Friday, December 31, 2010

Getting Ready for 2011

Does 2011 seem odd to anyone else but me? Seems like yesterday (an old phrase but so true) that we were all worrying about the calendars changing from 1999 to 2000 and "shwish" here we are on the verge of 2011. Well I want to wish everyone a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2011.  Last year was full of ups and downs.  A good friend choose not to be friends anymore. And I was fired from my volunteer job just when I was enjoying it the most.  But God has replaced the losses with so many many good things.  Our youngest daughter, Sarah, married the love of her life.I got reacquainted  with a cousin that I haven't seen for over 40 years! And his family live within driving distance. Our stamping group is meeting at our church, Powdersville Community Church at Exit 40, and having a good time. The church has been very gracious to us, letting us meet for free, and now I am ready for an announcement!  
                    Starting Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 am
                    we will meet once a month to work on Tim Holtz 
                    Tags with Micki Switzer and myself leading the
                    You are welcome to come and work on other 
                    samples if you do not want to do the tags.
                    All I can say is put it on your calendar and come
                    join the fun!

I have started finally to work on some new samples for next Thursday, January 6th.  Here is the first one:
Valentine Cupid (outside)

        Are you ready for Valentines! I am.  Put all my Christmas stamps away for now.  The cupid is a Penny Black stamp I have had for awhile.  Come meet with us on January 6th or 15th and you can make this card or just stamp the image.
Stamp:  Penny Black 1629H Cherub love
             Paper Inspirations 10222 Valentine
             All night media 841D Checkerboard hand stamp
Paper:  Annalee Prima Mkt 6 x 6 pad
Punch: Martha Stewart Cherish PAP
E0000, E00
BG0000, B12
G21, G24
Y11, Y15
R02, R22, R27

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy New Year

Christmas is over, the after Christmas sales have begun, and now we await the beginning of 2011.  I am looking forward to new artistic experiences, new friends, and fun times with old friends.       
 1. I signed up for the Suzanne Dean classes in June on the 10th and 11th in Greenville.
 2. We will be starting a new class at the church doing Tim Holtz tags and tentatively we are looking at the 3rd Saturday in January.  More on that class in a later post.
 3.  I have been asked to teach at one store, and will be meeting with owners of another stamp store the first week in January.

The year 2010 was a year full of changes. I am not one to get bogged down in regrets.  No regrets here.  Thanks for a great 2010. It is a time to look forward and I just want to have my eyes, heart and arms wide open to the path my Lord has open for me. Wishing you and your's the best of health and happiness in 2011. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry me!

Just had to write a short note here.  I got a Christmas surprise last night.  Yesterday afternoon my husband got a phone call and when he hung up he wouldn't tell me what it was about...just that we would be going somewhere later and it was a surprise....don't you just hate that! I want to know everything and right now...but I was patient and finally about 6:20 we got ready to leave.  I felt like a kid..."where are we going?" "How long will it take to get there?". If you know my husband, he is a man of few...very few words. He was known as Clam, jr. in his family because he was just like his dad. Neither of them talked much.

It wasn't long before I knew where we going.  Our church is at the end of a road.  As we got closer I thought, "a Sunday school party at the church"....Well that thought didn't last long as the church was all dark; as was the parking lot. Then I could faintly see one was my friends Micki and Russell. Now I was suspicious. Why all the secrecy if we were just meeting them to go to dinner and why at the church. David pulled into the parking space facing the church...and as the car lights shown on the door of the church, low it appeared!!

A new cabinet for storing our supplies for our Thursday group was sitting in front of the doors of the church with ribbon on the handles!! Y E A H!!! Now I don't have to pack up from home, unload at the church, at the end of the day pack up and load the car again and then unload when I get home!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Micki and Russell.  Merry Christmas everyone. Hope your Christmas is full of fun, surprises and good times with friends and family.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Day #5

Has anyone seen Santa?
 My friend Micki S. and I have been doing Tim's Tags together as we gather the supplies.  Each one is SOOOOOO much fun! The directions for making each tag is located on Tim's website  under 12 Tags of Christmas. This one happens to be Day #5.  The neat thing about this tag is that we used packaging material, clear plastic, cut to the size of the tag and then using the Texture fades embossing folder "Snow Flurries" we embossed the plastic and placed it over the tag, secured with brads in four corners. Go check out the directions on his will love doing them.  Considering the cold weather we have had lately here in "South" Carolina this little fellow is very timely.  Enjoy! and please leave a comment, I love reading them.  Stay warm! Micki took the picture for me. Thanks Micki.  Tim's website is 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hero Arts 3D Christmas trees

My friend Christine who lives in Georgia asked me to post this card.  It is one that I did awhile ago for the store where I no longer work.  It is in the Hero Arts catalog and I just tried to duplicate their sample.
It is a clear set.
1. I stamped each tree in the set (one large and two small) 3 times.
2, Cut each tree out cutting outside of the line.
3, Use the copic markers starting with the darkest green (G09) in the center.
4. Add the medium (G03) and then YG03 on the outside edges blending them all.
5. Color trunk using the browns. (E35, E39).
6. Score thru the middle of each tree from the top of the tree to the bottom of the trunk using the score-pal or tool of your choice.
7. Add adhesive to the back of each tree (I ran mine thru the Xyron create-a-sticker 1.5")
8. Join each tree together leaving one side open.
9. Adhere the trees to the front of your card.
10.Stamp and embellish.
note:  The trees fold flat for mailing.

Card Front
Information on back of card

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Impressions "In The Tub" Girlfriends Set

Finally...I finished my samples to send in to Art Impressions.  Here are two of them. Don't you just love the "Girlfriends" line of stamps!

Art Impressions “Girlfriends” In The Tub set UM3570
 Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers:
RV02, RV04
BG0000, BG02, BG04
BV0000, BV02, BV04
YG21, YG23, YG25, G28
Y13, Y17
R02, R22, R27, R29
E000, E01, E07, E13, E25, E29
Copic Multiliner Black 0.03

Art Impressions “Girlfriends” Dancers UM3580 set
 Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers:
E000, E01, E07, E13, E19
BG02, BG07
V12, V17
R02, R22, R24
Y32, Y38
YR07, YR15
G12, G14

Sunday, December 5, 2010

12 Tags of Christmas Tim Holtz I haven't posted for a few days but I have been busy stamping.  Working on my Art Impression samples for December and hope to finish them up tomorrow.  Then Tim Holtz started posting his 12 Tags of Christmas and I have had sooooooooo much fun doing the tags and the techniques and the challenges they pose.
I have completed 3 of the 5 tags so far.  I wasn't able to do Tag #2 because I didn't have the stamp or any substitute I could use.  Got it ordered on line for $16.95 with free shipping! Regularly costs $21.95.  Not bad.
Please check out Tim's website  to get the complete instructions w/pictures and even a video to make these tags. Awesome techniques. Thank you Micki for taking the pictures of my tags.
On tag #4 it called for a background of scrapbook paper that had a Santa on it.  I didn't have this paper but I did have the stamp.  I used a white #8 tag, stamped the Santa with Momento London Fog, colored it with Copic markers.  Then I embossed the snowflakes using clear embossing powder to use as a resist.  I used blue distress ink (stormy sky, faded jeans) to get the blue background.  The snowflakes remained white because of the clear embossing powder. I followed the rest of the instructions by Tim Holtz for this tag.
Tag #1
Tag #3
Tag #4