Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hallowween Project Life

Hello Everyone!

I hope you enjoyed your day yesterday.  It was nice to relax and not have anywhere to go.  I spent some time making my project for today then did quite a bit of knitting.  I will have to make up for it today as I have to finish up a project as well as make a card for the blog hop tomorrow.  I will get it done as Zoie will be at school.

My share today was one I needed to create as I wanted to share some Project Life ideas with you.  I decided to create a 2 page spread using some of the 6 x 8 Project Life sleeves and the Season Accessory Pack.  Here is a picture of the 2 pages.  I have stacked them for the picture but they would be side by side in the album.


























Here is a close up of the right side.  It is a place for 2 photos.


























This is the left side.  The upper right hand side is a place to add the journaling.  You can't see it but the lower left hand has some stars stamped using the Illuminate pad that unfortunately retired.


























I hope you enjoyed my share today.  I will be working on some more ideas.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am thinking about doing a swap on the demo site but have not decided yet.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lunchtime Thanks

Good Labor Day Morning Stampers!

Well I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!  The weather has been great here.  It was a little warm yesterday but there was a breeze.  We desperately need rain but I don't think we are going to get any anytime soon.  Our trees are already dropping leaves and the grass is crunchy.  I would love to see 3 days of a nice gentle rain.

My card today is for the Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge    















When I saw this sketch I was not sure what to do.  I thought of using the small rectangle element and stamping a sentiment on it.   When I went looking for a stamp to use the one I found was not vertical but horizontal.  I really wanted to use the one from Seasonally Scattered so I decided to rotate the sketch.

Once I rotated the sketch, I could then use the stamp I wanted to use.  I pulled out my Color Me Autumn ds paper as well as the burlap ribbon.  I received a swap at the NoVa Regional that had this image sponged and I liked the look.   I decided to do the same for my image.  After that it was just a matter of putting the card together.  Here is my interpretation of Mary Jo's rotated sketch.





















inside of card and envelope
















Head on over to Mary Jo's blog to see what the other design team members created.  Then grab your supplies and play along with us.    

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you will take some time to play today.  Have a Marvelous Labor Day Monday!

Robbie 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Alternative Ideas for the August My Paper Pumpkin

Hello Stampers!

Yesterday I played a little with my current My Paper Pumpkin.  I did not get as much time to play as I had hoped but I was able to make 3 new ideas.

I traced the envelopes and made a template before I put them together so I could recreate those.  I am so glad I did as I am always looking for new envelope ideas.

I had an idea last night in the middle of the night.  I thought I would use the extra laser cut cards as stencils.  I had a layout in my mind from last night so I decided to see where it would take me.  I the Sweet Taffy ds paper and took my colors from the paper.  I also use some of the twine and a sequin that was left from the original kit for this card.  I totally forgot to do the inside and did not realize it until I was taking the picture.  Here is my first idea with the envelope.

















The second idea I had was to use one of the mini cut outs and make a shaker card.  I saw a tutorial on SUDSOL to make a quick shaker card that did not need dimensionals I used it for this card.  It was a challenge as the space between the top and bottom edge of the card is not very much.  I am hoping you cannot see the glue very much.  Here is my quick shaker card and envelope.
















The last idea is another full card.  I used one of the mini cut out cards and some ds paper to fill in the opening.  I then used the card and created a layer for the full size card.  I embossed the background to tie the 2 together.  I would have used the new star embossing folder but mine won't get here until Tuesday.  :(  I also used some sequins from the original kit on this card and I still have some left.  Here is my third card.




















I remembered to decorate the inside of this one so here is the inside and the envelope.














I hope you enjoyed my other ideas for the August My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I still have some supplies left so I will playing with it some more and sharing those ideas.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Can you believe tomorrow is September?  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August My Paper Pumpkin

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday I told you I was going to play with My Paper Pumpkin.  I took some time and put together the samples from the kit.

I have to admit I had tried My Paper Pumpkin once before.  It was when it first came out.  I only did it for 3 months as I was not impressed.  I canceled it and was disappointed as I really wanted to have it be a great monthly "present" to get. 

I have seen the most recent kits and they looked so much better that I decided to try it again.  What really pushed me to try it again was seeing the upcoming September kit.  I can't wait to get that one!  The best part is they now offer refill kits for them.  I can't wait to take advantage of that one!

I know several demos have started private Facebook pages for their customers to share other ideas to do with the kit.  I have thought about this as this is a great way for long distance customers to share and be part of the group.  Anyone interested?

Here is what the original kit looked like.






















Here are the samples I made following the directions.

the large cards


















the small cards


















Here are the pieces that were extra and left over.



























Make sure you come back tomorrow to see some of the items I made using the extra pieces!

Thanks for visiting me today.  Our weather has been gorgeous but it is supposed to be hot today.  Perfect day to stay inside and play.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Christmas swap from NoVa

Happy Friday Stampers!

Well I had all kinds of problems with my knitting yesterday.  I had managed to get 18 rows of clue 2 completed but it looked funny.  I had my friend who is an expert knitter look at it and she found a mistake on row 9.  That meant I had to rip out all my work and fix row 9.  After that it was looking pretty good and the cables were lining up.  I managed to get to row 19 before I left the store to come home.  I am hoping to work on it some more today as clue 3 came out.  I am hoping to catch up before clue 4 comes out next week.

My card today is the one I created for the Christmas swap at the NoVa Regional.  This is another version of a card I made a few weeks ago that was based on a 3 x 3 swap I got at convention.  I used the star stencil again but in gold.  I then used the new Flower Frenzy die for the glower.  To add some bling I used a 2 way glue pen and added some gold glitter on the edges of the petals.  Here is my creation.


























Since this was a swap there was no inside or envelope decorated.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping to play with My Paper Pumpkin today.  I want to see what I can come up with besides what they designed the kit for.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zoie's punch art - mice

Hello Everyone!

Well yesterday was a lost day for me.  I did get the vacuuming done but I was not motivated for anything else except knitting.  I could not get up enough energy to do much else.  I guess my body and mind were saying it had had enough and needed a break.  Now I will have to work extra hard to get things done.  I did do some planning for one of my projects for the design team.  Sometimes I have to think things through and picture the finished project for it to come together.

Today is the day that I do my punch art for Zoie.  I was checking out punch art on the internet and ran across a cute idea by fellow design team member Jamie Albanese.  Jamie created the cutest mice and they were so simple that I knew I just had to do them.  Here is my version of her mice.

  
























inside of card and envelope

















These mice are so cute.  I could not believe how easy they were to make.  I am sure Zoie will love them.  I am also thinking I will do this in my workshop as my ladies have been asking me to do some of my punch art. 

Thanks for visiting me today.  Today is my day to knit with my friend Mary at the yarn store.  I am working on a family tree shawl where one yarn is my birthstone and the other is the birthstone of my 2 daughters - they were both born in the same month.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Work of Art

Hello Stampers!

Well I got cards made for the next 2 days as well as cleaned my bathroom and we went grocery shopping.  We crammed a lot in in the afternoon but it needed to be done.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week our picture was chosen by Amanda.














Stampin' Up colors to use















These were great colors.  I saw an idea on Pinterest that I have been dying to try.  Someone had used the Work of Art stamp set to make a sailboat.  I thought it was so cute and I had wanted to see if I could do my version.  I thought these colors would be perfect for this idea.  Here is my version.


























inside of card and envelope















I love the idea for using this set.  I have to work on my sails though. 

Now it is time to hop on down the lines.  Amanda is the next stop on the hop.  Head on over to her blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she did with these colors.  I am sure you will enjoy seeing her creation.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working my design team commitments today as I will have the house to myself.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Spooky Halloween

Good Morning Ladies!

Well I think I have finally had so much going on that I messed up.  I totally missed an appointment I had yesterday.  I was upset as I really needed to keep that appointment.  I was so upset I could not even begin to think about rescheduling it.  I will call later this week and see what I can work out.

My card today is the the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments    














I thought this sketch would be a good one to use some of my new Halloween items.  I did move the scallop element to the middle between the 2 sections.  I also moved the flower element to the middle also.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.


























inside of card and envelope

















I just love the Motley Monsters ds paper.  Do you see the eyes peeking out under that ribbon at the bottom.  I just thought it was such a cool idea. 

Now you need to hop on over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other design team members created.  Then grab your supplies and show us your interpretation of our sketch.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am hoping today will be a better day.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, August 25, 2014

Distressed Sketch

Good Monday Morning Everyone!

Wow I can't believe we are at the end of August.  Where has the year gone?  I have so much to get done before Michaela and Josh come in November.  I really need to hit my stamp room.  I have to finish my design team commitment first.

My card today is for the the challenge at Late Night Stampers.  This week we were to use distressing.  There are a couple of ways you can distress.  You can apply color to the edge of your shape using a dauber or sponge.  You can also use a tool or the edge of your scissors and rough up the edge of the shape.  My favorite way to distress it to apply ink to the edge of your shape.  That is the one I used for this challenge.

Monday is the day for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Mary Jo always has a great sketch for us to use and this week is no exception.  Here is her sketch for this week.



I wanted to play some more with my new Fall items.  You only have to wait until the end of the week and you can get your hand on some of these fabulous items.  I love the colors in the new Color Me Autumn ds paper.  I used those colors with the new stamp set For All Things on my card today.  Here is my creation.







   


















inside of card and envelope
















I guess I was a little light handed with my distressing as it is hard to see in the photo.  I will have to watch that next time.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I think this week will be busy with design commitments and making my cards for my blog posts.  What will you be doing?  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Halloween Swap

Good Morning Ladies!

Well yesterday was a fun day.  We had several very good speakers.  It was fun to make some new friends and I won a prize patrol also.  The make-n-takes were very cute.  And Shannon West from the Home Office was there and brought each of us a Paper Pumpkin!!!!!!!!!!! 

My card today was the Halloween swap I signed up for yesterday.  I used several new items from the upcoming Holiday Mini.  I like the way this turned in and I think the way I used this piece of the Motley Monsters ds paper was a great idea.  This sheet is one of those that you don't know what to do with.  Here is the card I swapped yesterday.


























I just love this saying in the Mingle All the Way stamp set.  As the same as yesterday this was a swap so I did not do the inside nor an envelope.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be relaxing as well as working on some cards for this week and at least 1 design team commitment.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NoVa Regional Fall Swap

Hello Everyone!

Today I am on my way to a Regional a local demonstrator is putting on.  We saw the advertisement and decided to give it a try.  We will have Make-n-Takes and swaps.  I will share my things with you.

One of the organized swaps I signed up for was the Fall/Autumn swap.  We were to use items from the upcoming mini if we had them.  I did and I love the For All Things stamp set so I decided to see what I could do with it.

I ran across a sketch challenge at Creative Challenge Club that I thought would be perfect for the set.  I pulled out some of the Color Me Autumn ds paper to use on this also.  I wanted some more texture on my card so I used the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  I did some sponging on the leaves then cut them out.  All I needed to do then was to put the card together.  Here is my creation.

  
























Since this is a swap I do not decorate the inside nor do an envelope.

Thanks for visiting me today.  It will be a long day for me but I am looking forward to it.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, August 22, 2014

Motley Monsters

Happy Friday Stampers!

I spent some time at the yarn store yesterday.  I am working on a Family Tree shawl where the yarn represents myself and my girls.  I have only worked on the first clue.  The second clue is being released tomorrow so I want to be ready for it.  I will share clue one with your tomorrow.

My card today is one that used some more new items from the upcoming Holiday Mini.  I just love the new Motley Monsters ds paper.  It is so fun.  I paired it with the Project Live Holiday Cheer and Holiday Invitation stamp set. 

I wanted to add some ribbon to hide the side of the designer series paper.  I did not have any thin current Tangerine Tango ribbon so I pulled out some Whisper White cotton ribbon and dyed it.  Here is what the final card looked like.





















inside of card and envelope
















Today is a busy day as I have to get my final cards made for tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I can't wait for the new mini to go live!  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Zoie's Punch Art - Raccoon

Hello Everyone!

Well I think I am finished until Saturday when I have the NoVa Regional.  That will be a fun day for me!  I am looking forward to it.

My card today is the punch art card  I do for Zoie.  Last week I did a skunk as we have had several around and she has been talking about them a lot.  I found some ideas on Debbie Henderson's blog.   She had a cute idea.  I also found another idea I will do at a later date.  Here is my version of her raccoon.


























inside of card and envelope

















Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be taking the next 2 days to finishing making my swaps for Saturday.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coloring Down the Lines - Swallowtail

Hello Stampers!

Well I am on the run again today.  I will get Jess set up this morning and then I have to take my sister to Baltimore for her check up.  I am so hoping the end of the week is better.  I do have a Regional to go to on Saturday so I am hoping that I will be ready to have some creative time!

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  I am the start of the hop.  This week our picture was chosen by Carol.















Here are the colors from the picture.








I thought I would use the purples for the Swallowtail stamp.  I have not used the stamp in a while.  I sponged on the color and after I stamped it I realized it is hard to see the difference in the colors.  I then wanted to add some flowers so I used the Wetlands grasses as the stems.  I then punched the flowers using Itty Bitty Accents pinch pack.  All I needed to do then as add the rhinestone centers.  Here is my interpretation of the colors.





















inside of card and envelope















Are you ready to see what the other ladies created using these colors?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see what she has to share with us.  Make sure you check out everyone's blog and leave them some love!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I would love to see what you can create using these colors.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie     

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hello Fall!

Hello My Friends!

Well Jess is back home and she is still on crutches.  I will be helping out until she is able to put weight on her foot.  I imagine I am going to be kept very busy.

Today I wanted to play with some on my things from the upcoming mini.  I also wanted to work on my cards for my September workshop so they can play with some of the new things.

I saw a sketch challenge at Around the World Stampin' Up Challenges    














I ran across this challenge blog and I thought this sketch would be a good one for a Fall card for my workshop using the new For All Things stamp set.  I also used some of the new Color Me Autumn ds paper on this one.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.






















inside of card and envelope















I moved the text to the top of the card as I liked the focus higher.

The founder of Stampin' Up - Shelli Gardner - has a challenge for us.  We are to use any of the items from the upcoming mini to make a project.  She will choose winners to get a free stamp set.  I am going to enter this one.

Thanks for visiting me today!  I am hoping to play some more this week so I can finish up some more projects.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lots of patterns

Good Morning Everyone!

Well I have a very busy week ahead of me.  Jess comes home tonight.  She has been in Texas.  While there she fell and sprained her ankle.  She is unable to put weight on it so she is on crutches.  We had arranged for my sister to pick her up at the airport but since she is having to use crutches I may be going to help get her and her luggage.  I will know later today.

I then have my Retirement Village ladies on Tuesday.  On Wednesday I have take my sister back to Baltimore  for a check up.  I think by Thursday it will settle down - unless Jess is not able to walk on her own by then and then I will be just as busy as I will have to help out with Zoie.

My card today is for Mary Jo's Technostamper Monday Lunch Time Sketch Challenge.  Mary Jo gave us an interesting sketch for this week.



I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this sketch.  I did not want to use stars or flowers as the element on my card.  I thought about using a sentiment in the center and then a shape on each side.  I went looking at my punches and felt I needed to give the Curly Label punch some use.  I went looking through my stamps and found one I could use with the punch.  Then I added some butterflies on each side.  Here is my finished card.

    


















inside of card and envelope















Wish me luck this week as I have a feeling I am going to need it!

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am planning on working on some cards to post this week as I will be home alone most of the day.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eclectic Sweet Friend

Hello Everyone!

Well the wedding was nice.  I was not thrilled with the drive.  Traffic was heavy and at times I was only going about 20 miles per hour.  I had a 2 1/2 hour drive and thought I was going to be late.  Then after the reception I had a 2 1/2 hour drive back home.  I will be relaxing today!

My card today was the result of 2 challenges.  I found one where you were to use washi tape at  Just Us Girls.   




Then I found a sketch challenge at CAS - Colors and Sketches














I was drawn to the angled layer on the sketch and thought it would be fun to add some washi tape in an upper corner.  I chose the colors to use from my washi tape.  Here is my creation for the 2 challenges.


























inside of card and envelope
















I will be spending some time playing again today since I need cards to post this week.  Hope you have some time to play also.

Thanks for visiting me today.  Wish me luck with getting done all I want to today.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie







Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Wedding card

Hello Stampers!

Yesterday I spent 3 hours at Chick-fil-et with Zoie.  She played in the playground and I worked on my Christmas card swap for the NOVA Regional I am going to next weekend.  She had a great time and I managed to get all of my cards made.  It was a win - win for both of us.

Today I am headed for Frederick, MD.  My sister is getting married this afternoon.  It should be a fun afternoon.

I needed a card for her gift and decided to see if I could use her invitation and CASE it as much as I could.  Here is her invitation (the blank spot in the center is where I blocked out the names).

















I saw the 2 hearts with the red ribbon and decided to try and use those elements.  I also saw the gold around the hearts so I used my heart punch and brushed gold paper then white and created the hearts.  I decided to use a retired embossing plate that had swirls to emboss the background then added the ribbon and hearts.  Here is my version of the invitation.



























inside of card and envelope
















The ribbon is the new sheer linen ribbon in the upcoming holiday mini.  I think I did pretty good at CASEing the invitation.  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you take some time for family today.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie