Sunday, September 30, 2007
I was drawn to THIS CARD of Jenn's to CASE for the challenge. I think what drew me in was Jenn's use of Elegant Eggplant, a color I haven't used in a very long time. I defenitely wanted to use Elegant Eggplant, but wanted to change it up a bit, using a color combination I've never used before. With the help of THIS SU Color Combo website, I stumbled across my color combo of Elegant Eggplant, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow, and Basic Black.
I really liked the way Jenn used the "inside" sentiment on the outside of her card .... I never think of doing that! I always think of the sentiments from In My Thoughts as ones that would normally be used for the inside of a card. Love it when stampers think outside of the box that I always seem to be on the inside of!
The things I changed from Jenn's card: a) color combo, but inspired by Jenn's use of Elegant Eggplant, b) stamp set ... mine uses Bud Basics and Basics Outline Jumbo Wheel, c) I mocked Jenn's "scallop" border across the bottom of her card. She used the Polka Dots & Petals stamp set for a scallop look, and I used the Slit Punch on Apricot Appeal CS for my scallop, d) different sentiment, but same stamp set (In My Thoughts).
Stamps: Bud Basics (pg. 94), and Basics Outline Jumbo Wheel (pg. 94)
Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow
Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow Classic Ink Pads
Embellishments: Apricot Appeal Button, Black Gingham Ribbon
Tools: Paper Piercer/Mat/Template, Slit Punch, Jumbo Wheel Handle
Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals
Friday, September 28, 2007
Drew joined a tackle football team and is taking guitar lessons, and Allie's marching band season is in full force. I can't tell you how many trips my husband and I make in one day back and forth from schools and activities ... it just plain NUTS! I can certainly tell October is approaching! Seems like October, December and May are always CRAZY months at the Riley house! (Now that I think about it ... when ISN'T it a crazy time at the Riley house?). Bear with me ... I am trying really really hard to get some stamping time in!
I have a photo folder on my computer for photos of cards and projects I find in various places. I totally CASEd this altered fruit can from Sarah Moore. See her original HERE.
This can was originally a Del Monte 4 oz. can of fruit. I opened it from the bottom with a Pampered Chef Can Opener which opens cans without the sharp edge. After taking the fruit out, wash the can and remove the label, decorate, fill with Halloween goodies, and glue the bottom lid back on the can. E6000 glue works well for this, and can be found at your local craft store and Walmart.
I did use the retired Stampin' Around Wheel, Boulder Bits, and some of last year's retired Halloween Night DP and ribbon for this can. My all-time favorite Halloween character has got to be Frankenstein, and love it when green and purple are added to the traditional orange and black colors for Halloween!
Stamps: Booglie Eyes (pg. 29), Builder Bits Stampin' Around Wheel (retired), "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" from All Holidays (pg. 143)
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black and Whisper White CS, Halloween Night DP (retired)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink Pad, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac and Only Orange Markers
Embellishments: Green Galore Brad, Tangerine, Apple Green, and Delphinium Grosgrain Ribbon (all three retired)
Tools: Tag Punch, Word Window Punch (folded in 1/2, attached to tag with brad and looped through Tangerine Ribbon)
Supplies: E6000 Glue, Pampered Chef Can Opener (both non-SU)
I received this Best Blog Friend Award from Roxy, Stamping With Roxy. Roxy's blog is jam-packed with incredible stamping ideas, and her award-winning enthusiasm is contagious! HOLY SMOLLY MACARONI! (this is a term Roxy uses when she's really excited about something, which is often!) She's so funny!
I'm nominating some of my newest blogging friends that I've just met recently:
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I had high hopes of offering this project as a class, but after the amount of time I spent completing mine, that idea was immediately scratched! I love the end result, and know I will enjoy displaying the garland in my home during the Thanksgiving holidays for years to come!
Differences between my garland and the catalog's version:
a) I used Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon to hang my letters, versus the catalog's Jersey Ribbon Originals,
b) the brads on the letter "H" in the catalog look colored (but not sure) ... I used Antique Brass Brads,
c) the catalog's version used All In a Row stamp set on the Close To Cocoa panel of the letter "U" ... I chose Antique Brass Brads. (does anyone else out there have "All In A Row Phobia"? ... I get so frustrated stamping that set straight, and have not mastered the stamp-a-ma-jig ... but will someday!),
d) there are some words on the leaf chipboard located on the letter "L"of the catalog's version.... my chipboard leaf is slightly different, and chose not to include the words.
If you would like to complete this project, your KEY TOOL is an exacto knife! Notice that all the the letters except the "A" and the "U" use the NEGATIVE to the letter. In order to cover them with designer paper, place the right side of the negative chipboard piece to the wrong side of the DP, trace with a pencil, and use an exacto knife to cut it out. Your cutting doesn't have to be perfect because you will use the sanding block to rough up the edges for a distressed look. I did buy a fine sanding sponge at the craft store that I was able to cut into small sections in order to sand the hard-to-reach areas. The cutting and sanding is what took the majority of the time in creating the garland ... the embellishments are fairly simple.
Stamps: True Friend (pg. 18 '07 Holiday Mini)
Paper: Apple Cider DP (pg. 19 '07 Holiday Mini), Really Rust, Very Vanilla, River Rock and Close to Cocoa CS
Ink: Really Rust
Embellishments: On Board Garland Greetings (pg. 9 '07 Holiday Mini), Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, River Rock Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Really Rust Buttons, Antique Brass Brads, Natural Hemp Twine
Tools: Exacto Knife, Crop-A-Dile
Supplies: 2-Way Glue Pen, Sanding Block, Fine Sponge Sandpaper (non-SU)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I cased two of Kristina's cards. See her original of this card HERE.
To achieve the three "windows" in the Certainly Celery CS (3 1/2" x 4 3/4"), I punched three Post-It Notes with the 1 3/8" Square Punch, making sure to include some of the sticky portion of the Post-In Notes. I then placed the three Post-It Note square evenly on the Certaily Celery CS, and punched again with the 1 3/8" Square Punch. The Certainly Celery frame piece is mounted on dimensionals for depth. The flowers from the Priceless stamp set are stamped on the Whisper White background piece, stamped again on another piece of Whisper White, cut out, and raised on dimensionals.
Stamps: Priceless (pg. 117)
Paper: Flowers For You DP, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Whisper White CS
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Regal Rose and Tempting Turquoise Classic, and Versamark for background
Embellishments: Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads
Tools: 1 3/8" Square Punch
Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals/Foam Tape, Post-It Notes
Here is my second CASE from Kristina's gallery. See her original card HERE. I'll be making five of these cards for five ladies who recently joined my creative team. They took advantage of the Choose Your Family Promotion (click here for more information, or e-mail me). This special promotion ends September 30 ... don't miss out! Some of these ladies purchased the Starter Kit to take advantage of the great price on Stampin' Up! products, others want to purchase their SU products at the discounted demonstrator price, and others are looking to start a Stampin' Up! independent business. Welcome Leah, Gaylene, Toni, Jennie, and Tammy!!!!RECIPE
Stamps: Office Accoutrement (pg. 114), Circle of Friendship (pg. 150), Warm Words (pg. 142)
Paper: Notations No. 2 DP, River Rock and Very Vanilla CS
Ink: More Mustard, Wild Wasabi
Embellishments: More Mustard Brads
Tools: Spiral Punch, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, 1/2" and 1" Circle Punches, Paper Piercing Tool/Mat/Template
Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals/Foam Tape
Technique: Paper Piercing, Distressing around "MEMO" piece.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Denise Wenzloff and her husband offer a full line of HIGH QUALITY, HANDMADE WOOD STORAGE UNITS for rubber stampers. Denise's husband has a full time job during the day, and handcrafts these beautiful units in the evenings and on the weekends.
In July, Storage Units Ink had a discounted price on their units, and were bombarded with orders. That is why I am just now receiving my unit. Let me tell you, it was so-o-o worth the wait!!!
I got the Wall Unit Plus which holds 60 Ink Pads, 60 Re-Inkers, and 60 Stampin' Write Markers! OMG!....it is so nice to have my Re-Inker and Marker right next to the coordinating Ink Pad! Love it love it love it!!! This unit hold all of my 48 Stampin' Up! Classic Colors, 6 Neutrals, and 6 Current In Colors. The quality of workmanship is incredible ... it is just perfect in every way!
This is my Wall Unit Plus. Notice I can even display some of my artwork on top of it! I've been stamping for several years, so some of my ink pads are still the OLD SU style, which I am slowly replacing with new. Until then, I'm going to use my Dymo labeler to label the outside SIDE of the old style pads.
I also own the Stampin' Up! Color Caddy with Extender Kit (pg. 193) ... which I also love! I really needed something that didn't take up the "round space" on my workspace that the Color Caddy did. I've moved the Color Caddy to my nearby shelf and use it for my Craft Ink Pads, Versamark, Encore, Staz-On, and duplicate Classic Ink Pads, etc.
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD (STARTER)
Making the starter...
Soften active dry yeast with 1/4 cup warm water for 10 minutes.
Stir with a wooden spoon. In a non-metal bowl, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix, slowly adding 1 cup warm milk and the softened yeast. Cover loosely with clean cloth and leave at room temperature until bubbly. When mixture has lots of bubbles, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Days 2, 3, and 4:
Stir with a wooden or plastic spoon (don't use a metal spoon) until mixture is smooth. Do this once each day.
At this time, 2 cups of starter can be removed from the batch to bake Amish Friendship Bread or use in your own recipe which calls for starter.
****Replenish starter by stirring in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk; stir; allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate.
(It has been my experience that jumping ahead a day or falling behind one or two days does not affect the process. )
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD
Day 1: Do nothing (This is the date written on the bag)
Day 2: Mash the bag
Day 3: Mash the bag
Day 4: Mash the bag
Day 5: Mash the bag
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1C. Flour, 1C. Sugar, 1C Milk ... then Mash the bag
Day 7: Mash the bag
Day 8: Mash the bag
Day 9: Mash the bag
Day 10: BREAD BAKING DAY!
1st ) Pour the entire contents of the bag into a bowl. Add 1-1/2C. Flour, 1-1/2C Sugar & 1-1/2C Milk.
2nd ) Measure out 4 seperate batters of 1C each into 4 one-gallon zip-lock bags. Keep a starter for yourself and give to 3 friends along with a copy of the recipe. (If you keep a starter, you will be baking every 10 days)
BAKING INSTRUCTIONS: (after dividing batter into 4 bags)
preheat oven to 325 degrees
To the remaining 1C. of starter in the bowl add:
1/2 cup milk
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1 large box of instant vanilla pudding (or 2 small boxes; you can use one vanilla & one chocolate or mix and match... I always use vanilla. Nuts may also be added.)
Greese 2 large loaf pans. Mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1-1/2 tsp. cinnamon, dust the greased pans with half of the cinnamon mixture. Pour batter evenly into the 2 pans. Sprinkle the remaining surgar mixture over the top.
Bake for 1 hour ( I start checking the bread after 50 minutes). Cool untill bread loosens evenly from the sides of the pan.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Four Tidbits About Me
Four places I have worked:
1) Lighthouse Marina (in my high school days and college summers as a dishwasher and waitress)
2) Landstrom Photography (candid party photography for fraternity/sorority parties/keggers/dances, etc.) WILD!!!
3) The M3 Companies, a property development company (Administrative Assistant)
4) I was once a Creative Memories Consultant (I guess this isn't really a "place"?)
Four places I have lived:
1) Sloan, Iowa (born and raised)
2) Vermillion, South Dakota (college)
3) Phoenix, Arizona
4) There isn't a #4 .... those are the only three places I've lived!
Four places I have been on vacation:
1) Hilton Head, SC
2) Daytona Beach, FL
3) San Diego, CA
4) Denver, CO
Four favorite foods:
1) Tacos (or any Mexican food)
2) Ice Cream
3) Licorice (red or black)
4) Cheeseburger & French Fries
Four friends I'm tagging that are most likely to respond:
To update you on my previous post regarding Dottie K .... I found her! She responded to the post quickly, and we've been conversing via e-mail. She has a great sense of humor, and is a scrapbooker and a card maker! I'm trying to talk her into sharing her work with us through SCS gallery or blog! Let's hope she starts soon!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Brocade Backgrounds DP, Basic Black and River Rock CS
Ink: River Rock, Versamark
Embellishments: Black Vintage Brads, Gold Brad, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Gold Cord
Tools: Tag Punch, 1/16" Punch, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Powder Pal
Supplies: Black Embossing Powder
Note: Card measures 5 1/4" x 10 1/2", scored at 5 1/4".
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Do you all remember my friend, Paula Bartlett? She's the one that gave me the garage sale figurine in THIS post, and also the one that found the lunchobox tins for me in THIS post. Paula and Leah are sisters-in-law. Leah also brought a gift for me from Paula ... Paula's FAMOUS FRIENDSHIP BREAD! Paula, like clockwork, bakes this most incredible tasting bread every ten days! A huge labor of love! Paula has given me loaves in the past, and I am always hoping I'm on the list for the next batch! I'll never forget the first loaf she ever gave me ... Allie and I were at Paula's house, and we left to go somewhere ... we were so hungry that we were breaking off chunks of it while driving to our next destination. By the time we arrived to our destination, the loaf was about 80% gone! It is the BEST stuff! Anyway, look at this HUGE loaf she gave me this time! The photo does not do it justice ... it was perfectly baked and gorgeous! As usual, it didn't last long ... my family and I ate it within 3 days! THANK YOU, PAULA !!!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Stamps: Big Pieces (pg. 120), Little Pieces (pg. 120), All Holidays (pg. 143)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Taken With Teal, and Old Olive CS
Ink: Black Staz-On, Taken With Teal and Old Olive Classic Ink Pads
Embellishments: Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: CM Custom Cutting System (2 1/2" Teal Circle), Circle Punches -- 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 3/8"
Supplies: Stampin' Dimensionals
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I made this card for Heather Summers, Stamping With Heather. Heather has provided me with an incredible amount of inspiration since discovering her blog a few months ago and she is a very sweet person! Heather, along with her 7 year old daughter, Emma are hosting a card-making fundraiser to raise $1,500 for the Cancer Society in honor of Heather's father who passed away 3 1/2 years ago of Gastro Intestinal Cancer. Those of you who don't live near Heather can still participate and help Heather and Emma meet their financial goal for the Cancer Society ... they're selling the card-making kits that can be mailed to you! The kits include 11 projects (6 cards - 2 each of 3 designs, 3 tags, 2 packages). More information about Heather's fundraiser for the Cancer Society can be found HERE and HERE.RECIPE
Stamps: True Friend (Holiday Mini pg. 18)
Paper: Apple Cider DP (Holiday Mini pg. 19), River Rock, Close To Cocoa & Naturals Ivory CS
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Really Rust, and Close To Cocoa
Embellishments: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Brass Brads
Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch
Sunday, September 9, 2007
So what is Barbara congratulating me for? I've started building my creative team (aka downline)! The first member of my team is Leah Sinatra and am working with a few other ladies who see the value in this month's CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY PROMOTION. Whether you've ever considered running your own Stampin' Up! business or would like to receive Stampin' Up! products at a discount for your personal use, this promotion is for YOU! It is such an incredible value, and is not offered by Stampin' Up! very often (the last time is was offered was two years ago). Contact me today for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the USPS's characteristics for nonmachinable mail. If you send anything through USPS with these characteristics, they require an additional $.17 postage.
* It is a square letter (minimum size for square envelopes is 5 x 5 inches).
* It is too rigid - does not bend easily
* It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices.
* It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter
* It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven
* The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.
OK, Stampers ... basically all those ribbons, eyelets, brads, hardware, dimensional items that we put on our cards make it bumpy, creating an uneven surface. Therefore, USPS cannot process those envelopes through their machine. Relunctantly, I'll be adding the extra $.17 postage to my handstamped cards. Thought you might want to know!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Here is a card Halloween card I did a couple of nights ago. I wasn't even going to post it, but Allie (who is very frank with her opinions about my work) liked it. Allie has a great eye for design so I figured if she liked it, it must be OK! To me, it just seems to be missing something but everytime I try to add to it, it looks too busy.
* My son, Drew did not make the boy's volleyball team. He was expecting that but we were hoping! He's going to start guitar lessons next week. Our good friend, Rob, loaned Drew a guitar and amp! Gee, thanks Rob!!! LOL! (my craft room and Drew's bedroom share a common wall)
* My daughter, Allie's marching band performed their first half-time show Friday night at our first home football game. Um, I think it was like 110 degrees that day! How crazy is that to be going to a football game in this heat?! Anyway, their performance was AWESOME, as always! They had just learned their first movement a week prior at band camp! That group of kids just blows me away! They are so committed and hard-working! John, my husband, is in charge of water for the band, which is a huge deal, especially in the Phoenix heat! We don't want any of the kids to drop on the field! I sold raffle tickets during the game, and Drew helped at the consession stand during half-time so the parents could watch the show. If there was a football game going on, I didn't realize it! It's all about the BAND!
* My blogging and stamping may be slowed down some in the near future. My mom is coming in a week from Omaha. She will be recovering from surgery at my house for four weeks. She will not have any use of her right arm (she's right-handed), so I'll be her right arm! Looking forward to having her here!
That's the Riley household update for the week ... now I MUST clean my house for tomorrow's class!
Here's a photo of all the goodies that came in my mail yesterday ... a gorgeous handmade card from Gena, not one but TWO clear paint cans (can't WAIT to alter them!), two stamped can toppers, six SU inspiration sheets, two yards of beautiful ribbon, chipboard flowers, tags, and prima flowers! WOWZERS! I'm in heaven!
Here is Gena's beautiful card. The silver Baroque Motif swirl and center medallion are embossed, and there is a rhinestone brad in the center. I love it!
THANKS, GENA!!! You're fabulous!!!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Stamps: Sassy Stems (pg. 97), sentiment from All Holidays (pg. 143)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Whisper White and Kraft CS, Groovy Guava Prints DP
Ink: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Groovy Guava
Embellishments: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Always Artichoke Brads
Tools: Aqua Painter, Tag Corner Punch
Monday, September 3, 2007
Bitty Boos Too, pg. 26, item #105355, discounted price: $12.57
Haunting Halloween, pg. 29, item #109284, discounted price: $13.27
Thoroughly Thankful, pg. 30, item #107383, discounted price: $16.07
Autumn Fest, pg. 108, item #109373, discounted price: $16.77
Elementary Essentials, pg. 91, item #109421, discounted price: $19.57
Stem Silhouettes, pg. 17 of the 2007 Holiday Mini Collection, item #110366, discounted price: $22.37
Click HERE for samples using these stamp sets.
Don't forget another incredible special this month from Stampin' Up! ... Choose Your Family! Purchase the Demonstrator Starter Kit and receive an additional 12 Classic Ink Pads FREE! See more information HERE and HERE, or e-mail me directly! This is such a great deal, and Stampin' Up! doesn't offer it very often. Don't miss out!
Sunday, September 2, 2007
I can't believe I spent time making a Christmas card when I haven't even begun making Fall and Halloween cards! Their all in my head ... just need time to put them into action! I found these self-adhesive bling stars at the Michael's $1 bin the other day, and knew they would be perfect for the top of the Christmas Tree in the Season of Joy stamp set (pg. 2-3 of the Holiday Mini). When I found Heather's card, I knew it would be a great excuse to start using my Wintergreen DP that's been calling my name for several weeks!
Things I changed from Heather's card: a) Heather's card appears to be square .... mine is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, b) changed up some of the paper, c) used different ribbon, d) deleted the white tafetta ribbon ... tried to do it but couldn't get mine to look right!, e) used different ink colors ..... the more I look at it, the more different mine is! Oh well, mine is completely inspired by Heather's! RECIPE
Stamps: Season of Joy (pg. 2-3 Holiday Mini Catalog)
Paper: Soft Sky, Always Artichoke and Going Grey CS, Wintergreen DP
Ink: Always Artichoke
Embellishments: Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Bling Star (non-SU)
Tools: Ticket Corner Punch
Supplies: Foam Mounting Tape/Stampin' Dimensionals