Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Peace on Earth

Hi Stampers!

I know I've blogged before about poppystamps dies.  LOVE THEM!  No, they're not a Stampin' Up! product, but they are just so gorgeous that I am ADDICTED.  I only have a few, but if I had unlimited $$$, my collection would be ginormous!  You can look at them here.

I also enjoy Kittie Caracciolo's blog - she does so many things using these fabulous dies.

Last year, I saw a card or something on Kittie's page that inspired me to create something similar.  I had made it at one of the twice yearly crops I attend, two falls ago, actually.  One of the girls who goes on the crop saw it and absolutely LOVED it.  When I saw her the following spring, I gave it to her, and just a short time ago she posted it on Facebook - she had framed it!  Now she brings it out and uses it as one of her Christmas decorations.  Let me tell you, I was so very honored!

One of my old high school friends asked if she could BUY one after seeing it posted.  Well, you know me - first of all, I have a terrible time putting a price tag on my work.  I mean, I know what the supplies cost, but I just have no idea what to charge for my time.  I know it sounds foolish, but honestly - if somebody admires something I've done, I get more joy out of gifting it to them.  Anyway, I made one of these for my friend and mailed it off Monday.  She posted a photo of it to FB so I could see where she placed it - amongst some of her other treasured Christmas decorations.  Now THAT makes me happy :)

Here's what I made:

This project uses a frame purchased from Big Lots, Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock, a retired Winter Frost embellishment, a stamp from the retired set Calm Christmas, and Silver Glimmer Paper, Tim Holtz embossing folder, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, and the poppystamps dies Small Madison Window, Small Madison Window Shutter, and Small Flower Box.

I hope this inspires you!  I do believe I'll make a few more for gifts this year . . .

Happy stampin'!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Stamping on . . . Candles??

Hi Stampers!

Long time, no see . . . it's been CRAZY at my house.

The big news is that I got final word from my oncologist that all the specimens sent to Mayo Clinic show NO signs of cancer of ANY kind.  YAY!!!  Next doctor on the list is endocrinologist to rule out any thyroid issues that could be causing my blood disorder.  Very relieved, although I guess I'm a natural optimist - because I totally was NOT scared at any point that something was really bad or wrong with me :)

Daughter the rugby player had a concussion in September (I may have mentioned that??), hubby had another hip replacement in November, and son is just driving me nuts poking along getting papers together to enroll in IUP police academy to get his clearances.  Most days, I just want to sleep through everything and hope I wake up and it's all been resolved :)

SO . . . back to our favorite thing - stamping!

Did you know that you can created "stamped" candles?  I guess this is an old trick, but it's new to this crafter!  My gosh, it only takes a few minutes, and you've got an impressive little gift!

You will need:

white tissue paper
pigment ink (like Stazon or Memento)
plain colored candle (white or vanilla seems to work best, but I experimented with a couple colors)
heat gun (a hair dryer will NOT get hot enough)
stamp of your choice
wax paper

I won't reinvent the wheel here, because there are TONS of videos and tutorials out on the web.  Here are a couple I reviewed before doing my project:

Three Minutes to Stamped Candles - Lyssa from Song of My Heart Stampers

Splitcoast Stampers:  Stamping on Candles video (below):

......and without further ado, here's a photo of the candles I did:
Unfortunately, this is a stamp from last year that's no longer available - but I have to confess it's one of my favorites.
Hope you make some candles of your own!
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Free for All Friday: MINIONS!!!

Hi Stampers!

I have a friend who LOVES Minions from Despicable Me.  I'd promised her a couple of these Curvy Keepsake Box Minions when I was away crafting last weekend, and here they are:

We're FINALLY getting together tomorrow evening for a long-planned & postponed-many-times "Girls' Night In" with a few other gals - margaritas and personal pizzas, cupcakes, and Xbox - I pretty much suck at video games, so this should be interesting.  Maybe I'll be better after a couple margs - we'll see :)  I put a few Hershey's nuggets inside each box to surprise her with - after all, who doesn't like/need a little chocolate??
Happy stampin'!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Guest Stamper: Darlene Brown

Hi Stampers!

Last spring, some of the ladies spotted me making cards in a box and FREAKED OUT.  Long story short, I ended up doing an impromptu class.

One of them, Darlene, used the idea to create baby shower invites!  Look how cute they turned out:

I just love how she used a combination of stamped images and computer printouts on the invitations as well.
Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WONDERFUL Wednesday: Bling It ON!

Hi Stampers!

No wackiness today, just happy wonderful-ness :)

My son's been dating a wonderful girl, Jodi, for six months now, and asked me to make an "anniversary" card for her (today's six months).  Too cute.  Anyway, she's an absolute doll, so I pulled out all my bling and did a card in a box for her.

Jodi just texted me and she LOVES it (yay, me!!).  BUUUUT, I went a little crazy on the Emojis in my response, so my poor son is probably mortified right now (let's just say I *may* have thrown in a lot of hearts and possibly my hopes that an engagement ring is somewhere in their future - oh dear).

Anyhow, here's the card:

Ooops.  Son James just texted me - "Good Lord, Mother."
Heh heh heh.
Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Pop Up Penguins Using the Owl Punch :)

Hi Stampers!

This card makes me giggle every time I look at it.  I made it for a co-worker who LOVES penguins and has a birthday next month.

To make the penguins, I used the Owl Builder Punch and my 3/4" Circle Punch.  I punched out several owls in Basic Black and Whisper White, along with several 3/4" Whisper White circles.  (What I found was that the one set of circles from the Owl Builder were too small for my taste and the other too big.)

Next, I trimmed the "ears" off the black owl bodies.  Finally, I glued the white "vest" on and the white eye bases and black pupils.

Fast forward to instructions to make your own "card in a box" from my fellow SU! Demo Brianna Thompson, a.k.a. "Mommy Stamper" - video here.

Here's my flock of penguins in a box:

Isn't this just the cutest???
Happy stampin'!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Masculine Monday - Wetlands, Reflection Technique, Sponging

Hi Stampers!

Today's Masculine Monday card features a great set, Wetlands.  This is a fun set to use on its own, or you can add color by watercoloring or even sponging.  Here, I've used the Reflection Technique along with sponging and masking to create a pretty background:

Whaddaya think?
Happy stampin'!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Free For All Friday: Using 8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock for the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die

Hi Stampers!

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm away for the weekend crafting my heart out.  My brain fogs pretty frequently in my artistic frenzy, and I forgot that I DID have some 12" x 12" Daffodil Delight cardstock on hand.

I was thinking I only had 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, and I had promised my good friend Cathy to make her some Minions out of the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die.  This is a tricky little die to lay out, and you really have to have about a 6" width to set it up on the Magnetic Platform.

Now, I didn't want to waste cardstock, but if I'd cut it in half at 5 1/2" inches, it wouldn't be quite wide enough to accommodate the die.

DON'T even ask me how I had the brainstorm to cut my paper diagonally-ish to get the width I'd need - BUT I DID!!!!

Here are some photos to walk you through it, in case you find yourself with only 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock & need to cut some of these babies out:

I made a pencil mark at 3 1/2" on opposite ends and sides.

Lined up the pencil marks on my favorite retired paper trimmer.  You could use our newer one, as well.

Next, I trimmed off the edge just slightly less than 6" wide so it'll fit through my Big Shot.

Here's what your cardstock pieces look like.

Line up your Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die & run it through (you need two to make a box).

Minion #1

Minion #2
What do y'all think?!  I'm pretty pleased with myself - it's not often I figure out something like this!  Hope it helps somebody out there in papercraft land :)

Happy stampin'!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Post It Note Holders

Hi Stampers!

I'm away in Butler at my semiannual crop weekend.  Not scrapbooking this weekend, though - I'm trying to make some things for an upcoming craft fair, and trying a few new things to see how well they'll sell.

Post It holders have been around for a long time, so I scooted over to Dawn's Stamping Thoughts, because I know Dawn Griffith has TONS of videos and I remembered seeing one on Post It holders.  I changed up the measurements just a little to fit my 3" x 3" Post It pad.  I also used some Simply Scrappin' Kits that are retired that I got for FREE from a Stampin' Up! contest last fall :)  Here are a few examples:

Stopped at Staples this morning for some black mini gel pens to slide through that little holder, and finished up 24 of these babies today!

Happy stampin'!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wacky Wednesday: Just for Laughs :)

Hi Stampers!

Here's a little something that makes me laugh every time I see it:

Pretty sure I'd jump out of the water too ;)
Happy stampin'!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Try It Tuesday: Betsy's Blossoms

Hi Stampers!

Here's a card I kinda CASEd from Pinterest.  Recognize that background stamp used to make a holiday-like floral?  It's the big flower from Betsy's Blossoms.  It's kind of a poinsettia look, I thought.

Have you ever seen or used a non-traditional stamp to get a totally different look or feel?  Comment and tell me about it!

Happy stampin'!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Masculine Monday with Festival of Trees

Hi Stampers!

For Masculine Monday, here's a cute little Christmas card using Festival of Trees.  This was so quick and easy to do.  I came up with my own version of a card I CASEd from Pinterest:

Of course, you could send this to anyone, but I thought it'd be particularly nice if you need a Christmas card for a guy friend.

Happy stampin'!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Little Trees (Festival of Trees)

Hi Stampers,

Had to get into the studio today and stamp something.  Missed the funeral because my daughter knocked heads with another player at rugby practice & we spent last night in the ER.  She's got a concussion but no brain bleeding, thank goodness.  I'm feeling bad about missing the funeral, though.  Sometimes it helps to go try and get creative.  This isn't one of my best - I think I whipped it up too fast to really be satisfied with it - but I did pull out some supplies I haven't used in a while, so I guess that's good.

It's a 4" x 4" because I screwed up when I was cutting the base, but no biggie.  I can make a custom envelope with my Envelope Punch Board, so no worries.  I don't know why the picture of the card open won't flip around correctly, so you'll just have to turn your computer screen sideways ;)


Happy stampin' . . . and don't forget to hug your loved ones a little extra tighter tonight :)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Memories of a Boy . . .

Hi Stampers,

I didn't post a "Wacky Wednesday" yesterday because I just wasn't feeling it.

About four years ago, I wrote a post about a dear friend of mine, Pat, who was like the big brother I never had.  He'd passed away very suddenly that previous October.

My friend had a son, named after him, who was one of the funniest, handsomest, brightest, and just "most-est" young men I ever had the privilege to get to know.  At one of the greatest times in my life, I was spending time nearly every day with a fabulous group of friends while our sons worked out together weight training for football.  Young Patrick was around often, tormenting the boys, teasing us moms, making the dads crazy, and lovingly aggravating his own dad, sister, and brother.

He was a wild one, and we all loved him so dearly.  Patrick was back and forth often from Dartmouth College, where he played football and earned his degree in Government.  I remember going up to see him play during one Homecoming Weekend - one of the most fun trips I've ever gone on - my first time to New England.

He was the kind of kid who had this really tough outer shell and bravado, but had the tenderest heart and protective nature.  I sharply reprimanded him one time over how he was treating a current girlfriend, and he hollered at me, and his dad hollered at me too for poking my nose in.  Holding my head high, I thought I'd successfully hidden my tears; but only a few minutes later, Patrick sought me out, wrapped me in a bear hug, and apologized for making me cry.  He couldn't stand to hurt anyone, especially a girl, no matter how old she was.

He had a beautiful little son who will be four next month.  Oh, how proud he was of that child!  When he was still on FB, you could be sure there would be photos posted every day.  I'd lost touch with him since his Dad's death, but thought of him often and wondered what he was up to, and who he was terrorizing currently . . . .

So many memories . . . .

Young Patrick tragically passed away on Wednesday.  He was 32.

I have every confidence that he and his Dad are currently raising Hell in Heaven (yeah, I guess that's a bit of an oxymoron), while God just shakes his head and smiles.

Godspeed, Patrick.  I love you, kiddo.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Try It Tuesday - White Christmas

Hi Stampers!

The holiday set White Christmas is really simple, but definitely sweet.  I love the "line drawing" look of it, and it's one of our new-type photopolymer sets as well.  Wasn't sure I'd like these, but now after using them a few times, I am HOOKED.

I saw a card on Pinterest that intrigued me, and took a closer look at it to see if I could figure out how it was done.  I think I nailed it!  Follow me into the studio:

Pretty cute, no?

Product List
Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker
Tabletop Paper Cutter

Happy stampin'!

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