Saturday, October 24, 2009

class kits

wow, i'm even a couple days early.  i've been working on it off & on for so many days, last night i finally said "i just need to put it together and so i started working on it.

first, the creative mess that i work in.....

i selected 12 pictures and matched them up to the elements i wanted them to go on and trimmed to the approximate correct size.  then i used gel medium to adhere the pieces together.  since this will be handled a lot (and has been already) i wanted something that was strong and that i could get to the edge.  i had a bit of trouble with that, but compensated as i needed to.

once everything was glued down (and by the way, i thought i had it 3 times, and each time i found something else, so i actually washed my brush and put the gel medium away 3 times!  can you tell it was getting late?!) then it was time to punch everything to bind it.  now my hope for this was (and i had practiced on a scrap piece of paper) was that the left side of the cover (which is actually 1 big 12" strip) would have the spiral binding and that i could get it deep enough into the punch to get 2 rows of holes (one column on each side of the fold).  well, i didn't think about it being much thicker due to the paper & photo.  it fit in, but not far enough, so i was left with 1 column of holes.  now the comb will just fall out.  i was pretty upset & good thing the boys were in bed as I did not have good words to say.  but being the trooper that i am, i worked, and worked and worked to find something that would work and still allow my original idea to come through.  well, i couldn't do it.  ended up the whole thing was so thick the cover on the left side couldn't fold properly.  well, now what to do?  i ended up leaving the right side as a fold around, but cutting the left side just enough to remove the holes, and then re-punching the back & front for the comb.  not exactly what i had planned, but still good. so here's the finished goods....

I could still do my original idea of using velcro for the closure, that was cool and repunching didn't hurt the rub-on, which was another thing to be grateful for.

the left side is a find from my parent's attic, it is a very lovely time card. not even the kind that goes in a machine, but one you hand write on.  thought it was lovely for journaling. the right is part of a task list my printer can print automatically.  like the check boxes!

my printer also does notebook paper, this one is wide-ruled.

this lady is from a women's retreat we had a couple years ago.  she cracked me up, the joy lady.  she's wearing her cross-colored (instead of rose-colored) glasses - too funny!  the other side is a clear "cd" what is actually at the top/bottom of a spindle or cake box.  love 'em and yup the comb binder can punch 'em.  if you look at the edge of the rick-rack you can see it better.

bingo card on 1 side, 3 1/2 floppy on the other side.  yup, another great find from my mom's stash. not much else to do with them now.  this took the big bite to punch though.  2 punches overlapping is big enough for the comb.

the right side is grid paper. inside back cover completely do-able and then this also shows the right-side flap, also with some goodness on it.

i realize all the photos are a bit on the warm side, but the paper really is ivory so it goes really nicely with the papers here which is actually a beautiful collection from the paper studio (hobby lobby brand) called della fantasia.  very classy!

so here is a look at the kit contents.  unless you specify otherwise, it will come unassembled and unpunched so that you can put your own creative flair to work.  this kit also will only be available through here, not on etsy.  If you are interested in one, send paypal payment to me for $15 which also covers shipping.  most of my product is in limited quantities so  i will substitute as appropriate.  some of the trims are vintage trims from my mom and I do not have much of it left.

as you can see, tons of ribbon, tons of little fun embellies, it was so much fun to make!

Friday, October 23, 2009

my apologies

with all the sicknesses going through the house, i've not been able to do much lately other than take care of kids and clean.  i have been working on the class kits and hope to have a picture up on monday so that you can see them.  i think they are just going to be so cute, so many mixed elements! very rich papers, lots of fun too!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

class kits

been working on getting them assembled, will let you know when they are available.  i'll make up a couple extras if you want one!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

more yummies!

even with sick kiddos i was able to get some time to work on new product.  i just posted some really cute thanksgiving stuff as well as some new scalloped journal blockz on etsy so be sure to go check 'em out. -elle

Monday, October 5, 2009

my stamps!

ok, so i finally got the sketches scanned, and pictures of the cards i did with them, so here they are!

first the sketches, and now the cards.  I did not use all the stamps, but as you can see, the little ones can go on the coffee cup to give it some variations.

If you are interested in a set, just drop me an email!  I'm thinking of listing them on amazon when i get the finals back this week.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

more halloweenie

ok, so i actually cut it all up last night, today i have been lazy.  tomorrow i will take pictures.  trying to figure out how much to send in, i have a lot of stuff now!  i think it will be so much fun, i can't wait.  once i get it all final, i let you know which one it is...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

totally exciting!

used my stamps today, that totally rocked to see my ideas stamped onto paper, it looked soooo good.  i've got pics, need to get them off the camera & posted for you to see.  going to be a sponsor at an on-line challenge, more to come on that next week so i was busy today making new product, it's so cute! trouble is, i have so many ideas floating around in my head but not enough time or energy to get them all done!  lol

i think that is really about it, going to go cut it up and get it ready for photo-ing in the am when the light is better.

Friday, October 2, 2009

where the rubber hits the road...

exciting news!! got the proof back from the (stamp) engraver yesterday and I love it!!! there was trouble with one design having some artifacts on it, so he's going to re-cut that one but he sent the sheet home with me and i've been playing with them.  it is so cool to be able to work with stamps that have come from my own imagination - wow!

he'll have the finished product for me next week, and we've worked on prices.  They will be $40 a set, and you get 15 stamps.  these are thick, high quality rubber (it's grey) but it trims like butter.  the largest image is 2 x 4".  I will scan in my sketch later so you can see what they are.  If you are interested in purchasing a set, i will not be ordering many (very limited) so let me know now.