Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Day of Rest and Worship

Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalms 97:  4-5

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Loving Thoughts Dream

Last night I couldn't sleep and it wasn't hard to figure out what to do until I finally wound down.  Midnight Muse and Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack had my full attention.

Stamp Set(s):  Loving Thoughts; Ink(s):  Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Labels Collection Framelits, 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon/Pool Party, Pearl Basic Jewels

I know, it's a short, quick post today as I have a very busy day ahead of me.  Have a great weekend everyone and I'll share a new project with you on Monday!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sincere Salutations Holiday Greetings

Today's card is the one I made for the Rainy Day Sketch Challenge by Susan Roberts.  I love the new In Color Midnight Muse and the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack from the Holiday Catalog.  And, you can't forget my favorite stamp set, Lovely As A Tree.

Stamp Set(s):  Lovely As A Tree, Sincere Salutations (retired); Ink(s):  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Scallop Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon/Crumb Cake, Dazzling Details, Stampin' Dimensionals

I like the clean, crisp simplicity of this card.  It really makes the evergreen tree stand out.

Now I'm off to enjoy this beautiful fall day.  Clear blue sky and sunshine.  It doesn't get any better than this.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pebble Refrigerator Magnets

As promised, here are the magnets I've been making.  The large ones shown here are from the Morning Cup Stamp Set.  The small ones are from the Itty Bitty Bits Stamp Set.  Coffee and tea, two of my favorite beverages.  I stamped the images on Very Vanilla so they would show up clearly.  Next ones I make, I want to use StazOn to see how that goes.  It's a small surface to stamp so it's a toss up as to how they will look.  Wish me luck!

Stamp Set(s):  Morning Cup, Itty Bitty Bits, Lovely Little Labels; Ink(s):  Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Real Red; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Naturals White, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  1" Circle Punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, Small Heart Punch, Crystal Effects, Magnetic Sheet

I used My Digital Studio to make a collage of the photos to get them all on one page and added a Midnight Muse background.  While the photos aren't the best, (yes, I'm still blaming the camera), you get the idea of how cute these magnets are.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Color Me Beautiful Challenge #4

With having such a full schedule, I've added another post for today just so I don't forget to show you the card I made for the current Color Me Beautiful Challenge.  Be sure you go to their blog and check out everyone's beautiful projects.  Just click here.

For this challenge we needed to use the colors of More Mustard, Basic Gray, Perfect Plum and Cajun Craze.  Once again, I tried to use all the colors.  Here is the card I made for this challenge.

Stamp Set(s): Language of Friendship; Ink(s):  Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad; Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, More Mustard, Basic Gray, Cajun Craze; Accessories & Tools:  Bird Builder Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Fancy Flower Punch (cut down to make label), Pearl Basic Jewels, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

My camera is not taking the best of pictures these days.  It makes it hard to see the colors and how I used them.  On the Basic Gray, I stamped with Cajun Craze ink and on the Cajun Craze, I stamped using Basic Gray ink.

Tomorrow I really will share those refrigerator magnets with you that I've been making.  Talk about cute!

New Post-It Note Holders

These little holders are so quick and easy to make.  I think they make a great stocking stuffer or secret Santa gift.  They take no time at all to make and are fun to decorate.  I try to keep them as simple as possible so they don't become damaged should they be stuffed in a stocking. 

Stamp Set(s):  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sincere Salutations; Ink(s):  Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack; Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1/16" Circle Handheld Punch, Dazzling Details/Silver Sparkle

Tomorrow I'll show you the cute little refrigerator magnets I've been working on.  They take a bit longer only because you have to let the Crystal Effects dry completely.  They are another fun and easy project.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stocking Stuffers

Yesterday was quite a day in that my schedule was totally rearranged for me by my children and grandchildren.  Fortunately, I was able to get a few things done before I had to hit the road.  I made a few more new projects made for a fundraiser, more craft shows and the Grand Opening of the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe Gift Shop.  I'm always on the lookout for a good stocking stuffer and I happened upon some small bottles of hand sanitizer knew they would be perfect for adults or children.

Stamp Set(s):  Sincere Salutations (retired); Ink(s):  Lucky Limeade; Card Stock: Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (retired); Accessories & Tools:  Decorative Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, 3/8" Designer Printed Brads/Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon/Lucky Limeade (retired), velcro

This could be used as a stocking stuffer or for a secret Santa gift.  Tomorrow I'll show you another gift that be in my display.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fab Friday Challenge #2

The weekend was jammed packed with making new projects for upcoming craft shows as well as finishing up an order for gifts.  In between all that, I managed to get the next Fab Friday Challenge designed.  It is a color challenge this time and I had to combine Sahara Sand, Basic Gray and So Saffron.  My favorite (yes, I know, I have a lot of those!) stamp set and second only to Lovely As A Tree, is Serene Silhouettes.  When I first saw it, I told my friend and phone buddy, Jean, if I got nothing else I had to get that one.  As you can see, I did.  I'm so happy!

Stamp Set(s):  Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink(s):  Basic Gray; Card Stock:  Sahara Sand, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack/Basic Gray; Accessories & Tools:  Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, 5/8" Organza Ribbon Whisper White/dyed Basic Gray, Pearls Basic Jewels, Mini Glue Dots

Although it doesn't show up well in the photo, I did do some distressing to the edges of the Sahara Sand card base and the layer of So Saffron with the image was crumpled before attaching it to the layer of Basic Gray.  So, what do you think? 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Day of Rest and Worship

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Only a Short Time Left!

Time is running out on this great special offer.  You only have until September 30th to get a FREE spool of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $40 purchase.  Choose your favorite new In Color!

 These ribbons are beautiful so place your order soon.  Visit my online store to find more information and to order yours today!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Christmas Dry Erase Board

This is the final dry erase board I made for last weekend's craft show.  It features Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper.  Again, it is a retired paper from last years' Holiday Catalog.  Considering I have a bit of retired card stock and Designer Series Paper on hand, this was a great way to use it.

Card Stock:  Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper (retired); Accessories & Tools:  3/8" Velvet Stitched Ribbon/Very Vanilla (retired), Mini Jingle Bells (retired), Crystal Effects

Don't worry, I'll be showing you some made with our current Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper.  You are going to love those, too!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Color Me Beautiful Challenge #3

Today is the last day of the current challenge at Color Me Beautiful so I had to get my card finished, photoed and posted.  Whew!  Be sure to visit the Color Me Beautiful Blog to see the other great creations using the current color scheme.  We were challenged to use at least three of the following four colors:  Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry.  This is the card I made using all of the colors.

Stamp Set(s):  Trust God; Ink(s):  Basic Gray; Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper/Rich Razzleberry; Accessories & Tools:  Adorning Accents Folder, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Labels Collection Framelits, 5/8" Organza Ribbon Whisper White (dyed Basic Gray), Brights Brads/Tempting Turquoise, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

This challenge has been a lot of fun.  It is really helping me to put colors together that I might not otherwise.

Attic Boutique Dry Erase Board

Here is the second dry erase board I made.  I used a sheet of the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper for this one.  Don't you think the pens make a great border?

Ink(s):  Real Red; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper (retired); Accessories & Tools:  Fancy Flower Punch, Brights Brad/Real Red, Neutrals Brads/Crumb Cake, Sponge, Crystal Effects

I have always loved pens and fountain pens are my favorites.  The image on the paper is light enough that when written on your message is still easy to read.

I did change one thing after taking the photo.  The Very Vanilla flower looked a little pale and colorless so I took some Real Red and lightly sponged the edges.  It added just a hint of color and blended well with the red of the other flower.

Dry erase boards are just one of the many gift items that will be available when the Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe Gift Shop opens in November for your holiday shopping.  Stay tuned for the Grand Opening!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Spice Cake Dry Erase Board

Over the next three days I'll be showing you the different gift items I made for the craft show.  They are all dry erase boards but each is different.  The first one I made used Spice Cake Designer Series Paper which is now retired.  It was one of my favorites.  Because the design covers the entire piece of paper, I added a layer of Very Vanilla so any messages written would be clear and easy to read.  I had made the flower some time ago but never found a use for it.  It was perfect for this frame and added just a bit of color to the board.

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (retired), Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (retired); Accessories & Tools:  3/8" Designer Printed Brads/Pool Party, Crystal Effects, Tattered Florals Die

To hold the dry erase marker, I added a piece of magnetic strip to the side of the frame.  Although the magnetic strip had sticky on it, I've found that they don't hold well and eventually fall off.  To prevent that from happening, I adhere the magnet with some Crystal Effects.  It works well for attaching the flowers, too.

Be sure to check out the Stamping Cafe Events tab as I'm making some major changes to the schedule.  I'll be adding new events throughout the week that will take us through to the end of the year.  There will be fun to be had for all!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Soft Suede Birthday

Here's another card we made in last Monday's class.  It's another clean and simple design.  Soft Suede is one of those colors that works so well for a guy card.  The new Beautiful Birthday single stamp gives it just a touch of elegance.

Stamp(s):  Beautiful Birthday; Ink(s):  Soft Suede; Card Stock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  Stamping Dimensionals

I think this would look good with Midnight Muse so I'm off to experiment.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Let The Craft Shows Begin!

Saturday and Sunday found me at my first craft show of the season.  Two to three shows for the next three months should keep me busy.  And, that's not to mention all the classes that are planned.  So much to do.  Here are a few of the projects I had on display.

It was a long weekend but such a fun one.  One of my favorite things about craft shows is getting to meet all the people, vendors and customers.  I love to see all the different creative talents.

Tomorrow I'll share the last card we made at a recent birthday card class.  Then, I'll show you close ups of the dry erase boards I made.  They were a big hit.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Day of Rest and Worship

And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations; I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Genesis 9:12-16

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sunshine Birthday

The last card we made was this cute and cool sun.  Although this could be considered a CASE, I did change it up just a wee bit.  It's one I been wanting to make for some time and needing another kid-type card, it was just the ticket.

Stamp(s):  Sincere Salutations; Ink(s):  Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker; Card Stock:  Naturals White, Daffodil Delight; Basic Black; Accessories & Tools:  1-3/4" Circle Punch, Bird Builder Punch, 5-Petal Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Dazzling Details/Marina Mist, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

At the end of the evening, everyone had eight new birthday cards.  I'm sitting at a Christmas in September craft show and having all the fun.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Circle Bright Birthday

In the class, we made a couple of cards that would be appropriate for either a boy or a girl.  Circles, bright color and simple fun.  This was the easiest card to make.  It's sure to brighten up anyone's day.

Stamp(s):  Delightful Dozen; Ink(s):  Pacific Point; Card Stock:  Naturals White, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight; Accessories & Tools:  3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

I saw a card similar to this and knew I had to case it for a birthday card.  The bold colors really stand out against the Naturals White.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Color Me Beautiful Color Challenge #2

Since I have this love affair with flowers, I decided to make a small bouquet for this week's Color Me Beautiful Challenge.  If I don't give these to my granddaughter, I think they will just stay right on my desk.  The colors this week were Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Raspberry Ripple, Always Artichoke and More Mustard.

Ink(s):  Calypso Coral, Raspberry Ripple; Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke; Accessories & Tools:  3/8" Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon (retired), Neutrals Brads, Brights Brads, Mini Glue Dots

I am having so much fun with this challenge.  I can't wait to see the next set of colors!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Flowers & Vine Birthday

Monday night's class was a lot of fun and the cards made turned out beautiful.  One of the cards we made used one of my favorite stamp sets, Everything Eleanor.  The swirl makes the perfect looking vine which was stamped in Gumball Green.  We added little flowers using the rest of the new In Colors.  Clean, simple and colorful.

Stamp Set(s):  Everything Eleanor, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink(s):  Gumball Green, Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse; Accessories & Tools:  Itty Bitty Punch Pack/Flower, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Dazzling Details/Silver Sparkle, Crystal Effects, Stampin' Dimensionals

Don't you just love those new In Colors?  They are all so beautiful.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Not Enough Hours in the Day!

Busy season is gearing up for me and while I have created some new projects, I've not had time to take photos.  I have a class tonight and a two day vendor show this weekend so my focus has been on those.  Wednesday I'll share the cards we made for our Birthday Extravaganza Class.  In the meantime, enjoy some more of God's art. 

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the color changes and that special smell of fall. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My Day of Rest & Worship

The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:1

Saturday, September 8, 2012

First Christmas

This is the second card I made for my upline's swap.  The Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack was fun to use and it makes adding an outline to a punch out so easy.  There is also a line you can punch out that is on the inside of the Decorative Label Punch out.  To see another example, take a look at page 181in the Annual Catalog or turn to page 30 in the Holiday Catalog to see the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.  I like that they coordinate with our punches and framelits.

Stamp Set(s):  First Christmas; Ink(s):  Midnight Muse; Card Stock:  Naturals White, Crumb Cake; Accessories & Tools:  Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Decorative Label Punch, 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon/Crumb Cake, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Now it's time for me to design and prepare the cards that we'll be making on Monday night.  It's a Birthday Extravaganza.  Busy days are ahead as classes fill up and Craft Shows take place nearly every weekend.  Fun, fun, fun!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Serene Silhouettes meets Trust God

Two of the stamp sets I knew I had to have, when the new Annual Catalog came out, were Serene Silhouettes and Trust God.  This is one of the cards I made for my upline's current Holiday Catalog Swap.  Because I haven't had a lot of time to be creative and the deadline was fast approaching, I kept the card on the simple side.  I really like how the Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo came together.

Stamp Set(s):  Serene Silhouettes, Trust God; Ink(s):  Island Indigo; Card Stock:  Naturals White, Lucky Limeade, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  1" Square Punch, 1-3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, Dazzling Details/Silver Sparkle, Stampin' Dimensionals

If you don't have your copy of the Annual Catalog or the new Holiday Catalog, let me know.  You can e-mail me your address and I'll put one in the mail the same day.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fab Friday Sketch Challenge

And here we go with another new challenge blog.  It's the Fab Friday Challenge and this week it's a sketch challenge.  I had fun with this one and used some of the new Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the Annual Catalog and Tulle Scallop Ribbon from our Holiday Catalog.  Once I decided to simply use the colors from the Comfort Cafe DSP, the card just seem to come together.  I love having a sketch to follow and all I need to do is pick the colors.

Stamp Set:  Loving Thoughts; Ink:  Cajun Craze; Card Stock:  Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper; Accessories & Tools:  3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon/Crum Cake, 1" Square Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Mini Glue Dots, 3/16" Neutrals Brads/Crumb Cake

To check out this new challenge blog, click the following Fab Friday.  Tomorrow I'll share one of the swap cards I recently made.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Color Me Beautiful Color Challenge #1

A new challenge blog, Color Me Beautiful!, started up last Friday so I thought I'd check it out and see if it would be something I might find interesting.  Oh yeah!  It's going to be a fun one and I'm definitely going to try to follow it weekly.  And, they picked some of my favorite colors for the very first challenge.

I wanted to try to use all five of the colors.  It was a challenge to figure out just how much of what color to use and where to use it.  Here is the card I designed using all of the colors.  The photo does not do justice to the card.  Lately my photos have not be all that good.  I'm blaming the camera and going to ask for a new one for Christmas.

Stamp Set(s):  Everything Eleanor, You Are Loved; Ink(s):  Perfect Plum, VersaMark; Card Stock:  Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry, Wisteria Wonder; Accessories & Tools:  3/8" Ruffled Ribbon/Wisteria Wonder, Dazzling Details/Silver Sparkle, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Stampin' Emboss Powder/Clear, Crystal Effects, Mini Glue Dots, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

To see the inspiration for their color choices, click the following, Color Me Beautiful!  It will take you right to the blog and you, too, may want to accept their challenges.

Yesterday was unexpectedly child-free, so not only did I get my challenge card made, I finished my swap cards and had a chance to spend some time with my upline, Andrea.  I always enjoy time with her.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Brain on Overload!

Considering it was a holiday weekend and considering I decided to be a procrastinator (which is a rare occurrence for me), I didn't get pictures taken of my latest projects.  What, you ask, did I do all the weekend long?  The answer to that is easy.  I did very little or I should say as little as possible.  I id spend part of it with family.  Grilled brats are hard to say no to.  Now it's Tuesday and I have two sets of swaps to finish up and deliver today, a class to prepare for that's happening on Monday,  projects to design and make for our next llama blog hop and several displays to create for upcoming craft shows.  It's going to be a 'down to the wire' kind of week.

Have a great day everyone and I'll let you know tomorrow how much I accomplished today.

Monday, September 3, 2012

There's tired and there's really tired!

I just had to share this picture with you.  As I've mentioned before, I watch my little two year old grandson week days while Mom and Dad both work.  The other day, while watching one of his favorite movies (Robots), he brought his blanket (which goes everywhere with him) to me and said, "Wrap me, Grandma."  I wrapped him up, he walked over to the sofa, leaned over and crashed.  I mean he was out!  It was definitely one of those Kodak moments.

The background is from Well Worn Designer Series Paper and one of my favorites.  I'm so glad it is still available in My Digital Studio (MDS).  The other colors used are Midnight Muse and Barely Banana (another color only available in MDS).  I adjusted the opacity of the Barely Banana to give it a softer look. 

I love how easy it is to put together a scrapbook page using My Digital Studio (MDS).  Since I didn't get pictures taken of my new cards, MDS and my grandson made it quick and easy to come up with a new page for my album.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

My Day of Rest and Worship

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's 'Back to Spool' Time!

As the kids head back to school, Stampin' Up!® is going back to 'spool.'  During the month of September you'll get a FREE package of 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon for every $40 you spend.  That's  a value of $8.95.

Choose from the following ribbons:

 Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit

Click on either image for more details.  If you have any questions, please contact me and I'll be glad to help.