Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A little something I've been working on

Take a peek at what I've been working on! I've been making handmade earrings and selling them. Yesterday I put together earring holders for the earrings. They where so simple, but I feel they really add that little extra touch.

All I did was take a 3 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock and scored at 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch on the longer side and then took a hole puncher and punched 2 holes in the cardstock. I then took my favorite stamp from the baroque motifs set (sorry it's retired now) and stamped the swirl in white ink on the crumb cake cardstock. I love the way it came out! What do you think?
See how nicely they compliment all the different earrings.

 I also made a super easy, quick, cute, little thank you note to go with my orders. I used the same swirl stamp and just a thank you stamp that I've had for years. Then I used the same blue color marker on the inside to write my thank you.
 Through it all in this super cute striped bag, with a candy surprise and shipped it out!

Super simple project, but really adds that little extra to the project, don't you think? Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dish Soap Bottle - Glass Etching

 Look what I did last week! We needed a new bottle for our dish soap. We've been using the plastic bottle that it comes in and we bought it at BJ's so it's giant and doesn't fit well at our sink. So I went to the craft room to my alterations cupboard to see what I had that I could use. Of course this just happened to be waiting for me. It's really designed for olive oil, but it will do the job just fine and I love how clean and simple it looks sitting next to my sink!
So let me tell you how to make this.

Clear glass bottle
Big Shot
Big Shot alphabet die of your choice
Etching Cream
Foam paint brush
vinyl or contact paper
scrap paper

The first thing you want to do is prepare your working space by putting down newspapers or scrap paper where you will be working.
Next make sure that you wash your glass bottle to get off any residue that might be on the bottle. Spray it down with some Windex after and wipe it off just to be extra careful.
Let's talk etching cream for a minute. Etching cream can be found at your local big box craft store. Etching cream is expensive so what I do is to make sure that I use a 40 or 50% off coupon that you can find in your newspaper or online so that you can make this project more affordable. Etching cream can be stinky so make sure your in a well ventilated room. I haven't had a problem with the smell, but I do know that some people have. It can smell like rotten eggs.

1. Using your vinyl or contact paper cut out whatever saying you want to use from your big shot.
2. Peel off the backing to your letters and carefully place them on your bottle. Making sure that all the edges of the letters are sealed down on the bottle so that the etching cream doesn't leak under the letters.
3. Liberally apply etching cream to all areas of the bottle that you want to etch. I find dabbing it on instead of brushing it on will give you better coverage and less brush lines when your finished.
4.Wait for 15 - 20 minutes and go make sure that your sink is cleaned out and that you don't have any glass near where you'll be working on the next step.
5. After your 20 minutes, go rinse off all the etching cream. I use my hands to get all the etching cream off.
6. Dry off your bottle and peel off your vinyl letters and your good to go.

 I think these would make fantastic Christmas gifts. You could use the family's last name in place of the dish soap, or even do one that says olive oil.
 I love how every time I fill up the soap bottle I can use a different color soap and the bottle will look new every time.
Now go try one for your self. If you do, make sure that I get to see it.
Have a great day!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Birthday box & Tag

Happy fall  morning to you! I have to apologize to everybody. I've been posting to my blog from my cell phone several times in September or should I say I THOUGHT I was posting to my blog. Went to check my blog from my computer and the posts aren't there! Frustrating, oh well. So back to taking pictures with my camera and posting from my computer. So what have I been up to this week? Well thanks for asking! Today my daughter has a birthday party to go to and the little girl who's party it is, is turning 8. So I went shopping for a gift the other day and didn't really find anything I liked in the toy isles. Eight is kind of a transition age where they are starting to grow up a little bit. So I went and looked at books, but I was at Wal mart and lets face it, they don't have a good book selection. So then I went and looked at the beauty products and knew exactly what we where going to give her as a gift. I hope she likes it, Kayla loved it and can't wait to give it to her so hopefully that's a good sign. I made up a little manicure set. Why am I telling you all this? Well to lead up to this.... I made the box and the tag that the gift is in.
 Here is a picture of the full gift. Can you see those fun nail colors in there shriek!! Pink, Green, Blue and a Goldish brown. You can see that there are all sorts of fun things in the box. Nail decals, fancy nail files, nail wraps and of course the polishes.
 The box was made out of 5 cardboard coasters that I wrapped in designer paper.
 The tag was very simple as I knew it was for an 8 year old and they are just going to rip it off and throw it away.
I used both scallop circle punches and a retired stamp set. The colors of ink used where pretty in pink and melon mambo.
Just a quick post for today, I hope that you enjoy it and can see it! lol

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Back to Spool Promotion

Good morning, what exciting news we have from Stampin UP! For every $40.00 that you spend you will receive a spool of 3/8 stitched satin ribbon for FREE! There are five beautiful colors to choose from. This promotion runs through the end of September. Contact me to place an order, or order online here. Just click on shop now in the upper right hand corner.
Stamp Club starting soon
There is a stamp club that will be starting soon and we are looking for 2 or 3 more ladies to fill out the club. If you like would like a girls night out once a month where you get the opportunity to learn new stamping techniques and want to build your Stampin Up supplies over time. If you like getting free hostess benefits, then stamp club is for you. Only a couple spaces left. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Saleabration Open House!

Join me on Monday March 26th to make 2 fun, FREE projects and get the opportunity to place your last minute saleabration orders. Remember that for every $50.00 you spend you get to choose a saleabration product for FREE! I hope to see you there and to reconnect with my customers. If you can't make it to the open house, but would still like to order. Orders can be emailed to me at c_riddell@comcast.net or called in to 413-539-4571.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sneak Peek Stamp Club project!

Hello everybody! Stamp Club will be starting in May and I will only take 1 or 2 more people for club so if you are interested, let me know asap so I can save your spot!  This is one of the projects that my stamp club ladies will be enjoying in May! Isn't this ribbon flower just beautiful! If you where to buy these embellishments at a craft store you would be paying $4.00 to $5.00 for 2 of them, ouch! I'm going to show you how to make these flowers for almost pennies with products that you probably have on hand. And if you don't have the products on hand they are products that if you buy you could use over and over again for other projects too! Those are the type of projects that I like! When I saw this idea, I had to drop everything I was doing and try it right away! It's really fun and not hard at all!
I'm also going to have a special ribbon share for my club ladies, so they can make these in any color they want without having to buy every single roll of ribbon!
So what are you waiting for? If this looks like fun to you then let me know that you would like one of the last stamp club spots that are open! Call or email me to let me know. I have many, many months of awesome projects planned for club, you won't want to miss out. I promise!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

From the heart - Floral card

Today is the last day to join me on my facebook page to get entered into a drawing for 6 assorted handmade cards. Click on over to angelariddellstamps on facebook and "like" my page.

Today is the last day to sign up for the birthday card class. I have 1 space available. If you would like it, call or email me asap.

Hello! It's sunny today, it's so exciting. I spent a few minutes outside yesterday afternoon in my flower gardens. Picking up the leaves and dead flowers from last season and found many flowers starting to poke through the soil! Warm weather is really almost here! This weekend is supposed to be beautiful and I can't wait and I saw that early next week it may hit 70! And on my journey's today I actually saw GREEN grass. Can you tell I"m excited for spring to actually be here?
So in honor of spring and warm weather and the sun being out, I have a floral card for you to look at.
I used razzleberry and garden green with whisper white and a touch of soft suede for a couple of the flowers. I used my blender pens and ink pads to color in the flowers. This is a 3x6 card when it's folded. I used a 12x12 piece of cardstock for this card and cut it in 1/4's.
 I used lots of rhinestones on this card to give it an extra special touch. Here is a close up of the coloring. I love the way the ferns came out. I used wild wasabi first as my lighter color and then came back and added touched of garden green to make it look more realistic.

 This card is for a newer friend whose been a huge encouragement to me in the last couple of months and I wanted to let her know how much it's meant to me. All the flowers are "popped" up on dimensionals to give the card more interest.
Just a simple strip of razzleberry taffeta ribbon and a 1 1/2 of garden green cardstock and there you have it! I really enjoyed making this card. Coloring is one of my favorite things to do. I find it soothing.
I hope you like it.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy Bird Day

How is everybody on this dreary Monday? Where I am it's cloudy, rainy and snowing all at the same time. It is April right?
Today I have a super cute birthday card to share with you. This card will be featured at my upcoming birthday card class. If you register a guest by April 7th you'll get to make 2 of these cards for FREE, just for bringing a guest with you. So you'll get to make 12 cards for the price of 10! Here are some more details about the class and just so you know, if you want to be part of this class I only have a couple more spots open!
Birthday Card Class
April 21st at 6:30 pm
10 cards for $25.00
RSVP due by April 7th
Make 2 each of 5 different designs. We will be making cards for men, women and the kiddos too!
Register a guest by April 7th and make 2 extra cards for FREE. Picture of card you'll make for free is shown below.
Please bring your own adhesive and dimensionals

Isn't this card just super cute? The green didn't photograph properly, this is more of a celery color and more vibrant then what shows up in this picture. This color combination is super fun and looks great in person.
 This picture is a bit darker, but you can see the texture on the baja blue cardstock a little bit better! Do you see the 3 rhinestones on this card? There is one at the top of the birdcage as well as 2 on the sentiment. These really sparkle in person.
If you want an opportunity to make this card, then sign up for my birthday card class and register a guest! Want to make the card, but don't have a guest to invite? You can make this card for $2.50 and can make up to 2 of them for $5.00. Just let me know when you register!

I hope you have a fantastic day.
Happy stampin!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today is the last day of sale-a-bration!

Well it's sad, but true. Sale-a-bration is coming to an end. So I wanted to show you one last stamp set that you could earn for free with a purchase of $50.00 or more! This one is actually out of the big Idea book & catalog. Did you know there is an entire list of stamp sets from the big catalog that you can get for free! It's the last page of the sale-a-bration catalog.
I've been using my color coach a lot lately and it's so much fun to see the color combinations that they put together for you. This color combination was baja breeze and not quite navy. I added crumb cake and champagne shimmer paint and baja glass glitter (from the spring mini catalog).
 There are so many small details. Here you can see the little pearls that I've added to the sentiment. I also used a blender pen and my champagne shimmer paint to give the sentiment a little extra something. I also took some of the crumb cake seam binding and twirled and folded it all different directions until I liked the outcome of the ribbon.

If you would like to get this stamp set for free, then orders can be placed with me up until 8:30 pm TONIGHT. (Thursday March 31st)
Orders can be placed by phone, email or right online through my online store.
Have a great day and happy stampin!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Hello BABY! - sale-a-bration style

Happy SUNNY morning to you! Where I am the sun is bright and I'm loving it! Today I have a card to share that is actually a welcome baby card for a friend. My friend used this owl for her baby announcement so I thought I would use it for her congratulations card. This owl is part of one of our sale-a-bration stamp sets called "punch bunch".  You can get this stamp set for FREE with a purchase of $50.00! This Thursday is the last day to place an order to qualify for free sale-a-bration products.
 Designer paper was king on this card. I actually used 3 different dsp's! They where all from one of those level 1 paper packs (this one is from a few years ago).
 Punches also ruled on this card. I used 5 different punches. I hate to cut things by hand, so whenever I can use my punches instead, I do!
I hope you enjoy this card!
Happy stampin and have a great day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fifth Ave. Floral in shades of baja & crumb cake

Before I get to today's post I just wanted to share with you what's going on over on my facebook page. I'm having a drawing for a 6 pack of handmade cards. The only thing you have to do is "LIKE" my facebook page. Then if you post to your wall that you like my page and suggest it to your friends, you'll get entered a 2nd time into the drawing for the cards. If you get this blog post by email, just click over to my blog and on the right hand side you'll see a angelariddellstamps facebook page button. Click on that and it'll take you to my facebook page!

Also just wanted to let you know that there are only 3 spots left for the birthday card class, so if you want a sport register soon!

Good morning to you! Last night I had a workshop with some of my favorite people. Our hostess had requested some projects geared toward children events that incoorperated owls into the projects! I think I successfully met her needs. I'll share those ideas with you in the next few days!
Today I have a card for you that uses the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. I haven't played with this set in a LONG time and I"m not sure why, because I had a blast and it's easy to get a nice looking card, quickly with this set!
I made several cards with this stamp set and color combination as well as the same pieces of cardstock. The only thing I changed up, was the way I used the embellishments on the cards. I"m only going to share one of the cards with you though, because I'll be using the other cards for stamp club (which starts in April, so let me know if you would like to join us).
I would say that this card has a  vintage look to it and it's hard to see in the photo, but it has tons of shimmer to it as well!

I used our pearls which I think every stamper should have a pack of these! It's a great way to add that extra touch to your card in such a simple way! I also used the seam binding in crumb cake from the spring occasions catalog and I have to tell you, when I purchased it I wasn't sure if I would like it, but this is another must have! and I would probably recommend this color first, because it goes with so many other colors!

That's it for today.
Have a great day and happy stampin!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bright, Cheery thinking of you - Sale-a-bration style

Hello everybody!
Today I have a sample for you of one of our sale-a-bration stamp sets. This card is bright and cheery and perfect for what I'll be using it for. A dear friend of mine, is going through A LOT in her life right now and I just wanted to send her a cheerful, thinking of you! I think encouraging people when they are down is so important! I had a rough week last week and received 2 very thoughtful cards and let me tell you what a difference it makes when you know that someone is thinking of you!
This card uses a bunch of our sale-a-bration products! The designer paper is from the the ice cream parlor designer pack and I love it so much! The ribbon and button are also a package that you can earn for free with a $50.00 purchase before the end of March! Also the floral stamp is from our sale-a-bration stamp set "punch bunch" all the stamps in this set coordinate with our fantastic punches! This particular image matches with our circle scallop punch.
One of my favorite items that Stampin UP carries are our wonderful markers! I love that you can color right on a stamp with them and how they allow you to have more then 1 color on a stamped image to make it look more realistic. I also love that the markers come in all of our wonderful colors, so they match with our cardstock, inks, designer papers and all of our embellishments!

The color combination used on this card is: melon mambo, whisper white, daffodile delight

Have a fantastic day and happy stampin!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Birthday card class flyer made in MDS!

Hi ladies,
Today I wanted to show you, something that I made in My Digital Studio today. It took all of maybe 10 mins. I like to make up nice looking, colored flyers for my upcoming classes, so today I made one for my Birthday card class coming up on April 21st. Spaces are filling up, so if you would like a spot, please rsvp soon! 
To make the flyer I used the FREE sale-a-bration MDS offering. Did you know that one of the items you can get for FREE with a $50.00 order during sale-a-bration was a My digital studio package that includes digital images of all of our sale-a-bration offerings? How cool is that! So what do you think? Have you played with MDS yet? Are you interested in taking a My digital studio class, where we would go over all the basics of MDS? If so, please let me know and if there is enough interest then I will do a class.

That's it for today. Have a great day and happy stampin!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Regionals yesterday! Birthday card class

Hello everybody! Long time no post! Friday a group of my demonstrators and I went to a Stampin Up regional event in Hartford CT and it was a blast! I came home with lots of new, fresh ideas to share with you. I have a stamp club starting very soon and you ladies are really in for a treat with all the new ideas that I came home with. I can't wait to share them with you! I'm super excited.

Birthday Card Class
Thursday April 21st
6:30 pm
Class fee: $25.00 due by April 7th
We will be making 10 cards total! 2 each of 5 designs. These cards are quick, simple cards that are easily duplicated in you're own home Please bring you're own adhesive and dimensionals!
There are only 6 spots available for this class so register early to save you're spot!

Happy stampin!