Sunday, October 31, 2010

November Stamp Group Cards

Hello Stampers!

Sorry for being away so long. As usual, it's been a bit hectic at Casa Mongeon. Tonight being Halloween, I figured I'd better get a post up for November 1.

We have been so busy - me with Stamp Classes, Stamp Camps and Workshops...Emily and Jacob with school activities (church school, boy scouts, etc...) and Ed with LEAVES. Did you know there are exactly 25 maple trees in my back yard? I kid you not. It's a PITA in the fall...for those who don't speak code, that would be Pain In The A....). My poor hubby has spent HOURS upon HOURS out there every weekend. It is definitley a priority to take a few of these trees out in the spring!

Anyway, I am in my stamp room creating the cards that my Stamp Group will be making this month. It's November, and it's time to get working on the HOLIDAY CARDS!

Each month I have stampers over who make 4 cards (2 designs, 2 of each). Each month we focus on different occasions. We love to have new people join us, so if you would like to stamp with a great bunch of gals (and have me for your instructor) then drop me a note. I need a few days notice if you are joining us so that I can prepare the proper amount of materials. :0)

The groups gather on the 1st Tuesday evening of the month at 7 PM, and another groups meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10 AM.

Ok, onto the cards.

The first one uses the stamp set Welcome Christmas. I love the Vintage feel to this set. It reminds me of old time Christmases (like when I was a kid...I guess that makes me "vintage" too...LOL).

The cardstock base is Early Espresso. The layer is Cherry Cobbler, embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder. The holly swag is stamped in Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler berries were made with the marker. The family is stamped in Early Espresso and the greeting is Cherry Cobbler. A few gold brads in each corner, and some sponging add to the vintage feel.

The next one is using the set Greeting Card Kids. I call them the Campbell Soup Kids. LOL
I just love all the images, but the little girl pulling the tree in her sled is my favorite!

The cardstock base is Baja Breeze, embossed with the Norther Frost Embossing folder.
Strips of Whisper white cardstock are torn for the snow. Simply run the 2 way glue across the edge and sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter! So pretty!
Our little girl is stamped in Jet Black Stazon, and colored in using Blender Pens. The ink Colors are Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze and Old Olive for the tree. The snowflake at the top is cut from the Northern Flurry Die Cut, and I added a Riding hood Red punched flower to the center, with one of our new adhesive Rhinestones. So cute!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a Happy Halloween~

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Christmas in October Stamp Camp

Hello Stampers!

Welcome back! I hope you have been enjoying the sun and the cooler temps! I am so enjoying walking with Bella this week - the foliage is peak right now!

I have been busy in my stamp room getting ready for 2 Holiday Stamp Classes this week.
Tomorrow evening I have a great group of ladies (12 of them!) coming over to stamp! These are a group of friends who all work together and they wanted a private date for their class. I was happy to oblige!

And coming up on Sunday this weekend I have my Christmas in October Stamp Camp. So I killed 2 birds with one stone, and cut a lot of projects all at once this week!

Here are a 2 of the cards we are doing this week -

The first one is my old buddy, Dasher. So glad he is still around. What a great little stamp!

The card base is Old Olive, and the eyelet border is Cherry Cobbler. The strip of paper is the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. I added some of the Cherry Cobbler Ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog, and it all coordinates perfectly!
Dasher himself is stamped in Early Espresso and the greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler.
I don't know if you can tell, but there is a fine dusting of glitter on his antlers. Simple and cute!

The next one I want to share today is also from the Holiday Mini...and the stamp set is Fireside Christmas. I love the vintage feel to this card. It makes me all warm and cozy. :)

The card base is Crumb Cake (I know, shocking...I only seem to use this on every card I make...LOL). The designer Series Paper is Deck The Halls in the Holiday Mini. Gorgeous, vintage holiday paper! The ribbon is the Always Artichoke seem binging ribbon in the mini also The main image was stamped on Watercolor Paper, and colored in using blender pens and classic ink pads (Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and So Saffron. The edges were sponged with Soft Suede and the greeting in the lower right corner is also stamped in Soft Suede.

I just had a person give up their space on Sunday for this stamp camp. So, there is one seat available. If you would like to join me, please drop me a note at
Camp fee is $10 for 4 projects.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having a great week!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Frankenstein Treat Box

This is a repost from last Halloween - I got a few requests to show this video again.

Hello Stampin' Friends -

About 2 weeks ago I posted these cute treat boxes and promised a video tutorial to show you how to make them.
I am so sorry for the delay! I can't believe it's taken me this long to get the video made!

So thanks for being patient, and if you click below you will see the Frankenstein box.
I will get the Mummy version uploaded before the end of the week.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010



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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Autumn Inspiration

Happy Saturday, Stampers!

So, as I looked back through my blog posts, I see that I have been sharing some holiday cards. I didn't mean to rush the season! Geez. we aren't even through Halloween yet. LOL.

Today is a beauuuutiful Autumn I looked through my Regional Samples and found a bunch of Autumn related cards to share with you!

I am in a bit of rush this morning as my Saturday AM Stamp Group is coming in about an hour, and I am not ready! So, I am just going to list the cards and the stamp set name.

If you have other questions on what products were used, give me a shout and I will be happy to fill you in. :)

OK, here we go...

This spooky Halloween Card features the Graveyard Gala Stamp Set. Great set for Halloween Invitations to your Boo Bash!

One of my MOST FAVORITE sets from the Holiday Mini....French Foliage. No matter how you stamp it, its just plain ol' purtty!

Very clever use of the Autumn Days Set...the wheat stamp was made into a wreath by stamping it several times in a circle. Cute, eh?

And a cute little witch is the last one I have for today. This set is called FANGTASTIC, and its just adorable for all those little ghosts and goblins on Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying the awesome weather we are having!

Friday, October 8, 2010

More Cards from Regionals

Here are a few more cards that I thought were so adorable! Such creative stampers at these events!

This first one uses the Jolly Bingo Bits from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Super cute, and super easy! Gotta love the easy ones that you can just crank out! This is Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler Ink and cardstock.

This next one features the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper (LOVE IT) and the 2 Tags Die Cut for the Big Shot. Again, super cute, and super easy! A piece of the Cherry Cobbler seem binding ribbon pulls it all together! The "Peace on Earth" sentiment is from the Level 2 Hostess Set. Book a workshop with me and you can get that set for free! :0)

Thanks for stopping by! The weekend is supposed to be PERFECT AUTUMN weather! So get out and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More Samples from Regional Seminar

Here are a few more cards that inspired me over the weekend. Stampin' Up! events are so wonderful because there is so much creativity everywhere, and you come home inspired to stamp and create!

Both of these cards use the Tags Till Christmas Stamp Set in the Holiday Mini. The top card uses the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper that is in the main Catalog. The 2nd card uses the Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper that is in the Holiday Mini.

What I really love is that the main image is different on each card, but they both coordinate with the new Decorative Label Punch. Cool, eh?

Stampin' Up! makes coordination very simple. It's awesome how so many of our products are designed to work together, making your paper crafting easy as pie!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Autumn is in the Air!

Well, I am back from Baltimore, and I had a great time! I was thrilled with the cooler weather today. I mean, it is October now....and I was ready to turn off the A/C.

I am preparing for my October Stamp Groups and Autumn Stamp Camps this week. We have such wonderful Autumn Stamps that I couldn't decide which to use - - - so I decided to use them both! :)

I got a lot of great inspiration on my trip this weekend, and was anxious to get home and play in my stamp room.

The free set we got for attending the Regional Seminar is Day of Gratitude. It's such a beautiful stamp set! You can find it in the Holiday Mini Catalog. And although it is an Autumn Stamp Set, I have seen non-autumn cards with it as well. So it's a very versatile set!

Here is what I came up with for one of my stamp camps later in the month:

The Card Base is Cajun Craze, with a layer of More Mustard. The stamping is on a piece of Very Vanilla. The ink colors are Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip. I did a lot of sponging (in chocolate chip) on this card. I love how it just ages the card and makes it look more rustic. The Cajun Craze strip across the middle was punched with the new scallop edge punch, sponged with Chocolate Chip and tied with a piece of Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon.
The greeting is also stamped in Chocolate Chip and punched out with the new Decorative Label Punch (also found in the mini catalog).

The second card I used the French Foliage set. I have to say this is bordering on one of my ALL TIME favorites. You just can't make a bad card with this set. No matter what you do, it's gorgeous! This is one of the cards my stamp group will make this week.

Here is the card I came up with:

The card base on this one is Early Espresso. The layer is Cherry Cobbler (embossed using the square lattice embossing folder and the big shot). The ribbon is a piece of Early Espresso stripped grosgrain ribbon. The images are stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla - and the ink colors are Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Old Olive. I love the little stamp that looks like splatters - makes it look like you dripped your coffee on the card. LOL. But really, it's very cool and adds dimension to the images.

I have 2 groups that meet on a monthly basis. One meets the first Tuesday night of each month, the other meets the 2nd Saturday ( 10 AM) of the month. The gals stamp 4 cards (2 designs, 2 of each) each month. We have a lot of fun together each time we meet. If you would like to come stamp with us, we would love to have you! Just RSVP to me at least 2 days in advance (I need time to prep material). The cost is $10, or waived with a $30 order.
I hope you will come stamp with us soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Greetings from Baltimore

I am in Baltimore this weekend for a Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar. There is nothing I love more than being with my Stampin Up! friends! It is SO much fun to see these gals at Stampin' Up! Events. Such FUN!

We stayed right near the Inner Harbor Area, which is just gorgeous! The weather has been
amazing as well. We totally lucked out. And I had the MOST amazing Crab Cakes EVER! OMG, so much crab that I almost couldn't finish (almost...LOL). Check out! They even ship these amazing crab cakes! Many of the Food Network Chefs have visited Mo's (like Rachel Ray!) and rated them #1!

Here are a few pictures of the Inner Harbor Area.

And lets not forget the reason we came here...STAMPING! I took lots of pictures of great ideas. Here are a couple of my favorites!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are having an awesome weekend! I have lots more to share from Baltimore, so be sure to swing by again during the week.