Friday, August 27, 2010

Holiday card class ... Saturday Sept 25, 2010

Join us for a card class in Escondido, Ca at Community Lutheran Church

Date: Saturday September 25, 2010
Time: 9 - 11 am
Cost: $15
Bring your own adhesive and bone folder

We will be making Thank You, Birthday, Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards

RSVP deadline: Monday Sept 13 by calling 619-889-6268

SPACE IS LIMITED! Call me today...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

a treat box for Halloween!

Need a quick treat box for stashing some treats? This will come together so quickly ... you'll want to make more!

Using a strip of whisper white cardstock, I cut it into a 3" x 8" strip. I scored the strip at 2 1/2", 5" and 7 1/2". This should create 3 panels of equal size and one small panel measuring 1/2".

Stamp your image on the strip of card stock (you can either use a wheel image or a regular image). When using a stamp wheel I have found that by rolling it at a diagonal it helps to hide that I can never (I repeat, NEVER) wheel that thing in a straight line. So, I'll take all the help I can get...

See how nice that turns out?!

Fold at the score lines, apply adhesive to the 1/2" flap and make your triangle treat box.

Move on to the embellishment stage... and have fun.

One more tip... in the way of filling the box with the baggie of goodies:
Turn the treat box on it's end (so the opening is at the top), insert your empty treat baggie into the box and THEN fill your baggie with sweets and tie it closed. (First time I made this the bag was too full to insert into the box. Oops!) This size box will nicely fit 7-8 mini peanut butter cups.

And try not to eat ALL of the peanut butter cups...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fall is in the air...

OK - who am I kidding?! The hot summer weather just hit here in Southern California and I think it's going to stick around for a while. But, I'm sure ready for Fall to be here... and for the cooler evenings!

Check out this fun (fun = easy and quick) project. It's a paper pumpkin!

This is what I started with: Two brads, crop-a-dile, 12 1" x 6" strips of Designer Series Paper and some embellishments.

First step, stack up the DSP (coordinating/various colors or all one design) and punch a hole through each end. Put a brad through both holes.

Bend the paper and start lightly tugging on the top layer and bottom layer of paper - pulling them in opposite directions of each other. Pull the layers of paper to separate them from each other... and you will start to see the form make a ball shape.

Go slowly... it'll happen. I promise. It really IS that easy!


Now, go to your own personal creative space and make one of your own!

But first, what kind of embellishments are YOU going to use?! I used a leaf stamp, some paper curls, a button, a few round punches (using complementary colors) and some hemp twine.

As I said: fun, fun, fun!!!

Off I go to make some more in different colors to use as a centerpiece for the table... when Fall arrives I can welcome it in colorful style!

Thinking about Christmas...

I know, I know... it's August. But I've been thinking about Christmas.

Take a gander...

See what's been rattling around in my head lately?!

It's beautiful, isn't it?! This came from my brain?!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Are YOU well-behaved?!

Quote of the day: "Well behaved women rarely make history!" - Laurel Ulrich Thatcher

I've loved this quote for a very long time... and now it's on a stamp! I'm in heaven! I ordered it immediately ... and have been looking at it on the corner of my stamp desk! I finally found time to use it!

This is a card doing double duty... it's also holding a bookmark for the unsuspecting recipient!

Let me tell you a secret... this was a tag from a shirt I bought at Target! Just slap some more card stock on the back, and voila! A beautiful bookmark!

You KNOW you want to make one too!

How strong are you?!

A girlfriend of mine just got some bad news, in the way of her health. She's a cheerful person... and I already see her tackling this diagnosis with vigor! She is inspiring.

The message on this stamp set is perfect for her!

So I pulled together some cheerful-looking paper (to match her personality)... and made her a card. Between the textured and smooth paper, and the slight distressing I did on the white card stock... the grace and grit in this card matches her outlook on life!

Kellye - as I pray for your health, your future, your journey, and the legacy told in the survival of this diagnosis... I know you will show us what you are made of. I love you, Kellye!