Friday, March 26, 2010

Connect Retreat

Last week I was blessed to be part of a wonderful retreat.
I have been a part of this cause for the past 11 yrs...

11 years ago, 3 women started this retreat to bring women together
and let them know that their experiences could help one another.

Each year they come to

located on Buffalo Lake for 3 days of laughter, wonderful speakers, pampering, meeting new friends and re-connecting with old friends... and of course, terrific food!

Among the activities,
of course,
 we have to include some cardmaking and crafts!

This year I enlisted the help of some friends...
Jan Carlson  (on the left)
the person who got me into Stampin' Up! in the first place...
Dave the Byrdman, here helping the ladies.

We had a very good turnout for the classes.
One of the projects was a basket
inspired by Gretchen Barron

This lil guy is just the cutest!

I had seen a picture of it on SCS but it was Jan that figured out how to make him, since I didn't have time to order the tutorial from Gretchen to arrive in time.
Jan is the Punch Art Queen!

Makes you want to get out your punches...doesn't it?!

Let me help you get me
There is still a few days left of Sale-a-Bration
and there's a month left of the Occasions Mini Catalog
and there is always the  Stampin' Up! Catalog

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Pat's

To the Wearin' O' the Green

This was actually s'posed to post on Thur
for our All that's Green post...
I have to put it in for
St. Patricks Day!!

I'll share more with you this weekend.
For the next 3 days, I will be at a retreat.
I have been a part of this retreat for
Women Surviving Cancer
for the past 10 yrs.

Happy Stampin~ Pixie

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Baby--Glassine Bag

My friend, Jan, just became a grandma again this past weekend!
When I saw this lil topper on SCS by Ellen Kemper
I was inspired to try it out for this weeks
Glassine Bag Challenge.

It was all done with punches!

The 2 large circles are 1 3/4" the white one repunched to get the waist line

1 1/4" circle for the body, Heart to Heart for the leg, and ear.

Shortened Word Window for arm--5 standard hole punches for eyes and nose.

The curl is 1/2 inch circle offset around standard hole punch HOLE

The pacifier base is heart to heart punched offset
 above standard hole punch HOLE

The pacifier ring is standard hole punch
around smallest Crop-a-dile HOLE

The lil nose looks shiny, just a slight cold

Assembly advice: Do not put the pacifier too close to the nose

Sunday, March 7, 2010

You Want Details...HERE THEY ARE!

As I told you, I made this card for my grandson Emmett.

Not having any dimensions to go by...
and only an hour before his birthday party...
I set to work.
The finished size was larger than I planned,
but to a 3 yr old...BIGGER IS BETTER!!!
I hope you will enjoy making this card, I DID!

I thought you would like to have the details on the Thomas Train card.

Products used are from Stampin' Up!
Here's what you will need to get started.

  • Circle Scissors - or something to cut circles

  • Punches- 1/2" circle, 3/4" circle, Full heart

  • Paper Cutter and Paper Snips

  • Cardstock: Blue, Bordering Blue, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Textured Gray, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, YoYo Yellow

  • Ink: Classic Stamp pad-Close to Cocoa

  • White Gel Pen and Black Stampin Write.

  • Adhesives--SU Snail, Stampin Dimensionals
The face: textured gray~3 3/8 circle
(cut on the SU Circle Scissors)
2 white 3/4" circle and 2 blk 1/2" circle (eyes)
 2 pink 1/2" circle (cheeks)
1 blue 1/2"circle (nose), 1 3/8 circle punch for
 mouth (white)

The mouth: punch a  1 3/8" circle in
white then move your punch slightly
 and punch again. You will have a
crescent for the mouth

We will move on to the main body of the train....
using Bright Blue cardstock (CS) (or color of your choice),
cut a piece 3 5/8" X 10 1/4" and round one end--I used the Circle Scissors set on the largest setting (6") 

Now take Basic Black CS, for the very top of the train...4"X4 3/4"
round with Circle cutter (6"), move down slightly and cut again...
giving you a rounded strip 3/8" and save the rest for behind the face.

Smokestack: BB  1 1/2"X4" notched on one end, 3/8" from one end and 1/4" in on both sides of one end. Crosspiece of stack:
BB 1" X 2 1/2" rounded on both ends. Place the bottom edge of crosspiece at top of train. 

Punch 2 yo-yo yellow 3/4" circles and 2 BB 1/2". With black on yellow circles, place one on either side of smokestack.
Take the BB that you saved from th e top and place it
                            2" from the top of train, trimming the sides to  3 5/8"

Let's keep moving...All Aboard?

We are now adding the Blue horizontal piece, 1 3/4"X4 7/8" to the top of Black CS (refer to pic) AND Creamy Caramel (I used To The Nines DSP) 1 1/2"X 4 5/8" round both ends with BB 3/4" circles at each end.

Real Red CS 4 1/4"X4 1/4" trim one end to
3 1/2"  refer to pic.

Using the same method as the Red CS...
take Really Rust CS 3"X 3 3/4".  trim 3 3/4" end
to 3 1/4"/ stamp with Close to Cocoa using (109294)
Sanded background stamp and sponge the edges with
the same ink. Cut Really Rust into 2 pieces 1" and 2"
and  adhere to the Red CS. Add 1/2" X 4" strips of
textured Tan CS for the tracks.

Add 1 3/4" X 3 3/4"  Red CS backed by 2" X4" BB CS -sponge the edges of the Red with Close to Cocoa ink.
Place this piece  at the top of the tracks, under the body of the train.

Almost ready to roll outta the Station!

Attach the finished face to the card front as shown in the picture.
Don't forget to add some eyebrows and a glint to his eyes!

Punch 2 hearts from Whisper White CS or...
I used Shimmer White for extra sparkle. attach
with Stampin Dimensionals to the smokestack.

One last step...
Cut BB CS 3 1/2"X 12" and score at 3 5/8"
 and another BB CS 3 1/2" X 8 3/8". I attached
 with Sticky Strip for Extra-Durability,
able to withstand whatever a 3 yr old dishes out!
finished size:4 7/8" X 13 7/8"
yeah, you might have to "make" an
envelope too! ;o)

 outta the Station.....


Hope you had a fun ride...c'mon back soon!

Happy Stampin ~ Pixie

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Emmett loves Thomas the Train!

My oldest grandson, Emmett, recently turned 3 yrs old on Feb 15th.
...where has the time gone.

Well, Emmett is a huge fan of trains! His favorite movie is the Polar Express. He can be heard throughout the day, at any given time saying...ALL ABOARD!!
For his 2nd birthday, I gave him a Thomas the Train set. When I returned from a recent road-trip to Mississippi by plane, the last leg of the trip from the Airport to Big Lake, MN was by Light Rail and the North Star commuter train. So...I brought him a passenger car for his train.

While browsing the web, I found a wonderful post on Splitcoast Stampers of a Thomas Train card.
I know you all will love it too, so...

Stay tuned...
I will be posting the details so you can make this card yourself!
What lil boy wouldn't LOVE this train.

Happy Stampin ~ Pixie 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Coffee Tin with St Patrick Border

I love the International Coffee Tins!
since I don't drink coffee, I have to rely on my friends to keep me supplied.
My daughters Fairy Godmother as she calls her is my best supplier.
I decided to make her one for St Patricks Day! 
She likes to keep her grocery coupons in it on her desk.
I hope, soon, to give her one for every holiday...
so I will be able to share with all of you along the way!

I wanted to use one of our new punches!
I love the new corner and border punches!

I used (118402) Scalloped Trim Border
I'm fascinated by the new design.
There is a lock on the bottom so they fold up, compact!

It's the slickest thing. It  makes for easy storage, and transport. 
Also available is:
  • 118870 Scallop Trim Corner          $ 9.95
  • 117649 Pinking Hearts Border       $15.95
  • 18072 Pinking Hearts Corner        $ 9.95
To check out all the new punches- click here 
Happy Stampin! ~ Pixie


Monday, March 1, 2010

Wonderful Make & Takes!

Each month as a demonstrator,
 our group takes the opportunity to come together
for an evening of fun, card swapping and tips to take our business forward.

Our upline, Dawn Olchefske, does a great deal of planning for these nights
 and this month was no exception!
 We had a Demonstrator Fair! 
Gayle and I focused on Marker Techniques,
as we had just finished a Marker Club with Jan.
Some months we even have guest speakers.
Our Speaker of the evening was Susan Auyer,
who came all the way from Michigan!
She was a Rising Star in 2008 and has a very business-minded attitude
 towards her Stampin' Up! business.
There were stampin techniques and business tips and last, but not least
and actually the FIRST order of the night...

Aren't these just the sweetest?
I am really into the Sweet Pea Felt Flowers.
They just add so much definition to a simple card.
(hint--SU Pop-up Glue Dots work marvelously to adhere the flowers)
Take a Pop-up Glue Dot and cut it...pop it on the back of the flower.
Use a whole dot for the largest of the flowers.

I would love to help you with all of your stampin needs. click here