happy extravaganza!

‘Tis the season for shopping!

Happy Extravanganza, everyone!  I just returned from a wonderful vacation, and it seems that while I was gone, all sorts of incredible things were happening in the Stampin’ Up! world!  No time to share new cards – I’ve just got to get the exciting news out to everyone!

First, TODAY ONLY, Stampin’ Up! is having a big sale on some wonderful stamp sets!  There are some really awesome stamps on sale.  I’ve already placed my order… but must confess that I already have quite a few of these, because they’re awesome stamps!  There are going to be deals running all week long, but this particular list is just available today, November 20th.  The list includes Garden Girl, and Good Vibes – two sets that were just meant to be colored with the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  (Want to know how I spent my vacation?  Practicing with my new Blends!  I love these things!)  There’s a little bit of everything in this sale, though:  you’ve got hearts and flowers, ice cream and chocolate, giant numbers and beautiful sentiments.  So much to love!

Finally, perfect placement!

The big news, though, is a new toy that is going to be the end-all, be-all, MUST HAVE product next year – the Stamparatus!  Seriously, I am beyond thrilled with how cool this thing looks!  You’ll have to be patient – the first “window” to reserve one sold out in minutes!  Yes, it’s that cool!  The next reserve window will open on December 5th, at 2:00pm Mountain Time.  I expect that this one will sell out in minutes as well, but I’ll be doing my best to be on that list.  Note that this is just a “reservation”, to be able to order the product early next year.  I know, I know… crazy system, but Stampin’ Up! is trying to make sure that they don’t have any backorders.  It feels like the longest wait ever, but we just have to realize that something this cool took time to perfect.  (Yes, I’m talking to myself here, LOL.)  Here’s a video showing 5 things you must know about this new wonder:

 

That’s it for today – got to get this posted before it’s old news!  Happy stamping, and happy shopping!

(This post includes some affiliate links.  There is no additional cost to you, but if you make a purchase from these links, I will earn a small commission, which will help me to spread more paper joy.  Thank you!)

 

 

diy stampin’ up planner cover

Planner Nerd…

I’m a total planner nerd, so as soon as I saw that Stampin’ Up was coming out with their Love Today Planner Kit, I just HAD to have it.  I was prepared to like it, and use it, but WOW. I LOVE this thing!  I’ve had an old-school Day Runner, a couple of knock-offs, plenty of my own various notebooks… and most recently, a Filofax, an Erin Condren Life Planner, and a DIY bullet journal.  They all have their pros and cons – and yes, so does this one.  However, paper quality is really important to me, and this has, to date, my favorite paper.  None of my favorite pens or markers bleed through – at all!  It’s a dream for stamping in.  And it’s just so darn pretty!

My One Issue:

I plan to do more planner posts, as I play around and personalize mine more.   I didn’t want to wait on this one tip, though.  Once I realized that I was going to want to take this baby everywhere, I became concerned about the cover.  It’s very solid, and the little metal corner protectors are nice.   I think it will last.  I just don’t think it will look as pretty after a few months of heavy use.  So…I had a few different ideas, and I’ve seen a couple of them bounced around.  In the end, I decided that I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful blue and gold design, and  I wasn’t ready to risk doing anything permanent.  I have, over the years, made lots of various book covers… but never a CLEAR one.  There’s a first time for everything, though.  🙂

My Solution:

After some experimentation, I ended up using just the following supplies:  two C-Line Shop Ticket Holders, some Artist Tape, and a pair of scissors.  Oh, and a Sharpie.  Many paper-crafters (myself included) use these shop/job ticket holders for storing and protecting our 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock.  Note that the Avery Job Ticket Holders should work fine for this, as well – I just have spares of the C-Line ones on hand.  And I imagine that there are lots of various adhesives that would work as well – I just knew that this was a strong, heavy-duty tape that’s easy to work with.

How To:

At some point in the future, I may try to do a video tutorial for this, but honestly, it was mostly just a matter of messing around until I had something that would work.  I ended up cutting down from the top, along each side, until the sleeve was about 7-1/2″ from the bottom of the cut line, to the bottom of the sleeve.  Using a bone folder, I folded over the extra plastic.  I could cut it off, but for now, I’m leaving most of the plastic there, with a tentative plan to create some sort of pocket. I did this with both of the ticket holders, and slipped one on the front of the cover, and one on the back.  The “seam” is intact from the outside.  The cut-line is along the inside of the sleeve, with the folded-over piece on the inside of the planner.

Here’s the inside of the front cover:

Stampin' Up planner with DIY cover, made by Kitty Smith, at bashfulcat.com

Yes, it’s a little bit big, and a little bit loose – but I think that’s going to be a plus in the long run.  Here’s the back cover from the inside:

On the back piece, I ended up cutting off a bit more of the sleeve, on the top and on the folded part, to get a better fit.  I knew I was going to have to do “something” to hold it together, and I wanted to try and disguise that as much as possible.  In the end, I put the area where the two sleeves meet on the back of the planner.  One strip of heavy-duty tape seems to be enough to hold it together.  While I’d actually like to do something a bit more decorative in the future, for the time-being, I just colored the white tape with a metallic gold Sharpie pen.  It’s not perfect, but it looks much better than the white did.  Here’s how the back cover looks:Stampin' Up planner with DIY cover by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Gottcha Covered

And here’s the finished project:Stampin' Up planner with DIY cover by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Is it perfect?  No… but for a quick, cheap “something” to protect my precious planner, I’m pretty happy with it. 🙂  I’ll share more planner thoughts and ideas in future posts.  For now, I just wanted to get this out there, since I know other planners had the same concern.  If you’re one of them, and you find a better way to protect your planner, will you let me know?  I’m always eager for new ideas.

Do you have this planner?  What have you done to customize it?  (By the way, those “first and last” pages you see in the above shots?  Those are my own home-made dividers, cut from Stampin’ Up paper, and then laminated.)  Thanks so much for stopping by, and Happy Planning!

soft flowers & glimmer butterflies – avant-garden birthday card

Handmade card using the Stampin' Up Avant Garden stamp set, and Sunshine Wishes Die set.

Easy-Peasy Flowers

I am convinced that you just can’t make a bad card with Stampin’ Up’s Avant-Garden stamp set.  The soft flower stamp is just so forgiving – it has a sort of casual, watercolor look to it, so no matter how you stamp it, it comes out looking fabulous.  For this card, I actually stamped each flower twice, turning the stamp 180°, to create a fuller flower.  I stamped them on white cardstock, and fussy-cut them out, leaving a little white space around the edges.  For the flower centers, I used a hole punch to cut out a tiny circle of Glimmer Paper, and popped it up with foam.  The leaves were all stamped in Bermuda Bay, but I was able to create some variance in color by stamping them off.  (I stamped a leaf, and then immediately stamped a second leaf, without re-inking the stamp.)

Glimmer Butterflies

Now, I have a feeling that the little die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Die set is actually supposed to be a small flower… but the first time I saw it, I immediately thought “butterfly”.  So, I used a little bit of my Glimmer Paper to die-cut three of them.  Then, I hand-cut tiny bodies from black cardstock, and added some antennae from the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  The butterflies are adhered to the card with just a Glue Dot on the body, so the wings can “fly”. (I just had to use some of that awesome Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper – so sorry that it’s sold out – but Stampin’ Up does have some other Glimmer Paper.)  The stamped sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set – stamped on a Pink Pirouette rectangle, matted with Rich Razzleberry, with two rounded corners for interest.  Here’s a close-up:

Handmade card, using Stampin' Up's Avant-Garden stamp set.

The Finishing Touches

I felt like the card needed a bit more of that Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper to balance it off, so I added a thin strip along the left-hand side.  After rounding one corner, I adhered the entire pink flower scene to a Rich Razzleberry card-base.

This was actually my second version.  I wasn’t as happy with my first attempt.  (Yes, I said you can’t make a bad card with this stamp set.  This one wasn’t bad… just more like “practice”.)  For my first card, I used a bit of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, and used some rhinestones for the flower centers.  I used a white base, and stamped some stems for the flowers.

Handcard card, using Stampin' Up's Avant-Garden stamp set.

Well, I know we’re really getting down to the wire… just a few short days left for Sale-A-Bration.  Do you have your Avant-Garden stamp set yet?   Free with $50.00 purchase.

Thanks for stopping by, and have an amazing day!  Keep on stampin’!

Supplies:


quick tip… happy ink refills :-)

Colorless

I love color – especially bright, happy color.  In fact, that’s what first drew me to Stampin’ Up – they have some gorgeous ink and paper colors!  And I have a whole lot of it on order, LOL.  I will be going card-crazy when all of it arrives, but while I’m waiting for the next shipment, I’m trying to get a bit organized.  I tend to make one heck of a mess when I’m actually creating, but before I move onto a new project, I absolutely have to clean up.  I can’t stand it when my crafty space gets so messy that I can’t find anything.

The Key

The key, for me, to an organized space, is to have a designated home for every item.  If I always put my scissors back in the exact same place every time, there’s a much better chance that I will be able to find them again, the next time I need them.  (This is, of course, not guaranteed… sometimes the gremlins get loose at night and move things around.) So, with all these new supplies coming in, I need to make some room, and find new homes for everything – and make them easy to find.

Stampin’ Up! Color Caddy

Now, see that plain white box above?  It’s full of wonderful bright and cheery ink refills… but all you see right now is a white box, with a bunch of white caps.  The individual bottles do have some color on the labels, but it doesn’t exactly jump out at you – especially if you store your inks all right-side-up, on the top of a Stampin’ Up Color Caddy (see image on your left).

Dots

So I stole an idea from Jennifer McGuire (the queen of crafty organization), and made my bottles a little easier to identify.  (I’ve seen Jennifer do this with her markers, but the idea is the same.)  I just happened to have some 1/4″ plain round white labels, like these (image on your right).

 

Execution

Because the labels are so close together, I took one at a time, and stuck it to some slick, non-stick paper – just scraps, leftover from stickers.  (Sometimes that leftover “trash” really comes in handy.)  Then, I just smooshed the label onto an ink pad.  It is a little messy, but I just kept an old rag handy for clean-up.  (The rag didn’t stop me from getting ink all over my hands, but inky fingers are just proof that you’re an artist, LOL.)  I gave each dot a moment to dry, wiping off the excess ink, if necessary, and then applied it to the top of the coordinating ink refill bottle.  And voila – happy ink refills!

Happy Ink, Happy Kitty

Now doesn’t that look so much happier?  That is, of course, the most important thing – but being easier to find is a nice little bonus, LOL.  (Note that I just threw these photos together quickly.  When I actually put those refills away, rest assured, they will be properly arranged in ROYGBIV order.)  😉

So, nothing really revolutionary here, but I wanted to share what I was up to (besides stalking the UPS guy).  Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a bright and colorful day!

Supplies referenced above:


more ink-blended cards

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.

More Ink-Blended Cards

I recently got on a bit of a Distress Ink-blending kick (as shown in an earlier post), and I now have a few more ink-blended cards to share.  For this first card, I used the heat emboss resist technique.  I started with some flourish stamps and VersaMark ink, and some clear embossing powder.  I stamped and embossed a few flourishes on a piece of white cardstock (PTI).  I then chose some softer ink colors, and blended them over my design – the embossed areas “resist” the ink, so the design shines through.  This time, I really wanted a “softer” look, and while my blending skills still need work, I’m happy with how this one turned out.  It’s hard to go wrong with purple, pink and blue.  😀

Finishing Touches

I sprayed some shimmer mist over the entire blended piece, which added a little sparkle .  The shine is really pretty in real life, but it’s hard to photograph.  Here’s a slightly better look:

Emboss-resist birthday card, with pastel distress inks.The sentiment was die-cut several times and layered – I think four or five black pieces, with one white piece attached slightly off-center.  I first tried the sentiment in black, but it just looked too stark, so I tried white, but it was too hard to read.  This seemed to be the ideal solution. 🙂   I rounded one corner, but it still felt incomplete.  I thought that maybe just some Enamel Accents dots in the lower right-hand corner would help balance things, but…

Fixing a Mistake

it didn’t work.  It was a learning lesson, though.  When you put Enamel Accents over heat-embossing, it appears to sort of spread – it doesn’t retain it’s nice, round shape.  I was able to scrape it off, but it left me with a bit of a booboo on my card.  You know what that means, right?  It’s time to embellish!  I really didn’t want to add a new color to this card, so I just punched a couple of flowers from black and white, and layered them – the top flower has some of that shimmer mist on it.  Problem solved.  🙂

Next up, I tried inking some panels with just one or two colors of ink.  It doesn’t sound all that different than using colored cardstock, but if you vary the amount of ink, and you flick some water here and there, you can get a nice watercolor effect.Distress Ink Blending.

I used that brown piece to cut out some tree branches, the red-ish piece for some flowers, and a green piece (not shown above) for some leaves.  All those elements, along with a die-cut sentiment gave me this card:

Next, I tried purple, and ended up with this:

Thinking of You card with purple flowers.

Back to Rainbows

While those cards are okay, in the end, I had to go back to the rainbows.  Here’s how a similar design looks, but with multi-colored flowers:

Thinking of You card, with rainbow flowers.

Yeah, I think that last one is my favorite.  What do you think?

Okay, that’s enough ink blending for a while… I think… maybe… LOL.  Thanks so much for stopping by my crafty little blog!  And please don’t be “bashful” – send me a note, or leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!  I’m still trying to find my “tribe”.  I can’t be the only bashful optimistic vegan obsessive-compulsive cat-mommy kid-at-heart card-maker out there, can I?  🙂

Have a beautiful, wonderful, colorful day!

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

snow much thanks – thank you card

Snow Much Thanks, thank you card using Simon Says Stamp's January 2017 Card Kit.

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017!  I love the idea of starting out each new year with a note of gratitude, so,  thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blog, pinned my images, visited me on Facebook or Instagram, or just had a nice thought about me.  😀  And thank you to all of the amazing card-making bloggers out there that inspire me every day.  I love being a part of this awesome card-making community!  There’s this wonderful Blog Hop going on right now called Season’s Givings Blog Hop, with all sorts of thank you gifts for fans and followers.  My blog isn’t quite there yet, but someday, I’ll be doing thank you giveaways, too!  (In the meantime, I can at least share the link to this awesome hop.)

Card Kit:

Simon Says Stamp’s January 2017 Card Kit is perfect for thank you cards, and because it includes these gorgeous, wintery sequins, I just had to make a shaker card.  This time, I decided to start by making a shaker tag which I then adhered to the card.

The Tag:

I started with a small-ish scrap of white cardstock, and used my blender tool and some distress ink in Faded Jeans.  I just did an overall blend with that one color, and then sort of threw some water drops at it, to create a bit of a watercolor effect.  From that blue piece, I die-cut a heart from the lower center, and heat-embossed the little sentiment.  For the window, I just used a leftover piece of laminate;  I have a laminator that I use for various things, and the leftover bits are perfect for these windows – super clear, and nice & sturdy… and cheap!  🙂  The shaker window is popped up with a double-layer of fun foam, and it’s filled with sequins from the card kit, as well as some misc. coordinating sequins from my stash.  A piece of Baker’s Twine finishes off the tag.

Card Base:

For the card-base, I started with a piece of the cornflower blue paper from the card kit, cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using the awesome Frozen Fractals stamp set and the Delicata white shimmer ink, also from the kit, I stamped a bunch of snowflakes.  I attached this to a white card-base, and glued the tag on top.  It seemed like it still needed “something”, so I added some dots of white Enamel Accents.

The Inside:

I’m not so good about sharing my insides, but I did remember to catch a photo of this one:  Snow Much Thanks - thank you card, inside.

To coordinate with the outside, I inked the edges of my message piece with the same Faded Jeans distress ink, and I also attached the heart left over from my die-cut tag. 

Wishing everyone a totally awesome 2017!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going.  Thank you so much!  SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


not a darn thing to do with cards

Sunrise at Vero Beach
Sunrise at Vero Beach, Florida

Absolutely nothing to do with cards

Yes, that’s right.  This post has absolutely nothing at all to do with cards… or paper planners… or paper-crafts… or even anything remotely crafty.  I’m just sharing that right up front here, so if you want a cardmaking tutorial, this post isn’t for you.  However, if you’re curious to see the ramblings of a slightly neurotic wife/cat-mommy/bookkeeper/cardmaker/letter-writer/obsessive-compulsive-planner/bashful-blogger/new-Floridian, then stick around.

In addition to the crazy holiday card goals I set for myself, I’m also doing a LOT of research on what makes a blog successful.  Okay, so maybe a successful bashful blog is sort of an oxymoron, but sometimes I think that *I* am a bit of an oxymoron, so maybe it fits.  😉  But you know, if I’m going to do this, I want to do it right.

“they” say…

One of the things that “they” say (I’m just going to call all of them “they”, because I’ve now inhaled sooooo many e-books/blogs/YouTube-videos that there’s no way to separate what came from who… but thank you to the online community for sharing!)… anyway, they say that for a blog to be successful, you have to connect with your audience – get personal, and let them see into your life.  So, could there be any scarier advice for a life-long shy book-worm?  LOL.  Of course, that begs the question “why blog?”.

“why blog?”

Because, as I get older, I realize that it’s not possible to live in a cave.  Sure, when you’re twenty and healthy, you can try it for a while… but eventually, you’re going to need help.  And, I do actually like people.  It’s not dislike that keeps me in the shadows… it’s fear.  Plain and simple, people generally scare the beejeebers out of me.  However, I really, truly, honestly believe that my reason for living is to share joy.  I can’t do that if I don’t put myself out there, at least a bit.

Vero Beach. See all the people? Yup, this is a very bashful beach. ;-)
Vero Beach. See all the people? Yup, this is a very bashful beach. 😉

I have had a number of obsessions over the years… Disney, genealogy, scrapbooking (all rather kid-related for someone with no kids, LOL – see, I told you I was a bit of an oxymoron) … but it wasn’t until I found cardmaking that something clicked.  Making and sharing cards is the perfect way to share joy (without having to make eye contact, LOL).  But people need people.

And, while I am truly pushing myself to get out into the “real world” and talk to “real people” (and make eye contact), I know that I could reach so many more people through this amazing Internet thingy.  My goal is to find a way to truly add something to people’s lives, to find a gap in the bashful cardmaking blogosphere, and contribute… something… somehow.  Yup, I’ve got it all worked out, LOL.  😉

Sandpipers because... well... sandpipers!
Sandpipers because… well… sandpipers!

In conclusion…

This bashful blogger is going to keep at it for a while longer.  This is, actually, the third blog I’ve attempted.  (I know, right?  Crazy!)  The first one was about visiting Walt Disney World for the “socially challenged”.  The second one was about being a vegan in Walt Disney World.  But card-making is where my heart really lies… along with a bazillion other card-making bloggers, LOL.  However, perhaps I am one of the only bashful vegan card-making bloggers.  (Is that a good thing?)

If you’re still here, thanks for reading!  If any part of this post resonated with you, I’d rKitEndSig2eally, really love it if you’d let me know – comment, or e-mail… or, if you’re bashful like me, you could try a telepathic thought, LOL.  (It couln’t hurt.)  Have a beautiful day, and share some joy!

(Note… no supplies were harmed in the making of this post…. and despite what they say I should be doing, there are no affiliate links in this particular post.)

TONS of happy mail!!!

A wonderful gift of card-fronts.This is just a super quick post to give a shout out to a wonderful friend.  There is a Stampin’ Up demo in our community, named Sue, who teaches a weekly card class here.  And, where there are cards, that’s where you’ll find me.  🙂  So, I’ve been attending her classes for a little over a year now, and she knows that I truly am card-crazy, and I find good homes for every card I make.

Well, she’s been clearing out some clutter, and she found that she has a whole mess of “samples”.  When she teaches each class, she makes two “examples”, which are basically finished “card fronts”.  She’s been storing these forever, and realized that she really had no use for them, so she asked me if I could find them a home.  She first brought me a small bag of these, and I was thrilled.  But today, she asked if she could stop by, and she brought four more boxes full of these!  Thank you so much, Sue!  You totally rock!

All I have to do is glue them to a card-base, and put a message on the inside, and they will be ready to go.  I love to make cards, but I’m not the world’s quickest crafter.  With this gift, we will be able to send paper joy to so many more people!  Many of these will be going to the Caring Hearts Card Drive that Jennifer McGuire is getting ready to do.  (She talks about it here.)  Others will go to cancer patients, seniors, and others who need a little lift.KitEndSig2

Thank you so much, Sue!  You’re the best!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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requested new baby cards

New Baby Princess Card, by KittyPlanes, trains & automobiles - a cute card for a little boy.

A friend recently asked me if I could make a couple of baby cards for her, as she wanted something special and unique.  Since I would just be lost without this good friend of mine, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, not to mention that I was flattered that she would want to actually give my cards to someone.  🙂

With my friend’s blessing, I thought I’d share them with y’all.  I’m not going to go into great detail here – this is just a quick post today, mostly to share the pix, and to announce the winner of the Flexi-Clip giveaway (see below).  But as always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions – I love talking cards.  🙂

The first one is for the baby’s mother, and has the baby’s name on it – but I have fuzzed it out as a courtesy to the new mom.  New Baby Princess Card, by Kitty

It’s mostly just a whole bunch of die-cuts, some Enamel Accents for the flower centers, some rhinestones and a bow.  This is a slightly over-sized card – 6-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, I believe, to accommodate the large die.  Sadly, I can’t seem to find this particular die (made by Cottage Cutz), but I found a similar one, which I will link to below.

The second card is for the little boy, who just suddenly became a big brother.  I’m sure there will be some big changes for him, so I’m glad my friend thought to remember him, too. Planes, trains & automobiles - a cute card for a little boy.

I had the best time putting this one together!  I just love these itty-bitty train and car dies.  The bridge for the train took a little thought.  It’s made from Kraft cardstock that has been stamped in brown with a wood-grain background stamp.  I used the Martha Stewart Garden Trellis border punch to create the pattern, and just trimmed off the edge.  This has been a wonderful little punch, though I don’t think I’ve actually used it yet as it was actually intended, LOL.

And now, as promised… the winner of the Flexi Clip hair accessory, as generously donated by Elizabeth Chang, a Lilla Rose Independent Consultant, is:  Terrie!  Congratulations Terrie!  I have sent you an e-mail about receiving your prize.  (You can still check out the original post, and the new customer discount is still valid.)KitEndSig2

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Today, I’m just listing some of the more unusual items that I used or suggested, for this quick mini-post.  But please don’t hesitate to ask, if you have any questions.  (Some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will help keep this blog going. Thank you so much! SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):


 

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sales and deals and classes, oh my!

(This post does include 2 affiliate links (see full disclosure), and is largely an advertisement – but only for things and places I truly love.  I just want to share the goodness!)

This is just a quick post, to pop in and say Happy Amazon Prime Day!  Yes, I’m what they call an “Amazombie”.  I can’t help it – Amazon has everything!  And today, they have a whole lot of wonderful things on SALE!   Things like gel pens, and colored pencils, and coloring books…

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There are also so many cool challenges and blog hops, with prizes available!  Today is Day 8 of Kathy’s wonderful 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  You could win prizes just for following the blog hops and leaving comments… though I think everyone should color a little bit every day, challenge or not.  😀

If you Google “Card Challenge“, it’s amazing how many hits you’ll get.  Nearly every manufacturer has some sort of challenge.

And have you tried any of Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire’s Online Card ClassesHW_participant-1

Today is Day 2 of the Heat Wave class.  We are learning so much about heat embossing!  I must confess that I was a bit skeptical about card classes.  With all of the YouTube videos out there available for free, why would I pay for a class?  I’m a convert now, though – at least for Kristina and Jennifer’s classes.  In addition to super high-quality videos, you get tons of tips and advice, a downloadable PDF with class material, and if you participate when the class is active, you also get access to a forum where you can ask the experts your questions, there are prizes for contributing, and just for being there, and there are discounts available to some of the best card supply stores.  After the class is over, you maintain access to the class material, so you can totally participate at your own pace.

Of course, my favorite place to get supplies remains Simon Says Stamp.  They’re always getting in the latest and greatest card-making stuff.  In fact, there’s some exciting surprises in store for us coming July 15th!  They totally rock!

Do you like seeing posts like this, or is it annoying?  Please let me know – still trying to find my way into this blog-o-sphere.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and have a magical day!KitEndSig2

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