Eileen Paul of London, passed away on Friday evening.
I met Eileen through some of the many swaps on my fav MB that she participated in over the past two years or so.
Eileen was a wonderful person, and a very creative woman. We became friends through many emails and posts her on my blog (she posted as craftaddict here), and on hers, as well as PMs and posts on the MB.
My heart goes out to her family.
I will sincerely miss her! She was a wonderful woman and a very dear friend.
Cheyenne's one tooth has been wiggly for so long! It was getting to be so crooked that it looked as though she had lost a tooth between the one that was wiggly and the one next to it. Today Mammy convinced her to let her pull it out. While she was in the pulling mood (Mammy that is, Cheyenne was against it) she also pulled the one on the bottom which we just realized last night was really wiggly. Seventy Five Cents later, lots of her screaming and shaking from being scared, (Did I mention she is a Drama Queen????) and the bribe of a container of Dipping Dots, she finally let Mammy take the tooth out! Look at her new smile! And of course it wouldn't be Cheyenne if she didn't pose for a fashion shot! :)
I entered Cheyenne in a swap for Kids Christmas cards. I think they wanted up to age 12. She had a great time making the cards for this!!! She took two groups so she made two designs. All images are by Stampin' Up, ("Dasher" and "Wandering Words") but supplies are what we had on hand. The sentiment on the twill says "Merry Christmas". I hope all the kids that receive them like them as much as she enjoyed making them!
Although these are HORRIBLE pictures, I made these two tags for a tag swap on my fav. MB. The top ones are for the "Love/Valentine's" theme. The flower ones are for the "Anything Goes" theme. I used some cardstock and rubber stamps that I had on hand for these. The vases are colored with my Stampin Write Markers.
I have more to follow, but I had to recharge my camera battery. :( Hopefully I can get them posted soon!
There are 5 little words that I hear my son say often. And every time I hear them I start to worry....
Now normally you would think these words would be associated with oh say a rocket ship. Not for him! Generally they mean he is about to jump off of something! Sometimes it's the couch, sometimes it's a chair. Once, a week before his birthday pictures, he uttered them as he was diving face first into a pile of rocks! With his loving Grandfather looking on...and laughing! Never mind that he had a big goose egg on his head afterwards! (And he continued to do it since it made Pop Pop laugh!)
Anyway, today it was the slide! He takes jumping into leaves to a whole new level!!!
Luckily it was the leaves (and the muddy back yard) that took the beating, not him! Ah boys, you gotta love them!!!!
I have been working a lot on the craft fair that my friend Michelle and I went to yesterday. It was the first one that either of us have ever been to, and didn't know what to expect. I think we did OKconsidering the amount of traffic (well the lack of traffic). we learned a few things, and we saw what sold a little better then others. we are going to attempt another fair early next month I hope.
If you'd like to see some of the projects, I have them on my Stampin' Up site found here:
I needed to make a stair step card for a swap that I am in on my favorite MB, and this is what I came up with. I have to be honest, it took me three attempts to get the folding correct, but it finally worked out right! The front fold also has snowflakes stamped in blue from StampinUp's Christmas Punch hostess set, but you can barely see it in this picture. The die cut snowflakes were from those kind that you can buy in the craft stores that are already premade. The stamps are a clear set that I had on hand from last year I think. I love these little penguins! I colored the image with my Stampin Write Markers by Stampin Up.
I knew that the meander book that I posted below needed more to it, but at the time I didn't know what. I took another look at it and here is what I came up with. On the front I added two layered flowers and in the center added the little plastic bead, which we affectionatley call "skittles" (not the real name). Then in the center of the book where I had previously made pockets, I used Stampin Ups Tab punch to punch out tabs that I had stamped using the "Totally Tabs" stamp set. Now it looks better!
OK so this is my first attempt at making a Meander Book. I took the tutorial from a popular website among crafters and SU Demos alike. I have to say that this is actually the third piece of paper that I used, as I just was not understanding what the instructions were telling me to do. Maybe I am just dense???
The outside cover is a chipboard coaster that I had laying around. I used my binding machine (first time on my own!) Every few pages of the book are pockets and I think I am going to add some tags that can be pulled out for journaling or even to add another picture inside. I need to spice it up a little I know, but wanted to put it here so I could show it to my friend Terri (Hi Terri!)
I have just been trying to work on some goodies for a Craft Fair/Sale that I am going to be doing on Novemeber 7th with my friend Michelle. So I have been trying to stay off the computer, and motivated. It isn't easy! If you'd like to take a peek at what I have been working on, check it out here: http://ginathorntonstamping.blogspot.com/
Hoefully things will calm down a little and I can get back to making cards for swaps, etc. Although I am a bit ahead after the crop that I went to a few weeks ago. I do have to get those on here also.
I had a friend ask a very good question today. How do you add sentiments to the insides of your cards. Especially if it is a dark colored card. So I decided to do a post of how I sometimes make the insides of my cards. I do use my computer for this a lot of times, so I'm doing this step by step for these of you who aren't computer savvy!
Open a new document. I moved the right Margin over to about the number 7. I then moved the left margin over to about the 3 mark. You can always play with that later!
I typed in a sentiment, and highlighted it all.
Over in my fonts box I scrolled until I found a font that I liked. I tried a few before I found one that I though looked kind of robot like.
I typed in my sentiment and adjusted the sizes as I thought was needed. I also changed what I wanted it to say. I often times will do a search for a sentiment for cards, but after 2 hours of looking for one, I made up my own! There are a lot of sites out there where you can get free fonts, so if your computer doesn't come with one that suits your needs, do a search and you will find some great freebies! The one I used here was called "Hurry Up" and I have no idea who it is by, sorry!
This is the card I am making the sentiment for. I made these using StampinUp's "Lots of Bots". The cardstock I used was stuff I had on hand. I made these for a swap on my fav MB last Saturday during a Crop that my friend Terri's sister had in New Holland. OK...so back to the card.
Here it is all printed out and adjusted, etc. Then I trimmed the paper down to be slightly smaller then the card itself. I believe I went down to 8 x 4.
I applied adhesive to the back of the left side of the paper. Folded it in half stuck it in the card, with the folded paper as far left into the fold of the cad that it could go. Closed the card and pressed down to make it stick. (yikes look at the freckles!)
And here we have it, the finished card!
You could of course also just apply the paper to one side of the card and omit the other side. I like it to have both sides, like that big card retailer does! You could also use some patterned paper inside, or I guess even Velumn. I have never printed on velumn though, so I don't know the steps for that.
My friend Jean (JeanP) is holding a donation "swap" on my favorite Message Board. Her daughter is a teacher in a school in (I believe) Malaysia. Anyway she is doing a bookmark swap, and they will be donated to the school where she works. Jean says there are about 500 students in the school. I participated in the swap last year as well and had lots of fun with it. And what a great way to use up some of the scraps of cardstock that you have laying around? All of the bookmarks in the first picture were made by me, using all scraps of cardstock.
When I told Cheyenne what I was doing, and why, she said "Everyone should have a book" and she asked if she too could make some bookmarks. So I handed over my stamps and stamp pads (and yes I let her use the Stampin' Up ones) and she used one of my bookmarks as a pattern. She did all of the stamping and gluing, I helped her with the cutting. You may see a few that are glued crooked, but that's OK, because she made them with love! On the back we stamped them with my stamp, and wrote Cheyenne age 6.
So I was asked to post a picture of my craft space. I have been putting it off, as it is always messy. What can I say I am creative, I can't be neat too! (Love that saying!) So today I had to clean it up so I can start some new projects, and I figured this was the best time to snap some photos, as it may not be clean for long. (Actually my Hubby was taking a nap, and came in and his exact words "ah! What happened to your table?" Thanks honey!) Not many people get to see this room, it's too dangerous!
Below is my craft table. I got it from IKEA. It really is full. I even use the window sill! (Heehee just saw the shade is crooked) Yes there's even stuff under the table. It's a small room and I use all the space I have! :) You'll notice my chair is crooked also. That's thanks to the kids thinking it is meant to spin on. :( Next my awesome storage drawers. Those first three stacks, all have stamps in!
My ribbons. OK really this is just some of them. I have three more dowels on the other wall with the drawers. And there is ribbon hiding elsewhere. I kind of have a ribbon addiction (as well as a stamp addiction).
My awesome over the door rack. Holds lots of goodies! And yes that is MORE ribbon you see! But can you see the one spool (on the right white with a red dot)? A whole spool for a $1! How could I pass that up?? There 4 more behind that one). Also please ignore the Pooh growth chart behind the rack. This used to be the nursery, and I never took it down.
Then I have on the same wall as my table, three 5 shelf bookcases that have shoeboxes with misc tools, ribbon, etc. I know it looks like a big mess compared to all of those beautiful craft rooms I have seen posted other places, but at least I have a space in which to craft. I hear many ladies say they have to use the dining room table, or have to lug stuff out, and then put it all back as soon as they are finished. My room is messy, but I know where (almost) everything is in it. a dn at the end of the day (or at 4 am when I normally craft) I can pull the door shut and no one has to see the mess. That's my story and I am sticking to it!
Also upon cleaning up a bit, I have a little craft hint for you. Do you craft for hours only to find little bits of ribbon, paper, the little things form the back of your Dimensional all over the floor? I have a solution! Get yourself a lint roller! I used the one by Bounce. It not only picked up all the little things off the floor, BUT it also left the room smelling fresh! :)
I made this card for Brianna's 6th birthday. I have had the patterned paper FOREVER! The image is from Stampin' Up's Crazy for Cupcakes set. I colored the image with my Stampin Write markers, and added some glitter glue to the cupcakes. The yellow side is embossed with a birthday themed folder. Cheyenne picked out all of the colors, and patterned paper. Hope she liked it!
Have you always loved Stampin Up's markers, but just don't have the money to put out all at once to purchase them? I have a solution for you! I am starting a new Marker Club that will include the NEW IN COLOR markers AND the Neutral markers! This club will include 4 members and last 4 months from August-November.(or whenever it is full) Each month, each member will get One color family (12 markers) of the wonderful Stampin' Up markers. The Color Families are: Bold Brights, Earth Elements, Rich Regals, and Soft Subtles. On the month you are "Hostess" you will receive: Your set of 12 markers from one color family and in addition ALL of the following items: 1 set of the Neutral Markers (4) 1 set of the NEW IN Color Markers (6) These are NEW to SU's catalog! 1 Level One Hostess Stamp Set You choose $15 in free product of your choice! AND the Storage Case that holds the 48 Markers from the 4 color families! And what does all of this cost you ask? The cost is just $50 per month for 4 months. You will also pay shipping from me to you for 3 of the months ($4.80 provided postage doesn't increase...again) On your Hostess month, I will pay the postage to you. That is a savings of about $10 (larger box)! All items will be sent out via Priority mail. You will be given a Delivery Confirmation number, and all packages will be insured. If you sign up you must commit to all four months. It takes 4 people to make this work, so that everyone can get hostess credit! This is a great way to get all the markers that SU has to offer, but spreads the price out over 4 months. At the end of four months, each member will have a complete set of the 48 markers with the Storage Case, all 4 Neutral markers, all 6 of the new IN COLOR markers, a Level 1 Hostess set and $15 in FREE merchandise. Please email me if you are interested! GRKIDDO at Verizon dot com
Here are the tags that I made for the Tags, tags and more tags swap that I hosted on "My favorite Message board". These are for the masculine theme. I didn't color the bass, because I just couldn't get his color right. So I left hm uncolored and popped him up and added some fishing line in his mouth. I topped it all off with some hemp twine which I added to the baggies that are going to the folks who participated. I didn't punch holes in the tags though because as I looked at them I thought that they could also be used for the fronts of cards, or how about a scrapbook page of that perfect fishing trip! Just a couple things that I though that I would do with them.
I had seen these cute dress cards that Patty Bennet had made using her scalloped Sizzix Die, and I thought I would try a scaled down version on these tags. I used my Scallop circle punch for these. They make such cute dresses that can be dressed up so many ways! These are also for the Tags, tags, and more tags swap on "my fav MB", and the theme, is you guessed it, girly.
Here are the Christmas Tags I made for the Tags, tags, and more tags swap on "my Fav MB". The image is from the Big On Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up. A very simple set, but so much you can do with it! I added some little red and green rhinestones in the spaces for ornaments. The image was colored with my Stampin Write Markers.
I was pointed in the direction of this charity by a fellow Stampin Up Demonstrator, Melissa. They can use donations of cards, either Handmade, or Store bought for residents of nursing homes. What a great way to share your creativity, while brightening the day of others!!! Here is their website:
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Look who's 7!!!
My "Baby Girl" at her 7th Birthday party
Sweet Smell of Summer
Sniffing a bloom on the butterfly bush outside our home
A mother of a 5 year old boy and a 8 year old girl. I love being a mom! I married a guy I met in first grade! We married May 18th, 2002.
I wanted to have a place that I could show some of my creations. When my sister is able to visit she always asks me what I have been working on, so I thought this way I could keep her updated! It's also a way to show some of my other friends and family what I have been working on! This also gives me a little push to get some things made and posted.
I hope you enjoy the things you find here, and maybe even find some inspiration! Some of the things found on my Blog are by Stampin' Up! Ask me how you can get the stamps, or feel free to look at the current catalog found in the sidebar.(it will download, it takes a few minutes). Feel free to ask me any questions!