Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A few more treasures

I'll start with the treasure chest seeing it's at the top of the page. I made this cake for my nephew for his 7th birthday. It didn't turn out too bad considering I used Betty Crocker icing. My machine didn't want to make the buttercream, it is old ya know. He loved it so that's all that mattered.
I loved this card so much I had to make more. This time I used Bashful Blue instead of Baja Breeze. And I added some swirls in the bottom snow.

I only made one of these cards, not sure why, but I did. I love the way it turned out though. Kraft is becoming one of my fav colors to use.

This card suffered a small mishap. (but it's okay Irina) It was from one of my card classes but when my A+ student accidentally smudged the sentiment I gave her a fresh base. (which she didn't smudge) But now I had to get creative to cover the oops. It didn't turn out too bad, but now that I look at it again I would move things around. Unfortunately the recipient already has it and I don't think would appreciate me rearranging it now.

Here's another ornament punch card. I love that punch. Hopefully I'll get to play while on holidays and I'll show ya a cool trick with the punch. This one was fast to make and I really like how it turned out. The ornament is on dimensionals, too cool!

Well, if I don't post again before Christmas I wish you all God's richest blessings and a very Merry Christmas. Just don't drink too much eggnog!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Some more Christmas cards

And I'm still working on more.

This one is an interesting color combo, Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac. I used an embossing folder (nonSU) for the swirls and then traced them with the 2 way glue pen and added the diamonds. Soooo cool. Kinda like swirling snow. The snowman is from the Holiday Tag Team set. Still one of my fav's.

This card is also an interesting color choice for Christmas, Kiwi Kiss. I stamped the big Medallion stamp with Kiwi Kiss ink and then stamped again on a smaller piece of WW and punched out the middle with the scallop circle. Covered the scallop circle with glue and added diamonds and a clear brad.
I love love love snowmen, and Flaky Friends is my most favorite set. I wanted a simple card so decided to just use a few colors to color in the snowmen's accessories. I made a mask and sponged a faint oval around the snowmen. The snow under the men has diamonds on it too. Once the card was assembled I sprayed with the frost shimmer paint mixed with alcohol over the entire card.
Another favorite of mine, (really there are sets I don't like ;) ) is this house from To You and Yours. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip and then masked the house and the land beside it. Then sponged the exposed WW with Baja Breeze ink. All the swirls on, under, and over the house have diamonds on them. Yep, was feeling like a glittery gal while making these cards. The first layer of Baja Breeze was stamped with the Paisley background in Baja Breeze ink. Love how this card turned out. It's a square 4.25" size card.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Anyone still out there???

So, internet is back and it wasn't our computers. They had to "change something at their end". Go figure. I'm so done with MTS....(I wish)

Anyway, onto much better things, got a few cards and an advent calender (box) thingie to share. Oh and a cake. The cake didn't turn out anything like I had planned. (Had a very off day that day.) The cake was for my niece who turned 1 yesterday.

The advent box/calender thing I bought last year but ran out of time to decorate so I did it this year, Dec 2nd. Sad I know. Oh well, the boys are excited to open the little drawers everyday. Most of them have treats but I do have a few that say movie night, or game night or look for your treat (as the drawers are VERY small). I used retired Christmas paper from last year. Added a few punched out flowers with brads, ribbons and buttons. (the numbers came with the box)
Here's the cake I made for Shaylin. Not how I planned but like I said, it was an off day. I made the little flowers with royal icing so they are hard and I put them on last. It's just a cherry chip cake mix but that's my sisters favorite and buttercream icing. I was told it tasted really good.
Now onto a few card shares. I won't share them all now so I have something to post in the coming days to hopefully make up for my lack of posting lately.
This one is done with kraft cs and is my favorite this year so far. I made a template with an oval cut out of it to use as a mask. I stamped the snowflakes in WW craft ink then sponged the edge. PeaceLoveJoy is from All Holidays and stamped in Chocolate Chip. Added some buttons tied with linen thread, a strip of Chocolate twill ribbon and a few holes. ;)
It is so pretty IRL. I just loved it.
This next card is made using the ornament punch. Wasn't sure about that punch and now I LOVE IT! The ornaments are stamped in WW craft ink with snowflakes and JOY then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice EP. The ornaments are also on pop dots. Used the petals a plenty embossing folder for the bottom white layer. I honestly have no idea where the gold ribbon is from but suited this card perfectly so I went with it.
My third card to share today is using an oldie but goodie, Lovely as a Tree set. The Merry Christmas is from All Holidays. The tree and sentiment were stamped in Handsome Hunter craft ink and then heat embossed with II. Again, made a mask and stamped then sponged with WW craft ink. I used a jumbo eyelet in the corner and tied some taffeta ribbon through it. I also love this one. (okay, I love them all LOL)
I need to run, UPS just dropped off a few boxes...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I really do hate technology

when it's not working!! Yes we are still having trouble. It's looking like our computers are the problem. Probably because it's 5 weeks from Christmas and I'd love to spend my money on a computer right now. (in my most sarcastic voice) But if we do go get a new one, I really want a MAC. (manily because the commercials are so stinkin' funny) and too because they are just a better computer. (sorry, my old, dying, and pathetic PC, but it's true)

Anyway, onto better things. Here are the cards we did at the last 2 card classes. I have another class tomorrow evening but I'll change 2 cards as I've run out of a few things. (oops)

This first card used Paisley, Patterned Pines, and Four the Season stamp sets. Soft Suede CS, ink, and ribbon. WW top note die. It seemed to be the favorite of group 1. They could choose which style they wanted to follow.

For this one we used the new flocked Cocoa specialty pp out of the mini. Sooo nice! A strip of WW cut with the eyelet lace border punch and some ribbon. Real Red CS, ink and ribbon. Old Olive CS and ribbon. Here's a close up of the texture on the bottom of the first card (I left some smooth too, gotta have choices), and you can see the diamonds we added. A little sparkle just adds so much I think!

You can also click on the pictures to make them bigger (I think).

This one was group 2's favorite.

I wanted one card that was a little different from the normal fold in half kind. So I decided to do a gate fold card. So simple and yet such a big impact. This one was also a favorite. (okay, they all were LOL)

I again used Soft Suede and pp from the Cocoa specialty pack. I used my big shot to cut the medium scallop circle out of Real Red cs and the circle with the Cardinal is Soft Suede as well as the ink.

Here's the card slightly open. I'll be changing this one for tomorrow's class as I ran out of this pattern of pp. So hopefully just a slight adjustment.

On the darker CS I had extra WW top notes cut so they could be put on the inside to either stamp or write a greeting on.

Now this card is hard to photograph. We sprayed the shimmer paint mixed with alcohol on the embossed layer. They had a choice of frost white, which just added sparkle or champagne which added flecks of color with the sparkle.

I only embosses 7/8 of the WW piece so that we could stamp Peace on Earth on the bottom. Also from the Four the Season stamp set. PP is from the same Cocoa pack (what a wonderful pack it was!) CS and ink were Chocolate Chip and the ribbon is the white organza.
This card will be changed for group 3 as I don't have enough ribbon. But don't worry, I've got another gorgeous card planned.
Lastly, I had to find a way to get my Medallion stamp into this class. Love this stamp and it's SU!'s #1 best seller this year.
Again I let them choose between white or iridescent ice embossing powder. Both provide an awesome look. I used kraft, chocolate chip and WW cs, WW craft ink and felt ribbon from last year's holiday mini. The 'peace joy love' is from All Holidays stamp set.
Well I hope I've been able to share all these awesome cards with you. I was told by a few they were 'patiently' waiting for a peek. Sorry!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Nothing but trouble

with our internet these past few weeks. I've called MTS a million times, we got a new modum, a new router, had MTS come in and put a main filter on our phone line, ran malware software on the computers and it's still not where it should be at. We are sooooo frustrated so I'm going to call Computer Remedies again (hopefully they aren't getting sick of me).

Hopeing this post will work. I've tried a few times but just can't get it.

On a happier note now that I've vented (thank you for listening by the way :) ) I have filled my Christmas card classes and some have asked for a 3rd. We'll see.

A few things to share, (of course only if this post actually gets into bloggerland)

Coasters for a friend of mine. She always hosts our book club but doesn't have any coasters for our wine glasses so I made her a set. Hope she likes them. The main image is a retired set, Garden Collage and then I added some swirls with the Baroque Motif set. I stamped them with stazon and then colored the image with my blender pens and craft ink. Next I baked them for about a 1/2 hour in the oven at about 300F, and once they cooled off I clear coated them. Sounds like a lot of work but not really.

I've had some time to scrapbook lately but the mojo is just not there, I think it's been too long.

I did finish one layout for my scrappers club this month, very simple because like I said, no mojo. I used pp from the Cast a Spell package, so cool. I just can't decide on a title for this one, so it's still missing, it'll come yet. lol

So what was I doing instead of scrapbooking? Making this

Is that not cute? I saw it on a blog when I was blog hoping (instead of scrapping) and thought, I could make that. It has 6 little envelopes in there. Just too cute.

I plan to make myself scrapbook more the following weeks so I get my groove back. It's been a long lonely summer for my scrapping supplies.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Christmas card classes

I still have a few spots left in my Christmas card classes on Nov. 7th and 14th.
We will be making 15 cards and the cost is $30. If you're interested please let me know asap.
Now I'm off to scrap so I have something to post....

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

*Caution, scary post*

I saw these cute, or should I say scary, top note bags on a blog somewhere. (I really should start writing down where I find this stuff) My boys LOVE them. I'd like to make some for their classmates for halloween but that's just too much work! So I think I'll make some for my daycare kids and add a few treats into them. And maybe their teachers. I think it's pretty straight forward as to what I used. Top note die for the head, tab punch for the noses and bolts, and circle punches for the eyes/eyelids. The eyelids are on dimensionals. I hand drew the mouth and scars on Frankenstein. Hope you like them!
Also wanted to remind you of the deal of the week. The My Way punch, Trio Flower punch, and 5Petal Flower punch are on for $15.99 each. That's nearly a $7 savings!! No minimum, no maximum to purchase, BUT if you order 3 or more, I'LL pay your shipping and handling. Email or call me by October 10th to get in on this fabulous deal.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Made it through the Pumpkin Fair! It was great. Had a blast and sold 90% of my stuff, other than cards that is. They did not sell so well, so it goes. Overall, though, it was fabulous! I'll be there next year (and I'll start making stuff in March!)
I have been super busy these last few weeks. Up till midnight most nights working on stuff, either for the fair or just life. I plan to go to bed early tonight!
I wanted to share a few more things I did. I used the spider from the DD catti and put it on this glass bowl. Too cute! I'll be using it at halloween. I didn't have this one for sale, just to display.

People were loving this pumpkin poop! I made 10 baggies and could have done 20 more I'm sure. (next year) They were as popular as the little pumkin baskets in my last post. Another popular one was the reindeer poop. A few girls came to buy it just for the chocolate, too funny. When I was making them Carter came to me and we had this conversation;

Carter: "Mommy, what is this?"

Me: "It's reindeer poop"

Carter, with eyes as big as saucers: "where did you get it from?"

Me, trying very hard not to laugh: "I was chasing reindeers with a shovel"

Carter, now with total horror on his face: "I don't think I want any"

And if any of you know Carter, he will eat any candy, any time. I laughed so hard. I'm mean I know, but didn't I have children to bring me joy???? teehee

Lastly, here are 2 of the many journals I made. Most of which sold, but I didn't take pictures of all of them. Just didn't take the time, sorry.

I also ended up with 14 orders of different items I sold out of. Thankfully from local people so I'll be making those this week.

Whew, I am so glad this is behind me. Now it's time to get my scrap on!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I have been busy

Check out my mess!! Thanks Carol for helping mess it up. ;)

I have been busy getting things ready for the Pumpkin Fair. I tell ya, I better sell a lot of this stuff so I can do some shopping afterwards. lol It's fun though, so no real complaints.

This little pumpkin treat box was super easy to make. I punched 5 ovals with the wide oval punch, inked the edges and stacked them together. Inside is a baggie with some candycorn.

I love the way you can use the decor elements on surfaces other than the wall. Here I used them on a canvas. I first painted it brown, then rubbed on the vinyl. The 'home' was cut out of chipboard covered with pp using the big shot. I just love it, so not sure I'll sell it. Oh, I have a glass bowl I put some DE onto, I'll post that tomorrow.

The neighbour girl is turning 4 on Tuesday and Carter is invited to her party. Carol was kind enough to borrow me this Princess Time set (Thanks Carol) which is perfect for her princess party. I stared at the set forever, stamped a million different ways, tried a billion different things and this is the best it got. Don't know why it was so hard. (because I have boys?) I was set on having the crown cut out and popped up, maybe that's what made it harder, I don't know. I also had a bugger of a time cutting out the jewels at the top of the crown so I punched them out of a 'reject crown' and put them on top. Loved how that turned out. All in all, I think a 4 year old will like it.

Today we went to a birthday party for this little guy. He turns 2 on the 24th. The older one is my stepson Markus and Ryan is his son. So yes Eva, this is my Grandson! (she is so laughing at me right now) I got a better picture of the 2 of them but it's sideways and I couldn't change the orientation. The best part was that it was a pool party at Ryan's grandparents house. The boys had a blast. It was an awesome party. Happy Birthday Ryan!!
until (hopefully) tomorrow...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I am such a duh-head

Instead of clicking the "publish post" button yesterday I clicked "save now". I was in such a hurry that I didn't double check my post like I usually do. Sorry!! (although I did find it very amusing just now as I discovered that)
So without making you wait any longer, the winner to my blog candy is....... Jennifer Rempel. Carter picked your name out of a hat. Then insisted that is was him who won, so he got a sucker! But don't worry your blog candy is not a sucker, unless you want one. teehee You won a stamp set called Yummy. I can't post a picture of the set (copyright mumbo jumbo). I'll get it out to you asap!

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm feelin' it

Woohoo, what love!!
Thanks, my head is nicely inflating. lol
You have untill tonight to get in on the candy....

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Brooke!

So how is everyone this beautiful Sunday evening? Leave me an answer in my comments and you'll be entered to win a prize.
I've been told I don't keep my blog very 'updated', but it's so hard to do when I'm not feelin' the love. :( So, to get some love I'm going to buy it with a little blog candy. ;) You have until Monday night to tell me how you are feeling as well as how often you check to see if I've updated my blog. I'll pick a name Tuesday morning. Good luck.
Now, some shares. I made a card and altered journal for a friend of mine. Her birthday is today, Happy Birthday Brooke!! Hope you had a great day.
I'll start with the card, talk about wowsers! I love it. It turned out great. CASED it from the '08 F/W catti. Just changed the stamp sets, colors and tweeked the design a little. I used retired colors, Baja Breese, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette cs & ink. Added a little chocolate chip ribbon and scalloped cs for good measure. I love this card, so happy with it. But I think I said that already. ;)
The altered comp book did not take long at all. Also used some retired stuff here. Can't remember the pp pack the paper came from but uses Soft Sky and River Rock. Punched a shape with the curly label punch in Regal Rose cs and sponged the edges for depth. The daisy and 'B' were cut out of Soft Sky cs with the big shot and sponged as well. For the 'B' I glued the cardstock to a piece of chipboard first then put through the big shot. So nice! The flower center is a corduroy brad in chocolate chip (super yummy). I also added a scallop edge along the top (going over the edge of the cover) in chocolate chip and added faux stitching. Should have taken a close up but didn't think of it in time, sorry!
Again, don't forget about the blog candy!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

birthdays, cards and a whole lot more

My youngest son and his cousin turned 4 years old on August 30th. We celebrated with an afternoon at Tinkertown and then back at my sil & bil's house for cake. I made those cakes too. A football for Reese and a ramp for Carter. (they asked, I answered) We had a great day! Thanks B & C for hosting the party!
I also have some creative goodies to share.
This first one is a top note purse. Too cute and super easy to make. I used the new Christmas Cocoa pp from the mini which is amazing!! I'm sure it'll be on the cards for my card class. Anyway, this top note purse looks like a purse when closed, but you open it to reveal a spot for a few pictures. How awesome is that?? I totally can't remember where I saw a picture of this, I was blog hopping one day, so if it's you, let me know. I just love this idea.
I used Real Red, Soft Suede and Whisper White cs, Oval All and Baroque Motifs sets, lg oval and scallop oval punches and some white grosgrain ribbon.
This other project is a gift card/money holder card. Again, super easy using the big shot. (Man am I glad I bought that thing.) I put a piece of folded cs through the big shot in the top note die (just one side not to the end) and then added a pocket on the inside. I used Soft Suede, Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry cs/ink. (these in color colors are really growing on me). I again used Oval All and Baroque Motifs stamp sets as well as the scallop oval and lg oval punches and the the scallop edge punch.
**I'm planning a party at my house for Sept. 15th 7pm. Details/email invites to follow in the next few days. **

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Holiday Mini

You can now order from the holiday mini catalog. Lots of great stuff in there. (The My Digital Studio is not available until October 1st.) SU! is also offering a great hostess bonus right now.

Host a workshop totaling $330 or more between (Sept. 1 and Nov. 30th) and choose any one item* from the holiday mini catalog for only $14.
*this offer excludes hostess sets and my digital studio

October 1st, after my digital studio is released this offer becomes even sweeter. Host a workshop totaling $525 or more and get the my digital studio for 50% off. That's 1/2 price!! (retail price $106.95; discount price $53.47)

The total workshop amount is the amount of sales, not including shipping and taxes. So now is a great time to have that workshop!! Call or email me for a date.

I'll have a few more picture shares in the next few days. We've had sickness and birthday parties happening this past week but now we're back to normal so I'll post something fun!

I also need to add that SU! has asked us to be 100% SU! on our blogs so I can no longer link to anything that is not SU! so that is why I've removed many of my links on the sidebar. :(

**ETA** I guess I should have worded that a little differently. SU! doesn't want us promoting other companies or products. I agree with them. Every company asks this of their employees. I decided to delete links to family/friends as well as they use some products on their projects that are not SU!. I don't want to walk in the 'gray area' so chose to switch my blog to SU! business only. It's a good thing, I'm happy with it and understand SU!'s decision. I'll still stalk my family/friends blogs so no worries. :)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some shares...

Sorry I've been MIA lately. Summer is getting away too fast!! Swimming lessons are almost over, soccer has started and I need to do some shopping for the boys for school clothes. Yikes!
Anyway, here are some shares for you. I've made a few more card packs for the fair. These cards are 3-1/2"x5" note cards that are found on page 168 in the catalog. A pack of 20 prescored WW card bases and 20 WW envelopes for $7.95
This first one I scalloped the edge and then added the pp. I used Eastern Blooms for the flowers and happy birthday from the All Holidays set. PP is from the Bella Bleu pack. Ink color is Not Quite Navy.
This next one was a lot of work. And then I decided to make a pack of 6! Don't worry, I was calling myself names too. But I do LOVE this card! Dreams du Jour stamp set and I water colored the flowers. The middle 'love you' square is on dimensionals. You can't see it very well but there are Pink Butterflies down the left side of the WW layer. I think if you click on the picture it will get bigger. Pink Pirouette and Chocolate chip cs/ink.
I'm doing a swap with my downline and here is one of the cards I'm sending her.
It uses Fifth Avenue Floral and now while I'm typing this I realize it's stamped in retired colors, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Pacific Point. So I guess I won't send it to her she can't use it. Oh well, I'll add it to my stash!
I also wanted to share (or brag about) the cake I made my niece who just turned 9. She wanted a 2 tier 'wonky' cake with pink fondant and purple flowers that had 5 petals with pink centers. So I did as I was told. She loved it. I still need way more practise with putting the fondant onto a round cake but it wasn't too bad, I hope.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

One more set

Finished another set. These were super simple and yet look so nice. At least I think

they do. For the cards I used Very Vanilla cardstock; Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry, and stazon ink. Stamp sets were Fifth Avenue Floral and a retired sentiment set I can't remember the name of. The box was made with Dusty Durango cardstock and I cut out a flower from the Fifth Avenue Floral and watercolored it.

Sunday I went to a going away party for my cousin Mandy. She's moving to Germany on Friday. I made her some cards so she could send them home with a letter and this card was for her. I used retired pp, the Upsy Daisy and Curly Label stamp sets. I love how it turned out.

Back to work I go. Until next time...