Archive for August, 2011

Scrapbook Programs on ThinkTV for September 2011

Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV14 Prime (14.2) – Thu, Sep 1 – 11:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Sat, Sep 3 – 2:00 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 7 – 6:30 AM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Wed, Sep 7 – 10:30 AM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 7 – 12:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 7 – 6:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Thu, Sep 8 – 12:30 AM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV14 Prime (14.2) – Thu, Sep 8 – 11:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Sat, Sep 10 – 2:00 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 14 – 6:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Wed, Sep 14 – 10:30 AM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 14 – 12:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 14 – 6:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Thu, Sep 15 – 12:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 Prime (14.2) – Thu, Sep 15 – 11:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Sat, Sep 17 – 2:00 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 21 – 6:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Wed, Sep 21 – 10:30 AM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 21 – 12:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 21 – 6:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Thu, Sep 22 – 12:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 Prime (14.2) – Thu, Sep 22 – 11:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Sat, Sep 24 – 2:00 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 28 – 6:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 DT/HD (14.5/14.1) – Wed, Sep 28 – 10:30 AM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 28 – 12:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Wed, Sep 28 – 6:30 PM
Scrapbook Soup – ThinkTV16 Life (16.3) – Thu, Sep 29 – 12:30 AM
Scrapbook Memories – ThinkTV14 Prime (14.2) – Thu, Sep 29 – 11:30 AM

Caving for the Cricut

Well actually, I haven’t caved yet, but I’m weakening!

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This past weekend, my friend Betsy, who is a CTMH consultant, had an open house and featured CTMH’s new Cricut cartridge.  I was blown away by all it could do!  She had a couple of make and takes and her daughter, Alyssa, who is also a CTMH consultant, made adorable miniature Chinese food take out containers for favors. 

I also have to give a shout out to her other daughter, Krissy, who made some fabulous gourmet cupcakes.  They were works of art which comes as no surprise as Krissy is an artist in her own right.  And they tasted as wonderful as they looked.

Now back to the new Cricut cartridge…

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I was amazed at all the things it could do!  The catalog excerpt doesn’t do it justice.  You really need to look at the booklet that comes with it to get an appreciation of all the shapes and templates.  While the price of the machine may seem daunting, one look at the booklet and the true value of the system becomes evident.  It made me to start rethinking the long list of Nestabilities on my wish list.

Shhhhh!  Don’t tell my hubby!

But then again, he did just get a new lawn tractor.  A girl’s gotta have her tools too!

Pyrography

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Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object.  It is more commonly known as wood burning.  It is one of the activities that is offered each summer at the camp my son attends.  My husband volunteers at that same camp and has taught classes.  He also has served as one of the camp photographers.

Putting both of his talents together, my husband decided to make a plaque of camp memories for my son.  The date is correct.  It was from last year.  He only recently completed the project.  (It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with the tendancy to leave a project hanging!)

The best part about this project was that he joined me in my craft room to do so.  I enjoyed having him for a crafting buddy.  As I watched him work, I began to think about how I might incorporate the wood burning tool into my paper crafting.  I gave him a piece of scrap cardstock and asked him to try to burn the edges.  Much to my delight, the wood burning tool created a burnt edge on the paper.  It was a much safer way to go about creating the look than the lit candle I had been contemplating.  It could also be used to create a burnt image on the surface of the paper.

Add to my list yet another technique for me to play with.  I like that I have found a new use for an old tool!

Shore Is Fun

My daughter is a junior in college and also a Resident Assistant in her dorm.  For her, school starts about two weeks before everyone else for extensive training and to decorate the dorms to welcome the new residents.  Part of that preparation is creating name tags for everyone’s dorm room door.  This year’s theme is “Chart Your Course”.

I lured her to my craft room to brain storm ideas.  It didn’t take long for her to make a plan once I showed her my new Fiskars Washed Ashore border punch and my boating and sea shore stamps.  She chose to use the punch and the CTMH Shore Is Fun stamp set. 

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She used blue card stock and  the border punch to create the water.  Then she stamped the sail boats in bright colors.

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Lotsa boats!

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Once she had the sailboats all stamped, she cut them out a glued them to the water.

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The finished product!

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The entire fleet!

The finished product turned out so cute.  All she had left to do was print the names on them once she received her list of residents.

Stampaway USA 2011

For the third year in a row, I helped out at the Stampaway Preview Party.  It’s always a good time with lots of treasures.  Here are the toys I couldn’t live without this year:

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These teeny tiny puzzle pieces were my first purchase.  You really can’t tell from the  photo how tiny they are.  They will make the cutest embellishments for cards.

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I have really been into vintage things the past few months.  I was thrilled to find these border stamps from Lost Coast Designs.  One is of buttons and the other is a tape measure. 

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I’ve teased my daughter for quite some time about all those “frogs” she’s returned to the “pond”.  This little guy was just too cute to resist.  He is from B-Line Designs who had some fabulous vintage stamps.  I came home and downloaded their catalogs and I’m already building my shopping list for next year.

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My big splurge this year was at Toomuchfun Rubberstamps.  They have several series of stamps to make some of the most clever cards I’ve ever seen.  I was torn between the hooded sweatshirt and zippered jacket, but as you can see, I ended up getting both.   And then of course I had to get the little zippers!

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The samples here aren’t mine but are from Toomuchfun Rubberstamps.  They are just way too cute!

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I didn’t do so well this year playing with my new toys but they are anxiously awaiting me in my craft room.  I hear them calling.  I must go to them.  And soon!

The Angel Company

Yesterday, one of my favorite stamp companies announced it was no longer in business.  This came as very sad news to customers as well as the Angels, including me, who represented the company.  From the moment I learned about TAC, I have always loved their beautiful designs and quality products.

Company policy dictated that I keep my Angel blog separate from this one.  Before I shut that blog down, I will be moving my project postings to this one for those who might not have found my Angel blog.

While there is great sadness among the Angels, many plan to continue hostessing stamp clubs.  I am grateful that my upline, Sylvia, is one of those!  In between visiting, giggling and sampling the amazing snacks she had prepared, we actually got a couple cards stamped when we met in July.

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The images for this card came from the Cowboy Boots set.  It was not a set I had on my list, but after seeing this design, I loved it!  It is such a cute, simple card.  I also like the masculine quality of the card.  Men’s cards are always so hard to design!

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The other card was stamped with the Butterfly Swirls set which has always been one of my favorite TAC sets.  When I think butterflies, I tend to think spring, however with this card you can see that butterflies aren’t just for spring.  I love the way the fall colors work.

And if this wasn’t enough, Sylvia, like the many of us, had a stash of used stamps and stamp sets that were looking for new homes.  Very few stampers can resist a bargain!

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I’ve really been inspired by vintage images lately and I have dozens of ideas for vintage cards dancing in my head.  These stamps definately fit with my ideas!

In the wake of sadness, there is still joy.  We still have beautiful memories and beautiful stamps and no one can take those away from us.  My heart goes out to all those Angels who are still reeling from recent news.  It is very difficult to lose something that has been so loved.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I wish you peace and strength as you determine next where your path will head.

Scrapbook Soup

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Well, as it turns out, “Scrapbook Soup” is what used to be known as “Scrapbook Memories”.  I guess I should have researched it a bit before I made my post yesterday.  Their website has been updated to www.scrapbooksouptv.com.

Today’s episode was #103.  It featured some great ideas including a beautiful floral layout, zentangle earrings and block prints using foam sheets.  I also now have
X-Acto’s Pivotcut Trimmer on my wish list.  What a great tool — it makes angle cuts as well as straight cuts!

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Oh, and in my efforts to get back into a routine, I put in 30 minutes on my treadmill while I watched!

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