Friday, August 31, 2007

Autumn Froggy

Sorry about the blury picture--not sure what happened ? This is 2 challenges in 1. There were actually 3 challenges today for the Limited Supply Challenge, but you could combine them into 1 or 2 cards if you wanted to.

  1. I made an Autumn "scene" using 3 stamps (pumpkin from Fall Whimsy; frog from Unfrogettable; and the little lilac stamp from Watercolor Minis).

  2. I used an animal stamp that doesn't usually go with a Halloween/Autumn theme to make an Autumn/Fall card.

  3. The one I didn't do is make it into a Tent Topper, which I plan to make a seperate Autumn Tent Topper card later this evening. Let's face it, some of us don't have all day to sit in our craft room and do challenges!! Life gets in the way. OK... gotta admit, I've spent almost the entire day with just one of my daughters and I've really enjoyed it. I may get to the 3rd challenge and I may not. My kids come first ;)

Oh Ya, forgot to tell you.... I stamped this on watercolor paper, and I drew in the tree with a black permanent marker. The tree has several layers of color on it using Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Mustard, Close to Cocoa. Let each layer semi-dry b4 adding another one.

An Altered Tin & a Winner!

First things first... the winner of my little drawing was Kathi b., who said:

"My 4 year old is starting kindergarten on the 4th. The more I think about it the more sappy I get. I can't believe she's getting so grown up."

I KNOW!! It was just two yrs. ago that my youngest went to Kindergarten with my 1st grader and they both held hands as they walked up to the door--they looked soo small and I got all teary-eyed as I left the school. Anyway, CONGRATS KATHI... shoot me an email with your snail addy so I can send you this little number!

I used a black tin box that came with a couple pair of fancy man socks for my hubby last Christmas (came from the Christian Book Store). I decoupaged some designer paper to the lid and sides, and decorated the top with my Polka-dot Posies set. Inside is filled with a bunch of goodies, however, I want to keep the contents a surprise Gift :)
Can you believe it's the last day of August already!!
Well, remember that cooler weather I talked about a few days ago? YA... huge teaser!! The last couple days we've had thunder storms and GET THIS-- yesterday was 99 degrees outside, and the girls and I came out of Bi-Mart and it started HAILING on us!! No kidding! big ice balls on the hood of the car and yet it was nearly 100 degrees out. ??!!?? Today has been very muggy and hot too, but only high 80's. Where's my nice Fall weather?? Guess I jumped the gun just a tad. Oh ya, some of you asked where I'm from? Central Oregon. It's considered the High Desert here. Usually don't get much rain or snow, but at least it's not usually muggy like today's been :( yuck. I did live in Idaho, Kansas, and South Dakota though, so I know what muggy really feels like. Ok, am I boring you yet? Lol. Gotta run. Another busy weekend starts now!
Waving

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Jolie's Fleurs - A Tent Topper

This is another "tent topper" card, made with today's color challenge: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and the new In-Color, Purely Pomegranate. I also used what little bit I have left of my Pallete O' Prints cardstock.

The stamp set is called "Jolies Fleurs", from Lizze Anne Designs. I LOVE this set! Can't wait to play more with it. This is my first stamp set from that company--they are red rubber, pre-cut (love that!) and have cling foam on the back. They come in a clear cd case with a pre-printed design sheet showing thru the front so you know what's in the set, and the title (love that too!) :) Oh ya, those sparklies you see is from my new Sakura Stardust gelly roll pens I got on ebay.

***Be sure to leave a comment on my previous post for a chance to win a little giveaway!!

HAPPY "almost" FALL, Y'all!!

I don't know about all of you, but the leaves are already falling off our trees here, and although it's still in the 70's during the day, it's getting very cold at night--so much so, that if we leave our windows open all night, we freeze our little buns off by morning!! :) Gotta say, though, that I LOVE the cooler weather! Yesterday at work, I left a little tiny window open and felt the cool breeze coming through and it's soo refreshing! So, I thought I would change up my blog once again to something fallish. I came across Hugh Stockton's fabulous gallery online and wrote him for permission to use this "Bridge to Fall" photo on my blog and he did give temporary copyright for that. :) So, I hope you enjoy it. Been playing with colors a bit on my test blog, but I think I'll stick with the Default one for now.


SO...are your kids back in school yet? Mine go back on FRIDAY, the 7th. Yup...a Friday! What's up with THAT??!!! :) Leave me a comment here and let me know when you're kids are back to school, or grandkids, or if you don't have kids, tell me one thing you loved about school!! I'll pick a random number this Friday for a little giveaway ;o)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Need a Laugh??

OH MY GAWSH!! Heather sent me a link to this lady's ebay post, which led me to her blog--it's hilarious!! Her name is Dawn and her blog is called "Because I said so!" Anyway, she had found this video on You Tube of this baby's VERY CONTAGIOUS LAUGH... you've gotta see this, especially if you've been having a stressful day--this is the cure!! :) Just had to have it here on my blog too, so I can revisit it on those days when I want to pull my hair out ;) If you have kids, you'll feel right at home on her blog, so go check it out! Ok... READY?? THIS IS HILARIOUS!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Groovy Skies: CC & SC

Sketch Challenge Link / Color Challenge Link /Cambria's Medallion Tutorial

Ya, I probably would not have picked these colors together if this wasn't a "challenge", but you know me...I'm always up for a challenge! Looks better IRL. Soft Sky layer has Canvas stamped on it (hard to see that in picture). Go check out Cambria's "awesbomb" medallion tutorial!! They're so fun!




COLORS: Soft Sky; Groovy Guava; Choc Chip / STAMPS: Doodle That & Canvas BG (SU!); Little Lady (Papertrey Ink) / ACCESSORIES: Bloom Dots Cuttlebug folder; Scallop Squares Cuttlebug cutting dies; Square Steps corner punch (see Cambria's medallion tute, link at top)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Another Cami Tri-Fold today!!

So, if you read my previous post, you'd know that my DD is sicky today, so I'm home from work...but happily stamping in between reading her books!

This is my 2nd tri-fold challenge today, and I used my new In-Colors; Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate. The stamps are from Papertrey Ink's "Little Lady". I love how these colors look together.

When I placed my order, I only got 2 of the new In-Color ink pads: Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate. I'm finding that some of these colors are very close to SU!'s regualr colors if you stamp off first. For these bugs, I used Only Orange, and stamped off once, then rolled edges in Purely Pomegranate and then took a sponge and daubed it around a little b4 stamping. On my blue card (prev. post), I stamped Cool Caribbean off once to look like Soft Sky. IT WORKS!! Good thing I'm not a demo huh?!! I wouldn't make any money giving away tips like this, Lol! :)

No Work and a Tri-Fold Challenge

Happy Monday!! Bad news...one of my daughters is sick Sick

The girls went swimming yesterday and it was her first time trying it without floaties--guess she swallowed too much chlorine water? She's not running a fever, but she's got the vomitting and "the other". You know she's sick when she lays on the bathroom floor and doesn't care if she has her blankie!! SO...that means I get to take the day off work and play with some stamping! But before I show you today's challenge, I took a picture of what my youngest daughter came running in to tell me, "Come see what I made mommy!!" OK--here it is:



this is what she was sooo proud of! They went to the fair parade a couple weeks ago and brought back all this candy! I let them each have a few pieces before I confescated it all--basically I put it in the kitchen pantry so I could hear the door opening if they were to sneak it!

My husband thinks we should give it to them all at once so they'll get (literally) SICK of it, and then it'll be gone and they won't want any more for a looong time!! HA HA. I'm not that mean.

ON TO MY CARD CHALLENGE:
We were to create a "Cami" tri-fold card. I used my Papertrey Ink set called "Butterfly Kisses". I made my card taller than Cami's original because I wanted to add ribbon and a saying at the bottom.

I didn't have the soft sky ink pad, so I tried using Cool Caribbean and stamping off once and it looks REALLY close!! :) I did use the Blue Bayou ink though, as well as cardstock and the contrasting paper and ribbon is Soft Sky. For the sentiment, I used my cuttlebug ribbon slider dies and CM's oval cutters. I also used CM's circle cutters for my large circle cut-out and the Giga Scallop Punch by Marvy for the frame. The paisleys down the right side are stamped with white craft ink. But on the dark blue, it looks like the Soft Sky color--cool beans! :)

Here's a picture of the inside:



Saturday, August 18, 2007

Emboss-Resist Blossoms

Hi All!! Today was the first day I've stamped since last Saturday. Guess we've been enjoying summer--what's left of it! :) Picnics...bike riding...swim parks...and of course working! I took the girls school shopping this week as well, and I actually found some really cute blouses for myself for church/work. I have the hardest time finding cute stuff around here that fit! Anyway, we also stopped in at the Christian Book store and I bought 3 new c.d. accompaniment trax so I can sing some newer songs in church again. Haven't done that in a while, but I think I'm getting in the groove again. :)


ABOUT THE CARD:
This was for today's Inspiration Challenge at SCS, which was this bedspread. When I saw it, I immediately thought to do the Emboss Resist Technique. I LOVE the set "Best Blossoms" for this one--lotsa room to color over the embossed flowers. In case you don't know what this technique is, you emboss with white e.p. on a darker colored cardstock, and then color over the white parts with the Pastels (chalks). If you go onto your c.s., you can easy erase it with the eraser that comes in your Pastel case. It looked unfinished even after punching corners and layering, so I added a couple scallop punched squares and cut-outs of Papertrey Ink's "Butterfly Kisses" which are attched to the squares with the vintage brads. This makes them free to "fly". The sentiment is punched with the largest oval punch and is sponged with celery and pink and on thick pop dots. Ribbon is the Flirty collection from SU's mini.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Liked it and Ran with It!!

I liked how my last cards came out--with the scallops and dots, so I decided to run with that idea on my Papertrey Ink swaps. :)
I inked the wings in Summer Sun, then rolled them in Only Orange. One one bug (on each card) I stamped and cut out just the wings and attached with pop dots to 1 big ladybug and then applied crystal effects. I love the shine and on a normal card I prolly would've use C.E. on all the large bugs, but since these are for a swap and I'm afraid I'd use up all my C.E., I just did 1. That gives people the idea anyway and they can run with it if they like it. Also, I inked up just the "Happy" with a black marker which I really like--it fills in the empty spaces nicely and adds to the whimsy partyness of the card. :) If you are in this papertrey swap, don't look at this, HA HA!!! If you are, then you just might receive this and might not--there's quite a few signed up and I only did one spot (6 cards). Thanks for looking... Ciao for now!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pretty Polka Dotted Flowers

I love this set. Soo easy to make a pretty card. I stamped the Doodle This set in black Stazon ink, and then just filled in and outlined with SU! markers! That's it! The white dots around outside edge are done with the Signo white gel pen. I LOVE this card! Inspiration came from Ashley of ashleyscreativecorner.blogspot.com
SIDENOTE:
My cards for Anna (my niece) were a huge hit!! I had soo many people there ask me if I had a store. Well, NO, I don't! :) I wouldn't know the first thing about how to set up an online store of my own. ?? Guess it would help if I took a class somewhere but that's not an option for me right now. I do enjoy just making them for people though. :)

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sympathy Roses

Needed a sympathy card for my boss' wife. (Her uncle passed away).

The top layer is actually the vanilla c.s., cuttlebugged with the "textiles" folder and sponged with regal rose and pretty in pink, and then has a rectangle cut out of it (measured on backside and used 12" cutter). The rose layer, is underneath the cuttlebugged layer...kinda like a frame. I couldn't find a good place for the sentiment (too much going on already) so I put "From the Heart" on the inside, along of course, with a personal note.

Wow...seems like I've had soo much going on lately, and an occasion for many different kinds of cards. I have a habit of creating at the last minute and sending them out right away, so I don't usually have much on hand. I think I really should get some more sympathy cards done in my "spare" time, as these are kinda hard to do at the drop of a hat. This is probably my favorite set though. I'm hoping to have more "spare" time after the kids are in school. ??? Ya think??? Ya, I know that's prolly not gonna happen. Lol!! I always say, I can't wait for summer--maybe things will slow down! Summer's been soo busy, now I'm saying, "can't wait for kids to go to school" but I know that things pick back up and it's driving them to dance classes, to and from school, church activities. Ok, guess I shall revel in what's left of summer. ;o)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Daughters Card for Anna

My 8 yr. old helped with this one... she's giving it to Anna for her bridal shower. Inside it says.... "Yer Gittin Hitched!" Used snap stamps for that saying.

I used the Pretty Paisley bg stamp on the red c.s. and highlighted areas with the white gel pen. The 3 pictures are from an old retired set called Happy Trails, and the Yeehaw is from the set, Yeehaw.

Carly really wanted to use some old red embossing glitter I had, and I wasn't sure it would work cause it was so old, but it did! She's so happy with this card. The corners of pictures are punched with the Southwest corner punch and black twine ran around the indentations (? or whatever they're called!). Sponged edges with brocade blue. Silver brads give the card a nice finished look. I admit, this is a little unusual for a bridal shower card, but I thought after the elegant card I made her, I wanted the kids to have fun with it and do a silly one. :) Anyway, have a great day!!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Yeehaw!!

I made 10 of these monogram thank you notes, also for my niece, to go along with the 15 others from yesterday.

I tried to do a leather look on the boot, but it's really hard to see it in this picture. I found this gorgeous blue paper (K & Co.) from my local scrapbook store. I used my paisley background stamp in Regal Rose on Pretty in Pink c.s. and faux stitched with Night of Navy. The circle saying is from Riveting set and the boot is from Yeehaw. I paper-pieced the brown part of the boot and added Dazzling Diamonds on the star.

Here's a pic of the 10 all tied up and ready to go. I also found this gorgeous vase in her wedding colors, so I just had to get it for her. Actually, my youngest daughter begged me to get it and let that be her present :) It's a small scrifice, Lol!!

Anna's TY Notes

Just got done with these 15 Thank You notes for my niece. Her bridal shower is Monday night, so I thought she'd appreciate some homemade cards to send out afterwards. Her colors for wedding are silver and turquoise, but I just think this Cool Caribbean color is a perfect substitute for the turq. as it's much softer. I cuttlebugged the smaller blue layer with the divine swirls. The flowers are from Delight in Life set, and they have Dazzling Diamonds in centers. The Thanks is part of a stamp from Whipper Snapper that said "Thanks a Bunch" on 3 lines. I used a black marker to ink just thanks up.

Here's one close up. I CASED this one from the Stamp Scrappin' Diva herself, Kendra Giles. I started out with a design of my own, where I cut out a rectangle from the smaller layer like a frame, but with all the measuring and having 15 to do, I chucked that out the window and made it much simpler. Thanks so much Kendra for your inspiration--isn't this little flower just the cutest??!

HELP!!

Have any of you tried using other cutting dies with the Cuttlebug??

My local scrapbooking store only carries QuicKutz dies...but they have a TON of them!! I asked the lady if they would work with my cuttlebug and she sounded reluctant and said, I really don't know. She proceeded to try and sell her heart out for me to buy her QuicKutz machine for $80. I don't want to buy another machine. I just want to know if the dies would work with the cuttlebug. SO...any imput you gals can give me would be Fantastic!!

Thanks!! kb

EDITED: WOW---that was FAST!! Nancy just shared with me the link to a Cuttlebug chart that give you "sandwich stacks" for different brands of dies and embossing folders--WOOHOO!! I'm soo thrilled to know that I can use those QuicKutz dies with my bug! :) THanks so much Nancy!! Here's the link.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Simple, Yet Elegant

Happy Thursday!! I made this for the Sketch Challenge #135. I also combined a couple challenges from the Dirty Dare '07, one of them was to add black to make your other colors pop (but not as a main color), and the other was to create an elegant card. Guess I'm kinda in the mood for those lately?!

The flower stamp is from the "Everyday Celebrations" set (retired SU!). I couldn't decide what to color my roses with, so I left them uncolored. Does it look plain? I layered the white c.s. onto a vanilla card base and then added a vanilla layer on top. My first time puting vanilla and white together... hmmm... I think it looks quite classy, don't you?? :) Besides, I only had vanilla organdy, not white. This was meant to be an annivesary card. Didn't have a tiny saying for that, so it'll go on the inside. Ciao for now!

EDITED: Here's another one I just made for this challenge. I call it "Pretty in Pink" :) I combined it with the Dirty Dare Challenge--Use Lotsa Brads!!
I used the "Delight in Life" set for the sentiment, and a dp from a mini catty for the background paper. Cuttlebugged my pretty in Pink layer and added lots of brads.



BTW...
I'm soo sorry that I haven't stayed up to date on those who have signed my guestbook!! I've noticed a few more of you have signed it, and I haven't gotten to say THANK YOU yet. You guys are awesome--Thanks to everyone for stopping by and visiting my blog! Yáll are just the best...
Thank You

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

RAK from Donna Baker

My friend, Donna Baker, sent me this gorgeous, very elegant card this week!! I was very emotional when I got this, just to think that another stamper cared so much to send me a card!!

Things are still kinda rough, but it's kinda been going on for 2 yrs., off and on, and it can really wear ya down if you let it. But we know the Lord has plans for us and we're trying to be strong as a family as we work through it, and be open to where God leads us. Anyway, I'm very touched by your thoughtfulness Donna--I will proudly display this one in my craft room...it really means a lot to me. THANK YOU and lots of hugs!!

Bridal Elegance

Another Dirty Dare Challenge: to make an "Elegant" card. After seeing Dawn's blog with her CUTE bride card, I knew I just HAD to make one for my niece who's getting married in 3 weeks.

The original designer of this template is Jan Tink, of Stamps, Paper, Scissors. She has an awesome blog, full of amazing stuff--be sure and check it out!

Anyway, I don't have a working printer, so I tried to stick a piece of typing paper up to the computer and trace it....um, have any of YOU tried that b4?? It doesn't work!! :(

Then I realized with the screen size, it would've been waaay too large for my card anyway. SO, I redrew it myself, looking off her template and resized it a couple times, and wha-La!! OK--the skirt isn't rounded enough, but next time I'll remember to alter my template ;)

The skirt has tulle over it--actually it isn't that stiff tulle, it's the sheer stuff (what I had on my veil). For the bodice, after cutting it out, I ran it through my cuttlebug with the "Textiles" folder. Then I went over the puffy parts with a 2-way glue pen and added Dazzling Diamonds. Very sparkly. I also sewed a cute border all around the pink layer, and the prima flowers on bouquet have glitter white brads in centers. :)

Oh yes...the necklace is made of beads that came off of my headpiece from when I got married! Just a little added sentimental tidbit. :)

I just realized as I went to type in a label for this that it doesn't use any STAMPS!! What do I put it under?? LOL.