Beginning a New Journey!

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Hello my friends! It hardly seems possible that it has been more than a year since I last updated this blog. So much has happened in that amazing year. Over the next few weeks, I plan to fill you in on some of the highlights of that year, as well as to give you a glimpse at the results of some of the creative energy that I have expended. For now, suffice it to say that I am so incredibly blessed!

On-Line Crop Party - Fun Folds

3/08/2013 09:00:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »





Welcome to my challenge in Scrapmaster's Paradise On-Line Crop Party. I am delighted to be a part of the fun and excitement! Samantha has fun and prizes over at her blog, including a new challenge every hour. One of the things that I like to do is to make cards with different folds. For this card, start with a standard 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 card base. After folding it in half, trim 1/2 inch from the long edge of the card front. This will accommodate the "bonus card". For the extra card, I used the Spellbinders Labels 9 (available at the SP&Co store). I cut and folded a smaller piece of cardstock, and placed the die so that it cut the shape, but kept the fold. For this card, I used SP&Co stamp sets Lucky Day, Mix 'n Match Sentiments: Basics, and Vintage October: All Zipped Up. Try this and follow the instructions at Scrapmaster's Paradise.

I can't believe how much time goes by between my blog post anymore. At a time in my life when things should be slowing down (my nest is now empty), I seem to be busier than ever. Between teaching, my involvement at my wonderful church, being president of our local PFLAG chapter, and a few other activities, I am blessedly busy all of the time! I still make time for stamping with my wonderful peeps, of course. I have also started a crafting day at my church and have led cardmaking workshops with the Kansas State University chapter of Society of Women Engineers (they needed a fun break from studying, and later made Valentines for hospitalized children). I am crazy busy, but life doesn't get any better than this! And someday I will learn how to format these blog posts without all of the weird gaps! Also, blogger has changed and I cannot get the hyperlinks to work, so here is Scrapmaster's Paradise: http://www.thescrapmaster.com/ and the SP&Co store: http://spandcompany.com/store/


Sue

Welcome to 2013

1/17/2013 12:15:00 AM Edit This 7 Comments »

Wow! I can't believe that it is already 2013! And almost a year since my last real post! So much has happened in the last year - so many blessings! And I really will start posting some projects. For now, I have one that I did (found the idea on Pinterest). I did a Children's Sermon just before Christmas, and I wanted to reinforce to the children that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birthday. So I made these cute little tealight birthday cakes and tied each box up with ribbon. I made 24 so that the kids each got one, but first got to hand them out to some of the people in church. The kids loved giving gifts to random folks! I didn't make them as decorated as I would have liked, but I made 24 of them. In one day. At a very busy time of year!


As I mentioned in my last post, we have a new granddaughter. Abbigail Lynn was born on June 1, 2012, joining big sister Addison (age 2). Their parents are my son Andrew and his wife Alison. This year, I will once again be blessed with a new granddaughter, as my daughter Sarah and her husband Travis are expecting in mid-June. The new baby will join big brother Coltin (age 4) and big sister Adelyn (age 3). June will also be a special month because my daughter Bree will be marrying her beloved Sabrina. I am so excited to be planning such a joyous wedding with them. I am working on ideas for the invitations, etc.!










Just an update

10/22/2012 01:24:00 AM Edit This 3 Comments »
Hi All! Just a brief update. I am alive and well and busy doing everything except blogging. I plan to start up again and show you some of what I have been doing. I have somehow acquired a few new stamping toys and have been playing with them. The fall semester of school is in full swing (act ually, past mid-term) and I love my classes.Take care, and check back in the next week or so for:
-some fun techniques and creations
-an update on my family (I have a new granddaughter)
-maybe a surprise or two

Sue

Another Post and Another Technique

3/11/2012 11:00:00 PM Posted In , , , Edit This 9 Comments »

As promised, I am back for the third day in a row. I know, you simply cannot believe it! I have a few fun things to share with you today. First, as also promised, I have two more shaving cream cards. The first one is dedicated to Sunghee Chon of Little Potato Studio. A couple of weeks ago, she had some blog candy - the "Just Because" stamp set from a*muse studios. And I won! It is a gorgeous stamp set and I was thrilled to win it. I made this card using that beautiful set. I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black on the outside, and repeated them with blackberry (a*muse) on the inside. If you like it, give Sunghee a little love, because she is a kind and generous soul.
The next card uses more of the shaving cream paper. I stamped the large image from "Sunny Side of Life" (at least, I think that's the name). I also added some of the butterflies and the sentiment. Can you see that I love butterflies?The next project I have was inspired by a project that I saw on Carolyn's Creative Corner. I stamped an image from a*muse "Charming Gardeners" (one of my absolute fave sets) onto scratch art paper with VersaMark, then embossed the image with sparkly gold EP. I then carefully scratched the black off of the inside of the flower images to reveal the colors. Next, I used clear EP over the entire sheet to keep anymore black from scratching off. I was so excited that I made another, and it is quite different. I cropped the papers and made them into simple cards. I absolutely love these and can't wait to do some more. If you decide to try it, let me know so that I can see what you come up with! Have a great week, my friends.

SWS #11 - A Little Mess - But Big Fun

3/10/2012 11:00:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
Hi! Thank you for stopping by. Did you remember to spring forward with your clocks? I sure hate to lose an hour of my weekend. Today's post is really fun stuff! This week's challenge is using the shaving cream technique to create beautiful unique paper. You can check out Sami's blog for instructions on how to do this. It is a bit messy, but it sure is fun. I used the reinkers that I could find (I have a lot more, but can't find them - am I the only one with this problem?).
Here is a sampling of the papers that I created with this technique. They are all so different, and I can't wait to make more.I used one piece to make a CAS Easter card using the SP&Co Happy Easter stamp. Added a little bling, and voila!Be sure to give this technique a try, and link your project to the SWS blog. Sami always has a special prize to give away, and we would love to see what you can come up with!
And be sure to check back here tomorrow to see another shaving cream card and another beautiful technique. In the meantime, have a great day.

Welcome to the SWS March Blog Hop

3/09/2012 11:00:00 PM Posted In Edit This 21 Comments »
This month's color is Green in honor of St. Patrick's Day! After you're done hopping around today, make sure you play along with this month's Green challenge (click here for details) for a chance to win some awesome SP and Company prizes!

Join us for our Release Celebration that is happening today and tomorrow on the SP Forum HERE. You can talk to all of the designers, discuss projects and chit chat with other stampers!

Don't forget that the random prize patrol is watching so leave a comment on every blog to be eligible for the prizes!! The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning something fun!

Here is my card for this month's release. I used the Mustache Madness stamp set and My Mind's Eye Dilly Dally paper (available in the SP&Co March kit). I pushed the envelope on green as a color, and leaned toward blue, but I love this color! To soften the mustache, I inked it with pigment ink, and then dabbed the stamp with crinkled plastic wrap. I like how it turned out, don't you?

Make sure you check out the SP Blog to see what Samantha did with the new stamps! We also have the Stamp Team and the Challenge Team teaming up today to show you lots of amazing projects with the newest stamp sets!

Here is the list of designers that will inspire you today:

Lori
Chrissie
Susan
Tella
Vicki
Kelli
Jen
Michelle
Patchi
Stephanie
Patty
Amber
Britt
Bonnie
Tamie

Well, Here I Am.......Finally!

3/06/2012 07:48:00 AM Edit This 5 Comments »
I am so happy that you stopped in to say hello. And I apologize for being missing for so long. Let's just say that life sometimes gets in the way of everything and leave it at that. For the record, I am fine and so is my family, so thank you for your concern!I have a few cards to share with you, and I promise a "real" post soon. The first card is for this week's challenge over at SWS - St. Patty's Day. I used some stamps from SP&Co, which you can check out here. They have a wonderful selection of high quality stamps made here in the good old US of A.My next cards are from previous challenges: embossing (CAS card with a background and a simple sentiment and some scoring - stamps from SP&Co), and a nice masculine distressed card.
I hope that you are well and happy. Take care, and stop in again on the 10th for the reveal of some new SP&Co stamps!

February Stamp Release Blog Hop!

2/09/2012 11:00:00 PM Posted In , , Edit This 28 Comments »
I have been so busy, and the time has been sailing by. But I just couldn't miss the opportunity to share in the fun of the February SP & Co./Scrapmaster's Paradise Blog Hop. I am so happy that you are here. If you are following the hop, you should have arrived from Bonnie's blog.
I want to show you how versatile this wonderful Journal This stamp set is. I know that it is wonderful for journalling those scrapbooking layouts, but I just haven't done much scrappin' in the past few years. So I thought I would give you another idea. Some of my stampin' friends made some wonderful card books, and I thought that would be fun. The book is made up of 12 envelopes (I used envelopes for 5.5 x 8.5 cards), one for each month. Each envelope has a place to list birthdays, anniversaries, and other events for the month. Then you can put cards in the envelope so that you are all set to get them out on time (something that I never do - LOL). I also used the SP&Co Circletastic Background and Round Sentiments I to decorate the book. I hope that you like it and give it a try.
This month's color is Bright Red! After you're done hopping around today, make sure you play along with this month's Red challenge (click here for details) for a chance to win some awesome SP and Company prizes!

Join us for our Release Celebration that is happening today and tomorrow on the SP Forum HERE. You can talk to all of the designers, discuss projects and chit chat with other stampers!

Don't forget that the random prize patrol is watching so leave a comment on every blog to be eligible for the prizes!!

Make sure you check out the SP Blog to see what Samantha did with the new stamps! We also have the Stamp Team and the Challenge Team teaming up today to show you lots of amazing projects with the newest stamp sets!

Here is the list of designers that will inspire you today:

Chrissie
Lori
Jen
Amber
Britt
Vicki
Kelli
Michelle
Stephanie
Patty
Bonnie
Susan (You are here)
Tella

SWS Challenge #4 and KSU Cards

1/22/2012 06:58:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »
Hi Everyone! I hope that your week is off to a good start. I haven't had much creative time lately, because I am in the process of decluttering. Let me tell you, after 30+ years in the same house, and raising 4 kids, we have a lot of stuff. Okay, okay, I'll admit it, a lot of it is from scrapbooking, stamping, and sewing. And, maybe after I declutter a bit, I will be able to find what I need (or maybe not).
So, I have a new SWS challenge, involving coloring. I wanted to do a lot more coloring. You know, some Copic, some colored pencil, etc., but that didn't happen. One of these days... What I did was a simple card (and I can't remember where I got this adorable frog). I love frog images. A little layering, and a sentiment from SP&Co., and voila! Check out Sami's website here to see what some of the other DT members have done. Join in on the fun, and you could win a gorgeous and versatile stamp set!I also have some note cards to show you. I made a set of 20 cards for my daughter, a proud KSU grad (Master's in Landscape Architecture). She wanted some thank you and some multi-purpose cards. These are just a few of what I gave her. I made them pretty simple and used a lot of scoring for decorations. I hope that some of what I have here today inspires you.
Have a great week, and be kind to yourself.