Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Some Great Photopolymer Tips

I have managed to totally mess up my back trying to carry Joey in his carrier.  I now have a wonderful, new baby car seat in my car so, once I recover, my days of struggling with the carrier are over.  Yay!  While I recover, I have a new video for you to watch.  It's all about tips for using our photopolymer stamps.  I learned something new and am sure you will, too.  Enjoy! 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Oh So Succulent Layout

Today's layout was inspired by the card I shared recently.  Click here to see the card.  I really like how this one turned out.  As with my dragonfly layout, it's very nature themed.
There are stamped flowers and cut flowers.
I did a little soft sponging here and there and added touches of Wink of Stella.



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dragonfly Layout

Here's a layout I made as soon as I got my new dragonfly goodies and the gorgeous new DSP.  These are my favorites of all time.  How can you go wrong, with using the two of them together?  The background CS is Sahara Sand, so it's a soft, nature inspired layout.  I used Wink of Stella on all the dragonflies.
 



 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Calendar Blocks

Just for fun, I used up the last of my stash of Stampin' Up! blocks by creating some unique calendars.  One is just a cute little cube that you can sit on your desk and keep track of the date.  The other is a set of 2 blocks that have a number on each side.  I really need the help in keeping track of the exact day and they're fun to change each day. 
These were fun and super easy to create.  I embossed the numbers, using a technique I shared previously.  Click here to see my embossed letters/numbers technique.

Speaking of dates, this would have been my daddy's birthday.  He lived a wonderful life and made it to the age of 89.  He was my moral compass in life.  He taught me how to live by his actions, by his love, and by his life.  I miss him each and every day.  He helped shape the person that I am and I feel like if I can make him proud of me then I'm doing something right.  He loved people, loved God and loved life.  I so wish he could have known and enjoyed all my grandchildren.  He would have adored them.  I have to think he's watching over us all.  Happy Birthday, Daddy.  I love you and miss you.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut.

As Gibbs (from NCIS) would say, you have to go with your gut.  Once I got my 2017 schedule finished for planning all my projects for my Scraps and Prayers group, my gut was telling me that my plans were off for the direction I wanted and needed to go.  After a wonderful time with my Scraps and Prayers group last night, I realized what I needed to do.  
During this group, I wanted to do more with projects ... projects that would involve minimal directions so that we could enjoy visiting with each other while we were working on them.  I have new people interested in coming to the group, but they don't scrapbook.  People who've already participated in the group like to do projects as well, so it seemed like the solution was pretty obvious.  I just needed to jump in and do it.

So ... here's my new schedule and I think you'll like it ... a lot!

2017 Scraps and Prayers Group / Tentative Projects:
          (2nd Monday of each month / $15. / 5:30-7:30) 

January --
     Calendars
February --
     Valentine Treat Project
March --
     Beautiful Spring Cards
April --
     Spring Project
May --
     Plant Decor Project
June --
     Beautiful All-Occasions Cards
July --
     Fun Notepads Project
August --
     Wreath Decor Project
September --
     Beautiful Fall Cards
October --
     Fall Decor Project
November --
     Christmas Decor Project
December --
     Christmas Cards and Tags 

And... for you scrapbooking lovers, I'll still have layouts on display and posted on my blog, as well as sharing ideas for how to use a card or project for your inspiration for a great layout.
My 2017 Saturday Stampers Class will have one slight change and that is the DATE for January.  I will be attending a memorial service on our previously scheduled class date (for the spouse of a good friend), so  ...
I will be holding my January Saturday Stampers Class on the following Saturday, January 28 --- still from 1:00-4:00 / $20.  We'll be playing with color, including smooshing, trying our new watercolor pencils, and learning to do a Faux Watercolor technique.  I really hope you can come because this one is going to be super fun.

I hope I've inspired rather than confuse you.  As always, my goal is to offer you the best possible classes that I can ... classes that will help you enjoy a special time here, classes that will help you learn and be inspired by new ideas, techniques and projects, and classes that will keep you coming back for more!
Remember:
          Create something beautiful today.

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Cute Little Notebooks

As I've mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I've been working to use up and enjoy my 'stash' of favorite goodies and not hoard them.  Next up, were some of our cute, little retired notebooks.  Yes, I'd hoarded a few of those.  With 2 new papers that I just love, I thought it was the perfect time to get out the notebooks and decorate them.  I love these little guys.
I made 2 with our Succulent Garden DSP ...
... and 2 with our Falling in Love DSP.  These papers are just absolutely yummy.
Now ..... what could I use up next from my stash?  I am proud to say that my storage room is all neat, tidy and organized and not overcrowded.  I've cleaned out a lot and will pass it on to someone that needs it more than I do.  That makes me a happy camper.  It is a huge and wonderful storage room and I am so blessed to have it.  It keeps all the excess supplies out of my studio when I'm not using them.  In case you're wondering, I'm a very messy stamper when I'm in creative mode and I have out a million things, but I always know where everything is and I always clean up before and after each and every big creative storm.  I'm about half-way into a creative storm right now, so look out!
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Friday, January 6, 2017

A New Coaster Calendar

I haven't made coaster calendars for a long time and decided that our new Succulent Garden DSP would be really great for this project.  If you're wondering about the ribbon I used and thinking you've seen it recently in some of my other projects, it's a free S-A-B choice.  You get 2 rolls of this woven ribbon --- one with shiny gold accents and one with shiny silver accents.  It's really pretty!
There's a magnet on the back of my coaster calendar, so I can put it up on the fridge if I want to do so.

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