Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going great! I have been keeping busy all week, and realized I had'nt posted anything in a while. This is a card I made recently that I thought would work well for a wedding, it is the season for that you know! or even an anniversary. I used *Very Vanilla* CS (SU!) and embossed it using the *Floral Fantasy* embossing envelope and my Cuttlebug. I layered a silver metallic paper panel ( I had it in my stash- sorry I don't know who makes it) followed by another VV panel stamped with the *Bella Blossom* image from Stampin Up! I stamped the image in *Going Gray*. I added a narrow strip of the silver paper, and then glittered the side with Silver Hi Lo Glitter from Stampendous!. I finished the inside by stamping the smaller flower from the *Bella Blossom* set and used my *Big Shot* Top Note die . the sentiment I stamped in *Going Gray* using the *Bellal Blossom* set (SU!) I added the Ivory organza ribbon ( I got it at Michael's in the dollar bin) I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the sides are trimmed in silver and it is a wired ribbon. Makes it easy to tie a nice bow! Well I'm off to finish some projects for my class next Wed. Thanks for looking!

wedding card- inside and greeting

This is a shot of the inside of the card. I think adding a little embellishment to the inside makes the card look finished and more polished.

Friday, April 24, 2009

FRANCE bookmarks for Girl Scouts-a better look

This hopefully shows the sparkles a little better. You can't really see it , but they really are *Sparkly*

FRANCE bookmarks for Girl Scouts

FRANCE bookmarks for Girl Scouts

Happy Friday everyone! Are you ready for the weekend? I am. This weekend we are going to an annual Polish Festival. It is held at a Church here in the Phoenix area that serves a mostly Polish congregation. They have Polish dancers in traditional costumes and live Polish music, crafts and Polish food. Let me just say that the food it FABULOUS!! My 94 year old (young) uncle is polish and I've invited He and my Aunt to come for the festivities. I know he will enjoy it since he grew up around all that stuff. I hope it brings back many happy memories for him. He is a very young 94 yr old. He is still sharp of mind, and a total crack up! He always has new jokes to tell, and is the king of one-liners. He is the life of the party where ever he goes. Perhaps that is why he stays so young! Well, anyhooo, I am posting today because I really wanted to share a little project I did for my niece Savannah's Brownie troop a couple of weeks ago. The Girl Scouts in our area hold an event annually where all the troops get together in a big hall, and celebrate cultural diversity. Each troop is assigned a country, and they must present info and products from that country. Savannah's troop chose France. they displayed the French Flag over their booth ( made on poster board by the girls) They had their facts table set up with interesting facts about France, i.e., arts, population, national product,etc. as each girl stopped by each "country's" table, their passports were stamped with a little flag sticker for the corresponding country, a craft was made, and food from that country was sampled. Savannah's booth served little cream puffs topped by tiny French flags. So cute! and for their craft, I made these bookmarks. The craft had to be fairly quick, under 5 min, as there were alot of girls and they had to make their rounds at each table. I made the body of the bookmark,( had it all stamped and the top hole punched out) , so when they arrived at our booth all they had to do was thread the tassel through the top hole, adhere the little oval *paris* plaque to the bottom and add the bling! Easy Peasy! They really got into the sparkly rhinestones! I had to limit some of them, as I think they would have covered their entire bookmark with rhinestones! LOL But, they're 8-12 yrs old, so that's to be expected! Little girls love their bling! and some of us *BIG* girls do too! I think they turned out quite well. all the girls seemed to like them and some of the leaders came by and made a bookmark too! Hopefull these will encourage them to do some reading over the summer, Well, .... it's a nice thought , anyway.

The Recipe: I cut some* very vanilla* card stock (SU!) into 2x8 strips, rounded the corners with my corner rounder (SU!) I stamped the images using Ranger Distress Ink in *vintage photo* the Eiffel tower was stamped in black( SU) as I wanted it to stand out as the main image, the stamp set is *Journey to France* from TJ designs (Tweety Jill) I also used the *Carte Postale* set from SU! (ret) for the Fluer de Lis and the Bonjour, and Mon Amie images. I really love that set, too bad they retired it so soon! I stamped the little Flourishes using Copper ink by Color Box. that just gives it a little dimension as it will pick up the light when held at different angles. I used *Stickles* in Bronze on the Eiffel Tower to jazz it up a little, ( remember what I said about the bling!) The little *Paris* oval was stamped on a different piece of vanilla card stock, and punched out using the small oval punch (SU!) I added two little rhinestones to each of the Fluer de Lis to give it some more interest. (on sample.) ( the girls could add more if they wished) The girls glued those on and added the rhinestones, threaded the tassel and Voila! a stylin' new bookmark souvenir of their trip to France! the Troops # is on the back of each bookmark. I made 100 of these little *souvenirs*! It was a fun night! Take care, enjoy the springtime weather, hopefully everybody is finally getting some relief from the cold and snow. It is getting just plain HOT here, But that's Phoenix!

Bye for now,


Friday, April 17, 2009

Stampin' Chicks downline meeting

Hi all, Just a quick post to share some of the Fabulous Creations made by the gals in our group, "Stampin' Chicks" I am so fortunate to be in a group with so many talented stampers! We recently decided to form a new group as our original downline group was getting rather large. I really do miss the other ladies in our original group as they are all so talented and so much fun to be with. having a smaller group is good though, because we can take the opportunity to share and discuss our ideas and techniques for projects more at length since there are fewer of us and with a larger group time just would not permit. I hope it will be inspirational and we can really get our creative juices flowing! Hope you enjoy all the Cards!

Hugs, Heidi

more cards from the 4/12/09 class

Chat's card "Branch out" (SU!) using the crayon resist method. I love the grommet she used for the tire swing!

Jean's card
NEW " Wagon full of fun" set from the OCCASIONS MINI. she also used the "scalloped envelope die" for the" Big Shot" such a cute idea!

Tammy's card " Celebrate everything"(SU!)
Tammy's card " Celebrate everything"(SU!)

Heidi's Card "Bella Blossom" (SU!)

Cards from 4/9/09

Michelle's card "Bloomin Beautiful" (SU!) I love the squares of coordinating paper she used!

Susan's card ( Fresh cuts SU!) The colors she used are fabulous! and the stickles add just the right touch! (" almost amethyst" card stock- SU!)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Alex ( above) and Jeffrey looking over their goodies. I also made each child a little treat bag using the same bunny stamps as the card (below) and filled them with a giant pencil, sidewalk chalk ,shaped in Easter themes. Lip gloss for the girls and chap stick for Jeffrey. Bubbles in fun shaped bottles (frogs) that had whistles on the top of the bubble blower. the parents all really loved me for that! They also got little note books on key chains, and more misc. stuff.

another view of the treat bags.

The girls hunting their eggs. Melody


A Late Easter Card

Late Easter Card

Hello! I hope this week is going great for everyone! I have a late Easter card that I wanted to share with all of you. I made this for my Daughter using a few stamps found in the $1.00 bin a Michaels. Sometimes you can find good stuff in there! I used various scraps of Stampin' Up DSP and card stock that I had in my stash. I just tried to put together some pleasing color combo's using what I had. I think it turned out rather nice, for a hodge podge card. I just wanted something light and fun to send to Nicole and her Hubby for Easter.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! My family and I sure did. We had a very nice dinner over at my Sister's place and the kids had their annual Egg Hunt. I started buying the large plastic eggs a couple years back, and filling them with little goodies from the $1.00 store. The kids get a kick out of finding a small prize in every egg. Sometimes it's a little toy, or some candy , or a quarter . Sometimes even a dollar bill! Last year I made a "Golden Ticket" and placed it in just one of the eggs. and whoever found that special egg got a special prize. Normally I make sure that everyone gets the same amount of goodies, so no one feels left out. This year I just made all the prizes the same for everyone. They have fun, and before I leave, they make sure I have all the empty eggs to be filled again for next year. The egg hunt is my favorite part. I start collecting prizes well before Easter. I am a "bigger kid" than all of them put together! Hopefully they will all have fond memories to take with them into adulthood. Here are a few pics to share of our Easter. Hope you enjoy them.

Now it's off to bed, to get some sleep before work tomarrow I have more projects to share, so I'll be posting again in the next day or so. Have a good one! Heidi