It’s Open House Time!

It’s Open House Time!

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The new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog will be released to the public soon. That means it is Open House Time!

This year’s new catalog Open House is being held this coming weekend on May 28-29, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm. Those attending will get an advance copy of the catalog as well as a sneak peek of some of the new products. You can find additional information about my Open House on my Calendar page.

I’ve been busy designing the Make & Take projects for the Open House, so my table is a total mess right now!

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Does  your table end up like this when you get busy creating? Mine always does, but it is worth it to be able to create for you and for myself! I am LOVING my new toys!

I thought today would be a good time to share one of the door prizes for the Open House. I created using the Love Blossoms Product Suite from the Occasions catalog.

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I randomly stamped the Take Out Box with the outline flower image and then again solid flower. I then used the following products to decorate the box:

  • 140643 – Bloomin’ Love stamp Set*
  • 140549 – Love Blossoms Card Stock Pack*
  • 140548 – Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack*
  • 140621 – Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits Dies*
  • 129267 – Itty Bitty Banners Framelits*
  • 140551 – Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit*

(Note: Most of the supplies are retiring soon so be sure to order yours today!)

This “Love Blossoms” take out box could be yours…

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… if you attend my Open House this weekend. If you are not able to make it, then hop on over to my website where you can order the supplies to create your own “Love Blossoms” Take Out Box. You better hurry because most of the supply items are on the retiring list and are only available while supplies last!

I LOVE Open House Time! Don’t forget to RSVP and reserve your space for either Saturday or Sunday afternoon! Happy Stampin’!

Welcome to the NEW Stamping with Mia!

Stamping with Mia

Welcome to Stamping with Mia!

I am excited to welcome you my new blog, complete with a whole new look! Thank you for your patience while the site has been, and continues to be, under construction!

I look forward to sharing my love of stamping with you. I intend to share projects, ideas, news about sales, techniques and anything else having to do with the world of paper crafting – with the emphasis on rubber stamping and scrapbooking. I also look forward to any feedback you have for me. If there is something you would like me to discuss and/or share with you then please feel free to email me (maria@stampingwithmia.com) or simply leave a comment and I will try to get to you/it as soon as possible. The same is true if you have any questions. You can either leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a local (Guam based) customer and/or reader then you also have the option of calling me.

Be aware that the construction is ongoing so my posts only go back about a year. You may find a broken link or two, but I didn’t want to delay keeping you inspired and “in the know”.  I will continue to add the older posts and fix those links as I have time. If you find broken links then please let me know. Thank you!

I am kicking off the start of my blog with a special gift for anyone who signs up for my newsletter. The newsletter will contain exclusive project ideas and specials, as well as keep you updated on my class schedule, sales (both mine and those through Stampin’ Up!) and other stamping related information. To sign up, simply click on the link in the sidebar and follow the necessary steps. If you have any questions, or have any problems, then please feel free to contact me by phone, email or by leaving a comment below.

Note: To be able to leave a comment you need to click on the title of post you would like to the leave a comment for and then scroll down to the comment section. I am researching how to change that setting and will let you know when the change has been implemented.

While you are here, be sure to check out my “About Me” page and my “Calendar of Events” page. Be aware that my “Calendar of Events” page will be updated as additional classes, Open Houses, Stamp ‘N’ Stacks, Workshops, etc. are planned.

Be sure to come back often to see what new things I have to share with you!

Again, welcome to Stamping with Mia!

My 2016-2017 Pre-Order Arrived!

My 2016-2017 Pre-Order Sneak Peek!

My excitement to share all the new products with you is even stronger now that my 2016-2017 Pre-Order has arrived! My husband brought it home from the post office on Monday. I opened it right away! It’s like Christmas! I am eager to play with my new “toys” so you can image the restraint it took to not give into temptation. I knew I had other tasks to finish before I could make the time to play.

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I will most definitely start playing with my pre-order products tomorrow. I want to have a lot of samples to share with you here on my blog, on my Facebook business page – Stamping with Mia and at my Open House. I will be posting more information about the Open House this weekend, so be watching for the details.

Magical Ink Artists’s May Swap Cards!

The Magical Ink Artist’s May Swap Cards!

As promised yesterday, here are the May Swap cards from the Magical Ink Artists’s swap held on May 13, 2016. It’s a busy time of year here on Guam. Guam is hosting the Festival of the Pacific Arts this year so public school ended early. This means end of the year events – including graduations – are being held earlier than usual. As a result, we weren’t able to have as many participants in the swap this time around. (Note: You can find out more about Festival of the Pacific Arts on their Facebook page.)

Colleen used the A Nice Cuppa stamp set, Cups & Kettle Framelits Dies (now sold out!)  and Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog for her Thanks card.

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Anne used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, the Tree Builder Punch and  Hello You Thinlits for her Hello card. I love that she mounted the clouds and tree with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Mercedes used the Hot Diggity Dog stamp set. She also mounted portions of her card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Why should you participate in swaps?

  1. It’s fun!
  2. It is a way to share your love of stamping with others.
  3. Get inspiration from the cards you receive back.
  4. And, for me, it is a way for me to have sample cards to share with you, my reader(s), and with my customers and potential customers at my live events. I often receive cards that are a different style than mine, which shows the versatility of the stamp sets, papers, embellishments and tools.

If you are interested in joining a swap, but don’t know where to start, then leave a comment. (Note: You will need to click on the post title and then scroll down to the comment section.) If I get enough interest then I will host a Mail In Swap for my readers. I look forward to reading your comments!

Magical Ink Artists’s May Swap!

Magical Ink Artists’s May Swap Meet!

The Magical Ink Artists’s May Swap was held on May 13, 2016. The challenge for the swap was to use any stamp set that hadn’t seen ink yet. It could be current, retiring or already retired – as long as it was a Stampin’ Up! set. I had purchased “You’re Sublime” months ago. I was busy creating with Occasion catalog products so it had been sitting idle and neglected. I decided it was time to pull it out for the swap.

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I started my You’re Sublime swap card by watercoloring my background on a piece of Watercolor Paper using an Aqua Painter,  Soft Sky ink (sky) , Marina Mist ink (water) and a combination of Cajun Craze ink and Soft Suede ink (for the sand). I let each color section of watercoloring dry before moving on to the next one because I didn’t want the colors to blend. I used Jet Black StazOn ink to stamp  “have a snappy day!” – from You’re Sublime stamp set – and brushed Clear Wink of Stella on the water. The watercolored background was glued to a Basic Black mat and then to a Smoky Slate card base. The crab image was stamped on Real Red card stock using Jet Black StazOn ink. I cut it out and then glued it to the card front. I decided to add google eyes.

Don’t you just LOVE the sparkle created by the Clear Wink of Stella? It looks exactly like the sun reflecting off of the waves. And the google eyes make such a difference. They add so much character and personality to the card.

Come back tomorrow to see the other cards from the swap.

Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!

My 2016-2017 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up! has arrived!

I am so excited! I received my shipment of the 2016-2017 annual catalog from Stampin’ Up! I’ve also received those that are for my you, my customer!

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As with all the new catalogs, I had to put everything on hold while I looked through to see what new products Stampin’ Up! has to offer. We have said, or are saying,  goodbye to so many (retiring) products, but believe me when I tell you there a lot of wonderful new products that are taking their place. I’m excited to get my  pre-order placed so I can start planning for my 2016-2017 Annual Catalog Open House.

Contact me to find out how you can receive a FREE 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog from me. I have started preparing my Wish List, and it is long! First on my list – the NEW 2016-2018 In Colors, shown on this year’s catalog cover. Aren’t they gorgeous!

Honeycomb Happiness… Ice Cream Cones!

I hope you have been enjoying my posts featuring the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set that you earn for FREE during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. I am ending the Honeycomb Happiness series of cards today with the ice cream cone image.

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Sale-A-Bration Honeycomb Happiness

When I think of ice cream cones I think about parties and special treats, so I wanted to make today’s card fun, bright and festive so I’ve used Watermelon Wonder as the main color and contrasted it with Basic Black to make the color “pop”. I’ve also used a strip of colorful hearts from the 6 x 6 Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack… which I matted on a strip of Watermelon Wonder card stock. The ice cream cone was stamped with StazOn ink and water colored with Watermelon Wonder and Soft Suede using an Aqua Painter. Once dry I added Clear Wink of Stella to the scoop of ice cream and then mounted it to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The “Just for You” saying is from Work of Art.

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Here is a close up of the ice cream cone focal point showing the added dimension from the Stampin’ Dimensionals. The added height creates interest to the focal point and makes the card even more special.

Don’t forget to check out my other samples on Facebook:  Stamping with MiaStamping with Mia_guam and Country Crafts and More.

 

Honeycomb Happiness… Balloons!

Honeycomb Happiness is one of several products you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration, which is ending the end of the month! What does this mean? It means you only have 26 days to place an order and earn FREE products available during Stampin’ Up!’s biggest annual promotion. The products offered during Sale-A-Bration (SAB) are limited editions and will be retired at the end of the promotion.

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Yesterday I featured the chick image from Stampin’ Up!’s Honeycomb Happiness stamp set, one of the products you can get for FREE (with a minimum purchase) during Sale-A-Bration. Today I am featuring the balloon image from the Honeycomb Happiness stamp set.

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When I grabbed my Honeycomb Happiness stamp set to play with, I immediately saw patterned balloons. The easiest way to achieve that look is with designer series papers, which makes it a great way to use all those small pieces of designer series paper that paper crafters tend to collect. I selected pieces of Bohemian Designer Series Paper for today’s card. The background shadow was created using Smoky Slate and a brushstroke image from Work of Art. The bow is 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.

See more on my Facebook group page and my Facebook business page. Remember, Sale-A-Bration is only until the end of March! Don’t miss out on your chance to earn the FREE products now!

Honeycomb Happiness… Only 27 Days Left!

Honeycomb Happiness is today’s focus both here and on Facebook. (Country Crafts and More and Stamping with Mia_guam.)

I have been on a bit of a vacation because our youngest son was visiting… and that is such a treat for us! I am back and have decided to focus on Sale-A-Bration since there are only 27 days left to take advantage of earning all the FREE products!

Easter is coming up faster for me this year than in past years. I realized I hadn’t made any new Easter cards so that was my priority when I sat down to create projects to share with you. These two cards are from that stamping session.

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I saw the idea using the zig-zag stamp from Work of Art to decorate the egg while I was surfing the internet for some inspiration. The card I saw used the image only on the cracked edge. I decided I wanted mine to be more colorful so I repeated the stamp and then went back and stamped the Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder in between the Pool Party. I used the Oval Collection Framelits to cut the egg out, then followed the zig-zag to cut it in half. The Smoky Slate sponging and punched flower accent give the card a more festive look and help give dimension to the egg. The background paper is from the Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Series Paper Collection and was sponged with Pool Party. The Happy Easter is from Crazy about You.

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The above Honeycomb Happiness card is a Z-Fold card. I hadn’t used the fold in awhile and thought it would make such a fun card! I used many of the same supplies as I did for the Honeycomb Happiness Hatched Chick card, but changed out the color scheme for more contrast. The Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper is another one of the products that you can earn during Sale-A-Bration! (Note: I used Mossy Meadow for the card base.)

As always, contact me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or need any assistance with your stamping and/or placing an order.

Open House: Botanical Gardens Calendar Card!

Do you ever have days where you get so busy focusing on one task that you completely forget about another?!? That is exactly what happened with me this past week. I was doing so well with sharing ideas with you, then I needed to prepare for, and host, my Occasions Catalog Open House and didn’t get any new blog posted typed and scheduled. In some ways it is to your benefit, because now you get a look at one of my Open House projects that is also a sneak peek at the featured products for next week.

I’ve mentioned that as soon as I saw Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog I knew there were several products that were ones I had to have ASAP. The Botanical Gardens Product Suite was one of them. Living on the tropical island of Guam, I am ALWAYS looking for tropical themed stamping and paper crafting products, and the Botanical Gardens is absolutely perfect for me… and most of my customers! (Note: The mini calendar IS for 2016! I just didn’t remove the December and January pages yet!)

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The Botanical Gardens Product Suite includes the following items: