A Beautiful Bouquet

Friday, July 31, 2015
I love to make these fun flowers, and the NEW Cherry On Top Cotton Paper from Stampin' Up! makes up these flowers beautifully!
I filled up the 1x8 cello bags with bright colored M&M's and I thought that the Cucumber Crush and the Crushed Curry Colors in the pack fit the best with the color scheme (the other colors in the Cherry On Top Cotton Paper Pack are Bermuda Bay and Watermelon Wonder)
 I used the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to create these and I used 8 layers held together with a brad.
 I added a Bitty Butterfly Punched out with the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to give it a little "pop" of pretty (everything is prettier with a butterfly on it!!)
Can you see a difference in the 2 shades of yellow?  The lighter yellow on the left was made using the leftover thick tissue paper from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. It works perfectly for making these flowers!!
Want to know more about Paper Pumpkin? Just click HERE to subscribe.  If you sign on before September 10th you will get your first 2 months half off!  YES! Half off!! and that is the PROMO CODE you will use when signing up HALFOFF. 
Be sure to use the Hostess Code 3XZFK26K
The bonus for signing up with me is that each month you will receive from me a FREE PDF of extra bonus ideas that you can make with your Paper Pumpkin other than what the instructions give you.  I am thankful for all the ladies who subscribe under me that I want to gift you with these extras!!
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Fancy Foil Doilies

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Casing a card by Debbie Henderson for the August Stamp a Stack classes
The BEST part about this card?  The FANCY FOIL DOILIES are on the WEEKLY DEALS this week for only $2.80!!  You get 24 doilies, 6 each of 2 sizes (1-3/4", 3") in 2 colors (gold & silver)
Click HERE to place your online order using this Hostess Code 3XZFK26K
Don't delay in making your purchase because Stampin' Up! is only allowing a set number of product at the sale price.  It is a while supplies last kind of deal before it reverts back to the regular price.
 So what do you do with your leftovers?  Make 3x3 matching cards - of course!
 Here they are together
There is still room at the Wednesday, August 5th at 10am class and the Saturday, August 8th at 10 am class.  Click HERE to contact me to reserve your spot at my table.
Here is a list of the products used on this card
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Each Tuesday Stampin' Up! comes out with amazing WEEKLY DEALS and this week is no different.  Check out all the amazing deals on ribbon and so much more.  If you need to see these more clearly please click HERE to go to my on line store.  Please use this Hostess Code for your online purchases this week...3XZFK26K.  By using this code you will receive your item shipped right to your house!!
For today's card I used the beautiful Pacific Point 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.  I love this ribbon it is so easy to work with!
This cute little dinosaur card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Martha Inchly
I'm also loving the SCHOOLHOUSE Designer Paper.
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Tye-Dyed Butterflies

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
I just had to give this card a try because I thought it was unique and fun.  Probably a bit too detailed for a class because of all the butterfly cutting, but I still wanted to give it a try.  Thanks for the inspiration Deb Valder! 
I basically sponged a variety of colors from the Brights Collection onto a Whisper White card stock 3 5/8" x 4 7/8.  then taking a second piece of Whisper White Card Stock the same size and cut out 3 partial butterflies and assemble.  Viola`! Not hard but it is a lot of cutting of those butterflies when you need 3 per card.
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August Classes

Monday, July 27, 2015
It is time to sign up for the August Stamp a Stack Classes
Here are the details:
August 2015 Classes

Stamp A Stack Class
Do you need a stack of cards for all occasions? This is the class for you! In this class you will be making 8 different All Occasion Cards.
Cost for this class is $12.00 or FREE with a purchase*
Pre order or Pre Pay for your class and receive a small gift from me.
Monday, August 3rd, 7 PM OR
Wednesday, August 5th, 10 AM OR
Saturday, August 8th, 10 AM
*minimum purchase $25.00
Please bring your adhesive along to this class.
Please RSVP by 7:00 PM the evening before any class
I have decided to change up my door prize drawing and instead of one prize winner for all 3 classes, I will have 1 winner each night.  This is the treat that I made for the month of August (and her is a spoiler alert: this cute box coordinates with one of the cards we will be making at the Stamp a Stack classes)
Projects Class
COST: $12.00 or FREE with a purchase*
Pre order or Pre Pay for your class and receive a small gift from me
Tuesday, August 18th , 7 PM
This month we will be featuring water coloring how-tos
*Minimum purchase $25.00
Please bring your adhesive along to this class.
Please RSVP by 7:00 PM the evening before any class

Every Tuesday between 10 AM and 5PM you are welcome to come stamp with me.  There will be a variety of card stations open and you can stamp as many or as few as you want/need.  Each week will be different.  COST: only $1.50 per card

We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7PM.  This is a 10  month commitment and each month a $15 minimum purchase required.  One of the months you will be the hostess and will be guaranteed $25 in hostess dollars to spend on any catalog product of your choice.  Class is FULL but I am open to a holding a second class on a different night if there are 10 ladies who want to commit to a CARD CLUB CLASS.  Can’t make it EVERY month? No problem, you just need to submit your $15 order and I will stamp up your cards. Contact me for more details.  However you are still obligated to make the $15 minimum purchase

Christi Waite
4845 Summergreen Ln
Hudsonville MI 49426

September: Sat 5th, Wed 9th, Mon 14th
October: Mon 5th, Wed 7th, Sat 10th
November: Mon 2nd , Wed 4th, Sat 7th
December: Mon 7st, Wed 9th, Sat 12th
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Sentimental Sunday

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Today's Sentimental Sunday Post is for my friend, Laura, who recently had to say "good-bye" to her mom.  It is always hard to loose a loved one, but I love how they made it a celebration, because that is exactly what it is.  No more pain and suffering.  Laura was our neighbor for several years and I was their child care provider for most of those years, loving every minute with those boys.  It was handy living right next door to them and Little Joey would come over even when he wasn't in my care.  He would hop up on the table and watch me when I decorated a cake asking me questions about what I was going to use each color frosting for.  And then, of course, he got to sample them all.  Hard to believe he is 15 years old already and big brother, Nick, (who was in 1st grade when he started coming to Auntie's house) is getting married in January.  WOW! how time truly does fly!!
We purchased a pretty red rose bush for Laura to plant to remember her mom by.
And this is the card that I made for her.  She loved the Calla Lilies from the REMARKABLE YOU Stamp Set. The Sympathy greeting is from the retired stamp set SIMPLY SKETCHED
The beautiful lattice on the background is from a retired Stampin' Up! kit.  If I could get my hands on more of those I surely would, because I think this card turned out beautiful using the Mint Macron Card Stock (NEW 2015-17 in color)
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Let's Go Fishing!

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Stampin' Up! issued a challenge to us demonstrators to use at least 2 of the following punches:
Sweetheart Punch, Heart Border Punch, Fun Flower Punch and the Pansy Punch.  It was more of a drawing than a contest so my chances of winning was like drawing my name from a hat and I never do good with that, but it was fun to participate anyway.  We had to upload our photos to Pinterest with #punchitup. 
 I made myself a little cheat sheet 8x8 for my Punch Art Album.
I was disappointed not to win, but it was fun to participate.  I am so amazed at all the great punch art ideas that demonstrators came up with.
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Dino X-Rays

Friday, July 24, 2015
Another cute Dinosaur card using the NO BONES ABOUT IT Stamp Set
I  love this flip style card especially for this cute dinosaur card!  And don't you just love his little XRAY?!! The Designer Paper that I used is from the GO WILD 6x6 Paper Stack.  I combined one of my Paper Pumpkin stamps with the "No Bones About It" stamp.
*If you come to my monthly CARD CLUB you get instructions for fun folds such as these.  My 2015-16 classes are full, but I am hoping to open up a second night of stamping fun.

  • What does it mean to join a CARD CLUB?

The club runs for as many months as there are members.  Ideally we have 10 ladies and the club runs for 10 months with the minimum purchase requirement of $15.00.   One of the months each of the members will have a chance to be the Hostess and earn the Stampin' Rewards.  If you want to have 5 ladies in your group you have the option of running for 5 months or 10 months with each of you having 2 chances to be the Hostess and receive the Stampin' Rewards.  Minimum purchase required on this size class will be $30.  (and so on and so forth)

  • Have you been wanting to sign up for the Paper Pumpkin, but have been "sitting on the fence" about taking that step to actually sign up?  Well, have I got a treat for you!  For all of you who are a Paper Pumpkin subsciber through me you will get 6-8 exclusive ideas from us on how to use your Paper Pumpkin other than what the instructions tell you in the kit.  The ideas you get in the kit are great, but many times you have supplies left over or you want to switch things up a bit.  This is when the exclusive ideas will come in handy. Plus as a subscriber you can purchase more supplies from previous months.  Not a subscriber yet?  Sign up before August 10th to get in on the August Paper Pumpkin subscription. Click HERE to get started.   You can choose to pay by the month or save some pennies and subscribe for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.
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Happy Birthday From The Garden

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Today is my niece's birthday and since she has 3 sweet little girls I thought this card was perfect for her.  I love how Paula Knall combined the Baby Bumble Bee stamp with the Flower Patch Stamp Set and Petal Potpourri Stamp Set to make the cutest flowers in the garden.  The greeting is from From The Garden (Retired)
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A Dinosaur Dig

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
This next card using the NO BONES ABOUT IT Stamp Set looks like a dinosaur dig.  Very clever idea by Martha Inchly on Pinterest.
I think this would be a great idea for a little boys birthday invitation and then you can theme the birthday party around dinosaurs and one game could be digging for plastic dinosaurs in the sand.  FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Tonight is my PUNCH ART CLASS and in honor of this fun class I am sharing a punch art project with you. Meet R2D2 from the Star Wars Movies.
I made this punch art once before - you can check out that post HERE
If you do not have the retired Key Tag Punch you can easily achieve this same shape with a 1" wide stipe of Glossy Paper and rounded with a circle punch.  It measures 1/16" shy of 2"
Tyler gave me this STAR WARS ribbon which was tied around some sort of a treat bag that he had - probably 2 years ago at least.  When I was doing some organizing in my craft room I ran across this piece of ribbon so I thought I better just make it up.  This time I used the NEW Color Me Irresistible Specialty Paper.  such a great pre-embossed paper.  You get 6 color sheets and 6 white sheets all pre-embossed and I love this black one!
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Playing With Dinosaurs

Monday, July 20, 2015
This is a fun new stamp set called NO BONES ABOUT IT.  Perfect for kids and adults alike.  Keep watching my blog this week (and the weeks ahead) for more fun ideas inspired by amazing Demonstrators.
I love the fun see-through look using a window sheet.
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card inspired by Pinterest

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Sentimental Sunday

Sunday, July 19, 2015
This past week I was talking with the grandkids about what they might want to do when they grow up.  Tyler was pretty sure he will attend college to learn to be a chef, and Gracie thought she might like to be a Ballet Teacher.  Well, Gracie is not only a Ballerina she is also in her second year of Cheer.  I think the 2 go together quite nicely.  This summer she had a Cheer Camp and on the last day when I picked her up I asked if she wanted a picture with one of her instructors she was quick to say "yes" and it warmed my heart when 2 more instructors quickly came over because they wanted to be in a picture with Gracie too.
These are moments that warm a Gramma's heart!
Gracie is one of the tiny ones so she ends up being the "flyer".  She has a tendency to be fearful and I am so proud of her for sticking with it and conquering her fear.  Can't wait to see her cheer at the Rocket Football games this fall.
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Celebrating Baby Punch Art

Saturday, July 18, 2015
I  haven't had any SWEET SATURDAY subjects to blog about so I thought that I would share with you a cute, cute card inspired by one I saw on Pinterest. by a variety of demonstrators so I don't know who to give the original credit to.
Tuesday, July 21 is my next PROJECTS CLASS and we are focusing on PUNCH ART this month.  For all of the ladies who come AND PAY IN ADVANCE they will receive an 8x8 instruction page to add to their Punch Art album.
The words are from the stamp set CRAZY ABOUT YOU.
Want to join in on the fun?  We will meet at 7pm here in my craft room and we will make 3 Punch Art Cards and you go home with an 8x8 page of each project for your Punch Art Album.
You can RSVP here.  Please RSVP 24 hours in advance so I can have your kit ready for you.
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Birthday Blossoms Part 3

Friday, July 17, 2015
One last BIRTHDAY BLOSSOMS card (for now) lol!
I used a fun new water coloring technique that I will be sharing at the August Projects Class.  Want to come?  HERE are the details:
Tuesday, August 18, 7pm
COST: $12.00 for 3 projects - we will be focusing on coloring/watercoloring
You can RSVP here
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Birthday Blossoms Part 2

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Blending the BIRTHDAY BLOSSOMS Stamp Set with the very cool BRICK WALL EMBOSSING FOLDER.  I also am in love with the LOTS OF LABELS Framelits

Do you see the new Metal Rimmed Pearls?  Aren't they gorgeous!!  Gracie must like them too because she was crafting and next thing I knew she had them plastered all over her creation - OOPS! Sorry Gracie!
Guess what?! the Metal Rimmed Pearls are on sale this week for only $3.50. Get them while they are hot - it is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
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Birthday Blossoms

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
When I get a new stamp set it is my goal to make something with it right away, but that doesn't always happen.  Sometimes I buy a set and it retires before I even use it - YIKES!
I really love this new set called BIRTHDAY BLOSSOMS and couldn't wait to use it.
I loved this idea I saw in the new catalog.  I tell you what - the catalog is one of your best sources of inspiration!!
The ladies will be able to make this card in the August Stamp a Stack classes.
Want to join us?
Here are the Details:
Monday, August 3 at 7pm OR
Wednesday, August 5 at 10am OR
Saturday, August 8 at 10am.
COST: $12.00 for 8 cards
You can RSVP by clicking HERE
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Beautiful Baskets

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
 These adorable baskets were made using the BERRY BASKET BIGZ L DIE from Stampin' Up!
 And the fabulous flowers were made using the BOUQUET BIGZ L DIE and the (retired) BUILD A BOUQUET Stamp Set.  The cute 3x3 note cards and envelopes fit perfect in the BERRY BOX and made a great end of year gift for the school teachers.  Notice the candle in the back?  My hubby makes all natural soy candles, lotions, soaps and so much more. You can check out his web site HERE
 Isn't this flower just gorgeous!!
The basket was made sturdier by adhering my Designer Paper to COASTER BOARD.  This idea came from Patty Bennett's Blog. 
Yes, I know, the Painted Blooms Designer Paper you see on the Berry Box is retired but Stampin' Up! has some brand new Designer Paper that is gorgeous called ENGLISH GARDEN that you are going to LOVE! and would be perfect if you want to copy this idea.
Here is a link to all the products that were used
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Hey Dude!

Monday, July 13, 2015
I absolutely LOVE Punch Art and this is a pretty simple one cased from Dani Tamzin 
My grandkids would be able to tell you all the names of each Ninja Turtle!
The stamps I used are a 1 1/4" Circle Punch and the (retired) Small Oval.  The masks are 1/4" wide and the greeting was generated on the computer.  Colors used are Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, and Wisteria Wonder.
This months Project Class will be another Punch Art Class! NO, this is not one that will be out because it is just too simple you can figure it out by yourself, but the 3 I have chosen will be fun to make together.  Want to join in on the fun?  Here are the details:
Tuesday, July 21, 7 pm
Cost: $12.00
You will be making 3 punch art cards and will go home with an instruction 8x8 page you can add to your punch art binder.
RSVP by the 20th so I can have it all prepared for you.
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Best Thoughts Anniversary

Friday, July 10, 2015
At church we are involved in small life groups, and each life group was encouraged to "adopt" one of the missionaries our church supports.  'Our' missionary is celebrating their anniversary today and this is the card that I made for them.  I guess you would call this a "stepped-up" version with all the layers.  The stamp set is called BEST THOUGHTS and it is one of the Hostess Exclusive stamp sets. If you want this stamp for yourself, I will gladly have a private card making class for you and your friends in your home or mine.
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Best Thoughts Meets Delightful Dijon

Thursday, July 9, 2015
This is another sample that was out at the open house.  First it was out to display one of the new Hostess exclusive stamp sets BEST THOUGHTS, but also to feature one of the new IN COLORS: Delightful Dijon.  Click on the link to check out the full line-up of the NEW In Colors.  Don't you just love the new lace ribbon??!!  Want to have a personal card making class so you can get this stamp set for yourself?  Just contact me HERE so we can get it scheduled in my home or yours
It's hard to see in the photo but I embossed the Basic Black card stock with the new BOHO CHIC Embossing Folder.
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Layered Letters Alphabet

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
These next 4 samples were made using the stamp set LAYERED LETTERS ALPHABET. I make sure to buy all the alphabet stamp sets because they always come in so handy for more that just an alphabet.  Besides I love to use them for my scrapbooking. This first one says it all...
One tip for when you emboss the letters over the already inked background: heat set your stamped image and then rub your EMBOSSING BUDDY over the surface so that the embossing powder doesn't stick where you don't want it.
 My little nephew loves rainbows so this card may easily find it's way to him.
Ever read the book "The Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle?  this one is based off that...how cute!!  The letter V is used for his antennae, the dot from the ! for his nose and the letter I for his legs.
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Every Blessing

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Christmas cards??!! Yup! Stampin' Up! put 3 Christmas stamps in the New Catalog.  ONLY 3?  For now...the Holiday Catalog comes out later this fall, and will have a lot more Fall and Christmas stamps available, but for now, I am very thankful to have this amazing stamp set called EVERY BLESSING  - available now so you/I can get started on your/my Christmas Card making.  This first one was CASED ("copy and share everything") from the Catalog, and is out for the ladies to make at the July Stamp a Stack classes.  Starting in July I usually add a Christmas card to the Stamp a Stack Lineup, and the July Stamp a Stack classes start TONIGHT.  Contact me if you want to come to one of my classes.
 This shows the full stamp image.
This card, too, was CASED from the catalog.  I like the change in color from the traditional Christmas colors.
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Watercolor Wings

Monday, July 6, 2015
These next cards that were out at the Open House are from the new stamp set called WATERCOLOR WI NGS.  You can buy the Stamp set as a bundle and save 15% when you bundle it with the very cool BOLD BUTTERFLY Framelits.    This first one I actually cut out by hand because I wanted to keep the antennas on the butterfly.
 This makes a great note card by stamping the butterfly and then adding the BUTTERFLY THINLITS cut out in black over top.
I really LOVE the new BRICK WALL Embossing Folder, it is a super great addition to the Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder Line up.  You will be seeing plenty of this one.
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Sentimental Sunday

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Today's Sentimental Sunday post is in honor of our grandson, Sawyer's, first birthday which he celebrated yesterday on the 4th of July!  What a fun time with a happy boy!  We are so very thankful for this little guy!
Even though Sawyer is not on total solid foods yet he loves to suck on the healthy stuff like carrots, cucumber and watermelon.
 He was all about his presents
 He got lots of books
 Yeah! a card from Gramma!
 Want to see it?
And his first Bible Story Book (the Jesus Storybook Bible)
 Fun toys
 The cake!  Mommy made a grain-free healthy cake for Sawyers first year!
I'm not sure how much he actually ate but he sure did enjoy the process.  First birthday cakes are a fun mess!  Now they will be teaching him to be neat and tidy!
 Sawyer loves to stand on his own
He was quite intrigued by his Uncle Joey, but didn't want to get too close!
After the big mess it is bath time, and "Good Night, Everybody - Thanks for coming to my birthday party!, It was FUN!
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