Tuesday, July 31, 2007

7/31 Tiny Saffron Flowers


I am really enjoying my Three for You PunchBox set from Stampin'Up. I've never been very inspired to make 3x3" cards . . . but it's just so very quick and easy with the Punch Box that I find I am totally into the 3x3" groove! I also used my new SU Photo Punch for the first time. What a great tool. I especially love the two different sizes it offers.

I decided to make these flowers yellow by using Designer Print paper in So Saffron. It goes really well with Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate. And, where would I be if I didn't have my trusty black gingham ribbon for the finishing touch??? Everything on this card is SU with the exception of the little sticker heart that I purchased in the Target $ Spot last February.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

7/28 Punchbox Flower Card


I cased the card on the right off the cover of the Fall/Winter Preview brochure, then I expanded it into a full-sized card on the left. I LOVE making these little tiny accent flowers with my new Three for You Punch set. I can see these sweet things being great accents on a multitude of cards in the future.

I used Wild Wasibi, Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White paper to make this card. All the supplies come from Stampin' Up.

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Friday, July 27, 2007

7/27 Three Just for You


Here are my first cards with my new Three for You Punch Box set. They were so quick to make. I love the contrast of the white paper and ribbon against the Rose Red background. The die-cut rubber made this set so quick to put together. I hope ALL of SU's sets will eventually come to us this way. What a time saver!!

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

7/26 Piano Teacher Thank You Card



My daughter was four years old when she decided she wanted to learn how to play piano. Unfortunately, she was born into a very non-musical family. I actually tried to drop out of 4th grade recorder class because I just wasn't getting it. So, thinking she was just going through a phase, I ignored her. She persisted. She begged, whined and let me know on a daily basis that she really did want to learn how to play the piano. Finally, one day she told us that she wanted to learn all about music so that she could someday play piano in church and teach other kids how to play piano. She was seven almost eight and my husband and I decided to give in. Almost immediately, we were gifted a piano. Someone was giving a piano away on the radio to the first caller. I was the second caller and when the first caller backed out . . . we had a piano. Now, this piano was built in 1912. It needed two full days of work before it became fully tuned! But, we had our piano.

This fall will mark my daughter's third anniversary of piano lessons. She adores piano . . . adores her teacher and though very shy as far as talking to people, is NEVER shy about playing the piano! She will play for anyone and everyone. She loves to play at the nursing home when we visit her great-grandma. She really cannot walk by a piano without playing it! I've NEVER had to nag her about practicing - she practices several times a day without my ever telling her to. Have I bragged enough, yet?? lol!

This is Kasey's second year as Grand Champion in the Performing Arts division at our County Fair. I made this card as a personalized thank you card for Kasey to give to her piano teacher next week. It turned out pretty sweet. We plan to present her teacher with the card and a bouquet of flowers in appreciation for teaching Kasey all she knows about piano.

By the way, Kasey played To the Rising Sun composed by Trygve Torjussen and she played it perfectly. Below is the inside of the card.



The card is 5.25 inches square. I used background paper from the 6x6 Stella Ruby pad from Basic Grey. The music score is by Great Impressions. The vertical Thanks is from Kolette Hall - a Michael's dollar stamp. The inside sentiment by PSX says, "Memories close to my Heart are found in your Friendship."

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

7/25 Finding Joy


I adore the Sketch Challenges at SCS. All the design work is done for you and the only thing you have to do is fill that sketch idea with creativity. Today's design was to create a Tent Topper. Now that is something I have had on my "To Do List" ever since I saw it at SCS.

I chose Doodle This for my image on the Tent Topper. I colored the image with ink refills and an aquabrush. I did some careful masking of the words from the SU set called Polka Dots and Paisley. I used the negative space from the slit punch to create my scallop edge.

On a family note: We are 4-H members and this is FAIR WEEK! The girls had project judging on Monday and Tuesday. My littlest, at 10, was the Grand Champion Piano Player. My middlest, 11, got Reserve Champion on her Digital Photography project and my oldest, 13, was Grand Champion in Digital Photography. So much fun! I will have to post pictures early next week when we get all the projects home again and have time to take some pics. I'm a very proud momma!!

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

7/24 An Olive with Pinks



Oh yeah, back in the stampin' groove . . . for a week or so, and then it's another long break. Life is hectic for the Kalthoff family in the summertime. No lazy days of summer for us!

I did become a Stampin'Up demonstrator a couple of weeks ago. I think SU and I will be a good fit. I've been CRAZY over all their products for years . . . and now the time was right. I'm just LOVIN' the discount, the inside news from SU, and how great is this - I get to deduct all my supplies as a business expense! Y E S !!!

I made this card in order to participate in today's color challenge at SCS. The challenge was to use Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose and Old Olive. I have no idea where the background paper came from . . . found it in my "stash." Everything else is Stampin'Up.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

7/5 Yes to Yellow!


YES . . . this is BRIGHT! Even more so in real life . . . but I can't help but like it - quick, clean, and a neat way to use ribbon - not just as an embellishment - but as part of the overall design. The challenge today at SCS was to "revisit ribbon." Well, I LOVE ribbon and I use it often. Today, I challenged myself to use it a little differently than usual. This is the result of that challenge and I like how the ribbon became part of the overall design in this card.

All the supplies that I used in this card come from Stampin'Up. The stamp sets are Big Pieces and Wonderful Words.

It sure feels good to be back stampin'. We were out of town for about five days and I got very little done in the way of stampin'. I took a few projects with me in case we had a rainy day, but the weather for the most part was beautiful. I've been doing laundry since last evening . . . the only downfall about coming home! New and unusual stains have me confounded - crazy kids!

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