Thursday, February 22, 2007

SNOW in California!

Are you seeing this?! This is SNOW in the San Francisco Bay Area!!! WHAT?!?!?!?! Those clouds look awful ominous, don't they?? It sure does look pretty from so far away.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My Stampin Shrine

This is my newly-created stampin' shrine. The Simply Sent Kit cards (left-hand panel) were made at Tami Waddell's demo event for the Winter Mini. I just love it when I can use samples again! The yellow and blue tag album (little hard to see here) was also made there. The next panel holds cards using sets and paper that are NEW to the Spring Mini. The top three (2 pink and one green) were made at the last NoCal SCS gathering. The rest of those I made this weekend... busy stamper, wasn't I?! The rest of the items on the shelf (candles, book, and long note) were also made this weekend. Carla Murphy made the votive as a gift for me for organizing the NoCal SCS gathering. We're having another one next month... you in?? There's one more of my Spring Mini creations hanging from the shelf. The far-right panel, along with the bottom panels are cards and swaps made with current SU! sets; some were made by me and some were part of swaps that I've participated in. The 6x6 page shows a picture of my parents' dog and her puppy. They were "playing" - German Shephard style. I caught this photo, and it is my absolute favorite picture (probably) ever.
All of these wonderful creations are held in place with mini clothes pins that I bought at Michael's ($3.99 for 72). The panels are made with those put-together-yourself cubes that I bought at Target. I only used half of the cubes, so you know another one is on the way. Since we have another demo event at Tami's house this weekend, I'm so filling it up, too... all with Spring Mini stuff! I need to make a little one with just coffee things, too, since I'm a rediculous coffee fiend - Starbucks only, though, please!
This Friday starts the Jelly Belly Basket Fest at the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, CA. It's sponsored by the Longaberger Company, of which I also belong. This is awesome for me!!! Two of three favorite things all in one place - Jelly Belly jelly beans and Longaberger baskets. The only thing missing is stamping... maybe they'll have something there for me. In any event, stay posted... LOTS of pictures to come!

I was BUSY BUSY BUSY this weekend!!!

Here's a little of what I did this weekend... I completely CASEd all of the Spring Mini samples that I could from Stampin' Success and the mini itself... some of them had to be a bit modified because I don't have everything from the mini (yet).

Friday, February 16, 2007

Beaded Pen and Altered Journal

Ok, so I've jumped on the beaded pen and altered journal band wagon... I couldn't resist... they are too cute, ESPECIALLY with the office-themed things in the new mini-catalog. How could I resist?! Most of the stampers I work with are new to the craft, so I like to do things a little more simple. Plus, that's really my personality. Anyway, I couldn't help but put together the new mini journal. I'm just waiting on my tag punch to make some tabs for it...
Since I didn't get the other new punch, I had to take the front and back covers off to cover them with paper. What I did find pretty cool was that a little cutter tool from my Cricut Tool Kit fit perfectly inside the square... that was a HUGE help! After I covered the front and back with the Notations paper, I stamped the "memo" from the Office Accoutrement set with Chocolate Chip on Cool Carribean paper. I knew I wanted to monogram this, but I struggled with it... thought about masking the lines in the memo stamp... thought about just using the brackets from it... thought about stamping the letter on the memo stamp... in the end, I chose to stamp with Chocolate Chip ink on Spring Flowers paper. The lighter dots on the "M" actually ARE white dots that were stamped over, not camera flash funk. To finish it off, I opted for the obligatory ribbon... For the class, I'm going to try to dye some ribbon to match the Cool Carribean. Key word - TRY. Luckily, I have a month to get it right. For the pen, I used a scrap of Notations paper, but you can't really see it with the beads flashing. I used the tutorial from SCS found here. This was my first attempt at an altered journal and a beaded pen, so I'm pretty happy with the results and how quickly it went. I think my stampin' friends will enjoy making these! I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Jean's Black and White Contest

So, I was blog stalking yet again (go figure), and I came across a contest that Jean (Paperlicious) is doing for a black and white card. I thought this one, while it's not complete might do the trick. This is the prototype for my save the date for my wedding. Ok, now to follow the rules....
The card is 4 x 2.75 with the tag at 3 x 2.25.
Materials Used:
Basic Black CS
Very Vanilla CS
Silver Wide Organdy Ribbon
Basic Black Dye Ink
Stirling Silver Embossing Powder (and the rest of the embossing stuff)
Old World Map (retired SU! background)
Save This Date stamp (PSX)
Snail Adhesive
The information for the Big Day will be printed on the vellum tag... I couldn't find my vellum adhesive when I made this, so you can see the adhesive through the vellum... oops. Needless to say, when these go out, you won't see the adhesive. :)
Hope you like it!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Getting Ready for Valentine's Day

So, this weekend was drill yet again... they seem like they're more than once a month, but oh well. I made these little trading cards for the Soldiers. They seemed to like them and couldn't believe that I had made them myself... I guess my creative side really doesn't show in camouflage. I tried not to make them too "girly", because the recipients were mostly male. I HAD to use the Enchante paper, of course! I am totally LOVING this paper. But, I couldn't use too much, because then it was "girlie". These were so simple to make, but I think they looked pretty impressive.
Tonight and tomorrow night, I have to finish everything for Valentine's Day, so wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Busy Weekend

I've finally caught up on ALL of my 900 swaps that I volunteered myself for... oops! Here are 3 more that I did for a color swap. I let the hostess pick the colors for me to try to challenge me a bit. She gave me Pink Passion, which I NEVER use, so that was cool. For some reason, I immediately thought of the frog... no idea why pink made me think of a frog, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

The middle one was made at 4:30am when I couldn't sleep. I'm REALLY liking this one. I stamped the Canvas background in So Saffron ink on the So Saffron CS. I used the color coach to pick my colors because I don't use So Saffron that much. The color coach said to use Bordering Blue and Old Olive, so those were the markers I chose for the Heartfelt Thanks flower. It also said to use Close to Cocoa, so guess where the Word Window punch went... I LOVE THE COLOR COACH!!!

My last one was Vintage Violet. I really like this color paper, but the ink always looks black to me... I decided to do a little different things... I stamped the Background Basics dots on a strip of Pretty in Pink, and I really liked that! So, then the dots won, and I brought out the circle punches... I think this one turned out cute, too, as the card says! :)

I finally found the metal mailboxes, but not at Target - this one is from Michael's. I used some more Michael's items on this mailbox... The hearts are foam stickers. I used a Sharpie marker to write the name on there. Be careful, though, because that takes a minute to dry!! I got some glitter glue at the Target Dollar Spot, and I traced the little heart with that. The red glitter hearts are actually magnets from a Dollar Spot photo frame. The other side says "Happy Valentine's Day" with 2 more heart magnets. The ribbon is Stampin' Up!, but the rest is from Michael's and Target... I finally branched out!

Friday, February 2, 2007

Happy Groundhog Day!

I was a little productive last night... I WAY over-committed to swaps this time, so I've been banging them out left and right. I'm participating in a color ATC swap, and I drew Not Quite Navy - a color I rarely use. So, of course, I was feeling quite challenged on the color combos. I happened to see my Color Coach, and oh it saved me!!! See what happens when you use your tools?! I just LOVE the Just Delightful Simply Scrappin' kit, so I cut the long borders off of that to embellish the bottom. But it was missing something... out comes my good-old-standby... RIBBON! Since Bashful Blue was on the Color Coach, I picked the light blue gingham.

So, any word on the rat?? Did he see his shadow or not??? What's the story? I know it sure got COLDER here in California.

By the way - I watermarked this using Microsoft Power Point. I followed Jen's steps for Microsoft Publisher and just used Power Point. I haven't plunked down the cash for Publisher yet... HTH! :)


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