Saturday, November 22, 2014

November Creative Images Meeting

It’s been a busy ten days since our November meeting, but my big job is done and I can move on to other big jobs.  I’ve made at least eight gallons of my Christmas Mix, a lot of which will be going to Alabama with us in early December.  I think there would be a riot if we showed up without it!

I’ve been working on my pictures of our trip to Georgia where we followed most of the Antebellum Trail, but still have more to process.  Here’s a sample from the Trail, Magnolia House in Madison, Georgia, the town “Gen. Sherman refused to burn”:

Mad 8

But, getting these stamp club pics blogged have priority.  The theme for November was “Island Fun,” and five of us came up with cute cards.  I wasn’t one of them.  Sadly, my flamingo card got no further than my mind. 

First up, Cheryl M’s swirly sailboats that when you open it . . .

Ex-Cheryl M closed

you get this pop up Adirondack chair on the beach.  Really cute!

Ex-Cheryl M open

Next is Ella’s chair, umbrella, picnic basket and cool drink under the sun on the beach.  Ahhh, to relax.


Jeannie captured a mermaid in this next card.  Wrapped her up in some net with seashells!


Pat J did this fishie card on a neat marbelized background.  I need to learn this technique.  Love the sentiment, too.

Ex-Pat J

Pat R has her Santa relaxing on the beach with a flamingo and a palm tree decorated with some bling.  Warm wishes, indeed!

Ex-Pat R

Pam had the project for November and she showed us how to do the Northern Lights technique. 

Project Sample

I’ve seen them for real over Washington State in the winter time and they were more ripple-like banners of yellowy green, so that’s what I tried for on mine.


Remember my cathedral window cards from last month, sample below?

Cathedral Window 2

Pam and I went to the quilt show at CCF and here is a pic of a cathedral window quilt.

Cathedral window quilt

I also did an Ohio Star card.

Ohio Star 1

If you look at the detail on this quilt, you will see the Ohio Star in there.

Ohio Star

Helen is back in Florida and asked me to fill her in on what’s happening in our December meeting.  It will be at the Hobby Lobby (next to room we used to meet in) December 10, 6:00 p.m. If you wish to participate in swap, bring 6 identical (similar) Christmas tags.  Our card exchange theme will be Christmas (surprise!).  Bring something salty or sweet for a treat (eat dinner early) and a gift for the Chinese gift exchange, $10 limit, stamping related.  I think that’s everything.

That’s it for November’s meeting.  Hope to see you all in December!  Happy stampin’!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

October Creative Images Meeting

Once again, Hobby Lobby wasn’t ready for our meeting, so Therese graciously set us up in the sunroom in her brother’s half of their house.  Hopefully, Hobby Lobby will be ready next month.  I think there were 11 of us at the meeting and 8 brought exchange cards.  The theme this month was “In Stitches,” and most of us followed it.  It’s only a guide, not a rule.  Click on any pic for detail, then back to return.

Cheryl B made this cute little Boutique card with her dress frame and sewing machine.

Ex-Cheryl B

Ella brought in her “Little Fruity” card from last month.  I like the torn distressed edges.  Jeannie did the daisy with “sewn on” buttons.  I think she did the flower with watercolor crayons.


I made this patched card with the postage stamp punch and some decorator paper, outlined with a pattern marker for the tiny holes and a black fine point marker.  This is the one of three I finished in time.  I’ll show the others below.


Pam is a knitter and made this cute little card showing a lamb being knitted up.  Pat R made these beautiful embroidered cone flowers.  Variegated pink floss added a lot.

Ex-PamEx-Pat R

Rosie’s card is one of the memoriam cards she made for her husband funeral, but the front can be repurposed as a great guy card, especially for a fisherman.  Therese made this cute little antique sewing machine, working on a bit of stitched ribbon.


Next month’s theme is “Island Fun.”

Ella brought in her proposed project for the January stamp camp (now set for Jan. 10, 2015, at Therese’s house). This is a little packet of square cards for different uses.  

Proposed Project-Ella

Last month, Cheryl M brought in her proposed project.  See last month’s post.  There was a question on whether it would be food safe with the paints on the front, so Pat J made this version with the paint all on the back.  Still starts with a glass plate.  Same method, but now food safe.

Proposed Project 2-Cheryl

Here’s the two cathedral window cards I finished after the meeting.  This is a quilt block, but I made it with designer papers instead of fabric.  One I did with a 1 1/4” circle punch and the other a 1” circle punch. I scored around little chipboard squares on each circle, then folded over the edges to make a square.

Cathedral Window 1Cathedral Window 2

Here you can see the difference in size.

Cathedral Windows

The Ohio Star is another quilt pattern I did with designer papers and a chevron punch.  I “stitched” around each piece with the marking tool and a fine point pen, black on one, white on the other.  I think I’m “stitched” out for a bit. 

Here are a couple of birthday cards I received, the first from my friend Misty in St. Louis.  She used the Kinda Eclectic SU set for this lovely card and SU’s two butterfly punches.

Kinda Eclectic

This second pretty one is from Pat R.  She used SU’s Work of Art set for the paint swipes and the same two butterfly punches Misty used.  I wonder how she lightened the yellow so they seemed to disappear?  I don’t have that many shades of yellow CS.

Work of Art

Cheryl B also gave me a little gift bag with a stamp, some ric rac and candies.  Thanks, ladies.

That’s it for this month.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall, at Last!

My favorite season of the year is Fall, I just love the colors!  And the cooler temps.  Last night it got into the 40’s, the house actually cooled off 4 degrees and with the lower humidity today, we opened the house to actually air it out! 

Florida’s excuse for Fall is just pathetic.  Here’s what passes for Fall around my house.  We have a fence next to the driveway with a vine and Spanish Moss on it.  That’s the only color we ever see, the little red leaves on the vine.

Vine with moss

This is the Water Oak at the end of the driveway. 

water oak

All the leaves will replace themselves, dropping lots of little brown leaves, but that’s it.  Most of the trees in Florida, their leaves just turn brown and fall off. 

I’ve noticed several Autumn wreaths on doors up and down my neighborhood and decided to make one for myself.  Russel was a big help, too, as I wrapped the Styrofoam wreath with burlap ribbon and then sewed the garland on with a curved needle and fishing line.  These pics were with my phone, lousy colors.

Here’s the final product.  Love it!  Pic with new camera.  Colors pretty true.

Wreath 3

For my birthday, my Russel is taking me up to the mountains of Georgia, around Milledgeville and Athens, so I can see some real Fall color.  You can bet I will take lots of pics and share them here.

Thanks for visiting. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

September Creative Images Meeting

With hardly any notice, Hobby Lobby informed Therese last month that we had no place to meet due to construction on the remodel.  For September, with more notice, they still weren’t ready, so Jeannie graciously held the meeting in her home.  Worked out well.

Our exchange theme for our missed meeting was “A Little Fruity,” and we carried it over into September.  Eight of us participated in the exchange, mostly following the theme.  Click on any picture to see it up close, then back to return.

First, Cheryl B made this yummy strawberry basket with punches, die cuts and embossing.  Could almost smell the strawberries.

Ex-Cheryl B

Ella made this Smile card with dimensional stickers and lace.  The theme is just a guide, after all.


Jeannie made this multi-layered collage of La Paire” for her card. 


This is my lemon card made with scratch and sniff technique, but the embossed lemon scent was mostly worn off.  The glass on the inside is filled with yellow Flower Soft.

Ex-Kathy 1Ex-Kathy 2

Pat J cut the juicy slice of watermelon and mounted it on an embossed background. 

Ex-Pat J

Pam made these cute apple cores with a retired SU label punch.  Who ate those apples?


Pat R wants to squeeze in a chat with her bright fruit slices.

Ex-Pat R

Therese was doubly prepared for last month’s fruit theme and the marble theme for Sep. (now delayed to next year). She had her bases covered with this pear card!


Cheryl M had the project for this month and we all made this cute snowman from various circle punches and embossing folders.

Project Sample-Cheryl

Cheryl M brought in this proposed project for our January stamp camp.  It’s a clear glass plate prepped with stickles and white acrylic paint on the back and then colored on the front.

Proposed Project-Cheryl

Jeannie made this girly card for Therese’s birthday.  I spy a pin of beads like we made last year at stamp camp!

BD card to Therese from Jeannie

Here’s some pics of ladies working on their projects!

That’s it for this month.  Hope we all can get together at our regular meeting place next month.  October’s exchange theme is “In Stitches.” 

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