Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Not all better, but at least I'm back! ;D

Well, after having the world pass me by for five long days while I was relentlessly tormented by the fever from h*ll, I finally got out of bed Sunday afternoon! I'm slowly getting my strength back and am living with a nagging headache (yeah, those are fun -lol), BUT today I managed to make a birthday card for my oldest daughter (whose 21st birthday was yesterday {UGH} if you recall from my last post). I made it using the same basic supplies I've been using for her coaster book (that I'm hoping to finish tomorrow), and here the only non-Close To My Heart product is the pink velvet ribbon by May Arts. This card was inspired by this one that Kristine Werner made recently.

So here's my version (and my first circle card!): Thanks for your kind comments regarding my mom's card and also for me. ;) My mom didn't win the mouth-watering blog candy Cammie was offering up (just in case you were wondering), but I know it made her feel good to send off a card to a caregiver of Alzheimer's patients, as our family has been affected by that devastating disease as well. I think Cammie did a wonderful job in making more people aware of it and how they can help make a difference in the lives of those special people who devote their lives to caring for Alzheimer's patients. Not only that, in case you're not already familiar, Cammie also designed a darling autumn stamp set in honor of her grandmother who recently passed away from Alzheimer's, and is/will be donating 100% of the profits she would ordinarily receive herself on the set to the Alzheimer's Association. Seems like a wonderful reason to purchase that cute little set, don't ya think? ;) It's amazing what one person can do, and Cammie's proof that you just never know how big a ripple one action can become.

It felt soooo good to stamp again, and I hope to be sharing with you a lot more often! ;D Thanks so much for the visit and for hanging in there with me, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):
Cardstock: Colonial White (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Floral Tapestry collection (CTMH); Stamps: Say It in Style (CTMH); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Twilight, White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH); Other: scallop and classic circle Nestabilities, tags trio Shapeabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), 1/2- and 3/4-inch punches (SU!), ribbon (May Arts), Liquid Glass, sponge, Just Blooms, button (CTMH), embroidery floss (DMC)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Card for a Caregiver

I know...I know. I've been gone quite awhile. Again. And I'm sorry. Again. But I also wanted to thank you for all your kind comments regarding my neglecting my blog lately. You're all so kind and understanding (could it be that you have kids and other things that take up your time too? lol).

I did get a couple birthday cards made late last week, though I (obviously) haven't had a chance to post them. And since last Friday, I've spent countless hours working on a coaster book of sorts for my oldest daughter's 21st birthday on the 29th. Sounds good, right?

The bummer there is that after working diligently on it for five days, and planning to finally complete it on Day 6 so I could mail it on Day 7 (and having it arrive on time!), I found myself sick in bed with a high fever, alternating between shivering uncontrollably and feeling like I'm roasting, and unable to do anything but sleep. Now, normally you'd be hearing me complain about never getting enough sleep, but after three days of lying in bed, I'm done sleeping. lol I did crawl out of bed to take a much-needed bath (couldn't stand long enough to take a shower)...and I'm sure the doctor was thankful even if he didn't know it -lol, and drive to the doctor's office earlier this afternoon. The doctor seems to think I have a kidney infection and that I'll need to be hospitalized if the meds don't do the trick by tomorrow. So...I'm praying they will work. I don't have time for this. Not only did I not get the coaster book done, I still need to make her a birthday card to go with it, wrap her gifts, AND today is my hubby's birthday (yep, I was planning to make his card AFTER I got her things in the mail yesterday). So much for good intentions.... I'm a failure. I hate being so last-minute. My mom was/is NEVER like this. How did this happen to me? ;(

Anyway, speaking of my mom, she doesn't blog (although she should!) and she's asked me to post her card here for Cammie's AWESOME blog candy contest. If you haven't checked it out yet, you just may want to do so. But I think the deadline is today, so you'd better hurry. I'm not sure what all supplies she used, but her stamps are by Inkadinkado. Isn't it beautiful?! *Wishing you lotsa luck at the winnings, Mom!*

I hope you'll enjoy my mom's card, and I hope to be back among the land of the living soon. I definitely will have some things to show you. ;) For now, though, I think it's time I shove the computer off my lap and get some more sleep (guess I'm not done sleeping -lol).

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

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Vintage for You

Wow -- where does the time go?!? I've not been trying to be neglectful here, but.... We've been knee-deep in school books and filling our "spare" time with various appointments and other commitments, and, because of that, my stamping time has been a big zippo these last two weeks. ;( I've even been dreaming about it --Do any of you ever dream of stamping? lol-- and trying to plan what I'm going to do next because I've got several special birthdays coming up in the next week or so...but since it's not yet being translated from mind to paper, I'm starting to panic over my being so behind with the cards and gifts I want to make (if you'll recall, no one would ever mistake me for a fast stamper). I'm trying my best not to whine, but it is really frustrating to have all sorts of supplies staring at me night and day and I. just. can't. quite. reach. them. UGH!!

I noticed, too, that I've lost a couple subscribers recently...I can only assume it's due to my lack of posting. ;( I'm truly sorry about that --and I wish it were different-- but I'm finding that sometimes life just has to take a front seat to the fun stuff, ya know? (At least that's what we're trying to teach the kids...chores and school before play...and if we don't model it ourselves, what good is the lesson?) I am so in awe of those gals who can stamp {and post} daily! I would LOVE to learn how to do that (short of getting a lot less sleep -lol)!

Okay...back to why you dropped by (if anyone is still dropping by, that is -lol). I made this card to thank some of our relatives for being so kind as to share their beach house with us while we were visiting in California last month. (Thankfully, I had actually made it for them before we ever left on our trip and it went postal weeks ago, so I'm not quite the ingrate that it might seem. lol)

I used a sketch by Kazan Clark (of 2Sketches4You fame) when it was used as inspiration for a Caard{varks} Sensational Sketches challenge several weeks back (it was actually current when I made the card). Lockhart's Adirondack Chair would've been the perfect image to use for this particular card, but since I don't yet own it, I went with Vintage Garden Chair instead and colored it in using my waterbrush and ink pads on watercolor paper.

Well, I should be back before the weekend with another card to post, as I need to have one ready to give by Friday. Hopefully I'll have time to get it posted. ;)

So, as always, thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. (I hope I beat you back here...and if I don't, I appreciate your being understanding and hang in there with me.) Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock: Colonial White, Cranberry (CTMH), watercolor paper (Strathmore); Patterned Paper: Check Him Out and Dotty Dude, "Star Bright" collection (My Mind's Eye); Stamps: Vintage Garden Chair (Lockhart), Say It in Style (CTMH); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Cranberry, Grey Wool, Grey Flannel, Sweet Leaf, Olive, Chocolate, Brown Bag, Buttercup, Heavenly Blue, White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH); Other: edge punch (Martha Stewart), photo corner punch (SU!), flower, brads (Making Memories), Liquid Glass, waterbrush (CTMH), pop dots, foam mounting tape, sewing machine, thread

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hey, You! Happy Birthday!

Yeah, it's another lame title. lol I think I'm just too wiped out from my schedule these past few weeks to come up with anything original lately. We did finish up our first week of school today (Yay!), though, so I think I'm going to collapse on the couch and watch a movie with my sweet hubby tonight.
This card is my second go with Jen's Sketch for You to Try from last Saturday. I needed a birthday card for a friend of mine, and I know she LOVES the color red (and sweets, like cupcakes and ice cream), so this is for her. Unfortunately we now live hundreds of miles away from each other and I can't take her out to go shopping or enjoy a special treat. So, since finishing up this card, I've decided -- because it's no doubt going to get her sweet tooth craving something decadent -- I'm going to add a pocket to the inside and tuck in a Cold Stone Creamery gift card so she can go and indulge herself. {Yummy!!} And she so deserves it. Just wish I could join her. ;)

The delicious-looking patterned paper is making my mouth water from BasicGrey's Cupcake 6x6 pack. The cupcake and sentiment are from the Hey There Cupcake set by Stampendous, and the main image panel was embossed using the You folder (hence this post's title's name -- told you I'm not so original today) and then sanded. That folder probably wasn't the most festive of choices for the occasion, but I liked the words that would be peeking out in that small area and I hope they make her smile. ;) (((Love ya, Tammy!)))

The cupcake wrapper was paper pieced with another of the Cupcake papers (appropriate, no?), and then I used the paper tole technique for the (three) layers of frosting. The top layer of ever-so light and fluffy frosting was made by putting down a thick layer of white dimensional fabric paint (yes, my Liquid Applique is still hiding from me! -lol), adding a generous sprinkling of Prisma Glitter, and then finishing with a cherry on top, all while it was still wet. The cherry was stamped in Cranberry ink (stem was inked with Chocolate), and then Xmas Red Stickles was applied to add some more sparkle. I also used the Stickles for some extra lovin' on the three itty bitty hearts on the sentiment tag (cut with the one of the dies from Ribbon Tag Trio -- I got mine from Ellen Hutson, but it appears they're out of stock at the moment).

Well, that's about enough from me. I hope you enjoy your weekend! I know that's my intention! ;D

As always, thanks so much for taking the time to visit, 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, Cranberry, Crystal Blue (CTMH); Patterned Paper: "Cake & Ice Cream" and "Confetti" from the Cupcake collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: Hey There Cupcake (Stampendous); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Cranberry, Heavenly Blue, Chocolate (CTMH); Other: classic and scalloped Nestabilities, Ribbon Tag Trio (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, You embossing folder (Provo Craft), photo corner punch, ticket corner punch, mat pack (SU!), Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger), ribbon (Michael's), Prisma Glitter, paper piercer, sponge (CTMH), white pigment gel pen (Signo), Bright White Dimensional Fabric Paint (Duncan Crafts), stapler, staples, foam mounting tape, sewing machine, white thread