Friday, December 25, 2009
For last minute beautiful e- cards for all holidays, I recommend http://www.jacquielawson.com/
this site is affordable, a small annual membership, and tons of cards to choose from, mostly all animated, with music to send digitally.
I hope to post a video later today making something...hectic holiday season.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I wanted to let you know of a great opportunity I have been given. A gentlemen who works with me at the hotel is opening his own flea market. He has offered me the opportunity to be one of his vendors, and share my cards and crafts, and I will have workshop space. This is an indoor flea market which is heated, and located on Belleview Ave in Hammonton, NJ.
The first weekend is this upcoming weekend December 11, 12 and 13. Hours are 9am-4pm daily Friday through Sunday. I will only be there on Saturdays and Sundays, and this weekend to start, only on Saturday, as the cookie exchange was previously scheduled for Sunday.
So, I have been busy, planning and making stocking stuffer and small gifts for Saturday.I am very flattered that John asked me to participate, as the vendors are limited to one of each type of item. John does electronics, and I am aware of a jewlery person. There are approximately 12 vendors.
If you are in the area, come check us out!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
It has been a while since I have posted. Today I was fortunate to have a workshop where we made 5 Christmas themed Scrapbook Pages. The pages were created from Stampin Up!'s Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin Kit. I also added a few touches of embellishments made using Stampin Up! products such as the punch pal Reindeer using the Tulipe Big Shot die-(Thank you to Angie Kennedy Juda for her tutorial). Also used the new snowflake punch, and the Wandering Words stamp set. Also I had misplaced my video camera, but I have since found it, so I will attach a short video on the pages. The link below will take you to my You Tube channel.
Stampin Up is also having a big sale until 11/30/09. Lots of things on clearance, and they may only be ordered online. Check my sidebar and link directly to my demonstrator site for 24 hr shopping.
Hope your Thanksgiving was happy!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Here are some pictures of some cards I created for a Holiday Stamp a Stack I am holding at my house today. It is my first Stampin Up Event in a while...October was a doozy! Just wanted to say Thank you to Tami White specifically for her inspiration and to all the great bloggers and stampers out there for allowing me to CASE a few great ideas.
Are you thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas? If you need help filling any supply needs or would like to make these cards, contact me for affordable kits, complete with instructions.
Have a great Sunday! Stamp a lot!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Just a funny picture I snapped today of our cat Geddy.
Yes, that is a black cat drinking out of a witches cauldron....your eyes do not deceive you. I decorated our front porch and yard today for Halloween, and I have this little cauldron that actually bubbles. Geddy is master inspector of everything, so right after I set it up, he had his nose right down in it...too funny! This is the cat that loves water as well...we can't have any normal pets in this family.
Hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather...take joy in the little things.
Be Back soon with some projects!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sorry it has been such a long time between posts! What can I say...really busy with work.
Today's video shows three different packaging ideas, that I found on the resource section of Split Coast.
All materials used are Stampin Up! with the exception of the large scallop circle die used to cut out the layers, and the witch image.
Colors are: Dusty Durango, and Crushed Curry from the In Colors, and Old Olive.
Stamped Set: (Retired) Hey Ghoul Friend -Stampin Up
Check out split coast for great inspiration and check back for a holiday class where I make these items for Christmas.
Thanks for Watching!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Hope everyone had an enjoyable summer! I worked a whole lot, but found some time for fun too. Each fall when the local kids go back to school, I find myself wanting to get back to scrapping and stamping. I have to push myself for inspiration though. I always want to jump right to Halloween, with all the fun colorful designs and papers available...I just love it!
A few of the blogs I follow had made mention of some opportunities for card drives to some really deserving folks, and also a scrapbooking/card making charity, That I wanted to share:
http://www.sendlovetoday.com/ Send Love Today is a nonprofit organization that provides emotional support to brain tumor patients and their families in the form of cards and small gifts. Our inspiration is derived from the life of Stacy L. Thomas, whose courageous journey with brain cancer ended in January 2004. His fighting spirit and unending bravery inspired family and friends alike. Stacy taught us all the true meaning of life, and his lifetime motto was “Never Give Up”.
One of the blogs I follow the girl said that she keeps a priority mail box- large size on hand and when she comes across something in her stash that she will not use, or wants to donate, she fills the box up and mails it to: Send Love Today
PO Box 528
Berea, Ohio 44017
This organization takes the items she sends and creates cards and gifts for the brain tumor patients mentioned above. I know we all have a box or two to share...I am starting to follow this lead.
Another great organization is: http://operationwritehome.org/index.html also known as Cards for Heros. They just had a birthday, and are collecting hand made cards of all types to send to our troops. They do have some things they would like you to exclude, like excessive glitter and they have size requirements, so please consult the web page prior to submission.
One of my favorite artists is Jennifer Maguire, and she is involved with Cards for Heros and currently is holding a card drive for Cards for Kate.
http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/ Stop by Jennifer's website and read Kate's story, and send a card or two. Jennifer is so generous she is even giving prizes...some from Tim Holtz. The story and cause is very moving, and participating is the prize itself.
I hope these few links have given you some inspiration for creating.
Have a wonderful week!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I was just doing some updates and realized that my one year anniversary of this blog is in 27 days! Wow, it went pretty quick! I also noticed that I am hovering around 1500 hits, so I was thinking...how cool would it be to make 2000 hits by my anniversary?
I really appreciate my followers, so if you would like to leave a comment...I would like to reward a few of my followers with a little blog candy...
Leave a comment letting me know what you are working on, and I will come up with some prize packs to award on my blogoversary on Sept 1st!
Make sure I have your e-mail address so I can get in touch.
Wow, I can't believe I have stuck with it for a year..... I will have to plan a day of surprises...
Thanks for reading!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sorry to have been out of the blogosphere lately, but it is so very busy at work, with it being our prime season. Like they say, you have to make hay when the sun shines!
I was pretty lucky today, I had the help of my good friend Lisa in helping me put together some wedding faors for an upcoming wedding in September. I had all of the pieces cut, scored, and embossed, or made, and she helped me tape some of the favors together.
The theme of the wedding is chocolate and vanilla, and these top note boxes will adorn the plates filled with chocolates at a wedding I am designing in September for my good friends Tricia and Joe. I think they came out pretty nice. Only 60 more to go...
I have been getting into making favors for weddings and parties of many types. If you have a need, or know of someone who does, drop me a comment, or give me a call.
I ran out of glue dots, and as luck would have it they were on sale buy 2 get one free at AC Moore today. So I also used my birthday gift card for some clear stamps on sale for $5 each! Most are by Inkadinkadoo or Craft Studio.
The materials used in the cards I show are Bashful Blue cardstock, Chocolate Chip Cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock all by Stampin Up!, Club Scrap ribbon from thier Academy collection, Stampin Up! Ink in various colors and blender pen. Also used the Swiss Dots Embossing folder by Cuttlebug on my Big Kick for the background and a Hero Arts flourish stamp stamped with Versamark for a Watermark background effect.
Hope you enjoy, and are having a great summer!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I wanted to let you know about a great series of FREE classes going on over at twopeasinabucket.com , given by Jennifer Maguire. Thinking Inking can be found on the Designer Garden Education Board and it is a 9 week series, three videos per week. You can link to it here.
A lot of great techniques. This video shows some completed projects that I created using the tutuorials Jennifer goes over in the class videos, and a little twist for supplies. I am really enjoying the course, so much so, I am incorporating it into my techniques class tomorrow.
Supplies used are:
Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger
Stampin Up! Dye Inks
Mini Mister by Ranger
Clear embossing powder
Non-stick craft sheet
Stamps by Stampin Up!, and Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz collection
Perfect Pearls by Ranger
Cork adhesive sheets
Various papers and punches
Alcohol Inks by Ranger
Pearls and Rhinestones
Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sorry to have not been a good blog updater, but I have been busy creating....
My shipment of the new catalogs arrived yesterday, and it seems like perfect timing that my Technique class is this Sunday at 1pm at my house. E-mail me if you need a new catalog, or I will be sure to get you one at an upcoming class... I really like all of the new things in the catalog, lots of new stamps, papers...just yummy!
I also am really excitied about this weekend's class, we are sure to have inky fingers! Also, this series has been so enjoyable I am thinking of running it again...if you are interested in building a technique book, and getting together once a month, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each class is $20 and we cover 3-5 techniques based on content each session. The new classes will have different techniques than last session, and require the monthly commitment , this series will run July- Dec.
I am also scheduling additional classes for the month of July... check back this weekend for the full schedule.
Have a creative week!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Copic Markers are all the rage in my local area, with a lot of us just recently jumping on the bandwagon, (what were we waiting for?). In an effort to get our selection of colors stocked in our stash, and keep costs down, I am proposing a Copic Club....what is a Copic Club you say....well it is an opportunity for stampers to come together and make a monthly purchase, for a set price. It does require a commitment, of 6 months to achieve a full set of 36 markers, but you do get to pay as you go. For example: The first club will be to complete a full set of Copic Original Markers-36. For $30 a month, you will receive 6 markers including shipping for 6 months. Additionally, with your first shipment, you will receive a Colorless blender pen, as my Thank you gift for enrolling in the club. Your last shipment, you will receive the box for your set. These markers are refillable.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
We made Twenty 12 x 12 layouts using the Sunshine Garden Simply Scrapping Kit. If you are interested in purchasing this kit, it is available on my Stampin Up website, just click on the left side.....
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Thank you for helping me help MDA.… to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association
All donations are appreciated, and will help send some kids to camp!
Thanks so much!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Happy Memorial Day! Today I wanted to share with you a picture of my hero, who is my Dad. I love this picture of him, that I took a few years ago in front of our flag on Memorial Day. My Dad is a Veteran who served 24 years in the Navy. He retired when I was 4 years old, many years ago. In this picture he was dressed up in his uniform to participate in a local Memorial Day parade, and I think he looks great!
I will be working on some projects later today, that hopefully I will get a chance to post, but in the meantime, be sure to honor the Veterans in your life, and have a wonderful Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Today's video shows a Flower Pot card, which I was inspired to create from a great gal named Dawn Griffith. Dawn does a lot of stamping videos and her youtube.com channel can be found :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4N1xCL6SZU as it turns out, Dawn was inspired to make hers from Stephanie Luman, and Stephanie has a written tutorial on her blog. Check it out :
Thanks to both ladies for the inspiration!
The main project I show is an acrylic album in the shape of a lighthouse, I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. I purchased the album from my favorite scrapbooking store The Scrapbook Cafe located in Tuckerton, NJ. Angela Weimer is the very talented owner of the store and she was nice enough to share her recipe for Scrapping Sand. Please check out her store website: www.scrapbookcafenj.com
To make Scrapping Sand you need:
A plastic disposable cup
a popsicle stick
Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls
Glossy Accents glue
Pour the amount of sand you want into a cup by using the UTEE as your "sand". Just pour it in dry, you will not be heating it. Add the amount of Gold Perfect Pearls to color the UTEE to the color you want. Once colored add enough Glossy Accents Glue, a little at a time, to have the mixture conform to a wet sand consistency. The tip Angela gave me was to make it feel like when you step in wet sand and leave an impression. Then apply to your project by scraping it on with the popsicle stick. Mold it to the form you want, and allow to dry very thoroughly. I let mine dry overnight. It is now solid as concrete.
Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Wishing you a creative week!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Today's video goes over some details about how I changed up my stamp storage today. For under $10 I managed to get my little acrylics, and my SU! sets better organized with the help of my friend Lisa.
I apologize in advance for the camera shaking, and my raspy voice, I have been pretty sick over the last few weeks, and being gone to Marriott school last week really did nothing to help, if anything I think it prolonged my cold.
The mini albums are available at your local craft store, I got mine at AC Moore for $1 each. They don't close fully, but it sure is better than digging through the lunch boxes.
The binder and page protectors and colored dots were all purchased at Staples. I think it ran us about $10 for the whole lot.
The Mother's day IOU book I speak of in the video is made from SU! Salebration papers, rectangular coasters, I punched the heart from the backing of the paper pack, ran it through my Xyron and applied glitter, I had the foam letters, but the girl scouts will be using cardstock letters I cut using Terry Albert's Sizzix dies and machine. Thanks again Terry!
The ribbon is all SU! 1/4" grograin in coordinating colors, and the book was bound with the Bind It All and 3/4" black O rings.
I really like the rectangular coasters and they can be found at an affordable price :
I have ordered from them and was really happy with the delivery time and prices.
Have a creative week!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I was reading a blog that I follow today and got some inspiration that I wanted to share. I have a link below to Beatriz Jennings blog, and boy is she talented! Be sure to check out these amazing designs she creates: http://iralamija.blogspot.com/
Today Beatriz posted a link to a free vintage clip art site: http://vintageholidaycrafts.com/
so I checked it out. Lots of beautiful images you can download for free. I got a little carried away and turned seven images into cards tonight. No stamping , but lots of layering, glitter pen, ribbon, lace, and buttons. I have kept them sentiment free until I decide who I will send them to, and then add on the sentiment that fits the event.
Just wanted to say Thanks Beatriz! I really had fun creating these, and it got me to flex my scrapbooking muscles, sort of...
Be sure to check out Beatriz's blog, her Etsy store, and vintageholidaycrafts.com for a little new inspiration. Oh- somewhere on Beatriz's blog she had made a carousel out of paper that was beautiful, just like everything she makes, check it out!
Have a great week!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Today I was very fortunate I had saved up my coupons and rewards certificates and hit my two favorite stores, Michaels and AC Moore. I had been really wanting to purchase the Wild Card Cricut Cartridge, because I heard many good things about it. I was really lucky because it was on Sale at both shops $40 at Michaels and $42 at AC Moore. I picked one up, and started playing around with it, and much to my surprise, it has quite a bit packed into it for your $$.
Most cartidges have letters or icons to die cut, but Wild Card has Card bases, liners, icons, Full Alphabet, upper and lowercase, sentiments, numbers ,punctuation and frames which is a lot more that I remember from other cartridges I have gotten in the past.
I own the original Cricut machine, and I made a 5 1/2 "card today in 10 minutes!
Just thought I would share what a value this is, and encourage you to dive in as well.
Patterned Papers are by K & Co. -Wild Raspberry
Stamps are Stampin Up!- On your Birthday and Oval All
Punches- small Oval and Scalloped Oval by Stampin Up!
Ribbon Stampin Up! Rose Red Grograin 1/4 "
Pixie Pink Ink by Stampin Up!
YoYo Yellow Cardstock by Stampin Up!
Wishing you a creative week,
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today I made a card I cased from Jackie Topa. If you visit her blog, you will find a great guide for cutting and scoring the side step card. Here is a link:
Today's video focused on the bunny made from Stampin Up punches. To create the bunny you will need:
White Card Stock, Black Cardstock, and a Designer Series paper of your choice for the egg
The following Stampin' Up Punches and I have indicated how many of each following the item:
Wide Oval: (3) from white (1) from DSP- 2 for feet, 1 for body, DSP for egg
Oval: (8)- 4 for ears, 2 for arms, 2 for legs/haunches-all from white
1 3/4 Circle- (1) from white for head
Triple heart (2) 1 medium heart for nose area. 1 tiny heart for nose, 1 tiny heart for teeth-all white
3/4 circle (2) for eyes-from white
1/4 circle (2) for eyes- from black
You will also need:
Regal Rose Marker
Black fine tip Marker
White Gel Pen
tweezers- to make it easier
Quickie glue Pen
I have found to punch everything first, and do a dry fitting of the bunny first helps, then adhere everything down. I don't show it in the video, but the white gel pen is for the eyes...
I kept running over time constraints so the video is trimmed, please forgive any talking that may have been edited!
I hope you enjoy- Thanks Jackie for a great inspiration!
I hope your Easter was wonderful!
I have been asked to come up with a scrapbooking class, so for my first attempt I thought I would offer a 12 x 12 album in a day. This class does require pre-registration and costs $30.00, which includes your Simply Scrappin Kit for the class. We will be making 20 ,12 x 12 pages during a 3 hour session on May 31, from 1 pm -4pm using the Sunshine Garden Simply Scrappin Kit. Please bring your standard tool kit to class which should include adhesive.
If you would like to take the class, I will need paid registrations no later than Sunday May 17th. Please e-mail me at email@example.com if you are interested. Beginners are encouraged to participate, and accomodations will be made for tools for beginners.
I hope to see you in class!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
For this project you will need:
Flower Punch about 1 1/2 inches in size
Patterned Paper that is double sided- I used the Stampin' Up! Salebrations Designer Series Paper Pack
Ribbon- I used SU! Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Very Vanilla 1/4 grosgrain ribbon
Vessel for your bouquet- I used a tin bucket
Leaves- Cut using my Cricut Dis Cutting machine- and Walk In the Garden Cartridge-Leaf #3
Butterflys were punched out using Martha Stewarts 2 Butterfly Punches.
Thank you Candy for helping me fluff up the flowers!
I hope you enjoy the simple technique, and make a bunch of these for your friends and family.
Wishing you a creative week!
Happy Birthday Mom!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I am trying to turn over a new leaf and post something every week. Sorry, I have been way too busy... This weeks project does not involve any stamping, but it shows a fun project to make coasters using 4 x 4 ceramic tiles and photographs.
4 x 4 Travertine Ceramic Tile- available in boxes of 8-10 tiles for approx $7 at Home Depot- try and get the least pitted you can.
Modge Podge- Gloss finish glue
8 1/2 x 11 Cardstock
Karen Foster- 12 x 12 Adhesive Cork Sheets
The most difficult part of this project is printing your photos onto the tissue paper. I have found that cutting the tissue paper down to 8 1/2 x 11 and adhereing it to a sheet of cardstock at the top and bottom, helps in guiding it through your printer, and for trimming. I hold the tissue and the cardstock together as I trim down the photos after they are printed. I then discard the cardstock.
As I say in the video, drying is key. I hope you enjoy!
Have a creative week!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I know, long time , no post...I am so busy! I did want to post a quick video which shows a few cards I made today following Techniques class from my scraps. Thanks ladies for coming by and learning the techniques. I really enjoy this class series, and I hope you all do too!
In todays class two of the techniques we learned were: 1. Dahlia folded flowers, and 2. Glitter lace background, both were fun, but I am still covered in glitter!
All supplies used in the cards were Stampin Up!, except as indicated. The lace and sticker paper used to create the lace background- Sticker paper is by Therm-O-Web, lace I bought at JoAnn's out of the remnant bin.
Glitter- Stampin Up-Taken with Teal, and Ranger-Clear
Cardstock- Taken with Teal, WHisper White
Ink-Taken with Teal
Ribbon- Tempting Turquoise
Butterfly Punch- Martha Stewart
Dahlia Folded Flower Card- All products used are by Stampin Up except leaf-by Prima.
Card Stock- Rose Red, Whisper White
Designer Paper- Rsapberry Twist
Ribbon- Rose Red
Ink- Rose Red
Both sentiments are from the Sincere Salutations stamp set.
Hope you enjoy!
Wishing you creative days,
Sunday, March 8, 2009
If you love stamping as much as I do, and would love to have the opportunity to buy products for yourself, at a discount, or perhaps start a little business for yourself, there has never been a better time to join Stampin Up!
So, if it has crossed your mind, that this might be the hobby or business for you, please contact me! I would love to have you on my team!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have put together a card for our little blog group challenge... The challenge was to use non traditional colors to create a valentine card. So here is my humble submission and the inspiration behind it.
First for the inspiration:
Allow me to introduce Geddy, the wonder cat. He is really a treasure, and saved us from a broken heart after we lost our beloved Scotia. But he is into everything...He is 8 months old, and he is everywhere, constantly getting into trouble... Many have asked me about his name. He is named for Geddy Lee the bassist and lead singer for the band Rush. Keith is a diehard fan of thiers, and he chose his name, and it just fits. He looks a lot like Sylvester the cat, but just imagine a dust cloud following him everywhere, similar to Pigpen from Peanuts. I do adore him, but the kitten stage is tough.
So Geddy is the inspiration for the card I made for Keith for Valentine's Day from Geddy & me...
A few of my favorite things are incorporated into this card...The Stamps both the cat and the hearts are from Stamps by Judith, I just love her stuff. The paper is by Making Memories-I think as the gingham and the black were from my scrap bin. The white is a piece of vellum, brads by Stampin Up! Image colored using Prismacolor Pencils, and of course the hearts were Stickled. The bow tie is gingham ribbon, I always have on hand.
Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I am trying to get a headstart on things, as I go back to work in the real world on Monday! No more working from home....
So, the video is early... just some cards I have been working on for the box in my desk. I always keep some birthday and thank you as well as plain cards on hand. Never know what you need to distribute to guests of the hotel or team mates.
Everything was made using scraps and SU! Inks. Also used was the Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, misc ribbon- mostly SU!, Stickles, and one of the new SU! hostess sets... Goody Goody Gumdrops.
The box was cased from a tutorial by Beate Johns on Split Coast Stampers.
Hope you enjoy!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I was just doing a little blog hopping and found this fantastic blog
More to add to my reading list...anyway Rachel has just gotten 15,000 hits, and is offering up this yummy prize.
Check it out and leave her a comment!
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