Monday, March 31, 2008

biggie clip card

Here's another one inspired from the current On Stage - a biggie clip card. The scallop on the top of the card is actually attached to a huge paper clip to be taken off and used as a book mark. After folding your paper, open it up and cut a half circle across the center fold line of the card and then at the bottom of the circle, just cut a 1" opening for the clip to tuck into. Confused? Come to April Stamp camp and we'll make one!!

Circle purse with wallet - Stamp Camp Projects

Hi there - hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was good - busy as usual, but good. Had a really nice time on my date last night with DH. He even took me to AC Moore and looked at stamps with me! That is something he NEVER does. All this attention left me feeling very special, so while in a special mood, I wanted to create something special for you to see!

Here's what I came up with. This adorable little purse was idea is by Tammy Mullins and is featured in the current on-stage publication (a quarterly magazine for SU demo's). The little wallet you see is something that I had come across while blog surfing and thought it was a fantastic way to use the top of the lunch bag once the bottom is cut off for the purse. Of course, I couldn't find it when I was ready to recreate, but I think I did okay winging it! If you know who has the original idea, let me know and I'll provide a link!

I think these will be 2 projects for April's stamp camp. I will be announcing the date soon! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

SCS Color Challenge CC159 Sprinkles

I'm celebrating! I'm going on a date tonight with DH! He arranged for the kids to go to his mom's and just he and I are going out to dinner - talk about simple pleasures :)

I know I should probably be doing my hair and make-up for my date... LOL, but I decided to make a quick card for you all instead so you didn't feel left out of my day. I checked out the color challenge on SCS and decided to play this one CC159 using bashful blue, basic gray and whisper white. I really like the color combo - this card is not my favorite, but you can't win 'em all! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Tart & Tangy Class projects

They were tart, they were Tangy and they had fun! (or at least I think they did). I held tart & tangy class today. Included in this class were 5 projects from the group picture and 1 extra project just for showing up! Those who attended were treated to an extra project using the rubons to make a biggie clip. Most of the other projects can be seen in more detail if you scroll down my blog, but the little love note 3 x 3 card has not been posted yet and I thought it was too cute not to show. To get a chocolate dipped strawberry, just stamp the strawberry as usual, color in the bottom part with chocolate chip marker and cover lightly with crystal effects - yummy!

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully, I'll have time to craft tomorrow before I got meet with my new downline - Hi Tara!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

bind it all book

The laundry just had to wait... I found some time to create! (I'm a poet and didn't know it... there I go again!)

My youngest son's best friend turned 8 and his party is this weekend. I have wanted to make him a sketch book since I got my bind it all, but haven't had a chance. Well, I finally made time today...with 2 days to spare!

This book is really quite simple. I cut up some old cereal boxes to 8 1/2 x 6, then cut some typing paper down to 8 x 5 1/2. Then I just used an old simply scrapping kit from Stampin Up! If you've never tried these things - you must! There is absolutely NO thinking involved - everything you need is included and it all coordinates beautifully! After everything was done, I punched it with my Bind it all and put it together. This went together in under an hour and I think he's gonna love showing off his special creations in his special sketch book!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Challenge Flap Card

I haven't been able to do much creating lately, so I just had to make something this morning before heading off in all my different directions before work. I checked out the challenges on Splitcoast and decided on this try a new technique challenge - Flap cards. I don't have a scor-pal or the coluzzle cutting thingy yet (I just ordered the coluzzle and I am anxiously awaiting it's arrival from Stampin up!). I didn't let my lack of supplies stop me though... I thought that the 5 in 1 template would serve as my guide for rounding the top flap and it fit perfectly (see photo at left). Here's the deets (details):
Start with cardstock 3 1/2 x 11.
Score at 4 1/4 and 8 1/2.
Place your 5 in 1 template across the top score line (in the picture it's the straight line ABOVE the stampin up logo. Your corners will match up and just draw in where your round flap will be, remove the template and cut out your perfectly rounded flap.
Fold the bottom flap up and adhere patterened paper (3 1/4 x 4)
Decorate as desired and you have flap card.
In the tutorial on the challenge thread, they used magnets, but I didn't have any, so I went with the old standby....velcro.
Thanks for Stoppin' by today!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Always and Together Forever

I have this heart (from SU's Always) on loan from my friend Kirstin. She has challenged me to come up with something using it. The Mr. & Mrs. are from my Together Forever set. I have been crazy busy today getting ready for easter, but I took a break to blurf (blog surf) I'm not sure if I just made that up or read it soemwhere, but I like it. While blurfing (he, he) I saw today's sketch challenge on Lauren Meader's blog. Here is my attempt at a "keep it in the corner - one layer card". I didn't have any black craft ink, so I used Not Quite Navy ink and then black embossing powder - worked just fine! The half-back pearl is hiding a small smudge on the dot after Mrs.... In stamping, there are no mistakes - just opportunities to embellish!

I missed HOW many birthdays?

This happens every year! All of a sudden it's March and I've missed 9... count 'em 9 birthdays that we were too busy with hockey to attend! I've missed 2 nephews, 5 nieces, 1 mother and 1 sister over the last 2 months... man, where does the time go? As I will see all of them tomorrow for easter, I figured I'd better get into birthday mode today!!

These are little notebooks complete with pens (aren't they cute). I picked them up a long time ago from Mike's dollar spot with the intent of altering them some day. Quick, quick I personalized them for my twin nieces - all kids love personalized stuff (and money), right? There are stickles on the flower centers - these girls love their bling:) Thanks for stopping by...... Hoppy Easter!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Potlid Purse

Nothing new to show you today as I had to work and then held Diva club. The girls really enjoyed the 2 techniques we did tonight (see posts below). This is a potlid purse I did a while ago for one of my boys' teachers - I can't even remember which one now. It's called a potlid purse as that's what you use to make it - literally, a POTLID. Choose the size you want and trace it onto a piece of paper leaving it hanging over the edge on the bottom enough to get a straight edge. Cut out two the same size and attach them to a cut down lunch bag, much like the genie bag. Decorate it as desired and fill it with whatever your little heart desires. Mine is made with designer paper (vendor unknown) which was adhered to stampin up whisper white cardstock. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

For Emily with Hugs

I was reading the forums on splitcoast... there's something new:) If only I actually made half of the stuff I see on there, I'd be doin' good!

Anyway, there was a thread asking for RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness) for a little girl completing Chemo. These adorable Gina K stamps were calling to be used and I thought they'd be perfect for this. If you'd like to learn more about sending Emily a RAK, see this Splitcoast thread.

March Diva Club

It's almost time for our Diva Club meeting!

I spent most of the evening helping my son with a school project, but I did sneak in these two technique cards for this month's Diva's. The techniques requested by this month's hostess are Dryer Sheet and Faux Leather. Admittedly, I haven't done much of either one, so it was fun to get out all the stuff to make these samples. You can see the full card that we'll be making if you scroll down. Hope you're all keeping warm and dry tonight (lots of rain here in CNY). Thanks for checking in...See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

NEW Stampin' Up! Specials

Sale-A-Bration has ended now, but that doesn't mean the savings have stopped! Check out these brand new specials offered by Stampin Up!

Get a free coordinating Wheel with select sets - Free Wheelin Promo
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Contact me if you'd like more information on any of these limited time offers!

A parachuting monkey!

While blog surfing I came across a card like this and had to try one for myself. This is the card I made for a recent "shoebox" swap that I attended in Rotterdam, NY. Everyone brings enough pre-cut supplies for all to make their project. I think the girls were a little apprehensive about this one, but it was MUCH easier than it looks. The directions are below, but first a hint about your paper trimmer: If you look closely at the sides of your orange cutting blade, you'll see little arrows on each side. If you line those arrows up with the markings on your paper cutter's bar, you can cut slits like I did for this card. Just lift your blade until you get to the desired starting point, THEN apply pressure to cut. Give it a try - it's easy!

Cut a 4 inch slit in soft sky paper. Place paper in cutter with 5” side facing top/bottom. Place left side of paper at 3” mark. Now look at the “bar” on the cutter and find the 4 ½ mark. Line the arrow on the orange cutting blade up with 4 ½ and cut a slot up to the ½ inch mark. Move left side of paper to 3 1/4” and cut parallel slot starting at ½ inch mark down to 4 ½.

Stamp monkey and sentiment in Basic Brown on Vanilla Scrap. Color using markers and blender pen. Cut out money. Cut out sentiment.

Stamp parachute onto designer paper. Cut out along outside of line and adhere to stamped image.

Punch word window from scrap paper and tuck under your slit, fold ends towards middle, but leave enough room so it will slide easily. Adhere one end on top of the other with sticky strip. Adhere monkey to top with sticky strip.

Adhere “dropping by to celebrate” sentiment to top of card.

cut “grass” into wild wasabi strip and adhere to bottom of card.

Stamp “Hope your birthday’s really great” in basic brown on bottom right of card.

Adhere soft sky to blue bayou piece. Adhere blue bayou to vanilla card base.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Child's Laughter

Good morning everyone - hope you are all enjoying your sunday. I had to... ugh.... cook and clean this morning, but now I have a bit of time to play before heading to dinner at the out-laws. My sister's birthday is coming up and hopefully she doesn't read my blog... shannon if you're reading STOP NOW! cause this will be your "surprise". I just love this picture of her kids with Lex (chunky monkey) smiling so big her eyes are shut :) Not much to explain on this one, I picked up this frame yesterday on sale at Joanne's and it was already painted white, so I just added some rub-ons (did I mention that I LOVE them), printed the sentiment out on my computer and wha-la beauty in the form of a framed picture!! I also added one blue and one pink dew drop to represent her two adorable kids! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Before and After

Well, not after grocery shopping, but after putting off going grocery shopping...

I was almost out the door and then DH came home for lunch and parked behind me so I couldn't get out and then by the time he left it would have been too much of a rush to get to the store and back before heading into work, so here I am playing with tart and tangy stuff again (I think I have a problem) Holy Moly (Yippee.. my new smilies worked!) I So Rock

Anywho... I found these cute little wooden magnet thingies at Joanne's the other day in the clearance bin and thought they would be cute "re-designed" Here's the before ---------------------->

I cut a piece of the new summer picnic paper from Stampin Up! (love that stuff) attached it, stamped the saying Life is Sweet from an OLD stamp I had, matted it on red, colored in the cherries from Tart and Tangy with my markers, stamped them onto a scrap, punched them out with the small tag punch, layered it onto a scrap of red that I had punched with my large tag punch, a little of the new stripped ribbon from SU and viola - a pretty new magnet to match my grocery list!

Do you think this counts as "cleaning" the refridgerator? (he, he)

Bread Milk and Eggs.... My Grocery List

I really needed to go to the grocery store this morning, but before I went, I HAD to make a list first, right?!? (don't tell hubby). I think we will be making this as one of the projects at my upcoming Tart and Tangy Class. Thanks for stopping by - hope you like today's project. Anyone need me to pick them up anything at the grocery store?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Laundry done - 'cause I need the dryer Sheet!

Well, It's almost tomorrow already, but I wanted to get you something today, like I said I would. After work, I came home and finished some swaps for this weekend and then got to work on a dryer sheet card requested for this month's DIVA Club hostess. The card is really shimmery in real life (and so am I after using that freakin' glitter). The dryer sheet technique is easy, just a wee bit messy as any glitter project is...
1. Just stamp an image that is bold enough to show through your dryer sheet onto neutral cardstock and color if desired.
2. Run your image face down through the xyron or spray with adhesive.
3. Adhere a used dryer sheet to the front and rub with dazzling diamond glitter.
4. That's pretty much it... see - easy peasy! If you make one, I'd love for you to post a link here.
Gotta go get a drink now to wash down that glitter stuck in the back of my throat :)

We're No. 3!

Okay, so it doesn't have quite the same ring as we're No. 1, but it ain't bad!!! It's been a long weekend, but I'm home now and hopefully I'll have some new and cool projects to share with you after work today.

We returned yesterday from the NYS Squirt Hockey Championships - while our team didn't bring home the 6 ft tall Championship trophy (where would that of fit anyway?), they played their hearts out and made us all EXTREMELY proud. The way the coaches figure it, we can claim to be the 3rd or 4th best Tier II squirt team in all of NYS... way to go boys!! It's a bit sad for me as it's the end of the "innocent hockey" years for DS#1 as next year he'll move up to PeeWees, which means checking. Someone asked me if I didn't want him to check and my reply was "no, I want him to check, I don't want him to GET checked - he's a peanut"!! Maybe he'll grow a bunch over the summer. Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled stampin' program.... (following a short delay called work)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Who Loves Kids - Charlie Waffles does!

Happy Thursday! I don't have anything stamping related today (sorry) but Waaaaaaay too funny to let slip by:

Check out this youtube clip from Two and a Half Men with Charlie Sheen.

Wanna do a bulk buy of this cd? (insert funny smilie here... note to self - get funny smilies)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

You can Subsribe to my blog now

Look on the side bar - there's a little box for your email address.... how cool is that? If you subscribe, when I post somethin' new - you'll get an email telling you. Technology - Cool beans!

If you change your blog background

You lose everthing you've added (excepts posts thank God!!!). Anyway, that's why my blog is changed, I was playing around and wanted to try this new background. I like it, don't LOVE it...but after doing all the work on the side bar with the clickable catalogs, email and gallery stuff, IT'S STAYING!!!

Hope you like it enough to come back and visit often:)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

It's in the Bag - a Genie Bag!

This morning I worked on a Genie Bag. These are called Genie bags because of the creative gal that came up with the idea. Basically, you cover the front and back of a lunch bag with cardstock to make a simple, pretty gift bag. Love these things!

Mine is a standard sized white lunch bag (from target), which I cut down slightly. It uses 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock to cover both sides.
DIRECTIONS: Cut cardstock at 8 1/4 and 5 1/2, decorate and attach to the front and back of your lunch bag.... easy peasy!
I stamped my cardstock with the solid flower from Pick a Petal and used my ancient dottariffic markers (which by the way were resurected from the garage sale pile... what was I thinking:)
Here's a side view so you can see how easy it is to put one of these together - give it a try!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Sticky Cut Letters

A couple of times a year I get together with a bunch of stamping friends across New York State. In a couple of weeks, we will be gathering again in Rotterdam. There are a number swaps you can sign up for - one of which is a demo quality swap. The card you create must contain all current stampin' up! stuff and have a certain number of layers and embellishments. This will be my "dq" this time around. Hope the girls like it. This is the first time I've used the sticky cut letters - boy are they sticky!! The letter "h" is brought to you (and them) from the demo only bulk buy test program... gotta love bulk buying! This one is covered with microbeads, but these sticky letters can be covered with just about ANYTHING, chunky or superfine glitter, microbeads, bead duos, designer paper, or whatever else you can think of! Here's the recipie:
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Prints Pack (Level 1 hostess)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Stamps: Happy Everything, A Little Birthday Cheer, Wonderful Favorites, Print Pattern Accessories: Sticky Cut letters, Ribbon, Safety pin, Microbeads, Word Window Punch, crop a dile, markers

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Occasions Mini is here!

Twice a year Stampin' Up! unveils all new stamp sets and accessories in a 24-page, full color mini catalog. and starting today we can order from it - wha-hoo!!!! I LOVE this mini called the Occasions Mini Collection 2008, especially the little Tart & Tangy set as you can tell if you have been to my blog before :) Do you love Tart & Tangy too? I'm offering a class where you take the set home with you!

This Mini is effective March 1 - May 31, 2008, but any orders from the Occasions Mini before March 17th will count towards Sale-A-Brations benefits! It's the best of both worlds - beautiful NEW stamps and FREE stamps! (Click on the Sale-A-Bration Mini on the side bar to see the free stamp choices).