Thursday, April 30, 2009

Etched Glass Plate

I can't remember how long ago I made my husband stop on the way home from somewhere because I HAD TO HAVE a glass etching cream to try on a plate or something. He finally stopped, we got what I was looking for and it sat in the closet for I'll bet a year. I watched something the other day that reminded me that I had it and that I had a number of glass dishes and bowls to use it on. Well, I got out my BIG SHOT and my Tulipe Bigz Die and cut out the image from some vinyl I purchased from Stampin' Up a while ago. I punched out the inside of the image and attached the outline to the bottom of my glass plate. I pressed it down around all the edges carefully so there weren't any areas the etching cream could creep in. I applied my etching cream heavily with a Q-tip and let lay aside for 10-15 minutes while I played with something else.
When I first went back to wash the etching cream off, I didn't think it had done anything and I was really disappointed, but after it was all washed off and the template was removed, I realized as it was drying that it had worked perfectly.
What fun is this??? Now I can't wait to trying else really fun.... don't you want to try this too? If you do, take a picture and let me see what have done.
I know a lot of you are looking for ideas for Teachers Gifts for the end of the year. This is one idea and I have several more that I want to share with you in the next week or so. If you wanted to do one like this, you could give one plate (the dollar store has lots of plates like this, it's very economical). The only other cost you would have is the etching cream if you already have a template for the image. You can also use a solid image for the spotlight and the etching is all around it covering the whole center of the bottom of the plate. To use as a gift, you can purchase a set of 4 plates or maybe a set with a plate, a bowl and maybe a mug (table setting) and etch a matching image on each one.
If you want more information on how to do this, please contact me.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kristina Werner Challenge #50

Can you believe this is Kristina Werners 50th Color Challenge? That's a lot of viewing and choosing for her to pick the best pics. I love to do these challenges... like I said before it makes me be creative for myself. I did case another demonstrator's card, but changed the colors, stamps and accessories, but what can work better for this challenge but the Sock Monkey and all the fun colors you can use with him?
I used Riding Hood Red for the Basic card and then I embossed the Summer Sun cardstock using the Harliquin texture plate from Stampin Up and attached to the side. I stamped the sock money on whisper white cardstock and colored him with Close to cocoa and then highlighted him using a blender pen and Riding Hood Red classic ink. The balloon is stamped on the whisper white cardstock and then again on scrap paper, colored, and attached on top of the original stamp with dimensionals. The whisper white cardstock was attached to Close to Cocoa cardstock and attached to the card using dimensionals. Then using my most FAVORITE new punch I punched a piece of turquoise cardstock with the scallop oval punch and then stamped a greeting on whisper white cardstock, punching it out with the large scallop punch and attaching to the oval scallop piece. I attached that piece to the card using dimensionals again. To finish the card and give it more appeal, I went around the riding hood red with a white gel pen using a stitch technique.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Easter

I pretty much cased this card, but I made it an Easter Card and used the Bunny from Eight Great Greetings from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I love the LARGE brads and the new Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper. With all the layers of cardstock and the large brads, this card is REALLY
Without thinking, I made the card too large for the 5 1/2" square envelopes.... so this will have to be hand delivered.
Make it a Great Day!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Nothing better than Springtime

Today is so beautiful. We have a pond (that needs spring cleaning) however, I was really glad to see that we still have our huge beautiful bullfrog. He has grown so large over the last 3-4 years since we've had him. Every year we worry that he won't make it through the winter when the pond is frozen over; but here he is you can see him on the rock in the water. We have another one too that is about half the size of this one. I haven't seen him yet this year, but my husband says he's back. Last year, the smaller one would let me pick him up occasionally, but I think it's been too long for him to remember me, so I doubt I'll have the pleasure this year.

I also took some pictures of a few of our fish. We try to count them and we think there are about 20 fish, but they don't stay in one place too long to be sure; even then some hide out when we're counting so it's hard to say how many we really have.

Last week, I showed some branches on our tree that were getting ready to leaf out.... look at it now, it won't be much longer!!!!!

We also have 5 birdhouses in the back of our yard and 4 of them are being occupied right now. The funny thing is we have one decorative one that's tall and skinny and in the last two years the birds have raised a few families in there. The birdhouse is the blue one and the one in front is a feeder. I found these 4-5 years ago at Costco. I thought they were so cute, but never imagined a bird would also think so.

We call this one the "round" house and it is even occupied in the winter. See the bird poking her head out the hole? The female bird sits on her eggs and keeps her head at the hole always looking around. This is the only bird we've seen do this and we think this is her second year here; in fact, I think she stayed in it all winter too. We saw her in there when it was cold and all the other birds were looking for shelter in the bushes and trees. She had a nice warm (well not really warm) dry home to live in.

We were watching them a little earlier this spring and it's fun to watch new birds come to the houses and start spring cleaning. They come out carrying old "stuff" and sort of spit the stuff out to the ground. It's like they are saying "ptooie" and shake their heads. Just think if we all had to clean our houses with our mouth, yuck and ptooie!!!!

This is our squirrel feeder. We have 3 squirrels that come visit and open the little box lid and take out their peanuts and seeds. Have you ever bought/priced the large bags of peanuts???? This winter, the squirrels were burying the peanuts all over our yard, then the neighbors yards. When I was in my stamp room, I would see a reflection in my computer screen of movement, when I turned around, it was the squirrels running down the fence towards the front yard... When I looked out front those little buggers were running across the street and burying the peanuts over there too. Too bad they aren't smart enough to realize that the box is always full for them and they don't need to do that. What a cushy life we've created for "our" animals.
I'm surprised we haven't seen them yet, but we usually have a couple of ducks that rest in our pond for a couple of months in the spring. We keep seeing them fly over, but so far they haven't landed. I was going to show you some old pictures I have, but they must not be on "this" computer, so I couldn't. They really are pretty, but they make a real mess out of the pond, especially when they decide to fly out and stir everything up, including the pond plants. I'm still not sure if they eat fish. I thought I saw a fish in a ducks mouth a couple of years ago, but I can't confirm that..... so I do worry when they are in the pond that they're here to do more than just swim.

We do have so much fun in our backyard..... but my daughter tells us we're really old since we like to sit outside and watch the birds, fish, squirrels, frogs and our dogs LOL. It is enjoyable and relaxing especially now since our trees have grown enough that we actually have some shade now.
Well, I'm off to stamp....... Hope you all had a Beautiful Easter and remembered what it's really all about.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

OK, OK, OK ONE more Try at the Color Challenge #49

Ok, I had to try ONE MORE TIME. I don't know what has me so obsessed with this particular challenge, but it's kicking me and I wanted to be in charge; make sense? I do like this one the best out of the three. It's so hard for me to do these challenges because I case so much better, but when there's nothing to case, then I have to do it on my own. These challenges are good for me to try my own hand at being creative, not relying on others........

Second Attempt at Kristina Werner's Color Challenge #49

Since I wasn't too happy with my first attempt at Kristina Werner's Color challenge #49, I thought I would try again. This one is totally different, but the black on the outside is not showing up in the picture very well.

Kristina Werner Challenge #49

OK, so I decided to try one of Kristina Werner's color challenges again....... This is the first one I tried, not sure how I feel about it. I used the Cheeap Talk stamp set, I LOVE those cute little birds. I had trouble incorporating the Rose Red into the mix, seems to make it a little juvenile, but it's growing on me :)

Friday, April 10, 2009

BIG Impressions

Well, what a weekend I had when I was out of town. Have you ever been so close to the edge of the bed that it surprised you when you went to get out and just fell? Well that's exactly what I did. When my foot went to the ground, it slipped and I literally fell "onto" the corner of the night stand before I hit the ground. I was in PAIN for a couple of days, complaining and groaning, and missing work until I finally decided I should go to the doctor even though it didn't feel like they could do anything. X-rays showed I actually have two broken ribs, broken to the point the ends are rubbing together which is the cause for the popping and grating when I move..... You probably didn't want to hear this so graphically, huh? To make a long story short, by going to the doctor, I now have powerful DRUGS which make life much more enjoyable and less painful. Anyway, stamping must go on, right???????????????
I also had to try this cute little flowerpot card that I've been seeing everywhere. It's so easy to make, but took me forever to decide on the flowers I wanted to use on the insert. I must have cut out 15 different flowers, trying to mix them, but I liked these the best. These flowers were created by using the "Simple Flower" embosslits die which not only embosses, but cuts it out too. How easy can that be? I used some Rhinestone Brads and a colored button, which I believe is retired now. I also punched out a flower from the Boho Blossoms punch to dress up the riding hood red flower. The leaves you see is using the "Little Leaves" sizzlits die and running through the Big Shot. This die cuts the leaves out so you don't have to. Did you notice the cute little tag I hung on the 5/8" striped Riding Hood Red ribbon? It's a new stamp out of the Occasions Mini Catalog called Oval All #113790 and then after I colored it, I punched it out with the Brand New Scallop Oval Punch, also from the Occasions Mini Catalog! Speaking of the Occasions Mini catalog, did you know that if you purchased $40.00 of merchandise from this Mini Catalog, you could cho0se a FREE "Under $10.00" item from page 208 of the Spring-Summer Catalog?????? Check it out, because there are some really cute stamps and also some Mini Note Card kits. Each of the note card kits come with two stamps that keep on stamping even after the notes are gone.

I also "copied" this cute Masculine card thinking it was very clean and really nice for a man; could be fathers day, birthday, thinking of you, etc. All I did was run the front of the Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot using the Texture Plates Kit #4. I don't know what this impression might be called, but I'll call it "wood" LOL. The other impressions are much easier to name than this one, but this is the one I really love! The Texture Plates are great. There are three plates per set, each are double sided, so you get 6 impressions for only $9.95. The Backgrounds Plates are just as fun and again there are 6 images on three sheets for only $9.95. Using these background/texture plates really make a difference in your cards and projects as it gives them a 3-D image you wouldn't otherwise have, and dresses them up making an even bigger "impression" on your friends, family and customers. How do you like that play on words...... Anyway, the stamp I used is from the Eight Great Greetings stamp set displayed in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. What a cute set it is with so many different ideas and uses for lots of occasions. The reason I bought it in the first place is for the bunny; she is SO cute. I mounted the stamped image on a square of Chocolate Chip Cardstock and adhered it to the card using dimensionals to pop it up from the card. The last thing was to tie a piece of 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon. This is such an easy, stunning masculine card...... Homemade cards don't have to be really hard to be gorgeous do they?

When I was at our Demonstrator Meeting last week one of the girls showed how she ran her business card through the Big Shot using her Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die. Well, I tried it and it is soooooo coooooool. What do think?
If you don't have this Textured Impression die and would like to see it up close and personal, respond to this post and I'll send you one of my business cards that I texturized. You will love it too; so much so, you will HAVE to have your own Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die. How better to impress your customers.....what a fun idea!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

3 Easy Payments to become a Demonstrator

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

I know, it's way to early for Fathers Day..... but I was trying to come up with a card for Kristina Werner's color challenge using Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White using one of the new stamp sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog and this is what evolved. After looking at some of the other cards posted, they were all pretty elegant looking and I didn't see anything comical; so I think I will try that challenge again later.

On this card, I used all of the above colors.... wanted to use some corderoy buttons, but don't have any yet so I substituted a couple of chocolate chip jumbo brads that are new this year. The card looks pretty stark..... needs something more, but couldn't think of anything more. I stamped the image on scrap paper and cut out the hat and golf ball and adhered them on the original image making them stand out and give some dimension to the card.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Occasions Mini Catalog

The new Occasions Mini Catalog is now available for orders from April 1 through June 30. The catalog is chocked full of really fun new stamp sets and accessories and yummy designer series paper. If you like the Scallop Circle, Scallop Straight Edge Punch or the Eyelet Border Punch you will LOVE the new Oval Scallop Punch featured in this new catalog. What makes it even better is that there is such a cute new stamp set (Oval All #113790) that coordinates with this punch in the catalog. I have attached a link to the Occasions Mini catalog above if you don't already have one.

Not only are there new fun stamp sets, but Stampin' Up is Offering a GET CONNECTED PROMOTION and for every $40.00 in product you spend out of the Occasions Mini, you can choose a free "Under $10" item from page 208 in the Spring-Summer Catalog from April 1-30. Also if you host a workshop totaling $150 or more you'll get one item from the "Under $10" page.

If you see something really fun let me know and we'll get it ordered for you. You can also go to my Stampin' Up! website and order on-line and have it delivered direct to your door. Also, if you order on-line, I have a punch card for every on-line order you do, and when it's full you will receive a free stamp set of any value as a thank you from me.

Have a fun April Fools Day!!!

Textured Impressions Die

I was at the Home & Garden show a couple of weeks ago and was making projects as I sat in the Stampin' Up! booth. This turned out really pretty and it is so extremely simple and elegant. I'm so hoping that Stampin' Up! decides to keep the Impressions Die, the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and the Urban Oasis in the new catalog that will be coming out this summer. On this card I used Apricot Appeal cardstock and 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and Garden Green for the Manhatten Flower impresion. I cut around the top of the flowers and adhered to the Apricot Appeal cardstock. I used the Chit Chat Rub-Ons for the Thank you greeting.