Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Mail...and another sweet surprise

It's just me again. ;) I wanted to show you what was waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday from one of my sweet blogging friends, Patti: She recently offered that stamp set as blog candy, and I won! ;D I adore Verve stamps (especially the ones with Scripture), and I'm looking forward to getting this one inky! Thanks so much, Patti!

And she tucked this darling birthday card in with it too!: The patterned paper is from Close To My Heart, the apron is paper pieced, Patti's coloring is wonderful, I love the tiny pearls in the flower centers, and the cake is deliciously sparkly (Stickles?) --VERY cute! What a fun surprise! Thanks again, Patti --you really made my day!! ;)

Oh, and before I sign off for now, I thought I'd throw in another (though not as recent) sweet surprise. Not stamping-related though.... One afternoon last month Chloe and I had gone shopping for a few hours. When we came back home it was dark, but as Chloe got out of her side of the car she noticed something written in the snow (NOTHING gets by that girl, I tell ya!). Turns out my hubby decided to have a little fun with the garden hose in our front yard. (I had to take a picture of it so I can remind him of it if ever he gets really upset with me. lol) I couldn't get it all in one shot, but you can get the idea. ;) Isn't he the sweetest?! Hope you're enjoying your weekend. ;)

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

Legendary Love

Is it just me, or did this week just seem to fly by?! And, it's not only this week, but the entire month of January is over as well!

Just a little bit about my weekend so far.... My hubby and I watched "Big Fish" last night -- it's a few years old now, but we really enjoyed it. A very heartwarming tail, er, I mean tale (that was bad, I know -- sorry). Then this morning I went to get my hair done, which is always nice (assuming you can trust your hairstylist to be nice to your hair -lol). And this evening when I was trimming Chloe's bangs (I used to work as a hairstylist before I started having kids WAY back when -seems like a lifetime, or two, ago -lol), she asked me if I'd cut the rest of her hair too...she's now minus 6 inches of her hair! I was really surprised she wanted so much taken off, but she looks sooo cute I'm glad she did it. ;)

Anyway, I made my first Valentine's Day card this evening (took a break from thank-you cards), so I thought I'd share it with you. With a few exceptions, I used all Close To My Heart products to make this one. This one came together fairly fast for me (I know, oxymoron -lol), so I enjoyed that. ;) Part of the reason is because it's a no-frills kinda card...pretty basic because it's likely going to be sent to my oldest son (who, btw, is going to be turning 23 in a few short weeks! WHOA! did I get to be that old?!? lol). So here it is:
The piercing looks a little off on the left side of the small white horizontal panel with the flourish, but it's just the whacky angle of my photo. It was taken at night with poor lighting and I was in a hurry (so we're gonna overlook the fact that my photography skills are lacking, okay?), and you'll just have to trust me that the piercing is all there. ;)

Except for the sketch, which I absolutely love and plan to be using again (I used one of the past bonus sketches by Heidi Van Laar over at 2 Sketches 4 You--I wasn't able to track it down to direct you to the exact post, sorry), I don't think there's anything that needs explaining so I'll spare you the details...but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Here's the sketch: Tomorrow's Super Bowl Sunday, and since I'm not really a big football fan I hope to get some stamping time in during the game. What will you be doing tomorrow?

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, Black, Cranberry (CTMH); Stamps: Legendary Moments, Love You (CTMH); Ink: White Daisy, Black (CTMH); Other: VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, heat tool, piercing tool (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), 1-inch circle punch (EK Success), embossed zigzag border punch (Martha Stewart), pop dots, foam mounting tape

Monday, January 26, 2009

We have a winner! ;D

Sorry it's taken me so long to get this posted today -- it's most definitely a Monday here. lol

Being somewhat blog-challenged, I have no idea how the '' thing works and didn't have time to go through a learning curve. So...this morning I printed out and cut apart all of the eligible comments, folded each one and put them into a basket, mixed them up, and had Chloe rummage through them (without looking) and finally choose one. {Aren't her jammies the cutest?! lol} As you can see from the second picture, Jeanette is our lucky winner! Congratulations, Jeanette! :D

Jeanette - said...
I got sidetracked....oops. This is the card I left some love for :)
What a great blog she has!

And a big thank you to all of you for playing along -- it helps to make the drawing a little more suspenseful to have more participants, don't you think? lol Even though we could only have one winner (this time!), I hope that you all enjoyed browsing other blogs and found some inspiring new places to frequent. ;)

Jeanette, if you'll send me an email with your address when you have a chance, I'll get your package of goodies off to you later this week.

Well, I'm off to continue on with our Monday -- it's always a long day for us. Hope you're enjoy yours!

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

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Leaving Love and Sharing Kindness

Happy Saturday! ;D I hope you're having a nice weekend. I'm in the middle of trying to make a few cards before my sweet hubby serves up a special dinner for us tonight...complete with a bottle of red wine. ;) But before my day gets away from me, I thought I'd take a break to call something to your attention...and also share a little Kindess (you'll see what I mean).

Not that I wouldn't like to see Christi win the goodies up for grabs, but I noticed that she's the ONLY one who has commented that she had visited another blog and left some love for a new-to-you blogger. Maybe those of you who commented and didn't play along for my blogiversary bon-bons (silly name, I know, but it had the illiteration thing going for it -lol!) are not interested in the freebies --and that's okay-- but just in case you didn't realize you hadn't followed the rules in order to be in the drawing to win I thought I'd mention it one last time to be fair. ;) **To be included in the drawing, please remember to leave your comment on THIS post.**

Well, I thought I'd show you what you'll be receiving if you win (hope you like them). It may not look like much, but if you had to go buy these items, you'd be spending about $100.

There are three D-size stamp sets from Close To My Heart: Eastertime, Treasure Life, and Serendipity; "You Mean the World to me" sentiment from Stamping Bella; Circle Words from Unity; three stamps from Rubber Romance: bon jour, a purse, and a really cute ATC-sized Bunnie; and Cuttlebug Stitched Squares embossing folders. ;)

Here are some more detailed pics so you can actually see what's there:

Anyway, onto the sharing.... This year I'm attempting to participate in a couple on-going challenges: one is "His Holy Name" and the other is a "Scripture Challenge," both of which are led by Patter Cross. I'm not quite caught up (isn't that something...having to mention the words "caught up" when the first month isn't even over yet -- I hope that's not an indication of where this is going! ugh). I've really been enjoying the research process of these topical studies, and the creative process has been fun (and somewhat challenging) too. I decided to go with the ATC cards for the Scripture Challenge, as I loved Patter's idea of having all 52 cards out on the carousel to enjoy and refer to for encouragement anytime I want to. ;) The ATC size is completely new to me and it's proving to be quite a challenge to come up with such miniature projects, especially since I'm probably going to be handwriting all the scripture references on the cards (it doesn't offer much room for those of us who tend to write kinda big).

The first week's challenge was the word Faith. I've done the ATC for this one, but decided to share that one next week and instead show you the card for Week 2, Kindness. Here's the front: And here's the back side:
I haven't done any artwork for His Holy Name challenge as yet, but maybe soon (...I hope)!

This post is too long for me to give you the run-down on what's what on the ATC, but if you have any questions, as always, please feel free to email me.

Well, good luck to any of you who actually are interested in winning my bloggin' bon-bons! 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: Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins), Barn Red, Chocolate (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Elegance Elizabeth (KaiserCraft); Stamps: journaling box from September Kit of the Month "Friendship, Love, Miracles," Journal Dots from "Only Me" (Unity Stamp Company); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko); Other: swirl flourish punch (EK Success), large and small tag punches, large and small oval punches, scallop border punch (SU!), flowers (Prima), brads (Making Memories), button (craft supply), embroidery floss (DMC), foam mounting tape, glue dots, pop dots

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yep, it's been a year...and you KNOW what that means! ;)

I just realized that with my upcoming birthday in a few days, I'm also celebrating another 'anniversary' this week -- my blogiversary! Boy, this last year has just zoomed by!!

This past year I've met some of the SWEETEST people, seen some of the most AMAZING work, been INSPIRED by the caring hearts of others, and have just been truly BLESSED while exploring this technological wonder (and MAJOR time zapper -lol!) called blogging. So since you all have turned my blogging experience into so much more than I intended it to be (my only intent was to motivate me to stamp more often...and it has), and to take my mind off the years creeping up on me (AACK!), I thought it might be fun to offer up a gift to YOU who bring a smile to my face when you stop by and leave me such sweet comments. ;) I don't have a picture of all I'm going to give away (yet), mostly cuz I haven't totally decided -lol, but I think you'll like it -- everyone likes free goodies, right?! ;)

While blurfing in 2008, I noticed others requiring specific things from those hoping to win their blog candy (posting about the blog candy offering on their own blog or emailing friends about it if they didn't have a blog, answering a certain question, etc.), but the one that really impressed me was when Carolyn King asked her readers to choose a {NEW to them} blog from her blogroll, go visit that blog, and leave your chosen new blogger some love...then come back and tell what blog they visited and left their gift of words. This way, you have a chance to give something to others too...and maybe discover a new blogger that you wouldn't have otherwise. Sooo, that's what I'm gonna ask of you. Check out one of the blogs listed in my sidebar (remember, choose one that's NEW to you), and go leave them some love. Then come back here and let me know where you visited and left your comment (and I'll be checking). I know how much I love reading comments left for me, so I'll bet that others enjoy receiving comments too. So, how 'bout it? -- it'll be fun! ;)

Oh, and since we're talking anniversaries and birthdays today, I think I'll share the birthday card I made for my mom's birthday last week (the second one; the first one is still waiting for me to finish it and will be sent to someone morphed into something totally NOT my mom). I really like the way this one turned out. Hope you do too. ;)

The flower image is from Unity (I've become a huge Unity addict, er, I mean fan over the last few months), and the patterned paper is from the Sugared collection by BasicGrey (and it's on SALE right now for just $3 -- check it out!!!). I just LOVE this color combo!

Moving on to the card: I stamped the stem and leaves portion of the Scrappy Flower image onto some of the patterned paper using VersaMark and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. The flower portion of the image was also stamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder onto some Baby Pink cardstock. Next, I stamped the "center" of the flower onto the pink 'patterned' paper from the Sugared pack, using Timber Brown Staz-On on JustRite's Designer Centers and Borders (it was the PERFECT size for this image, and I thought the swirls on the border worked well with the paper!). Then I sponged some Antique Linen Distress ink into the petals to bring out their detail and also around the edges of the circular center and around the entire image on the mat to soften it up a little. And to finish it off, I took my Cocoa marker and went along the outline on the leaves and stem to show off their pretty design (the clear embossing was lost among the patterned paper).

I plan to be busy for most of the weekend, so I think I'll give you until midnight MT (Mountain Time...or aka my time -lol!) on Sunday (the 25th) to come back here and tell me you've followed the rules for this giveaway. I'll put all the names of those who enter in a basket and let one of my kiddos choose the lucky winner and I'll post it on next Monday (the 26th). In the meantime, I'll gather up all of the goodies I've been tucking away for this occasion and post a pic for you. I hope you'll be enticed to play along. ;)

Whew! Sorry to have been so long-winded but if you're still with me, 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: Cyrogen White (Arjo Wiggins), Cocoa, Baby Pink (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Sugared "Beauty" and "Delectable" (BasicGrey); Stamps: Scrappy Flower (Unity Stamp Company), 10 Designer Borders and Centers (JustRite); Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger), Cocoa (CTMH); Other: VersaMark (Tsukineko), clear embossing powder, sponge, heat tool (CTMH), petite classic circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), buttons (BasicGrey), ribbon (American Crafts), embroidery floss (DMC), glue dots, foam mounting tape

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cherish the Years

Hello and happy Monday! ;) I hope your week is starting off on the right foot. We woke to a couple inches of new snow this morning, and as a result the kids and I *got* to do some snow shoveling as "P.E." this afternoon. I think next time we'll do it earlier in the day rather than later...less ice to contend with. lol

Last weekend my parents celebrated a wedding anniversary...their 44th! I made this card in honor of that monumentous occasion (my hubby reminded me we're "only" 31 years behind them -lol!- and given that we found each other rather late in life, we'd have to live to be pretty old to catch them...I'm not holding my breath, but I think it would be really something to reach our 50th). And though tomorrow isn't promised to any of us, my parents are in relatively good health for their age so I'm thinking they'll be able to tell me what being married 50 years to the same person is like. ;)

Okay, back to the card. I think I broke a record on this one. I've already admitted to you that I'm the slowest stamper that ever lived, but I think I even surprised myself with this one. lol It's rather embarrassing, but it took me an entire afternoon (we're talking about four hours!) to make this card, and I would've tossed it and started over...again...if I'd had the time. One look and you'll see what I mean. And if not, allow me to help you. It's the stitching. See? In the picture, it actually looks a lot worse than I think it does in real life because the red patterned paper just inside the Barn Red cardstock on the horizontal strip has a lot of squiggly designs in it, making it look like a bunch of tangled threads. While I wouldn't say it isn't possible for me to do that to a card, fortunately it didn't happen here. lol But other things sure did (and, lucky for you, I won't be sharing them all)!

What I will share is that through my trial-and-(somewhat comical) error process with this card, I learned that when you're only stitching on one layer of paper, the results are, well, less than stellar -- at least that was my experience. ugh Usually I don't have this problem, but I don't usually stitch on only one layer either. When this lesson presented itself to me it was toward the end of the day, and by that time I needed to clean up my mess (I presently have to work at the kitchen table) and get dinner started for everyone or I was going to have a mutiny on my it was more about finishing than perfection (again, sorry, Mom). At least I learned something new along the way and will take this lesson to heart. ;)

Today also happens to be my mom's birthday, but since her card is still enroute to her, I can't post it just yet. That one was a lot more fun to make...once I scrapped the first attempt (after three consecutive evenings of unsuccessfully trying to finish it...hence the reason it's late.... It started out okay but then something changed and it just wasn't looking like my mom anymore -- ever have that happen to you?). Anyway, I'll be sharing that with you later this week. Happy Birthday, Mom! ;D

Well, I hope your creative endeavors are going a bit better than mine have lately. lol

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: Cryogen White (Arjo Wiggins), Barn Red (CTMH); Patterned Paper: Boxer collection (BasicGrey); Stamps: I Thee Wed (Cornish Heritage Farms); Ink: Barn Red (CTMH); Other: Classic and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Tags 5 (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), VersaMark (Tsukineko), (ret.) Mirror Platinum embossing powder, heat tool, piercing tool, sponge, white organdy (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), ribbon (May Arts), sewing machine, white thread, foam mounting tape

Monday, January 5, 2009

Never Show it!

Guess that could apply to a lot of things, huh! lol Well, in this case, it has to do with age. ;P I just love this sassy li'l stamp by American Art Stamp! And the older I get, the more I can appreciate it. (Wonder why that is? lol) I made this for one of my very favorite friends, and she most definitely does NOT show her age. ;) There's nothing fancy here (I was in a hurry, as usual), but I had a lot of fun coloring this image with my Prismacolor pencils and adding some sparkle with Stickles (which probably doesn't show up too well here, but it's there).

And here's the inside:
And here's a pic of my four-legged Siberian Husky sweetheart doing what she loves...frolicking in the snow...and my guess is she'll never show her age (too bad we can't all be that fortunate! lol). Well, it's one of the things she loves to do -- her very favorite is being right there with us, regardless of where we are (and this time of year it's usually indoors near a heat source). It's hard to imagine that shortly after this pic was taken she was back whining at the door to come in, cuddle up, and get warm. lol Seems that her past residential history has confused her innate Eight Below nature...born in snowy Colorado, moved to sunny, southern California at ten weeks of age (where she grew into what we affectionately now call our "California Husky," because, we've learned there is definitely a difference in what Huskies were bred to do and what she's become...but that's a good thing since we don't live in sub-zero temps), then two years later, moved back to the cold and snowy weather. Poor thing. But for all her crazy confusion, she brings us immense joy and lotsa giggles (she even 'prays' before she eats EVERY meal -- she's a riot to watch! lol), and has proven to be very unlike most other Huskies in that she's very loyal and loves to be at our side. She's also a wonderful traveler (we're talking 16-hr trips without so much as a whimper, though with regular breaks for the necessities of life) and jogging/biking partner for my hubby (she LOVES to run and has been clocked at 25 mph for about a quarter mile!...though she didn't take too well to being an urban sled dog -lol). I didn't mean to go on and on about her, but she's just the sweetest thing and we love her to death, and when I saw this recent pic I just had to share it with you. ;) 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: Colonial White, Cranberry (CTMH); Pattern Paper: "Ethan" and "Emily" (Melissa Frances); Stamps: Never Show It (American Art Stamp); Ink: Jet Black Staz-On (Tsukineko), Cranberry, Bamboo (CTMH); Other: Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Loew-Cornell), flower (Prima), button (craft supply), embroidery floss (DMC), Xmas Red and Yellow Stickles (Ranger), border punch (Martha Stewart), Liquid Glass, grosgrain, sponge (CTMH), foam mounting tape