Thursday, May 31, 2007
The principal of our school is leaving after spending 8 years doing her thing at our school. PTSA decided that it would be fun to have each child draw, write a letter, or a note to her, and we would present it to her in a spiral bound album. They asked me if I would make the album, sure, why not.....I said. Okay, there are over 800 kids in grades K - 8 at our school. That would be ONE BIG ALBUM! So, instead, it was necessary to make an album for each grade level; there are clear protective inserts that the pages will slide into for viewing. There will plenty of expansion, thus the big coil!
These albums began life as the chipboard backings that come in most patterned papers. I buy them from my local scrapbook store, 5 sheets for $1. After cutting them to size and hitting the edges with white acrylic paint, I adhered the patterned paper to the chipboard, inside panels are SU! coordinating card stock. I used 3 varieties of this paper (Making Memories); paisley, harlequin, and stripes to cover them. Purple is one of our school colors and I happened to have this paper in my stash, so no need to go out and purchase any special paper, whew! The image panel is stamped with the star from Love It (SU!) and pierced with the matching template. Rio Seco is stamped with Short Order Alpha (SU!). Inks are ColorBox Fluid Chalk inks - Lavender and Charcoal.
Each book has a Cuttlebug tag secured to the coil (Zutter Bind It All) that denotes the grade level.
In addition to the 9 matching journals, I made 2 additional journals; one for Brett's teacher as an end of year gift. And the other for a good friend so that she could give one to her child's teacher as well.
I'm albumed out for tonight!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
All bases are covered for this Father's Day card! This will be one of our projects Friday for Stamp Nite. This layout was inspired by Michelle Wooderson, all I did was substitute papers, colors, and images. I needed a push this morning to get this card designed and papers cut today, and her layout was just the ticket! Thanks Mish!
Card base is Sahara Sand with Flannel stamped tone on tone with Sahara Sand. Argyle print patterned paper is from SU! Sentimental Journey Designer Series Paper. Hawaiian shirt from Do the Hula is stamped in Buckeroo Blue on Whisper White cardstock, spattered with Sahara Sand marker using the Color Spritzer, sentiment is stamped in True Thyme. Corners of white layer are punched with SU! ticket corner punch (love that little punch!), and then mounted onto a True Thyme layer. Photo corner, inspired again by Michelle, is made by punching a square from Buckeroo Blue and cutting diagonally in half using scallop scissors, pierced with the Mat Pak, tied with a striped grosgrain knot, and attached to the white layered panel with Glue Dots. A couple of blue mini brads (Rich Regal assortment) in the lower left to balance the photo corner, a row of piercing at the bottom of the card, and this card is ready for a special dad!
All Supplies are SU! except the scallop scissors.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Read all about it!
Click on the above link and it will take you to the online version of our local paper. Then click on the article title to read the entire, or just a portion, of the story. You may see a name you recognize!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I can't believe Sunday has rolled around so fast this week! That means another Featured Stamper Challenge brought to us by Beth over at SCS! This week Vitality is the profiled stamper and this is the card I created this morning, before we went to see Shrek 3 with the kids. It is based on this card, Because of You, by Vitality. For this challenge, just pick a card from the gallery Beth has chosen for the week, and change at least 2 things. For my card I changed the colors, papers, and sets, but kept the layout and achieved the same feel of the stamp set she used by using the flowers from Bodacious Bouquet with piercings for the flower stems.
The delicious striped paper is from the Amy Butler Sola Mat Pad that I purchased from
eclectic paperie , an online store run by 2 good friends of mine, Daisy and Joy! The stamping is pretty straight forward, so I won't bore you with the details. I haven't decided who to send this card to yet, but it will be going out sometime this week and hopefully putting a smile on someone's face knowing that I was thinking about them!
Supplies: Stamps: SU! Bodacious Bouquet, Tagger's Dozen, Paper: SU! Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Amy Butler Sola Mat Pad, Ink: SU! Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Accessories: Mat Pak and Piercing tool, Celery mini brad, Gingham and Organdy Celery ribbon, 1/2" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Distressing tool, Dimensionals
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Jami (Jami on SCS) recently sent me a RAK challenge; an envie with a few stamped images and sentiments from this set, Stampin' Fun for Everyone. The challenge was to create a card, post it online and send the link to her. Let me preface this with, I about choked when I opened the envie and saw the images. This set is so NOT me. I mean I love to stamp, but these images.........well......let's just keep it at that. *grin*
So, I'm breaking the rules a little, we were to post it next week. I finished it the other day when I had some free time and if I don't post it now, it will get buried in the den pile and never see the light of day until my next pile clean up session. And since I just did that over the weekend, it could languish there for weeks! Sorry Jami, I am normally a rule follower!
The card base is from a box of preprinted card bases that I picked up at Michaels with a 40% off coupon. I needed to make 30 or so assorted birthday cards for PTSA to hand out, and this was the fastest way to accomplish this and have them look fab in the process. Just slap on a matted image and sentiment, a strip of coordinating cardstock, stamp the inside, and 30 cards were done in about an hour. The cards are by DCWB and include a variety of preprinted textured card blanks and envelopes.
Card details: I decided on this bold card base to bring out the retro feel of these stamps. That, of course, determined the color scheme. Image was colored with an aquapainter and assorted stamp pads. When using an aquapainter on Whisper White cardstock remember to use a gentle touch, wiping the excess water on a paper towel, so that the paper doesn't ball up or get too wet. I prefer the AP over the blender pen for watercoloring on any type of paper. It just provides the look I prefer.
After watercoloring, I dtp'd the edges with Old Olive, matted the image onto Chocolate Chip, punched the slot, tied the ribbon and added corner brads. I then matted the completed image layer onto a Marigold scrap using dimensionals. Cut and pierced an accent strip, then added that funky saying by popping up the stamped circle Jami included in the envie.
For not liking this set, I think this card came out pretty cute and will find someone to send it to who might get a chuckle out of it when they open the mail!
Supplies: Stamps: SU! RAK'd Stampin Fun for everyone images, Paper: DCWV card base, Marigold Morning, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Inks: I'm guessing StazOn by Jami, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Accessories: Mat Pak and Piercing tool, Gingham ribbon (Wal-Mart), Mini brads, Slot punch, Dimensionals
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Anywho, I made a 6 variations of cards using these AWESOME Michaels Dollar Spot epoxy flowers. Now, I've gotten much more disciplined in those dollar spot purchases and don't hop on the lemming train quite so easily anymore. However, when I saw these fun epoxy flowers I just had to pick up a couple fun containers of them. I may just head back for more! Using a layout I used around Valentine's day, and changing up the hearts with these flowers, I put together 6 cards rather quickly this morning. Brett will be taking one of them for his teacher, and Morgan will be taking the rest for her junior high teachers.
Show your appreciation to a teacher today!
Supplies for this sample: Stamps: PaperTrey Paper Tray, Paper: SU! So Saffron, Pink Passion, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Patterned paper by Heidi Grace Designs (Fiskars) Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Rouge, Accessories: Michaels dollar spot epoxy flowers, May Arts Striped Grosgrain, Ticket corner punch, Distressing tool, Dimensionals
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It's Sunday and that means Splitcoaststamper's Featured Stamper Challenge is up and running!
If you are unfamiliar with the challenge, Beth highlights the gallery of a talented stamper and the challenge is to select a card from their gallery, change at least 2 items, and credit the original artist. This week cwilliams was selected. I chose this card from her gallery and changed up the colors, the sentiment, and stamp sets. But kept the layout and the field of flowers with a twittering butterfly the same.
This challenge can be perplexing at times because CASEing can be a difficult thing for some of us. The one this week went fairly quickly, probably because I picked a layout that I have used before that is also one of my favorite layouts. The colors were determined by this beautiful patterned paper. The colors remind me so much of my good friend Jenn Balcer, I know she'd love to play with this paper, so who knows, some card size swatches may be taking a postal trip soon!
This card will accompany our gift to Jay's mom later today, full of our Mother's Day wishes to her on her special day.
ETA: You might be seeing a number of cards with that wonderful pink striped grosgrain - there are 13 of them left from the video making session. LOL Each time we would shoot, and after I'd snipped the ends, we would review the video, find something that bothered me, and start over again.
Supplies: Stamps: PaperTrey Butterfly Wishes, Paper Tray, SU! Love Ya Bunches, Paper: Barely Banana, Pink Passion, Only Orange, Whisper White, Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk: Rouge, Tangerine, Lime Pastel, Accessories: May Arts striped ribbon, Mini Brads, Mat Pak and Piercing tool, Dimensionals
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Here's a link just in case the video doesn't work.
Ribbon Tying Video
Lisa asked for a ribbon tying lesson, here you go, Lisa!
Let's just say I will never be appearing On the Lot anytime soon! I also have a very patient teen director, thanks Morgan!
This little project took about 2 hours and this video was the best one of the bunch~ I hope that it makes sense to you. Crucial pointers: after doing your initial crossover, make sure you have your ribbons in the 12:00 and 6:00 position. Be sure you wrap your 6:00 piece up and around the back side of your 12:00 piece before threading through the hole to finish your knot.
Tying a bow is very similar, just make your ribbon loop with your 12:00 piece, and wrap your 6:00 piece up and around before pushing the ribbon through the hole.
Happy ribbon tying!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Pink roses are one my favorites, along with yellow and peach. These two were buds late yesterday afternoon and had bloomed by this morning when I went out to get the paper. For rose color meanings you can visit any number of websites, I found this one over at ProFlowers.
Have a beautiful Friday!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I've been slumpin' in a big way since I got back from So Cal Mania. Haven't had much mojo since the last card post I made here. Today I received some very sad news, my best friend's father- in- law passed away last night. I always feel inadequate when it comes to what to do to acknowledge the passing of someone who is dear to someone who is dear to me. I'm not sure that makes any sense, but I do know that I am very sad today because she is so sad.
I decided the best gift would be something useful for her and heartfelt from me. I know that there seem to never be enough thank you cards that need to be sent to celebrate life in all its forms, from birth to death. Little did I know when I saw Lori's card back a bit ago that it would be the perfect solution to my creative slump and getting these cards done. Thanks Lori for your beautiful inspiration. It certainly gave me the inspiration I needed and I was able to complete 24 cards this morning after I took the kids to school.
I simplified Lori's card for mass production and changed the colors a bit, but kept the sets and the layout the same. This is a simply stated card that is perfect for its intention, and I know that they will be appreciated.
Supplies: Stamps: SU! Happy Harmony (SAB2007), Warmest Regards (Hostess 06-07), Paper:
So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Accessories: May Arts Dotted Sheer ribbon (StarlitStudio), Color Spritzer, Creamy Caramel SW marker, Dimensionals
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Back a few weeks ago Mom fell and fractured her wrist. Look at all the lovely cards that were sent her way by some fantastic friends of mine! All of these cards have brightened her days as she begins down the road of recuperation and physical therapy. She asked me to take a picture of them, post here, and send her warmest thanks to everyone who sent a card. Here you go, Mom! I always do as I'm told! *wink*
Monday, May 7, 2007
At SoCal Stamp Mania I received an awesome door prize made by Stephanie aka CaliGal. I just LOVE the Post It Pad/Decorated Pen set and keep it next to the phone in our family room. Jami and the gang did the door prize gifting a little different this year, and it was wonderful! After completing the make and take project, you trotted over to Jami and she had you draw a name, then you delivered your door prize to the recipient. The reason I think this is a fab idea is that you get to see who receives your gift and the recipient gets to meet who made their gift. So much better than just hearing a name over the microphone and not knowing what door prize they receive. Anyway, I'm sending this card to Stephanie to thank her for mine.
It is beautiful this morning, crisp and clean, the sun out shining brightly. Of course, it will be a sweltering 90+ by mid afternoon, but you won't find any complaints here. The crisp morning inspired this card. Simple, clean and crisp colors, scalloped panels (made with a corner rounder punch) reminiscent of a window awning, glittered flowers and patterned paper and this happy card will be off in the mail today. Only adhering the top part of the patterned paper lets the bottom float a bit off the card front, giving it a bit of implied movement.
When I saw the glittered patterned paper on a card posted by Stefanie, Nutmeg Stamping, I thumped my forehead, what a GREAT idea! I knew I would copy that idea at some point because it is such a wonderful way to add some glitz to what could be just an ordinary strip of patterned paper. Thanks for the inspiration, Stefanie, you are one smart cookie!
All supplies are SU! Stamps: Doodle That, Much Appreciated, Paper: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Ink: Chocolate Chip, Lovely Lilac, Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers - Amethyst, Celery, Dazzling Diamonds, Corner rounders, 2 Way Glue Pen, Sweet Shop stitched grosgrain, Distressing tool, Dimensionals
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Okay, let's try this again. I hit publish on a post I wrote this morning, and poof, it disappeared. Seems there was some sort of Google trouble. So I ran a few errands with Morgan and came back to try again.
Another good friend of mine just became a grandma to a sweet little baby girl. Using this darling Carter dress and matching panties and the Featured Stamper Challenge as a jumping point, I made her card this morning. For those of you unaware of this challenge, Beth selects an artist every Sunday, and those who participate select a card from their gallery and CASE it, changing at least 2 things and then giving credit for inspiration to the original artist.
I want to give big props to those of you who can CASE, it is so hard for me. I make cards I pull out of my head so much faster than a CASEd card. I struggle staying on task, constantly check the original, and end up generally with something that barely resembles the inspiration card.
CASE (pun intended *wink) in point is this card. I began by selecting a card from milesmum's gallery over at SCS. Awesome choice, Beth! Her gallery is beautiful! Here is the card I selected, titled More Butterfly Thanks, as you can see there are only a few commonalities;
the scallop circle, the butterfly, and a large swath of patterned paper. The colors, layout, and accessories differ. Never the less, the FS played a roll in the creation of this card.
Soon it will be heading miles and miles away along with the little dress!
I hope you're having a beautiful Sunday!
Supplies: Stamps: PaperTrey Butterfly Wishes, SU! Small Sentiments, Sweet Shapes, Paper: SU! Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, RAK'd Whisper White Scallop, Heidi's Flowers patterned paper by Heidi Grace Designs , Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk- Rouge, Peach Pastel, Rouge, Accessories: May Arts striped grosgrain, Eyelets, Embroidery floss, Distressing tool, Mat Pak and Piercing tool, Distressing tool, Cuttlebug and Tiny Tags die, Dimensionals
Saturday, May 5, 2007
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Friday, May 4, 2007
For Making Me Smile!
Jay called me from work yesterday asking if I had a dozen assorted thank you cards that a co-worker could purchase. Well, my stash has been depleted, and I only had 6. Now, they needed to be delivered today.....guess what I was doing last night! Yep, making 6 additional cards, no two the same. I have always loved this set, just for those boots and flowers, and the fact that it is on the SU! retiring list doesn't mean I will stop using it, it will just go onto a different shelf around here.
Pretty in Pink mud bottomed, dotted boots (SU! Flower Filled) are filled with Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink Flowers, coordinated with the SU! Loves Me Designer paper (no longer available) and mounted on a Pretty in Pink card base in a fairly standard layout. A little distressing, a stamped sentiment (SU! Small Sayings) , tied off with that delicious May Arts striped grosgrain and this is my favorite card of the bunch I sent off with Jay at 6:30 this morning.
Supplies: Stamps: SU! Flower Filled, Small Sayings, Paper: SU! Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Loves Me Designer Paper, Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Accessories: May Arts striped grosgrain, Distressing tool, Dimensionals
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I get a tad stressed when Stamp Nite is fast approaching and my samples aren't finished at least a week ahead of time. Needless to say, the stress meter was in the red this week! I finished my samples yesterday, before and after art classes down at the school, so today I can breathe easier!
This month a decorated frame and a Cami style Triangle Tri-fold card are the projects. For the frame I will have a variety of papers, the Cuttlebug, and accessories made available. They will choose their own design and personalize their frame. There are different theories on using Mod Podge or not for frames, tins, etc. Sometimes I use it, sometimes don't. This time, after several attempts (not successful I might add) I decided to go MP less. I enjoy the matte, textured finished the paper has and the MP takes that away somewhat. Plus, I do know that many that struggle with MP, the bubbles, and just not being very happy with the end result. I want happy stampers! LOL
For this frame, I used delicious Crate Paper, New Garden Collection, for the base papers and adhered them with Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive. Add a layered Cuttlebug Flower, "fun" in Red Tag alpha letters, a little tag, of course some ribbon, and this frame is ready for a picture. It's easy to sink brads into wooden frames by using your Mat Pak and piercing tool. After you've made the holes, just set the brads in, securing with a spot of glue. Now when I purchased these frames I didn't notice they were *glassless* but they are still very cute and will be fun for everyone to make. I love having classes like this where everyone makes something different based on the papers and bellies they choose, personalities come out when they are set loose!
I also like to show alternative cards, other than the traditional A2 card, and who doesn't like an interactive folding card?! These Triangle Tri-fold cards are super fun and easy to make, yet yield a fun surprize when you open them. Click on the link and Beate will walk you through an easy tutorial! They will choose from a variety of papers (that I've already cut) from the new Palette O Prints pad, and pick their own image from Doodle That, and add any greeting of their choice. All supplies on this card are by SU!
I think it will be a fun night!
Supplies for frame project:
Wooden frame, Crate Paper, May Arts ribbon, SU! brads, Cuttlebug, Flowers, Tiny Tags, and Red Tag alpha dies. SU! Linen Thread, Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive, Sanding Block
Supplies for Triangle Tri-Fold project:
All SU! Paper: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White, Palette O Prints designer paper
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Lovely Lilac, Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon, Stampin Write Markers: Amethyst, Celery, Sticky Strip, Bone Folder, Dimensionals
I don't know if they are weird, but here is a list of seven:
1. I have flown not once, but twice, over the handlebars of my bike when I was a kid. Seven stitches in my chin the first time, 14 the second.
2. I lost the hearing in my left ear when I was 30. I fake it pretty well and most people really don't know until I say something.
3. I read the comics first when reading the paper, then the advice columns, then the local section.
4. I must have coffee in the morning to function properly!
5. I broke my nose in 6th grade.
6. I am twin. We are fraternal twins, and I am 5 minutes older than my sister, Debbie.
7. Stamping weirdness? Let's see, I am, how can we say, particular. I must have grid paper, use Stamp A Majig, and clean up completely in between projects. I am a standing stamper.
And, this round of tag stops with me here. I think everyone I know has been tagged already, so if you are so inclined, browse my blog list and I'm sure you'll find interesting tidbits about some of my favorite people.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
And it seems like I'm forever playing catch up! I thought I'd dig through the files to find a card to post for those who come here to see creations I've made. This uses one of my favorite go-to layouts. I made this card as part of an assorted series for a customer, a friend really, who ordered them to use as gifts for family.
SoCal Stamp Mania this weekend was so much fun! There are numerous pictures in the SCS Stamp Mania gallery if you'd care to take a look. I failed to take many pictures as I was too busy stamping and visiting!
This week is proving to be a busy week as well. A long ortho appointment today and Morgan came out with her new braces. She and I are off momentarily to a school board meeting where Morgan and a group of Science Fair winners are being honored for their participation and placing in the Greater San Diego Science Fair, throw in karate just before dinner, and today has been very full! Thank goodness Cub Scouts took tonight off! Tomorrow is back to back art classes down at Brett's school, one of which is being observed by the regional newspaper for use in an article about the program, Arts Attack, that our school district purchased and is implementing at all the schools in our district.
And, Stamp Nite is fast approaching and will be here Friday. I am usually all prepped by now, not the case so far this month, it's just been so busy. Hopefully I'll squeeze in an hour or two tomorrow to finalize my projects.
Supplies: Flower by Hero Arts, Sentiment by Stampin' Up! Inks: SU! Chocolate Chip, Paper: SU! Regal Rose, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crate Paper, Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Gingham Ribbon, Color Spritzer, Brads (American Crafts), Dimensionals