Friday, March 16, 2007

Another Mini Composition Book

I've just created another mini composition book. This time I used Regal Rose ink for the letter and Rebecca (cover) & Loves Me (on the spine) paper. I attached Certainly Celery for the ribbon (glued it under the letter). Then I added dots of 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds. This is so girly!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pirate Ship

Since I have a two year old son and several nephews, I just had to have the Ahoy Matey stamp set!

I stamped it on watercolor paper using black Stazon ink. Then I used my watercolor crayons (a favorite toy) and my aqua painter to color it in. When I was finished, I sponged Creamy Caramel ink on the edges and mounted it on Basic Black. The card base is Tempting Turquoise and the strip going across is Copper. I also inked just the word "ARRR" with a marker and added that to the corner.

This color combo is so striking and this card pattern is so quick and easy.

Altered Lunch Tins

Last night, I had my first class since I moved here to Virginia! Three ladies came to make altered lunch tins. We had a great time visiting, and I was impressed with how quickly they finished their projects! The two tins above were my samples. The one on the left was made just before Christmas to keep all of our family holiday recipes so that I can find them in one place. The other I made for the last night's class.

Trina couldn't decide what word to put on her tin, so she went with her initial. Very elegant! (She also has a few ribbons on the handles and cards inside to match.)

Monica is a fellow Stampin' Up! demo I met at a crop last month. She used my absolute favorite papers!

Chris used her initials to decorate her tin, too. In addition to representing Close to My Heart, she's a great crafter and resource! She started a monthly crop here in Fredericksburg where I've met all sorts of fun crafters! (I love all the different ribbons on her handle.)

Supplies: Provo Craft tin; ModPodge; sticky strip; decorative papers; alphabet stamps; tag punch (to cut notch) & other punches; ribbon; various ink colors; various embellishments.

We also made dividers and four matching cards. I wish I had taken pictures of the ladies' cards! They did such a great job . . . Each one was given 2 sheets of decorative papers (most were double sided) and access to all of my scraps (ribbon, deco papers, cardstock) to finish out the design of their tin and cards.

Oh, I must give credit to the SCS tutorial on altered lunch tins by Emily Giovanni!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Mini Composition Book

I've been able to post a lot today! Hopefully that'll make up for the lack of posts the rest of this week (I have another job doing transcription work for the USMC that I need to do).
I made this mini composition book a while ago, but thought it'd be a great idea to post.

Details: Mini comp book (you can get 4 for $1 at the $ store!); decorative papers; strong glue; alphabet set; close to cocoa cardstock and ink; naturals ivory cardstock; dazzling diamonds & 2 way glue. [I filled in the letter with 2 way glue, then applied glitter and shook the excess off to get the effect.]

Organizing my space . . . .

My husband and I took a trip to IKEA (the best store on earth that is non-SU). I found this excellent storage solution to keep things off the table, and to keep my paper cutter away from the kids. I use one basket for my jumbo wheels and the other for ready made cards that I can send out. (The even greater thing about this storage was that the bar and three baskets cost around $10 total!)By the way, I can just take the basket off the bar and set it on my desk when I need it! I'm planning on getting one more set like this so that I can store some other items I want nearby, but not always on the desk.

And here is a view of the storage above my ink pad holder. I may post more pictures of my room if I finish cleaning and organizing!

It's a Boy!

Whenever friends have babies, I either make a name frame, or a personalized baby card that they could frame if they choose to. Here's my latest using those fun Cool Caribbean long notes.
Details: Long Notes (Cool Carribean), Brilliant Blue, Certainly Celery & Whisper White cardstock; So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, and Brilliant Blue ink; Whimsical Alpha upper & Polka Dots and Paisley stamp sets; white gel pen; silver cording. Also, I like to use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the letters so they don't fall off.