Sunday, December 30, 2007

Some recent club projects

Okay, I know Thanksgiving and Christmas are over, but a friend who used to be in my hostess club asked me the other day what we've been doing in club. Since I never got around to posting these, I thought I'd do it now so she could see.
We learned to make stars like these:

I first saw these done here. We used the snowflake pattern from SU!'s now retired Wintergreen DSP. The ones I made in this photo are a mish-mash of different companies, including SU!, 12 x 12 from JoAnn's, and different papers from Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.
The star below is made from glittered vellum that I got at JoAnn's. It came in 12x12 so I could make 4 from 1 sheet! Isn't it pretty?

Inside view of some of the stars:

This is one of the cards we made in club this past fall. The flowers and brad came from the pretties kit. We dyed the red flower using a Real Red marker- really easy. Sorry the lighting is bad in the photo- the card base is actually River Rock.

Last is an ornament made with the scallop punch and beads from the pretties kit. Ribbon is just a thin white satin from the craft store. I left my SU! ribbon home, so we used what Claudia had on hand (thanks, Claudia!) and I think it worked out perfectly. I got this idea from Kelly, here.

BTW, Nicholas did not get to have his surgery after all, because the doctors said his lungs still looked a little cloudy on the x-rays, so now they are waiting til Monday. I really feel for Jenny and Scott, Nicholas' parents, and his brothers, having to go through all this over the holidays. Not to mention the poor little sweetheart himself. It really helps me to remember every day to thank the Lord for my two beautiful healthy boys, and to really appreciate how blessed we've been.

take care,


Saturday, December 29, 2007

I'm a Stamping Slob, Too

Surfing the web, looking for storage solutions for my ever-so-slowly evolving stamp room, I came across this awesome little stamping space , owned by a self-proclaimed stamping slob. When she said she used to have to stamp on the floor because there was no room on any other horizontal surface, I thought- yep, that's me! (not something to be proud of, but true anyway).

Well, I was so impressed with her punch storage solution, I just had to share. I do not like punches in drawers- I like being able to see what I need and grab it, and then have an easy place to return it to. Personally, I have Punch Pals, because I was lucky enough to buy some before Crop-in-Style stopped making them. If I didn't, though, I would absolutely be out buying dowels and cup hooks tomorrow!

I also love the idea of the tilt bins for organizing scraps, but I have to think a bit more before I decide if I want to do that or not.

It's definately a work in progress, but I'm going to keep plugging away at it and maybe someday I will post photos.

Take care, and keep praying for Nicholas. He was scheduled for surgery yesterday (Friday), but I didn't hear from Nicole how it went yet. Even if it went well, it is just the first surgery. I'll post an update tomorrow when I find out more.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Baby Nicholas Update

Remember baby Nicholas? He and his family still needs your support through your prayers. Nicolas is still in the hospital in Rochester, and will be there for Christmas. His family was hoping he would be able to have surgery on Wednesday to repair a collapsed trachia/espophagus. He isn't able to breath on his own yet.

Unfortunately, Nicolas developed pneumonia and wasn't able to have the surgery. The good news is that they caught the pneumonia early, so he is being treated for that and hopefully will get stronger and healthier in the coming days.

I am just asking that you continue to keep Nicolas and his family in your hearts and prayers.



Monday, December 17, 2007

Deb's Barn Star

My friend Debbie made this altered Barn Star. She did an *awesome* job! I've been wanting to do one with the Wintergreen DSP, but there's only so much time left b4 Christmas. Maybe I'll get to it after Christmas and save it for next year- I love that paper!

Anyway, feel free to leave a comment- I'm sure Debbie would love to know what you think ;)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Links to Project Instructions

Here are links to the tutorials and/or directions for the projects in the pictures posted last night. Scroll down to the next post to see the pictures.

Martha Stewart Topper/ornament

Paper Bow

Origami Ornament

Pinecone Ball Ornament


Some fun stuff

Ornament/package topper a la Martha Stewart.

Paper Bow

Origami Ornament

Origami Ornament gone wrong!

Pinecone Ornament

It's late- I'm too tired to elaborate much now. I'll go into more detail later for those of you who haven't already seen these done. All of the red paper is from the Cerise DSP pack from SU!
The pinecone ornament is Cosmo Cricket Paper.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Lookie what the mailman brought us...

...from David's parents in Florida!
(yes, there is one missing already is lunchtime, ya know!)

Lucas (my son who would eat 3 apples a day, everyday if he could) is going to be so thrilled!

Thanks, Mom & Dad!!

Box Ornaments

I made these early last month, and never took pics til now. We made the top one at our hostess club meeting. It uses the Wintergreen DSP that is retiring, and was made from a pattern. I don't know how to put the pattern into a file to upload, but I could scan it if there is interest. I used swarovski crystals in the centers of the punched flowers.

Lining up the pattern on each side was kind of a pain, so I tried to come up with an easier way of making these. The second photo is the result. I used a small sizzlets square envelope die to cut 6 pieces of certainly celery, and glued all the flaps together. Then I punched each side using a corner punch with the guides removed. It worked well, but the ornament is much smaller. You can see the size difference here:

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Kids are so funny!

Me: Loren, go get your sneakers out of your backpack.

Loren, age 7: I hate opening my backpack, it smells like school.


Christmas ATC

I came across an ATC I made last Christmas (just for fun out of scraps), so I thought I'd share. The top heart is a rusted metal piece, and I just traced it onto the red paper and cut it out for the red heart.

Friday, December 7, 2007

My tags on E-bay

Stampin' Up!s new policy allows us to sell hand-made goods in fixed locations. I got so many compliments on my swap tags, I decided to make some up and see how well they do on E-bay, just for kicks and giggles. Take a look.

Awesome Rak Card from Kay

Lookie what I got in the mail the other day!

My friend Kay Mespelt from sudsol sent this to me-isn't it soo pretty? I was really surprised, which is the best part about a rak, I guess. It totally made my day!
The angel part that comes off is a magnetic pin- cool, huh?
Thanks, Kay!!