Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I played for a bit and this is what I came up with. There was not a great deal of stamping involved and much more gathering odds and ends from my room, lol! The green dp is K&Co. The large raspberry square is hard plastic that came in an ad in the mail. My kraft was run through the Cuttlebug with the herringbone folder. There is a strip of red vellum and the die cuts are from the Smitten collection from K&Co. I stamped the I Love You with ridinghood red ink. The puffy letters that spell HONEY are something I found on clearance at Target. Sticky pearls are the final accent. I was not sure, but I think I like it!
This will probably be my last Christmas holiday card for the year. I just wanted to play with the Copics on the sweet image. The background dp is from DCWV. My little squirrels are a stamp from Penny Black. My only accents are touches of glitter pen.
Here is hoping that everyone is getting caught up on their chores and keeping warm and cozy!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I think this could have used a wee bit of red eye removal but I lost all of my programs in the computer crash the other day, so please forgive me. Aren't they just adorable. I know Dee is extremely pleased to see a photo of herself without her braces! I wish I could see the back of her up-do! Turn around, Dee!
As far as wedding info, nothing has been decided yet. They will start looking at venues after the holiday. Denise wants an October wedding to keep with family tradition. Since Shaun's sister has already taken this October, we will be looking at dates in 2011. Gives us lots of time to get everything right! Shaun is such a great guy and I know he will cherish her for a lifetime.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Where have I been? Well the sane answer would be to just tell you I am busy with Christmas chores. Who ever said I was sane? True, some of my absence has been from helping Santa with chores. But Santa is being very stubborn this year and he insisted I had to have a new computer. Sorry, but Mary Anne does not like change. I actually should expect coal in my stocking for some of the bad things I have said over the last few days. Basically I told Santa I wanted no parts of this new machine until all my stuff was moved on to it by the elves. Santa said he would do that for me. I smiled and felt like I had won a battle. I went to sleep feeling very pleased. In the morning, I woke up but my old computer kept sleeping! Santa had only gotten 2 files moved over before the big sleep. Am I happy, NO. Do I like Windows 7? Nope.
I bet if you tried, you could read a whole bunch into my sarcasm. Anyway these cute little tags are covered in Basic Grey, Eskimo Kisses dp. I used the Vintage Borders stamp set by Nina Brackett and the First Christmas stamp set by Asela Hopkins to create them. My ink was Old Olive and Baroque Burgandy by SU. I added diamond Stickles and cranberry pearls as accents. I topped the tags with cranberry organza ribbon. For dimension, I added little glitter gingerbread men. I will tie these up in a little package for a dear friend.
Thanks for letting me vent. Oh and I forgot to mention that not one of my scrapbooking, printshop, editing programs is compatible with this nice new Windows 7. Make sure you take out a second mortgage before you upgrade! Ho Ho Ho!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I get all upset and want to call the vet. Mind you, she is playing and acting like nothing bothers her. DH says no... we will watch her. At 5:30 a.m., there was a deposit of nasty undigested weeds next to my bed. The bumps are not as angry and they are starting to go away. Phew! Pets can sure be devils and we love them so much that they can make us crazy! I am totally afraid to look up the plant that she chewed and swallowed. I plant them in the same spot every year and that may never happen again.
Friday, December 4, 2009
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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
First cut a base strip that is 9 3/4" x 3 1/4". Score at 3 1/4" and at 6 1/2". Cut off a diagonal which does not go quite from corner to corner (see photo). I made mine in a production line. I stamped my fronts , then my inside sentiments, finishing with a strategically placed hole punched through all layers. The hole is used to tie the folder shut with ribbon. You will need about 11" of ribbon for each to make a comfortable bow. Make sure you use permanent adhesive in a thin strip on the bottom of your insert part to hold the goodie in!
I hope you enjoy this little folder if you try making them!
Monday, November 30, 2009
The image and saying are from the new set, First Christmas, by Asela Hopkins. I really like the gold edge that I put all around the card front with a metallic Sharpie! In person, it really sets the card off. See those little candy canes? They came is little combo packs at Michaels. They are foam with a sticky backing. I added some Stickles to the white stripes to jazz them up.
The #9 Nestie that I used, was a birthday gift from my DD! She treats her Momma so well! The little bow at the top was made when she realize I had bought a Bow EZ and it had not made it out of the package yet. She pulled out my ribbon scraps and made me up an assortment! Thanks, Dee!
Other than the little holly leaves and berries I tried to hand draw, the rest of the card speaks for itself. I hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
That is what inspired this card! I used the Loads of Love set from SU. My dp is from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses. I used mt Copics and a few colored pencils to color. A wee bit of ribbon and gems are my accent. My windshield and bumpers are clear embossed. I added Liquid Applique for snow.
See you real soon!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
My background paper was embossed and sponged to show texture. My main image is from Impression Obsession and my sentiment is from Inkadinkado. I used crystal lacquer on the cane and birds eyes and beak. I used white ribbon and a leaf with red gems as my accent. The scallop is the threading water border punch from Fiskars. Thanks for stopping by!
This week the technique is to do pattern embossing. As I have never done this before, I found it to be quite fun! I found a word background stamp from Lost Coast Designs and stamped it onto Gina K's Pure Luxury Ivory card stock in Old Olive. Next I used a solid leaf spray stamp for SU Best Blossoms and clear embossed it over the words. I cut out my image with a Nestie and leaving it in the die, sponged all over the images with Soft Suede ink. I took a clean paper towel and buffed the image to remove excess ink. My sentiment is from the same stamp set as the leaves, and was lightly sponged around. For accents I used a bit of ribbon and some cocoa pearls. I am pleased with the results.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Well we hopped into my DH's truck and called the address into OnStar, and off we went! Now as some you you who know me are aware, I do not own Copic Markers. That was the #1 purpose for this trip. Santa needed to bring Copics! We arrive at our destination which is back winding, country farm roads and there is a little sign at the end of a driveway. I can feel my blood starting to pump from the anticipation. As we entered this basement store in a beautiful house I realize how small the store really is. I see a couple other people shopping and I decide I need to get the lay of the land. As I scan a wall full of Cuttlebug folders, another customer is standing next to me. Gee, she sure looks familiar? I realize it is the sweet friend from Stamp TV who had originally told me about the store. I ask and yep, it's her! Nice to meet you Janice Melton! Well, she could not have been more helpful. What I wanted was a couple shades in each color family. Janice whipped out her color guide and told me the 2-3 shades of each color that she just loved to use.
Now my DH is smiling, because he realized this is not going to be the painful hours of deciding that he thought. Everything I saw that was needed for these reasonable prices, he told me to get. Wowzer, that was so fun. As it was time to checkout, Janice and I said our goodbyes and said we would see each other on Stamp TV. What were the odds that we would both show up there on the same day? Her trip is 1 hour and 20 minutes in the opposite direction!
When we had finally paid and were heading home, I told my DH I would get gift bags and get the goodies ready for Santa. To my surprise, he said Happy Birthday, go home and play! You see my Birthday is on Turkey Day this year! I thought my last online stamp order was for my Birthday! Am I going to argue????? Not me! Thanks again, Janice, for making this such a special Birthday!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
By adding Liquid Applique, I made 3D snow puffs for texture. My sentiment is on a Fancy Tags from Nestabilities. I added some punched snowflakes and glittery brads as accents. I did highlights with diamond Stickles. My card will be a "Thanks for all you do" card.
Friday, November 20, 2009
For my first card I used Nina Brackett's new "Vintage Borders stamp set. This is one of the most versatile sets that I think I have ever bought! The detail and beauty that she put into these images make for perfect stamping. The dps I used are a mixture of scraps that I thought coordinated well. My inks are night of navy and old olive. All stamps used are from the set, including the sentiment! I accented with sponging, gems, and Stickles.
I created this whimsical card using Rupa Shevde's new set called "Winter Friends". I added red gems, striped ribbon and diamond Stickles as my accents. My images were colored with pencils and OMS. This is such a fun set!
Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks for stopping by! You can return to Mr Linky on Gina's blog here.
Have a creative morning, and I will see you back here in no time!
My card was created, with papers from the Basic Grey line called Marrakech. For the top and bottom strip, I used two different stick stamps from Stamps by Judith. My sentiment is from the SU set called Best Yet. I used a simple button with hemp twine for my embellishment.
I will see you a bit later, as I have many cards to load today! Ta Ta for now!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Everything old is new again! I was so glad that when the Just Us Girls team posted this challenge, they said about going old school and using our much unloved brass stencils! Our challenge this week is to dry emboss on a Birthday card. I pulled out these neglected beauties and there was a Birthday cake staring at me. I accented it with chalks and sponging around the edges. Pearls, Prima's, and MS branches are my accents. The sentiment is from Melanie Muenchinger's Inspiration Mosaic set by Gina K. Designs. Happy Birthday, Dana!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thanks for coming to look! I am still a wee bit under the weather but I am coming along. Thanks for all of the get well wishes you have posted.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Copy paste all these fun questions and take the quiz!
1. Where is your cell phone? pocket book
2. Your hair? short
3. Your mother? in Heaven
4. Your father? with Mom in Heaven
5. Your fave food? seafood
6. Your dream last night? didn't have one
7. Your fave drink? diet Pepsi
8. Your dream/goal? I would like to see blue water just once
9. What room are you in? stamp room
10. Your hobby? Making cards
11. Your fear? big highways/traffic
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? a happy grandmother!
13. Where you were last night? couch
14. Something that you aren’t? skinny
15. Muffins? apple
16. Wish List Item? Copic markers
17. Where did you grow up? right here in little old Pennsylvania
18. Last thing you did? dishes
19. What are you wearing? night gown
20. Your TV? Grey's, Mercy, All My Children, and the Food Network
21. Your Pets? Black Lab "Jessie"
22. Friends? Same girlfriends I grew up with plus new online friends
23. Your Life? not very exciting
24. Your Mood? mellow
25. Missing Someone? my family is all deceased and my kids live 2 hours away
26. Vehicle? Ford Windstar I think..... van
27. Something your not wearing? socks
28. Your fave store? craft stores of all kinds!
29. Your fave color? red
30. Last time you laughed? last week...... sorry I have been sick
31. Last time you cried? heck, I cry at commercials!
32. Your best friend? Lee Ann
33. One place that I go to over and over? work
34. One person who emails regularly? Johnny (Lee Ann's hubby)
35. Fave place to eat? Seven Stars Inn
36. Facebook? Nope!
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I have just recently started adding Flourishes stamps to my collection and I had nothing that was appropriate for this challenge. Sorry!
I used Melanie Muenchinger's Festive Frame and A Year of Flowers stamp sets. The pine tree stamp is from Stampscapes. The flying geese are from PSX. I used colored pencil and OMS to color, plus much sponging with VersaMagic inks. I accented with a white opaque pen and used Dewdrops for my poinsettia centers. I hope you like my creation.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
You can never capture the sparkle you get in real life, but it is just so pretty! She is one lucky girl. Beyonce said it best in her song! Enjoy all the excitement, Dee! Shaun, ya did good!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I really love the combo of red, white, and kraft. It always looks so clean to me. My inks are ridinghood red and sahara sand from SU. I used 2 Gina K Designs stamp sets. One is the Vintage borders set that is new from Nina Brackett. The other is an older set from Melanie Muenchinger called A Year Of Flowers. The sentiment stamp is from Wood Cellar Graphics, dated 2000. Dewdrops and Stickles are true staples in my stamp room. I really like the pencil and oms look.
As for the good news, my beautiful daughter got engaged last night to a wonderful man. This has been a long time coming so we are extremely happy. They were best friends since their freshman year of college and now they will be together for the rest of their lives. Her father and I could not have asked for a better partner for her. I think we will have great fun preparing for this wedding. Her partners name is Shaun and he was just so cute and proper yesterday. He drove 2 hours to ask my husband for her hand. He brought me beautiful flowers to seal the deal. Then he drove 2 hours back to North Jersey and awaited her arrival home from work so he could ask her. He dressed and left the house like he was going to work so she would not get suspicious. The poor thing was still waiting for her at midnight with flowers and wine. Isn't that sweet? Her ring is exquisite. Thanks for listening to me ramble on!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
This is a very favorite photo of my son when he was about 4 yrs. old and I was actually able to dress him up ! He is 25 now and a 6'3", really big guy. I will use this for his Christmas card this year for giggles.
I used Melanie Muenchinger's new Festive Frame stamp set that was created for Gina K. Designs. I used detail gold EP from Ranger and colored with markers and pencils and OMS. I added some gold cording and red gems as accents.
Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I made it for the sketch challenge this week at Stamp TV. All of the papers are from a tablet I recently purchased at JoAnn's Fabric. It is Debbie Mumm and is for making calendars, but I love the season paper. My stamps and ribbon are from the Signs of Autumn, Stamp TV kit. I used green gems and some coordinating Martha Stewart, branch punches to embellish. Thanks for taking a peek and I will see you very soon!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The stamp is from Impression Obsession, and I used Marvy markers and colored pencils and OMS to color it. I applied accents of Stickles for sparkle. My embellishments are olive pearl studs and a stripy woven bow to pick up the colors in the star. My loopy background is Rich Razzleberry card stock from SU!
Now, what makes this lop-sided, is that she needed to use my Nesties, my Stickles, Basic Grey papers, textured card stock, pop dots, gold cording, red ribbon, and borrow part of a Stamp TV kit ( cause I would not let her take the whole thing for weeks). I also gave up 8 sheets of Avery labels to wrap around Hershey Nuggets. Now ya all know I am just messing around....... what would we do with all of our extras, if not for our kids? Have a great evening. Go Phillies!
Shaun's birthday is in the next 2 weeks and as they don't think they will get back before then we decided to celebrate his special day now. This is the card I came up with for him since he is a financial analyst. It just reminded me of him heading off to work each day! Thanks for looking!
Hope everyone had a fun Halloween. It poured rain here so I am up to my neck in candy bars. Goodness know, I don't need them in this house as temptation. Candy anyone?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I was lucky enough to find some green striped tissue paper in my gift closet. Where it came from, I have no clue. I folded it into about 18 layers and ran it through the Cuttlebug using Spellbinders, Flower Creations 3, Shapeabilities. It cut the flowers like butter. I used a brad to secure the center and then Glue Dotted a cranberry button to the center.
The rubber stamp that was used is from Hero Arts. It was stamped with Memento, tuxedo black. I colored the image in spots using OMS and pencil. I added flourishes by cutting them with a Sizzix Sizzlet. Cranberry organza ribbon and touches of Stickles were used to embellish.
Thanks for looking!