Monday, May 7, 2007

No Stamping Today

Bronchitis again! I had been thinking that it had been over a year since I was that kind of sick, and here it came. I hate it! I went to the doctor on Friday and got meds. I made sure I was not contagious so I could go scrap booking on Saturday for National Scrap booking day. It just wears me out!
I spent Saturday at Page Makers - my favorite scrap book store. I love the ladies over there and I have made scrap booking friends that I love to see there. I did take a detour to the A store and did some of the make-n-takes. The tag is cute, but maybe a little busy. I also made the note book, I love love love the paper we used. I sent way too much money, but almost everything was on sale. You know those words that make you spend money!
My BFF Debi met me at Page Makers at 9:30 and we unloaded our stuff. We left there for the A store about 10:00 - five minute drive - we where there until noon. Debi loves breakfast food so we went to IHOP for lunch. The stuffed french toast is to die for! This is becoming a ritual for us. After lunch we headed back over to Page Makers (yes this is a commercial for them) and started to scrap. I didn't get much work done but had a lot of fun. Went to get dinner and some photo prints with a new friend Amy. The last several times Amy has been working on a wedding album for a friend and it is turning out lovely. Wish I could get as much work done at these things. I really enjoy sitting there and seeing what other people are doing, not to mention that a lot of my friends usually stop by and we catch up, too. I guess if I could quit running my mouth I could get some more work done.
The end of the night always comes way to soon and I had a coupon for $15.00 to spend so I had to do some shopping! I used my coupon to get this neat chip board portfolio. I plan to decorate it! (well I hope to).
I will try to get pictures of the scrapbook pages in the next couple of days, but I start my summer job this week and I need to clean out Danielle's room so she has a place to stay for the summer. I will try not to neglect you too much!
Love Always,

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Red and Black

Red and Black used to be one of my favorite color combos, but I have not used it recently so I decided to do a new one with them.

This card is Real Red, Basic Black and Summer Sun. Stamp sets are In Full Bloom and Winged Things. I used markers to color in. I did use the shimmery white card stock to give it a little shine. I used both of my big SU square punches to set off the saying.

This is kind of a simple card but I just love the way it looks.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Bee My Friend

I just love the House Mouse Design stamps and they have the new line called Happy Hoppers with the cutest little bunnies. I recently scored some new stamps at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price. Yes, I am saying it like it is an addition, because it is. I have been looking at these stamps online and the best I have seen is 20% off, so imagine my delight to see them at 50% off!

This stamp speaks to me for several reasons, I love the Hoppers, but mostly because Robby (my youngest son) was a bee for his first Halloween! He was the cutest little bee ever! (yes, I am biased)

My card is Barely Banana, Lovely Lilac and Whisper White. I used the ticket corner punch and the brads are Doodle Bug. The pale purple dotted ribbon is Darcie. I used sparkling H2Os on the wings to make them look shimmery. I used the colored pencil and thinner technique to color the bees.

I hope you like them as much as I do!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Class from Last Friday

Here are the cards that we did from the class last Friday. I have been doing stamp camp/classes with two other demonstrators for about the last year. We are trying to do one class per mini catalog or season. This last one was 8 cards for $10.00. These are for a customers as a thank you for their sales during the year. For this reason we keep the costs down. In other classes we have done gifts and giving, not a scrapbook scrap booking, and various cards. We try to include techniques that our customers may not have tried and folds that are new to them. Sales are nice at these events but usually low. Alice, Janet, and I get together and decide what projects we will do and divide up the work. If it is your project you cut for every one's customers and make 3 sets of samples. This has worked pretty well. Some of the problems we have encountered are that we have about the same taste in colors so we tend to use the same colors on multiple projects. This hard because we like to have multiple sets of materials on each table. We are all on a budget for buying new stamp sets, so sometimes we either have to buy new sets or hope that our customers can share one set to get through a project. Other than that the events have gone well! We usually end up with about 20 people, and it seems that we take turns on who has a lot of people and who has just a few. At the end we make sure that everyone is reimbursed on their supplies and pay the rent. For some reason I usually get stuck doing the math. I love doing events with these girls and a lot of our customers know each other witch makes it a fun night for everyone!
The pictures are out of order, but I hope from the descriptions you can tell which card is which.

My three cards I have already posted with there info, but have attached a picture so that you can see the variety.

Alice did three cards this go round. Her first card is shadow stamping with Flitting By - if you have not done this before here are some directions: This can be done with a wheel stamp or with your regular stamp sets. I prefer the wheels, it is a little easier. First in color roll the image - Line up the seam in the wheel with the edge of the paper. Next using craft ink roll the image again on top of the first set. Line up the seam in the wheel just a little before the edge of the paper. It will look like you have a shadow. This card was done in Ballet Blue, Craft White, and Basic Black ink with paper to match.

Her second card used the versa mark resist on glossy paper for the background. Directions: First stamp with versa mark on the glossy card stock, then brayer with color over top. The versa mark acts as a resist to the color. This makes a subtle background. This card was done with Paisley and Polka Dot stamp set and the coordinating paper. It was finished off with two sliver brads and a round tab punch tag. Colors are Taken with Teal, Tempting Turquoise, Pretty in Pink, and Barely Banana.

Her Third Card is a two step stamping card and Alice taught everyone how to use the stamp a magig. I my self am stamp a magig challenged and do better with out it. The stamp set is Wild Roses the colors are Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp, Rose Red, Mellow Moss, & Always Artichoke.

Papers are Always Artichoke, Rose Red, and Very Vanilla. Moss grosgrain and white organdy ribbon layered together. They also did a little masking to pull this one together.

Janet did two cards a wedding card and a graduation card.

Wedding card - colors Brocade Blue, Whisper White, & Vellum. Stamp sets: Floral Background, and Feathered Friends. The vellum is an overlay on the floral background and the Best Wishes is stamped in Night of Navy on top. To finish it off she added wide White organdy and Bluebird grosgrain ribbon.

The graduation card is a double pocket card. Pocket one is made from a 11 x 4.25 inch piece of card stock and inside pocket is made from a 7.5 x 3 inch piece of card stock. The colors are Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, and Whisper White. Stamp set is Tassel Time. Accessories included the Spring Bouquet Flower punch, gold brads, & black grosgrain ribbon.

The inside pocket is just right for a gift card or some cash!

We started about 7:00 and with clean up and everything I was home a little after midnight!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Sorry I have been neglecting my blog. I have been really busy since last Wednesday. I had to cut and package supplies for a class of 21 and make 3 sets of samples for Friday night. I went to orientation for my summer job on Saturday morning, and worked a Kid's fair booth with a friend for Usborne Books At Home in the afternoon. Sunday I recovered. Monday I had a skills assessment for a potential job. Tuesday just got away from me. And here we are on Wednesday. It has been rainy here all day, and I found some time for stamping!

I don't usually do the SCS challenges, but the recent color challenge sparked something for me!

I used pink passion and petal prints on both cards. The saying is from warmest regards. I used shimmery white paper. I also used the Wrought Iron punch. I don't know which one I like best, maybe the one with the ribbon!I hope you enjoy and I promise a big post on Thursday!