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!  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:  (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 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!