Saturday, February 28, 2009

More Music Expressions

In my previous post, I wrote how anxious I was to try different mediums for the Music Expressions stamp set. Now it's time to share the results with you.

This first one was stamped with chocolate chip ink and colored with pastels. I even colored the flowers from the Pretties Kit with the pastels, using rose red for the big petals and so saffron for the inner flower. Then I put them together with the rhinestone brad included in the kit. This is the first time I've used anything from the Pretties Kit, but I'm sure I'll be using more items from the kit in the future.   

For the next card, I used water color paper, stamping the image with Staz-On black ink. I then used my aqua painter to water color parts of the images. I stamped the quote on a scrap of water color paper, but it came out crooked. So, true to my belief that there is always a way to use even a mistake, I cut around the words and and mounted that piece on brocade blue card stock punched with the wide oval punch. I actually like the effect better than what I first had in mind, so sometimes a mistake is a blessing in disguise! The yellow ribbon is so bright that I seldom use it, but this was a good place to use a small piece of it, threading it between the two jumbo eyelets.  This ribbon has been retired from SU's catalog for quite some time.  Maybe others had trouble using it, too! The violin is really rust, the flowers are ruby red and summer sun. I first used old olive on the leaves but I didn't like the effect. So I painted garden green over the old olive, which accounts for the shading you see.  Once again, a "mistake" that worked to my benefit.   

Sunday, February 22, 2009

March 2009 Card Kit

Here is the newest card kit! Be sure to contact me if you are interested in purchasing the kit.

Music Expressions

I've missed a couple weeks on my blog. Spent one enjoyable week staying with my grandsons while their parents attended a biblical counseling conference in Indiana. What a contrast from last year's stay with them! They are so much more independent this year. Growing up fast - too fast. Can't believe they are 10 and 12 years old. Christian will be turning 11 in May and Corban becomes a teenager in July. Unbelievable.

Friday and Saturday were fun but hectic days for us. Our son, Andrew, is one of the assistant basketball coaches at Cedarville University in Ohio. The team came to western New York to play against Houghton on Friday and Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday. We (daughter Meredith and husband Bob) went to Arcade (near Houghton) to visit my Aunt and enjoy dinner with her. Ran into snow as we neared her place, even though we had none at home in Canandaigua. Then we drove down to the game and brought Andrew home with us. Time together was just too short! Saturday, Heather and her boys (Corban and Christian) joined us mid-morning, reporting that they had gotten a foot of snow while we still had nothing. After lunch, all of us, including Meredith and her husband Adam, went to the game at Roberts. Heather's husband is a pastor who uses Saturdays to work on his sermon.

Cedarville won both games - naturally! We had a good time, but ended up very tired. After church and dinner today, Bob and I both napped.

Then I stamped! My sister is a violinist and her birthday is coming up. When I discovered the new stamp set, Music Expressions, in the spring-summer 2009 catalog, I just had to have it. So today I set about making a special card for Karen. I embossed in Gold Glory on Chocolate Chip cardstock and framed it with brushed gold cardstock. The strip of Ruby Red added a little color to the card.

Because the cardstock is so dark, I will line it with Very Vanilla cardstock before stamping a birthday greeting inside. That way I can also add a personal note that will be easy to read. I just hope she receives the card before viewing my blog!

I can't wait to play with this stamp. Watercolor crayons, pastels, markers... Each medium will produce a very different feel.

Friday, February 6, 2009

My First Big Shot Card!

My Big Shot arrived and I just had to use it! The Top Note die is a favorite (and a Stampin' Up! exclusive) - I've seen it in samples by many others. When it arrived I was sitting in the midst of lots of scraps of card stock and designer paper, leftovers previous projects. Since winter won't last much longer (is that wishful thinking?), I decided to use up some of my remaining Ski Slope Designer Series paper and try something a little different with my card. I think it's a fun design. Hope you think so, too.

By the way, in spite of the extremely cold and stormy winter season, Bob and I watched a flock of robins in our yard on Monday afternoon. Do they know something we don't?

Valentine Sweets

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you may want some quick and easy ways to package your gifts of sweets. The packages I made for a recent workshop are just that.   

In the first picture are three cello bags with Valentine toppers.  Once again, I used the Love You Much Bundle, although I also incorporated some leftover Ski Slope designer paper.  Although I molded chocolates for the bag, you could fill them with sample lotions or make-up or whatever you can think of.  

The other package is very simple, made from a 7-3/4 inch square piece of card stock which was scored at 2-1/4 inches all around.  I scored again for tabs to glue the sides together at 1-7/8 inches and cut away the corners.  All I had left to do was stamp the images on it, add sticky strip, fold and stick together.  The handle was made from a 2 inch strip, which became much narrower after using the scallop punch along the sides.  I fastened it on with small brads.  I then adorned the front of the box with the heart from the Always stamp set, tied a ribbon around the candy-filled cello bag and voila!  So quick and easy.  

I hope you have fun trying these creations for yourself!

Monday, February 2, 2009


Be sure to check out the sale-a-bration mini catalog! Just click on its picture at the right and you can view it on-line. None of those items can be purchased - they can only be earned. For the months of February and March you may receive any item in the catalog for free simply by spending $50 or more. In fact, if you order $100, you will receive two items. For every $50 you spend, you receive one free item from that catalog. You can order directly from my demonstrator web site or by e-mailing me directly.

In addition, you will receive one free item as a workshop hostess for every $300 in sales!

Because this is a limited offer, February and March are great months in which to host a workshop in your home. Your guests are going to spend more in order to qualify for the free items. Contact me to schedule a workshop. Although you can always collect orders for a book party, you and your guests will miss out on the in-home demonstration and the make-and-takes, as well as the extra prizes I bring with me.

Golden Anniversary Card

Discovering friends were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, I wanted to design a spectacular card. I actually got the idea from a card swap made by Jen Rios-Raner and adapted it for the card you see here. I embossed in black on brushed gold card stock (106529) using the heart from the Always stamp set (113620). Since the card is black, I even embossed the verse on the inside of the card with gold embossing powder. Stampin' dimensionals provide the depth to set off the scalloped edge of black beneath the strip of gold card stock running up the right side of the card. The two gold brads set it off. I think ithe effect is stunning and just had to share.