Thursday, August 21, 2008

Off to the Expo

It's finally time to go to the Scrapbook Expo that the girls and I have been working so hard on. I'll be leaving shortly to go set up the booth in St. Charles and then it's off for a margarita before everything officially starts tomorrow.

If you're in the Chicago area, stop by and visit and check out all the different items we'll have on display using current Angel Company stamps, and participate in our make and take. We'll also be having a lollipop pull for prizes. You can get a free pull for placing an order of $30 or more, or you can purchase a chance for $2. We've got some really great stuff in our prize coffers this year, including a Scor-Pal, Sizzix dies, craft books, card packs, decorative scissors and punches, and of course stamps. We're also offering two great classes, one on each day, and last I knew there were a couple of spaces left.

To visit the local portion of the official website for directions, entry fees and times, click here: Scrapbook Expo.

For those of you that aren't in the Chicago area, check back late on Sunday, and I'll post some more pictures of the cards I made for my display, along with DIA project number, what are we on? 5?

Wish me luck! Hopefully I'll do at least well enough to justify the purchase of another set of Copic markers. I've been holding off on getting another set for a year and it's killing me!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

DIA Project #4 - Geri's Kaleidoscope Card

This was another neat project our DIA group did in July. Geri brought us this cool kaleidoscope card that has lots of depth to it. It's very similar to a star book where you open it up and the tension from several slightly shorter layers makes you look into the center of the card. In other words, it has a telescopic effect. The sun is a bit strong in these pictures, so some of the detail is washed out. But hopefully you get the idea.

This is the front of the card:

and this is the inside:

Hopefully some of the others will post their pictures today too.


An Old Favorite

I've been getting ready for the Mokena Farm and Barn Festival and just cranking out cards. Since speed is more the essence here, I haven't been spending the time to come up with new things, just making copies of things I've done in the past. I found this card in my archives that I had forgotten about, but which had been one of my favorites. I hope you like it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

DIA Project #3 - Rita's Card Folio

It's time for a look at another awesome project from the DIA girls. This week's edition is a note card folio created by Rita. We did these neat little note card holders, complete with dividers, from green and beige paper, and scraps from the Angelee collection. We also made some little note cards to fit inside. (My note cards are not my best work, but you get the idea)

To see other versions of the same project, check out the other DIA girls' blogs.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Pumpkins Prefer Penelope

O.K. So my titles suffer from alliteration tonight. Must be the mood of the day.

Here is the second of the two pages I made for Dawnmarie's Penelope board. The inspiration came from a card sketch I saw on a blog somewhere and drew on a post-it note a while back ago, but it easily converted to a scrapbook layout.

The photo is of my niece from our family's annual pumpkin hunt last year. My niece is soooo like my sister was when we were the ones hunting for the pumpkins; very competitive and very proud of her accomplishments. Watching her in the thick of the hunt with my cousin's children was a trip down memory lane.

Penelope Pretties-up Poo Crew

I'm finished making all the cards for my Angelee board for the upcoming St. Charles Scrapbook Expo. There are several, some of which you've already seen here, but there have to be some surprises for those of you that are coming to visit the booth, so I won't post the rest until later.

However, when I went to make my scrapbook pages, I couldn't find any pictures that would go well with the paper I was working with. So my friend Dawnmarie said she would make me a deal. She would make the two pages for my Angelee board if I would make the two pages for her Penelope board. Penelope is a wonderful jewel tone paper collection that is perfect for showcasing fall pictures. I have lots of fall pictures, so I snapped up that deal in a second.

One of the pictures I have is of my friend Jennie and her family volunteering for "poo crew" for the Thanksgiving Day Parade last year. They've been volunteering for several years trying to work their way up to being balloon-wranglers. This picture was taken by the local newspaper and posted on their website.

I thought this layout was fitting because Dawnmarie challenged our stamp team with this sketch that was posted on Split Coast Stampers. What better way to meet a challenge than to make something for the person that issued it?

Sunday, August 3, 2008

DIA Project #2 - Teri's Purse Scrapbook

Here is another project I did with the DIA girls. It's a purse scrapbook that Teri put together for us.

Mine uses The Angel Company's Willoughby paper collection, but some of the other ladies used a different collection.

Here's the inside of the purse with the slide out circle tags shown to the side:

And here's some of the stitching detail we freehanded on:

For those of you in the Chicago area, I'll be hosting a class on this sometime in the future, so be on the lookout.

If you want to check out some other versions of this project, take a look at the following blogs, and hopefully the rest of the team will have posted theirs today too. I know some of them have been having computer trouble.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Hannah Montana Inspired Card and Giftwrap

Last weekend was my niece's birthday party. She just turned six and is a Hannah Montana NUT!

We went bowling for her party. (Note the Hannah Montana shirt).

and had a Hannah Montana cupcake cake.

So it was only fitting that I made her a card and wrapping paper that were Hannah Montana inspired. Her bedroom is decorated in purple and sea foam blue with Hannah Montana cling stickers all over it. So this is the card I made for her using the Archiver's exclusive Rock Out clear stamps by Stampendous. (Now you know where my post about clear stamps came from last week).

I colored the guitar with my Copic Markers. And thought the "shred six" phrase was especially fun because it was her sixth birthday. Not that she'll get the guitar reference, but my husband did. The edges of the scalloped rectangle were highlighted with Crystal Stickles. Amazingly, the glitter in the Stickles picked up the mint coloring of the blue and seemed as though they were made to match.

I also stamped the guitar and the You Rock wording onto some blue wrapping paper I had in my stash, and wrapped it with a purple ribbon so that it matched the card.

My niece was very happy with the card and the wrapping. (She's actually one of my biggest fans, and gets very excited about the cards I make for her)

And now off to play!

Busy People Get Things Done!

Wow! This week has FLOWN by. I came back from vacation to an office that was gearing up to appear in court, so I missed lunch on most afternoons this week, but did manage to get my boss off to court with everything he needed and more. I worked late a couple of nights and had other obligations on the evenings that I didn't stay and work. On the flip side, I was able to leave work a little early yesterday, which enabled me to get together with a group of girls that I will be working the St. Charles craft shows with --- still a form of work, but in a different sense, and a group of people that are lots of fun to be with.

I've gotten no blogging, or crafting done since Monday, but I did....
sign up for a booth at the Mokena Farm and Barn Harvest Festival, where I will be selling handmade items, made my list of things I have done, and things that I need to make for that, ordered the supplies I will need to make and packaging the craft show goods, got a small portion of my craft room organized, swapped out all of the stamp sets that retired from the catalogue out from my collection, added all of the new sets that I purchased and have cut from the new catalogue into my useable stock, got all of the kits for the St. Charles craft show together with the other girls that will be working the booth, paid bills (YUCK!), signed up for an Angel Gathering in October (YAY!), and got a wine box that I will need to decorate as part of a friend's wedding gift.

What a busy week! The reward for getting all of that organizing done, will be to spend a day PLAYING! I watched The Shining.... I have no intention of slaving away just to end up with "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". So hopefully there will be more posts with craft stuff soon!