Get your Christmas Card Class delivered to your mailbox!

FullSizeRender (21) Do you want to get started on your Christmas Cards now? Are you gonna miss my in-home Christmas Card Class next Saturday but want another card making option? I am offering a class to-go option which includes a brand new stamp set and all of the materials and instructions to make 10 cards for $35, which includes shipping and your envelopes.  All you have to provide is your adhesives.

How?  Go to the To-Go Class Option on my Meetup Page and “RSVP” by August 19th to prepay and order your kit.  Your kit will be mailed to you by USPS priority mail the first week of September.  Please email me at stampwithtina@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Thanks and happy stamping!

Tina

New Subscriber Giveaway & Holiday Treat Bag How-To

FullSizeRender (20)I make these treat bags for an upcoming Christmas Card Class this month.   They were so cute and easy to make, that I thought I would share the instructions so that you can make them at home, PLUS, I will give a new blog subscriber one of these treat bags, complete and ready to be filled with whatever goodies the winner decides.

Here is the list of supplies and the directions.  All of these items can be purchase at my store.  Purchase $75 or more in the month of August, use my hostess code #C3ZRYKAC and I will send you a new embellishment from the upcoming holiday catalog in September.

Supplies:  Stamp Set: Tabs for Everything #143907, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad #126966, Be Merry Designer Series Paper #144111, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock #119685, Gold Foil Sheets #132622, Striped Treat Bags #144255, Gold Library Clips #144130, 1/8″ Gold Ribbon #134583, Seasonal Layers Thinlits #143751, Banner Triple Punch #138292, Big-Shot Die-Cutting Machine #143263, Snail Adhesive #104332, Fine Tip Glue Pen #138309, Mini Glue Dots #103683, Stampin’ Trimmer #126889

Directions:

Cut a 1 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock and punch a banner at one end using the Banner Triple Punch.  Stamp “For You” on the lower left-hand side.  Using the two snowflakes thinlits, cut one of the large snowflakes out of a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, and cut two small snowflakes out of the gold foil paper.  Adhere to banner using the fine tip glue pen.

Place treat in Striped Treat Bag and fold top over.  Cut a 2″ x 12″ strip from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  Wrap around treat bag and overlap, adhere the end with snail adhesive.

Cut 2 feet of the 1/8″ gold ribbon, wrap around the bag and thread the ends into the gold library clip.  Adhere the clip down with a mini glue dot.  Tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.  Clip the banner onto the libary clip.

Thanks everyone and happy stampin’!!

Tina

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Faith

IMG_1228I love the sentiment on this card. I created this card for my Aug 21st technique class because I know that my stamping gals will want to play with the new embossing paste and decorative masks.  It is so easy to use and it dries quickly. I mixed some ink from my ink refills to the paste to make a graduating color effect with the Night of Navy, Berry Burst and the natural white. I was not sure if I liked the drastic change in color so I slept on it. But the next morning I glanced at the card again and behold! In it I see someone (the butterfly) who is in a dark place and through faith sees the light. I love it!! This would be a great card to give to someone going through so dark times. Do you know someone that could use a pick-me-up card like this?

If you want to make this card at my class then sign up at Meetup at http://www.Meetup.com/Stamp-with-Tina-Houston-TX/.

If you want to make it at home here are the products I used:

Supplies:

Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set, Move Me Thinlits Dies, Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Night of Navy Cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scrap, Berry Burst Cardstock 5 1/4 x 4 and scrap, Crumb Cake Cardstock 5 x 3 3/4, Whisper White Cardstock scrap, Night of Navy Ink Pad, Night of Navy and Berry Burst Ink Refills, 18″ Berry Burst ribbon, Embossing Paste, Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives.

 

Congrats to my winner

Congratulations to Pat Freyaldenhoven! She won the set of cards shown here.  I drew her name from the new subscribers of my blog. A big thanks to all of you who subscribed this week.  Subscribe now for your chance for more giveaways. Ms. Pat, I will deliver your prize this week.IMG_1191.JPG

Have a Homemade Christmas

How would you like to make your own Christmas Cards and have them ready to mail before Thanksgiving?  I am offering two options for you to do just that.  I will be hosting classes in my home on three separate occasions, plus offering classes to-go if you do not live close or cannot attend the class dates.

Option 1:  Classes in my home – dates are August 19th, October 14th, and November 4th. Class time is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Cost is $35.00, includes all materials to make 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs), and a full package of new embellishments to use on your projects, and a delicious hearty brunch.  Adhesives not included, but available for additional purchase.

Option 2: Classes to-go – Cost is $35.00, includes a brand new stamp set and the materials to create 5 projects along with instructions.  Adhesives not included. Due dates for each class purchase are the same as the class dates mentioned above.  Shipping costs will be added if card kit is to be mailed.

Purchase three classes (it can be a combination of both in-house and to-go classes) and you will earn a $10 bonus coupon to use on any purchase in December.   Coupon will expire on December 31st.

Within the first two weeks of August I will announce which stamp sets will be offered in the class to-go options.

To claim you spot at one of my in-house classes (space is limited), or to receive a class to-go, register and prepay on my meetup page.   I will post photos of the projects for the August class to-go within the next couple of weeks.

Contact me if you have any questions at 713-446-5899 or email me at stampwithtina@gmail.com. 

8 Reasons Hobbies are Important

Think for a moment, what are your hobbies? Why do you do them? Did you ever think, “why did my parents make me take piano lessons, take ballet and tap, and attend Girl Scout meetings?” It was to channel your inner talents so that later on, when you have a full time job and all those responsibilities that come with adulting, you have a talent and something else to look forward to doing.  I know that some days all you want to do is plant yourself in front of the TV until bedtime. I get it. I used to do just that. But now I find doing my hobbies is much more rewarding. So as I sit here on the bus this morning listening to my Pandora (Roger Waters “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Live”. Those who know me well know that another big love of mine is music) and as I think of why I stamp, cook, exercise, camp, read, and listen to music, I came up with eight reasons.

1. To relieve stress – it helps me forget about that awful workday and the responsibilities resting on my shoulders.

2. Builds my self-esteem – The more I hobby, the better I get.

3. To meet people – the ladies I have met in my stamping classes and the friends and family I connect with when I camp – priceless!

4. To reconnect with family – I get to spend QUANTITY time with my husband, kids and relatives when we travel. And having my family at the dinner table after a delicious home-cooked meal for sometimes a couple of hours, laughing and sharing memories, is so much fun!

5. To avoid boredom – I have a problem with just sitting around. I have to be doing something all of the time. So why not learn something? It feels so rewarding.

6.  To keep me young – it keeps me moving which is healthy, especially later in life.

7. It makes me more interesting – I can only talk about my line of work in “Trust Services”, the weather, or the latest episode of Game of Thrones for so long.

8. It saves me money – most definitely! Becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and teaching classes in my home has added to my income; and learning to cook well for my family instead of eating out saves money for sure. Uh wait – camping on the other hand is “spending a fortune living like a homeless person”. Teehee

So tell me! What are your hobbies? Do any of these reasons resonate with you, or do you have another reason you would like to share?

 

8 Reasons Hobbies are Important

Think for a moment, what are your hobbies? Why do you do them? Did you ever think, “why did my parents make me take piano lessons, take ballet and tap, and attend Girl Scout meetings?” It was to channel your inner talents so that later on, when you have a full time job and all those responsibilities that come with adulting, you have a talent and something else to look forward to doing.  I know that some days all you want to do is plant yourself in front of the TV until bedtime. I get it. I used to do just that. But now I find doing my hobbies is much more rewarding. So as I sit here on the bus this morning listening to my Pandora (Roger Waters “Shine On You Crazy Diamond Live”. Those who know me well know that another big love of mine is music) and as I think of why I stamp, cook, exercise, camp, read, and listen to music, I came up with eight reasons.

1. To relieve stress – it helps me forget about that awful workday and the responsibilities resting on my shoulders.

2. Builds my self-esteem – The more I hobby, the better I get.

3. To meet people – the ladies I have met in my stamping classes and the friends and family I connect with when I camp – priceless!

4. To reconnect with family – I get to spend QUANTITY time with my husband, kids and relatives when we travel. And having my family at the dinner table after a delicious home-cooked meal for sometimes a couple of hours, laughing and sharing memories, is so much fun!

5. To avoid boredom – I have a problem with just sitting around. I have to be doing something all of the time. So why not learn something? It feels so rewarding.

6.  To keep me young – it keeps me moving which is healthy, especially later in life.

7. It makes me more interesting – I can only talk about my line of work in “Trust Services”, the weather, or the latest episode of Game of Thrones for so long.

8. It saves me money – most definitely! Becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and teaching classes in my home has added to my income; and learning to cook well for my family instead of eating out saves money for sure. Uh wait – camping on the other hand is “spending a fortune living like a homeless person”. Teehee

So tell me! What are your hobbies? Do any of these reasons resonate with you, or do you have another reason you would like to share?