Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #8: Miracle on 34th Street

Happy Sunday! Have you guys checked out the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog by Brooke and Sankari? Well, it's really cool, especially if you watch a lot of movies while you stamp! I've been meaning to play along for awhile and when I saw this week's movie inspiration was Miracle on 34th Street, I knew I had to join in! **Edited to add: I picked the right week to join in, they are even offering a Blog Candy drawing for participating! You have until Thursday, December 4th at 9 p.m. PST. to post your card, so go get busy!

I knew I wanted to do something with "I believe" and Santa Claus, but I could barely find a Santa Claus stamp! I dug around and found one that had been a $1 stamp from Michael's, several years ago I think. See, it does pay off to save everything! lol! I knew I might use it...someday! I think the Santa would have been cute with a brown scallop circle behind him in the chocolate chip polka dot Bella Rose paper, but I was too lazy to do one the old-fashioned way (making a Coluzzle circle and punching around it with the Slit Punch). See, this is why I need the Scallop Circle Nestabilities next! hee! hee! The finished card size is 3 1/4" x 6 1/2".

Hope everyone has a great Sunday! I can't believe the Thanksgiving week went by so fast, sigh. Back to school tomorrow, but only 3 more weeks until Christmas vacation! Yippee! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Classic Alphabet (retired); Santa $1 Michael's stamp.
Cardstock: Red Riding Hood, Kraft, Whisper White, Bella Rose DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown, Craft White, Red Riding Hood.
Accessories: Blender Pen, Aquapainter, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Alpine striped ribbon originals.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kazan's Sketch #14: Glad Tidings

Happy Saturday! Dh just went to make us a salad for lunch so I snagged his computer to make a desktop is too slow for my impatient self! And yes, we're back to salads after our Thanksgiving feast of the last two days! Although there is a wee bit of pumpkin pie left that I cannot let go to waste! lol!

I took a break from working on my bazaar/bizarre crafts earlier to make a card for Kazan's Sketch #14, always love doing the sketches over at 2 Sketches 4 You. I had been using a stamp from the retired Glad Tidings set, and I had some extras punched out in circles already, so I decided to use it. I love that "Cheers" part. For the Baja Breeze piece I used my new rectangle Nestabilities dies...I picked it up at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon when I caved in yesterday and hit the craft stores! hee! hee! I'm fighting the urge to go back today for more, ouch!

While I was out hitting Michael's and Hobby Lobby (got tired out before making it to Joann's!), I also checked out the Stamp Asylum, a local stamp store in Plano. I try to go there a few times a year and see what's new and do my part to help them stay in business (hee! hee!), but the exciting part...I ran into Suzy and Tina!! It's so cool to meet blogging friends in real life! Waving "hi" to you, girls!

Okay, better dash, dh says the salad is ready, sigh. lol! Hope you are having a good holiday weekend! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Glad Tidings (retired)
Cardstock: Red Riding Hood, Kraft, Baja Breeze, Bella Rose DSP.
Ink: Ruby Red craft.
Accessories: Red/Vanilla Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Linen Thread & needle, Paper Piercer & Guide, Dimensionals, Foofala buttons, Nestabilities Large Rectangle Dies.

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas hanging

Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Dh, Nick the dog, and I had a very peaceful, restful day. It's the one time a year I promise to cook a *real* meal for dh, including 5 pounds of mashed potatoes, his favorite!

I've been trying to work on some projects for the Christmas Bazaar (or Christmas Bizarre as Robyn likes to say!) I'm participating in on December 13. I just haven't been coming up with things I love, although this project looks better to me today than it did last night. Do you ever find that? Sometimes your projects look better after you've stepped away for awhile?

Anyway, most of the paper I used was from the Festive & Frost paper stack by My Mind's Eye that I picked up at Michael's with a 40% off coupon. I know, I had sworn no more paper stacks, but I loved the vintage feel of these papers and knew they would be perfect for some of the 12 Days of Christmas projects in Lisa Pace's class. Plus, it was a smaller stack, not a gigantic one. Like the way I can justify anything?!

A few other details, the stamped "A Very Merry Christmas" is from the SU Punches Three stamp set stamped on Confetti Cream cardstock. The 1 1/4" circle behind it is from Parisian Summer DSP, and the scallop circle is Not Quite Navy with Crystal Effects around the edges with White Chunky Glitter. I also broke out my retired All in a Row stamp because I didn't want to risk messing it up if I tried to sew real zig-zag stitches! lol! Not sure who makes the ribbons, they are from my stash that I bought here. The finished size is 4 1/2" x 6"...I glued the paper to a piece of scrap chipboard to make it more substantial. Here is the whole thing, although this picture didn't turn out great, sorry:

If I missed anything or you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me and I'll get back with you! Are any of you braving out into the shopping world today?! It's been rainy and yucky here, so I think I'm staying in. But who knows, maybe I'll give in to the pressure later! lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Punches Three, All in a Row (retired).
Cardstock: SU Not Quite Navy, Confetti Cream, and Parisian Summer DSP. Festive & Frost by My Mind's Eye.
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip.
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" and 1/8" Circle Punch, Crystal Effects, White Chunky Glitter, Dimensionals & Glue Dots, ribbon & jingle bell unknown, vintage buttons.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A few tags...

Thank you to some fabulous ladies that I received tags from recently!

First, I received the Kreativ Blogger award from Chloe at Chloe-Jill Designs and Kathleen at My Happy Place and Brandi at The Squareheaded Stamper. Thank you! If you haven't been there yet, be sure and check out their blogs for some fantastic artwork!

Thank you to Marilyn at Stamp with Marilyn for the I Love You Blog award. She has some really cool flip albums she just posted here that you must check out!

Lastly, I just received from Brooke at Designs by Brooke a challenge tag to post the 4th photo in the 4th folder on your computer. Kind of fun, right? It was fun for her, check out her cute family photo here. Well, my photos are mostly cards! But this one is pretty, it's a door prize (if you made this, let me know so I can give you credit!) that was being offered back at the Splitcoast Arlington Shoebox Swap that I went to in the spring. But I'm glad I did this because I realized I never posted all of my photos from that event, so I uploaded them here on my Webshots page if you want to check them out. They are mostly pics of the beautiful door prizes and a few people (like Jenn, Sharon, and Bev...yes, I'm shamelessly name-dropping!). I posted the cards before here if you want to see those.

I snuck back in to add this Inspiration Award that I received from Brooke at Designs by Brooke and from Megan at Well Dunn Ideas, thank you ladies! I find them both very inspiring as well, so I give it right back to them! I only found Megan a few months ago and I *love* her style, check her out. Also, Brooke co-hosts a Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog with the fabulous Sankari, it's very cool, go check it out if you haven't already!

Okay, I'm sneaking in one more time because Amy at Tsurata Designs gave me these two awards. Thank you, Amy, you're so sweet and you know I adore you and your artwork!

If you're reading my blog, I nominate you for these awards too! There is so much awesome talent out there, I know it inspires me everyday! Thank you to all of you stampers and artists out there who share with us everyday!

Thanks ladies for thinking of me! Hugs and happy stamping!

Holiday Extravaganza Sale!

Wow! Check out this flier for super special sales from Stampin' Up! (Click it to see it larger.) There are lots of goodies grouped in bundles up to 50% off! Don't miss the Curly Label Punch bundle at 30% off for only $23.77!

The sale runs November 26 - December 1 and items are limited, so hurry! You can place your order online with me here or email me, either way is fine! For every order of $25 or more that you place, I will send you 12 hand-stamped cards from my collection!

Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #32: Always

Happy Tuesday! It's so great to be on Thanksgiving vacation already! Yesterday I had to finish up reading Breaking Dawn, the 4th book in the Twilight series (I did NOT like it although it got a little better half way through) then I went to see the Twilight movie with some non-Twilight reader friends. The movie was TERRIBLE, in my humble opinion, bad acting, bad directing, etc. and now these friends will never understand how good the book is, sigh. Oh well! But if you liked the movie, I'm happy for you, I wish I would have!

Anyway, finally cleaned up the stamp room a little bit today and made this card for Kristina's Color Inspiration #32. Again, I would never have put these colors together, but I loved them (I always love the more monochromatic look): Red Riding Hood, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White. This turned out a little plainer than I had hoped for, I think I should have stamped the bird on Red Riding Hood designer series paper instead of solid cardstock maybe? The bird is from the Always set, you might remember when I made him a solid color back from this post.

Well, I just worked out (I know, a miracle! Trying to make the most of this vacation and start back on some good habits), and now I better clean up and run a couple of errands before some stamp club girls come over tonight. Hope you're all having a great week and having fun getting ready for Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Always
Cardstock: Red Riding Hood, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, and Notebook DSP (retired).
Ink: Versamark.
Accessories: Old Saint Nick Rub-Ons, White Embossing Powder, Versamarker, Heat Tool, Spiral Punch, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Red Riding Hood Designer Button, Dimensionals, white thread.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Laura's Sketch #13: Mark the Date

Happy Saturday and Happy Birthday to my dh! I took him out for brunch and shopping for some new shirts (his choice of birthday plans!) and on the way back home I said, "Wow, you've spent half your life with me now." Then he replied, "Yeah, the best half." Awwww, isn't that sweet?! Hope that wasn't too much *cheese* for ya, but sometimes he has a little "Edward" in him! hee! hee!

Anywho, this is the card I made for him using the Mark the Date and Full Calendar stamp sets. I was worried it seemed a little unpersonal, but I wrote some romantic stuff inside! lol! I used Laura's Sketch #13 and it came together very quickly! The size is 5 1/4" square, and I even used my envelope template to make a homemade envelope for it because I'm out of square envelopes. If you have any questions about any other parts, just let me know!

I went to a crop last night with some girlfriends and had a great time. I didn't take much to work on, just my computer and some die cuts to play with, mostly I needed some girl time, and I left feeling so much better than when I got there, as is always the case, so thank you girls! And...I have to admit...I stopped on the way there and bought the 4th Twilight series book. Since my Thanksgiving vacation has officially began (whoo! hoo!), I can read guilt-free now! lol!

Hope your weekend is off to a good start! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Mark the Date, Full Calendar, All Holidays, Take a Number Wheel, and Straight Up Alphabet & Numbers (retired).
Cardstock: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, and Pumpkin Pie.
Ink: Old Olive, Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Silver Brads, Clips Assortment, 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Old Olive Twill Ribbon (retired).

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Peace Gable Box

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for all of your comments and well wishes on my last post. My, I never dreamed I would have so much competition for my Edward though! A few replies on some of your comments: Megan, yes, they are VERY addicting, so don't start reading if you have anything else you might have to get done (like feed your children or take a shower!)...Jen made the comment about using a receipt for a bookmark and I used a Marshall's one, glad I'm not the only one!...Chelle, I agree, book 2 was a little boring to me too because it had a long, lack-of-Edward part in the middle and it was making me SO mad!...and the rest of you, I will be the only one running away with Edward! hee! hee!

Okay, back to stamping...sorry for the detour (well, not really!). This little gable box I started on last night for our 2nd stamp club project. It's not *exactly* like I had envisioned, but I hope the girls still like it. I had a bunch of these gable boxes left over from when SU sold them, and they really do make nice gift boxes, this is the largest one. I stamped some several years ago for famly members, and it's nice to see them get reused and passed to someone else every year.

I used the Ski Slope DSP and the Join in the Cheer die with the Big Shot (Vina's request!). I bought the snowflake dies last month with the intention of using them, but it didn't end up that way, sigh. Maybe next month, right?! I just couldn't resist using the BIG felt flurries, they were perfect for this box. I find the big ones a little hard to use on cards, they're probably best for scrapbook pages and gift packaging or home decor projects. Have you made anything with the big ones yet? Do share!

Okay, I'm off to blurf a bit, I'm still way behind and I'm dying to check out some super cute stuff out there! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Best Yet level 1 hostess set.
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Red Riding Hood, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Red Riding Hood.
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Small & Large Tag Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Red Riding Hood 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Join in the Cheer die, Big Shot, Large Felt Flurry, Jumbo Eyelet, Crop-a-Dile, Vintage Brad, Glue Dot, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Organic Outlines Bookmark

Happy Tuesday! Sorry for my prolonged absence, it's been such a bummer. I've been sick, nothing major, just one annoying thing after another that's kept me from sitting up at my stamp table. Grrrr! I did manage to spend 2 hours there this evening, yay!, and I came up with this little bookmark that we'll be doing for stamp club this month. Thank you to my wonderful stamping friends in the club who are flexible when we meet, love you girls!

Anyway, I saw this precious bookmark idea on Jen Del Muro's fabulous blog, you can see hers here. She used the rectangular Nestabilities, but I made do with the Scallop Border Punch, and made mine a little bit longer than hers.

I started with a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock cut 2 7/8" x 8 1/2" (I practiced with a piece of copy paper first to get it right.) I used the Border Scallop Punch along both long sides, then did the short ends across last. When I finished that, I folded it in half and scored with a bone folder, then put a piece of Sticky Strip tape inside about 1" down from the top, so that it will slide over your book pages and stop. Jen shows a picture here showing how it works, I should have done that, sorry! This picture below shows the side view and you can see better how it will slide over your pages. Wouldn't these make cute little Christmas gifts?

This project also ties in with how I spent a lot of my time these last few days while lying around sick and not stamping...I joined the cult of people reading these little books. I'm pretty sure it's a sin for a 42 year old married lady to be in love with a young vampire named Edward (he is an old soul though!), but heaven help me, we are meant to be together, maybe even more than Mr. Darcy and me! lol! Yesterday at the doctor's office, the nurse saw me reading the book while waiting and we had a 15 minute discussion about Edward and Jacob before we even started discussing medical issues, and the office was packed too! Yikes! I guess that makes it sound like I wasn't that sick, but I think the *love* (or *lust*!) endorphins were actually helping with the pain and sickness! Okay, I better stop now...hee! hee! Oh, I haven't read the last one yet, so don't give anything big away!! hee! hee!

Hope you all have been doing well! Thank you so much for all the sweet comments on the last few posts and for bearing with me during my absence. I have something else almost finished to post tomorrow night and a plan to get caught up on 300+ posts on Google Reader! lol! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Organic Outlines, Best Yet hostess level 1 set.
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Patterns Pack level 1 hostess DSP.
Ink: Real Red, Baja Breeze (stamped off once).
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Jumbo Eyelet, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile, Sticky Strip.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #30 Trio

Happy Wednesday! I *loved* Kristina's Color Inspiration #30 this week and could not stop making cards with it! What a relief, because I haven't felt very creative lately with all my sinus crap and headaches. For this first card I made above, I pulled out the butterfly stamp from the retired hostess set Cause for Celebration. I love that butterfly and have never used it, so I decided "Use it, girlfriend!" I was stuck at first, so I fell back on an old crutch...the circle design card! Whenever you're stuck, use can't go wrong! I also pulled out a much ignored set, Sweet Sampler, and used it for the other two circles.

This next card below I found the Certainly Celery card 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" already cut and ready to go in my stash, and I really wanted to use some rub-ons since they are on special this month. See here for more details. I used a stamp from Sweet Sampler again and embossed it with Winter White Embossing Powder. It started out as a square, but I decided it needed to be a circle too. I LOVE that new 1 3/4" circle punch! The background was too plain, so I also dug out my much ignored Baroque Motifs set (I dropped it first and it landed on the still spilled buttons, pretty much
finishing them off!)
Lastly, I added the "congratulations" rub-on from the level 3 hostess Holiday Happenings Bundle on the satin ribbon (old, from the Michael's $1 spot).

Then this last card, I ended up loving! I had the Ski Slope Old Olive patterned paper frame left over from a Top Note die cut and I had to save it because it was so perfect (that's rare for me!). I thought it would make a perfect picture frame for a holiday card. I also have some old envelopes from somewhere that fit a 5 x 7 card, so that's the size I made this. I put a thin row of dimensionals (you know, the edge piece) on three sides of the frame and left the top open to slip a picture in. That's my cousin's little girl, Sydney, isn't she a doll?! She's not camera shy at all, can you tell? That runs in our family.

I embossed the snowflake from Winter Post with Winter White Embossing Powder, then punched it out with the fabulous Curvy Label punch. I added the white "celebrate" rub-on from the retired SAB rub-on set, Love & Happiness.

So that's it for my trio! Don't you love these colors together, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White?! I never would have thought of them on my own, especially that Sahara Sand, I always forget about it!

Hope your week is going well out there! We're on the downhill stretch now. I'm attending a workshop Thursday and Friday, so it sort of feels like being off work!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Recipe #1: Butterfly Friend card
Stamps: Cause for Celebration (retired), Sweet Sampler.
Cardstock: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand, Whisper White.
Ink: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand.
Accessories: Circle Punches (1 3/4", 1 3/8", 1"). Ribbon from Michael's $1 Spot, polka dot brad from Target $1 Spot last year, white flower from a RAK.

Recipe #2: Congratulations card
Stamps: Sweet Sampler, Baroque Motifs.
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Old Olive.
Ink: Versamark, Certainly Celery.
Accessories: Winter White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pretties Kit pearl, Mini Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Holiday Happenings Hostess Bundle rub-on. Ribbon from Michael's $1 Spot.

Recipe #3: Celebrate picture frame card
Stamps: Winter Post.
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, and Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Versamark.
Accessories: Winter White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Curvy Label Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, thread, Love & Happiness rub-on (retired), Dimensionals, Big Shot, Top Note die. Ribbon from Michael's $1 Spot.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kazan's Sketch #13: Vintage Scrappy Card

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone survived the storms without too much harm! It only seemed to harm my head around here! lol! I should have went to bed at 10:00, but I hadn't done any creating all evening and thought I better just make one little card!

I wandered over to one of my favorites sites, 2 Sketches 4 You, and tried Kazan's Sketch #13. I didn't feel any stamp sets calling my name, so I played with some vintage goodies that my friend and downline Valerie gave me back last month on our scrapbooking retreat. Don't you love that fabulous lady?! It's an old playing card. I thought it would be a sweet card to send to my grandparents.

Okay, chumlies, gotta run. (Chumley is one of my dh's words!) Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: none!
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Holiday Happenings level 3 hostess DSP.
Ink: none!
Accessories: Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Pretties Flower, Dimensionals, stapler, needle/thread. Unknown items from RAKS: vintage playing card, button, Hug ticket, and polka dot flower.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rub On Some Cheer!

From November 10-30, get 20 percent off all Rub-Ons when you spend $20 on Stampin' Up! products.

For only $8.76 per package (regularly $10.95), you can get any of Stampin' Up!'s fun and unique Rub-Ons that can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, crafting projects, and more!

Item # Page #

Rub-Ons Description

111417 178

Word Flurries

111277 178

A Perfect Day

111416 178

Chateau Bella

111414 178

Hidden Garden

110283 179

Take Note

111806 179

Chills & Thrills

111804 179

Chit Chat

111415 179

Greatest Moments

111805 179

School Days

110282 179


128443 11*

Old Saint Nick

112843 17*

Season of Cheer

112735 39**

Hidden Garden Blossoms

Contact your demonstrator for more information, or if you don't have a demonstrator, contact me here! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Punches Three: FS92 Challenge

Happy Sunday! Hope your weekend has been going well! I've been resting between little bursts of energy where I work on cleaning/organizing/laundry. So during one little *resting* break I worked on this card for the Splitcoast Featured Stamper 92 Challenge. This week is the fabulous Wendybell, click on her name to check out all her great stuff!

I chose this super cute card to case. She used the long rectangular Nestabilities, which I don't have, so I had to wing it with the Scallop Border Punch. I tried several different test sizes using copy paper before I broke out the cardstock (live it, learn it!) to make sure I could get the scallops even across the bottom. So I started with a piece of cardstock 4" x 8 1/5" and scored it at 4 1/4". First I punched the scallops up both long sides, then I did the ones along the bottom. I changed the colors, stamps and used a different Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I also didn't use one small layer piece behind the ribbon, I just couldn't find one I liked with my card. Wendy has a great gallery, go give her a case!

Okay, back to the laundry. The last load is in now, what a relief! The last few weeks I've been finishing up so late, like 11:00 pm on Sunday. I don't know how 2 humans and 1 dog manage to produce as much dirty laundry as we do! lol! Have a good evening! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

*Edited to add: Leave a comment here to get a chance for a free pass to check out the 12 Days of Christmas! It's yummy goodness!

Stamps: Punches Three Level 1 hostess set.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Purely Pomegrante (retired).
Ink: Bashful Blue, Rose Red marker.
Accessories: Sherbert Ribbon Originals (retired), Square Scallop Punch, Scallop Border Punch, 1" and 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Rose Red Brads, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Laura's Sketch #12: Holidays & Wishes

Happy Saturday! I barely made it with something today! Decided at 11:00 I better make a card for Laura's Sketch #12 over at 2 Sketches 4 You. I made the chipboard bird the other night for a different card, but it didn't work out, so luckily it was salvaged for tonight!

I made this paper rosette a different way, using one piece of paper. I had tried it before following Martha Stewart's instructions, but I think I was cutting the paper too wide maybe. I tried it again following Lisa Pace's instructions and it worked better. I cut the paper 1" x 12", then scored every 1/4", and glued the ends together. The center wants to pop up, but will stick down with a glue dot or strong adhesive.

Thank you so much for all of your well wishes for my past week and for your sympathy with my button spill! I wish some of you "Monk" (that cracked me up when Tara said it!) and OCD types lived closer and could come reorganize them for me. I'm ashamed to admit it, but they're still sitting there, behind the craft closet door, like that! I know once I start picking them up I'll be compelled to resort them too and just haven't been able to face it yet! lol! I did do a major clean-up on my stamping desk and my office desk today, though, so that feels really good now!

Okay, off to Bedfordshire again (the movie is Bridget Jone's Diary!). Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, and Autumn Vine DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Rope Twine, Border Scallop Punch, Chocolate Chip Felt Flower, Chipboard Bird unknown, button RAK, thread, Glue Dots, and Dimensionals.

Friday, November 7, 2008

True Friend

Happy Friday! Mostly happy because this week is coming to a close! I did some surfing tonight and then remembered at 10:30 that I needed to finish the card I started yesterday morning at 6 a.m. for Beate's Be Inspired Challenge #30. (Remember, the one I had the idea for while blow drying my hair Thursday morning?) Hmmm, now that I see the inspiration piece again, not so sure what I was doing. Typical for this week! lol!

Take a look at the button tragedy down below, sigh. It was a bad spill Thursday night. Yes, each color used to be in its own little square inside the container. This is just one little example of how my week has been! lol!

I am excited to get started on some projects this weekend, and I just know things are going to turn around! Did you see that "12 Days of Christmas" box over to the right on my blog? It's a month-long holiday workshop being offered online by Lisa Pace. She does amazing stuff, so I signed up for it and highly recommend it, especially if you love the vintage look.

I'm off to Bedfordshire (do you know what movie that's from?!). Sleep tight! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: True Friend, Occasions Collection.
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Urban Garden DSP.
Ink: Basic Gray.
Accessories: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Baja Breeze Designer Button, Cutter Kit, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #29: True Friend

Happy Thursday! Hope everyone is having a good week! Sorry I missed a few days there. I broke down Tuesday after school and went to the some medicine for the sinus infection, so am hopefully on the road to recovery now.

After dinner tonight, I took a short 30 minute nap and then got up and decided to try Kristina's Color Inspiration #29. It's a doozy: Pacific Point, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White. They came together better than I expected. I have to admit, though, I went to my retired In Colors looking for Elegant Eggplant and couldn't find it. It's a current Rich Regal! Oops! What kind of SU demo does that make me?! One who never uses Elegant Eggplant, I guess! As far as that goes, I've maybe used Taken with Teal once in the last year, and I'm sure it was for a challenge card too! lol! But that's why these challenges are good, they make you go outside of your usual, predictable comfort zone.

Is it refreshing to see the old "True Friend" stamp set again?! I'm trying to break out some oldies. While blow drying my hair this morning, I actually had an idea for Beate's Inspiration Challenge, so I ran to my stamp room and started on it, using the True Friend stamp set. Somehow I thought I *might* be able to make a card, photograph the card, edit the photograph, upload it to the blog, and write a blog post all in 15 minutes. Ummm, it didn't happen! lol! I did almost finish the card, which is something for me, I'm usually so slow. I'll go finish it here in a little bit, decided I wanted to try Kristina's challenge before the deadline.

Schwooo! I'm very wordy tonight, sorry! Off to go watch Survivor with dh. Thank heavens for dvr and fast forwarding through commercials! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: True Friend. Cardstock: Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, and Ghastly Greetings DSP. Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point. Accessories: Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Photo Corner Punch, Only Orange Eyelet, Eyelet Setter, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Glad Tidings "Peace"

Happy Tuesday! Did everyone survive Monday and going back to work after a sugar-infested weekend?! lol! I was still pooped tonight, I'm not sure how, and didn't get a darned thing done! Ugh! Luckily I made this card Sunday with my leftover circles from this card and a leftover bird in my "parts pile".

The bird is made with the Big Shot and the SU exclusive Birds & Blooms Sizzlits die out of the Ski Slope DSP. The circles were punched out of the snowflake image from the retired Perfect Presentation hostess stamp set, and the "peace" is from the retired Glad Tidings Christmas set. Guess I ended up using lots of retired stuff, ooops! I love that Glad Tidings set, and I barely got to use it the last two years when I was a regular classroom teacher (NO time then!), so I need to make up for it now, right?!

I won't say "Don't forget to vote!" because how could you, there's election talk everywhere! lol! I will say this, we early voted last week, and for the first time in my voting history, I got teary in the polling booth. Something about seeing the name of my candidate for President, all these feelings just came rushing over me, feeling hopeful and excited and proud for our future.

You can get some super cool "I Voted" buttons from the fabulous Delaney here.

I hope you have a great Tuesday! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Glad Tidings, Perfect Presentation.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Red Riding Hood, Baja Breeze, Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Die.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Hi & Hello: Beate's Weekend Sketch #64

Happy Monday! I just managed to sneak this one in before bed last night! I used Beate's fabulous sketch for Weekend Sketch #64. I copied it to a T, nothing creative here, well not on my part anyways! lol! Oh, I did have to scoot my circle over a little to the right to get it to work with my "hello".

I've had that chipboard U laying on my desk for a LONG time, rejected from a past project, so I'm glad I finally found a use for it! While cleaning off my desk Saturday morning, I *almost* threw away all the little bits and parts that I'm always saving, but luckily I didn't!

Hope you had a super weekend! I caught up on a lot of sleep, it was so nice to *fall* back! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Hi & Hello (on the dormant list)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP, Bella Rose DSP.
Ink: Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Baja Breeze felt flower, Silver Brads, Border Scallop Punch, On Board Lots of Letters, Paper Piercer Mat Pack, Dimensionals.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Occasions Collection: FS91

Happy Sunday! How's your weekend going?! I haven't done the Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast for awhile, so thought I would check it out. FS91 this week is the talented Becca Stamps and this is the card that I cased. I changed the colors and made it into a Christmas card, made the side border "spikey", and I didn't use patterned paper on the top section, but stamped snowflake images and then punched them out with the 3/4" circle punch.

The snowflakes are from the retired hostess set Perfect Presentation. I really loved that set! I planned on using the tree that was in the set, but it was too short, so I changed to the words in the level 2 hostess set Occasions Collection. I think now I should have popped up the word "Christmas" though, may have to go back and change that...

I haven't accomplished near the things I wanted to this weekend, blasted sinuses! And I fear a nap is calling my name now, sigh. But it's also Happy Hour at Sonic and I could really go for a large diet cherry vanilla coke. Whatcha gonna do?! lol! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Occasions Collection, Perfect Presentation (retired).
Cardstock: Red Riding Hood, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Red Riding Hood, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss.
Accessories: Red Riding Hood 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad, Felt Flurries, 1/2" & 3/4" Circle Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Winter Post: Jen's SFYTT

Happy Saturday! I've had a slow start but am feeling better after 11 hours of sleep last night! Schwooo! That's a lot! I checked out some of the sketch challenges for the weekend and loved this week's Sketch For You to Try from Jen del Muro. I whipped this one up in less than 30 minutes, which helps restore my confidence after my failure with Kristina's challenge several nights ago! lol!

I used Winter Post and stamped the skaters in Chocolate Chip craft ink, then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. Add a Felt Flurry and some rhinestone brads from the Pretties Kit, and voila! So quick and easy!

Have you seen this Where Women Create publication yet?!

I picked it up at Border's the other night, and it's fabulous! I had heard that Shelli Gardner's (CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!) home stamp studio would be featured, and I couldn't wait to see it! I had asked her last year at the SU Artisan dinner if she had everything in the SU catalog in her home stamp studio (she does!), and the way she described her room, it just sounded so special. The other rooms they feature in the publication are amazing too, I highly recommend it!

*edited to add: I just checked out Shelli's blog and she talks about this publication too, go check it out here!

Okay, off to work on some more projects! Hope your Halloween was awesome and you're having a great weekend! Oh, FYI, I did add the pumpkin bar recipe to the post below, and the mystery reading to the children went super, they really enjoyed it! I dressed up like a ghost with a red ball cap and read The Teeny Tiny Ghost, which allows for lots of great sound effects, so it was very fun. Even the 4th graders wanted to hear it and applauded. However, it was very hot under the sheet, and I am claustrophic, so I think I'll plan better next year! lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs and happy stamping!

Stamps: Winter Post, Warm Words.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope DSP.
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Staz-On Brown.
Accessories: Felt Flurry, Corner Rounder, Pretties Kit, Paper Piercer Mat Pack, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals.