Monday, August 29, 2011

Season's Greetings Easel Card

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I'm still trying to recover from the Holiday Workshop at Carrie Blake Park.  THANK YOU to those 54 crafters and volunteers for making the event so successful.  Doodlebugs and I appreciate your support and look forward to our 4th workshop. For those people who couldn't make it, we are having another workshop on November 6th.  We have already sold 22 tickets so get your ticket soon.  We have changed our program for the next event.  It will be 12 self-paced projects (4 cards, 4 tags and 4 gifts) with no classes. 

As I promised last week, this is one of my class projects that we did at the Holiday Workshop on Saturday.  It is an easel card with an opening in the back so that you can place a battery-powered candle.  It will make a beautiful holiday display, don't you think?   We stamped on a piece of white vellum to get the see-through effect.  We used the negative part from the Top Note die for the easel frame and saved the positive part for another project to make a gift box which I will show you later. 

Supply List
Stamps - Welcome Christmas, Scenic Season, Pines & Poinsettias
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla card stock, White Vellum, Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP
Ink - Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Punches - 1 1/4" (or 1 3/8") Square punch, Scallop Edge (or Scallop Trim) Border punch
Tools and Accessories - 3/8" Quilted Satin Early Espresso Ribbon, Mini Vintage Tag, Wild Wasabi Marker, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Early Espresso Marker, Blender Pen, Dimensionals

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Friend Card

Just a quick post today.  I have way too many things to do before this Saturday's BIG event but wanted to share this simple and clean card with you.  I was so happy when Stampin' Up! brought Baja Breeze back in our color collection.  Believe or not it goes very well with Rich Razzleberry.  The embossed piece is one of the new embossing folders in the new catalog-love it too! 

Supply List
Stamps - My Friend
Paper - Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White card stock, Pocketful of Posies DSP
Ink - Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry
Tools and Accessories - Scallop Edge Border punch, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones
Big Shot - Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Houndstooth Embossing Folder

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fabric Flower Card

What a night!  We had a meeting last night for the Holiday Workshop that I am co-hosting with Doodlebugs this weekend.  We had a light dinner and created two 1.5 hour class projects and four self-paced projects in about 4.5 hours.  Cathy from Doodlebugs and I have been working on these projects for a long time and it was nice to "refresh" our memories....Yeah, I did forget some critical points on my class project.  I took notes once again to include in my instructions!!!  Anyway it was a great night.  THANK YOU  to our helpers Whitley, Lynn, Sheryl and Barbara!  You are the BEST!

Ever since I received a similar fabric flower card from my mega upline Jill Olsen from Utah last holiday season, I had been dying to make my own.  I made one and absolutely loved it.  So at my last Big Shot workshop we made this card and the ladies loved it too.  I really would love to show you my projects for the Holiday Workshop but have to wait till next week.  But I can tell you one of the projects has this fabric flower technique.  So stay tuned!

Supply List
Stamps - Bring on the Cake
Paper - Real Read, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Whisper White card stock, Just Add Cake DSP
Ink - Real Red
Punches - 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" Circle
Tools and Accessories - 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Button, Candy Cane Christmas Fabric
Big Shot - Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Tasteful Trim die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Non-Stampin' Up! - Hair Clip

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wish Big Card

Hi Stampers!  I would like to show you this card today.  Actually I created it a few months back when I preordered stamp sets from the new catalog back in June.  As you know, being a SU demonstrator, we get some neat perks!  We get to put our hands on some new products earlier than they become available to customers.  That's just a start..... free stamps, amazing discounts....  If you ever wonder about becoming a demonstrator like me or a hobby demonstrator to enjoy the perks, please feel free to contact me.  It's a lot of fun.  This is my BEST job ever!

Supply List
Stamps - Pennant Parade
Paper - Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock, Just Add Cake DSP, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink - Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, VersaMark
Punches - Petite Pennants Builder, Cupcake Builder, Decorative Label, 1" Circle
Tools and Accessories - Basic Pearls, 1/2" Chocolate Chip Scallop Dots Ribbon, Clear Emboss Powder
Big Shot - Elegant Lines Embossing Folder

Monday, August 22, 2011

Beautiful Season Easel Card

This is one of the cards we made at Paula's Christmas workshop.  She and her crafty friends visited me at my studio from Port Ludlow last month.  It was a lot of fun.  I met Paula at last year's craft event I co-hosted with Doodlebugs, a local scrapbooking/paper-crafting store here in Sequim.  We are having another one (Holiday Workshop) this weekend at Carrie Blake Park.  I heard some of the ladies from Paul's workshop are coming to this event and am excited to see them again.  I have been busy working on my projects for this event last 3 weeks and have created 4 class/self-paced projects and more for display only.  I can't wait to show to those who are coming to this workshop.  I will post the projects here after Saturday, so stay tuned!

Supply List
Stamps - Beautiful Season
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White, Always Artichoke
Ink - Always Artichoke Classic, Basic Gray Craft ink
Tools and Accessories - Lace Ribbon Border punch, Clear Embossing Powder, Always Artichoke marker, Cherry Cobbler marker, Soft Suede marker, Basic Gray marker, Blender Pens, Brads, Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Crystal Effects, Champagne Glass Glitter, On Board Sheets (chipboard to make a template for recessed oval shape)
Big Shot - Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder, Ovals (114525), Oval Scallop Frame (for template, 114521)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's a Wrap!

I had so much fun making these Matchbox Nugget Boxes using the It's a Wrap Occasions and the Petite Pairs stamp sets.  I stamped an image from the It's a Wrap stamp set on a mailing label and adhered to a piece of card stock and then wrap around a Nugget.  Four Nuggets nest nicely in the Matchbox.  Before assembling the sleeve of the box, I ran it through Big Shot using my favorite Stampin' Up! embossing folder.  The Petite Pairs stamp set has a great assortment of sentiments.
LOVE the fonts! 

Supply List
Stamps - It's a Wrap Occasions and Petite Pairs
Paper - Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink - Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral
Punches - Scallop Square, 1" Square (avail. Sept. 1st) and Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Tools and Accessories - 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral), 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Big Shot, Matchbox Die, Vintage Wallpaper and Finial Press Embossing Folders
Non Stampin' Up! - mailing labels and Nuggets

Travel Log Mini Album

We made this Travel Log mini album at my Scrapbook Club workshop back in June using a sheet of 12" x 12" DSP as a base of the album.  When opened, there are 4 pockets you can insert a piece of card stock with a tab.  It's a great place to write notes or attach pictures.  I love the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper which is only available till the end of this month.  It's also a part of this month's promotion (Buy 3 packs of DSP and get one FREE).  Time to stock up!  If you are interested in being a part of my monthly Scrapbook Club, please contact me.  It's a lot of FUN!

Supply List
Stamps - Travel Log (Summer Mini Catalog)
Paper - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White and Nautical Expedition DSP
Ink Pads - Early Espresso, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler,
Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake
Punches - 1/2" Circle, Postage Stamp, Extra Large Tag, 1 1/4" Circle, Photo Corner
Tools and Accessories - Brads, Game Spinner Hands, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, 3/8" Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, 1/4" Night of Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler marker, Early Espresso marker, Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile, Sponge
Big Shot - Top Note die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die set, Lots of Tags

Friday, August 19, 2011

Birthday Cake Pop-Up Card with a Gift Card Holder

This is another card we made at my Card Club workshops this month.  It looks very simple and clean but there is a surprise inside.....  When you open the card, a birthday cake will pop up and there is a gift card holder tucked in right next to the cake.  I love the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to add small flowers with Basic Rhinestones in the center of the flowers.  The gift card holder was also created with the Petal Card Double Punch and the Round Tab Punch.  Let me know what you think!

Supply List
Stamps:  Bring on the Cake
Paper: Baja Breeze card stock, Blushing Bride card stock, Wild Wasabi card stock, Wild Wasabi Textured card stock, Whisper White card stock, Just Add Cake DSP
Ink and Markers:  StazOn Jet Black, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight
Punches:  Round Tab, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Petal Card Double, 3/16" Corner
Tools and Accessories:  Blender Pens, Basic Rhinestones, Sticky Strip, Big Shot, Tasteful Trim die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Thursday, August 18, 2011

August Card Club Project - Season's Greetings Card

Hi Stampers!  I would like to show you one of the cards we made at this month's Card Club workshops.  I know it's still August but wanted to encourage you to start thinking about your Christmas cards.  This card was inspired by my upline lovely Peg Becker.  When I saw Peg's card, I had to make one and wanted to add my touch to it.  Hope you like it!

Supply List
Stamps - Fabulous Florets and Scenic Season
Card Stock - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Ink Pads - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Tools and Accessories - Blossom Petals Builder punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Basic Rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty EF

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Welcome to Megumi's Stampin' Retreat!

Hello!   My name is Meg (Megumi) Holland and am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the Pacific Northwest.   I am so excited to start my stampin blog to share my projects and ideas with you. 

I'm a full time Mom with two young boys and  married to my third boy for 20 years.  I'm a passionate spoiled stamper who has a large stamping studio at home overlooking two huge ponds on a 15-acre property surrounded by evergreens.  My fellow stampers tell me they feel like they are on a stampin retreat when they come to my place.  So, this is how Megumi's Stampin Retreat was created. 

I hope, when you visit my blog, you will be inspired, refreshed AND be happy.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like to host a workshop or join any of my monthly clubs (scrapbooking and card making).  I also have Big Shot workshops and classes each month.