Monday, April 30, 2007

Palette O' Prints Swatches

Here are the swatches of a 6x6 double-sided sampler pack that's available during May only from SU! A good image of what's to come in the Fall/Winter Collection 2007 (new name for catalog). With a $35 order, this paper pack is yours for just $9.95... drop me a line to order now... I can't get enough of it!!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I Scrapbooked!!

After I about had a heart attack that Cleveland wasn't going to get Brady Quinn, he FINALLY went to them in pick # 22 in the first round... can NOT believe he took that long. Anyway, to keep my nervous energy partly in check, I scrapbooked (is that a word??) yesterday. I am sooo behind in this task. I decided to do our cross-country trip for Thanksgiving last year. I used the Tickets & Tokens Simply Scrappin' Kit and found out that I LOVE IT!!! This was the first time that I had used a kit for a "real" scrapbook. I had used the Simply Scrappin' kits for cards and mini albums, but this was the first time I did a for-real album. Of course, I chose the 6x6 album... I did a 12x12 album once - NEVER AGAIN!! It took FOREVER!! Too big for my limited attention span. From then on, it was smaller albums only. I put only one event per book to keep me from going absolutely insane. For this book, I used the navy linen 6x6 ring brag book... so liking the ringed albums - SO easy to work with! I filled out the travel ticket sticker from the scrappin' kit and adhered it to the front. I ran wine narrow organdy ribbon around the front and added some grosgrain and one gingham knot to the mix. Then, in Whisper White craft ink, I stamped "06" on the front and "2006" on the spine. And my cover was done! For the inside, I used the SS kit paper plus Sentimental Journey patterned paper. I used a couple of Cranberry Crisp punched tags and tabs, but the rest was completely from the SS kit... TOTALLY using these again!!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Prepping for Craft Fair

Whew... Brady Quinn didn't go to Oakland... Here are some items that I've prepared for a craft fair. There are 15 band aid boxes and beaded pens that are held with a little bag topper... so cute and so much fun to make! There are 3 using each of the double-sided papers shown: Au Chocolat, Loves Me, Petals & Paisley, Enchante, and Notations. The Notations paper ones have a cut-out stamped flower from the Office Accoutrement set. These are SO FUN to make... so loving these little guys! I have one that holds my ATC business cards (pictured in another post here)... so cute! Cleveland picks next... Pick Brady Quinn!!! Pick Brady Quinn!!!!!!!

Altered Clipboard

This post has to be quick, since the NFL draft is starting... gotta see where Brady Quinn goes... Since I'm a Cleveland Browns fan (I know, I know), I'm hoping for them. Since I'm going to be moving to the Chicago area before the next football season, Chicago or Indy would be fine with me too... but, those are long shots... two Super Bowl teams... doubt it!
Anyway... Here is my first attempt at an altered clipboard. This clipboard was absolutely hideous! I got it from work, and it was totally screaming to be "fixed". Since it was going back to work, it HAD to be done with the Notations double-sided paper. It was going to be used for a visiting committee, so it had to be simple but cute... hence, nothing on the base, except the paper and quite simple on the back... I'm pretty happy with how this turned out, and I will definitely be doing MORE of these!!!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Excited for Convention

Ok, so I think I'm ridiculously excited for convention... it's my first one, so does that make it ok?? If not, well I guess that's just too bad... Anyway, here is the beginning of my Convention Notebook... it's a Circa notebook (found at Levenger), and the punch to add pages is similar to the spiral punch. The circa punch doesn't work for the spirals and vice versa... trust me - I tried! Anyway, I printed out ALL the stuff from the SU site, my flight itinerary, and my hotel confirmation, and put it in this notebook. I decided I had to have a MUCH better cover than what comes with it (lame generic photo thing), so I made this cover sheet (on card stock). I copied the convention logo and made it bigger (with MS Word), then used the Word Art function to make my info in the SU font, of course! I added the Prima flowers, and the bottom will be stamped with some new stamp set that I'll be buying very shortly (I'm sure)... Now you can be as excited for convention as me!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Attention Convention Goers!

There are two threads (need a demo logon in order to click through to the links) that you don't want to miss if you're going to the SU! convention in July...
The first is for the AWESOME got swap shirt. The info for that is here.
The second of for an ATC swap. The info for that is here.
These are both in the Stampin' Events forum. Additionally there, kls1973 (Kristi) has started two stickies - one for session 1 and one for session 2. She is maintaining an Excel spreadsheet and an Adobe file with all the events and the times and all... WAY cool!!! You totally need to check it out. Also, if you start an event, drop her a line to get your event on that time line. HUGE props to Kristi for doing this... I'm going to hunt her down at convention... gotta figure out something nice to make for her... hmmmmm....... Make sure to check out the events forum... convention mania has begun!
Anyway, that's my public service announcement.

Sketch Challenge

Ok, so I finally did a sketch challenge on SCS. The sketch can be found here. This was my FIRST ever using the sketch, and it turned out ok... I think I picked a pretty hard idea to start with. The post said it was good for large images, but the Lovely As a Tree set is my ONLY large image. I knew I wanted to use the Palette O' Prints paper pack (new for May from SU!), because it was totally made for this layout. The large image was where I was struggling... I have a Javabellas stamp coming that would've been PERFECT, but it's not here, so I scoured the stamp sets looking for something big. I came across the set of trees. I have absolutely NO idea why I chose to stamp on a dryer sheet. Something just said - stamp it on the dryer sheet. I think I should've turned on the air conditioning (it's 80-degrees in here right now)... maybe then I wouldn't have heard voices. In any event, I did it (for the first time, as well). It was missing something, and so I reached for ribbon (not Primas this time - good girl!). I wanted to use the Sweet Spot ribbon originals, but I had given it away to someone, and I was like - grrrrr, but I had the gingham... it worked! I threaded the ribbon under the middle panel to make it feel special, I guess... no idea on that one, either. I'm TOTALLY liking the Palette O' Prints... so excited to do more with it... I'm going to go back to the older sketch challenges, so be on the lookout for some more (and hopefully better) sketch challenges... until next time...

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Door Prize Swap

Here are all the WONDERFULLY creative door prizes that these genius stampers came up with... SOOO COOL!!!! Even Zuki, the Yorkie, was inspired... See for yourself!

Shoe Box Projects

Here are all the FABULOUS Spring Mini shoe box projects from today's NoCal Gathering... the only rule was that it had to include something from the Spring Mini... look at these over-achievers!!

ATC's From NoCal Gathering

Here are the ATC's from our 2nd Northern California Gathering that was held today... Everyone made these to trade as their business cards. All their info was on the back, so we could get in touch with fellow demos in the area.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Some ATC's for the Weekend

Well, I've been bad... I haven't posted in FOREVER to my blog, I know... But, here are 3 ATCs that hopefully will tide you all over for the weekend...
Here's my newest business card... I will be using it as my ATC swap for the the Northern California gathering on Sunday... I'm sooo excited to meet with fellow stampers. I used Cool Caribbean CS as the base for the ATC. I stamped this with the pattern from the Looks Like Spring set in Cool Caribbean. Then, I stamped the telephone stamp from Business Boosters in Chocolate Chip ink on Pretty in Pink paper. I colored the little heart with a Real Red marker. I mounted it on a paper pierced piece of Chocolate Chip paper. Then, of course, I had to use a pretty Prima flower, since I just finished the HUGE Prima bulk buy. I took a piece of Taupe grosgrain ribbon, folded it in half, and punched a hole in it and the CS base. I put the brad through the Prima, ribbon, and CS base.
The next ATC was made for my double-sided card stock swap. I used Notations paper, but I didn't want to use Office Accoutrement (no idea why not because I love that set!). Since I had just traded for I'm Here, I decided to use that one... I stamped the foot (really cute, too, I might say) on Whisper White then pierced along the edges. I got this cool little Cutter Bee piercing wheel... it makes even pierces without sitting with the stencil and the awl. I'm SOOOO loving this new tool!! It's made by EK Success, and their site has some really cool tips on how to use this ingenious creation! The base is Cool Caribbean CS matted with Notations double-sided CS. A small ribbon of Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon was placed over the top of the double-sided CS. The little foot was mounted with dementionals.
The last ATC was also for my ATC swap. This time, I used the Melted Pearls technique that Michelle Fischer (SDiegoGal) made me do for the April technique swap. I kinda like that technique... it makes a pretty cool effect. The tree from the Lovely As A Tree set was stamped with Certainly Celery craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used Brilliant Gold Pearl Ex to make the tree shine. The tab is stamped with the All Year Cheer II "I miss you" stamp.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Bandaid Box

For May's class, my folks will be creating metal bandaid boxes. These are TOO CUTE, and SOOO easy to make! They are big enough to hold ATCs or business cards... I'm totally taking these to convention to swap my ATCs. Yes, I used the AWESOME Au Chocolat paper AND the Prima flowers. This took me about 30 minutes to make, and that includes the design phase and digging the "right" Prima from the bottle. Can't wait to make these with my class!!! They're going to love them!

Other Creative Pursuits

So, I've been getting into other things... my scissor charms kind-of sparked an interest in beading, so I got a fabulous book - Jewerly-Making and Beading for Dummies. Yes, that IS the real title... I love it! With it, I created the necklace and bracelet set on the right, as well as a name bracelet for my friend, Jen, in Ohio, who just had twins - one boy and one girl. They are due home from the hospital any day now! Hope they beat this bracelet home.
I wore the necklace and bracelet for two whole days without ANY problems... I kept touching it making sure it hadn't fallen off in pieces, but it held without a problem. So excited! More to come with this...

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Busy Week....

Where to begin... First off, the Prima Share is FULL... it filled in 3 days!! Depending on how this one goes, Kate or I will look into doing another one soon. Secondly, HAPPY APRIL!
Warning - I was a stampin' fiend this week, and this post is LONG (but good!)...

I had my 5x5 Altered Journal and Beaded Pen class, and some folks couldn't come to that, so being the great saleswoman that I am, I took orders and made their books for them. There was, of course, I slight fee for my effort.

Before that could kick off, though, I had to create this card for a co-worker that was moving to China. Yes, I said MOVING to China. What do you make for someone going to China?! They get like 50lbs per suitcase and only 2 suitcases to take. They didn't need stuff, so I went to what has become the ol' standby... the 5x5 journal. I made the cover to match the card (at left), without the Prima or tab. I figured the less layers the less chance it will have of being destroyed en route.
For the card, I used a Saraha Sand base stamped with Weathered background in Chocolate Chip. I stamped the suitcases from Travel Post in Chocolate Chip on Cool Caribbean CS and cut out (yes, I did cut them out... yeah me!!). I didn't have a bon voyage or anything like that stamp, so I opted for wish from last catty's hostess set Small Script. I used BOTH of new Spring Mini punches.... love them both... they'd better make the new big catty!! The spiral punched piece is Marigold Morning (first time using this), and the tab is True Thyme (also a first time use). I really liked how it turned out, and so did she. On the inside, I printed a quote on Marigold Morning (spiral punched, of course), and matted it on Cool Caribbean.

Next project... I'm in the monthly ATC swap that SDiegoGal hosts on SCS. This month, it's melted pearls we're supposed to do. I had NEVER used Pearl Ex before... yes, it was quite intimidating to me, but I thought I'd give it a try. I did this after my journal class and finished the ATCs the morning before the BIG day (yesterday)... yeah, that was a little nuts. That's why I decided the do the new technique on a small scale... only the little flower from my favorite set - Office Accoutrement - on the right-hand side of the ATC is made with the melted pearls. The ATC is Mellow Moss (matched my Prima flower); the background is Notations paper; the sentiment is from Sincere Salutations is stamped in Chocolate Chip on So Saffron, then mounted on Regal Rose; the Office Accoutrement flower is melted pearls on Cool Caribbean paper mounted on a Chocolate Chip tab.

Yup, there's more... While waiting for my stampers to come, I made this little bucket for my mom for Easter. I got the bucket from - where else - the Target $1 spot! It came with the cute bow and everything... My mom LOVES bunnies, and of course, the only bunny stamp I have is microscopic, so what to do... I wanted to use the little hedgehog because it's just too cute. Hedgehogs are so cute when drawn, but I've been to the zoo - they don't look anything like the one on the left here. They sure aren't carrying flowers. But anyway... I stamped Hedggie with Basic Black on Whisper White CS and watercolored him. Yes, I watercolored! I put a yellow brad for the flower center. I really wanted to use my tiny bunny, so can you see him?? He's poking his head around Hedggie's bag. I mounted Hedggie and Microscopic Bunny on the striped side of Petals & Paisley paper. I used the square steps corner punch to make the lace-looking edge on the bottom of the tag. I did use the tag corner punch at the top, so it's a for-real tag. You can't see it behind the ribbon, but I stamped "with love on Easter" in Basic Black. The tag is held on with light pink narrow organdy through the same holes as the turquoise ribbon. There will be tiny goodies in here for Momma and Poppy.

Which brings me to the 5x5 Journals and Beaded Pens...

The slide above shows quite a bit about what was made over the past week... there is more to come, so perhaps, I'll post later. Gwynn's book was an order that I made (hence all the photos). I didn't get any photos of Thursday's stampers... they wanted to go have dinner and such... what's up with that?! Jamila made 3 books - one for her, one for her sister, and one for her mom. That's why they are listed as Jamila Book 1, etc. She didn't want tabs for hers. One other non-photographed book isn't ready yet. It's going to be a wedding shower gift. Once complete, it'll be posted... I think ALL the books turned out absolutely fabulous!
Until next time... (This huge post should keep you for a minute or two)


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