Thursday, November 29, 2007

Established


Hello again! I have been having a fun week. I decided to make crafts to sell in a consignment shop with my friends Kim and Laura. I have been working on mini albums and framed art. So, even tho I haven't posted anything, I have been creating! I will be sharing in the next few days. I just have a few minutes here before my sweetie gets home. We are going to Orlando tonight. I wanted to share a vinyl project I am offering. You can do them in any colors. Let me know if you want one!

The board is 8 inches tall and 24 inches long.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

True friend


I needed to make some Thanksgiving cards today so I pulled out my Apple Cider designer paper. I love this stuff! I have to admit tho, I did cut up a full piece of paper. But, the card bases were already cut and the topper was cut. So, those are 'technically scraps.' The paper is two sided and yummy on both sides, but I went with the river rock side because I LOVE the polka dots! You just want to touch them they look so good! The card base is river rock, the designer paper is river rock, so of course, I stamped the flowers from True Friend with .... river rock! I added a bit of sparkle with my stickles on the flowers...can't really see it here but it looks good in person. The scalloped border is done with my new Spellbinders Nestables. love it! The ribbon is some silky ribbon from my stash...probably a WalMart find. I stamped Warm Wishes in black and popped the sentiment on with dimensionals. I love monochromatic cards! They are so clean and easy. The fact that we have these awesome designer papers that not only coordinate with our stamp sets but also coordinate with our colors is one of the reasons I LOVE Stampin' Up! hey! did you know these papers on are sale this month? Buy 3 packages and get one FREE! I'm stocking up! How about you??
Have a great day!

Monday, November 19, 2007

It's monday!!

This is pretty much how I feel about Monday. LOL Just kidding. I thought this picture of Ben was just too cute! He was playing with the camera the other day taking pictures....don't you just love digital?! and he got this picture of himself. Not too bad! I don't remember what he was being but I'm sure it was something scarey.

I made this card the other day and kind of liked how it turned out. I had these two pieces of designer paper in my , you guessed it Scrap pile! I liked the colors together but the patterns were a bit much next to each other. I added some rickrack (sorry mom....she has a phobia of that) and a strip of lite yellow ribbon along the 'seam' of the two papers. It toned them both down and made them friends. I added a big daisy from my pretties kit and a chipboard circle from some kit I got from somewhere, in the middle. It is a simple card that could work for lots of things. If you want to see some great samples of big flower cards, check out this blog. She does amazing stuff.
Have a good monday! I'll be enjoying my piles of laundry.....yay.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Designer quilt

I absolutely LOVE to quilt! I love piecing, I love shopping for fabric, I love hand stitching, I love snuggling up in a quilt! But....I really don't have time to quilt right now. Not with fabric anyway. I do have time to quilt with paper tho! This page is made with a collection of different designer papers I had in my scrap basket. I really wanted to focus on the picture of Ben, so I made a faux quilt backdrop that kind of blends into the background. The colors are so saffron, celery, rose red and soft sky. I tied them all together with a strip of Cutie Pie paper (also a scrap believe it or not). I added some faux stitching around the edges with my white gel pen. (Don't tell, but I didn't even paper pierce! I just drew them on!) The mini brads are from a couple different color families to match...sorry..."coordinate" with the papers. I covered a chipboard heart with scraps from the scraps of paper I used for the background and "stitched" them together as well. The letters are also chipboard that I pressed into my craft white pad to "color." (can you "color" with white? ) I stuck it all together with glue dots which are from an alien planet because nothing in this world is stickier! I pulled out my newly mounted onto dominoes So Many Sayings set, being careful to life with my legs, and stamped some cute words right onto the stripes on the left. I also used other images from that same set to stamp the dots along the bottom of Ben's picture. I was actually going to send this page into SU for a contest, but darn it all....I didn't want to make it again and I wasn't about to give it up! I really liked it! So, somebody just send me a prize. ;o)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Blogger Challenge week 21!



This week our bloggers challenge was do make something using Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Brocade blue and Chocolate chip. I think these colors look awesome together! I couldn't wait to play this morning! I happened to receive a special surprise from Stampin' Up! yesterday so...had to use that too! This set is called Time Well Spent and will be in the new Spring/Summer catalog as a level three hostess set. Isn't SU awesome?! I adore this set!


The project I made is a little mini scrapbook/journal that may end up with my daughter...we shall see....The 'cover' is made from chocolate chip cardstock. I put a piece of Whisper White on there and stamped some flowers with my Chocolate Chip pad. The big flower in the upper left along with the two larger flowers in the bottom corners and the butterfly are all cut out and adhered with dimensionals. I know, it took me all morning! I tried to stick with the colors in the challenge and I really like how they turned out. I added a strip of brocade blue along the bottom to add some fun and to make up for my bad measuring and used the chocolate chip marker to make a dotted line on there.


As you may know, I am on a never ended crusade to use up all these scraps I have been keeping for way too long. Hence, the inside of this little book is a bit unique. I went through my white folder and got a bunch of different sized papers and bound them together with my Bind It All. I stamped some random borders with chocolate chip on the pages and left lots of room for pictures, thoughts, or whatever this little book ends up being for. I used my snail to adhere the last page of my little 'book' to the cover. Easy peasy!! When I was done, I decided the butterfly really needed a bit of sparkle so I went back and added some with my stickles. I hope you like it! Be sure to check out the other bloggers in this challenge. They do great stuff!

All in the Family

This little set caught my eye right away when I

looked at the new catalog. It is so fun, cute and

versatile! (Mom, you need this set!) I had been

planning on buying it sometime, so when the "All

in the Family" promotion came up, I did it. The

promotion is in honor of a Stampin' Up! employee, the general manager of the Australian office. Dave died from a rare blood disease. Stampin' Up! is sending his family all proceeds from the sale of this set. I think it is such a wonderful idea! Stampin' Up! really is a great company.

I stamped these little guys with basic black onto confetti white and used my M3 to color them in. They are SO easy to line up and assemble! I used my new spellbinders die to cut the scalloped rectangle and then mounted it onto some Old Olive cardstock. The designer paper to the left is from the Sweetie Pie collection. I used two different scraps of ribbon I had in my ribbon jar and stapled a bit of one to the edge of the card. How did I ever stamp without my stapler?! The card base is soft sky and the "friends forever" is from the So many sayings set. Did I tell you that I cut that set apart and mounted all the sayings on the sides of dominoes? Makes for a rockin set of word stamps! It is a bit heavier tho....;o)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Variations on a theme



I had a super saturday last week, literally! After my fall festival in the morning, I taught a couple classes at the church at our "super Saturday." That is a fancy name for a day of crafts for the women. I love them! I offered a craft using my vinyl art and another making cards. Here is a picture of some of the cards we did. I gave everyone a basic color palette and let them get creative. Some of the cards were really great! I love seeing what people come up with. For my crds I used River Rock cardstock and stamped the linen background with either chocolate chip or old olive. The focal point is stamped on white natural paper. I inked up my Garden Silhouette flowers with my M3 - old olive and ruby red. I stamped one image and then spritzed the stamp and got another image out of it. The second image looked almost better than the first! On the image at the bottom left, I stamped the several times without reinking to give depth. I also added stickles to the flowers for some blingage.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Arrrggg matey!

Okay, this is the funniest thing! For Halloween, Ethan wanted to be a pirate. I actually wanted the whole family to go as a "merry band of pirates" but...you all know how 'plans' go..right? anyway, Ethan wanted to be one, so I got him this costume. I don't like to buy the premade costumes in the store because they are basically made from tissue paper that will rip apart before the child actually gets to any Halloween activites and that will end up in crying, wailing, and more temptations for mom to run away and never come back. SO, I bought him pants and a shirt and belt he could wear other places in the future, like, to church and school, and splurged for this hat. Little did I know that the hat came with a mustache and beard! Take a look at that mustache! Have you EVER seen anything so freakin large? It was a total riot! All the kids had to try it on. I have pictures of all of them wearing it. Some of them used it as a Uni-brow! In fact, when we got to the trunk or treat, other people tried it on as well! (that's what we call 'blackmail pictures') It was definitely the highlight of Halloween for me. I might even get those pictures developed and scrapbook them! Maybe....

Love notes

Have you ever had a vision of a finished project and just couldn't get it to work out? I know I have. Sometimes after I have struggled with something for a while I find the best thing to do is to just walk away from it. Or, let it get buried on my craft table. ;o) I had pulled out this black 'pocket' a while ago and tried to make it work and it just didn't. I found it this week while I was cleaning up and decided to give it another go round. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The pocket is from the SU pockets and pieces (pg 179 of the current catty). Frankly, there are SO many pieces in this packet that I don't think I will ever run out! I stuck the pocket together with sticky strip to keep it from coming apart. Snail just wasn't strong enough. The front is made with Rose Red designer paper, basic black, and rose red cardstock all layered. I stamped the LOVE with white craft and colored in the letters with the VersaMarker. The definition is stamped in black. I used a flower from the pretties along with an Ice rhinestone. I saw this staple idea in one of my scrap mags and decided to try it instead of leaves. What do you think? I kind of like it. I had to balance it out with a staple in the other corner....ocd or something...The black pocket is stamped with the French Flair in white. I added some pieces of white cardstock for "notes" and stapled a punched heart to each one. I sponged the edges of the "notes" with rose red to tie it all together. I added "NoTeS" in white and stuck the front piece on with dimensionals. I am planning on filling this with notes to my sweetie. I think the part I like the best about this project is the white flair on the black pocket. I really gives it depth and texture. Almost like an embossed leather wallet.
I am supposed to be helping at the school today but my car is STILL in the shop. I just got off the phone with "Steve the mechanic" and he gave me the great news of $850. yikers! Here is a bit of advice for you all. 1. never let your husband shop for a car alone 2. never buy a car that has been marked down from $8000 to $2500 because it only needs a new battery and some belts. "Such a deal I have for you..." LOL Live and learn and hopefully enjoy the ride!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fall is in the air!

I remember when I was a kid...it seemed that as soon as school started the weather started cooling off. It hasn't been that way for a long time now! Maybe it is because I live in Florida. I don't know. It has been getting nicer here for a few weeks, but we finally have weather that lets you leave the windows open at night and snuggle up in a quilt. I am loving it! Of course, nothing good comes without a price. You guessed it. The kids are sniffling. My kids don't ever get really "sick" but they do get sniffles now and then. Ben is home today, and has been all week. Funny, I got a call from his teacher yesterday asking if he was okay and if he just stayed home to snuggle. I told her that was about it. He doesn't have a fever or anything, just wants mommy time. Sometimes that is hard to get around here.

As some of you know, I have my hands in many things these days. One of the things I have been playing with is vinyl art. I actually purchased a (quite expensive) vinyl cutter. The kind they use to put words on the side of cars. I mostly use mine to make home decor. We are having a craft day at church this Saturday and this is the craft I am doing. If you would like to order one, I am asking $25 plus shipping if you are out of the area. Or, if you are in the area and want to come Saturday and make it, you can do that for $22. Or, if you just want the vinyl and can get the rest yourself, I am charging $14. The board measures 24 inches long. The pictures are just clipped to the mini clipboard so you can swap them out of you want to update your pictures or if a child gets disowned or something. LOL
I got a brand new stamp set on Monday from the Orlando regional promotion. It isn't even in the catalog yet! Kim is on her way over and we are going to play! I'll share later. :o)