April 30, 2007

6 X 6 Scrapbook Page

I really enjoy scrapbooking so I don't know why I don't do it on a more frequent basis. I made this page for a 6 X 6 scrapbook page swap. I have one partner and this is the page I am sending to her. I really like how it turned out so I made one for myself too.
I started with a 6 X 6 piece of Almost Amethyst cardstock and stamped the large flourish from Doodle This in Almost Amethyst classic ink. Next I used my Round Tab punch to make a tab out of So Saffron and then stamped Original on it from the Office Accoutrement stamp set. I thought it needed a bright element so I used Rose Red to color in the 2 flowers and added a So Saffron center. To highlight the flower a bit I scribbled some white gel pen on each of the circles in the petals. Then I popped the flowers up on dimensionals. I think it looks nice and bright and cheery.
Once I was finished I found the perfect picture to add to the page. This was taken back in September when Colin had his very first day of school ever. This was taken as we were leaving the house to go to Preschool. I can't believe the school year is almost over! He is only in attendance until May 25th and next year he will be in the 4 year old preschool class and will go 5 half days a week. Before I know it Evan will be following in his footsteps and my house will be so very quiet.
I added the words to my page after I took the photo in Paintshop Pro.

Thank You Paperosity and SCS!

I came home Saturday after being at a Vendor Fair all day to this huge surprise in my mailbox! I am so excited and happy to have all of this new stuff to play with. This was my winning prize from the SCS Weekly Inkling 1 year anniversary.

Check out all of the neat stuff they have online at Paperosity.

April 27, 2007

I'm in a Stamping Slump

Todays is just one of those days where everything I have tried to stamp just does not turn out how I pictured it in my head. I made this card late this afternoon as I was trying to figure out my last Palette O'Prints Swap card. I am having the hardest time working with Almost Amethyst and it is one of my favorite colors. I just can't use it very well. I got this card done and I hated it. I wanted to throw it out with my other false starts, but I made myself put it together. I took the kids out and walked away from stamping for a bit.
I came back home and when I picked up the card I kind of liked it. I'm not in love with it, but it is growing on me. I am still stumped on what I should do for my last swap card, but I'm on a better path than I was a few hours ago. I love Simply Said! As soon as I got my Consistency Counts from last quarter it went on my list. I don't care if it retires in a few days. Oh my Gosh, May 1st is Tuesday!!!!! I am so excited to see the retiring list!
Anyway I am off track. The one thing I know I have to include in my card is Almost Amethyst Palette O'Prints paper. That is the color I signed up for. I should have gone for the So Saffron, but too late now all of the slots are filled. I stamped my Paisley in Certainly Celery on the base of the card. From there I chose to work with Blush Blossom, the Almost Amethyst designer paper and Whisper White. I used Office Accoutrement and stamped the large flower in Regal Rose and the smaller one in Apricot Appeal before I cut them out and held them together with a Vintage Brad. I stamped the flowers from Simply Said in JetBlack Stazon and then colored them with my Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal markers. I think the bright Rose flower really adds a strong focal point to the card.
I may not be around much this weekend. I have the Craft and Vendor Fair tomorrow and a Bridal Shower to go to on Sunday. Have a great weekend and I hope I can update tomorrow that I had an awesome Fair!

More Blog Candy!!!!

I promised more blog candy when I got to 2500 hits. I never in my life thought it would happen so quickly! I am just so thrilled that so many of you found my blog. I hope that you can use some of the ideas in your own creations.

Anyway, here is what I have for you today.. I have 4 types of Dashes, Dots and Checks ribbon, 2 packages of Studio g clear stamps, Studio g acrylic block, 2 Michael's $1 bin stamps, 2 each of Stampin' Up! Pocket Notes in Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip and gorgeous double sided printed and textured patterened paper by Marcella K.

All you do is need to leave a comment that answers the following questions:

* What is your Favorite current SU set?

* What is your favorite type of card? (slider, trifold, square, etc)

* What do you like to see featured on papercrafting blogs?

I will use a Random Generator on Wednesday, May 2nd to pick a winner!

April 26, 2007

Swap Number 3 and a Challenge

I signed up for a First Time Swappers Swap on SUDSOL. If you haven't figured it out yet I love to swap. It's a great way to get samples and ideas for color schemes I may not try, sets I may not own, layouts and a whole bunch of inspiration.
I promise that I only have one left swap to make this week. Then I have to get started on a few more samples for my Vendor Fair on Saturday. If you live in Northeastern, IL and you want to attend a Craft and Vendor Fair stop by Bickmore House in Bourbonnais this Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. It's located off of Rt. 102 and William Latham Dr, across from the Post Office. I have more information about this on my Events Calendar on my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator website.
This morning when I sat down to create my swap I challenged myself to use a color I never reach for. Seeing my Perfect Plum stash looking full I decided it would be my base color. From there I checked my Color Coach, which is one tool I cannot live without and chose my colors from there. I went with More Mustard, Ruby Red and Barely Banana for the cardstock and my ink colors are Basic Black, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Old Olive. I used my Round Tab punch, 1/8" hole punch, Crafters tool kit, silver eyelets and I was set to go. It still needed a little something so I added highlights in White Gel pen. Now that it is all together I am really pleased with the result. Once a week I am going to force myself to work with colors I don't normally pick. I challenge you to do the same and if you send me the link to your challenge I'll post it here on my blog.
Here is my second challenge to you. Make someone's day by leaving a comment on their blog. Simply post here that you did so and I'll choose a number at Random on Sunday to mail a card out to.
Happy Stamping!

April 25, 2007

Second Swap

Yesterday I finished the Palette O'Print swap for Splitcoaststampers. I have that mailed out and off my To Do List, but I have 2 more to tackle. I think I have swap number 2 figured out. This is for a group that I have never swapped with before and I am so nervous about it. It's almost like waiting for your final exam grade to know if you have passed your class. I haven't been this nervous since I took the image tubing class online last winter. For those of you who aren't into digital graphics a tube is simply an image that has the background removed. Then it can be used by itself in signature tags. Before I became a Stampin' Up! Demo I was fully immersed in Paint Shop Pro land *waving to all of my friends*. I promise to get a new signature tag tutorial out soon.

Back to this card. I saw a layout I loved at Splitcoaststampers. There is one from Speedystamper and one from jpmayo. I love the layout because it gives me the chance to show off enough of the new Palette O'Prints Designer series paper without using all of it on a card. I used Apricot Appeal for the base of the card and then used Almost Amethyst, Blush Blossom and Whisper White. The lovely Certainly Celery layer is part of the Palette O'Prints promotion. Isn't it gorgeous? To tie the layers together I used some White grosgrain ribbon and then I sponged some Blush Blossom classic ink onto the Whisper White cardstock so that it would not be such a dramatic change in colors from one layer to the next. I had to use my favorite tools from the Crafters tool kit so I added some paper piercing on the base layer of the card.

So now I have one down and if I decided to use this as my swap card I have 10 more to go. I still have to make my final decision but as of now Evan is not letting me stamp. He is slowly feeling better, but he is still clingy and crabby. I can't wait until all of this passes. To top it all off it is raining today so there is no hope of playing outside. The rain is supposed to last until Friday afternoon.

April 24, 2007

Swaps Galore!

I have signed up for a number of swaps using this lovely new Palette O' Prints paper. I almost didn't want to break into my stash, but I figure come May 1st I can always place another $35 order to get some more. That can be my excuse for more stamps.
I didn't have lots of time to get this swap out. My UPS man delivered my paper around 4 pm yesterday afternoon and my swaps are going in the mail tonight to meet my April 30th deadline. They have to travel all of the way to California by then, so I found a card I loved and Cased the layout making my own changes along the way. Here is the origninal card, by StarofMay at SCS.
I love how they came out and if I had some sun this morning when I went to take my picture maybe you'd be able to see the gorgeous colors too. I signed up to make 8 swap cards using Rose Red, so that is how I came up with my color scheme. I found combinations with Rose Red as a coordinating color and I ended up with Chocolate Chip and So Saffron. It also listed Almost Amethyst on my Color Wheel so I used that as an accent color in the flower. I stamped the big flourish from Doodle This in So Saffron on the So Saffron layer and then used Happy Everything to stamp my sentiment with Chocolate Chip. Then I attached my piece of Rose Red Palette O' Prints after I ran it through my corner rounder to give it a nice scalloped edge. Then using whisper white I stamped my Big Blooms with Rose Red and Almost Amethyst and adhered Fresh Favorites II buttons using glue dots. I tied it all together with white grosgrain ribbon. The flowers are then put on the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Now I am getting started on my next swap. Then I'm planning some time to stamp for fun.

April 22, 2007

Post It Note Holder

I am taking part in a Craft Show and Vendor Fair this coming weekend. It was a last minute decision so I am scrambling at the last minute to have a few things to sell. I think I am going to concentrate more on getting new contacts in this area, but a few things to be on the table would be nice though.
One thing that I plan on taking with is this Post it Note Holder. I bought 100 medium weight square coasters for a Parent and Tot class that got cancelled in the midst of RSV season. Too many germs were flying around and too many kids were sick. Instead I found a pattern on SUDSOL. I changed mine a bit since my coasters are larger than what is called for. I used Petals and Paisley Designer Series paper for the front and back. The inside uses a 4 X 8 1/2 piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock scored 4 inches from each end. The front I decorated with Light Pink Grosgrain Ribbon my Polka Dot and Paisley grosgrain ribbon. I also used a scrap of the desiger series paper, flipped it over and used it as a corner piece. The rest of the cardstock is whisper white and tempting turqoise. I stamped the images in tempting turquoise, regal rose and always artichoke. I plan to make more with different designs later this week.

Yesterday I told you we completed a backyard project! Here is the final result. I took my vegetable garden and turned it into a playground area for Colin and Evan. While I love to grow my own vegetables I don't have the time or the energy at the end of the day to go out and take care of my garden. I can always go back to having one when the kids are older. At this stage I'd rather enjoy playing outside with them then tending to tomatoes that need watering, rows that need weeding or zuchinni that always needs picking. I love the result and my neighbor commented that it even makes our yard look bigger. Now we can all go outside and relax and have fun.
Poor Evan. He is still fevered and just plain miserable. This picture was taken yesterday before his fever started. He is just starting to look flushed in the face and this is about the time he started to get really cranky. His lip looks awful because on Friday we were playing outside and he got his little legs running too fast. He fell and like usual he bit the inside of his lip and scratched up his face. I sure hope he starts to feel better soon. I have to call the pediatrician first thing in the morning to get him for his check up following his ER visit yesterday.
I hope I can get a lot of stamping in this week. I plan to try to accomplish at least 3 of the challenges at SCS this week and to mail out a few more RAK's.

April 21, 2007

There is no time to stamp

when you have a sick child at home. Evan just turned 17 months old last week, and on Tuesday he was in to see his pediatrician because he was not sleeping well. Bedtime became riddled with bouts of yelling, screaming and all around fussiness. That was his way of telling us his ears were hurting. We are experiencing our first ever ear infection. He got a round of antibiotics, started sleeping through the night again and his low grade fever vanished.

That is until today. Yesterday we had a garage sale to get rid of bins overflowing with baby toys, clothes, and all of the other accessories that come with having young children. It was my last garage sale ever. Now I remember why I don't have garage sales. I don't really enjoy standing in my garage for endless hours watching a parade of people rummage through my leftovers. But my house is less cluttered and my garage is now a mess. Hopefully not for long.

Today I had the brilliant idea that I would turn my garden, which becomes more of a never ending weed bed by mid summer into a play area for the kids. I removed the fencing and the stakes that held it all together. Then I put down week barrier and 4 inches of a nice thick pine mulch. We moved the swing set over and now we have a more organized space for the kids to play in the backyard.

We had just finished putting in a days full of work and Roger and Colin went to pick up dinner. Evan and I were sitting inside when he wanted to climb into my lap. He was burning up. I stripped him down and took his temperature and was surprised to find it to be 104.9. Now we are no strangers to high temperatures. My kids get them like others get runny noses. What began to worry me was his very flushed appearance and his sudden lethargic behavior. What was just the kid running around playing was a flushed, glassy eyed and very sick looking baby.

I called Roger who turned the car around immediately to come home and pick us up. We got to the ER and Evan was a very ill looking boy. The ER was packed but thankfully he looked sick enough for them to take us immediately. It turns out the antibiotics he was on was doing nothing for his ear infection and not only was his ear more inflamed, but his throat had taken a turn for the worse too. So he got a dose of Motrin, Tylenol and some antibiotic shot. I can't remember the name of it for the life of me. They also got him more hydrated and his temp slowly came down. By the time we were leaving he was talking up a storm and playing games.

Needless to say we were there for a few hours and here we sit at home exhausted. I was hoping to get some stamping time in today, but that hasn't happened. If he seems well enough tomorrow I will take some time to myself. I just wanted to give a quick update.


April 19, 2007

My Very First Bella

I got some of my first Stamping Bella's ever in the mail today! I was so exicted. I actually got 2 envelopes full of Cosmobella thanks to two lovely ladies that are part of SCS's Wish RAK forum. I just found out about it a few weeks ago and I jumped right in. It is a lot of fun. I am having a blast sending out cards and images that people have requested. What a neat forum. You really should check it out.
Anyway, I am so far behind on Sketch Challenges, Color Challenges, you name it I'm behind on it. Life gets so hectic at times that I have to remember to take a step back and find some time for myself. Luckily, this weekend I may have 1 day free. So Sunday I may get out of bed, stay in my pj's and head down to my stamping spot. That is if I can convince my wonderful, caring and adoring husband *are you reading?* to take the kids outside for a bit and let mommy have some peace and quiet. Do you get in one of those ruts where you keep saying "Let's just get through . . . (fill in the blank) and we'll finally be able to relax."? I do that all of the time and I don't know why I actually still believe it. I used to say once I get through high school I'll have all of the time in the world to . . . (fill in the blank). Then it was once I get through college . . . grad school . . . summer vacation (when I taught high school) . . . when I can stay at home full time with the kids . . . when the kids are in school full time. That is where I am at now. It just never ends. I just need to take a step back and stop and smell the ink pads. *giggle* I don't really smell my ink pads, okay unless it's Stazon which reminds me of Almond shower gel from the Body Shop. Does anyone actually know why Stazon smells so good? I bet it's so that we have a permanent black dot at the ends of our noses to prove we actually do sniff our ink pads.
Well that was way off on a tangent. Let's get back to this card. I colored Cosmobella in with my AquaPainter and some Bordering Blue, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel and Blush Blossom. I was talking to my friend on the phone while I was coloring and I asked her what she thought the best color was for skin tone. She told me Blush Blossom and that was actually my first thought too. Thanks Becky! I have her all painted and pretty and I have no idea what I was going to do with her. So I pulled out one of my handy sketches that I wanted to get too and Sketch Challenge 118 came to the rescue. Isn't that patterened paper gorgeous! I got it from Beate and I can't put all of her great shares down. Wouldn't you know it but Color Challenge 107 of Brocade Blue, Real Rust and Marigold morning was a perfect compliment to this paper. So I got 2 challenges down for the price of 1. I used Polka Dots and Petals with Versamark to break up the solid blue background a bit. Then I took out my silver eyelets and added some to my Cosmobella layer. I used some scraps of ribbon I got from a share and I was all set. I think she turned out pretty cute.

We have a winner!

I used the Random number generator at Random.org to pick a winner for my blog candy contest.

Emily said...
I recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading all your posts!! Keep it up and thanks for the great blog candy offer! =)

Emily, would you please e-mail me your snail mail address to Jenn at startstampin@comcast.net and I will get your package in the mail.

I got some stamping time in today. I just need a few minutes to download the pictures off of my camera and add my watermark. Look for a new project shortly featuring one of my newest Stamping Bella images that I got as part of the Wish RAK forum at SCS. Thanks to Kris and Linda I have plenty of Cosmobella's to play with. What a fun mail day.

Look for more blog candy when I get to 2500 posts. I better get shopping. *wink*

April 18, 2007

You're never going to believe this!

I log into my e-mail and I see the following subject line:


I almost ran around my house squealing like a stuck pig! Needless to say I was on pins and needles all afternoon trying patiently wait for the Newsletter to come through. That didn't happen. Instead clicked the link to my e-mail so many times that I'll probably be banned from my e-mail because they think it's been compromised by a hacker or something.

Anyway I won a Prima Petal Poetry Collection + Prima Accents Gift Package from Paperosity. Thank you SCS for being such a fabulous site. I have problems tearing myself away and thanks to Paperosity for their generous gift!

My mom tells me that I should go out and buy a lottery ticket, but I know I can't be that lucky. Instead I cleared out my crawl space and I'm getting ready for a garage sale this Friday and Saturday. Bye-Bye baby clothes and Hello new rubber stamps!

Blog Candy Contest!!!

Wow! I went from 700 odd hits last night to over 1000 today! Everyone must really be interested in the Scrap Card tutorial. I will pick a winner tomorrow at 3 pm CDT. So until then feel free to post a comment here and tomorrow I will randomly pick one person to win some goodies. Only one comment per person please. I have 2 new Stampin' Up Classic ink pads. The Only Orange is still shrink wrapped and I had opened the Always Artichoke before I realized I already had one. I have included a Happy Harmony unmounted stamp set from Stampin' Up, a package of Magic Mesh, some medium weight coasters, 5 biggie clips, 2 stamps from Michael's $1 bin and Dashes, Dots and Checks Grosgrain ribbon in pink, blue and celery and black organdy.
Good Luck!

Cards for the Troops Contest

Kyla is offering a chance for you to win Stampin' Up Gift certificates through herself and Kendra as well as a Gift Certificate to Eclectic Paperie. Check it out HERE. This is a great idea! Let's get her to her goal of 400 cards to send to the troops.

April 17, 2007

Scrap Card Tutorial

Many people have asked that I share how I made my scrap card. First let me say, that I am not the original creator of this template. If you know who it is please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

The first step is to score a 12 X 12 sheet of cardstock at 4 and 8 inches.

Rotate your cardstock 1/4 turn and repeat the process. You will end up with 9 equal squares. Take a pair of paper snips and cut out the four corners.

You will end up with 5 remaining squares.

Use a bone folder and crease all of your score lines.

Cut one peice of cardstock to 6" X 6 " and a peice of Designer paper to 5 3/4" X 5 3/4". This will be the back of your card.

Then simply decorate the remaining squares as you wish. I used the Friends and Flowers Level I hostess set for this project. I am going to send it out to someone who has been very generous in sending me blog candy in the past week. To adhere the scrap part of the card to the 6 X 6 square I used Sticky Strip. It holds a lot better than SNAIL due to the weight of the scrap card. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Card Winner

Lisa said...
I love snail mail! And I don't get much of it! I love your card and I visit your site often. You do beautiful work! Lisa M.Control Freaks list mom

Lisa, send me your snail mail address to startstampin@comcast.net and put it in the mailbox.

I will have another project posted today, but I wanted to get Lisa her card. I made an executive decision. Each Tuesday I will send a card to a person who has posted a comment on my blog on Monday. It will be a random number each time. Keep the comments coming


April 16, 2007

Do you like getting mail?

Earlier tonight I asked Colin to pick a number and I have it safely written down somewhere. It is between 1 and 10. So if you like getting mail that doesn't include bills and mass mailings leave a comment. I will send a card to the person who leaves a comment for the random number Colin chose. I have some wonderful cards made up ready to be sent, so this is an easy way to get a handmade card with little to no effort.

I'm hosting Long Notes Swap on SUDSOL. If you are a Stampin' Up Demonstrator you should really check out the free trial. I was hooked soon after I tried it out and I think it is a great business too. Anyway, the swaps are coming in by the box full! Today was the first time ever that I got a package from Alaska. It's like Christmas ripping the swaps open. In order to save our long notes we are just doing a cardfront swap, so we were able to cut the front out of regular cardstock, but because of the size of the Long Notes we can't replicate them at home with 12 X 12 cardstock. It simply isn't long enough.

I'm a great procrastinator and I'm glad I waited to get my card done. I am getting tons of So Saffron and Sahara Sand cardfronts. There were no Cool Caribbean yet in my stash, so I decided at the last minute today to nix the cards I had been trying out and use the color that no one else has used yet. I hit a blank wall. I was stumped and had no idea what to do. I've done a bunch of Crab and Company cards lately, so I didn't want to go that route, but I wasn't sure what to do. So I did the next best thing. I cruised the Splitcoaststampers Gallery for ideas. Wouldn't you know it? SeattleStamper on SCS had a great card to case and "Tada" I had a card to case. Thanks so much for the idea!

I used Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and the striped paper is from the hostess Simply Scrappin' Kit, Friends and Flowers. The ink is Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, Jetblack Stazon, Rose Red and So Saffron. Along the edge of the striped paper and under the ribbon I used the pre-glued Diecuts to run across my card and it gives it a very finished look. The flower was painted with classic ink and an AquaPainter. I then cut it out and used a Dimensional to pop it up. The ribbon is celery grosgrain ribbon, and I used the ticket corner punch on the so saffron cardstock layer. Now my swap is complete and I can get started on my next one.

I finished early enough this evening that I was able to haul everything out of my garage, power wash the floor and then I hauled everything back in. I guess I'm not leaving my computer chair for a while. *Whew, I'm tired*

Want mail??? Leave a comment!

April 15, 2007

My First Photo Frame

I really love how this frame turned out. I am going to use it to put Colin's 4th birthday picture in. I found the frames in the $1 spot at Target. It was painted black and had a white bow with black polka dots glued to the top of it. I removed the bow and then used some Mod Podge to adhere some Basic Grey paper that came in the mail from Beate's Blog Candy contest. Isn't the paper gorgeous? I have not yet found any Basic Grey paper in any of the LSS stores around here, so I was thrilled to get some in any way possible.
After the first layer of Mod Podge was glued on I used a bone folder to make sure there were no bubbles of adhesive under the paper. When it dried I added a 2nd layer of Mod Podge over the paper and then let that dry. After everything was dry I lightly sanded the edges of the paper and then tied on some May Arts ribbon that was in the package from the Blog Candy contest.
I ran out of time, so this morning I added Colin's name to the bottom of the frame by stamping out the letters with my Letterpress Alphabet from Stampin' Up!. I stamped the letters in Cool Caribbean on Whisper White cardstock and then layered them onto Cool Caribbean paper. I used Tacky tape to adhere the letters to the frame. It is now ready to hold on of the pictures from today. Hopefully I'll get a great picture of him blowing out his birthday candles or opening his presents.
We have about an hour until guests arrive so I better get a move on.

April 14, 2007

We have a Birthday Tomorrow!

Colin is going to be 4 years old! I have no idea where the past four years have gone, but they have certainly flew by! We had some friends from out of town stop in today to celebrate with us since they can't be here tomorrow and when the kids were in bed I ran down stairs to stamp. I made 2 projects today.
I went to Target to get the cake decorations and ran across picture frames in the $1 spot! I had to try really hard not to buy them all, but I did end up getting one. I have some finishing touches to put on it, but you can get a glimpse of what it looks like. I'll share the completed frame when it is finished. I am making it to put Colin's 4th birthday picture into it.
Then I sat down and made a card. It was fun to sit and stamp for fun and I feel like I am out of my creative funk. Thanks to all of the neat stuff I got in the mail. You can read all about that in my last post. I had a scrap of the Basic Grey paper left over from the frame and I couldn't put it away so I used it to make a card. The base of the card is Cool Caribbean. The scalloped squares I got in the mail yesterday and I taped 2 together to make a rectangle and layered the rectangle with a piece of whisper white cardstock. The saying and image is from a Sell-A-Bration set called Happy Harmony. I colored it in with a Cool Caribbean, True Thyme and added some dots on the flower with a Chocolate Chip marker.
At this point you are probably asking yourself how I got a Cool Caribbean and True Thyme marker since Stampin' Up doesn't carry the markers for the In Colors. That is very simple to answer. I made them! I simply took the re-inkers I have for the In Colors and then I used 6 blender pens. I used the reinkers on both sides of the blender pen tips and while I turned the pen slowly around I added drops of the ink to it.
The card still needed a little something so I used my French Script background stamp with versamark to add a subtle texture to the card. I added some paper piercing and connected the dots to create a faux stitch look.
I was in the middle of getting some Prima flowers to add to the corner of the card when my luck wore out. My cat knocked over my bottle of Mod Podge, which I should have made sure to seal properly and it fell nicely onto the corner of my card. I tried to mop it all up and I figured that since I am giving this card to my 4 year old son for his birthday I'd just go ahead and add a few flowers and be done with it. I do not recommend this method at all, but since I was so close to completion and exhaustion I basically worked with what I had.
Now it's off to bed and I have to get ready for a busy day tomorrow. Colin had problems sleeping last night because he thought everyone was coming over today. Needless to say I am now exhausted!
I may not have time to update tomorrow, but I wish everyone a nice end to their weekend. Happy 4th Birthday Colin!

April 13, 2007

Happy Mail Day!

Just look at this fabulous assortment of goodies I got in the mail today!!! This is not even it tip of the iceburg. Thank you so much Beate! My favorite thing has to be the One Sheet Box. It is amazing and the colors in person are fabulous. Beate is an amazing stamper and tutorial writer so I suggest you all check her blog out which is located here. You will not regret it. If you want to make a One Sheet Box like this for yourself I highly suggest checking out Beate's tutorial on how to make one. I can't believe I own one of her samples. It's like meeting a celebrity and getting a present from them in return.
I can't even begin to express my gratitude, and while my cards don't come near the quality of Beate's, I am most certainly going to send one in return for all of the great stuff I got. Just look at the May Arts Ribbon. And all of the scallops that I have been drooling over for months, yet I can't seem to get my hands on one of the punches. There are circles, squares, ovals galore. I couldn't fit them all in the picture if I tried. Plus there were scrabble tiles, acrylic stamps, a 7 Gypsies Clipboard photo frame, a CD tin and the much coveted Basic Grey paper.
I can't even begin to decribe my excitement when I got the package. I had to tear into it right away and I am still drooling over the many wonderful and fabulous gifts. Thanks again Beate! You are so kind and generous.

April 12, 2007

Is Spring Break Over?

I am in dire need of stamping time. I am slowly running out of energy and I find myself collapsed on the couch every night after both of the boys are in bed. I don't remember it being this hard after Evan was born and having both him and Colin at home, but then again he did sleep for most of the day. Now I have both of them running in different directions and wreaking havoc on any stamping time I have.
I promised myself I would get something done today and wouldn't you know that my car broke! I had to go to the Post Office to send out some RAK's and on the way to Tae Kwon Do at the mall I'm driving down a hill, coasting and I hear this horrible "crunch, rattle, rattle, clink" coming from my car. I call my husband who assures me the car is still safe to drive and he'll check it when he gets home. He only has to drive the car around ONE block before declaring it time to go into the garage. So the "phantom" noises I've been asking him about for a few weeks aren't really all that "phantom" after all?
I had to call a neighbor to watch both Colin and Evan so that we can take the car to the shop. We really need a 2nd car that accomodates carseats. I have no idea how I'm going to get to Costco this weekend to buy the rest of the food for Colin's 4th birthday party. We will figure it out but until then I'm stuck at home with 2 boys and NO car.
This card was fun to make and I CASE'd an idea from StarofMay at SCS. I loved the simplicity of the color scheme and the layout. I used Going Gray, Notations Designer Series paper, and Whisper white cardstock. The inks are so saffron, going gray, certainly celery and basic black. I used the Spiral punch on the Notations paper to make it look like it was ripped out of a notebook. The dashed line is made with a White gel pen. I love the Office Accountrement stamp set even if I can only pronounce the name correctly half of the time.

April 10, 2007

I have a Bedroom Back!

This past winter was so cold and blustery that when I'd go downstairs to work on stamping projects I could never get anything done. My hands would turn to ice and I'd run shivering back upstairs to don a sweatshirt and try again. The southern exposure on the back of our house is wonderful! The sunlight streams in, the house stays nice and toasty warm and the furnace doesn't run much so the gas bill is a lot less costly. But that all wreaks havoc on the temperature of our basement. After a few weeks of accomplishing next to nothing I had a somewhat brilliant idea. I'd simply pack up all of my Stampin' Up! supplies and move them upstairs. We live in a 3 bedroom house and it is comfortable in size, however we have 4 people that occupy those bedrooms. I can't dare put my Stampin' Up! stuff in one of my son's rooms. That's asking for a disaster to happen. So I moved my rolling file folder cart, my stamps, inks, punches, ribbons, stampin' scrubs, hemp twine, 12 X 12 designer paper, various stamping magazines, books, order forms . . . . *you get the idea* into our Master bedroom. Needless to say after that list the room was getting crowded. But I could work on cards and other various projects while the kids played peacefully in the other room, sharing their toys, complimenting each other on their wonderful behavior *cough cough* Okay I need to wake up and look at reality. The reality of it is that I got some stuff done in the time I spent removing kids from my projects and protecting every last item from little hands. It was fun for a while and then the aggravation started to set in.
Have you ever tried to sleep in your office? It's not too peaceful. I would curl up in bed with a good book, but out of the corner of my eye I'd catch a fleeting glance of a project I started and didn't get to complete. I'd stumble over extra Sell-a-Bration stamp sets that I'm holding on to for future hostess gifts. I'd feel the shadow my Color Caddy cast across my face as I was trying to read. It just wasn't happening. So tonight I said enough was enough. I was going to get my bedroom back! I packed up all of the supplies I mentioned above, plus every stamp set that was available in the Spring mini catalog because I just needed them all. Added a couple more packages of designer series paper, a 5 x 5 Art Journal, a box of 100 medium weight 4 X 4 coasters, 5 Provo Craft lunch tins, the box of stuff I got from Stampin' Up today. Then I realized that my bedroom was even more crowded than it started out. So I got a good workout and all of my stuff downstairs and reorganized. Now I'm feeling pretty good. I don't have enough energy to stamp . . . but I can sit here and type out the senario in the comfort of my recliner.
So what project do I have for you today? This is a card I CASED from Kyla Maestas. I did make a few where I cut my crab out just like hers, but I was planning on sending out about 10 of these for my son's birthday party invitations for his 4th birthday on Sunday. I will still send them . . . only now they are going to be Thank you notes. *wink* My next goal is to find a balance. I need time to stamp, but I can't get both of the boys to take a nap at the same time or to need me as soon as I pull all of my supplies out. But with my reorganized space in the basement I'm hoping to escape for an hour or two after dinner, when they need Daddy time, and I won't be missed.
Here are the card details. The crab and saying are from Crab and Company and it is a set featured in the Spring Mini Stampin' Up! catalog. I stamped him in Jetblack Stazon and then colored him in with an AquaPainter and Cool Caribbean and Tempting Turquoise ink. I used the Ticket corner punch on the Whisper White layer as well as on the Cool Caribbean layer before mounting it on a square of Tempting Turquoise cardstock. The hat is colored in using a Real Red and Yoyo Yellow Stampin' Write marker. The base of the card is Cool Caribbean and the wording is stamped on with Tempting Turquoise while the shells are stampedin Cool Caribbean. I added a strip of Petals and Paisley Designer Series paper and matted it on Pink Passion Cardstock. I think this is a fun set and when I saw Kyla's card I fell in love with the colors and the design, so thank you for the inspiration!

April 9, 2007

It's Spring Break

You would think that Spring Break would mean warm weather and playing outside, but for some reason the weather has turned from the start of a humid spring to the throes of winter once again. Today was day 1 of Spring Break and what did the weather have in store for us? SNOW! Yep, that's right on April 9th we got some snow. My flowers are wilting and what looked like the beginning of tulips blooming is now a sagging mass of greenery in my flower beds.

The weather was not productive today and neither was my stamping. I started on a new project and I hoped to have it posted here for your viewing pleasure today. Did that happen? Sadly no. I made good progress but it just wasn't coming together like I wanted it too. I also made some lovely cards for a swap. I got them all packaged up and sent out, went to download the picture to find out that I hadn't photographed the card.

So instead I am just giving an update today. The best intentions of sharing a nice project have gone down the drain. But I did get good news today! I was surfing through some of my favorite blogging sites to find out I won a big basket of Blog Candy. I am so excited and it is from a wonderfully talented lady Beate Johns. You should check out her amazing cards and tutorials. She is amazing.

Here's to a more productive tomorrow!

April 6, 2007

Scrapbook Card

This is the fabulous project that I got to make on Tuesday night. It was so much fun, and while it looks complicated it was really easy. Believe it or not, but there is no stamping involved in this project. You just need a Simply Scrappin' Kit and for mine I chose to use the hostess kit called Friends and Flowers. I think it is so nice and cheery looking with the lovely flowers and the bright colors. It is perfect for spring. My next task is to mat some pictures and put them in my scrapcard. Then it will be complete.
Speaking of spring . . . Where exactly has it gone? Wasn't it just last week that we were outside in shorts and T-shirts? It seems to be a faint and distant memory at this point in time. On Tuesday we had to get out the winter coats again and our 80 degree weather turned into the low to upper 30's. It is a terrible shock to our systems and my spring flowers are showing their disapproval of the change for the worse too. My beautiful pink rhododendrum bushes are dropping their spring blooms and my tulips and daffodils are wilting. They say next week is supposed to be better and I sure hope so with Spring Break starting today.
I want to wish you all a wonderful Easter weekend. With all of our plans I don't know if I can get online to update, but I hope to create some wonderful cards and projects to share with you in the upcoming week.

April 5, 2007

Sneak Peek

I am so sorry I am a day late with this post. Last night I was exhausted, so after ordering pizza for dinner and getting the kids to bed I sat down to watch the best program on TV lately. Have you seen Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel? If not, you should check it out. It's on here at 8 pm on Sunday nights, but if you have Comcast Digital Cable OnDemand you can choose to watch it when you want to. I watched the Oceans one last night and it reminded me a lot of Blue Planet, which I watched and bought a couple of years ago. Now for a person who is afraid to go in oceans, rivers or any body of water that something I can't see might touch me I sure do love to watch nature shows about the ocean. I especially love the ones that explore the unknown depths and the strange creatures that come with it. You have to see the Vampire Squid. It is an odd, but very interesting creature. It's up there with the Angler fish for sure.
About 30 minutes into the program I crashed on the couch. I was out! I am sad to say that it was only 7:45 and after waking up to the OnDemand menu and my husband looking for the remote control I headed off to bed. That is so unlike me. I even went to bed without reading a book! *gasp* Everyone who knows me well knows that I read religiously every night before I go to sleep. It helps me clear my mind and I sleep a lot better.
Since I crashed I didn't get an update on the site. Here is my new and improved Bunny Hugs card. It uses the exact same supplies as in the last post, but I added the Paisley background stamp in Bashful Blue on the Bashful blue cardstock. I think it adds a little something that was lacking from my last card.
Are you ready for a sneak peek of my fabulous project that I made on Tuesday night when I met with my upline and other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators? If you are you can head over to the Gallery on my Demonstrator Website and check it out. I promise to post more about it tomorrow.
I'm almost to 500 page hits! When I get there I will have some Blog Candy to give out. I have some goodies stashed away just for this occassion.

April 3, 2007

Have you heard the buzz?

Of the new Stampin' Up! Specials! I was so excited to see them on Sunday right before I headed off to a class I had. If you haven't seen them then run, don't walk over to the Stampin' Up! Website to check them out. Say It With Stamps allows you to purchase 5 versatile greetings stamps and one alphabet stamp set for 20% off with no additional purchase. I know I had to jump on the bandwagon and place an order this past Sunday. Warm Words has been on my wish list for a while now and what a better time to cross it off than with a discount. This promotion ends April 30th and 2 of the sets are going to be retired as of June 30th. If they are on your wish list make sure you don't miss out on them. The second special is for those of you who have been waiting to join the Stampin' Up Family. Not only do you get a sneak preview of two of the new exclusive hostess sets coming out with the new catalog in July, but you get a Level 2 and a Level 3 stamp set for free just for signing up. And let me tell you the new hostess stamp sets are worth hosting a workshop for. I can't wait to be able to share all of them with you. I am also starting to sign people up for my hostess clubs that are beginning in July. This is going to be the easiest way to earn those stamp sets, hang out with friends, have fun and learn new stamping techniques.
I made this card for my last class, but this is the unfinished version. I had an idea in my head about what type of layout I wanted to try, and while I loved the layout I wasn't all that impressed with the outcome. This card was just missing something - so tomorrow I am going to show you how I changed this card up to get an effect and product that I was happy with. If you were at my last class then you already know my secret - so shhhh, don't tell. *wink*
All of the supplies for this card are from Stampin' Up. The stamp set is from the Spring mini catalog and is called Bunny Hugs. The cardstock is Close to cocoa, Bashful blue, Certainly celery, Regal rose and Whisper white. The inks I used are Certainly Celery and Jet black Stazon. I then colored in the Bunny's tummy, ears and nose with Pretty in Pink stampin' write marker. I cut the bunny out and adhered him to the front of the card with SNAIL adhesive. I love snail and it really is my adhesive of choice. I used the small tag punch and the tag punch to make the tag and then punched a hole out using the 1/8 hole punch and then threaded Rose grosgrain ribbon through it. To dress up the card a bit I used the mat pack and the paper piercing tool that comes in the crafter's tool kit.
Colin loves this bunny and keeps telling me that his ears have "pink satin in them, that's a type of material mommy!". Can you tell we have been reading the Velveteen Rabbit a lot lately?
Later this week I will have a special project to show all of you. I have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator meeting today and we are going to complete a project using a Simply Scrappin' Kit! I saw the example last month and I am really excited about tonight.
The next two weeks are going to be super busy around here with Easter and Colin's 4th birthday! I still have problems believing that he is going to be 4 years old. Time really does fly. Then I am getting ready to have a garage sale. I need to sell off a bunch of the baby items we have been holding onto for the last few years. If I do that I can get my husbands workroom in order and get the cabinets I want for my stamping supplies. Then hopefully everything will be on hand and I won't have to carry my supplies from room to room to use them.
Happy Stamping!