Thursday, March 25, 2010

Missing in action again

Hey, everyone! I'm still around, but I haven't been stamping! This is the longest in a long time that I haven't stamped!

I decided just a week or so ago that I wanted to put in raised garden beds via Square Foot Gardening. I've gardened with this method before, but it's been years. So I've been busy researching some different things. I'm still in research mode for the plants I'll be growing. But I've got my lumber cut and ready for DH to build the beds this weekend, and I've found a place to get some nice rich mushroom compost and peat moss so I can get my soil in shape. I hope to have garden beds by the end of this weekend :)

Yesterday, life was interrupted with a bomb scare. The police suspected a bomb nearby and evacuated the area. It turned out to be safe :) So, I didn't get much done yesterday--and my friend whom I visited didn't get much done either!!

Then, today I went to a cooking class for making whole wheat bagels!! Yum! Yum!!

Now, I'm back and focused on the garden, at least through this weekend.

I hope to make some cards again next week :)


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Watercolor Wonder Crayons

I love the Watercolor Wonder Crayons. They are soo smooth when you use them. And they're a bargain because you get the whole color family for just under $20. If you've never used them, here is a video put out by Stampin UP that shows you how.

Three Spring cards

I made three different spring cards while watching TV last night. I really like how they turned out. I've added them to my Etsy shop, so if you like them too, you have the opportunity to buy them!

I especially like using Dazzling Diamonds and rhinestones on the eggs (made from the wide oval punch).

For the bird in the nest, I used Nature's Nest and stamped the nest and cut it out and then applied Crystal Effects to it. While it was wet I clipped pieces of browns from the Earth Elements into the wet glue. Then the bird is the Two Step Bird punch.
The last one was a quick card that used some stickers that I have. I had bought them for a scrapbook page, but thought these made a cute Mother's Day card.
I hope you enjoy them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Easter Card with bunny

Another Easter card. It uses a mixture of stuff I've had from when I first started papercrafting and my Stampin Up supplies. The bunny and grass are from some retired dies that I got a couple of years ago. I used Pretty in Pink chalk to color the bunny's ears and the Going Gray ink with a blender pen to color the eye. The little flowers are from the Flower Trio punch and the sequins in the center are ones that my grandmother gave me :) The sentiment is from the stamp set Well Scripted.

I made up an Easter Kit in my Etsy shop to share some of these things if anyone is interested in making their own creations along these lines.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Live With Passion birthday card

I got the idea for this card yesterday afternoon while stamping with my upline, Mary Atwood. She always gives me great ideas! Mary made a bright card similar to mine and used the sentiments "Live with passion" on the outside, and on the inside she used "Wishing you the happiest birthday yet!" I thought that was a genius combination!

Supplies used:

Cardstock--Summer Sun, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Basic Black

Designer Paper- Pink Flamingo

Inks- Black Staz-on, Cameo Coral

Accessories- dimensionals, cordouroy button

Stamp sets: Inspired by Nature, On Your Birthday, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Tools: Extra Large Fancy Flower punch

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

One of my favorite layered flower cards

This is one of my favorite layered flower cards. It's made the same as the other flower cards that I've video taped. You punch your flowers, crumble them, uncrumble them, distress the edges with ink, layer them, punch your hole through the center with the crop'odile, set your eyelet, then wrap your ribbon around your card, bring the ends up through the center of the flower and tie. Simple! But I love the look!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Special Easter Sale!! Ends Midnight Monday 3-15

I am offering a limited time only Easter Special Sale. This is a special through me, and not through Stampin UP. So, if you'd like to take advantage of this deal, you must email me at by midnight eastern time on Monday, March 15th. I will have to manually input your order and input the discount myself (if you order online Stampin UP will NOT offer this discount).

This kit was designed so that you would have all that you need to make a variety of great Easter cards!

Chocolate Bunny woodmount stamp (#116980)
Abundant Hope Clearmount stamp (#118547) **
Soft Subtles paper pack (36 sheets, 3 each of 12 colors)(#105568)
Soft Subltes brads (200 brads, 50 each of 4 colors) (#106954)
5/8" Satin Ribbon (your color choice)
Stampin Write Marker (your color choice)
ONE FREE SALE_A_BRATION item (highly recommend Scallop Trim Border Punch)

Just $46 and applicable shipping and tax

Chocolate Bunny woodmount stamp (#116980)
Eggcoutrements Clearmount (#118556) **
Soft Subtles paper pack (36 sheets, 3 each of 12 colors)(#105568)
Soft Subltes brads (200 brads, 50 each of 4 colors) (#106954)
5/8" Satin Ribbon (your color choice)
ONE FREE SALE_A_BRATION item (highly recommend Scallop Trim Border Punch)

JUST $46 and applicable shipping and tax.

Your order will ship directly to you.

**PLEASE NOTE: If you'd like Abundant Hope in Special #1 in wood mount, I can remove the marker from the package and offer it at $46 also. If you'd like Eggcoutrements in woodmount in Special #2, the price would be $51.

Easter projects for my March class

Hey, everyone! These are the projects we made in yesterday's class. The little basket is made from the Scallop Envelope die. I'm going to use my basket for my husband for Easter with a few of his favorite treats :) He's got a sweet tooth.

I love this card! I designed the card to coordinate with the basket, so the people attending my class could use them together as a set. I love the stamp set, Abundant Hope, that I used on the card. It's cheap, just $13.95! What I really like is the Christian sentiment that comes with it "Rejoicing with you in the abundant mercy and hope of Christ the Lord." And then the images, a scroll (that I didn't use on the card) and the daffodils, I'll use all year. I think it would make a beautiful sympathy card. I hope it makes it into the new catalog that comes out this summer, because I plan to use it a lot!!

Well, this is all I can share today. I'm visiting cosmetology schools with my daughter today. She thinks she wants to be a hair stylist and wants to attend cosmetology school this summer and through her senior year. So, we're off to check it out.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Easter Blessings Card

This card uses the stamp set Easter Blessings. Except for my boo-boo this was an easy card to make :) Too bad the camera doesn't catch the popped up flowers. I think it looks better in person than in this photo. Oh well!

Tomorrow, I'll have pictures of the projects we'll be doing at my Thursday morning class. But no guarantees of a video as I'll be concentrating on my upcoming class :)

Have a great week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Scallop Flower Birthday Card

Today, I thought I'd show you how to make the scalloped flower birthday card I posted earlier. This is almost like the card I showed in my last post, except I used last year's in colors. I really like this card. It's surprising how quick it is. These flowers aren't just great for cards, but you can use them to decorate a small gift box or gift bag.

I'll see you tomorrow with something new :)


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Layered Scalloped Flower Birthday Card

Hey,everyone!! This is just a quick post of a card I made a while ago. I think I showed it in a video on making another type of paper flower. I will be making a video of this card next week. It's really easy and fun. These flowers are addictive.

I'm enjoying my son. It's soo good to have him back home, even though it's just for a week. :)

Tonight is the midnight showing of Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland. My daughter is having an Alice in Wonderland tea party beforehand with some friends and then going for the midnight showing and my son is meeting some friends there tonight too. I've got a lot of things to get done before the girls come!!

Have a great day!!