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)

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