Monday, June 4, 2012

Dry Erase Board

I saw a really cute idea on Pinterest on how to make your own dry-erase board out of a picture frame. Well, I have TONS of Stampin' Up! designer series paper, so I thought I'd make one! I used a retired pack called Le Jardin (from the 2007 Idea Book & Catalog). I also used the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlets to cut out the letters for the days of the week in Always Artichoke. We have it hanging in our kitchen and I think it matches nicely :)

Here is a link to the board I saw on Pinterest: Dry Erase Board

Friday, January 13, 2012

Candy Conversations

There are so many great products in the Occasions Mini catalog and I immediately fell in love with the Candy Conversations a la carte stamp! I knew I had to have it! The colors I used for this card are the same colors I used in another Valentine card, but I didn't realize it until after I'd made the card. I guess I just love this color combination...I don't know if you can tell or not, but the blue heart is popped up on dimensionals.

It's been quite awhile since I last posted. The holidays were so busy and I was finishing up my school semester, but I hope things will quiet down and I will have time to play with my stamping goodies :)

Have a great day!

Stamps: Candy Conversations
Ink: Bashful Blue, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Real Red
Paper: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Whisper White, Brights DSP
Accessories: Small heart punch, Pinking Hearts border punch, soft suede ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, October 17, 2011

Christmas Lodge

My stamp club met for the first time on Sunday and this is one of the projects we made. This card was made with the Christmas Lodge stamp set from the holiday mini catalog. When I first looked through the mini catalog, I immediately wanted this stamp set because I thought the "Happy Holidays" stamp would look perfect stamped onto an envelope flap! I think I was right! I stamped the tree in Always Artichoke and used the thumping technique to add Early Espresso ink to the tree. It adds some visual interest to the tree. I also finally got to use my crochet trim - I bought it months ago but hadn't used it yet! I think it goes great with this card. I can't wait to see what else I can do with this set!

Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Paper: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Crochet trim, scallop punch

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tree Trimmings

Every Wednesday some of the women in my neighborhood get together and enjoy some wine and socialize. We call it 'Wine Wednesday'. Well, this week I am the host and I thought it would be fun to introduce my friends to stamping by having them stamp this card.

I used an old Clean and Simple challenge (CAS33) from Splitcoaststampers for my inspiration. I stamped the ornaments in Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Early Espresso on Very Vanilla cardstock and added a piece of Early Espresso cardstock as a mat. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to help me stamp the ornaments exactly where I wanted them. I sprayed Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz on the Cherry Cobbler cardstock to add some sparkle and then wrapped some silver cord around it. I hope my friends like it!

Stamps: Tree Trimmings (retired), Christmas Greetings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, silver cord

Monday, October 10, 2011

Christmas cards!

I've finally started making Christmas cards! I know it might seem early, but when you're making cards it's better to start early so you have plenty of time to finish them!

This card uses the Dasher stamp. I got my inspiration for the layout from a card on page 27 of the Holiday mini catalog. The card base is Old Olive with a piece of Old Olive DSP on the left. I stamped the reindeer in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock and added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to his antlers. I used my Big Shot and Top Note Die to cut a piece of Real Red cardstock. Then I added the Early Espresso taffeta ribbon to finish it off.

My card measures 3-1/2" x 5-1/2" and I'm sort of hung up on the fact that it's not the traditional A2 card size. I made another one (pictured below) with the A2 measurements, but I'm not sure I like it as much. Which one do you like better?

Stamps: Dasher, Christmas Greetings
Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Brights DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Friday, October 7, 2011

More rag quilts!

Here are pictures of two more quilts that I made and a link to the YouTube video I watched to learn how to make them. I didn't follow the instructions in the video exactly. The only thing I did different was that I cut the batting about an inch smaller than the flannel squares (I used 6" squares) and I didn't stitch the 1/2" seam around each square. I quilted each block with an 'x' and then stitched the blocks together with a 1/2" seam. It was much easier and worked just the same! Here are written instructions as well: Beverly's Basic Rag Quilt

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My first rag quilt

Here is a picture of the first quilt I made. I made it for my newborn niece, Jodee. I've made five quilts over the last five weeks. This was my first time making a quilt and it was fairly easy. I bought my sewing machine about ten years ago, but this is easily the most action it has seen the entire time I've owned it. I even finished an entire spool of thread!
I bought a cutting mat and a rotary cutter to make cutting the fabric easier and I am so glad that I did. It saves a LOT of time!

Tomorrow I will post pictures of the other quilts I've made and a link to the YouTube video I watched to learn how to make them. Have a great day!