Julie Buhler, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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And I am off till the new year. We like to head to our cabin for about a week after Christmas, just to get away from it all, and spend some quality time with our kids. There is no internet there, and so I will be posting when I get back, around the 4th. So here is my wish for you all...
I got Photoshop CS3 from my sister for my birthday (she is one heck of a photographer), and here is the first picture that I changed.
HOLY WOW - I am really going to be having some fun!
I suppose you want to know what I hauled in so far this festive season...here goes!
42" plasma TV (our other TV died, so this was for me and hubby together - YAY)
Bourne Ultimatum DVD (will watch that ASAP)
$30 gift certificate to Stampin' Up!
A Wii (Well, I gave it to my kids, but it is really for me )
A Tim Horton's Gift Card
I'm sure there is more, but I would have to go through boxes, and am not ready to do that just yet. I hope everyone got what their heart desired, but most importantly, that you had some wonderful times together with family and friends. Have a great time as you get ready to welcome 2008!
This is my entry for the Ways To Use It challenge on Spiltcoast. I have a another gathering to go to, and have some gifts to hand out. I made this using this TUTORIAL, with a bigger ornament, and I think it turned out so cute.
I stamped the Young Sherpherd from High Hopes with black stazon, on acetate, and colored the back in with sharpies. The lamb I colored with white craft ink on a paint brush. I put it into the ornament, and added the buffalo snow to the ornament. I really like the way this ended up, and I hope they like it too, since I have 4 more to make. Have fun and happy stamping!!
Now you need to stamp you images on the insert. Then you are going to fold the CS on the 5 1/2 mark, so you can punch the opening. Line your word window punch up with the 3/8 mark barely in the left side, go halfway up and punch. Line it up on the 3 7/8 mark, barely in the right side, and punch.
They don't precisely meet in the middle, but you need a bit more of an area to grab the card anyway. Here, you use the 1 3/8 circle punch to finish opening up the spot for the gift card.
Now, you need to fold your insert the rest of the way. This is what it should look like from the backside. In the front, you should fold the 2 sides toward the center on the score marks, to make the "M" shape. Put sticky strip on each side on one side of the center fold, peel off and stick together. You have just created your pocket!
Now you will add the DP to the front of the base that you will fold at the 3 inch score line. Then you need to glue or use sticky strip to add the insert to the inside of the card base. It will look like this when it is attached.
Now it is time to add the belly band. Put a piece of sticky strip on one end, peeling off the red liner. Then holding that end in the center of the front, wrap it around leaving a bit of room for sliding off and on, and attach it to the sticky strip in the front. The reason you are doing this in the front, is so that you can hide the seam with your embellishments or whatever you choose.
Here is my finished gift card holder folder. All products used are Stampin' Up! , except where noted.
Paper : soft sky, whisper white, Wintergreen DP, and Prints DP in celery
I used the stardust pen to add a bit of sparkle to the DP and the Christmas tree on the belly band. You can get 2 holders from one solid and one white piece of CS, except for one belly band.
I found out from a couple people who the first 2 were making this card. Wanda had made the insert, and Paula added the card base. Paula's is closer to mine, but I still did the tutorial, since I had to measure it all myself and take the pictures, not knowing where the originals were. Thanks to those that sent links, though, much appreciated. Enjoy, have fun and happy stamping!!
Dylan's class had a gingerbread house making party for the final preschool day this year. I took some pics and made this page for him (Free Downloads from MGL and Sugar Snap Scraps). Yes, those are 2 stitches on his forehead, I had to take him in on Sunday, Dec. 16.
I have all the pictures edited for the gift card holder folder tutorial, and it will be up tomorrow.
I'm calling it the gift card holder folder ... hehehe. I have no idea the origin of this card, but I did not come up with it. I just measured the one I got HERE, and came up with this. It is not too fancy, since these took FOREVAH, but I am going to post a tutorial, so y'all can make one too!
The products I used :
Paper : Wintergreen DP, Print Pattern DP (Stampin' Up!), Coconut Smoothies (Bazzill, white), Aspen (Bazzill, green textured)
The last mail day before Christmas, has brought me GREAT GOODIES! Ahhhhh, my favorite time of year. I know you wanna see what I got, so here goes.
First, these are some Christmas cards I just received. They are from Inge (designs with me at High Hopes AND now at All That Scraps), and Chrissy (DESIGNS the stamps for High Hopes). Both these ladies are super talented and are always inspiring me. They both blow me outta the water with the way they can add depth and life to the images they are coloring. I wanna be them when I grow up...hehehe.
Now this is the goodies my ELF sent me. Seriously, how can I NOT stamp with this staring me in the face. I got some Doodlebug Flowers and Sugar Coated Brads, I got some Prima Fancies, Pallete Noir ink, Stardust Stickles, a Starbucks giftcard and mints, and some Lifesaver gummies (I let my kids have those even though jelly candies are my FAVORITE). I have a pretty good idea who sent me these, and I'm going to email here soon, be watching. I also wanted to show you the gift card she made. It rocks and if I can figure out how she did it, I will post a tutorial, since everyone needs to know this! In the above picture, it is on the right hand side.
Now for the very best part - at least for those who hate waiting!
ENOUGH SAID - Oh, except that those in my clubs will be getting these ASAP!
I really liked the original of this card, but decided to use a different technique that was a bit easier. Here is the other card I made.
You can click on it for a larger view, and the instructions on it are HERE.
All products are Stampin' Up!, unless noted otherwise. For the new one, I used the same colors : real red, pretty in pink, wild wasabi and white, as well as DP from the Winter Bright Simply Scrappin' kit.
I stamped the snowflakes (Snowflake Spot) on the wasabi on the same color, but skipped the sponging. I then added the DP and red layers on the left.
For the main snowflake, I first inked it up in pink, and then rolled the edges in red. I stamped it on white, sponging it in red before matting it on pink. I skipped the white layer here, and added it with dimensionals.
For the sentiment (Sincere Salutations), I stamped it in red on a white piece of CS that measured 4 X 1 3/16. I then stuck it into my 1 1/4 circle punch where I wanted it, and rounded off one side. I then put the other side in, punching it round to make a key tag. I then used my rectangle punch to make the holes to thread my red grosgrain through, and sponged the edges in pink. I added it on the right side, and tied the knot over the DP.
The middle of the snowflake just didn't look right being so light, so I took my Robin's Nest Dew Drops out. They are clear, as you can see from the photo, but I colored the bottom of one red with my sharpie, and used a glue dot to adhere it to the center of the snowflake. I love these little dots, since they can add just the right amount of bling without being over-the-top. Have fun and happy stamping!!
OK - some more good news. Terrel is still in ICU, but he seems quite alert, even watching a movie with some friends. He was supposed to have surgery today, well actually two at the same time. They need to repair a shattered eye socket and his broken arm needs rods and plates (he got bumped, though, because of another emergency case). He is progressing in leaps, far greater than the doctors imagined. He is not out of the woods yet though, hence the 2 surgeries at the same time - they don't want him out longer than necessary, here is why...
Jordan had another surgery yesterday, and has NOT woken up. Now, he is NOT in a medically induced coma, yet they cannot wake him. Pray for his parents, since they have not had a break since Thursday, last week.
BIG PRAYERS THURSDAY - they are having the funerals today of the 2 gentlemen that died. This is a huge thing for this little town. There will be no one at the hospital tomorrow, since everyone will be there. So pray for the ones that had to stay behind in their beds, since they are missing their friends, too!