Thursday, December 31, 2009

I just have to get one more in....

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great New Year's Eve!
I just had to get one more post in for 2009...this makes 50 for the year. Not bad for just discovering blogging in the middle of the year!!!! :)
Thanks so much to everyone that visits and comments on my humble creations. You are very much appreciated! I hope to get lots more crafty stuff done in the new year.
Come back and visit me as much as possible. I promise to have uplifting posts, a few give aways, and well maybe a few venting paragraphs along the way but I'll try and make them short and sweet! ~hehehehe~

Thanks again for visiting!
Until next time...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Birthday Border sets

Hello! I hope you're relaxing after a long Christmas rush. Kick up your feet, the dishes can wait!!!! hehehe!
I am in a swap on SCS hosted by my friend Colleen. It's a border set swap and I have a spot in the Birthday group. I didn't want to make it too girlie since I lean toward that a lot in my crafting but I'm not good with masculine either. So, of course, I had to add flowers!

I used my mom's Cricut Expression for everything but one border and the photo mat. Don't you just love those Cricuts? The little stars on the left border match the top of the party hat. The party hat has the word celebrate on it. I used the CM wavy cutter for the brown and patterned papers on the borders. The big balloon with red background is the journaling piece. I surprised myself by not using any ribbon! I went with brads and eyelets instead. I had fun making these. I think getting to play with the Cricut was my favorite though. If I wouldn't have played around so much, it wouldn't have taken me 5 hours to complete these!!!!
Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think.
Until next time...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas from our silly family to yours!

Today I would like to share with you a family photo that was taken at our first Christmas get together this year. Our children wanted to play with their presents. They wanted no part of pictures! I don't blame them. This particular family gathering is filled with 'kodak moments' all night, every year. So, to show us how much they did not want the picture taken...our children decided to give the fakest smiles...wait I can't even say they're smiles, it looks more like growls, that they could possibly make. They are very funny. At the time, I looked at the camera and thought how awful, I should scold them, but I then thought, nah, they're just kids being kids. I will put this in my scrapbook (maybe even enlarge it :)) and write about all the pictures taken that night and this is how our children deal with it!!!! hehehehe!
Here it is...

So, from our silly family to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I pray you have a safe and wonderful holiday spent with family and friends and great 'kodak moments'! :)

Until next time...

Monday, December 21, 2009

What's in a word?

Happy Christmas week! I know you have lots to do and so little time to do it. It makes me very happy that you took time from your schedule to stop by my blog. I hope you're all done with your shopping and can now stay home to wrap gifts and bake. Yummm, I can smell your wonderful Christmas cookies. :)
I pray you will also take time to remember the true meaning of this glorious Season. Our Lord came to earth as a babe. He knew his mission and did it willingly. He was "Born to Die"! Born to die for you and me! That is, was and forever will be the greatest gift of all. ~Thank you Lord~


Now, for some crafty goodness! I made these two cards as a sort of personal challenge. I wanted sentiments, either stamped or computer generated, to be my focal point. No stamped images. Of course, to make them a little more interesting I used designer series paper from SU! too.

The first card has a computer generated sentiment. I used rich razzleberry as my base. Then a piece of razzleberry lemonade dsp. Crushed curry c/s and printed the sentiment on pixie pink c/s. A misc. piece of glittered chipboard and some stickles to finish it off.

And now the sister to the first card. I again used rr as my base. Then another piece of rl dsp. And yet another piece of pixie pink c/s but this time I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Happy Everything from SU! (rich razzleberry ink). I then used a stamp from Birthday Bliss SU! stamp set and stamped on white c/s in pixie pink ink. Then punched it with my scallop circle punch and placed it with dimensionals. I finished the card with Melon Mambo ribbon.

I hope you like them. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great day!

Until next time...

Monday, December 14, 2009

CCC #14

Here's my card for the Crafty Critters Blog Challenge #14. It was to use a Limited Supply challenge from SCS where you could only use white and one other color. If you used patterned paper it had to be white on white. Your embellishments had to be white. I chose to do a CAS card...I know that is hard to believe ;)....I can't help it. If I can make it clean and simple and still get supper on the table and kiddos loved and read too....I'M GOOD!
So, here it is...

I used white c/s as my base then stamped the snowflake from Snow Swirled in Brilliant Blue ink and used the sentiment from Christmas greeting set and inked it in the same color. I did two score lines at the bottom and then a white square brad on the bottom snowflake.
This is also the card I did as my 'mass' produced card for church. I had A LOT of cards to give out and I wanted to try and make all of them. I think it is a nice clean, pretty card.
Hope you enjoyed visiting today.
Until next time...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

VSD Challenge #2

This is my second post of the day. My second VSD Challenge too.
Melanie challenged us to make 4, 1 page scapbook layouts and have at least 2 pictures on each and at least 1 embellishment. Each page was to be at least 8x8 in size, but I'm working on a 7x7 album and I just can't bring myself to scrapbook out of order. I do believe that is why I'm so far behind though....because I get tired of scrapbooking the same order...and I take a break and it's usually weeks before I'm back at it. Anyway, I never have been able to scrapbook out of order. I have all my pics lined up as what to scrap next and if I get out of order my world turns upside down. I know weird huh? I guess I am a little OCD! hee! hee!
So, I did 5 pages instead of the 4 b/c I was working on a smaller scale.
Here they are going from my favorite to least favorite...
Keep in mind too that this is still the album I'm working on that have the 'not so good' shots of my kiddos and I just can't bear to throw them away...

This last one I couldn't get the flash not to glare on one of the pics.
That took a lot for me to do. I have never uploaded every page I've worked on in one sitting. There is always one I don't particularly like that I don't want to share. Oh well, putting myself out there feels....freeing! ha, ha hee! hee!
Now I'm tired and ready to hit the sack.
I'll have my Crafty Critters Challenge #14 ready for you tomorrow. Come check it out!
Until next time...

VSD Challenge #1

Good Evening everyone! Here goes another weekend. But it will be the last week of school before Holiday break! Yippeeee!
Today I participated in a Virtual Stamp Day with my bloggy sisters. Crafty Critters blog group had a VSD this afternoon. This was my first Virtual stamping event. I had fun...I just wish I would have had more time to play :) I was very busy with activities at Church, so I wasn't able to chit chat the entire time. I was able to work the first 2 challenges. Here is #1.
Our challenge was to make a monocramatic card and make it Christmas themed...

I started with old olive c/s. Then layered very vanilla c/s and Merry Moments dsp. Then a 3"x3" vanilla panel with the snowflake from Snow Swirled in old olive ink. Some misc. velvet brads and a sentiment in old olive ink finished it off. The snowflake panel is on with pop dots. This was a card after my own heart....I love CAS and only using 2 colors (one being neutral) is right up my alley :)
Next, we had to make a card using paper piecing and it had to be Christmas themed....

Okay, I had a slight problem with this seeing as how I don't have any Christmas themed stamps that are easily cut into sections for paper piecing. So, I started with old olive c/s again then used some more Merry Moments dsp and the tree stamp from Snow Swirled. I stamped it in old olive ink on very vanilla c/s and then once on the MM dsp. I cut all the images out and layered them. Some sheer vanilla & red ribbon with a crumpled and inked sentiment finish this card off. I hope this is close enough to paper piecing to qualify.

I've got one other challenge to upload...
Be right back...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Handmade is the best way~~well cheapest anyway! hee!

Hope you had a productive week and now will have a relaxing weekend. Lord knows I won't! ha! I've got way too much to do and too little time to do it.
Last night we had our Sunday School Christmas party. We played Dirty Santa. The gifts had to be $10 or less. Okay, I admit I forgot until the last minute so I made something! It is the best way...I don't care what my non-crafty sister says! *sticking tounge out* neener neener!!!!
This is what I came up with...

I stamped a candle and made 3 thank you cards with envelopes.

Here's a close up of the candle. I used SU! stamp set Best Blossoms (retired). I stamped the leaf stamp on tissue paper in old olive ink. Cut it out and use wax paper and my heating tool and ta da! I wrapped some sheer choc. ribbon around it.

The card is white cardstock with the same leaf stamp in old olive ink then the sentiment from the same set in choc. chip ink. I used the SU! marker for the dots. I also scored the card on the top and bottom.
So, I wrapped the cards, envelopes and candle up in tissue paper and cellophane with a ribbon.
I'm posting this right before I leave for the party and scheduling it to post Saturday so I don't know if my gift got 'taken' a lot. I'll update you on my next post. hee! hee! :)

Until next time...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Put some action in your creations

Happy day to ya! Hope you're havin' a good one.
I wanted to share some ATCs I did for a swap on SCS. The challenge was to make them 'move'....have motion. I signed up for 2 spots b/c I knew there is going to be some wonderful creations with this idea. My first one is a folding ATC with a little twist...

Ain't he cute? I used my circle punches to make this little guy. I sponged bashful blue around his edges and used silver stickles around him. I hand drew his eyes and buttons. Now for the surprise...

Pull up on the bottom snowball and he comes apart to reveal a greeting. I used a mini glue dot on the back of the bottom circle. They're easily re-postionable (spelling?) and it keeps the snowman flat will the card is closed.
My next creation is not as dramatic but I love this color combo and I used my favorite technique...tearing...

Purple, orange and white look really good together. I used only orange as my background then tore a piece of retired SU! dsp and then a piece of purple bassil c/s from my stash (that's a good thing about ATCs their so small you can use scraps. Hee!) I stamped a sentiment from Birthday Bliss (SU! stamp set) on chocolate chip c/s with white craft ink and put it on with dimensionals. Now for the surprise...

Pull on the chocolate chip ribbon to reveal a cake stamped on a white scalloped circle. I colored the image from SU! Birthday Bliss stamp set with my watercolor pencils then used crystal effects over the top.
I can't wait to see what I get back from this swap! I hope the ladies enjoy getting these from me.
Thanks for stopping by :)
Until next time...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top Note Fun #3

Okay here is the last of my Top Note craziness this week! :) I still don't have the Big Shot, but I have a friend on SCS who sent me some Top Note's in several different colors and I've been having so much fun! With this card, I used one of my all time favorite SU! stamp sets.....

...Fifth Avenue Floral, don't you just love the flowers in that set? I used white c/s as my base and stamped the large rose from the set all over in chocolate chip ink. The top note is chocolate chip and I stamped the rose in white craft ink. The ribbon is from my stash and so are the pearls. I used my white gel pen and handwrote the sentiment. I love how simple this card is and yet it's very bold.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I promise my next post will not have a top note on it! hee! hee!
Until next time...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Top Note Fun #2

Hi! Did you get to enjoy the sunshine this morning? Or is your day a little gloomy? I hope that you can find a little "lift" here today :) God loves You!
This is a card I made to demonstrate at last week's SU! workshop.

I used very vanilla c/s as my base. The top note is old olive. I used the Season of Friendship stamp set and stamped the tree in chocolate chip ink and the bird in real red ink. The bird is stamped on very vanilla c/s then cut out and put on with 1/2 a dimensional. The sentiment is from Oval All stamp set stamped in real red on very vanilla c/s punched out with lg. oval punch then backed with a scalloped oval in chocolate chip. I added some depth to the card by sponging around the top note and the base of the card.
It looks a little Christmas'y' even though it was not made to be.
I hope you enjoy this little creation and thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Top Note Fun #1 & CCBGC #13

Hello my bloggy sisters! I hope you are having a wonderful day. Thanks so much for stopping by. I have a card to share today for the Crafty Critters Blog Group Challenge #13. Jenny hosted this one and her challenge to us was to make a split negative card. Now, I've never tried this and it didn't turn out like I had hoped. You see when it comes to stamping exactly straight and especially twice in a row...well, let's just say that's not one of my strong points. But, this is my creation...

As you can tell I chose a sheer ribbon to go over my 'split negative'. I thought this might do good at distracting the eye from the fact that it's not a perfect split! hee! hee! I used real red c/s as my base then stamped the SU! medallion stamp on a white top note in chocolate chip ink then on a chocolate chip top note in white craft ink. 'Hello' is from the fundamental phrases stamp set. I did a little fake stitching on two corners.
It's not what I imagined it would be but it's as close as this fumble fingers can get. hee! hee!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Until next time...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Simple Workshop Make & Take

Happy December my bloggy friends! It's feeling Holiday'ish' around here. Now in Alabama our Christmas weather is usually in the 50's but if this week in 'Bama is any reflection of how it's going to be in 23 days....I'm gonna have to go buy me a heavier coat! The kiddos and I got in the SUV this morning and the temp read 32 degrees....BRRRR! I know all you that live North of me are rolling your eyes right now but this Southern Chick is just not used to cold, cold weather. Our high on Thursday is only suppossed to be around 43 degrees if it rains and then only rises that much I wouldn't be surprised if they call off school....I'm not kidding....people panic down here if it's gets below freezing and ice on the roads. That usually calls for no school and no milk and bread at the grocery store!!!! HA! HA! HA! You think I'm kidding, but I'm serious!
Oh well enough about us Southerners. Here's the card the ladies will be making Thursday night at a SU! workshop. This is their make & take card. I tried to make it very simple, as to not overwhelm the ones who've never stamped but to also make a pretty card for the experienced ones.

I used WW c/s as my base. Then I stamped the two snowflakes from the Snow Swirled set in Real red ink and Old Olive ink. I cut a strip of Merry Moments DSP for the bottom. I stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink from the same set and punched it out with the scalloped oval punch. Then I used my handy dandy 1/16 hole punch and made two connecting holes and threaded a piece of linen thread through the Real red c/s. I placed the sentiment on with dimenstionals.
Do you think this is okay for a make & take? I hope so.
I'm off to clean up my craft area. I'll be cutting the pieces and getting everything together tomorrow.
Have a great week!
Until next time...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My first blog award :)

I was nominated for this award by Jennifer, my blogger buddy! Thank you so much. I've never rec'd anyting like this. You're the best girl! :)

Here is what you need to do after receiving this award:

1. Thank the person that nominated you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you for this award.
4. List 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 kreativ bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 bloggers you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

7 things about myself:

1. I love cereal...Lucky Charms is my fave. I eat cereal like dessert after a meal (not every meal of course). weird huh!
2. I have a college degree in Paralegal.
3. I love Asian food...can't get my husband to touch it though so I rarely get to enjoy it! :)
4. My family and my DH's family have known each other for mom changed my DH's diapers on a few occasions....of course this was many, many years ago. Don't tell my DH I told you this :)
5. I loose things every 5 minutes. I can't keep up with anything. My DH has learned to never give my anything he needs to keep up with either. hee! hee!
6. I hate coconut pie but love coconut cake.
7. And like my buddy Jennifer, I too hate, with a passion....MATH!

My nominees: Moira, Jeanette, Colleen, Michelle, Gina, Patty, Tanja
Until next time...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Little Princess' Birthday

Hello everybody :) So glad you stopped by today. This is my first post since before Thanksgiving. It feels like forever. I hope you had a great Holiday. Do you know that we didn't have the first turkey at any meal we attended? I don't know how this happened but when people were asking us after Thanksgiving if we were tired of turkey we could honestly say...NO! We never got the first one! Oh well, I'm sure we'll get plenty at Christmas. I'm going to be sure to do one myself :)
I took a break from Christmas cards to make a Birthday card for my niece who turns 1 Saturday! She is so sweet...the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen! Pink and Brown are some of the cutest colors on her so I decided to make her Birthday card with those colors.

This is also my card for Crazy 4 Challenges this week (use punches).
I used pixie pink c/s as my base. The patterned paper is SU! sweet always (retired). The image is Sugar Nellie. I used watercolor pencils, blender pen and Bic MarkIt Markers to color her. I'm not too good at shading or blending yet...still workin' on that. The senitment is computer generated. I used choc. chip chalk on the sentiment and on corners of the image. Sheer chocolate ribbon on one punchie. I don't have the 2 slit ribbon punch so I used my 1/16" hole punch and 'made' my own slits to thread the ribbon through.
Thanks again for visiting and please leave a comment and let me know what you think :)
Until next time...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

3 of a kind

Hi bloggy ladies!
I've got one more post before Thanksgiving. There's so much to do before Thursday and on's a little overwhelming but I know everyone else has the same or more going on too.
Thanks to the ladies in my blog group for telling this airhead how to schedule a post. duh....I'm so lame sometimes! I love being able to schedule a post. You can take care of a week's worth of posts in one day (even a month's worth if you're feeling sassy!). I'm trying to post every other day. It feels good to keep my blog updated. :)
So, the title of my post is 3 of a kind. I, as you know if you've been following, am working hard on Christmas cards. I started one of these cards and when I finished, I wondered how this same layout would look with different colors/designed paper. So, here's what I came up with:

1) Elegant Christmas: Grey bazzil c/s, white c/s, black c/s, rhinestone brads, 2 square punches, scalloped oval punch, lg. oval punch, tiny hole punch (the one for brads), fundamental phrases stamp set, sheer grey ribbon, basic black ink.

2) Fun & Modern Christmas: White c/s, real red c/s, snowflake patterned paper, green galore c/s, 2 square punches, scalloped oval punch, lg. oval punch, tiny hole punch, fundamental phrases stamp set, real red ink, green galore ink, sheer grey ribbon

3) Traditional Christmas: Old olive c/s, real red c/s, merry moments DSP, choc. chip c/s, very vanilla c/s, choc. chip ink, 2 square punches, scalloped oval punch, lg. oval punch, tiny hole punch, twine.

This was a great way to get quite a few cards made without having to think of how to lay them out. The sentiment is on with dimensionals. The ribbons and twine are pulled through like you would do a tassel on a bookmark. Sorry, I don't know if that has a proper name.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great Holiday week!

Until next time...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Snowflake Season....oh yeah and some candy too!

Hello everyone! Hope you're all well. I have some news!!!!!!

I have my first blog candy giveaway posted in my sidebar!!!!
Be sure and check it out and become a follower to get your name in the hat :)
Now on with my creation of the day. I did this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS today. I love the layout of this card. It's favorite...but I think it makes a statement.

I stamped the snowflakes from Season of Friendship set and the little one from Snow Swirled set, then punched them out and sponged on them with Soft Suede ink. I stamped the tree with basic black ink then sponged it with Soft suede ink as well. A few layers, some handdrawn lines and a sentiment from Christmas Greetings set...oh yeah and a little twine...and you've got a simple Christmas card.
Well, off to evening service at church.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time...

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Crackled Dasher

It's finally Friday! Yay!!!
I hope and pray everyone has had a great week.
Thank you for visiting me. I appreciate it greatly.
Today's Christmas card is Clean and Simple. I've used one of my favorite colors SU! makes...Old Olive. I just adore this color. I've also used one of my favorite stamps (right now of course, after the Holidays I'll come up with a new favorite!)...Dasher! Isn't he the prettiest little reindeer you ever did see?

I started with Old Olive then built on it with paper from the Merry Moments DSP pack. I then used real red c/s. I stamped Dasher in Chocolate Chip ink on some 'crackle' paper I had in my stash (scrap folder). I really like how it turned out on that patterned paper. It gives the card an older vintage feel. I stamped 'Merry Christmas' in Real red ink. Finished it off with some misc. cream colored buttons. This was very simple to make. I love those kinds of cards!
I'm getting a lot of Christmas cards finished! I like making progress don't you? I hope this gives you some inspiration for your next Holiday project.
Have a great weekend!
Until next time...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pink Holidays

Hello all my bloggy friends! I hope you're having a great week and all is well.
I've got a very simple card to share with you today.
WARNING: if you don't like pink, don't scroll down! hee! hee!
This card is for a CAS (#41) challenge on SCS. It was an inspiration challenge...inspiration coming from Vera Bradley. I love her bags/products. Of course, this card doesn't do her artwork justice but...anyway:

Yes, yes, I'm doing lots of non-tradional Christmas cards this year. I don't like limiting myself to red and green only. This card is pixie pink c/s with sheer white ribbon gathered at the top (here's another's a pain trying to gather ribbon at an angle!). I stamped the snowflake from Season of Friendship stamp set (SU!) all over the c/s with WW craft ink. Then I cut out a piece of basic black c/s to curve with the ribbon. I punched basic black c/s with my scallp oval punch then a piece of WW c/s with the lg. oval punch then stamped another snowflake in basic black ink (I adhered the 2 punched pieces together first then cut in half, then stamped). The sentiment is from the Snow Swirled stamp set (SU!).
One more Christmas card down only about 30 to go!!!!! Ugh!!!!! Oh, well at least it is something I really enjoy doing. :)
Until next time...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lighting up the Holidays!

You're either going to get some ideas from me for Christmas Cards or you're going to get sick of Christmas Cards by visiting my blog! I hope you get ideas...b/c I've got lots of Christmas cards to finish and not a lot of time to create anything else.
I went very 'busy' with this card and used lots of layers.

My colors are real red, green galore, and misc. Christmas lights paper. I used the Snow Swirled stamp set from SU!. I stamped the sentiment on the pp and then chalked around it. It didn't turn out like I'd hoped...but it's okay. I used the White gel pen around the 'bulbs' and on the sentiment and image. 3 red buttons and some green thread to finish. The image and panel are popped up on dimensionals.
Well, now to go fold clothes and get kiddos out of the bath!
Until next time...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday the 13th and Christmas cards?

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! I think since it is a 'spooky' night, I'll get my wonderful husband to bring home something for supper. You know I might just burn myself in the kitchen with it being Friday the 13th! Or something terrible might happen. :) You think he'll buy it? ha! ha!
So, I'm trying to get all my Christmas cards made before Thanksgiving. I'm slowly but surely putting a dent in the 50 I want to get made. My problem is I don't want to make them all the same! I like variety. I just don't know how many more designs I can come up with for Christmas. Here's 2 more I've finished. This first one is very non-traditional.

I love the simplicity of it. The snowflake is from Season of Friendship stamp set from SU! I used basic black as my card base and whisper white c/s. Used my circle cutter after stamping the snowflakes and put a brad in 3 of them. I popped them all up with dimensionals. And yes, that's a written sentiment...don't faint! I know that's a cardinal sin to some to handwrite on the fronts of their cards, but I just couldn't find a sentiment stamp I wanted to use so, I used a white gel pen and wrote it myself. :)
Next card is a little more traditional but still not totally in the red and green category.

This one I used a misc. snowflake patterned paper. I stamped the tree from my Snow Swirled stamp set from SU! and then punched it out. I punched out scallop circles from grey bazzil c/s, then used my white gel pen again for the dots. I used red sheer ribbon, tiny grey sheer ribbon & white sheer ribbon. The grey ribbon is wrapped around a few times and then tied beside the circle. I cut a piece of grey bazzil c/s and stamped my sentiment. I curled up the tip edges too. The scalloped circles are popped up with dimensionals. Ink used were Real Red, Bashful Blue and Pixie Pink.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Gotta go make that call to my hubby!!!!! hee! hee!
Until next time...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Crafty Critters Challenge #11


Hello everyone! We're out of school today....Yippee! Which means I'm off work...which means I get to craft today!!!! My house is about 80% clean (hee!) so I say that gives me some crafting time. Don't you think? *wink*

This is my card for our Crafty Critters Challenge #11
We had to use sketch240 from SCS.
We couldn't use red or green.
We had to use stickles and ribbon.
Had to be Christmas themed
I think I covered all the requirements.
Here's mine:

The image is a digi from Dustin Pike. This is one of 30 images I got from him when I donated some cards to a Children's Hospital he was giving to.
I started with grey bazzil c/s and inked around it with basic black ink. The bottom panel is a piece of misc. snowflake paper, then basic black c/s. I 'snowed' the black c/s with white chalk then placed a piece of sheer white ribbon over that. The snowflake is cut from that misc. snowflake paper. I inked around the image with basic black ink. I colored the image with my Bic MarkIt Markers and used stickles on the Snowman's smile and at the bottom of him. His rosey cheeks are Pretty in Pink chalk. The sentiment is from a clear set I got from QVC, stamped in basic black, cut out and popped up. The image is also up on dimensionals.

I'm off to stamp some more! Yay! I rarely get a day that I can dedicate to crafting. I'm taking full advantage :)

Until next time...

Monday, November 9, 2009

Beautiful Christmas Ornament

Hey everyone! I'm getting ready for a Girl's Night so I'll have to be short.
This project is actually something my mom made. About 5 years ago I got my mom interested in scrapbooking. She was not sure about it at first but she is an excellent scrapbooker now and she does all kinds of paper crafting projects. She does way more 3D projects than I do. I admit I need to do more.
This is an ornament she made me.

The pic is of my daughter (she's lying down that's why her face looks flat on her left side hee!)
Mom used chipboard as the base, covered it in patterned paper (front and back). She cut out an oval shape and cut the picture using her CM cutter. She used her Martha Stewart leaf punch in the corner and a fabric flower and a rhinestone center. Punch a hole in the top and thread a piece of ribbon through. I think it turned out amazing! Thanks Mama!!! :)
Oh and ladies I finally got around to buying a new camera. I believe it takes great pictures. What do you think?
Gotta go finish getting ready.
Until next time...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Way too Easy Christmas Projects

Happy Monday!
This evening I've been working on some card sets. I'm making them for a Ladies Luncheon we're having Saturday. The ladies from my church will get together at the local Holiday Inn and have lunch and doorprizes and devotion and chit chat get the picture.
My Pastor's wife ask me if I would make some card sets for doorprizes and of course I was very excited to say yes!
I'm going to make 3 sets of 5. The first set will be 5 assorted Thank You cards. That was the easy set to put together. I used cards I had already made. Easy, Easy. The next set is 5 Christmas Cards.
Here's what they look like:

These are very simple. But, I thought a very sweet layout. This is a 4.25"x5.5" card. The patterned paper is cut at 3.5"x3.75" and 3.25"x3.5". I stamped Merry Christmas on the card base. The snowflake is stamped on white c/s and a brad in the middle. I used dimentionals to adhere it to the card. The ribbon is tucked behind the snowflake using glue dots. I made 6 of these cards (1 for myself of course!) in about 20 minutes! Too Easy! I'll have the last set done tomorrow night and try to have them uploaded by the weekend.
Cardstocks ~ White
Patterned Paper ~ Merry Moments (SU!)
Stamp Sets ~ Christmas Greetings (SU!) and Snow Swirled (SU!)
Ink ~ Real Red (SU!)
Brad is from the Vintage set from SU!
Ribbon is from Wal-Mart, Sheer Red

This next project I made at my Demo meeting last week. After making this, there's no doubt I will be buying some candles and making some great Christmas gifts. This is Super Easy to do:

This is a Dollar store candle. You stamp on tissue paper. Cut around the image. Lay the image on the candle where you want it. Wrap wax paper around the candle and hold in place. Use your heating tool (the one you rarely use to emboss with, you remember it? hee!) and hold it about 2" from your candle. When you see the tissue paper edges start to disappear (moving heating tool around) it's done. Remove wax paper and you have a Super Easy project to give as a gift or keep to decorate your home! I'm going to try this with non-Christmas stamp sets and different size candles and maybe make "sets" of candles to give as gifts for the Holidays. I'll be sure and post them.
Dollar store candle
White Tissue paper
Wax paper
Heating tool
Stamp set ~ Dasher (SU!)
Ink ~ Chocolate Chip
Okay, long post is over! Have a great week everyone and thank you soooo much for stopping by! :)

Until next time...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Groovy Little Color Combo!

Good Monday to ya!
I hope you're having a great start to your week.
Today I'm sharing a card I created for a SU! demo swap I'm in.
This is the first time I used this color combo and I'm lovin' it!

I used a blogger friend's photography technique b/c my pics were awful and yellow. I think this turned out waaaaaay better than some of my older pics. Thanks Jennifer!!!
Well, I have to be short tonight...still have kiddos baths to finish and supper dishes to clean up. Oh yeah, and 5 more of these cards to make for tomorrow night!!!! YIKES! gotta go :)
Cardstocks ~ Melon Mambo - Basic Black - Pretty in Pink - Whisper White
Stamp sets ~ Circle Circus - Enjoy Every Moment
Accessories ~ Melon Mambo Ribbon - Black brad - White gel pen - Scallop Circle Punch - 1 1/4" Circle Punch - 3/4" Circle Punch - Dimentionals - Sticky Strip - Snail Adhesive
Inks ~ Basic Black - Pretty in Pink
Until Next time...

Friday, October 23, 2009

What to do with those "not so good pictures"

So, I'm putting a 7x7 scrapbook together of our kids. It's Christmas pictures a photographer friend of mine took of them in '06.
My title page of the album reads:
"Christmas Pictures 2006
Aaron and Bethany
This album is a prime example of how very hard it is to get great pics of small children. Aaron was crying one minute and giggling the next. Bethany wanted to make funny faces for every shot. I look back on these and laugh but at the time I wanted to cry. I had planned on sending Christmas cards with a picture inside. Oh well, I got some very silly shots of both of the kids. I had to scrap these pics...for the memories."

As you know from reading my prfile our son has Autism. You never know what kind of day he will have when he gets up in the mornings. We work with him as best we can but sometimes it's just not a good day and we have to deal with it. The day we had these pics made was one of those days but we had the appointment and really wanted some Christmas pics of them.

So, this is the best picture she got. Aaron's eyes are red and teary and Bethany is holding her dress up and not smiling. What can you do? It was just a bad day for both of them. We shouldn't have tried it. I've learned from my mistakes. Now that they're older it is easier to get "big smile" pictures. I couldn't, not, save this set of pictures. I'll have a small album of just these pictures to look back on and laugh.

Ribbons and buttons are my two most favorite embellishments. I think the buttons bordering the pic look nice. I added a few rhinestones in and around the buttons also to give it a classy look.
Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Crafty Critters Challenge #10

I got my challenge card done!
My blog group on SCS had a challenge. Here's the requirements:

1. Use card sketch #246 from SCS.
2. Use the color purple.
3. Make it Fall themed.
4. Use at least 1 embellishment.

This card is 6.25 x 3.5 -- it fits in a regular size mailing envelope (not the long one).
I used SU! Only Orange c/s as my base. The striped paper and green patterned paper are from the DCWV Fall stack. The purple strip is SU! Rich Razzleberry c/s and I used the ticket punch on 2 corners (This matching well in real life. It seems too dark in the pic). Then I used my new little stamp from SU!. He's stamped with Basic black ink. Isn't he the cutest? I backed it with 2 more circles and put it on with dimentionals. I used clear buttons from SU! with coordinating thread in them. I used a piece of black toile fabric and bunched it up behind the image. Then while the glue on the fabric was still wet, I dotted the ghost's eyes and mouth with the 2 way glue pen and sprinkled dazzling diamonds on the fabric and the ghost. His eyes and mouth look white in the pic but they're really sparkly.
I'll be making goody bags for my son and daughter's classmates using this cute little stamp too. I'll be sure and post them when I get them done.
Until next time...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Christmas Cards

Hey Everybody!

I hope you're having a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by. Be sure and leave a comment and let me know what you think.

I'm having a SU! Christmas card workshop tonight. These are the 2 cards everyone will be making. They will make 5 of each design. This first one I used our Dasher stamp.

The base is Very Vanilla c/s, then a piece of real red over that. I used the Merry Moments paper pack for the snow flake rectangle and green strips. I stamped Dasher with Chocolate chip ink and chalked real red around the edges. I placed the stamped image on with pop dots (dimensionals)The chalk gives a softer look compared to inking the edges. I used the glue pen and dotted around on the antlers then used Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I finished the card with some rhinestones. The inside I stamped Merry Christmas in Real Red ink.

For the next card I used the tree from our Snow Swirled stamped set.

I again used Very Vanilla as my card base then placed a piece of Old Olive c/s over that. I punchd out circle with Real Red c/s then a scalloped cirlce with the same color. I tore a piece of Very Vanilla c/s then placed another piece from the Merry Moments paper pack over that. I stamped Merry Christmas in Real Red ink. I stamped the tree on Very Vanilla c/s then cut it out and used our Real Red maker the dot the centers of the snow flakes. The tree is on with pop dots (dimensionals). I finished the card with some brads and stamped a Christmas sentiment in Real Red inside.

I love the look of the Old Olive c/s and Real Red c/s together. You've got to get some of our Merry Moments paper too. This is just a few samples of the designs in that pack. They are gorgeous. I can't wait to use some of it in my scrapbooks.

This is my first Christmas Card Workshop to do. I hope the ladies like these cards.
Oh yeah, for any of you following my computer troubles, I'm still updating at mom's. She says it's fine with her when we walk through the door b/c she gets to see the kiddos while I'm "blogging". : )
Have a great evening everyone!

Until next time...

Friday, October 9, 2009

Updating at my mom's....ugh

Well, my computer is still acting up so I'm at my mom's updating today. The phrase, "Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." is soooo true. She only lives 9 miles from me but...ugh, I like sitting in my pj's playing on the computer. hee! hee!
Here's a page I did to go in my Disney Vacation Album. The title is from a Disney LOTW swap I hosted on SCS a few weeks ago. Aren't the letters great? Those ladies did a fabulous job!

My niece and daughter are in the stroller. My daughter was terrified of that Princess! I couldn't believe it. She loves Princesses and talks about them all the time. But, when she came up to her to talk she started bawling! That will be something good to pull out when she's 17 and bringing home a boyfriend. We'll get to tell him she's scared of princesses!!! hee! hee!
We still got to be part of the parade though. That was a wonderful experience.
I hope to get another post in next week. We're out of school Monday and Tuesday for Fall Break! Yippee!!!!! NO ALARM CLOCKS!!!! Woooo Whooooo :0)
Until next time...

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Hello everyone...sorry I've not posted in a while.
My computer is acting up. I have an ACER notebook that has a SD card reader on it.
I've always been able to plug in my card and upload pics. Last week I got an error message. I emailed ACER support and they said I needed to download a new reader? I did what they told me too and it still doesn't work it keeps giving me the same error message.
Today I wanted to play along with the challenges on SCS for World Card Making Day. I've made my first card and got out my USB cable to upload the pics to my computer. WOW! SHOCKER! it's giving me the exact same error as my card reader is!!!!!!
I'm so frustrated! Anyone out there is syber space have a suggestion for me? My notebook is registered and still under warranty. I'm not that computer savvy and never had to deal with problems like this so I'm lost.

I always said I didn't want to post to my blogs without pics but I have no choice at this point. Sorry ladies...
I'm still going to play along with the challenges and hope to get some answers and my computer fixed soon so I can show you my cards.

Until next time...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

8x8 Scrapbook pages

YAY!!!! I'm finally finished with a swap I joined on SCS. It has taken awhile. We signed up for a month we wanted to create and then had to make a double layout spread x 13!!! I'm going to love getting these back and having every month of the year in 8x8 size, but making them has been very time consuming.

Sorry about the quality of this pic. I dropped my camera I use all the time and now the screen is not working. Everything else works but you can't see what you're taking a pic of and there is no view finder! So, I took this pic with our video camera. It has "still" mode and this is the quality...YUCK! Well, supper is in the oven I need to go get it out. Then, I start working on a monthly border swap I do with my mom and 2 of our friends. We meet every last Friday night of the month and swap border sets, crop and eat chocolate!!!! Mmmmmm :)

Until next time...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I love the new SU! In Colors :)

So....I finally finished those recipe cards I was talking about last week. I decided to go with the new SU! In Colors. I think the Melon Mambo goes really good with the recipe, "Strawberries and Cream Trifle".

This is a 6"x6" recipe card. I used Melon Mambo c/s as my base. I used a 3" strip of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper. I added a piece of Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon at the bottom of the DSP. Then I punched Melon Mambo c/s with my scallop circle punch. I punched 2 pieces of the DSP with my circle punches and finished it off with a white square brad. I love how it turned out. The colors go so well with each other. Now to get them in the mail to my SCS hostess. This swap is due the 30th!
On another note...anyone who loves Southern Gospel Music knows the place to go to hear the best groups in the industry is the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. My hubby and I just got back and what an experience. We took my sister and her husband who had never gone and they were wowed! Other than watching groups on stage at Freedom Hall back to back to back to.....(well you get what I'm saying), you can also go to the expo wing and every group/artist has a table set up. Believe me you are star struck when you walk through and see your favorite artists behind their tables greeting you, signing autographs and posing for pictures. They were all so friendly. One of the artists had just had a kidney transplant 3 weeks earlier (his wife whom also sings in the group donated hers to him) he performed on stage along with his wife and then both were present afterward at their table greeting fans. He wore a mask and gloves to protect him from germs but he said he wouldn't miss it for the world. That is dedication and caring my friend. I love Southern Gospel Music and I love the singers who put their heart into their "work". They sing to uplift our Lord and Saviour! What a testimony. I can't wait to go back next year!
Until next time...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

An ATC for every month

Well I haven't finished the recipe cards as mentioned yesterday. I have the idea in my head...I just can't seem to get the mojo to sit down and do it. I did just get back a great ATC swap that I wanted to share with you all. In this swap we had to pick a month and make an ATC themed for that month. You may remember an earlier post where I posted the pic of my month's ATC. I did February. I love the swaps where you make one thing and you get a 'set' of something back. Those are my fav. I believe these are sooo cute! Thanks to Natalie for hostessing such a great swap on SCS.

My February card I used basic black, real red and pink pirouette c/s. Then I used the Love you Much stamp set from SU! to stamp the heart in real red ink on the pink c/s. I used Fundamental Phrases stamp set from SU! for the words (stamped with Craft White ink). A few brads, some paper flowers and ribbon....easy, easy.
Right now my favorite one of the set is October of course b/c Fall is my favorite season. I'm sure the next time I take them out and use one I'll have a brand new favorite. hee! hee!

Until next time...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

We are Family

I've just finished up a Letter of the Word swap that I hosted and we did the Holidays. One of the words we did was Family. Everyone did Christmas themed letters. I thought the word turned out very cute!

The other words were equally as cute and darling but I just had the energy to upload this one. Yeah, it's been a loooooong day. I think the rain did strange things to our kids at school today. They're calling for more of the same the rest of the week! Yay :(
Going now to see if I can finish up some recipe cards for another swap I'm in. I'll try and get them uploaded this evening.
Until next time...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. My hubby is having to work this AM so, I'm getting a few swaps caught up and updating the ole blog. :)

I've seen cards and scrapbook pages with "split frames" in the gallery at SCS and I thought I would try it. I really like how it turned out.

I punched out 3 squares then butted them up against each other. I used Eastern blooms stamp set by SU! That cherry blossom branch stamp works great. You have to keep your fingers on the bottoms of each square when stamping so they won't get taken up when you lift the stamp. Someone at a workshop asked why I didn't just stamp the image then punch it out. Well, if you do that you run the risk of not getting all the image b/c then you'd have to butt the punch up exactly with the other one and I'm not that good. I used the Cricut to cut out the ovals for the setiment. I stamped one of the flower stamps from that same set then cut them out and put them on with dimentionals. I inked the edges with chocolate chip ink then finished the card with some chocolate chip ribbon. I love trying new techniques. I love finding new ways to use the things I already have. In this economy being creative is a really, really good thing! :)
Well, I'm off to try and finish 2 swaps before the day is over.
Until next time...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

2nd Post of the Day and it's a doozy!


Okay,, I went to a Stamp Camp at my Upline's house last night and we made an advent calender for Christmas. OMGoodness I'm soooo proud of myself. I've never done anything like this before. It measures 16" x 20"! It has little 2" round tins that I can put treats in for my kiddos....awwwwww! I know right?
We used Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! My Upline stamped all the letter and numbers for us...thanks Beth!!! :) We had such fun putting these together. It has ribbon tacked on the sides to hang by. I can't wait to put it up! I might just leave it out now hee! hee! My kids can't wait until there's goodies in the tins so they can pull them off (they're on with velcro) and eat them up!
Oh well, here's the pic. I hope you like it as much as I obviously do! :)

What do you think? Oh, it has really put me in the Christmas Spirit. Now where's that Elvis Christmas CD? (ha! ha! hee! hee! hee!)
Thanks so much for looking!
Until next time...