Friday, December 31, 2010

Hey Homegirls!

Well I sure hope everyone had a great Christmas!! It goes so fast and I always get kinda bummed out after it's all over:( There's so much excitement leading up to the big 'morning' and within minutes it's all over!! I enjoyed watching my boys overflowing with joy, waiting for Santa to come and then the pure shock Christmas morning when they yell "He came, he came!!!!!!!!!!!!!", like they weren't quite certain that he would deliver them goodies!!! It makes me kind of sad that in no time at all they will start 'unbelieving' one by one....Ryan's already got alot of questions about how it can really be done in one short night, but we found this awesome website Christmas Eve...Santa tracker or something like that...and he was entralled with watching the sleigh buzz all over the world. The good ol' internet was enough to convince him for this year at least! lol
Anyway- I am knee deep in a bunch of projects, some I am finishing up and will be able to post right away and some that I am submitting for publication (YIKES!!!!! So nervous already!), so depending on how that pans out, I may have some new things to show you come mid-january when they get rejected (or not?) OR best case scenario, they like something and it gets published and you will see my stuff in an upcoming PaperCrafts issue! Wish me luck!!!!
Hope that you all have a safe and happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Naughty or Nice??

2 more sleeps!! Whoo Hoo!!!! Kids are super excited, and I am soooo not ready!! I have tons to wrap, I just last night started my baking...I didn't want to bake anyone treats when I could spread my germs! But I am busy making brownies, pumkin cookies, that yummy caramel sauce, butter tarts, cornflake toffee crunchies, and ginger cookies! Can you say 'calories'?? Tis the season to pack on a few! lol
I made this card for the gal that does my nails (which I had done today- so cute, she airbrushed little holly on the tips! Tres Christmas!)...she is a sassy mama, so I thought this card was fitting for her. It uses my very favorite Candy Cane a la mode from MFT. I used Mercy's tuesday sketch for this week. I love it!! I made a bday card for a sweet friend who just turned 3-0 a few weeks ago. I haven't seen her because of all the bugs going around. i still have to do the inside, so I'll be posting it in a few days, after the bustle of Christmas dies down.

I coloured her with copics, shaded a bit with prisma pencils, cut the panel out with a nestie, embossed and sponged the inside with chalk ink. Dazzling diamonds were applied to the hat and crystal effects to the candy cane. Here is a close up:

Stamp: MFT
Ink: Memento tuxedo blk, colorbox chalk ink in toffee
CS: SU (early espresso, cherry cobbler, always artichoke, chocolate chip), Choice snow white (TE)
Other: Copics, prisma pencil, blending pencil, ribbon (SU), dazzling diamonds glitter (SU), crystal effects (SU)

 I will leave you with the Christmas picture of my three little pigs (Jake on the left, Hayes in the centre, and Ryan on the right)! I photoshopped the pic to give it the aged look and added some text.....Aren't they sweet!!! I think so:) Merry Christmas to you all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Teachers Gifts

Wow- only 3 more days until Christmas Eve!! And I haven't even wrapped at thing! I thought that today was Ryan's last day of school, but I guess he has tomorrow too, but we are going to skip and go and see Santa! We had the school concert today..Ryan was good and Jake was, well, Jake. If you knew him, you'd know that he is a bit of a character to say the least! We got the Teachers/ Busdriver/ librarian gifts delivered today. I made them all cards (well, duh;) with coffee gift cards inside and homemade caramel sauce that Jen del Muro, the SFYTT girl, so  generously shared. You can find the recipe here. I printed out the recipe on cardstock and decorated it up a bit. I love getting the recipe too whenever I get something yummy!

So here's the inside where I fastened on the gift card sleeve which I jazzed up a bit with ribbon & eyelet and a sentiment punched and adhered to a PTI die. A rhinestone on each end of the die finishes it off.
I had a few more made, but already gave them to the busdriver and Jake's preschool teacher. I think they turned out so cute!!

Stamps: MFT a la mode (coffee girl), My Cute Stamps (cocoa cup), SU (sentiment)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU chocolate chip, early espresso
DP: SU (holly jolly)
Ribbon: SU
Other: Copics. Dies- spellbinders (circle, lacey circle), PTI, TCP(snowflake); punches: SU, EK Success, Taylors Tiny Twinkles (TE), dazzling diamonds glitter (SU), Crystal Effects (SU), clear rhinestone brads (SU)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sweet Sunday

Hello friends! Hope that you all had a great weekend! I am feeling a little better as compared to Friday when I felt like '10 lbs of crap in a 5 lb bag' (quote my hillbilly BIL Jeff for that dandy little line of the day;)! LOL! Last night my sweet mama brought us supper and then took one of the boys home with her for a little sleepover. My oldest son Ryan bought us all gifts at the White Elephant Sale at school (if you're not familiar with that, it's where the kids get to shop for their family members and everything is a quarter....parents bring in donations of new or gently used items the day before and you simply send a list of names in the family and some change and they can shop like big kids!!) It's really fun to see the things that he buys us...such care goes in to choosing the right gift! Anyway, he bought Dad a belt buckle at the rodeo, me a little jewellery box for my dresser (I am a jewellery fiend, so thats appropriate), Jake a play-doh set and Hayes a little stuffed giraffe that he packed around proudly all day.....Ry was so proud to see his brothers loving their gifts!! He also bought both sets of grandparents gifts too (not sure about Craigs folks as he hasn't given them theirs yet) but he got my mom a duck ornament because she likes birds and it 'looks like a grandma thing' according to him and here;s the funny part- my dad a cookbook (my dad knows how to fry fish and thats about it)...he told his papa that it's so he can learn how to cook for himself and then grandma can have sleepovers here! bahahaha! I think maybe my mom is over-using the excuse that she always has to leave and go home to cook! Kids are the funniest!!!! I love those little guys! Today we had Craigs brother and his family over for supper and Mandi and I made some cards while the guys and kids watched a movie...I made this card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge this week, as well as MFT's WSC (which is to make a christmas card using a PI stamp). I like this sketch because it gave me the excuse to make an odd sized card, which I rarely do, and if I do it's usually a square (I know- I'm really out there! lol)

As you may remember, this is the exact same Bella Road paper that I used on my last card (hey, it was on the desk still and I love it, so why not!!?) that I paired with SU's Soft Sky CS. I used this cute little My Favorite Things PI Wyatt and practically paper-pieced the whole guy (except the face, boots and mittens). I gave the snowman and snow a little shimmer with a sakura pen. I put some black brads as his coal buttons, some chunky SU glitter on Wyatt and Frosty's touques. The snowflake dies are SU sizzix dies that I layered and I hot glued some tinsel twine behind it. the enamel chocolate stripe brad is SU. The chain die is Papertrey Ink. I think that I'll give this card to one of my little guys for Christmas!!

The inside uses the same paper and PTI die. I am tinkering around with putting the sentiment somewhere other than the very centre (which is totally my comfort zone, hehe!) What do you think? I love this sentiment too, So cute:) Overall a very simple and quick-ish card to make, but I really like how it turned out!
Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's been 8 days since my last confession....

Uh, remember in my last post when I said something like 'cross my fingers I don't get any other affliction'...well, I definately have some kind of bad karma floating around me, cuz guess what I now have?? MONO!! I know! Crazy! The doc asked me if I have been tired lately, and I said 'I've been tired for 6 years'..not sure if it's any different than the usual tiredness, I can't even tell anymore! Oh yeah, and pink eyes Jake and me again. Geesh! Oh well! So I am finally posting a card (I have been working on the boys' teacher giftys and cards and made a little mini-recipe album with my 12 disciples (stampers group members), so I have been getting my craft-on here and there. I'll post one of the teacher prezzies tomorrow- they are turning out really cute!
So this card is a TCP tuesday challenge, and it's a sketch challenge designed by Alma. I thought this sketch definately 'pushed' me a little, having the main circle image not centered and all;) But thats a good thing, right?

I used this little sweetie from TCP's latest release. She is coloured with copics, and paper pieced. I stamped her in memento ink and cut her out with a circle nestie, leaving her scarf hanging a little out of the circle. I sponged the paper while it was still in the die with SU soft sky ink. The snow is stickles dabbed here and there.  Around the red circle layer I glued some white tinsel twine from SU to give the layer an frosty feel. The sentiment was cut with a spellbinders tag and sponged as well. There is a few rhinestones added to the tag and on the card panels as well. The red vertical panel was cut using the TCP wave die (negative side) and I was going for a heart look, although I'm not sure that I achieved it! LOL. I ran the 'heart' strip through the big shot and embossed it a wee bit with a SU texturz plate. The main grey swirly panel is embossed with a snowflake folder and than I ran it through again with just cutting plates to make the embossing less noticeable....

Here is a close up of the little girl. You can't see it very well, but I added clear spica glitter pen to her hair ribbons, cheeks, steam, heart on the cup and crystal effects to the cup. It's super cute IRL!

Stamps: TCP
Ink: Memento tuxedo blk, SU soft sky
CS: cherry cobbler, chocolate chip, whisper white
DP: Bella Road
Dies: Spellbinders, TCP
Other: Copics, taylors tiny twinkles (TE), brad (stash),  spica pen, CE, tinsel twine (SU), texturz plate (SU), snowflake embossing folder (SU), dimensionals (SU), stickles

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sicky Sickerson

Wow- 2 blog appology/excuse posts in one week?? Crazy, I know! But if you girls knew the state I'm in right now, you'd surely understand my lack of creativity....Firstly, this rotten cold/cough has again and my weak immune system (blame the kidlets for that) just couldn't ward it off. Think that's it? NO! I am relatively new to my 3rd decade, and feel pretty young overall, so imagine my dismay when I found not one, but TWO deep crevace's on my sweet cherub face! Well, I consulted a local Mary Kay'er and didn't feel like forking out $180 for a face cream kit, so I headed over to the drug store and bought a $50 kit. Not really knowing what was what (it was in 'en francais', and my meager French 10 training 15 years ago let me down) I took a gamble and started using it with no direction. For all I know I was putting the cleanser on and leaving it on, or using the spot treatment as a whole face moisturizer..... Anyway, fastforward 2 days and I was left with an allergic reaction on my face that left me itchy, red, swollen and overall hideous. Even my 85 year old grandpa, whom is recovering from a heart attack and in the hospital, who had just had a hit of Nitro spray and is on oxygen and an IV, said to me when I was visiting "what happened to your face??"......Am I done? Not yet! Midway through this week from hell, my youngest son passed pink eye over to mom, so I woke up one morning with my eyes glued shut and burning like the bowels of hell. By this point in the story, I'm sure you have some kind of visual of what I might look like. Well, it's worse than what you came up with. I'll gaurantee. So far thats where I'm at for now. After all, it is only Friday and there is still plenty of time this weekend to add some new affliction to my list of problems!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Putting up the star {TCP Tuesday}

Tuesday- that means another TCP challenge:) And although today another lucky lady was crowned Swanky Stamper, I am down, but not out!! lol....who could resist these great challenges?? Today is Sony's turn to be the hostess and she has thrown out a colour challenge (my fav!!!) blue, aqua and lavender.
I used a new release that was a lovely gift from Alma over at TCP...he's really reaching for the top of that tree....looks like me a few days ago trying to get the star on my tree. Thought that I was going to fall and take the whole thing out!! I paper peiced the tree and coloured the bunny and stars with copics. I covered the stars and the bunny tail with a clear spica pen. The tree star has dazzling diamonds on it as well. I applied rows of 'garland' with the 3 colours from the challenge with SU glitter. I used my favorite white organza ribbon, some new cutup dies. I stuck pearls on the opening of the apron lace die to give it a more elegant touch. The snowflake die has some pearls and a lavender rhinestone.

I kept the inside pretty simple. Just used the same die with the sentiment stamped and a few stars in the corners. A smidge of ribbon accross the middle. That's it!!!

Thanks for looking!

Stamp: TCP
Ink: Memento
DP: Toil & Trouble (MME?), Kioshi (BG)
CS: SU (white, baja breeze, marina mist)
Dies: Spellbinders, TCP
Other: ribbon (SU), rhienstones (unknown), pearls (stash), glitter (SU), copics, spica,

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MFT Guest Designer Challenge for December

Wow- there is some serious talent out there! I just uploaded my card to SCS for My Favorite Things guest DT challenge, and let me tell you that it's likely to be a cold day in heck before I win...and not because I think I am a brutal stamper....cuz there are such creative chicks out there- It's CRAZY!!!!! I think of these ladies with their mundane day jobs, pounding away on a keyboard in a grey cubicle somewhere, or cleaning the toilet at the elementary school, or driving a bus, or milking cows...whatever everyone does all day. And thats when I think that it's so surreal that these regular gals are superstars at night, stamping away in their various little studios, corners of the family living room, repurposed closets or kitchen tables....isn't that nuts!! There is such a vast amount of creativity out there, just wanting to burst out!! Wow. that was deep. I'm literally exhausted from that whole spiel;)
So onward with this little (but still darned cute, although def not in the top 10) contribution to the MFT challenge.....
So, this months challenge was 'Stitch It Up' I stitched snowflakes in the dp (just copying the pattern on the paper with my needle and thread). Then stuck SU rhinestones in the middle of each flake. Zig zagged and straight stitched around the panels with my machine. Added a MFT tree die to the scene, and added 'snow' to the branches and ground with chunky glitter. Paper peiced and copic coloured the image. Added the dog from another set (boy in snowsuit and dog...can't remember the name) so it looks like he is having a leisurely ride in the sleigh..I like that part:). Added taylors tiny twinkles in blue to the girls coat buttons. Added diamond stickles and dazzling diamond glitter to her hat and boot fur. Stickles are on the tree decorations and the star and CE on the pups nose. I cut TCP's new snowflake cutup die and trimmed it to make it a better size for the card. stuck that on top of a striped old olive ribbon bow and added a fancy, glittery button and twine bow to that....Isn't that tree cool?? It cuts and embosses the woodgrain...LOVE IT!! I had never used it before- can u believe it?? I was sitting on a goldmine;) I like how the leaves come seperate (which i didn't use as I want my tree to be bare for the winter)
Well, thats a wrap! can you tell I'm exhausted?? Short and sweet post...I think I'm getting sick so I am going to hit the sack right away!! But at least i pulled myself together to give you a little eye candy...I'm afraid my little group of followers are going to abandon me if I don't put out! lol!!
Here's a few more pics and you can see better that hand stitching (which I did at the pool while the boys were at their swimming lesson tonight):

Oh yeah! See the detail on that tree!!? and look at that lazy little dog....reminds me of my old dog Bailey. I forgot to mention that the tree and girl/sleigh image are all popped up on dimensional boosters. Don't know why I gave him that red nose?? I know real dogs don't have bright red noses..must have rudolph on the brain..I gave my santa from my last post a red nose too;) haha
Stamps: MFT (sending you a little chrsitmas, and the dog (??))
Ink: Memento
DP: retired SU
ribbon/ twine: SU
other: Snowflake die (TCP), tree die (MFT), button (stash), felt (MFT), stickles, glitter (SU), copics, Crystal Effects (SU), taylors tiny twinkles (SU), rhinetstones (SU), dimensionals, thread

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I'm still here!!

Hey there! I confess that I have been a terrible blogger this past week, so I just wanted you to know that I am still here, so don't give up on me yet!! lol! I put on a little card making night at my house on Firday and had a cozy little group of five fabulous stampers here making some sweet Christmas cards...we had wine, treats and no party is complete without the coveted 'mushroom dip' (sounds gross, but trust me, it's freakin amazing.....i really should give it a better name;). So between preschool and fieldtrips, swimming lessons and cardstock cutting, I haven\t had any time to just make a card for fun!! Plus I went to a little homebased business open house today and didn't even sell ONE SINGLE CARD!!!!!! Oh well! I am not to worried about that, as I make cards simply because I love creating! I am not in it for the money (there isn't any!) So I am not in the dumps over that at all- I got to spend the afternoon visiting with my awesome SIL Mandi so that in itself was worth the trip:) So, tonight I am hanging with my monkeys watching Jim Carrey in The Grinch That Stole Christmas by the roaring fire...what could be better? Besides having hubby here! Check in tomorrow- if anything I'll post the cards from my class
P.S. I am up to 15 followers, so I am feeling pretty cool about myself right now;) lol Whoop Whoop! Let's here it for Jan for being #15!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

TCP Green Santa

Happy Wednesday! It's -45 degrees celcius with the windchill, so school was closed and I have all my little boys home today:) I built a fire and the kids are happily playing 'farm' downstairs! Here is a card using one of the brand spankin' new sets from TCP!!

I've used the eco-conscious Santa, just one of the 10 new sets and the apron lace die, one of 4 dies. I tried to keep the theme 'green' so I used more earth tone colours, a little bit of cork and some fiber. See how nicely that die cuts through cork? A green cord button and some copper eyelets add some interest. I coloured the image with my copics, added some white shimmer paint to his coat, hat and beard and a teensy amount of spica clear glitter pen to the bows on the presents and gears on the glider (?)...the main panel and sentiment were sponged with kiwi kiss ink from SU.

Here is a closer look at that front panel. You can see the subtle shimmer on his furs and beard...Like the little red button nose?

Die cut cork and some more of that awesome BG patterned paper finish off the inside, as well as a sentiment that comes with the set!

Stamps (TCP), apron lace die (TCP), ink (memento, SU), CS (TE, SU), DP (basicgrey- jovial), twine (unknown), eyelets (unkown), cord button (SU), pearlized paint (SU), punch (SU), Copics, spellbinders, cork (MFT), sponge, dimensionals (SU), Spica
Sketch: SFYTT

Sunday, November 21, 2010

TCP Releases and Blog Hop!!!!!!

Wow!!!! It's finally here! Release day over at The Cats Pajama's!! Welcome to TCP's release Blog Hop! If you came to me via Sony then you're on the right track! If you just happened upon my little blog by sheer coincidence, head on back to the beginning at Jen's and start from scratch so you can see all the Cat Packer's creations! Jen is the hostess for TCP Tuesday and her challenge is to make your own embellishment using TCP dies. These are some seriously talented stampers, so trust me, you don't want to miss any of it!
But before you skidaddle over there to shop, first lets see what I have for you:) I've had a chance to play with all my gifties from Alma and I've come up with a couple of sweet projects to share with you! First off, my very favorite, made with the oh so naughty bunny that I've grown to love (he reminds me of my 4yr old Jake who suffers from a bad case of middle child syndrome and therefore is always getting into mischief....did I mention that his most recent crime was cutting off Tab 1 of my bigshot platform?? To make it all the more heinous, he proceded to cut it into a million pieces so that I can't even use the dismembered piece as a shim!!) Anyway, seems like something this little bunny would do, if given the opportunity!
Along with this new stamp 'Define Good', I also used the new snowflake die, Button die and apron lace border Cutups dies (you can barely see it peaking out from under the pink felt snowflake). These dies are fab, and as you can see, they easily cut right through felt (even with a faulty bigshot platform;). So, mt embellie is this snowflake with the laquered buttons and string I wanted my snowflake to be a bit smaller, so I simply cut off the longest parts and it made it quite a bit smaller...see- very versatile! I also used TCP's button dies and crystal effects to make this little original embellie in the centre of the snowflake! Cute, huh? Bunny also has chunky glitter on his furry santa hat and some CE on his wet little nose:)

Did you notice the prezzies?? They are really decked out! I popped some up on dimensionals, added ribbon, strings, stickles...basically decorated them as if they were the size real life boxes and not 1/2"...oh well- I guess the arthritis will be worth it;)
Here's a better look at that apron lace die on the inside of the is soooo awesome! You'll love it! Isn't that sentiment so hilarious! It's so Jake:) I added some tiny twinkles to the inside as well.

Stamps (TCP), Ink (memento), CS (SU), DP (   ), Dies (TCP), Ribbon (SU), Thread (MFT), Taylors Tiny Twinkles (TE), Crystal Effects (SU), Glitter (SU), Stickles, Copics, dimensionals
Sketch: Viva la Verve, week 3

And for my second card I used 'Jingle Bells'. I love this set because not only is it super cute, it's also very versatile! I actually made she into a he;) No surgery required! I just clipped off the pigtails and voila! A boy! There are a few little dimples where the pigtail was, so you have to colour the hair darker brown or black to hide the stamp line. As you may know, I have 3 little boys, so I am always on the hunt for either boy stamps, or girls that I can 'alter';)

I also love that you can stick other things in 'his' little hand. I used the present from 'A beary good year'. The sentiment ('He Really Does Exist') is from the bunny set featured above and I thought it went well with the present dp and the little gift:) I also made my own little 3D snowflake embellishment using the apron lace die and scored it, folded and made into one of those snazzy little pinwheel dealies! I then spritzed it with glimmer mist, as well as the snowflake die. I applied a mixture of chocolate and gold glitter to both snowflakes. I used the apron lace die again on the inside as well as 'Merry Christmas' from 'A Beary Good Year'.

I paper pieced his coat and mittens and coloured everything else with copics. The present has cinnamon and diamond stickles over top.
Stamps (TCP), Snowflake and Apron Lace die (TCP), Ink (memento, SU), CS (SU), DP (BasicGrey- Wassail), Stickles, Glitter (SU), Glitter brad (SU), punches (SU), Ribbon (SU), dimensionals (SU), Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels- vanilla)
Sketch: SSSC94

Thanks so much for joining me and keep on hoppin! You're not done yet! Last, but not least is Miss Meowy, Alma de la Rosa herself! So head on over to see what delicious treats she has to deliver....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

{TCPTUES} Ski Bunny

Well, I have some very exciting news for you all!!!! As some of you may know, this Tuesday is release day over at The Cats Pajama's. Now that in itself is pretty exciting fo those of us that are fans of their adorable stamps....but in addition to the excitement of 10 new stamp sets and 4 new dies, Alma (the Top Cat) asked little old me to be a part of the release!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it!! I have known for awhile, but haven't said anything, as I was waiting to see if all my FREE goodies came in time (you heard me, free! Alma generously sent me 5 new stamp sets and 2 new dies to play with!!!). And the package came in the nick of time, on Friday!! So I am busy this weekend making my samples to display with the fabulous cat-packers! I have never been in on a blog hop before so I am kind of nervous being that I am practically the worst techie out there! So if you have any advice for a rookie, I'd sure appreciate it! The release party is Monday night on SCS right here (5-7pm mst). And the release is Tuesday, so I'd love it if you come along and 'hop' with me and see all the things that I've made with these cute new products!!!

So here is todays card. Oh how I love The Cats Pajama's Tuesday Challenges!!! So fun, different and inspiring:) I look forward to these challenges more than any other!! This was the intimidating photo challenge which always makes me use me noggen, but this week it came to me immediately! Gotta love it when that happens:) Here is the photo:

That's right's a chair;) My inspiration was both the blue/green/brown hues and the really funky pattern on the fabric. I chose to go with the pattern, as I had some brand new paper that I thought would be prefect!
Isn't this bunny sooo cute? He was one of my freebies from October's Swanky stamper challenge, so I love him even more because I didn't have to pay for him!! Like a thief, it seems more thrilling to me when I get something for FREE!! LOL! Maybe I need therapy. who knows? Maybe I'd take therapy if it was free? haha! I used MTSC99 from last week (I got mixed up with the sketches sitting out on my desk and was 1/2 way through making this card when I realized I was using an old sketch, so I just went with it!) for the layout and it's such an easy sketch to work with, can't wait to use it again;) So this is the dp that I thought had the same feel as the upholstery on the retro and funky! I stamped Mr Bunny, coloured him and cut him out. I paper-peiced his nose and his scarf. There are stickles on the icicles that have accumulated on his little whiskers (I know that feeling, though not on my whiskers (??) but rather the nose hairs- I told my mom the other day "you know it's cold out when the hairs in your nostrils freeze" Haha- TMI?? lol) I also applied CE to his skiis, poles and nose. For the circle BG, I ran it through the swiss dor embossing folder to make it look like snowfall and then I cut a landscape out of sticky sheet and used SU's chunky glitter. The trees are die cuts and I popped a few of them up for dimension and added tiny twinkles to the tops. Bunny was placed on the panel with dimensionals. The ribbon is SU's new seam nice. I love. And I used a teensy tiny button and linen thread as well. My Bunny apparantly didn't get the memo about changing colour for the winter. He might not last long in nature with that dark brown coat against the stark white of the winter wonderland that we have outside, but he sure looks cute on a card:) Maybe he is just a non-conformist like me?!

For the inside, I mimicked the layout on the front. I love the sentiment that goes with this set (there are a few more, but this is my favorite) 'Feel the Wind in Your Ears'!!!

Stamps: TCP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Colorbox chalk ink- toffee (for sponging)
CS: SU (cherry cobler, always artichoke), TE (choice snow white)
DP: Basicgrey- Jovial
Ribbon/thread: SU
Other: spellbinders, copics, taylors tiny twinkles (TE), sponge, crystal effects (SU), dimensionals (SU), tree die (SU), chunky glitter (SU), swiss dots embossing folder (SU), bigshot, button (unkown)

Thanks for looking and we'll see you back here Tuesday!! Don't forget!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sparkle Baby

Hi there! Old man winter has reared his ugly head around these parts!! It's been snowing and blowing and FREEZING! When we have had such a mild fall, getting used to this bitter temperature is going to be tough! Hayes and I were going to go into town with my mom and take my Grandpa out for chinese food while the other 2 boys are in school, but with the roads so icy, we have decided to stay in:( We are pretty bare bones in the fridge, so I will have to challenge myself in the cooking department;) I'll pick up some milk when I drop Jake off at preschool, but that's about all that rinky dink grocery store in the village has to offer! lol! We have a freezer full of beef that we just got done, so we'll get our protein fix, but our chances of not contracting scurvey might be another story!
On a super exciting side note, my card (balloon boy) was chosen as a winner over at ATS!! Whoo Hoo! Free stamp sets are always welcome around these parts! I love starting off the day as a champ, and I didn't even have to eat wheaties for breakfast:) hehe
This is a card that I made for the BasicGrey challenge, which was to use any BG products and use any 'winged thing'. I also used the SSSC as my layout inspiration.
I used this little cutie from CC Designs. Ain't she sweet?? She always reminds me of my niece Harley for some reason...maybe it's the round little tummy and piggy tails? I always seem to give her blonde hair like my muse. For the BG challenge, I used the Kioshi line. I love the colours and whimsical patterns! I crazy stitches around each panel and popped up the panel that the little sprite is on. I coloured her with copics and paper pieced her bodysuit, leggings (I usually make her legging-less, but it's darned cold out here this time of year!) and sockies. I applied 2 different glitters to her wings after colouring and added stickles and purple rhinestones brads to her antennae. I glittery prima flower finishes off the front:)

The inside has the sentiment 'sparkle' to go along with the sparkly cardfront. I stitched as well, punched out a strip of dp and added stickles to the center of each flower.

Stamps: CC Designs, Stampin Up! (sentiment)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
CS: Stampin Up! (Black), TE (choice snow white)
DP: BasicGrey (kioshi)
Flower: Prima
punch: SU
other: stickles, glitter (SU), brads (SU), sewing machine, thread, glue pen (creative memories), copics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Birthday Boy and his Balloon

Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by:) Today I have a card for you that I made a few nights ago. I was itching to stamp, but when I went downstairs, I found that 'someone' (read Ryan or Jake) must have turned down the underfloor heat REALLY if any of you out there have that kind of heat in your house, you know that it takes a long long time to get the house warmed up! So there I was in my stamp room (which is the coldest room anyway for some reason) FUH-Reezing!!! You might notice that my colouring skills on this card are the pits, and that is fingers could barely hold a marker. I kept having to blow my breath into them to try and get the joints to move! They were seriously seized up! lol! I almost gave up numerous times, and I hardly ever take more than one sit down to make a card. I like to have a done project when i call it a night!
Anyway- that is the distance I go for my 14 followers! Almost freezing my fingers off in the name of stamping! This card is based on Jen's SFYYT for this week....

As well as the sketch challenge, I am also entering this in this weeks challenge at All That Scraps. The challenge was to make a birthday themed card and the requirement was that you used a current stamp available in the ATS online shop. I went through the store (knowing that I wanted to use a CC Designs stamp) and found that this little fella that I happen to own, is indeed in the shop..YAY! I love him...he is cute and trying to be cool at the same time;) I coloured him (see above if you are wondering wtheck happened to my colouring;) with copics, cut him out and popped him up with dimensionals onto the card. If you are wondering 'Jenny- where on earth did you find such a small replica of the 12x12 dp pattern that you used to paper-piece his t-shirt', then wonder no more!! Ladies..I seriously think that I invented the wheel, or fire, or something equally as important and life altering here!! Ready....wait for it comes................I used the page on the front of the kit that shows the dp pattern to size, and then right beside it, the dp if you saw it as a whole (which measures really small...maybe 1x2"). That teeny tiny piece is what I stamped the shirt on and cut out! Genius, right?? haha!

Sorry- didn't realize this pic was so blurry until now:( The balloon is covered with a layer of crystal effects. I used MFT's banner die to create the little HB2U sentiment (I put that in place of the heart embellishment on Jens sketch) I attached each banner together with a brad (the 'wings' of the brad were placed on either side of the string and then set, to ensure the string was somewhat centered and kept in place) and string along the top and clipped on both ends with mini library clips. I stamped the letters in memento using TCP's Coolvetica alphabet set. I left the inside panel empty, as I plan on stamping the lucky little mans name in there when I decide who this goes too;)

Stamps: CC Designs (Birthday Trevor), TCP (Coolvetica)
Ink: Memento
DP: Crate Paper
Dies: MFT (banner trio), Spellbinders
Other: Brads (SU), string (unknown), Crystal effects (SU), Copics