Monday, December 31, 2007

MFT How Sweet

I made this in my card making frenzy over the past few days. This was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock. I colored it in with copics and used a clear glaze pen over the bon bons for shine.

I started with a Cool Caribbean cardstock base and then added a piece of PP cut slightly smaller. I tied two lengths of blue satin ribbon around the second mat and then adhered to the card front.

I stamped the sentiment from the MFT How Sweet set in Brillance Graphite Black ink.

The image and scalloped oval were die cut and embossed using Nestabilities. I then pierced holes in each scallop, then used a teal Sharpie to "color" the holes.
Thanks for stopping by today, have a safe and Happy New Year. Nothing special planned for us since Duke has to work tonight. I'll most likely be in my warm bed when the big change takes place...am I too boring?! Since I have the day off from work tomorrow, Cody and I will likely head out the door to do some shopping... or not! I still need to go see Duke's visiting family, maybe tomorrow.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Love the Bellas

I currently don't own any Bellas, although there are three on there way to me as I type this. LOL I got these stamped images from Corie along with some other fab goodies some time back; I decided today would be the day that I used one. My boss is having a birthday on the 3rd; mine follows shortly thereafter. I will most likely be getting her some bath/ spa stuff, she always comments about how much she loves her bubble baths and candles.

She is colored in using copics. {Still trying to get the hang of them!} I highlighted some areas with the AtYou Spica glitter pens. They really do add so much shimmer and shine.

Then, I used a glue pen to go over the bubbles and the small puddle; then generously sprinkled Ranger Holographic EP over it. I then used a heat gun to set it. Nice and sparkly!

I started with a Cool Caribbean cardstock base; then matted the floral PP from The Paper Studio with yellow cardstock. I faux ticket corner punched each corner of the PP before adhering to the mat.

The clear dew drops were then adhered to the corners with mini glue dots. They may be the perfect embellishment for this image.

The next layer of PP from the same paper pad was matted once again with yellow cardstock and then adhered to the card front. I love that the PP has the circular pattern of movement; it really adds to the design.

Finally, I wrapped and tied a small length of ribbon around the corner of the image; then the image is double matted and adhered with pop dots. The primas were also pop dotted for dimension.

Cody is still enjoying his Wii, but I am also happy to report that he is thrilled to be playing the two board games we got him as well. He has always loved it when Duke and I get in the floor to play with him, and I am thankful that hasn't changed. He really whipped my butt playing Chutes & Ladders last night; he skunked me! We had a great time! And, we got to watch E.T.; I remember seeing it at the theater about 15 times back when. I still love that movie.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Finally, A Card

I spent a bit of time in my craft corner last night and managed to make two cards. It really felt good to sit and create, even if I had to throw out a few things.

The colors of this card match much more closely IRL, don't know why the camera changes the colors. Ah well.
I started with an ivory cardstock base, and then covered with PP cut just slightly smaller. The flowers and stem from PTI's Spiral Bouquet are stamped with Colorbox pigment ink in gold, green, and an auburn color onto natural cardstock.

The image is then die cut and embossed using Nestabilities. The opposite side of the PP is used to make a mat for the image; it, too, is die cut and embossed using Nestabilities. Finally, I used the Petite scallop circle for last mat; I inked the edges of the scallops for some detail. All layers are then adhered together.

I used SU! Horizontal Slot punch to make ribbon holes in either side of the image. I threaded the ribbon through the holes and around the PP. A knot is then tied near the image. Once knot is secured, the image is adhered to the card front using pop dots.

The sentiments were inked up with the same inks mentioned above. Voila, done!
Great shopping day today, we started at HL where I picked up some ribbon {like I needed any more}, then onto Ross. We found some great buys for the house there. Then, a quick stop at Belk for my Estee Lauder makeup and we headed home. Too bad all this great stuff is found so far away from home.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Night Time Visitors

We have a family of raccoons that are visiting us each night. There is a mama and two babies, and we are certain more are coming once we are asleep. There was a pair that we assumed were litter mates that came last year, so it is nice to see her again with her brood. The babies are little furballs, you just wanna grab them and love them....but they are wild animals, so no doing that!

Sorry the pictures are not that great, but I'm trying to get a good shot through glass. {Not ideal}
We have a pan that we kept outside for our dogs; now that our dogs are gone, we have been filling it up with dog food each night for the strays that seem to be accumulating in our area. Well, this is the first night that we saw what was actually eating the food that we leave out there. They come around 7:30 to 8:00 in the evenings.

The mama doesn't seem to be too worried by our presence and watches us watch her. The babies, on the other hand, are a bit nervous. It's fun to see them play, climb, and enjoy the offering we have. Cody just loves it and has been thinking up good names for them all. He so loves animals!
They are pretty destructive animals so I am sure that once the dog food is gone, they will be too. We have already had to buy another bird feeder since they destroyed the other one. Now, we bring it in the house at night and replace it in the morning.
I hope to have a card tomorrow, maybe I'll get back in the groove then! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Spiced Tea Jar

I made three of these, each a varying size for the women in Duke's family. I got the idea and the recipe from Sharon Harnist's blog, here.

I got the jars at Wal-Mart for 50% off, not too shabby. could not find the canning jars that Sharon used, but these worked just as well.

I mixed the ingredients together and just spooned them into the jars. Be careful, the mix gets everywhere...maybe it's just me.

Anyway, I used my computer to make labels for the botton and the top. I then cut them out and embossed them with Nestabilities.

Once the labels were adhered, I tied a pretty red and gold ribbon around the neck of the jars and they are ready to go from tonight when we see them.

His brother and SIL came up from Florida for the holidays and we haven't gotten to see them yet since Duke is still not feeling 100%. We just cannot risk him getting sick again, so they will most likely be coming to our house tonight.

Cody is thrilled with the Wii and has been playing it non-stop since we hooked it up. I played it too and two days later, I am still sore. Man, I am out of shape.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Christmas Break

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

The boy enjoyed all his gifts and we both were worn out when we went to bed last night. Wii is great for exercise, I worked muscles I didn't know I had. LOL I need to lose lots of weight, maybe this thing will be my salvation!

I made dinner yesterday too; no going anywhere this Christmas. I loved it and we will continue this tradition for years to come. We received and made tons of calls from friends and family, some of which we don't hear from except during the holidays. Cody has a few play dates scheduled this weekend, and other than that, I am hoping this is a week of recharging for me.

Well, the big day is over and I am exhausted. I has been a whirlwind the last few weeks and factor in a sick husband...it has not boded well with any type of rest or relaxation. I hope to get somewhere near my crafting space this week, I miss all my stuff! Hopefully, I will have something to show you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Home Sweet Home

Duke was finally able to come home late yesterday afternoon. We are so happy that he will be home for Christmas.
I may post something later today, but if not, I will definitely have something tomorrow.
Thanks for your well wishes, prayers, and thoughts, I truly appreciate it!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Treat Bag

Duke is still in the hospital. The infection is gone, but now he has a problem with his kidneys, apparently they are not flushing the meds out as they are supposed to. Man, will it ever end? We are hoping that he comes home today.

I made this 2-5-7-10 treat bag for the mailman. I took a tray of cookies to the post office Monday, but thought I would treat my carrier with something just for him. This is filled with nuggets. I used my Limitless Labels stamps to decorate, then just threw them inside for a quick little gift. {You will have to use your imagination regarding the nuggets...no picture}
I stamped the circle and sentiment from Festive Labels by Gina K with VersaMagic chalk ink onto white shrink plastic. I cut out the scalloped circle with Nestabilties Petite Scalloped Circles die FIRST. I then punched the hole with the CAD. Cody was amazed at the transformation process inside the oven. Too cool!
I used the CAD to punch the holes in the bag as well and the white grosgrain ribbon was laced through and tied. I used silver stretch cord to tie the tag around the ribbon.
I made a pork roast in the crock pot last night and will just need to warm it when I get home for a fabulous dinner. I was hoping the my man would be home and we could have a cozy family dinner his first night back home, but it's probably not going to happen. Ah well, as long as he comes home health! We can have dinner anytime.
Cody is counting down the days until Santa comes. I am so excited for him!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

How Sweet

I made this card for Duke's sister for keeping Cody for me this week while Duke is in the hospital. It really is a relief to have someone I know and trust taking care of my prized child.

Anyway, I stamped the image and sentiment from MFT How Sweet it is set with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock. I used the heat gun to set the ink since I had been having trouble with the ink smearing a bit.

I colored in the image with copics and then cut it out with my paper trimer. I then cut out and embossed the black scalloped square with Nestabilites.

The card base is SU! Cool Caribbean. I matted Wild Asparagus PP onto a light olive green textured cardstock.

Next, I mounted a coordinating PP from the same stack onto black cardstock, then onto a teal textured cardstock. The triple matted layer was then added to the polka dot layer, then the black gingham ribbon was tied around the entire panel. I placed the scalloped square under the ribbon and the image is over the ribbon. The scalloped square and the image panel are adhered with pop dots. The entire panel is then adhered to the card.

Duke may be coming home today or tomorrow, God willing. His brother and family is coming up from Florida this weekend for the holiday and it will just be awful if he can't see them.

I had plans to have Cody's gifts wrapped already, but several wrenches have been thrown in for FUN. Oh well, I normally do it Christmas Eve anyway.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Caught a Bug

The doctors changed Duke's antibiotic and he is feeling sooooo much better. The swelling is going down and he is back to his ornery old self; I am so relieved. He's optimistic about coming home before the weekend, I'm not so sure. He is still in isolation, but things are looking up. Thanks for all the well wishes, I am certain that they helped.

I made this card for Duke. I love the little bug design, so cute. He is from a set from Langley Boy Designs; purchased from Gina K. Love it!
Anyway, I started with a SU! Cool Caribbean card base. I stamped the circle borders from PTI Borders & Corners {Circle} set with VersaMagic chalk ink.
I matted this wavy, dotty PP with Bazzill textured cardstock, the PP is from a KI Memories paper pack. I used Coluzzle to cut the circle from CTMH PP, then used a SU! Horizontal Slot Punch to thread the ribbon on either side of the circle. The ribbon is from HL and is adhered to the mat. I then attached the mat to the card front.
I stamped this cutie pie bug with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White cardstock. He is colored with copics, and I highlighted his antenae, legs, and arms with a black Atyou Spica glitter pen.
He is cut out and embossed with oval Nestabilites, as is the scalloped oval mat. The image is attached to the center of the circle with foam squares.
I stamped with inside with a sentiment for the set as well as another I have. It says "Heard you caught a bug, Bee well soon!"
He loved it and has been showing it to everyone in sight. I am very thankful that he is feeling better.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Gettin' Buggy Note Cards

No good news for Duke, he has been restricted from having visitors. Of course, he didn't tell me that until I made the trip to the hospital. The preliminary blood tests ruled out what the doctors thought he had. So now, we don't know anything and the outlook is somewhat uncertain. I am scared out of my mind. I am thankful, however, that the doctors are diligently trying to treat him and find a diagnosis.

I made these for Cody's teacher's gift. I made six of these; three of each design. The image is from Gettin' Buggy With It by Langley Boy Designs. I purchased them from the Gina K website. I stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White cardstock. He is colored in with Copic markers, I used the black Atyou Spica pen to highlight his antennae, legs, and arms. I then die cut and embossed the image with Nestabilities.

I started with Kraft cardstock (4x4) and stamped the leaves from PTI's Beautiful Blooms with VersaMark ink. I used VersaMagic Spanish Olive chalk ink and the large leaf outline stamp on the larger leaves. I then stamped the flowers with VersaMagic Aegean Blue and Purple Hydrangea chalk ink.

The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black.

Ribbon is then tied around and knotted to the card. The image is adhered with pop dots. The inside is left blank so that she can use them as she wishes.

I also made the envelopes, but forgot to take a photo of them....ah well.

Cody had a great time at his class Christmas party. The little girl that drew his name got him exactly what he told her to...he's such a con! His teacher loved her gift and had been showing it off to the rest of the staff.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Crazy Monday

So, I took Duke to the emergency room Sunday morning and he was admitted almost immediately. Cody and I were in the waiting room when the nurse called us back; about 2 1/2 hours later. Turns out he has some sort of staph infection in his face, who knows how he got it. They gave him a CT scan to insure that there was no pressure on his eyes because of the infection and the swelling; thankfully there was none.

I made this little clipboard from a chipboard coaster. I used QK rub ons for the flowers on the binder clip. I covered the coaster with PP to match the tin that I made earlier in the week, then used Nestabilities to cut and emboss pink cardstock. I also inked the edges of the scalloped square. Lastly, I tied a small knot for the binder clip with American Crafts ribbon.

I cut a small piece of paper and rolled t up to insert into the barrel of the RSVP pen. Again, a small knot was tied on the clip of the pen. These items were added to Cody's teacher's tin. I also included the remaining Post-It notes for her use; I just bound them with a belly band and a scalloped circle with her initals.
I added note cards to her tin as well; I'll upload those tomorrow.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cheerful Santa

I made two of these for the Principal and Cody's teacher. I started with kraft cardstock that was stamped with the snowflakes from Verve's Winter Wonder set. I used Brilliance Moonlight White ink.

I used some great velvet Christmas ribbon to accent the PP and cardstock band adhered on the center of the card front. The ribbon has wire edging so it was easy to get around the mat.

The image was colored with copic markers. I used Tulip white puffy paint for his beard and part of his hat. The holly was colored with the green AtYou spica pen, and I added JudiKins Diamond glaze to the holly berries for some extra shine. I matted the image with Basic Grey black PP cut out and embossed with Nestabilities. The image was then adhered to the card front with pop dots.

I used SU! Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the brads; I used bronze brads for an added bit of interest.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thanks a Bunch

I had to make an appointment for Cody to see the pediatrician; he has a nagging, lingering cough that we haven't been able to get rid of. You can't make appointments for Saturday until late in the day on Friday. The receptionist informed me of this and made a special point of calling me at 4:00 p.m. to make the appointment. How nice, right!!
I made a nugget tin to show my appreciation for helping us out. I started with the labels, I used SU! Smorgasborders in turquoise and brown dye ink. I used PP to line the bottom of the tin, I think this adds another layer of interest. I then used a chocolate cardstock to make the belly band. I adhered the PP before wrapping the whole thing around and adhering.

SU! scallop circle punch was used on SU! Tempting Turquoise cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from SU! Smorgasborders onto SU! Whisper White and mounted it onto chocolate brown punched circle. All layers were adhered to the band with pop dots.

I asked for her this morning and she wasn't working, but they said they'd put it on her desk...I sure hope they do. I also sent a card so she'll know who it's from and why.
Cody has bronchitis and Duke has some sort of major malfunction too. He is very sick; has the chills and his face looks like it has been burned and is very swollen- to the point that you can't see his right eye at all. His fever finally broke and I hope that he is feeling better soon. If not, I am sure that a trip to the emergency room is in order. I disinfected the house today too...I sure as heck don't want whatever it is Duke has. It's wicked!
I am putting the finishing touches on Cody's gift for his teacher; I am certain she'll love it. Just a few (set of 6) note cards and I'm done. Sure will be good to get all this out of the way and be able to chill out and get my boys well again.
I also just found out that Duke is a grandfather for the 3rd time; we weren't even aware that his daughter was pregnant...they aren't close. A baby boy named Chase Michael was born and he is adorable. Of course, I haven't met a baby yet that isn't! He is her third boy, and his brothers seem very happy to have him join them! I'll post a picture soon.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Mini Lunch Tin

This is for Cody's teacher. I covered the tin with PP from a Wild Aspargus paper pack. I then made the band around the center with cardstock and a coordinating PP. The sheer ribbon is tied around and then I added a few extra strips for volume.

I used Nestabilities to cut and embossed a circle from ivory cardstock, then stamped the circle border image from PTI's Borders & Corners set with VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria chalk ink. Then I stamped the monogram with VersaMagic Spanish Olive chalk ink.

Then I cut and embossed another circle out of Bazzill olive green textured cardstock. It is then layered onto the scalloped chocolate brown cardstock that has been embossed. The image was then adhered with pop dots. I finished it off with a few lengths of ribbon on the handle.

I plan to fill the inside with coordinating items; a pen, mini coaster clipboard, note pad, and a note card set. Maybe she can use it as a desk set either at home or at school. I hope she'll like it.

I wrapped a few presents tonight, mostly Duke's. I will wrap most of Cody's over the weekend so that I won't be rushed to do it next week. I am completely done with my shopping since I did most of it online. Just have to wait for Duke to finish his, he has only a few more things to get for the boy.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Coffee Tin

I made this the other night to include with the basket for my boss, but I already had the basket loaded down. So, I'm sending this to school with Cody to give his principal.

I covered the tin and the lid with PP and then added the green band around the middle. I stamped the double line circle border and the sentiment with Verve's Wonderful Wishes set onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. It is then mounted onto PP punches and adhered to the front of the tin with pop dots.

We gave the bus driver his frappaccinos and cookies this morning, he was thrilled. I don't think many parents do much for the bus driver, but I really appreciate his taking good care of Cody everyday.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Gift Certificate Holder

I made this gift card holder to hold Duke's GC for a pedicure at the salon. His feet get so yucky during the winter, so this will be good for him.

I colored the image with watercolor markers, I stamped the image onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. The image is from Gina K.

I covered ivory cardstock with some PP froma DCWV stack. I used my SU! slot punch to make holes for the ribbon.

I used a corner slot punch to hold the GC inside. Short and sweet!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Faux Silk

At least that's what I think this technique is called. I stamped images from PTI's Spiral Bouquet set. These stamps are so pretty that I didn't want to use them. Of course, I shunned that idea after a few minutes and got them inked up. I used VersaMagic chalk ink (Jewel Box) to make the 8.5x11 PP. I then cut off enough for the card front. I covered it with a glue stick and then layered on my crumpled tissue paper. Ironically, the tissue paper is from the packaging of this very stamp set.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set onto SU! Whisper White cardstock and then pierced holes for the brads using my SU! Mat Pack guide. The polished silver brads were then added and the sentiment was matted with burgundy cardstock. It is adhered to the card using pop dots.
I didn't feel the need to add anything else as I wanted the PP to be the star of the show. Does it look too plain?
Ok, so I almost have all my Christmas shopping done. Just a few more small things for the boy and I can relax a bit. Of course, I'm sure I'll add to his collection here and there, but the bulk of it is done.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Snowman Poop and Starbucks

I made snowman poop for the kids in Cody's class this year. I just put the contents into treat bags, added the topper, and write the names on the back. I stamped snowflakes from Verve Visual's Winter Wonder set with Brilliance Moonlight White ink onto a kelly green cardstock. I printed the poem onto copy paper and adhered to the front before stapling the topper to the cocoa and marshmallows. I was going to add some Christmas themed stickers, but I don't know what happened to them....I believe the boy got them.

I purchased the 4-pack Frappaccino coffees for the bus driver. I just covered part of the carrying case with Bazzill cardstock and PP. I punched a scallop circle and 1.5" and 1 3/8" circles to put on the lids, and then added the curling ribbon around the neck of each bottle.

I used my new Festive Labels set from Gina K for the sentiment on the front. It was cut out and mounted onto a scallop rectangle using Nestabilities. I also used scallop circles and sentiments to cover the seams on either side. Just have to pick up the Pepperidge Farms cookies and give it away.

I still haven't started the calendar for Cody's teacher. With a week to go, I should have time. She is so sweet, and I am thrilled that she communicates so often with us. Last year, I was so frustrated at the lack of communication with his teacher; I just felt like if I didn't ask, she didn't divulge. So, maybe this year I knew what to expect and his teacher is pretty new; she has only been teaching for two years. I have been doing my best to let her know how much I appreciate being involved and informed.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A Coffee Basket

I made this basket for my boss, Wendi. She is a coffee lover and I know this will make her very happy. I just put a belly band on each item, then stamped a sentiment and adhered. I got the basket from Wal-Mart as well as the shrink plastic bag. I included General Foods International Coffee, coffee creamer, and flavored coffees. I also got her a coffee mug and another GFIC, but the basket is too small and it wouldn't fit. Ah well, maybe I'll make another little basket for her.

I used several different stamp sets including Verve Visual, and Festive Labels designed by Gina K. Let me tell you that I love the Gina K stamps, I just received my first order from her company. I am very impressed with the speed of delivery and the quality of the stamps, fantastic service and fantastic product!

I am going to start working on Cody's teacher's gift. I will be making her a coaster calendar for Christmas! I sure hope I have enough time and can do it well. If not, I'll use have to resort to Plan B. I still have about 5 days, so we shall see.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Penny Black Snowman

Isn't he just the cutest snowman you have ever seen? I stamped and colored these some time back, they were originally going to be used for my Christmas cards and it just didn't happen. He was colored with Prismas and then blended with OMS and a stump. I used At You Spica pens to traced some of the snowflakes, the curls of the scarf, and the snow. They add some detail and sparkle.

I made a purple textured cardstock base, then PP from The Paper Studio was layered on top. I used the snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder on SU! Cool Caribbean cardstock. I then added a strip of the same purple cardstock to the center of the embossed panel. I tied a turquoise sheer polka dot ribbon around the entire panel and then adhered it to the PP. The image was adhered with pop dots. Lastly, I added the bling at the bottom of the card.

I can hardly believe that Christmas is so close. Cody will be out of school starting, I think, on the 17th; he doesn't go back until the 5th of January. Man, what will we do with him for all that time? Of course, once he opens his Wii on Christmas morning, he'll be addicted for a few days anyway! And, he'll have fun with all the other small stuff he gets! I am getting him some books to read and a few movies to watch.

We are contemplating making a big dinner for Christmas Day. It's just the three of us, but Duke's son and his fiance will likely drop by as will Charlie, Duke's stepfather. It will be a fantastic day!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Season's Greetings

I only thought I was done with my Christmas cards, LOL. I still have about 4 to go, so not too bad. Don't know how they got left off the list, but I'll get them done by the weekend. Then it's time to work on a gift for Cody's teacher and bus driver. Ahhh, where has the time gone... thought I had plenty!!

I started with a blue cardstock base. I stamped the snowflakes from Verve's Winter Wonder set with VersaMark ink. I really like that it is subtle and pretty.

The image/ sentiment was stamped with light blue dye ink onto GP white cardstock. I highlighted the dots in the image with my blue At You Spica pen.

I used Nestabilites to cut out the image and it was then embossed. The scalloped square was cut from black cardstock. I punched the hole for the ribbon using SU! Horizontal Slot Punch. The ribbon has a snowflake design on it and it was perfect for this card. The image is mounted on the black mat with pop dots, as is the scalloped square.

The inside is stamped with light blue dye ink with a $ wood mounted stamp from Michael's.

I took Cody to BK to get the much sought after I*Dog. He has been harping about it for four or five days. It is only a bobble head dog thing...not sure what all the urgency was, but the boy is happy with it. That's all that matters, right?!
We still have a bit of Christmas shopping to do, but we found a Wii for Cody. He really wanted one last year, but we weren't able to get one. He is gonna flip out when he opens it and I just cannot wait! Just a few more big things and then just filler. Give the boy flashlights and cars and he is good to go. He's not too hard to please.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Blue Christmas

I made this Christmas card for a friend of mine, going in the mail today. The cardstock base is stamped with VersaMark ink using SU! Petals and Paisley's polka dot background. I used the SAMJ to line it up properly.

I stamped the tree from a SU! set (?) with StazOn Jet Black ink onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. I mounted it onto an olive green Bazzill textured cardstock after using the SU! Piercing Guide in the corner. I made the mat a bit longer than the image. I traced the tree with my olive At You Spica pen. It is so sparkly! I then scalloped the bottom of the mat using my corner rounder with the guard removed. Lastly, I wrapped the ribbon around it and tied a knot.

I then stamped the sentiment from the SU! Petals and Paisley set on the front using navy blue dye ink. The inside sentiment is stamped with navy dye ink as well.

My sister called last night and has informed me that she may be moving back home. We are originally from Illinois. After talking to her, I realize that she needs a new start for a better life. She has made some poor decisions, and has not been able to get her life back on track because she isn't really making any changes. I am praying that she does the right thing and is able to better herself. She certainly needs a sunnier disposition; she has been blue for too long.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Coaster Book

This is for one of my co-workers. She scrapbooks and paints, so she'll use it. Of course, this idea belongs to Nichole Heady, you can find the project on her blog.

I used Bazzill textured cardstock, At You spica pens, ribbon, Nestabilities, and prima flowers throughout. I left it somewhat plain so she can add her embellishments once she has chosen photos.

The outside is stamped with snowflakes from the Winter Wonder set from Verve Visual. I used VersaMark, Olive dye ink, and sage chalk ink. The sentiment is from the same Verve set and the dotted border is from PTI Borders & Corners (Rectangle). It is stamped with red dye ink.




The inside is decorated with Primas, various Christmas image stamps, and Nestabilities squares (both scalloped and classic). I left plenty of room for photos and journaling. The ribbon is from Michael's and it says Merry Christmas. I hope that she likes it.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Another Monday

Well, the Christmas cards that I made for Duke's co-workers were a big hit! I'm glad they all liked them.

A while back, Bethany Paull sent me a card and she also included Elzybells images and sentiments. I have been so afraid to use them, thinking I'd mess them up and not be able to replace them. Well, I went for it on these two cards. She is stamped onto SU! Whisper White with StazOn Jet Black.

I used SU! Regal Rose for the card base. I cut a piece of PP from KI Memories Funky Paper Pad II and adhered to the card base. Next, a piece of Curious Metallic Ice Gold cardstock was embossed using the snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder. The paper is so pretty and it looks great with the embossed snowflakes!

I colored the image with Prismas, then blended with OMS and a stump. I used Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut out the image as well as the scalloped shapes.

I then went over the coat with my pink At You Spica Pen in pink. The fluff on her coat as well as the areas with snow are white Tulip Puffy paint. I let it air dry for about 30 minutes before heating it with my heat gun.

I used a dark pink stitched ribbon from HL to tie around the embossed piece of cardstock and then adhered to the card front. The sentiment was adhered and then I placed some pink bling on the sides.

The image was placed onto the scalloped shape and then it was adhered with pop dots. The inside sentiment was stamped with pink dye ink. These are ready for the mail.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Oh December

Can you believe that it is December already? This year has just flown by, I am partially thankful for that. We have had quite a year, one that I am ready to put behind us.

I made several of these cards today. I CASED a card from Diane Gilbert at My Little Stampin' Spot. I really like this design and it is great for using up scraps.

I used the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder on Cryogen White cardstock. It really adds the perfect amount of shimmer. The trees are a Studio G stamp from the $ bin at Michael's. I used Zig watercolor markers to color them. I highlighted the stars and a portion of the trees with Spica glitter pens. The image is then double matted and adhered with pop dots onto a strip of cardstock & the card front.

The sentiment is from Verve Visual's Winter Wonder set. It was cut out with Nestabilites as was the scalloped oval. The sentiment is adhered with pop dots.

Cody and I decorated the tree this morning, he was aching to do it. We went with colored lights this year because the pre-lit tree lights are only partially working. Can those be fixed?? I ended up using a few extra strands around a grapevine wreath and we have it hanging by the front door.

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