Saturday, May 31, 2008

Before and After

I have been trying to re-organize my stamp room. I wish I could clean my room like I clean my closets. I take everything out, sort through it, then put almost all of it right back. But it always looks roomier after you organize it. I just have to much heavy stuff to do that with my stamp room. So I'm taking small sections at a time.

The first thing I have tackled is my computer desk where I do almost all my stamping. As you can see from the before picture, it was a mess. The ladies in my stamp club think I'm so neat. I try to tell them I only clean my room once a month before they come. The rest of the time it looks like this.

I tried to place things so that they were handier. I moved my inks from on top of a filing cabinet to the top of my desk, so now I just have to stand up to reach them. I set my printer docks on the filing cabinet. I'm hoping with them setting out all the time, I will be more likely to print pictures. I may even scrapbook a few of them. I also threw away some scraps and some 1/2 finished projects that I had started.

On the left middle shelf I have my markers, tape, blender pens and stapler. On the bottom left I have a caddy that holds my aquapainters, scissors, glue pens, mini dots, sponge daubers, stamping mist and lots of other small items. I got this at hobby lobby, it was less than $10.

On the right at the very top you see my inks. To the left of those is wooden holder for cd's or movies. I use it to hold the most current stamp sets that I use. To the right on the 1st shelf, I have my tins: Accents & Elements, Fusion Flowers, Pretties Kit, Crop-a-dile and Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The second shelf has my caddy for the buttons, elelets and brads. In the back are my prismacolor pencils. On the bottom shelf, I have my background stamps and a couple of sets that have my favorite sentiments in them.

I still have a lot of cleaning and organizing to do, but at least I have started. I'm hoping this will help me to do more stamping. My goal is to make at least one card a night. Even if it is a super simple card or even a duplicate of one I have already made. So far I have managed to make one card the last three evenings. I will post them tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Nephew's Wedding

One of the things we did this weekend was to go to my nephew's wedding. His dad (my brother) was the one who married them.

It was a pretty wedding. And wouldn't you know it I forgot my camera.

Here is a picture of the card I made for them. It really shimmers in real life. It took me a long time to figure out how I wanted to make the card, but the card itself is pretty simple.

I used my cuttlebug to emboss each end of the card, I used my Score-pal to add the lines. Throw on some flowers and pearls from Stampin Up's Pretties Kit, tie on some black ribbon add a charm (it says love) and there you have it.

I think the feature that really makes the card is the Shimmer White cardstock. When you open the card, there is an embossed pocket (like the front) that we stuck their money in.


Monday, May 26, 2008

May Stamp Club Projects

I seem to have a hard time posting on a regular basis these days. It's partly because we have been busy and partly because I haven't been feeling well. Hopefully things will calm down soon.

Here are the projects from this months stamp camp. I apologize for the dark pictures, I've taken them at night and they don't turn out as well as when you have natural light.
This first card was made using the "black magic" technique. You simply stamp an image in Whisper White craft ink, dry the ink, and color the image in with Stampin Up Pure Color Pencils. The lines on the background was made using the Zig Painty Pen. I'm not going to post all the details as it's late and I'm tired, but if anyone wants directions, just email me and I will send you a copy. I have them saved on a word document.

This second card is a gate fold card.

The last project pictured is a card holder. You could put 4-5 cards plus envelopes in this box. I think they would make neat gift items, a complete set of cards and matching box holder.

Well those are the projects for this month. I'm sorry for the lack of details, but again if you are interested, just email me and I will send you the instructions.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

I've been busy...

I haven't posted in a while because I have been busy. First, I helped my daughter make some table decorations for a baby shower she was hosting for her friend. And I've also been working on items for our Mother-Daughter Banquet at church.

We held our banquet last night, and I think everything went ok. I'm going to show you some of the items I made for the banquet.
First of all, our theme was "A Recipe for Friendship" and the color scheme was red, black and white. I played off the baking theme to come up with our decorations and favors.
The first thing I made was mini-recipe books. I had the ladies in the church give me some of their favorite recipes and I then typed them up and bound them into little books. Each lady received one as a party favor. Here's a picture -

I used the chipboard coasters for the covers and my bind-it-all machine to bind them all together. I used the "fat chef" from the Voila Stamp set throughout my decorations. I even put him on the invitation postcards I had made. It took me, with the help of my husband, daughter and mother-in-law about 4 hours to put these all together.

For the program, I made fans. The "fat chef" is again on the front and the program itself is typed on the back.

To decorate the tables, I ordered bud vases of red and white flowers with a black ribbon. I wished I had thought to take a picture of the table after they were all done. Anyway, I set the flowers in the center of the table and on one end of the table, I had small mixing bowls (red and black of course) filled with candy. On the other end of each table, I had either salt and pepper shakers filled with M&M's and a recipe holder or I put a small carton of plastic eggs. Here's a picture of the recipe holder.
As part of the program, we had a scavenger hunt. The ladies had a list of items they had to scavenge in their purses for. The winner of the scavenger hunt received a prize. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture what it is - I used the same kind of bowl as I used on the tables for decorations, and I put in the bowl a dish towel (with the fat chef on it), I made more recipe books (only these had blank recipe cards in them), a wisk, and covered peppermint patties. I put it all in a cellophane bag and tied it up with ribbon.

And last but not least, I had to have a favor for all the girls that came. So I made these little tote bags and filled them with candy and a bracelet.

So now you see why I haven't posted in a while. Tomorrow night I have to go back to church to help get some things ready for our last night of Seekers (our kids program) which is Wednesday night. Then Thursday I have stamp club - that really sneaked up on me. So maybe this weekend I will have some time to catch up things.



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