Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Prima Flowers Share

I'm hosting a Prima flowers share on Splitcoaststampers... Get these fabulous flowers and this adorable crate of flowers CHEAP here. It's first-come, first-serve, so hurry over to SCS...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Z Becky Brown

So I whined and whined, and FINALLY someone hooked me up with a good deal for a Z Becky Brown purse. Yeah, that was like two months ago. I TOTALLY forgot to post pictures of it here. BAD ME!!! Anyway, as you can see, I decorated it with the Au Chocolat paper (used my pre-order paper even!). I stamped the monogram M (for me!) in Certainly Celery, then cut it out. I used taupe and chocolate chip grosgrain and celery organdy ribbon on the M. I wrapped apricot, celery, and vanilla grosgrain around the whole thing. I adhered the M to the Au Chocolat and ribbon. It still needed a little something, so I added 2 flowers from the Spring Mini tin of die cut stickers *actual title is escaping me right now - need more coffee!!* I tied apricot, celery, taupe, chocolate chip, and vanilla grosgrain to the handle, along with celery organdy. Enjoy!!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Altered Lunch Tin Class

Yesterday, I went to Kate & Krystal's (blog here) altered lunch tin class, because, quite frankly these things scare me. I'd never done anything with the metal... had NO idea how to adhere it or cut it or anything like that. I just finally got used to chipboard, so metal - yeah, that was OUT of the question. But my stampin' sistas were totally supportive of my scaredy-cat behavior. (The cat itself, not so supportive, however.) After a week of bugging Kate on Yahoo IM on what I should bring, what I should do, etc. (Yeah, it's a good thing she has kids.), the big day had arrived.

I packed up my Longaberger basket with my ribbon holders, trimmers, paper snips, and of course, my FAVORITE Stampin' Up! set ever - What's Brewin', and I was off to Fairfield. I was the first one there, of course (stupid anal-retentive behavior). But that was good, because I had NO idea what I wanted to do, even though Kate told me to have an idea in mind (not so good at following directions).
When I got there, I looked through the designer papers that they had, and found Sentimental Journey. I was like - is this retired? Kate said no; you just can't see the really cool paper in the SU! catalog because it's displayed in a 1" square (not so good for a big print). Did I tell you how much I LOVE this paper?! So ordering it on my next order!!! Anyway, I chose that, and cut it like I was told to. Then came the Primas... I had never used those before, either. Yup, I know... where have I been?! I just don't buy too much that's not SU! because I want SO MUCH SU! stuff. I know, I know... I went to the online store and am trying to find a store near me that sells them. Yes, I will get them soon. Anyway, I cracked the Prima code and thought they looked pretty cool. Kate used her Xyron to adhere the the long pieces of paper. Since I couldn't decide where I wanted my Primas, I didn't punch the holes; I just adhered the paper to the tin.
Then, I chose the ribbon... I picked Olive narrow organdy with True Thyme stitched grosgrain over it for the center. I chose Cranberry Crisp stitched grosgrain for the top band. Finally, I used Moss gingham for the lid seam. I really wanted to use these CTMH accessories that I've had for over a year and hadn't touched. So, I used the hollow snap (as I call it) first on the ribbon, but that didn't really show up. I had never used one of those things before, and it's a little challenging, especially with ribbon, but with Kate's help, I was able to pull through. Since the one hollow snap didn't show up, I grabbed another solid snap and adhered that. But for some odd reason (probably OCD), I do things in 3's, so out came another solid snap. Yes, I pulled that ribbon up 3 times to make the snaps happen. I think they turned out pretty, IMO.
I really wanted to use my What's Brewin' set, so I made it work. I stamped the cup in Cranberry Crisp on Whisper White CS. (I did it first in True Thyme, but it blended in too much.) I decided to hook the cup handle around one of the snaps, and I thought that looked cool. I laid the Primas out, and there was still something missing... Kate suggested a tag, so I opted for the Designer Label punch and made a tag out of Bordering Blue. Then, I stamped the Rubber Stamper image from Circle of Friends on the tag in True Thyme. It seemed like something was missing, so I again went to the unused portions of the CTMH embellishments... I chose the swirley (yeah, no clue what the real name for it is) and tried to hang it from the ribbon on the top, but that didn't work. So back to the tin I went... and I pulled out a tiny safety pin. I punched a hole in the top of the tag, pushed the pin through and hooked that onto the ribbon. It was still missing something, so I used the swirley and smashed that on the bottom of the tag.
Finishing up... I used mini glue dots to adhere the Primas, pop dots for the cup and the tag, and just plain mono adhesive for the ribbon. I chose all the colors of ribbon I had already used on the project for the handles, but I added Maize grosgrain for a little splash of color.
I'm pretty happy with how my first lunch box turned out. I have an order of 5 more coming from JoAnn's, along with 5 band aid tins... I'll post some more when the time comes.
Since Kate was so fabulous in putting up with me during the week, I brought a little something for both of them when I came... I got these magnets at Michael's. They had some other design on the front, so I sanded that off and replaced it with Au Chocolat paper from the Spring Mini. I tied a knot around one of the stems with Rose grosgrain. I stamped the cup from the Espressoly For You set in Regal Rose, cut it out, and stuck it on. Since I was trying to use things that I've had FOREVER, I chose the metal tags that I had gotten to support the Breast Cancer Society. I thought the Sister and Friend tags were appropriate for my stampin' sista and friend. I clipped those on, and out the door they went. Kate and Krystal both loved them... so excited!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Daily Notes ATC

Following the scrapbook expo, I was feeling a little guilty about all the scrapbook things I had seen and done, so I had to pay my stamps some attention, especially my Office Accoutrement set that I have completely fallen in love with! But, using paper was totally on my brain, especially with the double-sided stuff staring me in the face!
Last month, I mailed off a TON of swaps, and guess what I forgot to include... return postage! So, I needed to send out my April swaps a tad early this time to include that missing postage. This ATC for one of the April swaps I'm in. I was inspired by one of the cards that I made at Tami Waddell's demo event. **FABULOUS EVENT, by the way!!! She made the brad all cool covering the top with a mini glue dot and then sticking it in glitter. How cute was that?! That's why the "O" looks all funky... it's actually a silver brad covered in silver glitter. I used the 1/8" punch to make little notches in the side for the twine to sit in. The edges of the Chocolate Chip square are distressed; that didn't really show up so swell in the photo. The rest of ATC, I think you can figure out, right?? If not, drop me a message, and I'd be happy to explain. I'm trying this new approach to explaining my content, so drop me a comment and let me know if this works or doesn't work. {There may be some blog candy in it for you...}

Stamps: Office Accountrement
Paper: Certainly Celery CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Cool Caribbean CS, and Notations DS (double-sided)
Ink: Chocolate Chip DI (dye ink, AKA classic pad)
Accessories: Silver brad, Silver Stampin' Glitter, Twine

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Scrapbook Expo Dish

Ok, so yesterday, I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Pleasanton, CA. I can best sum it up by saying - I understand now why the rain forests are endangered. I don't think I've seen soooo much paper in my life! But where to begin?? I guess I'll start at the beginning...
At the beginning of the week, Scrapbook Expo sent out an email saying that they were expecting a huge crowd and to arrive at 7:30am. I, being the law-abiding citizen that I am, did as I was told and arrived at 7:30. It took me 10 minutes to check in, which including training the volunteers for the day, since I was their first test subject. From there, I had absolutely NOTHING to do. The coffee chop wasn't even open! I registered to be a Teacher's Pet, or assistant instructor, for a 9:00am class, but I couldn't even check in for that until 8:15am. So, I sat on the steps outside the locked door yapping with others in my same predicament. I DID get a really cool product dish, though...
The AAM Tote-ally Cool large tote. I was in envy of the tote that another step resident had. I, of course, took a pic of hers completely full (at the right). Then, another lucky woman came up with one, too. She gave me the dirt on it, though... she said that there's a brand NEW version (tote-ally cool 2 - AAM website info) that is WAY better than hers. Now, I was extremely excited... new AND improved stuff?? So, I filed that in the back of my mind for future searching, because I had 2 classes to get through first. Jump forward 4 hours to shopping time... I found the NEW version, but Scrap Mart wanted $36 for it. That was a little more than I wanted to pay, because I found the "old" version for $22.50. The lazy susan turn-table and full box (not just a tray) for the new version, which were the only difference I could find, were not worth the extra $15. Plus, the new one was only available in black and white, which I knew I'd get absolutely dirty very quickly. So, as you can see, I bought the "old" version.

Ok, rewind now... back to class. The first class I took was a Teacher's Pet for the Heirloom Recipe Book, taught by Cheryl of Scrappin' Dreams out of Missouri. Pictures of her demo are to the right. I was NOT happy with my Teacher's Pet experience. To explain a bit... you pay $5 to be the assistant for the class. Bottom line - you do all the dirty work for the class, so the teacher can focus on the project. There were SOOO many moving pieces for this class; it was a complete nightmare to be an assistant. To make matters worse, the instructor had to completely re-do the project, because the normal 5x5 books were destroyed, and all she had to work with were 8x8 books. So.... there were rub-ons that she threw in a box that she mailed (remember - she came from Missouri) to supplement the already made-up packets of stuff. These had to be take out of pre-made packets and distributed. Plus, there was paint to be distributed, and then collected back up, so the class members didn't get paint on their papers. Not to mention that she sold the extra kits and special glue that she recommended, which I had to collect the $$ for and distribute the product. Plus door prizes had to be distributed. I was running around for the whole hour. I did get the kit for the class, as well as the adhesive she was selling, however this is NOT something I would do again.

After this disaster, I grabbed a bottle of water (for $3.00) and got to sit in my own class on techniques. The funny part was that the class was taught by the scrapbook store that is exactly 1 mile from my house. I had to drive 30 minutes away to get a class by folks just down the street. This class was great! Brenda from Remember When taught it, and she will rattle through TONS of stuff. She showed some GREAT ideas, unfortunately, I couldn't take any pictures... the class just moved too quickly. I'm going to make some projects with the techniques, so check back for those.

Ok, so I said I made some things to take with me... I made some scissors charms. The supply list asked for scissors, and I was a little worried about having those with others' scissors around. I had my name on them, but it didn't seem good enough for me. I wanted something that would let me say "mine!" at just a glance, so I made a little beaded thing to hang off the edge. This was my first beading attempt, so I think it came out fairly well. Also on the supply list was a 1/16" punch, so I made a little thingie for that, too. I bought a shoelace charm kit at Joann's for $5, and beaded away.

Since I've taken one of Brenda's classes before, I knew enough to bring a notebook, because she will rattle off some pretty good product uses, as well as dish on new products. But I couldn't take a PLAIN notebook. NO WAY! Not with the Spring Mini office line. I picked up this notebook at Michael's for $1. I covered the notebook with Notataions paper on both sides of the cover. I sponged the edges with Certainly Celery craft ink. I stamped the Office Accoutrement large flower on the paper with Certainly Celery and So Saffron ink. I stamped the flower one more time on Certainly Celery CS with Tempting Turquoise craft ink, then embossed with crystal clear embossing powder. I stamped my name with Chocolate Chip ink with Rough Edges Alphabet. I also stamped the original and daily notes stamps with chocolate chip. I realized that I had mounted my original sticker upside down on the stamp, hence the upside down stamp. But, it IS original, right?? I used my beaded pen (demo from my upcoming class), which matched, and packed it up.

What else can I tell you??? Oh yeah, Rusty Pickle had MAD chipboard available. I opted for this accordion book. It came is a pretty cool package... The outside is a rougher chipboard than the SU chipboard. I think I'm going to have to sand it a bit before covering it. The packaging - twine with a tag - was an outstanding idea! Inside is a 6-panel accordion book. It's not attached to the cover at all... it's completely separate. Look for a project to come with this great new product.
Well, I think I don't have much else to say. I'm sure there's something I forget, so if there's something specific you were looking for an answer on, post a comment here, and I'll try to answer as best as I can. Until later....

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Scrapbook Expo Today!

This is where I'm heading right now... will share the dish when I'm back home and rested... also made a couple of cute things to take with me there, so stay tuned...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Anniversary Card

A guy I work with wanted me to make an anniversary card for him, so of course, I did. :) He said she liked pink, so that was my starting point. But I needed more than "pink". I knew she liked to read, so I was thinking about doing a bookmark as part of the card. I also knew I wanted to use my French Script background stamp, but that was pretty much all I had in my head. So, where did I turn? Why, SCS, of course!!! I went to the gallery, and just searched for "anniversary". I ran across myhobbyisstamping's card (found here), and that was the one!! I used her card for inspiration and made my own modifications. I used Regal Rose as my card base. I stamped my French Script in VersaMark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then, I took confetti white CS and stamped the love image from the 2006 SAB set Gently Falling in Regal Rose. Then, I took my Regal Rose marker and the Color Spritzer Tool (AKA "The Puffer Tool") to make the splatter pattern on another piece of confetti white CS. Then, I stamped "forever" from the Wonderful Words set in Night of Navy on the splattered confetti CS. I cut a small piece of Night of Navy CS, mounted the love-stamped confetti piece of CS, ripped off the bottom, and tied a piece of navy narrow organdy ribbon around it. I mounted all the pieces, leaving the larger piece of confetti white a pocket. I moved to the inside where I stamped French Script again in VersaMark on both sides of the inside. I stamped the verse from Cheery Chat in Regal Rose on confetti white, mounted it on Night of Navy, and adhered to the card. Then, I stamped Happy Anniversary in Night of Navy on the card. Lastly, I made the bookmark. I used the chipboard from the back of the 12x12 paper and mounted Loves Me double-sided CS from the Winter Mini. The recipient's name is "Billie", so I stamped that with Headline Alphabet and Rough Edges Alphabet. I used white and pink narrow organdy for the top adhered with a white heart-shaped eyelet.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Triangle Tri-Fold Card

I'm not sure how many of you stalk the gallery like I do, especially the Office Accoutrement (I'll get the spelling right one of these days) link... I'm completely addicted to this set. I can't believe I even doubted purchasing it on pre-order! What was I thinking?! Anyway, back to the point... Beate had this AWESOME tri-fold card on there that she is using for an invite to a downline meeting. (In case you missed it, it can be found here.) I thought this would be the perfect card for my friend's birthday. I'm so bad at making cards for guys, so I used Beate's directions (found here), and I think it came out pretty cute.
What I used:
Cardstock - Certainly Celery, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Notations Double-Sided
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery Craft
Stamp Sets - Office Accoutrement, Cheery Chat, Warmest Regards
Accessories - Taupe ribbon, round tab punch, spiral punch, chocolate chip marker

Pastel Resist

I participate in SDiegoGal's monthly technique swap (can be found here on SCS's Demo side). This month, it was pastel embossing (technique can be found here in SCS's resource section.). I had to improvise a bit because I didn't have white embossing powder, so I stamped in white and embossed in clear... almost the same, right? I never use my pastels, so I thought this would be the perfect time to try a new technique and dust off the pastels. I'm not impressed with the results. It didn't photograph so swell, but the effect is just not for me, I don't think... maybe I just did it wrong, and maybe it's better if you actually use the CORRECT supplies, huh? Anyway, it just wasn't speakin' to me... Anyway, enough whining, here's what I used...
Cardstock - Merigold Morning (finally cracked open this stuff!), Regal Rose, Handsome Hunter, and Basic Black
Ink - Whisper White Craft
Accessories - Crystal Clear embossing powder, spiral punch (yup, couldn't resist using this thing!)

Saturday, March 3, 2007

New Mini Swap Group

So I haven't been doing so swell with the uploads and posts, huh? Excuse time... I've been very busy at work. I even had to work last weekend! The past two days, I was out of town, too. Ok, so now I'm done wining. I did do some projects. I participate in a new mini catalog swap with others in my upline's group. We do one card front, one ATC (yes, that was all my doing), and one "other" project, usually a 6x6 scrapbook page. This time, I wasn't feeling the 6x6 page, so I did the overgrown paperclip.

Here's what I used for each project...

Card Front:
Cardstock - Saraha Sand, Tempting Turquoise, Petals & Paisleys Double-Sided
Ink - Pixie Pink (craft), Tempting Turquoise
Stamp Sets - Polka Dots & Paisleys
Accessories - Round Tab Punch
The corners were punched with the round tab punch on the tag, as well. I found the technique on Splitcoast Stampers, of course. It takes a bit of work to get all the corners to match, but I think it looks pretty cool.
Cardstock - Saraha Sand, Cool Carribean, Notations Double-Sided
Ink - Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Stamp Sets - Office Accoutremant, Tags So Much
Accessories - Stapler, File folder punch
The file folder is a punch that I had gotten years ago that I finally used. YEAH!
Cardstock - none
Ink - Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery craft; Chocolate Chip
Stamp Sets - Office Accoutremant
Accessories - Chipboard (from back of paper pack), Pop Dots, Paperclip (from Staples)
I stamped the craft ink on the pourous (non-slippery) side of the chipboard, let dry, then cut out. I adhered one turquoise flower and one celery flower to each side of the paperclip with pop dots. I used one pop dot for each flower petal. I think that worked fairly well to adhere them together. It was probably overkill, but what are you going to do? I didn't want them to fall apart or peal up.
Hope you like them! I'm sure my swap group will... now I just need to get them in to the mail.


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