Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Birthday Bella

I am making some cards to give Cody's teacher at the end of the year. She has always appreciated the note cards I have given her for a few of the holidays, so this is just an extension of the same theme. I have made these birthday cards using a bella.

I started with a Ballet Blue card base. I then used the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug to emboss the Wild Wasabi paper. I also used the Number Collage on 1/2 of them.

I got the idea to cut 12x12 dp into 9 equal 4x4 pieces from AmyR. I cut the dp down to 4x3.5 and then adhered it to the embossed paper. I then wrapped the white grosgrain ribbon around the panel and tied it in a knot on the front.

Keabella is stamped onto SU! Whisper White with Adirondack Pitch Black ink. She is then colored with copics. I used a clear Sakura glaze pen to color over the chocolate icing on the cake. I then punched flowers using Only Orange and the 3 for you flower punch. I used a paper piercer to pierce a hole in the flower for the hot pink brad as well in the Bellas head. The brad was pushed through the flower and the Bella and then adhered to the back of the image panel. The image was then adhered to the Only Orange mat and adhered to the card front.
I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Faux Ribbon with Ballet Blue onto Whisper White. I then punched it and the other circular shapes with punches. The scallop circle is adhered with a foam square.

I am also giving her decorated envelopes and most likely some envelope seals. I am certain she'll appreciate them.

Cody is going on his trip to Gatlinburg today. I think there are 22 from the whole school that are being rewarded with this trip; six are in first grade. I sure wish I could go, but there is so much to do at work. Terrific accomplishment for all of them. I am so proud of Cody.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Inspiration Card

The inspiration from this card comes from Jenn D's blog. She issued a challenge yesterday to use curtains she purchased as inspiration for a creation. Hers is, of course, outstanding.

I started with Sage Shadow cardstock and used PTI's Borders & Corners {Circle} to make the circles. I then used the Scor-Pal to make the embossed lines on the right side.

I stamped more circles on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock using Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, and Sahara Sand inks, again using the same PTI set. The pp was then matted with Chocolate Chip. I used Offray sheer chocolate polka dot ribbon around the panel and adhered to the card front.

The dandelion looking flower was stamped onto SU! Very Vanilla cardstock with Sage Shadow ink. The smaller flower was stamped with Chocolate Chip on the flower itself and also on Very Vanilla cardstock which I punched out with a 3/4" circle punch. I then pierce a hole in the center for the aged copper brad, then adhered with a foam square. I then adhered the circles to the scallop circle and adhered it to the card front.

We were not able to get our AC worked on this weekend because of the rain. It also has made the driveway a little difficult to drive up. It's mushy and with 2 tons of gravel, you kinda slide around. Thankfully, I don't have to go out any more this weekend.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


It was hard to get a picture without the glare, sorry. I started with a Bordering Blue card base, then adhered the dp square. I tied the red satin ribbon from Offray around the card, using a small glue dot to adhere.

Balloonabella is stamped onto Curious Metallic Ice Gold with Brilliance Graphite Black ink, and colored with copics. The image and Real Red scallop mat are cut out with Nestabilities.

I have made four of these and have left off a sentiment until it is used.

Our driveway got graded and new rock laid in it yesterday. It had been graded by the time I got home from work and it was already smoother and seemed easier to climb. It is raining now, so we are hoping that driving on it while it is damp will help th gravel stay in place instead of washing away.

Our heat pump is getting repaired and serviced today, we hope. It'll be great to have it working before the summer heat sets in.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Cute Little Ladybug

This card was part of a set I gave to Jason's fiancee, Tina. {Yeah, if we marry our guys our names will be the same} It is a series of Thank You cards for her have on hand, she works at a bank so she always needs them. I presented them to her in a small, flat tin that I purchased at the dollar store.

I started with the Soft Sky base. I adhered the harlequin dp on the card base. I then dry embossed Pale Plum cardstock using the Bloom Dots folder from Cuttlebug. I then matted the dp with Soft Sky.

The image is stamped with So Saffron, Pale Plum, and black inks. I then cut it and the mat out with nestabilities and adhered with foam squares.

I stamped the sentiment onto a tag using a Cuttlebug die. I threaded the blue grosgrain through it and then cut a slit in the fold of the card so that the knot could be tied on the front.
Sorry to post the same images, but I haven't been able to stamp in about a week. I am hoping to get some time do be creative this weekend. Of course, were are having painters over, our driveway is being fixed, and a friend is coming to repair the AC. All this on top of my normal weekend duties like cleaning and food shopping. I have a feeling the crafting time will be short. However, I'll be carving out a few hours nonetheless.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Get Well

I started with a Brocade Blue card base. I then matted the petite polka dots dp with Perfect Plum. The larger polka dots were matted with Rose Red.

Changito was stamped with Adirondack Espresso ink on GP white cardstock. I then colored him with copics, the flowers are highlighted with a clear Spica glitter pen. I feebly attempted to doodle around the edges of the image. It was them matted with Rose Red and Certainly Celery. The Rose Red layer had been punched with the ticket corner punch.

The sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages and is stamped with Rose Red ink. Then I used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes along the bottom of the card. {I don't know why it looks like my layers aren't even in the picture?!} Also can anyone explain how to correct a crooked picture with PSE6? I cannot figure it out. Email me if you do.

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend. This has been the longest week ever! I think I say that every week, but this time, I'm not exaggerating. LOL

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I started with a Not Quite Navy base, then the dp was adhered.

The image is from PTI's Out on a Limb and is stamped with Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie on Curious Metallic Ice Gold cardstock. It was then matted with Pumpkin Pie cardstock and adhered.

The sentiment from PTI's Faux Ribbon was stamped with Not Quite Navy. I traced the inside of the aged copper bookplate and then cut out the sentiment and the mat.
Lastly, I used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes in bottom left corner.

This card was done with the same supplies, I just changed up the image a bit and the sentiment was cut out using punches. The tracing is too much work. LOL I took the easy way out.

I completed cards for my very first order over the weekend, she has received them and thankfully she is pleased. I can finally breathe. Most of the ladybug cards I have been posting here were for her. I have been hoping to get a few more to help with vacation expenses.
Duke has to make a trip to see a specialist tomorrow and I am hoping he gets some good news.
It was snowing like crazy here on Monday, this is after a day in the 70's. Today was a pretty good day, near 70 and slightly overcast with a mild breeze. I can hardly wait for the spring weather.
Duke booked a timeshare for his brother and his family at the same time we are going. They won't be at the same resort, but I don't think they'll be too far away. They have only gone to Myrtle Beach, so this will be fun for them. I am hoping to just sit by the pool and chill. Maybe get a really good book. We have decided to forego planned activities and just go with the flow; no schedules, no commitments.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thinking of You Today

I used a sketch from AmyR for this card. So, I received my Paper Trey order the other day and I am in love with the new colors. I think everyone is because I am seeing cards all over blogland using them.

I started with a PTI Sweet Blush card base. The dp is from DCWV Nana's Kids paper pack, the circles were pre-embossed. The dp is matted with Certainly Celery cardstock. The pink stitched ribbon from The Paper Studio is wrapped around the panel and then tied in a knot on the front.
The images from SU! In the Spotlight were stamped using the new PTI colors. I then punched them out using the scallop circle punch, the 5-petal punch, and a 3/4" circle punch. The center circle and the flower are held together with the crystal brad. All layers adhered with foam squares.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Faux Ribbon onto the dp with Perfect Plum ink. This card and its twin was given to someone that has been very good to me. She loved them!
I had about 4 appointments before work today and didn't get into th office until about 10:30 a.m. I hate getting started late, but it made for a really short work day! LOL I have two appointment first thing in the morning, so I am sure that none of the things I have planned will get done tomorrow.

Word Verification

I, as many of you, have been experiencing many comments left by folks that are looking to plant a virus. I have added the word verification setting for the time being and hope that this stops soon. Please bear with me.

I will have a card to show you later.


Monday, March 24, 2008

One Last Little Lady

At least for a few days. I was making these cards for an order I received last week. I fnally finished and I hope that she is happy with the cards I made for her.

I saw this layout on someone's blog, I think AmyR, but I can't remember. The card base is Summer Sun. I then adhered the PP.

The chunky red ric rac is from Offray.

The ladybug from PTI's Little Lady is stamped with Real Red and Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I then diecut and embossed the image and the Ballet Blue mat. I added the clear faux dew drops with small glue dots.

Lastly, the sentiment from PTI's Paper Tray was samped with Real Red, the little circular image is from the same set and is stamped with Ballet Blue. I used the Word Window punch to cut the sentiment and adhered.

Dinner at Jason's was great. He even got Cody a Wii game for Easter. We were a little late getting started and didn't get home until about 9:00 pm. Thank goodness Cody didn't have to get up for school today. Jason is going to try to get some time off and join us on our vacation next month. Can't wait!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Day

I used a sketch from SCS for this card. I started with a Pixie Pink card base, boy that stuff is bright. I then adhered the glitter PP from DCWV Nana's Kids. The Certainly Celery layer is scalloped using the corner rounder punch. I matted the three panels of PP from the same stack with Perfect Plum. The blue American Crafts ribbon was wrapped around the panel and then adhered to the card front.

I purchased Changito by Stampendous at Hobby Lobby today, last one on the shelf. It had been some time since I was at this store last, and lots has changed. There seems to be a bit more of a selection of everything. I had lots of fun looking around. I originally went looking for the CB flower that Lauren uses, but they didn't have it. I'll have to look at Michael's the next time I go.

Ok, back to the card. I stamped Changito with Adirondack Espresso ink and then colored it with copics. It was then matted with Certainly Celery and the harlequin glitter PP. The sentiment from PTI's Paper Tray was stamped with Perfect Plum and Pixie Pink ink.
Cody and I are going to have dinner with Duke's son, Jason and his fiancee, Tina today. He is supposedly cooking a feast. I am looking forward to it. We don't get to see them very often, so it's great when we can get together. Hopefully, Duke will be able to go, just depends on how much sleep he gets.
Dinner yesterday was fantastic. Everyone had a great time and thankfully ate most of the food. I hate leftovers.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Insomnia Sucks

Ok, I have been up for about 3 hours; just can't sleep. I think it's anxiety over the doom that looms at work. Plus, we're having dinner for Duke's family today. I have alot on my mind, so it's hard to get some good rest.

Tinkerbella was stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I then colored her with copics. I die cut and embossed the image with nesties, then double matted it with black and Soft Sky.

The card base is Soft Sky. I matted the PP with Regal Rose cardstock and used the ticket corner punch on both layers.

I used the corner rounder to make the scallops on the Plum layer, then adhered the solid side of the American Crafts ribbon to it before adhering to the panel.

Lastly, the faux dew drops were added to the image panel.

I purchased some stuff from the LSS Clearance Center near work. Lots of the American Crafts Playhouse and Greenhouse embellishments. Some might say I went a little crazy, but everything in the clearance center is 50% off AND you don't find great things like this there very often. I wish I could stop once a week, but it's all the way on the other side of town. Plus, with the tourist season getting ready to start, I just don't see it happening. I also went to the LSS and picked up some Adirondack ink to use with my copics, they are FINALLY starting to add a little more stamping stuff. Heck, they just got all the colors of stickles. It was hard to restrain myself, but I did it! I got out of both places for less then $50.00.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Hi There Ladybug

I used a sketch from SCS for this card. I started with a Ruby Red cardstock base. I then added the strip of PP to the left hand side. I don't know who makes it, but it very nice paper. I got it in a paper pack who knows how long ago.

A strip of coordinating paper was matted with Basic Gray and adhered.

The ladybug from PTI's Little Lady was stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Ruby Red dye ink and Brilliance Graphite Black ink. It is then matted with Ruby Red and Black cardstock.

Lastly, the sentiment, also from PTI, was stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. It was punched out using a circle punch as are the mats. I added some dew drops from Robin's Nest Flame to the bottom of the sentiment.
On a side note, I tried to adhere the dew drops with Zip Dry glue and the color came off; has this happened to anyone else? Did I get a bad bottle or is this normal? I ended up adhering them with small glue dots.

Cody has a four day weekend. Poor Duke gets to stay up all day today and work tonight. This will also happen on Monday unless we can find someone that can watch the boy. This never happens when we are prepared for it.

I am so happy that today is Friday.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Another Tinkerbella

I started with a Regal Rose cardstock base. Then matted the PP with Pale Plum cardstock; both layers have been punched with the ticket corner punch.

A strip of Soft sky was added once I wrapped the American Crafts ribbon around and tied in a knot on the front. This ribbon reminds me of the flowers in Tinkerbella's skirt.

Tinkerbella was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock, then colored with copics. I then die cut and embossed it nesties. Finally, I used the ticket corner punch for the corners and adhered to the black scalloped rectangle. The pink rhinestones in the corners were adhered with Zip Dry glue.

The flowers were punched with a six petal flower punch from EK Success. The pink button acts as the center and is adhered with a glue dot.

Cody did not go on his school trip yesterday. Apparently, as they were boarding the bus, the roof of the breezeway blew off and was landing everywhere. They rushed the students back inside and decided to cancel the trip. I think they are going tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Birthday Whimsy

This will be Duke's birthday card, his is the 24th. I won't divulge his age, I'll just say he's approaching 49 again! LOL
I started with a Wild Wasabi base. The Blue Bayou strip was pierced using the Mat Pack. I then layered on the Soft Sky strip.

The image is from the Birthday Whimsy SAB set, stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Blue Bayou ink. I used a 1/16 handheld punch to make the holes for the silver stretch cord. It was then matted with Creamy Caramel.
The sentiment is from Clearly Wordsworth and is stamped with Wild Wasabi ink. I used the Mat Pack once again to pierce the holes on either side of the sentiment and wrapped the silver cord around one of the brads. I used brushed copper brads, I may change them to silver to match the cord. Hmmmm.
The meeting with Cody's teacher went very well and I was assured that he is a good student. In fact, she commented that he is at the top of the class and is easily ready for 2nd grade. Today, he'll be going on his field trip to Gatlinburg as a reward for his reading program. I think he only has to read 10 more books to qualify for a BIG end of the school year bash. We are so proud of him! We also got his grade cards, straight A's again...Yippee! He does work hard in class and at home. Sometimes its a struggle, but it is all worth it in the end.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Berry Much

This card is an obvious and deliberate CASE from the one I received from Susan Liles, I just changed the papers and stamps. You can see the original card a few posts down.
The image and sentiment are from PTI's Green Thumb; it is stamped with Rose Red and Sage Shadow dye inks. I then matted it with Pale Plum and So Saffron cardstock.
The card base is Cool Caribbean. I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing follder on the Pale Plum layer. The floral PP is from a stack and is matted on So Saffron; I used the light blue ribbon to hide the seam.
The harlequin paper from the same stack as the floral is matted with So Saffron. I used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the brads.
I got a cute little card from my high school friend today. She also sent a photo of her adorable children. I am so thankful that I reached out to her because she has been having a really rough time lately. We were very close in school, almost like sisters and she even mentioned this psychic connection we had/ have. I am happy that I acted on the impulse to contact her.
I have a meeting with Cody's teacher tomorrow after school; they are having an Open House. I will also be getting Cody's grade card after the meeting. Cross your fingers that he was able to maintain his A's for this six weeks. The kiddos enjoyed the cupcakes I sent with him this morning, but he was disappointed that none of them told him "thanks". LOL

Monday, March 17, 2008

Luck O' the Irish

I have snuck this into Cody's backpack so that he'll have a surprise when he gets to school. I also picked up some mini cupcakes for his classmates.

I started with a Garden Green cardstock base. I then matted the PP with Gable Green cardstock. I used the ticket corner punch on the corners of the PP.

The Green Galore cardstock strip was stamped using the shamrock from PTI's Limitless Labels. I stamped it with Green Galore and Garen Green dye inks. The sentiment is from a holiday set from The Paper Studio, and is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink.

I then tied the green and white striped ribbon around the panel and adhered it to the card front.
The image is from a Studio G clear set. I stamped it on GP white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black, then colored it with copics. The large shamrock has been embossed using Ranger Holographic EP. I punched it out with a 1.25" circle punch; the Pumpkin Pie layer was punched using a 1 3/8" circle punch. Lastly, the scallop circle punch was used for the Gable Green layer. It is adhered with foam squares. Not my best work, but I am sure the boy will like it.

Cody went through his toys by himself and purged a good amount. I am hoping to get in touch with the pre-school program to see if they could use them. If not, I am sure we can find some child that needs them.
We spent part of the day watching The Sopranos marathon on A&E yesterday. I am not a big fan of the show, but have watched it a time of two during its run. A little too violent, but it's good stuff.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


I have made four cards using this image, not sure if I'll bore you with all of them at once. For this one, I started with a Lovely Lilac (?) cards base. I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the Soft Sky cardstock before adhering.

Each strip of PP was matted. I used the SU! Mat Pack to evenly space and pierce the holes for the brads.
Tinkerbella was stamped onto Cryogen White with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then colored with copics.
The image was then die cut and embossed using nesties; nesties were also used for the scalloped layer.
The American Crafts ribbon was then tied around the three panels and then adhered.
I have posted all four of these cards for sale on the MSN group that I belong to. Gotta raise some money for our vacation next month. LOL I am dreading the gas prices the most.
Cody will b going through his toys and purging what he no longer has time for. His toybox is overflowing. Of course, he loves everything in it, but some has to go. We plan to get him bunk beds at some point, so some sacrifices must be made.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


I received this card from Susan Liles in the mail earlier in the week. Not only is it gorgeous, but it really could not have come at a better time. It really perked me up, thanks Susan!

It has been such a long week, I am exhausted. I hope to get a little bit of rest this weekend. Of course, I have the usual stuff to do AND I need to get the boy signed up for t-ball. He really enjoyed it last summer, all the same kids have signed up, so they should be good to go. They are so fun to watch.

My sister is supposed to come over to paint the living room and kitchen for us; and at some point, help me spring clean. She is in between jobs and this should help her while it helps us. Duke painted the living room back in the spring or summer last year, now he hates the color. Sad thing is, when he suggested this color I told him it wouldn't work. Men, do they ever listen??!! LOL
I may be taking Cody to watch 'Horton Hears a Who' tomorrow as well. I think that he needs a big, fat reward from Mom and Dad for doing so well at school. I tell ya, I am still on cloud 9 with his most recent accomplishment. Really makes me feel like I'm doing something right on the homefront.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thanks a Bunch and Excitement

I made this card in the wee hours of the morning. I started with a Soft Sky card base, 4.25 square. I then added the strip of Making Memories PP. I used the Mat Pack to evenly space and pierce holes above and below the PP.
The sentiment is a rub on from SAB. The image is SU! Tart and Tangy; I colored directly on the stamp and then onto GP white cardstock. The image was then punched out and matted with Wild Wasabi cardstock, followed by a Real Red scallop circle.

Lastly, the light blue gingham ribbon was wrapped around the card and tied on the front.
Cody is being rewarded with a field trip sponsored by the School Board. He has been in an Accelerated Reading program, he has DOUBLED the number of books he was supposed to read. They test them by having them take a test on the computer which evaluates several things. Long story short, we are very proud of the fact that he is doing so well and all the work at night is worth it. I am thankful that he truly enjoys reading and learning.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

One of a Kind

This card is a direct case of a card from Jenn D's card class kits. She sent one to me last month, I made it and then decided to make another. I used a different stamp set and colors, but the layout is the same.
The base is Mellow Moss. I then used the corner rounder to make the scallops on the Whisper White cardstock. I then layered on a panel of Soft Sky.
The image is from PTI's Out on a Limb, and is stamped with Close to Cocoa and Soft Sky. It is then cut into strips and matted onto Barely Banana cardstock and then adhered.
The sentiment is from SU! One of a Kind and is stamped with Mellow Moss onto Whisper White and then matted onto Basic Gray. The flowers were stamped in the three different colors, brads were added to the centers, and then adhered to the sentiment panel with foam dots.
Cody's school is having a garage sale this weekend, so we are scrambling to donate some things that we no longer use. I hope they sell lots of stuff, all the money benefits the school.
Things at work are really dicey (?) now. Nothing related to the issue I spoke about earlier this week, but at this point I am unsure about my future here. We may have to shut down our office very soon; I am sad about it, but if I need to look for a job, now is the time to do it. The area that I live in centers around tourism, and with the start of the season, several places are hiring. I just hate the whole process. My stomach is in knots at this point and it has been very hard to sleep. I would be a fool not to start looking and applying, especially being warned that it could happen. If you pray, I would appreciate it if you could keep my family in your prayers.
I have a big dinner planned at my house next weekend. We have three birthdays and Easter to celebrate with our families, so I thought I'd get it over with in one fell swoop. Should be fun, we haven't seen our family too much since Duke started working evenings.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lovely Blessings

I used a sketch from SCS for this card. I started with a Mellow Moss cardstock base.

The Basic Gray layer is embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

The Soft Sky layer was placed on the bottom of the card and the sentiment from PTI's Out on a Limb set was stamped with Mellow Moss ink.

The next Soft Sky layer is matted with Barely Banana. The baby blue sheer polka dotted ribbon was then wrapped around and tied on the front. I did this three times and then staggered the knots downward.

The image from SU! Oh So Lovely was stamped three times onto GP white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I then colored them with copics. I also sponged the panel with Mellow Moss and Soft Sky inks. The image was then matted with Barely Banana. I adhered the image panel behind the ribbon.
I burned my arm yesterday getting a sheet pan out of the oven. I toasted a sub for Duke and mistakenly spun the pan once I removed it from the oven. It promptly left a burn mark on my left arm and it hurt like the dickens. Thank heavens it is a thin pan and the burn is not very big. I get burned by something every once in a while, usually when I am in a hurry.
We have been trying a new way to get Cody focused and ready on time in the mornings; he is a notorious slow poke and is easily distracted. So, after much deliberation and brain storming, we have a plan that is working. He loves games, so I bought a timer and we have been timing him in the morning and during meal time. If he beats his times he gets a cash reward for the day; payable at the end of the week. He has the possibility to make $5 per week. You should see him scramble to complete his tasks. I am hoping these drills keep him focused and will eventually reiterate to him what needs to happen everyday. We shall see; but for now, he is excited about it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


A sketch from SCS was used for this card. I started with a Lovely Lilac cardstock base. The lavender textured cardstock was embossed using the Cuttlebug Fantasy Floral (?) embossing folder.

The main image was made using PTI's Out on a Limb set, stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Close to Cocoa and Lovely Lilac.

I then sponged the panel with Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi inks. Then, it is matted with Basic Gray cardstock and adhered.

I used the slot punch on the side of the card to make a channel for the Spring Moss Twill from PTI. The twill is then threaded and knotted through an aged copper ribbon slide. The tag sentiment from the same PTI set is stamped with Wild Wasabi ink and then adhered with the ribbon and a small glue dot to help it stay in place.

I am not sure why the horrible picture except maybe I took it in the dead of night with no light. *sorry*

Work was horrendous yesterday and I can expect more of the same today. There is an account that is totally messed up and I have to get it fixed right away. Only problem is, it's our biggest account and there seems to be a huge discrepancy between us and the owner. **FUN**

Monday, March 10, 2008

An Easter Card & Treat

The address labels were stamped using PTI's Limitless Labels set. I stamped with Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, and Bashful Blue inks. Of course, the chocolates are Hershey's Nuggets. I lined the bottom of the tin with the floral PP, and then used a white SU! SAB rub on on the acetate.

The floral PP is matted with the light purple textured cardstock and acts as the belly band. I used red line tape to adhere it under the tin.

The flower is from PTI's Beautiful Blooms and is stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Almost Amethyst ink, the center from the same set is stamped using Pretty in Pink. I then punched it out, matted it, and then adhered to the Certainly Celery scallop circle.

I saw this card sketch on Amy Rysavy's and Jenn D's blogs. I really do like it and will likely use it again in the future.

The card base is the same purple cardstock used as the belly band for the tin. I then matted the floral PP with Cool Caribbean cardstock once the ticket corner punched was used on both panels.

The image is from C.C. Designs and is stamped onto GP white cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink. I then colored the image with copics. The spiral punch was used in opposite corners of the image panel. The image was then matted onto Certainly Celery; I then used a larger Old Olive mat for the final layer. The spiral punch was used for the bottom of the panel. A length of light blue stitched ribbon was tied around the panel under the image.

The strips of purple textured cardstock are added, then the image is mounted on the right.

The sentiment from PTI's Limitless Labels is stamped onto GP white cardstock with Almost Amethyst ink and then punched out and double matted. The Certainly Celery scallop circle is the final layer; it is adhered to the base with foam squares.

I am not sure that I have enough Easter cards made this year. I think we'll be having a dinner at our house this year since the day after Easter is Duke's birthday. And, the day before Easter is his sister's birthday. Then, on the 25th, my nephew turns 16. Then, I think that's it until the middle of April. March is a big birthday month for us.
Duke picked up our new mattress today and I can hardly wait to try it out tonight. Maybe this will help us not only sleep better, but reduce some of our back pain.

Oh, I made some killer subs for lunch yesterday. I sure wish that I had one of those panini presses so that I could toast them even more. But, I put them into the oven to melt the cheese and crisp the bread a bit. I was craving a sub very badly, so it hit the spot.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Big Thanks

As I mentioned in my previous post, this card is for Duke's son for giving us his washer/ dryer. Inside is a gift card to one of their favorite restaurants.

I started with a Bashful Blue cardstock base. I matted the strip of PP with Certainly Celery cardstock; it was then adhered to the light blue PP. I tied light blue stitched ribbon around this entire panel and then tied an extra length of ribbon to it. This panel is then adhered to the card front.

The image is stamped onto GP white cardstock with Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue ink. It is then cut out and embossed with nesties. The scalloped may is cut out with nesties as well. The panel is adhered to the card front with foam squares.

The Mat Pack was used to pierce and evenly space the holes for the brads.

I am hoping for a quiet day today. We may end up going to visit Duke's son so he can update Cody's Wii gaming system. He purchased a new game for Cody, but we can't play it until it updates. I plan on checking it again later today.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

It's Your Day

Ok, so I know I promised I wouldn't post another birthday card so soon, but I was just reminded that Duke's sister is celebrating hers this month. I have about 4 more birthdays this month.
The photo is not great at all. At least you can see how shimmery the cardstock is from this angle. I used PTI's Women of Life set for the main image. It is stamped onto Cryogen White shimmer cardstock with Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue ink. I then matted it with Certainly Celery cardstock.
The cardstock base is Bashful Blue. I matted the PP with Certainly Celery and then tied the baby blue grosgrain ribbon around this panel.

The main image is adhered with foam squares. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment with Bashful Blue ink.
We woke up to a blanket of white snow this morning. It has been sputtering all day and it is cold outside, even colder because of the wind. It just goes right through you! I cannot tell you how happy I will be when spring arrives.
I hope to get alot of crafting done this weekend, Duke plans to get my bookcase together today. I won't hold my breath. LOL

Oh, we got a new washer/ dryer from Duke's son. They upgraded theirs a few months ago and offered us their used ones. They are only about 1 year old, and ours were about to we took him up on it. I have to make them a nice card and we'll enclose a restaurant gift card. They go out to eat all the time, so it's something that they need.
The boys are watching the Sci-Fi channel. Don't they have the worst horror films ever made???

Friday, March 7, 2008

Live Your Bliss

Forgive the horrible photo.

I picked up a handful of these notebooks on a trip to Michael's some time back. It is covered with Daisy D's paper and then I used the wide grosgrain in Spring Moss from PTI along the side paper line.
The image is one that I received as is (already stamped and colored) from an order from Ellen Hutson some time ago. I matted it with a Spring Moss scalloped square. I then added the clear faux dew drops to the image and adhered.
The sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages and is stamped with Really Rust ink onto Whisper White. I matted it with the Spring Moss Designer Label that had been stamped and punched. I used the Mat Pack to pierce holes for the aged copper brads.
I opted to leave ribbon off the coils since I thought the brads and dew drops make it lumpy enough.
The RSVP pen uses the same paper and then clear microbeads are adhered with red line tape. And, I added the black gingham ribbon to the pen cap.
I have also made a mini coaster clipboard for post-its, but I made it after the fact. I may share it later.
We got our massages and it was a wonderful experience. My first massage with a guy, but I relaxed after a minute or two. It was odd for Duke too. But, I will be making our next appointment soon.
We also chose and paid for a new mattress. And of course, it's raining so we can't pick it up. Maybe it'll stop before too long and we'll be able to sleep well.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Kiss Me

I started with the ever-so-bright Green Galore cardstock. I cut off part of the card to stamp the shamrocks on the bottom of the inside layer; they are stamped with Green Galore ink. I then layered on rectangular pieces of PP and Cool Caribbean cardstock.

The row of shamrocks and the main image are Studio G wood mounted rubber stamps. The main image is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto Curious Ice Gold cardstock. I then colored it on with copics. It is cut out and embossed with nesties, as is the black cardstock.

I used the horizontal slot punch on the lower portion of the image and mat to weave the ribbon through. I used black stitched ribbon and wrapped it around the card and then laced through the slot punch hole and a knot was tied on the front.

Lastly, I used the Mat Pack to even space and pierce holes for the black brads.
Duke still has NOT assembled my shelf. I may have to break down and try because my man is obviously not worried about it. I hate that is is just sitting, out of the box, propped up against the wall. It's driving me bonkers.
We are going today for our upper body massage. It's part of the 3 sessions we get as part of the spa package I bought for us for Valentine's Day. Then, off to shop for a new mattress. Yippee!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bella Birthday

Ana nominated me for this award, thanks Ana. Now, I am supposed to nominate other bloggers, here are a few:

Jenn D


You can always find some great stuff from these gals.

This will be the last birthday card for a bit, I promise. I made this for a special friend on the MSN group that I belong to. She is part of the Birthday Club that I joined.

I started with Lovely Lilac cardstock as the base, then used PTI's Polka Dot set for the background; stamped in the same color ink.

The Green Galore strip is the mat for the PP, I love all the colors in it!

Billboardabella is stamped on Curious Ice Gold cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and colored with copics. I chose this bright green because this friend is a big fan of the "alien" green color- and this is as close as I can get. I used a clear AtYou Spica Glitter pen for some details as well as a pink Gelly Roll pen for the heart.

Anyway, she is cut out with nesties; I did the same with the black scalloped mat. I also made the same scalloped shape from Green Galore and just cut a portion of it to the center of the black mat. Next, I used the horizontal slot lunch to make the hole for the sheer polka dot ribbon to be threaded through.

The faux lime dew drops were added to the PP just under the ribbon. I then used the Mat Pack to evenly space and pierce the holes for the black brads.

When I got home yesterday, Cody announced that he has three more loose teeth...all in front- two on top, one on the bottom. Looks like the tooth fairy better hit the bank! LOL Oh my gosh, my little fella will be toothless!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Easter Treats

I made these for the children of some friends of ours.

The images are Studio G wood mounted rubber stamps. They are stamped onto Curious Ice Gold cardstock with Brilliance Graphite Black ink, then colored with copics.

The scalloped cards were made with nesties, I used the PTI Spring Moss paper. I had to run the paper and die through twice because of the thickness. It wrinkled/ buckled the paper a bit. The inside is stamped with an Easter Sentiment from a set from The Paper Studio. I also used nesties to cut the PP and the image out, image is embossed as well. I adhered the card to the lid of the jar with foam square.

The jars were filled with colorful SweeTart jelly beans, and then I tied the ribbon around the rim of each jar.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Celebrate Today

I sent this card to my high school friend who is celebrating her anniversary this week. We have recently been in touch and it's so nice to catch up.

I started with a Groovy Guava base, then used the ticket corner punch on the striped PP and adhered. For the Whisper White layer, I used a corner rounder with the guard removed to make the scallops.

The flowers from PTI's Beautiful Blooms was stamped onto Whisper White with Real Red, Old Olive, Groovy Guava, and Soft Sky ink. I then stamped the center of the flower with the same inks. The images were then punched out with a square punch and matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock. The images are then adhered to the Soft Sky square and then matted once more to the Real Red square. It is then adhered to the Whisper White layer.

I wrapped the light blue stitched ribbon by American Crafts around the scallop layer and tied it in a knot.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from PTI's Mixed Messages with Chocolate Chip ink.

I failed miserably trying to get my book case together yesterday. The directions are unclear and it is totally over my head. Duke is going to attempt it today while I am at work. I can hardly wait! This shelf will house my stamps and stamp sets, punches, alterables, and other miscellaneous things. I'll have to take a pic when I get it done. The space that I use is a single wall in the spare bedroom. We have Cody's dresser, toys, tv, and game system in this room as well as the family computer. I take up a single wall and it is crammed full of everything; I am as organized as I can be, but it is very compact and things are hard to get to.
I got all my 8.5x11 papers in a small filing cabinet but I am still using a crate for my larger papers. I will be cutting those papers down to a more manageable size or getting rid of them. Contrary to what I thought in the past, I just don't have the space for every sheet of paper sold in the US! LOL Recently, I have bought mostly cardstock for card making, only a few packs of 6x6 paper pads. I don't think I'll purchase 12x12 any longer unless I have a specific use for it. And then, only a few sheets and not the big paper pads with 250 sheets of paper, NO matter if it is a good deal or not. I just can't use it fast enough. I am still debating on making a folder for every color or not. Of course, my intention, eventually, is to have several of each of the SU! cardstock colors. But, for now, I have packs from each of the color families and will buy the single packs of the colors I am using most. Which reminds me, I need to get in touch with Jenn D to get my order in.
Hope everyone had a great weekend and looking forward to a new week.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Happy Happy Birthday

Sadly, this will not be the last birthday card you see this month, but I think I have only one more.

I started with Purely Pomegranate for the cardstock base. I matted the striped PP with Whisper White.

I used the ticket corner punch on the Regal Rose layer and then added the rhinestones to the three corners that are exposed. They are supah sparkly. Then I used the slot punch to thread the American Crafts pink satin ribbon through.

I stamped the package from SU! Birthday Whimsy with Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, and Regal Rose onto Whisper White and then cut each out and matted it onto Basic Gray cardstock. The ribbon is then tied in a knot on this panel and then adhered.

The sentiment from SU! So Many Scallops was stamped twice, once with Regal Rose and once with Old Olive. I punched out the center of the Regal Rose image, then punched out the whole thing with the scallop circle punch. I then adhered the punched sentiment with foam squares.

Well, the card I sent to my high school friend about a week ago was received and she wrote a very nice note back to me. I will be sending her another card and catching her up on the last 20 years of my life. Of course, not all at once. It was nice to hear that she is happily married and has two boys. I sent an anniversary card since hers is coming up very soon.

So, a trip to the grocery store was made today. Man, how do we go through all this food!! I also picked up some great movies, but I realized they are all pretty HEAVY dramas. I chose 'We Own the Night, Eastern Promises, and Gone, Baby, Gone'. I am a huge Joaquin Phoenix and Viggo Mortensen fan; so I am in heaven.

I purchased an ink pad holder for the SU! inks that I have, pretty cheap from Ebay. It looks really nice and now it's easier to get at what I need. Now to get the rest of my stuff up and running. I really want to put things together, but I have been too lazy I guess. Maybe later today.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bitzy and Prima

When I placed my order for Hey Cupcake stamp set from Eclectic Paperie, they sent lots of other goodies. I got the large Primas that are on this card in great colors.

I started with Groovy Guava as the card base. The striped patterned paper from MM is matted on Chocolate Chip cardstock and then I used the ticket corner punch on both papers.

I then matted the strip of floral paper from MM with Old Olive. I then adhered this panel to the first panel.

I wrapped the light blue grosgrain ribbon around the larger panel and tied in a knot near the top of the card.

I stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and colored it with copics. I stamped the flower tab image and punched it out.It was matted onto Chocolate Chip once I punched the corners.

All the panels were adhered to the card front and I layered the 2 Primas, secured with a brad and then adhered with a glue dot.

I think there may be too much going on on this card, but I am trying my hand at layers. Hope I can conquer the fear and failure.
Today is Jenn D's birthday, you need to hop over and give her lots of good wishes!

Cody had a great day at school yesterday and I got several things accomplished at work. I am hoping to finish up on Monday and have a pretty easy week. Duke and I will be getting an upper body massage on Thursday. We had to cancel our appointment this week due to the snow. Keep your fingers crossed that we can indulge ourselves.