Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Joanne's stamping always makes me smile, she just has a gift for making cards that make you happy! Her personality shines through in every beautiful card she creates and every blog post! Apparently a lot of people agree with me since she's not only on DTs for Gina K Designs and My Favorite Things, but she's also on the Splitcoaststampers' Dirty Dozen - the best of the best! Here's a bit of Joanne in her own words:
What started as simply a guaranteed girls night out with my friends has become a true addiction to paper crafting! I find it to be just such a stress reliever and a fun escape from my hectic day to day as a stay at home mom and daycare provider. Daily blogging has been an amazing way to chronicle my journey. Through stamping, blogging and design team work I’ve made so many wonderful friends and I can’t wait to meet up with in just a few weeks! I’m truly honored to be on the design team for both My Favorite Things , Gina K Designs and the Splitcoast Design Team, otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen.
I recently asked my readers what techniques they’d be interested in learning more about. Overwhelmingly, the answer was Copic markers. I admit that I actually haven’t been able to get to the official Copic Certification classes myself, but I’d be more than happy to share with you what I’ve learned from many hours of blog surfing, countless hours of practice and of course from watching the professionals at work in the Copic booth this summer at the Craft and Hobby Association show. I also had many requests for a step by step on paper piecing and how to add what is probably my favorite adornment to any project, bows! So, I’ve combined all three techniques into my class at Stamp New England.
If you happen to own “Who’s That e-Girl” or “Cupcake Flopsey” from My Favorite Things, then you can pack them for the trip, if not, no worries, we’ll have several sets floating for the group to share!
Stay tuned . . . this afternoon we'll be posting a Preliminary Supply List - things you need to pack! :)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Each character is given wonderful facial expressions and almost all are dressed in fascinating garb. The line of chick stamps covers an amazing range of images from a "just married" chick to a BBQ chick...and you can select from a myriad of accessories to pair them with, such as purses, shoes, hats, and the tiniest BBQ grill you've ever seen! The creative ideas one can come up with using these images are endless!
One of the newest releases includes a lovable group of gnomes. Sleeping gnomes, gnomes in a teacup, three gnomes in a boat (rub-a-dub-dub, three gnomes in a tub...Sorry, I couldn't resist!) And as suspected, those happy gnomes also come with their own line of accessories from leaf hammocks to mushroom houses.
But that's not all...how about a complete line of fancy fruit and confectionery goodness? There are strawberry carriages - perfect for a tiny princess chick - oranges, limes, cherries, and stacks of cakes and cupcakes. Even a complete set of baking accessories, such as an oven, mixing bowls and spoons! There's still more...
One of my favorite sets of images are the large floral images, beautiful floral borders, and trees. Johanna has also created a wonderful selection of frames and sentiments. The sentiments are another one of my favorite parts of the line. You can pick from a simple "happy birthday", offered in different font types and sizes, to (one of my all time favs) "I don't do mornings." I almost have a hard time purchasing the images because there are so many fantastic phrases, many that pair up perfectly with the adorable birds and owls, such as "how tweet of you." There is also a line of sentiments in French and Dutch!
There are so many possibilities at available at Odd Bird Planet for stampers seeking a unique and fun line of stamp images. You can purchase Odd Bird Planet stamps at their online store. A wonderful gallery is also available for those wishing to see what can be created using the images and this past year a Wiki was created, where you can read all about the lives of the creatures who live on Odd Bird Planet.
I am thrilled to share with you that Odd Bird Planet has donated two baskets packed full of stamps as a door prize for the Stamp NE event! A huge thank you to Odd Bird Planet for their generosity! Everyone else...go check out those stamps...you may not know what you've been missing!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
If you love florals - KSS has so much for you!! I think my favorite set has to be the 3 Step Hydrangeas, I just love these flowers!! You can create so many pretty color combinations so easily!! My favorite is the greenish colored hydrangeas like the ones I had in my wedding.
Or how about tulips?! Spring is coming (I promise it is!) and I've seen the tulip bunches in the grocery store already! This little magnet is one I made for the VSN mini last month and it couldn't have been simpler with these beautiful tulips!
But KSS is not just flowers - there is something for everyone! There are butterflies, hearts, stars, squirrels, leaves, turkeys, bunnies, chicks, alphabets and so much more!!
Maria is provided a few door prizes for some lucky attendees and even a little surprise for the rest of you!! My project just might include a bit of KSS goodness! *wink*
Pop over to the Kitchen Sink Stamps Store and shop around!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I honestly think it is my favorite template to date!! YOU all get to be the first to not only SEE it, but actually make one yourself!! Sorry, that is ALL I can give so far for details :D I promise its worth the wait.
Now for the FUN part!! A chocolate/candy swap!
We need SOMETHING yummy to put IN our special box, and believe me, it can hold PLENTY, so please bring a piece of your favorite wrapped chocolate/ candy (BITE SIZE). Bring enough to swap, 36 pieces, that's enough for 1 for each person. In the end we will all have a completed template full of yummy chocolates/ candy from our friends!!!
Supplies to bring:
- Chocolate/candy of choice
- Your listening ears!!!
- Paper cutter with score blade, or Scor-Pal/Score tool
- Redline tape
- hobby blade
- Crop a dile (or 1/8 hole punch)
- corner rounder (if you have one)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Seeing that today is "Celebrate MFT Day" there's no better time to introduce My Favorite Things!
Today I received the best box from my friend Cindy at Emma's Paperie! What is in the box?? Well, let me just say you all won't believe it!! We don't want to give away too much here but how about a peek??
If you've never visited Emma's Paperie, hang on to you hats!! She has an amazing amount of goodies there - and all the fun, new products that you can't wait to get your hands on!! Right now all the new products from CHA have started to arrive and I like to click "What's New" and browse through that way. I always love receiving my orders from Emma's - they come all wrapped in pretty tissue just like a present! :) They also have a blog where Cindy posts all the fabulous projects by the Design Team, posts specials and contests - I always find lots of inspiration there!
Are you excited yet?? We are - and we cannot wait to meet all of you! There's another instructor bio coming soon and also news of a contest so stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Very shortly after we moved, I met a wonderful stamper, Joanne Basile (who's blog I'd been lurking on for quite some time) thanks to an introduction via email from Emily (Stamping Bella). We became fast friends and for that I'm very thankful. I knew I wanted to continue stamping and start a blog to keep me motivated. After all, I'd been lurking on so many wonderful blogs and Splitcoast, checking out the beautiful creations and gleaning sooooo much inspiration that I decided I wanted to share my creations too. So I started my blog on November 26, 2008.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Again, we are almost full so please register early so that you don't miss out!! Thank You!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
We appreciate your patience and are so excited to meet all of you attending!!