Sunday, October 31, 2010

November SOTM Blog Hop!

Welcome back for another fun month of Stamp of the Month artwork.  I am so excited to see everyone's ideas for this months cool Thank You set.  If you are coming from Kim's blog- you're headed in the right direction... if you are stopping here first- no worries... just follow the link at the bottom to head to the next blog and circle around the hop!

I decided to showcase something other than a card- which is what I normally do...  I thought some of the stamps were perfectly suited for Thanksgiving and I've come up with some items you can use to decorate the table!

To the left is the set of fun Thank You stamps we are showcasing.

Our Stamp of the Month sets are always only $22.95 or discounted/ free with additional purchases.

In November- when you order $100 worth of product you not only get this set FREE- but another set of your choice (retail value up to $22.95).  Check with your consultant for full details... Need a consultant- e-mail me here.
And here our my projects- look- I even pulled out my good china for these photos!!  I think it's the first time I've "used" them in the 8 years we 've been married!  Lol... ok...maybe the 2nd or 3rd!
I used a small glassine bag and filled it with candy corn.  I adhered a 1/2" strip of Barn Red cardstock.  I stamped my image in chocolate on Olivia paper and cut around the shape and adhered it to the cardstock band- SO SIMPLE!! 

My place setting marker was simple too!  You could easily recreate these for a beautiful family get together.  The background is Barn Red cardstock.  I used Olivia paper here again for my stamping.  The flower was inked in Sunset, rolled in Chocolate and stamped onto the paper.  I inked up the stamp that says "I am so Thankful for you" in chocolate and used a baby wipe to remove all the ink except that which was on "thankful" and then stamped onto my project.  I added my daughter's name to finish it off.

Hope you enjoy this little peak - Head to Kim's blog now!

final Christmas Card class card... and my october Club cards

Ahh.... finally able to finish posting all of these projects.. I've been working hard to finish getting all the kits put together for people that missed classes in october and I'm nearly done! Yippeee....
I'm posting these real quick but come back tonight or tomorrow because I'm also working on my November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop post which goes live tonight at 9pm...  once in a while a few glitches need to be worked out since we have 60+ people participating- so you may want to just wait and visit later at night- or even tomorrow.
This is the final Christmas Card from my class... at last- they're all posted!  I have a feeling that I borrowed this design but I don't have any print out or file on my computer so I'm not exactly sure where this idea came from.   It uses the I Believe stamp set (one of my favorites this year), along with Mistletoe Creative Basics, Mistletoe Level 2 embellishment assortment, Chocolate and Cranberry inks.

 This little indian girl card was an October stamp club project.  I'm going ahead and posting them late for those that missed class and are receiving the kit.  This way they can put their projects together by viewing mine. 
Used:  Olivia Level 2 paper pack, Thanksgiving stamps and an assortment of markers, and Shimmer Designer brads
 This is another idea I borrowed from another consultant.  I had originally printed the card from the web so I had the consultant info... but with an 18 month old that colors on everything in sight- and a hubby who's idea of cleaning is throwing out anything that doesn't look like a bill...I'm not sure what happened to it!  So if you know who created the original version of this- pleast post a comment or e-mail me!  Stamp set = Harmony 
This card uses the Share the Magic set - October stamp of the month.  The sentiment is from Holiday Trinkets.  colors:  holiday Red and Pear with a mix of sparkles from the red/pink/purple pack AND the blue/green pack.

So did you notice that all THREE club cards use the Olivia paper pack?  This Christmas card uses the pear dotted paper which is the back side of the sunset colored dotted paper.

That's it for now- come back later to see my creation using the November Stamp of the Month!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas card class card post 4

Hello!  I have two more photos from my class cards.  I have one more card to post but I have to find it first.   Before I post my cards I wanted to point out that I've added some tabs to the top of my blog so I can share more information without clogging things up a bit. 
Check the specials tab!  It explains the company November special and mine too!

Ok- here are the two cards for today as well as some Halloween treat photos I made for school and daycare yesterday :)

 It's very hard to see but there's lots of Glitz on this card!!  The hat and scarf are colored with copic markers BG72 and G21 which are very similar to Twilight and Sweet Leaf CTMH colors.  I did this because I really wanted to use the CTMH Glitz which has  a natural tendency to alter the color of our markers and inks.  Typically I love this look and when i don't want it I use a glue pen with prisma... but I really- REALLY wanted to use glitz so I pulled out my copic markers instead.  The lights are also colored with those two markers to coordinate.  I did forget to color my little snowman nose - I'll have to do that before i use this card!  I stamped the snowman and lights with Black and the snowflakes with Twilight. The stamps are from Sharing the Magic- the October Stamp of the Month

 The second card uses the cute little set called "A Timber" which retails for only $7.95!  You can view it here.  We used the following techniques:  masking and stamp rolling. 
Stamp Rolling:  Ink up in the lightest color (the Pear green) then roll the edges in the darker color (Chocolate) stamp your image (the middle image first)  Then stamp the same image on light weight copy paper- cut out.
Masking:  Place your second image from the copy paper over the first image.  Re ink your stamp in a similar fashion and stamp to the left.  Re ink again and stamp to the right with your "mask" still over the first image... now it looks like your first tree is in the front and the others are behind.  so fun!  This little tree is embellished with just a few little blue and green sparkles.
And now for some yummy Halloween treats!  These little mummy cupcakes were for daycare.  My son is only 18 months old and I didn't want him overloaded on sugar- so I mixed up a batch of white cake batter and poured it into my mini muffin pan instead of my cupcake pan..  I used white icing to draw some lines across and two little chocolate chips for eyes... aren't they cute!

These little pumpkins are the cookies for my daughter's Kindergarten class.  I'll post this recipe soon.  It's my most favorite sugar cookie recipe.  I mixed the ingredients and rolled the dough.  Addie cut out the cookies.  I iced them and she did the purple sugar... she loves purple so there you go..I added some icing dots and she added the eyes.  It was truly a joint effort!.I wrapped them in halloween treat bags tied with little spider rings on the outside- so cute!
As for this last little number- i totally did not make this!  Another mom brought this in and it was so awesome! Not sure where the idea came from but the "brain" is watermelon... the fingers are cheese sticks with carrot nails and the mouths (I think that is what they are?) are apples with walnuts inside. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Christmas card class card post 3

well... I had planned to post 2 more cards- but one of the cards I photographed was one I posted in the very first post (there's a link one post down from this one) back in September... so one card today and more tomorrow:
 This card uses the CTMH white daisy circle card bases, Holiday buttons and the Peace on Earth Stamp Set.  Topiary and Sweet Leaf cardstock.
We sponged Topiary ink on the starburst which was cut using my cricut.
We carved pumpkins this weekend...  I do not like cleaning out pumpkins... so it's handy that Addie doesn't mind!  She had dried up pumpkin guts all over her face by the time she was done.  I need some candles for the pumpkins...then I can get some photos of them to post :)
Have a great day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas card class cards post 2

I have been super busy putting together the class kits for those that couldn't attend my Christmas card class, as well as making some cards I auctioned off, designing page kits, class projects etc... so in an attempt to finish posting my Christmas card class cards I'll be posting over the next few days as I finish putting my kits together.
The first 3 cards were posted here in September when I was advertising the class.

Here are the next 2 cards:

 This first card uses Cranberry and Colonial White Cardstock, the Mistletoe Level 2 paper pack, Holiday Trinkets Stamps, Bitty Sparkles, New England Ivy, Desert Sand and Cranberry Inks
The sentiment is from the Peace on Earth stamp set.
This second card I really LOVE... I did get this idea from someone else but I can't remember where.. Not sure if it was on-line or in a magazine so if you recognize it- please share with me where it came from so I can give credit...
The red paper is retired B&T Holiday Red (trying to use up my huge stash!)  The white paper was cut using the Stampin Up Top Note die... 
The stamps are from the Peace On Earth, I Believe and Free Spirit sets.  The snowflakes were cut with a sizzix die.  I used our new Pearl Opaques and Red/Pink/Purple sparkles to embellish.  My snowflakes are pop dotted.

Well- that's it for today but keep your eyes peeled... I have 5 more class cards, 3 club cards, an auction card, a layout and some gift ideas that need to be posted!  ahhh... and next weekend is the Stamp of the month blog hop, I'm prepping my November club projects, projects for an upcoming kids class, my make and take for upcoming events... lots of artwork to come!

Monday, October 18, 2010

something different...

A few weeks ago... in the midst of planning my Christmas card class... I came across two gift box/ bag sets that I'd purchased at the dollar store 2-3 years ago.  I sure wish I'd stop buying stuff (with good intentions of course) and then letting it sit for year(s) before doing anything with it.
I stopped everything and finished these boxes off before moving on.  I  used scraps out of my over flowing scrap bin to complete these.  While I did use my cricut... all actual supplies are from Close To My Heart except the boxes/ cellophane bags and the goodies inside.

I have several events in November where I plan to sell handmade items and i think I'll take these along.  They each have BRAND NEW bath towels, wash cloths and baby teethers.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October club layout...

oh... this layout is one of my favorites of late!  I got the general layout design from another I saw while browsing the net... don't remember where I saw it or who's it was... but it was definately different.  I used all different products, titles, embellishment placement etc.

This is the layout my stamp club ladies can choose to make this weekend... I'll post the cards tomorrow (or tonight if I have time but it's unlikely!)

I used the Hooligans level 2 paper pack, Hooligans Level 2 Assortment, Boo Crew stamps with Sunset ink and cricut cartridges:  Once Upon a Princess, Schoolbook Plantin

Since this is a free project, I didn't add more than what you see... but I have plans for a more detailed page kit that I'll be selling at some upcoming crops.
Also- was not even paying attention that I should have lined my striped paper up... what do you think?  should they line up with the top and bottom of the green patterns like they do- or should the striped papers line up with each other- I'd love some comments on that subject!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

holiday soap

This is the cutest thing!  My friend Tonia made this and I displayed it in my Expo booth a few weekends ago.  She stamped Santa on tissue paper and colored with CTMH markers.  Then she mod-podged the tissue paper to the soap and wrapped it in a cello bag.  She purchased the soap at World Market.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Studio J...

Here are the other two layouts that I created this week using Studio J.  Also- just click on the photo to see more detail! 

In case you wondered why I used the same (or some of the same) photos on yesterday's layouts- it's because one was for my album and the other layout was for my daughter's album... her layout is the one with photos of her on it!..
Today's layouts:  This first one is a layout of my son!!  I have so few layouts done of him.  In my kid's "first year" album I typically do one layout per month and then Christmas, first birthday atc.  Here's his 11 month layout: I used the Caboodle paper pack.

This second layout is of my nephew and Godson Kyle's First Holy Communion.  I used the Magnifique paper pack.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Studio J...

I didn't think Studio J could get any better... and then...memberships!  I decided I needed some creative therapy last night but I also wanted to LEAVE my house...  Hubby has been gone till after 9pm almost every weeknight for a month- helping my friend finish his basement.  He was home last night so I needed some much needed ME time and headed to Barnes and Noble with my laptop.  This was the first time I've had a chance to use Studio J since my membership went into effect last month.
These two patterns... are members Only patterns- so cute!!  I spent about 1.5 hours playing and checking out the new options... I created 4- 2page layouts. The best part... The grand total to have them printed AND SHIPPED:  about $26-27 total!  Yep! Not too shabby.  When You are a member- You get free shipping once per month if you order 4+ layouts (7+ layouts for APO addresses)
Memberships are pretty reasonable:
$30 for 3 months or $99 for one year.
For that price you get:  half price layouts ($6.50 for 2 printed pages instead of $12.95)
Free shipping on one order per month
Members only pattern and paper selections. (there's only one special paper pack right now but a LOT of patterns available to members ONLY)

The best thing about Studio J- It's totally free to just go in and try it out!  No software downloads, no cost!  Simply go to my website and click on Studio J.  Start an account and upload photos- choose your paper, pattern etc.  If you don't love it... don't order.  But I am soo confident you WILL love it!
If you live local to the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek area of Michigan- or the St. Clair county area- I would love to set up a free demo in your home.  When you have 8+ people attend I will raffle off a 3 month membership!
**the Studio J logo and "Real life, Real scrapbooks, Real time" do not print on your layout!**

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Last weekend's expo... and some art

Hi There-

I've had lots of requests to see my expo photos from last weekend...  Here are the basics of my booth displays.  The artwork photos are of SOME of the artwork on display- I'll post more later.

My main product display:  LOVE IT!

This table had albums, inks, stamps and a Studio J section

My new banner- so happy with how it turned out!

Yes... I put the name Janet Teel on the artwork.  She is one of 3 friend's that created artwork using new products so that I could have art on display at the expo.  I didn't have enough time to do everything myself since I didn't even get any product to work with till late August thanks to our trop to England...  So a super huge thanks to my friends for helping me out.  I LOVE her photos- look at that cat! so darn cute!