Friday, February 26, 2010

Sketch Book Share

As promised I'm going to share another of my little books. I uploaded it and the other homer I got plus two cards I made yesterday. The cover isn't as pretty scanned as in person. Not sure what t he technique is called but I'd say something with a water spray, looks like the ocean. The little girls are done with colored pencils and glued to the front. The corners are the black old fashioned ones. This is a birthday book with the theme Happy Days, made by my friend Sandy. The page next to the cover was done by Sandy also. You can barely make out the cupcake but it's dry embossed and done like a stamp. The whole page is done in the same color as the cover, a kind of turquoise. The pink page is stamped and colored with markers and pens. This page was done by Sheila. The next page is stamped with a multicolored ink pad. It is a girl on the back of a dragon fly. The wings are glittered. This was done by Karla. The blue one in the second two is the back of the cover. Sandy also did this work. She is a very talented lady. The Happy Birthday page has a punched cake with diamond decorations. The heart is a charm. It has Made with Love on it. The page was made by Mary. Thank you ladies so much. I love belonging to this group. Everyone is so talented and sometimes come up with things that know one else would. It's exciting to work in these books because you never really know what the theme might be. The theme for my birthday books was Happy Times.

Tomorrow will be a super busy day for us as it's the Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation Banquet. Today we set up the bar and tomorrow we start serving. Seems like every year it gets earlier. Hope I have my ducks in a row. Every year the drink trend changes so hope I'm on top of it. It'll be fun and tiring, so you may not hear from me for a day or two.

Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Spring Card

Last night I was off to the County Spelling Bee. My granddaughter was in it for the 5th grade. There were sixteen competing. In the practice round a little over half missed their words. In the first round 8 went out. One of them being her. She was pretty bummed since last year she was 4th. These words were pretty hard, but she said it's ok, I'll just keep trying. On Sunday she and her mother's family are moving back to Homer, Alaska. I'm pretty sad to see her go. She promised she'd spend the summer down here. Her dad is really going to miss her, as he see her everyday at school when she's not living with him. She is real good company for him. She told me the other night how proud she was of him for all the things he does for his class and his coaching. He coached her basketball team. Then for the high school runs the clock and does stats. Anyway, I'm a pretty proud mom of all my kids and grandkids.

My share today was made by me and not exactly what I thought it would turn out like. The card is for a swap with a crayon resist. Bet you don't see the resist? The background is the shave cream technique. The center is stamped with Black. The stamp set is retired from Close to My Heart called Loves Me Loves Me Not. I colored the daisy with marker, then went over the pedals with crayon. I then sponged over the top with Sweet Leaf ink (CTMH), then wiped the ink off the pedals. I used a yellow crayon so maybe that was my problem. I thought it would be brighter. The ribbon is from Walmart. If someone is really good with this technique please leave a comment on where I can see if I did this wrong. Thank a bunch.
That's it for today. Tomorrow I'll try and share my little book that came. In fact I got another one yesterday. These are so cute. Stop again, I'll try something different next time I share my work. Not sure I like this card.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Card 2 of Swap

It's sun shine again today. I love it, spring and fall are my favorite seasons. Not to hot and not to cold. Had a great time yesterday. Had 11 ladies for the Event Calendar Workshop. Took us 4 hours to do everything. I kinda of screwed up and gave them the work info on one top, so said I'd make them one. Not sure what I was thinking. Had 3 tables and then rotated the months. Anyway they got them done. Some had a real twist on them. None looked exactly the same.

The card today is from the things I got in the mail. It's a fun card. The main background is the one I had to work with, it's a Happy Birthday Cuttle Bug folder, colored in yellow. I then layered Sunny Yellow cardstock (CTMH). The buttons are sewn on with yellow silk thread to the rick rack. These were both in the envelope. The stamp is Februarys Stamp of the Month Piece of Cake (CTMH). I colored it with markers . The saying is from the same stamp set. The inside says Happy Birthday. Today I need to make some cards for a different swap so I'll share it tomorrow.
Not much else happening in our world today. Chuck is working on rebuilding a portable bar for the Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation for Sat. I'm puttering with what I have left to do, ice chests and ice. Then I'm off to school.
Have a wonderful day, come back soon.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Swap

A sunny good morning to you all. I'm coming out of gloom and smiling big smiles the last couple of days. It has been gorgeous here the last 3 days. Yesterday I even took my jacket off. Spent the day in Wenatchee teaching a TIPS class. It was alot of fun with a great group of people. This class was held at the Spring Hill Marriott. It's not open yet, but is going to be a super classy place. I really enjoy going to some of these new and different places.

All righty on to the title of my blog share. I'm in a new swap. I hope you'll enjoy following what I come up with. In this particular swap, we had to come up with 12 of the same background for cards and an embellishment to go with them. When they come back each person gets 2 of 6 different backgrounds and an envelope with embellishments in it. You really can't tell what embellishment goes with what background. The rules are you have to use one or more of the embellishments that are sent to you for each card. I got 2 large flowers and 3 things that could be used for centers. 2 blue flowers and 3 yellowish flowers, some beautiful bronze ribbon and some yellow rick rack. With that said here is what I came up with for my first card. I always start with a white card. I then layered Vineyard Berry cardstock (CTMH) on it. Next came the background. This background is done bronze metal cardstock, it was run through the Cuttle Bug, I'm not sure of the file name. A Technique Junkie technique called Patina was then put on it. This give a gold tone to it. I'm not sure you can see it in the scan. I used one of the big flowers with the jewel, it's just a little darker than the background color. The backing behind the Thank You is shiny Gold cardstock (from stash). The Thank You is on Gold Rush cardstock (CTMH) and stamped with Vineyard Berry ink (CTMH). The Thank You is from Curly Sentiment (retired CTMH). It's simply, yet looks nice.
I did get my calendar tops all done. Now have 12 coming tomorrow, so have some cutting today as I only cut for 11. That's ok, I'm not turning anyone away. It'll be fun. Thanks for stopping by, come again.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Some More Calendar Tops

Man, I have so many things going on, I'm not getting much done. I did get some of my tops done, have one more to go. Having a real hard time, it's for Sept. Should I go school or fair? Both happen here in Sept. Better get it figured out soon as the workshop is Sunday. Here are todays share. The one on the right is for June. It's base is from Giggles & Grins paper pack level 2 (retired), then Sunny Yellow cardstock. The stamp set is Summertime, stamped in black and colored with markers. It has Black Bitty Brads in the corners. The card on the left is for August. I know your thinking what up with this idea. Well, in August we have the Stampede and Suicide Race so I thought of this. The stamp set is Cowboy Silhouette (retired). The base is Black cardstock with a piece of Sasparilla paper from the level 2 pack. The brads are in pewter. Sponging is done in Barn Red ink. Bottom one's base is from the Star Dust bulk paper pack. The white is on Moonstruck cardstock. The stamp set is Beauty of Christmas (retired), but one of my favorites. The trees are covered in Fun Flock for snow. The white is sponged with Topiary ink. The ribbon is grosgrain in Moonstruck. This is for Dec. All the above products are from Close to My Heart.

I hope you liked these. I enjoyed doing them and am very excited for the girls to do their calendars. I hope they like them too. They usually tweek them in some way to make them their own, which is great. Until next time.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More Calendar Pixs

Sorry about missing yesterday, but was super busy. My body is feeling it today. Made twice baked potatoes yesterday morning for the dinner last night. Took about 3 1/2 hours. Then went back and did the meat (pork loin). Everything came out wonderful. Had a dessert auction after dinner. We bought a Black Forest something and it was to die for. Had dark chocolate cake, a pudding with layers of pie cherry filling in between then whip cream and chocolate shavings on top. Probably 9 million calories, but totally worth it.

Today is 4 more of the calendar months. I not going in order if you didn't notice. I'm also not using alot of new stamp sets and paper. I buy papers and never know what to do with them so I have a pretty good stash. I love these stamp sets and have bought some new ones but styles change and the new ones I have aren't quiet for months, except the hearts I used. Two of these next 4 are not retired and they've become some of my favorites. If you are die hard stamper you have your favorites and the ones you buy are something you'll use forever. When I started with Close to My Heart all their stamps were wood. I bought a ton cause I loved the imprints. Then they went to acrylic on some of the sets I had and I thought, I've got these why buy more of the same they still work great so I bought new ones and kept the old. So some of these images are done with wooden stamps. The snowman is for January. It's from Magical Season and stamped in black and colored with black, twilight and brown. There is glitter on the body and flakes around it. The base paper is from the Aspen level 2 packet. The big punch is from Marvy and done with Desert Sand cardstock. 2. Is for May, the flower is done in two step stamping in Blush & Tulip ink. The stamp set is Friendships Blessing. The sponging is done with Garden Green. The base paper is from the Floral paper pack level 2 on Garden Green cardstock. 3. Is Cranberry ink distress on White cardstock. The blue with stars is from a very old paper pack. The firecracker is from Snap, Crackle, Pop, a retired set. It's stamped in Black & Cranberry. The spark is stamped in Sunflower and glitter was added. This is for July. 4. Is done on Enchanted paper pack in bulk. The scarcrow, pumpkin & crow were stamped on scraps and colored with markers. This stamp set is one of my old wood ones called Hey There, it came out in acrylic and is now retired. I hope you are enjoying these and come back to see the rest. The class is next Sunday. Sure hope I get some inspiration for the rest of them.
Till next time,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Perpetual (Event) Calendar

Happy Friday or should I say TGIF, when your retired everyday is either Friday, Sat. or Sun., just ask my husband. I kinda have to remember what day it is since I teach a different class each day. Has been nice to not have school this week. Got quite a bit done. Did all my little books, then got some more. Will have another birthday book to share tomorrow.

Started working on my Event Calendar. I love this calendar and use it all the time. Sorry it turned out kind of long, but that's how it is, long. If I didn't people (family) wouldn't get cards close to their birthdays. I call it a perpetual calendar as you use it year after year. To me it's a recording of history. I have my folks birthdays and when they passed on it, also when their anniversary was. You can pretty much put whatever you want to remember from year to year. What I'm sharing is some of the tops for the months. Some of the months pretty much speak for themselves, but I'll explain anyway. Far left is March,back is Clover Green cardstock. It's random stamped in Clover Green. The hat is from a long retired set called St. Patrick Surprise. It's colored with a gold leaf pen and Clover Green marker. Moving to the right, February. Back is Cranberry cardstock, with a stash doily layered. The heart is from the stamp set " Heart Throb. I used embossing ink and used white embossing powder. Then rolled with Cranberry ink. I think the technique is called Joseph's Coat. The bottom left is for November. Back is Goldrush cardstock, layered with Natures Treasures paper level 2. The image is from retired Give Thanks, it's colored with markers. The edges are sponged with Goldrush ink. The last one is for March. The back paper is from Paper Garden level 2, then layered with Pedal cardstock. The Butterfly is from retired Spring Possibilities. The technique is called Twist and Kiss. It's done by inking a solid stamp and twisting another stamp over it. Makes for a very cool effect. All items used in these tops are from Close to My Heart. The hat is from D.O.T.S (now CTMH). I have more in different stages of not done. The workshop is set for Sunday, Feb. 21 at the East Elementary Library at 10. I have 10 signed up but could take 12. It should be alot of fun. These also make great gifts.
Hope you enjoyed these, will try and have more for next time. Thanks for coming by.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Neighbors

Today has nothing to do with stamping, maybe later with scrapbooking. Just about us and the things that happen with us.

When we first moved to our home, we had one neighbor. We live about a mile from the downtown area. In the last 29 years, town has moved closer to us. We now have 2 business's and 4 neighbors. We all have 2 acre lots. There used to be a 20 acre apple orchard behind us, but they pulled it up to sell in plots. So far nothing has sold. 3 of our neighbors have pretty well kept places, the one next door is a junk yard with no fence. We now have some wonderful new neighbors. They are a family of 7. Never bother a soul and keep a pretty good yard. Can't figure out if there is a buck in the bunch. They are all big and seem to not be afraid when we're in the yard. We haven't figured out why they are down so low as we have no snow higher up. They seem to alway have one that watches. Was a pretty good shock when we came home and they were here. The have been down to the house and eaten some of the stuff that was in the garden, so far they haven't touched my roses. There is plenty of grass for them as it just keeps raining and turning green. This has been the craziest winter ever for us. Just keep waiting for the big dump and it doesn't come. You can bet I will be scrapbooking my pictures of the Mule Deer family. Can just about bet my son-in-law will be visiting real soon. He's not going to believe this.
Hope you enjoyed my pictures, sorry the first one is kinda blurry. Come back again and see what I'm up to. Really am making some cards and things.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Getting ready for Valentines Day

Been busy the last few days and didn't really have much to share as I haven't had a chance to get to my messy place. Yesterday was the big game. I spent most of it playing cards. That was a lot of fun. Did win 1 quarter. Decided I only lost $1 for the whole day. Not to bad. Don't have to work this week so have lots of home things to do. Was helping with the Valentines Dinner this coming Sat. night and got put in charge yesterday. The chairmans husband was rushed to the hospital. He was in pretty serious condition. Extended bladder, very low blood pressure and missing 5 pints of blood. They operated yesterday on the bladder and he's in stable condition. Anyways, I'm now doing pork loin and twice baked potatoes. I'm not a person fond of doing the twice baked, love to eat them though.

For today's share, a valentine's card for my grandkids. They are all made the same. Very simple and fast. That's cause 2 need to be mailed. It looks darker than it is. I distressed the base of the card with all CTMH inks, Blush, Chocolate and Holiday Red. I stamped the image and embossed with Black embossing powder, then watercolored with the ink pads. (Directions: use a water brush and pickup ink from the lid or sides of stamp pad and paint.) I used the Holiday Red for the balloon and hearts and Chocolate for the cat. The stamp set is retired from CTMH. The brads are punched from scraps of Holiday Red cardstock and glued and covered with liquid glass. They are very easy and look like the real deal. Now all I have to do is address and mail.

Until next time you all have a great day.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sketchbook Share

Today I'm sharing a little book I received for my birthday. We start books for people on their birthday then send to however many are in the group to stamp in. All the birthday books have the same theme, you get a different view of each persons perspective of that theme. My theme was "Happy Times", so here"s the first book back. The cover is the Dove candy box with a cake and happy birthday embossed on it by Mary. The next is the cup cake with the tickets, stamped by Sandra. The fireplasce with the stockings follows by Sheila. The cupcake and fireplace are colored using colored pencils. The last is a chair with a cat, fireplace and 3 cats all curled up in front of it. Around the edge is glitter glue. The ink was a 3 colored pad. It's by Karla. I really like these little books. I'm getting quite the collection. Here's how the group works. We make 2 books a year for each member the first of the group, usually the first of the year and the middle. The books only have 6 pages. They are then sent on to someone in the group and continue until all pages are done. Sometime you make up the theme and sometimes you pick something they request. I just finished working in one that had the theme Pictionary. It was really fun finding stamps to make a word. Sometime they are pretty hard. This one I really had to think on using what stamps I have. I ended up stamping waves, beach and a bum looking guy for beachbum. It's a fun group. If you'd like to know more or join this group email me.
This is it for today. Come back again and leave a comment if you wish.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Short Share

Been busy today and haven't had a chance to get on here and get my thoughts together. A friend called this morning and I took her to the chiropractor. She just had a arota value replacement on the 22nd of Jan. and can't drive yet. She looked really well and said she is recovering well. It was almost identical to my younger brothers a year ago this month. Very scary for the family.
Today is a picture from last night. We gave Patty her check from the Auction /Dinner. This first picture is of the Aux. President, Angela, Penny & Aerie President David giving Patty her check. The large check was made by Kellie, one of the committee members. The next picture is of most of the people that helped on the committee and get everything done. Back row: Noami, Jim(Chairman), Shag (her dad and biggest helper), Anita, Pam; Front: Me, Patty & Marnie. Some of the missing: Auctioneers, Mike, Larry & Steve; Spotters: Chad, Jim & Roy; Advertising person: Mary; Cooks: Tracee, Kellie, Rae & some I didn't see; Auction display people: Tyler, Miranda, Madaline & Spencer; Not sure of the food servers names, they were from a school program. To all these and to those that came, Our heartfelt thanks.
Have a wonderful day and come back tomorrow.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Card for Swap

I didn't do much yesterday. Did get my card swap ready to go. So that will be my share today. The technique on this card is called " Hair Mousse", from Splitcoast Stampers. Here is what you need. Glossy Paper, Hair mousse and 3 reinkers. Shake your Mousse so it comes out foamy, (you can use any that foams). Spray on the glossy paper. Now drop reinker on the foamy spots. These should start to spread. If not roll your paper back and forth so it moves on the paper. You can use a toothpick to help move it by pulling the toothpick through it. Let dry completely. You could use your heat gun to help it along, just don't get to close as this paper burns easily. If it curls when dry put a heavy book on it. Hope you enjoy this technique and try it. They don't turn out the same, but close. On this card, I used Goldrush, Orange and Sunny Yellow from CTMH. I don't know who the butterfly stamp is from. The Spring is from a set from CTMH. They were stamped on a transparency. I used Goldrush eyelets and tied Raffia through them. It's a different type of background kind of like shavecreme.
For those local, I doing a Event Calendar Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the East School Library. It is a prepay of $16, this pays for the calendar and the supplies. I will need your pay by Feb. 8. So that calendars and supplies can be ordered. I sent an email to most of you, so you can email me or call.
That's it for today, hopefully I have something new tomorrow. Welcome to the first day of February. We have no snow, just a dreary day so far. Maybe the ground hog won't see his shadow tomorrow. I'm ready for sunny days.