Sunday, December 19, 2010

Played with a bit of paint today, and other odds n ends.

Hi there!  How are you?  Hopefully super fab!  I played with a Radiant Rain Dauber ~ Hot Cinnamon.  Woooo, it is so pretty and sparklie!  Love it.  I worked on blinging up some embellies.  I hope to work on tags this Friday when I am home.  This is going to be a crazy chaotic week, so that will be my next bit of free time.  Anyway, here is a pic of some of my stuff ~

I added some Sakura 3D Dimensional Glaze to some pieces, and some Glossy Accents to others.  Some items I left as they are.  I can't believe all the sparkle!  Woo, love that.  I promise to show you what I create with these bits of odds n ends soon.  In the meantime, I promised to show you a few more cards I made with the Bazzill Card Bases my friend Patti sent in the RAK I won (she has a great blog, go check it out).  I am LOVING playing with these babies!  Fun colors, and it saves me time cutting and folding.  These cards were like 3 minute cards.  Here they are ~

Isn't Bruce stinkin adorable???  His name is Bruce Wayne, because he has a mask like Batman.  We just call him Bruce.  Yes, we are kind of weird!  :) 

Remeber when I posted this card a few weeks ago? You can go check out the tutorial for making it on the Bind-It-All Blog.  Take a peek, and please tell me what you think.  I hope someone finds the tutorial useful.  It doesn't have to be a Christmas Card, you can change it up to be whatever type card you want.  Have fun!

One more bit of news ~ Citrus Tree Studio will be having a SUPER fun Online Crop.  Here are the deets ~
Friday, December 31st (starting at 6:00 p.m. (eastern)) through Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 (ending at 12 midnight(eastern)).

Hope you check it out, it should be a blast, fun challenges, and Cindy always gives out great prizes to the winners!

Well, sorry for kind of a short post, but I need to go cut and wrap my carmels.  They take forever to make, then they have to sit undisturbed for 24 hours.  Ater that they take forever to cut and wrap, yikes.  But they are delich, and the people who receive them always love them.  So they are definitely worth the work.  It has been 24 hours since I poured the carmel in the baking pans, so off to cut and wrap I go.  Hope you all have a creative and happy week ~ Pam 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

WOOOOO, it might be freezing outside, but it is warm in my crafty area!

Helllllllllloooooooooooooooo!  How are you?  Fab?  Super fab?  I hope so!  It has been crazy busy around here, but I have still been able to sneak some crafty time in.  Here are a few pics of what I have created the last few weeks ~

Some fun ornaments ~
Here are a few close up shots ~

I played with some fun buttons that I received in a Blog Candy package from my friend Patti.  It was Ah-mazing!  Loaded with alllllll sorts of fun things.  I grabbed the buttons and made the wee little wreath ornament, it only took a few minutes to complete.  Thanks Patti!!!  :)  Here is a peek at the wreath while it was under construction ~

A few more ornaments or package decorations, I used some of the fantastic Twinkling H2Os for lots of shimmer and shine ~

Here is a side view of one of the clips, I used wee little clothespins, now I can easily attach these little angels to the tree, a wreath, or a package ~

A close up view, can you see the shimmer?   ~
Cards, this one created with a stamped sheet of cardstock that I painted with the Radiant Rain Daubers (took about 15 seconds MAX to cover a whole sheet of cardstock, LOVE the sparkle and vibrant color), and of course used my quick and easy Distrezzer to distress some of the edges ~

Another card I made, this took about 2 minutes to put together ~

I also used some of the beautiful Bazzill Cards and Envies that Patti sent me, sorry I forgot to take a pic.  I will share those next week.  :)
Then this afternoon I made the YUMMIEST Chocolate pecan Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies.  I will definitely be making a few more batches to share!   

I hope you are enjoying the month of December.  It has been kind of wild here weather wise, but then again, it is December.  Hope you are all staying warm and dry!  OK, I am off to wrap a few presents, so take care.  Have a joyful and creative week ~ Pam  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hope you had a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

I hope all of my USA friends enjoyed a happy and safe (and delich!) Thanksgiving.  We are all heading into December, no matter where we live, isn't that amazing?  I have been busy as a bee working on projects and playing with Twinkling H2Os and Radiant Rain products, and I am in love.  :)  They are vibrant and gorgeous, and easy peasy to work with!  I promised to show you some projects I have been working on, so here they are.  I used some fun stamps from Red Lead and some Stazon ink to create a vintage base to work with.  Here are a few cards ~
I used some vintage fabric on this card, I love how it turned out.  Wish you could see all the sparkling loveliness irl, it is very pretty!
Next, I used a different Red Lead stamp, as well as a sentiment stamp from another company and created two similar cards ~

I will be posting directions on the Bind-It-All Blog soon on how I created the bottom card (stay tuned!).  I used the oh-so-fabulous Distrezz-It-All, and it was boatloads of fun to create.  Of course, I also used a few of these sparklie lovelies~

I have been playing with these shimmery sparklie paints like crazy, and will show you a few other projects in the next few weeks.  I have to say, if you love sparkle, then you DEFINITELY need to pick up some Radiant Rain and Twinkling H2Os!  Oh my, they are so fun and easy to work with and they add boatloads of color! 

I finished the grandkiddies Santa Countdown, YAY!!!  I also finished one for our house, because we definintely need one here too. :)  Here is a pic of one, with the extra set and extra numbers below.  It was pretty time consuming to create, I was surprised.  But then again, each little number or santa was like a bitsy little quilt, so I guess I shouldn't have been.  They are cuter that cute though, wish you could really see them ~

I have also been working on other bits and pieces of things.  Here are a few belts I zipped together super quickly for the grandkiddies stockings ~

Here is a wee little hair bow and belt for my three year old granddaughter who loves Mickey and Minnie and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ~

I have been decorating for Christmas too.  The last few years have been very crazy and sometimes not so happy for our family.  We have all gone through an awful lot, but thankfully things are a bit easier for us now.  Hopefully they will continue this way for years to come.  :)  Anyway, I decided that I need to make things a bit cozy this year, even if I don't have boatloads of time to do so.  I used to decorate like CRAZY, spending weeks to do so.  I no longer have that kind of space to decorate, nor do I have that kind of time.  But I do have some spots that have just the right amount of room, and I have been sneaking in a bit of decorating time here and there as I can.  Here is a pic of my one super bitsy little FUN and BRIGHT pink tree, located on our recycled island in the basement (the fabulous big and sturdy oak unit used to be in a library in it's previous life) ~

closer view

I found some darling little pink tiny trees at Hobby Lobby, and since they were half off, they had to come home with me.  Don't you like my hubbies Harley wall hanging over my sparklie pink stuff?  ;)  he he, lovely!

Here is a pic of one of my fav trees.  I bought this tree in Shipshewana over a dozen years ago.  I wanted a skinny tree, and they were hard to find then.  I was thrilled when I found this one! It used to be located in our hallway at our old house.  We had a lovely wraparound staircase and the hall between the kitchen, den, basement, and front entrance was nice and big (the foyer).  I wanted a tree there, but not one that would take up a lot of space.  So this tall skinny tree was perfect.  I bought the tree topper in another shop in Shipshewana, I loved the contrast between old metal and the glitter, then I made over 100 star and heart ornaments in two sizes and several differnt tones of ivory for the tree.  Of course I used lots of chunky glitter!  I still hang those ornaments on this tree, in addition to a few different red ornaments and some glittery coated baby's breath.  It is now in our dining room between some of my favorite artist (Nancy Noel) pictures (still have to put the tree skirt under the tree).  Hope you like it ~

Last year when I went to Frankenmuth with friends, I found a beautiful old world style glass cardinal ornament.  Can you see it clipped to the tree in the pics below?

Of course, we also have our smores tree, and our regular Christmas tree put up.  I did not take pics of those yet, so I will share them next week.  My granddaughter and grandson love the smores tree, and keep putting items near it to play with.  It is on our fireplace hearth, so it is a perfect height for them to "arrange" things.  :)  They are very creative, gotta love that!

Well friends, that is it for me this week, I need to get my rear in gear and finish a few tasks.  Don't forget, if you are in the market for a new Bind-It-All or Distrezz-It-All, they are on sale for a limited time.  Check them out here

Hope you all have a safe, happy, and creative week ~ Pam

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Are you freaking out because it is almost the end of November?

Well, you aren't alone!  :)  I was feeling a semi panic attack coming on when I finally decided that whatever I get done this year is great, and whatever I do NOT get done, oh well.  I guess that is one of the perks of aging, things begin to freak you out just a wee bit less.  I am sure other worries will take over, but in the interim, I am going to ENJOY the holidays and blast Christmas songs on Sirrus every day.  My crafty area is semi somewhat organized, and I have a few Christmas trees up and decorated, and I even have a few other things done.  I will still be working on projects like a wild woman the rest of the year, as well as working and teaching in Chicago, but I am not going to freak out about how much I get done or don't get done, totally not like me at all. I am going to give myself a break this year and just enjoy whatever I get done.  I hope I can keep this attitude into next year, wooooo, it is fab!  OK, enough about my new attitude on my to~do list.  On to what I am working on this week.

I don't have any pics to share yet, but I can tell you I am working on this stinkin' adorable project for my grandbabies ~

Nancy Halvorsen is my fav, fav, FAV fabric and pattern designer.  Her stuff is so whimsical and fun and loving.  Love it!  I am making two, one for the grandbabies, and one for our house. 

I am also going to start working on a crib quilt, bumpers, diaper bag and other little baby girl items for our granddaughter who will be arriving in February. Her momma picked out the cutest colors for the darling little penquin theme items. I will share pics of the items as they are available.  Of course, I am also working on more Christmas cards and tags, and have been playing with the BEST and most sparklie paints ever!  I received some Twinkling H2O's paints and daubers, and have been tinkering with them.  I totally LOVE these things, they are soooooooooo incredibly sparklie, and you can control the amount of color so easily.  Stay tuned for projects, I will have some to show next week.

Enabler alert!  If you are interested in buying a new Distrezz-It All, or a Bind-It-All, now is a GREAT time to do so!  Check out the Zutter Bind-It-All site for pricing details.  You will save a bundle on either of these two fab tools.  I use both ALL the time, and love them. 

Well friends, I need to make some pumpkin cheesecake rolls, since they disappear quickly around here.  I hope you have a marvelous week, and if you are in the USA like me, a blessed, happy, and safe Thanksgiving.   See ya next weekend!  Happy creating ~ Pam

Monday, November 8, 2010

Card making time!

Helllllllloooooooooooooo!  How are you all doing?  Fab?  Super fab?  I hope so!  I have been cleaning and sorting things at my house like a mad woman.  I did not get a chance to do spring cleaning this year, so I am doing the big fall cleanup instead.  :)  I have snuck a wee bit of time in to work on cards though.  I am having a few friends over for a card making party in a few weeks, and I am determined that they will leave with some completed cards this year.  We like to visit and snack, and play with supplies, and will do so again this year, but darn it, we are also going to be productive.  I will show you  the cards we will be creating, but first, here is a pic of a donation made to the United Way.  They are having a silent auction at work, and I made and donated this Love Is tote and Christmas Album for our department (Please bid on it if you work for Memorial Hospital, all the money goes to The United Way) ~

OK, here are the cards ~

I just received a fun new stamp from Red Lead, and created this card with it.  I am still tinkering, since I need to make a few for a swap over at Red Lead, and I am not yet totally thrilled with the final product.  I like it, but don't LOVE it yet.  I am sure you know what I mean.  :)  I do love the darling little children in this stamp, it reminds me of my kids when they were little, adorable, and sweet ~  
A few more cards we will work on at the party ~

The card above is a card similar to one I made for a challenge over at Citrus Tree Studio a few years ago (I still love this style card).  Definitely making one of these at the party!
I am also starting work on some fabric projects, including a few advent calendars for the grandbabies, and one for our house, and some other odds and ends.  I can't believe it is already the second week of November, time is definitely ZOOMING by.  I appreciated that extra hour today due to setting the clocks back,  wish I could have an extra one every week.  ;)  I am sure I am not alone in that thought. 
Well, I do need to do a little more sorting in my crafty area, so I better get back to it.  Hope you all have a FABULOUS and creative week.  Happy crafting ~ Pam

Monday, October 18, 2010

Finished with the last flower girl dress!

Helloooooooooooo!  How are you all doing?  Fab?  Super fab?  I hope so!  I have been sewing like a madwoman for a few months now, but I am finished with wedding type projects.  I just finished the last flower girl dress, so I will be moving on to Christmas presents now.  :)  Here is the final flower girl dress I made for a friend (for her son's wedding) ~
the front ~

the back ~

close up of the back so you can see the little pearly heart buttons ~

Here are a few pics of the flower girl dresses from my daughter's wedding (being worn by the darling little flower girls).  Pictures were taken by France Malate, check out his work on his Facebook page, he is amazing!  First pic is of the two flower girls and two ring bearers before the wedding ~

During the wedding ~

I will be scrapping soon, I am so excited!  I plan on working on boatloads of thank you cards next. I can't wait to play with paper and scissors, I am having serious withdrawals.  I love sewing, but I also love playing with paper.  :)

That is it for me this week, I'll catch up with you later.  Hope you have a fab and creative week.  Happy crafting! ~ Pam 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

As promised, some wedding pics! :)

I can't believe it has already been over a week since the wedding!  My, time certainly does fly anymore.  Is that a sign of old age?  Or just being too stinkin' busy?  I hope it is the too stinkin' busy, he he.  Well, I promised to share some pics from the wedding, so here ya go ~

First, here is a pic looking toward the entrance.  (The head table is still a work in progress in this pic, this was taken on Friday before the wedding.)

Here it is after we finished adding a few more touches (the glass containers held the bridesmaids's flower arrangements after teh ceremony)~

Here it is just before the bride and groom arrived ~

The candy bar ~

close up of the cookies made by a generous friend, they were shaped like wedding cakes, dresses, and double hearts) ~

Additional goodies on the candy bar ~

During the reception, a cupcake display was also added ~

The cake table, all ready for the cake to arrive (I purchased the glasses that the candles were in during the huge US 12 garage sale, they were super inexpensive, I just added a wee bit of organdy ribbon and some small glass pebbles, instant candle holder and lots of sparkle)~

The gorgeous cake, made by a wonderful friend and her daughter ~

The flowers were edible, and the cake was delich! 
Remember the little candle holder I bought at half off at Hobby Lobby and I added a rub on to?  It is on the left, by the candles in the glasses I purchased in the US 12 sale.  That entire arrangement on the left, including beautiful candles (Hobby Lobby, half off!) and the floral arrangement cost about $15.00.  YAY!!! 

Each guest table was slightly different, but they all coordinated.  Here are a few assorted pics (orange floater candles were added to the center bowls and lit just before the reception)~

Well, that is it for now.  We were soooooooooooo fortunate that so many people helped in so many ways.  Baking cookies and beautiful cakes and cupcakes, sewing table toppers and arranging flowers, ironing for hours, setting up the fabulous candy bar, making all the yummy and beautiful chocolate and candy coated pretzels, putting together all the lovely corsages and flowers the girls carried, setting up tables, chairs, arranging alllllll the decor, helping with the children, offering your cars and homes for rehearsals and the beautiful ceremony, all the prayers and well wishes, and more!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you!!!

Thank you too for viewing all the pics.  Have a blessed and creative week ~ Pam

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How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!