Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Here are my August Class Projects:
ZOOFARI BIRTHDAY CARD This card was designed to fit a standard #10 envelope, and measures 9" x 8", scored at 4". RECIPE
Stamps: Zoofari (pg. 90), It’s Your Birthday (pg. 145)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Whisper White CS, Darling Doodles DP, Groovy Guava/Certainly Celery/Rose Red PRINTS DP
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad, Groovy Guava/Certainly Celery/Rose Red Classic Ink Refills & Pads, Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Rose Red Brads
Tools: 1 3/8” Circle Punch, Aqua Painter, Paper Piercing Tool/Mat/Template, 1/16” Handheld Circle Punch
Stamps: Priceless (pg. 117), “Birthday Hugs & Kisses” from All Holidays (pg. 143)
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky & Basic Gray CS, Soft Sky Prints DP
Ink: Soft Sky & Basic Gray Classic Ink Pads
Accessories: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Brads
Supplies: Stampin’ Dimensionals or Foam Tape
Stamps: Baroque Motifs (pg. 126), Sentiment from As Close As A Memory (pg. 58)
Paper: Chocolate Chip and River Rock CS, Brocade Background DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip and River Rock Classic Ink Pads
Accessories: Antique Brass Brad
Tools: 1/16” Handheld Punch, Scissors, Sponge for sponging borders with Chocolate Chip Ink.
Supplies: Stampin’ Dimensionals
GARDEN WHIMSY CARD This card is a case of one by tayloredexpressions on SCS HERE and Heather Summers of Stamp With Heather HERE. Both created a card similar to the card on the right. I didn't have enough Groovy Guava CS for 20 cards so changed up the colors to create the one on the left with Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive & Blue Bayou. Those attending class could choose to create the color scheme of their preference. The butterfly is stamped in Blue Bayou on the Whisper White Cardstock, then stamped again on another piece of WW CS, cut out, folded in the center, and adhered with a glue dot for a 3-D look.
Stamps: Garden Whimsy (pg. 101)
Paper: Groovy Guava/Blue Bayou/Soft Sky/Whisper White ~or~ Purely Pomegranate/Old Olive/Blue Bayou/Whisper White
Ink: Purely Pomegranate/Blue Bayou ~or~ Groovy Guava/Blue Bayou
Accessories: Groovy Guava ~or~ Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: Horizontal Slot Punch, Paper Piercing Tool/Template/Mat
Supplies: Stampin’ Dimensionals or Foam Tape, White Gel Pen, Glue Dots
3 x 3 THREE FOR YOU PUNCH BOX NOTECARDS You've all probably seen these before because I posted them about a week ago (well, MOST of my projects were a surprise for those attending class yesterday!) but wanted them included in this post for easy reference for my local customers to refer to. (Hopefully, they'll go home and want to make 10 of every card they made at class! LOL!) For more information, see previous post HERE.
I discovered that the Three For You Stamp Set that is part of the Three For You Punch Box (August Special) requires an extra light touch when stamping with it! You'll want to TAP your stamp to the cardstock or you'll get a bleeding-like image!
Stamps: Three For You (pg. 183) *August Special*
Paper: 3 x 3 Textured Note cards (Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron), Basic Black, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron CS
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black Classic Ink Pads
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Black Brads
Tools: Trio Flower Punch, 1/16” Handheld Punch
Supplies: Glue Dots
Note: The Three For You Punch Box is the Stampin’ Up! August Promotion. Purchase the Punch Box and receive 30 FREE textured note cards (10 ea. Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, and So Saffron) + envelopes!
Karen and Sandy came to a stamp class with me about a year ago, and were immediately hooked! What is so unique about Karen and Sandy is that they stamp together and make a great team! (something I've never been able to do ... I'm a solo stamper!). It is so fun watching them bounce ideas off of each other! They just crack me up! I really enjoy seeing their work ... they've both developed into very talented stamp artists!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Tomorrow, I have a morning and evening 5 Card Class. I'll be sharing those projects with you on Wednesday!
RECIPE FOR CUTIE PIE ALTERED LUNCHBOX TIN and DIVIDERS:
Paper: Cutie Pie DP, So Saffron Prints DP (for smaller chipboard flower), Bashful Blue and So Saffron CS (for dividers), Whisper White & Certainly Celery CS for "Cards" label
Ink: White CRAFT Ink for Chipboard Pieces
Embellishments: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, On Board Blossoms, Certainly Celery Brads, Silver Brad.
Tools: 1 1/4" Circle Punch (for cut-out around latch), Word Window Punch (for cut-out around handle), Round Tab Punch (for dividers), Sanding Block for Chipboard, 1 3/8", 1" & Scallop Circle Punches for center of lg. chipboard flower, Trio Flower Punch for center of small chipboard flower.
Supplies: Lots and lots and lots of Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals or Foam Tape.
Notes: The word "CARDS" and the words on the dividers are printed from the computer. The DP for the lid is TWO pieces to fit around the handle.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Drew (7th grade) is trying out for the Boy's Volleyball team on Monday. Oh, I so hope he makes it! He needs something right now that he can be excited about! More running for me and DH, but am so thankful Allie and Drew are active in things that interest them!
Back to school time ... Open Houses, unexpected school supply shopping, and homework for ME! (I just might scream if my kids bring home one more form that needs signed, or one more thing that requires me writing a check!) I think I've had more homework than Allie and Drew have!
All this activity has made me behind on many things, especially getting ready for my classes. I normally have my class projects ready one to two weeks in advance. I finally got some free time last night to prepare, and I can't WAIT to share them with you!!! I like my local friends to be surprised when they come to class, so I'll be sharing the projects with you later in the week.
Another thing I've been behind on is ackowledging birthdays. My good friend, and fellow SU Demonstrator, Lorri Heiling celebrated her birthday on 8/21, and I still haven't gotten her gift to her! Visit Lorri's blog and leave her a Happy Birthday comment (it'll make her day!). This is the birthday card I made for Lorri. It was cased from mudflapmamma HERE and starofmay HERE and HERE. I found the color combination of Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Pie irresistable and just HAD to try it! I changed the stamp set to Big Bold Birthday, and the gifts are cut out and popped up on dimensionals. Don't you wish SU would come out with the double stitched grosgrain ribbon in ALL the 48 colors too? I love it!
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Polka Dot Background Stamp
Paper: Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White CS
Ink: Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, and Basic Black Classic Ink Pads
Embellishments: Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Let me tell you, buttons in a jar are deceiving! I didn't even know how many buttons there were until I counted them this afternoon. While reading your guesses, I was thinking that most of you were guessing too high .... NOT! There were 601 buttons in that small little jar!
Melissa had the winning guess of 613. Here is Melissa's comment:
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Stamps: Bud Basics, "for you" from All Holidays
Paper: Basic Gray and Whisper White CS, Soft Sky Prints DP
Ink: Basic Gray and Soft Sky
Embellishments: Stick-On Rhinestones (non-SU)
Note: The petals of the flowers are curled around a pencil for dimension.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I used the FREE textured 3 x 3 notecards that you receive this month when you purchase the Three for You Punch Box. Honestly, this wasn't something I originaly thought I needed out of the new idea book and catalog, but couldn't resist the August Promotion! Now that I have it, I'm so glad I do! The Trio Flower Punch offers so many possibilities when used with other stamp sets, and the Three For You Stamp Set is just about the cutest set I own!
The Three For You Punch Box contains 1 Trio Flower Punch, 9-piece die-cut stamp set (Three For You), and 1 each Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Spots. When you order this Punch Box in AUGUST, you'll receive 30 FREE textured 3 x 3 notecards in Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron, and Wild Wasabi (10 ea.) + 30 vanilla mini envelopes!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Paper: Cutie Pie DP, So Saffron Prints DP (for smaller chipboard flower), Certainly Celery and So Saffron CS (for dividers)
Embellishments: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, On Board Blossoms & Basics, On Board Accents, Bashful Blue Brads, So Saffron Brad, Bashful Blue Button, Embroidery Floss
Tools: 1 1/4" Circle Punch (for cut-out around latch), Word Window Punch (for cut-out around handle), Round Tab Punch (for dividers), Sanding Block for Chipboard
Supplies: Lots and lots and lots of Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals or Foam Tape.
Notes: The word "CARDS" under the Label Holder and the words on the dividers are printed from the computer. The DP for the lid is TWO pieces to fit around the handle.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Although I LOVE to stamp, I really like these cards that use the Simply Scrappin' Kits. The stickers can be used as a substitute for stamps and make for super easy and quick cards!
Paper: Happy Me Simply Scrappin’ Bundle/Kit (Level Three Hostess), Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky TEXTURED CS from same kit
Embellishments: Soft Sky Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: 1 ½” Circle Punch, Anywhere Hole Punch, Green Rhinestone Ice Circle Brad
Note: Card measures 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Pretty much all of my tools hang from standard pegboard hardware found at any local hardware store. The baskets in the above photo two photos were garage sale finds ... I need to get more of them! They are great for holding things that won't hang from a hook.The little shelf on the bottom was an IKEA find from a couple of years ago. It is held up by pegboard brakets -- also great for housing items that can't hang from a hook.I also store my ribbon, eyelets, brads, and buttons on my pegboard. I found these pegboard racks online HERE at www.mediashelving.com. They are called 24" Sticker On A Roll Shelf. The top rack holds all my grosgrain ribbons, and the second rack holds cord and organdy ribbons. The third rack holds misc. hardware and buttons (those are mini staplers with colored staples hanging from it). The bottom rack holds eyelets and brads. A closer look at the media shelving racks.
So that I don't have stray ribbon hanging from the racks, I carefully pin the end of my ribbon spools. I say "carefully" because I don't like the holes in the ribbon that the pins can create. If you STAB the pin through several layers of ribbon, you'll get what I think are some pretty large holes. I simply stick the pin through the end of the last portion of ribbon and through a couple of more layers at an angle. The holes are minimal. (I hope that makes sense???)I consider myself to be very familiar and knowledgeable about Stampin' Up!'s products, but for the life of me, I can never remember what colors eyelets, brads and buttons come in! That's where my Dymo labeler comes in handy once again! I keep my Stampin' Up! brads, buttons and eyelets in their original containers and label the outside of each compartment with the color it holds. Since I'm familiar with color families, once I see one color, I usually instantly know what other colors are in the same container.
The next photo shows other frequently used tools that hang from standard pegboard hooks like my crimper, brayer, and Stampin' Around Handles (one is missing ... must have been using it on a project at the time this photo was taken). I also hang my Ribbon Originals from a pegboard hook by punching a 1/4" circle punch in the top of the cardboard & cellophane.
My Heat Tool hangs from the Media Shelving Racks and stays plugged into an outlet at all times.
That's my ever-changing pegboard system in a nutshell! Thanks for looking!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Scallop Circle Punch: In the Spotlight, Glorious Garlands, Punch Pals, Double-Line Doodles, Wanted, Priceless, Big Flowers, Big Deal Alphabet, Looks Like Spring, Fabulous Flowers, Ginormous Flowers, Sweet Shapes, Illuminations, It’s Your Birthday, Warm Words, Pictograms, Short and Sweet, Sincere Salutations, All Holidays, Jumbo Alphabet, All About Occasions, Brocade Basics, Baroque Motifs, Sparkling Sayings, So Much, Fun & Fast Notes, On Board Blossoms and Basics
Tag Punches: Perfect Presentation, All About Occasions, Flaky Friends, Punch Pals, Be Happy, Tagger’s Dozen, Bundled in Love, Business Boosters
Designer Label Punch: Party Punch, Labelicious
Round Tab Punch: Party Punch, Office Accoutrement, Totally Tabs
1” Circle Punch: Sending Happy Thoughts Simply Sent Kit, Perfect Presentation, Glorious Garlands, The Snowflake Spot, Perennial Favorites, Holiday Blitz, Double-Line Doodles, Polka Dots & Petals, Create a Coupon, Genuine Articles, Business Boosters, Calendar Cues, On Board Blossoms and Basics
1 ¼” and/or 1 3/8” Circle Punch: Simple Delights Simply Sent Kit, Perfect Presentation, Batty For You, Holiday Tag Team, Sparkling Sayings, Be Happy, Figures of Speech, Double-Line Doodles, Polka Dots & Petals, Big Flowers, Stamp of Authenticity, Carte Postale, Think Happy Thoughts, Big Pieces, Seeing Spots, So Happy, Dots Are Hot, Brocade Basics, Labelicious, Genuine Articles, Circle of Friendship, It’s All Good, Sporting
½” and/or ¾” Circle Punch: In the Spotlight, Holiday Tag Team, Glorious Garlands, Cold Play, Snow Flurries, Merry Merry, Punch Pals, Forever in My Heart, Holiday Blitz, Double-Line Doodles, Sweet Thing, Wanted, Star Struck, Little Flowers, Little Pieces, Please Come, Dot Spot Background, Alphabits, Art by Design
1 ¼” and/or 1 3/8” Square Punch: Simple Delights Simply Sent kit, Perfect Presentation, Forever in My Heart, Sealed With A Kiss, Be Happy, Figures of Speech, Tagger’s Dozen, Sweet Thing, Office Accoutrement, Stamp of Authenticity, Carte Postale, Glad Tidings, It’s All Good, Art by Design,Sporting, Business Boosters, It’s a Date
¾” Square Punch: Punch Pals, Calendar Cues
Large Oval Punch: I Did It, many of the word sets
Star Punch: Wanted, Starstruck, Sporting, Wild West Alphabet, On Board Blossoms and Basics
5-Petal Flower Punch: In the Spotlight, Be Happy, Priceless, Simply Said, Looks Like Spring, Heartfelt Thanks, Ginormous Flowers, Office Accoutrement, Big Pieces, Cutie Pie Double Sided Paper, On Board Blossoms and Basics
Snow Blossom Punch: In the Spotlight, Simple Snowman, Wondrous Gift, Snowflake Spot, Merry Merry, Snow Flurries, Punch Pals, Snowfall, Be Happy
Spring Flower Bouquet Punch: Looks Like Spring
Three for You Punch: Three Thoughts Simply Sent Kit, Punch Pals, Take Three, Three for You punch box
Word Window Punch: So Many Sayings, Block Party, Boatloads of Love, Fun & Fast Notes, Take Three, Everything Baby, Short & Sweet, Happy Everything, Wonderful Favorites, Warm Words, All Holidays, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Amazing to Zany, Fundamental Phrases
Monday, August 13, 2007
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Sunday, August 12, 2007
Paper: Creative License Simply Scrappin' Kit (Level One Hostess), Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky CS.
Embellishments: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, and Blue Bayou Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads.
Tools: 1 1/4" Circle Punch (for cut-out around latch), Word Window Punch (for cut-out around handle), Round Tab Punch (for dividers).
Supplies: Lots and lots and lots of Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals or Foam Tape.
Notes: The word "CARDS" are letter stickers from Creative Memories. The DP for the lid is TWO pieces to fit around the handle.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Stamps: True Friend (Holiday '07 Mini), Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Apple Cider DP, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, and River Rock CS
Ink: Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Embellishments: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brass Brad
Tools: Horizontal Slot Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch
Friday, August 10, 2007
I have been GRADUALLY altering them as Card Organizers. Very time-consuming project, but well worth it! I have several more of these Card Organizers to make.... here's the first two with hopefully more to come within the week!
The two altered tins I made today use the HAPPY ME SIMPLY SCRAPPIN' BUNDLE (Level 3 Hostess). Gosh I LOVE this bundle!!!! So colorful, versatile, and FUN! (See recipe below). The two tins are very similar with slight differences.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
The chipboard die-cuts are punched out of the sheet and stored in these jars. Of course, I kept the chipboard negative pieces for future use. This may not be the greatest system when my collection of chipboard grows but for now, I'm enjoying them! (My Groovy Guava jar is still empty... *wink *)
These jars look so cute on my bookshelf! I would have liked to photograph them on the shelf, but the lighting for photography in my craft room just doesn't cut it!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
This beautiful pocket card was hand stamped by my friend and fellow SU Demonstrator, Lorri Heiling (Confessions of A Stamping Addict) for my daughter's 16th birthday. I love how the CS is folded over at an angle for the flap. Lorri also used chipboard (the Close To Cocoa flower), and a white gel pen to create a stitch on the button. Adorable!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
KATHY'S RECIPE: Stamps: Autumn Leaf Prints (Sentiment), Delight In Life (for the background on pink CS) Paper: Cool Caribbean, Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Apricot Appeal, Patterned Paper, DCWV pastel mat stack, Butterfly cut from unknown DP Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose Embellishments: May Arts Ribbon, Sakura Glue Pen and Clear Glitter Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Ticket Corner Punch, Word Window Punch, Dazzling Diamonds Note: All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.**********************************************************************************
This next card is a Sweet 16 birthday card for my daughter from my friend and neighbor, Tammy Mendoza. The inside says "16th Birthday", "we hope this year is the sweetest!". Tammy has only been stamping since February ... her natural talent just blows me away! I think this is the happiest card I've ever seen!
Monday, August 6, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
I'll defenitely be making more of these tag cards! They're super easy, and I love the looks of them!
I made this card for a very special friend, Paula (scroll down for story below), and wanted room to write my words of thanks to her. The lined paper from Notations No. 2 DP was perfect for that! The Tag Corner Punch is how I achieved the tag look.
Stamps: None (gasp!)
Paper: Notations No. 2 DP, Wild Wasabi, More Mustard, River Rock and Mellow Moss CS
Ink: None (gasp again!)
Embellishments: Little Reminders No. 2 Accents & Elements, More Mustard Brads, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: Crop-A-Dile, Tag Corner Punch, Spiral Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Various Circle Punches
I just HAD to share the story behind my thank you card to Paula. I met Paula through our daughters about three years ago, and we immediately hit it off (our daughters are best friends too!). One of the first things I asked her is, "what do you do?" as in "for a living?". She said she's an "ebay-er"! I, being totally computer illiterate at the time, had no clue what that was! As I've mentioned before in my blog, I sell on ebay, and get the majority of my inventory at garage sales. Where did I learn how to do this? ... Paula! I can't believe the incredible amount of time she has spent showing me how to garage sale (YES, it there is a method to the madness!), and how to sell on ebay!
For my birthday last week, not only did Paula give me some awesome shower scrub & gel, but gave me this Boyds Bears & Friends figurine in the photos below. I think this Yard Sale lady is absolutely hilarious! I display it proudly in my craft room to remind me of what a blessing Paula has been in my life.
What makes this figurine even more special ..... she purchased it at a Garage Sale !!!!! LOL!!!! I just chuckle every time I look at it!
Of course, no garage sale bargain is complete without a defect! Look at the Yard Sale Lady's crab on her hat --- it's missing an arm! Simply adding to the charm of Paula's gift!
The words on her purse say "I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES".These signs say "SO MUCH FOR SO LITTLE" and "I JUST CAN'T SAY NO". If you only knew how many times Paula and I have called each other on a Friday or Saturday morning to share our garage sale finds and stories, you would laugh at this as hard as we have!