June 14, 2007


I was so pleased with myself for the Father's Day card I came up with for my husband. I know that the Bible says Nothing is new under the sun so surely I am not the only one to think of this but I sure love it. Want to know something dumb? I had to make the top part twice because I spelled terrific wrong the first time. How silly is that?
I actually embossed the golf ball with white embossing powder to give it some depth and popped it up. I used the versamark embossing pen.

The paper is DCWV. Funny, as you flip through a stack of paper the ones you think you'll never use. This was one of them. But, I was struck with an idea one day. Probabaly in the shower. That is where the ideas appear! Other supplies were a dollar stamp I picked up long ago, the marvy giga scallop on SU paper and Karen Foster Snap Stamps.

I'll be in Colorado visiting my step-father (the only one I've ever known) this weekend. My husband will get to be there too. That is cool. He wasn't going to travel with us originally. He is sure an awesome daddy. I'm so grateful for him. (I love you honey!) I hope you get to celebrate and encourage the ones you love too!
See you soon!

Cards from Class

These are the cards I said I would share with you from our swap at the beginning of the month. It was a bold brights swap and we had to use punches. I can't really remember whose is whose so I'll post the names I know. :) If one is yours post a comment and I'll add your name. Sorry I couldn't remember! I waited too long.

This card is so cute. Even better in real life.

This was so cute! I loved those flowers. It looked like designer paper!

The little pearls in the flower centers were the perfect touch for this card.

Angie did a great job using bronze on this pretty thank you note.

This happy card is by Marlene. She did lots of work on these!
One of my favorite sets! Tracy Rhoades made this one.

This card was made by Jean Wilson using the "So Very" set. She used itty bitty backgrounds in different colors and it is so cute.

Isn't this one bright? I ordered this set. What nice friends to make a swap card with DP!!

June 11, 2007

No, YOU take the Cake!

I just ordered this stamp set because I knew it was retiring and I really like these ladies. So, this is my first card with livin' large. I used DCWV summer stack paper and colored with good ol' crayola pencils and some prisma color pencils. Oh and I water colored her pants to get a color I liked. (My coloring skills need some practice...I know.) I mounted the image on rose red and more mustard, added ribbon from Hobby Lobby to cover the seam and used the ribbon all the way around to tie on the side. I then added some primas just for fun. They need a little rhinestone in the center but that is one embellishment I don't have! Her cake looked so good I had to make some oatmeal scotchie cookies to go with her! Those were sure yummy! I almost for got to make them. We had some drama moving the entertainment hutch downstairs yesterday. I was trying to not let Brett get crushed on the stairs and trying to hurry after Zoe started bleeding while we were busy moving stuff. It was a mini disaster but it all worked out. Brett has a bruise and Zoe got a bitty band aid and we moved on. Now we can watch TV in our crafting office space. It is lovely. If I get it picked up a bit more I'll post some pictures of our new space!

See you soon!

Beate's Challenge #5 and Jen's Color Challenge

This is the card I made for Beate's weekend challenge. I mostly like how it turned out. I have seen people cut the flower out from the "looks like spring" set but I did not like how mine looked. Oh well. It was late Saturday night when I finished and I didn't want to redo. Beate does suggest adding a little decorative somthen' somthen' to the outside to hold the card closed. I just saw that today on ther tutorial. I may have to add that. I was also inspired for this card by Jen's challege to use the "bold bright" color family. That was going to be easy until I realized I was out of both pinks! So, I went a different route!
This card used:
paper and ink - gable green, lovely lilac, tempting turquoise, white paper, Ink it Up embossing pad
Stamp set: looks like spring
punch - looks like spring
white embossing powder by stampendous
(stamps, punch and some inks and papers by stampin' up)

June 7, 2007

Great cards from class

This month Jean Wilson was our demonstrator and we made two great cards. I am terrible at remembering the names of the sets we used so if for some reason you need to know let me know and I'll be glad to find out.

We made a nice happy card that could be for a birthday or other celebration and also a little holder with a velcro closure. The sentiment says"happier because of you" does the gum imply, "happier if you'd freshen your breathe?" Tee Hee. No, really, I think it is really cute. I thought Jean did a great job...she always does.
I am really considering being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up. Any opinions on it out there? I just think it would be a nice way to suplement my income - at least pay for my stamping habit! I also love to teach (obviously, I'm a teacher) and it is a fun way to help people have a hobby and it is somthing I love. I guess we'll see. I'd love your opinions.
Well, I would also like to share the cards that the girls from this class made for the swap but I think I'll save them until tomorrow. In the meantime I am moving my stamping space and that is tedious but exciting! Have a great one and See you Soon!

Where to start? With Beate's Challenge...

It seems like I don't post that often but when I do I have a ton of stuff. So, here is a bit for today. I actually have been making cards the last couple days! It has been great fun. I had my stampin' up class on Monday and have those great cards to share with you too. I needed a red, white and blue card for a swap in my yahoo group, Card Making International and Beate of Fresh & Fun gave a weekend sketch challenge so I combined them and came up with this...
Now, I was totally inspired to make these cards from Maria's blog Stampin' Inspirations. Please visit her and see the beautiful work she does. She is also the QUEEN of tutorials and gives great lessons on lots of things. I used my new Karen Foster Snap stamps for the "celebrate". I sure love those. I'm glad I got them before she discontinued them. I ordered mine and some awesome adhesive from Cindy at My Inky Fingers. The one below is for the CMI swap. I should do another for my secret stamper for my SU group! Too late, I guess she would know it is me! Anyway, hope you like them! See you soon!

For these cards I used:

cardstock: read read, white and brilliant blue

designer paper: DCWV - summer stack

Tools: Marvy giga scallop circle punch, jumbo circle punch, fiskars small hole punch

stamps: SU's Send a Celebration and Karen Foster Snap Stamps (mini casual)

Other: SU's dazzling diamonds and two way glue, prisma color pencils, Coal ink from Ancient page, sakura white gel pen

June 4, 2007

Where is the muse?

Well, I was so excited for summer so that I could create some great cards. The blogs I check out are so inspiring and I couldn't wait. Well, a week has gone by and nothing is coming to me. I tried to make the little card keeper I showed you I won with no luck. I have a swap tonight at my stampers 10 and I had to make something. I had to make cards with bold bright paper and at least 1 punch. I had gotten a card from Julie at Paper pleasing ideas and totally copied it for my cards and then I also changed it for a few because I ran out of pink paper. So, the pig card is the one she sent, I made 8 more similar ones and the yellow chick card is my copy of her idea. This was one of the hardest cards ever. How in the world did she get her holes punched in the black so even. I measured and adjusted and it took me forever. She must have had a trick!! And, I paper pierced too, it was my first try, but you can't see my holes really. Sorry my picture didn't turn out too well. I think I am going to do some green ones with cows too. My goal is to make a huge stack of birthday cards this summer. I hope I get inspired by something.

Okay, well, I have been enjoying time with Zoe. We went to the splash pad in our neighborhood today. She is so much fun. Well, she's been a bit moody but it is so great to be home with her.

See you soon!