Saturday, August 28, 2010

Making things with fabric

Okay so I got the new fabric that Stampin' Up! carries now and I asked some friends that sew what they thought about the material. They said it was very nice quality fabric. Good. (I wouldn't know because I don't sew or make quilts or do any of that stuff).

Well the fabric comes with a booklet with ideas for projects to make with the fabric. A Christmas Stocking is one idea. I was thinking about making a pillow until my friend came over today and showed me a very cute Alabama purse she made with Houndstooth.  She said it was super easy to make. So I went to YouTube and found Chic-n-scratch videos about the Savannah Purse. There are four of them. I watched them and figured I could make one with the Candy Cane Christmas design.

Lookie at what I did tonight all by myself. LOL.


I'm so proud of it. I did make the liner a bit too small. I really didn't measure anything. I like to eyeball it. LOL.

Okay here's how I got the butterflies on there. Soooo easy.

I first took the fabric I wanted and cut it into squares and ironed on the Big Shot Fabric adhesive to the back.


Then I die cut it in the Big Shot using the Butterflies die that is Exclusive to Stampin' Up!


Then I laid the butterflies randomly until I liked the way it looked. Then I pealed the adhesive backing off and ironed the fabric butterflies where I wanted them. Easy Peasy. LOL. Even for me. :)


I did use some retired Baja Breeze Ribbon that I horded when it was retiring a couple years ago. I'm glad I did. They brought back that color and now I have lots of accessories I can use again. (Well technically I shouldn't but who can resist when it's so cute and matches perfectly!)

Okay well my hubby is coming home tonight so I'm going to straighten up before he gets here. I've missed him a lot. He went to Colorado to visit his cousin. I'm glad he got to go but I'm very glad he's coming back. Life isn't the same without him.

I'm thinking that this purse would make a great demonstration at a workshop next month. Let me know if you are interested in learning how to make it.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Look who's getting a visit from the toothfairy!

Yep, Amanda lost her tooth finally. It's only been loose for a couple months now. Here's my pretty girl with the missing tooth.


Gosh! Doesn't she look older already?! Steve's mom would always say, "I'm going to put a brick on your head."  If only it was that easy to stop them from growing up. The cute thing is that she wrote a note to the toothfairy and told me she does believe in the toothfairy. I love my little girl. I hope she stays this sweet and innocent for a long time.

I don't have this stamp yet but it would be so cool to leave a little card from the toothfairy for my girl.


I haven't found any cards made with it yet. If I do I'll post them. I bet people that stamp all the time for their kids are afraid to buy this and make things with it because then the kids will know mommy really is the...

Well I'm getting way tired and I'm going to go to bed and get my two girls in bed. I have a Girl Scout Troop coming over tomorrow morning to look at my turtles. We were supposed to go to 5 Rivers but I guess when I called on Monday to reserve it the guy misunderstood that I wanted him to hold the spots open. So he gave away our spots and now I'm the teacher. I'll show them all about my turtles unique way of closing up in their shell. I let them hold a baby turtle. It'll be fun.

Okay off to bed I go.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Milk Carton Die

So I've been doing these cute little boxes at my workshops lately and today I showed some Realtors how easy it is to make a unique gift to give out to clients. The Neighborhood Wheel is perfect for this. Sell a home? Buy a home? This wheel has homes. LOL.

So we made a cute box. Lookie:


I love the red ribbon matching the heart and the Tempting Turquoise button matching the saying. I love the new clear Bitty Buttons. You can put any color cardstock or DSP behind it and it will be exactly what you want.

I've also been working on my Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill painting that I'll be donating to a fundraiser in October for Cancer. When I get all the details about it I'll let you know. Here's a partial view of the painting.



I really enjoy doing these Ice Cube paintings. The only problem I have is that I need to lay the canvas flat and let the paint and ice melt and drip off. So I can't really do them inside the house. It's been raining everyday for over a week and finally I was able to get outside a few days ago and finish the painting. Now I'll seal it and paint the sides and let the hubby add the hardware to the back. I sure hope it brings in some money for the fundraiser. I think it will be a silent auction. I've sold paintings for $600 before in California and I've had many people interested in the piece I did for the Virginia Tech Victims. I have several of my works in a salon in Orange Beach. My friend and downline will be coming over this weekend to try to make an Alabama University canvas. She's got some great words to paint on first and then we'll play around with the cubes. LOL.

I'm not really ready to go to bed yet so I may go blog hopping. See ya around!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I just can't stop!

Okay so I'm glad that I can be creative but today I just couldn't stop. I was looking up ideas for tiles but found a website with a really cute idea so I had to make my own. Here's the website:  Click Here

Here's what I made.


I used the Love Letters DSP and the Newsprint DSP. I also used rhinestone brads, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, RHR cardstock and basic black cardstock.

The base is a canvas I had lying around. Doesn't this look so cool? Oh! I almost forgot! I used the new buttons from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Totally makes the project just perfect.

Okay I'm getting tired so I'm going to go finish up laundry and dishes and head to bed.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Believe you can do anything!

Well I love the Just Believe stamp set and I seem to use it every chance I get. Here's a card I did for a friend that's moving out of the neighborhood.


Stamp set is Just Believe and an incentive stamp,
butterflies are die cut and embossed using Crumb Cake Cardstock,
Colors are Basic Black, More Mustard, Whisper White and Crumb Cake
I heat embossed the image and the sentiment plus I used
our stick on diamonds. I think it's very pretty.

So are you curious about the frame? Do you want to see it? Okay here's the finished product but I have to tell you that I was very upset with my dog because after I had stained it and Smooch Spritz it I had to varnish it. Well it was still wet and the dog came into my office and his tail was just at the right height to hit the frame and he messed up a section of it. I tried to fix it but it just was getting worse. So I had to redo the whole frame. I'm happy with how it turned out but I was very upset that my dog made me work harder.

Here it is:



I put a picture of me being baptised and made a matching tag for it. On the tag I used the word "Believe" from the Just Believe stamp set and I used our stencil to sponge Early Espresso on it and then Smooch Spritz. The J is for my name but I thought about how it could be for Jesus. I embellished with diamonds.

Here's how I did the staining:



I painted with Acrylic paint mixing colors until I got More Mustard. I made sure to cover the glass so it wouldn't get paint on it.


These are the inks that come in the distressing kit. I used Mahogany. Just rubbed the ink pad directly on the frame.



Then I sponged Soft Suede over that and around the Fleur di lis. 



Then I sponged Early Espresso



Then I Smooch Spritz the Gold on it. I loved the look it gave the whole frame. But the paint was very tacky and I wanted to seal it anyway so I painted on some glossy varnish.

Then the dog came in.

To fix the whole frame I ended up repainting the varnish but I added Soft Suede Reinker to the varnish and that covered up all the messed up part and blended the colors again.

Here's a close up of the tag.


I hope you have enjoyed today's post. Now go be creative!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just Believe

A few days ago I was playing around with my color coach and I found an interesting color combination.  Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze and Basic Gray. I wanted to use the stamp set Just Believe with these colors so here's what I came up with.


I added the pearl accent too. I love how it turned out. The bow took a couple times to tie but I  think it's perfect! If you know me I'm not a person that strives for perfection. Usually it's, "good enough." This time I decided to try, try again. This satin ribbon is beautiful! Too bad the gray will be retiring at the end of this month. So will the Chocolate Chip and the Bashful Blue.

I'm also playing around with the new frame I bought from Stampin' Up! It's just plain white but I'm going to paint it using our craft ink or the distressing tool kit. Then I'm going to use Smooch Spritz to add some shimmer. I can't wait! But I have to wait because the thick texture paint on there needs to dry over night.

Here's a picture of it before I paint it.





Come back soon to see more amazing projects. LOL.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Halloween Simply Adorned

Here's a cute insert I made for my Simply Adorned Charm.

Front                                                                                     Back

I used the new set from the Holiday Mini that has a cute witch and dracula. It comes with a pumpkin, cat and other images. I also used the new black ribbon. It's so soft and delicate. Colors I used are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie.

My girls went back to school this week. The house seems more quiet and clean. LOL.

Here they are in the morning.


They sort of look like twins. LOL. I get asked that all the time. But there's 16 months between them.

Okay so I've been making a lot of fun projects this week that I can't wait to show you. But I still need to take pictures of them so come back soon to see what I've made.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th!

Well nothing bad happened and Friday the 13th is almost over. (knock on wood). The girls did meet their teachers today. I had so much fun seeing all my girl scouts at the school today. There's no better feeling then to have someone else's kid run up to you and hug you. I'm not someone they have to love but it's awesome that they do!

My teachers are so wonderful! Ms. Gordon had very special treat bags for the kids that had a note about what each item meant. A penny to show you are valuable. A Hersey's Hug to let them know they can come to her for a hug anytime. I was impressed. Ms. Tuvesen was very nice too. I was busy filling out forms and did not get to spend as much time with her but I did sign up to be a room mom. I don't want to be the head room mom but I would love to help out.

So today I made some cards for the teachers. Take a look.


Jessica colored in her bear. I did on Amanda's. It's new buttons from the Holiday Mini and also the accessories for the Build-a-bear set. I love it! Can't wait to make more holiday themed bears.

Here's a card I made for Halloween from a new set in the Mini catalog.



I love that technique with the brayer and the embossing folders. This one is in the Holiday Mini. I bet you can't wait! The ribbon is so soft and those glitter brads! Love it all. Of course this little girl is so adorable. I had fun coloring her in.

Hope you liked my cards today. Have a pleasant night.

Simply Adorned

Lookie what I made!


Front


Back

I really like how it turned out. So simple to make too. Just use the card that's inside it to cut cardstock and then design away. I'm going to make a Halloween one too.

Here's a card that Becky submitted for the Back To School Challenge.


Front



Inside
It's a book mark that can be torn out and used all year. Cool idea Becky!

Well it's back to organizing for me. I've been doing laundry and other fun house work but now I must actually do some organization in my craft room.

Til tomorrow!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

No one wants to see what's in the box???

I was sure someone would want to see what's in the box. LOL. Leave me a comment and I'll show you some of the goodies I got. I've even made an insert for my Simply Adorned jewelry. Come on! Leave a quick note for me so I know someone is actually reading my blog. LOL.

Thanks!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It's here!

Lookie! My new Holiday Mini Stuff is here. :) I will show you a few things from the box if you are really nice and post some comments. LOL.


I want to share with you about my day yesterday. It's a good story I think.

Yesterday I played volleyball with my husband and his co-workers. I really was just going to watch but somehow ended up playing. I have to say that it brought back memories from Junior High. Not pleasant memories. In P.E. when we would pick teams I was always the last one to get picked. My strategy then was to run away from the ball and keep out of the way so the good players could hit the ball.

My performance today was not much better. Of course I'm not an insecure teenager now and I can laugh at myself when I screw up, but I still feel bad when I lose a point for my team. At one point the ball came towards me while I was fixing the clip in my hair. Totally missed hitting the ball. Everyone had a good laugh about me fixing my hair. I don't think I have that "killer instinct" when it comes to sports.

I will say this, if I hadn't played yesterday I would have missed out on the joy of actually scoring a bunch of points for my team while I was serving and the joy of finally hitting the ball over the net once. Yes, just once during play did I return a hit from the other side. I actually connected with the ball and hit it in the right direction. The high fives I received from my team mates was awesome!

That's what life is really about. Making connections. Feeling a sense of accomplishment. I am so not an athlete but for a brief moment I felt less nerdy.

So here's my challenge to you. Step outside of your comfort zone today. Do something that you know you aren't good at and see what happens. Maybe you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator that is afraid to hold a workshop. Why wouldn't you want to share this great hobby with others? What's holding you back? I know I didn't like to do workshops because I'm really horrible at talking to a group of people. I am nervous and scared of looking stupid. So what am I going to do about it? I'm going to do more workshops. Why? Not because I love talking in front of a group of ladies, that's for sure. LOL. But I do love Stampin' Up! and all the products and how they make it easy for everyone to create beautiful works of art. I can give that joy to someone who thought they weren't very creative, but then they see at the end of a workshop what they made with their own hands and they are smiling. That is worth it to me.

Have a wonderful day and I'll post tomorrow some of the fun goodies I got from the Holiday Mini.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thank you cards

Okay, today I've been busy making thank you cards. Now I know I have some simple cards I can use but these cards are for very special people. One is my UPS man. I have wanted to give him a thank you card for a long time. In fact it's probably been almost a year since he went above and beyond what I would think is his job. I had a Stampin' Up! shipment coming on a Friday and it had things I needed for a class that night. Usually my UPS guy comes around 5:30pm or 6pm. So when he came by on a Wednesday with a delivery I asked him about the shipment on Friday and if there was anyway to get it a little earlier. He said he would keep an eye out for it and took a label off of my current box so he'd know what to look for.

I never expected much. Just hoped it would get their a little earlier. So to my surprise at 10am the doorbell rings and it's the UPS guy with my package. I was so excited! He made my day. Plus I was able to prep for my class without stress. THANK YOU UPS!

Here's the card I finally made for him.


I hope he likes it. I'm going to send one to the UPS center too.

I'm waiting for the UPS guy to show up today so I can surprise him with the card. Plus I have lots of pre-order stuff from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Woo Hoo! Can't wait to start playing with my fun goodies.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Get inspired to Share What You Love!

Okay, I realize that not all of you are demonstrators that visit my blog but I truly think this is a must watch video. Actually it's videos. So if you have some time check out Kimberly Van Diepen's website where she tells you about how she runs her Stampin' Up! Business. By the way, she is the #1 Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the United States. AWESOME! She's very fun and cute and her videos are entertaining. Especially when a bug makes a cameo. LOL. 

Blog: http://stampinbythesea.com/

So if after watching this video (or videos) you would like to know more about becoming a demonstrator or if you are part of the Stampin' Up! family already and would like to take your business to the next level, contact me and we'll help each other out. I love this business because it lets me be creative and do what I love. I'm able to share this with friends and I think most people really enjoy the time they spend crafting. I've never heard anyone say, "That was a waste of my time." They go home with something handmade and beautiful. They spent time socializing with friends and they had a night (or day) away from home. We all could use that once in a while. So if you want to start sharing what you love contact me and we'll start planning your workshop.

Speaking of sharing, here's a great card I got at convention that I have to share.



Look at all the details in this. Glitter, dimensionals, punches, embossing folder for background. Not to mention all the cutting out they did. I love this stamp set too so now I'm inspired to go create something with it.

Thanks for looking today and I hope you have a blessed weekend.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sad News

Our new turtle friend didn't make it. I checked on him hourly and at one point he seemed to be doing slightly better. (Meaning he moved a little more when I held him). But when I checked him before going to bed he didn't respond at all and all his legs were limp. I had my husband dig a hole under our oak tree in the back yard. That's our pet cemetery. Bob the fish that I had for 10 years is buried there. So is our guinea pig Snowflake. All the baby turtles that didn't make it are there too. 



 I decided to make a sympathy card in honor of the turtle. I didn't even have time to give him a name.



I used Lovely as a Tree since there's an  oak in it. I think I would have liked this better with the ribbon tied to the side more and the oval over lapping the circle but I cut the ribbon too short.

On a happy note my baby turtles are doing well. Even one eye Jack has two eyes and is eating some worm as I type. All the babies are growing bigger and doing well. I may start to put the bigger babies out in the garden soon. They should be about three years old before I do that so that animals can't carry them off. My neighbor's cat did like taking little ones. I'll go out and feed mamma and daddy in a little bit too.

So what is my pet count now? I have 12 baby turtles, two adult turtles, one greek tortoise, one leapord gecko, one guinea pig and one dog. I'm living in a zoo! This is probably because my mom never let me have pets when I was little. My sisters bought me a dog once and we kept it for one day and my mom made them take it back. I remember that. Probably scarred me for life. But I'm making up for it now and I think my girls are enjoying having all the pets.

Okay I'm getting my office all cleaned up and I'm still doing catch up on house work. Maybe when my girls wake up they can help me. I need to start getting them up earlier anyway. School starts in just a couple weeks.

Remember if you are interested in holding a workshop, this month is the best time to do it. Visit my Stampin' Up! website for more details on how you can earn $65 in free stuff.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New turtle but he needs prayers

Today I was on my way to the doctor's office when I saw a turtle in the middle of the road. So I turned my car around and went back to move him to the side of the road. Only problem was he was injured and barely responding to my touch. I couldn't just leave him on the side of the road so I decided to bring him home. I have him soaking in some water but it's pretty bad. His shell looks okay for the most part but his face is really torn up. Please pray that he makes a recover or goes quickly, whichever the Lord decides.

Here's a picture of him.

He seems rather young to me. Maybe 7-10 years old. It's hard to say really but I have a male that's bigger than him so I'm sure this one wasn't fully grown yet.

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

Okay I promised to post the step by step today so here it is. Seriously, very easy to achieve this effect. Even my husband was asking me how I did it so I know it impresses people.

You will need: Ink Pad, Brayer, Embossing folder, Big Shot, paper.

To begin you'll get your brayer inked up.

Then you'll pick the side of the embossing folder that has a raised up negative image. Ink it completely re inking brayer if you have to.


Place the cardstock on top of the ink making sure not to move it around and smear it.



Place the embossing folder on top of the platform and cutting pad using Tab 1, and place another cutting pad on top of the folder. Run it through the Big Shot.



When it comes out unfold the folder and see your paper. Cool!



The white areas are raised and the inked part is embossed. People will be asking you, "How did you do this???"

I cut the paper to fit onto a card. Here's what I came up with. Hope you liked it!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Punch art crazy!

Okay I just had to share this card with everyone. I'm very proud of it. It took me forever to figure out how to do some of the shapes but I finally did it. This card was for my friend's husband who turned 40 today. He is a serious cyclist. Every weekend he does 60-120 miles on his bike. I'm lucky if I ride my bike around the loop. I remembered seeing a punch art of a cyclist on a blog and since I don't have a stamp of a bike or anything close to it I decided to do punch art. I found the website (click here if you want to see it) with the image and did my best to copy it. I changed the colors to make it personal. Everyone was impressed by the card. I have to say that I rather make that card than ride 60 miles on a bike but I think I'll just look at the picture if I ever want to see it again. LOL.

Here's the card:

I will not go into details but if you want to know how I did it let me know and I'll try to talk you through it. LOL.

Here's another swap I got at Convention. It's sooo cute! It's a level II hostess set and I think it was very clever how they did it.

You pull the ribbon to see the rest of the message. The dog gets longer and it makes a great interactive card.  If you look at the card up close you'll see that the background is embossed with our Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder. Check back tomorrow to see a step by step on how to do this technique. It's really easy! Becky came over and we were experimenting on it. It only took one try!

Well it's time to clock out for the day.
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