Jun 30, 2007
The last two weeks have been so busy that I'm just beat tired, and I'm off to bed. Besides, night photos never seem to come out nicely anyways. Tomorrow my darling husband is getting up with Little Man and letting me sleep in a little. I'm actually excited to go to bed tonight knowing that I won't have to get up at 5:45 for the first time in a long time! HOORAY!
Photos tomorrow... Sleep well everyone!
- I'll do as may groups of four as people want to sign up for, when you submit, please send in four cards to swap, plus an extra for me, so a total of five cards. You will receive back one of your own.
- ATC's will be due to me by August 1st. I'll sort them and mail them back as quickly as possible. And, I'll be posting the entries to my blog throughout the month of August as well.
- Swaps should be ATC sized. You can find a tutorial for ATC's on SplitcoastStampers or email me and I'll send you a link.
- Your swap doesn't have to be limited to the in colors, but should include at least one.
- Please include at least two layers and one "embellishment" ribbon, brad, button etc to your ATC's.
- You can feel free to use either a new stamp set from the Fall-Winter Catalogue, or give an existing set "new life" using an in color!
- Since I'd like to share these at upcoming workshops, they should strictly be SU brand.
Okay, so who wants in??
Edited to add groups.... I'll continue to add more groups as people sign up!
1 Meri W.
2 Rachel F.
3 Laura H.
Also, here is a link to the SU tutorial on ATC's
Jun 29, 2007
Anyone that has been lucky enough to be invited to a party that she’s thrown, or has been invited to my parents home in Nantucket, can tell you she is an absolutely fabulous hostess. Seven years later, her friends are still raving about my wedding, and my sisters this fall will be equally amazing! I'm bouncing with excitement for that day, I can't wait!
Mom has simply outstanding taste, a home that is just built with parties in mind, and it helps that she is only the most organized person you could ever meet. I mean really, she puts those people on “Mission Organization” to shame. She usually has about six different knitting projects going on at any one time, and has recently picked up golf too.
This month we’re descending on my parents with the boys for a few days at the beach. I can already anticipate the smell of the hydrangeas, the feel of the salt air and the taste of her absolutely unbeatable fried chicken and potato salad. Last year, we could watch fireworks right from their front porch (a crazy nut down the street had a full blown – illegal - fireworks display out of his backyard!)
Most of all, I’m looking forward to having a glass of wine on the front porch with mom (and yes Dad, you too!) in the late afternoon, and family times after the maniacs have gone to bed for the night.
As I always say to her "Thanks Mom for everything you do to make life so great for all of us." Really, you're the best.
Jun 28, 2007
But, we could drink wine.....
Jun 26, 2007
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Jun 23, 2007
The first card we'll make is this quick and easy tent topper. These were initially designed by Michelle Wooderson at Mish Mash and I just love them.
This layout would also work well with the scalloped punches with faux eyelets, or with the large flower from Doodle This. But you know me, I love the big blooms!
The only real trick to these is to make sure to lay the card on top of an envelope as you assemble it so that you're sure not to make it too tall to fit inside the envelope.
All of the cards I've selected for this class use designer paper, but what I love is that with each one, you don't need a whole LOT of designer paper to complete the card. I was able to use just a few sheets for an entire class of 12 people! How great is that! So, if you're a paper hoarder like me, you can use the paper to make cards without panicking that you've dug too deeply into the stash!
Have a wonderful day everyone!
Jun 21, 2007
We’ve been friends for what feels like forever...I met Meri on bid day for our sorority. She was literally bubbling over with enthusiasm, hardly able to contain herself, simply gleeful. During our time at UMASS we had many, many adventures, and stories that will still make me laugh so hard that tears stream from my eyes.
She jokes that she has an addictive personality...but, I say that when she sees something she likes, she throws herself in whole heartedly. I asked her last week if she'd be willing to send me a little something for my blog, and will you look at this funky little tin with a mini scrapbook inside that she made especially for all of you to see?? I got my hands on it at my project club meeting last night and let me just say that the details go on and on and on! Sparkle here, bling there, a snip or ribbon here, and a great mixture of reall cool paper.... I love all the photos that capture the personality her two children just perfectly.
Here's what she had to say when I asked her for a little snippet....I'm a SAHM of 2 kids. My daughter is 2.9 and my son is 15 months. I'll be married for 11 years this coming October and I'll be with my husband for 16 years next month. Life is hectic, wild and fabulous. I have a degree in Apparel Marketing and was in retail for years. I was into scrapbooking years ago and then fell out of interest with it for a long time. That was until I had my children. I have 2 12x12 albums just of my daughter. The album for my son has yet to be started (poor guy!). I have everything collected, packaged, and ready to start...but I always seem to have other projects going on. But it's ready when I am so hopefully I can get to it soon!
My dearest friend Joanne and I have been friends now for almost 15 years. She was my confidant and partner in crime in college as well as Maid of Honor in my wedding. We are very lucky to live very close to each other and despite life's twists, turns and challenges we've remained always close.
I love this craft as it provides instant gratification and is truly practical. I love to learn new techniques and there's nothing better than hanging out with dear friends sharing a hobby that you love. Gone are the days of pouring over fashion magazines and shopping at Bloomingdales *sigh* but this is much more rewarding and gratifying. The best part is that I get to share and enjoy with the women in my life that I love dearly. "
Meri, thanks for all the laughs, smiles and yes, even the tears we've shared. Here's to the next 15 years of our friendship!
Cardstock: SU! Tempting Turquoise, Gable Green, Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip
Designer Paper: Heidi Grace Designs - Mushroom print, Stacy Claire Boyd - Mod Squad Collection, Martha Stewart
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Pomegranate
Stamps: SU! Three For You - Punch Box, Wild About You, Bugs and Kisses, Warm Words, Doodle That, Stampendous - Princess ChickEmbellishments: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and Die Cut (bee and flower), Heidi Swapp Bling, Dots-Dashes-Check ribbon from Michael's, SU! 1/4 " Grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate, Turquoise, Apple Green, Rhinestone brads from JoAnn's, Swirl Clip - Making Memories, All other brads are Making Memories, Sakura Stardust Pens, SU! Three For You Punch, a variety of adhesive
I created a template/pattern using the tin as a guide for the top and bottom as well as the inside. I traced the tin on scratch paper and then cut the pieces out. I then traced them (all free hand) onto my chosen cardstock. I then cut the pieces out free hand (there has to be a better way but I haven't figured it out yet since it's my first one). The pieces don't fit *exact* but they're very close. I'm kind of picky about details so the fact that they don't fit perfectly vexes me a little.
I then measured the inside and cut my album at 12" wide by 3" tall. The individual album pages are 2" each so there are 6 of them on each side.
I printed the photos of the kids on regular paper (just because I didn't have photo paper) but if I were doing it for someone else I would invest in the photo paper. But my printer is pretty good so the pics on regular paper came out pretty decent. I decorated the tin first and then the album. I added the pics of the kids at the very end and then decorated it a little more. All in all it probably took me about 3 hours.
Jun 19, 2007
There were a lot of pieces to stamp here... three flowers to trim up for 12 swaps not to mention four additional layers. Sitting quietly with my paper trimmer cutting up all the elements, stamping and trimming all the flowers while watching "trash" TV (pretty sad when the 4400 is the only thing on to watch). I got at least half of the cards I needed stamped, I'll finish the rest tonight. Its a relief to have something to swap, and to have so much of it accomplished already.
This card is a huge departure from my usual style, usually "cutesty" is my thing, but I really love the two new blues together and it was nice to step out of my usual comfort zone. Its funny, this was the stamp set that I liked the least out of the preview catalogue, but then I saw all the gorgeous creation all my blogging friends were making with it...I had to give it a try. Ironic that this stamp is now the one I like the best out of my preview purchases!
The question is do YOU like it?
Jun 18, 2007
is Stazon black and SU's Ruby Red
So, tonight, I put it away. I still have the pieces, and will come back to it. But for now, I just needed to move on, think fresh, and not stress. After all, this hobby for me is supposed to be my relief from stress, not a source of it! (wink)
Today marked the switch to my "summer hours." I've decided to close my daycare early two days a week to make the most of the summer with the boys. After all, that's the whole reason I'm home, to spend time with them.
We went to the pool club where Little Man tried to swim. He doesn't want me to hold him at all, he wants to swim like his brother. Who is nearly five and really CAN swim. He kept jumping out of my arms saying "Swim. Swim. Sammy, SWIMMING!" As he's blowing bubbles, and sometimes gulping water.
There is a beach entry where he can just wade around, and he was walking calmly in the water, thinking he's tricked me when he practically dives headfirst into the water saying "SWIMMING!" Luckily I anticipated this, and jumped just one step ahead of him, caught him from going under, and also skillfully avoided a Janet Jackson style "wardrobe malfunction." Yet, he looked at me with utter disgust that I had spoiled all his fun.
Afterwards, we went to a local farm to pick strawberries. The boys were amazed. Little Man's favorite color is green, and I had a hard time convincing him that the green ones would simply not taste good. Someone (here's a hint, it wasn't me!) had to use the bathroom, and the only available option was a porta potty - which would have been oh so fun with both boys...So we ended up making an abrupt ride home instead. But for 10 cents a basket, you can bet we'll be back again soon!
The pink bg paper is from the Island Blossoms simply scrappin kit. Beachabella is carrying a matching towel and beach tote which were paper pieced. Her turquoise bikini is polka dotted with the help of a white gel pen. Paper piercing around the edge and a little prima from one of Jodi's fabulous prima shares!
My swapped out cards are on their way back to me in the mail and I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with.
Sunshiny day planned for today, and I'm hoping to get the boys over to the pool once daycare hours are finished! wahoo! I love summer!
Jun 17, 2007
I just spent nearly a half hour digging through the playroom and found at least nine products that may be affected by this recall. Of course, my youngest loves James and many of the recalled trains are James, (seems Red and Yellow items are affected.....)
If your little ones have a Thomas collection, please be sure to check out the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more details on this recall.
The second option is to make the Tiny Takeout Boxes. I've designed one with a Baby Theme, which would be super cute for a baby shower, or a small baby gift. But, I guess that's my problem, while cute, I'm just worried that they're too small.
Jun 16, 2007
Wishing all of you a wonderful day with your family tomorrow, and of course, lots of Family Fun Time.
I consider myself so lucky to know so many amazing women, and each week, I'd like to share a little bit about my wonderful friends.
This week, I'm sharing this stunning card from my friend Audra. I first learned of Audra's amazing talents a few years ago when our gift to a fellow playgroup Mom was a hand made quilt.
Each of us worked with Audra to make one square of the quilt, and then she pieced them all together. Clearly MUCH more work than our individual squares, plus she had to instruct each of us with our pieces. I can not sew, at all, and let me tellyou, was so frustrated by making only one square. To date, I am in awe of the patience that she has to make such beautiful things.
Audra gave this viewmaster card for Little Man's birthday, but really, I think it was for me. (wink) I seized it right out of his little paws quick as could be. What really makes me laugh about this card is that these stamps were mine, I purchased them to make birthday invites for the big boy when he turned three. Afterwards, I said "What will I ever do with these?" and sold them to Audra! Who knew??
I asked Audra if it would be okay if I posted a photo of her card, and for a little blurb about herself, and here's what she had to say:
"In my past life as a college professor, I worked creatively through my research. Once I retired to raise my three young children, I struggled to find creative outlets to escape from the daily routine. Now, I'm a self taught quilter, scrapbooker, stamper and card maker. I currently really enjoy stamping and making papergoods because there isn't alot of time commitment to finishing a project. My oldest daughter, who is now five, recently has found a joy in scrapbooking as well. It is something I look forward to sharing with her in the years to come. In my future life, I will go back to my love of teaching science and have also promised myself that I will learn to knit."
I've been lucky enough to watch her two eldest here in my daycare, and I love them dearly. We joke that her son would gladly take up residence in my home and I'd glady take him! Her eldest daughter is a bright, inquisitve and beautiful child that insists she will marry the Big Boy one day. Her youngest is the best behaved baby I have ever known.
All that, and she is one of the very nicest, most considerate people I've ever known. Lastly, please join me in wishing her a very happy birthday today!!! Happy Birthday Dear Audra!
Jun 14, 2007
Jun 12, 2007
I will be showing how to make these gift card enclosures at my upcoming "Gifts and Goodies" project class to be held the evening June 21st. I have three spaces available in the class, so if you're local (S.E. Massachusetts) and would like to come, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 10, 2007
This round, the lucky winner is Lillian who said "i am going to miss french script background the most... and also hip hip hooray, that set is too cute." Lillian, please email me at email@example.com to claim your prize! (Unclaimed loot will be redrawn again on Tuesday am if I don't hear from Lilian. Stay tuned... you still may win!)
Also, my dear friend CraftyMomof2 is giving away blog candy to celebrate her first 1k visits! Check out her creations and enter her contest to get your hands on some goodies!
Jun 7, 2007
Then today "Sorry." clear as day and totally out of the blue. Of course, this is great news, but it just takes me by suprise to suddenly hear the little boy that has been so late to talk trying so hard to speak clearly like his brother.
Tonight, he pointed right at me and said "Joanne." Of course, I cracked right up, which was totally the wrong thing to do because little monkey thought it was so funny and said it about 50 times.
Putting him to bed tonight, I gave him a hug and kissed him goodnight. I gave him a hug and said "Are you my baby or a big boy?" and he yelled out "BABY!" at the top of his lungs. Little runt, he's so much smarter than he lets on. He's right though, even if he's getting bigger, he's still a big baby, my big baby!
You may recall that I create cards for my aunt using either Right at Home or Sellabella each month, and each month I try to change it up a little bit. I thought this paper would be a fun way to change it up.
I also create an assortment of thank yous for her each month, and I really love any excuse to use my Think Big set. I dug into my prima stash to see what I could find. Once I found the best match I tacked them with a brad so that each of the three colors could be seen.
However, once I finished that card, I decided I liked the prima flower so much that I'd replace the treatment on the Happy Birthday card I showed earlier this week! Which one do you like the best?
Details: Kraft Paper with linen stamped in chocolate chip, Crate Paper Cowgirl, Cranberry Crisp and Choc Chip matting with Choc Chip ink. Stamp sets are Think Big (I love that one!), Happy Birthday and Right at Home.
Jun 6, 2007
So, although there are many sets that will be leaving us at the end of this month, I am really excited to see what that new catalogue will have for us come July 1st. With over 230 stamp sets retiring....there should be LOTS of new stamps to keep us busy.
Alex, congratulations! Please email me at basilefamily at comast.net with your snail mail address. I won't be able to make it to the shipping place till Friday.... however, if your loot goes unclaimed by Friday morning at 9am EST, I'll be generating a new number.
PS.... I'll be running a Virtual Rubber Yard Sale come July 1st to sell off some of my retired sets. Please check back on the 1st for more details!
Jun 5, 2007
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Jun 3, 2007
I ran across some paper that I had cut, and somehow never used! So, rather than pack it away, I used it up.
In my starter kit, I got "Happy Birthday" and I just love this sentiment. As I'm typing this, the colors here are WAY off. In real life, this flower is cranberry matching the little bits of cranberry in this designer paper. I'll have to post a new photo in the morning. Those nightime photos are always snarky... but its the only time I have to stamp! Hope you've had a wonderful weekend.
Jun 2, 2007
I had a full house most of the day Friday, and it was great to get a chance to visit with everyone! I've taken Michelle Wooderson's advice and tonight, rather than packing everything up, I've been making cards for my for sale bin, and to get myself stocked up on birthday cards.
What a full day we had today, the Big Boy took a class at the Home Depot with my husband and came home sporting kids sized orange apron that they then fill up with pins for each project they complete! Way Cute!
Little Man and I went out shopping for a birthday present for my husband, and popped into Michaels Craft Store. All I can say is Holy Cow Martha Stewart!!
Tonight, I placed my pre-order for a few items from the upcoming Fall and Winter Catalogue. Wow. I'm always anxious for a new SU shipment, but I'm literally bouncing with excitement for this package. Its going to feel like Christmas with all these never before seen goodies!
Sorry for the non-crafting, no photo banter, but although yesterday was fun, I'm still drained. Photos tomorrow!! And, blog candy posting will be made tomorrow to celebrate passing the 10K mark. My little shopping adventures equal goodies for you stalkers too!