Monday, August 31, 2009

Caught in a web...

My friend, Barb, has the coolest Halloween blog. I wanted to try her Monday Macabre challenge which required something with wings. I had this Fiskars web texture plate and I though a black button with black scrapper's floss would make a great spider! There is a piece of tulle layered between the black web and the base card. This was white and I rubbed my Noir PH pad over it to color. I also ended up with black fingers! I tried to wash it off but some will just have to wear off.For my "winged" image I used the ladybug from the Squiggle Ladybugs set and embossed it in black on the smooth side of some purple Bazzil cardstock. I also used the purple as the card base and black DCWV paper for the web design. The text I made on my computer, it's a take-off on a great quote from the Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland. I think I almost made a spooky card. What do you think??
The original card had a bird on it but I didn't think the bird fit the card that well. Doesn't it look like the ladybug is trying to flee?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Just because....

I seen a layout on Stamping 411 and changed it just a bit. The original layout called for the sentiment to be in the lower left corner but I like it better where I put it on this card.

Pop Rockz SWIC
Watercolor Plants stamp
Bordeaux, Chartreuse and Noir PH inks
white ribbon
white button
Lime Green scrappers floss
edge distresser

I rather like it! What do you think?? And I didn't feel like making any more Christmas cards for now. LOL!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A different craft

I learned how to make the coolest rugs from a classmate at our 20th high school reunion. The rugs are made using a toothbrush needle (I'm going to keep you guessing on this) and blue jeans! They are very durable (I have one that's over 15 years old at my front door and it's now starting to come apart) and heavy. I have 3 in stock right now.

I've probably made 30 of these. Each rug takes about 20 pair of jeans as only the backs of the legs are good enough to use. The knees on the fronts usually are just too worn to hold up under use, much less making. I sell these for $60 plus shipping, insurance, and delivery confirmation. In case you need a great Christmas gift contact me! I'll even include a gift card.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Final Sneak Peek (maybe)!

I know it's early for Valentine's Day but why procrastinate??

Aren't these hearts just too cool! These are from a large set of 15. And the gorgeous tag sample on the page (you can see the very top corner in the pic) is just too cool! And the cool heart border, the 3 other hearts, all the great text stamps, WOW!

So, have you been enjoying the teasers? Are you wanting this great Inspiration Avenue? There is so much more in it, great samples, Stamping with Brush Markers, Color Matters, gift projects, picture frames using coasters, a gift book planner, ornaments, and 4 new project cards and more!! Contact me for your copy. I have 13 left!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Holidays, a bit early...

This is my last Christmas card for this month, but then, August is almost over! LOL! I think I should open a store at Etsy and sell some of my creations! Anyway...

I used Reece SWIC, cardstock, and ribbon for this card. And our hostess level B Thinking of You set.

Here you can see that I used my Stardust Clear Gelly pen over the top of the Burnt Umber PH ink for the text. I really like how it pops! I used just a plain stapler & staple on the ribbon. Some of the most common office supplies do great as embellishments on your cards or scrapbook pages!

Christmas is coming...

I have my 100+ cards done for a challenge on Paper Wings so now I'm just goofin'. What do you think of these?

Both cards use Reece SWIC and cardstock. I really need to replenish my stock as I'm getting way low of this gorgeous paper!!! This top card also uses Inspirational Sayings set (don't you love this phrase?) stamped with Noir PH ink on a tag from the SWIC pack and Reece ribbon. A simple design yet it has a flair about it.

This card is a bit more complicated as I used a circle cutter, the Giga Scallop circle punch, the Mega Circle punch, and 2 sizes of small hole punches. The poinsettia stamp is retired - I used it because it fit the circle so nice. The Merry Christmas is from our Hostess Level C set called Thinking Of You.

I colored the poinsettia with Prismacolor H2O pencils and my Niji Aqua Flow brush. I plan on making a set of cards using these papers and either sell them or make a gift with them. I think they're turning out real cool. Maybe I should open an Etsy store and sell some of my other crafts. I also make rugs and various papercraft products. Anyway, do you have your Christmas cards done? Don't procrastinate!! You'll be sorry! LOL!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sneak Peek # 2

And with Christmas just around the corner (it's closer than you think) we have some great new Christmas/Winter sets in the new Inspiration Avenue.

How about this Vintage Santa! Isn't it just great!! This fairly large stamp (approx. 3 1/2" x 3 5/8") would be great to color with chalks, pencils, watercolors or whatever! He's one in a set of 6. There's also a great background stamp and 3 phrases!

How do you like these sneaks so far? I have one more teaser for you to celebrate Valentine's Day or an anniversary or just to say I love you. Stay tuned!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I've updated my personal blog

For a great story and some pics go to my personal blog, Livin Hot in Arizona. The link is down a bit in the sidebar.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sneak Peek #1

You know Halloween is coming soon and we don't celebrate it but I do like sending cute cards to our granddaughters and children. Well, this set is just adorable!

This stamp is one of 10 in the set called Hedgehog Halloween. It's on page 16 of our new Inspiration Avenue which sells for $17.95 (plus shipping). It's definitely on my wish list. There's even a hedgehog with and I.R.S. briefcase and tie. Now that's SCARY!!!

Stay tuned for a couple more sneaks!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Catalogue correction on flower punches:

The prices shown for the Flower Clever Lever Punches in our 2009-2010 Inspiration Book & Catalogue are the current prices and supersede those in the Spring/Summer 2009 Serendipity Magalogue. Therefore, the following are the correct prices for the Flower Clever Lever Punches.

D-706 Extra Jumbo Flower 1 1/4" $12.95
D-707 Super Jumbo Flower 1 3/4" $14.95

Pretty ballerina!

I got these pics from our kids in CA (we visited them the end of July) and just had to play with these of Rowan, our youngest granddaughter. I just love these 5 pics of her then the one with her dance mates.

The 12 x 12" cardstock is from our DCWV brights cardstock stack and I used the old Mimi SWIC for layering. The stamped images are from Twinkle Toes and her name is made from the Swirly Bet. I used Noir PH ink for all the stamping. Coloring is by Prismacolor Pencils. I also used Lime Green and White scrappers floss (forgot to twist before photographing the page), yellow and green buttons, and florals. Now, isn't my granddaughter just the cutest thing?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sneak Peek - the new Magalogue!

As of Sept. 1 these are the 3 inspiration books from which you can order your stamps and supplies! There is our base catalogue (middle) and Serendipity (bottom) and the new Inspiration Avenue (top).

Inspiration Avenue, will be in my hands around this weekend! You can start ordering out of it Sept. 1! We've been asked by TAC™ not to give sneak peeks so you'll have to wait until the Magalogue is available but I'm sure you'll be excited with the 42 new sets!! I am!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hummingbird in Mango Madness

How's that for a catchy title? Mango Madness is the name of the VersaMagic Ink I used to stamp this card!

This layout is from a challenge to us Paper Cuts members on Paper Wings, a site that us "angels" use to promote TAC products with a cool gallery and fun stuff. The stamps I used are from Unexpected Joys, a Hostess level A set and Watercolor Plants. I also used my Coluzzle Nested Circles (now discontinued by manufacturer - darn!) and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I also used black & white cardstocks, and this yellowish orange that I have in my stock.

Here is a close up of the lower right corner. I colored my white scrappers floss with the Mango Madness to make it match. How cool is that!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Halloween Flowers......

If you like to celebrate Halloween a fellow angel I know creates some of the most amazing "spooky" projects! We don't do Halloween because of our faith but I do send rather cute cards to the kids. Anyway, Barb challenged us to use a flower set to create our Halloween card. The layout is a challenge by Heather.

I started with a black card base and built upon that. I layered orange and purple from the DCWV Neutrals cardstock stack and stamped this flower from Watercolor Plants with Versamark ink then sanded. I then distressed all the edges. The Halloween is a retired GWP stamp inked with Noir and edged with Orangerie on a scrap of white cardstock before distressing. The ribbon is from my stash. This is about as "spooky" as I get. What do you think??

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Post It Note Holder Tutorial

I've been asked to put together a tutorial so here it comes! Here's another holder that I adjusted so that it is easier to replace the note pad when one is used up.

Supplies: Designer paper and matching cardstock (I used Cha Cha SWIC and CS)
Embellishments and stamps of choice (I used an Ava felt flower, white & lime green scrappers floss, and a button, and text is from Tag Tidbits in Noir PH ink, and a purple brad)
Scor-Pal, kraft knife, adhesive, ruler, bone folder

I cut my cardstock to 8 1/2" x 11" and scored at 2 1/2" and 6" as shown.

I turned my cardstock and scored at 3 1/2", 7 3/4" (move left side of paper to 1/4" and score at 8"), and 10".

Now cut a piece of designer paper to 3 3/8" x 4 3/8". Attach this to the front center. It will be on the front side of the marked section shown below.

Mark 1 3/4" down from center panel top score line and 1/4" in on each side as shown. Use your kraft knife and cut a slit through both papers. I reinforced my cut with scotch tape before cutting.

Fold on all score lines. Use your bone folder to get good, crisp folds.

Tuck the short end into the long end to form a triangle as show. I did not use any adhesive here as it holds quite well.

Create the pen holder by cutting another piece of D.P. to 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" and score every 1/2". Adhere a flap to make a box and adhere to top of note holder as shown in first picture. Embellish! You can make a matching pen to complete the look.

Now, let's see you make one!! If you're one of my downline or a customer I would love to post a picture of yours on my blog!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

The rest of the story...

Here's the rest of my little album. Most papers are from Amelia SWIC and cardstock. The link's are in the album's previous post.

I used Mega Scallop Oval punch and Super Jumbo Scallop Oval punches here. I also used Bookoo Blessings for some of my text.

Here I used my Scor-Pal to create the grid on the left and a Scallop Square "nestie" by Spellbinders for the photo holder on the right. The "cheers" is from Tag Tidbits.

Another journaling spot made with Just a Note, and the hand is from a set now retired called Interact. I can't remember the set that has the text on the right page. Darn!

The "family" is from a retired set called No Place Like Home. It is embossed with white powder.

Here is another journaling spot from Just a Note and Bookoo Blessings text. I really like how this turned out but so many of these sets retired when our new Inspiration Book came out the end of June. Could that have been a problem... hmmm..... Anyway, I guess I need to make another as I purchased 2 of these little albums. The problem, where is it???

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

There's no one like you!

Heather, a very talented angel, has a weekly sketch challenge on her blog. I decided to give it a whirl today.

I used a Hostess Level B set called Unexpected Joys. You can get this great set FREE with a net order of $250 (don't forget we're doing double awards now, too). I also used Amelia SWIC, cardstock, and hardware. The ribbon is the Amberly Grace gold and I used Raw Sienna and Jardin Moss PH inks. I used a scrap of white cardstock for the bird.

In the closeup here you can see that I embossed the green with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Really gives a great effect! Oh, I used my Crop-a-Dile to do the flat-top eyelets! Love that tool!

Calling all Angel Wannabes!

TAC™ has heard us! They have changed their plan and want to help us with the current economy! Read on....

As you know as of January 1, 2010, our minimum sales requirement is scheduled to go to $200 per quarter. I would like you to know that we are updating this policy. As of January 1, 2010, our minimum sales requirement will be $100 per quarter and will stay $100 per quarter until January 1, 2011.

That's right! 2010 = a minimum sales requirement of $100 per quarter

2011 = a minimum sales requirement of $200 per quarter

Our hope is that we can encourage you to start stretching your wings and discover that you CAN achieve anything you set your mind to.

This is from Mischelle Smith, the owner and CEO of TAC™! So, if you're ready to fly remember we do have the paper only special going on. Email me for more information!!


Oh, and we have a winner for last month's drawing from our state of Arizona and the city of Sierra Vista (only 80 miles from me)!! It's Debra Lao! I don't know her but I think it's pretty cool that the winner lives relatively near!

A small photo album

Remember back in May or June TAC™ was calling all paper crafters? Well, I submitted a little album and figure that since I haven't heard anything I didn't win. So, here's part of my album!

This brown album was my starting point. I purchased it at a Stamp convention in Tucson.

Here is the decorated cover. I used our retired Sunflower Botanical stamp, another retired stamp but I can't remember the name of the set, Amelia SWIC and cardstock, and Burnt Umber PH ink.

Here's a closeup of the flower. I colored the flower with Prismacolor Pencils then used Crystal Lacquer in the center. The blue in the center is actually a reflection of a window.

The pages are in little clear sleeves which I think are pretty cool!

This page shows Just a Note for journaling. I will post the 2nd half soon! Even though I didn't win I still really like this little album. I wonder what TAC™ will do with it.....