Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Open House!

Bermuda Bird Ok, so it’s last minute, but I couldn’t resist!  I got a peek at the new catalog and now I know what’s retiring…….  The list comes out on June 1st, but you can have a sneak peek on May 31st!

I know a lot of you are busy on Memorial Day, but I never am, and would love some company!  So, if you’re not busy or if you have an hour or two to spare, drop by for some fun.  Bermuda Bird lfAnd what kind of fun would that be?  Well, let me tell you!


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  • Make a 2 page 12x12 layout for $5 and get a raffle ticket.
  • Make a Big Shot project for $5 and get a raffle ticket.
  • Free Make n’ Take using items from the new Summer Mini catalog.
  • Play with the new Smooch Spritz
  • Book a workshop and take your pick from my stash of retiring sets! And also earn 10 raffle tickets.
  • Great snacks & munchies.
  • Lots of samples, fun ideas, & inspirations to get you in   the creative mood.
  • Goodie bags for everyone who attends.
  • Place an order and receive raffle tickets.  $20 order = 2 tickets, $50 order = 8 tickets, or $100 order = 20 tickets.


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    But wait, there’s more…

  • Fun little games for prizes every hour.
  • Did I mention snacks & munchies?
  • Sign-up for an upcoming class and get 2 tickets.
  • Bring a friend and get 2 tickets.
  • Whew! Is that it?  No wait, I almost forgot…A raffle!  The prize is really big and includes items that you can’t buy or find in the catalog anywhere!

Blue Bird rtOne more thing.  If you decide that this is too much fun and want to become a demonstrator (I mean who wouldn’t?) the first person to sign-up will receive a free copy of My Digital Studio!!!! (insert fireworks here)

I think I’m done now!  Oh yeah, maybe some details about what time would help.

Blue Bird rtWhen:  Monday, May 31st

yellow bird rtTime:  10am - 6pm

Melon Bird rtPlace:  Mine of course!

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Children are welcome if they can play outside, relatively unsupervised. :0)

I hope you can make it!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May Stamp Club Samples

Blog class header-001 copy Don’t forget Punch Art Class is this coming Friday, May 28th - 10am. RSVP by Thursday!

Click here to find out more about Punch Art Classes.  It is such a fun class and a great way to add a little “punch” to cards, scrapbook pages, and framed art; the possibilities are endless!

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This month’s Stamp Club technique was actually 2 different ones.  First was water coloring with markers and second was a brick wall.  I went through a few samples to come up with the one I liked best.  Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment and tell me which one and why!


You can find a brick wall tutorial here at  I love this look but it is a bit tedious!


Achieving a water colored look with markers is easy.  Use your marker to color directly on your stamp.  For the flowers I used 2 different colors, applying the lighter one first then a darker one on the edges.  I did the same for the stems.

 Tip: When applying 2 colors together always apply the lighter one first, this will keep it from being discolored by the darker one.  Don’t worry about blending the 2 together, that happens in the next step.   

Next, spray your entire stamp with water.  The finer the mist the better.  Make sure that it’s quite wet. Then stamp your image and your done!  This is a fun one to play around with.  You can achieve so many different looks by adjusting the amount of water you use and whether you stamp it immediately or wait a minute to let it dry a little.


To give the entire card more texture and a weathered look I used my color spritzer.  I’m always forgetting about it and then when I pick it up again, I wonder why I don’t use it more often!

Tip:  When using the color spritzer try using 2 or  3 colors.  This will really give your card depth and interest.  Also practice on a scrap piece before spraying your card or image. I found that it spritzes different every time and you’d hate to put a big blob on your card!


This was my first try.


This was my last!  I think it’s also my favorite.

Milk Carton die - Watering Can

These things are just too cute! You can use this fun water can for so many things.  Fill it with candy for a party favor.  Decorate your table using these as your place cards.  I have a cupcake tree and these fit perfectly on them and make a great spring display.


After you run your paper through the Big Shot, with the milk carton die, put it back through using the polka dot impressions folder.  It really adds some thing to the carton. Cut a thin strip of cardstock and adhere it to your carton as the handle. Then just decorate to your taste.Blog Supply  header-001_edited-1 

    • Inspired by Nature (I use this one all the time)
    • Perfect Polka Dots - Impressions Folder, #117335 $7.95
    • Beautiful Wings - Embosslit, #118138 $11.95
    • Milk Carton – Big Shot die, #117310 $32.95
    • Color Spritzer Tool - #107066, pg. 192 $12.95
    • Old Olive satin ribbon - Summer Mini, #117292, pg. 13 $8.95
    • 1/2 Library Clip - #112581, pg. 179 $6.95
    • Medium Jewelry Tag - Punch, 117190 $10.95
    • Spiral - Punch
    • Ink and cardstock colors- Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Kraft (Crumb Cake), More Mustard 

I hope you found some great ideas.  Now go create something! Remember, pick your favorite and tell me why.

Thanks for looking!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Quick N’ Easy Stamp-a-Stack

Create 20 all occasion cards in just a couple hours!

We all love creating cards but we never seem to have any on hand when we need one.  Now you’ll have plenty on hand for any occasion! We’ll be making 5 cards in each of 4 different styles using only 1 stamp set. You’ll be using a different technique for each set, but don’t worry they really are Quick N’ Easy.


This is a great stamp set and very versatile. Below are some really nice samples of this set.  Since this is included in your class fee you can continue to create simple yet elegant cards.

When:  June 10th, 10am or 7pm

Where: My house

Class Fee: $24 includes - Watercolor Trio stamp set (clear mount) and 20 note cards with envelopes. (if you would prefer wood mounted stamp set - add $6)

RSVP By:  June 1st

To register and pay, click on the “Pay Now” button, in the right hand column at the top of the page.

Here are some samples that others have made with this set.  These are not samples of the cards to be made in this class.


By: Debbie Currier


  By: Sharon L. Field


By: Selene Kempton


By: Cathy Autrey

Thanks for looking!  I hope you can join me for this fun class.

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