Sunday, December 30, 2012

What are you doing New Year's ... New Year's Eve ..

Wow almost 2013. When I think back on 2012 some of it was such a blur. Time seems to go a lot faster with each passing year, not like when I was 15 and it seemed like it would be forever before 16 hit.  I'm watching my son grow up in a blink of an eye and before you know it he'll be from elementary school to high school and I'll be wondering where the years went.  I'm going to try to be more present in the year 2013. By that I mean not looking forward so much or back but staying in the moment of what's going on because literally in a blink of an eye those moments are gone and when you don't stay present in them you can't then even recall what was. 

Today's card is actually a Christmas card I sent out to some friends but its the end of the season so why not one more.  Hope you like it.

The image is SU Happy Hour stamped in real red. The be merry is also from SU an older set but the name escapes me right now. The papers are DCWV and the punch used was SU. I cut the ovals with my cricut from the George cartridge.

Be safe if you're going our New Year's Eve.  See you in 2013 ....  HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! May your day be blessed with joy and those you love around you. 

This is one of my fav images from SU greeting card kids so I had to make one of this year's Christmas cards with it. Papers are dcwv last year's Christmas stack. The image was colored with SU markers and the scalloped border is an ek success punch. 

Hope your day is filled with lots of Merriment! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Away in a Manger

The card for today is the only religious based Christmas card I did this year. I had a hard time coming up with a plan for this image so I decided to emboss it and then remember why I hardly emboss images.

The image is from Stampendous and I picked it up at Joann/s. The image was stamped with versamark on night of navy cardstock then I used silver embossing powder. I only made 4 of these since I had a very hard time keeping extra embossing powder from the blue cardstock.  I hope you like the simple design.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Country Christmas

I have 2 cards for today and both have a country feel to them, or at least I think they do.

This one is Open Sleigh from SU. I love this set.  The papers are DCWV last year's Christmas stack. I used my cricut lacy labels for the frame for the sleigh image. The base is a kraft cardstock.

I got the idea for this card from a pinterest though I made some changes to it.  The deer is from SU. The sentiment is a dollar stamp from years ago and the papers are dcwv and SU.  The scalloped border is ek success from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Deck the Halls

I can not remember exactly where I saw this card originally but know that it is not my own design. I used the ornament punch from SU and paper from Cloud 9. The swirls and sentiment are from SU's Season of Joy set.  As of the time I am uploading this post (which is still Nov.) I am behind on my Christmas card making so I need to step it up or people will be getting store bought cards.  Are you done with your Christmas cards? 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

And the Stockings Were Hung ...

This card is cased from the SU catty and it was this card that made me want this set. So here's my version.

I layered the white base with crumb card stock SU. Then I stamped my stockings alternating with old olive and lucky limeade. I added a 1 inch piece of riding hood red below image and then cut a 1/2 inch piece of limeade with the SU border punch.  Merry Christmas is stamped in riding hood red and the button is from a fiskars sewing set I stamped on crumb and cut out. 

Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care .... see you next week.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thank You Friend

I know its Christmas season and everyone is getting in the holiday mode but I have one more Friendship card to share this week.  I am all about the Thank You cards. I think too many people go along now without really thanking the people in their lives for the little things they do. Everyone seems to be to busy. We all need to slow down and appreciate those around us, no matter what small part they play in your life.  On to today's card

Clean and simple... White card base. Doiley from the baking section that I adhered and then cut off the excess.  Sentiment from Hero Arts.  Ribbon from SU in riding hood red.  Rose stamp from SU's Stippled blossoms stamped in pretty in pink and cranberry. leaves in wasabi and limeade.

On to Christmas cards next week.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hello Friend

Before I move on to a couple Christmas cards I thought I would share this one with you. I love the color combo and design of this. I can't remember the sketch I used now though.  The base is crumb cake and the patterned papers are from recollections.  The sentiment block is from Verve Happy Hello.  The phone is a single wood stamp from inkadinkado.  When is the last time you called your friend to catch up.... I'm sure they would love to hear from you.

Have a great day ... see you next week.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Autumn Leaves

This is my favorite fall card I made this year. Its all SU except the one sentiment. Papers are choc chip and crumb cake. Inks are eggplant, mustard, espresso, crumb and Cajun craze. Stamp set is French Foliage.  Sentiment is from The Paper Company.

Happy Thanksgiving ... see you next week.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Give Thanks

Today's card uses DCWV paper from one of the older fall stacks. The center panel is really rust from SU embossed with the lattice SU embossing folder. The leaves are cut from Pooh and Friends cart at 2 1/2. The sentiment is from an old SU set called Give Thanks.

I don't know about where you live but our fall has been bitter cold. Almost time to decorate for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Long Time

I know its been a few months without any kind of post. I've just been so burned out on blogging. So I will say I don't know if my posts will be regular like before but more when the mood strikes.  I am currently uploading about 7 new posts to come out over the next few weeks.  The posts will be short and sweet.  Here's post 1

I know Halloween is well over but I just wanted to share these Halloween cards I made. 

This jar set from SU I think can be very versatile for any type of card.  The jar and lid are from SU perfectly preserved and the candy corn is from a recollections Halloween set. Papers are DCWV Halloween stacks.

This card took me forever to design because I was having a mental block.  The papers are old dcwv and some SU pumpkin.  The punched letters are an old alpha punch set from Jo Ann scrap essentials. The cat and pumpkin were a dollar stamp found at Joanns. I finished it off with a spiderweb edge from a fiskars border punch.

Better late than never. See you next week.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Field Flowers in Coral

Today's card is all about the girly girl.  Flowers, polka dots, pretty shades of corals and greens, soft and subtle. Would be great for Mother's Day, Birthdays, or just to let that special female in your life know how much you care.

Here's what I used.  The stamp is Field Flowers by SU stamped in wasabi for the stem and calypso coral for the flowers that were stamped separately and cut out. All papers are from DCWV Coral Couture stack.  Hope you enjoy it. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Back To School

All the schools have been back in for a couple weeks around here. My son is in 2nd grade which I find hard to believe but he's loving it, loves his teacher and all summer long he stressed about returning thinking there was going to be "big kids like 15yr old in his class".  Well he was quite relieved to find out I was right and there were no "big kids". So today is a Thanks for Being Awesome card, school themed.

All the papers for this card are from Basic Grey Recess 6x6 pad.  The ruler is a Bo Bunny stamp stamped on SU saffron and cut out and matted. The kids are SU Greeting card Kids set and the apple is from SU's new set Perfectly Preserved.  I colored the kids with SU markers to match the paper.

The inside uses the scraps left over from the front of the card and a Verve sentiment to finish it off.  I thought this would be great to give your child to let them know how "awesome" they are or even for a teacher.  Hope your kids are enjoying school as much as mine is this year. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

End Of Summer

So school has started and so signifies the end of summer.  One last summer hooray card.  I cased this card from some one's Pinterest board and it was so long ago I'm not sure who.  Super simple card ...

White card base obviously blue scrap for the sky, used a little vellum for the waves and some Kraft for the sand which I sponged some crumb cake ink along the ripped edge.  Flip flop stamped on dp and cut out.  I believe the flip flops are a dollar stamp from long ago.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

One Image ... Two Ways

I've done this once before where I made a CAS style card then one with layers.  The previous card was a valentine ... My Heart Belongs To You but I separated it into 2 posts. This time I thought I'd put them into one.  A stamping friend used this stamp on a card and I just fell in love with the image.  Here is my CAS version

The stamp is from Inkadinkado.  I colored it with SU markers.  The sentiment stamp is Hero Arts.  Basic white card layered with black and another white panel, then a bit of polka dot ribbon and you're done..  Super simple but it was very hard for me to let the card go at that.  I wanted to add more embellishments or a something but stopped myself.  On to version 2...

OK here's my layers.  For this one I wanted to keep the same color scheme on the image.  I liked the black polka dot ribbon from the CAS version so I used black polka dot paper instead by Recollections.  The top paper is SU everyday enchantment I think its called.  I layered them with SU real red.  I cut a small strip of baja breeze SU and cut the end adding a brad.  The thinking of you sentiment is from Verve.  So what kind of card maker are you ... CAS or lots of layers?  Or maybe somewhere in between.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Vintage Corset

I decided to do a little shopping at Joann's a few weeks ago and I just couldn't resist this corset stamp.  I had no idea what kind of card I would make with it I just loved it.  Now I'm a terrible judge of how big something is, so when looking at the stamp in the store I thought oh I can do this and that to the card and still have room.  HA  Until I stamped it and then tried to figure out what to do with it I had no idea it would take up that much room.  I don't know if I was partially blind the day I picked it up or what. LOL  Well anyway I have 2 cards for you today.

First sorry for the crooked photo.  For both cards I used Colorbok's Victorian Parlor paper.  The flourishes have a velvet texture and are a sticker I found at Joann's also by Colorbok.  I colored the image with some SU markers.  I forgot to mention the stamp is by Stampendous.

Card 2 uses the same flourishes and paper except I also used the tulip embossing folder from SU to frame the card and added the prima flower I had from my stash.  Which one is your favorite?  Also what sentiment would you put with this kind of image?  I asked all my stamping friends even posted it on Splitcoast. I got "Thanks for your support" "of corset's your birthday".  Can you think of any others? 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I'm So Blessed to Call You Mom

Here's a card I did for my mom for Mother's day.  I made this back in April but it never made it to my blog and its been hanging on my Create board since then so I would make sure to post it.  Now because I made it so long ago I forgot the products I used on it so I had to go through my stuff to see if I could figure it out and when you have to "go through" your stuff to remember the product then that means you have too much product LOL.  So here's the card

The card base is crumb cake from SU then layered with baja breeze and SU everyday enchantment designer paper.  I then cut another strip of baja and cut the bottom at an angle to make it look like ribbon.  The scallop is cut from tangerine tango and the label that is stamped on was cut from cricut cart lacy labels.  The stamps are all from Verve Because of You set.  I stamped the floral spray in tangerine tango and then stamped the single flower again cutting it out to layer, adding a pearl to the center.  I forgot to take a pic of the inside but its layered with vanilla cardstock with the floral spray stamped in the corner.

Thanks for stopping by hope you enjoyed today's card. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Simply Stickers

I was so excited to see Joann's carrying a few Basic Grey items that I bought several things.  Now I know a lot of you have been using Basic Grey for a long time but it was basically non existent in the area I live.  Anyway I picked up the paper pack Shine On and some stickers that matched and made 2 quick and simple cards. 

I love this large flower. I'm not sure how well it shows in the photo but there are many layers to this sticker along with lots of glitter and some bling ... all the things I like.  The little sentiment is a Verve stamp from the Happy Hellos set.  On to the next card.

Now I have mixed feelings about this card.  I love the little kites but I wish I would have only put the big one on and maybe stamped a small tree off to the right.  But when you put stickers down you better like where they are because I couldn't pull the small kite off without ruining the whole thing. C'est le vie.

Wow that's 3 whole posts this month.  I'm on a roll.  See ya next week.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Casing We Will Go

So I told you how my mojo was lacking so I thought the best way jump start it was by casing come cards from a couple of my favorite blogs.  The first is from Susie Stamp Alot blog I bought the pennant punch from SU and haven't used it much so I was thrilled when I saw this card.  Here's my version.

The cloud image and bee are from Fiskars playful day set.  The paper for the grass is from Basic Grey shine on stack and I used the Fiskars grass punch with it.  The flowers are an ek success punch.

My next case is Julee's from Verve. A link to her blog can be found in my side bar Poetic Artistry.  Well if you read last weeks post you saw where I had to buy Father's Day cards so obviously I need to update my masculine stash and I loved her Surfer Dad card.    Here's my version...

The papers I used are all We R Memory Sunsplashed paper pack. The sets are from verve Relax and Happy Days.  I stamped the swirl with SU Pool Party ink.  Tied a little floss around the top and cut out the surf boards.  I think I'm going to make another version of this and tweek the design just a bit. 

Before I close anyone else using blogger having trouble with the spellcheck?  It doesn't seem to work at all for me so what's the trick?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Another Month

Wow I can't believe another month has passed and yet I haven't posted a card ... *sigh*.  I will say I have been doing a lot of surfing on the web for card inspiration.  I seem to have lost my mojo just a bit since being away from my blog but I have been filling my days with reading.  Anyone read 50 Shades of Grey trilogy?  Can I just say WOW!  I don't think I have ever read 3 books as fast as that in my life but certain things did become really redundant, for those of you that read it I'm sure you'll know what I mean ... my inner goddess did a backflip and he gazed at me through hooded eyes and my breath hitched, just to name a few.  I think if I would have had to read much more of that I would have screamed LOL.  Though I did really like the underlying storyline.  The other book I read recommended to me by a friend is On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves.  I loved this book.  I read it in a day and a half.  I just couldn't put it down.  I highly recommend this book for a great summer read.

So we, I think, have finally finished with home improvement projects for this year.  I spent hours taking down border in our we could paint in there.  Its been 11 years since its been painted and was desperately in need of updating.  New bedding and blinds and it looks like a whole new room. 

I've decided to challenge myself the month of July and try to do a card every other day.  I hope I can stick with it and have tons of projects to showcase for you on here so wish me luck.  I picked up a couple new stamps at Joann's the other day and really can't wait to ink them up though I will admit I still have some SU product from last year that hasn't seen ink... what is wrong with me?  I'm not usually like this I try to ink all new products that come into my home.  Is it stamping burn out?  I hope not considering all the money I have invested in this hobby.  I actually had to buy Father's Day cards this year.  Excuse me while I hang my head in shame lol.  I haven't really bought cards in so long I couldn't believe how expensive they've become.  While persuing the card isle at the local WalMart I about fell over when I picked up a pretty plain card that had a small 2 inch square image on the front a little scallop down the edge and some gold foil lettering and it was almost 6 bucks.  That's when I was thankful I made my own cards. Now I will in no way tally up the money I have spent on making cards so it probably averages out that each card I make would have to be sold at $10 to compensate for the overhead LOL but we'll just keep that to ourselves. 

Well I've rambled on enough for today.  Thank you to those that our still with me.  See you soon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Not Forgotten

I know its been a month already and I thought I'd post to let you know I haven't forgotten about this blog.  I have no new cards to post.  I really need to get back into the swing of card making it just seems so many other things have been taking up my time.  A lot has happened since I last posted.  My Grandfather died and what a loss for our family.  I can feel my mother's pain as she has now lost both of her parents so I have been trying to help her in the cleaning up of my grandfather's house.  Its quite overwhelming to go through years and years of things collected.  It makes me think of my own life and mortality and not wanting to leave such a burden for our son to take care of when we're gone. 

Aside from that we had a little bit of construction done to our home.  I mentioned in a previous post about our bathroom woes and how the pipe broke and water poured through our kitchen ceiling.  Here's a pic of the before...

Well we finally got that taken care of and I now have a beautiful new ceiling.  Going from those awful fluorescent lights to recessed lighting has made such a world of difference in our kitchen.  You know in those design shows where they talk about how important lighting is to a room, well I believe them because I have gone from loathing the way my kitchen looked to loving it.  Here's the after pic

My kitchen seems much warmer now and inviting.  On top of all this my baby has finished school and now moved on to second grade .... I can't believe it.  He went from talking about Backyardigans and Sesame street to when am I going to be allowed to drive and when can I get a phone.  Why do you  need a phone I asked him.  Well just in case I need to get ahold of you to tell you where I am.  OK well excuse me but you're still only 7 so I will know where you are at every minute of the day so you don't need to worry about having a phone.  geez. lol 

So I will close this post as I started letting you know I have not forgotten about those that stop by but I will be gone for just a bit longer.  Hope you are having a wonderful summer. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Little Break

Well after months of back and forth I have decided to take a little break from the blogging world.  I've had my blog for about 2 1/2 yrs now trying to be very faithful and making sure it had new content at least every week and with my current mojo lacking its time to take a little breather, hopefully to refresh and renew myself.  I'm not sure exactly when I'll be posting again but I will be gone for at least a month.  I hope you will stick it out with me and you can always sign up for email alerts so you'll know when I'm back online.  Thank you for wonderful comments and I look forward to starting back up again after this time away. 

Have a wonderful day

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Relax and Enjoy the Little Things

2 masculine cards for you today.  One a CAS style which if you're a frequent visitor you know I struggle with these and the other uses the window die from Poppy Stamps.

I really wanted something quick and easy to give all the men for either their birthday or Father's day because I've watched them open their cards and most just skim the sentiment and that's the end.  Well at least the ones I know do.  If you have a man that admires your creations and oohs and aahs over them wow count yourself one of the lucky ones.  So for this CAS card I used SU indigo blue cardstock and ink.  I used the Verve set Relax for the rest of the card and colored with SU markers
This one is my favorite and it was so easy to do.  Die cut the window of course and then I stamped the light house on a piece of white and just kept cutting it down till it fit behind the window die perfectly.  I colored it with SU markers.  To do the sky I used SU chalks on a q tip.  The blue paper was embossed with Tim Holtz's woodgrain embossing folder.  The sentiment is verve and the blue birds are from an Inkadinkado set called Coastal

Sunday, April 22, 2012

What's black, white and read all over?

As soon as I saw the You're My Type set from SU I knew the card I wanted to make with it. This is a great set for masculine cards.
This set saved a stamp in my stash that I almost sold.  I've had the stampendous background stamp since I first started stamping years ago but never really used it.  Its been sitting in my to sell box for over a year but it works perfectly with the typewriter so it stays.  One more set of masculine cards to share with you next week.  See you then.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

You Rocket

I thought I'd share a couple kids birthday cards I made.  The 2 cards I'm always lacking is kids and masculine birthday cards.  So these both are quick and simple to do.

For this card I used SU craft embossed with spots and dots embossing folder.  The stamp is from Stampendous Changito line.  The little stars are punched with a ek success punch.  I colored the image with tombow markers and the dp is from Inque Boutique.
The dp on here is DCWV Citrus stack that I paired with SU tangerine tango and marina mist that I embossed with the SU square lattice folder.  The stamp set is also SU colored with SU markers.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone.  I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.  Now I have to admit that I have been a bit of a slacker this Easter season.  I usually make at least 4 or 5 different Easter cards but as you can see from my blog I haven't made any this year.... AHHHH!!  So I'm going to share past Easter cards I made.

Bunny School.  This one is a favorite of my son.
This one is one of my favorites and was published in Just Cards!
Super quick and easy Easter Greetings
Another one of my favorites. TAC Stamps and SU embossing folder
This one seemed to be a popular post on this blog.  I love the way it turned out especially when I thought it was going in another direction.  Hope you enjoyed a flashback from Easter's past.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Let's Smash It!

OK I have officially jumped on the Smash bandwagon.  The thing is before all these cool things were brought on the market by K&Co to make Smash books I was doing it in my 20's not calling it by the fancy name. LOL  If I only knew then it would be such a hot thing to do 20 some years later.  Well anyway on to my book.  I bought the pink Girly book from K&Co and decided to make it all about ME.  So here's a few pages.

These are the wonderful men I get to hang out with daily.  My husband and son.  I bought a cheap deck of cards and used them on here.  I also used one of the smash book mini book pages you fill in and tear out.  The rest are stickers from my stash
Ah JJ Abrams.  I was so lucky last year to get to see JJ Abrams and his crew in our little town filming the movie Super 8.  I went to the set several days especially the few days they shot a block from my house and snapped some pictures.  The one close up of JJ was when I actually got to meet him.  I cut myself out of that pic because I looked terrible.  I was not prepared to meet a famous celebrity that day.  The far away shot of Kyle Chandler was as close as I could get to him.  I used some stickers and cut out from the local paper to embellish this page.
This page is all about my love of paper crafts.  I cut out pics from the Paper Crafts magazine.  Took a pic of some of the mags I've been published in and took a pic of my paper stash and stamps.  I used a snippet of string, paper and ribbon to also embellish my page.  I'm having a lot of fun making this book and preserving these memories.  Right now I'm still collecting for my other pages but as I get them finish I'll share more.  Hope you enjoyed this post and if you haven't started Smashing yet go ahead and give it a try.  You'll be addicted.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

BoBunny Card Kit

I have a bunch of cards to share with you today. There is no stamping involved and all were so easy to do just followed the directions that were provided in the card kit.  The kit is called Gabrielle by Bo Bunny and I happened to find it on clearance.  All the pieces are numbered and the directions are very specific with pictures to accompany it.  So if there is anyone that has thought of making cards but was too afraid to try then this would be the perfect kit to get started with.  All cards shown are made with all products from kit adding nothing extra.

Thanks for taking time to stop by.  Hope to have some Easter cards for you next week.  Till then happy crafting....

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Springtime Window

2 days and Spring is officially here.  The weather here has been beautiful.  So warm that I have been able to open a window a couple days. Speaking of windows that's what today's card is all about a springtime window.  I got the idea for this card from Splitcoaststampers.  I love this new window die from poppystamps. I can't tell you really where to find it because it was a Christmas gift from a friend.  Anyway on to the card

Its hard to see in the photo but the card base is white, layered with dcwv citrus stack paper. The fence is MS punch, grass is Fiskars punch and the little flowers are a ek success punch.  To give the window some curtains I used the eyelet border punch from SU.  Super simple card to do, no stamping just punches and dies.  Bring on Spring!!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

May You Always Know ...

This card was inspired by a card in Paper Crafts mag Jan/Feb issue on pg 27 by Amber Hight. 

I loved the layout of this card.  I used the Martha Stewart punch for the fence which I inked with tea stain by ranger.  The grass is a fiskars punch.  The flowers are from Verve Many Blessings set. I double stamped the pink one and cut one out so I could pop it up with dimensionals adding a little bling to the center.  The butterfly is also a MS punch.  Sentiment is by Hero Arts.  I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Only a few more days till its officially spring.  See you next week.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

If the Shoe Fits

I have 2 cards for you today, both using the same DP and same stamp set just 2 different layouts.

card 1

The DP is from DCWV Lemon Flower stack and the stamps are Fiskars Girls Night out.  I love the sparkle in the DP and to mimic that I added some sparkle to the shoes with black stickles.

Card 2

This one for me is kind of off.  I tried this new layout but I didn't want the sentiment to be slanted so I stamped it so it would look straight and I think it throws the whole card off.  I do love these beautiful papers though.  Thanks for stopping today. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thanks a Latte

A quick and simple thank you card to end this month.  I like to keep a stash of thank yous on hand, now if I could get in the habit of doing that with birthday cards too I'd be good to go.

Stamps are by Verve from the better with you set and the library card is from PTI.  The paper is DCWV Rustic stack. I love this color combo.  Craft or crumb cake is one of my new favorite colors and I seem to want to use it a lot lately.  I started out by stamping the coffee rings on the crumb in espresso ink SU.  The DP matched SU's razzelberry color perfectly and used it for the mat and to cut the little button from SU's embosslit folder.  The cup was colored with SU markers and popped up with a dimensional.  Now somebody please tell me the secret to keeping ribbon on your cards.  I have this one on with glue dots and tape and it still seems to pop off after sitting a couple days.  What's your trick?????


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