Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Top Ten New Years Resolutions most people share for 2010

Every year it seems that the same Top Ten New Year resolutions crop up. Why? It's obvious. Because they are just so hard to keep! I have trouble keeping my resolutions, but this time I'm determined to finally do better.

Success is not an accident, it begins with a well-conceived plan. You can and will achieve more in the next year than you have in the past ten with a disciplined plan of action. By investing your efforts into a New Years Resolution, you give yourself a launch pad for starting your new year and your new life.

This year I'm determined to try harder and I plan to succeed.  Wish me luck as I will be focusing a lot more on my business and start excersizing again for a healthier me!  Here's the list




  • 1. Stop smoking
  • 2. Get Fit
  • 3. Lose Weight
  • 4. Enjoy Life More
  • 5. Quit Drinking
  • 6. Get Organised
  • 7. Learn Something New
  • 8. Get Out of Debt
  • 9. Spend more time with the Family
  • 10. Help Others


Tell me what your New Years Resolution is and let's see how well we do.  Have a Happy New Years!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Love Sparkles Class

Love Sparkles Love Notes
Stamping Class


Join me as we make 30 handmade love notes with a convenient carrying box to share this Valentine’s Day. Forget the store bought brands from mega-stores and instead share the creativity of making your own love notes with your children and friends. You’ll be amazed at how quickly these notes go together using our Simply Scrappin’ Kits. The kits are budget friendly and mom and kid approved. Share the love with classmates and  friends this Valentine’s Day!


Love Sparkles Love Notes is an upcoming class.  Please see my events calendar for more information.

Products Used:

Stamps
•    Teeny Tiny Wishes (optional)

Paper
•    Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin’ Kit

Ink
•    Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (optional)
•    Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker (optional)

Accessories
•    Sticky Strip
•    SNAIL
•    Paper Trimmer
•    Bone Folder

The 2009/2010 Idea Book has 10 exclusive Simply Scrappin’ kits available in styles to please anyone!  Each kit includes 8 sheets of 12” x 12” textured card stock (2 each of four colors), 6 sheets of 12” x 12” double-sided patterned paper (3 each of two double-sided designs) and 6 sheets of self-adhesive die cuts that measure 6” x 12” (2 each of three designs). The coordinating colors and stamp sets for each kit are listed in the catalog for easy reference.  In this class we will be using the Love Spakles Simply Scrappin' Kit to create 30 Valentine Cards, you could easily switch the kit to make 30 gift tags or 30 notes. These complete kits take the guesswork out of creating beautiful scrapbooks, mini albums and projects of all kinds!  The products are Acid and Lignin free.  These kits are another great example of Stampin’ Up! creating coordinating products to make paper crafting projects easier!

Save 20% and get the Early Bird price of $20 until January 7, 2010! See you then!






Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Home Decor Elements from Stampin' Up!



I have always loved our Decor Elements Line, they are so easy to put on and they look fantastic.  But I have to say this spring they have really outdone it this time.  Available to you on January 5/10 with our new Decor Elements insert you will be able to get this --

The 'Decorative Sign' in CHALKBOARD!

No more painting in chalkboard paint, all you have to do is simply apply it to your wall.


This is only one of many being offered in January.  My girls have already decided which ones they want for their rooms.  To cool!  See you tomorrow!




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Monday, December 28, 2009

We are all young at heart!

We are all young at heart and when your hanging with 4 young girls during the day you really don't have a choice in the matter.  The first three days of Christmas week I babysat for one of my hostesses and great friend Pam.  She has two daughters that are the same age as mine, so no problem there.  Now question is how do you keep them entertained?


Paige Hafso


Well they all like to use the Big Shot, Dazzling Diamonds, and our Build-a-Bear line.  So let's get crafty and keep them busy (LOL) by making BAB Santa magnets. 

Jericca White, Shariya White, Alyssa Hafso (blonde one)





So I hope you enjoy the photos of all the crafty young ones.  I am training them young and even my daughters (when they are old enough) want to be part of my down line.  That's so cute!




And here is how they turned out!  A great bunch of kids with a lot of talent.  Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow!




Friday, December 25, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas Pictures, Images and Photos


May God Bless you and keep you during this precious wonderful season.

Merry Christmas

The Scrappin' Mama
Teresa, Todd, Paige, Alyssa, and our dog Bella





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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Last Minute Christmas Card Idea

I had run out of Christmas cards so I had to make a bunch more, especially for my husband one early morning this week.  Again I find simple is best and this didn't take a lot of time either.  I think next year I will be making a few more (just in case lol).  Take a look...

Again I am using the 'Jolliest time of the Year' stamp set, because I love the designs and the saying is rather appropriate if you ask me.
 Instructions:

  • Cut a piece of Real Red CS into 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half with your bone folder.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black CS into a 4 x 5.25" and attach to the base of the card with your snail.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White CS into a 3.75 x 5" piece.
  • Take the Santa Clause stamp and stamp it on using the Black Stazon.
  • Color in the Santa with Real Red, Basic Black and YoYo Yellow Stampin' Write Markers.
  • I used the 2way glue pen and put it on the white spots on him and a few of the spots on top.  Then I took my Dazzling Diamonds over it to give it that extra spark.
  • Take your Real Red Classic Ink and stamp the verse under Santa.  Attach to the card using your snail.
Your done, whew, as I didn't have a lot of time and my husband's customers really love the card.

Enjoy your Christmas Eve, see you tomorrow!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tote-ally Tess is too Cute for Words!



I just love this new stamp set!  It's like playing with paper dolls all over again.  Thanks Stampin' Up! for reminding me of the fun moments in my childhood!

Also what's new on this card is the Certainly Celery 5/8" satin ribbon (so soft!) and the new Scallop Trim Edge Punch (which you can get for free with an order of $65 or more, starting Jan 5/10.  Mark the date on your calendar to start your shopping)  I can't forget the new Shades of Spring DSP, I think I am going to need to order more because it's so beautiful.  Actually this is a swap card I made for a swap I am participating in over the holidays!  Too much fun!

Directions:

  • Cut a piece of Orchid Opulance CS into a 8.5 x 5.5" piece.
  • Cut a piece of the Shades of Spring DSP into a 4 x 5.25".
  • Cut a piece of Certainly Celery CS into a 3.75 x 5.25" piece and then punch it with the new Scallop Trim Edge Punch.
  • Attach the DSP to the base of the card then the punched Certainly Celery CS onto the DSP using your snail.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White CS into a 3.5 x 4.75".
  • Using your Black Stazon stamp the girl from the Tote-ally Tess stamp set onto the right side of the CS.
  • You will need to use your stamp-a-jig to stamp the apron over top of her.
  • Time to color her in using your So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgandy Stampin' Write Markers.
  • Using our Basic Black Classic Ink stamp the other images from the Tote-ally Tess stamp set onto extra Whisper White CS and cut them out.  Attach with Stampin' Dimensional and mini glue dots.
  • I colored in the purse with the Pretty-in-Pink Stampin' Pastels and I also stamped the verse in Pretty-in-Pink Classic Ink.
  • Add some Dazzling Diamonds to her hair and the little flower on her apron using your 2way glue pen.
  • Attach the 5/8" satin Certainly Celery ribbon to the card and then add the faux bow to it.
It really is cute, a lot of fun and I will see you tomorrow.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

LAST DAY TO ORDER

Today is the LAST day to take advantage of the 12 days of Christmas Sale.  So don't delay and order it today!!!!  Enjoy shopping!  Click on the shop now picture to place your order.  See you tomorrow!

The Jolliest Time of the Year!

Good morning everyone, I hope you are finished with all of your holiday preperations.  I know that I have some last minute baking to do.  However, I make sure I find some time to do some stampin' and creating and I thought I would share this special project with you.


Since my Mom finds herself alone this Christmas since Dad passed this summer, I thought I would make her a special Christmas Card to cheer her up.  I hope you like it too.


It looks complicated but it is rather simple with only needing a few supplies, I hope you can make this one for someone special this Christmas.

Tutorial:

  1. Cut a piece of Real Red CS into a 8.5 x 5.5" piece and fold in half using your bone folder.
  2. Cut the Merry Moments DSP into 4 x 5.25" and 3 of 1 x 3.75"
  3. Cut the Old Olive CS into 3 of 1.25 x 4" and 3.25 x 3.25"
  4. Cut Very Vanilla CS into 3 x 3" and another piece into 1 3/8" x 2 3/4"
  5. Using the 'Jolliest Time of the Year' stamp set take out the snowman and stamp him with the Black Stazon on the large piece of Very Vanilla CS.
  6. Use your Old Olive, Real Red and Close to Cocoa Stampin' Write Markers and color in the snowman.
  7. Take your 2way glue pen and hit on the spots you want to add your Dazzling Diamonds.  Attach this piece to the large piece of Old Olive CS with your snail.  Set aside.
  8. Take the verse and using the Real Red Classic Ink and stamp it on the small piece of Very Vanilla CS.
  9. Use your ticket corner punch and punch all four corners.  Take your sponge and sponge along the edges with the Real Red Classic Ink.
  10. Attach the large piece of the DSP to the base of the card using your snail.
  11. Attach the small pieces of DSP to the small pieces of Old Olive CS using your snail.  Then attach those to the card.
  12. Grab your Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped grosgrain ribbon and attach it to the card just above the centre line with your snail.
  13. Place your snowman piece onto the card making sure to snail the top and bottom of the piece and put it over the ribbon.
  14. Take an extra piece of ribbon and tie a knot to add extra flair.
  15. Attach Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the wording piece and attach to the card.
Your done, and personally I think my Mother is going to love it.  I hope you do too.


See you tomorrow!


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Monday, December 21, 2009

'Blessings' Card Tutorial

Hi everyone,


Well I realize that my tutorial was a tad late but this is one of the reasons I actually hate technology---Technical Difficulties.  Oooohhhhhhhh!  That being said it is finally on my blog today.



I just love the card, it is so simple and elegant.  With this card I am showing you some of the new and upcoming products that will be available to you on Jan 5, 2010, including the new acrylic blocks and stamps.


Well I hope you enjoy my first tutorial as I had actually a lot of fun making it!  The supply list will be provided for you.

Supply List
  • So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, and Whisper White Card Stock
  • 'Abundant Hope' Stamp Set in the Acrylic. 
  • So Saffron, Hunter Green Stampin' Write Markers
  • Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon
  • 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing envelope
  • Big Shot and oval wooden frame (craft store)
  • Snail and scissors.




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In case you may not have noticed but my blog has a new address, www.thescrappinmama.com and my email address now is teresa@thescrappinmama.com.  Make sure to bookmark this information!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Video Tutorials

Oops, I have been so busy these last few days, as you can tell by the lack of posting, with baking, getting all the gifts ready for my girls teachers, etc. etc.  So much to do and so little time!  LOL!


Just a quick note, I have finally caught up to some of the changing technology we have today.  Starting tomorrow I will be offering video tutorials on my blog!  I am soooo excited about this added feature for you.  Tomorrow I will be showing you some of the new products being offered from the new mini catalogue that goes live on January 5, 2010, including the new acrylic style of stamps.  See you then!


Teresa

Stampin' Up! Clear Mount Stamps


I'm so excited!  Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in both traditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.  Customers can begin ordering January 5!
Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features
  • Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
  • Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
  • Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
  • Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not.
  • Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning.
  • Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.
  • Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Photo Tips for Holiday Shooting



Here are some pointers for better indoor lighting:

  • Whenever possible, turn off your flash and turn on other lights in the room.

  • During the day, shoot near a window so you can capture the natural light. As long as you avoid harsh sunlight and shadows, natural light is ideal for photography because colours stay true and the lighting is soft.

  • The ISO number determines your camera's sensitivity to light. This means when the ISO is high, it "sees" more light than when it's low. Low-light situations can throw off the sensor. So, if you're in a lighting situation that would normally call for flash, increase the ISO on your camera to compensate for not using the flash. 
 Here are a few indoor scenes you might want to capture:



  • The dog with a collar of holiday lights.

  • A message or your family's name spelled out in lights on the floor or a kitchen table.

  • People lighting candles.

  • A reflection of lights in a window or mirror.

Info courtesy of HP

Tips for night shooting during the holidays

Your adventures don't stop when the sun goes down, and your photography shouldn't have to either. Night photography can record beautiful scenes that have a fairytale world feel to them when compared to their daytime counterparts. A plain fountain becomes a lighted wonder, or dreary skyscrapers light up like Christmas trees. Night photography does require a slightly different approach than daytime photography, but it all boils down to the same thing--capturing light. Once you begin your love affair with the night, you will discover that night photography is an excellent way to increase you awareness of light for all types of photography. Here are some simple ways to improve your night photography. 

Determine Your Camera's Capabilities

As with any photography, you need to understand what your camera is capable of doing. Whether you have a point-and-shoot or a SLR, be sure to familiarize yourself with your camera. Four considerations to make for night photography:

  1. Flash - is there and on-board flash? Is there the capability for an add-on flash?
  2. Shutter and Aperture Control - does your camera allow you to control the shutter speed and the aperture settings or at least have a "nighttime" preset?
  3. Film Speed - can you set your preference of film speed?
  4. Shutter Release - do you have the option of a remote release button for the shutter or a self-timer?

Determine your subject and the amount of light available

While you may be able to see a scene perfectly well with your eyes, cameras do need a bit more light than our eyes in order to function properly. You do not need any fancy hand-held photography light meters for this step. The meter in your camera will work perfectly well. Simply point your camera at your intended scene and press the shutter halfway down. However, be sure that you point your camera at the darkest part of the scene you are taking that you want to be visible in your image. If you take a meter reading from a brightly lit fountain, that beautiful oak tree behind it catching the light will be too dark to appreciate. Take your reading from the oak tree instead. Look at the readings it gives you. It may say that you need a flash, or if you have a SLR, you may see the metering bar showing you how much underexposed our image will be at your current settings.

Make your adjustments to settings that are necessary for the available light

If your camera does not have any adjustment options other than a nighttime setting, then turn the dial to your camera's nighttime or landscape setting and skip down to part 4 of this section. If you camera has other abilities, use them. There are four things you will set on your camera for nighttime photography:

  1. Film Speed - This is marked by "ISO" on some cameras. Unless you are shooting nighttime sports, use a slower film speed. This will reduce the grain visible in your images and produce a much clearer image.
  2. Aperture - The aperture will be determined in mostly by your subject. Aperture controls how much depth of your image will be in focus and will be marked on your camera as F-Stop. If you are taking an image of your family standing in front of a landmark, you need a larger aperture (smaller F-stop number) than if you are taking an image of a lighted fountain and the lighted museum several yards behind that. Set you aperture based on your subject, in the next two steps we will adjust the exposure.
  3. Shutter speed - Unless you are shooting nighttime sports or another situation where you need to freeze motion, your shutter speed will be your third step. Set your shutter speed for a proper exposure on your metering bar. Remember to take your meter reading from the darkest part of the scene you want to appear well lit.
  4. Flash - You will use flash to "fill in" areas that need additional light. Remember that flash does not have an unlimited range so this works best for areas relatively close (about 4 to 9 feet) from you. If you use your camera's on-board flash I would recommend using it only when you must illuminate a person. If you have an add on flash that works with your camera you can use the fill-flash feature to set it to less power and illuminate things like the bases of lighted fountains that may otherwise be lost in shadow.

Stability

You are almost ready to take your photo! You are most likely using a shutter speed that is several seconds long. Since you will not be able to hold the camera steady using your hands for that length of time. , set the camera down on a platform of some kind. Tripods are the most common choice for a stabilizing platform, but do not extend the tripod to its fullest height. Most low-cost tripods are not stable at their full extensions and will still produce a residual shake from the pressure you use to press the shutter button. If you do not have a tripod or you are not allowed to use one in your location, there are other options -- Beanbags, backpacks, rolled up jackets, or even purses can work very well.

Release the Shutter

You are about to take your photo. Release the shutter by using 1 of 3 methods:

  1. Finger - The standard way you are used to taking an image. Press the shutter release with your finger. In night photography, you need to be especially careful to press the shutter as gently as possible to reduce camera shake. This is the least desirable way of releasing the shutter in night photography but with practice, you can produce good images this way. One way to improve your finger release images is to use the longest exposure possible. This will minimize the visibility of any initial camera shake.

  2. Remote Release - Remote release is the most preferred method of shutter release for night photography. There are two options for remote release. These are a cable release and an IR release. The cable release is a cable that fastens into a mount on your camera and has a button at the end of the cable. The IR release is a remote control like your TV remote. It operates on infrared light and must be pointed at the IR sensor on the camera to work.

  3. Self-timer - This is a great work-around for those who do not have a remote release. The self-timer allows you to press the shutter button and remove your hand from the camera before the shutter is released. This prevents camera shake very well.


Night photography can open a whole new world to you and I hope you will give it a try. Like everything else in life, it takes some practice but the rewards are well worth the effort!

Information courtesy of About.com

Monday, December 14, 2009

Love Sparkles Love Notes Class


Love Sparkles Love Notes is an upcoming class.  Please see my events calendar for more information.

Products Used:

Stamps
•    Teeny Tiny Wishes (optional)

Paper
•    Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin’ Kit

Ink
•    Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (optional)
•    Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker (optional)

Accessories
•    Sticky Strip
•    SNAIL
•    Paper Trimmer
•    Bone Folder

The 2009/2010 Idea Book has 10 exclusive Simply Scrappin’ kits available in styles to please anyone!  Each kit includes 8 sheets of 12” x 12” textured card stock (2 each of four colors), 6 sheets of 12” x 12” double-sided patterned paper (3 each of two double-sided designs) and 6 sheets of self-adhesive die cuts that measure 6” x 12” (2 each of three designs). The coordinating colors and stamp sets for each kit are listed in the catalog for easy reference.  In this class we will be using the Love Spakles Simply Scrappin' Kit to create 30 Valentine Cards, you could easily switch the kit to make 30 gift tags or 30 notes. These complete kits take the guesswork out of creating beautiful scrapbooks, mini albums and projects of all kinds!  The products are Acid and Lignin free.  These kits are another great example of Stampin’ Up! creating coordinating products to make paper crafting projects easier!  Details to follow, have a great day!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Sayings for Scrapbookers 2

Good Morning,

Well I will be spending another day baking today as it is a balmy -35 here and we are heading for a high of -28.  Joy :(    So stay in today, keep warm if your weather is lousy and start on some of your Christmas layouts.  Here are some more quotes to add to your scrap booking today!


Have an awesome and warm day and we will see you tomorrow!

Information courtesy of Creating Keepsakes.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cafe au lait anyone?

I always want to improve on my house, it's forever changing and this is no different.  The kitchen is my sanctuary, where I feel like Rachel Ray when I'm cooking, or Martha Stewart when I bake.  That's why I love our decor elements so much.  A little bit of effort for an explosion of feeling that comes after.  Wonder what I am talking about, check out the picture...



The 'Decorative Sign' is brand new, it's one of many new decor elements that will be available on January 5, 2010 with this one being a chalkboard.  It reminds me of a french cafe and as you can see I have a lot of baking to do today.  So I am off to start baking in my sanctuary on a VERY cold winter day, trying to keep warm.  See you tomorrow.
 

Friday, December 11, 2009

12 Days of Stampin' Up! Holiday Sales Begins Today!


Stampin' Up! is offering a discount of 15-25% off
Selected Big Shot Items!
 To see pictures click here


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Thanks Embosslits die
$15.95
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Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits die
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Build a Flower #2 Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die
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Hearts Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die
$26.95
$22.91
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Tulipe Bigz die
$29.95
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Two Tags Bigz die
$29.95
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$26.95
$21.56
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Decorative Accents Bigz die
$26.95
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Flower Bigz Clear die
$26.95
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$26.95
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$26.95
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$26.95
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$26.95
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200
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$57.95
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$53.95
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$53.95
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Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die
$53.95
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$57.95
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202
Flower Layers Originals die
$21.95
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158
Kraft Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
114334
158
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$15.50
$11.63
114337
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Chocolate Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
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$15.50
$11.63
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$15.50
$11.63
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$15.50
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$15.50
$11.63
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$15.50
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$15.50
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$15.50
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$15.50
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$15.50
$11.63
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Certainly Celery Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
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Tempting Turquoise Décor Elements Sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
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$15.50
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Pumpkin Pie Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
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Pixie Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
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Sahara Sand Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
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Gable Green Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
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Basic Gray Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$15.50
$11.63
118815
n/a
Chalkboard Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)
$17.50
$13.13

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Heat Embossed Christmas Gift Bag

I was inspired by a fellow demonstrator with this project and I wanted something special for my Mother this year.  I really think she is going to love it, I know I sure do and it will hold all the Pampered Chef (c) stuff my Mom wanted for Christmas.   Here is the tutorial to make this project for your last minute wrapping issues!  


1. On a piece of 5” x 6” Whisper White CS, sponge Creamy Caramel along the edges. Allow the ink to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.

Directions:


2. While the Creamy Caramel is drying, randomly stamp you Kraft bag with one of the small flowers from the Baroque Motifs stamp set using your Creamy Caramel Classic ink.

 
3. Once the sponged ink is dry, stamp the flourish from the Baroque Motifs stamp set along the edges of the Whisper White CS using your VersaMark ink. Sprinkle the Silver Embossing Powder over the image and tap off the excess. Holding your Heat tool 2-3” from the surface of your paper and heat the Silver Embossing powder until shiny.


4. On a scrap of Whisper White CS, stamp out your ornament 3 times, once each in Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink and Bermuda Bay Classic inks. Punch the images out using your Ornament Punch. Sponge each ornament in its darker matching color (Bravo Burgandy, Handsome Hunter, and Night of Navy Classic ink). Punch the tops of each ornament with the 1/16” circle punch. String each with the Silver Elastic cord. Make sure there is enough to tuck around the back of the CS.


5. Stick 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals to each ornament and stick them to the spots where you would like them to rest. Stick the Silver cord to the back of the Whisper White CS using a sandwich of Sticky Strip. Place an inch of Sticky Strip on each of the 4 corners of the back of the Whisper White CS. Stick it to the ¼” x 6 ¼” Bermuda Bay CS mat . Place Sticky Strip on the back of the Bermuda Bay CS and stick it to the Kraft bag.


6. Onto a scrap of Whisper White CS, stamp out the ornament 4 times in the lighter color of your choice. Punch out the image using the Ornament Punch. Now with your Stamping Sponges, sponge the edges of each ornament with the matching darker Classic ink.


7. With your Crystal Effects, dot the little open spaces on each ornament and then sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Let dry.


8. Gently make a bend around your finger on each ornament so that It becomes curved. Now tape a length of Silver Elastic cord on the back of one ornament, and then glue the ornaments together ( ½ of an ornament to another ½ until the four ornaments are glued together to make one.





9.  You can now place your ornament over the bag handles to tie them closed. You are done!



I hope you enjoyed this project and I will see you tomorrow with our 12 Days of Christmas Special!

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Thank you to Andrea Walford who inspired this project.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Today's the Day!!!

I am so excited about today's card.  Other than the penguin the rest of it is my own original work and I must say I am pretty darn proud of it!

The day you have been waiting for since the weekend is here! Did that hint look something like this:


So here is the deal to get the blog candy is this sign up for my e-newsletter and leave a comment here.  I will randomly draw from all those comments and e-newsletter sign ups and some lucky person will win a FREE tutorial of the penguin!  

I will announce the winner on Monday's blog.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Camera Choices for Christmas

Point and Shoot

Description
Point and shoot cameras mean just that, point the camera at something and trip the shutter. The camera does all the work for you. Unfortunately, the camera is rarely as smart as the photographer so the results can be iffy. Point and shoot cameras are often abbreviated as P&S. These cameras started out as a fixed lens that focused about 4 feet in front of the camera with a fixed aperture and shutter speed. It was basically a box with a shutter. Then the lab that developed the film did what it could to fix the exposure. Today's P&S cameras are much more sophisticated. While there are still some P&S film cameras, such as the disposable or one time use cameras, most P&S today are digital.

Features
  • Metering systems, which calculate the amount of light entering the camera
  • Variable shutter speed
  • Variable aperture
  • Zoom lenses
  • Automatic focus
  • Preset controls for various photographic situations such as:

    • landscapes
    • nighttime
    • people
    • close-up or macro

The biggest drawback to P&S cameras is that many do not have a through the lens (TTL) viewfinder. This means that what you see through your viewfinder may not be what you capture on film or digital media. P&S cameras are usually small and fit into a pocket or purse. They are best used for casual picture taking where capturing the memory is more important than creating a marketable image.

Popular P&S Cameras

 

 

SLR and DSLR

Description
SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex and DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex and refers to how the light enters the camera. These are the cameras you see many professionals and serious amateurs lugging around. These cameras have a larger body than most P&S cameras and interchangeable lenses. While SLRs started out a fully manual, where the photographer had to control all features including focus, most of these cameras are capable of acting in a fully automatic mode just like a P&S. Many now allow the photographer the freedom to also take control of all functions or any combination of functions. These cameras allow for great control over the photography process and allow the photographer to take images not always possible with a P&S.

Features
SLRs and DSLRs allow for control over:
  • shutter speed
  • aperture
  • film speed
  • focus point
  • magnification (through the use of various lenses)
  • capability for add-on flashes
  • remote releases
  • additional battery packs

Popular DSLR Cameras
Thanks to About.com for the information and Cannon for the picture.  I personally use the Rebel XSI and LOVE it, I feel like a real professional using it, and my pictures are awesome.  I STRONGLY recommend it, and it is now cheaper to purchase then when I bought it.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Decorate Christmas Treats

Last Wednesday our SUDS group had a wonderful Christmas party and boy we had a lot of food.  Way too much food. lol.  However, it is the season to have fun and eat so, I brought a desert that I knew everyone would like...


But I wanted to dress it up as serving peanut butter and milk chocolate rice crispies squares would be boring other wise.  I  used the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin kit to decorate them up.  I cut the DSP and CS that came with it into 1" strips and wrapped them around the square.  Secure with sticky strip.  Then I decorated them with the diecut embellishments that come with the kit.  I had run out of them so I took my SU Snowflake punch and punched a few from extra card stock and attached with my mini glue dots.


Put them on a tray and that was it.  Actually they went pretty quickly and a few of my fellow demos took pictures because they were impressed with how they looked.  They were quick and easy to make and decorate and didn't take a lot of time to do.  Try this out for your Christmas feast this year!

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blog Candy Coming your way


I hope your hungry as I thought I would try something different.  Keep your eyes open for something fun this week.  I will be posting something special during the week and all I'm going to say is check every day as you never know when it will come up.  Have fun and just to be cruel here is a little hint...


Try to figure that one out!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Coming Soon.....

Excitement is in the air, check my blog every day for a surprise sometime soon..You just don't know when it will be so sign up for my blog updates and stay in the loop!

Christmas Sayings for Scrapbooker

With Christmas fast approaching, you would think the last thing on your mind is scrap-booking.  I mean, really, who has the time but afterwords when things settle down and you go through your pictures, it's time to put those memories on paper.



So I thought I would help you a little by giving you some Christmas Quotes to add to your Christmas pages.

In the eyes of children we find the joy of Christmas.  In their hearts we find it's meaning -- Leland Thomas

There's more, much more, to Christmas than candlelight and cheers; it's the spirit of sweet friendship that brightens all year --Anonymous

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends -- Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in a Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens

Christmas isn't just a day , it's a frame of mind -- Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street

Enjoy

Friday, December 4, 2009

Let's Make some Christmas Treat Bags

I was inspired by a fellow demo Lisa Freeman to make a bunch of these Christmas Treat Bags for my daughters' teachers and guide leaders.  I put in the middle of the treat bag, a bag of popcorn and a couple of crystal light packages to go along with yesterday's theme project.

Here is the front view….

and here is the side view.

In the side view you can see the bag of popcorn (to protect the treat bag I put the popcorn bag in a Ziploc bag).  

I used the Delightful Decorations set and Four the Holidays set from the Holiday mini. 


Here are the dimensions in case you want to try it out for yourself……

Soft Suede Textured CS: 4 x 12 scored at 1, 5 1/2, 6 1/2, and 11


Merry Moments DSP:   piece 4 1/4 x 3 3/4


Real Red CS:  3×3


Whisper White CS: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4

1 1/4" Chocolate Chip Striped Grosgrain Ribbon:  20" 


Have fun and have a great weekend!


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