December 22, 2008

Time To Be SASSSC Again!

Ok ladies...I'm posting this a little early...but wanted to let you know that we've had a slight change in plans for our January meeting.


Turns out that about 3 of our members were not going to be able to make it on the regularly scheduled week. After emailing back and forth and getting opinions from the majority of the ladies in our group, we are going to reschedule our regular day to Saturday January 24th at our regular time. Was it 9:30?


I apologize for those of you that are out of pocket, who didn't recieve the emails proposing the question of when would be a better meeting time for January...but majority has spoken so we've gone ahead and changed it.


I hope everyone will be able to come and still fulfill assignments. The last SASSSC meeting was so fun because everyone did their part!


Please remember all assignments are listed on the bottom of the SASSSC blog. We are currently making 9 swap cards.

I've had a chance to correspond with Lynn. She is going to be doing our make 'n take this month. She has asked that we all bring our Mono tape along with any embellishements we might want to use for a decorating a Starbucks Coffee-Type Bottle. This could be ribbon, paper, jewels, rub-on's, whatever your heart desires.

I kinda like last time when we all brought embellishments...we shared a little and it almost because a little competitive to see who could make the cutest box. This time looks like we will be doing the same type of thing possibly with a bottle. It will be nice to see what Lynn has planned and what each lady will do with their embellishments. :)


See you SASSSC ladies on the 24th of January!

November 17, 2008

November SASSSC Meeting

November's meeting was AWESOME! It felt like a big party! Big thanks go out to Delia for letting us use her house, even though she wasn't there. We really missed Olga and Delia.

Also, big thanks should go out to everyone because all assignments (big and small) were fulfilled. Things went really smoothly.

Here are some pictures of our spread for this month. Laura brought some kolaches and donuts and Lynn brought some Sweet Baked Brie. It was delicious. She was gracious enough to give us all the recipe.

Click here to see this recipe.

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I brought supplies for the Mimosa's.

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Once we all got there and got our appetites filled and drinks poured, we started on our boxes. I think we all wanted our boxes done before we swapped this time.

In fact, the only cards I really saw before we were done with our SASSSC boxes were Mary's. She was finishing hers as we were all arriving. :) Hee Hee.

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We all had fun making ours as individual as possible. Here are a couple pictures of us in creative mode and pictures of everyone's final products.





Thelma had a great tip for us on how to make this quick but elegant pop-up card.


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Here are our swaps. Such creativity!!!







This month, the winner of our door prize was Laura! Congratulations Laura! :)

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She won some chipboard letters.

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November 16, 2008

Sweet Baked Brie Recipe

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She cut this recipe in half for our club meeting. She also recommends trimming some of the casing of the brie (top and bottom) prior to ading to pastry.

1 - 11x17 sheet of frozen puff pastry (thawed)
1-pound wheel of Brie cheese
2 tablespoons of raspberry jam
1/4 cup sliced almonds toasted
1 egg, beaten with a spash of water
1 box water cracker ( got those at HEB in the wine area)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the puff pastry on the counter and roll it to 1/8inch thick. Trim a few inches of the dough off the ends to square it off (save the scraps).

Cut the Brie through the equater into two pieces and place one half on the puff pastry, cut side up. Spread the jam on the cheese and sprinkle the toasted almonds (see below). Replace the other half of the Brie on top.

Wrap the dough up an over the Brie to encase it.

Place on nonstick baking sheet (or use parchment paper), seam side down, Cut designs from the scrap of dough and put on top.

Brush entire thing with the egg wash.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

*****Instructions for toasting almonds*****
Toast nuts in a dry skillet over medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes, stiring constantly until golden. Remove from pan immediately as they will continue to cook in a warm pan. Cool completely before adding to cheese.

November 14, 2008

DON'T FORGET....Time to be SASSSC!

Hey ladies,

Tomorrow is our November SASSSC meeting. A couple things to remember:

  • Mono tape, Glue Sticks and Embellishments you may want to use for our make and take. We are going to be making boxes to transport our swaps to and from the SASSSC meetings. The more SASSSC the better!

  • Also, please look on the bottom of our blog (http://sasssc.blogspot.com/) to make sure you are bringing what you should for your assignment for this month.

  • Please bring your yearly club dues. We forgot to collect those during our initial meeting and we have had new members join since then anyways. The yearly club dues are $24...and...

  • MOST IMPORTANT...bring your swaps. We were making a total of 9 this month. I can't wait to see all the creativity!
Have a good evening and we'll see you tomorrow at 9:30 AM!!!

November 5, 2008

SASSSC Spotlight - All About Mary!

I asked Mary a series of questions so that we cold get to know her better. Here are her responses.

Name: Mary C. (I didn't put her full name for internet privacy reasons)

Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake

She lives in Pearland, TX

She was born in Chicago,IL

She has 4 brothers and 4 sisters (She is a twin)

She has 1- son (Michael) and 2-Step Daughters (Julie & Traci) 2 Stepgrandchildren (Marco Jr & Magen)


Who introduced you to stamping and how did they introduce it to you? Delia and Olga, they made me stamp :) (Sisters can be so bossy, can't they! hee hee)

How long have you been stamping? 1 yr +

Why do you like stamping? Creativity, mingling with friends, new ideas/techniques

What is your favorite color or color combination to use? Purple, Black

What's your Favorite occasion to stamp for? Birthdays

Where do you get ideas? From Laura and my Sisters

Do you have a favorite technique, style and/or tool? Cuttlebug, Cricut

How did you hear about SASSSC? My little Sister Delia


What do you like to do when you aren't stamping? Movies, Shopping, Shopping and more Shopping


Tell us an interesting fact about you... I Love to go to concerts, with someone or by myself.

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Mary, thanks for helping us to get to know you a little better.

If anyone has any additional questions they'd like to see asked each month to our SASSSC Spotlighted Lady, please let me know.

November 2, 2008

CONGRATULATIONS OLGA!

Hey everyone...I was just informed that one of our SASSSC members was given the great priveledge of being a Featured Guest of the Month with her artwork shown on a website! WOW!


Olga was this month's AND next month's Guest artist on 100 Proof Press's website. You can check out her profile here. They also have a link on this page to have a look at some of her work. It is beautiful!

100 Proof Press is a company that has been making high-quality stamps since 1980.

Great job Olga! What an accomplishment! :)

October 29, 2008

Welcome Margie and Adriana!

Let's all welcome our new members, Margie and Adriana to the group. Margie is Mary and Delia's sister. Adriana is someone most of already know from Laura's Stamp Club.

This makes our official #8 Member AND Member #9. We can't wait to see you both at the November meeting!

Please still make 9 cards for the November meeting. I can't wait to see all the kids birthday ideas each of you bring. :)

Also, see the adjusted responsibilities at the bottom of the blog. Every assignment is the same this month (November) and will be shifted starting in January becuase we have these new members. If you see any errors in how the new members were added to the rotation, please let me know.

October 23, 2008

Sour Cream Treat Box Ideas

Last month at Stamp Club Laura taught us all how to make cute little sour cream treat boxes. These were especially cute with double-sided SU Halloween paper.
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Here are the instructions she provided, if you didn't get them already:
Sour Cream Treat

Cut a piece of designer paper 4 ½” x 3 ½”
Put sticky tape along one of the 3 ½” sides, and ½ way along one 4 ½” side and in the middle of the opposite 4 ½ side.

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Remove covering from tape and roll 3 ½” side over to form a tube. Press one of the 4 ½” sides together. Fill with candy kiss and them press the other side closed from the OPPOSITE direction.
Make tag and attach with ribbon.

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I LOVE THESE LITTLE THINGS! As always, Laura, thanks for all the great ideas and for the great instructions.

Check out this link for more examples (scroll down a bit)...I really like the cute bat and pumpkin one. Very appropriate for this time of year.

Halloween Sour Cream Treat Ideas

Here's another example where someone used the same idea for a baby shower or little girls' party.

Baby Shower Sour Cream Treat Idea

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Credits:

I have to give credit where credit is due. Lots of thanks to Laura for passing the idea off to us at club. She's the one that inspired me to make it and look for more ideas.

Also, the Halloween Sour Cream Treat Ideas link I posted comes from the SplitCoast Stampers website. There are other holiday ideas for the same Treat box there too.

Last but not least...want to make sure to thank MadCat Stamper, a blogger out there that posted the beautiful idea for Pretty Pink Treat boxes. You can see her blog by clicking on the name above and thank her if you'd like by commenting on the following post.

SU Word Search Background Stamp

I use Stampin' Up alot when I make cards and I routinely search the web for new ideas. There are alot of people out there using stampin' up, so sometimes you can find GREAT information that is specific to their stamp sets.

I was searching to find some cool uses for my crossword puzzle background stamp when I stumbled upon this REALLY COOL link!

It shows you a bunch of words and where they are at in the puzzle. Check it out!http://www.stampinkub.com/tutorials/tools/wordsearch.html

I found another link that shows some examples of how you can use it for cards...http://www.patstamps.com/Word_Search.html In one example here with the puppy on it, they made up their own letters and just spaced them similarly to the letters on the cross-word. What a great idea. You could include someone's name in the crossword this way too. :o)

October 19, 2008

First SASSSC Meeting - October 2008

Our first meeting was a great success. We had 5 people show...6 if you count Vegas. I think she will have to be nominated as the SASSSC mascot. Delia (Vegas's Mom) has been the initiator and organizer and has graciously donated her home the 3rd Saturday morning of each month for this club. :) Here's a picture of the members that were at our kick off meeting.

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During this initial meeting, we sat down and discussed all the topics, parties and responsibilities for the next 8 to 12 months.

YES, we will have 2 big SASSSC parties and lots and lots of card swaps during the 8 to 12 month time the club is meeting. We will rotate food and deomonstration responsibilities each month to keep things interesting and keep everything running fairly and smoothly.

You can see some of our monthly theme decisions and our current reponsibilities grid posted up here on the site.

Here's a picture of our spread. Delia did ALL the food for this first event. It was very YUMMY! Thanks for everything Delia.

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Here's a picture of our other spread. Delia has been in a similar club before. She told us a lot about it and used it as the base for her suggestions for this club. She kept going to her craft room and pulling out more and more samples that she made and also that other club members made during the duration of this other club.

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MAN, I have to say there was a lot of creativity and thought put into this example club! The ladies in this other group were CREATIVE. Their parties and samples were fabulous! We have a lot to live up to. :) I'm really looking forward to the make 'n takes and seeing what others come up with surrounding our themes.


4 Great Reasons for SASSSC!

1. Great reason to be more creative more often.
2. Motivator to get early on a Saturday morning.
3. Excuse to enjoy brunch and some mimosa's. YAY!
4. A GREAT opportunity to enjoy the company of some GREAT ladies!

October 18, 2008

We're SASSSC!

This is the first entry on our SASSSC Site! SASSSC is pronounced "Sassy". It's a new stamping club for a couple of us here in the Houston Area. We'll meet monthly to swap all our stamped creations. There are 8 of us now and we are still looking for 4 more committed members to join.

Our first official swap will be in November.

Check back...I'll be posting our pictures of our monthly swaps...pictures of our meetings and parties...and spotlights on our members on a monthly basis.

My name is Annie and I'll be maintaining the blog for these SASSSC ladies! Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments!