.  Between both sets, you've got all the Fall & Holiday occasions covered!  Today, I'm sharing a card that we will be making in my Cookie Cutter class next month.  I'll be sending out sign-up information later this week, so make sure you sign up for my email newsletters if you want to find out more.

 

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I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout.

 

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The Scarecrow image is from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and the sentiment is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.  I colored the little guy with a blender pen and various ink refills.

 

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I embossed the Very Vanilla card stock layer with the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  I think this folder will be a favorite among my stampers!  The background paper is from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper stack.  Both of these items will be available for purchase on September 1st.

Posting may be a little slower this week, as I'm still trying to catch up after the chaos of last week.  I'll definitely have one more sneak peek at the Cookie Cutter Stamp-a-Stack sometime within the next couple of days.

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Simple Santa Shaker

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Today on Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration, the designers are featuring a fun batch of shaker cards.  You'll definitely want to check out their creations HERE.  I am sharing a card that we made at a recent demonstrator shoebox swap that uses several new products from the upcoming Holiday catalog.

 

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For the window part of the shaker, I used the new Detailed Santa Thinlits die.  There is a very cute stamp set that coordinates with the die called Greetings from Santa.  To keep this card super simple, I stamped all the sentiments in Real Red ink and used Thick Whisper White card stock to make this card very sturdy. The Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine is also new.  Doesn't it remind you of a candy cane?  It's got a bit of metallic shimmer to it.

 

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If you are going to make a shaker card, you'll need to have Window Sheets and Foam Adhesive strips, as well as something to "shake".  I filled my shaker with mica flakes...yet, another new product from the Holiday catalog!

You'll be able to order from the Holiday catalog beginning September 1st.  Luckily, that is right around the corner.

 

Personal Update:  As many of you know, I live in Kokomo, Indiana and our town was hit very hard on Wednesday with multiple tornadoes.  Amazingly, there were no fatalities, only a few minor injuries.  The damage is widespread, though. 

We were fortunate to not have any damage to our home or business.  The power has been out at our home since the storms, but was finally restored this morning.  We had to close our office yesterday, but have reopened today.  I consider us to be very blessed.  Many of our friends are dealing with unimaginable hardships.

Please keep the town in your thoughts.

 

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