Monday, January 17, 2011

Simply Adorned

Good morning! I would like for you to ignore the picture of me, and pay attention to the Simply Adorned charm that I am holding in my hand. This is one of the projects that we made as a Make and Take at Leadership. I have fallen in love with these inserts that we made for our 1 1/2" x 2" Simply Adorned charms. The other one is one that was shown to us in one of the Main Stage presentations. it uses one of the Sew Suite items. I can hardly wait for the Simply Adorned class on the (Charming) class on March 8th. Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Home Again!

We made it home from SU's Leadership conference about 6 p.m. tonight. What a great experience! We got so many good ideas, and pretty card samples while we were gone. Am so excited about choosing some of them for this week's Valentine card class! Will post samples later in the week of what I choose! I wanted to share with you a picture of the purse/bag that SU gave us this year! it is so pretty, and I was able to purchase a matching wallet in the Merchant Mall. The color is actually Early Espresso, although it appears to be black in the picture. I also couldn't resist buying the travel mug--it is such a pretty color. As usual, it is way past bedtime, so i will post my pictures and head off to bed. Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Leadership 2011 Day 2

Leadership has been an awesome experience this year!! The sessions were wonderful--lots of great stamping done on stage, and loads of giveaway! The cards are what my table made last night. We were given a box of stamping supplies and told to use what we had and create cards for the Ronald McDonald house. We only had to make one each, but the 4 of us ended up making 11! After we got over being intiminidated by not having a sample, we did fine. You should have seen the looks on our face when we frantically searched the box and realized there was no sample, no instruction, etc. Just supplies! There was a contest to see who could come up with the best card. We didn't win, but we did have a good time!
We were all given a package of the Red Glitter paper at the morning General Session. Woo Hoo! I won one of the prize patrols - the spinner stamp set and a package of the spinners!!!! And at the very end today - they gave us ALL (about 1000 of us) a set of stamps, a piece of fabric, a My Digital Studio Download disk, and a package of the new big buttons!!!! The make and takes tonight were so good--we got a big charm (2" x 1 1/2") and we made 3 inserts for it. Also got the chain and a pearl charm to go with it!!! The bouquet of flowers was one of the decorations in the Merchant Mall. I think my favorite item there this year was the travel mug. Hopefully tomorrow I can show you that and the awesome bag we were given on Wednesday morning at checkin. Would love to have you join my team and promote to Manager by next October, so you can join me for Leadership next year in SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS!!!! Interested? Contact me at
Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Friday, January 14, 2011

Leadership 2011

We left home this morning in a snowstorm--school was cancelled, so at least there wasn't a lot of traffic! The worst roads were between Huntington WV and Olive Hill, KY. Was good to arrive safely in Nashville.
Tonight was Manager's Reception at SU's Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN. They bussed usfrom the Opryland Gaylord Hotel to the Wilhorse Saloon! (As you can see in the picture above of my friend, Lois, and I--we were all wearing cowboy hats that we were given just before we got on the bus. One of the singer's from Black Hawk was there to sing for us, Dave Robbins. The food was really great--especially the barbeque! We were given a set of stamps as we arrived back at the Gaylord. This set will be in the new catalog this summer. Tomorrow morning we will be attending classes and a general session. And trading cards!! Hope to have card pictures for tomorrow's post.
Thanks for stopping by. Brenda

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Easter Blossoms

Today's card is made with the new stamp set from the Occasions Mini, Easter Blossoms. I love the image of the little girl. It reminds me of Mary Gregory Glassware. The background was brayered with Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery, with a wee bit of Wild Wasabi at the bottom of the grass. I drew in the blades of grass with the Wild Wasabi marker. The blossoms are stamped with Regal Rose Classic Ink, and the little girl is stamped with Black Staz-on Ink. I did use marker to color in the 3 egss in her basket. I made these for trade at Leadership. I didn't stamp Happy Easter on them, though, because the weather looks so iffy here--predicting snow and ice--don't know if I will even get there or not. So decided to wait, and if I don't get to go, I will make them into Thank You cards or Birthday cards! Thanks for stopping by! Brenda

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Friends Fur-ever

I am again using up things that are on my desk. I found a card sample that I had used in a class this fall, along with enough pieces to make 2 or 3 more. So I decided to go ahead and cut more and make this one of my card swaps for Leadership. So I cut enough to make 16 cards. this is the first picture. Turns out I cut extra white pieces and had already stamped and colored the dogs and carts, so I made the next two cards--again using card kits that were on my desk. It sure feels good to get some of these things used up! In fact in the card with the embossed top note--The top notes were left over from one project and the other three pieces (melon mambo, black and embossed white) were from yet a different project!

One of my goals this year was to get organized and put things away when I finished with them. But in order to "put things away", I need to create "homes" for the things I am putting away! I have been working on this since Christmas, and so far it is working out pretty well. Still a long way to go! However, I digress. I am so bad to save extra card kits, and say "I will make these up and send them out to people when I need a card". But somehow, I never seem to get them made. Sure felt good to finally use up some of these project leftovers. There is a shoebox of these projects that need my attention, so back to stamping! Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Season of Friendship

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. this is a very simple card that I made tonight. I was cleaning off my desk, getting ready to work on some trades for the upcoming Leadership conference. (I know, nothing like waiting till the last minute!) Anyway, this stamp set was on my desk, as was some unmade card kits. Just the cardstock and envelopes. No card sample. So I decided to challenge myself to create cards using what was on my desk! I made this one using Season of Friendship stamp set. The cardstock is Chocolate chip and Very Vanilla. The birds are in red, as is the 1/8" taffeta ribbon. Quick and easy! Happy stamping! Brenda

Monday, January 10, 2011

Birthday and Valentine cards

Good morning! These are cards we made in Stamp Clubs this month. The one of the top left is using the same papers as the one on the right, only I changed it to a birthday card instead of a Valentine. Love the new Love Impressions Desginer Papers. The paper and the stamp set are part of the Bundle that is being offered until January 24th.
The bottom card uses the new Birthday stamp set and the new cupcake punch! It was such fun to create.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas Hand Sanitizer - Samll Gifts Class

This is the Hand Sanitizer holder that we made in the Small Gifts Class in December. I apologize that the picture is on its side. Guess you will just have to turn your head sideways to see it! lol

Again i used the Candy Cane Designer paper. This has to be my all time ever favorite Designer paper.
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This is the outside of the Hand Sanitizer Gift that we made in our Small gifts Class in December. I will try and figure out how to get this picture of what it looks like when it is open. So far technology has defeated me. I can get the piture in here, but it is not in an upright position!
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Scrapbook Pages

We made these pages in the November Scrapbook class - so we would be ready with our pages once we got our Chrismtas pictures developed. The tree is made from the scalloped circle punch - the larger one. The edges were swiped with white craft ink. I love the "cookie sheet" on the second page--It represents 2 traditions in my family. My mother baked Christms sugar cookies every year, and if I was lucky, I got to sprinkle the colored sugar on! After my mother died, my daughter and I continued the tradition. The problem was, I am no cookie baker, if it involves a rolling pin! The tradition would have died out if my daughter hadn't taken over the baking here. And again, if i was lucky, I got to put the colored sugar on! lol
The second tradition is the making of the Gingerbread houses. My daughter is doing that with my granddaughters, and sometimes their friends.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Winter Scrapbooking Pages 1

This is one of the 2 pages that we did in the December Scrapbooking Class. We used the Season of Friendship, Winter Post, and Scenic Season Stamp sets. Love the addition of the Snowflakes that were made with the Snowflake Die Cut on the Big Shot! We used sponges to fill in the background. This was a fun class.
I am trying an experiment. As I am editing my pictures on Picasso, there is an option to post the picture directly to my blog! Here's hoping it works. If it doesn, i will be posting the next page in a few minutes.
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Winter Scrapbook Page 2

Woo Hoo! The first page of my 2 scrapbook pages posted. So i am sending the second one! I feel just like Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon! It is such an accomplishment for me to do battle with technology and win. I have spent the last 3 hours trying to edit, upload and order pictures from my granddaughter's birthday party in 2009. I had planned to order them from one company, but I would have had to edit them all over again--so i chose one of Picasso's partners! AND I had the option of either picking them up at my local store tomorrow morning!!! or having them come in the mail in about a week! I am so amazed at what you can do online. Maybe it is time for me to throw away my hammer and chisel and move into the modern world! lol

The stamp sets used on this page are Scenic Season and Cute as Christmas (little snowman hiding in the trees). Also got to use the bird punch to tie in the little red birds from the stamp set, Season of Friendship.
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