Friday, September 28, 2012

Sorry so long between posts.

I've been working on some projects, but nothing I can post just yet.  They are gifts for all the wonderful people who come to the classes as my home.  Just a little "sumptin" for the Halloween Holiday, to show my appreciation for their participation.

Also working on a project for a new class option.  Rochelle Hart and I are collaborating on a giftable item class.  We are calling it "Gift and Gab".  Our first class/s will be held in October....dates to be determined.  I got the pattern for this class at a local craft store.  It caught my eye right away!  The cost of the class will be $15.00.  I will update with the dates as soon as we have them!  If the classes are held during the week they will be at my home.  However, if we need to add a weekend date then that class will either be held at Rochelle's home up in Paradise Hills, or at some yet-to-be-determined location.  Leave a comment if you are interested in getting on the class list for these (realising that it will depend on dates). I just kind of want to get an idea of how many people may be interested in this type of class.  Thanks!!

Here's the sneak peek.....

Isn't he just CUTE!?!  He's sitting on my dining table now.

Let me know!
bye for now
skm





Monday, September 24, 2012

Class at Archiver's

Saturday was a busy day.  First off we had Colton's first Karate tournament.  Grandpa and I were running late and got there JUST in time to see Colton's performance.  He had a little stage fright, so didn't do as well as he could have, but was cute as could be anyway.  First through third places in each group got a trophy.  Lucky for Colton there were only 3 in his group!
 
 
 
Proud!!





Afterwards I met my friend Mickie at Archiver's for a little Halloween class.  I don't normally take classes there but I thought the project was so cute.  Here is a photo of what we made.  The cards are little 3 x 3 cards.  I can't wait to adapt them to Stampin' Up! products.

 
 
I think the owl and the ghost are my favorites!
 
 
 
Sunday was spent working on a little project for my class attendees in October.  Oh, and watching the Broncos get beat! :(
 
Hope you all had a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.
 
Bye for now.
skm


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Well, that didn't work......

I had set up the last two posts to publish while I was gone to my brother-in-laws funeral.  I'm back now and I saw that they were NOT posted, but sitting in draft mode but showing the schedule time.  Sorry, just another glitch due to my lack of knowledge on blogging.....

I'm trying to get caught up with e-mails, etc. today.  I also need to get going on designing my cards for next months classes.  I'm looking forward to that because I love the holiday season.  Starting with Halloween on through Christmas.  I have decorated my home for fall, and soon plan to add in the Halloween items.  It's a lot of work to take down and put up the new items (especially Christmas since I have so much), but I love how festive it looks and my family enjoys the changing scene.

My BFF, Janet, surprised me with a little "sumptin'" today....just because, she said.  I LOVE THEM!!!
Here's a photo of it/them.  The tallest one is about 5" high.

 


Aren't they just adorable!  They will go so well with my other fall items.
 
 
That's it for now!
 
skm





Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The STAR of the show.............

One last photo from Regionals.  I only had my new I-phone to take photos and it really didn't like taking shots from the big screens.  The zoom feature was something I didn't know how to use until a bit later when I texted my daughter for instructions!  My wonderful upline, Connie Ingram, was one of the presenters.  She did SUCH a marvelous job.  I am so impressed by her calmness when on stage!  I would have been so nervous that I wouldn't have been able to TALK.  Those of you who know me, know that that is VERY nervous!!!!

Connie actually scared the dibble out of me three days prior to the event.  She called and told me she HAD signed me up to do an on-stage presentation!  I was so shocked and panicked!  I don't remember what I said, but I know I was blabbering....blubbering!!!!  Finally she told me I had a choice and I answered with a resounding NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!  She laughed and then told me she was going to call and tell Crystal the same thing!  I'm sure Crystal's reaction was very similar to my own!

Here's the photo of  Connie at work!

 
She demonstrated using Gesso and glitter.  Beautiful!
 
 
Bye for now,
 
skm
 


Monday, September 17, 2012

Regional Photos

I wanted to share a few photos from Regionals.  I'm a lousy photographer, so they aren't all great shots.  But, they are shots of great people!

Bev


Connie and Crystal


Emmy, Sherry P., oh no!!! name escapes me,Sandy and her sister, Carrie

Jolene and Kathy

Marta, Lisa, Amy, Gloria, Rosemary
 
 
 

 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tami's Class Cards

Here are Tami's cards from our September class.  I LOVE the easel card and the elephant is just stinkin' cute!

 
 
 
 
I am leaving early in the morning for South Dakota again.  My Brother-In-Law, Jerry Veflin, has lost his courageous battle with cancer.  His suffering is over and now hopefully his family can begin to heal.  I will only be gone 3 days and our son, Travis, is accompanying me since Lee is unable to get away at this time.  It will be good to have some time with Travis.
 
Hope you all had a good weekend.  I sure did!
 
Till next time.....
skm



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rainy Day.....Wednesday

It's a wonderfully cool and rainy day today!  Baking banana bread and working on stamping projects.  Doesn't get better than this!

I'm going to workout with my son soon, but wanted to quick post a photo of the project I will be doing at our South Stamp-a-stack on Thursday night.

I SO love autumn.  The smell in the air, the colors, everything about it except ONE thing....yes, you guessed it.....winter follows. 

 
This is another card with the Wonderfall Set.  The DSP is the yummy Orchard Harvest from the holiday mini. 
 
Stamps:  Wonderfall (acorn)
Day of Gratitude (grateful)
Ink: Early Espresso, More mustard
Accessories: Bitty Banners and Autumn Accents Dies
Wood Grain, Square Lattice and Spider Web Embossing Folders
The little curly cues were made by slicing tiny narrow pieces of card stock.  Some I curled like this one around the end of a paint brush and others I just left with the gentle curl that happens naturally when you cut the paper that thin.
I put crystal effects on the lower portion of the acorn for a little shine.
 
Enjoy!
skm
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Regionals and class project

What a wonderful time we had at the Stampin' Up! Regional Conference in Denver this past Saturday.  The event was well attended and my upline (Mom), Connie Ingram did an on-stage presentation so that was extra special for our group.  We listened to some really good presentations, received free product, won Prize Patrol product (however, not yours truly) and finished the day with a delicious dinner at Bubba Gumps!  Here is a photo of part of our group after the meal:



I have to tell you a little story about prior to this event.  Connie called me on Tuesday or Wednesday (I was in such shock I can't remember which day it was) and told me that she had signed me up to do an on-stage presentation at Regionals.  Well, I about swallowed my tongue and/or had a heart attack right then and there.  After much "screeching" on my behalf and "discussion", Connie said, "Well, now that I've told you this....do you WANT to do it?"  like all my shouting during our "discussion" hadn't given her a clue..............!!!!  I asked if I had a choice, and she said yes.  SO, I responded with a resounding NOOOOOO!!!  Connie laughed and said that she would then give our friend Crystal a call and present her with the same "opportunity"!  Crystal and I had a good laugh about it later as, of course, she also said NO!  OMG, even with a MONTH of preparation I'm not at all sure I could get up in front of a large group like that...but there was no doubt in my mind that I couldn't do it with 2-3 days lead time!  Lucky for us and for Stampin' Up!, Miss Connie is ALWAYS up to the challenge.

Also, as promised, here is the photo of the full card that the gals made at Tami and my classes on Friday and Sunday.  It was so much easier than they thought it would be.  Unlimited opportunities for CASEing too with all the DSP choices (current and retired) that I have lying around here!


 
Stamps:  "I am" which was given to us at Convention
Inside was stamped with Happy Birthday from Sassy Salutations
Inks:  Real Red and Island Indigo
Accessories:  1 1/4 and Scallop Square Punches
Retired large Star Punch
Small Star Punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack in the Holiday "Maxi" Mini
 
Hope you all had a great weekend.  I love that mine was filled with stamping friends for 3 days!
Now, it's time to get on with those less fun activities like laundry, grocery shopping, etc.
 
Bye for now!
skm
 



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Starburst Technique

I've been admiring many cards using this technique so I decided to try my hand at designing one for the other card for my classes this weekend.  It's fun and easy to do.

I'm using the Summer Smooches DSP since one of the attendees is needing kids cards and the bright colors can easily apply for that!  It also will work for an adult birthday card.  I did use retired punches for the stars, but I LOVE my punches and use them all the time whether they are current or not!

Here's a sneak peek:

 
I'll post the full card on Monday since I'll be busy with a class tomorrow, Regionals on Saturday and the second class on Sunday!
 
Bye for now
SKM


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Happy September and upcoming class project

Can you believe it is September 4th already!?! I find it difficult.  Where did August disappear to?
Since just returning from a short visit to South Dakota, I haven't had time to create anything new so I'm going to show a sneak peek at one of the cards I will have for our class this coming weekend.
We are having our classes on Friday and Sunday this month due to the Stampin' Up! Regional conference here in Denver on Saturday.  Can't wait!  I love these events.  It's so fun to be around hundreds of other people who have the same passion for paper crafting as I do!

I also want to point out Stampin' Up!'s September Special.  For each $40.00 order you can get FREE ribbon!  What a deal!!!  Click on the link on the left side of the page for more details.

OK, enough jabbering..... Here is the card for class along with the inspiration card I CASE'd.

 
We will be adding a More Mustard layer under the center DSP.
 
 
And here is the inspiration card by Penny Smiley



 
 
 
Products used:
 
 
Stamps:  Perfectlly Preserved
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (to highlight the woodgrain), More Mustard
Accessories:  Cannery Set Framelits, Linen Thread, Button, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Orchard Harvest DSP
 
Thanks for stopping by!
SKM