October 27, 2009

If Only...

I thougt in code rather than all things crafty I would have had this post to share a week ago!  However, my post might look something like this:  (cute) div center:  (/) end (cuteness) add (color) + (ribbon) except the whole page would be written like that.  It took me asking my computer nerd engineer husband to help me google and figure out why my pictures were being rotated once I uploaded them.  If I were more of a bullet point type of person I would take pictures perfectly centered and straight instead of perfectly kattywhampus!  Then I would also not have the problem of blogger trying to tell me the orientation of my pictures.  Whew!  OK I'm done now.  Onto the cards you have been waiting so patiently to see.  Now don't feel yourself full of regret for not signing up for my first card class.  There will be more to come. AND... since I am feeling extra nice I will offer this card class again if there are at least 5 people interested in taking it.  Please email me or leave me a comment and we can figure out a date and time. 

If you have any questions about any specific card, let me know.  I will try to post specifics at a later date.  If you were one of the individuals that took my first class, thanks for taking a chance on me!  I had fun teaching you what I love to do!

I hope you have a day filled with something you love to do too!

ETA:  I have two new classes and times added to my calendar here.  One in November is an all occasions card class and the other in December is a thank you card class.                                            

October 14, 2009

Help! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

Blog material can come from many different sources! One of the boys had soccer practice last night, and the others played on the equipment while we waited. I love people watching. That is exactly what I did while I was there. I am extremely thankful that I am not a teenager in this day and age. There were a handful of teens playing and hanging out at the park. These particular teens were apparently babysitting some siblings. There were two boys and two girls plus some little ones. They were playing football, or at least catch. I was watching one of the boys trying to run in his jeans. It looked like he was trying to run with wet jeans on and has a distant relative that might be part penguin. They were the kind that are super tight around the bottom two-thirds of the legs and the top part doesn't quite reach the waist. It almost looks like he can't pull them up because they are too tight around the calves. Of course, there are boxers hangin' out. Then the girl that missed the ball and was trying to pick it up was equally as curious to watch. You know the kind that has to keep a completely straight back, bent knees, and hand over top of jeans to block some of the "peep" show from the lowest of low cut jeans. Seriously, why would someone torture themselves like that!?! I know back in the day we had tight pants, but they were stretch pants! There wasn't a move that couldn't be performed in them and never a worry about showing skin, crack, or boxers! OK, I know you didn't come here to listen about my opinion on the latest fashions.I started this frame an embarrassingly long time ago! It is mostly finished. The ribbon isn't really attached because I want to make sure the recipient wants it that way. The frame has designer paper modge podged on it. I sanded the edges a bit to make the paper more fitted. The other night I finally painted the plane. I added the stars to it to make it a little more fancy. I am happy with how it turned out and I hope my nephew likes it as well.

I also painted these over the weekend. They are not put together yet because I can't decide what I want to do with them. I am thinking about attaching the bat with some wire to make him kind of springy. I may use him for a different project altogether. A couple side stories: I had the ghost painted and shaded but hadn't painted his face yet. My youngest couldn't wait, and while I was doing something he drew two eyes and a mouth. He must get his patience from me. Then I had just finished the bat and was up washing my brush. He couldn't help himself and stuck his fingers in the eyes and smeared the paint across the bat. UGGHH!!! Thankfully, I was able to wipe most of it off and repaint his face. Painting makes me very happy...even when I have extra help! Who am I trying to fool...crafting makes me very happy!

Some new card designs will be making their debut very soon! I updated my Stampin' Up! site with additional classes here. Let me know if you would like to attend any of them. Also, let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for listening to all my chatter today! Have a crafty day!

October 9, 2009

One Down, Countless To Go!

This frame was started some time ago. I recently had a friend mention that she needed to finish some projects before starting any more. She got me to thinking about all the projects I have sitting around here that I need to finish up. So, yesterday I worked on a few. This is one that I completed. As some of you know, my first love (in the crafting world) is painting. However, it lacks the instant gratification that paper crafting offers. What I mean by that is that it takes much longer to complete a painted project than a card.

This project combined two of my loves, painting and paper crafting. I painted the frame black and the ghost white (he is made of wood). I modge podged a patterned paper on the frame. After it dried I lightly sanded the edges. Several months later I added details to the ghost. The "boo" and stars are made from card stock. I used some fun wire to connect them to the ghost. Then I super glued the ghost onto the frame. I am very excited how this project turned out. I am thinking I will make some Christmas frames using the same method.

I have a few more projects that I are almost complete. That means I should have more than 2 posts next week!

Have a fun filled weekend!

October 8, 2009

I Can See Clearly Now...

Acetate (clear) cards are all the rage these days. OK maybe not all the rage, but they are pretty cool and fun. I made these two last night. The Halloween one was just for fun. The snowflake and tree one is similar to one we will be making in my upcoming 5-5-10 Christmas card class. We will be making 5 cards with 5 envelopes for $10. If you would be interested in attending one of my classes, let me know. There will be one on October 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The same class will be repeated on October 26 from 9:00-11:00 am. I still have a few spots open, but need to know by the 18th if you want to join.

My Stampin' Up! website has been set up and it ready to take online orders. I am trying to keep it current with my upcoming classes and events so check back often. There are quite a few specials going on right now.

Onto card details. The Halloween one uses 2 retired sets: Bitty Boo's and Booglie Eyes. The other one uses the set Snow Swirled. I used stazon for stamping directly onto the window sheets. It dries quickly, but you have to be careful so it doesn't smear. The tree part was actually a leftover piece from my workshop. I demonstrated the technique (rubbing) alcohol inks. I couldn't let the piece go to waste.

Clear cards are hard to photograph well.
The kids are on fall break so I must devote some time to them and some time to house duties.
Have a great day and enjoy the weather!

October 1, 2009

It's Almost Here!

My first workshop as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I am very excited about it! My biggest problem is narrowing down what I'm going to share. I want to share it all! If you live in Arizona in the Chandler-ish area and want to save some money on product please email me qtpismith at yahoo dot com. I would love to help you out! My order will be closing on Sunday, October 4.

The first picture is the pen/pencil holder I made quickly yesterday. It uses one of my all time favorite stamp sets, Upsy Daisy. Not to break my arm patting my own back, but I have made some beautiful cards and projects with this set. Since there is no coloring the projects come together very quickly. Here and here and here are a few.

This is another project I quickly put together last night. I don't yet have any scrapbooks to share so I wanted to make something scrappy. My kids motivated me to keep going. They had lots of smiles and sharing about last year's Halloween after seeing this little project. I used a retired set because I don't YET have any current Halloween sets, but there are some current sets with similar images that people could use to make the same project. You can't see it in the photo, but I had to add some bling to the jack-o-lantern's facial features. As always, if you have any questions about my projects feel free to ask.

Well, I must be off to the three c's....cooking, cleaning, and crafting!
Have an awesome day!