Friday, July 23, 2010

"My New Stamp Room"

Well, we are finally all moved in and settled in Iowa. I absolutely love it here. The only thing I don't like is the humidity. I really miss my dry heat. I haven't done a whole lot of stamping since we moved in. My two youngest are in softball and that pretty much consumed most of my free time. The girls all have adjusted well here and they love their school. It's so different for them than when we were in Cali. They take a bus to school and home, they have hallways (indoor school) they have lockers and swings on the playground. They said that they are going to a school like they see on TV. They only went to school for 2 months before summer vacation but I did get a chance to make the teachers a little something and I also made something for the bus driver. I have to locate the pictures though, they are on my old laptop, then I will post them. I also made a gift set for each of the 12 girls on Sarah's softball team. I didn't make anything for Molly's team this year. I didn't have much time or enough paper. Oh well, her team will get them for sure in the spring. Thanks for sticking with me in my absence. I miss you all.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Moving Day Is Almost Here

Ok, the past couple months have been such a whirlwind. I came back to MN for my grandma's funeral last week and Katie and I drove down to Iowa to find us a house to rent. It is harder than I thought. I can't seem to find more than 4 places to look at. So we have expanded to town homes and apartments. I have 4 appointments today so wish me luck. I fly back to California on Thursday to get the house stuff all in order and then close on the house in a couple weeks and drive to MN to get my girls and go to our house in IA. I am leaving the girls with grandma while I go back to CA. So, I won't be posting for a while but you can bet as soon as I get settled and unpacked I will be back to stamping. I miss it so much. Thanks for sticking it out with me and being patient while I have been away. Can't wait to re-connect with you all again soon.
Take Care,

Saturday, February 06, 2010

"Girl Scout Week- Gift Sets"

These are the completed gift sets for the Girl Scouts. I had so much fun making these for the girls. Molly passed them out on Tuesday and the girls loved them. The treat boxes were filled with two bag toppers, a peppermint sammich, gum holder, and RSVP pen. You can find the directions for the items from the previous posts from this week. Now I need another project. Maybe I will do some Valentine treats for the teachers. They do love to get gifts and I love making them.
Stamps: Make New Friends (retired CTMH) Girl Power (retired Stampin' Up)
Paper: Glorious Green, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green, Close To Cocoa, Stazon Black
Accessories: SU Scallop Circle Punch, SU Circle Punches, Word Window Punch, Tacky Tape, Micro Beads, Heat Gun, Address Label, Trident Gum, Hershey Nuggets, Brads, Green Apple Grosgrain Ribbon, Ziploc Baggies, M&M's, York Peppermint Patties, SU Markers, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, RSVP Pen, Glue Dots

Friday, February 05, 2010

"Girl Scout Week - RSVP Pens"

I love love love making these pens. This is the last item for the gift boxes. Tomorrow I will post the gift set all put together. The Girl Scout image is from the retired Close To My Heart stamp set Make New Friends and I colored them with SU Markers. Here are the directions on how to make the pens. I also made a step by step tutorial like 5 years ago on SCS Here is the link to that. The only thing I do different now is I buy tacky tape sheets instead of using the roll tape. I get the tacky tape sheets at Oriental Trading Company. You get 3 8 1/2 x 11 sheets for $4.95. It is a super deal. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me.
Stamps: Make New Friends (retired Close To My Heart)
Ink: Black Stazon
Accessories: RSVP Pens, Micro Beads, Tacky Tape, Heat Gun, SU Markers, Address Label

Thursday, February 04, 2010

"Girl Scout Week - Bag Topper #2"

This bag topper was fun. They always sing the make new friends song at the end of their meetings. You know the one I'm talking about, "Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the others gold. A circle's round, it has no end, that's how long I want to be your friend." The stamp set has part of the Make new friends poem. It is from the retired Close To My Heart clear set called Make New Friends. I also thought it would be fun to use one silver brad and one gold one to hold the topper closed. To tie in the song, I bet the girls won't even notice that I did that and I don't think you can see it in the picture either.

I filled these bag toppers with stamped Hershey Nuggets. I stamped on labels and wrapped them around the nuggets. I buy the labels at Walmart, Target or Walgreens. They are in the pen isle usually. I buy the 1 x 3 inch labels. I buy my baggies at Joann's. They come in a 100 pack for $1.50 in the jewelry/bead isle. You can also find them at Walmart in their jewelry/bead isle. They are 3 x 4. The topper is cut 4 x 3 1/4 and score at 2 inches on the 4 inch side. So when you fold it the dimensions are 2 x 3 1/4. The mat is 1 7/8 x 3 1/8 and the stamped piece is 1 3/4 x 3
Stamps: Make New Friends (retired Close To My Heart) Girl Power (retired Stampin' Up)
Paper: Glorious Green, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green, Close To Cocoa
Accessories: Brads, Ziploc Baggies, Hand Held Hole Punch, Hershey Nuggets, Address Labels, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

"Girl Scout Week - Peppermint Sammiches"

Once again a super easy candy project for Molly's Girl Scout troops gift set. I make these all the time. The stamp set that I used is a retired Close To My Heart clear set called Make New Friends. When you are looking for the York Peppermint Patties, make sure you find the ones that are completely wrapped in foil and not the ones that are individually wrapped ones in little pouches. Those won't work. To adhere the scallop circles to the peppermint patties I used glue dots. I used a couple cause when I used one sometimes the scallop shifted a little and that annoyed me. Come back tomorrow for another item for the gift set.

Stamps: Make New Friends (retired CTMH)
Paper: Close To Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green
Accessories: SU Scallop Punch, SU Circle Punch, Glue Dots, York Peppermint Patties

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

"Girl Scout Week - Gum Holders"

It's the second day of Girl Scout week and today's post is gum holders. I have to say I love making these a lot too. Another super easy project that people love. In case you didn't catch yesterday's post, Molly wanted me to make a gift set for the girls in her troop so they can remember her when she moves. I found the Trident 5 piece pack of gum at the Dollar Tree. They come in a 4 pack for $1. That is the only place I have found them. The bigger 18 stick packs just don't fit. The Dollar Tree has them by the registers and they have several different flavors. Here are my directions on how to make these fun little treats. Stay tuned for another item for the treat box tomorrow.
Stamps: Girl Power
Paper: Glorious Green, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Glorious Green
Accessories: SU Word Window Punch, SU Scallop Circle Punch, SU Circle Punches, Velcro, Tacky Tape, Trident Gum

Monday, February 01, 2010

"Girl Scout Week - Bag Toppers"

This week is Girl Scout week! My youngest daughter wanted me to make something for the girls in her troop to remember her by, since she will be moving soon. So this weekend I came up with a bunch of stuff to fill the treat boxes that I also made. I will be sharing one item each day that will be in the special boxes, as well as the finished set. It was fun to actually make something for a special occasion. It seems like I am just making stuff for no reason and when I am done then I decide what to do with it. I like having projects way better. These are bag toppers. I love making these cause they are so simple and you can put practically anything in them. The stamp set is a long retired Stampin' Up set that I found at a rummage sale several years ago. I found the green M&M's at target on sale this weekend which was nice. I bought 2 bags and that filled my 9 baggies and I even had some to spare. I buy my baggies at Joann's. They come in a 100 pack for $1.50 in the jewelry/bead isle. You can also find them at Walmart in their jewelry/bead isle. They are 3 x 4. The topper is cut 4 x 3 1/4 and score at 2 inches on the 4 inch side. So when you fold it the dimensions are 2 x 3 1/4. The mat is 1 7/8 x 3 1/8 and the stamped piece is 1 3/4 x 3
Stamps: Girl Power
Paper: Glorious Green, Close To Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink Close To Cocoa
Accessories: Ziploc Baggie, SU Markers, Gold Brads, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Hand Held Hole Punch, M&M's

Friday, January 29, 2010

" Treat Box"

I am getting bored with cards so I decided to make some more of these super easy and super cute treat boxes. I will probably fill them with candy and give them to the girls teachers. I love making these. I am going to do some for my daughters Girl Scout troop this weekend. I have absolutely nothing planned this weekend, so all I am going to do is stamp...all weekend! Woo Hoo! I am still waiting for the house to sell which is annoying. I hate not having a time line to work with. So, while I wait....I create! Here is the link to the directions that I used for these boxes. Have fun making your own.
Stamps: True Friend
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Whisper White, Bella Rose DP, Raspberry Tart DP
Ink: Rose Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Bling, SU Scallop Circle Punch, SU Circle Punches, SU Scallop Border Punch

Friday, January 22, 2010

"Love My Butterflies"

I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Flight of the Butterfly is my FAVORITE stamp set right now. I cased the layout and colors for the card from page 15 in the Mini Catalog. I don't have the new heart set so I replaced the heart with a couple butterflies. This is the only like the third time I have used the catalog samples for inspiration. I don't know why I don't do this more often. I am hoping to get some more stamping done this weekend. I was sick most of last week and stuck in bed. I went to the doctor yesterday cause I thought I might have pneumonia. Turns out that I had an ear infection. Which was fine but I didn't know why I spent three days coughing non stop. I coughed so hard some times that I almost passed out. It was weird. Turns out that I had a severe asthma attack and had major bronchial constriction. So I am taking steroids for 5 days, Advair twice a day, and using the nebulizer every 4 hours for the next two weeks. I feel better than I did yesterday cause now I can breathe, but still not a 100%. So this weekend I am going to set up a card table in my room, let the kids have free reign of the house and I am going to rest and stamp!
Stamps: Flight of The Butterfly
Paper: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Butterfly Punch, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Corner Rounder

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Bo Bunny Birthday"

I love this layout and I thought it would work with any pattern paper combo but I really don't like these cards. I like the colors but not with this layout. Oh well, I tried. I also made one in Bashful Blue but it looked horrible. I had to pack up my stamping stuff this morning, the buyers want to take another walk through the house today so in the garage it went. I'm gonna take it out again tonight so I can stamp. I am really enjoying stamping again, which makes me happy. I made a super cute card last night that I will post tomorrow. Well, I think it is super cute. Off to clean the bathroom and vacuum.
Stamps: Happy Everything, All About Occasions
Ink: Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Bo Bunny DP
Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, White Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Birthday/Thank You Cards"

I got a chance to stamp this weekend, yay!!! I didn't get to make too many cards though cause I ended up getting a sick on Sunday and have been in bed for the past 3 days with a fever and stuff. I am feeling a little better now but still not 100%. It's a good week to be sick though cause it is rainy, windy and cold here. I really like the layout of this card, it was such a quick card to put together. I also like this color combo. Looks like I will be getting some more of the in colors. I don't know if you can see it very well but I used the paper piercer in the scallops for enhancement, and popped it up on dimensionals, cause I love dimensionals. These cards are easy to make and you could make a bunch at one time to give as a gift to teachers or friends.
Stamps: Riveting
Paper: Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: SU Scallop Circle Punch, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, SU Circle Punches

Friday, January 15, 2010

"Great Square Friend"

Here is another card that we made at my last class. Yes, this one I cased too. But in my defense, I haven't stamped in sooooo long that I lost my grove. I almost didn't feel like stamping again. It has been a long year for my poor neglected stamps. I was searching splitcoast for ideas and this card jumped right off the page to me. I cased it from bejoyce (who actually cased it from someone else) LOL I love square cards but I don't make them very often. I loved the layout and the clean lines on this card, I just had to make it. I don't have all the in colors (which is what she used) so I came up with a different color combo. Thanks Carrie and your color wheel! I just noticed that I took a picture of the wrong card, I forgot to put a greeting on this one. Anyway, if there was a greeting, it would be under the Amethyst square.
Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Almost Amethyst, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon Black

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"Wonderful Friend"

This is another card that we did in my last class. This is a very simple layout and one of those quick cards. I Used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the greeting, cut a slit in the top fold of the card for the ribbon and punched the flowers out with the SU trio flower punch. I also added some bling to the middle of the flowers to give them some pizazz. I got the ribbon from Joann's. They have so many different stripes that you could use any color card, which means this would also make an easy card set to make someone for a gift. Which just gave me an idea, I think I will make more in different colors to give to someone. Thanks Rochelle! LOL
Stamps: Wonderful Favorites
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Only Orange, Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow, Whisper White
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Real Red
Accessories: Bling, Trio Flower Punch, Striped Ribbon, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Super Easy Card Holder"

I pretty much cased the cards from sam.2001 on splitcoast cause I loved them. She used pocket silhouettes and I used garden silhouettes. (I don't have pocket silhouettes) I love the colors that she used for her card. It is one of my favorite color combos. I think that the Flight of the Butterfly is my favorite stamp set. I bought it when it first came out cause Sarah's teacher loves butterflies and I wanted to personalize the things that I made for her.

The card holder holds 4 cards and envelopes, and it is super easy to make. You only use one piece of cardstock too. When you thread the ribbon through, you do it so that it will hold the cards and envelopes in place. Here are the directions on how to make the card holder.

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Garden Silhouettes
Paper Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Butterfly Punch, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Hand Held Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

"Citrus Circles"

This is another card we did at my class. I also cased this from the catalog. I can't wait to try this one in different colors. I used the orange stamp from Tart N Tangy, stamped it once and punched it out with the 1 inch punch, then stamped it again and punched out the middle with the 3/4 inch punch and popped the middle on dimensionals. I have lost my mojo so I decided to case from the catalog to get inspiration. I have had some time to stamp lately which makes me happy. I feel like I don't get to stamp for myself at all anymore. I am so busy with getting ready to move. Last week I rented a dumpster and got rid of a bunch of junk. Feels good to throw so much away. Now if I can get the kids to throw away all those stuffed animals we will be good. I got rid of a bunch when they were in school but there are more. I think they are multiplying.
Stamps: Tart N Tangy, Warmest Regards
Paper: Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Accessories: SU 1 Inch Punch, SU 3/4 Inch Punch, Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Beautiful Butterfly"

I had my last class on Friday and this is one of the card that we made. I cased it from the catalog only I didn't paper pierce as much as they did. I stamped the butterfly in white craft on vellum then cut it out, spread the wings and adhered it to the modern label punch. The picture doesn't really do it justice. It is a beautiful card and super easy to make. It would look great in other colors as well. I am sad that I am done teaching my class, but on the other hand, I am happy cause now I can spend my time getting ready to move. Woo Hoo!!
Stamps: Great Friend
Paper: Old Olive, Pale Plum, Vellum
Ink: Old Olive, Kraft White
Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Bling, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer

Friday, December 18, 2009

"Holiday Treat Box"

I love this box, isn't it gorgeous? It was so simple to make too! Here is the link to the directions. This is another project for my class Friday. Inside I put two packets of hot cocoa and a bundle of chocolate peppermint stix. I found the peppermint stix at Walgreens. (two boxes for $4) You can put what ever you want in the box too and make it different holidays. I have been out of the "stamping loop" for so long, I don't know the name of the stamp I used or the DP. Oh well, I am getting back in so I will be on top of my game again soon. I can't wait to share with you all the projects we are doing.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: SU Scallop Border Punch, SU Scallop Circle, SU Circle Punches, Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Notebook Gift Set"

I have a Christmas Gift class on Friday and this is one of the projects that we are making. This class is all "gifts" and no cards. It's everyone's favorite one of the year. This set is a notebook, beaded pen, and a giant paperclip book marker. I decided to not make all the projects with a Christmas theme, just in case they want to use it for something else. I only have one more class after this one and then I am done. I am hoping to find a place that I can teach a class in Iowa. Providing Taylor hasn't scooped them all up. LOL

Stamps: Eastern Blooms
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Notebook, RSVP Pen, Micro Beads, Tacky Tape, Heat Gun, Giant Paperclip, SU Scallop Punch, SU Circle Punches

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Trim A Tree"

This card I cased from the catalog. I love the layout and the colors. It's not a perfect match from the one in the catalog but it's close. This is another one of those layouts that could work for all occasions. Just use different stamped images and DP. This week I will be prepping for my Christmas Gifts class. No cards, just cool gifts. I can't wait to share what I make with you. I have lots of ideas, lets hope they all pan out. I am trying to not do the same items as last year since my class is the same people that take it every month. I try not to repeat the projects but sometimes I forget. So we will be doing lots of boxes, beaded pens, stationary gift sets, stamped candles, and candy treats. I can't wait. Although the card making is fun, this class seems to be more fun.
Stamps: Season Of Joy
Paper: Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, SU DP
Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red
Accessories: Dimensionals