Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Sith Theory

Nothing to do with stamping...

I was thinking today that if Qui-Gon Jinn had not been killed off in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, that the whole sith thing in Revenge of the Sith would have never happened.

Qui-Gon would have beat the fear of the Force into Anakin Skywalker and would have whipped that wussy (but HAWT) whiney little Sith wanna be into shape.

Peace in the galaxy, balance in the force...but no movies 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Monday, December 25, 2006


Merry Christmas everyone! I popped onto SCS after I got home from Christmas dinner at my parents house (yummy yummy....and I love my family so much!) and I saw that there was a Technique challenge up for today. We were supposed to use some wrapping paper from a gift to make a thank you note....here's mine:

The base is Certainly Celery stamped with Mellow Moss using the French Script background stamp. I used the corner ticket punch and punched the corners of a Mellow Moss piece, a piece of the Andrew's Jewelers bag that I recieved today and a piece of Very Vanilla. I inked all th edges and stamped the swirl thingie from Carte Postale on the VV and mirrored it (thanks to notimetostamp for that idea!) in Old Olive. The ribbon is adhered with glue dots and is actually the handle from the gift bag. I punched an oval from the bag and an oval from VV and stamped and inked the edges with Old Olive then stuck it down using two silver brads.

Thats about it...I love the way it turned out though!

Hope that you all have a good rest of the holidays!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Twas the day before Christmas....

And I did a little work today. Well that and I spent a good deal of time with my DBF, my best friend and her one year old baby. I love that kid, and so does DBF...he likes to play with the kiddo....it is so sweet to see. And this is the man who said to me about a year and a half ago "I don't like kids, I don't want to have any." Ok, truth be told, I felt the same way about that time too, mainly because of the fact that I was with an alcoholic at the time. When DBF started dating a while later, that feeling started to change. I guess it all depends on who you are with. When I was with the wrong person, I didn't want kids. Now I can hardly wait to start trying. Yep, it's that good.

This is another simple thank you note set that I stamped on the SU! pre-cut notecards. I stamped the trees from Lovely As A Tree and then colored them with Prismacolor pencils and used odorless mineral spirits to blend. The sentiment is from TAC, the Trendy Greetings set.

And here is a set using Simply Said. I just love making these little sets. I think they will make a nice little add on to gifts.

And this....is the piece de resistance....a pinecone ball ornament! I think that I need to use longer pins next time because the little pins I got were hard for me to keep my fingers on. If you make one of these....definately use a thimble. My fingers are SORE! but I think this little beauty was well worth it!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Thank you notes

I decided to make thank you note sets to put along with Christmas gifts this year. My mom and brother are always buying them the day after Christmas to use, so I thought I would help them out!

All of the cards are made with pre-cut notecards (I needed to spend $5 on my stamp club order to finish it out this month) from SU! in Whisper White and stamped with Basic Black with the flower from Natural Beauty. The flowers are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Black and is from Noteworthy.

Also made with the pre-cut notecards. I stamped the tree from Lovely As A Tree with Always Artichoke and the sentiment from Noteworthy in the same color. I colored the trunk a with a dark brown Prismacolor Pencil.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Gift Card Holder Class

Well I am teaching a Gift Card Holder class at Michaels this Saturday morning. I sat down today and planned the cards and pre-cut the paper and ribbon and things, then packed the stamps, pencils, punches, and glue. I think I might be ready for this one.

This card is made with ValuPak CS from Michael's...I have to use what I have in the store to teach with, that way the students can purchase the things we use. The inside of this card is an envelope....yes. An envelope. The CS is cut to 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 and folded in half, then the envelope is glued in. I used a craft knife to cut the envelope down to make the pocket a bit lower so that the gift card can be seen nicely. Then I glued smaller pieces of CS over the inside part of the envelope, kind of like matting, to cover it and to add just a bit more oompf to the inside!

I stamped the snowglobe and the snowman on white CS and colored them in with Rose Art colored pencils then used a ticket punch on the corners and layered it on the green and adhered the whole thing to the front of the envelope/CS contraption. Clear as mud? :D

This is the pocket card from Sketch Challenge 101 over on Splitcoaststampers. Again I used the cheap-o CS from Michaels. The image is by Stampendous and is colored with Rose Art colored pencils. The card stays closed with use of a half of a velcro dot just adhered to the inside.

This is a pocket card that I learned how to do from SCS. Again, Michaels CS, patterned paper, and ribbon. I figured it would be cute to use removable glue dots to hold the gift card onto the insert card.

What do you guys think?

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Some Carte Postale...

Well it has been a while since I have posted, I haven't had alot of time to do anything. Starting this week though, I get to start working normal hours at work (40 hours instead of 55-60), Michael starts his new job (yay! I have seen the TN Visa...he is a LEGAL resident of the U.S. for the next 12 months!!!), so life is going to calm down considerably.

Eventually, I get to knock my hours down at work further so I will have more time to craft and stamp, therefore, there will be more posts on here! :D So the pas few weeks I have also finished most of my Christmas gifts (new sew fleece blanket for grandma and two for my brothers dorm, a scrapbook for my grandmother, and I made a lap quilt for my mom.)...I still need to wrap them all and make the tags.

Anyway....here are a couple of cards that I managed to squeeze in today:

The base of this card is Perfect Plum. On a layer of Pale Plum I stamped French Flair BG with Perfect Plum Classic Ink. I also used Perfect Plum ink to stamp the sentiment in the upper left hand corner. It needed something...so I cut a square of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the Fleur De Lis in Sage Shadow ink, DTP inked the edges then mounted it on a piece of Sage Shadow cardstock. It still needed something, so I added a bit of vanilla organdy ribbon and just tied a knot....because I suck at tying bows.

Well the base layer is Rose Red and the next layer is Regal Rose. I stamped the French Flair BG with Rose Red craft ink and sponged the edges with the same. I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and sponged the edges, then used the handheld punch from Michaels to make the slits. Then I threaded white organdy ribbon through and tied them in knots and glued it all down with Mono Multi. It still needed something, so I stamped the bird from Carte Postale on Whisper White with Rose Red craft ink and cut it out, then mounted it with a dimensional and glue dots. I added a bit of shimmer with a Sakura clear Stardust pen.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Let's talk about life for a moment

It's called War-Scrapping. :D

I was re-reading some of my older blog posts and remembering the 8x8 scrapbook that I did for my cousin's wedding a few months back. I pre-made the whole thing and took pictures at the wedding, had them printed in about 5 minutes at Walgreens, and popped them onto the mats in the scrapbook while on the way to the reception.

My grandpa was my get-away driver, if you will.

A month later I was out with my brother and he was using his Apple PowerBook on the way and had internet connection because he was picking up wireless from houses along the way....he calls it War-Driving. I dunno why....

So I call what I did....War-scrapping.

Stupid thought for the day. :D

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Stamp table cleaning and then....stamping!

Well...I think that I am in LOVE with this Peaceful Wishes set. I had it in my head this morning that I was going to make some cards. We got up late and Michael made bacon and eggs while I cleaned and organized the stamping table, then, I got to work...

This card is using the colors for CC90 on SCS this past Tuesday. A card by WAXYO inspired me, but I stared working....and changed it up. The base is True Thyme stamped with True Thyme ink with the pine stamp from Peaceful Wishes. The next layer is Cranberry Crisp with the edges distressed using the distresser from the Making Memories Distressing Kit. The nex layer is Blush Blossom stamped with Blush Blossom and the pinecone stamp from Peaceful Wishes. Edges were also distressed and I layered both pieces with Mono Multi Adhesive.

And finally....The last layer is stamped on Whisper White with True Thyme ink. I dabbed the berried off with a baby wipe and used a red marker to ink those. Huffed and stamped the image. I distressed the edges with the MM Distresser before mounting as well.

I stared at the card a long while and realised that it needed something. So I inked up the sentiment with True Thyme ink and plonked it onto the side.

I did another one too, but I will post that one tommorrow!