Monday, October 31, 2011

20th Anniversary Card

Hello dear stamping friends. I've been busy getting ready for my 20th anniversary. It's tomorrow and I think it will be one to remember. This is the card I made for Lee. I also wrote a nice letter...and no I will not share the mushy details! HA!

I used a new set of unmounted stamps I ordered last month and the spellbinder set my friend Debb gave me for my birthday. I used the technique Denise taught us this past card night. I stamped onto the patterned cardstock and twice more on the coordinating paper from the paper pack for my acorn. I think it is so cute! Inside I used the saying "Nuts about you". I know it may be a bit cutesy for a man but I know he'll get a kick out of it.

We really both have everything a person could ask for so we usually just go out to a movie and dinner. But this is 20 years! I had to do something cool. Well, if you are from around here you know about the "Reindeer of Rt 42 Plain City, Ohio". They have been in the newspaper, on the news(you can see the interview on you tube) and they even have their own facebook page! They are about a mile from my house and I asked if they would let the deer hold up a happy anniversary banner If I went and got one. And they were so gracious and will be putting it up for me in the morning. :0) I ordered a bright colored banner. I can't wait to see it! When we leave for the movie I am going to tell Lee we have to leave early to get gas. Then we will drive up...SURPRISE! Then we can stop and have a picture taken with the deer! How fun and how out of the box. I'll post some pictures in a couple of days. And if you feel like it check out some of the crazy antics the deer get into!

I tell you when Lee and I got married 20 years ago "for better or worse", I'm sure he wasn't prepared for my "worst"! hehe But for me it has been for the better! Marrying Lee was the best thing I ever did! How fast 20 years go by. I'm looking forward to the next 20!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blog Candy Time!

Hi my dear blog friends! It's time for another blog candy giveaway! I want to thank Tonya from Red Letter Journals in Grove City Ohio for supplying all the gifts in prize package #2! Your generosity knows no bounds. I love your store and I am so glad I know you. She makes everyone feel like family and if you are looking for something and she doesn't have it her store she will try to find it for you. If you are in our area and have a chance to stop by please let her know you heard about her from me. :0)

Lets get started!Prize #1:

The following are from We R Memories:

1 designer scrapbook pad with over 500 pieces(19.99)
1 textured cardstock pad 6 fresh colors(4 of each color)(7.99)
1 designer page kit to make 2 layouts(9.99)
1 4x6 pad albums made easy (2.99)
1 embossible design stickers (2.29)
2 layered chipboard (both different) (4.99each)
1 6piece poinsettia brads(3.99)
1 50piece glitter brads (3.99)
1 3pack of ribbon each ribbon is 36 inches (4.99)
6 embossed tags(only 50cents each!)
And finally from Ranger
1 each Stickle in Xmas Red, Green and Icicle

Now for the prize #2:(all items from Tonya from Red Letter Journals in Grove City)

All the items from Reminisce:

2 12x12 sheets Christmas Swirl Green
2 12x12 sheets Under the Tree(glittery packages)
2 12x12 Christmas Stripe
2 12x12 Glittered Reindeer
2 12x12 self adhesive diecut sticker sheets
2 Christmas time glittery white alphabet stickers
2 self adhesive diecut stickers
From Clear Art Stamps
18 piece Christmas Joy (I love the little birds and the way the ornaments have openings to put different designs in them...or even those cute little birds!)
And from Ranger
1 each Stickle in Xmas Red, Green, and Icicle

If you could just see these papers and accessories in person you wouldn't know which prize you wanted more! LOL Here is how I am going to do the draw this time. The first name drawn get's the first prize(unless of course they would like prize #2) and then the 2nd name will get the second prize. Hint: Don't be surprised if there happens to be a 3rd prize! :0)

So the Blog Candy question this month is: What is your favorite holiday treat?

Just post you answer to this post. I will draw for the winner on Saturday November 5th. Good Luck all!

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Card Night Treat Swap

Last night was a blast. Jeanne and Denise demonstrated a card each. We swapped treat's and Paula and I had made winter theme cards to swap.

First the treats:

Susan made the cute white bag with the saucy witch holding a raven. I like how she gave the image a nice frame using the beaded image underneath her and the Happy Halloween sentiment above her. I adore the little clip with the black and white ribbon to hold it closed and adding the witches hat really finishes the topper off. Best of all it hold microwave popcorn. Lee and I will have it when we watch a movie tonight. Thanks for a great bag and our favorite "couple" treat! :0)

Mary made homemade fudge in the little Ziploc tubs and topped them with a layered pumpkin image with the sentiment "Got Treats?". How fun and her fudge is so good. So cute and yummy Mary!

Diane did the candy corn holder. Each one was different. I love mine with the cats. The scaredy cat topper is glittery. Isn't it the cutest thing how she cut out the hole to see the treat. It has a circle layer of cardstock around the hole with cute images and a big "BOO"! Super cute! We talked about how some us love eating candy corn with salted peanuts so it tastes like a Payday candy bar. Delicious! Great job Diane!

Denise made the adorable pencil holder. What a cool idea. The pencils are so cute. The holder has been inked around the edges on the orange cardstock and the black cardstock with the fun pumpkin faces had been distressed to show off the white inner core of the paper. Than a little black and white ribbon for the perfect finishing touch! Adorable! Wonderful job Denise!

Jeanne did the spider web bag. It had been run thru an embossing folder using some ink (letterpress technique) to give it real texture. She then stamped the spider image on the front and used the rest of the set for the topper and the raffia made the perfect touch. Inside is specialty chocolates(even a cut little pack of fall Kleenex) she brought back from her trip to Germany. Lee and I can't wait to try them.

Lee wanted me to tell all you ladies how cool all the treats were. He has already laid claim to my candy corn pencil and we are having the popcorn tonight(movie night around here)! Mary we finished off your fudge last night! It was some of your best! I know it was a lot of work especially since your just had a hip replacement and should be resting more and not up on your feet cooking! :0) Jeanne we are going to try a piece each after dinner tonight. And Diane my candy corn is mixed with salted nuts for movie night! YOU GUYS ROCK!

Now let's not forget the reason we meet each month! hehe Denise taught the "just sitting here" card. We stamped the sentiment, images of the table and lamp than she used an embossing folder to give it a wallpaper look. Than we stamped the lamp and the chair on decorative paper. (she had all sorts of backgrounds and printed papers to chose from). Than we cut them out and layered the shade over the stamped image to lift it up and put the chair next to the lamp and table image using pop dots.For the finishing touch we used a glitter pen on the leaves of the lamp and added small pearls on the chair to give it a tufted looking back. I NEVER think to stamp on printed paper...but no more! I will use this technique over and over. Thanks Denise! You did a great job explaining everything and I would have never know this was your first time to demonstrate a card! You did a fabulous job and I can't wait till your next turn! :0)

Jeanne demonstrated the clear acrylic card. It is a stunning card. (well her's was I forgot to add the ribbon to mine in the front. hehe) She had already run them trhu with an embossing folder with either ornaments or snowflakes. I used the ornament one. She had an assortment of cardstocks, ribbons, gems and tons of stamps for sentiments. Everyone's turned out so nice. Diane went and got her star punch and used some cool golden yellow cardstock and added stars as the toppers to her trees. I really liked that. Mary and some of the others also added a trees inside to give it a real forest effect. What a great card technique. Thanks Jeanne for all the samples you shared and bringing us so many things to use for our card. I know we were all glad to see you back after being in the hospital the week before! Thanks for a great demo! :0)

And now last but not least Paula's winter theme card swap. It has such a soft lovely feel with the embossed background and can you believe all the cutting around the main floral image! I loved the sentiment on the red cardstock to tie in with the poinsettia. The big wow was the gold embossed sentiment perfectly centered on the red embossed label. As always Paula you didn't miss a thing. Thank you for such a nice card. :0)

Well, that ends my long and drawn out explanation. HA! I can go on can't I! hehe As always, I hope you have time to be creative and most of all time to stamp...especially with friends! :0)

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Winter Theme Card Swap

Well, hello again! My second post of the day and it's not even 11am!

My cards for tonight are done. I thought you might like a quick peak. I used a retired stamps from Stamping Up. I just love snowmen and snowflakes. All the cards I have been doing for the holidays have had lots of soft blue so when I did the first card it was a bit of a shock seeing the deep red and green! LOL But I have to say I love the traditional Christmas red and green combination. In the end I like how they turned out! :0)

I used all Stampin Up items except for the doily and the Gelly Roll Clear Star Glitter pen. (those came from Scrapbook Additions)

The colors used(ink and papers)are:
Whisper White
Basic Black (just to stamp snowman image)
Cherry Cobbler(used this color ink for inside sentiment)
Garden Green
Stampin Dimensionals
Crystal Effects(on the nose and buttons)
1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon in Chery Cobbler
The plaid papers are from a set in the new mini catalog called Frostwood Lodge

Now all I need to do is get them in some clear protective sleeves and I'm ready to go. I will post any cards I get tonight. I always enjoy seeing what the girls have come up with.

Take care all and have a wonderful day!

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Halloween Treat Boxes For Card Night

Hello my stamping friends!

Tonight is are Ladies Card Night. Usually we exchange cards but this month we could do a winter theme cards or a Halloween Treat. These are my treat boxes.

When I made my brothers "black cake", I made some extra pieces of the "cake". (see early blog post of cake) I guess the "2 Joes" from Create & Craft are rubbing off on me! They are always making the most awesome items with found or recycled items. Now, I feel like I can't waste a thing. :0) So I used them for my treat boxes. And I loved how they turned out!

Now for the details on what I used:

All supplies are from Stampin Up except the Orange Stickles and the pie shape die from Sizzix.(those I got from Diane from Scrapbook Additions)

I used the 2 1/2 inch punch to make the moon. I punched it out of Whisper White cardstock and sponged it first with More Mustard Ink than Pumpkin Pie Ink. I stamped the Owl with Basic Black Ink Pad onto Whisper White cardstock and colored in the beak and bag with Pumpkin Pie marker. I than stamped an extra image for the Trick-or-Treat bag, cut it out and popped it up with a Stampin Dimensional. For the finishing touch on the owl I used the orange Stickles for the mask and on the bag. I tried to make purple ones for 2 of the girls I know that like purple but it didn't work. It was just too dark and you couldn't see the face on the bag...bummer!(Sorry Mary & Paula)

I had first started out using glitter paper cut out to make the mask. After cutting out 2 of them I went to using the stickles. I like it much better. Ok, truth be told it was easier to do the stickles! HA! Which do you like better the silver glitter mask or the orange stickles mask?

Well, I had started my holiday cards for the swap so I may just finish them up just in case someone decided to do cards. It pays to be prepared. :0)

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp! And thanks again for all your comments! I appreciate each and every one of them! :0)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Received My First Halloween Card

Hello my dear stamping friends!

It seems like forever since I posted. I went to a crop on Saturday run by Diane from Scrapbook Additions(her web site link is on my blog). It's super close to my house and she really does it up. She includes breakfast and lunch! This month she had a big Thanksgiving meal. Turkey and all the fixings, salad, rolls and three different types of desert. The pumpkin roll was to die for! She even sets out little dish of candy to munch on. You have a whole table to yourself and she always gives you a cool scrapbook page, journaling sheets or stickers. It's different each time but she keeps up with the seasons. You can't beat it for a day away with friends. Plus if you do want to leave out to go to dinner there is a couple of nice Amish Style Restaurants nearby. Anyway, I'm not much of a scrapbooker so I was working on cards for the Silver Stamper Group I am in. My sister came too. It was her first trip out for so much time after having her hip replacement surgery. She worked on cards too. When I finish mine I will post them. It was fun to see everyone and lots of new faces this time. Hope to see them at the next crop in January!

When I got there it was so nice to have this card from Paula sitting there at my table! Isn't it so nice. The main image and sentiment is from Close to My Heart set called Captured Moments. The main image has a soft and errie effect on the black. The inside is AMAZING!!! I thought she did the pumpkins with her Cricut but it is a punch that Diane carries. And I think what I have learned from Paula is she never forgets the inside of the card. It's always as interesting as the front! Don't you love the swirls with the little spiders crawling around on them?! Another great card! Thanks Paula!

Now, to get mine out today! :0)And a quick reminder that this Sunday I will be posting the blog candy. You don't want to miss it!

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Quick Christmas Card

Hello my stamping friends!

I am still cleaning up my craft area! As soon as I start projects I just have a mess I move around to do the next project. I am really trying to rid myself of the clutter and this habit! :0)

Of course as soon as I saw some unfinished Christmas cards from last year I thought I would do something with them.(waste not want not...besides the pieces were already embossed and had little gems on them)Besides I needed a break from cleaning! LOL I had to do something to cover up the saying I used last year. But instead decided to cut it off. What do you think? I will be posting one I did with a snowman to cover the sentiment later.

So as I was looking at the new Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper from Stampin Up I just received, I thought I could cut them up(see picture above) and use this paper. The color in the paper is Cherry Cobbler but the gems are such a bright red I used Real Red instead. Not a perfect match but I still like how it turned out.

I used Marina Mist for my card base and ink. The saying is from the set Petite Pairs. I love this set because it has a small saying for the inside of the card. Inside is stamped "and a happy joyful bright New Year". I stamped the sentiments in Marina Mist Ink. The ribbon is also Marina Mist. I punched out the sentiment on the front of the card with a word window punch and layered it on the modern label punch and backed it with cut up pieces of cardstock I punched using the decorative label punch. I posted the pieces. Hope you can understand what I did. :0)

I used the Sizzix Sizzlets snowflakes in 3 different shapes and glued the red snowflake to the card and the other 2 used pop dots to lift them. The white had one pop dot and the marina mist had 2 pop dots. Then I just finished it off with more red gems.

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Riley The Moose Card From Denise

What a wonderful surprise to get a card from my friend Denise using Riley the Moose Stamp! You are such a talented card maker. I loved the way you colored "Baking Riley"! I can smell the muffins! hehe

I love how you inked around the layers but how did you distress the red layer? When you look close, it looks like a crackled type of background stamp. Is it stamped? Or is this the papers pattern? Either way it is just right for the card. I know it doesn't look like it in the photo but I love how Riley's oven mitts match perfectly to the red color layer! Such a great job!

Thank you for making my day brighter! See you at the crop Saturday!:0)

I know I always say, I wish you time to be creative and most of all time to stamp.(and I do!) But Today I want to say...send a friend a card! Let them know your thinking about them! It may be just what they need. Who knows maybe it will be you that gets a card from a friend! :0)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Pop Up Cards

Ok, what makes a Halloween card even spookier?

That's right something popping up at you! LOL Joe Rotella was the instructor for this class. I had only made pop ups cutting the card than layering it inside another card. But Joe stepped it up! Aren't these cards AWESOME! (and a big shout out to his sister Betty and Joe Morgan for helping with the class and putting together all the kits...believe me when I say this is a lot of little pieces!)

We learned so much and the tips you walk away with in his classes are worth the price of the class alone! Let me just point out a few things on each card.

The first card a box template was used to make the ghost pop out. But the front is done so well. The layered little headstone behind the ground. The crow still attached is popped up with a dimensional to give it just a bit of lift. Such a cute card!

The second card I just couldn't get a picture of the witches hand holding her crystal ball with her red glittery nail polish! What I love about the front of the card not only does it give a hint of what's inside with the witches hat but that green ribbon on the hat is a perfect match to the green cardstock used for the stamped sentiment.

This is my favorite card. It is not considered a true "pop up" card since it doesn't come from a fold. But I love the bouncy spider inside. I made the fence with a ruler and pencil. The hinges are from the fence from the last card! And the little hinge that lifts up to let you inside to the cool bouncy spider is such a nice touch. LOVE THIS CARD!!!!

The last card has so much going on. Can you believe all the little parts that they cut out for us. We got some extra pointers on using our score-pal and how about using what you have. Those bats are attached to pieces of acetate that your establishments come on! I think of how many I have thrown out. They gave us a ton more ideas using this card. Think of the things you could pop up on the acetate... reindeer, birds, get the drift. :0)

The class was fun and Joe is having another one in November for a Christmas pop up's. So if your in the area just check out the info on his site Create & Craft for dates and time. The link is on my blog. Hope to see you there!

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

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Iris Folding Class With Betty

I am finally getting caught up enough to post the cards from the 2 classes I took at Red Letter Journals in Grove City, Ohio. Betty was the instructor of this class. I had never done Iris Folding before. It looked to complicated to get the colors just right.

Betty is such a great instructor! She made it very simple and logical! I actually finished all my cards. I changed 2 of the cards when I got home. I added a green card base to the cute pumpkin and a frame around the turkey instead of a layer of cardstock.(Betty had extra packs of the frames in all different sizes and styles for sale). I just loved the frames. What do you think? I love how it makes the colors pop on that turkey! Thank you Betty for the free frame, it was kind of you to give me an extra piece you had. I will definitely have to buy a pack next class!:0)

She also offered different Iris Folding Kits for sale too. I can't wait to take her Christmas Iris Folding Card Class in November. I still need a little more help on figuring out how wide to cut and when to know when you need to fold an edge on the paper your using. If your in the area and are thinking about taking the class you can check out more details at the Create & Craft site(there is a link here on my blog). You won't be disappointed!

I can't decide which is my favorite card the pumpkin or the owl. Which is yours?

As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

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