Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

My Big Shot Club held a black and white party on Wednesday night. It was a lot of fun and we made a very elegant card using just black and white. Francesca was nice enough to hold the class at her house. She also made these beautiful invitations for the class.




I love the striped ribbon and how we did the embossing with the ink in the recessed areas. The Smooch on the glasses is very pretty too.

I'll post a picture of the card we made tomorrow. Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. I feel so blessed to have the life I do. This Christmas I realized that I don't need to spend a ton of money on gifts. In fact I enjoyed making gifts this year. Those that got a handmade gift really appreciated it. I wish I could have done more for my two children but thanks to a very generous neighbor my kids got the DS they wanted. (Thank you Melanie!) Words can't describe how I feel. I know that God has blessed me with my friends here in Alabama. I have met such wonderful people and really feel that I've come home.

With all that was going on before Christmas I didn't get a chance to post any pictures of the projects I made. So here's the card I made for the priest at our church.


I used the Big Shot Cake pop up card die. It was the center circle only and I added candles for the four weeks of advent. Then I made the center candle white.

I used the two step bird punch for the leaves around the edge. The background stamp is sanded. Purple is I think the concord crush.

Here's a picture of my Christmas Tree all decorated.

We have a tradition of hiding a turtle ornament on the tree and the first girl to find it gets an extra present. Jessica found the turtle this year. The present was a turtle brain teaser game. She had fun learning how to play it.

Today is a restful day. Still in my jammies and girls are playing Wii with their friend. Steve did the dishes. I love him! Got some laundry put away and now I'm enjoying my coffee and reading blogs.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Custom Cards

So this is the time of year for thinking of those who aren't normally recognized. Like the mail person, teachers, the bus driver.  I know my kids bus driver has to deal with a lot on that bus. Crazy things happen on school buses. LOL.  So to recognize all that she does I made a custom card just for her.


I love this stamp set! It's in the big catalog on page 65 called Every Little Bit. I think this set would be great for doing inserts for the Simply Adorned too.


I got this set finally in the clear and I love how easy it is to use it. I wish it was all in one case though. It comes in two cases but  I think I figured out how to get them all into one case. You can pull out the paper inserts that tell you the name of the stamp set and show pictures of each stamp. Well just put one on the back and leave one on the front. So easy I'm sure. Will have to try it.

Amanda is having her birthday party today. Hope it doesn't rain. It's going to be cold though. Bundle up cowgirls and cowboys.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Scrapbooking with My Digital Studio

Just finished playing around with MDS. Lookie what I made.




This took me about 40 minutes to do. I'm still learning how to use it. These pages had photo layouts that you just click and drag photos into but I added mats, background paper and text.

If you want to see a video about MDS check out my Stampin' Up! website. Click Here

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Easy gifts for Christmas

Okay so I found this idea on another blog but it's so easy I had to try it. Handmade Ornaments!

What you'll need:

Clear Glass Ornaments
Embossing powder
Heat Gun
Embossing buddy
Versamark Ink
Stamp set
Scissors
Window sheets
circle template (I use the lid to our brads case)
Glitter

Directions:

Use the Embossing Buddy on our window sheets. Take a stamp of your choice and ink it up with Versamark Ink. Stamp on our window sheet.



Emboss with Silver or Gold embossing powder. Flick the back to shake of excess powder. Then heat with heat gun.





Trace outline with the lid of a brad container around your image, leaving a lip at the top. You'll then cut out that line to make a circle with that tab sticking up at the top.


Roll it up and insert it into the glass ornament. Add some glitter glass, fake snow or both.



Attach a hand stamped tag and some ribbon and give it as a gift to teachers, bus drivers, coaches, mail people, etc. They'll love that it's handmade from you.



Only 9 days left til Christmas! Gotta go get our tree. Shock!!! I know!! Still don't have one yet but we'll get it today even if it's raining. LOL.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Love to stamp!

I love my business!!! I had a fun day yesterday with mostly my downline. Becky came too but continues to rebuke me when I ask if she wants to join. Sigh.

We made Christmas tags and a cute little box for them to go in. I had some difficulty with the lid to the box but finally figured it out. I think they turned out cute but unfortunately I didn't take a picture of any of the tags.

I also have been making Happy Belated Birthday cards. Why don't I just make Birthday cards? Well I'm always late sending them. So here's one of the cards I made.

I love how it turned out. So did Becky. Hee hee. I guess I can send her one early for her birthday. LOL.

Gotta run. Lunch with some friends. All you can eat Sushi. Yum!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Cowgirl did so good today!

video

Today Amanda was able to ride in the rodeo. She also had a new outfit that Grandpa gave her for her birthday. She looked so cute! I'm so proud of her too. The first few events she needed help but for the poles she told Danielle that she could do it herself. Not only did she get Ginger to listen to her she actually rode great and did the fastest personal time. She didn't get a ribbon for that event but she did get FIVE ribbons!

Here's a picture of her with her ribbons:

That's her first 2nd place ribbon! Soooo cool! She also got 3rd place in the musical squares. Actually she was the first to get out and Mr. Chris asked the other girls if it was okay for her to get a second chance. They all raised their hands to agree to it. Sooo sweet of them!

Her other ribbons were for 4th and 5th place in the Relay Race and the Ribbon Race. Both of those she had a partner and had to either hand the baton to the other rider or hold one end of a ribbon while racing around a barrel.

What was the 2nd place for? Well she had to race down the arena to the diaper on the ground, get off her horse, put on the diaper and race back to the finish line while pulling her horse. I'd like to say she did really good and earned that 2nd place but there were two girls competing in that race. Hee hee.

Here she is with Ginger.



Jessica was my big helper in the concession stand. I volunteered to sell the food and drinks because one month no one was there and my daughter was hungry. So I got her the food and paid. Then someone else wanted something so I sold them food. It just started by accident but I actually enjoy doing it.

Here's my Jessica:




I need to make Amanda her birthday invitations. I think I'll start right now but I'm cold and tired. Sleep or crafting....hmmm.....Where's my stamp set with the horses on it???

Happy trails!

For more info on the Saddle Club you can visit their website:  click here

This is why you should have the Catalog and IDEA Book

So my friend Francesca came over tonight and helped me put my babies to bed. Steve is hunting which means it's a great time for having friends over to stamp late into the night. :)

I like surfing blogs and websites for ideas on cards. Well I often forget that our catalog is also an idea book. If I ever get stumped I can flip through the pages and see if any of the layouts catch my eye.

Francesca loved the tile I made today. Lookie:

I embossed it with glossy glaze embossing powder after I stamped it. It's so shiny. I love how it turned out and so did Francesca. So I told her she could make one too. After we played around with ideas we found a great layout on page 122. She even liked the colors. After making the tile she wanted to make a card too. So we took out the Kraft I mean Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, water color crayons, aqua painter and a couple punches. Look what we made:



It's so pretty! The flowers are on dimensionals too. Here's the comparison.


I think I like the one Francesca made better. Less crumb cake and more rich razzleberry. All this cake and berry talk got us hungry so we went to the kitchen and had cookies and milk. The cookies were the best! Carla made them for me when she returned my Tupperware. I think I need to give her something else in Tupperware so I'll get more of those cookies. YUM!!!

Francesca with her card. She's mailing this to a friend and so we had to take pictures of it.

I had such a great day with friends today! I love my friends so much. They make me laugh and cry and feel so good. Almost good enough that I don't need my happy pills. LOL. But we don't want to tempt fate.

Tomorrow is Amanda's rodeo. Actually it is tomorrow. I think I'll go to bed. Good night!

Monday, December 6, 2010

SUO Challenge 7

Okay I can't take credit for this lovely design but I did make it myself. Hee hee.  I love the clean look of this and I think it makes a great make n take for workshops. In fact I may have my ladies at the nursing home do this card next. We get together once a month and stamp cards for an hour. The ladies love it and I enjoy spending time with wonderful women who have so much to still offer others. 

Here's the card:

 I used the two step bird punch, dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Peace on Earth Level II stamp set, Always Artichoke Ink, Cherry Cobbler Marker and Whisper White Cardstock.

This was very easy and looks great!

I had a very busy weekend with Girl Scouts. My two girls rode in the Christmas Parade Saturday night. Look how cute they are:





Jessica took that last one. LOL.

Here's an early Christmas present to myself for being so good this year.  A Decor Element for my stamp room.



It took some time but was really very easy and the lettering is so crisp and clean. I could never do this with paint.

I may add some butterflies around the sides of this. I'll update you on that if I do.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

I bought a styrofoam cone the other day hoping to get a chance to make a paper tree for Christmas.  Today my wonderful husband, Steve, started putting lights up on the house. I thought it was a great time to figure out the paper tree. He thought it was a good time for me to go outside in the cold and help with the decorations. I did not agree. So I stayed inside where it's warm and made this.


I used Love Letters DSP. I used three sheets but I ended up with a little left over.  The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler seam binding and Crochet Lace. That's it.

To start you need to cut the paper into 1" strips. After that you cut them into 4" pieces.



To attached the strips to the cone use straight pins.  I folded over the strips and pushed the pin through it. 



Layer around the cone in rows. I used one type of DSP pattern for the whole row then changed to a different pattern the next row and so forth until I needed to repeat.

If you want to make this tree let me know.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

So this morning my kids go outside and the birdbath is frozen. Clue number one that it's getting closer to Christmas.

Jessica keeps asking us to put up the Christmas Lights. Clue number two.

What's the last clue? The advent countdown has begun! Here's where I hung my countdown boxes.

I still need to decorate the mantel but I got these up and I'm ready to put fun treats and crafts inside them. My friend Vanessa came up with a great list of ideas for her boxes. When she gives it to me I'll post it on my blog.

I've been trying to get my build a house ready for the class I'm doing on the 19th. Here's how it looks today. I may add more to it.


I made curtains from our fabric and used the now sold out DSP called Candy Lane. So if you want to decorate your house like mine you'll have to come to my class. Hee Hee.

One of my friends and newest downline had her first workshop last night. We had a fun time and had delicious tortilla soup. She got a few sales and hopefully a group of ladies that she can start building her business off of. It only takes one person at a workshop to fall in love with Stampin' Up! then you have a customer that becomes your friend. (Because we are all addicted to Stampin' Up! LOL)

Off to do some Christmas shopping.

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