Saturday, September 30, 2006

Thank you

Roberta dropped this card off last night to say "Thank you" for taking the pictures of them a couple of weeks ago.
There was also a gift certificate for CompuPro in there! Lucky me, eh? I was surprised when she handed it to me, I really didn't expect anything. It was fun for me and I'm glad we ended up with some good pictures.

Friday, September 29, 2006

I am so happy

I really need to go to bed but before I do I just have to say that I am feeling pretty good right now (no I haven't been drinking). Tonight I finished my swap cards for Mom's swap that I have to take with me. Yes, I am a procrastinator. I also did the projects for the class I am teaching at CompuPro (look for a sneak peek on the CompuPro blog soon) and I cut out the last card for the home workshop I am doing tomorrow.

Anyway, I need to go to bed. Check back soon. I am hoping to have time before I leave on Sunday to upload a couple of cards.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sneak peek for tonight

Just a little sneak peek at one of the cards we will be doing in class tonight. I have to admit that I have had this set since probably August and this was my first time using it. I had to have it to do Ian's b'day invitations but didn't have time. I will use it for the scrapbook page when I do his birthday though.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Towel Cake

I have to brag about my creativity (or at least my ability to copy). LOL!!!

This is the towel cake I made for my brother's wedding shower a couple of weeks ago. The base is 2 bath towels, the middle layer is 4 bar towels (it was supposed to be 2 hand towels but I couldn't find any white ones) and the the top is 2 face cloths.

My neighbor called me after she had been at a bridal shower to tell me that she had seen this cake and thought of me when she saw it. If you do a search for a bridal shower towel cake it should come right up.

BTW - If you click on the picture you should be able to see it full screen.

Now I just have to figure out what to get them for a wedding present. The wedding is next weekend. Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Rest of the Stamp Camp projects

This card is with Close as a Memory done with a watercolor technique where you ink the stamp with markers and then spritz it with water. The background is Well Worn Words stamped in marigold morning and then sponged with true thyme. The colors on the flowers are the same as above and cranberry crisp. The ribbon is my latest favorite - true thyme stitched ribbon and I used my QuickKutz to punch out the buckles.

The picture of this one didn't come out very good. It is an altiod tin covered with recollections paper and the tag is from Tags so Much mounted on a piece of bravo burgandy with a burgandy ribbon stapled on. There is a little book that goes in the tin that I didn't get a picture of.

The last one is a CD case that was done on cool carribean cardstock with the Bodacious wheel and the large flower from Bodacious Bouquet stamped in Rose Red on Regal Rose cardstock. The band is certainly celery and "for you" is in more mustard.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Stamp Camp cards

These are some of the cards we did at the stamp camp on Saturday.

The first 1 is with Unfrogettable and Happy everything. The patterened paper is Dots & Dashes. The cardstock is pumpkin pie, glorious green and whisper white. The swirls wheel is on the pumpkin pie with versamark.

The 2nd one is a reflection with Lovely as a Tree and the pumpkin patch spectrum pad on vellum paper. The cardstocks are really rust and old olive.

The 3rd card is the one that was posted on Mom's blog. This card is 3 x 3 and is certainly celery and elegant eggplant with the Sew Seasonal stamp set.

The last one is a grid technique. I used mellow moss, cranberry crisp, close to cocoa and very vanilla. The stamp set is Bareback and the backgrounds are linen and weathered.

I will post the rest of the projects this week so keep checking back.

Friday, September 22, 2006


I don't know if it is blogger or me but I can't get the links to work this time. I will check back later to see if they are working and if they are not I will post the links directly.

Me again, I fixed it and it was me. Enjoy the links :)

Ribbon Dyeing

As promised I am updating my blog. I know it has been a week but it has been a busy 1. We went to my parents last weekend for a quick trip and then when we got back I had to finish up the projects for Saturday's Stamp Camp and for last night. For those of you who are coming tomorrow it is going to be lots of fun. I am really excited to do all of the projects.

So, on to the ribbon dyeing. This is a Tutorial on SCS for ribbon dyeing. This tutorial was done by Amy Rysavy who has a really great blog called Prarie Paper and Ink. When you have a chance you really should check out her blog, I usually do daily. I haven't done the ribbon dyeing this way yet but if I need lots done at once this is the way I will do it.

The way I have dyed my ribbon is with white ribbon, a sponge dauber and ink. All you do is lay the ribbon on a scrap piece of paper and apply ink to it with the sponge dauber. You have to do both sides, the ink will seep through but it won't go as dark.

I have also read that you can dye your ribbon with pastels (chalks) and that you can do just 1 side and have double sided ribbon. Hopefully Sunday I will have some time to play and try this out.

I will post pics of the projects we do tomorrow throughout the next week since it is about time I posted a card.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Sneak Peek

I am going to make you work for this. I just sent an e-mail to Happy Stamper with a sneak peek of 1 of the cards we are doing next weekend. It is also a card that I did for her challenge to use a set that you haven't used in a while or maybe even never. This is one that I used when I first got it in July but haven't used since. Thanks for the challenge "Happy Stamper".

So if you want to see the sneak peek you will have to check out Happy Stamper's blog. The link is on the left.

Joy's kids brought their cards they made to to show me a couple of days ago so I had to take a picture to put on the blog. They did really cute cards. The 1 on the far left is a buckle card and he did it sideways to what I have done. I thought that was a great idea. Thanks for sharing your cards guys!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


I know I haven't posted in a few days but that doesn't mean I haven't been stamping. The last few days I have been really busy getting ready for tonight's class, next Thursday's class and the Stamp till you Cramp on the 23rd. We are going to my parents for the weekend so I am trying to get as much as I can done now so I won't be rushing next week. That is rather rare for me to be that prepared.

Anyway, the class on the 23rd is going to be awesome. I love doing Saturdays because we can do things that I wouldn't normally do on a Thursday night class.

Yesterday was Ian's first day of Pre-school and he loved it! When I was getting Emma dressed to take him he said "Come on Mommy, drop me off". Today he was just as excited and just smiled and did this little wave and smirk when Emma and I left.

If I get a chance once I get everything packed for tonight (which I have to go do now) I will post a sneak peek of one of the cards we are doing next weekend. I'm of to pack for tonight and for the trip tomorrow.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Hodgepodge Hardware

If you have been looking at the hodgepodge hardware kits but are unsure of the cost this is a breakdown of the cost of all of the pieces.

Hodgepodge detail information

4 - small oval label holder
4 - large oval label holder
4 - square label holder
4 - small rectangle label holder
4 - large rectangle label holder
8 - small rectangle buckles
8 - large rectangle buckles
6 - oval buckles
12 - pointed photo anchors
12 - rounded photo anchors
6 - rectangle things
6 - rectangle double buckles
10 - rounded ribbon holder
10 - pointed ribbon holder
10 - circle clips
10 - square clips
10 - oval clips
10 - double spiral clips
100 brads

Clips and photo anchors (64 pieces)-- 13 cents each
Buckles and picture hangers (54 pieces) --25 cents each
Label holders (20 pieces) -- 53 cents each
Brads (100 pieces) -- 5 cents each

TOTAL $37.42
Ok so the cost is $37.95 but the original document I had was for a higher price (from the last book)and I couldn't figure it out any closer than this. If anyone wants to play with the #'s let me know and I will change it.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

In Colors Chart

I have been trying to do this for a couple of days (off & on) now and thanks to Angela I think it is going to work.

Stampin' Up! now has a printable color combinations chart that you can download and print at home for lots of color combos with the new In Colors. Click Here to download this. It is 4 pages of options for using the In Colors. If you can't print in color you can print it in Black & White and punch out the colors from cardstock and glue them on (the 3/4 inch circle punch should be the right size).

Hopefully this link works, if not let me know and I will e-mail it to you.

Edited to say "yea, I just tried it and it works". Thanks Angela.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

More challenge stuff

Here is a link to the SCS challenge finalists if you want to see more pics.

And this is the link for if you do a search for LSC79 (limited supply challenge 79).

It really is amazing to see what the others have done with this challenge. I think I am going to have to go shopping to see what else I can find that I can alter. I just used what I had in the house. Imagine the possibilitys! Hmmm maybe I should go yard saleing (sp?) this weekend. I saw signs for 1 in New Maryland for this weekend.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mom did the challenge

Mom (aka Happy Stamper) sent me an e-mail with this picture of the projects she created for the challenge. Aren't they awesome!?!

Thank you for joining me in the challenge. It was fun to do and fun to see what can be done with 1 sheet of patterened paper.

This is the list of projects:
5 standard size cards
1 tote bag for cards
1 take out box
1 candle
1 Candy pouch
1 6X6 page layout
3 love notes

The stamp sets used were: Snowflake Spot. A Merry Little Christmas and Riveting (for the sentiments).

The paper used was a sheet of the Holiday Thyme Designer Paper. The cardstock colors were: Cranberry Crisp, Old Olive and Vanilla.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Challenge-Here they are!

I can't believe how many projects I made with just 1 sheet of patterened paper. Last night when I started this I was a little overwhelmed with choosing the paper and stamp sets but once I got going it really was fun.

I used the Treehouse paper, A Light Heart & Genuine Articles. The cardstock colors are More Mustard, Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme.

The projects I made were:
1- shadow box
1- tin
4- 6x6 scrapbook pages
3- 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 cards
1- 3x3 note card w/envelope
1- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 card

I found this was a really great creativity challenge. It really made me think and do this on my own. A lot of the times I go to Splitcoast for
ideas and this was fun to have to "just go with it" so to speak. I might just have to do this again sometime. Just not right away, I have too many other things that need to be done before I start something like this again.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Wedding pics

I took exactly 170 pictures yesterday. I have deleted a few and cropped some and saved them as new pictures so I still have right around 170 pictures to choose from.

These are a few of my favorites but it was very hard to choose. I am really happy with how they turned out and it was fun playing photographer for a couple of hours.

Now I can't wait until my brother's wedding to have Ian & Emma's pictures taken all dressed up.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Lots to blog about

I had a rough start to my week when we had to put one of our cats down. We had the cats for 3 years before we had Ian so they were our kids before we had kids so it was really hard (and still is) for both of us. Then Joe went into the field for 2 nights and the other cat brought a mouse onto my bed while I was up with Emma the 2nd night. It ended up hiding in my treadmill so I spent the rest of the night downstairs in the spare bed. Luckily the rest of the week has been rather uneventful.

This afternoon (in about an hour) I am taking pictures of Roberta's kids before her brother's wedding this evening. They are both in the wedding party so it should be fun taking pics of them all dressed up. Hopefully I will be able to post a couple tonight or tomorrow.

I was on SCS this morning and was checking out the challenges and the limited supplies challange for this weekend is to do a OSW (one sheet wonder) with a 12 x 12 sheet of patterened paper. Normally a OSW is done by stamping an entire sheet of cardstock and then cutting it to use on different cards or projects. This one you have to use the entire sheet and it has to be on at least 2 cards and 2 non- card projects. You are only allowed to use 2 stamp sets and 1 verse set. I think that is all of the rules. I will try to check later to make sure I have it right.

So that is going to be my challenge to you and to myself. This weekend pull out a sheet of patterened paper and use it to create as many cards and 3-D items as you can. If you have a digital camera you can take a picture of your projects and I can post them here if you want. I would love to see what everyone comes up with. If you don't read this until after the weekend and still want to participate go for it.

Have a great long weekend.