Saturday, January 14, 2012

Life is Good!

Hi Blogger Friends!
I'm sorry I haven't been around job, spending as much time as I can with DD (Dear Daughter) before she goes back to college & lots of get togethers with friends. All is good! Last night was Stamp Club at Karen's, today is my uplines' quarterly gathering & tonight my best friends who craft are getting together. So a real marathon weekend of paper crafting!! 

Today I am sharing the easel card I made for my girlfriends as a holiday gift. I had to cancel out of our get  together in December due to illness, so I am bringing my gifts tonight. I got the idea of this easel calendar card from CarrollAnn (MrsBoz).  She made these a year ago & I loved it so much that I sent away for little pre-printed calendars. My last post was the calendar I made for my office. You can print these little calendars yourself & there are several websites that offer them for free. I did that one year when I made two calendars & it took quite some time to cut and line everything up. So this year I bought  in bulk (30) & it was really worth it, even if I don't use them all. I hope to make more for my Stamp Club friends, but I'll cross that bridge later.

The designer paper is from the Paper Studio; it was perfect for my girlfriends as all three lean towards the rich autumn colors in their homes and wardrobe. These three gals are very trendy & keep me up to date on the fashion so I liked the paper for that reason too. I used 110# paper in Solar White from Neenah for my base which makes it sturdy. I purchase this paper in bulk at a local paper distributor. (XPedX) & I also get my regular weight Solar White paper & A2 envelopes there. Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso and Calypso Coral are the other cardstock colors here (Stampin Up). I embossed the burgundy base using the Elegant Lines embossing folder from SU!. The sentiment stamp is an antique from a Stampin' Up set called Everyday Expressions. I love that set no matter how old it is!! The flower is made from the very cool "Triple Treat Flower" single stamp from Stampin' Up that has the coordinating punches. Lastly, I used the pretty Vintage Brads from Stampin' Up.

That's it for me today...I'm off for a fun day of crafting with friends! Thanks for stopping by & I'll be checking out your blogs tomorrow. Have a great weekend!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hi blogger friends! Happy New Year! I hope this year has started out great. This evening I have an easel calendar card to share with you. It was made for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I actually made it for myself! As you may know, I have a new job & thus a new office. There's no handy wall space for a calendar, so I made one to sit on my desk.I make my appointments in the computer, but I like having a calendar for reference nearby. Below is what it looks like open. I also like a little inspiration so I used this Plain Jane stamp from Verve.
Have a great week!

Stamps: Psalm 51:10 (verve)
Paper: Indigo Island, Black, Vanilla, DSP- Love Letter (retired) (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Accessories: Indigo Island ribbon, black brads, designer brad (Stampin Up), flower & embossing punches (Nellie Snellen) 

Hugs, Marilyn