Saturday, December 27, 2008

Curious!

OK, stampers and paper crafters extradonaire! It's feedback time! I would really appreciate hearing your input about what the one thing you would love to see me change on my blog in the New Year. I'm hoping to make this a place where you want to stop by, so hearing what you would like to see will really help me with that. I will be putting some changes in place at the beginning of the year, so you have a little time to let me know (and if you don't want to leave a comment, just email me).

And if you're not sure if you would change anything, maybe you would take the time to answer one of these questions:
  • Do you like the supplies listed in the post or below it?
  • Can you read everything alright? Is anything too small? Too light?
  • How often do you like to see new posts? Daily (ambitious for me, but a goal is good!)? 3x a week?
  • Do you like to see the picture first?


Thanks a bunch - I appreciate your time in helping me improve! Be well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Comfort and Joy

We spent a little time recently walking around Alexandria recently. One of the best things about living here is all of the rich historical areas - Alexandria is definitely in this category. The store fronts are all decorated for Christmas, and it is just fantastic. Here are a couple of wonderful examples:

If I had a shop, this is what it would look like at Christmas-time:


I love the tree on the rooftop between the buildings in this one:


And a quick pic of my guys:


I hope you have a wonderful holiday. We're off to go ice skating a little later - our Christmas Eve tradition. Since we're in a new place this year, we had to find a new venue, so how's this for fantastic: skating at the National Gallery in DC. Looks like a winner to me! Enjoy your loved ones & I will see you in a couple of days. Be well.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Need a quick way to wrap those gift cards?





What in the world did we do before gift cards? I don't know if you're anything like me, but I love these things! With a teenage niece and nephew, they're the perfect gift. My niece is also a Crafty Girl, so I like to doll them up a little because she appreciates it. This is what I came up with this year! I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. (Details are below.) I hope this inspires you for any last minute gift cards you are looking to wrap.

Be well!

Supplies:

Cardstock: (Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Inks: (Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy) Papertrey Ink , (Versafine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Dies: (Mega Curved Rectangles) Spellbinders Paper Arts
Glitter: (Stickles) Ranger
Stamps: Paper Salon

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holly Days!



This card combines two of my favorites - Cosmo Cricket's Be Good (Believe) and Holly Cupcake from Lockhart Stamp Company. I decided to use Spellbinders Labels Two to frame the image in a stylish way. The card is 5" square, and also uses PTI Vintage Cream paper and ribbon.

We're getting down to the wire for Christmas - do you still have a lot to accomplish? I'm a firm believer in a good, detailed list - so that has been my sanity saver this year! How about you? Have a good tip for staying organized in busy times? LMK - I love good tips!

Be well.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fuzzy Slippers



This was such a fun card to create - it combines masking and paper piecing for the focal image. I was looking at this Lockhart Slipper stamp when I realized that they just HAD to be fuzzy! Out came my Doodlebug flocking powder. To make sure I only got the flocking powder where I wanted it, I created a mask of the stamp (I used Eclipse tape, but you can use a post-it note just as easily) and then used Ranger Glossy Accents on the top portion. Poured on some flock and voila - fuzziness! Then I stamped onto PTI Guide Lines, cut it out and layered it onto the white (fuzzy toed) image. Simple paper piecing!

I pulled out PTI Mixed Messages for the sentiment, and then used Spellbinders Labels One to mount it all in style. Machine stitching, inked edges and PTI ribbon finish it off. I like to have some feel better cards on hand during this cold & flu season, so this is the perfect one to have on hand. I hope you like it!

Be well.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Truffle Box



Have you seen the little Starbucks truffle boxes in the store? I bought one recently literally for the box! (Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this!) Admittedly, the truffles were pretty yummy! So once I devoured the truffles, I carefully opened up the box and traced it onto PTI Pure Poppy. I then stamped it with Pure Poppy ink (for a subtle tone-on-tone look) and Cornish Heritage Farms' Pretty Pattern. To embellish, I added some velvet ribbon, red Stickles and a shrink plastic charm (stamped with the Santa image from PTI's Believe and cut with a Classic Oval Nestability. Colored with Copics.)

It fits two Lindor truffles beautifully! If you're anything like me, though, buy the big bag - you'll need a few extras! ;)

Be well.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Using inchies with regular-sized stamps


One of the fun things about Inchies is the way it can help you look at your regular stamps in a new light. This Lockhart Clothesline stamp is approximately 3" x 1", but by applying ink in select areas of the rubber, you can stamp only the section that you want. On this piece, I first stamped the onesie, then the bib and sleeper and finally the quilt. Cut them out with Classic Square Nestabitilities, then mount them on Black Inchies Squares from Inchie Arts, LLC.

The finished card is 3" x 6", and the final touches are Papertrey Ink's Polka Dot Basics and the sentiment (Lockhart Congratulations on Spellbinders Double Ended Tag).

I hope this gives you another idea for creating Inchies - look out, it's addictive once you start looking at your stamps in this new way! Be well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Great news for all of you Spellbinders fans!

All the details for the 2009 Spellbinders Paper Arts Design Team Search are up on the Spellbinders Blog. I wish I could effectively tell you what a great year that I've had on this team. Spellbinders is a family company, and when they invite to come onto their team, they invite you to join their family. If you're looking for a design team opportunity, I really think you should look into this one. Good luck!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Just in case you need another gift idea




You may remember that I did a post on the Pursuit Of Craftyness a couple of weeks ago regarding teachers' gifts. I decided those hot chocolate gift packs will be perfect for Wally's teachers - especially since he has an equal amount of male and female teachers. The Beav is still in elementary school, though, so he not only has fewer teachers, but they're all female. I decided to make notecard sets for them. I took my cue from the school's mascot - a red & black bee! (Our high school is the Hornets, so the little guys are little bees.) I pulled out some old Anna Griffin papers and some PTI Pure Poppy. PTI's Honey Bees and Honey Bee Sentiments were an easy choice for my theme, too! I'm sure you've probably seen these pens before, but just in case they're new to you, they're Pentel RSVP pens. It's so easy to line the clear barrel with coordinating paper, that it pulls your whole set together effortlessly.

I hope this gives you another idea for any gifts that you may still need to put together! Be well.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dear Becky,

One of the very best things in life to have is a friend who isn't afraid to give you a swift kick in the rear. I'm so very fortunate to have Becky Oehlers in mine. (Said with only a modicum of sarcasm! Thanks, friend!)

Yes, I've been neglecting my sweet lil' blog. You know how it is, once and a while, something has to slide...

We were in Florida for a little while after Thanksgiving. Ward and I felt like the boys deserved a little cut-loose time, so we went down to Orlando and stayed at the Nick Hotel. Yes, they actually 'slime' people there:


Christmas decorating went into full swing when we got home. We literally walked across the street to get our tree - there is a tree lot that sets up next to the church. It was all very Rockwell-esque watching Ward, Wally and the Beav carry it home. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, but you can be sure I won't miss that moment next year!

So speaking of holiday plans, we are having our party for Ward's staff tomorrow night (ahem, Becky) :). Needless to say, I am seriously procrastinating right now as I have several bathrooms in dire need of attention. Plus I need to run out and get the food that I ordered (I'm cheating on the ham and rolls - shhhh, don't tell!).

I did have a little creative time to get a birthday card in the mail for my brother. I used some PTI from the November release for this:





I used Men Of Life and Heartfelt Basics. From the first moment I saw those sailboats, I knew that I had to have them!Melissa Bickford did such a great job with both of these sets, that I'm sure they're going to be classics for years to come. And the combination of PTI Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado, Spring Rain and Vintage Cream fit the bill for a clean, masculine card. (Used Spellbinders Labels One to finish it off in style!)

OK, off to clean bathrooms. Have a wonderful weekend and be well.