Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It has been TWO YEARS

I'm sorry I'm not sharing anything today but just wanted to post my excitment. It was TWO YEARS ago today that I had Breast Cancer Surgery. What a journey that took me through. I have to say I don't regret any of it. I look back and wonder sometimes how I got throught it all.
I feel that today I am a much better person and a stronger person because of all I went through.
To anyone out there that is now battling Cancer; hang in there. You can do it!!! Be strong and listen to your doctor. Also CONGRATULATIONS to anyone that has won the battle. You are a HERO!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I Give a Hoot!


With all the colds and allergies going around right now...I do give a HOOT! I'm just really tired of this weather and all the "gunk" going around.
I came across this little travel tissue holder and thought it was very useful and cute for this time of year. Of course I have to say I saw one on the net somewhere and had to do one. I don't have a ton of Get Well Stamps so I got creative again and came up with something that I had. I thought the Owl and the saying went well for Get Well!
The background cardstock is cut 4 1/2" x 11. It is scored at 3/4", 3", 3 3/4" and 6". I used an oval punch to cut out for the Kleenex. It is a really cute idea and fun to make. The top folds over very easy and would go into a padded envelope for mailing.
Well that is my share for this cool Monday in Ohio. Let's pray I stay on a roll and keep uploading pictures so I can share. Have a great and blessed day!!!!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Gotta Love CHOCOLATE


I will be hosting my semi-annual retreat in a couple of weeks and this is one of the Make & Takes. I was surfing the web one day and came across this cute idea using a Business Size Envelope. I thought it would do great as a Make & Take and give everyone a bite of chocolate to boot. Here is the link to her directions. They were easy to follow and also really accurate (which sometimes doesn't happen when trying to follow directions on the net). The stamp set I used was Wonder and Joy from the 2010 Serendipity Catalog from The Angel Company. You can view the set on my website. The saying set is called Little Things which is on the front of the envelope and Celebration Time is on the candy bar. Both of those are also on my website. I colored with the Copic Markers using the Memento Rich Cocoa Ink. I hope you enjoy looking at this as much as I enjoyed making it.
Have a Great Weekend!!!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Baby Card

I found this really cute baby ribbon and just had to get it. When I got home I realized I didn't have a baby stamp suitable for it. I had to get in my creative mode and came up with this rattle made out of the Scalloped Circle Punches. It was a fun card to do. I used the Extra Jumbo Cirlce, Super Jumbo Scalloped Cirlce and the Mega Scalloped Circle. I layered the circles; stamping on the plain circle. I used a small strip of cardstock for the handle and used to small circle punches to make the small handle grip at the end. I did this by first stamping the smaller circle onto a piece of cardstock. I then centered the larger circle punch over the previous punched "hole" in the cardstock and punched again. I layered this on my card which had been punched with a border punch and embellished with the ribbon. I stamped the saying and used pop dots to mat it on the card. What a quick and easy card and you can do them in any colors you want. Give it a try and see how fast that baby card can be made.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wonder & Joy


That's the name of the stamp set I used on this card. It is in the new Serendipity Magalogue with The Angel Company. I just love this little boy. I am showing the card twice because I colored with two different methods. The little boy with the orange hat is colored with Copic Markers. I can honestly say I am beginning to like these markers. I am so NOT a marker person. The little boy with the red hat is colored with Watercolor pencils and a Tomblow Blender Pen. Such an easy way to color. The FISH on the end of the fishing pole is an old punch I had made by McGill. It adds a lot to this stamp set.
I hope you enjoy the cards. I just wanted to show off this cute little boy. You can visit my website and view the new Serendipity Magalogue and see some other really cute sets too.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A2 Size Easel Card


I was working on some class cards and decided to do some Easel cards. All the stuff I was finding on the net was for square cards. I like to make most of my cards in A2 size (5 1/2" x 4
1/4") so I made one that size also. The sample I am showing is the A2 size card. I used the stamp set Sunday Afternoon from TAC. The punched flower is to hold the Easel Card in place when open. The printed paper is some that I had laying around. It was "springy" looking and I am so tired of Winter so it was the pick of the day. I colored the image with my new Copic markers. I'm not used to using markers but thought it turned out okay. I really need the lighter set of markers so I can do some shading...my colors tend to be a little darker.

This is a picture showing the front of the card when it is closed. It wouldn't close all the way on the little easel because of the flower on the inside but it would close well enough to fit in an envelope.

I hope you enjoy the card and get some time to make some yourself.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

3D Gift Card Box




I got the idea of this box from the March 2010 Scrap & Stamp Magazine. I did a little tweaking on the directions and made it my own. It was a fun project but I got a little carried away. There is 62 pieces of paper on this box counting the punched pieces. We did it in class a couple of weeks ago and everyone loved it. I hope you enjoy it also.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

St. Valentine's is Coming

I have to admit this is not one of my favorite holidays. I always thought of it as a way for Hallmark to get your money. Since I makecards...I guess I can't say that anymore. I still am not a big Valentine Day person. Anyway I have done some Valentine ideas (since I did a Valentine class) and wanted to share them with you. One of the ideas is a big Hershey candy bar covered and a card to match. Makes a nice little gift set. The stamps and cardstock used are from TAC. The printed paper is from Hobby Lobby. The punches are punches I have had forever. Hope you enjoy the ideas.












Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Stamp Set


I got an order from TAC the other day and in the order were some stamp sets from Stamp Spree. I thought the set "Furry Friends" was really cute. I wanted to share a card I did using that set. The papers on the "Pinks" Monochromatic Paper Pack. I used the Super Jumbo Oval Punch and the Mega Scalloped Oval Punch. I colored with the Copic Markers. It was my first reall attempt at coloring with the markers. I only have one set of them so my colors are limited. I'm not really a marker type of girl was it was hard for me to use them. I hope I get used to it.

Have a great day...what is left of it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Just a Quick Winter Birthday Card


Here is a birthday card I made for Winter Birthdays. I bought the Giga Snowflake punch because I thought it was so cool and had to use it. This is what I ended up with. The saying for the card is TAC's Great Greetings. I love the font on it. Hope you enjoy the card.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year

Don't fall over....I just wanted to check in and see if the new year will bring me better luck in keeping up with my blog. Although I am not sharing anything creative today I do want to post some of the great things going on with The Angel Company.
Our new Serendipity magalogue will be out the end of this month so we are discontinuing some stamps out of the old Serendipity. They are 40% off!!! What a great deal. TAC™ Promotions
http://www.theangelcompany.net/Promos_Flyers.html
If I can be of any help in ordering these for you please email me .

TAC is also having a Special Sale until March 1st. Check out the flyer below!
TAC™ Promotions
http://www.theangelcompany.net/Promos_Flyers.html

I have to be really honest here and say I didn't know what I really wanted to do with my stamping business. I have decided to keep trudging along. Now to get some motivation and work on getting new customers. I love to stamp so much but just wasn't feeling the energy to partake in any of it. After deep thought on this I know I would miss all of my stamping friends and the enjoyment I do get out of teaching.
I am looking for help in getting more creative...if you have ideas for me just give me a holler. I would love to hear from all of you.

Thanks!!!!!