Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 19, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

Today’s card design:



Chef is embossed with white embossing powder.


Card of the Day

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 18, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Today's Photo

For my “Shop ‘til You Drop” event, I designed several new cards that I’d like to share with you. 

All of the supplies used on these cards are from Stampin’ Up! – if you have any questions about the supplies or techniques used, feel free to comment or email me – I’ll post one a day for the next few days…

Here’s today’s card:



JOY Christmas Banner

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 17, 2008 in Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

One more Christmas craft that I created during my ‘craft frenzy’ – a “JOY” Christmas banner.

To create this project, I started with plain cardstock cut into triangles.  For the size pennants I used, I cut a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock into an 8 X 8 square then cut that into four equal triangles (it’s the easiest way I could think of).

I used chipboard letters to spell out the word “JOY” and added snowflakes at the beginning and end of the banner.  Because it was so long, I had a difficult time photographing this project – so here are several photos to show different levels of detail:





As you can see, I added scalloped patterned paper along the edges and various ribbons and pearls from the Stampin’ Up! Pretties Kit.  For an aged look, I covered the letters with patterned paper and sanded and inked the edges.  I also used large eyelets to reinforce the holes where the ribbon feeds through.

I think this is SO pretty…I can see hanging it either from a mirror, in a doorway or even on a mantle.

This week I’ll share some of my new card designs with you…


Christmas Countdown Craft

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 16, 2008 in Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

During my ‘craft frenzy’, I created a ‘Christmas Countdown’ that can hang on a wall or mirror.  I used one of the new Decor Elements from Stampin’ Up! for this project.

I started with a plain white canvas (literally), and added some Old Olive ink for an aged effect.

After struggling to apply the Decor Elements to the canvas, I finally read the directions and noticed that they are not recommended for textured surfaces such as this.  You can achieve the same idea by applying the elements to a piece of smooth, painted wood or even cardboard – but I wouldn’t recommend using a textured canvas for this project.

I am, however, happy with the results – but it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here (well…maybe not blood – but there sure were a lot of sweat and tears as well as a frantic phone call to SU! Demonstrator Support)…


I applied the numbers for the countdown to Old Olive cardstock (which was MUCH easier than the textured canvas!!!!) cut into ovals and backed with scalloped patterned paper.  The numbers are attached to the canvas with velcro – and I even adhered an envelope to the back of the canvas to hold the unused numbers:


I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the canvas to string ribbon for hanging.  That Crop-A-Dile will punch through ANYTHING!

One more Christmas craft tomorrow…


Simple Thanksgiving Place Settings

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 15, 2008 in Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

Today I’d like to show you an idea for a place setting/napkin ring for Thanksgiving using items you already have in your craft room.

For this sample, I’ve actually used a Halloween napkin (again, 90 percent off  at Target – it cost me 25 cents) – it’s the right color to show you the idea if you just ignore the bats and Halloween ghouls in the brocade pattern.


I took a wide brown grosgrain ribbon and tied it around the napkin, then added a Kraft piece of cardstock to use as a tag.  I stamped the swirl pattern from the Season of Joy Stampin’ Up! stamp set and inked the edges of the tag.

Next, I used a monogram initial from the Lovely Letters stamp set and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I used a circle punch then layered it onto scallop punch, using dimensional adhesive for some added interest.

I stamped a few leaves onto Old Olive cardstock, attached them to the tag and added the word "Blessings" on top – simple and easy.  I think it would also have been cute to add a bunch of twigs under the ribbon (but the weather was not cooperating with me the day I made this – they would have been some very wet branches!).

Here’s another cute place setting idea – using a chipboard ‘frame’, cover the piece of chipboard with patterned paper, add a photo behind and tie a ribbon through the top:


This could act as a place setting if you use a photo of the guest and add his or her initial instead of the stamped image I have here.  Or as I’ve made it, this could be a Christmas ornament or other small gift.

How about some more Christmas ideas tomorrow?


More Christmas Crafts

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 14, 2008 in Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

Here are a few more simple ideas for Christmas crafts…

I had a bunch of these tiny little silver tins that were actually sitting in my craft trash can (they were originally used for some bracelet kits that I purchased, but can also be found in the wedding favor aisle of most craft stores).  I picked them out of the trash (yes…I was trash-picking my own trash) and thought they would make cute little gifts for candy or mints:


Just a few samples – these are SUPER easy!   Stamp any image (color, if desired – I used the Mr. Twigster and Season of Joy stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! here), punch out with a circle punch and layer onto a piece of patterned paper punched with a scallop punch.  Tie a ribbon around the tin and you have a sweet little gift tin!

If these aren’t big enough to hold your gift items, you can try the same idea with a larger glass jar:


I took a piece of patterned paper and used it as a ‘belly-band’ around the jar.  It wouldn’t fit all the way around, so I actually cut two pieces and overlapped them on the sides of the jar.  I added a pretty red-striped ribbon and one of the new Stampin’ Up! Star Bright Designer Series Paper Ornaments from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I added a rub-on to the ornament and a piece of linen thread to tie it to the top.  To top it off, I also added a  circle of patterned paper cut with my Coluzzle to fit the jar lid.  How cute would this be filled with homemade candy or cookies as a gift for your neighbor or teacher?

And speaking of those Star Bright ornaments, for my display at the Shop ’til You Drop night tomorrow, I assembled several of the ornaments from the kit and have them hanging from a little Christmas Tree for my table:


These ornaments are SO easy to make – I’m going to offer them as make-and-takes at tomorrow’s event.  And not only do they work as ornaments, they also make great additions to gift packaging (as I’ve shown on the jar above).

How about another Thanksgiving idea tomorrow?


Christmas Frame

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 13, 2008 in Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

So yesterday I posted my Thanksgiving-themed frame – today I’ll show you another frame that I did with a Christmas theme (also using a 60 cent Target Halloween frame I found on clearance).


This frame is my own design – and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  All the products used are from Stampin’ Up!

Again, I removed the glass from the frame and started with a piece of Ruby Red Stampin’ Up! cardstock as the main piece.  I added some snowflake rub-ons in the background and also some white "Season’s Greetings" rub-ons directly on the black frame. 

I used my Sizzix machine with a Christmas tree die (you could also trace and cut any Christmas tree outline) and cut out three trees from SU! patterned paper.  I folded the trees in half and glued the edges together to make a 3-D effect.

Again, this is a very simple project – at the bottom of the frame opening, I added a few more strips of patterned paper and cardstock along with some additional rub-ons and a piece of HodgePodge Hardware with a few stamped letters spelling out "JOY". 

This would make a great, inexpensive gift – just keep your eye out for some more clearance frames (and you’d better get to them before I find them first)…

Tomorrow – another Thanksgiving idea…


Crafting Frenzy!

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 12, 2008 in Cards, Crafts, Other items, Today's Photo

In an effort to get ready for the WCK Walls School “Shop ‘til You Drop” event this Friday night (6-9pm in Pitman, NJ if you’re interested in stopping by), I have been in an absolute crafting frenzy for the last few days!  I am hoping to show some new ideas using some of the latest Stampin’ Up! products and stamp sets…and I had sequestered myself to my craft room for a few days… 

Tonight I have finally emerged and I’d like to show you some of the projects I finished.  I could do SO much more…but my family is hungry and wearing mis-matched clothing – I suppose it’s time to get back to reality and finally do some grocery shopping and laundry.

Instead of overwhelming you with all the projects and cards in one post, I’ll break them up and post a new one (or two) for the next few days.

For the first post, I’ll show you the “Chinese Auction” prize that I put together (each vendor has to supply one for the event):


In the basket is a Stampin’ Up! catalog (of course!), an SU! gift certificate, some new, unmounted stamps (in a pretty little bag with a cute tag):


and a box of five all-occasion stamped cards and envelopes:


I used the stamp set, Enjoy Every Moment, to make the cards and tags for the basket.  I kept with an Pumpkin Pie/Chocolate Chip/Old Olive color palette to make it seem ”autumn-ish" – plus I just loved the little orange basket. :)

I also included an embellished frame with a Thanksgiving theme – I actually made two of them – one for the prize basket and one for a table display (and to use in my own home for the Thanksgiving holiday):



Because I only had a limited number of chipboard letters, the end results are slightly different.  This project was inspired by an idea that I saw in Stampin’ Success magazine, but was modified to match the supplies and frame that I had on hand.  By the way, I picked up these plain orange frames at Target on the 90 percent off Halloween aisle the other day (they cost me all of 60 cents). 

I removed the glass and started with a background of plain Chocolate Chip cardstock.  The leaves were cut from Stampin’ Up! Designer Series paper using my Sizzix machine and were sewn on my sewing machine, inked and crinkled for dimension.  That’s really all there is too this project – a few more pieces of cardstock, some twine and ribbon and a few chipboard letters – simple, but I love how these turned out!

Now I bet you’re going to come to the Shop ’til You Drop night just to bid on this Chinese auction prize, aren’t you? 😉

Tune in tomorrow for a similar idea for a Christmas frame…


One More (Larger) Political Word

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

As I’ve mentioned before, this is not a political blog.  And the past few weeks we’ve all been suffering from political burnout (well…at least I have). 

But I was so proud of our country on Tuesday.  Not just because Barack Obama won the election (although I’m SO EXCITED about that!!!!).  But because record numbers of voters turned out to vote – some for the first time.  Even after the political burnout, I still stayed up WAY too late on Tuesday night to see the results and watch the speeches (which I thought were both phenomenal!).

I know the country has differing opinions and I know it’s tough when your candidate doesn’t win (the candidate I voted for didn’t win in the last TWO elections – believe me, I’ve been there!), but it was great to see people coming together peacefully – sometimes waiting in line for hours – to make their voices heard and to vote for what they truly thought was best for our country.

But I have to admit, it’s nice to be in the majority this year for a change. :)

And while even I don’t agree with every single one of his policies, I think that President-elect Obama will be a unifying leader, helping to bring us all back together.  I find him and his story inspiring – and his reception around the world is providing hope to many.

I also love that his is a technically-savvy man – if you haven’t already seen it, check out his administration’s new website at www.change.gov

I cannot imagine what it will be like to walk into the role of president next year – between the wars, the economy and the host of other messes we’ve created… and I know President Obama won’t be able to change things overnight.  But there’s still a sense of real optimism in the air.  And we certainly could all use a little of that.


Cool! An article on our new AK system…

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Nov 7, 2008 in Family Stuff

Here’s a new article posted on the FAA website with a nice description of the project that I’m working on at my job (and some pictures, too)…

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