Feb 23, 2010

Plenty of Personality

Well, I'm still very far off from my 2010 scrapbooking quota (six pages per month), but here is one more towards that goal!

Although it's hard to see, this page is actually a progressive scrapbook page as well. I created it for a workshop I had last week.

I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of the page in its three stages - 6 X 6, 8.5 X 11 and then 12 X 12 -- but if you look closely I think you can figure it out.

I took these pictures of my niece on July 4th last year and actually there were probably at least four more featuring her. I got the idea for the page because each picture illustrated a different side of her -- bored, sweet, beautiful are the character traits I showcased here.

Here is a closeup of the stamped embellishments:

I've been rather light on journaling in most of my recent scrapbook pages. I don't know what's wrong with me... You usually can't keep me quiet! lol!

Well it is 2 a.m. right now so I really should hit the hay... I'm going to be beat tomorrow (or should I say later today?) Nighty-night.

Feb 22, 2010

Spring Card Class this week

Just "hopping" on today to remind all of my blog readers about a spring card class I am hosting on Thursday (Feb. 25) at the Chatham Community Center.

Class attendees will make 10 cards for $18 (2 each of five designs, includes envelopes). This class will feature Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter, St. Patrick's Day and a Birthday card.

Don't worry if you've never stamped before. These cards are very simple and I will provide complete step-by-step directions.

The class runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and you work at your own pace. You may stay the entire three hours to finish your cards, but many people don't need that much time.

If you'd like to register for the class please call the Chatham Community Center directly at 508-945-5175 or e-mail swinkfield@chatham-ma.gov.

Hope to see you there!

Feb 20, 2010

Ideas and Inspiration

One of the questions I'm most frequently asked as a Stampin' Up demonstrator is, "'where do you get all of your ideas?"
Because I love to play with all things paper and with my rubber stamps, a lot of times I come up with ideas all by myself!
However, there are days when I just don't seem to have a creative bone in my body. Last week was a perfect example of that.

Thankfully each month Stampin' Up demonstrators get a monthly magazine called Stampin' Success, which is full of project samples and business ideas. Well let me just say thank goodness for that!

The project above was taken from our September 2009 edition and it was a huge hit with my stamp club. It is a piece of chipboard cut from my Big Shot using the scallop square die cut and then decorated using the Kind and Caring Thoughts hostess stamp set and the butterfly from the Good Friend stamp set.

You could use this as a decor element in a room, the cover of a scallop square scrapbook album, or as an embellishment in a larger framed item.

This wasn't the only project I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from the Stampin' Success magazine. The project below was also "borrowed" from the January 2010 issue:

In the magazine it was mostly pink and white, but having just completed my last Valentine card last weekend I was tired of pink and red! So I changed the color to gray and used our Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper as an accent.

Then there was this one that I also CASEd from the Stampin' Success magazine from February 2010:

Again, I changed this one up a bit because the original card was 6" X 3" and I didn't have any envelopes to go along with that size right now so I changed it to a standard card size.

So as you can see you don't need to be a creative genius to be a SU demonstrator -- you could actually not have a creative bone in your body and still do fabulous. In fact, one of the members of my Wednesday night stamp club said these were some of their favorite projects ever! Just goes to show me that I don't need to stress myself out and re"create" the wheel every time I have an event. Easy Peasy. Now have you ever thought about being a demonstrator but thought you weren't "creative" enough??? You may want to think again!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Feb 17, 2010

Sign of spring?

Look what I found in the tree in my backyard! This little guy was quite a distance from the window in my scraproom, but he stood out in the snow coated tree and caught my eye.

I don't know about you but I've had enough of the white stuff for this year. Let's call it a wrap, OK?

This morning (and quite frequently on recent mornings) there were probably 50 to 100 birds that camped out in the trees on the side of my house. I was going to take a picture, but I'm not sure it would do it justice because you'd have to zoom out quite a bit to get them all and they are pretty far up in the tree and therefore wouldn't show up as nicely as I would like.

I thought of making a video of them instead because all their chirpin' was giving me spring fever like you wouldn't believe! I can't wait for the warmer weather, but until then I guess I'll have to work on stamping some springy projects, right?

Anyway, just a quick pop-in today to show off my cardinal friend. Here is a close-up of him:

Pudgy little guy, huh?

Feb 16, 2010

Back in business

On Friday I left my camera bag at a restaurant in Hyannis. Fortunately I had the camera with me, but unfortunately the cord to download photos to the computer was in the bag. Long story short, I was unable to get any of the photos I had taken off the camera and onto the blog!

Ugh... it's always something with me, huh?

Well, now that I've got my downloading capabilities back I've realized that I've been quite crafty this week (part of that is because I have stamp club and a workshop this week!). I even managed to sneak in a few projects just for fun! Imagine that :o)

I purchased some of Stampin' Up's new Simply Adorned chains and charms last month and finally got around to stamping my 1" X 1" charm for my necklace. What do you think?

I did another version first, but I liked this one better (I bet you want to see the first version, huh? Well, some things are not blog-worthy my friends! lol!).

Anyway, I used one of the small Sweet Pea Stitched Felt flowers from the Occasions Mini Catalog as an accent as well as the tiny tags stamp set and the very vintage jumbo wheel.

The 1" X 1" charm has a raised glass so you can add some depth to your tiny masterpieces. The great thing about this necklace is that you can switch out the inserts to match whatever outfit matches your mood (and we all know that can change by the moment right? -- at least mine can!)

AND with a 1" X 1" canvas you could stamp yourself up a new insert in just a few seconds to match whatever colors you are wearing! Cool huh?

I also bought the charm bracelet and a couple of charms for that, too, but haven't played with those yet.

Well, I need to get back to cutting cardstock for my Brewster Stamp Club tomorrow night. Thanks for stopping by -- and don't worry I've already downloaded all my photos for the next few days so the posts should be a little more regular now!

Feb 11, 2010

There's still time for SAB

Good morning! I love that the snow really inspired me to sit in my craftin' chair and make some stuff yesterday!

I've always hated snow, but yesterday it was good for my creative soul!

This card again has very little stamping on it (What is up with me?). But I was very inspired by the new Welcome Neighbor 6X6 Sale-A-Bration paper that is available for FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up order -- now through March 31! Click here if you'd like to place an order.

The paper is very cute and has lots of uses from Valentine's Day, Welcome Neighbor Cards and Anniversary Cards like this one here. (plus so much more!)

I cut the houses and the tree out of the paper and then just used some other designs to use as background papers. Again a very quick and easy card! I'm on a roll! LOL...

Thanks for stopping by!

Feb 10, 2010

Crafty Snow Day...

Hello there crafty friends.... So I did so well posting in January and then I just went MIA, huh?

Anyway, I'm back after a half-day in my pjs and lots of ink on my fingers! I love when I get to enjoy a snow day!!!

It took a while to get my mojo back today, but I think I'm up and running again.

I made this first card for a club project in February. I wanted to do the Crayon Resist technique again, which I used on both the background element and the popped up flowers on this card.

This was one of those projects where I had no idea where I was going when I started. I just knew I wanted to use the crayon resist technique. So I pulled out the Embrace Life stamp set because I thought the cherry blossom type flowers would make a good background panel -- and it did! Then it just needed something else so I added the two larger flowers and used clear rhinestone brads in the center... and I have to say I'm happy with how it came out!

You know how I can tell when I've made a good card? I tend to stalk it for a while. Lol! I will set it up on my craft table and then every time I walk by it, I stop and admire it for a moment. I think I get that from my Mom. She used to clasp her hands together and push all the air out between her palms so it would make this squeaky noise when she was admiring her handiwork. So you can picture me sitting at my desk doing that now! And it's fitting because I was actually supposed to go hang out with my Mom tonight, but she wouldn't let me because of the snow -- dang snow!

Anyway, I digress. For my second card I'm sharing today (I figured I'd treat you to two cards today as I've been missing for about a week!), there isn't a whole lot of stamping actually.

I made the focus of this card the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper. I can't tell you how much I love this paper pack! So versatile!

And I finally broke into my Sweet Pea stitched felt. I'm a bit of a hoarder sometimes and want to OWN everything, but don't necessarily USE it. What is up with that? Lol!

I just stamped a quick birthday sentiment and layered a couple of pieces of cardstock and voila!

This would be a great card to make when you realize you've forgotten someone's birthday and need something really quick. I think it probably came together in under 2 minutes!

Well for those of you reading this on the East coast, I hope you survived the snow storm OK. Here on the Cape, well, lets just say it didn't quite turn out to be all it was hyped up to be -- yet, anyway! Happy shoveling!

Thanks for stopping by!

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