Thursday, December 31, 2009
Are those the chubbiest cheeks or what? These were the only photos I got of her before she showed us she had some serious lungs! LOL!And this is my mom, the proud great-grandma! It almost looks like Ava is smiling here in Grandma's arms! So cute!
Thanks for letting me gush! If I don't happen to pop in later, I hope everyone has a safe New Year's Eve and a very Happy New 2010!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Well, in all the hustle and bustle, I forgot to post this card for the Artful INKables Think Ink Tuesday challenge! So sorry! I was supposed to have it post on Christmas Eve, but forgot to do the post! I worked so hard to get the card done by then too! Oh well!
Now let me tell you about the Think Ink Challenge that DT member Michelle came up with. She wanted us to make a card that signifies what our New Year's Resolution will be. That was a tough one for me at first. I have many resolutions, but I thought of a stamping one that I really need to stick to. I recently reorganized my stamping area and found that I have TONS of decorative paper. So much that it will take me until the next decade to use up! So I decided that I really need to focus on using all that old dp. So, here is the card I did with one of the newest releases called Creature Comforts from AI and some old dp from SU called Cerise.Cute, huh? This image is just so sweet! I can imagine it on kids' Valentine's greetings. And I love red and brown together, so I used two pieces of the Cerise with the chocolate chip which was run through the hearts embossing folder. I put star dust stickles all over the images as well as the web. Love that stuff!
So why not display your New Year's Resolution in the form of a card? We'd love to see it! You can find all the details on the Artful INKables blog. Happy New Year everyone! Enjoy the last week of the decade!
Stamps: Creature Comforts (AI)
Paper: Very vanilla, vintage cream, chocolate chip, Cerise dp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Copic markers: R27, 29, 32, 59; E27, 31, 33, 35, 77; B32, W-7
Accessories: Nesties, heart folder, star dust stickles, PTI ribbon, dimensionals
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I started with Blue Bayou cardstock and printed the template right on my printer. The dp is from Graphic 45. I cut the edges with a Martha Stewart border punch and added the pearls. I put the tassels on the ends sort of as a handle to open the box. You can just pull it to open it and find the goodies inside! The ribbon is satin and was a Walmart find!
The JUGs design team have done some fabulous things with these templates. You can see them all on the JUGs blog, but please stop by their blogs and read about them.
Friday, December 25, 2009
It's late and I'm so full and tired, so I need to lay down and relax! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I made two of these easel cards and I'm giving them to my mom and in-laws. My MIL likes these easel cards because she says my cards are too heavy and fall too easily! So this easel card is perfect!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Stamps: Holiday Treats and Tails (AI)
Paper: Neenah white, real red
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, real red
Copic Markers: didn't write them down!
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, crystal effects, oval punch, dimensionals
Monday, December 14, 2009
If you have time, why not leave her some birthday wishes on the AI blog...I'm sure she'd love it!
Happy Birthday, Kristin!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This week's Makeup for the Weekend Challenge over at the Paper Makeup Stamps blog is a sketch challenge...one of my favorites! Here's the sketch.Very interesting sketch, don't you think? And now here's my interpretation of it.I made this for my aide at school who got a promotion to Teacher Assistant in our reading department. She is a great girl and deserves to be a teacher, but I guess even in the teaching profession jobs are scarce. You have to work your way up the ladder. The inspiration for this card was actually the ribbon. I picked it up at AC Moore with the intention of using it for this card. So I went with the red, vanilla, and brown. I don't know if you can tell, but the vanilla piece was run through a Quick Kutz folder that the owner of my LSS, Sharon, gave me. She's so sweet! The pattern is circles and diamond shapes. I've used it many times and really like this pattern.
I know many of you love sketches, so why don't you pop on over to the PMS blog and play? You don't have to use PMS stamps, but if you have them (or maybe have some Christmas cash to purchase some), why not use them? They are really great red rubber stamps and come bare or mounted on EZ Mount and are very reasonably priced! There are a lot of great images in the inventory as well! And we are currently in week 10 of our Countdown to Christmas sale! Every week for 12 weeks, PMS has something on sale. This week it's 12% off your TOTAL order, so anything goes. The code to use at checkout is 1212gets12. (Yesterday was 12/12!)
If you play, link your direct post to the PMS blog and use the code M4TW07 if you post to an online gallery! Have a great day and thanks for stopping in!
Stamps: Apple Additions set, Dream Big (PMS)
Paper: Very vanilla, PTI vintage cream, chocolate chip, Cerese and Au Chocolate (SU)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, riding hood red
Copic Markers: R27, 29, 39; E27; W-1, 5
Accessories: Nesties, ribbon, dew drops, large oval punch, crystal effects, quick kutz folder, dimensionals
Saturday, December 12, 2009
But today, the Just Us Girls team has a fabulous challenge that I had never tried before. Kristin chose the chalkboard technique. You can find it here on the SCS Resources section. It's sooo easy to do (once you decide on a stamp to use, which is always my dilemma!). Here's my first try at it.The set I used is called Flourish Snowman from Darcie's. I picked it up at a stamp show over the summer. I inked this tree in a pigment white ink on black cardstock and then used SU chalks in Green Galore and Garden Green for the evergreens and Close to Cocoa for the trunk of the tree. The two greens gave it more dimension. I used SU's retired Holiday Treasures dp (love that dp!) and some sheer swiss dot black ribbon. There are two metal dots in the bottom corner. NO SPARKLE on this card! I tried, believe me! LOL! (I'm looking at this card as I type, and see that the green dp is much richer in color than in the picture. It looks very washed out here, but it's more olive in color. Hmmm....)
I hope you stop by the JUGs blog and see what the other girls have done and then play along! This is really a cool technique! Here is a list of the girls' personal blogs...they'd love to see some comments from you, too!
Thanks for stopping in today, and enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I hope you are safe and warm today. It's been very windy and the weather treacherous here in Buffalo. I am writing this on Wednesday night to post on Thursday, and we are supposed to have some really bad weather tomorrow. I'm hoping I'm home on a snow day! Wish me luck!
Stamps: Comfort Creatures
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
That's it for today! I have a busy week ahead of me....cutting down my tree, decorating, shopping! Not enough time! I really need a vacation for the next two weeks! LOL!! Thanks for stopping in!
Stamps: Holly Fairy and sentiment (PMS)
Paper: PTI white, pink pirouette, Holiday Treasures dp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Copic Markers: R11, 20, 32, 35, 37; YR23, 24; Y18, 26; YG17, 63; E00, 02
Accessories: Nesties, snowflake folder, MS snowflake border punch, glitter dots, star dust stickles, dimensionals
Monday, December 7, 2009
If you have come here from Dawn Barrett's spectacular blog, you are on the right track. (Did you love her creation?) If you haven't come from her blog, then please start at the PMS blog , get all the details, and then "sail on through" the hop and pick up your letters that will spell out a special phrase that will get you a discount on the new release!
I have Taylor to share with you today. She looks to me like a "sassy sailor" and I can just picture her saying this sentiment to one of her friends, can't you?I used Basic Grey's Boxer dp for this and SU's night of navy. This ribbon is one I've had forever and it's the first time using it! I finally found the perfect project for it!
My letter for you today is "N" and your next stop on the hop is the fabulous Dawn Wheeler. She always has something wonderful to share! We hope to see you tonight at the hop. It starts at 8:00 pm CST in the PMS forum. Hope to see you there!
Stamps: Taylor and sentiment (PMS)
Paper: PTI white, night of navy, Boxer dp (Basic Grey)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, sahara sand
Copic Markers: E00, 02,08, 18: R27, 29, 32: B37, 39;W-1
Accessories: Nesties, ribbon, star dust stickles, dimensionals
Saturday, December 5, 2009
I scanned the picture and printed it out to the size I needed. Then I used River Rock because I saw some green hues in the picture. The wordart was stamped in memento tuxedo black ink and cut and embossed with a nestie. I then swirled some River Rock ink on the sentiment. The corner punch was great to keep my twine in place, and I added the silver beads on the side to mimic the frame the picture was in. (It's one of those cardboard frames that the picture is permanently mounted in.)
You should stop by the Paper Makeup Stamps blog to see what the other girls have done. There are some really great sentiments/wordart to see. Don't forget about our blog hop all day tomorrow and our release party in the PMS forum at 8:00 p.m. CST. There will be contests and games to be played and prizes to be given out. Hope to see you there! Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for letting me reminisce about my dad!
Stamps: Wordart (PMS)
Paper: PTI white, river rock, River Rock dp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, river rock
Accessories: Nesties, twine, silver pearls, dimensionals
There are four more new fairies being released this month (two of which are boys), so stop by the PMS blog to see them! I'm sure you will love them as much as we all do! I'll be back tomorrow with another PMS sneak peek, and then Monday is our blog hop and release party. A fun weekend here at PMS!
I have another post today, so please scoll down to see that one. It's for the Just Us Girls challenge and it's a sketch challenge....my personal favorite! Thanks for stopping in today! Enjoy your weekend!
Stamps: Eric fairy and sentiment from Sailing By (PMS)
Paper: PTI vintage cream, soft suede, Autumn Meadows (SU)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, soft suede
Copic markers: E00, 02, 15, 47, 71; YR23, 24; BG09, 49, 75; Y000, 18; r20; W-1; C-1, 3, 5, 7
Accessories: Nesties, tag die, twine, Spica glitter pens (clear and gold), dimensionals
The Just Us Girls team has more delightful cards for you using this sketch (and I think we all did holiday cards!), so you really need to stop by the Just Us Girls blog to see them! And please stop by their personal blogs to leave some love!
If you decide to play, link your direct post to Mr. Linky on the JUGS blog. We'd love to see what you do with this sketch!
I have another post after this one...a sneak peek of a new fairy from Paper Makeup Stamps. Please take a look because it's a really cute one! Have a great weekend!
Stamps: Ornate Christmas (Inkadinkadoo)
Paper: PTI vintage cream, riding hood red
Ink: Riding hood red
Accessories: Nesties, riding hood red satin ribbon, prima flowers, glitter dots, textile folder, dimensionals
Friday, December 4, 2009
Today we are showing a new set called Sailing By. I love sailboats and everything about the water. I must get it from my dad...he was a sailor in the Navy during WWII. Anyway, here is my card.
Included in this set are two sailboats (this is the larger of the two), two anchors in differents sizes, a light house, and five sentiments. I just think this one is so clever...friend-ship! Cute, huh? I chose to paper piece this because it is a line image, which is perfect for paper piecing. I found a woodgrain dp in SU's Autumn Meadows pack for the boat. I liked the dotted paper for the sails. I used a Fiskars wave punch for the bottom. I had purchased this before I saw this set, and was thrilled to be able to actually use it! This sort of reminds me of a plaque with the woodgrain circle and the brass embellishments (these are from the jewelry department). I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch as my starting point, but added the square inside the circle.
So to see the entire set, stop by the PMS blog. The girls have some fabulous creations to share with you. We'll be having peeks through Sunday, and then Monday is our Blog Hop and Release Party in the evening. Hope to see you here again tomorrow...we'll be sneaking the new fairies and you won't want to miss them! Thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Sailing By (PMS)
Paper: Neenah white, chocolate chip, Autumn Meadows dp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, baja breeze, creamy caramel
Copic Markers: E99; BG01, 05
Accessories: Nesties, Fiskars wave punch, tag die, ribbon, jewelry accents, star dust stickles, dimensionals
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I cut and embossed the image with my new (to me) labels six dies. I like that the image and the dies have an antique feel to them. This fabulous layout is from yesterday's SCS sketch challenge. I just flipped it. It took me quite a while to come up with this design. I was trying so many different patterns and colors, and ended up with just the pink and brown. I used a cuttlebug corner die for the triangular pieces. I think it added to the antique feel.
I hope you stop by the AI blog to see how to do this technique and then let me know what you think! Thanks!
Stamps: Love Ya Lots (AI)
Paper: Watercolor paper, very vanilla, chocolate chip textured, Bella Rose dp (retired SU)
Accessories: Watercolor crayons, nesties, cuttlebug corner die, Kaiser pearls, dimensionals
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here's the original card I cased.I like both versions so much! I'm so happy for these challenges, because I'm getting my Christmas cards done one by one!
Thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Serendipity Stamps
Paper: PTI white, soft suede, Christmas Cocoa
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Copic markers: R27, 29, 59; G09, 28, 29; E71, 77; R11; W-1, 5
Accessories: Nesties, PTI ribbon, star dust stickles, glitter dots, dimensionals
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I used an older sketch from Jen del Muro, but left off the embellishment over the half circle. I ran that red piece through the cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder, but then attached it backwards so it looks more like a golf ball. We don't golf, so I don't know where these golf balls came from! I found them in a drawer...I knew they would come in handy someday, I guess!
I may do another one for this challenge because I need some Christmas cards and I love the snowmen! We have two weeks to get them done, so why not? Thanks for stopping in today!
Stamps: Golf Ball Snowman (DRS Designs); Holiday Wishes (PTI)
Paper: PTI white, real red, old olive, Holiday Vintage Prints dp (PTI)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, wild wasabi, real red
Copic Markers: R29; YG0000; W-1, 5
Accessories: Nesties, swiss dots cuttlebug folder, PTI grosgrain ribbon, oval punches, star dust stickles, dimensionals