Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Simply Adorned Charm Class

I am having a class on Friday, Sept. 10th @ my home, to give you the supplies to create three inserts for your charm(s). When you purchase your charm from me, you can either come to the class and create your own inserts, or I can make your inserts for you. Don't let the size intimidate you.

The charm shown above is the 1" x 1 1/4" charm (#116798) @ $18.95. Remember to order your charm at least 5 days prior to the class (Sept. 5th). All class kits are eligible to win a bauble of your choice free. Contact me to order your class kit/charm.
Thank you for looking.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Altered Photo Tray Class

I found these photo trays earlier this year. February to be exact! I just love them! They are so versatile you can put almost any themed photos and memorabilia in them. So, I want to share my enthusiasm. I am hosting a class on these little beauties. We will be using Elegant Soiree DSP and some various stamps and embellishments. Bring your photos along, so we can coordinate the little touches and complete your altered project! The theme is 'friends', but lets face it, without those special folks in our lives, we couldn't really relish some of those special moments in our lives.
The photo trays are a bit pricey ($18.95), so I have tried to make this class affordable @ $25. This class is offered Sunday, Sept. 19th from 1p-3p. If you would like to have a kit mailed, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Non-attendee kits come with all the supplies, directions with color photos and a supplies list. Please RSVP by Sept. 12th, so I can make sure there are enough photo trays ordered.
Post a comment, and let me hear from you.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday Shirley!

As with the rest of the women in America, I too need an extra hour or two each day. Nothing better illustrates that then my forgetfulness of a very wonderful, special lady in my life. My husband has this aunt, who is giving, charming and just a wonderful woman to have in your life. Well, the days got away from me, and I forgot to send her a birthday card on her birthday. :( But here it is!
I wanted to use some new colors, and a fresh layout, so I used two different challenges! Stamping 411 has a color challenge: blushing bride, peach parfait, and elegant eggplant (#138). Mojo Monday had a fresh new layout (#153). So viola! Some wonderful new products were used, and some wonderful products that are still available were used!
Recipe: cardstock: peach parfait, blushing bride, elegant eggplant, and very vanilla.
stamp sets: crazy for cupcakes (pg 56), teahouse (pg 141), and perfect punches (pg 131).
misc: blushing bride ribbon, scallop border punch, rhinestone brad, curly label punch and wide oval punch.
Thank you for looking. I know all of our lives are super busy, and I appriciate the time you spend looking at what I've done. I hope that I have at least inspired you, in some way.
Now, I am off to get ready for dinner with some guests, and back into the kitchen tomorrow to prepare lunch for another group of out of town guests. You see, I have a new grandson :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Marshall arrived today

this is a quick post with no photos. My grandson: Marshall Race Tafoya was born this morning at around 930a. He weights 7 lbs and 14oz. Mom and baby are doing well. I'm off to return to the hospital for my much needed visits.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Card Club - Big Shot Galore

Here are the two cards we made today in our Sunday card club. We used the Big Shot on just about everything!
#1 - for the card on the right we used the Daisey die to cut out the flowers and deboss them on watercolor paper. Yeah, we made our own letter press plates, how fun! We used a sponge dauber to ink the center of the daises. We used the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Medium Jewelry tag to create the hanging tags.This was a fun and quick card.
#2 - for the card on the left, we used the Big Shot for just about everything! Here is the only part that is not created with the Big shot: to start, we stamped polka dots on the blue panel and used the scallop border punch to give it a decorative edge. For the white panel, we wheeled the Music Notes in Sahara sand classic ink, and sponged the white panel with blushing bride classic ink. The butterfly was made with felted wool placed inside the butterfly emboss lit. To make the heart, we first put the card stock in the lattice embossing folder and the heart shape was created with the heart die. The tag was cut using the lots of tags die set. The little dog is actually a page out of a child's book, and 'color'ed with blender pens. (I purchased the book used for $2, at a local book store.) I made the scallop rectangle shape using the new clear die. The flower was made using the smallest circle from the circle #2 die. I used some material from some fat quarters I purchased at a local fabric store. I used the new half pearls from Stampin' Up! to create the body of the butterfly, and the center of the 'flower'. The ribbon is one of the new twill ribbons from Stampin' Up!
Thanks for looking, and as always, please leave a comment!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Technique Card Club

Good Morning! If you are in my Saturday Technique Card Club, here are the two cards we will be making today.
The card on the left features the 'spot light' technique and the stamping technique called 'tapping'. The tool usage we will be working with are blender pens and the stamp-a-ma-jig.
The card on the right features the 'masking' technique. The tool usage we will be working with is the Big Shot.
The project for today's club is: tile coasters. We will be stamping on tumbled tiles to make our own coasters.
Thank you for looking, and as always, posting a comment really does make my day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thank You Nichole

One my friends l o v e s flowers. So much so, that she has been know to hang out in flower shops and flower districts to get her fill of those beauties. Well, she is also creative and talented. So, when I mentioned that my daughter was getting married and she needed me to do her wedding bouquet, Nichole that me know she was available to help me, if I needed it. Well, we all know where this is heading right? Nichole helped, and she did a fabulous job! I really don't believe I could have done a better job! I want to Thank her, not only for her creativity, but for her generosity in offering to help, and her friendship. I made this card for Nichole.

For this card, all products used are from Stampin' Up! I used the Notably Ornate stamp set, and the Occasional Quotes hostess stamp set. I used the new vintage wallpaper embossing folder on the real red cardstock. I added some crochet ribbon, and made my flower out of cherry cobbler and real red card stock. I added one of the tiny half pearls to the flower's center. I strayed the whole card with Champagne shimmer mist, and the left edge of the card with Log Cabin smooch. I did stray just the flower with the vanilla smooch.
thank you for looking!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Baby Shower Thank You

My daughter's baby shower was on the 7th of August. And it had a wonderful turn-out. I made the 'thank you' cards to coordinate with the baby shower invites. I used the same paper/ink and the the same ribbon. However, I did change the punch. The card is pretty simple, but yet still 'nice'. My daughter still needs to write a small thank you in each card, and then they are off into the mail. So, if you attended the baby shower or sent a gift, please look for your thank you in the mail this weekend or at the beginning of next week.
Thank you for sticking with me, and as always all your comments really do brighten my day!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

to my friend(s)

When someone places a Stampin' Up! order with me, I include a hand-stamped card with your order. I don't write inside the card, so if you are every in need of a card last minute - you have one. It also gives you some inspiration to help the creative juices flow.
This is the card I made for my card club orders this month. I totally cased the card out of the big catalog. I didn't even change the colors. I did change the size. In the catalog, the card is a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square card. I wanted to get the most out of my card stock, so I made a traditional A2 card.
thanks for looking, and hopefully I am back on track with my posting, creating, and trying some new techniques. Have a wonderful week(end). Thanks for sticking with me, through my struggles.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Rhonda

First, let me apologize for not posting in over a week! Good-golly, where did the time go? We celebrated a baby shower for my daughter this past weekend, and now we are preparing for her wedding this weekend. So, I am a bit preoccupied.

My friend Rhonda had a birthday today. This is the card I made for her. We had a small party at work, and most of the folks in the Radiology department did sign it. Her favorite cake is Italian Creme cake with Cream Cheese Pecan icing, so that is what I made. It was a 2-layer half-sheet cake (there's alot of hungry folks at work). Rhonda likes to sew, and she is not a girly-girl. The three tags on the card front say, 'friends', 'hello', and 'hand crafted'. I used all Stampin' Up! products, some are retired, though.
Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend, and I do plan on posting again this week :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Michaelann!

Happy Birthday Michaelann! Michaelann is one of my daughter's friends. Michaelann, also drives a race car! The folks out at the Albuquerque Drag Strip celebrated Michaelann's birthday on Saturday. My daughter asked me to make a cake, and for my daughter - anything. Well, if you don't know my daughter, she is one of those last minute planners. As her mother, I know this, so I took the liberty to make a birthday card, too. (and yes, they didn't think of that.) Anyway, back to Michaelann, her favorite color is purple, so that is why I used different purples on her card, and cake. The cake was a butter yellow 2-layer cake, with dark chocolate garnache mouse filling. And I heard it was delicious!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Christmas Card Club #1 (1 of 3)

Its hard to think about Christmas, when its 90 degrees outside. But, it is never too early to get a head start on one of the busiest holidays in America. So, to help out my customers (new and seasoned) I am doing a 'Christmas Card Club'. Its pretty simple. We meet 3 times before Christmas. Its the second Saturday in the months of Aug., Sept., and Oct. You will make 15 cards total at each meeting. 5 cards each of 3 different designs. Envelopes are always included. The cost is $25 for any of the card clubs. However, if you sign-up (and pay) for all three meetings, the meeting in Oct. is only $10! There is always a benefit for my loyal class members :) So, without further ado, here is one of the cards we will be making at our first meeting:
This card uses green and blue, with a few 'classic' touches. If any of you are not familiar with my card styles, I don't do all typical 'christmas colors'. Yes, there will be a red and green card. But there will also be a pink card. A silver and blue card. A purple and yellow card, too. I do whimsical, traditional, and modern styles, as well. And yes, there will be a religious card. I give my class attendees a variety, because isn't that the spice of life? Oh, and as always, you are welcome to purchase kits either in addition to class kits or non-attendee kits. However, there are no price reductions for these kits, as I still have to prep all the supplies. If you do not attend, but purchase a kit, you will also receive color photos that go with the directions. If you would like your kit mailed, there is a $5 shipping charge anywhere in the USA, (including Alaska and Hawaii). If you have any questions, please contact me.