Friday, October 31, 2008
I also had some fun workshops this month. This is what my hostess treat was. (I also give many other little things and perks):
It's a gift card holder. The original inspiration/design was by a demonstrator named Jill Hillier. You can see her versions here. I made mine using the I Wish Simply Scrappin' Kit. I also creatively used punches. Most of the attendees were new this month, so I wanted to show them quick and easy ways to get started. The large brown circle was created using two round tab punches. I also showed off my Crop-a-dile, which is always a hit. Oh, yeah, I also made my own Velcro tabs by using the larger circle punch on my Crop-a-dile on my roll of adhesive Velcro! An audible WOW! was heard each time I demonstrated it.
Here is a card everyone made also:
I wish I was this good on my own, but I ran out of mojo when planning. The need to get a great idea in a short period of time, was certainly a downer. I started surfing splitcoast to get a good color combo and came across this card by Monika aka buzsy. I changed it up a bit and went with it. All of my other ideas ran into problems...how to clean stamps repeatedly in a crowd, ran out of paper, thought I was missing a punch that doesn't exist.... It was a long night of planning. I really like this card, though, for it's use all year round!
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, A Note of Thanks
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Confetti White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Round corner punch, white 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, filigree brad, 1/16 handheld punch, paper snips, scallop edge punch.
The other project we made was the Candy Bar Wrapper Ornaments I posted about here.
Well, I'm off to bed. Happy Stamping!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I bought these canisters for less than $8 last summer. I have been waiting for inspiration to strike, but until the butterflies, nothing. I may add more pizazz later, but for now, I like them. You can see the old design (a prince in white and a swirl). I have no idea what I am going to do with them, but they will look cute in my stamping sanctuary.
I love each one, but I especially love this view of the clear vase, where the elements are 3D and compliment each other.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here is what I did on Sunday...I think Bubba is rubbing off on me!
First, the blank canvas (before I washed it):
I have a new Toyota Yaris, bought this summer. It was bit boring...
cut around one of my new decor' elements: Flitting by.
I rubbed the grid paper backing to release the vinyl to the transfer paper and then rubbed away on the vinyl to transfer it. Here is how it looks:Cute, but not quite enough. These are designed for TWO STEP DECORATING, so I went all out. I added each element one at a time in the same manner.
Drumroll....I just love these butterflies. They coordinate with the stamp set, Flight of the Butterfly, and I can't wait to make a full ensemble of coordinating products!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot and Top Note Bigz Die, White Embossing Powder, Powder Pal, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch
I used White Craft ink in my uninked cartridge over the red paper. I then put the paper through the Big Shot to cut the frame out. I then inked and embossed white snowflakes on Real Red and then punched out the parts I liked using my 1 1/4 inch circle punch. I layered this circle on whisper white and added it to the frame. I tied a small knot around around the frame. The one I took pictures of was my worst bow! I sent the others to the swap. Finally, I added my picture to the frame (I had to trim a little) on a matte.
On the inside, I embossed the White Craft Ink with White embossing powder to so the sentiment popped!
On a side note, the picture is of my husband, Bubba, me, and the guys we take care of and that live with us. We are each wearing a Santa hat of the team of our choice: The Wisconsin Badgers (Go Big Red), the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, and, of course, the Raiders. We intended to send this picture as last year's Christmas picture, but never did. Maybe this year!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here's two items I created with the paper:
One is a hat box I bought at Goodwill for $2.00. I traced the top and added a layer of coordinating paper around the band. For a bit of extra, I added 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon.
The other object is a candy canister I had around for about a year! Opps! I never really knew what I wanted to do with it. I added some accents..using my coluzzle. The circle idea came from a card we made at convention that I have since lost so I can't share it. I changed the design a bit. I covered the wooden lid with an orange piece of the Haiku paper. I added a tag of More Mustard using my coluzzle and covered half of it in the green Haiku paper. The Bloom saying is from Bella's bloom, the free stamp set I won and the larger flower is from Eastern Blooms. I added some dimension by using brads in the flower center. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon. I also used my cropadile to add a jumbo brad.
I use these at workshops and to decorate my living room. Soon, Christmas will replace them and I will put them back in my stamp room!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I get back to Neenah in time (hopefully, crossing fingers) for my wedding reception. Bubba and I are doing things a little differently and hosting a low-key tailgate party. There will be "The Bubba," a very detailed and special burger, brats, hot dogs and all the fixin's. We did include a few important things like favors for all our guests, as we love the folks that love us. In August, at a vendor expo, I met the perfect person to create our favors: Diana Navis, Chocolatier. Diana has her own local business called Chocolate Flair. Visit her website here. Her stuff is amazing! We hired her immediately and she is currently making our favors.
I had to add a bit of me to them...so my Big Shot came to the rescue. My sister, her sister-in-law, and I spent about 4 hours stamping a topper to match my invites. Thanks, girls, for your help.
Anyway, I don't have a picture of that. What I do have is a picture of the thank-you notes that Diana commissioned. She picked out a card from my convention swaps. I changed it up a bit with the stamp set, but kept the color combo and the layout.
Stamps: Eastern Elegance, Kind Thoughts
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise 1/4 Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/4 circle punch, Very Vanilla envelopes, Old Olive Brads
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
DID YOU GUESS?
Sandy asked me to be a featured demonstrator and lead the make-n-take! It means I got to play with a new project. I had an idea immediately when the email came through, but then had to figure out what I had supplies for at least 12, and maybe more, stampers. Luckily, I had help.
As part of a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, I was introduced to an idea by Diana Gibbs, called a Kit Kat holder. If you are a reader of my blog, you've seen a version of them for my Halloween tree.
Enough making you wait...
Stamps: Snow Burst, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Paper: 6 x 4” piece of Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series Paper, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Kit Kat or other small candy bar, Paper Crimper, 1 inch Circle Punch, 1 ¼ inch Circle Punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch, 5/8” Striped Riding Hood Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Elastic Cord, 1/8 Handheld Circle Punch, Craft and Rubber Scissors, Paper Snips, SNAIL, Dimensionals
Can you tell, the image is a peppermint? Thanks, Nancy, for the idea! I wanted the entire ornament to look like old-fashioned candy.