Friday, August 29, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Pumpkin

Well it's Friday and hopefully for a lot of you it means an extra long weekend.  I know I'm really looking forward to it.

On page 11 of the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG there is a Thinlits die set called Curvy Keepsake Box.  I wasn't sure if I would purchase this because there was so much in the catalog that I wanted, but after seeing how cute it was I added it to my order.  Those that ordered earlier than I did always do such a good job of enabling those of us who wait a little while before ordering when the demo pre-order period starts.  I finally got around to using it this morning.  I might have too many new toys right now so it's taking me awhile to get to all of them.....just sayin', but that is just between us here. ;)

Isn't it just the cutest?  It's finished size is 2-1/2" x 2-3/4" x 2-1/2"  It will hold little candies or mini candy bars perfectly.  I stamped on it with the Work of Art stamp set.  The little tag is part of the Thinlits die set.  I then stamp the For You from the Around Array stamp set and punched it out with the 7/8" scallope circle punch and added it to the tag using a Dimensional.  From the Fall Fun Framelits I cut out the little leaf in Mossy Meadow and it matches up perfectly with the leaf from the Autumn Wooden Elements.  If you remember I used one of the other leaves in my Fall Wreath card earlier in the week.  I just added a little of the Monomulti Liquid Glue to the back of the wooden element and then attached the leaf.  I wanted to be able to open the box without having to until the tag so I punched a hold in the top and added the tag and the leaf using some of the Burlap Ribbon.  I cut the edge off the ribbon and just pulled on the fibers to be able to use them to tie the tag and wooden element on.  There are so many other cute ideas floating around with this die set and I hope to make some and share here on my blog in the coming weeks.  

 I had some questions about this notebook that I posted last week.  Below you will find a couple of pics that will hopefully answer your questions.

This shows the inside.  I made a little pocket in side and to make the scallop I used the Large Scallop Edgelit.  I only glued it on the bottom.

 Here is the notepad that I used.  It was just a cheapie scratch pad, but you could do this with almost any small notebook.

 
And last, but not least I want to share a cake I made for today.  This cake is for a young lady who is a niece of my good friend Deb.  Deb is the one that lost her dear husband a year ago today to the horrible disease of cancer.  He was only 50 years old.  It just so happened that Eric passed on Hannah's birthday so Deb wanted to do something extra special for her to make the day a celebration.  The family will be celebrating not the passing of Eric, but the memories of the life he lived and also they will be celebrating Hannah as well.  I wish Deb and her family many blessings this day and may the God of all comfort and peace give them this day to rejoice that Eric lived and to celebrate the 14th birthday of Hannah.  Many hugs to the Herzog family.

 
 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.
Blessings,
Renee

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ahhhh.........

Ahhh..........it seems like it should be Friday, but it's only Wednesday.  It's been a long week, but the weekend is coming.  My dad had 3 doctor appointments this week; two yesterday and one today.  The good news is all the things they were testing him for came back negative and the symptoms he was having have disappeared and he is feeling great.  No cancer or anything else.  His oncologist gave him the all clear and will see him in another 3 months.  Praise God!  Such a relief, hence the title of my post today.

After I got home today I wanted really bad to take a nap.  You know that feeling when your nerves start to relax even though you didn't think you were nervous and then you want to sleep?  Well instead I headed to my office and worked on business this afternoon.  I even got a little stamping in as well.  Here is the project that I have for you today.

 This is a candle holder made from a tuna fish can and clothes pins.  My daughter had made a bunch of these for a graduation party for a friend and when the party was done I snatched them up of course.  I made one for the 4th of July, but I can't seem to find where I posted it or if I did post it.  I added a 1-3/4" strip of Color Me Autumn DSP (Holiday Catalog) around it and then tied some of that luscious Blackberry Bliss Ribbon around it.  I punched a 2-1/2" circle punch from Hello Honey and sponged it with Hello Honey and some Tangelo Twist.  The little ghost, pumpkin and leaves are from a new set (Holiday Catalog) called Fall Fest.  This set comes in Photopolymer and has matching Framelits.  I applied everything to the circle using Dimensionals.  I still thought it needed some sparkle so I added a little Dazzling Details on the leaves.



Here you can see what it looks like from the top.  The little glass tealight holder was purchased at Walmart.  These make very inexpensive decorations, centerpieces or even to give as a little gift.  I thought this turned out pretty cute.  Hope you enjoyed it.

I want to share one more thing tonight.  My last class we did a One Sheet Wonder project and the ladies loved it.  I talked them through the cutting that night and then I promised I would post the template so here it is.




Here is the Original Project.  Now that I've typed all this Blogger is acting up and I'm really hoping I haven't lost everything because at this point I'm not seeing the pics I have in this post.  Grrr....I hate when that happens.  Well I'll give it a shot and hope for the best.  Oh and one last thing.  There were questions about the notebook I shared the other day and I will try and get that answered tomorrow and post some pics showing exactly what I did.  

Blessings,
Renee

A Couple of Reminders


Hey there!  I just want to remind you all of a few things about promotions that will be ending/starting, so here goes............

My Paper Pumpkin


You can still get your first 2 months at 50% off when you sign up as a new MPP subscriber.  You can subscribe  RIGHT HERE!  Just click and subscribe and your could have your first MPP in September.  Offer ends September 10.  Your credit card will be charged when your kit ships sometime after the 10th of each month.

Big Shot August Specials

There is an awesome deal on the Big Shot this month.  Order the Big Shot and get a Stamp/Framelit Bundle absolutely FREE.  Already own the Big Shot?  You can get select Bundles at 15% off.  Check them out HERE!

2013 Holiday Catalog Carryover List
There are still select items from last year's Holiday Catalog available.  They will only be available until 11:50 pm tonight August 27.  You can view them HERE!  Don't delay!

2014 Holiday Catalog Available

You can begin to order from the 2014 Holiday Catalog beginning tomorrow, August 28, 2014.  I will be placing an order if you'd like to take advantage of 10% shipping.  Let me know ASAP!

Clearance Rack

Did you know that there recently was new items added to the Clearance Rack?  Check them out HERE!

New Photopolymer Stamp Set Release

Periodically Stampin'Up! will be releasing new Photopolymer stamp sets that you won't find in any catalog.  Check out the latest one called YeeHaw!  HERE.

Weekly Deals

Don't forget to check out the Weekly Deals.  They are listed every Tuesday morning.  You can find this week's deal HERE!


What I have planned
Did you know that on September 9 at 6:25 pm at my house I will be giving a presentation on Preserving Your Memories?  You are not going to want to miss this one.  It is a fast easy and affordable way of preserving your memories and getting your pictures off of those computers and cell phones.  This is a no obligation presentation and I promise you will enjoy seeing what I have to show you.  All I ask is that you please RSVP so that I can plan for refreshments.

On September 23 I will be having my monthly class.  Be looking for more details on that soon.  My monthly classes have been going over real well and we make some adorable useful projects.

OK, I hope you made it to the end with me.  I like to keep you up to date with all that is happening.  If you'd like to see me post a special technique, demonstrate a certain stamp set or would just like to let me know you enjoy my blog, please feel free to leave a comment.  I love hearing from you.

Blessings,
Renee

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello Fall Wreath

The weather here today feels like anything, but Fall.  I'm actually glad.  I feel like we haven't had much summer and today it finally kicked in gear and we are in the 80's with some humidity.  Can't say I'm awfully fond of humidity; well really not at all if I'm being honest, but this kind of weather makes our pool much more useful.  I love to be able to use the pool.

This wreath was made with the new set Wondrous Wreath and it will be available in the Holiday Catalog that makes it's debut this Friday, August 29.  Once again this set has so many possibilities.  Change the colors for whatever season we are in.

The bow on the wreath looks red, but it actually is Cajun Craze.  The colors on the wreath are Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green.  I added some of the sequins from the In Color Sequin Assortment.  I used the Coastal Cabana, but as you can see they really compliment the Garden Green.  I love how our embellishments are so versatile.  The little wooden leaf is from the Holiday Catalog as well and I color it using the Pumpkin Pie ink pad.  I added little veins with the Chocolate Chip Stampin'Write Marker.

Well that's it for now.  I'm not sure if I'll get time to post something for tomorrow or not.  I have to be with my dad for his doctor appointments tomorrow.  He has two tomorrow and then one on Wednesday so it will be a busy couple of days.  If you would say a prayer for my dad that his tests will give us some answers and that his treatment will be an easy fix, we sure would appreciate it.

Blessings,
Renee

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kraft Cardstock Notebook

Well we made it to Friday.  What does the weekend hold for you?  Probably not much around here.  Frank works every Saturday so we very seldom get to go away, but hoping that this will change sometime in the near future.  When he's working it's always a good time for me to stamp.  I didn't get much of that in today because I had a cake to make for today, but I have a project for you today that I made yesterday.

When I saw the new Kraft Cardstock in the new catty I knew I had to get some.  It's a nice cardstock weight, but it's different than the Crumb Cake in color.  It's the color of a paper bag.  I took a notebook out of my stash and went to work and this is how it turned out.

Ain't it purrtay?  The pieces I used on this were actually in my scrap pile.  I had colored the flowers back when I first ordered the Blendies.  The Blackberry Bliss was an oval that I had cut a piece from the Chalk Talk Framelits out of.  I stamped the Kraft Cardstock with Gorgeous Grunge and Perfect Pennants.  The words are from the Perfect Pennants stamp set as well.  I thought I might give this as a gift, but now that I've made it................well you know how that goes.  LOL!
 
Well enjoy your weekend!
Blessings,
Renee

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Joyful Christmas Poinsettias

I cleaned up my stamping area yesterday and I had a little pile of things that were started, but not any completed projects so I started with my pile and here is what I came up with.  I'm still in summer mode myself so don't get worried, but wouldn't it be nice to have your cards done so that when Christmas does get here all you have to do is address and send?  I thought so.  Well here is a couple of idea for you using the set Joyful Christmas.  This set was in last years Holiday Catalog and is on a carryover list that is still available until August 28, so don't miss out on this great set.  I just love poinsettias.  I used the Blendies on these and I know I probably didn't do them justice, but I think I didn't do too bad. 

 
Looking at this picture I see that my lighting doesn't seem to be very good.  The base layer and the leaves are Soft Sky, which is a light color, but this picture it looks more faded out.  Sorry about that.  For some reason I struggled with getting the Night of Navy to blend well on this, but like I said it's not a very good picture.  The embossed background on here is a new embossing folder that will be out in the new Holiday Catalog.

I used the Cherry Cobbler Blendies on this one and some of the new Satin Silver Ribbon.  I just love blues and silvers for the holidays.

I wanted to show you as well today something I also did yesterday when I was cleaning.  I organized my collection of Framelits.  My good friend Vicki had given me the case you can see in the back of this box and some of the magnet sheets for storing the Framelits.  I really like this idea and the box will be great for taking them on the go, but for working here at home I was having to dig through the pile so I ended up buying this little plastic box at Target and it works great for storing the magnet sheets upright and I can put the storage box in behind so it is ready for taking my Framelits with me as well.  I then used my label maker and made labels for each set.  Now I can quickly flip through them and find the Framelit set that I need.  Cool huh?



 
Thanks for stopping by!
Blessings,
Renee

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Halloween?

I know most of you are probably saying, "Halloween already?  Summer's not over with yet."  I totally agree, but when new Holiday Catalog products come out one has got to play a little and besides it will be here before we know it and I'm determined to be ahead of the game this year.  You may even start to see a little Christmas as well.

Here is the card I made using the same set from yesterday's card.  It's called Holiday Home and comes in Photopolymer which is really great because you can see through it and it make it easier for creating scenes like this.

Colors are Pumpkin Pie (of course), Basic Black, Whisper White and Hello Honey.  I colored the house with the Blendies and to get the leaves all the different colors I used our regular Stampin'Write Markers directly on the stamp.  Did you notice the new Lucky Stars Embossing Folder that I used on the background?  You can find this new stamp set along with the matching Framelits and Embossing Folder in the new Holiday Catalog.  If you are customer and have placed an order in the last six months you should be receiving one in the mail.  If you haven't received one, but would like to please feel free to contact me.  Just drop me an email at ibecakes@airadv.net.
 
I'll be placing an order in a few days so if you'd like to order please let me know.  You can order from the Holiday Catalog on August 28 when it goes live.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Blessings,
Renee

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