Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Grant!

My friend's boy is turning 9 and she had me make his birthday invitations. She didn't have a card to give to her son so I came up with this for her to give to him. I think he'll like it since it's his school colors and he likes to skateboard.

Check it out:


I used the new color Concord Crush for the purple color. It's so cool! I also sponged Peach Parfait and Daffodil Delight. Basic Gray cardstock is the base. I love my Stazon Ink Pad too. Really get coverage on the silhouette stamps.

You Rock is from the retired stamp set Just Jawing. I will not part with that stamp set! Love it! The stars are from that as well. The splotches are from French Foliage in the Mini. I love how you can use different elements from different stamp sets together.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Remembering my mom

Yesterday was my mom's birthday. She would have been 77 years old. I miss her. Luckily I am able to share some of my friends moms. Especially Cindy's mom, Jeannette. I love her! She's so sweet and funny.

My mom was very loving and caring. She always gave me hugs and told me how much she loved me. I'm grateful that I got to be the baby of the family and that my mom and I did so many things together when I was growing up. She showed me how to be a good mom to my two girls. I may not teach them all the basics of life but I show them I love them and I spend time with them.

Here's a card I made for my mommy yesterday.


Notice that the words, "please know that I care" also got stamped on the card. I did not want that so to fix my "mistake" I stamped the Thinking of you on a scrap piece of white and punched it out with the label and then sponged some Pear Pizazz on the edges. So see, there are no mistakes in stamping. LOL. Here's the new and improved version.



I also put some dimensionals underneath to give it more pop.

The leaves are from the two step bird punch and the button is from the mini catalog. I love these buttons! They are big and shiny.

Now go hug or call your mommy.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Playing with new embossing folder

Oh I'm so excited! I got a new embossing folder with snowflakes on it. I had to create something right away and I thought, "Why not have the background blue like the sky." So I used the technique I had showed you a few weeks ago where you put the ink on the embossing folder and then run it through the Big Shot. Totally looks great! Here it is:


It's a good thing I horded all that Baja Breeze Ribbon. LOL. Love it! I used a build a brad and the itty bitty buttons too. I really like this card. This is not the card we are making on Sunday. Way too much bling on it. I may have you all make the snowflake background though.

I have to share what a fun night I had with my girls tonight. Amanda didn't get any check marks this week so I had to reward her for that. She had a horse back riding lesson and then I took her and Jessica to Cracker Barrel for dinner. They love looking around the store there. (Don't tell anyone but I do too.) After dinner we ended up going to get ice cream at Marble Slab. We walked in and got in line and the guy comes over to me to say that they are closed and just forgot to lock the door. I gave him a look like, "I can't disappoint my girls." I said, "Can't I just get them a small cup of ice cream?" He said if I don't need mix ins that he could do that. Yeah! The girls did want mix ins but I explained that they already put them away. The girls ended up happy with their ice cream and I was happy that someone actually didn't mind working  a little longer so my girls wouldn't be disappointed.

We walked over to the book store afterwards. I LOVE BOOKS!!! I could live in a book store. LOL. Especially this one since there's a Starbucks in it. Gotta have coffee. I got to look at some bible study guides. I didn't buy one but I think I'm leaning towards a study guide geared towards women. There's so many though it's hard to choose.

Jessica wanted to buy a book and I told her it had to be under $5. That's the reward for being good all week. So she kept bringing me books she wanted to see how much it was. Mostly they were $7. Finally she brought one that was $3.99. I told her she could have that one and she was soooo excited. She must love books like I do.

I gave her a $20 and told her to go pay for it. She ran to the front of the store and gave the lady the money and book. I walked up and heard them having a conversation. She sounded so grown up. Just like a customer making small talk. It was so cute.

Right now the girls are watching a movie. I'm going to let them sleep with me tonight too. I remember my  mom letting me sleep with her when I was a kid and that was always a treat. I remember my mom saying to me before she died that she wished she had let me sleep with her more often.

I'm going to go curl up with my girls now so I hope you all have a blessed evening.

Oh here's some pictures I took with my iPhone today. Not bad.





Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stamp and Supper club was great!

We had 10 ladies come and four ladies in the club couldn't make it. That means we had four guests! Woo Hoo! (Debbie, I forgot to give you a gift for bringing a guest. Remind me!)

The food was great. The fellowship was wonderful. The stamping was fun. Even the little turtles got into the act. Carla let me know when it was time to put away the turtles and start stamping though. Thanks Carla.

Here's our project that we made last night.

I used the Baskets and Blooms die with the Big Shot and also the Beautiful Butterflies die. I bought the naturals designer series paper pack recently and thought I'd get it out and look at it. I love the prints in it.

P.S. I'm entering this in the SUO Challenge this month. Check it out here: SUO Challenge

See a close up of the butterfly. I used shimmer paper but it's hard to catch the shimmer in the photo.


Markers I used for coloring were Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose.

I like what Francesca did with the candy wrapper. I just wrapped mine with the DSP. She stamped a cute image on it. I love it! Francesca, you totally have a gift for this girl!



I'm so blessed by God lately that I decided to make a plaque about all the things I love including God. Of course I love stamps too. LOL. In church on Sunday the Rev. said that Jesus wants us to give as much attention to Him as we do to other things in our life. I thought of how much time I give to stamping and decided that I need to increase the time I spend on God.

Here's the plaque I made.


Stamp sets: Things I love, Tote-ally Tess, Nature's Nest, Friends 24-7, I (Heart) Hearts.
Colors: More Mustard, River Rock, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
I really like how this looks. Tote-ally!

Hope you have a blessed day! Gotta go for my walk now. Later gator!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Another day another card

I've been trying to come up with something for my club meeting tomorrow night but I'm having some trouble focusing on it. So instead I CASED this card from Caroline LeBel. Click Here to see hers.


I used Whisper White paper, Sponged Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait. I used markers to color my stamps. Stamp Sets are: Tiny Tags, French Foliage

The shimmer you see is the Smooch Spritz in Gold. I masked off the edges and sprayed it. I really like this card. It's so simple but beautiful.

Thanks Caroline for the inspiration!

Can I enter this in the SUO challenge? Or do I only get one entry?


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Using Birgit's idea

Well I finally had a chance to make something using Birgit's template for the candle/bookmark holder. Take a look!





I used the Newsprint DSP, Punch Potpourri hostess set, lace ribbon and embosslit Beautiful Butterflies. Oh and the black taffeta ribbon that my upline Mandy gave me for no reason. Totally love Mandy! (I love her even if she doesn't give me stuff. ;)

I gave this to my hostess Debbie last night for having a party at her house. We didn't get a big turn out but I really had fun showing what the Big Shot could do to Angela and Francesca.  Here's what I demonstrated:



This is after:


I had the shadow box completed except for the spider DE. I demonstrated putting it on the glass. It was so easy!

We also did this cute box.

Francesca didn't roll her fence real dark so she was able to color in the grass and make wood grain on the posts. Look how the eyes and mouth of the pumpkin have a glow around them. She used a lighter marker around them and then colored in the pumpkin. Way neat!


She added the cat and broom to the side of the box. She caught on quick with all the added details and bling you can add to projects. She was making my sample look pretty sad. :(




This is the completed card and box we made. I used the stamp set Fang-tastic from the Mini Catalog for both projects. It's really a fun set to have for Halloween. I love it!


Debbie came up with a totally cool new use for the black lace ribbon. She cut a piece off and made a spider out of it.  I love it!!!  The legs look so real!

Alabama is kicking @#%!! Roll Tide!!!  (Sorry, the score is just outrageous!)

Oh I get to go out to dinner tonight with my upline Michelle. She moved away 3 years ago and that's why I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. If it wasn't for her leaving I would have continued to be a very good customer instead of joining this fantastic company and growing my business as well as growing my circle of friends. Thanks Michelle and I'm looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Do you want to host a party after seeing all this cool stuff? Email me and we'll set it up.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Halloween Treats

These Halloween Treats are easy to make and can be used for a Girl Scout troop or class party.



Halloween paper, new Glass Glitter , Large scallop punch, Waffle paper,
markers, black lace trim, Seasonal Sentiments stamp set, pumpkin pie 1/8" taffeta ribbon.
Oh yeah and a toilet paper tube.

I gave this one to my new, very talented, German customer. I think she can teach me a few things. LOL. I hope she liked the gift. She was kind enough to give me a template for the box and the candle gift. I'll make something soon with it and then post it.

I made another tag for this treat box but it covered the whole tube so it just was too big to use on this project. So I gave it to my 7 year old daughter. Here's what she made with it.


She stamped the dog and drew the treat bag in his mouth. Sooooo cute!

I'm still working on getting my pumpkins decorated and the little house that we have in the Mini Catalog. I hope to have it done by Friday. Gotta get busy.

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Girl Scouts Rule!

Oh my gosh! I had the best time yesterday at the Leader Daughter event that the girl scouts put on for us. They booked a room at The Grand Hotel and this place is a resort. It's awesome! A beach on one side and the pool with a water slide on the other. Not to mention all the terrific food that everyone brought. It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed having some R & R with my two girls and the other leaders. We will have to plan more of these events I think.

Here's a group shot of all the leaders and their daughters.


Yes it's a big group. LOL. Just imagine the whole troop being involved. We number in the hundreds.

I told you I would get to the tutorial and here it is.

Start by punching out the scallop square. Then you use two way glue pen on some copy paper. If you wait until the glue turns from blue to clear then the glue is temporary instead of permanent.




Put the scallop square on the glue and then line it up in the punch again to the size you want. I made it with four scallops on each side.


You'll have a left over piece on the copy paper with the smaller scallop square punched out.


Peel it off the copy paper and you'll see that you have a smaller scallop that you can now layer with the larger one or just add to your project.



Wasn't that easy? I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I'll have some great Halloween treats to show off tomorrow so check back then.

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rodeo Time!

My daughter Amanda takes horse riding lessons and recently they started a saddle club. Click here to see the website for it. She's had to change horses a few times since joining the saddle club but her and Ginger are getting better. Ginger is a young horse too and when you have two inexperienced participants it gets a little crazy. Usually I'm pulling Ginger around the barrels but Amanda can get her to head for the finish line.

This is a picture I took before the rodeo started.


Amanda is very much like her father in that she's a bit type A. I think she's one of those perfectionists that will want to be perfect at something or not do it at all. Well luckily she's good at riding but sometimes the horse doesn't listen to her and she gets frustrated and wants to just let go of the reins.  I told her that the horse is not like the horse in Avatar. She can't just "think" go and the horse will go. She has to use all the techniques that Mr. Chris as shown her. She has to use her legs and make a kissing sound. Well when she remembers to do this she can make Ginger go. When she forgets to do something Ginger doesn't move and that frustrates her. As her mother she doesn't want to listen to me when I tell her to use her legs or if I tell her she's pulling back on the reins too much. She ends up having a few tears and I feel like maybe riding in the rodeo is too stressful. I would probably quit if I was her, but she is a trooper and continues to do the rodeo and tries her best.

Last night she participated in all the events except the diaper race. (You'll have to go to the website to find out more about that!)  She did really good and earned 3 ribbons. Two 4th place and one 5th place. I was so proud of her and told her so. She asked me if I was proud of her because she won three ribbons. I said no. She asked me if I was proud of her for getting stepped on by the horse. (Ginger really did step on her foot and when we took her boot off there was a bruise and Amanda was crying but could wiggle her toes). So I told her I wasn't proud about that. She asked me, "What are you proud of?" I said, "I'm proud of you for not giving up, especially after Ginger stepped on your foot. You finished the rodeo and I'm so proud of you for not quitting." She smiled sooo big. I think it's a very good thing to have adversity in a child's life. Maybe sheltering them from disappointment isn't so good. Amanda is learning to handle disappointment, pain, frustration. This will all be good to know when she's an adult. Thank you God for letting us participate in this wonderful world.

So my daughter Amanda got stepped on by her horse. Do you wonder where Jessica was during all this? She runs around and plays with other kids, dogs and anyone she can find. She tried to make a campfire and was rubbing two sticks together. She couldn't get it to work so she made me rub them together. I finally had to tell her it wasn't going to work.




Usually Amanda is my accident prone one, but last night Jessica encountered some fire ants. She came over to me screaming and crying and when she finally held still I saw a ton of ants crawling on her bottom. I started to swat them off but she kept moving and screaming. I told her to hold still. Finally I didn't see anymore ants and a nice lady had some Bactine to spray on the bites. Her arm was covered in them. Poor thing. She cried for a good long time. She's tough though and after the bites stopped hurting she was off playing again.

So that was my rodeo time last night. I need to get that stamp set in the catalog so I can make some fun scrapbook pages.

Here's the image of the set.


I will get that tutorial of the punch soon. Just been busy. Check back soon.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall SUO Challenge

Okay here's my card for the SUO challenge. I hope I get in the top three but I have some stiff competition.


I used the stamp set Just Believe and the hostess set Punch Potpourri.
Paper: Cajun Craze, Peach Parfait, Soft Suede, Whisper White and packing paper
Ink: Cajun Craze marker, Soft Suede marker, Peach Parfait Ink Pad.
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Two Step Bird Punch, Scallop Square Extra-Large Punch, Top Note Die and Pearl jewels

Pretty cool huh? I thought it came out good. I wanted to add a saying on the card and started by making a scallop sqare with a circle in the middle with the word "freind" in th center. I tried placing it all over this card but didn't like how big it was and took up too much of the card. So then I ended up making a 3 x 3 card for it to go on. Lookie:



If you are wondering how we have two sizes of the scallop square I have to admit that we only have one size. But come back tomorrow and I'll show you how I did it.



They look great together. I think it would be a great hostess gift or just something fun to give to a friend.

Well even though I eat, breath and sleep Stampin' Up! I actually was commissioned to paint some buckets. Last year I did a friend's daughter's cheerleading bucket. Apparently they use these buckets to carry prizes that they end up throwing to the crowd during a game. Usually girls decorate their own buckets but my friend had a hard time getting her's to look right so she asked me to paint it. It turned out great and this year she asked me to do a new one for her and 3 other girls.

Here are the buckets before being painted.



Here they are after:



I spent a lot of time on these trying to get them just right. The cool thing was I had ribbon that matched the school colors perfectly. (Rich Razzleberry and Crush Curry) Anyway I hope the girls like them. I may have to go to a football game now and watch for my buckets. There are 16 girls on the team so I'm curious how the others look.

Did you notice the bucket for Amy has the Top Note shape? I love that die and wanted to make a really big one but my hand could not draw it so well on the bucket. So I ended up tracing the smaller one a few times. Here's the back side of her bucket.



Well kids are in bed and I will be soon too. I have a box of Stampin' Up! stuff to go through tomorrow and organize into my new bins and boxes. Yeah!

Good night!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Season of Thanks

So I had this shadow box for a while now (2 years). I have changed it a few times and I really liked what I did with it before but the colors I had in it just were not going with the colors in the kitchen/eating area anymore. I painted the walls a green color and the colors in the shadow box were blues. So I was looking at all the packing paper that comes in the Stampin' Up! box to keep things from moving around during shipping and I got an idea. Why not use that paper all crinkled up for the background. It's big enough to cover the whole shadow box unlike 12 x 12 paper. I was talking to my friend about it and she said I should sponge ink on it too. Oh Yeah!

What else could I do though? I wanted to use the new flowers I made of course. Maybe a die cut. Butterflies. Oh and the new tiny pearls. Yep. I was using lots of glimmer and accessories.

Are you dying to see it?

Here's the finished project.



Here's a close up of the flowers and some of the sponging.



Here's a trick I learned to make the flowers more 3D. After you punch the flowers out use your Crystal Effects lid and Mat Pack to press down on the center of the flowers. Makes a perfect spot for the pearl too.



Then I used the piercing tool to lift up a pearl and place it in the center of each flower. So easy.



Well that's all I have for you today. LOL. I enjoyed my 3 day weekend but tomorrow I drive the kids to school. My two plus the neighbors kids. It's not so bad when you trade weeks back and forth.

Have a good evening!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Oh you will love this Bama fans!

So I have a class scheduled for October to make 12 inserts with a Simply Adorned charm. The idea was to have 12 inserts to change out for the season/month/outfit. I was thinking that this would make a fantastic gift for a teacher or for a family member. So here's another idea. Why not find out their favorite College Football team and make an insert for that. Do you see where I'm going with this?  Take a look:



What do you think? I probably could come up with some Auburn ones and LSU ones and GA Bulldogs oh and Florida Gators! LOL.

Another fun idea I had was making chocolate wrapped in Designer paper and turned into place settings for Thanksgiving. I made my downline Jeannette one since she made me a cute box with 3 x 3 cards in it. Here it is:



I like how this turned out plus the guests can take home some chocolate. Who doesn't love chocolate?!  It was really easy to make using the matchbox die and the Prehistoric Cricket, Oh I mean Big Shot Machine. LOL. 

I've been playing around making some flowers that I saw on Lyssa's Blog. Click Here



I love how easy they are to make and how beautiful they are. But you need to see them in person to see how pretty they are. I'm going to add some Smooch Spritz to them too. So awesome! I have a great place to put these and I'll post a picture of the completed project tomorrow if I get it done today. But I'm taking a break from putting pine straw out in the yard so I thought I would update my blog. Now it's time to go back out in the heat and sweat some more. Oh, you want to know where my husband is? He's fishing with the girls at the pond. I told him to take a day off since he usually is the one that is working hard on the yard. (Plus I do a better job putting the pine straw out then him. LOL)

Later stampers!
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