So this past few months I have been doublely (not sure of that spelling:) blessed, with a brand new great neice Maggie, born to my neice Kelly and her husband Steve; and a brand new great nephew Mack born to my nephew Steve and his wife Robyn. I've tried to crochet a baby blanket for each new baby - although depending on the stage of my life at the time I might have missed one or two :( Anyway I wanted to share these two with you. My grandkids love their giant granny square blankets and sleep with them all the time, so I hope Maggie and Mack like them just as much! What blessings these little ones are.
Last weekend was my friend and co-worker Emilie's birthday, so I made her this cute notebook she can carry in her purse
The outside is bright and cheery - just like her. She's so much fun to be around.
Inside it has a notepad, a post-it note pad and a little coordinating pen. I hope she liked it. I carry one of these in my purse all the time and love it, as the paper never gets all crunched up :) Next week we're taking her out to lunch and the celebration will continue.
Last Sunday we had our monthly Christmas Card Stamp Camp - each person attending got to make five each of two designs of Christmas cards. Here is the first one designed by Heidi - it is a popped up layer with a punched out snowflake - you can see the printed paper underneath. Just lovely. The second card was designed by me - I designed it to mimic the idea of a package with a bow on top. The oval and the house layers are popped up on dimensionals. I really like how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by.
Last week we had our monthly Cards camp where everyone makes two cards each of three decisions. This month we did Halloween - with this adorable candy corn card using the SU pennant punch. Next we did a Thanksgiving center fold card - and here's the inside of it. The third card was our Christmas card - how pretty is that. Heidi had us take off the little dots with a blender pen and then add in some cherry cobbler to put some color on the tree. These were so much fun - next month on the 15th we're going to do Sympathy, Baby and Birthday - hope you can come join us!!
Yesterday we took the grandkids to a local hardware store for another building session. The kids each got to make a Monster truck - except for the two little ones. This is such a great thing to do with the kids and they really enjoy it. Then everyone came to our house for lunch. Here they are posing afterward with their creations. And here are a couple of their creations close-up. Can't wait till next time!
Last week someone (shhhh it's a secret :) dropped off this great card for Julie! I still miss those bats :) But to go with that great card was this wonderful frame - I love it!! It is so much fun seeing all the great stuff that our secret sister's give and get. Our big reveal will be at our Holiday Party December 3rd!!
Recently I shared my love for clouds with you. We had another great day of clouds on 10/6 when a storm passed through just north of us. This second picture shows an amazing puff of clouds - the setting sun cast a slight pinkish glow on it - it reminded me of a big puff of cotton candy and there is a hint of a rainbow at the bottom of this picture. Here is a better picture of the rainbow - right over my house. It was so beautiful - such a wonderful reminder of God's promises to us. Enjoy!
Our card this month used the "Masking" technique. We stamped the front jack-o-lantern, masked it, and added the Cajun pumpkin behind it. Then popped up the hat and the "spooky" on dimensionals to make this adorable card. Inside we added a little Halloween greeting- Our second project was this cute little treat bag filled with "Candy Corn" M&M's - yummy - to the mummy for it's tummy :) Okay - I'm not as funny as I think, or so my hubby tells me. The topper uses our "Peek-a-boo" die with a little mummy popped up on it - inside "eeek!" These are so quick to make up, and so much fun to give out!
Last Friday was our Stamp Club at Diane's and she made this adorable veggie skeleton for one of her treats!! How cute is that! Our technique this month is Masking - here is the card they did to put into their technique binders.Stop back tomorrow to see the projects we made!
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Here is final project we made at our stamp camp - a cute little 3x3" gift card with a spooky skeleton with crystal eyes. Also made with the "Pick Your Poison" DSP and stickers. Here's the inside - We had a great time getting ready for Halloween. Plus everyone who attended got to leave with the remaining stickers from the Quick Accents kit and the remaining DSP from the half of package they received - so they can decorate a ton more of matching projects at home. How fun!!
Our next project was this great Bird on a treat Box. The inspiration was from Page 10 of the current Holiday Mini (we also saw it at Convention in July). We used the Pick Your Poison DSP and stickers again, and Heidi put her own creative twist on it all and came up with this - Other side - and inside of box - Finally a close up of the trims she used to decorate the bird. The hat and neck frill with gems; and cute little skull necklace :) Check out Heidi's blog by clicking on the the Stampin' King Icon on my sidebar to enjoy more of her creations!
We had out Halloween Stamp Camp last weekend. This is always one of my favorite Stamp Camps of the year - I love the fun of Halloween. We did a couple cute projects which I'll be sharing with you over the next few days. This is the first one - we used a wood coffin that I purchased and painted the sides black one. It's decorated with the "Pick Your Poison" DSP and stickers and we added a spooky spider with a black pearl body to the outside. Then we decorated the inside of the coffin with additional DSP. But what good is an empty coffin :) Next we took a couple Baby Ruth mini candy bars and taped them together, wrapped them with strips of DSP, added a couple eyes and voila! The perfect inhabitant for our coffins - a cute little Mummy!! Check back tomorrow for more of what we did at this Stamp Camp!
Last week was my latest Gramma Day with Paisley - It was a lovely day. We picked up breakfast at McDonald's, and then Paisley came to my house to decorate the house for Halloween. Here are a few of the decorations we put out - These pumpkins are decorated with SU decor elements - and two pictures below in the frame and shadow box were stamped - I also asked Paisley to draw me a picture - anything at all she wanted to draw. It could be of what makes her happy or sad; what she's been doing lately; anything at all and this is what she drew. It's a picture of her in school day dreaming about Gramma :) We had a talk about probably listening to the teacher rather than day-dreaming (LOL) but I loved the picture. I am hoping to do this with all the kids on their Gramma days, and putting together a scrapbook of our days together. After decorating - we went to lunch at Red Robin and shared a basket of ribs and a Mint Chocolate shake - Yum! Then we went to the movie "Zookeeper" which was really cute and then headed home. It was a delightful day with one of my favorite little girls! Next month - my day with Prince!
Karen's Secret Sister dropped off a wonderful gift for her before our meeting last week. Here is the card to Karen. But that was just the beginning :) All the rest of this was also in the gift bag for her - this adorable Fall wall hanging. These great cards - and we've save the best for last - this beautiful basket of fall flowers - these are all made with our daisy die and Stampin' Up! buttons. There are also a few fall colored roses tucked in there. How great is that!
At our last meeting our downline challenge was to make your best project using any of our in-colors. We only had one entry, but it was great! Heidi created this adorable birthday card - LOVE IT! So she was our winner and got to pick out of the prize box. Here's the inside - just as cute as the outside. Who wouldn't love to get this :)
Last week at our downline meeting Karen had us make this great Halloween card. We used the imbedded embossing technique to make this lovely quilted image. I have done imbedded embossing before - but never the quilted images and I loved it. My mother-in-law has made beautiful quilts in her life - so my goal is to make her a framed image now of several quilted patterns. Our meeting was small, so it was a little less organized and lots of fun chatting going on, so I forgot to get a picture of Karen demonstrating, as I usually do. So I found a photo of her in my archives. She is the demo on the right below. Thanks Karen for providing a great project for us all.
This month at club our technique was Reverse Masking. Here is the 6x6" technique card for our binder. I love this technique, it is just so fun to do the sponging and stamping and pick up the post-it mask and voila! We made this beautiful card using the same technique. I have seen several similar cards - but just love the richness that the black and Cajun Craze bring to this. We even stamped the owls on the inside of the card - sorry for the blur -but you get the idea.Check back next month to see our next technique!