25 January 2007

So Very Doughnut Card

Here we are at 'Recipe #4' for my January Demos. This has been a fun card to demo and show off!! So Very Sorry that the rose red 'so very' is not stamped very well here ~ don't ya just hate that when you are demo'ing in front of a group of gals and the stamping does not come out as crisp and clear as what you had hoped? The other 'so verys' are not lined up as well as my demo card was ~ and I always give the hostess the choice of the two cards and she, in good choice, chose the better of the two!! *lol*

Special thanks to 'motherof6' for her inspiration on this card!

Here is the recipe of ingredients:
Stamp Sets: SAB So Very, Taggers Dozen
Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory
Stampin’ Pads: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Stampin’ Write Markers: Rose Red, Ballet Blue, Regal Rose
Accessories: 1 ¼” Circle Punch, 1 3/8” Circle Punch, Bluebird Grosgrain Ribbon

~TFL & Enjoy~

24 January 2007

Happy Day

So here 'recipe #3' for my January demos!
Once again, I relied on my Color Coach to come up with these colors!! This picture seems to be a bit bright but the tag is Naturals Ivory and it's layered on Bashful Blue.

I thought this color combo and layout would be a great 'guys card' --- be it birthday or anything out of the taggers dozen for him! I had one gal suggest at a demo last night that it could possibly even be used for a guys sympahthy card by just changing the tag sentiment --- soo true!!!

I am sooo happy that the stitched grosgrain ribbons are still available for us to order!! Yeah! I just love em' to pieces and was soo not looking forward to putting them away when it came to demo'ing them!

Also, I am finding that I am using the ticket corner punch more and more all the time --- I see sooo many cute ideas done with this that I feel I just have to try too!! This card layout was, once again, inspired by JanTink ~ she just has such an awesome style doesnt she? Here is her awesome card idea!

Here is the list of ingredients:

Stamp Sets: Taggers Dozen, Dotted Background
Card Stock: Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Naturals Ivory
Stampin’ Pads: Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy
Accessories: True Thyme Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Copper Cord, Ticket Corner Punch, Vintage Brads, 1/16” Hole Punch, Small and Regular Tag Punches, Stampin’ Dimensionals

23 January 2007

24|7 Friendship

Here is another fun card that I am demo'ing this month ~ Circle of Friendship is the theme.
The colors didn't turn out very well at all here & I totally apologize! So please go grab your SU! Color Coach so you can get a true color visual ~ ~ I chose my colors direct from the wheel ;o)
Ya' ready? Here are the cardstock colors:
Rose Red is the base
Cameo Coral is behind the Naturals Ivory
Certainly Celery & Cameo Coral is the punched Circle of Friendship

I used the Burst into Bloom stamp set and used the same stampin' pad colors mentioned above along with Barely Banana and stamped the flowers randomly on the Naturals Ivory cardstock. I then stamped the Circle of Friendship stamp on the Certainly Celery cardstock using Garden Green ink. I also stamped this same image again on Cameo Coral. I punched out the Cameo Coral image inside using the 1/2" circle punch and adhered that to the center of the larger image using a stampin' dimensional, just to make it 'pop'!

Then I took my larger circle punch again and punched out approximately 1/2 of a circle from my flap. I then applied a few stampin' dimensionals to the back of my large Circle of Friendship image and stuck that down so the 1/2 circle would be just snug behind that image ~ just enough to hold it down but easy enough to pull it up...make sense? Take a peek at the pictures and I think you will get a 'visual' as to what I am trying to explain here.

Then to just finish it all off I tied a piece of Apricot Grosgrain ribbon around the card front! This is a very fun card to make -- and really easy! What a great way to demo the Circle of Friendship or the Riveting stamp sets! I think I'll be making more like this one!!

I must send my thanks to JanTink for this layout ~ it's just awesome!! You must see her awesome layout too ~ here it tis'!

As always, here is my recipe that I am sharing with my workshop attendees:
Stamp Sets: Circle of Friendship, Burst into Bloom
Card Stock: Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Naturals Ivory, Certainly Celery
Stampin’ Pads: Garden Green, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana
Accessories: Apricot Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1 ¼” Circle Punch, ½” Circle Punch

~Enjoy & TFL~

22 January 2007

Lots o' Sweet Hearts

I stated a few days ago I would post my January 2007 demonstration that I have been busy doing ovah' and ovah' again .... pete and repeat... you know? *lol* I just love to set up one demo every month and then be able to just do it over and over again at each show ~ it saves me sooo much time and I feel I am 'on top of my game' when it comes to doing the demo. I just have to re-organize and cut a bit more cardstock and I am ready to go for the next round. January certainly has been a busy demo month thanks to the SU! SAB promo ~ Yeah! Thanks SU!

Here is a fun one -- this is actually the last one of the bunch -- I personally demo 3 ideas and then the 4th we always do as a make and take --- meaning each participant gets to make this card and take it home with them!!

The base of this card is Bravo Burgundy card stock with a piece of Apricot Appeal placed on the front with 'sweet' from the 'Sweet Shapes' stamp set stamped in the lower corner. Then the 'Lots of Hearts' jumbo wheel is ran across a piece of Ultrasmooth Vanilla cardstock using the Bravo Burgundy Jumbo cartridge. (You know I just love this wheel and the only place it is pictured in the IB&C is in the back listed with the wheels?!!!) Then to get a quick 'edge' on the vanilla cardstock I jut ask the participants to 'fan or shave' the sides thru the stamp pad. Then to just finish it off we wrap a piece of the celery grosgrain ribbon around it to tie it all together -- I think the celery color gives the card a bit of the 'candy hearts' looks --- sweet treats you know? *wink wink*

Special thanks to SCS'er billsbrowneyedgirl for her inspiration on this card ~ I absolutely loved her color combo and was going to use it ..but.. for all the demos I had scheduled in January, and I wasnt going to be personally ordering in the meantime, I had to change my color combo to match what I had on hand for cardstock quantities.

As always, here is a list of ingredients (same as above but listed here again):
Stamp Sets: Lots of Hearts Jumbo Wheel, Sweets Shapes
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Apricot Appeal, Ultrasmooth Vanilla
Stampin' Pads: Bravo Burgundy and Bravo Burgundy Jumbo Cartridge
Accessories: Celery Grosgrain Ribbon

~Enjoy & TFL~

20 January 2007

Sweet Treats

Valentines Day is quickly approaching and it will be here before we know it! Today I have been busy creating little treat bags and I thought I would share with you what I am doing! I am making these for my upcoming SU! hostesses as well as friends and family.

Special thanks to SCS'er Donna Cook for her inspiration on these cute, fun and sweet lil' bags!

I used the medium cello bags and cut them down so they were not so tall. The cardstock includes basic black, whisper white and real red. I used my scoring blade in my SU! fiscars cutter to score the top of the basic black cardstock for a nice (and fast!) fold. The stamp set is the 'riveting' hostess set stamped on whisper white with basic black ink and then again in real red just for the heart. I punched it out using one of the SU! circle punches. The heart was stamped and punched out with the smaller circle punch and was applied with a stampin' dimensional to 'pop' it up ~ I then just ran the silver cord around twice ~ how simple! I attached the bag topper with two staples and I did that under the real red so it wouldnt show on the front.

These are super simple and easy ~ and sooo much fun!!

~Enjoy & TFL~

15 January 2007

Got Bags??

Good Morning!!
As I have been supah' busy with SU! SAB preps and demos in the last two weeks I've been thinkin...(yes, I need to post my cards that I have been demo'ing I plan on getting that done this week too! *lol*) ...my parents are headed to AZ for some R&R for a few months...and I could give them a 'mission' while they are there!! To find us some tea bags ;o) What ya think?
Pictured here is my very own hoarded stash that I have now....nope...won't share...won't do it....notta so don't even ask....BUT....I would be happy to have my parents gather some up and deliver them back and mail them out to you at whatever it costs them (no mark ups!!)...you just pay the shipping from me to you. I don't know yet what they would cost but I can't imagine it would be alot....soooo if you are interested how bout' you now post that you are interested in some bags of your very very own for your very own hoarded stash ;o) Mom and Dad will be leaving AZ to come back on April 1st...so they should be back by the 2nd week of April....so the shipping from today won't be speedy by any means...I will though keep you posted as to when they pick them up and how much they cost with tax, etc etc. I am not sure how many come in a bundle but please post too how many you would be interested in and then we will go from there!!
Thanks again for showing your interest in my tea bags ~ I thought since my parents were headed that way some of you might be interested in the 'naked bags' to decorate yourself too!! ~ Just a friendly thought!! Just let me know if there is any interest!
Happy Stampin'!

02 January 2007

Birthday Tea for 2007

Remember back in the middle of December when I posted the Christmas tea bags that I had made? I had mentioned that I had made an extra few for my Mom to send to her friends? Well she sent one to my Aunt CJ in NC.

Aunt CJ emailed me and stated she had received it and just loved it. She loved it so much she wanted to make some up as 'birthday tea' bags for her girlfriends for the upcoming year. She wanted to know where she could get the stuff to make her own. Welllll ...... I just happened to know who could just 'make' some for her!!!! So my Aunt has officially 'commissioned' me and the project is complete! I made up 5 for her ( the pink edged ones are hers) and while I was at it made up some 'birthday teas' for me to have on hand too!!

Aunt CJ came up with a cute poem for her bags but wanting to keep her poem special just for her bags I edited mine just a bit to make them different.

I used the Spring Flowers designer paper for this batch, along with the 'flirty' ribbon from the Winter Mini. On the close up of the front of the tea bag book, its hard to see but the brown flirty ribbon is running down on the chocolate chip card stock...I just love that brown ribbon..its so fun and forgiving to work with!! I also had 3 left to do and was running short on the flirty so I grabbed my stitched grosgrain for a different look as well.

The tea tag is So Saffron and the background was stamped with two background stamps --- both using So Saffron --- Print Pattern and French Script. I also used the new small tag punch also featured in the new Winter Mini (page 4) I just cut the bottom of the tag off for a different look. I then just punched a 1/16" hole in the tag and pulled a piece of pink gingham and Narrow Celery Organdy Ribbon thru and tied that together with gold cord. I also used the Daisy punch and added a so saffron Daisy to the inside as well.


Soooo.....we alll have a birthday every year if we like it or not......and with it being only the 2nd Day of January we are at the start of a new year! I would like to offer you my thanks for reading my blog ~~ please post your comments here that you would be interested in receiving one of my extra birthday tea bags and let me know the month and day of your birthday. (year is not necessary *lol*) Then, if you would, please email me your name and snail mail address and I would be happy to mail you a tea bag close to your birthday. (Please include your screen name in your email so I can keep names straight.) This offer will be for the first 8 or so people that reply ~ ~ ~ Thanks again for checking in here on my blogging adventures ~ I appreciate you!

~Enjoy & TFL~

01 January 2007

New Years Eve ~ Finally Snow!!!

I know...I know....this is not a stamping project...well not really... but I have been waiting allll Holiday season for a day like this to get some pics of our version of 'loads of love' here on our acerage. Today was the day for pictures as it was 'dressed' for the Christmas season! It took this long to get snow here in Iowa...believe it or not!!! It started to snow on New Years Eve afternoon and continued till' after dark. We were able to get these pics New Years Day morning before it all melted ~

My DH agreed to keep the tree and presents in the truck till' it snowed...even if it was after Christmas! Now Santa is sitting in the drivers seat there, but the snow on the window is blocking the view just a bit here...I didnt want to walk up and clear the window for the pic as that may disrupt the ground with my foot prints for the picture...oh what dilemmas !! lol

Now tonight, the tree and packages are gone and we are dreaming of what could be next ..... I have consulted the IB&C Loads of Love accessories and it shows hearts for Valentine's Day...but I am looking for more ideas...anyone?! I would love to hear what ideas you have for the bed of our version of the 'loads of love' truck!!!

Oh, I posted the 'Autumn Thoughts and Creations' version of the truck back on November 14th here on my blog....take a look at that too ;o))

~TFL & Enjoy~

Happy New Year 2007

Here is what I have been working on for the past while ~ due to the fact that I am still trying to figure out what happened to the time I was going to spend on making some Christmas cards BEFORE Christmas.....*sigh*.... soooo.......I decided I would stamp and send out some "Happy New Year" cards! I've been busy in my stampin' space making about 65 of these ;o)

The picture does not show all of the detail so I will start with the background and work forward. I started with real red cardstock as my base. I ran whole sheets thru my computer printer and printed a quick note (times two) on the inside to family and friends so they didnt think we were "MIA" *lol*. I then cut those into 2 cards. On the front of each one I used the snowfakes from the stamp set 'The Snowflake Spot' and stamped real red snowflakes on the real red cardstock just to 'fill in the space'. I then silver embossed 'Cheers' in the lower right hand corner of each card front. The card fronts were then set aside.

Next, I started on the big snowflakes. I silver embossed those on the brushed silver carstock and then used the ticket corner punch in the bottom two corners only. I attached the brushed silver cs to bliss blue cardstock and then punched a 1/16" hole and adhered two silver brads. I then attached that to a piece of almost amethyst cardstock, leaving it a bit longer at the top. I then scored and folded the top down and tore the edge across to give it a different look before wrapping the fun fancy fibers ~ Scarlet ~ around the card a few times and adhering that to the front of the card.

This card was inspired by a few SCS'ers that I want to give credit to!! I really liked the card that JeanneS had posted awhile back here. I just loved her colors!! Also, I recently received an RAK in the mail from TracyTripp and in her card she had sent me some of the Scarlet Fancy Fibers. I totally forget about using this fun stuff! So I pulled out what I had and put it to use in my New Years cards here!! Thanks Ladies for your inspiration!!!

As always, here is a list of my 'ingredients':

Stamp Sets: The Snowflake Spot, All Year Cheer III (for the Happy New Year stamp for the inside of the card)

Card Stock: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst, Brushed Sliver

Stampin' Pads: Real Red, Basic Black

Accessories: Fancy Fibers -- Scarlet, Ticket Corner Punch, Silver Brads, 1/16" Circle Punch, Sterling Silver Embossing Powder, The Tearing Edge

~TFL & Enjoy~