Monday, November 30, 2009

AMAZING tutorial for Peppermints!

I just can't believe how amazing these Peppermint Candies turned out. AMAZING!

Check out the link to the FairyLand Dreams Designs Blog.

What did she use? Paper, markers, and glitter!!!

They look good enough to eat!!

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Birthday Card for My Favorite Uncle

My very favorite uncle's birthday is coming up this week, and I wanted to make him a VERY special birthday card....I didn't want to make it too fancy, but I wanted it to be special! The blues and browns really work well together in person. I like how the 'plain' front doesn't give away the very busy inside of the card.

I used LOTS of techniques, and my NEW cricut cartridge, Sweet Treats! My husband got blackmailed into buying for me (tee hee) so I thought I'd start making good use of it.

If you look closely at the cake and cakestand, I used the "new" Stampin' Up shimmer paints in Champagne Mist. When it dried on the blue and beige cardstock, it looked SO nice!!!

Products I used:
PK Glitz Indigo Embossing Powder
Sweet Treats DCWV cardstock
Hobby Lobby cardstock in lt. blue, dk. blue, beige, dk. brown, and white
2 Stampin' Up stamps, and 1 Hobby Lobby stamp
1 Stampin' Up punch, and the
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page punches
Stampin' Up marker to color the cherry
Scor-Pal to score the vertical lines
Versamark pad
Cocoa Bean Brilliance Ink pad
Sky Blue Brilliance Ink pad
Cricut Cart - Jasmine for the photo corners
Cricut Cart - Sweet Treats for the cake stand and cake

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Craft Room! Not finished, but shaping up!

Just a short post showing 2 pictures of my craft room (in progress)!

The shelving I had in the kitchen of the house we were renting, because the pantry was in such a weird place. Here, I have an AWESOME kitchen, and more than enough storage, so my Williams Sonoma shelves can be used for my crafts... YAY YAY YAY!! LOL

My dear friend Antonio was kind enough to send me the 4 rods holding my punches. I thought 4 would be enough, and now I'm finding that it isn't even close... but I will use only these, and rotate the punches by season.

More to follow!

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My very FAVORITE card!

Every time I look at this card, I can't get over how much I LOVE it!! It wasn't easy to make by far. I think this is one of the more difficult projects we did during my card club.... but it's SO gorgeous~!!

I just had to share this one in a special post.

THANKS Kathy!!

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Special Order - Altered Notebooks!

During the craft fair on November 7th, I had a request for 2 special notebooks. One of the girls liked peace signs, and after talking to her, I found out she loved all the "flower child" things... which I TOTALLY get! It took me about 2 days to find the perfect paper for the first notebook.

The second notebook was requested for a girl that goes to OSU, and is really into softball - so this is the other notebook I came up with.

Each pen attached to the notebook has a coordinating design with the binding paper in the barrel.

They were delivered today, and the big smile I got over the peace sign notebook was AMAZING!
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Quilts for Soldiers!

Follow this link: to the story about the Plymouth quilters!

In the top left corner is a video link to the story! My mom is featured in the video - doing what she loves SO much... sewing! She's helped them before, but since the shooting at Ft. Hood, they've gotten much more attention!

Dan Krueger is also featured in the video... we were in school together. It's good to see him! He's done a great job stepping up as spokesman for the family.

As you know from my posts, I make lots of Cards for Soliders (and will start again in January)... and Mom's always been very active in community projects - so this is just another way she loves to help!!

Thanks for looking!!

**Added December 5th... Here's the link to our local paper, and there's MOM! She's in the 2nd pic. just loving sewing away!!!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Very Merry Tags!

I've mentioned before about how I just don't "get" the tags craze. To me, gift tags were just a necessary evil you needed to mark who gets which package.

Yes, I broke down and ordered 2 of the 3 limited release carts... and after I saw the Very Merry Tags cart with the Christmas Tree (my great weakness) and the Christmas Tree light (my 2nd great weakness) I just HAD to have this cart!!

About a week after I received it - I actually had a chance to play! Scraps were the word of the day, and look what GREAT things you can make with scraps!

I used 3 colors of stickles on these; Holly, Crystal, and Christmas Red. The peppermint ribbon is from Hobby Lobby - isn't it adorable? After I used it on the Christmas tree pop-up cards, these peppermint tags were the perfect fit for this ribbon.

Your comments (about my work) are always welcome and appreciated!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

November's Stamp - a - Stack!

This card uses vellum, white embossing powders for the trees, and sentiment on the front, as well as the frosted white shimmer paint, and the Patterned Pines stamp set.

This one has to be my very favorite! I love anything Christmas anyway (can't you tell?) and the ornaments are SO pretty!!! Can you see the shimmery snowflakes on the white background?

Cardinals singing in the tree.. this card had lots of steps to it, but it just looks like the perfect winter scene!!

There's just something about pink and green together that are perfect. It's not your typical Christmas card, but it's so elegant in person!

Friday night my card club got together, and we made 12 Christmas cards... 3 of each of the designs above.

Kathy, our Stampin' Up rep is always SO prepared, and has the absolute cutest ideas for cards! GO Kathy! Contact her here to set up a show, or order Stampin' Up product! She's the BEST!!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

More things FROM the craft fair!

Hello Kitty notebook with matching pen.

Christmas Tree gift boxes - just fill them with whatever you wish, and it's a cute little gift!!

These are the cards with the pop-up Christmas trees... open them up, and WOW!!! Such an awesome thing to watch people open the cards. I love it!!
These are more of the cocoa/cider/drink sleeves. I'm now waiting for my next batch of Cuttlebug embossing folders to make some more of these for stocking stuffers.

The Heart of the Crafter Fair was yesterday, and when I got home, I realized I did pretty well. I had lots of wonderful comments - Cute! Clever! How Pretty! OH! What a lot of work! WOW! Colorful! I could never be that creative! How creative!
Most of the people were very, very nice.

For my very first craft fair, I'm pretty happy.

The very BEST thing is... 2 of my friends here in the area came, and I was invited to be a vendor at a craft fair at the beginning of December! How exciting is that!!??

I also got an order for 2 more notebooks - they are special design requests... so I'll be working on those this week.

One lady also asked me about making Thank You cards for her business. I'm very excited to work with her on colors and designs!!
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Heart of the Crafter - Craft Show - Saturday!!!

It's HERE!!!

The craft fair I've been working towards since August is finally here. I'm a vendor, and excited about doing my very first craft show. I've got everything ready to go - just finishing some final touches!

Saturday, November 7th, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow, OK
It's on the corner of Main and College right in the
"downtown" area of BA.

If you live in the area, I hope you'll come!!!

I've been working very hard for months on getting things ready! I have lots of very cute Christmas gifts! See some of the other posts that show my Craft Fair items.

If you aren't in the area, wish me luck!! My success on this show will determine if I do any more!!

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