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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Technique projects

Well, I know I've been slow this week, but here are 2 of the 3 projects we'll be working on this Friday. First we have the Paper Piercing Technique. See all the little holes in the card? It's really easy but adds alot of detail to your project. I did not come up with this design on my own, I copied from Kirsten. You can check out her post here. Next is Stamping on Candles. Yes, those flowers on the candle are stamped, and it was so easy to do!! Inspiration for this project came from Lauren Meader. You can check out her blog here. Looking at this picture I can't help but think I should have made the candle match the card with the daisy stamp. That would make a beautiful matching gift set, wouldn't it?

There is a topper on the candle made to coordinate, just make sure to remove it before you light the candle!!

The last project will just have to be a surprise when you get here, cuz I don't have it done yet! I can tell you, it is the Kissing Technique, where you "kiss" 2 stamps together for a really neat look.

The charge for this class is $8 to cover supplies, and PLEASE bring your own adhesive and paper trimmer if you have one. If I don't see you before Friday, you can pay when you get here. Also, due to some other scheduling conflict, the Stamp a Stack is postponed to a later date. I'll let you know when I reschedule.

I hope you see you at my house, Friday Sept. 26 at 6pm

Monday, September 22, 2008

September Technique Class

No, I don't have anything new to show you yet, but I wanted to let remind everyone this week is the last Friday of the month. Does anyone know what that means? No guesses?! It's time for Technique Class! As usual, my house at 6:00 pm. Here's what's on the agenda:

  • Stamping on Candles

  • Kissing Technique (stamps, that is)

  • Paper Piercing

  • Not sure

I'm not sure what the last one will be, we'll have to see what I come up with this afternoon. Lisa is coming over to help me get stuff prepped and ready, so later today or tomorrow I'll be able to post our samples. Please let me know if you plan on attending. I need to know how many to prepare for.

Now I'll leave you with some pictures of 2 my kids. These were taken on the day Sammy came back from New York before we headed out for the airport. It was raining outside, and they love to jump on the trampoline in the rain (or sprinkler). Bubba is a real life acrobat, flipping any which way he chooses.

There's a cute one of Amanda. She's not really into doing flips, just getting as high as she possibly can. It really is fun to jump on the trampoline. I should do it more often, cuz it's a really good workout and the kids think if I jump with them they'll bounce higher cuz I'm heavier. It's sad, but true.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Buggy Notes

This was a pack of plain note cards I found on clearance for $.75. It's a pack of 8 (I didn't photograph the doubles) notecards with envelopes, and I just dressed them up a bit. What do you think? Not bad for under a buck!
I stamped all the envelopes to match the cards. I think they're pretty adorable. I love this stamp set call Bugs and Kisses from Stampin' Up!
Here's a close up of one of the cards. I used my scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circl pumch and my 1" circle punch for the little bugs. I used my new scallop edge pumch along the bottom the dress them up and just dotted all the scallops with my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker. The whole set took about 30 minutes to complete!

I'm trying a new layout for posting pictures and would like to know what you think. Is it easier to view with the pictures centered and the text underneath, or with the pictures on the side with the text next to it? I have a hard time matching my text with my pictures, so I thought this might be easier. See you later!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stamp A Stack

Here is what I came up with for the Stamp A Stack. I cased (copy and steal everything) this card. Isn't that cute with all the Sesame Street characters? They are all made from different punches. This is a pretty neutral kids birthday card, don't you think?

I also cased this turkey card. He is also made with punches except for the little dangley thing what is that called? and his legs. I cut those freehand. I should have used my Stamp a ma Jig to get the Happy Thanksgiving straight, but that was the last step and I sure didn't want to redo the whole card. Oh well, now I know.

This is just a simple little layout also with a few punches. I'm not sure if I like it or not. It seems to be missing something. Maybe it's the ribbon I usually put on everything, but I'm trying to keep these cares fairly simple for 2 reasons. 1. So they don't take too long to make. 2. So I can keep the cost at $1 a card. So there you have it. a simple card.

So, in keeping with the rules stated above, here is the baby card I came up with. You could choose between boy or girl simply by changing out the pattern paper and blue feet for pink feet. Inside it says, "A baby is cuddles and tickles on toes, the sweet scent of powder, a kiss on the nose." Isn't that cute? Simple, yet effective.

I still have one more card to design, so I'll try to get that done today. I also need to work on my projects for Technique Class. I hope you guys haven't forgotten about that, have you? It's the last Friday of the month as usual, starting aroung 6 pm. I'm thinking about getting a sitter if everyone is willing to put a few dollars towards it, and maybe getting the kids some pizza to keep them entertained. Please let me know if you plan on coming to either Technique Class or the World Card Making Day Stamp a Stack, or both! I think I'm going to do the Stamp a Stack at church in the Fellowship Hall. Well, gotta go. I'll post the last card when I get it done. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day is Oct. 4. To celebrate, I'm hosting a Stamp-a-Stack! It's just what it sounds like! You stamp a stack of cards. I'll design 5 cards and you stamp 4 of each design for a total of 20 cards (envelopes included)! There will be

  1. Birthday (choose boy or girl)
  2. Baby (choose boy or girl)
  3. Thinking of you
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. Wedding/Bridal shower

I haven't made the samples yet, but I'll be sure to post them when they're done. The cost will be $20. You can't buy a card for that price, and what better way to let someone know you care than with a handstamped card! If you place an order for $50 ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT I'll refund 1/2 of your registration. I'll also have a couple door prizes and snacks.

Now, here is where I need your help. I want to hold this event on Friday, Oct. 3. It would be best to get an early start so we don't get done too late. Also, I don't want to sound picky, but it would be best if we didn't bring our children. This should be a time for moms to visit and have fun without the kiddos running around like wild banchees. Now, I know for most of you (myself included) that means finding a sitter. What would you all think of getting a couple of our teenage girls from church and all chip in to pay them? Please leave me a comment stating the time that is best for you and how you feel about hiring a sitter. I appreciate your understanding. Let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Diaper Bag Tags

I made this tag to hang on a diaper bag, so when the baby is in the nursery, there's no guessing, "Whos' bag is this?" You know what happens, you have to check each babies diaper and see if the one they are wearing matches the ones in the bag to see if you're in the right bag for the right baby! Of course the first picture is the front, second picture is the back and the third is hanging on the gift bag the contains the scrapbook (see previous posts).I picked up the ID badges at Staples's and it came together in about 5 minutes. When I was done, I thought it needed some ribbons, so I just tied them on where the clip attaches to the plastic holder. Supplies are:

  1. Bugs and Kisses stamp set
  2. Best Friends Alphabet
  3. Whisper White Card Stock
  4. Green Galore Cardstock
  5. Green Galore, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Only Orange and Basic Black ink
  6. Real Red Striped Grosgrain, Black Gingham, and Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon

Friday, September 12, 2008

So Many Specials!

As you probably know, this is Stampin Up!'s 20th anniversary! That means lots of specials are going on right now. So hurry over to Stampin Up! to see 'em! Contact me by phone, or email, or you can order directly through my demonstrator website if you'd like to take advantage of any of them. Click here to shop at my demonstrator website immediately! Look for the shop now button in the top right hand corner. I tried to paste the flyers on here, but couldn't figure it out yet. That's something I'll have to work on.

In other news, it poured for about an hour this afternoon, so I forfeited my plans for the Farmer's Market. I'll be heading over next Friday. It's not really so bad, I'll have time tomake more stuff and be a little bit more organized.
It was my Father-in-Law's 60th birthday on Sept. 6 and I was asked to make a big card that people at church could sign. This is what I came up with. I used a full poster board folded in half, taped a couple pieces of Basic Black card stock together and cut out a hill. I then stamped, colored and cut out his truck and put him on his way down the hill. Well, he loves to go fishing and you will frequently see him towing his boat to the river, so my husband said, "Don't you have any boat stamps?" Well of course I do! I stamped the boat on an imaging sheet and then stamped it from there on to Whisper White Paper, to get the mirror image. He just can't tow a boat that's facing backwards, can he? Then I restamped the truck and cut out only the wheels and fenders to make a trailer for the boat. All that is up on dimensionals, and all the writing is White Embossing Powder. Sorry about the close up, I forgot to turn it on my computer before I uploaded it, and now I can't fix it. Maybe I"ll come back and edit this post later, but I'm in a hurry for
now. In case you can't read it, it says "Happy 60th Birthday Bro. Baker! It's all down hill from here!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Summer Picnic DSP

Here are some more cards to try and sell this Friday. They are made with Summer Picnic DSP, Sweet and Tangy and Enjoy Every Moment stamp sets. The first layout (with cherries) was copied from Kirsten Dubosque. You can view her blog here. I love to find layouts I like and then change the images and colors to whatever I happen to be working on at the moment. Well, it's time for me to get dinner going so we can head out to church tonight. See you later!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Baby gift

This scrapbook is for a friend who's having her first baby. The shower is this Friday, so it's ready to go. I just need to figure out some pretty packaging. It's done with Stampin' Up!'s new Rock a Bye Boy Simply Scrappin' kit. I really like having the die cut tags for each month of baby's first year. I also got to use my star punches and my new scallop edge punch. That tool is very cool.
I'm also going to be making another one similar to this to sell at the Farmer's Market this Friday. I'll make sure to take pictures of my booth and let you know how it went. I'm kind of excited. This will be my first attempt at anything like this. What kind of stuff has been good sellers for you? I'd appreciate any feedback you more experienced stampers can give me!

I've been busy!

I'm on a roll! My order came in on Monday, and I am just in love with Stampin' Up!'s new DSP!! All of these baby cards are done with Banbury DSP and Happy Occasion and Cuddles and Tickles stamp sets (both retired). This paper just begs to be used for baby stuff. I love the Close to Cocoa with the pastels, and the new ribbon is fabulous. It ties so nicely!
I found out it is free to have a table at our local Farmer's Market, so I'm taking these, along with some scrapbooks I'll be making to sell. I'll be working on more cards for the rest of the week, as well as printing up flyers and such to advertise for workshops, and custom scrapbooking and so on. Wish me luck!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Rainy Days Ahead

Well, it's Friday, and we are waiting to see what Tropical Storm Hanna will bring us. We are on the bottom edge of the projected path, so there will definitely be lots of rain and probably some wind. We probably won't be going anywhere tomorrow, so it's a good thing my box of goodies will be arriving this afternoon so I can play - um, work - with all my new toys. I mean tools. Bible school has started for my DH Sam, so I'll be working in my stamp room alot more in the near future, so that should be alot of help in getting to post more often. So right now I'm just waiting for Bubba to finish his Language Arts and Amanda to finish her Spelling and we'll be done with our school work for the day!! :-) So after school I have to do my chores and then stamp the rest of the night away (until about 9:30 when Sam comes home). I hope I'll be back later to show you what I've done. If not, I'll see you tomorrow!

Edited to add: I just got a call saying Bible School is cancelled to tonight. So, maybe I'll get to stamp tonight. Hopefully :-)