Friday, January 25, 2008

Valentines Day is Coming!

The last couple of days I have been working on my Valentine stuff for our 3 kids, 2 granddaughters, and my folks and here is what I came up with. I still have a couple cards to make but I was wanting something non-traditional and bright in the card department. I made the boxes for the nuggets out of cardstock and used mailing labels to stamp on and wrap around the nuggets. They are lightly taped to the bottom of the boxes to keep them in and the bands just slide over the boxes so they are easily removed. The Peppermint Patties have assorted stamped circles taped to them. I used the 1" Circle Punch, the Extra Jumbo Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Tonic Punch, a heart and scallop flower punches, Love Doodles, Friendly Note, and Tag Tidbits stamp sets, Palette Hybrid Inks, Kaleidoscope Girls and Kaleidoscope Boys Wing It Collections, white, Harvest Orange 2 , and Red 1 cardstocks, and Prismacolor 36 Watercolor Pencils. Needless to say, my mom came over while I was taking this picture and I had to keep her out of my creative lab. I'm sure she was wondering what I was up to. Guess I need to quit playing and go empty the dishwasher. Oh, the drudgery of housework! Catch you all later! Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Trouble Subscribing?

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This LOVE wall hanging is made from 4 drink coasters, Catelynne Fly With It Collection, Alpha Grunge, Assorted Bitty Blossums, Cupcake Paper Posies, a scallop oval punch, a heart punch, Super Jumbo Circle punch, small flower punch, small heart punch, various ribbons, Palette Hybrid ink, Tag Tidbits, Adjustible Drill Press, the Crop-a-dile, various coordinating cardstocks, and a small brad. I stamped the letters on the pattern cardstock in the Collection and cut out to mount on the layers. I think this Alpha Grunge is one of the most versatile alphabets we have. My mom hinted she wanted this, too, but she can't have everything I make!
I have just purchased the BIG BITE Crop-a-Dile II from an online source. This baby can punch 6" in from an edge! I have yet to play with it but I sure can see it's potential, especially for scrapbook pages. You don't hold this in your hand, it sits on a table. It looks like a curvy stapler! I still really like the regular Crop-a-dile and it will be a vital tool in many of my projects.
It's rather gloomy here today and we are expecting rain which we really need. Good day to take a nap but my hubby should be home from work in an hour. I have supper in the crock pot so can take it easy for a while anyway.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A productive day!

Today I met with a wonderful group of senior ladies at a local "social" club in Green Valley. They call themselves "Irma's Crafters" and they love to create cards. I presented a short talk on copywrite laws, how to index, mount and store a stamp (in a CD case), and showed 3 cards using techniques I want to teach. What a wonderful response! I could not tell them the company I am an independent demonstrator for (but one lady announced it!) or that I sell products but they all knew. The proposed class is a go! I will submit all the info with the recreational company and I plan on doing the class the 2nd Wednesday of March and another the 4th Wednesday. I will be teaching bleaching, chalk popping, and faux linen for the first class. This card shown here is an example of the faux linen technique. Thanks to Rita H. and the TAC-niques group for these techniques. This card uses the Hieroglyph Horses, Live Inspired sets and glossy paper. I also used dark green and light green cardstock (a piece of scrap) and Palette Hybrid ink. This will certainly help pay my way to Seminar!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Scrapbook in a Box

My brother and nephew sent me pictures of their Christmas and of their trip to see us in December so I decided to try my hand at this project. I used my Scor-Pal and Merry Wishes cardstock collection, and the Brights Cardstock Stack.
I got the template from the Scor-Pal website. I used the following stamp sets: Flourishes, Fancy Curls, Calendar, Simple-Bet, and Trendy Greetings. I also used Palette Hybrid Inks (pg.119 of our Inspiration Book), Assorted Bitty Blossums, a large red brad, and various ribbons. I showed it to my mom and she promptly asked to have it! I was thinking of giving it to my brother but he'll just have to come a visit to see it! This is rather small (9"x9") but is still cute. I think next time I'll do a 12"x12" so I can use larger photos. I used 18 photos (1 in the cover) so try to figure out where they all are! To see this closed with the cover you need to go to my personal website and look in the Misc. Album in the gallery!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Preparing for a Class

Today I'm feeling much better though my head is still congested. Aren't colds horrible? Slept most of the last 2 afternoons. Tuesday I need to meet with some gals about having a class. I will talk about copyright laws and then show some technique cards. I downloaded 4 cards to my personal website gallery for viewing but also decided to show one here. I bleached the black embossed image using my Niji Waterbrush and fresh bleach. The Rose Garden set is great with this technique with its open areas. You do need to make sure your dark cardstock will bleach so test a small area. And fresh bleach is a must. You can use a small paintbrush but I like the control I get with the Niji Waterbrush.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Welcome to the age of technology!

I hope you all have a wonderful start of the new year! Please bear with me as I learn this art of blogging. I hope to have samples with supplies and directions for your viewing.

It is beautiful here in southern Arizona with clear skies and warm temperatures. We are settling in from our move from Wyoming and enjoying not driving through blizzards or freezing temps.

If you have any questions or helpful hints please contact me.

This card uses the following supplies:
2 - 2" squares Med. Blue and 2 - 2" squares Light Blue from the DCWV Neutrals Cardstock Stack (pg.115)
2 1/4" x 1 1/4" Light Blue, and small scrap
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Black cardstock, folded
1/4" circle punch
Be Still (T2890 - pg.35) & Hieroglyph Horses (T2836 - pg.18)
Palette Hybrid Noir (TT220 - pg.119)
Stamp the horse in each square. Attach to card front. Stamp text in small blue rectangle and ink edges. Attach where shown. Punch 2 small circles and attach.
This makes a great masculine card or any type greeting just by adding what you want inside.