Dec 26, 2007

Inky Friends Magnet

I found these wooden magnets at Ikea - love that store. Using Black Stazon and the Simple Bet stamp set, I stamped my Team Name, Inky Friends, on the magnets. Then I used Mustard Stazon to color in the wings and lightly sponged with Cactus Green Stazon.

Shhh! Don't tell my downline but I mailed one of these to each of them today!

Today's Abundance
-Scrumptious leftovers.
-Panera's Hazelnut Coffee.
-Sale's galore!
-Play time.

A Collection of Merry Wishes

We certainly have had our fair share of snow in Minnesota these last few days. It snowed all day Sunday, then again on Tuesday, Christmas Day, and this morning it was snowing again. It has let up for the moment but the skies are grey and cloudy and more of the white stuff is in the forecast. All in all, it is much better than last year's brown Christmas!!

And here's one last look at Christmas Crafts...from left to right:

-Another Stamped Candle using the Santa form the Tis The Season set.
-Comp book covered with Merry Wishes Papers and Monogram.
-A bag and tags made with my new Cricut eXpressions machine. Inside is chocolate candy wrapped in Merry Wishes paper.
-A Christmas Card - Merry Wishes Paper and the new Cricut eXpressions machine.
-Gift Tags using the Tis The Season set.


My Christmas Cards were mailed today. A bit late (but certainly not as late as last year!). So now it's time to put the Christmas stamps back on the shelf and start playing with the new papers and stamps from The Angel Company!!

Today's Abundance
-Friends and family far and near.
-Airlines that deliver family safe and sound (despite being delayed by snow)
-Snow, especially the white, light, fluffy kind of snow.
-The quiet after the hustle and bustle.
-The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd look through the new Angel Company Catalog.

Dec 22, 2007

2008 Spring/Summer Catalog Arriving!!

I'm impatiently waiting for the mailman to arrive with my new 2008 Spring/Summer Angel Company Inspiration Book and Catalog Catalog! Some angels have been finding them in their mailbox today and have been so kind to share the cover and some information.

Contact me at stamp2stamp2@yahoo.com if you would like to order one.

Here is the information I'm seeing on other posts as to its content:

Stamps
-Double Line Bet - similar to open chunky, less chunky and they have two lines going around.
-Outline Bet - just like the Double Line Bet, but with one line.
-Pattern Bet & Pattern Numbers - open alphabets with a doodle pattern (the A has some flowers, the H has some hearts...the P has stars, etc.)
-Lots look like Spring Dreams that was a Hostess Set
-Several with the look of the Oh How promo (bold with floral and swirls in reverse)
-More sets "in reverse" like Blessed With or It's Always Springtime.
-Most if not all Hostess sets from last catalog
-Designer Collection Paper
-More funky retro stuff
-Christmas/Winter stamps are in the catty
-Fall Supp stamps too
-Valentine's sets are: Heart-itude, Forever, Love Doodles, You are Mine

What's New
-Chipboard Coasters - Scalloped and come in round or square.
-Cardboard Recipe Box & Dividers - sounds awesome
-Metal Hardware kit - approx. 300 metal pieces (bookplates, hinges, buckles, ribbon loops)
-Metal Alphabet Kit
-Tins - White candy tin, small square and round metal tins.
-Scrap-O-Dex - like a rol-o-dex that has white sheets
-DCWV Chipboard Stacks
-Bind it All
-Scor Pal
-Scalloped Punches! Mega and giga circle and squares
-Tonic Edge Distresser Tool
-Maya Road Sheer Scalloped Coasters
-Tonic Corner Punches
-GLUE DOTS
-Crop-a-dile storage case that comes with eyelets.
-Red tote-ally cool tote 2
-Small square tin with clear top
-Gelly Roll Pens
-2 Perfect Pearls

New Paper Collections
Amberley Grace
Juliette
Miss Moxie

What Remains
-Prismacolor H2O pencils
-Memory purse And there's a red tote-ally cool tote 2.
-Stickles--still there but didn't compare colors to last catty
-Inks appear to be the same
-Glaze and Souffle Pens
-DDC glue
-Coluzzle and templates
- Jumbo, Mega & Giga shipping tag punch and merchandise tag punches
-Bitty Blossoms
-Tombow's
-Crop-a-Dile
-Mono bazzill
-Prismas and flowers and ribbon

Albums
-Flocked Chipboard Mini Albums in 6x9 size
-Linen Albums with Window in 6x6
-Linen Albums in 8x8
-Faux leather albums in 9x9.
-Embossed faux leather albums with window in 12x12


And it looks like the Big Shot didn't make this catalog.

The catalog is arranged by paper collection this time around. There's an index of stamps in the back.

Today's Abundance
-All of the Angels who are sharing information about the new catalog!! I can't emphasize this enough - thank you so much for sharing.
-Holiday preparations
-The clean craft room!!
-Phone calls from friends and relatives

Dec 18, 2007

Simply Christmas Candle



Here's another stamped candle that I made using the Simply Christmas stamp set from The Angel Company. Notice that the reindeer is reversed! It's the same stamp - I just flipped the image.



Here's how I was taught to stamp candles from none other than Missy Olson.



Supplies Needed

1. Candle, white or ivory work best

2. Heat Gun

3. Tissue Paper

4. Dye Ink

5. Wax Paper

6. Markers



Instructions

1. With dye ink, stamp your image on tissue paper. Color with markers if desired.

2. Cut around the image leaving a bit of tissue paper around the edges of the image.

3. Place the tissue paper on the candle.

4. Take wax paper and place over the image and around the back of the candle twisting it in the back so you have a firm grip for the next step. Be sure the wax paper is smoothed out over the image.

5. Apply heat to the image with the heat gun. You will be melting the candle wax slightly so that the tissue paper adheres once it is cools.

6. Take the wax paper off and cool.



Some Tips

1. Plan on practicing.

2. Apply one image at a time. At least I found that applying multiple images at the same time was difficult to maneuver with the heat gun and wax paper.

3. If the candle wax starts to run, you're applying too much heat.

4. If you have an image with words, be extra careful to place the image the right way on the candle - i.e. you don't want the words backwards.

5. Some images, like the reindeer, will lend themselves to being placed either way on the candle.

6. Have lots of fun......



Today's Abundance

-The color red - it is so festive, especially this time of year.

-UPS and the Post Office.

-This year's Knit Holiday Stamps!

-The chili that is simmering on the stove for tomorrow's big lunch at work

Dec 17, 2007

Snowman Nativity


The Snowmen Nativity stamp set from The Angel Company is one of my favorite sets for this time of year. This is one design for my Christmas cards - more to come. (I am determined to have them done and in the mail by Christmas this year! Last year I was a bit off in my timing...) It also features buttons and scrappers floss - two of my favorite embellishments!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Today's Abundance
-Sisterhood of the Blogging Sisters
-Bright sunny days in the midst of winter
-Electricity and power - some of our stamping/scrapping sisters in the midwest and northeast are without due to the ice and snow storms they've had
-Widgets - can you find the new widget on my page?
-Anticipation of the holidays, good times with family, and the new Angel Company Catalog




Dec 11, 2007

Mini Album - One Page Wonder


Create this quick and easy mini album from a single sheet of 12 x 12 piece of cardstock or any other square for that matter. This mini album features the Merry Wishes paper collection from The Angel Company. It even includes a pocket for extra pictures, journaling tags, and other memorabilia. The Needed Numbers stamp set was used to stamp the year in the upper left hand corner.

Techniques/embellishments used include: stippling, jumbo eyelets, loopy brads, scrappers floss, and watercolor crayons.

The star of the album is my niece's son - AJ. AJ frequents many of my pages and albums. He's just too cute and my niece takes fantastic photos!

Today's Abundance
-Gingerbread Bagels
-Christmas Carols
-Glistening snow of a bright sun shiny day
-My niece and her fantastic photos
-Kelly Krugger's Charity Crop (an awesome experience)

Nov 13, 2007

Scrapbook In A Box

Have you made a Scrapbook in a Box yet? They hold up to 24 pictures and make a delightful memory for anyone. Perfect gifts for grandmas, grandpas, siblings, teachers, coaches, best friends, godparents, and anyone else for whom you would like to give a memorable keepsake.



This Scrapbook in a Box is made from the Mimi Soar With It Paper Collection from The Angel Company. It features my lovely daughter from birth through her wedding day!



I offer Scrapbook in a Box workshops. You can also order a kit from me which includes all of the patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments, and ribbon. Contact me for details.



Happy Stamping and Scrapping



Today's Abundance

-The fall leaves dancing in the wind.

-The flock of geese gracefully flying in formation.

-Customer Service from The Angel Company.

-Winning the football pool (understand I know very little about football so this indeed was an unexpected gift)

-Sharing the football pool winnings via 1st class donuts and danish with the football group.

-Successful craft fairs.

-Anticipation of Thanksgiving Day, good company, and good food.

Nov 2, 2007

Photo Holders

Take a chipboard coaster and
a jumbo binder clip

Add paper and ribbon and embellishments

Top it off with a photo

And what do you have?


You have the most adorable Photo Holder!!

This one uses TAC's Uptown Girl paper.



Today's Abundance List
-The change of seasons
-An extra hour of sleep this weekend
-My cuddly cats who pester me whenever they aren't napping
-Baby showers and the excitement of first time moms
-Flu shots

Oct 21, 2007

It's been awhile since I've updated the blog. I've been here, there, and everywhere over the last few weeks!!

I've been to a quilting retreat - my other passion!! The weekend was full of lots of quilting, good food, good friends, and fantastsic weather. And, of course, it went by much too fast for all of us.

I and a group of demonstrators from The Angel Company had a booth at the Des Moines MWSA. We had a great turnout. Our Little Penguin Tote Tag was a hit with everyone (see the September 30 blog entry).

And then it is on to the Craft Fairs. Two of the stamped items I made are featured here. The Flower Jumbo Clips use a variety of our papers - Bella Flor is primarily featured in this picture. Add a button, scrappers floss, and ribbon for unique bookmarks.

And I had a fantastic time making stamped candles. I first learned how to stamp on candles from Missy O. at the Angelette gathering in St. Cloud a couple of years ago. Thanks Missy!! These candles feature the snowman from the Snowmen Nativity stamp set and the "Let It Snow" greeting is from Tis The Season.

Today's Abundance List
-My best friend who is also my sister
-Fall colors
-My new job
-Quilt retreats
-A very long nap
-Stamping magazines that provide me lots of inspirations
-Blogs

Sep 30, 2007

Little Penguin


Life has been too busy lately!! It's good to get back to stamping, scrapping, and papercrafting. I made the Little Penguin card last winter. The hat is paper pieced.

The Little Penguin tote tag/key ring is a recent creation.

Both feature the Vintage Holiday paper collection from The Angel Company.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping.

Today's Abundance List
-Time to stamp and scrap
-Bagels and coffee
-This weekend's rain (just one more reason to craft all weekend)
-8 hours of restful sleep
-House plants
-My cats

Sep 15, 2007

Cards and Cardtainer



Rita H. is to be credited with the Cardtainer idea! Thanks Rita H. from Rita W.!!



The Cardtainer holds 4 cards and envelopes. It makes a great gift for family, neighbors, hostesses, teachers, coaches, and anyone else that you need a gift for. Make some for the holidays, birthdays, or just to say thank-you for being a special friend!



You can purchase the Mimi Cardtainer for $15. It includes all the cardstock, paper, stamped images, embellishments, and instructions to make the 4 cards and the cardtainer. You can also purchase the Its A Springtime stamp set for $10.95 plus shipping - tax is on me!! Contact me if interested.



Happy Stamping and Scrapping



Today's Abundance List

The cool, crisp air of an early fall day

A furnace that works - it was 65 this morning in the house!

Warm Chocolate Pudding

Cuddly Cats

Double Stick Tape

Sep 8, 2007

Flower Collage Trio

What a way to start off a Saturday: a good nights sleep, hazelnut coffee, toasted bread with a bit of peanut butter, and playing with my stamps!! Can life get any better?

The Flower Collage Trio stamp set from The Angel Company is another favorite. (I'd never be able to choose just one favorite by any means!!) Walnut inks, embossing, and pink and black make this a simple yet elegant card. The saying is from The Angel Company's Be Authentic greeting set.

Cyber hugs to all of you - enjoy your Saturday as much as I am!!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Today's Abundance List
A Blister - it means I got more shelves set up in my craft room
Hazelnut Coffee
Pink and Black
8 hours of sleep
A whole day to play!!

Sep 2, 2007

Heart-itude

The long to-do list for this long weekend is a bit shorter than it was on Friday evening! The leaky shower head has been replaced by a new one. Yeah me!! The craft room, which I'm constantly reorganizing, is once again chaotic while I put in a new shelf, combine supply boxes, and also index and cut up some of those new stamps.

The craft sale supplies that I've been accumulating last few months are now out and are waiting to turned into gifts for a special recipient that I will never meet!

And if stamping and scrapping doesn't keep me busy enough I'm also getting ready for a quilt retreat in a few weeks. My sister and I went fabric shopping today and, of course, found much more than what was on our lists. I'm sure that only happens to us!

This card is made from the Heart-itude stamp set. The flowers that are wrapped with the red ribbon are adhered with foam tape.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping,

Today's Abundance List
-My sister
-A magnificent flock of geese gliding effortlessly through the summer sky
-Ikea
-A Shower head that doesn't leak
-Beautiful late summer day - 80 degrees and sunny

Aug 30, 2007

Pocket Card


It was a beautiful day today - sunshine, a slight breeze, fresh air after an overnight rain, and temperatures in the 70s! We need to savor these days as all too soon the snow will be flying here in the Midwest...

The Pocket Card is one of my favorites. This one is made from The Angel Company's Mulberry Paper Collection. I used white brilliance ink along with the Speckled and Dance with My Spirit Stamp Sets. Add some Bitty Flowers and other embellishments and you're done.

Today's Abundance List
-Electricity
-Fresh Vegetables from the Farmers Market
-Phone Calls from the kids
-The Upcoming 3 Day Weekend
-Mulberry Meadow Paper Collection

Happy Stamping and Scrapping everyone....

Aug 25, 2007

Chipboard Coaster

I'm so excited that the Girls Limited Edition Stamps are being offered in September with our new Lily Anna and Mimi collections (patterned papers, cardstock, ribbon, and hardware) for only $24.95). These girls are the same ones that Seminar attendees received. I loved creating with them. And I received so many wonderful swaps using these girls too!





This is my Club Med Swap. It's is a mini coaster album using one of the girls that will be featured in the Mimi Girls Limited Edition Set. The paper is the Uptown Paper. This is going to look so adorable with the Mimi Collection too!!



Today's Abundance List

-Hazelnut Coffee

-Saturday afternoon nap

-Finding my cat curled up in an empty TAC cardboard box

-Sunshine and reasonable temperatures

-4 delightful ladies (and new customers) - they asked for a special workshop





Happy Stamping and Scrapping.....

Aug 22, 2007

My Other Passion - Quilting



In addition to stamping and scrapbooking, I love to quilt. Here is a queen size quilt that I recently pieced and quilted. It will be raffled off in conjunction with our United Way Drive at work. All tickets sales go directly to local United Way agencies. The raffle has raised between $2,000 and $2,500 every year for the past 5 years.





For those of you who are quilters, the pattern is the Yellow Brick Road. I have used this pattern for baby quilts, guy quilts, and now this queen size quilt. The earth tones are lovely. And, other than the border and binding, the entire quilt is from scraps!! (Gee - now I have more room for stamping and scrapping stuff!!)



Have a great day...

Aug 15, 2007

Mini Clipboard


I made this mini clipboard earlier this year for one of TAC's contests. I love this set - Creative Genius. I used the stamper/scrapbooker for this project. The stamp set also has a knitter, a potter, and a painter.
I paper pieced the clothes, shoes, and the supply box on the table. Aquacrayons and a blender pen were used to finish the reaminder of the image. Would you believe I made 3 of these before I decided I had completely gone off the deep end!!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Aug 10, 2007

6x6 Scrapbook Page





Swirly Gigs, HeSaidSheSaid, Rustic Chic paper, Scrappers Floss, and Stippling were used for this 6x6 Scrapbook Page.



The corner triangle piece of Rustic Chic paper is actually a pocket for the tag. You'll find that I use scrappers floss a lot - and this tag is just one more creative use for it.



Any guesses as to who the baby and the teenage girl are? They are one in the same - my daughter Angi!



Happy Stamping and Scrapping...

Aug 5, 2007

August Card Kit

I've been busy today cutting out new stamps, labeling them, and trying to get the craft room organized once again. The later is a never ending challenge! And then I ran across the Tickled Pink Stamp Set and knew right away that was the stamp set for the August Card Kit.



Do you remember the Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornaments (or maybe you still have some.)

They are so tacky yet so cool!

Here's some trivia:

The first atomic-pink molded plastic lawn flamingo went on sale in 1957. It was an immediate success; in the next decade, Americans bought millions of them. But by the 1970s, lawn flamingos were gathering dust on the hardware store shelves. In 1983, the New York Times ran an article title "Where Did All Those (Plastic) Flamingos Go?" Suddenly, lawn flamingos were flying again. 1985 was a record year, with 450,000 sold in the United States.!



Some people actually travel with their pink flamingos! The plastic birds go camping, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. Entire web sites are devoted to the travels of these artificial creatures. And to think we just stamp with them!!



The August Card Kit is ready. It features the adorable Tickled Pink Stamp Set - 4 very adorable flamingos and 6 delightful sayings.



The kit is $19.99 which includes the stamp set, the cardstock, the patterned paper, and the embellishments. (Shipping and tax included.) Just send me an email to order.



Happy Stamping and Scrapping.

Aug 4, 2007

Fun with Mimi


After sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning, the need for my paper fix kicked in! Here's a Thank You card made from The Angel Company's Mimi Collection and the Be Authentic Stamp Set.
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And what about this? I cut the flower and leaves from the paper and will add it to the inside of the card! Just call me crazy! That, or the caffeine is starting to kick in.
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Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Aug 1, 2007

Simply Christmas and Amelia


I've been playing with our new stamps and papers. This card uses the Simply Christmas Stamp Set and our new Amelia Papers and coordinating cardstock, embellishments, and ribbons. The reindeer and greeting are embossed. And using the crop-a-dile, that we now carry, made setting those 4 eyelets a breeze!



Happy Stamping and Scrapping

I've Been Published




I got a surprise envelope in my mail today. It was one of those plain brown envelopes. To my surprise when I opened it up I found a copy of Simply Sentiments (Volume 4, Issue 2) inside plus a card that I had submitted for submission many, many months ago.

The issue was from the spring sometime as it had Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Graduation Card as it main themes. (Today is August 1!!) Yes, they sent the complimentary copy out a bit late. I had let my subscription to the magazine lapse so this was the first time that I had seen the magazine.

The morale of the story is to never give up hope of seeing a submission in print!!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

May 29, 2007

Tenzig, The Pug




I am dog sitting for my daughter and son-in-law while they are vacationing in Alaska. They love the outdoors and will be spending much of the next week camping, hiking, and taking in the sites of the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, and Denali. This is their second trip there!!


And while they are gone I am dog sitting Tenzig, their Pug. When Tenzig was added to their family, he was the inspiration behind this card. The Angel Company's Cuddle Pug Stamp is perfect for any pug owner or lover! It was published in Simply Sentiments - my first card ever published.

May 23, 2007

Make N Take - Gift Card Holder



The Angel Company Team Members from the Inky Friends and Cross Country Angels hosted a booth at the St. Paul Stamping and Scrapping Expo at the State Fair Grounds the weekend of May 19 and 20.


Over 300 stampers and scrappers stopped at the booth for our free Make N Take, a Gift Card Holder.


Saturday was hot and humid; nevertheless we had a good time introducing people to The Angel Company. Sunday was a lot cooler and we continued to have a steady stream of people visiting the booth. Our catalogs and scrappers floss were the biggest hits of the day!

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