Happy Birthday Drew

Yesterday was my amazing husband’s birthday and we had a wonderful day. First we were able to sleep in and then we had a great lunch at a local wing place. It was super special since his mom decided to visit us for the weekend. We love living so much closer to family and them being able to come and visit us. We just had a lazy afternoon where Drew watched football games and then took a nap.

So I decided to make an oversized z-fold birthday card. Since I was not sending it I decided it didn’t have to be a regular sized card. I decided to make it super huge and decided to make it a 6″ x 12″ and then decided to do the score lines at 3″ and 6″. I decided to use the Foil Frenzy Designer Series paper because it looks like confetti going throughout the card and was fun and festive. I also wanted to make sure that the card really sparkled so I used the silver glitter paper and used one of my favorite thinlits. I absolutely love the Happy Birthday and then I used the Number Thinlits. Finally I used the honeycomb balloon to add balloons to the card too. I am so excited how this card came out and Drew loved it too!

Also a reminder that there are so many sales going on this month including the World Card Making day and the buy 3 get 1 free DSP sale. Make sure to use this month’s hostess code when you place your order under $150.

Also make sure to join me each day in October because I am doing a blog a day.

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A Giftable Christmas

Hello!! As some of you know that have been following me, my husband and I just moved to Charlotte, NC.. and when I say just moved our moving truck showed up last Sunday. Needless to say trying to find all my crafting supplies to put together a card and finding a good surface to do it on has been interesting.

The theme for this hop was to re-create a card that you created in your early days as a demo. I had to really think about what my first cards looked like and then I found a picture… uhhh was it awful but that is ok we all have to start somewhere right??

Now for the hop. Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy hoping around and getting inspired by these wonderful demos. And if you are in the NC area or really anywhere make sure to take advantage of all the perks that are out there to being a demonstrator and join us!

So this is the front of my card:

I am using the new Quilted Pattern Paper (available Sept 1) to create 2×2 “presents” for the front of the card. I like for things to be in 3 so I had to have 3 boxes. I played around with the design (since the original version did not look good at all) and finally came up with this. I love that this is a little bit more classic Christmas vs modern. I also added the mini gift bows to each of the boxes. I like the clean and simple look and decided to put the sentiment on the inside.

I used also another new stamp set Merry Little Labels (again available Sept 1) and Real Red ink. I started at the top and just continued to stamp down. The technique is stamping off but I also like the look it gives to the side of this card.

This card is perfect for a beginner because there is not a lot of materials that you need to get started and you can make a lot of these really quickly. And if you are like me you should really start whipping about 10 of these out so that you will be ready for the Holidays.. just saying they will be here quick.

Thank you for joining and make sure to visit everyone on this hop by clicking their name below,

Christina

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Special Delivery Global Friends Hop

Hello!!!

I hope that this blog post finds you doing well. If you are new to my site Welcome!! and if you have been with me for a little bit and follow me through social media you will know that we are in the process of moving from MD to NC for a job change for myself. When I am not stamping, I am a Manufacturing Engineer for a large fortune 200 company. I am loving all the new and crazy challenges that work has to offer but it has taken a little bit of time away from stamping. Today should be the pack day of all of our things and hopefully next week we will receive it and can start unpacking again.

Anyways back to the card. I love the tulips hostess set that we have and love how it really pulls this card together.

This crate was inspired by my time in Amsterdam this year for our Onstage conference. There were so many tulips all around us and it always reminds me to take a step back and go a little slower through life. This card was created for a very special family member to celebrate her birthday! I hope she loves the card as much as I love her and making it for her.

The inside of the card is again very simple:

If you would like to also own this set all you have to do is host a party (either in person or virtually) or if you place an order of over $150 you can also use your Stampin’ Rewards to purchase them.

Also wanted to remind you that I am hosting a retreat in October that is open to all but space is limited! If you are interested in joining please message me. Prices will come available soon.

Have a great day! Make sure to keep hoping along and give Kimberly some love by either clicking on the arrow below or click HERE

In case you want to jump around or you get lost during the blog hop below is the role call for all the hoppers.

 

  1. Sharleen Luciano
  2. 2. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
  3. Amanda Bates
  4. 4. Donna Gray
  5. Anastasia Radloff
  6. Georgia Missy Gaydos
  7. 7. Jan Musselman
  8. Marieke Bart
  9. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  10. Stephanie Nash
  11. 11. Ellen Woodbridge
  12. 12. Lisa Ann Bernard
  13. Karie Beglau
  14. Vicky Wright
  15. 15. Tricia Butts
  16. Anita Wifladt
  17. Jenn Curtis Charles
  18. Rachel MacLeod
  19. Christina Walker
  20. Kimberley Anne Morris
  21. Sarah McDermott

 

 

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I am excited to participate in this Case this Sketch and I hope you will enjoy this card. The sketch was created by Brian King who is a wonderful demonstrator and a demonstrator that I had the pleasure to attend a workshop with him.
So I decided to make a birthday card and when I saw the sketch below I decided to flip it on its head with the sentiment

Here is the sketch

 

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also visit their website http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/

Ok so here is my card again (in case you are viewing this in an email)

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So I love these balloons and the whimsy of them. They were my absolute favorite thing when I flipped open the catalog. The beautiful thing??? The catalog is finally live!!! Whoot Whoot and the best thing of all is that it is now Sale-A-Bration so make sure to check out the beautiful catalog where you can get a FREE item for every $50 that you spend. Make sure to use this month’s hostess code in order to get some additional inspiration from me too!

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Fiesta Birthday

Stampin’ Up! will have an amazing deals all next week to get you into the spirit for the holidays. I am so excited about all the items that they have to offer. Also to kick things off they will be having a one day only deal on November 21. To kick this off I wanted to use some of the elements to make this card. I used the emerald envy ombre ink pad and the enamel shapes. During Onstage at the beginning of the month I sat through a session and the demonstrator showed us the benefit of using these cute shapes and just how great they are. I am pushing myself to start using these more because it gives your card a little extra something and won’t break the bank.

This birthday card is going to a friend of mine and I will also put it in for a daily gratitude competition that I am doing. I loved the ombre effect on this card and how I feel it brings the entire card together.

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If you would like to purchase any of these items please go to the bottom of the page and click on the links below.

Here are all the great deals that you can get next week:

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Thanks for stopping by!

Christina

 

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Simple Birthday Thank You

Yesterday I had an amazing birthday and I am so thankful for all the amazing people in my life. I was fortunate enough to have a beautiful scarf and a basket of muffins that I was able to share with the office. I am also participating in a Random Act of Kindness with cards challenge and this has been pushing me to make sure that I send cards. So I created this really simple card just for this coworker because she makes my life just so much better.

Since I turned 26 I have set 26 goals that I would like to accomplish this year. I will share some of my goals with you over the next couple of weeks and how I am continuing to work towards them. I am so lucky to have a great friend that will be my accountability partner and one of her goals is to create simple cards in bulk. I thought this card would fit the bill perfectly and I hope that it would inspire you to start this new year off with creating and sending beautiful cards.

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If you are wanting to get all these great products at a discount and start your 2017 year off super crafty maybe it is time to consider joining my team. I have loved being part of Stampin’ Up! and it has encouraged me to achieve or reach bigger for different goals. It also could help me check off some travel items off my list.. like a cruise to Alaska. Wouldn’t you love to join me?

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If you would like to purchase all these materials to start making these cards you can find them below and purchase them through my online store.
Thank you so much for stopping by,

Christina

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Elephant Birthday

Shaker cards are so much fun!!! I decided to make a shaker card for two friends of mine that are celebrating their birthdays. I am so in love with this cute stamp set Lots of Love (which is a hostess stamp set so make sure to host or get an order of $150 or more) and I finally ripped open my Blooms and Bliss paper. This paper is part of the Buy 3 get 1 free deal so you will want to be sure to stock up on it and you can order paper for all the upcoming holidays and even get ready for spring with this fun pack.

This fun shaker card just adds a little pop to someone specials birthday and will make you look like the queen of all card making. Plus it is really simple and you can celebrate almost any occasion. All these products can be purchased on my online store and you can find all the supplies that I used at the end of the post.

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Here is how you can create a fun shaker card too:

 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Remember that if you want to join in on the fun that you can always join my team and we can create together. It doesn’t matter where you live in the US you can be part of the Paper Gears Team.

 

Have a Shaking good day

Christina

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Froggy Birthday

I was inspired by my amazing Upline Phyllis because she has been posting so much with Pop of Pink Designer series paper so I pulled that pack out, ripped it open and cut it up… part of my heart crushed a little because I struggle with hoarding my paper. But the reason I used it is because that is exactly why I buy this beautiful paper.. to use it! This card is going to a friend of mine for her birthday and I just loved the little frog on it. This is a hostess stamp and you can only get this adorable stamp if you host a party with me or if you are able to put in a order large enough to receive hostess rewards.

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I just loved the combination of pink and green together and I hope you are really inspired by this card. It was really easy to do and was something that I was doing while the presidential debate was on. This seemed so much happier.

Also yesterday I just announced that I simplified my VIP Program and now until October 24 you can receive double points as long as you order through my online shop. Also if all the orders between now and the end of October exceed $500 I will draw a random winner from customers who ordered a prize from my prize basket. So make sure to share with your friends or just host a party (they can even be online) and you can receive all the Stampin’ Rewards.

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Maybe you are ready to take the plunge and want to receive all the benefits of being a demonstrator!! This is an exciting time to join because you can join me as we both go after the Incentive trip to Alaska. Or you can just join to receive the 20% discount on all the product. Whichever you decide you will be joining a great team and I can’t wait to welcome you!

Have a wonderful day!
Christina

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July 2016 Paper Pumpkin Remix

I hope you joined me yesterday when I went LIVE on Facebook showing you how to create this fun card using left over pieces from the July Paper Pumpkin. In case you missed it you can follow this link and while you are at it make sure to like my Facebook page too so you don’t miss them in the future! It is great to be back and I hope that you enjoyed this card and that it gets your creative gears going.

As I said in the video this card is going to a co-worker of mine for her birthday. This is why I love Paper Pumpkin, it ensures that I can continue to reach for my goals of sending friends a birthday card on time for their special day. Also it is fun to get something in the mail other than bills.

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Tips and Tricks

Project Life Corner Punch: This is a must have item that I use all the time. It gives your edges a beautiful polished look and it is quick and easy.

Paper Pumpkin: Make sure to sign up by the 10th of each month to receive that fun orange box each month.

The first picture is the front of the card and it looks like the little sail boats are quietly sailing across the bay. The left picture is the inside of the card and there is lots of diamonds to go around and to sparkle on the birthday girl’s big day!!

 

 

 

Also don’t forget to use that bonus day cash that you received last month or forget about our beautiful Thoughtful Branches stamps set. This is a limited time stamp set that you are sure to not want to miss!!!

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As always if you have any questions please feel free to email me or if you loved these creations the biggest honor is to share on social media and to comment below.

Make sure to use the current months hostess code for all orders under $150. Each order of at least $25 will receive a gift from me. Make sure to also check out all the products that I used below.

 

Have a great day!

Christina
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