Friday, October 24, 2014

Christmas Bauble, Freebie Friday #38


Freebie Friday!!!  It's always such a good day of the week isn't it?  Weekend is here, that means my hubs will be home, and we get to hang out.  I love weekends.  I especially love Friday nights because we stay up late and watch a movie or something. :)  

Anyway, on to stamping... LOL.... I really love this card.  I stamped the Christmas Bauble stamp in memento ink on whisper white card stock and then colored with the silver pen.  I have a video below to show you how I did everything.
This weeks Freebie Friday winner is:  Karen Louder, she will receive 4 handmade cards.  Karen please email me your address at wendy.cranford@live.com.  I do not contact winners you must contact me with your address and check my blog to see if you've won.

Up for grabs this week is a card kit from one of my June classes.  To enter to win please leave a comment on my blog and/or You Tube video.  


CHECK OUT THE CLEARANCE RACK, stock up for CHEAP on  great products for Christmas gift giving, Christmas card making and fancy up your baked goods.


I always welcome Hobby Stampers in our Stampin' Community.  When you purchase the starter kit you get your ticket in to our exclusive virtual meetings that include monthly make and takes and other fun challenges.  Not to mention our weekly prize patrol.  You can purchase the starter kit here. Get one free Designer Series Paper Pack each month for six months when you purchase the starter kit in October. 
Recipe for this card:

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Hippie & The Square

So my sister is marrying this guy.  Chris.  Yeah I know you are thinking the same thing I thought when I laid eyes on him the first time - "Yikes, lock the doors".  At first glance he can look a bit intimidating, ok a lot intimidating.  Then once you get past the intimidation you think, this guy can't possibly have a job.  LOL  Ok well maybe I am the only one who thought it.  Yes, I judged the book.

I am the square.  I always follow the rules, I am a total traditionalist and I am conservative.  I'm no Rush Limbaugh, thank God, but I definitely travel down the right, as in right wing, side of the road most of the time.  I am a self proclaimed moderate conservative.  If this troubles you, don't worry, it troubles some of my family members too.  The left side of my family  :)
Me and my sister, on our way to see Bill Cosby.

Katie and I are totally the opposite.  My sister is no where even close in the vicinity to conservative.  Peace, love and happiness all the way for her.  Katie and Chris are total hippies.

At first I worried that Chris and I wouldn't be able to bond.  Truthfully my sister and I have very little in common except our crazy Mom, who we love to torment, even now, and whom still loves to give us unsolicited advice pretty much on a daily basis.  She's that Mom.  But we love her, dearly.   Katie and I have a childhood that bond us, even though most of the time in childhood we were at odds.  As we've gotten older we can appreciate each other in our differences.  

This Chris fellow though, I got nothin'.  I have no common ground.  For heaven sakes he's a long haired hippie man, what am I going to do with this guy?  How will I ever bond with him?

Turns out that we have a common ground.  After getting past his initially off putting beard and long hair and tie-died, peace sign wearing, Bob Marley quoting self I was able to discover something.  

Love.
Chris with Suzie.  Their newest addition.
Chris is full of love.  He loves my sister.  And the first time I hugged Chris he hugged me like he meant it.  You know the kind of hugs that envelop you and you can feel the warmth of another human being and their kindness.  Not the cheesy one arm, I will hug you because I have to hug.  But the real hug.  Chris' hugs say I love you and I care about you even if you don't believe how I believe.

Over time Chris and I have become friends.  We tease each other most often, in a light hearted way.  We have nicknamed each other, can you guess???

He's the "Hippie" and I'm the "Square"

Oh and he does have  job...  One that focuses on spreading love to other people.  He delivers Meals on Wheels to the elderly.  

Now I focus my energy on embracing Katie and Chris for who they really are when I am around them.  I love them both.  I learn from them when I am around them.  I learn that Love conquers all boundaries and that it tears down all walls.  Love can always reach across any party line or difference.  At the end of the day, we all have to remember that Love is what makes us human, and separates us from evil.  They are both full of love.

Katie and Chris are getting married in May.  We've started coming up with bohemian wedding ideas and scouring Pinterest for ideas.  If you have a wedding idea you'd like to share with us please leave me a comment or email me :)

Here is a centerpiece we found on Pinterest that we are thinking will be perfect.  Katie loved it.  They are getting married outside under an old oak tree at my grandparents house.

Here is their Pinterest Board if you want to follow it: http://www.pinterest.com/luvinstampinup/katie-and-chris-wedding/


I will be using this hashtag #luvinwendysfamily, so if you search #luvinwendysfamily you will be able to follow me in different social medias with that hashtag.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boo to You Wowza Wednesday #10


BOO to you!  This card is so fun.  I worked really hard on this one for you guys.  I was aiming to do some fun techniques that I don't use all the time.  I definitely succeeded.  I used the brayering technique to create a layered effect in the sky and then flicked water onto the paper to fade the top layer of ink out.  It worked out quite nicely.  I used bats from two different stamp sets to get my different size bats.  


Tips & Tricks
  • The Cracks - To create the cracks in the gravestone I used a basic black marker and drew the lines free hand.  Then I used a paint brush dipped in basic gray ink to smudge ink over the lines that I drew.  This gives the cracks a more realistic look.
  • The Boo - I cut the Boo letters from the Little Letters Die Cuts and inked them in Basic Gray ink.
  • The Ghost - I lightly inked the ghost in smoky slate ink.  He was too bright white without some ink on him.  I stamped his face using smoky slate also, from the Fall Fest stamp set. 


NEW BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS STAMP.  You can see the flyer here and order it online.  It's only available for six months.



I always welcome Hobby Stampers in our Stampin' Community.  When you purchase the starter kit you get your ticket in to our exclusive virtual meetings that include monthly make and takes and other fun challenges.  Not to mention our weekly prize patrol.  You can purchase the starter kit here. Get one free Designer Series Paper Pack each month for six months when you purchase the starter kit in October. 
Here is a recipe of supplies for this card:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free Shipping & Free Stamps - What more could you ask for?


Hey Everyone,
Well I finally did it.  I worked up a stamp club that I think is going to work fabulously for everyone.  The minimum order is only $15, before tax and shipping.  That is so doable, right?   Plus get a free make and take goodie in the mail each month.

The host rotates and in your host month you get FREE STAMPS & FREE SHIPPING.  Your host benefits will be a minimum of $25 in free product, but could be more depending on the size of the club orders in that month.

Read all the details of stamp club here: 

If you want to sign up for Stamp Club you can do that right here:

Sign Up Now 4 Stamp Club

This weeks deals:

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Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set Item # 133453
Regular Price: $13.95 US/$16.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $10.46 US/$12.71 CAN



Jumbo Sticky Rounds Item # 127852
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.21 CAN



Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133738
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Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133727
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.21 CAN



Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 131210
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN



Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130018
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN



Little Buddy Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 133860
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN



Spook Central Designer Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 127589
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.77 US/$8.37 CAN

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