Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Polls are closed!

IT is over! I tell ya, working the polls for an election is not the easiest thing I have ever done. I am pretty good and fudging my way through most creative ventures, but this was something that had to be done the right way. I mean, really important and all! I'm not so good at that kind of thing. The day started VERY early, earlier than it really had to because I kept waking up all night in a sweat, afraid I had over slept. Silly me. Anyway, I spent 14 hours at the polls yesterday. I have to say, on a whole, people were very nice and very honest. I was so impressed with them all! I came home and went to bed. I was SO tired! It was a great experience tho. I am looking forward to the next one!


I was playing around with my new rub-ons the other day and came up with a couple samples I liked. I just love how bold and clean they look on the dark colors!
This first one is a 6 x 6 scrap page featuring my favorite people in the whole world! Yes, the whole family is on here. We are all bright and shiney because we are all looking right into the sun. But hey, the lighting is great! I used just one rub on here, on the actual picture! The "all of us" is a rub-on. Pretty cool?!
The F on this next card is a left over from a scrap page you may remember from a month or so ago. I had traced the F from the fall chipboard letters onto textured cardstock and used the negative part for my page. This F was just looking to get used! I used my Big Deal alphabet to spell out the rest of friend using my craft inks. I ran out of room so I got creative with my craft kniife and stamped the N on scrap paper, cut it out and stuck it under the edge of the E. The white gel pen is here...along the side of the F, faux stitched on the corners, and dotted as the butterfly trail. I used Rub-Ons for the flower and butterfly. Don't they just pop!? The center of the flower is a build-a-brad with some celery dotted DSP under it.
One lucky member of my downline will be getting this card in the mail soon. I sent it out today!
I hope to get back to run-on play later today.
Keep smiling!






Monday, January 28, 2008

Sale a Bration is on the way!


Sale-a-bration is one of my favorite times of the SU year. I absolutely LOVE giving away free stamps! I would do it all year long if I could afford it! This year, we not only have some GREAT stamp sets but also some awesome Rub-ons! I didn't buy all the sets this year because I am trying out this new thing called a 'budget.' Some of you may have heard of it. I did buy one set and a package of Rub-ons. The set I bought is called Friendship blooms. You know I am a sucker for flower stamps! The set has these cute flowers you see on the right, as well as some leaves, a saying (also at right), a row of three flowers and a really cute swirly. This is the first card I've made with it, but I'm sure there will be many more! I really like it! For this card, I used a Not Quite Navy card base and layered on some celery DSP. I have to say here that it is a bit of an odd size....and that is because I found this NQN cardstock on my desk and decided to just make the card 'that' size. The cool part is, when I layered the celery on top, it was the perfect size! Yes, the universe was smiling down upon me last night! I added a strip ofWil Wasabi stitched ribbon around the front of the card. I thought the ends of the knot looked a bit like faux leaves so I tied another knot on with more ribbon so both flowers could have some leaves. I stamped the flowers with NQN and then used my sponge daubers to run some NQN chalk on there. In the middle of the flowers are some NQN brads. You gotta love how all these things coordinate! I stuck the flowers on with some dimensionals. The words are stamped in black onto whisper white cardstock. I rounded the corners with my handy corner rounder.
Tommorrow (Tuesday) is election day! Are you ready to vote? I have the opportunity to work at one of our polling places tomorrow. I was restless all night thinking about it! Yes, there is a LOT more to it than just taking those little slips! I have gone to loads of training classes. It wouldn't be so bad, but I'm in charge! Who's idea was that?! Wish me luck!
Have a happy day!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Always purple

Those of you that know me at all know that my favorite color is purple. I just love it! It is funny because a few years ago I didn't know that purple was my favorite color. I was with some friends...probably scrapbooking, and we were talking about favorite things. I said I didn't know what my favorite color was and Michelle said, "it is purple." or probably more accurately, "it's purple you dingdong." And you know what? She was right! Just an example of how your best friend knows you better than you know yourself. Alas, my best buddy lives in California and I am in Florida. Where is the justice in the world? You can see a picture of us when we met up in Palm Springs a few weeks ago on Michelle's blog.


Where was I going with the whole purple thing? Well, let me tell ya! I sat down the other day to work on swaps for my downline swap. I had decided to use the Always set. Love it! I had been inspired by a sample on SCS that was done by Beate I believe. The colors were awesome! Pink and yellow. Something was missing when I tried the same color combo. But, as often happens, I took the inspiration and morfed it into my own thing. I could say that I decided to use purple (eggplant) because that is the color I had the most of, or because it was sitting on my desk, but frankly, I love purple! That is the color most of my cards end up being if I am not careful!


To do this card, I first stamped the heart onto watercolor paper using my Chocolate Chip Craft pad. I dumped clear embossing powder over top of that and heat set it. Then I used my watercolor crayons to color onto the heart. I scribbled the crayons onto the top of my plastic stamp case and used my aqua painters to pick up the colors and 'paint' them onto the heart. I started with the yellow, smearing it around outside the actual lines of the flowers I was highlighting, let it dry just a bit, then went back with my purple and added that. I ended up going back with the yellow again to soften the transition between the colors. I heat it with my heat tool to speed up the drying and to blow the colors around a bit. After the heart was dry I cut it out with my awesome new Craft & Paper scissors that my dear friend Kimber got for me. Love them! As a side note here....I really thought these scissors were only for ribbon. But according to Debra Thompson, who actually READ the product guide (!), they are for ....crafts AND paper. They work awesome for cutting the watercolor paper. Very comfy handles! Anyway! On one card I did two hearts, cut them out and mounted them on whisper white cardstock over some Chocolate satin ribbon (Theater collection). The top heart is put on with dimensionals. I stamped the saying in chocolate chip and used a chocolate chip marker to put a few dots in the corners. They just needed something.I added a purple rhinestone brad for some bling. On the other sample, I stamped the heart again onto whisper white and mounted the cut out heart onto that with dimensionals so that only the dotted border showed. I mounted that onto eggplant and built the card just like the other one. It is funny because I had intended to use the chocolate chip ink with pink cardstock and when I switched to eggplant, I didn't change my ink color. I don't know if I have done much with brown and purple, but I really liked how they looked together! Serendipity!
Hope you are having a great weekend! If you are in Florida, don't forget to go and vote Tuesday!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bloggers challenge!


It is Friday again! I have been busy in my stamp room all day. I mean ALL day! I was up at 2am this morning. I did go back to bed for a few hours, but...golly. This time it was the mother of all headaches. Enough whining! This week our challenge was to use the baby card on page 141 as our template. I knew right off that I wanted to use the "coming soon" Tart and Tangy set from SU. This set will be in the Occasions Mini catalog that comes out in a few months. SO cute!! There is even designer paper to 'coordinate' with it! Love the cherries! There is also an orange (or basic 'citrus' type fruit), an apple, and a strawberry. Best of all they come die cut! Gotta love that!!

For my card base, I cut my Bayou Blue to 6 x 6 and then folded it over to make a card that is 3 x 6. I cut a strip of DSP 1 inch by 12 inches, cut it in half at 6 inches and then cut one 6 x 1 in half the long way so it was 1/2 inch by 6. I then flipped the paper and mounted the narrower strips to the back of the wider one. Basically, the red is the other side of the cherries. A little sneak peek of both sides there. Have I said how much I love double sided paper? I do! The green squre is Artichoke with a strip of Whisper white. I stamped the "you make me" in artichoke with the Rough Edges alphabet. The 'happy' is also stamped with artichoke. The actual stamp is longer than this piece but the part that is cut off is just the beginning and end of the lines on the h and y. Made it fit! I added some white gel pen dots along the edges of the white strip to tie it in a bit more. The cherries are inked with my M3 Real red and Artichoke and stamped onto whisper white. I punched them out with the 1-3/8 circle punch and layered them onto a Sky Blue scallop. I punched a couple of holes with my 18" hole punch and tied a bit of red gingham around the stems of the cherries. They are stuck on with dimensionals.

It was a fairly easy and quick project and...I got to use new stamps! They do make me happy! I took this picture out on my back porch. Can you see the green out there? Neener neener to you guys in the snow! Come visit me if you want to warm up! It is beautiful here! (You can neener me in the summer when I am melting into a pool of goo....;o)) )

I'm going back into my office to do some more stamping! Hope you get to do some too!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Always....



It's three am and for some reason, my body has decided it is done sleeping. That is kind of weird since all it wanted to do yesterday was fall asleep every time I sat still for more that 5 seconds. Sheesh! I mean, I went to bed early, 10 pm, but still! Maybe I'm getting older....you know, the early riser syndrome my grandma has? Oh well, I figured that since I was up I would make my post.

I had a fun workshop last week. My hostess was 11. She is so cute....I'm totally signing her up to be a demonstrator...in 7 years! This is one of the make and takes we did. The card base is Soft sky with real red as the border on the band and heart. Al the stamping was done with Bayou blue. I stamped the bird onto scratch paper before stamping it onto the card base to give it a muted look. The stitched ribbon is also Bayou Blue. I added some highlights on the heart with my real red marker. I think everyone liked it, except for the girl that was terrified of birds. Go figure. She was able to make a really nice card without the bird. Very creative.

This next card is actually the card I made before the blue one. I love the look of Chocolate chip on red. For this one, I used my Vmark to stamp flowers on the red band and to stamp the bird. I stamped the heart and words with Chocolate Chip and then used my sponge to add more chocolate around the edges. You can't have too much chocolate, right? I especially like the wide chocolate grosgrain ribbon on here. Actually, the reason I didn't do this card at my workshop is because I was out of this ribbon! Yes, I ordered more yesterday. It is a staple around here!
I guess I will make an actual breakfast today....after I finish my book of course!
Have a happy day!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

East Coast Prep

Here is another project from leadership. We used a full sheet of 12 x 12 East Coast Prep DSP. Using the inside of the circle from the On Board Ginormous Pieces as a template, we traced and then cut out a circle. I'm sure you could use a plate or other largish round item for this. After cutting it out we scored and folded it in the most peculiar way. The instructions, and yes I actually read them, were really confusing to me for some reason. If I were the one giving instructions...hey! I am! So, basically, use your bone folder and fold the circle so there is approximately a 1-1/2 inch gap at the top. Then unfold it and fold in the sides so they meet at the middle. You can also use a piece of cardstock and just fold the circle around it. The stamp set we used is the one we got for free at leadership, Sweet Celebrations. It is a very versatile set and great for cards and scrapbooks alike. The belly band is just a 1-1/2 inch strip wrapped around and snailed. The dots and stripe and star are all rub-ons. They certainly gave us some hands on training with the rub-ons. They are fun to use!
Today it is actually chilly here! The sad thing is that my husband forgot the dog outside last night. Poor thing! It got down to 40 degrees last night. I am surprised she didn't bark! We have never left her outside before. He said she was just snuggled against the back door shivering. Poor baby! I think she will survive. ;o)
Have a wonderful Sunday! I"m off to get ready for Primary and Choir.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Blogger's challenge


Today our challenge was to use Bayou Blue, Real Red and River Rock together. What a great color combo! I really liked it! This is a simple card. I used the Bblue as the card base and added a River rock card to that. I stamped the flower from in Bayou blue and sponged the centers lightly with Real red. I added a bit of white gel pen to the....what are those things called? Flower fingers? Anyway, I added a strip of real red along the bottom and stamped Embrace Life in Bayou blue. I added a tiny strip of Bayou blue on top of that to pull it all together.
It is great to be home. After flying all night, I got home around 10:30 yesterday morning. Most of my kids were home from school...? But they were nice enough to let me sleep til 2pm. Then we started the clean up. Let me tell ya.....six kids can really make a gross mess. Maybe I should just say 7 kids and count dear hubby in there. My oldest daughter was an absolute angel and kept the kitchen clean. That made SUCH a difference!
I had a scrappin night last night so I'm back in the stampin saddle already. Two more workshops this weekend and then...maybe I'll catch my breath. The spa was great and I am still feeling relaxed from my days there. I hope it lasts for a while!
Be sure to check out the other Blogger challenge players listed at the left.
Have a happy day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

End of Holiday.....sigh....


Please excuse all my typos and seemingly lazy typing. I am on my laptop and I am missing a key and not used to this keyboard. Pathetic, aren't I?


Today is my last day at the spa. It has been so nice to be pampered and spoiled for the last few days. I have loved it but...I am ready to go home. I miss my family!






Here are a few shots from my trip. I didn't realize how much I missed the mountains! They are so beautiful here. The views are amazing. This picture was taken while in the car on one of our many excursions.




Isn't it amazing?





The good news is I am feeling very relaxed and good. The bad news is we found not only the See's candy shop but also the Rocky Mountain chocolate store so....none of my clothes fit. We didn't eat THAT much...and the chocolate covered apples count as fruit, right? At Sees my dear friend Michelle introduced me to the Molasses sticks. Oh my... LOVE those! In the picture here, we have chocolate covered grahams, oreos and pepermint sticks. Yes, I think we will be stopping by one more time on our way out today.




We found this cute hat shop the other nite and tried on tons of hats trying to find one like the hat Catherine Jeta Jones wore in the movie With Reservations. So cute! This isn't anywhere near the hat, but...it is way cute! You will also notice that my hair is straight in this shot. I had it done and they straightened it. It was awesome! It made me miss my straight hair. Of course, in Florida, it is never so smooth and silky. The humidity makes it have a mind of it's own.



Lastly, here is another project we did at leadership last week. It was really fun to do. It is a trifold card meaning it opens on the right and then again on the left. The dots along the side are rubons as well as the tiny white flower on the chipboard heart. Did you know the rubons come in black and white? Very cool! I also love our new striped ribbon. Yes, I did do this card a bit different from the example, but not too much. I added the touquoise strip along the diagonal. I just felt it needed a little something more.


I fly home tonight and tomorrow. Red eye with three stops. Whose idea was this again? Most likely mine. Believe it or not, I cancelled my foot and scalp massage for today so I could just vegg in the hammock with my book. It was lovely. Besides....I had to finish that book before I got on the plane. I have two more dying to be read! I finished Atonement by who ever that was, and am not debating on where I should read The Sex Life of Cannibles or the cute mystery book Michelle gave me.....oh, these decisions are so hard! I also have a book by Suzanne Somers about aging hormones....um, yeah, that will be an 'at home' read. Interesting but probably not enough to entertain me on a plane where I most likely will be sandwiched between two body builders. Please let that not be true!


See you in Florida!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Greetings from Palm Springs!






Yes, I am still here. On 'holiday' you might say. Leadership was wonderful! The classes were great, the stamping was great but of course, the best part was meeting up with old friends! Stampers are the best people on earth I am convinced. What a great bunch of loving, sharing, creative people. I love it!





Friday night was the Manager's reception. We were bussed to the Empire Polo Club for an actual polo match. It was a beautiful night. It was really neat to be out on the grass with the horses running all about. no, we didn't participate in the match, but were were right there! After the match we were treated to a wonderful dinner with even better dessert. I had the honor of having Shelly herself at my table for dinner. She is so cute. We all had this movie style tin at our places. She did not know what it was any more than we did. When she opened it up, she was so excited! I loved it! She said it was one of her most favorite sets in the new catty....mine too! It was the Always set. You will be seeing lots of samples with that one! It was a fun evening.





On the way TO leadership, I had the opportunity to meet up with my sisters for lunch. THAT is a story....let's just say....I am glad there was more that one flight to Palm Springs that day. Yes, I missed my connecting flight! I blame it on my nephew....thanks Halston! It was great to have some time with my sisters. Halston took this picture of us. Not bad!





I have tons of pictures to share but the internet in my hotel is slower than snot! And I do not have my keyboard. The one on my laptop leaves a bit to be desired. Can you say....big fingers, little keys?
Here is one of the make and takes we did the first day. The base is one of the on board book basics. It is about 8 inches square I believe. Totally cute to display on a plate stand. There is stamping as well as the new rub ons on here. Love those! Doing this also showed us why we now carry that Tombow glue. It is AWESOME for chipboard! Thick and creamy but dries super fast. Get some! I think I may have to do a class on this one. It is easy and looks great! Imagine a family portrait above the family on there.
Watch for more leadership info and pictures! I am off for more pampering at the spa.....poor me!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Leadership check in

I am in Palm Springs at the SU leadership having a ball! What could be better than a week of stampin, chocolate, and great friends? I just love hanging out with these ladies. :o)) I don't have a picture to share today because I am not smart enough to figure out how to get my wireless to work. Hopefully I will have pictures later this weekend when I get to the spa.
SU has some great new announcements tho! SU will start taking customer credit cards soon. yay! We will also be getting loads of new perks as demonstrators...such as bulk buying opportunities. This is the time to sign up girls...You can even sign up on line!
hope you are all having a great weekend! talk at ya soon!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tuesday , Tuesday....

I'm busy getting ready for my trip to Palm Springs, yay!
I have loads of swaps to finish, loads of laundry to finish, and
loads of fires to put out. If you are a mom, you KNOW what
I mean. All I can say is....I'm going to really be ready for the
spa by the time I get there!
Here are a couple more clipboards I made last week. I did notmention the size in my previous post. They are small. Only about 6 x 4 inches. The photo spot is about 2-1/2 inches. I know that is small, but you could easily do the same idea with a bigger clip board. They are SO fun to make! For this one I used a piece of celery cardstock with some designer sky blue over top of it. It is very lightly striped...hard to see here. The flowers are Prima and the pearl middles are from my SU Pretties kit. I stamped the "love" with basic black ink. The stamp is a Heidi Swap (wish I had her handwriting). I added the "true" with my rough edges SU stamps. The photo corners are Pioneer and the ribbons are a combo of SU and Walmart.
This next one is for a new baby. My customer called me at the last minute and told me she had the spelling wrong so in the final project, there are two D's in Maddison. I was able to peel off the letters and space them apart to fix it. Thank goodness! The papers here are from an old SU catalog...slumber party I think. I stamped Madison with basic black onto whisper white cardstock and cut out each letter free hand. I sponged the edges of each letter block with pretty in pink ink. I used a flower from my pretties kit that I lightly rubbed with the pretty in pink ink (isn't that fun to read?) and stuck it and a button on with mini glue dots. I wasn't able to actually peel the glue dots off when I modified it, but I was able to sliiiide it over enough to still be over the I somewhat. The good news is my client was happy with them and paid me more than I asked for them. (that is always nice!)
I've got election training today and swaps to finish so I better get crackin!
Have a great day!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Clipboards

I found these cute mini clipboards at A.C. Moore. It was one of those....I don't know what I am going to do with this but I have to buy it items. It is part of my crafters disease. They have a little place to hang them on the wall as well as a dowel that sticks into the back so you can stand them up. Perfect for a picture holder! That is what I decided to make with them. I did several to put in the craft shop I have a booth in. I didn't manage to get pictures of them before they were gone, but I did get a special order for some more and here they are! I did four, but I'm only showing you two today. They are super easy and fun to make. The hardest part was finding the words to put on them. I have loads of stamps, but the gal that ordered them wanted them similar to ones in the shop. Yes, you guessed it....in my hurry to make something I actually used a sticker! I know! Gasp! I never use those things! Figures I would need to find another sticker like the one I used and it has disappeared off the face of the earth. That is a good lesson in the benefits of using stamps. Anyway, on to the project. The clipboard came white so I didn't have to paint it. yay! This first one is covered with designer paper from one of the simply scrappin kits from last years catty. The 'family' is a rub on I found at the scrap store yesterday...yummy new store in Orlando! The clear acrylic tile on the clip is from WalMart and the ribbons are all SU! Iused black photo corners from Pioneer, the flower mysteriously grew in my drawer (i.e. have no idea where it came from) and the rhinestone brad is SU! I stuck it all together with snail adhesive. Lots of it.
This next one uses more Designer paper from SU...spring flowers I believe. The little tile on the clip is from the dollar store...gotta love those dollar finds! The sticker "Us" is the one I had to go all over town looking for. I ended up at Joanns in the sticker section and got a whole sheet of these. The benefit? I had to move the darn thing around about six times til I got it where I wanted it. It still stuck after all that. yay! The flower is another wild one that appeared in my drawer. It was one layer bigger on the bottom, but that was one layer too big for my project so I cut off the bottom petals and added some Prima leaves. The bead was already in the flower. This one has white photo corners as per the order. I have a huge bag of the corners I think my mom got me just after the beginning of time (i.e. when I started scrappin) and I hardly use them. Mostly because I'm too lazy and also because you have to lick them. Can you say gross?
I have a couple more I may share tomorrow. I've got to get my swaps done! Wish me luck!
Note: I'm not sure why my watermark is on there twice....the mysteries of the computer....

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Swaps Wanted!

I was only up til 1am today stamping. Why is it that although there may be time during the day to stamp, I get my best work done in the middle of the night? I think it must be because that it the only time the house is quiet and I am 'alone' as it were. We had one kid farmed out and two extras here so it took quite a while for it to be 'quiet.'
I signed up for several swaps at leadership next week. I like the organized swaps better because I like to spend time visiting with my stampin pals and not worrying about swapping in the general mass hysteria of swapping, if possible. This card is one I am doing for a shoebox swap. It needs to be doable in a short amount of time since we are doing a truckload of swaps. I was inspired by a way cuter card on another blog...can't remember where I saw it, but anyway! I changed it quite a bit and dolled it down to make it demonstrat-able. I used Chocolate chip and brocade blue cardstock for the base and stars. The new big star punch is awesome! I stamped the paisley, horse, and 'wanted' all with the chocolate chip, distressed the edges with my cutter kit, and then went crazy with my sponge and chocolate ink. The horse is stamped onto vanilla cardstock. I wadded up the cardstock and then sponged over it to pick up the creases I had made to give it that old west feel. I put a jumbo eyelet through both stars and then did a cool ribbon trick to tie it all together. I cut my ribbon about 10 inches long. I made a big loop and tied a knot to close it. I slit the loop so the tail on the right side would be shorter. I took the two new tails I had made and fed them through the front of the eyelet. I pulled them through and wrapped them around the front of the card. I used my snail to stick the ribbon to the front of the card and tucked the ends around to the back and stuck them down too. I think doing it this way uses a tiny bit less ribbon than wrapping the ribbon all the way around the card and coming out through the eyelet and tying the knot. I only need about 40 of these so....saving ribbon could be a good thing!
I got a special order for some clipboards so I will share them later on today or tomorrow.
Have a great weekend and...stay warm!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Pink, brown, and Beate!


I'm on time! Amazing, isn't it? Today's blogger's challenge was to use pink and brown. I love those colors together! This card is actually Cameo Coral and Chocolate chip, but....close enough! I had made the card base a while ago and it had been sitting on my desk waiting for the inspiration to finish it. I made it with cameo coral for the base, a square of chocolate chip on top of that, and pieces of designer paper from the Apple Cider and Darling doodles packets. I stamped the big flower, words, little flowers, and the dotted borders with chocolate chip. To get the light and dark on the flowers, I colored parts with my M3 in coral and then chalked with the same color. The effect in person is great! I love how all the SU colors coordinate! The dots are from the Along the Same Lines stamp set. I layered a smaller flower on top of the big flower to give it some dimension and popped the smaller one up with some pop dots. I added some stickles to the flower centers, the outside edge of the big flower and all the swirly dots in the background. When I was done with all that....I stepped back and felt like it still needed a little something so I pulled out the sewing machine and added the stitched lines across the top. The funny thing is...the thread pulled out so I ended up using my white gel pen to make the actual stitch lines, faux! oh well.
This card was also inspired by Beate's Friday challenge. Take a look at all the great variations on her blog.
I'm busy getting swaps ready for leadership so....I'll share more later! Have a great day!