Monday, December 22, 2008

A Little Something

These little cuties were made from felt cut with the Sizzix and sewn with embroidery floss. The boxes are from Target and stamped and filled with Lindt truffles.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

January ScrapClub Layout #1

Here is one of the layouts we will be doing for the new Scrapbooking Club in January.

This layout uses a lot of white space to help balance the weight and busy-ness of the photos-- lots of photos (6 on this one, but you could fit more depending on how you crop them). There's a spot for journaling. It was tempting to add more embellishments because the kit comes with so many, but I contained myself. There will be tons of extras for mini-albums, cards, and more layouts. If you would like to easily create 48 pages in '09, please email me.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Scrapbooking Club

I am currently looking for 6 people to join my brand new scrapbooking club. Here's how it works: Every other month you will order the scrapbooking kit and a pack of 24 sheets of assorted 12x12 cardstock ($33.25 includes tax and s/h). We will use the contents of the kit to create two 2-page layouts each month (the kit is good for 4 2-page layouts, plus plenty of leftovers for more projects; and the pack of paper is great for creating more layouts for your album). Each person will be given a month in which she can choose hostess benefits (a free stamp set and $15 in SU! merchandise). We will meet monthly and layout ideas will be provided for you, just bring adhesive, trimmer, and your photos. Layouts will also be posted on this blog in case you can't make the meeting. This is an ideal class for the beginning scrapbooker or anyone who would love the sense of accomplishment that creating an entire 48 page album brings.

Please email me to join. I would like to start in January.

Sale-a-Bration is Coming

The end of the year is quickly approaching, which means a New Year is just around the corner. In 2009, Stampin' Up!'s annual stamp giveaway will run from February 1st through March 31st. During this time, ,you can receive free stamps in a number of ways:
1) by placing a $50 order (every $50 gets you a free set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog)

2) by hosting a workshop with sales totaling $300 or more (every $300 gets you a free set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, in addition to regular hostess benefits)

3)by joining SU! as a new recruit you can choose ANY stamp set in the Spring-Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog.

You can view the Sale-a-Bration catalog here. Call or email me to schedule your workshop in February or March.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Retiring Stamps on Sale and Free Shipping!

I just wanted to let you know about two great promotions Stampin' Up! is currently offering. The entire list of retiring stamp sets is 10% off, so if you have had any of these on your wish list, now is the time to scoop them up. And you can get them shipped for free. All orders placed by 12/23 will be shipped free of charge. Stamps on sale and shipped for free--yippee! Email me to place your order, but hurry, this offer is only good through December 23rd.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Little Birthday Whimsy

Loving this new die from Sizzix: the Hello Kitty Birdie. I'll be making some cutie felt ornaments with this little baby.

One Sheet Meander Book Class

I am so excited to be able to offer this class to a larger group than what my stUdio can hold thanks to the super generosity of my boys' karate instructor.

Date: Sun. 12/14/08
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Place: T. Rose Karate Dojo

Learn how to create a mini album with pockets from just one sheet of paper. The book measures approximately 3 1/2” square and contains 14 pages to decorate (plus front and back covers).

Please bring a 12” trimmer with a scoring blade, adhesive, and a selection of photos and ephemera related to your chosen theme (see ideas below). An assortment of papers, embellishments and materials for binding will be included.

Cost: $10.00

These little books are a great way to document pieces of your life—make one for yourself or give it as a gift.

Ideas for your Book:

· Holiday traditions
· Gratitude Journal
· Baby Milestones
· A few of my favorite things
· Vacation Memories
· What I love about you

Note: Depending on the response, we may need tables and chairs. When you reply for the class, could you please just let us know if you have a folding table and/or chair that you might be able to bring.

Please let me know if you can make it; leave a comment here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

November Stamp Club

The details: Monday, November 24, 7:30 pm

The project: Meander Book

The specs: stamp set-Sweet on You, Big Deal Alpha, Sweet Celebrations; ink-Basic Black, Old Olive, Brocade Blue; markers-Basic Black; paper-Old Olive, Baja Blue; Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye; accessories- Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" square punch, 1/16", 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punch

The how-to: Score 12"x12" PP at 3", 6", and 9" vertically and horizontally. Fold all scores. On first and last vertical folds cut from top to 9". On middle vertical fold cut from bottom up to 3". Cut out top left and right boxes. Flip paper 90 degrees and begin folding accordion style from the bottom right and ending with the top right. Punch and adhere edges to create pockets. Make covers out of chipboard coasters. Bind with Bind-it-All or rings. For more detailed instructions see Beate's tutorial at Splitcoast.

Stamp Club meetings are open to all. Members: no fee; non-members: $5, or free with the placement of a $25 order. Leave a comment to reserve a spot in The StUdio.

My notes: I totally "heart" this little book! We will be making the shell for this book (covers, pages, and inserts for pockets) at our meeting. You can embellish with photos and accents at home or at an upcoming class (watch for details).

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Girly Birthday Wishes

A fave color combo: Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip
A new and not-yet used (until now) stamp set: Eastern Blooms
A dot of white gel pen, dash of glitter, sprinkling of silver brads, splash of ribbon--prettiness!

(CASEd from Splitcoast)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

School Days Album

From Preschool through 12th grade, this book helps organize all those School Days memories. Each two-page spread contains a fill in the blank form to document favorite foods, best friends, handwriting sample, and much more. There's a spot for a wallet sized photograph, and a pocket to stash the class photo, some samples of work, and/or report card.

This will be offered as a class, too, if you would like to make your own. Date TBD soon.

If you would like Word files of the inner pages to make your own, let me know.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Craft Fair Layouts

School Page Layouts: Designed to hold 5x7 individual portrait and 5x7 classmate photo

Other Layouts:

Large circular focal photo goes on felt "doily" and smaller supporting photos goe on solid circle mats:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Card Organizer

This bound book organizes greeting cards by month, along with a monthly calendar of days to list special dates to remember. Makes a great gift when filled with some handmade cards.

Watch for an upcoming class. To receive a Word doc of the inner pages, leave a comment here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Craft Fair Projects: Journals

Coaster Mini Journals:

Stamp set: SU! "Always"

Stamp Sets: SU! "Stamp of Authenticity" and "Genuine Articles"

Altered Composition Notebooks:

Locking Journals:

Stamp Set: SU! "Natural Beauty"

Stamp Set: SU! "Going Somewhere"

Stamp Set: SU! Unfrogettable

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

60 Ways We Love You

These are four 6x6 pages I created for my Dad for his 60th birthday a while back. Some distressing, lots of SU! Hodge Podge Hardware, a splattering of photos and loads of love!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

October Stamp Club

The details: Monday, October 20, 8:00 pm

The project: Scallop Circle Folding

The specs: stamp set-none!; ink-Basic Black and Chocolate Chip markers; paper-Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Pumkin Pie, Basic Black, DS Patterned Paper; accessories- Scallop Circle punch, Color Spritzer, Word Window punch, 3/4" square punch, 1 3/8" and 1" circle punches
The how-to: Punch scallop circles in three DS patterned papers and follow directions here to fold to make feathers. Assemble turkey as above.
Stamp Club meetings are open to all. Members: no fee; non-members: $2, or free with the placement of a $25 order. Leave a comment to reserve a spot in The StUdio.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Scrapbooking Sunday

One weekend, two layouts (well, almost: the 2nd still needs journaling).

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Baby Card

My hubby's best friend from high school and his wife just had their third boy--oh happiness!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Monkeying Around

This is my new favorite set for children's birthday cards. How cute is he! Put this together for Camden's friend's birthday today (with design help from Logan). I love paper piecing the monkey for a more "authentic" sock monkey feel. I stamped the back of some PP to create the paper pieced cupcake. The frosting is sprinkled with glitter, and the candle created from an old rarely-used punch that will be seeing a lot more use now--love that! I tried a new technique to create the frame wth a double scored line and piercing.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

September Stamp Club

The details: Monday, September 22, 8:00 pm

The project: Emboss Resist

The specs: stamp set-Pocket Silhouettes, French Script; ink-Versamark, black, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, Summer Sun, Regal Rose; paper-Kraft, Whisper White, Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, accessories-1 3/8 circle punch, scallop circle punch, scallop punch, white and black embossing powder, sponge, ribbon

The how-to: Use Versamark ink to stamp image on cardstock. Spinkle on embossing powder and heat. Sponge ink onto embossed image. Rub image with a tissue to remove excess ink.

Stamp Club meetings are open to all. Members: no fee; non-members: $2, or free with the placement of a $25 order.

Leave a comment to reserve a spot in The StUdio.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Halloween Workshop

A chill is in the air and fall is definitely right around the corner. This year you have a choice of Halloween treats from four adorable and easy to make projects. Simply order SU!'s Ghostly Greetings designer series paper for $9.95 plus tax and s/h ($11.45 total) and bring the additional supplies to class. See below for all the details. Please register for this class via email by September 22nd so I can order the paper. Class will be held in The StUdio on Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30pm. If you can't make that date, let me know and we can arrange another time.

ps I didn't have the new SU! paper on hand for these samples, so your projects will be a whole lot cuter (and more colorful)!

Folded square box:
With just a few scores of the paper you can make this cute little holder for candies or other small treats. One paper pack yields 48 boxes. Additional supplies: 12" trimmer with scoring blade, ribbon of your choice, adhesive, black, orange, and white paper (approx. 2 sheets of each, or purchase from me for $.35 ea)

Crayon Holder:

This little holder is the perfect size for snack-sized Kit Kats or 4 crayons (thanks, Darcy, for the brilliant idea!). One paper pack yields 72 boxes. Additional supplies: 12" trimmer with scoring blade, adhesive, black, orange, and white paper (approx. 4 sheets of each, or purchase from me for $.35 ea)

Drink Holder Hanger:

It's hard to tell from the picture, but this box hangs from the top of a water bottle to hold powdered drink mix. One paper pack yields 48 treats. Additional supplies: 12" trimmer with scoring blade, adhesive, black, orange, and white paper (approx. 2 sheets of each, or purchase from me for $.35 ea)


No adhesive or scoring necessary. This little pouch folds up in a snap. Bring your own ribbon to hold it together. One paper pack yields 48 pouches. Additional supplies: ribbon

Note: you supply the treats to fill the boxes and pouches.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Purse Mini-Album

I've had this mini album idea in my head since purchasing some screw posts and book board during a trip to The Paper Source earlier this summer. Finally made the time to put it together, plus catching some cutie photos of the boys in their new haircuts didn't hurt the creative inspiration:

The book is made from two covered pieces of book board and 4 badge holders (with the holes trimmed off), and bound with a screw post. Confession: I didn't end up using the ones I purchased for this project as the book was too thick for them. I used some posts that I had saved from a broken post-bound album. Funny that I saved them, yet didn't figure out what I could use them for until I had bought new ones! Finished size is 2 5/8" x 3 3/4", perfect for tossing into a purse. Each photo is backed by a collage of the boys' favorite things right now (subject to change weekly, so it's neat to capture this small moment in their lives).

Stampin' Up! sets used: Stamp of Authenticity, Genuine Articles, Letterpress Alphabet, Classic Alphabet (all retired--all great sets, what were they thinking?!)