Wednesday, December 16, 2009
And here's what's inside:
The flat part of the staples are covered on the front by the strip of red paper, but the bent ends are exposed on the back. I left them showing on the back so that the teachers could open them with a staple remover and not destroy the topper if they so desired. The gift card is held in very simply by a couple of punches with my slit punch. Two little half moons of the gift card also show on the back of the topper, which will hopefully give the recipients a clue that they should go ahead and open the package! Rather than use up precious buttons for the gingerbread boys, I used a little circle stamp instead. The cookies are gingersnaps.
Details: stamps Holiday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics; paper - Vintage Cream, Bitty Box Basics; ink - Pure Poppy, Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up!); accessories - Top Note die (Sizzix for SU!), slit punch (SU!)
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Details: stamps - Birthday Basics; paper - Ruby Red (Stampin' Up!), Boxer (Basic Grey), Vintage Cream; ink - Night of Navy (SU!); accessories - Nestabilities stars (Spellbinders), rustic wood buttons, rustic twine
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Details: stamps - Father Knows Best, Simple Little Things, Simply Stationery; paper - Guidelines 2, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate; ink - Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate; accessories - dark chocolate twill ribbon, key tag punch and horizontal slot punch (Stampin' Up!)
Remember I mentioned in my last post that my daughters were members in my craft room? Here's another member. This is Tom:
Tom is a two year old parakeet who lives in my craft room. Tom thinks he should be allowed to play with my craft things. What do you think?
I have no idea what's so fascinating about these monster paper punches, but Tom will play with them for hours. He noses around them for a long time, then tries to get on top of them. But they're smooth and he can't get a good foothold, so he slides off and flies away, only to come right back and try again.
If he'd fall in love with a tool that was more his size, he might be a useful contributor!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Here is a poster that Katrina made. I love her Copic coloring. I haven't given her any instruction at all. She's learned by watching and by doing.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
We certainly have a lot of practice to do before we can make things as gorgeous as Bakerella makes, but we had a great time!
Lots of fun supplies were gathered.
We got messy rolling up balls of cake.
We filled our candy mold with candy melts and sunk the cake balls into the candy.
We dunked the tops of the cake balls into a second color of candy melts and topped them with sprinkles.
This recipe makes a lot of cupcake bites!
This is the most beautiful of the cupcake bites that I could find to photograph.
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is my project for the swap. I borrowed the design from Joan Bardee. Check out her beautiful card here.
Details: stamps - Friends Til the End (PTI), Friendly Words jumbo wheel (SU - my wheel is cut up into separate stamps); paper - Gina K pure luxury 120 lb. ivory, true black (PTI); ink - pure poppy, true black (PTI); accessories - scallop edge punch, black button (PTI), hemp twine
This was the door prize that I donated. It holds two stamp sets. I don't have a template for this - it was a last minute kind of thing. I based it on designs that I've seen that are meant to hold cards in the two side boxes/pouches. I measured my stamp set boxes and sized the pieces accordingly.
Details: stamps - Beautiful Blooms, Friends Til the End (PTI); paper - lemon tart, spring moss, stampers select white, green tea leaves (PTI); ink - pure poppy, spring moss, true black (PTI); accessories - oval and scallop oval mega punches, spring moss grosgrain ribbon, jumbo eyelets, scor-tape
Friday, May 15, 2009
Details: stamps - Mother; paper - All Fall (Fancy Pants); ink - dark chocolate; accessories - scallop edge punch (Stampin' Up!), Beautiful Butterflies die (Sizzix for SU!), new leaf button
And here are some little gifts that I made for Teacher Appreciation Week at the girls' school. The sweet little box is from one of Lauren Meader's My Timeless Templates. This template is called Rounded Wrap Up. Super quick and super cute! Inside is a handful of chocolates and several of the little iced tea packets that are meant to be shaken up in your water bottle.
Details: stamps - Seeing Stars (Verve Stamps), Thankful Blossoms (Verve Stamps); paper - kraft, pure poppy, ripe avocado, plum pudding, stampers select white, bitty dots basics; ink - true black, pure poppy, ripe avocado, plum pudding; accessories - Nestabilities ovals (Spellbinders), word window punch (SU), ribbon
Saturday, May 2, 2009
I am amazed at how many markers you can use to get a nicely shaded picture. I used 26 different Copics for this image. I even took a picture. Enjoy, because it's unlikely that I'll be organized enough to show them regularly!
Monday, April 20, 2009
I realized after I uploaded this photo that I wrote down the wrong colors on the top butterfly. It should be "YR" instead of "Y" on all three colors for that one.
I'm looking forward to seeing what other new tricks Colleen will be teaching us.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Conversation in our car while driving yesterday:
DD age 8: I want to get a new Frisbee. I need a teal one because pink might not always be my favorite color.
Me: Maybe you need one of every color in the world, just in case your new favorite color isn't teal.
DH: (rolls eyes)
Me: Oh, yeah, I'm the one who needs things in every single color. Especially craft stuff.
DH: And yet, you don't use every single color in one project, do you?
Me: (thinking, "Hmm, he's got a point. I wonder if I could?")
So with that, my DH's color challenge was on. He was blissfully unaware of the challenge, so I was able to focus on how in the world I could get every color into one project. The result:
This will hang on the wall in my craft room. I love the way it turned out! I think this could be my mantra.
Details: Stamps - Fresh Alphabet (PTI) - the word "color" is stamped, the remainder was printed on the computer; paper - 91 different solid colors of cardstock (SU! and PTI); accessories - 6x12 picture frame, 1/2" circle punch
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Details: stamps -Guide Lines Two, Everyday Classics; paper - Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, White; ink - Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss; accessories - Plum Pudding satin ribbon
Details: stamps - Guide Lines Two. Heart Prints Sentiments; paper - Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, White; ink - Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss; accessories - Plum Pudding satin ribbon, Summer Sunrise swiss dot satin ribbon, Spring Moss grosgrain ribbon, Hibiscus Burst twill ribbon, Nestabilities classic circles
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
While looking for a stamp to use instead of the flower I don't have (yet), I came upon the Snowflake Serenade set, and thought the snowflake would stand in nicely for the flower. So I made a few Christmas cards. Never too early to get started, right?
You can check out the sketch I used, and see how I modified it to use the supplies I had on hand. I didn't have the ribbon that Nichole used, but I had a different ribbon of the right color. I only had clear buttons, so I embossed a little snowflake on the button to keep it from blending in quite so much. I also used silver cord instead of twine, and decided not to do any sewing on my card.
Details: stamps - Snowflake Serenade, Holiday Treats (the tiny snowflake on the button), Holiday Wishes, Silent Night; paper - Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado; ink - Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado; accessories - slit punch, 1" circle punch, ripe avocado dotted satin ribbon, clear button, clear embossing powder, silver cord
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Details: stamps - Heart Prints, Around & About Sentiments; ink - raspberry fizz, pure poppy; paper - stampers select white, true black, raspberry fizz, pure poppy; accessories - eyelet border punch (SU!), scallop border punch (SU!), large heart punch, small white coffee bags
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Details: stamps - Thoughts & Prayers (Stampin' Up!), Birthday Basics; paper - Aqua Mist, Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey); ink - dark chocolate, markers (SU!); accessories - ripe avocado twill ribbon, 5/16" neutral brads (SU!)
Details: stamps - Thoughts & Prayers (Stampin' Up!), Birthday Basics; paper - Aqua Mist, Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey); ink - dark chocolate, aqua mist, markers (SU!); accessories - aqua mist twill ribbon, eyelet border punch (SU!)
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Details: stamps - Quilter's Sampler; paper - barely banana (Stampin' Up!), vintage cream, Urban Prairie (Basic Grey); ink - regal rose (Stampin' Up!); accessories - 1 1/4" square punch, horizontal slot punch (SU!), corner rounder punch (SU!), Top Note die (Sizzix for SU!), vintage brads (SU!), summer sunrise twill ribbon, dimensionals
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Details: stamps -Puppy Love (The Cat's Pajamas), Mailbox Greetings; paper - rose red, kiwi kiss (Stampin' Up!), vintage cream, Eva (Basic Grey); ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Copic markers - R29 for the hearts and YR09 for the birds' beaks; accessories - 1 3/4" circle punch, scallop circle Nestabilities, kiwi/vanilla satin ribbon (Stampin' Up!)
Here's a fun use of some of my supplies that we came upon at our house recently. We have four identical mp3 players, one for each member of the family. We were looking for a way to distinguish them from one another. Enter my stash of rub-ons from Stampin' Up!
I got out a bunch of different packages of rub-ons and gave everyone their choice. We decorated the backs of our players and now they are all easy to tell apart! Here's mine:
Friday, January 2, 2009
Here's the birthday girl, crooked ponytails and all.
And here she is at about 16 months old. She's always been a cutie.
And here is her birthday card. Juliette loves cats and black is her favorite color at the moment. She can purr just like a cat, so the sentiment on this was "purr-fect"!
Details: stamps - Cats (Inkadinkado); paper - ruby red, basic black (Stampin' Up!), white, Scarlet's Letter (Basic Grey); ink - ruby red (SU); accessories - Nestabilities - classic rectangles and classic scalloped rectangles.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The following supplies were used for all five cards: stamps - Floral Frenzy; paper - vintage cream, pure poppy, summer sunshine, ripe avocado, dark chocolate; ink - pure poppy, summer sunshine, ripe avocado, chocolate chip (Stampin' Up!). Other supplies used are listed under each card.
Additional details for this card: stamps - Thankful Blossoms (Verve Stamps); ribbon - ripe avocado polka dot satin, Cuttlebug Embossing folder - swiss dot
Additional details for this card: stamps - A Little Somethin' (Stampin' Up!); ribbon - ripe avocado polka dot satin, 1 3/4" circle punch (Stampin' Up!), Nestabilities - classic scalloped circles
Additional details for this card: stamps - Thank You Kindly (Stampin' Up!); Cuttlebug Embossing folder - diamonds in the rough; scallop edge punch (Stampin' Up!)
Additional details for this card: stamps - Thankful Blossoms (Verve Stamps); scallop edge punch (Stampin' Up!)
Additional details for this card: stamps - Thank You (Green Grass Stamps); ribbon - pure poppy polka dot satin, Cuttlebug Embossing folder - textile texture
I want to show you a peek into my index book. I don't index every single stamp I have, but I have started to stamp various categories, especially sentiment stamps. This makes it so easy to find the right size or shape of words to fit the space I need to fill. This is one of the "thank you" pages in my book. Under each stamp, you can see that I've handwritten a code, such as V21. Each of my stamp sets has a code on the spine of the CD case. All of the "V" codes are for Verve Stamps, the "S" for Stampin' Up!, and so on.
Here's the spine of one of my CD cases. You can see the "P8" label, which corresponds to the codes in the index book
Here's the CD rack holding my stamps.