Monday, November 30, 2009

3 Pounds of Rubber

You are probably wondering what in the world am I talking about.. I know I would. A few weeks ago I was playing Inspirational Bingo with the Unity Stamp Co. on Splitcoast. That week I happened to have won the bingo game (which I have never done before in my life). For playing bingo I had won 100 random stamps.

I just received my 100 stamps. The box weighed 3 pounds. I was pleasantly surprised. So are you asking what 3 pounds of rubber stamps look like? Check these out.

sorry they are uneven, I tried to straighten them out.

TLC249 - Washer Pendants

Today's Lynn In St. Louis was inspired by Shelly Katzung, aka Sugrnspicy's washer pendants. Shelly does an outstanding job on her pendants.

TLC249 required you to make a washer pendant. Yup that is correct. Awasher as in tool box raid!! lol.. So out to the tool box I went. I hope my husband doesn't need the two larger ones anytime soon. Next I raided my scrapbox for the papers.

I have alot of fun making these. One thing about making the pendants you have to let the glue and clear coating dry. Yes it is a bit time consuming. Me being inpatient placed the brown and black/white/red ones under a tabletop fan. It dried them and in less time..

I hope you like my creations as much as I do.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What am I Thankful for:

My husband and boys. They bring me such happiness and joy. I love you all very much!

My parents, I love and miss you. Hopefully next year at this time we can come for a visit.

My extended family (husbands side), being with such a large family at the holidays makes missing my family not so hard. They are such a warm bunch of people and quite fun to be around.

Good health, especially this time of year.

My friends, I have made so many new friends (online) over the past couple of years. I feel as though I have known most of them all my life.

I could go on and on but then it would get either silly or sappy..

So I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe, warm and healthy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

TLC248 - Stocking Gift Card Holder

Lynne must have been reading my mind. This week's SCS Technique Challenge she posted a stocking template by Waltzingmouse. I have had this template printed for a couple of weeks and said I would get around to making them for Christmas. Now I have been known to put things off until the last minute (last year I was making the cards the morning of Christmas to take to my mother-in-laws to hand out), but this challenge gave me that swift kick in the butt to get moving.

The card holder is very easy to make. My first card I made was very simple. I used some patterned paper by Dream Street Papers LLC called Merry & Bright - Celebrate. This paper is double sided printed and that is where the green polka dots came from too. On the red & cream patterned stocking I paper pierced the edges of the cuff and toe/heel. Then I faux stitched using my white gel pen. I added a little sponging on the cream paper.

On the green polka dot stocking I wanted to try something different. My youngest son has been playing with my felt scraps and I thought what a good way to accent the stocking. Plus I wanted to try stitching on a card with my good sewing machine. I found some white felt zig-zag stitched it to the card front and did the same for the cuff. I remembered I had some white pop-pom trim and sewd that to the cuff.

I think the pom-poms gave it a fun style.

So now that I have two down, how many more do I need to make???? hmm...

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Unity Stamp Co. - Batchelor Bro Contest

Okay I can breathe again. The contest winner has been announced. The winner was Nancy. She did an outstanding job on her entry as did the rest of the very talented ladies. Congrats Nancy!

I thought I would share my gift to Broman. I had very limited Unity Stamps and the only thing that popped into my head was coffee.

I started off with an old tin box I had on my craft counter and wondered what would I use this thing for. Light bulb flickered. It needed to be altered.
I happened to have some coffee themed pattern paper that I wrapped around the tin box. Sealed it with Modge Podge. Then tied a wired organza ribbon around it.

The next thing I made was a set of coasters. I took out my tumbled tiles and sprayed them with Workable Fixativ by Krylon. This allows the coaster to take any kind of ink, paint or any other kind of coloring medium. While that dried (not long), I stamped my coffe cup onto a piece of tissue paper, colored with Bic Mark Its, cut out and Modge Podge'd onto the tile. I then sponged some ink around the edges and sealed afterwards.

The last stamped part of the gift was stamping on fabric. I stamped the coffee mug onto a piece of fabric I had made and filled it with some coffee, that I placed in a dark brown coffee mug. I threw in some store bought biscotti so he could have a snack with a cup of coffee.

My package was all wrapped by sheets of you guessed it coffee cup stamped tissue paper.

I was really happy with the results of my project and was honored to have been in the final 7. Congrats again to Nancy. Angela, Jenny, Kristen, Courtney & Randi you are some of the most talented ladies I have seen. You all are winners in my book!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SBVC102 - Filter Through

This week's Splitcost Stampers Variety Challenge is a bit odd. Recently I had to buy a new coffee maker and without thinking I bought a new one that took a different style of coffee filters. Now what do I do with close to 500 coffee filters... lol.

Abouth two weeks or so ago I bought the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Scrapbooks Etc magazine. As I was turning the pages I stopped in my tracks and said that's what I can do with the coffee filters. (not that I will ever use up 500 filters for this technique).

So here is what you do:

Take a coffee filter and spray it with dye (I used a spray bottle with water and reinkers). Let it dry and then pleat the filter to get the look of a flower. You can accent it with patterned-paper for a stem. I happened to have some floral tape and used that.

I used a layout from Page Maps from the January 2009 Sidemaps.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NOV09VSNK - Strange Case

Nothing too strange about this. I never think to do this.

For this challenge we were to CASE our card layout from an 8.5 x 11 scrapbook page. There are very talented scrapbookers out there. It was hard for me to pick a layout. One layout struck the girlie side in me. I love the colors of this page by anewdesign. Once I saw this page I knew exactly the paper I was going to use...

NOV09VSNI Cracked Glass Technique

This challenge was to use CASE a card and use the Cracked Glass Technique on it. You can find the directions for the Cracked Glass Technique here on the Splitcoast Stampers website.

For my card I cased this card by Rox71.

I have never attempted this technique before. I panicked at first looking for the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel. Then I started thinking no you don't have any, so I tried this technique with ultra fine embossing powder. I DOESN'T WORK! Then I searched some more and found my canister of UTEE (it was as large as what I thought it should have been). I really enjoyed this technique and will definitely be using it more often.


This weekend's theme was all about Masquerades. The first challenge was about the glitz, glamour and the ruffles that you find in most Masquerades.

For this challenge we were to CASE (acronym for Copy And Steal Everything) another card but add some Ruffles to it.

My card's inspiration came from a card Kendra had made. My ruffle was made from a piece of of hot pink organza that was wrapped around my birthday roses from my sister-in-law Mary and her kids.

I hope you like the card. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SBVC101 - School Pics

For today's SCS Scrapbook Variety Challenge 101 you are to use those school pictures that we all have.. We all have them of the kids, grandkids, niece/nephew or maybe yourself.

I used last year's photo of Kyle (yes it looks familiar I altered a frame using this photo).
The paper is the Static Collection by Crate Paper. The stars are stamps from Unity Stamp Co. I used my Storybook cartridge by Cricut for the title.

It's Postal!!!

Oh the pressure is off!!! I mailed my Unity challenge submission yesterday. Talk about breathing a sigh of relief.

Now is the worst part of all the wait.. lol... The winner will be announced on November 19, 2009... All I have to say is "Good thing I don't spend the money on having manicures done!"

Good Luck to the other 6 participants.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Unity Stamp Co- Final 7 Challenge

Yesterday Unity Stamp Co. posted the winner of last week's Unity Bro Challenge.
Congratulations to all the other winners!!!!

Now the pressure is on!!!! I'm stressing about it all ready. lol.

The Challenge: Make An Altered Item or Gift. Hmmmm... Now where is that thinking cap???

Friday, November 6, 2009

Feeling of Fall

This week's Variety Challenge SBVC100 is all about Fall.

I love Fall. I love the cooler days, the smell in the air, the color of the leaves and the fall harvest. This weeks challenge is to use the colors of Fall on your layout. Plus I want you to tell us what Falls means to you. You can do this in your own words, a song or a poem.

I am working on my sample. It will be posted this morning.

Royal Reindeer

This weeks Ways To Use It challenge (WT243) - It's a Stick Up, we were to use stickers on our cards.

As I was cleaning up my craft counter recently I came across some clear glittery stickers I had bought at Walmart. I knew right away I was going to use that package of stickers.

I matched up the stickers to the latest Stampin Up patterned paper called Holiday Lounge. I love this paper. It's not your typical Christmas paper.

I also used this week's Sketch Challenge (SC253).

Thanks for stopping in.