Friday, December 18, 2009
OK...as usual I am following a trend. This time it is snowman week! I love this guy and had to bid on him from Ebay several times to get him at the price I wanted since it is a retired set! He may love the snow, but I am not loving the storm that is threatening to keep my beloved away another day...I pray that the weather is stable enough for Chip to drive home tomorrow! At any rate the main colors in this card are old olive, real red, vanilla and black. Hope you like it and thanks for looking :-).
I bought some chocolates for my son's 8th grade teachers (8 of them) and wanted a nice (economical) way to present them. I found this cute tag on splitcoast and copied it. Being me, it was about 10pm last night before I finished them. I decided the tags were way too cute to just put on the box of chocolates. What to do? I considered wrapping the boxes, but didn't have any paper that would coordinate...so out came the lunch bags. I stamped snowflakes on them with white craft ink, add a gingham bow and I love the result. I wasn't very crafty when my son was little, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create some homemade goodness for his teachers now. I hope that they enjoy them....and that my son doesn't get too ridiculed for having these ;-)!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Happiness for me is having a morning to play in my stamp room and create! I am so blessed to have the supplies and opportunity to play and make cards to hopefully bless others with...thanks to my terrific hubby. I am so thankful for him and his loving generous heart. I even have it on good authority that Christmas promises to bring even more stamping joy my way....I can't wait ;-)!!
This card really blings irl...my camera did not pick up the sparkle. I love to find a use for the things that I've purchased because they were a good deal or I "just had to have it". This card represents both for me. I picked up a package of glittered cards on clearance and this tree punch was calling my name. I combined the two with the sentiment from a retired SU set to create my winter wonderland scene as I would image the snow to glisten in the moonlight. Of course living in GA and traveling to south FL for Christmas means this is as close as we'll get to the real thing!
I was not happy with my original card...so true to myself, I ripped it apart and tweaked until I was satisfied. I am not saying I would have made it this way from scratch, but at some point I was determined to salvage this card! There are still a couple of issues, but I am happier with this version!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I was cleaning up my craft table last night and put this quick card together from scraps and experimental peices. I think I am finally getting into a stamping groove that suites me...I enjoy simple, bold and happy images! This card is especially suiting to me since I finished up the Bible Study I was leading yesterday...it is my fervent prayer that all the sweet and wonderful ladies from the class will continue to bloom in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day and thanks for stoppin by!
**After I posted this, I realized that the colors match my blog--cool ;o).
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
This is my third and final post for today! I was busy playing in my craft room over the weekend (obviously), so today back to being productive! I have decided to embrace the fact that this bird keeps landing on all my Christmas themed cards this year...he's pretty cute. As Christmas is rapidly approaching, I want to be sure to remember that it IS a joyous time of year and worth celebrating the beauty of all that is around us and all that God has graciously done for us already! I pray that this season will find us all truly grateful and not too caught up in the commercial madness...
I was "doodling" on a piece of paper while talking with my hubby on the phone last night. I kept drawing a little bumble bee...so I decided to make one! I used the ornament punch for his body, 1" & 3/4" circle punches for his head, small oval punch for the vellum wings, snowflake punch for his arms, the 1/16" circle punch for his nose, the slit punch for his mouth, scallop oval punch for the clouds and finally the heart to heart punch. the sentiment was framed with the designer label punch. I think he turned out pretty cute....and now I don't feel quite as guilty for my punch collection obsession!!!
My submission for this week's PPA challenge is a little late. I was stumped for a victorian theme. I don't have any stamps that would fit the bill, but I had decided that mistletoe was timeless so here it is!
Of course I had to add my mandatory red bird (that I seem to be obsessed with this season)!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
These are a few of the Christmas cards that I have been working on. I know that everyone else is sick of Holiday cards already, but I am only getting started...better late than never!
Anyway, I have accumulated lots of supplies and whiled away many hours admiring lots of talented ladies online. I decided the only way I am going to get better is to just do it!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. My favorite is the last one...the flocked paper, satin ribbon and this bird...even I couldn't go wrong! To top it off the image is sprayed with the shimmer paint that is SOOOO pretty in person.
I have to add that just as I was going to hit the post button I realized that EVERY ONE of these cards has a red bird on it. I honestly didn't plan that or catch it until just now. I have a real problem with repeating patterns. The lady at the dry cleaning store busted me on this when I turn in tops....there are always several items in the same color...green, pink or brown. TOO funny!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
It has been so long since I posted, I am going for #3 today! I made this card using natural white CS for the base, not quite navy and basic black for the image. I randomly stamped the flower image from the True Friend stamp set in basic black ink, then highlighted them with the white gel pen. The sentiment stamped in black onto a ribbon tag finishes this card.
I am posting this Christmas card that I made for my upline swap. I had a great time with the ladies--it is so much more fun to stamp in a group! I combined stamps from Lovely as a Tree, Cardinal Christmas and Branch Out for this card. I used Craft, Always Artichoke, Real Red and natural white for the CS. It was finished off with a twine bow and misted with the fabulous shimmer paint for a more festive feel.
Yeah! I have a new camera so I can post again...thanks to my sweet husband :-). Today's card is for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge themed Christmas Cheer. I used the Dasher stamp and the gorgeous flocked DSP from Stampin Up to create today's card. Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
In keeping with the thankful theme for the PPA challenge this week and with a couple of others who found much to be thankful for..I made an additional card to enter! This card is a thank you for one of several "girlfriends in God" that really bless me...esp. when I need a spiritual kick in the pants!! I am so thankful for friends that will speak the truth in love! Melon mambo, black, white sizzix and a gel pen were the ingredients for this very girly card!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Today's card is for pals paper arts challenge #10. I am so glad to play again! I can't seem to break out of my simplistic mind set of late....I guess it is better than nothing! I love the theme of gratitude and thankfulness this week. I certainly have much to be thankful for and don't spend nearly enough time doing just that. With that said, I am thankful that you took a look!!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Lately I cannot seem to find the time OR the "mojo" to do any stamping...life just seems way to complicated & busy!! I found a little time tonight and wanted to keep it clean and simple. I found an example of this design while surfin' the net the other day...I cannot backtrack to give credit to the original designer (sorry). This is my version of the graphic tree cut out. I drew a 1/2" border on my natural white card stock then drew the tree inside from a template made on an index card. I then cut out the negative space with my craft knife and mounted it onto the green background and adhered the whole thing to my A2 card base. Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I made this card last night to try out a couple of items that I had not used yet. My favorite part of the card is the sign. The wood background stamp is so cool! Speaking of cool, my son saw this card and began lamenting that Christmas (along with the cooler weather and of course toys) is still so far away! I guess I'd better stick to fall and all purpose cards for a little while longer. I don't think I can deal with a September to December countdown!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I originally made this card for this week's PPA challenge...only to realize that I posted too late! Oh well, I am happy with the result anyway :o).
I found these cute pumpkins made from the small oval punch on Leenee' Pearson's web page at http://www.istampdou.com/blog/. For my card, I double layered them and ran the top layer through the cuttlebug before punching them. I also lightly sponged the edges to give them a more "ripe" look. The sentiment was a rub on from the Autumn Harvest sheets. All materials except background dsp are SU 1990-2009 products. I am making a concious effort to count my blessings these days...hope you are too :-). Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Today's card started with an apple theme...hence the color scheme. As is usually the case for me, I changed directions a few times before completing this card. It was not at all what I started out to make...but, I think it's kinda' cute and I hope you do too. I am done at any rate, and it feels good just to get something made! Thanks for looking :-).
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This week is really busy for me, but I could not go two days in a row without stamping something! Today's card is for yesterday's mojo monday sketch challenge. It is a montage of supplies from various places, which to me is the best way to be a good steward of what I already own. I am anxious to purchase a ton of new stuff that I already have picked out, but can't justify spending the $$ until I use a little more of the haul I have already purchased/accumulated over the last several months...especially when I really need a new digital camera! SU supplies are so great because everything coordinates, but sometimes I just like to use my own imagination. Anyhoo, this card came together quickly for me and turned out just like I wanted it. There is a first time for everything!!! I like it and hope you do too. Have a blessed day :-).
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Today's Mojo Monday sketch was provided by Mary Fish. I kept thinking about how meticulous all her work is as I was struggling with an attempt at keeping it all straight. Then I thought that this layout reminds me of a quilt...I know that the ones I love the most were made by my grandmother. They are not works of art, just pieces of scrap material sewn together with love. My mother used to call me Christine when she was angry at me (my grandmother's name). Maybe I am a little like my "grannie" after all. In my estimation that's a good thing. Thank you Mary for this sketch which sparked some fond memories and personal reflection. That's part of the creative process...right?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Well, as promised earlier today, here is my card for the mojo monday challenge. I did improve my lighting...now my camera is showing its age. I can't see working this hard to create something to share and have it photograph so poorly. Needless to say, there will be eyelash batting going on to convince my hubby of the same thing! At any rate, where did this victorian card come from??? I have no idea, but I guess I am still just experimenting to find my style. Thanks for looking :-).
Today's first post is for Paper Pals Arts challenge #4, anything but a card. These are two little notebooks that I covered with CS and embellished. The one on the left is done in Old Olive CS, ink and ribbon. The flowers are from the one of a kind stamp set and the sentiment is from the oval alls. The notebook on the right was created with Chocolate Chip CS and scraps of paper that I put through the cuttlebug, punched with scallop circle punches and slit. I layered them and sponged the edges for depth. The leaves I saw somewhere (??) and wanted to try for myself. I put the paper through the crimper on a diagonal and then just folded in half and cut out leaf shapes. I also sponged the edges for depth. The lighting for my pictures is bad....I am going to work on a solution before my next post! Hope you enjoy them anyway :-).
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today is day three for Mojo Monday's week long celebration. I used the Always stamp set from SU, black, vanilla and real red CS; Versa Mark and Basic Black ink for my stamped images; Embossing powder and the Eyelet Border Punch and some nestabilities finished the card. I don't know why, but this was one of the toughest cards I've made. My "mojo" was a no-go!! I did manage to finish it--now if I can just get the rest of my half-done tasks completed...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Today's card has a floral motif because I discovered that my hard work from the weekend was all for the dining pleasure of our wonderful neighborhood squirrels. Since I can't plant them I suppose I will stamp them!!! I guess the bright side is that as long as the squirrels are feasting on my flowers they will not chew the wiring inside my car (as they did my neighbors)! This card was done from the SU hostess level 3 set, flower lines using whisper white and crushed curry. I think tomorrow I will definitely have to use red in memorial of my pretty petunias....***This is actually take two of this sketch...I wasn't happy with my first take and decided to retry it. I am happier with the second outcome :-).
Monday, August 17, 2009
This post is for today's Mojo Monday challenge. There will be a new sketch from MM every day this week to celebrate turning 100...yeah!! I really like the challenges to spark my creativity ;-). For today's card I wanted to keep it simple and make something that I could use...seems like lots of people on my prayer list these days. The main image is a cross from inkadinkado that I just picked up this this weekend, the sentiment is from a Verve set that I have been waiting to ink up. My card base is vanilla and the rest is Old Olive CS, DSP and ribbon. I just love this color (you were right Christi). I have a habit of gravitating to the same color when I like it. This is my second card in as many days in this color, so I will purposely choose something different the rest of the week!