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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Happy Weekend!



I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. It is a balmy 74 degrees here. Wow! Christmas is gone and we headed straight into the spring. Here is one of my older stamps...it's still on it's wood mount. I colored it with pencils. I placed it on a kraft colored layer that I rounded the edges on. I tied a red ribbon around both of these layers. I also added a sentiment from Studio G on kraft cardstock that is stapled to the layers. The base card is from DCWV and came with that lovely dry embossing already in place. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Well the fun with family and friends begins today. I am happy to have the break from work. I pray everyone has a safe and very Merry Christmas. Here is another card to look at. The thank you sentiment is from Studio G and the butterfly stamp I actually can't remember where it is from. Both are stamped in adirondak dye ink in the colors basic black and cranberry. I popped up this layer with dimensional foam tape and underneath is a slightly darker shade of kraft cardstock. I then placed that layer on two strips of pp. I added the black jewels on the side and a big staple at the bottom. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Busy weekend





I am totally proud of myself. Whenever, I have a productive weekend (ie. getting the house clean) and get time in to do some creative things, I am excited. So this weekend, I finished some badge holders like you see in the picture above. These I made for some people at work. I am a nurse so, these things are very handy, not to mention pretty to look at. I then made them boxes to go in. I altered a pattern for a nugget box from splitcoaststampers.com to fit the holders. I used plain cardstock for the bottoms of each box and pp for the top. Most of the boxes I used Basic Grey pp, like the one shown above. I then used cardstock to make the middle wrap and the tag. The stamp I used is from Studio G. I cut the circles out using my cricut. I am totally excited how they turned out. Thanks for checking this out.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Finishing up




Well, it has been awhile since I have posted. I have been like everyone trying to get it all done before Christmas arrives. Well, the tree is up, decorated, and all the presents are below it wrapped. The Christmas cards just didn't happen. I still have played with a few and not even sure I will send those out either. This is something I made especially for my nephew. It will hold a gift card in the inside. I hope he likes it. I am very blessed, my family seems to enjoy the fact I give them gifts, cards, etc. that I make. I know not everyone does. I do enjoy it that is for sure. Anyway, the above card was made using pp from basic grey. The image is stamped with Ranger's adirondak inks, cranberry, basic black, and meadow on white cardstock shaped with a corner rounder punch. Then layered on kraft colored cardstock, that I think I cut using my Cricuit george cartridge. The stamps are from papertrey ink. Around the edges I used a Dasiy D rub on stitches. I am not good at getting these straight, but that is ok. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wishing I had more time and energy


I so wish I had more time to do my papercrafts. I would love to be someone who could stamp pretty much every night. However, it just doesn't work. The bad thing is I know people who have kids that do stamp/scrapbook everyday. I guess I just need to make it part of my routine. But, so far that hasn't happened. There are just too many things to do and that I want to do. But, any time I do get to sit down to stamp, scrapbook, or pretty much make anything I am happy. Tonight, I share my latest creation. Another Christmas Card!! I need to at least send out the few I have made, but how do you pick just three people, out of all the people you want to send cards to? Hmm, need to think on that one. Anyway, this card is using a red base card I picked up on sale, I think at Hobby Lobby last year when I was in the Charlotte area. I believe the base is from Die Cuts With a View. I added some striped pp from my gigantic stack and then added a layer of white cardstock. All the images and the sentiment is from Papertrey ink. The ink I used is from Ranger...Adirondak. ( I know I use this all the time because I love that ink.) I added some fiber and lace. I cut the tag using a sizzix sizzlet oval tags and my sidekick. Anyway, hope you enjoy.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The other card...


This is the other Christmas card I made. It is using my new papertrey ink stamps. I would tell you the sets, but I can't remember at the moment. The flourish and the sentiment was stamped using Ranger's Adirondak inks. The star was stamped using Versamark ink and the gold fine embossing powder was sprinkled on and then heated. I added a layer of green metallic paper and raised up the sentiment using foam tape. I also added a bit of gold ribbon. Hope you enjoy. Happy Monday everybody!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Finally blogging again


I have been busy lately without much time for the blog. Sorry about that. I ran out this morning and got the pictures of the two Christmas cards I have made. I know, it's about time. So, here is the first one which I have named Christmas reindeer. I used my big shot to cut red pp with the slots in them. I then cut kraft cardstock to fit inside the slots. I tied a green ribbon around these two layers. I added on top a dry embossed reindeer that is from Sizzix. I then simply stamped on Merry Christmas on the bottom with my new Papertrey ink stamp set. I love it. I hope you do to. These could easily be done in bulk for you holiday card sending. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I finally made a Christmas Card!

I know, I know, I am so far behind. That is the way I pretty much live these days. I have only 24 days till Christmas...and I have like, one present bought, no decorations up, and only two Christmas cards made. Ugh! I may just have to pull a scrooge! NOT! I will eventually get it together. It may be at the last minute, but somehow, someway it will get done. Anyway, my plan was to share a Christmas card with you. But, the ones I made didn't scan all that well. If I get lucky and get home before dark tomorrow, I will take a picture of them and get them posted. Until then, enjoy the beginnings of this holiday season.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have so enjoyed seeing my husband's family today, eating good food, and seeing my mother. We are so blessed! I will get back to blogging next week and start figuring out what I am going to send out for Christmas Cards. I know, I know I should have already gotten started on them. However, I just haven't had the time. This is going to be an unusual Christmas for me. Usually, by the weekend after Christmas, I have decorated and bought all my gifts. So far, I have only gotten 2 gifts. I have a long way to go. I also have not even begun to think about decorating....or Christmas Cards. Whew! Sounds like a lot of work.

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the Christmas season. To all of you shopping tomorrow stay safe and drive carefully!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ok here's my stab


at Taylor's Cupcake Challenge # 43. After trying a couple of other cards. This is the one I am happy with, even though my husband perfers the first one I posted. This one began with a mint card that I stamped a dot line on the top and bottom with Versamark ink. I used a circle from Close to my Heart (and then promptly lost it *sigh*). I then added a layer of kraft cardstock and then white cardstock where I stamped the same snowman by Stampendous! I colored him with pencils. I think I did a better job of coloring this time around. I stamped the sentiment from Studio G in the corner. I then placed a polka dot strip pp over all of this and a metal rimmed tag with a snowflake image from Studio G raised with foam tape. The snowflake, sentiment, and snowman are all stamped in basic black by Ranger's Adirondak line. Also, on the side I added some plastic snowflakes. Well, I personally love this card. I may have a hard time parting with it. It will need a special gift to go along with it. See all the other posts in Taylor's blog at : http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 22, 2008

First try


This is my first try at Taylor's Cupcake challenge this week. I really like this card better in person. This is not a card that could be scanned, so I took a picture. Sorry about the lighting and the picture. I live in a very dark house without much lighting, so I really need to take this out in the sunshine, but I doubt that will happen. I am sorry the picture is poor. This is a white cardstock base with a gray layer and then a snowflake layer that I bought probably 2 or 3 years ago at Walmart so I could not tell you who made the paper. Then, on the top layer of white cardstock is the snowman image by Stampendous! The image is colored with pencils. I added a snowflake printed ribbon and a snowflake die cut made out of some paper scraps I had. Then I added plastic clear snowflakes to the left hand side of the card. I do not think this will be the card I will link to http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/ , just because I am not quite satisfied with it. I am off to try again. Got to love having time to create.

Dragonflies

Thanks for stopping by to see my dragonflies! This is a card that started off with a basic off white square card base. I added a purple layer and then the two striped pieces of pp. This pp is by Heidi Grace I believe. A piece of gold ribbon goes across the middle. Next was a burgunday layer of cardstock. The flower images are stamped on circles I cut with my big shot. They are stamped with stazon brown ink and I can not remember who they belong to. ( I am so bad at this.) Ok the piece of vellum has two dragonfly images stamped with the same stazon ink. The dragonfly image is by Magenta. I colored the dragonflies with pencils on the back side so it would have a nice muted color. I used a card sketch for this card by http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/ . It was one of her cupcake challenges. In particular this one: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/2008/07/taylored-expressions-cupcake-challenge.html
I am really enjoying Taylor's challenges! I want to participate in her challenge for this week too, if time permits. Have a great weekend everyone and hope you get time to stamp and scrapbook.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another fall card


This is another card, though I made this a few months ago before my husband and I moved. In the scan, you really can't tell that the elements are on a white cardstock. I need to look for new ways to take pictures of my cards. I have read elsewhere that it is best to take pictures of your papercrafts outside in natural sunlight. However, I don't get home in time to do that. So, for now this will have to do. Anyway tell me any neat tricks you have learned from the blogsphere. I hope someone will stop by and check this out.
The supplies for this card include white, yellow, and pale orange cardstock, terra cotta and I think latte ink by adirondak (Ranger industries), and the leaf image is by PSS, the round scallop and vine background was made with stamps by Technique Tuesday. The sentiment is stamped in basic black by Adirondak ( Ranger industries), and the stamp is from Studio G.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

For you


This is a card I have made pretty recently. It has Basic Grey patterned paper and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up. Both the sentiment and the leaf is stamped in basic black using adirondak ink by Ranger. The leaf is by stampcraft and is colored with color pencils. It probably the best I have colored anything to date. I will tell you this, coloring, shading, etc. is not my strong suit. In fact, if I need something colored really nicely, I usually will hand it over to my husband to do. He is great at that. But, I keep practicing, in hopes that I will get better. I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Let's show some cards.


These are two cards I have made recently. You know how you get in rut and it only takes one idea to get you out of it? That is what happened with this card. I watched a MACM video on the kwernerdesign blog and saw a card that instead of folding a card in half she cut a 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half the long way and then folded that in half. So simple, but it made my day. Now, I admit, I am not good at keeping all my cardstock in containers by manufacturer. All my patterned paper and cardstock is kept in containers by colors. Also, a lot of my cardstock is pretty old. So I am not good at keeping lists of products used in my cards. I will get better at this as I go along. So, I am sorry about that...I promise I'll do better. I can tell you this both stamped images are by Studio G and colored with color pencils. Also the card on the top has a embossed pattern that is from cuttlebug. Hope you like the cards. I need to get on the ball and get some more made in the next few days. So I hope the mojo keeps flowing.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Simple Sunday

Today was a day of rest, family, and quiet time with my husband. I am so thankful for days like this. Not much creating happened today, but I am searching for some great card sketches because I have some Thank you cards to make for those sweet people that brought gifts to our get together Saturday. I already have one made in my stash, that I will try to remember to scan and share tomorrow. I may stick with that one and make some similar to those. Not sure yet, but whatever happens I will show you the results. Well time to get some sleep to prepare for work tomorrow.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I love family time!

My husband and I recently moved into a new home, so today was the first day my sisters, brother-in-laws, and mom came to see our new place. I served some great broccoli and cheese soup, brownies, and lemon bars. I love just having family around spending time together talking. Those are memories you just can't beat in my opinion. I got a few photographs and hope to get them scrapbooked sometime in the future. Right now all that is going on in my scrapbooking room though is Christmas gifts. I, however, can't mention them yet because I don't want my sisters stumbling on to this site and then already knowing what they will be getting for Christmas. Well that is all that is going on in our household. I hope you all are having a great weekend and getting some quality family time in.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's a begining


Ok, I've caved! I am going to try this blogging thing. I am a wife, mother of chow-chows, and papercrafter. I began with stamping and in the last few years I have embraced scrapbooking. I hope this will be the place I can share my progress in the papercrafting world. Who knows, it might lead into a new career path. My current career is a Nurse Case Manager. This is a new avenue of nursing for me and I am still trying to figure it all out. But, my obsession, has been and continues to be anything to do with stamps, ink, and paper. I hope this will be a place people will enjoy. I will try to make it as interesting as I can. So yeah, it is a beginning.
The picture I wanted to include was one I took over the weekend of my husband holding one of our new puppies. We are the owners of beautiful chow-chows. This is one of the puppies Jeb (our male) and Belle (our female) had. You can't beat the love and fun of having new puppies. Thanks for stopping by.