Friday, November 30, 2007

Nugget Tin

So, I had a hard time sleeping last night, musta been all the food I ate! Duke took us shopping and then out to dinner where Cody and I both stuffed ourselves.

I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and decided at 4:00 that I'd just get up and do something. Well, the dishwasher needed to be unloaded, but that would wake up the entire house...so I headed to the bedroom where my supplies are, wouldn't you?? LOL

I got out one of the tins I have been hoarding, these projects are usually quick and easy. I cut a piece of PP to fit the bottom, then added a glue dot to the center to keep it from sliding around. This will make it easy to remove if they want to.

I stamped the labels with SU! Smorgasborders, SU! Polka Dots and Paisley, and SU! Bold Flowers (?) in purple hydrangea VersaMagic chalk ink. The polka dot background is done in orange dye ink.

I used PP from The Paper Studio paper pad, it is matted onto a strip of purple textured cardstock. The yellow ribbon was then wrapped around and tied. I used glue dots to adhere under the bow. I stamped the sentiment from MFT onto a metal rimmed tag. I tied it on with thin white grosgrain ribbon around the knot in the yellow ribbon.

I got this card from the talented Flossie, isn't it gorgeous! I have it on my naked Christmas tree already. It is my first Christmas card this year; mine are going in the mail on Monday. Thank you so much Florence for thinking of me!

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Received Cards


Here are a few cards that I had received over the weekend. The note card is from Jamie, she's a friend from an MSN group that I belong to. She always does amazing work, so I am excited to have an original from her in my hands. I am thankful that she RAK'ed me with some stamps. Can't wait to use them.
The Think Pink card is from Corie. She sent some great Bella images, brads, paper, and other goodies.
I have nothing to upload today, sorry. Check back tomorrow, hopefully I will have something!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gift Baskets

I was commissioned to make several Thank You cards last night for gift baskets that my boss is giving to local businesses for their donations with our soldier campaign. Thank heavens I had some in my stash, I only ended up making one last night.

I made a pocket card by just folding a flap over. It is decorated with PP from MME Wild Asparagus. The design is pretty straight forward, so I won't go into detail. The papers are so pretty, and I am happy that I am using them up. I have tons of paper, and still manage to want more...what is wrong with me??? Addiction is a powerful thing.
Man oh man, it was COLD this morning. Only 27 at my house! I hate cold weather, and am thankful that we don't have to suffer through it very long. Another good thing about being in the south.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thanks a Latte

I have received a couple of great things in the mail over the weekend; unfortunately, I didn't take photos. I ordered some stuff from Corie, and she sent a gorgeous card, and some more awesome goodies. Thanks Corie!! She is so fab, right!!
A friend from an MSN group sent a set of clear stamp sentiments from KI Memories. They are very nice! I am a lucky, lucky girl!! Thanks Jamie, I love them.
This card is yet another with the same set from My Favorite Things. Can you tell that I love it?! I started with a Taken with Teal cardstock base. I layered on PP from the MME Wild Asparagus paper pad. The edges of the PP are inked with chocolate dye ink.
The mugs from MFT's Hot Stuff set is stamped onto GP white cardstock with StazOn Jet Black ink. I colored them in with prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I then stamped and colored another that I then cut out and adhered over the same with pop dots. Once I cut out the image with my trimmer, I used my Scor-Pal to make the embossed lines. Then, I used JudiKins Diamond Glaze to make the mugs shiny, like in real life.
I tied a length of sheer polka dotted ribbon around the card base. Then, the image was layered onto SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered to the card front with pop dots.
The sentiment was stamped with chocolate brown dye ink. I used the SU! Mat Pack Piercing Guide to make the holes for the brads and the piercing on the upper corners.
I am giving this to my boss who, yesterday, found CandyLand and Chutes & Ladders for Cody. When I looked this weekend, they only had each of those in the Dora the Explorer version. Although we love Dora, I wanted the original version of the games. Cody has those on his list for Santa.
On a funny note, they made a Christmas List at school on Tuesday; they will be published in the local newspaper late next month. This is what Cody's said " Dear Santa, I really need some cough syrup, the Green Egss & Ham movie, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Memory, Yu Gi Oh cards, a pencil sharpener, and Clifford the Big Red Dog toy. Bring Mom a diamond ring. Bring dad a new car. I'll leave you milk and cookies." Don't ya just love it?? Oh, read a few posts down to find out what he did when I didn't buy him the toy that he wanted, you'll get a good laugh!

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Day Ahead

I made this card yesterday along with a few others so that I can be ahead in making posts without having to create something everyday. Not sure this is smart, but I'm trying it.

I again used the image from MFT Hot Stuff. It is stamped onto Cryogen White with StazOn Timber Brown. It is colored with prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I used a purple spica pen on the mug, and gold for the steam.

The card base is Bazzill Bling, cut to 4.25 square. I covered with striped PP from MME Wild Asparagus paper pad. I faux ticket corner punched all the corners and adhered. Another strip of Bazzill Bling cardstock is covered with polka dot PP from the same paper pad. Three bows of brown/ white checkered ribbon was added to the bottom of the strip and then adhered. The final strip of Bazzill Bling was embossed with the swirl embossing folder from Cuttlebug, I think it imitates and accentuates the steam in the image. The image is then added to the far left of the strip and it is adhered.

The sentiment is stamped with navy blue dye ink.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Final Day Off

This is my final day off from work, boo hoo! I am not looking forward to Monday, but it is coming anyway.

We took a trip to Wal-Mart today to get Cody a winter jacket. The one that we had is a hand-me-down from my sister, which is fantastic. There was a problem with it; the zipper doesn't go all the way up. So, for the first time since he was born, we had to buy a coat for him. I have been lucky, my sister had two boys before me!

I received several of my orders over weekend. It was a nice surprise going to the mailbox. Got the stamps, glue, paper, and other embellishments I have been waiting for. I have been playing a bit today, here is my card.

I used MFT Hot Stuff. The image is stamped onto Cryogen White paper with StazOn Timber Brown. I colored it on with prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I used a gold Spica glitter pen on the steam coming out of the cup. The image was then cut out and embossed with a rectangle nestabilities die.

The scallop rectangle was cut out of SU! Taken with Teal cardstock. Don't they have the best cardstock, so nice and thick!

I started with a chocolate brown cardstock, then covered with a paisley PP from MME Wild Asparagus paper pad. Then I stamped the coffee beans from Hot Stuff onto the cardstock with chocolate brown dye ink.

The image was mounted onto the teal scalloped rectangle. I added a polka dot square of PP from the same paper pad, then layered more chocolate cardstock on top. A chocolate satin ribbon was then wrapped around and adhered to the card front. The image is adhered with pop dots. Buttons were then added with glue dots to the cardstock strip.

I stamped the inside with the sentiment from the set "Coffee and Friends...The Perfect Blend"

The boy and I went to HL yesterday and then stopped at Wal-Mart for some home supplies. Of course, he wanted to look at the toys; so we looked and he wanted everything. I said "No, we have to ask Santa for toys, it's too close to Christmas." He was very displeased with that answer and told me so all the way home. Once we got settled, he got his crayon box and started to draw. Then he began asking how to spell some words. Here is his creation... he drew the Pokemon stuffed animals that I wouldn't let him get, then wrote "Don't get from Mom". Then, as if that didn't convey his contempt for me, he added "don't four get from Mom". I swear, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it. This is definitely getting added to his scrapbook. Gotta love 'em, right??!!! This boy really challenges me in ways I never knew one could be challenged.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Is It Saturday Already?

Wow, these days off are flying by! Why can't that happen when you are at work??? Seriously, I can hardly believe that I have had two full days off and it's the weekend already. All good things must come to an end, right?

Here is my card for today. I started with a blue cardstock base. The poinsettia outline from Verve Visual's Seasonal Circles is stamped randomly with VersaMark ink on the top portion of the card front. I then stamped the circle from PTI's Paper Tray set to fill in; again, I stamped with VersaMark ink.

The poinsettia outline and poinsettia flower circles from Verve Visual's Seasonal Circles are stamped with dye ink onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. I used PTI's double line circle from Borders & Corners- Circle to stamp inside the poinsettia circle. The circle is cut out with Spellbinders Nestabilites, Classic Large set. The scallop is from the same sized set; I used Bazzill Bling textured cardstock for shimmer.

I used the SAMJ to place the sentiment from Verve Visual's Wonderful Wishes in the center of the poinsettia circle. I then pushed a light blue circle frame around the sentiment. The image is then adhered to the scallop circle with pop dots.

Ribbon from American Crafts was tied around the card front; it is adhered with glue dots at the knot. I really like this wide ribbon! The scallop circle is then adhered to the card front with pop dots.

Dark blue rhinestones were added to the center of each poinsettia to finish the card. I had a hard time getting a good picture of this card, hopefully you get the idea with it.

Friday, November 23, 2007

My First Order

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and got plenty to eat.

I made this for the Guidance Counselor at Cody's school. She saw the one that I made for Cody's teacher and loved it. She loves pink and mostly sends Thinking of You cards, so this is what I decided to make for her. There are 4 cards with matching envelopes. It's my first paying gig!

I used the same box template as before. I used SU! Regal Rose cardstock. I then cut the belly band from GP white cardstock and covered with PP. The PP is from a stack from ScrapWorks. Next time I might try to stamp the box itself as it seems a bit plain.
The cards are 4x4 and one layer for the most part. The image on this one was stamped with VersaMark ink and allowed to dry. I stamped the flower and vase from a Wordsworth set onto SU! Whisper White with StazOn Jet Black. I colored it in with Prismas and then blended with OMS and a stump. I then added sparkle with my Spica pens. I went around the edges of the flowers with pink and then traced the vase with silver. I recommend these pens highly, the sparkle is fantastic and the ink comes out evenly. I then just trimmed around it and then mounted it onto the card front. I stamped the sentiment with black dye ink and decided to overlap it onto both layers. The inside has been left blank so she can write her message.

On this one, I stamped again with VersaMark using the same flower image; which is Autumn Leaves. I then got out Pebbles shimmer chalks and used a dark pink to rub onto the image. Now that I have tried this technique, I will be using it again. It really makes a statement, but is still subdued and pretty. I used the polka dots circle from PTI's Paper Tray set to randomly stamp around the main image. I used Baby Pink dye ink from All Night Media. I then just stamped the sentiment with black dye ink. Again, the inside is blank.

Today will be filled with lots and lots of rest. I feel mentally exhausted, and this break is just what I need to relax and get my head back on. I hope that I have lots of stamping and crafting time too. Of course, I'll have some housework to do *cringe!* But, all in all, I just want to rest.

Duke got up this morning to get a few things from Wal-Mart; a portable DVD player for Cody and an SD card for my camera. Can you believe they have a 2GB for $12.88?? I sure hope they have each thing when he gets there.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that you have much to be thankful for, I know I do. We are preparing to go out to dinner later; I am wearing my elastic band pants so I have plenty of room!! LOL

I made these cards for my bosses. They really don't seem like bosses, more like family. In fact, I like them MORE than I like my family. I am thankful that I work for such nice people who have a genuine interest in me and my family.

I used the turkey stamp; he is stamped with StazOn Jet Black onto Cryogen White cardstock. I used my Prismas to color him, then blended with OMS and a stump. I really love the shimmer of the cardstock. I used the Nestabilities to cut them out and emboss them. The image is then mounted onto a chocolate cardstock scalloped rectangle cut with Nestabilities also.

On this one, I used PP to cover the chocolate cardstock base. The PP is from The Paper Studio; I got it at HL when paper is 50% off. I then cut a strip of Bazzill textured cardstock as mock ribbon and adhered. I used my SAMJ to place the sentiment onto the strip. The sentiment is from SU! Polka Dots and Paisley. I punched 1/16" holes for the copper brads. The image was then adhered to the card front with pop dots.

For this one, I covered the beige cardstock base with DP from Cosmo Cricket. I really like this paper, just not sure of the name of it. The beige cardstock strip was added as faux ribbon and I, again, used the SAMJ to line up the sentiment. It is stamped with brown dye ink. The image was then added to the card front.

Inside both cards is the word Thanksgiving. Really simple! I am sure they will be a hit. I am much more pleased with the coloring of the turkey this time around. I guess I was in a hurry when I did the other one. I took Bethany's advice and looked up some photos of my subject to better choose colors.

Should be a pretty quiet day, which I am thankful for. Nothing is better than having no expectations and not being on someone else's time schedule. I have always hated that part of any holiday.

Happy eating and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Feast

We are making dinner for the employees of the company that I work for. A big feast! I can hardly wait to eat, but first we must cook.

Here is a gift box that I made for Cody to give his bus driver. It is made with SU! Cool Caribbean cardstock. I used the 2-5-7-10 box from SCS. I used my trusty Scor-Pal for all the score marks, it makes it so easy. I made the scallops with a corner rounder with the guard taken off. The ribbon is thin grosgrain from Wal-Mart. I used SU! scallop circle punch on PP, and stamped the heart from SU! Priceless onto Cryogen White cardstock with light blue dye ink. I then punched it out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. It's a bit plain, but I let Cody pick everything out and this is what he wanted.
I am hoping for a quiet Thanksgiving. We are going out for dinner instead of going to family or cooking ourselves. We want it to just be us!

Cody made these cute little note cards for Santa, an Elf, and Rudolph. Inside he told them how much he loved them! Little booger got my camera and took pictures; so I knew that I HAD to post them. Not bad for a six year old, huh? I think the stamp is from the $ bin at Michael's. Not sure what he was going for when he cut the image, but I love them!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Card Box

This was made for Cody's teacher for Thanksgiving. I will put some 4x4 note cards and envelopes inside. The box is made with Bazzill textured cardstock; the template is on Becky Oehler's site. I made a belly band for it out of Bazzill Bling textured cardstock, then covered with a strip of PP from The Paper Studio. The tree image is from Hero Arts and was stamped with StazOn Timber Brown. I colored it with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I used the Spellbinders Rectangle Nesties to cut out and emboss the image. It is matted onto a scalloped rectangle cut from Bazzill Bling. I used pop dots to adhere to the band. I trimmed a strip of the PP and adhered to the edge of the part that goes inside the box (the word eludes me at the time.)

Here are the 4x4 Thank You cards I have inlcuded. I also made the envelopes with directions found on the Scor Pal website. So clever and easy.

I used MFT set, How Sweet It Is, for the image and sentiment. They were stamped with StazOn Jet Black onto Cryogen White cardstock. The image was colored in with Prismas and then blended with OMS and a stump. I used brown dye ink to stamp the kisses onto the chocolate cardstock, using the SAMJ to line it up. Love that thing!! The image was then cut out with the rectangle nestie from Spellbinders, I also embossed it.
The other card was covered with PP, then the satin ribbon was tied around. The knot is adhered with a small glue dot. The ribbon matches IRL.
Oh, yesterday I got my prize from Diane at My Little Stampin' Spot. Not only did she send the winning card, but also a WHOLE pack of SU! Cool Caribbean cardstock! Wow, so generous. Thanks Diane!!

We will be going out to dinner for Thanksgiving this year. I have had a falling out with my parents and we simply don't want to deal with Duke's family. I think it will be much nicer, since it will be just the three of us. We have not decided on a place, but there are plenty of options.

We are having a Thanksgiving dinner at work tomorrow. Not traditional foods, but a variety of our favorite foods. Should be interesting. Then, off for four days; I can hardly wait! I have been in dire need of a break, so this is coming at the right time.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Another Monday

So, I am not looking forward to going to work today, don't know why. Mondays are normally very busy and it seems like it is never going to end. Thankfully, the phones got programmed and no we just have to set up the voicemail and other features.
For this card, I used Verve Visual's Starlight, Starbright set. I masked off part of the card into a circular pattern. I stamped the two sized stars with VersaMark and then brushed on some PearlEx. It has sparkle, just not too much. Then, I stamped the Santa image with StazOn Jet Black. He is colored with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I used the Spellbinder's Rectangle Nesties for the scallops and mats.

The sentiment is from Verve Visual's Wonderful Wishes set. It is stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White ink. I stamped the inside with a sentiment from the $ bin at Michael's.

Cody has made little note cards for Santa, and elf, and Rudolph. He stamped an image from the $ bin at Michael's and then colored them in. He cut them and then rounded the corners so that the recipients did not hurt themselves with the edges. Too cute!

Gift Tube

I couldn't sleep early this morning and decided to make something. I had a Crystal Light container and had seen that crafters were altering them. I have tons of these things somewhere, I knew I should be saving them.
I started with PP, cut at 8.5x6.25 for the body of the container. I adhered it with red line tape. I then cut a strip of Bazzill textured cardstock at 2x8.5 and adhered to the center of the container. I adhered "Merry Christmas" ribbon to the center of the belly band (can't be seen from the picture). The main image is stamped with VersaMagic Spanish Olive chalk ink; it is an Autumn Leaves acrylic set. I then cut it out with Spellbinders Nesties, Circles; then embossed. The scalloped circle was cut in the same manner with red cardstock. The image is adhered to the scalloped circle and then mounted onto the container with pop dots.

The lid is covered with PP, cut with Coluzzle. The red scalloped circle was cut with SU! Scallop Circle punch, a Bazzill textured cardstock mat was punched out with a 1 1/2" circle punch, and then adhered to the scalloped circle. The image is one of a set from the $ bin at Michael's. I colored Santa with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. It is then punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch. All pieces were adhered together and then mounted onto the lid with pop dots and glue.

Thin ribbon was glue to the rim of the lid for decoration. I stuffed some paper shreds to the inside for padding for a gift card or whatever will go inside. A circle was cut with Coluzzle and adhered in the underside of the lid to cover the pop dots. I used Bazzill textured cardstock.

I won a great gift for Duke on Ebay. I love Ebay. He has been wanting a tripod for his camera; he really loves taking photographs and we even have some of his pictures in the house. In any case, I have been trouble finding one for him without spending a fortune. I got one on Ebay for less than $4!! Can you believe it?! Even with shipping, it is less that $13.00. I am so excited!!

I'll be going for an eye exam by the end of the month. I will be getting eyeglasses for my Christmas gift. It's rather boring, but it is something that I really need and want. I will get more than that, of course, but they will be my big gift. Duke and I are at the point in our lives that we really don't need anything, and have pretty minimal wants. So, it's hard to decide what to get each other for Christmas. We have been focusing our efforts on making sure that Cody has a great Christmas and gets most of what he asks Santa for. He has been really easy to please so far, but I know as he ages, it will get harder and harder.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Turkey Jaundice?

Ok, so this turkey is not exactly the right colors. But, maybe since he has some sort of affliction, he'll be spared from the chopping block this year. Does he look like he has jaundice or something?? LOL

He is stamped onto SU! Whisper White with StazOn Timber Brown. I colored him in with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. He is then cut out and embossed with the small square nesties and mounted on a scalloped square using the same small set.

The chocolate cardstock base is covered with PP trimmed 1/2 smaller on each side. Another strip of PP is mounted onto a mat. I used the CAD to make the holes for the brads.

Then each piece is adhered to the card front with pop dots. Smaller ones for the strip and larger ones for the image.

I will definitely be experimenting more with color for this image. Who knew a turkey would be so hard to color? And I should have used a darker color for the scalloped mat...ah, well, live and learn, right?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Snowflakes

I used Verve Visual's Winter Wonder set for this card. I started with a kraft cardstock base . I cut the PP to fit the bottom half of the card. I stamped the snowflakes with VersaMark and then brushed PearlEx onto them. I used four different colors and it is very shimmery. I used a Swiffer cloth to get rid of the excess PearlEx dust. I then tied olive grosgrain ribbon around the card to cover the seam.

The image is a Studio G stamp from Michael's. I stamped it on SU! Whisper White cardstock then colored it with Prismas, blended with OMS and a stump. I stamped the sentiment with chalk ink.

Each image and mat layer was cut with Nesties, the two plain shapes were embossed. I used Bazzill textured cardstock for the mats. The holes for the brads were made with a CAD, then the brads were added.

I found that adding the PearlEx with a stencil brush was very messy and not very effective. I got it everywhere. What is the best way to add these powders?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Great Mail Day

In yesterday's mail, I received a great card and some of the new Elzybells images from Bethany Paull just for leaving a comment on her blog. I stalk Bethany's blog about twice a day. I find her cards and creations just fabulous and always inspirational. Maybe, one day, I'll be half as good as she is. She wrote a wonderful note inside the card and signed it *deep breath* Your Friend, Bethany! It was a very exciting day for me. I better quit talking this way, she might think I'm crazy! LOL

I made a 3x3 note card last night. Quick and easy is what I was all about last night, I was exhausted after such a full day at work. I even went to bed way early. I think this stamp from Autumn Leaves matches this PP really well. The image and sentiment is stamped with VersaMagic Chalk Ink on to SU! Whisper White. I added the black mats to help the images and paper pop because it was all blending together. I will most likely make 3x3 note cards for Cody's teacher's Christmas gift this year. She is always sending something home with him.
Oh, and Lynn Put sent me a You Make Me Smile Award. You can view her fab stuff at The Queen's Scene. I have no idea how to put it on my blog, but I love getting it. Thanks Lynn, right back at ya!
Another stressful day at the J-O-B, so better get to it! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I Won!

I won a little contest at My Little Stampin' Spot, and am awaiting some terrific goodies. Please stop by and visit Diane for inspiration, she has a great site.

It is a day for running around, I have had two showings and am expected to have another one later this afternoon. I sure hope that we can get some of our vacancies filled. If it wasn't drizzling rain, this would be great! I just hate driving in the rain.

I made this card last night using some scraps. The card base is Bazzill textured cardstock.The Penny Black image was stamped on SU! Whisper White with red dye ink. I matted it on a piece of dark brown cardstock and then punched hole for the brown brads.

I stamped the dot border in the bottom of the card with VersaMagic sage chalk ink, then went over the dots with a glaze pen. The swirl on top was stamped twice, first in the sage chalk ink then with brown dye ink. The small accent flowers were stamped with olive dye ink.

I can hardly believe that I made a card with no ribbon and/ or Nesties. Guess is looks ok.

Ziggy seems to be doing well and has recovered for the most part from Sunday's accident. We are still planning to give him away to a loving family; he's just too much work for us.

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week; where has this year gone? I have always heard that the years pass more quickly once you are an adult, but this one has been a blur.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Lip Gloss Holders

I saw the tutorial for these on Nichole Heady's blog. I used the Nesties from Spellbinders to make them. Then, just add ribbon and any other embellie and voila, cute little gft idea. I'll put some lipgloss in these for the girls. I used scrap paper for these, great use for those.

Really quiet day today because of the holiday. The phones are quiet and I am hoping that I get to go home early.

I watched The Wizard of Oz with Cody last night. It's an annual thing with us even though we own the movie. I love it!

We are planning the Thanksgiving dinner for work today. Should be alot of fun and good food. What's not to love about food!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

One Last Coaster Book

Here is the final coaster mini book for the auction next Saturday. I left it plain so that the recipient could embellish as desired. I think it looks nice as is, just add pictures. The scalloped and plain squares were cut using the Nesties from Spellbinders. I love them. The flowers on the front are Spare Parts.

The images were stamped with StazOn Timber Brown onto SU! Whisper White. I colored them in with watercolor markers and then put a pink rhinestone in the center of the flowers. It add just a little sparkle.

I picked up some rechargable batteries and the charger; I am hoping that will reduce the number of batteries I go through with this camera. I don't have an AC adapter to use while I download pictures, I know that takes alot of juice to do. I'll need to look online to see if they offer one for my camera.

Duke ran over Ziggy with the car this morning. He thought for sure that he killed him, so he came to the house to tell me to keep Cody inside. When he went to the scene of the accident, Ziggy was not there. I was getting my makeup on and heard him barking. I went outside and he was barking at Duke. I think maybe he was cussing him out. LOL In any case, I gave him some children's ibuprofen and some milk. He doesn't seem to have been run over, maybe just grazed him with the tire. We'll take him to the vet in the morning to see if he s hurt worse than we think.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Priceless

A quiet day at home today. We will maybe go to town later for a few groceries and other things. Duke is at his reunion and will not be home until later tonight. I hope that he takes lots of pictures, who knows if they will continue to have these gatherings.

I made this coaster mini album for the auction next Saturday. I have made three for the occasion, hope that they do well. I really like the cover cardstock color. I used Spellbinders Nesties for the cover oval and as embellishments on the inside pages.

The cardstock is Bazzill and the PP is Wild Asparagus. I neglected to put ribbon as the fastener, so will have to get an alternate closure option. The scallops were made with a corner rounder. The flourishes and small flowers from SU! Priceless is stamped in brown dye ink. I stamped the sentiment from SU! Priceless with brown dye ink and then sponged around the edges with the same ink. I cut it out with the classic oval die and mounted it on the matching Bazzill beige cardstock scalloped oval. Nevermind my fingers with no manicure. I am really in need of a manicure, but with all the ink and glue, I'm not sure I'll be getting one any time soon. Of course, I'll need one before Thanksgiving.

On the inside pages, the white cardstock is stamped with VersaMagic chalk ink using PTI Borders & Corners-Circles. I believe this is the stitched circle, it fit perfectly! I then stamped sentiments from PTI's Paper Tray set with brown dye ink. The circles are then mounted onto scalloped PP.

Cody is feeling much better, even though he doesn't sound any better. He still has a pretty terrible cough, but his energy has come back and so has his voice. The allergy meds must be starting to make a difference.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Another Donation Item

I am donating this and one other set to the school to auction off for the teacher. I sure hope the benefit raises enough money for her family.

First, sorry for the horrible photo!

I covered an inexpensive composition book with PP from Scrapworks, I think the stack is called elegance. I covered the front, back, and both inside covers. Each inside cover has a scalloped pocket. The outside cover has self adhesive rhinestones for the large and medium flower centers. The oval scallop and classic are Spellbinders Nestabilities as well. The image is from a clear set, I am not sure of the manufacturer.

The RSVP pen is covered in diamond dust that I got from the Christmas section at HL. I ran the PP through Xyron on top and on bottom, then rolled the pen in the diamond dust. The ribbon is from Wal-Mart.

The scallop and classic circles for the paperclip bookmark was cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Large. The stamped images are PTI, Borders & Corners-Circle and Paper Tray. They were stamped with StazOn Jet Black. A self-adhesive rhinestone is in the center of the flower.
I made a few gift tag sets, and will be making one more of these sets along with a few more of the mini coaster books for the auction.

Cody had a bad night last night. He woke at 10:30 p.m. and got so sick. It was all over the floor in his room, the living room, and bathroom. Poor thing had to take another shower and brush his teeth. I'm not entirely sure now that he is suffering from allergies as the doctor indicated. If he is not doing better by this afternoon, he'll have to go back to the pediatrician.

Duke has a reunion to go to this Saturday. He and a group of folks that he has known since he was five years old meet once a year to catch up with one another. They grew up in a horrible place and are still so close. I wish I still had friends from that age. I have very few friends, none that I have had for more than two years. It's sad! I wish that I had more friends, and I do try to meet new people, but it doesn't seem to work out.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

School Donation

Cody is not doing any better, but at least we know it is his allergies. He was put on a liquid allergy medicine and some Nasonex. I started the meds last night, so he will most likely start feeling some relief on Friday. He was so thankful to the doctor for not having to get a shot.

Here is a mini scrapbook that I am donating to the school for their benefit next weekend. I will make about three of these among some other things for them to auction off. Of course, this idea came from Nichole Heady's blog. She just oozes creativity and perfection.

I used Bazzill textured cardstock and some PP that I have in my stash, (I have TONS of it!). I used my new nestabilities and stamps sets from PTI. I scalloped the edges of the PP with my corner rounder. The green strip is a sticker that I had in my stash. I used VersaMagic chalk ink for the sentiment on the outside and all the inside stamping.

The wide ribbon was purchased at Wal-Mart some time ago, and I was so happy that I had paper to match it. The bling was added to the center of the scallops.

On the inside I used the same Bazzill textured cardstock, the ribbon is a sage grosgrain. The PP is some that was in my stash that I thought complemented the PP on the outside of the book. What is not to love about polka dots. Again, I used Nestabilties and some of the PTI images. I purchased the Paper Tray set, as well as, Borders & Corners- Circle and Rectangle sets. It was my first time ordering from them, and with the awesome customer service and speedy delivery, it will not be my last. The stamps are very high quality and are so easy to use right out of the box.
Here is the front of the accordion pages. Scallop circles from Nestabilties and then SU! Whisper White cardstock is layered on top.
I have a pocket and tag and more scallop circles with no embellishing so they could be used for journaling areas. Some of the corners have bling and there is lots of room for pictures.
I think it turned out pretty nicely, given the fact that I got the instructions for it from a great source. I let it kinda plain because you just never know what the recipient will use it for. It should get a pretty good price. **Keeping my fingers crossed!**

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A Christmas Card

Here is a little card that I made a few nights ago. I again used a $ stamp. I stamped him in StazOn Jet Black onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. The reindeer is colored in with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I then just masked off his legs with a scrap piece of paper and added the grounding with light blue dye ink. I rounded opposite corners and then mounted onto blue cardstock, rounding the same corners. I punched holes with a paper piercer and then added the brads.

The blue cardstock base was covered in PP, I faux ticket punched the corners. The sentiment was stamped with blue dye ink, and then the corners were rounded, and the brads added. Once the image and sentiment were adhered, I went over parts of them with a Sakura glaze pen.

When I picked Cody up from the sitter, he was very hoarse. I had hoped he wouldn't get sick; but given the fact that I have been for the last three weeks, it was a hope in vain. He woke up this morning with no voice (which he thought was the coolest thing!), and with a terrible cough. We decided to keep him out of school and I will be leaving work early to take him to the pediatrician before it gets any worse. I hate it when he is sick.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Note Card

Here is a little note card I made last night with the $1 stamps from Michael's. I stamped onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock with StazOn Jet Black. I then colored it with my Prismas and blended with OMS and a stump. I then went over the image with a Sakura glaze pen for shine. While it was wet, I sprinkled it with glitter for some shimmer.

The sentiment is also from the set, it is stamped with dye ink. The ribbon is from the $1 bin at Michael's as well.

Cody is getting his school pictures taken today. He looks very handsome and I hope he can produce a half way decent smile for me. He's not great at giving a good smile on command. Oh well, that's the joy of school pictures, you know they will be different from year to year. Ah, the surprises.
Here is a photo I snapped of him this morning. Sure hope he looks this good when they finally get his class rounded up. He's a cutie for sure! As I am looking at this picture, I am wondering where all the time has gone; wasn't he just a baby?!
Crazy day at work today; everyone seems to be in a bad mood. I hate days like this!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Holiday Cheer

I made this card among many other projects yesterday. The image and sentiment are from a $1 stamp from Michael's. It is stamped onto SU! Whisper White cardstock with StazOn Jet Black ink. I colored it in with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. The PP is from a stack (who knows which one as I am a hoarder!) I then went over the glass with a Sakura glaze pen for shine. The olive ricrac covers the seam created by the two papers, I used red line tape to adhere. The image was punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch, the next punched layer used a 1 1/2" circle punch, and the last layer I used SU! scallop circle punch. The inside sentiment was also from a $1 stamp. This one is going to Duke's sister, as she is the mixed drink queen!

I got all of my eyelets, brads, and other lovelies separated and put in my new organizer. I love that it really makes things easier to find AND it got a bunch of other containers off my table. Now, just need to add a few bookcases and a good lamp, then I will be set. Just kidding!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Purse Card

Here is a cute little purse card that I made on Friday after seeing it here. I put the ribbon on and finished the inside last night or early this morning. The tutorial for this purse card is here. What great instructions for a really cute project. I used a red cardstock base, the PP is from CTMH. I finally used my corner rounder for the scallops, VERY easy. This will be a great birthday card for one of our nieces, we have so many. I enjoyed making it and can imagine that I will be making many more...the girls will love them. I will stamp a sentiment on the inside once I decide who gets it.

Today, I will be making some notebooks and beaded pens for the benefit later this month. I have decided to do three sets, and maybe an altered tin. I hope that my creations bring in some money for the teacher in need. She is the Pre-K teacher and this is only her second year at this school. I have been thinking about her and her family since I heard the news; I have not met her, but as a woman, you can certainly imagine her pain. I sure hope that treatment is successful! Please keep her in your prayers.

Road Trip

Yesterday, Cody and I spent the better part of our day going from store to store in Knoxville. We hit all the craft stores and then went to Sam's Club. I picked up several of the $1 samps from Michael's and A.C. Moore. I also found some Autumn Leaves stamps and acrylic blocks for $1.38 at Target. I also picked up a storage bin for all my small stuff, like brads, eyelets, and flowers. I spent about two hours getting everything separated by color; what a task. I still have to do the eyelets and mini brads, but the rest is done. I should have done this from the beginning, because it sure is a pain to do once you have so much stuff.
I made this card last night after my organizing frenzy. I used SCS sketch #15. The PP is from a DCWV stack, I think Pocket Full of Posies. I stamped the image with Jet Black StazOn, it is then colored with Prismas and blended with OMS and a stump. I cut the image out and then mounted on an inked Bazzill textured cardstock mat.

Duke is making lasagna tonight for dinner before he goes to work. I can hardy wait, as I am an Italian food lover. I picked up some garlic bread too, can't have lasagna without garlic bread. And, for dessert, some Pepperidge Farms Pirouette wafer cookies. What a great meal we are gonna have!

There were lots of good deals at the craft stores and it was nice to look somewhere new. I shop at the same old places since they are closer to me. So glad that I went; I may have to make it a monthly event.

Friday, November 2, 2007

A Christmas Card

Thanks to Julie for this great idea and tutorial for a Christmas card. She has a great site and makes awesome things. I stalk her blog everyday.
Here is the card that I made using her idea. Mine is a bit plain, but I did add the bling. Love the bling! I started with a Bazzill textured cardstock base. I followed the video tutorial for the cutting and then embellished on my own. The poinsettia is from the Seasonal Circles set from Verve Visual; it is stamped onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the outline first and then used the SAMJ for placement of the flower. It sorta moved on the middle flower, but I think it looks ok. I then added the rhinestones to the centers. The ribbon was run through the Xyron X, and then adhered to the card base. The inside is stamped with the sentiment in the Seasonal Circles set.

I punched a hole in the top with my CAD. The white eyelet was set with same, and the string is Martha Stewart. I will be replacing it with some silver stretch cord before sending it.

I finally got my carpet cleaned last night, I have been on the schedule since August. Since I am a friend of the fella that owns the company, I got the very reduced rate of "free". We have a dark green carpet and it was really dirty. Man, they did a great job and now we are on a quarterly schedule with them. Of course, as per Murphy's Law, Duke spilled a cup of soda this morning! You have to laugh!!

The weekend will be filled with cleaning and creating. I have several ideas for the fundraiser for one of Cody's teachers. They will be auctioning off things to help with medical and other expenses while she undergoes treatment for cancer. I am so honored to have been asked to help.

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