Oct 30, 2007
Oct 29, 2007
First, I have this cute 3x3 thank you note. The post office won't mail this size, but they are super cute if you need a little gift card to tie to something, or to hand deliver, place in someone's mailbox etc. You get the point.
I also recreated a card I'd made before with Flower and Flourishes. My card was a modified case of a card we'd done in a demonstrator workshop and I simply loved it. Last time I switched it from the Palette O Prints to the Linen Prints paper... this time, I changed the paper to Fall Flowers and used my edge distresser like CRAZY to rough up the matting for the image and sentiment.
The lucky winner receives a $15 Gift Certificate to the Paper Pretties Corner store. As selected by random.org, the lucky winner is #14! Jana Weaver! Congratulations Jana! Please email me at stampedbyhand at comcast dot net to claim your prize! Everyone else, if you don't read it already, be sure to stop by Jana's beautiful blog!
Don't forget that right now, Paper Pretties is waiving the membership fee till Wednesday the 31st! What a great time to sign up for one of the subscription clubs!
Tonight, my fellow Prettie Girls Christie, Charmaine, Jillian, Julie Campbell, Alli., Julie Masse, and Kristine and Paper Pretties Members will be participating in Stamping In Your Jammies! There will be challenges at the top of the hour and we'll be playing along from home. I'm so excited. I've really missed my stamp table. This afternoon I've got to clean up my work area since I'll have only an hour to complete each challenge! I'll need to start in a clean place since I'm sure I'll make a big old mess!
So, while I'm so embarrassed to post this card, I'll do it anyways. As a lesson to try new things. I'll post some cards I made that I DO like in my next post.
Go ahead and give the bouncing brayer a try. Surf around the Prettie Girls (links on the sidebar) sites to see what they made. My jaw dropped open when I saw Alli's card. She totally nailed it. Its gorgeous.
This week's challenge came from Julie Masse and it is to use Chipboard on your card. Mine this week is for Jillian and I did it last night. SO fun. I have a lot of chipboard, and tend to hoard it, but I used three pieces on last night's card. You'll see my "Scare Yourself" card that I sent to Kristine later this week and my chipboard card to Jillian next Wednesday. Be sure to come back to see them. I'm not embarrassed of either of those cards, in fact, I really liked them both!
Oct 25, 2007
They also treated me to this gorgeous Z-Fold card. I love that these girls love to stamp as much as I do. Its a sickness ladies, and its totally contagious. Rachel made this with the Level 3 Hostess Set Simply Scrappin Kit "Happy Me." I can't take any credit for the card design - she's as crazy addicted to blog reading as I am and now she's teaching me things!
I'll sew you up some thank you cards next week!
I'm also happy to let you know that Paper Pretties is running a promotion called the Happy Halloween Hoorah! Between October 25th (today) and October 31st Paper Pretties is waiving the membership fee on all new subscription boxes! Head on over to www.paperpretties.net and sign on up!
I'm officially on wedding duty and won't be checking back in till Sunday or possibly Monday. I'll have some pictures to share, details of my birthday celebration and will be picking a blog candy winner. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Oct 24, 2007
Two weeks ago, Charmaine challenged us all to try the Bouncing Brayer technique, now let me just say, this one was TOUGH for me. So rough in fact, that once it was finished, I tucked it into an envelope and mailed it to Christie (um.. along with a replacement GOOD card because I was just horrified with my creation!!) I never remembered to take a picture of it! Duh!
So, I don't have a photo to show you of my most embarrassing card yet. When it arrives at poor Christie's house, I'll have her send me a photo to share with you. However, we'll have to wait till she picks herself up off the ground after rolling around laughing at this one. Eesh.
But, even though I found the challenge hard, I'm still glad that I gave it a try, and learned something new. I'm also even that much MORE in awe of the super cute things that some of my Design Team friends have unveiled using this technique.
Be sure to stop by the other Prettie Girls: Alli, Christie, Jillian, Charmaine, Julie C., Julie M., and Kristine have come up with!
Julie Masse is issuing this week's challenge, as soon as its listed on her blog, I'll update this post with the details.
I totally encourage you all to play along with us. Although challenges can at some times be scary, its a great way to try new things, stretch your limits, and in some instances, have a laugh. And, I love getting mail from the Prettie Girls, it so makes my day!
I've been itchy to make one of the card totes I had seen on Leslie Miller's blog "Running with Scissors." Hers totally stunning, and rich with detail, but I skipped the faux stitching here to make it easier for my girls to complete their project quickly.
Alison Filo, Liz N., Sandy, Tricia and Rachel
As selected by www.random.org was number one - Alison!
Alison, can you send me your snail mail address and I'll get your Au Chocolat off to you in the mail?
Thanks to everyone who played, and somone on the Paper Pretties Design team will be posting the latest challenge TODAY! I'll be back later to give you an update.
Oct 23, 2007
I've been looking at this little snowman the last few days while working on my big project below thinking he's the perfect size for a really darling smaller sized card. So, voila, a triangle trifold card.
I learned how to make these on Beate's blog a while ago and I really do love them. So clever! Here's a link to the tutorial she wrote.
I picked up some great new seasonal paper at my last trip to my local scrapbooking store. This particluar selection is by Reminisce. The colors are similar to Ruby Red and Old Olive and sorta Tempting Turquoise-ish too.
Okay, on to the details.....I stamped the MFT "Baby Its Cold Outside" on shimmery white with Stazon and then colored with some Prismacolor pencils. Then aquapainted the snowman with some soft sky refill. Lastly, with the help of a glue pen and some dazzling diamonds, added some fresh glistening snow! I used some May Arts ribbon which Christie sent down to me! How did she know its my favorite?
Have a great day everyone!
Contest ends tonight at 11pm EST! Enter here
Oct 22, 2007
While you can join us at any time, if you want to be in on the first months's shipment in November, you only have until October 31st to sign up! I can't wait for my first box to arrive! What are you waiting for??
Depending on which package you select, each month, you will receive 6 Copic sketch markers or 1 set (5-7 dies) of nestabilities.
The subscriptions run for 6 months and at the end of the 6 months you will have 36 copic sketch markers in a nice range of colors and/or 1 complete set of nestabilities (20 - 28 dies) and another 1/2 set (10-14 dies).
Each month in the member's only gallery, one of our very talented design team members will post a project using the copics and the nestabilities to inspire you.
And don't forget you have a chance to win $15 off the price with a gift certificate to Paper Pretties Corner store by entering my "Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Candy to YOU" blog candy contest below.
Its my birthday, but YOU have the chance to win!
I'll be gathering comments on this post till Monday the 29th at which time I'll have random.org pull a number. The lucky winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Paper Pretties Corner Store to pick up a little birthday present from me to YOU!
The store has just been stocked with lots of goodies for you to choose from. AND if you've been thinking about signing up for the Nestabilities Now Club or the Copic Color Club you could even use this gift certificate towards your first months subscription fee!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post answering this question... "What was the best birthday celebration you've ever had?" Please think about leaving me your email, I've had so many problems with people winning candy, but never coming back to claim it!
Oct 21, 2007
However, instead of stamping, I took a shower and worked on my toast for little sister's wedding next weekend! I needed some peace and quiet to focus.
Playing on iTunes and buying a ton of fun music. cha-ching. This is going to add up quickly if I buy everything I want, but its soo fun.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'll have new goodies the first half of the week, a blog candy contest will be announced as well.
Don't forget to enter my 'Fraidy Cat Candy contest below to have a chance to win some Au Chocolat paper. Come on, its such an EASY challenge!
Oct 20, 2007
Well, we have a player! Allison from "Stampin when I Can" has created a card for the challenge.
To up the Ante, I'm now offering 'Fraidy Cat Candy! If you play along on our design team challenge, you'll have the chance to win something you are most certainly not afraid of - a 6x6 assortment of Au Chocolat designer paper from Stampin Up.
You have till Tuesday night at 11pm EST to leave a comment including a link to your Scare Yourself creation on either your blog, SCS gallery or wherever you post! For each card you make for the challenge, you'll earn a chance at the prize!
Come on, come out and play, don't be afraid!
Liz Nakata - this challenge is calling your name. You know you can't pass up Au Chocolat!
Oct 18, 2007
Actually, yesterday's Cherished card (the green one with Baroque paper) is also a wedding card for her. I've put her on notice not to come over here till after the wedding. So she doesn't spoil her surprises and I can share some new stuff with all of you!
My little sister is getting married. Next Saturday! So much to do for all of us between now and then. A tux to pick up for my eldest son, services of the spa variety, UM A SPEECH TO WRITE! And a scrapbook to be finished. But I couldn't be happier. She's a truly wonderful person, I'm honored to be her Maid of Honor (I refuse to be called a Matron, even though I AM married!) Her very soon to be husband is such a very nice guy. And he totally adores her! She's going to be a stunning bride, and the details of the reception are just over the top gorgeous. I can't wait. Is it the 27th yet? Can I blink and it will be here? We're going to have so much fun dancing the night away!
Details: All supplies Stampin Up. Card base is Ruby Red 5 1/4 square card. A layer of chocolate chip. The top is the swirl from Baroque Motifs stamped in Close to Cocoa with the small flower added in ruby red. The bottom panel is Close to Cocoa stamped with Tres Chic also in close to Cocoa. I used the swirl stamped off once and then stamped onto the Very Vanilla, added "Cherish" in Chocolate chip and cut it out with my Key Tag Punch. Hand cut a mat for that in Chocolate Chip and tucked the whole thing up on dimensionals. Finished off with Choc Chip wide grosgrain ribbon.
Oct 17, 2007
Oct 16, 2007
Oct 15, 2007
You know me, I LOVE pink, so this was easy for me. I had just picked up some of the Basic Grey Infuse paper and was itchy to play with it. Thought it would be a fun autumnal, yet still pink card....
Turns out that the color of the flowers in there is precisely Regal Rose and I used my last scrap of the Stampin Up wide width grosgrain ribbon. (Gotta get some more of that....) My little Dainty Bella is dressed in a river rock dress and carying sparkly flowers courtesy of my Sakura Stardust pen.
Last week was too crazy for me to get a chance to play in the weekly challenge, but I can't wait to see what Kristine has in store for us today. If you're signed up as a member for Paper Pretties, I look forward to seeing your creations this week over on the Paper Pretties site.
If you're not a member... hey, what are you waiting for? Come on and play!!
Oct 14, 2007
Paper Pretties offers a card class kit in a box. Each month, subscribers receive a new stamp set (either My Favorite Things, Stamping Bella or Rubber Romance) as well as cardstock and embellishments to make six handmade cards. You can choose from the either Petite or Premium Package and select which stamp company package you'd like to receive monthly!
This past week, I received a gorgeous card from my new friend, and fellow Prettie Girl Charmaine.
While I'm on the subject of Paper Pretties, Christie just announced two new subscription plan! Introducing the Copic Color Club and the Nestabilities Now Club. Its a great way for you to get your hands on the products you've been drooling over - but couldn't fully afford.
Here's how it works....its a subscription plan whereby you'll recieve either one set of Nestabilities each month, or six Copic markers per month. Each month, you will receive 6 Copic sketch markers or 1 set of nestabilities. The cost for the Copic Color Club is $36.00 per month (shipping included).
The cost for the Nestabilities Now club is 30.00 per month(shipping included). If you are already a Paper Pretties subscriber you can add these to your membership and receive a $6 discount (because you'd be combining shipping with your existing club kit.)
In additon to dividing the full cost of the product over several months, Christie's plan is a great deal because shipping is included in the pricing listed above!!
And, members will have access to monthly design team projects featuring these products! I'm just deciding if I need to sign on to one, or both clubs.
PS - If you do go sign up for the Copic Color Club or the Nestabilities Now Club, be sure to tell Christie Joanne B. sent you! ;-)
Today was my Fall Flowers Card Class. It was so much fun to sit and visit with my friends, and I think everyone was really happy with their creations. (Kristin and Kristyn - it wasn't the same without you girls! Missed you so much!) I made a LOT of progress on the kits for you girls that will be making them at home. Now I need to write up all the directions. But for tonight, I'm going to hit the couch and watch some TiVo. I'll be asleep within minutes I'm sure!
Oct 13, 2007
I know that at least one of you was interested in a list of stamps that I'll be using so you can see what you might want to buy to make additional cards at home. Karen, I'll type that list up for you tonight and email it. If anyone else is interested, please email me at email@example.com and I can cc you as well!
In addition to finishing up my class prep tonight, I'm hoping to get a few projects out of my head and stamped out on paper! I woke up in the middle of the night with great designs in my head, then poof they vanished. Don't you hate that. I need to put a scratch pad next to my bed so I can scribble them down while they're still clear.
Be sure to come back tomorrow, I'll have news, and something new for you too!
Oct 11, 2007
If you read her other blog "Freckled Fun" you'll enjoy reading about Beth's adventures with you count them SIX children. She's also the host of the Sunday Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and a design team member for Hanna Stamps. Where she finds the energy and time is beyond me! Beth, you gotta bottle a little of that and sell it, because I need some of whatever you've got!
Beth's on my must read list daily and I have to say I'm LOVIN my new Freckled Fun blog banner. And, um a watermark that I have to learn how to use. Wish me luck.
Oct 10, 2007
Normally I'm not a fan of showing my "oopses" but I thought it would be fun to show you how I recovered from this one and came up with something I really love instead! I apologize, this is a long one, but I wanted to show you my full process today.
Today I sat down with my watercolor brushes, reinkers and my new set "Thoroughly Thankful." I wanted to use the large square image for a scrapbook spread I've been working on.
First, I stamped the image with Stazon timber brown onto Confetti White cardstock. Then I put drops of reinker into a little tray I had picked up at the craft store over the weekend. I selected Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel and Ruby Red for this project.
Personally, I found the teeny leaves too difficult to work with, I'm so embarrased to show you this picture, its awful! But, I liked how the pumpkins had come out, and I knew that with a little imagination I could salvage the piece and end up with something I was happy with.
I also had gone WAY too dark with the old olive on the bottom little leaf, and it was a smudgy mess!
First, to fix the icky small leaves, I remembered that I had seen the sentiment "Thankful Thoughts" added onto the block in the Idea Book and catalogue and got out my paper trimmer. I added an old olive mat and stamped the sentiment on a piece of confetti white. A little adhesive, and bang, those blah leaves were covered over! Nice.
Then, to cover the dark, smudgy leaf. I stamped that portion of the block again onto confetti white and trimmed it out just around the border with my snips. Then, I pulled my So Saffron ink pad out, pulled a speck of ink off the inside of the lid with my fine watercolor brush, and filled in that leaf. I also added a dab of so Saffron to both the solid brown leaf and the green leaf just above now yellow leaf to brighten them up a little bit and add a few highlights.
When I adhered the revised yellow leaf back to the rest of the completed image, I also flipped its orientation so it points the other way. While I was at it, I filled in my sunflower petals with So Saffron ink too! I added a dab of white gel pen to the left hand side of the apple for a little shine, and darkened the right hand side with a little bit of Purely Pomegranate ink.
Then, when it came down to it, I decided to not to use this as a part of the scrapbook page anyways. I wanted to make it into a card. Grabbed for a piece of Old Olive and the Fall Flowers Designer Paper from Stampin Up that I just love so much. I faux stitched around the Old Olive mat with the help of my handy dandy paper piercer and mat pack, then used a white gel pen for faux stitching between the pierces.
With this big image, a square card was needed. This is a 5 1/4 square with a mat of the Fall Flowers designer paper measuring 5" square. My horizontal slot punch was used to get the ribbon just around the right hand side of the card.
Still felt a little naked to me, so I added three antique brads to the bottom right hand corner, again courtesty of my mat pack and paper piercer.
Not originally what I had planned with this stamp set today, but its a keeper anyways. So, the next time you have a "whoops" take another look and see what you can do. Like my friend Barbara says "There are NO mistakes in stamping."
I don't think I showed you this one yet, and forgive me if I have. I think these are just so adorable! And, of course, easy to make! You can buy the empty tins at Specialty Bottle and I like the 8 oz size. The fours are teeny!
The top is created with the following punches: Scalloped Circle - and I used my little tiny hole punch to add a faux eyelet to each of the "humps" of the scallop, Then I stamped the creepy crawly spider with basic black on pumpkin pie cardstock and punched it out with my 1 3/8 circle punch, lastly stamped the spider again on whisper white, this time with basic black craft ink and punched out just the spider with my 1 circle punch.
I adhered the designer paper by applying one small strip of sticky strip on each corner and made sure that I was lined up straight along the bottom as I rounded each corner.
All punches, stamps and ink were all from Stampin Up for this project, as well as this fun polka dot designer paper. I've got to get my act together and make some Halloween cards with this. Maybe tonight?
I filled my other versions with Hershey's Nuggets, but this version is filled with candy corn of course!!
Dottie K, to answer your question, the Peppermint Tin I showed yesterday I think would be adorable filled with starmints (those peppermint swirl candy - my grandmother is totally partial to those) right now, this one is filled with leftover custom M&M's from my sisters shower.
A client had asked me to price them out and for the job I was quoting, it was going to be $950 of M&M's. Now THAT's a lot of candy. The problem is that you can fit a LOT of M&M's in there(about 450) they're small, and they nest together.
So, if you're going to make them, fill them with a candy that has packaging on it, like a peppermint, or taffy or gum or something. Or something naturally large in size like lollipops, or fudge. But not something small.
I know I said I wouldn't be posting regularly with all I have going on? But really, how can I help it when I have such great readers! I'm picking up some photos for a scrapbook page that I should have for you tomorrow.
Oct 9, 2007
However I hadn't yet shown you this fun tea tin I made for my open house a few weeks back.
This version uses Basic Grey fruitcake paper, which I'm having a litle love affair with, its SO pretty! I recieved an order for 35 more of these, only with different paper. The tins are on order, the paper is on order and now I have to sit and wait as the deadline approaches! YIKES! Hope those trucks get here soon!
I've recieved lots of questions about my "source" for tins. My friend Rachel gets all the credit for this one. Specialty Bottle. Lots of fun stuff there. Thanks Rachel for a sweet find!
I might be a little quiet around here over the next few weeks. I have a super two secret projects that I can't show you - as they're for a blog reader! And, I have a bajillion orders to fulfill from that Open House. I was so sick with that stomach bug that I fell dreadfully behind, and its keeping me awake at night that I haven't made more progress.
But, I promise, I'm still here, still creating. I'll still be posting things, maybe just not as frequently as I'd like. But don't you worry. Good things in store. Good things.
Oct 6, 2007
The store was beautiful, and lucky for my wallet I visited the store with my two year old son, so there wasn't time for too much shopping. I managed to get out of there having only spent $20 (and five of that was a gigantic Cookie Monster sticker for the Little Man.)
After my grandfather's 80th Birthday party we then hopped on a ferry boat to Nantucket. My mom, sister, the two boys and I are working on some last minute planning for the wedding etc etc. So I'm sorry to report that there will be no cards till Monday as I left my laptop at home.
So, go make a card, visit the many stores that are having sales to celebrate WCMD. In fact, be sure to go visit my friends at Paper Pretties before items get sold out! For whatever reason I can't figure out how my mother's MAC so I don't know how to make the word Paper Pretties a link --- so its www.paperpretties.net and then click on "The Corner Store."
But, don't forget about me, because I'll have new goodies to post for you next week! Promise.
Happy Columbus Day Weekend! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Happy Everything. See you Tuesday!
Oct 5, 2007
Then, when I hopped over to link up this post, I saw that they've announced Charmaine from Oodabug Alley as the latest member of their design team! How exciting! Congratulations Charmaine! I first found Charmaine's blog through Beate's blog and immediatley signed up to get updates on her blog because her work is totally darling!
To celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving there will be a sale on Saturday, Sunday and Monday over at The Corner Store. Any one regularly priced item at 25% off! Plus if you're a member, you'll get 25% off the Member Price - an already 10% discount - for an overall discount of 35%
So, hop on over to Paper Pretties and check it out. Christie has some REALLY cute stuff. I think I'm going to have to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving myself this year! wink!
Oct 4, 2007
Die cut stamps and precut cardstock help you to be stamping in minutes, the kit also contains embellishments, ink and envelopes! October 4th (today!) through October 8th they are on sale for 20% off! Great gift to yourself, or a great gift to tuck away for a friend for the holidays
You can find them in your catalogue on pages 12-14. If you don't have one, you can find them online here. Contact your demo today to place an order, if you don't have a demo, I'd be happy to place an order for you! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Obviously, my jumbo cartridge needs a reinking.. this black is sorta dull. My question is, do you like it black, or should I wheel it in Pumpkin Pie instead. Anyone? Anyone?
Oct 3, 2007
Lotsa punches, and lotsa pink, but that's just my style I guess..... I was SO happy to be healthy enough to stamp. I went to see the doctor yesterday who prescribed me a nice healthy does of antibiotics, and I'm already feeling SO much better. Good thing because I have a project class to get ready for! Thanks for all your well wishes!
I'll update the next post, but to anyone that was wondering, that pretty green floral paper I used on my "kind" card is Stampin Up from the Uptown Designer Series Paper collection.By the way, please pardon the glare of my end table in this photo. No matter how I shot it, there was either my reflection or the reflection of a table or something. Its so hard to get a clear shot of a glass piece!
Oct 2, 2007
I call my ready made business "just a little something" because I find that whenever you're heading out to a party or meeting up with a friend, you'd like to have just that ...just a little something... to bring along.
What I've found along the way, is that I look at my creations and think well it needs ...just a little something... a brad, a ribbon, button. And what a difference that little something can make sometimes. Isn't it funny how that happens? I was thrilled to find this sentiment tucked inside the new SU hostess set "So Many Sayings".
This was fun to do. I totally encourage you to make one for yourself, its a quick and easy treat - for yourself!!
Oct 1, 2007
So, off to random.org and this is what I got: 11.
Then, I counted down the list, and number 11 is CraftyMomof2. I just about fell off my chair laughing. Congratulations Meri! I'll pass off your goodies on Thursday night! I swear, it wasn't rigged. If I knew how to get a screenshot of the selection from random, I would have done it. But I don't, so you'll just have to trust me.
While I'm here, I wanted to welcome back Dottie K! Its always so nice to have you stop by, you make my day!
Liz, thanks for your phone call the other day, we had such a nice chat! I'm so sad you don't live closer, but its always nice to see you drop by here "virtually." Let me know if you had any trouble with the instructions for the altered comp book.
Julie Masse and I got a chance to touch base on the phone on Friday too! So funny after we've been emailing and posting for months and months that we finally chatted! Can't wait to hear what you bought in your express order and how your samples come out for World Card Making Day!
Have a great day everyone!