Thursday, April 30, 2009

WNY Spring Fest pictures - Recipe Swaps

So for the first time at a swap, I signed up to do the Recipe Swaps. Those who know me, know that I don't particularly like to cook. Therefore, I decided if I ever did sign up for a recipe swap, I would use this recipe that I received in an email from a friend a long time ago.... A swap was born! The outside of the card features an oven door complete with a digital clock that I printed using my computer. The oven mits were clip art that I printed onto dsp and cut out. When you open the card, the chicken from Best of Cluck pops out at you. I did this by using some lightweight wire that came on a spool. I poked the end through the recipe paper and taped over the front with clear tape. I had to do 28 of these! Also pictured are just some of the swaps that I received in return. Thanks for stopping by today and sharing some of my swap experience!

WNY Spring Fest pictures - ATC Swaps

Recently, I attended a HUGE swap in Buffalo, NY. For the first time, I signed up for the ATC and the RECIPE swaps. The It's all good ATC shown above was my contributiont to the ATC swap. I used the Gina K set called You are my Sunshine. The surfboard is DeNami. I made the sand dues by tearing creamy carmel paper (didn't photo true to color) and then sponged the edges and stamped on some grains of sands using my itty bitty backgrounds. The other picture is some of the ATC's I received as a part of this swap. I'm so excited to start my ATC collection and can't wait to add to it. FYI... An ATC is an Artist Trading Card and measures 2.5 x 3.5. The object is to showcase as much art as you can using your personal style on to the baseball card sized paper. Don't you love them?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

WNY Spring Fest pictures

Here is my van all loaded up and headed for Buffalo (actually this is on the way home). We went to the 2nd WNY Spring Fest held in Buffalo, NY on April 25, 2009. If you look closely, you can see my 3 partners in crime for the weekend. Can anyone guess who they are and how much I had to pay one of them to pose for a picture?!?
What a great time I had stamping, swaping, chatting, learning new techniques and even stamping in our jammies at the hotel! Below is a picture of the stamping action as we were completing our "shoebox" or table projects. There were 75 women attending this event. When we first arrived, we drew our table assignment and set up our projects for our table mates. I was at Table F and made some really cool projects that the other girls brought to share. I aslo participated in the recipe and ATC swaps. I'll post a picture of my projects tomorrow. Thanks everyone who made this event another great one!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Video Tour of the Rubber Room

Well, I can't figure out how to get the icon of the video where you push play, so if you'd like to see a video tour of my rubber room click on the picture above or click here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sizzlets Little Leaves Die Card

I finally opened up my Sizzlets Little Leaves Die I got last month from SU. I wanted to cut some leaves out to see what they looked like. When I saw the negative that the die cut made, I immediately dropped the leaves themselves and went to work with the negative. This is the end result. I love when I have absolutely no plan and something comes together quickly. This card took about 5 minutes to finish! The little kiwi kiss "faux brads" on the corners are done with a galaxy marker I had in my turnabout. I inked up the end and used it to dot them on. Cool, heh? Thanks for stopping in - hope you're having a good weekend

Thursday, April 16, 2009

DIVA Project - 2-step, 3d Stamping with Soft Summer

Hi there! We have DIVA club this friday. For those of you who don't know about DIVA club, you can see more info here. If you have some friends and want to form a club, like this - let's talk!This is the full card project we'll be doing once we learn about 2-step, 3d stamping (a technique the hostess chose). I'm not sure if this is the official interpretation of the technique, but it's mine, so as thier fearless leader, I guess they'll have to love it:) The choc chip piece has been run through the cuttlebug using the small dots texturz plate. The new scallop oval punch was used to punch out a window from the front of the card and the celebrate oval is attached using dimensionals inside the card. Can't believe that break is almost over - hope you're enjoying yours!

Monday, April 13, 2009

RAK - punched Easter bunny basket

How cute is this little Easter Basket? My friend and DIVA Stacey surprised me with this over the weekend. Thanks Stacey - you rock! It's a little basket made out of scallop envelopes and adorned with a litle bunny made of punches. I can't tell you much more than that as I've never made one. I did just receive my own scallop envelope die tonight though - yipee! Thanks for stoppin by!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter and remember....

Thursday, April 9, 2009

another soft summer

Here is another soft summer card using kraft, perfect plum and old olive... one of my fav combos! No time for yada yada today - gotta go to work. Hope your holiday weekend is a good and safe one with loved ones!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Soft Summer in bashful blue

Happy Tuesday Girls! Only 1 more day of school and then the kids are on break - I'm happy for them as I remember how fun breaks were when I was a kid, but I'm sad for me as I still have to work. We rarely go away on break as it's the start of baseball season and no one wants to miss the early practices. I'll just have to do some extra stampin' to stay happy I guess! Anyhoo... I wanted to do up some samples using a new MINI set called soft summer. This card uses both the solid image and the outline image of the dogwood flower as well as one of the sentiments from the set. The colors on this card are bashful blue, Night of Navy, and Old Olive. Thanks for peeking in today - hope your tuesday is good!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Very Versatile from Stampin' Up - Occasions Mini

Here is a card using a set from the Occasions Mini called Very Versatile. It has this flower image and 4 sets of double greetings (one for the inside and one for the outside). It really is very versatile. The flower was imbossed using versamark and clear EP. Can you see the embossed lines on the white piece? The were dry embossed using my scor-pal, then the piece was punched with my eyelet border punch. Inspiration for this card was from someone on SCS. I apologize as I can't find it now, but if it's yours, please let me know and I'll gladly add a link! Thanks for stopping by today - hope your weekend was a good one.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Another Big Shot top note scallop circle purse

Last night a friend came over to make some of the top note purses I showed you a couple of posts ago. She is not an independent crafter, but really likes to see my show-n-tell projects and enjoys one on one instruction. I gave her step by step instructions and she completed these 3 boxes (plus one other) in about 2 hours. Either she's a natural or I'm a really good teacher.... or both! Don't you agree? She picked out the colors and as I look at the picture, I should have moved the top one down, so that a yellow and a blue were next to each other, but oh well, they've moved on to their new home and I'm sure they will be happy there:) Thanks for stopping in today! Here is the link again to the directions for this purse. I'd love to see it if you make one of your own!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Sis!

Today is my lil' sis' Birthday. How weird is this... it's also her husbands birthday! I was thinking this morning that it must have been fun while they were dating to find out that they shared a birthday and maybe went something like this:

Her: So I'm an Aries - what's your sign?
Him: I dunno

Her: Well, when is your birthday
Him: April, I think

Her: Cool, mine too! What day?
Him: "the 3rd - let me call my mom to che...."

Her: No Way - MY birthday is the 3rd too.
Him: Really?

Her: YES! We must be meant to be together!
Him: So... ya think we should make out now?

Happy Birthday Shannon (and Shane!) I Don't have a picture of the 2 of them on this computer, so I'll post this picture from last weekend when my mom and I went to visit her. (Shannon is the skinny sister on the left)

Last year to celebrate her birthday, I went and bought myself the making memories embellishment center. I can't wait to get out of work and see what surprise I get this year for her birthday:) P.S. Those tags a couple of posts down were for her

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Get Connected Promotion from Stampin' Up!

Have you checked out Page 210 of the Current Catalog? I have to tell you that I hadn't really paid it much attention till a week or so ago. A customer order the cutest little note card set. It comes with stamps, an ink spot and 4 gift notes and envelopes for only $9.95! Where had THAT been hiding! Also on Page 210 are some SINGLE stamps that can be purchased. Perfect for a little gift for the stamper in your life or if you need just the right sentiment, but don't want to buy a whole set. Guess what?!? This month you can get these stamps for FREE! Remember I told you a little bit about this promotion yesterday, but mentioned that there were technical difficulties with it, so SU put it on hold? It's fixed and running as planned. Here's the scoop....

Promotion Dates: April 1 - 30, 2009
Customers Spend $40 on Occasions Mini Catalog products and choose any one item from the "Under $10" page in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for free.

Hostesses Hold a workshop of $150 or more and choose any one item from the "Under $10" page in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog for free.

Here is a link to a flyer with more info. You will get this special offer if you order on your own through my website or by calling or emailing me to place your order.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

2009 Occasions Mini is Here!

The NEW Occasions Mini from Stampin' Up! is here. Starting today, April 1st you can get these great new items. As a demo, I could order from this mini catalog starting last month. Let me tell ya a secret.... I usually don't order too many Mini items as if they don't make it into the big catalog, I can't demo them for very long, but after a look at this Mini and I ordered almost everything! It's a good one. If you see something you like and would like to order, give me a call or contact me via email! SU has announced a promo that if you order $40 from the Mini, you may pick one of the new single stamps from the back of the big catty, but there are some technical difficulties with the promo, so stay tuned for more info on that.
Also, I am holding a Oval Scallop Punch class on April 22nd. Cost is $20 and you get to take your punch home with you! Pre-registration due by April 3rd.
Hint: If you click on the catalog it will take you to a PDF version.