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Scalloped Turkey

One of my fellow SUDSOLer, Carol Taggart posted this scalloped turkey the other day on our demo web site. I just love him to pieces. He does have that deer in the headlights look though…wonder if he knows he is on the menu?

The gobble stamp is from the pictograms stamp set…this was the first stamp set I ordered from the Fall/Winter catalog…as it was my absolute favorite of all the new stamp sets…doesn’t take much to get me excited about stamps! There is so much stuff in our Stampin’ Up! catalog it seems like every time I open the book there is something there I hadn’t noticed. These pocket notes are hidden away on page 169. Comes with the cutest envelops.

Its not too soon to be thinking about making your valentine creations….give me a call/email and we can schedule a workshop to use these and other little note cards that are particularly fun for Valentines day.

Have you ever wondered how I come up with all these cards and projects we do every week? As most of you know I like to have everything organized…I’m not saying that I stay organized its just that I feel more productive when everything is in a nice neat package. Well it turns out that creating is not a neat process.

I thought that I’d share with you my “saga of a pine tree card” to illustrate how this card develops.

Step 1: I read an email from a group of online demonstrators I belong to “SUDSOL.” In the email one of the demonstrators related about how she had a Christmas Stamp a Stack: “Last year, everyone’s absolutely favorite card was so easy, but looked incredible. It was just the evergreen from Lovely as a Tree. I used confetti white card stock, and we colored on the stamp with watercolor crayons (Night of Navy), spritzed with water, and stamped until it was dry. We stamped
“Peace” (I think) on the bottom in silver and layered to Night of Navy and Bashful Blue card stock. That’s it. They’re still talking about it.”

Step 2: That’s enough, she’s got me, I’ve got to try this! I go to my stampin’ closet get out my stamps and crayons and paper. Let’s see pine tree stamp is x by x cut Confetti paper slightly bigger than the stamp…oh oh that doesn’t am I going to get more than one tree on there. Cut more paper. Shoot while I’m cutting paper might as well cut up about several pieces for the top layer that way I can experiment.

Step 3.0: Color stamp with Night of Navy crayon, spritz and stamp and stamp again and again. Yech, looks blotchy. Get another piece of paper.

Step 3.1: Color stamp with Night of Navy crayon, spritz only this time do 2 squirts intstead of 3 and stamp and stamp again and again. Not so blotchy this time but not something that really that screams Wow.

Repeat step 3 several more times. By now I have navy blue trees stamped on both sides of all the confetti card stock I’ve cut out.

Step 4: Mess around with various colors of paper for the matting and card. Pull out silver, bashful blue, night of navy–decided that the new Basic Grey might look good…get some of that from my stash. Decide on paper.

Step 5.o: Mat the the best of the samples on night of navy cardstock and then finish off the card with more matting and stamping a greeting from “Hugs and Wishes”

Step 5.1:  Darn I used night of navy craft ink for Warm Wishes and smeared it…get eraser out and try to clean it up…doesn’t look too bad.

Step 5.2:  Stamp Warm Wishes in Basic Grey on other “good” sample

Step 6: I figure I’m doing something wrong here. Although both of the versions I are OK, I’m not really excited about them. So I upload the photos to SUDSOL and ask for some help.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Pine Tree Saga as my SUDSOL sisters look at my samples and give me some advice.

So here are the two samples I posted on SUDSOL:

Try 1 Try 2

Pumpkin PoopMy friend Susie and I played this afternoon with my stamps. We made about 30 little pumpkin poop packages. She is going to take some home with her to Sacramento and present them to some friends that will probably think she has lost her mind! I’m going to take the rest and run around like a little goblin attaching them to doorknobs! You can click on the photo and see a copy of the poem on the reverse side of the poop packet and also the recipe for the project.

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