Monday, January 29, 2007

Sparkle Blossom


I'm a little proud of this card, so I had to brag on myself a bit today, since the photo does NOT do it justice! First of all, let me tell you why the flower looks fuzzy... it's actually striped. I inked the Big Blossom stamp with Regal Rose, then stamped the stripe from Background Sampler in Close to Cocoa. Then stamped the flower on Confetti White. Then, I used the smallest Coluzzle circle and cut a hole in the middle of the flower. I was going to use packing tape and glitter, but alas, I had no packing tape, so out came the Crystal Effects. I mounted the flower on a Close to Cocoa card, then filled the center hole with Crystal Effects. Since I wasn't using the packing tape, I decided to bust out the microbeads. So, then I thought I would outline the flower with the microbeads, as well... Add a little sparkle. It was raining yesterday, so I guess that's what inspired me to add some sparkle. I not-so-patiently waited for the Crystal Effects to dry, and then I stamped one of the sentiments from the Happy Harmony SAB set in Close to Cocoa. I thought it was missing a little something, so I decided on ribbon - my fall-back. I opted for Rose grosgrain, but it was missing something... I took a Q-Tip and inked the end in Chocolate Chip ink and stamped little dots along the ribbon, and attached it to the bottom of the card. Ta-da!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Scalloped Edges

So, I've been in BIG TIME envy of those scalloped edges that folks SAY they've been creating with the slit punch, but I just couldn't get it! I was rooting around blogs, and I found Julie's (SCS name jeweleintn). She has the BEST tutorial for it. You can find it here. Don't say I didn't try to help! :)

I Was Busy This Weekend...

Photos Are Back!

Ok, so I've mastered the watermark... Yeah, right! I got this program called AiS Watermark Picture Protector, and it's pretty easy to use... I think it looks fairly professional - what do you think?? I have uploaded a cool slide show (thanks, Kate and Krystal!) to show you what I was up to this weekend... I had a TON of cards to make. You know those Valentine's Day orders to fill. Plus, I kind-of over committed for ATC swaps... those things really add up QUICKLY!!
Anyway, it's time to relax on the couch now that my photos are safely protected thanks to AiS!

Practice Safe Posting

So, I'm a faithful reader of Jen's blog, and she had THIS POST on there last Wednesday... Some woman had used her image to try to sell a stamp set on Ebay. Can you believe it?! So, until I can get my watermark set up, I won't be posting pictures. Read her issues - you'll want a watermark, too! I'm in the middle of downloading one right now to use, so never fear - pictures are forthcoming soon!

Friday, January 26, 2007

My First Comment!

I got my first comment on my blog... HOW EXCITING!!!!! Of course, I sort-of solicited it, but it's still a comment, right?! Thanks, Kate! This weekend, I have a TON of stamping to do... 4 ATC swaps, design the cards for my Stamp-A-Stack, plus Valentine's Day cards that folks at work have ordered from me. Yes, yes, yes, I'll post some here! Right now, I'm just reveling in my first blog comment! :)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Stepper Box


So I guess I bit behind the times because this was the FIRST stepper box
I made... I know, I know, it was shown at convention 6 months ago, but I didn't go, and I'm just now getting around to making all the convention stuff. I used the Spring Flowers paper... I really like the look of the roughed up exterior. I think I will put some foam hearts or something on it for a Valentine's Day gift. And, of course, the candies go on the inside boxes!!




Reindeer Snack Mix
So, I took Reindeer Mix to the gathering on the 21st, and it was a BIG hit. I've been asked for the recipe, so here is what I did. I used the generic ingredients whenever possible.
2 1/4 cups cheese-flavored snack crackers
2 1/4 cups pretzels (any shape that's small)
1 cup Corn Chex
1 cup bite-sized shredded wheat
1 cup Planter's Deluxe Mixed Nuts (with almonds, pecans, and cashews only - this was my splurge)
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons lite maple syrup
1 3/4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle seasoning mix
1. Preheat oven to 250-degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients (and I mean LARGE bowl).
3. In another bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, and then pour it over the mix. I use my hands to mix it evenly (yes, I washed them!).
4. Pour mix into an ungreased baking pan (at least 15 x 10 x 1).
5. Bake (uncovered) at 250 for 1 hour. Make sure to stir ever 15 minutes!
Kate and Krystal - are you happy now?? :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Cathy Williams' Canvas Accordian Book

So, the SCS gathering was Sunday, and it was SOOOO much fun! We had 17 ladies and TONS of snacks. Cathy Williams made the CUTEST accordian book, and everyone wanted to know how to do it, so here it is...

Supplies:

Canvas: Four 4” x 5” (you can purchase from www.quickquotes.com)

Cardstock:
3” x 12” - Bashful Blue; 4” x 5” - Certainly Celery (cut 2)
4” x 5” - Bashful Blue (cut 2)
3 ½” x 2” - Designer paper from SS Kit (cut 2 of 2 patterns or 3 of each if pockets on back)
1 3/8” x 5” - Cameo Coral (for 2 tags - make 1 – 1 3/8” x 2 ½” tag if pockets on back)
1 3/8” x 5” - Barely Banana (for 2 tags - make 1 – 1 3/8” x 2 ½” tag if pockets on back)
2 ½” x 3 ½” - Cameo Coral (for pictures) (cut 2 or 3 if pics on back)
2 ½” x 3 ½” - Barely Banana (for pictures) (cut 2 or 3 if pics on back)

Inks: Marigold Morning; Certainly Celery; Bashful Blue; Cameo Coral

Stamps: Small Script; Delight in Life (SAB)

Kits: Just Delightful Simply Scrappin’ (SAB)

Accessories:
Soft Subtles Brads
Blue gingham ribbon (cut 2 – 5” pieces & 2 – 8” pieces)
Celery ribbon (cut 2 – 5” pieces)
Paper piercing tool
Rubber Cement or other strong adhesive
Sponge Dauber(s)

Punches:
Tag punch
Corner punch
Circle punch
Large oval punch
1/8” punch

Directions:

1. Color canvases with inks using sponge dauber. Set aside to let dry.
2. Punch both ends of tag pieces (1 3/8” x 5”) & cut in half to create two tags.
3. Punch tag holes with 1/8” punch
4. Round top edges of picture pieces (2 ½” x 3 ½”) with corner punch
5. Ink edges of all pieces of cardstock as desired
6. Attach pictures to picture pieces and embellish
7. Stamp and embellish tags
8. Attach ribbon to tags
9. Embellish designer paper fronts (3 ½ “ x 2 pieces)
10. Attach the sides and bottom of the designer paper piece to the bottom of the 4” x 5” piece with ¼” margin at top, side & bottom. Leave the top open so they can be pockets.
11. Attach sides and bottom of two of the designer paper pieces to the bottom of two of the inked canvases. (These will be the middle two canvases.)
12. Take the 3” x 12” strip of cardstock and lay it flat on table. Lay 2 middle canvases face up directly in the center of the strip, making sure the bottom of the canvases are even. Move the canvases 1/8” apart in the middle to allow for a fold in the center. Glue the back of the canvas to the strip with rubber cement or other strong adhesive.
13. Decorate front cover canvas.
14. Decorate and/or sign back cover canvas.
15. Attach 8” pieces of ribbon to the back side of the front and back canvases with a 1 ½” overlap to hold ribbons in place using strong adhesive.
16. Place the outside 2 canvases face down UNDERNEATH the 3” x 12” strip leaving ¼” space between canvases allowing for folds. (Note: The strip will reach about halfway across the left and right canvases.) Glue these canvas backs to the strip.
17. Fold the left and right canvases toward the inside.
18. Pick up the project and fold the center the opposite way to make an accordion.
19. Attach 4” x 5” pieces to the backside of each canvas.
20. Tuck picture pieces and tags in pockets.

Friday, January 19, 2007

SCS Gathering


This Sunday is a gathering for SU! demos and Splitcoaster Stampers (SCS), which I volunteered to organize. WHAT was I thinking?! Seriously, it's ok, tho... We're going to have a GREAT time! There are 25 of us meeting at someone's house. It will be INTENSE, because we're making 25 shoe box projects. Yup - 25! We're going to have a door prize raffle, too, but everyone is supposed to bring a door prize, so everyone should leave with one. The picture on the left is what I'm bringing for my door prize swap. It's a post-it note holder on chipboard coasters with a pencil in the hinge. This was my first attempt at using the coasters AND reverse masking!
I used the 4" square coasters and covered them with Rebecca paper. The back is covered with the opposite pattern (stripes on the back of spots). I inked the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. I stamped the Lexicon of Love "cherish" stamp with Close to Cocoa ink inside the heart-shaped mask. Then, I used a blender pen and drew up some ink from the pad and painted a heart around the masked image. I cut a piece of Pretty In Pink paper and used the square steps corner punch then mounted it on the left side. I punched holes with the anywhere punch, then ran ribbon through - chocolate chip on the top and bottom and pink in the middle. I didn't like the way the chocolate chip ribbon looked by itself, so I added some pink narrow organdy to those to brighten it up a bit. I criss-crossed the ribbon and tied the knots in the back, except for the organdy. Well, I like it, so hopefully others will too!!

Monday, January 15, 2007

The ZOO!!!





This weekend I went to the San Diego Zoo... it was SOOOOO much fun! Even with the record low temperatures, it was still a BLAST! We did have a bit of trouble getting there... our plane had a fuel leak. A fuel leak?! Yes, a fuel leak! But they put the band aid on it, and we made it safely to San Diego.
I had never been there - been to San Diego for work, but never made it to the zoo. When we got off the plane on Saturday, I got chicken nuggets while my boy friend rented the car. From there, we went straight to the Wild Animal Park. It was fabulous!!!!!! It was HUGE! There were TONS of wide open spaces for the animals to play... WAY cool! There were, of course, the standard zoo flamingos at both the Wild Animal Park and the Zoo itself- can you be called a zoo without flamingos right inside the gate?? I think it's in the by-laws somewhere.... Anyway, enough digression... We took a train around the Wild Animal Park that gave us lots of good info. We even got to see some steer fighting just as the guide was talking about using the horns as weapons. It was pretty funny.
Then, on Sunday, it was to the zoo proper... wow! That, too, was HUGE! I couldn't get over how many different types of pigs there were, though... lots of bacon on the hoof. It seemed a bit odd to me, but I guess they're endangered. You know what that means to me - they must taste good. If they didn't taste good, they wouldn't be hunted. Sorry about your luck, but lucky you - you're in a zoo. And a zoo as cool as this one! Speaking of lucky - it was lucky for me that there was a bus to take from place to place. There were a million hills in this place, and some of them required stairs. It was like being back in San Francisco.
There was even a guided tour bus, but that didn't go over so well. We had a VERY loud child right behind us. She liked to screech at EVERYTHING, and I do mean everything. I could barely hear the tour... we thought about doing it again, but thought that the kid didn't puke on us, so we'd better take what we can get and get out of there. We saw the rest on our own. The bus wasn't as cool as the train. Did I mention there were flamingos here?
What was the coolest attraction? Why, the Meerkats, of course! There's a show on National Geographic Channel that's called "Meerkat Manor", and we have gotten addicted to these little guys. They are HILARIOUS! Don't know what a meerkat is? I've attached a few photos for you... they are only a foot high and are a completely female-run society. That's what I'm talking about! The momma runs the show COMPLETELY. Anyway, I won't get into the political side of things, but let me tell you how funny these guys are! They groom each other and dig all the time, unless they're standing guard or gathering some sun to warm up. They did the sunning quite a bit while we were there - it was a bit cold from them. They're from the desert in Africa, so 40-degrees wasn't ok in their books.
Also, on Sunday the SD Chargers had a home play-off game... we were a little worried about traffic, so we left the zoo early for our flight. That, and we were completely exhausted. We had walked for over 4 hours straight! Plus all the walking from the night before... it was craziness! I'm SOOOOO glad I opted for tennis shoes only on this trip. There was no point in being cute - it was cold, and we were going to do a ton of walking.
So now I just finishing scurrying around getting everything ready for my crop party that will kick off here in about 30 min. It should be a good time! I won't get to crop - I need to get my things ready for the demo gathering we're having next weekend... wow! Yup, I did this to myself; I sure did! I can't wait for the gathering next Sunday, though... it should be a good time, and a good opportunity to meet some new folks. I'm really looking forward to it...
Well, my doorbell will start ringing here in a few, so I'd better sign off... HAPPY STAMPIN'!

Friday, January 12, 2007

COLD!!!

It is FREEZING here today! It's California - it's not supposed to be cold. The wind is whipping something fierce. I feel like I'm back in snow country. It's supposed to snow on the hills this weekend. Good for skiiers, but not so good for me. :( I live in California because I don't do cold well. What is going on here?!?!?!?! I have a sweater, long-sleeved shirt, and a coat on; not to mention gloves, hat, and scarf. And that wind is STILL cutting through me! Ok, I'm going to stop complaining now, since it's FRIDAY! And Monday is a HOLIDAY... filled with fun, too... Monday is my crop workshop.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

I'm a Slacker!


Ok, so I'm a complete slacker... I haven't posted in forever, right? I'm going to say that I have a good excuse... Saturday and Sunday, I was at drill for my reserve unit - fun to do on your birthday, huh? THEN, on Monday, I got my SAB order from Stampin' Up!!!!!!!! So, of course, I had to play with all my new toys... I also had to get ready for my gathering on Monday. I did take pictures of all the booty... You can see it here! :) Do you see WHY I haven't been blogging?!?!?! LOOK at all that cool stuff to play with!! Well, I've gotta get organized for my scrapbook workshop on Monday - it's a holiday... no work!! All Play!! YEAH!!! Did you see my new set of stamp pads AND re-inkers?! That was Happy Birthday to me!! :) Here I am - happy as can be playing with my new stamps AND talking on the phone... talk about Euphoria. My boyfriend couldn't resist taking this picture of me. I'm talking with a friend of mine that I hadn't talked to in almost a year! The stamps I'm putting together are a Valentine's Day present for my mom... it's the Sweet on You set from the winter mini. She's just getting into stamping, so I figured I'd get her good and hooked. :) I thought she could make Valentine's Day cards with those. She's also getting a set of Soft Subtles Stampin' Spots and the pink Love Notes next to me... can you tell she's spoiled?? She trained me well, huh?

Friday, January 5, 2007

It's Friday!!!


So, I'm WAY stoked it's Friday... I couldn't make it another day this week!! And it was supposedly a short week, but it felt SO long! Tomorrow, I have drill for my reserve unit, which is always so much fun. To boot, it's my birthday, and that's definitely the place I want to be for my birthday. I guess I'll live... After all, it is Sell-A-Bration!! Gotta keep things in perspective, right? Speaking of, my SAB order gets to the house Monday... can't wait!!! I got myself a set of Soft Subtles stamp pads and re-inkers... Happy Birthday to me! Off to do some reserve stuff before tomorrow morning...

Thursday, January 4, 2007

So Sad!!!

So, all I have to say is WAAAAAHHHH!!!! Notre Dame got KILLED by LSU last night... it was one of the worst games I've ever seen! I think the only redeeming quality may be that it saves Brady Quinn from going to Oakland and getting sacked every down with their lack of offensive line. The LSU quarterback is much more Oakland-oriented, anyway... We'll see in April with the draft... Well, I'm too upset to talk any further, so I'll check back tomorrow... WAAAAHHH!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The Vacation is Over

Well, the vacation is over... It's time to get back to work. Grrrrr!!!! I made this ATC (Artist Trading Card) yesterday (left), my last day of freedom. I totally CASE'd the ribbon butterfly from my upline. She had the way-cool idea, not me! I wasn't that far off, though. I made the card on the right all by myself... see the fancy ribbon? I was ALMOST there, so I'm taking half credit.

After my creativity time was over, I had to spend 2 1/2 hours at the dentist. That was horrid!!!! But, I survived. This morning, having much pain, I was wide awake at 4:30am, so I uploaded tons of pictures to my gallery on Splitcoaststampers. You can see them all here. There are ATCs and candles galore on there. Enjoy!

Tonight is the big deal - SUGAR BOWL... GO ND! BEAT LSU!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Photos!

Fun with the Cricut! So, I absolutely LOVE my new Cricut. I made all kinds of boxes with the Tags, Boxes, Bags, and More (think that's the right title) cartridge. These little cuties are my absolute favorite of the cartridge. It's a little difficult to see exactly what it's going to make, but it comes out cut with little slits where it should be folded. It's a lot of fun to just push and button and see what comes out. This one here is called "flower box"... the name speaks for itself, huh? I have Hershey's nuggets inside for a door prize for my upcoming Scrap Gathering. I used the new Loves Me paper from Stampin' Up! (I'm a SU! demo in case you didn't catch that...)
I'm not really sure what to do with the slits in the side... I guess I could make it into a purse-like object... hmmm.... I guess I need to use my imagination, huh?

So, when fun with Cricut was over, it was on to candles... I'm am REALLY happy with how this one turned out. I'd never used my Weather or Not set. It was a hostess incentive last year, and it's just sat in my stamp vault since then. I saw these candles at IKEA, and knew right away which set I wanted to use for them. I used craft pads and then clear embossed them. I had to try it; I'd read everywhere that everyone was doing it, so I did, too. I made a few more for more door prizes at the Crop. One of them may become the door prize for an upcoming demonstrator event that I'm organizing.

Today, the invite went out for that event, as well as the Crop event. If you're in Northern California and want to attend this stamping event, send me an email. It's going to be January 21st. Well, I'm back to stamping...

GO NOTRE DAME! BEAT LSU!!!

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