Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Happy Wednesday to all of you of the blogging world! By the time most of you read this, I will be on the road to Salt Lake City for Stampin' Up!'s annual convention! I am so excited! If there is anyone who would like to see a catalog be sure to give me a call so I can reserve one for you! I can't wait!!
Today's card is one that I sort of copied from the Cards Magazine. It is actually on the opposite page of yesterday's card that I sort of copied. Of course I used different stamps and tweaked the colors but the layout is pretty close. I didn't use Stampin' Up! stamps at all! I used Close To My Heart stamps. Remember... I am FREE!! It was so much fun to be able to play!! Anyway, I really liked the way it came out! I hope that it inspires you as well! Take care and come back tomorrow for more Close To My Heart cards!
Card Recipe: Stamps- With Love from CTMH; Paper- So Saffron, Eggplant Envy, Whisper White; Ink- Eggplant Envy, Always Artichoke; Accessories- Always Artichoke brads and grosgrain ribbon, circle punches, spiral punch, dimensionals
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Good Morning everyone! I am posting this without my usual morning cup of coffee so I hope that it will all make sense! Got to get this posted then take a shower then it's off to the free movie! This is the last week of free movies which is another sign that summer is coming to a close. But tomorrow I leave for convention!! I will set my computer to pre-post so that hopefully you will still be able to see cards while I am gone. I will also post my convention swaps while I am gone.
Today's card and the cards that will be posted the next three days are different than my usual ones. Now, I don't want anyway to get injured so you may want to sit down or hang on to something... But these cards are done with stamps other than Stampin' Up! stamps!!! GASP! When I started this blogging thing, I knew that I wanted to be able to post other kinds of projects and projects using products other than Stampin' Up!. And, about a month ago I went to a Close To My Heart party and ordered a set of their acrylic stamps, some blocks and paper. I played with them this past weekend and it was a blast! I hope that you like what I came up with as much as I do! I felt so free!!! I am glad that I was able to break away. There are many wonderful stamp companies out there who make some really great products as well.
Anyway, about the card... I actually copied it from a card from the recent Cards Magazine. I used different stamps and I added another color but other than that it is pretty close! I just love the new Tangerine Tango! It is the deep orangey-rusty color that I have been looking for! Have a great day! I will be "live" again next Tuesday!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- With Love from CTMH; Paper- Close To Cocoa, Tangerine Tango, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla; Ink- Tangerine Tango, Mellow Moss, Close To Cocoa; Accessories- Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon, photo corner punch, dimensionals
Monday, July 28, 2008
Good Morning my blogging friends! It is the last week of July and soon (all too soon) summer will be coming to a close! For all you stay at home moms I know that you are secretly celebrating! I know I would be. But before that happens, I will be going to convention!!! I am getting more excited! We will be leaving on Wednesday (bright and early) and I will be back the following Sunday. I spent most of the day yesterday (in between doing piles of laundry) making cards to post while I am gone. It felt good to sit down and create.
Today's card is one that I that I came up with while trying to follow a sketch. I think it turned out o.k. This card uses a new stamp set that everyone will be able to see in a few weeks. It also uses new paper and a new accessory! I am really loving the new scallop border punch! I hope that you are getting as excited as I am about seeing the NEW catalog! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Love De Jour; Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Bella Rose designer paper; Ink- black StazOn, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss; Accessories- scallop border punch, Whisper White taffeta ribbon, blender pens, dimensionals
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Good Morning! I hope that you are all having a great start to Saturday! I slept a little later than I thought I might. I had a hard time getting to sleep! My legs just weren't ready to settle down. I really hate that!! Then my son had a bad dream that I had to rescue him from. So, that means that I just sleep a little later. But I am supposed to be at Emily's in 15 minutes. YIKES! Hey, Emily... I am going to be a little late!
Well, call me the biggest loser! And I don't mean in weight, either! Yeah... Well, Kristina's color challenge that I like to take part in... well, she put this little note on her blog about participating and that it was supposed to be due on Thursday at midnight. So, that means that I am not going to be a "real" participant for her top 10 (or even the random 10). Not that it matters to me (well, o.k. it does) but I just had fun using the colors to come up with a new combination. Anyway, the lesson learned here is to read the fine print!!
Today's card is one that I made a while ago. I haven't posted it because I don't really like the way it turned out. I was trying to go off a sketch, and, well... So, that should tell you that I don't have anymore cards to post. I need to get busy!! But I have been so busy with convention swaps that I haven't really worked on anything else. Well, I am off to Emily's to finish my last round of swap cards! Thanks for stopping by!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Priceless; Paper- So Saffron, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Close To Cocoa designer prints paper; Ink- Close To Cocoa, So Saffron; Accessories- rhinestone brad, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain, corner rounder, scallop circle punch, circle punches, dimensionals
Friday, July 25, 2008
Today's card is for Kristina's color challenge! I am using this same layout for one of my swap cards for convention. But I thought I could also use it for the color challenge. The colors this week are Sage Shadow, Rose Red, Regal Rose and Whisper White. The Baroque Motifs set is one of my favorites and thought that it provided the elegance that went with the inspiration. I hope you all like it, too! I have been in the top 10 two weeks in a row! Maybe this time, too? Don't know. It is just fun to participate! It gives me new color combinations to play with and that is what it is all about! I hope you all play along, too.
Convention swap update... I went to my friend, Kim's house last night to work on swaps. I got 25 more swaps done! So, I am up to 50!! I am currently working on 25 more and I will be going to Becky's to work on those today. The one's I am working on today are way more time consuming but they sure turned out neat (in my opinion). I will be posting the swap cards next week! So, stay tuned! Have a great day!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Baroque Motifs; Paper- Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Rose Red and Rose Red designer prints paper; Ink- Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow; Accessories- Crafter's Tool kit, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Prettie's kit (crystal brad), Whisper White taffeta ribbon, sponge, dimensionals
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hello All! Another week is quickly coming to a close. Hang on, Friday is almost here! Remember that during the summer I don't like the weekends! But my husband does and so for that I am praising the weekends! And it is nice to have him home and spending time together.
Today's card is a layout that I got from one of my Stampin' Success Magazines. These magazines are for Stampin' Up! demonstrators only and are just a wonderful source of ideas! And this was one of them. I feel like the card is kind of plain but I really wanted to use some of my new In Colors. It is really hard to accessorize appropriately when you don't have the right accessories! And we women know a lot about that!! So, the black grosgrain will have to do until the NEW catalog is unveiled NEXT WEEK!!! Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what I have come up with for Kristina's color challenge.
Card Recipe: Stamps- Fast & Fun Notes; Paper- Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Ink- black StazOn, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss; Accessories- spiral punch, Basic Black grosgrain, blender pen, silver brad, dimensionals
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Good Morning! Hope your week is off to a great start! At least Monday is out of the way! I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate all your comments on my Color Inspiration card last week. Even though I don't respond to everyone, I really do cherish them all! Thank you!!! You guys are the best! I made the top ten again!!! I am so excited! You would have thought that I won a million dollars or something huge like that but this is huge for me! You can see all of the top ten and random picks here.
Today's card comes from Jan. She posted this card and I immediately loved it! She made this card for the last color inspiration challenge (Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky). However, when I saw the card I saw the colors: Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla and Kraft. Now I have been looking for new color combinations for the new In Colors ever since I got them two weeks ago. So, I was very excited when I put these together and came up with this! I am anxious to do more cards with this combination! Enjoy your day! I have got to get my convention swaps finished up! We leave next week! Til tomorrow!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Boho Backgrounds; Paper- Kraft, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla; Ink- Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze; Accessories- Kraft taffeta, vintage brads, white gel pen, scallop punch, circle punches, sponges, crafter's tool kit, word window punch, dimensionals
Monday, July 21, 2008
Good Monday morning to everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was fantastic! I don't think I have ever eaten so much in one weekend! And all of it was sooooo good! The Rockies won both games and that was really exciting! We kept trying to catch those fly balls but we will just have to keep trying. I find it kind of scary when those fly balls come too close! I can't wait to do this again!
Today's card is a layout that I got from the shoebox swap that I am in. My friend Becky (teacher Becky) did a card that had this layout. I thought it was so cute! Anyway, I changed stamps and colors and came up with this. What you are seeing is our NEW In Colors and NEW designer paper! I can't wait till convention to see what other combinations there are for these new colors. They are very different but I know that I will fall in love with them as well. The three flowers that have brads in them are punched out with the Three For You punch and then popped up. I also pierced (not so straight) along the bottom of the greeting. Thanks for stopping by and I will catch up with you again tomorrow! Now it's time to do laundry.
Card Recipe: Stamps- Simply Said, Fundamental Phrases; Paper- Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose designer paper; Ink- Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, black StazOn; Accessories- Whisper White taffeta, gold brads, Three For You punch, crafter's tool kit, dimensionals
Friday, July 18, 2008
Good Morning everyone! The weekend is here! We will be headed to Denver today for a Rockies game tonight and tomorrow. We will be back on Sunday so I probably won't post again until Monday. I know that I could "pre-post" but to be honest, I am out of cards to post and I need to do a little stamping!! If I get some time this morning, I will get right on that!! I have actually been doing more school preparation lately. Anyway, it will only be two days.
Today's card is one that I have done before (well, the layout anyway). I think that the original idea for the layout came from a Cards magazine. I liked Kristina's color challenge so much that I wanted to try it again. And, of course, I wanted to use my new stamp set!! So, here's what I came up with. Anyway, I hope that you like it. The middle flower is a felt flower. I keep forgetting that I have those! I need to use those up! Have a great day and a great weekend! Go ROCKIES!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Kind Thoughts; Paper- Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie designer prints paper; Ink- Certainly Celery, Soft Sky; Accessories- scallop circle punch, Very Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, felt flowers, Certainly Celery brad, dimensionals
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Good Sunday Morning! It is another beautifully, hazy, smoke-filled morning here in the valley. Woke up with a migraine so I took some medicine and am now drinking coffee to try to curb it a bit. In a little while we will be heading up the mountain to visit with my husband's brother and his family as they have come from Kansas. Should be a fun day! My in-laws live up the mountain and we always find it a good time when we are up there.
One of the things that I love to do are to browse other blogs. There are so many that have sketches that they offer to others. So, I am getting quite a collection of sketches! This is a sketch that I came across. I am sure that it's been around for a while but I will enjoy using this again and again! It is really a simple card but it packs a lot of "punch"! Can you believe that I actually used my corner rounder for what it is supposed to be used for? As always, if you have any questions just let me know! Have a great day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Embrace Life; Paper- Pretty In Pink, Whisper White, Ginger Blossoms designer paper; Ink- black StazOn, Pretty In Pink, Cameo Coral; Accessories- blender pen; Very Vanilla wide grosgrain, corner rounder, black brad, dimensionals
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Good Morning! I had a hard time sleeping in this morning so I got up and started working on a card I could post. I need to get more cards done so I can stay caught up!! Stamping and a cup of coffee are a great way to start one's morning!!
Today's card is one I took out of the recent PaperCrafts magazine. Of course they used different paper and stamps but the layout is pretty much the same. The card is pretty simple but I really liked the way it turned out. I used my corner rounder to scallop the edge because my order from Stampin' Up! hasn't come yet with my NEW scallop border punch!! I can't wait to use that! My wonderful friend Sherry let me use her new toys last night!! Thanks, Sherry!! I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Stitched Exotics, Hugs & Wishes; Paper- Whisper White, Old Olive, Bali Breeze designer paper; Ink- Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive; Accessories- corner rounder, build-a-brad, dimensionals
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Good Morning my wonderful blogging friends! I hope that your day is off to a fabulous start! I was able to sleep very good last night and even slept in a little this morning! Love it!!! I need to enjoy these "sleeping in" days as they will all too soon come to an end. For those of you who may be wondering about my leg and the little softball incident... well, it is practically healed up! It looks so much better! I still have an unusual lump on my knee so I may have to have that checked out but I am just happy that my leg is it's normal color! Thank you to all of you who were so concerned. I think that I may even try to do some DDR!
Today's card is one I made up from a sketch. I really liked the way it came out. I am using this same layout for my swap cards but I won't show you those until the time comes closer (not too long from now). This is really pretty simple! I did pop up the rose panel over the ribbon and then I stamped the rose again and colored it in and cut out just the rose bud and popped that up, too. Again, it's my favorite set! Have a great day and stay cool!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Sanded background, Embrace Life; Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron, Old Olive; Ink- So Saffron, Old Olive, black StazOn; Accessories- black brads, blender pens, Old Olive wide grosgrain, sponges, dimensionals
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Good Morning everyone! I have been busy working on swap cards for convention! I can't believe it is only a few weeks away! I really need to get busy! And then when I went to find a card to post I also realized that I need to get some more cards made for the blog! So much stamping to do. I am just glad that I have the time now! It won't be long and school will be starting and then I really won't have any time!!
Today's card is one I copied from the catalog (changing the colors and stamps, of course). You can find it on page 72. I have always liked that card and finally got around to making it. The catalog is filled with so many great ideas! I hope that you use it to help inspire you! Take care and have a great day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Sanded backgrounds, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Embrace Life; Paper- Not Quite Navy, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand; Ink- Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand, So Saffron; Accessories- Three For You punch, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, sponges, dimensionals, silver brads
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Good Morning everyone! I can't believe that we are into July already! I am trying not to think about the start of the school year but then there are some things that I really do need think about before I start! UGH! Anyway, I will deal with that later. When I was back in Kansas visiting with family, I learned that my cousin Becky visits my blog! I am so excited to know that!! Hi, Becky!! So, don't confuse my Beckies, now. I have one in Kansas (cousin Becky) and one here in GJ (teacher Becky). Teacher Becky does the card classes that I copy a lot of ideas from. Speaking of which, I will be going to card class tonight! YEA!! Last night I had scrapbook class with her. She made some really great pages. Now to get some pictures on them!
Today's card is a layout that I copied from teacher Becky. She had a card similar to this one in her basket and I copied it (well, the layout anyway). I don't know if it is my favorite. For me it seems a little busy. I would like to try this layout again and do something a little different. As always, if you have any questions just let me know! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- True Friend; Paper- Old Olive, Soft Sky, Kraft, Fall Flowers designer paper; Ink- Really Rust; Accessories- silver brads, Old Olive wide grosgrain, sponge, ticket corner punch, dimensionals
Monday, July 7, 2008
Good Morning! I am back safe and sound from my trip! I did have a most wonderful time with my family and extended family! The flight out was uneventful for the most part but the trip back was quite interesting! My husband and our friend accompanied us back home and we had some interesting characters on our flight! Nick and Pat sat next to each other a couple of rows behind Tony and I. In front of Tony and I was a young mom with a young child on her lap who was very LOUD! I think that her child might become deaf as well. She had an extremely offensive t-shirt on and kept wishing she could smoke a cigarette and drink more alcohol. Then there was the lady behind my husband and son who came on board so totally wasted that she had to scramble to the bathroom before we even took off so she could throw up! YIKES! Where do these people come from? And all this to tell you that we taxied out to the runway to sit for 30 minutes and then taxied back to the gate to wait for another hour before we flew to Denver. Yes, Denver was experiencing some really bad weather and that's what delayed us. My entire family made it back to their homes long before we even left the ground! Then when we finally got to Denver we had to sprint through the airport to find the next gate and made it with about 10 minutes to spare! We made it home about an hour and a half later than we were supposed to. But it did give me something fun to share with you all!!
Anyway, today's card is one that I got from a sketch. Again, it's getting close to convention and I need to come up with some ideas for swaps! This won't be one of them but I thought it turned out nice. It is similar to others that I have done. If you have any questions about the mechanics just let me know. Have a great week and as my son said, "It's good to be home!"
Card Recipe: Stamps- True Friend, Itty Bitty Backgrounds; Paper- Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla; Ink- Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip; Accessories- Crafter's tool kit, gold brads, Old Olive poly twill, sponge, dimensionals
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Happy Fourth of July! We are in such a wonderful country to have the freedoms that we do! I hope that you all have an awesome day!
I usually don't make fourth of July cards but Becky inspired me! I was at her house and she was making her cards and I thought that I should do one for the blog. So, here's mine! I was inspired by a layout in the Cards magazine. If I told you which one you would think I was nuts because it looks nothing like what is in the magazine! But I do like the way it turned out. By the way... The large white star was from a die that Becky cut for me. Enjoy your holiday!!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Celebrate Everything; Paper- Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Western Sky designer paper; Ink- Basic Black; Accessories- star punch, silver brad, Bayou Blue double stitched ribbon, dimensionals
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Hello again! Is it Wednesday? Did this post on Wednesday? I guess I will have to wait and find out!
Friday night, when I was at Becky's playing, I used a sketch to come up with this card. I really like the simplicity of it. I hope that you all find some inspiration with it. Can you believe that I didn't use any ribbon? I tried to find a place for some but then decided that it is better without it (gasp). Have you all guessed how much I like this stamp set? I am running out of titles for my posts when I use this stamp set. Now I can only think of goofy, cheesy titles. Sorry. Enjoy your day!
Card Recipe: Stamps- Embrace Life; Paper- Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy; Ink- black StazOn, Not Quite Navy; Accessories- silver brads, Crafter's Tool Kit, blender pen, dimensionals