Friday, August 26, 2011

Family Ties

I had gotten a bundle of some of the new products from the up coming Holiday Mini Catalog, and included in it was some of the Spice Cake fabric and designer (HUGE) buttons. How fun, except I left my sewing machine back in SD. Then an idea hit me...tear it into strips and use it like that. No sewing machine required! And what could be better than having it match with the new In Color, Pool Party, one of my very favorites!
The picture of all my grandchildren together, is one of my most treasured pictures! It doesn't happen often enough that they are all in one place at the same time and then trying to get them all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time is about impossible! How precious they are!
Ingredients: Stamps: Medallion
Paper: Pool Party, Soft Suede, More Mustard, DSP Spice Cake, Old Olive
Ink: VersaMark Pad
Accessories: Designer Fabric Spice Cake, clear embossing powder, brayer, Designer Buttons Spice Cake, Heat tool, 1 1/4" circle punch, Dimensionals, Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive

Here's a picture a little bit closer so you can see some of the detail on the emboss resist background. I stamped the Medallion with VersaMark on my Designer Paper, embossed it with clear embossing powder, then brayered over the top of it with Soft Suede. The embossed area resists the ink and shows the pattern paper underneath. I wish you could all see it in person! It's so amazing and of course the picture of my grand kids is the best! (Grandma brag time!) Faith looks a little scared, and I do have a better picture of her, but then it wasn't very good of the other kids. From left to right they are: Gabe holding baby Michael, Lily with Collin on her lap, then Faith.

You can see here too that I punched out a 1 1/4" circle to cover the middle of that large button and wrote cousins on it and the date, with a little stitch of linen thread through the holes.
I'm spending the day getting all my "stuff" organized for the vendor fair tomorrow. If you're in Elko for the day, stop out and say hi! Road trip, maybe?? Really, really long road trip??
Please be in prayer for my son, Aaron and his wife, Niki. They live in NC right in the middle of where Irene is set to come on shore. Aaron is with the Marines and unable to get out of town at this time, so they will not be able to evacuate. My son,Trent and his wife, Megan are in SC and will be getting some of the back lash too. Please pray for their safety and God's mercy for the whole east coast.
I'll be back with another project I finished this morning tomorrow. Do something fun today!
Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Catalog Copy Cat

I have paged through the Idea Book and Catalog many times and each time it seems that I see something new. I have a lot of the samples circled to try to copy cat.  It's no wonder that our catalog has been voted as the best for so many years! New to the catalog this year, are the textured impressions embossing folders set (pg 218) that gives you an embossed frame using a smaller sized embossing folder. If you've tried them, you know that they can leave a mark around your card stock where the outside edge of the folder is. Well, that's great if you've going to cut or tear around them, but doesn't look so hot when you're leaving it on the front of your card. I found the way to solve that with the advice of other demonstrators. I love the network available to us as demonstrators! It's like having a whole design team working with you!
Ingredients: Stamp Set Curly Cute, Parlor Prints
Paper: Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sued, First Edition DSP
Ink: Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folders, Soft Suede Marker, Color Spritzer Tool, Scallop Edge and 1/16" circle punches, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Vintage Trinkets, Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

  I spritzed the card front with the Soft Suede marker in the color spritzer tool. That's one tool that I really like, but so often forget about!  The pearls are placed into the small punch hole that you make with the 1/16" circle punch along the scallop edge.And don't forget the inside!

Now, here's the way to keep the card stock from "denting" when you emboss it with the smaller folders. Use the Silicone rubber pad that you use for the Texturz plates! Using the multipurpose platform completely closed (no tabs open), insert a single layer of card stock into the folder. Lay the folder on top of the platform, place one standard Texturz Silicone Rubber Mat on top of the embossing folder, then top with ONE of the standard cutting pads (the clear pad that you sandwich with). I opened my card so that only one layer of the card stock was going through the Big Shot sandwich that I had created. If your punches reach to where you have your frame (mine didn't) you can punch out the center with the 1 3/8" square punch or the wide oval punch for the oval frame. I ended up cutting mine on my paper cutter, then trimming a little with the scissors which is where I lost the tiny extra edge around the middle. Oops! I wasn't going to waste a whole card, so just did without it. Of course the sample in the catalog is perfect, but not me...I just try to be! HA!
Give it a try and see what creations you can come up with! I have another scrap book page done and will share that with you tomorrow! See you then!
Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I loved this picture of Faith holding Michael for the first time, and couldn't wait to scrap it. It just makes me smile! I also love our catalog and the great ideas it is jam packed with and every year I try to pick out my favorite scrap book page and copy it. This year my choice was the page on page 150 in the Idea Book and Catalog. That page caught my eye the first time I glanced through the catalog and this picture was just perfect for the saying on it. Little Faith's smile lit up the room holding her brother for the first time!
Ingredients: Stamps Parlor Prints, Sweet Floral
Paper: Textured Bashful Blue, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, More Mustard, Subtles Pattern DSP
Ink: VersaMark, Old Olive
Accessories: Old Olive, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy markers, clear embossing powder, More Mustard scallop dots ribbon, Regals brads, dimensionals, Boho Blossoms punch, Lace Ribbon punch, corner punch, Itty Bitty shapes punch pack, Big Shot, Scallop Square die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlets Dies

Here's a close up of the flowers:
I used the faux suede technique to make them. You crumple the paper (I did it after I punched them), then peel the layers apart and put them together. The adhesive is just in the middle so the petals can be ruffled after the brad is put through the center. It sure adds lots of dimension to them, and speaking of dimension, I added little snips of dimensionals to the smile letters to make them stand out a little.
Notice that great border too that the new lace ribbon border punch makes!
It's been great fun to put together a scrapbook page. It's been a while since I've gotten much scrapping done. How about you? Is it time to dig it all out again? Remember, it's not about being caught up, it's about doing it!
I have another card to share with you later, but have kids stirring around so have to go for now. I'll be back later with another copy from the catalog. Go through yours and pick out your favorite samples! If you need a copy of the catalog, be sure to contact me.
Happy Stampin'!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Candy Wrappers

I'm part of a vendor fair next weekend here in Elko, so have been working on a little give away from me to those that will be stopping by. This little candy wrapper is done with the two tags die and the Big Shot and went together fairly quickly. What a fun little place card this would be for your Thanksgiving table, or even at your next Bunco night! You could stamp anything on the tag to make it fit your occasion.
Ingredients: Stamps: French Foliage, Just Believe
Paper: Crumb cake, Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, DSP Spice Cake
Ink: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Big shot, Two Tags Die, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon , floss, sticky strip, Snail adhesive, dimensionals

Here's a picture of the back side so you can see the randomly stamped images and the direct to paper that I did on the edges to bring them out.

Here's a picture of the whole pile of them.
Aren't those little chocolates sweet with the wrapping paper? I cut the paper 1 1/2"x 3". There was no waste at all on a 12x12 sheet of paper! I love the new Spice Cake paper coming in the new Holiday mini catalog. You should be getting your copy of the mini catalog in the mail this week or next!
One final picture of the little wrapped chocolate bars. I chose four designs that went with the outside wrappers and wrapped Hershey minis bars. (I didn't eat too many of them as I worked!) 

Katie taught me how to make a new Indonesian dish last night for dinner. She made Rendang, which is a spicy stir fried beef and vegetables. I think I have another favorite Indonesian recipe to make!
School started today for Larry and Katie. I think both were just a little nervous with the first day. We spent a lot of time this weekend getting both classrooms set up and ready for students today. Wish them well and pray for a good year!
I'll be working on a couple of scrap book pages today between kid naps. I want to be able to display a couple of those this weekend, and didn't bring any of my done projects with me. Look for those in a day or two! Happy Stampin'!