Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sweet sixteen

Hi all
Tonight my son went to a Sweet Sixteen birthday party for a lovely girl who is in the marching band with him  She is a nice girl and I wanted to make a nice card for her.  Here is what I came up with...

Hope she enjoys it!!
The skirt and bodice are made from a scallop die cut or punch and the purse is made from two hand held punches.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Special "New Stampin' Up Catalog" treat!!

Hi all

I wanted to show you an idea I worked up to share with my new catalog visitors.  I hope you can see the clear book mark holder in the pics.  I used the word window punch to cut out samples of each color in our new palate ( minus the "in color' colors).  The bookmark is two sided, with two color groups on each side.  Keeps those colors handy when you are creating!
Hope you all will take a minute to remember why we are having this long weekend...and no, it is not so I can get a jump on my many many many progress reports...though I hope to get to that too!

Be safe this weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stampin Up! at Open Door Project 6

Hi all
Here it is, the little milk carton bird house we made at the Open Door!  There is a sheet of acetate in the hole so that the carton can be filled with candy treats...we use peppermint candies.  I love the milk carton die cut!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Volunteer Treats (favors)

Hi all
At this time of year, I find myself making lots and lots of projects - not different things, but multiples of the same thing...or should I say, things.  I have finished the 30 bridal shower favors for a coworkers shower....I posted them the other day.  But recently I have been asked to make favors for the Volunteer Appreciation Events at two different schools.  Tomorrow I will deliver the first set of VAE favors...62 of them!! they are...

The stamp is not SU ...but it is one I have had for many years.  The stamp said :"Great Moms...." so I cut off the first two words and made a tag to hold the word "Volunteers".  The theme of the event is diversity - I had nothing that worked for that so I decided to use a rainbow of colors of SU cardstock and chocolate chip cookies with rainbow M and M's to signify diversity.  Who ever said "no" to chocolate chip cookies?
Hope it makes them smile.

Monday, May 24, 2010

We interrupt these Open Door projects......

Hi all
I have been busy doing lots of stampin for my coworkers.  Tonight I want to show your the bridal shower treats I have made for an upcoming shower.
Aren't these sweet?  The bride was done with a texturz plate.  Notice that the flower brad on the bride's waist matches the flower on the lapel of the groom.  Inside the boxes are candies of course.  I think they will add to the festivities!  These boxes are die cuts.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Stampin Up! at Open Door project #5

Hi all,
Today I want to share with you the box we made to store all of the cards I have posted over the last few days.  This is the die cut box #2 with the flaps trimmed on the diagonal to blend from the front of the box to the back.  The green layer under the "for you" is a die cut from the matchbox die and we hand cut the white "for you" cardstock.  Here is the box when it is empty:
I love little holders like this - so handy to have on your desk when you need a quick greeting for friends and coworkers.  I will be repeating this class soon..if you are interested in making the box and cards and some other projects as well.
We are off to celebrate my son's birthday.  So glad my other son returned home from his trip in time to join us.  I love being with my guys.
Hope you are having a nice Sunday too!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Stampin Up! at Open Door project #4

Hi Stampers!!

Looking at this project makes me think of the cool music the West Virginia University steel band made when they came to my son's school last week.  Tropical visions and tropical music...enchanting!!  This was the fourth card the gals made at the Open Door Cafe Ladies Craft night......tomorrow I will post the box they made to store the cards.
Would love to hear what you think of this project..leave a comment!


Friday, May 21, 2010

Stampin Up! at Open Door

Hi all
Here is another card from the Open Door ladies night class.  The trick here is to get your scallop trim border evenly matched, left and right sides, and to have the punched pattern begin and end in the same place.  The ladies did a great job!  A portion of the medallion is also stamped on the inside of the card in the corner.
Come back again tomorrow...I still have one more card to show you and the little box we made to hold them....and of course, the birdhouse treat we made too.  Have a great weekend...SOOO many of you contacted me to say you were going to be out of town...hope everyone drives safely!!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stampin' Up night at Open Door - project #2

Hi all
My project today is lovely in its' simplicity, I think.  A single image stamped in Taken with Teal ink on a folded white cardstock...and adding the dragonfly flitting by...nice, huh?  The dragonfly is also stamped on the inside of the card and on the envelope.  I used the horizontal slit punch to make a hole coming in from the top of the card and in from the bottom of the card.  Then I wove the ribbon through the holes and knotted on the front.  The heart flowers are punched out of Apricot Appeal cardstock and are popped up on dimensionals.  Don't miss the piercing step to make the dragonfly's flight path....just be sure you open the card before you pierce or uh-oh!! you have holes all the way through!  This is one of the cards we will be making at the stampin session on Sunday!
Hey!  I'm like the Orioles...I'm feeling a challenge to hit the ball out of the park two days in a row.  I will try very hard to be here again tomorrow with another card from the class so pop back for a look.  I need to hear from you by 7PM on Friday if you plan to attend.
REMINDER:  check your supply of cardstock, ribbon and ESPECIALLY reinkers for the retiring colors.  You won't want to get caught without enough supplies of your favorites!  Once they are gone, they are gone!!

Open Door project #1

Hi all!!

FINALLY!  I have gotten a chance to post some pictures for you.  Did ya miss me? 
Tonight I am posting the first of four cards that the lovely ladies made at the Open Door ladies craft night.  They were a wonderful group of ladies.  Though many of them said they had not stamped before, I think they discovered what a great craft stampin' is!  You know....we love it because it is easy to do, fast ( I always love getting multiple projects done in one sitting), cost efficient (I love that the parts I spend the most money on are the ones I get to keep..the stamps and pads!) and they always look great!!  This card is a great example of one of my guiding thoughts.  When you want to send a crd but you don;t have much to say, put your image on the inside of the card and punch a hole in the cover.  Your one image fills the front and the inside in one fell swoop!  Now what you HAVE to notice about this card is the fabulous texture!  Gorgeous!!  Another of my many Big Shot accessories.  Love those texture plates!!

Will you be joining us this Sunday at 2PM?  We will be making the cards and treats the ladies did on Tuesday night - I will be posting more pictures each day.  The fee for the class is $15  BUT if all eight seats are filled, I will give each participant back $2.  Come!  Bring a friend !!!  Would love to have you join us.  Please let me know if you will be attending by 7 PM this Friday.


Saturday, May 8, 2010


At the last minute, my coworkers asked me to make a baby shower favor.  I was short on time but never want to say no when folks ask for help so here is what I came up with.
This is the view of the end.  You can see that I stamped a cutie monkey on the end - I used all of the images from this set so each end was different.  I was trying to work fast, so I used staples to assemble the cradles.
The end of the cradle is a sizzix (non-SU!) die cut from a die of toast, butter and jam.  I think the toast did a great fake job for the end of the cradle!!
The body of the cradle is made from the milk carton die (I omitted part of the die).  the gals filled the cradles with trail mix.  When the party was over there were some left behind so we gathered them up for the pre-kindergarten teacher to put in her classroom for the little girls to play with.  They love miniature things so I am sure they will be a hit!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Baby Shower gift

Hi stampers!!

Well I think I have whipped my computer into submission least temporarily.  Here (above) is the base of my baby shower gift.  I used some retired DSP with a primary color of  blue and covered both sides of die cut chipboard (scallop square die). 
I stamped a group of page titles and mounted them on cardstock.  Then I attached mounting foam to the back. Finally...
I stamped some childish animal images and mounted most of them on a scallop oval   with mounting foam on the back.  I bagged all of this so the titles were on one side of a piece of c/s and the animals were on the other side of the cardstock and attached the bag to the album by the split ring.  My coworker can use the titles in whatever order she wants and pair them with the animal images if she chooses.  Not quite a finished scrap book ...but far enough along that she should be able to pop pictures of the big sister, grandparents, parents and baby.  It went together fairly easily (I did it all in one night) and she can use it as an album or use the scallop squares on larger album pages.
Hope you like it!!  Please leave a comment!!
Of course with Sunday being mother's day, I will not be holding a class this weekend - but there will be a class next Sunday.  Stay tuned for details.  Hope you will join us!


Baby Shower gift

Hi All
Wanted to share a new project with you tonight but my computer has taken on a life of its' own. It is late here and I need to hit the hay so I will post just one quick picture.  This is a decorated lunch bag for a coworkers baby shower tomorrow.  Both the bear and the carraige are die cuts - the bear is done in felt.  Inside the bag is a photo album "skeleton" - I decorated chipboard pages and connected them with a metal loop then included page titles and accent pieces .....but I did not attach the titles or accents.  The Mom can assembly it the way that she likes. 
I have been working on the favors (REALLY simple ones 'cuz I got very little advance notice...and they look cute .. I'll show you as soon as I figure out where the pictures went!!
Thanks for visiting my blog ...I hope you came this past weekend as part of the blog tour.  There were so many great blogs to see!!   Your comments are welcome!
Have you seen the new mini catalog yet?  Let me know if you would like to have one.