Friday, August 9, 2013

Stamp Club- SUO Washi Tape card

Tonight is our Stampin' Up card club. In addition to making the cards & projects that our demonstrator prepares for us, we bring 12 cards for a card swap each month. Since we make 12 cards (of the same design), I try to keep my design fairly simple. So here's the one I made for August. Hope you & my stamping friends like it!

Thanks for stopping! Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Marilyn

Supplies- Stampin Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Hello from Pennant Parade
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (retired)
Paper: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz DSP
Accessories: Piercing Bugs (EK Success), This & That Washi Tape, Butterfly punch, circle punch, Corner rounder.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Gift Sets

Today I'm sharing two card sets I made for our mother-in-law & step mother-in-law for Mother's Day gifts. I hadn't posted these before today but I remembered to take pics before we gave the gifts away. I followed Chiaki Haverstick's tutorial for the "Bountiful Purse" on her Stamping Pro blog. Although, I did modify the design of some of the cards. She has a long list of free tutorials of fun papercrafts. So generous! 

I used the Everyday Enchantment DSP from Stampin Up's 2012 Sale-a-bration. Add matching cardstock & ink in images from Fresh Vintage, Triple Treat flower, and other SU! stamps. Punches & accessories added but I tried to keep the cards somewhat flat so extra postage wouldn't be required. I used these magnetic closures instead of velcro which finishes the project so nicely. I truly love this DSP paper & think is was perfect for our wonderful mothers.

Have a great weekend, friends!
Hugs, Marilyn

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July Shoebox Swap Cards

Hi Friends! I hope you have had a nice weekend. Today I want to share with you the two cards I made for the July Shoebox Swap with a group of St. Louis Splitcoaststamper friends. Each month the group gathers at a local library's multipurpose room where each of us designs a card & brings the supplies for each person to duplicate that card (aka as a shoe box swap).  We have a lot of fun, talking while we create & mostly talking about stamping, paper art, and crafts. Gotta' love these friends who are as obsessed as I am with paper and ink!

Some months we have themes but July was "stamper's choice". I wanted to swap a card that used some of my new Washi Tape because it is just fun. So, the above first card was my Washi Tape card. Because this card could be completed in about 5-10 minutes, I decided to make a second card to keep my friends "busy" at my shoebox station for a little while. I think the ladies liked both. Each of my friends has a different style & often bring new techniques or products, so it is nice to step out of my comfort zone. It really gives me a creative boost!. You can follow our thread HERE; and you can see the other ladies' cards HERE in Gill's gallery.

Have a great week!


Supplies- Card1:
Stamps:Compact Sentiments Part 2 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Summer Starfruit (SU), White (Neenah)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Memorable Washi Tape (My Mind's Eye), Scoreboard (MS)

Supplies- Card 2:
Stamps: Curly Cute, French Foliage (SU)
Paper: Island Indigo, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP (SU), White (Neenah)
Ink:Pacific Point, Island Indigo
Accessories: 4" Doilies (Wilton), Circle Diamond Gem (Studio 112), Lacy Brocade EF (SU), Boho Blossoms & Decorative Label Punches (SU)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th, friends!
I've been absent from blogland for a while. I'm still creating but I haven't found the time to post or play challenges. Below is a card I made today & I'm trying my smartphone & its camera to post. I cased my card from Pinterest & Splitcoaststamper Peanutbee. See here:

Hope y'all are doing well! Thanks for stopping! Hugs, Marilyn

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mini Virtual Stamp Night Fun

 Last night was the Splitcoaststampers Mini Virtual Stamp Night (VSN). The VSN forum link is HERE.

Every hour a hostess posts a challenge related to the VSN theme. Each player must complete their challenge within 45 minutes (does not include the time to post the card). The theme for this VSN is Birds, Bees & Creepy Crawlies. I was fortunate to host the second challenge, which happens to be my first card here & the rest of the cards are in numerical & chronological order. (I missed the first challenge).

Here are my cards:
- MAR13VSNMINI2- My challenge to make a Spring card featuring flowers as the main image or focal point. Must use at least one flower. Dessert option to use something new.
- MAR13VSNMINI3- Use Hexagons.
- MAR13VSNMINI4- Pick a fun pun to use on your card with a bird or a bee.
- MAR13VSNMINI5- Make a sympathy card with one or more birds or butterflies.
- MAR13VSNMINI6- “flock” together: TWO birds, THREE different embellishments and FOUR colors from a posted picture of brightly colored birds.

 I really love VSN & feel so happy when I can play. Because of the 45 minute time rule, you don't have time to be fussy. [Rather I don't have time to be fussy!-LOL!!] A stamper can't spend 30 minutes rolling ideas around in her head & another 30 minutes picking embellishments. It forces me to CREATE and not THiNK about creating. Usually I get on a roll & the creative juices flow. I forget every other care in the world!

I hope you have a chance to check out this mini VSN; you still have time to play along. Join us for with the full VSN on March 1 & 2. Look HERE for more details! 

Hugs, Marilyn

Monday, January 28, 2013

Project Life- My first page

Hi Friends! I so very happy today as I started my new job. YAY!!! I'm one of those ladies who would rather be working than staying at home. And I am blessed to have a profession that I love. So being back at work is a real blessing for me...I think my family might have been worried that I was going a little "nutso". But enough about work...let's get to some fun!

Today I want to share with you my first "Project Life- My Way" page. I know it looks different that other Project Life pages that are being created, so let me explain.

My goal for project life is to document through pictures & journal notes our daily lives. I've made some decisions about how I can best keep up with Project Life & enjoy the process. Some of the decisions or 'rules' I established for myself include:
1) Use only 4X6 photos- I will photo edit them on the computer but I am not going to crop, or use many different sizes of photos. I've used the beautiful sketches with the many different sized photos on a page & it makes it too complicated for me & takes forever to complete pages.
2) Use pre-existing supplies. That is the main reason that my pages look so different. I am not buying the kits or the special page protectors. I need to use what I have & boy do I have a lot of scrapbook supplies. I'm mainly a card maker & a wanna-be scrapbooker so over the years I've bought 12X12 pads of paper, kits, stickers, letters, you name it, I've probably got it. It is all waiting for me to use it. So that is what I am going to do. Please note this is not a hard & fast rule...I did buy some cute chevron paper in different colors that I'll use for cards too. And probably some journal cards later. But Im not buying another kit until I've used a lot of what I already have.
3) Journal every day. I am keeping my entries in my i-phone as an appointment entry for each day. I write a little bit. I will later hand-write these on journal cards when I am putting the pages together with the pictures. I know that this is double work (which I am usually very opposed to) but for now it works as I always have my phone with me. If I try to complete a journal card each day to go directly into onto the page, I won't be successful as I won't have the journal cards where I need them.
4) Each month has a color scheme. That color scheme will be used on all the pages & I will often be using the same designer papers & embellishments from the same line or kits. This will keep it easy. For January, it's BLUE- my fav!! February will be red & pink. I'll set up my station with the supplies for the month.
5) ENJOY the process!! This is not going to be stressful! I am going to be forgiving of myself if things don't work out 100% perfect. I WILL keep evaluating how I can reach my goal of documenting our daily lives & adapt my way to make "Project Life" a reality.

It is close to the end of the month & so far, I've kept up with picture taking & journaling but all the pages are not together. This is mainly because I don't have printed photos- I am not happy with my photo printer output. I am investigating some alternatives to printing at home. 

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day! Hugs, Marilyn

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Challenge Valentine

Apparently I did not send Valentine cards last year as I have quite a stash. So I don't need to make very many this year. But I always like to make three very special ones- for the two daughters & the hubby. So this card will be for one of my daughters & it was made using two challenges as inspiration.

First the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge, FTTC204, is to use a circle, fishtail & pearls/brads.

I counted my embossed background with the large polka dots as my circle; plus the Designer Paper has a circle medallion. So I think I'm good with keeping to the challenge requirements.

The second challenge was the Mojo Monday sketch, MOJO277.

I found this sketch extremely challenging. Not that it is really hard, but I was totally blank for an idea. I usually take sketches literally so I figured that was what the problem & causing my creative block. When that happens I go looking for inspiration. I saw Teresa Kline's (a Mojo Designer) take on the sketch & that was what I needed to get me going. You can see her beauty & my inspiration on her blog: Paperie Blooms. Her heart combined with the Flourishes requirement for a fishtail was the essence of my card.

That's it for me today. Soon I'll be posting some "Project 365, My Way" pages and some more of my One Sheet Wonder cards.

Hugs, Marilyn

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wisteria Blossom

It's been a while since I've posted; I've been enjoying having my children home for the semester's break. The "last remaining" daughter left today to go back to college (Big sad Mommy face here). I am so blessed to have had so much time with both girls. Also I have some GREAT news to share...I'll be starting back to work on Monday. YAY!! I've missed it for lots of reasons & I'm so happy! So I'll be back to evening and weekend papercrafting & blogging.  

Here is a card I made earlier this week using a One Sheet Wonder template. Love, love OSWs- I just get out matching cardstocks, accessories & before long I have lots of cards. Great gift of a matched set of cards. The other cards components are laying on my desk & soon to be transformed into cards.

Hugs, Marilyn

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Here's the Story...

Another happy day as I got to play more challenges!

The challenges today was the color challenge over on Splitcoaststampers- CC409. Today's colors are Rose Red, Pink Pirouette & Wisteria Wonder. I've been using my Copics more recently & I didn't quite have the quite the match for Rose Red used on her pants, but I like how it turned out anyway. 

The sketch was the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #106 as shown below. 
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Marilyn

Stamps: Here's the Story (MFT)
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, DSP-Springtime Vintage (SU), Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Momento), Copic markers
Accessories: OVal and scalloped oval dies (Spellbinders), pearls (stash), Pink ribbon (SU!),   

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Flourishes

Hi Friends! I hope you have a fun week planned. I don't have anything in particular in store, but I always take the fun wherever I go...a girl can't depend on the fun just showing up. LOL!

My card today was some of my fun for the week. I got to play along with some challenges & with some new toys.

My first challenge is the Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays #202 to make or use something new. I am so excited to be using new Flourish stamps! I received the Winter Blossoms stamp set as a Christmas gift; and I purchased for myself a Mystery Bag which was filled with the Summer Blossoms & Life Lines un-packaged stamp sets, a 6X6 paper pad & lots of other goodies. What a deal for $15!

The second challenge is the Color Throwdown #224 to use Almost Amethyst, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and So Saffron. Love these soft colors. 

Next challenge is the Freshly Made Sketches #68 challenge. What a versatile sketch; you can 'dress it up' like I did here or leave it more CAS. It's definitely a go-to sketch! 
 Have a great week! Hugs, Marilyn

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Project Life - My Method

Happy New Year, friends!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We certainly did; the DDs (dear daughters) were home from college & we had lots of fun togetherness.

We're getting back to our non- holiday lives; we've packed away the Christmas decor. Im getting back to my healthy eating & exercise routines. Today I want to share with you one of my 2013 goals: Document our life through photos & journaling- A Project Life Goal. 

I attempted this goal in 2010, but I wasn't able to keep up. So I thought long & hard about why it didn't work back then & how I could make it easy on myself.  I'm not into berating myself over "failures" but rather look at them as opportunities. How can I change & adapt the project & myself so that I can be successful? It's always helpful for me to be crystal clear about my goal & define the parameters. 

One of my first realizations was that I needed to have a dedicated space in my studio for Project Life.  A space that I can leave partially finished pages to return to later to finish. Then I can work in small blocks of time & reduce stress. That space needed to have an organization system for journal notecards, paper, journaling & date stamps, pens & embellishments so that things are handy & neat; if it is too messy then stress levels increase & production decreases. 

So today I want to show you my first step to my goal. My first project was to clean & organize my studio to make a work station for Project Life. I cant believe it took all day but then I also cleaned a corner piled with supplies & re-organized several other spots in the studio. Below is a picture of my Project Life work station. 
As you can see, I have a nice sunshiny place- two windows in the studio that bring in morning light. The work island is big & in other areas I have my cricut and big shot.  

I put a self healing mat on the work surface & directly behind it is a desktop organizer. Here I am keeping my main supplies. 12 x 12 paper, 6 x 6 designer paper packs, stamps, journal tags, some paper & other flat embelishments and pens. To the left is a tray to house washi tape & glue, date stamp, . To the right are a few collections of embellishments that I plan to use. Also to the left is a small container to house completed journal cards that are awaiting their corresponding photos that need printing. To the left is a medium sized bucket that isn't dedicated to Project Life but works well in the space. The bucket holds my newest stamps & the next upcoming holiday stamps; it has some Valentine's stamps & embellishments now. 

In my next Project Life post, I will share my adaptions to the traditional Project Life. And soon I'll have a card to share. 

Have a great day! Hugs!!