Ahoy, Matey!

I made a birthday card today for my son’s best friend who turned 8 today. I wanted to use the Ahoy, Matey! set because I was using the matching wheel to make the wrapping paper for his gift. I used Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip and Real Red card stock, and I watercolored the card using my aquapainters (paint brushes prefilled with water) and coordinating stamp pads. Watercoloring is so easy this way! I used linen thread and a 1/16" hole punch to make the little knots on the corners of the pirate picture. Anyone who knows my son Nick knows he is crazy about collecting rocks! He could open his own rock store in his room! Well, his friend is the same way…so we bought him a giant chunk of mica for his birthday…kind of like opening treasure huh?!

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Quarterly Demonstrator Event Yesterday!

Sorry it’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted something new…but I’ve been very busy learning some new stuff to share with you!

We had such a blast! We made 4 awesome projects that I’ll be offering as a stamp camp soon! Tomorrow I’ll be posting all the swap cards I got yesterday.

Check your email box for my monthly newsletter too…lots of great stuff going on this month!

Trifold Card

Well this was a fun little project for today! I got the SCS weekly newsletter and had to try this right away! It was really easy to make, and I think it’s pretty cute too. I used the new designer paper from the spring mini, and the matching stamp set called Polka Dots & Paisley. If you like some of the projects I’ve been making lately, check out my calendar or book a party…you can make something fun of your very own!Img_3537 Img_3536

Today’s Project

I made some cards today, but I wanted to make a little project too. I found this cute flower to make and decided to try it out. I used the designer paper called "Rebecca", Chocolate Chip and Pink Passion card stock, and I love how the silver diamond shape of the vintage brads matches the designer paper!

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Hubby’s bday is tomorrow!

My wonderful husband Jeff’s birthday is tomorrow! I whipped up this card for him, and I’m actually feeling a little guilty that it only took about 5 minutes to make!! I really like it though…it’s the thought that counts right? I’m also cooking his favorite meal (Alice Springs Chicken from Outback Steak House), so I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for the simple card pretty quickly!

I used the Treehouse designer paper, with Cranberry Crisp card stock and a giant confetti white tag. Of course I used the Prep School ribbon because it matches so well!

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Demo Meeting Swap

A fun part of being a demo is our monthly meetings! A group of us get together and swap cards, stamp and chat. We always have a great time. The theme for tonight’s swaps is anything from the Spring Mini, so with Easter right around the corner, I chose Bunny Hugs. I used Cool Caribbean and Pretty in Pink card stock, and the new designer paper in the Spring Mini too! I punched out the holes in the front of the card so you can see the chicks, but they’re actually on the inside of the card.

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Techniques Night

We had so much fun at my monthly techniques class last night! We learned two new techniques, called Cracked Glass and Pearl Ex Window. Here are some of the cards we made:

Img_3467 The card to the left is one of the cracked glass cards. This technique is easy and fun! I used the Blossoms Abound set for this card, with Rose Red and Always Artichoke.

Img_3470 For the card above we used Pearl Ex Window technique. The picture doesn’t really show how shimmery the colored tag part is. The sets we used for this are Doodle That from the Spring Mini, and Simple Sayings II.

This card is another cracked glass one. We used In Full Bloom and Much Appreciated. Img_3508

Check out my events calendar to join us for a class like this!

Layout Challenge

Christine and I also tried a "Layout Challenge" when she came to stamp. It was a little tricky to stick to the original layout, because we both wanted to add our own little touch. I used Polka Dots & Paisley for mine, and It’s Your Birthday, and of course we both used the new designer papers from the Spring Mini Catalog…love those papers!! Here’s what I came up with…

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The funny part is that it was supposed to be a "random" drawing of a layout…by the end of the night, we were both a little punchy, had too much caffeine, and kept picking other challenges because we didn’t want to do the ones we picked…so much for "random"! We really had a great time though!

Color Challenge

Tonight my friend Christine came over, and we decided to try something new. We decided to try a "Color Challenge"! If you don’t know what a color challenge is…you pick a few colors randomly and create a card using only those colors (and a neutral). We lucked out because we both loved the colors in our first challenge! They were Elegant Eggplant (my favorite!!), Cool Caribbean, and Certainly Celery. We had so much fun, and we came up with very different cards using the same colors.

Here’s mine…

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