Monday, December 21, 2009

Helllllllllllooooooooooo!!! Are you almost ready for Christmas?

I am not really ready, but that is OK. After all, it isn't about if I am ready or not! :) We had some company for an early Christmas gathering on Friday, and ended up with a house full of sickies. The flu hit us bad over here! Alllllllllllllllll the way through till today. I have been worrying that I will get sick too and I can't get sick, I have things to finish up at work, but I can't worry about that anymore either. I did not get all the things I wanted to get done finished, but those things happen. I did manage to get two and a half trees put up last week though, and my class in Chicago area is finished, and I am done Christmas shopping, including the gifts for the giving tree at work. So I am pretty darn happy about that. Other good news for me is that next week I only have to work Monday and Tuesday, the rest of the week is FREE!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO, creativity, here I come!!! I am going to get started on a tag swap and an ATC swap I am in over at Scrapbook News and Review. If you haven't checked that place out yet, I highly encourage you to do so! It is fabulous.

I did finish up some more fun and festive tree placemats in the last two weeks, but did not get a chance to take pics. I will share the pattern I created for these placemats after Christmas, so you can work on some for next year. Alrighty? Here is a pic of one I did in September to remind you what I am talking about -

I also finished up some projects for Zutter, but can't share those quite yet. Even though I had very limited creative time in the last two weeks, I am pretty happy with the projects I did get done.

A reminder too, don't forget about the faboo crop at Citrus Tree Studio on December 31- Jan 2! It's gonna be awesome!!!

Well, I need to finish addressing my Christmas cards. I am so behind this year, yikes. Hopefully I will get them mailed before Christmas.

Have a wonderful and blessed week! Merry Christmas to you all!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A few sites to check out, I received a beautiful blog award, more projects, and a contest at Sketches ~ Creatively Yours.

Boy, every day goes by more quickly than the last, I swear! Does it seem that way to you too? I can't believe we are into December by almost a full week. WOOOO. Well, enough of that, time to talk about some fabbo stuff. First, if you haven't checked out this amazing and wonderful site, go give it a peek -
Scrapbook News and Reviews. Everyone is SUPER nice, and very inspiring. Tons of awesome projects and tutorials posted and a great forum. The magazine is running a special right now too - Cancer Awareness Special
Two-for-one special! Buy one annual subscription at the special rate of $39.99 and get a second subscription for free. Offer expires December 13, 2009. Doesn't this sound great? I am going to subscribe, if the magazine is as awesome as the website, I am sure it is fantastic.

OK, here is another site that I have been visiting off and on for a few months - Bad Girls Authentic Vintage Art. There is also a fabulous blog - Bad Girls Project 52. I finally had enough time to jump in and participate! Here is what I created for the Paperdoll challenge (go check out the blog for deets on what the challenge was)-

Close up of front (I bought a book at work during the United Way Used Book Sale, brought it home, carved it up, gesso'd the heck out of it, and Glimmer Misted it before I added lots of sparklie stuff)-

I received a gorgeous blog award from Robin over at Challenge Masters

Thanks a million Robin, that was really nice of you!

Here are a few of my Zutter projects for the month of December -

Christmas Organizer -

Inside the organizer (I covered and bound three large envies ~ To Do, Coupons & Misc., and Receipts, to keep everything in one place) -

A gift item -

A Christmas album mini made with some of the oh-so-faboo Fancy Pants stamps -

inside peek -

Close up of the stamped and embossed details -

I have a few tags I made for Sketches ~ Creatively Yours, and as soon as Ali gets them posted I will share them here. I used a digital stamp created by Gina Rahman of Your Special Delivery. It was fun to use, and easy peasy to boot. Make sure you stop by the Sketches Creatively Yours blog to see the digital stamps (there is a freebie offered!) and view the details of the contest that is currently running.

Well, I need to get my rear in gear and get some additional projects done. I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Some projects, including the Zutter's 12 Days of Christmas project

Hi there! How are you all doing today? Have you been scrapping or creating? I am happy to say that I have been scrapping, sewing, and crafting. :)
Here is my project I completed for the 12th day of the Zutter 12 Days of Christmas project -

Just grab some fabric, felt, and cardstock and go to town creating a banner for your fireplace mantle, or any other area of your home. Please join us at the Zutter site to see all the other fabulous projects for the 12 Days Of Christmas event, they were all faboo!

Here is a Thanksgiving project I recently did for a challenge, it took FOREVER to do, because first I had to make some pumpkin rolls as I had no pics since it wasn't quite Thanksgiving yet when I did the project, but they were delich!) -

Here is an altered wreath project I did for Challenge Masters -

Here is a layout I did with a sketch for Sketches - Creatively Yours about my granddaughter -

Here is the sketch if you would like to create a layout -

I am working on a rag quilt and crib bumper. Here are a few pics so far (before the quilt was washed and really ragged out).
Front -

Back -

Here is a sneaky peek of a project that will be posted over at the Zutter site soon -

I have a few more projects I have been working on, I'll share them next week. Hope you have a happy, scrappy, and creative week!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Check this place out! Plus a few cards I have created, and don't forget about the 12 days of Christmas Challenge at Zutter!

This fairly new site is absolutely awesome!!! Loads and loads of fun challenges and lots of inspiration!!! They are hosting a blog hop soon too! Check it out here - Challenge Masters You can join any or all of the challenge groups. I finished a card using the technique challenge, here it is -

Here is a card I did for a blog hop that Sketches Creatively Yours participated in -

This card has a little secret......

A recipe inside!!!

Here are a few cards I did for a card swap at Citrus Tree Studio (I have been in a pink and red mood, can you tell??? he he!) -

I have been busily working on a few projects for Zutter. The 12 days of Christmas Challenge is going really well too, wait till you see the awesome things the DT has cooked up! Check them out every day here.

I'll post some of my projects for Sketches Creatively Yours later this week. We have a fun surprise for you coming up soon too! Stay tuned for details. :)

Hope you all have a faboo week, I am off to work on a few more projects.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blog hoppin' and inspiration galore!!!

Hello everybody!!! I know lots of you are currently hosting or participating in different blog hops, and I wanted to let you all know that you should head over to Sketches - Creatively Yours blog starting tomorrow for a fun blog hop (I have a card posted and a delich sugar cookie recipe). Ali is participating in a blog hop, can't tell you more, but head over and take a peek. You can also stop in to visit Ali's personal blog for a fun sketch. Check it out here.

Currently the new sketch is up on the Sketches - Creatively Yours site, done by Ann, and it is a lovely sketch.

Lots of gorgeous interpretations, and here's my take on the sketch -

I also wanted to let you know that starting November 19- November 30 the Zutter DT and OZZ DT will be hosting a 12 Days Of Christmas Project Inspiration. Check the Zutter Ning site for details soon. Each day there will be a new inspiration project posted, and there will be prizes at the end for some lucky participants!!! 12 to be exact, and the prizes are oh-so-fun! Check out the info here. My project will be posted November 30. Hope to see you there!

Well, I am off to work on a few projects now. Hope you all have a faboo scrappy night! ~ Pam

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Blog Candy Winner, and a tutorial!!!

I have done a draw for the follower blog candy, and it is Jamilie!!!! Woooo hooo congrats! Please send me your snail mail addie, and I will get your prize mailed out to you this week. I did a second draw for a second little prize (not shown) and the winner of that one is Bearly Sane! Please send me your snail mail addie and I will get your prize out to you as well. Thanks to all of you that played along! Watch for another blog candy contest coming some time after Thanksgiving.

Now on to the card making tutorial I promised you-

Love you Forever Card Tutorial by Pam Sandy

I love the variety of rich jewel toned colors in the grosgrain and organdy ribbon Alexx Kesh offers. For this card, I decided to use 5/8" turquoise and white dotted grosgrain and organdy ribbon, as well as lime green organdy striped ribbon, brown satin embossed leaf ribbon, turquoise satin flower shaped embossed ribbon, a baby blue felt embossed flower, a blue and white textured fabric flower, a blue gem flower, and a white button, all products that Alexx Kesh offers. Please feel free to substitute things from your stash if you wish.

First - cut your cardstock base, an eight and a half by five and a half piece of Cardstock Warehouse white cardstock. Fold the eight and a half inch side in half to measure four and a quarter inches. Cut a turquoise piece of cardstock with decorative edge scissors to measure approximately four inches by five and a quarter inches. Adhere turquoise cardstock on top of white cardstock base. Cut a one and a half inch wide piece of decorative paper to go across the bottom of your card and attach.

Cut a piece of white cardstock 3 3/4 inches long by approximately three inches wide. Cut this piece into 4 assorted widths, keeping them similar in size. Adhere them on the right side of your turquoise base, staggering the placement.

Cut 3 pieces of green organdy ribbon for flower stems. Cut and tie "leaves" to 2 strips of green ribbon.

To make the 3 petal flower, cut a 7" piece of turquoise organdy ribbon. Starting at one end, sew a running stitch along the bottom of the ribbon, making two evenly spaced running stitch areas up to the top of the ribbon. This will form your petals. Draw the thread up tight and stitch ends of ribbon together.

Using the same basic technique, cut one 5 inch piece of turquoise and white dotted ribbon. Sew a running stitch along the lower edge of the ribbon only. Pull thread tight to form yoyo or rosette and stitch ends together.

Cut one flower from the turquoise satin flower ribbon (or use a turquoise flower you already have).

Place green ribbons on card base, as well as stitched ribbon flowers, placing the 3 petal flower on the right, and the yoyo flower on the left.

Add blue textured flower and layer felt flower on top on center green ribbon stem. Add blue gem to 3 petal flower, button on center flower, and glitter to center of satin flower.
Layer brown leaf satin embossed ribbon along bottom third of flower stems. You can add some snippets of the green organdy ribbon to the center flower for leaves if you would like. Place letters for card saying on right side of card.

All finished! Enjoy your card.

I will have a layout to show you the middle of this week. I used one of the fun sketches on Sketches - Creatively Yours. Make sure you stop back later in the week to check it out!

Till then, have an awesome crafty week ~ Pam

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Friday!!!

I am so excited, I have a Friday off!!! I am busy cleaning and arranging things in my basement for a card making pah tee that will be at my house tomorrow. I love having parties, especially when I have time to prepare for them! ;)

I have been busy scrapping and sewing. I have a few creations that I created with my Bind It All that I want to share with you. Here is a full view of a Thanksgiving wall hanging (I will be posting directions on how to create this on the Bind It All blog later this month, don't forget to check for it here) -

Here is a sneaky peek of a To Do list I made using some fun fabric and scrapping materials -

Finally, I have a sneaky peek of a little web addies book I made using my fav colors of red, pink, and turquoise and lots of textures -

Here is a peek inside -

You can view more pics of the projects listed on the Zutter site. Also, if you leave me a comment on the Zutter site that you would like the template that I used for the web addies inside pages, I will be happy to email it to you. It works really well for the 4 x 6 size Zutter page protectors, but you could also create a mini book using the templates (print and cut them out and bind into a book). Please take a look here.

Don't forget to sign up to be a blog follower! I will do the drawing this weekend. When I post the winner, I will also post a tutorial on how to put together this card -

Have a faboo happy crafty weekend!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lots of changes happening around here, Wooooo Weeee!

Well, tomorrow is my official last day over at Erica's Craft & Sewing Center. I will definitely miss the wonderful, wonderful people I have worked with the last two years. I have a new job that begins Monday, I am pretty excited about it, but wish I could take my coworkers with me. I will still help out at Erica's a few days next month, but after that I am done so I can pursue a few other creative things. It will be nice to have a bit of free time. :)

I am happy to say I am a member of the DT over at Sketches - Creatively Yours beginning November 1. Can't wait to play with the faboo sketches, I have a few ideas mulling around right now and as soon as I have a wee bit of time I will be scrapping away! Can't wait to work with the talented ladies over there, hope you pop over and say hello. My little grandson will be turning one on Sunday, and I am still finishing up a few party decorations. Not to mention his album! ;) Two weeks later his sister will turn two. November is a busy month around here! :)

Don't forget about the blog candy contest I have going. I will have to extend the date that I will post the winner until the end of next week since the next few days are very busy and chaotic, so I have also extended the date to sign up to be a follower until Friday November 6 at midnight (EST). I will throw a few more fun things into the prize package for the delay. Kind of like blog candy interest. :) Alrighty then? Don't forget to stop over at Sketches - Creatively Yours and say hello.

I will post a tutorial for you all next week too. Stay tuned! ;)
Have a fantastic weekend!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Holy COW, what a week!

Oh my word, the days just get busier all the time!!! It has been even more crazy busy around here the last few weeks. Cooper's birthday party is next Sunday, so I am trying to finish up some last minute projects for his album, and gather all the things together I made. With our lss closing (so sad about this!!!) I need to get the things I want scanned and printed dropped over there soon. I have Kaya's album to finish by November 15 too! I have lots more pics to cut and add a bit of cardstock to for the party on Sunday, and of course nothing is wrapped for the birthday boy (who will be one next Sunday, can you believe it???). Then there are those two crockpots full of chili I will be making for the party on Sunday too........... woooo, busy week!

Here is one of the last layouts I did about Cooper for my lss, it was a sketch assignment (isn't he a cutie???) -

I also have fun news I can't wait to share, but I can't do so until after the 29th. I am very excited!!!! Plus I am still working on table runners and placemats. I am just finishing my 6th table runner. Yep, that is right ~ 6 of those figgy pudding fabric tablerunners, and I love them all! Giving them away will be tough, but seriously, how many table runners made out of the same fabric, no matter how fun and fabulous, does a person need? ;)

I finished a nifty little project for Zutter today, can't wait till you can all peek at it on the Zutter site! Please stop by and tell me what you think. I will email you a little template I did for part of the project if you stop in and say hello. I am pretty sure the new projects will be posted this week here.

I am also starting to gather things together for the card making party with friends I am having at my house on November 7, can't wait for that, and of course it is going to be a busy week at work too.

Don't forget about the blog candy I have going right now. Deets are listed in the two posts below. Hope you all have a fantastic and safe week. I'll catch up with you later!

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How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!