Saturday, February 20, 2010

{written} words

My oldest son {and first child} has developed a real passion for the written word --whether reading/studying famous works of literature, doggedly pursuing a career teaching writing to college students, or penning his own short stories {and personal notes in cards that never fail to either make me cry or laugh out loud}, he loves it!  And, oh, how I love him. 

Well, it's his 24th birthday today (already?!} and I thought this image would be perfect for him {thanks for the reminder, Mom!}...even though the finished card doesn't resemble your typical birthday card.  And it's kinda simple.

But since I baked and sent him his favorite birthday cake, I doubt he'll be thinkin' too much about the card, so I'm okay with that. ;P


The design was inspired by this card Laurie Schmidlin shared a little bit ago.  Of course her card is waaaaay cuter...but for a guy card, I'm good. ;)

I got to make a couple cards yesterday {it's a rare thing, but I LoVe days like that!!!}, which is a good thing since I won't have time to stamp this weekend.  In between birthdays and Valentine cards, I'm slowly getting made my thank-you cards made...thanks so much for your patience, ladies. ;)

It's snowing here, so today I'm going to stay indoors spending a good portion of the day watching the Olympics from my rocker situated right next to the fireplace, drinking hot tea.   Oh, and in between laundry and meals for today, I'll be cleaning the house, preparing dinner and a Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake {from "Healthy Cooking" magazine -LOL!!!} for tomorrow because we're having some wonderful friends over after church!  All except for havin' to clean the house...I'm excited!!  ;)

Hope your weekend will be one you enjoy!

Thanks so much for taking the time to come and visit me here --I really appreciate it, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters {just doin' my part -lol!}:

Cardstock:  Smokey Shadow --my latest addiction, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink), Vanilla Cream (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Daydreams" and "Life's Journey" collections (K&Company)

Stamps:  books from Hodge Podge of Happiness (Unity

Ink:  Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)

Other:  Small and Large Classic Rectangle dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), grosgrain, sponge (CTMH), Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Rustic jute, button (Papertrey Ink), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Friday, February 19, 2010

{100} thanks

I made this late last night and if I can get this posted in time, I think I'll be flyin' in just in time to add this to the other contenders over at Taylor's blog.  I nearly forgot, but I just had to try!!  She's celebrating her 100th sketch and is giving away a few sweet prizes.  Her stamps are soooo cute and I'm on too-tight a financial leash this year, so it'd sure be awesome to win some!  Her sketches are always really great too --did you enter?

Not sure why, but the center pearl along the bottom looks a different color in the pic...it's really the same as the other two.  And, no, you're not seeing things...I did use the same patterned paper as I did in the card shared in my last post.  I thought I was going to be using both of the same patterned papers for this one, but the card ended up morphing on me {as so many of them do} and I went with just the pink.  Not quite the ideal color match, but for some reason I kinda liked the contrast.  But then again, it was really late. lol

Well, time's a tickin'...the kids will be wanting their Friday morning special in a little bit...chocolate chip pancakes --or maybe they'll choose German Pancakes today-- and I need to get this posted and linked up if I want a chance at winning some darling stamps. ;)  

OH!  And speaking of winning some darling stamps --I have to give a BIG shout out to my blogging friend Patti, who was wonderfully blessed when she WON THE MOTHERLOAD OVER AT PAPERTREY INK earlier this week {the announcement is still on their home page --check it out}!  I was soooo happy and excited for her, I got lightheaded when I read the INCREDIBLE news {guess it's a good thing I didn't win, or I might've hurt myself -lol!}!!  Congrats again, Patti!! 

Hope you have a happy Friday!  ;)

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:  Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Hollyhock, Baby Pink (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Happy" Floral from Tres Belle Ooh La La collection (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Thankful Accents --one of my very favorites! (Verve)

Ink:  Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Hollyhock (CTMH), Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko)

Other:  Classic Scallop Circle large and small (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), circle cutter (Fiskars), Doily Lace border punch (Martha Stewart), Blush pearls (Kaiser), crochet trim (May Arts), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), sponges (CTMH), sewing machine, thread, Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), pop dots

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hop(e) for Haiti blog hop {it's here!}

Hello!  I'm soooo glad you stopped by today!

Welcome to Skipping Stones Design's Blog Hop(e) for Haiti. If you just happened upon my blog today, you’ll want to go back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design. You should have come from the multi-talented Erin's blog.


As a company, we wanted to do something to give back to the people who have been so devastated by the Haitian Earthquake. So we thought what better way than to invite some of our favorite stampers to join us in this cause. Each card you see on the blog hop today will be auctioned on E-bay with all proceeds going to the Red Cross in support of the Haitian Relief Effort (please check the Skipping Stones Design Website for the link to the auction). 100% of the proceeds of the Ebay auction and $2.00 from every stamp set purchased from February 16 - 22 will be donated to the Red Cross. We know that we can make a difference.

For my contribution, I used the beautiful Healing Wings.  This set is so pretty with three different butterflies and several versatile sentiments --I love it! 



Thank you for stopping by and your next blog to hop is that of the sweet and talented Sarah.


But WAIT!!  Before you go, how about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! There will be a few pre-release sets up for grabs hidden along the blog hop. The fun part is...we're not telling you on whose blog it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!  ;D

And if there's a break somewhere along the way, a master list will be at the Skipping Stones Design and at Sparkle and Bling.


Thanks again 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:  Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Hollyhock (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Happy Floral" from the Tres Belle Ooh La La collection (My Mind's Eye), NW Addie Diecut Scallop (Making Memories)

Stamps:  Healing Wings (Skipping Stones Design)

Ink:  Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukineko), Hollyhock (CTMH)

Other:  buttons, Rustic cream twine (Papertrey Ink), ribbon (May Arts), opaline designer half pearls (BasicGrey), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Pitch Black Spica glitter pen (Too Marker), sewing machine, thread, Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), glue dots

Sunday, February 14, 2010

love is {tweet}

...with my sweet hubby. ;)

Here's the card I made for him:


I used a couple different stamps from Hero Arts, but altered the word "sweet" to make it say "tweet" {just seemed like the right thing to do here -lol} using a "T" from a little $2 set from We R Memory Keepers, all of which were found at Archiver's on our semi-annual girls' day out --what a fun day that was! ;D

I used some Spica glitter pens for some sparkle --red on the flower and the hearts and clear on "my" eyelid. ;)

My tag sticks WAY off the card because I used the die going in the opposite direction I meant for it to go and didn't have time for a do-over because my hubby was already on his way home from work {Friday...nothing like waiting till the last minute...} -lol!   I didn't even try to put it in an envelope. ;)

And this card was inspired by one of Karen Giron's sketches.  It was my first time using one of her sketches and I thought this was a really fun one to work with...it's Sketch 55 from last Sunday if you want to go check it out.  She posts new ones every Sunday, so I'm sure there's a new one up for this week already.  

Happy Valentine's Day!

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:  Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink), White Daisy (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Birdies" and "Chirp" from So Tweet collection (Pebbles, Inc)

Stamps:  Two Birds, Valentine Sayings (Hero Arts), Tweet Tweet (We R Memory Keepers)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), Heavenly Blue (CTMH)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Large and Small Standard Circle, Tags Trio (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Heart Blocks embossing folder (Provo Craft), sponge, paper piercer (CTMH), mat pack (SU!), button, Rustic jute, grosgrain ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Saturday, February 13, 2010

{xoxo}

So how's your weekend goin'?  Are you enjoying watching the Olympics?

Do you have all your Valentine's Day cards and treats made?  If not, there's still tonight so you'd better get off the computer and get to work!  lol  ;)

If you're a good mama like my friend Jeanne, you made your sweeties something like this.  But she's nicer than I am {at least this year -lol}.

Me, well, I went for ultra easy this year and just made the kids some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and cute little red, pink, and white heart sprinkles last night --didn't even have to leave home to round up any ingredients.  They look good enough to eat --and the kids are really enjoying them-- but I'm behaving myself and saving them all for the kids...and hoping they'll be extra nice and share a couple with their dad because I'm not making another dessert this week {plus he always has homemade ice cream if his sweet tooth is calling}.  I may not be indulging in the aforementioned yummies, but I'm not depriving myself either {I didn't want you to worry -lol].  ;P   Remember all those Dove Dark Chocolates some of you sent me for my birthday {thank you!!}?  ;)  Well, they're slowly disappearing, though if I'm not careful I know where I'll be seeing them reappear {not a good thing}. 

Okay, so here's the card I made using the Mojo Monday sketch for this week.  Did any of you try this one?  I thought it was a fun one.

I used some patterned papers I bought about this time last year and used Heart Prints by Papertrey Ink for the images...can't seem to get enough of that set lately. 

Well, I'll be back to share one more Valentine tomorrow....  Time to finish up another card and then go relax with my sweet hubby.  Hope you enjoy your evening too.

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:  Baby Pink, White Daisy (CTMH), Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper:  "Alissa Twirls" and "Alissa Love You" from A Gift of Love collection (Bo Bunny)

Stamps:  Heart Prints (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink), Sweet Leaf (CTMH)

Other:  Small and Large Standard Circle, Large Classic Scallop Circle (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Curly Label punch, mat pack (SU!), paper piercer, sponge, (ret.) Baby Pink organdy (CTMH), Copic Multi-Liner (Too Marker), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape, glue dot  

Friday, February 12, 2010

you make me {hoppy}

I hope you're all looking forward to a fun weekend with nice weather!  Got any special plans for Valentine's Day?  Me neither. lol

I've been working on my Valentine's Day cards though...and I'm finally done {so now I can get back to working on my thank yous AND a birthday card for a very special son of mine next Saturday}!  ;)   I was a regular card-makin' fool this week...drawing inspiration from several different sketches. 

Unfortunately a few of my cards didn't translate so wonderfully from brain to paper so you probably won't be seeing those {yep, I chickened out, Sarah -lol}, but I thought this one was kinda cute...unless you're inspecting the turquoise stitching {it was waaaay past my bedtime, the lighting wasn't good, and, well, I'm not at all sure how it happened but it just got a little outta control --not tryin' to make excuses really, I'm just sayin'}.  I even tried to camoflauge the worst of it by putting my watermark over it, but it's still a mess.  Oh, well.  It's for my 11-YO son, it was too late to trash it and start over, so I went with it anyway.  I doubt he'll care.  ;)


I used this week's sketch from Sketches! {by tamara}.  You can find it here

To make up for my wayward stitching, I added some Liquid Glass to the li'l guy to make him look slimy and cute (I mean, wouldn't a frog look as if it were sick if they weren't all wet looking?...kinda like a dog's nose?). 



Please try to ignore the close-up on the stitching.  {Okay, you can stop laughing now.}  I'll be back tomorrow with a more feminine card. 

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

Night all.  ;)

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

Cardstock:  Kraft (SU!), Vanilla Cream (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Penny Lane collection Free Bird "Love" Desire (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Tiny Treats:  Valentine (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Vintage Sepia Versafine (Tsukineko), Cranberry (CTMH)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Small Long Classic Rectangles die, Small Classic Square die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), 1 1/4" square punch (SU!),  glossy chipboard heart (Heidi Swapp), Liquid Glass (CTMH), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), crazed sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hop(e) for Haiti blog hop {coming soon}

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On Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 Skipping Stones Design will launch a very special blog hop...


Hop(e) for Haiti


During Hop(e) for Haiti we can all work together to help raise money. The money will be donated to the Red Cross to help those still struggling to get basic needs met after surviving the devastating January earthquake in Haiti.


On February 16th we will start our blog hop at Skipping Stones Design and visit the blogs of our Stamp Tramps Design Team and MANY specially invited guest bloggers. You are in for a treat with our special guests!


During the week following Feb 16th you will have a chance at winning fabulous prizes including pre-released stamp sets, as well as bidding on some of your favorite artists' work on our special Ebay auctions. (Links will be provided.)


100% of the proceeds of the Ebay auction ----->AND $2.00 from every stamp set purchased from February 16-22 <----- will be donated to the Red Cross. Please check back at Skipping Stones Design for updates.

I feel honored to have been invited to participate in this special blog hop by Erin (from Inky Smiles), one of the talented Skipping Stones Design Team members --thanks, Erin!  I hope you'll mark your calendars to come on by next Tuesday so you, too, can join in this very worthy cause. 

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

Sunday, February 7, 2010

you're so {sweet}

You really are!  ;)  Thanks so much for your kind comments on my recent cards.  I'm so thankful for all of you who visit my little blog, and especially for those of you who take the time to leave me a few words of encouragement.  It means so much to me.  ;)

I hope you're having a nice weekend --whatever you're doing, wherever you are, and whatever the weather.  As for us, well, we're nestled warm and cozy inside while the snow gently falls outside, and we're hangin' out at home for the rest of the day --my hubby will be watching the Super Bowl, the kids will no doubt be playing in their make-shift fort fashioned with blankets, furniture, and belts {do you remember doing that as a kid? lol}, and I hope to be stamping in between my laundry and kitchen duties.  Not the original plan for the day, but I'm happy.  ;)

I made this card yesterday using this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Not sure why, but I struggled a bit with this one.  And I'm thinking it was more the way I put it together than the sketch.  I mean I LoVe the patterned paper, the {Verve} stamps, and those colors -- but something's not quite right and I couldn't figure it out.  Maybe it's that I have so much of the bright yellow/gold??  {Not my favorite color...at least when I use it...though it works well as an accent.}  Maybe it's that I didn't have a posie image that would've coordinated better with the paper?  Or maybe it's just my mood today.  I dunno.  Oh, well.  It is what it is.  Hope you like it.


Nothing out of the ordinary on this one, so I think I'll just leave it at that and spare you a novel-length post. lol 

Enjoy your day! 

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:  Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink), Cranberry (CTMH), Curious Iridescent Cryogen White (Arjo-Wiggins)

Patterned Paper:  "Farm Fresh" collection (October Afternoon)

Stamps:  Petals & Stems, Thankful Accents (Verve)

Ink:  Cranberry, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf (CTMH), Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)

Other:  Classic and Scallop Circle Large dies (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Scallop Dot border punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), sponges (CTMH), Spica glitter pens (Too Marker), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape

Saturday, February 6, 2010

{first} love

Today's the day!  It's my first time getting to play along with the talented ladies over at Card Patterns --woo hoo!!  {Do you think I'm just a little excited? lol}  

Here's this week's fun sketch...I can see LOTS of possibilities for this one; do you?!:


And here's what I did with it:

I know the shimmer doesn't show up in the picture, but in real life it's really pretty.  On the white panel, the white heart, the tag, and the handmade cabbage rose {that's what I thought it looked like, so that's the name I've given it -lol}, I used Glimmer Mist.  I have a few different colors of Glimmer Mist in my stash, but I've been a bit intimidated by them to actually give 'em a whirl.  I tried using it with a mask, but the masks I have were just a bit too large on this size heart to achieve the look I was going for.  Not sure what caused me to finally bust 'em outta the box, but I'm so glad I did! 

Oh, and it was also my first time to actually use my Scor-Pal for something other than to score a card in half or crease an envelope.  I was actually hoping to get the scored lines to line up with those on the panel, but I think I'm gonna need a lot more practice before magic like that happens.   

And then there's the flower....  Ya know how everyone and their sister is out there making those darling little crumpled flowers right now?  Well, I thought I'd try my hand at it too, but I wanted a much smaller flower for this card and I was hoping to have something that resembled a rose.  I ended up stamping one of my new favorite stamps {the large rose-covered heart from Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints set} all over some white cardstock, and then I used the largest flower on the Boho Blossoms punch for the shape.  I used ten flowers to make this one, as all the tutorials were suggesting, but I think maybe about seven would've been just fine, given that the cardstock was much thicker than the patterned paper called for. 

My original idea was to cover the entire heart with these sweet little cabbage roses, but after making one {and thinking they probably should've been even smaller for this project}, I decided to rethink my plan {plus, it was kinda tough to hide that black brad in the center...the only ones I had handy {{50 of them! --thanks, Elise! ;D}}, and the thickness of the cardstock wasn't the easiest to crumple when working with such a small shape and regular-stemmed brad -lol}.  As you can see here, I was all prepared to make several more of these sweet little blossoms {before my good sense kicked in -lol}.  I'm glad I changed my mind or I might still be working away at it. ;P


And I thought applying Glimmer Mist on that flower and the little tag would be pretty too.  I think you can kinda see some of the shimmer here...at least on the heart and flower anyway:
 
And the last little thing I tried here was to use two of the same Fancy Tags die cuts to form a little heart on either side of the larger center heart.  I flipped one over on its back side and put them together, and then cut out a portion of the centers so they'd be the right length.  I'm sure someone's probably done it before, but it was unique to me and made me happy when it fit right into the sketch and theme of the card.  It might've looked more 'finished' had I cut the rest of the tags away, but I decided to leave them.

So, there ya have it.  LOTS of firsts {for me} on this card.  Not exactly the smartest thing to do when trying to create a card that more people than usual are likely to be viewing. lol  Oh, well.  It was a fun departure from my usual style, and I hope you like it. 

I hope you'll find time this week to play along with this really great sketch; and after you do, be sure to stop on over at Card Patterns and link it up so we can all enjoy it.  Your card may be the one they choose next! 

Thanks again, Card Patterns, for the invitation --it was so much fun! 

And thank you so much for visiting, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, enjoy your weekend...and many blessings to you!

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

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Baby Pink, Grey Wool (CTMH)

Stamps:  Heart Prints, Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Baby Pink, Grey Wool (CTMH)

Other:  Classic and Scallop Heart dies, Fancy Tags die, Tag Trio die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Boho Blossoms punch, mat pack (SU!), paper piercer, sponge (CTMH), brad (gift from Elise Durenberger), Scor-Pal (Scor-Pal), satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink), crochet trim (Wright's), pearls (Joy! Crafts), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

{eyes} for dad

Hello!  Hope you're all having a good week.  ;)

My dad's been having some surgeries on his eyes since last summer, and I made this card for him after his first surgery:

I think this Monsters Ink {from My Favorite Things} set is soooo cute, and this was the first time I'd had a chance to use it. 

I stamped and cut both eyes out a second time, applied some Liquid Glass to them, and then placed them on top of the original eyeballs, popping up one of his eyes up on a little piece of dimensional foam tape.  I think the Liquid Glass may have given the larger eye a touch of red, which was okay with me since my dad's eye was good and red as well.  ;)  Not so sure what's up with the teeth here though {there is Liquid Glass on them, but fortunately, they didn't look red in real life}....
I'm already remiss in not making a card for his last surgery, and he's due for another one next week --yikes!   And I'm still not done with all my birthday thank yous --double yikes!!  And Valentine's Day's right around the corner --dare I go on?!  Me thinks me needs to stop EVERYthing and just stamp {if only}!!

Oh, and did you happen to go by Card Patterns this week?  Well, someone over there must've liked this card because they've given me the honor of playing along with them this week.  ;D  How FUN is that?!?!   {Yep, I'm still pinching myself!}

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!), Cranberry, (ret.) Breeze (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  "Free Bird" collection (My Mind's Eye)

Stamps:  Monsters Ink (My Favorite Things), Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Timber Brown Staz-On (Tsukineko), (ret.) Breeze (CTMH)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), white gel pen (Signo-Uniball), brown waxed linen thread (unknown...and I'm running out --HELP ME!!), button (Autumn Leaves), Liquid Glass (CTMH), VersaMark (Tsukineko), glue dot, foam mounting tape, sewing machine, thread