Monday, October 16, 2017

Merry Mistletoe

Hello friends!

Another week has come and gone and what a week it was!  I awoke last Monday to the news that major fires were devastating my hometown of Santa Rosa.  It is hard to see the devastation and hear the news of so many homes destroyed and lives lost.  It is heartbreaking that so many families lost everything.  It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of those who weren't able to get out of their homes in time. I have to wonder what the upcoming holidays will be like for those families. No home to gather in, no special ornaments made by the kids when they were small, Christmas stockings gone. Everything gone. It's going to be a rough holiday season for so many this year.  

That's why I feel a little strange about showing you a Christmas card today, but Christmas will come regardless of what's happening in our lives.   I show it to you not in the spirit of merriment, but in the spirit of hope for better times ahead for so many people, from Puerto Rico to Santa Rosa. 

  

Just a reminder.... not all the new Christmas stamp sets are in the holiday catalog.  This one... Merry Mistletoe... is in the big catalog on page 113.  It's part of a suite of products called the Be Merry Suite.  The designer paper, stamp set, and that fun ribbon are all found right on page 113 of the annual catalog.  I needed a small sentiment to fit on the two-inch wide tag and I found "Merry Wishes" in the Oh What Fun stamp set on page 115 of the annual catalog.  

The card base is Garden Green and I embossed it with the Sparkle embossing folder on page 210 of the annual catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is called Be Merry and it's part of the big "Buy Three, Get One Free promotion that is going on now through October 31st. Now is definitely the time to stock up on pretty paper to last you through Christmas and on into the new year.  The deer is stamped in Soft Suede, the trees in Garden Green, and the sentiment is in Cherry Cobbler.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on page 206 of the annual catalog to create the tag.

Why not host a stamping party through my Party-in-a-Box program?  This fun card could be one of the ones you'll create.  Once I get my new Blends alcohol markers, this guy will morph into Rudolph, with a Cherry Cobbler colored pearl for his nose!

The host code for October is KTNP764Q.  Please use the code when placing online orders of less than $150 (before shipping). If your online order is $35 or more I will add your name to my October Host Code drawing that I will do at the end of the month.
You could be the winner of a host stamp set of your choice!  Of course if your order is $50 or more, I'll put your name on my 50-50 Board for each $50 you spend.  The winner of that drawing will win a $50 gift certificate from me!

That's all for now, dear friends!  I hope all is right in your world today.  I think of you often and smile when I remember all of the fun times we had!  Thank you for being my customers!  I'm very grateful.
Love and hugs,
Susan





Monday, October 9, 2017

Count my Blessings

Helloooo!  Are you there?  I really hope someone will be reading my post today!

We've been having some very blustery winds the last few days, so much so that all the leaves have been torn off my pretty sweet potato vines that are planted in pots in the back yard.  I love those vines for their lime green leaves, which add such a summery look to a pot of flowering annuals.  Well, they are pretty no more.  I guess it's time to look for some new plants for those pots... something sturdy that can stand up to 25-30 mile-an-hour winds for a couple of days in a row.  Ugh!  We had winds like this last week too and I thought they were gone, but this morning we woke up to blowing dirt that made this area look like the Dust Bowl.

OK... time for the card!  I made several cards this past weekend and could have made more except I wasn't feeling very creative.  Have you ever been in a creative slump?  I think most of us have been there at one time or another.  I've begun working on Christmas cards and even selected one of my Christmas stations on Pandora to help me get into the mood.  Too bad that didn't work!  I will try again later and hopefully the creativity will start to percolate in my brain. Since it is early October, I'm going to be focusing on fall cards for a little longer.  Then toward the end of the month I'll get serious about Christmas cards.



This stamp set, Count My Blessings, in the Holiday catalog caught my eye right away because of the font.  I liked the images too, but the swirly font really makes this set something special.  I stamped the leaf and acorn clusters in Pear Pizzazz ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso and the Early Espresso is repeated again in one of the mats.  I'm sorry you can't see how sparkly the ribbon is.  It is the new 3/8 inch Shimmer Ribbon in Pear Pizzazz.  

Yes, I probably could have added the sentiment on a separate layer and perhaps I could have used some Designer Paper to add another design element, but sometimes clean and simple is the way to go.  That clean and classic look is what I try for 90% of the time.  Cards with torn edges, distressed paper, doilies, staples, lace trims, and an abundance of pearls, rhinestones, and sequins just look like someone tried too hard and the end result is usually pretty sad.  I think that look is called "Shabby Chic" but to me it looks just plain shabby.

Here's a quick list of what I used:

Count My Blessings stamp set, annual catalog, page 50, 144790, 20.00
Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon, annual catalog, page 199, 144153$7.00
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, 144237, $7.00
                      Pear Pizzazz, 131201, $8.00
                      Early Espresso, 119686, $8.00
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, 131180, 6.50
         Early Espresso, 126974, $6.50

The host code for October is KTNP764Q
Thank you, dear customers!   Your business, your friendship, and you are greatly appreciated by a very grateful me.
Hugs to all,
Susan


Please use this code before checking out when placing an online order of less than $150 (before shipping and tax).  If your order is over $150, please DON'T use the code.  Then you will get the host rewards.  For the month of October, I will add your name to my Host Code Drawing when you place an order of at least $35 before shipping and tax.  You could be the winner of the host stamp set of your choice!





Monday, October 2, 2017

Welcome, October!

Hello friends!  

I guess we have to admit that summer is really over and we've officially entered into Pumpkin Spice Season.  Here's one of my  favorite quotes about October...
   
          "Listen, the wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves.  We have had our summer
            evenings, now for October eves!  
                                                                      Humbert Wolfe

I'm ready for some cool, windy, October eves and I wouldn't mind if some rain was thrown into the mix as well.  Fall seems to be a super-windy time in Woodland, CA.  I thought we were going to blow away yesterday!  Still no rain, though.  The forecast for this week is temps in the low 80's and lots of sunshine.  Hopefully we'll get some much-needed rain by the end of the month.

In celebration of October's arrival, I've got a "Hello Fall" card for you today!  I made this for a color challenge that my upline posted on Facebook.  She asked us to use Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, and Crushed Curry... all great colors for this season of rich colors and falling leaves.



I used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack that's on page 187 of the annual catalog for the background.  This particular piece is shaded from dark to light in Crushed Curry.  Then I simply stamped some leaves from the Colorful Seasons and Merry Café stamp sets in Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango.  The Adirondack chair was cut from the Wood Textures Designer Paper Stack (also on page 187 of the annual catalog).  
The sentiment comes from the Merry Café stamp set that's on page 46 of the Holiday catalog.  

Be sure to check your email inbox for my October Update.  There are a couple of great sales that started yesterday on October 1st.  The first is a sale of selected stamp sets, note cards and envelopes, and Fast Fuse adhesive. The second is a Buy Three, Get One Free promotion on Designer Series Paper.  

Also on the horizon are new, improved alcohol markers that will not evaporate like the first models did. They are not available for ordering by customers yet.  I have ordered a selection of these markers and I will try them out before I decide to recommend them to you.  Let me be the guinea pig here.  I'll give you my honest opinion once I get my hands on them.

Here is the host code for October  KTNP764Q
Please use this code when placing an online order.  I will add your name to my October Host Code Drawing if your order is $35 or more.  Remember, if you have a larger order of $150 or more before shipping and tax, please don't use the code.  Then YOU will get the host rewards.

One last thing before I go... This coming Saturday, October 7th, is World Card-Making Day.  Why not gather a few friends for a little stamping fun?  It is always more fun to stamp together.  And while you're stamping, be thinking of the creative people all around the globe who are stamping too.  This world can use all of the peace-loving, community-creating, and people-loving stampers it can get.
Stamping and creating can make you happier, but it can also make a difference in a world in need of more people who have love and human kindness as their top priorities.

Stamp on!
Susan



Monday, September 25, 2017

Hello Friend, Stampin'Up!

Hello Fall and Goodbye September!

Whoa!  Where did September go?  Wasn't the first of September just a few days ago?  I keep wishing that time would slow down, but instead it seems to just keep speeding up.  

I hope that all of my Portland friends have been enjoying the cooler weather and some rain, but it looks like the week ahead is going to bring you some sunny fall weather and a little more warmth.  We're going to be up in the 90's again by the end of the week and almost everyone I talk to is ready to be DONE with summery weather.

I have quite a few stamp sets sitting on my desk that haven't seen the light of day, let alone any ink, so today I've got a card which uses one of those neglected stamp sets... Hello Friend, (#144059, $21.00, p. 17 of the annual catalog).

My upline gives us a weekly color challenge and this week I decided to play along.  The colors she challenges us to use are out-of-the-ordinary color combinations that I wouldn't come up with on my own.  It is good to stretch out of my comfort zone and try something new.  This week's colors were Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, and one of the new In-colors
Tranquil Tide, which is a fairly dark green with a blue tint.  

Here's my card...




I used Whisper White as my card base, then a layer of Tranquil Tide and a layer of Soft Sky which I embossed with the Petal Burst embossing folder.
I stamped the background pattern in Smoky Slate (a soft gray), then stamped "hello" over it in the strong Tranquil Tide.  A daisy, stamped in Soft Sky on Soft Sky card stock  (stamped with the Daisy Delight stamp set #143669, $17.00, p. 127)and punched out with the new daisy punch (143713, $18.00 p. 206) adds a nice accent at the top of the card, as does the Tranquil Tide ribbon at the bottom. (#144136, $7.00, p. 198 of the annual catalog). 

I hope you know by now that I don't endorse all Stampin'Up! products indiscriminately.  But I do recommend those that I truly love and that are good values.  One of those products is the ribbon I used on this card, the new 1/2 inch Finely Woven Ribbon on page 198 of the annual catalog.  This is great stuff!  It comes in all of the new In-colors and it is soft, pliable, and easy to tie.   If you try it, I know you'll love it as much as I do!

Well, my friends, it's time to bring this post to a close.  I've got a very busy week ahead and I'll bet you do too!  Don't forget that there are just a few days left to use the September Host Code
2S7KBFCF.  I will close this code out at noon on September 29th.  You can use this code for any size order, except if your order is $150 or more before shipping, then please don't use the code.  Then YOU will get the host benefits!

I'm wishing you all a productive week ahead filled with good things!  Positive thoughts are winging their way to you right this minute!
Hugs,
Susan







Monday, September 18, 2017

Basket of Wishes

Hello stamping friends!

How was your weekend?  I'm so sorry that my Portland friends were still suffering over the weekend with heavy smoke from the horrific fire in the Columbia Gorge.  Forest fires are always sickening, but this one in Oregon's most beautiful scenic area is just heartbreaking.  I hear that rain may be on the way and perhaps by the time you read this on Monday morning the rains will have helped with the fire.  

My parade of fall cards continues today, this time with a stamp set from the annual catalog, Basket of Wishes, which you can find on page 125. (#142200, $17.00).  This is one of those all-season stamp sets, which gives you lots of options for cards all year long.  

Let me show you the card, then I'll share the details...




The card base is Very Vanilla card stock and layered on top of that is a panel of Tangerine Tango, which is darker and more orange-y than Pumpkin Pie.  Some Painted Autumn DSP (#144613, $11.00, p. 49 of the holiday catalog) matted with a panel of Crushed Curry card stock adds a nice resting spot for the circle of watercolor paper (#122959, $5.00, p. 194 of the annual catalog) that was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (#145372, $30.00, p. 214 of the annual catalog).

I stamped the bushel basket in Archival Basic Black ink (#140931, $7.00, p. 201 of the annual catalog).  You'll want to use this permanent ink when water coloring, as it won't run when water hits it.  I used an aqua painter to color the veggies and the basket.  I've always had a bit of difficulty when water coloring images, but I've discovered that leaving a bit of white showing through here and there really improves the finished work.

That little bow (added with a glue dot) is made from some of the new Crushed Curry Baker's Twine (#144354, $3.00, p. 199 of the annual catalog).  I just felt that the basket needed a little something and that baker's twine filled the bill!

The sentiment, which I love, is from the Orange Blossom stamp set on page 175 of the annual catalog (#143765, $17.00).  I agree that if we look closely enough, there IS always something to be thankful for, but sometimes it is an almost overwhelming challenge to find something good amid extremely trying circumstances.  


My wish for you in the week ahead is that you will be surrounded by many blessings and that you will recognize each and every one that comes your way... smiles from healthy children, good food to cook for your family, the roof over your head, I could go on and on... all of the everyday blessings that, most of the time, we don't even think about.  

Of course I would love it if you'd place an order and use this September host code   2S7KBFCF  Please don't use the code if your order is $150 or above, then YOU will get the host rewards.

Sending virtual hugs and happy thoughts your way!
Susan

Monday, September 11, 2017

Finally, Fall is in the Air!

Hello, it's me, wishing you a happy Monday!

I'm happy to say that we are getting some weather that is cooler than we've had for ages.  We were able to open the house and turn off the a/c last night around 8:30 pm.  That hasn't happened since I don't remember when!
 
With the children back in school, everyone back in their regular routines,  and fall just around the corner, it's time to turn our thoughts toward making cards that feature beautiful fall images and colors.  When I think of fall, I think of gorgeous fall leaves and pumpkins and I suspect that if asked, most people would name one or the other as the iconic image of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

To celebrate the coming season of cooler days and pretty leaves I've got a leafy card for you today...






I love the colors traditionally used for fall leaves, such as Crushed Curry, a nice warm gold and Cajun Craze, a rusty orange, but I sometimes get tired of those very conventional colors and start thinking of other color combinations.  For this card I used Fresh Fig card stock, ink, and ribbon and added in some Soft Suede and Old Olive leaves as well.

The stamp set I used is Vintage Leaves (# 138802, $26.00), a great set that's available on page 125 of the annual catalog.  There's also a coordinating set of Framelits (#138283, $27.00) that you can find on page 213 of the annual catalog.  So if you'd like to cut out some of the leaves and give them a 3-D look with some dimensionals (foam dots), you won't be forced to cut all of those little jagged edges by hand. 

The ribbon is the new Finely Woven Ribbon in Fresh Fig (#144132, 7.00, p. 198 of the annual catalog).  It's soft, very flexible, and easy to tie.  I tied it into a loose knot on this card, which will allow the card to be easily mailed.  

To give the card a bit more of a vintage look, I added some speckles in Sahara Sand using the speckles from the Touches of Texture stamp set (#143251, $33.00, p. 152 of the annual catalog).
If you have the set Gorgeous Grunge, there are some good speckles in that set as well, but Gorgeous Grunge is now discontinued.

The sentiment is from So Many Shells, (#143695, $26.00, p. 38 of the annual catalog), stamped in Early Espresso.  Aside from the fabulous images of seashells, this set has some nice sentiments that are quite different.  I bought this set as much for the sentiments as I did for the images.  Then to add a little interest, I added a Very Vanilla panel on the inside of the card and stamped a few more leaves and speckles to give a little surprise when the card is opened.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to read my blog.  If you have this stamp set, or another one featuring leaves, I hope I've inspired you to get it out and make a few cards for the fall season.  With an appropriate sentiment added, this card could be a sympathy card, a thank you, a birthday card, or a thinking of you card.  With a few cards like this tucked away, you'll be ready for any occasion... no last-minute run to the store for a card!
 
With so much devastation... fires, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes... we are forced to admit that much is beyond our control.  And yet we can all work toward making the world a better place.  Send a card with heartfelt love inside, share a smile with someone who needs a smile, offer a helping hand to a stranger, cook a good meal for your family, make a donation to disaster relief.  Every positive act creates a ripple and that ripple goes on and on and may inspire others to act positively.  

May the week ahead find you being grateful for all of the good in your life and remember... life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Stamp on!
Susan

The September Host Code is 2S7KBFCF. Please use this code when placing an online order that is less than $150.  If your order is over $150, please don't use the host code... then YOU will get the host rewards!
 




Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Cafe Stampin'Up!

Helloooo stampers!  Happy Labor Day!

It has been another weekend in the blast furnace and today, thankfully it is going to be a little cooler... right around 98 or 99.  I know that doesn't sound very cool to most of you, but after 109 and 107, we are happy to see something under the 100 mark.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for cooler weather and "pumpkin season,"  you know... that time of year when everything is suddenly pumpkin.  (My apologies to Jodi, a friend who hates pumpkin with a passion).  I checked with the customer service desk at Trader Joe's the other day and was told that pumpkin season would begin mid-September.  There'll be pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin-cinnamon breakfast rolls, pumpkin ice cream... about 40 products in all.  And then to top off all of that pumpkin-y goodness,  Starbucks will be whipping up Pumpkin Spice Lattes by the millions... which brings me to today's card.





If your eyes are not the best at reading fine print, the sleeve on the cup says "Hello Fall, it's pumpkin spice latte season."  The inside of the card has a little pocket where you can slide in a Starbuck's card.
This is one of the cards we made at my stamping class last week.  I thought it would be a perfect way to welcome in the change of seasons.  My daughters both love coffee, so they'll be getting one of these cards once Fall officially arrives on Sept. 22nd.

That pretty DSP is called Painted Autumn (#144613, $11.00, p. 49 of the holiday catalog).  The stamp set is Merry Café (#144965, $17.00, p. 46 of the holiday catalog).  That lovely ribbon is my new favorite, Crinkled Seam Binding (#144192, Peekaboo Peach, $8.00, p. 199 of the annual catalog).  The card base is Early Espresso, the cup is Crumb Cake, the lid is Very Vanilla, and the sleeve on the cup is Peekaboo Peach.

Surely you've got some friends or family members that are fans of the fall season and love everything pumpkin.  Why not make a few of these to send out?  That crinkled seam binding is so silky and ties without a lump or a bump, making this card easy to mail.  Finding one of these in the mailbox would give anyone a lift!  

The host code for September is 
2S7KBFCF
if you'd like to place an online order.  You can place your order by clicking on the shop now button at the top of this blog. And please feel free to call with any questions or problems.  My cell phone is 503-539-1572 and my home number is 530-402-1041.

Thanks for reading!  Make the week ahead a good one!
Hugs and happiness are coming your way,
Susan



Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurry up, Fall!

Hello my friends!  Happy Monday!

I just have one wish today... and that is for Fall to hurry up and get here!  I made the mistake of looking at the fourteen day forecast for Woodland and I was shocked by what I saw.  It was 109 yesterday and it will be 100 or above for the next TEN days.  It goes like this Monday 108, then 108, 102, 104, 107, 106, 106, 104, 100, 100.
After that, it goes down into the 90's.  Can you see why I'm hoping for Fall to get here asap???  I cannot wait for cooler weather!

I have a favor to ask.  I'm looking for people in the Portland area who'll need a house-sitter next summer.  If you or someone you know is planning a trip and needs a conscientious and responsible house-sitter, I would love for you to pass along their name.  If you know me, you know what a clean-freak I am.  I  would take extremely good care of any home entrusted to me.  John and I would be so grateful just to be able to escape this ghastly heat for a few weeks.  

OK... enough about the weather!  Let's get to a card, shall we?
This is one of the cards we'll be making at my "Focus on Fall" stamping class, coming up this Wednesday, August 30th at 6:45 at my house.  Email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com if you'd like to attend.







This fun and non-scary Halloween card would be perfect for sending to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or any young-at-heart person who gets a kick out of wearing a costume and eating candy.  And to add to the fun, there's a surprise inside.  Take a look...



When the card is opened, a little pocket is revealed where you can stash some cash, a check, or a gift card.  The Very Vanilla panel is where you can write a brief note.  If you would like to have the measurements and directions for this easy, but cute gift card holder, please send me a quick email to  sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll be happy to email them to you.  

Now here are the details of the products I used:

Stamps:  Spooky Cat, #144749, $17.00 p. 53, holiday catalog
Note:  You can get this stamp set bundled together with the new Cat Punch for a 10% savings.  The bundle number is #146014, 31.50

Ink:  Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad, Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Paper:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla Card Stock
Spooky Night Designer Series paper, #144610, $11.00, p. 53, holiday catalog.

Accessories:  The baker's twine I used was on the Clearance Rack, but I'm sorry to say it is now sold out.  It was probably snapped up by demonstrators like me who recognize a great bargain when we see one.  You can easily substitute some Solid Bakers Twine in Basic Black #141682, $3.00, p. 199 of the Annual Catalog.  

Don't forget that you need to redeem your Bonus Days Coupon codes before the end of August.  The 31st is the last day, so don't wait any longer!  Also, the host code for August is
VRVSBRAW.  Please use this code when placing an online order for less than $150.  If your order is $150 or more before tax and shipping, do not use the host code.  Then you will receive the host rewards.  This code will be closed out at 9pm on August 31st.

Hope you liked my card today!  Thanks for visiting me at The Classic Card!  May the week ahead be a good one!  Please remember that a good week can be made into a great week if you take time out for YOU!   Sit in the shade and read a good book, go to the beach and sit in the sand, stare at the ocean and let the serenity sink into your soul.  Or take a different route to work and stop at a different coffee shop.  Any break in your routine will refresh you.  Best of all, get out some stamps, ink, and paper and create!  

Hugs and happiness are coming your way!
Susan





Monday, August 21, 2017

Grown with Love by Stampin'Up!

Hello stampers!

Are you ready for the eclipse?  Since we aren't in the "area of totality," I didn't bother to purchase any protective eye-wear.  We're going to go to a gathering in Davis where we'll be able to share some glasses and at least get a peek at this phenomenon.  As much as I love Oregon, I'm happy to be missing the crowds and the traffic!

I sat down last night to make a card using the Grown With Love bundle that's on page 22 of the annual catalog.  I'm challenging myself to use all of the stamp sets I ordered in June when the new catalog came out.  I loved this set when I first saw it in the catalog and I love it even more now that I've finally used it.



I was going for a late summer look, so I used some warm colors...  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake for the ink and Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White for the card stock.  

Here's a quick list of the products I used:
Stamps
Grown with Love bundle (stamps and framelits) #145338, $45.75, p. 22
Beautiful Bouquet stamp set #143666, (for the sentiment) $27.00, p. 92
Burlap Background stamp #143982, $15.00, p. 165  I stamped the Burlap background stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  Doesn't it look realistic?
Accessories
Crushed Curry Solid Baker's Twine #144354, $3.00, p. 199
1/4 " Copper Trim #144179, $6.00, p. 199
1 1/4 inch Circle Punch #119861, $16.00, p. 207
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch #119860, $16.00, p. 207 

With a change of colors, this is a set for any season.  With the flowers stamped in red and pink and a change in sentiment, this would make a fun Valentine's Day card.  If you stamped everything in pastels such as Soft Sky, Powder Pink, and So Saffron, you could make a lovely springtime or Easter card.  I love versatile sets like this and who wouldn't?  I think we're all trying to get the most out of our stamping dollars.

Have a great week, everyone, and remember to take a little time out to stamp something pretty.  You'll be happier when you make time for creativity. Creative hobbies like stamping are beneficial to our brains as well as our spirits, so take a break from your "to-do" list and enjoy a few hours of stamping fun.
Hugs and happy thoughts coming your way,
Susan





Monday, August 14, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet by Stampin'Up!

Hello stampers!

I love the card I'm going to show you today, but first... how was your weekend?  Did you stay home and take care of chores like yard work, cleaning, and/or organizing?  Or did you leave town for a change of scene and a change of weather?  I hate to admit being so boring, but I love a weekend where I can spend time at home cleaning and puttering and maybe doing a small decorating project.  Right now I have some great fabric that I purchased for some window treatments in my stamp room.  I've been meaning to get out my sewing machine but just haven't done it yet.  I also need a fun light fixture for my stamp room.  Once I finish my projects, I'll post a picture of my stamp room, but don't hold your breath, as it won't be anytime soon. 

OK... let's get to the card, which features the wonderful Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (p. 92) and matching Bouquet Bunch framelits (p. 213).  You can purchase the stamps and framelits  as a bundle and save 10 %.  






I don't usually do this, but I loved this card in the catalog so much that I decided to re-create it.  You can see Stampin'Up!'s version of the card on page 93 of the annual catalog.  My card is not an exact copy, but it's close.  I left off the doily, added a Soft Sky card stock base, and added some of the new 3/8 " Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky.  Oh, and I left off the Linen Thread that is tied around the bouquet and substituted the small stamped bow.  I used the new Polka Dot Basics embossing folder (p. 210) to add some texture to the background.  

The flowers were stamped in Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Soft Sky.  The flower stems were cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock. As you can see, there is quite a bit of cutting with the Big Shot.  I stamped everything I was going to need first, then ran it through the Big Shot repeatedly until each piece was cut.  I slipped each of the cut pieces into a clear bag as they were cut.  That way I didn't lose any of the very small pieces.  

While this card has a summery look, I think the bouquet would look great done in fall colors too... maybe Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango for the flowers, with Garden Green for the stems.  As fall approaches, I'll try out some different color combinations.  

I hope you'll take some time in the week ahead just for you... time to be creative and play with stamps, colorful papers, inks, and accessories to create something beautiful... something from your heart.  Then send your work of art to someone who needs encouragement, someone who's going through a difficult time, or someone who is celebrating a happy event such as a birthday or anniversary.  Your creativity can make a difference in someone's life!  

Happy thoughts are coming your way!  I appreciate you!
Hugs to all,
Susan






Monday, August 7, 2017

Don't throw out those scraps!

Hello there, stampers!

Welcome to another sunny summer week!  I'm excited to say that we're having a slight cooling trend here in Woodland, with temps yesterday in the low 90's.  We were able to open up the house about 8 pm last night, which was a huge deal... so nice to turn off the a/c and let some cool air into the house before midnight!

This is going to be one of my longer posts, so grab a cool drink and get comfortable. 

Today I've got several cards to show you, all using the same color-blocking technique.  I'm not exactly sure of the correct term for this type of stamping.  If you want to try this easy technique, the first thing you'll need to do is stop throwing away the left-overs when you get a new wood-mount or clear-mount stamp set (the red rubber sets that you mount on wood blocks or clear blocks).  That red rubber is valuable stuff!  Whenever I get a new stamp set, I save the larger pieces of red rubber that are left over after I punch out the pre-cut stamps.  I trim them into all sorts of shapes... circles, rectangles, triangles, squares... then store them away for later use in cards like these.  The super-easy steps are:
ink up the selected shapes and stamp them, overlapping slightly or let the shapes stand alone... it's up to you.  Then ink up a solid-image stamp and stamp over the colored shapes in a dark ink, such as Basic Black, Basic Gray, or Early Espresso.


 


For this card I used Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron ink.  I stamped the shapes, then stamped over them with the flowering branch from Flirty Flowers ( page 25 of the new annual catalog) in Basic Black Archival ink.  The sentiment is from Background Bits, one of the great Host-only sets on page 220 of the annual catalog.  I embossed the front of the card base with the very elegant Garden Trellis embossing folder, one of the new folders in the annual catalog on page 210.    

The ribbon on this card deserves a whole paragraph of its own!  This is the new 5/8 " Crinkled Seam Binding (p. 199 of the annual catalog).  It comes in only 4 colors right now (Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, and Peekaboo Peach) but I'm hoping that Stampin'Up! will offer it in many more colors!  What do I love about this ribbon??? Basically everything!  It is soft and pliable.  It is lustrous and elegant-looking.  It ties like a dream.  The little crinkles make it look like raw silk.  And best of all, it is so lightweight that when it's tied, it doesn't create a bulky knot that makes mailing difficult. I used Peekaboo Peach on this card and the other colors will be on my very next order!

Here's another card using the same technique...



For this card, I used the same stamp, stamping it three times, each image slightly overlapping.  The colors are Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake.  I trimmed this piece of left-over rubber into a flag shape.  You'll notice that I cut this shape with a ragged, torn-edge look.  Ragged or smooth, it's up to you!  The bird and sentiment are from Best Birds, a carry-over set from last year's annual catalog, now making its home on page 99.  Some new Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine ( page 199) adds a touch of texture.  

OK... one more simple card to go...



First I stamped a simple wavy-edged rectangle in Pool Party, then stamped over it with the bee from Dragonfly Dreams (p. 138).  The sentiment also comes from the same set.  The card base is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder (p, 211) and I used both the Basic Black and Pool Party Solid Baker's Twine to tie around the top fold.

I've noticed that many demonstrators that are using this technique are now suggesting that you ink up a clear stamp block, but you usually get a blotchy image when using a stamp block.  If you want a more speckled look, by all means try using a clear block.  I much prefer using left-over red rubber because you get a more solid, even image, you can cut it to any size and shape you want, and you can make raggedy edges or smooth edges.  You just have a lot more options when using red rubber.

What are you up to in the week ahead?  Going on vacation?  Heading to the beach to escape the heat in Portland?  Staying at home and staying inside to keep cool?  Whatever you have planned, try to make a little time to try out this simple stamping technique.  It's easy and fun!

Happy stamping thoughts and virtual hugs coming your way,
Susan








Monday, July 31, 2017

A Fun Ride!

Hi there stampers!

It looks like a sunny and hot week ahead, for both Portland and Woodland.  Portland will be cooler than Woodland on Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday and Thursday, Portland will actually be hotter with temperatures of 108 and 109 in the forecast.  Hopefully it won't really get that hot!  My advice:  stay inside, keep cool, and drink lots of water.  

We can't really do anything about the weather so let's focus on something fun... like stamping!  I've got a very cute card for you today, made with the new stamp set Bike Ride.



I have to say that this is probably the easiest bike in the world to assemble!  If you've ever tried putting a bicycle together, you know that it's no easy task.  But this bike goes together in just a few minutes, thanks to the Build a Bike dies that go with the Bike Ride set.  A little stamping, a little cutting with the Big Shot and soon you have a very cute bicycle.  Now if I could just climb on that thing and ride somewhere cool!  

Here are the supplies I used to make this fun card:
Bike Ride Stamp set, p. 20, #143716, $21.00
Build a Bike Framelit dies, p. 213, #143729, $27.00

Save 10% by purchasing the bundle... both stamp set and dies, #145314, $43.00

Brick Wall embossing folder, p. 210, #138288, $8.50
Sentiment is from the Flirty Flowers stamp set, p. 25, #143872, 19.00
One inch circle punch, p. 207, #119868, $13.00
1 1/4 inch circle punch, p. 207, #119861, $16.00

Thanks for taking time to read my blog!  From today into next weekend, may your ride be smooth and downhill all the way!  It's much to hot to even think about pedaling uphill!

Happy stamping, everyone!
Susan

Monday, July 24, 2017

Try something new!

Hello friends!

Oh, goodness!  I turned 70 last Monday and I guess I'm now officially "old."  But just because I'm aging doesn't mean I have to grow old on the inside.  In fact, inside I feel like I'm as young as I ever was.  I would guess my true age to be somewhere in my twenties.  Isn't it strange that although our bodies and our minds grow older, our spirit seems to be ageless?

One way we can help ourselves to stay young in spirit is to try new things.  This is one area that I really need to work on, as I tend to be a bit of a 'fraidy cat when it comes to new adventures.  Trying something new doesn't mean we have to take up rock climbing, bungee jumping, or roller blading.  We can challenge ourselves to learn to cook a new dish, try a new restaurant, read a book in a different genre, shop at a different store, try a new hairstyle or color... just anything to shake up or normal routine.  

You might wonder what all this has to do with card-making.  Well,  I have a new card format that I'd like you to try.  It's called a bridge fold card.  When you first see the card, you're going to think that it's not something that can be mailed.  But actually it's very easy to fold flat and slide into an envelope.  I've seen this type of card on several blogs lately, so I'm not sure who originated the idea.  



I'm not going to go into the measurements of all the DSP pieces, where to score the card base, etc.  If you would like to know how to make this fun card, please email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send along the instructions.

Here are the Stampin'Up! products I used to make this card:

Pool Party card stock:   #122924, page 186, $8.00
Pool Party stamp pad:  #126982, page 186, $6.50
Whisper White Thick card stock: #140727, page 194, $7.00
Pear Pizzazz card stock: #131201, page 186, $8.00
Basic Gray Archival ink pad: #140932, page 201, $7.00
Whole Lot of Lovely DSP:  #144110, page 188, $11.00
Birthday Blooms stamp set:  #140658, page 70, $19.00
Flower Shop stamp set: #130942, page 28, $18.00
Pansy Punch (coordinates with the Flower Shop stamp set)
      #130698, page 207, $16.00
Gold Faceted Gems, #144141, page 197, $5.00

And of course for a card like this with multiple score lines, you will need a good scoring board.  I highly recommend Stampin'Up!'s Simply Scored Scoring Tool, #122334, page 205, $30.00.  I've owned two other scoring boards, but this one is by far the best I've used.  The stylus is made of metal and won't wear out like the plastic ones that other boards come with.

I would be most appreciative if you could leave me a brief comment on this card.  If you'd like to place an order, please use the July host code NN6FAB7P if your order is under $150.  I will close out this code on Saturday, July 29th.   For every order of $50 or more before tax and shipping, you will receive a Bonus Days coupon code for $5 off an order in August via email from Stampin'Up!   All those who use the July host code will be entered into a drawing for a nice prize from me at the end of the month. 

May the week ahead be a happy one and I hope you'll try something new!
Happy stamping, everyone!
Susan



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