December 24, 2006
December 21, 2006
Well, kinda, sort of, not really, but maybe just a little! :) I sent in two cards to Stampin' Up!'s October contest under a "Ho, Ho, Holidays" theme, and while they didn't win, one (at least so far) made it onto Stamper's Showcase where they display some of the cards that are sent in to them. It sure made my day start off great! Here's what they displayed:
WARM WORDS STAMP SET
CARD STOCK CRANBERRY CRISP 8 1/2X11
CARD STOCK TRUE THYME 8 1/2X11
CARD STOCK VERY VANILLA 8 1/2X11
CARD STOCK GLOSSY WHITE 8 1/2X11
CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL CRANBERRY CRISP
CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD CRANBERRY CRISP
CLASSIC STAMPIN INK REFILL TRUE THYME
CLASSIC STAMPIN PAD TRUE THYME
ENCORE INK REFILL GOLD
STAMPIN EMBOSS POWDER DETAIL GOLD
PUNCH HANDHELD 1/16 INCH CIRCLE
RIBBON STITCHED GROSGRAIN CRANBERRY CRISP 1/4 INCH
Marbeling technique was used to create background image for card.
The next card we made featured placing micro beads (or any beads for that matter) on sticky strip to create a nice border or "strip" with texture, dimension and shine. I've used this card layout before and really like it, so I changed it up a bit by adding the beads for this class.The last card we made was, of course, a shaker card. If you're going to use micro beads, you have to know how to make a shaker card with them or any other object that will fit between a foam layer and make that fun shaking sound! Here is the one that they made:
The last projects I'll show you today are a few more of the ornaments I made. I really like the darker colors best because the ball isn't as transparent with them. To answer Jenn's question, I use Classic Ink re-inkers, and basically after I turn them upside down (onto my stamp pad - carefully balanced) to drain - I figure why waste it in a glass? - then I immediately put in the glitter. I don't think you need to wait too long between draining and putting the glitter in, or you might not have as much glitter stick if the ink had dried some. Hope that helps!!!
This last picture is the best! It's my cute-girl Emma the day of her Christmas presentation at the Methodist Day-School where she goes to school 2 days per week. It was ADORABLE! They sang two songs, and it was just so cute!
December 19, 2006
Well, I have a class that I'm getting ready for tonight - it's a Micro Bead class. I'll post what they're making tomorrow (hopefully). While I don't have any pictures to post now, I do have one request. I enjoyed the comments that were left when I first started my blog, and have noticed that even as people have subscribed in recent days, no one has left any comments. Now, I know people are reading because of my counter, but EVERYBODY likes to hear what people think about their work, or even just what they say, and I'm no different - especially when it's GOOD!!! So, if you have a second, when you view my different posts I would love it if you would take a second to let me know what you think - even if it's an older post. Thanks so much, take care, and wish me luck with my class tonight!!!
December 18, 2006
I have several projects that I needed to finish today, so my poor little girls saw more t.v. today than they've seen all month!!! I finished up two baby journal/books for a friend that had asked me to make them for her. They are pictured first. I covered the front of one of SU!'s On Board Journals. I also covered the two chipboard flowers on the front. Inside on the cover is a sheet that has all kinds of baby "firsts" to fill in. The very first page has the baby's birth info. Then, depending on the number of tabs needed - I insert a piece of patterned paper at the beginning of each tab which also coordinates with each month for the baby's first year, or in the case of Madelyn's journal, since she's already two, her tabs say "2 years", "2 1/2 years", "3 years", "3 1/2 years" and so on, up to age 4 1/2 years. I printed out the tabs on the patterned paper on my computer and then used my Sizzix to die cut the little tabs. I love that die!!!!! Here they are- 2 views of each so that you can see the tabs a little. I sure hope that Nicole enjoys them and that her girls do too when they're older!!!
The next picture is of some ornaments I made to give to friends. I finally got around to using the tutorial I posted on here a little while ago on how to make glitter ornaments. Just FYI - it took me around 25 drops to get the color to adequately coat the inside of the ornament. 20 wouldn't cover it. They were pretty easy to make, are so pretty, and sparkle a lot more in real life.
These last two pictures are of the two cards I made (14 each of - it was a 12 + 1 swap and I wanted one for myself) for a swap I'm in on SplitCoastStampers hosted by SCS'er JoAnne (jreks). I sure hope that the other swappers like them!!! I used the upcoming Sell-A-Brations stamp set Happy Harmony. I really like the sayings that come with it. You may not be able to tell due to my picture quality, but the paper on the Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip card with the image stamped on it is actually Whisper White, not Very Vanilla. The saying in bottom right of that same card says "It's the little things that make life big." I was inspired for the colors of this card and the layout by Debbie. You can check out her card on her blog : Thinking Inking I changed it up a little bit, but I've always loved this color combo and haven't used it in a while. Something else you can't see is that the piece of Chocolate Chip CS that is pierced was stamped with the Canvas BG stamp too.
December 14, 2006
Some of my friends who are demos in the area and I had the idea to do another shoebox swap with each other featuring the Winter Mini catalog items. Well, here's the card I made. I thought that featuring the new small tag punch and also the stamp set Tagger's Dozen would be fun. I made this card rather quickly, so it's not perfect. I got the chance to go to a friend's house when she was having a come-and-go scrap. I had several things to get done, and didn't bring my markers but I thought I could still make this card even though a few of the dots under the butterflies got inked when I tried to avoid them. I figured that the ladies in the shoebox swap, with the right tools (I would supply my markers) wouldn't have this problem and theirs would look perfect! Well, I ended up flaking out of going to the swap last night because I didn't want to spread my germs - that cold is still lingering - but almost everyone else had things come up too, and only 2 or 3 ladies of the original 7 made it to the swap. Hopefully next time hubbies will be home to watch kiddos and we'll all be well. Shoebox swaps are TONS of fun - you should try one!!! For those of you unfamiliar with them, what you do is instead of just making a bunch of cards yourself for a swap, you make one, and then bring everything needed for all the participants in the swap to make it themselves. Everything you need usually fits in a shoebox sized container, thus the name shoebox swap. Clear as mud? Well, I hope you like my card. I LOVE the new small punch that makes layering tags so easy! My husband cut out hundreds of tags for the little gift tag bags that I made for that craft fair in the beginning of December, and he sure would have liked to have had this punch then!!!! At least he helped me - even if it meant that much cutting!!!! So here's my suspended tag card. The little tag in the window spins around in a circle on the thread it's hanging on. These cards are fun to make, and not that hard either. Enjoy!
December 13, 2006
The following projects are the things I've been working on since returning home from Thanksgiving. I am so sick of typing in recipes for the cookbook I'm compiling that I decided to take a break, take some pictures, and FINALLY update my blog. Here ya go:
This last group of pictures is the girls and our whole family waiting for Santa to arrive at the base. We went to the Christmas Tree lighting and then had dinner at the Officer's Club afterwards. The girls were not interested in the camera at all, so the pics aren't that great. I also was not (as usual) in a photogenic mood, but it's not that awful of a picture of me, I guess :) The last picture is the worst picture with Santa in the history of the planet - okay maybe not THAT bad - Sarah was terrified of him, and you can see Peter's arm trying to hold her there for the picture. Even Santa took a bad picture - he didn't look at the camera!!! We'll probably try to go see Santa at our teeny tiny mall sometime this week or next. Maybe we'll have better luck there!
I'm SO SORRY that I've been so negligent in my postings! I have been very sick since Thanksgiving. I guess since it's going out in our Christmas letters, I might as well mention here that I'm pregnant. Just barely - 9 weeks along - but enough to have the worst morning sickness I've ever experienced. I've been sick ALL DAY long. I'm hoping the next few weeks as I close in on the 2nd trimester will bring some relief. Add in a cold that my girls and I have, and you've got one miserable house!
I've been working on projects when I can. I have a swap that I'm in twice, a shoebox swap with local demos, 2 baby books to make out of SU!'s journals before the 19th, 10 ornaments to finally put the ribbon on for my mom, AND a COOKBOOK to finish typing for my church. I told the ladies they would have it before Christmas, and because some of them didn't turn in their recipes to me until just 10 days ago, when you combine that with how awful I've been feeling, and 2 sick little girls that have to be tended to, it makes for some SLOW going!
I feel a bit overwhelmed, but I work best under pressure so I know everything will get done. The cookbook has to be done by tomorrow so that I can call for a price estimate and then collect all of the money from the purchasers Friday before we leave Friday afternoon/evening for San Antonio to get them made at an OfficeMax or similar place. Anybody have any recommendations for where to get them printed? Only the cover is color, and I want them spiral bound (the plastic coil type). They're not going to be too terribly long. Probably 50 pages or less. Let me know if you have any ideas on "national" stores where this can be done (ie OfficeMax, Office Depot, Kinko's, etc.).
Thanks so much for bearing with me. As soon as I can, I'll get some pictures up of what I've been working on. Take care, and have fun getting ready for Christmas!!!!