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Friday, December 28, 2007
Lastly ...... I made a Scrapbook for my stepmother for Christmas. She had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Africa in September with her friends to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. She had a wonderful time. When I inquired about her pictures of her trip she said she didn't take her camera. I felt really really bad for her. What a great trip and no memories to keep.

I got in touch with some of her friend's Kodak Galleries and printed off pictures and got some information about who went and what they did (very general). I put together this 28 page scrapbook with pictures, very little journaling, and some wonderful quotes about mountains, friends, and journeys.

I must say this was one of my best scrapbooks yet and I put the whole thing together in under 24 hours. It was cream based with different brown patterned papers. I also did the book in 8x 8 size.

Here was her reaction when opening the Christmas Gift! Priceless!

These were gifts that I made my co-workers ....

These were for the women:

$1 store red whisks with Hershey Kisses and "I whisk you a Merry Kiss-mas"

and these were for the men:

TAC GWP boxes with Hershey nuggets inside. The nuggets had stamped address labels on them. I used the Spirit of Christmas stamp set and then colored them with alcohol markers.
Everyone really seemed to love them ... and they really didn't take me very long at all to put together!
Then in the 3rd week of November .... it was off to Madison Wisconsin for the One of a Kind Stamp Show in the Alligence Center!

It was wonderful! I paired up with 3 other TAC reps: Jenny White, Kathy Tucker, and Jen Bach for a booth at this show. I taught a class to 80 stampers on Friday night and taught to 80 people. We made what I call the "Office Card":

This card used TAC Holiday Vintage paper (now discontinued), green staples, office supply tags, Calendar Stamp Set, Wishing You stamp set, Tag Tidbits stamp set. I used Red 2 cardstock with Landscape Green Palette Ink and L'Amour Red Palette ink.

I think I did really really well on this class .... the next day about 15-20 people came back to our booth and placed orders for the Calendar stamp set.

I loved this card so much I made about 60 more of them for my relatives and friends and used it as my family's Christmas card.

In the second week of November Kim Hutchinson and I were part of a Women's Expo in Janesville WI. It was just a skip and a jump down the road from Kim's house!

We made these cute little "nugget" holders. We had a lot of fun and sold a bunch of catalogs as well as odd and ends of other stuff.

We displayed them on this cute little tree that Kim had .... it was a great addition to our display!

We were going to make those little snowman tags too but the nugget holders were such a huge hit that we just stuck to those!!!

We used the Marvy Merchandise Tag punch for the tops of the nugget holders and stamped them with Tag Tidbits and Mini Occasions.

I was part of a multi home demonstrator party at my friend Jenn's house back in early November.

We had Longaberger, Candlelight, and Pampered Chef there along with myself (TAC).

We made little mini notebooks and cards. Here is a picture of the card that we made:

I used the Winter Tags set from the Fall Supplement. It has great little snowflakes in it that I used for the background and then paper pieced and pop-dotted the tag. I used reflection Blue palette ink with Blue 2 Cardstock.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
So have you been wondering what I've been up to????
A LOT!!!
I am SOOO sorry not to have updated the blog ... I have been meaning to I really have!
In November, I had 3 really busy TAC weekends with Shows, Craft Fairs, and Expos. It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of nice people.
Now with Christmas just around the corner, I am very busy with all of the last minute gift preparing and giving.
I'll post pictures soon!!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Heavy Hearts Today!

Our beloved dog Doogie passed away today. Doogie was the best dog. He lived a great and fun life. Some of our best memories of him will be the time we dressed him up for Halloween or the White Sox Games (where he got put on ESPN) or his dog show days or just running around the back yard with him. He will be greatly missed!

Sunday, October 07, 2007
Yesterday was fun!

I had a lot of fun yesterday making cards for World Card Making Day!

Today I continue with a few more. What could be better than World Card Making WEEKEND!!!

This is for another Just Johanna challenge. It was a sketch that you needed to use to make a birthday card.

This was the Sketch ....

And this was my version of it!

I used some scraps of my Doodlebug birthday paper and my Doodlebug Birthday Stamps. I really like how it turned out. Simple and Fun!

This is for another Just Johanna challenge. It was a challenge to use Paper Piecing ... well anyone that know me knows that I LOVE to paper piece. So to step up to the challenge even more I took a very challenging stamp and paper pieced it!

The stamp is by Imaginations! It is called Spring Sampler. I stamped the image on white, blue, purple, pink, yellow, green, tan, and a shimmery vellum. Then the fun begins!!! You cut out pieces of each in the colors that you want. For example the background to the bee was cut from blue and then the body was cut from yellow and then the wings were cut from the shiny vellum. You then adhere all of them on top of each other on the white. It takes a while but the end result is AMAZING! There were some spots that were too hard to paper piece so I used my Prisma alcohol markers. Thanks for the challenge!

This is for another Just Johanna challenge. It was a challenge to use another sketch.

This was the Sketch ....

And this was my version of it!

I just got this great new set from TAC called Spooktacular. I colored the image using my water color crayons. The background paper is from TACs Simply Spooky paper collection. I added some dimension to the circles by putting orange brands through them.

This is for another Just Johanna challenge. It was a challenge to use Color Blocking on your card.

I used TAC's Enjoy Today set and TAC's Finger Paint Paper for my color blocking. The paper worked well since they are designed to coordinate with each other. I colored the image with watercolor crayons.

This is for another Just Johanna challenge. It was a challenge to use a slide mount on your card.

I covered the slide mount with sage green paper and then stamped on it with polka dots. The flower image is from TAC's Beautiful Place set. I colored it with water color crayons. The sentiment is from TAC's Little Tidbit set. To add the final touch to the card I tied ribbon around the slide mount and around the main image. The background paper is from TAC's Country Cottage paper collection.

This is for another Just Johanna challenge. It was a challenge to use an unususal fold on your card.

For this card I did a take on a gate fold card for the Fall. I used TAC's Charcoal Leaves stamp set for this project. The "Fall" was stamped using Simple Bet. and the interior saying came from TAC's All Things of Nature set. I used Palette Cognac, Burnt Umber, and Burnt Sienna as the inks. The scallop squares were cuttle on my Big Shot with a cuttlebug die. These closure tabs were pop-dotted for an extra 3D effect.

Saturday, October 06, 2007
Happy World Card Making Day!

Here is my entry for Kim's Just Johanna Contest.

I call it my "Aquafina Card". For this challenge we were to recycle some materials on our card. I used the packaging from my Aquafina Water. The "U" was die cut from the corrugated case that the bottles come in using my Sizzix. The strip along the bottom was also made from the corrugated case. The tag is made out of the plastic Aquafina water bottle and I die cut that on my Sizzix as well. It was hard to see the tag so I used Alcohol inks on it to color it and then stamped "Friend" using White StazOn ink. The tag was tied to the card using Scrapper's Floss.
The "Thank" was stamped using the TAC Simple Bet alphabet.

Here is my entry for Kerry's Just Johanna Contest.

Kerry's challenge was to use the elements: Water, Fire, Air, Land (earth) on your card. This was a little challenging for me but i decided to depict this with the colors of cardstock. Blue Water (cuttlebugged), Red Fire, Tan Land, and the swirls that are stamped for air. I love the Hoppy Everything set from TAC. I seem to go to it for a lot of ideas and inspiration. The frog is pop-dotted to give the illusion that he is "hopping". I used the Swirl from TAC's Spring Dream set.

Here is my entry for Angie's Contest.

It is a pop-up halloween Card using the new Trick or Treaters stamp set from TAC's Fall Supplement. It is a pop-up card that I learned how to make from Hero Arts on my MOA trip last month. I stamped the skeleton on white glossy paper with Versamark and then let him dry. After a while you then brayer him with black ink. When he is opened and pops up the card says Trick or Treat.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Happy October ... tomorrow!

October has to be one of my favorite months ... mostly the anticipation of the last day of the month HALLOWEEN!
With October TAC has some great stuff in store!

1. The October Stamp of the Month - "Days Like This"

This set is great for a humorous card! Spend $30 and get that set at a reduced price of only $5.95

2. NEW - TAC is introducing Vintage Sets ... Sets that they used to sell they are bringing back for 1 month. This month the set is Mini Bold Posey ... I love this set.

I made this card using this set. Spend $30 and get that set at a reduced price of only $2.95.

3. Kaleidoscope Kit - For $34.95 you can get a limited Edition Stamp Set (Kaleidoscope Words) and 3 paper sets ... It is a GREAT package deal! ... You won't want to miss this one ... the offer ends on October 31st!

4. If that is not enough!!! TAC is having double hostess rewards month in the month of October! Host a party or spend more than $100 and get 2x as many Hostess rewards! This is a great time to pick up those sets!

Enjoy ... Happy October!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Can you feel Fall upon us?? Can you small the fall air? Well if it wasn't 80 degrees here this weekend I would have sworn it was the end of September. I love Fall! ... apples, cider, beautiful trees ... and of course ... Halloween!

Halloween is a really big deal around our house ... we all dress up (even Doogie) ....

Well to start to get in the Fall / Halloween spirit, I whipped up these cards this weekend.

These Halloween stamps are from Fiskars. I bought these back in April/May and just used them for the first time today! I bought them with my Shackie friend suzif in St. Louis at CKC. We both fell in love with them and bought them - even though we didn't like the packaging and the lady "misquoted" us the price. They were so darn cute we couldn't pass them by ... as you can see why! The paper is by Cloud 9.

I found this "boo" ribbon today while passing through Walmart. It was only 93 cents!!! I snatched it up and couldn't wait to make a card with it. This stamp is by Northern Impressions. I thought they went great together! The paper is by Cloud 9.
Happy Fall!!!
Monday, September 17, 2007
Well since I have been stuck at home for the past week (with my rash) I tried to keep my hands occupied (and not scratching) by making a few projects. It's kind of a mish mash of things ... but I like them. Enjoy!

This was an ATC that I made with the cool Outlines flower stamp. It is for a special friend (who I just met in person) that is battling breast cancer. I colored it with Twinkling H2Os and used a glitter pen on the word Hope which was done using TAC's Simple Bet.

This was done for Christie's fall ATC swap over on the Stamp Shack. I used a paper piercer to make all of the holes in the circle mat (I really like this look!) The autumn leaf and word are an old TAC GWP from years past. The background leaf is from the TAC Mini Sampler set. I added 3 copper brads to the bottm edge ... Very fun and very fall!

This card was made for another new friend of mine (Barb - Gramma Stamper) using translucent embossing paste. I was supposed to show her how to use it while we were at MOA ... but we never found the time! First I inked the image through the stencil ... then you add the clear embossing paste. It takes about 1/2 hour to dry and then you have a beautifully colored and raised image (also very shiny!) ... the sentiment is from the TAC Tag Tidbits set.

I scrap-lifted this card from some TAC swap that I had done. I have to tell you that it just might be one of my favorite card layouts yet ... and oh so easy. It uses 3 TAC sets: Tag Tidbits, Calendar, and Wishing You. the background paper that I used on this was from TAC's Vintage Holiday paper collection. Throw on a circle tag and staples and you have your card! Love it!

I fell in love with this holiday flourish the moment that I saw it in the new TAC catalog. It is from the Holiday Magic set. I stamped it in Landscape Green Palette ink and then accented it with Red Stickles. I added some red grossgrain ribbon with a knot in it and then a strip of paper again from the Vintage Holiday Paper Collection.

Oh how I love these little guys! ... I paperpieced then by stamping parts of them on colored cardstock and then cutting them out and glueing them into place ... tidious ... but oh what a gorgeous look (and adds dimension). These guy are from TAC's Gift Tags set. Aren't they just the cutest?!!!

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