Friday, February 29, 2008

Enjoy Your Day

I stayed home from work yesterday, still too bad to drive in. It finally melted today and the roads are clear, so here I am today. I have a bunch of stuff to get ready before Monday, so I guess it's a good thing.

I mentioned in a previous post that I need lots of birthday cards, so here is another one. I started with a Purely Pomegranate base and then layered on the striped PP to one side.

I stamped the image from SU! Oh So Lovely with StazOn. I then used a water pen to color it in. The image was then double matted; then I wrapped the American Crafts pink satin ribbon around the image and tied it in a knot on the front. It is then adhered to the front center of the card.

I stamped the sentiment from SU! Riveting in Regal Rose onto GP white cardstock. It is then matted and then placed on the scallop circle.

The pink faux dew drops were added to the top right of the card.
With all the snow and bad weather, I was able to get several cards made; including the card kits that Jenn D sent me. I am hopeful that I can get my card stash replenished soon. I also still need to get my shelf together and get better organized this weekend. I have a bit of shopping to do for the Birthday Club members and those need to get mailed by Monday.
Cody has been quite the brat today; he's been pushing the limits of my patience. Guess it's from all of us being cooped up in this house for the past few days without the anticipation of leaving. He's bored, he's antsy, he's a terror! Hopefully, he'll go to sleep early tonight and have a great day at school tomorrow. Then, we have two more days with him... does it ever end??!! LOL It's supposed to be in the 70's for the weekend, so maybe I'll take him somewhere that he can run around and burn some of this excess energy.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Birthday Wishes

This card is from Nicola's sketch challenge, you can find her fabulous blog at My Paper World. She posts gorgeous stuff everyday, if you haven't seen her blog, you really need to.

I started with a pink cardstock base and then layered on the PP. I used one of the new Cuttlebug embossing folders for the vellum and then placed it in top of the PP. I used brads on the bottom corners of the vellum to keep it in place, adhesive shows.

The sentiment from SU! For a Friend set is stamped with Regal Rose ink ont o GP White cardstock. It is then matted on Regal Rose cardstock and adhered to the card front. I added the brad to the center of the primas and adhered to the right corner of the sentiment.

I need lots of birthday cards for the birthday club I am in with some ladies from the MSN group that I belong to. Maybe I can get them all done this week. LOL Birthday cards are something that you can never have enough of, in my opinion. I am trying to increase my card stash, since I currently have zilch on hand. It's nice to just grab one when the time comes up.

Cody is getting ready to lose another tooth. It's his front tooth on the right. He's excited once again to be losing it. I am excited for him, but it makes me sad at the same time; where has my baby gone and where did this little boy come from? I have always heard that the time goes by too quickly, it's true. I do, however, love watching all these things happen to him, it brings me joy. As a parent, you get to relive all of these events again, but you experience it in a whole different way.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Green Thumb

I got inspiration from the SU! Catalog, page 66 for this card. I suppose etiquette should dictate using SU! stamps, but instead I used PTI's Green Thumb set. I also used their paper and ink for this card.

I started by stamping the image with Palette Spring Moss and the accent pieces are Palette Aqua Mist. The image was then trimmed and matted with SU! Basic Black cardstock.

The cardstock base is Spring Moss and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to dry emboss the Aqua Mist cardstock panel. I tied the black gingham ribbon around the panel and then adhered to the left side of the card front.

Then, the image was adhered to the right side of the panel. Lastly, I added the Daffodil Dew Drops to the left top side of the image panel.
We got 5 inches of snow overnight, so no school and I am not able to get out to go to work. Well, I could, technically, get out, but getting back home would be a hazard. I live up in the mountains and the roads just get too bad here. In fact, Duke said they were salting and scraping the roads and they were still icy. He had to walk over a mile to get home, and we have a 4-wheel drive. No way I'm trying to get out today. I think they are predicting snow all day today. The funny thing is, it's supposed to be in the 50's tomorrow. Crazy weather!!

It was Parent's night at school last night. The superinendent of schools was there to let us know the annual reporting results, I think the T-CAPS. Cody isn't old enough to test, I think they start in 3rd grade here. The school is doing well, but they have fallen in a few important categories like math and reading. Cody's class has started a new reading program this year, so we're hoping to see better test scores with his class when they are in 3rd grade. Thankfully, this is a small school and the children get individual attention, but it comes at the cost of lesser supplies and equipment because of their size.

Since I only have dial up at home, I may not be blog hopping today. So, if I don't leave a comment for you, I will likely do it tomorrow during my break at work. Hope you are all staying warm and safe.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hugs

I started with a Cool Caribbean cardstock base and layered on the PP after punching the corners. Next, I punched the black cardstock with the Spiral punch.

I stamped the images from C.C. Designs onto GP white cardstock. I then colored the cuties with copics. They are penguins that I colored to look like cute little ducklings. I then punched them out with a square punch.

I used the Swiss Dot embossing folder on the lavender cardstock {don't remember the name}, and then added the strip of Cool Caribbean.

I tied the black gingham ribbon around the top of the film strip and added the photo corners to the top. You can see that I pierced the photo corner using the Mat Pack.

I stamped the sentiment from the set with Brilliance Ink and then punched it out and double matted it with larger circles.

Lastly, I added the brads to the top right corner. I really think that the black really makes this card pop.

Monday, February 25, 2008

SAB Rub-ons

I cleaned out this candle cup yesterday and wanted to try to use the SAB Rub-Ons on it. I had seen it on other blogs, and was curious about how well it worked. I am very impressed with the ease in which the image was transferred. It looks like a very expensive little candle cup, I will totally be doing something like this for Easter and Mother's Day. Simple, cheap, and beautiful! I filled this one with Starburst so that I could take the photo, but I will be replacing it with a candle.

Cody has been watching the Pokemon marathon today. I have been cooking dinner, coloring stamped images, and doing some laundry. I hope to make it back into the craft room to make a few cards so that I am not rushed to do it each day.
I am not looking forward to going to work tomorrow. I am really ready for a vacation, mentally tired! I have to wait a bit longer however. It'll be worth it, we'll have tons of fun!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

More Paper Trey

Here are two more cards. I had the idea for this in my head for two days, and finally found the chance to try it. {had to wait until Cody went to bed} They didn't turn out as I had planned, but they are still pretty.

I started with Aqua Mist cardstock. I stamped the cardstock base with PTI's Polka Dots with Palette Aqua Mist ink. The medium outline dots at the bottom and the medium solid dots at the top.

The main image panel is GP white; I stamped the butterfly from SU! Garden Whimsy with Palette Aqua Mist ink. I then went over each image with VersaMark ink; I used the SAMJ to help me with placement. I then used Ranger Holographic EP to make the butterflies sparkly and wonderful. I then adhered it to the card front.

Next, I used Palette Spring Moss ink and stamped the smallest flower from another PTI set, Beautiful Blooms. I just added the flower in random places.

Then I used PTI's twill tape in Aqua Mist to cover the seams of the image panel. One of the ribbons is threaded through a pearl ribbon slide.

The sentiments from PTI's Mixed Messages are stamped onto Whisper White with Aqua Mist ink and then punched out with the Designer Label punch. Primas were added with a clear rhinestone brad for the center. Both pieces were added to the bottom right of the card. These are soft, pretty cards perfect for a birthday, to welcome spring, or to let someone know that you are thinking about them.

I did not get my bookcase put together or my paper into the filing cabinet. Once the energy was spent cleaning the house, I decided to chill out, take a nap, and then it was time to make dinner and shower. I have hopes to do this stuff today. I have to make a quick run to the grocery store first though.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thinking of You Today

I made 2 of these cards for Duke's aunts. They live in Kentucky, so we can't visit them as often as we would like to. I like to send them cards because since Duke's Mom died, they think we are going to forget about them. I guess they just don't believe in the family dynamic.

The paper is from PTI and it is photographing funny for me. You can visit the PaperTrey website for more accurate coloring.

I used Spring Moss for the card base. It is a lovely, soft green. I stamped the leaves from PTI's Beautiful Blooms with Palette Spring Moss ink. I then used Palette Aqua Mist ink for the flowers from the same set.

The PP strip is Marcella by K, a pad that I picked up at Target some time ago. I thought the flowers matched those in Beautiful blooms perfectly; not ot mention that the colors are almost exactly the same. I used Spring Moss satin ribbon to accent the PP panel.

The sentiment is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I also stamped the flourishes with the same ink on either side of the sentiment.
The ladybug and overlay from PTI's Little Lady is stamped with the Palette inks onto Whisper White. The antennae is stamped with Brilliance ink. I then used Nestabilities to cut out and emboss the panel as well as the mat. The image is adhered to the card front with pop dots. I then added the fly line with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.

I am trying to get my house clean today. I have made alot of progress- the bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry is done. I am starting on cleaning the refrigerator now; not my favorite thing to do. It's days like today that I wish I had a housekeeper. Of course, I'm too picky about cleaning to leave it to someone else, but a girl can dream, can't she?!

Cody and I will be putting my bookcase together soon; pray that I have enough patience to get it together properly.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you are having a great weekend.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Because

We went out to dinner last night and I had to finish a little grocery shopping for dinner tonight; so I was late making my card for today. I got in a hurry and messed up a bit. I think it's still ok.

I had these leftover pieces of cardstock from a few days ago.
I used Creamy Caramel for the base and the Old Olive cardstock was embossed using my new Swiss Dots embossing folder.
I stamped the Close to Cocoa cardstock using PTI's Faux Ribbon set; it is stamped in the same ink. I wrapped the American Crafts chocolate satin ribbon around the card and tied the knot.
The flower is from the SAB rub-ons. It is a bit large for a card, but since I was in a hurry, I just went with it! I also added the small flower in the center of the big flower. It is matted with Chocolate Chip cardstock that was cut out and embossed using nestabilities. It is adhered with pop dots.
The sentiment is from PTI's Paper Tray set and is stamped with Close to Cocoa onto Whisper White and then punched out with the Word Window punch. I used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the brads. In my haste to finish this card, the sentiment is a bit crooked.
I picked up my latest order from PTI this morning. I got the paper, ribbon, and one stamp set. I can hardly wait to play. I still have to get my bookshelf put together and the filing cabinet filled with paper. My room will become a bit more stamper friendly this weekend. Right now, everything is organized, but I have to pull it out of drawers or crates. It just isn't working. I am hoping the bookcase will keep my stamps and punches right out where I can see them and reach them easily.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Hug for You

I started with a Cameo Coral base and then adhered the dotted PP to the mat. I wrapped the chocolate satin ribbon around this panel before adhering to the card base.

I matted the same dotted paper with some plain PP toward the bottom of the card; then added the chocolate brads.

The sentiment is from Itzy Inkies from C.C. Designs. I used the Word Window punch to cut it out.

The image was stamped onto GP white cardstock with Brilliance ink and then colored with copics. It is then matted and adhered to the card. I have sent this to the mother of a friend from an MSN group that I belong to. She has a very grim prognosis. Of course, we are praying for the best, but things do not look good.

I also sent a card to one of my high school friends as I was thinking about her yesterday. I don't really know why, but I thought I would drop a note to her to make sure things are ok. Never hurts to check.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thanks So Much

I started with Pomegranate cardstock, the covered with the striped PP. I then matted the flower PP with Cool Caribbean cardstock. I left a bit on the right side so that I cold stamp the sentiment, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I made the sentimet circle instead. The sentiment is from SU! Riveting set and is stamped on Green Galore with the same ink and then matted it using Whisper White and a Cool Caribbean scallop circle.
The image is Merci from SAB. I stamped it on GP white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then colored it with copics. It was cut out and embossed with nestabilities as was the mat.
I added the three different colored faux dew drops in lower left of the floral PP.
We have a stray cat that seems to want to live with us. It howled to get in the house last night and was still crying this morning. Duke and I are NOT cat people, so this cat has no chance with us. I pray that it is our neighbor's cat and we can return her back home. If not, guess we'll have to put an ad in the paper to find its owner. Cody, of course, wants to keep it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

For A Friend

I started with a Purely Pomegranate cardstock base. I then matted some PP with Cool Caribbean cardstock. I wrapped ribbon around the panel and tied a knot in the front.

The main image is from a SU! Hostess set and is stamped with Purely Pomegranate on GP white cardstock. It is then matted with Cool Caribbean cardstock. I added faux dew drops with small glue dots. The sentiment is from PTI's Green Thumb set and is stamped with Purely Pomegranate ink.

Cody had a great time with his aunt yesterday. Thank goodness she was able to watch him. She said they played Candy Land for the better part of the day. That boy just loves games. He is so ready to go to school tomorrow; we are too boring for him.

I am hoping for a fast week at work. I just don't feel like being there for some reason. It may be because this is the week we originally wanted to take vacation. Who knows?!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hanging Around


I made this card yesterday as part of my "stock my stash" project. I used a sketch from SCS for this card.
I started with a Close to Cocoa base. I stamped the leaves from PTI's Beautiful Blooms with Close to Cocoa ink onto the base itself. I only stamped in opposite corners.

The Old Olive layer was embossed using the Swirls embossing folder. I then inked the embossed image. It was then matted onto Creamy Caramel cardstock and adhered to the card front.

The image is from C.C. Designs and it is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto GP white cardstock. He was colored with copics and the cut out and embossed with Nestabilities. The leaves are from PTI's Beautiful Blooms as well. The mat is Creamy Caramel and is also cut and embossed using Nestabilities. I also sponged the mat and sky on the main image as well.

I then stamped the sentiment onto Old Olive and then cut it out with the small tag punch. The mat was punched from white cardstock and then an eyelet was placed using the CAD. I then tied some ribbon in the eyelet. Then the tag was adhered with foam squares.

Lastly, I added the piercing at the bottom of the card and the Prima fancy flower.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

You Gotta Wear Shades

Ok, so prepare yourself for a very bright card. I started with a Green Galore cardstock base, and then added the SAB rub-on. The sentiment is also a rub-on, and was added to the right center of the card. {Cody's fingerprints are all over this card}

The polka dot ribbon was a perfect match for this color. I wrapped it around and then tied it in a knot. DONE! Believe it or not, I think this a pretty good card and the color isn't as awful with the addition of the rub-on.

Duke noticed a mouse the other day and I had to pick up some traps at the grocery store. It kills me to harm an animal, but I cannot have a mouse in this house. He set three traps and it got captured overnight. We are leaving the traps out a few more nights just to make sure there aren't any more.

We are having a heck of a wind storm and have lost power a few times this morning. Wind storms are pretty scary for me. We had a horrible storm when I was pregnant and a tree fell on the house in the middle of the night. Thank heavens when Duke built this house, he built it well and the tree only damaged the eaves and the walkway.

I hope to be spending the rest of the day stamping and creating. I have lots of new stamps, inks, and papers that I cannot wait to use. Cody is watching a movie, so perhaps that will give me the few minutes of alone time that I need to get busy. I like to have lots of cards on hand so that I don't have to scramble when we have an event. I have been seeing lots of great boxes on the blogs that I visit, so I plan on making a few of those too.
There is no school tomorrow. I need to call Duke's sister to see if she can keep Cody while Duke is asleep. If not, he has to stay home with his dad.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Monkey Love

I got a few stamps that I ordered from All That Scraps. After seeing samples in Jenn D's blog as well as those from the rest of the design team, I just HAD to have them. I just love monkey images anyway. I only had the Changito monkey prior.

I stamped him with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto GP white cardstock. I then colored him with copics. A sketch from SCS was used for this card. I started with a Creamy Caramel base and then used the hearts embossing folder on the Cameo coral layers.

I wrapped the ribbon around the card and tied it in a knot near the top of the card. I used Chocolate Chip cardstock as a mat for the polka dot PP from Wild Asparagus.

The monkey was double matted with Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip cardstock. I then used the Spiral Punch to accent the edge. I added a chocolate brad to the center of a chocolate Prima Fancy flower and then used a glue dot to adhere to the image panel. The image panel is adhered with foam squares.

I stamped the sentiment from SU! Riveting with chocolate chip in onto Creamy Caramel cardstock. I used a 1.25" circle punch to cut it out. It is matted with Cameo Coral and Chocolate Chip and then adhered to the card front.

I finally got some grocery shopping done today; I was gone for almost two hours. Wow, we were really out of some stuff. Thank heavens our freezer is full, but we were out of some staples; I haven't been to the grocery store since I got sick about 1 1/2 weeks ago.

Our heat pump has quit blowing warm air, so Duke has been in a scramble to get it fixed over the last few days. Thank heavens it hasn't been too cold; we heat with gas for the most part, but it's nice to "get the chill" out with the electric heat in the mornings. His cousin came up and gave us the good news that it won't have to be replaced, looks like we need a new thermostat. I am relieved!

I picked up a bookcase to store my stamps on. They are currently in a three drawer plastic chest and it just isn't working for me. I also bought a few plastic bins to store my loose rubber stamps. I want to have the loose ones categorized in the bins so that I can find them a bit easier. I just hope that Duke can get it together for me tomorrow.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Gratitiude

I got this card ready this morning in about 5 minutes, seriously. I used what I had on my craft table! I generally put everything away the moment that I am done with it, so it is odd that I found something on my table anyway.

I used Almost Amethyst cardstock as the base, a CHF backgrounder was stamped with Almost Amethyst ink. I then adhered a strip of argyle PP on the bottom of the card. The ribbon was wrapped around the card and then I added the top ribbon layers. This is a technique seen on Nichole Heady's blog. That woman is a genious, isn't she?!

Lastly, I added the sentiment from PTI's Spiral Bouquet, it's stamped with Lace of Lavender ink.

Ok, so did all of you order everything from Paper Trey's release? I ended up with the Polka Dot stamp set and the paper/ ribbon/ ink combos. The polka dot set was the only one really calling out to me this time around.

We ended up at O'Charley's for dinner last night as the wait for a table at Olive Garden was tooooo long. So, we still ended up with a great dinner, but NOT what we really wanted. Cody ate everything on his plate, a rarity for sure. And, we went straight to bed when we got home. We are such boring people!!
Work will be quiet today, as both my bosses are out of the office!! Yippee!!! Hope the day goes by rather quickly and I can get home to start my weekend. Tomorrow, I think that Cody and I will head to Pigeon Forge to the LSS to get a few things and then home to play with my new stamps, inks, and punches. Today is the first that I have had that I actually felt like getting out of bed since I have been sick. I may finally be ridding myself of this "crud", hallelujah!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

This is the card that I made for Cody. I started with a Blue Bayou cardstock base and then used PP for the triangular pieces.

The tab from SU! Party Punch was stamped with Blue Bayou ink on GP white cardstock and then punched out with the Tab Punch. I used SU! Soft Sky to mat the GP white cardstock. I used small hearts from the Stampendous Hey Cupcake set as a border on the left side of the insert.

The sentiment is a Studio G wooden stamp and it is stamped with Blue Bayou ink onto GP white cardstock. I then punched it out with a 1 1/2" circle punch. I used the scallop circle punch on Soft Sky and then layered on the sentiment. I used a Sakura clear gel pen to add dots to each scallop.

I punched the hearts from Blue Bayou and Soft Sky cardstock and then outlined each one with a clear AtYou Spica glitter pen. I then used 3M liquid glue to lay them across the bottom of the card, then used foam squares to layer a few hearts on top. This one came together rather quickly, thank heavens!

Cody and Duke got their hair cut last night, both of them really needed it. All of us have fast growing hair, and an abundance of it. None of us has the fear of being bald, that's for sure!!

I got the treat bags for Cody's class ready last night, just in time. I got some Valentine's Day erasers, pixie stix, and Dum Dum suckers. I didn't decorate the bags, they already had a monkey screen print on it, and I just used the enclosed silver ties. No extra effort exerted for the kiddos...shame on me. I'm still not feeling well, so I took the easy way out. The kids won't even know the difference...LOL

My fellas are supposed to be taking me to dinner tonight. We are definitely NOT having seafood this time around. I think we are heading to the Olive Garden, YUM. Don't they have the best salad dressing?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Couple of Excellent Thank Yous

First, Lynn nominated me for the Excellent Blogger Award. Thanks Lynn! It warms my heart completely. In any case, you are supposed to nominate other bloggers, so I nominate Jenn D and Nicola. As always, I get lots of inspiration from the ladies mentioned in this post and I am honored to have been mentioned at all.

I made this card last night to send to my parents for the card and the money that they sent Cody for Valentine's Day. I started with a Certainly Celery cardstock base, then layered on Cool Caribbean cardstock and PP. I used the ticket corner punch on the corners and then tied the American Crafts gingham ribbon around the panel before adhering to the cardstock base.

I stamped the image on Whisper White with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I colored the image from SAB Merci with copics and used a clear AtYou Spica Glitter Pen to outline the hearts. The image is then double matted with Cool Caribbean and Pixie Pink cardstock after being ticket corner punched.

The flower image from SAB So Many Scallops was stamped onto Whisper White with Certainly Celery ink and then punched out with the scallop circle punch and adhered with pop dots.

I originally wasn't going to respond to my parents, but I always send thank yous for gifts and this is no different. I am not holding out any hope that this will bring about any changes, but I felt like I must do what is right.

I made this as the companion to the card above, using the same materials. The tag is from a SAB set too, I have forgotten the name of it however. In any case, I just flipped the landscape of the card, used different ribbon, and a different punch.

I really like the Certainly Celery cardstock and this was my last piece. I have to order more, I think this is my new favorite color.

The boy has his Valentine's Day party tomorrow at school, he is really happy about it. My son is a loving soul, has been since the day he was born. Do you know that he already talks about getting married and having kids? Do other 6-year olds do this?? I just love that he has such a big, gracious heart, and is so loving and giving. It makes me proud, as his parent, that I am doing something right.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spring Chick

So, I am ready for spring to arrive. I am tired of the cold weather. Now, I know it doesn't get as cold here as other places, but I am sick of it!


This is a layout that I lifted from Jenn D. I used SU! Lavender cardstock as a base and layered on Making Memories PP. The flower from PTI's Limitless Labels is stamped with VersaMark above the PP. I used some grograin ribbon I got from Wal-Mart to cover the seam; it is tied on a knot on the front of the card. I used the lavender diaper pin as an accent on the ribbon knot.


The image is a Studio G wood mounted rubber stamp. The chick is colored with copics and then cut out with my oval and oval companion (mat) coluzzle templates. The image was then adhered to the card front.


I also adhered three clear faux dew drops to the bottom left corner with Zip Dry. They really do add a nice touch to cards and other projects. The colors match closely IRL, I need to work on my photo editing, I suppose.


Cody got a Valentine's Day card from my parents today. My parents and I got into a HUGE disagreement over their mistreatment of Cody, it's almost been a year now. I am hoping that this is a step in the right direction, but I am doubtful that they can change. I am very leery about accepting it and extending my hand and heart since they never admitted fault or acknowledged our feelings. It is confusing to me that they are attempting to contact us after all this time.


On a good note, our trip to the principal's office was productive yesterday. Cody came home with a bloody mouth on Friday and told us that a little boy from his class hit him. Well, today it all got straightened out and the little boy apologized and they are friends again. I sure hope that this was a one-time incident 'cause my heart can't take it! Ain't nothing that gets you fired up like having to protect your child....even if it is from another child.


I received my order from SU! yesterday too. I just wish I didn't feel so bad or my fingers would be totally inky!! I am excited that it has arrived because it feels like I have been waiting forever for it. I got the classic ink pads and a few other things which qualified me for all the SAB sets. I got a few of the sets mounted and can hardly wait to play.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Birthday Wishes

This card will go to my niece at her birthday party in the coming weeks. She will be five years old and is cute as a button. She has a love/ hate relationship with Cody. They get along for about an hour and after that she becomes whiny and bossy...he does not like to play with her when she gets like that; so we only go around when I know I can't stay long. LOL They really do love one another, but since they are so close in age, they find it difficult to main the peace.


I started with a Real Red cardstock base and then covered with some polka dot PP once I have ticket corner punched the corners. I added the pink rhinestones to the corners.


The image from the Stampendous set Hey Cupcake was stamped onto a scrap of Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Rocket Red ink. I then stamped the cupcake frosting with Brilliance Orchid ink and went over the swirls with Tulip Puffy Paint in pink. I added the candle and colored it with copics and accented with Stickles. I heat set the paint once it was dry.

The sentiment from PTI's Mixed Messages set was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. The image was then matted onto Pink Passion cardstock.


I punched a hole with the CAD in the card front so that I could thread the red polka dot ribbon through. The image was then adhered to the card front. I added the rhinestone to the cut out at the top of the image.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Valentine's Day

I made this card today for some friends of ours. This card will accompany the Reese's from my last post and will serve as a small gift from us to them.

I started with a Real Red cardstock base and adhered a strip of Valentine's PP on the bottom. I used the American Crafts ribbon to cover the seam of the paper.

The heart from PTI's Sweet Love was stamped onto SU! Whisper White with Brilliance Rocket Red ink. I then used a 1.25" square punch to cut it out. It is double matted and then mounted on a black scalloped square cut and embossed with nestabilities.

I used the heart from PTI's Sweet Love set to accent the top of the card. I stamped it with VersaMark for the tone on tone look. I also stamped the sentiment from the same set with VersaMark just above the ribbon.

We are all three still suffering from this "flu". I think that Cody and I are over it for the most part, just really tired. Duke has been in bed all day and I'm not sure that he is well enough to go to work.

I picked up a few things from the LSS yesterday on the way home from work. I went in looking for the new Basic Grey papers, but they didn't have them. I still managed to walk out with too much stuff.

I will be cleaning out my car today, weather permitting. It is a mess and I am totally and completely sick of it. Living on a dirt road makes for a dirty car and so does a six year old. That boy would rather throw something in the floor as anything. I thought I had him trained, but he is hopeless....at least in the ways of being clean. He has to help me clean it, so maybe it'll help in my quest to get him to put things where they go. LOL

Friday, February 8, 2008

Reese's and Paper Trey

I had trouble sleeping in the wee hours of the morning. I woke up at about 3:00 a.m., unable to go back to sleep. After starting a movie, and taking more cough meds, I decided to head to my craft table to start creating something.
The picture is awful, but you get the idea. I took it on my way out the door for work....running late as usual because of some slowpoke little boy I know. LOL

I purchased some Reese's mini cups during my last visit to the grocery store. I knew that I wanted to decorate some for the upcoming holiday. I intended to stamp the topper, but instead took the easy way out and just punched the PP. I used glue dots to adhere the paper to the candy and then stacked them inside the clear box. The clear box is from one of my many orders from Paper Trey Ink.

Once the candy was safely in, I wrapped the red satin ribbon around the box and tied it in a bow on top. I will likely make a tag to go with it, but I think it is a simple and beautiful project that does have WOW factor as is. I really enjoy when things are simple, but look very complicated.
I continue to feel better but sound worse. How does that happen?? Ah well, by Saturday I am hoping the whole thing has swept through our house and we can be back to normal. Of course, it'll be time to sanitize the house again, but in an effort to not be re-introduced to this flu, I'll do it with a smile.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Card Purse

I got the directions for this purse from Paper Pleasing Ideas. I made this forever ago, and completely forgot about it. I used Cosmo Cricket paper and some satin ribbon I bought at Wal-Mart. I should have taken a photo of the other side, the pattern is upside down on this side. Ah well, it is pretty paper nonetheless.

I wanted to make a top to go on it, but I haven't gotten around to that yet. Hope I can find the time to that this weekend.
I went to the doctor yesterday after having to force them to give me an appointment. What I have is viral and basically, there is nothing they can do for me. She prescribed some cough syrup to help control the cough, but other than that, I just have to live with it. It cycles itself out in 5 to 7 days. So, I have just a few more days to go. After getting the prescription filled, I went to bed around 4:00 p.m. It was all I could do to get up this morning. We slept for over 14 hours and could have slept another two or three. I must say, today, my head is with less pressure and other than the cough, I feel ok. Thanks for all the well wishes!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Hey Cupcake

It took me FOREVER to make this card last night. I think it's a combination of not feeling good and not planning it out ahead of time.

It is a criss cross card, easy enough. The shaker part is what took soooo much time. The cupcake is the Stampendous set I got from Eclectic Paperie. I put small foam squares all around the circle image and then I cut the acetate for the window. I found out that the Wizard and nestabilities cannot cut through acetate. I tried extra shimming, and in the end, it just made the impression and I used scissors to cut it out.

The next frustrating part came when I tried to center the circle in the scalloped circle. The whole card took a record 1.5 hours.

I am trying to get in to see the doctor this afternoon; I feel worse today than I did the day I got sick. It's awful! If I can get in, I am hoping to take Cody with me so that we both can get meds and get over this stuff. Apparently, several schools in the surrounding areas are closed due to illness; so it's everywhere!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Wishing You Well

A few weeks ago, we found out that one of the fellas whose property we manage had a massive heart attack while on vacation in Arizona. He has come through surgery well, and has been ordered by the doctors there that he needs to stay put. He has not been released to travel back home. I made this card to send to him and his wife to let them know that we are thinking about them.


I started with a kraft cardstock base, I then covered it with a petite floral print PP. The image is from PTI's Out On A Limb set and is stamped with VersaMagic chalk ink onto SU! Whisper White cardstock.


The image was double matted and then adhere to the card front. I punched the photo corners in the mat colors and used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the brads. Photo corners were added with foam squares.


The sentiment is from Verve Visual and it is stamped onto SU! Whisper White with VersaMagic chalk ink. I then punched each layer with a circle punch, finally matting it on a scallop circle.

The faux dew drops were added with small glue dots. I stamped the inside with a get well message.


We are all still sick, but finally my head has cleared and I am at least not feeling like I got ran over. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and stayed awake for a few hours. Of course, this made it hard to get up when the alarm went off.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Double Pocket Bag

I made this with the tutorial on SCS. I believe that Jenn D is the author of this tutorial.
Anyways, I started with the 12x12 piece of PP. The baby blue grosgrain ribbon acts as the handles, and as an accent on the front of the bag. I stamped the CHF polka dot backgrounder with VersaMagic chalk ink onto Curious Metallic Ice Gold cardstock. I then matted it with SU! Cool Caribbean cardstock. The flowers were cut using Cuttlebug dies and then I stamped the flower outline and centers using PTI's Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. The flowers were then adhered with foam squares.
I stamped the sentiment from a PTI set onto the main panel.
Ok, so did you watch the big game last night? I started watching it, but at half time I was too tired to stay awake. Our little family woke up with the "crud" yesterday morning and spent the better part of the day in bed. I am still feeling awful today, but hope to work through it.
Can you believe that Duke still hasn't booked our week in Orlando? He keeps coming home with questions...not like I can answer them since I don't work there. DUH!! Anyway, I made the executive decision and he has called to book the week before it gets booked by another family.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Much Appreciation

Well, Cody lost his tooth at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. He was very happy about it, especially since he got it out himself. Apparently, he twisted it and it popped out. He wants to hang on to it for a few days before giving it to the Tooth Fairy. This gives me time to get a silver dollar to put in his tooth box.
I got this image from Eclectic Paperie, it came with my order for the Hey Cupcake clear stamps. I also got a few more and some gorgeous Primas. Can't wait to use them all.

The image was colored with copics and Burgundy Stickles were used on the flowers. The image was double matted with Wild Wasabi and Rose Red.

I started with a SU! Wild Wasabi cardstock base and then added the PP once I punched the corners. The next layer was embossed with the vines Cuttlebug embossing folder. I can hardly wait for the new folders, I think they'll be out on Monday. There are several I want.

Once the embossing was done, I wrapped American Crafts gingham ribbon around the panel and then tied in a knot on the front. It is then adhered to the card front. The ribbon matches much more closely IRL.
I added the image to the card front and then used small glue dots to adhere the faux dew drops from Michael's to the top left of the card.

The sentiment from PTI's Mixed Messages add-on was stamped onto Curious Metallic Ice Gold with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. It is then punched out and layered onto a larger circle punch and the scallop circle punch. The sentiment was added the card with foam squares.
My sister did my hair, but she didn't pull enough hair through, so you can't really tell a difference. I will be heading back to Sally's Beauty Supply to get hair color to cover the gray. Oh, the pains of getting older. Of course, I have been coloring my hair since I was in my twenties, so it is nothing foreign to me.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Ghirardelli Holder

The template for this can be found on SCS, I believe. I started with the SU! Lavender base and then used a CHF backgrounder for the background. Along the edge, I used PTI's Borders & Corners {Circle} and a small flower for a bit of interest. All the background images were stamped using VersaMagic Spring Pansy chalk ink.

I then stamped the leaf and flower images from PTi's Spiral Bouquet with VersaMagic Chalk ink in Pesto, Spring Pansy, and Perfect Plumeria. They were stamped onto Curious Metallic Ice Gold cardstock. I smeared the image and then decided to spritz the image with a little water to "save" it from File 13. LOL I like how it looks.

I matted the image with a lime PP and then tied the American Crafts lime gingham ribbon around before adhering the image to the front.

I still need to fill these with the chocolate and give them away. I will make some more for the gals at work. Since we have moved, it has added at least three more people to our "circle", so these will be nice little somethings to give to them for Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Thoughtfulness

I used the same paper as in the post before this one. A strip of cardstock covers the seam of the two PP.
Daintybella is stamped onto Curious Metallic Ice Gold cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. She was colored with copics. I used Fruit Punch Stickles on the flowers. I also accented the bow and flower in her hair with AtYou Spica glitter pens. Her shoes were colored with a black glaze pen. The image was then double matted and adhered to the left of the card.
I then added the rub on sentiment and used the SU! Mat Pack to pierce holes for the brads. I was surprised to see that the brads are a pretty good match to the green in the PP.
Well, we are heading to the Orlando area for our vacation in April. I can hardly wait to see the ocean and do lots of fun stuff with my boys. We haven't had a family vacation since Cody was 2 so, we are due. I don't think we are going to Disney because the prices are just outrageous, but there is so much to do besides Disney, that I am certain the boy will still have a great time. We may be taking Duke's sister with us, we'll drop her off and then head to the resort. She'll be spending time with some friends and family they still have there.
I finally was able to get lots of work stuff accomplished and only have a basket full of filing to do. Of course, it may have to wait until Monday.
Tomorrow, my sister is coming to highlight my hair...can't wait. Also, I purchased spa certificates for Duke and I to use in the next few weeks. They had a special running in this area for a FULL spa package for $60.00. It's normally a $300.00 expense. I am excited about this too.

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