Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Coastal Clean-Up and Mystery Hostess night

I have been a busy mom lately. My Girl Scout Troop volunteered to help with Coastal Clean-Up this past weekend. We had gloves, plastic trash bags and a bunch of girls. Here's our group on Saturday morning.

We picked up at least three full bags of trash and saved a jelly fish from certain death. The girls learned how important it is to put trash in a trash can instead of just dropping it on the ground. The most of anything we found were cigarette butts. Yuck! We also found a long metal pipe, cans, wrappers and other items that the girls really didn't need to see.

One thing that my daughter, Jessica, learned was that you don't pick up dead catfish. The barb went right into her thumb. Poor baby cried hysterically for a half hour. It was bleeding and she said it hurt really bad. I was worried about infection. Luckily she's fine and her thumb never swelled up and the pain was gone within an hour.

Last night was my Mystery Hostess night. I had a new lady come named Lynn and that newbie luck was in play again. She won hostess benefits! Here's the card we made.

We used Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (124003, $10.95), and Pool Party, Crumb Cake, More Mustard and Very Vanilla Cardstock. The saying is from the stamp set Word Play (120651) page 156 in the Idea Book and Catalog. Other stuff used: Antique Brads, bakers twine, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Gold Smooch Spray, Early Espresso Marker, Spritzing tool, Crimper and the leaves die. The ribbon is from the clearance rack. I don't think that color is on it anymore but the Riding Hood Red is. Click here to visit the clearance rack and order your discounted Stampin' Up! products. If you place an order online this month you are entered in a drawing for a free stamp set from me.

All the ladies last night got a treat from Carol who made these awesome little sour cream boxes.

I love chocolate! And I'm sure there will be chocolate in these treat boxes. The stamp is from a retired set from a mini catalog. I knew I should have bought that one! Darn. LOL.

More inspiration for Halloween of course:

Snowburst embossing folder can look like spiders on black cardstock. Spooky! Products used:

Out on a limb (123824 $16.95), Piece of Poison (123754 $20.95), Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper. I also used the color spritzer with a black marker, the rhinestone jewels, sponging technique and black grosgrain ribbon.

Next time I blog I'll show you why I love Staz on black ink over the classic Basic Black ink.

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Christmas Card Class this Sunday

Okay, I finally came up with a card I can do thanks to Julie in Canada. She's a demo and I love looking at her creations on her blog. Visit her page and see if you can guess which card inspired me.

I used the new stamp set from the Holiday Mini called Festive and Fun (123744 $14.95) and the new embossing folder (124096 $7.95) and the new stocking punch (124095 $16.95). Do you like it? You know you can come to my class on Sunday to make 10 of these cards for just $20 and then come to my Supper and Stamping club on Tuesday night to get a chance to earn hostess benefits. Buying these three items would be enough to join in the fun. ($25 order).

Here's some other great new cards to look at:

Francesca's baby shower invite. Isn't it soooo cute?

My first shaker card. Used the new mica flakes, shaker frames and tons of pearls.

I also made this beautiful card using a product that's retired but available right now on the clearance rack.

They are printed window sheets (115705 $2.99). You can make at least 6 cards using them. I added some rhinestones, crochet ribbon and a saying.

If you place an online order this month with me I'll enter you into a drawing for a free stamp set. (Your choice from my retired stash).

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sweet cookies stamped by my girls

This is just amazing! I was able to pre order the new cookie press stamp set and I love it! I was able to check it out at convention but actually watching my two girls use it and make cookies was so much fun.

Here's a short video with my girls using the stamps.

They really had fun. Plus the cookies came out great! Look at them after they baked.

Here's the link to the recipe: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies tasted way better than the ones that they shared with us at convention. Those cookies needed about a pound of sugar added to them. LOL. These ones melt in your mouth. So yummy.

If you are interested in buying this stamp set let me know and also visit my events page to find out about my upcoming class using it.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 12, 2011

How to make a lolly

Have you ever used a scoring tool before? Did you have to reposition the paper each time to make a new score? Or maybe you have a fancy one that does score every cm. Well Stampin' Up! finally got it's own scoring board that I love! Why do I love it? Probably because it says "Stampin' Up!" on it. LOL. Really I think it's because when I use it the score tool doesn't skip and because I can use the pegs that come with it to mark the spot I need to score so I won't forget. Whatever the case may be I now can make lollies.

What are lollies you ask? Well I didn't know what to call them at first but googling helped me find the answer. Lollies are paper circles that are made using a scoring board.

One of things that I love about making them is that I can actually make a whole sheet of them while only scoring once and then cutting the sheet into strips. For this tutorial I will use one strip to demonstrate how it's done.

Here's a piece of DSP (designer series paper) on the scoring board. I use DSP because it's thinner than cardstock and works a lot better. (looks better too).

I placed the scoring tool at the half inch mark.

You'll score every 1/2 inch all the way til the end of the dsp strip.

Then you will flip over the dsp and score in between those 1/2 inch score marks starting at the first 1/4 inch mark.

*Important tip: If you flip your paper from right to left you will screw up your score marks. So remember to flip from bottom to top.

Here's what the strip of DSP looks like after you score it.

Remember to fold on the score lines back and forth to make an accordion type fold.

Next you will put a small bit of sticky strip on the end.

This will help your strip stay together better. Attach one end of the strip to the other. You may need to snip off some of the dsp to get the folds to align correctly. Also you can cut down strips or attach two or more strips to make it longer or shorter. (Bigger or smaller lollies).

After you attach the ends you'll need a glue gun, circle punch and cardstock.

Punch a circle out of cardstock. I used a 1" punch. Cover the circle with glue. Then put your strip over the circle.

You will need to press down on the lolly until it is flat.

Wait until the glue hardens a bit before you take away your hand. Now you have a lolly that you can layer with other lollies. Don't forget to add a brad, button or other embellishment to the center.

Click here to get your own scoring tool from Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spooky, Wicked, Cool

Those are the words you need to describe this card. I'm really excited to be doing a class at Gulf Coast Scrapbooking on the 28th this month. You get to make 10 Halloween Cards. Here's the card I came up with yesterday.

I used the embossing folder Spider Web on page 218 in the Big Catalog Book. I sponged some Whisper White ink on it. Then I used the new DSP from the Mini. I love this paper! It's called Pick Your Poison. One page I have to use as a scrapbook page because it's so amazing just how it is. The stamp set I used is Wicked Cool. This stamp set has been around at least a year but I didn't buy it until recently. I actually got it half off with hostess benefits. This stamp set has the candelabra, bats, web, witch hat, boots and two sayings. I can't believe it's only $14.95. Amazing.

Do you want to come to this class? Sign up on my website: Click Here Space is limited.

Well it's time to start some laundry. Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall is in the air

I can't believe the nice weather we are having today. Cool and sunny. I love it!

To celebrate the cooler weather I made this fall looking card. Lookie:

I used: Gently Falling stamp set on page 16 of the Holiday Mini. Spice Cake Designer Series Paper. Peach Parfait and Pool Party Cardstock. Lucky Limeade ribbon and the new Spice Cake Designer Buttons that you can find on page 18 of the Holiday Mini. I love these colors. So pretty. You can really do a lot with this paper too. I made some Lollies using the new Simply Scored tool and they are awesome! I'll have to make some more and post them since I gave the ones I made to my last hostess.

I hope you are enjoying this weather and getting outside.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Exploding Purse Card

Here it is finally! I can show you the finished card now that I've given Veronica her card.

This is a super easy card to make if you have the Simply Scored tool New in the Holiday Mini. Do you want to make this card? I'm offering a free class when you buy the Simply Scored. Click here to order online.

I can't take credit for coming up with this idea. My friend Birgit helped me. Visit her blog here.  It's in German but you can still see the cute cards and boxes that she makes.

I'm so excited about this next thing I'm going to show you. Birgit made it for me because she knows I love turtles.

You can even get to the candy without tearing open the turtle. His head slides out. See:

Super cute! I love this little guy and can't wait to make some to give away to my downline.

Hope you have a safe and restful Labor Day Weekend.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Haunted Halloween House

Here's my latest idea for a class. Joan came over today and helped me design this totally spooky Haunted Halloween House. What do you think?

I used the new Halloween Designer Series paper from the Mini Catalog. Plus the Wicked Cool Stamp set and the Bingo Halloween stamp set. I love those! Joan had the Tim Holtz die for the fence and the gooey drippy punch. Love all the details and the sponging on this. I'm holding the class on October 2, 2-4pm. Contact me soon cause I only have so many of these houses. (Guess being a horder is good for something. LOL.) Cost of the class is $25.

Have a great day!
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