Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I've been busy!!!

Okay I admit that I've been neglecting you. My husband says the same thing. He wishes I would finish doing laundry and put away all my Stampin' Up! stuff that's been sitting on the kitchen counter for a week. I wish I was better at putting things away and also doing the laundry.

I have tried to pick up my office. LOL. Those of you who know me know that my office is a wreck. I want to be organized. Really. But it's not really my personality to be organized. I'm more about being moved to make a card or paint a beautiful abstract. It's easy for me to justify my disorganized self. So in the interest of saving my marriage I will try harder to keep my office neater so that my Stampin' Up! stuff doesn't spread all over the house, me frantically searching for a cleared surface to stamp on. Soon I'd be using the bathroom counter. But I'm done with my Christmas cards. There are a few that didn't get one. But I can't make any more. Really. I made over 70 this year and they are beautiful. But I really can't make anymore and stay sane. What? You mean I'm not sane??? Oh well then in that case I could make a few more. LOL.

Here's a pic of one that I did for my aunt.

Isn't it beautiful? I had to play around a bit with this set but it really turned out great. Getting the matching wheel was a must. I actually won this set at the half-day regional in Jackson, MS. It was so fun and I was surprised that I won a door prize. The set is Scandinavian Season in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I did this card with Bashful Blue, Whisper White and silver. I embossed with the silver embossing powder. I also added the punched star in silver paper to add dimension.

Here's a cute idea for all those ladies with little ones in school. My daughter has 10 kids in her class so I made these treat bags using the top note die.

I used the level 2 Deer Friends set to make the tags and just stamped the saying "a very merry christmas to you" from another hostess set called Best Yet. I love them! Jessica helped me put the tags together and then attach them to the bags. It was so easy to put together. I did all 10 (stamping, punching, cutting the dies, stuffing the bags and putting it all together) in less then 1/2 hour.

Jessica had fun passing them out at school. Her Christmas party was today. My older daughters party is tomorrow and I'm going in to do a craft project. I'm letting the kids use the merry and bright set that is retiring to make cute bags with the top note but they'll be stamping either a snowman or raindeer. Inside the bags will be the reindeer poop or snowman poop. I'm going to find the poem and print that out tonight. I wish I had more than one set of Merry and Bright. There's 20 kids in the class and that might take a while if I let them stamp it themselves. I'll see if I do that.

Okay so what else have I been doing....Oh! making Christmas gifts. Here's my card organizer with 12 matching cards. Take a look.

I love this paper. Too bad it was retired. But the new Baja Breeze in color does match it. So I used some ribbon and make a cover for the organizer. I like it a lot. I'm thinking of keeping it but I know it would make a good gift for someone. You can come to my class tomorrow night and make this organizer and some other great gifts. Here's a book mark that I learned how to do at convention.

Here's another gift idea. A spa package. I did the soap, jar and candle in matching colors and used designer paper, ribbon and embossing to make it look more complete. I gave this out as a dirty Santa gift. The jar has chocolate in it. Yum!

I would have stolen it back but it probably wouldn't have been nice. I did get lovely earrings and a matching necklace. It's really pretty. I'll have to post a pic of me wearing it when I get one.

I'm excited to make some great gifts tomorrow night. There's even more to do like wine charms and plates. So come by and do a few projects.

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Only a few weeks left until Christmas

I know. It's still early. But nearly everyone has their lights up and some have trees strapped to the top of their cars. I've bought a few Christmas presents already and I've even started to work on my Christmas cards. I've got about 40 done. Plus I'm using the Handmade Holidays Card Elements kit to make some too. The kit makes 18 cards. Here's a picture of the trio I made using it. I'm going to try making some different ones too. But the instructions included in the kit show you how to make these. Kit is $17.95.

I'd love to show you the cards I'm doing for the majority of friends and family but that's something you'll have to wait to see.

I've been busy with cleaning up my office. I let it get out of hand and I've even lost my Versamark Pad. Gasp! At least before it was a controlled chaos. I could still find things. But now I'm losing stuff so I need to organize better. I have way too many boxes in my office that I can't see into. So I went to Wal Mart and got some clear bins. Now I can see into them and know what's inside without having to open it. Yeah!

Saturday is the Christmas Parade at the Eastern Shore Center. I'm having a booth there to sell Stampin' Up! and to do fun tattoos on kids. I was going to do a paper craft but those take time and the line might get too long. So I'm doing a quick tattoo with the Tattoo Kit we sell. It has a washable ink pad and washable markers. Plus it comes with 5 stamps. I'm going to use the Hostess Level 2 set that has Christmas theme stamps. Linda who is also a demo is going to come down and help me.

Well I'm going to go soak in the tub and then watch some TV.

Oh I almost forgot! Take a look at the poll I put on my website. Let me know what your favorite from the list is. Email me if you want me to add your favorite stamp set if it's not on the list.

Happy Stampin'!

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