Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What's in my Class, Travel, To Go Bag

Happy Wednesday from Skyway Drive.

I often get asked what I carry in my 'To Go" bag. I can tell you it took me quite a while to curate my bag. I started with the things I thought were essential. As I went to classes or retreats I added things I didn't think of. My friend Jeanie Stark (Just Stampin') was a great help.  If you have gone to a class with me and asked why I have a certain item, I probably told you "because Jeanie said I needed it". I like to keep this bag packed at all times so all I have to add are specific things a class may call for.

I have lots of items and I keep them organized in these photo storage boxes. They work great to keep everything tidy. I labeled mine for easy access. 

This is a glass mat.  I work on the  Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat in my studio and it is my preferred item to work on top of. About six months ago I came across this 12 x 12 one, and had an aha! moment. Perfect for travel. Just big enough to work on and not encroach the person next to you.

Good bright white light is a must for me. Maybe it's the electricians daughter in me, I don't know. This light folds down nicely and has two brightness settings. It charges with a USB cord, so no dead battery or plug issues.
A small Sistema container and a shammy to clean your stamps.
12 piece box of watercolor pencils. Ok, honestly I am not sure I have ever used these in a class but you never know!
Ok, so a tape runner is a no brainer, but this is my favorite brand. Not only is it a nice fit in your hand but it goes an extremely long way.

Occasionally I have a need to trim an item down at class. This Tonic mini guillotine paper trimmer is a nice size to take on the go.

So those are the larger items tucked into my bag. Onto those anally retentive labeled photo boxes! 

This box contains some pop dots or dimensionals. Rhinestones and pearls, cause I am a bling girl. There are several pre cut pieces of fun foam, I like a sturdy card. This box also contains a couple envelopes and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces of thick white card stock.
The Tools Box. I have three, yes three pairs of scissors! A nuvo spoon for sequins and beads,  a small geometry set, both a sand and adhesive eraser, pencil sharpener, a couple of hat pins to unclog stuff, a bone folder, and a pair of tweezers. Eventually I will add a crystal ninja tanto pick up tool. (they have been on backorder)
Yes! you do need a variety of adhesives. Tombow multiuse, or as we refer to it: green glue.
I also have a chisel point and ball point glue pen, Gina K connect glue, glue dots and tear tape.
This is my Blender Box. I have my Gina K amalgam black ink. You can use it with most mediums and I love it!  Add in a mini mister, an aqua painter, blender pen, a pad of sticky notes and  nuvo sponges. I keep three in this box, because generally if we are using them in class we do not use more than three colors. 
Occasionally in class we use our own blocks. I do find it handy to have a set with me especially if I am using supplies at a friends house.
The pen box! pens, pencils, red and black stampin write markers. Why the red? I always date my cards on the back with this red marker! I also have my trusty white gel pen, and a black one. A good fine tip sharpie and some wink of stella

An Empty Box?! Yes, an empty box. You need a place to put your completed or partially completed items to get them home.

Since this bag had some great sections and pockets I tucked in a few other items.

My Mini Misti Stamp Positioner.
A nice package of antibacterial wipes, they are great for hands and working surfaces. We use oxides and distress oxides in class quite a bit, and these keep me and my stuff cleaned up. 
Last but not least some distress glaze and distress resist spray.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

(My) Amazing Life...

Happy Sunday Folks!

We have all said it about others, and about ourselves: Amazing Life. I have an amazing life. Most days I get to create things that bring me joy.  My Husbands job and Stampin' Up! have both given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the United States. Some of my closest friends live clear across the country from me. (Hi Karen!) I am actually writing this from sunny San Diego, while it's snowing at home on Skyway Drive.

So, since we all have amazing lives let me tell you about this great Stampin' Up! set or bundle called.....

Amazing Life

I love the  sentiments like, Life Is Too Short To Say No To Cake and So Happy To Have You In My Life. But, I have to say the thing that drew me to this set though is the clover. (Have you guessed yet that most of my family is Irish even if it is a wee bit!) Yup, that clover sold the set for me.  You can purchase it as a stamp set alone or bundled with the amazing Rectangle Stitched Framelits. If you love layering as much as I do, jump on those framelits. You will not be sorry. 

With cold, stormy weather across most of the country, here is a bit of Spring I created to brighten up the day of some special people. 

I am calling this my Irish Birthday card. 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My New Obsession...Stamping Bella

If you love quirky, whimsical and unique stamps QUICK, jump over to Stamping Bella and check them out.  I was introduced to this line at Copic Boot Camp. They were one of the  many generous sponsors we had.  Since then I have become enamored with their line.  That being said, I used six sets for my Valentines this year.

This cutie is from the Squidgy line. 

You can find The Bear and The Heart in the Stuffies Collection.

 Edna the Fairy Godmother  Collection is a favorite of mine.

Cool Chicks has lots of fun sets featuring these birds. 

The Uptown Girl line is very feminine and I love practicing skin and hair with them. 

Cool Chicks Line.

Cool Chicks Line.

Cool Chicks Line.

I hope you have enjoyed checking out a bit of my Stamping Bella collection.  Keep an eye out as I am sure you will be seeing more of them in the future.  Check the pages section to the right for Valentines 2019 to see all my Valentines. 

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mary Fish's Million Dollar Varied Vases Bundle

Good Morning from my crazy house!
   We are having fun potty training our new puppy Finn and getting ready for a couple of short back to back trips.  Don't worry, Finn and his sister's Vivie and Lulu have a sleepover sitter.

   I spent the beginning of my week catching up on my Birthday and Anniversary cards.  So often I think stamp sets from Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog get forgotten about thru the year. We all get so excited for the Holiday and Occasions supplements that we overlook all the things we got excited for in June. Keeping that in mind, and wanting to really get some use out stamp sets I already have I pulled out Varied Vases.  This set was designed by Mary Fish as her Million Dollar set.  It's a great one that you can really be creative with.  I did three different cards one Anniversary, one Birthday and one that could be either (I used it for Anniversary).

I like that I can create three cards with a very different feel.  

Simplicity with monochromatic. These purples are so cheerful, they make me smile. 

I used Judikins Diamond Glaze on top of the vase to make it look like glass. it is a fun effect. 

Here I made the vases look like terra cotta pots.

Varied vases comes as a stamp set or bundled with a punch. Personally I think it is a really versatile set. You can use it for almost any card you need.  

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pal's February Blog Hop .....Home To Roost

Good morning from Annapolis. 

Welcome to the Pals’ February blog hop. We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate”! Our Design Team created projects using Sale-A-Bration items to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

When I first saw this set in the Sale-A-Bration catalog I knew  had to have it.  Growing up we had two rooster lamps in our house.  When my parents moved in together they each brought one with them.  My Dad's is all white with a lovely maple base. Like he was  it is a classic, sturdy, functional lamp. Not too showy. It resides in my bedroom. My Mom's like she was, is very detailed and colorful. That one  resides in my Sister's living room.  February happens to be the month both my parents passed away in. On the 8th my Dad will been gone 11 years and on the 28th my Mom will be gone 8 years.  Creating this card felt like my little tribute to them.  I hope it brings you a smile. 

When I started to design this card I wanted it to be like those two lamps. Classic and functional with a little bit of show!  

I think I did my Parent's two lamps justice!  My card has  a nice basic background of layers. Real Red and Regals Designer Series Paper cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies. I added some burlap ribbon. (The one I used is retired but I included a link in the supplies for one that is current.)  My rooster colored up nicely with alcohol markers and since I am a Jersey Girl and love BLING I added 3 pearls in the upper right hand corner to balance the card out.  

Dad's / My lamp 
Mom's / my Sister Eileen's lamp

For the sentiment I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Heat embossing a sentiment gives it some dimension and makes it "pop", it is a favorite technique of mine.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

My Favorite Things: Birthday Cutie

Good Morning !

 Valentines Day cards are done and were mailed out! I did make a page for you to see them all. The link to that page can be found on the right.  Now that I have a little lull before I swing into Easter cards it's time to catch up on some Birthday and Anniversary cards.

The stamp set from today's cards comes from My Favorite Things. This company has really fabulous stamps. What they also have is a brick and mortar store!  My Top Dog Friends and I were able to take a "Field Trip" there back in November. I can tell you it was the highlight of my week. They let us wander around for hours collecting items to purchase. Their wonderful staff answered all our questions and they even gave us a tour of the back operations where all the stock is kept and orders are fulfilled. It is kinda fun to be able to picture in your mind where your items are coming from. If you are even in or near Eustis Florida go visit! 

Birthday Cutie is from the Pure Innocence Line. They are sweet and simple people. The best way I can describe them is a modern version of Precious Moments with a little Holly Hobby.


I did three sets, so I could play with the colors, doing them monochromatically. Don't you love the watercolor wash paper? It is also from My Favorite Things. I have to tell you that I am quite a fan of their papers as well as their stamps.  You will be seeing more of them in the future, I received a nice stash today! 

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