It’s A Boy!

Congratulations to our friends Tara & Bobby Vance whose sweet baby boy was born yesterday!  Their nursery is decorated in owls and I had fun making this card for them…

That cute little paper diaper pin was a result of me trying to find a use for every scrap of paper possible.  I guess I succeeded!  It was actually very easy to make and didn’t require any fussy gluing or anything.
Going to be busy busy busy in my craft room today.  Hope its productive!

Card Class Projects

I love to stamp, but it is always more fun with friends.  I had 14 show up for my card class tonight.  🙂  Some were new stampers and some are already as obsessed with the hobby as I am.  Here are the  projects we worked on…
This first one is a sweet little owl card that we made with a top note die and some punches.

We also made a harvest card using the Harvest Blessing stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  We got to do a little coloring with pencils on this card, and used the Big Shot and an embossing folder to add a little texture.

Our final project is a little cork board to post notes on.  I also stamped some Scripture cards to put on our boards.  My daughter came with a couple of her college friends.  These will look so cute in their dorm rooms!  I think I will hang mine near my desk and switch out my verse every week or so.

If you couldn’t come to the class tonight and are interested in making any of these projects, please let me know.  We can schedule a time to get together and create!

Fall!

I love almost everything about fall.  I love football.  I love the cooler weather.  I love the preparation and anticipation of the coming holidays.  Thanks to the accountability of some friends and fellow stampers, I already have a decent start on my Christmas cards for this year.  We are getting together monthly to make cards so there won’t be a last minute rush in December.  This week I also played around with making some ornaments out of small tiles found at the home improvement store.  I stamped on it using Stazon ink and added a little bling and some ribbon.

So quick and easy!

I am excited to share with you that I was able to promote to Supervisor in August.  I have wonderful customers who helped me reach that goal!  Thanks to each of you.

My next Stampin’ class is coming up on Tuesday.  Please let me know if you plan to attend.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Stampin’ Up Shoes

I recently put together my first video tutorial.  I know it is a summer project, and that season is quickly departing, but I am just now getting around to adding it on my blog.  The good news is that you can probably find flip flops on clearance right now to try this out.  The bad news is that you might have to save them to wear next summer.   I have made several pairs of these and they have all held up really well.  Hope you will give it a try!
Also, constructive criticism for the video is appreciated.  It’s a first attempt and I am open to suggestions for improvement!  🙂

More Faux Patina

This week we had our Demo Meeting for my fellow Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  We also participate in some kind of swap.  Our theme this month was Fall.  I knew I wanted to use this faux patina technique and decided that fruit/harvest would go nicely with it.  Here’s what I came up with…

A video tutorial is in the works for this technique.  As I said before, it is not difficult, there are just several steps involved.

Hope you have an amazing day and have the opportunity to both experience and share God’s love today!

Faux Patina

I have been playing a lot with a new technique which I LOVE!  It is called faux patina.  There are several steps involved, but it is really pretty easy and gives a wonderful rich look to a project.  I went shopping early in the week and found this inexpensive ($1) wood frame that I decided to dress up using this technique.

I wish you could see the gold embossing better in the photo, but my camera shuts my phone off when I try to use the flash.  Because the size of the frame is wider than my embossing folder and my Big Shot, I had a little wrinkling of the paper that you can see in the upper right corner.  I decided that it added character and didn’t worry about trying to fix it.  🙂  
Now I am off to have a productive Saturday.  Hope you enjoy the weekend!

Stamping with Friends


I had a great time stamping with friends last night! Thought I would share the projects we worked on.

The first is our 3D project for the month. We made these coasters out of inexpensive tiles. I encouraged everyone to use their favorite paper for this project since the current Designer Series Paper won’t be around much longer, it retires after next month.


Of course we had to make a Mother’s Day card, since May is knocking on our door. We used punches to create the cute handbag embellishment and the Big Shot to cut letters. We also used the new Diagonal Score Plate to create matching envelopes for our square cards.


The third project was a simple spring card using the butterfly punch and pretty spring colors. The tiny pearls add just the right detail to the middle butterfly.
If you would like to make any of these projects, consider hosting a workshop with a few of your friends. You can enjoy a little “girl time” and make some useful projects for yourself or as gifts for others!
Don’t forget to leave a comment so I know you stopped by 🙂

March Madness 2012

WOW! Where did this month go? I can’t believe it is all but over. I loved spending a week with my daughter while she was on Spring Break. That was probably the highlight of the month for me, although there is still a greatly anticipated basketball game between University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. I would really like to watch the game with my brother who graduated from UK the same year I graduated from UL. That might even surpass Spring Break…if the Cardinals won. 🙂

During Spring Break I attended the midnight premier of the Hunger Games movie with my family and some friends. Here’s a pic of my kids with one of their friends. They dressed up as characters from the book.
My daughter and her roommate used the kitchen as a bakery one day of Spring Break and made 130+ cookies to give out on campus to solicit votes for the Student Government election that was held yesterday. My dd is now the vice president! Here’s a pic of the packages they handed out…of course we had to do some stamping on them 🙂
On Tuesday this week I got to spend the morning with a little angel. Here’s a pic of sweet baby Olivia that came to visit me. I was so happy to step in as substitute babysitter!
Today I caught you up on some family news, tomorrow I will catch you up on some stampin projects I have been doing this month! Please post a comment so I know that you stopped by to visit! 🙂

A Blessing A Day {March 8}

Well, today was a very rainy day and I was gone for most of it. I went to lunch with one of my friends from Camp Hope after our Bible Study. It was her reward for completing all of her homework last week. We had a great time and I really enjoyed visiting with her and getting to know her better. This Beth Moore study we are working on is pretty tough and I am so proud of these ladies for persevering. I intended to take a picture of us at lunch so I could post it on here, but I forgot. I did get to hear her quote most of the first chapter of James from memory :). God is doing amazing things through this study.
Although I was gone most of today, I did have a chance to play in my craft room yesterday. Here are some of the fun things I made…
This first item is a little 3X3 card that I made to deliver with Stampin’ Up toys that some friends ordered 🙂

These next 2 projects are punch art items that I was playing with. I am so pleased with how cute they turned out. I think the little pirate is my favorite..

Hope you are blessed beyond measure today!
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