Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Lucy wishes everyone a Merry Christmas! And Eli does too! We are all enjoying being together for his very first Christmas. I will be taking time off to enjoy my first grandchild. I will start posting again on January 1. Take time to enjoy your family during this Holiday Season.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Scrapbook Page for Eli

I have not been able to get to my computer lately because of things just keep getting crazier. We had to take my Dad back to the Dr. because the swelling would not go down on his hand since his fall. It was finally discovered that he has a fracture of a small bone in his wrist. So they placed a soft cast on his hand.

But today I took a few minutes for myself and created this scrapbook page. This picture was taken 7 hours after he was born. I used My Digital Studio to create this scrapbook page. The main colors that I used were Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and Close to Cocoa. I used these colors because they match Eli's bedding. This was so easy to make and quick also. Although MDS has pre-designed pages, I prefer to create my own. What is nice about MDS, is you get to decide if you wish to use pre-designed pages or come up with your own design.

I plan to make Eli a scrapbook of his first year and this is the first page towards that attaining that goal. This page will be the cover to the book. I think I am going to enjoy this project especially with such a cute subject. Hope you enjoy your day!

Monday, December 13, 2010

He's Here!

Well my first Grandchild decided to make his grand entrance on Saturday morning! He arrived a week before his due date but believe me, he was ready for a while to meet everyone. He is one big boy as you can see from the picture. He is not a lightweight! Here I am with my husband with Eli with him being only 7 hours old! He is so cute and has chubby little cheeks. What a wonderful Christmas present he is for our family! We are all in love!

Enjoy your day! Because I know becoming a new Grandma, I will. Can't wait to see him again tomorrow.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Baby Shower Gift for Lori

I have been wanting to post these pictures right after the shower but the picture of the actual gift did not come out. I had to wait until I saw Lori to be able to get a picture of the actual gift. My side line and friend Susan made a gift for Lori for her Baby Shower. Susan had been working on this gift when we were together at Regionals. While working on it, she told us she needed to finish it for a woman she worked with, so it was a total surprise wen I saw she gave it to Lori. Susan started the gift off with a baby card she made along with the gift bag she made also. Here it is. Susan used an old retired favorite DSP of mine called "Afternoon Tea". It used former In-Colors-Groovy Guava and Soft Sky. I miss those 2 colors. Anyway, the friends and family attending the shower were impressed that she made everything, gift, card and gift bag. After the guests were awed by the handmade card and gift bag, Lori pulled a handmade crocheted baby bunting! Susan used the same colors to crochet the bunting that I used on the shower invitation. And the final "Lori" touch was the Turtle buttons that she used on the bunting which I took a picture of also. What a perfect gift using the colors and the turtle which Lori loves. Thank you Susan.

Just a note to let you know that I have not posted for a while due to some unexpected events at home. My 90 year old father fell again and fortunately did not break his hip or anything major but this week we have spent numerous hours in the emergency room, Dr's office and X ray rooms. He has numerous cuts, bruises, black eyes, lump on his head, cut on the bridge of his nose, swollen hand and finger. There is the possibility of a broken wrist but still waiting to hear the results of that test. Sorry for the lack of posts but this family emergency has taken over my time. Hopefully I will be able to post sooner next time. Take care and enjoy your day!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Baby Shower for a Boy

Yes, I have been invited to yet another Baby Shower! This baby shower is for my close friend's daughter. Our children were very close when they were little and now they are both having Baby Boys! Her daughter is due in February and the shower they have planned will be held in January. I received the invitation today. So I decided I would show you what she has been working on. Her daughter loved the skunk from one of our stamp sets so we had to think of a way to get it on the card. I think using it on a Bib like card works perfect. The supplies that we used for this card were:

PAPER: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White
INK: Black Staz- On
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Circle Die, Circle Die, Big Shot, Texturz Plate, Scallop Circle Punch, Colored Pencils, non SU Ribbon

I think it is adorable and a great way to incorporate the skunk stamp. Can't wait for the shower, they always do a beautiful job throwing showers. The next few months are going to be crazy with babies. We know someone each month until March that will be having a baby. So you will see a lot more baby cards from me in the next few months. I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope you enjoy your day also!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Christmas Gift Envelope

What a quick and easy way to make a gift card for someone! Just take one of our envelopes and fold it in half. Cut the open flap down to the envelope and lick/paste shut the other side. Where the flap is open, you can place the gift card inside. I just took scraps of the Jolly Holiday DSP and decorated the envelope. I used the "Jolly Old Saint Nick" stamp set for the outside picture. After I decorated the inside of the envelope with DSP, I stamped the ornament from "Delightful Decorations" and on the other side I used the sentiment from "Jolly Old Saint Nick". I think it is a great way to give someone a gift card!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Only 2 Days Left!

Today and tomorrow are the last 2 days to order from the Online Spectacular Sale. There are fantastic deals from 20%-50% off selected items.

Contact me if you have any questions. Happy shopping!

Another Baby Shower

Yes, another Baby Shower but this time it was not for my daughter but my older daughter's best friend. She is due in January and her shower was held on Saturday. Deidre likes it when I make cards for her. She always appreciates the time and love that goes into a handmade card. I forgot to make her a card and an hour before the shower it hit me that I did not have a hand made card for her. So I quickly pulled out my supplies and made this card. Deidre and her husband have decided that they do not want to know before the baby is born what they are having so I tried to go with more baby gender neutral colors.

I decide to use paper from the Nursery Necessities DSP. I think that paper is so cute to use for baby gifts. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMPS: Bear Hugs
PAPER: Nursery Necessities DSP, Whisper White, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
INK: Soft Suede
ACCESSORIES: Colored Pencils

I think it came out cute. And when she opened the card on Saturday, she knew immediately the gift came from me. She told everyone that I always make her the nicest cards. I was glad I took the time to make her a card. But I am going to start working on a card for her this week. I want to make sure that I make a really special card for her when the baby is born. I want a special card for a very special person. That is the great thing about making your own cards and gifts, lots of love goes into them. And special people always appreciate the love and care that comes with those cards and gifts. Go out and enjoy your day! Maybe you can make something for that special friend in your life.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

This is my "Grand-dog" Riley wearing his Thanksgiving sweater today. He is wearing it not only because it is Thanksgiving but it is also snowing here today.

Everyone here at my house wishes you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Snowman Hand Sanitizer

I have really gotten stuck on making on these hand sanitizer holders. I just really think they are a great way to present an inexpensive gift. I just love these things! So this time I came up with a winter theme. I used that cute snowman from the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set from the Holiday Mini. They really are not very hard to make but they make such a nice presentation. The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SET: Jolly Old Saint Nick, Teeny Tiny Wishes
PAPER: Bashful Blue, Bashful Blue DSP, Night of Navy DSP
INK: Black Staz-On, Bashful Blue
ACCESSORIES: Colored Pencils, 2 Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Rhinestone Jewels, Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Big Shot

I intend to make a lot of these for small gifts for friends and family for the holidays. It is very foggy here this morning, so I will wait until I go out shopping for Thanksgiving dinner groceries until later today. I hope the weather is better where you are today and don't forget to enjoy the day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

November Technique Class- Card 3

Here is the last card that we will be making at this month's technique classes. This card uses the Faux Icicles technique. For the past 2 Winter's, I have wanted to use this technique but something else always came up. It is not like you can use this technique during the Summer months. I CASED this card from Jennifer Picard's blog. Of course I changed things around but it was a great way to showcase the Faux Icicles. They are so easy to make although it takes a while for the Crystal Effects that you use for this to dry. But what a statement the icicles make. A cute embellishment to add to a wintery card.

This post is short because I have come down with some type of virus for 2 days and I do not feel great yet. While I am resting again today, you go out and enjoy the day.

Friday, November 12, 2010

November Technique Class- Card 2

THis is the second card that we will be making during my Technique Classes this month. Last year I bought the Tree Trimmings stamp set and for some reason I did not use it as month as I had wanted. So this year, I decided to get it out again and try to come up with more cards using this vintage looking set. This card uses the 2 Toned Embossing technique. It is a unique twist to the normal embossing technique.

I have been using a lot of Cherry Cobbler cardstock this holiday season because it is my new "favorite" color. But I decided to use Bravo Burgundy for this card. The color gives it a more elegant feel along with the ornaments. I think it came out very nice. As a matter of fact, it came out better in person than it looked in my mind.

You can still contact me if you are interested in attending one of my technique classes. I have a busy day today getting everything set up for my classes. I also want to get out and do a little Christmas shopping. There are a few good deals out there this weekend that I want to take advantage of. So as I get started with a very busy day, you go out and enjoy your day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November Technique Class- Card 1

I was finally able to get some time yesterday to get my cards together for this month. This card uses the "Frosted Impressions" technique. It is very hard to see with this picture but the technique is used on the left side with the Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder. This card looks so nice in person and this picture really does not do it justice. On the right side of the card, I used Shimmery Paint Spray. I could not believe how shimmery it shows on this picture. I really have to seriously think about getting a new camera. I was disappointed with the shower pictures and I get more disappointed with each picture I take. Perhaps with the new baby coming, this is the right time to invest in a better camera.

If you are interested in attending this month's class, please contact me. I will be holding classes on Saturday, Nov. 13 @ 9 AM, Tuesday, Nov. 16 @ 9:15 AM, and Wednesday, Nov. 17 @ 7 PM. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shower and Christmas?

I told you that I would post another picture from the shower on Saturday. I wanted you to see the cake. Of course Andria made sure the turtle theme was carried throughout the shower. So the cake had a turtle on top. I decided that I would place Chris and Lori's baby pictures out so we could see what they both looked like when they were about 2. We could also only wonder what the new little boy will look like when he arrives.

Now onto the Holidays. I found another set of directions for a Hand Sanitizer Holder. I found them on the blog, Stampin' By The Sea. These are the supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SET: Delightful Decorations, Tags til Christmas
PAPER: Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holidays DSP, Whisper White
INK: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES: Large Oval Punch, Ornament Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Cherry Cobbler Marker, White Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, Pocket Hand Sanitizer

Now that the shower is over, I need to work on my Holiday projects and cards. I will continue to work on Holiday cards today. Tomorrow I will start to post the Christmas Cards that we are going to be making at my Technique Classes this month. So check back tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shower Was A Success!

Well, I can finally relax, the shower is over! Being the mother, of course I thought everything went well and was beautiful! My oldest daughter planned the shower for her sister and what a great job she did!

The first photo is of the favors of chocolate bars that were handed out. Of course the theme was turtles. If you have been following my blog, I posted a picture of the shower invitations which featured turtles. My contribution was to work on the centerpieces. I painted all the block boxes which held a plant. They looked so cute sitting on all the tables.

Lori is so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family who were so generous in giving her such wonderful gifts. They are now very well prepared to start their new family. And I am anxious to hold my new grandchild.

Today I plan to get back to stamping. Tomorrow, I will post some more shower pictures and also a stamping project. I will enjoy my day today and I hope you will too.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Baby Shower Can

I am sure that you have seen these Baby Shower cans before. A few of my sidelines make these all the time for their friends who are having babies and also they make them for their friends to give to their friends who are having babies. So after seeing these cans for years and thinking how cute they are, I decided to make one for my daughter for her baby shower tomorrow. Since I had not made one before, Susan helped me last Saturday with the dimensions and directions. A baby can is an empty paint can which you decorate and place a cute poem on the front of the can. The poem basically explains that sometimes it is so hard to take time to write down important moments into a baby book. But you can just quickly jot down a date or picture of an important event and toss it into the can to keep as a reminder. On the top of the can, you document the baby's name, date born, weight and length of the baby.

I was surprised how simple it was to make. I still like the idea of a baby book, but I also think this is a great idea to supplement one. You can toss in all sorts of keepsakes and have all of them in one place. Tomorrow is the shower and I know I will be busy all day and will not get a chance to post. But I promise I will take pictures and post them later. I have a busy day today. I have to start making my food for tomorrow, pick up the flowers for the centerpieces, and then this afternoon decorate the room. So while I am working hard today, you go out and enjoy the day.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

It's Fall

This is a project we made at our Shoebox Swap at our downline meeting. This design came from Buffy's downline, Jen Campbell. It is made from the Fancy Favor Die and is so easy to put together and embellish. The theme for our swap was Thank You cards.

I love when we get together and do shoebox swaps. It is just a great time, when you are with friends and doing something you enjoy. I am off now with a very busy agenda today. I am still getting things together for the shower so I am still really busy. So while I am off and running, I hope you can relax and enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 31, 2010


I have been so busy lately with little time left to do what I love, stamping. So when I went to find a project today that was Halloween themed, I realized that I had posted all of them. I then decided I would go back into my archives to find a card I had done previously. I did this card last year but thought I would post it today. The supplies that I used for this card were:

PAPER: Lovely Lilac (RETIRED), Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Black Marker, White Gel Pen, Large Oval Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch

Although the Lovely Lilac has retired, you are able to substitute it with another color. "Frankie" is still an oldie but goodie. Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another Card From Stamford

Here is another card that Kim designed and we made from the "Just Believe" stamp set that Kim gave us. She used very earthy colors for this card. The supplies that she used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Just Believe
PAPER: Whisper White, Crumb Cake
INK: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES: 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon

I quickly posted this card because I forgot this morning before I left for Susan's. We were working on projects for our next class. I was also working on a project for Lori's baby shower. So it was a very busy day. Hope you enjoyed your day.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Dear Kind and Wonderful Friend

On Sunday, I attended Kim's downline meeting at Erin's place. We did things a bit differently at this meeting and did a shoebox swap. This was the card that I made. It is a Triangle Trifold card. I had not made one of these for years. Buffy taught me how to do one when I first started with the group. I decided for this meeting, I wanted to do something that I had not done in a while. So after some thought, I came up with this card. As you can see, it is a card that fold up into a small square, It is a unique way to send a sentiment to someone. For this card I used"

STAMP SETS: All Holidays, Baroque Motifs, Occasional Quotes
PAPER: Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait. Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Sunny Garden DSP
INK: Pear Pizazz, Peach Parfait
ACCESSORIES: Poppy Parade 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon, Blender Pen, Poppy Parade Marker

I love this color combination because it looks so cheerful. Besides the sentiment, colors can also convey feelings. I think the colors here are a good example of that. Using a unique card fold such as a Joy Fold or Triangle Trifold gives your card extra Pizazz. Anyone who receives a card with a different fold will feel special. They think that you really care about them if you took the time to do something a little special while creating a card for them.

Well I am off and running again. I am going to bake that final batch of cookies for the shower and order the food. Soon this shower will be over and I won't know what to do with myself. I take that last statement back. I know what I will do, I will stamp, stamp, stamp! Go out and enjoy your day!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Angelic Joy

Just a quick post today. Here is another quick and simple card to use at the Holiday Season. This card was made with the stamp set, "Angelic Joy" which can be found in the new Holiday Mini catalog. this is a perfect card to send out to friends and family who like receiving religious cards. I colored the angel by using Aquapainters. Shimmery Paint was used to create the shimmery angel wings, halo, and robe. I think it highlights the angel quite well. he supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Angelic Joy
PAPER: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Marina Mist DSP
INK: Black Staz-On, More Mustard, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist
ACCESSORIES: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Pearl Mist Shimmer Paint, Aquapainters, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

I had a customer who really like this stamp set tell me that she thought that this stamp set would also be good to use for sympathy cards in addition to Christmas cards. I agree with her. I think the angel and the sentiments in the set could be used for other occasions. I enjoy talking and sharing ideas with my customers. I think that sharing ideas is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Well I am off and running for the day. I want to start to bake cookies for the shower. I do not want to let everything go to the last minute. I hope that you enjoy your day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Bag

I have told you many times that I do not like to make bags. I get so nervous making them. My friend Buffy, loves to make bags and makes them all the time. I wish I felt more confident when it comes to making bags. Susan and Buffy keep telling me that I should practice more and it would come more easy to me. This was the bag that I made in Stamford when Cindyrae showed us how to make them. The supplies that I used for this bag were:

PAPER: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-o-dile, Scallop Edge Border Punch

I do like my bag and hopefully I will overcome by "Bagophobia". Since my daughter is having a baby in December, I think I will try to make a bag using the DSP "Nursery Suite Specialty Paper". When I do you will be the first to see it.

Tomorrow I will be busy with our third in our Holiday Stamp - A - Stack series. So I will not get a chance to post tomorrow. Go out and enjoy your day and your weekend!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Technique Class- Project 3

This is the last card in my October Technique Classes. This card was created by using the Colored Soot technique. I use this technique in the Fall because it just seems to lend itself more to Fall cards. The only thing using this technique is that you have to be very careful when doing it, otherwise you can have some very serious consequences. To get that soot, you must use a burning candle. So this is something that you do do not want young children trying. Sometimes I wonder if I should be trying it! I really like the effect that the it gives those colored leaves. I used the "French Foliage" stamp set. The technique piece is the dark patch on the left hand side of the card. I know that it is difficult to see . This was the fifth picture that I took of this card. It was very hard to get a good picture of this card. But I know if you would see it in person, you would love it.

Well this afternoon, I will continue to paint the centerpieces for the Baby Shower. After the shower, I will post pictures of the decorations and centerpieces. I will admit that besides the invitations I did not stamp anything but I have been involved doing things. Well the rain is finally going away and it is to be a nice day. So go out and enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Delightful Regional

I had such a good time at Regionals in Baltimore the other week. The best part of Regionals is that I was one of the winners of the Prize Patrol. Here I am with the stamp set that I won, "French Foliage". That is such a beautiful stamp set which is available in the Holiday Mini. Several times during Regional, they post 9 Demonstrator names and their Demo number up on the screen. Of course if you are a winner, you get to stand up, jump around and scream until they come over with your prize. Kim was able to get my picture with the girl who gave me my prize. Do I look happy here or what! What a great day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

October Technique Class- Project 2

The technique that I used on this card was Serigraph. That was used in that large multi-colored rectangle on the card. I used the "Days of Gratitude" stamp set on this card. Serigraph is a collage looking technique which means there is a lot of different pieces , colors, and shapes. A collage is very busy and that is why for this card I purposely made the rest of the card more simple. By keeping the rest of the card more simple, your eye focuses more on the more decorative collage part. For this card I tried to stick with the traditional colors that are normally used to convey an autumn feel.

The last few days here, it is really beginning to feel like Fall. The temperatures are beginning to drop and the leaves have started to change their colors. This is my favorite time of year and I enjoy it so much. So now you go out and enjoy the day!

October Technique Class- Project 1

This is one of the cards that we will be making this month at my Technique classes. This is called a Shadow Card. It is a quick and easy way to make a three dimensional card which will fold flat and fit in an envelope. It is fun card to give and your friends and family will love to display it. The set that I used for this card is an older set but still in the catalog. I loved this set as soon as I saw it. It reminds me of all the older farms in Fall that are in the area that I live. I actually used 3 different stamp sets for this card even though there is not much stamping on the card. The stamp sets that I used for this card were "Days of Gratitude" ( the acorn ), "Harvest Home" ( the farm scene ), and "Autumn Days" (the leaves ).

Cards and scrapbook pages come in all different types. Some are simple and some are more complex. There is nothing wrong with a simple card. This one card is very simple but makes a statement. If you wanted you could add a sentiment to the front or stamp your sentiment or message on the back. This card looks better in person. It is hard to see the depth of the card which creates the Shadow Box effect.

I am off to do those pesky annoying chores that have to be done today. But I am hoping that this weekend I will be able to get some fun stamping done. My next big project for the next 2 weeks is to finish the centerpieces for the shower. There is always something that needs to be done. I hope all of you can go out today and enjoy your day!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Love At First Stamp at Regionals

This started out as a project that we worked on at Regionals. One of the projects in our Make & Take packets was a scrapbook page. Of course the "Day of Gratitude" stamp set was used to create this project. Being the creative people that we are, we all stamped and placed our leaves and sentiment in different places making each page very special. Doing that made each one of our pages looked different except for the photo. If you look closely, you can see all of us from the group who attended Regionals. Seven of us were able to attend and what a good time we had! Our upline Kim is sitting in the middle of the picture. For this project we used:

STAMP SET: Day of Gratitude
PAPER: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Early Espresso
INK: Old Olive, Cajun Craze
ACCESSORIES: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Decorative Label Punch

Of course on the way home from Baltimore, we HAD to stop at IKEA! That is where we picked up this frame which was perfect to finish off our project. What a nice idea and keepsake from a great weekend together. Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Regional Project 2

This is the second project that we made at Regionals during the Make & Take sessions. this card was also made with the "Day of Gratitude" stamp set. This is a very quick and simple card to make. I love the colors that were used because it oozes that it is Fall. The supplies used for this card were:

STAMP SET: Day of Gratitude
PAPER: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Whisper White
INK: River Rock
ACCESSORIES: 3/4" Circle Punch, Gold Brad, Piercing Tool

It is amazing how many different ways that you can use this stamp set. I would never had to use this stamp from the set to create a pattern. Sometimes you just have to take a stamp and just experiment and try a lot of different things. You just need to play! You will be amazed at what you come up with. So my tip for today is...Don't think that there is only one way to do things when it comes to stamping. Don't be afraid, just play around with it and you might be surprised what you come up with. Now go out and enjoy the day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Regional Project

Sorry I have not posted lately. I have been busy running Dad to the Doctor, trying to get Baby Shower centerpieces done and looking for a new stove. While I was in Baltimore at Regionals, my stove stopped working AGAIN! Since we bought it 6 years ago, it has had this one part replaced 5 times! This stove has been a real lemon. And although it is not that old, we felt now was the time to replace it instead of having it fixed again. We decided that we did not want to keep dumping money into something was never going to be fixed properly. So after a very busy week, I just had to sit down and post something.

At Regionals, we received the stamp set "DAY OF GRATITUDE". Although it was not my favorite when I first saw it in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I really liked it when I saw how many different ways that you could use it. This is one of the 6 projects that we made there. I thought this card was so nice. You can even see the stamping done on the envelope. The supplies used for this project were:

STAMP SET: Day of Gratitude
PAPER: Cajun Craze. Whisper White, River Rock
INK: Cajun Craze, River Rock
ACCESSORIES: Piercing Tool, Library Clips, River Rock, Cajun Craze and Old Olive Markers

Because this stamp set is very intricate, using the Stampin' Markers is a great way to add a variety of colors to the stamp. This week is another busy week but hopefully I will make time to post more projects this week. I am off to continue painting the centerpieces. Hope you enjoy your day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Regional Group Gift

Well I am back from Regionals and we all had a WONDERFUL time! It is amazing how talented these people are. I got a lot of great swaps. I can not believe all the different ideas that everyone comes up with. I always come back from a Regional with so many new and good ideas. Can't wait to share them with my customers.

When our "Love At First Stamp" group goes to various events, we always make little gifts for each other. This is the gift that I made for everyone. It is another Anti-Bacterial Gel holder. This is a more elegant looking version of the one that I made for Pennie for her event 2 weeks ago. The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SETS: All Holidays ( for sentiment inside ), Elements of Style
PAPER: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette DSP, Melon Mambo DSP
INK: Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Beautiful Embosslit, Large Oval Punch, Pocket Size Anti- Bacterial Gel, Sticky Strip

Tonight I have a workshop at my friend Jodie's. She is having some of our friends over to make these holders but only we are going to make them with a Halloween theme. Every year she invites this group over to make something with a Halloween theme. She invited them over after work and is also making dinner for us and some others will be bringing dessert. I know we will be having a great time tonight. Nothing is better than stamping and eating with friends! Enjoy your day!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Regional Swap

This is one of my 2 swaps that I made for Regionals in Baltimore. I thought this would be an easy card but it used more supplies than my other swap! I think that I have a lot going on but it is more subtle. I really like this card and I might just make this for my Christmas card for my friends and family. The part that took me the longest to do was coloring the bells. The supplies that I used for this swap were:

STAMPS SETS: En Francois, Bells and Boughs, Gifts of Christmas
PAPER: Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Brushed Gold, Naturals Ivory
INK: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Matchbox and Tags Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Gold EP, Heating Tool, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Blender Pens, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Champagne Shimmer Paint, Alcohol

If you look very closely, the Chery Cobbler Strip between the Artichoke and Gold was run through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder. I then took a mixture of Shimmery paint and alcohol and spritzed it over the embossed piece. It gives such a neat look. It has just enough glimmer and sparkle to create interest. You are probably are wondering where I used the En Francois stamp set. I used it on the right side of the card. I stamped it on Cherry Cobbler with Cherry Cobbler ink. It was subtle enough to add texture to the card but not enough to take away from the card.

Well, I am off to Baltimore. Will let you know all about it when I get back. You enjoy your weekend! I know all of us in Baltimore will!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Pennie Thank You

When we went to Pennie's a few weeks ago, I took her a small thank you gift for having us there. I posted the gift a few weeks ago. It was a gift holder for those small anti-bacterial gels. Pennie loves the new Owl Punch and I had decorated the gift holder with an owl sitting on a branch in front of an Autumn moon. Well yesterday when I got my mail, I opened this beautiful thank you card from Pennie. I love the color combination. She used the stamp set Nature's Nest. The color combination she used was Kraft, Not Quite Navy, and Early Espresso. This card is absolutely stunning! Thank YOU Pennie for all you do and how you support all of us.

Tomorrow I will be leaving for Baltimore and Regional. I am so excited! There are 8 of our group going and I know we will be having a great time! Have a great day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Scallop Circle Die Make & Take

Isn't this the cutest way to give someone chocolate bars? Sallie demonstrated this at Pennie's on Saturday. Check out the three dimensional flower on the front. Isn't it just the cutest? Buffy, Susan and I thought that it was so cute, that Buffy had us do this as our Make & Take on Sunday. It such an easy way to spice up a small gift. The supplies that we used for this were:

PAPER: Jolly Holiday DSP
ACCESSORIES: Scallop Circle Die, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Punch, Vintage Brads, 1-1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Wide Oval Punch, and of course Hershey CHOCOLATE Snack Bars

You need the chocolate bars. That is the best part of this project! Who wouldn't want to receive chocolate? This post is not as long as I would have liked but this was the third time I typed this. We had a storm last night and I lost what I was typing because my router stopped working. Nothing was saved. Then I started the post again and my computer had some kind of error and it shut down and only saved the first three lines. Not a good day. Hope your day today is better. Go enjoy the day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pennie's Fantastic Raffle Swap

Just had to show you what I won at Pennie's raffle on Saturday. And what made it more special is that this is the raffle prize that Pennie made! It is just so gosh darn cute! This was one of the many raffle prizes that people were wishing they would win. Everyone that attended on Saturday was asked to bring a hand made-hand stamped gift. It was unbelievable what people made for it. What a unbelievable talented group of people that were there! It was such a nice day being able to all gather together and share ideas and techniques.

Pennie made a L.L. Bean style bag out of the new fabric that we offer in the Holiday Mini. It is called Candy Lane Christmas which matches our co-ordinating DSP Candy Cane Christmas. Pennie used the paper to make a Pie Box filled with 3 x 3" notecards, a memo pad with a matching pen. Just check all the different things that you can use our products for.

I am still working on swaps for Regionals, so I will busy all day. If you want to check out more of Pennie's creations check out her blog, which is listed on the side of my blog. It is Stamping With Pennie. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Halloween Gift Bag and Cards

Isn't this ADORABLE!!!. My friend and sideline, Buffy made it for her Raffle Gift for Pennie's event on Saturday. This was made with the "Wicked Fun Specialty" Paper. Since Stamford when Cindyrae reintroduced making gift bags to us, Buffy has been creating all types of gift bags and each bag gets better and better. The supplies that she used for the bag were:

PAPER: Wicked Fun Specialty
ACCESSORIES: Bat Punch, Rhinestones, Black Satin Ribbon, Filigree Brads

Why go to a store to buy a gift bag when you are able to make gifts with our Designer Papers? They make the most adorable gift bags. I am sure people will ask you where you bought them after they see them. I just had to show you how cute this bag is. Every time I see one of the bags she has made, I realize that I need to try again to make these bags.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday Downline Swap

Yesterday, the "Love at First Stamp" group met at Buffy's house. Since Kim moved, we are taking turns having the meetings at our homes. Since Buffy histed the meeting this month, she got to pick the theme for the swap. Buffy picked "Fall" for the theme this month. This is my card for the swap and I used the stamp set"FALL FOLIAGE". When I first saw this stamp set in the Holiday Mini, I knew I had to have it. This was such an easy card to make but very impressive to look at. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS: Fall Foliage, Seasonal Sentiments
PAPER: More Mustard, Old Olive, Cajun Craze. So Saffron, Whisper White
INK: More Mustard, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
ACCESSORIES: Rich Regals Buttons, Large Label Punch, Cajun Craze Marker, Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Both of the stamp sets can be found in the Holiday Mini along with the Punch. I will post a few of the other cards from the meeting. There were some very impressive cards this month. This week is another busy week with me teaching two technique classes and a Holiday Stamp A Stack on Saturday. I will be sending out information next week for October's Holiday Stamp A Stack. I have a lot that I will be posting , so keep checking back. Go out and enjoy the day!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

What a Great Day!

Yesterday I went to Pennie's. Buffy, Susan and I drove down to her house for a wonderful day of stamping, swaps, and friendship. The day started out with an unexpected surprise. As I was going out the door to meet the others, I kept hearing a wooshing sound. I looked up and saw a Hot Air Balloon going right over the top of our house. It was so beautiful in the clear blue sky. So I grabbed my camera and took a picture. After seeing that, I knew the rest of the day would just get better.

The second picture is of the swap that I made for Pennie's. If it looks familiar, it is because this is a simpler version of this month's technique card. On this card I did not put the wavy ribbon on it. When I placed the ribbon on the swap card, I just used it plain. Even though I swapped a more simple card, every there liked it.

We started out with swapping our cards. Then the business part of the day took place and awards were given out. We broke for lunch and of course a lot of stories were shared. After lunch we worked on our Make & Takes and then a number of demos did what we do best and did demonstrations of various techniques. It was such a fun and informative day.

And finally, here is a picture of the three of us before we left Pennie's. But the fun did not end there. we made our annual side trip to IKEA. Of course we always find great buys there. And finally we stopped for a nice and relaxing dinner before returning home. What a great day! It is always a wonderful day when you can spend it with friends! Go out and enjoy your day!