Friday, January 25, 2008

Valentine Stamp Camp

Well, not so much stamping, but Valentine all the same! We will be doing these projects on Super Bowl Sunday. I cased Becky for the hot tamale container, Sonja for the peppermint patty box, and several people on SCS for the heart-fold envelope. The hot tamale box is made from acetate 8" X 8 1/2". It is scored at 2" on the 8" side, and at 2", 4", 6", and 8" on the 8 1/2" side. A box top and bottom were made from the new TAC Miss Moxie cardstock. I used terrifically tacky tape on the bottom of the acetate box to hold the ribbon and box bottom on. I punched slots through the box lid, ran my ribbon through and knotted. You could personalize more by adding a tag. The patty box follows Sonja's template and hold 2 patties. I used some Art Warehouse Limited Edition Valentine stamps, but will use a TAC set for my camp. The heart-fold envelope is a 6" X 6" square with each corner folded into the center and each adorned with a die cut heart. Inside, I also cased Sonja's idea using the little Valentine credit cards from Walmart. I think this will make an adorable set for anyone!

Sweet Treats

I found these adorable little plastic heart containers at Hobby Lobby - two for $1.00! I bought several in both pink and red. I'm always looking for something to alter and knew I could do something with them.
I tried some mini Reese's cups inside - 11 fit perfectly! I used my new Sweet Love set from PaperTrey to cover the tops of the cups. I wanted to wrap a ribbon around the container and tie it through the slits on the sides, but also needed a way to hold the candy in. Acetate would work perfectly! So, I turned the container upside down and traced the opening on acetate using a white photo pencil. I cut the acetate just inside the marking. I used a slot punching tool (TAC) to punch slits to match the container. I ran ribbon through both slits and knotted on top. I asked my oldest son (17) what he thought about them. He said, "well, if they are for us, you can just give us the candy. It doesn't have to be wrapped up." I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Time keeps ticking.....

We are right in the middle of swim season, with a meet EVERY weekend! Don't get me wrong; I LOVE it! But, I just don't have any "me" time for stamping & such. I'm going to take Friday off work just to do that very thing. So keep an eye out for some new posts!
The kids are doing very well. Most of the relay teams, including Brody's, have qualified for the State finals. Many of the kids have improved their individual times significantly. This is Brody (on the far left) with some of his relay buddies! He's pretty fortunate that he gets to participate on both the "A" and "B" relay teams. He has received another letter from the men's head coach at the US Air Force Academy inviting him to a summer swim camp. But, he's also been invited to swim with People to People in Holland. WOW! This could be a VERY busy and expensive summer!!! I am so proud to be his mother!
Here's an awesome shot of Brody coming off the block for an individual free-style swim.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stinkin' Cute

Wow! It seems like I've been out of touch for weeks, but it's only been a few days! It is swim season for my oldest son. So, my weekends are jam-packed with out of town events.
As soon as I got home, I thought I'd better get busy with my monthly swaps. I am so blessed to belong to a fabulous swap group. We swap monthly by theme. This month's swap is Easter. I found this adorable little skunk in the new TAC catty and thought he would be precious! It is springish, but I wasn't so sure about Easter. I wanted to give it a shot anyway, so I used my oval nestability dies to make an "egg" shape for him to peek through. The base cardstock is DCWV yellow #1. The patterned cardstock is from the new Miss Moxie design from TAC. Other supplies used are: Prismacolor pencils, Noir and Bordeaux Palette inks, and Trendy Greetings (all TAC). Of course I had to add a little ribbon to my egg.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Wool you......

I just couldn't wait to get my hands on the new Papertrey Valentine set - "My Punny Valentine" and absolutely adore the way this turned out! I fell in LOVE with the little lamb the moment I saw him. And, of course, Valentine's is one of my fav days anyway! I started my layout for this card THE DAY I ordered the set last week. I nearly posted it without the image just to tease, but decided against it.
I used chocolate DCWV cardstock as the card base. I layered it with DCWV red cardstock that I had run through my Cuttlebug for a little texture. Next I layered patterned Blush Basic Grey matted with chocolate cardstock. These were wrapped in a flat satin chocolate ribbon including a shrink plastic charm with my sentiment "Wool you be mine?" The final layer is red and chocolate cardstock. On this I added my little lamb. The body was cut using a Spellbinders oval Nestability. I ran this through my Xyron machine to add adhesive to the front and covered it in a thick layer of white Fun Flock (TAC). The head and legs are stamped in a dark umber ink and cut from white cardstock. The legs are attached to the front using adhesive. I glued the little head to the body and attached it to the front using foam adhesive. Naturally, I JUST HAD to embellish using a few of my new Bella Baubles!
This will more than likely be my hubby's Valentine! Thanks for looking!