Hershey Kiss Christmas Trees

Hershey Kiss Trees

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I just finished my last Christmas in July class and we had a great time. Everyone who attended got a Hershey kiss tree as a thank you gift for attending. To make your own check out my latest video on YouTube. Below are the products I used in the video, click the picture to go to the store.

Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp SetPerfect Pines Framelits Dies

Foxy Friends Stamp Set                                            Perfect Pines Framelits

$27          #141549                                                       $27     #139665

Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' PadStampin' Pierce MatWhisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock

Emerald envy ink                    Pierce Mat                                      Whisper white paper

$6.50  #141396                       $5 #126199                                         $9 #100730

Early Espresso 8-1/2" x 11" CardstockSimply ScoredBig Shot

Early Espresso paper                       score board                                    Big Shot

$8 #119686                               $30 #122334                           $110  #143263

 

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Christmas in July

It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas

Well it may be July but it’s feeling like Christmas in the craft room. I’ve been busy preparing for my Christmas in July workshops. (see the calendar for dates and times)

I finished my first YouTube video showing off some Christmas cards to get everyone in the holiday spirit. You can view it here:

 

Here are a few still pictures of the cards featured in the video.

These cards were made using a variety of Stampin’ Up products. A few of them unfortunately have retired products, such as the shaker card trio and the retired DSP card set.  The layouts could easily be replicated with current products. To jump straight to some of these wonderful products click on one of the links below. I have plenty planned for future posts so do check back soon. I also plan to do a shaker card video in the near future as well.

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Embellished Ornaments

wood $28 #139756

clear $20 #139759

 

 

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Delicate Ornament Thinlits

#139667 $29

 

 

 

This Christmas DSP

This Christmas Designer Series Paper

$13 #141628


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Flurry of Wishes

photopolymer 139732

$21

 


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Snow flurry punch

#139680 $18

 

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Christmas Greetings thinlits

#139659  $17

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Cards For ORMC Project

Cards For ORMC PROJECT #ORMCLOVE

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Wow this event has been amazing! It started as a desire to do something in the wake of the Pulse tragedy. Understandably I was unable to get addresses for the victims and their families, so when a friend from church mentioned doing cards for the doctors and nurses that treated them I was delighted to build a project around encouraging them.

I started by calling up Stampin’ Up with my idea and asking for a donation of products. They sometimes do this for good causes and were delighted to send me a box of retired product valued at over $200. This was such a blessing as I didn’t want to deplete my personal supplies for a charitable project. I focused on using everything in the box to form the core of my card projects.IMG_4868I then contacted the office staff at Altamonte Mall near my house to talk to them about having a free public card making event. My original thought was setting up in the food court, but due to the scale of this project I figured I should run things by them. I was so glad I did, Marisol and Beatrice were so helpful.

The first cards made were with my Church (Concord Street Church of Christ) Card Ministry, which I recently started to make and send cards to members and charitable causes. We made 60 cards and 20 treat bags with chocolate for the 30 staff members specifically in the trauma ward of ORMC. We had about 12 members participate and it only took about 2 hours.

I started preparing the cards for the event, which took me a whole week. Several wonderful friends come by the house and helped me prepare cards. These ladies were so helpful! Thank you Diane, Precious, Simone, and Janette!!!!!

We ended up preparing at total of 372 cards for the event!!!

These included pre-made cards that were donated by SU demos Diane and Linda, for those who didn’t want to sit and make a card at the event. We also made a giant card out of a science fair tri-fold board, for participants to sign at the event. (Thanks for the idea Precious!)

On Saturday July 2 from 12:00 – 6pm we set up at the mall in front of Macy’s. I had a total of 14 volunteers help throughout the day these included church and stamping friends. The event was a huge success!! We had a great turn-out and lots of support from the community. The giant card ended up with over 200 signatures!!

While we did not run out of cards at the event we did have a total of 328 signed cards by the end of the event. I delivered them to the hospital’s volunteer services on Tuesday.

Now while I will not get to personally meet with any of the doctors or nurses who received these cards filled with words of encouragement and support, I am happy to know that I helped make a difference. In a community filled with shock and sorrow over the loss of so many lives in such a tragic way, I was able to help spread some love and encouragement. We all need to take time to show more gratitude and support for others. Lily, one of my downline said it best that making cards is healing and I truly believe it can be.

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Cards for ORMC

Cards for ORMC

I’ve been busy working this week towards a free community card making/signing event. I will have all the supplies for members of the public to make a card for the doctors and nurses at Orlando Regional Medical Center. These wonderful people are lifesavers on a daily basis and recently after the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub could use some recognition for all they do.

It will be this Saturday July 2 at the center of the Altamonte Mall in front of Macy’s from 12-6pm. I was blessed with a donation of retired products from Stampin’ Up which I will be using for the event.

I started a facebook event and a hashtag to promote the event #ORMCLOVE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1550712245236467/

Here is the flyer I made for the event, feel free to print and share it: CARDS FOR ORMC

Because of the amount of work and preparation I’m doing for the event Saturday, I’ve decided to reschedule the workshop that I had planned for this Thursday 6/30. Thanks for understanding. I hope to see you Saturday.

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Facebook Videos

Hey everyone,

I’ve recently been trying my hand at Facebook’s new feature live videos. These are videos where as you record your friends can comment live. It’s a fun interactive style of video that I am enjoying. Thanks to my friends and family one of my recent videos exceeded 200 views. WOW!! So if you haven’t liked and followed my Facebook page please do to see my latest weekly video.

www.facebook.com/michellescornerofcrafts

In my last video I showed how to make these cute origami boxes using Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper.

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Brayer Workshop

Brayer Workshop

I recently had a fun workshop at my house where we covered using the brayer on cards. I love how these cards turned out. I’m sad to see the brayer on the retiring list along with several of the products we used. If you want to purchase a brayer or one of the items we used now is the time before they retire. New catalogue comes out June 1st 2016. I’m super excited about several new items in it.

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Untitled-12Serene Silhouettes stamp set (W) $25 Clear $18

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Choose Happiness Stamp Set (w) $25 (cl) $18

117191SBird punch $18

129684SFeels Good Stamp set (w) $26 (cl) $19

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Going Going Gone

Stampin’ Up Retiring List

It’s the time of the year again where Stampin’ Up releases the retiring list. It’s a bittersweet time where we have to say goodbye to some favorites to make room for new products. The full retiring list is visible here: Retiring Products.

Many items are discounted up to 50%, so do check it out while supplies last. I want to highlight some of my favorites that are retiring in this post. I also plan to feature some of these in my upcoming workshops.

129216SSwallowtail Stamp

Wood $20 product code# 131943  Clear $15 product code #129216 (on backorder)

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Perfect Peacock

wood $15 product # 133830129120SBy the Tide Stamp Set

wood $28 product # 131910  Clear $20 product # 129120 (currently on backorder)

Untitled-12Blessed By God stamp set

wood $27 – product #134297   Clear $19 – product #134300

132094STrust God

wood $20 product code – #132094    clear $15 product code – #126702

117191SBird builder punch $18 product code #117191

139683SCurvy Corner Trio Punch $20 product code #139683

Stay tuned for more posts soon.

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My trip to Salt Lake City

My Trip to Salt Lake City

I just got back from my first trip to Salt Lake City. It was awesome! I attended Stampin’ Up’s annual convention and had a wonderful time. I got to see some amazing Stampin’ Up projects and make some new friends. Here are a few pictures of my adventures.

I got to take a tour of the Stampin’ Up building. It was cool to see the behind- the-scenes workings. All the employees were so friendly!! It was great to see all the card samples and the warehouse where orders are packed. I got to meet my upline Dianna Pederson and her friend Maggie Stone. I also got to meet Brenda Quintana the demonstrator who writes  http://qbeesquest.blogspot.com/ a blog that I love to follow. Love her cute Hershey kiss creations. I also got to meet a whole group of demonstrators from Florida! One of the best parts of the trip was all the cards!! I got to see some awesome new products and exchange cards with other demonstrators. Here are just a few of the cards I took pictures of.

Overall it was a great trip and I look forward to attending similar ones in the future.

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Limited Time Stampin’ Up Deals!! It’s Sale-a-bration time!! Earn free products for every $5o spent. Follow the link to see the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

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Fun Folds Cards

We had a wonderful workshop last night 7/28/15 at my house where we made 3 fun folded cards for $5. Here are some pictures of the fun we had and the projects we made.

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For those who would like to make one of these fun fold cards here are the specs.

Start with a piece of cardstock cut to 8 x 5 1/2 inches. Score the paper at the 2, 3, 5, and 6 marks. To achieve the folded look its a fold up, down, down, and up across the score lines.

For the side panels:

Cut your designer series paper with the pattern of your choice

to 1  3/4 x 5  1/4 inches.

For the solid paper providing the backing border cut a piece 1 7/8 x 5 3/8 .

The side strip is just a one inch wide scrap. The center shapes were cut using the Labels collection framelits.

The tree card used the Lovely as a tree stamp set and old olive and early espresso paper.

The flower card used the Indescribable Gift stamp set blushing bride and rich razzleberry paper.

The goose card used the wetlands stamp set and crumb cake and early espresso paper.

All cards were colored by markers by hand.  Here are a few others I made. Enjoy.

 

 

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