Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thankful Family Weekend

This weekend we spent time with our family. It was an action-filled weekend...visiting the best park in the world that we've visited so far, seeing the latest addition to the family, doing fun crafts, playing basketball & dodgeball, competing on the wii, eating YUMMY food, watching a movie, hanging out at McDonald's playarea for breakfast, watching late night TV movies in our hotel, visiting a camel farm, feeding camels, playing & playing, and holding the precious little one! It doesn't get much better than that! The kids absolutely LOVED being with their cousins. Enjoy the pics (yes, there is quite a few to share...but I did limit myself to these 10 pictures :)









From the Man in the Red Suit Again


Card 2 for my friend. This card was very simple but turned out very clean and crisp!

Card Recipe: CS: Whisper White; Ink: Real Red; Stamps: Deer Friends; Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, Red Gingham Ribbon

Saturday, November 29, 2008

From the Man in the Red Suit


I love this hostess stamp set, Deer Friends. By far, this is the most popular hostess set in the catalog this year for my hostesses. :) I created these cards as a special project for a friend. This is one of four cards I made for her. Each card needed Santa included in it/on it.

Card Recipe: CS: Kraft, Real Red; Ink: Real Red; Stamps: Deer Friends; Accessories: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, dimensionals

Friday, November 28, 2008

Invitations


I was asked to make invitations for our church's Christmas Party...got my inspiration from the back of the Holiday Mini. The Big Shot Top Note Die worked perfectly for this invite. I can see using this idea for many things!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

From all of us turkeys.



Hope you enjoy your day and have a yummy slice of pumpkin pie!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Sale


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Toot! Toot!


Yesterday one of my cards was featured in the Stamper's Showcase on Stampin' Up's demo website. As you can see, I used the coluzzle to create a mat and then stamped the image inside in Baja Breeze ink and then sponged So Saffron ink. I paper pierced around the oval and added dazzling diamonds glitter with the 2-way glue. The same was done with the star. The greeting is stamped in Baja Breeze ink.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Magic Snowflake

Monday night as I was getting ready to prepare projects for December's demo meeting, I ran across this tutorial on SCS for a "Magic Snowflake" card. I had to give it a try. So fun!!!!!

Hmmm, I wonder what other bold images you could use with this awesome technique?? I'm thinking leaves, hearts, stars, and what about the nativity scene from "Season of Simple Grace?" Gotta give it a try...watch for more cards w/ this "magic" technique!

Card Recipe: CS: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Glossy White; Stamps: Snow Burst, Holidays & Wishes; Ink: Whisper White Craft Pad, Baja Breeze re-inker, Pacific Point Classic ink and re-inker, VersaMark; Accessories: Silver Brad, White Embossing Powder, 1/16" punch, Heat Tool, Rubbing Alcohol, Embossing Buddy, Cotton Ball

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Bundles!

Holiday Extravaganza Sale

When: November 26 - December 1, 2008

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Merry Christmas Trees

Anyone else feel like the rush is on for the holidays? Despite having our holiday shopping completely done and wrapped, I feel like I'm rushing to get holiday things done. Sunday night I finished up a package to mail to my parents w/ gifts and other treasures. Now the pressure is on to finish birthday thank you cards, a couple other top-secret holiday gifts for others all in a timely manner. Throw in a demo meeting, technique night, and a stamp camp all next week, and you'll see where my time will be sent the next few nights before enjoying some family time for Thanksgiving! Anyway, here's the card to share today:

This is another version of a card you've probably seen a ton of last year and this year...but it's just so pretty with different colors and slightly different versions. This was my swap I did for our demo meeting last week. (Was that really last week? My, how quickly it's here again!) It's stunning no matter how I do it. It's a great stand-by card :)

BTW, several of you have commented on my early morning postings...yes, some mornings I really am up at 5 a.m. due to kids' early rising or a project that REALLY needs to get done...but USUALLY I've scheduled a posting to show at 5 a.m. :) Thanks for all of you who thought I was super mom...that made me feel good!! :) I do this so I can upload stamped projects in my "spare time"...and it's up before most people check their blogs each morning. My blog will show something new every morning rather than just a bunch of stuff all at once. If you're interested in doing something like this for you own blog, check out "post options" in the bottom left corner of the edit screen, and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Exciting Events!

Ever since Thursday, it seems like we've spent a lot of time celebrating J.R.
First...his birthday


Then...Star Student Award

I just had to throw in this picture because it just shows how close JR & Sydney are...recently when she's sad, she only wants JR. She wants him to carry her around and hold her. It's very cute...and definitely a proud mommy moment that they really care so much about each other.

Then...Last Soccer Game of the season

These pictures was at the end of the game when they all "slide" into the goal...guess it's a tradition. The boys thought it was great...especially since there was lots of mud!


Last...Soccer Party (Thanks, Daddy, for being such a great coach!!)

This is the card Dave gave to all of the players...with a personal note on the inside. As hard as it was on our schedule, it was fun to be so involved with the soccer team this year. Are we up for it next year? Maybe...we'll see :)

Yes, I really did use the same blue...it's just the scan for some odd reason.

Birthday Flowers


This card was pretty easy to do (pretty straight forward)...just rub-on, stamp greeting, and scallop bottom edges (which you can't see the scallop on the top Basic Black because of the scan). I've had a question asked about how you actually add a rub-on so I'm adding written instructions here. (If I have time later today, I'll post step-by-step pictures w/ the instructions.)
1. Cut out rub-on (including backing sheet).
2. Remove rub-on from backing sheet.
3. Lay the image on a flat surface, and firmly rub the image with the rub-on stick to transfer it to your project. Ta-da...you're done. Although, if you did make a mistake, just take out your adhesive remover and erase your rub-on.

Here are some techniques I've used with rub-ons:
Rub-on Techniques

1. Apply over a stamped image.
2. Apply over dry embossed images.
3. Apply to a transparency.
4. Apply to buttons.
5. Apply to candles.
6. Apply to cardstock. (Cut out to add dimension.)
7. Apply to chipboard (inked or plain).
8. Apply to designer paper.
9. Apply to Easter eggs.
10. Apply to fingernails
11. Apply to flower fusion flowers.
12. Apply to glass jars, mirrors, metal, tins, picture frames, or other home d├ęcor items.
13. Apply to photos.
14. Apply to punch box tin.
15. Apply to ribbon and twill tape.
16. Apply to textured cardstock.
17. Create unique watercolor resist accents with white rub-ons on white paper, then water color over the rub-ons.
18. Embellish parts of the rub-on with glitter.
19. Mask around a shape, then apply rub-ons in the center
20. Use markers or pencils to color in a rub-on.
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