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Monday, May 17, 2010

WMS Blog Waltz: Happy Birthday card

For the first time in several weeks I had a nice, quiet weekend...Smiley from millan.net
Thank goodness! I have wanted to play along with the WaltzingMouse blog waltz for a while. My life finally decided to cooperate and let me this month. The theme this month is birthdays.

So I pulled out some of my stamps and started to play. I used the stamps from the Free Spirit - Boys and Sentiments sets to create this card. There's also a wee bit of Off Beat Backgrounds there too.

With a little bit of stitching, glittery paper and a touch of glaze, I'm fairly pleased with the result.

Hope you are all having a fabulous Monday! Happy Waltzing! Smiley from millan.net

  • Stamps: Free Spirit - Boys, Free Spirit-Boy Sentiments, and Off Beat BackgroundsWaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific); Kraft, New Leaf (PaperTreyInk); Pink (DCWV); Yellow (PaperCo.)
  • Ink: Eggshell White (ColorBox); New Leaf, Berry Sorbet (PaperTreyInk)
  • Glaze: Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A quick Thank You

Usually I'm WAY more on the ball that I have been with these Thank You cards. Millan.net

But.... Right after my son's birthday party we left to go out of town for a week. We've been home for almost a week and I'm f-i-n-a-l-l-y getting them done. Sheeeeesh! (Sorry I'm such a slacker!)

The cards weren't CASEd from any one particular card but they were influenced by some cards I saw recently around the blogosphere. So THANKS to those out there that share their creations with me. I really appreciate it! You don't know how many times you've pulled me out of a low-mojo moment when I needed to create something. Thank You Thank You Thank You! Smiley from millan.net

This is just another snapshot of how i put the "note paper" and arrow up on dimensional adhesive, the background was embossed and stitched too. But I didn't do so much to the card that it made it girlie.
Have a great night y'all. Hope to be back again soon! I mean, I don't want to get your hopes up. This will be my second post in as many days after something like a 3-week disappearance, but I had a birthday too so I have some more thank you cards to make for that.

  • Hardware: Cricut, Cuttlebug, Thank You embossing folder,Sewing machine
  • Software: Inkscape, SCAL2
  • Stamp:Free Spirit - Boy (WaltzingMouseStamps)
  • Cardstock: white (Georgia Pacific), green (DCWV, PaperTreyInk), black (Paper Co.)
  • Patterned paper: Glitter Stack (DCWV)
  • Other: ribbon (Michael's), markers (Bic Mark It), ink (PaperTreyInk), border punch (Stampin Up!), brads (Oriental Trading Co), adhesive (ATG, foam dots)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Anyone Interested....???

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I know there are a few people out there that still want live classes and forums with me and Diane ("Capadia Designs"). We played with the project based class idea but we weren't sure if it was really a great idea. We haven't given up on it yet but honestly the biggest issue we have is that everyone has such different tastes and likes that we didn't want you all to think that the way WE made a project had to be the way YOU would make a project. And some projects are sold as a whole kit which can limit the crafter to stretch their own imaginations when it comes to creating. So, while we continue to ponder on that idea for a while we've come up with a different type of class that we're hoping will help you all out.

What we'd like to do is open up a Forum type classroom where it will be a nominal fee or donation and first come is first served. Smiley from millan.net You will get to ask your question. And all those in attendance will get to learn the answer. Your questions could be a specific "How do I do this?" or it could be "I want my file to cut this way but it won't. What did I do wrong?" type of question. If we can answer it we will. The size of the classroom will be limited to 20 people (including us) so size is limited. (I can answer both DS and SCAL questions.)

I'm tempted to set a date and see what happens... but... before I do that I thought I'd ask you: Smiley from millan.net
(1) Are you're interested in something like this?
(2)What day of the week and time of day works for you? (please include time zone)

Let me know what you think. If I get a positive response, I'll set up the first Forum Q&A soon!
Looking forward to hearing from you.

Smiley from millan.net for stopping by.


[EDIT: YES. The forums would be LIVE just like how we did our LMSY classes. When I say Forum Q&A I just mean that we won’t plan notes and files and a specific outline for the class, but that the "class" will be determined by the questions from those in attendance. So, if you come and ask DS or SCAL questions I’ll show you on screen as I answer your questions.]

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hey everyone,
Do you ever have one of those days? Weeks? Or maybe one of those months? I have.... Millan.net
I have been very busy since the end of January working on the items you will see in this post. I had hoped to try to break this post down into two or three individual posts but the last two weeks flew by and ... well.... now I get to jam it all into one big post. Lucky you.

Smiley from millan.net I was approached by the school office assistant at the school where my son attends about helping to put together a nice gift and luncheon for the teachers and staff for Teachers Appreciation. It's a relatively small school so they include the staff as well as the teachers during Appreciation Week. The first thing I came up with was these cute little notepads, personalized with each staff member's initial. I took additional pictures of all of the notepads but sadly this seems to be the only one that survived.
To make the flower embellishment I found an old book at a Goodwill, cut out oodles of scallop circles, layered them up, put a tiny brad through the center to hold them together, and then scrunched the layers to add dimension and sprayed it with a glittery mist. A small button was glued to the center to cover the brad.

Here's a little close-up on the flowers. They really did turn out so cute.

Next, we played with the idea of purchasing flowers for a center piece but the budget wouldn't allow for that, plus we wanted something that the kids could be involved with. So, we went about tracing their little hands on colorful cardstock and used them to make a paper bouquet for each teacher.Smiley from millan.net

Each of the flowerpots were simply decorated using some background/border stamps and a name tag was added to each to distinguish which one was for which teacher. Some shredded green construction paper was scrunched and used to conceal the foam which held the "flowers" upright.Smiley  from millan.net

Smiley from millan.net The flower arrangements were all put together in one school day, but the bits and pieces used to create the flowers took several weeks to create....

See the little flowers used to fill the base of the flower pots?

These fun dimensional flowers came from a pattern I found here. I folded up 70 of these little babies and used coiled, green chenille stems as the flower stems so that when the flower pots were moved they literally swayed. It really brought them to life.

Last but not least, I whipped up a Thank You! banner for the conference room where they would be hosting the luncheon.

When I walked away from the school on Thursday, April 29th after finishing and delivering all of the projects above to the school I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Then drove out of town with my son to visit my family for the weekend. I wasn't even able to be at the school for the lunch I helped put together but I did hear from some of the teachers and staff who were very grateful for all that was done on their behalf.

Smiley from millan.net You're very welcome Ladies and Gents. You all do such a great job of taking care of our kids. Helping them learn to listen and to speak. (All the children in my son's school are deaf or have a hearing loss of some kind)

Smiley from millan.net Here are all the details:

  • Cardstock: PaperTreyInk, Bazzill
  • Stamps: PaperTreyInk, WaltzingMouse
  • Ink: Versamark, various colors from PaperTreyInk
  • Border: cut using Cricut, DesignStudio, George cartridge
  • Flowers: cut using Cricut, DesignStudio, MiniMonograms cartridge
  • Ribbon: PaperTreyInk
  • Embossing: Cuttlebug, various embossing folders

  • Cardstock: Staples
  • Patterned Paper: DCWV
  • Green chenille stems
  • Construction paper
  • Stamps: WaltzingMouse
  • Ink: Versamark, various colors from PaperTreyInk
  • Tags: Cricut, DesignStudio, George cartridge (ProvoCraft)
  • CUT FILE:**  (Donate button is at the top right. Please specify which file and format you want when you purchase.)
  • Markers: Bic Mark It

  • Construction paper
  • School's dies and diecutting machine for the letters, flowers
  • Ribbon: CreativeExpress
** Refer to Cut File link to see how to get my files.