Friday, December 31, 2010

Jan 2011 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome!  and Happy New Year!  Hard to believe isn't it... a whole new year.

Let's get it started off with a brand new Stamp of the Month... and a great one at that!!

The January stamp of the month is called Find Your Style and it is seriously one of my favorites in a long time.  So- If you've come from Dawn's Blog you are headed in the right direction... but if you're just joining in... no worries!  Keep hopping through by using the link a tthe bottom and you'll hop around the circle and end back here!

First up... the stamps themselves:

Did I not tell you they were super cute!

I've seen a LOT of spectacular artwork with this set... and really I just wanted to copy them.  But since I'm supposed to come up with original artwork for this post... I decided not to go the card or layout route.  I went to my super big stash of "stuff" and found this picture frame.  I sprayed the frame with shallac but left it neutral in color so that my Sweet Leaf sparkles would show up fairly well on the frame itself.  I used the Wings Level 2 paper pack available to customers January 1st.  The sentiment and butterfly were both stamped using Vineyard Berry ink.

well- hope you like this little project I whipped up for this month...

now go check out Dawn Heuft's blog to see what she cooked up!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

ok... I may be a day late- but it's the thought that counts...right!

So sorry for my disappearance during December... In all reality- I just didn't even have time to create any gifts this year - which means I have NOTHING to show...or at least I didn't till now.
Having a few days off work means I finally had time to use some of the new spring products I ordered December 2nd or so... yes- I have had new products all month and no time to use them.
I did pull out some workshop supplies and put them together so that I could finalize class plans for January 9th.

Here are the 2- 2page layouts and 6 cards (my guests can make 2 of each card with their kit supplies)

This workshop is designed (for the most part) by Close to my Heart.  It is called the Wings Workshop Kit for $29.95.  The cutting guides for the first layout and first set of cards are pre-printed and in full color.  The company provides photos of the second layout and second set of cards... as well as info to locate the cutting guides within their How to books... but the second layout and second set of cards I actually decided to "wing" and make up my own cutting guides.  There were 2 basic reasons why I chose to do this :  1) i'm lazy and didn't want to dig out my books... 2)  I didn't have the number/ sizes of photos that the 2nd layout called for...  Instead of about a 4x6 photo... I had an 8x10 which I trimmed slightly... so I just decided to follow the basic design concept on that one and cut my paper however I chose...and designed my cutting guide based on my final layout.  In fact... I think I changed SOMETHING on every project...  based on what looked best with my photos :)  I need to complete my journalling on the second layout... but otherwise it's done.

 The first set of cards are standard 4.25 x 5.5 in size.  The layouts and cards all use the new Spray Pen that will be available beginning Feb. 1st- although those attending this class (or purchasing the kit) will receive one as part of the class materials!!  It is awesome and for these projects you'll mix Vineyard Berry Reinker, Create a Shade Pearl Paint and water in the mister pen to create a great effect on the paper.  Many stores sell these pre-mixed sprayers- but the beauty of this is that you can create your own mix to match all 60 of our exclusive colors!

The second set of cards are 4x4 and I used a few less embellishments than the CTMH pictures showed that the company used...  I like the simplicity of these.
To simplify my cutting guide... all of my black and colonial white squares are the same size for all 3 cards.  To get the sentiment on the first card to fit, I angled the square to create a "diamond" shaper- I love the way this one looks in real life...  added just a little "something"

If you live in the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek area of Michigan and are available to take this class on January 9th... send me an e-mail here   Or if you live in that area or St. Clair County MI and would like to host this class for your friends in January or February- let me know by e-mailing at the link above!  You may be eligible to earn Free Product on the order for your class!!    For anyone outside of the area- you can order a class kit by mail.  For the $29.95 class kit- plus shipping and sales tax, you will receive the kit and an additional package containing the pre-cut additional paper to create all products and the cutting guide for additional products. (your kit comes with papers and supplies for either 2 layouts, or 2 sets of cards or 1 layout and 1 set of cards... the additional paper will allow you to create both layouts and both sets of cards... only the additional paper is pre-cut.  You will follow the enclosed guide to cut your paper..

The following items are needed to create the projects exactly as shown (those attending class will be able to use mine- those purchasing the kit will either need to already have, purchase or improvise with items on hand)
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet (brand new)
Vineyard Berry Stamp Pad
Black Stamp Pad
Vineyard Berry reinker
create a shade pearl paint
paper trimmer
piercing tool/needle etc to poke holes for brads

Full Wings Paper Pack
spray pen
stamp set
Black mini-medley embellishment pack
color instruction guide.

Class kits will ship within 1 week of order date if ordered before Jan 9th and within 3 days if ordered after Jan 9th

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday card

You know... some years I am so on top of things... and other years, like this year, I am so NOT ready for the holidays.
I have been working more nights this year (along with days!) to make sure I get all of my projects at work completed on time.  It means way less time at home with my kids and I haven't fully finished decorating for the holidays.  I am however, trying to catch up on my crafting to make sure I finish the projects I wanted to create- in time for the holidays.
Today I am showing a card I created for a card swap with friends.
The image is from a Stampin Up set in the 2010/2011 SU Idea Book... I love vintage little kid style pictures so this set caught my eye.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Bamboo, white, Cocoa, Topiary and Cranberry- all Close To My Heart
lace ribbon- SU
Ink:  Cocoa and Black- CTMH
pearl opaques:  CTMH
markers:  Copics.
punch;  bought at Michaels

I was inspired by this tag on Andrea Walford's blog back in November.

Hope you have a great day!