Friday, August 27, 2010

Owl Punch Get Well Card

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I promise, I tried to get this video up sooner this week.  It was all ready to go, and I had troubles getting it to upload to You Tube.  Our internet service provider is horrible here.

I wanted to create a funky little owl card.  I loved the zig zag paper in the Greenhouse Gala designer series paper pack.  I thought it was fun, funky and the colors are amazing.  The colors are very masculine.  But overall, I think the card could be either for a man or a woman.

I used several punches to make this card and there was very little stamping.  I used the Owl Punch, the Bird Punch (for the branch), the new 2 3/8 inch Scallop Circle punch, the little heart punch, the Modern Label punch and the Word Window punch.  Whew!  That's a lot of punching.

The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I know I use this set a lot.  It works so well with the Word Window punch and the Modern Label punch.  There seems to be a sentiment for every occasion in that stamp set.

I did get some new stamp sets last week, but I haven't had time to play with them yet.  I have some things I need to get done for school.  If I can manage to stay focused, I should have them done this weekend and maybe I'll get to spend some time crafting in my craft room instead of working on homework in my craft room!

It's been a very busy week at school for me.  I am currently working on a nursing care plan that is due on Tuesday.  It was also my first week back at the hospital.  I really hate those 4:10 am wake up calls on clinical days!  And somehow, I am still managing to keep up with the laundry, cook dinner for the family and get a couple of runs in to train for the 10K in October!

I hope you had a wonderful week and that your weekend is relaxing.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Back To School Goodies

It's official. I have survived my first week back at school. But next week is when it will really kick into high gear. Surprisingly enough, I am taking it all in stride this semester and seem to be relatively relaxed for being in nursing school.

I wanted to share some projects that I made for some teacher friends of mine.  They returned to school this week as well, and I wanted to give them something to make them feel special and to start the school year out on a happy note. I used each of their favorite colors. I also used the new owl punch for Breanne's gift set, because she loves owls. I know you've seen me use these tins before. They were such a great deal and make such a great holder for goodies.

In each tin, there are two pens. One has black ink and the other has red (for grading papers). There are five large paper clips that have been jazzed up and one mega paper clip that has been jazzed up. There are also two bookmarks, a journal and a Post-it note holder. It's all just a lot of fun stuff that I know they will find useful throughout the school year...and will look cute on their desk too!

For the owl set, I used So Saffron Designer Series Paper, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride and So Saffron Card Stock.  I also used some Pear Pizzazz for the stems that the owls sit on.  The stem is cut from the Bird punch.  The larger owls were cut on my Cricut using the Create a Critter Cartridge.

The Butterflies are from the Beautiful Wings embosslit folder and also from the Beautiful Butterflies Sizzix die.  I used Rich Razzleberry Designer Series Paper, along with Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant Card Stock.  I added some glitter to the butterflies along the embossing to really make them sparkle.

I used the Scallop Circle Punch and the XL Scallop Circle Punch for both sets.  I embossed the circles with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  It really added some much needed texture.  The circles are attached to the paper clips using glue dots.  It really seems like you can do just about anything with glue dots!

In order to make the paper clips stand up in the tin, I used a small block of floral foam.  I just stuck them right in.  You can see the foam in the picture on the right.

I hope you enjoyed these projects.  I had a lot of fun making them...and giving them.  Sometimes, the giving part is just as fun as the making part.  I know some of you out there know what I am talking about.  Maybe you want to give a special teacher a little back to school gift.  It would be fun to take it to their Back To School Night events. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I will be up early in the morning to get in another run this week.  I am training for a 10K and it's hard to run on school days...so Saturday has now become a running day.  Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mourning the loss of summer

I am always amazed by how extremely busy I become at this time of year. The kids are back in school and I am gearing up to go back myself. I always get a little nervous about school starting, probably because I know that I will be so busy and have so much to do every single day. I start back to school on Tuesday. I will be starting my third semester of the nursing program. My husband, who is a high school math teacher, will also be starting back to school on Tuesday. We are mourning the loss of summer.

I spent my morning listing some stuff on eBay that I have been meaning to list all summer. It's not like me to wait until the very last minute, but at least I got it done. (There is some crafting stuff and my username on eBay is carissay.) I am also preparing for Stamp Club which is at my house tomorrow night. I have some yummy snacks planned for the club girls. I am going to try a Tiramisu Brownie recipe. I don't like chocolate, so I don't know if they'll be any good...but it sounded good. It has coffee in it, so how can you go wrong?

Right now, the house is completely quiet and I am just enjoying it. It won't last for long. This afternoon will kick off an evening full of stuff...including orthodontic appointments and Back To School Night for my son. I'm contemplating going into my craft room or just sitting in the quiet, drinking my iced coffee.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer day. I know I am.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Aviary Card

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a great weekend!  We have been very busy, but having lots of fun!

I thought I would end this weekend by adding another video to my blog.  This card was inspired by a card that I saw on Split Coast Stampers.  I used bot the Aviary stamp set and A Word For You stamp set.  Both sets are new this year to the Stampin Up catalog and they are definitely among my favorites.

The shape of this card is a little different.  It's fun to do a different kind of card every now and then.  The base is Baja Breeze.  It is layered with Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.

I also tried out the new Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch.  It is a really cool touch...and a must have tool.

You will see that I struggled a little bit with alignment on this card.  If you are looking for perfection, you won't find it here!  You can use your Stamp-a-majig to make sure you are perfectly lined up.  I often like to do things the most difficult way possible, so I hope that you will learn from my mistakes.

On a more personal note, we had a fun Back To School service at church this morning.  I teach music to the Kindergarten through 5th graders.  Our group is called The Sparks.  We opened service with two fun songs this morning.  They did really well.  Our high school department preformed a drama and the youth band led worship.  It was a  fun change of pace.

If you are interested in following me on Twitter, my id is carissawiley.  I am also on Facebook.  But please let me know that you are a fellow crafter...or I may not approve your friend request.

I hope the rest of your Sunday is relaxing.  We are back to church tonight for another special service.  We are getting the kids all geared up for school.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pleated Flower Tutorial

Here is a quick video for you, showing you how to make the flowers shown in the Stampin Up catalog on page 123. It is a really simple and quick process. I had a customer request instructions on this. They would make great decorations on gift bags, cards, tables and packages.

My kids went back to school today, so it's been a busy day. The good news is that they both really like their teachers. The bad news is they both came home with HUGE packets of paper that has to be filled out. When are they going to computerize this process? It's just ridiculous! Oh well. Here we go again. Another school year is under way.

Enjoy your day! I have some fun videos coming up soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for watching. Be sure to rate, comment and subscribe. I love to read comments!