Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's For Celeste

Submitted by Michelle

Remember this little girl?

Halloween 2005

Well she looks like this now!
That's right.  She's 11 years old and growing up, even though I tell her it's not allowed!  Next year she will be off to Middle School.  I don't know if I'll be able to handle that one. Sigh.  Anyway, Celeste was over on Super Bowl Sunday and she wanted to make Valentines for her classmates.  She has always loved my dachshunds, especially Lucy who passed away last March.  In Lucy's memory, we created a card with her on it.  (Disclaimer:  This task would never have gotten done without my friend Carrie who came up with the card idea and helped me put them together.  Having lost my stamping mojo and all, I couldn't have done it on my own.  Thanks, Carrie!!!)
We used the Longfellows stamp set and some old designer paper to whip up 25 cards that Celeste could give to her friends.  The heart embellishments were purchased in January when I was in NYC.  I found them at the cutest and tiniest stamping store called, The Ink Pad.  

Even though Celeste is growing up, she's never too big for a cuddle on my lap.  (That's Zoe, our 12 year old dachshund, peeking in the background.)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Just in Time for Valentine's!

Submitted by Michelle

It all started with my friend Carrie.  She's always working on some sort of stamping project, and even though I feel like I've lost my crafting mojo lately, when I saw her Valentine Treats I knew I had to make some.  
Too cute, right?  I think Carrie made her treat bags in January.  That's how organized she is.  I left mine until the last minute because honestly, I wasn't sure I was up for the challenge.  I've been struggling with the blues since last Fall and have been working with my doctor and therapist trying to get myself back on my feet.  One thing I know for sure is that I hold myself to a really high standard and sometimes it is best if I just let go of things and give myself a break.  I don't have to make cute holiday treats just because I usually do.  So I waited and waited and guess what?  Last Friday afternoon I got the urge to go to WinCo, where Carrie says they have jelly bellys for cheap.  

Carrie was right on with her WinCo recommendation.  They had all kinds of bulk candies and TONS of jelly belly flavors.  I chose Very Cherry and Strawberry Cheesecake.
Yesterday I pulled out my clear, skinny bags from the stash in my craft closet and got working.  It didn't take long for me to get all the jelly bellys into bags and to create a cute topper for them.
I really enjoyed the process and am glad I have something to give my students this week on Valentine's Day.  Maybe the ol' mojo is on it's way back.  I'll just have to give myself the time to wait and see.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ready for Valentines Day

Submitted by Linda
Normally, Michelle and I are back and forth between LaQuinta and Claremont to stamp and craft together about once a month. With a busy fall and holiday season, it turns out that I finally got to the desert for a crafting day in January, six long months from the last time I was in LQ. (We did meet in Encinitas for some fun in November, so it's not as bad as it sounds). 

I bolted out of my classroom when the bell rang for the kids, and hopped on the 210 freeway. Of course I made a stop at Collective Journey and Party Plus, both in Redlands, but I beat the traffic and made it in time for one of Michelle's nice dinners.

Our objective was to NOT mass produce ANYTHING. So many times, we get going on a project (like tags, or Christmas cards, or volunteer gifts) where we need to make hundreds of something. This time we wanted to leisurely craft away, making one (or just a few) cards. 

Before I left, I had scoured Splitcoast Stampers for ideas (did you know that you can search their gallery by the stamp set that you have?). I had printed out a few ideas, grabbed a few tools, and trusted Michelle to share her paper with me.

Remember that scrumptious pink-red-white valentine's twine I showed you? Well, we used that again on this first card.  Hardly any stamping required (just a 'love' from the Valentine Defined set). We added an embossed dotty background, punched a few hearts for a happy clothesline of love!
For our next card, we continued with another clothesline idea, again using the Valentine Defined set, and adding some tags from the Tiny Tags set. I dug in Michelle's embellishments until I found this retired ribbon and Baja Breeze floral embellishments. A bit of white twine adds to the clothesline vibe.
This card we copied exactly from the idea, using the tulip border, and punching hearts and the background with framelets. Easy and so pretty!
I love this next one, because it really could be used for any occasion. We used the tree from Valentine Defined, and plopped it into the tea cup from Tea Shoppe. Michelle added the embossed Distressed Dots to coordinate with the tiny dots on the tea cup. Of course we didn't really think this idea up....but isn't it cute?
Now, to get them in the mail before February 14th!