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)