Monday, July 17, 2017

Tomato Trucks and Tulips

Hello stamping friends and happy Monday!

It was a hot weekend here in Woodland, but that's to be expected, as it is mid-July.  On Saturday, I saw my first tomato truck of the summer, loaded to the brim with tomatoes on their way to the cannery.  Loaded tomato trucks are a sure sign that summer is in full swing and we'll be seeing them from now until late August-early September.  I might have mentioned "roadside salsa" before, but if you're not familiar with the term here's the story.  Sometimes when the trucks turn on an overpass to enter the freeway, some of the tomatoes spill over and land by the side of the road.  People have been known to pick them up, take them home, and make "roadside salsa."  I think I'll still be buying my salsa at the grocery store, though.

I've got a fun card for you today... one that we'll be making at my stamping class on Wednesday, July 26th.  I'm not exactly sure what this type of card is called.  I've heard it called an accordion card, but then some people call it a panel card.  Whatever you call it, it's a fun fold and one that's easy to make.



I used the new Designer Series Paper called Fresh Florals in Powder Pink, one of the new In-colors.  I used three different patterns for the panels that show when the card is closed.  A belly band that slips on holds the card closed.  The tulips are from a new hostess stamp set called Tranquil Tulips (page 223 of the annual catalog).  They are stamped in Powder Pink and Lemon-Lime Twist.  The sentiment and the little tulip stamens are stamped in Chocolate Chip.  The white panel doesn't show when the card is folded.  This is where you can write a message to the birthday girl.  Yes, "girl" is the correct term as I'm sure you all know that we'll always be girls at heart, no matter how old we are.  And of course no one would send such a pink and pretty card to anyone other than a girl.  

If you would like to have the directions and measurements for this card, please email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send them along.  This post is long enough, without including the detailed instructions.  I will say, though, that once you've made the scores and cut the DSP panels, this card goes together pretty quickly.

In case you'd like to make a purchase, here are some of the supplies I used:

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, p. 187 #144131, $22.00 for 40 sheets in all the new In-colors

Tranquil Tulips stamp set, p. 223, a host reward stamp set.  Why not host a Party-in-a-Box and get this as one of your host rewards??  Hosting a party is the only way you can get this gorgeous set.

Layering Ovals Framelits, p. 214, #141706, $35.00

Powder Pink Stamp pad, p. 184, #144084, $6.50
Powder Pink Card Stock,  p. 184, #144244, $6.50

Lemon Lime Twist Stamp pad, p. 184, #144086, $6.50

Please use the July host code when placing an online order of less than $150:

NN6FAB7P
If your order is $150 or more (before shipping), please do not use the host code, as you will get the host rewards.

Thank you for visiting The Classic Card today!  I hope you'll feel inspired to stamp something pretty in the week ahead!
Hugs to all,
Susan



Monday, July 10, 2017

Staying cool

Hello stamping friends!

Happy Monday!  Did you enjoy your sunny summer weekend?  I hope you were able to get outside and garden, swim, grill on the patio, or just sit in the shade and read.  Whatever you did, I hope it was just the relaxation you needed!  Here in Woodland, it was hot, hot, hot!  So instead of going outside, I stayed inside and stamped. 

I've been meaning to use the Jar of Love stamp set (p. 29)ever since I ordered it last summer when the new annual catalog came out.  But between getting settled in the new house and a million other things, that stamp set had never seen the light of day until today.  Nor had I ever opened the package of framelits that go along with it.  I'm just lucky it carried over into this year's catalog.  I spent the afternoon stamping and using the Big Shot to cut all of the pieces for this card and, although it was quite a lot of work, I love how the card turned out and I hope you love it too!



The folded card base is Lemon-Lime Twist and the next layer is Berry Burst.  Both of these are new In-colors that will be around for two years before they are retired.  I stamped the jar on Whisper White in Basic Gray Archival ink.  The water is stamped in Soft Sky.  The flowers are stamped in Berry Burst, with one layer stamped off so that the flowers are two tones.  The smaller flowers were stamped in So Saffron, with the second layer stamped in Crushed Curry.  The leaves were stamped in Lemon-Lime Twist.  The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink.  I prefer using Basic Gray ink on cards that are more pastel than bold, as I think the gray is a lot softer than Basic Black. The ribbon around the top of the jar is the new 1/4 inch Ombre Ribbon in Lemon-Lime Twist on page 198 of the catalog. 

Here are some details in case you'd like to order:

Jar of Love stamp set #141587, 27.00, p. 29
Everyday Jars Framelits, #141490, 33.00, p. 213
Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, #144234  7.00, p. 198
When placing your online order, please use the July host code   NN6FAB7P
Please do not use the code if your order is $150 or more, as you will get the host rewards!

Don't forget Bonus Days!  For every $50 you spend in July (before shipping), you will receive a $5 coupon code via email that you can redeem in August.

Thank you for visiting The Classic Card!  May the week ahead be a happy one!  Make time to stamp something pretty... you'll be happier when you spend time creating!
Hugs to all,
Susan



Monday, July 3, 2017

A Color Challenge Card

Hello Stampers!

Wishing a happy sunny summer Monday to all! 

I'm thinking that for most of you, today is a day off... part of the long 4th of July weekend.  If you are working today, I'm sorry, but at least you have tomorrow off, so that's something to look forward to!

I've got a super-simple card today... one that you could probably create in 10 minutes or even less, depending on how fast you are with an aqua-painter.  I made this card for a color challenge that my upline posted on Friday.  She gives us 3 colors and asks us to create a card using those colors.
I was feeling a little lazy today, and decided to use the new Floral Statements stamp set that's on page 163 of the new catalog (item #144701, $18.00).  What I love about this set is that you just stamp the image in either Archival Black, Archival Basic Gray, or Jet Black Staz-On ink, then add color with an aqua-painter and your stamp pads.  It's super simple!
The colors we were given to work with were Powder Pink, one of the new In-Colors, Peekaboo Peach (one of last year's In-colors) and Calypso Coral. 

Here's my card:




I'm not the world's best when it comes to coloring, but this is a very forgiving image.  I used all three colors of card stock, all three colors of ink to color the roses, and then accented with some Powder Pink ribbon (page 198, item # 144134, $7.00).  I used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  The other image in this set is the word "Hello," also accented with flowers.

I hope you'll find a little time to stamp something pretty in the week ahead.  Taking time out to be creative makes life so much better!

Thought for the day:
"When life shuts a door, open it again.  It's a door.  That's how they work!" 

So, my friends, if you've had a door slammed shut, be brave and open it again.  I have every faith in your ability to persevere and emerge victorious! 

Happy 4th and happy stamping!
Love to all,
Susan


Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday!

Hello Stampers!

It's Monday and I'm blogging again!  If you didn't read Saturday's post, please scroll down and read it.  I tried to bring you up to date on life here in California, and I also mentioned that I would try to blog at least once a week on Mondays.  So... since it is Monday, here I am at my computer, typing away. 

How did all of you Oregonians do this past weekend with the hot weather?  With air conditioning and a cold drink by your side, you probably did just fine.  I do feel sorry for those who have to work outside in the heat, though.  Some people don't have the option of staying indoors and keeping cool. 

I'm happy to report that it seems like the worst of our heat wave is now over.  It reached 94 degrees on Sunday and today it's only supposed to reach 90.  While that might seem hot to many of you, it is downright cool when compared to multiple days that were 103 and above.  I'm so thankful for the cooler days that are in our forecast for this week... high 80's and low 90's.

I'm excited for my class on Wednesday night.  I've shown you two of the cards that we'll be making and right now I'm going to show you another one. I think I'm going to have 4, perhaps 5 stampers at the class.  It is not easy re-starting a business in a new location, but little by little, I'll get there.  This card is my favorite of the four cards.




The base of the card is Peekaboo Peach, the second layer is Pool Party, topped by the Whisper White layer that is stamped.  The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp set on page 147 of the new annual catalog.  That great Adirondack chair is part of the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (on page 216) that coordinate with this four-season stamp set.  The sun, ocean, sand, and beach grass are all images from the High Tide stamp set that's on page 140.  I'm so glad this great set was carried over from the Occasions catalog into the new annual catalog. Click on the card to enlarge it and you'll be able to see the pretty clouds in the sky that were created with a card stock mask I cut freehand and then sponged over.  I used Soft Sky ink for the sponging, as it is the lightest blue we have. The ocean was stamped with Pool Party, the sand is Sahara Sand, the beach grass is Old Olive, and the sun is stamped in Peekaboo Peach.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.   The chair is cut from Early Espresso card stock.

Doesn't this card make you want to drop everything and head for the beach?  I won't be doing that this week, but in July we're heading for the coast for some cool-down time. 

Thought for the day:  "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket."

Love and hugs to you!
Susan

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hello stampers!

Can you believe I'm actually adding a new post to my blog?  I know it's been a long, long, LONG time since I've written a new post.  That doesn't mean I haven't been making cards, though.  I'm actually making cards all the time, so thought I would share a couple of them with you today.  This is going to be a long post, so you might want to grab a cool drink before starting to read.

Update on life in Woodland California:

  First topic  .... the weather The change from cool, green, and rainy Oregon to hot, dry California has been one of our greatest challenges.  It has been HOT here this past week with temperatures up to 110.  Thankfully we are entering a cooling-down period and this weekend (June 24-25) it will get back into the 90's.  Fortunately we know what to do when it is so very hot... we just stay inside as much as possible and keep the a/c set to 77-78 degrees.  It's much the same as what all you Oregonians did during the snow/ice cycle last winter... you stayed inside as much as possible and hopefully some of that time you whiled away with stamping.

Second topic.... Adjusting to life in Woodland/Davis. 
We are meeting people and joining groups, so we are starting to feel a little more at home here.  We joined Davis Community Church (Presbyterian) and are active on the Community Life Committee, which means we are in the kitchen a great deal.
We attend fitness classes at the YMCA, which is in the beautiful new Woodland Senior and Community Center that's near our house.  I joined a women's group called University Farm Circle that's affiliated with UC Davis (UCD was called the University Farm in the "old days," as it was a branch of UC Berkeley).  There are many interest groups within the University Farm Circle, so we've found friends in a monthly wine group, a monthly dinner group, and I'm also in a Crafty Ladies group and a Bunco group.
Next fall  I'll be leading a Card-Making and Paper Crafting group, so that should be fun.

Third topic... The family
Of course we are enjoying living near our daughter and her family.
They are only about 8 minutes away.  We have a family dinner once a week, whenever we can fit it into our schedule and theirs.
This past school year we had Lindsay, the three-year-old one morning a week.  This summer we'll have both Allie (almost 6) and Lindsay one morning a week.  I've become an expert bather and shampooer... two skills I almost forgot!  We are having fun with these sweet girls!  They love to help me stir up treats like brownies and last week they helped me make a cake for their daddy's birthday. 

Fourth topic... My Stampin'Up! business

I'm still working on getting my Stampin'Up! business off the ground.  I've got a Summer Stampin' class coming up next Wednesday, June 28th.  I'm expecting about 4 people to attend. 
I'm hoping to meet more local customers through the groups I've joined. Meanwhile, I'm so very grateful to my Portland area customers for keeping me in business. It was so great to see quite a few of you at my recent garage sale and new catalog kick-off at Kelly's house in Sherwood on the first weekend in June.  I hope to be back with Holiday catalogs in August, but if that trip doesn't happen, I'll still make sure you get your new Holiday catalog.

Now... finally... some cards!

Thank you for wading through all of that to get to the cards.  These are two of the cards we'll be making at my class next Wednesday.  If anyone would like to drive down for it, I've got a comfy guest room with a queen bed and you'd also have your own bathroom! 

This card uses the new "So Many Shells" stamp set, page 38 of the new catalog.  The card stock is Soft Sky, the ink colors are Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, and Soft Suede for the sentiment.  I cut the shells out with my trusty and very sharp Paper Snips.  What a great set for summer stamping!






This fun fold-back card was made with the Coffee Break Suite of products, shown on pages 30-31 of the new catalog.  The card stock colors are Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and of course Whisper White.  The DSP is called Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.  Check out all the fun patterns on page 31.  I used the matching framelit dies to cut out the cup and the cup sleeve.  The cute little corrugated heart is part of the Coffee Break Suite.  You can see these in the lower corner of page 31.

I would be so grateful for any orders you'd like to place!  Just go to my shopping site www.susanrodgers.stampinup.net  and click on the "shop now" button.  The host code for June is
T4N3ZWYW  Please use this code when asked "do you have a host code?" Just type the code into the box and then click on "apply." The use of this code allows me to receive host benefits from your online orders that are less than $150.  If your order is $150 or more, please DO NOT use the code.  Then YOU will get the host benefits, which you deserve if your order is $150 or more before shipping. The benefits I receive from your use of the host code allows me to re-stock consumable items such as card stock, designer paper, ribbon, envelopes, dimensionals, glue dots, and other supplies that I use in my workshops and Party-in-a Box event where there is no charge for the cards.

Thanks for being my customers!  I appreciate each one of you!
Hugs to all,
Susan
 
PS  I'm sorry the catalog shown in the side-bar has not been updated to the new annual catalog that came out in June.  The person who was taking care of that is no longer doing blog updates, so I need to find someone new.  In the meantime, you can see the Stampin'Up! catalog on the Stampin'Up! website at www.stampinup.com

Friday, October 21, 2016

Yippie! I have a card for you today!

Hi there stampers!

Once again, we've made it to Friday and the weekend is just ahead! 
Yay for Fridays!

I haven't checked to see what the weather was in Portland yesterday, but here we enjoyed a gorgeous fall day with blue skies and temps in the high 70's.  It was just perfect.... not too hot, not too cold.  Hope all my Northwest friends are having a few "blue sky" days as well!

How do you feel about Halloween?  Are you an adult who despises this holiday?  Or do you love dressing up and eating candy?  I'm one of those adults who doesn't have a strong feeling either way.  I do remember how much fun it was when I was a child.  The excitement was almost equal to that of Christmas.  So for that reason, I try to get into the spirit of Halloween... no pun intended.  To me, it's a fun minor holiday for children.  I hope they have as much fun as I did dressing up and going Trick or Treating around the neighborhood.  It doesn't have to be about evil, ghosts, goblins, spiders, skeletons, or other scary things.  Let' just let the kiddos have some fun and maybe eat a little too much candy.

Here's a cute and non-scary Halloween card for you.  I'll be sending a card something like this to my grandchildren in Seattle.  I will miss seeing them in their costumes this year.




Isn't the little scarecrow cute?  I started out with a half sheet of Whisper White card stock, folded into a card.  The next layer is a panel of Crumb Cake that measures 5 1/4 by 4 inches.  I embossed it with the Brick Wall embossing folder and stamped the sentiment (from Teeny Tiny Wishes) in Archival Black ink.  The Polka Dotted layers are from the Brights DSP stack... Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry.  The Rich Razzleberry strip is 2 by 5 inches and the Tangerine Tango strip is 1 1/2 by 5 inches.  I wrapped a piece of Delightful Dijon ribbon (page 47 of the Holiday catalog) around the polka dotted panels before gluing them to the Crumb Cake panel.  I stamped the scarecrow from the stamp set Cookie Cutter Halloween (page 53 of the holiday catalog) in Archival Black ink on Delightful Dijon card stock, then colored in parts of the image with some Tangerine Tango ink and a blender pen.  I used the 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch to punch him out, then layered him on top of a Whisper White circle that I cut with one of the Layering Circle Framelit Dies on page 193 of the annual catalog.  I tied a tiny bow with two strands of Linen Thread and added it to the scarecrow with a mini glue dot.

I don't see how anyone... even the most ardent Halloween Hater... could object to this card.  If you are sending it to a grandchild or other youngster who's far away, don't forget to add a few dollars for a treat, such as frozen yogurt, an ice cream cone, or a Top Pot donut, the favorite of my Seattle grands.

Hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend!
Hugs and happiness,
Susan


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It was "one of those days...

Hey there, stampers!

It's Wednesday and although I intended to be ready with a new card for you today, it just didn't happen because my Tuesday was just a little too crazy for me to get any stamping done.

So... my apologies for the lack of a card in today's post.  The good news is that our backyard landscaping project is finally underway,  We have been not-so-patiently waiting for them to get started.  With so many new homes in the area, the wait time for landscaping projects is pretty long.  We've been waiting since late August!

Tonight was family dinner night at our house.  This is a once-a-week event where I cook dinner and Kate, Tim, and the girls come over to complete a project for us.  Tonight Kate and Tim hung the blinds on our patio door.  Finally!  We were a little tired of the big cardboard sheets propped over our sliding patio door.  While they work on the project "du jour," I give the girls their bath and get them into their jammies.   So after cooking dinner, cleaning up, and then giving two very energetic little girls a bath, complete with lots of splashing and other shenanigans,  I'm a pretty tired grandmother!

Thought you might like to check out the pumpkins by our front door...





Thanks for reading and please come back on Friday, when I'm planning on having an actual card to inspire you to stamp!

Hugs and happiness,
Susan