Monthly Archives: May 2008

Mother’s Day Gift

I made this scrapbook page for my sister for Mother’s Day. I had been promising to make a new one for her for a while and finally took a really cute picture of my nieces that I knew *had* to be scrapped! She has a page I made for her previously framed in her house, so this one will replace that. I think she really liked it and it was fun to do. I used a retired Simply Scrappin’ Kit from Stampin’ Up! (of course). It was called Just Delightful and I really liked the colors of the paper in it.

My sister and I also took my mom out to dinner and to see the show “Mom’s the Word” at the Lowry Theater in St. Paul for her Mother’s Day gift from us. It was absolutely hysterical and soooo true! If you are in the area and are looking for some laughs, you might want to check it out. It is running until July, I believe. The three of us had a great time. I’m very fortunate that I have a very close relationship with my mom and that my sister and I get along, too.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Lord knows my kids drive me crazy, but I love them more than anything in the entire world and know how truly lucky and blessed I am to be their mother.

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Stamp-A-Stack Cards Part II

Here are the other two cards we made at Mary’s Stamp-A-Stack:

Wedding:

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, To Have and To Hold
Ink: White StazOn, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: white organdy ribbon, Ticket Corner punch

Graduation:

Stamps: Great Grads
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle punch

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Stamp-A-Stack Cards

Here are two of the cards we made at Mary’s Stamp-A-Stack. Mary is the ultimate hostess and has a really wonderful group of friends and family who get together to make cards. The themes she chose this time were wedding, graduation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. Here are the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day designs:

Mother’s Day:

Stamps: Wonderful Favorites, Lovely as a Tree, Weathered
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: sponge

Yes, this is the same design you saw in the techniques post with a slight change in colors.

Father’s Day:

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Techniques Class cards

Here are the other two cards we made at my techniques class last Thursday night. I showed you the chalkboard technique in the previous post, so here are the others:

Faux Silk:

Stamps: En Francais, Bloomin’ Beautiful
Ink: Always Artichoke, Black StazOn
Paper: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories: Brocade Blue and Bordering Blue Stampin’ Write Markers, 5/8 inch Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon, glue stick, tissue paper

Faux Silk is super easy to do and looks like it takes longer than it does. Give it a try!

Scratch & Sniff:

This card was cased from a card made by one of my sidelines, Sandy Janowiec.

Stamps: Tart & Tangy
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Craft
Paper: Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic DSP, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Orange Kool-Aid, heat gun

I am in love with this technique. It is is so simple, but works so well! I used orange Kool-Aid and it smells so good! I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s, so Scratch & Sniff stickers were huge. I had the big three ring binder filled with all of my stickers. They would get scratched so often, they’d start turning white 🙂 I guess this is a way to relive that part of my childhood without having to hunt down those stickers.

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First Cricut project

I haven’t had a chance to do much playing with the Cricut and there is quite a learning curve. I just wanted to share this door sign I made for my son’s room. He is completely obsessed with school buses, so I thought he would like one for his room. It didn’t turn out too bad considering the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I have some vinyl now, so my plan is to make some of those adorable wall decorations with it (a la Uppercase Living, etc.). I used the Locker Talk cartridge to make this little project. Now I just have to break in the other 16 cartridges I’ve already accumulated 🙂 I have seen so many incredible things done with this machine and I can’t wait to produce something a little more challenging than this. Like I said, it was my very first attempt to make something with my new toy.

I also have a card to share. Actually, I have lots of cards to share but I’m trying to spread them out. I have heard from many of you that you wish I would post more often. I am really going to give it a try by sitting down once/week and writing 3 or 4 posts. Then I’ll schedule them to post every few days. I thought things would slow down once my grad class was finished (got an A, btw), but it hasn’t. Now Justin has t-ball 2 nights a week, swimming 1 night a week, and Bart has his kettlebell class on Friday nights.

Here’s one of the cards we made during my techniques class last week. We used the chalkboard technique and it turned out really well! To do the chalkboard technique, we stamped on dark card stock (I used Chocolate Chip) with White Craft Ink. Then we went over the ink with chalk using a dauber. You need to tap more than rub. The craft ink doesn’t come off, either. I used really soft, muted colors for this card but plan to try it with the brighter colors next time. I bet it’s going to look great!

Stamps: Live Your Dream
Ink: White Craft, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Afternoon Tea DSP, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Accessories: Mat pack and paper piercer, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 5/8 inch Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon

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