Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Updated to add the correct links:
Welcome to the hop!!  If you are coming from Angela's blog-  you're headed in the right direction... the link to the next blog is at the bottom of this post....
Wow...  I haven't even completed half my Christmas crafting... and I had to take a quick break to create a project with the December Stamp of the Month - Amore!  When February rolls around though, I'll be happy I did!  I wasn't super thrilled when I first saw this set... but I love the way this card turned out!!

To start off... here is the stamp set-  it does have some fun images and I love the script lettering.

Here is my card...  I think the patterned paper is the back side of a pattern from the Jingle Level 2 paper pack from last year.  I paired it with Tulip and blush cardstock, Tulip stamped images and words, Twill and Blush ric rac.  It's a pretty simple card but I love the rounded words.
In fact- I loved the rounded words so much that I wanted to show a close-up.... when I alterred this photo- I decided that I LOVE this scaled down version even better-This would be a super cute valentine to give your kids!! 

I sure hope you are enjoying the blog hop- you can continue on by visiting Melinda's blog next!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kid's handmade Christmas Gifts


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!  I know I did...

I thought I'd hop on and show you my "pencil pockets"  that I've been making by the dozens!!
These little guys are something I made up for some crop make and takes recently.  I then took them on the road to a holiday bazaar type setting and got orders to make 54 of them!    I really wanted to use my sewing machine to stitch up the sides... although when I sat down to use it... it was on the floor (upright though) with the foot missing...no thread, no bobbin, the bobbin holder was sitting on the floor..
I'm guessing that when my hubby and dad were building walls down there- they knocked it on the floor and didn't realize half the parts were missing and just set it upright.  I think that means I deserve a new sewing machine, and since they broke it... i don't think it should count as a Christmas gift- do you?

So, I switched to using up the hoards of waxy flax and ribbon I have on hand...which actually does not take as long as you would think.  Ok, maybe not as fast as a sewing machine- but not bad either!
I found the pencils in the Target dollar spot, and the suckers at Michaels.  Fortunately for me I had an awesome Michaels coupon and got all the suckers (ALL 100+ of them) discounted.
These little pockets were a great way to use up cardstock and paper.  I'm currently working on a "winter" version in blues and whites as it fits one of the orders I received at the bazaar.
Have a great rest of the weekend- I'll be back soon with more art!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November club layout/ workshop class

wow... I have something to post!! Actually- I have lots to post and finally have the time!  November has been a super busy month for me.  3 crops, 1 Holiday vendor show, 2 club nights plus school conferences, PTA activities, teaching catechism... it's been a busy one!

Today I'm showing the layout that I did as a class at one crop and free to my club members!  The photo colors are a little wonky but I'm in Michigan and it's too cold and frosty outside so we are back to indoor photos.
I used the Olivia Level 2 pack to create this layout.  I used a gold shimmer brad on the left page.  My pie diecut was made with the Cricut Seasonal Thanksgiving cartridge.  also added mocha pearls on both pages.

The layout uses the November Stamp of the Month which I love!!!  It is great for cards AND layouts- which is always a bonus when you create both!

The stamp set is only available through November 30th... so don't miss out.
It is $22.95 OR earn a discount with additional purchase.
A $25 purchase = 25% off
A $50 purchase = 50% off
A $75 purchase = 75% off
A $100 purchase = FREE

Also- through the end of the month- a $100 purchase earns you a SECOND free stamp set of your choice valued at $22.95 or less.  To check out our product line and place your order- visit my site and go to "shop online

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Joy" layout

This weekend I'm vendoring a crop in Comstock MI from 8am-about noonish.  Crop goes 8-5 and they still have spaces so If you are in the area- send me a quick note and I'll get the info to you!

I have put together 3 different page kits to sell for $11 and proceeds  from each goes to the fundraiser.
This is one of the 3 kits (others are dress up and Halloween)

All in all I think I have 4 of this kit, 3 Halloween and 3 Dress up kits.  I plan to make several more over the holidays for upcoming crops in January and February.

Monday, November 8, 2010

United Way Auction Cards

I work for an animal health company and this year we had an auction to help raise money for United Way.  I decided to create a set of 24 Christmas Cards that could be auctioned off... I made the mistake of creating ONE card in advance with plans to create the rest within 2 weeks of the auction close... Holy cow (no pun intended...)  these took me 3 weeks of work!!  The cutting and stamping went fast... it was the coloring... next year- solid images only!! I am quite happy with how they turned out though and the winner was thrilled!!  This image is one of my favorite "non-CTMH" stamps that I own and it was quite fitting for an animal health company auction...
The image is from La La Land Crafts and all the supplies are CTMH.  The paper is from this year's Creative Basics set which is super cute!!

Don't forget the "A Little More Thanks" special running this month!  When you spend $100 you not only recieve the November Stamp of the Month FREE- but you can also select one more stamp set valued at $22.95 or less for FREE!
You can place your order on my website or by e-mailing me here.