Saturday, August 30, 2008

Better With Two

My sister's anniversary is coming up this week (notice the flower of the month is September - Aster), so I decided to use that as the subject for this card. I also wanted to do a SCS challenge since I haven't done one in a while, so I combined both and came up with this:

The challenge combines Black, Rose Red and Kraft. Interesting challenge! And, I did my absolute BEST at not coloring in these images, because I almost NEVER leave them undone. But if I'm honest, I tried coloring in the bike first, but it actually cheapened the look of this particular card. So, there you have it!

Sets: Floral BG, Life Cycles (retired), Flower of the Month (retired), Hand Stitched (Technique Tuesday stamps)

Colors: Black, Rose Red, Kraft

Other: Black organdy ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

psssst....

A little heads up for those of you who listen to my music playlist... I had a LOT to fix on there (I guess the links change from time to time and cause errors) and added a few new ones in there today... if you can find them, post here and tell me which ones they are and I'll send you a card from this blog in the mail!

Have fun searching!

ps - there's about 6 or 7 new songs... you only have to name 3.

First day of school yesterday!!

I had to post this morning and let you all know that usually I get to stamp on Tuesdays, but yesterday was the first day of school for my daughter, so I didn't get the chance to stamp. It was a non-uniform day because it was the first day, but today is back to uniforms! Oh my, she's in 2nd grade this year, but I'm just as excited and proud as I was her first day of kindergarten. *sniff*
I am also excited because yesterday I signed up to join the YMCA! Whoot whoot! I have always wanted to try an aqua exercise class and to do some lap swimming, so now I can give it a try when I have time. I also signed up my DD for swim lessons! She is like a little fish out of water, so I'm hoping that lessons will really help her get some skills. Who knows - maybe this is her "thing"?? (watch out Michael Phelps!) Hey, if nothing else it will help us get through the cold winter by having a nice warm indoor pool to go to whenever we want! YAY!

And, will this be the year I finally lose weight???? Wish me luck~~

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My I have the envelope please....

I got an award! Woohoo!!
I was surprised and happy to receive this award from JustJudy and I'm excited to be sharing it here for 7 people that I choose! It's going to be hard to pick just 7 blogs since there are SOOO many that I like, but I'll take a whack at it anyway!

Here are the rules for accepting this wonderful blog award:

1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from (see the link above)
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Put links of those blogs on yours
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the people you have nominated.

So this is who I am awarding this "I (heart) Your Blog" to:

1. Lyn at The Queen's Scene
2. Velta and her blog
3. Debbie Olson at Thinking Inking
4. Lori T at Lori's Addiction-playing with Adhesive!
5. Mary at Beauty Lies Within
6. Emily at Stamping and Stuff
7. Jess at My Sanity Depends on Stamping

All you have to do is visit these ladies' blogs to see why I chose them. Their work is amazing, they are fresh and totally my style! Like I said, there are many more I love, but these are the ones I found today in my searching that didn't already have the award, and were people that I don't always nominate for tags or awards. Ladies, you all rock! Be sure to spread the love now!

Thanks again Judy for my award!

Amazing-ly Feminine

I love the Pink Pirouette color in this year's InColors, but I had to kinda think about what color combo I wanted to use it with... and though I have many resources available to me to decide, I was far too lazy to come to the computer to make use of them, so I ventured into my cardstock files alone and on a quest.... and I came up with a combo that I kinda like. Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow and Pink Pirouette. Yum....

Then I wanted to make it pretty, too. I also wanted to make it interesting. My goodness, I love to challenge myself, eh? Anyway, I made this one a tri-fold kind of thing - it opens like french doors once you untie the ribbon. Here's how it turned out:
This card turns out to be 4.25" square at the base, so it easily fits into a standard card-sized envelope, just with space in the width.

Set: Amazing
Colors: Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, Pink Pirouette
Other: Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, White 7/8" wide organdy ribbon, dimensionals, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

I swear, looking at this card just makes me want to have tea with a good friend in an English garden, how about you?

Have a beautiful day, everyone~

Friday, August 22, 2008

Two Sassy Monkeys!

My birthday monkeys decided that though the glittery frosting on the cupcakes looked tasty, the party hats made them feel silly...so to make the look a bit more "edgy", they decided to wear their hats cocked to one side. Now they're sassy monkeys. : )

Well, obviously I got a chance to stamp today, so I made two versions of the same card with just a couple of subtle color changes. Here they are! The first card uses Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss...

...and the second card uses Basic Black, Tempting Turqoise and Green Galore.Do you like my sassy monkeys??

Sets: Sock Monkey, Hot to Dot (retired SU! standard wheel)

Monkey Colors: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Riding Hood Red

Other: Spiral punch, 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter, blender pen

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

OOh, Bandana looking!!

This is a cool technique I got from my wonderful Technique Junkies subscription issue this month, and it's something I can't believe I never thought of - making images look like bandana-style images! It's so easy and so much fun, if you give it a try you'll love it! Just use your favorite bold or solid image stamps and highlight with white lines and dots. Your only limits are your creativity! Here's my card doing this one for the first time:
Set: Do the Hula (retired SU!)
Colors: Regal Rose, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette
Other: sponge daubers, white gel pen (SU!), white grosgrain ribbon

Monday, August 18, 2008

Baby Boy Birthday

So I have a birthday party to go to next week for my nephew's first birthday. Granted, he won't know what his card looks like (it would end up in his mouth anyway - lol), but his mommy will! SO, I came up with this fun one that could work for either a birthday or even a baby card.

Sets: Wild About You, Quick Thinking
Colors/Paper: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, DP "Sarah" (SU! retired)
Other: pastel brads from SU, scallop edge punch

Friday, August 15, 2008

You Make Me Smile!

New colors and paper and stamps - how sweet it is!! I had fun playing with this stuff today. I'll have to also make a tutorial on how I did the little notch in the middle to keep the flap closed. It's super easy, but easier to show than explain. Here's the card:


Set: Window Dressing
Colors: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss (Baja Breeze, Royal Rose, Creamy Caramel on window/flowers)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Bella Rose DP
Other: scallop edge, 1" circle, flower bouquet punches, fire red rhinestone brad, glue dots, blender pen

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's NEW CATTY TIME!!!!

Woo hoo!! The new SU! catalog is available and online for your viewing pleasure! I finally got my demo copy yesterday and I have been devouring every page. From new sets to new accessories and some amazing designer papers, this is one to enjoy! I have included an easy link on the right for you to see it for yourself. Just click on the picture of our new catalog and you'll get there.

ENJOY!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Soft Butterfly

Here's the other card I made using some stamps I haven't pulled out in years... during my seclusion on the couch with my sick kid.... I used limited supplies, so if it looks simple, that's why.

The stitches are sloppy, but my stamping conditions were not really the most comfortable. I just wanted to play with my new colors from SU!. I hope you like it anyway.

Stamps: old sets from TAC

Colors: Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point

Other: 2-way glue pen, dazzling diamonds glitter

Friday, August 8, 2008

Finally stamped!

Well I've been at home with a sick kid, and not only unable to work but to stamp! But after days of sitting on the couch and nursing my child, I grabbed some stuff from my basement and stamped a super simple card or two, just to keep my hands busy. Here's one of them, using my NEW stamps from Starving Artist Stamps!
It also uses some cute clear stamps my mom got for me from somewhere...they're the stitches that I have been wanting!! yippee!!!

Sets: Doodles - Tropical, Tropical Sentiments (both from Starving Artists)
Colors: Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss from SU! (also Tangerine Tango and Riding Hood Red on tiki mask), Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa markers
Other: paper piercing tool, blending pen

Monday, August 4, 2008

I'm a slacker!

I have been so busy the last few weeks that I know my posting has been sort of sporadic. I have actually been packing in the activities at home to utilize the last of the summer, so that my daughter won't go back to school and say she did "nothing." lol That of course has kept me away from my stamping table here and there, which I am sure you'll forgive.

Since I don't have anything to post today, I wanted to at least share with you a card that uses a COOL technique that is easy and fun to do.... it comes from Pat Huntoon herself, the Technique Junkie goddess. I am still waiting for my newsletter to come so I can be sure I do that technique right, but click HERE to see the sample she has posted that I think is pretty cute!

Have a wonderful Monday!!