Happy Thanksgiving & an Award!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Yay! I've been given this award from Gina. Gina leaves me such wonderful comments and it really makes my day. If you get a minute, pop on over to Gina's blog and check out her wonderful papercrafts. I am so thankful to all my readers. I never would have imagined that anyone would check my blog regularly or even subscribe to it. I know I am a better person because of all of you. I know I'm definitely a better mother when I've made some time for myself to get creative. It makes all the difference in the world.

Here are the rules for the award:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person that sent the award.
3. Nominate 5 other blogs.
4. Put a link to their blog on your blog.
5. Leave a message for the people you nominate.

I don't have very much time to blog surf everyday. But when I do, these are the ladies I'm checking out (or stalking):
- Dawn McVey at My Favorite Things
- Kristina Werner at KWerner Design Blog
- Sarah Green at My Scrapbook Table (she has not updated in a while, but take a look at her archives)
- Nichole Heady at {Capture the Moment}
- Taylor VanBruggen at Taylored Expressions

Thanks Gina for this award! It was a real treat to wake up this morning and see this on your blog. Thanks for your support! Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!


Blog Hop Night!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ETA: The blog hop was last night! I've been rushing around for the last hour and a half to get this card done and posted AND IT WAS LAST NIGHT!!! ARGGGG....

If you read my post earlier today, I didn't mention that tonight is PaperTrey Ink's blog hop. That's because I totally forgot! I had to wait until the kids went to bed, but I did manage to pull this off. The challenge this month was to build your own floral embellishment for a card. The card I made uses a technique called the Dahlia Fold. I've made this flower only once before. You can find the tutorial I used here.

This card uses Kiwi Kiss Patterned Paper. One side is polka dots and the other is a floral print. The flower is anchored with a white brad. The base of the card is Stamper's Select White with Old Olive sponged on the edges. I used a square of Riding Hood Red behind the flower. The tag and ribbon are Kiwi Kiss and stamped sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages.

Her is a close up the Dahlia Fold Flower. Thanks for stopping by tonight! Enjoy the hop!
Happy Thanksgiving!

PS. If you have never heard of the blog hop and have no idea what I'm talking about, details are here. You can view the projects of other blog participants by clicking here.


Merry Christmas Gift Tag

As you can see, I'm having a great time with my new stamps and supplies. These two cards were made using this sketch from today's sketch challenge on SCS. I don't have any bigger size stamps for the focal point panel, so I decided to make my card smaller so I could use a smaller stamp. Make sense? They are small so I made two. Very easy too. The final size is 2.75" x 4.25". You can't tell from the picture, but the "Merry Christmas" oval is popped up on dimensionals and curly punch is popped up on 3D foam dots. This is a great size card to put on a gift.

I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving and relaxing long weekend!

{Merry Christmas Dear Friend}

Stamps: Cute & Curly (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Old Olive, Ruby Red (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon (SU!), Curly Label Punch (SU!), Dimensionals (SU!), 3D Dots (EK Success)


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm so glad to be back scrapping today! I received my SU! order on Friday and today is the first day I had a chance to play. Everything I used on this card is new except the ink! So fun! I fell in love with this set the minute I first saw it. I know you'll be seeing me use it a lot.

About the cookies yesterday. They didn't look very good in the end, but at least they taste good! I'm sure the kindergarten-ers won't notice!

Take care!

{Pocket of Thanks}

Stamps: Pocket Silhouttes (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Kraft, Lavendar Lace, Perfect Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper: Kiwi Kiss Paper Patterns (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Curly Label Punch (SU), Edge Distresser (Heidi Swapp), Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon (SU), Dimesnionals (SU), Paper Piercer, White Pen (Gelly Roll)


Why I don't have time to blog today:

Monday, November 24, 2008

We are trying to bake and decorate 4 dozen of these cookies for Halle's un-traditional Thanksgiving feast tomorrow at school. Hoping to break out all my SU! goodies tomorrow.


It's a Chocolate Challenge!

Friday, November 21, 2008

I must have Cuttlebug Fever today! I used three CB elements on this card today. First, let me tell you about the challenge. Friday is the limited supply challenge at SCS. Today's challenge was to use chocolate in your card. You could use anything from the color chocolate to candy stamps. I chose to incorporate Chocolate Chip card stock and a chocolate cupcake. My ribbon is also very similar to SU's Close to Cocoa.

Here are the CB elements I used. Both of these came with my Cuttlebug. One is a die and the other is a small embossing folder. I also used a Swiss Dots embossing folder that is not pictured.

I also want to mention that this card measures 3.5" x 3.5". It's the perfect size to go along with a gift. In case you are wondering, I colored my cupcake with Crayola Crayons! Halle left a tin of crayons and markers right by my workspace, so I thought "what the heck!". I think it turned out pretty good. The icing on the cupcake looks more fuschia real life. You would not believe how many ways I tried to spell 'Fuschia' before looking it up on Google!
I hope you all have a great weekend! Take care!
{Chocolate Challenge Card}
Stamps: Mixed Messages (PaperTrey Ink)
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Cupcake & Swiss Dots Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug), Stamp Shape Die (Cuttlebug), Ribbon (Dashes, Dots, & Checks- Michaels), Crayons, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Stickles, 3D Dots & Dimensionals


Thank you card with pearls:

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I wish all cards were this easy to make. As soon as I saw that the ways to use it challenge today was to use pearls, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a 'dainty' card and I knew exactly what ribbon, papers, and pearls I wanted to use. If only I could be hit with this sort of inspiration everyday, life would be so much easier. Thanks for looking!

{Pearly Thank You}

Stamps: Noteworthy (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Pirouette Pink, Naturals Ivory (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper: Anna Griffin
Ink: Pixie Pink (Offray)
Accessories: Ribbon (Offray), pearls


SC203, Bumble Bee Inspired Card

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

This card was made using today's sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. I really like this color combo. I thought adding a sentiment would be a little 'too much', so I guess this will be an all occasion card. You can't have too many of those! I pulled out my Papertrey Ink Guidelines stamp set. I love how the yellow flower mimics the stamp. Believe me, I did not plan it that way! If I could do this card over, I would have stamped the base card all over with a yellow pattern instead of just the one stamp. Live and learn!

See you all tomorrow! Thanks for dropping by!
{Bumble Bee Inspired Card}
Stamps: Guidelines (PaperTrey Ink)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Yo Yo Yellow (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Yo Yo Yellow, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: 3D Dots (EK Success), Flowers (Prima), Black Brad (Making Memories)


Happy Birthday Card!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Monday! Is there such a thing? LOL! Anyway, we had a great weekend here and it is starting to snow! I know it's not going to stick, but it's so pretty!

I made this card for my Father-In-Law. His birthday is tomorrow but we'll give it to him tonight. This is a CASE from Kristina Werner's Make-A-Card-Monday. This is a card that definitely looks better in person. The white letters don't really blend into the background like they do in the picture. Out of all the stamps I own, I don't have stamp that just says "birthday" or even "happy birthday". I used the stamp set "So Many Scallops" and used a marker to color just the word "birthday". Just another reason I can't wait for my Stampin' Up order to come in!!!
I hope you are having a great day and getting a lot of stuff done. Thanks for stopping by!

{Happy Birthday}

Stamps: So Many Scallops (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Cupcake Series)
Ink: Brilliant Blue Marker (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: White Felt Thickers (American Crafts), Assorted Buttons (Walmart), Green DMC Thread


"Sweet One" Baby Card

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Scott and I are headed to a baby shower/couples shower tonight. The shower is for our friends from West Virginia that we almost never get to see. We don't know if they are expecting a boy or girl. I hope this card looks gender neutral. I used the "sweet one" stamp from the "So Many Scallops" set from Stampin' Up. I used a combination of 3D Dots and Dimensionals to get a 3D look on the card. I stamped the image three times. I used Yo Yo Yellow and cut out the sun, Mellow Moss and cut out the circle, and Night of Navy ink on Brocade Blue card stock for the "sweet one" banner. Here's a picture of all the 3D Dots and Dimensionals.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. It would be better here if it quit raining. Thanks for stopping by!
{Sweet One}

Stamps: So Many Scallops (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Ruby Red (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Yo Yo Yellow, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), 3D Dots (EK Success), Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!), Scallop Circle Punch (Stampin' Up!), Stampin' Sponge, Green Gingham Ribbon (Offray)


SC202 Joyful Snow!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'm back today with a Sketch Challenge card. Today's challenge at SCS was to make a card using this sketch. I guess this cold weather is getting to me. I can't wait for our first snow of the year. Remind of that come January. LOL! The base of this card is Night of Navy, not black. I hope you all are having a great day! Thanks for dropping by!

{Let it Snow!}

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Whisper White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), Versamark
Accessories: Diamond Rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), 1 3/8" Square Punch, Foam Tape, Stamping Sponge


Easy Congratulations Card!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hello! I'm so sorry my posts have been a bit erratic lately. Hopefully I'm back on the right track. When my friend (and SU! consultant) Haley came Add Imageover for my party on Sunday, she brought a bunch of Cuttlebug embossing folders and dies. I went through my scrap pile and embossed one of every folder. Now that I had some already embossed papers, this card was a breeze. The square panel is popped out with foam tape as you can see in the picture below.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I'll be back tomorrow for the SCS's card sketch challenge.


Stamps: Congratulations (Michaels $1 stamp)
Card Stock: Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Stylized Flowers Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Tan Stitched Ribbon (Offray), Foam Tape


Stampin' Up Party!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Yesterday I hosted a Stampin' Up party. I bought a lot of goodies and got a lot of goodies free. It was so much fun and we made these 2 cards. My friend and consultant, Haley had these two cards planned for us and ready to assemble. All supplies are obviously Stampin' Up!

{A Very Merry Christmas}

Stamps: Punches Three
Card Stock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Scallop Square Punch, Square Punch, Black Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Black Brads

{For You}

Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Stamping Sponge, Brown Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals


More Ornament Masking!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I've had a busy few days but had some time to play around last night. This card is similar to the last card I posted (below this post). I used the same masking technique but upped the degree of difficulty. I added two ornaments and some pine needles in the background. I wanted to tie gold bows on the tops of the ornaments, but my gold cord is elastic and it was very difficult. I'm really loving the gold embossing on the ornaments. It really stands out. It was a fun overall experience, but a little tedious. Here are a couple masking tutorials. Click here for basic masking and click here for reverse masking. My card uses both.

It looks like my week is looking up. My hubby has been out of town since Sunday morning. The kids were off school Monday and Tuesday. I've had a respiratory infection. Colin injured his knee on Tuesday and has been having trouble walking on it. Poor guy is still walking with a limp. He missed school yesterday. Scott will be home in a few hours and I can't wait. I hate when he's not here. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

{Multi-Ornament Masked Card}

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, The Snowflake Spot (Stampin' Up!), Mixed Messages (PaperTrey Ink)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, Mellow Moss (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder (Stampin' Up!), Gold Cording (Offray), Coluzzle, Scrap Paper, Sponge Dauber (Stampin' Up!), Paper Piercer


Masked Red Ornament Card

Monday, November 3, 2008

Hey ladies! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I posted a picture of my kids below. We had a great time. Trick-or-treating and then the high school football game.

I have a really busy day today, but I still wanted to make a card. This type of card has been around the block. I've seen all kinds of cards like this over the years. It is a one-dimensional card. No layers. Basically, you cut out a circle and use it as a stencil. I used a Coluzzle for my circle. I sponged red ink for the ornament base and then stamped snowflakes with white. My white looks pink though. All in all I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt. I really wanted to add a little gold, but just couldn't get it to look right. I'm definitely going to try this again but with two or three ornaments.

Here's a picture of my kids with my SIL Steph (Aunt Stephie). Colin dressed up as a pirate and Halle a witch. They had a blast. Thanks for stopping by today!

{Masked Red Ornament}

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot (Stampin' Up)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Real Red, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Coluzzle, Sponge Dauber, Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Offray)

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