Thursday, September 30, 2010

Peace on Earth Swap

Our monthly demonstrator meeting is tonight and normally I would be preparing a 3 minute demo but this month were doing a different kind of meeting and I'm super excited about it. We're going to a pretend workshop. Amber will be the demonstrator and we'll all be guests. Doesn't that sound like fun!? I'm excited. We have lots of new people and people that haven't done workshops in a while so we thought doing a pretend one might give people ideas and see how it's done so that we'll want to go out and book a ton and do a ton of workshops too! I love our meetings, I just love hanging out with our group of demonstrators, they're some of the nicest and most creative people I know! Plus I'm really excited not to have to worry about a 3 minute demo this month :) But we're still doing a card exchange and since we're going to a 'workshop' the theme this month is workshop cards. So like I do in my workshops I try to keep my cards fairly simple. So here's my swap this month.

This is the level 2 hostess set in the mini catalog right now and I LOVE the greetings in it. I don't know if it's the fonts of what they say I just love them!! So this card looks simple and IS but uses a bunch of products which is nice. First we have the lovely Deck the Halls DSP, the hostess stamp set and punches. So while it's an easy fast card it's a great card to show our products too.
The earth is popped up with dimensionals, it's a little hard to tell from the picture :) I got the idea for this card from a card on splitcoast, I love that site :)
You could always jazz up this card a little more simply by adding some ribbon or other accessory if you wanted.
Stamp Sets: Peaceful Season
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Deck the Halls DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, 3/4 inch Circle Punch, Dimesionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Christmas Treats

I really should be working on Halloween stuff, but I'm having so much fun making Christmas stuff right now! But we'll get to the project in a second. I haven't posted in a couple of days and you may (or may not) be wondering if anything has happened. NOPE! Still pregnant. I've been doing lots of things to try to get labor going. I walked a TON over the weekend and into this week. Monday I turned the house inside out cleaning it. And I'm horrified to mention this, but it's still not as clean as I would like. It's pretty clean and if you were to come over right now, besides a few dog toys and kid toys being on the floor you might say, 'this is a clean house'. But when you really look, there's still dust, there's still the oven that could use a huge clean, there's still the messy closets and a few more things that bother me but probably wouldn't bother anyone else :) But anyway, so Monday morning before lunch, I had done 2 loads of laundry, cleaned 2 bathrooms from top to bottom, striped and remade 2 beds, done the dishes, and gave the dog a much needed bath. In the afternoon after Logan's nap I vacuumed, Logan dusted (which means the bottom 3 feet of my house are semi dust free but nothing about that), then I moped. I've been told and probably it's true that I was/am nesting, but really I was hoping that ALL that would induce labor. No luck! So now I have more time on my hand. And in my last post I warned you that if I didn't have the baby I would think of more people to make baby announcements for and I did! I'll show you those soon. So now my desk which was half covered in chocolate is now 3/4 covered in chocolate baby announcements. So if this baby doesn't come soon I may not have a desk at all. I seriously have so many chocolate announcements on my desk that I had to make a list of who I made which ones for. It's such an addiction, I NEED HELP!!

But somewhere in between making baby announcements I managed to squeeze in a Christmas project. Would you like to see it? Of course you would, why else would you be here, certainly not to hear me rambling on and on :)

Isn't it A-DOR-A-BLE! I love it!!! I saw this variation on the candy wrapper die on Dianne Shiozaki's blog. I LOVED it and had to make my own!!
I punched out the window with the large oval punch and added a window sheet on the inside behind it. Looking at it now, I should have wrapped the Snickers in some DSP to match the box but wasn't thinking about that at the time. I was only thinking about how cute the box was!

I love this box! And I know that I say it EVERY TIME I get a new die but this one is my new favorite, I just love it!!
I have another doctors appointment tomorrow, so we'll see what the doctor says and how much longer I have to wait. I have been having contractions that are getting stronger, but they're not frequent enough to time or get too excited about but I'm hoping with everything I'm doing I can induce labor. I'm pretty sure, almost positive actually, that my doctor will be inducing me soon. I really don't want to be loaded up with Pitocin, so that's why I'm so eager to get this baby out using natural induction. But if the doctor says lets do it today, I woudn't say no! But anyway, I'll keep you up to date on what's going on!!
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Deck the Halls DSP, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Large Oval and Scallop Oval Punches, Big Shot, Candy Wrapper Die, Early Espresso Taffeta and Striped Ribbon, Window Sheets, Glue Dots, Sticky Strip
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Beary Sweet Treats

I really need to have this baby!!!! Everyday that goes by I think of more people that I want, no wait NEED, to make treats/announcements for. On Friday night I was flipping out because I had 36 candy announcements for friends/family/nurses/doulas/etc., but NOTHING for Logan's school! How on earth could I possibly be so forgetful!?! So on Saturday I went out and got candy, this time the small ones though. I don't think 4 year olds need a king size candy bar and I'm sure their parents would agree :) So fortunately for me the stores are packed with Halloween candy! So Saturday afternoon Logan and I sat down and made 16 of these super cute treats for the kiddos in his class.

Logan choose the stamp set, Beary Best Friends, and I stamped them all and he colored them with the pastels. He was so impressed with the pastels and kept saying how cool they were and how he'd never colored anything with a q-tip before. So if you're looking to impress some 4 year olds let them use your pastels. They're a really safe choice too because you can't really mess them up (and if somehow they do get messed up, they're pretty affordable to replace) and if you designate one q-tip per color like I did colors don't get mixed up and they're pretty easy for little hands to use. The pastels may be my new go to coloring tool when Logan stamps with me :) When the baby is born I'll quickly print up some address labels that say something along the lines of "Logan is proud to announce the birth of his baby sister ________ on ________" I think that's enough info for 4 year olds :) Then I'll stick the labels to the candy bar and send them to school with him.

I still need to make the teachers and staff at his school some treats, they'll be almost identical to these, since I cut too many petal cards :) But I think I'll use a different stamp set. I'll get those done by tomorrow, I only need to make 7 of those. I did use a retired die for this project but I'm sure you'll forgive me. It's the Petal Card die, it wasn't a SU exclusive die so it may be available still from Sizzix. I have no clue though. I'm really a SU purist and only know what we sell and how to get that :)
My next goal is to get 6 more treats made for Logan's cousins. But seriously if I don't have this baby soon who knows how many more treat announcements will get made and for who!? Half of my desk is FULL of chocolate and baby announcements.
Stamp Sets: Beary Best Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Subtles DSP
Ink: Staz On, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8 inch Circle, and Word Window Punches, Pastels, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Petal Card Die
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pretty Poinsettias

Well nothing exciting to report. Baby is doing good. I'm STILL pregnant. The tests and monitoring went well yesterday. They had me hooked up to the monitors for a while and baby was moving and the heartbeat was going up and down like it's supposed to. It took so long to find a spot where they could monitor the heartbeat for an extended period of time. Every time they thought they had it baby would start kicking the monitor so bad that it couldn't read the heartbeat like it was supposed to. So it took 3 tries to find the right spot where baby couldn't kick it off. I think the baby was trying to tell the doctor something :) Then I had another ultrasound and this one went really well. Baby scored 8 out of 8 this time instead of 2 out of 8 like it did on Wednesday. So we're back to waiting. I won't see my doctor again until Wednesday. I'm not sure if they'll do another ultrasound or not, I have to call Monday morning and check in with her to see, hopefully not, hopefully it can be just like a regular appointment without all the drama. But you never know with me! :)

I spent a LOOONNNNGGG time on today's card. Longer than I normally spend on a card, but I had this vision and while the card didn't come out exactly as I planned it I still think it's so pretty and elegant.

Now before you start asking-no that's not a stamp, I cut out some of the poinsettias from the Deck the Halls DSP from the Holiday Mini. That's one of the reasons it took so long. All the little petals and leaves took forever to cut out.
I added some pearls to the center of the flower and some rhinestones around the edge of the circle. Who says you can't mix and match them! I love it! I lightly sponged everything in Early Espresso ink and used my color spritzer on the greeting and the vanilla circle.

Isn't that ribbon so cool? I learned this technique from Mary Fish who does amazing work. She has a tutorial on her blog on how to do the fringed ribbon. I love it. I actually layered 3 layers of fringed ribbon on the card. It's much clearer and much cooler looking in person than in the pictures.

The greeting was very simple and probably the quickest thing to do on the entire card. In the end it was worth spending all the time doing.
Stamp Set: Christmas Greeting
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Deck the Halls DSP
Ink: Early Espresso pad and marker, Cherry Cobbler marker
Accessories: Sponges, Circles #2 die, Early Espresso Striped ribbon, Dimensionals, Color Spritzer, Adhesive Rhinestones and Pearls
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fast and Fabulous!

Well I'm headed to the doctors office for the third time this week in just a few minutes, but just in case I sent back to the hospital I wanted to get one more post in. I have 4 projects, photographed that I would love to show you but didn't get the time to pre-schedule my posts, so they'll have to wait until I get back with or without a baby. This time I'm taking my hospital bag. I'm really not sure if I'll need it or not. I plan to fight them this time if they send me to the hospital, I'll go BUT I want a guarentee that I'll leave with a baby :) I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow so we're really ok to deliver so I'm really ok with having the baby now.

This card is so simple and fast. I used the level 2 hostess set Fast and Fabulous. And it is by the way Fabulous. I hesitated about getting this one because I have so many flower sets (I'm sure you know what I mean) but I'm so glad that I did get it, I love it!!

I don't use white for the base of my cards very often but it makes a very clean looking card. I kind of like it :) I used Rich Razzleberry and Perfect Plum for this card. It's super simple and I won't go into too many details on it.

I did use my stamp a ma jig to line it up. Normally I am not that particular but figured. Why not for this card :)

Wish me luck. Not sure what's going to happen or what to expect but here I go to the doctors office!!!


Stamp Sets: Fast and Fabulous, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry

Ink: Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry

Accessories: Word Window and Modern Label Punch, Rhinestones, Stamp a Ma Jig, Dimensionals, Sponges, Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baby or No Baby.....

Well what started out as a normal day with a doctor's appointment quickly ended with a trip to the hospital. So let me explain. I went to my doctor's appointment as normal today. They did the ultrasound, said baby wasn't moving too much and that they wanted to hook me up to the monitors again too. So after about 30 minutes of that and baby still not being active, they said 'Go to the hospital now!' My doctor said, it may be that baby is just in an intense sleep cycle or that my protein from breakfast had worn off and baby was just extra tired. So to be safe and make sure it wasn't anything else, she wanted me to be monitored at the hospital for a few hours. She said that they would probably hook me up to a sugar IV drip and see how baby reacted that. If baby was still nonreactive they would do more ultrasounds and decide weather or not to induce, or do a C-section. So me thinking this would just be a normal appointment I left the bag at home, didn't even bring it with me to the appointment-of course! This after talking with Dan last night debating whether or not to take the bag. So I called Dan, told him what was going on he said he'd meet me at the hospital. I call my Mom to meet me at my house, pick up the bag so she could take me to the hospital. So when I got home. I repacked everything I had taken out of my bag and we were off. In triage at the hospital, Dan paced back and forth so much I thought he was going to walk a hole right through the floor, and this is just triage, we're not even in labor! They started me out just on baby heart monitors to see what baby was doing and wouldn't you know it, as soon as they hooked me up baby started having a party! Tons of movement, normal heart rates, completely normal and fine. So after a couple hours of being hooked up to the heart monitors, they said baby looked good and there would be NO induction. I do however have to go back to the doctors office on Friday for more tests and monitoring. It will be my 3rd visit there this week alone! They should really start paying me, I'm putting in so many hours there! So that was my day. This will end soon, it has to.....right?

Anyway I do have a project for you. I figured I better get this posted now before baby comes or I may not have a chance. I've been wanting to post the nurse/doula gifts for a while but haven't gotten around to it so I'm taking this opportunity now! I just love them. They came out so much cuter than I thought. I wanted them to be super easy so I could get them done quickly. With the help of the hostess DSP pack I had little cutting. The only cutting I did was the white cardstock. This project went so fast. I made 36 of them. We certainly won't have 36 nurses or doulas but I made a bunch for Dan to take to work and for us to give to friends. Kind of like the 'cigar' of our generation.

They're so cute. They're huge candy sliders. I used king size Hershey bars. The 6x6 paper was the perfect size! If you have questions on how to make candy sliders let me know. They've been around for a while so I won't go into huge details on how they're made.

Here's some close ups of them.
I thought my favorite would be the Blush Blossom but I ended up LOVING the Poppy Parade one the most! I used my blender pens and watercolor pencils to color the bear. Then punched the greeting with the Word Window punch and layerd it on a Modern Label punch. I love this look with only half the word window layered!

I love the Concord Crush one too! I used all of my retired Chocolate Chip ribbon on these. I had some in grosgrain and the satin. It's all gone now.
Hopefully next time I go to the hospital I'll get to leave with a baby :) I don't have a supply list today, I am literally exhausted after the events of the day. So if you have questions on the sliders let me know and I will get back to you.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Elephant and Giraffe

No baby news to report. As everyone at church kept saying yesterday, "You're still pregnant?" Yep, still pregnant. But as far as I'm concerned I'm 36 weeks so baby can come anytime. Dan isn't so sure. He's more under the impression that I should go to my due date. Yes technically I'm not due for another 4 weeks but since I've been sick since February and with new problems added to the pregnancy every week, I'm ready to be done! I can't wait to eat 'normally' again. Wake up without feeling, or getting sick. I'm giving it until 38 weeks then I think I'm talking to the doctor about a TOP induction. My friend whose Mom is a midwife says that's a term doctors and nurses use for a "Tired Of bring Pregnant" induction. Not sure if my doctor will go for it. But I'm totally ready to be done :)

But onto the elephant and giraffe. I was inspired by this post from Shelli Gardner, CEO and Co founder of Stampin' Up! She had the most adorable little bears made from our new fabric on her blog and I wanted some of my own!! Well for the baby :) So I asked the person who sews everything for me, my Mom, if she could make some. So we went on a search for a teddy bear pattern, I have one that I used for Logan but the bear was HUGE! So we were looking for something a little smaller and found this pattern. For those of you that do sew, my Mom said it was a very easy patten to follow, for those of you like me who didn't even understand the directions it might be a little more challenging but I bet you can do it!! So I loved the pattern we got it and I thought the elephant and giraffe would fit better in the baby's room anyway since it already has alot of jungle animals in there from stuff we saved from Logan's room. So we got the pattern and ordered the fabric. Thinking we'd need more than one package we got 2, only to be pleasently surprised that the animals could be cut out of one package!! So I have an extra packge but have already started using it for another project :) But anyway I digress so here are the finished elephant and giraffe!!

Aren't they just so cute sitting on the baby's changing table? I added the bows to them, it changed the look of them sooo much! And the best part of it these animals are 99% made from SU products. The eyes are from our neutral buttons with linen thread and the fabric is all from the Deck the Halls package. The only thing that isn't SU is the stuffing, and the mane on the giraffe but the rest is 100% SU isn't that awesome!! I think these will be more of decoration in the baby's room than toys. I may even take them to workshops and classes. Wouldn't they be great little mascots!?!

I think the little baby elephant is my favorite!!! But the little baby giraffe is also really cute. I put the bows on their ears to make them girl animals but you could easily but a little bow tie on them to make them boys. Or make a boy and a girl that would be cute too! Here's the giraffe close up!

Aren't they just the cutest!! When the fabric first came out I thought I would never like the Deck the Halls Fabric, I like the brightness of the Candy Cane Fabric better, but after these little animals I think I have a new favorite!!!!
I have more super exciting posts this week. I'll be showing you the nurse gifts I made and hopefully some Christmas and Halloween projects (assuming I can get my act together to stamp this week). The house could use a good clean (hmmmm, maybe some deep heavy cleaning will induce labor) and I have and appointment with the dietian today and another ultrasound and Dr appointment on Wednesday. So it's going to be a busy week but I'll find time to stamp, I always do!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Spiced Pumpkin

Well I promised you yesterday that I'd have another card with the fabulous new DSP Autumn Spice in the Holiday Mini. This card idea also came from Paper Crafts Magazine. They had a card with this pumpkin on it and had the pumpkin pattern in the back that you could copy and use on your own cards. It's just so cute. Though next time I may copy it and make it a little smaller to fit on a standard card. This card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4. This would be such a cute pumpkin for a scrapbook page or as a home decor item.

Isn't it just great!?!

The DSP really has the perfect patterns to do a card like this and since it all coordinates you don't have to worry about which pattern to use! I love the little greeting and how only the edge of the modern label punch shows. I did my nurse gifts like this (you'll see those next week) and I just loved the look of it!
I used the color spritzer to spritz some Early Espresso on the card. I love that tool!
So what do you think, have I convinced you that NEED this DSP yet? Not quite, well I'll have more samples using it soon! I just love it. I just need to learn not to hoard my products :)
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Autumn Spice DSP
Ink: Early Espresso Pad and Marker, More Mustard Marker
Accessories: Word Window and Modern Label Punch, Early Espresso Striped Ribbon and 1/8 inch Taffeta Ribbon, Paper Snips, Color Spritzer tool, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Autumn Butterfly

With my lack of posts over the past few days you'd think I would be doing something exciting. Well not really. I haven't even had Dr appointments (since Monday) to take up my time. So what have I been doing? Well I started my Christmas Cards. Yay! And I'm happy to say that they're almost done too! It will be such a relief to have those done. There hasn't been much else to do since I crammed everything into last week when we thought we might be induced on Monday. The bag is still packed, though I keep taking things out of it. So I have a little list that's on my bag that I write down what I take out so when it's time to grab the bag and go I won't forget anything-like the camera!

I've also spent some time this week stamping things other than my Christmas cards. This one is one of my favorite things that I've made in a loooonnnnngggg time! I'll hang it up somewhere in my room. I should rearrange my displays but that thought is a little overwhelming to me right now, plus it requires me to stand on a step stool or chair and Dan's against that idea right now. Hmmm, wonder why? :) Here's the card.

Isn't is just beautiful!?! The idea came from my Paper Crafts Magazine. I love it! It's so pretty, and in person it's just so stunning! I used the new Autumn Spice DSP from the mini. It's sooooo pretty, if you don't have this DSP STOP reading and call me, YOU MUST order it. It's my favorite DSP in such a long time!!! The paper is textured and the designs are so much better in person than it shows in the catalog!
I used the adhesive pearls for the body of the butterfly, I made 2 and tried it with the rhinestones and it looked ok but the pearls looked soo much better! But really both looked great!

I used my marker to color the My Friend greeting from the Perfect Punches set. The butterflies wings are sponged in More Mustard ink all around, gives it nice depth. This card is so stinkin' pretty I just love it to pieces!
Tomorrow I have another card to show you that uses this paper. And I LOVE IT just as much as I love this butterfly so make sure you check back tomorrow!
Stamp Sets: Perfect Punches
Cardstock: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Autumn Spice DSP
Ink: More Mustard Classic Pad, Early Espresso Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Beautiful Butterflies Die, Adhesive Pearls, Early Espresso Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponges
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Merry and Bright

So no baby to report. If you read my last post you'll know that I wasn't induced and that there probably won't be an induction in the near future. It gives me some more time to get a few more things done and it's letting baby cook for a little longer which is probably best. I'm down to about 4 1/2 weeks to my due date now and after this weekend when I'll be 36 weeks baby can come anytime. So if any of you out there know any great tips for naturally starting labor I'm all for hearing them. With Logan I was 10 days late, I won't go that late with this one my Dr has already informed me. But with Logan I was so tired of being pregnant and the back yard just wasn't looking good, too many over grown weeds. So I spent an hour or so pulling weeds and the next thing I knew I was in labor. So I might be doing some extra physical activities in the coming weeks hoping that will encourage baby to come. I told Dan last night that I wanted him to bring me some Dark Chocolate Chip Truffles from See's Candy while I'm in the hospital and he just couldn't stop laughing.....hmmmm I'd do it for him. He WILL be making a trip to the Route 66 Diner down the street from the hospital (it's literally like 3 blocks away) to get me a green chile cheeseburger and fries though. I've actually been craving burgers and fries for months but with this special diet I'm on and beef not so much agreeing with baby I haven't had any, maybe 1 or 2 but I couldn't enjoy them since I would feel sick after. So I'm so looking forward to eating 'normally' again after baby comes. I better move on to the card to for today or I could go on and on and on about what foods I've missed.

I love today's card. It's so simple and shows how awesome the new snowflake embossing folder in the mini catalog is. And while we're on that, I think I've been calling it the snowflake embossing folder in all my posts and the actual name of it is the Northern Flurry Folder. Just in case people are looking for it, you probably won't find it under 'snowflake folder' :)

Isn't this card pretty.

So simple and so pretty. I embossed the Bashful Blue cardstock with the folder then sponged white craft ink over the snowflakes. It's so simple. You could make a hundred of them in no time! I added pearls to the center of the snowflakes and attached it to a Marina Mist card. So easy, I'm telling you-go try it today!
I just love it. I have a few more projects that I need to post about and hopefully I can find time to stamp this week. I'm ahead of schedule now that I didn't get induced. The bag is still packed, my licence is renewed, the baby's room is ready. I would like to start our Christmas cards like I keep claiming I'll do, but I keep finding other things to stamp. But the only other thing that I would love to do is get a gift for Dan, but I have no idea what to get him. If you have any idea for 'Daddy again' gift I'm open to suggestions. With Logan I gave him a new baby survival kit, which was so cute and I think he still has it. I'm hoping to have a productive stamping week. I should be getting a new order in this week too so I'm super excited about that!! Can't wait to show you all my new toys!
Stamp Set: Merry and Bright
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
Ink: White Craft, Marina Mist Classic
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Sponges, Adhesive Pearls, White ribbon, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Owls or Ghosts?

I had intended to post this earlier but for some reason blogger wouldn't let me log on. But I had my ultrasound and Dr appointment and there will be no induction. My fluid levels have doubled somehow and everything looks good. So we're back to waiting for baby to come naturally. So the pregnancy goes on. I think a little piece of me was hoping for an induction and the end to this pregnancy, but I guess I'll have to wait a little longer :)

I saw these super cute ghosts on a blog somewhere-I have got to start writing these down. I really want to give credit where credit is due but that will never happen if I continue to loose track of where I see these great ideas! But this is not my original idea but I LOVE IT!! And had to make a card with little ghosts.

So do you recognize that punch? No, it's the owl punch with the feet cut off and turned upside down!! Is that not too clever!?!

I used my circle punch from my itty bitty punch pack for the face. I embossed the black CS with the Spider Web folder then lightly sponged white ink over it.
Aren't they cute? More cute than scary I think!

I love the scrunched ribbon! This card was super easy to make too, they would work great for a Halloween party invite or you could do the same idea on a box or bag and fill it with treats :)
Stamp Sets: All Holidays
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: White Craft
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant and Black ribbon, Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder, 2 Step Owl Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Word Window Punch, Sponges, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Christmas Stamp a Stack

I had such a good time at my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack on Saturday. I hope everyone that came enjoyed it too.

I have my ultrasound today and then see my Dr. She may decide to induce me. I fortunately got everything done that I think I needed to get done. I hope I didn't forget anything :) As far as the chance of being induced goes. I'm not thrilled with the idea but this pregnancy has had so many problems that I'm not sure how much longer my Dr will let me go anyway. So I think we're ready and if we do get induced we'll just have the baby a lot sooner than we thought.

The cards that everyone made, I think, are really cute. We'll start with my favorite one from the class. With the class fee everyone got a package of the Candy Cane Buttons from the Holiday Mini, they used them on 12 cards (they all made 24 cards, 6 each of 4 designs).

I love this one. I love the snowflake embossing folder. I love the ornament and I just love the button accents. The buttons are a little on the large side so the cards with buttons might have to be hand delivered or put in a padded envelope. I think they're soooo cute though!!
Remember to stamp your greeting, BEFORE you emboss!
Here's the 2 card with the button. I just adore our 2 tags die! And I love the way it's used on this card and the button just adds the nicest touch to it!

The 3rd card uses the shadow block technique. I love it! This card is probably my 2nd favorite. It's simple, easily mass produced and just so pretty!

The last card is simple and lovely too, I love the snowflakes and I think that may be my favorite Christmas greeting. It's the one from the Perfect Punches set. But I love the scallop around it.

This one also uses the new Deck the Halls DSP in the mini.
I have a bunch of posts scheduled to go up in the next few days in case I am a little busy. But I will update as soon as I can with news on the pregnancy/baby. I really can't tell you how much I appreciate how supportive and wonderful you have been during this pregnancy. I hope to have good news later so keep checking back :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thanks and a Punched Flower!

Today is my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack! I'm super excited about this class! This is my second favorite class to do after stamp camp! And this time I've had the BEST turnout for this class so I'm even more excited!! I'll show you the cards that they'll be making soon, I have it pre scheduled to go up.

Today's card is really pretty and I love this flower. I'm so sorry I can't remember where I saw this flower done, it's totally copied though so if you know please let me know and I'll give proper credit.

The flower is really easy to do. It's 4 circle punches, fold them in half in 2 directions so that it looks like an x when you open it up. Then just scrunch (not sure if that's the right word) in the middle and you end up with a triangle. 4 triangles make a circle flower.

The side view is a little easier to tell how it's done. It's really easy. I would suggest just grabbing a circle punch and start playing :)
I don' t have a supply list today, if you have a question on it please let me know. I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Candy Boxes

I'm slowly but surely getting things ready. I think I'm almost ready for my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack on Saturday. Everything is packed, just need to double check everything. I'm slowly getting ready for my Dr Appointment on Monday too. If I do have to be induced I'm not sure if my Dr will send me straight to the hospital or if we'll schedule something for next week. But I'm taking my bag to the Dr appointment just in case. Still haven't packed it, but I have a nice list of things that need to go in it :) I've loaded more songs on my MP3 player. I stopped and got a gift for Logan from the baby when we bring it home. And Logan picked out a gift today for the baby from him. Friday I'll get my drivers license renewed. It expires in October and I'd rather not take a baby to the MVD so I'll do it tomorrow. I still haven't started on my Thank You gifts to the nurses and staff. Once I do I think they'll go quickly, I'm keeping them super simple. I've canceled meetings and dinners for next week just in case. I know there's more that I have to do but I'm drawing a blank right now. Sunday I hope to get some cleaning done, bathrooms, vacuuming, etc. Just so that if I do get induced on Monday I'll at least come home to a clean house :) I'm not sure what's going to happen but slowly I'm ready if it does happen next week. And if not-look how ahead I'll be!

At all my classes I always like to give little gifts to everyone for coming. So this is what I made for my Stamp a Stack.

Aren't they cute!? I used the new Candy Wrapper Die in the Holiday Mini and went with bright colors for these. I actually looked at the Brights Button Assortment and used those colors, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.
They're so fun and I love how they're traditional Christmas colors. I mean yellow and orange for Christmas?? Sure! Why Not?!?
Here's a close up of just a couple of them, they're all made the same just with different colors.

It's difficult to see in the picture but I used the Poinsettia embossing folder on the white cardstock then wrapped it around the box. I used brads to hold the box closed, which is super cute!!! And I added a little pearl to the end of the Y in 'Joy'

Aren't they cute! I just love them!
I'm going to try to get a couple of posts scheduled for next week, so if you see new stuff it doesn't mean it's going up live, just means that somehow I've gotten myself organized enough to get the scheduled :)
Stamp Sets: Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8, 1 1/4 inch Circle Punches, Big Shot, Candy Wrapper Die, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder, Sticky Strip, Gold Brads, Dimensionals
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!