Tuesday, December 7, 2010

4 leaf clover MADNESS!

So, this is what we did last weekend, and one of the reasons I NEVER blog! 

My adorable child collected over 100 four leafed clovers, and we then made some into pendants. Here are some of the "Jumbo" pendants...

Here are some of the "Regular" ones...
Here's a close up of a few - as you can see, some of them are, well, more nicely preserved than others!
She did REALLY well too! She was an adorable salesperson. To be honest, she quickly tired of answering the same questions over and over again, and she looked for new and more interesting ways to interact with customers (like, talking to them from beneath the table, showing them her 'hideout' there, asking THEM prying questions...) She got to go home early. Both days. But my seven-year old clover magnate is well on her way to a big career in business. Hopefully I won't always have to be her manufacturing labour, but we'll take it all one step at a time. She's already making plans for what she'll do differently next year.

Oh, and by the way, I had a booth too. ;o)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

So, I got a new computer for my birthday, and frankly, I haven't 'moved in' yet. I use it all the time, but I haven't installed my photo editing software (or, pretty much ANY software...) and that's my latest excuse to have not been posting. I'm signed up for a couple of Christmas craft shows and I'm furiously crafting to get ready for those. I should have some things to post for ya' in the coming weeks.

Anyhoo, right now I have a couple of cute things for you. The first is this Handmade Holiday promotion that Stampin' Up! is running right now. There are a few bundles that they've priced at 20% off for your holiday crafting convenience! Click the picture below to find out more.

And next, I wanted to share a really cute project that SU! posted in the October newsletters. Really simple, really quick to make lots of - I think I might even CASE this one for the craft shows... Wouldn't it feel great to receive one of these? Wouldn't it be fun to give them?
click here to go to the store for supplies
Ok, so this is me, promising to start posting some of my OWN work soon... maybe even later today! ;o) Cheers!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Why is my sister not a Stampin' Up! demo?

Look at these ADORABLE flowers she made for her son's wedding this summer. She used a few Stampin' Up! punches, some designer paper, some Only Orange cardstock and sticker letters - SO cute!!!
Check out these flowers she made with the petal card punch and the XL flower punch, some circles/squares, Cute by the Inch stamp set and Trendy Trees. Creative, n'est pas?

She's gonna kill me for putting this picture up! But just look at the crafty determination and efficient technique here!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Those onsies I promised a WHILE back!

I'm not sure there's much to say by way of instruction - the pictures tell the story pretty well actually! It's so much fun to do these - I really must do more!

Here's everything I used
Got lots of onesies on sale!
Fox & Friends Monkey - using Staz On ink
Warm Words (ret)
Ta Da! Hot iron to set.
Next, an ADORABLE squirrel on Iron On Ink Jet Printable fabric (from craft store)
...and a tree...
Coloured in with ink pads...
...or Stampin' Write markers.
Cut 'em out and iron 'em on!
So sorry, now retired. BUT, make your own with felt and a BIG SHOT!
First stamp. Then pin.
then sew...
...like so.
Twenty minutes well spent!
Not blurry in real life! 
Cute little owl on the butt - tee hee hee!

So, what can YOU hold still long enough to stamp on????

Thursday, August 19, 2010

forgot to add these...

Oh, and here are a couple of random notebooks that I made using the Brights Designer Paper Stack, the Owl punch and some self-adhesive die cuts from the Play Date series.
And there's a close up of my cross-eyed owls. If only I could find my googly eyes...

Owl things

Hi there!

So, here's that project I was so excited about the other day. I just love this new owl punch - isn't he adorable?

I used the LAST of those tins I got on clearance from Stampin' Up! over a year ago. They're really cute - isn't it hard to use things that have potential, even when you got them to use??? Anyway...

I keep a 'shopping book' at all times. In it are my lists - groceries, kids stuff, house stuff... I also like to keep my coupons and other reminders in the same place - this tin is just perfect for that!

Here it is, open, with the pad removed. I put magnet strips on the back of the pad so it can be 
removed but still stay in the tin. It's made using the Hostess level 1 gift paper stack.
And here it is with a matching notebook! I love this - just grab any old dollar-for-four-notebook, stick some Designer Series Paper and 'bellies on it and it's FABulous! :o)

We covered small mechanical pencils with matching DSP and attached them to the pad holder with the new In Colour twill tape. I used an item from the upcoming Mini Catalogue - a dry adhesive that comes in SHEETS for use with the Big Shot. Wait till you see this stuff - it's like Sticky Strip in 12x12 sheets!! LOVE it.

Fun stuff! I love club nights!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A little pink & brown....

Here is a picture of a wooden block menu card holder - why I didn't put a menu card in the picture, I don't know...
Next, cupcake picks...
And here are a few more! (I thought I had made 100, but I forgot they're double-sided - so that's only 50!)

And here's the thing I need an opinion on...
One brad? three? bow? no bow? tags? hearts?
What do you think?
By the way, sorry the colours are so hideous looking. We haven't had any sun for a few days and it's just not the same with a flash.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

TWO nephews get married in the same summer - why am I not stamping?


So, I saw this card the other day that immediately made me think of my Nephew and Niece-in-law-to-be since they chose fuchsia and orange for their wedding colours... I would just LOVE to make more. They are REALLY SUPER QUICK to make, and very reasonably priced.

This is CASE'd almost exactly from THIS BLOG (Inking Out of the Box - Natasha is an awesome stamper!) so I can't take any credit whatsoever for the design. But it's such a fun card to work with.

Here I've made two different sized versions. The one on the left is a standard card A4 - 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" and fits in a standard envelope. The bottom part of the inside of the card would fit a photo trimmed down to 3 1/4" by 5 1/2." This leaves an area inside the card for text, measuring 5 1/2" by 4."

The one on the right is square, and measures just about 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" It fits a photo measuring 4 x 5 1/4".  A text area of 7" by 3 3/4" is under the yellow piece.

I'll send you an email with more details, sistah! Let me know what you think of these.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Bella Bleu

First, here's the card I made to go with the Washer pendant. It uses the Three Little Words set. It's a nice design to use with Messages for Mom too.

Now, on the the 'ensemble' of hostess gifts, Mother's Day gifts and Admin Professionals day presents I made recently.

I find myself in possession of an inordinate amount of Bella Bleu Designer paper which, although lovely, isn't going to suit my summer projects... That being said, I appreciate the fact that it's made without any retiring colours, so it will continue to be a useful bunch of paper even into the next Catty season.

neway, here are a few things I made in April and May featuring this DP, Hodgepodge hardware, Build-a-brads, a few basic jewelry findings and plenty of Crystal Effects adhesive/lacquer.

These can be either pendants or a bookmarks...

This one was fun - I made it using Build A Brads, Night of Navy ink, Bella Toille Stamp, CE and some old brass jewelry findings I had. Pretty snazzy eh?
Whadda ya' think?

Tutorial: how to make a Washer Pendant

This was one of our projects at my April Stamp Clubs, and it was sooooo easy. But there were so many people away in April, I have to post the instructions.

Here are all the things you'll need: Metal washers, circle punches (3/4" and 1 1/4"), Crystal Effects, Designer Series Paper, Sanding blocks and something to hang the washer - I'm using swivel fasteners on some hemp twine. 

Try taffeta ribbon - it looks beautiful too!

Start by punching a hole in your Designer Paper with your smallest punch. Then punch a circle around it - to make a doughnut shaped piece.

Now, adhere your circles to both sides of the washer, using Crystal Effects adhesive.
After it has dried, about 5 minutes, sand the edges around the outside and on the inside of the circle using the Sanding Blocks. Use an outward motion on the edges and a circular motion on the inside.

Now, put on a layer of Crystal Effects. Make sure it's nice and even, not too thin, and goes RIGHT to the edges. It shouldn't be too thick or too thin. Look at it from the side now and then to be sure you're covering it completely. This will take at least an hour to dry - best to leave it overnight if you can. Then, do the other side.

Finally, put the stringing of your choice and closure (if desired) on - and of course, make a lovely matching box and card!

Whoops, got to go get a picture of the card!!
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