Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday night at the end of my monthly team meet up my fellow SU! demonstrator, and friend, got a distressing call about a family member and ran out of here very quickly. Since ~ she has not been on email and is not accepting calls on her cell phone. I'm guessing something is very wrong, and I'm concerned. Carol H., if you are reading this, know that I have heard from many of my team members wanting to know if everything is okay with you. Check in with us and pop an email to the group, okay?
Anyway, I felt compelled to stamp something, but sometimes when you need a good design, the feeling just doesn't come. In step's Beate's sketch challenge, and I thought I would try to put something together. I stamped this for carol today, and used the chit chat rub on's. I'll put it in the mail with a prayer that everything will turn out okay for her and her family.
The ribbon was WAY too bright for my taste, so I gave it a bit of color with a more mustard marker. Maybe I should have used chocolate taffeta! It's so hard to stamp for another stamper!
There's some pressure there! I don't normally stamp with retired sets very often, but this one fits my mood at the moment (and the scallop square punch) so well, I decided "what the heck" and went for it.
So, Carol, it's not just me. Of course, I'm thinking of you and here for you. But so are about 15 other people! Hugs my friend. I hope to hear from you soon.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Anyway, these were my swap cards. All the rubon sentiments are different. I just LOVE the "chit chat" rubons. it has about 90 sentiments per sheet and you get two colors! they are just awesome and I will have an appropriate sentiment for every occasion! In this case, I could have the cards all made up, and put the sentiment on when I know the occasion! Too cool!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thanks for visiting. Your comments make me smile!
I'm a procrastinator for sure!
I just typed a whole long story about how I arrived at this, with the color combination I was *supposed* to use, and realize I grabbed the wrong color!! OH BOY>>> Well I don't have enough time to do it over, so here goes. I like the way this came out. I pulled out the 3 colors that I *imagined, i guess* the color challenge was. Old olive, red riding hood red, and Ruby red... Don't know how I went there, it was supposed to be really rust. Now, I knew I was sort of bending the rules a bit, because we were allowed to add a neutral as an accent and it became my base layer.. I don't know how that happened, I guess it started falling together. Plus, I had a piece already cut to the right size and I like to use all the pieces I have on the table.
Moving right along. I started looking around at my DSP to see what I had for Riding hood red, and I found This print from Bella Rose, that has Ruby red in it too.. It's the lighter color in the print.
Next, I pulled out my craft vanilla pad, and it wasn't working too well for me. I had a problem with this last week. I called Stampin' Up! to see if they had any idea on what I can do, and they suggested "priming" my craft pad. Apparently over time, the craft pad settles and separates if you don't use it all the time.
You can "prime" your pad, by taking a blunt object, I used the back of a tombo adhesive pen.
Just apply firm pressure and swirl your pad around to get the elements in the pad to mix again. My pad worked great after that for my background, which I used Clear embossing powder on for a more subdued look.
For the embossed butterflies on DSP, I used vanilla embossing powder so they would really pop. In fact, I embossed those twice. Once flat on the paper. Then again on another piece. I love doing this with butterflies. I cut the image out, and adhere it with a glue dot so the butterfly looks like it's flying off the card. (little things make me happy).
For the main element of the card, I stamped the "dreams" image in ruby red and cut it out on the "inside circle" then punched a very vanilla circle behind it to add some dimension. I tied the element on with some leftover old olive twill ribbon, and ran old olive 5/8" grosgrain the lenght of the card.
Great challenge. Maybe later I'll have time to play with the colors I was supposed to.. Duh for me! Good morning Blondie! :)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
OVER 250 HANDMADE CARDS WITH ENVELOPES!!
The cards were all my leftovers, that customers, friends and demonstrators from my area got together to make. A LOT of love went into the baskets of cards.
I did have a bit of help also from a demonstrator from South Carolina who sent me a bunch of her leftover swaps, which were made into cards by one of the girls on my AWESOME team, Elise.
I JUST HAD to take a photo of the front sign. The house in Brookline is a GIANT Victorian old house. They just don't make houses like this anymore. It has a very grand feeling about the place with lots of hand crafted wood trim, it really feels warm and inviting.
The front porch has seating for about 10-15 people and I can just imagine that when the house is full, there is quite a warmth and buzz about the house.
While I was there, GUESS who I met?? A 73 year old, Stampin' Up! demonstrator!! She said that she and some of her family lived at the house in Brookline for over a year while "the gift of her life and family" received necessary medical treatments in Boston. She has been a demonstrator for over 10 years, and it warmed my heart to see her and her family excitedly looking through the big basket of cards. I have a LOT more photos of the donations if you are interested, send me an email. Here are some of my favorites.
You know what? It could be any one of us who need the services of a place like this. I met another gentleman who was staying there. His son was in the hospital and said if it wasn't for the house, he would have no college fund with all the medical treatments. He was looking to get his truck driver license and be ready for when his son comes home.
One of the sweet volunteers watched my daughter while I helped bring all the goodies in the house. She asked my daughter to "fix up" this doll house that she said was messy.. Alexis took that challenge and did a wonderful job. I all but had to pull her out of there, coaxing her "out to lunch at friendly's" finally worked.
The photo shows the cute doll house, but this is the main gathering area. There is a group of demonstrators that will go in and do a dinner once in a while for the residents, and Andy, the house lead said that SU! demonstrators have the most energy he has ever seen. (Maybe that's because some of us don't actually sleep all that much).
This is a photo of Andy and I in the kitchen at the house. He and one of the volunteers were sorting the goodies and putting it away on the shelf.
They were overwhelmed with the generosity of my wonderful customers and friends.
I also gave Andy a check for $50. I hope that when I do this next year, I'll have more to give them. I sold 3 bundles, and one of the girls on my team Alicia sold two. I put a bit extra in to round the dollar value up. Like I said, I hope to raise a bit more for the house next year money wise. However, the donations of things that they need was just wonderful and overwhelming.
The final picture is the warm living room, where I'm sure people unwind and put their feet up after a long day of visiting family at the hospital OR have a little family time. From what I understand, it's not just families who have Children in the hospital. Some of the children stay there too while they undergo all kinds of treatments, like radiation. Also, this house services people from all over the country who seek out the Boston hospitals. They really do amazing work and I was so happy to be able to help them out at all.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Anyway. This is something new I've been playing with thanks to my friend Alicia. This is a funky double slider. There is a ribbon on the inside that makes up a track, when you pull one side (the side with the ribbon) the other side slides out at the same time!
I used a piece of glossy card stock to make a "track" for the ribbon to sit on and used glossy so that it would slide easily. Thanks for looking and I hope you have a great day!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm sure there's a name for this technique, but I don't know what it is. I did not find directions anywhere, but I had one of those ah ha moments and got a picture in my head.
My friend Alicia was here Friday morning borrowing my big shot to cut out the cute Sizzix envelopes and she mentioned getting an order from a friend that included a double slider card. I asked her what that is.. I'd never heard of it. She told me that it's a card that when you pull on one side, another piece moves with it in the same direction. Being the dorky crafter that I am, I said "Well, that seems kind of silly, wouldn't you want something to pop out the other side?
Thus, an idea was born... In the 45 minutes we had left, we made a card that when you pull one side (the side with the grey ribbon) that something pops out the other side. This was the first one I've tried, so I didn't have anything on the card for a decoration.
thank you Sizzix, i added a snowflake and it looks like that's what was meant to be! Totally fun, totally random.. I've also been thinking that many people like to include photos as part of their Christmas card, so I snuck a photo in of my daughter on the other side.
I will SO be playing with these some more, and if you REALLY like the concept, we will be doing two of these babies at my Christmas card wow class on the 30th of October.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
All 3 books use different holiday paper, and have different styles, so that they could easily be given to people who know one another. Last year I made a bunch of these books with photos of my daughter to give to grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles.
They were the hit of the holiday gifts last year. People have enough "stuff" this is an inexpensive, personal gift that really lets people know you are thinking of them and helps keep people up to date with recent events. My brother in law actually said that it will go with the Christmas decorations and he wants another this year, so he'll get to see her grow and be able to look back every year. Isn't that cool? Last year, I showed our holiday... going to pick out the tree and so on.
This year, I will probably do it as more of a life update. It seems I never get to sit down with family just to catch up. Life is so busy! So I'll probably show a photo from swimming lessons, preschool and so on.
This second picture is the inside of the squash style book. These are so much fun to make and very impressive to receive!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I will post photos of the event and more details soon, but I will say that we have over 200 handmade cards to donate to the house!
I have quite the collection of donations for the house and I'll be making the trip to Brookline this week. I'm just waiting on a few more people that are stopping by with goodies for the house.
NOW~~~ Let's not forget the GINORMOUS box of goodies that SU! sent to help with the event. Here are the raffle winners.
Elise ~ Long notes note cards, tis the season classy brass.
Elaine C ~ Liquid glue, green galore & creamy caramel markers, magic mesh
Christine M ~ Playhouse designer series paper ~ markers Almost amethyst, more mustard and cameo coral.
Karen B. ~ Fall Whimsy ~ days to remember calendar simple sketches, 3 markers, Holiday Woodcuts.
Michelle J. ~ Olive you stamp set, cotton candy spectrum pad
Wendy ~ markers ~ old olive, summer sun, Ruby red
Gina ~ vintage violet ink pad, Collage numbers stamp set
Leigh Ann ~ Long notes cards, 200 eyelets.
Amy A ~ Self adhesive scrapbooking borders (quick strips 2)
Kelly Ann ~ 12 x 12 scrapbook paper, pure and simple accents stamp set, in the wild stamp set
Becky ~ Real red paper, magic mesh, decorative scissors, tis the season classy brass.
Diane ~ White organdy ribbon Fontastic Stamp set, Notched corner punch
Caroline ~ Stampin Kid Markers
Everyone who came to make cards received a paper pack from me. Everyone ALSO received a 4 pack of mini cards that were handmade by me and Alicia, one of the ladies on my team ~ thank you Alicia!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I'm very excited! I needed to make some thank you's in addition to the little card packs I have been giving to anyone who purchased the stamp set and punch bundle. So ~ Beate's weekend sketch challenge has the cutest, most simple sketch that I couldnt wait to try, and it worked perfectly with the RMH set!
I hope you find a wonderful way to celebrate world card making day, and if you have nothing to do today, pop in anytime between 11AM and 5PM. We'll be cardmaking machines!!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I learned that when removing decor elements, it's good to use the tool to start the removal, but once you get it going, you should use your fingers to pick the element up and pull it off your wall or window. In the places where I used the tool to remove the DE, there is some residue left on the window. The residue cleaned up with a little elbow grease and a clorox wipe, but I thought it was very interesting that when I pulled them off with my fingers there was NO residue left behind from the adhesive.
This decor element has been on my truck for many months. It has been through countless car washes, and did not move. Here's what i did last night at my friend Deb's first workshop as a demonstrator. I had my friend Leigh-Ann take the photos for me. Thanks Leigh-Ann!
First, I started removing the element with the tool. Once it's started, pick up those little pieces and pull them off with your fingers.
Once the element was in the place I wanted, I used the applicator tool to smooth out any bubbles and apply the spider to the window. Once it was smoothed on, i peeled back one corner of the sticky transfer paper, and tight to the window, peeled it back.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008