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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.