Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Techniques: First Online Workshop!

In celebration of my VERY first online workshop

Kits for the month of MAY will be 40% off!
Instead of $20, they will only be $12!
Anyone with a $50 purchase will get their kit for FREE!
AND of course FREE SHIPPING (kits) to anywhere in the US!

What's new and exciting?
Not only will we be using new stamp sets from the new summer mini, I was inspired by the art of kirigami (from this awesome video) that I decided to mimic one of my own.

Kits this month will contain 5 card projects with envelops:

- card showing our support for national breast cancer awareness
- mother's day card with new kirigami pop-up technique (orders after mother's day will have cards containing a different message)
- trio of mini cards made with one of my favorite sets from the new summer mini (fabulous florets)

Check them out!

Set 1
Set 2

2 kit options will be offered:

option 1: completed projects by yours truly with step by step instructions (pdf file)

what's inside:
1. complete projects of the month
2. detailed pdf instructions

option 2: (for the full experience/joy of stamping at the comforts of your own home) kit will contain all the necessary consumable* materials you will need to complete each project with step by step instructions (pdf file)

what's inside:
1. pre-cut/pre-scored/pre-big shot cardstock for all projects (this month's colors will be whisper white, certainly celery, marina mist, pretty in pink, early espresso, perfect plum, and rich razzleberry)
2. embellishments (ribbons, dimensionals, blings)
3. pre-punched items
4. envelops for each project
5. detailed instructions to putting these together yourselves (all instructions will be e-mailed unless stated or requested - can be printed for an extra $2)

*because of Stampin' Up policy I cannot provide stamped images or stamp sets, inks, or any other non-consumable materials and therefore if you buy the second option, then you will have to provide your own inks and stamp sets.


Supply list:
(for those interested in the getting the kit for FREE, this will meet the requirement)

123027 fabulous florets :$17.95
123660 strength & hope: $13.95
100045 pretty in pink (stampin' write marker) :$3.50
100035 perfect plum (stampin' write marker):$3.50
105106 certainly celery (staminp' write marker):$3.50
119679 marina mist (staminp' write marker):$3.50
120970 rich razzleberry (stampin' write marker):$3.50
119680 early espresso (stampin' write marker):$3.50
118486 clear mount block C: $6.95
total: $59.85 (not including tax+shipping)
Only orders made through my website or me (e-mail or call) will counts towards this promotion.

Optional items:
115370 teeny tiny wishes stamp set: $36.95 (all stamped sentiment phrases in projects are from this set- will probably use this set for many more projects to come!)
101055 crystal effects:$6.25
104430 stampin' dimensionals:$3.95
119884 scallop square punch:$16.95
119849 modern label punch:$16.95
119871 3/16" corner punch:$6.95
119246 basic rhinestones:$4.95
119247 basic pearls:$4.95
114286 fine galaxy glitter:$13.95
119976 square lattice (big shot embossing folder):$7.95

Monday, April 25, 2011

Another Cake Story: Coconut Chocolate Cupcakes!

Last weekend was a blast! Went to visit my friends and we baked some delicious cupcakes, Picnic Day in Davis, Dexter mini marathon (Netflix!), and the History Museum in Old Sac + lunch @ Fanny Ann's Saloon.

Since this is a blog for my creative thoughts, I will not continue to bored you with the weekend festivities, so with that said, here are my delicious cupcakes:

Coconut w/Chocolate Frosting Cupcakes

Oh and this is what the cupcakes looked like coming out of the oven:I don't know about anyone else..BUT I

1. have never (ever) had such proportional looking cupcakes
2. am amazed it wasn't burnt to a crisp let alone look this perfect (I was so enveloped in watching Dexter, I forgot to keep track of time...)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In the Spirt of upcoming Earth Day

Trying to squeeze some creativeness into the week before I leave for the weekend.


Those 4 dozen of yummy cookies I needed to bake took longer than I had intended...of course if I had a regular oven, those would've been done in an hour (maybe 2) but having made everything in a toaster oven (yes, you read correct, toaster oven) we can take that time and triple it.


getting to the point of this post:
cookies baked but how to transport them to their owners...

1. don't want to spend money on packaging
2. don't want to just toss them into a regular zip lock (lame! Not to mention that looks awful, especially if giving it to other people)

my solution:

"Paper bag with some stamped image (Stampin' Up Volia stamp set, retired. Chocolate Chip ink) and scallop punched" (which I guess isn't a bad idea if I had paper lunch bags)?
but Nope!

If you've ever ordered anything from Stampin' Up you know there's a load of filler papers stuffed into the box....WELL it feels so wasteful to throw it all I put it aside thinking one day I can probably do something with it. ONE DAY has arrived! I put the cookies into a regular sandwich bag and then wrapped the filler papers around the outside of the plastic bag (after stamping it to give it a little more depth and BAM, we went from lame sandwich bag to something presentable. I guess I could've added ribbons instead of stapling...but I ran out of time. :)

Lesson: there's plenty of materials around us, just give it a little thought and we can turn useless things into amazing projects! Next time something is about to get tossed out, think about it, can it be reused in another form? This isn't to say you should be a pack rat and save everything but before tossing, think reduce, reuse, and recycle!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Respect the Creator

Please, if you are going to link my blog/pictures/videos, respect me and credit me as the creator.

Please don't claim this as your blog when it is NOT. I noticed yesterday that somewhere in a forum, someone had linked my blog as their own.

I'm pleased to hear that my work is worthy of being falsely claimed, but this is my work, so please respect that and give credit where it should be.

~thank you~
(maybe its because of my inexperience with online posting... but I don't take imposers/liars very well)

Shortbread Cookies!

Made another delicious treat this last weekend...I told my coworkers that baking/cooking is my therapy and then one of them said: "if that's the case, I'm going to have to piss you off more often..." hmmm...

Carrying on... (recipe here)
Shortbread sandwich cookies with dark chocolate nutella filling

People liked them so much I have 4 dozens to make this weekend! Well guess I have my hands full, good thing I'm taking "vacation" on Friday, not for this reason, but it helps. I'm heading out of town this weekend so no need to have "therapy" baking sessions; I get to go have some fun with my friends! :)

p.s. I got the cake ball gig! Will need to crank out 350 of those suckers sometime in August.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Making Progress: Clear Mount Conversion 1.0

First technique video!

It's not a stamping technique but more like a method to help save space.

synopsis: converting your unmounted (wood) stamp sets into clear mounts.
I hope you enjoy and find it helpful, there's also a follow up version to this but it will be released later.

The idea came about when I was converting my own sets, and let me tell you converting the teeny tiny wishes set...

to this:
took F O R E V E R...
these little pieces are hard to handle; SO glad that's done!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

dinner time!

I would definitely classify this in the random category but I had to take a picture because the colors were so gorgeous:my dinner (aka "lunch") I packed for work.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April Techniques

Busy weekend but well worth it!
Saturday I spent making cake balls and Sunday I went to a technique class (hosted by my upline). Crafts and baking, just the stress relievers I needed (badly!).

Enough of the blabbering, let's get this show on the road!
This month's collections:

Sew Awesome : a card for any occasion
stampin' up:
natural white, crumb cake cardstock
sew suite stamp set (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
you're a gem stamp set (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
very vanilla seam binding ribbon (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
first edition designer series paper (occasions mini, ends april 30th)

Back to Nature: a card just to take us back and admire nature
stampin' up:
marina mist, crumb cake, chocolate chip, and natural white cardstock
nature walk stamp set (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
rosettes embellishment (occasions mini, ends april 30th)

Blooming Spring: a card to welcome the new season
stampin' up:
whisper white, rose red cardstock
easter blossoms stamp set (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
decorative label punch (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
rose red seam binding ribbon (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
vintage flower adornments (occasions mini, ends april 30th)

Mother of Mine: perfect simple mother's day card
stampin' up:
baja breeze, whisper white cardstock
mother of mine a la carte stamp (occasions mini, ends april 30th)
paisley petals designer series paper (spring is blooming promotion, ends april 30th)

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Another Cake Story: Cake Balls!

Bad weeks at work usually results in an extremely messy kitchen and some delicious products:

My friend's coworker is getting married and wants someone to make cake balls as party favors. Her original estimate was obscene especially since after I found out how they were made; no, I don't think so. Therefore I offered a hand. The concept was easy enough...but I've never made them before so thank god they turns out relatively decent :) there were a few cakes that were sacrificed in the process but being imperfect doesn't mean they won't fulfill their destinies. People at work will I'm sure appreciate.

Here are the samples I made:

Hope she likes them! More pictures under yummy galore section
(then I'm going to have to make 350 of these suckers...what will I be getting myself into...)