Sunday, December 25, 2011

Dressing up gift cards!

Merry Christmas!  Just wanted to share a special book that I made for my parents for their Christmas gift.  I purchased gift cards for them for Christmas, because they have everything, so what could I buy them?  And how boring are gift cards? I mean, they are wonderful to have.  The freedom to buy whatever you want, instead of getting something specific that you may not like, and have to return.  I personally love gift cards, but the presentation is usually lacking.  Until now!!!!

I bought them quite a few, because they are awesome, and deserve quite a few!  When I had them all in my hands, I thought, ok, I have to do SOMETHING cool for them!  I first thought of an advent calendar.  You open a door, and a gift card is behind it.  So, this is where that idea led to!

The Christmas Gift Card Holder Book!  LOL!  Ta dah!  ;D

 Here's the cover.  I used a regular white piece of paper, and white embossed the Dec. 25th.  Then I used red Smooch spray, green Tattered Angels spray, and white paint mixed w/ water to create a snowflake effect.  I sponged the edges w/ green Ranger Distress ink. And the snowflake is an MFT die!
The shape of this album is a shape found from I believe?  Not sure....Simon Says Shapes I think is the name.

 Blogger is being ridiculous, so you'll have to tilt your head to look at this first page.  {eye roll}  I drew the entire oven.  I used copics to color.  White gel pen for the criss cross on the towel, silver gel pen for the oven racks.  The silver brads are "knobs" for the oven.  And above the oven are signs for panini's and soups from Panera Bread.....the first gift card!  The tile work behind the stove is actually just grid lines that I created w/ my ruler.  And I created the wood floor as well.

 This page is pretty easy.  I was tired by this point, so I made it super simple.  I created a bookmark, which my mom can peel off and use.  She still loves to turn the page of a regular book.  I love the touch of a button to turn the page!  ;D  Behind this bookmark are gift cards for Barnes & Noble. 
The stamps I used are from MFT's I {Heart} Books!  I colored her w/ copics.

 Again, this one was pretty simple.  I had too many ideas floating around in my head, I couldn't settle for just one.  I found these carrots from a Flourishes set that I colored w/ copics and cut out.  The turkey is from another set, I can't remember which one.  I think an Inkadinkado set for recipes, if I'm not mistaken.  The plate is resting on a "table".  To get the gift cards out for a series of restaurants, pull on the carrots and turkey!  I cut the words 'Bon Appetit!' on my cricket.

 This page was one of my favs!  I took two MFT sets w/ full dress showing and stamped them on paper.  For the robe, I applied a generous layer of glue and adhered pink flocking all over it.  Front and back!  For the dress, my dad had given me tons of fabric samples a few years ago. I still have them and use them when necessary.  I cut two sides of the dress, and glued them together.  For the skirt, I took a piece of suede material and cut it in half.  I took a sliver of pleather and created a belt.  I stamped the words 'Oooh La La!' and cut them out. 
The gift card is for Macy's and I have it peeking out from behind the clothes rack! 

 These next two were for my dad.  He received a few gift cards for Lands End.  Well, when I think of Lands End, I think of coats, hats, boots.....ah, boots!  That is actually what I created here!  I drew a template from paper, and adhered pleather to the toe and suede for the sides.  I used eyelets and brown ribbon for the laces.  On the inside, I wanted to make it nice and warm, so I put some liquid applique in there and heated it up right after I put it on!  I wanted to make it look like wool!

And the last page!  iTunes was the last gift card of choice.  I could have gone in so many different directions, but time was NOT on my side, so I had to keep it simple.  I found a sheet of music in my vintage folder, so that's my background.  I drew the notes and cut them out.  The gift cards are peeking out behind.

For all of the gift cards, I created a very simple envelope for them to sit in and keep them contained.  I tucked most of them behind the background paper to make it easier for my themes on each page!

I hope you enjoyed viewing this!  My parents LOVED it!  My mom even talked about putting it on her tree each year!  :D

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

MFT Product Tour Time!!!

Hello MFTers!  I hope that you are enjoying the Product Tour!  For a full listing of participants, go to Kim's Blog!

Today, I am focusing on my little cutie, the Pure Innocence Heartwarmer!  I wanted to come up w/ a clever idea of what I could do with him and his snowballs (thought of stamping a PI buddy and having a good, old fashioned snowball fight), but, I wasn't sure how well it would photograph.  I might try that at some point....
I went onto Pinterest, and saw a cute idea of a snowman inside a jar!  And then I got my idea!
A Snowball Fight In A Jar!

 I used a regular mason jar that I found in my laundry room.  I painted the lid white, and adhered the silver ribbon that you see that's kind of frilly and wild and crazy.  I used the Fancy Flourish and Let It Snowflake die-namics to create my scene.  Along w/ the Wonky Scallop Border.  The Fancy Flourish is to mimic wind and on the wind are snowflakes falling onto the snow already piling up at the feet of our little Heartwarmer!  The rhinestones are the sparkly snowflakes falling even faster than the regular flakes!  All you see are the flashes and sparkle as they fall from the sky!  I used my brand new Icicles Border Die for the top to add some detail and make it look even colder!!!!

Inside you will see 2 white circle punches.  These are to signify snowballs.  I took white liquid paint, and mixed it w/ water, and sprayed the inside of the jar to make it look like the jar got hit w/ snowballs.  Of course, my camera couldn't pick up that detail.  But, in real life, it's speckled under the snowballs!  There's one to the upper right of the Heartwarmer, and then behind him to the Left.  You can see it in the next picture.

 This is just a different angle of the jar.
This is what the jar looks like on my hutch in my kitchen!  I used fresh pine all throughout my house this year for Christmas, and I LOVE how it turned out!  This is just one of my shelves!

Happy Shopping my friends!

Monday, December 5, 2011

It's Party Day at MFT! Let's get revved up for release time!!!

 We have made it to Release Day!  Are you SO excited???!!!!  This month's release has just been AMAZING!  I have SO enjoyed being a part of it!  Thank you MFT for inviting me!!!!  I have had a blast stamping and creating special projects!  For a complete listing for today's participants, please visit Kim's Blog!

Our challenge today is to highlight the newest Die-namics.  And to use them in ways one might not think to use them.  Well, if you are a regular to my blog, you know that I am always thinking beyond the norm.  Once again, I have created 2 unique ways to use the Oval Open Scallop Doily!  Some of you might already have this, as it was part of the VIP kit offered earlier this month (last month!).  If so, break it out and start using it!  It is one of THE most awesome doilies that MFT has come out with!  LOVE the oval shape!  It makes a perfect background panel, as you've seen the DT use in their card samples.  But, today, I have two new uses for them!

First up, a sunshiny card for anyone who is feeling blue.  This will surely brighten their day!  When I took the picture, I didn't even need to use a flash!  Hahaha!  Are you laughing???!!!! ;D

 I took a piece of white paper and die cut it w/ the Oval Open Scallop Doily Die-namics.  I sprayed it w/ Gingersnap Smooch Spray to get that speckled look.  Then, I adhered it to the kraft cardstock.  I used a ruler to make the rays of sunshine, and a paper piercer.  I sewed the lemondrop twine from MFT to make each ray of sunshine.  Once I finished that, I felt that the sun just wasn't good enough.  So, I sewed rosettes along the inside holes to finish it.  I used the Banner Die to create the sentiment, and Wendy Alpha.  I sewed rosettes w/ the same twine on the banner to match the sun.
 Here you can see a closer look at the sewing and speckled sun.

The second card that I created is a bouquet of flowers, using the Inspired By Flowers Set #4 that was featured on Day 2! The Oval Open Scallop Doily Die-namics is the white bouquet holding the flowers together. I used the Framed Greetings Die-namics for a panel on the front and inside to write a little note.
For the flowers, I stamped them in Memento Black, colored them w/ Copics, and cut them out.  Then, I took my mouse pad and a stylus and curved the edges of the petals to give some dimension.

I die cut the Fancy Flourishes  & Leafy Flourish to create "leaves" and just add some pizazz to the bouquet!  I adhered everything on a piece of acetate.

 Here you can see a better view of the doily.  What I did was cut from one side to the middle, and then made a cone and glued it in place.  I used pieces of Fancy Flourishes for the stems to keep the flowers above and over the doily.

And so now you have learned 2 NEW ways to use your Oval Open Scallop Doily!  Because it WILL be yours!  You KNOW you have to get one, if you don't already have one!  Don't miss the boat!!!!!  Grab it tonight at the release!

Here's some VERY important info!

Now that we've teased and tempted you all week long, it's almost time for you to shop for your favorite">Brand Spankin' New products from">MFT.
But first... it's time for our Die-namics Feature and Pre-Release Pep Rally!
Our Design Team has been busy creating jaw-dropping and inspiring projects for you, and we've saved the best for last.
We've taken an in-depth look at this month's">Die-namics, while re-visiting the amazing sets being released tonight at 10 PM EST">RIGHT HERE in the MFT Boutique.
And while we are at it, how about we make your life even easier with a "cheat sheet" of all that's new?  Head over to the">MFT Blog to print out a shopping list.
Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:

  • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST">HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!

  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products">HERE at release time.

  • You have just a few more hours to submit your entry for this month's guest designer contest.  Check out the">forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.

  • If you'd like to see all the designers' posts for today, please click on over to the">MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the">MFT blog.

  • Thanks for stopping by!  Happy MFT Release Day!!!!See you at the party!  Be there or be Oval!  Sorry, ANOTHER bad joke!!!! I just can't stop!  ;D

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    MFTeaser Day 6!!! Pure Innocence FUN!

    Hello there!!!  Welcome to Day 6 of the MFTeasers!  What inspiration we have seen so far for this release!  Are you having fun and getting LOTS of ideas for the sets you're going to buy soon?!

    Today is all about Pure Innocence!  Oh how I LOVE this line!  I love them all! But the Pure Innocence line reminds me of my kids, so this line is very dear to me!  To see the full listing of participants, see Kim's Blog!

    I have been given the honor of working with Pure Innocence Heartwarmer!  What a sweetheart!!!  He warms my heart!  Just so darling!  When I took him out of the package, I instantly knew that I HAD to create a scene with him!  As I was looking over my stamp room, I found a piece of wood (well, I have a lot of wood scraps), and thought that it would make a perfect wall hanging!

    Here is what I started with.  The wood that I actually used (this is just another piece so you can see what it looked like before I painted it!) measures 6" x 6" square.

    Then, I painted the wood gray / some of my kids' paint that I stole from them!, sponged in some blues and purples to give it some shadow.  I sponged black ink around the edges to finish it off a bit.  I colored my little Heartwarmer w/ Copics, and really tried to color like the rest of the MFT Design Team.  They are teaching me just by looking at their awesome creations, how to color the MFT images.  They are GREAT teachers!  Of course, I still have a LOT to learn, but I'm getting there!  I love the shading!

    Anyway, I drew the tree to fit my piece of wood.  The sled is the MFT Woodgrain Fence Die-namics.  I rounded the edges on the ends.  The fence is my new favorite die!

     Here you can see the whole project with ribbon!
    Now I have another Christmas decoration to hang in my home!  So fun!

    Thanks for stopping by!  Here's some NEED TO KNOW INFO!

    Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:
  • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST">HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!

  • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products">HERE at release time.

  • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the">forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.

  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the">MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the">MFT blog.

  • Card ingredients:
    Paper: white, Red Ridinghood, wood
    Inks: Memento Black, copics, Black Creative Memories Journaler; Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Milled Lavender (all Tim Holtz Distress inks); gray kids paint
    Embellishments: flocking, Woodgrain Fence; Wonky Scallop Border; Let It Snowflake

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011

    MFTeaser Time! Day 2!!!

    Welcome!  Today is Day 2 of the MFTeasers!!!!  I'm so glad you could join us!  I'm so excited to be a part of the teasers this month!  I am so honored to have been invited, along w/ 6 other talented MFT Junkies!  Check out Kim's blog for the full listing of participants!

    Today we are featuring the BEYOND gorgeous line, Inspired By!  MFT has a new addition!  Inspired By Flowers (set 4) & Inspired by Months of the Year!  Oh my goodness, let me tell you how AWESOME these sets are!  I already know that I will be using the Months of the Year constantly!  It already has a permanent place on my desk for easy access!  And the Flowers are just fabulous to stamp with!  Just wait!  You NEED these two sets!  I'm so 'inspired', I am going to get the other Flowers sets so that I have a complete collection!  I already have tons of ideas for these flower sets!  I'm sure, as you peruse through the other designers' blogs, you'll start to get ideas for these sets as well! 

    For my card today, I decided to make a chocolate sunflower instead of a regular, yellow sunflower.  I was 'inspired by' a flower garden down the street from me that has a chocolate sunflower!  It was SO beautiful, I just had to re-create it here for you today!

    Card ingredients:
    Paper: dp from The Crafty Stack (DCWV); white, Chocolate Chip
    Stamps: Inspired By Flowers (set 4); Inspired By Months of the Year
    Inks: E09, Y00, Y13, E77, E07, R59, E49, YG17, G28, YG06; Black Memento; Garden Green
    Embellishments: Oval Tab Die-namics; Labels 8 Spellbinders; straw

     I hope that I have 'inspired' YOU today!  Enjoy the rest of the teasers!  Below you'll find some valuable information for upcoming events!           

    Here are the details about the upcoming release on December 6 at 10 PM EST:
    • You can attend the New Release Party on December 6th from 8-10 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can enjoy fun, games, and PRIZES!
    • The MFT release, including all new stamp sets and Die-namics, is on December 6 at 10 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.
    • The guest designer contest is ON!  Check out the forum for details on how YOU can win $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics, and play along with the MFT Design Team for a month.
    • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, please click on over to the MFT Blog NOW.  Be sure to leave comments as you go for the chance to win one of 2, $10 gift certificates given away daily.  The winners will be posted on December 6 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
    Have a truly Inspired day!

    Sunday, November 13, 2011

    History Lesson!

    Last fall we took a trip to Gettysburg Battlefield.  It's always fun to go there!  (I think!)  My husband and I are history freaks, so we take every opportunity to go somewhere historic!  The kids just love it!  NOT!  Haha!

    Anyway, this layout and the colors are based on Swirlydoos' Swirlyhues Second Challenge.  I did half of it by the deadline, so I completed it tonight!  Whew!  I'm completely exhausted!  I baked cookies and worked on this at the same time!

    Ok, for the swirly challenge (even though I'm not in the running because I'm late), the tutorial I used was sugar letters.  However, when I created my chipboard letters, I didn't follow directions.  I took Crystal Effects and adhered on each letter.  Then I took microbeads and poured and pressed them onto the letters.
    Then I took Dazzling Diamonds, and sprinkled just a little bit onto each letter to make them sparkle.

    I followed the sketch to a T.  And added a few things here and there.  In the bottom Left corner, I made a rosette w/ ribbon.  I attached a couple Kitchen Sink Stamp leaves around it.  The banner is from My Favorite Things, and I attached each flag w/ brown thread which I made rosettes on either side.  Underneath it all was a plain piece of 12 x 12 which I sprayed with several Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  I used Tim Holtz's swirl mask.  I used vellum for the journaling, as well as the thin layers beneath the pictures.  I didn't really want them to show up, and I wanted my plain piece of 12 x 12 that I sprayed to show up wherever it could.  Behind that piece of 12 x 12 is a piece of Cored'nations Cardstock, sanded and distressed.

    Thanks!  Have a great day!

    A bridal shower card

    Hi!  Today I would like to share with you a card that I made for a friend.  She is going to a bridal shower tomorrow, and when she picked up something from my house yesterday, I offered to make her a card to take w/ her.
    This is what I created!

    I was inspired by THIS CARD by the lovely and very talented Cindy Lawrence!  I loved that she punched the side of her card!  Genius idea!  I took from her card and made it my own.  The letters spelling out LOVE are chipboard w/ Summer Flower Soft.  The swirl is from MFT's Swirly Flourish Die-namics, as well as the scallop border, from MFT.  

    On the inside, I stamped a wedding dress from To Have and To Hold by SU!, and put some more flower soft where the flowers go.

    Thanks!  Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sunday, November 6, 2011

    Pamper Yourself!

    This weekend I finally had a chance to tackle an order that has been waiting quite some time.  My brother's girlfriend and her mother own a spa, and they have asked me to create gift certificates for their clients.  I have made several sets for them.  Fortunately business is good, and they are flying out of their spa!  They have asked me recently to make another set!
    I just love how these have turned out!

    To create the front, I used MFT's Sew Nifty Die-namics for the mannequin, and the stamp set for the image.  I also used their Swirly Flourish Die-namics for the swirl, and the Zig Zag Die-namics layered on the ribbon.  The WTG Girls Day In  set by MFT provided the sentiment, which works perfectly for this genre!  The bird and sentiment are punches from SU!.  The Eiffel Tower is stamped and then cut out.
    I wanted to go vintage/French/definitely female.  I hope that I have achieved that look.

    The inside was done in Word.  I downloaded special font, included their logo in the corner, and the bottom has their information which I was able to pixelate in Picnik to protect their privacy.  I pixelated their logo a little bit.

    So, besides these 20 gift certificates that I have created, and a few scrapbook pages, I really have not had any time to stamp.  I'm really bummed about that and hope that it changes soon!  Christmas is coming, so that means that Christmas cards will need to be started!  I have started brainstorming on some ideas.  I look at my Santa stamps and just wish I had time to play around w/ them!  I know I could come up w/ some really cute ideas!  One of these days!  LOL!  My Pampered Chef business has taken off, so I have been busy w/ that!  That's why I'm at my office desk instead of my craft desk all the time!  Haha!

    Well, I'll see you all soon w/ a new project!  I have some teacher Christmas gifts to make and I don't want to bombard myself w/ projects 5 days before Christmas break starts!  Time management!!!!!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    The Pumpkin Patch!

    What could be better on a sunny afternoon than going to the pumpkin patch w/ your kids?!  My mom and I have been doing this since my oldest was a baby!  We would go and take pictures with the biggest pumpkin, the tractors, the cornstalks and hay bales, and yards and yards of pumpkins just waiting to be decorated by little hands!  This year was no different!

    I took pictures of them sitting on pumpkins, then holding baby pumpkins on their heads (my son came up w/ that brilliant idea!) ;D  We took pictures of each of the kids sitting among the miles of pumpkins, and by the beautifully vibrant mums!

    That evening I uploaded the pictures to my computer and formatted them to my liking for Facebook sharing, and decided to print a couple off to take w/ me to a crop that I attended this past weekend.  It was rather funny (to me), that several people thought that I was up to date on my scrapbooking since I was working on something SO current!  Hahahaha!  Oh, if they only knew!  I WISH I was current!  I fell off the bandwagon about the time I had my first daughter.  Perhaps one day I'll get back into a routine of doing scrapbook pages daily!  Or, at least once a week!  For now, though, it will have to be when I'm inspired, and when I have a whole day!

    I'm so inspired by the gorgeous creations from Swirlydoos and their subscribers and design team.  I decided to take my embellishments, sprays, inks, sponges, stamps, embossing powders and papers, and create a page!  At least it would keep me busy for the better part of the day!  The crop was from 9am to midnight!  I had a whole day, uninterrupted by children and their activities!

    Here's what I created!

     This is the full page view
     Here's a closeup of the flourishes and basket of pumpkins
     A closeup of my embossed and sponged chipboard letters

    This is a little collage of each of my kids in the same spot on the farm

    Have a GREAT autumn harvest!

    Here are the details (as best as I can remember!)
    Paper: Prima dp; Choc. Chip; chipboard; Kodak Photo Paper; white c/s; a smidgen of Tim Holtz's Christmas paper (for the grass)
    Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists
    Embellishments: Flourish die from MFT; roses from Prima; leaves behind chipboard letters, basket of pumpkins and pumpkins in corner from Kitchen Sink Stamps; scallop border tearing edge from Creative Memories; Smooch ink in green for vines on background paper; Tim Holtz rosette die that I made into a fence

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Swirlyhues First Storyboard Challenge!

    Hi there!  Yes, it's been a while!  I have hit a creative funk, or brick wall, and have not really been crafty in quite some time.  This weekend, though, I think I finally pulled myself out of it!  I was invited to join a new group of some awesome and fun ladies that gather at Archivers in OH!  What a fun day that was!  I didn't want to bring cards to work on, so I brought all of my supplies to create a scrapbook page for Swirlydoos FIRST Swirlyhues Challenge!  Anyone can enter!  You don't have to be a subscriber!  Although, why wouldn't you?  The products in the kits are amazing!  I get excited every time I get my click 'n ship email notification!!!

    Anyway, on to the scrapbook page!

    The rules for this challenge:  Follow the color scheme, follow the sketch, and use a tutorial that is posted on their website.  The tutorial I used was Emboss Resist.  I embossed swirls on all of the strips of kraft paper.  Then I took my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and sprayed all over the strips.  And then I took my Smooch ink and highlighted the swirls. 

     This is the whole page!
     This is a shot of the emboss resist on the strips of paper.  For the swirls on the background paper, I cut out the swirl on another piece of paper, and laid it down and sprayed over top of it.  I took the paper away and then stamped the swirl on top of the ghost image.  I added Smooch to the little loops to add detail and contrast.
    This is the bottom.  Lots of detail here!

    Paper: Et Cetera Ledger - Bo Bunny; Kraft, So Saffron, Baja Breeze
    Ink: Moonlight, Tattered Leather, Olive Vine, Gingerbread - all Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
          Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, & Brushed Corduroy - T.H. Ranger Distress Ink ~ All along the edges of each piece of paper
    Embellishments:  French Flourish - wooden border at the bottom interlaced w/ assorted ribbon; UTEE, Versamark - embossing elements; brown brads; circle punch; Prima Flowers; Smooch ink - Turquoise; assorted flourish stamp; T.H. Distressing Tool; Zva Creatives rhinestone flourish; Turning a New Leaf die - PTI

    Sunday, September 4, 2011

    "Time" for a change!

    Last Christmas, I received a clock similar to this one:

    I am a substitute player for my mom's Bunco group, and the subs get to come to the Christmas parties and end of year parties.  It's a White Elephant party for Christmas, and one of the ladies had a clock like this in her garage that she wrapped up and gave!  I was lucky enough to receive it, and knew right away that I could re-purpose it!  This clock that I'm showing you is a lot nicer than the one that I got!  LOL!  It had the yellow plastic around it, but in the middle it was a picture of some advertisement for a pharmaceutical drug!  Um, yeah, I really want to hang THAT up in my house!  LOL!

    It has sat on my desk all year, just waiting.  Well, I had some time on my hands this week, and I decided to tackle it!

    Here is the result!

    So, what did I do?!  Here are the details:

    I took the clock completely apart, and measured the inside where the numbers are.  I took a piece of white 12 x 12 c/s and drew a circle around the clear part that goes inside and hugs the plastic.  Then, I took Antique Linen and Tea Dye from Tim Holtz and w/ my sponge applicator, sponged around the edges to give it an aged look.  I sponged Choc. Chip all around the edges to finish it. 

    For the numbers, I took two different sets: Recollections Big One Double for the large numbers, and Inkadinkado's Somerset Alpha. for the smaller numbers.  The ink is Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.

    For the stamps in the middle, I used all Kitchen Sink Stamps: Multi Step Ivy for the ivy behind the fruit; Multi Step Peach; Multi Step Berries; and 3 Step School Days for the apple.

    For the yellow plastic:  This was hard!  The first time around, I sprayed the whole thing white.  Then, I took Tim Holtz's Picket Fence Crackle Paint and slathered it all over.  Once it dried, it took away the paint and showed the yellow!  Yikes!  SOoooo, I had to start all over again.  I sprayed it once again w/ white.  Once that was dry, I sprayed sealer all over it.  I let that dry.  Then, I put 2 coats of the Picket Fence Crackle paint on.  Once that was dry, I sprayed a little, ok, a lot of Tattered Angels Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist.  Once that was dry, I once again sprayed a sealer and let everything dry.  And thus, you have aged plastic!  LOL!

    I took my other plain clock down, and put this one up!  OMG, I LOVE IT!  My family even loves it!

    Do you have something in your stash ready for re-purposing?!  Now would be a GREAT time to dig it out and work on it!  Have fun!

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    A scrapbook page done!

    For those of you who know me best know that I don't often scrapbook.  It takes FOREVER, where a card only takes a few hours! 

    But.....  I was inspired by Swirlydoos' Sketch last month for the Vintage Fae kit, and decided to work on it!  I started it before I left for the beach, which was around the end of July.  So.... I've been working on this for 3 weeks give or take!  And now I have finally finished it!  I had to tweak it a little because I'm not at the Swirlydoos level....yet!  And also, I am LOVING all the delicious Prima flowers that come in the kits, but I'm totally hoarding them!  I can't part w/ them!  Even if it's for my own scrapbook!  Instead of Prima's, I stamped Kitchen Sink Stamps Hearts and Roses roses.  The rest I'll tell you about after the pictures!

     Here's a closeup of the roses and the pics of my kids.
    Ok, here are the details:
    Paper: Apricot Appeal, designer paper from PinkPaislee Butterfly Garden; and a random mossy green from the kit, Vintage Fae.
    Stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps Hearts and Roses; alphabet and numbers from Inkadinkado's Somerset Alpha.; little swirl under the numbers is from Cloud 9 Design's Simple Thoughts - Travel.
    Embellishments: the swirls are punches; the huge semi circle was cut using my Cricut; the word panels are Labels 8 spellbinders; the filmstrip was also cut using my Cricut.  I hand cut the butterfly from another dp from the kit; the ribbon is twill from Amuse Art Stamps.

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    I'm back! And I've been busy!

    I'm back!  This summer has been quite crazy!  We just came back from a wonderful vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC!  And now that we are back, and aren't planning on going anywhere soon, I can get back into stamping and hopefully scrapbooking!  We'll see what happens!

    Anyway, so while we were on vacation, we had some terrible news about two deaths in the family.  So, as soon as I got home, I got to work on some sympathy cards.
    Then, my sister asked me to make a baby shower card for a friend of hers.  And lastly, I visited a friend this past weekend that was in town that I had not seen in several years, and they had just recently moved into a new house!

    So, here we go!
    First up, a sympathy card for my great aunt.

     Stamps used: Kitchen Sink Hearts and Roses and Big Leaves.  Sentiment by My Favorite Things: Clearly Sentimental about Sympathy.

    Next is a sympathy card for my cousin.
     Same sets used from the first card.
     Here's the inside.

    This is the baby shower card for my sister's friend!
     Stamps used: Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi Step Baby.
    And this is the front of the envelope, using the same KSS set.
     And lastly, my friend's new home card.  I looked at her pictures of the inside of the house and I chose Sage and Brown.
     Stamp set used: Fifth Avenue Floral by Stampin' Up!.
    And that's what I've been up to this last week!
    Have a great day!