More simple cards

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Here are a couple more simple cards I made the other night.

Here is a close up of the one on the right. I used my new Scor-pal (really every crafter should have one of these) to make some decorative scor lines, I hope you can see them in the picture. Be sure you will see many more cards like this because I am lovin' this look.

And I am realizing looking at these last few cards that my stamp pads desperately need to be re-inked. Off to do that now.

Simple cards

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I have been really into making these simple cards lately. I am making a goal to use up a lot of my stash of stuff. For starters I am trying to use the tons of ribbon that I have. It is so pretty and I have a hard time actually using but I finally decided it was not doing anybody any good sitting on my shelf.

Here are some simple 3x3 cards I made using some of the new clear stamps my mom got me, the Fancy Flexible Phrases set from SU and some ribbon.

New stamps for Christmas

Friday, December 28, 2007

My SIL got me these stamps by Hero Arts for Christmas so I made some real simple cards with them and my ribbon (that I hoard).

And here is a close up of one of them:

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I joined this new group called sisterhood of the blogging stampers. It is basically 20 people (whose blogs will be linked on the right side of my blog in the next few days) who have stamp related blogs, will link each other and visit and comment on each other's blogs. So I am supposed to tell a little about myself for them.

I am 30 years, married for almost 9 years, and I have an 8 yr. old daughter and 4 yr. old son. I teach high school Geometry. I started scrapbooking in June of 2001 and stamping in March of 2003. I became a SU demo in April 2005. My daughter is finally old enough to stamp with me and I love that except that means she wants to use all my stuff. I am a math person so my stamping tends to be very symmetric. I am a ribbon and brad hoarder.

A little late but

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Here is one last ornament I made on Christmas Eve. I used some left over laminating stuff from something I laminated at school. I stamped my image using staz-on and colored in with sharpies. Then I rolled it up and stuck down in the clear ornament and then poured some silver glitter inside.

Crafting Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2007

I received several new toys from my mom for Christmas. Here is a pic of all of them. I can't wait to organize my stuff and play with them.

Included is a Scor-pal (I am most excited about this), 3 sets of clear stamps, some organizing stuff and a subscription to Creating Keepsakes. Yay for me!

Kaitlyn's altered item

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I could not be prouder. A friend of mine gave Kaitlyn some scrapping stuff for her birthday. Kaitlyn had a little gift box so she decided to cover it. She was so proud of herself, she gave it to my mom for Christmas.

Domino Ornaments

Friday, December 21, 2007

I bought a package of Dominoes at the Dollar General and stamped an image on them with staz-on. Then I used sharpies to color in the santas. I attached a ribbon to the back and put a small strip of paper on to cover it on the back.

A can instead of a bag

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Kaitlyn has two teachers this year so I made them some monogram notecards, a post-it holder with matching pen and an ornament. Instead of using a bag to put it in I covered a formula can with paper. Then I punched a hole in the sides using my crop-a-dile (see yesterday's post) and tied a ribbon on it with a scalloped ornament on the side. Then I stuffed some tissue paper in them just like a bag. I am happy with the way they turned out except for the fact that I ran out ribbon for the second one so the handle is kinda short.

The Amazing Crop-a-dile

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I do not have a finished product to show you today but I wanted to show you the amazingness of the crop-a-dile. I punched a hole today in this formula can (you will see why tomorrow) and I punched a hole in this thin piece of wood. You can seriously punch though almost anything.

Peppermint patties

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I have wanted to make some of these peppermint patty things I saw a while ago on Sharon Roger's blog so when I ordered this scallop punch I got a package of peppermint patties even before my punch arrived so that I would be ready to go. Kaitlyn needed some stocking stuffers to take to her class so I got some Christmas pencils but also made these for her to take. These are simple with just one stamp in Glorious Green and then layered on a scallop made with the scallop punch. It takes two and kinda makes a peppermint sandwich. But they were cute and easy enough that I made 18 in less than 30 minutes.

Binder clips

Saturday, December 15, 2007

I made these cute (and inexpensive) altered binder clips. All I did was use the 2.5 inch binder clips from Office Depot and cut a strip of paper to cover the bottom. Then I embellished them and tied a ribbon around the top.

"Now what on earth on you going to use these for?" you ask. I have seen several people use them as place cards but I am going to give them to use as picture holders, like this.

Noel Blocks

Friday, December 14, 2007

I saw a set of blocks on a blog I visit often called StampinMama. I wanted to try these for myself so I went to Hobby Lobby and got some 2 inch blocks. I sanded them down and painted them red. Then I cut squares of paper and used modge podge to adhere the paper to the blocks. I then used some chipboard letters that I had painted red and glue dotted those to the blocks once they dried. I am pretty pleased with how it looks. Now I just have to go back and get some more blocks to try this again.

Here is a photo of one of the blocks up close:

Post-it holders

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

I made these post-it holders (again inspired by Angie Juda's blog). I used some coasters I had bought at Dollar Tree. I covered the front with paper, attached the post-it notes with sticky strip, then added the binder clip. I had previously covered the binder clip with paper and tied a ribbon on it.

These were very easy. Kaitlyn has two teachers this year and this will be part of their gift.

Rolled up Ornament

Monday, December 10, 2007

I had several strips of paper left over from making those paper trees so I decided to make these glass ball ornaments with my left overs that I had seen several places. All I did was roll up the strips of paper and drop them down into the ball. This did take more strips that I had anticipated and it still is not as full as I would have liked but it works. I found these glass ball ornaments in a package of 3 at dollar tree. So that makes this a cute yet inexpensive project.

Monogram cards

Sunday, December 9, 2007

My bunco girls recently did something really sweet for me as a group. So as a thank you to them I made each of them a set of monogram cards. There were 6 cards in each set and they were sized about 3 and a half by 5. These cards were inspired by a lady named Angie Juda.
I used the scallop punch that I have recently become addicted to. They were real simple to make. I made 66 cards in one afternoon in no time at all.

Scallop ornaments

Saturday, December 8, 2007

I got this new scallop punch the other day and I love it. I cannot believe I waited so long so get it. I have punched so many scallops out. I made these simple paper ornaments. I punched 6 scallops out, folded them in half, and adhered them together. I think they will also make the cutest little package toppers.

And here are some close up pictures of them individually.

Paper Trees

Saturday, November 24, 2007

I have become addicted to making these paper trees. Last year for Christmas I made a bunch of those glitter ornaments. You can see them here. But this year it is these paper trees. This is another tutorial on Splitcoast. I have been to Hobby Lobby twice now to get the materials to make them. I will use these as gifts for Christmas. I am so proud of the way they turned out.

Here is the forest of all the ones I have made so far:

This is the first one I made. It is actually my favorite. I still have to find some moss to go around the bottom of the tree to cover up the the styrofoam.

This one is very similar to the first.

I decided not to put a pot on the bottom of this one.

Then I found these mini cones. So I thought I would make some mini paper trees. I made this blue colored one with a snowflake topper. The tutorial says you cut the strips of paper 1x4 inches so I did that for this one as well as the previous ones. I thought it looked a little odd so for the next one I cut the strips 3/4 x 3 inches. That worked much better. I put the red and green one on a flower pot but I still have to find something to cover the bottom. I made a snowflake topper for the other one using some chipboard I painted white.

Pennant Banner

Friday, November 23, 2007

My favorite stamping site that I visit pretty much daily for ideas is Splitcoaststampers (it is linked on the right hand side). They are having a two week holiday tutorial blitz. One of the tutorials is a pennant banner. Here is my attempt at making one. It turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself.

I will definitely be making more of these for gifts this Christmas.

Free Card

I went to Archiver's last weekend just to browse and they had a free make and take card. The woman helping me was not very helpful. She wanted to do it for me. I really wanted to tell her I could do it myself, I am a seasoned stamper. Nevertheless, here it is:

My scrapbook personality

Thursday, November 22, 2007

I am paper. Kinda boring but I think it means pretty designer paper!

What scrapbooking item are you?

You are PAPER!You are an all natural basic person who likes to act as a foundation to others. You are willing to take a backseat in most of your relationships and let others take the spotlight, while you show your support and help them shine! Underneath it all, you are the one who makes it all happen. You are the focus and stability in any group, even if you are not the leader. Others look to you to set the pace and provide ideas for ways to get things done. But Paper Beware - sometimes you get a little edgy with the people who look to you for support and can give them some papercut remarks that can hurt their feelings. Remember to watch what you say, because you are best when leading by example.
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I finally stamped

Sunday, October 7, 2007

After two months of pretty much no stamping I made some cards. I made 10 each of these thank you cards for my sister-in-law for her shower.

I used perfect plum, pale plum, mellow moss, and white cardstock and the cake stamp from Year after Year stamp set.
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One more can

Sunday, July 29, 2007

So I made another covered can today. I had a baby shower to go to for Kelley (her church shower). I made this can and filled it with labor day/hospital stay essentials such as a mini fan, suckers, travel size toiletries, chapstick, etc. I put her baby's name (Will) on the can so that she can also use it for a memory keeper.

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She is doing the nursery in trains so I found this paper at my LSS and then used the Very Punny stamp set.
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Another covered can

Saturday, July 28, 2007

I made this covered can for Kelley for her baby shower today. It is a mom's pamper kit and included a pedicure gift certificate, some nail polish, foot cream, loofah, clippers, nail files, and body wash. I also made this card to go with it using the Bubble Queen set and even put eyelets on the stamped image so I got to use my crop-a-dile for the first time.

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Pregnancy Survival Kit

Friday, July 27, 2007

I made this pregnancy survival kit for a friend who recently found out she was pregnant with her third child. The kit included a mini fan, tums, tylenol, toilet paper, kleenex, chapstick and some m&m's. I have really been into making these covered cans lately. I will have two more to upload tomorrow.

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Shoe Fund Can

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I made this covered can today. I used a baby formula can and wrapped paper around it, added some ribbon, title, and flowers and Viola!. I am going to use it to put spare change so I titled it my shoe fund can. Hmm, How much moola do you think I can get in there (I did choose the tallest can I had)?

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Why I never stamp

Sunday, July 22, 2007

This is why I don't stamp as much as I would like to:
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This is my kitchen table after a couple hours of stamping. I just made a few cards and the time it took me to drag this stuff out and put it back up I could have made a few more cards. And then I end up going back to my bedroom about 18 times to get something else I forgot. It is so frustrating.

New Rubber

I got this new set (Year After Year) a couple of weeks ago and just last night finally got inspired to use it.
I made this pumpkin card because I wanted to use this ribbon that I had gotten at Target. I have a slight ribbon hoarding problem so the fact that I actually used the ribbon is amazing.
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Then I made this birthday card. I had this small strip of paper that I almost threw away but again I hoard paper as well and could not bring myself to get rid of it. Good thing because it fit perfectly on this card and another one down below. Kinda gives the effect of a piece of ribbon.
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This set is perfect for making 3x3 gift cards. I hope to make up a set of them so I can have them handy and also have enough so I can sell packages of them. I guess I better get stamping if that is going to get accomplished.
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New In Colors

Saturday, July 21, 2007

We had our demonstrator meeting last Saturday. We had a make n take day. These cards were stamped by me but not my design.
The first card was designed by Julie. It uses the new in color Groovy Guava and the stamp set polka dots and paisley.
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This next card was designed by Skye Deweez. It uses the new in color River Rock and the stamp set Baroque Motifs and Happy Everything. She wanted to make a Christmas card using a non-traditional set. We also got to use some new chipboard on this card.
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A new blog

Friday, July 20, 2007

So, I have read that I can have more than one blog in my account. I am trying this out because I want to have a blog for my stamping/scrapbooking creations. We shall see.