Friday, December 31, 2010

Stocking Tag and Looking Back and Ahead

It seems like everybody is making tags, so I got on the bandwagon, but just for this one.  (There are oreo truffles in the bag, YUMMMM!)

I know I post and then keep disappearing on you, but I'm trying to change that, I really am! 

Just a few thoughts looking back and ahead:

1.  I am thankful for a healthy family.  Chad continues to be cancer-free, my little boy is healthy, funny, and sweet (usually), and our new baby girl is healthy, smiley, and happy too!

2.  In spite of the economy and unemployment rates, my hubby was able to get a new and MUCH BETTER job, for which we are very thankful.

3.  I have a few goals for next year: getting back to a regular stamping and blogging and commenting schedule, cleaning out the basement (which includes my stamp space), selling my unused stamp supplies instead of leaving them sitting in boxes, reclaiming some of my kitchen cabinets that just have STUFF in them, and completing my cookbook project. 

There.  Now my goals are in writing for all the world to see, so now I HAVE to accomplish them, lol!  Thanks for stopping by, a happy and healthy new year to you and your family!

stamps - none
paper - old olive, simply chartreuse, pure poppy, white, scenic route pp
ink - none
acc - tage sale #1 die, stocking die (both pti); simply chartreuse felt; 1/4" white gg; rhinestones; scallop edge punch, dimensionals

Friday, December 17, 2010

Richly Blessed

Better get busy posting some Christmas cards I've made, lol!  I just can't believe how fast Christmas is coming up on us, yikes.  I am just about ready, have to wrap stuff.  Anyway, I got a few new things from Verve, and I used this beautiful sentiment from Richly Blessed.  The layout is an old fave.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sweet Baby Tag

Hello, friends!  Happy snowy day to you!  I made this tag for a baby shower I attended a week ago.
I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as my return to stamping goes.  Baby girl is 4 months old now and sleeping through the night as well as taking at least one good nap a day.  So hopefully you will be seeing more of me as time goes on.

Here are my two munchkins all decked out for Christmas AND the all-important Ohio St/Michigan game.  Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - vintage oval frame (verve), mega mixed messages (PTI)
paper - early espresso, kraft, pear pizzazz, raspberry fizz
ink - white, espresso
acc - blooms nesties, rolled flower die (mft), leaves die (su), vintage oval frame die (verve), pearls

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chance to win a Silhouette!

I just stumbled across a Silhouette giveaway, here is the info:
The giveaway ends Monday morning, but some of you might see this in time to enter yourself!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Verve WCMD #1

Verve posted 5 sketches around WCMD and I managed to get all 5 done!  This is my favorite of the bunch:
I haven't stamped in what feels like ages, and frankly it feels like I'm never going to get to again.  Baby girl is a good baby and sleeping very well at night, but that means catnaps during the day.  She falls asleep fine, but as soon as I attempt to put her down, she wakes up.  Grrrrr!  About the only thing I manage to get done each day is make dinner.  Which hubby thinks is the most important thing, lol!  I hope she gets into a daytime nap routine soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Elegant Wedding Card

We have a wedding to go to this weekend, and my mom was kind enough to come over and watch the kids so I could sneak away and get a card made.
I do have more stuff to share, I just haven't been motivated to blog.  Or comment.  My reader had over 460 items last I checked.  I've got the worst cold I think I've ever had.  It's horrible.  All the super-immunity I had while pregnant is gone, unfortunately.
Anyway, have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Damask Designs, Giga Guidelines
paper - black, cream
ink - black
acc - black satin and crochet lace ribbon, nesties, black pearls, dimensionals, corner chomper

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It'll Be Okay

This card was my submission for MFT's guest designer challenge.  It was a color challenge to use aqua, raspberry, and lime green, with yellow optional.  I covered this cutie's raincoat, boots, and umbrella with crystal effects and put the big flower as her background.  But alas, it wasn't enough to win.

I did get some good stamping time in lately, so I have stuff to share in the coming days, woohoo!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Heart to Heart Card Drive

Happy Day After World Card Making Day!  I hope you got some crafty time yesterday, I did!  And hubby is on vacation this week, so I hope to get a lot more!  I don't normally post on Sundays, but today is the deadline to participate in the Heart to Heart Card Drive.  Here is my card that will be going off to an Alzheimer's caregiver:
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Fall Elegance (PTI)
paper - orange zest, white, early espresso
ink - pumpkin pie, tangerine tango, old olive, early espresso
acc - olive twill ribbon

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

TCP Challenge 128

This week's TCP Tuesday Challenge (128) was to use PJ Bear.  I just love him, he is sooooo adorable!  I can't wait to add more PJ's to my collection!
I went with a purple and brown color scheme, and added sparkles to the bows and his hat with my spica clear glitter pen.
Thanks for stopping by ~ I'm off to pick up our new phones, woohoo!  Upgrade time finally came, no more texting on a number pad for me, woohoo!

stamps - Give a Little
paper - eggplant, orchid, sahara sand, white, pale plum, soft suede dsp
ink - memento, versafine blacks, eggplant, copics, spica clear glitter pen
acc - suede ribbon, rhinestones, circle nesties, dimensionals, stitch doodle dot piercing template, candy cane stripe embossing folder

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TCP Challenge

The Cat's Pajamas challenge 127 for this week was to use olive, teal, and eggplant.  I love these colors plus I had some stamping time yesterday, so I played along!
I used crystal effects on the icing, and a gold glitter pen on the flames.  You can kinda see that I stamped an argyle background on the teal piece, and ran the olive piece through with the canvas impression plate.

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Forget About the Cake, Birthday Bunny, Polka Dot Basics 2, A Little Argyle
paper - eggplant, teal, olive, white, aqua mist
ink - memento, versafine black, copics, teal, fresh snow
acc - mat stack 1 die, canvas/linen impression plate, word window punch, crochet trim, dimensionals, CE, gold glitter pen, rustic wood button, corner chomper

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Papertrey Posse Challenge

I finally got a chance to play along with this month's PTI Posse challenge.  Suzanne challenged us to pull out a new or neglected stamp set and put it to use.  I got Through the Trees before the baby was born, so it has been neglected for weeks.  I made a simple card with it:
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Through the Trees
paper - kraft, confetti
ink - pure poppy, early espresso, copic
acc - lace trim

Friday, September 17, 2010

Total CASE

I totally CASE'd Dawn McVey here for my mother-in-law's birthday card.  I just switched the colors and sentiment.  My stamping time is extremely limited, so right now it's just easier to shamelessly CASE to cut down on prep time, lol!
The card base here is smokey shadow, but it always photos as black.  I really love how these colors look together. 

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

stamps - All About You
paper - smokey shadow, soft stone patterned paper, white, pear pizzazz
ink - fresh snow
acc - mat stack 4, nesties blooms, little leaves die, raspberry felt and ribbon, button, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wedding Card & a Buttercup

I made this card for a wedding we attended in June for a former student of mine.  Makes me feel old, lol!

I had a chance to stamp yesterday, but I had no mojo.  Ugh, I hate that!  I should have just cleaned up my area, but I tried to force the stamping and it wasn't working AT ALL. 

Here's my little buttercup, at one month old:
Nothing like baby smiles to melt your heart!  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nichole Heady Appreciation Blog Hop

I logged onto the PTI forum tonight and found a pm informing me of a surprise blog hop to show appreciation for Nichole and the team at PTI.  I just happened to have this one that I hadn't posted yet!  Lucky thing, as the blog hop started tonight, lol!  Love it when things work out like that!
I do love PTI products, so thanks to Nichole and her team that make me want to buy everything!  I appreciate what you do!

stamps - YOF Violets
paper - ocean tides, white, smokey shadow, hibiscus burst
ink - black
acc - eyelet lace die, sweet blush ribbon

Sunday, August 22, 2010

TCP Blog Hop

The Cat's Pajamas is having a customer blog hop and I was able to play along!  They also had a sale recently and I picked up a couple new things.  I just love this bear!
I stamped this cutie on kraft and colored him with copics.  I stamped him again on white, this time coloring the hat, candy cane, and honey pot, cutting them out and popping them up. 
Hope you had a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Give a Little
paper - kraft, soft sky, spring moss, white, Echo Park
ink - memento, copics, spring moss
acc - chartreuse gg, button, nesties, dimensionals, corner chomper, liquid applique

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

FTL 103

Somehow, both kids took naps at the same time the other day, so I managed to get a card made for FTL 103 over on the CAS blogThis is now my new favorite color combo!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Garden Party Blooms (TE)
paper - concord crush, pear pizzazz, white, tangerine tango
ink - concord crush, pear pizzazz, peach parfait
acc - terracotta tile gg, clear bubble for flower center, dimensionals, 1/2" circle punch

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thank You

Well, Annika is almost 2 weeks old now, and we are doing very well.  She is sleeping in 4 hour chunks at night, which makes a HUGE difference for mommy!
My next several posts are going to be stuff that I stamped previously and hadn't shared yet.  One of my friends was amazed that I was "stamping" already, and I had to admit that I'm not that much of a supermom, lol!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shower Card and Gift, and a Baby Girl

This is the framed invitation I made to match the real one I showed you previously, and the matching shower card.  The bride evidently loved it, as I wasn't there to see her open it.

This card is totally cased from Dawn McVey, I just switched the colors.
The reason I missed the bridal shower was because my baby girl came!  My doctor took pity on me and induced me last Friday morning.  The pitocin started at 6:30, and she was born at 12:05.  I know, don't hate me. 
Annika Grace
(pronounced like Monica without the M)

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Scattered Showers, Polka Dot Basics
paper - green galore, ballet blue, white, Stardream Sapphire
ink - green galore, black
acc - top note die, bashful blue taffeta, dimensionals

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anni-Verve-Sary Blog Hop!

Welcome to Verve's 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop! 
Verve turns three today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! If you've already been hopping along, you arrived here from Julee's blog. If not, head on back there for all the info on how to win prizes (after all, what's a party without presents?), and to start hopping from the beginning. If there's a hiccup along the hop, you can always head to the Master Hop List  to get the full list of links.

Thanks for hopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Amber’s blog, for a little more Verve-y goodness.

stamps - Snowflake Splendor
paper - soft stone, smokey shadow, aqua mist, white, sweet blush
ink - fresh snow, basic gray, aqua mist
acc - corner rounder, dimensionals, berry sorbet ribbon, scallop edge die, rhinestones

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wedding Invitations

I mentioned previously that I made 150 wedding invitations for a friend.  They turned out beautiful, but I am glad they are DONE!

It started as a 22-lb. box of paper:

continued with lots of printing, cutting, scoring, folding, glue-ing, and assembling:

add some ribboning:
and this is what you get:
The paper is all shiny and pretty, from Paperworks Stardream Text and Cover lines.  I had the 12x18 sheets custom cut to 6x18, then scored, folded and glued up one end to make a pocket for the rsvp/directions/accommodations/reception cards.  There are no envelopes for the rsvp cards because we made them postcard size, and put a stamp on the back with the address.
The main invitation part measures 6x6.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FTL 100

I posted this over on the CAS blog for FTL 100 and thought I'd share it here too!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Mega Mixed Messages, Fancy Flourishes, Polka Dot Basics 2
paper - plum pudding, white, aqua mist, black
ink - aqua mist, spring moss, lavender moon, black
acc - rhinestone strip, lavender moon ribbon, scallop edge die

Friday, July 23, 2010

FTL 100!!!!!!

We are celebrating Fall-to Layout #100 over at the Clean & Simple blog!  I have a card to share here as well as over there, AND we are joined by some CAS superstars.  So hop around to see what has been created with this sketch, and then create your own card!  You can link it up to the FTL 100 post.

FTL 100:

My sample:

Thanks for stopping by!  Here is the complete list of participants, I can't wait to see what they have created!

Angie Tieman:
Becky Carafa:
Harriet Skelly:
Heather Pulvirenti:
Iwona Palamountain:
Jen Carter:
Julie Ebersole:
Julie Lacey:
Kelly Jo:
Lea Lawson:
Natasha Trupp:
Silke Ledlow:
Susan Raihala:

stamps - Beautiful Blooms, Mega Mixed Messages
paper - soft stone, black, aqua mist, sweet blush, hibiscus burst
ink - versamark, black
acc - white ep, sweet blush gg, blooms die, black rhinestones, photo corner punch

Monday, July 19, 2010

Catching Up

My two guys are watching Star Wars as I write this, so I thought I'd take a minute to catch you all up.  The past few weeks have been busy around here.  I finished 150 wedding invitations, 60 bridal shower invitations, prepped the baby's room for painting, and unloaded the same room for the carpet guy to put in new carpet.  Not to mention play dates, birthday parties, and family gatherings.  So my house is a mess because all the stuff that was in the room is now in various places around the house!  But the carpet is in, some of the baby furninture is in, and I've started laundering all things baby.  Now if this baby would just decide to come early, that would be fine with me!  She is killing me already, and I still have 3 weeks to go.  Not sure I'm gonna make it, lol!  But in spite of all the busyness, I've still managed to do some stamping for fun.  I'd have gone crazy without "my time".

Here's a card I made a while ago, based on a card from the new SU catty:
I stamped the sweet peas with vintage cream ink and colored in the entire thing with a copic.  It's a little more subtle IRL.  I also stamped a portion of the sweet pea on the berry sorbet tag.

My little guy had his fourth birthday last week, and boy was he excited!  It was so fun to watch him!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - YOF Sweet Pea, All About You
paper - kraft, berry sorbet, sweet blush, dark chocolate
ink - vintage cream, berry sorbet, chocolate, copic
acc - chocolate taffeta, dimensionals, piercer, photo corner punch

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Papertrey Posse July Challenge

It's time for the Papertrey Posse group challenge for July!  Our hostess this month is Amy, and she challenged us with a color challenge:
Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, and Dark Chocolate

Here's what I came up with:
I started by deciding that aqua mist would be the main color and the others would be accent colors in varying degrees.  To make the flowers, I die cut some bloom nesties in two sizes, stamped them with the same text that is on the melon berry strip on the edge, cut in to create petals, and crumpled them up a lot.  Lots of crumpling works the layers loose, so I started peeling back layers of cardstock for a fuller look.  I glued the smaller flower on the larger and added an ocean tides button in the center.  Here's a closer look:

Everyone is welcome to play along, so come join the fun!

The Details:

1. Create a card using the colors provided below - Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, and Dark Chocolate (or something close if you don't have these on hand).
2. Use at least one PTI product on your card.
3. Post your creation to your blog on July 15th for our official Papertrey Posse Parade of Blogs!
4. On July 15th, after you have posted your card, stop by and sign Mr. Linky on the official Parade of Blogs July 2010 post.

Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - Polka Dot Basics 2, Text Style Background, Library Ledger, Fancy Flourishes, YOF: Violets
paper - aqua mist, ocean tides, white, melon berry
ink - aqua mist, melon berry, chocolate
acc - nesties bloom, chocolate taffeta ribbon, corner rounder

Monday, July 12, 2010

Thanks a Bunch Tulip

Hi all, hope you had a good weekend!  I made this a while ago but never got around to sharing it.  I have also stamped a few new things, but now I have to find my camera battery charger so I can take some pics.  Story of my life lately.  Anyway, here you go:
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Garden Party Blooms (TE), Polka Dot Basics 2 (I think)
paper - real red, vanilla, kraft
ink - pure poppy, sweet blush, ripe avocado, spring moss, black
acc - avocado ribbon, sweet blush button

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Birthday Apple

A quick post today, I've been crazy busy lately!  I made this several weeks ago.  It is a CASE from the new SU catalog, a nice easy layout I'll be using again. 
I used all SU products except for the sentiment, been a long time since I've done that!
Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Birthday Basics (PTI), can't remember the name of this fruit set and I'm too lazy to go look
paper - riding hood red, cream, kraft, wasabi
ink - riding hood red, burgundy, choc
acc - little leaves die, dimensionals, rhred wide ribbon

Friday, July 2, 2010

Challenge With a Friend

My friend Jackie and I both recently bought the set Joyride from Cat's Pajamas,
and we challenged each other to actually ink it up! 

I used another cool color combo and made this:
So head over and see what Jackie made, I know it'll be fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

stamps - Joyride
paper - kraft, chartreuse, bermuda bay, aqua mist, smokey shadow, white, razzleberry
ink - memento, copics, aqua mist, fresh snow
acc - star dust stickles, dimensionals, button, nesties, word window punch

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Birthday CASE

One of my demo friends let me take a peek at the new SU catalog last week, and I managed to CASE a couple cards from it while I had it!  Here's one of them, super easy:
I ran the flower layers through my Big Shot with the canvas/linen impression plate for some extra fun texture.  I just love bright cheery colors, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Polka Dot Basics 2 (PTI), Tweeterpated - sentiment (There She Goes)
paper - suede, simply chartreuse, white, raspberry fizz
ink - ripe avocado, suede
acc - beautiful blooms die 3, orange zest ribbon, hawaiian shores button


I received some BRAKs last month for my birthday, and wanted to share them with you!
First up, from my pal Lisa Henke:

Thanks,  my wonderful friends!

Friday, June 25, 2010

PTI Blog Hop - Color

This month's PTI blog hop focuses on color combinations, and the colors I chose were:

Hawaiian Shores, Terracotta Tile, and Orange Zest.

Now, I went a little crazy and made four cards with this combo, I just couldn't stop! 
The last two add some other fun colors to the mix.
First up:
Detail shot: I used one of the flower centers to create a stamped scallop border:

Up second: (layout inspired by KWerner)

Up third: 
color progression, throw in some neutrals (kraft and smoky shadow)
Detail shot: canvas-textured umbrella

and lastly, take out the neutrals, add a shade (aqua mist) and a contrast (simply chartreuse):
(layout inspired by Lauren Meader)
Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to hop around and get some fab new color combos to try!  You can find the links to participants at Nichole's blog.

{congrats to you}
stamps - All About You
paper - hs, tt, oz, white
ink - tt, oz, aqua mist, smoky shadow, white gel pen
acc - tt ribbon, photo corner punch, button

{birthday ride}
stamps - Enjoy the Ride, Retro Background Basics
paper - oz, hs, white, tt bitty dots pp
ink - oz, hs, black, copics
acc - corner rounder, oval cutting template, button, crochet thread, rhinestones, CE

{showers of blessing}
stamps - Scattered Showers, Little Argyle
paper - kraft, tt, oz, hs, white, smoky shadow
ink - black, tt, oz
acc - nesties, dimensionals, button

stamps - YOF Sweet Peas, Green Thumb
paper - aqua mist, white, hs bitty dot pp, oz
ink - black, simply chartreuse
acc - Beautiful Blooms 3 dies, tt ribbon, dimensionals, simply chartreuse ribbon, oz buttons