Monday, December 5, 2016

Birthday Nuggets

Our youngest granddaughter has a birthday celebration this week and I decided to send her nuggets for her birthday.  I made a little "matchbox" type box that held 6 Hershey Nuggets.  I wrapped 5 nuggets in $5 bills and wrapped the 6th in coordinating paper from the box.

Actually I used NO stamps, just dies, embossing folder, and papers.

Dies: Artful Butterfly and Banner Parade
Embossing folder:  Petal Wall
Card stocks:  Bubble Gum, Pool Play, and Cranberry Bliss
Printed Paper: Celebrate You Prints
Rhinestones from old non-FSJ stash

I found the pattern for this box years ago and have taught it at one time.  Our granddaughter called me Saturday and thanked me for the gift. I enjoy making fun ways of giving money or gift cards.  Hmmm,,,,  I have a paint can in my closet.  Would make a fun way of "wrapping" gift cards.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Two More Apple Pie Cards

I still have 2 more cards from our November Bloom Box to show you and today I should be getting my December box!  Hopefully I will get those cards done faster as they will make great Christmas cards, too!

This card uses a classic design!

How do you like the ice cream?

Isn't this one cool?

And doesn't the crust look sugary sweet?  The Sparkle Cuts on the ice cream and crust is more chunky than our Dust with is like a fine glitter.  I like the Cuts on these cards for a more sugary look.

I enjoyed making these cards!  I used fingers to blend the pencil colors slightly.  The oils in my fingers just slightly blended the pencil lines so they are still visible but not strong. I wanted to keep the texture from the coloring.

Stamp Set: Ala Mode
Card stocks: Cranberry Bliss, Limeade Splash, Butter Cream, and Black Licorice
Ink: Black Licorice
Silk: Dark Roast
Coloring: Color Burst Pencils
Embellies: Journey Sparkle Cuts, Cool Tune Elements, Gingham Black Licorice Ribbon
Other: Journey Glaze

But I also want to show you the cool Bloom Box cards for this month...

The stamp set for the Box is called Welcome Wreath.  I LOVE the pine cones and boughs!  If you are interested in subscribing to our Bloom Box just click HERE.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WOYWW 391 and Candy Canes

Winter is setting in as we are under hard freeze warnings.  Yesterday I covered our orange tree and 4 potted plants.  Some of those will come in after I get them pruned but I've not got room yet.  But today I'm giving you a glimpse of my desk as I head into Tucson, AZ with hubby to get his physical for his commercial drivers license and maybe do a bit of Christmas shopping. But I do need to tell you that this fun tour d' desks is put together by the cool Julia at the Stamping Ground.  My desk photo was take late yesterday afternoon while is was very busy.  I was trying to get kits made of my Friday morning class.

I hope I didn't shrink the photo too much but you can click on it to enlarge.  Far left in front of my red Cricut (which got a bit of use recenlty) a number of Christmas stamp sets and a couple ink pads.  Kinda middle is a package of circle dies sitting on top of a pack of paper which you can see far right being cut on the Platinum machine. There's a lot going on but about 2 hours later I was done and on to a nugget holder for the youngest granddaughter's birthday gift.

Last week you seen my desk busy making the last batch of a dozen Christmas cards.

I'll find out Friday if any of the 3 packages sold.  I have a class that morning of a trio of Christmas projects.

I still have to make my personal Christmas cards as I only have a few.  I did get some made for my personal recruits in the company I'm with but they'll get mailed Friday.  They've been in my car since Monday and I have yet to get to the post office.  Oh well.

So please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links to many other desks.  I'll hopefully hop along later this afternoon or tomorrow after I get home from work.

Monday, November 28, 2016

As American As Apple Pie

I FINALLY got my cards made from the November Bloom Box this past Saturday.  Angie and I worked on our boxes while our hubbies worked.  This fun Ala Mode stamp set is pretty cool and great for an Autumn or Thanksgiving card!

I enjoyed this first card as we made a bit of a basket weave piece for the 2 apple pies and the apple.  How fun!  I changed my card from the directions by sponging the Butter Cream piece with the sentiment with Hazelnut Blend ink. I also colored my apple red instead of green.

With a few swipes of Journey Glaze we added some Sparkle Cuts, kinda looks like sugar!

This card was so easy but I had an issue with my Glaze on the apples.  I was at the bottom of the bottle so added barely any water but that was too much!

We paper pieced the apples.  The tiny stem was a bugger to cut out but I like the overall look.

Card stocks:  Butter Cream, Cranberry Bliss, Oatmeal Cookie, Limeade Splash,
Black Licorice, and Hazelnut Blend

Inks: Black Licorice, Oatmeal Cookie, Hazelnut Blend

Silk: Dark Roast

Coloring: Color Burst Pencils

Embellies: Journey Natural Thread, Wooden Accents, and Sparkle Cuts

Other: Journey Glaze

Today when I get home from work I'll be cutting the kits for my class on Friday, A Trio of Christmas Projects (+1).  I have 4 signed up so far so I'll prep for 6. Busy, busy, busy!!  And I still have some more Christmas cards to make!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Infinity and Beyond!

I'm a member of a large stampers group in Tucson, S.A.L.S.A. (Stampers at Large; Stamping Away). Last Saturday was our monthly meeting and I took part in a card exchange with the theme "The Sky is the Limit.' It just took a few minutes before my thoughts came together and here's my card....

I stamped the Starry Night background stamp on my background piece then used Denim Days and Gold PanPastels in a spiral design. The gold is so subtle but angle it in the light and it just glistens!

I used my Copic markers on the Infinity & Beyond ATS image.  Can you see the Denim Days oval it's adhered to?  I used the Gold PanPastel on it, too!  The text is stamped with Whip Cream ink.

Card stocks: Denim Days and Whip Cream
Stamps: Starry Night and Infinity & Beyond
Dies: Journey Ovals
PanPastels: Gold and Mother Nature
Other: Silver Sequins

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Desk and More Christmas Cards

Fall is finally arriving in southern Arizona if you go by the temperatures.  It's getting cooler and I have had the furnace checked to be sure it's ready for winter.  But today I'm going to share my desk and some cards from last week's desk for this What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  This fun tour of desks is put together but head desker Julia at the Stamping Ground.  When you head over there from here you can click on her What is WOYWW? button and find out more about the desk hop.

I saved my picture a bit bigger but if you click on it, it should open up quite a bit bigger.  This is yesterday afternoon's project - cards for my team (I'll share them at a later date but the completed one is right in front of the red Cricut).  My desk is a mess with another project on the far right - wooden boxes primed for painting (1 under my ATG adhesive roller and 1 on the base of my Amaze machine with a stamp set in it). I hope to have the cards done this morning then work on the boxes as I need to get that stamp set back to its owner.

Since last week I've completed 2 sets of a dozen Christmas cards to try and sell.  They are NOT cheap like the boxed cards one can purchase at the big box stores. There's a LOT of work involved which many just can't  understand as many think handmade should be cheap. NOT!

I used a snowflake embossing folder for the background and Fun Stampers Journey stamps, inks, embellishments.

I found some sparkly embossing powder in one of my drawers and it might have to be tossed (it's over 10 years old).  It barely sparkles or sticks.  But it works at this times and does look very pretty in real life.

Please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out the links for the other desks on review.  There will be links added all day so you may want to check back.

And may all of you have a very blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's a Surprise Pop Up!

I've been busy getting my samples made for my GVR classes and here's another.  It's the card I'll be teaching Jan.19, 2017 in Green Valley at Las Campanas.  (For more info contact Green Valley Recreation to register.)

I've taught this card before years ago at the AZ Scrapbooking store.  It's relatively easy.

When you pull the string at the top a flap pop ups as it slides toward the top and a hidden message is  revealed!

I made the star very blingy with our Stardust Glitter.  I hope to make a second sample this week.

Stamps:  Simply Amazing Bundle and Yummy Party stamp set
Papers: Be Amazing printed paper, Sour Lemon, Orange Rave, Black Licorice, and Whip Cream
Inks: Black Licorice, Electric Lime, and Turbo Teal
Other: Journey Glaze, Sparkle Dust,  and Black Licorice Thread

I used a small 1/8" hole punch from my stock but our Press Punch would work great!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Building Blocks.... A Card

I turned in my contracts to our local Green Valley Recreation department last week to get on the winter calendar.  I had to submit my class ideas back in April for the 3 that I hope to have.  This card was also submitted this week for a challenge on FaceBook from a fellow coach for a card with different folds.  Yep, it definitely qualified!!

I'll start with the cover.  Just an unassuming card, nothing to make you think it has different folds involved.

But open it....  Oh yeah!  I learned this card on Splitcoast Stampers and LOVE it!

Here you can see the folds better.  If you look at the back you would see some faint pencil marks I made to cut my card to do this design.

Here's a closer look at the Building Block section. 

Card stock: Whip CreamWatermelon Fusion, and Slice of Life Prints
Inks: Limeade Splash, Black Licorice
Stamps: Make Lemonade set, Marquee Type Bundle
Coloring Medium: Color Splash PencilsBlending Brush

This card was easier than I expected and I'll probably make another for a 2nd sample.  So many of my "students" don't have alphabet sets or stickers so I will not use the Marquee Type for the 2nd sample.
This class is scheduled for Feb. 15 at 1 pm at Las Campanas Social Center in Green Valley.  If you are in the area please contact G.V.R. to reserve your spot at the table.  There is a supply list for the class that you should get when making your reservation.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Desk and a Pack of Christmas Cards

I think we may be finally getting some fall temperatures here in southern Arizona.  We're supposed to have a high tomorrow of about 70*F and Friday my furnace guy is coming to make sure it's ready for winter.  But today,  not only is it still in the 80s but it's Workdesk Wednesday!  Yeah, you have to opportunity to see my desk in all it's work glory!  And I've been busy.  But this fun glimpse of my desk and many others is brought together by head desker Julia at the Stamping Ground.  This is week 389.  Yep, that's a LONG time and I've been involved since about week 189.  Are you ready?

Last week I was working on a pack of 12 Christmas cards and I am again!  Far left is a pile of my Christmas stamps and coordinating dies in front of my Cricut (which I did use recently for something else), then a stack of card bases.  On my Scor-Pal is a pile of scrap paper and a card base being folded.  Next right are card bases waiting to be folded.  Far right, my ATG adhesive roller, scraps of paper, and my Amaze die cut machine.  At the back of my desk are shelves, Copic markers, and ink pads.  Lots of goodies.

 I have a pile of embossed snowflakes ready (at the top of my Scor-Pal) and a prototype of the cards I'll be making just to the right of those next to my lamp base.  I hope to finish these today and move on to some more.  The cards from my desk last Wednesday are in my previous post.

Ok. Did you look around good?  You can click on the picture and enlarge it for a better look.  But now that you're at the end of my post please head over to the Stamping Ground and check out all the fabulous crafters who are brave enough to share their work areas.  I'll grab another cup of coffee and maybe we'll cross paths along the way!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Real Deal For The Hobbyist

Last night the CEO and co-owner of Fun Stampers Journey, Richard Garay, reached out to the Hobbyists with a special deal!!  He created a Starter Kit for those who would like to join the company without the pressure of trying to grow a business.

This kit includes:
2 oz Bottle of Journey Glaze
Stamp Cleaner
White Liner Tape
Journey Thread Natural
Journey Sparkle Dust
Whip Cream Cardstock (25 sheets)
Assorted Cardstock Pack (24 sheets)
Black Licorice ink pad
Make It Party Invite, Hostess Form, Customer Order Form, Replicated site 
Your choice of 2 stamps, 1 ATS, 1 die set & 1 ink pad

Just head over to my FSJ website by clicking on the BE AMAZING logo at the top of the sidebar then click on Become A Coach for more info and to join!  I'd love to have you on my team!

This amazing offer is good through the end of December 2016.