Sunday, August 31, 2008

Be True

I was tempted to finish that off with "to your school...," but I refrained. ;) It's actually the name of one of the stamp sets I used here, but it's pretty sound advice no matter what you've got goin' on; don't ya think?

Well, we're finally all set to start school on Tuesday (just needing the ol' check up from the neck up -lol), so I actually got to do a little stamping (after FIVE long WEEKS of withdrawal symptoms!). To be honest, though, I was having such a great time on our trip that I didn't start feeling the pain until I got back. ;) Unfortunately, I'm still suffering a little.... My mojo was apparently still on vacation and definitely MIA when I tried to make this card last night, so I had to finish it today. No one would ever call me a speedy stamper, but this one just seemed to take an extraordinarily long time. I've been back from our trip for two weeks now and I'm long overdue in sending out some cards (and the list keeps growing!), so I hope to find myself in a more creative mode again soon. Here's what I ended up with:



First, instead of going with a color challenge, I chose the colors for this card specifically for some very special people in my life (Hi, Mom! Oh, and remember to be sure and act surprised when it arrives in your mailbox. lol). Okay, so my dad probably doesn't give the colors a second thought, but I know my mom does and these are some of her favorites.

Back to the card.... I really *heart* the sketch from Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try yesterday (pun intended -sorry, couldn't help myself- but in case you don't get it, maybe I should explain: Jen's blog is www.iheart2stamp.com -lol). Okay...moving right along.... Here's the sketch:


I also really like both image stamp sets I selected, but I'm thinking that putting them together with all those swirls might be making me dizzy. Oh, well. I spent too much time on it and am too short on time to re-do it, so it is what it is. However --and so you (Mom) don't get the impression I'm that unhappy with it-- after adding the Star Dust Stickles to all the flower centers and dots on the two focal pieces, it really turned the corner for me. And I think the Swiss Dots embossing folder helped out too. So even though it is a bit busy and not my typical 'style,' I actually kinda like it now. ;) (Note: I'm not sure if you can tell, but the Adorable Backgrounds stamp...used on the background panels ;)...is clear embossed. I don't think the camera picked it up. But if you click on the photo, I think you can see the Stickles do their wondrous, sparkly thing.)

Well, thanks for hanging in there with me during my unintentional stamping hiatus. Hopefully the kids will be good students for me this year and I'll have a lot more time to stamp than I'm expecting. Wish us/me luck, and, for those of you who pray, I'd be very appreciative if you'd say a prayer for us (not so that I'll have more stamping time, but rather that the kids' attitude would be good and they'd get their work done in a reasonable amount of time, which of course would ultimately result in my having more stamping time -lol). Thanks, and sorry for all the rambling! ;)

As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!



Economy Boosters (just doin' my part! -lol):

Cardstock: White Daisy, Twilight, Baby Pink, (ret.) Summer Cloud Blue (CTMH); Stamps: Be True, Adorable Backgrounds, Say It in Style (CTMH); Ink: Twilight, Baby Pink (CTMH), VersaMark (Tsukineko); Other: classic and scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), clear embossing powder, heat tool, White Daisy organdy, sponge, piercing tool (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), foam mounting tape, glue dot

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Zinnias

Catchy title, eh? lol I couldn't come up with anything better, so I decided to just go with the obvious.

Well, I think it's been a full FOUR weeks since I've stamped now, and I'm definitely feeling the effects of withdrawals. Seriously. Do you ever feel a little gloomy when you've not been able to play with your stamps for such a long period of time? Hopefully you wouldn't know because it hasn't happened to you before. ;) I realize it probably sounds pretty pathetic, but I can't help it. I was so hoping to fit some stamping time in somewhere this past week, but after being gone nearly three weeks, it seems I just had too much to catch up on...and I'm still not where I should be. ;(

I'm still runnin' short on time, so this post will be really quick. Lucky you! ;) This is a card I made before I left (using a sketch from Caard{varks} Sensational Sketches). Unfortunately I didn't have time to enter it into their challenge, but it was fun to play along anyway. And because I've got a lot of reasons to be thankful, I also have another one waiting in the wings that was inspired by the other sketch in that same Caard{varks} challenge post. In fact, in addition to that one, I'm sure you'll be seeing several other Thank You cards come this way shortly (if I get my act together and get them made, that is!).


For this card, I used Lockhart's Zinnias stamp for my main image, and Close To My Heart's Adorable Backgrounds (flourish) and Say It in Style (sentiment). The colors are a bit bright for me, but I was wanting to use something from my Sultry 6x6 pack designer paper by Basic Grey. The card's pretty basic. I did stamp the flowers a second time and cut some of them out to lay on top of the original stamped image -- not sure if you can tell from the photo. I also used the Stardust clear glitter pen to outline all the flowers, though in hindsight, I think it was a bit too much.

Anyway, tomorrow's going to be super busy, but I'm hoping to get to play at least a little this coming week. Maybe I should put it on my calendar...and start school a week later than planned (I'm sure the kids wouldn't mind! lol). ;)

Thanks so much for coming to visit me, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!


Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):
Cardstock: White Daisy, Watermelon, Topiary (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Sultry 6x6 (BasicGrey); Stamps: Zinnias (Lockhart), Say It in Style, Adorable Backgrounds (CTMH); Inks: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), White Daisy pigment (CTMH); Other: square classic and scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), Threading Water punch (Fiskars), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), white ribbons (Michael's), Stardust clear Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), Dove craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), foam mounting tape, pop dots, glue dots

Monday, August 18, 2008

Thanks, a la Julia

Back in March, when I was still really new to blogging, I ended up on some sort of winning streak (I rarely win anything, so it was great fun for me!) -- I won all sorts of blog candy in a very short period of time. Well, one of those times I won some blog candy from Julia Stainton. (If you must know, she's one of my stamping heroes whom I worship from afar --she's up so high on that pedestal, ya know?-- not wanting to freak her out by gushing too much and making it obvious that I *heart* her artwork. lol) But then I wasn't sure what went wrong (maybe I did gush too much? lol), because I never received anything from her. ;( Well, truth be told, I put it out of my mind and was actually feeling relieved knowing I wouldn't have to be sending her the thank you card I'd made for her. lol

Well, guess what?! The week before I left on vacation --out of the blue-- I received a package of Happy Mail from Julia! It was the blog candy I'd won months ago (like it could've been anything but? lol)! Anyway, she sent me some really fun supplies and I'm looking forward to playing with them all...and I thought you might like to see what I received. ;) Take a look!

If you can't tell, there are a LOT of chipboard shapes, several 6x6 beautiful embossed cards with envelopes, a box of Prima flowers, a pack of Daisy D's Lullaby Boy designer paper swatches, several opaque acrylic? journaling spots (in all kinds of really fun shapes), and she even included the darling card (apologizing for the delay) you see in the center there using Kim Hughes' Baked With Love set! How cool is that?!? ;D

Anyway...back to the card -- After spending a month fretting and being totally intimidated by the thought of having to make a card for THE Julia Stainton (I know, what ever was I thinking entering her blog candy contest?! lol), I came up with this (and, boy, am I glad I never sent it to anyone in the meantime...I don't think I could stand the pressure having to come up with another one for her -lol):

I've never tried to re-create anyone's style before, but this time, maybe because of the intimidation factor, I tried to make something that looked like her style...sorta shabby chic and vintage-y looking, with some stitching thrown in, of course ;)...something she'd maybe make herself, and maybe even like. What's funny about this (to me anyway) is that normally cards take me far too long to create, but this one (the one I worried about having to make for the longest time! lol) came together so quickly and I didn't have to obsess over the smallest of details like I usually do -- it kinda made itself. I think it may have been one of the fastest and easiest cards I've ever made...should I be embarrassed to say that I'm pretty happy with it? lol I really like brown in just about any color combination, and this one just reminded me of Julia. Oh, well...it is what it is and it's already gone postal, so I hope she'll like it. ;)

Here's a closeup of the detail that's hard to see from the bigger photo:
So, for those of you who know of Julia and her work, how'd I do?

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment (your kind words always mean so much to me!), and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!



Economy Boosters (just doin' my part! -lol):

Cardstock: White Daisy (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Periphery 6x6 pad (Basic Grey); Stamps: Silhouette Blooms II, Beautiful, Scratched Grid (Cornish Heritage Farms); Ink: Cocoa, Heavenly Blue (CTMH); Other: corner rounder punch (EK Success), cocoa organdy, stipple brush (CTMH), blue polka dot organdy (May Arts), Stardust Gelly Roll clear pen (Sakura), foam mounting tape, pop dots, sewing machine, thread



Sunday, August 17, 2008

I'm Back...and have Awards to Share!

Wow! Time sure flies when you're having fun...and putting 3200 miles on your car! lol We got to visit with almost every family member we have (including my brother and his family who flew out from PA), and we even managed to squeeze in some time with several of our friends -- and to think that the reason behind all this traveling and visiting with loved ones was because of a wedding that (thankfully) didn't take place. We took the scenic route on our way back home and stopped at the Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Mesa Verde, and even enjoyed an evening at the Bar-D Chuckwagon in Durango. Our youngest two had never been to any of those places before, so it was especially fun to see them again through their eyes. Once I download all of my pics, if any came out decently, I'll probably bore you with a few. ;)

After being gone for nearly three weeks, and not having the time or opportunity to be online like I thought I might, I really feel out of the loop in the blogging world. If any of you are still visiting my blog, would anyone care to fill me in on some of the recent highlights? ;) I didn't even have time to share the cards I planned to post (sorry), so I guess I can do that this week...and maybe that's a good thing since I'm still unpacking from our trip and trying to get organized to plunge into our second year of home schooling in the next couple weeks. I've missed being online and seeing everyone's creativity, but I've missed making cards even more, so hopefully I can get my act together enough to fit it all in!

Since my time is so limited today, I thought I'd just pop in for a quick hello and acknowledge a couple awards given to me while I was away by three of my sweet blogging friends, Barb, Jeanne, and Stacy (thank you so much, ladies!). All three inspire me and they all do such beautiful work -- please check out their blogs when you have a minute. I'm sure they'd love to have you stop by. ;)

Barb and Jeanne sent me this award:

The rules of this award are slightly different from the usual, as in this one is not so much for creativity and inspiration...it's a blog friend thing. How fun!

1. Only 5 people are to be nominated.
2. 4 out of 5 have to be dedicated followers of your blog.
3. 1 has to be new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whomever gave you the award.

This one is going to be a little bit of a challenge for me since I don't even know if I have four dedicated followers of my blog (especially when you consider that the two ladies who nominated this to me are among those I'd first nominate), but here it goes: I'm going to nominate Patti, Courtney, Stacy, Jeanette, and my twin ;D Mary Ellen who finally joined the blogging world (she lives on the other side of the country, and I think that's as close to another country as I can get with my 'dedicated blog followers' -lol).

And this is the one Stacy sent me:
Rules:

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

I'm going to nominate:
Barb, Jeanne, Yvonne, Susan, Priscilla, Kathy, and Donna

I could go on and on with my nominations, but since it's taking me far too long to just go with the ones I've got listed, I truly hope no one who reads my blog feels slighted. Every one of the ladies I've nominated on both of these awards is an inspiration to me, and I thank each of you for doing what you do and then sharing it with others. ;)

Wow--for not having a card to share, this sure became a long-winded post. I apologize, and if you're still hanging in there with me, thank you. I promise to have a card for you tomorrow. ;D

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!