Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How To: Halloween Punch Art!

I've seen these in multiple places, but I figured I'd show you what I did! 


I'd love to see your ghosts and batty owls!!   Please share them with me if you do!!   Hope you enjoyed :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Card: Batty Happy Halloween!

I think this is one of my favorite cards I've made to date!  It was quick, easy and it's adorable! :)

And a close-up of the cute little bat:

I'll be back tomorrow to show you how to make your own bats and ghosts out of the owl punch!

Supplies for this card:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Lucky Limeade
Stamp Sets:   Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches: Word Window, Modern Label, Owl, Bat (retired)
Accessories: Spider Web Textured embossing folder, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accents

Monday, August 29, 2011

Card: Thank You, Halloween style!

I have a bunch of Halloween themed cards and crafty projects to share this week!  Up first, one of my favorite things I made - cute little punched ghosts!


I love the new ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade and my decorative label punch:

I also used my favorite background, the fancy fan letterpress plate for the Big Shot:

Aren't they cute? :)

Supplies for this card:
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black
Ink:  Basic Black Classic, Pumpkin Pie Craft
Stamp Sets:  Perfectly Penned
Punches:  Decorative Label, Owl
Accessories: Fancy Fan letterpress plate, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Card: Easy Happy Birthday

I love this card!  Being a demonstrator, you get access to all kinds of inspiration and ideas from Stampin' Up!  My upline, Zarogina, went to Stampin' Up's annual Convention in July and she sent me a great workshop flyer that included this super cute card:






I love this card!  It was super cute and easy to make.  To make the envelope, take a crumb cake envelope, glue shut, then you cut one end open (about 0.25"), then take the 2-1/2" circle punch and punch a half circle opening on the edge you just opened up!

What do you think?!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Versamark StazOn (black), Crumb Cake Classic
Stamp Sets:   Easy Events
Ribbon:  Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots
Punches: Small Heart, 2-1/2" Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride), Aqua Painter, Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accents

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Card: That was so cool of you... thanks!

Isn't this stamp set cute?!  There are two other images... cute little flip flops and ice cream cones!!  I stamped this with Black Versamark on watercolor paper, then colored it with Watercolor Pencils:


I love the happy colors and image.  Better hurry up and get these cute stamps before they retire with the Summer Mini Catalog on August 31st!!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Lucky Limeade
Specialty Paper: Watercolor paper
Ink:  Versamark StazOn (black)
Stamp Sets:  Sunny Fun
Ribbon:  Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter

Friday, August 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Ink Pad

Yesterday, I shared this card where I used an ink pad I made... using a baby wipe!  Here's how...

First, gather your supplies.  You'll need a craft mat (I use a silpat!), my stamp + paper, baby wipes and ink refills:

Next, take two baby wipes out:

Then fold in half, then half again... you want it to be squishy!

Next, randomly add ink drops in your first color, making sure to leave space for other colors:

In this instance, I wanted two shades of blue - Pool Party and Island Indigo.  I used the darker, Island Indigo, first, then came back and filled in with the lighter color, Pool Party:

Next, ink up your stamp and stamp your image:

If you look closely, you can see the slight variations between each version - I reinked in-between stamping:

Doesn't it look cool?!  I love this technique:

Of course, I had to finish it off by coloring in the continents green.  I wanted a subtle watercolor look, so I used my blender pen and Lucky Limeade ink pad to color the image.  It's easy, simply push the lid of your closed inkpad to the ink, then open, and take your blender pen to pick up some of the ink from the lid:


So easy!  Love it.  Next, I planned out my card by laying the clear stamps on my cardstock base:
And, of course, here's the finished card!

Now it's your turn!  Go grab some baby wipes and make your own ink pad... then link your projects back to here so I can see them!! :)

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party
Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic, Lucky Limeade Classic, Island Indigo Classic
Stamp Sets:   Paz y Amistad
Punches:  Scallop Edge, Full Heart
Accessories: Pool Party and Island Indigo Ink Refills, Blender Pen, Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals
Other: Baby Wipes

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Card: Paz Y Amistad

Back again today with another card using Paz y Amistad!  This time, I used the sentiments included in the set:


Isn't it beautiful?  The sentiment is a quote from Thomas B. Macaulay that roughly translates to: "Many people enter and leave in your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart."


I'll be back tomorrow to show you how I made my own inkpad to create the two-toned water on the heart globe!



Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party
Ink:  Crumb Cake Classic, Lucky Limeade Classic, Island Indigo Classic
Stamp Sets:   Paz y Amistad
Punches:  Scallop Edge, Full Heart
Accessories: Pool Party and Island Indigo Ink Refills, Blender Pen, Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot machine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Week in the Life: Wednesday

Note:  This week I will be running journaling I wrote down each day during the week of July 25th + pics of stuff I took on those days. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

listening: to the tv
eating: tacos
drinking: 2% milk
wearing: jammies
feeling: exhausted
weather: gorgeous summer evening
wanting: to catch up on everything
needing: sleep
thinking: about this weekend
enjoying: having Brian home (instead of working in Felton!)
wondering: if I can get everything done

Woke up this morning to Phil Collins, Another Day in Paradise.  Love that song.  Scar with her head just outside of the covers snoring.

Breakfast:  Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster shake
Lunch:  tuna sandwich on toasted whole wheat, goldfish crackers, raspberries, glass of 2% milk
Afternoon: cap'n crunch frapp from Starbucks
Dinner: tacos, glass of 2% milk


Just another day in the grind.  Phone calls with friends, Mom and Dad.  Text messages with friends and family.  Tossing a tennis ball on the front lawn for Scarlet.  Tuckin' Brian into bed early.  This week is flying by!

Great quote today that hit my e-mail:
♥ it.

Card: You Are My World

Did you know that Stampin' Up manufacturers not only stamps in English, but also in French and Spanish?!  And they offer several exclusive stamps in Spanish!   This includes one of my favorite stamps to date... a heart shaped earth in the Paz y Amistad stamp set:


Isn't it cute?!  I used it on this card with the new Cherry Cobbler embossing powder:

And I love this sentiment from the Word Play stamp set, but I didn't want for it to compete, so I used My Digital Studio and a computer font to make my own sentiment:

You could use any word processing program to do the same. :)  The computer font I used is Traveling Typewriter.  The background was made using the Fancy Fan Letterpress plate and my Big Shot.

Check back tomorrow for another card made using this stamp set!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark (watermark ink), Crumb Cake Classic
Stamp Sets:   Paz y Amistad
Punches:  Full Heart
Accessories: Computer font, My Digital Studio, sewing machine + thread, Fancy Fan Letterpress plate, Big Shot machine

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Week in the Life: Tuesday

Note:  This week I will be running journaling I wrote down each day during the week of July 25th + pics of stuff I took on those days. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Brian had a later start time this morning, which was nice.  He left an hour before I got up instead of three.  I usually wake up to my ipod going off at 6:30 am.  I really like waking up to music better than a blaring beeping tone.  Much better way to start the day!  I also usually wake up to this one:


And a wagging tail, with lots of kisses!

Shower, dress, makeup, grab my stuff and go -- I'm not super fast the first few hours of the day.  But I'm getting better at moving myself in the morning.

Another long day at work....

The lunch routine these days is nice.  I come home, grab the mail, get greeted by the doggie, sort the mail, make lunch and either read my nook or watch something on the dvr.  Today it was watch Design Star on my dvr.  Love that show - even more now that David Bromstad is the mentor.

After a long day of purchase orders, budget corrections, paying invoices, answering questions, issuing park permits and getting more assignments from my retiring boss.

After work, I met up with a good friend, Leti, for dinner at Frankie's Grill.



My favorite at Frankie's Grill - the Grilled Romaine salad with blue cheese, bacon, grilled chicken and a balsamic dressing!

We had a good meal, a glass of wine and a great conversation.  It also reminded me of what I do like of living in a small town -- you run into people you know and it's nice when they pull up a chair and join the conversation for a while. :)

I got home from dinner, Brian and Scarlet ate the leftovers within 10 minutes, we had a good conversation and Brian went to bed.  I stayed up and watched Flipping Out.  Then promptly fell asleep in the middle of the episode.... and woke up on the couch at 2:30 am!  I was more tired than I thought!

Altered Art: Note the Good Stuff Notepad Holder

For one of the classes earlier this year, we made these cute notepad holders out of empty clear stamp cases!


When you open up the box, you see this:
I just trimmed down a simple notepad and glued it inside using some Sticky Strip adhesive!  Best part is that I can change the cover out anytime to change with the seasons.

Have you ever made a notepad holder?! Please share it with me - I'd love to see it!! :)

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake
Specialty Paper: Paisley Petals, First Edition
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Stamp Sets:  Notes and Details
Punches:   Decorative Label, Boho Blossoms, Owl
Accessories: Top Note Die for the Big Shot, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaling Pen, Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accents

Monday, August 22, 2011

Week in the Life: Monday

Note:  This week I will be running journaling that I wrote down each day during the week of July 25th + pics of stuff I took on those days. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Many are familiar with Ali Edward's projects, including A Week in the Life, which started again today. I participated last year, but only on my blog.  This is an eventful week in my life, so I definitely wanted to play again this year.  So here goes....

Blah.  That's how today felt.  I was not feeling it.  It probably has to do with my bad sunburn I got yesterday washing the cars + weeding the front yard + forgetting sunblock.  Ouch.  The weekend was a lot of fun though.  Friday night, Brian and I went to the movies to see this:


Yep, Harry Potter the very last one.  It was so good, but at the same time, I'm sad to see it end again (it was a bummer when I finished the books and there were no more to read!)  Such a great story.  Uncharacteristic of us, we ate dinner at the movies... Brian had a hot dog, I had nachos and we shared a popcorn.  As we were leaving, I unintentionally dunked my right hand in the leftover nacho cheese as I went to pick it up in the dark and, naturally, I wanted to wash that off ASAP.  There was a family bathroom right across from our theater and I opened the door to find some guy in there who forgot to lock the door!  Hilarious!  I think he learned a lesson.... :)

Saturday, I got to hang out with Erin. 



hehe - we laughed so hard at this ridiculously long candle!!

We don't get to see each other much and I really miss the days where we used to eat lunch together almost every day.  We met up in Carmel and went to Tommy's Wok.... it was soooo GOOD!



Hot and Sour Soup - delicious!




Vegetable Potstickers - these were fresh, lightly fried and to.die.for!




My absolute fav, the crabmeat rangoon.




Erin got the honey walnut prawns which were super tasty!




I got the combo plate - fried rice, chow mein and broccoli cashew chicken.  SOOOO good!




Isn't this place cute too?!

We wandered the streets of Carmel window shopping before heading over to Pacific Grove to check out this bakery:

And get some of these:


Seriously, I can't believe I went so many years without trying a French macaron - what was I thinking?!  I'm addicted to these now - the best cookie ever.  Light, a little crunchy and absolutely delicious.  Worth hunting for a bakery that makes these!

We headed over to Monterey to wrap up the day with a little shopping.  I'm sad that Borders is bankrupt and closing.  We won't have any bookstores anywhere near us anymore.  I'm glad I have my new nook color, but I really will miss wandering the little Borders at the mall in Monterey and the big Borders in Seaside.  We also hit up Ann Taylor where I got a new shirt, cardigan and necklace, and Macy's where we killed our noses smelling perfume and cologne samples!  I had a gift card to spend there (thanks to Annie!) and I restocked on one of my favorite perfumes, Ralph Lauren Romance.

I finished out Saturday catching up with Brian on our dvr recordings, laying around on the couch, staring at our new entertainment center!

Sunday was busy with cleaning...  I did maintenance on our washing machine (including cleaning it), washed both my car and Brian's truck, pulled weeds from our front sidewalk and gutter, walked the doggie with Brian, and enjoyed our lazy Sunday.  Well, enjoyed everything but the sunburn I got for forgetting sunblock!  The Tour de France finished up and Brian was excited that his favorites, the Schleck brothers both finished on the podium and it was nice to see Cadel Evans win.

So back to Monday.... work is hectic right now because my boss is retiring in September, last fiscal year is closing this month and the new fiscal year has started.  After a really long and frustrating day, I came home to relax with Brian.  He's been working some early morning shifts lately, starting at 3 am and finishing at noon.  Today was one of those days for him, so he was sleepy.  Every night now, he's watering his seed packet flowers and the few berry bushes and tomato plants he has this year.  They look great!


I spent a lot of time on the phone tonight, catching up with family and a friend.  Talked to my mom, my Aunt Sherri about decor for Saturday's party in Placerville and Zarogina, my upline for Stampin' Up.  We always have great conversations about our mutual love for crafting, so it's never a quick phone call!  I'm excited about the classes and events I have coming up, so the day ended on a good note.

Card: For Baby

When the new Stampin' Up catalog landed on my porch back in June, this was one of the stamp sets I was dying to get!  It's called Easy Events and I love quick, simple stamps that I can use for mini cards, cards, images and/or sentiments.  For this image I decided I wanted a cute, simple 3x3" mini card that I could attach to a gift bag:


I love using markers to color my image.  If you aren't familiar with the technique, you simply use the brush end of a marker, color the entire image as you wish and then huff on the image before stamping.  Think like blowing your breath on your hand to check for the need for gum or a mint. ;)

I love it!  What do you think?

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Specialty Paper: So Saffron Designer Series Paper
Stamp Sets:   Easy Events
Ribbon:  Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers in So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, Basic Grey & Basic Black

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Scrapbook Layouts!

Here are the ten layouts I finished in Michigan a few weeks months ago!  I was a teensy bit obsessed with my new We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool.  Just a smidge.... ;)

Hope you're ready for this onslaught of layouts....

Up first, this layout of my sister's family last Christmas:
 I made two, the first one for Abby's album and this one for Creighton's album:
 And a layout about our decision to say goodbye to Darby:
 This is my niece Abby's first Christmas photo... :)
 Of course, I couldn't do a batch of Christmas layouts without doing one about Brian and what he always wants for Christmas....

Still need to go back and add some journaling:

Another almost finished layout.... just need to add some journaling:


And another Scarlet layout for the books :)

Had to make sure all the furry inhabitants of our house got equal treatment of course!
 A summary layout about last Christmas:

And a summary layout for Christmas 2009 too!

So that wraps up the layouts I did back in May.... it only took me until August to photograph them and upload them.... yikes! :)

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