Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Toilet paper creation

Thought this was pretty funny and wanted to share!

I keep a roll of T.P. on my desk instead of tissue (don't ask). I went to use it to blow my nose and when I picked it up I saw this heart shaped design and just had to take a picture of it! The other end is still in a circle but somehow this end is a heart!

Maybe it's Gods way of saying, yeah you have a crappy live sometimes but I love ya anyways and will always be there to help you clean it up!!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Thursday is my Anaheim Class and I've prepared a bunch of neat things. I know the girls are excited about 3D things so I've tried to go out of the box for them. I also wanted to showcase the "in colors" as well as the Big Shot. So we have a lot to do in a small amount of time.

So without futher ado, here they are!

Stamp Sets: Friend to Friend is from Pocket Silhouettes (#111672), Sale-A-Bration stamp set Good Neighbors

Cardstock: Bermuda Bay cardstock(#115317), Welcome Neighbor DP (Sale-A-Bration)
Ink:Bermuda Bay Ink (#115655), Melon Mombo Ink (#115656)
Accessories: Melon Mombo polka-dot grosgrain ribbon (#115611), Big Shot(#113439), Magnetic Movers and Shapers (#115953), Modern Label punch (#116630)

Next we have a little something I thought was interesting. I'm trying new things, I think they will like it.

Cardstock: Soft Suede Cardstock (#115318), Crushed Curry (#115319) and Whisper White (#100730).
Stamp: Medallion background stamp (#115223)Ink: Crushed Curry Ink (#1165659) Soft Suede Ink (#115657)
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots textured impressions folder (#117335 Occasions Mini), Spiral Punch (#108341), Soft Suede polka-dot grosgrain ribbon (#115612), Basic Jumbo White Grommet (#114348)

This is 3x3 flat.

Front view opened!

This is the side view of the Easel Card. Go to SplitcoastStampers.com for the tutorial by the famous Beate!! She also has videos for those who need visual help.

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue (#117690 wood) Occasions Mini
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay cardstock(#115317) and Welcome Neighbor DP (Sale-A-Bration)
Ink: Bermuda Bay Ink (#115655)
Accessories: Bermuda Bay polka-dot grosgrain ribbon (#115610), Modern Label Punch (#116630)

These darling flowers I found on Dawn's Stamping Studio. She has the most wonderful videos! Go check it out. I think the girls will love making these!

Paper: Cottage Wall DP (#115671)
Punch: Extra Large Fancy Flower Punch (#118073 Occasions Mini), Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (#117191 Occasions Mini)Accessories: Silver Brads (#104336)

Next we have the double pocket card which I first found back in the summer of 2007 in Connecticut from my friend Diana Oullette. I just love this idea. To see the tutorial visit Splitcoaststampers.com.

Depending on how you fold this paper you can get some exciting results. So we are going to make these Double Pocket Cards. Then we are going to attach the flowers to them.

I used Cottage Wall DP (#115671)

So what do you think???

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sympathy Cards are hard to make

A week ago my friend called me to tell me her husband had passed away in his sleep....he was only 41. How do you make a card for that? I put it off and put it off till finally I just went into my craft room and started working. I found a base card I had started but never finished and it was exactly what I needed.

I follow Sherry Cheever's blog where she does a lot of AWESOME things and thought it was time to TRY my hand at it. I'm sure there's a name for her techniques but I don't have a clue what you would call it.

So here is the sympathy card I made from my friend JoJo. There are no words I could write that would help but I tried. She knows how much we love her, so I'm hoping the card will give her a little comfort.

Here is what I used:
Cardstock: Kraft, Parisian Breeze DP (retired), Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze (retired)
Ink: Creamy Caramel & Chocolate Chip for sponging
Stamps: Script Background (retired) All Year Cheer I (retired)
Accessories: Spiral Punch Scallop Circle Punch, Button Latte, Sponge, embossing folder, Labels One die cuts, SU Brown Satin Ribbon (retired) hemp twine

As you may have noticed in this and the previous post, I've used lots of Retired SU stamp sets. That's the wonderful thing about their sets, even though they are retired, it doesn't mean you aren't going to use them anymore!

Going Grungy

I've seen some great cards lately where there is a lot going on but it all seems to come together in the end. So I thought I'd try my hand at it and I think it turned out pretty darn good! (if I do say so myself!) :)

I recently got an email from a friend who gave me an unhappy face because I sent a card to her boss with some signed documents in it and she thought it was going to come to her.

When I worked in the corporate world I would ask the caller if he wanted to talk to "the man in charge" or "the woman who knows what's going on." I thought I'd send her a little something to let her know how much we appreciate her because she definitely is the woman who knows what's going on. (We love you Steve!! [the man in charge])

So here is her card....let me know what you think of it!!!

Here is what I used to create this card:

Paper: Orchid Opulence, Barely Banana, Shades of Spring DP (page 25 in Occasions Mini)
Stamp Sets: Versatile Verses (retired) Floral Background (retired)
Ink: Orchid Opulence & Barely Banana (for sponging)
Accessories: Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch (page 10 in Occasions Mini), Button Latte (yellow), Hemp, scallop punch, sponges, spiral punch, embossing folder, Labels One die cut, non SU ribbon (my Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon on page 27 of Occasions Mini hasn't arrived yet so I had to make due!)

Friday, March 19, 2010

March Class in Anaheim

March's class was postponed until yesterday but we are back on track and ready to roll.

I had a wonderful time yesterday stamping with my friends in Anaheim. Spring is definitely around the corner! Here are the cards we made.

Stamp Set: Abundant Hope
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Shimmery White, Shades of Spring DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Black
Accessories: Water Color Crayons

I tried to get a picture of the shimmer from the cardstock.

This is nice and easy.

Stamp Set: Eggcoutrements
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence, Shades of Spring DP, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Designer Label Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, non SU ribbon

Remember the pocket card??? Thought I'd add that to the mixture as the girls have never made those before.

Stamp Set: Eggcoutrements, Well Scripted
Cardstock: Shades of Spring DP, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Scalloped Edge Punch, non SU ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch

This last card is a beauty. Wish I had come up with the idea, but I didn't! I CASED it from Nancy Riley. Here is her blog.

Stamp Set: Vintage Vogue
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry (In Color), Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Garden Wall DP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive
Accessories: Polka Dot Ribbon Rich Razzleberry, Rhinestone Brads clear, Eyelet Border Punch, Dimensionals

We meet on the first Thursday of the month so next class is April 1st!!! Really, honest!!! Wouldn't try to fool you!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring is in the Air

I felt like coloring! So I came up with these little 4x4 cards. This is a retired Stampin' Up! set called Drawing On Nature. My friend Kathy McGuire taught me how to color with colored pencils and gamsol. I hope I did her proud.

Stamps: Drawing on Nature
Paper: SU Watercolor Paper, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories: watercolor pencils, gamsol, embossing folders

I hope these make you feel all springy!!