Saturday, December 29, 2007
Wow, where has the time gone? I didn't mean for 2 1/2 weeks to go by without posting. (How did that happen?) Well, on second thought, Christmas parties, holiday concerts, Christmas shopping, rushing Christmas orders out, making several hand-crafted mini scrapbooks with customized photo CD's, waiting at the post office....
Yes, it's been a busy time here.
I hope all of you had a marvelous Christmas or Hanukkah, and that your new year is full of love and happiness.
Until the new year actually starts, I thought I'd share some photos of the mini-scrapbooks I made. These were taken before I added photos and other embellishments since I don't want to post personal pictures of the recipients.
There were five books in all. The papers largely coordinated for all five, though there were some slight variations between the different books. (If you look at the photos, you'll see what I mean).
These books are made from CD holders which are covered in patterned paper and held together by adhering them to solid colored cardstock. The covers and spines were made from solid-colored cardstock as well.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Okay, so I was trying to think of a clever title. Anyhow, I thought I'd post another holiday card. I decided to depart from my usual colors of red & green, and I'm very happy with out it turned out. I have to confess, I got my courage after Meridith Anne from Lizzie Anne Designs sent me a Christmas card. I'm pretty sure I hung onto it, so if I find it I just might post it.
Anyhow, I used a white craft pad on the snowflakes. I liked how they were a little more translucent that way. I also used whisper white to set off the boxed snowflakes, though if I had some shimmering white I might have used that instead. I made this card before I saw Lizzie Anne's snowflake. Cute huh?
You use what you've got though, right?
So, what is your favorite holiday card color combo?
Sunday, December 2, 2007
If she wants, I may change it so it says, "C is for Cameron". (That's the nice thing about vinyl--you can peel it off and start over if you want). :D
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It stuck on the streets & sidewalks (and was rather icy), but it didn't really stick to the brown lawn.
LOL. Oh well. Happy December.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Well, it's November 29, and the ground is..... brown. Uggh.
So, here's wishing we get some white stuff sometime before too much longer. (As long as I don't have to drive in it).
There's a good idea--snow that falls only where you want it to. :D
Thanks for being patient with the lack of posts this week or so. I've been helping a dear friend who is 9 months pregnant (well not anymore since she had the baby today!)
She's done the baby thing before, but not with a broken kneecap (hence the reason she's needed extra help). Hopefully she'll be out of the brace in a couple of weeks (she was in a cast until a week ago). It's going to be a long road to recovery, but we're all trying to be as supportive as we can.
So, thanks again for understanding why there was a sudden drop in posts. I'll try to be a bit more frequent, but it might be hard until my friend is on her feet again.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wow, what a busy weekend. I fully intended on posting more blog entries, but time truly got away from me.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We spent a lot of it with my in-laws who came into town. We also put up the Christmas tree (no, it's not decorated yet), and did some "fall" cleaning. (Leaves, move mattresses around, etc). It's only just stated to calm down, and tomorrow we're back in school!
In any case, after so much vinyl, I thought I'd post a fun little holiday card I made a couple of years ago.
This card I used two different naturals paper. The gingerbread men were stamped on kraft paper, cut out, embellished with marker & a painty pen, then popped onto the card with dimensionals. I got the idea from some wood gingerbread men I made years ago. The real wooden gingerbread men I painted have holes in their hands and are tied together with jute. For my card version, I drew little bows between their hands with a zig pen. (I probably would have used wire, but I came up with this card before Stampin' Up! carried decorative wire.
Stay tuned for more fun projects.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 19, 2007
I just want to say thank you to all who have participated in this giveaway. You guys rock. Not only did I hit 500 views, but we got close to 700! I'm thrilled with all the nice comments, and I'm so glad to know you like what we're doing with vinyl. It's very encouraging.
I had so much fun with this blog candy, that I'm definitely going to be doing it again, so look for that in the future.
Thank you again everyone!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Second, as I've mentioned previously, its the Utah Chocolate show this weekend. Chocolate in an of itself is a reason to celebrate, right?
Third, and this is where you can help me out, I'm within a stone's throw of reaching 500 hits on my blog. I put in the counter about a month ago, and I'm so excited to see that people are coming to check out my blog. Soooooo, in anticipation of this third one, and in honor of the other two, I'm going to be giving away some blog candy. I'll be giving away the 8x8 tile pictured below. So what do you say? Leave a comment & I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner Monday Morning.
Thanks for playing, and thanks for visiting!
Friday, November 16, 2007
This new sign uses a fun font called Passion's Conflict. It's one of my favorite new fonts (along with Ma Sexy). I think this will work well for some of my scrapbooking titles as well.
Do you have a favorite font?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
LOL. The chocolate show starts tomorrow, and we've had so much fun getting ready for it. Who knew there were so many great quotes about chocolate out there? I also just wanted to say thanks for your kind suggestions & complements.
I actually have managed to do a little scrapbooking and card making in the midst of all this. My friend Peggy hosted a 10-10-20 at her home, and we made some great cards. I'll be posting them over the next few weeks.
I also finally had a chance to work on my mini-scrapbooks from our craft day at the church. I'll be sure to post pictures of the finished product when it's done. It may take me a while, but I will get it done. :D
Have a great day!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
It looks like it will be a busy weekend for her too.
Apparently it makes my daughter happy too. When she was potty training, all she wanted for rewards for using the potty were chocolate truffles.
Now there's a girl after my own heart.
I guess you can say Like Mother, Like Daughter.
Monday, November 12, 2007
It's been a very long day, so I will make this a quick post with one of my favorite quotes. (See above). Let me clarify right now that I'm definitely a chocolate lover. I just adore chocolate--especially dark chocolate... mmmm. And I'm one of those people who think a lot of things taste better dipped in chocolate. Things like pretzels, nuts, & strawberries, as well as raisins, & peanut butter (so long as it is a butterfinger).
There are four basic food groups-milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.
(Oh & in case you are wondering, I will be posting chocolate quotes all week--I'll do two tomorrow to make up for missing yesterday. On Saturday I'll be giving away some blog candy in celebration of the Utah Chocolate Show).
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Well, yesterday I mentioned the hot cocoa mugs we sold at the Utah Chocolate Show, so I thought I'd post a picture of them here. We used a different grade vinyl than what we normally use for the walls. (It's a stickier vinyl which adheres better when the mugs are washed--handwash
only). We also did a mug & plate set with "Santa's Cocoa" and "Santa's Cookies" on them.
Jodee came up with this idea, and it's been really popular. Last year I offered them at a few holiday craft boutiques locally & personalized a several for teacher gifts. And one of the craft day projects we did this year were mugs with Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, Santa & Teacher's cocoa on them. They all turned out really cute.
In my own family, my kids like having their own mugs. It means no fighting over which mug belongs to whom--much like the personalized Trick-or-Treat buckets. (I love doing things that cut down on fighting). Last year we started having hot chocolate as their after school treat. It's cold walking home from school!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
One of the nice things about fall and early winter is that chocolate seems to be in abundance. Those yummy truffles at Costco come back (they are covered in cocoa powder and literally melt in your mouth). There is also hot chocolate, homemade fudge for the holidays, and cookie exchanges (the more chocolate the better).
Next weekend is the Utah Chocolate Show in Salt Lake City. We did some signage for them last year and sold some of our cocoa mugs at a booth. This year we're making up some 2 ft. long quotes for boards or for your wall (personal choice). We've found some hilarious chocolate quotes, and as I prepare them, I'll be posting pictures.
This one I've prepped the vinyl, but I haven't applied the application tape just yet. I'll be sending these unmounted to Salt Lake, where Jodee (my friend who started this business with me) will be putting some on boards and selling some as unmounted quotes. I'll definitely post pictures of any finished products I've got. Afterall, who doesn't love chocolate?
Thursday, November 8, 2007
My friend put this above her kitchen table. It's her way of reminding herself that what we do as moms is important. Above my kitchen table I have, "Laughter is our favorite recipe." It's what my parents are quoted saying when a friend of theirs wrote a cookbook. It reminds me of the dinnertimes of my childhood and how much we all need to laugh and create good memories together.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I was clearing out the set samplers again and I came across this Christmas card I created. I used the embossing gun on the ribbon to make it shrink & shrivel the way it does. It is a simple, yet elegant touch. You have to be careful though—if you hold the heat gun in one place too long you can melt a hole into the ribbon. You can see what I mean in the close-up. The hole in the ribbon and the frayed edges are why I hung on to this card--I didn't want to send a damaged one to a friend.
If you want to try shriveling your own ribbon, I recommend trying the heat gun on a test sample first to make sure you don’t end up with a ribbon that pulls too tight on your cardstock. (I found it easiest to tie the ribbon first, then use the heat gun).
I also don't recommend sending too many of these through the mail. The year I did these I discovered I had to pay extra postage due to the bulk they created in the envelope.
All materials are Stampin’ Up!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Well, things have finally slowed down enough for me to finish assembling my WCMD card & take a picture of it. I used High Hellos from Lizzie Anne Designs & Stampin' Up! inks. I was sitting in the dentist office waiting for my kids to get their check-ups done, when this idea came to me. I love this color combination--it's very earthy and organic to me.
I love High Hellos from Lizzie Anne Designs. It is light & whimsical--perfect for the fun stamper in me.
Do you have a favorite Lizzie Anne stamp set?
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Well, I've started buying presents already, but they are not anywhere near being finished.
Before the bustle of the holidays hit (I saw Christmas and Hanukkah items in the store 2 weeks ago--before you know it, we'll be leaving them up all year long--oh wait, some things I already do, like my holiday lights), :) take a deep breath and focus.
Remember what is truly important in your life. Count your blessings. It really will help you focus on what absolutely has to get done, and the best way to do it. If you get the "big rocks" (family, health, faith) into place, the rest of it (the sand & water) will fall into place too.
I know one thing I am grateful for is all the women who helped me prepare for two massive craft nights (200+ projects). I couldn't have made it without them. If you are one of them (and you know who you are) and you are reading this, THANK YOU!!!!! You are the best!
Monday, October 29, 2007
So many times over the years I have caught my kids fighting over their trick-or-treat buckets. For years they had identical (what was I thinking?) bright orange plastic pumpkins until those really strong handles they use on them broke. (I'm actually surprise they lasted more than 3 years). I tried sticky notes with their names, as well as strips of masking tape. They never worked. And the kids can never seem to remember who placed their bucket on top of the fridge, in the corner of the counter, etc.
Anyhow, last year I came up with perfect solution to the "But I thought I was eating candy from MY bucket" episodes. (My Mommy instinct tells me they were just trying to steal the "good stuff" from each other).
So my solution? I put all of their names on their buckets using vinyl. I used Ghouly Solid as my font, and it works great keeping all the buckets separate. They can no longer claim they got confused at which treat bucket was theirs. I've tried it on the pumpkins as well as the new "ice cream" buckets I got to replace the old ones. It works well on both, so no more confusion!
Do you have any helpful Halloween tips? Please share them in the comments section below.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I came up with the idea for this second sign after I made the Boo board. I was playing around with the idea of spiders and using two colors of vinyl to make a sign (much like our overlays). I love how it turned out. Now that I've gotten my orange vinyl, I'm thinking of tackling a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern design. It looks like I'll be finishing those after Halloween since this week I am trying to finish up the last of the Friday Frenzy orders, and I also need to help my sister-in-law who just fractured her kneecap and is 3rd term pregnancy. (Yikes!)
I've got one more Halloween inspired idea that I will try & post for you tomorrow. Let me just say, it's gone a long-way in preventing fights over candy. Until then, Happy Fall!
Friday, October 26, 2007
This is a cute little sign I made for my home two years when we were first starting out. We love fall & Halloween around here. There is something in the air when leaves are falling that I just love. Orange reminds me of fall for so many reasons--leaves, pumpkins, Halloween & football (orange & blue were my high school colors).
And speaking of falling leaves, Melissa Allen, who took some of the professional shots for our website, just posted these gorgeous leaves on her photography blog. Check it out.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wow! I'm so excited! The response to the proposed craft day projects has been excellent. The ladies groups put out displays with several different options for vinyl projects (as well as some sewing, painting, card making & the like). Between the various women's groups I'm processing vinyl for over 325+ projects!
One of the most popular items has been the "Believe" blocks. You can see a picture of it below. It's a little hard to see, but instead of a dot for the "i" in believe--there is a gold star. This believe block is a super easy project to do--perhaps that is why it is so popular. :)
I've also been playing around with more project ideas in my head. I've got a couple of ideas for Halloween (now that I have my orange vinyl) that I'm excited to try out. I'll try & post pictures of a the projects I did last year over the next few days.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
So, I still haven't had time to finish assembling my latest stamped card (using Lizzie Anne Designs' High Hellos). But as I was clearing out my stamp room, I found another baby card. This one was my daughter’s birth announcement. I’ve got a tiny “she’s here” embossed in the corner. By Definition (Stampin' Up!) provides the background. I was careful to make sure love showed up in the top corner of all the announcements. It's a pretty simple color scheme, but it works for an announcement.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Instead I'll post my answers to the tag game.
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) –Cindy Maxima
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Pumpkin Oreo
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) T-Gun. Oooh I sound vicious.
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) –Celadon Tiger .
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Hannah Houston. Okay not really, but it sounds good, right?
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) – Gun-ti –sounds like a Gungan name unless I stick the hyphen in there like Shaak-ti. (Yes I’m a geek).
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) The Red Smoothie.
8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)- William Harold
9. STRIPPER NAME: ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Colors Twix.
10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) none and none…so I will make up one…Jane Lawrence? or better yet... Jane Peters (after two of my favorite authors, Jane Austen & Elizabeth Peters).
Well, enough silliness for now. I've got to play with the kidlets and run some more orders.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Phew! I made it through last week. I finally got a picture posted of the tile project we did. Blogspot was apparently having problems loading photos for a few days.
This week looks like it will be busy as well. My sister-in-law is expecting and getting very close to her delivery date. Consequently she's got several appointments & a birthing class, so I'll be watching her children a few days this week. My own kids have parent-teacher conferences coming up soon too. (Mom duty first guys!) In addition one of my sweet darlings may be having some food sensitivity issues, so I've got to change his diet. Hopefully this will be a positive thing for everyone. Fortunately, of all the children, he loves the biggest variety of foods. Wish me luck with these changes.
I'm posting a picture of another tile we're creating for one of the craft days I mentioned. It's a good reminder that we should take time to enjoy the things around us--not just muddle through the day/week/month/year (take your pick). :D
So even though you may be busy too, enjoy the small things around you. After all, as I've heard it said, "Any day above ground is a good one." :D
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Well, it's only a week & a half into October--which means it's crunch time. From now until the holidays are over, we'll be going full-speed with our vinyl projects.
I did manage to stamp a new card for WCMD, but haven't been able to assemble or photograph it yet. (Yes, I'm that busy). :D
One of the reasons we've been so busy is all the craft days we're preparing for. In some places they call them Super Saturdays and in others they are Friday Frenzy. Either way it means a ton of cute new projects!
This new tile is one we've done for a church group. It looks nice sitting on an easel (haven't found one I like yet for my home decor) any time of year, or it could be considered a Christmas decoration.
I'll try and keep you posted on any other new projects we've created. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get them up on our Walls of Wisdom website since our webmaster & his wife just had their first baby. (Congrats guys!)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
For the last couple of months, I’ve been cleaning out my stamp room. Now that I’m no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, (which I did for 8+ years) I find I don’t need any of my set samplers. I've uncovered some buried treasures as well as some cards that make me laugh. (What were we thinking?)
I’ve been turning a few of the nicer card fronts into full-fledged cards. I think I'll use these are my backup cards when I don’t have time to make new creations.
Now as for those cards that make me laugh--as I’ve been looking back I’ve found some cards I made during my early days into stamping. I remember how awed I felt by the things you could do with Brush markers (see the Thank You sample in which we separated the flower from the verse). I also remember my first attempt at a wedding card and my first foray into spectrum pads. I’m posting them here for you to see. Don’t mock—these are from the days when I had only eight pads, two kinds of paper (white & naturals) and a couple of markers. I've definitely come a long way in style and technique since then.BTW, all sets copyrighted Stampin’ Up! and are retired. If you’re dying to recreate these masterpieces--I’d be happy to sell you the set if I still have it. :P
Thursday, September 27, 2007
As I mentioned, I’ve had lots of friends having babies lately. My new favorite gift to give is our Bath Time tin filled with lots of baby bath supplies. The little hippo was designed by Meridith Anne of Lizzie Anne Designs, and licensed for a fee. He’s too cute! This vinyl project started off as wall art for a tub surround in a kid’s bathroom--(which was darling by the way).
One day last year I needed to make a baby shower gift, and I was playing around with different container ideas. I happened to have an empty paint can and voila! The Bath Time Tin was born.
A friend of mine had me make a few for her which she filled with things like bath crayons, colored bubble bath and other things older kids would like in the tub. Her son gave it away as a fun birthday present.
I'm always looking for cute containers to put gifts into, and I love that I can customize them now too.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I've had a lot of friends having babies lately, so I felt the urge to get back to my creative roots and create a simple card to go with their baby gifts. The stamp sets I used are Scrappin Stamps & Scrappin Stamps II from Lizzie Anne Designs. I also used Warmest Regards and I'm Here from Stampin' Up! Inks & paper are Stampin' Up!
I tend to like fairly simple, clean designs in stamping. I love little embellishments (like the flower eyelet) which add some interest and don't detract from the overall picture. I'm that way in decorating my home. Clean lines--no clutter.
Of course when are we ever clutter-free when we've got kids running around?
Still it's a dream I aspire to. :D
It's been a while since I've had time to sit down and stamp. I'm hoping now that school has started back up I might find the occasional 15 minutes to stamp here & there. I'm hoping I'll be able to post slightly more than once a week too.
If you have children, how do you make time for your creative pursuits? Leave a comment--maybe we can give each other some great ideas.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
You could also customize a picture frame (on the glass or actual frame) or a mat board with a name or short phrase.
I've got a ton of Disney photos to go through, so check back in the future for my own completed project.
(See, inspiration really can come from anywhere!)
Friday, September 7, 2007
You can take inspiration for decorating your walls from pretty much anywhere.
These photos come from my friend's son's room. He is a HUGE football fan. (Though he loves sports in general).
To achieve this look, she first measured the length of each wall. We figured out how much lyric she could have based upon the approximate height she wanted the letters to be as well as the wall space we had to work with.
Then she painted her walls in the school colors, used a laser level to make sure the lyrics were straight, and presto--a fun collegiate sports themed room is born. She added a plaque above some football pictures and some fun pillows as well as drawer pulls and other themed accessories.
Do you have a sports fanatic in your family? Consider doing something similar with their room.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
My tip for the day is this. Since vinyl is a one-time application, try placing your vinyl on the wall (backing paper still attached) and tape it there. Move it around to different locations to see if one appeals to you more than another. Here you see the vinyl on the overhang between the family room and breakfast nook as well as above the patio door.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Since this is my personal blog for posting ideas, (you can link to Walls of Wisdom here), I'll occasionally be posting card & scrapbook pages images (my first love that led to this). They will feature stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs. Lizzie Anne Designs have created some of our very fun graphic images. Check out the gallery for examples.
If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to email or call us! We’d be delighted to help you determine what your wall word needs are.