Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I used my favorite flourish stamp by Inkadinkado and inked it with Soft Sky and Close To Cocoa. I versamarked the Print Pattern background stamp and was thrilled that I had an opportunity to use that hardware piece that's been sitting in my drawer for over a year! To finish it off, I sponged Close To Cocoa around the edges and put some ribbon on top. I'm still deciding if I like the ribbon or not...
Be sure to check back tomorrow for my sketch challenge! I will post a link to everyone's entries. Til then...
The card base is Whisper White, which is something that I rarely do, but I thought it was a nice contrast to the bright stripes and colors of the "Jersey Shore" paper. I used my ticket corner punch on the pumpkin pie cardstock and did a little paper piercing to three of the sides. Can't wait for the gals to make this in class on Sunday.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Luke is a major Notre Dame fan, so this cake was custom made just for him! I made the "ND" logo out of white chocolate that I tinted blue. I outlined the logo with this glittery gel that's made by Wilton - It's super sparkly in person. The "Rock On Dude" is an inside joke with the family and was MANDATORY for the cake!
Happy 10th Luke!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
So what do you think? I used the new Carousel Notecards from the mini catalog as the base. I used my paper piercer around the scallop border and then went over the holes with a white gel pen. Then I took a few images from the new "Blooms & Bulbs" wheel, colored them in and cut them out. Ta-da! They fit perfectly inside the checkerboard image!! Woo-Hoo! I was a happy little stamper!
This card gave me the perfect opportunity to use a set of mine that has sadly never seen ink. Do any of you remember "The Wheel Thing"? It was in a mini catalog a while back and I thought it had a lot of potential. I inked up the wheelbarrow with Chocolate Chip and used a large black eyelet for the wheel. Cute right?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
For some reason, every time I looked at these colors on my table, I thought of the beach. I remembered that I've been hoarding *ehem* saving this really cute pattern paper that I got by Flair Designs. I cut out the image of the hula girls and mounted it on So Saffron cardstock.
I adhered some strips of orange pattern paper to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock, did some paper piercing and made a scalloped edge on the bottom of it with my corner rounder. Unfortunately, you can't see the scalloped edge on the finished card - Oh Well.
I tore up some scraps of sand paper that I had and thought the surfboards from "Do The Hula" would be cute stuck in it. One was stamped with So Saffron and the other with Sahara Sand. I added some Stickles and a hula skirt to the bottom of the card with my scissors and Voila!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Here's my take on the sketch. I thought it was the perfect way to use up some of those skinny strips of scrap paper that we all have.
I used the chocolate covered strawberries from the retired set called "Oh So Sweet" and cut them out so I could cluster them together. The card base is SU's Close To Cocoa, and the sentiment is from Amuse and goes perfectly with this stamp set. The polka dots on the top of the card were made with a small background stamp by Savvy Stamps.
This gave me the perfect opportunity to use my new Sakura Glaze Pens - oh my gosh...how did I ever live without these things?! It's difficult to show in a photograph, but the pens give your image a similar effect to heat embossing. I used the yellow pen on the seeds and the clear pen to go over the chocolate.I hope some of you gals join me in my sketch challenge! I'd LOVE to see what you all come up with!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
So this card is definitely not my usual color scheme, but it's nice to change things up a bit. I made this at my stamp club a couple of weeks ago where we got to play with the new die cut blooms in the mini catalog. These are a must have! You get 1 sheet each of Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. They match nicely with the felt flowers also.
The leaves were made with the oval punch on Old Olive paper that was put through the crimper and the background paper was made using the Big Flowers set from page 95 in the big catty. I embellished with the yummy new Old Olive poly-twill ribbon and the "fire" rhinestone brads.
Thanks for poppin' by today! Have a wonderful weekend! I have to go check the barbecue before I burn dinner!!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Today was our first opportunity to work on her Thank You cards, so we made a special trip to one of our local scrapbook stores to go on a Hello Kitty paper hunt. Of course, they only had one sheet left, so we looked for some other coordinating papers to help us get inspired.
When we got home, I grabbed my SU 1 3/8" circle punch and their new 2" scallop circle punch - love that thing! What do you know - Hello Kitty fit perfectly in my punch! After that, the rest just kind of came together. All of the pattern paper is by Sandylion and the cardstock is SU Regal Rose. For the background, I used my SU On the Spot background stamp with Versamark. I did the scalloped edge with my corner rounder and used the mat pack to do some paper piercing. She can't wait to pass these out in the morning.
Oh, and look what I got today from Tiffany at My Crafty World. What a nice surprise to get - thanks girl! I'll have to think of some gals to pass this on to.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I used some of the new SU rub-ons to make a shaker box that I filled with micro beads and mini flowers from a punch in the $1 bin at Michael's. I used close to cocoa ink (stamped off once) on the French Script background stamp on So Saffron cardstock. The pattern paper is SU's Le Jardin - which you may be seeing more of soon because I've got a bunch left over from my last workshop.
In honor of everyone who has lost their battle or is still courageously fighting, I wanted to tell you about a fellow SU demonstrator named Tish. I did not have the pleasure of knowing her personally, but Kim over at My Favorite Things was very good friends with her husband and has posted the following on her blog:
"A few months ago, I posted about a friend, Tish, who’d been diagnosed with a very rare form of ovarian cancer. Tish battled through 6 rounds of chemo only to discover two additional tumors, one on her spine and one in her stomach. Since her diagnosis last August, the family has held the motto of DRIVE ON! in dealing with this aggressive cancer and fought a valiant fight. Tish lost her battle early Tuesday morning, and I found out about it late last night. Tish leaves behind two beautiful, young sons and a hubby, Todd, who I worked with for several years in my past life. I know Todd much better than I knew Tish, and know just how difficult this has been and will continue to be for the immediate future. Prior to Tish passing, a benefit was planned to help the family recover from the mounting medical bills and ensure a bright future for the boys, Tucker and Tanner. The benefit is still underway, but with a more solemn feel. My husband and I are donating some items to a silent auction. The content of the gift card is about $200 in MFT merchandise, and I know every little bit helps. But I want to do more. Todd was the most compassionate, tender-hearted *boss* I’ve ever had, and I want more than anything to really help this family. So what I’ve decided to do is two-fold: 1) Starting tomorrow, I am offering a 10% discount on ALL stamps on the site. Use the coupon code Tish at checkout to receive 10% off all all the stamps in your shopping cart. (It won’t discount your other merchandise, just stamps.) The coupon code will run from Tuesday, April 15th-Friday, April 18th. 2) I will donate 10% of ALL proceeds (including money spent on other items on the site) to the family at their April 26th benefit. FYI - The discount applies only to retail orders… I am making it my goal to personally pay for the FL College Pre-Paid plan for the boys during an entire year which will be about $1200. Please help me reach this goal. And should you feel moved to do so, I am quite sure they would love some happy mail."
(And given that Tish was an SU demo, those hand-made cards WILL be appreciated!) Please send them to:
Todd, Tucker and Tanner Rayburn
1558 Muir Cir
Clermont, FL 34711-6545
For those of you who have the time to make a card and send it to the Rayburn family, please put a link to your card in the comment section of this post so I can share it with all of my readers.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I was with my sister-in-law last night scrapbooking, making cards and having some much needed "girl time". Before we knew it, it was 2am, and time for me to head home. When I got home there was a 25 pound box from Stampin Up waiting for me and it was just begging to be opened! After fondling my new SU goodies and organizing all of my customers orders, I finally made it to bed at 3:30am.
Five hours later I was in the car heading back over to my sister in laws to pick her up and check out the "garage sale" at our local scrapbook store. We got some SUPER deals that I'll be sharing with you later this week.
At 9:30am we were on our way to Sacramento (after a MAJOR caffeine fix at Starbucks) to check out the 2008 Stamp Expo.
By 2:00 we were at Chuck E Cheese with my kiddos. (That was their reward for being dragged around to look at stamps all day - also known as child abuse)
On our way to Chuck E Cheese, we passed a Payless Shoe Source and saw that BOGO was going on, so after all of our tokens were gone, we headed over to Payless. Of course my sister in law and I didn't find anything in our size, but the kids each got a new pair of shoes.
By 4pm we were back at my house and it was time to start making my daughters birthday cake. Her party is tomorrow and she requested a three tiered wedding cake with a Hello Kitty on top. My daughter is famous for her birthday cake requests. Last year it was a pirate ship with all of the Disney princesses tied to the mast. So, after 5 hours of baking, cursing at the fondant and lots of smoothing and stacking, here's was I came up with.