Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Does anyone else out there have days when everything seems to go wrong? I tell ya....the vaccum, the washing machine, the plumbing, the sprinklers...in spite of all the things that seems to pile up on me today, somehow I was still able to have a good day. The kids are on Spring Break and we are just taking it easy! The vaccuum is broke? Great! I don't have to vaccuum! ( I know I can't spell that word) anyway, somedays it is great to just be a mom and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about all the stupid stuff going on around you.
The good new is, my sister had her baby on Sunday! She named her Quincie Cline. Isn't that the cutest name? I can't wait to meet the little munchkin!
So, I am sharing this card made with another new set called Living Large. The background is the AWESOME paisley background stamp in bordering blue, the girl with flowers is stamped in black and colored in with prismacolor colored pencils. This card kind of shows how I am feeling. My cup runneth over. In spite of all the little irritating things that happened today, I am extremely blessed! What a wonderful life I have. I hope you all take a few moments to count your blessings today. :o)
Here is one of the cards I was playing around with when I was so rudely interrupted. ;o). I just barely got the Monkey Business set on Saturday. It was one of SEVEN new sets I earned during Sellabration. I was going to wait and use my SAB points til after the retiring list came out but...I just couldn't wait! I had so much fun playing with these stamps! The monkey is just TOO cute! I used barely banana as the card base, layered a piece of chocolate chip cardstock across the middle and then a layer of patterned paper from the spring showers set. I stamped my monkey and the words on white using chocolate chip and then used the blender pens to add some blush blossom to the monkey's tummy and snout. The heart behind the words is stamped with summer sun. I used my scallop shears along the bottom of the card and then sponged summer sun there and across the top of the card. It is all tied together with some chocolate ribbon. I think this set is just too much fun! I made several cards and have plans for a fun scrap page too!
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I apologize for not posting the winner yesterday as I had planned. I got really sick Friday night but went ahead and went to the SU Tampa Regional Saturday with my girlfriends. We left at 4:30 am and didn't get home til after 9pm. It was a great regional! I admit I slept through part of it, but that is only because I was on Advil all day. I had the opportunity to be a SU helper so I wandered around and helped with the make and take projects and also helped with check-in. I was standing most of the day, so when I got home I was exhausted! It was really a fun day tho. We learned lots of great tips. I will be sharing some of them soon.
After meeting tons of new friends yesterday at check in, I have to say that I am convinced even more that Stampers are the friendliest people on earth. Something happens when you become a stamper. Maybe it is because stampin really IS our THERAPY and we all become a little happier and more giving. Who knows? I know that I just love stamping and am so very grateful for all the wonderful people I have met because of it. We are all a big happy family!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Friday, March 23, 2007
I have to admit that I didn't stamp at all on this card. shame on me! I decided to just use up some scraps that were lying around on my desk. That is as far as I got in the cleaning of my desk. Does it count? LOL I started with the strip of patterened paper I got at my trip to the scrap expo a few weeks ago. I love the aged fabric look it has. The paper is by My Mind's Eye in the Signature suite collection. It is two sided so I used the other side for the mauve strip. I just love two-sided paper! It makes it so easy to find coordinating papers! I dug through my paper scraps and decided that SU always artichoke and craft papers went well with the patterned paper. I cut a large strip of the craft paper and mounted the other strips on top of that. I stuck the collection of strips on a very vanilla card base. I rubbed the edges of the card with my Powder Puff mocha chalk inks to give it a border. I used some Prima flowers with SU mini brads to fill in the mauve border. The big chipboard greeting is from K&Co, also something I picked up at the expo. I finished it all off by adding some paper piercing along the craft borders. I think my favorite part of this card is the way the mini brads make the flowers pop. I love the colored brads!
I am loving all the great book recommendations I am getting! Keep them coming! When you are adding your comments, be sure to read what others are suggesting. There are some great books out there!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Did you notice that I have been using my watermark? I don't know how to move it around yet...lost those instructions, but at least it is on here!
I decided to make up for lost time by making two cards for my blog tonight. I was actually trying to make a birthday card for my baby sister and ended up with this. I don't know if this is the one for her...we shall see. I started by using some precut old olive from my paper scrap basket and folding it into a trifold card. I used the stripey paper also from my scraps for the band along the botton. I punch the 'tic-tac' punch on either side of the opening and then stretched some brown grosgrain around the back of the card and through the holes. I fed the ribbon back out through the hole on either side so I could still tie the ribbon on the outside of the card. Does that make sense? I stamped the U on two pieces of white cardstock with olive and used the hobby blade to cut one of them out. I laid the 'stencil' I made over the other U and stamped the flower over that using chocolate chip ink. (NOTE if you use cardstock for your 'stencil', you will get this empty space around the edges of your U, if I had used something thinner, like a post it note, I wouldn't have those empty spaces. It all depends on the look you are going for. I wanted my U to look a bit 'puffy' or rounded. I think the empty space does that. ) I mounted my floral U to real red cardstock and trimmed it out. I put the three colored mini brads in the corner (in the opposite order they would have looked like a stop light!) and then stuck it on with dimensionals. I stamped the "are the best" with basic black and the flower in the lower right with chocolate chip. I think this card would have passed for masculine til I added the flowers....or do you think they could pass for camo?? Happy stampin!
I have been so busy lately....remember when I told you about doing what only YOU can do? Well, I decided to do that the last few days. I had tons to do...laundry, housework, actual work, errands, etc. Instead of doing all that, I spent time with the kids at home and at school. Today was Field day for my K and 5th graders. It was a beautiful overcast day with a slight breeze and bits of sprinkles now and again. Awesome weather for standing outside for hours watching kids compete in fun ways. I don't know who had more fun...the kids that were competing, the kids cheering them on or the parents watching (and cheering). It was an all around good day. So, my dishes are not totally done, my laundry needs attention, I didn't work out, but...I did spend time with the kids, read them stories at bedtime and make a card for my blog. I think my priorities are right in line! I don't know if I totally love this card, but...it is growing on me. I wanted to do something with a circle window in the front. I pulled out my big punch...must be 1-1/2 inches in diameter, and punched through this patterned paper from the SU hostess set Friends and Flowers. I stuck the paper down and then punched another hole through the big hole and the white card base to create a white 'frame' around the hole looking into the card. It was a bit hard to center the second hole, so I punched a hole in some scratch paper and stuck it in the center of the hole and then used that as a guide. When I got the holes done, I stamped this little heart from the Figures of speech in the hole with basic black and used the blender pen and regal rose stamp pad to color it in. I decided the 'frame' was just a little too wide for the stamped image so I used my fingers to bend the edges of the paper towards the outside of the card. Almost rolling it. It tore here and there, but that added to the look I think. I tied a ribbon around the top of the card and added some gold mini brads to anchore it both visually and physically. I still thought the card needed a little something more so I used the doodle swirl from Doodle this across the front in black ink. I added some stickles to that and the bow on the heart and stamped a few swirls on the inside of the card and....now I like it. It is something a bit out of the ordinary for me but...I think it works. ;o)
Friday, March 16, 2007
I am so tired today! I don't know about the rest of you, but when my sweetie is out of town I don't sleep as well. It isn't that I can't sleep without him, I just end up staying up all night doing projects and finishing things and not going to bed. I am suffering today! I almost missed my son's dentist appointment because I decided to take just a little nap...right! Let's just say... I didn't fix my hair today! I have to say that part of my problem is this darn Daylight savings thing. What is that? How can you "change" time? I guess we changed early this year and nobody bothered to tell my computer so....it is still on old time. So, when I am typing and surfing away and I think it is only 10:30...surprise! It is really 11:30! You wouldn't think one hour would make a difference, but oh yes, it does!
Anyway! You can guess that I didn't actually have time to stamp today. This is a page that I did a month or so ago. It is just a little 6 x 6 brag book page. I have a brag book that I put the good pictures that didn't fit on the big pages. I am calling the book, "things that make me happy." I think it is a great way to use more pictures without having to cram them all on the same page. It is also great for those pictures that I develop and then decide to enlarge. I really like this picture of my boys. This was taken at the Enchanted Garden a couple of years ago. It is a really beautiful place with lots of "nature."
The base of the page is Thyme cardstock with the canvas stamp stamped on it using Thyme ink. I cut four squares of the Treehouse designer paper for the background. I love the colors in this set of papers and thought they were pretty masculine. I just kind of stuck the squares down and then zipped around the edges with my sewing machine. I stuck the picture down and then added a tag from the Be happy set that I stamped in Thyme onto Sahara Sand cardstock. I rubbed the edges of the tag with the Cranberry stamp pad to give it an edge and then layered the Cranberry rectangle on top of the tag. I used yellow hemp on the tag, added a few mini brads here and there and called it done! Even tho I did actually sew on this page, it went together pretty quickly. Don't be afraid to actually sew! Especially on something masculine like this. Because it was "boy" I wanted it to look a bit rough around the egdes. Easy! Maybe tomorrow I will actually stamp!!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
It felt like spring today! yes, I know, I live in Florida where it feels like spring almost all year, but it was truly beautiful outside today. I even decided to work in the yard instead of going to the gym. I think I worked my arms more with the rake than I would have with the weights!
In honor of this beautiful day, I made this daisy card. I used certainly celery for the card base and the Sarah designer papers for the front. The big daisies on the topper are actually made with paper frosting. I saw a booth for this at the scrap expo I went to a couple weekends ago. I only bought one stencil because...there was only one I liked! I like things that are really versatile and can be used in lots of different ways. This stencil has paisly, daisies, and polka dots on it. I just used the daisies here. I am sure the frosting will work with the SU brass stencils too. I will play with them soon. I added a yellow bead to the middle of the daisies to mimic the flowers in the background. I layered the key tag and label punchs and added some gold mini brads to finish it off. This is one of the first items I have used my spiral punch on. It was kind of confusing when I looked at the punch image in the mini catalog but when I actually got it, it is really cool! It lines up so easily. I am sure I will be using it more. I don't usually use so many different things on a card, but I think they came together well. What do you think??
I hope you are having some spring at your house! If you don't have any yard work...I still have some left I can share with you!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Today was "Stamp Therapy Day!" I got up and cleaned my house so I could play. (Yep, I even bribe myself to do chores. ) My friends Jesse and Laura came over to stamp with me. It was wonderful! I think these girls bring creative vibes with them. I made some cards I really liked! I am sharing two tonight. The one on the left is the one I like the best. I used the Doodle This set from the Spring mini and the Happy Everything set for the words. I combined cardstock colors that I don't normally combine. The base of this card is Vintage Violet from the SU In Colors this year. (Purple!!) the front layer is actually blue! It is bordering blue. I stamped the doodle swirls and sponged the edges with the Violet and it really pulled it all together. The flowers are also stamped with the Violet and colored in with the SU pastels. I added a bit of stickles to the outer dots on the flowers to give them a bit 'o bling. I layere the flowers on more violet, popped them up with dimensionals, stuck the for you (also in violet) under the edge and finished the card off with the medium twill tape.
I don't know if you are like this, but the most attractive stamps to me are usually the ones I don't personally own. There aren't many, but...for some reason that is the way it is! Laura brought this Give Thanks set over today and I just had to use it! She is such a good sport...I even used some of the stamps first! The card is fairly simple. I used the M3 to color in the flower and then sponged around it to soften it up. I wanted to put the little saying on there but didn't want to have it stand out too much so I stamped it with Stazon onto vellum cardstock and folded it around the flower.
I did several more cards...even one for my Dad's birthday, but I will share them later. I don't want to ruin the suprise for my dad!;o)
Just as an FYI, Michelle is giving away awesome blog candy! Check out her site at www.painteddesertserenade.blogspot.com (did I spell it right?)
Monday, March 5, 2007
I am in the process up ....let's call it...."updating" my office. I am not cleaning, rearraning, organizing, I have used all those words in the past. This time, I am updating the room. I am attempting to make it more functional, attractive, and comfortable. I was actually thinking about purchasing more of those handy dandy clear drawers, but when I looked at what I had, I realized I had enough, I just needed to use them differently. I am really enjoying the changes I have made and I plan to take some pictures when I am done to share with you all. I know I love to see craft rooms and how they are set up and decorated, so I'm assuming you all do too!
This little clock is a new addition to my office. I ordered the blank clock from OTC for around $7 I think. I thought I was getting three of them, since the order set Unit = 3.... but no, they counted each hand of the clock as a part. Yeah. whatever.... So, I finally got around to personalizing it today. I used some basic grey paper I picked up at the scrap expo and wiped the edges with my new powder puff pads (these are awesome) and then glued it down using Perfect Paper adhesive (because it was on my desk). Then I used chip board words that all came in a kit from K&Co. I picked that up at the expo as well. What can I say? It was on sale and it came in the cutest little tin with a cute handles.....okay, so who isn't a sucker for cute packaging??? Anyway, I loved all the words. I decided this is a great little "goal" clock. All the words I used are things I hope I work on each day. Areas I would like to improve on in my life. I did add some stamping in the corners with the Carte Postale set from SU. It is retired....but I still love it!
This HOT picture is of my son Jared. He decided all on his own to make monkey bread and bring it up for us to munch on during our class. Isn't he sweet? He even made it into the shape of a heart. It was his first time and it was great. I think the ladies were all impressed. I know I was!
I asked everyone at the embossing class to pick their favorite card from the ones they made that night for me to take a picture of. I warned them that I would be posting a few. Nobody wanted their faces...sour sports! I honestly don't remember whose card this one is, but I wanted to share it because the technique is so fun and it turned out so nice. To do this card, we stamped with versamark onto Watercolor paper and embossed with white powder. Then we used the aquapainters to pick up colors from the watercolor crayons and painted all over the paper. The embossed images naturally resisted the watercolors. This is a cool technique on it's own, but we took it a step further by putting a blank piece of typing paper over the finished (and somewhat dried) paper and heating it with an iron. This takes about 45 seconds we decided. What happens is the iron causes the embossing powder to melt again and it sticks to the typing paper and lifts off the watercolor paper. When the embossing powder comes off, it leaves the white of the watercolor paper behind and it looks really cool! This technique is called Watercolor Batik. The stamps we used are from the Spring Mini, Doodle This.
Another embossing technique we worked on was using the heat and stick powder. Now, I am not a huge fan of this stuff because you have to be so careful. At least I do. Heat and stick powder is an embossing powder that turns 'tacky' when heated. The trick is to heat it just barely enough to melt it so it is sticky. If you heat it too long, it isn't sticky. When done right, the results are awesome! This card was done by Jesse Szombathy. Anyone that knows Jesse will not be surprised that it is purple. ;o) After Jesse heated the H&S powder, she brushed the purple and green glitter over the H&S and it stuck. After that, she shot it again with the heat tool to 'lock in the glitter' and voila! Awesome card. The great thing about using the H&S for glitter is that it is stuck on there good. The glitter doesn't keep coming off like it does when you use the 2-way glue pen. After playing with the H&S again Saturday... I think I am ready to start using it more. The cards were great!
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Yesterday, I spent the day in Orlando at the Scrapbooking Expo. It was wonderful! I love being at events with loads of crafty women. Y ou can just feel the creative vibes throughout the room. The sad part is I went all by myself. Michelle wouldn't fly over from Califonia, Rachel is busy having a baby, and my Norweigen scrappin friends had to spend the day with their husbands. I know, all good excuses....the good news is I was finally able to meet up with my newest Norwiegen friend Bibbi. She is such a sweetheart! We visited, checked out the booths and had a great time. It was not a long visit because I had signed up for two workshops at the event and I also had to get back home before the school bus dropped off my angels.
The two classes I took were great. One was a 3-D wall art class which I will be posting after I get my pictures on, and the other was a class by Basic Grey and Bazzil. I love those companies! We did 4 layoust at the BG class in half an hour! I will show them soon also.
In the meantime, here is a wall canvas I did a few months ago. All the stamps are Stampin Up! I used acrylic paint for the background and a mixture of paint and craft pads for the flowers. There are some words on there....not sure if you can see them. I have done other canvases for people for graduation and other events. They are totally fun and quite addictive...like most stampin projects... The pictures were taken two years ago. My kids were SO cooperative. It was totally fun for them to dress up and pose.
I'm off to visit the school, basketball game, run run run!!! Hope you all have a great Saturday! If you can come to my embossing class tonight, I'll see you at 7!