TGIF Challenge – Scrapbooking!

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Happy Fri-YAY!

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I joined the TGIF Challenge today with the fun theme of Polka Dots and I was going to make a card but then my son came into the house with a ladybug on his face!  A beautiful polka dotted ladybug.  And I took pictures and then I wanted to scrap them!  I wanted to make a page and hang it up for my son to see.  So I did.

When I first started paper-crafting (10 years ago) my focus was scrapbooking.  I scrapbooked all the time.  In fact, I made my now 7 year old daughter’s entire baby album while I was pregnant!  Then she was born and 2 years later, I had my son, and I just didn’t have the time anymore.  I would only scrapbook at the retreats once a year and it wasn’t fun.  The camaraderie, a BLAST, but the actual scrapbooking, a chore.  I continued to attend Stamp Camps at my friend’s house.  She was a Stampin’ Up! consultant.  As my kids got older, she let me help her prep for classes and I learned to love that part of it.  The cutting, the prepping, the organizing became my passion.  But then she decided to pursue another passion, sewing.  I wanted to sign up and become a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! but I didn’t think I could do it by myself.  A year and a half ago, my BFF Lisa and I decided to join together and start up BFF Stampers.  I was so happy to host classes and get back to prepping for card kits.  But I still never got back into scrapbooking…until today.  A few of my customers have been asking about scrapbooking.  They want to scrapbook but they want to scrapbook together.  We want to be with friends and that’s mostly what makes it fun!

So I’m going to start a Scrap Class specific to scrapbooking.  Kind of like a stamp camp, but specific to memory keeping.  If you are interested in this type of class, let me know!  Tell me when is a good time to meet and I’ll go with the majority.  I think there’s about 5 of us interested right now.  And if you have friends that like to scrapbook, pass along the info.  The more the merrier!

After I got the Bug page done, the Easter page just fell together.  I guess I just needed to get my groove back.  I made a double layout for Easter with one page as a traditional page and one page as a pocket page.  I usually do the traditional 12 x 12.  What sizes and styles do you do?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I still need to print my pictures for these ones.  I made the eggs using the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the balloon bouquet punch.  I just trimmed off the bottom of the balloon and turned them upside down 🙂

Your BFF,

Jenn

Upcoming Events (Facebook Event Page):

April 24 – Paper Pumpkin open house – Bring your Paper Pumpkin!

April 29 – BJ’s Open Crop at her Studio

May 6th – Stamp Camp

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop

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I’m excited that it’s time once again for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  It runs the first Friday of the month and the projects that you see are from Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all around the globe using a common theme.

This month our theme is: OUR FAVORITE BUNDLE!

I had such a hard time choosing this time around because I have a few favorites right now.  But the one that is most fun to use currently is the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  This dragonfly set makes the most beautiful cards and there are so many different ways you can stamp the dragonfly or cut the dies.  Here are a few examples of cards I’ve made using this set:

Tomorrow I am attending OnStage Local here in San Diego and demonstrators from all over are getting sneak peeks of the new Annual Catalog that comes out in June.  I’m so excited to see the new bundles that will be available.  They’ve already given us some peeks at new In-Colors 2017-2019.  Hint: They are in the OnStage letters! SShhhh…

So pretty!  And one suite called Eastern Palace.  Amazing things done with that bundle already!

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin before April 10th to receive the FREE gift Sara has included in this anniversary box!  Sara designed it herself and you won’t want to miss out on all the goodness. Click on the photo below to sign up!  “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you get some inspiration from these dragonflies.  Up next is the amazing Marieke Bart with her favorite bundle.  If you need to go back, click previous to see Angélique Stempelkeuken.  Thanks for hopping with us!

Your BFF,

Jenn

Marieke Bart

Angélique Stempelkeuken

Here’s a list of everyone participating today:

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
4. Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
5. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.Livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
6. Kimberley Anne Morris http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com
7.Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
8. Christine Wrede WWW.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
9. Erica Jones http://fortheheartofstamping.blogspot.ca/
10. Angélique Stempelkeuken http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
11. Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffStampers.com  <<<<< YOU ARE HERE
12. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com

Upcoming events and classes (Register on my Facebook Page under events):

April 8 – Demonstrators Only: ONSTAGE Local

April 11 – OnStage Sneak Peek Stamp Camp

April 24 – Paper Pumpkin Open House (bring your Paper pumpkin and let’s play)

April 29 – Open Crop Day at Sew Easy Studio

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 6-Color Challenge!

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Hi and Welcome to the BFF Stampers blog. I’m so excited to be participating in our 6th Blog Hop.  All of these crafters are so talented and I’m blessed to be united with them.

Today on our blog hop we have a color challenge!  I hope you are inspired by the three colors we have chosen.  The colors are So Saffron, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi.  These colors are really beautiful together.

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When I do a color challenge, I like to get out all the cardstock and ink of the colors that I have.  I play around and stamp different images but the thing that is in right now is watercoloring!  I have to admit, I am absolutely no good at watercoloring.  I’ve tried all the different techniques and I just can’t get it right.  So for this card, I pulled out my trustworthy Watercolor Wash background stamp.  You can’t go wrong with a built in water color look.

Watercolor dragonflies

Doesn’t that black really make the colors pop?  I used my Aqua Painter and dampened the whole stamp first, then I squeezed a little ink onto the lid of the stamp pad and used my aqua painter to paint the layers onto the stamp.  Then stamped it onto watercolor paper.  And it’s watercolored.  And I liked it!  And yes, I’m pleasantly surprised!

I think these dragonflies might be my favorite set from the new catalog.  The background paper I used in the photo is called Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  It is a Sale-A-Bration product that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  It’s 12 sheets of black and white scrapbook paper, perfect for coloring!  What is your favorite product from the new catalogs?

Stamp Camp feb 4

This Saturday, Feb. 4th I’m having the Occasions Kick Off Stamp Camp.  We will be making these cards plus a surprise Valentine Card and demoing some fun product.  We might even get to color some of that paper from above with the new Watercolor Pencils!  It starts at 6 p.m. at Sew Easy Studio here in Ramona.  Check out the Facebook Page at BFF Stampers and click on Events.  Don’t forget your adhesive and paper snips.

Thank you for joining me on the hop!  Next you will enjoy the creativity of Kimberley Anne Morris.

Happy Stamping,

Jenn

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Here’s a list of all the blogs participating in case you get lost 🙂

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
3. Angélique Stempelkeuken www.stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
4.Kristie Neal Walthall www.Kwcrafts.wordpress.com
5. Christine Wrede www.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
6. Jenn Curtis Charles Www.bffstampers.com  <———–YOU ARE HERE
7. Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com
8. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
9. Marieke Bart www.MintyMik.blogspot.nl
10. Claire Napper www.cluxycrafts.blogspot.com

 


24-Hour Flash Online Extravaganza Sale!

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It’s finally started!  Get your Black Friday shopping done early with Stampin’ Up! Don’t forget that some products are only on sale TODAY so get them while they are still available!  You can add any of the other items to your order today except for the flash sale items for November 28th.  There’s bound to be at least one thing on your wish list that’s on sale this week!  The first item on my wish list is the Gift Bag Punch Board for easy to make gift bags for all occasions!  What are you going to get?

Use the Hostess Code WZPTNB4D at checkout and receive a gift from us!

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