Friday, February 27, 2009

Promised Pattern

Again I'm sorry in posting so late. Frank had a doctor's appointment today and we both had to have some routine tests. Please pray for Frank if you would. He has a thyroid goiter and it is rather large and needs to be removed. He thought it would go away on it's own (men and their reasonings). The doctor says no and it's actually starting to close off his wind pipe. Our doctor assures us he'll be fine and the surgery isn't serious, but, well you know it's just all the details of getting it taken care of.

Here's what I wanted to share with you today. Click on the picture and you will be able to see it larger to print out.

Have a great Friday night!
Renee

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Late Day, but Early Evening Post

Yes, I'm posting late today, but like I said it is early evening. *grin* I've been doing so well the last couple of weeks that I hated to miss a day. I had a fellow Australian demo contact me and ask about a pattern for the box that I made and posted on November 12. I had a pattern of sorts, but was just in my hen scratchin' so it prompted me to actually make a pattern and then I thought, well why not make another box and use the SAB DSP and stamp set and ribbon. This is what came to be.


Here's the inside. It should hold 8 Hershey nuggets, but I only had 5 as you can see. Need to put those on my shopping list.

I'll post the pattern for this tomorrow so stay tuned.
Have good evening,
Renee

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Big Shot Meets Vinyl & Vase


Yes, you read that right---Big Shot, Vinyl and a Vase. Can you believe you could use all these things together? And I did it all for probably around a $1.00. Yesterday I went with my folks to Menard's to help pick out a light fixture with them. Well while Daddy was getting all his "manly things" he needed, mom and I discovered a few things ourselves and this vase was one of them. Guess the price? 84 cents. Yes, 84 cents. Can you believe it? So today I had other things that needed attention, but finally got this finished late this afternoon. I used the Big Shot and Exclusive SU! Sizzix dies and SU vinyl to create this. I was needing another color of vinyl, but I only have ordered the white so I used some gold contact paper for the center of the flowers. Did you know there are over 50 materials you can use in the Big Shot and contact paper and vinyl are just two of them. The word dream is from a SU set of rub-ons (Eastern Elegance) that are now retired.
I am just so tickled with how this came out. Maybe another trip to Menard's is in order since I bought one vase. They had lots of neat shapes and colors to pic from. Think this looks a little like Riding Hood Red? It's actually a perfect match. Now what else can I make to go with this???? I'll have to work on that. So until tomorrow, have a wonderful evening.
Renee

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YUMMY!


Don't you think these look about good enough to eat? My sister Carin likes to use this word and yes my sister Michele and I have been known to make fun of her about it. That's just what sisters do right? Actually my sisters and I love each other very much and if we didn't tease each other, well let's just say it wouldn't be normal for us. Hmmmmm using the word normal and us in the same sentence. Interesting?????
Ok, this wasn't suppose to be a post about me and my seesters. It's about this "Yummy" card. I found a sketch challenge over on Beate Johns blog and thought I'd give it a try. I see a lot of sketch challenges, but really never try them and I'd like to start, so here's my start.
Here's all the info on stuff used:
Stamp set: Crazy for Cupcakes and Cupcakes Stampin' Around Wheel
Ink: Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Sweet Slumber DSP
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Blender Pens
If you enjoyed this "yummy" card, please feel free to leave me a comment.
Blessings,
Renee

Monday, February 23, 2009

Divine Design for February


Here is my February submission for the Divine Design challenge over on SCS. I know I'm a little late in posting this (should have been Feb. 9), but I knew exactly what verse I wanted to use for this month since it is sort of known as the month of love. It's hard to see, but on the pot of the topiary it says friend to friend. That's what God really is, He's our friend. And speaking of this I'm reading the book The Shack. It's a book of fiction, but it really is helping me to see God in another light. He's not the big bad guy who's just waiting to get you. He really is our friend. I'm so glad that God loves each of us and sent His son to die for us. Aren't you?
Have a blessed day!
Renee

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscar Nomination...of sorts!


I will never be nominated for an Oscar, but in the stamping world I think this is pretty close. Fellow demo Chelle from Nova Scotia has nominated me with the Butterfly Award and in the category of The Super Creative. Can you believe it? I told her I was speechless and you all know if I'm speechless.......well let's just say the name of my blog Renee's Rubber Stamping Ramblings really speaks for itself. LOL Thanks Chelle, I'm so completely honored that you think my blog is good enough to nominate. Now to my nominations. This will be hard because there are so many awesome blogs out there, but here goes.
Love Sharon's simple yet elegant approach to stamping. And besides that she is always the voice of reason over on SCS. I love it when she posts and yes I admit I may even be a stalker of Sharon's. *grin*
I was Steph's convention buddy last year and enjoyed every minute of it. We have since kept contact through email and I subscribe to her blog and love seeing what she's up to .
This blog isn't strictly SU, but I love her wonderful ideas and quirky sense of humor. Quirky in the best sense of the word of course.
Well what can I say about Patty that hasn't already been said? The problems with Patty are that she makes me want to place an order everyday from SU and that she has the most beautiful flower garden and takes gorgeous pics of them. Ok, maybe these aren't real problems. *grin*
I love Dawn's video's and you can tell she has a great love for the Lord. You get the feeling from her that you would just love for her to be your friend.
Last, but not least is my sister's blog. Although it's not strictly a stamping blog and Carin isn't a SU demonstrator I do visit her blog often. Well actually I subscribe (I think she subscribed me actually) What can you do with sisters? *grin* Love you little sister!
Now go watch the Oscar's!
Renee

Hearty Trendy Trees


I cased this from lisahenke over on SCS. You can see her card HERE. I changed a few things. I made the background embossed using the exclusive textured embossing plates from SU. I also made little snips in the kiwi kiss green to make it look like grass and last, but not least I had a little smudge when I stamped the words so I added a little heart from the Heart to Heart punch. I'm finding this is a great reason to have this punch. It's great to cover those little smudges without it looking obvious and besides that I thought it tied it in real well with the 4 Baja Breeze hearts that were used. Now you never would have known if I hadn't told ya, now would ya? *wink*
Have a great Sunday!
Renee

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Stamps!

First off let me say sorry for the late posting today. I went and had breakfast with my hubby, my daddy and Brooke this morning, picked up some groceries and then was going to go and scrapbook with some friends. Well by the time I got home I just plain didn't feel good and didn't feel like fighting this snowstorm we're having today to do so. This weather is not good for fibromyalgia, but that's another story for another day.

Here are a few cards I've made in the last couple of days. Sorry to those who were at my workshop last night that these aren't new for you, but it's what I have for today.
This is the new Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. Don't ya just love it? And yes it matches our cool Decor Elements Manhattan Flowers. Don't know what the Decor Elements are all about? Check out the brochure on the left side of my blog here for the details. I used the Scallop Eyelet punch on both of these cards. As a border and then as a border completely around a rectangle. Wanna know how it's done? Contact me and book a SU party and I'll show you how.
Doesn't this look yummy? When I saw this stamp at convention last summer I knew that I eventually would have to get it. There were words in the middle of this cupcake, but I knew that I'd not use the words since they are a thank you from a child so before I mounted this on the wood block I took my xacto knife and cute them out. Now no need to use a marker to only ink up the parts I wanted. I kept the words and could mount them on the other side of the block if I wanted.
Ok, that's all for now. I've made chicken noodle soup (yes, homemade) and bread (ok, it's from frozen dough, but it still counts as homemade right?) so Frank and I will have supper and then maybe cuddle on the couch and watch that movie he bought me last week for Valentine's Day.
Stay warm!
Renee

Friday, February 20, 2009

Another Trendy Trees Card


Here is another card I made yesterday using the Trendy Trees set. I cased this card from over on SCS. I did change it up a bit, but it definitely was the inspiration for it. ( I'm sorry I can't link to it right now since SCS seems to be down, but I will give full credit as soon as I can) Now here's the deets.....................

Paper: Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Trendy Trees (pg. 91)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray
Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon (pg. 179), Dimensionals to pop the middle tree up

Have a great Friday.

Renee






Thursday, February 19, 2009

Trendy Trees


Here's a cute little card for you today. I say little because it actually is a 4 1/4" square card. I used a new set called Trendy Trees (on page 91 of the IBC). The cardstock is Tangerine Tango textured and the DSP is from Sale-a-bration as is the ribbon. I then added the 3 little colored brads to finish it off.

BTW do you like my little easel? My daddy made it for me and Frank painted it. They are both the best. Thanks guys!

Have a great day!
Renee

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Tisket, a Tasket................

A Blue and Yellow Basket.

This was a challenge over on SCS the other day. As you will see in the next photo I took it a step farther and put two of them together. It reminds me of a milk carton holder. You can find the pattern here in this thread or email me and I'll send it to you.

I used the Polka Dot Punches stamp set, the Delicate Dots DSP and the Certainly Celery ribbon from the Ribbon Bundle. All of these are from Sale-a-bration. For every $50 you purchase (before tax and shipping) you can choose one of these items for free. There are an additional 3 stamp sets to choose from as well.

You can place an order directly through me or my Stampin'Up! website. Just visit my website and click on the SHOP NOW button. And remember hostesses can choose one for free with every $300 in sales from their party.

Have a wonderful day!

Renee

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Valentine's Day Wedding Cake


Here's the cake made on the weekend. It shouldn't have been that difficult for me since I have done a lot of cakes over the years, but for some reason it really overwhelmed me. I think it was the fact that I couldn't dip the strawberries in chocolate until the morning of delivery and also the fact that the roll of ribbon that was given to me did not have the amount on it that it said it did. I guess in the end it looked pretty, but as I said this one really stressed me. Maybe it's my age? Anyway, sorry for the late post on this, but the picture was on Brooke's camera and I wasn't able to post yesterday.

I'll try and be back later with some stamping.

Blessings,

Renee

Sunday, February 15, 2009

"Sweet" Week, Day 7

Postings every day this week. Did you enjoy them? I hope so. Here is the card I gave Frank.
No it was not my idea. I got this idea from our monthly SU newsletter and the creator was Katie Resop from Neenah, Wisconsin. Thanks Katie! I'm sure there have been lots of cases for this adorable card. Isn't it a great idea?
Have a wonderful Sunday and don't forget I'll post pics of that wedding cake tomorrow.
Fishy Lips to you all!
Renee

Saturday, February 14, 2009

"Sweet" Week, Day 6

Happy Valentine's Day! Day 6 and I wasn't sure what I was going to share today since I've been so busy with this wedding cake for today. For some reason this one has had me a little stressed. I'll show you pictures probably Monday of the cake if all goes well. (with the cake that is not the pics.) LOL So what to share today? Frankie Boy came through and gave me something to share. This is what I awoke to this morning.
This is where you go awwwwwwwwww! Didn't he do a nice job on this card? Who says men can't stamp. They maybe can't dance, but they can stamp. *grin* And a romantic gift to boot.
Frank and I actually saw this movie for our anniversary back in November. It's a good movie, but let me warn you if you haven't seen it, have a box of Kleenex handy. Here's a bit of romantic Frank and Renee trivia for today. We never once saw a movie while we were dating. (a bit of a Baptist church hang up from my younger days--long story) But we did go to alot of RV and camper shows. We still don't have one of those, but now we enjoy going to see a good movie once in awhile. We don't go that often, but I just realized we have been to a movie once a month since November. Guess it's been because the little theater in Caseville has been showing some good movies lately and of course they have the cheapest admission you'll find anywhere ($5.50) LOL It's actually kind of nice to have that "date" even as old married people. So now that I've realized we've been going once a month for the last 3 months maybe we should see if we can continue. Sound like a good idea?
OK, enough of my silly ramblings. Hmmmm wonder if that's where my blog name came from?
Have a great Valentine's day and spend some time with those you love,
Hugs!
Renee

Friday, February 13, 2009

"Sweet" Week, Day 5

Good morning! Can you believe I've been posting for 5 days straight? They say you need to do something for 21 days in a row for it to become routine. Maybe I should go for that?

First off let me say that my kids are sometimes embarrassed to go and eat inside with me at restaurants where your food might come in neat little containers. It looks rather odd carrying out empty containers after you've eaten since most people throw them away, but you know where I'm going don't you? Yes, these little containers make the cutest patterns for paper crafting. Take for instance this onion ring box from Dairy Queen.



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I broke out my new Sweet Slumber Speciality DSP and traced the box onto it. It's heavier than DSP and more the weight of cardstock and oh so yummy. Oh and did I mention it has texture to it as well? I can't wait to use more of it. The ribbon is Whisper White Organza Ribbon. It is so soft and ties so easily. I kid you not, it is super soft and feels sort of sexy! LOL The stamp I used was from Say It With Scallops, the Ronald McDonald House stamp set. And last but not least I filled this box with peanut butter bon bons. I know the peanut butter scare, but really these are fine and I'm not going to tell you how I know. *wink*

So if you've stayed with me this far........ I really need to get to work on the wedding cake I have for tomorrow. I'll post pics of it too, since it will qualify for "sweet" week.

Hugs!
Renee

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I've been cleaning

UpdateD February 11, 2009

Sorry about the lack of posts, but I've been cleaning and organizing the last few days. In the process I've come across a few retired items I'm going to put up for sale. Prices do not include shipping to you. If you are local we can make arrangements for pick up or after you tell me what you want I will find out a shipping price for you. All items are new, stamp sets are new
and unmounted. So take a look see and let me know if you are interested. I'll try and be back tomorrow with a stamping project.

Blessings,
Renee


Love and Happiness Rub-ons $5.00 SOLD

Organdy Silver $4.00 SOLD
Organdy Navy $4.00 SOLD
Organdy Ivory $4.00 PENDING

Organdy Ivory 1/2" $4.00 SOLD
Mellow Moss Gingham $5.00
SOLD

Very Punny $12.00
Perfect Presentation $15.00

Dilly Dally $10.00
For a Friend $12.00 SOLD

Bold Brights Buttons $6.00 SOLD

Magic Metal $5.00 Missing two of the reinforcements as seen in photo.

Magic Mesh $3.50

Flirty Ribbon Originals $10.00 PENDING

"Sweet" Week, Day 4

Good Morning Stampers! It's day 4. I'm not sure if anyone is enjoying these, (comments-hint, hint), but I'm enjoying posting these so that is all that is really important I guess. What I have for you today is some Conversation Heart box makeovers.
I used some retired Close to Cocoa DSP and the hearts are punched out with the new SU punches----Heart to Heart and Full Heart. What is the paper and why is it shimmery? I found some bright pink, shimmery contact paper. Yes, contact paper, who would have thought. I found the contact paper at Michael's. How cool is that?
You can see here how the treat box pulls out and.......................
Here it shows how it is put together. The recipient just pulls on the ribbon and it pulls the box out of the cover. Make sense?
Other items used: Slot punch, Word Window punch, Pretty in Pink cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, some retired pink organdy ribbon and the Holidays & Wishes stamp set.
Have a sweet day!
Renee

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Day 3 of Sweet Week


Hey stampers, it's day three of what I'm calling "Sweet" week. Showing you little sweet things you can make for those you care about. Last night I had a workshop and these were the make and takes we created. Nothing real fancy, but sweet nonetheless. I cased the card from here. Thanks Robin for the adorable card idea. The little cello bag was all my own idea. If you can't tell, I really like the SU exclusive Top Note Sizzix Die. It really is a versatile die. If you are enjoying the special "sweet" week projects leave me a comment and let me know.

Sweet Blessings,
Renee

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Day 2 of "Sweet" Week

Here is an easy and quick little gift you can make for someone that you are sweet on.

It's a pencil pouch. I had shared this one awhile back and thought why not make a Valentine one. I love to buy neat pencils and find myself picking them up just because they are festive looking. My mom does the same thing so that's where I get it from. *wink* All supplies are SU of course!And here is the pattern and directions to make your own. Hope you enjoy this.

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Have a great day!

Renee

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Starting of a Sweet Week

I have lots of things going on this week and they all are pretty sweet. First off it's the start of Valentines week. Ok, maybe that is stretching it a bit, but why not have a week of showing and telling those you love them with just simple little things how sweet they are. I also have a workshop tomorrow night and that is "sweet" to me. It's been a little while since I've had any workshops and I miss them. And the third thing I have this week is a wedding cake for next Saturday. Of course that is sweet in a couple of ways--the cake is sweet tasting of course and also this young couple is getting married on one of the most romantic days of the year.



So to start off "Sweet" week here is a cupcake card for you.
As always all supplies are SU! The large scallop circle was made using my Big Shot and Large Scallop circle die. I cut the other circles using my new Circle Scissors that is now available in the Spring/Summer catalog. This is actually a card that opens from the top. Any more questions please feel free to contact me.


Enjoy! And look for more "sweet" ideas this week right here.
Renee

Sunday, February 8, 2009

What I did yesterday

As I told you yesterday. I had the day to stamp and scrap and did I enjoy myself. As a demo sometimes we don't take the time to just "do it" for ourselves so yesterday was that day. Frank even asked me who this was for and I told him it's for us. He was actually surprised I think since so much of what I do I give away. This is what is called a Flip Fold Album. If you'd like to learn more how to make one of these please feel free to contact me. Hope you enjoy it.











Isn't that Bella Rose DSP just yummy! I still can't get enough of that paper. So leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Well I better get ready for church. Blessings to you all on this beautiful Sunday morning.
Renee

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Isn't it a great day?

It's warmed up a bit (around 40ยบ) and the sun is shinning. I'm listening to some Cd's and stamping. Doesn't get much better than this unless maybe I was in California visiting relatives and stamping with some of my Californian demo friends. *wink*

I covered this little notebook with some Bella Rose DSP and then embellished it with my Little Leaves sizzlits die and the Flower Burst Embosslit. These are both exclusive SU designs. The Embosslits are way too cool. They emboss and cut out all at the same time. They are on page 202 of the Spring/Summer catalog and sell for $11.95. They not only will work in the Big Shot machine, but they will even work it other die cutting machines as well. Just check to see what kind of sandwich you will need and no I'm not talking PB & J. LOL And speaking of the Big Shot, have you visited my SU website lately? On the home page of my website you will find an awesome video showing you some projects that can be made using the great Sizzix dies, so be sure and check it out.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
Renee

Friday, February 6, 2009

Still Cleaning

I've been cleaning and organizing again today and decided that some of my retired stamps had to go. Here is the list. Prices do not include shipping. If you are interested please contact me at ibecakes@airadvantage.net Thanks for looking and please feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks!
Renee

Used
Perfect Ending $5.00
Sweet on You $6.00
Bunny Hugs $12.00
Eclectic Backgrounds $10.00
Fontastic Background $10.00
Print Pattern Background $10.00
Punches Three (hostess) $8.00
Tree for All Seasons $5.00
All About You $14.00
Double Line Doodles $13.00
Fall Flair (hostess) $12.00
Background Basics $5.00
Holiday Trim $12.00
In the Spotlight (hostess) $15.00
Three for You (does not include punch or ink spots) $12.00

Ronald McDonald House Sets--used
Sweet & Sassy $12.00
Heart & Home $8.00
Kids Cards $8.00
Wishing You the Best $5.00

New and Unmounted
Dilly Dally $10.00
Very Punny $12.00
Perfect Presentation $15.00

Lovey Dovey Valentine


Don't you just love Valentine's Day? Ok, maybe some don't (hmmm Michele), but as a kid I always loved it when we would make boxes for our Valentines. I guess even back then I loved the creativity of it all. Yesterday I opened a fresh box of oatmeal and as I poured it into my Tupperware container I thought hey, I need to save this and do something with it, but instead of putting it off for "later" as I usually do, I sat down and made this. Isn't it cute? I used the Candy Lane DSP (page 159 in the new catalog) to cover the box and used sticky strip and mono multi adhesive (page 191) to attach it. The birds are actually already printed on the paper and are probably 3 times the size of the birds in the Love you Much stamp set (page 27) I added the piece on top. I'm not sure if it really goes, but I had this lying around and thought why not use it. Same colors, but it's a snow flurry on top and it probably would be better if it was a heart?. Oh, and the heart on the front is from the new awesome Hostess Only set A Little Somethin' (page 20) This set matches a lot of our punches. Now how cool is that? Book a party and you could earn that set absolutely FREE
Hope you enjoyed it. Now go and make yourself a Valentine box. You never know who might give you a Valentine or two. *wink*
Hugs!
Renee

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thank you's to and from

Is it cold or what? That's not a complaint, it's a question. Well sort of! LOL I am thankful though that the sun is shinning and speaking of being thankful, I have a couple of thank you gifts to show you today. The first is some little thank you notebooks I made yesterday to give to some special people.
The Certainly Celery ribbon I used is actually some of the FREE ribbon that is available with Sale-a-bration this year. It's a twill type ribbon and is very easy to tie. The stamp I used is from the new Hostess set A Little Somethin' I can tell this set is going to get a lot of use. It's a great one to use with our awesome punches as well.
This next one is a card organizer and card I received from a fellow demo and online friend Stephanie Atterbury I was Steph's convention buddy last summer and she sent this to thank me. It really wasn't necessary because I really enjoyed helping her experience convention long distance, but I am so appreciative that she took the time to make this and send it to me. It was a wonderful surprise and if you know me you know how much I like surprises. Thanks Steph and great big hugs. You will see in the second picture that I have already started to write birthdays down in it. I made one of these awhile back, but ended up giving it to a hostess.
Ok, I guess that's all for now. Stay warm!
Renee

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