Saturday, March 22, 2008

Simple Easter Card

Easter gatherings are almost here, and I'm running late on making my cards - again! lol Anyway, I made 6 of these today, and I gotta say, it was fun. The truck is colored with a blender pen and Soft Sky ink so that it has some color but isn't overwhelming in the pic. I wanted the eggs to stand out the most. They were colored with Stampin' Write markers, and then I went over them with UTEE so that they're glossy and raised. I'm SO glad I remembered that this set had eggs in the Accessories set - because I can only use stuff like this once a year unless I start working at a farm! (tee hee)

Okay, so here's the card:

Sets: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Colors: Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink
Other: Pink gingham ribbon, dimensionals, Slumber Party series paper (retired), Cuttlebug folder (can't remember the name of this one), blender pens, embossing pen, UTEE, markers

I hope that everyone who celebrates easter (and let's face it, even those whose religion doesn't celebrate it, the Easter Bunny got them involved too) has a WONDERFUL and BLESSED Holiday!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


I'm SOOOO ready for Spring! Oh, that's right, today is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! WOO HOO!!! Just in time for a winter storm warning for my local area. We may be getting 4-7 inches of snow. Yippee.

Please, can someone send us some heat and sunshine to the Midwest?! I'd be most appreciative. ; )

Okay, here's the card I did today to give me that Springtime feeling:

images (c) Stampin' Up!, 1990-2008

I played around with a new technique on this one, but the pic doesn't show it really well... it's called "magic pattern" becuase of the background pattern under the images. Can you see it on there? In person you can, anyway. I had to dig up my watercolor crayons for this one and I was thrilled because I hadn't used them in a long time and let's face it, they cost me big bucks. I also was able to use the distressing tool I purchased which I also don't use often, AND I used that Sweet Shop extremely-wide ribbon that I had sitting around for what seems like forever, so this card became a win-win-win situation for me!! After distressing the edges, I went direct-to-paper with my Apricot Appeal inkpad to highlight the distressed edges for a cleaner, more dimensional look. And by using some fresh springy colors and a bright theme of hummingbirds and flowers, I conjured up enough perkiness to move onto making some Easter cards fo rmy family after posting this. Now, back to my workstation!

Sets: Pretty Amazing, Time Well Spent

Colors: Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, Celery

Other: Watercolor crayons, aquapainter, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Versamark, Sweet Shop series ribbon (SU!), distressing tool.

In Memorium

While I was on my trip in Mexico, my grandmother passed away. She was a truly UNFORGETTABLE lady who was a free spirit who always looked at the world with rose-colored glasses, and who always made everyone around her laugh and smile. I was very close to her, and just because I want there to be something wonderful to remember her by and to share with you, here is a picture of her with my dad when he was young. This picture was probably taken around 1962:

Wrenolen Whitmore

March 16, 1923 - March 06, 2008

She was an amazing grandmother, a wonderful person, and her smile and laughter will forever be in my heart.

I just had to share this pic becuase she was a beautiful woman even into her elderly years, and I plan on making an album once I get some more pics from my sister. This will truly be a project of love.

Goodbye, Grandma, I'll miss you terribly, but I look forward to seeing you on the other side. God Bless~

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stamping Tomorrow!

Okay, so I'm working today and can't stamp, but tomorrow is my day to catch up! YAY!! My poor stamps are thirsting for ink and my cardstock is wondering where I've been. I can't let them down now, can I? ; )

Oh, and I will probably have a few pictures from my trip to Mexico to share with you all, but I won't post them unless I know someone wants to see them, so if you do, let me know by saying so in a comment - then I won't let YOU down!

Another Random Thought: Does anyone here ever feel the pressure involved in having your blog linked to the "Top 50" site? I swear, I was down to 172 at one time, and I've dwindled so far it's pretty sad. I wonder if it's even worth having it on there at all some days... what do you think about that whole rating thing? Does it really say how non-valuable a site is, or is it just saying how "popular" you are? Honestly, it tortures me some days and other days I just say "who cares anyway." Okay, I'm rambling, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, too...perhaps I'm not alone in my neurotic thinkings.....

Until tomorrow, HUGZ~

PS - saw a card on Running With Scissors today that I just LOVED, so if you don't already visit there, here's a link to her blog and the card I'm talking about. This hopefully will make up for my sad lack of pics lately. Enjoy: Roses on Wood Card

Monday, March 17, 2008

New Appreciation for Scrapping/Journaling

Yep, I've proved to myself how important scrapbooking and journaling are to preserving memories!

I am guilty of being one of those people with the best of intentions regarding scrapping: I have tons of digital pictures, but haven't sat down in a few years to put them in my books. However, there was a time when I was doing it. It seems like forever ago.

Anyway, I recently dug up my daughters's old album that I used to work so hard on back in the day, because I needed to see pages from her baptism for an upcoming school project of hers. Well, of course I had to look through the entire book of what I had done while I had it out *wink*. Well, I was amazed at how much I appreciated all the stuff I had written down! Honestly, the things captured in that book are so valuable, and I would never remember those little details now that time has passed. By reading my writings, I was able to be back in that moment and found myself several times saying "Oh yeah, that's right! I forgot about that!"

Sadly it means that all the catching up I have to do will be void of those precious moments, but I will do my best to remember what I can while I still can remember things.... but it seriously kicked me in the butt to get going on current pages and events, because those memories are precious, even just 3-4 years later.

SO, even if my demoship caves in the next 5 months or I stop having money to buy supplies for a while (and let's face it, I have enough stuff to last me 3-4 years at least!), I have a new motivation to scrap again, and to keep my memories alive. I only hope that I get moving and stick with it, because I realize now more than ever how important pictures are to me.

How about you?