Monday, November 5, 2007

Our trip to Joan's Pumpkin Patch. Daddy finally got to join us this year!

Hayden loves to run through the pumpkins, here he is stilling on the pumpkin that he picked out.!

Hayden feeding the goats. He thought that was so cool. And he kept his hand flat so that he would not get bitten! Too cute!

3x3 Gift cards

These are 3x3 gift cards that we did on Friday at my Club meeting. I wanted to show the girls cards that were easy to make and great to give along with gifts for either family, friends or co-workers.

These little cards are great for using up your scraps of designer papers.

Start with a 3x6 piece of Old Olive that will be your card. Fold in half. Now you have a 3x3 card. I then layered using a 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 piece of Real Red c/s and then a piece of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of Dashing Designer paper. Layer the two pieces together but not yet to the Old Olive.
Next, take piece of 1/2 x 2 3/4 of Real Red and layer in the middle of the designer paper. Add some Very Vanilla ribbon and tie. Stamp "merry" from Season of Joy ( I used the Real Red marker using direct to rubber technique) and then use the window punch to punch out. Layer that onto the two layered pieces and tuck behind. At this point, you may adhere to the Old Olive.
Next you can either use the Poinsettia or circle Snowflake from Season of Joy. Layer with circle punch and layer again with Scallop. Use dimensionals to make your focal pop.

Happy Holidays!
This is another card using the Dashing Designer Paper from SU! I just can't get enough of this paper. This is called a Criss Cross card. You can use the link below to get to the Tutorial on Split Coast Stampers. I pretty much "cased" the card because I really wanted to make it a Christmas card and I had the paper! Just changed the colors a bit! Enjoy!

Be advised that this card will not fit in the "normal" envelope. It is just too bulky and with the tab punch sticking up, it is too big. Order the large envelopes.

This card uses several punches: Tab punch, Scallop punch & Snowflake punch, as well as the Crop-a-Dile, and 1/16" punch.

Materials used (besides punches): Season of Joy & In the Spotlight stamp sets, Real Red, Old Olive and Very Vanilla c/s. Real Red & Old Olive inks. Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Large Brads & Sticky Strip.

Joy Fold Christmas Card

This is a card from my Club meeting last Friday. This is a Joy Fold card using Dashing Designer paper. I love this paper, as you will be able to tell from my next few posts. There are two pictures. The second shows how the card opens up. You just want to be sure to place the build-a-brad so that it holds your focal down, but not too much or it will be too hard to get open. Enjoy!

You can go to the following link for a tutorial on how to make this card:

Materials used for this card: Season of Joy Stamp Set, Dashing Designer Paper, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, & Real Read c/s, Real Red Craft Pad, Old Olive Classic Ink Pad, Heat & Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, dimensionals and Build-a-Brad.

For the Poinsettias, I stamped them in Real Red Craft Pad and then sprinkled with Heat & Stick. I then heated them up and poured on the glitter, heating again to set the glitter.

That's it. Fairly easy card with lots of bang! My clubbers loved it and some are considering making this their Christmas card.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Well, we are back. Disneyland was a blast. Hayden's first time and he was in Heaven! We left on Thursday night, flew down to LAX and then shuttled to the hotel. Next time we will drive. We could have just about done it in the same amount of time and then I could have packed a cooler with lunch stuff and things so that we could have saved some money. Disney has gotten EXPENSIVE!
Anyway, Friday morning we went to Storyteller's cafe for a character breakfast: Chip-n-Dale, bears, raccoons, etc. It was fun. We rode the Matterhorn, which Hayden did not like because of the "monster", went to Toontown, Pirates of the Caribbean (they have completely re-done that ride so that it is very much like the movie, really cool). Friday night we had dinner at Tortilla Joe's in the Downtown Disney District. This is my first time there since they built that (2001) and it was great. Neat little shops and good restaurants, expensive but convenient. We went back to the park and waited in line for "Finding Nemo". This is a new ride and had the longest lines. It was consistently a 75 minute wait. I just wanted to get it over with. We waited in line for about 45 minutes, which I thought was good. The ride was cool and one of the longer rides, so you didn't feel too cheated about the wait.
Saturday was more of the same, we spent alot of time in Critter Country and New Orleans. We took the boat over to Tom Sawyer Island and watched a Pirate show. We then toured around the island and found the treasure. And guess who came to greet us there? Captain Jack Sparrow! This guy is a ringer for Johnie Depp. See picture below. That evening we went to Ralph Brennen's Jazz Kitchen. Would not recommend it. Too expensive and the food was fair.
On Sunday, we went to California Adventure. We went on the Monster's, Inc. ride (big hit!) and then we went to do "Turtle, Talk with Crush". It was SO cool. It is basically an animated turtle on the screen that talks to the audience. You can ask questions and he will answer your specific question. There must be a guy behind the screen that is doing the talking. It was super cool. Crush picked Hayden out of the crowd right away and started talking to him. Hayden got shy, which NEVER happens. And then Crush asked who his parents were and talked to Greg. It was SO funny. Crush told my husband that he had some sea moss on his chin. Look at the picture below. It is his "attitude" patch as he calls it. I was rolling!!!! It was hysterical! As we were heading to the Bug's Life 3D movie, we caught up with Mr.Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone. Hayden really liked that.
A Bug's Life Movie was neat. Hayden kept pulling his glasses down to see if the bugs were really coming at him or not. The chairs moved, poked and misted. Spiders came down from the ceiling and we got blasted with fog. Too cool. Disney has really got their stuff down! After that, we just walked around the place. California Adventure is more for older kids, most of the rides were 42" or above to ride.
We went back over to Disneyland and hit Buzz LightYear's Astro Blaster (Hayden's favorite ride) and saw the Jedi show. Hayden LOVED that. They were picking kids from the crowd for Jedi training and he really wanted to do it. They did not pick him and he was so sad. Maybe next time! We saw the "Parade of Dreams" at 3:30 and then ran over to California Adventure for the "Block Party" parade. This parade figures all the Pixar characters: Buzz, Woody, Sully, Mike, Bug's life, Boo. This was a big hit with Hayden, as he loves all these movies. We hung out there a while and then went to dinner at Naples Italian Pizzeria. Lastly, we made the "Lights above Disney" parade. Excellent fire works show.
On Monday, we had an early entry pass into ToonTown. We were able to get into the park an hour early, which was an hour before ToonTown opened. We went to FantasyLand and hit some of the rides that had long waits the previous days : Mr. Toad's wild ride & Peter Pan, both excellent kids rides. We then headed over to ToonTown for the entry. This was by far the best "extra" that we got with our vacation package. We got photos & autographs from Micky, Minnie, Pluto, Donald Duck & Chip. Goofy & Dale were there too. It any other time at the park, the characters were mobbed with people and long lines to have your photo taken with them. After the parade, we went on the roller coaster and played at Minnie's house before heading over to Critter Country to see if we could get Pooh's Picture. Eeyore was there, so we got Hayden's picture with him instead. Rode a few more rides and then headed back to the hotel so catch our shuttle to the airport.
Disney was great and I am already planning our next trip, maybe same time next year. This is a good time of year to go, as the park is not too crowded. My advise is to go early, when the park opens so that the lines have not formed yet. The longest we waited was for "Finding Nemo" which was 45 minutes, other than that we didn't wait longer than 20 minutes for anything and most were about a 5 minute wait.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Halloween Trophy Card

I went to an upline meeting in August and one of the Demonstrators made this really cute Christmas Trophy card. I decided that my club girls would love it and decided to make it a Halloween version.

The card base is Pumpkin Pie 4 1/4" by 11". Score at 10", 8 1/4", 7 1/4" & 5 1/2". Turn around and make the same scores, except for the 5 1/2", it will already be there from your previous scoring. At your 5 1/2" score line, cut 1/2" from one side, to 1/2" from the other side. Fold your card at the scores to make it easy to manipulate. Pick a front side and then wheel using Spooky Skyline in Pumkpin Pie. Just under your wheel marks there will be two score lines 1/2" apart. Cut Basic Black c/s and Creepy Crawly designer paper, punch each using Ticket Punch, adhere together and to card.
Next, I made the focal. I used Shimmery White c/s and stamped an image from Booglie Eyes, making sure to stamp close to the top. Then I stamped the greeting, not to low, or it will not show up. I then layered Pumkpin Pie & Basic Black c/s to the focal.
Now for the tricky part. At the bottom of the card, there is a 1/2" score at the bottom. I tucked both the front & back side under and slid the focal through the Puimpkin Pie c/s and lined up the focal so that it was even with the bottom of each. I then took SNAIL and ran it all the way along each tucked under flap and pushed all three pieces (tucked under flaps and focal) together.
The end result is that the card will stand up once it is opened. This is nice for a birthday card, Christmas card, etc. and will look really nice on someone's desk at work or at home. Enjoy!

Priceless Butterfly in Bayou Blue

Here is a card a made a while back for an on line challenge. The card base is 4 1/4" by 11" in Bayou Blue. I wheeled So Swirly onto the Bayou Blue base. I took a piece of River Rock c/s and made scalloping using the corner punch (this effect is achieved by removing the guard). I then layered the River Rock with a piece of Le Jardin designer paper and adhered to base.
I then took a piece of Shimmery White c/s and using the swirl stamp from Priceless, I stamped using Soft Sky ink. I stamped the butterfly & Priceless work in Bayou Blue.
I then rounded the corners of both the Shimmery White c/s and Bayou Blue c/s using the Corner Rounder Punch. I added So Saffron Brads.
I then stamped the butterfly again on a small piece of Shimmery White c/s and cut out. I added some glitter using Dazzling Diamonds and Two Way Glue. I adhered the butterfly only by placing glue down the middle so that the winds could be "pinched" up. This gives the butterfly some dimension.
Lastly I added some Soft Sky ribbon and adhered my focal using dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Butterfly Card

This is a card that I made last month for a demonstrator swap that I was part of. The card base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Wild Wasabi c/s folded in half.. I stamped the words from Stem Sayings on So Saffron c/s in Basic Black ink. I then cut the So Saffron c/s along the stamped image creating a curve.

I then cut the Porcelain Prints Designer paper with the same curve so that it matches the So Saffron c/s. I then stamped the Butterfly image from Priceless in So Saffron on Shimmery c/s. Using the circle punch, I punched out the Butterfly image and added glitter using Dazzling Diamonds and 2 Way Glue Pen.

I used the Scallop punch on Bayou Blue c/s and layered that with the Butterfly image. I used the White gel pen to add dots on the Scalloped image. Using Bayou Blue ribbon I tied it around the c/s and then layered the Scallop image with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I took the Basic Black marker and made dots from the Butterfly down and then made a couple loops, looks like the Butterfly is in flight. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2007

My little Man

Here are a couple of photos on my little main sqeeze.

The first is at my Sister's wedding in May. He was having a jolly ol' time on someone's Harley! Just look at that smile. I hope this doesn't mean he is going to be riding motorcycles anytime soon. He quickly found where the key went and promptly asked the owner if he could turn it on!

The second photo was taken this past Saturday. I was having my 20 year (Yikes!) High School reunion and wanted to take a current picture to show off to everyone. He was distracted by some show on T.V. but I did get him to look at the camera and smile just this one time!

Christmas Joy Card

This is a card that I made for a recent swap. I wanted to do something Christmas and I had just bought the "Season of Joy" stamp set.

The card base is a 4 1/4" by 8 1/2" piece of real red c/s. I stamped the flower from "In the Spotlight" using Very Vanilla Craft ink onto Old Olive cardstock. I adhered that to the Real Red and added the patterned paper from SU!'s designer paper pack "Dashing". I then took the River Rock ribbon and tied it to the card so the you can not see where the two papers meet.

The focal is Very Vanilla c/s with Old Olive ink. I used a damp Q-Tip to remove the ink from the poinsettias and Joy and then used my Real Red marker on those images, making sure to "huff" before stamping.

I then stamped the small circle flower in Real Red on WW c/s and punched out using the 3/4" circle punch. I added some glitter using Dazzling Diamonds & the Two-way glue pen. I adhered the punched circle with a dimensional to add depth to the card.

Lastly, I punched out the flower using the Snowflake, this is a perfect stamp to use with this punch. Added the brad and adhered with a dimensional.

It sounds like a lot of steps but this card actually comes together quickly. Enjoy!

The Introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog. I have been scrap booking for about 7 years and stamping for 5. I have been an Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 3 1/2 years.

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years now and we have a little boy name Hayden. He keeps me very busy. He is ALL boy!

I plan to share with you completed projects, classes, general stamping & scraping information, pictures of my family and other stuff that interests me! Please check back often and share your comments. I would love to hear from you!