Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
My name is Deborah and I run a homemade gifts and crafts website called elegant-crafts-and-homemade-gifts.com. I came across your site while searching for card ideas, and I fell in love with your style and creativity. Your cards are so elegant and beautiful. I think my readers would love to learn more about you. Would you be open to an interview with us?
Can you believe it? How exciting! I went to Deborah's website and fell in love with her style and creativity. Deborah asked me if she could also choose pictures from my blog for the interview. I hope you have time to check it out :)
On her website, Deborah has lovely handmade decor that is truly elegant! I noticed she made some tumbled tile coasters. I made a few sets many years ago for my mom and a friend. My Supreme friend, Elaine Maudlin, had actually come up with the idea and her tumbled tile technique was published in a stamping magazine. Off we went (The Supremes: my bf Kaye, Elaine, Martha, Dianne, Sharon, and me) on a field trip to Home Depot to buy tumbled tiles. Can you picture me sitting on the dirty dusty floor at Home Depot opening every box and hand picking the ones I liked best? Anyway, I still have many tiles in The Closet. I will have to get them out and make some more.
Monday, February 23, 2009
I have this one sheet of Basic Grey Urban Prairie that I have not been able to bring myself to cut. But then I saw Kristie's "Love them" tag book. Kristie inspired me! (Michael's has the entire Basic Grey Urban Prairie 12x12 pad on sale this week, but I am being strong...)
I paper pieced the bird from the BG dp. All the cs I used is SU! I could not find a ribbon to coordinate, so I made some faux ribbon (more Old Olive cs). What do you think...good salvage?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I went to all three coffee shops today. Before I walked out of the Leesburg store, 3 of the cards I had just dropped off had sold. Before I walked out of the McLean store, the same three cards had sold. Two of the six cards were the iris folding cards from yesterday's post. Two were the Basic Grey cupcake card I made using up those rub-ons and posted February 10th. The last two were also BG cards I never took a pic of and did not blog.
One lady approached me and asked me if I was the artist who made the cards :) Amy and I have had this conversation...it is difficult to think of ourselves as "artists." She introduced herself to me, purchased the iris folding card and said she was going to frame it and put it in her house! Yeah, she totally made my day.
One of the barristas asked me if the cards are from random designers. I said, "Sometimes I have a few cards from friends Leslie and Amy. Everything here right now is a card I have made."
I try to make different types of cards to appeal to different customers, my friends and my family members. My challenge is when I make cards out of a designer paper I do not particularly care for. I do not want all my cards to look the same or be just my style. After all, I am not sending the card to myself ;) This is when a kit can come in handy. That way I don't have scraps of a paper I don't like. But I do like the SU! kit I used today...what's not to like? Old Olive ink and ribbon (yum), chocolate chip (yum), dry embossing (always popular) and scallops (oh yeah). Don't you agree? I thought so :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I mentioned that I had numerous class kits from when I taught at Memories from 2004-2007 (in The Closet.)
I also mentioned to Sheryl I have other kits in my computer armoire from classes I taught at various rubber stamp stores from before Memories.
Today's card is from an extra kit I still have from an iris folding class I taught at The Rubber Chicken in Maryland. The cs had already been stamped , embossed, and cut. All I had to do was assemble. I may have enough to eke out one more card. The stamp and dps are by Magenta. The cs is from XPEDX.
I have taught at the following locations:
1. The Eclectic Stamper (Mint Hill, NC), closed
2. Rubber Stamp Palette (Westminster, MD), closed
3. The Rubber Chicken (Montgomery Village, MD), closed
3. Memories (Sterling, VA), closed and
4. Ashburn Family Scrapbook Center (Ashburn, VA) closed.
Do you see a pattern developing here?
Today's moral: If you want your store to stay in business, do not have me teach classes at your location ;)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I made this little box (all SU! except the Hero Arts hearts stamp) for Kathryn & Julia's teachers and therapists, and the secretaries at school (13 boxes total!)
This pretty box came in the mail on Saturday from Kaye. My snowman card got her excited again and she ordered Nesties and more CB folders. (She even embossed hearts on the pearl belly band!)
And look inside! I love the folder she used to do the flowers on the right side of the card. I gotta buy that...
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday afternoon I took 6 more Valentines to add to my basket at the coffee shop here in Leesburg, to make a total of 12 Valentines as of that afternoon.
Monday morning I was chatting on the phone with my Design Diva friend, Sheryl. Somehow we got to talking about class kits from Memories. She mentioned she had quite a few. I have 3 crates full in my closet. I taught at Memories for about 3 years, teaching 1-3 classes each month; easy to collect class kits. Once I made the store sample, I rarely went back to make one for me. (I had the best of intentions!) Sheryl and I discussed that we should try to slowly work on these at our monthly meetings. She also mentioned she would like to see my craft room (this month's meeting will be at my house). She said she thought it must be perfectly organized (oh, if she could see the piles of Valentine's papers all over what little floor space I have in there right now!) I told her it is a constant work-in-progress and that I try not to open the closet door.
I started selling my cards in hopes of streamlining my craft room for new stash. Somehow I seem to be collecting more than I am getting rid of...
After speaking with Sheryl, the owner of the coffee shop called and said he only had 3 Valentine's left at the store.
So I pulled up the courage to open the closet door to see if I had anything in there I could sell.
I found a "Love coupon" mini book I had made at Memories out of coin envelopes and lots of metal embellies. No, I did not take a picture. I invoiced it, and took it over to the coffee shop around noon.
When I got home (a whole 6 minutes later), the phone rang. Yep, it was the coffee shop. My mini book had sold right after I walked out the door...could I make another? I told them it was a one-of-a-kind, but I would make another type of mini book.
So I went back in The Closet (to steal a term from Leslie, who talks about her stash in The Other Room). I had one kit to make the accordian mini book pictured (above). Now I know where I got all those glittery chipboard pieces I have used recently. I had pulled the "extras" from this kit a long time ago.
After making the mini book, I made two Valentine's from the scraps (pictured).
Tuesday morning I took these three items to the coffee shop.
Can you guess what happened next? Yes, it sold too. So I went back in The Closet for another mini book kit...
(to be continued tomorrow)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I need to write some thank you notes, and I don't have any in my stash. I loved this sketch that I created (quite by accident) with this card back in December.
I fugured I could get 9 scallop circles from the 12x12 of the green, so I made 9 of these cards. The base card is Michael's Value Pack Ivory, the brad is DCWV, the ribbon is from Michael's, and the ink is CTMH Sweet Leaf.
I'm off to Sue's today for our monthly Stamp Camp :)
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This first award is the Marie Antoinette award. This one came with rules and they are- Link the one who awarded it to you (see above), post the award and nominate 7 people who deserve it.
The second award is the Your Blog is Fabulous! award. For this one I'm supposed to nominate 5 bloggers and tell you five things to which I am addicted.
To borrow from lovely blog friend Lauren:
1. If you 're reading this, you are deserving of these awards. Consider yourself NOMINATED.
2. If you 're reading this, and you don't want to be nominated...YOU'RE EXCUSED!...but...
3. If you're NOT READING THIS...you're disqualified! (I am sorry, but I am afraid I cannot make ANY exceptions on point three! But if you choose #1, leave me a link, I'd love to hear YOUR addictions!)
My addictions...dh & our girls, chocolate, paper (Bazzill, Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket are my top faves), Indian food, and my body pillow.
My friend, Vicky came over for a playdate on Saturday afternoon. She wanted to make cupcake cards with her new giant cupcake SU stamp. I love being with Vicky, but I was a zombie. Saturday mornings we take the girls for their special needs swim classes. We spend 45 minutes in the water doing all kinds of fun activities to get the girls used to the water. But every Saturday when Doug and I come home and we are totally wiped out.
For these cards I pulled out my BG "Oh, Baby Boy!" dps. I drew the "wrapper", cut it out, and distressed with black ink. Then I pulled out my blue Bazzill scraps bag and drew the "icing", cut, distressed, and dry embossed in my Cuttlebug folder. I cut the numbers dp (also BG Oh, Baby Boy!), distressed, and mounted on a DCWV card. Then I was stuck...too tired to think. I decided to pull out my big bag of rub-ons. I used up all my birthday rub-ons by TLC, and added "Party Time!" rub-ons from American Crafts. And one more..."Wish" is a Making Memories rub-on.
I think they are cute, but certainly not my best. I LOVE Basic Grey!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have been wanting to use these Making Memories products (card and dps) that Lauren sent me for my birthday. I love the colors and patterns!
I didn't have much direction...I decided I wanted a cupcake card (surprise!) I drew this cupcake on the dps, then I cut it out. For dimension, I decided to use white acrylic paint around all the edges. I wasn't too lazy to pull out my paint and brush for this card because it is for someone who is really special to me. (Have I mentioned how sweet my sister is???)
I was going through my embellies, looking for ribbon, flowers, etc. I wanted to add some white grossgrain, but couldn't figure out where to add it. I went with 3 plastic Queen & Co. flowers and 3 orange DCWV brads. For the sentiment I used American Crafts rub-ons (Kate font). It looked a little pale, so I went over the font with my white gel pen. Now the lettering looks more like paint. The rub-ons are lower case only, so that capital "A" is my handwriting.
I hope your day is extra special, Angela :) XOXOXOXOXO
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I was inspired to make these cards from blog friend Leslie. She sells birthday cards with special birthdays on them (16, 21, 30, 40,...) My new Thickers chipboard stickers arrived from JoAnns.com, and I just had to use them :) I made these two cards yesterday for dh's great aunts (who are sisters-in-law). These ladies are next door to each other at the old folks home in NC. They both have January birthdays, so I am late! Happy birthday to Aunt Edna, who turned 100.
And Happy Birthday to Aunt Martha, who is only 99 :)
All papers are DCWV except the solid blue cs, which is Bazzill.
Don't you feel young?
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I had two rectangle scraps cut exactly to 4"x5.25" from yesterday's card, so I had to go ahead and use them, right? I was also inspired by Julee Tillman. On this card she used her primas, but added stickles for some bling.
I have two packages of stickers I purchased when I taught at Ashburn Family Scrapbook Store. It was a sign to make two of these cards ;) This "You & me" came from that sticker pack. Since the "me" has some glitter in it, I added stickles to my Bazzill prima and a gem brad from SU! (just like Miss Julee.)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
My ever-so-clever title ;) came from the fact that I had only one "love" left in my huge bag of rub-ons. (This "love" is by MM). I also had only one "n" in this color. Yep, it's an "n". When Memories was closing, these "n" die cuts were marked down to .27 and .16 (depending on the color). I find it hard to pass up a deal when it comes to scrapbooking supplies. I purchased them to make I (heart) U, Happy 4 U, Happy Birthday 2 U, Love U,...U get the idea.