Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Christmas Giftables Class

I've been working on projects for my Christmas giftables all week and am finally ready to show them off. Right now I'm only scheduling one class with a maximum of 6 participants but if I have enough interest, I may do an afternoon class the Friday after Thanksgiving. We will be making 5 projects. The cost of the class is $30 which includes 1/2 of the I Wish Scrappin' Kit and a roll of Sticky Strip (we use a lot of it in this class). If you have a full (or almost full roll), you can deduct $7 off the price of the class.
To the left you will see three of the projects. They are a lip balm holder, a small jar decorated that you can fill with someone's favorite treat, and a tube candy holder (perfect for M&M's or other small unwrapped candies). Below you will see a small scrapbook album that you will put together at the class. This album is great for grandparents or other family members or a great way for you to quickly scrap you favorite Christmas memories this year! The last item is on the right and it is a small tin filled with some 3x3 Christmas themed note cards perfect for small thank you's or just to add to a gift. The tin also includes a small notebook which can be used for a holiday "to do" list or for making note of thank you cards that need to be sent out! There's also room inside to add a gift card if you'd like. The great thing is that you have a variety of gifts for several different people. You will get all the instructions for the lip balm holder, the tube candy holder and the scrapbook which can be easily recreated if you need to make more! I will be sending out a newsletter later this week with sign up information. I've had several of you ask about a calendar class like the one I made using the calendar kit from the Holiday Mini catalog. I will be offering that class in early December.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Regionals Note Card Set

I had the pleasure of attending the Stampin' Up! regional in San Antonio this past weekend. One of the great things about attending a Stampin' Up! event are the neat projects you get to make while you are there. We made this cute little note card set which features the Scallop Notes that are found on page 167 of the current Stampin' Up! catalog. I think a lot of times these great time saving note cards are overlooked in the catalog. I know I was a demonstrator for two years before I discovered there was more on that page than envelopes! I'm showing you the outside cover of the note card holder as well as the three little cards we made. I didn't stamp any verse on the note cards as I wanted to reserve that for when they are needed! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Best Wishes & More
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Whisper White, Bali Breeze, Bali Breeze Pattern DSP, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Metal edge tag, Flower Fusion Too, Silver Brads, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/4 inch circle punch, Scallop note cards
I'm just about finished with my projects for my upcoming Christmas Giftables Class. I'll be posting those pictures tomorrow and sending out a newsletter with sign up information for that class as well as my calendar class. If you are on my newsletter list, watch your email for information!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Loving Faux Metal Accents

I have fallen in love with faux metal accents! They just add so much to a project. I made this set for a Stampin' Up! contest on using the silhouette Stamps. These type sets are perfect for the faux metal technique. All products from Stampin' Up!:
Stamp sets: Pocket Silhouettes, Short & Sweet
Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Basic Gray
Paper: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Prestwick DSP
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, Scallop punch, Tag Corner punch, Curly Label Punch, Navy grosgrain, Silver cording, Grey Taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

I hope to be back tomorrow. I have some projects from this past weekend's Stampin' Up! regional in San Antonio. I also have some projects from my upcoming Holiday Giftables class to show off. I'm really excited about this class!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Future Demo at Work?

I've mentioned how my grandson loves to come and work in my stamp studio. So, I thought I'd share some photos from the last time he was here. He really loves to do wheels but recently discovered my punches. Probably because they now hang on the wall where he can see them. Before they were in drawers and he didn't know they were there. Anyway, he loves to find my "pretty paper" and punch out shapes but the teacher in me makes him glue his shapes on paper when he's done. Othewise I end up with a bunch of punched shapes laying around. He's always so proud when he gets done but doesn't care for the gluing part as you'll see in one of the pictures. He doesn't like it when the glue gets on him or when it sticks to his punch and he can't get it off. It's really quite funny to me, but not to Mr. Serious.

What I love most about times like these is how simple they are. All he needs is some paper, glue, and punches and he can be entertained for quite awhile. In this day and age with all the electronics and fancy toys for kids, I love that something so simple can bring so much joy!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Introducing Mr. Twigster

Yes, that is this darling set's name, I however call him Twiggy. When I first saw this set in the Holiday Mini catalog, I wasn't too sure about it. But there was just something about him that made me want to have him come live at my home. So I got him and I'm glad I did! I've had a lot of fun playing with him. I do have to say he reminds me of the snowmen we can build in our area since we don't get a lot of snow. He's kind of scrawny but that's the charm about him! What I really love about this little guy is that it takes just a couple of minutes to stamp and color him in! That's my kind of stamp set! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Mr. Twigster, Short and Sweet
Paper: Bashful Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Frosty Day DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Soft Subtles Brads, Felt Flurries, Dimensionals, Bashful Blue Marker, Old Olive Marker, Pumpkin Pie Marker

I'm off to the Stampin' Up! regional in San Antonio this weekend. I'll try to post some updates if I can. I'm looking forward to seeing my downline Michelle and meeting up with lots of demo friends.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Picture Perfect Scrapbook Layout

I'm sorry, I meant to get this photographed and uploaded yesterday but it just didn't happen. Here's my winning layout that I submitted in the Picture Perfect category at my weekend scrapbook retreat. As you can tell from my layout, I'm a pretty basic scrapper. I always have been. I started scrapbooking to show off my photos and I don't get into all the "stuff" that some scrappers put on their pages. Not that I don't admire what others do with all that "stuff", but it just isn't me. When I scrapbook and especially when I scrapbook trips I use my Deluxe Cuts color-blocking templates. I use only Stampin' Up! cardstock when I scrapbook. It just makes sense to me when there are so many great colors available. On ocassion I'll use some embellishment if it goes with the theme of my page but most of the time, it's pictures with mats, a title and journaling. It truly is what works for me! My title was cut with my favorite "tool", our Pazzles Inspiration. I wanted the title to "reflect" the picture. Many people told me that they loved the way I did the title on this layout! These were pictures that we took during our Spring Break trip to Yosemite National Park. I love to use enlargements when I scrapbook especially if I have a really great photograph of a favorite place. Mirror Lake was hands down my favorite place in Yosemite. While I enjoyed everything we saw and did there, the beauty of Mirror Lake just drew me in.
I'll be back tomorrow with another layout that I really enjoyed doing. I'll post some cards later on this week.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What a weekend!

I just got home from a fantastic weekend of scrapbooking with some great friends. About 8 years ago I joined a club called The Heart Of Texas Scrapbook Club. The club puts on 2 weekend retreats a year and 2-3 one day crops each year. Every event we choose a charity in which to raise money for and this time we raised money for Austism Speaks. We (61 participants) raised a little over $1000 this weekend with our silent auction (participants are asked to bring in their unwanted scrapbook items to put in the auction with 100% donation to the charity) and a raffle. I have to say that I so love being a part of this giving club. The club is starting their 10th year and I have accepted the position of president for the coming year. I have a great team and just know it's going to be a great year. On another note, I completed thirty 12x12 scrapbook pages this weekend and I won 1st place in the Picture Perfect category of the Art Show this morning. I'll photograph my winning layout and upload it tomorrow. Until then let me share a card with you. I had originally meant to post it on Friday but we left early for the retreat and then I didn't get on the computer all weekend. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp set: Snow Swirled
Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Ski Slope DSP, Chocolate Chip, Shimmery White
Ink: Old Olive craft, Old Olive classic, Real Red Craft
Accessories: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Felt Flurries, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
I did these for a Christmas swap I joined and had a lot of fun with them. The tree is really sparkly from Shimmery White paper and the embossing powder. Just perfect for a Christmas card!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fall Photo Wallet

Every year about this time, I make a small photo album or scrapbook page with my Stamp Club members. Many people get together with friends and families over Thanksgiving so it's always nice to have something to put a few favorite photos in. This past Saturday when my clubs met, we made these cute little photo "wallets". While the ladies were here, they started thinking of all kinds of ways to alter them to use them for gift cards or even to give money in. I love it when my very creative clubbers take a project and find great new ways to use it! The picture above shows the "wallet" closed. The one to the right shows it open. All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Cute and Curly, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Real Rust, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Juntos DSP (from the Spanish Language catalog)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Real Rust, Chocolate Chip marker
Accessories: Word window punch, Heritage brads, corner rounder, Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon, hole punch, sticky strip, Leaves #2 die for Big Shot, Curly Label punch
I've been busy getting ready for a scrapbooking retreat that I'll be attending this weekend. I printed over 350 photos this past weekend and have been doing some power planning of scrapbook pages. I hope to get a lot done. I have so many great trips to scrapbook from this past year. In the past year, we went to Walt Disney World (once as a family and I went once with a friend), Yosemite National Park, Washington state where we went to Mt. Rainier National Park and Friday Harbor for whale watching, Glacier National Park, and Utah (twice) where we went to Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park! Looking through the photos I'm just amazed at this beautiful earth that we live in. We are so lucky to have such wonderful places to visit. I urge you to make plans to visit a National Park soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Love this cupcake!

From the minute I saw this stamp set in the new catalog, I loved it! I mean, who doesn't love a big cupcake! It was on my first order and I've hand a lot of fun coming up with cards for it. This one is one I really love though. First off, I love the "cupcake" liner, secondly I used beads for the "sprinkles" on the top and I love the 3-d look of that. The cherry has crystal effects on it so it looks so real. All of these elements make this card a favorite. This set, Simple Birthday Thanks, has words in the bottom part of the stamp. Because I knew I'd probably never use the words, I used an exacto knife to cut them out. I saved them in case I ever want to use them but because I did cut them out, it makes this set so much more versatile. Oh and because this is Stampin' Up!'s 20th birthday this set and many other birthday sets are on sale until the end of the month. Purchase $20 in merchandise and order any of the special birthday sets for 20% off! All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Big Birthday Thanks, Short & Sweet
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chooclate Chip, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip marker, Rose Red, Rose Red Marker
Accessories: Crimper, Pink Gingham, Small Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Pink Bead Duos, Crystal Effects

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's been awhile...

I'm sorry it's been a week since I posted. I actually can't believe it's been a week! I've started back to work part-time and it's really thrown me out of whack. It's amazing how easy it is to get out of a routine and how hard it is to get back into one! I promise I'll be better this week. Last week was busy, besides working three days I was preparing for my Stamp Clubs that met this past Saturday and getting ready for a scrapbooking retreat that I'll be attending this coming weekend. Add to that the Stampin' Up! regional in San Antonio the weekend after that and well, you can see why I've been a little bit busy at not posting! I'd like to share a card I did with my club ladies this past weekend. It uses the Season of Friendship stamp set out of the Holiday mini catalog. This was a set that didn't really do anything for me when I first saw it but as samples started appearing, I began to see how versitile it is and what great cards it makes! Here's just one of my samples using this set. What I love about this set is that you can make incredible cards in just a short amount of time. I love those kinds of sets! Here's the details:
Stamp sets: Season of Friendship
Paper: Sage Shadow, Confetti White, More Mustard, Autumn Vine DSP (also available in the Winter Mini catalog)
Ink: Sage Shadow, More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Top Note die for Big Shot, Button Die for big shot, More Mustard grosgrain, Hemp twine, ticket corner punch, dimensionals, sponge
Have a great Tuesday everyone and I promise to be back tomorrow. I already know what card to showcase tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Back to Fall

After my brief visit to December yesterday, I'm back on my Fall crusade today. Maybe because it was only 80 degrees today with low humidity and we actually had the doors and windows open for awhile today. Anyway, last night I was working on some swap cards that I needed to do a special fold card. I decided to do a criss cross card and then it hit me that the pennant die for the Big Shot might work. So I got it out and started working with it and after about an hour, I figured it out. Don't worry though the other 8 went quite quickly as well as this one that's a little different because I don't want my fellow swappers to see my swap card just yet. I've always liked these type cards but felt like they wasted a lot of cardstock. This one doesn't which makes me love it even more! I also like that I don't have to do a bunch of measuring and special cutting. Hooray for the Big Shot! All products from Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Frosty Day DSP, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Wide chocolate stitched grosgrain, jumbo pewter eyelets, Big Shot pennant die, sticky strip, Kiwi stripped grosgrain, leaf #2 die, white gel pen
Until tomorrow...

Monday, October 6, 2008

Is it too soon to think Christmas??

Well, I kind of think so, but I've been working on a few Christmas realated projects and wanted to share this one with you. I had a lot of fun using the animals from Under the Stars and mixing it with lights from Mr. Twigster, a tree from Lovely as a Tree, and then the great sentiment from Cute & Curly. Add in the Sanded background and I used 5 stamp sets for this one card, that has to be a record for me! I think what I love most is that the little racoon seems so happy to see that it's the bear fighting the lights and not him. Kind of reminds me of my house!
All products from Stampin' Up!
Stamp sets: Under the Stars, Mr. Twigster, Cute & Curly, Lovely as a Tree, Sanded
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Shimmer White, Watercolor paper
Ink: Basic Brown, Olive Craft, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Close To Cocoa, Basic Black, Riding Hood red, versamark
Accessories: Irridescent ice embossing powder, Versamarker, Curly label punch, sponges, dimensionals, Alpine Ribbon Originals

I spent most of today finishing some projects for my stamp club ladies who will be here on Saturday and working on a couple of swaps. Just because it's Christmas today, never fear I'll be back to fall stuff probably tomorrow. Or maybe birthday, or thank your, or......??? I guess you'll just have to come back and see!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Season of Thanks Shadow Box

When I attended the Stampin' Up! convention in July, they unveiled just a few of the new Decor Elements that were coming our way. Phase 2 is now available and I've used one of the new offerings to create a shadow box for the fall months. The Decor Elements "Season of Thanks" was put on the outside glass. I then added some fall sprays to the interior. I chose a green mat so that my fall colors would really show up. My sample uses the small "Season of Thanks" which is $14.95. I got the shadow box on sale for $10 and spent $5 on the fall sprays. So for right at $30 I have a unique art piece that I will enjoy for years to come! To see all the new Decor Elements offerings brochure:

I'm sorry the picture isn't better. It's really hard trying to take a picture of glass and not get yourself and everything around you in a reflection! I hope you'll check out the new items available, there is a lot for children's rooms and upcoming holidays!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall Banner!!

Well, it was tinkering on 90 degrees here today so, I consoled myself by staying inside in the air conditioning and pretending it was cooler weather! I got out my Big Shot and my pennant die and started to work. I had no idea what I was going to do when I started but I have to say I like the way it came out. When Ron got home from work, he was impressed with my handy work. I used the new Autumn Vine Designer Series paper and some Chocolate Chip cardstock for the back of the pennant. I also used the Chocolate Chip cardstock to cut out the large scallop circle that the letters are mounted on. The letters are from the now retired On Board Simon chipboard (I didn't have the right upper case to complete my project and wanted to do it today). The leaves are cut from the Leaves #2 die and I used the Autumn vine paper to cut those as well. The little spheres at the bottom are also part of the pennant die and were cut from the Autumn Vine paper. For the chipboard letters, I inked them with More Mustard craft ink and then embossed them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder so they have some shimmer to them. I then mounted the pennants on the felt ribbon that comes in the Alpine Ribbon Originals in the Holiday Mini catalog. I used sticky strip to attach them. I have to say I really love my banner and it brightens up The Stampin' Spot quite a bit. I went and got a few items today I need for another fall project and hope to get it done tonight or tomorrow!
Here's a couple of close up views of the banner. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall Color...Finally!

I know those of you who read my blog are going to be so happy when I quit talking about fall. Well, today is not that day! The morning before our return trip to Texas we headed to Big Cottonwood Canyon which is about 35 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. First off I have to say that I had no idea this canyon was so close to SLC or I would have visited it on one of my many trips and secondly, can I just say, WOW! As we were about half way up, there was a construction crew setting up and they were all bundled up. I mean we are talking hats, heavy coats, gloves, the works! I made a smart comment to my husband something like "geez you'd think it was 30 degrees or something." When we got out of the car, guess what? It was like 30 degrees or something, well 38, but none the less I felt bad for making fun of them, so to the road crew of Big Cottonwood Canyon, I'm sorry! Thankfully I had packed a light jacket and Ron a flannel shirt so we didn't freeze! It was just so strange because it was almost 60 in Salt Lake City that morning! We are driving up and the both of us keep saying "wow, or look over here." We are just amazed at every turn. A minute or so later we pass a babbling brook with color around it. So in an instant the car was pulled over because what could be better than water over rocks and fall color? Well, nothing in my book! I just stood out there in amazement of what I was seeing with my own eyes and listening as the water fell over the rocks. It was just like a little piece of heaven! We continued up and got all the way to the top where the Brighton Ski resort is and we pulled into a little parking area. We got out and realized it was a wetlands area that had a path around it. So despite having my Crocs on and my feet being cold, we started out for a little walk around this pond. Everywhere we looked there was just more color. I just couldn't get over it all. As you can see I was a very happy girl! Each little turn brought even more fantastic sights like the trees reflecting in the pond. Just too beautiful for words. What amazed me the most was the variety of color. I know, I know it shouldn't have but I truly have never seen yellow, orange and red leaves all bursting out at the same time. We got towards the back of this area and saw some hiking trails and were just so sad that we didn't have time to explore them as I can only image what we might have seen even further back in the woods. Even so, this was an experience I will never forget. It's one that I intend to repeat again next year because now that I've seen true fall color, I know I have to witness it again! The way down we continued to enjoy it as long as we could. We both decided that while we enjoyed the whole weekend, the weekend was worth it just to see the colors of fall!