Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ya just {never} know...

Hello!  I realize it's been a couple weeks since I last posted, but there just aren't enough hours in my days to get everything done I need to get done this next week.  I'm sure a lot of you are in the same position. 

Until last night, I hadn't stamped in over two weeks --eek!-- and I haven't been visiting my favorite blogs much or leaving comments either {I'm sorry, ladies}.  It was great to get to stamp again but I'm still struggling to find my mojo...and hope it returns ASAP because I haven't got any time to spare!  I really shouldn't be taking the time to blog, but I needed a little break. ;)

I've been working on a Christmas gift for my oldest daughter, and it's {finally} just about finished...though I won't be able to share it here until after she opens it since she's been known to pop by here every once in a while. ;P   However, I can share with you my last sewing project {aka "the gift"} I made for her birthday.  In case you can't tell, it's a flannel rag quilt pillow and matching coasters:

 It's a shame when gifts turn into more like "trial-and-error" projects, but sometimes that's just the way it goes {for me anyway -lol}.  This was the first time I'd made anything like this before, and the directions I'd found, unbeknownst to me, left quite a bit to be desired.  So, the next time I make these things {I have fabric for two more pillows and several coasters all cut and waiting}, I'll have a better idea of what works, what doesn't, and what I'd do differently. 

Also...a few weeks ago, Laura from Stampendous was browsing the Web and emailed me to ask if she could post my Changito recipe card on their blog.  How fun is that?!?  It's so cool...though kinda unnerving too...that anyone can have access to just about anything on our blogs.  Guess I'd better watch what I write. lol  Anyway, here's the link to their post if you didn't catch this particular recipe card here the first time around:  http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/christis-recipe-cards/

And since I haven't anything new to share with you today, I thought I'd share a few more recipe cards with you.   Fairly simple...and flat...but they're still much more fun to cook with than the typical recipe card, don't ya think?  ;)

Love that cute li'l {Whipper Snapper Designs} chicken.  And that recipe's a family favorite too. ;)  If you're interested in the rest of the recipe, just leave me a comment and I'll get it to you after the holidays are over.

This next one is a recipe Sharon Harnist shared on her blog last year.  It's absolutely delicious...and totally addicting!  I'll be making {and possibly wearing} some of it this week. ;P

The front:

And back:

This last one is something that can be made and used for a sweet great neighbor or teacher gift.  Just spoon it into a festive air-tight container and add a pretty little tag...doesn't get much easier, and it tastes pretty good too. ;)  There are many different variations of this sort of recipe, but this one, shared with me by a dear friend, is my favorite so far:

I'm sorry I won't be including the supply lists for these recipe cards --I made them in a mad rush last December and didn't have time to write it all down-- but if you have any questions, just ask and see if I can figure it out for you. 

Break time's over.  It's time to get dinner on the table for a very patient and hungry family...and then it'll be back to 'work' after the dishes are done.  I've got some very special guests coming in less than a week with a TON to get done before then, so in case I don't make it back here for a little while {or over to visit your blog}, I wish you all a joyous and blessed Christmas.

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

15 minutes of {rockstar} fame

Well, today's the day that I'm being featured as Lizzie Anne Designs' very first Guest Rockstar Stamper!  Kind of exciting...for me anyway. ;P 

***ETA:  I wrote this up for Wednesday but posted it just minutes before midnight, so it ended up having Tuesday's date on it rather than the intended Wednesday's date --sorry for any confusion.***

It's been so much fun creating cards with my complimentary stamp set from Lizzie Anne Designs these past few weeks, and it also 'forced' me to make time to stamp {yeah, I've been really bummed about that -lol}.  I chose a really pretty set called Le Jardin (and I paired it with some sentiments from a few of their other sets); and rather than creating all generic-type cards with the floral images, I challenged myself to think outside of the box a bit...and also making them to double as cards I needed to send out during this busy time of year.  

The first one I made was a Thanksgiving card, which I sent to my parents.  I used Card Patterns sketch 40 as my jumping-off point, and the pretty leaf image was turned into a wreath:

My only issue with that card was that the leaf corner punch I used was evidently also a photo corner punch {can you tell I'd never used it before?}.  It left little cut marks in the centers of the top and bottom portions of my 'window' --not ideal, but I really liked the look of the leaves so I'm just trying to ignore it.  And you will too, right? ;)
The second card I made was going to be my favorite but it didn't quite come out as I'd envisioned and proved to be the most difficult...but I still like it.  I took one of their larger flower images and tried to turn it into a poinsettia, and I think it worked...kinda sorta:

I think maybe it might have worked a bit better if I'd cut off the rounded petals and just used some more of the pointed flower petals to be the leaves.  And it could've looked more authentic had I dotted the centers with a lot more gold Stickles.  And it needs a bigger bow.  Gotta love that hindsight. *sigh*  Oh, well, it was fun. ;)  And check out the detail on the button...isn't it beautiful?

This next card was a lot of fun and fairly quick to make.  Inspiration came as I was browsing one of my papercrafting magazines {the name of which escapes me at the moment --sorry} and I ended up combining the look of two different cards, and this is what I came up with:
Yep, I used a single-sided ribbon.  How'd you guess?  ;)

For my fourth card, I went all sunny and shimmery {and if you were here, where it began snowing last night...with temps slated to be hovering between 12-25F for the next couple days, you'd probably appreciate that as much as I do}.  A total flip-flop from that last card.  I embossed a couple different, though very similar, floral images with some glittery embossing powder and I also added some shimmery pearlescent chalk accents.  I think this one may very well be my favorite of the bunch:

In this close-up shot of the 'bouquet,' you can't really see the shimmer in the chalking, but I think  you can see how glittery the embossing powder is {don't you just LOVE that flower image!}:

And for my final card {*sniff sniff*}, I went a little less detailed with more of a clean and simple look:

It's really hard to tell, but this card also uses the same shimmery cardstock as I used on the card right above this one and on the Christmas card.  --HEY, it just occurred to me...I DO have a Christmas card made already!! Yay!!  {Yes, sometimes I even scare myself.}  I also went over the flowers with a clear glitter pen, but it didn't seem to add a whole lot.  I'm really tempted to go over it again with some Stickles to give it that little extra pop I was hoping for.

Well, there you have it.  My 15 minutes of fame {I figured a rather generous 3 minutes per card -lol}.  I loved every minute of making my card samples, and it's truly a pleasure stamping with LAD stamps --their darling images always stamp so crisp and clean!  I hope you enjoyed what I created with Le Jardin.

Thank you so very much, Tricia and Meredith, for choosing me to enjoy this incredible opportunity to be Lizzie Anne Designs' first Guest Rockstar Stamper!  I had such a great time!!!  ;D

And thanks to you who came to visit and actually endured my marathon post, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Fall Wreath card:

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Cocoa (CTMH)
Patterned Paper:  Earth Love mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)
Stamps:  Le Jardin, A Harvest of Memories -Oct09 Monthly Mix set (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Goldrush, Olive, Vineyard Berry (CTMH)
Other:  1 3/4" circle punch, leaf corner punch (EK Success), sponges, (ret.) gold cording, Cocoa organdy (CTMH), Classic Small and Large Circle dies, Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), button (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, mini pop dots, foam mounting tape

Poinsettia card:

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cyrogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Bamboo (CTMH)
Patterned Paper:  Spiceberry collection (Memory Box)
Stamps:  Le Jardin, Christmas Wishes -Nov09 Monthly Mix set (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Vineyard Berry, Barn Red (CTMH)
Other:  Tags 5 die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), crochet trim (Wright's), Cloud craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Rustic twine, button, prisma glitter (Papertrey Ink), waterbrush, sponge (CTMH), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Golden Rod Stickles (Ranger), Quickie Glue pen (Sakura), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, mini pop dots, foam mounting tape

Make a Wish card:

Cardstock:  Cocoa, Sorbet, (ret.) Seafoam (CTMH)
Patterned Paper:  Earth Love mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)
Stamps:  Le Jardin, Sketched Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)
Other:  ribbon (May Arts), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Glittery Bouquet card:

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Bubblegum, (ret.) Breeze (CTMH), Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper:  Urban Prairie 6x6 pad (BasicGrey)
Stamps:  Le Jardin, Sketchy Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)
Other:  Classic Frame die, Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft), Scalloped Scallop border punch (EK Success), Shimmers Pearlized Chalks (Pebbles, Inc.), button (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), VersaMark (Tsukineko), Kaliedoscope embossing powder (Stampendous), heat tool (CTMH), sewing machine, thread, pop dot, foam mounting tape

Thanks a Million! card:

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Pansy Purple (CTMH)
Patterned Paper:  "Stone Wall" and "Pond" from the Wisteria collection (BasicGrey)
Stamps:  Le Jardin, Sketched Sentiments (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Pansy Purple (CTMH)
Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Classic and Scallop Large Oval dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Cornice border punch (Martha Stewart), silk ribbon (May Arts), Clear Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), sponge (CTMH)

Monday, November 30, 2009

I spy a {pie}

It's on my waistline!  Just kidding...though after Thanksgiving, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.  Actually, I did rather well in reigning in my urge to make a second pumpkin pie on Friday {the first one was gone Thursday evening...and my hubby didn't even have a piece --not that I minded because it just meant more for us oinkers, but I think something's seriously wrong with his taste buds because he doesn't care for pumpkin!  Have you ever heard of such a thing?!?}.

So did you all survive Black Friday and Cyber Monday?   Speaking of Cyber Monday, is this something new?  I've never heard of it before.  Can't say I mind all the 'cyber sales' though.  I'm not at all into crowds, but the shopping in your jammies idea appeals to me. ;) 

Well, tomorrow is December 1st and I've not made a single Christmas card yet.  Please tell me I'm not alone!  I think next year I'm going to attempt one a week {the plan I'd gotten as far as thinking about this year} --anyone care to join me?  Actually, it's more like Would anyone care to join me in order to keep me accountable? lol    

And I'm just guessin' that you didn't come to hear me freakin' myself out about how the days are moving faaaarrrrrr to fast, so I think I'll move on and share a card with you.  Sound good?  Thought so.

Since this one has a rather fall-ish feel, I thought now would be better than next week.  It uses the Pie in the Window from Lockhart Stamp Company and some of the Indian Summer papers.  Lockhart does have several other of these cute "in the Window" stamps, and one happens to be a Christmas one!  Hmmmmm.... ;P

It looks kinda washed out in the picture (someday I'll learn how to take a decent picture...I hope), so I'll tell you that it's stamped on some shimmery cardstock and there's some Spica glitter detail added to the flowers for a little extra sparkle, though none of that's really visible either.  ;( 

Well, the clock's a'tickin' so I need to get going.  Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock:  Curious Irridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Goldrush, Vineyard Berry (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Indian Summer 6x6 pad (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Pie in the Window (Lockhart)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  Classic Large Square die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button (Autumn Leaves), twine (unknown), sewing machine, thread, pop dots

Friday, November 27, 2009

{Christmas} change

In going through my email tonight, I discovered this site and thought I'd share their {very} short video clip with you.  I love their message and hope you will too.  ;)  Something to think about to be sure....

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

Christmas Change from Kujilana on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

my second annual {Thanksgiving} parade

Hello again! 

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm back with the Thanksgiving cards I made for our older kids.  I'm gonna have to come back later and edit in the details and include links because it's about time for our family to sit down and put to paper our reasons for thanksgiving.  And I was in such a rush to get these cards made and shipped out that I didn't have time to write down the supplies {fortunately hubby had taken the week off and was a real sweetheart to run them to the post office for me as soon as I'd slipped them into their envelopes {because I was still in my jammies}...Monday afternoon...yes, rather late, but thankfully they arrived at all their intended destinations yesterday, so I'm one very relieved mama!}.  Well, that was undoubtedly a LOT more information than you needed to know....lol!  Sorry.

If you'll recall {well, you won't, but I do -lol}, I wasn't too thrilled with the Thanksgiving cards I made last year...well, this year isn't a whole lot better.  For some reason {likely because I'm always playin' the role of Last-Minute Lucy ;(}, I haven't been able to come up with anything I'm really too proud of, especially for the boys.  They're not horrible, but you know what I mean.  Anyway, here they are:

This one uses the Harvest Angel from Lockhart Stamps and Cosmo Cricket 's Earth Love {LOVE that paper!}.  This one was made for my stepdaughter, and even though I kinda liked it, it likely ended up in the trash...but it's the thought that counts {right?} and that was my intention.

This one uses the Earth Love {again}, some punches, and the trio of trees is from the October Monthly Mix from Lizzie Anne Designs called A Harvest of Memories.  I made this one for my oldest son and he said he really liked it, so that made me happy. ;)

This one features the glamorous Chefabella, some Basic Grey Indian Summer papers {LOVE these papers too!}, and some luscious suede ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply RIBBON Store. My coloring totally stunk on this one, but hopefully all the fun supplies made up for it. lol  So even though it had "sugar" {glitter} rising up from the pie --what was I thinking??? --my oldest daughter was happy with it anyway, so that made me smile.

This last one uses the same stamp set from Lizzie Anne Designs that I used for my older son's card, only this one is for my younger older son {yep, the one that tosses the cards in the trash and has no problem telling me that *sigh*}.  Needless to say, knowing its destination made it a very quick one to make...though I'm sure you'd never have guessed that on your own -lol!

ETA:  I forgot to mention that the two boys' cards were greatly inspired by two really cute cards published in the Nov09 issue of CARDS magazine, one by Kiara Lee and the other by Kimber McGray. 

Well, it's time to wrap this up and get on to my contribution to our family's Book of Thanks.   I hope that you enjoyed your day today, and {even if you aren't celebrating the holiday} had opportunity to think about all of the blessings in your life and to thank the One who gives them to us.  If you haven't yet, there's no time like the present. ;)

I appreciate your taking the time to come visit me here, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

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

Harvest Angel card:

Cardstock:  Cocoa, Sorbet (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins)

Patterned Paper:  Earth Love mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps:  Harvest Angel (Lockhart Stamps), Very Vintage Labels No. 4 (Waltzingmouse Stamps)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Labels Four dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), crochet trim (Wright's), apricot craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), various Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), foam mounting tape

Thankful Trees card:

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), Cocoa, Colonial White (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Earth Love mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps:  A Harvest of Blessings -Oct09 Monthly Mix set (Lizzie Anne Designs)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Classic small and large Oval dies, Double-Ended Tags die (Spellbinders), large oval punch (SU!), binding edge border punch (EK Success), Leaves embossing folder (QuicKuts), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), sponge (CTMH), Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), rustic cream twine, button (Papertrey Ink), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), foam mounting tape

Chefabella card:

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Garnet (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Indian Summer 6x6 pad (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Chefabella (Stamping Bella), Let's Get Stuffed (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  Classic and Scallop small Oval dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), lace border punch (Fiskars), dog tag punch (SU!), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Prisma glitter (Papertrey Ink), Lipstick Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), sponge (CTMH), button (Autumn Leaves), embroidery floss (DMC), suede ribbon (May Arts), Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Gobble Gobble card:

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), (ret.) Seafoam, Sorbet (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Earth Love mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps:  A Harvest of Memories -Oct09 Monthly Mix (Lizzie Anne Designs), Leaves #3 Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Labels Two dies, Tags Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), rustic jute twine, button (Papertrey Ink), Leaves embossing folder (QuicKuts), sandpaper, foam mounting tape

beautiful {RAKs}

Hello, and wishing a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving to my American friends today!

Mimicking last year...we're having a very quiet holiday today, opting not to travel and instead just enjoy the simplicity of staying home, enjoying each other's company, eating a meal that somewhat resembles the traditional Thanksgiving feast {the pumpkin pie is my favorite part!}, and reflecting, in writing, for our Thanksgiving album on all the blessings we've been given this past year {our annual tradition, though I think the kids would much rather skip it -lol}. **How's that for a LOOOOONNNNG sentence?! lol**

Before I post the Thanksgiving cards I made for my older kids, I thought I'd share with you a couple beautiful Thanksgiving/fall cards I recently received from friends.  They're even prettier in real life, with all their charming details...right down to the beautifully decorated insides and heartfelt sentiments.

This first card is from my friend Kathy {who doesn't have a blog but does beautiful work}.  She used some gorgeous Indian Summer papers by BasicGrey and I think the images are so cute --I think she said they're retired stamps from SU.

The second card was a wonderful surprise in my mailbox yesterday from my bloggin' buddy Barb.  It's so sparkly and pretty.

I am so thankful to have such kind, thoughtful {and talented} friends.  

It's time to go get the pie into the oven, but I'll be back later with more Thanksgiving cards to share.  ;)

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

Thursday, November 19, 2009

care for a {muffin}?

Or how about two?  With sprinkles or a cherry on top perhaps?  ;)

My goodness, how quickly times passes!  It always feels that way for me, but at this time of year it feels like it's moving at warp speed.  I know it's been a couple weeks since I last posted, but I'm happy to say that I've been making a LOT of cards (yes, I'm sure that's a relative term...but I've made a LOT for me anyway, quite possibly a world record --six in eight days -- craziness, I tell ya; but, boy, was it FUN!). 

I still have some Thanksgiving cards to make and get mailed by Saturday afternoon, so thought I'd pop in real quick with a couple (very similar) cards I made earlier this week.  As you'll notice, they have several things in common:  both were inspired by Jen del Muro's current SFYTT, both use the ever-so-sweet Matilda Muffinbread image, both are bathed in a liberal dose of glitter, and both are well beyond being considered fashionably late

The first one is for a friend: 

The second one is for one of my nieces:

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

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

Matilda in Red card:

Cardstock:  Colonial White, Cranberry, Twilight (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps:  Matilda Muffinbread, happy belated birthday (Stamping Bella)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Curved Rectangle die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), button, satin ribbon, glitter (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), sponge, paper piercer (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), Lipstick Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), Scattered Straw Distress Stickles, Aqua Stickles, Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger), Quickie glue pen (Sakura), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), foam mounting tape, sewing machine, thread 

Matilda in Pink card:

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Crystal Blue (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Euphoria (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Matilda Muffinbread, happy belated birthday (Stamping Bella)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Scallop Oval Large die, Classic Oval Large die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), paper piercer (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), Blue Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), baubles (craft supply), glitter (Papertrey Ink), Shiny Hot Chocolate and Iridescent Cotton Candy 3D paint (Duncan), Quickie glue pen (Sakura), Crafter's Pick 'The Ultimate' adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

{thanks} LAD...and Dad!!

Little did I know that when I created my dad's birthday card using Lizzie Anne Designs' 100th sketch and some of their darling images, that it would end up ROCKin' my world...but it did!! 

In case you don't subscribe to the LAD newsletter (and I'm not sure why you wouldn't), check this out:  http://blog.lizzieannedesigns.com/company/rock-star-wednesday/  (Yes, I realize this post is a little like patting myself on the back here, but this is a {BIG} first for me and I'm just so excited, I couldn't control myself! lol) 

It totally made my day when Tricia (of LAD) emailed me with the happy news, and so I wanted to share it with you and also encourage you to send in your projects to the LAD crew --they have a wonderful selection of stamps and great weekly sketch challenges.  You never know...YOU could be their next Guest Rockstar Stamper! ;D

So while I'm feeling especially honored and just a leetle bit too excited, the pressure is on.  I still need to get out my daughter's "gift" (don't ask) and some Thanksgiving cards too.  I just hope the cards I come up with using my new LAD set won't end up disappointing anyone and make them think they made a mistake by choosing me.   Wish me luck...and a LOT of creative time over the next few weeks.  I'm gonna need it!

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

{risque} monkey business

Somehow I neglected to share with you the birthday card I made for my hubby a little while ago.  This was the second card I made using Sketch 33 from Card Patterns.  The monkey theme and the patterned papers here go along with the surprise party invitations and cupcake toppers I'd made.  Not that my hubby cared or even gave a second thought to it, but I thought they should all be coordinating.  ;)

Of course I had to improvise a little to make it even more fun.  So with the help of some colored pencils and glitter pens, Changito was magically transformed into Changito-lita!  ;P  She's so cute, though --I think she looks a bit too sweet...and maybe a bit too youthful...to be poppin' out of a cake like that.  Just my opinion. 

It looks better in real life, but here's a close-up of all the glorious sparkliness (I do think that's a word nowadays -lol).  

In hindsight, I should've given her some big ol' sparkly earrings and glossy lipstick too!  That may have 'aged' her a bit. lol  Guess I was in too big a hurry that day.  No biggie though.  He loved it and I'm sure none of my crazy thoughts ever crossed his mind. ;)

I hope you're all having a wonderful week!

As always, thanks so much for coming by 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:  Kraft (SU!), Cranberry, Key Lime, White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  All Boy stack (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Changito Bday (Stampendous)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH)

Other:  Prismacolor pancils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), red and clear Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), edge distresser (Heidi Swapp), buttons (Autumn Leaves), black waxed linen thread (unknown), foam mounting tape, pop dots

Monday, November 2, 2009

over the {top}

My friend Barb, whose blog, The Buzz, is "Over The Top!," thinks my poor neglected blog is "Over The Top!" too.  Not exactly sure what that means {though I'm pretty sure it's a good thing, because I'm in with some good company}, but isn't this just the sweetest looking award...kinda blends in with my blog colors too.   Whoever made this one up sure did a nice job. ;)  And it's such a fun award that I couldn't help but play along...hope you don't mind.  Thanks so much for thinking of me, Barb

Here's how it works: 

1.  You can only use ONE word!!
2.  Pass this along to five of your favorite bloggers.
3.  Alert them that you have given them this award.
4.  Have FUN!!! 

Well, knowing me and the way I tend to blab on and on, the ONE word part is going to prove quite a challenge for me but I'll give it a hero's effort anyway.  ;)  Hey!!  Maybe that's why Barb sent this my way...she wanted to see if I could really do this!! lol

1.  Where is your cell phone?  countertop
2.  Your hair?  shorter
3.  Your mother?  wise
4.  Your father?  quiet
5.  Your favorite food?  Italian
6.  Your dream last night?  gone
7.  Your favorite drink?  wine
8.  Your dream/goal?  heaven
9.  What room are you in?  nook
10.  Your hobby?  papercrafting
11.  Your fear?  sickness
12.  Where do you want to be in six years?  free
13.  Where were you last night?  home
14.  Something that you're not?  tall
15.  Muffins?  spice
16.  Wish list item?  stamps
17.  Where did you grow up?  Upland
18.  Last thing you did?  dishes
19.  What are you wearing?  jeans
20.  Your t.v.?  off
21.  Your pets?  dog
22.  Friends?  sweet
23:  Your life?  blessed
24.  Your mood?  happy
25.  Missing someone?  someoneS
26.  Vehicle?  big
27.  Something you're not wearing?  makeup
28.  Your favorite store?  Archiver's
29.  Your favorite color?  dunno (not grammatically correct, but that's ONE word; right?)
30.  Last time you laughed?  today
31.  Last time you cried?  Oct. 26
32.  Your best friend?  mom
33.  One place you go over and over again?  Whole Foods
34.  One who emails you regularly?  mom
35.  Favorite place to eat?  home
36.  Facebook?  sometimes

Okay, now it's my turn to pass it on to five of my favorite bloggers.  With ALL the blogs I frequent, choosing only five seems really unfair --not to mention some of those I'd choose are Barb and others she'd already chosen.  Okay, so here we go.  Besides being talented, these ladies each inspire me in their own way.  If you're not already familiar with them, I hope you'll take a moment to check out their blogs to see what I mean:

1.  Susan

2.  Stacy

3.  Sarah

4.  Carolyn

5.  June

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.  I should have another card posted in the next day or so.  Until then, many blessings to you!

Friday, October 23, 2009

an {apple} a day...

Well, that's been the habit of my dad EVERY single day for as long as I can remember.  And I have to say that I've become a believer in that old adage.  It's really served him well, so I'd also have to say that it's a very good habit indeed.  Not only has he been a very healthy man, but he's also about to celebrate his 73rd birthday in a few days.  What's really wonderful about that is that he and my mom are due to arrive here in about two hours!!  It's going to be a very short visit (just through the weekend), but we're going to celebrate my dad's birthday...something we haven't been able to do in quite a few years.

So in honor of him, I used a couple of really fun stamps from Something to Crow About {the Monthly Mix for September} by Lizzie Anne Designs.  I also used the current sketch over at Lizzie Anne Land, which just so happens to be something they're celebrating as well --their 100th sketch!  {With celebrations all around, me most definitely thinks some chocolate cake is in order! ;)}

And since I still have a few things to 'wrap up' around here before my parents brighten our doorway, I'll leave you with the card:

Nothing too fancy, but every bit my dad...right down to the gray stripes. 

Hope you're all going to be having a wonderful weekend and that you, too, will find something to celebrate.  ;)

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

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

Cardstock:  Grey Wool, Heavenly Blue, Cranberry, White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Complete Boy stack (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Something to Crow About (Lizzie Anne Designs)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), ZigZag Stitch border punch (EK Success), Cranberry marker (CTMH), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Friday, October 16, 2009

birthday bash {4 U}

Happy Friday to ya! ;D

We're having beautiful weather here today {and all three inches of snow that we woke up to last Saturday is just a memory --too bad the freezing temps that accompanied it didn't leave a lasting impression...cruelly turning to brown all of the leaves that were just starting to show their most beautiful and long-awaited shades of yellow, gold, orange, and red}.  And the strong winds we had yesterday tugged at many of the dead leaves, giving them a premature push sending them floating through the air, torn from their branches.  Seems like we skipped a season overnight...my favorite season.  And I was so looking forward to capturing a few pics of the turning leaves, and now it appears I'll have to wait until next fall.  ;(

Well, tomorrow is my Oldest Sweet Daughter's boyfriend's birthday and so I had another guy card to make.  Always a bit of a challenge, but always much quicker than my usual cards...and I liked LauraB's comment that "sometimes less is more" --makes it a little less painful knowing they get tossed in the trash. ;)  And Susan, did you notice I omitted buttons this time? lol

I used this week's sketch from CPS, the stamps are from Birthday Bash {by Cornish Heritage Farms}, and the paper is from BasicGrey's Marrakech collection.  I'm not sure what my preoccupation with Kraft cardstock is at the moment {and I'm not trying too terribly hard to resist it's beckoning call to me}, but I am lovin' it for guy cards lately...and I am even envisioning it as the anchor for some mass-produced Christmas cards.

I paper-pieced the candle and used a few different Spica glitter pens for the 'flame' and on the little tag:

I'm hoping my Oldest Sweet Daughter won't mind too terribly much that her boyfriend's gift is arriving before hers {you guessed it...I'm still not done with "the gift," --it was the source of a brief meltdown I had on Saturday, but I've recovered and am making progress, slowly but surely...determined to not let it get the better of me -lol}

I'll leave you with a few pics of our hint of winter wonderland last Saturday:

Our dog is such an affection-hound that she'll even shamelessly enjoy patiently endure having the kids bury her in the snow...as long as they're hands-on and she's getting some lovin' she's happy.  Silly dog!

And here's Youngest Sweet Daughter's little snowman (or snowgirl, I suppose...I was informed the greenery sticking out of the back of its head is a ponytail -lol!):

The temps are forecast to be warmer tomorrow and there's no snow or heavy winds expected, and so we're going to our first bonfire tomorrow night --should be a lot of fun!!  And then, after giving myself a week's vacation from it...physically speaking only {my brain has found it impossible to make the departure}, I think I'll torture educate myself by working on "the gift" some more. ;) 

So what are you guys up to this weekend?

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

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

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), Moonstruck, White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Marrakech (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), White Daisy pigment ink (CTMH)

Other:  Classic Small and Large Rectangle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), black waxed linen thread (unknown), paper piercer (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), various Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), blending stumps (Alvin), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), pop dots, foam mounting tape

Friday, October 9, 2009

happy birthday {brother}

Hello again!  I decided I needed a longer break, so thought I'd share one more card I made recently.  ;)

This one was made using this week's sketch from Card Patterns, and it was sent to one of my {younger} brothers.  Ordinarily I don't make cards for him, but this year I did.  I made it very simple, though, because it's probably one that's already been tossed in the round file.  Oh, well.  I enjoyed making it and I hope he enjoyed receiving it.  That's what counts, right?

I broke into my Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend mini deck and used a very small piece of Appreciation.  Sounds kinda funny.  A small piece of appreciation.  Maybe I should've used a generous piece instead. ;)  Okay, never mind.  I must be in a silly mood today. 

Moving right along...here's the card:

Granted, it's a little on the bland side now that I look at it here {I don't think it looked quite that dull in person}.  And it's a guy card.  Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. ;)   In hindsight, I probably should've put some wide dark blue grosgrain or twill or even cardstock behind the ric rac --SOMEthing to make it pop a little more-- Oh, well...it's too late now.  

The card base is Kraft, and the colored mats are pieces of CTMH's Honey and Juniper cardstock.  The background was made by using an image from The Rummage Bin collection called For The Men {by Cornish Heritage Farms} stamped in VersaMark.  And I added the waxed linen stitches for a little interest, but I think I should've used some sort of template for my spacing.  Next time. ;)  And the little tags were from another fun set by Cornish Heritage Farms called Tag!  You're It!

How's that for short and sweet? ;)  Seemed a little too short...cuz now it means I need to quit stalling and get back to work on "the gift." lol 

Did I mention that it SNOWed here yesterday? Pretty much most of the day, though none of it stuck...luckily.  Seems a bit toooo cold and a bit toooo early to have our first snow fall, but it was fun to watch and we enjoyed sipping on our warm beverages {I've been experimenting all week...tweaking the spices mostly...making my own chai tea latte, so that's been fun}.  We're supposed to be getting more snow over the weekend too, with lows dipping into the teens at night --BRRR!!  I think I'll be stayin' in and keeping warm and cozy...and hopefully finally finishing up "the gift" for Oldest Sweet Daughter, who's sick in bed with the flu today...1000 miles away and I can't do a thing to help her, but pray.  I don't even have a cute card made up that I could send her.   Again, bad mama, I know.  ;(

Okay, okay, enough already.  I'll quit stalling and get back to work.  ;)  I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

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

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

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), Juniper, Honey (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Appreciation" The Boyfriend mini deck (Cosmo Cricket)

Stamps:  For The Men, Tag! You're It! (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Inks:  Juniper (CTMH)

Other:  VersaMark (Tsukineko), buttons (BasicGrey and Autumn Leaves), hemp twine (unknown), hemp ric rac (May Arts), 3/4" circle punch, mat pack (SU!), paper piercer (CTMH), waxed linen thread (ScrapWorks), Crafter's Pick The Ultimate! glue (API), foam mounting tape

"...on Custard, on {Target}...."

Yes, I know, I changed the words a bit, but is anyone else hearing the faint {or not so faint} sound of Christmas music running through their head...or is it just me?

Well, hello there!!  Long time no nothin'! 

This poor neglected blog of mine.... 

And while I've been away, Blogger has apparently changed their formatting for writing posts!  Looks like a good thing, but until I figure it out I'm thinkin' I may be muttering under my breath a little...or a lot.  Seems that's just the way it is for me --things always have a way of taking a lot longer than what I think they should. ;(

Though I've not been posting recently {sorry}, I have been stamping {YAY!!}.  We've had several birthdays to celebrate in our circle lately and a few other card-worthy occasions too, so that's been fun.  And while I had to spend time making the cards {not that I minded -lol}, I'd told myself I wasn't going to take the time to post again until I finished making my Oldest Sweet Daughter's birthday gift {her 22nd birthday was a week and a half ago --Yikes!}.

Well, I'm not done with it yet {I did mention things always take me a lot longer than they should, right?}, but it's coming along...and I would've added 'nicely' to that, but I hit a wall yesterday {though I patiently worked my way through it last night} and so I'm at a spot that's a bit intimidating for me and thought I'd take a bit of a breather. 

I've had several little obstacles to overcome along the way --remember I'm S-L-O-W to begin with-- and because I'm a visual learner, I guess it hasn't helped any that my instructions seemed poorly done {to me anyway}.  It's not paper-related and it's a new-to-me project, but when I asked her boyfriend for gift ideas, his response, while very sweet, not only took me by surprise but definitely took me on a creative journey I hadn't planned {and I should also include a sincere thanks in here, too, to my friend Kathy for the bright great project idea -lol, though I have to say she's been very helpful to me too --thanks, Kathy! ;D}.  And once I finally get it done and show you what I'm talking about, I'm sure you're all gonna have a good laugh at my expense {you'll no doubt be rolling your eyes and thinking, It took you HOW long?!?}

SO, because this project is taking quite a bit longer than I anticipated {again, so sorry, Sweetheart}, I thought I'd go ahead and share a card today anyway.  ;)

This birthday card was really fun to make, even if it ended up being sent without a gift.  ;(  Bad mama, I know.   I am thankful that I have a very patient and understanding daughter...it helps to ease my conscience a little. 

Here's the background scoop on this card {literally -lol}:   A few months ago my Oldest Sweet Daughter accidentally mailed me one of her cute notecards {from Target}....blank!  I think she must've been in a hurry that day. lol   I'd thought about returning it to her so she could actually really use it but then decided I'd find a way to use it on a card for her {even though it was a bit scarred up from the 1000-mile journey --just gives it some character, right?}. ;)  So, the flowered design 'paper' that you see in the background here was the front of her notecard and the polka dot pattern was the back side.  The real irony to this little plan of mine is that she didn't recognize it!  {Yes, sometimes the method to my madness is lost on others...I'm used to it.}   Here is what I came up with:

Now Oldest Sweet Daughter's had a thing for cows for a LONG time {though NOT real cows...which I discovered only after I took a ton of cow pics to show her one time -lol}, so I knew I wanted to use darling Custard image on her card.  Isn't she the cutest?!?  Although, now that I think about it, it's entirely possible that she's outgrown the cow thing and just hasn't had the heart to tell us (the younger kids send drawings of cows on most cards they make her -lol).  Guess I'd better ask about that before buying any more of these sweet bovine images --and there are quite a few of them out there...assuming you like that kinda thing, of course.  ;)

Since the card front itself was kinda plain, I tried to enhance it with quite a bit of shimmer --Cryogen White cardstock, Coal Shimmerz on the cow's spots, and some Spica glitter pens and Star Dust Stickles {my favorite!} on the flowers.  I'm not sure if you can see it or not {as always, if you click on the pic, you'll get the ginormous version}:

Oh, and I used the then-current Sketch 33 from Card Patterns {LoVe their sketches!}.  I even made another card using this sketch, which I'll be sharing soon, because I liked it so much.  Fun, stuff!  ;D  I couldn't find a good place for a sentiment on the front, so I just added it to the inside {which is a good thing, because it's handwritten...and just a bit corny like me -lol}:

And I included a little pull-out mini card {using a stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms} inside for our personal sentiment to her:

Well, I'm off now for another session tackling "the gift" --wish me luck, ladies!  ;)

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

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

Cardstock:  Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins), Black, Amethyst (CTMH)

Stamps:  Custard (Sugar Nellie), Birthday Bash (Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:  Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko)

Other:  notecard (Target), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Classic Small and Large Squares Nestability dies, Classic Scallop Large Nestability dies (Spellbinders), black gingham (May Arts), (ret.) grape grosgrain (CTMH), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Coal Shimmerz (Shimmerz), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Pitch Black, Lilac, and Lavender Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), flower punch, 1/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch (SU!), staple, pop dots, foam mounting tape