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Tilda with Rose

Please don't tell me you're tired of seeing Magnolias, because I'm on a roll and loving it, LOL. I just LOVE coloring these little kids!! This is Tilda with Rose . I was in the mood for some bright colors today, but I'm not sure...do you think I got it bright enough? LOL! The camera actually washed her dress out. The band on her arm is darker teal and there's more shading on the left corner of the dress, but you get the idea. The recipient will get the full effect, so that's good. Are you listening to me? Am I the perfectionist, or what?! Someone who doesn't stamp would never know or care. My husband always tell me "OH, no one's going to even notice!" and my reply, "But I WILL!!" :0) {giggle} But seriously, I really love this outlet of mine. It helps my day go better and I think I actually sleep better at night too after I've finished a card (that I like) ... and Now I can go about other stuff, like cooking dinner

Edwin's Skiing Again

Yup...he just can't get enough of the white powder I'm tellin' ya! But isn't Skiing Edwin just adorable?!  I used a glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds to the trees, and a 2-way glue pen to add DD to the snow on ground. The sentiment is from Curvy Verses (SU!), the trees from Lovely as a Tree (SU!) and Edwin Skiing (Magnolia) Thanks for stopping by ~ happy crafting!

Christmas Wreath

Well, we enjoyed a very nice Christmas day over at my parents with my brother's family. My sister didn't come because of the icy roads. And now it's getting to be evening and we're back home...the kids are in the bedroom, plucking away on the new guitar and dad's napping in the recliner.  But I wanted to share the wreath I made for my mom and dad's front door. And here's my silly family, taken over at my parents' today.   Hope you're all enjoying/enjoyed your week and if you have plans for New Year's, hope they're happy ones...BE SAFE!! :) Love and Joy,

Stocking Stuffer Boxes for Mom-n-Dad

Hello stampers! I made 2 more of these cute stocking "boxes" and this time for my mom and dad. My dad's ( shown below ) is regular sized, but my mom's is HUGE! It measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4" so it can accomodate the beaded ornament I made for her. It's really hard to get a good picture with all my shadows and lighting in the room. A few details about her box: I added faux zigzag stitching on the toe & heel; crystals to the 3 flower centers ( near the toe ); white gel pen stitching all around stocking; scalloped the bottom of the cuff in choc. chip and crimped the pink layer, glued on buttons and hand-sewed the wire words to cuff; cuttlebugged the pink oval behind angel, added dazzling diamonds to her wings and dress trim and popped her up on thick dimensional tape. The stain ribbon matches perfectly and I went all the way around box with it to help with sturdiness. Here's a picture of the top and bottom of box. I had to cut a hole in the bottom so

Victorian Beaded Ornament

Here's the ornament that my moms will be getting this year for Christmas. I try to make a different collector design for each of them for birthdays and Christmas. My picture didn't turn out real great...kind blurry, it's much prettier IRL.  I purchase mine HERE .

Step It Up - TLC

This week's T echnique L overs C hallenge was to create a card using this "stair step fold" (aka. accordian fold ). These are so much fun to make--you could stamp directly on the card base, add punched items, create a scene, etc.  I'm really amazed at how proportionate my images are, considering they came from so many different stamp sets/companies!! Here's how I did it:  I cut my card base out of Certainly Celery at 10.5 x 5 inches and scored at 1.25, 2½, 4.25, 6, and 8.25 inches. Then you fold them as an accordian with the 1.25 in. end folded down in front. This looks really tall, but when you fold it all up at the end, it measures 5"x 4.25" so it will fit into a regular card envie =) STAMPS: Magnolia (girl), CuddlyBuddly (tree), Sugar Plum: Olivia's Birdies (birdhouse and birds), Sugar Plum: Scenery (flowers, grass), A Chemistry With Paper: Big Backyard (fence, dog, rock). {{Inky♥Hugs}}

Paper Pretties SOTM Club

Howdy! This weekend was pretty relaxing....I made 3 or 4 cards, a pumpkin pie--yum, and mom came over to learn how to make a stationary box! Anyway, I got my September SOTM club stamp from Paper Pretties about a week or so ago and I finally inked her up.   The card base and other layers are actually chocolate chip (they look black here).  Her skirt and scarf is paper pieced from designer paper, and the HOWDY pieces are bottle caps that I've had from a scrapbooking kit (sitting in my drawer for a few years). Here's a picture of the inside. The sentiment came with the cowgirl stamp, and the paisley is from a background mini stamp (SU!). Thanks for visiting!  Have a crafty week :) 

What is Black/White-n-Red All Over?

This Zebra Stationary Kit...of course! =) I just completed this stationary kit last night. Yes, it's my second kit in 4 days! (see my first one HERE ) Ok...no more for a while. I'm missing the wonderful challenges, but I had fun making these and it's worth it when I give it to someone who'll appreciate it. Here's the inside: I followed this great tutorial by Jackie Topia . Here's the contents as a whole: I made this kit for our pastor's wife who loves zebras. She's a really wonderful lady with a heart of gold! I helped her teach our Treasure Seekers for Kids the last 2 years, but due to other commitments I had to step down this year. I thought I'd make her this kit--kindof a "sorry, but I still love you" gift. =) Here are the regular-sized cards. I embossed all the zebra stamps and background pieces with black embossing powder for that deep dark black. I just couldn't get a good inking with the classic black ink or Stazon. Stamps ar

Cards for Stationary Box

OK stampers... here's what kept me so busy last weekend! In case you didn't see the stationary box that I posted yesterday, click here . Now I'm going to show you the cute 3x3" square notes and regular-sized cards I made. Here are the little "Love Notes" -- I used rub-ons, buttons, ribbons and felt primas. I didn't have any 3x3" envies, so I made up a template and then created a picture tutorial of how I made these cuties. Click Here for the tutorial. And now for the horse cards. I used SU!'s Bareback set, and also a stamp by MDC (Serendipity) called Mustangs. The girls helped with the rub-ons and had a blast!! I admit it, I did too! :) We all delivered the gift to my daughter's friend and her surprised face was priceless!! =) Well worth the work!! {{Inky♥Hugs}}

Stationary Gift Set

Hello - What a crazy busy crafting weekend I had!! Not only did I make a cute stationary box with all the "trimmings" & deliver it, but I started on another one (what's black/white and striped all over?) and helped my 2 girls make their own (they'll be posting theirs soon), and I made peach cobbler-YUM! I'll show you the box today and all the cards and minis tomorrow. I saw this box at Lorie's blog and it came just at the right time. My DD's best friend's dad recently lost his job and he left this weekend to go to work in a different state for 3 months or so, while his wife and dd stay here. Our town has had 3 major businesses shut down since January and thousands of people layed off. Anyway, I thought I'd make a stationary set for the little 8 year old to send cards to her daddy and friends--cheer her up a little. It also fits in with A Spoon Full of Sugar's weekly challenge : anything but a card! ( so it's a card Holder ! ) =)

Back to School

...with a stylish new backpack!!   The challenge yesterday at ATS blog was to create a "back to school" themed anything.  What says back to school better than a lunch pail or a backpack ? I found this really cute gift box tutorial over at Becky's blog, Inking Idaho . Here's a picture of the backpack sideways: and here's the back: It's basically a 2,4,6,8 box (slightly different dimensions) with a pocket on the front, flaps, and straps. I added velcro on each of the flaps so they stay closed. These are so cute and fun to make!! Try one for yourself!! FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL JITTERS: My girls are in 3rd and 4th grades this year and for some reason, we were all a little anxious! One of our elementary schools closed down, so they split up the kids between the other 3 schools and we got about 70-80 new students this year. Both of the girls had a couple of friends in their class from last year, but they each made a "newbie" friend today!! I'm so proud

{CUTE BABY ALERT!!}

I'm a Great-Aunt! My nephew's wife had a girl =) Her name is Isabelle...after my mother-in-law, and it's also my first daughter's middle name. She's so cute! Pictures are below...    Go ahead and scroll down, but then come back up here so I can tell you about this card!! lol. I decided to check today's Inspiration Challenge over on SCS and it was a FANASTIC one! There's a hotel online that has a different artistic theme in every room--there's a ton of inspiration to draw from there! SO, I went with # 506 , which was designed by a Swiss Illustrator, Benjamin Gudel . His theme is "Heidi." The colors were perfect for a baby card. This card will fit into a regular 'letter-size' envelope and measures 6.5"x3.5" STAMPS: (all stamps from ATS): Olivia's Birdies & Scenery Set (Sugarplum); Bear Hugs (Itzie Inkies by CC Designs) PAPER: SU! Soft Sky; Celery; White; CTMH Pink ACCESSORIES: 1/16" hole punch; white gel pen;

A 2,4,6,8 Acetate Box

Happy Saturday!! Well, it's taken me all week to finally post this--a masculine acetate gift box. We found out that my girls both will have female teachers, but I already had this male box in mind, so I decided to go with a theme for my boss as a "welcome back" gift--he's away for 2 weeks, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail here in Oregon.       While the girls and I were at the store, we stood in front of the huge array of gourmet coffee beans, trying to decide which one to fill his box with. After about 15 minutes and half a dozen "sniffings" we finally decided to go check out the sugar-free candies instead (he's diabetic).  I made my box taller than the instructions said, in case I decided to put beef jerky sticks in there ;) so I cut the acetate at 6" tall. The base and top are normal, 2" square. I used copper cardstock (SU!) and paper pierced holes all the way around and then added some rustic brads. Wasn't sure to go with a bow for a guy,