Happy Friday everyone! I’m sure you are busy with last-minute prep for the holidays. If you haven’t started your card-making, it’s not too late! I’ve chosen some simple designs from the Holiday catalog to CASE (Copy & Share Everything) that fit this week’s theme at TGIF Challenges. Our creations are inspired by Christmas Carols and we would love for you to play along with us. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, you can choose a song from whatever holiday you celebrate. Click HERE to view the Design Team’s inspiration cards.
Check out page 14 of the Holiday Catalog. Can you see which cards I copied? One of them is part of a scrapbook page! Both of my cards today use the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack. These card packs are just perfect for whipping up a quick, simple card.
On this first card, I started with a Whisper White card base, then layered a trimmed-down piece of Crumb Cake pattern card from the Memories & More pack. I’ve been dying to cut into this beautiful plaid paper from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, so this was a perfect fit. The greeting is from one of the 3″ x 4″ cards and I trimmed it to fit onto the black-striped border card. Instead of ornaments, I embellished the final card with a simple White Baker’s Twine bow.
This copied card is also pictured on page 14. You’ll notice that I stepped it up a bit. I added the plaid paper and switched to green trees with White Craft ink plus Clear wink of Stella. The musical note paper is from the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.
Again, we would love for you to join our challenge and play along. You’ll find all the details HERE.
So you've probably seen the latest Project Life by Stampin' Up! albums in the 6" x 8" size. I love this smaller-sized album, but the plain cover was just so BLAH! Don't you agree?
Now I know that the cover is plain by design so that we can customize it ourselves. My typical reaction is to do nothing because I'm fearful I'll mess it up. Anyone else feel that way? Well, let me put your fears to rest…..
Here are my tips to get you started:
For my album, I started by applying modeling paste with the stripes decorative mask. For a quick tutorial on how to do this, click here. I did this very haphazardly to give it bit of a rough look.
After the modeling paste had dried, I added several pieces of designer series paper. These were just scraps that I had leftover from other projects. I laid them out until I found a layout that was acceptable. I used hot glue to adhere the paper, but you can use anything with a strong hold.
And finally I added the die-cut "thankful", a gold button, and some burlap ribbon to tie it all together.
I plan to fill this album with pictures of my family and friends, and all the other things I am thankful for. It seems many people participate in a thankful month during October. Wouldn't this be a great way to document everything that you are thankful for?
I have already finished my next album cover and will be sharing it here on Wednesday along with a new class offering. Be sure to bookmark this page so that you don't miss it!
It's time for you to hop along to see what Wonderful Wendy has in store for you next. And don't miss out….there are 10 stops along the hop and I know you'll find inspiration from each of these very talented women.
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The new year signifies a fresh start for many of us. I've had to take some time away from my blogging and stamping to bring balance into my life. People have often asked me how I am able to do all the things that I do……wife, mother, chiropractor, and stamper. And the answer is that I've always had a lot of help. My husband is very supportive and is wonderful about helping around the house and with the children. He is truly my partner in life. I've been blessed with excellent staff at my office, a fabulous housekeeper, and a childcare provider that is amazing.
However, the demands of my real job have increased dramatically within the last year and I've realized that my priorities would have to change. I hit the wall in October and it took me almost 6 weeks to recover from bronchitis. I often tell my patients that if you don't listen to the signals your body sends, then your body will eventually fail you.
I seriously considered giving up my stamping business. Don't worry! I only considered it for a short time before my husband talked some sense into me. I will simply have to budget my stamping time more this year. This should be a good thing for my blog readers, too. I am sure that many of you have busy lives and I am going to focus on providing you with quick, easy projects throughout the year.
And today's project is FAST!!!! I wanted to create a calendar for my office. My patients always ask about my kids and I thought this would be a great way to showcase some family pictures. I purchased the 2011 Notable Desktop Calendar Digital Kit which features templates for all 12 months plus a cover page for a 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" destktop calendar. The cover page is at the top of this post. I simply inserted a family photo from our recent Disney World trip and the page was done!
The pages for January are below and they were just as easy. All the formatting is there and you can always change the elements if you prefer a different look. I just kept all the templates as is, added my photos, and was completely finished in 30 minutes. It only cost $19.95 to have the calendar printed and I can't wait to see the finished product. I'll share it with you when it arrives.
I will be hosting a series of classes on My Digital Studio in January & February. You can find complete details about this and other upcoming events on my Stampin' Up! website.
At stamp club last month, members made these three projects.
The first project was the anti-bacterial soap holder inspired by Erica Cerwin. She has great instructions on her blog on how to make the box. I used the Owl and Bitty Bat punches to create the vampire bat. The fangs were cut free-hand and I used a red marker on the tips.
The 12" x 12" scrapbook page also features the Owl punch….I used it to create the spooky ghosts. The pumpkins were created with the Ovals die and the big shot with Pumpkin Pie card stock. I sponged the edges to make them stand out a little better.
The final project was this adorable test tube holder. The test tubes have been collecting dust in my closet for a couple of years. I know I'll probably get questions regarding where to purchase them….I got them in a bulk buy from another demonstrator, but if I find a new source, I'll let you know.
Lisa Somerville has several patterns for test tube holders on her blog. I used the Wicked Cool stamp set, the Spider Web embossing folder, Raven lace trim, and Nite Owl Designer Series paper to really make this project pop!
Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack on my Stampin' Up! website. There are many items for sale at drastically reduced prices. It's a great time to get your hands on some fun stamping supplies.
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are going to LOVE my newest class, 6 Pages in 60 Minutes. I have designed 3, 2-page 12" x 12" layouts that are simple, fun, and perfect for your summer & vacation pictures. Most of the layouts have room for 4-5 pictures with embellishments that add to the layout and will not distract from the subject matter.
So sorry! This class is now sold out!