Thursday, January 31, 2008

A Walk on the Beach

I stamped the image from MFT's By The Seashore set with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock. I then colored it with copics. The image was cut out with nestabilities. The scallop rectangle was also cut and embossed with nestabilities.

The SU! Certainly Celery cardstock base was covered with PP from MM ( I think?). American Crafts ribbon was wrapped around the tied on a bow on the front after being weaved through the left of the image.

I stamped the bird from the same set onto a metal rimmed tag, and colored with copics. I added the brad and then adhered to the card front with foam squares.

The sentiment from PTI's Beautiful Blooms was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then punched out with SU! Word Window punch.
Well, Duke is booking our vacation condo tonight. We settled for dates later than we wanted so that we didn't have to take Cody out of school for too many days. We will be going to the Orlando area. I hope that we can make it to the beach and spend some time there. It has been too long that I have seen the ocean and been to a beach. Although I adore the mountains, I LOVE the beach and water.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Birdie Valentine

I used SCS Sketch 149 for this card. I stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock (love that stuff!). I colored the image with copics.
The hearts from PTI's Sweet Love are stamped with VersaMagic chalk ink onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock. Red rhinestones are added to the bottom of the heart.
Both images are matted on yellow texture cardstock from DCWV. The bird image is matted with PP that has been ticket corner punched.
The cardstock base is Pixie Pink and the PP is matted with yellow texture cardstock from DCWV.

The images are adhered to the card front with foam squares.
Ok, so the tooth saga continues and the boy is NOT giving it to the Tooth Fairy, he plans to keep it for some reason.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I made this card for my sister. I haven't seen her in a long time and was finally able to reach her at home last after weeks of trying.

It is 4.25 square. I stamped the image from Clearly Wordsworth with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock. I colored the image with copics, and then used JudiKins Diamond Glaze for the vases.

The cardstock base was covered with PP from MM after I used SU! Ticket Corner punch for the corners. Then a strip of SU! Groovy Guava cardstock was added in the center of the card front. I matted the image with SU! Old Olive cardstock and adhered to the card front with pop dots.

I then punched the photo corners and pierced holes for the brads, photo corners are also adhered with pop dots.

The sentiment from PTI's Paper Tray was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.
Once again, after I took the photo, I made a change...gotta quit doing that! LOL Anyway, I added some Diamond Glaze to the flower petals too.
My sister will be coming over this weekend to add some highlights to my fresh, new hairdo. I am so excited. I have had the highlight kit from a few months, but haven't been able to find the time to get them done. Well, since the gray is starting to show at my roots, this is the perfect time. I just hope she doesn't take out her "little sister" frustrations out on my head. LOL

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Last Mailbox

Ok, so this one is rather generic and can be used and kept out at all times of the year.
I, again, decided to skip going around the flag with paper. I used the black check ribbon around the edges of the front and back doors because of the filing of the paint when I adhered the paper.
The front image is a Studio G rubber stamp and it is colored with AtYou spica glitter pens. Then, die cut and embossed using nestabilities.
The image on the flag is SU! Priceless. It is then layered with a 1 1/2" circle and scallop circle.
The black check ribbon was wrapped around and tied on the side and then also on the flag itself. I also chose the red sheer polka dot ribbon to the flag as well.
Cody still hasn't lost his tooth, but I am confident that it will happen this week. Hope he doesn't have a bad experience with it.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Floral Mailbox

I only have one more after this one to show you. I will have to decorate about 4 more, but I won't bore you with them.

I started with a white mailbox tin from Target. I covered in the PP, but did not go around the flag, I was having a hard time with the Terrific Tape sticking as soon as it touched the mailbox, and then ripping the paper to get it into the correct place. Anywho, I saw on the Pink Stampers blog that she did not go around the flag with paper. It looked good, so I adopted this process as well.

The flowers on the front were cut out with Cuttlebug flower dies with SU! Whiper White cardstock. I stamped the flowers from PTI's Beautiful Blooms stamps. I used VersaMagic chalk and pigment ink. Each flower was then adhered to the front with foam squares.

The ribbon from HL was wrapped around the mailbox and then tied in a knot. The image on the flag is a Studio G rubber stamp. I used Ranger EP to heat emboss the heart. It is then punched out and layered on corresponding circle and scallop. I then tied the same ribbon to the flag.

After the photo was taken, I glued ric rac around the edge of the mailbox doors; I had used a sanding sponge for the edges of the PP, some of the paint was removed in the process. This really helped to cover that flaw.

Cody has his very first loose tooth. I made a small keepsake tin for him to use when the tooth finally falls out. I'll share that tomorrow. I can hardly believe that my little baby boy is growing so fast, too fast. It seems so strange for this to be happening; even though I know he is aging, I am never really prepared for the changes.

We went to Knoxville today, stopped at Michael's and AC Moore. I got the faux dew drops from Michael's, so glad that I was able to find them since they are such a great buy. Also got a few more Studio G rubber stamps and journals to alter.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Out on a Limb

This image is from Paper Trey Ink's latest release, Out on a Limb. It is so pretty! I started with a kraft cardstock base. I stamped the limb with VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk ink. I stamped the berry overlay with VersaMagic Lavender chalk ink. Once dry, I dotted each berry with a Sakura clear glaze pen.

The ribbon was then wrapped around the card and then tied in a knot on the top. I stamped the sentiment onto SU! Whisper White with the same lavender ink, then it is die cut and embossed using Nestabilities. The scalloped layer was done the same way. Both are then adhered to the card front.

I was planning on going to Knoxville for a trip to Michael's, but it is so cold and we are supposed to get some flurries. I will likely stay home unless it warms up some. Cody's allowance is burning a hole in his pocket and he is giving me some "dirty" looks because I won't take him anywhere to spend it. I sure hope it warms up soon!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Polka Dots

I have a love of polka dots, not sure where it came from or when, but I just love them.

The inspiration for this card came from page 114 of the Spring/ Summer catalog from SU! I started with a Certainly Celery (?) cardstock base, then layered on the Bashful Blue cardstock once it had been stamped with CHF Polka Dot backgrounder. I used Brilliance Dew Drops in Pearlescent Blue for the ink.

The light blue gingham ribbon was wrapped around the card and tied in the front. I added the holes for the brads using the SU! Mat Pack.

The sentiment from SU! Smorgasborders was stamped with the same ink as the polka dots and then the border circle from PTI's Borders & Corners {Circle} was stamped around the sentiment and punched out. I used Bashful Blue as the next circle layer before punching the Groovy Guava scallop circle.

I usually don't use pastels, but I am branching out and accepting other colors. I like the softness of this card and love this design.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thank You Roses

So here is another Thank You card. I stamped the image on Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I colored it in with copics. The image is a wood mounted Studio G stamp that I picked up at Michael's a few weeks ago. I used nestabilities to cut out and emboss the image. The Old Olive scalloped square mat was cut out with nestabilities as well.

A SCS sketch was used for this card. I started with SU! Groovy Guava cardstock base. I covered it with a floral print PP from Making Memories. The corners of the PP have been ticket corner punched.

The striped PP is matted with Old Olive cardstock and the red satin ribbon is wrapped around and then knotted in the front.

The image was adhered to the card front with foam squares. Finally, I added the brads, two on the top left, one on the bottom left. I used the SU! Mat Pack to pierce the holes.

Our office has completely moved now, just a matter of settling in now. I still have to get my office back together, it's still in boxes. I will be very happy when it's over and we can get back to business.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More Birthday Cards & A Mailbox Tin

I have received some great cards over the past few days and thought I would share them here.

The first one is from Jenn. I absolutely love it. It is super sparkly and you can definitely tell that it was labor intensive as well. Gorgeous! The flower is from SU! Fabulous Flowers and it is just that! And, she has great handwriting too.

The next one is from a member of the Birthday Club I joined. It is so soft and pretty; I just love the Primas. And, she sent lots of brads, flowers, and a set of clear stamps for me to enjoy.

And here is another mailbox tin that I altered. I used PTI's Sweet Love set for this one.

Speaking of Paper Trey, I picked up my most recent order from Paper Trey Ink this morning and hope I get some time to play before the weekend. I am so excited.

I also hope that the weather is good enough for a run to Michael's for the Dew Drops look-a-likes. I have to have some, and at those prices, who can resist?! I just wish it wasn't so far away from me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

How Sweet You Are

Here is another thank you card that I have made. In fact, going forward, I believe that if I am going through the effort of making one, it is just as easy to make two since my supplies are already out. So, there are two of these.

I used a SCS sketch for this card, not sure which one. I started with SU! Cool Caribbean cardstock. The PP is matted with a teal PP, and the ribbon is wrapped around the panel. The PP is so pretty, I just love the floral pattern.

The image is a clear $ stamp from Michael's. I received this as a gift from the birthday club I belong to. It is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto SU! Whisper Whote cardstock. I colored the bird in with copics. The image is then matted with a sage PP and adhered over the ribbon.

The sentiment from the same set is stamped onto vellum and then matted with teal PP and adhered.

So, the vacation accommodations search is not going well. We can't find a condo for the dates we can travel, so we may be stuck staying at a hotel. Not my idea of a vacation, but we may not have a choice. Guess we'll have to ponder this situation for the time being.

Things at work are hectic. The move will be final this week and each of us to attend some training on the Real Estate software we use. Definitely not my idea of a good time, but you have to take the training or you don't get a login.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Target Mailbox

I finally got around to decorating some tin mailboxes I got at Target a few weeks ago. It is a little tricky getting the paper to go around the tin, but I managed. So, I will have a few to show you in the coming days.

I used paper from the $ bin at Target too. It is adhered with Terrific Tape that I got from Scor-Pal's website.
The image for the flag of the mailbox is a wood mounted Studio G stamp from the $ bin at Michael's. I stamped it on SU! Whisper White with Brilliance Graphit Black ink and then colored the heart with copics. Then, I used a glue pen around the design and sprinkled some Ranger tinsel/ glitter EP and heat set. I have already gone back over the areas that were missed and got them filled in completely. I added the ribbons to the flag. The ribbons are also from the $ spot at Target.

The image was then mounted on PP and a scallop circle. I used Terrific Tape to adhere the front and back panels to the flag.

The image on the front of the mailbox is stamped with VersaMagic Pixie Pink chalk ink onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. The scroll oval and sentiment is from PTI's Sweet Love set. The sentiment is stamped with VersaMagic Rocket Red pigment ink.

The image is die cut with Nestabilities as is the scalloped oval mat. The image is mounted on the front of the mailbox and I then added red rhinestones with Zip Dry glue.
What a lazy day we had today at home. It was super cold and I did not want to get out at all. It barely got in the 20's today.

Duke and I are deciding when to take a vacation. The dates that we wanted are not available in the area that we want to go, so he is checking some alternate dates. Obviously, Cody's schedule is what we have to work around. There are a few more long weekends before May, so we are hoping to book something in March. We both work in a tourism area, so we can't wait too long or it becomes too busy to try to ask for time off.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

For You

I made this for a gal on the MSN Group that I belong to. She has had quite a year, and not in a good way. In any case, I am sending her some of my unused scrappin' supplies. She has such a big heart and neve seems to have what she needs. I hope that she can find a use for what I will be sending her.
I used the same layout and papers from my last post. This time I used a different image, colored with copics and glitter pens. The image is a from a clear $ set from Michael's. Really cute.

I was hoping to go to Michael's today to look for the floral pebbles similar to Dew Drops. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it this week; maybe next weekend. I sure hope they have them in stock because that would be awesome.

I am not looking forward to going to work tomorrow. We will be having to stretch the staff between two locations, I have lots of mail to get out regarding the move, and my boss goes out of town next week to teach. Whew, I am already tired!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


This card is a copy from Jenn D. It is just flipped from her version. I started with SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock and then layered the PP on the bottom portion of the card front. Next, I tied the ribbon around the paper seam.

The image was stamped onto SU! Whisper White cardstock with VersaMagic Chalk ink in Ocean Deep. While still a bit wet, I sprinkled on Ranger Snowflake EP and heat embossed using my heat gun. I used a 1 1/2" circle punch to die cut it and it was mounted onto SU! Chocolate Chip scalloped circle, using SU! Scallop Circle punch.

Today was filled with several instances of bad customer service. It all started when I called to make my nail appointment. They couldn't get me in until1:00 p.m.; not good, but I took it since I was a week overdue anyway. We stopped at BK for soda, at every interaction I was treated very poorly and ended up asking for a refund before driving off to my appointment. Once I got to the salon, it was FILLED with teenage girls. Guess there is a basketball banquet tonight, and the 10 girls were each getting mani/ pedis. ! Well, long story short, these girls were a walk-in and I assumed that since I had an appointment, I would be serviced on time. Needless to say, my appointment wasn't honored and I walked out. I am certain that I won't be going back because of this whole thing. I just hate when appointment times are not kept and faithful customers are ignored. Unfortunately, it didn't end there and I was in a horrible mood for some time afterward.
I received some more Birthday cards that I will be sharing in the coming days.
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope your weekend has been great!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Just Keep Swimming

Our family went to dinner at Red Lobster last night for my birthday. Duke is allergic to shellfish, but decided that his last reaction to shellfish more than 10 years ago wasn't too bad, that maybe now he was over the allergy. This cockamamie (?) philosophy was WRONG. He even took a few Benadryl before leaving home. Poor guy swelled up, throat closed, and got very sick on the way home. This morning he is still with a sore throat, but most of the swelling is gone. Needless to say, when I asked him if it was worth it, I got a resounding NO! He won't be trying this again in this lifetime.

So, keeping in tune with the seafood theme, I made this card for him last night once we got home. He picked up my SU! order and I got busy. I stamped the fish from Gina K Designs onto SU! Whisper White and colored with copics. I then used my glue pen in areas and heat embossed with Ranger Holographic EP. I then used Nestabilities to die cut and emboss the image and the scalloped mat.

I started with a blue cardstock base, (not sure which SU! color this is), and then layered on Curious Metallic Ice Gold once I embossed it. I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder in my wizard. I also used the SU! ticket corner punch for the corners.

The dotted PP was adhered and then I tied the thin grosgrain ribbon around the entire panel and then adhered it to the card front.

The sentiment from the same Gina K Designs set was stamped onto SU! Whisper White and then I used SU! Word Window punch to punch it out and then made the holes for the brads. I used a small pop dot on the opposite side so that it looked like waves.

We are packing up the office and getting most of our things out today. However, since the phone lines won't be transferred until Thursday, our desks and computers stay until the phones can be transferred. Sucks, but what ya gonna do?!

Thursday, January 17, 2008


****Edited to add*** The winner of the Birthday Candy is Susan Liles. Congratulations Susan!!! Please email your address to me and I will get your package in the mail on Saturday.

I have received a few cards for my birthday and thought I would share a few; mostly because I don't have anything to show you today. I know, shame on me!

The first is from Jenna; as far as I know she doesn't have a blog. She is part of the Birthday Club on an MSN Group that I belong to. It is full of Primas and lovely brads. I have the PP she used, it is lovely. Thanks Jenna!

The next one is from Char, from the same group. She used really cute die cuts and gorgeous papers. You know how I love paper. The ribbon matches much more closely IRL. I love them both. I will post a few more in a few days.

Very short post since I am at work and we are wrapping up some year end stuff as we prepare to move. When it rains it pours! Although I did check out the new space and I will be getting a nice corner office with a view, not too shabby!

Hope you have a great day, thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to check back later to see who is the lucky recipient of the Birthday Candy.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thanks Yous

I have been receiving lots of goodies from a Birthday Club I am in, so these are the Thank You cards that I will be sending out to the senders.

I used SCS sketch #97. I started with SU! Not Quite Navy (?, you SU! gals may know this color) cardstock base and then layered on PP.

The Curious Iridscent Ice Gold panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Circles embossing folder.
Billboardabella is stamped onto GP white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. She is then colored with copics. I highlighted the heart and the flower in her hair using a Glaze pen. I used a clear AtYou Spica glitter pen over her shirt, it is super sparkly. I used a coordinating PP to mat this image.
The blue rhinestones were added to the upper right hand corner and I used a blue rhinestone brad from Corie for the center of the Prima flower.
Tomorrow, I will be drawing a name for the Birthday candy. Sign up if you haven't and would like the chance to win.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Birthday Card

This card is for Duke's sister, who happens to share the same birthday as me. Too bad I don't really like her, but she's still family.
I used SCS sketch # 133 for this card. I started with SU! Elegant Eggplant cardstock base. Then I embossed the PP with the Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. The strips of PP are then added to the card front.

I stamped the gift (A Muse), the cupcake and birthday hat (Studio G) onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. They were then colored with copics. I added bits of AtYou Spica glitter pen highlights.

Each image was punched out using a 1 3/8" circle punch, then it was matted on a 1 1/2" circle punch. Finally, I used the SU! scallop circle punch for the last layer. All images were then adhered to the card.

I added Xmas Red Stickles to the cherry on the cupcake, of course, after I took the photo. I suppose you can imagine how fantastically glittery it is.
Ok, so I found out today that my office is possibly moving to a new location sometime this week. It really sucks since this house was purchased in October specifically for this business. We have moved no less than three times in the last 7 months...I hate packing and unpacking. Now, our new place will be much bigger, and I will have my own office; but we have stairs to contend with for this move. I don't really mind stairs, but with desks and the amount of files we have, it isn't going to be fun. Thank heavens my job doesn't involve any heavy lifting, but it is NOT what I wanted to do this week.
Cody got his report card yesterday and he has ALL A's. I am ecstatic!!! We are both very proud of him and hope that he continues to have a love for learning.
Don't forget about the Birthday candy here. There is still time.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Altered Notebook

Cody will be giving this to his teacher for Valentine's Day. I found the notebook at Mike's for $1, it had a funky blue color and monogram on the front. So, I thought, heck I'll cover it with paper! What I didn't realize is that the monogram is on every single page....what to do! Of course, it won't match her name, but I'm not too sure she'll care.

I covered the front and back of the book with the floral PP using Mod Podge. I added the SU! Cool Caribbean strip once I made the scallops. Then, I tied the light blue sheer polka dotted ribbon around the book (only the front side). Then added strips of ribbon to the coils for interest.
Daintybella is stamped onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I colored her with copics and added stickles to the flower bouquet. I used Nestabilities to die cut and emboss the image and the mat.
Finally, a felt flower was adhered to the bottom corner.
The birthday party was tons of fun and Cody is ready to go back to the bowling alley. It has been years since I have bowled and my score reflected it!! LOL We had a great time and will go back again soon.
Don't forget about the Birthday candy I am offering, there is still time to enter.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Another Valentine

We are preparing to go to a birthday party today. It is only 11:00 a.m. and Cody is ready to go; unfortunately, the party doesn't start until 4:00 p.m. LOL He is excited! They are having it at the bowling alley, and we have nover even been to it. Should be quite the experience.

Yesterday, I received the SU! Spring/ Summer catalog that Jenn sent me. I have already made my wish list, and will have to condense 'cause it's two pages long. There are some really great papers and I love the rub ons, not to mention some very nice stamp sets. I really need the stamp pad sets next.
This is the Valentine that I made for Cody to give his teacher. I started with a soft pink cardstock base and then layered on SU! Rose Red cardstock. The polka dot PP from the Target $ spot was faux ticket corner punched before being adhered to the card.

The strip of polka dot PP was matted with bright pink PP and then ribbon (from the Target $ spot as well) was tied and knotted on each end of the strip before being adhered to the card.

Daintybella was stamped onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then colored with copics. Stickles were added to the flowers for sparkle and dimension, and a black AtYou spica glitter pen was used over the bow and shoes for even more sparkle. I even used some gold in her hair.

She was die cut and embossed using Nestabilities, as was the scalloped oval mat. The image is adhered to the card front using pop dots. The flame dew drops were added to the corners with Zip Dry Paper Glue. I love that stuff!!

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and flourishes from PTI's Sweet Love set with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.

We went shopping again yesterday to spend the last of my Christmas money. Got a great new outfit and purse and picked up some of the $ stamps from Michael's. Duke and I will be getting the car stereo installed on Thursday...then off to the salon for pedicures and I need a fill for my nails. Should be a pretty fun day!!
Don't forget about the Birthday Candy. You have until Thursday, January 17th to enter.

Friday, January 11, 2008


This will be Duke's Valentine's Day card. I know, it is not masculine AT ALL, but this holiday is not about being macho or tough, it's all about warm fuzzies!

This is based off a sketch from SCS. I started with SU! Rose Red cardstock and then adhered with striped PP to the card front. The polka dot PP is matted with black cardstock. A dark pink large eyelet was set on the right side and then the sheer ribbon from the Target $ spot was tied around and knotted. The panel was adhered with mini pop dots.

The heart is from a See D's set and is stamped onto SU! Whisper White with VersaMagic chalk ink. I have a very hard time getting a good impression with these stamps even when I use a stamp mat under the paper, not sure that I like them. Anyhoo, I stamped off then went around the edges with an accent color, then stamped again. The heart was cut out and then adhered with pop dots.

I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Paper Tray with Brilliance Graphite Black and the SU! Mat Pack was used to make the holes for the black brads.

Florence from Flossie's Follies posted my as a recipient of this award on her blog. You are supposed to give this to ten other bloggers and so on and so on. Well, I for sure don't know ten bloggers, but I do know some, so here is who I am giving this to:

Jenn D

And, Lynn also tagged me some time ago and I have forgotten to play. I will definitely do that this weekend.

Don't forget about the blog candy here. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bella Birthday

Cody has been invited to a birthday party on Sunday for a little girl in his class. They have been in the same class since preschool. Hopefully she will like this card.

I started with SU! Cool Caribbean cardstock and then layered on PP once I faux ticket corner punched the ends. The PP has all sorts of terms for birthday, perfect for this card. And, while editing this photo, I noticed the word "poop" in the right hand says "Party Pooper". Ah well!

Billboardabella was stamped onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I colored her in with copics and then cut her out and matted it onto SU! Regal Rose cardstock.

Once the image was adhered to the card front, I used SU! Horizontal Slot Punch to make a channel for the ribbon. The ribbon is from the $ spot at Target, it is velvety and soft. I tied it into a knot on the front.

Finally, I added the aqua flatback rhinestones to the corners with Zip E Dry glue. I just found that glue and it is totally fabulous, it dries fast and I was impressed with the holding power it seems to have.
I wrote a little something on the inside and will have Cody sign it in the morning. Now, to find the perfect gift for her.
Don't forget about the birthday candy on my last post. At this time, there are only 15 comments, so your chances are very good to win!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Buzzing By with Birthday Candy

The image on this card is from CC Designs and I think it she is just adorable. She is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Georgia Pacific white cardstock. She is then colored with copics. After that, I cut and embossed the image with Nestabilities. In the same way, both scalloped layers were cut, with the last layer also being embossed. I used a purple sharpie to make the dots in each scallop on the white layer.

I started with a SU! Elegant Eggplant cardstock base and then added the print PP from a DCWV stack. I used the piercing guide from the SU! Mat Pack to pierce the holes. Then, a purple sharpie was used to connect the holes.

Finally, the sentiment from Gettin' Buggy With It from Langley Boy Designs by Gina K was stamped with VersaMagic Purple Hydrangea chalk ink. I then heat embossed it with Ranger Holographic EP.

Ok, so here is the Birthday Candy I promised. I am including a set of 48 Prismacolor Pencils, 4-in. square chipboard coasters (6), a pack of ribbon, a 4x5 memory book, and two mailbox tins.

All you have to do to be entered to win is leave a comment on this post. You will have until noon EST on January 17th to enter, I will be drawing a name randomly on Thursday, January 17th (my birthday) at 7:00 p.m.

Good luck and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Big Hello

I used SCS sketch #155 for this card; I saw several versions of this sketch last week when blog surfing. It looked like a fun one, so I decided to try it too.

I started with SU! Rose Red cardstock and covered it with Pressed Petals PP. The striped PP from the same stack is matted with pink PP. The images are from A Muse and are stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. Once I colored them in with copics, they were punched out with a 1 1/4" circle punch. The pink circles are adhered directly to the center panel, the images are adhered with pop dots. Finally, the sentiment from the set was added to the bottom with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.

I am in the process of going through my supplies and purging what I am not using. You should see the stacks of paper and stickers--scary!! LOL I knew that I had alot, but never imagined it was this much. Anyway, I am donating most of it to the school and some of it is going to a friend of mine that scrapbooks. In fact, she is making the scrapbook for her Kiwanis Club. It feels very good to "let it go", hope I don't regret it later. LOL
Ok, in honor of my BIG birthday, I will be offering some Birthday Candy. I have yet to decide what it will be, but it will be good. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow; I will most likely have it posted by then.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Feelin' Ducky

In my shopping frenzy that was Saturday, I picked up an A Muse acrylic stamp set from ACM. The animal images are adorable and the sentiments are super cute.

I stamped this duck onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black. He is colored in with copics. I watched a video tutorial here. You may have to scroll down to see it. But, I learned alot about coloring and shading from this video, so check it out.

This layout is from SCS. The card base is SU! Old Olive (?) and then the PP from DCWV is double matted with white and SU! Groovy Guava.

Then, I wrapped olive rickrack (sp?)around the mats and adhered to the card front.

The duck image was punched out and then matted with a Groovy Guava circle. Both the 1 3/8" and 1 1/2" circle punches were used. The image is added to the card using a 3M foam square.

The sentiment was stamped onto SU! Whisper White and then I used the corner rounder to make the arrow shape. Don't ask how, I have no idea. LOL But, I was pleasantly surprised that it came out this way.

Lastly, I added the yellow bling to the sentiment shape.
For the second card, I used the same sketch except I flipped it with fold on the top. This time, I added the scalloped circle behind the duck image. And, I pierced the holes in the corner of the card with the SU! Mat Pack piercing guide.
These are going to Duke's aunt and cousin for checking on Duke and me during the past few weeks. It was nice to have the support, even if they really couldn't help me since they are too far away.
Cody is back at school today, yippee!! He was excited to go as well; guess he has been bored at home during the past three weks. He was dressed and ready in record time. LOL He wanted to take ALL his toys to school with him to show his friends. I had to scale back the collection to two items for show & tell.
I am getting a new stereo system in my Jeep on Thursday for my birthday. My birthday isn't for another week or so, but I sure am happy to be getting it!! My current system doesn't play 1/2 of the CD's that I have.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Day of Rest..NOT

Well, this morning I have already cleaned the house, done two loads of laundry and cooked a fabulous breakfast. I am glad to be getting it done early which means I may get a nap sometime this afternoon. Yippee, I live for naps.

I believe that we are going back to Knoxville today to get a few things for the house and to look at Sam's Club for a portable DVD player. We wanted to get Cody one for Christmas, but didn't have enough time. So, that means we may head to Target again!!! Yippeeeeee!!!

This card was made at a Stamp-A-Stack back in the summer. I went with a friend and we had a great time. ***Edited to add that this is not my card design, but rather that of the demo.***

We started with a SU! River Rock base and then used the SU! Sanded was stamped with River Rock Ink. The rock ridges {you can see my boo boo} and sentiment were stamped with SU! Basic Black ink. The lighthouse was stamped on SU! Whisper White. The tab design was stamped and then punched out and adhered to the lighthouse panel, then matted with black cardstock. The image was then adhered with dimensionals.

Now, I need to take down the tree and get the ornaments put away. Don't think I have the energy for it, but it has to be done.

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

A Shopping Day

Cody and I went on a marathon shopping spree today. We hit 6 stores and racked up on all sorts of things. First, we went to Target looking for good deals in the $ spot. Well, I loaded up with the mailboxes everyone is raving about on SCS. I also picked up some bling, pails, ribbon, and a few of the silicone baking pans. I also spotted some pants and shirts for the boy, and some candles/ gift sets. All the Christmas stuff was 90% off...I am stocked with wrapping paper for the next three lifetimes. LOL

Then, off to Dillards. I had to pick up some items for my skin care regiment, and then I looked at the clothing. Ended up with a few things at ridiculously low prices! Yippee for me!!!

Cody was being such a good sport that I decided to take him to Toys R Us. We scoured that store looking for the perfect item for him. He spotted the blendy pens and was ready to get home. Unfortunately for him, I was just getting started.

Next, we went to HL were I stocked up on brads and flowers since they were 50% off this week. Such great deals at those prices. I got a few things on the clearance aisle too. I wanted to go to Michael's, but the traffic going that way was too congested. Last on my list was ACM . Got a few hand soap/ lotion sets and some EP. Believe it or not, there was another Target on the way to ACM, we stopped and got some more mailboxes. I can hardly believe that I was fortunate enough to have gotten some.
Ok, onto the card. For this card, I used sketch #116 from SCS. {can't believe I remembered to include this info} I started with an olive cardstock base. The centers of the flowers are accented with JudiKins Diamond Glaze and glitter. Once dry, it is matted onto blue cardstock.
The bitty bug from CC Designs was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black onto Curious Metallic Ice Gold cardstock. I then colored him with copics. The image was then double matted with Bazzill textured cardstock. The image was then added to the card with pop dots.

I added Tulip puffy paint and Ranger Holographic EP to accent the bubbles. Once dry, I heat set with the heat gun.
The SU! Mat Pack was used to pierce holes for the brads. Finally, the sentiment is from Verve Visual and is stamped with VersaMagic chalk ink {pumpkin spice}.
I think we are plannin to go shopping tomorrow as well. This time all for me since Duke didn't have time to shop for Christmas as he was in the hospital. I am getting a new winter coat and some shoes. Things I desperately need.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Yippee, the Weekend is Near

I am soooo ready for the weekend. I will be thankful to be able to sleep later in the morning in my nice warm bed. It is so hard to get up when it is only 7 degrees outside. Now, just to get Cody to stay asleep until 9:00 a.m. LOL

This is a card that I sent to a friend as part of her RAK. The image from MFT's How Sweet set is stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I heat set the ink to prevent bleeding when coloring with copic markers. I used a Sakura clear pen to add shine to the bon bons.

I started with a gray textured cardstock base, then covered with pink PP from a MME paper pad. I then layered another piece of PP from the same stack on top.

The purple PP was matted with purple textured cardstock and then purple dotted grosgrain ribbon was tied around the panel before adhering to the card base.

The image and scalloped mat were cut and embossed using Nestabilities. The edges of the scalloped oval were inked. It was adhered with pop dots.

I used the SU! Mat Pack to pierce holes for the purple brads.

Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Buggy Bookmarks

I made these bookmarks to go out as a RAK to a friend on a MSN Group that I belong to. She is super sweet and always makes me feel good when I am able to post something. She doesn't read my blog, so I am safe to post these here.

The ladybug, butterfly, and dragonfly are from Langley Boy Designs for Gina K. I love that set, the images and sentiments are so adorable. { I do not like bugs IRL!!} LOL
I used scalloped oval Nestabilities to cut the base for the bookmark. If just a portion of the paper is below the cut line, you are able to make a small card. For this one, I used black cardstock, the PP is from The Paper Studio paper pad. I then layered PP and an additional black scalloped mat under the image and adhered to the base. Nestabilities were used for each layer.
The image is stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock and then colored with copics. I added JudiKins Diamond Glaze to the bug body for shine.
For this one, I used pink cardstock for the base and used Nestabilities to cut the bookmark as well as the corresponding layers. Again, JudiKins Diamond Glaze was used on the thorax for shine.

I used a lavender cardstock for the last one. The PP is from The Paper Studio paper pad and all layers were cut using Nestbilities.

The image was colored with copics onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock. I, again, used JudiKins Diamond Glaze to accent the body. The wings are embossed using Ranger Holographic EP. They are supah shiny!

Oh, and I added Basic Grey magnetic snaps to the inside to hold the page. Love those things; really handy for these sorts of projects.

These go really fast once you have the papers chosen; sometimes that the hardest part, isn't it?!

I made a few more, but won't post those as I am sure that you get the idea. I have also sent her lots of colored images and some cards from my stash. She is into the "Alien green" color, so I also sent some green embellishments for her to use. Hopefully, she will have use for what I have sent.

Cody is excited to get back to school; so am I. I have really enjoyed the time with him, but he is so full of energy sometimes that it is hard to keep up with him. I know that it's because he is kinda bored and has assimilated to the classroom schedule. I am sure that he misses his friends too. He has been wanting to have them over during the break, but between Duke's hospitalization and recovery, that hasn't been possible. Perhaps we'll host a game day since the other boys will want to play Wii.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Winter Wishes

I woke up to about 4 inches of snow this morning...this does not make me happy. Snow is only supposed to fall when I don't have to drive in it. I am from Illinois and although I am used to having snow during the winter months, I have always disliked it. The roads here in East Tennessee are curvy, winding, and are extremely treacherous in bad weather. I know that no roads are truly safe with ice and snow, but here they really don't prepare for the event; especially little country/ back roads. In fact, the country road that I live on is now covered with ice; very hard to drive on ice.
I received this Elzybells image and stamped sentiment from Bethany Paull some time ago. Thanks Bethany!! I colored her in with copics and then used Tulip puffy paint to accent the fur on her coat and earmuffs. While the paint was still wet I sprinkled some Ranger Holographic EP on it and then heat set. The snowdrift was made the same way.

I used Pebbles shimmer chalk to make the sky background; don't know if it visible in the picture or not.

I started with a Cool Caribbean cardstock base and then matted polka dotted PP onto a light sage green textured cardstock and adhered.

For the next layer, I pierced holes using SU! Mat Pack piercing guide; on three corners I used silver brads as an accent. And, on the fourth corner I pierced a decorative accent for a little interest. Again, not sure it is visible from the photo.

The image is double matted and then adhered to the card front with foam adhesive.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Hope you had fun celebrating the coming of another year. Duke had to work, and Cody and I went to bed early. I am not a night owl, so staying up was not in the cards for me. I did, however, wake up at about 12:30 a.m. unable to sleep.

I made some bookmarks for a friend and her family, as well as colored a few images for use later. I'll show you some of those later in the week.

This is a card that I made for Cody after he informed me that he has never received a card from me. This is, of course, not true. I have made him cards for his birthday, but they are put up or in his scrapbook already. In any case, I made him this card to ease his pain.

I started with a gray textured cardstock base covered with PP from DCWV Old World stack. Then a piece of green textured Bazzill cardstock acts as a mat for the striped PP. I punched a hole in the layers as I knew that the sentiment would be attached to the card with a brad. The sentiment from Gina K is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto SU! Whisper White. I punched it out with SU! Scalloped Circle punch and then chose a green flower brad to adhere. I inked around the edges of the scallops with VersaMagic Spanish Olive chalk ink.

The striped paper, mat, and sentiment were then adhered to the card front. The ricrac was glued down with Scotch 3M liquid glue.

The dragonfly from Gina K is stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and colored in with copics. A black AtYou spice pen enhances the antennae. I then took a glue pen and dabbed the wings, then added Ranger Holographic EP and set with my heat gun.

I used Nestabilities to die cut and emboss the image as well as cut the scalloped oval mat. I wrote a lovely message for him; it's great that he can read for himself a bit now. There was only one word he didn't know.

He slept with it under his pillow last night. Love that kid!! He sure makes me feel like all my creations are winners even when they are not.