Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Last Friday a friend came over, I can't say a name because she called in sick to work, and we went through all my retired stamps so I could sell them.
My MileHigh 'support' group is having a Craft Fair and Bazaar on May 9 and I am taking a lot of other things I have made to sell there. Others are having 'make-n-takes' drawings galore, other vendors with things to demonstrate and sell and others to demonstrate new techniques. It will be tons of fun!
Anyway, on Monday I got a wild and crazy idea and decided to post my stamp sets on SCS to see what happens. If they sell, then I don't have to lug them to the Bazaar, which is in Denver.
I spent the rest of the day sorting out the who wants what and in what order and sold a lot!
Thanks SCS! Now, I will have to go back through my 'stash' and see if there are any others I want to get rid of.
In the midst of all this the Sheetrock guy came to finish the 'flooded' room in the basement. He found mold and mildew so we had to have that treated and removed. Yesterday another guy came and finished up the sheet rock and taping and mudding and everything else they do to walls to get them ready for the texture.
Today he will texture, then we will be ready for the paint and hopefully I will get my basement back.
With 3 very unrelated and totally weird reasons for floods last year alone, I have had it with water. The next time I am leaving the water and telling everyone I have a swimming pool in my basement and to come over to take a swim and leaving it there.
well, maybe not
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I finally started to work on the little tiny cabinet counter samples I had.
I covered the front with designer paper and an image and of course, some bling (those are actually crystals after the sentiment)
I colored the black and white checked ribbon with the pumpkin pie marker.
The dots on the butterfly are made with the silver end of the painty pen.
I cut a piece of cardstock twice as long as the back and added one inch. I scored that from each end the length of the sample to make a little triangle to make it stand up.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Ok, I just can't wait.. no pictures but it is a Card Portfolio with 4 cards in it, with envelopes and uses awesome designer series paper!
that's all you get for now!
Monday, April 20, 2009
I've seen this contest on a few blogs, and since I'll do pretty much anything to win a prize, I decided to play too!
The way it works is that the first five people who respond to this post, will recieve a handmade surprize from me!
The catch is that you have to pay it forward, post this on your blog, and send out five handmade surprizes of your own.
What a fun way to spread some Springtime cheer!
Here are the official instructions:
"The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! Made with tons of love just for you!
It might be a fun stamped project, a sweet card made especially for you from me, or some yummy goodies, you might be surprised what you get!
Give it a try! .... ... ...The catch?
You must re -post this on your blog and the first 5 people to leave a comment, will win a lovely little treat from you!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The Preferred Swap Stamp for April is "A Flower for All Seasons" and it was very difficult to decide which one of the four to choose!
I ended up with the Tulips and bird. The basic card stock is So Saffron with a strip of Old olive on the inside and punched with the scallop border then stamped with Itty Bitty Background mini stamp.
The Old Olive dsp used on the front was spritzed with water and ran through the Big Shot Texturz Plate: Eyelet. I found that even with a shim, the impression works best when it is spritzed first. Especially when you use regular card stock because it is even heavier than the dsp.
I used the spiral punch on the dsp by the flower and I used Styled Silver Hardware for the Sentiment "Hello" from Fundamental Phrases.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
5 Step Process to Successful Scrapbook Pages
Step 1 Decide on your Message or Theme of your picture or pictures.
Choose the Photo or Photo’s you want to use.
It is best to choose only 1 or 2 photos for each page. You will want to focus on your main theme and don’t want it to end up too busy or confusing. Keep with the same message on the photo’s you choose.
Step 2 Choose the Products you want to use.
Choose background colors that coordinate with your photograph and then choose the Stamps and even the scrappin’ kits that Stampin’ Up! has to choose from at this time.
Step 3 Decide on your Layout
Focal Point: Choose the Photograph you want to use as your focal point.
If it isn’t the largest of the 2 or 3 you have chosen, then think about enlarging it and use only 1 or 2.
Your Focal Point is the first thing you want people to see when they see this page. Start with the middle of the page and move it around until it is just right. But don’t attach it to your page just yet.
By the way: Always use Dotto adhesive for your photograph when adhering them to your page. It is archival, removable and acid free. This way, if you need to move it later because it might be better ‘a little to the left’ then it is no problem.
Now that you have your photograph(s) and have an idea where you want it to be on the page, stamp a background on part of your background paper or use some designer paper as accents, or stamp a background on all of it.
Add layers to your photograph now, before attaching it to the background.
Put embellishments on the background that you want to go behind your photograph.
Step 4 Title and Journaling
You know who is in the photograph and you know when you took the picture and you know where it was taken BUT
You are creating a scrapbook that is archival, acid free and will last for generations.
20 years from now, 50 years from now, will everyone looking at your handiwork know who that is in the picture? How old they were when the pictures was taken? When it was taken and where? What they were celebrating: a birthday, a picnic, a family get together?
Try to include the WHO, WHAT, WHEN and WHERE on every page.
I have scrapbooks my grandmother put together back in the early 1900’s but I don’t know who the people are in the pictures and I don’t know exactly when the pictures were taken. It doesn’t matter what ‘day’ but “Summer of 1912” certainly works.
So, in the WHEN part of your journaling, go for a date that gives the future readers an idea of when this event happened.
Also, the journaling my grandmother did was in her own handwriting. Now that she is gone, those pages are cherished even more. It doesn’t matter if you have perfect penmanship or can’t follow a straight line, your future generations will cherish it never-the-less.
Step 5 Accents and Embellishments
The final and fun part of adding buttons, ribbons, brads, and bling that give your page its final touch. You might even want to sign the back to give it that final personal touch.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
There is a remarkable little subdivision/Village that is growing up right on the Arkansas river just a few blocks off Highway 24 in Buena Vista, Colorado.
All the homes are Victorian and the Main Street has little shops with apartments above them. There is an artist studio, a little grocery store, an awesome coffee shop and numerous gift shops.
I think I want/need this house.
I have more pictures of things to inspire you!
But I have not been able to download them to the computer yet.
Keep checking and soon. . .
I will have copies of projects we have completed in March in past workshops and things that you might want to do in April or May!