Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Look what I did!!!

So last night was the final night of course 2 in my cake decorating class. In this course I learned, Victorian Roses, Mums, Rosebuds, Pansies, Violets, Violet leaves, Apple Blossoms, Primroses, Daffodils.... Sooo much fun! So, here it is! Here is my finale cake! I am so thrilled with this!

And a picture of a little more detail on the basketweave and rope border (also learned those this course)

Saturday, November 17, 2007


So my craft fair was today. It went fairly well. We'll see how future customers pan out. At any rate, I will post pics of my remaining projects and of the fair itself tomorrow, for now, I wanted to remind everyone about the Design team call on ASB. For more info:

Just a reminder, if you are interested in the design team, one of the requirements is that you be an active member of ASB and that you post in the forums and upload to the gallery. If you are not currently a member, membership is free. If you are a member but haven't posted, get posting. :o) Check out the linked post above for the rest of the info. Only a couple of weeks left till the deadline! :o) We are ecspecially looking for people for the Altered Arts Team and The Digi-Scrap Team!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Craft Fair Part 3

I was searching for new ideas for my craft sale this weekend because some of the things I had planned aren't going to work out. (Candles that I need are nowhere to be found, and can't find the right frames for the welcome frames) So I pulled out my stash of ideas and cards. I came across a cute mug card that I got from an old co-worker of mine, oh... about 5 years ago. I thought, hey, I can do this! So I set about it. And I did it! *grin* I am so thrilled with the final project. I did tweak it a little from the original. Hope you like it!

Here is what you can do to create this way for cute mug treat card!

Take your Whisper White Cardstock and cut it to 8 1/4 X 4 1/2, score at 4 1/8. Now, fold in half and you will have an almost sqaure card. Then you want to take your corner rounder punch and punch all the corners. Next cut out the top on one side (opening will be to the right of the card when it is facing you, only cut the front.) I used the colluzzle oval template. Next cut the handle from a scratch peice of cardstock into whatever shape you want. I did it in kind of a rounded square because it fit with the rest of the mug better. Before you attached the handle, stamp your images on the mug. I used Flaky Friends by Stampin' Up! Color and decorate as desired. I colored with colored pencils and I even added some liquid applique to the snow on the bottom and to the snowmans santa hat. I think I may add some glitter to the stars at the top of the trees. Next, use your mono to attach the handle and close the mug around the side and bottom edge. The top should be open so you can insert your hot cocoa and candy cane. And voila! A cuter then cute mug treat! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Craft Fair Take 2

So last night I got into the stamping mood and had so much fun and got a lot accomplished. I did 12 glass ornaments-just need to tie a bow around them), I did 5 gold frame ornaments, a got more christmas cards done with more started but not finished. I have one of the finished cards to show you today. I am absolutely in love with this card. I wish you could see it IRL because it's gorgeous! (If I do say so myself). It looks way better then in the picture.

Anyhow, I went with the same basic design as the white snowflake ornament card I did a week ago, but gave it it's on look.

I cut out an oval template using the Colluzzle, then I attached it to my Whisper White card base. I then inked up this gorgeous image from Stampin' Up!'s Sleigh Bells Ring with StazOn Black ink and stamped it so that part of it was overlapping the oval I had cut. Then I did the reverse masking technique (faux framing) with a sponge dauber and Bashful Blue ink just around the edges. I went into the scene a little bit more in parts such as around the church. It gives the illusion of a serene christmas scene. Then I colored it using the watercolor pencils from SU! and used the aquapainter to watercolor parts of it. The bricks on the bridge were done in two different colors to give it a more real look. Then I added dazzling diamonds to the lake under the bridge using a paint brush (so that the glue went only where I want it to) and liquid glue. I added silver cording at the top and stamped the sentiment from the set to the bottom right. Seriously, I wish you could see this in person! I made 5 of these to go in a card pack for the craft sale and I will make 5 more for a second pack. The best thing about doing these Christmas cards for this thing, If they don't sell, I just use them for my own personal Christmas cards. *wink*

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

My adventures in cake decorating

So Tuesday night was my cake decorating class. Last week we did Mums and rose buds and reverse shell borders. I'm getting the hang of the reverse shell border, I hate the rose buds, but the Mums, rock!

This week we did Violets, Violet Leaves, Apple Blossoms and we learned how to work with color flow. Not so much liking the color flow, but I'll get used to it. We made birds with the color flow. I chucked mine because the color just wasn't right. It was a gorgeous gray blue, but my flowers are all bright, so I need brighter birds. So I will redo the birds and post those later, but for now, I thought I would share the ones I did last week and this week.

The orange flowers are my mums, the blueish purple ones are violets, the green are the violet leaves, the pink ones are the apple blossoms. I love the apple blossoms, they are so easy to do, and the mums are my other favorites. I'm not so much liking the violets or the violet leaves, but I'll get better.

I also got to create a little tonight so I will post that tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled. *grin*

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Craft Fair Take 1

So I have a craft fair coming up in a couple of weeks. I have been trying to stamp some things to sell. So far I only have about 10 Christmas cards. I know, I know, really bad.... but! This week I plan to spend the week stamping and getting ready for it. I will be doing not only Christmas cards but I will be doing but candles, post it holders done on coasters, journals, Christmas Ornaments and regular cards. The Christmas cards will be in packs of 5 and the regular cards will be sold in singles. I am also going to decorate a tin and take orders for those. I don't want to make a bunch and then be stuck with all of them if they don't sell. So I will just make one and do the order thing.

Anyhow, I thought I would share with you the two cards I have done so far. The first card I have for you was done with the retired SU set Merry Little Christmas. I love this set! This card is very unlike me but I do like the way it turned out.

I used Glorious Green cardstock, Real Red Cardstock, Naturals Ivory Cardstock, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Circle punch, scallop punch, corner punch, Print Pattern BG, Merry Little Christmas, Glorious Green Ink, StazOn Black, Colored Pencils.

First I inked the PP BG stamp with glorious green and then I stamped it a little over halfway onto my GG card base. Then using my stazon I stamped the toys from my Merry Little Christmas set onto Naturals Ivory CS and then punched it out using the 1 3/8" circle punch. Then layered it onto a scallop punched Real Red layer. I stamped A Merry Little Christmas also with Stazon onto the Naturals Ivory CS and then after punching the bottom right corner with the corner punch I layered it onto RR CS. I added a brad to the bottom right corner of the RR layer. Then I added some white grosgrain ribbon going most of the way across the card where the PP BG ended. I added the toys image at the end of the ribbon and then attached my sentiment at the bottom. I had no clue where I was going with this when I started. It isn't something I would normally do but I do like it.

This next one was inspired by this card by Lovetostamp6 on Spiltcoast: Snowman Ornament Card

I love how this turned out! I showed it to my friend Alecia and she said I should do more of these instead of just the pack of 5 I had planned. I think I will do that and if they don't sell then they will be my Christmas cards this year. *grin*

I used Whisper White Cardstock, Night Of Navy Ink, Brocade Blue Ink, Snowflakes Set, Colluzzle cutting set with circle template, Wide Organdy Ribbon, Silver Cording.

First I took a scratch piece of paper and I cut it down to the size of my card front. Then I cut a circle using the Colluzzle. After that I attached it to my card front using a small piece of adhesive (I have adhesive remover so I was able to take off any adhesive left of the card front once the template was removed.) Then I took my sponge dauber and I sponged Brocade Blue ink into the cut out circle. When you pull away the template you are left with a sponged circle of blue on your card. But don't do that yet. After I sponged the circle and got it to look the way I wanted it to I stamped my snowflakes randomly using Night Of Navy for some and Brocade Blue for others. Then I pulled away my template and finished off the card by stamping Warm Winter Wishes at the bottom in Night Of Navy ink and placing the wide Organdy ribbon at the top of the card and tying a small piece of silver cording around the knot. Seriously, I love this card!

I promise, I will have more stuff from my craft fair for you soon.

Oh, and you know how I was supposed to make my friends cake for her shower? Well... I kind of took my pain meds the night before and didnt' wake up in time to decorate it. Oops! But I will make another cake here after the craft fair and I will use stamps on it and post it then.