Banners Abloom - My Etsy Store

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Last year I got the brilliant idea to make fabric banners or buntings as they are called in the UK, to sell at our local farmers and craft market in the summer. I also opened an Etsy store so that I could have them for sale all year long. You can take a look at my shop at Banners Abloom. My daughter has had 2 stores on Etsy for a couple of years and she graciously helped me with setting up mine. She sells paper crafted items such as greeting cards, garlands and cupcake toppers and she has shipped her creations all around the world! That's the nice thing about Etsy, the whole world is your customer! Kraft and Natural is her one store and Justyn Leigh Designs is her other shop, just in case you want to take a quick peek!

I am in the process of trying to photograph and list all of the banners that I have created so far. It is harder and certainly more time consuming than I thought it would be, but I'm sure that is just because it's a new process for me. The more times I do it the easier it will get, right?

Then I have to start creating more items! That is my favorite part...creating!! I have lots of plans and ideas for new "products" and will share them as soon as they are made!

If you have any ideas or suggestions feel free to let me know about them in the comments section!

Stay warm!Amelia Rose

 


Back To School! On-line that is!!

In my quest for a new direction in my life I have enrolled in quite a few on-line classes over the past year or so. I have gotten so much out of all of them, each of them giving me exactly what I needed at that time in my life!

Aren't we lucky to live in an age when we can sit in front of our computer and learn from someone who lives halfway around the world from us! One of the many things that I love about on-line classes is that once they have started I can access the lessons at any time and I can progress at my own speed.  If something important comes up in my life I can put the class on hold until I am able to come back and give it the attention that it deserves.

I also love that I can connect with other students who are from all over the world! Maybe some day I can actually meet a few of them! Wouldn't that be fun!

Actually, when I sat down and added up all of the classes that I have taken along with the ones that I am currently taking it does add up to more that I thought! 9+! But as I said I have gotten so much out of all of them!

I do recommend any and all of them and plan to give a little overview of each of them in my next few posts!

Lb-2014-promoimage-longCurrently I am taking Life Book 2014 with Tamera Laporte.  She lives in the UK and has the most wonderful accent! I could listen to her for hours!! The course has 52 weeks of lessons, all for a reasonable price of about $109, depending on the exchange rate. Yes, that is a one time fee for a year long course! It is truly a bargain!

Tam herself does at least 1 major lesson per month and then she has guest teachers who fill in the rest of the weeks! Holy cow... this year she has Flora Bowley as a guest teacher in May and then again in September!  Claudine Hellmuth is also doing an artist interview in February.

Her classes are presented as videos with supporting PDFs available!  Oh and I forgot to mention...she encourages us to download each of the lessons so we can refer to them foreeeevvver!! Lots of classes don't even allow that, much less encourage it!! That is how sweet, wonderful and generous Tam is!!

Tam is a mixed media artist and her artwork is just beautiful. It is playful and whimsical and fun!

In her videos she shares artistic techniques and she also tries to lead us into some self exploration and expression.  If you are not comfortable with that part of the lesson as she says many times over in each presentation, "you don't have do anything you don't want to do.  It is perfectly fine to just do the art."

Tam has also created a lively forum for her students (1600+ and counting) to be able to get to know one another and to post their work and progress should they chose to.  It is so cool to see women from all over the world and to be able to connect with them in a safe and fun environment!

Tam also has other online classes available at her website Willowing Arts. I have signed up for 2 other shorter ones and simply have not had the time to get started with them. Her shorter classes have lifetime availability which is a very nice plus!

I plan on posting my projects from our weekly lessons as I complete them, that is if they come out looking somewhat like what I had envisioned!

We shall see!
Thanks for stopping by!
Amelia Rose


A New Direction For My Life!

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It appears that I haven't posted so much as a word here in over 2 years! Embarrasing and awkward!

My only excuse is that I have had many changes in my life over this time and have been slowly sorting my way through the ups and downs. I feel ready now to take on a new direction in my life and finally have somewhat of an idea of what I want it to be.

I think what has literally paralyzed me these past years has been an overabundance of choices. I have way too many interests and "hobbies"! All of my life I have been plagued with BSOD, Bright Shiny Object Disorder. I fall in love with a project and buy all of the supplies for it, but before it is even done, I am enchanted with something new! I love to garden, knit, sew, quilt, read, play with my dogs, take pictures, scrapbook,  do yoga, write, create art of all sorts, do all types of crafts...and the list goes on.  Notice that cleaning and cooking were not in my list of things I love to do, but I have faced the fact that I do have to devote some of my precious time to those things in the interest of survival and comfort!

So I have decided to go in the direction of exploring my artistic interests in the field of mixed media. I also opened an Etsy shop that features my fabric creations. Right now I am working on building up a line of decorative banners that celebrate special events or just add a bit of fun to a room or area. I have no idea where either of these endeavors will take me, but it should be an interesting journey!

Also, I am struggling with finding myself in the position of being a reluctant "empty-nester". I am working on sorting out my emotions and coming to accept my new position of "maternal unemployment". Well, not total unemployment but certainly underemployment. My kids have been the center of my life for 30 years and now they are all out on their own with their own lives to live. Which is as it should be, but it doesn't make it any less painful or lonely for me. I'll probably touch on this in some of my future posts - at least I'm thinking about future posts now, which is a step in the right direction!

I did give up my Stampin' Up! demonstratorship this past October.  I had been with the company since 1999 and loved every minute of it! I met all of ladies who have become my closest friends through my stamping and scrapbooking classes and business. But I was ready to move on and follow my own star. 

So here I am...starting anew, with no idea where my life will take me. Fearful, scared, at times terrified, but if I don't give it a try now I'll live with regret for the rest of my life! And I don't want to look back and think..."what if...?"

And so.....we're off......on this new adventure....

See you again soon!
Amelia Rose


Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper promotion for August!

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Oh. My. Goodness. Stampin' Up! has a new promotion for the month of August and it is a good one! If you LOVE beautiful paper to use in all of your papercrafting projects then this is the deal for you!

Click here to see all of the papers that you may choose from for this unbelieveable promotion!

An FYI:

  • There is no limit to the number of free packages of Designer Series Paper that you may earn.
  • Specialty Designer Series paper and Designer Series Paper ordered in Hostess free do not qualify for the promotion.
  • Ordering deadline is August 31, 2011, 11pm.MT
  • You may order here 24/7!

    Enjoy! Live with passion!

    Amelia Rose


    A Passion for Pennants!

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    I love pennants and they are so popular right now!! I love that they can be personalized for just about any occasion and that in many instances they can be used many times over for different holidays or events!

    In the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog we have lots of fun and fresh pennant related "toys" to play with! There is the cute and versatile Pennant Parade stamp set that coordinates perfectly with the Petite Pennants Builder punch. Also new is a Sizzix die that cuts out 3 different sized pennants! AND SU! has also tucked in 2 flower punches on the die, just for fun! The new chipboard set that is offered in the catalog has many pennant shapes that also coordinate with the die and punch!

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    This photo gives you an idea of what the new die has to offer.  The pieces all layer beautifully and the circles look adorable together!

    032 I thought that someone might be interested to see how the dies and the Petite Pennant Builder punch compare and "stack up" to each other! I think that they could work very well together on some projects. The darker green and the bright yellow pennants are the ones that were punched out using the Pennant punch.

     

     

     

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    The last photo shows the new pennant die and new punches on top of the retired pennant die from last year's catalog. As you can see the old one is quite a bit larger than the new one. These old-style pennants are quite wide so when you are using this large sized pennant die, the material that you are cutting has to be folded in half and placed exactly on the die in the correct spot. It could be a bit "fiddle-y" at times, but I thought that it was well worth the time spent. I love the scalloped edge option (there are perforations all along the 2 edges if you prefer your pennants to be "scallop-less"). Both of the pennants on the die are quite large, which is a plus if you are making a garland that you actually want to hang up for decoration, but it could be bit of a detriment for card making! Well, I know that I will not be getting rid of my old, tried and true pennant die! And I am looking forward to using the new one for many fun and exciting projects to come!

    I can just imagine so many possibilities!!! Woo hoo! I can't wait! Enjoy! Happy crafting! Amelia Rose


    Christmas with the new Pennant Parade stamp set!

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    Ho ho ho!! How about a wee bit of Christmas cheer using the new Pennant Parade stamp set! I had said in my last post that I would show you how versatile this adorable set is and I had a lot of fun creating this card! Isn't the little tree stand just perfect? It's a stamp that's included in the set! Those design elves at Stampin' Up! are just waaay too clever, eh? I also used our new Petite Pennants Builder punch to make creating this card oh so easy!! The image in the middle is the full stamp punched out and the other two are the stamped triangles punched out and then mounted on unstamped punched out scalloped pennants. I do hope that makes sense! I stamped the tree stands in Chocolate Chip and then punched them out using our 1" circle punch ~ it was soooo much easier than cutting them out and I think that they need that white surrounding them to make them stand out. 

    When I was trying to get some inspiration for colors to use on my card I turned to our new catalog and checked out the colors that are used in our new DSP "Letters to Santa". I usually only use 3 colors at the most on any project that I create, but the paper also had Blushing Bride (pink), so I had to make a choice for my colors. I know I never would have put Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red and Old Olive together on a Christmas card, but I do think that these 3 work quite well together, if I do say so myself!!

    I added a bit of bling with the rhinstones as tree toppers and the white Scallop Trim Border just peeking out from under the edges of the panels adds to the winter/Christmas feel.

    After I put the card together and looked at it I wished that I had added some piercing down the sides of the panels to accentuate the edging! Oh well, I'll have to remember to try that another time!

    Project supplies:

    Cardstock: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White.

    Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red.

    Accessories: Pennant Parade stamp set, Petite Pennants Builder punch, 1" circle punch, Word Window punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Basic Rhinestones, 5/8" White Organza ribbon. 

    Enjoy! Happy stamping!

    Amelia Rose              


    Pennant Parade fun!

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    My first project from the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog!

    This is made with a new set called Pennant Parade and isn't it just the cutest thing? I can think of sooooo many ways to use it......on cards, on picture frames, on SCRAPBOOK PAGES!!  How stinkin' cute would it be to use this on a new baby page with the baby's name on the pennant...or on a wedding page above a picture of the new couple just kissing with a pennant saying simply "bliss"......or putting the year in the pennant on any type of page!! The possibilities are truely endless!! I can NOT wait to continue playing with this set!!

    Oh and when the uber talented SU! designers created this set they even made a stamp of a little tree stand so that we could flip the pennant over and use it as a .....wait for it......Christmas Tree!! And there is a tiny star stamp to perfectly top off your tree!! They do think of everything don't they!!?

    Oh and do you see what my card is sitting on?? Yep, a pennant punch!!!  It's perfectly sized for the Pennant Parade stamp set!!  Once again, those geniuses at SU! have thought of everything!  

    I used the gorgeous new In-Color Wisteria Wonder card stock along with our new Chocolate Chip baker's twine to add a finishing touch!  I also zipped the Wisteria card stock through my Bigshot using the Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder to give the card some extra textural interest! So very easy!!

    Pennant Parade stamp set   <---- you can purchase the set here!

    Look at all the stamps that are included in the set - so many occaisions and uses!

    122740L I'm going to try to make a couple more cards using this set in the next day or so!! Keep tuned to see what's coming up!


    Stampin' Up!'s New 2011-2012 Catalog Goes Live Today!!

    I'm so excited because the day has finally arrived when we all can order from the newly released 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog! And let me tell you it is a beauty!

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    Of course all of the new items are outstanding ~ lots of fresh and fashionable stamps, 5 new In-Color colors to play with in ink, cardstock, ribbons (ruffled ribbon, no less!) and lots of In-color embellies, 13 deeeeliscious Designer Series Paper packs along with new In-Color paper stacks, trinkets, punches and gorgeous embossing folders and more!!

    You can find all of the fun, new products listed here---> lots of pretty things! and here!  These links will take you to my online store where you can place an order or just look through all of the lovliness!

    So many toys......so little time!!!

    Now let's talk about the samples!!! OMG!! So many beautiful, creative, innovative, easy to follow samples that the mind is boggled!!! Those genius designers at SU! must have been working double overtime to have come up with all of the projects that are in the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog!

    We are going to have so much fun, you and I, on our journey through this great book over the next year!

    You can download the PDF file of the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog here.

    You will be able to see all of the great samples when you download the PDF.

    You will be amazed at what we can come up with using a little rubber, a bit of paper and some ink!!

    If you would like to have your own personal copy of 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog ~ just email me at gadler@epix.net .

     Here's to a wonderful weekend!

    Live life with passion!

    Amelia Rose


    My Top 5 Favorite Retiring SU! Stamp Sets

      Oh my!   How can SU! do this to me once again? I know it happens every year and I do understand that they need room in the brand new catalog, but why do they always pick sooooo many of MY favorites to retire!! Well, maybe next year they will consult me first before they release their "Last Chance" list of retirees!! Haha! I somehow doubt that will ever happen!

    Well, here are my top five "break my heart when they go" stamp sets! *sniffsniff*

     

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    -this set includes my all-time favorite favorite stamp, the one that reads " "My dear, kind and wonderful friend." I find myself reaching for this stamp time and time again! I guess that I am very lucky to have so many dear, kind and wonderful friends, eh? The other stamps in the set are certainly useful too, but that one just stands out for me!

     

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     #2 - Always ~ this set is so popular and has so many useful elements in it! I113620T

    The bird is adorable with the swirlies and flowers in it. And just imagine it embossed in white ~ perfect! The heart is a very nice size and is frilly without overdoing it. The sentiments, again, are so very useful ~ "always on my mind- forever in my heart. " Chokes me up every time I read it , much less use it on a card that I am sending to a loved one! 

    #113620 ~ $28.95 wood mount only

     #3 - Friends 24/7 ~ here again is a near perfect stamp set with so many I113218T useful stamp images, a vintage-y bird, a solid brocade that is ideal to use in the background, a flower sprig to watercolor and 3 lovely sentiments. A winner by all standards and one I will hate putting away!

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    #4 - Cheep Talk - what can I say...this is just the cutest set ever and I used it often!!I113204T It works up so very quickly because all of the stamps are solid, just a tap on the inkpad, a tap on the paper and you are done! Easy peasy!!

    #113204 ~ $26.95 wood mount only. 

     

    #5 - Home for Christmas - such a gorgeous, cozy feeling image!  I111756T This certainly is one of my favorite Christmas sets.

    #111756 ~ only $18.95!! wood mount only

     

    There you have my Top 5 favs - there are lots more for sale and remember the last day to buy any of the retiring sets and accessories is

    Thursday, June 30 ~ 11pm MT!

    Click here to see them all and order online------> Last Chance Stamps and Accessories! 

    And don't forget to check out the "Discontinuing Items on Super Sale" here--->Super Sale Items!

    Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

    Live life with passion!

    Amelia Rose


    Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories ~ It's That time of Year!!

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    It's that time of year when Stampin' Up! releases the lists of retiring stamps and accessories to make room for all the new fun stuff that will be in the new 2011-2012 catalog which comes out July 1!!!

    SALE ALERT!!!  This year there are many accessories that are from 25% to 40% off!!! Woo hoo!!! Both the cake die and Baskets of Blooms die are 40% off , two of my favorites, just to name a few!!! I have gotten a lot of use out of both of them! There are some Build a Bear dies, ribbons and the Hodgepodge Hardware kits are 40% off too along with  many other items!

    To check out the great deals at my website store just click here ~ Discounted Accessories. You can also see all of the retiring wood mounted and clear mounted stamp sets, regular priced retiring accessories and retiring Decor Elements  by just clicking on the drop-down list to the left at my store.  You can order any of these items right there at my online store and don't forget to check out the Summer Mini that has lots of adorable and fun sets and accessories! Everything can be ordered on the same order, just to let you know!

    Please remember that the "Discounted Accessories" and the regular priced retiring accessories are all "while supplies last" and at these great prices I'm sure they will all be flying out the door of the Stampin' Up! warehouse!!

    The availability of these accessories will be magically updated each day at my on-line store!! Stampin' Up! makes things so easy for you, our customers and me too!!

    Hint: when you check out the lists at my store be sure to click "Show - all" ~ then you are SURE that you are not missing a single item or great sale!!

    Have fun!!!

    Stampingly,

    Amelia Rose