September 30, 2008
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 day...as I'm STILL working on those invites, but I'm in the home stretch now....WHEW!
Thanks for stopping by!!
September 29, 2008
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
September 24, 2008
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*.
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
September 20, 2008
If you've seen my post about the drum corps I'm in, you know our 'theme' is cowboys...so 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 knife...here'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
Here's my daughter, playing air hockey...I love her neon yellow shirt :)
September 17, 2008
September 15, 2008
Well - I'm going to tell you a bit about her. I've never met her face to face...in 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!!
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
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
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 feeling...it 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
September 7, 2008
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 ink...it 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
September 3, 2008
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??
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!