Saturday, May 31, 2008

Allison's Suggestive Sunday

I made these for the challenge on Allison's blog; to use vellum, acetate, or anything clear on your card. I made two with the same layout and almost the same stamps. Since I had PTI's Little Lady out, I decided to use it for these cards.

The lady bug trail and overlay was stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink onto the vellum; the body and sentiment with Brilliance Moonlight White. I then stamped the flowers, also from Little Lady, with Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, and Spring Moss inks. The image was adhered to the Apricot Appeal mat with the light green brads.
The Moonlight White made the stamp somewhat slippery, the Palette inks were kinda the same way. Maybe because it's a solid stamp vs. being an outline. Anyway, it was challenging to stamp on the vellum.
The entire panel was then adhered to the Regal Rose card base.
For the next card, I used PTI's Summer Sun and Berry Sorbet cardstock along with Little Lady. This time I used black brads and did not add any flowers.
The flowers that Cody and I planted to attract and help the honey bees are starting to sprout, so we have some success. If you haven't heard, the honey bees are in a crisis and about 25% of the population is gone. We really need to help and the best way is to plant flowers that attract them; maybe they will rebuild their colonies. I read about it here and have yet to find more articles and research about how we can help.
Duke and Cody went to the animal shelter and picked out a puppy. They have to pick her up today, as well as dog food, a collar, and all the other puppy essentials. I'm not happy about getting this puppy, but am sure that I will love her. I guess she'll get a name once we get to know her. Cody is excited about it and hope that he helps take care of her. He tends to carry, hold, and pester more than anything, so we'll see how it goes. We will also have to ask our neighbors if they are still willing to let us borrow their pen for when she has to go outside. It's 10 x 10, so it'll be plenty big enough.
Hope we have a somewhat quiet weekend because on Monday afternoon I have volunteered to work the concession stand for the t-ball games. All the parents on our team donated food items and will be trying to raise money to assist with the trip to The Smokies ball field, trophies, and other stuff for the kiddies. We will have three of these fundraisers during this season. I'm thankful for the opportunity to help out and hope that we are successful in reaching our goals.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ladybug Thanks

This is Mojo Monday challenge #39.

The card base is Rose Red; I used the Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder for the Regal Rose layer.

The strip of striped dp is from DCWV. The image is from PTI Little Lady and she is stamped on Whisper White with Adirondack Pitch Black and Regal Rose inks. The sentiment is from the same PTI set and is stamped with Pitch Black.The image was then matted on Cool Caribbean cardstock.

The scallop circle was punched out of Certainly Celery and then I punched a 1 3/8" circle from the floral paper from DCWV, it was then matted under the image. I placed the rhinestones in each scallop. {I will be turning the scallop circle to be more even} I hate when I catch this stuff AFTER the photo has been taken and uploaded.
I thought we had a game yesterday, but thankfully it was just practice. The kids are getting better and seem to be paying attention a little more.
Yesterday was the boy's first full day of summer vacation. He watched cartoons and went outside to blow bubbles. We don't have much of a yard, so he doesn't get to "play" outside often; he mostly plays on the deck. Duke has threatened to get him a dog for doing so well at school; I'm not thrilled about it.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Portfolio Tutorial

Here is the tutorial for the portfolio I posted yesterday. Be advised that I am no expert and this may not be what you are looking for, but it works. I got the idea from Michelle Wooderson at Mish Mash. Thanks for the inspiration!

You start with a piece of cardstock measuring 8.5 x 10.5.

I used the Scor-Pal to make my score marks, but you can use whatever you method is. You will score on the long side at 5 and 5.5 inches.

Then score on the short side at 2 and 2 1/8 inches.
On the inside of the portfolio, place some strong adhesive on the edges of each side as well as in the center panel as pictured. I used Terrific Tape that I purchased at the Scor-Pal website in 1/4" width. Do not peel the backing off yet.I used my ATG and ran adhesive along the front of the cardstock where I wanted to place my ribbon; then cut your ribbon in the length you wish and burnish on the adhesive.Then decorate the front as you wish. I did not put an image on the front of this one yet as it does not have a recipient. I will do that once I know who I am sending it to. In any case, I matted the dp on the front and used just dp for the back.
Once the portfolio is decorated to your liking, flip it over and remove the adhesive backing and secure.

You can place 4 note cards and 4 invitation style envies in either pocket. It is a bit snug, but it is kept in place.

Voila! You are done!! Rather simple, don't you think?! I can hardly wait to get several of these sets made up to have for those last minute gifts.
Cody received two awards at the school's ceremony yesterday. He, as well as us, were completely thrilled. He ended up reading 135 books and went on two trips rewarding those who reached their goals. I'll have to share a pic or two in the coming days.
We have a game tonight and I hope it isn't too hot. It has been almost unbearably humid the last few days.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Note Cards and a Portfolio

Thanks Mish for this most excellent idea; however, I couldn't wait for the instructions for the portfolio so I headed to the craft room and constructed one on my own. She is so awesome! I am making a tutorial for it for the scrapbooking group I belong to and may actually share it here as well.

I will be giving this to the teacher Cody has next year. I sure hope she likes it. There are four notecards and stamped envelopes inside; a pocket on either side.

The awards ceremony is at 9:00 a.m.; it'll be interesting. Jason, Duke's son, is supposed to attend, but one never knows about him.I purchased some mini cupcakes for the class to enjoy after lunch.

The dp is from DCWV and I love it. This particular paper is just perfect for a teacher or principal. The note card is made from Real Red and GP white with the strip of dp. The image is SU! Tart and Tangy, I colored it with SU! markers. The image was punched out and matted on a 1 3/8" circle of Chocolate Chip and the scallop circle of Wild Wasabi.

For the envelope, I stamped the apple with Real Red and called it a day.

The base of the portfolio is Chocolate Chip; I then matted the dp with Wild Wasabi. The red satin ribbon is from Offray, I picked it up at Wal-Mart forever ago.

The image is from Stamping Bella; she is stamped with Adirondack Pitch Black ink and colored with copics. I highlighted a few areas with a clear glitter pen. The image was matted on River Rock and Wild Wasabi cardstock.

The felt flowers are from American Crafts; the center rhinestone brad is from MM. I punched a hole in the image panel and then inserted and adhered the flower and brad.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Elegant Flower

I used SCS sketch #164 for this card.

The card base is River Rock; I adhered the dp from ScrapWorks to the base. The next layer of dp from the same stack was matted with Basic Black. I used the Mat Pack to help pierce the holes for the gold brads.

A strip of Going Gray was added once the Offray black stitched ribbon was wrapped and tied in a knot.

The image is from PTI Garden of Life, I stamped it on Very Vanilla with River Rock, Going Gray, and Adirondack Pitch Black inks. I sponged the panel very lightly with River Rock ink. The image was matted with Basic Black and then adhered with dimensionals.

I took Cody to his school's playground yesterday to expel some of his energy; that boy doesn't sit still or be quiet a minute during the day. Even when he is sitting, he is still moving- bouncing, fidgeting, etc. I never really realized it until I needed him to be still for a second. It just didn't happen.
He also had practice; we have a game today.
I used my Flip Video for the first time yesterday and am stumped with how to edit and merge the videos together, so I'll be reading up on that. I hope I'm not too technologically challenged to do it.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Shop Girl

I stamped Emmybella with Adirondack Pitch Black ink onto GP white; then colored her with copics. I then used the ticket corner punch and matted her onto pink cardstock from my stash. I placed rhinestones in each corner.

The card base is pink cardstock and I then layered textured bazzill cardstock on top. The dp is Amy Butler by K & Co. The Spring Moss satin ribbon was then tied around the panel and knotted on the front.
Emmybella was then added to the card front using dimensionals.
The sentiment from Billboardabella was stamped with Adirondack ink on SU! Whisper White and then punched out and matted on a larger circle punch.
I pierced holes in the scallops of the scallop circle punch and adhered the sentiment with dimensionals.
Dinner was great yesterday; the steaks were perfect. I marinated them ahead of time and did a great job watching the grill. I am taking dessert to our friends house this afternoon. Hope everyone likes what I bring.
Have a great Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Another sketch from Taylored Expressions; slightly modified with the image turned 90 degreees.

The card base is Rose Red. I embossed the Regal Rose layer with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, D'Vine Swirls.

I scalloped the Chocolate Chip strip by using a corner rounder and used the CAD to make the holes in each scallop, finally adding the strip of dp from The Paper Studio.

I then tied the pink and brown striped ribbon around the panel and adhered it to the card front.

The image is from MFT- By the Seashore. It is stamped with Adirondack ink and then colored with copics. I sloppily drew in the line for the grass. Lastly, I added the sponged sky by using Soft Sky and Blue Bayou inks. Image is adhered with dimensionals.

The sentiment is from PTI Garden of Life and is stamped with Regal Rose ink; the swirly circle border from PTI Boxes, Bags, and Tags was stamped with Chocolate Chip. I then used a 1 1/2" circle punch to cut it out and then adhered it to a Chocolate Chip scallop circle punch. I pierced holes in each scallop. It was adhered with dimensionals as well.

I took Cody to the park yesterday and we left early because the gnats were just terrible. It was quite bothersome. I also got my hair cut...finally. It feels and looks so much better. I just need to color it and woman! LOL

I spent some time with my brother and his family too since it was his birthday. Cody had left him a couple of silly messages, so he had to stop by to see him and thank him for the laugh. They are leaving on vacation on Monday, his kids are just ecstatic about it.

Hope you are enjoying great weather and great food this weekend. I am doing some steaks on the grill today and then we're heading to a friend's for the holiday.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


I used a sketch from Taylored Expressions for this card; it was from some time ago.

The images and sentiment are from PTI Garden of Life; the flowers are stamped with Sweet Blush ink, the sentiment with Adirondack Pitch Black ink. The images were punched out with a 1.25" square punch; the bazzill mats with a 1 3/8" square punch.

The card base is PTI Sweet Blush. I matted the dp from DCWV Nana's Kids with Certainly Celery cardstock.

The sentiment was punched out with SU! oval punch; I used the CAD to punch the holes to thread the offray ribbon through. I used a dimensional to ensure that the sentiment stayed flat.
Lastly, I added stickles to the centers of the flowers to continue the sparkle theme of the paper. { I fixed the drooping stickles on the center flower.} I left the card standing too long to take a pic , I suppose.
I have a few resumes to drop off today in the hopes of finding a job. I really need to ge back in the game, it's driving me crazy being at home. The upside is that I am getting a great stash of cards and hope that I will have enough for the summer and fall craft shows.
Today is my youngest brother's birthday, he's 33 this year. I am just remembering as I prepare this for publishing. Hope he has a good one.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Celebrate Today

I used another Mojo Monday sketch, I think #35.

The card base is Wild Wasabi. I cut the dp from MM to fit the Chocolate Chip panel. I love this dp and wish I could find more.

The image is from C.C. Designs and is stamped onto GP white with Adirondack Pitch Black ink, then colored with copics. I used some Ranger Holographic ep for the bubbles. The image was then placed on Real Red cardstock along with more dp.

The American Crafts polka dot ribbon was then wrapped around and tied into a knot on the front. I used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes for the red brads. The image panel was then adhered with foam squares.

The circle border from PTI Borders & Corners was stamped with Wild Wasabi ink, the sentiment from PTI Mixed Messages was stamped with Chocolate Chip ink. It was then punched out with a 1 3/8" punch. I used another circle punch and the scallop circle punch to mat the sentiment. The sentiment was also adhered with foam squares.

Cody's game was great, all the kids remembered what to do. So exciting. We played Cody's former team and Cody had to be reminded not to talk to his friends more than once. Too funny! Only 2 1/2 more days of school.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Starry Father's Day

This is a Mojo Monday sketch, I believe #25.

I made two of these for the occasion. The card base is Always Artichoke, I then affixed the Bashful Blue layer.

The starry paper is from DCWV and is added to the Bashful Blue cardstock. The coordinating strip of dp from the same stack was matted with GP white cardstock. I used the Mat Pack to help pierce the holes for the baby blue brads.

The limb from PTI Out on a Limb was stamped with Close to Cocoa ink. I then stamped the small and large stars from Verve's Starlight Starbright onto the limb with Bashful Blue ink. I then stamped the tri-leaf image with Always Artichoke ink. The image was then matted with Always Artichoke and affixed with dimensionals.
The acrylic star from American Crafts was colored with copics {not very well}, and added to the image panel with a dimensional.

Today is an all day outside event at school and then we have a t-ball game tonight. Hope the boy doesn't collapse.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mojo Monday Challenge

Ok, so it's a few days late; but at least I did it! Wow, this is a bright one!

I started with Berry Sorbet as the card base; then ran the Green Galore through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder with the wizard machine before adhering it to the card front.

Next a strip of Orchid Opulence was added, as were strips of Nana's Kids dp and cardstock.

The Huggybellas were stamped with Adirondack Pitch Black onto GP white; then colored with copics. I used a clear AtYou Spica glitter pen for the shirt as well as the headband. It was matted on a scrap of Rose Red.

The oval was punched out and the sentiment from PTI Mixed Messages was stamped with Rose Red ink. I used the CAD to punch the holes on either side of the oval to thread the thin grosgrain ribbon through. Both the image panel and sentiment are affixed to the card with pop dots.

We got rained out at the t-ball last night. I was kinda glad because he has two this week and I really didn't feel like making the drive. Ah well, I guess they'll have to make it up toward the end of the season.

Cody get three full days outside at school for various rewards. So, I think Friday and Tuesday will be the only days he will actually be in the classroom. Next Wednesday is Awards Day and then school lets out at 1:00 p.m. for the year. I can hardly believe it!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Classic Father's Day

This card is for Allison's Suggestive Sunday; which is to create a manly card. Well, since Father's Day is around the corner, it was the perfect challenge.

The card base for this one is Real Red. I then layered on the kraft paper and strip of MM dp...I love that paper pack.
The image was an RAK, so I'm not sure of the set it comes from, but I know it is SU! I colored it with prismas and blended with OMS and a stump. The image was matted on raisin Bazzill textured cardstock.

The sentiment is from PTI Paper Tray, I wrote the words "fathers" and "to a classic" with a red sharpie. The main sentiment was punched out and matted on more punched circles. It was then adhered with pop dots.

Lastly, I added the foam arrow from Americn Crafts below the image.

This card is either going to Duke's step-father or his brother for the big day.

The tooth fairy came to Cody overnight; she had to dig for change out of the laundry!! LOL He was happy that she remembered to come the first night and promptly put the money in his piggy bank.

Only 5 1/2 more days of school!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Changito w/ Flowers

This sketch is from Michelle Wooderson, her awesome blog is MishMash.

I started with Aqua Mist for the card base, next I stamped the polka dot backgrounder from CHF in the same color ink.

The strip of embossed dotty paper is from DCWV Nana's Kids. The image was stamped with Adirondack Espresso ink and then colored with copis. I matted it with green Bazzill and then tied the Aqua Mist satin ribbon around it. The image was adhered with dimensionals.

Cody and I planted our seeds; we managed to only from some Sunflower varieties, cosmos, and lavender. I hope we can get some more before too long. We got them in the ground before the rain which is great. I hope they make it and we can enjoy their beauty during the summer as well as help some honey bees find a home. Duke is supposed to be printing some information for me to read about the plight of the honey bee.

Yesterday was a lazy day, I don't think I did anything except vacuum, sweep, and make dinner. I love days like that; no pressure. Of course, I needed to be doing'l be waiting for me today and tomorrow.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


I used a sketch from Amy R for this card, not sure which number it is.

The card base is Spring Moss, I used the polka dot backgrounder from CHF with Spring Moss ink to add some interest.

Cosmobella was stamped with Adirondack Pitch Black ink onto GP white cardstock, she was then colored in with copics. I masked her feet and stamped the A Muse oval. Stickles were used on the martini glass. I matted the image with Barely Banana and adhered it to the embossed dotty paper from DCWV Nana's Kids.
Spring Moss twill ribbon is then wrapped around the entire panel and tied in a knot on the front.
The sentiment is from SU! Many Happy Returns; I colored the sentiment I wanted with a Perfect Plum marker and then stamped it onto GP white cardstock. I punched the sentiment out with the Word Window punch and adhered with dimensionals.
The flowers are from The Paper Studio and Prima and the are layered together and joined with a crystal brad from MM. The flower was then affixed with a dimensional.
Ok, have you heard about the honey bee crisis? I hadn't until the other day when a Hagen-Das (sp?) commercial came on and mentioned it. I hope to be reading more about it, but over 25% of the honey bee population has just vanished with no known reason. They are doing research and are asking the public for help. Visit here to learn what you can do to help. Cody and I will be heading to Wal-Mart to get some more seeds to plant to help our beloved honey bee.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Purple Monkey

The card base is Sweet Blush; the remaining papers were all from my scrap pile. I matted the dp onto a pink cardstock. The birthday paper is matted on Cool Caribbean. The scallop is an oval I cut using nesties, then used a CAD to make the holes in each scallop. I cut it in half and adhered under the mat of the birthday paper panel.

A ribbon was tied around the entire panel and then adhered to the card front.

I adhered the aqua faux dew drops to the birthday paper panel.

Changito was stamped with Adirondack Espresso ink and then colored with copics. I then matted him with Perfect Plum cardstock.

Duke and I went to have chinese food for lunch yesterday and afterward we did a little food shopping. Never made it to get tennies...I think I'm gonna have to just ask for the cash and do it myself. LOL
I am hoping to mail off my swap items on Monday. I enclosed a few goodies for the hostess. Hopefully, they arrive safely and everyone enjoys them. I know that I am looking forward to getting all the pages for my book.

I received this lovely from my HS friend, Stacy, for Mother's Day. The box it was shipped in was also filled with treats for Cody. I already have this lovely displayed proudly in my dining room. It is really touching that after so much time has passed, we picked up where we left off and are committed to keeping in touch.
I picked up the latest issue of PaperCrafts today and saw a great project from Debbie Olson on page 57. I was immediately inspired and decided to go work on it since I was sure I had all the components. Well, I chose the papers and cut them to size. Grabbed the Mod Podge and got started. I then reached for the hinges....guess what? I don't have the hinges I was SURE I had. I recently organized all my small embellies, so I know I don't have any stashed anywhere. It's so frustrating! Guess I'll have to head to HL to see if they have any. Our HL NEVER has anything and it's about 30 minutes away. I am also making one for my friend's hubby, so I'll need to get them soon so I can get it in the mail. Man, why does this always happen??!! LOL

Friday, May 16, 2008

A Few Awards

Lynn nominated me for this award a few days ago, sorry I am so late in posting it. Thanks Lynn, I really appreciate it!

I am to nominate other bloggers:

I also received this award from Jenn D a lonnnnggg time ago. So sorry for being so absent-minded. Thanks a bunch Jenn.

Here are the rules:

1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

I think that everyone I know has received this award, but I'm going to name a few anyway:






All these ladies have awesome blogs filled with fantastic and creative work. I enjoy visiting them each day.

Ladies, don't feel pressured to play along if you already have.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I Heard You Caught A Bug

I used colors from the dp for this card, they are a little unusual. I cut the dp into 9 equal 4x4 pieces, as seen in Amy R's blog. Each square was matted onto a square of Spring Moss cardstock. I then tied the Sping Moss satin ribbon around the panel and adhere to the Bravo Burgundy card base.

I then stamped the sentiment with Brilliance Moonlight White ink right above the dp panel. The faux dew drops were added to the card base with liquid Zip Dry glue.

The bugs and sentiments are from Gina K. I stamped the images with Adirondack Pitch Black ink and colored with copics.
The images were then cut out with oval nestabilities as were the scalloped oval mats. I adhered the images with dimensionals.
Duke and I are going shopping for tennies today since we didn't get any before vacation. So, after breakfast, we're hitting the outlet stores. I am hoping to convince him to look at the LSS, but I think that might be pushing it....he hates to go shopping, especially with me since I am a marathon shopper. LOL
I am also hoping to get my hair cut tomorrow or over the weekend. It's time for a new look.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No Coloring Involved

A no coloring challenge was issued from Allison. The card sketch is from Taylor, I used sketch TECC9 for this card.
I started the card with Summer Sunrise cardstock. I then adhered the embossed light green polka dot paper from DCWV Nana's Kids.

I scalloped the edge of the pink and green glittery dp from the same stack using a corner rounder, then adhered.

The images are from A Muse and I stamped them onto Whisper White with Adirondack Pitch Black, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, and Summer Sunrise inks. Once they were stamped, I used a 1 1/4" circle punch to cut the image out.

The Sweet Blush cardstock was die cut using nestabilities, I then layered on the square of Spring Moss cardstock.
The images were then adhered to the squares with dimensionals. I punched a few holes in the sentiment circle using a CAD and then threaded and tied the Spring Moss twill ribbon through it.
Practice went great today. The kids were really paying attention. Duke and Cody spent a little extra time on the field catching and throwing. Cody normally doesn't respond well to Duke or I teaching him anything, so it was surprising that it went so well.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Little Duckies Clips

Here is a set of the photo chip clips that I purchased at The Dollar Tree. I stamped the penguins from CC Designs with Adirondack Pitch Black ink onto Whisper White. I colored the images in with copics and then cut them out and inserted them into the clips.

I gave these to my sister for Mother's Day.

T-ball practice went well, this time Duke went with us. We have practice again tomorrow night and after practice, Duke will be spending some more time teaching Cody to catch the ball. He also needs more practice running.
My nephew's picture was in the paper this week. He plays little league and his team went undefeated last year and are well on their way to an undefeated season this year.

Monday, May 12, 2008


It is a horrible photo, but I was too lazy to take another one and edit it.

The card base is Aqua Mist. I matted the dp from Amy Butler by K & Co. onto a green Bazzill cardstock. I used the Mat Pack to pierce the holes along the edge of the dp.

I used the slot punch to make a hole for the ribbon to go through. I used Aqua Mist satin ribbon. It was wrapped around and tied into a knot on the front.

The image panel was cut out and embossed with nestabilities as was the scalloped mat.
The stem from PTI Spiral Bouquet was stamped with Spring Moss and Old Olive inks. The flowers from PTI Beautiful Blooms was stamped with Sweet Blush and Aqua Mist ink.
I punched the sentiment from SU! So Very with the Large Oval punch and stamped it with Aqua Mist ink. I then punched a 1 1/8" circle of dp from Marcella by K & Co. and layered it onto a Designer Label punch out. I then used the Mat Pack to pierce holes for the baby pink brads. Both the image and sentiment panels were adhered with dimensionals.
Duke and Cody made breakfast for me yesterday morning. Duke burned the hash browns, overcooked the biscuits, and the gravy was toooo thick. Duke used to be a fabulous cook, I don't know what has happened to him. LOL I totally appreciated their effort!

Cody aslo lost his second tooth yesterday afternoon. He was thrilled and has been strutting around like he's on top of the world. They grow too fast.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Hope your day is wonderful and filled with love and hugs.

I started with a Bashful Blue card base. I then adhered the strip dp. The polka dot dp was matted onto Bazzill textured cardstock and I tied the Offray light blue stitched ribbon around the panel.

I stamped the sentiment from CC Designs onto Whisper White with Purely Pomegranate ink, I punched it out with a square punch and then adhered it to the green panel.
The image is from CC Designs, stamped with Adirondack Pitch Black ink onto Whisper White. I colored the image with copics and the penguins belly with a clear AtYou Spica glitter pen. The image and scallop mat were die cut using Nestabilities. I adhered it with dimensionals.
Lastly, I added the photo corners and the small flower with a rhinestone center.
I have to plant all the flowers I received from Cody and Duke for Mother's Day. I love having flowers around the house. Unfortunately, we can grow anything in the ground, so I am putting them in several of the planters we have. Duke has promised to make me some that hang over the railing of the deck, but I'm certain it won't happen this year. LOL He has a good heart, but is not very timely in the execution of his plans.

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Another card made with scraps. I started with a bright pink cardstock base. The dp strip was adhered to the Bazzill textured cardstock and I tied the Spring Moss satin ribbon around the panel and adhered it to the card front.

Emmybella was stamped with Adirondack pitch black ink and then colored with copics. I colored her top and purse with a clear AtYou Spica glitter pen. I used the ticket corner punch on each corner and matted it with the same bright pink cardstock as the base. The rhinestones were glued in each corner. The image panel was adhered with dimensionals.
The sentiment was stamped with Adirondack pitch black ink and then punched out and layered onto a scallop circle. I pierce a hole in the center of each scallop and adhered with dimensionals.
Hopefully, today will be a lazy day. It stormed and rained heavily last night. I just hate when the wind picks up and howls all night.
I stopped at the Dollar Tree on my way to Cody's game yesterday and stocked up on the photo chip clips seen in a previous post. I'll be getting busy with these today so that we can give them to female relatives on Sunday. We also picked up some popsicle molds; nothing like homemade popsicles made with fresh juice. Mmmmmmm!

Friday, May 9, 2008


The base of this card is Taken with Teal. I embossed the Berry Sorbet layer with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Circles and Dots.

The image is from C.C Designs. I stamped the cutie with Adirondack Espresso ink and then colored it with copics. { I have forgotten how to color it has been so long.}

I used Nestabilities to die cut the image panel as well as the black mat. The tag is a Cuttlebug die; I stamped the sentiment { the set was an RAK from a friend } with Taken with Teal ink.
I used the Mat Pack to help me place and pierce holes for the two shiny silver brads. Lastly, the Berry Sorbet twill ribbon was tied around the panel. I used some small glue dots to force the tag to lay flat on the card.
I hope to use up some of the scraps I made from creating so many scrapbook pages. I have a drawer full of them. Hope I can get through them quickly.
I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy your Mother's Day weekend. The boy claims he is going to wait on me hand and foot....I am not falling for it! LOL I love that his heart is in the right place though.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Gatorland & a Ladybug

We went to Gatorland while we were in Florida. Cody loved every minute of it since he is such a nature enthusiast. At the end of the day we watched the Gator Wrestlin' Show and Cody got to choose the alligator that the "wrestler" used for his demonstration. He was thrilled to have been chosen and actually picked the biggest one in the pit. I was too chicken to have him sit on a live gator for his photo, so I took the opportunity to have him pose with this fake one. He passed it off as real for Show & Tell when he returned to school.

I made this card some time ago and never posted it. I haven't been creating much more than my Yearbook Swap pages over the past week. Hopefully, I will find time to do something creative today.

Thanks so much for your visit!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

RAK from Jenn D

I received this lovely package of 4 cards, two each of the ones shown as well as a mini Post-It key chain from Jenn D some time back and forgot to post it. Aren't they beautiful?! She is so sweet and I am lucky to know her. Thanks Jenn!! Check out her blog, she always posts gorgeous work!

We are hoping to plant some veggies in a little garden patch on our neighbor's land. Last year, they offered us a good sized lot when I complained about not being able to grow anything on ours. We have tilled and bought soil and still can't get anything to grow on our land. I am thankful to have such giving friends and can hardly wait to get some veggies in the ground. We aren't doing much, just tomatoes, peppers, green beans, onions, and probably cabbage. Gardening is a little therapeutic for me and it is so gratifying to know that what you grow nourishes your family.
Duke and Cody are planning to go camping this weekend. I sure hope they do! It would be nice to have a break from them and spend some time doing girl things. My Aunt has recently separated from her hubby and has expressed interest in doing something fun. Maybe we can hit the craft stores in Knoxville, hit the mall, or get our nails done. I am in need of another pedi and can't resist a mani either. I am a total sucker for these self-indulgent sorts of things and I don't get to do them often enough to suit me. LOL

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Birthday Cards

I made two of these. I started with an Orchid Opulence card base. The Cool Caribbean panel was run through the Wizard with the Floral Fantasy embossing folder. The paper is some I got in a stack, not so sure of the manufacturer. Lastly, the Offray pink double stitched ribbon was tied around the entire panel and I added the flowers from K & Co. They were a gift of one of the Birthday Club members. I have been hoarding them since January.

Cody's practice was unnecessary yesterday, two of the team mates are on vacation and two more are sick. He is scheduled for another practice on Thursday, but if no more than six show up, he is going to cancel the game. It was so confusing and tiring for them to chase the ball. Anyway, after about 30 minutes, the kids just weren't into it.
They are having the end of the season banquet at the Smokies Stadium in July. We raised money to allow the kiddies to go on the field with the player that plays their position and stay for the singing of the National Anthem. I hope that we managed to raise enough. Either way, we are still having the banquet in their banquet room, just maybe not getting to go onto the field. Should be fun for them!
A nice quiet day today. I hope to finish my scrapbook pages and then start on vacation layouts. I have the photos uploaded and should be picking them up by Friday. Let's hope I have the ambition to do it.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Thinking of You Again

The card base is Spring Moss, I then used the same ink to stamp that background from Stampabilities.

The striped paper is Amy Butler by K & Co. and the pink cardstock is matted onto Aqua Mist. I then wrapped the Spring Moss twill ribbon around the panel and tied it in a knot on the front.

The sentiment is a rub-on from SU! SAB. The panel was added with foam squares.

The faux dew drops were added to the bottom right of the card front.
Cody has practice tonight and Thursday night. I really need one of those cushions to sit on, the bleachers just kill me.
I have almost finished the scrapbook pages for my swap; I sure hope the other girls like them. I am happy with the way they turned out, just wish I liked my photo more. I'll be picking them up from Wal-Mart on Friday night. That gives me the weekend to get them cut and adhered to the layouts. I should be able to mail them out on Monday. Yippee! I love it when I get something done on time. Then, it's time to start on the vacation photos. Yikes!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Altered Chip Clips

I picked these up at a Dollar Tree some time ago; they are photo chip clips. The color matches PTI Summer Sunrise almost perfectly. I hope I can luck up and find some more on my next trip.

I stamped images from PTI Garden of Life with Summer Sunrise, Wild Wasabi, and Lemon Tart onto Whisper White. I then placed some Wild Wasabi re-inker on an old toothbrush and had Cody splatter it onto the panel for me. He loved helping!

I then cut them down to size and placed them inside the clip. My sister and SIL will each receive one for Mother's Day.
I never made it out of the house yesterday; I woke up feeling awful. I slept the better part of the day. Once I woke up from my slumber, I was feeling better. Don't know if it is all the pollen and changing temps or what, but thankfully it passed rather quickly.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Many Blessings

The card base is Lemon Tart. I stamped the images from PTI Garden of Life with SU! Summer Sun ink onto SU! Summer Sun cardstock. I then added the flower center from Boxes, Bags, and Tags with Berry Sorbet ink for a bit of color.

The main image was stamped with SU! Garden Green and Summer Sun inks onto SU! Whisper White cardstock. I then lightly sponged Spring Moss and Aqua Mist inks on the panel. It was matted with Cool Caribbean cardstock. The Berry Sorbet twill ribbon was tied around the panel and adhered. I added the yellow dew drop from Michael's to the center of the flower.

I again used the flower center in Berry Sorbet and then added the sentiment from PTI Garden of Life with Adirondack ink. Punches were used the cut the sentiment and mat. It was then adhered to the bottom right of the image.
My niece, Tori's, game went well and they had a great time. Sitting on the bleachers two nights in a row has not done much for my back. Gotta get one of those cushions. LOL
Going to HL today to look around. Unfortunately, I won't be doing much purchasing, but I do like to browse and see what there is. I may end up getting some paper, I have about 20 more scrapbook pages to do for the swap; plus all the photos from vacation. I'll work on those while I'm in the mood.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Auntie Mother's Day

I used the same color combo as the card in my post here.

The base is Berry Sorbet. I layered on the Summer Sun cardstock. I scalloped the edge of the Cool Caribbean layer using a corner rounder. {I got in a hurry!} I sponged this layer with Tempting turquoise ink.

Once the Cool Caribbean panel was adhered, I tied the Offray black double stitched ribbon around the panel into a knot on the front.

The images are from PTI Simple Little Things. I stamped them with Berry Sorbet, Tempting Turquoise, and Summer Sun inks, then punched them out with a circle punch. Lastly, they were matted onto a slightly larger Basic Black circle and adhered.

The sentiment is from PTI Women of Life and it is stamped directly on the panel with Adirondack ink.

The t-ball game was great. Cody scored every time he was at bat and he got some of the other players out. Of course, they don't keep score and everyone bats even when there have already been three outs. All for fun and to learn a bit about the game. All the kids tried really hard and all looked so cute on the field.

Tonight we are going to watch my niece play her game. She is in the same league with Cody and our last game is against her team...should be interesting.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Yearbook Page

I am participating in a swap with members of the MSN scrapbooking group that I belong to. It is a yearbook swap. You create your own pages, send them in, and then they are all compiled and distributed. I can hardly wait to have all the pages in my book.
Here is the layout that I have chosen for my page. I will be using up my cardstock and other papers on this project so they will all be different, this should definitely help with bringing my stash down a bit. Since they are 6x6, from one sheet of 12x12, I can make 4 pages.

The base has to be textured cardstock for this swap, so I used Bazzill. The next layer is also textured cardstock. I then cut the dp into strips and adhered.

Next, I die cut the circles using nestabilities, then sponged it and stamped my name. I used the SAMJ for this step as well as SU! Typeset Alpha.
Then, I used nestabilities again for the photo mat. The photo corners were made using the SU! punch and then using the Mat Pack to help pierce the holes for the brads. Photo corners were adhered with dimensionals.
Finally, I created the sentiment circle in Word {my screen name}. I stamped the small flower from PTI Beautiful Blooms in the center of the sentiment with Pink Passion ink. I used a clear glaze pen on the center of the flower. The sentiment was then double matted and adhered to a scallop circle in which I pierced each scallop.

The photo mat and scallop circle sentiment have not been adhered. I will do that once I take and adhere the photo.
Cody has his first t-ball game today, let's hope they all remember what they are supposed to do.