Sunday, December 31, 2006

Little Square *Thank You*s

I made 5 of these li'l cards yesterday, and I still need to make about 6 more! I LOVE the cute squares, which are 4.25", so they still fit in a regular size card envelope. As you can see, I'm a little "stuck" on these colors! :) I LOVE them. I used these same colors to make the *friend* frame and my *hi* card as well. I figured since these ARE Christmas Thank-You's, that the colors were so appropriate. But, watch out...I'm starting to get spring fever (or is that "cabin fever" that I feel, LOL!) and I think I wanna get out my cute UNFROGETTABLE set and use Spring-y colors very SOON!!

Anyway, I used the flower from that stamp in "Tags So Much" and the sentiment is from one of the "All Year Cheer" sets (?I have all 3 sets, mixed up in 2 boxes). I liked the curvyness of this saying better. Both green backgrounds are stamped with the "Floral" stamp. I used Old Olive and Rose Red. The red circle is punched out with my GIGA Scallop Circle Punch by Marvy. I then punched 1/16" holes in all the scallops, and then in one scallop on each side, I used my 1/8" punch so I could get the ribbon through. I outlined holes and did faux stitching with my Signo white gel pen. Turned out pretty cute, don't ya think?? :) Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We sure did.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Floral Friend



This was another project I stamped for today's Inspiration Challenge, which was to "SPELL IT OUT" using stamps other than alphabet stamps. This one took me quite a while to do, as I had to do it twice! I only used this one stamp, from the hostess set called, "Tags So Much". It's hard to see, but I stamped the "LINEN" background stamp in Creamy Caramel on the background of each letter. THen I sponged the edges with Always Artichoke and then layered on Old Olive and then onto Rose Red. I used Old Olive and Rose Red markers to stamp parts of the stamp. This was way to long for my scanner, so I had to snap a shot with my digital camera...so...it's not as clear as I'd like. here's a picture upclose of one of the letters though. Thanks for Looking!!

SPELL it Out!

Today's Inspiration challenge was a Hallmark card that used twigs and flowers etc. to spell out a word or phrase. The challenge, IMO, was to use something other than alphabet stamps. Anybody can spell out a word with those!! SO...I tried to find a stamp set that had tiny pictures in it. Low and behold...it was my CLEAR ACRYLIC set! And I'm sooo glad they were see-through or this would NOT have turned out!! The flowers are all individual, the "s" is made from her hair bow, and the "h" is obviously the butterfly.
This card is a little plain for me, but, I think it turned out cute, and for the noncritic little girl...this will make a nice birthday card!
STAMP SET: "Princess Turtle" (Inky Antics)
CARDSTOCK: Regal Rose; Certainly Celery, Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal (Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Under the weather?

Hopefully this will cheer you up!! :) I followed the color and sketch challenges for this week. I figured that with this cold and flu season, I could probably use a whole stack these babies. The stamps I used are: "Send a Celebration"; "Canvas"; "Sincere Salutations"; "Fresh Fillers".
And the colors are Cool Caribbean; Elegant Eggplant; and Rose Red.
I stamped the inner circle on white cardstock with black Stazon, then watercolored the sky in caribbean. I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier, but I'm going to go back and put dazzling diamonds on the umbrella and the raindrops to add that glimmer you get when the sun hits water. (just thinkin' out loud!) The flowers on the background are stamped in eggplant and then filled centers in with the white gel pen. The tall caribbean layer has Canvas stamped in Caribbean ink and then I sponged eggplant all over it to calm it down. Turns out the caribbean ink made the background peice look non-matching, or whatever. I also sponged the circle in eggplant. I had these caribbean color primas that really matched, so I added silver rhinestones to the centers and attached them through the eggplant c.s. Thanks for looking!! :)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A Christmas Rambling...

Hi everyone!! I know it's been several days since I've blogged, but now that we've gotten through the holiday rush of shopping and cooking and planning, and then the BIG day came and is over, I can sit down and share with you how it went!! I have to say that this year was one of the BEST I've had in a long time. Starting with Christmas eve., we went to church and I sang "Heaven's Child" and enjoyed a great service with my family and parents. After church, some friends came over and we exchanged gifts and had a great visit. Turns out Katy sang "Silent Night" accapella at her church and they showed it to us on the camcorder!! Anyway, I just have to show you the stockings she got the girls. They are so beautiful, and the princess on them actually dances and sings when you press the button!! So cool!Then we went to my parents that night and opened some presents and had a light dinner. Mom had to work until 6:30 p.m., so we went to store and got a big chicken and jojos basket {with all the trimmings!} haha... and took it over to my parents so it was all ready when she got home. The kids didn't even want dessert 'cause they were sooo excited to open their presents. It was a great time.



On Christmas Day, we drove to my in-laws house for a HUGE Christmas dinner! There were 19 of us in that small house! Only 5 were children, oh ya...AND we had a little tiny doggy (something like a chiuaua) sp?? Mom cooked a big dinner, plus, we all brought stuff like potluck. I took the "Green Bean Casserole" just like I do every holiday!! We had ham instead of turkey...God rest ye merry Turkeys!! My favorite was the candied yams....yummo!! (However, it felt like I was the new mascot for the "New Year Blimp!" (don't comment Kathy!!) LOL! Kathy's my sister of course!) Then, we opened more presents. And the rest of the day was spent visiting and playing games with the kids. Our girls got the game "Deal or No Deal" and I have to admit...it's a lot of fun!! :) Well, I was exhausted that night, but I had to get up and go to work the next day, like many of you I'm sure. Kids don't go back to school until January 8th, so I have to take them to work with me in the mornings. :( bummer for them! I am planning on taking a day off next week to take them ice skating though. Well...I know this has been really long, and I don't even have a card to show for it!! But, hopefully I can get one done here soon and share with you all. If you're still reading this...CONGRATULATIONS!! Wow, you've got a long attention span! LOL! :)

Beaded Ornaments #1

Sorry stampers!! I don't have anything stamped to show you today. But I just wanted to share the beaded ornaments I made last year for my mom and MIL [and have them all in one place here]. It really helps me so I don't accidentally duplicate them. These are kits from Mary Maxim and come with everything but the glue. You have to string the straight pins with all the right beads and dip them in glue and then insert into the styrofoam ball. The kits cost about US $14.99 (unless on sale). YES, I do have lots of patience, especially when I'm doing something where I get immediate results--Love crafting!! :) (I also love to knit, crochet, and decorate cakes!) Here are the ornaments:

(Blue Chandelier--Christmas)

(Lavendar Floral--Birthday)

(Pearl Heart--Mother's Day)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thanks in Bloom

I made this card for the sketch challenge this week, #103. This set came to mind when I saw this tall rectangle. The flower is from "In Full Bloom"; the large 'Thank You' is from "Wonderful Words"; and the small 'Thank You' is from "Noteworthy"; and the background is "Linen"...all from Stampin' Up! Primas and rhinestone brads I got at our local scrapbook store, Raining Fresh Daisies. The colors are Elegant Eggplant; Cool Caribbean; Mauve Mist. The Eggplant card is stamped with Linen and the leaf from IFB. The Mauve is stamped with Linen in Eggplant ink. Caribbean has white gel pen and 1/16" holes for Faux Stitching. Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A New Baby!!



No, it's not ME!!! Although I wouldn't put it past me to make myself a congrats card! :) hehehe. Honestly, I got this cute hedgie stamp from my sister several months ago and I've been aching to use it, so I did! I guess I just have to wait for someone to have a baby now so I can send it :)


I used today's color challenge on SCS for this card. The colors are Blush Blossom; Sage Shadow; Rose Red; and Choc Chip. My neutral color is Vanilla. I also used the sketch challenge #93, you can find it {here}.


My hand is still a little shaky when taking pictures...can't imagine why? Maybe I need a tripod for Christmas!! :) You can't see it, but the Blush c.s. has the Canvas bg stamped all over it in the Blush Blossom, so it's kinda subtle, but you can definately see it IRL.



The stamps I used are "In a Nutshell" (Penny Black); "A New Baby" (Inky Antics); and "Beyond the Basics" & "Canvas" Backgrounds (Stampin' Up!). After stamping the hearts (BTB) in sage, I used my white gel pen to color in just the hearts. For the huge circle, I used my new Marvy GIGA Scallop Circle Punch, sponged the edges in Sage Shadow and punched holes around edge with my 1/16" hole punch. I punched the same holes along the bottom of the choc chip layer as well, and highlighted with gel pen, as well as faux stitched at top of choc chip. The middle red layer has a Prima flower with a rhinestone in the middle. I also used the leaf stamp from "Watercolor Minis" (SU!) and then I sponged all 3 layered pieces with Rose Red. Oh Ya, I also used the white gel pen to color in the petals on the daisy so it's white and stands out from the vanilla c.s. Then I colored in the center of flower with Saffron and added Dazzling Diamonds to just the center. :) That's about it!! Thanks for looking!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

10th Anniversary!!

Oh, aren't the holidays CRAZY?? I haven't blogged in several days...sorry about that, but life got a little busy this weekend!!
Anyway, My hubby and I are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this week, so I sat down to search for an idea on SCS. I got so overwhelmed with it and after spending 2 hours and not finding exactly "the one" I decided to just make this very simple card. I had ideas of stamping a big "10" on the front, or puting hearts or ??? not really sure what I was going to do. But I've had this designer paper sitting on my desk that was left over from my last tin box, so I used it.
The card just kinda came along and I kept thinking, "this needs more!!" but hey...sometimes less is more, right?? :) I will stamp Happy 10th Anniversary on the inside b4 I give to him.
Sorry this scan is a little blurry! As usual, it looks better IRL!! I used Old Olive c.s. for the card, and cut it 11"x4 1/4" and scored at 5 1/2". Then I stamped the "Paisley" background stamp in olive on the olive. I layered my designer paper onto Night of Navy c.s. and did faux stitching with my white gel pen, and then added 1/16" holes along the bottom. I rand my silver cord through my silver metal-rimmed tag first and then through one of the holes in navy c.s. The tag is attached with 3 small pop dots. Stamped "always" in white craft ink in bottom left corner. Thanks for looking {and reading}!! Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

*Shabby Princess*

My LAST recipe box for the year...I think! :) This is my 9th one and all I have left to do is make 2 sets of index and recipe cards to go inside these last two boxes. I got this pretty paisley and striped paper at my local scrapbook store. It's the "Shabby Princess Collection" by Bo-Bunny Press. Again, I used my xyron for the ribbon. The primas I got in a box of various sizes and colors. I didn't have any of that color in my paper, but I loved the contrast it gave to all the blues and greens. I also put a really neato deco brad in the big flower and country blue mini brads in centers of small flowers and stuck them onto the ribbon with glue dots. I decoupaged the "Blueberry Pie" paper to a matboard "K", and stuck that on with big fat pop dots. The top of the tin has the paisley paper again...the striped was just too masculine and I figured all the pretty ribbons would break up the paisley a bit. I actually had my hubby help me put the ribbon on this time so I could get it straight!! The story of my life :) Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Teacher's Survival Kit

I had this super cute idea in my head for an apple recipe box and it was going so well, until I put my ribbon on!! I had run it through my xyron dealy and so it's very sticky!! And I started in the front where I planned to put my "C" and ran it around the box and I got it all crooked. When I tried to pull it off, all the sticky stayed on the box, so I put the ribbon back on and worked with it. I tend to be a perfectionist so this is REALLY REALLY bugging me, 'but I don't want to waste the box...it was already decoupaged etc. SO...I'm trying to suck it up and be proud of it anyway (really hard to do!). The rest of it I'm very happy with. THose cute "covered buttons" are actually brads!! How cute are those??!! Also, the "C" layer has blue rhinestone brads in the corners, and the white is layered on brilliant blue and scalloped around the edges. The apples I had to cut out of another piece of c.s. because it had green and red, and my friend's kitchen is all red, white and blue. I put one big apple on each side of the box, and 3 on the back. Overall, it's pretty cute. I found this pack of ribbons for the top handle at my scrapbook store. The blue paper is actually royal blue with lighter blue speckles in it. :) I know I said I was done making these, but I thought of 2 more people I wanted to make them for. SO...hopefully the other one I'll get done later tonight and post tomorrow for you. Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Winter Chill?

This sweater will warm you right up! :)

I'm putting my new scalloped circle to good use for this cheery brrr...thday card. This is for my sister-in-law, on Dec. 30th. She's not real foofoo-ish, so I think this will do the trick?! I think I might even stick a packet of hot chocolate inside it, since I plan to give it to her in person, not in the mail. :)

This set is called "Bundle Up" by Stampin' Up! I didn't use ANY background stamps for this card, can you believe it?? :) This white layer is mounted on a black card...can't really see that with the dark bg. I used pop dots behind the white circle, mittens and hat to make them more 3-d. The sweater is stamped directly onto the white circle, and it needed a little sparkle, so I added 2-way glue and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on the "flakes"and added some doodling to outline it a little. Inside, I stamped the big "brrr..." and then I used markers to stamp just "Happy" b4 the brrr...and "day" after it. I thought that was a pretty clever saying if I do say so myself :) TFL!!

Christmas Bunny

Just thought I'd share our little cutie-patootie with you all :) This is our 4 month old bunny named Twitches. She's actually our 8 yr. old daughter's bunny. Both our girls got one at the same time, but the other one passed away :( Anyway, we are keeping her inside through the winter, in a nice hutch of course, but once and a while we like to let her roam the livingroom (making sure she doesn't chew on anything!!) Our tree is just a little 4" fake one, so you can see still pretty small, but oh so cute! :) Merry Christmas everybunny!!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Daisy *Sarah* Tin

This is my 7th and last tin for this year. Again, I used the "Sarah" Designer paper from Stampin' Up!
This one is for my mother-in-law. I decided to put their monogram on the front (instead of stamping out "recipes") just in case they want to use it for something else? ANYWAY!! Her name is Isabelle, so I took a matboard "I" and decorated it with Apricot punched daisies and then added the "bling" with the rhinestone brads. I've gotta admit, I was a little disappointed that I couldn't find any prima flowers out of the bunch I just got yesterday that matched!!
I'm trying real hard to match the boxes to their kitchens. My mil's kitchen has been kindof limy-green since my husband was a kid!! (so at least 40 yrs or so, LOL! ) so, I'm thinking I don't have to worry about her changing colors of her kitchen anytime soon!!

Paisley *Sarah* Tin

Here's another Recipe Tin that I'm doing for Christmas gifts. I used the "Sarah" Designer Paper from Stampin' Up!, and I'm not sure where I got the matboard letter and primas? I've had those for a little while and threw away the packaging. This is for my boss' wife, Su, who's kitchen is this country blue. I also stamped some index cards with the Stamp Set called "What's for Dinner?" (also Stampin' Up!). I decoupaged the paper to the tin, and the top has the same blue designer paper as what's on the bottom 1/2 of the tin. The "S" has brocade c.s. stamped with Navy Paisley and finished with silver diamond brads.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

*JUMP 4 JOY*



I got some new stuff today!! I am finishing up my 7 lunch tins boxes (as recipe boxes) for my sister-in-laws for Christmas, when I realized that I'm out of blue ribbon!! SO...I jotted on down to our local scrapbook store and I ended up getting a whole card of blue ribbon...AND one of those cool Xyron Create-a-Sticker dealies (I learned from Susie Stamp-a-Lot that you can run ribbon through it and it makes your ribbon stick to the boxes!! how cool is that??!!)...AND a couple of velvet ribbons--on sale even!!...AND a box of colored primas in different sizes...AND do you see that package between the primas--those are rhinestone brads in all of those colors that are on the cardboard!! Did I miss anything? I had to tell my husband that I just gave myself an early Christmas present, hehe. I'm quite the happy camper now. Stay tuned for some pics of what I create with all this fun stuff :)

Oh...Thank You, Thank You!!

Thank you so much to my sister for sending me this new circle scallop punch!! I've been wanting one for so long, but was unable to find it. Joan's has been out forever! I'm so excited to use it...here's the card I made for my sister. The colors are Elegant Eggplant and Cool Caribbean. I love these colors together. I will probably make my Christmas Thank-You's with these.
Anyway, The card is folded vertically along the left side. The flower/sentiment in middle is from "Tags So Much" (the FREE hostess set that goes with the punch box). I stamped that in Eggplant and then used 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle. Then I stamped the "Floral" BG stamp on ALL the other peices. I used my CM cutters for the straight edge circles and of course my new MARVY Uchida Giga Punch for the scalloped one. Added some white faux stitching with the Signo gel pen. Oh, and I punched the little holes in the scallops with my 1/16" hole punch...those are not part of the circle punch. I also punched tabs with the word window punch and added silver brads. Then I finished the card with some eggplant and silver ribbon to tie in the silver. The purples match better IRL. I have to say this is one of my favorite cards I've done so far!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

One Last Christmas Card...

...for this year! I'm so Christmas-carded-out, especially with all the holiday stuff going on this month!! My girls went to see the Nutcracker Ballet with a good friend of mine, (a matinee) on Saturday, while my mom and I hit several of the Holiday Bazaars in town. I was sooooo looking forward to the "Snowmen Social" one at the Firehouse, but we got there about 1 1/2 hrs. after it started and almost everything was bought out!! *insert hissy fit* LOL!! J.K. I LOVE snowmen, so I was really bummed about that!! Then that night we had the "Sounds & Tastes of Christmas" service at our church. Then Sunday, we went to a holiday openhouse next door at "the ranch", then Monday was my husband's Company's Christmas dinner, and tonight was Awanna. Whew...I'm just a little worn out. The kids' winter concert at school is coming up too. But, I did manage to get a card done today.

This was for the skectch challenge #101, which was really fun. You can't tell by this picture, but it is scored twice so the bottom comes up underneath and has a brad on each side holding the bottom flap up and it makes a little pocket. The top part ends at the green piece with the gold cording (the bottom one) if that makes sense. Here's a pic of the inside:

The stamp sets I used were all from Stampin' Up! They are "In Full Bloom"(for the wreath); "Paisley" (background); and "All Year Cheer 3" (sentiment); and "Linen" (background of the rose c.s.) I cut the circle with my Creative Memories cutting system and the green layer, I used my scallop scissors and carefully cut around the circle. Then I used my white gel pen to add dots. The paisley layer is just stamped in Hunter onto white and then layered onto Hunter c.s. I used my 1/16" hole punch to punch those holes and then ran gold cord like whip-stitching and adhered to Linen-stamped Rose Red c.s. The Merry Christmas sentiment is stamped in Versamark and embossed with gold ep.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Fire, Fire!!

No fire around here today, but did I get your attention?? :)

These cute little dalmations are sporting their Christmas hats this season. I made this cute little card for my friend's son, turning 7 yrs. old this week. The inside says, Happy Brrr...day!! How cute is that? OK...I may be tootin' my own horn here, but these puppies totally make me smile.

The stamps sets used are: "Fire Brigade"; "Bundle Up"; and "Holiday Sampler", all from Stampin' Up!


The snowflakes and brrr...are embossed with detail white embossing powder on black c.s. The puppies are stamped in basic black on the white c.s. and the hats are stamped seperately, then cut out and placed on with pop dots. After I mounted them on black c.s., then I thought of punching the corners like everyone's doing these days with that ticket punch...*(note: I cheated and used my CM circle punch!) and then mounted again on white and added black brads from the vintage assortment. Really easy card to do and just in time for Jacob's birthday.

Ah...Hot Coffee




This is a slider card for today's pocket slider challenge. My dad's 63rd birthday is in a couple days, so I made this challenge for his card, hence the masculine flavors!!

It's a pretty easy card to do, and fun because it's not the regular-open card layout. I'm always up for a technique challenge!! You cut your c.s. at 5 1/2" just like you would for a "normal" card. Turn your c.s. so the 8 1/2" side is horizontal and up against the edge of cutter and score it at 2 5/8" on both sides. Then you fold them towards the center and tape with mono-adhesive. Decorate the front as you wish. Then punch a hole (I used a regular-size hole punch) thru all 3 layers at the top. Cut a piece of coordinating ribbon (darn, I'm out of chocolate ribbon for this one!!) about 18" long. Run the ends of ribbon from the center out on both sides of card and pull the ends up so they are even. Cut inside card piece to 5x3". Put the card inside between ribbons and gentle push the card down so it's all the way inside. Then tie a knot at the top just above the top of card. Trim ends. You're done! Then you pull the ribbon, up comes the card! and when you push it back down, it pushes that extra ribbon down again. Neat card, however, I must say that when you pull the card up, be careful where you write becaue the ribbon runs vertically all the way down your card and will cover up anything in the middle. :( bummer. But, they can take the inside card out, or move the ribbon a little to see it. So...over all, I like it. Here's a picture of my inside card----------->

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Peace to You

Here is the Christmas card I tried to upload Yesterday... YEA, it's working today!! :)

I dug out my old retired Stampin' Up! Set called "Peace" to make just a few last Christmas cards. I was going thru the sketch challenges and this is one that I had missed. So, this idea just popped in my head and it turned out exactly as I had imagined it. You can view the sketch here.

I stamped the Elegant Eggplant with the Linen and French Script bg stamps. Then I used sterling silver ep to emboss the dove (with holly in mouth) on the eggplant, then I embossed it again on white c.s. and cut out just the dove. It was too hard to cut around the holly on the white and I think this looks much better anyway :) The dove is attached with little pop dots. Peace is also embossed.

I colored the holly down the side of card with markers to get all the colors in. Then, I used the slit punch through just the white piece and adhered the inside white c.s. to the purple. The slit tab helps hold the card shut. The silver ribbon is tied thru a little hole punched in the slit with 1/16" hole punch. It isn't made to untie, just for looks. :) On the inside, I stamped the saying in the "Peace" set and in place of hugs or love at the bottom, I stamped the Peace with the small dove from "Perfect Ending" set. To see the instructions for this sketch challenge, click here. Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Picture Tutorial for 3x3 Envies

Have you ever created those cute little 3x3" square notecards and realized you have NO envelopes for them? I have, and so I created a template, and now I'll show you how I did it.





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Thursday, November 30, 2006

100th Sketch!



Let me clarify...this isn't exactly MY 100th sketch, but this is SCS's 100th week of sketch challenges!! I'm soo addicted to these sketches...makes card stamping so much easier, and I love all the other challenges as well. Not only is this the 100th sketch, but it's the 90th Color Combo challenge as well: Cranberry Crisp, Blush Blossom, and True Thyme (which I substituted Always Artichoke since I didn't have any Thyme *gasp!* :) They usually throw in an alternate color to use in case you don't have one of them. Anyway, click here to see the actual sketch.
Ok...I'm lovin' my "Unfrogettable" set by Stampin' Up! It's great for soo many uses. The Lilypads are actually a wheel called "Lily Pad" (go figure, LOL!) I watercolored the water and lilypads, and then I stamped the frogs on a seperate peice of cs and cut out and attached with pop dots. The cranberry layer is stamped with the "Linen" background stamp, which you can't even tell from this scan, but can see it IRL. For the artichoke, I just cut along the bottom with my scallop "cloud" scissors and then used my 1/16" hole punch and outlined them with the white gel pen (Taylor's touch) but you can't really see that even IRL. The ribbon is also from SU! I never did get the stitched Thyme ribbon, now I wish I had!! I'm a sucker for ribbon, just ask Carly!! :) Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Tunnel Card

Today's Challenge was to make a "Tunnel Card". If my camera was working right, that would've been better to show you how it stands up and the inside would look right. Anyway, this is the outside here on the left.
My scanner makes these colors look really weird. Her shirt is actually Certainly Celery, and it looks yellowy here. The main card is Regal Rose, and the patterned paper is the "Rebecca" Series from Stampin' Up! The main image is from the set "Wanda's Wit and Wisdom" (also SU!) I doodled around the inside of the oval. The patterned paper is the very top layer, and the white stamped peice is under the brown.

It would be better to link the instructions to you from the tutorial on SCS rather than try to explain them myself. Here's the LINK.
And here is the inside---->
Personally, I don't think I care for this style of card, just because it's extremely bulky! And when you fold it, all the bulk is on one end and it won't close...maybe that's the point...as soon as they take it out of the envelope, it opens up and stays open!? Anyway, it does stand up nice without falling over...if that's what you're going for :) Anyway...
FAMILY LIFE: So...I've just gotta blog about my day. Since I've been sick all weekend, and even though I DID go to work today, I wasn't really "all there" if you KWIM?! So, I had my husband drive the girls to Redmond to the Dentist...it was a new office, and they've been doing construction around there, so the roads have changed into 1-way streets since we were there last. He ended up trying to turn left on a 1-way and ran into someone!! Nobody got hurt, except our pocketbook :) Anyway, my hubby tried to ask the guy if he was okay and stuff and the guy just kept yelling and swearing, etc. etc. so after police left, he walked the girls to the dentist. With a few tweaks, the car was able to make it home (30 min.). THEN, he told me that my 8 yr old has to have 4 teeth pulled very soon. And to top it off, my 6 yr. old has a cavity and needs a silver filling! Oh, and we have a $500 deductible on our car, and after insurance pays for the girls, we will be left paying over $550 next month. Eeeks! *pulling my hair out*...ok...not really. I'm trying to be calm, and I know the Lord has always provided for us in the past, so we're praying He pulls through once again! Christmas may have to be tight this year. Boy, I hope and pray this week gets better really quick, LOL!!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Welcome Snow!!




I am giddy with excitement today!! This adorable little 4 1/4" square card was sent to me from Susan Liles (susiestampalot) on SCS. She's very talented and I left her a comment on how much I just LOVED this card and guess what? She sent it to me snail mail
Multistars_1*jumping up and down*!!!
There are brads covered with glitter in the large snowflakes.


She also sent this cute little ATC (artist trading card) pictured here---->
You can't see it here in the scan, but there's dazzling diamonds all over the snowman. Very cute, Susie :)

THANKS SNOW MUCH!! You're the BEST :)

Winnie Pooh


Another "character pan" shaped cake. Easy to do!

Winnie Pooh Coloringbook Page



One of my first cakes after taking my class. We learned how to take a coloring book page and turn it into a cake image. What you do is lay a peice of waxed paper over your coloring page. Then, using the colored translucent icing (comes in a small tube) you outline the image onto the waxed paper. Then, you carefull flip it over onto your iced cake. Gently rub your fingers over the image until all of the outline is on your cake. Lift up waxed paper and wala! You have your image on the cake! Then, using thinned buttercream icing and a small writing tip (size 1-3) outline over the main outline you already did. Then using a star tip, fill in the image with whatever color you want! You could also fill in the image and then dip your finger in cornstarch and smooth out your filling for a smooth look. (I prefer the star tip because it covers most of your flaws where smooth-filled would show every imperfection!)

Square - Mom's Day



WooHoo! Except for a couple little tiny dents, I succeeded in leveling off the top and making it smooth. The decorative dealies in the corners are from a scroll thingy I have that makes indents on your icing and then you go over the impression with the frosting. I also have one for letters, but not these. These letters are made using just icing in a baggy and squirting it on using the star tip! I like how it turned out. This was for mother's day, but also practicing for my babysitter's 15th b-day, later in May. Here's her cake I did.


Flower - Sunny


This is a flower-shaped pan...the whole flower on top is puffed up. Bottom border is made with the large leaf tip.

Petal Cake



This was for a friend of a friend's daughter. She had gone to my friend's kids' party and saw one of my cakes and asked her about me. So my friend gave her my business card and I was in business!! :) This was a large 2-layered cake, white with raspberry filling. {That's a very popular cake flavor if you ask me!}
I used Wilton's petal-shaped pans for this one. I drew the outline on the top for the flower and filled it in using spiral-movements until petals were all filled in. I made this in her favorite colors...green and purple.