Saturday, August 9, 2008

Flower Punch

At my last team flying lessons, we played quite a bit with acetate. I used our largest new flower punch to punch out the acetate flower and then edged it with White Staz-on. The pink flower in the center is one from the new embellishment jars. There are some really cool things in those jars!
The paper is one of my favorites -- Rustic Chic. Every time I think that I'm bored with it I make something else and just love the colors again. The ladies at my class last evening made some amazing Christmas cards with this color combination. I'll share them later after I get the pictures downloaded.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Yummy Card

Well, I think that I'm finally recovered from VBS. I've gotten to spend some great time stamping and crafting in the last two weeks. The kids go back to school in 11 days and even though I've got to get ready for our fall programming at work I'm planning to take a few days during that first week of school to just relax, clean and stamp in peace and quiet.

This is one of the cards that I came up with recently. It is based off sketch #4 in the TAC catalog (did you know that there were 5 card sketches on page 3 of the catalog?!). In fact, it is an almost direct CASE of the card shown on that page as an example.

I love this solid orange that comes with our new Penelope cardstock -- reminds me of pumpkin pie. The circle on the card is the leftover edge printed on the Sydnee circle album kit after I punched out one of the circles. The piece stamped with Happy Birthday is actually one of the tags from the Penelope cardstock and I cut off the end where the ribbon would normally go. The Happy birthday is one of our new GWPs.

This card makes me ready for fall with leaves changing and cooler weather. Unfortunately, that doesn't get to Arkansas for several more months -- it is so odd to me with my northern roots to send my children back to school in shorts and t-shirts. It just doesn't seem right, but it has been near 100 here for the last two weeks. We will be lucky to see it dip back to the high 80s before school starts.

If you want to beat the heat and learn more about how to use the 5 card sketches in the catalog, sign up for my Lotsa cards class on Friday or Sunday. You can see more details about the class here -- including a picture of 5 possible cards that you could make at the class.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I have been hijacked onto a Rainforest Adventure! Seriously, that was the name of this year's VBS at our church. Since this was my first year running it I had no idea what to expect and let me tell you it is no small job to plan supplies, rooms, snacks, and all of the other things for over 140 kids and 60 volunteers!! I HAD thought that I would work my usual 20 hours the week before and then 40 the week of VBS. Ha! It ended up more like 60 and 85!! I was absolutely exhausted in the end, but I was so happy with the results. The good news too is that because I'm a part-time salaried position at an average of 20 hours/week, I can now essentially take the rest of the summer off to enjoy stamping! So I promise more fun things to come. In the meantime, here's a picture from last week -- I'm the one on the stage wearing a crocodile on my head -- anything to make the kids laugh!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Yikes! I forgot to post the details of my upcoming classes and open house last week like I had promised you. I was suffering last week from a perfect storm of disorganization and catching up at work after a week away. Want proof? Oh, I can't believe that I'm going to post this picture, but here goes:

This is what my stamp room currently looks like! I can't even begin to do any work in here until I clean up the mess from making my seminar swaps and finish the reorganization project that I started six months ago and never finished!

This week is actually a fairly slow one for work -- unlike next week which is the week before VBS and I'll be slammed -- so I'm going to spend lots of time working on cleaning this room -- starting today.

In the meantime, mark your calendars for Friday, July 11 from 6-9 pm. That's when I'll be having my open house. You'll get to see all of the swaps that I received in exchange for the two that I took to seminar. I'll also have all of the make and take and class samples on display and some new product -- because I just found out that my first order is getting to my house today! Of course, there will be make and takes and lots of fun. More details coming as soon as I excavate!

Here are pictures of the card and scrapbook page that I swapped at seminar:

Monday, June 23, 2008


TAC's seminar was last weekend. It was so great to see old friends and make some new ones. And we got to see the new TAC Fall/Winter 08 catalog, which is gorgeous! Better yet, we got to use lots of new products from the catalog, including three of the four new paper lines and all three of the new kits. They are even more beautiful in person than they are in the catalog. I knew that they would be since it is hard to do justice to the paper in a picture, but I was absolutely amazed at the detail of the new paper -- some of the tags almost look 3-D.

TAC had such great projects this year and I loved the addition of the class format. I will soon be offering some of the projects and classes in my area. I think that you will enjoy them as much as I did.

The biggest surprise of all came at the end of seminar at the awards banquet. My business was pretty great last fall and I was working hard. But between starting a new job and the other things in my life, I was feeling a little burned out by the holidays and pretty much decided to take a break from TAC through the spring. So imagine my surprise when my name was called to receive one of the Rising Star awards! Here's a picture of me wearing the crown that was part of my award. Also in the picture are Mischelle and Kevin Smith, owners of TAC, their daughter, and two of my downlines, Lori and Tonya.
I don't know whether it was the motivational speeches, winning the award, or being inspired by the great new projects, but I'm feeling recommitted to my business and ready to share TAC with everyone. Stay tuned tomorrow for more details on my open house and summer/fall class schedule.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two Different Looks

Here's a card that I desinged for the Angel Gathering that I hosted way back in March. I can't believe that it's already been over two months -- and nearly two months since I've posted. Time just seems to slip by without even realizing it.

Anyway, I wanted to use this card for a FUNShop too but was out of the brown cardstock and the brown and pink Rustic Chic paper. So my friend suggested that I use cobalt cardstock with the other patterns of Rustic Chic left in the package.

Here's the other version of this card. Same layout. Same basic elements. Just a change in color combinations. Oh, and I did a little less distressing on the second card.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Card Challenge

One of the fun things that we did at the Arkansas Angel Gathering was a card challenge. Each participant received one white card base and a bag of mixed cardstock pieces that were left over after the projects were cut. They also had access to all of the tools that we used for the projects and several ink pads. They used these items along with the stamp set Oh How to create a card in 30 minutes! It was amazing to see the variety of cards that were created. We gave out three prizes. Here's the entry that won Crowd Favorite:

This card won second prize. I love how she cut out the little flowers that come on the strip at the edge of the Miss Moxie paper to make the embellishments on the edge.

And this entry won Most Creative Use of Supplies for turning the card base into a purse! And look how she used the scalloped circle punch to make the flap. Very cute!
Today I'm updating my website with some new samples and specials and then I'm going to pull out my scrap box and some sketches to make samples for a challenge. Next time you are experiencing stamper's block, try pulling out your scraps and see what you come up with!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easter Treat-A-Lope

Here's my version of the Treat-A-Lope designed by Lisa Johnson. I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of thousands of cast off envelopes from a lady whose mother works as a greeting card stocker. So now I'm on the lookout for all projects that use envelopes in creative ways. I found that the Easter saying from our new set Our Savior fit perfectly on these envelopes after they were folded. Another easy way to play Easter bunny!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Easter Treats

Easter comes so early this year!! It also coincides with Spring Break here in Arkansas and I'm so looking forward to a week of relaxing and reflecting. I actually plan to clean my studio and office area. It was a mess even before hosting the Angel Gathering but now it looks like a hurricane went through!

Today I want to share one of the projects that we made at the Angel Gathering. These are quick, easy, and inexpensive little treat baskets. I made these at Halloween too and gave them to all of my co-workers.

To make it you will need dixie cups, patterned paper, a strip of white cardstock, and some brads. Here we are using TAC's Gentle Beginnings Designer Collection and Polo Shimmer Brads.

To start, roll up the top rim of a dixie cup. Cut down the seam of the cup and tear off the bottom of the cup. Trim away the area that was the rolled over part of the rim. Now you have a template to trace on the back of your paper. Trace the template on the back of your patterned paper and cut out. Glue this piece of patterned paper to a second dixie cup. A friend recently introduced me to the Scotch permanent glue sticks that are sold in Sam's Club. I was really impressed with them and they are super cheap!

Cut a 3/4" x 8 1/2" strip of white cardstock and 1/2" x 8" strip of patterned paper and glue them together. Holding your handle in place punch holes in the side of the cup and handle and insert a brad.

To make the Easter egg tag, fold the remaining patterned paper in half and use the Mega Oval punch to punch out an egg shape being careful not to punch through the fold. I stamped the egg with the Happy Easter saying from Trendy Greetings and tied it on with some scrapper's floss. Fill the cup with some Easter grass and treats and you are ready to play Easter bunny!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Arkansas Angel Gathering

I had so much fun this weekend! I hosted the Arkansas Angel Gathering. We had 19 women there and we all did 20 projects! One of the guests, Kristine, set up this awesome display of some of her completed projects and we were able to snap a picture before she took it apart.

We also had a fun card challenge which was won by Tonya, Kristine, and Mendy. There were fun games and lots of laughing besides the stamping and crafting.

A huge thank you goes to my friends and team members, Lori and Angela, for all of work that the did to help put this event on. It would not have been possible without them.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Birthday GWP

Another birthday card. This one was made with our new Happy Birthday GWP (gift with purchase). You can get this stamp for free when you purchase $30 from The Angel Company. I used Rustic Chic paper for this card.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Another Birthday Card

My friend Sarah from Sarah's Studio asked if I had any masculine birthday cards for my birthday card buffet. I know masculine cards are always harder, but here's one that I think could look kind of masculine. It's a simple design with manly colors. I might go with a little less loopy swirl to make it look a little more masculine. Luckily, I have lots of choices of swirls with TAC's new catalog! One for every occasion I think!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Birthday Card Buffet

It's been a long while since I've been able to post to my blog. A few of you have expressed concern. I'm fine -- just needed a vacation after an extremely crazy fall where at one point I was working 60 hours a week at three different jobs AND volunteering with kids' activities AND taking care of the kids by myself because hubby was traveling.

After a long rest and scaling back on some commitments, I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. My first class of the year will be this Friday and Sunday. It will be a birthday card buffet. If you have attended one of my classes before, this one will be a little different. You will still get the convenience of having all of the pieces cut and ready to be stamped and assembled. But this time you will get to choose which designs you make and how many of each. There will be eight designs to choose from -- all will be simple designs that you can assemble in 10 minutes or less. You can make any that you choose up to 5 of each design. At the end, you pay $1 for each card that you've completed. If you would like more details or want to RSVP, please email me.

I'm sharing one of the designs that you will be able to chooose here. This was one of my favorite stamp sets in our new catalog, which you will receive for free if you come to this weekend's class and make at least 10 cards. And look, a scalloped circle punch! Those are new in this catalog too! I had alot of fun last night playing with both the circle and square one that I got. We have circles and squares in two different sizes. I only ordered one of each, but I think that I'll have to order the other sizes too!