Thursday, November 29, 2007
In other news, the retiring list comes out on SATURDAY! Also, we're getting really close to 5000 posts, so I should have a blog candy giveaway for Saturday as well. Stay tuned!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tonight was my up-up-upline, Sandi's monthly stamp class. These are the cards we made using Jolliest Time of the Year. Sandi always has the cutest cards for us! It was fun to color all of these with markers. They are also all glittered. (I'm glittered, too, and probably will be for days!)
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Also, the previous post was # 100!! I've also had over 4400 hits on my blog. Thanks so much to all of you who keep coming back! When I hit 5000, I'll have another blog candy giveaway, so keep checking for more details.
Teddy blows out the candles. He helped Shirley make the cake and the frosting.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
The outside piece of cardstock is 4 X 5 1/2, scored at 2 3/8 and 3 1/8. (Score with the long side of the cardstock against the top of your cutter/scorer.)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I made this card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. The sketch was a square card with a square layer and a circle in the middle. I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to use my Pretties Kit. If I can't splurge on the goodies for my mama, who would I use them for?? I made the card 4 1/4" square so it would fit in a regular envelope. Soft Sky is her favorite color, so I decided to use Basic Gray and Purely Pomegranate with it. Love, love, love this color combo! (Thanks, Stampersharon, for using it in the color combo challenge a few weeks ago.) I cut the Pomegranate layer 4" square and the Charbon layer 3 3/4" square. I cut the circle with the Coluzzle, using the flower to decide what size circle to cut. I colored the flowers by smooshing (yes, that's the technical term!) them on my ink pads. On the big flower, I used my aquapainter to get the color down into the grooves. It looked a little uneven when it was wet but was fine after it dried.
OK, I was a complete idiot when I made the stickpin. For some reason, I had it in my head that I needed to put crimped beads on to keep the beads on each end of the pin. I just realized that DUH! I could have just put the pin through the big flower. HELLO!! So because of how I did it, I had to use 2 pop-up glue dots stacked on top of each other under the pin. I just hope that the card stayed in one piece on its journey south.
At least it looks pretty!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This would make a great addition to that book you were planning to give for Christmas. Some genius on SCS came up with it; I take no credit! It's made using the gorgeous satin ribbon from the Holiday Mini. I used Chocolate Chip. I recommend starting with 12". I folded each edge over twice (using Sticky Strip) to prevent fraying. Each end has 2 scallop circles punched from Brushed Gold cardstock. For the other piece, I stamped Baroque Motifs in Chocolate Chip onto Shimmery White cardstock. Then I sponged Creamy Caramel on it to make it beige. Everything is stuck down securely with Sticky Strip so it will hold up to use.
Nov. 30 -- Spring/Summer preview brochures begin mailing to customers
Dec. 1 -- Retiring stamp sets list and Spring/Summer dormant list released
Dec. 10 -- Retiring accessories list released (only available while supplies last!)
Jan. 1 -- Last day to order from Fall/Winter catalog
Jan. 2 -- First day to order from Spring/Summer catalog
Feb. 1-Mar. 17 -- Sale-a-bration
Mar. 1 -- Occasions mini catalog starts
So far, I have only gotten a few sneak peeks at what will be in the preview brochure. What I have seen is GORGEOUS! Also, Stampin' Up! is sending all active demonstrators a FREE level 3 hostess set from the new catalog. Mine is arriving on Friday, so hopefully I can play with it this weekend!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This is a simple but pretty ornament. I cut 3 different patterns from the retired Holiday Thyme paper into 1/2" X 3" strips and rolled them up. Then I just dropped them into the glass ball! Because the paper is double-sided, there are 6 patterns in there.
I made a card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge, but I can't post it yet because it's my mom's birthday card. I'll post it on Thursday, which is her birthday. She should have it then.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Here are 4 ornaments that I made recently. In the upper left is the scallop circle ornament I posted a few days ago. In the lower left is a paper star. It's made from a 6" square of Apple Cider paper scored at every inch. Fold accordion-style and staple in the center. Cut each end off at a diagonal, and open up the star, adhering the two edges together with sticky strip. Julie has a video tutorial here: http://paperpleasing.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/10/ive-gone-live.html I will try to make a photo tutorial later this week as well. The 2 ornaments on the right are from the On Board Trimmings chipboard set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. For the circle, I used Ruby Red craft ink to color the front and edges. Then I traced the circle onto the Dashing paper, cut out the circle, and adhered it to the back of the ornament using SU Anywhere glue stick. I punched the hole for the string with the Cropadile. The snowflake is the piece punched out of the center of the circle. I covered it with Bashful Blue craft ink. Then I sprinkled it with Irridescent Ice embossing powder and melted the embossing powder with the heat tool. Again, I used the Cropadile for the hole.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
This ornament is so cute! It's hard to photograph because it's 3D but looks great IRL. The scallop punch is just under 2 inches in diameter to give you an idea of the size.
It's made from 8 scallop circles, each folded in half and glued together. I used the greeting glue, which made it a snap to put together. Then before adhering the last 2 pieces together, I added a loop of gold elastic cord with a crystal bead from the Pretties kit tied at the bottom for a little sparkle.
I still haven't settled on my workshop projects for Wednesday, so I'd better go and get busy! Thanks for looking!
Friday, November 2, 2007
I made this card in about 15 minutes, and most of that time was spent trying to remember which way the eyelet goes on the Cropadile! I decided to use the Word by Word bg stamp. It's oversized, so the finished piece was 4 7/8 X 6 (I think). I inked the whole thing with Soft Sky then just inked some of the words with Wild Wasabi. (I made my own In Color spots, so inking small areas is easy!) I mounted that piece on Wild Wasabi then attached it to the card. Two quick holes with the Cropadile then 2 pewter jumbo eyelets, and all I had left to do was add the ribbon. Quick and cute!