Friday, December 30, 2011
Well, it doesn't quite feel like Winter here in Iowa. We've been having temps in the 40's and 50's which is about 20-30 degrees above normal. I'm okay with the temp - I'm not okay with the lack of snow....that's right - those of you who know me well, know that I like my snow. My boys are on Christmas break, and we haven't even been ablt to go sledding....one word.....boooorrrrinnngggg!!!
Today, I'm sharing with you some cocoa packets that I made for a couple of recent craft fairs. These were a popular item. This one that I'm showing today was made with some retired DSP and a non-SU stamp set. (I had to pay for that stamp set somehow...so put it to use!)
Debbie Olson's blog.
Okie doke - I probably won't be back until New Years Day! We've got a football party to go to tonight and Christmas (the last of 6) to go to tomorrow....But, I swear, I'm gonna start the year off right by making a darn good attempt to blog (almost) daily. Back me up here peeps - I wanna hear some comments from all of you!!!
Have a great New Years - see you in 2012!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Well...I told you I'd be back with some goodies I created with the new DSP out of the Sale-A-Bration catalog that will soon be live. Here is one of those said goodies! Oh - I just am in love with the DSP - it's called Everyday Enchantment - and let me tell you, lately, I've been enchanted with it everyday! It sets on top of my desk, and I'm about to embark on my second package of it already! :)
Wanna know something really cool? During Sale-A-Bration (Jan. 24th - March 31st) if you hold a qualifying workshop, you automatically get the DSP, Ribbon and Brad bundle and a matching stamp set free! That's in addition to the other benefits that you get anyway!!! If you'd like to earn tons of free stuff, contact me today and we'll get a workshop for you on my calendar.
That's all for today folks!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Hi-dee HO folks! I know I've been pretty skittish on the ol' blog. I am planning to resolve that here in the near future. I've got quite a few new things planned for the New Year, and I'm including "scheduling" some time in each day to blog. I feel like I've been letting a lot of you down by not being here consistently, and I don't want to feel that way. So, blogging is making it onto my New Year's Resolutions List! My hope is to inspire YOU more in the coming year. I just need to MAKE time to be here.
One of the other things that I would like to accomplish more in the coming year is to participate more regularly in sketch challenges. I'm starting out this week with a sketch from Stamping 411's Saturday Sketch Challenge:
This is what I've created:
Alrighty - that's all for now.....more to come!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
I have been BUSY! To say the least! Seems like one rollercoaster ride after another these days. As soon as I feel like things are non-chaotic, they blow up again. I know we all feel that way, especially this time of year. I thought the holiday season would be much calmer when I made the move to stay home with the kids a couple of years ago....but really, they aren't!
Anyway...let's move on. One of the projects I had to tackle a couple of weeks ago was for a photographer in a nearby town. She wanted me to "play" with a couple of her pictures and make some cards out of them. I fell in love with this winter scene from the town of Woodbine, IA - where she resides. In these parts Woodbine in known for it's brick main street. Well, and cowboys and camo too. The photographer is working to open up Artisan Studio in Woodbine. It's a co-op of sorts for artists and such. I will start teaching classes there once a month starting at the end of January. And I'm super excited about the opportunity!!!
So, back to this picture. She had an pre-open house event at the beginning of December and wanted as many cards with this picture as I could do. The bad part about that was, we met on a Tuesday afternoon, and I had a craft fair coming up on Saturday that I really needed all of my free time for to create for that. BUT, I pushed that aside and told myself that I would take ONE DAY to create as many cards as I could. These are three of the 8 designs I did. Guess how many cards I can make in one day??? (without going bonkers?) 41. That's right 41 cards in less than 24 hours, using 8 different designs (which were all very similar to each other) That first one above, I made 20 of it. I knew because I incorporated 'from Woodbine, IA' on it, it would be a mover and a shaker.
So, this was one project that kept me busy for - will a mere 24 hours.
Now, I need to go and design my class for her.
FYI - for those that are local - the photographer is Bracinda Blum. You can contact her at email@example.com if you would like. Her Artisan Studio is set to open Jan. 1. I can't wait~!~!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Hiya! Guess what? Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page. Yeah. You heard me. A scrapbook page! I know, I know. I don't usually post these. Primarily b/c they are hard for me to photograph; as you'll see in the poorly produced photos below. But also because I rarely put pics on my pages. That reason....b/c I rarely print my pics!!! They sit stuck on my computer for.ev.ah! It'll be my goal in 2012. I really kinda like the pages I come up with, I just need to add some pictures to them. Here's the deal - I typically only scrapbook (if you'll call it that) when I need to come up with pages for my Scrapbook Club. Seriously. And you know what. When I'm done with those pages, I'm usually really proud of the outcome. So, it's not that I don't like to scrap, it's just that I'm not terribly comfortable with it. Isn't that funny. I can create a card in a jiffy. I may not always love the results, but I feel like I'm not out a lot. When I create a scrap page, I feel like I better do the process justice or I've wasted a ton - of paper, of time, etc. Yet, I'm usually really happy with my end result. So, I just need to do it more.
Anyhow....here's one of the pages we created at Scrapbook Club in Sept.
What do you think? Love it. Just so-so??? I'd really like to know. Please comment....Puh-lease!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Okie Dokie --- Here are the last two cards in Round One of my Christmas Stamp A Stack.
Card #7 - Snowflakes of Noel
Don't they just sparkle beautifully??? We had a touch of snow the other day.....ALMOST wish it would have stuck around...ALMOST!
Card #8 - From Our House to Yours
So there you have it - the first round of cards for the 2011 Christmas Card Stamp A Stack. Now the nitty gritty!
Of these eight cards, you pick the cards you'd like to make. I cut you 10 of that card and put them in a "stack" for you to stamp and assemble! It's a great and quick way to get cards made - I'll do half of the work for you!!! In the time allotted, you can complete 2 "stacks" and some of you could easily complete 3 stacks. You will work at your own pace, these cards will be set up in stations. Can't decide? Split a stack with a friend!
When: November 19th; 9am - 1pm
Where: Denison Municipal Utilities Bldg, Broadway and 7th St
Fee: $20/stack - all supplies are included - you just bring your adhesive!
Can't make the class? Not a problem, I will do all the same as above, and mail you the unassembled supplies. The fee is the same, plus the cost of shipping.
Please register and prepay by November 12th. You can call me (712-269-2714) or email me ( thearkfelds at fmctc dot com ) with your options. Let me know if you have questions!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
SO.....I'm back again....see! Have faith in me....I can blog! I really can! It's all about taking photos of my work and getting them on this computer. That's the key. Take the pics. I can tye during commercials of Revenge (my new fav show btw!)
Task at hand.....Christmas Stamp A Stack Day 3. Here are two more cards that you can make if your heart desires.
Card #5 - Sparkly Ornament
Card #6 - Skating on Ice!
Alright - I'll be back tomorrow with the last two cards in the offering for Round One Christmas Stamp A Stack. I'll have all of the details for you as well. Round Two will shortly follow. It will include these cards plus 6 completely new cards! Stay tuned for deets!!!
See ya all tomorrow.
Labels: Christmas stamp a stack
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Heidi Ho! I told you I'd be back...
I'm popping in with some more card options for my Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack, so let's jump right in shall we?
Card #3 - Dashing Dasher
Card #4 - Musical Stockings
So, there you have it - the next two cards in the line-up. I'm still waiting to here what you'd like to see in a Christmas Card. What are you thinking of these designs?? What would you change? Please leave me a comment or two - I really need some input here folks!! It's simple - just click that comment tab below!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Hello Friends! I know, it's been awhile. I know, I know, I know!!! I've been a bad blogger - and I'm terribly sorry for that. It's just life. Life gets in the way sometimes and unfortunately it's the blog that takes a back seat. So....let's get after it, shall we?
I've been working feverishly on some Christmas Cards for my annual Christmas Stamp A Stack. This is where I need YOUR help. I honestly need to know what you think of these cards. I have been feeling as tho I'm in a creative slump, and it seems like no matter what I come up with they just aren't screaming - THIS IS IT! at me! So, please tell me what you think of my first couple of creations.....
Card #1 - Christmas News
This card might have a clean and simple look to it, but the inside holds a whole lot more. Many times I'm asked to create a Christmas Card that can accomodate a newsletter. Well, I actually spotted this card on Kristina Werner's blog a year ago, and held it in my memory bank for this year. I've transformed it to a Stampin' Up! card, and I'm okay with the final product. And it's definitely mass producable. The sentiment is heat embossed with White EP, and the rest is a matter of folding and adhering paper. Pretty quick and simple.
Card #2 - Peaceful Dove
Alright - these cards will be in my Christmas Stamp A Stack lineup. This event will be held on November 19th at 9am - 1pm. You will have plenty of time to complete 2 "stacks". I will be posting more details shortly. I will also continue to post more cards this week ( I have about 15 cards done) and would like feedback on them. So, your turn. Leave me a comment about what you like, what you'd change, what you don't like. And please, be very honest. I can handle constructive critisism - I'm not afraid!!! I'd also like to hear what YOU'D like to see in a Christmas Card.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
***Edited to add - I am going to keep this post at the top of the blog for a while. Be sure to scroll down to see new posts!***
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Labels: Big Shot
Thursday, September 22, 2011
So....I've been missing for a while, yeah, yeah, yeah....I know! What else is new??? I was on a roll there blogging every day....and the last time I blogged, I mentioned a headache that i'd had for a week. Well, it lasted another week after that. I'm actually finally beginning to feel human again. For me, having a headache for two weeks, was like being near dead. I don't ever get headaches - unless self inflicted. So, to have one for that long was killing me. Nothing touched them, not ibuprofen, not Excedrin Migraine, not Tylenol. For a few days I thought it was my coffee, so I quit using sugar in it. That didn't work. I gave up the coffee. That didn't work. Then one day. Poof! It was gone! It was like the skies opened up and all was well again. Now my little sister has had this headache. Apparently it's a virus that is going around. And it's icky! If you get a headache and it just doesn't go away....good luck!!
Having told you that story...there hasn't been a whole lot of crafting in the last couple of weeks at my house. :( Hopefully I can get something accomplished this week.....yet I"ve got a few things in my bag of tricks for you.....
I hope this brightens your day!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
That's it from me today....I've gotta go tend to this week long headache of mine....hoping for a new relief treatment tonight!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
If you would like to join us for a fun filled day of papercrafting and shopping - let me know. I'm taking table reservations now!!!! And let me tell you, I've been getting some great donations for our goodie bags - from A Walk Down Memory Lane, OCTOBER AFTERNOON, Moxxie, HERO ARTS, Paper Crafts Magazine and more to come!!! Be sure to get signed up - we have door prizes too - possibly a Big Shot and maybe even a Cricut!!! You don't want to miss out on this event - CONTACT ME NOW!
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Here is another card that we made at my August Stamp Clubs....
This was a super simple card. Seriously simple. Take 6 squares of DSP, attach 5 to a piece of cardstock - 4 in the outer corners (leaving some border) and one in the center. Take the sixth square and cut it in half across the diagonal. Then cut those triangles in half again so that you have 4 triangles. Adhere those in the empty spots and then run thru the Big Shot with the Lattice EF. Seriously that simple!!!
Go ahead, tell me what you think....I dare you!
Stamps: Heard from the Heart, Snow Swirled
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Letters to Santa DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Whisper White
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Snowflake Punch, buttons