Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Plate Party

Tonight I am holding a "Make-A-Plate" party at my friend's house. I bring all my stamps and inks and guests choose a design and stamp up a piece of specialty paper. Afterwards, I send off all the stamped papers to a company called Makit, Inc. Makit processes the papers into melamine plates (and bowls and trays). It's a really fun craft night and the projects that are completed really turn out cute. Most everyone makes personalized plates (and bowls and trays) for their kids. This is probably my 5th Make-A-Plate party, and there's always a big turnout.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stamp and the Country!

Well, as I've said before, I'm a city girl now. I grew up on a farm though, and my Dad and my brother are still farmers. So, from time to time, you'll be seeing farm-themed cards here! This one is for my Dad's birthday. It's pretty simple, but I think he will like it. I really like the barn image with the silos. There were silos on our farm when I grew up. Also, the buttons I used all came from a stash that I inherited from Mom when Dad gave me all of her old sewing supplies. I have a big box of used buttons from her sewing projects. She used to save buttons from worn out shirts and use them again. She was very frugal. Heck, these buttons might have been from a shirt that my Dad wore at one time!

Stamps: Down on the Farm (CTMH), My Farm (CTMH).
Paper: Sarsaparilla (CTMH), Twilight textured cardstock (CTMH), Barn Red cardstock (CTMH).
Embellishments: Twill ribbon (CTMH), brown grosgrain (Michael's), assorted buttons.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

My First Bella Card!

Well, this isn't really my first Stamping Bella card, but it is my first blog post of a Bella card! My dear friend Misty Leach sent me this stamped image of "BabyFellaBella". I colored it with my CTMH markers and cropped it down to fit the card sketch that I picked out. The card sketch is by Amy Rysavy of Prairie Paper and Ink. I love Amy's artwork. She inspires me all the time. I think what I love best about her cards is that the designs are simple yet beautiful.

Supplies: Blush textured cardstock (CTMH), Baby Pink textured cardstock (CTMH), Nana's Nursery patterned paper (DCWV), BabyFellaBella stamp (Stamping Bella), Hodgepodge alphabet (CTMH), Key Lime Sassy Strands (CTMH), flowers and buttons.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Once upon a time...

My Uncle Gary recently scanned in all the photos from his and Aunt Jane's wedding, which was in 1974! Since I was the flower girl at the very tender age of 20 months, I was anxious to see the photos. My brother was the ring bearer, and he was not quite 3 years old. I think we were cute, but the story is that I was a terror that day... almost didn't walk down the aisle. My mom was the matron of honor, so she had to walk down the aisle before me, and somehow Grandpa got me to walk down the aisle by myself without crying. He must have bribed me!

I'm amazed at how young my mom looks... but she was young... only 23 at the time. I think she is so beautiful in these pictures. It was so nice of my uncle to share these with me.

I was trying to see if there was any resemblance between me at that age and my daughter when she was the same age. Hmmm... maybe a little. I think I had more hair at that age. :)

While I'm writing this, I'm thinking that my mom would have loved this picture of Vanessa in her Dorothy costume... since I am from Kansas after all. My mom would have been a fantastic grandmother. :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

I designed this card at the request of my friend who hosted my last card workshop. She wanted birthday cards for a man. Seems she has the same problem as I do... when I'm just making cards, I usually make "girly" cards, and never think to make man cards!

I cut out the hands on the large clock with my Micro-Tip scissors and attached them with a brad to the clock (I *love* those scissors!). The smaller clock is attached with a 3-D foam adhesive square, to give the card some dimension. The inside says "You're getting better." :)

Supplies: (all CTMH), Outdoor Denim cardstock, Desert Sand cardstock, Colonial White cardstock, Majestic Blue paper packet, Pewter brads, Twill ribbon, Chocolate ink, outdoor denim ink, 3-D foam squares.