Wednesday, August 27, 2008

3 Projects From 1 DP

I made these 2 cards and 1 bookmark from this one sheet of Thomas Kinkade Series designer paper from Cornish Heritage farms. I said it in a recent post but I need to say it again...this designer paper is great! The pictures are beautiful and look hand colored. They look so good I was thinking of buying a few frames to put them in and hang them on the wall. :) Mary

CS- SU: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
DP- CHF: Thomas Kinkade Series
Image- Stampendous
Ribbon- Offray
Oval and scallop oval punches- Nestabilities Dies
Ink- SU: Close to Cocoa

Monday, August 25, 2008

Don't Laugh At Me!

Ok, you have to promise not to laugh at me! This was my first attempt at stamping with and coloring a Thomas Kinkade image, and it didn't turn out as well as I hoped (hence the vellum-it softens the otherwise ugly coloring). ;) Some people said this process is soothing and cathartic. NOT! I thought it was stressful and difficult! I have, however, identified some variables that may have added to the poor outcome of my image and the tension it ensued on my back and neck. First of all, this was the first image stamped with this stamp so it was not very crisp. I think the first few images stamped with a new stamp don't come out well. They need to be "worked in". Another thing that would have helped it to come out crisper is if I would have used a brayer to put on the ink. I've been told that it's best to use a brayer when inking up a very detailed stamp such as this one. But alas, I don't have a brayer. I have ordered one though! A third problem I ran into was that I have a limited number of Copic markers thus a limited number of color options. I didn't have the exact colors I wanted to use for some of it, so that was disappointing. I'm not giving up though. As soon as I get a brayer and more markers I will try this again and hopefully have better results.

Supplies:CS- SU: Chocolate Chip, Handsome Hunter
Vellum- SU
Image- CHF: Thomas Kinkade Series "Foxglove Cottage"
Sentiment- CHF
CB embossing folder
Copic markers
Gold metallic marker- EK Success (to color edges)

Water Bottle Hanger

I saw this on the Chicnscratch blogsite and thought it was just such a fun idea. It's a little holder for one of those individual packs of water flavoring. I think I'll make some for my upcoming open house. Too cute!

CS- SU: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
Scallop punch- SU
Circle punches- SU and EK Success
Hole punch
Image- SU: In The Spotlight
Brads- Making Memories

Halloween Already?!

I can't believe I just made a Halloween card already. It's not even Labor Day yet and I'm thinking about Halloween. Terrible! I couldn't help it though. When I saw these adorable jars of spooky goodies I HAD to have them! They are from a great set by MFT called Totally Witchin'. I'll for sure be putting this set to good use over the next 2 months. The extra special thing I did with this card was put come Crystal Effects on the jars to make them look like glass. Nice touch I think.

CS- SU: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
DP- unknown source
Image and sentiment- MFT: Totally Witchin'
Copic markers
Crystal Effects- SU

Wow, Another Post So Soon!! :)

Wow, can you believe it?! I'm posting another card already! Well, unfortunately my daughter came down with some bug yesterday (fever, sore throat, ear ache, and vomiting) so she spent the entire day in bed. Which was good for my craft time because between vomiting episodes I actually got some good work done! (That's terrible of me isn't it?) She woke up with a fever and sore throat again today so the two of us will be staying home from work and school to go to the doctor, recover, and do some more crafting. Well, I'll be doing most of the crafting, but she'll be with me in spirit. :)

Here's a card I made with my new stamp set "I'm Pulling For You" from MFT. I think this little bunny is so cute and I want him to get that carrot out so badly!

CS- SU: Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Image and sentiment- MFT: I'm Pulling For You
Ribbon- Michael's
Copic markers
CB embossing folder

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Have you seen this Thomas Kinkade paper yet? It's awesome! First of all I love his work so I'm a little bias but also, they look like they've been stamped and colored but they're really just printed paper, like DP. At first I thought "Yea right, it'll just look like I cut out some DP and stuck it on there...nothing special." But I was wrong. It looks really good. Great for Christmas cards for sure! I sponged the edges with SU's Sahara Sand ink and distressed them a little to give some dimension and texture. Super easy and fast because there's no coloring.

Thomas Kinkade paper- Cornish Heritage Farms
CS- SU: Vintage Violet, Real Red
Sentiment- Cornish Heritage Farms
Hardware- SU
Ribbon- Offray
Ink- SU: Sahara Sand

Finally...a Post!

I am so sorry it's been so long since my last post, again. I knew things would be busy when my kids went back to school but I had no idea it would be like this! We only had one night last week when we weren't doing something. Between practices, meet the teacher night, a football game at Lucas Oil, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, a sick child, and the Olympics I don't know which end is up! And the bad part is that I don't think I'll have anymore time this week. There's more of the same plus appointments on Friday and my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party on Saturday. Maybe I'll get some good craft time on Labor Day. :)

Anyway, here's something I whipped up real quick yesterday. I've seen several of these clipboards on various sites and here's my version.
Binder clip
Ribbon- SU

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Seriously Quick Project

Since it's been so long since I shared anything with you guys I wanted to post something else this evening. Since it was getting late and I didn't have time to think something up for a card I had the idea to put some rub-ons onto this mug I've had sitting around. It literally took less than 10 minutes to do. Great project if you have to make multiples.

Mug- Target's dollar spot
Rub-ons- SU
Ribbon- Offray

It's Been So Long!!!

Oh my goodness it's been so long since my last post! I thought about posting everyday for the past week but I just have not had the time, really. My kids started school last Monday and between organizing things for them, getting into a routine every night, going to football practice and cheer leading practice every night, etc, etc I just haven't had any time to craft let alone post. Now, that's not entirely true. Since both of my kids are in school all day now I have the entire day on Fridays to myself and I did make great use of it in my craft room this past Friday. I made a great (if I do say so myself) baby scrapbook for a coworker all day Friday and part of Saturday, but unfortunately I can't share any of that with you just yet in case she looks at my blog- I wouldn't want to spoil it for her. So you will have to wait a few weeks for that. ;)

But I did get a chance to make another cute gift box today. I got the instructions from last week's SCS weekly inkling. Easy and too cute!

Frame stamp- Stampendous
Sentiments- Papertrey Ink
Crystal brad- SU
Ribbon- Michael's
Corner rounder punch and word window punch- SU
Scallop scissors

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Diaper Fold Pouch

Here's another super easy project that's quick and uses minimal supplies. I saw it on last week's SCS's weekly inkling. For the tutorial go to the SCS website (follow link on my sidebar) and enter "diaper fold pouch" in the search box. Really great!

Flower- SU: Pretties Kit
Button- SU
Thread- cross stitch floss

Thursday, August 7, 2008

So Simple Box

You have got to try this! This box was so simple to make and only took 3 supplies and no stamping. I followed a video tutorial by Kristina Werner. Here is the link to her site Just go to this site and type in the search box "Origami Box".

Ribbon- Offray

Pretty Notepad

I'm a big note taker/list maker. I have a list going all the time. I would even say my life is one never ending list. If it doesn't get written down it doesn't get done. I've tried to teach my husband this but he has failed to catch on. If he asks me to get something specific at the store I say "Put it on the list" and yet he never does. Therefore, I rarely remember to get it. You would think after 14 years he would have learned by now! :) So these little altered notebooks were right up my alley.

CS- SU: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Ribbon- Michael's and Offray
Circle punches- SU
Scallop punch- Nestie.
Corner rounder punch
Image- Papertrey Ink and Inkadinkado

First Project With My Bind-It-All

Well, I broke down and bought a Bind-It-All. I've seen it used on a lot of projects lately and I used it in a class at Archiver's once but I wasn't sure I would use enough to pay that much money for it. But when I saw this little coaster project I knew I had to have it (the 30% off coupon helped me to decide too!)). I'm glad I got it too because the instruction disc that came with it had so many cool projects that I know I will be making soon.

2 coasters
DP- Diecuts With A View
CS- SU: Old Olive, WW
Image- SU: Just Celebrate
SU markers
Ribbon- Offray
Corner rounder punch- SU

I Guess Everything's OK

I've heard from several of you saying that you're still receiving my posts, so I guess every thing's OK with my Feedburner subscriber. I'm assuming that when I go to the Feedburner site it is just saying that there are zero subscribers but in actuality they are still there. Oh well, we'll just see how it goes from here.
I will be posting some very cute projects in the next few days so stay tuned! Mary

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Subscribers Alert!

A week or so ago one of the blogs I subscribe to said that they were having trouble with their site manager or something. So I was just checking mine to see if everything was ok. When I logged into Feedburner it said I had Zero Subscribers instead of the 31 that I had just had about 3-4 weeks ago. Well, I know I'm not the best out there or anything but I can't believe that all 31 of my subscribers would have left me in less than a month. :) So this leads me to think that something might have gone wrong with Feedburner and it cancelled my subscribers or something. So if this happened to you and you're wondering why you haven't gotten any posts from me lately that's probably why and you will have to re-subscribe. I hope that you've found your way back here and that you will want to join my blog again!! :) Mary

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Thank You Gift Set

Hi there! Hope you're all enjoying the weekend. It's very hot here so we've been staying inside mostly, except for my son's football evaluations. Poor kid, he was really sweating out there but he stayed with it without complaints. This is a monogrammed thank you set that I made for a daughter of a co-worker. She is getting married in about a month and I thought she could always use some thank yous with her new last name initial. They are simple because I wanted them to be unisex. The colors are very classy though I think. I hope she and her groom like them.

CS- SU: Sahara Sand, BB
Envelopes- SU
Images- Papertrey Ink: b&c monogram edition and ambassador monogram; and Inkadinkado
Clear box- Papertrey Ink
Circle punches- SU and Nestie die
Ribbon- Archiver's and Wal Mart
Ticket corner punch- SU

Going for a Ride

I cased this card from Cardmaker magazine. Can't you just imagine riding this bike through the streets of France or someplace special like that? So romantic!

CS- SU: Close to Cocoa, VV
Image- SU: Time for You
Sentiment- SU: Carte Postale
Watercolor pencils and Aqua painter
Ink for sponging- SU: Close to Cocoa, Choc Chip
Brads- Michael's

Sassy Suzie Says Hello

Have you seen the Sassy Suzie set from SU? She is so funny. Great for cards for girlfriends. I didn't have room for any of her funny statements on the front of this one but she looks like she's waving hello so I thought that stamp fit.

CS- SU: Green Galore, Lavender Lace, Bashful Blue
DP- unknown source
Image- SU: Sassy Suzie
Copic markers
Ribbon- Wal Mart
Crystals- Me & My Big Ideas