Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
By the way, we put a calendar w/tear-off pages on the hinged coaster project at the back (the project that has a photograph on it). At the time this picture was taken, I had not received the calendars yet.
The large project on the far right is a note pad cover! The new scallop circle punch, Baroque Motifs stamp set, and a pleat accent were used to decorate the cover.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
You and I haven't always been friends--actually, I used to just push you aside to get to another tool in the drawer--a tool that I was really anxious to see. Truth be told, I sometimes pushed you around without noticing your usefulness. Of course, there was that one time when I held you tightly on the card stock, being ever so careful so nothing would slip. Even then, I secretly looked forward to putting you back in the drawer--to be forgotten. SAMJ, I assure you my feelings for you have changed. It is now very clear to me that Stampin' Up!'s new and really fun stamp set (All in the Family) is meant for you and I to share. How fitting that something called All in the Family would bring us back together. You can start looking forward to more opportunities to perform your magic. I can't believe you never stirred for attention, but I suppose that's one of your endearing qualities . . . that quiet confidence that I would, indeed, return to you. Affectionately yours . . .
Seriously, though, I could not have created the framed "my family" art without it! I know the designer paper is a bit busy on the frame, but isn't that Cutie Pie paper just adorable????? I love it!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
My maternal great-grandparents. I don't remember a lot about them, but I remember that couch was RED!!!!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
It hasn't been too long since I made my first coaster box, and it was a nightmare . . . or so I thought. I carefully covered the coasters with designer paper and gave them time to dry. I meticulously laced the coasters together with ribbon, being careful to not leave any twists in the ribbon, and then tied the ribbon tails into neat little bows (this sometimes required tying again and again and again). When that part of the detail was complete, I straightened my back and stood up to admire how this project was coming along. I think I even remarked to myself something about how simple this was! And then came the time to place a bottom on this coaster box I'd worked so hard on. Everyone said that Crystal Effects would do the trick, so that's what I used. Oh dear! After nearly gluing my fingertips to the bottom of the box and pushing, squeezing, cussing, and pushing some more to get the bottom lined up so the four sides would make contact with the bottom, I was certain that I had failed the last step of this project. In my frustration, I tossed the box across the room but then retrieved it because I might later find a way to salvage the decorated coasters or find another use for the box that I was sure would have no bottom. I muttered a final word (just a little four-letter word) and walked away. Sometime later, I was cleaning up the room from ALL the supplies I'd left out and I picked up the coaster box to toss it in the trash and just as it left my hand, headed for the trash can, I realized that the bottom was intact!!!! Could it really be????? Oh yes!!!!! A little Crystal Effects really goes a long way! I was in disbelief, but so excited, and that first coaster box now holds a few bottles of Stickles and hemp twine. The moral of the story is . . . never give up! ;-)