Sunday, August 30, 2009

Glittery Ornaments

I am not sure where my week goes. I know that I am busy most of the time but honestly I think I will start keeping an hourly log and log in what I am doing each hour. . .well maybe not-I might find that I am spending too much time at the computer or watching Stargate & Alias. Every Monday I am sure I will post on my blog more often, participate in more online challenges and meet deadlines. Guess what!! Never happens! Actually I do meet most deadlines but as for posting more often??? *SIGH* Well maybe this week . . . . .

These are just a few of the Christmas ornaments or gift tags I have been making. Last Christmas I purchased several of the Stampin' Up! Country Living kits when they went on sale and set them aside. These are some of the ornaments we will be making in the girls Christmas ornament class. I also have some larger ornaments that we will be making in the adult Christmas ornament class.

The three ornaments in the middle are photo ornaments. They would make great gifts and are just the right size for a school photo. You can keep them as tree ornaments or use them as an embellishment in a scrapbook. A Bible verse would also fit in the frame. These could also be used to decorate wrapped packages as a gift tag and then be hung on the tree-a gift tag that doubles as a gift! It is hard to tell in the photos but there is lots of glitter!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A CASE of a Michelle Zindorf card

This card is a humble attempt to CASE a card by Michelle Zindorf. Here is her card. I absolutely love the cards made by Michelle Zindorf. Her blog is wonderful and she has step by step instructions for recreating her stunning cards. Her cards are like works of art! She does lots of embossing, brayering and sponging.

I must say that my first 2 attempts making this card were total flops!! (And both went flying across the basement floor!) I kept adding embossing powder before the background was dry. Michelle's card was brayered with Apricot Appeal in the background; instead I cheated a little and started with Apricot Appeal paper. First I stamped the tree from Lovely as a Tree with Versamark and embossed with black EP. I then stamped the Medallion with Versamark and embossed with clear EP. I sponged Pumpkin Pie ink in the middle and around the edge of the embossed Medallion and at the bottom of the panel. Taken with Teal was sponged around the top of the panel and about 3/4 of the way down the sides; Chocolate Chip was sponged at the bottom. As you can see I forgot to mask off the bottom of the card so my ground would be more distinct but. . .this was my third attempt. I have to add that I love the Medallion stamp! Believe it or not I this is my first Big background stamp! Yes, it is true I am background stamp challenged! But, maybe there is hope for me yet because I do love this stamp!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Girly Scrapbook

I have been working diligently on my niece's new baby scrapbook. Her baby shower is this weekend and I have 14 pages complete. I used Tea Party DSP and made 2 bags full of embellishments. I used a retired stamp set called Baby Firsts for some of the embellishments. The words are from Warm Words-one of my favorite sets for scrapbooking. The butterflies are punches from the new Butterfly punch, embossed with heat & stick powder and glittered! I think I will include a few sheets of matching cardstock, glue dots and double stick tape.

(I am not sure why my photos are turned on their sides??? Sometimes Blogger does that to me and I am not sure why?? Just tilt your head a little when you look at them LOL!)

Whenever I scrapbook I remember why I love Stampin' Up!-Because everything matches!!! I don't have to scramble to find solids that match the colors in the print. The embellishments did consume some time but the pages came together quickly! Yes, my name is Rhonda and I am a matchy matchy girl!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A River Runs Through It

This is a photo of my tent. This photo is actually from last year's camping trip because I left my camera at home. Yes, I know it is an awful thing to do but. . .

Every year I carefully keep track of the weather in Lakeview, Arkansas before we leave. One year it did get a little cold at night so we packed blankets, jackets and hot cocoa. But usually the weather in Arkansas in August is just HOT, HOT, HOT and very dry. The forecast this year called for scattered showers or isolated showers but much cooler than usual-highs in the 80's. What the weather reports failed to tell me was there was a monsoon coming to Arkansas!!

In one afternoon we got 4" of rain. My tent was basically pitched on top of a river. The water was so deep it was up to our ankles and then some. The water at the back of the tent was higher than the yellow trim on the tent. So much water fell so quickly that the tent stakes sunk in the mud and the back half of my tent went to the ground. Thankfully my DS & I were able to raise it and nothing was ruined. I was soaked and then some!!! WE WENT TO THE NEAREST MOTEL AND RENTED A ROOM!!!!! We spent from 10AM-2PM the next day drying everything out. Luckily we decided to spend the rest of our stay at the motel because it rained AGAIN on Saturday. I love to camp but I did not like this camping trip.
Hopefully I will have something to share in a couple of days-after I unpack and do 2 million loads of laundry!!!!!

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