Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
My favorite thing about getting older is the attitude adjustment ... you kinda roll with the punches and stop worrying about the little things ... or things that you can't change.
Friday, April 25, 2008
So anyway, after taking my office apart and then putting it back together, I made this card for the challenge. My card base is Chocolate chip with a piece of so saffron designer paper layered on it. I rounded the corners of the two colors at the open edge of the card to go with the dot pattern. The strip across the middle is the brocade blue faux stitched with the paper piercer and my white gel pen. I rubbed the edges of the saffron paper with my bloody mary chalk option pad (shh don't tell...that wasn't in the challenge). The celery ribbon is the new thin twill tape from the Stampin' Up! mini catalog. Shari got this for me for my birthday. I love it! I used it to make some faux leaves too. I stamped Happy in brocade blue on white and layered it onto some saffron paper and put that in the middle of a white flower from the pretties kit Kimber got me for my birthday! I added some swirls from the Precious set with Versamark to the two corners and stuck a clear rhinestone brad on the left to tie it all together. After I was done, I went back and added a bit more bling with clear stickles to the dotted swirls.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
In honor of my birthday, I am offering another package of blog candy! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about getting older. :o) The candy includes a package of cardstock, metal edge tags, sanding block, cool metal border stickers, silver gel pen, and a set of mini gift cards stamped by yours truly.
For some reason, my 'rechargeable batteries' decided not to 'recharge' anymore. I am quite distraught about that. I planned to share these pictures a couple of days ago, but....I had to wait til I bought some new batteries. I have to say tho, I was really afraid I had broken my camera! I'm glad it is just the batteries!
I borrowed my friend's Precious stamp set the other day and have been having fun with it! I made this card using a square card base of chocolate chip (5-12" square). I stamped the swirlies in blue bayou onto a large piece of whisper white and onto a smaller piece. I cut out a butterfly and stuck it on with dimensionals. You know how butterflies just cry out for glitter, so I coated this one with clear stickles. I liked the look so I carried the stickels onto the dotted lines in the swirls. I layered the white pieces and put them on the card base. The edges are blue bayou stitched ribbon. I finished the card off with some square Ice rhinestones on the let. I love these colors together! Since I had the set and colors out, I went ahead and made this little pouch card while I was at it. I used a scallop note from Stampin' Up! that I had stamped the swirl from Precious on with Versamark ink. I scored the scallop at 2" from one side and 1-1/2" from the two sides. Cut out the little triangles you make when you score and then fold the sides in and the bottom up. Easy peasy! I wrapped some vellum cardstock around it 'belly-band' style and added some blue bayou ribbon. I stamped the butterfly on white cardstock and cut him out. He is stuck on with a dimensional and touched up with some glitter. The little tag inside has more swirls and a saying from Full of Life, a new set in the Stampin' Up! mini catalog. I really like this set...I may to buy my own!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I did get to stamp today, but I sent all my creations away or they are drying in my office. I went a little crazy with the Stickles tonight. I'll show you all tomorrow. I also plan to put another blog candy contest on here tomorrow in honor of my birthday month. Be sure to check back!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Well, my guess is candy wrappers. I see a manufacturer but they make so many things that I can't narrow it down any better than that. It is pretty cool!
Michelle, send me your address and I'll send you some goodies. :o)
I have some new samples to share but my computer has been take over by alien forces. I will have to wait til we have reached a treaty before I can upload any pictures to my blog I guess. Dang aliens.
Friday, April 18, 2008
This week's challenge was to use chipboard. I totally love using this stuff! Stampin' Up! has loads of great shapes and letters as well as book boards to play with. I decided to use some floral shapes from the Blossoms and basics set for my challenge. I coverd the flower, leaves and center with designer paper in summer sun and celery. The tombow liquid adhesive is awesome for chipboard! After the glue dried, I inked up the covered chipboard with Versamark and then heat embossed the shape with clear embossing powder. I wanted to use Glassy glaze (UTEE) but, I discovered I was out. I hate that! Time for an order! I had already made my card base before for another project. It is made from textured cardstock folded in half and then in half again. It is actually a cd holder. There is a full pocket on the inside left and a diagonally cut pocket on the right for a cd to slide into. I need to send a disk of pictures to my sister in law from our spa trip and thought this would be perfect! To hold the folds together, I used my sewing machine to stitch them down. The scalloped half circle on the front is from the SU carousel note sets. I just cut one in half. I added some detail along the scalloped edge with my white gel pen. The "memories" is a rub on from Stampin' Up!'s Cherished Memories set. The cool thing about rubons is that because of how they are made, when you color them in with a marker as I did here, there is a white border that remains around the black. It makes it look like you can really color in the lines because the film resists the ink. Kind of a cool little feature, I thought. I added another rubon to the upper right hand corner and a rhinestone brad to the memories. The ribbon on the left is some basic WalMart satin white ribbon. I thought it looked pretty festive. Now I just have to make that disk of pictures! Be sure to check out the other blogger challenge players, their links are on the left.
Don't forget to comment on my post from yesterday with your guess as to what the purse is made from. Some good guesses have been made....pretty close! I will draw a winner tomorrow for some blog candy!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I had a great stamp a stack tonight with some really great ladies. I've said it before and I'll say it again, stampers are the best kind of people!
One of the gals that came tonight brought a new purse a girlfriend had bought her when she went on a cruise. Check this out! Can you tell what it is made out of? Give it a guess!! I was amazed! I totally want one!! If you guess the right answer, I will pick a name for a prize. Look close.....
We did a card similar to this one tonight....only it was guava and pomegranate, used different background paper, had glitter instead of beads and...well...okay, it was different. but, this is a really cute card! I'm off to bed before I get grounded from the computer by my husband! ;o))
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I decided to do a 'quick' page tonight. (LOL) I pulled out this sweet picture of my Niece Gwen that I had taken last fall. She is the cutest thing! I saw her only once before, at her birth, and it amazed me how quick she had grown into a little energizer bunny! I started my page with a piece of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye - Bohemian. I LOVE this paper! The colors are great and the feel is rustic, yet,...well, Bohemian! I put my picture in the center of the paper and traced around it with my white gel pen. Normally I would use a pencil, but I knew I was going to use some white paint as a border, so gel pen would blend in. I used my Stampin' Up! Hobby blade to cut out the parts of the flowers that overlapped my picture. The white paint is memory paint that dries suuuper quick. Because I tend to leave my foam brushes on my desk til they solidify and then end up throwing them away, I decided to try and 'paint' with some cosmetic sponges I found in my paint drawer. It worked great and I didn't feel bad throwing it away when I was done. I swiped the paint on for my faux frame and added a bit in the bottom right hand corner for fun. I tore off the upper left hand corner of the paper and sponged the edges with my Bloody Mary chalk option pad. I liked the look of that so I took the pad to all the edges of the patterned paper. I stamped the linen background stamp from SU on some chocolate chip cardstock with white ink and mounted that behind my tear. The words are from the CK kit of the month from a few months back. It is a foam stamp set so I used black memory paint to stamp with. Ink just doesn't work very well with these stamps. I cut a free hand oval from some celery cardstock and put some red brads in it for the flower center and used some chipboard circles from Prima for centers on the other flowers. I thought I would 'quickly' add some stitches with the blue hemp to my tear....yeah, this wasn't quick. It took as long as the whole page! Oh well, I like the look of it so much I added another stitch to dot my I in girl. The page ended up taking longer than I wanted it to, but the good thing is I didn't have to hunt around for stuff. The paper was already done so that cut out some effort on my part. You gotta love the ease of patterned paper some times!
In other news, this week was awards week at out elementary school. I was a dork and forgot my camera for two sessions, but managed to remember it today. My kids brought home quite a haul between them all. AB honor roll for Sarah and some character awards as well. Here is Ethan getting his Citizenship award. Such a cutie!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
In other news.....I have picked a Blog Candy Winner!! I really enjoyed reading all the great birthday experiences you all had! Some were funny, some were sweet, some were exactly what I would like to have on my birthday (apr 24 if you are wondering...) . I picked the winner by a highly technical process which entailed closing my eyes and spinning the round part of my mouse back and forth while I sang happy birthday. The winner is....AMY!!!
My favorite birthday memory happened only a couple years ago. I had said something in passing about how molten chocolate lava cake would make the most luxurious birthday cake ever and my husband went to all the trouble to make me one from scratch! It was such an amazing surprise!Thanks for sharing the super fun blog candy!
Amy, email me your address and I will send you the goodies!
I have to admit...I would NOT turn away a cake like this! hang the diet! Her hubby sounds like a keeper!!
Thanks everyone for playing! I will have more blog candy next week. ;o) Stay tuned!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
This first one is a 6 x 12" frame I picked up at WalMart I think. (I also collect frames I'm afraid to say...) I used a simply scrappin kit from Stampin' Up! entitled Confetti. These kits have loads of self-adhesive-diecuts! Enough to do an entire mini album. The striped paper on the left is from another SS kit from last year called Primary colors. The frame, dotted stripe, dotted paper, and circle accents are all from the first kit. Since I wasn't putting pictures on this, I stuck the circles that would overlap pictures onto scraps of white cardstock and then cut them out. I then stuck them to the background with a dimensional where the picture wasn't going to be. Make sense? That way the person that uses this can easily stick their picture right under the circle.
This next one is also made using a SS kit. I guess it must be from a past catalog...can't seem to find it! sigh,...I can't keep up with my paper! ;o) While I was making this one I was thinking of my little brother in his skater days. Imagining some half pipe pictures on here....Getting nostalgic. I guess that happens around your birthday?
I was up late doing more projects (and watching Catch me if you Can with the kids) so watch for more tomorrow! Also, I will draw a name for my BLOG CANDY later today so if you haven't left me a comment, go for it!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I put together a few goodies for Blog Candy today. I have been having way too much fun making stuff with coasters and patterned paper lately. Stampin' Up! has made it even easier to use these two items together by offering the Tombow Liquid Adhesive. If you haven't used it, you've got to! It is awesome! My candy consists of a pad of designer paper(5 different colors in there!), a So Many Sayings stamp set (mount these individually on the sides of dominos for ton of stamps!), a stack of blank coaster, a brand new tube of Tombo Liquid Adhesive, and a plastic box full of fun punched shapes (we'll call it 'shape salad'). In order to be in the drawing for this blog candy, please leave me a comment on this post answering this question: "What is your favorite birthday memory?" Also, Please include your name and return address if it isn't already on your profile. I did a contest once and the person I drew didn't have any contact info! So sad!
I have also been busy making items for my craft booth. Here are a few of the clipboards I made. I like the western one the best! I'll have more to show you tomorrow. really!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
In other news, I am gathering some goodies for some BLOG CANDY so....stay tuned! It should be up tomorrow with my Friday Blog Challenge. Now, I am off to get the 'homeschooling' kids off the Xbox and onto some learning! Happy Day!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
For this first page I used some paper by Cosmo Cricket (I think), alphabet by Stampin' Up! and a foam stamp from Creating Keepsakes. The ink is SU Chocolate chip. I cut the brown paper in diagonal curves and layered it over the polka dots. I stamped the 'smile' directly onto the background and started to stamp the name but realized I was spelling Stetson instead of Halston. Darn those nephews for growing so fast! I got them confused! To fix my error, I stamped the correct name on some vanilla cardstock, cut out each letter in a box , sponged the edges and adhered them over the wrong letters. Opportunity for creativity! The hardest part of this page was getting the curves how I wanted them. It was a good page to start with. positive reinforcement! I was ready to roll after this one! I'll share more tomorrow!