Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
And here is a picture of my future card making partner. She let me stamp the Squirrel and then I cut it out and put it on the card. Then while she was stamping the hearts, she instructed me to add a bow to the squirrel so everyone would know that it was a girl!! lol She is too funny!
Look at her, she is SO proud of this card. She again has brought her new paper treasure to bed with her.
Alright that is all for now, early to bed for me tonight....maybe. LOL
Let me tell you she's good! Her very first act as Manager was to start a challenge between al us members to create and submit as many Valentine's cards as we can. The winner would recieve a small box of Scrapping goodies. Well am up for a good challenge and possibly prize too. So instead of just pulling from the oodles of cards already have I have been creating new ones left right and center. It feels SO good. Normally I make one design and make it over again several times to add to inventory. This time I am just making one and moving along. I like this much better because I can get so much done in such a short time.
So here is a little preview of some of my favorites!! This first one was made using Chatterbox Valentine's Stripes paper. It is double sided and I LOVE it. Since I love both sides of it I used both. The little pocket that is on there is actually the other side. Also I tried a new technique that I saw on someone's blog (sorry I can't remember whose it was) and the tutorial was using the aqua painters to custom coordinate your ribbon with any project by dying it with your re-inkers. Cool, Eh? This ribbon was the 1/4 inch white SU Grosgrain ribbon and now it is groovy Guava, my new fav color btw.
Almost naked! this card almost has it's birthday suit on but yet it holds such elegance and style. I used kraft, applied Some Snips of Stampin Ups new rub on line (to die for) and again added some faux stitch holes and voila!! I generally dont like to use rubons but these go on with almost no effort at all and add a great new element to any card. I think I may go broke because they do have a great selection of them...These particular ones are Chocolate chip in color and are included in a package debuting in this years Sale-a-bration. The set has four matching sheets in white, black, old olive & Choc. Chip. each sheet is HUGE and will only ever be available through the sale-a-bration promo.
This last set is pretty cool. I made 2 complete sets like this for my friend Marlyn, to give to her daughters teachers this Valentines day. She loved them and I am certain the teachers will as well. I have been wanting to try the cris-cross card for a long time. No finer time then the present.
Friday, January 25, 2008
My Friend Sarah is a "Bake-aholic" (is there such a thing?) Well if there wasn't before there is now and she is it. She jumped on board with a very generous offer to make this cake from SCRATCH for McKayla's party. SO I went and got the pan and the paste colors and she worked her magic!! When I put McKayla to bed (on a gigantic sugar/color high) she was still raving about her "bestest cake ever". I HAVE to agree. Wowzers!
And I have made a decision as well..............I am going to enlist the Almighty Q's (her new nickname) magical talent for some upcoming events. Baby Showers & Bridal Showers, she will knock there socks off...so think Jungle baby shower.......Thats all for tonight. Have a great week end folks and Sarah if you are reading this...Thanks a million!
PS: we have a new stamper brewing, McKayla recieved a complete "Chic" stamp set from Aunitie Rhonda...yes the "cause" of all my stamp tendancies is now enabling my 4 year old..Sweet!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday is the day. What day? It's usually the day of the week that I go to "visit" my Dad at the cemetary. I almost always go on Sundays because it was his regular day off and I used to bring the girls over to Mom & Dad's to visit. This particular Sunday was the 7 month anniversary of the day he passed away and so I brought a red rose (which he loved) where I normally bring a white one. I don't know why, I guess perhaps it is because my brothers and I were represented in the funeral flower arrangement with 4 white roses. But he did LOVE the red ones. So here is to a new year, a new day to hopefully keep moving forward and to continue doing things I know he would have been proud of and to still spending some sundays with my Daddy.
On another note: Bi-polar disorder. My mother and one brother are diagnosed with BPD and what an uphill battle. As a family on a whole we do pretty good, but I can't help but have complete admiration for my S-I-L. She has been strong, understanding, tolerate and eager to know all their is to know in order to help my brother. I honestly don't know how she does it. I consider myself a strong person when it comes to emotional things but I don't know that I could be the kind of outstanding person she is. With that, my Brother is in Hospital again as of this evening and I really hope all will be well. I am just glad that he (they) are to a point where they recognize the signs and the need to seek immediate professional treatment through the highs and lows.
Strong thoughts of my Bro & my Dad...I love 'em both so much!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
I am a little put off however. McKayla said a few things this morning when I was talking with her about her birthday. One that had to do with my Dad, who passed in June, and you can really tell that she misses him, probably as much as I do and I knew him longer :) The second was how she hoped that all her family and friends phoned to wish her a happy birthday. NOT ONE person even phoned today. Ok to be fair my mom did and mentioned her birthday, but my mom doesnt celebrate birthdays (not getting into that..lol) Very funny because I make sure that I phone each of my 3 brothers, their wives, and children on their birthdays. Also everyone of my friends and such and in return...Not a thing. Perhaps I am developing a selective case of amnesia when it comes to anyone else. No one else can be bothered to think of any one but them selves? Sounds like a great way to be (tiny bit of sarcasim in that last line in case you didnt notice)
What gets me the most is my in laws. They live Far far away (no not like in Shrek, lol) and very seldom get to see the girls (or their grandsons and their own children for that matter) and not even they phoned today. The last time they were here, my MIL really upset McKayla as she did the time before. Then she went a good month and a half before she even apologized to her and only because Curtis phoned them. Fantastic.
I put McKayla to bed this evening and now I sit here staring at a brthday card my dad got her last year and wish he was here to give her another. If he was here I know for sure, being a friday night, he would have been driving cab and most definitely would have popped in to give his special little girl a birthday hug!
Thank goodness for blogs, where you can let it all out. Good night!
So in honour of my wonderful Daughter's birthday I thought I would share with you another SUPER CUTE project that has her in it!!
This is the inside of a tiny hinged lid tin. I think the size is approximately 2.5 x 3.5 (or something like that) SO I took a piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock and cut it lengthwise and then I scored it at points small enough that when folded up it would fit in the tin. I also had to round the corners to make that happen. I used a Papertrey Ink Stamp Set, Limitless Labels from last months release, to decorate and make backgrounds. On the front I did a little bit of masking in order to have a border. The leaf pattern is one of the stamps that also fit perfectly with the avery labels, this is just an alternative way to use them. I then made a little pocket to fit the "hugs & KISSES" tag. The next picture is my youngest daughter, McKenzie & the third page (on the right) is McKayla.
This is what I did to the outside of the tin. To start with I cut a piece of paper to fit over the lid, next I stamped the design from another label stamp over and over. The great thing is this: the stamps are clear!! Hello! this makes it SUPER easy to match up the pattern and make a constant pattern. That girl is a GENIUS! Next I wrapped the tin with the wide Chocolate Chip satin ribbon from SU, sadly retired :( Then a took a naked chipboard letter and covered it in white craft and also coated it with white e.p. I stamped the "mine" from the same set. Added a little flower and rhinestone and there you have it. I was actually planning on adding to the backs of the inside pages and giving it to my mom so I added a few Chocolate Mint Andes Chocolates, of course decorated to match and it all fits in the tin! I think I may have to make another one for my MIL.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Stamp et "Limitless Labels", Tin ?? from LSS, Andes chocolates, chipboard letter from MM?, prima flowers. White e.p. Stampin' Up!: whisper white, chocolate chip, pretty in pink c/s, choc. chip, purely pom, white craft ink. Choc chip ribbon.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I made this set for a good friend of mine, she had us over for New Years and we had a fantastic Martini party. She went out of her way to have all kinds of food and new Martini recipes and really just put on a great bash for her friends. The best thank you is to have friends that show they appreciate you, but I thought this was pretty cute too!
First I made the little box with SU Chocolate Chip Cardstock. The top part of the box I stamped using the scrolled pieces in a reoccurring formation and also added in the hearts using Regal Rose. Then I folded up the box and added the satin ribbon. I added the monogram tag using the Borders & corners Mono. Ed. and the "m" is from the Ambassador alpha set. Using the 1 1/4 circle punch (which fits perfectly) to cut it out and matted it on choc. chip 1 3/8 circle. Then I made a whole ste of mini cards. each card is 3x 3 and accompanied by the Very Vanilla Mini Envelopes from SU. Pretty basic brown cards, Stamped in regal rose, added the text and cut it out (by hand cause I don't have a punch that fits perfectly) Finished with a simple ribbon tie accross the top.
The Very Vanilla cards are stamped with the same scroll design, matted with brown and the scallop layer. The scallop layer was created using the SU circle punch...some day I will get the rest of the marvy set, or maybe even the nestabilities. Anyways the whole set fits in the box perfectly and I think I will accompany the note cards with a few matching nuggets.
So after numerous typing errors (i'm sure there are tons) I think I need to go lay down. My eyes are killing me. I think maybe this afternoon I will spray paint all my windows black so none of that pesky daylight can get in. Darn Migraines!
Have a Super Day!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I will try to do another post soon. I plan to show you all the other entries I submitted at PTI!!! :)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So here's the scoop:
1. The mini cards. Since I don't have the nestabilities (that I think I may need to get) lol I used my coluzzle to cut out the cards. I folded my black c/s in half and I just made sure that the size I was using was hanging over the fold and then I cut through both layers. I did the same thing with one size smaller on white c/s. Then I stamped the oval design from the SL set in ruby red craft (SU) and added stardus e.p. then I stamed the sentiment in black and added the little heart brads from MM. I cut it out attached it to the black card and then I used my distressing tool to rough the edge of the black. Last, I added the "for you"to the inside.
2. The mini purses (to the left of the cards) all I did for these was cut a small strip of c/s and place a hershey nugget in the center of it. Then I folded the cardstock up and over to make a little flap in the front. Then I attched the heart. Again the heart is stamped in ruby red craft and stardust e.p. and the heart brad again as a "clasp" then I tied ribbn through the top and tied a simple knot.
3.The Nugget Tin: I filled the nugget tin with hershey's treatsize cookies-n-cream bars. First I wrapped them in a text filled paper that I stamped. I started by stamping the ruby red "sweet Love" in the center and added the stardust e.p. then I added the black all around. I just alternated the rows to get the staggered pattern. Afer I filled the tin, I made a band. I cute the strip 1 x 10 inches (I think) and then I took the guide off my corner rounder and made both edges scalloped. Then I took some red ribbon and I ctually put a bit of snail on both ends and stuck it to my grid paper so it wouldn't move and so the paper would catch any ink. I took the little flourish from the set and stamped it in black stazon. Then I tied everythign around and added the heart again.
4. Holding it all together- I took a plain white bag wrapped ribbon and added the tag and there you have it. The perfect Valentine's treat set. The whole set I made had 8 treat bars, 8 mini "clamshell style" cards, mini purses and the whole works fit perfectly into the gift bag!!
Thanks for taking a peek at my project & thanks to PTI again for the GSS!!!
If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment!!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Now I must go get back to work. I was supposed to be working on an order and could NOT peel myself away from laptop, ya know hitting the 'ol refresh button to see the new stuff and to get into the gallery to see the GSS's. This was my first ever submission an I am smiling from ear to ear.
G'nite (yeah, like I will be sleeping any time soon, I still have my PTI Party on)
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So I was flippin' Through this baby when all of a sudden.....DING DONG!!!
Did I get a chance to play much that day??? NOPE! Sure didn't :( vey sad I know, I was heart broken myself. So this is why I have not posted. I have been playing making card orders for customers using brand new unseen materials and also working on a few extra special projects for submissions (fingers Crossed). Until my next post, I bid thee farewell!!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Each page that I do, I will use the 4 mini flowers from the "A beautiful thing" to fill in the circles. Probably alternating white, brown and versamark.
I started by finally mounting the calender peice from "Mark The Date" only I cut the days of the week off and mounted along the edge. I do this sometimes cause it is easier to mix and match colors this way until I finally purchase some of the markers. Not to mention it makes it fun to use just the circles as I did on this L/O.
A title....at this stage in the game I didn't have one yet but made the 3 layer mat for it. I cut the striped paper first and then added the 2 layers of pink one at a time and just cut it all out freehand. Once I had them all cut out I glued them together and then made the bigger one on the side to match. I figured I would put the journaling there, again just didn't know what. Journaling is most certainly not my strong point. I glued both peices on and then started the journaling.
Talk to you all later, I am going to do another page. Week 1!
K.I.S.S.! Nuff said. Ok well when do I ever leave anything at nuff said....um never. HA! I just liked the idea of a gift card, but for some reason this is what I came out with. I was actually meaning for it to be a card to put a gift card into but instead it morphed into a card that LOOKS like a gift. *Ooops* but I suppose I could still add a pocket inside or something.
Last Card. My DH said this one was his favorite and with good reason. What reason i'm not sure it just seemed like the right thing to say. I'm sure most of the time he does the "Smile & Nod" quickly say some random thing and she will go away...haha.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I did this card last night from my head, there's not my in my head but apparently this card was. lol. So I did it on very vanilla c/s and used rose red to emboss hearts folder from CB. I wrapped a lovely pink ribbon from Martha Stewart's collection (which I am also adicted to) Then I used the marvy giga scalloped circle punch from close to cocoa prints DSP and then just didn't punch the whole thing so that I could line it up on the edge. Next, the mega circle punch, again very vanilla and lined up on edge. I then used the SU scallop punch on rose red prints DSP. At first I stamped on Very Vanilla c/s an punch punched the stamped sentiment with the large oval and put it on the scallop, but it looked a bit to bare so I added the designer label punch in groovy gauva and put it on with dimensionals. That's it that's all!
I also did some really great Valentine's cards for kids, so i am going to do up some sets I think for some of the kids in my faily and of course some to sell. If anyone ses anything they are interested in feel free to email me for purchase details. yeah, anyway, I will be back later perhaps to do a post on the mini YV-dayY cards. Now I have to go and put a baby to bed so I can make new stuff.
YSU Supplies: very vanilla & groovy guava c/s, close to cocoa & rose red prints DSP, scallop punch, designer label punch, large oval punch, dimensionals. Other Supplies: Martha Stewart: pink sand ribbon, Marvy: giga scallop circle, mega circle. Cuttlebug & hearts embossing folder.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008