Saturday, January 29, 2011

Christmas Rescue-New Fur Baby

Just before Christmas, my husband brought home a cat. Someone knew someone, who knew someone that was being evicted. So somehow, this young cat was brought to my husband's place of work (good thing the health inspector was there at the time LOL). This young cat named Tigger, was going to stay with us for just a few days until a coworker could bring it to their parents house. (Yep, that worked out- NOT!)

Well, this cat fell in love with my husband and vice versa. Our cat and dog were not bothered by it in the least, nor was the new cat bothered by them. The cat's name Tigger just didn't fit. He has the bushiest tail! So of course being Harry Potter fans we immediately thought of Crookshanks. The name fit his tail but not his personality. So a few days after being renamed-he was renamed again to Spaz. Spaz completely fits his personality. He is always doing something crazy.

One afternoon, I had been crafting (cant you tell by the mess-hahaha) and then I had to step out for a few minutes. When we walked in to the dining room this is what I saw! Our older cat at least tries to run away, like we might not see her. She is black! But this new cat wasn't quite used to the rules of our house-no cats on the table or counters. I thought he should have had the nerve to look a little guilty. Instead, laid there while I got my camera out. And he proceeded to let me take several pictures.

So now we have two cats again. And once again they are a orange striped and a black cat with white spots.

Until next time.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Finally Have a Green Thumb

Literally! Of course it is only green ink on my thumb and my fingers too. I was working on making
tea light roses. What a great video found here. They are so stinkin cute and easy.
The hardest or should I say most time consuming part is sponging the edges. I made a half dozen colored roses for the spring time craft fair. I hope people will think they are just as cute as I do. I used all retired papers and inks (what a pretty way to use them up!) The yellow/pink one reminds me of my grandmother. My grandfather used to buy her roses like that for their anniversary.

My Grammie was my first craft teacher ever, along with my mother. It was nice doing a project that made me think of the two of them.

Until next time.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January Scrapbook Page

The January's scrapbook page. It is an 8x8 page. It is bashful blue and marina mist card stock and DSP. The large scallop is a Sizzix die. The snowflakes have rhinestones for a little extra bling. The stamps are from Big on Christmas and Jolliest Time of the Year. I used misc. markers for coloring the images.

Until next time,

Friday, January 21, 2011

Valentine Greetings

Here is a case based ones made by Gretchen Barron. Mine has a pretty in pink card base and taffeta ribbon. The hearts were stamped with rose red. I made this for the second card with my first stamp group. I wanted simple cards since one lady had never stamped in her life! She seemed to have a great time and enjoyed making this card.

Until next time,

New My Digital Studio Images from Stampin Up! More to Come

Here are the most recent My Digital Studio (MDS) downloads from SU. Email me for more information.


Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper          

Four Tempting Turquoise
Designer Series Paper Patterns  

Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper      
Four Old Olive Designer Series Paper Patterns 

Pretty in Pink Patterns Designer Series Paper           
Four Pretty in Pink Designer Series Paper Patterns   

Sweet Stitches Designer Buttons  

Three button styles in Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, and Daffodil Delight. Total of 12 buttons.   

Pattern Pieces Stamp Brush 
One oversized fabric pattern. Coordinates with the "Oh Sew Suite" product line.  

Blossom Petals Punch         


Build a Blossom Stamp Brush Set  

Twelve-piece stamp brush set. Coordinates with the digital Blossom Petals Punch. 

Eat Chocolate Stamp Brush Set  
Four-piece stamp brush set.


Top 10 Photo Book Template  
24-page designer template (11" x 8-1/2")

2011 Pennant Desktop Calendar          
This 25-page calendar template (5-1/2" x 6-1/2" calendar with easel) was used to make the My Digital Studio Professional Print Product Sampler

Baja Breeze Flower Bouquet Birth Announcement         
Double-sided baby boy announcement postcard designer template. Colors are Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Basic Gray. 

Regal Rose Flower Bouquet Birth Announcement          

Double-sided baby girl announcement postcard designer template. Colors are Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, and So Saffron.

Play Date Invitation Designer Template          
Birthday greeting card invitation template. Front and inside of card are pre-designed. Template includes nine embellishment pieces

Snowflake Flurry Holiday Trifold Card Designer Template          
 4" x 9-1/4" trifold card designer template

Chat Room Rock Star Stamp Brush Set  

Ten-piece stamp brush set.  

Chat Room Friend Stamp Brush Set 
Ten-piece stamp brush set.  

Chat Room Baby Stamp Brush Set  
Ten-piece stamp brush set.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

First Stamp Club

Here is the first card that was made for my first stamp club as a brand new Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Knowing I had one lady who had never stamped before; I worked at keeping my designs simple (not that I get overly complex to begin with). But I didn't want her to feel overwhelmed or that she needed to buy everything all at once.

I remember taking a challenge once a long time ago that was a "basic challenge". If I remember correctly, only two colors of cardstock could be used including black or white,one stamp pad and one stamp set. I happen to love black and white. Almost all my dress pants are black and I have many white shirts of different styles. So keeping all these things in mind-here is what I came up with.

As I was demoing (is that a real word?) this card-I showed how we could stop at just the black and white paper and it would be a very pretty card with simple elegance. Then I went to explain we were going to dress it up just a little bit with a few simple items. A basic black ribbon and a few rhinestones on the flowers.

It was a great first club and first demonstration. All the ladies in the group are very dear friends or coworkers. I was nervous before people arrived but once everyone was there and I started teaching, all the nervousness went away. They all seemed to have a good time too.

Since this was our first club meeting, the ladies drew numbers to see who would be the hostess. My coworker (the one who had never stamped before) pulled out the number one. She got to be the very first hostess and earn all the free goodies. Everyone was very excited for her. Hopefully, we will have just as much fun next month.

Until next time,

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thank You Card

These are the thank you cards I made this year. Somebody online made them using thank you notes from Stampin Up. I made mine with a half sheet cardstock base and went from there. I used Wild Wassabi card stock, ink & matching button, the snowflake punch and a stamp from Afterthoughts stamp set.

I showed this card to my stamp club. One lady had never stamped before, so I wanted to show her, stamping/card making didn't need to be complicated to be pretty.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Dragonfly Purse & Coffee Cozy

Here is a rag bag I made with the Big Shot and a matching coffee cozy for one of my close friends. Of course with my busy schedule, I didn't actually make it until after Christmas. Normally, I cut the batting small enough to fit inside the scallop square. This time I was thinking of the white fleece on certain winter leather jackets-so I let it show. My friend absolutely loved it, and she loved the dragonflies (she is particularly fond of them).

My friend is also a member of my stamp club. The ladies couldn't believe that was made with a Big Shot. I told them all the things I use my Big Shot for: cork, magnets, soda cans, material and every now and then I have been know to cut paper with it.

Until next time.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

For My Hostesses

I made these date books for each of my stamp club members. I used Wild Wasabi and River Rock for paper. Just Believe & After Thoughts for stamps and a punch for the verse-raised with pop dots. And of course all stamp club days have been pre-highlighted for them :-)

Until next time,

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year. May the new year find you in good health and with lots of stamps.