Alcohol Inks

After moving to Spicer and having the need to socialize, I joined an art group. Some are professionals, some are very talented, and then there is me.  I'm just there to meet new people. It's a super supportive non-judgmental group and you can just do or own thing, or join in if someone is teaching a technique.  The last lesson was on alcohol inks and was loads of fun.  The inks are super hard to control, which is part of the reason why I like them, you just never know what you will end up with. I also really like the strong smell and may have gotten a little high, that might explain my madness.  Just kidding, I think. Mine started out looking like a hot mess.

 Then I got out some of my dies and punches and turned them into lovely cards.
These adorable narrow note cards are 2 1/2  x 4 1/2, come with envelopes and can be found on page 19 in the Occasions Catalog.

This one is made using a note card that is 3 1/2 x 5 and can be found on page 195 in the Stampin' Up annual catalog.

This one is not made alcohol inks.  I water colored the background, then stamped over the top using the Waterfront stamp set on page 48 in the Occasions Catalog.

Inside of the card.


Acetate Boxes

I just love the acetate boxes that Stampin' Up sells, the ones that work perfectly for 4-5 cards and giving as a gift.
Well, did you know you can cut them in half? If you read my blog regularly, I guess you did know that 'cause it's not the first time I have done a project with 1/2 box.
Here is a purse I made by cutting the box in half.
The flap is attached in the back then folds over the top and snaps together with a small magnet.
It's the perfect size for a couple of tea bags and a little chocolate.


Fun Foam

Let me start by saying, it doesn't take much to keep me amused.  Just give me some foam sheets, a couple of punches and a heat gun and I can keep myself busy.

I punched out some shapes from the foam sheets using my Stampin' Up punches.
They start out the size on the left, then after they have been hit with the heat gun they shrink down and get less pliable.  Remember the old Shrinky Dinks? Oh what fun they were, anyway these remind me of those good ol' days.
This is what I ended up with. Now what are you going to do with those you ask? I don't know and it doesn't really matter, all that matters is that I had fun doing it.


More Waterfront Cards

Here are a few pics of more cards that I made using the Waterfront Stamp Set.

 Did I mention how much I love this set?

Here is a envelope and inside of the card.



Here is what I did on Saturday.
I made a huge mess.
Then I started organizing.  Stampin' Up had a lot of dies that coordinate with there stamps sets and sometimes I just buy the stamp sets, sometimes I just buy the dies and sometimes I buy both. Often times when I'm creating one of my masterpiece's, I am using more than on set which leads to confusion when it comes to putting my dies away.  So I took an old catalog and cut out the pic of all my die sets.
I then taped them to the back of the storage envelopes.  Now I can see at a glance what belongs where. 
I also sorted out all my stamps and have only the current ones out.
Then went one step farther and put them in alphabetical order.