Saturday, February 27, 2010

Scrappy Easter Smiles


Are you having a perfectly crafty weekend? I went to a crop at my mom's last night and got 7 pages done! Wooo Whooo! I'm sooooooo far behind on my scrapbooking. I'm working on my 2008 album.
This page is of my kiddos Easter '08 sitting in a Bradford Pear tree at my in-laws. The blooms on the tree were so beautiful. The smiles on their faces....even more beautiful!

Our sweet littles! Bethany was terrified standing in the tree even though she was only about 2 feet off the ground....hee! hee!
I will always cherish this pic of Aaron. He was so calm in the tree and loved hamming it up for the camera...a rarity for his Autism. It usually makes him very hyper and agitated when prompted to pose for pics. His 'big boy' teeth had just came in fully so they looked so big for his little face! My mom assured me that they would be fine, that my adult teeth were big too when they first came in but my face 'grew' into them!!!!! ha! ha! ha! very funny mom!

My base paper is from the SU! Sweet Pea paper stack (new in the mini) The other patterned papers are from a My Mind's Eye paper stack. I used my new spiral punch on the strip of pp. I love that thing! I had to use paper flowers of course and little KaiserKraft rhinestones in the middle of them. I also made 2 small flourishes with some of the same rhinestones. I used the ribbon at the bottom to cover up the corner of DD's pic. It had gotten bent and looked bad so I 'embellished' it :)

Thanks so much for taking a few minutes with me today!
Until next time...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thoughts of Love (CCC#20)

Hello Happy Bloggers!
I hope you're having a great week so far. Mine is good...praying it stays that way. :)
Here's a card I made following a few challenges.

Crafty Critters Blog Group Challenge ~ Are You Green?
I went a few ways with this theme. All the cardstock on this card came from my scrap box including the base. The polka dot patterned paper is scrap from a recent recipe swap I did. The ribbon is a lonely little piece I found in my ribbon drawer. Okay, and then I went the way of using the color green with my patterned paper and ribbon.
Cute Card Thursday ~ Metal Mania
I used some vintage brads from an SU! package. I used my mat pack to line them up...I love that little gadget!
Paper Sundaes ~ Distress
I love using this technique. After distressing the c/s the image is stamped on, I sponged it with Soft Suede ink and Old Olive ink. I sponged the same colors on the punched piece.
The Pink Elephant ~ Sketch
I turned the sketch on it's side.
Paper Cutz ~ Get Well Card
Pile It On ~ Get Well Card

The stamp set is from SU! called Thoughts and Prayers. I inked the image with a Mellow Moss marker and a Rose Red marker.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time...

Monday, February 22, 2010

Simple Little Medallions

This is yet another card I made for my stamp a stack class last week. I think this was the ladies favorite of all the cards they made. It is very simple to make. I started with a white cardstock base. I stamped the little medallion label from the Vintage label set (SU!) and then punched some pretty in pink circles for the middles. I stamped one of these inside the card also. I used one of the sentiments from the same set and then tied some pretty in pink ribbon around the top.
This type of card is great for the beginning stamper or if you just need to get quite a few cards done and want a striking design.
I hope you enjoyed this post today. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New take on a recent card

This card is a new take on a card I posted recently FOUND HERE.

I made this card for a Stamp-A-Stack card class I had. This was the most time consuming card of the evening, but the ladies acted like they really liked it.
My card base is Old Olive, then a layer of chocolate chip and Tall Tales dp.
Then a layer of Rose Red dp and So Saffron c/s.
We stamped the elephant image (Animal Stories stamp set) on white c/s in chocolate chip ink and cut him out, adhered him with dimensionals.
The sentiment is from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set stamped in rose red ink.
We used chocolate chip ribbon and linen thread on the sentiment piece.
I believe the ladies had a good time. I enjoyed meeting one of them for the first time. She found me through the SU! website.

Until next time...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

For my friend, Melanie ;o)

No, no I didn't take a picture of myself and make Melanie a card!!!! ha! ha!
This is the card I made in my Everybody's Colors swap for Melanie (mnewby).
Her color choices were green, brown & blue. I found this cute image in my stash.
I knew Mel liked I went with it. I hope you liked it girlie!
The card base is certainly celery then chocolate chip then I think the other layer was from my stash...not sure of the color. The top note punchie is from patterned paper. I colored the image with colored pencils and Bic Mark It markers.
The sentiment is from a clear stamp set I got from QVC. I used a few stickles on the scalloped circle. Oh yeah, this cute cow's horns and hooves are stickled too.

Thanks for visiting!
Until next time...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wild about Polka Dots!

Yes, I love Polka Dots. :) I have to admit this is A LOT of Polka Dots though...a little more busy than I'm a custom to. I used the Night and Day dp from SU! as my background and the flower from Happy Everything stamp set. The sentiment is from fundamental phrases punched out with the curly label punch. For a little more dimension I put a black large oval punchie behind that. I've had this ribbon forever!!!! I finally got to use it :) In the middle of the flowers I stamped one of the smaller stamps from the same set in pretty in pink ink. I used 3 misc. pink buttons from my stash on each flower. A couple pink rhinestones to finish it off.

This card is entered into Little Red Wagon's challenge (#16) this week ~ use ribbon

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Color Combo First

This very subtle card has become one of my favorites. I'm all about simple and clean and this card is very much both of those.
I've never used these colors together. I'm not a big yellow fan but So Saffron from SU! is so subtle it's beautiful. I used Kraft c/s as my base and ran it through my NEW Big Shot with the small dots texture plate. Then I used a piece of very vanilla c/s and cut some patterned paper from the Tall Tales pack with my wavy cutter. The flower is from Kaisercrafts. I love the old look/color of it. The sentiment is from the SU! set Three Little Words.

This card is for a few challenges:

Our Creative Corner ~ Something Old that's New (my button and flower...I've been hoarding them.)
Cupcake Craft Challenge ~ Keep it Simple
Pile It On ~ Let Us See Flowers

Thanks so much for visiting today!
Until next time...

Monday, February 15, 2010

CCC #19 ~ Unforgettable Friend

Here's my card for the Crafty Critter's 19th challenge hosted by Kelly...hiya girlie! :)

Her challenge to us was to make a non-traditional Valentine card...non traditional colors. Okay yes, I do have red hearts. I hope that doesn't count against me. Also she wanted us to use at least 2 embellishments and at least 2 layers.

I colored my image (that I rec'd from AnnMarie....thank you dear :)) with Bic Mark It markers, SU! markers, white gel pen and white chalk.
I like how clean the card turned out. You know me simple and clean...that's how I roll :*)

This card is also for:

The Pink Elephant Challenge this week ~ Use Ribbon

Until next time...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friends and Chocolate!

Or Chocolate and Friends...whichever way your priorities are set! hee! hee! Just Kidding!
No I can never remember when I'm posting pics how to get them in the order I want them.
I wanted the card pic first but...the chocolate bar wrap is first. Oh well...

I had a SU! workshop today and I made a few projects to "show off". Here are 2...

Is this wrap yummy or what?! This was my hostess gift I made. She loved it!
I made this using my daisy #2 die I run it through my Big Shot once with Old Olive c/s then again with Bravo Burgundy c/s. The DP wrapped around the Hersey's bar is a sheet from the Tall Tales pack. "For You" is from the Sale-A-Bration catalog stamp set Vintage Labels.


I started with a very vanilla c/s base. Then a layer of kraft c/s. The two panels are chocolate chip and certainly celery with paper piercing on each. Then I used another piece of very vanilla c/s and stamped an image from the vintage vogue stamp set (Occasions Mini) in certainly celery ink. I sponged chocolate chip ink around the edges then embossed the c/s with my new texturz plate Perfect details (pattern 1). You can't see it that well in the pic. I also used my sanding blocks to distress it a bit. Of course, you can't see that very well either. Believe me it looks good on the card. I backed that with a piece of kraft c/s. Then used my scallop trim border punch on a piece of chocolate chip c/s below my certainly celery ribbon.

It's a few more layers than what I normally do...took a little longer than my clean and simple cards...but I'm happy with it. :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Clean, Simple & Friendly Valentine

Well, it's a new work week. Many of my 'Northern' friends are getting lots and lots of snow. I hope it stops before it gets to your window seals!! Hugs to all of you and stay warm.
Today I want to share a card with you that goes along with quite a few challenges.

The Pink Elephant challenge ~ #53
Stamp Something ~ Love Somethings
Cute Card Thursday ~ #98 (my second entry)
Crazy 4 Challenges ~ C4C23
Pile It On ~ To the One You Love

Whew! I just love it when a plan comes together :)

Okay...very simple...with a little class (yeah, that's just my 2 cents) I love my new SU! hostess set 'Picture This'. It has such fun little sayings.
Now, I must are coming over tomorrow. My MIL has a spotless house...need to got try and get mine.....well, who am I kidding....not spotless but tidied up a little {grin}.

Until next time...

rich razzleberry ink & cardstock
razzleberry lemonade designer series paper
basic black cardstock
melon mambo cardstock
textured white cardstock
Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set
Picture This stamp set
Circle punches

Sunday, February 7, 2010

VSD 2 Challenge #3

Here's my project for our Virtual Stamp/Scrap Day Challenge #3. (I hosted challenge #2 and I'll have my crafty goody up this evening...hopefully :)
Okay I'm not the best 3D project crafter. I don't do a lot of it but AnnMarie has inspired me to try it more often. She hosted challenge #3. We had to create a box with a piece of 8.5x11" cardstock. I've seen this done on the Stampin' Up! website a lot but really never tried it.
For the challenge box we had to include a punch and ribbon somewhere on it.
Here's mine:

My base is barely banana c/s. I used the eyelet border punch on the top and on a strip of real red cardstock at the bottom. I stamped the flower heart from the set Simply Said on the base with real red ink. I finished it off with some chocolate chip ribbon and a corduroy real red brad.
I love this project so much I think I'm going to make some miniature ones (8.5x11" c/s cut in half) for Valentine treat boxes for my kiddos school parties.
Thanks AnnMarie **waving** *Mwah*

Until next time...

VSD 2 Challenge #1

Our blog group is having a Virtual Stamp/Scrap Day today. I just finished our first challenge hosted by Colleen....**waving girlie**...boy was her idea a challenge to me! We had to make a card with no layers....base only. We could use any embellishments we wanted but no extra paper layers. She asked that we create our own layers with inking, sponging...things like that.
Well, my card really looks better IRL (my hubby says the pics looks great :) He's such a sweetie!

My card base is real red c/s. Then I used some heart punchies using the 3 heart punch from SU! I put them on the card then sponged around and on them with soft suede ink and basic black. Leaving the hearts on I stamped the vine stamp from Vintage Vogue SU! stamp set in old olive ink then used versamark ink over the top of that ant embossed it with soft pink Ranger embossing powder. I used my new SU! border punch on the bottom and added a few black marker dots. I love this ribbon. I've had it forever and this is the first time I've used it! To finish it I placed soft pink rhinestones on each of the hearts.
I told hubby I thought it looked kind of biker'ish' know the artwork bikers have on the backs of their jackets? Doesn't it remind you of that? hee! hee!
Thanks for stopping by...
Off to finish my 2nd Challenge :)

Until next time...

A Valentine for him

Happy Sunday everyone! It's the start of a brand new week. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Today is my wedding anniversary. :) I have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years! He is truly the love of my life second only to my Lord Jesus Christ. We have had a tremendous life together. Here's to 12....oh let's shoot for the stars....112 more years together! :o)
I have a card to share with you today. I think this is a nice 'male' Valentine real cutsie'ness', no bling, no flowers...just a straight forward card from the heart.

I used real red c/s for my base. The bottom panel is a strip from a piece of patterned paper (DCWV stack 6) backed with white c/s. The other panel is black c/s backed with white c/s. I used my well scripted SU! stamp set for the sentiment. I used my real red marker for the two dots and backed it with black c/s. For the white hearts, I used the more random stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds. I stamped it in basic black ink on white c/s and then punched it with my 3 heart punch. I placed the smallest from the punched shapes on the top of my real red heart (Simply Said stamp set). I used a dimensional behind it and the larger heart.
So, what do you think? Good male card?...or do you think the hearts would scare them off. :)

I was able to use 3 challenges for this card:

Crafty Critters Challenge ~ #18
Tuesday Morning Sketches ~ #31
Cute Card Thursday ~ #98

Until next time...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Daddy's Girl

Rain, rain go away!!!! Oh it is so yucky here today. Now that it's rained all day, it's getting bitterly cold outside too. I'm longing for warmer temps!
I wanted to share a scrapbook page I did last month. I'm just getting around to posting it. It was simple, thanks in large part to a LOTW swap I was in on SCS!

Here's hubby and our daughter posing for the camera. She was still in her pj's...just look at that bed head! hee! hee! I loved the green and purple combo most of the letters had going on so I made my page around that. I think this set of LOTW's came from a swap my friend, Tracey hosted! Hi girlie :)
I'm in a challenge over on SCS where every month we set up goals to achieve in scrapbooking. Last year I completed 161 pages! thanks to that monthly challenge. My goal this year is 200 pages. I hope to meet it and maybe even blow it out of the water! I'm so far behind. I want to get to where I'm only a couple months behind so I can still remember everything about the event I'm scrapping. I don't like when I pull out pics and can't remember all about what they're about.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by today. Let's go get the kitchen cleaned...grumble, grumble :)

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Round and Round we go!

Happy mid week everyone! :)
So glad you popped by today!
Here's a card I really enjoyed making. I love circles!!

I used the Circle Circus stamp set on Bashful Blue c/s with Old Olive ink. Punched them out, then used some scrap patterned paper to back them. On the smaller circles I didn't stamp an image on top and just let the patterned paper shine :)
I cut about a 1/2 inch piece off the front of the card base and adhered the circles randomly. I did 2 score lines on the opposite edge along with some paper piercing. I stamped the sentiment from the Fundamental Phrases stamp set in Old Olive ink. It needed a little something so I used the blender pen and dipped it in my 'palette' on the Old Olive ink lid to make the dots. I distressed each of the circles for a little more dimension.
It's a very girlie card don't you think?! :)
Well, I'm off for mid week Church service.
Until next time...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Dazzling Recovery

Happy day to all of you! I hope it's been a good one :)
I have a card to share with you today that when I began I had no idea where I was going with it. I knew I wanted to use my oval punches but from idea.
Have you ever had one of those....duh....what am I wanting to do.....where's the inspiration?
How I came up with what I did, I have no clue...

I started with whisper white c/s. Then I stamped the speckled background with one of the stamps from Itty Bitty Backgrounds (so glad that set came back!!!). The ink is Always Artichoke. I only have the marker but it worked great by 'coloring' it then stamping. For my ovals I used the flowering bush stamp from Thoughts and Prayers. I colored one section of the stamp. I used my Always Artichoke marker and my Rose Red marker. Then stamped it on WW c/s and punched it out with my large oval punch. I used some misc. pp for the scalloped ovals then mounted them with dimensionals. My sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set. I colored it with my Rose Red marker also. To finish my card, I added Dazzling Diamonds to the center of each flower.
Well, there's the story behind this card. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration from my creation :)

Until next time...

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wild Hearts

Okay you all know that I love me some Clean and Simple cards. I also love using up my scraps. So, I love, love this card! I hope you do too.

I used the SU! 3 heart punch and my scraps of Razzleberry lemonade dsp and Bermuda Bay c/s.
I used my new Well Scripted stamp set for the sentiment. The popped up heart is from the Delicate Dots stamp set (retired). I stamped it with Rich Razzleberry ink on Bermuda Bay c/s.
I used my Zip Dry adhesive to put all the hearts down. If you don't have any of gotta get some! I've used this for years. If you don't have a Xyron machine, it is the best thing to put small pieces on with.
I used a pale pink button from my stash and put linen thread through it.
Oh yeah, I also just got the mat pack & paper piercing tool from SU! I love using them. I pierced a few holes at the bottom of the card. I'm going to have to experiment with these fun little tools.
THANKS for stopping by today!
Until next time...