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...