Showing posts from May, 2012

NEW June Card Buffet Flyer

It's time to Celebrate Summertime, and creativity is blooming. You are invited to our card buffet on Friday, June 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 and Sunday, June 24 from 3:00 to 6:00. Stampin Up! 's new catalog arrives June 2, with new stamps, new colors, new stamp pads, and new paper and trims. And exciting new ideas for fabulous cards for our card buffet. Come and make 5 creative cards of your choice for $10, and $2 for each additional card. Over 15 all new cards to choose from. Bring a friend, and you both receive a gift. Check out our blogs at and , to see the cards we will be offering. Please RSVP by June 18. Hope to see you there. Mary Bellis        651-353-4594 Debby Filiowich 651-231-5923

No card buffet, and I have lots of leftovers

For people who do not know me already, I have a story for any subject that may pop into a conversation, or not!  When I think of leftovers, I think of a very old story, which is the background to one of those quotes that only your own family understands.  Many years ago, my mother employed a young woman, who had recently moved to St. Paul, got her own apartment, and a nice job in an office.  She was excited because her parents were going to drive down from Hibbing, way up in northern Minnesota, to have dinner with their daughter in her new apartment.  She was very excited about her dinner that she was going to prepare.  She had to borrow 2 folding chairs from a neighbor, because she only had one chair for her table.  On the day that her parents were coming, it started to snow, and she worried whether the roads would be bad, and prohibit her parents from driving down 4 to 5 hours to visit.  Everyone wished her well, and hoped her parents had left early enough to avoid bad weather and ro

No card buffet for May ;(

Due to an unfortunate scheduling problem, we have decided to cancel the May Card Buffet, and reschedule at a later date.  May dates are very full with family events, so it looks like it will be in June.  We will keep you posted for a new date.  Sorry for those who were coming.

Creative juices flowing freely

Once I got started on Saturday night at the craft table, I could not wait to get up Sunday morning and continue.  Since it was Mother's Day, and I was home alone, I could slip into the craft room, in my PJs, and start creating some more.  With a cup of coffee, and some leftover scraps, I had lots of possibilities for cards to make.  My friend, Kay Kalthoff , had made this card recently, and I just had to case it as it is.  Sweet and simple, but oh, so cute. With the red, white and blue on the table, I began to create on my own a card that I think would be perfect for someone's summer birthday.  I just love making the red eyelet lace for on the white card.  Then I just added tulips popping out all over.  It was so much fun to make. This card is sure to get served up on our next buffet.  And, with a little switch to Concord Crush, I came up with a card that is easy and classy.  I got the idea from Kay for the white on white, but could not resist adding that dark contras

Wasn't this a nice weekend?

I had such a nice weekend.  I have been busy and running so much lately that I really needed some down time.  My husband went up to our trailer in the woods for the weekend, and I had Friday all to myself.  I wanted to spend some time in the craft room, and I did, except it was to clean.  I have been working so hard to prepare for craft sales, workshops, and swaps, that I had snips and paper, trails of ribbon, and dirty stamps all over the place.  I am not really good about cleaning as I go, because I am kind of an evolutionist.  That means one project leads to another, and a scrap from one card often gets incorporated into the next project, or so.  I have baskets for big scraps and little scraps to my right at all times.  So, Friday was spent cleaning up, and unpacking things from the craft sale, and card buffet of past weekends.  By the time I was done, so was my creative juices. Done! There was always Saturday. Except on Saturday I set off to run some errands, with coupons and sale

New reflections

New week, new card!  I actually made this card last weekend when I crafted at Kay's house.  This is the card for my demonstrator's swap tonight.  The theme this month is Anything Manly.  For the men in my life, the tree is a great symbol.  I have a family with a lot of strong, handsome men, and this card seemed so fitting.  I just bought this stamp set, Lovely as a Tree, last month, and this is my first attempt at making a card with it.  This stamp set has been around for years, and I have long admired the cards I have seen made with it, and had alot of ideas in my file for cards is wanted to case.  I especially liked this card with the reflection technique.  I checked out a couple of blogs, and watched a video showing how to do this technique, and there are several videos to choose from, and I have to admit I like the results. I had a lot of practice, as I made about 25 cards, but I probably stamped 40.  You see, when I was stamping I had prepared by measuring out the imag

I am ready for a new week!

It has been such a busy weekend, I am ready for a new week!  I came home today, laid down for a nap, and slept over 2 hours.  Now, I am ready to tackle a new week.  It has been a fun, busy weekend, but I am glad it is over, and I have nothing pressing on my schedule for the next couple of weeks.  Me (Mary) & Erroll Sue, & Gary, my husband Friday, my husband Gary and I, and our old friends, Erroll and Sue, headed out on a new adventure.  We had never done this before, but new we'd have a great time together, and we did.  We went to the 100 mile garage sale through southern Minnesota and Wisconsin.  From Red Wing south to Wabasha, MN and across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and back north to Prescott, WI the towns and countrysides are filled with garage sales.  Everyone puts out their signs with a bouquet of balloons, to identify they are part of the Big Sale.  You could stop in neighborhoods in the towns and walk down the block to a dozen sales, or go o

Saturday, May 5, Spring Craft Fair

TODAY, SATURDAY MAY 5th,SPRING CRAFT FAIR Gethsemane United Methodist Church. 7730 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes 9-4. Come see me, Mention this posting and get a gift from me, (while supplies last) The day is finally here, and there is no time left for crafting more things.  We have so many things made, it is driving me crazy.  This has been so much fun, and I can't wait to do it again.  I still have so many things swimming in my head.  But, there are also things I tried to make that bombed :(  Not everything turns out as well as I imagined.  Hope to see you there at the sale, if you can come.  If not, I will post photos and tell you more tomorrow. 

I got a Sneak Peak at the new catalogue products from Stampin' Up!

May 1 they released a sneak peak for demonstrators from Stampin' Up!  We have waited, and we have been rewarded!  They have some beautiful new colors for ink and paper, some darling printed papers, and as usual, they have a group of exciting new stamp sets for us.  I can hardly wait to get my hands on the new catalogue coming out June 1.  Do you want a copy too?  Let me know and I will send you one, and we are talking FREE!    I love being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! because I love getting the products before anyone else can buy them.  I love creating fun new things to show you.  And, I love getting it all at a discount!  You can do it, too.  They just lowered the cost of joining, which is the cost of a starter kit, to $99.  You want to know more?  Ask me, and I would love to share the information with you.  In the mean time, I have to make up my mind what I want to order now, and what I am willing to wait a month for.  When ever a new catalogue comes out, there is the &q

Can this week get any busier?

I know.  I know!  I have to set limits for myself.  By the time I was done preparing for the craft sale and card buffet class last week, I was exhausted.  My body screams at me!  Then on Sunday, I worked my little part time gig as a sample lady at Target.  I spent the whole day making and sampling quesadillas.  Time flew by, and I came home spent.  And, now this week is even worse. I still have so many little things I planned on making for the craft sale, but it just does not look like I will have the time.  Not as long as baby Olivia only takes 20 minute naps!  (Today I put a fan in the bedroom hoping the white noise would help her sleep.  No dice!) I did  manage over the last 2 days to make about 50 little candy favors for the craft sale.  Enough of those done, but I need more candy to finish 6 more I have made.  I love making the candy poppers, but they sure take a lot of folding.  The cute new Petite Purse die is so quick and easy.  I love making them, and they are so much

Another successful Card Buffet

We had another successful card buffet last Saturday, and a few new friends joined us, Betty and Sarah.  I think we had a great card selection, and everyone enjoyed making cards.  I think the flower packet card was the big hit, just about everyone made one.  I really liked that one, too.  In fact, I think I will make up the rest of them for the craft sale coming up next Saturday.  This time I remembered to take a photo of our display, and of Debby.  We forgot that last time.  Card buffet was ready Everyone is busy making cards Debby and Mary Next month we are going to have a WOW card class.  We are going to make some special, more complicated cards.  It will require some more instructions, but nothing that would overwhelm the maker.  Sometimes, what looks really complicated is really quite simple, once you figure out how to do it.  And, that's were we come in.  We will do all the figuring out, cutting, and will teach everyone how to assemble them.  I am lo