Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Wedding on the Beach

Please forgive the background! I was so anxious to use my new photobox, I totally forgot to put the background in there...UGH!

This project is a wedding day survival kit I made for bridal shower gift. The lovely couple have planned a wedding on the beach in June. Doesn't it sound divine?

I took a new 1 gallon paint can (Lowes) and removed the handles. My DH then drilled larger holes where the old handles were attached. The rope is knotted on the inside of the can. I used the Luxury DP from DCDW and attached it with Scor-Tape. The rope and shells were attached using hot glue.

I printed their names and the date with my computer then cut it out with the Label die from Spellbinders. Inside, is a scroll that describes the contents of the can plus a poem I wrote. There is everything in there from a First Aid kit to deodorant, to ...CHOCOLATE...about 40 items. They're in travel sizes so they can be taken on the honeymoon as well.

Thanks for stopping by. I always enjoy your comments. You never know when I may pick someone from a random post for some blog candy! (wink)

Blessings and Happy Stamping,

Charlene
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Friday, May 29, 2009

150 Teacher Gifts!


Here are some samples of the Teacher Gifts we made for the teachers and staff of the school where our church is meeting temporarily. The clear calendar cases are 4 x 6. Thankfully, our church has a machine that can cut entire packs of paper at once so I didn't have to cut the DP or the calendars.



Many thanks to CAT at SplitcoastStampers for the calendar template. Our campus coordinator thought it would be nice to run the calendars from June of '09 to June of
2010, basically the school year. She then found quotes that related to teachers and teaching and made them to fit the same "tear-off" template size. There is a quote for each new month. We didn't do any stamping because there were so many to do. We bought stickers and tags, then I embellished each one so that no two were alike.

It made a really nice presentation in the clear cases and is something we thought they could keep on their desks.

Love to know what you think.

Blessings and Happy Stamping,

Charlene

Edited to add: You can find the calendar cases here: www.calendar-case.com








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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Birthday Cards in the Mail



Thought I'd share a few of the handmade cards I received for my birthday in addition to the one from my DH. This beauty is from my friend, Marybeth. I didn't measure it but I think it's about 8" high. I love the chipboard flowers and the beautifully colored image. I think she used some kind of tissue paper for the checked background.

The next card is from Janet. I just love the sweet cupcakes and the sparkly DP she used!



This one is from Karen. She used a Cuttlebugged birthday cake image as her focal point, vellum for the sentiment and threaded the ribbon through eyelets. Love that happy DP, too!






And finally, a gorgeous card from my dear friend, Patty. I love the Swiss dot background, the happy colors, her ribbon treatment, the pearls in the center of the flowers. It's just beautiful.


I still have a few shadows as I'm learning to use my new Photo Box to take my pictures. I'm using my Ott lights instead of the lights they sell with some of them because I read those are not strong enough. Got mine on ebay for 19.99 and free (fast!) shipping.


Thanks for stopping by!


Blessings and Happy Stamping,


Charlene










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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stamping Out Alzheimer's and Candy

It sure feels nice to be talking with you again. I hope you noticed the Stamping Out Alzheimer's button on the right side bar. You can go here to find out all the details. While I don't have anyone in my family who has suffered with this awful disease, I can only imagine the heartbreak associated with it. Please consider donating if you are able. 100% of the monies collected will be donated to the Alzheimer's Foundation.



I have some blog candy to give away to inspire you. Now that summer is here, I think this set of stamps will be great addition to someone's collection. It comes with a red ink pad and an acrylic stamping block so you can get stamping right away.

To enter, visit the SOA site, then come back here and tell me what you like best about it. I will draw a winner using a random number selector on Friday, May 29th.

Blessings and Happy Stamping,


Charlene
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

He did it again!


Sorry for the long absence...I had a ton of teacher gifts to make...150 to be exact and some issues with my bp going too low which makes my brain not work too well. Considering my age, any added complications mean my brain isn't working at all. At any rate, I'm doing better, seeing the doctor this week and hope to get in my stamping room this evening.

Check back tomorrow as I will have some Candy to celebrate. :-)

At any rate, I had a birthday this month. My DH asked if he could use my room to make a card. I pointed him to my scrap drawer, my Scor-Pal, Cuttlebug and ribbon and look what he did...in 30 minutes!! It would take me an hour to think up a design, another 30 minutes gathering supplies and another hour fussing with everything.

I'm thinking I may have some serious competition here...or perhaps he won't mind spending $$ on stamping supplies now??

Thanks for being patient.

Blessings and Happy Stamping,

Charlene
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Friday, May 1, 2009

Mojo Monday #84...um, make that a Saturday Picnic!




I offered to make some invitations for our Bible Study dinner group. Two couples pair up every few months and plan a "gourmet" dinner (see our turn here and here.

This month's couples have decided to have a picnic and bike ride to the beach. How fun is that?!! We can't wait. The two couples plan the menu, send everyone a recipe then we all show up with our goodies and have fun.

I saw this Mojo Monday sketch and decided my Whipper Snapper BBQ chef would be perfect for the invites. If you check the link you'll notice I didn't put my brads down the side...just didn't work with this guy. (You know how men are! :-)

I printed the red & white striped paper on my printer from a freebie download on Vintage Glam Weddings...a great site not only for brides but ideas for money saving that can be used for any type of party or event. I knew this cool paper would come in handy some day. I stitched the red and white to a piece of black before adhering it.

The base cardstock is SU Ballet Blue. The SU Brilliant Blue rectangle is versamarked and clear heat embossed using one of the designs from SU's Little Pieces set. The sentiment is computer generated. I stamped the dots using Papertrey Ink's Circles and Borders in SU Real Red. I mounted the sentiment on Real Red then the black scallop then popped up the bottom of the scallop on dimensionals.

Don't you just love that little chef?! He's so much fun to color! The Whipper Snapper stamps have colored images on the tops so you have some place to start. I used my Prismacolor markers and colorless blender to color him. I'm still working on getting skin tones right...need more colors. His chef's hat is cut out using the "out of the box" method. There's a great tutorial here on SplitcoastStampers. I used Crystal Effects on the edges of his hat as well as the tops of his shoes.

All the invites are complete and delivered.

Happy Derby Day, Everybody. I have a post here of a card I made for Derby Day last year. Didn't have a chance to do one this year but I think this lady might be cute for Mother's Day...what do you think?

Blessings and Happy Stamping,

Charlene
















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