Friday, November 09, 2007

On a field trip today...

Joe and I are off to Berkeley today to check out a few places, one of which is Scrapbook Territory. I'm hoping to find some neat Christmas/Holiday paper to play with this weekend at the craft studio's open house this Sunday 11/11/07.

Call or email to get directions to the studio. I'll have a station set up for a card make and take- free! The station will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There'll be some goodies to munch on, and a new class schedule.

See you Sunday!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Tea Bag Holder


Since my creativity hasn't been flowing, it was helpful to be forced into stamping recently for a swap I'm in. The swap is for tea bag holders. They'll be perfect to stuff in a stocking, and were quite simple to make. For those not keen on tea, how about using a little square of chocolate instead?

Dimensions for this holder are 3.25" x 9.75" with score marks at 3.25" and 6.5". I cut slits on each score half way up to thread the ribbon through.

Change up the size and you could use these as a gift card holders. Hmmm... maybe I have to play/work some more.

...off to prep for a holiday greeting card class coming up at the end of the week.

Happy day.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Where does time go?

As you can see I've been MIA for the month of October. I've been getting ready for the holiday season with many new ideas up my sleeve. One of those ideas really needs to be credited to Janie over at Hands on Crafts with Jane Ann. She's taken our advertising to a new level. You'll get to read all about it next week in the the Metro Santa Cruz.

Upcoming classes should be posted by weeks end. If anyone is having trouble using the Google Calendar, please email me so I can fix any bugs.

I have some new stamps that are dying to be inked :-).

Happy day.

ETA: don't be lookin' in the Metro for me, I'm not there!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

It's time for the Rubberama!

I've been up since my husband got up at 4:00a.m. to see what the "weird" sound was coming from the kitchen this morning. It was the coffee pot I programmed yesterday to fuel me for the day ahead.

That's right folks, the Fall Rubberama is in my neck of the woods. Woo-hoo! Yes, I will be one of the first ones there. When the rubber house o' worship comes to town all else in my world stops. For a while, anyway. Being the rubber geek that I am, my ensemble is already laid out. It's the same at every convention. There must be other attendees that know (and point at) me by my outfit. I don my white long sleeved Stampa Barbara shirt, (one of the two days a year I still allow myself to wear it) my most comfortable (whatever fits at the time) jeans, comfy shoes, (today it will be Uggs) and my Blue Jansport backpack. For those of you that want to relate- I must look like the ultimate trekie (sp?) at one of their conventions. I should be a bit embarrassed, but I'm not. For the few of you that have ever tried to attend one of these events with me- your sittin' back laughing right now, aren't you? It's ok to admit it.

You can check out details of the event here: San Jose Rubberama. If you should happen to run into me, please do not get your feelings hurt. I'm not there to socialize- I must scour the premises for new and exciting goodies- be that rubber or new techniques. After all, this is now what is known as a "Business trip." Ha! That's right IRS- I'm keepin recepits, I'm logging miles. This is all in the name of business- Pawsitively Stamps, that is.

Other news of the day: My cards, cards, cards class is happening tonight at 5pm at the craft studio in Santa Cruz. It's almost a full class- yeah!

If I'm not too tired tonight I'll post some of my new finds.

Happy Day!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mosaic Stepping Stone


One must know me to understand that "You Suck!" is one of my highest compliments. Really, it is. That's what I had to say to my very good friend Cathy Bortolin (hey, Cathy- is it o.k. if I use your name???) when she was done with her very *first* stepping stone at class last week. Since Cathy's was so awesome I asked if I could picture it here. Too cool, eh?

Woohoo, Cathy! Great eye for design, layout and color.

Friday, September 14, 2007

The story of my life...


As if you want to know the story of my life. Let's suffice to say this card says so much about me. I'm very late getting a few birthday cards out in the mail. No, it doesn't make much sense since I LOVE to stamp. However, I've come to realize my strong sense of procrastination takes precidence over much of the on-goings in my life. As early back as I can remember I achieved great things when I was propelled by time constraints due to my ability to procrastinate until the very last minute. One would think I like stress. I don't. Really.

Enough rambling. (Again, I'm procrastinating.) I must get these cards out in the mail before they are one more day late. Happy day.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

Must ... have ... sleep.

Ok, so what does sleep have to do with stamping you ask? Well, last night it had a lot to do with it, or rather it had a lot to do with the *lack* of it.

Last night's class was on Tile Coasters. Easy shmeezy (do not look that word up until I have a moment to add it in Wikipedia ... Anyhoo- the coasters looked great, everyone had their own unique style. Mulligans (thank you Earen) were had by a few folks. Ha... ha. It's always fun to watch fellow stampers. Did we all think we should be perfect on the first stamp? Really? It's taken me years to get that it's quite alright to get a little messy. That's the beauty in stamping. Nobody ever knows what you started out to create except you. Truly, we are our own worse critic. True, it's not always easy to fudge things on a tile coaster, but there's always another tile to ink.

Rambling, am I? That's PROOF of lack o' sleep. That's where I started with this whole post, right?

Let me simply say, last night was my last class scheduled on a day that I already work 10 hours. Ugh. What was I thinking?

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Class update!

My class schedule is getting updated. Check out Google calendar for the most current class listings. If you'd like to be notified when I update my class calendar, send me an email to be put on the list.



If I can ever figure out where to better put this little link, you'll find it moved. Until then, I'll make this post one you can refer back to rather easily.

Now, I'm off to make some tile coasters.*If* I stay on task, those coasters will be posted for all to see a little later today.

Happy Day!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Dream Pillow


This morning I attended Janie's Dream Pillow class. I actually sewed my very own dream pillow despite the fact that I haven't touched a sewing machine since 197*. Wow, it really was that long ago.

Of course I stamped on my pillow :-). Inside is a pouch of lavender as well as the essential oils Benzoin, Bergamot and Lavender (again). Together they are meant to help comfort, bring self acceptance and joy, as well as balance my mind .... yeah I need all of those!

According to what Janie taught me, I should tuck this little pillow inside my big pillow and let the essential oils and botanicals work their magic (ok, I added the work their magic part...). I'm going to go put my pillow away for a peaceful sleep tonight. I'll report back tomorrow to let you know. For those of you that don't know me, keep in mind that my sleep is much less than ideal at this point. I'm not expecting a miracle overnight.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

First class pictures


Alrighty! As promised, here are a pictures of a few of the cards we made in the first two classes. These are the first pics added, so I'm hoping they look o.k.

Ingredients for the first cards shown:
Bud Basics stamp set, Basics Outline Jumbo Wheel
Absolutely Apricot, Basic Black, Whisper White, Shimmery White cardstock
Irridescent Ice EP, Mellow Moss Grosgrain ribbon, Silver Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Mini Glue-Dots.

This second card shows more of the cards created stamping on acetate and tissue with Reinkers, water coloring with Aqua Painters, and using some of the new Stampin' Up!© Linen Print Designer Paper.

Check out my Stampin' Up! website to see upcoming classes.

Don't forget to check out my inspiration for starting classes- Jane Ann (aka Janie) over at Hands On Crafts with Jane Ann. She's teaching a wide variety of classes. Her first one is creating Dream Pillows. Yeah! If you know me at all you know my Dream Pillow will be invaluable. I'll post a pic of my pillow after class.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

It happened!

Well, I did it. We all did it, really. I'm proud to announce we've had four fun stamping classes in the new studio. There was a wide range of stamping experience present with fun had by all. The groups stamped on acetate using tissue and reinkers, water colored, embossed, embellished, tied, laughed and had a great time.

Check back in the next couple of days and I'll have some pictures of our cards and projects as well as dates for upcoming classes at the studio that will include Janie's classes (more about that later as well.)

Thanks to everyone who showed great talent and support during our first classes at the new studio, and thank you for checking out what's happening.
:-).
Karan

Sunday, April 15, 2007

In the beginning...

there were stamps, inks, and a slough of paper. Is that all? Thanks for asking. The answer is NO! We're on our way to something big! The other part of 'we' is my friend Janie. I'll get the goods on her later and let you in on who she is. For now so much of this is a mystery.

Check back soon for a calendar of events. You won't want to miss it. Really.