Friday, January 30, 2009
I can't wait to use the butterfly stamps - maybe I'll use them on next week's Flutter By Wednesday card! :o) Thanks again, Danni!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Now I know there really aren't pink & red owls but isn't it cute???? In cardmaking it's acceptable, right?!
I have to tell you a funny - and I'm sure we've all been there (at least I hope I'm not the only one!). I was looking at Tina's blog and she used this awesome border punch on a couple of her cards. I kept looking at that going man I wish I had that. Well today, I looked at my punch swatches and guess what? YEP, I HAVE IT!!! I was all ready to go buy it this weekend. NOW you know why I have an "inventory" book, a stamp book and a punch book! If not I'd be double buying a lot and it's not like I can afford to be doing that!
Thanks so much for looking!
I used a level B hostess set, Criss Cross and a level A hostess set, Feel Better from TAC. The paper & cardstock is from the Miss Moxie collection also from TAC. Palette Hybrid Ink Pads used were Orangerie, Paris Lights & L'Amore Red. On the inside I put white cardstock and another scallop border using the same dp. I kept playing with the layout and came up with these below as well.
I made 7 cards total - not bad for one sitting - and really good for me!
I'm happy to report that I will be staying on Danni's Flutter By Team! She's also added a couple more ladies for next month so I'll be adding their blog information on the right later this week. Don't forget though, that Danni is giving away some awesome blog candy! You still have time to play so be sure to stop by. She'll be drawing the winner on Thursday!
Need more ideas? Check out the other talented design team members blogs (link is to the right under the Flutter By Wednesday charm) for their creation today.
Thanks so much for looking! If you have time, click on the comment button and tell me what you think of my cards - I always love to hear what YOU have to say!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Abby is 50lbs & 45inches tall and in the 90th percent tile for her height and weight. She definitely did NOT get that from me - my side of the family is short and stalky. She had to have 3 shots and that didn't go so hot (DOES IT EVER???). I tell you even now with her being 5 yrs old instead of 5 months, I still tear up to see her pain. Because she kept getting upset at the idea of the shots (Oh I should mention, Abby can be a little bit of a drama queen), they decided to have a nurse on each side of her. That way they'd give two shots at one time. Well the nurse who came to help out wasn't ready and didn't go exactly on 3 which means Abby really got stuck while flexing her muscles. Result : sore as snot! She instantly bruised and had trouble moving that leg. The bad part is if you don't use the muscle it hurts worse but since it hurts so bad now it's hard to get her to see that!
So what did I do afterwards? Spoil her of course! I took her to Sonic for her 1/2 price slush (really I needed a caffeine fix after being at the dr. office for like 2 hours!); then to Wal-mart to pick up her prescription (she has horrible Eczema on her hands); then to the Dollar Tree so she could pick out a toy. She's so funny - as we are pulling into the parking lot of the Dollar Tree she spots all the Valentine stuff in the window. She informs me that she thinks her legs would feel much better if she could get a toy AND a balloon. I laughed and said "really, huh?". She got both :)
That made her smile and well her smile lights up a room...
Ok, she wasn't THIS happy today but you get the idea!
It's freakin freezing here (yes, I know, I'm sure it's colder some where else but it's still cold to me!). It's been snowing off and on all day and I'm really ready for some warmer days! I'd at least like to see the sun soon :)
I'm enjoying trying out new size cards and this one is 3 1/2 x 8. I used Chatterbox paper from my scrap bin (LOVE IT), cardstock sticker from K&Company, Flower from Doodlebug and Dew Drops from the Robin's Nest. Stamp sentiment is from Savvy Stamps.
I'd like to take a moment & thank all of you who take the time to check out my blog & who post comments. As a SAHM in a new town, I look forward to reading your comments and it gives me motivation each day! I have to say I have created a lot more since having this blog and it feels really good!
Thanks for looking!
Monday, January 26, 2009
This week we were given a sketch to use for our card creations. I got this awesome stamp set AFTER Christmas had have been wanting to ink it up really bad. Here's my sample:
The sentiment is part of the stamp set which is from The Angel Company. I also used my Fiskars border punch for the sides. Below is a closeup of Santa:
I really like this card but I have to be a little realistic. I send out over 75 cards and the Santa card is a 6x6 which means I'm going to pay extra postage to send him. So I looked at the sketch and decided to make an A2 card. One of my goals is not just making one card a week but being able to make several cards at one sitting - otherwise I'm not going to make it in time!! The same papers & supplies were used just different stamp sets. This first sample is one that follows the sketch pretty closely - I just flipped it.
The stamp sets are Birdy Holiday, Curls n Swirls and Holiday Cheer all from The Angel Company. There are small rhinestones on the bird image & on the sentiment tag. The next one I just used Stickles to add a little bling - less bulk but still a little extra punch. I didn't use "happy holidays" and instead used the "peace on earth" sentiment that I had left off above.
And the last one is the simplest of them all. On this one I cut out the curls n swirls and the bling.
So what do you say - why not make a Christmas card today and get a head start for December! You'll be glad you did and I'd love for you to share your creations as I need all the ideas I can get!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here's a close up of the card:
One of the topics on my groups has been about using old stamps. Ever since I made my master stamp book, I've been able to use more of my older stamps. That's because I actually know what I have now! For this card, I used a retired TAC stamp set called Heart Twinz. It's really a cute stamp set but I have NEVER used it. It felt good to ink them up and get some use out of them.
You should try it. Look at your stash and try and use something old. Not only will you feel good about doing it, you'll also have an excuse to buy something new as a reward, LOL! Believe me when I say I need all the justification I can for my buying habits - just ask my hubby!!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I colored the bee with pencils & OMS. The hearts are actually Stampendous stickers I got at a stamp store. Here's a detailed shot of the bee & hearts:
I decided to use my new Martha Stewart Edge punch for the inside of the card.
As I was doing this post, I realized that I should probably stamp something on the inside as well, LOL.
So whatcha think? This is my first bee image and I think they're pretty cute. May have to get a few more! Thanks for looking!
Friday, January 23, 2009
I colored Q.T. Hooty with my markers. I did a lot of layer but I really like how it turned out. I was really stumped by the sketch as I wasn't sure where to put my sentiment. I found this KI paper that has celebrate all over it and knew it would be perfect. Here's a closeup of the image:It's hard to tell but there is sparkle on the top of his bday hat. I paper pieced the balloon and then added another piece with a pop dot for dimension.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Ok enough about that, on to the card, right??? Well this yummy beauty comes from another Amy Rysavy sketch. I really enjoy her sketches and I love that I'm using embellishments again. Adding that extra something can be difficult for me. So here's the card:
YUM-O right?! Want the details? Here they are: Great Impression Stamp, DCWV Sweet Stack, Brown Cardstock, Ribbon and Buttons. I stamped the image with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I did this cause VersaMagic takes awhile to dry and I'm inpatient, lol! Next I paper pieced the cherries & cupcake "holder" (for some reason I'm totally blanking out what to call this...maybe cause it's 1:30AM?!?!?) with DCWV paper. I colored the hearts with a light pink and then added crystal Stickles to them to give them shine!
Thanks so much for looking! Feel free to leave me a comment as I ALWAYS appreciate and LOVE to hear what YOU have to say!! While you are there tell me if my pictures are horrible...I always think they look pretty good then I upload them and think they look dark. Am I imagining that? Are they horrible? I really hope not!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I don't know about you but I get these "images" of how I think the card should look. This was close but still not what I was "thinking". I decided to go back to the first piece I stamped and see if I could salvage it. I ended up cutting some of it but then used it to make this card:
Now to the specifics - please go check out Danni's blog . She is giving away blog candy this month for those who play along. She also has a slide show with all the team members creations. You, of course, can check out each team members blog which I have listed to the right. It's been so fun being a part of this team! All the other members are so nice and very talented as well! Remember if you upload your creation to SCS or PCP please use keyword FBW41.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
At first I stamped the bunny on white paper and it just looked HORRIBLE! So I decided to use one of the pattern papers that comes in the Juliette SWIC from TAC. Once I did that, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to color it or not since it was treated paper. I'm happy to report that not only did I color using my pencils but I also used my OMS as well. Below is a detail shot of the image:I added white flock to his tail as I believe all bunnies should have some fluff to them!! Thanks for looking!!
Supplies: I love Easter stamp set and Juliette SWIC papers & cardstock all from The Angel Company, Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, White Fun Flock, Martha Stewart Border punch.
Interested in purchasing supplies from The Angel Company? Just contact me as I'm an Independent Demonstrator!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Look at all those wonderful images and that beautiful card! Thanks Danni!!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I LOVE coffee! I should say I love what coffee means to me - Back in TN I would visit Starbucks at least weekly with my great friends Rhonda & Ellen. So it's not just about the coffee but the friendships and conversations. I wasn't sure what sentiment I was going to use with the stamp. Then low & behold last week when I was at a stamp store I found the PERFECT stamp to go with it.
It's really cold outside so I'm trying to stay warm but it's kind of hard...think I'll go make me some coffee - decaf that is or I'll be up ALL night! Who am I kidding, I'm up all night anyway!
Thanks for looking!
I know snowmen aren't blue but I felt I need to color him something and he matches the paper perfectly! I think he's really cute! I'm happy to report I got all the cards made and some extras for myself!!
So what do you think? I would love to know, so feel free to leave me a comment! Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
and a side view:
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I stamped the circle image 5 x - once using brown ink, twice using blue and pink ink. Then I cut out and "popped" up each layer. I changed up my card a little from the sketch in order to accommodate the sentiment going completely across. The circle says "my valentine" so I put "be mine" as the sentiment below. The "be mine" stamp is from Martha Stewart. The paper is Chatterbox and I used the EK ticket punch in the corners.
Thanks for looking!
Monday, January 12, 2009
This is a side view to give you an idea of the size of it. It's made with small paper sacks (size 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2"deep) that I got at Michael's. You actually cut the top of the sack off so it measures 4 3/8". Here's the front:
It's really annoying me, can you tell?!?!?
Friday, January 9, 2009
I used CPS Sketch #98 for this card. I really like how the sketch allows for larger images. This card is actually 5x5. DP is Chatterbox. Here is a close up of Bryony:
Isn't she cute?! If you've never been to Susana's you should really stop by. She keeps adding stuff and I can't keep up. For Christmas, I received quite a few Faerie's so look for more cards using those images soon!
I want to take a moment and thank everyone for the nice comments and emails about my work. It really appreciate the feedback and love that you are looking at my blog! Don't forget you can become a follower just by clicking the link on the right.
Not sure if I'll get to post over the weekend. I have another FUNShop! and am looking forward to it. We are doing a card utilizing our Scor-Pals and a cute little treat bag that is perfect for Valentine's day but could also work for other occasions. I'll share those projects soon!
Have a great weekend and thanks for looking!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I used lots of bling on my butterfly and the paper is from DCWV. Danni will be giving away blog candy to those who play along so be sure to check out her blog for all the details! To see other AWESOME creations, check out the links to the other team members on the right!
So how about it? Want to participate in the Flutter By Wednesday challenge? Just make a card using a butterfly and share your creations. If you upload to a gallery like SPS or PCP be sure to use keyword FBW39.
Can't wait to see what you come up with - Happy fluttering!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Since the covers come off it would be easy to change out the pictures. Abby wanted to draw Aunt Shannon a picture for hers and I also made up a sheet with photos on it so she could change it when she wanted to.
The backs of the key chains were smooth so I decided to apply rub-ons to them to make them more personal.
I bought some extras to have on hand for last minute gifts and to put in my goodie basket (for when I do FUNShops!).
Thanks for looking!
Monday, January 5, 2009
As promised here is one of the Christmas gifts that I made this year. These are photo cubes that I first found at Archiver's and then at Wal-Mart. They are exactly the same. I bought them a LONG time ago (ok really it was like 6 months) because I thought they would be so fun to make. Did I do them right away? Nooooo, but that's ok cause they made GREAT Christmas gifts. One of my goals for 2009 is to use the stuff I actually buy! I have two plastic tubs full of items I want to make/alter - I'm going to start using them!
This is the top of the photo cube. I liked how you can put objects in the cube. I did have to put a little glue (I used Zip Dry since it dries clear) along the bottom two ledges so it would stay together. The reason I'm pretty sure I had to do this was because I decorated the top of the cube...so you may not need to do this depending on how you decorate yours.
The next photos are of the sides of the cube. I made an X with cardstock and decorated the sides. So instead of 4 large pictures I could use 8 wallet size photos.
I put cardstock on the bottom of the cube so I could put my stickers/rub-ons on it. On one of the cubes that I made I actually just put the rub-ons on the cube itself. I did find that you had to be careful of what your colors were. If the photo was dark it was sometimes hard to see the rub-ons. If you have a ton of white rub-ons/stickers then you shouldn't have an issue.
The project went really fast once I had the dimensions all figured out. I ordered wallet prints from Shutterfly (they come 4 to a sheet) so I could make them for family and one for me! To make it easy for you to create your own, I've included the instructions on how I made mine.
You'll need 4 pieces of cardstock that are 4 11/16 x 3 5/16 and score them between 2 5/16 & 2 6/16. The top & bottom pieces of cardstock are 3 5/16 x 3 5/16. For each side, you can photos up to size 2 3/16 x 3 3/16. Sometimes I had that be my cardstock and had my photo be 2 x 3 so I had a nice mat. I decorated each "page" before adhering them all together. When you are finished decorating, just adhere each "page" together so you end up with an X. You then put the X on top of the bottom cardstock. If you are going to decorate the bottom cardstock, I put my X in there, used a pencil to mark the triangle that would be open (see the Abby side or the Soccer Star side above). I adhered my rub-ons/stickers, erased the pencil mark and then put the bottom cardstock in the cube. Once you are done, put the top cardstock on top of the X and put the cube together. As I mentioned before, you may need to put a little glue on the bottom edges. I used Zip Dry on mine and then let it sit overnight with a heavy book on top of it.
That's it! Got questions? Just ask! As always, I'd love to hear what you think! Thanks for looking!