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.....