Monday, August 30, 2010

Lazy Days of Summer are coming to an end

Well there is only one day left to August and I am just not ready for summer to end. This September seems unbelievably busy...Tim has double sessions of football practice everyday now. Once school starts he will have practice everyday after school and two football games a week. Mondays he is Quarterback for the JV team and Friday nights he is backup QB for the Varsity team. Kelly is starting high school this year. I am starting a new job in 2 weeks working as a Teachers aide for a special needs classroom of 3 year olds. My classes are starting up at my local Michaels craft store. I'll be teaching SDU (Scrapbook Design & You) every Tuesday night. Then if September wasn't busy enough already, I just signed up for a LOAD challenge. Scrapbook A Lay Out A Day.
I am looking forward to the Scrapbook challenge anyway. Not so sure about the rest of my schedule for September. I will try to post my layouts here once I get them done. I plan to start this challenge with the final pages of my Hawaii trip. I got a lot of pages done then put it aside for the past 2 weeks.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Adult Time

We got back from a short little get-away without kids. I can't express how wonderful it is to take a little time for just hubby and me to be together. We had to listen to a Timeshare sales pitch for 3 hours but besides that it was really nice. A while back while at Six Flags my darling DH got caught up in a sales pitch..."spin the wheel to win an awesome vacation for 2". He spun...The guys tells him he won, sweetheart that he is doesn't think that EVERYONE that spins the wheel wins. Anyway, he tells the man he can't fill out any paperwork with out me so they wait for me to catct up to where they are. " Honey, I won!" so the details are like this, pay us $20 to drive out to check out our resort. Spend the use using all the facilities, pool, health club, games, etc Just for taking the time to visit us you win a 3 night cruise to the Bahamas including airfair for two people, as a bonus you also won a weekend stay in Cape Cod.

So we sent the kids off for the day and night and we make the 3 hour drive to the resort, listen to the 90 minutes that really took 3 hours, said "no thank you to three different sales people and finally got our travel certificates. Now we have to wait and see if we really get the free trips or not.

But the rest of the time was wonderful. We went out for a nice early dinner, cocktails back at out hotel and a whole night together without our dog barking at us or kids asking for moeny of transportation somewhere.

Of coarse it ended too quickly and we are back to reality today but it was nice while it lasted.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Do you know how to use Copic Markers?

I have been playing with my markers today. Each time, I think I finally have the technique down then I learn something new. My WOW moment today was this.
When I color an image in I take my lightesst shade and color in little swirly circles. Then I would use the next shade and color right up to the edge of the lighter color. Next I would try to blend these two colors together with the blender pen. WRONG! I found out today that you start with the lighter color, but you color the whole area with the lighter color. Then you go over whatever part you want darker with the next shade. Then go back over the whole thing again with the lighter color. This is how the colors blend together!!!

So now I want more markers. I did find a chart to keep track of my colors. If you go onto the Copic website and search for Libary you can download a color chart then mark the colors you have. I thought I had a good start up set but after filling in this chart my collection looks pretty pathetic. LOL

Monday, August 2, 2010

My other classes

Xyron also has contacted me about teaching classes for their new Creatopia machine. My new toy arrived today and I have been playing with it a little. I plan to try it out alot more tomorrow.

What I do know so far is: This machine does the work of 5 other machines. The awesome thing about this one is, it can work on materials up to 12 1/2 inches wide!! It adds permanent or repostionable adhesive, it laminates, it has a fabric adhesive, It can add adhesive to thicker objects than the other Xyron machines can (foam, cardstock, Chipboard, cork, even thin wood) It also embosses, cuts with multiple blades, and it can replace your manual die cut machine using the dies you already own. I will get more familiar with it when I have a little more time to play with it. But I am loving it so far!

SDU Instructor

EK Success asked me to be an Instructor for them and teach SDU classes at the Micheals in Braintree. Anyone looking to learn basic Scrapbook Design skills should look into these classes. I took the class myself about 5 years ago and it was great then. Since then EK Success has updated the whole system and it is going to be Great class. Micheal's is just waiting for class supplies to arrive and we will set up the class schedule. I am guessing late August or early September these should start. The class is 4 weeks long with each class lasted 2 hours.

Little Brown Truck

I have been going a little crazy with ebay lately. I have been finding real bargains but even great deals start adding up so I am cutting my E-Bay strings and starting to scrap from my stash instead of looking for what else is out there. To say thank you to my USP guy (my daughter called him her second Dad, he is here so often) I decided to make him a thank you card for his years of loyal above and beyond great customer service.

It is hard to tell by the photo but the card is 3-dimensional. I stamped his brown suit on cardstock cut it out and popped it up along with the boxes stacked on the 2-wheeler. They are popped up with foam dots. He loved his card. The stamp set is from Clear and Simple. They have some great sets!!

Recovery still...

It has been over 2 months now and I am still recovering from my surgery. Still dealing with congestion. Yuke!!!

I have been playing with my scrapping supplies though. The following photos are some of the projects I have been working on. Mostly Stampin' Up! supplies on everything in these photos. I would like to take credit for the ideas but once again I just did a search online for the supplies I had and CASEd them.

These first two cards were made with older retired Designer Series paper. The stamp sets used were; Fast and Fabulous, Flower Fancy and Afterthoughts from the new catalog

This goody bag was made covering the nugget size chocolate bars with paper from a pad I purchased at Micheals, as soon as I remember the name if it I will add it. The "Yummy" stamp set is a retired stamp from SU.

These are photos of a post it note holder. I used the Tangerine Tango cardstock and the owl is the new Owl punch, both from Stampin Up! I know this needs something more. I need to stamp something next to the owl, I just don't know what, yet.

This is another post it note holder but I got these monogram post-its at Micheals. $1.00 for two note pads. Again Tangerine Tango the stamp set for the monogram is Lovely Letters by SU. I added a little glue and some SU dazzling diamonds

These are small little 3 x 3 cards again using the Tangerine Tango and Sweet and Sour DSP. The stamp set for this was Forest Friends.

This photo is a card I made using SU's new owl punch. I just love this punch and plan to be using it a lot!!! The background paper is Sweet and Sour dsp and the cardstock is Tangerine Tango. I liked this paper better than even I knew because I somehow managed to order it three times. So I have plenty of it and plan to use it in quite a few of my projects.