Friday, October 24, 2008

Baby Shower Card & Thank You Cards

Here is a card I made this evening for a baby shower tomorrow. I made the Baby Shower invitations a while ago. I've been wanting to use this technique where just part of the card is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. It was not difficult at all to do. I used the Swiss Dots folder. I left the bottom inch or so blank, turned the card over and drew three score lines using my paper cutter and bone folder. There's two lines where the embossing ends and then another one just above the edge of the card. I used 2 different size circle punches and a scalloped circle punch. The image is from SU's Cuddles & Tickles stamp set. I used Copics to color the baby. The sentiment is from another SU set.

Then I made twelve Thank You cards using the same SU set. The striped paper is some DP I got from The Paper Garden. The ribbon is a pink check I found at Michael's. My picture taking is not the best so hope you can see these. I think the cards turned out really cute.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Card Class and Craft Fair

Yesterday, Saturday, 10/18, I taught my first card class here at the mobile home park where we live. I thought I was going to have to cancel it due to no one responding to the flyer I had posted at the clubhouse. Our park manager and her son's girlfriend were the only ones that said they wanted to do it and then the park manager had a short hospital stay. I saw Betty, the park manager, one day last week and she said she was looking forward to it. As it turned out, there were 5 of us there. Betty, Lisa, my friend Michelle and Michelle's niece who was visiting from Oregon and is in the 3rd grade and myself, of course. We had a great time and they were pleased with the cards they made. This was Lisa's first time stamping and I think she enjoyed herself. Betty has made a few cards and Michelle stamps. Her niece Kelsey did a fantastic job. Kelsey's mom actually signed me up to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator a few years ago. I no longer am a demonstrator and I am not sure if Kelsey's mom is still a demonstrator.

We made 2 fall cards and 3 Christmas cards. All of the stamps are from A Muse Art Stamps. We had a little chuckle, Lisa actually placed her pumpkins on the second fall card where I was intending to place them on my sample. On my sample, they are suppose to be closer together with one of them slightly touching one of the wheat stalks. Without using a stamp positioner and having not stamped before, Lisa got them placed perfectly!!

On the Tom Turkey card, I used my new Creative Memories oval cutter to cut the white oval. I think I am going to love those cutters. I bought the circle ones too. My daughter, Denise, is a Creative Memories consultant. I had a hard time using the cutters at first, however, I got the hang of it. Denise told me I needed to get the newer blades which are larger in size. The blades I have I bought several years ago.

This Christmas card was their favorite. It is hard to see, there is a stamp right beside the dove on the left side. It is called Madeira. The pattern of this note card is Madeira and the stamp is an exact replica of the pattern on the note card. This is from A Muse. We put some glue on the dove, sprinkled it liberally with prism glitter and then heat set the glitter with a heat gun. It is so nice and sparkly. Of course we had glitter all over ourselves afterwards. I must say I love the combination of these 3 stamps. I will be using them a lot this Christmas.

After I made this sample, I decided I didn't like the size of the card so I pulled off the layers and cut it down. It went from a card size of 4.25 x 5.5 to a 4.25 square card. So that is why the sentiment is crooked. There are red Stickle dots all around the outside of the Ivory circle and gold stickles for the star on the tree. The small oval is edged with red chalk ink. There are 2 different sizes of snowflakes stamped on the card base with Versamark ink. The ribbon is a narrow red edged in green.

This little guy is so adorable. It's actually a robin, although by not inking his tail, he could be a penguin. The thing Betty, Lisa and Michelle liked most about these cards are that they are all very simple yet very nice. They want to do another class so after the first of the year we'll pick another date to do a class. I was a nervous wreck before the class, my stomach was bothering me, yet I was glad that we went ahead and had the class. It was a lot of fun!! And they did a fantastic job on their cards!!
Craft Fair:
November 8th is the day for the craft fair at church. It was going to be held at the elementary school gym across the street from the church. However, the school would not open their facility on a weekend so the fair will be held at our church. I will be one of the vendors. I have just a few short weeks to get some things done so I will probably be at my craft table night and day. Michelle made some bookmarks for me using some scraps I had from the baby shower invitations I did a couple of weeks ago. She did a fantastic job and I will post those at a later date. I'll include them in my items to sell at the craft fair. Thank You Michelle!!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Update on October Class & a Craft Fair in November

Earlier I mentioned about teaching a card class here at our mobile home park this month. It's actually scheduled for the 18th. I have found out that the park manager, who asked that I do it, is in the hospital. I prepared a flyer for the class and that has not been posted as yet. It may be that the class will have to be postponed for a later date.

Last week I received an email from a friend at church, it was actually sent out to several different people. It seems she and another lady at church are planning a craft fair for early November. I've indicated that I will participate. This, of course, will be the first time I've ever participated in anything like this. I know I have a lot to do to get ready for it. I've gotten several ideas for things to make that aren't necessarily cards, yet involve cardstock and stamps. :) It should be fun and I am looking forward to it.

SNSS Yahoo Group Request

I belong to the Sweet and Sassy Stamps Yahoo Group. The owner of the company posted a request for cards to be made and sent to two different families. I really felt like the Lord was leading me to participate. The owner of this stamp company is a Christian and most of the ladies in this group are also Christians. The butterfly card is for a family in Texas whose toddler daughter passed away suddenly. The yellow card is for the niece of the owner of SNS stamps. This little girl who just turned 2 years old has leukemia and is presently undergoing another chemo treatment.

The butterfly card is a Stampin' Up stamp set, the card base is turquoise with a peach layer that I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on. The next two layers are chocolate chip and ivory that I stamped the image on. I used SU markers to color the butterfly and flower. I actually stamped a sentiment inside of the card which I don't usually do that is part of another SU set. I used a chocolate chip and ivory layer to stamp the sentiment on. I meant to take a picture of that too, then forgot to do it.

The yellow card is a stamp from Savvy Stamps. I used SU markers to color it in and then the Sakura Stardust glitter gel pen over the whole image. It sparkles quite nicely. The card base is from A Muse.

O.N.I.P.A.A. Luau 2008

This past Saturday, 10/4, Gerry and I went to a Luau presented by O.N.I.P.A.A. which stands for The Organization of Native Islanders of the Pacific. It was a luau and hula presentation. The food was authentic Hawaiian food, Kalua Pork, Chicken Long Rice, Sweet Potatoes,Lomi Lomi Salmon, Ahi Poke (which is marinated raw fish), Poi, fruit salad and Haupia (a pudding made from coconut milk) for dessert. There was also Teriyaki Chicken and Rice which is not typical Hawaiian food. The food was fantastic and the hula was very well done. The halau (hula school) has their studio in North Highlands, not too far from where we live.

For some reason, most of my pictures did not turn out, which is a great disappointment. I don't know what the problem was as I am not a photographer.

Gerry took this photo of me. It is not a good one with that frown. He bought me an orchid lei which I enjoyed and I wore it to church on Sunday. Several people asked if I had been home to Hawaii. I am wearing a black mu'u'mu'u that I bought on one of my trips home.
These next two pictures are part of the grand finale. The entire group is dancing a Tahitian dance. Tahitian is a difficult dance. It takes a lot of control of the muscles in the waist area and hips to be able to do the dance. They did a beautiful job.

I apologize for the darkness of this picture. This was the very youngest of the halau doing their number. This little girl, probably no older than 5 years old, had her arm in a cast and sling. She was doing the dance with just her left arm and was doing very well. Her sling matched her outfit. I hope you can see this.