Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 calendar

Alas, here it is...my 2009 calendar using the Calendar kit from the mini-catalogue. I, too, like to have calendars that you can add pictures to, so I used the small On Board book to create a horizontal calendar you can display with pictures each month.
If you were planning to take the class, it will have to be postponed until the end of the month since all of the calendar kits are on backorder until the middle of January! The class will be $18 - if you are interested, please email me and let me know so that I can order enough supplies and materials for everyone.
Well, it may not snow here in southern Kentucky, but we can at least dream of the white stuff, can't we? (Now that I say that, we'll probably have a blizzard this year!)New punches, new stamps, new images to love for this month of romance and sweetness!
Mostly stickers and scraps, a flower from the Fresh Cuts set finished this page off in no time!
In hindsight, I think I should have made my bunny all white! Oh, well, next time...I was going to use a different set and realized that the bunny would be perfect for Easter!
I just love this hostess set that reminds us to live life like you mean it. A good set for May.
Ah, the arrival of summer, means lots of sunshine! So here's to summer sun with the image from the God is Love set.
Well, of course, I had to play with my new Sizzix machine again. No stamps necessary with all the different sized stars on the star die-cut! So, it's not quite red, white, and blue, but you get the idea!
My Flight of the Butterfly was a good set for August. We always start back to school, but I didn't want to use apples, so I used the sentiment about change.
September uses a few scraps, a rub-on flower, and the flower from the retired Office Accoutrement set I have. I still love that set!
October uses a few of the images from the Enjoy Every Moment set.
November uses a few more stamps from the Enjoy Every Moment set in some fall colors. I thought it was quite poignant for Thanksgiving.
And the last page! For December, an image from the Fun and Fast Notes set.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Love You Much Valentine Bundle

Finally, I can post these pictures!!! If only you knew how long I've been waiting to share these with you! This is your first sneak peek at the new Stampin' Up catalogue coming out in January. Not only does this bundle include terrific paper, a cute Valentine stamp set, it also includes a coordinating punch! The best part is...it is 20% off until January 31, 2009.

So, as you will see, one night after I received my set on a pre-order, I was home alone waiting for my darling husband to come home from the state football finals...what was I to do? I just had to play with my new toys!
I made a Sweet Sentiments jar in which I made "lollipops" using the stamp set and punch. In the bottom I curled up scraps of paper and wrote some things I love about my dearest husband.

Here is a candle I made using a little tissue paper and wax paper. It was so easy! I just stamped an image on tissue paper, colored in the lines using markers and basically heat embossed it using the wax paper.

And, of course, a gift bag for all of your Valentine goodies...

A little Valentine card for your sweetie...don't you love all the little punches? There are 3 hearts on the punch and they fit perfectly with the stamp in the set!

And one last card I made using a marker and one stamp. I colored in just a portion of the image and added a little until I had the entire image. I wanted the card to show the progression of someone falling in love.
Well, enough rambling already...get online and order the kit! You know you can't wait to play with it! Happy Valentine's Day! ----- I mean, Merry Christmas!!! LOL!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

So very sweet...So very loved

I just can't help myself. I have had this stack of pictures ready to scrap for about a month and now I'm finally getting them scrapped! Soon I'll be up to June!
I love the Bella Rose paper. Full of weetness...just like my two sweeties! I used an old set that I just can't get rid of - So Very. Add a few scraps from another page, a few buttons from my stash, and another one hits the album!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I like to be with you

Yes, I'm still playing away on my snow day. Or, finally getting some pages scrapped - they're only from May! We went hiking near the Red River Gorge this May and just loved our hike. The pictures are so vibrant and green - full of life from the spring. I thought the Urban Garden paper coordinated perfectly.
I like the sentiment from the Greatest Moments rub-ons that said, "I like being with you." I thought I'd blow the dust off of some of my old eyelets and put my Crop-a-dile to work. That thing is amazing! It makes eyelet setting so quick! I don't know why I didn't buy it sooner...

Sweet moments

Today is a snow day - well, actually ice day...either way, it means playtime for me! I mean...a day to get some work done. Scrapbooking counts as work...doesn't it?!?!?!?

I just loved these pictures of Halleigh playing Ring around the Rosie with my parents. They always give in - even if they don't fall down at the end!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Finally! Another post...

No...I haven't stopped blogging! I have been sick with the stomach bug

and busy being a mommy! I finally got this layout done! I have been trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it for about a week! I decided to just take lots of silly photos and put them together. Who can resist sweet pictures like these?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cards for Soldiers

Today at our club meeting, we all made an extra card to send to some of our recovering soldiers in our nation. Here is the card we made - one for ourselves and one for a soldier.
It was a very simple card that I actually made out of scraps from other projects! I took a transparency sheet (like you use on an overhead projector) and stamped snowflakes using Staz-on Opaque White ink. Then we stamped a snowflake on the brown paper and cut out the circle to anchor the transparency down. I thought it was simple, but beautiful!

Friday, December 5, 2008

New stamp sets!!!

I got my new stamps in yesterday - just in time to finish the designs on a few more cards for tonights Christmas card Stamp a Stack. The card above and below are both from the Punch Pals set. As you can see, I used 3 punches on the card above - I just love how punches make the work go so quickly!
Here I used the Punch Pals set again, except I had to add a little shine. The snowy hills and snowman are colored with Pearl-Ex (they're shinier in person!). I had to add just a little glitter on my tree and holly.

I got the idea for this card on www.splitcoaststampers.com - one of my favorite websites! I loved the scallop square idea, so I added a ribbon band and buttons at the bottom. You can't see it from the picture, but the red strip is actually the inside of the card - I just cut off the bottom part of the top layer of the card so you could see into it.

And, yet another design that www.splitcoaststampers.com inspired me to create. I love the simplicity and elegance of this idea for a card. I ran the ribbon through just like a belt and added an eyelet with my wonderful Crop-a-dile! I love that tool!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Snow Swirled Greetings

Here is another Christmas card I made u

sing the Snow Swirled set. The color combo that I used was Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Green Galore. At the bottom is the Seasons Greetings in Real Red , but you can't see it very well in the picture.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Holiday Decor!

Joy is in the air! Time for Christmas lights everywhere! Is that a chance of snow I hear?
Here is another idea for a card. I used all materials from the Country Living kit. I stamped the stars and cut red paper to go around them.
For this star, I used a leftover from another project to create another picture frame ornament. I just put white paper behind it to make sure the picture would be protected on the back.

This ornament has a circle suspended in the center. If you want to do this with your kit, only put the paper on ONE side of the ornament. Then, use some glue dots to adhere the silver elastic cording to the chipboard. Create a loop and adhere this to the top of the ornament. THEN cover this side with your paper.

Well, it looks a little blurry, but this is another hanging ornament I made with stars from the Star Bright kit and pieces of chipboard from the Country Living kit. I just poked a little hole at the top and bottom of each piece and tied a piece of elastic cord.
Last one - a gift bag using chipboard and pieces of cutouts from the Country Living kit. This is great to put homemade candy in. Yummy!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Jingle all the way!

Well, here is a one of a kind, decoration you can make for less than $10! That's my kind of deal! I took a lovely gold plate (the color in the picture doesn't do it justice!) from Michaels and a few sprigs of pine, a few bells, and the easy to use Decor Element from SU to make this in about 10 minutes. It's too cute and makes a great accent to complement our gold theme in our living room. The best part- is the vinyl cling on saying only cost $3.95 and took about 2 minutes maximum to apply to the plate! I love it!

Now, as for this item...paper trees seem to be all the rage lately, so I've been just waiting to make one of these! It was actually very easy, also. I used the paper strips from the Star Bright kit to put onto a foam cone with straight pins. I used the large stars for the top and added a few flowers I punched out and accented with a sparkling brad to give it just a touch of bling. Even Toby liked it! Yeah!

Christmas time is here!

Okay, here is the first of a few projects I made for the Holiday Extravaganza class. This is just a plain white gift bag that I stamped to decorate.
This is an ornament I made that was inspired by another blogger, jackietopa from Addicted to Stamping. I used a transparency sheet and stamped snowflakes using glue and sprinkled a little glitter on them. Then I hung a few stars from the center and used the paper globes for the top and bottom. The only problem was I forgot to think about how I would close the transparency sheet! A little got glue did the trick.

And here is yet another ornament I made for the class that I completely CASED (Copy and Steal Everything)! Barb Mullikin had this great 3-dimensional ornament. I actually hung my ornament inside a red berry wreath hanging on the wall.

Finally, here is a card that was very simple to make. It is just a white card with riding hood red paper, whisper white ink, old olive ribbon and one of the wonderful cutouts from the Holiday Collection! I love things that are easy to make. Check back soon for some more easy to create Christmas decorations!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The first man a girl falls in love with is her daddy!

While looking at one of Angela Ashley's outstanding photography books she made of my friend, I decided that the next page I needed to make needed to center on my daughter's love for her daddy. I couldn't resist using that saying for the title of the page. I always remember my own dad being like a superhero to me and fortunately, I have my very own superhero for a husband. It is only natural for me to try to convey that same love to my darling daughter. You can't see underneath the title, but I used some of my flower stamps from the Fresh Cuts set to stamp a border for a journaling pullout. That way Halleigh can pull out the journaling to see my thoughts about how much I love her Poppy and how I hope she will always love her daddy as much as I do!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a project which can be used for anything! I'm thinking this could be used for a placecard at your table, a Thanksgiving card, or even an embellishment on your next Thanksgiving layout.
Almost all of the parts of the turkey are made from punches or brads. I used the airbrush tool to add just a little of color around the edges of my white piece of paper. The eyes and buttons are just brads. So simple and cute!


Well, I've been gone for a while on a professional development trip for school, so here is a scrapbook page that I made with the Urban Garden set of designer paper from SU. I loved these pictures of Halleigh that my friend Jennifer Abner took this spring and wanted to use this paper to bring out the blue of the bluebells in the background and foreground. The stamp set is an old set I have had since 1998! Can you believe that?

Anyway, if you ever need a good photographer, just call Jennifer - she's terrific!