Tuesday, February 23, 2010

MIA Update

I thought this would be a good time to catch my breath and give you a little insight into the recent activity in our household.  DD has been playing 3 or 4 basketball games each week for the past 3 or 4 weeks to finish up the season and that has taken a bite out of time.  Many times the schools we travel to for games are one or two hours away so a simple game requires 5 to 8 hours of time! Now we are into tournament and regional games. Friday we may need to travel 3 hours one way for the game. Yikes!
I also took a week to visit my sister in Ohio. She had rotator cuff surgery right before my uncle passed away so I finally made it there for a visit. Her 6 weeks of time off from work will end this week.  I was really cutting it close wasn't I? We spent several days watching it snow, snow and snow some more while we were house bound for a few days! It was nice but I was glad to get back home to a milder climate with less snow! One of the wonderful things about visiting with her is that Marco's Paper is also close at hand! The bad news is that with all of the bad weather I didn't actually get there this trip. I got really close but didn't make it inside the door.  There were too many other new places to go and if I really need something, I can ask my sister to pick it up and bring it down when she visits. We usually see her every 2 or 3 months. I am stocked up right now anyway. 
Now let's talk about the places that I did get to.  I finally went to Jungle Jim's.  This is a grocery store that has everything!  I mean everything!  The produce comes in from all over the world and it is a foodie's delight!  They have even been featured on the food channel!  All I'm saying is that we are going to be eating some excellent Thai curry and wonderful cheeses thanks to this grocery.  I  also stopped in at The Container Store and Ikea while I was away.  I picked up a few things for the craft studio and started planning for my new space.  The studio will move into some space we have on the second floor of the carriage house once it undergoes a major renovation. We are in the early stages but I think I could be in the space by this time next year if all goes well. It never hurts to plan ahead.
Now that I am back home, I am trying to catch up on things. I was only able to access email and my blog once while I was away so clearing out all of that mail has taken a bite out of time! My husband says I get way to many messages.  I think he is right so I am trying to cut some of that out too!  That's about it for today.  I'll be back soon with some crafty goodness to share with you!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Snow Man Gift Card Holder

Hello everyone! I apologize for not posting this week. I have been travelling and have not been able to upload due to networks and my computer not talking to each other properly. This has not been resolved so we'll see what happens with trying to post.
This little gift card holder was made using the Fiskar stamp set named 'Twas the Night", SU! So swirly wheel and the SU! Christmas punch snowflake stamp.
The Paper is Georgia Pacific, and SU! Ballet Blue. The ink is SU! Brilliant Blue and Ballet Blue. The SU! large oval punch was used to make the opening. Add a few corners and some paper piercing and Voila! A cute little card holder emerges.

The metal Snowflakes are brads from Paper Studio Spare Parts and make a cute edition to the winter theme. The belly band used the SU! Designer Label Punch. That's about it for now! Let me know if you have any questions!
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Birthday Wishes

Yes, I have been at it again creating birthday cards for some February Birthdays. I hope you don't get tired of seeing birthday cards made with a small selection of stamp sets because there are still a lot of possabilities for combinations using these. I used my new Just Rite stamps along with the Stampin' Up balloons. These were heat embossed with black and blue embossing powder onto WC paper. I watercolored the balloons using SU! reinkers. Next came the ultra fine glitter from Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter in Nirvana, Azure and Hot Kiss. Round the corners and sponge a bit of blue on the WC paper. You now have a simple and easy focal point for a card. Back that with some SU! designer print paper and it is ready to place on a card base. The embossing folder is one I recently picked up and it is called Large Flowers, Leaves and Twirls, Ornate embossing folder set by Sizzix. I used SU! Pink Passion paper and created this A2 size card. Feel free to stop by and ask a question or give me ideas about what you would like to read about on this blog.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Celtic Knots

This is the card that will accompany my Secret Leprechaun box when I mail it. It is a simple card using Celtic Knot Stamps. This stamp set was given to me and there isn't any information about the manufacturer of these stamps. They came in a nifty wooden box with a booklet about Celtic Symbols. I wonder if they may have been sold in a book store. If you happen to know, please give me the details as I would like to have this info.
I stamped onto SU! Green Galore card stock base with SU! Glorious Green Ink. The eyelets were also given to me and I have no idea who the manufacturer is of these beauties either. Sorry about all of the unkowns but I am trying to use up things that have been sitting around my studio for a while. I also used GP white and SU! Gable Green CS. The lettering was made using an alphabet set by Just Rite. The glittery shamrocks are stickers that I think I picked up at a craft store a few weeks ago.
Have you made your cards for St. Patrick's day yet? No! Well get moving and show me what you come up with.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Secret Leprechaun box

Are you wondering what the heck a Secret Leprechaun box is used for? Some of the gals at Splitcoast Stampers Wish RAK forum are participating in a secret Leprechaun exchange. Remember the secret Angel exchange that I participated in at Christmas? Well it's the same sort of thing only the theme is based around St. Patrick's Day.

I took this heavy duty shoe box that has a finger hole in the front of the box and decorated it with photos from Ireland. I have a ton of photos from a trip I took a few years ago so I printed a bunch of them off onto standard printer paper. I applied them to the box with Mod Podge and then coated the box with several layers of Mod Podge to seal the photos.
I am happy with the results and wouldn't mind making a box like this for myself. That means that I would have to purchase another pair of Italian shoemaker shoes to get another nifty box like this. Hmmm....... I am beginning to like this idea! LOL! There are photos taken from all over Ireland on this box and memories of each and every place. What a nifty gift to house all of the scrapping goodies that I am sending.
I'll have a few more altered items that will go into this box and will show them to you in the coming days. BTW, I use boxes of this size (photo storage boxes) to house my clear stamps. I stick them onto heavy clear plastic sheets cut to the proper size that will fit the box and I also stamp the images onto card stock and place the card behind each clear sheet.  This way I can tell which sheet a particular stamp was taken from and put it back in the proper place.

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