Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Been Busy-Got the Bug to Stamp

After looking at my sister Sandi's blog I really got the bug to stamp.  So that night I cased her note card purse and stayed up all night making it.  This is what I came up with.

021412 Note Card Purse

Is it not just the cutiest thing?  She got the idea from someone else but they did not have the directions so she made up her own and figured it all out.  She is so good at that and then put them down on her blog and made it so easy to follow.  I cannot wait to show my girls in class this one.  Here are some more close up pictures.

Close up of Purse

Close up of Note Cards that fit inside box inside purse

Here is where you can find Sandi's directions on her blog:

PAPER:  Pretty In Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White , Mellow Moss CS, Springtime Vintage DSP, Assorted shades of pink tissue paper.
INK:  Melon Mambo, Mellow Moss
STAMPS:  Hi ^ Hello, Cute & Curly, Happy Harmony, Your A Gem, Language of Friendship, Great Friend, Oval All, Build a Blossom.
PUNCHES or DIES: Extra Large Drecative Label Punch, Curly Label Punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, Extra Large Blossum Petals Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Big L Fun Flowers Die, Sizzlets Large Paper Doily Die, Texured Empressions Embossing folders Adoring Accents
ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, snail, brads, dimensionals, matching ribbon, sticky tape, sticky pages, jewels basic pearls, crystal effects

Then I have been a little late in getting my grandsons birthday card to him this year so I came up with this late birthday card for him.  I do not have too many late birthday cards so I guess I was due for some just in case some of my customers needed some.  Do you think I can use that as an excuse?

021512 Late Birthday Card

This is my first time using the textured impression stripes and testured designer frames on a card so I learned something new.  And I really needed some more manly cards so I am sure this one will go over big.  I also kept it simple, simple, simple, Sandi, RIGHT! 

PAPER:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Old Olive
INK:  Basic Black, Old Olive
STAMPS:  Elementary Elegance, Wanted, Its Your Birthday
ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Textures Impressions Stripes, Textures Impressions Designer Frames, Wide Oval Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Extra Large Decorate Label

So what do you think of my latest bug itch?  Did it get your sparks a flowing?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Card Class January 28, 2012

Well had my second card class and it was a success.  It was a cold snowy day but my girls still showed all but one.  They all did a great job and worked as a team and we were all much faster this time.  We are both learning this so I am sure each time we will get faster.  I am so lucky each time to have the whole community room and we had lots of space to spread out, quiet, and no interruption.

I did three cards (two of each) and one 3D object (box) for a $15 class.

Here is my first card:

012212-Thinking Of You

This card I could not make up my mind either to use the red or white glitter paper on the background or red or white doily. So I gave them both choices.  Which do you like the best? I cannot decide.  For the heart in the center I first sponged Marina Mist on a Wisper White square. Leaving lots of white space.  Then I stamped the bird stamp followed by coloring in the flowers with Pale Plum marker.  I cut the heart out then snailed it to Marina Mist card stock and  cut a small boarder. I applied it on top of the doily with dimensions.  Then stamped and cut the banner out and applied that also with dimensionals.

PAPER:  Whisper White, Marine Mist, Red or White Glitter Paper, Real Red card stock
STAMPS:  Take It To Heart, You Are Loved
INK:  Basic Black, Marina Mist, Pale Plum, Pale Plum marker
PUNCHES or DIES:  Small corner punch, Sizzlits large paper doily
ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Snail, Sponge, Dimensionals, Needle piercer

012112 Birthday Card

Even though our theme of the day was Valentines I wanted to give the girls other options for the day.  So I gave them this birthday card to work with.  The idea originally came when I was visiting my sister Sandi Dailey at her home and she helped me come up with the idea.  I changed the colors and the stamp set when I got home but Sandi gave me the layout. I used the new jewel pack from SU and had a hard time getting the jewels to stay stuck.  So after class when I made some cards for myself I used crystal effects to keep the jewels in place.  I would recommend this, it only takes just a small drop.  That way you know for sure it will not come off.

PAPER:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
STAMPS:  Swirls & Curls Verses, Fresh Vintage, Cause to Celebrate, Bring on the Cake
INK:  Melon Mambo, Basic Black
PUNCHES or DIES:  Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch
ACCESSORIES:  Ribbon, pearl Jewels, demensionals, snail, crystal effects for qlueing on jewels.

011812-Sweet Friend

This card we had many options for.  I choice Sweet Friend but some of the other choices were, Happy Valentines Day, Happy Birthday, Thank You, Friend to Friend, Thinking of You, Happy Anniversary, Hello Baby, Love You.  Most of these came from the stamp set Tiny Tiny Wishes because I wanted them to fit inside the Word Window punch.  The original idea  started with my upline Rhonda Wade.  Then I went to my sister Sandi Dailey's house for a day of stampin and we did this together.  I did not have the cherib stamp so I stamped some for my class.  Then used different stamps for the rest of my card but the basic layout I have to give credit to the other two girls, thanks girls.

PAPER:  Real Red, Pink Pirquette, Whisper White
INK:  Real Red
STAMPS:  You Are Loved, Happy Heart Day, Tiny Tiny Wishes, PS I Love You
PUNCHES or DIES:  Scallop Circle, Word Window, Modern Label, Heart to Heart punch
ACCESSORIES:  Real red ribbon, sponge, snail, dimensionals, big shot

022812 Cookie Box-Valentine Box

This is the 3D project we did for the day.  I had ordered the Kraft gift boxes from the mini but I only had four not enough for class and not enough time to order more.  So I cut the box apart and used it as a template and made my own boxes for class.  Of course it would be much easier to order them but I used the cardboard from the back of the designer series paper packs, traced around the template, added score lines, cut and had my boxes.  If you lay it out just right you can get one box on the 12 X 12 cardboard.  I also added DSP to the bottom and inside bottom of the box.  This box is just the right size for a cupcake or maybe three or four cookies.

PAPER: Everyday Enchantment DSP, Early Expresso, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, First Edition DSP
STAMPS:  Yummy, Holiday Best
INK:  Early Expresso
PUNCHES:  Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch
ACCESSORIES:  Gift Boxes, Dimensionals, Tombo Glue, Pearl Jewels, Crystal Effects

Well my girls were really excited and enjoyed their choices and filled my head with lots of commplements.  So I am riding kind of high right now, love those good thoughts.  So let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winter is finally some SNOW

Well thought for a while there Winter had passed us by this is our second dump this winter but only about four inches.  This has been a very weird winter I would say.  But still wish it was spring.  And to top it off got my first wonderful cold from my wonderful kind sister Pam who spend a few days with me.  Which ended up giving her fresh cold to both me and to my other sister Sandi, such sisterly love can't be beat wouldn't you say?  I am on day four and finally feeling a little human again. Have not been doing much stamping lately but did go to a family get together and spent the day before at my sister Sandi Dailey's house doing stampin.  We did some awesome valentine cards.  I cannot show them to you at this time because I might use them in my upcoming class at the end of the month but will post them then.  I did put ten sets of stamps together yesterday and am excited to get started.

Here are some pictures of some wooden cars that I bought and painted and had up for sale at my last craft sale.  They are only about 1 1/2  X  3 maybe in size.






Since I do not have any new stampin stuff to show off I guess I will show you my next most favorite thing.  Yep, if you guess Henry my kitty you were right here are some of his latest photos.

Henry thinks he is ready to start stamping now! He is in my stampin chair behind my table.  But he does not fool me.  He is just sneaking up there to see where I hid his kitty treats on the table.  Sometimes in the morning I find them on the floor.  He has not found out how to open zip lock seals yet.

My HERO protecting my stamps
Lets see you get by this kitty guard

He may look like an Angel but believe me he is not.

And lastly O'King Henry of the Bed
Don't you just want to squeeze him?  He is so silky soft and furry.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Where Did The Time Go

Sorry, guess I let the time get away from me in updating my blog.  My sister kept telling me to post but I had other things to do and I did not know it had been so long since my last entry.  So I guess I have a lot of catching up to do.  Well my sister has been waiting to see my Christmas cards I did at my card class so I guess I will post them first.


A new friend saw this stamp set in the big book, ordered it and wanted me to do a card class using the layout in the big book on page 102. I cased it but changed it just a little at the bottom since Ann did not want the ribbon or the hardware.


Ann had a special preference for trees and snowmen so I dug out this old stamp set, still one of my favorate sets.  I used the masking tape method and dazzling diamonds with the window punch on the front of the card.  Top of the picture is of the front of the card and bottom picture is of the inside of the card.  I also used masking to create the snow mounds.   I had four ladies in class and none of them had ever stamped before so all of this was new to them.  I tried to keep it as simple as possible but class still took three hours and the last person to leave took five hours.  Maybe next time they will be more comfortable and used to stamping.

Now this card I thought would be the easiest card of the three to complete since I had all the piece's punched out and in a bag for each of the girls.  But it took the longest of each of the cards because of all the small pieces.  Each person got to make four cards of the three different styles for a total of twelve cards for $10.00.  I gave them a discount because it was their first time coming.  But some of them did extra cards and I charged them $2.00 per extra card they made.  I ended up with $58 for the day and we decided to have regularly classes every other month from now on. Super for my first try I thought.  I only had two cancel from this class so I guess the odds were in my favor this time.

Now just after this class I had a craft show here and this is one of the things I made for it.

Stampin Success Jan 2011 page 5

This is my pride and joy.  Is it not a cutie?  I just love, love, love, it.  I just have to tell you the story behind it. I seen it in the book and knew I just had to make it sometime so I sat it aside in my never ending pile of things to make.  I did not have the right spindle for it but had a small vase that could do in a pinch but not sure I wanted to use it.  Then one day I was taking my trash to the dumpster and some one was throwing away a perfectly good solid oak chair.  So who cares if part of one leg was broken...does that make it trash...NO.  Man I scarfed that baby up in a wink and knew just what it was meant for in its new life.  Those spindles were just perfect for what I needed them for.  Then a few days later someone else in the building was throwing another chair just like it away but this time the legs were just loose.  So now I had plenty of supplies.  I ended up making three of these and sold one before I even had it finished.  I told her $12 but she said it was worth $15 so that is what she gave me.  You cannot see the new Mica Flakes I added all over but they give it that winter look.  The head is a Styrofoam ball with Newsprint DSP mod podged on.  My  spindle did not have a wide enough base for the snowman to stand on so I went to the store and the only things I could find was a small glass votive cup for the base.  I glued the wooden spindle and the glass votive together then base coated them in gesso white, then lightly sponged  cherry cobbler.  The very bottom I added two sizes of scalloped circles at the based.  At the top of the spindle is also another medium scallop circle pushed through the spindle then glued crinkled felted small punched scallopes in cherry cobbler and white punched scallopes cut into old fashioned snowflakes (only because I did not have the snowflake punch) around the base giving it lots of height.  Saving some to add to the brim of the hat.  It is hard to see but the spindle does have notches and groves in it for dimention.

another view

You can see the hat better in this view.

So I guess that is enough for now I will save the rest for later.  So let me know what you think, would love to hear from you, Happy New Year.  Oh Ya I still have the top part of both chairs so if anyone has any ideas for them I am open, you know I just have to save them to use SOMEDAY.....