Sunday, September 28, 2008

Scrappin' Night Photos

Last Friday was the monthly Scrappin' Night at St. Clare Parish Hall in Green Bay. Club members attended plus a guest, and we spent the night chattin' and scrappin'!

I scrapped 9 pages of my wedding photos, so I met my goals. Hopefully, I get that book ready for our tailgate party in two weeks!

Here are photos of the make-n-takes. The first one is for the camping/Boy Scout pages my group spends a lot of time working on. I used the Under the Stars set (which is only on sale for until Tuesday). I love the cuteness of this set.

By the way, these are "the guys." We were celebrating the end of the school year and beginning of summer at Hu Hot, a Mongolian grill. We ordered S'more's for dessert and you can tell they loved them!

Stamps: Under the Stars, Short Order Alphabet

Ink: Basic Brown, Tangerine Tango

Paper: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

Accessories: Spiral punch, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

I kept this page simple so that it was easily reproduced. Plus, my group of scrappers prefer quick pages so they can get all those great pics scrapped!

Here is our other make-n-take: You might be thinking..what is stm? It's the school that most of the kids that belong to my scrapper's go to! What are the school colors? Red and White? The navy blue reflects the uniforms they wear.

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet

Paper: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper

Ink: Night of Navy

Accessories: School Days Rub-ons, Photo Corner Punch, Crop-a-dile, Silver eyelets, scallop border punch

My vision for this page was for those first day of school photos, but I think sports pics are going on the pages!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ho Ho Ho! A Santa Bar is Here!

Finally! I have been holding this project and tutorial in for too long! I can finally reveal a project I am quite proud of. Without further ado...(DRUMROLL)
I just love this card! 16 lucky stampers are getting one in the mail as part of Inkyfingerz WOW! Swap on SCS! Sorry to reveal early, but I couldn't take it anymore!

The real inspiration is below, in a swap I got at Convention. Inside the big Santa is a Hershey's bar. Well, two issues arose when I went to CASE it. First, I am trying to not eat sugar (I know, I'm crazy), and my nephews have been selling a local candy bar as part of their school fundraisers every fall for 5 years. I knew I would need a way to take these bars and transform them into a project before I ate them all! So, the candy bar size had to be different. Second, I hate cutting. I know, how weird of a papercrafter to hate cutting, but I am not the best with a scissors. As my mom could tell you, I've been this way since Kindergarten. I needed a way to use punches to make my life easier. That is where my genius shows. I used all STAMPIN' UP! PUNCHES.

Stamps: Warm Words

Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Square Scallop Punch, Key Tab Punch, Large Oval Punch, ¼ inch Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, ¼ square punch, ¾ inch square punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Vintage Brads, Dazzling Diamonds, 2 way-Glue, Grid Paper/ruler, 1 ¼ square punch, blender pen, Paper piercing tool and pad, SNAIL

Want to learn how? I'll do my best to show you!

First, I scored the Real Red base to go around my bar. To make the triangle top, I used a versamark pen to mark the middle of the middle-est part of my wrapper. I then cut the triangle legs up to that point. Does that make sense? It all depends on your candy bar!

Next, I punched the following:

A punch left: Pom Pom for hat peak with Boho Blossoms punch, but just the small flower. Middle top: Two petals from 5 petal flower punch. I lined the edge of my paper across the two petal tops to create the mustache. Top right: 1/4 Small Circle punch out of Blush Blossom for the nose. Bottom left: Half of Square Scallop Punch. Again, I put the paper so that it formed a straight line across the top of the corners. Really, this is one half scallop more than half. Bottom Middle: Key Tab Punch with a bit cut off. You just don't want it too long, but it can be any length. This is for the face bottom and is out of Whisper White. (see next picture for placement) Bottom Right: Medium Oval punch out of Blush Blossom for the face.

I layered the white key tab under the blush blossom oval. I learned to add the eye brads before I SNAILED it down (after I took this picture). Next, I added the beard. Then the mustache and the nose. I added the pompom to the top. For a bit extra, a strip plus 2 scallops of the square scallop punch for the fur went on the card hat.

Here's a final close up:

My final touch was to add dazzling diamonds to the mustache and the pom pom.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Halloween Time!

Whew! I have been busy the past two weeks! I apologize for not posting more. I have been stamping, furiously trying to finish swaps I signed up for! I need to mail them all Saturday and with all good plans, I thought I would have mailed them all by now! Ugggggggg!

I keep not packing the right stuff to work on during the week! If only my entire stamp studio would fit into a bag or two! As it is, I use my Maine Blueberry Tote (see the Convention post for pictures). Still, I forget stuff.

This weekend is a Stamp Camp. There is still room, if you are local and want to join the 1-3 slot.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Actually, I'm sure it's MY FAVORITE! Each year a colleague and I dress up at school as pair: Pirates, Treebeard and a Hobbit, Cleopatra and someone else, etc. We haven't decided a good one for this year, but we will!

Anyway, at Convention, the entire crowd (all 7000 demonstrators) gasped when shown one particular project. Then, it was announced I could order it early! I had to make one. I was hooked. Here are the projects I finished last weekend:

Wait until Bubba finds them in the living room!

I bought the jar on clearance at Kohls after looking through every Thrift Store in the Fox Valley. I then just used my decor' elements applicator and rubbed it on! It took literally, less than 10 minutes to complete! I've never had a cuter candy jar! This spider matches the Creepy Crawly paper. Here's a close up:

For the tree, I found a wire tree at a thrift store (while looking for a jar). I took off all of the ornaments, and then added my own! The tree wouldn't stand, so I put the originally base in a clay pot and then added some Creepy Crawly Paper to the base.

To make the pumpkins, I cut a 12" by 4" strip of Creepy Crawley paper. I then cut this into 1/2 strips. I piled up 12 strips and used my Crop-a-dile through all 12 layers at once! I love that tool! I then used black hemp string the layers together. Very cute and fun to make!

The other "things" on my tree have a surprise inside!

You may have seen these around. I first saw them for a challenge for demonstrators only on Splitcoaststampers. Click here to check out a blog of the original designer. To make mine, I took a 4" by 6" strip of paper and folded it around a miniature kit kat candy bar. I used SNAIL to adhere the overlap. To seal the ends, I ran them through my CRIMPER! HOW EASY! I added scraps of Old Olive for a belly band and tied a piece of hemp in knot for an extra tid bit.

I hope you all have fun this season making your own decorations!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wedding Party Invitations

Finally, I can show you what has taken up most of my time lately...or at least long periods of it-- our wedding party invitations:

I went with a simple design as I wanted them to be just like we are...simple. Isn't it amazing that the year I need invites, Stampin' Up! comes up with the perfect stamp AND gives it to me at Convention for FREE (minus convention fee). AWESOME! When I found this stamp in my Convention bag, I told Bubba, "I got our wedding stuff stamp!" and was quite giddy. His response, "Cool." He was hoping for a Raiders stamp.

I used non-Stampin' Up! envelopes (GASP), because I bought them at a paper sale...and it's all I bought. I wanted to make sure I could go bigger with my cards if needed. In the end, I made regular sized cards, kind of. There were actually three sizes, a little bigger, a little smaller, and regular, due to paper shortages.

To create the front, I used Basic Gray for the grass. I then used the Chalkboard technique for the flowers. That is, stamp in dark paper with white craft ink. I used sponge daubers to add pastels for color and Voila'! I'm done!

Inside is a one-page party description matted on silver (for Bubba). Of course, I ran out of silver and had to switch to black on some. Opps. But it still looks great.

These are who I am and what I wanted, so I hope those who get them love them.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Ronald McDonald House Charities FUN-draiser!

Ronald McDonald House Charities is a very special charity to me. Without the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee associated with Children's Hospital, a foster child and student of mine wouldn't have had the quality of life she did. The RMH allowed her family to stay near her, especially her mother, whom she loved and needed during her stays. Over Christmas one year, the RMH allowed her brother and three sisters (plus me) to stay with her mother. This allowed her mother to stay in Milwaukee near her daughter while still being a mom to the other kids. The house was open and welcoming and kept that family together in times of need.

What's amazing about life is how intertwined events can be. I wasn't a big stamper back then. I barely had heard of Stampin' Up! Now, as a demonstrator, I am able to partner with a company that donates $100,000 per year to RMHC PLUS the $2 of the proceeds from each sale of a special stamp set, PLUS has demonstrator teams volunteering in each house! I am thrilled to be able to once again offer an annual FUN-draiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Want to help out?

Attend my Ronald McDonald House FUN-draiser
The details:

Saturday, October 4th
10-4 (Open House Style)
My House in Neenah

Cost $30 fee includes the Say it With Scallops Stamp Set
if registration is received by September 15th (so I can order it)
or pay $15 the day of the event to attend and make the projects using my set.
Additionally, 10% of all orders from October 1-13 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities by me, personally.
At this event you will make a folio plus 4 coordinating cards and a special 3D project.

Want a peek?
You might be thinking...That's not the Say it With Scallops set! You're right! Jennifer loved butterflies and I couldn't resist using Flight of the Butterfly for the cover. If you look carefully, I used one stamp from Say it with Scallops on the front. You might also be saying, "Wow! That's a bit girly, Sara." I was also trying to make it something Jennifer would love, so I used colors she loved.

Here's one of the cards you'll make using the Say it With Scallops set.

Please join me in honoring her memory and raising funds for a great cause!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Paper Scraps Cleaned Up

Stampin’ Up!’s paper is the best…thick, sturdy, color all the way through, and coordinate! I started small, one or two packs an order, with the matching ink until I have most of them. Then what? For a long time, I used two, then three, file boxes with a folder for each one. Scraps were always an issue for me. How do best use my paper without wasting? How do I keep my room from becoming a complete scrap heap?

This summer, I bought two file cabinets, one at St. Vincent De Paul and one on clearance at Office Max. (I always want to maximize my stampin money.) I then reorganized my paper. What I do now is store my paper by color family. One per drawer. I then printed a label using word on my computer for each color. After placing each label on a hanging file tab, I then put two folders inside, one for full sheets, one for partials.
Now, I can always use a scrap when designing and the big sheets when I need card backs! No
Check it out!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Have a Ball in Fall Stamp Camp

I spent the majority of Saturday preparing for my September events. What fun! Although, it was hard to whittle down my ideas to 6.

Here's a sample:
What a variety! This stamp camp will prepare you for fall holidays--including planning for Christmas! I will not divulge the details of the projects, except that watch my blog for a tutorial on the Santa Bar in front. I designed the punchy-ness myself!

The Details:

Saturday, September 20th
My House in Neenah
10 -12 or 1-3
(pick the session of your choice)
Register by September 16th via email or phone
Stamper's Fee is $15.

This kind of event is where you get to play with techniques, tools, and stamps that are more advanced. However, all projects can be done by beginners as well.

I hope to see you all there!


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