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.