Monday, April 30, 2012

Craft Sale Next Weekend, May 5

I have been leading up to this, and we are very excited about doing this craft sale, next weekend.  Here is the information, sure hope to see you there. 

Gethsemane UMC Spring Craft Fair
Saturday, May 5, 2012
9:00 to 4:00
7330 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN

There will be over 20 local vendors exhibiting at this sale, including
STAMPIN' FRIENDS - Debby and Mary

I will have to show you some of the things we have made for the sale.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

An impromptu craft sale!! This Friday!!


FRIDAY, APRIL 26  12:00 TO 6:00

Debby called me today and said they are planning an impromptu Craft Sale at Willow Ponds in the Community room on Friday, April 27 from noon to 6:00.  This is the same location we hold our Card Buffets. 
They decided to do the sale because there is a big garage sale going on at the St. Joseph's Church, which is next door, and they were hoping to pick up a little foot traffic.  I figure that since we are preparing for a craft sale next weekend, we could step it up, and do one on Friday.  YIKES!!  That's 2 days from now.  I have some stuff ready, but you know me......I do my best work under pressure, and at the last minute. 
Wish me luck!
I just want to remind you that you can still sign up for our Card Buffet to be held, Saturday, April 27 from 3:00 to 6:00.  More information is posted on the blog from April 15, 2012.  Hope to see some new faces. 
For now, I have nothing new to post, because today I am packaging cards for the sale.  I may have something new tonight.   Thanks for stopping by today.

More fishy, fishy, fishes

I could not resist stamping more fish last night with the Just Beachy stamp set.  Just had to try a few more techniques, too.  This time I took out the colored pencils and used a bunch of bright paper scraps I had to make this bright, whimsical card.  I had set out to make some kind of a Fathers Day card, but when I finished I decided that it looked more festive, so I decided it was a birthday card. 

I gave the Fathers Day theme another shot, and changed it up using a little more masculine tones, and not so many bright colors.  I love how this one turned out, too.  Did you notice that I also used my old crimper?  I remember when that used to be my one and only fancy tool, back in the day.  I have probably had it for 15 years or more.  
I know it's time to put this set away, but I don't think I can until I stamp some flipflops, and popsicles.  Think I have a new theme for tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you've got some sunshine tomorrow.  Hope we do too!

I've been feeling Just Beachy

The weather here in Minnesota has been warm, sunny and perfect for 2 days.  The windows are open, the breeze is perfect, and I just keep thinking that I want to head to our little Get-Away (our trailer) in Wisconsin.  My husband was already up there twice, and they turned the water back on at the campgrounds.  It will be a couple weeks before I get a chance to go up there.

Our weekend at Kay's cabin had to be canceled, so we went to play at Kay's house for Friday, and Saturday. It even included going out for dinner at a local bar, just like we had planned to do at the cabin. Debby, Kay, and I all had a great time chatting and stamping, and Laura joined us on Saturday.   I worked all weekend to create my cards for the May demonstrator's swap. (I won't share those with you until after I share them with the group.) The cards I made included stamping a reflection, and chalking, something old and something new! 

I have been preparing for our upcoming Card Making Buffet next Saturday, April 28, and then our Craft Sale on May 5, so I have a lot of work to do.  Last week I took out a stamp set each day, and spent the day just creating.  I want to keep it simple, but I just keep trying new things, going back to old techniques I have not used in a while, and I am just plain having fun. 

Today I pulled out an old stamp set from about 3 years ago called Just Beachy.  I chose this set because I like the fish, and they were my big focus today.  I have to admit I really cased some cards, most of which I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  I recently discovered the idea of searching under the name of my old stamp sets for "new" ideas, even though many of those cards were posted years ago.  Isn't that great!

I stamped this afternoon while baby Olivia was napping, and when she woke up I was singing "Fishy, fishy in the brook, Daddy catch him with the hook, Momma fried him in the pan, Baby eat him like a man."  I just had so much fun with Fishies.

I did a little bit of tearing, and coloring with markers. 
 These fish are so fun to color. 

These two cards were inspired by the Mojo Monday sketch.  I have never submitted a card, but since I did try the layout, I think I will submit the card.  Don't know which one I like better, but the best part is the cute little beach umbrella I made with the Fancy Flower punch with the bee buzzing it.  

I wanted to show the cute umbrella I made using the Fancy Flower punch, which I folded and shaped to form the umbrella.  Alas, I am not very good at photographing my cards yet.  I guess I should have tried a different angle. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and hope you catch a nice one :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Today was a religious experiment

Okay, that sounds a little strange, but today was a religious experiment, not experience!  Debby and I had talked about the need to make some cards for religious occasions for the craft sale.  The sale is May 5, and that means we should have some cards for baptism, confirmation, first communion, weddings, and sympathy cards, too.  I do not give alot of thought to these occasions any more, as my children and nieces and nephews are all grown up and married, and the little ones have not reached the sacrament stage yet.  But, in looking at my stamp sets, I fall short when it comes to anything that is particularly religious in nature.  So, last week I headed off to the craft store, coupon in hand, and looked for a stamp set that I would use.  I found one that I thought was very nice, for the craft store variety.  I have not had alot of luck with the clear stamps, but I was willing to give it another shot. 

I actually went online to the stamp maker's website to look for project ideas, and was very disappointed.  I found nothing using the stamp set I had purchased, and little that I even found inspirational.  Very disappointing.  But, I don't need anybody elses' ideas, when I have my own!  So, I hit the craft table, and started experimenting.  I had this idea of creating kind of a collage using all these tiny little stamps (they called them inchies).  I was just not digging it.  I went looking for a background stamp, and saw these big old stamps I have had for at least 12 years, because I used them for my daughter's wedding.  I did a bunch of experimenting, and tossing, and finally came up with something I liked.  Here is my collage experiments. 

 I wanted to also do some of these inchie stamps on blocks on cards.  Here is where I got frustrated.  I am so used to using Stampin' Up! products, and the clear acrylic stamps don't always work well with the SU stamp pads.  The ink bubbles up, and the printing comes out all dotted.  I tried washing off the stamps first.  I tried different papers.  I was about to toss the whole project, and then I remembered that a couple years ago I got a free stamp pad at an event.  It was a new pad for acrylic stamps.  I pulled in out of the drawer and gave it a try.  The color was onyx, but it looked pale gray to me.  I would have to work with that, if I was going to use this stamp set, and today I was determined to
make some religious cards.  Well, I did come up with a couple cards, but a lot of things hit the trash today. 

I was so glad when the UPS man dropped off my Stampin' Up! order today.  New paper, new ribbon, and even my crosses stamp set.  Tomorrow I can have another religious experience, and can rest assured it will turn out better.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Party Hearty Card Making

I have challenged myself to take out a different stamp set each day this week and make new cards.  I have several new sets I have not used yet, but I decided to go retro.  I think getting the list from Stampin' Up! telling us what stamp sets would be retired from the line on May 31 made me realize how many sets I have that I have not used or seldom used. 
I have to say thanks to the contributors at Splitcoast Stampers for providing some inspiration.  I came up with the idea of searching under certain stamp sets on the Stampin' Up! gallery, to determine whether I would find enough inspiration to make the decision to buy a certain stamp set or not.  I had a particular set in mind, and after looking at the cards that were posted, I determined that it did not have as much versatility or appeal for me to buy it.  That's where I also got the idea to search my old stamp sets for card ideas.  I found lots of inspiration for the stamp sets I have, and was truly inspired to create.  I did not actually CASE any cards in particular, but took inspiration from several to create my own. 
I had several ideas in mind as to what I wanted to make this week, like card sets for the craft sale we have coming up in a couple weeks.  I have alot of individual cards made, but would like to make some sets.  So, I worked with an old set called Party Hearty.  I like that this set makes cards that could go either to a child or adult.  I had alot of fun making these cards, but spend much too much time trying to match colors to the paper I planned to use.  I just have to let go when things don't match perfect, and just look for complimentary colors.  I do like the way these turned out, and hope you do, too.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday in the crafty mode

It took me several days to get into the crafty mode, but once I got in the craft room and sat down, I really got to work.  Not alot of creativity, but lots of work.  I had to get my card buffet flyer made, and mailed.  First, I had to narrow down the number of cards I wanted to make from 10 to 5, and I settled at 6!  LOL!  Always the overachiever.   had one card that I had whipped up in a few minutes a few weeks ago, just to show my friend, Debby, my idea for a card for the buffet. Today, I ripped it apart, and remade it to my liking. I think it would make a nice card for Mother's Day or a spring birthday. I kept the salutation flexible for either. I went to the garden center and picked up some flower packets to add to the card. I figure if the cards don't get sold, I can plant a flower garden. 
I got the idea for this card at the Milwaukee Regional Conference for Stampin' Up!  It was not a card that I received in the card swap, but one of the other ladies I traveled with received the card, and I saw it on the way home in the car.  Cindy made a version of this for our demo swap in April, which is where my inspiration came from, but I really made my own version.  Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by :)

Ingredients for this card:
STAMPS:  Curvy Verses
PAPER: Certainly Celery, Baha Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, scrap craft paper for flowers
INK:  Calypso Coral, Early Espresso
DIES:  Sizzlets Little Leaves
PUNCHES:  Blossom punch, EK Success flower punches
ACCESSORIES:  Pearls, Flower seed packet

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Mary's New cards for April
Saturday, April 28
3:00 to 6:00
101 Willow Pond Trail, Lino Lakes

Are you ready for another card buffet?  I sure hope so, because I have been working really hard to find some terrific cards for you to make, and so has my friend, Debby.  I have had a hard time narrowing down all the options, but I think I have found something for everyone. 
We have Mother's Day, Baptism, Baby, First Communion and Confirmation, Graduation, and oh, we did not forget, Birthdays!  I think we have some very special cards that we chose for you, but if there is something missing, let us know.  We will help you make a card for any occasion, and can customize the cards we have, like graduation cards in school colors.  Just let us know in advance, and we can have the supplies for you.
Debby's new cards for April

We also will have some of the same cards from last month's buffet, in case you did not attend, or get to make all the cards we had.    Each month, we will select 10-12 new cards, and carry over 10 cards from last month, so each month the buffet gets bigger.  Each card it $2 to make, and you can go back for seconds as many times as you want. 

To refresh your memory, these are last month's cards. We do have a limited number of cards from last month, so they will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Last months cards
 I sure hope that you can join us, to stamp again, or learn to stamp. You can be guaranteed there will be lots of fun, and plenty of friends.     Our card buffet is from 3pm until 6pm, but you are welcome to stay later, and work on your own projects. (Debby and I will be staying to work on things for our upcoming craft sale.) We are very interested in your feedback or comments on our time frame.  Please let me know your ideas.  We are very interested in working with you to find a time slot convenient for you.                                               Thanks for stopping by today.  Sure hope to see you at the next  gathering. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Somebody liked my card!!!

Somebody liked my graduation card!!  I opened my email today and saw a letter from somebody I did not know, but the subject was Your awesome graduation card!, so I opened it.  Susan Vater wrote that she saw my card on Kay Kalthoff's blog, and she googled my name, and found my blog!  I am so excited that somebody that does not already know me found my blog.  Makes me want to post every day, well, someday it will happen:)
Susan said she loved the graduation card that I posted on April 5, and wanted to know how to make the graduation cap. So, since I had just cut pieces for my friends to do this card at my upcoming card buffet class, I ran to get pieces and take a picture. But, I grabbed some scrap paper, my cutter & punch and took a photo of how easy it was to do. 
I used a 1" strip of black paper, and cut a piece about 1" long at a 45 degree angle. I taped a piece of scrap paper to my cutter to mark the angle, and then just cut a bunch.  Then, take the same 1" strip and put it into the Fancy Flower punch, which gave me the 2 scallop cuts at once.   You could use a circle or oval punch to achieve the same thing, but this game me consistency.   I cut a bunch in a row, since the bumps would be hidden under the top of the mortar board.  I used 1/8" black satin ribbon, which I tied in a knot, and then cut off an inch, for the tassel.  You can see the details better in the photo on the red, and yellow pieces I made.  Later, I decided that embroidery floss, knotted, would make a better tassel, and that is what we will use for our class.  I just adhered it to the top with a glue dot under the knot (squish it so it fits under your knot).  The swirl was stamped twice in black, the hat was attached with Stampin dimensionals, and the butterflies were attached with glue dots.  The salutation was stamped on the card, but later I stamped it on an oval and backed with a scallop.  Here is the card I used in the final swap version.
The idea for this card came to me almost immediately after a friend at Kay's house asked if we would be making graduation cards at our card buffet.  She said that her daughter was graduating and she was looking for ideas for cards.  My idea was that this card could be made in school colors, but I did random colors.        
My friend, Debby Filiowich, does the card buffet jointly with me, and she has some wonderful grad card ideas, too.  You can check out her cards here. We have been stamping and scrapping together for many years, and we compliment each other so nicely.  Even though our style and taste is different, we still like the same things.  We are doing a craft sale together in a few weeks, and we are looking forward to that so much.  We will have to show you what we are making as they get done.
Stamps:  Joys of the Season     (Priceless, which is retired, also has a great swirl), Tagtastic
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight
Punches:  Fancy Flower punch, Scallop Oval punch, Large oval punch, 
Dies:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits die,
Ink:  Basic black

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter

Hope that you had a wonderful Easter. I certainly did.  There was so much preparation to get ready to entertain my family, and I am such a procrastinator.  With the help of my family, I pulled it off, I mean we pulled it off.  My daughter and her husband stopped by early to visit before going to dinner with Tom's family. She helped me in the kitchen, put out tablecloths, helped with last minute chores, and then she had to leave, just as it was time for guests to arrive.  I was so very thankful for her help, because I was actually dressed, make up on, and house tidy when my guest arrived.  They usually catch me running into the bedroom to change my clothes as they arrive. Does anybody else do that, accept maybe my sister?
The very best part of the day was the visit from the Easter bunny.  I got a photo of the little bunny, my 3 month old, Olivia.  She was all dolled up in a pretty dress and I added the ears.  I just wish she would have been able to stick around to see her cousins. 
Funny thing is that we had no little kids at my house until desert was served.  There was no egg hunt, but I was prepared to do one.  When Meadow and Nolan arrived at my house, they went right for the candy that was all around.  Mommy started saying 'no more candy', and we put it all up out of reach.  Now, if only I could keep it out of reach.  Maybe I should have somebunny come in and hide all the left over candy from me!  I am so used to having a house full of kids, and not so long ago teenagers, who would gobble gobs of candy, and dozens of plastic eggs to fill for kids to find.  Something in me still wants to buy enough candy to feed an army.  Well, it is a good thing that chocolates don't spoil quickly.  I can keep the stash in my craft room :)

And, the good new is.......the craft room was "clean" enough to serve as a dining room.  Boy, it's when you try to put "every thing" away, that you realize you have too many craft supplies to fit the given space.  Guess I have to put up more shelves :)  But, it was a very good effort to make it acceptable enough that guests could sit in the room.  I am proud of my craft  Wait till I get in there tomorrow.
All in all, it was a very nice day.  Hope you all had a nice Easter, too, and thanks for stopping by my blog. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Getting ready is hard work!

Friday is my day off, guaranteed.  I do not do daycare for Olivia, and I do not work as the sample lady at Target, which I sometimes do on Saturdays and Sundays.  This Friday is definitely a work day.  I have to clean the house, call the relatives and firm up dinner plans, get some groceries, and do a little decorating for Easter.  The big question is to do, or not to do Easter baskets for my grown kids.  Kids!  They can buy their own candy, and now that I am retired (hah!), I really should not be spending money on such things.  I think the grandkids are my real focus now. The babies are too young, so I am knitting them spring hats.  Emily is 7, so she definitely gets a basket.  I should really make her a cute something for her basket.  Hmmmm! Wait!  I have to clean.....not craft! 
But, yesterday I spent a little time working out the ideas for the craft sale, and craft weekends coming up in the next few weeks.  I have an idea for making a post-it pad cover.  I want one for the dashboard of my car.  I am always wanting to make a note in the car.  I made a few samples so I could try one in my car.  I found a wonderful removable tape like we used for putting up signs at work.  It's a foam like product that is sticky on both sides, holds very well, and removes completely clean.  We used to even use it on our easel sign that went outside, and things never blew off.  So, I am going to put my experimental pad on the dashboard, and see if it is affected by the wind blowing in the windows or fans.  Hope it works.  I put a big button on the front cover to give it some weight in the wind.  Otherwise I have some other ideas for closures.  Now, no more crafts until after Easter!!  Unless I get a few minutes at the sewing machine to make a quick table runner :)
Thanks for stopping by today, and have a marvelous holiday weekend.  Hope the eggs don't get wet!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Getting ready for Easter.....NOT!

Getting ready to entertain for the holidays is never my favorite thing to do.  I like entertaining, the food is good, and the company is great!  It's the cleaning before and after I don't like.  I used to belong to a group that rotated meetings at each member's house.  I would always sign up to host the meeting the week before a major holiday.  Some people used to shy away from those dates, because it was too close to the holiday, but not me.  It was my excuse to get my house cleaned really good the week before the holiday.  My house always has to be cleaned "really good".  I am a real clutter bug.  Creative people usually are, because we have craft activities all over the place.  No matter where you go, to sit or to work in my house, there is always a project in progress.  In the kitchen it may be a pile of cookbooks, or ingredients left out, in the bedroom it is laundry to be washed or put away, in the family room, it is the sewing projects by the sewing machine. By my chair in the living room I have my Kindle for reading or games, I have my knitting (2 projects), books with crafting ideas, and stuff for the baby.  And in my computer room there are piles of papers, ie: work related, or recipes, patterns, craft ideas printed. 
And, then there is the craft room......which is always in a state of disarray.  I sit at my table with stuff all around me.  Big shot in the middle of the table for this week's projects, scraps to the right of me, paper to the left of me.  Cutters, scorers, ink pads on chair to the right of me, tote box with stamp sets on the floor to the left of me.  Bags with new products hang on the doorknobs, stacks all around me. 
I need to straighten this room up, because I use the table for extra seating for Easter dinner.  The ladies usually migrate in to this room to eat, because we are last to eat, and find a seat, and because it is in a bedroom, it is actually far enough away from the kitchen that we can relax a bit and eat and talk before we go back to start clean up. 
Where do I begin to make sense of this chaos?  On Tuesday I went in to clean, and instead I made a few more of the graduation cards.  Everything was sitting there.  I decided to cut and prepare more butterflies, because the Big Shot and die were sitting there, and caps because I still had my marker on the diagonal cutter.  I put together some of the things for making this card at our card buffet.  I started to look through the cards I got from the swap Monday night.  Great cards, and more ideas for my card buffet.  I pulled out the cards from the Milwaukee Regionals, and organized them all into a box of cards that I would definitely case, some that were maybes, and the no's were put to the back of the box. Those no's will be remade into something useful, or given away.  Nothing goes to waste.  Did I clean?? Hardly!
Wednesday I went in to clean while the baby was napping, and instead I finished a card set that I started a few weeks ago, because everything was sitting there.  I cut some more birds and butterflies, stamped 3 more cards. The flowers made me think about another card to make.  One of my friends on the road trip to Milwaukee had gotten a card with a flower packet in it.  I texted my friend Debby and asked if she thought I could make it for the card buffet, or was it too much?  She said yes, so I started to work up a prototype.  In the evening, I did a little bit more straightening in the craft room and took out the trash!
Thursday I decided to go in and do a little inventory and assessment before cleaning.  I have to decide what supplies I need to order for the card buffet, for a craft weekend in two weeks, and for a craft sale I am doing in a month.  I started to make a list of projects I will definitely do, hope to do, and might do.  I have to get serious!  First the list, and then I will clean............tomorrow! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Demo meeting past, creative vibes are flowing!

I am so glad I got that demo meeting out of the way earlier this week.  It was a really busy weekend, and I put things off, and boy, was that a big mistake.  Who would know that I would have a very cranky baby on my hands on Monday.  Olivia is always such and easy going baby, so when she started to scream and cry for long periods of time, I was really concerned.  I was checking her out from top to bottom, and could find no reason for the screaming.  So, I held her, and shushed her, and sang to her, but when I got up and started to march and sing McNamara's Band, she quieted down.  My sister said that was because that was when she realized that there was something wrong with the old woman, and that she better assess the situation and try to find out why the old woman was marching and singing loudly.  She figured out if she was quiet and smiled at the old woman she would sit down and be quiet again. LOL!  She showed me!
At the end of the day, I sent the baby home with her mother, and proceeded to gather all the things I needed for the demo meeting, and my card swap, and haphazardly ran out the door, late!  And, when I started to pull things out for my demonstration, and passing out supplies, I realized I left all the ribbon I cut at home.  I had everything I needed for the project sitting together on the table, and checked things off as I packed, but I missed the ribbon. (I found it on the chair pushed up to the table.)  Thankfully I had thrown in the extra spools of ribbon, so I had almost enough and Kay made up the difference.  (I guess I will be thinking of projects to do using up that cut ribbon in the near future.) 
My demonstration went well, but I did spend alot of time circulating the room helping people make flowers, and tie bows.  Kay took videos of my demo, and she will post them on her blog.  I will have to figure out how to post them here someday, but for now I will send you to Kay's blog when she posts them.  What I did was make a rose by punching out a scalloped circle, and cut a spiral to the middle of the circle, like and apple peel.  Then, starting at the middle, I wrap the spiral around a small dowel (I used a little bamboo skewer for appetizers.).  As you wrap it around the dowel it looks like a pine cone, but when I am done wrapping, I set in on the table, and let go of the spiral, and let it relax and unwind some.  Holding down the middle of the spiral, I work the outer layers outward until I get a rose.  I use a glue dot to secure the loose end, and stick the center down on your surface.  I used a pin through the center to secure it to the egg, and eliminated a glue dot to hold the center down.  I think the eggs are simple, once you get the flower done. Hooray!  That's done!
I made a few more eggs to add to my Easter centerpiece.  Aren't they cute!
I seem to have a thing for butterflies these days.  I sure have been cutting out a lot of them with my Big Shot.  I used the butterflies for my demo meeting swap on Monday, too.  When I was at a club meeting a few weeks ago, a friend asked me if I was making any graduation cards at my upcoming card buffet.  I told her that we did not have any this month, but could include some next month.  That is what got me ticking, and I had this idea for a graduation cap being thrown into the air.  I have several stamp sets with swirls in them, and thought of using one for the spiral, throwing effect.  Then the idea of butterflies streaming upward behind the cap gave it the joyful nature I was looking for.  I was very pleased with the cards I made. I started out making them in the local school colors, but also made them with multiple colors. 

 This card has lots of options for colors, but I really liked the black and white with red butterflies best.  This was the card I used for the swap, but we will also be doing this at our April 28 card buffet.
Thanks for stopping by today, and have a nice Easter weekend.