Friday, May 30, 2008
Mom and Tammy are coming over tomorrow to crop, so I'll have zoo pages to share after the weekend. Thanks for stopping by...now, off to make that lasagna for tomorrow and set up the tables. I'm usually never in the mood to cook and I'm doing the food. Yes, I think I have a fever! LOL That was a ramble...whew! TGIF!!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Paper, die-cuts and journaling card: My Mind's Eye
White zig-zag paper: Bazzill
White paper frill: Doodlebug
Craft inks, embossing powder, stamps: SU!
Brads: Making Memories
Click for a closer look. I turned the journaling card horizontal to fit in the space by PJ's picture. The title is heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Did you see the "white grass paper fringe". I just love my pack of Paper Frills by Doodlebug. I only bought them in white since I knew I could color them with ink to match any project. These were used right out of the package. I got mine at the LSS, but click HERE to see lots of fun colors. I just did a Google search for them and decided on this link. I've never ordered from them. I ruffled the paper frill to resemble real grass, as it's not super straight. :) I love texture!
Base cardstocks: Whisper White, Handsome Hunter
textured cardstock: Hobby Lobby
white fringe: Doodlebug Paper Frills
eyelets: Joann Fabrics
chipboard: misc. from my stash...not sure as it's all mixed together by category not brand
mini letter stickers: Michael's
white mini rub-on letters: Archivers
craft inks: Whisper White, Handsome Hunter, Green Galore
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
When the daffodils bloom in Spring, it puts a smile in my heart. It's as if God places them there just for me. I say thank you each time I see their perfect yellow blooms. God shows me He loves me even with the blooming of the daffodils. April 2008
Well, my vacation comes to a close today. It's back to work tomorrow. Back to the day-to-day routine that helps pay the bills, keep order in the house and essentially help others. Working in a medical office makes me appreciate my health so much! We lost three patients this week and it's sometimes hard to say goodbye to those you've come to know even on a professional level. If what I get paid to do each day makes one of those lives richer for just a moment, it's all worth waking up for....even though I detest my alarm clock. Ok, ok...I'll go set it even though this week I've forgotten how to for several days. Does having Macy wake me between 6-7am count as an alarm clock? Uh, I think so...
Thanks for stopping by. Oh and yes, I did get the weeds pulled this weekend. My small muscle groups are certainly screaming tonight! Man, you gotta love squatting and stooping...not!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I got the most adorable 6x6 paper pad at Archivers. It is the Basic Grey Archaic patterns. <------click the word to see all the patterns.....I love that Basic Grey offers patterns in both 12x12 and 6x6. The patterns are scaled down so they are more ideal for cardmaking. I have only made this dinosaur card so far, but will love using the other patterns as well. All I have to do is add the appropriate sentiment and it's ready to go! I inked the edges for detail. I love inked edges!
This post is a quick one. I have to get some rest before a big day of pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc. before the thunderstorms arrive. I am so wide awake right now it's nuts.
Hope you enjoy your Memorial Day!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Archivers (Fairlawn, OH)= discounted papers (cheapest sheet was only ELEVEN cents!), journaling jenie template, chipboard pieces, tiny rub-on letters, ribbons, Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad (hello, masculine cards!) and five sheets of free solid cardstock (to match BG papers) I did get some of the new Crate Paper for my zoo pages....however, double-sided was only 59 cents! Yeah! I got some hot bargains here!
B&B Scrapbooks (Powell, OH)= Bo Bunny polka dots paper and some sheer ribbon with swirls. I really, really wanted all 17 colors of paper, but limited it to a few as they were 90 cents a piece. Yikes! Plus, I knew I was going today to Akron and didn't want to break the bank. I found this store Friday because they had an ad in the Columbus Zoo map. My hubby was nice enough to indulge me! We did find a hobby model shop for him, too, so it was less painful for him. LOL After that, we enjoyed a nice dinner at Olive Garden with Julie and Josh.
Pat Catans (Akron, OH)= alterables for $1 or less, blending stumps, paper cutter blades, eraser, Thickers (my other brown felt pack is m.i.a.), stamp sets for only $2.50 or $1 each...whoa! And, the papers shown in the photo below....The bottom ones are from American Crafts and are so luscious in person. This pic does NOT do it justice. I'll just have to create something with it and post it on the blog someday.
Joann's (Fairlawn, OH)= 50% off all plastic storage...can't get enough!!! Love these snapware containers and had to have more. The 8x8 is by Iris. I got all three for only $2 more than the larger snapware is at regular price. Yeah!
See, it may look like a lot of money, but the sales were fantabulous so it wasn't!!!!!! Ok,now I gotta go wipe the drool off my chin. LOL Thanks for stopping by...
Friday, May 23, 2008
Here is a close-up of the frame part. The pic is a bit dark, but at least you get the idea. The frame and sentiment are both on Stampin' Dimensionals, so there is some height to the whole focal piece of the card.
All supplies except stamps are from SU! Ink colors used: Blue Bayou, Versamark, Whisper White, Basic Black, True Thyme (retired).
What do you have that you can reuse or recycle in your crafting? If you create something, e-mail me and show me! Thanks for stopping by...
Kevin and I are going to the Columbus Zoo tomorrow, then I'm heading on a scrapbooking road trip Saturday. Hope everyone has a happy holiday weekend. The weather here is supposed to be in the 80s!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Stamp or roll inked image onto light-colored cardstock. I used Whisper White here.
The wet ink will appear only slightly and will be shiny. I think the ink is actually appearing a bit darker than usual in this photo. Yours may be more "invisible".
IMPORTANT STEP: Dry ink using heat tool. This will allow the ink to become less shiny and not quite as tacky. The pastels will still stick, but this step will eliminate smudging or smearing.
Use sponge dauber or inexpensive makeup applicator to apply chalk colors. In the next two photos, you'll see how I applied three different colors and blended the edges. Once finished, I tore the bottom edge of the cardstock before adhering to the card front.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Kevin took a course in Maintenance for Manufacturing. He learned many new things, but also expanded what he already knew. He helped build part of this engine, which is something he is a "natural" in. He is mechanically gifted and sure loves getting greasy. Eight of us joined him in celebrating his accomplishment. I think he felt very loved with all of us there. He is still talking about it. The four people on the left are my dad, grandma, mom and uncle. In the back is his sister and brother-in-law and his mom is on the far right.
Accepting his certificate! His instructors were Bob (at the podium) and Paul (far right).
The graduate and his honey....
I'll get back to stamping related info soon, but the main part of my life is family so I had to share. Thanks for celebrating this moment with us by reading this far...
Please keep us in your prayers as he starts his job hunt. We're ready to exhale a bit now. Our journey continues...
Until next time.....stay tuned for the promised Poppin' Pastels tutorial.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
For the hostess gift, I created a fun refrigerator magnet frame set. I colored the chipboard using a sponge dauber and craft ink. The smaller pieces were covered with patterned paper and a small chipboard heart was added. I love the new Mono Multi glue for adhering the paper or the small chipboard accents. Remember to use a sanding block to finish your edges if you cover the chipboard with paper.
I used my craft knife and cutting mat to create the rectangle and heart magnet backings. The scalloped frame has some 1" circles of magnet sheet I punched out. It is best to use THIN magnet sheets or you may ruin your punches.
Thanks again to Jessica for being a hostess! You'll be invited to my Hostess Appreciation Event in July!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Stay tuned for the Poppin' Pastels tutorial later this week...
Don't forget....this month, when you purchase $35 in SU! products, you can then add any chipboard items to your order at 25% off! Contact me for more details or visit: www.stampinup.com .
Friday, May 16, 2008
All products by SU! Set: Together Forever <----click here to see the whole set Colors: Basic Gray, Sage Shadow and Whisper White. I inked the edges of the punch outs for some pop. (click for a closer look and see the layered flowers with the bling in the center)
May you and yours be....Together Forever!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! After my workshop this weekend, I'll post new projects. I have to plan and prepare everything tomorrow.....no pressure! LOL I am a procrastinator! LOL Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Owls are all the rage and I had to jump on the bandwagon. What a hoot! I just love to say HOOT! hee hee This owl has a funny expression like he just rolled out of bed. Kinda like me each work day! LOL All supplies SU! except: owl= starvingartiststamps,branch=Papertrey Ink
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Today was a crazy, but wonderful day! I think I'll end it with ordering from Papertrey. *wink* Thanks for stopping by.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This is a closer look at the rub-on title and border sticker at the top. I inked the edges with brown ink to make them pop. I also added some gold brads for texture. Remember...click the pics for an even closer look. I had to photograph the top picture at a goofy angle due to the glare on the transparencies that are over each picture.
On a side note, I have a praise and a prayer request. A co-worker's son-in-law was released from the hospital today after an extensive surgery for stage IV cancer of the tonsils and lymph nodes. The surgery was only the beginning of this road to treatment and recovery. I am thrilled he can sleep in his own bed tonight and have a sweet reunion at home with his wife and three adorable kids!
The prayer request is for a dear lady name Kristie. I have talked about her before. She is in a clinical trial for metastatic breast cancer. The treatment is to shrink the lesions in her brain. Please pray for healing, financial stability and encouragement. Her husband drives over an hour one way to work each day and the gas prices are so high! She has four adorable children and has been battling this for quite a while.
When I learn of other people's struggles, it helps me to put my life into perspective and remember that God is in control of all things. As humans, we may not always understand, but God sees the ENTIRE picture and has it all in control for HIS purpose. I praise Him for what He has shown me in just these two situations alone!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Here are the cards I made for our moms. The top one was given to my mother-in-law and the other to my mom. I used SU! Ruby Red as the base. In each picture, the color looks different. I haven't yet figured out how to take a "color accurate" photo. Oh well...you can click for a closer look.
I have been spring cleaning the house like a banshee all weekend. I'm still not done, but wow....what progress! My new favorite friend is the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I think it can fix anything but flabby arms and cellulite....seriously. LOL
I have a busy week ahead and a workshop this weekend. I'll post when I can. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
"You know you're old when....your ears have more hair than your head." ....or something like that. Another funny old man, huh? I think these are from Gina K Designs. I used Prismacolors and Gamsol on the old dude. I gave him some spunk with some Stickles on his hat and gift.
Heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeee's RALPH! Ok, we all know the "plumber's crack" is so not attractive. To go along with Ralph's already unattractive pose, I added some back hair, stubble and faint leg hairs. Ladies, eat your heart out! LOLLLLLLLLLL Ok, now that was fun! I handed the finished card to my mom and she literally said "Ewww, he's gross!" That's how I knew it was a good card. Who on Earth should I send Ralph to now? LOL This stamp is from Rubbernecker. Another classic Connie stamp in her stash. She always has the perfect sassy ones!
Well, I did make a few more cards last weekend. Not sure if I'll post those tomorrow of I'll come up with something different. Stay tuned....and thanks for stopping by for a giggle today.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Well, gonna watch Idol at 9pm so had to get these posted. Stay tuned for more cards later this week! Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Ok, another set I borrowed from Connie. I know it was a clear stamp set, but ???? Oh, please forgive me for not knowing. Cupcake stamps seem to be all the rage right now and I think this one is especially scrumptious....especially with the sparkly Stickles! Yum!
Remember... click pics for a closer look.
Thanks for stopping by! More cards later...
Monday, May 5, 2008
I created the scalloped edge with the SU! corner punch. Simply remove the guide (very gently and carefully), align the punch with cardstock edge and punch. Align again and repeat along edge. Love it!
This week, I'll share various cards I created this weekend at Connie's. I think I made 24 different ones or more. It was fun!