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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Workshop

Before I get to the pictures I have a question.  I use a digital camera and for some reason it doesn't focus in very good any more.  Do you know if a digital camera can wear out?  Maybe the electronics wear out?
Anyway, here's the rest of the stuff from the Halloween workshop last night.  First is this cookie jar.  It's just a clear glass jar from Walmarts with decor elements on it.  So easy to do.

Next is these little candy treats.  On the left is a mini candy bar with a standard address label wrapped around it.  You can use a wheel or just stamp right on the label.  This is the crow from Graveyard Gala.  The one on the left is a peppermint patty with a topper.  It's not a York pattie.  They don't wrap them so that they're round anymore.  How dare they.  Don't they know that I use them for crafts.  This one is an off brand from somewhere.  Anyway, the topper is just anything that is small enough to fit in one of the circle punches and then put on a scallop. 

 Don't ask me where I got these little test tubes because I don't remember.  I was at a stamp convention but I don't know what company made them.  This was the only way I could think of to display them.  A rack like the one pictured in catalog would be  nice but I don't know where they got that one.

 They two are really simple.  The one on the left is the milk carton die and the one on the right is the pillow box die with a bat punched out and a piece of vellum behind it.  A clear piece of window sheet would have been better but you know how it is.  I couldn't find any in my stash.

 This is an old idea.  It's just a toilet tissue tube covered with tissue paper and then decorated paper wrapped around it.  Maybe it goes without saying but please always use wrapped candy for this idea.  I had a customer who just dumped M and M's in the tube.  I don't really think that's the best idea.

 This is one of our new mini lunch sacks with just a picture stamped on it.  You could really step this up with lots of trim but I was getting in a hurry.

 This is a gum wrapper that I copied from Kimberly Van Diepen.  Someone asked me what the red star has to do with Halloween and it doesn't have anything to do with Halloween but it added a little glitz to the wrapper.  You can't see it real good but there's a ribbon that goes under the gum holder and then you just pull the ribbon up to get the gum out.

 This was a jar that I had on hand.  Let me tell you , it's not easy to get paper to stick to glass.  First I used snail and it came off.  Then I tried sticky strip and it came off.  So then I used the anywhere glue stick and so far it's still on.  Of course it can't be washed and saved but at least it can be taken off and the jar can be used for Christmas.
 If your having a party then these cute drink holders will be a big hit.  You could use one that you get at a fast food place but they already have writing on them.  This one was ordered off the web and then decorated.  I love the designer series paper on it. 

 Since the focus of the workshop was the decor elements I had to demo how to put them on so I got this plain white mug at one of the big box stores.  I think if you wash the mug very carefully then the decor should stay on for quite awhile.  I'm going to find out.

When your decorating for a party then decorate anything you can.  This is just a tissue box but isn't it cute.  The designer paper isn't wide enough to go all the way around so I pieced it and I really liked it with different designs on it.

And here's my little haunted house.  I decided that it's just going to be a cute little witches house.  So except for the spiders in the windows it's just a cute house.  The little ghosts are the easiest thing to make.  Just use the new owl punch, turn the body upside down and trim the feet off and you have a ghost.  How cute is that?  All in all it was a good workshop and I can think of so many other things that I could have done.  My niece was very pleased with everything and she's having a party at her house at the end of the month so I'm still trying to think of other things we could decorate.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Decor Elements

Don't forget about the Halloween workshop tonight at the Paper Palace.

Here's some more of the things that I'll be showing tonight at the Halloween workshop.  Remember that everyone is invited.  The above picture shows some of the decor elements on the pumpkins.  I meant to put the short round pumpkin in the middle but you know how it is.  I got started and didn't pay attention.  These decor elements are from the set called Spooky Things and I'll be showing everything from the set tonight.  There's also jewels on these pumpkins.  They are shown in the Holiday Mini.  Come tonight and see another place for jewels.

 This is a mirror with decor elements on it.  I got these two frames at a thrift store and painted them black.  Now when Holloween is over I can just store them and get them out again next year.  If I can remember where I put them.

The happy halloween on the bottom is a decor element.  The Halloween newspaper on the top is from the Designer Paper series called Nite Owl.  This is also in the Holiday Mini. 
I'll post more pictures tomorrow.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The rest of card class

Here's the rest of the cards from yesterday's card class.  I wasn't sure abou a couple of them but everyone seemed to like them. 

This one is using the new Bigz XL Die called Tastefull Trim and the stamp set Paisley Prints that I got for free at convention this summer.

You might not be able to see this but the white is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  It's really beautiful.

On this card I finally turned loose of my pearls and let people use them but you probably can't really see how many I used because the tiny ones just don't show up in the picture.

I saw this idea online somewhere and I thought it was a realy cute idea.  It uses the clear bags that are real narrow.  I love the big candy corn for a topper.

This is a level one Hostess set.  If you want one just let me know and we'll schedule a workshop for you.

Don't forget the Halloween workshop next Tuesday at the Paper Palace.  I'll be posting some more pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hallowee workshop

If you've looked at the Holiday Mini you've probably noticed the cute Christmas house on page 37.  Well, guess what?  The house comes in white but it can be painted any color that you want or decorated with paper.  So here's my version of a Halloween house.  Isn't it cute.  If you want to see how I'm going to finish it you need to come to a Halloween workshop next Tues, Sept 28th at the Paper Palace.  My niece Beth Anne is hosting and she says the more, the merrier so everyone's invited.  We'll be making a card and a Halloween Treat holder.  And I'll be showing you lots of ways to decorate for Halloween.  The vinyl decor elements are beautiful.  There'll be a variety of treat holders, decorations, and cards.  Hope you can come.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Christmas Stamp Camp

Today's the day that I had set for the deadline to sign up for Stamp Camp.  Here's the stamp set that you'll get.  It's Bells and Boughs out of the Holiday Mini.  You can get the set in wood mount or clear mount.  And you'll get 1/2 bolt of red satin ribbon to use on your cards.  The class is $25.00 for a wood mount set or $20.00 for a clear mount set and you'll make 8 cards using this set.  I've decided to extend the sign up deadline until this Friday, Sept 24th so if your interested in this class please let me know.

Here's one of the cards that we'll be making at stamp camp.  Will I see you then?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sneak peek at card class

Here's one of the cards that we'll be making at card class this week.  Let me know if you want to come.  We'll be making 7 cards and a Halloween treat holder.  It's $12.00 or it's free if you place an $18.00 order.  Come anytime on Thurs.  I just ask that you let me know if your coming so that I can have all the supplies ready.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rubber Queens Cards

Here's some cards that Dianne Emory made and brought to the last Rubber Queens meeting.  They are all made using some of the Designer Series Paper called Deck the Halls.  It's in the Holiday Mini catalog.  Aren't these cards beautiful.  I'll post some more tomorrow.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Christmas Gifts

Here's the pictures of my bracelets that I promised this morning in my email.  In the email I talked about a Rubber Queens event coming up that you are all invited to.  On October 3 your all invited to our Holiday Extravaganza.  We'll be showcasing gifts for Christmas giving.  You can check out all the details and sign up to attend on Ronda's web site. http://www.stampwithronda.typepad.com/  It's all about making gifts that use Stampin Up! products. 

The bracelet above and below is made with out new Antique Brads.  I got this idea from Arlena Craven.  She had one at our last big event and I thought it was so beautiful that I had to run to Lansing and get the jump rings so that I could make one for me.  My camera doesn't do real well with close ups but I think you can get the idea.  Just open the brads up and attach the jump ring and then bend the prongs of the brad down.  I put a little Crystal Effects on the back of each brad to hold it in place and I used a lobster claw clasp to hook the bracelet. 
The Antique brads are on page 187 of the big catalog.  You get 20 brads for $5.95.  I only used 8 brads in my bracelet so you can get two out of each box of brads.  Or out of two boxes of brads you can get five bracelets.  What a cute idea for a stocking stuffer or just a really inexpensive gift. 
The other bracelet in the top picture is our Simply Adorned bracelet with a small charm (which I just noticed doesn't have an insert) and other decorations out of the pretties kit and some filegree brads.  We don't sell the pretties kit anymore but you can probably find these beads anywhere they sell jewelry findings.  We still have the filigree brads and they are on page 187 in the big catalog.
So if you've ever thought about becoming a Stampin Up demonstrator or just want to have a fun girls afternoon out come and join us on October 3.  Just email me for more details.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rubber Queen meeting

Last night was our regular monthly meeting for the Rubber Queens.  We always have a raffle and last night I won three of the baubles that are shown in the new mini catalog.  The first picture shows them on my Simply Adorned necklace so that you can see the size.  My charm is 1" by 1 1/4" so you can see that they are really big. Much bigger than I thought.  Now I want to get some more so that I can have matching ones on each side of the charm.  Thank you Ronda for picking such great prizes.
The second picture shows the insert that I just put in for Halloween.  It's just a spider with a little thwacking around the edges.  I put a drop of crystal effects on the spider's body so it's nice and shiny.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Michigan weather is wonderful

I'm up here at Higgins Lake State Park freezing my buns off.  It rained so hard on Thurs that we were wading through water to get to the bathroom.  Yesterday it was cold and rainy and this morning it's really cold and rainy.  I think we're going shopping today just to get inside.  I'd pack up and go home but I don't want to pack up a wet camper.  Tomorrow is suspose to be much better but still not real warm.  Just hoping everything dries out before Monday.  Ah the joys of living in Michigan.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Card Class

This card is using the stamp set Studio Sketches.  The background was run throught the Big Shot with the embossing folder Vintage Wallpaper.  I stamped it with Stazon ink and used a blender pen to color in the fruit and the pitcher.  I got the idea from Sandi Dailey.

This stamp set is Uncharted Territory and the background is embossed with the Square Lattice.  When your going to have any stamped image on an embossed sheet then you should always stamp the image first and then run the paper through the Big Shot.

Have you noticed the button on the right for the free tote?  When you sign up to become a Stampin Up! demonstrator then you can get the Garden Gala tote free.  And it's a $39.00 value.  It's big enough to hold 12 x 12 paper, lots of stamps, ink pads and punches.  And it's beautiful so if you've ever thought about being a Stampin Up! demonstrator now is a great time.  If you want to see the tote in real life just give me a call.  I got one when I went to convention in July.