Sunday, June 29, 2014

Simple Flower

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a stamping class in the compound.  I wanted to see if there was enough interest to start teaching regular classes in the fall.  There seems to be a fair bit of interest, so now the only trick is how to get enough supplies into Saudi.  We're coming back to the US for a visit this summer, so I imagine I'll have a suitcase full of stamping supplies on the way back.  :-)

Anyway, this is the card we made at the class.  Since the majority of the ladies had never stamped before, I wanted to do something pretty simple.  This card basically consists of stamping and then punching (the flower and sentiment) and the using an embossing folder through the Big Shot.  Almost everyone was pleasantly surprised at how easy the card was to make, and they agreed that tying the knot was the hardest part of the card!

Don't forget that today is the last day to enter the drawing for $40 worth of free Stamin' Up! product!  You can see more information and enter the drawing by leaving a comment on THIS post.  There aren't very many comments yet, so your chances are pretty good.  :-)

Stamps:  Flower Shop
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple
Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White
Accessories:  Pansy Flower Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Square Lattic Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, dimensionals

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hello, Free Product, and Lacy Dress

Hi everyone!  I thought I would pop in, let you know what I've been up to, share one of the few cards I've stamped in the last 10 months, and offer some free product!  (Ok, and see if anyone still follows this blog, lol)

First I'll let you know where I've been. . . or rather where I am. . . in Jubail, Saudi Arabia!  Crazy, huh?  Our family relocated here with my husband's job last October (2013) and we plan on being here for a few more years.  It's been an interesting experience with ups and downs, although overall we are enjoying our time here and the opportunities that come with expat life.  I am adjusting to not driving and wearing an abaya, among other things.  If you are curious to learn more about our adventures in Saudi, you can check out my Winding My Way blog.

Now back to stamping!  I needed a wedding card, so I pulled out my stamping supplies and went to work.  It had been a long time since I had created anything, so I kept it pretty simple.  :-)

I used the Dress Up framelits for the dress as well as the dress layers.  The texture for the dress comes from the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.  I used the Ovals Collection framelits and coordinating Occasions paper-piercing pack for the Smoky Slate oval layer.  The sentiment is from the Curly Cute stamp set.  I made up a few cards to have on hand just playing around with different colors of ribbons and accessories.

Even though I am so far away, I will still be stamping!  It's taken me a little while to feel settled here, but I have committed to teaching stamping classes in my compound here starting this September.  (Of course it didn't help that 3 months after moving here we moved again to a different compound in the same city.)  So although I don't plan to post more than occasionally over the summer, I'll be back to regular stamping this fall.  :-)  

In the meantime, since there is a new catalog to celebrate (yay!) I thought it would be fun to give away some free product.  To be entered into the drawing:

1.  Leave a comment on this post no later than June 29th, 2014.
2.  If you'd like to be entered a second time, you can leave a comment on any post over at my Winding My Way blog, also no later than June 29th, 2014.

I'll randomly choose a comment on June 30th and the winner will receive a $40 Stampin Up shopping spree (US addresses only please, I'll pay the tax and shipping too).  I will contact the winner on June 30th and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Smoky Slate
Paper:  Smoky Slate and Whisper White
Accessories:  Lacy Brocade EF, Dress Up and Oval Collection framelits, Big Shot, Occasions paper-piercing pack, paper-piercing tool, rhinestones, ribbon