Sunday, April 29, 2007

I was tagged!

Wow...I didn't even realize anyone even read my blog much less liked it well enough to tag me! So thank you Made by Me!! From what I understand, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and then tag 7 others. I can do the 7 things about myself but I wouldn't even know where to begin to tag others. I do plan on adding more to my blog and web site roll as I go but just haven't had the time to do it yet. Please check that every now and then and you'll see who my favorites are as I go along. Hope I'm not offending anyone but so far most of the blogs I've seen, I've really liked.
Anyway, 7 things about me...
I scrapbook to remember that even though life can be hard it's also supposed to be fun. My kids need to know that I love them and that I do pay attention to everything they do.
I used to dream about being a singer which is funny since I'm naturally shy and can't carry a tune in a bucket.
I love VeggieTales especially Songs with Larry (Larry is my favorite!).
I love technology and learning about it.
I have a lot of favorite movies but my two favorites would have to be The King and I (Yule Brenner) and Dumb and Dumber. Nothing like two ends of the spectrum.
I'm scared of the dark (so needless to say I do NOT watch horror movies).
I'm also scared of chickens and cows (don't ask!).
Well, that's 7 things you know about me now that you could've gone a lifetime without knowing!! I guess actually that's 8. Consider it a bonus!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Day at the Office Stamp Camp

I'm giving you a preview of the projects that we will be doing for our stamp camp. Our main project is an address book that was
CASE'd for the most part from our Stampin' Up! demonstrator newsletter, Stampin' Success. There's a lot of great ideas in there!
Here are the pictures for the outside and inside.
We are also making a maze book. I found this project at the Scrapbook Lounge. It is made out of one sheet of cardstock!
The jumbo paperclip project was taken from splitcoaststampers but I can't remember who did it off the top of my head. It makes a great scrapbook or card embellishment. The papers used here on this sample are Provo Craft but we will be using our office papers from the Spring Mini Catalog.
We may have a bonus project too if I can ever think to come up with one. Let me know if there is one that you would like to learn how to do and if I can figure it out or find the instructions, I'll try to add it.

Guess I better stop playing now and go pick up my daughter from school!

Technique Class

This notebook was inspired by Chi Chi Allen's blog and will be our make-n-take for tomorrow's technique class. The image on the front will use a different stamp set (still have to figure out which one!) because of time constraints. This project employs the gamsol technique which will be taught in tomorrow's class. It's a simple project and a lot of fun to make. It also makes a great gift!
To enlarge image, just click on it!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Going Unmounted--Sort Of

I finally did it! I decided to take all my non-SU! stamps and my retired stamps and switch them to an unmounted system. Wow...I didn't realize how hard that would be! I felt like I was disgracing my SU! stamps. But lack of space won out so I now have 11 sets unmounted with about 70+ to go. I can also use my acrylic blocks that I bought from CTMH with them.

Here are the instructions if you want to know how I did it. I bought the thin EZ Mount sheets from Sunday International. They are designed to work with rubberstamps that are already mounted on the foam backing. I microwaved the stamps for about 15 seconds and then peeled them off the wood block and stuck them on the EZ Mount sheet. Then, I used a hot knife and cut around them using my already cut out rubber stamp for a guide. Place them in a CD holder or on a piece of acetate and your ready to go! Just place the stamp on a clear block when you are ready to use it and stamp as normal.

I'd much rather use my stamps already mounted on the wood...I guess I'm a little lazy that way. And I do feel guilty for desecrating my SU! stamps, but I'm seriously running out of space. It also makes it look like I have less stamps than I do (good for those accountant husbands out there!). So if you are looking for another storage idea and can't bear to part with your stamps, you might try this. Thanks, Valerie for the idea!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

FYI--My Stampin' Up! web site and Stampin' Up!'s customer web site

Just wanted to let you know that you can access Stampin' Up!'s online catalog from this blog. Click on either "My Stampin' Up! web site" link or the "Stampin' Up! customer web site" link on the right-hand side of the page. Once you get there, there will be a link to the online catalog. You can click on any of the project samples in the catalog and it will bring up a supply list.

On my web site you will have access to more samples in My Gallery. If you want more information about a project, click on the picture and it will bring up a supply list. You can also access any specials that SU! or I may be having.

On SU!'s web site, you can see information about their promotions also. Most of the time, they have a project for the opening page. There is a link at the bottom right to see the supplies for the shown projects so you can recreate them for yourself.

Both of the web sites have something different to offer. Be sure to check back to them often to see new specials, projects, etc!!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Email Subscriptions

If you don't have time to check my blog, then you can sign up to receive updates by email. Just enter your email address in the space provided on the right-hand side of the page. Thanks!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Doodle This 6 x 6 page

Even though this page was done as a 6 x 6 page, it can easily be converted to any size page you like to do.
I was going through my pictures trying to find something to scrapbook one day and ran across this one taken of Ali in December. The first thing I thought of was Stampin' Up!'s new Doodle sets in the Spring Mini catalog.
This page was a lot of fun to create. First, I stamped the images in VersaMark and embossed them with black embossing powder on black cardstock. Then, I just watercolored the images with bleach. I had to go over a few places more than once...I think I had left my bleach out too long. Anyway, once I finally got all the embossed images bleached, I colored them in with my Stampin' Write markers. I added a few dots to some of the images with a white gel pen and stamped the heart on white cardstock, colored it with markers, and cut it out. I used a dimensional to attach it to the corner of my photo.
This is a fun technique to do especially with the Doodle stamp sets. It can be a little time-consuming, depending on how much detail you want to put into it.
If you try bleaching, let me know how you do and if you like it or not. I'm interested in your comments!

All in a Day's Work

I've been trying for a few weeks now to see how this "blog stuff" would work out and I finally decided to take the plunge!! I worked all day trying to figure out how to do this. I just happened on to this service thanks to splitcoaststampers. I even tried making my own web site which my internet service provides for free. That was a joke!! I guess if I understand what HTML was all about that I could do it but I don't have time for all that right now. So I will go and post my blogs here and my card/scrapbook page samples and hopefully inspire your creativity a little!