Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I just wanted to tell you about the Secret Angel swap that I participated in over at Splitcoast Stampers. This was through the Wish RAK forum. The exchange is supposed to be a minimum of $20 plus shipping but those nice gals always load up the box with way more than that! I want to thank Lena of tackertwosome for hosting this exchange. She took the word CHRISTMAS and used it as an acronym of items that we were to send to our angel.
C- Card, our reveal card to tell who the secret angel is.
This is what I received from OILIN. The reveal card and tin of chocolates are missing from the photo. I had to eat some of the candy you know! There are stamps, stamps, and more stamps. Brads, brads and more brads! Lots of ribbon, ornaments, stickles, rub ons, 6x6 scrapbook, blank cards and envelopes. Can you believe everything she packed in the box? She is soooo awesome! Stop by SCS and consider joining RAK and then the WRAK forum. We will be having another exchange after the New Year! See you there.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I made some birthday cards for people who have December birthdays. I wanted a holiday feel without using a holiday card. So many people lump birthday and Christmas together and those birthday people get short changed. This was the result.
Autmn Leaves Scroll Stamp (thanks OILIN)
SU! Toille Background Stamp, Happy Birthday Frame set and Flower of the Month set
SU! Gold embossing powder
Sakura Pen Touch gold paint pen
SU! Real Red,Yo Yo Yellow, Only Orange and Mellow Moss marker
SU! Hunter Green CS
The Paper Patch Scarlet Berry Toille DP
5x7 Ivory recycled paper card and envelope from craft store
Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
SU! Holy Triptych Stamp Set
Sweet N Sassy 1055 Holiday Greetings
SU! Real Red CS
Supreme Gold Laminated CS (I picked this up in Ireland so I do not know if it is available in the US or Canada)
Paper StudioChristmas Green Mistletoe Paper
Spellbinders Die Cut-Fleur De Lis Pendant, Flower Botique Miniabilities, Large and small Ovals
SU! Large oval and Scallop oval punches
Gold Embossing Powder
Sakura PEN TOUCH gold metallic marker
SU! watercolor crayons
Deco Art gold glamour dust
3/8" sheer Black NWC 10-20 ribbon
The gold brads came from Marcos Paper in Ohio. They were in a zip bag without any info as to who manufactured them.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Adam and I are standing next to the tree that now stands on a table in our entry hall. Doesn't it look pretty with the snow on it? It snowed the night before so this was a perfect day for cutting a tree. This was the first time for our daughter to join us for this tradition. She was so excited when we told her of our plans! NOT! You know how teens are about these things. Anyway, we bundled up and took some mugs of coffee with us to keep us warm. On the way to the farm, we listened to Perry Como singing Christmas carols. Perry Como is a must and a tradition for us. In fact, it is DD favorite Christmas CD. In the end, DD enjoyed the day and maybe she will look forward to the event next year.
Do you have Christmas traditions that you would like to share? Just leave me a comment and tell me about it. I might get some new ideas for more Christmas traditions to incorporate into our holiday for next year!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
1.Punch ten orange pieces of CS with the SU! round tab punch.
2. Stamp each tab with watermark ink and an appropriate patterned stamp.
3. Sponge the edges with orange ink the same shade of the CS or with a shade darker than the CS.
4.Score down the center of each tab and glue backs together to form a circle.
5. Cut a stem free hand and glue using a glue stick.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Today's post is all about creating a small quick gift to keep on hand. Maybe you need a hostess gift when you attend a Christmas party or you may need an inexpensive gift to give to coworkers. I think this project would fill those needs quite nicely!
1. Stamp main image on SU! smooth Very Vanilla card stock with brown Stazon ink.
2. Mask the main image and stamp over with a background script. I used the retired French Script stamp from SU!
3. Remove mask and heat set for a minute with a heat gun to dry the ink.
4. Color main image with vibrant colors. Any ink will do. I used pigment ink and heat set the image so it would dry more quickly. I didn't want to wait overnight and I didn't want to smear the image so the heat gun speeds up the process.
5. With alphabet stamps, create the word notes as the bottom.
6. Cut the image to the correct size so that the card stock will cover the entire front of the book. Sponge around the main image and around the edges of the paper with a lighter brown ink. I believe that I used SU! Creamy Caramel. Sponge a wider swath along the left side because you will cover part of it with black paper along the spine of the book.
7. Cut a piece of Vanilla card stock for the back. Stamp with a background stamp and sponge the edges.
8. Glue the front and back to the book and then trim the rounded corners to fit the book.
9. Cut black card stock to make the spine and cut slits so that ribbon will fit through. Slip the ribbon through the new spine and glue the ends down so that the spine will cover the raw edges. Next, glue the spine to the book. I leave the pen in the ribbon as I glue it down so that it is the right size.
That was the quick version so if you have additional questions, feel free to ask. I forgot to mention earlier that this would also make a nice gift to tuck into a small basket with some chewing gum, travel pack of tissue and a candy bar for someone in the hospital.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I couldn't find an angel to fit the top that was the right proportion and that would stay balanced up there. In fact I didn't find a star or anything that would look right as a tree top! This was the most difficult part of the project. I resorted to taking a piece of chipboard and inking it up in Handsome Hunter and sealing it with crystal effects. The chipboard was a flower design with an open center so I just placed it over the top of the tree and fit well. Next I glued down the glass angel with crystal effects to the top of the chipboard. Then I used a bit of mini leaf and pine cone garland ribbon to drape around the base of the angel. It turned out well and is now stable enough to sit at the top of the tree.
We were supposed to include mistletoe in our swap and I had a terrible time finding something that would work and looked pretty. I finally found a few mistletoe picks at a craft store. Then I had to figure out a way to incorporate it into one of the projects that I made. After a bit of thinking, I decided to use it with this tree. I took a few of the tips off of the pick and glued them at the base of the tree. I hope my Angel likes it. Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. before you ask about the paper ornaments, the answer is yes! They took a long time to make. Especially the itty bitty ones! I used the boho blossom punch with the snow flake images in the Christmas Punch set from SU! I used my glue pad to stamp the image and then sprinkles glitter over the images.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
.I think this is the only Christmas card that I have made so far this year. I shipped it with my SCS Wish RAK secret angel gift. I hope she like it! I have been so busy making anything but cards for gifts that I haven't had time to make more Christmas cards. Each year I think I am to the point where I can make all of my cards to send out and each year I don't get to it. There are just too many other things that need my attention this time of year. I think I will need to work on Christmas cards throughout the year in order to have them ready for next year.
Do you recognize that shiny paper? It's the same paper from here, here, here and here. Yes, I know that I am using it often. But it is so much fun to work with. Yesterday, I used it on another project.I can't help it! This paper just calls my name while it glares at me! It's the best two bucks that I have spent in quite a while. I ran this paper through the Cuttle Bug with the Allegro embossing folder. Then I stamped the snowflakes with SU! White Craft Ink and the snowman in SU! Bashful Blue. The stamp set that I used is called Christmas Punch from SU!. The Merry Christmas stamp came from Heart and Soul Rubber. For those of you that don't own any Heart and Soul rubber, I have just one thing to say. You are really missing out! I use a lot of these stamps for the inside of my cards. In case you missed my ravings about this company, you can find that post here.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
This is a 6 ounce almond can from Blue Diamond Almonds that I reused for my Secret Angel. I needed a box that could hold some wrapped chocolate candy and this fit the bill perfectly. Let me begin by saying that I used Tacky Tape to adhere the paper to the can and to the plastic lid. That stuff works great!
All materials are from SU! except for the Pearl embossing powder and the vellum paper on the lid. Now you are wondering where those products came from and it's not so simple. The embossing powder was given to me and was not in the original container. I suspect that it might be ultra fine powder from Ranger. The vellum was cut several years ago from a pack I used up long ago except for some of these cut outs. Any light weight vellum would work just fine. I stamped the skaters and colored them with markers. Then I clear embossed over the image so I could stamp the tree images. A bit of sponging and brayering made quick work of the background. Add a little glitter and white gel pen for highlights and voila! A lowly tin is transformed into a simple gift box! Ihope this inspires you to pull out some alterable items and go to work.
Friday, December 4, 2009
I just want to add a note about the post yesterday. I was asked about the adhesive I used for the project because many adhesives don't stick well to plastic. I should have mentioned that I used Tacky Tape by Provo Craft. Sticky strip and Scor tape work the same way.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to craft with the kids during this blessed holiday season.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Do you have any idea what these little babies housed during their first life? The boxes are about 3 by 3 1/4 inches in size. They are about 1/2 an inch thick and have a flip top. Did you figure it out yet? I never would have guessed it either. Three pills for migraine headaches come in the boxes. Who would have thunk that I would be using them this Christmas to house gift certificates and gift cards?
This one was made as part of a box of gifts for my secret angel over at SCS Wish RAK. I hope she likes it! I used SU! Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Brilliant Blue ink with the Christmas Punch Stamp set. It was simple and easy!
I hope you can drop in often. I have a lot of holiday things to show you. Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thanksgiving was wonderful with 11 eating dinner at our home and then a few more relatives stopping by later in the day! Enjoy your friends and family during this season of thanks! Many thanks go out to all of the military families who are apart this season keeping us safe here in the US and in far away places!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I like this card because it fits in a legal size envelope and I don't make nearly enough cards that are this size. This was created by brayering the sun using a mask and then clear embossing it. Next the brayering began with the sky and water using SU! ink. The trees were stamped with a set called Marvels of Nature by Innovative Stamp Creations Next the sponging began and highlights with a white gel pen. The faith Stamp is from Santa Rosa and it is over 10 years old but I have seen similar stamps like this recently at one of the craft stores.
Now whip out your brayer and use it on a project soon. Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thanks for looking and don't forget to play Christmas tunes as you create for this blessed season!
Monday, November 16, 2009
I have been working on so many things lately that I can't even see the top of my work table, or part of the floor! Now to take time to post everything and clean up my mess!
I hope you are inspired to create something wonderful today! Thanks for looking and I would love to hear from you. What are you creating right now?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a
If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here:http://www.scrapbooknewsandreview.com First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s blog hop.
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Now scoot on over to Scrapbooks & Stuff Blog. They are next on the list of stops. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
A few weeks ago, I asked prince charming if he would make sure the leaf blower was running properly because last year I couldn't even start the thing. You see it hadn't been used for about five years and prince charming left fuel in it all of that time. To make a long story short, I used my Dad's leaf blower last season and wanted to be ready for fall this year. I heard our leaf blower start up this past Saturday. Yeah, I thought. The old boy gave the leaf blower a tune up and I was set for the season. Nope! That would be too easy! I went out the other day to clean the yard up and I can't get the leaf blower to start. Rats! I call prince charming at work and ask him why it wouldn't start and he tells me... "it's a delicate procedure to get that little engine started." I'm thinking..... right, it wasn't a problem to start it the first 3 or 4 years I used it! I follow his directions and nothing! I remove the cover to the filter and it's a gummy mess. I clean the filter as I'm thinking.... some tune up! Then I notice that the tube that feeds fuel to the choke is gummed up and busted. Hmmm...... Do you get the picture that the leaf blower didn't get a tune up? I marched into the house and call prince charming again! By now I'm really agitated because I have tried 2o or so times to start the thing and in the process I bruised my hand. I tell the old boy not to come home until he has a new leaf blower in hand when he walks through the door! I don't have time to fool with waiting on getting the old one repaired this season. It's too late for that. No telling how many weeks it would be before I would get it back. Several weeks ago I did mention that it would be a good idea to have it worked on, if he wasn't going to do it. I need to unearth the front yard while there is still hope!!! By theway, in case you are wondering, prince charming picked up a new leaf blower that evening. Gotta love a man who buys his wife power tools! Now I can finish my yard work!
It has been a long time since I have shared anything that I find when I am out on the web surfing for inspiration. Come on with me and take at look at what I found. I would like for you to get inspired by some beautiful craft spaces that I have seen recently on the web. First take a trip to Jennifer McGuire's blog and look at her professional workspace created over time on a budget. The storage solutions all go together quite well but were purchased from several different places. Love the Ikea drawers! Gotta get me some of those the next trip I go to Ohio.
Next travel to Kelli Crowe's space to see how a home school mom organizes her space. These are really pleasant spaces so I thought you might get a few ideas for your own space. Enjoy!