Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Creative Images November Meeting

Sorry it has taken me a couple weeks, but, hey, it’s still November!  Been busy with friends and getting ready for Christmas.  Gallons of my Christmas Mix and pounds of fudge, oh my!  I should be getting boxes ready to mail to family, but since I was already on my puter to work on Christmas card letters, before I get busy elsewhere, here goes.

Remember in my last post, I bragged on how it had finally cooled down!  Ha!  After a month of record-breaking heat, it has cooled down again, but only for a couple days.  Thanksgiving weekend will be in the 80’s!  Waaaaaa!

We had no themed exchange card for November, but we did have our Christmas tag swap and the eight who came, all brought twelve tags. Click on any pic to see details, then back to return.  Here goes.

These first two tags of cute polar bears by Cheryl B remind me of the Coke ads of a while back.

Cheryl B

Cheryl M made the Christmas tree with holly tag and Ella made the clear tag.  Somehow, when I picked up my tags from the swap, two of these acetate tags stuck together and I ended up with two!  Since my friend Misty was here from St. Louis, I gave her my extra, and one of mine.  She loved seeing all the tags in real life.

Cheryl MElla

Jeannie made this white embossed on dark blue snowman and I made the blue snowflake tag.


Pam made this evergreen branch with an ornament hanging from it and Pat R made the happy snowman.

PamPat R

Therese made these die cut reindeer cards.


Cheryl M had the November project and provided three different designs of her acetate card.  She provided excellent written instructions and I made a copy for Misty to take back to St. Louis so she could make some, too.  Great project, Cheryl M, thanks. 

Sample 1Sample 2Sample 3

Pat R made one of these cute chocolate holders for each of us as a happy Fall favor.  Yummy!

Happy Fall

Thanks for stopping by.  Comments always welcome.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Creative Images October Meeting

Before I start on the meeting, I have to wax poetic about the change in the weather.  Thank God it’s COOLER!  I have woke up the last three days to a house that is cooler than the setting of 74 that has been on the A/C since April, 24/7.  I actually started the last few days in a top that has sleeves!  Short ones, of course, but not a tank top!  Still in shorts and sandals, but that won’t change for another month.  Of course, now that it is late afternoon that I am doing this, I am in a tank top and the A/C has been running.  Oh, well. 
We had eight ladies at our meeting last Wednesday night, and with Pat J still getting a by on doing an exchange card, we had seven for our theme of “Ladies Wear.”  Also,six ladies participated in the ATC swap.  Ellie did the project for October, a darling Halloween card and she brought a great show and tell.
First up, our Ladies Wear cards.  Click on any pic for details, then back to return. Cheryl B starts us off with her fashionable “beautiful” ladies.
Ex-Cheryl B
Ella fussy cut these lovely stylish outfits with pearls on a quilted/embossed background.
Jeannie made this lacy collage with a bra and a camisole.  She wanted to make sure I pointed out the sentiment on the front, “Where is the booby fairy when you need her.”
This is my card with the bra and panties made from a pattern my friend Misty found for me on Pinterest.  If I had it, I would have stamped “Thank you for your support” inside.
Ex-KathyEx-Kathy 2
Pam made this power suit, including lacy edging, a sparkly necklace, and a button.
Pat R made this Halloween colored “Peekaboo” merry widow, with a little treat inside!
Ex-Pat R1
Eeek!  Surprise!  I love how she punched out the spiders on the white piece, drew in the webs, and added tiny eyes with a white pen.
Ex-Pat R2
Therese colored in these four old ladies “waiting for Mr. Right,” that laughed so hard they had “tears running down” their legs.
During the chaos of making our project and sorting out the ATC’s, I neglected to get pictures of two of them.  Luckily, I got Jeannie to make a list describing the ATC’s and who did them, so when I found I missed two, Pam texted me pics of them.  First up on the left is Cheryl B’s Life itself, gently sponged. Pam colored the Fall tree with a rake leaning on it. 
ATC-Cheryl BATC-Pam
These two are Ella’s fussy cut owl and Pat R’s haunted house, that I think was either a die or a Cricut image.
ATC-Ella&Pat R
Here are Jeannie’s “Bee uti ful” bees/
Therese made these crazy Tim Holz birds. I don’t know if they were fussy cut or dies, but they were all cute.
Before she showed us her project, Ella shared with us her pumpkin full of “pumpkin teeth!”  Loved it!
Pumpkin 1Pumpkin 2
Ella’s project really gave me a happy feeling as she liked my bendy Christmas card project from October 2013 so much, she made her Halloween card the same way.  You can see it through my archives to get the link to how I made it.  Ella die cut everything except the ghosts which we fussy cut.
Project 1Project 2
This is my finished version.  While making it, I realized that Ella’s base was one whole piece of cardstock.  Mine had panels that were attached.  Ella must have had some really big cardstock, as opened up the card is more than 12” wide.  Hers was a lot easier to assemble.
Project-Kathy 1Project-Kathy 2
Finally, it was my birthday on the 14th and I got some nice cards from Jeannie . . .
Pam . . .
Pat J . . .
BD-Pat J
and Pat R.
BD-Pat R
Thank you all.  Thanks for stopping by. 
Comments always welcome.
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pam’s Workshop, Finally

I know I have last night’s stamp club pics to process and blog, but last month I promised I would blog everything I could from the make and takes and demo I did at Pam’s workshop on Sep. 26.  Took me a while to get everything together and prepare to give credit where credit is due, so here goes.

First, as I said in my last post, I swear, it was snowing in Ocala! Click on any picture to see details, then back to return.


Our first make and take was inspired by the Stampin’ Up convention in August.  Up on the stage (recorded for later viewing by demos like me that didn’t attend), Sara Douglass made this gorgeous card with the set Wonderland, the Merry Moments DSP 6” stack, and the Merry Moments cardstock pack.  Here’s one of each color. 


Our second make and take was this gorgeous Flurry of Wishes card CASE’d from Leena Girsa, first seen on Pinterest, then the video on her blog here.  I didn’t have her Softly Falling textured embossing folder,but we made do.


Because we had time, I shared this ornament at my workshop and gave everyone enough snowflakes to make one for themselves.  I couldn’t figure out which lady at the SU convention did this on stage, but that’s where I saw it. The one I made is a combination of this year’s Flurry of Wishes with the Flower Medallion and Snow Flurry punches, and wooden snowflake elements I painted white, together with last year’s Festive Flurry snowflakes and framelits.


I saw this beautiful snowflake box on Pinterest, too.  Lynne Price, at this link had a great video on her blog on how she made hers.  Her accent makes her sound like Bridget in Bridget’s Diary!

flurry-of-wishes (3)

I tried making hers which was confusing with her English measurements and when I actually got the box made, I realized that it was essentially the same as the little box I did as a make and take at Edie’s workshop in March of 2014.  You can drop down in this blog to see pics there, together with links to how to make it.  At Pam’s workshop, I gave everyone a pattern to make their own box.  The box I made was much smaller and less elaborate than Lynne Price’s box and fits in a regular quarter-card envelope.

Snowflake box

Last, but not least, I showed everyone how to easily cut detailed diecuts using dryer sheets.  The sandwich I found also called for wax paper, but Pat J convinced me wax paper was not needed.  It was a real WOW moment when I lifted the die off the sandwich and peeled the cardstock off the dryer sheet, leaving all the tiny bits of butterfly behind.

The sandwich I used, from the bottom up, was:

Magnetic platform (nice but not critical)

Clear Cutting Pad

4 layers of dryer sheet


Die with cutting side down

Clear Cutting Pad

I got four layers of dryer sheet by unfolding two new ones and then refolding them in half.  This is the dryer sheet sandwich that works for my Big Shot.  The sets I used were Butterfly Basics and Watercolor Wings, with the matching Bold Butterfly framelits and Butterflies thinlets.

Using this sandwich, I cut enough butterflies to make everyone a butterfly.  At home, I then made enough to make thank you cards to include in everyone’s order.  I used the new fine tipped glue pen to put down the words. 


That’s it for Pam’s workshop.  Thanks for stopping by.  Comments always welcome.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

September Creative Images Meeting

We had our meeting on September 9 and since I’ve slept since then, let’s hope I can manage to blog them sensibly.  I did process the pics, i.e., resize and rename them, a couple weeks ago with a little help from Pat R, so we should be okay.  Our theme was Autumn, challenges were due and Jeannie had the project, color burst water coloring.  So, here goes.  Everybody that brought in an exchange card, did great Fall submissions. We owe a quarter if we don’t have an exchange, but Pat J got a pass for her really good excuse!  Her house burned up! Sorry, Pat, I couldn’t help it.

First up, Cheryl B’s cute little House Mouse flying away on a Fall leaf. 

Ex-Cheryl B

Cheryl M (more on her later!) made this little row of pumpkins for a good Fall birthday card.

Ex-Cheryl M

Ella did this fallen leaf with lots of texture by dry embossing.


Jeannie sort of had the same idea as Ella with her diamond shapes.


My card on the left is a CASE of Cheryl M’s swap from a couple months ago.  I really loved her card, obviously!  Pat R made this darling shaker card with tiny leaves flying around.

Ex-KathyEx-Pat R

Therese didn’t do a card, but she brought in this cute Halloween treat bag for her exchange.


Next we voted on our challenge entries.  Too bad we had no fourth prize, as we had four entries!  I was amazed at all of them. The challenge was to do something with a Cricut cartridge box, a little oar, and some paint chips.  I had absolutely no idea what to do, so didn’t.  First is Cheryl B’s outside and inside, a little jewelry box. Be sure and click on each pic for details, then back to return.

Challenge Cheryl B 1Challenge Cheryl B 2

Next is Cheryl M’s box with a pretty snowy scene on the outside and inside was a little Christmas in the snow and woods.  Her oar was what held the box open.

Challenge Cheryl M 1Challenge Cheryl M 2

This was Pat R’s box with a door and wreath on the outside.  I love her mail slot!  Inside is a window on Fall and a doggie in the recliner looking out the window.  I think Pat R won first prize.

Challenge-Pat R 1

Challenge Pat R 2

Here is Therese’s challenge with butterflies and flowers.

Challenge Therese

I’m sorry, but I don’t remember who won second and third prize.  Slept since then.

Jeannie showed us a new watercolor technique she found at Stampfest using a very intense finely powdered medium.  Here are pictures of her samples.

Project Sample 1Project Sample 2

Project Sample 3Project Sample 4

The leftover powder on your palette can be used to die ribbon, etc.

Project Sample 5

Cheryl M shared with us her news that she and her man of 40 plus years were getting married in the new year!  Here’s her engagement ring.  Best wishes to both!


Finally, because I can, here’s a teaser on what I’ve been so busy with for last week or so.  Getting ready for a Stampin’ Up workshop at Pam’s this Saturday.  The snow be getting deep in Ocala!

Snowflake teaser

Will post pics after the workshop to show you all what I did with all these snowflakes and the gold embossed ones not shown here.  I have silver and gold glitter everywhere!

That’s all for now.  See you in October.  Comments always welcome.

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