Thursday, October 23, 2008

Scrapbooking Fun

Every month we get together and create 2 layouts that are typically seasonal. Sometimes I even add pictures. This month we made two fall layouts...go figure!! No pictures yet, but I plan to get them added after the 31st! I also highlighted the Big Shot ~ cuz I love it! And it is so easy!! :-)


Stamps: Eat, Drink and be Scary; Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black Classic Ink; Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Whisper White Cardstock, Kiwi Kiss Textured Cardstock (probably can't see the texture, but it is awesome!), Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Go Go Boots Letters, Sticky Letters, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Sticky Letters, Chunky Glitter, Styled Silver Hodgepodge, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads.


Stamps: none (gasp!); Ink: none (what is going on here??!!); Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron and More Mustard Cardstock, Haiku Designer Series Paper (here it is sure is getting a lot of press here!); Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Scallop Circle #2 die, Swirly die, Pumpkin #4 die, Pumpin Faces die, Go Go Boots Letters, Jumbo Brads, Wide Chocolate grosgrain.

Here's one of the spreads we did last month. I add it just to show that I do actually add photos! This one is Emma's and I usually have her journal any of her pages that I make for her!


Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Short Order Alphabet and Numbers; Ink: Real Red, Old Olive Classic Ink, Real Red Craft Ink; Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, Kraft, Whisper White Cardstock, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Bold Bright Buttons, Jumbo Brads, Black Gingham Ribbon, White Gel Pen, On Board Essentials.

Come join us and catch up or get started on your scrapbooking!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Stampin' Up!

This year is Stampin' Up!'s 20th anniversary!  And with every great celebration....great gifts for everyone!  :-)  Stampin' Up! is offering 20% off all the birthday/celebration stamps with a $20 purchase (hee, hee, 20, 20 and 20!).  We made this project with Party Hearty, one of the sets on sale:


This little box was made with the Scallop Envelop die that goes with the Big Shot!  Again, some other more creative person came up with this idea...I wish I could get my brain to work like this!!!!!  Good thing all my imitation skills are completely functional!  This uses 4 of the envelopes taped together to make the box!!  How incredibly clever eh??!!  Interested in this stamp set or any of the others that are on sale?  You can see which sets are on special this month by clicking on the Happy Birthday card to the left!  If you want to place an order for any of the sets or anything else for that matter, you can contact me or order yourself online - the link is also to the left!  Here are the details for this box:

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Sweet Always Designer Series Paper; Ink: Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write markers; Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope die, Scallop Circle punch, Paper Snips, Orange Bead Duos, Tombo Multipurpose Adhesive, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals.

We put a cute square of Designer paper on the inside, which really adds to the design of it all.  But I forgot to take a picture of the box from above.  I'll try to remember to do that and add that for your recreating inspiration!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween Projects at last!

Here are a couple of projects we made at Stamp Club this week. This is Frankie!

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This is a treat bag made with some mini bags I found at the craft store and the Top Note die and my Big Shot!! How fun is he?? Of course, some other ingenious person came up with this idea, and I dutifully copied him cuz I LOVE him!!! It really is pretty easy. This bag is created along the same lines as the "genie bag" where we line the front and back side of a bag with cardstock. In this case the cardstock is die cut in the great shape created with the Top Note die!! Here are the details.

Paper: Green Galore, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Basic Black Cardstock; Ink: Green Galore Classic Ink; Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, Scallop Edge punch (the bag - you can't see this, but my recipient will see it when the bag is opened to reveal the yummy goodies!!), 1" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, White gel pen, scissors, and Round Tab punch. No stamps (gasp)!

Of course you can all see why I would never succeed in a career as a hairdresser!! I can't even cut Frankie's hair in a style that is suitable for him!! I know he loves a cock-a-mamie style, but my hack job goes on a slant. So sorry Frankie!!

Here's another Halloween project from club. This one is completely copied from my friend Katherine LaPierre. I participate in a swap with some local demonstrators each time Stampin' Up! puts out some new stamps for us to play with. We each choose a different set and make 3 samples with it and swap them out with each other so we all end up with a variety of samples using many different stamp sets. This time around we all used stamps from the Holiday Mini Catalog. (Let me know if you would like a copy of this - my mailings didn't go out this time around - 00ps!) We have so much fun doing this because we also pair the actual swapping with a get together at a local restaurant. When you put together swapping, dining and great fellowship and conversation you get a really fun time!!! :-) Here's the card inspired by Kat:

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This card has a great fold that is created with the help of the Coluzzle (stop cursing at me!!) :-) Some of my stampers really hate the Coluzzle, but don't hate them, they don't know any better! I'm working on them!! :-) Here are the details of the card:

Paper: Old Olive, Basic Black Cardstock, Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper; Ink: Versamark Ink; Stamps: Eat, Drink and Be Scary, All Holidays; Accessories: Black grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Black Embossing Powder, Ice Square Rhinestone brads, Coluzzle.

We made one more project I'll share with you tomorrow! Have a good one!

Monday, October 13, 2008

More Christmas

I promise to get back to the upcoming holiday, but I wanted to share the other two cards from September's holiday card stamp a stack.


Stamps: Season of Joy, Swirl Wheel; Ink: Handsome Hunter, Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink; Paper: Handsome Hunter, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Cardstock, Haiku Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Jumbo Wheel Handle, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Rich Regal Brads.

I was so excited to use the Haiku paper on this card. It makes the assortment so versatile. If you want to see other cards I made using Haiku DSP look back here and here! You know I just love it!!!


Stamps: Big on Christmas; Ink: Basic Black Classic Pad, Kiwi Kiss Classic Ink Refill; Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Cardstock, Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Riding Hood Red ribbon, silver brads, blender pen, Zig metallic pen.

I copied this card from one I saw on SCS and was inspired to gather the ribbon from a tip they shared with us at convention. You can only do this with sheer ribbon like the taffeta ribbons from Stampin' Up! You find a vertical fiber and gently pull and gather. It's pretty easy to do once you've actually found the fiber!! Also, did you know that even though the in-colors do not come in a marker, you can create your own marker with a blender pen and classic ink refill? It's so easy and it coordinates!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a Fall Christmas...

On Sunday I'm having a Christmas Card stamp a stack. Each month we get together and stamp 12 Christmas cards. This helps us get a head start on making our holiday cards and gives us a variety of cards! I hold this class once a month until December. It always seems a bit weird to be thinking about Christmas the first few months I have these classes, but now-a-days the stores encourage me think I'm way behind!! They have all sorts of winter holiday items out sooooo early! Here are two of the cards we made in September.


Stamps: Cute and Curly, Seasonal Icons; Ink: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze Classic Ink; Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Whisper White Cardstock, Muirfield Designer Series Paper; Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Small Oval Punch, Pacific Point Double Stitched Ribbon, Chunky Essentials Glitter


Stamps: Deer Friends, Canvas; Ink: Real Red; Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Brushed Gold Cardstock; Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4 " Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

The first cards uses a layout I often rely on. It is so versatile! The second card is a nearly exact copy of its inspiration which came from a fellow demonstrator! It is just so cute I couldn't change it up!

Let me know if you want to join us on Sunday. Check out my calendar for other Christmas stamp a stacks or other classes I'll be holding the next few months.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My new life

Many of you know that my world has been rocked by my children's involvement in gymnastics the last few months. It started innocently enough. I wanted them to participate in something active and start promoting a healthy attitude toward physical activity! So they attended a class at the YMCA once a week. Well now both of them are attend 3 times a week for several hours. They totally love it and we enjoy watching them perform and grow! However, I am mourning the loss of free "Jane" time and the ability to plan my own schedule! Can you say, "completely selfish!!" Hee, hee! Right now all seems to revolve around Emma's competition schedule. Really, it is very fun and I think I may finally be adjusting to all of it. I thought I'd share a picture of Emma from one of her competitions. She is having a blast! Here she is on the beam, her least favorite event!


And one of her favorites, the uneven bars:


Well, I do have to work on my photographing abilities, but isn't she just beautiful?? :-) She's working hard to overcome some fears and it has just been so inspiring to watch her over the last few months! We're so proud of her efforts!



Spooky isn't it??  :-)  Okay...more like cute!  This was one of last month's Stamp Club projects.  This card was made with the Haunting Wheel - I just love it!  We wheeled the image on glossy cardstock which lends itself well to creating the skyline with sponge daubers...easy schmeasy!

Stamps: Haunting Wheel, All Holidays                                                   Ink: Basic Gray, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink, Versamark Pad                                                                                            Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Glossy White Cardstock, Ghostly Greetings DSP                                                                        Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Sponge Daubers