Thursday, October 16, 2008

One Stamp-Two Stamps

I like this stamp from Stampabilities but it seems to bulky for a smaller card. I used half of it on the outside of the card and the other half on the inside of the card. The star and the manger scene are from a Stamping Up set of six. So from one stamp I was able to make two.


I love this Cardinal Stamp purchased at Hobby Lobby. It's fairly easy to stamp and watercolor. The outside says "Once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything" and the inside is stamped "Wise Men Still Seek Him"...with the other half of the stamp above.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Gold Embossed Buttons

I needed something to add to these Christmas Cards:I remembered that Keri told me you could emboss brads--I tried it on buttons and there you have it. Brown plastic buttons are now gold. Ah, if only I could do it with plastic coins!!! Thanks Keri.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Techniques

I was invited to a stamping up gathering at my friend Laura's. It was a lovely evening. Laura hosted this small gathering of women in the cabin in the back of her house. It's so precious. What a wonderful get a way and all you need to do is go out the back door and down the path. I learned so much in one evening and thought I'd share the technique the Stamping Up rep., Karen, taught us.

Faux Metal Tags:

Its simple and very versatile. Just emboss silver card stockwith stamp of your choice, use a punch-and attach it to your gift with eyelets. I don't have any eyelets (but have the tools) and definitely will get some. For a polished finish, bore holes and attach eyelets and tie it on . Joann's here I come.

Next we made candy bags using a template from the Big Shot. I like Big Shot and its a tempting investment, Another multi-purpose idea. Zip-lock bags may be a thing of the past in this house.

We made this sweet card which Karen had pre-punched the bird using the Big Shot. The large scallop punch is another tempting investment.

It was my first stamping up gathering and I really enjoyed meeting some wonderful women and Laura's taco soup, apple walnut salad and 5 flavor pound cake too!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A few more cards

I have a friend who would like to see how marketable home-made cards are in this area. She also would like to market the above wreaths. The cupboard was bare so emergency sell able cards had to be made. The stationary pack is a good idea because sometimes our local paper goods store has a great price on packaged paper. Because there are 25 sheets in a pack you can made stationary packs easily.

Don't know how to do a slide show presentation yet but when I do it will be utilized...

Stationary Gift Packets

A Few Cards to go with Wreaths to Sale

A few Thanksgiving Day Cards-Slight Variation

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Christmas Wreath Project

This was my week-end project. We had a bumper crop of pine cones this year and I thought about making a pine-cone wreath. I bought four wreath rings and used a large upholstery needle to thread the cones through the ring wires. I added some cranberries, made bows and sewed on a red button. So far two are completed and thinking about doing two more. Thinking being the word.
That is not snow on the cones--it's pine sap. If you do this project, I suggest you wear gloves. If you get pine sap on your fingers it will come off with nail polish remover. I didn't want to embellish it too much--but maybe the next wreath I will. All in all I think it was worth it .

PS. I decided to add bows and eucalyptus to embellish them because they are going out to market along with some cards --hmmmm-how will we do?

P.S.S. A woman at my husband' s job wanted me to make a wreath with blue embellishments. No red, she doesn't like red bows for some here it bells--no red--blue....she liked it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Well, it's quite an honor to be tagged by Susie. Since I am fairly new to bogging-I'll give it my best try. I have chosen seven wonderful woman whose blogs I have visited and really am amazed by their talents. Ceal, Leslie, Theresa, Cheryl, Viv, Keri and Debby.

I couldn't figure out how to "link my tagger" so I'm coming through the back door.

Tagging Rules:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven facts about me.*

*These facts have been checked for accuracy and truthfulness by J&K, (who are not in any way associated with Ernst&Young) as being truthful and may or may not be of any importance or significance.

1. I am married to Fred the Handsome.

2. After two years of studying, I am still in Book One of Guitar Lessons with Estaban'

3. I am a singer .

4. I am a sinner saved by grace.

5. I don't like being late and I don't like arriving early.

6. I have a sock fetish. I love socks! All colors.. The more festive, the better.
7. I went on E-bay to buy one Madame Alexander Irish Doll , but seventeen (17) dolls later I had to repent!!

Mother of the Groom Jewelry

Josh and Keri's wedding day was an exciting day. These two remarkable young adults are such a treasure. My sister, Linda, is launching her own business It is a on-line business venture for artiseans to promote their talent. Check it out. She is extremely talented that's why I wanted to share the stunning jewelry pieces Linda made me for the wedding. She also presented them in this beautiful satin satchel.

The wedding was an elegant affair and...

The bride and groom are living happily ever after!!