September 30, 2008

♪♪ I Feel Good ♪♪

Hey all!

Remember this card?? Well - I got a pm the other day from Nicole at JustRite Stampers, and they wanted to add my card to their Design Gallery on their Website! Not a huge deal, but fun, I thought...that was a nice boost to my I'm STILL working on those invites, but I'm in the home stretch now....WHEW!

Thanks for stopping by!!

September 29, 2008

Another 'oldie' but goodie...

I'm stuck in the middle of mass producing a bunch of invitations for a Christening, so all of my stamp time is being devoted to that (well, what little of it there is, anyway...there isn't much leftover being a full-time working mom of 2 and wife to 1 *wink*)

So, I figured I'd share this fun card I made for the Dare to get dirty challenges on Splitcoast back in July. This was Lauren Meader's challenge...Monochromatic

The main image is stamped on PTI's Linen vellum. The chair (the white part) was gone over from behind with my stylus, not only making the chair white, but giving it a nice 'fluffy' look to it too! I turned it back over, and went over the outlines of the flowers just to give it a little more dimension.

This is a great set by MFT, I said she modeled it after me, and thankfully she made me MUCH thinner ;) They've got some great challenges where you can win FREE STUFF over on their forum on SCS, you should stop by and check it out! Kim, the owner (who is awesome by the way) will occasionally run a 1 day special on a featured set - so be sure to check in over there...who doesn't like a sale, right?

Thanks for stopping by - I hope to have something fun and fresh by week's end!!

One last note...HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEXA!!!

Stamps: Here's the Scoop (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Night of Navy
Paper: PTI White, Linen Vellum, SU! Night of Navy
Accessories: Aquapainters, makers (for watercoloring) Stylus, prima, doodlebug jewel

September 27, 2008

I'm still here :)

Sorry I've been MIA. We've been SUPER busy getting the house ready to have my DD's 2nd half of her birthday today. LOTS of cleaning, and organizing...but it's DONE - and it was a great day.

We had lots of fun with our friends and family, and got to see all the babies together, which is always fun, though I should have gotten a picture of them all together...who knows when the next time will be.

So, since we've been so busy with 'house stuff' I haven't had much time to stamp - but did get to whip this up for a friend who recently got a promotion. She LOVES chocolate, and even more so when she's I made her a little emergency kit for her desk. This is just a cute little 3x3 card and a tea tin, decorated, and stuffed full of candy. The paper is My Mind's Eye (I think...I know I got it from All That Scraps)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Thanks for stopping by!

September 24, 2008

She's 1!!!

Well, today's the day. My baby girl turns 1!!! Alexandra arrived (after being served an eviction notice) on this day one year ago. It went pretty quick labor that is. So I was thankful for that, and I got this beautiful little girl in return. Here's a Smilebox I made of her, shortly after coming home from the hospital...

This year has been a whirlwind, and I am so blessed to have 2 wonderful daughters who give me a reason to smile EVERY DAY...even when they're sick, crabby, silly, crying, or sleeping *wink*.
Here she is on Tuesday...WOW have times changed... (she made a mess of her clothes at daycare...that's why she's dressed so funny)

So, do you like her card??? I'm pretty pleased with it, I must say! I used my chipboard and glitter again (and this time I didn't melt it!!) and made a happy card for a happy girl. I'd like to wish Alexandra's birthday buddies, Staci and Kayla a very happy birthday as well!!! Hope everyone has a fantastic day!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: It's a Celebration (PTI)
CS: SU! Almost Amethyst, PTI White
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, PTI Aqua Mist, Spring Moss
Accessories: Star Dust stickles, SU Chunky glitter & DD glitter, Simon Upper Chipboard (SU), dimensionals

September 22, 2008

Party Time

Ok - so I'm a bit late posting photos of the party...we had a nasty tummy bug make it's way through my older daughter got it DURING the b-day party Saturday night, poor kid. Then I was sick in the middle of the night Saturday, and spent practically the entire day in bed yesterday...BLECH.
Anyway - the party was fun, we had a good time :) The birthday girls had fun - so that's what matters!

Here are a few pics...
Here are the two birthday girls...

Daddy and daughter dancing (before she got sick, obviously)


Not really sure...


nnooooooo! Take it away, and clean my hands!!!
So, the first birthday cake wasn't a big hit...who knew? My older daughter cried the first time we all sang Happy Birthday to her, so they each have their own 'thing' I guess...
Thanks for letting me share some family time with you!!

September 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Cat!!

September is a busy month for birthdays and anniversaries in our family. Today is my brother's birthday, as well as my sister-in-law Catherine's...also known as Cat.

If you've seen my post about the drum corps I'm in, you know our 'theme' is when I saw this set from The Cat's Pajamas...I HAD to buy it just for Cat's birthday.

Tonight we have a party for Cat, since it's her 40th, she wanted a big party, and she's sharing her day with my daughter Alexandra - as she turns 1 on Thursday!

So...I know you didn't stop by to read all about my family, so I'll give you a little something to look at :)

Here's Cat's card:

Isn't she cute??? The 'Look Who's' are Thickers from American Crafts, and the '40' are chipboard letters from SU!, covered with Heat & Stick, then chunky and fine red glitter... (though it's not as sparkly as I wanted, because I accidentally melted dome of the chunky glitter when heat setting the heat & stick *oops*

The cowgirl kitty is actually on the inside of the card, I cut a hole out of the front of the card with my craft's a closer look...

The 'Ms. Sheriff' badge is from the MFT set, 'Ride 'em Cowgirl', it was stamped on Summer Sun CS.

Now for the inside....lovingly colored with my Copics...The 'Happy Birthday' is from PTI's Birthday Basics...

Well, I hope to check in tomorrow with pictures from the party and maybe another card too!

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!!!

September 18, 2008

Glow in the Dark fun...

Well today's post has NOTHING to do with stamping, but I thought it was fun, none the less. This past weekend was my nephew's birthday party (I don't even have a card topost for him, I gave him his present back in May (tickets to a Mets game with his brother and Dad)

k - onto the party...he had it at this cool place, Monster Mini Golf. It's all indoors, all lit with blacklights...I was a weeee bit nervous about my older daughter freaking out, but she actually did are some cool shots I got under the blacklights...

Here's my daughter, playing air hockey...I love her neon yellow shirt :)

A great time was had by all at the party...but go figure, I didn't get a single shot of the birthday boy!! That's what happens when you turn 10 I guess...
Thanks for stopping by!!

Some fun coloring with Lucky

Hello friends!

Hoping everyone has as beautiful a day as I have here in NY...perfect!! Sunny, not too hot...just plain beautiful.

I was going through some of my photo files, and found this card. I just love CC Designs stamps...especially the Itzy Inkies...they really are just too cute! This is her birthday set - and is SO much fun to color.

I made this card waaaay back when, before I had my Copics (like it was years ago, ha!) So I watercolored it. I made this for one of the "Dare to get Dirty" challenges on SCS. I started out with that great American Crafts Ribbon, where I chose my colors for the card from...I used LOTS of dimensionals on this as well...just added a little more interest, and it's lots of fun.
I'm getting ready for a combined birthday party for my DD (how did she get to be ONE already?!?!) and my Sister-in-law who is turning 40...hopefully I'll be back with some pictures (and her card of course...I have it all in my head, hope it turns out that way on paper!)
Thanks so much for stopping by today - hope you have a great weekend!!
Stamps: CC Designs "It's my Birthday"
CS: SU!, Only Orange, Tempting Turquosie, Green Galore, PTI White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Ribbon (American Crafts), dimensionals

September 17, 2008

Another Friend :)

I've got lots, really, I do :)
This card went into the 'secret friend package' to my friend Barb - I love this bella...especially because I LOOOOOVE coffee...did you know that?

I never liked it when I was younger...all my friends in HS would be drinking it, and I'd have my hot chocolate...then I met my hubby, and he got me into flavored coffees...espcially since they were made the way they were intended...with sugar and half and half!!! MMMMM...I was hooked. I'm an official coffee addict, and not only that, I've got THE greatest coffee maker ever...a Keurig. Don't tell me you've never heard of it...well...go HERE if you've never heard of it...order one. need it.

ok, sorry, back to the task at hand. Barb's card. I used PTI's Dark Chocolate and Vintage Violet CS...and colored those adorable girls in with my Copics ( I could have done a little better here, but I tried) The flowers down the right side are brads from Provo Craft and I put some doodlebug bling in the
Thanks for stopping by today...I think I'll go make myself a cuppa...mmmmmm

September 15, 2008

My Secret Friend...

Well, I had a few, over on the Secret Friendship Appreciation Thread on Splitcoast. Heather (stampinmomof2cuties) was the host for the first 4 rounds, bless her heart!! Anyway - I nominated 4 people this time around. My friends Laura (okiechic), Barb (Bbarton), Samantha (Sammystamper) and Cindy (Mothermark) you all know Mothermark??

Well - I'm going to tell you a bit about her. I've never met her face to fact, I hardly know her, except for all the times we harass her on the friendship threads. She is FUN-NY, let me tell you. I've had tears in my eyes and coffee on my computer screen a few times reading her posts. I have a feeling that if I were to meet her face to face, we could get into a lot of trouble together...

I decided to nominate Cindy this round, not only so we could torture her *wink*, but to thank her for always being such a good sport about all of the ribbing, and making me LAUGH, nearly every day.

So rumor had it, she likes polka dots, so I decided to make her an etched coffee mug. Have you all ever tried this before??? You really should, it's a LOT of fun, and gives awesome, classy results. Lauren Meader just posted a tutorial on her blog just a few days ago on how to etch with stamps. Also, for always giving her a hard time, Cindy has affectionately called us PSF's that make her crazy..."Stinkers" so I had to make her a stinker card, no??

So here it is...
NOT an easy thing to photograph, that's for sure!!! The mug was completed using images from PTI (Trajan Monogram, and a flower center from Women of Life), and the card was made with an image from Stampin' Up!s "Stinkin' Cute" and PTI's Simple Alphabet.

Cindy's blog is in my left hand 'blogs I read' bar, check her out if you don't know her...she's a BLAST!

Thanks again Cindy - you're a terrific gal!!


Did you see the news????

Check it out!

September Honorable Mentions - that project there...the first one?? It's MINE!!! I'm still in shock I think. I just adored that project, as originally stated in my post about it, HERE.

I'll be on cloud 9 all day, I'm sure...but I have another post for this evening, so I hope you stop back later!!!

Have a great day!!!

September 13, 2008

For Some Special Friends

So it's been a busy week. My younger DD has pink eye - YIPPEEE! (do you hear the sarcasm??) She's been pretty good about her drops, and is already much better, thank goodness!! We're also coming to the end of a very long drawn out home improvement project that I almost can't bear to talk about, because I get frustrated...but we're definitely in the home stretch, THANK GOODNESS!! But these things have really kind of taken me away from the things I love to do when the girls are in bed...stamp and chat on SCS!

I have a few things that I've been waiting to share, but will finally be going ahead with over the next few days.

My first 'installment' is a card I made for my friend Samantha (Sammystamper on SCS). She lives on the other side of the country from me, and we've never met face to face. She reminds me of me really...especially BEFORE I had kids ;) I can't wait for the day she comes to the city, and I head down to hang out and have a few drinks with her!

Ok, so onto the card...
Ta-dah!!! Ok- so I think my FAVORITE part about this card are the paper flowers I made. I've got a few of the punch bunch punches, and decided to finally put them to use! Looking at this card after the fact, I kind of wish I had put a mat behind the DSP, but overall I'm pleased with the way this turned out...and I just love that sentiment from A Muse.

Let's get a closer look at those flowers, shall we???
I used Always Apricot and Really Rust CS punched out 3 daisy shaped punches (1 for each flower) I used my stylus on the backs of the punched pieces (on my rubber mouse pad) to give them more dimension, get that rounded petal look. I did that also on the leaves, but wanted the 'veins' in the leaves as well...the centers of the flowers are the 'sakura' flower shape and it's punched out in PTI's Lemon Tart CS, and the very centers of the flowers are finished off with some cinnamon stickles.

If you ever get the opportunity to check out The Paper Garden it's a really fun book...I need to add some more punches to my 'arsenal' before I can accomplish more of the beautiful flowers in this book, but WOW. The author also realeased another book this summer, called The Paper Boquet which is also carried by All That Scraps...speaking of All That Scraps, did you SEE their new Halloween sets??? I mean really...they don't get much cuter. If you get a chance, stop by, and check them out. I'm tellin' ya, they're SUPER cute...

Well - Samantha - thank you for being such an awesome friend - I hope you enjoyed your package from me :)

Have a great remainder of your weekend everyone, thanks for stopping by!!!

September 11, 2008

7 Years...

Seven years...that's a long time. But it feels like it was just yesterday. Seven years ago today, my life changed. I think in some way, everyone's life changed...from the people who were on the planes, the people who were in the buildings...the loved ones waiting at home, the servicemen and women of this, and many other great countries, everyone's lives had changed.

This is a day I will NEVER forget, my husband and brother as well as friends were in the city that day, and things were just turned upside down. What an eerie was a beautiful crisp morning...they don't come any more gorgeous...and then I heard the news...

I didn't lose anyone personally in the attacks, but know many who did, including my brother, his college roomate's brother and father were both lost that day. My brother would go down to the armory every day to check on news of Mr. Coffey and his son Jason, but unfortunately there never was any news to be had.

So sad, so unsettling.

Take a moment to remember today...a moment to remember those lost, those who they left behind, and those who are deployed all over the world to help ensure this doesn't happen again.

Thank you to the Fire, Police, and EMS that put your lives on the line daily. Thank you to all of our servicemen and women who fight for peace, and our freedom.

Here's a card, in the spirit of today...this was sent to My Favorite Marine, also known as THE Major, while he was deployed in Iraq earlier this year.

Thanks for stopping by...God Bless America...

September 9, 2008

Inspiring Friends...

Inspiring you have any?? I do. Quite a few actually. One is my friend Laura - she inspires me to be more independent, and just always see the funny side of things. On SCS her name is Okiechic, and I think she rocks...I made this card for her recently...and guess what? The card is a result of being 'inspired' by my DD's sundress...which is of course, in the laundry, so I can't take a pic, but trust me here...

The circles are stamped in craft white on orchid opulence, tempting turquoise, pixie pink, and only orange, and are ahdered to the dark chocolate base with dimensionals...simple, but I like it. This is PTI's anniversary set "Simple Little Things" for those of you that aren't familiar...

What inspires you?? Whether it's card making or in your general life...

Thanks for stopping by!

September 7, 2008

A shower...other than rain...

WOW - we got a LOT of rain today - the perfect day to be inside, and playing. Well - we had painting to do, so no playing until late, and that's why I'm posting at 1:30!

Tomorrow I am off to a bridal shower for my dear friend Gen's daughter Denise. Denise and I are about the same age, so I tried to think what I might like someone to give to me. She has quite a bit of the necessities, as she's been living on her own for a while, but they found plenty to register for, so that made my job easy...but I still wanted to make something special for her.

I came across these coasters in Bed Bath & Beyond...they're glass photo coasters...this is nothing new really, but figured I'd share my project with you.

I used my Just-Rite Monogram Stamper using thier initial, and wedding date. That's stamped in Brilliance Chocolate has a nice shimmer. The flourish is from Inkadinkado's Flourish set, and is stamped in Old Olive.

I've lined the 4 sides of the coasters with Grass dew drops (just so you know, to do the 4 coasters, I had almost a full bottle to start and there was still about 1/4 of the bottle left when I was done) I adhered them with crystal effects. Now - I would have been happier if the coasters were a wee bit thicker, so that the full backs of the dew drops would be adhered, but I'll take what I can get! I think they're pretty, classy, and best of all, she can change them if she gets bored of 'the seal' as I like to call it :)

Now...onto her card...

As part of my 'go green' attitude, I don't do envelopes anymore, unless the cards are going in the mail. Besides, I think these works of art should be on display for all to see before present time!

Since I don't do envelopes, I wanted the card to coordinate with the gift (the coasters and the basket/tray, everything else is glass and stainless steel) I just LOVE these bridal confetti flowers from M's...NO they don't have brown...I made these with my Brilliance Chocolate pad...look at this close up - don't they look yummy?!?!?!? The middles are finished up with a clear swarovski crystal...Classy.

Again - the flourish is from Inkadinkado, and I used 'the seal' once more.

I'll be married 9 years next month, and my wedding seemed so long ago - thinking about wedding stuff made me think of my own, and if I had to do it all over again, I think I'd have fresh flowers, instead of silk, and I'd make sure I took more pictures with my grandmothers...I hardly got any - part my fault - part the dopey photographer's, but that's another post.

How long have you been married, and what, if anything would you change about your wedding???

Thanks for stopping by!!

September 5, 2008

Thanks Ghoulfriend!

Hey all -
Have you ever seen something in a store, and you think "WHY on Earth would I want that, or what would I do with that???" Yep - I fact, I did it not too long ago, when I saw the new Martha Stewart Halloween craft stuff. So I kept right on walking...little did I know that I would come to *need* one of those things...BADLY.

So, fast forward a few weeks, and I've got this idea for my nieces and nephews for Halloween...and I thought... "ACK! I should have gotten that punch!!!!" So, I head back to M's to find out that they were ALL gone...yep, not the pumpkin one, or the fence one, but the very dripping goo border punch that I now NEEDED was SOLD OUT.


But then...I had an epiphany...I'd put my PSFs on the job...what's a PSF?? Why, it's a Pretend Stamping Friend! The name given to us by Lauren's daughter Alexa :)

So, I got my girls on the job, and literally, the NEXT day - Sandy located one for me, and is sending it my way...I'm so excited...THANKS SANDY!!

Sooooooo...this post isn't without purpose. I did make Sandy a card to thank her...since she got me a Halloween punch, I made her a "Halloweenish" (my word) thank you card...

The 'Thanks a Million' part of the sentiment is from MFTs "Essential Sentiments" and the 'Ghoulfriend' is from "Totally Witchin". (I used my marker to ink up the 'Ghoulfriend' I like how it came out a little blurry, kind of 'ghoulish', right?)

The flower is the newest colors of bridal confetti from M's (the leaves on the stem are a green one cut apart) The stem of the flower is actually the hoe handle from the "Can you Dig It?" set. Instead of a butterfly or a bee, I decided to add a bat flying around...he's actually ribbon I got from M's as well...they had bats and pumpkins...kind of fun...

Well - thanks again Sandy - I truly appreciate it!!

Thanks for stopping by!

September 3, 2008

Ready for Halloween??

ETA: I apologize for not providing the info on where I got the tubes...I usually purchase my tins and such from Specialty Bottle, and I googled their website, and saw this other company SKS Bottle and Packaging. I found the tubes there...they come in a bag of 48, but I've got plans...heh heh heh... Here's the link, direct to the tubes these are the 40 ml size.

Well - those of you who already know me, know that I swore off buying any new Halloween stamp sets this year. I always set out with good intentions of making cards for all of my nieces and nephews, or big plans for projects, and then wind up running out of time, and I have all of these Halloween stamps with nothing to show for it...well, not totally true I guess, I *did* make 40 treat bags for my daughter's pre-school class last year.

Anyway - I caved. Totally...not only did I buy MFT's 'Totally Witchin', but then I *had* to get PTI's Spooky Sweets 2. The images and sentiments are just too perfect.

So...with that said, I decided to put my new Halloween stamps to use...I've already posted a card done with 'Totally Witchin' here. And now I'm about to share with you my project with the PTI set...

Are you ready??

Here it is...

So, what do you think??? I loved the idea of an ice cream sundae kit, but wanted to make it more halloweenish...I had these tubes with the twist on tops, so I thought they looked like test tubes...

I made a 'rack' by making a little cardstock insert with holes in it to hold the tubes in place. I was hoping they'd fit inside the PTI clear card box, but the box was just a wee bit too small, so I cut the top of the box off, and left it open.

Then I just covered over the label on the bottle of Magic Shell, and it's all set...

I had a lot of fun making this, and put everything else that I should have been stamping aside *hangs head in shame* but I think sometimes you need to stamp for fun, before you can do your 'have to' projects, you know?

So, since this is about an ice cream sundae kit...tell me, what's YOUR favorite flavor of ice cream?? In a sundae, I'm plain Jane, I like Vanilla with Hot Fudge and caramel sauce...but just plain ice cream, I love Mint Chocolate Chip...

Thanks for stopping by!