Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hot Weather, Cool Treats!

Michigan has had some hot, hot, hot weather. Don't you wish these could cool you off! The popsicles were made with the Cricut cartridge Doodle Charms. The sparkle came from using iridescent ice embossing powder from stampin' up and the "sweet" sentiment is from Savvy stamps. The ice cream cone is from the set Perfect Party also from Stampin' up. The ice cream scoops are embossed with clear embossing powder. The "here's the scoop..." sentiment is from Darcie's stamps.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Teacher gifts

It is time to say good-bye to several of our staff members. I made some gift boxes for them. Here are a few of the teacher gifts that went in the box.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Good Buys

If you know me, you know I am out searching for the best deals. I love the dollar stores, bargain stores and even flea markets. My good buy today was found at JoAnn Fabrics. Every now and then they have value packs (a whole lot of stuff thrown together for a good buy). On my way home from Ludington this weekend, I found these packs of ribbons, bows, tags and embellishments for $11.78! There are 25 packs of embellishments in each bag and all are self-adhesive! (My husband wasn't quite as excited as I was about this find!) But if you are familiar with the price of self-adhesive ribbon, you will share my "good buy" excitment! If you click on the picture, you might be able to see them up close. I am off to start creating with some of them!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Stamp A Stack

Well, I am back from my friend Connie's house and had a wonderful time. She always has many new tips to share with me. I hadn't seen her since last summer, so we had some catching up to do. I went to her class called "Stamp A Stack" where you get to choose from the boxes on the shelves of pre-cut card kits. The sample card is in the front of the box and has the directions or needed supplies listed on the back. Connie has all the pieces cut and ready to go. Most everything you need will be in the box, but if something is needed, Connie is right on top of it and has it for you instantly! There were so many different designs to choose from (not only on the shelf, but there were big boxes lined up along the top with more seasonal cards). Here are a few ideas I chose. ******************************************************Thanks, Connie! I had a great time and can't wait unitl next time - I already know what cards I want to make next time!

Friday, May 25, 2007

And more ladybugs!!

Just another ladybug card. Again with the polka-dots (both paper and ribbon). This morning I am heading up north to Ludington to visit with my friend Connie. She has her whole basement set up with "tons" of plastic shoeboxes of card kits. I am going to spend the day stamping with Connie. I'll show you my (or her) creations later this weekend.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ladybugs!

I found these jumbo black paperclips at Target and thought these would be good for my ladybug cards. Again, this ladybug was made with the Cricut (Walk in my Garden). I have several more ladybugs cards coming up - keep checking!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A little bug told me....

This card was made with the Cricut (Walk in My Garden cartridge). The printed polka-dot paper is from Hobby Lobby. The cute bug sentiment is from Katiebug. The little googly eyes give this card the finishing touch.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Baby Gifts

Two of my co-workers are going to have babies!! One is having a girl and the other one doesn't know. Here are a few things for them! *****************************************************************The clipboard picture holder is sort of a new design. The local stamp store had held a class using mat boards and clips to make small picture holders. (I did not go to the class, but of course had to go home and try it on my own!) This is my version of the project. I cut a piece of heavy mat board (like colored chip board). The bottom is decorated with stamps from Wild About You (Stampin' up). The bulldog clip is glued on with E6000 glue. I added a magnet on the back so it can be hung up. The stamped picture (frame) is from an old Stampin' up set.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Graduation Cards

It's that time of year when the invitations start pouring in - it's graduation time. Here are a few cards for this occassion. The stars were cut with the Cricut and then sponged with walnut distressing ink. If you look close you can see they sparkle with Iridescent Ice from Stampin' up. Graduation cap and saying are from Stampin' up. The large grad saying is made on the computer and I used a congratulations stamped in black over the top.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Swarm!

What's a swarm? It is a time to get together with other fellow Cricuteers! What are Cricuteers? Obsessive stampers and scrapbookers who love using the Cricut cutting system. It seems to be the hottest tool out there! So a few of us got together last night for a night of "crafting"! Here is a picture of Teres (hosting the "Swarm"). In the background is Stephanie, showing Trish how the Cricut works. Teres made these darling "treat boxes" for all of us! Not only is the box a treat in itself, but it was filled with goodies! Thanks, Teres! Teres has most of the lower level of her house for "crafting"! (The picture of the crafters showed everyone in her "second kitchen"). A perfect set up! Here are some of her organizational ideas for materials and supplies. This picture shows how Teres organized her scrap papers. These cute file folders sit in an antique dish drying rack. ******************************************************** Here are some of the neat ways Teres organized her ribbon, her paper, and her punches. I didn't even take a picture of all her stamps!! Thanks, Teres, we had a great time "playing" at your house. Everyone is excited for the next swarm!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Welcome to the Funny Farm!

And Andrea, if you're out there, you know what I am talking about! I saw you at the funny farm today. There are only 13 more days of school and yahoo for summer break, but there is so much to do before the "end"! (I guess stamping isn't one of them, but funny how I can find time for the important stuff!) Hope you enjoy these "Very Punny" cards.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Crib Notes

I have been busy making some baby gifts. I am making a boy set (blue), a girl set (pink), and a neutral set (yellow and green). This is part of the neutral set; small note books and a post-it note pad are shown here. I hope to be able to post the whole gift later this week.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Rubber Stamping Fun Review Team

Wow, there are 145 of us on the review team! It won't be long before samples start popping up. Watch for some great ideas with the stamp sets from Rubber Stamping Fun. Leave me a comment if you would like to be added to the RSF Review Team blog roll.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Simple Things

Sometimes it's the simple things that make the card. Just a simple flower with at red center. Not alot of color. A little lace or ribbon can change your card into a different direction. Keep is plain or add a small sentiment. Here are three different ways to use the same flower in a black and white theme. The flower is from the cartridge Stamped (from Cricut). The red flower in center is from Savvy.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Tag Books

I was playing around with my Cricut and I made these big tags using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge. These jumbo tags (cut at 5 1/2 inches) looked to be the right size of a little book. With a little ribbon, paper and stamps, I came up with these little books.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Birthday Calendar Book

I used to make large birthday calendars (and the long Stampin' up birthday calendars), and then someone asked for a smaller version, so I designed this. I made the calendar lines on my computer. Each page is seasonally decorated at the top. The book is held together with binder clips with ribbon tied on for a finishing touch.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

YAHOO!!!!!!

Last week I was "blogging" around and came across a banner that advertised "free stamps for a review on your blog" - of course it caught my interest. I submitted my blog and I was chosen!! The company is Rubber Stamping Fun. (Click on their name to check out their site). I am soooo excited. We (as in the others that were chosen as well) will be receiving stamps that have not yet been released. Be sure to watch my blog and I will post pics of the new stamps, some ideas and a review.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

A Shower Gift

This little ensemble was a special request for a shower gift. The theme for this box was black and white with a little red thrown in. The box includes some packaged note cards, a post-it note, a birthday calendar book, a photo book (in a tag shape) and a note cube.