Stamp-a-what?!?!?!

Stamparatus! It's an innovative stamp placement tool developed in partnership with Stampin' Up!s amazing Leader to Leader (L2L) demonstrator team from all over the world.


It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!



Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
And if you wonder how it compares to the Misti or the Tim Holtz version here is what I have read:
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with - makes 2, 3 or 4-step stamping so EASY!
  • Reversible plates are easily removable for greater stamp placement versatility
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
 This tool is perfect if you have arthritis and miss stamping because you can't hold the block!
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD 
Reservations for February Delivery start on Thursday, November 16th at 3:00pm CST. I expect this to go fast! They have set aside a certain amount that can be pre-ordered and once all those are spoken for, they will close reservations.

Do you have more questions about the ins and outs of the reservation process? Drop me a line and I'll answer all your questions.

Enjoy this video....





Swirly Scribbles

Marcie hosted a Stamp-A-Stack. She invited her friends for an evening of crafty fun. Each person got to make these cards and a few extra sentiments that they could add later depending on their need.


The card design is from Stephanie Fischer at TheCraftyThinker.com, I believe she's in Australia.

When creating a card like the one above there are a lot of pieces left over. Yes, I did sort them.
So what do you do with all those left over pieces? Why, make more cards, of course. These are the cards we will make for today's Ladies Classes. Because when life gives you Swirlys, you make more cards!












Would like to know how to make these cards, contact me today to find out how!


....Swaps for OnStage Live 2016 SLC

I get a lot of inspiration online, Pinterest, blogs, etc. The first swap's inspiration ws a classic, clean look with a little splatter. The second swap, I saw the watercolor color combination and knew I wanted to try it. The third was the background I saw on another card and went from there. Most times when I come up with projects it's because I see something I like and want to recreate it. I don't let that fact that I don't have all the supplies stop me, I just change it to make it my own. Don't get me wrong, there are times when I will CASE exactly as I see it. The one thing about making swaps for Stampin' Up! events is that forces me to try to think creatively and come up with a design that is mostly mine.

As promised, here are the swaps I made for swapping at this year's OnStaage Live event in SLC....

Shhhhh I have a little secret, don't tell anyone, these stamps are carrying over. I probably broke a rule by telling  you, but since I very rarely do that I may be forgiven this time. The color combination I seem to be drawn to this month is Pink Pirouette & Rich Razzeberry.


I love the watercolor and the window look on this card. A little tip, when you have several spritzers and Aqua Painters filled with liquid, make sure you label what is in it. When I first started working on these cards I wasn't getting the look I wanted and then i started opening them to see what was inside. Evidently some had rubbing alcohol in them and that was making the colored ink dry faster, making it harder to get a true watercolor effect. I don't know if the wood grain embossing folder or the framelits I used will be carrying over or not but i took a chance because this card was rattleing around in my brain and was begging to be made.


I'm not very good at collages, or at least I don't think I am. I wayyyy over think the randomness and want there to be order to the randdomness. For those that know me will be surprised that I like some kind of order. Just a little bit, not too much. This color combination is Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze and a little Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. Not a color combination I normally would have reached for but I did reach for my old Color Coach Cards and this is what I settled on.


My last swap is a 3-d that I seem to go back to over and over again. They are so easy and the wow factor is through the room. These are leftover from the Dallas OnStage Local event I went too. Vickie did these for me while I worked on my other swaps.




...Excitement at #OnStage

I'm writing this while I sit in my hotel room at Salt Lake City, UT. I am attending Stampin' Up!'s annual event, OnStage Live. They will be showcasing new products and giving us the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, and fresh new ideas. 

I won't be able to post any photos of the new product or the catalog, but I will post other fun things. I'm looking forward to getting refreshed and bringing back great ideas for you!

When I left Texas it was pretty stormy, but it didn't take long for the plane to find the sunshine above the clouds
 
It's always so much fun to to fly above the clouds. From the ground they look like one big blob, but really they are layers and layers of cloud cover

When I arrived in SLC, I wasted no time getting on the shuttle ot the Home Office in Riverton.
It was so different this with only 1,300 demos signed up. Usually there are about 5,000. The last time I was here with Brandie for the 25th anniversary celebration, there were so many demos at the home office that it was hard to get around. This time it was so peaceful and serene.

Oh, look, they have a kitchen filled with food to purchase. Since I didn't stop for lunch I thought I would purchase a snack. Aren't I being healthy? A banana & a bottle of water. hehehe


I found a nice quiet place to sit and listen to the waterfall. You read that right, there are waterfalls in the center of the building. With an area to eat lunch like this I don't think I would ever eat at my desk again. The Home Office is so beautiful, words escape me to even begin to describe it.


A trip to SLC is not complete without a meal at PF Chang's. I do miss my dinner budy, there's just too much food for one person when I order the same dishes as when I have one. I just can't resist the Lettuce Wraps and Mongolian Beef. Oh well, i have a fridge in my froom for leftovers and a microwave to heat them up with.


I always get the best fortunes at this PF Chang's. This is my hope that this change in sccenery in SLC will lead to my great transformation. And I'm sure to find it here!

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you the swaps I brought with me and with any luck a few I received from others.

Thanks for stopping by!
--Marion

...an exciting April

You  would think that with it being April 1st I would post some kind of April Fool's joke, but no, that's not my style. I will admit I have considered the M&M's and Skittles in the same bowl trick, but since I work mostly out of my Studio, I would be the brunt of that joke and since I was also the one who perpretrated it, it wouldn't be very successful. hahahaha



April is going to be an exciiting month for me. I have 2 trips planned, 2 classess, in addation to the 4 ALLP classes I'll be teaching, a 5k run and a Stamper's Retreat that I am hosting.

I look at my calendar and get nervous, but then I remember that words are powerful and rather than say it's going to be a horrible month, I keep reminding myself that it will be a wonderfully exciting month!

Want see what I did recently?

A very wonderful lady, Emma-Jean, wanted these verses on her half-bathroom wall. She was talking to another wonderful lady, Sharon, about it, who showed her what I did at the Hall (remember the very large vinyl project I showed you a couple of months ago?) and she was sold! Once it was up she was so thrilled! I love it when someone loves what I do. Sometimes the creative process can be painful, in trying to be unique and not duplicate what has already been done. And there is the hope that the receipiant will love it as much as you do.

What kind of crafty thing are you up to today?

Since I'm posting this from my iPad, I don't have the same flexibility as I do when I do it from my laptop, so the pictures may be very large.

This may be someone else's phrase but.....Stay Crafty, My Friend


...Procrastination

What is it about doing what we're supposed to be gets put off, and just about anything else looks like more fun? Let's see....there's a sink full of dishes, ugh. Oh look, the toilet needs scrubbing. I'll do that instead.

You see, I have a group of wonderful ladies coming to my Studio on Saturday. I need to prep the supplies for the project we are going to create. What do I do? Anything! I mean anything; ok maybe not scrub the toilet or wash the dishes because lets be honest crafting comes before housework in the dictionary, as it should.

Don't get me wrong, I've been very busy. I got my completed cards and swaps sorted. I changed several swaps into full cards. I've stamped envelopes to go with the birthday cards I'm going to send out this month, put together a welcome packet for my new recruit.

I have done a lot, but not the thing I'm supposed to do. And that isn't the only thing I'm avoiding, I still have a list a mile long of things I have to do. So why is it that I'm avoiding what I need to do and do anything else? It's a strange rut to be in, and one I would like to get out of.....eventually. ;-)

So while, I continue to procrastinate, I will leave you with this fun project

  • Honeycomb Happiness (Free with Purchase)
  • Perfect Pairings (Free with Purchase)
  • Bermuda Bay Cardstock
  • Melon Mambo Ink
  • Basic Black Ink
  • Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine
  • Confetti Hearts Border Punch
  • Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack






Sale-A-Bration Ideas from Stampin' Up!

You are going to love adding sparkle to your projects with Sale-A-Bration’s Metallics Glitter Tape. Use the gold or silver to add some classic glitz or customize the white tape on any project—just roll it out on a Silicone Craft Sheet and color with Sponge Daubers. So easy and such a great way to add even more wow to your project!

Check out this video:



What is your favorite Sale-A-Bration item. I always love bling!

February Ladies Class Projects


For February's Ladies Class projects I knew I wanted to create some kind of Easter, but I also wanted to use some of the new goodies in the Occasions Catalog. I was so conflicted that the only logical thing to do was to make 3 different projects.



I have the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits (135853) for quite a while and never used them. I was so intimidated by them that I never even tried to make one. But when I saw the idea of punching a hole and adding a chocolate bunny, I put my fears aside and I did it! Oh my goodness they are so adorable AND so easy!

Don't they remind you of the sugar shaped eggs that have the little Easter scene inside?



For the Easter card we used the Work of Art Stamp Set. Isn't that Easter Egg cute? I always get hung up on the fact that I don't have an "egg" shaped framelit so I don't venture out of my zone to use a plain ol' oval. I'm so glad others are not as limited and show that it is ok to use an oval for an egg.

For the Occasions Catalog product I decided I wanted to share the  Cups & Kettle Framelits (140624). I don't know what it is about tea cups, but I love them! I am the Scrap Saving Queen, and I try to use them when I can. The paper I used is the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack (138443)
I love using Dimensionals so we glued the bottom of the cup and used Dimensionals for the top of the cup to give it a little bit of a 3-d effect.
We also used the A Nice Cuppa Stamp Set (140683). You would never know to look at it, but the middle of the cup didn't stamp well. I'm sure it was because I was using an old, wavy ink pad. So how did I fix it? I stamped the heart from the set in the middle. Now it looks like I meant to do that!
I love how sometimes you can make a mistake, and if you didn't give it away, the other person would think you meant to do that and would want to know how you did that cool technique. Ha! If they only knew.

What do you think?


...Fruits of the Spirit

I recently finished a custom vinyl job for an after school program at The Hall. The Hall was getting a makeover, there are 8 shutters that hang on the inside of the windows.

The Director wanted to have the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians in vinyl on the shutters. 


She wanted them to be seen on the outside when the shutters were closed and on the inside when they are open.


Here are closer pictures of each panel.



She loved the basic and clean look to the design, even though I initially wanted them to be much more ornate, I just couldn't wrap my head around how to do it. As a friend of mine would say, "it was a God thing".






...January Ladies Class Projects



Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.comThis wonderful box was on the Stampin' Up! blog and created by Jessica Winter, Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 member. It is so unique and easy I knew we had to make it in the January Ladies Classes. The instructions, with pictures, for this box are below. You will be using the Gift Bag Punch Board for this project.
January Paper Pumpkin Valentine Treat Pouch Ladies Class Project www.MarionCreates.com
The second project are these Sweet Valentine Pouches made from the January Paper Pumpkin Kit. There are about 5 colors to choose from, I chose Tip Top Taupe. They are so quick & easy.
Supplies Needed:
  • Gift Bag Punch Board
  • 8.5"x3.25" Cardstock for the Bottom 
    • Score the long edge at 3/4"
  • 3-9/16"x3-9/16" Designer Series Paper for the Top
    • You will score this piece at 3/4" all the way around as shown in the picture
  • Tear & Tape
    • Bow Builder Punch, Sweetheart Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
    • Embellishments as Desired
    All score lines have been marked with a marker for the purpose of this tutorial, so the lines can be seen easier. You will only score, don't use a marker for your box.

    First you want to insert you 8.5"x3.25" piece of cardstock all the way into the Gift Bag Punch Board, making sure the left edge is aligned with the start line, punch, then score your "Martini Glass" and the top horizontal line. You will have to scoot your cardstock to the right to make the horizontal line go all the way to the left edge of your cardstock. With a pencil make a small tick mark at the lower edge of the cardstock on the "S" line.


    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.comDiamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com

    Move your cardstock to the left, lining up the little tick mark with the start line. Repeat the step above, only this time you won't need to move your cardstock to the right to complete the horizontal line, just score the horizontal line along with making your "Martini Glass".

    When you get done, your box bottom will be score and punched as show in the second picture below. The horizontal line at the bottom of the "Martini Glasses" is 3/4", score that using a paper trimmer fitted with a scoring blade or the Simply Scored Plate.

    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com
    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com
    The "flaps" at the top of the cardstock strip are actually the box bottom flaps. To score you will fold your flaps with a "mountain" fold, the 3/4" top as a "valley" fold. The "Martini Glass" will be a "mountain" fold, gently fold the diagonal lines and the "stem" of the "Martini Glass" will just follow.  Your instinct will be to fold the last 1/4" flap that holds the box together, don't. if you do than your fourth side will not be a flat fourth size but rather a weird 4th & 5th side and your lid won't fit properly. Ask me how I know.
    Either before or after folding on all the lines, cut a couple of notches on the last 1/4", you can also add Tear & Tape.
    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.comDiamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com
    Remove the protective paper from the Tear & Tape and adhere the tab on the inside of the box, lining up the points and creating a new "Martini Glass".
    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com
    To put assemble the lid, score all four sides at 3/4" either with a Paper Trimmer fitted with a scoring blade or with the Simply Scored Plate. Cut notches on each of the four "squares" created from scoring. Fold on all the score lines and adhere the corners on the Inside of the rectangles, as to hide the tabs.
    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com




    Diamond Box by Jessica Winter Artisan Design Team 2015-2016 Member Ladies Class Project MarionCreates.com
    I hope that was helpful. Comment below if you have an questions.