Thursday, July 30, 2009
A totally different look
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
For the Love of Reading
Some are fond memories of one time events and some are rituals. One constant was reading. While I got to read or had to read for school all year long, I got to read for myself in the summer. I remember my first Judy Blume books - boy, were there some eye openers there! I remember slowly devouring Judith Krantz's Scruples when I was in high school - more eye openers and still a favorite book. There were a lot tamer things too. I was hooked on Nancy Drew and collected and read all 56 books published in hard back. My grandmother would read them as well.
I still read for pleasure. My husband and I are avid visitors of our county library. One of us is in there every week exchanging books. These last few weeks, I've been 'laid up' a bit with an injury and have spent a lot of time in the house. My books have been my friends as always.
Today I clicked on a link from blogger to a featured blog and found the bloggers Shelfari list. Shelfari is apparently a site that lets you store a list of books you are reading, have read, are planning to read, and share that love of books with others. You can also add a widget to your blog with your 'bookshelf.' My bookshelf is on the right below my bio.
The book on top "A Goodbye Summer" is one I just finished along with A Whole New Mind - a non-fiction about how our society is moving from the information age to the conceptual age where right brain thinkers are more valued. Take heart. We left brained people have value especially those of us who exercise our creativity regularly!
Also included on my shelf are a lot of books I've read in past years but are favorites. Some are just one example of an author I love - like Mary Kay Andrews and Jane Green. I'm not into a lot of heavy stuff. I guess they call most of this "chick lit." Whatever, it is entertaining to me and I always learn something usually about people and relationships.
Being a reader means you are never alone, lonely or bored. While I love technology, I hope we never get so advanced that we stop printing novels and binding them up to hold in our hands and fill our hearts and our minds with pleasure.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Double Ribbon, Save Ribbon
- Select two complimentary ribbons such as two ribbons of the same color in different widths. Or two ribbons pulling in different colors from your project. Here I used 1/4" black gingham and 5/8" Brocade Blue - the color of the cardstock.
- Punch two holes side by side. Depending on their location, you may be able to use the nifty double horizontal punch. I used the Crop-a-dile in this case.
- Feed the narrow ribbon through the holes so it ties on top.
- Before tying, slip a short piece of your wider ribbon in between so it gets tied up with the smaller ribbon.
The quantity you use of each will depend on how long you want your tales and whether you want a double knot or a bow with your narrower ribbons. Whatever, it is a cute look that takes half the ribbon.
Ingredients: Stamps by Stampin' Up! Brocade Motifs, Lovely Letters
Cardstock: Brocade Blue
Ink: Brocade Blue, Basic Black
Friday, July 24, 2009
Happy Birthday, Amanda!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Simply Scrappin' Cards
Here I've used the set along with an"On Your Birthday" stamp set greeting and the slit punch to create a gift card holder.
Come join the fun on Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m.
(Pre-register by Thurs, July 30 so I can have your materials on hand for class.)
Ingredients: Happy B-day Simply Scrappin' Kit from Stampin Up!
Ribbon: Brocade Blue 5/8" grosgrain
Ink: Ruby Red
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Why Craft Ink?
Actually, I started with craft ink and bought all 48 colors! The main reason was embossing. Stamp an image in craft ink, sprinkle clear embossing powder over it and heat with heat tool - instant embossing without having to buy a specially colored embossing powder.
The other major benefit to Craft ink is that it will stick to surfaces Classic Ink won't. The word "Cherish" stamped from the Baroque Motifs set on this piece of designer chipboard is an example. The chipboard was is slick and when I tried it in Classic Ink, the image smudged. Fortuantely, it didn't dry instantly that time so I could just wipe it off. I tried again with Craft Ink and got a very clear image. It was further enhanced it with embossing.
This thickness makes Craft Ink perfect for coloring chipboard. It doesn't get absorbed as much as Classic Ink. I've used Craft Ink on fabric, ribbon, cork, chipboard - both finished and unfinished, and even photographs.
You can use Craft Ink when making coasters. Members of our stamp club remember making coasters a couple of years ago. Craft ink must be sealed but it shows up beautifully on the coasters.
The only drawback I've found besides drying time (and that is seldom an issue) is the thickness. When I'm stamping a particularly small font word or very detailed image, sometimes I prefer Classic Ink.
A great way to get Craft Ink is to buy Stampin' Spots. That is how I got all the 48 colors for a reasonable price. And the small size of the Stampin' Spots is great for directly coloring chipboard.
Friday, July 17, 2009
High on Impact, Short on Time
Thursday, July 16, 2009
It was 'firsts' for us too. Grandchildren are sooo much fun!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Finding quilting books that capture the stories behind the fabrics and the women who quilted are as much of a treasure as a beautiful quilt. Soft Covers for Hard Times is one of those books and has been in my collection for many years. It made me first fall in love with the fabrics and patterns of the depression era. When 30's reproduction fabrics starting becoming popular, I wanted to use them. So many though weren't really my style until I found this great stash from Keepsake Quilting (http://www.keepsakequilting.com/). As a reward for finishing another project, I ordered several color families.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Mounting Word Stamps
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
TIPsy Tuesday - Tone on Tone
Monday, July 6, 2009
We are a tiny bit jealous of your new adventure. :-)
Ingredients: Card was Cased from SplitCoaststampers.com
Stamp Sets by Stampin' UP!: Spring Solitude and Make It Count
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Not quite Navy, More Mustard and Really Rust
Sunday, July 5, 2009
For Valentine's Day, a couple of years ago, Lenny restocked our gladiolus collection with 160 bulbs! And he promised to plant them for me. Well, that last part got lost in his 80 hour work weeks so I did most of the planting that year. He did dig them up and this year, we did several staggered plantings together. Just a few of the dozens we have already had bloom this year are shown here. So maybe the best part isn't the blooms at all. It is when someone asks "Did you grow those?" I can say, "yes, We did."
Friday, July 3, 2009
High Impact In Color
Not only will you make 5 great cards but you will leave with 'recipes' for using these sketches with several other specific stamp sets. Lots of tips and tricks provided.
Ingredients: Stamp Sets: Kind and Caring Thoughts; Spring Solitude for Greeting - although you could use pretty much any greeting here.
Colors: Dusty Durango, Choc Chip
Ribbon: Choc Chip Taffeta
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
New Month, New Notebook, NEW CATALOG!
For this cover, I chose the Urban Garden designer paper from the Spring/Summer catalog. I embellished some of the flowers with some selective stamping from the now retired Kindred Spirits stamp set. Several of the flowers are cut outs from one of the papers in this pack. I've found that cutouts do fine on these notebooks as long as they get lots of glue on all the edges. Some Baja Breeze striped ribbon serves as a bookmark. I love these colors and am sad to see them go, but....
TODAY is the 2009/10 Stampin' Up! Catalog launch!!! So we will have many new products to fall in love with including the new In colors (see this post http://lisae-design.blogspot.com/2009/06/in-with-new.html for samples of some of these.)
I have created a link at right for a link to the catalog. It isn't quite ready yet on the Stampin' Up! site but I'll post the link as soon as they have it on-line.