Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Heaven sent

Why is it when babies sleep we find them so sweet and peaceful?  I just love the image of "Michael" by Mo Manning which I used for this card.  This week's challenge is pearls and flowers so I used a flourish and covered it with liquid pearls.  I included a close up of several pearls that I placed in the corners and then a blue pearl that I added to the flower in the sentiment that I have as a free digital download which I'm not sure of the source.

Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine - free digital download Stitched 1
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Paper Company, Recollections
Stamp:  Mo Manning- Michael
Sentiment:  Free digital download Netty's Card
Liquid Pearls
Pearls:  Recollections
Flourish:  Sizzix
Spellbinders:  Petite Small & Large Oval
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts

Mo Mannings:  Pearls & flowers
All Sorts Challenge - Things with Wings  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
CR84FN30  http://cr84fncolorchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/05/cr84fn30.html

Days are all off

With the holiday it seems that the rest of the week is just off.  We had a hot humid day yesterday, and just did some things around the house.

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  All that Scraps - Standing Sailor Emma
Brads:  Recollections
Felt flower:  Recollections
Twine:  Divine Twine
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories

close up of felt flower

CPS 220
All that Scraps - Felt
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye- Stella Rose
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Meljeans - Walkin with Dad
Bias tape: Wrights
Button & twine:  stash

Sweet Wednesday Sketch 103
Meljeans - Father's Day
Karen's Doodles - Father's Day

Patterned Paper:  DCWV - Fall Stack
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Greeting Farm - Halloween She Devil
Sentiment:  Tiddly Inks
Spellbinders:  Large and Small standard circles
Chalk:  Light brown color box
Sequins:  Wrights
Bows:  Real Deal
Border Punch:  EK Success

CPS 117
The Greeting Farms - Favorite Holiday

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the day we pause to give thanks to those who have fought for the things we have.
It is the 
 not the preacher,
 who has given us freedom of religion. 

It is
 not the reporter,   who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
 not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.


It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble. 


It is
 not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
 not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.


Patterned Paper:  Bearly Mine - Floral Fantasy
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Crafts and Me- Digital, Dusk
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart
Ink:  Memento, rich cocoa
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Flower:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls & Bling:  Recollections
Corner Rounder:  Creative Memories

SSSC 119
Crafts and Me - Pearls and Gems
Creatalicious Challenges - Flourishes  http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.com/
Color Throwdown

Sunday, May 29, 2011

U rock dude

My parents went up north Wisconsin and I wanted to join them; however, my children didn't like that idea.  Instead my son, went to visit his other grandparents with his Dad.  My husband, my daughter and I went to one of my husband's favorite restaurants and then to an outlet mall.  We had a blast!  We found some incredible deals, but more so we just had some fun.  We took some fun pictures goofing around.  I'm sure my family would not like me to share them with everyone of my husband trying on hats and a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt where the hood had ears.  We smiled and laughed which is what we needed.  We found a graduation dress for my daughter which we had been struggling to do locally, and it looks adorable on her.  They were told they can not wear flip flops to graduate and she doesn't want to wear heels for fear of tripping so we found some cute/wild flat sandals for her to wear.

Patterned Paper:  Cosmo Cricket, Bumble Bee
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections, Paper Company, Core-dinations
Stamp:  Tiddly Inks - You Rock
Sentiment:  Computer Font
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Border Punch:  EK Success, Quic Kuts die scallops
Circle Punch:  EK Success
Rock Embellishment:  EK Success

the deconstructed sketch #3
Tiddly Inks - Manly Man
Do It With Digi's - It's all about the boys  http://doitwithdigis.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday already

I can't believe the week has passed by already.  Know we just need to come up with some plans for this holiday weekend.  There is talk of some rain for the beginning of the weekend, but a nice day for Monday.  My days are usually based on the kid's plans since the teens rule.  Funny how that works.

Cardstock:  Bazzil, core-dinations, TPC studio, recollections
Stamp:  Kenny K - Queens Cutie
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Lace:  Wrights
Spellbinders:  Lacey Oval
Sakura jelly glitter pen
Flowers:  Prima & All that Scraps
Bling:  Michael Richards & Recollections
Embossing folder:  Cuttlebug

Saturday Sketch
Kenny K- White on White

Patterned Paper:  Kaiser, Jillibean
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Kraftin' Kimmie - Stella Strawberry
Sentiment:  Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Spellbinkders:  Grand standard circle, grand scalloped circle, banner
Arrow brads:  Paper studio

Cute Card Thursday Sketch  http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/
Kraftin' Kimmie - Text Me
Pixie Dust - Tooty-Fruity

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I think I finally got all my daughter's graduation invites mailed today.  That is unless she comes up with more people to invite.  One of my dearest friends celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.  We have monthly "Girls Nights Out" and that is tonight.  We are actually planning to have a surprise anniversary party for her.  I asked if her husband could just stop in for a few minutes so I could show her a few pictures from the wedding another dear friend son's wedding.  After many years of us all getting together we have invited our husbands to join us which has only occurred when it has been for events such as weddings, graduations and the such.  This should be fun.  I mailed a special card that I made for her so she wouldn't be suspecting anything.

Patterned Paper:  SEI
Cardstock:  Bazzil & Recollections
Stamp:  Pure Innocence - Heather Ellis
Sentiment:  My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento, rich cocoa
Spellbinders:  Large & Small standard circles
Chalk:  Unknown

SFYTT - May Sketch
Sweet Stampin Challenge - In the Garden http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Patterned Paper:  K & Company
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Paper Cuts & Recollections
Stamp:  Karen's Doodles - Puffin Christmas
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Spellbinders:  Petite Oval Large, banner
Stikles: lime green, real red
Sakura jelly roller glitter pen

CPS 116
Karen's Doodles - Let it sparkle
Do You Stack Up - Animals - http://www.doyoustackup.blogspot.com/

close up of image and paper

Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon, My Mind's Eye- Stella Rose
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Recollections
Stamp:  Wax Fruit Company- Daisy bug
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart
Ink:  Memento, rich cocoa
Circle Punches:  EK Success
Lace:  Wrights

the Deconstructed sketch - too late
Colour Q

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Back in time

When I was working on the demonstration for work on the Sixxiz dies, I was trying to show that they can be used with other items besides cardstock.  I made two samples using chipboard.  This is one of them.  And then I made one using fabric.  Since the website talks about the other surfaces, I wanted to incorporate them.  I made the following card for the Just Rite Challenge using a wedding sentiment on the chipboard after I had sprayed it with Angel Mist.

Patterned Paper:  Making Memories - Paperie 
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Paper Company, Chipboard
Stamp:  Just Rite - Wedding Nested Sentiments & Verse
Ink:  Memento, rich cocoa
Sixxiz: Die
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Circle Punch:  EK Success
Ribbon:  Offray
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts

Just Rite

Patterned Paper:  DCWV, My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose
Cardstock:  Paper Company, Recollections
Stamp:  Pixie Dust - Water for Elephants
Border punch:  Fiskars
Buttons & Twine:  stash

SSSC 118
Pixie Dust - Back in Time

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sizzix dies

On Tuesday I need to do a demonstration for work using Sizzix shape dies.  I made several samples tonight as a sample using four different dies.  I know that I use my Spellbinders so much that I forget about Sizzix dies.

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey - Hopscotch
Cardstock:  Paper Cus
Stamp:  Northwoods
Ink:  Memento, rich cocoa
Ribbon:  Creative Impressions
Flower:  Bazzil
White thread
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Die: Sizzix
Spellbinders:  Large standard circle

Patterned Paper:  Pink Paisley
Cardstock:  Paper Cuts & Recollections
Sentiment:  Ginger's House 5/17/11
Die: Sizzix
Butterfly Punch:  Martha Stewart
Bling:  Kaiser

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey - Coppela
Cardstock:  Paper Cuts
Stamp:  Impression Obsession
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart
Ink: Memento, rich cocoa
Die:  Sixxiz
Border Punch:  Martha Stewart
Flowers:  Prima

Patterned Paper:  My Mind's Eye - Lime Twist
Cardstock:  Paper Cuts
Stamp:  Close to My Heart
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Die:  Sixxiz
Ribbon:  Creative Impressions
Flowers:  Jan's Clay Creations

side view
Paper Sundaes - Pop it up  http://papersundaes.blogspot.com/
There She Goes - Easel card

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Suppa star

I'm working on these grad invites, but I sent my husband to the post office to see how much it would cost to send it out, and I was shocked.  It has a tassel, so it ends up being over a 1/4 inch thick so they want $1.71 to send in a A2 envelope.  I have over 30 to mail so I have to do something about this because I can not afford that - YIKES!!!  So I worked on this Kenny K card.

Patterned Paper:  Lindsay's Stamp Stuff- Vintage Music Page
Cardstock:  Paper Company, Recollections, Core-dinations
Stamp:  Kenny K - Pop Star
Sentiment:  Whimsy - Fast Lane Sentiments
Spellbinders:  Grand Oval
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Flowers:  Recollections
Border punch:  Martha Stewart
Chipboard stars:  Recollections

Kenny K - Die Cuts & Punches
Pollycrafts - Music
Do it with Digi's - Sassy & Sparkly  http://doitwithdigis.blogspot.com/
Color Throwdown

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I am working on my daughter's graduation invites, but needed a break.  I get bored when I do the same thing that is why my Christmas card are all different.  Torico has a new image that I just couldn't pass up and it is perfect for the Colour Q.

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Paper Company, Recollections
Stamp:  Birdie Brown - Summer penguin 1
Sentiment:  TLC
White thread
Nestabling for label #1
Spellbinders:  Label #1
Circle punches:  EK Success
Ribbon:  Offray
Brads:  Paper Studio
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix

Sweet Wednesday Sketch 102
Color Q

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Young love

My niece is having a wedding shower this weekend, and I was thinking back to when I made a gift registry and thought I knew everything.  Which means that now that I am older I think many things are impractical.  Her mother is a Martha Stewart type who has formal dinner parties so I'm not surprised that she has the items on her list.  I just think that her Mother will continue to have the formal holiday events so there will not be the need for her to do so at this time.   Oh well, personally I don't know where I would put a blender, mixer, dual coffee maker, fondue set, etc and all the items that are on the list without adding on to the kitchen.  We don't have enough outlets for all the appliances she requested.  So I decided to make a funny shower card.  The wedding card I plan to be more traditional.

Patterned Paper:  Cosmo Cricket-Pixie-Licious, Stamp Kissing
Cardstock:  Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  American Art Stamp -Follow Wedding
   Studio 490
   Close to My Heart - Rustic Flowers
Ink: Memento, black tuxedo
     Tim Holtz -Broken China
    Close to My Heart - Purple Pansy
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Square Punch:  Creative Memories
Flower:  Prima
Button:  Cosmo Cricket

I did the stamp kissing technique as described on the JUGS website.  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/kissing_with_a_twist/
Using my stamps below.

Sweet Stop Sketch 108
JUGS  84- Stamp Kissing with a twist

My daughter graduates this year, and I thought this card would work for her.

Patterned Paper: DCWV,  My Mind's Eye - Stella Rose
Cardstock:  Bazzil, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  The Greeting Farm - Grad Anya
Sentiment:  Verve
Ink:  Memento, black tuxedo
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts

CPS 218
The Greeting Farms -Graduation

Patterned Paper:  DCWV -Flower Shower Spring Pack
Cardstock: DCWV, Core-dinations, Recollections
Stamp:  Tiddly Inks- Flutterby
Sentiment: Raindrop Echo Designs
Ribbon:  JoAnn's
Flowers:  Prima
Border punches:  Fiskars & Martha Stewart

Tiddly Inks - Inspiration