Mercy me! Look what I decorated today! I took one of the tins that the Build-A-Brad comes in and decorated it with some of SU's brand spankin' new Rub-Ons! There are actually four packs of these from which to choose in the new catalog, but the ones that I used are from the "Eastern Elegance" collection. Can you say "EASY PEASY?????" It's kind of hard to read "Life is Beautiful" on the tin, and I guess I should have used white instead of black there. Oh well . . . I'm still learning! The packs of Rub-Ons come with two sheets . . . one with all black images and one with all white images. Go ahead and put "Rub-Ons" on your wish list because you are going to NEED them! You might as well get a couple of Build-A-Brads, too, because it's an equally fun and useful product, plus you get the tin to decorate!
Friday, December 28, 2007
To make the board sturdy, I used a 6x6 portion of the thin card board that comes with packs of designer paper and just covered it with Purely Pomegranate card stock. The Basic Gray card stock served to add a coordinating color, but it also became a mock grid once I put the punched floral-stamped squares in place.
Monday, December 24, 2007
What a fun day this has been! Earlier this month, we bought this vehicle for Chadrick's Christmas. We felt very lucky to have found one of the few vehicles he liked AND a color that he liked. The hardest part of all was remembering to NOT say anything about it! The funniest part was that the Jeep was parked in our neighbor's driveway, and Chadrick NEVER noticed it! We kept thinking that he'd surely make a comment about "that nice Jeep," but he never did. There was one time when I came pretty close to just handing him the keys and telling him he had a vehicle sitting right outside--that's when he was fussing because he wanted to go to a friend's house, but Fadi was gone in his truck, and I was going shopping and needed the van. Of course, he didn't just want to "go" to the friend's house--he wanted to drive himself there! Anyway, he went on a scavenger hunt today that led to the Jeep, and he was quite shocked at what was waiting after the last clue. He took me for a ride to Walmart this evening--not a really smart thing to do on Christmas Eve--but it was a really fun trip! I'm so happy for Chadrick to have one of his "dream" vehicles, but it's also a gift symbolic of giving him more freedom--letting him go a little more, and that's kind of hard to do. For the past 16 years, he has been my best buddy--my favorite companion. Maybe if I don't try to drive so much from the passenger seat, he'll let me tag along with him from time to time. ;-) I hope everyone who reads this post is having (or has) a Christmas as blessed as mine has already been!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
What is an ATG? It's an Adhesive Transfer Gun (dispenser) for which you can purchase rolls of excellent adhesive! Your projects will NOT fall apart with the adhesive that fits this dispenser. BTW, I always purchase the 924 rolls, but there's a Gold adhesive that you can purchase if you particularly want something acid-free and photo-safe. If you've been to a framing store or the framing department of a craft store, then you've probably seen a couple of these dispensers (either red or yellow)lying on the counter/table.
Even though it's much larger than most tape runners, such as Tombow Mono Adhesive or SU's SNAIL adhesive, it's quite easy to get used to. I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive about using the ATG when I first got it, but it didn't take long at all to get used to it--I even use mine on really small pieces of card stock! I thought for sure it would be top heavy, but it really isn't! I'm not exactly the most coordinated person, but all you have to learn about the ATG is to put the unit on your card stock, squeeze the trigger, pull the ATG across the card stock, release the trigger, and lift the ATG off your project. That's it!
When used with card stock, it's fairly easy to lift a layer that's been adhered so that it can be re-positioned, and you can always just rub off excess adhesive that gets on your project where you don't want it. This is a REAL plus!
I'm happy to report that I have never had a project fall apart when I use the ATG. When I used the Tombow Mono Adhesive or SNAIL, I noticed that my projects, over a short period of time, would begin to come undone, and who wants that to happen???? As a SU Demonstrator, I feel a twinge of guilt for not using the SNAIL product, but I just don't have faith in it. If I won't use it, I won't demonstrate it and, fortunately, I won't say that about most SU products! When you compare the hold strength and cost of the ATG adhesive, I know of no other product that comes close to beating the ATG.
The best price that I've found for the ATG dispenser and tape is www.framingsupplies.com. I'm not affiliated with that company, nor do I get anything for referring people to their web site . . . I'm just a satisfied customer. I believe that a good adhesive is a very important tool for every stamper and/or paper crafter, and it's my opinion that the ATG is the best bang for your buck!
The only name I know of for this card design is "Bib." The circular cut-out was created with the Coluzzle. If you're beginning to think that I like that tool, then you are correct. This is actually the first design I've made with the brand new "A Beautiful Thing" stamp set and Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper. Other SU products used include Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Brad, Designer Label Punch, Taken with Teal, Basic Black, and Pumpkin Pie markers, Pop-Up Glue Dot, Slit Punch, Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, and Old Olive card stock, and the 1-3/8" Circle Punch.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
EDITED: Chadrick, being the dear, sweet son that he is, embedded the video for this song, so all you need to do is scroll down to the green box and turn off the music that automatically started playing, and then watch this video.
I also created one that included my parents, niece (Haley), and great-niece (Malena). http://www.elfyourself.com/?id=1427682982
Monday, December 10, 2007
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Friday, November 23, 2007
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Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The other day, I needed a card for a swap and didn't have any idea what I wanted to make, so I just reached for City of David and the Holiday Harmony designer paper. Once I completed this card, I thought it might be a good design for one of my personal holiday cards. Features of this card are the gold-embossed image, designer paper used as "filler" on the card, and elastic gold cord.
Designer paper really comes to the rescue when your card needs just a little something OR when you're short on design ideas. Designer paper can enhance a design or it can BE the design! Now is a great time to try several of SU's designer papers because during the month of November, you'll get a FREE pack of designer paper when you order three packs.
And now for the second non-SU card. I got some fun things for my birthday . . . some Spellbinders' dies (scallop ovals, classic ovals, and Sleigh Ride) that I couldn't wait to play with! The sleigh on this card was cut (from aluminum) and embossed with the Wizard. It's such a pretty sleigh! The packages and bows were also cut and embossed with the Wizard, although the designer paper and card stock are by SU.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
what I did with it when I took it out of my purse. That's a normal occurrence, right? I looked in a few places and then told him to go look on my dresser since I may have "unloaded" there. He came back in a few minutes, with a stern look on his face, showed me a bag he'd found and said, "Just what is this? I'm very disappointed in you!" He was partly joking, but still unsure of what was in the bag. I started laughing and told him that it was a gift from the girl where I tan. Earlier this month, they had gone to a show for the indoor tanning industry and, obviously, a lot of vendors were there, giving out free samples, so the shop owner was sharing with her customers. I told Chadrick that he had not uncovered a secret stash and that the two-pocket zippered pouch contained several samples of tanning lotion. He checked it out and was relieved, somewhat. Now, he and I need to talk about that ring tone on his cell phone. It rang last night, and this is what I heard, "Roll, roll, roll your joint, take out the seeds and stems . . ." Once again, they put unpleasant lyrics to the nicest music! And he was concerned about my little green leaf????
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I found the pattern for this little box and thought it might be a good holiday item. It is a good one--and would be a fun one to receive. The problem, for me, is that I don't really like working with patterns . . . I would much prefer to have measurements so that I can work solely with my paper trimmer and avoid having to copy a pattern onto card stock. Your printer might like card stock, but mine would just as soon chew most of it up and spit it out . . . if it didn't get choked on it. ;-) I have to admit, though, that I looked at the pattern, took some measurements, and used my paper trimmer to create this little gem. Between now and December, this might be a workshop or camp/class project!
The first picture (of the top of the box) doesn't really depict just how glittery the punched snowflake is. I used Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on the punched snowflake, but I used Hologram Highlights Embossing Powder on the snowflakes that are randomly stamped on the outside of the box. Other snowflakes are stamped with Brocade Blue Classic ink on the box, too. In the second picture, you can see that there's a piece of acetate covering the window, which gives the recipient a peek at what's inside.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
BEACHFRONT: Basic Gray, River Rock, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
DISTRICT: Basic Gray, Blue Bayou, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
FAIRY TALE: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Rose Red, So Saffron
JERSEY: Basic Black, Brocade Blue, More Mustard, Real Red, Wild Wasabi
SHERBET: Groovy Guava, Mellow Moss, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Very Vanilla
THEATER: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Shhhh . . . don't tell Arlene that by the time I was finished with this card, I REALLY wanted to keep it! Had to push myself all the way to the mailbox!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
|You Are a Werewolf|
You're unpredictable, moody, and downright freaky.
You seem sweet and harmless, until you snap. Then you're a total monster.
Very few people can predict if you're going to be Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde.
But for you, all your transformations seem perfectly natural.
Your greatest power: Your ability to tap into nature
Your greatest weakness: Lack of self control
You play well with: Vampires
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thanks again, ladies, for your support of this very worthy cause! I appreciate you!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
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Friday, September 28, 2007
How do you like the music? I added a new song recently to my playlist, and you need to listen to it . . . "Things Have Changed" by Bob Dylan. It's a neat, bluesy/jazzy song! I was walking through the living room one morning this week, and this music video was on TV. It stopped me in my tracks! While you're here, be sure to listen to it!
The "noel" card was actually the first one I made, and I wasn't sure how the design was going to turn out, but I knew I'd be using Chocolate Chip, Bravo Burgundy, and Blue Bayou card stock. BTW, the neutral color is Very Vanilla. It's hard to tell, but I used SU's "Weathered" background stamp on the burgundy card. The edges of the blue layer were distressed with SU's Cutter Kit (love, love, love that distressing tool). I really like this card, but it's a few steps from the look I normally go for. Doesn't it have a nice, warm appeal to it?
I have another "Big on Christmas" card that I made this morning, but I haven't been able to get a good photo just yet. I'll try to do that soon.
In the meantime, have a great weekend and don't forget to play with stamps and ink!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Congratulations, Cindy and Brian, who were married last night at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens--beautiful outdoor ceremony! My sister, Renee, and I had the privilege of assisting at the rehearsal dinner on Thursday night and attended the wedding last night. We had a blast and felt that we were among our own family and friends!
Cindy gave me permission to post this card on my blog. For quite some time, I tried to think of what kind of card I wanted to make for them, but I wasn't all that thrilled with anything that came to mind . . . until I was looking at all the sweet photos on their wedding web site--they had SO MANY of them! So, I sniped a few and created a black & white photo collage. And that's when the card design just fell into place. I used a transparency sheet for the actual card. The swirl design (from "Doodle This" stamp set) was stamped and white-embossed on two corners. Aren't they a sweet couple? They're just as sweet in person as they are in pictures, and I wish them all the best!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Hmmm . . . I took this online quiz this morning, and it came back with a picture of Hitler! The irony is that before I took the quiz, I amused myself with the thought that Hitler would be involved in my results! I almost jumped out of my chair when I saw that little moustache! Take the quiz and find out with which famous leader you have something in common.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
1. Find your ROCK STAR NAME (first pet & current car): Ty Odyssey
2. Find your GANGSTA NAME (favorite ice cream flavor & favorite cookie): Rocky Road Oatmeal
3. Find your FLY GUY/GIRL NAME (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name): Rand
4. Find your DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color & favorite animal): Blue Dog
5. Find your SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name & city where you were born): Suzette Mocksville
6. Find your STAR WARS NAME (the first 3 letters of your last name & first 2 letters of your first name): Andre
7. Find your SUPERHERO NAME (2nd favorite color & favorite drink): The Pink Cheerwine
8. Find your NASCAR NAME (first names of your grandfathers): Charlie William
9. Find your STRIPPER NAME (favorite perfume & favorite candy): Light Blue Truffle (sounds sweet, huh)
10. Find your WITNESS PROTECTION NAME (mother's & father's middle names): Ann Preston