Thursday, September 16, 2010

Almost Forgot This One...

At my last stamp camp, one of the projects my campers could make was a card organizer.  One of my campers, Maddie, is a former student and daughter of our art teacher, Laura (who is also one of my regular stamp camp attendees).  Maddie couldn't stay long, but wanted to make a card organizer, so she got the inside assembled and I offered to do the covers for her.  I had brought a bunch of stamps, punches, and dies for this project, and Maddie said she liked daisies - so this is what I came up with for her.  I hope she likes it!

I bought a ton of the Petals & Paisleys DSP back in 2007, so I thought I'd use some of it up by using it on this project.  I used the coordinating retired sets Polka Dots & Paisley/Polka Dots & Petals and one of my favorite retired alpha sets, Tidy Alphabet.  I thought it turned out pretty nicely.  I used 1 1/4 inch owires and my Bind-it-all to finish it off.

Monday, September 13, 2010

More Greenhouse Garden

Well hello there! I hope you are having a terrific day. Any day I get to do some stamping is a terrific day in my book! In early August the family spent a night up at the FIL's 'cabin'. Would have loved to do two nights, but no internet here and besides, I had an early morning doctor's appointment that would make staying a second night rather difficult. Maybe next time. Anyway, while my DH and youngest DD were out on the deck using her telescope, I made four cards which I've been sharing with you over the past few weeks. Today's card is the fifth one I made after we had a nice breakfast at Belgian Waffle Works, which overlooks Lake Arrowhead. It started out as a CASE of one of Wendy Weixler's cards (one from 2008, but now I can't find the post, wouldn't ya know it), but I just didn't like the focal point being oriented like a diamond as I started to put mine together, so it ended up as a square. I'm kinda like that anyway in my card making and scrapbooking, and I like the way it turned out. The 'So' in So Glad We're Friends didn't quite fit when I stamped onto the aluminum tag, but the ribbon was already on the card and it covered the 'So' and still is a nice sentiment.

Stamp Sets: Greenhouse Garden, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired), Best Yet (retired Hostess)
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Card stock: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Aluminum Tag (small, retired), 5/8 inch Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: Creative Memories Circle Cutting System, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Woo hoo!  I'm doing the happy dance right now - they're done!  I finished the rest of my 8 x 8 scrapbook swaps tonight!  YAY!  And six days early, to boot!  My order arrived today with the paper I needed to finish my Halloween pages that I shared with you over the weekend, and along with it was the paper for my final swap, which I'm sharing with you tonight.  This weekend I designed the layout for my Thanksgiving swap pages and made my six swaps.  It was kinda fun - my DH and I went over to his dad's house and as we sat by the pool on Monday afternoon, I stamped and assembled my pages.  All I needed was the Autumn Spice specialty paper I had ordered from the Holiday Mini to finish the left panel, so after finishing up the two Halloween swaps tonight, I finished up the Thanksgiving swaps.  I really like how this one turned out.  Now I can package up my swaps and get them mailed out in the next day or two, ahead of the September 15 postmark deadline.  Lookie:

Stamp Sets:  Autumn Splendor, Woodgrain, Thankful For
Card Stock:  More Mustard, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze
Inks:  Early Espresso, VersaMark
Accessories:  Spritzer Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Scallop Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I'll have something new to share with a post that I have scheduled to publish on Monday morning as I've got a busy weekend coming up.  Last spring I won an observing session for two with the Mount Wilson Observatory Association, and I chose this weekend to redeem my prize.  My DH and I are heading up the mountain this weekend for some observing time on their 60-inch telescope.  I'm looking forward to it - several years ago we were invited to do the same with the 60-inch at Mount Palomar, and it was a great evening.  Until next time...

Monday, September 6, 2010

KISS... Keep It Simple Stamper

Hello! Thanks for popping on by today. Today's card demonstrates the KISS method – keep it simple, stamper! The card design is by Debra Currier. I've been drawn to Debra's 'less is more' style before, using several of her cards last summer as inspiration when we were in Hawaii and I had some stamping supplies along with me.  I loved the simple, clean look to her card (last one from the link above), so I decided to try it myself. I had one more Greenhouse Garden flower sitting around, just waiting to be used, so here it is.  Thanks again, Debra, for the inspiration!

Stamp Sets: Greenhouse Garden, Best Yet (retired Hostess), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (retired)
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Card Stock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP (retired), 5/8 inch Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Have a Wicked Halloween...

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  I'm going to spend as much time this nice, long weekend getting caught up on my scrapbooking swaps.  Earlier this summer I signed up for three 8x8 double page layouts over on Stampin' Addicts.  You may have seen my Christmas layout, which was featured as one of the projects I shared in last week's Holiday Mini Blog Hop.  I finished making the other 5 of those that I needed for the swap.  I've been working on the design of the Halloween swap for a few weekends, and this weekend I finally finished it.  I need another pack of Wicked Specialty DSP, which will be here on Wednesday, but I can get 4 of them done this weekend and have everything else ready to go once that flocked Razzleberry bat paper gets here.  You can't see it in the images, but I took the Daffodil Delight moons and sprayed them with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to give them a little sparkle.  I wanted to add an element between the two picture squares on the right panel, so I borrowed the idea I used on the center of the accordion medallion and made another, but this time using Basic Gray ink full strength on the spider web, and then I added a new black glitter brad in the center.  It's kinda fun - is it a web, or is it a bloodshot (less the blood) eyeball?  I love the new bat punch, so there's plenty of them on my layout. 

I wanted a fun Halloween layout, and I'm pretty happy with it.  Hope you like it, too!  If you have Monday off, enjoy your day.  I know I plan to head over to Panera Bread this weekend before their fabulous Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad goes away until next summer (I'm still upset that last year they didn't bring back their Orchard Harvest Salad as a replacement for the strawberry one).  Thanks for stopping by!