Monday, December 29, 2008
The rules for this award are:
1. Pick 10 people and pass the award to them
2. Contact them and let them know you have chosen them and their blog for the award
3. Link back to the person who gave you the award
1. Mrs Lumpy's Scrap- n - Stamp
2. Stamp Happy
3. The Happenings
4. Not Just Another Stamping Blog
It looks like most of the folks I know already have this award so I am only naming these lovely ladies who have great info on their blogs. I hope I haven't overlooked anyone!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be moving over the next few weeks and I dread it! There are so many things to pack and move even though it is only going a few miles away. We have too much stuff. The paper crafting supplies alone take up so much space! Then it all has to be unpacked and organized on the other end. Whew! Just bear with me over the next month while I pull my hair out!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This photo is of the first annual Christmas cookie/candy exchange that was held last Sunday at our house. Not everyone made it in the photo because I forgot to take pictures and some folks left for other commitments but at least I have this shot. I have been wanting to have a cookie exchange for the past two years and finally was able to pull it together. Maybe next year I can do this event and a Christmas tea if I plan ahead. I so love hosting tea parties and this house is the perfect back drop.
Well it is time to cook Christmas dinner!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I made this card for our blog group challenge that Sue gave us. She wanted us to make a black and white card. I immediately thought of this Grand Soiree stamp set that I recently purchased. I thought this stamp set from Stampin' Up! would be perfect for inviting folks over to this old house for tea or dinner. I am pleased with the results. Thanks Sue for the challenge! Here are the supplies I used.
Stamp Sets- Grand Soiree, Bella Toille
Punches- Photo Corner, Martha Stewart border
CS- Black, White, Vellum
Ink- Whisper White, Black Stazon, White gel pen
Embellishements- SU Vintage Brads, large square brads
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I wish I could tell you all about this little tag but the creator did not include the information in the swap. I thought it was nice enough to share so I'll tell you what I do know about the supplies used besides the fact that it is made with Stampin' Up! products.
Stamp set- Cardinal Christmas, Canvas background
CS- Holiday Treasures, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Watercolor paper, Close to cocoa
Ink- Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip
Punches-Large Oval, 1/2 inch circle
This pretty little thing was created by Sharon Brown (MrsLumpy at splitcoast) using Stampin' Up! materials. Check out her blog.
Stamps- Snow Swirled, All Holidays
Ink- Night of Navy, Versamark watermark
CS- Whisper White, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
Ribbon- Grograin night of navy
Punches- Scallop Edge, Scallop circle, corner rounder
Accessories- Clear embossing powder, dazzling diamonds, heat and stick powder
Monday, December 1, 2008
I just received the tags from one of the swaps I participated in and wanted to share some of them with you over the next few posts. These are tags made with Stampin' Up! materials. This particular tag is one of my favorites but it arrived without any information. I don't know who stamped it so cannot give credit where it is due. The stamp sets used was Winter Post. The scallop square punch, designer label punch and top note die were also used to make this old world tag.
This tag was created by Daphne Laswell. Isn't it a cutie? Here is some of the info she supplied us with. Fresh Cuts stamp set was used with real red, blush blossom, basic black and whisper white card stock. She used the 1 inch, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 inch circle punches and a paper crimper to create this little santa. This is a really creative way to use punches and I certainly would not have thought of it on my own. Thanks for looking!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree stamp set
INK- Watermark, retired Stampin' Up! Spectrum pad
CS-Taken with Teal, More Mustard, Old Olive, Very Vanilla (I think these are the correct colors)
Technique- Masking, Tearing, Heat Embossing, Brayer
More Mustard Embossing Powder
Now I realize that you can no longer purchase this particular ink pad and embossing powder but you could come up with something similar to this. Be creative and let me know what you come up with.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Remember those Christmas tags that I was making a few weeks ago? Well, Heidi is the one hosting one of those tag swaps! Thanks for looking!
Well the old blog hit the 10,000 visitor mark a week or so ago and I have been too busy to write about it until now. I think this nice round number calls for a bit of blog candy. After all, it took forever to get to this point! I began blogging about 21 months ago and I didn't know if anyone was really reading this until I joined the blogger group. Thank you ladies for all of your visits and kind comments. So how about some jewelry for the blog candy? I thought these little babies would be nice to kick off the holiday season. They are made from Swarovski crystal and sterling silver. Technically the hat band of the snowman is a silver plated Swarovski bead. Did I mention that I am attracted to bright shiny objects. Here's the deal! I will send the winner one pair of earrings. The winner gets to choose which pair. This is what you need to do to win the candy.....
Just leave a comment on this blog post and critique this blog.
1.You must state at least one positive
2. and one negative about this blog to win. (constructive criticisms please)
3.Get a second chance to win if you post this blog candy on your blog. Just leave me a message with the exact link to your post and I'll check out your blog and enter your name a second time. Sending me to your home page doesn't count!
This is open to US and Canadian residents only! You may enter to win 11-16-08 through 11-22-08.
The winner will be chosen the old fashioned way by pulling a name out of a hat by my daughter! It is so much fun for us to do draw the winner together. I will post the winner as soon as possible but give me a little time. I'll be out having surgery and may not be feeling well so it may take me a few days to post. Don't forget to check back to see if you have won!
Several people have asked if I sell my jewelry. The answer is yes, as a fund raiser. If you don't win but would like to have a pair, they are available for purchase. I make these babies to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. All of my jewelry is sold for this event. I cover the cost of my materials and donate the rest for this cause. Just contact me if you are interested. They make great gifts. I forgot to mention that the snowmen are also available with black hats. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
just gave me this cool award? You could have knocked me over with a feather when I found this out. I am supposed to pass this award on to 5 other people whose blog I enjoy reading. Tough to list just five but since most of my blogging buddies at SCS have already gotten this award, it made it a little easier.
5. Sugar Buffet
Friday, November 14, 2008
I made this card for the Splitcoast blogger group Challenge that Sara was kind enough to host. She challenged us to create a card using polka dots and ribbon. I whipped out my new stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs and went to work. I have had this set for several months but had not taken the time to play around with this beauty! If you like it, go on over to Our Daily Bread Designs and check out the other stamps. This is a new stamp company that is doing a great job at filling a niche market. I have four of their stamp sets and wish for more!
I stamped the medium cross and verse on white card stock with night of navy ink. I made sure to stamp an extra cross so I could cut it out and pop it off the page. Then I glued the metal flower to the center of the cross and added a rhinestone. This flower is a new brad from Stampin’ Up! I just cut the ears of f of it before I glued it down.
Here is a list of the rest of the products I used to complete the card.
Card Stock- SU Rose Red, SU Prints pack designer series paper
Offray Picot edge Ribbon
SU Metallic pencil
Martha Stewart border punch
Foil Corners that I purchased in a book shop while in Ireland. Sorry ladies, I do not know where they can be found in the US.
I look forward to the next blog challenge! Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This little pair of earrings was made for spring and summer but this color is very popular right now. Can you see them for winter wear? Maybe with a matching sweater?
They are sterling silver and the headpins were made by hand. I like the clover shape. It adds a little something extra. I also like the texture of the center bead and was bummed to find out that the supplier of this bead has closed up shop. I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Even though we have not gotten to move into this old house yet, we did do a little decorating and I wanted to share the photo with you. Yes the black cat is our pet named Buddy. He's really a dog, at least that's the way he acts.
This photo is the back porch and the side of the house against the street. The house sits on a corner lot. It still looks a bit like a construction zone but progress is being made. The man bent over is my husband chasing the cat to try and get him to sit still long enough to get him in the fall decorations. The result is the previous photo.
See that arched window and to the right? We just finished painting that a few weeks ago. I started painting in the afternoon and by evening my hubby and I were out there with halogen lights to get it finished before cold weather and rain arrived. There is still a lot to do but maybe we can get the exterior finished by this time next year. There is just so much scraping, painting and repairs to the exterior that need to be addressed.
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is a card I made several months ago and thought I had blogged about it already. Ditzy me forgot so I thought I would show it to you now and tell you a bit about it.
Some time ago I started reading Cora's blog and she participates in an on line Gothic Arch challenge. I liked her creations so much that I wanted to give it try. I didn't join in on any of the challenges but I was inspired to create a card with this shape. Since it reminded me of a church window, I decided to cut out openings so it looks like one is inside looking out into nature. I used vellum in the window and covered the brads with another piece of paper.
The branch and bird are stamps from the Stampin' Up! Touch of Nature stamp set that been retired. I used black stazon ink and watercolor crayons to create this very basic image. More branches and maybe the tree trunk in the picture would be a bit more realistic. I can imagine some very pretty options to use in the future if I ever get the time to stamp. This isn't too bad for working up the first proto type to spring board from. I also stamped a verse under the image and this helped ground the image. It just isn't shown in this photo. This isn't the most inspiring work I have done but it has definite possibilities.
If you would like to try the Gothic card, you can download the template from the sidebar of the Gothic Arch web site. They have several to choose from. Happy stamping!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is another Christmas Tag that I made for the swaps that I signed on for over at Splitcoast Stampers. I hope to be mailing them out this week. This tag can also be hung on the tree and used as an ornament! I know even a blind squirrel finds an acorn in the woods every once in a while and this is my acorn.
I have shown you the front and back of this tag at the same time so that you may see the whole piece at once. All of the supplies are from Stampin' Up! except for the red glass beads added as ornament embellishments and the use of Nestabilities dies. A brayer was used to create the night sky.
Stamps- Lovely As a Tree, Winter Post, The Snowflake Spot, Best Yet
Ink- Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Garden Green, Brown Stazon, White Signo Gel Pen
Card Stock- White, Brilliant Blue
Dies/Punches- Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Large oval punch, 1 inch circle Punch
Embellishments-Clear embossing powder, White Embossing Powder, Dazzling Diamond, Glitter, Glass Red seed beads, Dental Floss. Yes you read it correctly, I used waxed dental floss as the hanger.
Enjoy! Happy Stamping!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
It's beginning to look like Christmas in my stamping area because I joined several gift tag swaps over at Split Coast stampers. My little fingers have been busy creating and I wanted to share what I came up with. I participated in a gift tag swap last year and we received some really cool tags. Heidi is hosting the same type of swap as last year. You have time to join in the fun if you sign up by Monday. Check it out here. The other swap I am participating in is this one but it is only for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
Card Stock- White, real red, garden green, certainly celery
Ink- Versa mark watermark ink, real red, garden green
Stamps- Illuminations, winter post and baroque border wheel
White embossing powder, dazzling diamonds
Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I still have a lot to do on This Old House so this is a short post tonight!
Monday, October 20, 2008
The background paper I made by taking vanilla card stock and then put it down on my giant Big and Juicy stamp pad called foliage. This is a large five color rainbow pad. Next I took some pumpkin images from the Stampin' Up! Give Thanks stamp set and used my watercolor crayons to color them. and popped the center one off of the card with dimensionals. The green card stock is Stampin' Up! Old Olive.
The mouse image is an old House Mouse called Winter Wind. This stamp and the Beleaf stamp were given to me by a friend and are dated 1998 and 1999 respectively.
The small leaves are from a small punch that may be from EK success. It does not have a manufacturers name on it but looks like other EK products that I own.
If you have any questions about this card, I would be happy to try and answer them. I no longer have this card so I have to go off of the photograph. I just can't remember everything! Hope this gives you some inspiration for Fall!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Hey gang! Here is one of my latest creations. It was fun to create and went together so well.
Several other stampers inspired me when I put this together. Faith inspired the stitching and Michelle inspired the way I stamped the lighthouse image. Check out their work if you like this card. The wire embellishment is something that I make on a wire jig. You can check out my post on this one if you would like to make your own. Check out the crystal effects on the beacon of light and the water! Isn’t it cool?
Here is what I used to make this card:
A Light Unto My Path Stamp set
Brilliant Blue CS
Glossy White CS
Stazon Black ink
Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor inkpad
White Signo gel Pen
Divine swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder
Ticket Corner Punch
Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Now for a personal update. The house is almost ready to move into although there will still be a great deal to do after we settle in. Hallelujah! Did I say hallelujah already? We hope to be in around Thanksgiving. Ihope to post some new photos on how the house is coming very soon!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
through Lynn's Blog . This sight has great ribbon and is very inexpensive. They have other cropping supplies besides the ribbon too. You might want to check them out.
I am thinking of beginning a regular post which discusses web sites like this one and also critiques tools and supplies. Would you want to read about this type of information? Do you like this idea?
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I used the versatile Best Yet stamp set for the sentiment. Contact me to see how to get this set for FREE! Punch out the sentiment with the scallop square punch. You guessed it, I did use the prints pack designer paper from the last Stampin' Up! catalog. I have gotten a lot of mileage from that pack of paper! It has really come in handy.
The leaves were die cut with the leaf set from Cuttle Bug and colored with markers. I so love to emboss and die cut with my bug! I hope you enjoy this card and if you have any questions, please contact me.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Today is a jewelry day. This pair of earrings are some of my favorites because they are unusual and sparkly! The photo does not do these justice because it is really difficult to photograph clear beads with facets. The wire work was formed on a jig and uses a single length of wire to form the entire earring. It is a little tricky to do but well worth the effort. The bead is by swarovski and looks great with a pair of jeans or something a bit dressy. I so love jewelry with versatility!What do you think?
Saturday, September 27, 2008
LIST OF MATERIALS:
Lots of Thoughts Stamp Set
Touch of Nature Stamp Set
Harvest Home Stamp Set
Fall Harvest Stampin' around wheel
Naturals Ivory CS
Brocade Blue CS
Garden Green CS
Designer series Prints Pack Bashful Blue
Versa Mark Watermark ink
Stazon Black ink
Garden Green ink
Markers- Brocade Blue, Brilliant Blue. Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, So Saffron.
Scallop Circle Punch
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch
Well I think that's it. Enjoy!
Monday, September 22, 2008
This bright and vibrant card was the first that I made with the Autumn Harvest Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! I'll post several more cards made with this set in the near future. You can let me know which one you like the best. This Wheel stamp is just the best. I can think of so many ways to use it. I like the images of fall so much! When we lived in New England, many people decorated their front doors and front porches with images like these.
SU Black CS
SU Pumpkin CS
SU Naturals Ivory CS
Black Stazon Ink
Stampin Write Markers- Certainly Celery, Garden Green , Mellow Moss, Sage Shadow, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Apricot Appeal, Summer Sun.
Harvest Home Stamp Set
Touch of Nature Stamp Set
Fall Harvest Stampin' Around Wheel
Scallop Edge Punch
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Check out those Popsicle mustaches I gave the mice. Too Cute! What do you think?
Here is the recipe:
House Mouse Stamp
SU Wild Hearts background Stamp
SU In the Spotlight Stamp Set
SU Totally Tabs Stamp Set
SU Round Tab Punch
SU Watercolor Pencils
SU Pink Passion Ink
SU Pretty In Pink Ink
Black Stazon ink
SU Elegant Eggplant Card Stock
SU White CS
SU Naturals White CS
SU Pixie Pink CS
Pink Stripe paper
SU Crystal Effects
Legacy Decorative Scissors
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Crystal effects on the squash
Watercolor crayons-Earth Elements and Soft Subtles
Markers-Glorious Green and Green Galore
Vanilla card stock
Naturals Ivory card stock
Certainly Celery card stock
Close to Cocoa card stock
Pumpkin Card Stock
Prints pack designer paper- Wild Wasabi, Apricot Appeal
Autumn Harvest Stamp Set
Touch of Nature Stamp Set
Happy Harmony Stamp Set
Fanciful Alphabet- Anna Griffin
1 3/8" round punch
Scallop Circle Punch
Ticket Corner Punch
Photo Corners Punch
Creamy Caramel Ink
Garden Green Ink
Stazon brown or black
This is how I began with the watercolor crayons using Really rust and pumpkin. Next I used an aqua painter to blend the color.
After this dried, I added green streaks and blended with the aqua painter once again. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to ask any questions.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Hello all! Don't have a heart attack because I have finally made some new jewelry! I was at a friends house and browsed through some of her jewelry magazines and saw these. I don't remember which magazine or issue that they were in but I had to make some for myself. Aren't these cute! They were so quick and easy to put together. If you like them, let me hear from you!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I don't know who did this fall table but it is quite festive.
Belle did this table and she even decorated the chairs.
This spring table is one of my favorites.
Connie decorated this tea party table. Her hostess gifts were the cups and saucers in the plates along with some other goodies. Love the theme! Tea parties are always fun! I hope to host many a tea party our house after we move into it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
About a month and a half ago I received a call from the coordinator of our ladies day out luncheon at our church. She asked if I would be willing to decorate a table. I was not planning on attending since I was so busy but thought it would be a fun thing to help out with. After all it isn't always easy finding 30 people who are willing to decorate. You see, each table is different because the hostess of each table uses her own dishes etc... to put a table together. It's great fun seeing each table. They are so creative! Women from many different churches attend this luncheon so it is an outreach ministry for us.
This is the table that I was responsible for setting and decorating. You're probably wondering how I had time to do this aren't you? Well I almost lost my mind with all of the things I had going on at the time but knew I needed a little creative break. My daughter was also a big help getting ready for the event.
I started by using my clear depression glass called Windsor and some silver-plated flatware that my husband inherited. Many of my linens are packed but I did have this green square tablecloth that dictated the color scheme. I like monochromatic because it is soothing and green is always relaxing. Instead of taking the mahogany flatware box off of the table, I used it center stage and placed an old mirror on top of it. I had trouble finding fresh flowers for the floral design so the grapevine, hydrangea, fern and yucca leaves came from my garden. The candle and container I had on hand so the kale, daisies and roses were the only things that were purchased from the store. White paper doilies were used under each plate as a place mat.
I used the So Swirly jumbo stampin' around wheel with garden green ink on vellum paper to make the small candle shades that are at each of the 8 place settings. Next I used the delight in life stamp set with garden green ink on certainly celery card stock to stamp the flowers of the napkin rings. A bit of green square rhinestones from the square ice rhinestone brads collection attaches the flowers to the round scallop punch background of garden green. Attach with glue to a 1 by 6 strip of card stock that has been glued in a round and you have instant custom napkin rings.
Each table hostess is responsible for providing table favors for each guest so I created the green pillow boxes a placed a pair of my sterling silver earrings in each box. They were a big hit and each person had a different pair of earrings to see what my product is like. I make the earrings to raise money for our church sponsored American Cancer Society Relay for Life team. As it happened, a team member from the neighboring county was seated at my table so maybe the word will get out about the earrings.
The next post I will show you some of the other tables that were decorated for the luncheon. Until then, enjoy!
Monday, August 25, 2008
This was a simple card to put together for quick notes to a friend. The supplies are all from Stampin' Up! Yes, you're right! I have used the wrought iron corner punch again even though it is no longer available. I have seen this punch in the craft stores so if you don't have it, you might find it there. You could also use an Anna Griffin punch instead, if you have one. The designer label punch, 1 1/4 circle punch and ticket corner punch were also used. White card stock, night of navy card stock and designer paper were put into action. Bordering blue ink and watermark ink were used in combination with the French flair and Carte Postale stamp sets. See how simple it was to crank out a batch of these little cards!
Bordering Blue Ink
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I finally took the time to make something besides a card! I needed something small to house a compact disc that I was giving as a gift. I came up with this by looking at numerous purse designs over on the splitcoast web site. I wanted something with details that wouldn't take so long to put together. All you need is a 12x12 piece of double sided paper some card stock and a few other stamping supplies.
This view shows the cut out detail along with the hook and loop fastener. I just used a circle punch to cut out the half circle so it is easier to pull the CD out of the pouch. You can also see how the cuttlebug flap is attached. Notice the extra strip of card stock to reinforce the top edge of the purse where the eyelets will be added.
This view shows the cute flower eyelets I used to loop the strap through. I thought it was a nice detail that added a bit of glitz. I was pleased with the way things turned out. What do you think?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
When I first joined Wish Random Acts of Kindness (WRAK) over at Splitcoast Stampers, some of the members sent me some wonderful cards. This was about the time I started blogging so I saved the cards with the intent of sharing these cards with all of you! It took me long enough but I am finally getting it done. This first card was sent along with some stamped images by Nancy (crooked River). This is an adorable House Mouse image.
This next card was sent from a Random Act of Kindness(RAK) member Kitty (Oregonstamper). She welcomed me to the group by sending me this card. I have this stamp set and never would have made a card like this with these colors. It's a great card and I think I shall CASE it one day!
Kathy (KathleenCurry) sent this card along with some stamp pads. I had a wish for some ink refills of past in color ink and this great lady didn't have the ink but sent the stamp pads instead. Was that a granted wish or what?!
Cathy Hostetler from RAK sent this one. I think this butterfly is just great and that corner punch is a favorite of mine.
This was a WRAK from Becca Payne. When I saw this stamp set in the Stampin' Up! catalog, I didn't think much of it. After all, I like floral and/or elegant cards. Then Becca sent this card and I think it is so adorable. I regret not buying this stamp set. It amazes me at how many stamps I see and don't give a second thought until I see someone Else's creativity and handiwork.
If any of you ladies have blogs or would like to share your gallery with my readers, please post the information here on this post.