Wednesday, December 26, 2007
What is the true meaning of Christmas in your life? I know that everyone does not believe the same as I do. I hope that you will take a moment to reflect on this season... Is it about the presents under the tree? I love the tradition of giving and receiving and being thankful... Or is it more about spending time with the ones you love, making amends, maybe offering grace for their shortcomings (we all have them), and showing them how much you love them and how grateful you are for having them in your life? ... Or maybe you struggle at Christmastime. Maybe it brings with it a sadness; some loneliness, maybe some bitterness. I hope not. I hope that you will find peace this season. I hope you will find joy. I hope that you will discover a deeper meaning, far beyond the commercialism which envelopes our Christmas celebrations.
Merry Christmas to you and yours wherever you are. I wish you peace and joy at this special time of year.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
4. Lay your clear sheet over your project to where you want the image to be. Then line your jig up snug as you did before while you hold your image sheet in place over your project.
5. Remove the imaging sheet while firmly holding the jig in place.
6. In the same fashion as you did when stamping on the clear sheet, you will hold the jig firmly in place, line up your stamp flush and snug into the jig and slide the stamp down to stamp the image on your project.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
I made 40 cards for our cast and crew to thank them for doing such a great job in our Christmas play at our church. We performed a play called "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". It was a hoot!! Everyone in the cast had to play kids, so it was a great excuse to goof off and have a lot of fun. I wore high pigtails, a cute little skirt, freckles, false eyelashes, and LOTS of dark pink (kind of like this Rose Red paper).
This photo shows some of the color combos that I used for my cards. The ones with the Rose Red and the Not Quite Navy cardstock base are probably my favorite combinations. I started out by using the Flannel background stamp, but when I used my Print Patterns background stamp, I liked the playful look it made better. After stamping the snowflake from the Perfect Presentation hostess stamp set, I inked the entire 1-1/4" square of paper with Versamark and heat embossed the paper with iridescent ice embossing powder. It added a touch of glitter, which just seems to make a Christmas card complete.
Now I have to get my butt in gear and make another 50 or so Christmas cards to send out to my family! I better get a move on!
Even though it's such a busy time of year....I LOVE Christmas!!!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Have you had that happen? It takes a bit of figuring to get it back together with the cool sliding mechanism designed for Stampin' Up! ink pads. The design allows the ink pads to be upside down when stored which keeps the surface of the pad moist.
I tried explaining how to put it back together again over the phone, but without a visual, it was pretty confusing. In the meantime, she wrapped it in plastic wrap. So, here it is. I hope it's helpful.
The pictures say more than I can. This first photo (figure #1) shows which ends to put together. The "outy part of the ink side goes into the inny part of the non-ink side" (I think that's about what I told my friend over the phone). Notice the sliding track where the "outy part" goes and that it goes in the end of the ink pad base that has the semicircle below the track.
In figure #2, I'm trying to show how you "walk" the other "outy part" forward to fit it into the track.
Then slide that second side back into the track while keeping the first side in its place as well (figure #3). Make sure you slide it as far as you can before trying to flip it back closed again.
Finally, you can flip the lid over to close it. (figure #4)
So, if you happen to have the Stampin' Up ink pads, this may one day be something that you have to do for yourself (you may have already done it). Just come back here and hopefully, these instructions will walk you through it.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Congratulations to the winner of my first blog candy offer!!!
OMG!!! I LOVE all these SU goodies!!! My favorite tradition is getting together to decorate the Christmas tree. We are all happy and together (even the cat joins in!)Thanks!Cheryl KVD
If you could email me your mailing address, I will send your candy asap.
CONGRATULATIONS!! And thank you everyone for sharing.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Whooohooo! I've got over a thousand hits on my blog! Thanks everyone for visiting me!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Soooooo....I'm going to give away some blog candy, but if you want it, you have to help me get to 1000 hits on my counter!
Seriously, it will be some great blog candy, you won't want to miss it.
Once I hit 1000, I will post what the candy will be and what you'll need to do to win it.
Spread the word about my blogsite and I'll do my best to post something at least once per week for you to look at.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've always loved Old Olive and Real Red for traditional Christmas cards. I was very happy with this card. I think some of my influence came from a friend of mine (you always make such classy cards, Gwen).
Here I used my Print Pattern background stamp with old olive ink on my old olive card stock. I then used a sponge (again with old olive ink) for the shading all around the card base as well as the white cardstock. The stamp is from the level one hostess set, Sidekick Sayings. I used my Stampin' Up! markers to colour the words in real red and old olive, then used my basic black ink pad to ink the tree. After stamping the image, I coloured it with my Stampin' Pastels chalk set using a blender pen as my application tool. I then added the wide grosgrain real red ribbon, adhered the white cardstock to the base with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, to balance the card with colour, I added the three real red brads in the top left corner of the card using my handy dandy Stampin' Up! Mat Pack to help me line them up nice and evenly.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Last year I did a grand Christmas Stamping party in my home. Here are a couple of the gift boxes I made to give as door prizes. I love being able to have a door prize for every person who attends.
Hmm...I'm pretty tired at the moment. My son had a one hour nap this afternoon and now is unable to sleep (it's 90 minutes past his bedtime) so I haven't been able to accomplish much this evening. I'm afraid I haven't anything intelligent or inspirational to say...
I hope you like my boxes.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
This is how it works: Instead of the huge expense of buying all of the ribbons so that you have an assortment to choose from, you can buy a grouping of ribbons by the yard! Here are the collections and prices for each yard. If you would like, you can buy more than one yard (when my Stampin' Up demo did this over a year ago, I bought 3 yards of all of the gingham ribbons and am still enjoying the benefits of having this selection.)
1 yard each of:
1/4" grosgrain ribbon collection-----$9.46*
5/8" grosgrain ribbon collection-----$7.78*
Tafetta ribbon collection------------$9.94*
In Colour Double Stitched-----------$6.74*
Gingham ribbon collection-----------$5.72*
*BC taxes and shipping are included in the price. If you are out of my area, we can work out the cost of mailing it to your home.
If you get all of the collections at once, I'll give you the gingham collection for free!!
I would like to order these by the end of the month, so please contact me before Sept 30th if you're interested!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I can remember doing these with old greeting card paper in elementary school and I recently saw a kit for one in a scrapbooking store in Abbotsford. That one was a bit bigger, but the basic principles are the same and it really didn't take as long as I thought it would.
In this case I used my 1-3/8" circle punch to make 20 circles out of my Baroque designer series paper from Stampin' Up! Then I scored each circle with three lines so that it looks like a circle with an equilateral triangle drawn inside it with each corner of the triangle touching the edge of the circle. Then the edges are folded in at each score. Each of these folded circle/triangles are then glued together by the flipped up edges until you have a sphere. After that you just get creative with attaching a ribbon so you can hang it from a tree or a garland! I used the lovely chocolate taffeta ribbon.
The next one I make will be a bit bigger and I'm going to try it with my Cerise designer series paper. It will look more festive with some real red, don't you think?
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I started by wrapping the ribbon around the back of the cardstock as is often done when you are going to simply tie ribbon to your project. In these photos I have glued two pieces of ribbon to either side of my paper rather than wrapping it all the way around the back. This is one way that you can make your ribbon last a bit longer.
1. pull both ends of the ribbon up through one side of your hodge podge hardware buckle
2. then pull both ends of your ribbon down through the other side of your buckle.3. tighten the ribbon by alternately pulling on each end of ribbon gently while securing the buckle with your other hand
4. And you have a lovely way to apply a ribbon so you can make fun cards like this:This card is made with groovy guava textured cardstock that was run through my friend's Cuddlebug. This little gadget does some beautiful embossing. The flowers are from the hostess stamp set "Oh, So Lovely" which were coloured with cameo coral and old olive Stampin' markers. I framed this with old olive cardstock tearing the bottom and applying it with dimensionals. Finally, I used a stamp from "It's Your Birthday" to put on the Happy at the bottom of the page. I must admit that I am quite happy with how this turned out.
Let me know what you think!
Monday, July 23, 2007
I had a really great time at my Stampin' Up party in my home. Thank you to everyone who came. I'm glad that I was able to provide door prizes for everyone of you and that you were able to take advantage of 15% off of one item in your order. I loved having you in my home to share my obsession with stamping!
Now I can start making new tins for my next gathering in October!!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
The new Stampin' Up! catalogue is out July 1st
If you wish to attend, please RSVP by July 19
I'm new at the blog thing, so this will be a trial run for the first few months. Your input would be greatly appreciated.