Saturday, June 30, 2007

Allie Tagged me!

Allie tagged me, so I must keep this going :)...
The Rules: …. each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves on their Blog. People who are tagged need to blog 7 facts about themselves and post the rules as well. At the end of their blog list 7 people you are tagging. Let them know that they are tagged by leaving them a comment. sounds like fun, right? here we go...
1. I am afraid to drive on bridges over water when my kids are in the car (it is getting better as they age. When they were all small and "non-swimmers" my knuckles were totally white!
2. I have a dream to become a sculptor (I've only practiced with playdoh...but reading the agony and the ecstacy is downright painful for me!)
3. I believe I can do anything (blame my mom for that one...she must have told me that when I was at an impressionable age)
4. I believe in the goodness of mankind. I think the best of people and when they let me down, I am crushed!
5. I'm training for a triathalon with my sisters. If you know me...you are laughing. Enjoy that!
6. I love music of all kinds. I can listen to opera one day and Country the next. It is like people...it all has something to offer.
7. I can't play games on the XBOX because they make me motion sick. Figure that one out...

Now I am taggin 7 more people. I hope they play along!
Elsie Flannigan http://elsieflannigan.blogspot.com/ (one can dream...)
Christina Twing http://forloveofpaper.blogspot.com/
Beth Thomas http://astampingoodtime.blogspot.com/
http://thewoodenporch.blogspot.com/ ( she won't give her name but she makes me laugh!!)
Brynn Wennen http://www.createandsharewithbrynn.blogspot.com/
Michelle Tweedy http://www.painteddesertserenade.blogspot.com/
Bety http://iralamija.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Doodle friends


Do you ever get to the end of a day and say...I made it! ? It was all you could do to just get through it? I tell ya, I just don't stop all day! Crazy! I blame Winn Dixie personally. I was busy enough, but then, I stopped to innocently buy bread, which I never do cause I make my own, and they were having a sale on meat again. Yes, you guessed it. I canned again today. Meat really is the easiest. I did 13 quarts of it today. I love looking at my shelves and seeing them filled up! It is awesome!
Anyway, on to stamping! Here is a page I demoed at my workshop last night. I finished it today. I got the basic layout idea off of the workshop wizard on the SU demo site. They used different colors, stamps and of course, picture, but the basic idea was from there. I loved the easy idea of the color block! This is an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of chocolate chip as the base. The pink is pretty in pink that was also 8-1/2 x 11. I turned the pink on it's long side and cut it to 7 x 8-1/2. One cut! I stamped the doodle this set in white onto the pink and then stuck it on the left side of the chocolate chip. I used the paper piercer and template from the crafter's kit to do my faux stitching along the edges. I didn't go all the way around...I think it adds a bit of interest...like...your eyes are trying to connect the dots or something. (busy work for eyes...) The polka dots are a strip cut from one of the Au Chocolate papers...retiring this month! I mounted them onto a rectangle of whisper white that I cut to 5 x 7 or so. I think this page would look good without the white mat, but I had already put that down. My picture didn't quite fill it up so I added some chocolate chip dots with my markers to fill in the white space. The flowers are stamped with basic brown onto whisper white and then chalked in with various pinks. The doodles in the corners are stamped with craft white and enhanced with my awesome white gel pen. I stamped the "friends" with the basic brown and added a bit of gel pen to that too. It is a pretty simple page that can easily be made to a 12 x 12 size or even modified a bit with more pictures. If you are wondering, that is my daughter on the right. Isn't she a beauty?

It's here!!!

My new catalogs came yesterday. woo hoo!! I had been waiting and waiting and then I got busy planning my workshop for last night and forgot all about them. As I was walking out the door, loaded up with stampin supplies, I noticed an innocent brown box on the kitchen counter. Could it be?? Are you kidding me? Nobody told me??! I quickly ran over, ripped the box open, grabbed a fresh new catalog and ran to the car. I was driving my BRV (big red van) so...no, I didn't do much looking whilst I drove, but I did hope for red lights and pulled that baby out at every one to drool! It is absolutely gorgeous!! It feels smaller, cause it is, but it is still loaded with great stuff!!! I won't ruin all the surprises, but there is a crop-a-dile in there! yeeehaw! I love that thing and Now I can demo it! If you don't know what it is, don't worry. Just get your $30 ready. You will be wanting it!!
I promise to post something stamped later today...right now....I'm going back to check on my new catalog. You know, when they are just born like this, they need lots of attention....If you would like one of your own....you know what to do! Get out that calendar and pick a date!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Guest stamper!

I decided to showcase a guest stamper today on my blog. Shari B is a member of my SU family. She is an incredibly talented gal and loads of fun! Just don't get her laughing while she is driving...it can get scarey! This is a card she did for a hostess set swap. I didn't participate in the swap but she was nice enough to give me one anyway! I really like this card! The colors just pop and the background looks awesome! She used Baroque Motif for the background and the flowers and thank you are from a new hostess set....which I don't remember the name of. If you REALLY want to know...book a workshop with me for July and you can see it in the new catalog along with it's name! ;o) The colors she used are Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky. Hopefully, by the end of the next catalog, I will be able to spell that right....don't hold your breath tho!


In other news...I was innocently walking through the grocery store this morning when I was suddenly assaulted by several rather large bags of carrots. They just jumped right into my cart! It was a rather pleasant surprise when I saw there very reasonable price. I decided to bring them home. My children cheered and promptly picked up the peeler and assumed their positions for the canning ritual that has become an almost daily occurance at our home this summer. My daughter actually had two friends come over and help. I didn't even ask for this help, I promise! But heck, I'm not dumb enough to turn them away! I think they had fun....we ended up with 60 pints and 7 quarts of carrots. I may have to do more....my vegetarian daugther has already opened two pints to eat and they are still warm from the oven!

Aren't they lovely?? (The girls are pretty cute too! )I 'paid' the girls for their services by treating them to a movie. If you have not gone to see Evan Almighty yet, GO! It is a wonderful movie!! WAY better than Bruce Almighty. (sorry Jim) Steve can be funny without being naughty! What a thought! It was funny, clean and frankly...inspiring. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Stamp happy in the Garden




I had a bit of time this evening to play with my new hostess set from next year's SU catalog. Garden Silhouettes is a beautiful set! This is the very first card I made with it and I just love it. I started with glossy white paper and stamped the sprig with Versamark. Then I brayered over that with the new River Rock color. I let it dry for just a second or two and then stamped the sprig again with the Versamark and brayered again over that with Always Artichoke. That is how I got the shadow effect. I highlighted the sprigs a bit with my awesome white gel pen, then I mounted the brayered piece on whisper white and then on a card base of Always artichoke. The word Lovely is also in this set along with the word Charm. I stamped lovely onto whisper white and punched it out with the small oval punch. To get the oval cardstock to stick to the hardward, I used Crystal Effects around the opening. I slipped a strip of narrow white organdy through the holes and around the card. This card would be great for lots of occasions. It has a bit of an elegant feel to it.



The next card I made is from the same set, just another stamp. I started with a card base of Soft Sky, another new color in the SU catalog next year. I stamped the floral bough with craft white and then cut off 2/3 of the front of the card. I stamped the bough again on a piece of whisper white with the Soft Sky stamp pad and mounted it under the flap of the card. I thought it looked a bit like fabric so I added a faux stitch line with my piercing tool and white gel pen. I also used the gel pen to add dots to the middle of the flowers. I tell ya, once I get that gel pen out I just go crazy with it! I pulled out my Be Happy set and stamped the "smile" with Soft Sky. I wanted a scallop around that, but I don't have one yet so....I pulled out my word window punch and punched out a bunch of those. The punched out piece was just long enough to mount behind the smile circle and hand over like two 'scallops.' I just kept sticking them around until I had a full scalloped circle. I have to admit....this is one of my few orginal ideas! yay for me! I took my piercer tool and poked a hole in each scallop just to add some more texture. The dot on the 'i' is one of the new Ice rhinestone brads. I love these!! To finish off the card I tied some narrow white organdy and silver cording around the front of the card and rubbed the white cardstock edges with my Soft Sky pad. This card does make me smile! I can't wait to play with it more!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Hooray for you!



Those of you that still consider the summer break to be a "break".....don't have my life. Holy cow! I have been SOOO busy! I know, I say that all the time. I'm sorry. I need to come up with some different words. Broaden my vocabulary....in my spare time. LOL

My kids have been doing the 'summer music camp' thing. It is awesome except that they all go at different times. So, I have been in the car for the last week. At least it seems that way.

I did have a couple workshops this week. Thank goodness! That is my therapy and fun time!! Here is one of the cards I did last night. Nice and Easy notes is a set that I have had for years! It is a great all season set and many people have gotten it as the starter set for their stampin addiction. I will be sad to see it go, but I'm sure SU will replace it with something awesome! For this card I used a base of So Saffron. The card opens at the bottom. The patterned paper is from the current mini catalog. I used the large corner rounder on the edges of the mouse, his mat, and the scallop border. If you don't know how to do this scallop border, it is totally easy! Just take the corner guide off your punch and use the punch on the straight side of your paper. It is easiest to do this with the punch upside down so you can see where you are punching and match up the scallops. The ribbon is rose and the blue paper is tempting turquoise. I colored in the mouse with the M3 and added a trio of black mini brads to the bottom corner to anchor it all.
The new catalog should be at my house sometime next week! I can hardly wait!!! I was going through some papers and found my wish list for the new catalog of a few years ago...it was $450. I noticed that I now owned everything on that list. I have a feeling my list for this catalog will be much higher!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The cukes are done!


Well, the cucumbers are all canned. In fact, we also did the blueberries! We ended up with 60 quarts of pickles, 10 quarts of sweet relish, 5 quarts of blueberries, 60 quarts of tomatoes and 32 quarts of peaches. Whew! What a week! The only comment my kids have made is "what are we going to can next? Can we do sweet potatoes?" Isn't that awesome! My girls especially love the canning. We'll see what the good ol fruit stand has in abundance next week....

Because of all this canning and a certain birthday (my daughter's) I haven't had much time to stamp the last few days. I am sharing a card I made for a swap a few years ago that features a couple of sets that are retiring. The girlfriends is one of our favorite sets. My youngest daughter especially likes it. On this card she is colored in with the M3. The background is a fun tie-dye technique using the Sketch it set. I stamped the big flower in only orange, green galor, pink passion and yoyo yellow. After I had the paper pretty covered, I spritzed it with water from a squirt bottle. The colors all blended together like a nice tie-dye shirt from Joe's crab shack. The cardstock can start to curl a bit so I usually put it under a heavy book til it dries. You can really get wild with this technique. Have fun!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Canning update

Well, those of you that were laughing when I mentioned bringing home 200 cucumbers can just keep on laughing. That is a LOT of cucumbers! Holy cow! I am through one box....just about. I had some awesome helpers tonight. My daughter had a friend over to spend the night and they both just jumped in and worked their fingers off. They actually did a better job than I did I think. Their slices were thinner and boy can they cram alot of cukes in a jar!
After talking with my new canning friend and not being able to find directions for canning pickles in the oven, I decided to play it safe and use my steamer. It went pretty fast, but....only five jars at a time. So....after three steamer batches, I went ahead and did a batch in the oven. 275 degrees for about 35 minutes. You know what? They sealed faster than the steamed ones! I love that little "clink" sound you hear when they seal. I wait around and count them with each batch. The steamed ones took quite a while but the oven ones just started singing right away! So...I'm pretty much sold on the oven idea. For those of you that have been looking at the idea on the internet and reading all those "don't do this!!" notes, all I can say is...it is working! One difference from what I have read and what I actually do is that I DO cover my jars with the lids. This does allow the stuff in the jar to get hot enough.
Anybody want some pickles? I think I may have to branch out to relish tomorrow....

New stamps!!



I finally got my new stamps!! yay!! Since I live way over here in Florida, it takes a full seven days to get an order from Stampin' Up! Some weeks are longer than others. Especially when I am waiting for stamps from the new, not yet released, much anticipated, 2007-2008 SU catalog! My new goodies arrived late last night so, today we stamped! I had a couple gals over to help break in the new stuff. In spite of all the kids running through the house we were able to make some fun stuff and even get a few words in edgewise. This first card is made with the Baroque Motif stamp set. I layered certainly celery and Wild Wasabi onto a white card base and stamped the the totally cool swirly onto the celery with wasabi. The flower is stamped with Groovy Guava onto guava cardstock and again onto white cardstock with guava. I cut out the flower with the surrounding dots on the guava paper and then cut out the one on white but without the surrounding dots. I put an icy bling in the center of the flower and then stuck it to the guava cardstock flower with dimensionals. I stuck the layered flower to the card with more dimensionals and then stamped Cherish with Wasabi up on the wasabi paper. This card is SO simple, yet...elegant. I can tell I am going to be using this set a lot!!

The next card was made with the Pick a petal set. A fun flower building set. I am totally excited to play with it more! I made this cute little square card with black cardstock layered onto the new Pomagranate cardstock (love the new colors!!) I stamped the polka dot petal around in a circle to make the flower. It was amazingly easy to make this flower. Don't EVEN be afraid of this set! I stamped the doodley flower center with wasabi onto celery (can you tell what was on my desk....yes, celery paper. Lots of it!) and then punched it out with the 1/2 " circle punch. I took my "totally cool white gel pen" and colored in the dots on the petals and filled in the circle on the center. My white craft pad is a bit dry so the petals have a bit of a blue feel to them. I kind of like it!!

I plan to play more tonight while I am canning my pickles! Have a good one!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Blueberry flip




I still have blueberries in my fridge....I admit it. I haven't gotten around to canning them. We have enjoyed snacking on them during game night tho! Fresh blueberries are the best! I have to say tho...I haven't been sitting around being lazy! I canned another batch of tomatoes and peaches. And then today...I bought over 200 cucumbers to pickle. I think I may have caught a bug! The best part is that my kids are totally eating this up! They are having a blast helping me. I love working together with them. It has been the best summer so far!


I also had a fun stamp gathering on Saturday night. Here is one of the cards we made. It is a flip flap card that Pat Huntoon came up with. Check out her website for tons of great ideas! You can even sign up for her technique Junkies
newsletter. If you do, tell her I sent ya! For the base of this card I used SU basic black. The patterned paper is yet another piece from the awesome pallete of patterns from this month's special. I used both sides of the piece on this so you could see them both. Two sided paper is so fun! The heart is stamped with black onto barely banana cardstock and colored with an appricot appeal marker and my awesome white gel pen. I cut it out and mounted it on some dimensionals and stuck it in the middle of the stamped word heart.
A simple but fun card. Here is a view of it opened. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Tomatoes!



Guess what I did today! I had a crazy hair idea to can tomatoes so I did! My kids and I canned 30 quarts of tomatoes this afternoon. It was so fun having helpers in the kitchen! I have canned before, but my kids haven't been old enough to help or maybe I just didn't ask them. My oldest son was quite the task master. He kept me going and made sure everything worked out. He was awesome! My younger daughter was also an awesome helper. She peeled all those tomatoes. When I was at WalMart getting more lids, I ran into a lady that was also a canner. She told me she canned in her oven! I had never heard of that before! I asked her more, and, actually took her number and told her to go home so I could call her and ask more questions. (I was nice about it!) She was very helpful when I called her. I have now been converted to oven canning! My tomatoes look awesome! I did 10 in my steamer, 5 at a time, and then 20 in my oven! I can fit 11 jars in my oven at a time. This is a total time saver!


Anyway....just had to share my fun day. Tomorrow we are going blueberry picking. It must be summer...

Wanna join the circle?

Michelle is starting a circle journal! I have done these in the past and they are way fun! Check out her blog for more info. Sign up! It will be fun!

Triangle flip



I made this little card for a workshop last week but I gave the hostess my example so...I had to remake it to show you all. That wasn't a big deal because, it is so fun to make! It is one of those interactive cards that is fun to play with too.
Start with a strip of white cardstock that measures 9 x 3. Score it at 3" and 6" so you have three 3 x 3 squares. Then score the squares on the ends diagonally from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. Fold the two squares in towards the middle square and then the diagonal folds out so they meet at the fold. Does that make sense? Here is another picture of the card open to help. I cut a square of patterned paper to 2-6/8" and then sliced it in half diagonally to mount on the front flaps. I mounted the whole thing on a base of black measuring 3-1/2" square and then yellow the same size that I had trimmed down with my good ol deckle shears. The focal topper is from a retiring set called Love ya Bunches. I stamped the birdies and words with basic black on white and mounted it on a piece of black cardstock for stability. The birdies are stuck to the upper left triangle fold with the ribbon under it. I added the hardware to help hold it together and also because I have been accused of being stingy with my hardware...yeah, so what!? Anyway, it looks nice there and adds a bit of whimsy I think. The ribbon wraps all the way around the card and is only adhered under the little birdies. If you glue it to the back, the card will not open. When you pull the triangles, the card opens and flips so be sure to stamp your greeting that way. You can make this card so that it doesn't flip, but how fun would that be?
I am totally loving this new patterned paper...it is so bright and cheerful! Of course, you can't go wrong with daisies.
My goal this week, again, is to take pictures of my craft room. As soon as I find my desk I will do that! In the mean time, Sharon has some awesome pictures of her room you can look at, as well as some pictures of the new SU In Color papers from the new catalog. Go check it out! I'm going to go clean....maybe....

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Lattice tutorial


This is my first attempt at a tutorial. I had some requests for the lattice instructions so I decided to try this route. I did not come up with the technique....it has been around for a long time. I do not know who the creative genius is that came up with it, but I'll throw out a cyber thanks to them. Here goes! For this technique I like to use two sided paper. This paper is some left overs from a CK wall art kit I was playing with today. The easiest way to do this technique that I know of is to use



grid paper. I am useing a piece cut from my SU grid pad. You just need it about 3 inches wide and as long as the paper you want to lattice. For this project I am doing a strip lattice to put on the front of a card. You can do the same steps using a full card.




Fold your strip of paper and your grid paper in half. Be sure to fold on a line of the grid paper.








Put your paper inside the fold of the grid paper so

the folds are together.



Using the grid paper as your guide, cut into both papers diagonally through three squares.



Go to the next square and cut diagonally through two squares. Your cuts should end on the same line. Go to the next square and cut three, then two, then three....etc. til you get close to the end of your paper. Try to keep your cuts straight.

When you get all your cuts done you can pull the paper out of the grid paper and open it flat.
Lay the cut paper mountain fold up.






Starting with the second triangular cut, fold the strip down and smooth it with your bone folder. Skip the third and fold the fourth. Continue folding and skipping until you have all the cuts folded. You can then go back and tuck the folded points under the peak below it if you wish.

You can leave the piece flat or refold it for the edge of a card.

For this card, I layered the lattice work on top of a black card base. I like the look of the black showing through. Kind of masculine, don't you think? I added some plain white ribbon from WalMart along the sides and spelled out DAD with some scrappin tiles I picked up somewhere.



I hope that helps! Give the lattice fold technique a try and show me what you come up with!

TOOO much fun!

I was reading through my favorite blogs and came across a link to a new one. You have got to check this one out! I just about wet my pants reading through her posts. oh my....she is fun! From everyday happenings to how to make your own girdle...it's valuable stuff guys! www.thewoodenporch.blogspot.com

Monday, June 4, 2007

Saying goodbye.....




The retiring list is out and there are some GREAT sets on there! Here are a couple cards using some sets that I will miss! The first is a card using All Year Cheer. This set has been an awesome addition to my stamp collection. Words for every occassion. The top portion of this card is done using the Lattice cut technique. This is usually used along the fold of a card to look like a garden lattice. I saw Beth Daniels use it this way at the Tampa Regional a few months ago and thought it looked awesome! The patterned paper is from the Pattern stack SU offered last month. I love the daisy paper! If you would like directions on the lattice fold, email me. I layered the 'lattice' onto a piece of white cardstock and mounted that onto a card base of rose red. The black ribbon is snailed to the front and the Thinking of you is stamped in basic black. A single gold mini Brad is used to hold the first fold down.


The next card is one I really like. This one uses the Drawing on Nature set. It is a little set, but looks so great done lots of different ways. The technique I used on this card is the Polished Vellum technique. If you have done polished stone, it is the same basic idea. Instead of glossy paper you use vellum cardstock. Spray the VC with rubbing alcohol and then put drops of classic ink onto the vellum and use a cotton ball to pounce it about. After I pounced it all over, I sprayed it again with the rubbing alcohol and let it smear some more. I mounted the polished vellum onto white cardstock with the colored side facing the white cardstock. I ran the vellum through my Xyron to put adhesive over the whole thing so I didn't have to try and hide the adhesive. The focal point was stamped in black onto a piece of glossy cardstock I had wiped with my cotton balls after I pounced the vellum. I added a bit of marker on the hummingbird and flowers just to give them more depth. I also added a bit of bling with the dazzling diamond glitter.

This last card is a bit tongue in cheek...I wanted to play with my patterned papers some more. I also wanted to use a chip board letter. The only problem is I had used most of my letters. So, here is a "G...thanks!" card....does it work? I don't know. I used the pattern stack from last month for the green across the botton, the strip of daisies, and the polka dots on the G. After I glued the paper to the G, I used these cool tools I got at the scrap convention. They are a set of files for chipboard made by Basic Grey. They have little curved files, flat files, round files...and the best part? They have pink handles! Too cute! anyway, I filed all the edges and then brushed it all with crystal effects and let it dry for a couple minutes. Then I added some dazzling diamonds to it. I think next time I won't wait for it to dry. I'll just dump the diamonds on right away. The thanks is stamped with the Rough Edges alphabet. Does this card seem sarcstic to you? maybe... I took these pictures in front of one of my book shelves in my room. If you are a reader, these are some awesome books! Philippa Gregory writes some really great Historical novels about the times of Ann Boleyn and her family. The Time Traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger is wonderful too. Another book peeking out there is The Birth Of Venus, a book by Sarah Dunart that I picked up at a used book store. It was...interesting. I'm still trying to get the "point" at the end....

Sunday, June 3, 2007

I've been tagged!

I've been seeing this tagging game going around the blogging world. I'm so excited that I have been included! My bestest friend Michelle tagged me. :o) I am totally loving reading everyone's answers and learning a little bit about them. Here are my answers. (By the way, they are supposed to be one word answers).
Yourself: Unique
Your Partner: Supportive
Your Hair: Dark
Your Mother: The best
Your Father: My Hero
Your Favorite Item: Piano
Your Dream Last Night: Thirsty
Your Favorite Drink: Water
Your Dream Car: Jaguar!
Your Dream Home: In it!
The Room You Are In: Bedroom
Your Fear: Water
You Want To Be In 10 Years: Young
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Husband
Your Not: Perfectionist
One Of Your Wishlist Items: Bind it all
The Last Thing You Did: played the piano
You Are Wearing: Brown
Your Favorite Weather: windy
Your Favorite Book: Magnificent obsession
Last Thing You Ate: Brownies with ice cream
Your life: Full
Your Mood: Happy
Your Best Friend: Michelle!
What Are You Thinking About Right Now:Why I ate those brownies...
Your Car: dirty
What Are You Doing At The Moment: Listening
Relationship Status: Married
What Is On Your TV: Dust
What Is The Weather Like: Beautiful!
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: Today
Now I'm supposed to tag some people....so I am taggin a couple sites that inspire me for different reasons. These gals have some awesome stuff to share! Check them out!
Brynn
Michelle Giraud
Carole Janson