Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Post It Note Thank You

Happy Wednesday :)

Had another full day of running around and I'm only just getting to my post now (9:36 pm!)  "One of those days" .. you know the kind ... when you only do the breakfast dishes at 4:50 pm!!  I have another full one tomorrow but it has more "fun" things on the list ... like shopping for some light weight pants for my holiday - now THAT'S my kind of errand :)

As promised, here is the "Thank You" treat my club members will find in with their orders tomorrow.  I cased the idea from fellow Demonstrator Linda Gutierrez in Cypress, California (  I love this quick and easy little thank you.  I made  few extras for hostess gifts.

The cover is made from 8 1/2" x 4" Old Olive card stock, scored at 4 + 1 tick and 4 1/2" - 1 tick (technical, huh?).  I punched the handle with the word window punch and tied it with the retired Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon (I decided to stop hoarding the stuff and start using it!!)  I have a whisper white layer of 3 3/4" and then a piece from the retired Cottage Garden DSP.  The large butterfly uses the same DSP and the small butterfly is plain Rich Razzleberry c.s.  I added 2 large pearls on the body.  Post-It notes are attached with snail and the "Thank You" is from the Engraved Greetings stamp set.  Love it!

Have a fun night :)


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quick and Easy!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Phew - busy day around here!  Craig was off for 6 days and as usual I do NOTHING when he is around (can't have him seeing the secret workings of a SAHM!)  Lots of errands and tidying up to do.  Alas - a Gal has to take time to craft, doesn't she?  I made a few projects last week - today is the day to post them.  But first ... here is what Craig got up to yesterday on a rainy long weekend ...
WHAT IS IT I hear you cry.  No - it isn't a match stick next to a mangled paintbrush.  It's his Play-Doh rendition of our back yard.  The yellow "matchstick" is our super slider - the red is our shed - the black is our garden - the orange our deck.  Yes, he got into the play-doh with the girls and it seems he had a little fun :)  To each his own!  My idea of fun is making cards.  Here is a VERY quick and easy one I made for a party I did on Friday:
I used Old Olive, Whisper White and Chocolate card stock and chocolate chip ink.  I obviously used the Extreme Guitar stamp and the swirls are from the Trendy Trees set (clever, huh?).  The sentiment is from Curly Cute.

Oh - have to go pick up Rebecca.  Come back tomorrow for a Quick and Easy Post It Note Thank You packet.

Have a fun day (dig out that Play-Doh!)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Father's Day Approaches!

Yep - there is always a card-making-occasion around the corner.  The next one for us is Father's Day.  In an attempt to avoid housework (and a successful attempt it was!) I went down to play with my Best Dad Ever stamp set.  I liked the first one but of course after staring at it for 10 minutes needed to change it around a bit.  I prefer the second one - it's "cleaner" (not to mention quicker ... and it will be a better card for an upcoming party with a number of young teens in attendance!)  Which do you prefer?
For this one I used Very Vanilla for the base and Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze for the layers, accents and ink.  Hmmm ...
Same colors except the base is Whisper White.  I'm thinkin' I have to add that 3rd brad for balance.  See?  It's hard being me :)  What do you think?  2 brads or 3?

Have a fun day :)


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunny Fun

Happy Sunday :)

As much as I would love to be outside today, thanks to the wind, I'm just as happy to have an excuse to be INside and crafting.  I'm working on finishing off about 20 partially completed cards for my "stash" and a few other little projects.  I had my technique class Friday - as always it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed just kicking back for a few hours and crafting with friends.  I normally have 3 card projects for the class but I thought they were so quick and easy that we might have time for a fourth.  In 20 minutes I came up with this cute little card ... we didn't end up making it as the 3 cards DID take the whole class but I think we'll make this one next month:
(Once again my blurry photos tell me I need to work on my photography skills ... but you get the idea!)
I used Tempting Turquoise and Tangerine Tango CS, the Suuny Fun stamp set, the Modern Label Punch (I layers the Tangerine piece by using the Movers & Shapers Punch Windows Die).  The circle punches used were the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8".  I colored using the markers - Turquoise, Daffodil, Real Red (LOVE the little "rocket" popsicle - still one of my favorite popsicles to eat!), Regal Rose, Crumb Cake (for the popsicle sticks) and Celery.  Of course had to use some Dazzling Diamonds and rhinestones for some shine :)  The sentiments and circles are popped up with dimensionals.  Oh - and I stamped the images with the Staz-On black and had to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get them straight and centered.  It looks like a quick card but is actually fairly time consuming.  Not one to be used for a workshop or Stamp-a-stack!

I have to share my latest pics of my girls (and me).  We got to Sears twice a year - around the time of each girl's birthday.  I just got these back last week and absolutely love them.  In the past the whole process has been quite painful - trying to get all three of us looking decent ... and smiling ... twice a year I would ask myself "WHY do I put myself through this twice a year?"  This time it was a lot of fun and I think the pictures prove it.  All the smiles are natural and we really had a good time with it.  As soon as the picture frames go on sale at Michael's I'm off to buy a swack of them!

Have a fun day :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fun Flowers

Happy Wednesday!!!

MAN - what is it I DO all day???  I seem to be running from pillar to post every day but I'm not sure I actually get anything accomplished!!  (And I STILL haven't made that Birthday card for Rebecca yet!!)  ... then again, I HAVE spent the last 5 days working the bugs out of a holiday (shout out to Dorothy ... THANK YOU for all your help!!)  Yes, between Air Miles, Dorothy and my profits from my stamping business me, my girls and my mom are heading to the big "D.L" for mom's birthday (have to type in code on the off chance the girls figure out how to access my blog!!).  We leave in just over 3 weeks.  Yay!!!!  I love DL - it truly IS the happiest place on earth!!!  It's going to be SOOOOO much fun!!!!!!!!!  But I digress ... (as usual!).  Here is a fun card I put together for my party last weeked (yes, has taken me 6 days to post it!)
I used the Fun Flower die (from the last mini but is still available to purchase) and Bog Shot along with Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight CS and the Sunny Garden DSP.  I used Pear Pizzazz seam binding and the sentiment is from the mini - Happy Greetings.

Gotta fly - off to gymnastics.  Thanks for peaking in - post again soon.

Have a fun day :)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Alright Already!!

Sheesh!  There's certainly nothing wrong with Rebecca's memory!  Today she pointed out AGAIN that I "make all these cards for everyone else but you STILL haven't made me my birthday card!"  ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT!  I actually designed the card but of course when I DESIGN cards I only use a 1/4 sheet of CS - I can't exactly give her half a card, now can I?  I just need to get my butt downstairs and tape it to a sheet of paper ... maybe after I post this - heck its over a week late already, another 15 minutes won't hurt, right?  :)Here's what I came up with - quick and easy:
Cute, yes?  I may change the sentiment to a Happy Birthday ... after all, she IS only 8 - Happiness Always seems a little "old" for her birthday.
I used the new Flower Fest stamp set from the summer mini and mounted it on Old Olive CS - the inks are Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango and Melon Mambo - the sentiments is also from the mini - Happy Greetings.  The blue flower is just stamped on the paper - the roses (?) were punched out with the 1" punch (and then trimmed a little) and popped up with dimensionals.  Wa-low!

Of course it all came together so fast ... maybe it needs something?  Yes, glitter would look nice but I decided to color the flowers instead.  Hmmmm .... I feel a technique class coming on .... my "gals" have been asking for a watercoloring class but I haven't done one yet - maybe a "sort-of-water-coloring-class" using the aqua painter?  I grabbed my aqua painter and simply squiggled it over the flowers and the color bled enough to give it some subtle shading.  I like it!
I like that the wetting of the paper made the flowers curl a little - extra dimension :)  It took 5 seconds to do but gives quite a different look.  I think I prefer the "naked" version better .. I'm going to add a blue glitter brad to the centre of the blue flower for Rebecca's card.  I'm sure she'll love it.

That's it for today ... I still have to design one more card for a hostess party on Saturday so pop back again soon to see what I come up with.

Have a fun day :)


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lovin' the Punches!

Oooo - have you seen the great new punches in the Summer Mini?  The new Triple Layer Punches are on page 6 and they are a MUST have!!!  I went down for an hour today and threw this together.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Blossom Bouquet punch - it's totally addictive!!!  Once again I was drawn towards the Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight color combination - it's just so cheery and springy :)
Pretty straight forward - I used the Triple Blossom Bouquet punch in PP and DD c.s., punched the edge with the Eyelet Border punch and embossed the Curly Cute sentiment with the new Wild Wasabi embossing powder (LOVE IT!).  I then popped up the centres of the circles punched out with the 1/2" circle punch.  I piece of Wild Wasabi cs is along the bottom.  Wa-low!  Happy Spring :)