Stampin' Up is going to help us all out with our busy schedule by providing this wonderful kit to make your very own keepsake ornaments without all the work. I know we all love to stamp but sometimes a kit can be just as fun. Remember--these kits will only be offered while supplies last so order yours today!
There is no need for framelits or the stamp set. All you need to complete the kit is a glue gun, adhesive glue stick (104045), and scissors.
As I mentioned yesterday, I participated in a Craft Fair over the weekend with a friend. It was a little disappointing. It wasn't greatly attended and I don't know why--maybe because it was Sunday?? One bright spot was that I was asked to make a custom order. I have been wanting to try to market my services for custom party invitations and favors. In January I'm going to begin a portfolio with different party themes. But I digress....Here are a few of the items I took with me. The best seller was the cocoa packet card (a video tutorial is on Dawn Olchefke's YouTube channel). Surprisingly the pencil favors didn't sell at all. I think they would be great stocking stuffers or teacher's gifts.
And we can't forget the Aggie favor boxes (the box pattern was also from Dawn O.). A good friend had given me a couple of pieces of A&M scrapbooking paper when my older son went off to college last year. It was the perfect paper for this. I even covered some Hershey nuggets with it. I might have to work up some of these in Texas Tech and UT colors.
This past weekend was a busy one for me. Last week I was busy working on projects for a craft fair and putting together a Christmas card Stamp-a-Stack. I needed a little break from all the Christmas stuff so I thought I'd pull out this cute Storybook Friends set and the matching DSP. This is also the first time I've participated in a sketch challenge at the Deconstructing Jen website.
I'm a real cat lover (much to my husband's chagrin) so this kitty stamp called to me. Currently we have two cats in the house and I take care of three strays who have decided that our house is the place to get a great meal! Not sure that I can really call them strays anymore. In San Antonio, if you feed an animal more than 3 days it is considered yours. Plus I've names two of the strays--Goldilocks and Buster. Thank goodness my husband loves me!
Here is my helper, Scamp! She was very curious about what I was doing--and what cat doesn't like to get in a box or a bag?
Stamps: Storybook Friends
Paper: Real Red, So Saffrom, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Storytime DSP
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-on, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Courderoy button (retired), Whisper White Baker's Twine, mini brads, Adorning Accents Die
Come back tomorrow to see some of my Craft Fair favors. Thanks!
This sketch is from last week's Fab Friday sketch challenge. I was trying to get a submission ready for this morning and combined it with the color challenge at Create with Connie & Mary. Disaster struck when in the midst of assembling my card I knocked over a big cup of cappucino on my living room carpet. Luckily I have a carpet cleaner so I dragged it out and shampooed the carpet. Not really what I needed to add to my day. Oh well, guess I should be more careful with my morning cup of cappucino! I did manage to keep my card out of harm's way.
Last night the UPS man brought me a special delivery. The new trimmer from Stampin' Up is a thing of beauty. It is so shiny and new! I haven't even cut with it yet. I just want to look at it for awhile....sigh.
Gotta run. My son's musical instrument has been in to the shop and I need to pick it up today. Thanks for stopping by.
Lately I haven't felt very creative and I have put off preparing for my Christmas card Stamp-a-Stack.
Once I got started today I ended up using a whole different stamp set and color scheme. I wanted DSP that had Marina Mist in it and all I had was the Christmas Lodge DSP from last year. I inked the main image with versamark first, then inked it again with Marina Mist, stamped on the Bashful Blue tag and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Now that I have all five of my cards designed I can get everything prepped.
Although Halloween is OLD news, I thought I'd post the last Halloween card I made. It is MOJO Monday Sketch 262. I also made a half dozen of the cute little bat boxes using the Fancy Favor die that was cased from Dana Newsom.
Here is a sneak peek of one of the cards we will be making at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack this coming Saturday. This card was inspired by Mercedes Weber. I liked the look of stamping the bird image with just red. I bought this stamp set after Christmas last year so I was a little relieved that it made it into the 2012-13 catalog. I am somewhat of a bird freak. In a former life I used to sketch and paint birds. Now I just stamp them!
Stamps: Beautiful Season, More Merry Messages
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Be of Good Cheer DSP
This past weekend I was able to work on a few things. This birthday card was for a special friend. I was inspired by a card by Melissa Davies. I also tried out one of the new twisted cards. Erica Cerwin shared the idea with us at our monthly group meeting.
Did you happen to check out the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up? I was busy preparing for a class on Friday and I missed the opportunity to pick up a few things. You ought to check it out, you might find something you just can't live without!
Every month the Stampin' Up group I belong to meets to share business building ideas and do a little stamping. We learn two new techniques each time. Last month we made tulle roses and used the new spritzers filled with alcohol and ink. If you haven't made a tulle or a ribbon flower yet, you need to give it a try. Is is too easy and I loved the way the tulle rose turned out. I must say the spritzer takes a little getting used to. You can see that I was a little heavy handed on the front of this card.
Stamp Set: A Day of Thanksgiving, From My Heart
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Orchard Harvest DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple (w/Alchol)
Today I made a mad dash to participate in the challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary Holiday Edition. I was hoping to relax this week after my mini vacation but I have been on the go every day. Next week....Maybe I can get to some projects around the house. I have been meaning to paint my living room and craft area, plant some fall flowers and vegetables in addition to making some fun Fall projects. I get tired just thinking about it all!
Anyway, here is my card. When I saw the Watercolor Wonder set in the Holiday catalog it called to me. Now I am struggling to use it. I'm not the biggest fan of two step stamping to begin with but I always think, "I can do this". After some trial and error I decided to color the image with markers and keep it simple. The sentiment is from the retired stamp set called Elegant Cheer.
Stamps: Watercolor Wonder, Elegant Cheer
Paper: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
What better way to keep yourself from eating all the Halloween candy than making up a treat for someone else?! I haven't even opened the bag of candy corn because I know I won't be able to resist all that sugar. Oh, and don't forget the creme pumpkins, a close relative of candy corn. Mmmm! Wouldn't a handful of either of these be great with your morning cup of coffee? So, in honor of all that candy corn on the shelves, I made a cute sour cream container to put it in. The little tag is made with the Monster Munchies stamp set. The little owl is cut out and mounted on dimensionals. It's such a cute, little image.
Stamp Set: Monster Munchies
Paper: Bold Brights DSP, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Inks: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Crimper, 1/8" Pumpkin Pie Taffetta Ribbon, Lucky Limeade Twine, Decorative Label Punch, Large Oval Punch
What is your favorite Halloween candy? Get your supplies now to make some cute and tasty Halloween treats for your Trick-or-Treaters. Call me!
I've been away from my crafting corner for too long. Seems like it takes more effort to get back to it after a short break. My husband and I took a trip to Seattle and Vancouver for a taste of fall weather (actually he had business there and let me tag along). Before I left I made this ornament using the Autumn Accents die from the Holiday catalog. This was a CASE from an Australian demonstrator but unfortunately I didn't save her blog information so I don't know her name. Some of the leaves were stamped with the French Foliage stamp set or embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder then I sponged the edges of each leaf too. Each layer requires 20 leaves except the Rich Razzleberry leaf. One of my favorite accessories from the Holiday catalog is the Brushed Bronze buttons. They are perfect for all your Autumn crafting projects. If you haven't tried them out you need to order some quick!
This past weekend we took our younger son to a reception held by Texas Tech University. He is beginning the process of deciding what he is going to do after he graduates from high school. So what is the problem with that? Not much at this point, but in Texas there are the Big 3 when you are choosing a state university to pursue an engineering degree. Some would say there is only one choice--and it is not Texas Tech or UT. If you are from Texas you probably know what I'm talking about!
If your older brother is at Texas A&M, then you could have a little sibling rivalry! Gig 'Em!
Now on to some stamping because that is why you are here!!! I ran into a dilemna with the backorder of the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit. I had a Halloween Class scheduled for this coming Saturday featuring the Googly Ghouls stamp set and the treat kits. Enter Plan B--create a new set of projects for the class. Here is a sneak peek of what's in store for Saturday.
This time of year always makes me miss my family. For more than 25 years I have lived over 1600 miles from my "Home, Home". I've never been able to have Thanksgiving with my family since I left Upper Michigan. When the boys were growing up there was never enough time to make the long trip during their school break. So, here's a card for my Mom. I miss you.
The sketch layout is from Create with Connie and Mary (again!) from their first Holiday 2012 Challenge (CCMCHOL12-01). As a subscriber you have the opportunity to win a free subcscription to several weeks of wonderful ideas. Who wouldn't like to win something like that? Sign me up!
Create with Connie and Mary is one of my favorite sites. They have such a great design team. I was able to put together a card using the latest sketch using inspiration from Connie's card. I liked how she had used three images as the focal point. I decided to use the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and the Orchard Harvest DSP for my card.
As we head into Fall I find that I am getting anxious about how quickly time flies. It seems that we get rushed into Christmas and don't get to thoroughly enjoy all the days that lead up to it. Maybe it's because the stores are already decorating and stocking the shelves for Christmas. Wouldn't you love to go back to your childhood days when you were able to enjoy life one day at a time?
Enjoy your Fall day where ever you are!
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Ink: More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Island Indigo
Paper: More Mustard, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Orchard Harvest DSP
Today is Tuesday and it's going to be a stampin' day. Yesterday I made a card for the challenge at the Try Stampin' On Tuesday blog. It was another simple sketch that I found out there in the blogisphere. More banners too! I just had to add the leaf and button to the card for a little interest. Don't you just love the new Orchard Harvest DSP? Fall is in the air!
Have you every wondered when things would slow down and you could get a little break? Thank goodness I don't work outside the house or we'd all fall apart at the Fritz residence. Last week my older son had a minor glitch at college--he lost his wallet somewhere between classes. What a tough lesson to learn. Luckily Mom and Dad were able to help him wade through the process of getting everything replaced albeit a little long distance. He was able to come home for the weekend after getting a replacement driver's license. It was so good to see him even though he has only been away for two weeks.
I haven't done any stamping since last week but here is a gift bag I made a few weeks ago. I love this color combination of Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry. Rich Razzleberry is one of my favorite Stampin' Up colors. What is your favorite color?
We are enjoying cooler weather in Texas this morning. I opened the window so my kitty, Scamp, could enjoy the fresh air on her windowsill perch. She already had her morning foray outdoors and had come in to be with her best dog friend.
Here is a quick card from my card buffet a couple of weeks ago. I thought the black and white was a classic look. I'm still trying to sort through my leftovers from the card buffet. My house is a wreck! Recently we had flooring company come in to give us as estimate to redo all our floors. I was told that I would be responsible to pack up everything one person could move. When I look at my crafting corner I shudder to think of trying to sort through it all. Yikes!
Well, the three day weekend is over and everyone is back to their usual schedule. Have a great week!
Happy Labor Day! Hopefully, everyone is enjoying that day off work and are not laboring on Labor Day. Today I have a card that was inspired by Colour Q and the new Fab Friday sketch challenge. When I looked at the sketch I decided that my new Lacy & Lovely set might make for a simple card. I dug through my old DSP to find something to fit with the color scheme and found a bit of gray in the Walk in the Park DSP from a couple of years ago. It was tough to work in the Crumb Cake but I ended up using a small button in that color. I must say I like how this card turned out. It might be a good one to use for a Stamp-a-Stack class or a card buffet.
Vintage style can be quite beautiful. I don't do much in the distressed arena. Today I went out on a limb and scrunched my seam binding, frayed the ends of it and even added a bit of torn paper. I have a friend who just doesn't do the torn thing. (Don't pass out, Linda!) I am overdue on thank you's for my milestone birthday. Why is it so hard to get a card or two in the mail? This seems to typify most stampers--they love to create but never end up giving their cards away. The sketch layout for this card was from Freshly Made Sketches although I violated the rules by distressing my card (just slightly)!
Yesterday my husband and I went on an early morning bike ride along the San Antonio River. We started at Mission Concepcion, one of the five missions that are in our city. Do you believe that this was the first time I had been to this mission and I have lived in San Antonio for 25 years?! It has a simple beauty about it.
It's another Halloween card with slightly unusual colors. This is the same color combo I used for the previous challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. I struggled a bit with the layers on this card. Now I remember why I don't buy very many stamping wheels. I can never get them to roll straight! This was an older wheel that was retired last year I think. Maybe I would be better off to take the rubber stamp off the wheel and turn it into a clear mount stamp. Have you ever done this?
It really is Friday already! This week there was plenty of inspiration for card making out on my favorite stamping blogs. I have lots of great ideas swirling around in my head for cards and projects, now if only I would sit down and get busy. Last night I did put together a card for the MOJO Monday challenge. It is hotter than all get out here in San Antonio but I am really feeling in the mood for Halloween. Fall is my favorite time of the year. It is when I miss home (Upper Michigan) the most. Over the years I have learned to appreciate the Texas Fall and the burnt oranges of the oak trees when they turn colors.
I couldn't resist using the little mummy from the Googly Ghouls stamp set again. I started out thinking I would use the Toxic Treats set but changed my mind at the last minute.
Can't believe it is already Wednesday. The last 4 days have been a whirlwind. On Friday my oldest son came back from his trip to Grandma's and had to pack up to return to college. Let's just say that Mom was the only one stressed about getting things rounded up. Saturday I held a card buffet for a great group of stampers and Sunday was move out/move in day for my son. We were planning to send him off on his own but there was just too much stuff and too little car! My husband and I ended up making the trip too. Thank goodness we only had a 3 hour drive each way.
Today I rushed to make a card to participate in the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary (CCMC215). I like starting with a card layout. It is a little easier to get your creative juices flowing. Without further ado, here is the card I made this morning.
Most cardmakers seem to struggle with creating masculine cards. Stampin' Up has a wide range of stamp sets but I wish they would add a few more manly stamps. This Plane & Simple set was in one of last year's mini catalogs. Unfortunately it didn't make the cut for the new catalog. My card was a CASE from Big Sky Paper and Design. There are so many great ideas out in blogland that I tend to do my fair share of CASEing. Why reinvent the wheel so to say? I am still trying to develop my "style" but I don't want my cards to always have the same look.
Last Friday I took my youngest son to get his Senior portrait taken. He wasn't so thrilled about the process, but I told his he needed to do it for his mom. If you think it's difficult to raise young children, wait 'til you have to let them go. You just hope you did your job right and that they will make good decisions as they make their way in the world. Both of my sons make me proud as a peacock.
I wish I could remember whose blog I saw this card layout on. I thought it was Julie Davison's since her style is pretty streamlined. No fuss but still eye-catching. The original card used the Moving Foward stamp set which I replicated before I switched it up and used the World Treasures set. If you know who created the original card, please let me know. I used plenty of bling on the peacock's tail feathers.
Stampin' Supplies: Stamps: World Treasures Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White, International Bazaar DSP, Polka Dot Parade Ink: Pacific Point Accessories: 1/8" Rich Razzleberry Stitched Grosgrain, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Here is the original idea and my modified version.
This sketch was from Try Stampin' on Tuesday but I missed the deadline to link it to the site. Guess I was too busy eating birthday banana creme pie last night! The Floral District DSP is filled with bright colors and a varied mix of patterns. I really like the mix of Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze.
Have a great Tuesday!
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Wonderful Words
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Floral District DSP
The card for today is another sneak peek up my upcoming card buffet. The quote on it is sometimes all too true. My card was inspired by a design from Mindy Backes, one of the Artisan Award Top 20 Finalists. I dug through some of my retired accessories, looking for just the right brad. Do you remember the Hodgepodge Hardware? Well, I have two full, unused boxes sitting on my shelf....They will be put to good use after all.
Today's post is not stamping related. Recently I paid a surprise visit to my Mom. She was expecting my oldest son to visit her for the month of August but she didn't expect me. With the boys getting older, family vacations are slowly becoming a thing of the past. I decided to take a sewing project with me instead of stamping supplies. I had found a cute pattern online from Vand Co. called the Abby Bag. My mom and I worked on the first one together. Once it was finished it was so cute we had to make another.....and another.....and another. We made five in all!
Ironically, I saw this bag on another stamper's blog in a photo from the SU Convention. The seamstress had used Stampin' Up fabrics to make her bag. I have entertained the idea of selling these bags online. What would you pay for a handmade tote/shopping bag like this?
These cards are a CASE from Stampingpro. This uses the retired Attic Boutique DSP from last year. I decided to try this card using different patterned papers from the pack. Which color scheme do you like best, the blue or the rose?
Stampin' Supplies: Stamps: Apothecary Art, Wonderful Words Paper: Soft Suede, Pool Paty, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party, Regal Rose Accessories: 3/8" Soft Suede Taffeta. Labels Collection Framelits
Here is a sneak peek of a card that will be part of my upcoming Card Buffet. It was a CASE from Mercedes Weber. I decided to showcase a couple of the new 2012-2014 In Colors. The Blooming with Kindness stamp set is so pretty. It would be a great set to use for the Fall.
Today I used the card layout from Create with Connie & Mary again. The Floral District DSP has some pretty patterns and the colors are so cheerful. I couldn't wait to order the Blue Ribbon stamp set but this is the first time I've used it. Can you relate to that?!
Stamps: Blue Ribbon
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight, Floral District DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Pinking Hearts Border Punch
Here is a card I made using the card layout at Create with Connie and Mary. The Googly Ghouls bundle for making treats has twice as many stamping diecuts as treat bags. I will be having a Halloween class in September and want to offer ideas for using the kit extras. Plus, I just love the banner trend--I would put a banner or two on all my cards if I could! This is a great layout. I may get out another stamp set and give it another try tomorrow.
A special note to Cheryl--don't fall over when you see that I have posted four days in a row! What can I say. It has been eons since I had posted anything. I'm trying to get into the swing of posting on a regular basis. You know what they way about good intentions.....time will tell.
This will be the last installment showing the projects from my Christmas in July class. These 3-D projects are suitable for giving small gifts. The kraft bag is a direct CASE from the Holiday Catalog. It wasn't too difficult to make. The trick was lining up the scallop circles in the tree shape. The kraft box was a CASE from a Stampin' Up sample I saw on a U.K. demonstrator's blog. I changed it from a Spring theme to Christmas. I would have preferred to use SU's wide striped grosgrain ribbon but it is no longer available. Instead I used the new 7/8" cotton ribbon.
Here is a close up of the kraft box. Notice the bit of the new Champagne Glimmer Paper. Beautiful!