Saturday, May 31, 2008

Weekend Workshop Projects

I have a workshop this weekend - ringing in June in Style! Here are some of the projects we will be making.



If you want to see more detail on any of these, please visit my Splitcoast gallery and take a look.

We managed to get in a little sailing time today and I am a bit toasty! I'm sitting at my desk and I still can feel the boat rocking - I think it might be time to go to bed! It was the first day of our sail club's annual regatta and there were so many beautiful boats on the lake - colorful spinnakers - just gorgeous. We tried out the new roof racks for the kayaks too - they're going to work just fine. I got some pix of them as well as the gorgeous hibiscus blooming on the porch, but I haven't had time to get them off the camera yet - maybe tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting - hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~chris

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Father's Day Stamp Camp Possibles

My Monday Night Stamp Camp will be making Father's Day cards on June 9. Here are a couple that I made for them to choose from:



I tried to make them pretty straightforward from a make and take standpoint and yet still be elegant and "masculine" and I think they will work well for us. I will probably add a few more to this selection before May 9 and they can also choose to customize somewhat by using some of the other stamps like - brother, nephew, son, etc. if they want.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Coaster Frames

I saw these coaster frames on several blogs and really wanted to give them a try. I used my Nestabilities to cut out the solid color frames from cardstock and also from heavy card stock (the backing sheets that come in the dp packages from SU - I can't throw anything away). The next set I make though I think I am going to cut the scalloped cardstock squares on my Cricut and cut the backing frames as just plain squares using the nesties. The Cricut doesn't seem to want to cut the heavier cardstock and I really feel that the frame pieces need that reinforcing. Anyone who has tried these and come up with better solutions, please let me know.






I use dp for the front and back and to cover the stand. Glued using both white and clear glue, but I'm staying away from using snail on these as I really wouldn't want them to come apart. I attach the backing frame and the cardstock frame using snail though and then attached the frame to the coaster using all my leftover strips from the edges of the sheets of dimensionals (I told you I never throw anything away!) The gals in my Stamp Camp really liked making these for Mother's Day and we are going to make more for Father's Day.

Thanks for visiting! ~chris

Monday, May 26, 2008

Dinamite Stampers Swap for May

I belong to a terrific group of stampers called the Dinamite Stampers led by Ms. Dinamite herself - Diane Crist. This is my swap for this month's downline meeting.


Recipe:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Fresh Cuts
Paper: River Rock, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, More Mustard
Ink:
River Rock, Always Artichoke, More Mustard
Accessories: Always Artichoke ribbon, punches

This card was inspired by these cards by Marelle Taylor on her blog thINKspot

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blogger issues?

Blogger is being bad to me tonight. I have alot to show you, but blogger doesn't seem to want to let me put photos in my posts so I'll be back to give it another try tomorrow. I have my downline swap for my Dinamite Stampers downline meeting, some cool coaster frames and some previews of my Father's Day Stamp Camp cards, so please be paitent and come back by tomorrow and take a look.

We went up to the lake to do some sailing on Sunday and it was beautiful. Got a little (too much) sun and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We decided to spend the night on the boat and a storm blew in during the night soaking us down really well and leaving us with a cold, cloudy day today. Oh well - we got one really good day of sailing in and got a chance to visit with all the other sail club members who were up enjoying the lake on Sunday.

Thanks for visiting! ~chris

Friday, May 23, 2008

Some of the May activities

May has been a pretty busy month around here. Here's a slide show of some of the projects that we have done in the latter part of the month:



We also made some really cute coaster frames, but I am still fighting with my new camera. I am really unhappy with the pictures I have been getting and need to just give it up and read the manual!

I hope to have some more detailed pix and explanation of the projects along with some pictures of the projects in the works for next month - our big Monday Night Stamp Camp for Father's Day!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated

I am still alive and kicking, just buried. Managed to get over the cold from hades and all the stuff at the job that pays the bills. Had my Monday Night Stamp Camp this week with 11 - count em - 11 ladies making lots of wonderful cards. I'll have some pix of what we did soon. Tonight had an SU workshop - my hostess is so pleased and so am I - big sales and two bookings! We had lots of fun and there are a couple more gals who want to get in on the Monday Night festivities. I may have to break the group down into two groups. What fun! This is definitely the "so busy my feet are falling off" way things are supposed to be, but I'm beat. I know that I have been a very bad blogger, but I will get better and get some of the fun things we've been doing posted here before the week is out.

In the news:

Megan, the latest member of my super-duper downline, now has her own blog: http://maerainlily.blogspot.com/ - please go and visit and leave her some encouraging words!

Autumn - one of my five most favorite ddl's has revamped her blog and is tracking my newest grandchild: http://hotstampinmama.blogspot.com/ - so please pay her a visit too.

Even though I don't have pix of the whole family on Mother's Day, I did get some cute pix of the grandkids and you can see them on this post.

Thanks for visiting and there will be pix of the fun stuff before the week is out!

~chris

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

May Downline Meeting Swaps

Here are the swaps from our May downline meeting. Aren't these gals soooooo talented!



Thanks so much for visiting. I will hopefully have some previews of the projects for our May Stamp Camp meeting tomorrow.

~chris

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

I hope everyone had as wonderful a Mother's Day as I did. It was full of:




and I totally enjoyed myself. I love spending time with my family!

I am participating in an international swap and this is my entry:



Recipe:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Naturals Ivory, Bo Bunny Anna Sophia Multi Floral dp
Ink: Ruby Red, So Saffron and Mellow Moss sponged on sentiment
Accessories: Nestabilities, Mike's floral "dew drops"

Sure hope they like it! Thanks for visiting. ~chris

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mother's Day Riot

This is my swap card for one of my downline meetings this month. I'm not going to make it to the meeting, but I always enjoy swapping with these marvelous gals.

Recipe:
Stamps: Riot of Petals, All Holidays
Paper: Lavendar Lace, Gable Green, Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink:
Lavendar Lace, Gable Green, Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: ticket corner punch, sponge

I sure hope they like it! I did it in different colors to show how different the same exact card can look depending on it's color.

Thanks for visiting. Look for the slideshow of the swaps from this meeting on Friday.

~chris

Monday, May 5, 2008

Scrap Your Crap Challenge Results

Back in March, Greta and Simone from Scrap Your Crap issued a challenge to use some of their "crap" and create with it. Well, the results are now up and ready for prime time viewing so be sure to visit and check out all the creative ways we all found to use their paper lace. Yours truly has this entry there:

Recipe:
Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: Gable Green, Green Galore, YoYo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, Cameo Coral
Ink: Green Galore
Accessories: Punches, paper lace, Cuttlebug, brads, Cutter Kit

Thanks to
Greta and Simone for the fun challenge!

~chris

Fun new blog coming soon!

Denise and Erin are starting up a new blog - Stamp Something Challenge Blog - which will premier on Friday, May 9, but can be previewed this week with chances to win some blog candy! Be sure to head on over and check it out.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Birthday season is upon us!


May starts a really busy birthday season in our family. I'm going to be busy making lots of cards! Here's the first, for one of our grown sons. I think it is pretty masculine. I got my rubber embossing mat and so now I can really play with my Nestabilities!

Recipe:
Stamps: Favorite Greetings
Paper: Always Artichoke, Blue Bayou, River Rock, Basic Grey Dasher (I think)
Ink: Always Artichoke, blender pen, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Nestabilities rectangle dies, punches, brads

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll be back later with more goodies to show. We are going to take the sailboat out for it's maiden voyage of the season today. Hope to have some pictures to show of that too.

~chris