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One Craftacular Evening March 2, 2011

Filed under: Karla — Uncharted @ 6:59 pm
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Last Tuesday, Sarah, Kelly and I had an opportunity to get our Martha Stewart on. If you haven’t noticed, the Uncharted authors like to craft. From scrapbooking to card making to holiday ornaments, we rock them all! Martha doesn’t have anything on us…well maybe $638 million, but really, who is counting?

Not me, I’m still hoping to win the lotto. But I digress. Occasionally, I help out with programming ideas for my sorority’s alumnae monthly chapter meetings. And I thought, why not do a craft and enlist some help! Enter Sarah, Kelly and our craftastic Stampin’ Up friend, Penny.

Penny and I met a few weeks before the chapter meeting to go over the craft. Together in her amazing craft room, we came up with a great game plan for the card we would make. The main theme would be to keep it simple.

The reason for simplicity is because my alumnae chapter’s median age is probably around 65. Naturally, we didn’t want something complicated and intricate that would take a lot of time. Instead, we wanted something that everyone could take pride in making while having fun.

After taking care of some “business” in the beginning of our meeting, we were all ready to craft. Penny passed around the card we would create so everyone could see what we were going to do. Apprehension rose into the room. But, when Penny broke down the steps of how to make the card, a collective sigh of relief went out.

Gradually, everyone became more comfortable with what they had to do and how they could do it. Murmurs of, “So that’s how she did that.” or “Well that’s not so hard.” resounded in the living room.

To help Penny out, Sarah, Kelly and I went around the room assisting when there we could. Individually, we worked with the ladies on how to use the scallop punch or how to tie the ribbon. It was a truly a treat to watch everyone complete their card. I think they were all a little surprised by what they could do and how much fun they had while making a beautiful card.

The Featured Craft: A Birthday Card


A Little Piece of Papercrafting February 4, 2011

Filed under: Sarah — Uncharted @ 6:25 pm
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First of all, I want to start this week’s blog entry by apologizing to those of you who read our blog for my entry last week.  I hope nobody saw it for more than what it was: a simple opportunity to vent and see if anyone out there ever feels the same way I do.  And it turns out, people do.  It’s always good to know you’re not alone.

Now, on to this week!  I’m posting late because I have had a lack of reliable internet connections in my life the last few days due to the blizzard that hit Chicago.  And because of this blizzard, I also had a lack of WORK to do.  Now, three snow days later, here we are!

On Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 pm when our principal announced that we would be having a snow day on Wednesday (mind you, this was the MIDDLE of my reading block with my class), I had mixed feelings.  It’s funny how when you’re a little kid and you hear ‘snow day,’ you jump for joy and cry out in happiness (yes, that did actually happen on Tuesday afternoon), yet as an adult it’s a completely different story.  I should have been happy to have a snow day, and I was happy…to have ONE, just not THREE.  You see, you never really realized when you were a student how much intense pressure your teachers were under to cover a certain number of concepts with you to a particular level of mastery by the end of the year.  So when I found out we had snow days on Thursday and Friday as well, pretty much all I could do was be cranky that I wasn’t going to be able to ‘fit it all in’ before standardized tests start in March.  Until I saw what made it through the blizzard and into my mailbox…

Some of you have seen that Kelly, Karla and I enjoy papercrafting, and have attended several Stampin’ Up events with my friend Penny from school.  Well, before I left for Denver 2 weeks ago, Penny was basically stalking me.  No, not in a creepy way, in a way that ended up being totally cool.  She was desparate to get in touch with me to let me know about a special offer that Stampin’ Up was having for new demonstrators that sign up.  So, after much waiting and drooling over the list of stamps, colored cardstocks and rich inks that I would be receiving in the mail, it finally came…just in time for my snow days!

I spent several hours holed up in my house wearing PJs and drinking hot cocoa, working on new card designs.  I’m getting really excited to organize a party with some friends to share them and see what they can come up with, as well!  So those of you who are reading this and live in the Chicagoland area and enjoy stamping and papercrafting, let me know, I’d love to make our first papercrafting event a real party, so maybe you’ll get an invite! 🙂 The card below is a thank-you card I created (in hopes of the snow melting and spring arriving soon…hey, the groundhog said so) to give my friend’s family for hosting a girls’ weekend for some of us at their Bed and Breakfast over the next few days.  The only thing I’m worried about is that I’ll start ditching my real work to continually experience the joy of papercrafting.


Stampin’ Up Some Holiday Cheer December 16, 2010

My teacher friend Penny is a salesperson for the company Stampin Up.  I flippin love to craft and make things, so Penny and I became close over my first 3 years teaching at our school (almost too close, because our friendship cost me everytime I ordered something from one of the Stampin’ Up catalogs hehe).  Some of my favorite days at school were when Penny organized after school stampin’ classes in her classroom where we’d make holiday-themed cards.  At first, I never wanted to give my cards away, because they were so cute and I had worked so hard on them that I was afraid if I gifted them to anyone they wouldn’t appreciate the full effort that went into them! But I got over that.  The trick was to find people who are also crafty who truly understood the beauty of each “work of art.”

When I got Penny’s email about her holiday classes, I knew I had to get the girls to attend one!  There were several that sounded good, but the date that we were all available was for a class where you make 3 Christmas gifts with Stampin’ Up products.  Penny uses some ideas from the company, but really creates some amazing things using her tools and a lot of imagination.  When we got to her “stampin’ attic,” we were immediately excited for the crafting experience that awaited us.

First of all, you would never believe the craft room Penny has going on in her attic.  When I read that we would be having the class in her “stampin’ attic,” I sort of thought it was just a cutesy name for a room she used to craft.  But I was wrong; this room is MADE for crafting and nothing else!  I want one someday: the walls covered in organizers with drawers for every piece of crafting material a girl could dream of, and any remaining space adorned with cards and projects Penny has handcrafted.  It was my own personal slice of heaven.

This class reintroduced me to the familiar feeling of not wanting to actually gift my gifts to anyone because I loved them so much.  We made a cloth pin that I swear could sell for bundles in a boutique, an applique coffee mug with an adorable paper-crafted tag and cocoa/mocha mix inside, and a set of elegant red and white stationery in a handmade box with a satin bow on top.  Everything was a joy to make, and the best part about it was that over crafting we were all able to bond and conversate!  If only I had a glass of wine in my hand, again, a slice of heaven.

Hard at work on our gifts

I think I can speak for all 3 of us Uncharted bloggers who attended this class on Tuesday when I say we will certainly be going back for more stampin’. Now I just have to figure out who will appreciate this next set of crafty wonder…

The finished gifts 🙂


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