Spooky Cat Double Z Fold

Have you heard of a Double Z Fold card?  It’s a fun fold card idea and when it’s open the card easily stands on its own.  You could create all kind of fun scenes with this style of card.  I decided to try this fun card with the Spooky Cat bundle.  We made this in my September Stamper’s Club.

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This is the card closed up.  And remember when I told you about the Cat punch and using it to punch out the paper cats – well that is what I did for this black cat – she is just punched from the paper.  Plus there is Designer paper on the front panels of both Z pieces.  Here is a look at the card opened up.

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You basically take a normal sized card – this one is 4-1/4″ wide by 11″ long – Score in the middle like normal – that is 5-1/2 on this card.  And then take the front piece and score it in half again – 2-3/4″ on this card.  That makes your first Z.

Then to make the second Z – so that its a Double Z fold card – I used a strip that was 1-1/2″ side and 11″ long.  Do the same thing – score in half at 5-1/2 and then score the back panel at 2-3/4.  Fold it in the opposite direction.

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I added Very Vanilla panels to the other end of the Z folds – 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece on the main back – stamped with the little rat in the corner.  I also added the black starburst punch.  Then on the strip the pieces are 2-1/2″ x 1-1/4″.  On one I stamped the Happy Halloween and the little striped image.  On the other I stamped the potion bottles.  Plus a scrap of Very Vanilla for the Owl.  Now one of the fun things about this stamp set is the two-step stamping!  You have the outlines for the potion bottles – those are in black.  Then each bottle has an image to stamp the inside potion and bubbles.  I used 3 colors – Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Smoky Slate for mine.  And went over them with the Aqua Painter and a little bit more ink to give them a real smoky look.

There are more 2-step images in the set – the Owl – there is a stamp for the talons and beak.  And then another for the eyes and rings around the eyes – that one also included words that fit on the belly.  But I decided to cut my stamp apart so I had the option to use separately.  For this particular card I just used a marker for the eye balls because I didn’t want the rings to be black.

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The witches hat in the set is also 2-step with a second image for the buckle on the hat.

Happy OWL oween!

Thanks for visiting.

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Classes coming up

I thought I would add a post about some of my classes that I have coming up the next couple of months.  Due to some travel plans a few of my regularly scheduled classes have shifted a little bit.  I’m finishing up my September newsletter also so if you are on my email list you will be getting that today too.  If you live locally to me or are visiting in the area please join me for a class.  Grab a friend and come enjoy some crafting therapy and fun!

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Monthly Card Makers Class – this is a fun class for all levels of stampers – brand new to those that have been stamping for years.  It’s a flexible class where you get to choose the cards you make. Normally held the last Friday of the month. But I’ve had to move it for Sept and November.    Card Maker’s Class – September 15, October 27, November 17

Stamper’s Club – this is a monthly stamp club that meets at my house – try out brand new products, learn new techniques, and make cards and projects that are more involved.  Minimum order is required, and each member gets a turn to earn the hostess rewards.  Normally held the first Friday night/Saturday morning of the month.  But October and November are shifted.  Stamper’s Club – October 13/14, November 1

Paper Pumpkin Craft Night – a night to gather and work on our monthly Paper Pumpkin kits. If you are a subscriber bring your kit and join us.  If not you can come join and see what we are making or purchase one of the extra kits that I have with me.  Normally held the last Wednesday of the month.  Paper Pumpkin Craft Night – September 27, October 25, November 29.

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat – a fun weekend retreat with your crafty friends.  Make & Takes, games & prizes, yummy food, and surprises throughout the weekend.  Held in the Spring and Fall. I still have open spots for fall – deadline to register is 9/10.  Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat Fall 2017 – September 29 thru October 1.

 

 

Watercolor Christmas Card Class – my first holiday class for this season.  Make 20 cards with a beautiful water colored look and gold accents.  All supplies included. This is a PREPAID class – fees due Oct. 1st.  Watercolor Christmas Card Class on October 14.

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Christmas Card Stamp a Stack – join me for my popular Holiday stamp a stack class.  We will be using products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  You’ll make a stack of cards all in one afternoon.  Take them home and mail them out to family and friends.  Christmas Card Stamp a Stack – October 28, November 26.

I hope you can join me for one of these classes or contact me to schedule your very own private class.  I can design a class to suit your and your friends.

See my entire calendar HERE – get more details on each event and RSVP.

Monika Davis – Stamping at Monika’s Place – Woodstock, Georgia.

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Die Storage by your Big Shot

Have you had this problem – you are creating with your Big Shot, pulling out various dies as you work on your project, you set one down on the table and keep working, then you need it again and it has disappeared?  Oh no!  It was just there.  Now its hiding under a little pile of paper scraps and hopefully you didn’t just put it in the trash!  Tragically I have lost a die like this and have been trying really hard not to let it happen again.  So I found a solution!  Magnet sheets!  Framed to set right by your Big shot!  Or perhaps you hang it on the wall by your Big Shot station.

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For my frame I found 5×7″ white frames at Ikea – these had a flat front edge so I was able to use Washi Tape to decorate – it’s the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  I bought 5×7 magnet sheets which turned out to not actually be 5×7 but just a little bit smaller than that.  So they didn’t stay in the frame on their own – because they would slip through the opening.  So I used Tear & Tape and adhered the magnet sheet directly to the glass piece of the frame.

To decorate the corner of the frame I used the new Daisy punch and Daisy Delight stamp set.  Mine is Crushed Curry flower so it would match my classroom.  My Stamp Club made this project they each chose the color that they wanted for their flowers – so we had all different colors.  For the leaves underneath punch a daisy in Old Olive and the fold it in half so the petals off set with each other. I finished the center of the flower with a Clear Faceted Gem.

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It’s really a quick and easy project once you have the frame and magnet sheet – you could decorate with any flower punch that you have on hand or a die!

Have a great day!

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Happy 4th of July

It’s Independence Day here in the United States.  I wish you all a very happy 4th of July.

I have a little Red, White and Blue project for you.

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I’ve used several of my favorite new products from Stampin’ Up!

  • Wood Words Bundle – includes the Wood Words stamp set and Wood Crate Framelits Dies
  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Dapper Denim Baker’s Twine

Colors are Real Red, Whisper White and Dapper Denim – the perfect red, white and blue for this project.  Pick your favorite wood texture paper from the paper stack and cut the two pieces for your crate.  I used Tear & Tape to assemble.  Then I cut a piece of Real Red card stock to slip inside – its’ 3-1/4″ wide, 5″ long with a score line at 1-1/2″ on the long side.  Fold and slide in so it covers the bottom of the crate for some added support and the panel in the back – oh and I stamped the flowers across the back.

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I stamped stars and cut them out with the Framelits.  Use the 1/16″ handheld punch for two of them.  Fill a 3×6 cello bag with red, white and blue taffy and tie with the Baker’s Twine – attach a star to the end of the strings and then I also attached one to the front of the crate.

My Stamper’s Club got to make one at our last meeting.  If you want to join my monthly club please contact me for more info.  We meet in my classroom once a month.

A nice little treat for today!  Enjoy!

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New In_Colors versus Color Families

Today I have a video for you!  Yes I really do.  Hopefully you like it.  I talk pretty softly and slowly so I hope not to bore you.  I think it’s a cute project and it will show you how the new 2017-2019 In-Colors compare to the colors in our existing color families.  It’s always good to see them against things you already have.

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This was one of the projects my Stamper’s Club made this month.  It’s a set of note cards and a tin to hold them all.  It would be a nice little gift or use them yourself.  Here is the video for you.

The stamp set is the Wood Words set which also has a coordinating set of framelits that on this project I only used for the little tag on the tin.  They probably would have been cute stamping the images and cutting them out with the coordinating shaped dies.  But that’s not what I did here – I just used the Stitched Shapes framelits and cut lots and lots of little squares.

Are you ready with your shopping list?  SHOP NOW 

Do you have your copy of the new catalog yet?  Email me at monikastamp@comcast.net  I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you don’t already have one.

If you are local to me you can pick yours up in my classroom during class, stop by, or at my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Popcorn Munchies

I recently had a retreat for my Stamper’s Club.  A weekend getaway at a cabin in the north Georgia mountains.  It is fun to spend time with our girlfriends – we can be there for each other, get away from what is going on at home and be creative at the same time.  One of my favorite things is to make them little gifts that I can surprise them with throughout the weekend.  I do this at all my retreat type events and its so fun.  In fact in June I’m hosting a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Getaway weekend – so if you are close to or willing to travel to the North Georgia area for a weekend getaway let me know and I’ll get you the information.

Today I want to share the Popcorn Munchie treats I made for everyone.  Well I didn’t make the popcorn – another friend of mine did that – she actually does this as her full time business and has a popcorn stand in the Atlanta area.  I was able to get some bags of caramel corn from her and used them at my retreat.

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It’s fun to take a store bought treat and give it a makeover with our Stampin’ Up! supplies.  For these popcorn bags I used the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (its retiring) and pulled out the Real Red Striped paper and cut and scored some strips the width of my bags to make a topper.

I used the Ready To Pop stamp set and the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to decorate my topper. I used Whisper White and Real Red card stock and some Real Red ink for the labels.  I decided to add some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (it’s retiring) tied around and in a bow to finish it off.  It was fairly quick – i used my stapler to staple the striped paper to the top of the bag and then covered that with my label.

By the way the Ready to Pop Bundle – which includes the stamp set and the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies is on the retiring list – it will save you 10% if you order now instead of later.  They will both be in the new catalog but not as a bundle.

Did you know that?  When Stampin’ Up! releases a new bundle it will be available for a limited time – the length of the catalog it was released in.  Then if the items are still available after that they are no longer offered as a bundle.  The catalogs are filled with bundles so be sure to look for those and save!

Thanks for popping in today!  Ha Ha – get it?  I’m really not funny at all – so when I think of something funny I have to point it out!  And if you tell me a joke and I look at you funny it’s not you or your joke – it’s usually me – I normally just don’t get it – my family teases me about that all the time.

See ya!

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2017 Desktop Calendar

Every year I create a desktop calendar for my KSU ladies and my Stamper’s Club to create.  It’s a seasonal calendar usually with 4 panels one for each set of three months.  A small visual to place on a desk at work or home so you can see days.  I’m not sure how many years its been but I use My Digital Studio to create the calendar part so maybe I started when that came out.  Even though we don’t sell the software anymore I still have it on my old computer and open that open whenever I want to use it.  So I pulled it out and created my 2017 calendar panels.  The calendar is put together with a little stand so it will stay up on the desk.  Here are some photo’s of the 2017 calendar.  Here it is standing up.

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And the first panel is Jan – Mar 2017.  I used the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and Bold Butterfly Framelits to decorate this panel.  Colors are Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky.

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The second panel is Apr – June 2017.  I used the Fruit Stand Designer Paper and Birds & Blooms Thinlits dies.  Colors are Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight.

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Then you flip it and the third panel is July – Sep 2017.  I used the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Paper and Frozen Treats Framelits dies. Colors are Pool Party, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Watermelon Wonder.

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The fourth panel is Oct – Dec 2017.  I used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper and Flourish Thinlits dies.  Colors are Delightful Dijon and Emerald Envy.

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The designer paper piece from each layer is attached to the Early Espresso base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  That is so you can slide the little stand in underneath to hold the calendar up.  Here is a photo of that.

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I hope you like this little project and that everyone that got to make one will enjoy throughout the whole year!

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