Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday's challenge

Okay, I lied. I didn't get my scrap page up here. Sorry! I worked almost all day on my presentation and flyers for my events this weekend. I didn't play at all! I really want to get my pages done so I can display them Saturday so, don't give up hope!
I did take a few minutes to make a card for this week's blogger's challenge. Our challenge was to use Black, Red and Kiwi on a project. I got my new stamps yesterday so...an excuse to use them! I HAD to have these Fifth Avenue Floral stamps, they are gorgeous! I stamped the biggest bloom with real red classic ink onto whisper white and then used an aqua painter to add more real red ink and smear it around. You have to be careful doing this on whisper white cardstock. If you get too much water on it, it will bead up. I think I took it right to the bead point on this card. I added dazzling diamonds glitter all over to give it some class. The border along the bottom is the new Eyelet border punch from Stampin' Up! I love it! If you thought the scallop border was easy to use, this one is even easier!! I added a strip of red across the bottom above the eyelet border to give it the illusino of more layers.
I'm off to make my display boards and continue getting ready for tomorrow. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by the Cocoa Beach High school and check out the vendor fair going on. It is all to benefit the American Cancer Society. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Prepping for a busy weekend

I have been working on my project for my Organizer Certification this week. I finally have it done and in the mail. What a load that takes off my mind! Of course, as you all know...there is always something ready to jump on and fill any holes in the load! I have a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society this Saturday at the Cocoa Beach High School Cafeteria from 11am til 5, and then a speaking gig for organizing at the local MOPS group on Monday morning. Never a dull moment! I hope to see some of you during one or both of these events.
I did grab some stamping time today to make my mom a birthday card. Don't look mom! I did a bit of a non tradition color scheme on this. I mean, for my mom I usually do something uber pretty or frilly, but I really wanted to use some more of this awesome DSP from the new level 3 hostess set in the new catalog. I love it! Of course, my first choice when it comes to Old Olive is to pair it with Eggplant. I've always loved that color combo! I finally used my new Party Hearty stamp set. Yes, I have stamps I haven't even used. But, I will!! I added some Summer Sun to the olive and eggplant and a Build a Brad to the middle of the B. I admit I added a bit of girly-ness with the scalloped vellum under the DSP, but other than that...not too girly! I think mom will like it....but she will most likely like what comes with it better! No, I'm not spoiling THAT surprise too! She will have to wait!
I have a great scrap page to share tomorrow....assuming I get my pictures on it! We did it last week at my stamp a stack and scrap. It uses some of the new chipboard pieces from the new Catalog. I love them! I have a few kits left over for sale so, be sure to check back!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Home from Leadership

I am sorry I didn't post last week...I was busy getting ready for Stampin' Up!'s leadership here in Orlando. I always love Stampin' Up! events. It is a truly wonderful company! I met up with old friends, made new friends and got to see the new catalog!
Thursday night was the Manager's reception. SU reserved a whole section of Universal Studios just for us! We were afraid they were going to serve us hotdogs and popcorn for dinner....boy were we wrong! Asparagus, portabello chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, choclate fondue....and churros! It was soo yummy! They had several rides open for us but I am a ride wimp. I watched and then left early to get some much needed rest. It was a busy week! Here is a picture of my buddies and me with Spiderman. My son was pretty impressed that I got to meet the webslinger in person!
I learned lots of new stuff and got lots of great swaps at leadership. I think it is very interesting how great minds work alike. Check out these three swaps from three different people. The first one is the one I made for a shoebox swap. Notice the large scalloped circle behind my focal point. That is made with the Big Shot die.





Now look at this swap made by my roomie Lynn....she lives clear across the country in CA. We did not compare swaps before we saw each other. Notice the same die? I think her card is totally adorable!
Now here is the third swap made by my new friend Allison. She is the funnest person! She was all alone so we told her she had to hang out with us. I think she liked us as much as we liked her. She is from North Carolina. Again, check out the scallop die!
What I love about this coincidence is that we all use the same tool and came up with totally different projects. They are all unique!
So, if you don't have this big circle scallop yet, you better get it! It is incredibly versatile! You need it! :o)

Friday, January 2, 2009

It's still Friday!

I can still post my Friday's blogger challenge! I have missed a few weeks due to the holidays but had it on my goal list for today to participate this week. I'm not sure how I feel about this card....love it-hate it kind of thing. What do YOU think?
Our challenge was to use Chocolate chip, Baja Breeze, Red, and white or vanilla. Interesting.....our holiday treasures designer paper had those exact colors in it! Coincidence? I think not! I started with a card base in Baja, added a layer of chocolate chip and then a layer of the holiday treasures DSP. The scallop circles were made with my Big Shot. The paper I used was a scrap and not quite big enough to make both full circles, so one is off center on the edge. I was bound and determined to use that partial scallop! The Thanks is from an upcoming SU stamp set. I stamped it in brown, colored it in with Red ink using my blender pen, and then added some glitz with clear stickles. I had originally put three silver brads in the bottom corner but decided I needed something with more 'presence' so I stuck the red buttons right to the top of the brads using mini glue dots.
I restrain looking at the projects the other BC gals come up with until I am doing posting my own. Now I'm going to look. I really like these colors togther and can't wait to see what they all came up with!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

More Organizing

I have been doing a lot of organizing in my own home lately...my idea of a 'vacation' I guess, but I haven't taken pictures yet. I did want to share some pictures of a project I did before Christmas tho. These are for a client's 9 year old daughter's room.



















I have to say, this was one of my favorite projects so far. Partly because the client and her daughter were so excited and totally helpful, but also because of the drastic change that took place in this room. This particular girl is a high 'fire' personality. She did not spend much time in her room before the make over. When we were finished, she asked if she could do her home work in her room. Her mom was amazed! I didn't want to leave the room either. It was wonderful!

I especially wanted to show the closet. It was overflowing when we started. When we were done...there was extra space! Check out the clear over the door hanger filled with Barbies! Because this girl is high 'fire' it is essential that she be able to "see" everything. Before, she would get everything out so she could see it. Now, she can see it all and just get out what she wants.