Wednesday, May 28, 2008

So long, farewell....

It's that time of year. Time for retirements and time to say goodbye. I made this card for a teacher friend who is saying so long. I'm sad to see another great teacher leaving the classroom but I know she will enjoy time with her family and friends. All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp set: Balmy Breezes (retired) , Happy Everything

Cardstock: Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip

Inks: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Gable Green

Other: Word Window, Vintage Brads

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Bronc Buster--Awesome Masculine Card!

Here's another great card by my guest artist, Lisa. I don't know what to say about Lisa other than she always turns out the most awesome cards and projects. I love the VERY masculine look of this card. Lisa has done it once again! All produts from Stampin' Up!

Stamp sets: Bronc Buster, Everyday Flexible Phrases

Cardstock: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel

Ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Other: Natural Hemp Twine, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

One thing I'd like to note on this card although the photo is good you don't get the true "feel" of this card. The Genuine "label" looks like the square on the back of an old pair of blue jeans. She took the Creamy Caramel cardstock and folded, crumpled, and refolded until it separated so it looks like worn leather. The edges are torn with some sponging around to give it an even more aged look. The Ruby Red has some sponging around the edges as well. It's a really awesome card! Thanks Lisa for being my guest artist!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Introducing a Guest Stamper

I'm still in the midst of remodeling, finishing out the school year for myself and planning things for graduation. So, I've asked a dear friend and fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator to be my guest artist for today. Her name is Lisa Woods and she lives in San Diego. Lisa and I "met" several years ago on a Stampin' Up! AOL chat board. Turned out her Mom lives a short distance from me, so we were able to meet in person a couple of years ago. We've kept in touch and participate in a monthly swap together. Lisa's cards are fantastic. She puts in so many little details and has the best ideas. Here's Lisa's bio:

" I started stamping when I became a stay at home mom 10 years ago. Something to do during the day while hanging out with babies appealed to me, and a group of us Moms would get together during the week and create. My friends talked me into becoming a demo so they could take classes from me, so I signed up. It's been 4 years and the friends still come stamp with me twice a month. I've had the best time meeting new people and showing them how easy it is to make beautiful artwork with rubber and ink."

Today is Quick Card Thursday and here's Lisa's card:
When Lisa sent me this card, I fell in love with it. It's simple but makes such a statement! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp Set: Embrace Life, Smarty Pants
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, River Rock, Cameo Coral
Ink: Groovy Guava, Rose Red
Other: Ginger Blossom DSP, Cutter Kit

I love how Lisa used the verbage from the Smarty Pants set. She made it the focal point of this card and it really works! THANKS Lisa for being my guest stamper. I have another one of Lisa's creations to share with you tomorrow, so check back!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I'm still attempting masculine cards and I think this one pretty much fits the bill. The little medallion might be a little feminine looking butit kind of reminds me of some of the prints in men's western shirts so maybe it works. It does for me, hopefully it will for the recepientas well! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Wanted, Weathered

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Brocade Blue

Inks: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue (on medallion), Real Red

Other: Pewter Jumbo Eyelet, Natural Hemp Twine, Crafter's Tool Kit

Medallion done using the rock and roll technique, stamped in Bashful Blue first, then edges rolled in Real Red ink.

Monday, May 19, 2008

One Of a Kind

Wow! I feel like I've been doing a lot of apologizing lately. It seems that every spring and summer the home improvement bug bites me and my husband. We just can't help it, it's something we both enjoy. We finished out hallway except for some transition pieces and we are
moving on to what use to be our formal living and dining area and is currently our offices and my stamp/scrapbook area. We are replacing the flooring so that means EVERYTHING has to be packed up and moved out so we can put in new flooring. I won't even tell you what a job that is because most of you know how much we stampers and scrapbookers accumulate! Let's just say I've been packing for over a week and I'm still not done. I hope to be done by this Friday. Now on to this card. I really like this set and haven't used it a lot. I was going for a masculine look but by the time I finished it doesn't look to masculine. Doesn't matter because I stll like the card! Here's the details:
Stamp Sets: One of a Kind
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Other: River Rock double stitched ribbon (it's amazing how well it looks with Sahara Sand), Jumbo pewter eyelet, distressing tool
I hope to have some other projects to post this week. My son and I have been working on his big English project which is a senior year scrapbook. It's been fun but it's also been exhausting!
Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Quick Card Thursday!

I'm so sorry I missed quick card Thursday last week, but with all the remodeling going on, I didn't even have time for a quick card! Here's today's card.

I wanted to make thank you cards for all of our parents that went on our field trip with us. I had quite a few to make so I needed something quick. I thought since the chicks have been such a big part of our room over the last couple of weeks that this would be an appropriate card. Again, I'm using the now reitred Best of Cluck set. All products available from Stampin' Up except Best of Cluck which is now retired.

Stamp set: Best of Cluck Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Summer Sun, Ink: Basic Black Other: Black & White Gingham ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Graduation around the corner!

It's so hard for me to believe that my baby, my one and only, is graduating this year. It seems like just yesterday that I dropped him off for his first day of kindergarten. Where does the time go? Now, don't get me wrong I'm probably just as excited about graduation as he is but it's still very hard to believe. This card was made in honor of my son. It uses his school colors of black and red and I added some silver just for style. It's a flap card with the medallion being held on with a velcro dot. I intend to put a gift card in it but haven't done the inside part yet. All supplies available from Stampin' Up!

Stamp set: Great Grads Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Brushed Silver Inks: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Black marker Other: Photo corners punch, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Scallop punch (to make medallion)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Father's Day Card

Here's a card I did for a demonstrator swap that I participate in every month. It's a Father's day card made with a nice chipboard star. So appropriate for this month's Stampin' Up! chipboard special! The card measures 3 inches wide by 6 inches long. It's designed to fit in the small open end envelopes from SU! All supplies from Stampin' Up! Stamp sets: One of a Kind, All Holidays (for inside greeting), Classic Backgrounds Cardstock: Blue Bayou textured, River Rock textured, Whisper White Ink: Blue Bayou, Ruby Red, Soft Sky, Other: Western Sky DSP, On Board Accents, Soft Sky Stitched Ribbon, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Dimensionals

Monday, May 5, 2008

Another baby card....

I haven't made baby cards in ages. The majority of my friends are past that stage in their lives and thankfully our children aren't to that stage yet! But two weeks ago a co-worker's sister had twins and then Friday our principal's son and daughter in law welcomed a new baby girl. So, here's my card to congratulate our principal on her first grandbaby! All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamp set: By Ones & By Twos Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Perfect Plum, Confetti White Ink: Basic Black, Perfect Plum Other: Word Window Punch, Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, crimper, sponge

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Chicks and other things....

We placed eggs in our incubator at school a few weeks ago and last Monday and Tuesday they hatched! We had 14 out of 24 hatch. Unfortunately, two perished and two were sick and went to Lowe's farm for some medical attention. The other 10 are happy and growing at school in a big bucket. We will be taking them all to the farm this coming Thursday when we take our afternoon class on their field trip. As you can imagine, this was an exciting week in our Pre-K classroom. The children were beside themselves as they watch the chicks hatch in the incubator and have watched them grow over the week. It's amazing to me how fast they grow! Anyway, here's the "birth" announcement I made to share with the rest of the school. It uses one of my all time favorite Stampin' Up! set, now retired, Best Of Cluck. Left is the front of the announcement, middle is the inside top and right is a picture of our 10 chicks. Enjoy!


I'm so sorry I've been neglecting by blog and you. I wrote a week or so ago about my hubby and I starting our next home improvement project. Well, as always it's taken somewhat longer than we expected. Not really any big problems, just slow going. I've had a few people email me to make sure I was ok since I hadn't been posting. So, I decided I better take a few minutes and post! While I was sealing slate, I had some time to make a few cards this weekend so I'll be posting them over the next week. For now, I'll show you how I spent a good part of my day today. We retextured the hallway walls last week and I learned how to do knockdown texture. I really enjoyed that and will probably be doing that in some of my other rooms as I re-do them. We installed the slate floor on Tuesday which was a job. Some of the tiles were 16x20 and they were heavy. The installation took around 12 hours to do but it looks good. Ron spent Thursday cleaning up the tiles. Friday and Saturday I did two coats of sealer on them which was a long process. Today I spent the day covering them with Glad Press and Seal in preparation for grouting. The idea is that by covering them it will be less messy to clean up the grout. After grouting the slate on our fireplace last summer, I know this isn't an easy feat so I was happy to find this helpful hint on the Glad website. Here's a picture of the floor with the Glad Press and Seal on it. Hopefully later tonight we'll get it grouted and then the painting of the ceiling and walls begins. We are in the home stretch of this project and I'm ready for it to be done!