Saturday, April 28, 2007

Two more birthday cards

I hope you are all having a great weekend! I have been so I say that all the time? I think I do. I apologize. I guess I am just still getting used to having teenagers. They are alway going somewhere. It wears me out!

I promised to share more of the awesome birthday cards I received at my party. Here is a really cool card by Jesse S. She is so creative...more so than she knows! She is a great lover of purple, like me! I really like how she made this card. You can't see the inside, but the collage theme continues in there. It is a fun card!
This next card is by my good friend Laurel P. She cut out the oval in the middle and put a beautiful picture of purple flowers in it. It is almost three dimensional. Very cool! I especially like the stitching around the oval.
I LOVE getting hand made cards! It is not only because I'm a SU demo and that is what I do, it is because when someone takes the time to make me a card, I feel so honored and loved! It is a neat feeling to get a hand made card. I love that I get to teach people how to do that! To share a bit of themselves with others. I love it!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More birthday cards!

This sweet card was from Shari B. She is a new demonstrator, but you sure can't tell that by her stamping! She has a great eye! She is also very sweet. She

drove all the way over to my house to hand deliver this card, the flowers behind it, and a balloon...all on the day before she was going in for surgery! What a friend!

She used the Notations designer paper, the cool spiral punch, stapler, and the It's your Birthday stamp set. I love it!!

This next card was also hand delivered. It came from Michele G, all the way from another town! She drove all the way over to give it to me. I tell ya, I was feeling the LOVE yesterday!! Michele used the Serene Sunflower for her card and not only did she stamp it great...she cut it out! This has to be the hardest flower in the catty to cut out! sheesh! It looks awesome!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

It's my birthday!!

Today was my birthday. I am 30 and some change. I had a wonderful day! I decided to throw myself a party. Why not?! My friend, the amazingly talented Amy came and taught me and some friends an awesome bead project. We had a ball! I have the best friends in the world. They brought, gifts, food, and LOADS of fun! I felt very blessed today! Thanks guys!! I am going to share some of the awesome handmade cards they brought me over the next few days. I am too tired to do much tonight...must be the old age!

This card was actually sent to me by Karen Giron. A dear friend that shares my same birthday! She lives in Colorado tho. It is a totally cute card and the very first birthday card I received this year. Way to be on the ball Karen!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

April 18th post

I tried to post these pictures yesterday but there was a problem with blogger. So, I am trying again today!
I have been SO busy lately! Doing lots of good things, but not much time for stampin or bloggin. I usually stamp on Tuesday but had the opportunity to help out a good friend so...I stamped today. I also had the plumber coming today...I've waited almost 2 months for that guy so, I was going to be here! I was expecting a huge amount of work and a huge bill to match, wasn't bad at all! I love that! But, I tell ya, plumbers make the money! The labor was more than 4 times the material and he was only here ...just over an hour!

Anyway! I did stamp today! Here are two cards that I came up with. One is a Mother's day card that was inspired by a card Debbie Olsen did a few days ago. She used patterned paper, I used the Roses in Winter to make my own patterned paper. I like this card, I just wish I had a Marvy giga punch for the circle mat! I used a big circle punch for the focal point and just went around it with some pinking shears. I used the SU craft kit paper piercer to punch holes along the big curve and then connected them with a black scrap pen. The French script is stamped in Vanilla onto the burgundy paper for the card base.

The next card is one I made with left over supplies from my group swap. I used the Seeing spots and the cots and posies from the Mini catalog. I inked the flower in marigold morning and then rolled the edges in Cameo Coral. I love how it looks! I may be doing this one for my workshop tomorrow night.

I have a watercolor class this Saturday night so I will be sharing some fun watercolor ideas son!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sweet and simple

Spring is definitely in the air here in Florida. Of course...since we have spring like weather all winter, what that really means was hot! Not too bad yet, but I think the cool weather is coming to an end. I took advantage of the weather and had myself a 3-1/2 hour nap today. I know, that doesn't sound fair, but since I have been staying up really late for the last week and still getting up really early, I felt I was due. I feel much better!

I took some time this evening to make a few simple spring cards. I pulled out the Bodacious Boquet set and came up with these two cards. I used the prescored cards and envelopes from SU for my card bases. On this one, I stamped the daisy in Summer sun and the stem in Certainly celery. I added a few bold button to the centers and tied a spring green ribbon through some 1/8 inch holes to look like leaves. The spring tag is from the everyday expressions stamped on one of my tags from the tag sheet. It is funny...I have had these tag sheets for years and never used them. I now have them sitting on my desk and I use them all the time. Out of sight, out of mind I guess! They are quite handy. I stamped the Happy from Happy Everything in black and added a strip of the same green ribbon across the top to fill in that big white space a bit. I added a piece of Celery to the inside of the card to write on. I like this card. It is kind of a backwards card for me...I usually use white on the inside and colored cardstock on the outside, but I think this has a cool feel to it.
This next card is using the same two stamp sets. I used the other half of the certainly celery for the card base and layered 1/2 of my premade card on the front. I actually stamped on both sides of this card and didn't like it, became a layer! Gotta love the 'two sides of the paper' aspect of stamping! The flowers are stamped in Perfect Plum and the stems and leaves in celery.
I added some clear buttons with crystal effects and stamped the happy in black again. It was amazing the difference the black gingham made to this card. It was a sweet, conservative card til I added that. Now it is a sassy fun card. I may play with this one some more!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Flower for a friend

I stamped today!! I was busy all day, but I just made some time tonight to make a card. I needed an extra special card for a dear friend. She sent me a surprise package in the mail yesterday...I was so excited!! She truly is wonderful.
For this card, I started with the premade square white SU cards and envelopes. I stamped the canvas background in basic brown onto a square of rose red cardstock and then stamped the French script over that in the same color, but only on half of the background. Now, the canvas stamp is not as wide as this card so in order to cover the entire square I inked it up and moved it around a couple of times, overlapping where I stamped. It gives it a weathered fabric look and makes it so you can't really see any seams. I also rubbed the edges of the red with my Bloody Mary chalk spot to distress it a bit. I mounted my rose red onto a square of chocolate chip and set it aside. For my flower, I used watercolor paper and stamped again with the Basic Brown. I used the aqua-painter to pick up color right off of the watercolor crayons. This is my favorite way to use the crayons because it is so easy...and I'm so lazy! I dried the flower and leaves with the heat tool and then cut them all out. I watercolored a square on another piece of WC paper and dried it and then mounted the flower and leaves onto that. The flower is actually 'popped up' with some dimensionals. I stamped wonderful on a tag from the SU tag sheets, rubbed the edges with the chalk pad and just slipped it under the flower. I punched the corners of the WC paper with a 1/4 inch circle punch to make it look like the ticket punch...need to get that...and added some mini brads from my new hodge podge kit. I tied a bit 'o twill across the front of the card and stuck it all together. I did stamp the inside of the card with the same flower and others from the set (Flower Fest) but I colored them in with chalks. The watercolor crayons don't work as well on regular cardstock.
My office is coming right along! I should be able to send out pictures by the end of the week. yay!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Springtime Princess...

Happy Easter!! I thought I would share a scrap page that had springy colors on it. These are pictures of my younger daughter Sarah. She is a lot of fun! She is our peacemaker in the family. She has such a tender heart. We were trying to take pictures of the kids in the back yard for Grandma's yearly scrap pages and the kids had fun doing lots of poses.

These pages went together pretty easily. I started with two 12 x 12 sheets of whisper white cardstock. I then took two sheets of barely banana cardstock and cut curvy lines on them. I adhere the banana paper to some pixie pink paper and cut more curves in the pink. It was all quite random.... Then I took those layered pixie and banana papers and adhered them to the white page bases. I used blue gingam ribbon over the pixie and banana seams and then punched out a large quantity of daisies and circles in the pixie, white, banana, and celery cardstock. I put my pictures on coordinating cardstock layers and then adhered them to the page. I then filled in the seams with the daisies. I stamped SARAH with the old stencil alphabet on white carstock with black ink and cut it out and put it on the page. It is hard to see, but on the white middle section there are tiny pink flowers stamped. Just for a bit o' texture.

This is one of my favorite layouts of Sarah. I think it really captures her sweetness and her playfulness. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Life is a Journey...

I am totally wiped out today! First I painted the second coat on my staircase walls...those walls are HIGH! And then I took my two girls shipping for Easter dresses. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a decent dress for a very tall, slim 14 yr old? All the dresses we saw were made for streetwalkers in Vegas! Sheesh! It took hours, but we finally found one we could both live with. Shopping just wipes me out tho!
I am sharing another scrap page today. This is one I did in November while my wonderful sister was visiting. It took me several hours to do this one. I took an 8 x 10 photo and cut it into a million squares the size of the edge of my trimmer (how's that for a measurement!), leaving the rectangle around my focal point in tact. Then I placed my focal point on the page where I wanted it and started building my mosaic. I didn't use all the "tiles" that I had. I skipped a few due to the 'grout' taking up some space. Now that I have done it once, I don't think it would take me as long to do it again. I think next time I may try it with circles or other shaped 'tiles' and see how that works. Someday....

Thursday, April 5, 2007

I have been in a major organizing mood. Do you ever get that way? I tend to get that way at certain times of the month (if you know what I mean) and also on Thursdays. Yep, Thursday is a big cleaning day for me. I have to be careful or I stay up all night Thursday night and then I sleep through my date on Friday night! I think the Thursday thing is due to years of scrapbooking with friends on Friday mornings. My Alabama scrappin buddies were awesome. We would get together "for a few hours" on Friday and end up scrapping til the kids came home from school....and sometimes longer! We would slow down for lunch, but keep on going. I have some scrappin buddies here in Florida now and we actually meet on Tuesday and Friday. I guess the scrappin mostly takes place on Friday and Tuesday is general stamping. Lately, Friday's have been busy and we haven't been able to scrap. I am missing it! Since tomorrow is Good Friday and the kids are out of school, we won't be meeting to scrap. It is probably a good thing since I have been moving furniture and re-organizing things in my office...yet again. I am working towards finishing so I can take pictures and share them with you all. I am fairly spoiled in my stamp room. I actually have a pretty nice space. I am blessed to have a husband and family that support my stampin/scrappin habit.

I didn't get to scrap or stamp today, but I did want to share a few scrap pages with you that I did a few months ago. These pictures are from our family vacation to AZ a few years ago. These colors are a bit out of the ordinary for me. I used the flip flops as my color jumping ground. The dots are actually 1/4" punches of cardstock glued to the page. It took a loooonnnggg time to do this, but it was fun. I used crystal effects to glue them down so I could just dot the CE and drop the 'dot' on it. The letters are traced from Heidi Swapp ghost letters onto vellum cardstock I had brayered with only orange ink. I used crystal effects on the back of the letters to glue them down and to add a bit of watery shine to them. The CE also makes the vellum curl a bit so the letters are a bit wavy. The pages have a lot of energy to them and that is exactly what the memory is of. We were at a waterpark in Mesa, AZ where the water just squirts up all over the place. It was SO hot outside that the kids had to be moving or standing in water or their feet would burn. The were running around like crazy. It was fun...and HOT!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Peacocks a plenty

How would you like to have one of these for a pet? There are a couple of these peacocks that roam our neighborhood. The first time we saw them was on the way to school one day. My daughter was running late and we had just come around the corner when we saw these birds in the middle of the road. What could we do? We stopped and gawked at them of course. When she got to school, she told the office she was late because there was a peacock in the road. Funny excuse, but the office worker said, oh, you must live in my neighborhood! She was excused. That was a couple of years ago and the birds are still wandering free. Sunday was only the second time we were lucky enough to see them open their tails. It is an amazing sight! We tried to get closer but they closed up.

Today was another session of Stampin' Therapy at my house! I was finally able to play with my big blooms set a big. Here are a few cards I came up with. I admit I was highly influenced by the samples on Debbie's blog. I don't think I copied them completely... The first one is a tall skinny card to fit in the open end envelopes from SU. The card base is whisper white with a rectangle of green galore over the bottom 1/3. I stamped the canvas stamp on the green and tied a piece of spring green grosgrain around it before I adhered it to the card. I stamped the two medium flowers from the set in cameo coral and summer sun and then cut them out. I cut out a stem and a couple leaves freehand. I curled the petals of the flowers around a marker to give them a bit of 'lift' and then stuck the layers together with dimensionals. The center of the flower is a piece of white paper I rubbed with the coral pad and then punched out. (I admit, I was too lazy to get up and look for some coral paper...) I stuck it all together and stamped the happy everything from it's self named set in basic black.

The next card was done by coloring with the M3 markers directly onto the stamp. I used pixie pink, summer sun and only orange for the flowers and green galore for the grass/stem. I used Debbie's idea of turning the stem upside down to make grass. So clever! The background paper at the bottom is from the Just Delightful SAB scrap set. The card base is only orange and the flower mount is summer sun. I ted a big of spring green ribbon around the front and tied a tag with natural hemp. I added a bit of crystal effects to the middle of each flower to give it a bit of pop.
I think I like this set! I am looking forward to playing with it some more...maybe after bedtime for the munchkins.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Beautiful Maegan...

Today was a beautiful, relaxed, inspiring Sunday. I slept til 10:30 and then got up and went to the church for General Conference. The speakers were wonderful and so were my children! That was quite a blessing! Of course, Ben and Jared were home with Brad, so it was possible! We traded off for the second session.

Needless to say, I didn't have any stamping time today. Therefore, I am sharing one more scrap page I did for my contest. This picture is of my wonderful daughter Maegan. She is my right hand and my buddy. She really is fabulous and beautiful! The paper I used for this is from Basic Grey. The flowers were printed on the paper when I got to it. I trimmed it down a bit and mounted it on Chocolate Chip paper. I added the butterfly transparencies (Bohemia) , the felt stickers (can't remember where those are from), and the gold rub-ons you can barely see...a rectangle in the upper right, a butterfly on the left and some other flowers here and there. I anchored it all with some antique silver square brads in two corners. I really liked how this page came together. I started out with a totally different image in my head just morphed into this.

I promise to try and stamp something tomorrow to share. The kids will be back at school so, maybe I will have a minute or two!!