Saturday, January 18, 2014

Stamp A Stack Part 2

Hello to all you Stampers/Crafters,

Hope you all are having a wonderful January. Can't believe it is already the 18th. The year is already moving way, way to fast for me. Plus I would like some rain, but that might be asking a bit much at this time.

Well today I have pictures of the last 3 of the 6 cards that was made today in my January Stamp-A-Stack class. We made Sympathy and Get Well cards. (please excuse the photo's, the photographer (me) is really horrible at taking pictures)

This first card was one that can be used as a masculine card or to anyone. The images on this card are from 2 different stamp sets (By the Tide and By the Seashore) and the saying from even another. On this card I used one of the SU Framelit Windows Collection to make the card and the layers. I love mixing Crumb Cake ink and the Baked Brown Sugar ink in my image stamping, I think it added a bit of pop to the card.  This card is so interchangeable with the sentiments, the papers and the embellishments that could be used.

This 2nd card is one of my favorites due to the Bravo Burgundy color (which unfortunately has been retired now). With this card we used Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Circle Framelit, and the Chalk Talk Framelit. I also added a bit of the Gumball Green for the stems on the flowers from the Too Kind stamp set. The button and Sycamore Street Design Paper are also retired, but love to use what I have and not let it go to waste.

This 3rd card looks like it would be so easy, and it would have been if the Delicate Dollies Die cut the Dollies fully. There was a bunch of poking out of the die-cut pieces, but I think in the long run it was worth it. The card stock is Pool Party and the Design Paper is Sycamore Street and is retired. The stamp is Serene Silhouettes with tiny little gems on some of the flowers.

Well I hope you liked my last 3 cards from this months Stamp-A-Stack class. I have one kit available to purchase for $20 plus shipping (That is 2 cards of all 6 designs with everything stamped and ready to be put together. Directions and Pictures included). You can paypal me $26.00 for Flat Rate Priority Mail to

Hope you have a wonderful weekend,


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Stamp A Stack Class Cards

Hello to all you Stampers/Crafters,

Hope you all are having a wonderful beginning to your New Year. Can't believe it is already the 8th. The year is already moving way to fast.

Well today I have pictures of 3 of the 6 cards will will be making in my January Stamp-A-Stack class. We are going to be making Sympathy and Get Well cards. (please excuse the photo's, the photographer (me) isn't very good)

This first card is really one of my favorites. The wreath image may not look familiar, as it's just one small small one from a large stamp set. Trying to look outside the norm for the use of stamps in a set. This is something that will be an eye opener for my attendants at the class. It is so interchangeable with the sentiments, the papers and the embellishment you could use. This card is an odd size, so the attendants of the class will be playing with the envelope make to make an envelope to hold this card.

Card #2 is a really clean, simple, but elegant card at the same time. I love that I can change the color of the papers and have a different look. Also being able to use different embellishment is also a big plus. This card the attendants will be playing with the Big Shot, Dies, and Framelits.

On this 3rd card, it has a calming feel to it, you could very simply change that  to a cheerful feeling by switching your colors and greeting. The flower image may not look familiar, as it's just a small portion of a larger stamp.  The stamping trick of "selective stamping" is one I don't consider using much, but it does have an impact and another new outlook to how to use a stamp set. Using a set of blue monochromatic colors I believe made this card feel calming/soothing.

Well that is just a sneak peek at this months Stamp-A-Stack class. If you are interested in a class kit, the cost is $20 plus postage and you will have the cards ready to put together. Included will be color images and directions for assembly and all products used. If you would like to get your hands on one of these kits, please feel free to contact me via email at

Hope your hump day is a grand one,


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Layouts Using My Stash...

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

Sorry didn't get on yesterday to post, but it was so very busy around here. We are having beautiful weather, but I really wish we would get the rain we need. I can stand the thought of going through a water restriction year (I have a pool, so I always have to pay when there is water restrictions).

Well enough of that and lets get on with the good stuff. LOL I was really proud of myself this past Sunday. I was sitting in my craftroom not able to mustard up any creative juices. We I started going through some of my older papers scraps (left overs from CTMH paper packs). When I found 4 sheet of Scholastic paper and 1 sheet of the Superhero paper. The Scholastic were easy to figure what I was going to make with them, but the Superhero 1 sheet, well lets just say I was looking at it going "I think it will go into the Garage Sale I am having in March. So started on the Scholastic and from out of the blue I remembered someone doing a western theme layout using that same paper. I wish I could remember who it was, but that was before Pintrest.

Well here is the Super Hero layout I came up with: YeeHaw - Wanted

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Page 2: 

Not to bad, for a throw together. LOL I did add some buttons, 1 designer brad and some twine. The Die Cuts are all from my vast Cricut Cartridge Library.

Now on to the Layouts that are a different spin from some I have seen on the Pintrest and FB a different take on some of the same types of Layouts..

So there are the 2 -2 page Layouts I made using the Scholastic Paper Pack. I also added some brads, and buttons from a Mini-Melody set and some Bo Bunny brads from my old scrap supplies. The Die Cuts are from the Artist and Artbooking Cricut Cartridges. Some of the Die Cut coordinate with CTMH stamp set C1521 - Approved.

Here is the 1st one I did called: First Day - Ready, Set, Go.

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Here's Layout 2 from Scholastic: School Days - Think, Grow, Learn

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my layouts that I cased from others and added my own twist. They are simple layouts with the papers, but become good when you add the embellishment, titles and accessories.

Hope you all have a blessed week.


Friday, January 3, 2014

The Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog Starts TODAY!

2014 Occasions Catalog:  Available NOW through June 1
You have been so patient as I tempted you with sneak peeks for the last month.  The Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is now live and you can SHOP HERE NOW!!!  The on-line version of the Occasions Catalog is above along with the sample supplies list (so you know exactly what was used in the catalog projects).  

HOLIDAY CARRYOVER STAMPS & ACCESSORIES.  Although the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog expired,  HERE'S THE LINK to which holiday items are still available for purchase.

Have a blessed week,

Kat Martinez

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 2014 Scrapbook and Card Class Schedule (Post #2)

Hello my fellow Scrapbooker and Card Makers,

Here are the scrapbooking classes and 2 Stamp A Stack Card Classes that I will be holding this month.

Scrapbook Classes:

You will have a choice of making any of the layouts that are pictured at the bottom of this post. One 2-page layout cost will be $12.50, if you want two 2-page layouts $23.00, three 2-page layouts $31.00, four  2-page layouts $40.00 and $10.00 for each additional 2-page layout (this doesn't include all the embellishments(Some of the layouts have retired items on them)).

These are limited in quantity and need to be pre-ordered.

So text/call me at (916) 524-2490 to make sure that the layout you want is still available.

It will be 1st to pay 1st to receive. 

You will be able to Paypal me at or mail me the monies/check to:

Kathryn Martinez
617 Falcon Way
Roseville, CA 95661

I am offering 5 classes this month . I am also offering 2  "Get Well" and "Sympathy" Stamp A Stack Classes this month (12 cards, 2 each of 6 designs, 3 of each "Sympathy" and "Get Well" for $25).

please RSVP for this class with your choice of Layout byJanuary 3rd. If you can’t make it to a class but would like a kit just let me know and I will save one for you.

If you would like to have a class in your neighborhood it’s easy, just gather 5 or more friends and call me to set a date. I would love to come and have a class with you!

January Scrapbook Layout/Standard Card Class:

          When: Saturday, January 11th, 1:00pm

          Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661

The rest of January's Scrapbook Layout/Standard Card Classes:

1)       When: Monday, January 13th, 12:30pm

          Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661
2)       When: Wednesday, January 15th, 12:30pm

          Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661
3)       When: Saturday, January 25th, 1:00pm

          Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661
4)       When: Tuesday, January 28th, 12:30pm
          Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661

Stamp A Stack Classes:

1)      When: Saturday, January 181th, 1:00pm

         Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661
2)      When: Sunday, January 19th, 1:00pm
         Where:  Kathryn's House, 617 Falcon Way, Roseville, CA 95661

You’ll be able to complete your layouts quickly when you bring some of your own tools. Please label all of your items with your name. Please bring the following supplies: Scrapbooking Adhesive of your choice (foam squares for pop ups & glue dots) and Scrapbooking scissors. If this is your first class I will have supplies available for you to use, please just bring the items you already have.

As always, guests are welcome and encouraged! Please contact me if you plan to bring a guest so I can order enough supplies for everyone.

*The cost of the supply kit fee needs to be prepaid and is nonrefundable to no-shows (no- shows will still receive the kit of course). The reason for this is supply items must be pre-ordered and pre-cut. Thanks for your understanding.

Please contact me if you have any questions: or text me at (916) 524-2490.

Frosted Layouts:

Frosted Layout #1

Frosted Layout #2

Frosted Layout #3

Frosted Layout #4

Huntington Layouts:

Huntington Layout #1

Huntington Layout #2

Huntington Layout #3

Huntington Layout #4

Huntington Layout #5

Babycakes Layouts:

Babycakes Layout #1

Babycakes Layout #2

Babycakes Layout #3

Babycakes Layout #4

Babycakes Layout #5

Babycakes Layout #5 Pocket

Avonlea Layouts:

Avonlea Layout #1

Avonlea Layout #2

Avonlea Layout #3

Avonlea Layout #4

Avonlea Layout #5

L8tr Sk8tr Layouts:

L8tr Sk8tr Layout #1

L8tr Sk8tr Layout #2

L8tr Sk8tr Layout #3

L8tr Sk8tr Layout #4

L8tr Sk8tr Layout #5

L8tr Sk8tr Layout #6

For Always Layouts:

For Always Layout #1

For Always Layout #2

For Always Layout #3

For Always Layout #4

For Always Layout #5

Happy New Year --- My goals for the year and blog candy (Post #1)

Goal #1:

      to post on my blog at least once a week.

Goal #2:

      to list my classes on my blog.

Goal #3:

      to upload pictures of my class projects.

Goal #4:

      to try and plan my time better.

Goal #5:

      to enjoy life today and everyday I have as if it is a precious gift.

Goal #6:

      to give back more than I receive to all people around me.

 Alright now onto giving back. 

Products that I love - #1....

Happy New Year...holy cow it is 2014!!!
Let's all have a great year together and I hope that each and everyone of you finds time for peace, joy and a lots of laughter in your lives! I know...we all get so very stressed (and I am guilty too) about things (even the very small things) that really do not make a difference in what is truly important, The Big Picture of let's try to start with being understanding, patient and kind to ourselves and others in our life!

Today is a new type of post for me and I pray a start of something really great in following through on my Goal #6 for this year. Today I want to focus on some randomly pick favorite products of mine  that we have at Stampin' Up! and give you the "why's and what's" I love them so much as well as some "ideas, tips and tricks" that I have found with them!

Now these products are not in any particular order of what is first on my preference list - they are just what I see around my work area that are at arms length of my work station. Read to the end as you will see that I am going to do 3 of these posts over the next 3 weeks and you will have the opportunity to win some blog candy!
I purposely did not put in any specific stamp sets...solid papers....or the Big these to me are the bread & butter to Stampin Up's fabulous collection of products!
  • Stampin Trimmer - this is simply the BEST on the market! I know when it came out, I as well as many of my customers said - "I already have a trimmer, why would I want another one...." Well - by the next month - I ordered it! Why do I love it so much....very easy!
  1. The size - I love the fact that it is so portable and that you can make 12" can SCORE with it - that in itself is a HUGE !!!
  2. I love that you can buy replacement cutting blades and scoring blades and that the cuts are so accurate as the guide cannot be "worn" down as it is "under" the clear part!
  3. To me - this is a total necessity and honesty I bought another one to put the Rotary Additon on it so I do not have to take it on and off...this way I have the felxability to make all sorts of cuts - small scallop border and a tiny wave border
  4. I also love that I can store my replacement cutting and scoring blades right underneath the trimmer. It holds several and also has room for other items to be stored.
  • Paper Snips - ok...this is another thing that I am sure many of you say....I have a pair of scissors...why would I spend $9.95 for a pair....well if you have them you already know that they are the best scissors.
  1. For those of you that do not like to "Fussy Cut" - this is the "Cats Meow" - once you try them - you'll be hooked - but buy 2.....I have 4, but it is due to always misplacing them!
  2. They are the best to take on planes....because of the case - I never have an issue with them.
  3. They are so sharp and cut through paper like it was butter.
  • Craft Scissors - ok...I know that these are REALLY $$$$$ and it took me 2 years to purchase them and everytime I use them I say to myself - why in the heck did I not buy these before? This is why I adore them!

  1. The are literally a weapon.....I am serious - they are the one of heaviest and sharpest scissors in the world! To cut ribbon with "no frays" - this is a major ticket! I can cut piece of ribbon "flush" to the edge of a card and you would think that I wrapped it around, but nope! they are just that sharp!
  2. I realize that they are $$$$ but as my Mom always said, you pay for what you get! This is a great item to use a 1/2 price item or use your hostess rewards with! Do will not regret it! I have 2 pairs....I have a piece of ribbon tied to one pair to let me know only to cut ribbon or fabric with them and the other is my go to for larger cutting items.

  • Big Shot Magnetic Platform - This is simply a No-Brainer....remember how it was sold out for so long and so many people were very frustrated!?!?! - Well, the reason is very....SIMPLE - it is the GREATEST! This is a super easy product that totally out performs it's price.. "why" I love it!
  1. Do you remember how frustrating it was to have to use "Post It Notes" to hold your framelits in place??? UGH - who wants to do that!!! This eliminates every frustration that is possible when cutting using the framelits and edgelits...but REMEMBER - you still need to use your cutting pads with the Magnetic Platform!!!
  2. I love to use this tool to get a "peek -a boo" look on the front of my cards....and then stamp an image on the inside!
  3. This also is great to use different sizes of a framlit to make frame which creates a wow statement!
  • Designer Series Paper Stacks - I know that I said that I was not going to go with "solid paper" but this is different - these are a MUST in my opinion as with all of the other options that we have with lining and decorating our cards and envelopes....these paper stacks are just fabulous! Why....
  1. They come in every color palate that Stampin Up offers so you know that you will ALWAYS get s fun paper to match a project you are working on!
  2. They are a great accent to make a WOW happen with a simple card! Each color comes in four differnt print you will never be bored with the variety of prints!
  • Candy Dots - Who ever thought of these was nothing short of a genius!!! LOVE THEM....they are so easy to use!
  1. These also come in every color collection that Stampin Up has...and they are just $5.95 for 100 dots! It is a perfect quick accent to make a card go from o.k. to POW with just a simple touch!
  2. The easiest way to get these gems off...use your paper snips or paper piercer to get "under" the everytime!

  • Stampin' Scrub - ok...I know that many of you are going to think that this is not a necessity but I am in TOTAL disagreement....why....look below!
  1. This keeps your stamps clean and in great condition! Cleaning your stamps each and everytime they are used is a habit that is well worth the extra time....I ALWAYS use it each and everytime I stamp!
  2. If you have it out...right as you are working and have the Stampin' Mist right beside you...(this is also a must - get the refill and the little one to mist and you are set for a really LONG time) - you will make a habit TO STAMPIN'...CLEANING...PUTTING YOUR STAMPS AWAY!!!!
  3. I get asked often should you clean it? Well there secret recipe...just when I feel like it's been a while! I simple run it under the sink and "squish" water all around until I see the water run clear and then pat it with a paper towel....and then put it on a drying rack and by morning - it's ready to be used !!! This is another REAL must in my eyes!!!
O.k. - I know that I am totally rambling on and I just showcased only 7 items today....but I am going to continue with these types of posts over the next 3 weeks!!! I hope that they have been helpful to you and also have enlightened you to Stampin Up products....
Now here is a way for you to WIN some blog candy! Please leave me a comment and I will put your name in a "pot of gold"....and after all 3 posts on "Products I Love"...I will pick one person from the sight to make it fair for everyone.
$20.00 worth of Stampin' Up! products of your choice
PLUS 14 handmade cards and envelopes from me = did you get it???
This way you will have 3 chances to win if you follow my blog everyday
I thank you for popping by today and I truly wish you a very Happy New Year! I am not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions as honestly I cannot seem to keep them and I think there are times that we put the "Bar too high" for what we are trying to I just try to be aware of what "I want to be about...what I want to set out to accomplish...and what I would like to see myself MOVE a bit out of my comfort zone" and to try to do something nice for someone each and everyday.... this is why I set only Six Goals instead of Resolutions.....Goals that I believe are in reach.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could win the 2014 blog candy for the start of the NEW YEAR! If you are a SUD that follows my blog....please leave me a comment - we all work together and I too go to your blogs for inspiration!

Here's to a great year!!!