Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Grannies

Last night I created a beautiful double page scrapbook layout (12 x 12) at my scrapbook club.  I, like many of you I am sure, have certain things that remind me of the people I love.  For me, this is strongest with my Grannies. 

My maternal Grandmother always had a tin of old buttons.  I remember being at her house and just running my hands through the buttons. The sound, and the feel of  the buttons slipping through my fingers still makes me happy.

My strongest memory of my Paternal Grandmother is of doilies.  She always had doilies.  I don't know if she made them, or if they came from her mother, but there were always doilies around her house.  It always felt so warm and welcoming, like a cup of tea.

So, these two pages are dedicated to my Grannies, and to all the other Grannies out there.  they may not even realize it, but what they do lives forever.  Thank you.

The stamp set used on the faux tearing technique and on the other page is called Elements of Style and is available in the current Summer Mini catalog.  It has to be one of my favorite sets.  I love it!
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Terrific Tiles

Good afternoon everyone!

Today I want to share with you some tile coasters that I made.  I love these and think that they would make a fantastic teacher's gift.

 Aren't they nice?  I took some 4 x 4 inch tumbled marble tiles (gorgeous on their own), and stamped images from Lovely as a Tree on them.  I colored them in with my Stampin' Write markers.  They are sealed with a matte spray (I used Krylon) and have a cork backing on them.  I love this project, and the possibilities are endless.  I have some other great stamps to try out for these.  I can't wait!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wonderful Wedding

Hello.  Today is a sad, sad day.  Today is the airing of the last new LOST episode ever.  Ever. 

Don't worry, I will soldier on.  I have the dvds (of course).  And stamping, they can't take that away from me.

On that note, I wanted to share with you today a card I was commissioned to make.  A friend of mine was going to a wedding, and described the bride as a "modern woman".  So, I wanted to make something elegant, timeless, trendy, and not too frilly.  I came up with this beautiful card.

Here is another, closer view of the front so you can see some of the detailing.

She also need the card to hold a gift card, so I designed a little pocket using my Big Shot (love it!) and Top Note die.

My client loved it, and I am certain that the newlyweds will too.  It is definitely a card that I will repeat.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Insert Snappy Title Here

I got nothin'.  I mean, I have some stamping to show you, but no snappy title today.

A while ago, I picked up a pretty frame on sale from a local store.  As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do wit hit.

I decided to stamp some images using the Season of Friendship stamp set and I think it turned out better than I imagined.

This is the full framed project.  Great isn't it?  Here are a few close ups so you can get a better look.

I know that you cannot tell, but some of the snowflakes are embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder and have a small rhinestone in the center.  The pictures don't really do this piece of art justice.  You will have to trust me, it is beautiful.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

KABOOM!!! It's an Explosion . . . Box

Happy LOSTerday!  ***sniff, sniff***  I won't be able to say that much longer.  Tonight is the next to last episode . . .ever!  That makes me sad.

But, I have a couple of cute projects to share with you that make me feel a little better about life after LOST.  At least I have stamping still.

I made these cute Explosion Boxes as part of a demonstration I did for Lisa's Scrapfest.  I had so much fun with them and the possibilities are limitless.  I am working on a beautiful wedding one for my cousin.  Check these out.

This first one is made with the Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper.  You can get this item on the Clearance Rack in my online store (while supplies last).

I love making these, and I want to show you another one just so you can see the different "feel" you can get from different Designer series paper.  I used Bella Bleu for this second one.  I also used the Lattice die with my Big Shot (love it!), and the Elements of Style stamp set.  The first one was more playful, but this one is pure elegance.

Gorgeous, right? 

If you have any questions or praise, please leave a comment.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fabulous Fiesta!

So, first of all, I want to say oops and sorry for not posting in a while.  Life got a little ahead of me and I needed to catch up.  But, I think I am almost there.  Except for laundry . . . I am never done laundry.  I swear it multiplies.  And single socks transform into something else entirely . . . but, that is for another time. 

Today I want to share with the Fiesta party my daughter had.  Here is the card that I made for her invitations

She LOVED it!  She chose all the colors (and I got a chance to use my Bold Brights)  I used the scallop border punch, the perfect polka dots impression folder and My Digital Studio to create this fun and lively card.  I love being able to incorporate My Digital Studio into projects other than scrapbooks.  The little flower brads are not SU, but she begged for them at the store (and I had a coupon).

We of course decorated with lots of balloons and streamers, and I made a banner with her name on it using the pennant die and my Big Shot.

 The banner has taken a new place above her bed. 

I commissioned a friend of a friend to make her a "sombrero" cake and told her to just do what she thought was best.  It turned out better than I could have imagined.

Didn't she do a fantastic job?

I like to do something special and theme related for a craft and a take home treat.  For the craft the girls decorated maracas that I had made from paper mache Easter eggs and a dowel. (no pics, sorry).  And, instead of a loot bag I made each of them a little mini pinata.

When making them, I left a hole at the top, filled them, then slipped a piece of ribbon over the hole and sealed it with more tissue paper.  I covered each with punch images in coordinating card stock and also added a punched image to the ends of the ribbon.  They pull the ribbon, the tissue paper over the hole breaks, and they have the treats spill out.  The party goers loved them and were so excited to take their pinatas and maracas home with them.  It was a fun, but exhausting day.

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