Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I Made Ornaments!

Ok...these are so fun to make, however I need more practice!! I WISH I could find an exact size template for these. My inner transparency is not right and took me a few times to get this. I also should stamp my images up higher. But, nevertheless, they are very fun to make.

I found these glass ornaments in packs of 3 at the dollar tree store!! Couldn't believe it...after I had seen this post on Pixie Shire I thought they are soo cute, but Michael's is an hour one-way and it's icy out, so maybe next year. Then...whadda you know? Dollar store of all places! WOOHOO!! :)
Juliann has a great tutorial at the link above, so make sure and check that out. The 'ornament' inside this ornament has 2-way glue with Dazzling Diamonds on it. I had red and green permanent pens, and white (gotta love the white!) I couldn't find big white glitter at the dollar store (for inside the ball)...only green, red, silver and gold. I think I'd like these much better with the white!! Oh well. Cute enough and for under 50 cents a piece--it's cute!

(Sorry the picture is blurry--it's hard to hold it with one hand and shoot the camera perfectly still with the other!)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Li'l Whipper Snapper!

Dontcha just love Whipper Snapper Designs?? I DO!! Their images are just so adorable. Well, this blue polka-dotted background is from my Mat Stacks and the dots are dry-embossed so they are raised up! :) The yellow flowers I got in a blog candy package and I finally am getting around to using them. Matching perfectly with his raincoat, don't ya think?

I added Crystal Effects to his hat and raincoat, but I didn't let the watercolor paper dry first, so my colors kinda smeared on his hat. Here's a close-up of his shiny coat--click on it to enlarge. Hope you have a great week!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Chuuuu Chuuuu...

Couldn't resist making this with my cuttlebug dies (monkey) and, again, the glitter mat stacks (background). The puffs of smoke have glitter on them--hard to see that here. Yes, I was a little "brad-happy" today, lol. They go well with the whole circle theme and wheels on the train. I also made a "doughnut" in the bottom lefthand corner with my circle punches and the set "Riveting" (SU!)
I know there's instructions on SCS for this doughnut, but not sure where right now. You can click on the link in my column and type it in the "search" field.

Here's a picture of the inside of card:

Friday, November 23, 2007

Custom Make Your Own Stamps!

Don'tcha just love the clear stamps? Now you can make your own at home. Here's a Webisode on how to do it: Stamp Your Art Out!!

P.S.
I have not personally done this yet...I just thought I'd share for those of you who'd like to try it! Let me know if you DO!! I'd love to see how it turns out :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Christmas STAR

So, I saw this awesome Christmas Star over at Kristy Scraps and just HAD to try it out. You kinda need to use double-sided paper I think, so I grabbed what little I had left from last year's Christmas paper pack (SU!) and gave it a whirl!! :)

You can get directions for this HERE. Sorry this picture is not the best. I had to take it in the evening and just couldn't get a decent picture. If you click on it, you might get a better view (?)


The hardest part about making this star is cutting out the pattern with a craft knife. But the pattern itself is really simple and putting it together is amazingly simple--doesn't look it, does it?? It is--TRY IT!! :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cutest Li'l Dust Bunnies!

Who says dust bunnies are ugly? Certainly not THESE dust bunnies, Lol
Dusting
Decided to make a Surprise Pop-Up card {directions here} today. Using my Glitter Mat Stacks, this card front is incredibly SPARKLY!! (you can see better just how sparkly this is in the bottom photo--click it to enlarge.)
I stamped this Whipper Snapper Girl on watercolor paper with Black Stazon ink and colored with Classic inks and an Aqua Painter. The designer paper already had the glitter in it, so I used my Stardust Gellyroll pens to add some sparklies to the photo corners and Dazzling Diamonds to her wings. The inside saying is also by Whipper Snapper Designs :)








Friends

Just a little notecard for a friend. I used my glitter Mat Stacks, once again. I also used my Stardust Gellyroll pens, which you can see much better in the 2nd photo (with the flash.)

You can click it to see it larger.
(But then you see I went outside the lines with my markers--oops!)

I used the set called "Love Matters" from SU! with Lavendar Lace and Barely Banana.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Girlfriends

I bought a couple pads of Mat Stacks at Freddy's the other day. This one is called The Pocket Full of Posies and has glitter in the flowers. I just LOVE these Mat Stacks. So easy to use with cards. I'm having a problem with my Aqua Painter--guess it's a little worn out and the bristles are fanned out too much which puts ink where I don't want it. I have another set on order.

The inside edge has a piece of Pink Passion c.s. that shows through the front and goes nicely with the bashful blue scallop. This card measures 6 1/4" x 4 1/2". Thanks Trina for all the wonderful images you sent!! Love the Bellas! :)

Go Red Sox!Well, tomorrow is the big Jacoby Ellsbury Parade here. He's from our little town, and my girls are sooo excited! They have their baseballs ready for him to sign, and I do too ;) He did awesome in this world series and we're very proud of him. GO JACOBY!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tall Christmas

This card is a tall skinny, for sketch challenge #61. The closed dimensions are 6 1/4" tall x 3 1/2" wide. This card is a perfect fit for a regular letter-size envelope and is great for adding cash or gift certificate!

The set I used is a hostess set called "Sidekick Sayings"; this being my first card made with it. The paper is from Mat Stacks and goes well with Purely Pomegranate, and so I paired that with Old Olive from the tree and black (to anchor them down.) The circle sentiment is from the set "Riveting." Both sets and all punches are from SU!

Christmas Tree (Only 2 more days til hubby comes back! YEA)
P.S.
If you don't have SU!'s photo corner punch, I HIGHLY recommend it!! I just love the look it gives to my cards and it's sooo easy--no more of the measuring and trimming. :)

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Watercolored Kindness

Just a simple card with a simple layout today. The main image actually looks much softer in real life. I just love this flower from the set, "Doodle This."

I colored the flowers with an Aqua Painter and classic ink pads (push on the lid to make a pool of ink and then pick up color with aqua painter.) Then, I outlined it with a Ruby Red marker.

Colors Used: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Cranberry Crisp, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie

Also Used: Baroque Motifs stamp on background.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Best is Yet to Be...

Well...my hubby is leaving for a week to go on his annual hunting/fishing trip. I don't have any fish stamps, which is what he's doing this year because they didn't get hunting tags :( SO, I made him this card with his favorite set.

Today's Inspiration Challenge was to create a card for someone who inspires you. Well, my hubby LOVES the outdoors and his favorite color is green, so I worked that in as well. My favorite tool is the photo corner punch--especially on masculine cards for some reason?

I actually got my inspiration from 2 places for this: one being my husband, for my husband, and the 2nd was this card of Jenny Moore's. I changed the background paper to the Outlaw series, and added green twine to my "sign", as well as the photo corners. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful card with us, Jenny, so we can be inspired to create great cards for our loved ones!!

P.S.
The INSIDE says "I wouldn't mind being lonely if you were here to keep me company." :) That's from the SU! set, In My Thoughts.

Patagonia

Friday, November 02, 2007

Carly's 9th Birthday

Instead of having a long list of vertical photos on my blog, I decided to put them into a cute album. Enjoy!! :)