And check out what you can win:
Monday, November 30, 2009
And check out what you can win:
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I tend to need a lot of thank you cards around Christmas, so I thought I'd share two that I made tonight with you.
The first card uses the PTI Winter Swirls set. I just love this set - it's so versatile. I added the sentiment from the Signature Christmas set along with a hand drawn box.
Stamps - Winter Swirls & Signature Christmas (PTI)
Ink - New Leaf (PTI); Real Red (SU!); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper - White
Accessories - black pen, dimensionals, ribbon
Stamps - Signature Greetings (PTI)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper - Ocean Tides (PTI); Melon Mambo (SU!); white, green (scrap); Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories - scallop edge punch, white gel pen, buttons
To all my blog buddies, I'm so sorry that I haven't stopped by to leave you some love recently...you're on my to-do list :)
Monday, November 23, 2009
P could include paper, piercing, purple, etc.
I could include ivory, Icicle Stickles, ink, etc.
E could be embossing, eyelets, envelope, etc.
This week the design team used the Dotti set - which will go to one lucky participant.
And here's what I came up with for the challenge:
P - plaid, pattern paper
I - Icicle stickles, ink
E - Embossed Curves punch (by EK Success), embossing
Fun challenge, don't you think? You should give it a try - it might not taste as good as the real thing, but I bet it won't pack on any extra inches :) For more details on the challenge and to see what the other design team members came up with, head over to the MyGrafico Challenge Blog.
Stamp - Dotti (MyGrafico)
Ink - Copics
Paper - Real Red (SU!), green (scrap), dp - (DCWV)
Accessories - Stickles (Icicle & Yellow), Embossed Curves punch (EK Success), Swiss Dots embossing folder, circle & petite scallop circles die (Nestabilities), red ribbon (Offray), dimensionals
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- The car dealership where I bought my car 4 years ago called wanting me to consider trading in my car for a newer model. They're in need of Honda SUV's. So after a long day at Quiz Bowl (ugh!) and a hair cut appointment (yay!!), I went to see what they had to say. Long story short, I went back the next day after sleeping on it to finalize the deal on my new car. They didn't have the model I'm getting on the lot, so I should get it in a week or so. It was nice making a deal when I didn't have to.
- Oh speaking of Quiz Bowl....I hate riding a school bus!!! Especially when the bus driver smokes a cigar or pipe and the smell lingers on his clothes and I sit behind him. When we got back to our school, I had to lay down in the nurse's office (thank goodness no kids were there!!) until my nausea subsided :(
- I love my students EXCEPT when they ask me to write a letter of recommendation for the very next day. I'm too nice and tell them I will. grumble grumble!!
Okay....I'm done now...phew - thanks for listening!! I have my get together with my stampin' gals tomorrow, so I really excited to have some creating time! I've not created anything since Monday, and I'm itching to ink & glue something!
Here's a card I made for one of the sketches on the most recent Paper Crafts magazine submission call. I just love this dp - it's so fun! Not really for the current season, but I wanted to share a card rather than fill this post with my ramblings :)
Paper - DCWV - Doodling Around matstack; PTI - Bitty Boxes; Real Red
Accessories - felt Thickers (dots), Labels One Nestabilities, chipboard element (Colorbok), black embroidery floss, dimensionals
Monday, November 16, 2009
okay...not really....just a really PURPLE card!
Perfect for the latest Moxie Fab World challenge - Plum Crazy. These little squares make me think of Christmas gifts....hmmmmm....I'm getting some inspiration for a Christmas card :)
Okay...I need to get some sleep. I have two meetings tomorrow on top of my normal schedule with the kiddos. Guess going on that fun road trip to Columbus this Saturday may be catching up on me :) oh well....it was totally worth it!!
Stamps - Houndstooth (Hero Arts); Vintage Labels, Text Background, Polka Dot Basics II (all PTI)
Ink - Eggplant Envy
Paper - Eggplant Envy & Perfect Plum
Accessories - buttons, ribbon (Offray), dimensionals
Stamps - Autumn Abundance (Papertrey Ink)
Ink - Tea Dye distress ink (Tim Holtz for Ranger)
Paper - kraft, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla; dp - DCWV Vintage Paisley
Accessories - Threading Water punch (Fiskars), purple ribbon (Offray), vintage button twine (PTI), buttons (PTI), dimensionals
This week's MyGrafico Monday challenge is a color challenge - create a card/LO/project that incorporates ORANGE, PINK, and GREEN. The design team created some fun stuff using this set, which will go to one lucky participant in this week's challenge:
ALSO, don't forget that today is the last day to apply for the MyGrafico Challenge Design Team.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Her birthday is today, so I toyed around with a few ideas for her card. In class yesterday, she was wearing a PEACE sign shirt & I hoped to create a card with the PEACE set from My Cute Stamps. I also wanted to use this fun paper from the Teen collection by American Crafts. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get the two together so I had to rethink my thinking.
I decided to use the dp on the outside and placed the fun Peace sign on the inside & on her birthday coupons. Can't wait to see her expression when she opens the envelope!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I found Stephanie along with some other fun Rubber Romance stamps in the mail today. Robin, Rubber Romance's super sweet and super talented designer/owner, sent some fun new images to the design team, and (as you can see) I couldn't wait to ink this gal up!! I wish I had some red flock & white Flower Soft to razzle dazzle her up....guess I have something to add to my shopping list for my trip to Archiver's this weekend :)
I created this card for today's Ways To Use It challenge at SCS. Today's challenge wanted you to add texture (faux or real) to your card. Again that fun flock & flower soft would've came in real handy, but I think the embossing and the look of the Rustic Snowflakes dp really gives the card a lot of texture.
Want a chance to win some fabulous Rubber Romance stamps???? I know you do!! All you need to do is participate in one of our two monthly sketch challenges. The latest sketch challenge runs until November 19th. Check it out here and spend some time at the Rubber Romance blog - the design team is frequently posting terrific tutorials ranging from techniques to fun project ideas.
Stamps - Stephanie (Rubber Romance)
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tea Dye (Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger); Copics, Spica pen (Clear)
Paper - white, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Rustic Snowflakes (PTI)
Accessories - snowflake punch, button, rustic button twine, Nestabilities (oval & petite scallop oval), swiss dots embossing folder, dimensionals
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
See what I mean:
In this card, I stamped the mittens image from the Winter Swirls set in New Leaf and then cut them out. I added the little metal heart (from the Joann's $1 section) and finished the card off super quickly...wahoo b/c this gal needs some R&R.
Stamps - Winter Swirls (Papertrey Ink)
Ink - New Leaf (PTI); StazOn black
Paper - kraft, black, white
Accessories - metal adhesive heart (Colorbok)
I was really happy to get a chance to try out Taylored Expressions stamps while at the Stamping Around event. The talented Charmaine Ikach taught this class packed with fun make & takes:
Here's what we made:
First up is the little gift box that holds a set of 5 mini cards. These boxes are really nice and include hidden magnets to keep them closed tightly - you can find them here
Cute stuff!! We used the Wings of Joy set - which is really nice!!
Another class held on Saturday was sponsored by Bombshell Stamps and taught by Kathi Rerek. Kathi had us using the crayon resist technique on two edgy projects. Unfortunately I don't have photos of those to share with you - but be sure to pop on over to this post of Kathi's to see what we did :)
All in all, I had a great trip! The girls I went with are fabulous & I'm so glad that we have this little group that gets together regularly. We meet next Saturday for a Secret Santa exchange because we won't be meeting in December. So excited to see all the fun cards & gifts everyone will be giving.
Do you wanna know a fun way to start a Saturday morning stamping event? Have it sponsored by Papertrey Ink and taught by the energetic, fun, and oh so talented Becky Oehlers!! Sorry to be impartial, but this was the best part of the whole weekend. Becky got us all excited by passing out the materials including the Autumn Abundance set that we were using and GOT TO KEEP!!!! Yay Papertrey!! Our project included three cards with a box to hold them.
Here they are. The cards looked like this:
The class that came in a close second (in my book) was sponsored by JustRite Stampers and taught by the wonderful Tammy Herschberger. Tammy came up with a fabulous gift idea that I really cannot wait to make more of - stamping on votive candles!!! Check out the adorable card (ignore my coloring) and adorable votives w/holder:
So easy and soooooo cute!! We used two sets from JustRite - Old Fashion Christmas Borders & Centers Round (this was for the card) and Merry Little Christmas Borders & Centers Round (for the candles & tag). And guess what!! This lucky duck won the Merry Little Christmas Borders & Centers Round.......can I get a WAHOOOOO!!
okay...one more installment to share about the other two classes at the event :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I had parent-teacher conferences tonight and again tomorrow morning, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share what I made at the Stamping Around Philly event this past weekend.
The event was held at a beautiful inn in the gorgeous PA countryside. The inn even had sheep and a protective (and beautiful) sheepdog - I was inpressed how they roamed free all under the guidance of Teardrop (the sheepdog).
Our evening begin with a class sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps taught by Julie Masse. I've never used Kitchen Sink Stamps before, so I was excited to try them out. They're really cool, and it was a huge plus to get to play around with them. In case you're not familiar, Kitchen Sink Stamps features multi-step stamping to create very realistic images. We created 3 cards (based on Julie's designs) using the Multi Step Christmas Lights set. Here they are:
and here's the set we used:
Wanna know something really cool? I won this set!!! So now I can play around with these multi-step stamps and create my own cards :)
After Julie's class, we had a bonus class sponsored by Sweet'nSassy Stamps. This class was taught by Korin, the owner of Sweet'nSassy. Korin had us create a card where she combined all the sentiments from the Holiday Greetings set to form the shape of a Christmas tree -very clever, don't ya think?
4 cute cards in one night, such fun!! be sure to check out the other posts to see the projects from Stamping Around Philly - Saturday!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Here's what I came up with:
I love PTI's Aqua Mist with white - it's so tranquil....just perfect for the Winter Swirls set and the Peace on Earth sentiment. I had some ribbon in a bin that matches the Aqua Mist perfectly - just love when that happens!
Well I'm off to finish submitting some cards to Paper Crafts...nothing like waiting until the last minute. Then I get some photos taken of the projects from the Stamping Around event - gosh, where do the minutes of the day go?
Have a great night & go Steelers!!
Stamps - Winter Swirls (PTI)
Ink - Soft Sky (SU!)
Paper - Aqua Mist (PTI), white
Accessories - star punch (Fiskars), ribbon, buttons (PTI), atyou Spica (clear)
The challenges at MyGrafico this week have the design team going bananas - yep, we're using this fun monkey set....and guess what! You can win it!
Stamps - Funky Monkey (MyGrafico); sentiment (Autumn Abundance - PTI)
Ink - Scarlett Jewel (PTI); Copics
Paper - Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa (SU!); dp- DCWV Christmas Stack
Accessories - burgundy grosgrain ribbon (Offray); Circle & Scallop Circle dies (Nestabilities), sewing machine, dimensionals