Thursday, July 18, 2019

Timeless Treasure # 10 Paper Trimmers

I've been "trimmer challenged" for as long as I can remember.  I've had so many paper trimmers over the years that I can't even begin to count them. I had the Fiskar trimmer first (the blade channel for the old model would become loose over time and then the paper wouldn't cut in a straight line.) and then moved onto the Carl Rotary Trimmer (could only cut one piece of paper at a time).  I've had a number of guillotine trimmers and the worse one had incorrect measurements on the base of the trimmer and every time I trimmed the paper it was off by an 1/8 of an inch. (I called the manufacturer and they said it was within the acceptable margin of error! How can a measuring device have a margin of error???)  I had two Cutterpillar trimmers and both were faulty - they left a fuzzy edge on the paper. (Why did I have two?  The manufacturer sent me a replacement - both of which I threw away.)  I am partial to the guillotine trimmers and I use the Tonic 12 x 12 trimmer below in my craft room as my primary trimmer. I have the Cutterpillar Crop paper trimmer and that has been a phenomenal cutter and I use that when I travel.  I have a small trimmer for photos (Creative Memories) and a smaller version of the Tonic below that I also use for travel.  I had a medium sized Tonic trimmer that I gave to my daughter - which was also a great tool. The heavy duty guillotine cutter at the end of this post I use to cut multiple pieces of paper at a time - usually for class prep.


Cutterpillar CPC-Crop Crop Paper Trimmer   Cutterpillar Crop

X-ACTO Heavy Duty Wood Guillotine Trimmer, 15 Inches  X-acto

Monday, July 15, 2019

Crazy Weekend!!!

This past weekend was a good one - balance of play and work! I've decided to redecorate the guest bedroom and that required a fresh coat of paint.  Looks amazing, if I do say so myself. I'll post pictures when it is finished. I'm sad to say that the play part didn't involve any stamping - just socializing so I have nothing to share today.  So here is a photo of one of my favorite cards! (For those of you in the In-Color Club you will see something similar in the fall!)

Friday, July 12, 2019

July 2019 Newsletter

Stampin’ with Judi

Newsletter – July 2019

Happy Summer!  Typically in the summer I don’t find much time to stamp, but this year has been an exception.  I’ve been pretty lucky to spend a bit of time playing around – and organizing … which is an endless task!  I’ve also been working on my blog quite a bit. You’ll see from the newsletter below that I have referenced my blog quite a few times.  I think it will be easier to keep things all in one place.  You will still need to RSVP for events on my SU! website as well as shop – but you can link right from my blog to my SU! site!  I’m trying to get my number of followers up and would appreciate it if you would follow me. There is a button on the right side bar, near the top, that you can click to follow me.  It is under all the little photos and it is a blue button. If you want email notifications when I post you will need to enter your email address in the “Follow by email”.  You will then receive notifications once a day but note, you may unsubscribe at any time.  If you decide to follow me and would like to receive a 10% off coupon for any order in 2019 just comment under the July Newsletter post (orange box directly under the post) and I’ll send you the coupon!

Stampers Clubs!
I currently have two monthly groups going and would like to add another. If you have a group of friends that would like to get together once a month to stamp and socialize check out my blog and search “Stampers Club” for all the details.  There was a post on July 9, 2019.

Stamp in the Spotlight
The August Spotlight class will feature Good Morning Magnolia (pg. 37-38) which will be on Wednesday, August 21, 2019  6:30-8:30.
Check out my blog for more details and too see a sample card! Search “spotlight” for the specifics!

Need a Hostess code?  Here’s one!  XY7JCYAU
Bonus Days 

The annual Bonus Days promotion is underway!  See all the details below.
  • Earning Period July 1 - July 31, 2019
  • You will earn a coupon code valued at $5 for every $50 you spend.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period. 
  • The bonus coupon redemption period is Aug. 1 - 31, 2019. 

Stampin’ by Judi Rewards Program
This year I’m starting a Rewards Program using a card/stamp system.  For every $25 spent in SU! product, or on classes, you will receive a stamp on your card.  When the card is completed you will receive $25 in free SU! product.  Pick up your card and the details at one of the Open Houses.  Virtual and online customers are also eligible.  The program will begin on June 4, 2019. And you can earn incentive tickets to also earn stamps on your rewards card! (Ask me what it's all about!)

Looking Ahead!
Saturday, September 21, 2019  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Stamp-a-Stack: Birthday
Saturday, November 2, 2019    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Stamp-a-Stack:  Christmas

Thursday, July 11, 2019

In-Color Club - July 2019 Pretty Peacock

In-Color Club – Pretty Peacock
Sea of Textures Sympathy

Pretty Peacock
Whisper White
Soft Seafoam
Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Copper Foil (scraps)
Calypso Coral
Pretty Peacock
Soft Seafoam
Balmy Blue
Sea of Textures
Itty Bitty Greetings
Under the Sea
Layering Oval
Misc. Classic Label Punch, Brayers

  • Die cut a large oval from a piece of scrap cardstock measuring 4 ¼ x 5 ½
  • With washi tape, adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3 ¾  x 5) to the back of the cutout oval to keep the paper from slipping when we use the brayers.
  • Starting at the top of the oval brayer on Soft Seafoam ink, then moving down and overlapping slightly brayer Balmy Blue ink then Pretty Peacock ink at the very bottom.
  • Stamp sea ferns with Pretty Peacock ink.
  • Remove mask.
  • Stamp coral twice on Calypso Coral scrap with Calypso Coral ink and cut out with die. Cut two of the coral from foil paper (no need to stamp!) and cut a sea fern from the Granny Apple Green scrap. For this project the net will come from the mask used in the Sea of Textures Birthday card.
  • Adhere all as in sample. (I used fine tip glue)
  • Inside:  Stamp tall sea ferns with Pretty Peacock ink, stamping off first and then stamping second and third generation images. Stamp sentiment with full strength Pretty Peacock ink. 

In-Color Club - July 2019 Pretty Peacock

In-Color Club – Pretty Peacock
Sea of Textures Birthday
(Triangle Gatefold)

Pretty Peacock
Whisper White
Blueberry Bushel
Soft Seafoam
Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie (scraps)
Melon Mambo
Pretty Peacock
Sea of Textures
Well Said
Well Written
Under the Sea
Stitched Shapes
Layering Circles

How to Make Triangle Gatefold Card (colors indicated are for this card)
Base panel 4 ¼ x 5 ½ (Pretty Peacock)
Folded card 4 x 10 ½, scored at 5 ¼ (Whisper White)
*Patterned panel 3 ¾ x 5 (Soft Seafoam)
Triangles (cute two squares) 3 ½ x 3 ½, score down the middle on the diagonal
Belly Band 1 x 11 scored at 3 and 7 ¾

  • Put adhesive on one side only of the triangle and adhere to the left backside of the folded card. Repeat on right side of card.  Triangle points will overlap the front of the folded card.
  • *Adhere patterned panel to front of folded card. (see asterisk below)
  • Adhere the folded card to the base panel.
  • Fold Belly Band on score lines, overlapping right to left. Be sure to only put adhesive on the area of the band that will overlap the other side of the band.  The seam will be on the front of the card as the circle elements will cover the seam. The band should slide easily over the card.

 Instructions for Sea of Textures Birthday
  • *Stamp the patterned panel before assembling per above instructions.  Die cut the net from Under the Sea dies on Whisper White.  Sponge Pretty Peacock ink randomly on Soft Seafoam panel. SAVE the inked net!  You can now make the card following the instructions above.
  • Create the elements for the circle. Stamp the coral on Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie scraps with Melon Mambo ink. Die cut with coordinating die. 
  • Cut sea fern from Granny Apple Green scrap.
  • Cut sand dollar/starfish from Crumb Cake scrap.
  • Die cut “happy” from the Well Written die set from Pretty Peacock scrap.
  • Cut circle from Whisper White with Stitched Shapes circle.
  • Cut slightly larger circle from Pretty Peacock cardstock.
  • Adhere all as in sample. (I used fine tip glue)
  • Adhere completed circle to the front of the belly band.
  • Inside:  Stamped net stamp with Pretty Peacock ink, stamping off first and then stamping second and third generation images. Stamp sentiment with full strength Pretty Peacock ink. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Upcycle! Dryer Sheets

Have you ever heard the term "upcycle"?  If not, you've probably not watched any recent episodes of the Paw Patrol as "upcycling" is Rocky's thing!  I Googled the definition and it says" Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.  Today I'm going to tell you how to upcycle a used dryer sheet!

  • Spread a generous amount of Modge Podge on an 8 ½ x 5 inch piece of card stock. Press the used dryer sheet on top of the Modge Podge and rub over the entire surface of the paper.  Put in between two sheets of wax paper and put something heavy on top. Let dry for at least 24 hours. This will prevent curling of the paper. When dry, cut paper to desired size.

The image below is from a card created a few years ago. The dryer sheet was adhered to Chocolate Chip cardstock. Kind of gives the paper a fuzzy effect! I think it is perfect for Christmas/winter themed cards. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Stampers Club

Stamper’s Club

Are you looking for something fun to do this fall?  Start a new hobby?  Meet new people?  Consider joining one of my existing clubs (I have a few openings in both the 3rd Wednesday Group and the 2nd Friday group.)  or you could start your own group!  Check out the specifics below:

  • Meets monthly for 8 – 10 months beginning in September and running for consecutive months. The number of months for the club depends on the number in the group so that each member has a turn hosting.
  • All members are obligated to purchase a minimum each month. For example, if there are eight members in the group each person would be required to make a purchase of at least $18.75. (8 x 18.75=$150 – which is the minimum order per person for a qualifying workshop.) Groups can be smaller than eight members but please note that the purchasing obligation per person will increase as opposed to decrease depending on the number of participants.
  • Meeting is typically from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on a week night (The time of the Club can be flexible but I would rather not go later than 9:00 p.m.) and includes dinner. The host for the month decides – and provides – the main dish and others bring the remaining items. For example, the host may decide the main dish is pasta. Others could bring bread, salad, dessert, appetizer, etc. If the group does not want to do dinner but would like to do snacks or dessert that is an option as well.  I will provide all paper goods and beverages (water/soft drinks/coffee or tea.) You may bring adult beverages if you want!
  • We will make two cards each meeting.  I will provide all supplies and tools for the cards.  We will use an ATG gun as the primary adhesive. If you do not like the use of this tool you may bring your own adhesive.
  • You can join this group as a “virtual” participant!  Virtual members will order using a monthly hostess code and your SU! products will be mailed directly to you by Stampin’ Up!.  Supplies for the cards of the month will be mailed to you from me. 

This club is as much of a social gathering as it is a chance to come and stamp!  This club is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced stampers.  If you are new to stamping it is a great way to learn new techniques and build your at-home inventory without breaking the bank all at one time.  If you wish to start a club with your own group of friends I do have dates available.  Dinner is always fun but not necessary.  The start and end times are somewhat flexible.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Monday Musing

Over the weekend I was going through my box of cards - something that I hadn't done in YEARS!  I ended up putting together two gallon-sized Ziploc bags of cards to donate to my church tag sale. It was interesting to see how my style has changed and my technique has improved over the years. I have a few cards that I'd like to replicate - which I've set aside - and a few others that I just really like and won't/can't part with as much as I'd like to do so!  I think I'm going to put them into an album of some sort. Maybe to use as inspiration when I have no mojo.  Here is a favorite back from my "nude" craze.  I can't tell you how many stamps I have with nude people!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Happy Sunday!

Today has been a day of rest....which means I did zero chores - other than throw in a load of laundry, which Mike finished up. But I did manage to stamp quite a bit.  I'm working on a swap with a group of fellow demonstrators and was putting together my card for a group that I get together with about once a quarter.  Why is it that sometimes what is in your mind doesn't always work out so well on the desktop?  I swear it took me two hours to put together one of the cards.  But that's okay - in the end I'm quite pleased with what I accomplished. And I'm doing really well at picking up after each project so my craft room doesn't look as if a cyclone hit!  A good day all around. Now to go downstairs and finish up dinner and maybe get in a few episodes of Game of Thrones. (We're just finishing up season 4 so have a bit to go!)

And my favorite character from Game of Thrones is............... Peter Dinklage!!!!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

It's for the Birds continued

This is the second card we made! Super quick. Super easy!

Circles of Birds
Calypso Coral
Basic Gray
Whisper White
Bird Ballad DSP
Basic Gray
Free as a Bird (sentiments)
Stitched Shapes
Layering Circles
Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon, Dimensionals

  • Die cut two circles – one larger than the other – from Basic Gray with Stitched Shapes.
  • Cut birds from Bird Ballad DSP to fit inside the Stitched Shapes circles.
  • Cut a panel of DSP - 4 x 5 ¼
  • Adhere the ribbon to the backside of the DSP and then to the Calypso Coral folder card.
  • Assemble all as in sample. The bottom most birds are adhered with Dimensionals.