Saturday, July 30, 2011

Girl Scouts Complete the Cards !!!!!

The Girl Scouts have "finally" finished the 1000 cards they promised to Upper Chesapeake Health... it is about time.  Now I have to bend their fingers back to finish the paperwork that goes along with the Silver Project.  I will be so glad when this is finished.  It has been a long process, but the girls had a good time making cards..... Rachel liked to make detailed cards while Erin liked to use stickles and make her cards all glittery and Ciera she liked to keep things organized.  Congrats to the girls !!!!!  Silly me did not take a picture.... what is that.  Andrea

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gift Bags

Hello!  I made these little bags for my Mary Kay lady, Diane Johnson.  She is going to use them to give samples at parties or when she goes to a store and sets up her wares (I met her at Dress Barn in Abingdon.).  They are made using a 6x6 piece of paper, some cardstock and brads....very little stamping. 

This is a close up of one bag.

This is a close up of an open bag.  They are perfect for all kinds of little gifts like lip balm, gift cards, tea bags, etc.

This is what 18 little gift bags look like.  Notice they are all Mary Kay (aka Pretty in) Pink.

I have to agree with Andrea; we had a great! time at the chocolate party.  Who knew you could have a party where the main ingredient is chocolate??  It was a lot of fun and a total pig fest.  I'm so glad Andrea invited me, and I know my husband will be when the double chocolate chocolate chip cookies I ordered come in and I make them for him.....  For me, I ordered mini baking peanut butter cups.  They were so good!

So that's what I've been up to.  I hope all is well with you. 


Saturday, July 16, 2011

OMG !!!!!! Chocolate is happiness.....

Lisa and I were invited to a Doves Chocolate Party... who knew that Dove had consultants... sorry they are called Chocolatiers.  The samples that Barbara came up with were totally awsome.  If you are a chocolate lover.... this is for you.  Here are some pics from the party.
This shows a drink that Barbara made out of the Frosty White Chocolate
Smoothie Mix with chocolate sauce drizzled on top.  Along with chocolate covered
cappuccino biscottini and milk chocolate peanut butter baking bits.

This was a mix using a merlot wine.... double yum.
I highly recommend you contact Barbara and ask her to do a party for you or a girls night out.  As I said, who doesn't like chocolate.... here is her information:
Barbara      410-836-9236             

Wedding Invite - it's all about the Pink !!!

My friend ask me to do wedding invites for her sister.  It was becoming crunch time for getting things done.  The wedding is in September.  We chatted about the invites on a Friday afternoon and the next Wednesday she had 50 invites with envelopes and rsvp cards in hand.  Here is a sample:
They are very similar to the ones that I just did for my niece.  I love the pink and
the little hearts. Lisa and I have been extremely busy making invites for people.

More July 10 Stamp Camp

I saw this card on SCS as well.  I added smooch to the droplets to give it a
shimmery look.  Stamp set: My friend.  Colors: Pool Party, and all the in colors
 (calypso coral, lucky limeade,wisteria wonder and island indigo.

Something simple.  Stamp set: Faith in nature, hostess set. 
Colors: Lucky limeade, black and white.

Stamp Camp July 10

This stamp camp was awsome.... the new Stampin' UP! catalog is out and the new stamps and colors are amazing.  Here are some cards we did:

How fun is this card.  Stamp set: Pennant Parade ...
Colors: Island Indigo and Poppy parade.  DSP: Just add cake.
I love the colors of this card.  I saw a sample of it on SCS.  Stamp Set: Somthing
Frames....Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Corral, white.  DSP: Beyond the Garden

Monday, July 11, 2011


We had so much fun rubbing elbows with a celebrity as you can see in Andrea's photos below.  It was awesome to work with Michelle Zindorf!  Here are the three great cards we made.

This is the first card we made....the warm-up card.
How pretty is this scene??

This is the 3rd card.

These cards look so complicated, but when the steps and techniques are broken down and taught by a master, it makes so much sense.  We definitely left with the sense that we, too, can create art like this.

It was a great day, and the 3 1/2 hours flew by!  The class is well worth the cost.  In the beginner class, you get a brayer, stamp set, SU grid pad, white gel ball pen, and materials to make three works of art, and in the advanced class, you get two stamp sets, a versamark pad and pen, and all the supplies to make three more works of art. 

I could go on, but I'll stop here.

'Til next time..........


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Zindorf fun

Lisa, Linda and I had the opportunity to take a class with Michelle Zindorf, she is the guru of brayering.  You sould check out her blog on SCS.  I wanted to share some of the pics:

Michelle was instructing us how to use a techniqe for one of our cards. Lori hosted the class for us, thanks Lori.

Ok, Here we are: Lisa, Michelle and Me (Andrea)

I had to add the pic with Linda.... we had a blast at this class.  The techniques we learned was awsome.  Pictures of the cards to follow.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Birthday invitations

Hello!  I mentioned in my last post that my SIL asked me to make 30 birthday invitations for my BIL's 40th birthday on a Friday, and BTW, she needs them by the next Friday.  And there were very specific rules - no black and no snarky "40" comments.  Oh and nothing fun and make sure to stress that it's a surprise.  Chris is a chaplain in the Army, so I decided to go for a patriotic theme.

This is what I came up with - a pocket card.  I think they turned out pretty well.  Thanks, Linda, for your is really appreciated!!

Stamps - Stars and Swirls - thanks, Andrea, for loaning me this set!
Punches - oval, 1 3/8" circle, hole punch, and scallop oval
Ribbon - SU red gingham
Paper - PTI white (awesome paper - my personal favorite!), SU real red
Ink - SU's real red, pacific point, barely banana
The wording was done in Word.

Andrea, Linda and I are going to an advanced Zindorf workshop on Saturday.  We are really looking forward to it!  The three of us took her beginner class last year.  Michelle is a fantastic talent and travels around the country teaching her brayering, sponging, shading, and highlighting techniques.  It was a lot of fun, and we really learned how to brayer.  Check out her gallery on SCS or her blog where she is generous enough to give tutorials  - she has 435 of them - on the cards in her gallery.  Here is the first card we made last year. 

The colors are so much better than this picture shows, but you can get the general idea. We'll be sure to share our creations.

I hope all is well with you.  'Til next time...........

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holiday Weekend !!!

Ok so I am doing some yard work at my Dad's house and he receives a phone call from my cousin who I have not seen in 45 years... I know it is a stretch.  I thought someone had died. My cousin, invited my Dad and the fam to visit and take part in a 4th of July party.  My Dad could not say no.  He has not been to Frederick, PA in six years. It was time for a road trip.  I was not looking forward to the 5 hour drive but I managed to talk myself into it.  So the final count was Me, Dad, and the kids.  The drive was amazing going through Garrett, Allegany, Cumberland and just below Pittsburg.  The town of Frederick is just a spit.  I have to share some pics of the place.  What a great vacation spot.  A minute of history, this was a coal town and the miners would use the foot bridge to get from one side of the river to the other.  So enjoy the pics, I can't wait to go back.
Stairs to 2nd floor of hotel
Foot bridge


My cousin owns this hotel:
The Riverside Inn
Frederick, PA

Sitting area in hotel

2nd floor hallway of hotel.

Bar area. 


The Riverside Inn was amazing.  If you like old rustic places, this is the one for you.  The hotel was built in 1903 and most of the wood in the hotel is still original. The carved wood behind the bar was brought up from New Orleans in 1903 by the river. The hotel has 12 rooms, dining area and the bar.  The history of this little town was pretty interesting.  The other fun fact we found out is that the river flows north.  Most rivers flow south, who knew.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Wedding invites

My husband's neice is getting married and I told her that I would do her invites.  Why would I take this task on..... the wedding is Nov. 11, 2011..... it happens to be the same day as the Shoebox swap in Ocean City.  So I sent some samples to her being that it is a fall wedding, lace, vellum, old olive, chocolate and so on.  She wanted three colors to be incorporated into her invitations.  So here is the final product.  There were 85 of them.  I am still dabbing the forehead......

The bride to be was looking for something simple.  Can you image... 85 belly bands. The colors were certainly celery, brilliant blue and tempting turquoise.

The inside needed to have the rsvp and envelope.