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Friday, June 29, 2012

Stampin Spritzer

This is my new favorite tool from Stampin' Up!  (Item #126185) It is a great tool for masking and for adding a little extra color to projects.  I CASED this card from the Stampin' Up 2012-13 Catalog.  I have found that the best way to use the spritzer is to fill it about 3/4 of an inch from the top with rubbing alcohol and then add 10 drops of re-inker.  Shake well and use an empty cardboard box to catch the extra spray.

The letters were cut from scrap paper with my Cricut.  I put some two way glue on the back of the letters and let it dry so that it would stick but not permanantly.  Then I spritzed one spray right in the middle of the letters. (it doesn't show up as dark in this picture because of the flash, but it covers all the letters)

This is another example showing how the spritzer can be used not only for masking ('summer') but also to add a little extra color to the page (see the corner by the hearts).  Have fun using your own stampin' Spritzers!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Bridal Shower

I began crafting as a hobby when I was about 15 years old and I never new that it would become a lifelong passion!  In the past year, I feel like my "craftiness" has blossomed and come to a new this may sound like I am boasting a little bit...but I have been getting new tools and learning a lot of new techniques which have caused this jump in creativity.  When I began selling Stampin' Up just one year ago, I was nervous and didn't really know what I had gotten myself into!  I can tell you now, that I absolutely love Stampin' Up and I will probably be a demonstrator for the rest of my life. 

This leads me to my most recent project ... a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to prepare the decorations for a friend's bridal shower.  With the help of her sister and two other friends it came together very nicely!  She sent me some ideas of what she wanted and we ran with it.  Luckily the colors she picked are some of my very favorite colors, bright orange and pink!  It was so much fun to do this for her. 

This is the dessert table.  After some searching we were able to find enough matching orange and pink paper to do all of the details.  She is a beautiful bride to be!

Her sister did a great job finding the candy in the colors, and another wonderful family friend made the cupcakes!

I used my "Big Shot" (#113439) and some other tools to do the poms and the hearts for the tables.

 These are the fabulous tissue paper poms that Tyra made and hung up on the ceiling!

Can't forget the food!  Abby did a great job preparing the food for the guests.  Everyone enjoyed it!

This is Tyra and I after finishing the set up.  We were able to get all the decorations put up just in time for the shower to start!  Thanks to everyone that helped and best of luck to the bride and groom!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Fathers Day

I am a little late on posting my fathers day card, but when I saw the Mojo Monday challenge today, the card that I had made fit the sketch.  This was such a fun card to make.  Sometimes it is hard to come up with "male" type cards.  We see so many flowers and birds and "girl" colors in the craft world, but sometimes I like trying to think outside the box to come up with boy cards.  I just love this stamp set from Stampin' Up ("I Dig You" #122722).  It is a great set for kids and adults!

The best part about making this card was having my daughter write a message to grandpa and seeing my dad's expression when he opened the card.  He loves to use heavy equipment and so this was the perfect card for him.  He kept talking about how great this card was.  I love my dad!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Colors of Summer

Summer is just around the corner and I am enjoying all of the wonderful colors that are fillling window sills and gardens.  The colors of summer inspired me to create this sample card and decor picture for my upcoming Stamp CLASS on June 5th at 6:30pm.  We will be making the happiness framable card as well as five greeting cards that will be similar to the hello card pictured.  The class will be $10, e-mail me if you are interested and come join me for an evening of colorful crafting!
This is an example of how I plan to display the happiness framable card at the entrance of my home.  It is a wecome of color to set a joyful atmosphere!