Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy 6 month 1/2 Birthday Abigale!

Today Abigale is exactly 6 months old.  So, of course, she wore a tutu in celebration!

Photo is by Meagan Goepferich

These photos are obviously by me and my lamo-camera.  ;)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Christmas in July

July 24th      11:00 am
Please join me for my Christmas in July Stamp Class. You will get ideas for gifts you can hand create now in time for Christmas! See how you can use papercrafting supplies for MORE than just paper, too!
All supplies will be pre-cut and ready to assemble; please bring your own adhesive. Class is $8. Please RSVP by July 21 so your kit can be created!.
I will also have retired stamp sets and supplies for sale along with ordering specials for NEW PRODUCTS from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book!   Class is at 11 am, but open house for product purchases is open from 11-2 pm.
Join us for a fun gathering with girlfriends old & new!

Location is private home on north side of Lakeland, FL.  Address will be emailed to those that RSVP. 

For more information or to host a similar class or FREE party in your home, please contact me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hair Flower Tutorial using Sizzix Big Shot

I have finally been able to get back into the swing of PaperCrafting things!  After getting together with my upline and friend, the awesome Beckie Kareck, when she was visiting this area, I was inspired to try this flowering hair accessory.
Here is my Stampin' Up Big Shot with the fabric already loaded and ready to cut.  I learned that you can cut 8 layers of cotton at a time!! To make this project, though, you have to use synthetic fabric like polyester or nylon. Also, notice the Melon Mambo paper..used as a shim, it makes the die cut perfectly through, no ravels.
I used the Scallops #2 to get these 2 different sized scallop circles.  I used shear fabric with glitter and sparkly black.  This was hair bling for a wedding but I have since because comfortable with wearing it all the time.  Sequins in the daytime is hip right now, don'tcha' know. ;)
Now you want to use a surface that won't melt and I thought the bottom of a pot would be perfect.  And you need something long and heat resistant to hold down the scallop cirlces..which led me to a wooden spoon. Now get your heat tool [normally used for embossing] and put it less than an inch from the fabric.  YES, an INCH, not the 7 inches we normally tell you so you don't scorch your paper.  The point is to melt the fabric to get the rustic rough edge.  As it melts, keep moving the fabric with the spoon so you can heat around each edge. It might smoke but that stops quickly.  As many times as Beckie has done them, she said she hasn't had any fabric catch on fire yet! ;) 

This is the circles after melting each of them.

These are the supplies used: Fabric, synthetic I did 5 layers to get 10 scallop circles, of which I used 7 or 8.  Clear Rhinestone Brads.  The Sizzix Big Shot and the Scallop Circle #2 die, as mentioned before.  I then attached the finished flower to a hair pin by sewing but easily could have adhered it to a pin.

Okay, flash makes a bad close-up.  But you get the idea.  This is the finished product.
Finished Project in action in my "un-done bun" on the way to the wedding..
I am including this as one of the projects we are doing at my upcoming Christmas in July Stamp Class and Retired StampStuff SALE on July 24th..  More to come about that...I am back to blogging slowly. thanks for reading..tell me what you think.  Directions good or clear as mud?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The reason for my 6 month hiatus

So this is why I have been on a 6 month hiatus of my blog.  I do apologize but life is much busier with 2 babies.  I know everyone said it would be, but somehow I was surprised by it..  ;)
Abigale Dearie had her first breath on January 20, 2010.  After being induced twice [yes 2 times, and ask me about my VBAC!], we were so glad to hold her!  Do to the swine flu outbreak, children were not allowed in the hospital so Jesse met his sister at Gigi & Grandma's and he has loved her dearly ever since!  They are so good together and he warms my heart daily at how he cherishes her.

Their first picture together

7 days old with Jesse, mommy & Abigale

This one is a collage of Jesse's first week shot and Abigale's... "For this child I prayed"1 Samuel 1:27
Easter Family Pic at our church April 2010 ~3 months old

About 4 months old in MY dress.

 Dedication with 4 Generations: Gigi, Me, Abigale, & Grandma
May 2010

Little Sister :)  July 2010 5 months

Sweet Sleeping Baby July 2010 5.5 months [another of my outfits]

Created by Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio.  :)
Anyway, thanks for the reprieve.  Now I am back [though probably a little slower for now ;) ]!