Friday, December 28, 2007

Card Class Preview

I will be having a card class at Endless Ideas in downtown Muscatine on January 12th at 1:00pm. Here is a sneak peek at two of the cards we'll be making. The card on the left uses a cute Whipper Snapper cow stamp, and the sentiment on the inside says "moo-chas grass-ias". Ha!

The card on the right uses the new SU Embrace Life set, as well as the small flower punch. I am looking forward to this class! If you would like more details, please email me at chapinjennifer@yahoo.com.

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Flip Book

This project is one that my friend Cinda asked me to do. She owns the local scrapbook store and has a bunch of these little blank flip books and wanted me to do a class using them. I put this together the other night using the new Ginger Blossom paper from Stampin' Up!
This picture of my husband and I is inside the front cover. The black and white labels are 7 Gypsies brand.
The pages are all on the inside of the back cover and flip out as you pull the tab on the right hand side of the book.
Here on the very right edge you can see the pulltab stamped with the flowers from Spring Solitude.

I'm excited about how it turned out and it should be a fun class. Heading off to bed now.....snow is in the forecast tonight! :)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Some Christmas Gifts

Okay, so first off, I need some serious help with updating my blog on a regular basis...I just realized I haven't been on for a month! That is really going to be one of my new year's resolutions this year....update blog at least 3 times a week. Attainable? Hmmm, we'll see!

Well, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is giving out gifts, especially handmade ones. This year, I decided to give some of my regular customers some card kits for Christmas. Included were everything to make this card, except adhesive. I thought, you know, everyone can use thank you cards around Christmas time, so what better gift?
Here are the 6 finished kits in their cello bags. Man, I just love cello bags, they make everything look so professional and tidy! :)

Here's the finished product. I am really excited about being able to preorder this Level 2 hostess set, since I would normally never have a workshop big enough to earn one. Stay tuned tomorrow for an awesome flip book project that I will be teaching as a class at my LSS in January. Good night!

Supply List:
Stamps: Spring Solitude, small flower from Priceless
Paper: Bali Breeze, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Ink: Pumpkin, Black, Turquoise, Pink Passion

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, the turkey turned out wonderful. I borrowed a method used by Adam's grandma to cook the turkey all night in the oven at 275. Boy did it smell good when I got up! :) I pulled it all apart this morning, and now it's just hanging out with some broth over it until we eat. Yummmmm.

Anyway, the card above is one I'm thinking of doing for my Christmas cards this year. I have been so busy prepping for my Christmas card class and doing a scrapbook for someone at work, I have had no time to work on my own cards! That's OK though. I find I work better under pressure, lol!
Supplies:
Paper - Bashful Blue, Choc Chip, WW
Ink - Choc Chip
Stamps - Verve Visual
Other - White Organdy Ribbon from JoAnn's, Scallop and circle punches


This is one of the five cards we made at my 50 Christmas Cards Class. A bit labor-intensive, I found out! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Supplies:

Paper - Choc Chip, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Stamps - Star Studded Season, Simply Said

Ink - Soft Sky, Choc Chip

Other - Hemp twine, soft sky stitched ribbon, choc chip taffeta

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Turkey Day...almost!


Well, I have to say, tomorrow's Thanksgiving, and I have never been more glad to have 4 days off work! Whew! I'm looking forward to having everyone over for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and Friday, Stephanie and I are going to a 12 hour crop at Reminisce. Should be tons of fun!


Above is a card that I made for Adam's grandma's birthday the other night. I realized that I had no more regular sized envelopes left, so I made a square card! I like how it turned out, and I really need to use the Absolutely Fabulous set from SU more! :)
Supplies:
Stamps - Absolutely Fabulous, Stampin' Up!
Paper - Kraft Cardstock, Certainly Celery and American Crafts DP
Chipboard Star, Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon, Basic Grey file set, Basic Black ink

This is an anniversary card that I made also on the same night. Can you tell? :) I always think that anniversaries should be celebrated just as much as birthdays! This one was for Adam's parents. Another square card!
Supplies:
Stamp - AMuse
Ink - Real Red
Paper - Whisper White, Basic Black, American Crafts DP
Heidi Swapp acetate heart, staples, Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon - SU!

Well, that's all for tonight, kids. See you later!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Christmas Card Class Preview

Hello! For those of you attending my class on November 1oth at 1:00, here is a peek at what we will be making. The first is a candle with a stamped band around it. Here I used the 5-petal punch along with the scallop circle punch to make this. This would be great to use for a holiday gift for someone, and inexpensive, too!
In addition to making 50 Christmas cards with envelopes and the candle pictured above, we will also make this square transparency card. Here I used white Stazon ink with the stamp set 'The Snowflake Spot'. Everyone will also get a square stamped envelope with this card. I will definitely have lots of good snacks, and everyone will get a Christmas gift from me, too! Cost is $45 with a $15 deposit due at sign-up. Let me know if you would like to attend -- I have 4 spots left. I am looking forward to it -- it should be a fun afternoon! :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My little baby....

Here's my little Hunter, just chillin' with me tonight after work. :) Actually, more like begging for some of the cheese and crackers I'm eating. He likes cheese. Guess he takes after his Mommy. Ha!

I am trying out a new casserole tomorrow for lunch, a mexican chicken and rice recipe. So if it's any good, I'll post the recipe.

Just got the new Crop in Style XXL tote today from Hobby Lobby with a coupon. Now I'm excited to go to my next crop! :) It's freakin' HUGE! No more lugging around 8 different bags for me!

I miss Adam. That's the bad part about working evenings, that I never see him. Except for when he comes home for lunch. Woohoooo.....but on a better note, looks like I'm scheduled to work days for the next month at least, so I can have some sort of normalcy!

Just sent out an email today for my Christmas Card Class on November 10th, so hopefully I will have a good turnout! The class I had on World Card Making Day was fun. We are planning on doing 50 Christmas cards with envelopes, plus we will make a stamped candle gift and a transparent snowflake card.

That's all for now. Time to hit the hay. Good night!

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Cheesecake Factory!

All that I can say is --- now I can die happy. LOL! There's me in front of the Cheesecake Factory restaruant in Des Moines. If we were going to drive all the way to Archivers, then we just HAD to go there. :) It was soooooo good!

Here's me and Stephanie at the restaurant. Phew! What a long day. Fun times, though!

Happy Fall!

Just thought I would post real quick before I go to bed tonight. I'm trying to stay up late since I'm working 2nd shift tomorrow. :) But I just had 6 days of vacation, so I can't complain, right?

The wall hanging pictured above was part of a class my upline, Lisa, had this weekend. She is doing seasonal wall hanging classes, and when we're all done, we will have 12 - one for every month of the year! This Happy Fall one was actually for September, but I liked it so much I will probably use it the rest of the month. Cool!

I have also been busy the last couple of days working on a scrapbook for a friend I work with. She hired me to do it for her daughter's 18th birthday, so I have a big job ahead of me! :) I am actually enjoying it a lot, though. It's kind of refreshing to scrap someone else's life and not have to worry about the journaling part. I will try to get some pictures posted tomorrow, because I am really happy with how the pages are turning out so far.

Nighty nite!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Some of my newly acquired goodies

This was probably my most exciting find. I have been looking everywhere for these Scenic Route chipboard letters and finally found them! Woohoo!
Chipboard letters, Thickers, new Doodlebug letters, Versamark pen. Sakura glitter pen, glue pad, Doodlebug sugar coating, twill from MME.
The new 'Recess' line from Basic Grey and some Reminisce fall paper.
I LOVE Scenic Route's paper!

I always have to have some new star paper. And these circle templates are awesome for placing brads with.


Some new idea books.


Karen Foster Halloween brads.


We drove all the way from the convention center to West Des Moines to get this "free tote bag", as Archivers called it. Ha! More like a ziploc bag! :) We did also get $5 off coupons, though, so I can't complain too much.



Flock from Archivers. Haven't used this stuff yet, but I'm excited to!

Calendar paper from Archiver's. I am planning on making one for my grandparents for Christmas this year. :)


Archiver's make and take. Cute card!


Some new patterns from American Crafts. I can never resist their paper!

Back from Convention!


Well, we just got back from the Midwest Scrabooking Association's convention in Des Moines last night. It was a fun day! We got to see a ton of cool products, and do some fun make and takes as well. Here is a cute gumball machine turned button dispenser. How cute, right? I will post some pics later today of all the cool goodies I got.


This ribbon display was just beautiful!


Here is a picture from the SU display.


And another.


Here is some of the new Sugar Coated line from Doodlebug. Very cute!


Some more from Doodlebug.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Some more goodies from class/camp


Here's a card from last night's monthly stamp class with my upline, Lisa. The 'Boo!' is actually cut out of the Creepy Crawly DP. Cool!


This was also one of my favorites. I love the punched circles along with the eyelet and the ribbon. Cute! And did I also mention that I am really wanting this set (Autumn Fest) now?


This card was probably my very favorite. I really need the spiral punch now, because I am seeing a Christmas version of this card with a snowflake instead of the leaf. Hmmm.....my SU order list just keeps growing! :)



I didn't actually get to attend Lisa's camp this month because of my work schedule, but she did give me a sample of all the goodies which was so sweet of her! This card uses the 5 petal flower punch, along with the 3 flower punch to achieve a tone-on-tone effect which is lovely! This is River Rock cardstock, in regular and linen textured.

Thanks for stopping by!

Yet another day of procrastination....

Don't you just love these notepads? My upline, Lisa, did these at her stamp camp this month. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go, but she did give me all the goodies when I saw her last night! Yay! I also gave her all the cards from my class last weekend for WCMD. I am thinking this notepad idea might just be good for Christmas gifts too....hmmmm.... :) Lisa told me she got the mini-legal pads at Wal-Mart, so I need to go look for those tomorrow.

I also need to go to Cottage Corner up in Davenport to get some reading material for Friday. My friend Stephanie and I are driving to Des Moines for the Midwest Scrapbooking Association convention and I am super excited! I will be sure to bring my camera and share everything. :)

Still the wedding invites are looming over my head.....and the scrapbook for my co-worker....and some cards that a friend requested. Am I in over my head or what? Looks like it's gonna be a late night for me!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I'm still alive. :)

Yep I'm still alive. I have been so busy at work the last couple weeks that I haven't wanted to do ANYTHING when I get home at night. At least I'm on vacation this week so hopefully I will get something productive done! :)

Last weekend's class (my first one!) was quite a success! Thanks to all of you who came and made cards with me -- I had a lot of fun! I will be planning a 50 Christmas card class for the first part of November and another class in December -- not sure what that will entail yet. I ordered one of the Stampin' Up perpetual birthday calendars, so we'll see what I can come up with for that.

Tonight I'm going over to Lisa's for card class and I'm bringing her the samples from last weekend. I think she's got some goodies for me too! I need to make up some sample wedding invitations this week for my friend Cassandra who's getting married in May. I told her that if I did her invitations, it would be my gift to her.

I also need to work on a scrapbook that I'm doing for a friend at work. Her daughter's 18th birthday is in November, so I have to get going on that! Sounds like I should have busy week -- but anything's better than being at work..... lol!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Kristen!



We had Kristen's birthday party last night at my house and had a blast! Of course I had to get her some Jodi Picoult books -- which she is hooked on now too, thanks to me! I made a pot roast, and we had mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, honey carrots.....and tons of other food.

Tonight we're having a birthday party for Karen at Adam's parent's house. September is a busy month! I'm off to Hallmark right now for a last minute gift, and I still have to make her a card. Eeek! :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

World Card Making Day Preview!


I'm baaaaack! Whew, looks like I haven't posted for about three weeks! I have been busy with work, and also busy putting all these stamps together. There seems to be a never ending supply of that when you become a demonstrator! :) I am loving it so far, though.
For those of you coming to my class on October 6th, here is a sneak peek of 2 of the cards we'll be making. The one on the left is a Halloween card using the Spooky Skyline jumbo wheel and Home is where the Haunt is set. The card on the right is a Thanksgiving card (sentiment on the inside) using Year after Year and the flourish from Season of Joy. I'm super excited about this class -- it should be a lot of fun!
Well, that's it for now. We have some friends coming over for dinner tonight so I've got to get going on that. Bye for now!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

It just makes me happy!


Organization is just one of those things that makes me happy. I love these file tabs. If you want to know who to buy them from on Ebay, leave me a comment with your email address and I'll let you know. I also purchased ink pad labels from her and a cardstock ring with all the colors! Very reasonable prices, too! I got this file box on the cheap at Staples, $10 and $5 for the folders. What a bargain!

Kind of a lazy day....




Well, I'm dog sitting today......Adam and his parents are in Chicago for the Iowa game, so I volunteered to watch KC, my in-law's dog. I have to say that it has gone a lot better today than I thought it would! My beagle Hunter isn't always the most gracious host, and he gets a little territorial, but everything worked out well. Thank God for our fenced-in backyard! And squeaky toys!


I have been mostly lazy....since I worked til midnight last night, but I did get some things done today....including getting all my file folders ready for my SU cardstock. Oh, by the way, my starter kit is supposed to show up on Tuesday! I don't know if I can wait that long! :) I bought some SU colored filetabs from a lady on Ebay, so I'll post a pic of that in a little bit.

Anyway, about this card, I saw it on the SU demo website, and thought to myself, wow, I think I have everything to make that card! With a few minor adjustments, of course.


Supply List:
Stamps - Garden Whimsy
Paper - Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Ink - Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
Accessories - Dimensionals, White grosgrain, square punches






Monday, August 27, 2007

And all things Rachael Ray.....

So here's the picture of the two gag gifts my sister got me...that magnet is just too funny! (See below for the details on this...)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A good birthday.

This picture just cracks me up! We were over at my Mom's tonight for me and my stepdad's birthday dinner and of course Kristen wanted to go outside for a photo shoot. Right when we were taking this picture, Adam's like, "Oh my God! That chick's buttcrack is hanging out!" Just some random girl walking down the sidewalk......so of course I start laughing and he starts laughing, and yeah, you get the drift!

Anyway, it was a fun time! I got some money (thanks to Mom and Kristen who are enabling me to support my stamping habit :) ), a bottle of Baby Phat perfume which smells super-duper good! Plus I needed a new bottle to switch up with my Clinique that I have been wearing for years now...), a microplane grater (sah-weeet!), and some assorted other goodies.

The funniest gift was from my sister. She knows how much I love Rachael Ray (ps -- If you didn't know it I discovered her, duh!) and she got me this hilarious refrigerator magnet that has a picture of RR's photoshoot with FHM. AND......she got me the Rachael Ray kids songs CD. WTF? That just cracks me up! I'll post a pic of it later. That KP...she sure knows how to get the good gag gifts! :)

And yes, my mom made swiss steak, and yes it was DELICIOUS. I'm like, what do you put in this again? She's like, oh......just cream of mushroom soup and milk and Kitchen Bouquet. Ummmmmm, yeah. Too bad when I make mine like that it doesn't turn out like hers! I guess that's the home field advantage that all moms have!

But, I did bring two pies - banana cream and chocolate silk. Those I can do. And for all you banana cream pie fans out there -- here's my recipe, and bonus, it's super easy too! Good night!

Banana Cream Pie with Caramel Drizzle

1 banana sliced
1 ¾ C cold milk
1 pkg (4 serv. size) instant vanilla pudding
1 pkg (4 serv. size) instant banana cream pudding
1 frozen deep dish pie shell
1 tub French Vanilla Cool Whip
Caramel dessert topping

Bake the pie shell according to package directions. Arrange banana slices in bottom of crust. Whisk together pudding mixes and milk for 2 minutes. Gently stir in half of the cool whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hrs or until set. Top with remaining cool whip and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Just Scrap-tacular!


OK so when I very first flipped through the new catalog, I saw this card on page 148 and knew that I would have to make it someday. Well, today was the day! I just got home from a 6 hour crop at my LSS and didn't get very much accomplished....big surprise there. :) Too much talking and not enough working! Oh well, I had fun though, Oh, yeah, and the title of this post is a shout out to Adam....he's always making fun of me and my hobbies....lol!
I'm excited for tomorrow because we're going to my mom's for dinner for my (belated) birthday and my stepdad's birthday also. My mom is making swiss steak......one thing I cannot make like her for the life of me! So that was my request. And mashed potatoes....yum. Probably my all time favorite food, after cheese of course. (Now I can make mashed potatoes, mind you.)
My responsibility is dessert. Had I thought ahead, I would have made a cheesecake tonight and then it could have chilled all day tomorrow. I think it tastes better that way. But since I didn't, I will probably make banana cream pie or cake or......something, I really don't know. Guess I'll have to figure that one out in the morning. Good night!
Supply List:
Stamps: Big Blooms (retired), Polka Dots and Paisley and Absolutely Fabulous
Ink: Real Red, Blue Bayou
Paper: Real Red, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Whisper White
Accessories: Staples and dimensionals

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A shoutout to KP!


Okay so I was just going about my business tonight (posting more crafty items on Ebay - see the previous post) and my sister logged in to MSN and her avatar was this hilarious picture. I was like, send it to me now! She sends it to me and the title of the pic is "I'm a hick.jpg".
Too funny!
Plus, I note that she is too damn skinny. Now where did she get that from? LOL! Just kidding, KP, you know I love you! :)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I LOVE red roses :)

Surprise! Yesterday was my birthday, and I think Adam was feeling bad that he didn't get me anything. He called me at work last night and said that he was going to have flowers sent up to the floor, but the florist he called in Iowa City wouldn't take his credit card number over the phone. Poor guy! So today when he came home from work for lunch, he surprised me with these. Awwwwwww! I love red roses. They were the flowers we had at our wedding too. :)

Well, I finally sent in my paperwork yesterday to become an SU demo! I'm so excited and especially anticipating that HUGE box of goodies that Mr. Brown will be bringing me. I added on the option to purchase the scrapbooking stuff, which includes an alphabet set, a simply scrappin' kit, and an album (among other things). I have a lot of friends who are into scrapbooking and not card-making, so I think my first workshop will be a scrapbooking camp. Now I just need my supplies so I can start planning!

This week is especially good too because I had a four-day weekend. Just the right amount of time off that I needed, I think.

That's all for now, I'm off to work! :)


PS -- I forgot to mention that I am selling a ton of my non-SU crafting supplies on Ebay (and some retired sets, too) since I cannot demonstrate those items. Among which are a scalloped punch, clear stamps, and some nice Colorbox inkpads. You can see everything here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZchapin2508

If you see something that hasn't been bid on that you would like, email me at chapinjennifer@yahoo.com and if it doesn't sell there, it's yours! Thanks!