Sunday, April 27, 2008

Do you ever get toys, um... tools, and they sit? And sit? And ...? I'm going through that right now (and have been for many years!) I received my new Nestabilities from Ellen last week and they are still in the package! I've been wanting those dies for months now, and I finally broke down and got them. However, it hasn't been quite the right time to "play" yet. I just finished class yesterday (very fun- thanks Kathy D. and Marjory!) Stamp time last week revolved around that. Today is a garden day, so stampin's out. Besides- the sun is so bright and cheery it really doesn't seem right to spend 2 consecutive spring filled days inside-even for stamps. Perhaps later this week. Or some stamp therapy after work one night???

After playing with my watermark (again)- I thought I'd see if it all tied in. Here are the results:

Joe (dh) picked this card to send to his mom for her birthday earlier this month. Sometimes it's nice to have someone else pick out a card, kwim? I tend to be a bit hyper-critical of myself- so other input is always welcome - even constructive input!

I'll see what I can do to get my nestabilities out and active- look for results later this week. Maybe they'll get some use at my next class :-).

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Playing with acetate

This is my first attempt at an acetate card, and the main card for today's card class. It's a pretty simple card, the hardest part is knowing which layer to adhere first. I like the ribbon on the side- no bows, nothin' fancy. I might change the blue eyelet to a white brad for some additional pop. We'll see what the girls come up with.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Be Happy
Card stock: Acetate, Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, Black and White
Ink: White Staz-On, Bashful Blue (classic)
Accessories: Button, eyelet, misc. ribbon, thread, glue dots (many of them!)
Tools: Crop-a-dile and circle punches

Alright, now as promised .... the news.

The craft studio's closing! Yep, you read right. The craft studio you've come to know and love will be shuttin' down. May 10th will be my last class there and I'll be packing up May 11th. Ack!? Not at all. Read on.

This change is leading the way for me to walk into a better and brighter open door. I'll be back in (a different) craft space this August -location will be announced when things are more dialed. Classes will continue 1-2 times a month. With this change I'll be raising class prices (starting in August)- I'm not sure how much yet. I hate to do it, but need to cover costs. When I look around at class prices over the hill the going rate is about $25-$35 for a 4 card class. I'm not going to cut back on projects- I might even add to the number of cards we do (currently 5). My love is to stamp, and to teach. My goals will remain to keep it fun, keep it changing, and keep it reasonable!

For those of you that can't wait until August, I'll still do at least 1 class a month at my house. Also, if you are interested in having a stamping party at your place- just let me know. I'm pretty portable and would be happy to have class in your house.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support. I can only hope it's been as fun for you as it has been for me!

Happy day!

Spring colors...

I love spring colors- those soft subtle colors in yellows, oranges, greens ... truly this must be my favorite time of year. Perhaps this is why my stamping juice is flowing freely today. I've already finished packing up my class for tomorrow (for those that don't know me- I'm usually up EARLY the morning of class doing last minute stuff.) Could I be turning over a new leaf? A non-procrastinating leaf? Yeah, I doubt that.

This spring box was inspired by a project on the demo side of the Stampin' Up! website. I don't usually get into a project this fast- but this was too fun to pass up, and I LOVE to create boxes and bags.

Card stock: Whisper White, Misc. Imagination Project (Sonia)
Ink: Old Olive
Misc: Rhinestone Brads, Eyelets, misc. ribbon
Tools: Paper cutter/scorer, Crop-a-dile, ticket punch

Cut designer paper (two sided is best) to 5" x 12"
Score horizontally at 4", 5.5", 9.5" and 11".
Score vertically at 3" and 4.5"
Lay the card stock horizontally with the first 4" x 5.5" at the left.

Panel 1 = 4" wide x 3" height
Panel 2 = 1.5" wide x 4.5" height
Panel 3 = 4" wide x 5" height
Panel 4 = 1.5" wide x 4.5 height
Panel 5 = .5" wide x 3" height

On any edges that remain on the bottom (the parts that fold up into the box) I used my ticket punch to make everything clean. I used glue to adhere the whole thing together, but I'm sure you red-liner tape would be my #1 choice.

***Some day I'll be less technically challenged and figure out had to add a diagram. Not today-though.

If you have any questions just send me an email-

Oh! Did I mention my big news? Nope, I didn't. I'll start with it only affects the people that take class from me locally. Check back tomorrow for the details... (what a tease!)

Happy day!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Some of my favorite colors...

Stampin' Up! calls most of these colors "Soft Subtles." I call them fantabulous. Here's this morning's procrastination ...err.. art. Yep, should be doing 73 other things, but I'd rather play (i.e. stamp!) I was wondering around and found a color challenge using Caramel, Moss, Coral and my all time favorite color- Apricot.

Recipe as follows:
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Year after Year, Friend by Definition
Cardstock: Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Black Craft, Moss, Apricot, Coral
Misc: Brads, Crystal Effects, Misc Michael's ribbon, Moss ribbon
Techniques: Embossing, Paper Piercing, Distressing

Now, off to get some chores done...

Happy Day!