Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just Buzzin' By

As promised, here is one of the brand new stamps sets from Stampin' Up's Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog. I think it is pretty cute. I comes with two other little bee characters and a few sayings, "just buzzin by to say..." and "have a honey of a day". I am participating in a swap of new pre-ordered stamp sets, I'll share those card fronts when I get them, but for now, here is mine. I hope you like it, I do. :)

Just Buzzin’ By Stamps with Basic Black Ink
Card Stock: Pale Plum, Barely Bannana & Parisian DSP
Markers: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac
Gable Green & Almost Amethyst (for wings under glitter)
Other: Ticket Corner Punch, Glue Stick, Two way glue,
Stampin Glitter, Snips, Word Window Punch

Monday, December 29, 2008

Snowed In and Snowed OUT!

OK, I do love a bit of snow in the winter but this has been ridiculous! Seattle was snowed in (it only takes 6-12 inches folks!) for about a week. I didn't think that we would be able to drive to Spokane for Christmas. At last we made it, took the window of opportunity and break in the snow and drove. We got there with one donut tire (yes we had a flat on the way) but in once peice. We then went to Les Schwab to get patched up only to find that we were driving on 3 bald tires and a donut!! SO LUCKY we made it! So $200 later we have two new tires and still two to buy (not optimal timining but the safety of the family is better). To boot, Spokane & Coeur'd Alene had beetween 2 and 3 feet of snow. The morning we left (again window of opp) we had to dig out from the fresh 6 inches that had fallen and chain up. Here we are again and all SNOWED OUT, I am good for at least a year folks. You?!?!?

Meanwhile, you would have thought I would have gotten some new posts up but I was busy chasing my daughter around and having battles with snow shovels, sorry! I will have a few new ones this week though, so stay tuned.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

My first craft fair!

I did my very first craft fair last week. I was very ill with the respitory cold/flu including sinus infection, ear infection and asthma, which sucked but I did OK sales and it was fun anyway. It was actually funny when one girl literally did a u-turn when I coughed, but she worked with patients at the SCCA, so who can blame her. Here's a pic. :)

Candy Kabob Stocking Stuffer

These candy kabobs make GREAT stocking stuffers or small gifts for kids or friends. Better yet they are soooo easy! I am noting doing a step by step with pictures, but you don't need it.

1. Go to store & buy holiday candy (gummy kind) of your choice and wooden kabob skewers. You will also want some kind of bag to put around it, I got mine at party store, clear party favor bags.

2. put candy on from pointy end leaving enough room to tie off the bag at the top. (my bag was about 6 inches, so candy goes up 5"). This can be messy, so be prepared!

3. Using elastic cord (I used silver SU! cord) tie the bag snuggly closed to preserve and protect kabob.

4. Trim the top of the skewer using wire cutters (I didn't want a long end).

5. Using your chosen stamp (I used SU Deer Friends set and Chocolate Chip Ink) stamp image on plain colored cardstock (I used real red). Cut out with 1 3/8" circle punch. You will need to do two- one for each side.

6. Take patterned paper and punch two scallop circles. Adhere circle to scallop circles.

7. Using sticky strip on both backs of the scallop circle put on either side of the end of the kabob and adere to one another.

Wallah! A tasty treat anyone would enjoy! I would like to thank Andrea Walford for this fabulous idea!

Sorry about the late posting and the poor picture quality. I have been very sick and wanted to get this up as promised, thus I had to rush around and ended up taking the photos with my phone.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Donate to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Hey All. My friend Jen is doing a race/fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. She recently had a trivia night to raise some of that money. She commissioned me to make a handful of Thank you cards to give to those that helped her organize. I made the cards trying to keep them gender neutral so they could be for male or female, shown below.

Meanwhile she just finished the Seattle 1/2 in preparation for this event. Here is a picture of her at the end- in AMAZINGLY good spirits (I would cry...if I made it that far). Her fundraising goal for the upcoming race is $3800- whoa!! Luckily she is only a few hundred away! I thought you all might want to donate to this cause. If you feel so inclined, click the link to go to her page and donate: http://pages.teamintraining.org/wa/pfchangs09/jbrownddsk. You can also check out her blog at http://www.seejbrun.blogspot.com/ to see photos of her running and trivia event. :)


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

He'll be comin' to town

Oh I just love this card for three reasons: 1) I think it is cute and it makes me feel young 2) used a new technique 3) I made it with my dad over Thanksgiving and he made one too. :)

I used a masking technique and a sponge for the clouds, aren't they great?! Thanks Andrea Walford for the tutorial!!! I embossed Santa in his sleigh with red sparkly embossing powder. This card reminds me of being a child and seeing Santa's sleigh in the sky. Whether he used magic or was guided by a helicopter, I will never know.....


Oh I just love this card for two reasons: 1) I think it is cute and used a new technique and 2) I made it with my dad over Thanksgiving and he made one too. :)

I used a masking technique and a sponge for the clouds, aren't they great?! Thanks Andrea Walford for the tutorial!!! I embossed Santa in his sleigh with red sparkly embossing powder. This card reminds me of being a child and seeing Santa's sleigh in the sky. Whether he used magic or was guided by a helicopter, I will never know.....


My Thanksgiving Table

OK, here is my thanksgiving table, I know it is a little late. I didn't have any plans to do this, so it was very last minute. The turkeys are made using SU's earth elements paper and punches. The leaves are from the Big Shot die cutting machine. The side candles were something from William Sonoma several years ago. The center candle was a simple tin bucket, wrapped in orange tissue (like you would pack a glass if you were moving) wrapped with some SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon and a candle in the middle. Wa-lah!

Whoops, didn't mean to upload this one on here, but I am sure you don't mind. :) This is a pic from earlier in the day. Sophie's hair is in pigtails for the first time. I love it, want to do it all the time, but it came out pretty quickly. She doesn't have quite enough hair yet.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stamp-a-stack card

Here is another one of my stamp a stack cards. You can't see the detail here, but there are snowflakes in the background behind the penguin. I used the Punch Pals set, which I borrowed from a friend, I really LOVE this set. I wish I owned it, one day... :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

More Craft Fair Items

Here are a few more items I have made for the FHCRC craft fair.

Stockings, perfect to put some mini candy bars or a gift card in (a hershey bar fits width wise, but is too long)

Bags of assorted of holiday tags, mini bucket votives (these have candles in side and rub on on the outside with some ribbon on the handle), and more altiod tins.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mini-Folio gift for friend

I made this today, mini-folio gift for a friend. It was fun, and I would love to know what you think.

Open it up and there are four pockets. The first pocket has a mini album. The second has a frame. The third has a note pad. The fourth is open.

Card Stock- Certainly Celery and Pink Priouette
DSP-Bella Rose and Urban Garden (a few tiny peices of retire Bali Breeze)
Stamps-- Dreams Du jour and Organic Grace
Ink- Old Olive & Versamark
Other- Rose Pink Ribbon (retired), Satin Kiwi ribbon, Rub-ons from the 2008 summer mini, sticky strip, ticket corner punch, Scallop Square Frame, Green/pine embossing powder (non-SU).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Create a Calendar 2009 Class

Heather and I are doing this great create a calendar class. She provided pics of her calendar for me below (THANKS Heather!). Please feel free to join us, details are as follows:

Friday, December 12th
5:00 - 8:00 pm
$15 for one or $25 for 2
Seattle/South Lake Union location
RSVP with pre-payment by 12/4/08 to guarantee your spot
If you can't attend I would be happy to send you a kit (**you will also need to pay shipping)

Number of Calendars

Workshop to go: $20 (plus $4.75 shipping if applicable)

Completed Workshop: $25 (plus $4.75 shipping if applicable)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Craft Fair Items

I am getting excited for the Fred Hutch Craft Fair! I have been very busy making a variety of things. Here are a few (left to right, back to front):

Box in a Bag
6X6 scrapbook pages
Post it holders
Holiday blocks
Decorated Tins

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy Birthday

SU! is 20 years old. They are having specials each month, in October the special was on Birthday sets. Of course I got one, did you have to ask?! Here are a few fun cards I made with that set.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thank you's

Sophie recently graduated to a 1-5 year program at the daycare. She was sad to leave her under 1 teachers., so here is a fun thank you I made them and gave them along with so donuts.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SBS Fall Fun

Here are some of the great things I saw at the SB Stampers Fall fun Event:

Check out the 3-d items. The ones on the right are for the 3-D swap. Can you believe someone made the snowglobes?! Brilliant!

And here is Heather giving a presentation. :)

Finally, here are the fun make and takes I made.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Stamp a Stack Preview

This is one of three cards I plan to make at my stamp-a-stack on Nov. 22nd.

If you haven't signed up, contact me today- katieannbrooks@gmail.com - I still have a few spots left. We will be making 15 cards (5 each of 3 cards) for $18! You also have the option to add on a keepsake tin with Holiday cards for an additional $5. These items are great to give to family and friends, my family always appreciates something I make.

RSVP with 1/2 deposit by 11/13. (This allows me to order supplies.)

Oh and please let me know if you have any questions.

Star Album

I know i promised at least 3 posts, I am trying for four, but I am getting worn out for the night.... This is a star album I made, check it out. I am planning on having a class on this on December 14th.

Sophie's First Birthday!!!!

Here is my precious little girl on her first Birthday. I had intended to keep the party small and easy but alas, I got carried away. But who cares, it was so fun! We had a lady bug theme so she could wear her costume again. We did red balloons with black dots, red streamers, and a lady bug cake, even a few ladybug hats which was a lucky find. Her friend Samo was there dressed like Batman. He is at the bottom.

Check her out trying to open presents with her teeth- girl knows what's up. Then cake galore! Lastly play more with presents. I love her so much and am so glad she had fun!

nana-nana-nana-nana-Batman! Oh, and I forgot to mention, Batman (our hero) saved the helpless ladybug by assisting in opening presents and blowing out candles. He is soooo strong! :)

Older items first

OK- here are a few of the pages I did for my friend Bree. This was a gift for her bridal shower. Yes, the same one I helped with the favors and the beautiful wedding flowers you saw. It was a fall wedding with pink bridesmaid dresses but the main focus otherwise was orange. I had fun with these colors. Hope you like!

A Whole Slew of New Stuff

OK, I know I am not good at keeping up on my blog but I have been busy. In fact, let me give you a run down on my week:

My mom and psuedo-Aunt were in town for my daughter's first birthday. It was a wonderful event and I have pictures to share. She ate all her cake up and just kept going like the energizer bunny until we decided to just put her down and she crashed with out one peep. Everyone had fun and enjoyed watching her play. Especially Samuel, who is two and helped her open her presents. Then, when the party was wrapping up, I felt sick. I thought it was because I hadn't eaten much besides cake, but it turned out I was getting the flu. It hit full strenght by Monday afternoon. I even laid down on my office floor. Later in the evening, I had a temperature and chills (forgot how much fun they AREN'T). To be honest, I am a baby when I get sick, I sit around and moan. I stayed home Tuesday and started to feel better. Then W came, I am home with the Bambino- wait strike that- toddler!!! She has her year check up, gets shots and is needless to say very upset. To top that off, she recently moved to the "Big Kids" daycare and we are weaning her off the bottle. She was miserable yesterday, poor girl. I did feel sorry for her, but I also started feeling sorry for myself (poor me). Then Jeremy came home and took over for a while. So that is the long version of why it takes me so long to post.

Things are looking up though. In face, this evening I plan to put at least 3 new posts up if not more. So be on the look out for some great new projects I have been making.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Holiday Place Settings

Each place setting includes a napkin ring, nameplate, favor, and confetti - all based on the same template. Just for Studio 5 viewers, Stampin' Up CEO Shelli Gardner shares the design tricks that give that template three terrific twists. Here is a sample of what the video has to offer!