Thursday, January 31, 2008
My 7 year old DD has a book report due tomorrow on a "How To" book so we found an article in one of my scrapbooking magazines on how to make a scrapbook page. We picked out our own colors and style but used the sample as a guide. Hope you enjoy. I might have to copy one of these for my own books!
The colors we used were Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, and some of SU's new DS papers. The Cricut Expression was used to make the Paper Dolls and the title.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Sat in his housey
Wondering what he should do.......
I think I will play with that lonely little green bug, he thought.
Ya, that's the ticket.
I made this card with a house mouse stamp. I used Stampin' Up!'s Level 1 patterned paper, which I LOVE!!! So fun to work with that striped pink paper. Hope you enjoy!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I made this card using an older Valentine set from Stampin' Up! The colors I used were Pomegranite, Mellow Moss, and So Saffron. I used the Cricut cartridge Mini Monograms for the circle and scalloped circle. I used the Cricut cartridge Jasmine for the photo corners. I used the Cuttlebug heart folder to emboss the top half of the cardstock. The Mellow Moss gingham ribbon is also from Stampin' Up! I colored using a blender pen and the Purely Pomegranite pad. Enojoy!!
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I can't wait to have another night like this but I'm sure it will be many years until it happens again. It is good to be home with the kids again.
Friday, January 11, 2008
I was born to a VERY crafty family and raised in Missouri . My dad is an architect, my mom has done every craft from flower arranging to painting, to crocheting or any other fad that was out there, and my sister is a very talented artist! I grew up making Christmas presents of macramé necklaces and quilled pictures for friends and family. I have had several businesses after I graduated from Missouri State University in 1992. I had a custom clothing business, a leather business making purses and accessories (the craft show phase of my life), a Stampin’ Up business, and finally my own line of stamps, Clear Dollar Stamps. Of all of these businesses, I love this one the most! Of course, I have to admit, if I were to choose another business that I would like as much, it would be designing clothing and accessories for Barbie!
I was introduced to stamping just after my first daughter was born in 2000. The first time someone asked me to a stamping party, I just laughed to myself, and thought “how dumb…getting together and stamping…how boring!” I went to my first stamping party and learned there was special ink to stamp on clothing….well, that is when I saw the light! After that, I got so hooked, I scrimped and saved to buy as many stamps as I could to do my daughter’s scrapbook. My husband, who is an accountant, saw no need for stamps as they were not earning any money, so, HA, I had to start a business! I joined Stampin’ Up for about a year, and decided that I really wanted some stamps with a Christian message. Thus, I started doing research, and teaching my self to draw on the computer and Clear Dollar Stamps was born! Being a stay at home mom, that didn’t have much money for things like stamps, I envisioned a company with stamps inexpensive enough for Moms-with-no-income to afford. I started with a small line of stamps that were $1 each and took off from there! I started on Ebay in 2004 and in 2006 opened an internet store of my own!
My favorite set is Lots of Spots. This set is perfect for every occasion! Backgrounds for birthday cards, building a Christmas tree, and so much more! This has been one of my best sellers for a couple of years, and it is still my favorite!
My goal for Clear Dollar Stamps in 2008 is to start a card ministry program for churches. The program will be called CutUps, with a slogan of “Cutting through indifference to spread the love of Christ.” I currently sponsor a card ministry that has been a real blessing at our church. We get together once a month to make birthday cards for all birthdays that month and pray for each individual. We also do little bookmarks for special events, decorate treat bags for fall parties, and all other projects that are requested. The most popular item we stamp are tip/tract holders. We make little cards with pockets that hold a tract, an invitation to our church, and your tip. When you go to a restaurant you can leave it standing on your table as a special surprise for your server! When we put a basket of tip holders out for church members to take, they are gone before I get back to the basket to check on them!
Also, in 2008, I am going to start supporting a ministry of a young man from our church. He has started Vapor Sports Ministries and is one of those people you KNOW has found his calling. By introducing young African kids to soccer, he is getting them sponsors to cloth, feed, educate, and introduce them to God in the slums of Africa . His website is not quite finished, but you can go see a clip of his ministry at www.vaporsports.org. It will put everything into perspective. I will be introducing a new stamp set where the majority of the proceeds will go to his ministry. I am very excited and burdened for this cause!
My hobbies include stamping, sewing, and scrapbooking. I do not allow myself to be drawn to anything else, as I don’t even have time for these!
My family and God are my first priorities and my joy. My husband is an accountant with a minor in computer support….which is what allows me to do an internet business. Without him, I would just throw my hands up and quit…computers and I do not get along! I have two little girls, Kali (7) and Koriah (5). Kali got the crafty gene and Koriah got the accountant gene. Koriah is trying to be crafty, bless her heart! Our favorite things to do are picnics (inside the van on cold and rainy days) and movie and pizza nights. Our new family activity is karate lessons at church. Sigh. I do it for the family!
I also had the opportunity to work with some of Lori's stamps and I am very impressed. The quality of clear photopolymer in her stamps is excellent and equal with the best of them. Here are some samples I made with her stamps. I had a blast making these, too!
Clear Dollar Stamps also has very reasonable stamps and excellent specials. This month if you order $50 you get this cute set for free!! http://www.newcleardollarstamps.com/servlet/Detail?no=586&sfs=cba612fb. I am happy to say that Lori will have my future business, too. This has been such a pleasure to spotlight her. I hope you all will take a minute to check out her product. I know you will be pleased, too.
Monday, January 07, 2008
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
First apply your vinyl with the backing directly to your Cricut mat.
Next cut your image or letters.
After you cut just peel away the excess vinyl including inside letters and images.
Using transfer tape (similiar to painter's tape) apply directly over your images or letters.
Press firmly down over each letter or image. Carefully remove entire image with backing from your mat. Peel off the vinyl backing and put directly on your wall or other location you want your creation. Apply firm pressure over each letter and carefully remover transfer tape.
Finally, once tape is removed, go over each letter again with your finger and apply light pressure.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Recipe: Terrific Tulips by Stampin' Up!, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Perfect Plum, Whisper White cardstock, Blue Gingham ribbon, Corner Rounder, Perfect Plum, Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery Stampin' Up! Ink Pads, Bashful Blue Mini Brads.