Dec 14, 2008

December Angel Art a.k.a. Blog Hop

The PaperWings December Angel Art Theme for this month's blog hop is Winter. The guidelines are "to create a card, scrapbook layout, mini album, or an altered art related to winter. This could be a winter holiday such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or even winter as a season."

I chose to do an altered item. It's a stocking stuffer made from a round tin, TAC's Juliette Paper Collection, and Ghirardelli chocolate!!
Please check out the blogs of these TAC Angels for their winter creations. (Creations will be posted tonight or Monday morning).
Today's Abundance
-The Angels who participated in the December Angel Art
-Blogs, Blogs, and more Blogs
-The creations that you've seen via blog hopping
-Stacy for starting the Angel Blog Hopping
-And you - for taking the time to check out our creations

Secret Sister Card


I am delighted to announce that my PaperWings Secret Sister is Sarah G. Here's the card I made for her to honor her. It's been lots of fun Sarah. See you on PaperWings.

The card uses the monochromatic greens Bazzill cardstock and the Girlz & Boyz stamp set.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping,

rita

Today's Abundance
-Wild turkeys in a snow covered corn field off of Highway 94
-A fun day of shopping with my sister
-My sister's fantastic candy tray (and she said I had to save some for the holidays - yeah sure....)
-Yesterday's warm weather (but not today's winter storm)
-A new, easy table runner pattern

Dec 9, 2008

Snowman Tag Card in Blue


Here's another creation using the Amberly Grace Paper Collection from The Angel Company. The image is the delightful snowman stamp from the Gift Tags stamp set! It's simple and quick. And isn't it a refreshing change from the traditional colors of red and green for the holiday season!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

rita

Today's Abundance
-Comfort food - oatmeal (for breakfast) and chocolate (for a snack)
-Heat (it's getting cold outside)
-Flannel Sheets (it's getting cold outside)
-Holiday Sales
-A sane commute home tonight

Dec 6, 2008

Envelope Gift Card Holder

Although craft fairs are done, the other craziness of my life continues. I haven't been able to squeeze in blog updates for awhile so am taking advantage of a few quiet moments this morning (I'm sure it won't last long) to add one of my favorite Gift Card Holders.



My inspiration for this project came from Julie Hunt at Addicted 2 Stamping.



It is quick and simple and is perfect to package those gift cards for the holiday seasons. My holder features the Amberly Grace Paper Collection and the Christmas Circles stamp set from The Angel Company.



To make the gift card, start with a size A2 envelope. Fold it in half with the flap to the inside. Open it up and cut off the left side of the flap. Then add paper, stamps, ribbon, and other embellishments. The possibilities are endless! The gift card slips in under the flap on the right hand side!



Enjoy...



rita



Today's Abundance

-A successful Craft Fair Season this fall

-My job, even though it is super crazy and hectic and stressful at the moment

-My Paperwings Secret Sister

-A fantastic Thanksgiving at my daughter's home

-The first snowfall

-My neighbor who shovels my snow

Oct 13, 2008

Acrylic 6x6 Mini Album

Wow - its been a long time since I've posted! September was a crazy month. It was filled with an unexpected surgery for my son, an irksome, aching shoulder for myself, a quilting retreat, and preparation for both a big stamp convention and the 1st of 4 craft shows. Oh - and then there is the full time job too!! So, I'm super happy that I have found a little time today to update the blog once again!





This acyclic album is a delight to make. It is so fun to anticipate what is on the next page! The acrylic album brings another dimension and design to your scrapbooking skills because of the uniqueness of being able to see through the entire album.



For this album I used the Cha Cha paper collection, the 6x6 acrylic covers, the Bind-it-All, and white stazon. And these stamp sets are used in the album: Friendships Stripes, Affirmation Badges, and Curls and Swirls. Oh, and did I mention that this album was the winner in the Colorful Chaos Contest that The Angel Company sponsored for its demonstrators. I've already gotten my $75 free stamps!! What a way to build one's stamp inventory.



Happy Stamping and Scrapping



rita







Today's Abundance

-The double, full arching rainbows after a rainstorm earlier this week - absolutely beautiful

-The crisp morning air of fall - my favorite time of the year

-The sumac reds and maple oranges and reds - exquisite

-My sister - she's always there to help - she's the best

-A successful craft fair - may the other 3 be as successful as the 1st

Sep 1, 2008

Penelope Bag 'n Box and Gift Card


These delightful creations have been popping up all over on blogs, SCS, and Paperwings. They are perfect for hostess gifts, thank you gifts, and holiday gifts. Just stuff them with those smaller gifts like bath products, candy, or jewelery.

I used the Penelope Collection - patterned paper, cardstock, and tags - for this Bag 'n Box. The says are from Booko Blessings and Tag Tidbits.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

rita

Today's Abundance
-Only four days of work this week
-My napping cat who found the warmth of the sunshine once again
-My quilting time yesterday
-A good nights sleep
-The blooming indoor plants

Aug 29, 2008

Happy Birthday!!


Linear Sentiments is one of my new favorite stamp sets from The Angel Company! This birthday card was made from Monochromatic Oranges cardstock, Black Scrappers Floss. Palette Noir Ink, and brads.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

rita

Today's Abundance
-Morning walks with my daughter's dog (I'm dog sitting)
-The joy of seeing a good friend retire to pursue a new career in music
-The upcoming 3 day weekend
-Fresh green beans from the Farmer's Market
-A nice steady rain overnight

Aug 17, 2008

Everyday Eceletic


Another swap!! Another card!!

This card uses the Everyday Eceletic stamp set from The Angel Company.

I stamp a sheet of cardstock using the stamps and VersaMagic ink. Then cut it into 3 strips and then distressed and matted each edge.

The greeting is from Love and Laughter - also from The Angel Company.
Happy Stamping and Scrapping.

rita

Today's Abundance
-These past few days of absolutely gorgeous August weather in the Midwest.
-The glistening dew on the grass in the morning.
-The trimmed bushes - well those that got trimmed at least.
-The delicate light purple lilies that are blooming in the garden.
-A quiet, unhurried weekend.

Aug 10, 2008

Sympathy Card

This is a card that I've made for a Sympathy Card Swap.

The grid on the background is achieved by using white core paper and the Scor-Pal followed by sanding.

Two different stamp sets were used: With Sympathy and Love and Laughter.

And, of course, my favorite embellishment: Scrappers Floss.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

rita

Today's Abundance
-The generosity of scrapbookers as they raise money for a family in Iowas whose home was devastated by the June floods
-The ideal of the Olympic Games
-Fresh Broccoli steamed in the microwave
-A fresh cup of Hazelnut Coffee
-Fresh watermelon

Aug 2, 2008

Another Christmas Card


I'm still playing with my Christmas Stamps!! It kind of offsets the heat and humidity that we are experiencing today!

This simple yet elegant card was made with one of our new stamps, Joy of Christmas. It uses both Kraft and Brown Cardstock -the bottom corners are rounded. The tag is attached using one of my favorite embellishments, Scrappers Floss.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

rita

Today's Abundance
-Air Conditioning
-Another trip to the farmers market
-My cats - although they are both napping again at the moment
-Lilies and sunflowers
-Fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries

Jul 22, 2008

Christmas in July

Need any early start to the holidays? Well, here are a couple of Christmas cards in honor of all the "Christmas in July" sales, promotions, and classes!



The Santa Card is made from our Miss Moxie Paper Collection and the Everyday Events Stamps. Notice that the card front is acetate! This card was inspired by a delightful project from The Angel Company Seminar last month in Wichita.





Happy Stamping and Scrapping



rita



Today's Abundance

-A non-muggy, non-hot summer day in the Midwest

-The Daisies that are in full bloom in the backyard

-Time with fabric - i.e. my other passion - quilting

-The Farmer's Market - especially the fresh peas and baby potatoes

-Fresh Raspberries and Blueberries

Jul 1, 2008

Embellishment Jars


These Embellishment Jars are among my favorite additions to the Fall/Winter Angel Company Inspiration Book and Catalogue! They come in 3 varieties: Hillary, Audrey, and Ava.

These 3x3 Gift Cards are easy to make and are perfect for using up your scrap paper! Cut a 3 x 6 piece of cardstock. Score with the nifty Scor-Pal and fold to make a 3 x 3 card.

Distress if desired. Adhere your paper. And then add your punched flowers (see our 2 new flower punches ) and/or goodies from the Embellishment Jars.

Don't forget to add a tad of scrappers floss and a greeting too!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

rita


Today's Abundance
-Gentle breezes, a sunny sky with a whisper of clouds, and birds chirping all about
-A rotting birch tree that got cut down - before it fell down!!
-Good fellowship with my stamping friends
-Embellishment Jars and Flower Punches
-A short work week - have a grand 4th everyone

Jun 27, 2008

Hello Baby!!


Need a quick and easy baby card? This card features the Hello Baby stamp set and the Gentle Beginnings Paper Collection. Stamp with Black Noir Palette Ink. Color the image! Add a swirly clip! Adhere everything together and you're done!

Have a great weekend everyone.

Rita Wetzel

Today's Abundance

-A nice dinner with my sister and cousins
-The upcoming weekend
-Key Lime Pie and Decaf Coffee

Jun 26, 2008

Colorful Me - Another Contest Winner


I have absolutely fallen in love with these purse totes and cards! I can't make enough of them! This set, made with the Lily Anna Paper Collection, won the Colorful Me Angel Company contest. I now I have the "problem" of selecting the free stamps that I won - what a burden to have!! LOL!!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Sunshiny days with white, fluffy clouds in the blue sky
-A fantastic time at The Angel Company Seminar with good friends
-Our new Angel Company Fall/Winter Catalog
-My cats - they've been super cuddly lately
-A baby rabbit in the back yard
-The peonies - they were beautiful while they lasted
-And last, but not least, my daisies - I never know where they are going to bloom for one summer to the next

Jun 3, 2008

Photo Frames & Refrigerator Magnet from an Altered 3x3 Chipboard Album


The idea for this creation came from the 2007 Angel Company big summer get together to celebrate the end of one catalog year and the beginning of a brand new one!

Start with a 3x3 Mini Chipboard Album. Use a sharp knife, such as our Retractable Knife, to cut the spine of the mini album along the back. You get 2 photo frames from each mini album plus a single piece of chipboard. This single one becomes the refrigerator magnet.

The picture has all 3 items that I created from a single mini chipboard album. At the far left is the magnet - the bride is my lovely daughter!!. The middle (LOVE) is the front cover of one of the photo frames. And on the right is the inside of the 2nd photo album (a closer look will reveal my daughter and son-in-law's engagement pictures that I had the privilege of taking!).

I used our Miss Moxie Paper Collection and Lime Green Scrappers Floss (it comes in many colors and is one of my favorite embellishments) to make these gems!!

These are lovely gifts for friends and family. Be sure to make yourself a set too for your desk at work or for your stamping room at home!!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Today's Abundance
-My daughter, she is the subject of many of my creations
-The rabbits that great me every morning in the back yard
-The process, albeit slow, of cleaning out the stamping room - I'm amazed at what I can toss, as well as, how many duplicates I have of a few things!! At least I can now walk through it without tripping over something!!
-The lilacs that are in bloom
-My Neighborhood Hardware Store - they actually can duplicate a key right the first time (don't ask, the story is way too long......)

May 13, 2008

Purse Tote and Cards



I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile now. It's a Purse Tote and Cards. This one I made from the Bella Flora Paper Collection from The Angel Company. The stamps I used are Trendy Greetings and Treasure It. And did you notice the 3x3 gift card in the front pocket?





The purse tote can be made from designer paper as in the Bella Flora tote. The handles are secured with eyelets which also provide a means to add ribbon for a finishing touch to the front of the purse.



Happy Stamping and Scrapping



rita





Today's Abundance

-The neatest Mother's Day cards from my kids

-The rabbit in the backyard that greeted me tonight when I arrived home

-The beautiful red tulips in my flower bed - a weed bed is probably more accurate though

-It's raining - at least it's not snow

-The book titled Finding Your Strengths

May 5, 2008

Squiggle LadyBugs and the ScorPal!


What do you get when you mix LadyBugs with the ScorPal, some white core stock paper, and a little bit of ink and aqua color crayons? Well, you get a LadyBug Card!!

This is one of the cards we made at my ScorPal Technique Night. The background uses the Raspberry white core paper (one of my favorites). It is cross hatched using the Scor Pal and then sanded to reveal the grid. The Squiggle Lady Bug was colored with the Tombow Marker and AquaCrayons. Ink the edges of the white strip, add a couple of brads, and adhere everything together! Its an easy and quick card to make with fantastic results!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping


Today's Abundance
(not everything happened today - its a compilation since my last post)
-The cardinal in the backyard
-The 3 rabbits that hopped quickly across the new fallen snow early in the morning
-My neighbor who shovels my snow
-The budding lilac bush
-Reaching the other side of the bridge deck that was icy and slick - the car sure wasn't going in a straight line across that bridge
-Working with my daughter and her friends and neighbors to make 35 "A Little Bit of Home" mini albums for the National Air Guard in her hometown
-My new piece of furniture for my craft room (hopefully soon I can post that the craft room contents are back in the room rather than scattered throughout the house)
-A successful booth at the Des Moines MWSA (hi everyone who stopped by)
-Two days - yes two days - of sunshine and temperatures in the 60's - no rain and no snow! yeah... spring might actually be here at long, long last
-A few nights of 7 - 8 hours of sleep - I was running on empty there for awhile

Apr 6, 2008

Flower Collage Trio and the Scor-Pal


This delightful card uses the Scor-Pal, Walnut Inks, Black Embossing Powder, and the Flower Collage Trio stamp set from The Angel Company.

The cardstock was first scored with the Scor-Pal a half inch from all sides and then sanded. This distressed effect is achieved using white core paper.

I sprayed Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink on a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of white card stock for the background effect. Then stamped the image using VersaMagic and Black Embossing Powder. The finishing touches included AquaColor Crayons, black cardstock for a mat, Antique Round Loops, and ribbon.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping, Rita


Today's Abundance
-A beautiful sun drenched fog over Lake Beauty Lake shortly after sunrise
-A wonderful quilt retreat
-Chirping birds and fresh, crisp air of the northern woods
-A very special friend who picks up my Angel Company UPS delivered boxes when I'm out of town
-A working washer, dryer, and hot water heater!!

Mar 13, 2008

My Other Passion

In addition to stamping and crafting, I also love to quilt. So today I'm posting one of my latest creations - a Chicken Tote Bag!



Happy Stamping and Scrapping (and Quilting too!)



Today's Abundance

-The neighborhood cardinals are frolicking about in the back yard. They are super bright red against the sunshine and (melting) snow.

-The temperatures in the 50's for 2 days now.

-A successful spring boutique.

Mar 4, 2008

Easter M&M Candy Jars


These cute jars were inspired by Jenny Harvey. Jenny did hers in a Valentine's theme using red hot candies.

These use the pastel colored M&Ms that can be found around Easter time. The mini hex jars are from specialtybottle.com.

Use Date Disks from The Angel Company on the lid to highlight the day being celebrated. The sides of the jars are stamped with Brilliance Ink. Add some ribbons and tags and you have a delightful addition to that Easter Basket!!

Make these for holidays, birthdays, and other special events. They are a quick and fun project to make.
Happy Stamping and Scrapping...


Today's Abundance
-A very supportive sister who puts up with my wild and crazy ideas
-M&Ms - any season, any color!!
-Cleaning out the old to make room for the new
-A hint of spring (will it ever come??)

Feb 24, 2008

Mimi Gatefold Card and the Scor-Pal


I've been playing with the Scor-Pal today along with one of my favorite paper collections: Mimi. Did you know that the Scor-Pal is marked at both 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" - the exact measurements that you need for a Gatefold?

The flower is from the StarBurst Florals stamp set. After the flower was stamped with Palette Burnt Umber on Ivory cardstock, I used the Stardust Glittering Gelly Role Pens to color in the flower.

And for the final touches I highlighted the flower with a Grey Tombow Maker and strung Mimi Ribbon through a Nickel Loopy Brad.

This will be one of the projects at a FunShop later this week. Do you think the guests will like it?


Today's Abundance
-Warmer Temperatures, the snow is actually melting today
-Puffed Apple Pancakes
-A Quiet Weekend
-The Scor-Pal
-The New Angel Company Spring Supplement

Feb 19, 2008

Gift Box


This is the perfect box for those small gifts!

I used The Angel Company Mimi Paper Collection for this delightful creation. The edges are distressed in Palette Burnt Umber

The box is from Cricut's Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cartridge and the flowers from Accent Essentials. The flowers are crimped.



Today's Abundance
-The pastel colors of springtime
-Cricut Time
-The next door neighbor who faithfully keeps the snow shoveled
-Fresh Bananas

Feb 17, 2008

Circle Mini Album

Here's the cover and a couple of pages from the mini album that I have been working on that features my niece.

The patterned paper is from The Angel Company's Catelynne Paper Collection. The stamps are from the Love Doodles , This Girl , and Swirly Bet sets.

The Album Covers and pages were cut on the Cricut using the Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More Cartridge.

Binding was accomplished using the Bind-It-All. (Contact me to find out how to purchase the Bind-It-all for 50% off).



Today's Abundance
-A good night's sleep.
-The melting snow (hopefully it stays warm)
-Play time with inks and paper and all my other crafting toys
-Coupons and discounts and sales
-Presidents Day - its a reminder of our heritage and our early leaders


Feb 6, 2008

Hippity Hoppity Nugget Tins


I've started to play with my Easter Stamps. These cute little bunnies are featured on The Angel Company's February's Stamp of the Month . This Hippity Hoppity stamp set includes 8 different stamps.

Happy Stamping and Scrapping

Today's Abundance
-Chocolate!!
-Longer days - spring is just around the corner
-Paraffin Hand and Foot Treatments (thanks Sue)
-The growing Inky Friends Team

Jan 30, 2008

Contest Winner - Tidings of Comfort and Joy


This Tidings of Comfort and Joy entry just won a TAC Contest. Now I get to go shopping for free stamps!! Yeah!!

The TAC, The Angel Company, products used are:

The sidebar has links to my other winning entries too!

Today's Abundance
-Paper, Ribbon, and Stamps
-Alterable Items
-A quiet evening
-Creative inspirations from books, magazines, fellow stampers and scrappers

Altered Tins

January has gone by super fast and it has been super cold too!! We are elated here in the Midwest that we might actually get above zero tomorrow!! That's warm for us given the past couple of weeks!!

I made these tins as a Shoebox Swap for the MidWinter Magic Angelette Event this last weekend. We had good food, good company, and almost 40 fantastic projects to work on Friday evening and Saturday.

The tins feature Uptown Girl paper, Bazzill Cardstock, and Love Doodles stamp set. Open the covers and you will see that each is stuffed with candy for Valentine's Day. Enjoy making yours!!

Today's Abundance
-A weather forecast of above zero temperatures
-Warm mittens and scarves
-Hardy Midwesterners - yes we do survive in this weather
-Dreams of sandy beaches, warm breezes, and sunny skies

Jan 10, 2008

Chipboard Tag/Chain for Tote

Let your imagination fly when making this easy Chipboard Tag with Chain. Hang them on your stamping and scrapbooking totes. Use them on backpacks for easy identification and fun statements. Put them on you luggage too! They are fun for all ages.
To make these, use Chipboard Chips of any size. Cut paper the size of the chipboard. I used Versamark and Black Embossing Powder to stamp the word "Escape." Then I distressed the edges with Noir Black Palette Ink.

The hole for the chain was made with the very versatile Crop-A-Dile.

Have fun creating your tags. I would love to see what you come up with!!


Happy Stamping and Scrapping


Today's Abundance
-Getting together with old friends
-Meeting new friends
-Anticipation of a great day of inspiration and projects
-Creativity of fellow demonstrators from The Angel Company
-Warm weather and blue skies

Jan 7, 2008

Valentine Nugget Tin and More


My last post was a Valentine's Card made from the Angel Company's Mimi Paper and Love Doodles stamp set. I have expanded on that and now have a few more items using the same paper and stamps.

The Nugget Tin is a favorite of mine - but then it has chocolate in it so naturally it is a favorite!!

The mini album is made from a single sheet of cardstock and is then embellished with Mimi paper and stamps and tags. The mini album has a front and back cover, 4 inside pages to scrap, and a pocket to store extra photos. My niece and nephew are the stars of the album!!

I also made a cute little 3x3 gift card to round off the collection.

Hmmm... wonder what I'll add in the future?


Today's Abundance
-A January thaw that has lasted through the weekend.
-The purring of my cat as I scratch her under the chin.
-The new found space after doing a deep clean in my craft room - now if it would only stay that way!
-The renewed sense of hope as we begin a new year.

Jan 3, 2008

Valentine's Card


I just finished this Valentine's Card! It features designer paper from the Mimi Collection and the Love Doodles stamp set. Enjoy!!

Today's Abundance
-The "no more cancer cells" email from a good friend of mine. Doing the happy dance for Brenda!!
-The lovely pinks and oranges of an early morning sunrise on a partly cloudy, cold winter day.
-The rabbits that scurry across the snow banks in the backyard.
-Laughter among friends

Jan 1, 2008

Grandpa's Pemberley Bay Matchbook Album



The Angel Company's new Pemberley Bay Matchbook Kit contains the perfect papers for your heritage photos. This matchbook kit coordinates well with the Hemingway Collection. The brown, beige, turquoise, and gold palette make for elegant mini-albums. Use the matching tags and tabs that are included in the kit along with Hemingway hardware and ribbon!







The upper left photo is the cover. Grandpa (Remembrance Stamp Set) is stamped with Burnt Umber and is nestled in the vines and leaves of the front cover.





The mini-album includes photos of my grandfather as a baby, the family photo with his mother and father (who immigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1890's), his World War I photo, engagement photo to my grandma, photos of my mom and aunt when they were little, and the 6 grandchildren.



The photos and tabs are layered on brown cardstock. The Hemingway ribbon and eyelets round out the mini album.



I love this min-album - its content and its colors. Now I just have to be patient until tomorrow when I can place an order for more kits, as well as, the Rockin' Roxie Matchbook Kit which is a vibrant mixture of reds, yellows, greens, and purples.



Today's Abundance

-Memories of my Grandfather

-The excitement and hopes of a new year

-Sweatshirts and turtlenecks (its cold today)

-Hot chocolate and whipped cream (did I mention it is cold today?

A Guy Card - African Giraffe

I needed a guy card for our monthly Angelette card swap. So it was time to dig through the stamps and find one suitable for a guy. And this is the result: the African Giraffe from The Angel Company stamped on DCWV cardstock (brown and tan) with Versamagic chalk ink (wheat or java).

Today's Abundance
-A New Year
-All of the resolutions...
-Memories of a grand time with family and friends over the holidays

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