Thursday, December 31, 2009

Project Planner

It's almost the new year, I've been busy planning projects to make for 2010 in our classes. I get stressed about what I'm going to make for a class usually. I thought maybe a little pre-planning might help. I'm constantly making and trying new things but I'm not sure if they are "class material" and that causes stress. As I said in a previous post my attention span for techniques and such is short, I'm ready to be on to the next thing as soon as I finish what I'm working on and that doesn't help me either!

So anyway, I put together a 3 ring binder with cards I want to make for classes, ideas, etc. I needed pockets to put things in and live in an extremely small town (did I mention in the middle of nowhere?) so I had to make my own pockets. I stole the desk calendar off my son's desk and folded each month to make pockets for my binder. I think I should mention his desk is piled high with junk and the desk calendar was on the bottom with July showing for the current month. So don't worry... he hasn't even missed it! ;)
I printed a 2010 calendar and attached them to divider tabs, filled my pockets, wrote myself notes and I'm somewhat prepared now. Whew!

Have a safe and happy New Year! We invited a few friends for dinner and board games, our 2 youngest children will be visiting Grandma and Grandpa. See you next year~

Monday, December 28, 2009

Making Plans

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family! It's a busy time with kids out of school and all the fun get togethers with friends and family. Things are settling down at my house for now...

I've had to share my big kitchen table with my kids, they needed space to build their lego creations from Christmas. We crowded each other a little but I managed to share my stamping space with them.

Today's cards are a Patterned Embossing Class we are going to do in January. I saw the technique on Stamp TV and loved the idea. The card in the top of the photo is just SC258, I got tired of the patterned embossing technique before I had 3 cards finished. Sometimes this stampers' attention span isn't very long - on to the next thing!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Clean & Simple - Mo's Digital Pencil, etc.

My first card today is a digital image by Mo's Digital Pencil, she's called Cara Chatting. I thought she was a great teen image for card making and had to have her! I've been wanting to experiment with hair color and had written down Copic colors for hair from the Club Anya blog but hadn't had a chance or the pens yet.

A bunch of us ordered Copic markers together recently and I made some time Saturday to color and practice. The first two girls have red hair and I'm really happy with the way they turned out. I used YR04, YR07, E09 & E18. I feel like I played it real safe with the other colors but eventually branched out on my third card below.
This is my second card using Cara Chatting from Mo's Digital Pencil, I kept it safe using white cardstock and the Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder. The sentiment is from the Verve Visual Circular Sayings set.
This is the last card I made with this image of Cara Chatting. I got a little braver with my color choices after looking through the scraps from a Stampin' Up! designer paper pack that retired a few catalogs ago. Cara's hair color on this one is medium brown, I used Copic E25, E29, E31 & E49. The sketch is from a Verve Visual challenge in January 2009.

I'm also excited to share with you that my Angel card was chosen as one of the C.A.S. favorites on Splitcoaststampers last week! I posted it in my gallery and just posted another card over the weekend and was reading comments when I made the discovery. I saw CAS FAV and thought what's that? So I clicked the link and found out, how cool is that?!

Friday, December 11, 2009

SC258 & Mass Production

I'm happy to tell you that I think I'm finished with mass producing Christmas cards for this year. I made 50 of these with my husband's help. He's getting very good at using the Cuttlebug and Spellbinders Wizard machines. He cut out the Sizzix bookplate die for this project.

The snowman is a digital image that came in a kit for scrapbooking. I needed something I could do quickly and thought this would be perfect for the job.
Have you ever had too much help? This is Inky checking out my photo box while I'm trying to get a nice picture of the card I just finished for SC258.

I was able to do Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge 258 this morning, what fun! I looked through the gallery there and was inspired by many of the cards so I decided to accept the challenge.

I used digital paper and the image from a kit I purchased and downloaded. I used the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and gross grain ribbon and the card was finished.

I have about an hour before the kids get home from school, I'm going to go do some paper crafting. I hope you have time today to do something you enjoy too!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I know what you're thinking by the title of my post... Thanksgiving leftovers. We have them but that's not what I want to talk about today.

My card today is made from leftovers and I'm quite happy with the way it turned out! The PapertreyINK patterned paper is what I had left from the birthday card I made a couple of posts ago, it was too pretty to throw away. I have several sketch books and one was open on my table with this particular sketch from 2007. I'm sorry I couldn't see who's blog it was from.

The cardstock, patterned paper and ribbon are all from the PapertreyINK Raspberry Fizz collection, I also used Neenah Super Smooth White and 2 Stampin' Up! oval punches, oh... the sentiment is also from PapertreyINK it's from the Mixed Messages set. I couldn't have planned that if I'd tried. ;)

My husband made something for me today that I've been wanting for quite awhile, a light box for taking pictures of my cards. I'd mentioned it and he came in from the garage earlier with a white cube type box I'd used in the past for storing craft stuff. He turned it into a photo box for me, we tried it out on several cards and I think it's going to work nicely.

Have a great day!